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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2017

I’ve been doing this for a little over two years, and it’s time to get serious about it. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be switching to a new design, a new email server (some of you will have to re-do your “whitelists”), and maybe a new subscription server. You’ll be duly informed as these occur.

WEATHER

Unseasonably warm (that is, the low 70s, not the high 80s) through the weekend.

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IT'S (NEAR) THE WATER

Fourteen years after the Olympia Brewery (the last of the Northwest’s five mass-market beer factories) closed, a new industrial park’s going up next to it. A micro-distillery will be the principal occupant. A community college will use other parts of the space for voc-tech facilities; craft-beer microbreweries will also be there. The Oly plant itself, however, remains vacant for now. (KIRO-FM)

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CITY HALL FOLLIES

Answering popular demand, the City Council will accept applications from citizens who want to be appointed Temp-Councilmember, filling Temp-Mayor Tim Burgess’s old seat for two months. It seems like a lot for a little; except the whole annual budget’s going through the approval process now. (Stranger) (PubliCola) (Joel Connelly)

Mayoral candidate Jenny Durkan’s big plan for alleviating homelessness (and/or threatened future homelessness) is as follows: subdidies and incentives for the private sector. Plus more “tiny houses.” (KCPQ)

A local outfit called “Fix Democracy First” wants Seattle elections to adopt “ranked choice voting,” a system that could result in better odds for “minor” candidates. (Weekly)

POLICING THE POLICE

Two Seattle Police officers were reprimanded for mishandling the original rape accusation against King County Sheriff John Urquhart. (SeaTimes)

Is the Seattle Police Officers Guild keeping City Attorney Pete Holmes from getting a re-election endorsement from the county labor council? Should Holmes even try to appease SPOG? (Stranger) (Weekly)

DRUGS

UW-Tacoma prof Ingrid Walker asserts that safe consumption sites will “save lives and money, and improve public health.” (Stranger)

Meanwhile, an “independent” ad on behalf of the GOP candidate in “the race to decide the state Senate” uses the safe-consumption site proposal as an example of Evil Seattle, using it as a brush to taint her opponent, Democrat Manha Dhingra. (KUOW) Dhingra is currently leading the Republican, Jinyoung Englund, in the Eastside district contest. (Joel Connelly)

POLITIX

Longtime state Republican fixture Dino Rossi will run to replace Dave Reichert in the 8th Congressional District. (KCPQ)

IN THE RESISTANCE

The Port of Seattle (operators of Sea-Tac airport) is the first port in the country to oppose the White House’s travel ban in court. The court filed a brief in support of a challenge to the ban, asking the Supreme Court to keep blocking it from taking effect. (Stranger)

KUOW ran an interview with the neo-Nazi who got punched in the face downtown earlier this week, after harassing street passersby. As expected, the guy claimed to be an innocent victim and a crusader for “free speech.” A lot of listeners were not amused that the station gave him a platform for his ideology. (Stranger)

The rise of the far right is prompting more women to run for office on progressive platforms, even in such traditionally “red” localities as Klickitat County. (Crosscut)

CRIME

A now-fired Uber driver pled not guilty to second-degree rape charges, over a Sept. 4 incident in Kent. (KCPQ)

I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE

Engineers with Seattle’s Dept. of Construction and Inspections want the city to make seismic retrofits mandatory for more than 1,000 older, vulnerable buildings. (KIRO-TV)

The Northwest’s getting the same earthquake early-warning system Mexico has. (KING)

There’s been a recent “swarm” of small earthquakes in the vicinity of Mt. Rainier. Experts insist it’s nothing unusual. (SeaTimes)

THE RACE IS ON

A new survey shows white people don’t think non-white people don’t suffer all that much from “income equality.” These white people are very mistaken. (Jerry Large)

THE BIG A

Author Richard Florida, who famously championed “the rise of the creative class” in the prior decade, is now talking about what corporate America’s “new urban anchors” (i.e., Amazon) owe to the cities they set foot in (and often take over). (CityLab)

Amazon’s establishing a big branch office in Manhattan, completely separate from its “HQ2” project. The NYC office will deal with Amazon’s liaisons to the film/TV and apparel industries, and to corporate clients of its “web services” division. (GeekWire)

THE LAZY B

Boeing foresees a quick end to its current legal skirmish against Canada’s Bombardier. (SeaTimes)

LABOR PANES

A UW study shows the higher minimum wage didn’t result in increased supermarket prices.

