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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2017

Can you think of any company that had two “co-equal” headquarters cities? 

Jon Talton points out that some of the big bank mergers in past decades included promises of such co-head offices, but that they all eventually settled on one single “home base.”

No, the only long-term co-headquarters I can think of is that of the Royal Dutch-Shell Group. The oil giant had a confusing web of global subsidiaries, leading up to parallel head offices in London and The Hague. But even that arrangement ended in 2005, with the Dutch office taking predominance.

And say, doesn’t this remind you of the media hype circa 1992-3 about which local music scene could have become “the next Seattle”?

WEATHER

Still waiting for smokeless air, clouds, and potential showers to show up some time today.

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NORBERT LIVES!

Hollywood’s most famous “ghost singer” Marni Nixon has left us, but her puppet costars on the KOMO kids’ show “Boomerang” have resurfaced! They’ll be on display at MOHAI at an unannounced future date. (Feliks Banel)

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COMPANIES THAT LIKED ‘SEATTLE’ ALSO LIKED…

Way-early Thursday morning, Amazon announced it wants a second “co-headquarters” city, somewhere in North America, preferably at a big city (or metro area) with at least a million residents and an international airport. The new office campus, wherever it is, will eventually have 50,000 workers and 8 million square feet. (It’s got 40,000 workers in Washington already, with at least 6,000 positions “open”.) (GeekWire) (NYT) (KING)

Already, cities and states have asked to be considered, even though no subsidies or “job blackmail” breaks have been specified. Among them: Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Rhode Island. (AP) (KNKX) (GeekWire)

While Amazon said the new corporate campus would be administratively equal to its current one, it also said Seattle “will always be home.” (SeaTimes) (SeattleMet)

Local politicians’ response: “It’s never too late to say ‘we’re sorry.’” Sorry for what? Asking the outfit almost singlehandedly responsible for our traffic hell, hyper-gentrification, and mass evictions to give back a little more to alleviate the effects of its presence? (GeekWire) (SeaTimes)

“Amazon is moving to your city. Here’s how to survive.” One suggestion: get all liberal-arts majors to switch to coding. (Slog)

Meanwhile, Amazon’s under fire for reported “price gouging” of essential supplies ahead of Hurricane Irma. (Biz Insider)

CITY HALL FOLLIES

Democracy for America hasn’t endorsed a mayoral candidate before, but it is endorsing Cary Moon (who believes Amazon’s already been given too "sweet” a deal in Seattle). (SeattleMet)

FIRES

A hatchery released 600,000 (non-Atlantic) salmon, before the Eagle Creek Fire could scorch the place. (KUOW)

Here’s how you can help some Northwest wildfire victims. (KING)

“As the Eagle Creek fire rages, why we mourn for the Columbia Gorge.” (Jamie Hale, Oregonian)

Why yes, climate change has a role in the mega-fires. (Knute Berger)

Firefighters throughout the west have had to change their tactics in the face of “billions of dead trees.” (AP)

ECO

Paul Allen’s bankrolling a research project to measure climate change’s effects at the ocean depths. (SeaTimes)

POLICING THE POLICE

The family of Tommy Le, the 20-year-old fatally shot by a King County deputy, plans to sue the county. (Slog)

IN THE RESISTANCE

UW law prof Mary Han explains “how sanctuary cities can protect Dreamers.” (Fortune)

“You might miss Rep. Dave Reichert when he’s gone.” (Joe Copeland, Crosscut)

O GIVE ME A HOME

The ACLU will try in the courts again to stop the city from seizing homeless people’s personal possessions during encampment sweeps. (Slog)

SIC TRANSIT

America’s “sorriest bus stop” just might be in front of a warehouse along East Marginal Way. (P-I)

GRUB

Just in time for John Keister’s last comedy performance, Dick’s Drive-Ins sez it’ll build its seventh location in Kent. (GeekWire)

NEWS FROM MEDICINE

A small public hospital in Pullman will be the first in the state to offer gender-reassignment surgery. (Please refrain from any “Cougars” jokes.) (Slog)

ARENA OF BATTLE

Would-be Sodo arena developer Chris Hansen has offered to also pay for a KeyArena rebuild, which would divide the Sonics’ old home into three live-performance spaces—essentially on his own dime. (KCPQ)

SPORTS

The Seahawks’ regular season opens Sunday at Green Bay.

