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4/24/17: THE SEASON FOR THE REASON
Apr 23rd, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

In your Monday newsletter: The signs at the March for Science may have been funny and punny, but the cause they represented is deadly serious. Plus: what a city income-tax measure would mean (not much at first except work for lawyers); reaching out to GLBT immigrants; Sounders and Mariners both finally win on the road; and a great local-politics blog bids a fond adieu.

MISCmedia MAIL FOR 4/21/17: TEST OF ‘TIME’
Apr 20th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

Your big weekend e-missive begins with an unexpected (but not undeserved) honor for one of our state’s greatest. We continue on to mention more mayoral-race and Murray-case developments; stories of people caught up in the big anti-immigrant scares; the close of the Burlington shooter’s sad life story; and the reasons we need Earth Day and the March for Science.

MISCmedia MAIL FOR THE TWENTIETH DAY OF APRIL 2017: GONE TO THE MOON?
Apr 19th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

We’ve got another candidate for mayor. She’s another ex-“Bertha” opponent, too. Elsewhere, we look at what the Legislature has (and more importantly hasn’t) done this session; more Murray-case developments; the sad case of a homeless “cat hoarder;” and no stoner “humor.”

MISCmedia MAIL FOR 4/19/17: A LEASH ON LIFE
Apr 18th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

This day’s installment of your favorite local news digest contains a warning against the combo of “dog plus beach minus leash.” In heavier topics, we mention further mayoral-race and Murray-case developments; a big event that could delay any KeyArena rebuild; Nazi posters on another college campus; and ill feelings at a theater-support group.

MISCmedia MAIL FOR 4/18/17: McGINN AGAIN BEGIN AGAIN
Apr 17th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

Our e-missive today leads off with the previous mayor wanting to become the next mayor. It also includes Amazon workers who don’t like the dot-com’s ads on Breitbart; climate change altering the course of mighty rivers; the Mariners’ continued comeback; and where some African American activists, who didn’t go to the big Black Lives Matter march, went instead.

MISCmedia MAIL FOR 4/17/17: A PALER SHADE OF WHITE?
Apr 16th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

Today at MISCmedia MAIL, thousands gathered in Seattle to support Black Lives Matter, most all of them white. Also: people who aren’t the Seattle Times editorial board want Ed Murray to quit; the Mariners start winning; the Army helps save fish by killing birds; and what Easter (and its pagan precursors) mean today.

MISCmedia MAIL FOR 4/14/17: THE BIG SOG
Apr 13th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

What comes after heavy winter precipitation? Heavy spring flooding, of course. We additionally view the spreading hunger strike at the immigration jail; transit fans against proposed ST3 funding cuts; Microsoft wanting to buy its own (mostly “renewable”) electricity; shout-outs against federal cuts to farms and cancer scientists; and the usual gazillion weekend events listings.

MISCmedia MAIL FOR 4/11/17: THE SHIRT OFF (ER, ON) HIS BACK
Apr 10th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

Jeff Ament took Pearl Jam’s Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame fete to silently support some of the great acts still not in there. We additionally look at more (non-) developments in the Murray case; Herbold’s unsuccessful drive for additional HALA concessions; the failed revival of a beloved local bakery firm; and a Hendrix “Shadow Wave Wall.”

4/10/17: HOW THINGS WERE THEN
Apr 9th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

Today at MISCmedia MAIL, we’re reminded that intergenerational sex was common in the gay-male scene at, or at least shortly before, the time Ed Murray was allegedly involved in it. Also: a high-tech way to burn trash; even more Boeing state tax breaks; and they love us in France!

JE T’AIME, SEATTLE!
Apr 9th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

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Stereotypically, the French (with a few exceptions, such as Alexis de Tocqueville) hate America, or at least much of America (with a few exceptions, such as jazz music and old B movies).

You can now add something else American that the French like. It’s li’l ol’ us.

And not the standard tourist-cliché Seattle of fish-throwin’ and whale-watchin’, either.

It’s the arts scene.

Yes, the Seattle visual-art world some of us oldsters remember as an intimate milieu of four or five museums, a couple dozen private galleries, some warehouse studio spaces, and CoCA.

This scene has now grown to finally become, as so many Seattle institutions aspire to become, “world class.”

At least, that’s what writer Paola Genone says, in Madame Figaro, a weekly magazine section of the major Paris daily Le Figaro.

The online version of her article is titled “Seattle, la nouvelle escale (“stopover”) arty américaine.”

The article’s print title is even more portentious, proclaiming Seattle to be a “Tete (head) de l’art.” (It’s a phrase with multiple historic meanings, which I don’t have room here to delineate. But it basically means something aesthetically significant.)

The story begins with a quick intro. Yes, it skims past many of your standard Seattle tourist/media reference points—Hendrix, Nirvana, Twin Peaks, Boeing, Microsoft, Amazon, rain.

