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LOSER: The Real Seattle Music Story. It's back, and it's louder than ever.
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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2016

Good riddance to a year of heartbreak, death, and ominous portents; alleviated only by good news involving Sound Transit, Pramila Jayapal, Sounders FC, Husky football, and the Chicago Cubs. 

Oh, and the long-awaited, years-in-the-making return of my (and Art Chantry's, to give credit where due) local rock-history book "LOSER."

WEATHER

Occasional rain Friday. Still a smidgen of a chance of a little snow (and a bigger chance of very low temps) over the weekend.

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STATE OF THE ARTS

Recently-unearthed patent documents show Amazon proposing to put mini-warehouses in blimps flying over major cities. (GeekWire) 

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DUTY NOW FOR THE FUTURE

Crosscut's Greg Hanscom writes at the Atlantic's "CityLab" about how issues of housing, homelessness, and police reform continue to put "Seattle's progressive bona fides to the test."

ECO

The U.S. Geological Survey's ID'd Mount Rainier as “one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world.” Pierce County's prepping an improved warning system just in case. (KCPQ)

DEPT. OF FALLOUT

St. Mark's Cathedral leaders have declared racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, xenophobia, and white nationalism as "sins." The Episcopal congregation also proclaims, "Our church stands as a sanctuary and safe haven for people threatened by those who would attack them."  (Joel Connelly)

Next year will be a year of vital things that need doing. Among them: Kelsey Hamlin's local list of "action items for people at a loss." (South Seattle Emerald) 

Wash. state could be the biggest job-loser if the new DC regime starts a trade war with China. (McClatchy)

POLICING THE POLICE

That plan we talked about yesterday to put body cams on bicycle cops? Delayed. (KIRO-TV)

O GIVE ME A HOME

A group called Vision House does a lot of things to help King County's homeless, from housing and food to social services. But it's got a big budget shortfall, and will have to cut back if donations don't come in. (KING) 

A group called Be-Seattle will hold "tenants' rights bootcamps" next month. (Capitol Hill Times)

"Micro housing" projects have been regulated-to-death in Seattle, but one's about to go up in Tacoma. And with no parking (gasp!). (News Tribune) 

The U District and Factoria have the nation's two "most competitive" neighborhood housing markets, according to Redfin. Eight other local spots are among the list's top 30. (GeekWire) 

DEVELOPING STORIES

Five or six big condo projects are about to start in Seattle and Bellevue. All but one of them are backed by Chinese or Canadian money. (PS Biz Journal) 

QUEST FOR JUSTICE

A SeaTimes oped suggests scaling back, instead of completely dumping, the plan for a new youth jail.

A judge won't let one of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge occupiers retract his guilty plea. (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

Another Oregon court reversed the DUI conviction of a motorized-wheelchair user who hit a truck. (AP) 

SIC TRANSIT

Preliminary work starts next month on the First Hill Streetcar, which will run downtown (NOT on the waterfront) and will connect the existing First Hill and Lake Union lines. (SeaTimes)

The Seattle Bike Blog believes the Convention Center expansion should help build "a major bicycle network." 

I COVER THE WATERFRONT

Members of a Seattle mission reach out to help foreign container-ship crews who come to Seattle but aren't allowed to go ashore. (KING)

WHAT'S PAST ISN'T PAST

After 46 years (off and on) in public office, the last 28 in Congress, Jim McDermott offers his reminiscences. (KCPQ)

NEWS FROM MEDICINE

"One man’s story shows how mental-health treatment is an uphill battle in jails and prisons." (South Seattle Emerald)

The mother of the man known this past March as "#ManInTree" remembers her "heartbroken" years of trying to deal with his increasing paranoia. (KUOW) 

SPORTS

UW football plays for a chance at the national title in the Peach Bowl vs. Alabama, Saturday in Atlanta.

Seahawks' regular-season finale at San Francisco Sunday.

UW women's basketball at Oregon Friday.

UW men's basketball home vs. WSU Sunday.

Gonzaga men's basketball downed Pepperdine 92-62. At Pacific Saturday.

