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Why Should I Give a Fuck About... Pere Ubu?

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 04:00:00 -0800

They may not have been the fathers of Dada rock, but they furthered its evolution. And they're still touring. by Dave Segal

Pere Ubu play Saturday, December 3, at the Crocodile with obnox and SSDD.

Years Active: 41.

Provenance: Cleveland, Ohio.

Essential Albums: The Modern Dance, Dub Housing, The Art of Walking, Datapanik in the Year Zero boxed set.

Essential Songs: "Heart of Darkness," "Final Solution," "30 Seconds Over Tokyo," "Cloud 149," "Non-Alignment Pact," "Caligari's Mirror," "Misery Goats," "Arabia."

Influenced By: Black Sabbath, Captain Beefheart, Roxy Music, Alfred Jarry's 1896 play Ubu Roi.

Influence On: Mission of Burma, Pixies, Pavement, Primus, Ween.

Precautions: Cantankerous frontman David Thomas doesn't suffer fools gladly. Some of Pere Ubu's post-1980s albums are rather spotty; critic Robert Christgau even gave three of them the dreaded "bomb" grade.

Why You Should Give a Fuck: Before punk exploded, Pere Ubu were brewing something much stranger in the industrial wastelands of Cleveland, drawing inspiration from innovators and iconoclasts like the Velvet Underground and Captain Beefheart, without slavishly imitating them. The group's early recordings—bolstered by Allen Ravenstine's Eraserhead-eerie synth emanations—encompass some of the most unnerving and powerful expressions of estrangement and exhilaration in rock history. A poet of the ungainly and unconventional, singer David Thomas uses his hysteria-filled voice as a rickety vehicle for his unhinged lyrics. He and Pere Ubu elevated rock to the status of art, but they didn't relinquish its primal power. Rather, these Cleveland weirdos often infused rock with an oblong propulsion while filtering a rust-belt dub/musique-concrète into songs that alternately could topple towers or tickle funny bones. Pere Ubu may not have been the fathers of Dada rock, but they furthered its evolution, especially in their furious first decade of existence. (image)

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This Week on the Blabbermouth Podcast: Jill Stein and the DEMONocracy

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 11:20:24 -0800

by Eli Sanders

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Episode 78 explores whether Dan Savage can say something nice about Jill Stein now that she's spearheading a recount in three states. After that, we turn to your letters, DEMONocracy, and other pressing matters. GAGE SKIDMORE


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Can Dan Savage say something nice about Jill Stein now that she’s leading a recount charge in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania? And why does Sydney Brownstone see a "successful” recount leading to blood in the streets? We answer all these questions and more right off the bat.

Then we perform oral readings of two great listener comments—one voiced by Heidi Groover and the other by Charles Mudede.

After that: a segment we’re calling Rich Smith’s Glossary of Ocracies. (You gotta listen to find out.)

And finally, Stranger social media manager Jessica Fu tries to talk me down off the “Facebook is killing democracy" ledge I climbed out on last week. Plus...

Episode 78 discovers whether Dan Savage whether can say something nice about Jill Stein now that she's spearheading a recount in three states, and then turns to your letters, DEMONocracy, and other pressing matters.


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Use The Brand-New Stranger Things To Do App To Make Planning Your Weekend Easy

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:17:00 -0800

by Stranger Things To Do Staff

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Download the new Stranger Things To Do mobile app for free on the App Store and Google Play.

If you haven't already downloaded the Stranger Things To Do app, here are five reasons why you should do it immediately:

1. It's free!

2. This weekend on the app, you’ll find: the best markets and pop-up shops for unique handmade holiday gifts; last-minute, cheap and easy things to do this weekend; the best movies playing in town; and concerts and events happening this month that you’ll want to grab tickets for before they’re sold out.

3. You can save events you’re interested in to create your own personal weekend itinerary.

4. You’ll also have access to our complete calendar for film, music, theater, the arts, and pretty much everything else happening in Seattle.

5. There's no easier way to navigate the busy holiday season in Seattle.

(image) Get all this and more on the free Stranger Things To Do mobile app—available now on the App Store and Google Play. (image)

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Last-Minute Plans: 93 Free, Cheap & Easy Things To Do in Seattle This Weekend: December 2-4, 2016

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:26:43 -0800

by Stranger Things To Do Staff

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Seattle Center's WinterFest features an ice rink, ice sculpting, the classic winter train and village, and performances. vmax137 / Flickr

Scrambling for something to do this weekend? We've got you covered, with plenty of last-minute options that don't require advance planning and won't cost you more than $10. See them all below, including plenty of holiday gift markets (including the Urban Craft Uprising and Holiday Bizarre Bazaar), Phil Kline's Unsilent Night, and Shameless, a dance night featuring all of your favorite guilty pleasures. For even more options, check out our complete Things To Do calendar, where you'll find lists including the 16 best movies playing this weekend and December events and concerts to buy tickets for before they sell out.

