It’s that time of year again, the weekend when two huge events capture the city’s collective attention.

There’s the Old Seattle summer peak, the Sunday hydroplane races (and their air-show intermission act, and the whole lakeside circus surrounding them). 

This year, for the first time since the 1950s, the hydros don’t get a full day of live local TV coverage. Instead, KIRO-TV will stream live race coverage on its website, and run recorded highlights at 6:30 p.m.

Then there’s the New Seattle summer peak, the third annual Seattle Art Fair (and all its official and unofficial “satellite" events, particularly the big Out of Sight group show and the new BorderLands show).


Slightly less dreadfully hot; still as hazy and smoky.

More consequences of the smoke exports from BC wildfires: drawbridges are left up for an hour or more to cool off. Flights to and from Sea-Tac are subject to delays. Chelan County officials are handing out respirator masks to more sensitive residents. “Hot yoga” classes are now REALLY hot. Burn bans are in effect throughout the region—even banning some home BBQs. (KOMO) (SeaTimes) (KUOW) (KIRO-TV) (KING) (KCPQ)

Seattle Public Utilities put up a map of open-to-the-public “cooling centers.”

In Tacoma, “the air is twice as poor as Beijing.” (News Tribune)

And it’s even worse in Vancouver. (KING)

“Here’s what we know about the British Columbia fires.” There’s a state of emergency there. (Wenatchee World)

The wildfire risk in this state keeps growing. (KCPQ) (KOMO)

An Earth scientist describes the heat wave and haze as “making climate change visceral for the Northwest.” (Slog)



Boeing test pilots got creative when they planned an 18-hour endurance flight back and forth over the US. The flight pattern was made to look like an outline of the plane making the flight. (KOMO) (Everett Herald)



Thursday’s King County Elections “ballot drop” put Cary Moon further ahead of Nikkita Oliver for the second spot in the mayoral final. (Weekly)

Campaign consultant John Wyble says “the August primary suggests Jenny Durkan will not be the mayor.”

Microbrew exec Sara Nelson conceded defeat in the City Council Position 8 race. The final will pit tenant-rights activist Jon Grant and labor strategist Teresa Mosqueda. (Slog)

Prop. 1 (the sales tax surcharge for education and the arts) narrowed its vote deficit by almost half. There’s still a chance for its approval. (Slog)


The head of the Washington State Democratic Party says that, at least in this state, there won’t be official Dem support for anti-choice candidates. (Slog)


County Executive Dow Constantine ordered an official inquest into the fatal police shooting of Giovonn Joseph McDade. (Slog)


Workers demolishing a Hanford building “inhaled radioactive plutonium.” (KING)


When a national historic park opens at Hanford, will it include the nuclear site’s full history—including that of the bombing of Nagasaki, accomplished with Hanford-refined plutonium? (SeaTimes)

Since we last mentioned California author Katherine Applegate’s children’s book imagining the inner thoughts of Ivan, the former caged gorilla at a South Tacoma discount store, it won a Newberry Medal for “the most distinguished contribution to American children's literature.” (KING Evening Magazine)


A Seattle woman claims to have been brutally, repeatedly raped by a man who’d claimed at first to be her ride-share driver. (SeaTimes) (KOMO)


Sen. Maria Cantwell’s proposed a bill to reshape and expand the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program, which is used in almost all new low-income housing projects these days. (CityLab)

WeWork just signed a deal to take over a whole high-rise being built in Belltown for its “WeLive” “co-living” apartment concept. (GeekWire)


You might not heard of it, but there could soon be a Teamsters’ strike against local sand and gravel companies.


A new Starbucks in White Center has a built-in “skills training center.” (KCPQ)


The Mariners gave up two leads to lose 6-4 at Kansas City. The four-game series continues tonight thru Sunday.

The Storm plays at Dallas tonight and San Antonio Saturday.

Sounders FC plays at Minnesota Saturday.


