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FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2016

Happy Viaduct Closure Day! Even though a lot fewer cars are using the viaduct than before, local media have treated the Bertha-related temporary shutdown as the biggest potential local disaster since last year's "Really Big One" earthquake scare. Traffic's so bad these days anyway that the pre-planned lack of part of our secondary north-south highway can't make things that much worse.

WEATHER

Showers possible today. Drying and warming up over the weekend; hot Sunday and Monday.

"Seattle's April was warmer than a typical May." (KOMO)

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PARTYING LIKE IT'S 1999

The anarchists' window-bustin', macho-aggression-based protests each May Day seem more like WTO nostalgia than like strategic actions toward any specific socio-economic changes. This year, though, things could be different. Protesters are staging an officially-permitted music fest at Westlake for Sunday afternoon, multi-gender and multi-genre. (Window busters might still show up later in the evening.) (Stranger) (Capitol Hill Seattle) (Slog) (Weekly)

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YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS

Public-school students and parents keep on rebelling against high-stakes standardized tests. (Weekly)

Charter schools nationally (not necessarily locally) are "suspending African American students" at even higher rates than public schools. (Crosscut)

The Art Institute of Seattle's parent company will forgive some student loans, as part of a $95 million federal settlement over its recruitment practices. (Student Loan Online)

TRASH IT!

The City says it will "recalibrate" its rules on snooping through citizens' garbage, after a King County judge ruled it couldn't just go around seeing if people were recycling or not. (SeaTimes)

QUEST FOR JUSTICE

County Executive Dow Constantine ordered an inquest into the police shooting of Che Taylor. (SeaTimes)

A Pierce County sheriff's deputy was accused of "offering" sex with a female suspect in return for not bringing her in. (KCPQ)

A man faces felony charges for threatening violence against Rep. Jim McDermott. He was upset that McDermott, a Democratic Convention "superdelegate," supports Hillary Clinton. (KCPQ)

AROUND THE GENDER BEND

There's an official opposition to the anti-trans bathroom initiative. (Seattlish)

NARAL's politician rankings no longer give easy "A"s to "status quo Democrats." (PubliCola)

CITY HALL FOLLIES

Mayor Murray believes labor-law enforcement doesn't require new taxes, but more cops on the beat does. (KIRO-FM)

THE RACE IS ON

The owner of Uncle Ike's, the pot store in a Central District ex-fast-food spot, will meet with leaders of anti-gentrification protests. (Stranger)

ECO

Should drones be forbidden from flying over Puget Sound orcas? (KING)

Water in the "duck pond" at Cal Anderson Park has turned red. Folks are trying to figure why. (Capitol Hill Seattle)

ICK

More local Lyft and Uber drivers are being investigated for alleged sexual assaults. (KIRO-TV)

SUDS

Portland's already got a "nonprofit pub," where net profits from beer and food sales go to charities. Soon there'll also be one in Snohomish (not in Seattle, despite the linked article's headline). (Weekly)

THE PLANE TRUTH

Canada's Bombardier company has officially broken the Boeing/Airbus duopoly in passenger jets. (SeaTimes)

We now know what the planned passenger terminal at Everett's Paine Field will look like. (KING)

THE BIG A

Amazon continues to funnel cloud-server profits into new ventures, ranging from a home-services and artisan-products marketplaces to seemingly everything else. (GeekWire)

SPORTS

The Mariners host the World Series champion Kansas City Royals for three games starting tonight.

Sounders FC hosts Columbus Saturday.

Just a day after the Mariners changed management, the team agreed (along with the Seahawks and Sounders) to an agreement with the City and the new Seattle Arena's would-be developers, detailing how the three attractions would avoid too many simultaneous events. The City Council's voting on the final street-vacation deal, the arena scheme's last step toward official approval, Monday. (KING) 

SOMEWHERE OVER THE WEEKEND

"Into the Grey: An Aerial Exploration of Light and Dance." (Versatile Arts, Fri-Sun)

"Seattle," "physical theater" play by Adrian Vazquez set in Seattle and Mexico. (Erickson Theater, Fri-Sat) 

"The Things Are Against Us," play by Susan Soon He Stanton about "two sisters, a hottie with an axe, and Federico Garcia Lorca." (12th Ave. Arts, Fri thru May 16)

Opening of Sketch Comedy Month, with different writer/performers each night. (Pocket Theater, Fri thru May 29) 

The Wake, morning dance party. (Fred Wildlife Refuge, 6:30-8:30 a.m. Fri)