(image) Get all this and more on the free Stranger Things To Do mobile app—available now on the App Store and Google Play. You can even save your favorites of these events and set reminders to buy tickets! (image)

FRIDAY
1. 3 Year Anniversary Party
Push/Pull is Ballard's home for underground art and comics, and they've been nourishing local weirdness and creativity for three years. Share drinks and snacks with Push/Pull artists and pick up a discount "mystery bag" full of art and other goodies.
(Ballard, free)

Seattle Center's WinterFest features an ice rink, ice sculpting, the classic winter train and village, and performances.


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Last-Minute Plans: 93 Free, Cheap & Easy Things To Do This Weekend

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:21:01 -0800

Urban Craft Uprising, Unsilent Night, And More $10-And-Under Events by Stranger Things To Do Staff Scrambling for something to do this weekend? We've got you covered, with plenty of last-minute options that don't require advance planning and won't cost you more than $10. See them all below, including plenty of holiday gift markets (including the Urban Craft Uprising and Holiday Bizarre Bazaar), Phil Kline's Unsilent Night, and Shameless, a dance night featuring all of your favorite guilty pleasures. FRIDAY 1. 3 Year Anniversary Party Push/Pull is Ballard's home for underground art and comics, and they've been nourishing local weirdness and creativity for three years. Share drinks and snacks with Push/Pull artists and pick up a discount "mystery bag" full of art and other goodies. (Ballard, free) 2. Amelia, Voycheck, Young Go Hards Raw rock powerhouse group Amelia headline Substation with support from Voycheck and Young Go Hards. (Ballard, $6) 3. Ball of Wax Volume 46 Release Show For 11 years, Ball of Wax Audio Quarterly has been releasing quarterly compilation CDs highlighting new music from Seattle and beyond that might not get attention (or even be released) otherwise. At this 46th release event, local musicians will perform for "adventurous music listeners," and, for the price of admission, you'll go home with a new compilation CD. (Ballard, $8) 4. BAM Biennial Artist Open House & Award Presentation The third BAM Biennial Artist Open House will feature Metalmorphosis artists in talks, demonstrations, and hands-on activities. This is part of BAM's Free First Friday, which extends museum hours until 8 pm.(Bellevue, free) 5. Candi Pop If you own several glitter chokers and routinely take "Which Spice Are You" quizzes, the Candi Pop dance night at Neumos is for you. Free pizza from 9-10pm, and free entry before 10pm, with $10 entry after that. Feel free to embrace all your guilty pleasures and spread that unicorn rainbow boy band girl power magic around town. (Capitol Hill, Free before 10 pm/$10 after) 6. C.C. Filson Ballard Launch To celebrate its new outdoor-gear store in Ballard, Filson invites you to a 21+ party with free hot dogs and beer plus live music. RSVP for free entry, but note that space is limited. You may want to arrive early, especially considering the live music in question is thanks to local stoner-metal heroes Earth, with Sub Pup neo-grunge darlings So Pitted and WEEED. (Ballard, free) 7. Clam Lighting Ceremony At 7 pm, Ivar's will supply power to their annual "Clam Lights" ("thousands of twinkling lights across the park's greenery"—we're not sure exactly how clammy they are) and will celebrate with an official lighting ceremony, a parade of boats, a performance by the Dickens Carolers, and even a "Dancing Santa Clam." (Renton, free) 8. Complex: 3-Room Party Extravanganza Celebrate the weekend with three whole rooms of Seattle selectors bumping house, techno, and waves of all kinds throughout a 12-hour party within the Kremwerk/Timbre Room complex. Featured DJs include Justin Hartinger, Minnesnowta, WD4D, Zoolab, Dorsia, Eddie LV, Everett Leftside, Oki, BBecks, MTBTZ, and Howin1000. (Downtown, free) 9. Cucci's Deep Rip Legendary Seattle drag presence Cucci Binaca is moving to Los Angeles, and in their wake present a sad drag show, rife with tears and other bodily fluids. Enjoy mournful performance by Arson Nicki, Butylene O'Kipple, Cucci Binaca, Hellen Tragedy, Dolce Vida, Irene Dubois, and Miss Texas 1988. (Downtown, $10/$12) 10. Difficult Children, The Worst Idea, Your Band, Heavy Nettle Basement rockers Difficult Children bring their earnest scuzz to Blue Moon, with Your Band and guests in tow. (University District, $5) 11. Emily Zach: The Art of Beatrix Potter Emily Zach presents The Art of Beatrix Potter: Sketches, Paintings and Illustrations, on the work of the scientifically-minded auth[...]



This Sunday! Join Dan Savage for a Live Recording of the Savage Lovecast

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:18:32 -0800

by Stranger Staff

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Join Dan Savage and Nancy for a special live recording of the Savage Lovecast and get advice on sex, relationships, and what you should and shouldn't insert into...places. More entertaining still, learn what kinds of weird stuff other people are into that you would definitely never, ever try (until somebody offers). Don't miss this chance to corrupt your mind.

