Hempfest turns 25 this weekend. But I won't be there. As some of you know, I have a celebration of my own design—"Shempfest," a weekend devoted to "the forgotten Stooge." Wherever you are, please join me now in a raucous "Woo Woo Woo!"


Unbearably hot, extreme fire danger, burn bans, etc. etc.

Keep cool in your AC-deprived Northwest home: place your big window fan inward. (KUOW) 



Meet Seattle's own officially "queer-friendly" auto repair shop, where some of the techs have social-work backgrounds, and where a trans man can fix your transmission. (Vice/Broadly)



Meet an 88-year-old survivor of the WWII Japanese-American internment camps, who has a exhibit of mementos at a historical museum in Auburn. (KUOW)


The North Precinct and Bertha aren't the only Seattle civic projects with massive cost overruns. Can a city commission stem these losses? (Crosscut)


The Seattle Housing Levy is "a step toward justice," but insuring affordable housing requires addressing our legacy of institutional racism. (Crosscut)

The Seattle home-resale market just might be starting to slow down, a little, maybe. (GeekWire)

There's a City task force intending to crack down on owners of "chronic squatter houses." (KIRO-TV)


Muslims in Washington are joining the political process in record numbers this year. (KUOW)


A police-dominated review board said Tacoma police were justified in shooting a woman on the streets. Her family strongly disagrees. (KOMO)

A Kelso police officer fatally shot a black man "armed" only with a walking stick. (KOMO)


People are being told to stay out of Lake Tapps after several cases of people getting sick there, possibly from toxic algae. (KING) 

An entire indigenous town in Alaska voted to move (if it can find the money to do so), because its island site's disappearing due to erosion. (AP)

Pierce County wants to save more farmland. Some of the farmers themselves would rather keep the opportunity to take developers' money and run. (KPLU)


A superior court judge dismissed a group of lawsuits by residents affected by the Oso mudslide and by survivors of people killed by the slide. They'd alleged Snohomish County had been negligent in allowing the hill above them to be logged. (Everett Herald)

The U.S. Dept. of Justice will phase out its use of privately run prisons, following reports in Mother Jones and elsewhere of ongoing patterns of abuse in those places. Immigration authorities won't. (Slog)


King County now has eight cases of Zika. (Crosscut) 


Mayor Murray and the City Council seem to be retreating from implementing the ride-share drivers' union law. (Slog)


Bellevue-based T-Mobile said it would now offer one consumer cell-phone plan with "unlimited" data for $70 a month (plus discounts for multiple lines on one account). Current customers can keep their current plans. (GeekWire)


"Hammering Man" isn't the only non-unique, non-local art work in Seattle these days. There's now a grotesque statue of He Who Must Not Be Named, with instances on Capitol Hill and in at least four other cities. (AP) (Slog) 


The annual Seattle Peace Concerts series survived the demise of the Love Israel family, which started it 35 years ago. Now, the series will survive the retirement of its longtime director. (SeaTimes)


This time it was the Seahawks' turn to get beaten in the final moments of a preseason game, when an interception-for-touchdown gave Minnesota an 18-11 win. Home vs. Dallas next Thursday.

Sounders FC home vs. Portland Sunday, in a match that could help decide the MLS West's last playoff slot.

The Mariners split four games at Anaheim, losing the closer 6-4. Home vs. Milwaukee for three games starting tonight.

Major League Baseball's team owners approved the Mariners' sale from Nintendo to a John Stanton-led local partnership group. (AP)

The Storm-player-infused US women's Olympic basketball team breezed by France 86-67. The gold-medal game's on Saturday vs. Spain.