Greg Vandy discusses "26 Songs in 30 Days," his book about Woody Guthrie's Northwest dam-project songs. (Town Hall, Fri)

En Canto album release party. (Royal Room, Fri)

Opening of "Posing Beauty in African American Culture." (NW African American Museum, Fri) 

National Poetry Month event with Tod Marshall, Lucia Perillo, Heather McHugh. (Folio, Fri)

"Force Continuum," play by Kia Corthron about three generations of African American police officers. (UW Jones Playhouse, Fri thru May 8) 

Celaphod Appreciation Society presentation. (Hugo House, Fri)

Kinski, Tripwires, Spoils. (Blue Moon, Fri)

The Shivas, Acapulco Lips (album release), Charms. (Tractor, Fri)

Leviathan Worship Service, DTMF. (Chapel Performance Space, Fri)

Johnny Astro. (Vito's, Fri)

Twist Top zine release party, with Zen Mother, Julia Shapiro, more. (Hollow Earth Radio, Fri)

Katy Bourne reads from her book "Weirdo Simpatico: Little Stories for Short Attention Spans." (Capitol Cider, Fri) 

Death Eyes, Same Sex Dictator, Sayonara, Stiltfisher. (Highline, Fri)

Bombino, Last Good Tooth, Faint Peter. (Crocodile, Fri)

"Reveal: Northwest Innovation in Fashion." (EMP Museum, Fri)

"Legendary Children," DJ/art event. (SAM, Fri) 

"What Water Knows: A Night of Chamber Music." (Center for Wooden Boats, Fri) 

Robbie Turner Revue. (Hard Rock Cafe, Fri)

Prince tribute DJ night. (Q, Fri) 

Independent Bookstore Day. (Assorted spots, Sat)

Seattle Education Summit. (Garfield High, Sat) 

Intruder #19 comics-zine release party. (Push/Pull, Sat)

Erik Blood (LP release), Wall of Ears, Fruit Juice. (High Dive, Sat) 

Piffaro: The Renaissance Band. (Town Hall, Sat)

Moral Crux, Die Nasty, Fallopia. (Highline, Sat)

Greenwood gas-explosion victims' benefit with Kristin Chambers and Jennifer Savage Crane. (Stage Door Cafe, Sat)

"Zorch Invasion V," psychobilly fest with Gutter Demons, Repomen, Raw Dogs, It Follows. (Slim's Last Chance, Sat)

Capitol Hill Urban Outfitters' 25th anniversary, with vendors and live music. (401 Broadway E, Sat)

Capitol Hill Tool Library grand opening. (First Covenant Church, Sat)

Drawtastic, drawing and animation feat and workshops. (Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, Sat) 

Fear Factory, Soilwork. (El Corazon, Sat)

Sheer Mag, Lyson, Mysterious Skin, Ubu Roi. (Black Lodge, Sat)

Boylesque 101 Graduation Recital. (Oddfellows West Hall, Sat)

Radost Folk Ensemble 40th anniversary. (Shoreline Center, Sat) 

Willie Nelson birthday tribute show. (Royal Room, Sat)

"The Planet (Late at Night)," with Swedish performance artist Mårten Spånberg. (Henry Art Gallery, Sat)

"Fresh Dressed Jam," hiphop fashion show. (MOHAI, Sat) 

Mandolin Hooper and the Shadowland Rats, F-Holes, Girl Fry. (Substation, Sat) 

Comedian Jo Koy. (Moore, Sat) 

Immigrant and workers' rights march. (St. Mary's Church, Sun) 

Taco Libre Truck Showdown. (180 Canal St,, Sun)

"Street Requiem: A Benefit Concert for the Homeless," with the Starbucks Chorus. (Benaroya Hall, Sun) 

May Day celebration/potluck. (Woodland Park, Sun)

May Day Morris dancing. (Gas Works, Sun) 

Backstreet Bazaar street festival. (Hillman City Collaboratory, Sun)

No One Can Save Us (Joe Ross/Laura Weller of Green Pajamas), Class M Planets, Willen van Spronsen. (Hattie's Hat, Sun)

Film "Purple Rain." (Central Cinema, Sun)

Melvins, Napalm Death, Melt Banana. (Showbox, Sun)

Kvelertak, Torche, Wild Throne, Serial Hawk. (El Corazon, Sun) 

INSIDE

The reissue of my book "Loser" proceeds apace. The most complete telling of the '80s-'90s "Seattle music scene" sage will again be available in pirnt. Watch this space for more updates.

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Haruki Murakami):

“It is not that the meaning cannot be explained. But there are certain meanings that are lost forever the moment they are explained in words.”

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