The recording is happening this Sunday, December 4 at the Neptune Theater. Tickets here!


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Last-Minute Plans: 93 Free, Cheap & Easy Things To Do in Seattle This Weekend: December 2-4, 2016

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:18:00 -0800

Urban Craft Uprising, Unsilent Night, And More $10-And-Under Events by Stranger Things To Do Staff Scrambling for something to do this weekend? We've got you covered, with plenty of last-minute options that don't require advance planning and won't cost you more than $10. See them all below, including plenty of holiday gift markets (including the Urban Craft Uprising and Holiday Bizarre Bazaar), Phil Kline's Unsilent Night, and Shameless, a dance night featuring all of your favorite guilty pleasures. For even more options, check out our complete Things To Do calendar, where you'll find lists including the 16 best movies playing this weekend and December events and concerts to buy tickets for before they sell out. 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: Friday | Saturday | Sunday FRIDAY 1. 3 Year Anniversary Party Push/Pull is Ballard's home for underground art and comics, and they've been nourishing local weirdness and creativity for three years. Share drinks and snacks with Push/Pull artists and pick up a discount "mystery bag" full of art and other goodies. (Ballard, free) 2. Amelia, Voycheck, Young Go Hards Raw rock powerhouse group Amelia headline Substation with support from Voycheck and Young Go Hards. (Ballard, $6) 3. Ball of Wax Volume 46 Release Show For 11 years, Ball of Wax Audio Quarterly has been releasing quarterly compilation CDs highlighting new music from Seattle and beyond that might not get attention (or even be released) otherwise. At this 46th release event, local musicians will perform for "adventurous music listeners," and, for the price of admission, you'll go home with a new compilation CD. (Ballard, $8) 4. BAM Biennial Artist Open House & Award Presentation The third BAM Biennial Artist Open House will feature Metalmorphosis artists in talks, demonstrations, and hands-on activities. This is part of BAM's Free First Friday, which extends museum hours until 8 pm.(Bellevue, free) 5. Candi Pop If you own several glitter chokers and routinely take "Which Spice Are You" quizzes, the Candi Pop dance night at Neumos is for you. Free pizza from 9-10pm, and free entry before 10pm, with $10 entry after that. Feel free to embrace all your guilty pleasures and spread that unicorn rainbow boy band girl power magic around town. (Capitol Hill, Free before 10 pm/$10 after) 6. C.C. Filson Ballard Launch To celebrate its new outdoor-gear store in Ballard, Filson invites you to a 21+ party with free hot dogs and beer plus live music. RSVP for free entry, but note that space is limited. You may want to arrive early, especially considering the live music in question is thanks to local stoner-metal heroes Earth, with Sub Pup neo-grunge darlings So Pitted and WEEED. (Ballard, free) 7. Clam Lighting Ceremony At 7 pm, Ivar's will supply power to their annual "Clam Lights" ("thousands of twinkling lights across the park's greenery"—we're not sure exactly how clammy they are) and will celebrate with an official lighting ceremony, a parade of boats, a performance by the Dickens Carolers, and even a "Dancing Santa Clam." (Renton, free) 8. Complex: 3-Room Party Extravanganza Celebrate the weekend with three whole rooms of Seattle selectors bumping house, techno, and waves of all kinds throughout a 12-hour party within the Kremwerk/Timbre Room complex. Featured DJs include Justin Hartinger, Minnesnowta, WD4D, Zoolab, Dorsia, Eddie LV, Everett Leftside, Oki, BBecks, MTBTZ, and Howin1000. (Downtown, free) 9. Cucci's Deep Rip Legendary Seattle drag presence Cucci Binaca is moving to Los Angeles, and in their wake present a sad drag show, rife with tears and other bodily fluids. Enjoy mournful performance by Arson Nicki, Butylene O'Kipple, Cucci Binaca, Hellen Tragedy, Dolce Vida, Ire[...]



Dear Reader Who Wanted to Help the Homeless by Buying Pot

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:46:09 -0800

by Tobias Coughlin-Bogue

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A while back, I fielded a question on Blabbermouth from a reader who wanted to know if all that tax money from weed was making its way back to Seattle to fight homelessness. That inspired me to dig up this rather uninspiring information about where the cannabis excise tax money actually goes. Now, however, I have better news for you: there is a way you can help.

The tax stuff, unfortunately, hasn't changed much. In fact, Council member Tim Burgess proposed a 400% increase in city licensing fees for pot business to cover our cannabis-related administration costs. That was later reduced to a more reasonable amount, but his point remains: our share of the excise tax is not enormous. What's left goes into the general fund and helps fight homelessness indirectly, as senior mayoral policy dude David Mendoza pointed out back in June, but that ain't exactly millions.

And millions are, apparently, what Mary's Place needs to build a new shelter as part of their No Child Sleeps Outside campaign. Two of them, to be precise.

