FRIDAY, JULY 21, 2017

The producers of “Game of Thrones” announced their next series will be an “alternate history” in which the Confederacy won the Civil War.

Really? That’s not too far from what we’ve got now.

And do we need more fictions that depict bigots and slavers as “heroes” (especially now)?

There are other alternate-history plots I’d much rather watch:

The US lost “54:40 or Fight,” and the Pacific Northwest became part of the future Canada.

Slavery was abolished decades sooner than it was.

Reconstruction succeeded; the Klan and Jim Crow laws didn’t develop.

The US didn’t go off periodically installing dictators in other countries.

Every candidate who got the most votes for US President got to be US President.


Back to the heat for the time being.



The Green Lake Spud Fish & Chips restaurant, with its glorious “Googie” architecture, has been loved by generations of joggers and cyclists. But it’s doomed. Yep, a 59-unit apartment’s going up on the site. The other three cod stands bearing the Spud name were sold off to separate buyers after the chain’s founder died, and will continue. (Daily Journal of Commerce)



The venerable Capitol Hill gay bar Purr, priced out of its 11th Avenue location, will reopen in the old Montlake Ale House space on 24th Avenue. (Capitol Hill Times)


Without even an agreeement to adjourn after 193 days, the Legislature’s third special session ended Thursday. A construction budget and several other big issues remain unresolved. (Joel Connelly) (AP)

The State Supreme Court ruled the UW has to follow Seattle landmark-preservation rules. The decision comes way too late to save the More Hall Annex, whose demolition prompted the case. (SeaTimes)


Mayor Ed Murray has backed down from plans to add more volunteer members to four civil-rights commissions. (PubliCola)


Seattle Police are issuing a lot fewer jaywalking citations these days; but they still disproportionately target “walking while black.” (Gene Balk)


A whoppin’ 74 construction projects (the majority of which are luxury apartment complexes) are now underway in greater downtown; another 150 are in the works. (SeaTimes)


Sen. Cantwell’s one of the co-sponsors of a bipartisan Senate bill to punish US companies that boycott Israel. (Joel Connelly)


Canada’s going to study the effects of ship noise on orcas in the San Juans. (AP)


The King County Board of Health ruled that “crisis pregnancy centers,” which promise all sorts of help to low-income pregnant women but deliver little more than hard-sell anti-abortion sermons, have to post disclaimer signs noting that they’re not health-care facilities. (KIRO-TV) (Slog)


On what would have been Chris Cornell’s 53rd birthday, his widow announced he’ll be honored with a local music-therapy program for trauma-affected children, administered through Childhaven. (Slog)


Tacoma may finally follow through on a plan to name a park after “Dune” author Frank Herbert. (Just watch out for open-air spice dealers.) (Seattle Review of Books)


Mathematical physicist Robbert Dijkgraaf, in a recent Seattle speech at the Amazon Meeting Center, advocated for the value of “pure research,” projects not necessarily tethered to any intended “useful” result (or product). He cited a 1939 essay by educator Abraham Flexner on the value of “the unobstructed pursuit of useless knowledge” as the chief way science truly advances. (KUOW)


Arindrajit Dube at the NYT takes apart the dubious methodology behind those UW economists’ report damning the minimum-wage hike.

“The UW study on $15 does not reflect my life as a minimum-wage worker.” (Stranger oped)


The old phrase “a Cook’s Tour” had nothing to do with cooking. It originated with the Thomas Cook travel agency, which famously sent thousands of Britons on cheap, superficial group tours of European cities. Cook now runs its own airline, and will soon fly direct from Sea-Tac to Manchester. (PS Biz Journal)

One of the remaining potential uses for Boeing’s outmoded 747 is to drop water and/or anti-flame chemicals onto large wildfires. But the specially-equipped prototype plane won’t go into use until after thorough operations tests, which won’t be done until after this year’s fire season. (KING)


A Spokane company’s invented a non-lethal “weapon” that emits strobe lights, noise, and/or pepper spray; all in a hand-held device deliberately designed NOT to look like a gun. (KING)


Even though T-Mobile’s on-again, off-again merger plans with Sprint are officially off again, the former’s CEO says “we still have options” about future partnerships or acquisitions. (PS Biz Journal)


Using “multibeam sonar,” NOAA searchers found where the Seattle-based fishing boat Destination sank off Alaska in February. (PI.com)


A great Felix Hernandez start, minus run support, equal a 4-1 Mariners loss to the Yankees. The home series continues thru Sunday.

Sounders FC home vs. San Jose Sunday.

