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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 2016

When I think of Belgium, I usually flash back to Luc Sante's memoir "The Factory of Facts." Sante described his birth land as a place created through imperial invasions and breakups (yet which proved its own brutal capabilities in its Congo colony); a country whose “hallmarks are ambivalence, invisibility, secretiveness, self-doubt, passivity, irony, and derision.” Sante said his country's character was partly formed by its place along convenient invasion routes between Germany and France. The Belgians became a people used to quiet survival and perseverance. And so it is today.

WEATHER

Showers, strong winds, and sun breaks through Friday.

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THE LAST ENCHILADA—NOT

Good news on the vanishing-Seattle front for a change! Mama's Mexican Kitchen, the delightfully kitschy sit-down Cal-Mex dining spot at Second and Bell, has been bought by Marcus Charles (of Crocodile, Local 360, and Bell + Whete fame). The current Mama's will still close on the 31st. Then, some time in late April or early May, a new Mama's Cantina will open. It'll have some of the same decor, but the menu will conform more toward current trends in upscale Mexican fare. The building's still supposed to come down for a big mid-rise project later in the year (barring a preservationist battle); but Charles has made a deal to reopen his version of Mama's in the new building. (SeaTimes) 

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TODAY IN SAD

Eleven months a year (when it doesn't sport Christmas lights), the tree in a little triangular street island next to The Store Formerly Known as the Bon Marché is walked/driven past and ignored. Not on Tuesday, when a guy climbed it, refused to come down, and threw apples at officials who tried to reach him. He stayed up there at least 13 hours. (KIRO-TV)

AFTER THE DISASTER

Two years after America's deadliest mudslide, the people of Oso and environs carry on. (KING)

O GIVE ME A HOME

A plea toward neighborhood old-timers, to see residents of new boxy homes as people too. (KUOW)

AROUND THE GENDER BEND

There's a group calling itself the "American College of Pediatricians." It has only about 200 members; few of whom, if any, are scientists or physicians. It really exists to spread anti-LGBT proclamations, such as one falsely claiming that accepting Trans children's chosen identies is bad for them. (Slog)

An "activist investor" group wants to bring a proposal to Amazon's next shareholders' meeting, calling for the company to report on its progress (or lack of same) toward gender pay equality. (PS Biz Journal)

DEVELOPING STORIES

Spokane developers want to put up 247 "affordable" apartments in the east International District. (Daily Journal of Commerce)

The Allen Institute may expand into a new building on the ex-Buca di Beppo block. (PS Biz Journal)

The lawsuit by the Convention Center expansion project's fired contractor may put the whole project at risk. (PS Biz Journal)

CITY HALL FOLLIES

The City's received a formal complaint about statements SDOT boss Scott Kubly made while supporting the municipal takeover of the Pronto! bike-share service. An independent investigation's been launched, to be run by ex-County Prosecutor Marylin Brenneman. (KING) 

ROLIE POLIE OLY

The Legislative special session drags on, with no budget compromise in sight. (AP) 

NEWS FROM MEDICINE

An important point may have gotten lost in the hype over VP Biden's PR visit to Fred Hutch: There are really dozens of different conditions collectively called "cancer." Each may require a different path toward a "cure." (KIRO-FM)

TEK TALK

Mayor Ed Murray (who got lots of campaign $ from CenturyLink and Comcast) is still against a municipally owned broadband network. (Slog)

Meanwhile, the no-relation Sen. Patty Murray's launching a bill to help fund STEM schooling for female and minority students. (SeaTimes)

THE LONG GAME

Our fellow Stranger refugee Geov Parrish reminds you that any real "democratic socialist" movement will have to last beyond the Sanders campaign, beyond this year.

Sen. Sanders is coming back for another Seattle rally, Friday at Safeco Field. (SeaTimes)

During her campaign trip yesterday, Hillary Clinton received an official Lushootseed name, pronounced "Tsee-wuh-luh-we." (News Tribune) 

SPORTS

Spring-training Mariners vs. Oakland today.

TONIGHT

"Complex Exchange: Power | Privilege," talk with Charles Mudede, dancer Dani Tirrell, and cultural organizer Rahwa Habte. (SAM)

"Nownownow," one-woman show by Sarah Rudinoff about identity in the social-media age. (On the Boards, thru April 3)

Magma Fest presents Andrew Bernstein, Booker Stardrum, Bell's Roar, PRETA Trio. (Hollow Earth Radio)

Hunny, Wax Idols, Hiding Place. (Sunset)

Smashing Pumpkins. (Paramount, sold out)

Meiko & Marie Digby, Jessie Siren. (Tractor)

Counterparts, Expire, Gideon, Knocked Loose, Vessels. (Studio 7)

Novelist Emily St. John Mandel. (Town Hall)

"Juliet's Nurse" author Lois Leveen on Shakespeare's legacy. (Town Hall)

"Worse than Tigers," satirical play "about a tedious dinner party derailed by a hungry tiger." (Red Stage at ACT, thru April 17)

"Cotton Patch Gospel," musical with songs by Harry Chapin. (Taproot Theater, thru April 23)

"Through the Looking Glass: The Burlesque Alice in Wonderland." (Triple Door)

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Marmoreal"

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