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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2016

The first of the dark, cool, wet months approches. I can hardly wait.

WEATHER

Clouding up Friday. Rain possible over the weekend.

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UP, IN THE AIR

Could Jeff Bezos's "Blue Origin" space ship look any less, er, "suggestive"? (GeekWire)

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CITY HALL FOLLIES

A committee appointed by Mayor Murray recommends against business rent control. But it will consider tax breaks to landlords who rent to small businesses. (Capitol Hill Seattle) (SeaTimes) The committee also recommended steps to help preserve local "legacy" businesses. (West Seattle Herald)

POLICING THE POLICE

Could the Seattle Police become more diverse if applicants from social-service backgrounds had the same "preference points" in hiring that military veterans get? (Crosscut)

Why, exactly, do Seattle police seem so threatened by Black Lives Matter? (South Seattle Emerald)

GAYS OF OUR LIVES

PLU now has "the first openly gay university pastor at a Lutheran college." (News Tribune)

NEWS FROM MEDICINE

A new report explains in grueling detail all the problems at Western State Hospital. (SeaTimes)

Virginia Mason Medical Center is again fully accredited. (SeaTimes)

ECO

Whatcom County's extended its moratorium against new "unrefined fossil fuel" export facilities for another six months. (Bellingham Herald)

THE LAW

A sorority won a judgment against an unnamed ex-member, after she revealed its "sacred secrets" to the local gaming/comics site Penny Arcade. (PI.com)

O GIVE ME A HOME

One of Seattle's last trailer parks is, as you guessed, getting razed. (Sarah Stuteville)

The autistic, mute, 67-year-old "mayor of Ballard" is now living in exile on Aurora after his landlord kicked him out. (KING) 

AG

Most of America's raspberries come from Whatcom County. More and more of them come from Sikh-owned farms. (KUOW)

DRUGS

Snohomish County has over 400 "nuisance properties." They're not exactly unoccupied; squatters and heroin users use many of them. (KING)

More babies are being born hooked on heroin than ever. (KING)

DEVELOPING STORIES

The city-owned (and subsidized) parking garage in Pacific Place was sold back to the downtown mall's owners. Now with full control of the building, the owners plan to completely redo the place. (SeaTimes)

CAFFEINE

The next SeaTimes Sunday magazine cover story's about David Schomer of Vivace Coffee, who introduced Seattle to fun patterns on latte foam among other achievements.

STATE OF THE ARTS

Plans for a big performing-arts theater in Bellevue took a big step with a big donation by former Nintendo/Mariners exec Minoru Arakawa. (KING)

TEL AVIV

You probably haven't heard from "Married With Children" costar Amanda Bearse since the show ended and/or she outed herself. She's since gone into directing, came here in 2012, and is now at the Seattle Film School. (City Living)

The real-life Portland feminist bookstore seen in "Portlandia" won't be seen on the show anymore. Its owners posted a sign in its front window, accusing the sketch comedy of practicing "transmisogyny, racism, gentrification, queer antagonism, and devaluation of feminist discourse." (Oregonian)

SPORTS

In a battle of unbeaten top-10 teams, UW football hosts Stanford tonight.

Seahawks at NY Jets Sunday morning.

Seahawks QB Richard Sherman (who still plans to play in Sunday's game) release a video announcing his support for the NFL Players' Association, saying "we really don't have a reason to trust the NFL." (KCPQ)

Sounders FC at Vancouver Sunday.

The Mariners' playoff hopes stayed (barely) alive with a 3-2 win vs. Oakland. The regular season ends with three more games vs. the As this weekend.

The Storm's Breanna Stewart was unanimously picked as the WNBA's Rookie of the Year. (SeaTimes) 

SOMEWHERE OVER THE WEEKEND

Macefield Music Festival. (Ballard, Fri-Sun) 

Chance of Rain Festival continues, with many local/global EDM acts. (Various spots, thru Sun)

"Harvest," "adults-only Halloween experience." (Seattle Immersive Theatre, Fri thru Oct. 31)

"Strange and Unusual," burlesque show inspired by Tim Burton films. (Theatre Off Jackson, Fri-Sat) 

Peaches. (Neptune, Fri)

"Men in Dance" festival. (Broadway Performance Hall, Fri)

SassyBlack. (Volunteer Park, Fri)