However, if you, like our intrepid caller, are one of Seattle's more socially conscious potheads, there is a way your habit can help. Zoots, the state's biggest edibles brand, is kicking in 3% of all sales for the month of December to help fund the new shelter. Next time you drive by the sprawling mess of tents down on Airport Way as you make your way to one of Sodo's many pot shops, remember to add some Zoot Rocks to your basket. According to Zoots spokesperson Dana Prainito, they anticipate raising at least $10,000. Every little bit counts and all.

In that same vein, Stash Pot Shop is doing a December-long coat drive. For the entire month, you can bring your used-but-in-good-condition coats to either of their two locations to be donated to homeless shelters. That's part of the Share the Warmth campaign, which is also hosting a Stash-sponsored party at Lovecitylove on December 18.

Long story short, getting high to help fight homelessness is now slightly more possible. I'll make sure to update this post with any other charity efforts I get wind of, and if you're a pot business that's doing something to help the homeless, pat yourself on the back and then get at me ASAP: tobias@thestranger.com.

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Watch: Seattle Avant-Rock Band Zen Mother's Gripping Performance on KEXP

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:25:11 -0800

by Dave Segal

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Zen Mother's Monika Khot and Adam Smith: not just knee deep... Emily Eddy

One of Seattle's most interesting groups, experimental-rock unit Zen Mother—featuring the core duo Monika Khot and Adam Wolcott Smith—played live on KEXP's Audioasis program with Sharlese Metcalf on October 26; you can now view the set below. Zen Mother brought the eerie Halloween vibes, but without an iota of corniness, which is what separates the truly great rock bands from the merely adequate.

With the addition of cellist Will Smith (Newaxeyes' live-sound guy/producer) and drummer Raymond McCoy IV, Zen Mother have broadened and deepened their sound into some rarefied species of foreboding electronic-gothic rock—more Liars or Igor Wakhévitch than Sisters of Mercy. The songs they played—"Tsunami Song" "Sleep Now" "Mantra"—bode well for their debut album, titled I Was Made to Be Like Her, due next spring on on Illuminasty Records.

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By the way, Khot and Smith both appear in the band Invisible Hand—in which Smith writes all of the songs. (Not to be confused with Alan Bishop's the Invisible Hands.) They're finishing up an album that's slated for spring 2017, as well. And keep 'em peeled for Khot's phenomenal solo project Nordra, which will drop an LP Faith Coloccia and Aaron Turner's SIGE label next spring.

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Trump Voter Rudely Woke Month After Trump Wins Election

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:49:37 -0800

by Charles Mudede

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She bought a triplex for $248,000 in 1998. After OneWest did its recession magic, she owed $517,662 in 2015. Ken Wolter/Shutterstock.com

She voted for Donald Trump because he promised to shake things up. But once in power, he nominated for Treasury secretary the very man, Steven Mnuchin, who ran the bank, OneWest, that foreclosed on her property and thousands of others. The triplex she owned until 2015 was basically her retirement. She woke to the fact that all of that stress and hard work and hope has now entered the void of four years. She voted for her oppressor. So, what does she have to say now? "I just wish that I had not voted." But she lives in California, so her not voting would not have made a difference. Nevertheless, she is the first of what will become a wave of woke Trump voters. And you can stuff that into your pipe.

Here is Elizabeth Warren on Steven Mnuchin...

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What Should We Do During "Our First 100 Days" Under Trump? Fight Back.

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:25:43 -0800

by Ana Sofia Knauf Complacency isn't an option. HG President-elect Donald Trump will be inaugurated in less than 50 days. He has already announced some of his plans for his first 100 days as president—and they're not looking good. A president's first 100 days in office set the tone for their administration and are known as their most powerful time in office. This will be a critical time for us to fight back against Trump and his cabinet of deplorables' attempts to dismantle democracy. Megan Seling, a former staff writer for The Stranger, and current contributor Lauren Hoffman, launched an organizing project, "Our First 100 Days," to get people to commit to taking action. "Leading up to the election, I was being outspoken and telling people to vote," said Seling. "There was the feeling of, 'Oh he's not going to win' and I felt more relaxed than I should've. I was pretty shocked by the results. I wasn't shocked because it happened, but that no one saw it coming." "Your commitment doesn't have to be the same thing every day," Seling and Hoffman write on the website for Our First 100 Days. "Your project can be as loose as it needs to be to keep you going ... [it's] more about committing to taking a small amount of time every single day to put something positive and thoughtful in the world." Seling is encouraging people to take bite-sized steps to ensure that they "don't back down and don't burn out." Some of their tips include not falling victim to fake news and instead shelling out to support the newspapers and journalists working to shed light on important issues. Here are some other suggestions: • Put $1 into a jar or bank account every day. When the project ends, donate the money to the charity of your choice. • Save the phone numbers of your senators or other elected officials. Call every day, once a day, to voice any of your concerns. If calling makes you nervous, consider sending a postcard or email. • Look into volunteering. While you probably can't volunteer every day, you could make the promise to volunteer for 100 hours in the first 100 days. • Sell your services or talents and donate the proceeds. Are you a painter, songwriter, photographer, designer or any other kind of maker? Offer your services and donate a portion or all of the proceeds to an organization. You can also refer to our Resistance & Solidarity calendar for organizing here in Seattle. We also have some tips for how to stay safe, informed, and on-message when you take to the streets to protest. The "Our First 100 Days" project officially begins on January 20. Seling and Hoffman ask you to take a pledge and document what you've done to accomplish your commitment to resist Trump through their hashtag #ourfirst100days. They will be sharing what participants are doing through Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. "By [the end of the 100 days], we'll have a better idea of what he's trying to do," said Seling. Our work is just beginning. [ Comment on this story ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ] [...]Complacency isn't an option.