25th Annual Hempfest. (Myrtle Edwards Park, Fri-Sun)

Columbia City Blues Festival. (Royal Room, Fri-Sun)

Seattle Tattoo Expo. (Fisher Pavilion, Fri-Sun)

"How to Adult," all-female performance revue with circus acts. (SANCA, Fri thru Aug. 28)

Headbanger Hillbilly Ball. (Slim's Last Chance, Fri-Sat)

REBATEnsemble production of "The Tempest," with themes of racism, terrorism, and refugee migration. (Volunteer Park Conservatory, Fri thru Sept. 3)

"A Lotta S**T Has Happened: LGBTQ Elders Speak." (Gay City, Fri-Sun)


Tangerine. (Occidental Square, noon Fri, free) 

"Rock Against the TPP," with Talib Kweli, Evangeline Lilly, Anti-Flag, more. (Showbox Sodo, Fri)

Rebecca Gates (Spinanes), the Murkies (Kyle Hanson). (Chapel Performance Space, Fri)

No One Can Save Us (members of Green Pajamas), Swedish Finnish. (Parlaiment, Fri)

Talk about graphic-novel series "MARCH" with Congressman John Lewis. (Bellevue Library, Fri) 

Film "Barbarella." (Cal Anderson Park, Fri)

Film "Pokémon: The First Movie." (Occidental Square, Fri) 

Country Lips (release party), Easy Leaves, Country Dave and the Picking Crew. (Tractor, Fri) 

Houser Street Music Festival with Tony! Toni! Tone!. (Emergency Feeding Program, Renton, Fri) 

"The Unkillable Houseplant," craft making demo. (Push/Pull, Fri) 

Lord Huron, Trampled by Turtles. (Paramount, Fri) 

Gold Panda. (Neumos, Fri)

Summer Mix Happy Hour. (Pacific Science Center, Fri)

DigiTour Summer, with musicians and "social media stars." (Neptune, Fri)

Dead Crew of Oddwood, Fun Police, more. (Funhouse, Fri)

"Tacos & Beer & Abortions," benefitting the Community Abortion Information and Resources Project. (St. John's, Fri) 

Dylan Ward: "Sleep Nod," dance performance inside a whale sculpture. (INCA, Fri) 


Arts in Nature Festival. (Camp Long, Sat-Sun) 

Seattle Street Food Festival. (South Lake Union Discovery Center, Sat-Sun)

Viking Days. (Nordic Heritage Museum, Sat-Sun) 


Duwamish River Festival. (Duwamish River Park, Sat)

Linda's Fest, with Fred & Toody Cole, Acapulco Lips, Bad Future, more. (Linda's, Sat)

Aaiiee!!, Shagnasty. (Cafe Racer, Sat)

"The Wake," morning yoga/dance party. (Great Wheel, 9 a.m. Sat) 

Urban Ag Bike Tour. (Bike Works, Columbia City, Sat)

Burke Museum presents "Fantastic Fishes," exhibits and demos about sea creatures of all types, with catering by Ivar's. (UW Marine Sciences Building, Sat) 

Saxophonist Chris Mitchell. (Benaroya Hall, Sat) 

"In These Times, In This Place, On This Land," talk with artist Inye Wokoma. (Frye Art Museum, Sat)

Recloose. (Kremwerk, Sat)

Composer/classical guitarist Michaud Savage. (Chapel Performance Space, Sat)

Full Moon Circus Soiree, with DJs and circus performers. (Fred Wildlife Refuge, Sat)

Seattle Anarchist Book Fair. (Washington Hall, Sat)

"Slurred Shopping Pop-Up DIY Craft and Artist Fair." (Central Saloon, Sat) 

Fitz & the Tantrums, Phases. (Marymoor Park, Sat)


Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle. (Neptune, Sun)

Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas. (KeyArena, Sun)

Seattle Synth Meetup and Petting Zoo. (Melrose Market Studios, Sun)

KISW Pain in the Grass festival, with Antrax, Disturbed, Breaking Benjamin, more. (White River Amphitheatre, Sun)

BrasilFest 2016. (Seattle Center, Sun)

"Hot Tin Streetcar," Tennessee Williams-themed improv show. (Market Theater, Sun)

"N10: Ninkasi Brewing Boat Party." (Pier 55, Sun) 

Jeff Beck, Ayron Jones. (Woodland Park Zoo, Sun) 

Sonny and the Sunsets, Boots to the Moon. (Sunset, Sun)

Lounge night with Harry Pierce, Elaine Bonow, more. (Parlaiment, Sun)

The InBetweens, Lori Goldston. (Vermillion, Sun) 


After months of work, the big LOSER book reissue project WILL go "live" for ordering some time next week. Watch this space.




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