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February 2017: Open Hearted
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Be Still My Heart: Three Looks for St. Valentine's Day, by Lisa Cole
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Now Playing: 2017 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Live-Action, by Molly Laich
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Now Playing: 2017 Oscar Nominated Shorts - Animated, by Molly Laich
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2017 Oscar Hopes and Predictions, by Molly Laich
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Seattle Symphony Is Making Music Matter, by Thomas May
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This week's recommended reading for:
 

The Lovers... 

Will you be our Valentine? We know VANGUARD Seattle readers like to look good no matter what they have planned. Lisa Cole is on the case in her latest style piece, Be Still My Heart: Three Looks for St. Valentine's Day. "Valentine’s Day isn’t just a day for sweethearts. It can be a time to celebrate all the people that bring you love and happiness. Whether you want to get dolled up for a night out or maybe hang at home, a day of heartfelt celebration is the perfect way to mark mid-February."

The Tiny Film Fans...  
All dressed up with nowhere to go? Why not check out a bevy of short films at a Seattle theater near you. VS Film writer Molly Laich has the rundown in companion pieces, Now Playing: 2017 Oscar Shorts - Live-Action and Animated. Live-Action films this year come from all over the globe, including a French-language picture about a lady who waves at trains, a couple of Spaniard security guards who dance and a Hungarian children's choir. For animation, steel yourself for a regretful sheriff, a precocious baby bird and an alcoholic Canadian. There's something for everyone! 

The Award Winners... 
Speaking of the Academy Awards... Molly Laich casts her ballot in 2017 Oscar Hopes and Predictions. "Another year, another Oscars. Jimmy Kimmel will host the 89th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday, February 26 at 4pm PST on ABC. The show promises to be fraught with political tension. (But honestly, when has it not been?)" Heavy-hitters this year include the much-hyped musical La La Land, beautiful bummers like Moonlight and Manchester by the Sea and the sci-fi opus, Arrival. Don't fill out your Oscar Pool without consulting the VANGUARD Seattle Oscar Oracle! 
The Music Lovers Without Borders...

We're just two weeks into February, but already Seattle Symphony has offered three amazing programs that affirm the orchestra's larger mission. Music critic Thomas May recaps these performances, including the special free program on Wednesday, Music Beyond Borders: Voices From the Seven, which quietly defied the president's travel ban, targeting Muslims from seven countries. Such programming is part of director Ludovic Morlot's artistic vision, which expands community outreach and social justice without sacrificing innovation and virtuosic performance.

Catch up on the Latest VS DAILY
Celia Rowlson-Hall's MA comes to Northwest Film Forum, February 11 & 12
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Coffee, Cake and Islam at Bellevue Art Museum, February 11
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I Think You Are Totally Wrong: A Quarrel opens at NWFF, February 8 & 15
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