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Who Will Replace Pramila Jayapal in the Washington State Senate?

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:07:27 -0800

by Heidi Groover Attend a forum tonight to learn more about the candidates hoping to replace Pramila Jayapal in Olympia. courtesy of pramila jayapal With Pramila Jayapal's election to Congress last month—a small bright spot on an otherwise completely fucked election night—her seat in the Washington State Senate is up for grabs. Jayapal's district, the 37th, is a majority-minority district that includes the Central District, Chinatown-International District, a large swath of South Seattle, and Renton. On Monday, the 37th District Democrats will appoint Jayapal's replacement. At a forum tonight, most of the candidates in the running will outline their priorities for the district. Nine candidates are in the running (two others recently said they're no longer seeking the appointment). A few particularly notable names: • Rebecca Saldaña, executive director of Puget Sound Sage • Rory O'Sullivan, an attorney with the Housing Justice Project and current chair of the 37th LD Democrats • Sheley Secrest, a vice president and chair of economic development at the Seattle King County NAACP • Juan Cotto, manager of community outreach at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and El Centro de La Raza board president • Jesse Wineberry, a former state rep who this year unsuccessfully ran for congress Also in the running are Shasti Conrad, John Stafford, Chukundi Salisbury, and Jessica McKercher. During her time in the Republican-controlled state senate, Jayapal found ways to get things done outside of the legislative process when Republicans blocked her legislative efforts. With Republicans still holding control of the state senate, her replacement will need to be able to do the same to deliver for South Seattle. Jayapal was also the only woman of color in the state senate. Over at the South Seattle Emerald, Cliff Cawthon has a good overview of the district and the importance of the appointment: King County Councilmember Larry Gossett, the last living member of the legendary “Gang of Four” civil rights leaders shared his perspective on how important this appointment is: “In being an activist and a member of the 37th LD Democrats since 1973, I don’t see the major issues that confront the constituents of the 37th having changed much, but the constituencies of the 37th are changing…issues in the 80s and 90s are still going,” he noted. “Whoever gets elected will have to deal with these issues, particularly the school to prison pipeline. According to Mayor Murray, 55 percent of Black youngsters under the age of 18 live below the poverty level. They are at extreme risk for being cannon fodder, expelled and jailed within the criminal justice system.” Hear more from the candidates vying for the seat tonight at 7 pm at the Rainier Arts Center. This post has been updated to include the names of all nine candidates. [ Comment on this story ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ] [...]Attend a forum tonight to learn more about the candidates hoping to replace Pramila Jayapal representing the 37th District in the state senate.


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The 16 Best Movies Playing in Seattle This Weekend: December 2-4, 2016

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:46:25 -0800

by Stranger Things To Do Staff Enjoy postmodern architecture, movie magic, and Alan Rickman (once again, fuck you 2016) in Christmas classic Die Hard. This weekend at the movies, you can pay tribute to Sharon Jones, re-watch Hayao Miyazaki's creepy, visually enthralling Spirited Away, explore the spiritual and moral deracination of subjects of Chinese capitalism in Old Stone, or get around to seeing the latest Disney princess movie, Moana, which is an admirable example of positive representation. See all of our film critics' picks below, and, as always, check out our complete movie times calendar for more options, or our Things To Do calendar for all of the events happening this weekend. Get all this and more on the free Stranger Things To Do mobile app—available now on the App Store and Google Play. FRIDAY1. Miss Sharon Jones! Tribute ScreeningOn November 18th, Sean Nelson wrote, "Sharon Jones, the singer whose astonishing talent helped usher in a revival of classic-styled soul music over the past decade, died today after a long, and well-publicized battle with pancreatic cancer." Celebrate and remember Jones's life and work at this tribute screening. Read Dave Segal's description of the film below: Want another documentary about a musician overcoming great adversity to achieve glittering critical and modest commercial success? Possibly not, but you should make room in your callous heart for director Barbara Kopple's Miss Sharon Jones! The titular subject is a powerful vocalist who merits your respect and attention, regardless if you're a fan of her band the Dap-Kings' tried-and-true R&B, soul, and funk. Born in South Carolina to a mother acquainted with the godfather of soul, James Brown, Sharon Jones took a long time to get her music career going, not releasing her first record until she was 40. But she made up for lost time by cutting several high-quality, pitch-perfect releases and proving herself to be a galvanizing live performer, inspiring James Brown comparisons. Once you see her onstage, you realize this is not hyperbole. DAVE SEGALNorthwest Film Forum [...]Observe postmodern architecture, movie magic, and Alan Rickman (once again, fuck you 2016) in Christmas classic Die Hard.


