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100 Days of the Resistance: One Action for Every Day of Trump's Presidency

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:45:44 -0700

by Stranger Staff

DAY 2: Millions around the world join the Women’s March. NATE GOWDY

Day 1: More people seem to protest than attend Donald Trump's inauguration. The stands in DC, normally filled with fans, are eerily empty. A limo is set on fire. Also: White nationalist Richard Spencer is punched during an interview near the inauguration.

Day 2: More than three million people wear pussy hats and attend the Women's Marches around the world. In Seattle, 175,000 people march, the biggest protest in the history of the city.

Day 3: The euphoria of the previous day has dwindled. People realize that Trump is actually fucking president. They start drinking all the beer in the house until they've finished that and then move on to the whiskey.

Day 4: White House staffers begin leaking to the press.

DAY 2: Millions around the world join the Women’s March.

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Savage Love Letter of the Day: His Wife Wants Him Hard But Hates the Boner Pills That Get Him Hard

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:50:11 -0700

by Dan Savage I am a 47-year old man and I have been married to my wife for 20 years. We have been together for 23 years. Around age 44 or 45, I started having ED problems. My urologist prescribed Cialis and put me on hormone replacement therapy. My wife was OK with the testosterone, but acted disappointed about the Cialis. For example, she would act all excited about how we just had sex without any pills—only for me to say, yes, I did take one. Then she would mope. I explained several times that I find this very hurtful and insulting. If it were a problem about my not being attracted to her, then the Cialis would not help. The fact that it is a medical condition that can be treated should make her feel better, not worse. Saying that non-Cialis sex is somehow better or purer implies that there is something wrong with my needing it. Gee, I really need to feel there is something wrong with me to perform better! Nothing like pressure to help with ED, right? By the way, I don't tell her there is anything wrong when she needs to use lube or a vibrator. The frequency of sex has been a big problem ever since our first kid was born in 2002. She will often make false promises—“Let’s have a date tomorrow night!”—followed by a last minute excuse... after I have already taken a pill, of course. Sometimes, she will spontaneously do things that will sabotage the plans to have sex that night—such as announcing that it is “family movie night” so we have to stay up late with the kids. I have explained to her that I find this to be ego-shredding. Given that my insurance only pays for 4 pills each month, wasting three of them on false hopes is a big problem. Last weekend, she indicated once again that she wanted to try going without the Cialis—she “knows” I can do it. I emailed her this morning telling her that I found this very hurtful and insensitive given that we have already discussed how this make me feel. I also explained that magical thinking is no excuse for wasting the pills that I do have when she gets my hopes up. She has some very rigid and judgmental views on other medical issues. She is strongly against cesareans, for example, and she has put down other women who have had them. She was devastated when she had to have one when our son wouldn’t descend. She insisted that I needed to tell her that I “knew” that she could have a vaginal birth when she became pregnant with our daughter. One time when she asked me to say this during a medical appointment, I looked straight at her midwife and asked if she could guarantee that my wife would not need a cesarean. Of course, she couldn’t make that promise. But I was supposed to. (The midwife later decided that our daughter was in danger during labor and told her that a cesarean was in fact necessary.) Both of our kids have issues—including some bad OCD from my side of the family—that could possibly be helped with psychiatric medications but she is dead set against considering that option. Is there anything else I can do to get her to respect my feelings and the fact that taking Cialis is a medical decision between my doctor and me, not a negative judgment on her desirability? Is there any way to convince her to stop giving me false hopes about sex? Yes, the low frequency sucks. But the dashed expectations make it much worse. Shamed And Disappointed You're married to a crazy person, SAD. And while you're worried about wasting pills, I'm more worried about your kids. Backing up: Our bodies don't function on prayers and beliefs. You understand this, SAD, but your wife has issues with this basic concept. You can't cross your fingers and magically manifest a concrete boner, just like your wife can't will her body to have a vaginal birth if a C-section is needed. (C-sections have done more to save the lives of babies and moms than any other medical procedure. That said, the procedure appears to be overused. But when it's necessary, it's necessary.) Unfo[...]

