Author Profile: Sheri Quirt

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Sheri Quirt celebrates A-level entertainments amid a C-minus cultural landscape. Beneath her curmudgeonly exterior beats the giddy heart of a professional fan.
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Just One More Thing
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 29 December 2010
Stats: 18,428 views and 4 Comments

I’d like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to four words on a television screen that have brought a thrill to so many the world over: “Peter Falk as COLUMBO.”

Christmas Cheer in Lower Queen Anne
Posted in Seattle on 9 December 2010
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I lay my hat in Lower Queen Anne, where cohabiting young couples, daffy cat ladies and people who have made poor life choices meet. It’s also Seattle’s Christmas Central.

Barcelona, 1987: A Tramp Abroad
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 1 November 2010
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I had always been a pop music hound, and Barcelona opened up a whole new sonic universe for me. I grooved to Italian rap and French techno.

Schlemiel! Schlimazel! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated!
Posted in Things We Like on 19 August 2010
Stats: 20,964 views and 9 Comments

The old-fashioned TV theme song gave you another minute to get yourself situated, like the house lights blinking at the theater. Somehow, these intros fell from favor.

A Kinder, Gentler Ballgame
Posted in Seattle on 29 July 2010
Stats: 4,841 views and 2 Comments

If you have a major league jones for a ballgame but find your finances dipping below the Mendoza Line, consider a jaunt to check out the plucky Everett AquaSox.

Stardust Memories of Waffle House
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 17 June 2010
Stats: 5,495 views and 4 Comments

Hatched in Georgia in 1955, the 24/7 restaurant chain blankets the South. Its sunny yellow Scrabble-tile signs standing proudly at every other exit from Savannah to Gulfport — and beyond.

Station to Station: The Joys of America’s Trains
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 17 May 2010
Stats: 4,864 views and 1 Comment

I’m not a person who’s driven by rhythm. But two forces have long had a hold on me: the almost physical pull of the ocean waves at the shore, and the rocking rumble of a train car.

Write Back Soon: In Praise of Pen Pals
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 12 April 2010
Stats: 5,897 views and 4 Comments

The serious pen pal had an arsenal of materials at her disposal, the most basic of which was an ingenious item known as the aerogram. Sadly, it’s now extinct.

Sex, Drugs and Jiffy-Pop: Rockers on the Silver Screen
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 11 March 2010
Stats: 6,172 views and No Comments

When rock stars make movies, they make the hearts of cynics and masochists alike beat faster. But potshots aside, the quality continuum between “A Hard Day’s Night” and “Shanghai Surprise” is dotted with titles deserving of rediscovery.

Life Goes On, And On: The Business of Making the Beatles Immortal
Posted in One Million Watts on 10 February 2010
Stats: 7,639 views and 3 Comments

Sir Paul and Ringo understand the reality: The longevity of the Beatles requires innovation, and the boys will do what it takes to adapt their brand for survival.