But Genone then quickly segues into her principal theme, Seattle as “a capital of artistic renewal that loves mixing genres” and as “the hub of a new contemporary art and music…. Cool, eco-friendly, rock and high-tech, Seattle is astonishing by its freedom and eclecticism.”

Genone’s verbal tour of the local scene starts with two legacies of “the great geek” Paul Allen, the Seattle Art Fair and the Museum of Popular Culture (née EMP).

But Genone doesn’t stay in the realm of billionaires for long. Instead, she next calls Seattle “the city of women,” for the female directors of so many local institutions (SAM, TAM, the Frye, the Henry).

That’s followed by short photo-profiles of six local art n’ music movers n’ shakers:

  • Martyr Space gallery owner Tariqa Waters (“La galeriste underground”). She creates self-portraits “with sharp colors, constantly transforming: aggressive, myserious, transgender, pop art.”
  • Tacocat singer Emily Nokes (“L’égérie (muse) pop punk”). She’s the “worthy heiress to the pop punk of Courtney Love,” fronting a band whose music combines the Beach Boys’ surf guitar with “the burning hymns of Bikini Kill.”
  • Collage artist Joe Rudko (“Le reveur aux ciseaux” (“the dreamer with scissors”)). His compositions, while “apparently abstract,” turn out to reveal “itineraries of thought, mysterious architectures, imaginary family albums,” and dreams of “an America open to diveristy and solidarity.”
  • Photographer and multimedia artist Jennifer Zwick (“La photographe de l’étrange’). Her images appear “comme le caustic The Stranger” and elsewhere; while her installations explore “a fantastic universe of children, books, and everyday objects hijacked: installations inspired as much by the writings of WIlliam Blake and Jorge Juis Borges as by the comics of ‘Calvin and Hobbes.'”
  • Hideout bar owner and Out of Sight festical curator Greg Lundgren (“Le Warhol de Seattle”). He’s called “a visionary at the head of utopian, committed, and large-scale projects,” which are all intended to support “galleries and artists of the city and to push them to flourish there. Successful bet.”
  • Frye Art Museum director Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker (“La directrice de musée qui ose…” (“who dares”)). She “gave a voice to the artists of Seattle and encouraged experimentation,” along with “a lively dialogue between creators of all disciplines bringing their vision to the stakes of the contemporary world. “

The article doesn’t mention the hyper-inflating rents currently driving many artists and small-scale galleries out of town. Nor does it discuss the local “new money” techies who aren’t collecting much art (yet); or the local “old money” collectors who, for the longest time, preferred to do their art buying out of town.

But face it: it’s hard to bring up the harsher realities of a place when you’re hyping it as a global Next Big Thing.

(Translations by Google. Cross-posted with City Living Seattle.)

4/7/17: SERIOUS CLAIM OF A SERIOUS CRIME
Apr 6th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

We list what we know, and what people are conjecturing, about the claims of past sex crimes by the current mayor. We also discuss why campaigns to get more women to study tech might prove futile; more complications in the Nooksack tribe’s internal dispute; new depths in right-wing insult “humor;” and the usual many weekend event listings.

4/6/17: POP FOR A COP
Apr 6th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

Alas, handing cans of Pepsi to cops at protests probably won’t save the world. Shocking, I know. But there are more realistic topics to discuss today, including nice Canadians having border trouble; a plea to try and get more “affordable” units under the HALA plan; physicians saving refugees from being sent home to die; and Amazon vs. the Girl Scouts.

4/5/17: SIREN (SWAN) SONG
Apr 5th, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

An oh-so-Seattle-esque alt-dating site dies, due to a lack of (promised) investment. It’s on the same day that the Viaduct-replacement tunnel finally officially exists; two different outfits say they want to run a “solidarity rally” the same day as a big LGBTQ event in DC; Rep. Jayapal sez she wants more of us in college; and Titleist and Costco continue their golf-ball war.

MISCmedia MAIL FOR 4/3/17: END GAME FOR THE I-MAN?
Apr 2nd, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

Tim Eyman, the professional “astroturf” initiative promoter, is being sued for funny-money practices. (Couldn’t happen to a more deserving fellow.) And we also discuss citizens marching for a captive orca and other causes; another local retailer sold off; Seattle bagels in Japan; and hope springin’ eternal at the start of baseball season.

MISCmedia MAIL FOR 3/31/17: TO SUFFER ‘FOOLS’ GLADLY
Mar 31st, 2017 by Clark Humphrey

We remember the April Fool’s editions of college newspapers, and the “funny fake news” industry they birthed (not to be confused with the “deadly-serious fake news” industry). We also examine a solemn anniversary on Bainbridge; Bill Nye as the least-cool co-chair of the March for Science; a save-the-salmon video game; and the usual cornucopia of weekend events.

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