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THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2016

SIFF opens tonight. Once again, hundreds of loyal Seattleites will spend the traditional dawn of the warm-weather season by sitting in darkened rooms for hours upon end. And this year's opening-night fete involves a Seattle-financed (but NOT Seattle-made) film by a legendary director best known these days for accusations of brutal crimes against a child, as Nicole Brodeur reminds us.

WEATHER

Sometimes raining, sometimes not, through the weekend.

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YOU'RE SUCH A DOLL

These little plastic dolls are being placed around town, with tags urging folks to support living wages for child care workers. (Slog) (image: Charles L. on Twitter)

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OUR GAY APPAREL

Let's get this, er, "straight": Alaska Airlines wasn't going to be in this year's Pride Parade, because organizers signed Delta as a name sponsor. (SeaTimes) Then, Alaska hinted it would instead stage its own Pride fetes. (PS Biz Journal) Then, Seattle Pride said it had "misinterpreted" its contract with Delta, and Alaska employees could indeed march wearing anything they wanted. (Danny Westneat)

OUR GEEK APPAREL

A Seattle startup called "Ably" is introducing the ultimate attire for male computer nerds: "100% cotton clothes you can wear for weeks without washing!" (GeekWire) 

YOU KNOW, FOR KIDS

Some Seattle School Board members want the state to let districts choose their own standardized tests. (KUOW)

State Attorney General Bob Ferguson claims the state's "on track" toward fully funding K-12 education (albeit not until 2018), and that the state Supreme Court should stop its daily sanctions. (AP)

WHAT'S PAST ISN'T PAST

State Route 99 (including Aurora Avenue in Seattle and Evergreen Way in Everett) will get the new name "The William P. Stewart Highway." WSDOT's honoring "one of the earliest African American pioneers to live in Snohomish County in the 1800s." (KING)

THE RACE IS ON

Members of Bellevue's East Shore Unitarian Church stand on street corners every weekend behind a "Black Lives Matter" banner. Even after someone threw "a sign with a racist message" at them. (KIRO-TV)

O GIVE ME A HOME

Real Change's Tim Harris agrees with those we linked to yesterday, who say the city's plan to evict The Jungle will only displace, not help, the homeless. (KUOW) 

Meanwhile, the number of million-dollar priced homes in Seattle has almost tripled in four years. (SeaTimes) 

LABOR PANES

Washington's unemployment rate isn't going down. (NWNews/KPLU) 

Thanks to a new federal rule, people who make up to $47,000 a year have to be paid time and a half if they work more than 40 hours a week. (USAT)

A former Emerald City Comicon volunteer is suing the convention's management, calling the arrangement unpaid employment. (Seattlish)

IN THE ZONE

At a packed meeting held by the Seattle Displacement Coalition, people spoke out about (mostly against) turning the U District into another canyon of "steel and glass towers." (Crosscut)

DEVELOPING STORIES

Paul Allen's competing with Chinese speculators to take over the abandoned tower project site next to Allen's Cinerama theater. (PS Biz Journal)

The "fa├žading" and redevelopment of Western Avenue's historic Maritime Building will now only rise three additional stories, not eight. (Daily Journal of Commerce)

The former REI and Value Village building on Capitol Hill could become another "indoor retail experience." (Capitol Hill Seattle) 

FOODZ

The former Capitol Club, which became the last Bauhaus space on East Pine, will now become Sugar Hill, a restaurant by a co-owner of the former Thai place Autthaya. (Capitol Hill Seattle)

WHAT THE TRUCK?

PACCAR won't build any hybrid semis until fuel prices go back up. (PS Biz Journal)

Of course, the first commercial "driverless" vehicles will probably be big trucks. There's more incentive to buy something when it gives companies the opportunity to fire people. (NYT)

TEK TALK

Microsoft's selling its low-end cell-phone line, acquired from Finland's Nokia, to a new company run by ex-MS and Nokia execs. The new firm will revive the Nokia brand. (GeekWire)

BIZ

The building near First and Pike where a gym and a pawn shop used to be, and the Hard Rock Cafe is now, was just sold for $21 million, more than five times what it last sold for. (Curbed Seattle) 

R.I.P.

Marlene Marder, 61, was the frontwoman in the Swiss-formed punk band Kleenex (later renamed LiLiPUT). The group's music, strident and playful at once, influenced a LOT of Northwest artists from Cobain to Sleater-Kinney. (Slog)

SPORTS

The Mariners fell 5-2 at Baltimore. The three-game series ends today.

TONIGHT

SIFF Opening Night. (Various spots)

Preview party for "Inspiring Beauty," exhibit marking 50 years of the Ebony Fashion Fair. (Bellevue Arts Museum)

"Puget Soundtrack" series persents "Under the Cherry Moon" with new live score. (NW Film Forum)

"reSET," dance program with Marc "Waxie Moon" Kenison and Alice Gosti. (12th Ave. Arts)

Dayglo Abortions, Lucky Boys, Convictions, Sciatica, Pink Muscles. (Highline)

Radical Face, the Little Books. (Neptune)

Andrew Bird, John Grant. (Showbox)

Alan Fitzpatrick, FooFou, RobWinger, Naturalkind. (Q) 

Free Scoop Day at Cupcake Royale. (Various spots)

Happy Hour Food Walk, with cheap bites at participating restaurants. (Chinatown-International District) 

"Where the House Was," with authors Frances McCue and Rebecca Brown; cellist Lori Goldston. (Hugo House, free)

Earl Brooks, Katy and James Palmer, Jinsunmi. (Cafe Racer)

Celestial Trax, Korma, Zenojim, Ozma. (Barboza)

DoNormaal, Nightspace, Lilac, Hoop. (Kremwerk)

"Magnifique," burlesque/variety cabaret. (Julia's, weekly thru June 30)

Spyro Gyra. (Jazz Alley, thru Sun) 

"Archeologies of the Everyday Experience," group show curated by Ann Marie Grgich. (Black Lab Gallery, Everett)

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Ruche"

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