Once again, it's the annual battle for the city's attention, of Black Friday vs. Black Lives Matter Friday (which essentially subsumed the "Buy Nothing Day" protests of prior years).

This year, of course, we have a different situation.

It's even more important to proclaim that black lives (explicitly, but not exclusively) matter.

But I believe it's also imperative to welcome and proclaim the "spirit of Christmas." 

The spirit that goes beyond buying Stuff. The spirit that's about empathy and compassion and all the values that are currently under threat.


Continued wet down here, white in the mountains.



The next legacy Belltown joint threatened with eviction: the Queen City Grill, one of the neighborhood's first "foodie" palaces. First opened 30 years ago in the space of the old Queen City Tavern (one of those working-men's beer halls, with a happy hour from 6 to 9 a.m.), it's been a place for gourmet seafood dishes, fine cocktails, and live jazz music. And now its landlord wants it out, as of January. The restaurant's started a petition and a "God Save the Queen" web page.



My ex-UW Daily staffmate Paige Stockley, now a Cornish College faculty cellist, will perform a wordless political protest with some of Bach's more poignant pieces, 3 p.m. today at the Elliott Bay Book Co. (Weekly)

On a similar note, artist Chatara Hajje created, and photographed, a series of concentric hearts made of leaves found in and near Alki Point. Along with it, she sent the West Seattle Blog an accompanying text: "May love get us through all that is currently happening and all that is to come. May it be enough. May it overcome fear, despair, and isolation."

As part of his executive order reaffirming that Seattle's a "sanctuary city," Mayor Murray allocated $250,000 toward helping "undocumented" students in Seattle Public Schools. (SeaTimes)

Young people attending an "Election Reflection" event at Rainier Vista said they were "scared" about the future under the next DC regime. (Sarah Stuteville) 


We finally know who's the next Supt. of Public Instruction: Chris Reykdal. (SeaTimes) 

The Port of Olympia called the Olympia Police to break up a sit-in blocking trains with "fracking sand." Now that town's police chief blasts the port for even agreeing to ship fracking sand. (Olympian)


Two Hanford contractors reportedly agreed to a $125 million settlement, potentially ending a 13-year dispute over alleged "subpar work" in building a nuclear-waste treatment facility. (AP)


The Nooksack Tribe officially "disenrolled" 289 people. But the feds won't recognize the action. (AP)


The City's released detailed rules about labor organizing for ride-share workers. Both the ride-share companies and labor advocates hate the rules. (Weekly) 


Not many of you know this, but in 2014-2015 I was involved with a local shelter's cafeteria. A lot of our food was supplied by a local nonprofit, Operation Sack Lunch. That group's now looking for seasonal volunteers (SeaTimes)


Following the lead of Everett and Seattle, Renton's considering banning the sale of "high alcohol content" beverages from its downtown. (KIRO-TV)  


The Lodge sports-bar chain's filing for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. That WON'T stop it from opening new locations. (SeaTimes) 


Football's Apple Cup, with the UW at WSU this afternoon, will determine the Pac-12 North title (and maybe whether the UW gets into college football's four-team playoff).

Sounders FC concludes a two-game, aggregate-score, conference final Sunday at Colorado.

Seahawks at Tampa Bay Sunday.

UW women's basketball at Seattle U Saturday and the U of Portland Sunday.

UW men's basketball at home vs. Western Kentucky tonight.

Gonzaga basketball easily downed Quinnipiac 82-62 in the AdvoCare Invitational tournament in Orlando. Next: a semifinal game tonight vs. Florida.


African American Film Festival. (Langston Hughes Center, Fri-Sun)

"George Balanchine's 'The Nutcracker.'" (McCaw Hall, Fri thru Dec. 28)

"A Christmas Carol." (ACT Theatre, Fri thru Dec. 28) 


"Black Lives Matter Friday 3.0: The Revolution Begins." (Westlake Park, Fri)

The Oh Sees, Alex Cameron, Mommy Long Legs. (Neumos, Fri)

The Dollop. (Neptune, Fri) 

Paperboys. (Triple Door, Fri) 

Castle, MOS Generator, Ancient Warlocks, Teepe Creeps. (Funhouse, Fri) 

RUFUS DU SOL, Kilo, Yuma X. (Showbox Sodo, Fri)

Bearracuda Seattle Black Friday Beef Ball. (Chop Suey, Fri)


"Indies First" bookstore promotion, with a bus of local authors touring local stores. (Various spots, Sat) 

"Our Revolution Ballard" planning session. (Ballard Library, Sat)

Luna Craft Fair. (Luna Park Cafe, Sat) 

"It's Not You, It's Me" calendar release with Dillon Lacey. (Push/Pull, Sat) 

Claire Michelle. (Grumpy D's Coffee House, Sat)

Sky Cries Mary (Roderick with an all-new lineup), Jim Basnight & the Moberlys, Crunchbird. (Sunset, Sat) 

Car Seat Headrest, Domestics. (Neptune, Sat)

The Iron Maidens, Rising, Patitude. (Jazzbones, Sat) 

James Vincent McMorrow, Allan Rayman. (Showbox, Sat)

Emancipator, Tor, Edamame, Lapa. (Crocodile, Sat) 

Encanto Holiday Opera. (Moore, Sat)

Nipsey Hussle, Choice, The Landlord, JDUB. (Showbox Sodo, Sat) 


X, Skating Polly, Visqueen, Small Wigs, Tripwires. (Crocodile, Sun-Wed)


Seattle International Comedy Competition finals. (Cornish Playhouse, Sun)

Daughter, Alexandra Savior. (Neptune, Sun) 

Michael Christmas, Warm Brew, Kari Faux (Chop Suey, Sun)

Sloucher, Fauna Shade, Pale Noise. (Tractor, Sun) 


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