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FRIDAY, AUGUST 5, 2016

The big global story today is the opening of the Games of the XVLIII-whatever Olympiad.

The big local story today, for most of my readers, is the Seattle Art Fair and the various alternative events thereto.

But to Seattle old-timers, it's Seafair weekend. 

And you know what I always say: The hydroplanes are the stars of Seafair weekend. The Blue Angels are merely the intermission act.

A KUOW interview with "lifelong fan" James Oslerberg explains why local old-timers were, are, and always will be obsessed with the hydroplane races. 

WEATHER

Cooler and cloudier, with showers possible Sunday.

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STATE OF THE ARTS

An art installation (apparently NOT officially part of the Seattle Art Fair or any of its "satellites" or "alternatives") is going on at the (doomed for development, natch) former Frees Plumbing building near 12th and Pine. It's a "diorama" you view through holes in the wall. (Capitol Hill Seattle)

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UPDATE

The state-ordered closure of the Seattle Pain Centers chain has forced some 8,000 patients to try and find alternative treatment clinics. (SeaTimes)

POST- (OR PRE-) ELECTION

Ex-sportscaster Tony Ventrella entered the race for the 8th Congressional District, then dropped out, but too late to get his name off the ballot. Now he's in second place in the primary returns. Will he un-quit? (Slog via SeaTimes) 

PubliCola proclaims this "the Year of the Woman 2.0" in Washington electoral politics.

SIC TRANSIT

Metro's short of drivers. Whole bus runs are getting canceled. (KIRO-FM) 

O GIVE ME A HOME

"Dear Mayor: Stop evicting the homeless. It's immoral, and just a bad idea." (Weekly editorial) 

The amended HALA "mandatory affordable housing" upzoning requirement would affect only one sixth of the city's land mass. The oh so precious single family neighborhoods (or rather, the vast majority of them) would be untouched. (KUOW)

East King County needs more affordable housing too. There's a petition asking local governments to work harder toward that goal.

SCIENCE SCARE OF THE WEEK

UW scientists are worried about the potential for "brain malware," that could tap into people's brainwaves and collect their private thoughts. (Vice Motherboard)

WATCH THIS SPACE

The Lava Lounge's building got landmark protection. Now the Mama's Mexican Kitchen building next door might get it too. (Seattlish)

The creators of a south-end jazz club (opening perhaps in December) plan a "co-op" membership model to help support it. (Crosscut)

The Space Needle's private owners want to add glass walls around the Observation Deck, glass floors in the revolving restaurant, and bigger elevators. (KOMO) 

LOGROLLING IN OUR TIME

Turns out that while the Seattle Times editorial board kept denouncing the SoDo arena plan, citing the Port of Seattle's objections, the paper's publisher was trying to sell a promotional ("advertorial") supplement to the Port. (PubliCola)

THE RACE IS ON

The ACLU's suing the city of Pasco, claiming its citywide city-council elections deliberately dilute Hispanic voting power. (AP)

Following a racist vandalism attack against a local family's home, neighbors in West Seattle's Pigeon Point neighborhood are planning an "anti-hate" campaign. (West Seattle Blog) 

WORDS' WORTH

Meet one of the people trying to keep the Puyallup Nation's Lushootseed language alive. (KUOW) 

POLICING THE POLICE

"Seattle police officer suspended for punching restrained man in face 14 times." (AP via SeaTimes)

LABOR PANES

Would you believe the Seattle area's ranked only #50 for "advanced industry" job growth? Declines at Boeing and its suppliers are responsible. (PS Biz Journal) 

SPORTS

The Mariners took 11 innings to lose 3-2 to the Red Sox in the series closer. Home vs. the Angels tonight thru Sunday (Ken Griffey Jr. tribute weekend).

Sounders FC at Orlando Sunday.

The UW football team was ranked #18 in USA Today's preseason coaches' poll (just below USC, ahead of Oregon).