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Week in Weed: Stoners Being Slobs on 4/20, Country Music Drug References, and Where Teens Hide Their Stash

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:34:05 -0700

The Week in Weed for April 28. by Amber Cortes Denver's Civic Center Park is covered in trash the morning after the 4/20 marijuana event was held at the park on 4/20. RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images What’s happening in the world of weed this week? Some sad news about the man who was denied a lung transplant due to his marijuana use, a tale of sloppy stoners at a 4/20 event, and a handy list from the DEA about where those crazy teens stash their drugs these days. Read on! Young Man Initially Denied Organ Transplant Dies Sad news—the 20-year-old Park City, Utah man who was initially denied a lung transplant after traces of marijuana was found in his system has died. Riley Hancey came down with a severe form of pneumonia after Thanksgiving last year, which caused his lungs to collapse, but was turned down for a spot on the University of Utah Hospital transplant list due to testing positive for THC. A few months later, the University of Pennsylvania agreed to the transplant, and they performed the procedure on March 29. Unfortunately, on Saturday, Hancey passed away due to complications from that surgery. A Cannabis Conference Will Be Held at a Trump-Owned Property The “Cannabis in Commercial Real Estate Summit NYC” will take place at Trump Soho in New York City on May 4. For a president whose administration has been giving some tough talk about marijuana on the political front, he sure doesn’t seem to mind bringing in the green if it appeals to his business interests. You mean, the same president who is still profiting from many of his conflict-of-interest businesses and advertises his Mar-A-Lago resort on the State Department website? No way! Meanwhile, Back at The White House... “The Democrats don't want money from budget going to border wall despite the fact that it will stop drugs and very bad MS 13 gang members,” Trump tweeted on Sunday. And now Ted Cruz has a brilliant idea for how to fund the wall: make the drug dealers pay for it! The ‘El Chapo Act’ asks that the US freeze $14 billion dollars of assets from infamous, recently-captured Mexican drug lord Joaquin Guzman (the Sinaloa Cartel leader better known as El Chapo), who now faces multiple drug and conspiracy related charges in the US, and use it to help pay for the wall. Stoner Slobs at Denver’s 4/20 Event Leave Giant Mess A 4/20 celebration in Denver left the city’s Civic Center Park in disarray. Post-event security videos showed trash strewn everywhere and there were reports of attendees crashing fences, breaking consumption rules, and generally being disrespectful assholes. C’mon stoners, really? No more bong hits until you go clean your room! A Denver City Post editorial asked the 4/20 revelers to “grow up” and “be cool” now that weed is legal in the state. Country Music Is Full of Drug References According to a new study by, country music mentions drugs more than any other genre, including jazz, electronic music and rap. Drug references in the study were grouped into seven categories: Pills (which includes all opiates except heroin, benzodiazepines, sleep medication, and ADHD medication), heroin, marijuana, LSD, cocaine (which includes both crack cocaine and cocaine), ecstasy (this includes MDMA and molly), and meth. After all that, country music came out on top, with 1.6 percent of all songs studied since 1933 referencing some sort of drug. According to the study, the top three drugs referenced in country music were marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine. So THAT’s what he means when Blake Shelton sings about how he’s “Ready to Roll.” Here’s a playlist on Spotify that sings the praises of pot; among the artists are Johnny Cash, Sturgill Simpson, and (of course) Willie Nelson. A List of Where Teens Stash Their Drugs Published by the Drug Enforcement Administration on their Get Smart About Drugs website, the list features some warning[...]

