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Thursday, March 27, 2008

What’s Happening

posted by on March 27 at 14:32 PM

As part of our site upgrade this week, we tuned up our events searches. now has what I think is the most comprehensive and easiest to use movie times search, arts calendars, and dining/drinking guides Seattle’s ever seen.

You’ll notice several new paths to these listings—under the “listings” heading on the home page, on the azure “Find” bar in every section, and under their respective categories in the navigation bar at the top of every page.

If you can spare a few minutes, take a look at the guide that suits your fancy…

Movie Times
Music Listings
Visual Art Listings
Performance Listings
Books Listings

…and then come back and tell us what you think.

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When will we be allowed to submit our film reviews? know...Lindy West is the only entertaining reviewer, and the rest of them reek of wishing-they-were-reviewing-something-else hey-we're-way-too-cool-to-enjoy-movies omg-there's-a-problem-with-everything I'm-so-fucking-above-this-cinema-shit. We have the option for restaurants!!! The FUCK?!

Posted by Mr. Poe | March 27, 2008 2:56 PM

@1: you know, there is life beyond the Slog...

Posted by twee | March 27, 2008 3:10 PM

Nice. I'm heading to Seattle this weekend for the first time in a long while and was looking for bar/club recommendations. This is a great resource!

Posted by Gabriel | March 27, 2008 3:17 PM

You need to rethink the alphabetizing of your "neighborhoods" in Movie Times. Yes, I could click on the bar on the left to travel directly, but if I just want to casually scroll down, why must I visit "Down South" and "Out of Town" before I get to the "University District"? How many users really care what time "Vantage Point" is playing in Roslyn?

Posted by DOUG. | March 27, 2008 3:20 PM
5 does better for reviews as it covers anyone and not just jaded stranger staffers.

Posted by bobcat | March 27, 2008 3:29 PM

Might be a good idea to remove the listings for closed bars such as Pony or Manray. Just a thought.

Posted by Dave | March 27, 2008 3:33 PM

@4 is right.

Posted by Will in Seattle | March 27, 2008 3:34 PM

Great, but when the hell are you gonna move the main text box two inches to the right? Or have your script kiddies decided that the PI's craptastic split column page layout is "the new black"?

Posted by COMTE | March 27, 2008 3:38 PM

re:music listing feature
I liked it better when it automatically sorted everything by neighborhood. I know I can go and manually choose a neighborhood but since I want to look at most seattle neighborhoods without the outer seattle and bellevue and tacoma, it just worked better to me the other way.

Posted by jess | March 27, 2008 3:43 PM

First, I'm a browser, not a searcher. Restaurant reviews--alphabetical, Movie Times--by neighborhood, Music Listings--I can't figure out how they're listed, date and then sorta alphabetical by venue?

Personally I don't like the new default sort orders. Why are some pages a big list (movies times) but others (music) are some fixed number of items are listed on a page and now I have to navigate 10+ pages to browse! Standarize on one format for the default order (happening today then by neighborhood?) and use it for everything. As a person that goes to a lot of shows, movies, and restaurants in town I like seeing things by location--I'm seeing a movie in the UD, hmmm what's close by to eat. I could use the handy left nav options to narrow my choices but if I'm trying to base it on a music listing and I looking for something interesting (not a particular event) then I'm screwed. Also the narrow my choices is just that--1 choice from each bucket only! I can't see what's playing at Chop Suey and Nectar on one page. Having to narrow, wait for results, read (and remember!), narrow again, wait for results, read, compare against what I just read--what a pain.

And if you really want to go above and beyond, let me sort the restaurant reviews by the review ratings, please!

Posted by grumpy | March 27, 2008 3:53 PM

Speaking of bars, while we can search by Happy Hour, how come when we do so the short list doesn't show the HOURS of the Happy Hour, only the individual item does?

If I'm looking for Happy Hour, I want to know WHEN. For example (and restaurants needs Happy Hour cause you get cheap sushi sometimes, and appetizers) when I'm looking for Happy Hour, maybe I can't get there till 6:30 and the HOURS are important. Or maybe I want to go NOW (4:22 pm) and so I want a place where Happy Hour runs from say 4-6 or 4:30 - 6 or 5 - 7.

Posted by Will in Seattle | March 27, 2008 4:23 PM


Probably know more about it than you.

Posted by Mr. Poe | March 27, 2008 4:59 PM

Will in Seattle (and everyone else):

All bar searches now show Happy Hour info by default; you don't even need to search for it.

Posted by Nick | March 27, 2008 5:06 PM

Thanks, Nick.

Posted by Will in Seattle | March 27, 2008 6:07 PM

Maybe I just need to spend more time with the new layout, but I really liked it when all of the music events for a night were listed on one easily scrollable page, sorted by neighborhood, and I could easily choose not to see the DJ listings. That was really great. I miss it already.

Posted by Jon | March 28, 2008 5:12 PM

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