THURSDAY, MAY 11, 2017

The Upstream Music Fest + Summit, Paul Allen’s latest "gift” to us, begins today. It starts at a time when the recorded-music biz is still trying to right itself in the broadband age, and when the live-music biz is allegedly approaching “peak festival” glut levels.

But, like many of Allen’s mega-projects, Upstream aims to be more than just a Sasquatch! festival you don’t have to drive to the middle of eastern Washington to see.

It’s supposed to be like Austin’s SXSW without all that fest’s current tech-bro forums, concentrating on music showcases and music-related panel talks, with an emphasis on indie and regional acts.

We’ll see how it turns out, and whether it succeeds at this, and whether Allen’s willing to bankroll another one.


Here comes the rain again, off and on for the foreseeable future, with possible lightning in spots.



Amazon design technologist Sheridan Martin models her own creation, a geodesic dress made in tribute to the Amazon campus’s “spheres,” as part of an employee contest. (GeekWire)



How much leadership can we expect from lame-duck mayor Ed Murray? (KING)

Murray will leave office “with a stack of accomplishments and more than a few enemies.” (Weekly)

One man who’d known Murray back in the ‘80s said one of his latter-day accusers was always “charming toward adults,” but that Murray, already out-and-proud at the time, was not the sort of man to go pursuing underage and/or commercial sex. (KUOW)

“Nobody in the past month has forcefully defended Murray.” (Danny Westneat)

There are now 12 mayoral candidates “and counting.” (Seattle mag)

Candidate Bob Hasegawa pins his hopes on “a growing body politic rising up against corporate control of our system.” (South Seattle Emerald)

There's sure been a high turnover in the mayor’s job in recent decades. Why? (Knute Berger)

How will Murray’s eventual departure affect the competing new basketball-arena schemes? (Art Thiel)


Hanford’s still on high alert, with many employees being kept home, as crews re-cover the tunnel that collapsed, exposing old radioactive rail cars. Gov. Inslee exhorted the feds to thoroughly investigate the incident. (SeaTimes) (NWNews via KNKX) (KIRO-FM)


At times like this, even an institution as established as SIFF serves a resistance role, by bringing us closer to other lands’ stories, cultures, and struggles. (Stranger)

At Microsoft’s annual Build Conference, CEO Satya Nadella said the tech world “has a responsibility to prevent a dystopian ‘1984’ future.” (Agence France-Press via Yahoo News)

“About 30 percent of Kent and Renton’s populations are foreign born” (including refugee families), more than double the statewide average. KUOW has some of their stories.


It could be weeks before we know the full results of B.C.’s legislative election. The (not-so) Liberal Party might manage to hold onto power in the province after all. (CBC) (Vancouver Sun)


City Attorney Pete Holmes’ office has officially declared it would devote less effort to prosecuting sex workers and more toward prosecuting their “johns.” So why are case records trending the other way? (KIRO-TV)


The newest general Northwest history book (the first all-new one in three decades) emphasizes, among other things, that our region’s story began long before white folks showed up. (News Tribune)


Virtual-reality tech’s being used to help burn victims in Seattle, by taking their minds out of total obsession with pain. But it could become “dangerously addictive.” Cue the sci-fi dystopia movie scripts. (Stranger)

Microsoft patented some VR glasses that “could tell you when it’s time to stop eating.” (KIRO-TV)

Meanwhile, virtual reality arcades are popping up in a few spots, including Ballard. (SeaTimes)


The King County Sheriff’s Dept. fired a deputy who’d admitted to squirting pepper spray into homeless people’s water bottles at an encampment. (Slog)


The Operation Nightwatch shelter, itself displaced by the city’s new “low barrier” shelter project, will move temporarily to a vacant U District building set to be razed. (PubliCola)


There’s still no budget progress in Olympia, but Gov. Inslee did sign bills to combat financial scams against elderly and “vulnerable” adults, and to let past crime victims know if their past assailants tried to buy guns. (SeaTimes) (AP)


Local theater-community members made several social-media complaints about a Theater Schmeater audition notice, which they claimed included racist/sexist descriptions of several characters. The play in question’s now been canceled, and the theater’s artistic director resigned. (Slog)


For the first time this season, the Mariners are at .500. They swept the two-game series at Philadelphia, ending with an 11-6 blowout Wednesday. Four games at Toronto begin tonight.

The Thunderbirds downed Regina 6-1 in the Western Hockey League finals. The series, tied 2-2, continues with game 5 Friday in Kent.

Is there more to the investigation of Garfield HS football recruiting an out-of-state player than we’ve been told so far? (South Seattle Emerald)


"We the People" poster show and sale benefitting ACLU. (Melrose Market) 

Spring Art Walk Awards. (Sole Repair Shop) 

Michael Alm. (Ghost) 

Shaun Kardinal: "Harbinger." (Calypte)

"Concealed & Revealed" group show. (True Love) 

Arcade Plaza opening and giant Pac-Man game. (Summit and Olive, 5-7 pm)


Upstream Music Fest + Summit, with too many acts to mention here. (WaMu Theater and many other spots, thru Sat)

Downstream Music Festival & Art Show. (Substation, thru Sat) 

Seattle Maritime Festival. (Various spots in and around Ballard, thru Sat)

"Turning Homeward: Restoring Hope and Nature in the Urban Wild" author Adrienne Scanlan. (Queen Anne Book Co.) 

"Sherman Alexie Loves" reading series presents Patricia Park, Ariel Shrag, Sunil Yapa. (Town Hall) 

“The Source,” lecture about Seattle’s cannery industry. (Waterfront Space)

"Rising Up: A Queer Social Justice Musical." (Gay City, thru May 21) 

Junko Yamamoto art opening. (SAM Gallery) 

"Rhythm Assemblies: Films by Reed O'Beirne." (NW Film Forum) 

Spyro Gyra. (Jazz Alley, thru Sun) 

Princess Nokia. (Crocodile) 

Happy Fits, Hell Mary, Madness Blooms. (Rendezvous) 

Xetas, Xurs, Yr Parents, Dyed. (Funhouse) 

Chuck Prophet and the Mission Express, Tripwires. (Tractor) 

"Crash the Glass" series presents Heather Thomas, Lizzy Rose, Heather Edgley. (Columbia City Theater) 

Testament. (Showbox) 

Chris Brown, 50 Cent, Fabolous, more. (KeyArena) 

Alex Dugdale’s FADE Quartet. (SAM)

Acid Mothers Temple, Babylon, Hound Dog Taylor's Hand. (Sunset) 

Demdike Stare, Norda, Chloe Frieda, Cameron Shafii. (Kremwerk) 

Tanya Taqaq. (Neptune)

Film "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me." (Central Cinema) 

Film “Idiocracy.” (Peddler Brewing Co.)

KeyArena development proposals open house. (KEXP)  

Translations film festival presents "Criminal Queers." (Henry Art Gallery) 


(Mila Ferrera, “Everything Between Us"):

“If I were to express what’s inside me, it would basically be one long, shrill scream.”


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