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FRIDAY, JUNE 16, 2017

The Fremont Solstice Parade and Fair are back this weekend. So are the legendary (and very unofficial) body-paint bicyclists, despite reports last year that parade organizers planned to crack down on them. 

Not too long ago, I thought of Solstice as a pleasant but irrelevant social exercise. The late-hippie notion of hedonism as a “rebellious” stance; the “political” parade entrants smugly sneering at TV and square people. Even the two-wheeled nudes had come to seem as ordinary, well, as human bodies themselves are.

But this year, most anything anybody does can be seen as political.

To joyfully celebrate human “weirdness” and human bodies, in a non-threatening and welcoming context, is callout against the rising tide of division and hate. 

What’s more, it’s a tacit example of a better way to live with one another.

WEATHER

Decreasing showers today; mostly dry, with sun breaks, over the weekend.

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TODAY IN INFLATABLE LEVIATHANS

This “world’s largest rubber duckie” (really air-filled vinyl) is in Tacoma to promote this weekend’s “Festival of Sail Tacoma.” From there, the floating mega-balloon’s scheduled to appear at one of Canada’s 150th anniversary fetes. Some Canadians call it a waste of tax dollars. (KIRO-TV) (News Tribune)

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VANISHING ROOSEVELT DISTRICT

The Weaving Works, one of Seattle’s premier crafts-supply stores for four decades, is closing next month after years of dwindling business at its 65th and Roosevelt storefront (where it moved in 2014 from its longtime U District site). The store’s website says, “The days when a comprehensive urban fiber arts store can be economically viable are no longer.” Its operators hope to keep going online. (SeaTimes)

GAYS OF OUR LIVES

After promoters of last weekend’s “Capitol Hill Pride” staged a larger, more elaborate event than they had street permits to stage, the city revoked the same group’s permit for a “Bite of Pride” food fest next weekend. The Broadway Business Improvement District’s authorizing a new entity to take over Pride on Capitol Hill next year. (The downtown/Seattle Center Pride events for next weekend are unaffected by this.) (Capitol Hill Times)

IN THE RESISTANCE

After organizers of a recent Portland “alt-right” rally announced they’d march on the Evergreen State College campus, administration suspended campus activities (for the second time in as many weeks). State Patrol officers showed up in riot gear. About 120 counter-protesters showed up. Finally, a few dozen hatemongers marched up the tree-lined street onto the campus. As happened in Seattle last weekend, counter-protesters sprayed Silly String. As happened in Seattle, things briefly turned violent. One counter-protester was arrested. Everyone started dispersing around 7:30. (Olympian) (KNKX) (KCPQ) (KIRO-TV)

The Seattle Storm will hold a “Stand With Planned Parenthood” benefit, in conjunction with a home game next month.

Could “the GOP’s effort to destroy Obamacare lead us to single-payer?” Just maybe, eventually; but there’d be a lot of needless deaths and personal bankruptcies before that ever happens. (Dan Savage)

An anti-gay Bible verse was carved into an exterior wall piece at a local gay activist’s home. (Slog)

A 55-year-old man was charged with making anti-Muslim threats against, and even threatening to shoot, three Ethiopian-American men at a Bellevue gas station. (PI.com)

QUEST FOR JUSTICE

A lawsuit filed in King County claims Seventh-Day Adventist church leaders repeatedly ignored years of child sex abuse by a teacher at its private schools. (KING)

The suit by the widow of a Woodway man killed by “superbug” on a contaminated medical “scope” is going to trial. (Kaiser Health News via SeaTimes)

ROLIE POLIE OLY

Now it’s just two weeks before a partial state government shutdown, unless the Legislature finally passes a budget. Exactly what would happen in such a shutdown? Hard to say. (KIRO-FM)

CITY HALL FOLLIES

Jordan Royer wants the city to make sure it’s properly spending the money it’s got, before creating new revenue sources. (Crosscut)

ECO

Orcas in the waters off BC, who should look healthy and well fed this time of year, are looking like they’re starving. (David Neiwart)

A Hanford official says future nuclear-waste mishaps there are “likely.” (AP)

There are things we can do, as a city and state, toward climate reversal. But will they be too little, too late? (Stranger guest oped)

Do the redevelopers of the historic but dilapidated Eitel Building have to replace the seagull habitat that’s now inside its upper floors? (Slog)

Paul Allen wants to expand his “Flying Heritage and Combat Armor Museum” at Everett’s Paine Field. Local environmentalists don’t want it approved unless Allen pays to improve stormwater drainage in hte vicinity. (KING)

THE BIG A

Amazon boss Jeff Bezos, the world’s second richest human, publicly asked his Twitter followers for suggestions on how to give away his vast fortune. You can guess some of the over 1,000 responses: Build affordable housing so non-Amazonians can stay in Seattle. Help subsidize solutions to local traffic snarls. “Or, haha, pay taxes.” (Slog) (GeekWire)

R.I.P.

William Dean Hardwick, 73, was one of the family owners of Hardwick’s Swap Shop, the U District second-hand store that evolved into a specialty hardware emporium and a Seattle institution. He married a waitress from the nearby Little Cheerful Cafe. Before he died, the family announced the store will close next year, with the site sold to developers. (Legacy.com)

SPORTS

The Mariners split the four-game series at Minnesota, losing Thursday 6-2. At Texas for three games starting tonight.

