It's the retail-iest day of the year! AND it's Black Lives Matter Friday! (A vast improvement in relevance over the previous chief protest on this day, "Buy Nothing Day.") As always with massive social situations, please be kind and respective, even (especially) to people outside your subcultural "tribe." (I'm NOT asking you not to protest. I'm asking you to protest with the aim to persuade.)


Still clear and cold through the weekend.

With cold, relatively stagnant air come the seasonal burn bans; though just in Snohomish and Pierce counties so far. (KIRO-TV)



A new biography of the inventor of View-Master (still Portland's greatest contribution to humanity) doesn't flinch from the guy (a German immigrant) having been, at one point, a Hitler sympathizer. (Seattle Review of Books) (image: Oregon Travel Experience)




My ol' pal Angel D. has an essay on Daily Kos, describing the Bernie Sanders candidacy as an aspect of a larger "revolution" of global consciousness, "cosmic awareness," and caring; leading the planet away away from "corporate fascism" and war mongering.


Seattle's paying $100,000 to a UW geography student who was roughed up by police during a 2012 arrest. He'd been arrested while videotaping police arresting others at a house party he was at; he needed surgery to repair his sinuses. (AP)


A Portland high school canceled a school dance, fearing excessively sexual moves by students. (KGW)


WSU researchers are developing a marijuana breathalyzer. (KPLU) 


Is Amazon building its own air-cargo hub at a former DHL private airport in Ohio (previously owned by the late Seattle-based Airborne Freight)? (GeekWire)


The "developed world's" working-age population may start to shrink. The Wall St. Journal, in its very finite wisdom, thinks this is "bad for business."

Starbucks now claims to be "the world's greenest retailer." (KOMO)

The E.coli outbreak in Costco chicken salads was traced to a California produce supplier. (AP)

A Cle Elum butcher shop has a vending machine dispensing beef jerky and pepperoni, and wants to put up more of them around the state. (They've got nothing on the vending machine on Nickelodeon's "The Adventures of Pete & Pete" that dispensed raw steaks.) (KOMO)


"Arts patrons" pump $2.4 billion a year into the local economy. (PS Biz Journal) 

Among the beneficiaries of the one-time King County arts-construction grants related to retired Kingdome bonds: the Admiral Theater, Alki Homestead Restaurant, Georgetown Steam Plant, KEXP, Center for Wooden Boats, Mini-Mart City Park, ACT, On the Boards, and several old International District buildings.


The football Apple Cup's today; WSU at UW. Will the Huskies become eligible to play in a bowl game? Will the 20th-ranked Cougs break into the national Top 10? Will the Cougs' injured QB Luke Falk play?

The Seahawks (minus Marshawn Lynch) are home Sunday vs. Pittsburgh.

The UW (vs. Charlotte) and Gonzaga (vs. UConn) men's b-ball teams finish the "Battle 4 Atlantis" tourney in the Bahamas today. On Thursday, Texas A&M edged the Zags 62-61, while Texas topped the Huskies 82-70. The Huskies are home vs. Cal State Fullerton next Sunday.

The UW women's basketball team is in the "South Point Thanksgiving Shootout" tourney in Las Vegas, vs. Syracuse tonight and Texas Tech Saturday.


"Black Lives Matter Friday." (Westlake Park, Fri)

The Sonics "Fifty" retrospective three-LP release. (Light in the Attic Store, 913 NW 50th St., Fri)

"Gracefully," post-Thanksgiving buffet dinner, with music by the Happy Orchestra featuring Tarik Abouzied and Skerik. (Royal Room, Fri)

Central District "Black Lives Matter" concert. (Langston Hughes Center, Fri)

Vaporland, Skullbot, Crunchbird, Shagnasty. (Funhouse, Fri)

Tuatara. (Easy Street Records, Fri, free)

3rd Shift Dance. (Seattle Center Armory, Fri, free)

The Gods Themselves, Acapulco Lips. (High Dive, Fri)

"Thankskilling Blood Feast," macabre dinner cabaret. (Rendezvous, Fri)

Perpetual Ritual, Acre, Wrtch, DJ Maire. (Kremwerk, Fri)

Dina Martina Christmas Show opening. (Re-bar, Fri-Sun thru 12/31)

"An Improvised Christmas Carol." (Market Theatre, Fri-Sun thru Dec. 22)

Opening of "Wildlights" light show. (Woodland Park Zoo, Fri thru Jan. 3)

Opening of Christmas Ship Festival. (Various spots, Fri thru Dec. 23)

"TBTL" ("Too Beautiful to Live") 2000th episode live broadcast/podcast with Luke Burbank, Andrew Walsh, and guests. (Neptune, Sat)

Tom Waits tribute night with the Bleeding Romeos. (Royal Room, Sat)

Depeche Mode tribute night. (Columbia City Theater, Sat)

Pretty Parlor 14th Anniversary party. (119 Summit Ave. E., Sat)

"Rocky Horror" theme party. (Lava Lounge, Sat)

"Greet the Season" festival. (MOHAI and Lake Union Park, Sat)

"Magic in the Market" festival, including caroling and tree lighting. (Pike Place Market, Sat)

Afrocop. (Vito's, Sat)

Seattle Bizarre Bazaar, with local artists' products and DJs. (Sole Repair Shop, Sun)

Seattle Marathon. (Starting at Seattle Center, Sun) 

Alvin and the Chipmunks Live. (Paramount, Sun)

"Honest to God," one-woman show by JC Pankratz about a woman finding a burning bush at the old family home; with Elinor Gunn. (Pocket Theater, Sun)

"Gnarbabes," benefit for Skate Like a Girl with Mood Ring, the Valkyries, Skitch. (Unicorn, Sun)

Baby Ketten Karaoke. (Substation, Sun)


Next week, it'll be six months we've been meeting in the mornings like this. 


(Mark Overby):

"Love is much like a wild rose, beautiful and calm, but willing to draw blood in its defense."


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