MISCmedia MAIL by Clark Humphrey — your Seattle morning news roundup
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THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2015

As one who's used to thinking of the visual arts as a creative endeavor and a community of imaginative humans, it's a little (maybe a lot) disconcerting to find the rarified elite of One Percenter art collectors in town for a huge event created essentially just for them. Will the Seattle art scene as we know and loe it survive this? Tune in and see.

WEATHER

Just plain hot today; just plain even hotter through the weekend.

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ART, FAIR?

A Bloomberg.com piece about the Seattle Art Fair and Paul Allen's role in starting it mentions well-heeled collectors, art-world superstars, and bigtime galleries, but only one local artist (Buster Simpson, who certainly deserves the ink as much as anybody). (image: Simpson's "Growing Vine Street, Beckoning Planting 1;" bustersimpson.net)

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HOW DRY WE ARE

Go ahead and let that lawn go brown. It saves water. And it makes your house look like it's right on the Chambers Bay (U.S. Open) golf course (which you've gotta admit looked beautiful on national TV)! (KUOW)  

THE RACE IS ON

A Seattle cop who pepper-sprayed a Black LIves Matter protester in December could get fired, for that and several prior questionable incidents. (Stranger)  

Mostly-former gang members are working to strengthen Seattle's Black community, and acknowledging their past role in its unraveling. (Weekly)  

Conservative "bubble media" lies have gotten to the point where we actually have to explain to people that, no, slavery really wasn't such a good thing. (Jerry Large)  

WE COVER THE WATERFRONT

The proposed Seattle Aquarium expansion plans have been released. The thing would take up all of piers 59 and 60, plus an annex building. An outdoor plaza could connect the aquarium to the Pike Street Hillclimb and the Pike Place Market expansion. (Crosscut)  

OIL'S NOT WELL

Native Canadians, with ex-Mayor McGinn, staged a protest at Seattle's Canadian consulate. They're insisting that the tribes hold jurisdiction over land that oil companies want to build pipelines through. (Slog)

Portland's got its own docked Shell drilling-fleet ship. And it's got its own protesting "kayaktivists." (Oregon Public Broadcasting)

O GIVE ME A HOME

It sure didn't take long for Mayor Murray to publicly back away from (some of) the HALA Committee's advice about single-family zoning. (KPLU) (PubliCola)  

Kshama Sawant and other Council candidates issued their own "progressive plan for affordable housing" Wednesday. Yep, it includes rent control (which needs the state Legislature's OK), along with blanket "linkage fees" on new developments and tighter tenant-rights enforcement. It says nothing about single-family zones. 

Beyond (or despite) the local broadcast media's reactionary hype about a "war on cars," there are many really good reasons to cut down on off-street parking requirements at new residential developments in the city. Those things cost a LOT to build and maintain, especially covered spaces within condo/apartment buildings. (Stranger)  

AND IT BURNS, BURNS, BURNS

The Blue Creek fire near Walla Walla has now burned nine square miles. But at least it's now "73 percent contained." (AP) 

JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT OUR TAX SYSTEM COULDN'T GET MORE REGRESSIVE

Tim Eyman's latest strangle-the-state initiative would blow a $1.4 billion hole in the state budget. (Joel Connelly) Opponents will sue to get it off this November's ballot, calling its provisions unconstitutional. (SeaTimes)  

TECH TALCH

From the low volume of Microsoft's once-mighty publicity machine, you'd never know there was a new major Windows release this week (unless you had auto-updates turned on). (Guardian)

Costco's online photo service is actually run by a Staples subsidiary. That company got maliciously hacked. The service won't be back up for at least a week. (GeekWire) 

THE PLANE TRUTH?

Boeing chairman Jim McNerney says "key pieces" of the company may move overseas if Congress doesn't reincarnate the Export-Import Bank. (PS Biz Journal) 

BLAME THE CYLONS

Organizers of GalactiCon 4, a fan convention honoring "Battlestar: Galactica" and other screen f/sf set for Seattle Center this weekend, suddenly announced that almost a dozen show cast members, originally set to attend, won't show after all. Many prepaid attendees now want their money back. (KOMO)  

SPORTS

Pitching ace Felix Hernandez gave up four runs in the first inning, and everything went downhill from there as the Ms fell 8-2 to the lowly Arizona Diamondbacks. They're at the Minnesota Twins starting tonight. 

The Storm fell to the Washington Mystics 87-74. They're at Connecticut Friday.

ART FAIR AND ALTERNATIVES THERETO

Seattle Art Fair preview and opening. (CenturyLink Field Events Center, thru 8/2)

Out of Sight, local multi-artist exhibit opening. (King Street Station, thru 8/2)

"Backdrop," site-specific installation by artist Julie Alpert in conjunction with Seattle Art Fair. (MadArt, South Lake Union, thru Sun)

"French Doors, Brick Wall With Window…", site-specific installation by artist Jenny Heishman in conjunction with Seattle Art Fair. (Myrtle Edwards Park, thru Sun)

New Members Show. (SOIL Gallery, thru Sun) 

"Gravity Falls," group exhibition of art designed to "push the boundaries of understanding." (Surface Theory, 536 1st Ave. S., thru Fri)

"Artists at Seattle Art Fair." (SAM Gallery, thru Tue)

ALSO TONIGHT

Comedian Greg Proops, from "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (Parlor Live, thru Sat) 

"Grow Gracefully Salon" by Allied Arts of Seattle, with discussions on leveraging urban growth with affordability and livability. (Grand Central Building atrium) 

"Zoolander." (Magnuson Park, free)

WORD-O-THE-DAY

"Rabatment"

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