Seafair Weekend Festival. (Genesee Park, Fri-Sun; hydroplane races Sun)

Umoja Festival & African American Parade. (2150 S. Norman St., Fri-Sun)

“Unity at the Bemis” and Clayfest Northwest. (Bemis Building, Fri-Sun)

Seattle Art Fair. (CenturyLink Field Events Center, thru Sun)

“Out of Sight” group show. (Old Schoenfeld’s Furniture space, thru Sun)

“BorderLands,” exhibit of works from 4Culture’s collection. (King Street Station, thru Sun)

“Between Two Worlds,” “Twin Peaks”-themed group exhibit. (Push/Pull, Fri-Sun)

Emerging Artist Showcase. (Cornish Playhouse, Fri-Sun)

Author Don Miguel Ruiz Jr. (East West Bookshop, Fri-Sat)

SalmonFest. (Lake City Community Center, Fri-Sun)


Helio Sequence, Summer Cannibals, Cosmos. (Mural Amphitheatre, Fri)

Millhouse, Lucky Boys, Misfortunes of Mr. Teal. (Darrell’s, Fri)

Rich Smith, 79ers, Shagnasty. (Shanty)

Giants in the Trees (Krist Novoselic), Young Pioneers, Swedish Finnish. (Slim’s Last Chance, Fri)

J Mascis, Steve Gunn, James Elkington. (Neumos, Fri)

Marika Hackman, the Big Moon. (Sunset, Fri)

“Between Two Worlds” group exhibit. (Push/Pull, Fri)

ABBAgraphs, DJ Vodka Twist. (Parliament, Fri)

Out and Equal LGBT Career Fair. (Atlas Workbase, Fri)

“Guidebook to Relative Strangers” author Camille Dungy. (Elliott Bay Book Co., Fri)

Allen Stone. (Chateau Ste. Michelle, Fri)

Wild Powwers. (Elysian Capitol Hill, Fri)

Travis Thompson, Mo$, Paris Alexa, West Hell, U Moore. (Crocodile, Fri)

Cloud Cult. (Neptune, Fri)

Sleepy Sun, Kingdom of the Holy Sun, Moon Darling, Golden Idols. (Nectar, Fri)

Natasha Kmeto, NAVVI, Claire George. (Vera Project, Fri)

Huerco S, Olin, D.Dan, CCL. (Kremwerk, Fri)

Joe Rogan. (Paramount, Fri)

Book launch for Kevin Van Meter’s “Guerrillas of Desire: Notes on Everyday Resistance and Organizing to Make a Revolution Possible.” (Pipsqueak Gallery, Fri)

Julie Grossman, biographer of actor/director Ida Lupino. (U Book Store, Fri)

“Cut & Paste: A 3D Experience with Cheyenne Randall.” (Piranha Shop, Fri)

Cellist Gretchen Yanover album release. (Chapel Performance Space, Fri)


Fantagraphics Yard Sale. (Fantagraphics Bookstore, Sat)

“Summer Stag Party II: Electric Boogalo,” with Stag, Selene Vigil, Boss Martians, Tom Price Desert Classic, more. (Slim’s Last Chance, Sat)

Open studios. (Inscape Arts, Sat)

Storme Webber: “Casino, A Palmpisest,” multimedia exhibit on LGBT history in Pioneer Square and related topics. (Frye Art Museum, Sat thru Oct. 29)

Bobby Bare Jr. (Crocodile, Sat)

Lady Gaga. (Tacoma Dome, Sat)

Afrocop, Bill Horist. (Parliament, Sat)

“Collect” bus tour of Art Fair and satellite events. (Vermillion, Sat)

Brite Lines, Cold Comfort, the Scheme. (High Dive, Sat)

Tater Tots & Beer Festival. (Jefferson Park, Sat)

Grand opening with art, hip hop, Filipino food. (Cafe Red, Sat)

Dog, Morgan Garrett, Marcus Pride, Lori Goldston/Chris Icasiano. (Hollow Earth Radio, Sat)

Tim & Eric: “10 Year Anniversary Awesome Tour.” (Moore, Sat)

“Pixel: Soft Option,” video-game themed dance party. (Monkey Loft, Sat)

Reading of Robert Schenkkan’s play “Building the Wall.” (ACT, Sat)

“Monster Hunter Sieve” fantasy author Larry Correia. (U Book Store, Sat)


“From Hiroshima to Hope” lantern ceremony. (Green Lake, Sun)

Inscape Arts Mash. (Inscape, Sun)

“Alice in Wonderland Tea Party and Croquet Game.” (Gas Works Park, Sun)

Maria Muldaur’s “Jazzabelle.” (Royal Room, Sun)

Tayla Lynn, Aaron Crawford. (Triple Door, Sun)

“Avenue LGBTQ,” puppet play on “the difficult realities of queer life.” (Unicorn, Sun)

“Romeo vs. Juliet: A Comedic Misinterpretation.” (Pocket Theater, Sun)




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