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The 16 Best Movies Playing This Weekend

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:43:58 -0800

Die Hard, The 15th Anniversary of Spirited Away, Moana, And More Critics' Picks by Stranger Things To Do Staff This weekend at the movies, you can pay tribute to Sharon Jones, re-watch Hayao Miyazaki's creepy, visually enthralling Spirited Away, explore the spiritual and moral deracination of subjects of Chinese capitalism in Old Stone, or get around to seeing the latest Disney princess movie, Moana, which is an admirable example of positive representation. See all of our film critics' picks below. FRIDAY1. Miss Sharon Jones! Tribute ScreeningOn November 18th, Sean Nelson wrote, "Sharon Jones, the singer whose astonishing talent helped usher in a revival of classic-styled soul music over the past decade, died today after a long, and well-publicized battle with pancreatic cancer." Celebrate and remember Jones's life and work at this tribute screening. Read Dave Segal's description of the film below: Want another documentary about a musician overcoming great adversity to achieve glittering critical and modest commercial success? Possibly not, but you should make room in your callous heart for director Barbara Kopple's Miss Sharon Jones! The titular subject is a powerful vocalist who merits your respect and attention, regardless if you're a fan of her band the Dap-Kings' tried-and-true R&B, soul, and funk. Born in South Carolina to a mother acquainted with the godfather of soul, James Brown, Sharon Jones took a long time to get her music career going, not releasing her first record until she was 40. But she made up for lost time by cutting several high-quality, pitch-perfect releases and proving herself to be a galvanizing live performer, inspiring James Brown comparisons. Once you see her onstage, you realize this is not hyperbole. DAVE SEGALNorthwest Film Forum 2. Old StoneUntil recently, the streets in China’s towns and cities were filled with pedestrians, bikes, and motorbikes. Now they are filled with pedestrians, bikes, motorbikes, cars, and trucks. In Old Stone, directed by Chinese Canadian Johnny Ma, an ordinary taxi driver, Lao Shi (Chen Gang), enters the present-day streets of a Chinese city to pay for Adam’s and Eve’s sin. Lao Shi picks up a drunk middle-class man at a fancy hotel, and while driving to the drunk’s destination, the drunk, who sits beside him, suddenly grabs and turns the steering wheel. The car swerves and hits a man on a motorbike. CHARLES MUDEDEGrand Illusion SUNDAY3. Spirited Away: 15th AnniversaryCelebrate the 15th anniversary of Hayao Miyazaki's Academy Award-winning Spirited Away, a visually enthralling anime about the destruction of innocence. It's basically two and a half hours of fantastical, vaguely terrifying uneasiness. "I'm sorry my sister turned your parents into pigs, but there's nothing I can do."Pacific Place ALL WEEKEND4. ArrivalArrival is an ominous, thrumming, beautiful thing that starts out being about aliens who need a decoder ring. It ends up being about something quite different. Arrival is about Big Things—and the manner in which Villeneuve gets to them, as his camera slowly traces structures and landscapes both familiar and strange, can’t help but surprise and impress. Visually and aurally remarkable, Arrival sometimes unfolds like a clever puzzle and other times like a raw-nerve thriller; throughout, with heart and wit, Heisserer and Villeneuve never lose sight of the film’s characters—creatures in a situation that’s weird and mournful, exciting and threatening. ERIK HENRIKSENVarious locations 5. Die HardA year after Fox Plaza, a 35-story tower in Century City, Los Angeles, was completed (1987), it starred in a film tha[...]