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Poor Choice of Words: Milo Is Back & He's "Actively Hunting" 13, 14, and 15-Year-Olds

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:54:44 -0700

by Dan Savage

Milo Yiannopoulos is back, he claims to have $12 million in funding (he won't name his investors), and he's using that money to launch a public speaking/events business dedicated to "corporatized trolling via live entertainment," Tina Nguyen writes at Vanity Fair. Here's how Milo described his new venture to Nguyen:

Yiannopoulos, for his part, is relying on a formula that he employed at Breitbart. He said that Milo Inc. would be dedicated to “making the lives of journalists, professors, politicians, feminists, Black Lives Matter activists, and other professional victims a living hell.” ... Initially, Yiannopolos will be the company's main talent. “I’m the proof of concept,” he said, but added that he hoped to eventually expand the company. “The thing about me is that I have access to a talent pipeline that no one else even knows about. All the funniest, smartest, most interesting young YouTubers and all the rest of them who hate feminism, who hate political correctness. This generation that’s coming up, it’s about 13, 14, 15, now have very different politics than most other generations. They love us. They love me, and I’m going to be actively hunting around for the next Milo.”

If comments like this got your book deal cancelled and cost you your job... you might wanna leave 13, 14, and 15-year-olds out of your business plan. At the very least you'll wanna avoid expressions like "actively hunting" when referencing the teenage YouTubers you're hoping to recruit groom employ weaponize.

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Talking with Dash Shaw About My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:10:00 -0700

by Suzette Smith

I saw Dash Shaw’s animated feature film My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea at last year’s Portland International Film Festival, where I was pleased to find the personable humor and torsion of reality that I always expect from his work. Shaw is a well-respected indie comics artist whose graphic novels, like Bottomless Belly Button and Cosplayers, mix entertaining, well-written stories with cool ideas that threaten to conceptually blow the doors off the whole biz. My Entire High School—which features voice work from the likes of Reggie Watts, Lena Dunham, Susan Sarandon, and Maya Rudolph—finds teenagers facing a couple of different disasters.

As I was thinking about My Entire High School at the festival, a lady next to me in the bathroom line blurted out, “I could see a Q-tip at my house!” She was referencing a part of the film that discusses the illicit thrill of using Q-tips—even though doctors repeatedly tell us we shouldn’t. So of course when I got on the phone with Shaw, that was the first thing I told him.

My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea screens at SIFF Film Center through May 4.

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Three Days Before May Day, FBI Arrests Protester from Last Year's Anti-Capitalist March

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:05:04 -0700

by Heidi Groover A protester could get 10 years for allegedly throwing an unlit Malotov cocktail at a Seattle Police officer. Kelly O Just days before May Day, federal agents this morning arrested and charged a man involved in last year’s anti-capitalist march. The timing of the arrest, law enforcement claims, is entirely coincidental and unrelated to protestors currently prepping for the first May Day in Trump's America. Federal prosecutors are charging 32-year-old Wil Casey Floyd with “unlawful possession of a destructive device,” which could land him in prison for up to 10 years. The charge can also carry up to a $250,000 fine. Investigators say Floyd made Molotov cocktails from green Heineken beer bottles, an "unknown flammable liquid," tampons, and strips of white cloth. He allegedly brought the homemade projectiles to last year’s May Day march, and around 7:30 pm near 4th Avenue South and South Seattle Boulevard, threw one at an officer. According to the federal complaint, Floyd did not light the bottle, but the device still ignited when it landed near an officer, causing him to accidentally drop a flash-bang device. The officer, Anthony Ducre, suffered a burn to his lower right leg, according to the complaint. Signed by FBI agent Michael Louis Baldino, the complaint says investigators initially misidentified another protester as the Molotov thrower and charged him in state court. Those charges were later dropped. Investigators identified Floyd in October and unsuccessfully tried to locate him for six months. They confronted him at the Denver airport on April 20, obtained his fingerprints and a DNA sample, and finally arrested him this morning at his mom’s house in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. In other words, federal terrorism agents took six months to find and arrest a 32-year-old anarchist living with his mom before holding a press conference celebrating their Good Police Work. On April 20, Baldino says Floyd confirmed to investigators that he assembled the Molotov cocktails, which he learned how to make online, and threw “several” at officers. He told investigators he did not light any of them and “had no intention of doing so.” According to the complaint, he “panicked after throwing the Molotov cocktails,” dropped his bag, and shed his black bloc clothes. The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force investigated the case and made the arrest, but Special Agent in Charge Jay Tabb offered little explanation today for why the feds took the lead on the arrest of a protester who did not target federal employees or property. “I don’t know that I would go so far as to call this a terrorism incident,” Tabb told reporters today, saying the task force worked on the case “because of the partnerships already built with state and federal partners and agencies.” It’s not the first time the FBI has taken an interest in Seattle’s May Day protesters, but a spokesperson for U.S. Attorney Annette Hayes said she was not aware of other cases in which the feds have tracked down and arrested a single protester like this. Is Seattle’s black bloc now a federal priority? “We prioritize protecting people’s constitutional rights to assembly, peaceful demonstration, and free speech,” Tabb said. “When it exceeds that, we prioritize our investigative efforts to meet that.” Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole called the timing of the arrest “entirely coincidental,” but said “it is an opportunity for us to send a message to those who would bring something of this nature to an event. It’s incredibly dangerous.” The timing may be a coincidence, but the SPD’s and FBI’s messaging sure sounds intentional. In a press release, Hayes calls out black bloc tactics, saying Floyd’s “disguise was useless in his effort to evade responsibility for his actions.” Tabb said in that release[...]May Day again.