Bellevue High filed another appeal against the sanctions imposed on its football program. (SeaTimes)

SEATTLE ART FAIR AND OTHER RHYMING WORDS

Seattle Art Fair. (CenturyLink Field Events Center, thru Sun) 

Out of Sight, group show of local artists. (King Street Station, thru Aug. 28)

ArtZone with Nancy Guppy Live. (King Street Station, Fri-Sun)

"In Context," local multimedia artists' group show. (Third and Jackson, thru Sun) 

Claire Brandt's live "durational painting" exercise. (Soil, Fri-Sun)

"Erin Anderson" Our Time Is Up," sound installation. (Jack Straw Gallery, Fri thru Sept. 30) 

Final exhibition (with Famke Hiemstra and others) and afterparty. (Roq La Rue, Sat)

SOMEWHERE OVER THE WEEKEND

Seafair Weekend, including Sunday hydroplane races and air show. (Genesee Park and Lake Washington, Fri-Sun)

Anglicon 2016. (Doubletree Sea-Tac, Fri-Sun) 

"Rise Up" series presents staged readings of plays by African-American authors Adrienne Kennedy and Intra Craig-Galvan. (Intiman at Seattle Rep, Fri-Sun)

"Bonnie and Clyde," new musical by Frank Wildhorn. (12th Avenue Arts, Fri thru Aug. 13)

The Libertinis present "The Fantastic Adventures of Twisty Shakes," burlesque/clown/go-go dance revue. (Ballard Underground, Fri thru Aug. 20)

"Hamlet: A New Production," with all-female cast. (Seattle Center Armory, Fri-Sat)

Salmonfest Seattle. (Lake City Community Center, Fri-Sun) 

Phantom Four, Boss Martians, more. (Darrell's, Fri)

Thermals, Acapulco Pips, Mommy Long Legs. (Mural Amphitheater, free) 

Come to Gried, Bell WItch, Hissing. (Highline, Fri) 

Jessica Dobson, Shay Carlucci, Bryan John Appleby (benefit for Nepal Peace Home Orphanage). (Fremont Abbey, Fri)

Paul Lynde Fan Club, Maywood Mailmen. (Blue Moon, Fri) 

B.B. King tribute night. (Highway 99, Fri) 

Protomartyr, Lithics. (Neumos, Fri)

"An Evening in the House of Verlaine." (Triple Door, Fri)

Pop Cycle, Navins, Swedish Finnish. (Slim's Last Chance, Fri)

Fruit Bats, Eyelids. (Tractor, Fri)

Film "Don't Think Twice" with director Mike Birbiglia. (SIFF Uptown, Fri)

Film "Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same." (Cal Anderson Park, Fri) 

10,000 Maniacs. (Triple Door, Sat-Sun)

Seattle Opera presents Rossini's "The Wicked Adventures of Count Ory." (McCaw Hall, Sat thru Aug. 20) 

Dead Baby Downhill XX. (First Hill to Georgetown, Sat) 

Carolyn Arnold CD release. (Boyer House, Sat)

Harper Conspiracy. (Egan's Ballard Jam House, Sat)

Chrisette Michelle. (Showbox Sodo, Sat) 

Pop 1280, Vide Device, Ian Hicks. (Barboza, Sat)

Emily King, David Ryan Harris. (Tractor, Sat)

"Hyphens: A Chapbook Release Show." (Lovecitylove, Sat)

Summer artist and flea market. (Ballard Elks, Sat)

"The Blue Show," improv with "dirty" material. (Atlas Theatre, Sat)

"Chinese Valentine's Day Speed Dating for Millennials." (Beacon Hill Library, Sat)

Seattle Tilth Harvest Fair. (Meridian Park, Sat) 

Nick Superchi, Novemthree, Sermons on a Moonless Night. (Highline, Sat) 

"Just Sustainability: Hope for the Commons," environmental conference. (Seattle U, Sun-Tue) 

Yo La Tengo. (Crocodile, Sun)

Wolf Parade, Darto, Deep Sea Diver. (Neptune, Sun-Mon)

Lucy Dacus, Valley Maker. (Tractor, Sun) 

Ben Zaiti, Attic Empire. (Crocodile, free) 

Local all-star benefit for Jim Anderson. (Slim's Last Chance, Sun) 

INSIDE

I'm apparently giving a brief speech as part of the next "Ghosts of Seattle Past" presenation, Thursday at the Center for Architecture and Design (1010 Western Ave.).

The LOSER book reissue slogs along. I'll have a "street date" when I have one.

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Rotesting"

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