The 16 Best Movies Playing in Seattle This Weekend: December 2-4, 2016

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:41:35 -0800

Die Hard, The 15th Anniversary of Spirited Away, Moana, And More Critics' Picks by Stranger Things To Do Staff This weekend at the movies, you can pay tribute to Sharon Jones, re-watch Hayao Miyazaki's creepy, visually enthralling Spirited Away, explore the spiritual and moral deracination of subjects of Chinese capitalism in Old Stone, or get around to seeing the latest Disney princess movie, Moana, which is an admirable example of positive representation. See all of our film critics' picks below, and, as always, check out our complete movie times calendar for more options, or our Things To Do calendar for all of the events happening this weekend. Get all this and more on the free Stranger Things To Do mobile app—available now on the App Store and Google Play. FRIDAY1. Miss Sharon Jones! Tribute ScreeningOn November 18th, Sean Nelson wrote, "Sharon Jones, the singer whose astonishing talent helped usher in a revival of classic-styled soul music over the past decade, died today after a long, and well-publicized battle with pancreatic cancer." Celebrate and remember Jones's life and work at this tribute screening. Read Dave Segal's description of the film below: Want another documentary about a musician overcoming great adversity to achieve glittering critical and modest commercial success? Possibly not, but you should make room in your callous heart for director Barbara Kopple's Miss Sharon Jones! The titular subject is a powerful vocalist who merits your respect and attention, regardless if you're a fan of her band the Dap-Kings' tried-and-true R&B, soul, and funk. Born in South Carolina to a mother acquainted with the godfather of soul, James Brown, Sharon Jones took a long time to get her music career going, not releasing her first record until she was 40. But she made up for lost time by cutting several high-quality, pitch-perfect releases and proving herself to be a galvanizing live performer, inspiring James Brown comparisons. Once you see her onstage, you realize this is not hyperbole. DAVE SEGALNorthwest Film Forum 2. Old StoneUntil recently, the streets in China’s towns and cities were filled with pedestrians, bikes, and motorbikes. Now they are filled with pedestrians, bikes, motorbikes, cars, and trucks. In Old Stone, directed by Chinese Canadian Johnny Ma, an ordinary taxi driver, Lao Shi (Chen Gang), enters the present-day streets of a Chinese city to pay for Adam’s and Eve’s sin. Lao Shi picks up a drunk middle-class man at a fancy hotel, and while driving to the drunk’s destination, the drunk, who sits beside him, suddenly grabs and turns the steering wheel. The car swerves and hits a man on a motorbike. CHARLES MUDEDEGrand Illusion SUNDAY3. Spirited Away: 15th AnniversaryCelebrate the 15th anniversary of Hayao Miyazaki's Academy Award-winning Spirited Away, a visually enthralling anime about the destruction of innocence. It's basically two and a half hours of fantastical, vaguely terrifying uneasiness. "I'm sorry my sister turned your parents into pigs, but there's nothing I can do."Pacific Place ALL WEEKEND4. ArrivalArrival is an ominous, thrumming, beautiful thing that starts out being about aliens who need a decoder ring. It ends up being about something quite different. Arrival is about Big Things—and the manner in which Villeneuve gets to them, as his camera slowly traces structures and landscapes both familiar and strange, can’t help but surprise and impress. Visually and aurally remarkable, Arrival sometimes unfolds like a clever puzzle and other times like a raw-nerve thriller; throughout, with heart and wit, Heisserer a[...]



I Died of Happiness at The Little Mermaid Last Night

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:31:19 -0800

by Christopher Frizzelle Diana Huey plays Ariel in the 5th Avenue Theatre's production. She's phenomenal. Mark Kitaoka Moment I died of happiness. When Prince Eric gets tossed off a ship in act one and falls into the ocean. The easy way to stage this would be for him to be tossed off the ship and then to cut to Ariel tending to him on the beach. But no. You know what this absolutely fantastic Seattle production of The Little Mermaid does instead? They have Prince Eric tumble off the side of the ship, then immediately fall through midair, through "water," from the top of the proscenium, slowly, while Ariel, also "swimming" through midair, swims up to him and grabs his limbs and pulls him—in midair!—to safety. Do you know how complicated it is rigging someone to a harness and hoisting them into the air and then having the actor suspended there pretend to be floating weightlessly through water? It's so much more complicated than you realize. And yet every single moment in this show is accomplished with water-like grace. It's unreal. Moment I died of happiness again. Diana Huey singing "Part of Your World" in midair. Again, it's hard enough to float around looking like you're swimming when you're just attached by cords to the ceiling and some guy in the wings is yanking your cords up and down while he's eating a bagel or whatever—but to do that while singing? As for Prince Eric. Not only does he have a deep, flawless baritone, he has the Disney prince bone structure down. Matt Kacergis as Prince Eric. Mark Kitaoka As for the new songs. Yes, there are new songs. There is no human way to stage the movie version of The Little Mermaid. (Has it been awhile? In the second half, Ursula is almost going to marry Prince Eric but then the seagulls snatch her necklace away and then she falls into the ocean and becomes phantom-huge monstrosity and Prince Eric steers the bow of the ship into phantom-large Ursula's stomach and kills her and we see her electrified skeleton as she subsides back into the depths. Yeah.) So the storyline has been rewritten. The new songs aren't bad. You get to hear Matt Kacergis sing a bunch, which is nice; Prince Eric says hardly a word in the movie. Ursula is inventive, tentacular, omni-talented, and amazingly funny. Broadway veteran Jennifer Allen does so many good things with the role I don't know where to begin. You know how everyone and their little sister can sing the entirety of "Poor Unfortunate Souls" down to every half grunt? Well, Allen reinvents the phrasing in every line, drawing new depths out of the song and showing new shades of wicked humor. She also has a few lines and songs that aren't in the movie—it's a bigger part onstage. And the way the lighting designer, Charlie Morrison, extends Ursula's lair out into the audience is brilliant. Jennifer Allen as Ursula, Brandon Roach as Flotsam and Frederick Hagreen as Jetsam. I wish I had a photo of Ursula's lair to show you. Just go see it for yourself, okay? Tracy Martin Dane Stokinger's Chef Louis steals the show in act two. He's the one who sings "Les Poissons." As with Allen's performance, Stokinger fills his song with new jokes by reinterpreting the phrasing from the movie, and he's assisted by some hilarious props and costume details. Props where props are due. The scenic design is by Kenneth Foy. The costumes are by Amy Clark and Mark Koss. The wigs are by Leah J. Loukas. The show is directed by Glenn Casale. The choreography is by John MacInnis. The flying sequence choreography is by Paul Rubin. The music direction is by Colin R. Freeman. The show runs t[...]


