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THURSDAY, JUNE 8, 2017

Overture. Curtain, lights. This is it—the night of nights. On with the show—my big six-zero bday, and this project’s big zero-two birthday, tonight at the terrific Two Bells, Fourth Avenue north of Bell Street in bodacious Belltown. 

WEATHER

Rain early; changing to intermittent showers for the foreseeable future.

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ARENA OF BATTLE

We now know that Mayor Murray had chosen the Oak View Group’s proposal to rebuild KeyArena before the rival AEG-led group formally withdrew its bid. 

There are still bureaucratic hurdles a-plenty. And Chris Hansen could keep pushing for his Sodo arena plan (though his odds are a lot tougher now). 

But we have, for now, a group that wants to put all its own cash into creating an almost all-new structure, whether or not any NBA or NHL franchise shows up. It’ll only have a few hundred more seats than the current building; but it’ll have a much more hockey-friendly design, more luxury suites, and better concert acoustics. (SportsPress NW) (SeaTimes) (AP) (GeekWire)

At Wednesday’s presser, the Oak View Group’s head said an NHL team would likely arrive before any neo-Sonics basketball team. (SeaTimes) (PubliCola) 

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CITY HALL FOLLIES

We still don’t know for sure what products will and will not fall under the council-approved pop tax. (Weekly)

The city will cut down at least 91 of Lincoln Park’s big trees. (West Seattle Blog)

O GIVE ME A HOME

Homeless numbers are also on the rise all over the state. (SeaTimes)

Charles Mudede believes “soon, Seattle’s tech boom will not explain its housing crisis.” Rather, he thinks we’re suffering from global financial speculation as much as from incoming techbros.

NON-VANISHING BALLARD

The Sloop Tavern at the western end of NW Market St. has been with us for 65 years this week. (My Ballard)

IN THE RESISTANCE

To one local doctor, “hate is a public health issue.” (KUOW)

Yep, even in this city and state, “Islamophobia is on the rise.” (Stranger)

Dave Ross attends a Muslim ritual dinner with an interfaith group at SU, because “the only real security we have is getting to know our neighbors.”

Knute Berger attends a meeting of so-called “Mainstream Repubilcans” in Leavenworth, trying to figure out how to retake control of their own party.

A Portland far-right organizer plans to stage a rally on the Evergreen State College campus: “Have your meltdown. We are coming.” (News Tribune) Neo-Nazi flyers are already up on the campus. (Slog)

ROLIE POLIE OLY

Will the Legislature cough up enough money to continue cleaning up some of the state’s most toxic sites? (KING)

It’s now legal to test driverless cars on Washington roads. (SeaTimes)

AROUND THE GENDER BEND

“A Portland transgender man is pregnant with a son.” (KATU)

DEVELOPING STORIES

The Seattle School District wants to add a “downtown” high school, probably on the Seattle Center corner where Memorial Stadium and KCTS are now. Brier Dudley believes that’s a bad idea. (The Urbanist)

A just-announced 12-story tower in Portland’s being billed as America’s “first wood highrise building.” (GeekWire)

ECO

“Getting birds out of the path of airplanes,” always a noble cause. (SeaTimes)

THE BIG A

Bethany Jean Clement is, shall we say, less than impressed by Amazon’s grocery pickup operation.

UPDATES

The man who died at a south-end encampment, originally thought to have overdosed, is now believed to have died after an assault. A 43-year-old man has been arrested in the case. (SeaTimes)

SPORTS

Would you believe, the Mariners are back at .500? A Mike Zunino walkoff home run made a 6-5 win vs. Minnesota. The series ends tonight.

CAPITOL HILL ART WALK

Adrien Leavitt: “Queer Feelings.” (Vermillion)

Jessica Marie Mercy paintings of “queer spaces.” (The Factory)

Abby Fields, Aaron Jasinski, Krissy Downing, Rhodora Jacob. (True Love)

“Space/Place” student exhibition. (Photo Center NW)

Crystal Barbre: “Once There Was.” (Ghost) 

“Painting in Handcuffs,” works by incarcerated artists. (Ghost)

CoCA Gener8 open house. (1300 E. Pike)

“Thick as Thieves” comix zine artists. (Glo’s)

Kate Bernston. (Artful Dodger Tattoo & Comics)

Leo Shallat: “Beacons.” (Melrose Market Studios)

Jeff Mihalyo: “Abstract Impressions.” (Dendroica)

Andrew Lamb Schultz: “Garden of Faggy Delights.” (Calypte)

Rob Katkowski: “Behind gates/under graveyards.” (Steve Gilbert Studio)

TONIGHT

John Mellencamp, Emmylou Harris, Carlene Carter. (Marymoor Park)

Cursive chamber ensemble presents “It Fell Upon a Day.” (Chapel Performance Space)

Mark Finley in performance piece “Someone Get Me a Chain Saw.” (InArtsNW)

Erik Blood, Western Haunts, Season of Strangers, OC Notes. (Neumos)

“A Drink for Vera.” (Redwood, Linda’s, and St. John’s, thru Sat)

Michael Ian Black. (Showbox)

Jeffrey Osborne. (Jazz Alley, thru Sun)

Jarrett Cherner Trio, Steve Treseler. (Tula’s)

Crash the Glass series presents Coreena, Sandi Fernandez, Sarah St. Albin. (Columbia City Theater)

The Darcys. (Timbre Room)

Aryon Jones and the Way in-store. (Easy Street Records)

Patchwerks presents Shawn Rudiman, Chloe Harris, Shuttle. (Kremwerk)

“How to Win at Seattle Part II” with Nikkita Oliver and Monica Guzman. (Impact Hub)

1920 film “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” with live score. (Triple Door)

“New in Town: Stories of Migration.” (CityClub)

“Golden Silence: The Score Feels,” documentary about Seattle musicians of color. (NW Film Forum)

Midnight Mystery Theater. (The Conservatory)

Amy Debuim, Liight, Tad Reedy. (Darrell’s)

WORD-O-THE-DAY

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