"Weird Rock Night" with Communist Eyes, Green River Thrillers, Puke$nake, more. (Slim's Last Chance, Fri) 

Pennywise, Strung Out, Unwritten Law. (Showbox, Fri)

David Quammen, author of "Yellowstone: A Journey Through America’s Wild Heart." (Town Hall, Fri)

Wave Books celebration and group poetry reading. (Fred Wildlife Refuge, Fri) 

Ricardo Donoso, Patricia Hall, Bardo:Basho. (Chapel Performance Space, Fri)

Comedian Jake Johnannsen. (Laughs, Fri)

Oktoberfest party. (Die BierStube, Fri)

New Orleans Food & Funk Festival. (WaMu Theater, Fri) 

Opening of "To Seattle | Subject: Personal," exibit of artworks added to the Frye's personal collection since 2009. (Frye Art Museum, Sat thru Jan. 8)

"Fringe Month," with more than 30 different shows. (Pocket Theater, Sat thru Oct. 31) 

"Trucktoberfest" food-truck gathering. (South Lake Union Discovery Center, Sat-Sun)

"BrickCon," display of large Lego works. (Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, Sat-Sun) 

Northwest Tea Festival. (Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion, Sat-Sun)

"Wellbody Weekend." (Pacific Science Center, Sat-Sun)

Seattle Urban Book Expo. (Black Dot Cultural Innovation Space, Sat)

Open Studio 25. (On the Boards, Sat) 

Dinosaur Jr., Moon Duo. (Showbox, Sat)

Star Anna, Naomi Wachira. (Rendezvous, Sat)

"StopKillingUs: No Justice, No Peace" rally. (Westlake Park, Sat)

Moonspinners, Insect Man. (Tim's Tavern, Sat) 

Manatee Commune, Maiah Manser, Jamie Blake, Dream Journal. (Neumos, Sat) 

Roladex, Youryoungbody, Pleather, Webdriver Torso. (Timbre Room, Sat)

"Arthaus 3.0: Haunted Haus," drag contest. (Kremwerk, Sat)

24 Hour Comic Day. (Push/Pull, Sat) 

Dance performance based on installation "Senga Nengudi: Improvisational Gestures." (Henry Art Gallery, Sat)

Bruce Campbell in "Last Fan Standing," live game show. (Moore, Sat)

"Fomohomo: Ready Player Two," dance revue based on classic video games. (Kremwerk, Sat) 

Playwright/essayist Ngugi wa Thiong'o. (Elliott Bay Book Co., Sat)

Films "Stand By Me" and "The Goonies." (Central Library, Sat)

Mackned, Lil Tracy, Horse Head, Cam the Mac. (Vera Project, Sat)

Seattle Kokon Taiko 35th anniversary concert. (Shorewood Performing Arts Center, Sat)

"Octo•Beach Dance Party." (Hale's Palladium, Sat)

Gnarlene and the Frisky Pigs, Black Chevys, Dynamite Nugget. (Parlaiment, Sat) 

Kaytranada. (Showbox Sodo, Sat)

Bizzarro Italian Cafe 30th birthday with El Vez, the Witness, Primate 5, more. (Sat) 

Piketoberfest. (Pike Pub, Sat)

Heart & Soul Community Fair. (Rainier Beach Community Center, Sat)

"Robothon," robot races and battles. (Seattle Center Armory, Sat)

"Second Change Prom 2016." (Trinity, Sat) 

Psychic John Edward. (Marriott Sea-Tac, Sat)

Rick Springfield. (Emerald Queen Casino, Sat)

Def Lepperd, REO Speedwagon, Tesla. (Tacoma Dome, Sat)

Squeeze, Look Park. (Benaroya Hall, Sun)

Chef Keef. (Neumos, Sun)

Novelist Gloria Koll on "Skipping Stones: A Story of Finding Home." (Nordic Heritage Museum, Sun)

"No Gasoline Day," political/environmentalist theater piece. (Seattle Center, Sun)

"Spiders of the Duwamish" presentation. (Duwamish Longhouse, Sun) 

INSIDE

Our next step in the "LOSER" book reissue will be getting it into stores. Working on that verily as you read this (unless you're reading this while I'm asleep).

And it's about time I put some real marketing muscle behind this newsletter. All ideas welcome.

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Philip K. Dick, "I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon"):

“Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.”

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