FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2016

Geez, can we ask our beloved creative idols to stop dying so fast already? Especially someone slightly younger than me. Someone who combined pop, rock, and soul into a combo recipe all his own; who maintained a raunchy public persona while he professed a Christian faith (but otherwise insisted on near-total personal privacy); who made one of the few memorable Super Bowl halftime shows; who risked his own career in a protest against music-business tactics at a time when few other major stars did. "Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life..."

KEXP's Kevin Cole was part of the Minneapolis scene from which Prince emerged, and has his own thoughts about The Artist's legacy.

Sean Nelson notes that, as part of his ongoing artist's-rights crusade, kept his songs off of streaming services and regularly got them pulled from YouTube.

 And Ijeoma Oluo calls him "the Patron Saint of Black Weirdness."


Minor dampness at assorted times through the weekend.



It's Earth Day! Remember the weird all-star TV special in 1990 with Bette Midler as an ill Mother Earth and Doogie Howser M.D. trying to "cure" her? Watch it now, then take that newly-guiltified conscience of yours and go plant a forest or blow up a dam or something.

A look at the recent Alki Beach art installation involving more than a ton of used clothing, and a small fake oil spill. (KOMO)

Jon Talton reminds you that some of the region's biggest industries (aviation, Internet servers, retailers with "global supply chains") are struggling to become more eco-friendly.



Chinese nationals are buying fewer detached houses in the Seattle area these days. (Daily Journal of Commerce)


Five years later, remembering the glory and funk that was the 619 Western art studios. (KING)


Inside the trial of the alleged local drug boss who, prosecutors claim, controlled sales at The Jungle and other down and out spots. (PI.com)


The restaurant lobby's launched a state initiative campaign to set a sub-minimum ($9.50/hr.) "training wage." New hires would get it for up to six months. Workers' rights advocates are fighting it. (Slog)


A business-homeowner coalition has sued Portland, over the city's six-month-old policy of letting the homeless sleep in certain public rights-of-way. (AP)


Seattle Public Utilities tells customers to run water before drinking it, as a precaution against potential lead in the pipes. (KIRO-TV)


Five Bernie Sanders supporters staged an occupation of Rep. Jim McDermott's Seattle office, protesting McDermott's "superrdelegate" endorsement of Hillary Clinton. One of the protesters was arrested. McDermott wasn't there. (KIRO-TV)

An Elway poll shows Washington state voters trending further toward the Democrats, with Clinton slightly ahead of Sanders among all voters polled (i.e., not just Dems). (KING) 


Now we know who bought I Can Has Cheezburger, the once-big, Seattle-based set of humor websites. It's "Literally Media," run by an Israeli ad-tech exec. The company's been buying up other comedy sites as well, trying to form a network big enough to attract big-name advertisers. (GeekWire)


Amazon Prime's free same-day delivery service doesn't go to many majority-black neighborhoods in at least six major cities. (GeekWire) 


The Lumineers (Billboard's current #1 band), Hey Marseilles, and spoken-word artist Andrea Gibson are all signed to a management company run by David Meinert (Comet, Neumos, Capitol Hill Block Party). (Capitol Hill Seattle)


Some people look back and mourn the failed Forward Thrust mass-transit referendum of 1970. Others look further back and mourn the even grander master plan for Seattle set out by planner Virgil Bogue in 1911. (PI.com)

Feliks Banel remembers the novelty folk song that came out during the '62 World's Fair, with a ficitonal tale of the Space Needle collapsing to the ground. 


Also dead at 57: Richard Lyons, co-founder of the experimental/satirical band Negativland. (Vanyaland) 


The Mariners got another series victory, beating Cleveland 10-7 in 10 innings. At Anaheim starting tonight. 

Sounders FC at Colorado Saturday.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver still insists there's no Seattle franchise coming any time soon. (SeaTimes) 


Seattle Erotic Art Festival. (Seattle Center, Fri-Sun)

Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival. (Seattle Center, Fri-Sun) 

Earth Day celebrations. (Pacific Science Center, Fri-Sun) 

Washington Beer Collaboration Festival. (South Lake Union Discovery Center, Fri-Sat)

"The Danger Games: An Improvised Hero's Journey." (Market Theater, Fri-Sat thru June 11) 

Opening of "Chorestia," play about women in a modern-set version of the Trojan War. (Ballard Underground, Fri thru May 7)

