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The Lady With All The Answers by David Rambo
October 15, 2010 · Written by Brock Dunda · Filed under Local Events

David Rambo’s play invites audiences to spend an evening of home truths and delicious dish with renowned advice columnist Ann Landers. She will share some of her favorite letters and memories while struggling to write the toughest column of her life. The play depicts an irresistible portrait of the woman who used charm, chutzpah, and “one hell of a Rolodex” to become America’s Therapist – and Best Friend Forever!

Starring Julie Briskman as Ann Landers!

When: September 10 – October 31, 2010

Best Available Shows:

Due to the intimate seating of the Bullitt Cabaret, many performances are already sold out. However, there is good availability in the following shows.

10/23 8:00pm | 10/28 8:00pm | 10/29 8:00pm | 10/30 2:00pm | 10/30 8:00pm | 10/31 2:00pm

Location: ACT-A Contemporary Theatre, 700 Union Street, Seattle WA 98101

Facility/Site: Bullitt Cabaret

Contact: Act Theatre Box Office

Phone: 206-292-7676


Cost: $10-$55

For more information please see the ACT Theatre’s Webpage.

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The Advantages and Disadvantages of Buying a Home
October 12, 2010 · Written by Brock Dunda · Filed under Helpful Tips, Real Estate

Deciding whether or not buying a home is right for you can be a difficult decision. While a home can be a great asset, it can also be a large burden as well. The below list of advantages and disadvantages should help sort out what will be right for you. Consider the following.

Advantages of Buying Your Own Home

  1. Tax Deductions: Most of the interest you pay on your home mortgages (a majority of the monthly mortgage payments is interest) is tax deductible.

  2. Equity: Over time, and as you continue to make your monthly payments your home’s equity will increase. It will increase as the value of the home increases. You can even borrow against the equity in your home in the form of a home equity loan.

  3. Asset: A home is generally an appreciating asset. The home’s value is likely to increase which means if you hold onto it for usually longer than five years, you’ll be able to sell it for a profit.

  4. You Own It: The House is yours. You don’t have to ask someones permission on whether you can change the color, remodel, landscape, or have pets.

Disadvantages of Buying Your Own Home

  1. Maintenance: All the maintenance required will have to be done by you, or you’ll have to pay someone else to do it.

  2. Taxes: You will have to pay property taxes, which will be included in your monthly mortgage payment. These are not tax deductible.

  3. Risk: The property value of your home could decline or you may be unable to sell it later, causing you to lose money on your investment.

  4. Opportunity Cost: A home is a fairly large investment. If you could put the money down into an investment like stocks or mutual funds, or go back to school to earn a degree, you could be losing an opportunity.

If you’re considering buying a home, the first thing you’ll need to do is determine how much you qualify for. Contact your lender to see how much you can pre-qualify for.

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Seattle Home Show 2
October 7, 2010 · Written by Brock Dunda · Filed under Local Events, News, Real Estate

Seattle Home Show 2“Get your green on!” The slogan for the Seattle Home Show 2 focuses on living green and natural, and green design.

Beginning Friday, October 8th through Sunday, October 10th, 2010, the 12th annual housing extravaganza, the Seattle Home Show 2, will open at Qwest Field Event Center. The Home Show will have on display hundreds of home and garden products; daily “Meet the Experts” seminars; cooking demos conducted by local chefs and more. The Seattle Home Show 2 will show you ways you can save money in this tough economy. From cutting your painting costs, to saving energy on electricity, there’s so much here you’ll want to see and learn about.

Some Highlights of the Show

  • Remodeling tips and information from experts in the industry.
  • Home designs focusing on classic and simpler lines.
  • How to save on lighting and energy bills through home automation.
  • Tips for cleaning the home from the guru of household hints, Joey Green.
  • Cost effective tips for green design and green living.
  • Things you can do now to be ready for the housing rebound.
  • Chef cooking demonstrations.
  • Seminars conducted by experts in home improvement, decorating, and landscaping.

 Where To Park

 Parking for the Seattle Home Show 2 is available in the Quest field Event Center parking garage, Quest Field North Lot, Safeco Field parking garage as well as other lots in the area. If you have four or more occupants in your vehicle, you should take advantage of the “Four or More Park Free” designated parking areas (Quest Field Event Center lots, and Safeco Field).

 Show Hours and Information

When: October 8 – 10, 2010

Times: Friday and Saturday, 10AM to 8PM. Sunday, 10AM to 6PM.

Paid attendees can return a second day for free through “Too much to see, come back for free!” by registering with valid ID, parking not included.

Admission: $10.00 for adults, $7.00 for seniors (60+) and $3.00 for juniors (ages 7 -15), under 7 are free. Visa and Mastercard are accepted.


E-Tickets can be purchased online at E-Tickets include free parking for the show at Quest Field Event Center and Safeco Field.

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2010 Earshot Jazz Festival
October 7, 2010 · Written by Brock Dunda · Filed under Local Events

Earshot Jazz Festival“Seattle most important annual jazz event” (Down Beat). The festival runs October 15th to November 7th 2010.

The Earshot Jazz Festival will hold more than 50 distinctive concert events in different venues all around the city. Some venues include,The Crocodile, Chapel Performance Space, EMP|SFM Level 3, Moore Theatre, The Triple Door, and the Kirkland Performance Center.

Renowned for it’s adventurous spirit, and praised as one of the best festivals in America by the Seattle Times, the Earshot Jazz Festival brings jazz greats from all over the world to collaborate with local area artists and audiences.

Some highlights of the festival include performances by Mavis Staples, Bill Frisell, Robert Glasper, and Rufus Reid. In addition to the performances, the festival will include education programs and panels, and a film series.

For more information, please see the Earshot Jazz Festival website as well as the 2010 Festival Schedule of Events. Tickets and ticket information is available online at the Earshot Jazz Festival ticket page.

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