The Storm hosts the WNBA All-Star Game, Saturday at KeyArena.

Storm star Sue Bird announced that (1) she’s gay, and (2) dating Seattle Reign FC soccer player Megan Rapinoe. Only the latter revelation comes as anything approaching a surprise. (A decade ago, the WNBA put out a press release listing players who had “children and families,” i.e. who were presumably straight.) (KOMO) (SeaTimes)


Capitol Hill Block Party, wtih too many acts to mention here. (Pike/Pine Corridor, Fri-Sun)

Bite of Seattle. (Seattle Center, Fri-Sun)

“Cthulhu: The Musical.” (18th & Union, Fri-Mon)

“UMO Resistance Cabaret.” (ACT Theatre, Fri-Sun)

“Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act,” Athol Fugard play about an illegal interracial affair in apartheid South Africa. (Theater Schmeater, Fri thru Aug. 12)


Psychedelic Furs, Robyn Hitchcock. (Showbox, Fri)

Paper Puppet Opera, Purty Mouth. (Cafe Racer, Fri)

Carla Torgerson, John Leighton Beezer. (Roux, Fri)

Derv Gordon (Equals), So What, Knast, Sir Coyler. (El Corazon, Fri)

Skerik’s Bandalabra, Scott Pemberton Group. (Nectar, Fri)

“Tiny Talk” by artist Jennifer Zwick. (4Culture Gallery, Fri)

“Darqness: A Queer and Trans People of Color Party.” (Re-bar, Fri)

King Britt, J-Justice, Stas THEE Boss. (Kremwerk, Fri)

“Things Out Loud” novelist Martin Perlman. (U Book Store, Fri)

Presentation/lecture by artist Rigo 23. (Frye Art Museum, Fri)

Shrinky Dink workshop. (Push/Pull, Fri)

Eastlake Block Party and Razorcake zine benefit. (Lo-Fi, Black Lodge, and Victory Lounge, Fri)

Los Caidos, Matriarch, RJC. (Hollow Earth Radio, Fri)

Lush Sounds series presents DJ Explorateur and Miss Shelrawka. (Volunteer Park Conservatory, Fri)

Yemi Alade. (Kings Hall, Fri)


20th Alki Art Fair. (Alki Beach, Sat-Sun)

Renegade Craft Fair. (Magnuson Park Hangar 30, Sat-Sun)


Natalie Merchant. (Chateau Ste. Michelle, Sat)

Laraaji. (Chapel Performance Space, Sat)

“Stephanie Miller’s Sexy Liberal Resistance Tour.” (Benaroya Hall, Sat)

STIFF presents “Sticks and Stones Trilogy,” Sienna Reid’s “artistic and visceral” film based on the Amanda Knox case. (Factory Luxe, Sat)

Aaiiee. (Alki Bathhouse, Sat)

Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. (Triple Door, Sat)

Jazz Noise Fest. (Gallery 1412, Sat)

Latinx Pride Festival. (El Centro de la Raza, Sat)

Joshua Radin, Rachael Yamagata, Brandon Jenner. (Neptune, Sat)

Jeff Rosenstock, Laura Stevenson, Jason Clackey & the Exquisites. (Crocodile, Sat)

Living Daylights, McTuff+Skerik. (Nectar, Sat)

Brazilian Summer Carnaval. (Columbia City Theater, Sat)

Film “A Taste of Home.” (Hing Hay Park, Sat)

Rainier BAAMFest. (Rainier Beach Community Center, Sat)

Teatro ZinZanni costume sale. (4025 21st Ave. W., Sat)


Dita Von Teese’s “The Art of the Teese” burlesque revue. (Moore, Sun)

2Cellos. (Chateau Ste. Michelle, Sun)

Pony Time, Lisa Prank, Childbirth (Teresa Mosqueda benefit). (Crocodile, Sun)

“Waterway: The Story of Seattle’s Locks and Ship Canal” authors David B. Williams and Jennifer Ott. (Central Library, Sun)

Documentary “Hunger Strikes: A Call to End Immigrant Detention.” (NW Film Forum, Sun)

Orphan Radio (12-hour pop-up DJ show). (Lovecitylove, Sun)

Today is the Day, Kayo Dot, Convictions, Pink Muscles. (Highline, Sun)

“Nerd Grinder” swap meet. (Push/Pull, Sun)

Bob Dylan Tribute Festival. (Central Saloon, Sun)

Carolyn Wonderland. (Triple Door, Sun)

Fleurs d’Egypte Dance Co. presents “Folies Des Fleurs.” (Rendezvous, Sun)




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