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A Chinese Taxi Driver Fights for Justice in Old Stone

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 12:07:46 -0800

by Charles Mudede

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Until recently, the streets in China’s towns and cities were filled with pedestrians, bikes, and motorbikes. Now they are filled with pedestrians, bikes, motorbikes, cars, and trucks. In Old Stone, directed by Chinese Canadian Johnny Ma, an ordinary taxi driver, Lao Shi (Chen Gang), enters the present-day streets of a Chinese city to pay for Adam’s and Eve’s sin. Lao Shi picks up a drunk middle-class man at a fancy hotel, and while driving to the drunk’s destination, the drunk, who sits beside him, suddenly grabs and turns the steering wheel. The car swerves and hits a man on a motorbike.


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Just In Time For Trump, Jobs Are Back to Where They Were Before the Crash of 2008

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 08:50:13 -0800

by Charles Mudede

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The Matrix is hiring... 20th Century Fox

While there was lots of talk about the 1,000 or so jobs that Trump saved with a bunch of promised tax breaks—an approach to job protectionism that if it expands or becomes a national policy (jobs for tax breaks) could have very bad consequences for the larger economy, as Bernie Sanders pointed out—Obama, with no assistance from Republican lawmakers, returned unemployment to the level it was a year before the crash in 2008. His economy added 178,000 jobs in November and continues to break the record for consecutive months, currently 80, of job growth.



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Seattle Will Open Three New Homeless Encampments Early Next Year

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 17:09:32 -0800

by Heidi Groover

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The city will open new homeless encampments near Georgetown, Licton Springs, and Highland Park. SHARE

Beginning in early 2017, about 200 people experiencing homelessness will be housed in three new authorized tent and tiny house encampments, the City of Seattle's Human Services Department announced today.

The exact locations of the new encampments are:

1. 1000 S Myrtle Street will contain up to 50 tiny houses serving 60-70 people.

2. 8620 Nesbit Ave N. will contain up to 50 tiny houses serving 60-70 people.

3. 9701 Myers Way S will contain up to 50 tents serving 60-70 people.

The new encampments are part of a plan Mayor Ed Murray unveiled in October, after advocates unsuccessfully pushed for a city law to allow camping on some limited public lands.

At that time, the mayor opposed allowing camping in some areas of parks and other city-owned land but promised four new city-supervised encampments as an alternative. He said then that two of the camps would open to people with substance abuse disorders. Currently, rules about substance use, belongings, pets, and partners can stop some homeless people from using the city's shelters or existing encampments.

Today's news offers just three locations. According to the mayor's office, the camp near Licton Springs on Nesbit Avenue will be open to people actively using drugs and alcohol, but will not allow use on site. The city will hold public meetings in the neighborhoods where the new camps will be located before opening them. (Similar meetings in the past have attracted angry neighborhood backlash and fear mongering.)

The scale of these new encampments—housing just 200 people total—remains far below the city's needs. According to the last one-night count, about 3,000 people were sleeping outside inside the city of Seattle. A new way of conducting that count next year is expected to find even more people without shelter.

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December's Edition of First Thursday Art Walk Is Tonight: Here's Where To Go

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 15:48:48 -0800

by Stranger Things To Do Staff

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Don't miss Christine Babic's When She Dies, You Too Will Die. In this image, the letters are sealskin. The white shirt is the artist's grandmother's. JG Christine Babic

December's edition of First Thursday, the city's oldest art walk, is tonight, which means there will be plenty of gallery openings, free booze, and the opportunity to mingle with other artsy folks in Pioneer Square. Find a complete list of openings and events, as well as an interactive and mobile-friendly map, on our First Thursday calendar. And, if the 30+ openings listed there overwhelm you, make sure not to miss Jen Graves's picks, including the innovative and collaborative Bureau of Arts & Culture, Jean Claude Moschetti's Parallel Worlds, and Mark Calderon's new show.

*Plus, new this month: For an even more mobile-friendly experience, get the new Stranger Things To Do app (it's free!) for your iPhone or Android. You can save the exhibits that are most interesting to you and make your own itinerary, view the map and get directions—and quickly find out about all of the rest of Seattle's best events.

Don't miss Christine Babic's When She Dies, You Too Will Die. In this image, the letters are sealskin. The white shirt is the artist's grandmother's. JG


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