NEW YEAR'S EVE

Moonspinners, Gigantor, more. (Swedish Club)

Honcho Poncho, Chris Acker, "lucky dinner." (Cafe Racer)

Royal Room Orchestra and prix-fixe dinner. (Royal Room)

Redneck Girlfriend, Shivering Denizens, Black Crabs. (Slim's Last Chance)

Hell's Belles, Black Sabbitch. (Showbox) 

Eldridge Grave & the Court Soupreme, Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio. (Tractor) 

Abney Park, Soul of the Gypsy's Temple. (Columbia City Theater)

The Hasslers. (Hopvine)

"Copious Love Midnight Masquerade." (12th Ave. Arts)

"Moulin Rouge!" screening and party. (SIFF Uptown)

Film "The Room" presented in "4D." (Central Cinema)

Millhous, Bomb Squad, Dee Dees, Kings of Cavalier. (Darrell's) 

"Speakeasy New Year's Eve" with Holy Pistola, Nikki Dee Jazz Quartet. (Capitol Cider)

"Under the Big Top" party with the Shanghai Pearl. (Rhein Haus) 

Super Geek League. (El Corazon) 

"Snap '90s Dance Party." (Crocodile)

Benefit for musician Rachelle DeBelle with Sun Mother, Xolie Morra, more. (Skylark) 

Bread & Butter, Great Spiders, Head Band. (Sunset) 

Beats Antique's Shadowbox, Thriftworks. (Showbox Sodo)

Emerald City Soul Club, DUG. (Lo-Fi) 

Black Umbrella presents Sam Lachow, Raz Simone, more. (Neptune)

"X-Treme New Year's Theatresports." (Market Theater)

"Blue Year's Eve" improv show. (Atlas Theatre)

Jose "Juicy" Gonzales Trio. (Egan's)

Scottish style "Hugmanay" party. (Macleod's Fish and Chips)

Swing 3PO. (Sorrento)

Richie Aldente. (Vito's)

I Will Keep Your Ghost, GEMS, Zoolab, Neu Yeuth. (Central Saloon)

Tiffany Wilson. (SeaMonster)

"Wonderland NYE Celebration." (Can Can) 

Cathedral Cantorei and Chamber Orchestra, Handel organ concerto. (St. James Cathedral) 

SOMEWHERE OVER THE WEEKEND

Thunderpussy, Wild Powwers, Naked Giants, more. (Neumos, Fri-Sat) 

 

Leonard Cohen/Leon Russell tribute to benefit Standing Rock protests. (Royal Room, Fri)

"Lightsaber vigil for Carrie Fisher." (Fisher Pavilion, Fri) 

"La Petite Mort's Anthology of Erotic Esoterica." (Conservatory, Fri)

Ray Bands, Robert Roth, Whitney Mongé, Fredd Luongo. (Darrell's, Fri)

Local Strangers. (Sunset, Fri)

"Eat the Rich: A Grotesque Gorelesque Motorhead Tribute Fundraiser," benefitting Stone Soup Group. (HIghline, Fri)

"Jai Ho!" Bollywood masquerade party. (Columbia City Theater, Fri) 

"Classics for a Cause," DJ night beneffiting Oakland warehouse-fire victims. (Underground, Fri) 

The Bobs. (Triple Door, Fri) 

Quannum MCs. (Nectar, Fri) 

"Regal Hag Dizko" with Jackie Hell, L80, more. (Funhouse, Fri)

Documentary "By Sidney Lumet." (Grand Illusion, Fri)

"Sandbox Radio" live podcast. (ACT, Fri)

"Stories of Standing Rock." (Sacred Hoop, Fri)

"Voices Raised: Some Things Gotta Be Said," concert of "music that lives in the truth." (Couth Buzzard Books, Fri) 

 

Cracker, Camper Van Beethoven. (Crocodile, Sun) 

"Bach, Records, and Pancakes." (On the Boards, Sun)

"Weird and Awesome with Emmett Montgomery." (Annex Theatre, Sun)

Knowmads, All Star Opera, more. (Nectar, Sun)

Resolution Run 5K and Polar Bear Dive. (Magnuson Park, Sun)

"Sherlock" season 4 premiere. (Central Cinema, Sun) 

INSIDE

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