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FRIDAY, JULY 7, 2017

I’d have a witty intro to this day’s newsletter, but it’s just too darn hot.

WEATHER

Baking through the weekend.

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OF BUILDINGS AND BOOKS

Architectural Digest praises the Seattle Public Library for using its Rem Koolhaas-designed building to help ensure “the future of libraries in the digital age,” by “keeping demand for the printed word alive.”

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CRITTERS

An apparently abandoned building in Arizona was discovered to hold dozens of monkeys, caged outdoors in the heat. It turned out to be a former “animal rescue” facility, now run by the UW for raising medical-research animals. (KCPQ)

ROLIE POLIE OLY

“Seattle taxpayers got screwed, and Democrats got played, in the state education funding deal.” (Slog)

Figuring out the Legislature budget deal’s property-tax adjustments? “It’s complicated.” (SeaTimes)

Gov. Inslee signed legislation creating a state-level Department of Children, Youth, and Families. (KING)

An initiative campaign to toughen the state’s laws about police use of lethal force is underway, the Legislature having gotten nowhere in that regard. (KUOW)

CITY HALL FOLLIES

Despite one or two mayoral candidates raking in the most campaign dough, polls show the race is “far from decided.” (South Seattle Emerald)

IN THE RESISTANCE

Merchants in the West Seattle Junction have started a “safe spaces” campaign, promising to protect people who come into their businesses from bigoted attackers. Yes, it has come to this. (KING)

State Attorney General Bob Ferguson has joined with his counterparts from several other states, in demanding that the feds stop delaying new rules to ease the fiscal burdens facing student-loan borrowers. (SeaTimes)

SIC TRANSIT

Kitsap Transit’s new fast, passenger-only ferry starts running between Seattle and Bremerton on Monday. Prepare to say bye-bye to the last sort-of “affordable” housing area in western Washington. (The Urbanist)

A new private, un-subsidized, bring-your-own-helmet bike share operation is now underway in Seattle. (GeekWire)

That pipe dream (“tube dream”?) of a “hyperloop” train, running in big pneumatic cylinders, taking folk between Seattle and Portland in 15 minutes? Some people are still dreaming of it. (Oregonian)

MAYHEM

“Human error” was blamed for Sunday’s Chambers Bay train derailment. (KCPQ)

DRUGS

Seattle Police arrested 42 downtown, open-air drug dealers. (KING)

Could the opioid crisis be at least slghtly relieved if some of these drugs were more readily available through legal channels? (KIRO-FM)

ECO

That big Tacoma liquified-natural-gas plant and export terminal project has all its permits and is ready to start construction. Not everyone likes that. (KING)

DEVELOPING STORIES

A recent poll says a growing proportion of Seattleites is OK with neighborhood “upzoning,” even in some single-family neighborhoods. (KUOW)

O GIVE ME A HOME

Local home prices remain “obscene,” even though last month saw a “record-high monthly increase in inventory.” (Seattle Bubble)

Last week’s “Homeless in Seattle” media blitz shows the crisis still has “many treatments but still no cure.” (Crosscut)

AG

This year’s Northwest wheat harvest is coming in, and it looks to be a “bin burner.” Lotsa cheap grub for the gluten-tolerant! (KNKX)

LABOR PANES

The Space Needle’s upcoming big remodel comes with layoff notices for half its staff. (PS Biz Journal)

MS BEHAVIOR

Microsoft confirmed it’s laying off some 3,000 folks worldwide, in a sales-force reorganization. Up to 500 of those are based in Washington. (USAT)

FUNNY MONEY?

Ex-Seattleite Quincy Jones licensed his name to an investment fund. Unlike the “Bowie Bonds,” it includes no stake in Jones’s musical works. Syndicated columnist Chuck Jaffee calls the fund “a joke, but it’s no laughing matter.”

SPORTS

The Storm lost to New York 79-70. The four-game homestand continues vs. LA Saturday.

Sounders FC at home in an “international friendly” vs. Eintracht Frankfurt Saturday.

The Mariners’ home skid continued with a 7-1 loss vs. Oakland. Same teams tonight thru Sunday; then comes the All-Star Break.