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Michael Shrieve Remembers Drumming on David Crosby's If I Could Only Remember My Name

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:45:00 -0700

by Dave Segal

The drummer reminisces about working with David Crosby on the eve of the folk musician's show at Neptune Theater.

Former Santana drummer Michael Shrieve is famous for being the youngest musician (20) to play the 1969 Woodstock Festival, and for his stunning solo during "Soul Sacrifice," which remains a highlight of Michael Wadleigh's film Woodstock. Now living in Seattle and still creating challenging music with his Spellbinder group, Shrieve also contributed drums to two songs on David Crosby's 1971 psych-folk classic If I Could Only Remember My Name: "What Are Their Names" and "Song with No Words (Tree with No Leaves)."

Recalling the recording sessions in a phone interview, Shrieve says that while he's unimpressed with his work on those tunes, he admits that their subdued folk-rock structures didn't play to his strengths. For Name, Shrieve and a cast of Los Angeles and San Francisco musical luminaries—Joni Mitchell, Jerry Garcia, Neil Young, Graham Nash, et al.—were mostly jamming on tunes that Crosby brought to the studio. "When I listen to it, it really feels like hippie music to me," Shrieve says. "It was different from the way I played with Santana. Because [Crosby's] music comes from folk music, essentially. I was coming more from a funk and jazz sort of vibe."

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Are ESPN Job Cuts Also Cutting Race Talk From Sports Coverage?

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:27:02 -0700

by Daudi Abe Video of Stephen A. Smith explaining Tristan Thompson's heated exchange with LeBron James. This week, roughly 100 much-publicized job cuts were announced at Disney-owned ESPN, the self-described “Worldwide Leader in Sports.” Since its founding in 1979, ESPN has defined the sports-on-cable television experience with its flagship highlight program SportsCenter, opinion shows like Pardon the Interruption, and endless live and recorded professional, college and high school sporting events on multiple channels, including ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS, ESPNU, and ESPN Classic, to name a few. As the names of those whose contracts were not being renewed became known, a telling tide of opinion began to appear regarding who was fired and who was not. Numerous victims of this downsizing were veteran reporters and analysts who had long careers at ESPN and will surely work in the field again. The focus of indignation about those being retained quickly centered on several people—Bomani Jones, Dan Le Batard, Gonzalo “Papi” Le Batard, Jemele Hill, Michael Smith, and most of all, the notoriously animated Stephen A. Smith, controversial host of ESPN morning centerpiece opinion show First Take. The wave of disagreement on Twitter, which advocated a “stick to sports” approach (no social discourse, i.e. Colin Kaepernick) took delight in connecting ESPN’s recent decline in subscription numbers with the rise to prominence of these young people of color on its airwaves who have brought ‘non-sports’ into sports coverage. On his radio/television show, Dan Le Batard highlighted the distinction between reporter and columnist while theorizing that the hate coming towards him and his colleagues was based around the audience’s ignorance of how each had paid their dues as sports reporters and beat writers and worked their way to the point of becoming essentially ‘television columnists,’ able to give the opinions that seem so upsetting. Truthfully, I don’t think anyone cares how many dues have been paid. For the many people who feel any mention of social issues, especially race, only adds to the problem, it appears impossible for them to reconcile when these ESPN opinion makers of color employ the lens of race in their sports analyses. The main argument of the “stick to sports” crowd is that people turn to sports as an ‘escape’ from all of society’s issues. While this may sound nice, I’ll say two things in response: 1) it’s not easy to escape institutional oppression, and 2) how many “stick to sports” folks are actually having the kinds of critical discussions that come up around the intersection of race, culture and sports in other aspects of their lives? Whether they actually want to engage in such dialogue, even outside of sports, is the question. [ Comment on this story ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ] [...]Video of tephen A. Smith explaining Tristan Thompson's heated exchange with LeBron James.