"Sherlock Holmes and the American Problem," new play by R. Hamilton Wright. (Seattle Rep, Fri thru May 22) 

Seattle Ska Fest. (Highline, Fri-Sat)

Film "Purple Rain." (EMP Museum, Fri, free)

The Crying Shame, Whiting Tennis. (Darrell's, Fri)

Earth Day Block Party. (15th Ave. E. and E. Harrison St., Fri)

Earth Day solar vibe giveaway. (Babeland, Fri) 

Fly Moon Royalty (album release), Breaks and Swells, CoCo Columbia. (Chop Suey, Fri)

Aimee Mann, Billy Collins. (Tacoma Pantages Theater, Fri)

Arcade Lights benefit dinner. (Pike Place Market, Fri)

Gamelan Pacifica presents "Back to the Source: Music from Central Java." (Chapel Performance Space, Fri)

Launch party for The Blush Room, online gallery for "femme" artists from around the world. (Flutter Studios, Fri)

VHS Uber Alles presents "Rocktober Blood." (Grand Illusion, Fri) 

Fire Gathering, with music by Wigglez and Khiron. (Golden Gardens, Fri)

Suicide Girls in "Blackheart Burlesque." (Crocodile, Fri)

Jonathan Warren and the Billy Goats. (Conor Byrne, Fri)

Nina Simone listening party and tribute show. (The Living Ro-Om Culture, Fri) 

"Sound and Poetry," with artist/writer Alan Lau and sound artist Susie Kozawa. (ArtXchange, Fri)

Marissa Nadler, Black Mountain. (Tractor, Fri)

Fat White Family, Dilly Dally. (Barboza, Fri)

Super Geek League, Johnny Sonic, Filthy Femcorps. (El Corazon, Fri) 

Blood Box, Contact Cult, Ox Hunger, DJ Maire. (Kremwerk, Fri)

"Puppet Curiosities," short puppet theater pieces. (Pocket Theater, Fri) 

Seijun Suzuki film series continues with "Ziguernerweisen" Sat and "Kagero-Za" Sun. (Grand Illusion)

Spring art show. (Bemis Arts, Sat-Sun)

Massive Monkees' annual breakdance competition. (Showbox, Sat)

Lushy, DJ Vodka Twist. (Orient Express, Sat)

Adam Carolla. (Moore, Sat)

"ALIENE.JPG," group art show about extraterrestrial life. (Indian Summer Vintage, Sat) 

Ghostblood, Kommand, Hexengeist, Dilapidation. (Funhouse, Sat)

CoCA "35 Live" anniversary exhibit closing party. (106 Cherry St., Sat) 

"Last Call for the Kids," Vera Project benefit with Ghost Soda and Aeon Fux. (Redwood, Sat)

"Best of the Bard," participatory Shakespeare reading. (Moore, Sat) 

Hatsune Miku, Japanese band with a CGI-animated "singer." (WaMu Theater, Sat)

"The Poets Are In!," group reading. (Central Library, Sat) 

D.R.I., Wolfpack, No Buffer, Raw Dogs, Klaw. (El Corazon, Sat)

Raging Maggot Moon Landing. (Blue Moon, Sat)

Derelicts, Dt's, Demolition Kings. (Darrell's, Sat) 

Bad Tats, Rats (NY), Deceptives, Rainy Day Splosh Band. (Lucky Liquor, Sun, all ages)

"Honey Wrapped Bacon Show," with drag performer Honey Bucket. (Theatre Off Jackson, Sat) 

"Megg & Mogg in Amsterdam and Other Stories" book release with cartoonist Simon Hanselmann. (Fantagraphics Bookstore, Sat)

Dita Von Teese in "Strip Strip Hooray" variety show. (Neptune, Sun) 

Seattle Makers Market. (Great Hall at Green Lake, Sun)

Electric Lady bike shop opening. (2707 E. Union St., Sun) 

"Arty Party," free youth-oriented multimedia arts presentations/demos. (Henry Gallery, Sun)

Dressy Bessy, Tripwires, Moonspinners. (Sunset, Sun)

Pony Time, Wimps, Night Boss. (Chop Suey, Sun)

Horse Crazy Cowgirl Band. (Columbia CIty Theater, Sun)

"Schempp Fest," improv revue with comedian Ian Schempp and friends. (Pocket Theater, Sun)

Rihanna. (KeyArena, Sun)


The new edition of my book "Loser" is just weeks from going to press. Stay tuned to this space for release info.




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