FRIDAY, JULY 14, 2017

It’s Bastille Day, celebrating the French revolution. 

This year it comes at a time when France is run by the guy who turned out to only be the somewhat-less-racist presidential candidate.

Things to remember about the French revolution:

1) While the American revolution was more of a colonial cesession that left local power structures mostly intact, the French revolution aimed to restructure that country’s whole society.

2) The revolution’s initial results were the Reign of Terror, succeeded by the Napoleon dictatorship. It’d be a long time for “liberty, equality, fraternity” to become more than a slogan.

3) A couple years back, political cartoonist Ted Rall wrote a book calling for a similarly all-sweeping “revolution” here—even if it led, at first, to a far-right junta. I think we can all now see the folly in such a wish.


Heat and brightness for the foreseeable future.



Back during the early days of The Stranger, publisher Tim Keck told me one of his rules for publishing was to come out on a schedule people could instantly understand—daily, weekly, monthly. He cited The Rocket, which had gone to an every-two-weeks schedule, as an example of what not to do.

Now, Keck plans to turn The Stranger into a fortnightly, with staples and heavier paper stock. He says nobody’s getting laid off, though the contract distro squad will get less work. 

He says the plan is to make the print edition more of an object of desire, while relying on the paper’s website and mobile apps to provide more timely content.

But, what with the current trends in periodical print, it’ll be hard to perceive this move as anything other than a retrenchment.



State GOP head Susan Hutchison called for “civil disobedience” against Seattle’s rich people’s income tax. Brett Hamil imagines a Boston Tea Party scenario, only involving boxed wine.

What Keith Olbermann once called “the Fox Going Out of Business Channel” ran a segment with ex-MTV VJ Kennedy calling Seattle a “socialist hellhole,” a failing outpost of “do-gooder authoritarians.” I take it nobody at the channel has seen the statistics reported by rival CNBC, showing Wash. as “the #1 state for business”. (Joel Connelly) (SeaTimes)


The City Council has taken steps to fix a largely broken rental-inspection system. (Slog)

Mayoral candidate Jessyn Farrell staged a presser outside Union Station to hype her support for public transit and her opposition to Tim Eyman’s latest “stick it to Sound Transit” car-tab initiative. Eyman showed up to crash the event, and behaved as creepily as you’d expect. (Weekly)

Seattle’s employee retirement fund voted not to divest from fossil-fuel companies. (Weekly)


The family of Giovonn Joseph-McDade, the 20-year-old fatally shot by police in Kent during a traffic incident, staged a call for action outside the Kent Police HQ. (Slog)


The Legislature is still in session, and still struggling with budgetary issues. If a capital budget doesn’t get past obstructionist Senate Republicans soon, it could impact building projects around the state, including the Burke Museum rebuild. (SeaTimes)

An obscure fee on construction-plan filings is set to be cut in 2023. It benefits homeless services. (KNKX)


Microsoft and Puget Sound Energy got the state’s OK for MS to directly buy “clean energy” to power the MS Redmond campus, without having to use PSE as a go-between. (GeekWire)


A proposed revamp to residential visas for international students in the US would require these students to re-apply every year. How will that affect Wash. state’s colleges, some of which rely quite a bit on full-tuition foreign enrollment? (KUOW)


Trinity Parish Episcopal Church will pay for costly seismic refits to its historic masonry building near Harborview by selling off some annex properties, and the air rights to its main building, to developers who plan a 30-story condo. (Capitol Hill Times)


Bush Garden, Seattle’s pioneering karaoke bar, hasn’t announced a closing date yet. But KCTS has already made a beautiful video memorial to the place.


A 19-year-old was charged in the shooting of three people outside the King County Courthouse. (PI.com)


Casey Kasem’s widow filed a grievance against the attorney who represented Kasem’s daughter by a previous marriage, accusing the lawyer of “human trafficking” during the TV-radio personality’s dying days in Washington. (News Tribune)


Evening-commute traffic here’s so dreadful these days, one little glitch can jam up the whole system. That’s what happened when crews couldn’t fully lower the Fremont Bridge Thursday evening. (PI.com)


Despite what certain federal officials claim, cannabis isn’t a "gateway drug” to heroin. But, alas, prescription opiates are. It’s cheaper and easier to get than Rx opiates, bringing more and more people into deadly addictions. (KING)

King County’s “selective funding” for safe-consumption sites is not merely “wrong,” it follows a legal precedent dating from the bad ol’ days of Jesse Helmes. (Stranger oped)

A new inpatient drug-rehab facility in Lynnwood will be full as soon as it opens. (KIRO-FM)


Three years after the City of SeaTac passed the first-in-the-state $15/hr. minimum wage, a lot of workers are still entangled in legal maneuvers to get their owed back pay from shirking employers. (KOMO)


“Dev Bootcamp,” one of those private coding academies, has suddenly shut down in Seattle and six other cities. (GeekWire)


The Storm’s at home vs. Atlanta Saturday.

The Mariners resume play at the Chicago White Sox, tonight thru Sunday.