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Starz’s Sumptuous and Slow American Gods

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:45:00 -0700

by Ned Lannamann


You are correct to be tingling with excitement for American Gods. The Starz TV series is based on the novel by Neil Gaiman about ancient old-world deities fighting young American ones, and its cast includes Ian McShane, Crispin Glover, and Gillian Anderson. And look who’s running the show: Bryan Fuller, who made NBC’s Hannibal such a gorgeously disturbing mindfuck, and Michael Green, a writer on Logan, Blade Runner 2049, and Alien: Covenant.

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Dear White People Is Much Better as a Netflix Series

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:50:00 -0700

by Jenni Moore


Justin Simien’s 2014 movie Dear White People was about the politics, activism, and social scene at Winchester, a racially divided Ivy League college. In the movie version of DWP, everything was rushed—the story and issues were too big to cram into 100 minutes.

But as I’d hoped, the premise works much better on TV. The Black Caucus (aka the black clubs on campus) meets up regularly to talk smack and discuss their fellow students’ troubling racism. And when it gets to be too much, the students get together to “hate watch” their favorite drama, Defamation, a ridiculous parody of Scandal. Simien’s new Dear White People Netflix series allows for thorough character development, giving each character their own episode.

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Katie Couric Grills Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson On Chechnya's Anti-Gay Pogrom

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:07:43 -0700

by Dan Savage

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Cherdonna Shinatra Trolls Ibsen's A Doll's House

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:11:46 -0700

by Rich Smith


Washington Ensemble Theatre closes its 2016/17 season with the best idea it's had in recent memory. Cherdonna's Doll's House, which opens April 28 (tonight) and runs through May 15, combines two giants of the stage. One giant is A Doll's House, Norwegian play-factory Henrik Ibsen's masterpiece.

Theater 101 professors always present this classic as the exemplar of the realist "well-made play." Before the students inclined to snub the Western canon can tap out their first angry tweet, the professor reminds the class that A Doll's House is a FEMINIST play about a WOMAN (Nora) who single-handedly keeps an entire household together and yet decides to leave her husband (Torvald, that infantilizing bastard) and children at the end. Why? Because you'll have to read the play to find out, that's why.

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Mayor Murray's Public Safety Adviser Is Running Against City Attorney Pete Holmes

