Play me out, Reignwolf.

The time has come... This is my final week with Seattle Met—I’m heading back east (NYC) to be closer to family, and will soon turn Culture Fiend over to the ever-capable and witty Seth Sommerfeld. It’s been equal parts thrilling, exhausting, and inspiring to cover the Seattle arts scene, and I will miss this community—emphasis on community—and the friends I’ve made along the way. Thank you all.

So… how to sum up four years in one day? With a list.

I certainly won’t forget:

Driving to Surrey BC to see rock-star-to-be Jordan Cook, aka Reignwolf, be mobbed by moms and teenage girls in a Canada Day concert.

Watching Hans Altwies leap on tables in a rage, playing Helen of Troy and Achilles and a half dozen other characters in 2009's An Iliad at Seattle Rep. Still one of my favorite plays I've seen in Seattle.

Singing along with Patti Smith during an impromptu a cappella version of "Because the Night" at Benaroya Hall.

Seeing PNB dancer James Moore perform Mopey in 2009—all shirtless torso and manic movement, done in total silence—and realizing this, too, is ballet, and I really liked it.

Interviewing Pickwick, Seattle Symphony conductor Ludovic Morlot, and Mike Daisey; getting yelled at by Mark Morris; asking Rainn Wilson about the profit margin of a beet farm.

Following the many highs and lows of Intiman Theatre.

Every show I ever saw at Showbox at the Market (because I could actually see! Best layout of any concert venue in Seattle).

Game of Thrones mania. Harry Potter mania. The Book of Mormon mania.

Making "weird and awesome" comedy videos with the talented Emmett Montgomery and Patrick Kehoe for "67 Ways to Stay Sane This Winter."

Putting together an oral history of Almost Live! with my colleagues James Gardner, Matthew Halverson, and Cassie Sawyer. Everyone should get to laugh that much.

And with that, I'm off to regain my New Jersey accent and drink Dunkin' Donuts coffee and eat bagels. Cheers, Seattle. I'll put my glass to the sky and lift up...


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