West Seattle Summer Fest, with Thunderpussy, SassyBlack, Porter Ray, more. (West Seattle Junction, Fri-Sun)

Seafair Seattle Pow Wow. (Daybreak Star, Fri-Sun)

 “Alex & Aris,” play by Moby Pomerance on Alexander the Great and Aristotle. (ACT, Fri thru Aug. 6)

“Twin Peaks Live, Part 6: Now BOB woN” by Chris Mathews. (West of Lenin, Fri-Sun)


Kool and the Gang. (Snoqualmie Casino, Fri)

Bastille Day. (Cafe Campagne, Fri)

Khalid. (Marymoor Park, Fri)

Month Banks “Garden Party Jam.” (Sorrento Hotel, Fri)

“Blown Reunion,” performance-art event involving a musical chess board and box fans. (Chapel Performance Space, Fri)

Sea-chantey sing along. (NW Seaport, Fri)

Avalanches, Double Sunrise Club. (Showbox, Fri)

Tomten, Chris Cheveyo, Moon Palace. (Sunset, Fri)

Perfect Gentlemen, Cheap Cassettes. (Slim’s Last Chance, Fri)

Cartoonist David Lasky. (Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co., Fri)

“The Atlas of Forgotten Places” novelist Jenny D. Williams. (Elliott Bay Book Co., Fri)

Avalanches. (Showbox, Fri)

Easy Big Fella, Monkey, GT Orbits. (High Dive, Fri)

Silver Torches, John Van Deusen. (Barboza, Fri)

Ana Lete, ALina Ashley Nicole. (Substation, Fri)

Jim Kweskin, Meredith Axelrod. (Royal Room, Fri)

“Pitch,” “scripted/improv hybrid black comedy” about world-building storytelling. (Pocket Theater, Fri)

“What the Float,” headset-equipped dance party. (Outlander Brewery, Fri)

Jake Crocker, Jamie Blake, QREEPZ, more. (Chop Suey, Fri)

Farnell Newton & the Othership Connection (Prince tribute). (Nectar, Fri)

“The Seattle Process,” live political comedy talk show with Brett Hamil. (NW Film Forum, Fri)

“Shock Opera: The (Un)authorized Alice Cooper Story.” (Columbia City Theater, Fri)


Seattle Street Food Festival. (South Lake Union, Sat-Sun)

Dragon Fest. (Chinatown-International District, Sat-Sun)

Bon Odori Festival. (Seattle Buddhist Church, Sat-Sun)

Seattle Outdoor Theater Festival. (Volunteer Park, Sat-Sun)


Cowboy Junkies. (Neptune, Sat)

Lyle Lovett. (Chateau Ste. Michelle, Sat)

The Revolution. (Showbox, Sat)

“Super Sweet 16” anniversary party with Bobby’s Oar, Casual Hex, Emma Lee Toyoda, more. (Vera Project, Sat)

Electro synth pop with Emerson Music, Upper Strata, OrKa Odyssey, Isaac & Ava. (Cafe Racer, Sat)

Grace Love, Zealyn, Amandala. (High Dive, Sat)

Algeirs, Newaxeyes. (Crocodile, Sat)

Giom, Tokita, Tony H, Peter Evans. (Monkey Loft, Sat)

Groove Surfers. (Slim’s Last Chance, Sat)

Film “The Fifth Element.” (SLU Discovery Center, Sat)

Film “The Hunger.” (MoPOP, Sat)

“Not Too Late with Elicia Sanchez,” live talk-variety show. (Eclectic Theater, Sat)

Seattle Opera Summer Fest. (McCaw Hall, Sat)

FHTAGN and Driftwood Orchestra, performing different sets simultaneously. (Chapel Performance Space, Sat)

Beat Masters Beat Battle. (Waterfront Park, Sat)

“Empire of Glass” author Kaitlin Solimine. (Elliott Bay Book Co., Sat)

Erin Jorgensen "Undertones” podcast taping. (NW Film Forum, Sat)

“Odd Babes” comedy series presents Curtis Cook. (Royal Room, Sat)


Unsane, Fashion Week, Glose, Cages. (Highline, Sun)

Duffy Bishop. (Royal Room, Sun)

“Divas Take America: A Drag Carnival to Fund the Revolution.” (Centilla Cultural Center, Sun)

Documentary “Lady Be Good: Instrumental Women in Jazz,” with live opening by Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra members. (Central Library, Sun)

Hella Black Hella Seattle presents “Breaks n’ Eggs.” (Rhino Room, 11 am-3 pm Sun)

“Invisible Womxn,” dance revue curated by Alice Gosti. (Velocity Dance, Sun)

“K-Tel Cabaret: A ‘70s Music Spectacular.” (Parliament, Sun)

“Laser & Synth Spectacular” with Norm Chambers, Hair & Space Museum. (Laser Dome, Sun)

Impeachment 5K (ACLU benefit). (Seward Park Amphitheater, Sun)

Human Missile Crisis, Trust Me I’m Scared, Free Samples. (Skylark, Sun)

“Making My Pitch: A Woman’s Baseball Odyssey” memoirist Ila Borders. (Elliott Bay Book Co., Sun)


(Henry Ward Beecher):

"The head learns new things, but the heart forever practices old experiences."


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