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:01:57 -0700

Well, another local political race that looked like a lock has turned into one worth watching. by Heidi Groover As public safety adviser, Scott Lindsay has overseen efforts on police reform and homelessness. courtesy of campaign Well, another local political race that looked like a lock has turned into one worth watching. One of Mayor Ed Murray's top advisers, Scott Lindsay, announced today that he'll challenge incumbent City Attorney Pete Holmes, who until today did not face any opponents. Lindsay is currently Murray's public safety adviser. In that role, he has overseen much of the mayor's controversial response to homelessness, including encampment sweeps, a still forthcoming 24-hour shelter, and a coordinated campaign from Murray and multiple city departments to kill a proposal from Columbia Legal Services and the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington that would have limited the city's power to forcefully remove homeless people from where they're camping. He has also worked on police reform efforts and crafted the so-called "9 1/2 Block Strategy" to crackdown on crime downtown. That effort showed some signs of success but nearby neighborhoods reported increased criminal activity, the Seattle Times reported, raising the question of whether it was really just pushing crime around. Lindsay will leave the mayor's office to campaign on May 5. As city attorney, Lindsay says he would focus on "getting better public safety results with less incarceration." He calls for "bold solutions" to the heroin epidemic and says he supports safe consumption sites. Citing the city's navigation teams—which pair outreach workers with police officers to try to get homeless people living outside to accept services—Lindsay says he would "expand on this model for using fresh approaches to difficult situations. It's not clear what that actually means. Lindsay's announcement includes a supportive quote from Lisa Daugaard, the director of the Public Defender Association who has sometimes clashed with the Murray administration. Without explicitly endorsing him, Daugaard says she believes Lindsay will prioritize alternatives to incarceration. "There are too many people going to jail unnecessarily on City of Seattle misdemeanors," Daugaard said. "Meanwhile, we are making too little use of proven alternatives that apply a public health framework to address problems that stem from addiction, mental illness and extreme poverty." Holmes has already been endorsed by Murray. Before working for the mayor, Lindsay served as senior counsel to Democrats on the U.S. House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee and at Seattle law firm K&L Gates. Holmes, serving his second term as city attorney, has made a name for himself siding with pot legalization activists. In 2010, two years before Washington legalized cannabis possession, Holmes refused to prosecute people arrested for possession. Last year, he vowed to crack down on illegal delivery services he believed were undermining the legal market. Currently, Holmes is suing the Trump Administration over its threats to pull funding from sanctuary cities. His office is also defending the city's landmark legislation allowing Uber drivers to unionize and fighting an ACLU lawsuit challenging the city's encampment sweeps. Holmes is also the one who, with support from Murray's office, hired a private investigator to try to hunt down the source who provided former Stranger reporter Ansel Herz documents related to the city's secret negotiations with the police union. That investigator was paid about $65,000 ($325 an hour) and turned up nothing. Like the two city council [...]

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The 22 Best Movies Playing in Seattle This Weekend: April 27-30, 2017

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:23:00 -0700

by Stranger Things To Do Staff

Get ready to eat up some anime at Cinerama's Anime Movie Festival, featuring favorites including Miyazaki's goldfish adventure Ponyo.

This weekend at the movies, you can choose between three very promising film festivals: the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, the Anime Movie Festival at Cinerama, and the National Film Festival for Talented Youth at SIFF Uptown and Cinerama. Our critics have also recommended classic '80s parable The Breakfast Club, experimental films by Stranger Genius Jon Behrens, and hip documentary Karl Marx City, which explores a massive surveillance apparatus left over from a failed socialist project. See all of our critics' picks below, and click through the links to see specific movie times and trailers. For more options, check out our complete movie times calendar (as well as our list of special film events).


Equinox Flower
"The films in SAM's tribute to one of the three masters of Japan's Golden Age of film, Yasujiro Ozu, are all beautiful and have at their core the quiet spirit of their times and places—mid-century, post-war Japan," wrote Charles Mudede. Continuing in the weekly series, this Thursday's film is Equinox Flower, which is based on the novel by Ton Satomi and was Ozu's first color film.
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Get ready to eat up some anime at Cinerama's Anime Movie Festival, featuring favorites including Miyazaki's goldfish adventure Ponyo.

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The 22 Best Movies to See in Seattle This Weekend: April 27-30, 2017