The UW Huskies’ home debut is Saturday vs. Montana.

The Mariners start three home games vs. Anaheim tonight. 

Sounders FC’s at home vs. LA Galaxy Sunday.

GEORGETOWN ART ATTACK SATURDAY

D.J. Bryant “Unreal City” book release, plus Tom Hansen reading from “This Is What We Do.” (Fantagraphics Bookstore)

Elizabeth Mputu: “LVLZ Healing Center.” (Interstitial)

“Unarmed” group show. (Bridge Productions)

Chris McMullen: “Infrastructure.” (Oxbow)

SOMEWHERE OVER THE WEEKEND

“Futurama Redux: Urban Mobility After Cars” exhibit. (Central Library, Fri thru Sept. 16)

Seattle Erotic Cinema Society Festival (SECS Fest). (Grand Illusion, Fri-Sun)

“The Construction Zone,” workshop of new work by Latino playwrights. (ACT, Fri thru Sept. 29) 

“King of the Yees,” play by Lauren Yee. (ACT, Fri thru Oct. 1)

“The Earth Shakes,” performance piece based on “Antony and Cleopatra.” (18th & Union, Fri thru Sept. 16)

Public Works Seattle presents “The Odyssey.” (Seattle Rep, Fri-Sun)

“The Future Is 0,” comedy game show. (NW Film Forum, Fri-Sat)

San Gennaro Festival. (1225 S. Angelo St., Fri-Sun)

Patsy Cline tribute. (Triple Door, Fri-Sat)

Whim W’Him Choreographic Shindig III. (Erickson Theatre, Fri-Sun)

“Open Set,” exhibit of “finely crafted design bookbinding.” (Central Library, Fri thru Oct. 28)

 

Rev. Horton Heat, Strong Out, Larry and His Flask. (Showbox, Fri)

Ann Powers on “Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music.” (The Summit, Fri)

The Knast (record release). (Fred Wildlife Refuge, Fri)

“Harmless Like You” novelist Rowan Buchanan Hisayo. (Hugo House First Hill, Fri)

Cigarettes After Sex. (Crocodile, Fri)

Coast Modern. (Tractor, Fri)

Pertubator, the Drip, Newaxeyes. (El Corazon, Fri)

Trumpeter Steve O’Brien. (Chapel Performance Space, Fri)

Tasveer South Asian Film Festival launch party. (Bellevue Arts Museum, Fri)

“Grief Dialogues: The Play.” (Ethnic Cultural Theater, Fri)

Seattle Playwrights’ Salon presents “Bureaucracy” by Kate Danley. (The Conservatory, Fri)

“The Other Alcott” novelist Elise Hooper. (Elliott Bay Book Co., Fri)

 

Seattle Design Festival Block Party. (Occidental Park, Sat-Sun)

 

”John Keister: Living and Dying in Seattle.” (Benaroya Hall, Sat)

“Readerfest” book festival. (Magnuson Park, Sat)

“Scream Like Goku.” (Pike Place Market, Sat)

The Church, Helio Sequence. (Neptune, Sat)

Janet Feder, Fred Frith. (Chapel Performance Space, Sat)

Night Market and Autumn Moon Festival. (Chinatown-International District, Sat)

Zara Forman: art from Antarctica. (Winston Wachter, Sat)

XYLØ. (Barboza, Sat)

OK Go. (Moore, Sat)

Foreigner, Cheap Trick, Jason Bonham. (White River Amphitheatre, Sat)

Against Me!, Bleached, Dirty Nil. (Showbox, Sat)

Arts-A-Glow lantern party. (Dottie Harper Park, Burien, Sat)

“Morbid Curiositease” burlesque revue. (The Conservatory, Sat)

 

Mac DeMarco, the Garden. (Moore, Sun)

Singer/writer Dar Williams. (Rainier Arts Center, Sun)

Seattle Black Panther Party 50th Anniversary. (NW Film Forum, Sun)

MexAm Northwest Festival. (Various spots, Sun thru Sept. 17)

Ice Cream Social Pop-Up. (Fremont Sunday Market, Sun)

“Hot Fawking Presents: Call of Booty” burlesque. (Rendezvous, Sun)

Documentary “Seattle’s Waterway to the World.” (Ballard Locks Visitors Center, Sun)

WORD-O-THE-DAY

“Perspicacity”

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