The Storm’s home vs. San Antonio Sunday.

Sounders FC at New York City FC Saturday.

SOMEWHERE OVER THE WEEKEND

NW New Works Festival weekend two. (Various spots, Fri-Sun)

Nine-year anniversary gala. (Vermillion, Fri-Sat)

“Comics and Medicine” conference. (Central Library, Fri-Sat)

Sea<>Bus presents “Indigo,” with Seattle and Columbus, OH-based dancers. (Velocity Dance, Fri-Sun)

 

“Race, Identity, and Culture in the Pacific Northwest” panel. (SAM, noon Fri)

“Seward Park at Night: A Night of Birds, Bats, Burgers, and Beer.” (Seward Park Audubon Center, Fri)

Sen. Al Franken. (Town Hall, Fri)

Tatiana Gill “Wombgenda: Feminist Comix” release. (Fantagraphics Bookstore)

“Bloomsday” reading of James Joyce’s “Ulysses.” (Folio, Fri)

“The Ambulance Drivers” author James McGrath Morris. (Elliott Bay Book Co., Fri)

Vans Warped Tour, with CKY Gwar, Adolescents, more. (CenturyLink Field, Fri)

Dionvox, Ilen Halogram, Juicy Moment. (Rendezvous, Fri)

Christy McWilson and the West Seattle 2. (Shanty, Fri)

Driftwood Orchestra, Uneasy Chairs. (Chapel Performance Space, Fri)

Low, Mono. (Neptune, Fri)

The Heroine. (Funhouse, Fri)

Richie Dagger’s Crime (EP release), Afrocop, Real Don Music. (Lo-Fi, Fri)

Hooray for the Riff Raff, Making Movies. (Crocodile, Fri)

Pop Cycle, Stag, Service Providers, Sam Russell and the Harbormats. (Sunset, Fri)

“Sex Witch Slam.” (Highline, Fri)

Comedian Hans Kim. (Comedy Underground, Fri)

“Goddess” group art exhibit. (Gargoyles Statuary, Fri)

Juneteenth Celebration. (Rainier Beach Community Center, Fri)

“Tricked: A Mostly Male Burlesque Show, Pride Edition.” (The Conservatory, Fri)

Queercore film screening. (Gay City, Fri)

Comedian Sarah Colonna with Seahark Jon Ryan. (Triple Door, Fri)

“Craftstravaganza Monster Ball.” (Push/Pull, Fri)

Jerry Jeff Walker. (Snoqualmie Casino, Fri)

 

Fremont Solstice Parade and Fair. (Various spots in Fremont, Sat-Sun)

PrideFest Film Fest. (Various spots, Sat-Sun)

Retro Gaming Expo. (Seattle Center Armory, Sat-Sun)

 

Block Party at the Station, hiphop music/arts festival. (The Station, Sat)

“Affordable Housing Door Knocking” kickoff. (Cal Anderson Park, Sat)

“Pick Our Bones” moving sale. (Black Dog Forge, Sat)

Solstice Night Market pop-up. (139 9th Ave. N, Sat)

Jimi Hendrix Park grand opening. (2400 S. Massachusetts St., Sat)

Evanstones. (Cafe Racer)

Long Shot 2017 photo competition finals. (Photo Center NW, Sat)

Goldenrod, God & Vanilla, Sacred Signs. (Chapel Performance Space, Sat)

“Civic Saturday with Eric Liu.” (Town Hall, Sat)

Adult., Sextile, Pod, Blotz. (Crocodile, Sat)

Lushloss, Shelf Nunny, Depressica. (Timbre Room, Sat)

Mopsey, Into the Cold, Llama. (Darrell’s, Sat)

Gunnar in the Serpent Pit, Danse Perdue, Zane Lazos. (Teatro de la Psychomachia, Sat)

Artists Damien Davis and C. Davida Ingram in conversation. (NW African American Museum, Sat)

“Ove Is Love: A Pole Dance Revue.” (Emerald City Trapeze Arts, Sat)

“Miscast: A Cabaret.” (Pocket Theater, Sat)

“Bitch Sesh” podcast recording. (Showbox, Sat)

“Lore” podcast live performance. (Town Hall, Sat)

Tool. (Gorge Ampitheatre, Sat)

Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra with bassist Christian McBride. (Benaroya Hall, Sat)

 

Father’s Day Kids’ Dance Party. (KEXP, Sun)

Father’s Day at the Aquarium. (Seattle Aquarium, Sun)

TajMo: The Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ Band. (Benaroya Hall, Sun)

Electric Six, Northern Faces. (Neumos, Sun)

Mozzy. (Studio Seven, Sun)

“Taking Turns” graphic novelist MK Czerwiec. (Elliott Bay Book Co., Sun)

Kinsey Sicks, “dragapella” quartet. (Triple Door, Sun)

Mark Brainard, David Johnson. (Hattie’s Hat, Sun)

“The Ancient Fruitcake: What Really, Really Old Food Tells Us.” (Southwest Branch Library, Sun)

WORD-O-THE-DAY

“Respair”

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