GEORGETOWN ART ATTACK SATURDAY

“Hot Off the Press” book fair. (Fantagraphics Bookstore)

Stephanie Law: “Metamorph.” (Krab Jab)

Gretchen Bennett: “The Rough Draft of Everything.” (Bridge Productions)

Brenda Peterson: “Six Photo Stories.” (Hammie Salon)

SOMEWHERE OVER THE WEEKEND

“Twin Peaks Live, Part 3: Now BOB woN,” tribute play by Chris Mathews. (West of Lenin, Fri thru July 16)

Ballard SeafoodFest. (Fri-Sun)

Seattle Beerfest. (Seattle Center, Fri-Sun)

“Czech That Film” festival. (SIFF Film Center, Fri-Sun)

MxPx. (Showbox, Fri-Sat)

“Walk to Protect & Restore Our Salish Sea.” (Myrtle Edwards Park, Fri-Sun)

“Showgirls of Beast Island!,” “live burlesque B-movie.” (Theater Off Jackson, Fri-Sat)

“The Adventures of Rocketman and Beano,” superhero farce with Christine Longé and Tom Spangenberg. (18th & Union, Fri thru July 15)

 

Warren G, Dyme Def. (Nectar, Fri)

Seattle Composers Salon. (Chapel Performance Space, Fri)

“Summer Affair” party with Jenna Eady, Cameo Lethem, and video art by Alex Boeschenstein. (Lovecitylove, Fri)

“Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too” author Jomny Sun. (U Book Store, Fri)

Shagnasty, Jack Rainwater, White Trash Whiplash. (Skylark, Fri)

DJ Vodka Twist. (Cafe Racer, Fri)

Ron Funches. (Neptune, Fri)

Zach Fleury album release. (Fremont Abbey, Fri)

Tennis, Chanti Darling, SassyBlack. (Neumos, Fri)

Hardly Boys record release, DoNormaal. (Vera Project, Fri)

Warren G. (Nectar, Fri)

Diminished Men, Skerik Trio. (Blue Moon, Fri)

“Laser Tribute to Chris Cornell.” (Pacific Science Center, Fri)

 

Fred Armisen, Jacqueline Novak. (Neptune, Sat)

Composer Chris Brown. (Chapel Performance Space, Sat)

“Here I Am” novelist Jonathan Safran Foer. (Elliott Bay Book Co., Sat)

Opening of “Changing Forms,” career retrospective of artist Doris Totten Chase. (Henry Art Gallery)

Rainbow Health Fair. (Gay City, Sat)

“PROOF: Washington Distillers Festival.” (Fremont Studios, Sat)

“More Fats More Femmes 3.0,” plus-size vintage market. (Indian Summer, Sat)

“‘The Princess Bride’ Quote-Along.” (SLU Discovery Center, Sat)

“Video Games Live.” (Paramount, Sat)

Anastacia-Renee “(v.)” poetry-book release. (Generations, Sat)

Roy Rodgers, Grey Waves, Snackass. (Timbre Room, Sat)

Playboi Carti. (Showbox Sodo, Sat)

“Summer Sunset” with Sean Majors, Rambo, Joey Wess, more. (Great Wheel, Sat)

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

Run-On Sunshine, Bigger Than Mountains, Bird Teeth. (Bedlam Coffee, Sat)

“Sky High: Above the Sound” with Vagabond Superstar, Rob Noble, Oki, more. (Smith Tower, Sat)

Rachelle DeBelle and the Jamfest Miracles. (Whisky West, Sat)

Variations, The News Can Wait, Naturalist. (Lucky Liquor, Sat)

Greta Matassa Quintet. (Tula’s, Sat)

World Naked Bike Ride. (Gas Works Park, Sat)

 

Centennial boat parade. (Ballard Locks, Sun)

Kabby Mitchell III memorial. (Paramount, Sun)

“Black in Seattle 1968,” historic video and discussion. (Beacon Arts Warehouse, Sun)

Columbia City Beatwalk. (Sun)

“If You Don’t They Will” arts collective presents a seminar/workshop about countering “white nationalism” in music scenes. (Vera Project, Sun)

“Do Tell,” group show of “comedic storytelling.” (Market Theater, Sun)

Andre Feriante, Overton Berry. (Triple Door, Sun)

Shawn Mendes, Charlie Puth. (KeyArena, Sun)

Quintron and Miss Pussycat, Trannysaurus Rox, Rocknho. (Sunset, Sun)

Night Jewel, Geneva Jacuzzi, Harriet Brown. (Barboza, Sun)

Queer Press Fest. (Push/Pull, Sun)

Poets Tommy Pico and Sarah Galvin. (Elliott Bay Book Co., Sun)

“Asian Arts Leaders Respond to ‘Madame Butterfly.’” (SIFF Uptown, Sun)

WORD-O-THE-DAY

“Threnody”

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