FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2016

The four-day Cinco de Mayo amateur drinking weekend coincides with the end of week 1 of Viageddon. (SDOT claims the deeply boring tunnel machine's on pace to finish the beneath-the-viaduct stretch in a week.)

And Sunday's Mother's Day. Those of you who've still got moms, thank 'em for everything.


Hotness returns today and Saturday; clouds and showers may be back Sunday.



Lost in the hoopla over Paul Allen's big 23rd and Jackson residential project is the probability that its shape might be a promo for one of Allen's other ventures. (Daily Journal of Commerce)



The Atlantic has discovered Nextdoor, the often inflammatory online neighborhood message boards often endorsed by city govrenments and police departments.


Once again this weekend, commercial "alternative" station KNDD's having a taco-truck challenge and a "¬°Fiesta 5K Ol√©!" run in Volunteer Park. And once again, runners are not being asked to forego goofy sombrero-based costumes. (Capitol Hill Seattle) 


The anti-trans bathroom initiative isn't just bigoty. It would force schools and social-service agencies to waste lotsa taxpayer $ to enforce the bigotry. (Seattlish)


SDOT insists it can't narrow the future post-Viaduct Alaskan Way without dumping bus-only lanes. (KING)

The already-shrunken city pike-lane plan was just shrunk even further. (Seattle Bike Blog)

While bicycle commuting's way up in Seattle, the Pronto! bike-share service is seeing massive declines in membership and usage. (SeaTimes)


Benson's Grocery on East Pike, that longtime site for cheap screw-top wine and cello-wrapped packs of porno mags, is closed. Coming soon in its place: yet more up-upscale dining. (Capitol Hill Seattle)


Several dozen people staged a pre-Mother's Day march through downtown, demanding accountability for police shootings of unarmed civilians here and elsewhere. (SeaTimes)

A Snohomish County sheriff's deputy was charged with felony vehicular asault, after a crash that led to a pedestrian losing his legs. (KCPQ)


The presumptive Republican Presidential nominee, He Who Cannot Be Named, will visit Wash. state Saturday. But he's too chicken to appear in Seattle. He's only going to Spokane and Lynden. (Slog) 


Some Capitol Hill residents are perfectly willing to have Seattle's (and the U.S.'s) first "safe consumption site" near them. (Capitol Hill Seattle) 

U.S. House Republicans want to prevent the FDA from issuing new regulations about "e-cigarettes." (AP)


Despite the global collapse of fossil-fuel prices and resulting industry shakeouts, three oil and two coal export terminals are still being proposed for Washington and B.C. Why? (Crosscut)


A "record number" of Hanford workers have been sickened by chemical vapors in the past week. (KING)

At this point there's not going to be a fishing season for Puget Sound salmon this year. Sport-fishing industry folks are angry about it. (KIRO-TV)

Are lightly-regulated B.C. mining operations hurting salmon runs? (Joel Connelly)


Amazon continues to wrest more control of its delivery chain, contracting a big piece of it to Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings. (GeekWire)


The "Good To Go" tolling system on the floating bridges is still full of software bugs, costing the state billions. (SeaTimes) 

A small Seattle-based toy company won $20,000 in a Microsoft small-business contest. (PS Biz Journal)


Sheila E., though still mourning her fiancee/mentor Prince, made it to her second annual residency as musical director of More Music at the Moore, an annual revue of young musicians. (SeaTimes) 


The Mariners won their fourth straight, beating Houston 6-3. Series continues tonight thru Sunday.

Sounders FC home vs. San Jose Saturday.

Storm at Phoenix Sunday.

The Seattle (er, Kent) Thunderbirds play for the Western Hockey League title starting tonight vs. the squad with my all-time favorite pro team name, the Brandon Wheat Kings.