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:18:00 -0700

The Stranger’s film critics’ picks for April 27-30, 2017. by Stranger Things To Do Staff This weekend at the movies, you can choose between three very promising film festivals: the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, the Anime Movie Festival at Cinerama, and the National Film Festival for Talented Youth at SIFF Uptown and Cinerama. Our critics have also recommended classic '80s parable The Breakfast Club, experimental films by Stranger Genius Jon Behrens, and hip documentary Karl Marx City, which explores a massive surveillance apparatus left over from a failed socialist project. See all of our critics' picks below, and click through the links to see specific movie times and trailers. For more options, check out our complete movie times calendar (as well as our list of special film events). Get all this and more on the free Stranger Things To Do mobile app—available now on the App Store and Google Play. Jump to: Thurs | Fri | Fri—Sun | Sat | Sun | All Weekend THURSDAY ONLYEquinox Flower"The films in SAM's tribute to one of the three masters of Japan's Golden Age of film, Yasujiro Ozu, are all beautiful and have at their core the quiet spirit of their times and places—mid-century, post-war Japan," wrote Charles Mudede. Continuing in the weekly series, this Thursday's film is Equinox Flower, which is based on the novel by Ton Satomi and was Ozu's first color film.Seattle Art Museum The VoidThe partially crowd-sourced horror movie The Void does a commendable job in balancing overt scares with tantalizing hints of large-scale Otherworldliness. While it handles the close-up grody tentacled stuff with aplomb, its best trick is in creating and sustaining the mounting feeling that something Great and Cosmically Terrible is lurking just outside the frame. Beginning with a rather grisly home invasion, the plot follows a rural cop (Aaron Poole) who stumbles across a mysteriously injured man in the woods. After delivering the comatose victim to a remote hospital, he and the swiftly dwindling skeleton crew must deal with a mob of armed cultists gathering outside, as well as the growing signs that there’s something Not Right down in the basement. That last bit is an understatement, really. ANDREW WRIGHTGrand Illusion FRIDAY ONLYKarl Marx CityKarl Marx City, a hip little documentary by Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker, examines another failed socialist project, the German Democratic Republic. The project began after the Second World War and ended soon after the fall of the Berlin Wall, in 1989. Whereas I saw the dawn of a socialist project, Epperlein, the film's narrator and subject, as a girl saw the twilight years of one. Eight or so years after East Germany reunited with capitalist West Germany, her father committed suicide and left her a strange final note. The film investigates this death, which seems more and more connected with the massive surveillance apparatus once operated by the Stasi, a secret department of the former "socialist" government. CHARLES MUDEDEThe directors will be in attendance for the screening as well as an after-party in the Forum lobby.Northwest Film Forum FRIDAY—SUNDAYAnime Movie FestivalRevisit the most dazzling anime classics from body-horror futurist postpunk like Akira and Ghost in the Shell to the exciting Cowboy Bebop to the richly saturated hallucinations of Paprika, as well as a special ten-film spotlight on Hayao Miyazaki. Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Howl's Moving Castle and My Neighbor Totoro are all definitely worth a rewatch—and if it's your first time,[...]

Fondue Chain That Charges "Living Wage" Fee Donated to Anti-Minimum Wage Campaign

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:03:13 -0700

by Ana Sofia Knauf The Stranger Last month, I wrote about a handful of local restaurants and shops that were tacking on small living wage surcharges to their customers' bills. Business owners told me that these 2 percent to 5 percent fees were being used to help compensate for costs associated with increasing their employees' pay to meet Seattle's $15 minimum wage law. Although the fees are perfectly legal, representatives with workers' rights group Working Washington were convinced that the surcharges were politically motivated. In a blog post published today, Working Washington pushed that point further, showing that fondue chain The Melting Pot, which charges customers a 3 percent living wage fee, donated money to an anti-$15 minimum wage group in 2014. Records from the City of Seattle's Ethics and Elections Commission show that Pacific NW Fondue LLC donated $500 to Forward Seattle, a campaign to repeal the $15 minimum wage, which passed in 2013. The LLC is governed by Lane Scelzi, who owns the Seattle, Tacoma, and Bellevue locations of The Melting Pot and wine bar Sip. In a letter distributed at local Melting Pot locations, Scelzi explained that higher costs related to the new minimum wage forced his hand. His letter also insists that "this is not a political statement, this is just us being honest and transparent with you about the impact that these initiatives are having on our restaurants." Working Washington spokesperson Sage Wilson called bullshit on Scelzi's claim that the surcharge isn't political. "I think this is one of those cases where somebody insisting this [surcharge] isn’t a political message ends up demonstrating the extent to which it is," he said. For Scelzi to call out this 3 percent fee is to say, "'This is not my fault and I didn't want to do it.' That seems to be the message implicit there," Wilson said. When reached for comment, Scelzi downplayed the role of the minimum wage in the surcharge. He added that the company has for 20 years offered benefits, including medical, dental, vision, paid time off and vacation. Scelzi's grievance with the law is that Washington State doesn't consider tips part of employees' wages, as many other states do, he said. And those costs, in addition to the businesses' rents, have gone up every year, he said. A much more logical approach than a small surcharge, Wilson said, would be raising menu prices by 3 percent or implementing an automatic 20 percent surcharge on customers' bills in lieu of tipping. As I wrote in March: Some Seattle restaurateurs, such as Renee Erickson, have switched to this system. The 20 percent flat fee, said Wilson, is "clearly about changing the model in the restaurant industry... [and] changing the way compensation works for our lowest-paid workers in our city and state." "My stance on that is that I’m all for keeping tips and gratuity for staff that does the job," Scelzi said. "That’s why we didn’t go that route." "Our whole goal was to be very transparent about this cost and not keep hiding it in the food costs and wine costs," he said. "We just wanted to be more honest with our guests. Our guests are appreciative that we are transparent about this." [ Comment on this story ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ] [...]