An Olympic runner from Seattle auctioned off ad space within "nine square inches on his shoulder" on eBay. The winner: T-Mobile's CEO, bidding on his own (not with company $). (KPLU) 


Friends of the Seattle Public Library's "Huge Book Sale." (Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, Fri-Sun)

"Bernie's Apartment," modern-day adaptation by Rose Cano of Lorca's "La Casa de Bernarda Alba." (ACT, Fri thru May 28) 

"Femme," collaborative dance performance on "love, acceptance, and individuality." (Velocity Dance, Fri-Sun)

Portland Cello Project. (Triple Door, Fri-Sat) 

"BioBlitz," live demonstrations on local flora and fauna. (Arboretum, Fri-Sat) 

"Los Mezcaleros," photos of Mexican mezcaleros and agave plants. (Fulgencio Lazo Studio, Fri)

"Epic" with DJ Riz. (Re-bar, Fri)

"May Musicale" with Kurt Einar Armbruster, Matt Dalton, Earl Brooks. (Grumpy D's Coffee House, Fri, all ages)

Amy ("Democracy Now") Goodman and Denis Moynihan. (Town Hall, Fri)

Brian Christian, author of "The Most Human Human." (Elliott Bay Book Co., Fri) 

"Transcience: A Queer and Trans Art Show." (King Street Station, Fri) 

"Bloom: A Beltane Ritual." (Mercury, Fri)

"Foreverland: A 14-Piece Tribute to Michael Jackson." (Nectar, Fri)

Wednesday 13, the Relapse Symphony, more. (El Corazon, Fri)

Aesop Rock, Homeboy Sandman. (Neumos, Fri) 

"More Music at the Moore," annual young performers' showcase. (Moore, Fri) 

"Translations: The Seattle Transgender Film Festival." (NW Film Forum, Sat-Tues) 

"Seattle Rock Orchestra Performs Neil Diamond." (Moore, Sat-Sun)

Film "Mommie Dearest" in "hecklevision." (Central Cinema, Sat-Mon) 

"The Secret Life of Bugs," blacklight puppetry presentation on the world of insects. (NW Puppet Center, Sat thru May 15) 

Opening Day of Boating Season and Windermere Cup. (Montlake Cut, Sat)

FemCon, one-day convention for young feminists. (MLK Fame Community Center, Sat)

"Epilogue/Prologue: A Celebration of Hugo House," "going away/coming back" party. (Hugo House, Sat)

1966 film "Daisies" with new live score by Erin Jorgensen. (NW FIlm Forum, Sat)

"Soft Body," dance piece by Corrie Belfort on "somatic memory." (Henry Art Gallery, Sat) 

Pike Place Market Flower Festival. (Sat)

Free Comic Book Day. (Various spots, Sat)

Kentucky Derby party, with shuttle buses to Emerald Downs. (Re:Public, Sat) 

Fred & Toody Cole (Dead Moon), Riffbrokers (record release), Trees and Timber, Radio On. (Highline, Sat)

"Yellow: A Group Show." (Studio E, Sat)

Cinco de Mayo boat party. (Islander Cruise Ship dock, Sat)

Joe Buck Yourself, Stuntmen, Sin Driver. (Slim's Last Chance, Sat)

Touch Records presents Phillip Jeck, Mark Van Hoen, Daniel Menche. (Chapel Performance Space, Sat)

Public meeting on plan to lid I-5 from Freeway Park north. (Capitol Hill Housing meeting room, Sat) 

"Hootenanny," tribute to music devoted to social change. (Town Hall, Sat) 

NPR Music "Tiny Desk Contest on the Road" with Naomi Wachira, Grace Love/Jimmy James, St. Paul de Vence. (KEXP studios, Sun)

Mother's Day improv comedy show. (Market Theater, Sun)

Opera On Tap presents "Much Ado About Opera." (Blue Moon, Sun)

Mother's Day edition of "Mimosas with Mama" drag revue. (Narwhal, Sun)

Kid Congo Powers and the Pink Monkeybirds, Bread and Butter. (Sunset, Sun) 

"Wine Shots: Comedy's Happiest Hour," with all-female Michael Bolton tribute band Lightning Bolton. (Rendezvous, Sun) 


Still arranging our release party for the reissued Seattle music history "Loser." Watch this space for further particulars.




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