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Why Should I Give a Fuck About Tim Kasher?

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:45:53 -0700

by Rich Smith

Tim Kasher plays Saturday, April 29, at Barboza.

Years Active: 24.

Provenance: Omaha, Nebraska.

Essential Albums: Black Out, Domestica, The Ugly Organ, Album of the Year.

Essential Songs: "The Casualty," "A Golden Exit," "After O'Rourke's, 2:10 a.m.," "Some Red Handed Sleight of Hand," "A Gentleman Caller," "Album of the Year," "Inmates," "From the Hips," "Heartbroke."

Tim Kasher plays Saturday, April 29, at Barboza.

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Savage Love: Restless

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:15:00 -0700

by Dan Savage

Joe Newton
I'm a 31-year-old gay male. I've been with my fiancé for three years, and we are getting married in the fall. I've got a question about initiating sex in my sleep—I read somewhere that "sexsomnia" is the "medical" term, but maybe the internet invented that? According to my fiancé, I have initiated or performed some kind of sex act in the middle of the night and then gone right back to sleep. The next day, I don't remember anything. This freaks me out for a couple of reasons: My body doing things without my mind being in control is concerning enough, but it feels kinda rapey, since I doubt I'm capable of hearing "no" in this state. My fiancé doesn't feel that way; he finds it sexy. The other thing—and maybe I shouldn't have read so much Freud and Jung in college—is that I'm worried my body is acting out desires that my conscious mind doesn't want to acknowledge. According to my fiancé, the last time I did stuff in my sleep, I rimmed him and told him how much I wanted to fuck him. Rimming isn't a typical part of our sex life (although I'd like it to be), and my fiancé has never bottomed for anyone (I've topped guys in prior relationships, but in our relationship I've only bottomed). Is my body doing things that my mind won't admit it wants to do? Is there a way to prevent it from happening?

Sexsomniac Hoping Eventually Eager Trysts Stop

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David Crosby Remembers His Name, and Other Surprising Revelations

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:45:00 -0700

by Dave Segal

He who is on the road. Crosby lands at Neptune Theater next Wed, May 3. DJANGO CROSBY

David Crosby—who still really hasn't cut his hair—is in shockingly fine voice on his most recent album, 2016's Lighthouse. His high, silky tones elevate this folk-rock phantasia into an angel-haired realm that—while not as lofty or as lusty as his work with the Byrds, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and his early solo output—is better than you'd expect from a 75-year-old music-biz vet with mucho substance abuse under his cape.

It's a wistfully beautiful, acoustic affair co-helmed by Snarky Puppy bassist Michael League, and you can expect to hear much from it at Crosby's Seattle date—along with material from CSN(Y), the Byrds, and his sublime 1971 solo debut, If I Could Only Remember My Name.

He who is on the road.

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