SPORTS

The Seahawks are at Tennessee Sunday.

UW Husky football opens Pac-12 conference play at Colorado Sunday.

Sounders FC at Real Salt Lake Saturday.

The Mariners were swept by Texas, losing Thursday 4-2. The last home series of the season begins tonight vs. Cleveland.

SOMEWHERE OVER THE WEEKEND

Local Sightings Film Festival. (NW Film Forum, Fri-Sun)

St. Demetrios Greek Festival. (St. Demetrios Church, Fri-Sun)

Fremont Oktoberfest. (35th & Canal St., Fri-Sun)

Kremfest. (Kremwerk, Fri-Sun)

SketchFest. (Annex Theatre, Fri-Sat)

“Manual Alvarez Bravo: Mexico’s Poet of Light” photography exhibit, and “Mike Kelley: Day is Done” musical/film installation. (Frye Art Museum, Fri thru Dec. 31)

George Balanchine ballet “Jewels.” (McCaw Hall, Fri thru Oct. 1)

“Curie Me Away!,” play about Marie Curie by Sadie Bowman and Ricky Coates. (18th & Union, Fri & Sun)

Georgetown Morgue. (5002 E Marginal Way S, Fri thru Nov. 4)

 

Kultur Shock, the m9. (Chop Suey, Fri)

George Winston. (Benaroya Hall, Fri)

Macklemore “Gemini” release party and signing. (Easy Street Records, Fri)

Monty Banks. (Pink Door, Fri)

LV:SK FM (album release), Astro King Phoenix, more. (Fred Wildlife Refuge, Fri)

Morris Day and the Time. (Snoqualmie Casino, Fri)

Barrett Martin/Jeff Angell, The True Loves. (Nectar, Fri)

“Pull Together to Stop Kinger Morgan.” (Univ. Unitarian, Fri)

“The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of Goddesses.” (Paramount, Fri)

LVL UP, Cende. (Barboza, Fri)

Nurse Ratchett, Zombie Jihad, Afro Psy Phi. (Victory Lounge, Fri)

Writer-composer S. Eric Scribner. (Chapel Performance Space, Fri)

John Coltrane tribute. (Tula’s, Fri)

Apocalyptica. (Moore, Fri)

“Parallel Universe,” improv-comedy play. (Atlas Theatre, Fri)

 

Sea Otter Awareness Weekend. (Seattle Aquarium, Sat-Sun)

 

“Museum Day Live.” (MoPOP, NW African American Museum, and other spots, Sat)

Seattle Public Library presents “Banned Books in Drag.” (Neighbours, Sat)

Kevin McDonald (“Kids in the Hall”) podcast with Ben Gibbard. (Market Theater, Sat)

"Recondstructing Resistance: Cultural Organizing Against White Nationalism.” (Henry Art Gallery, Sat)

Thee Oh Sees, Arrington de Dionyso, Dreamdecay. (Neumos, Sat)

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Courtneys, Prids. (Tractor, Sat)

Prom Queen album release. (Piranha Shop, Sat)

Light in the Attic Shop Zine Fest. (KEXP, Sat)

Degenerate Art Ensemble, Mizu Desierto. (The Grocery, Sat)

Lushy. (Triple Door)

Christy McWilson, Red Heart Alarm, Qual Cups. (Darrell’s, Sat)

“Africa Remix,” conetmporary music/dance performance. (Langston Hughes Institute, Sat)

“Miss Alternative Seattle.” (Funhouse, Sat)

Alison Moyet. (Showbox, Sat)

Shins, Foxygen, Day Wave. (Marymoor Park, Sat)

Sahba Sizdahkhani, Ivan Arteaga/Allison Burk. (Chapel Performance Space, Sat)

“Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off.” (Elysian Brewing Georgetown, Sat)

 

Art House Theater Day. (Grand Illusion, SIFF Uptown, and other spots, Sun)

Andrew W.K., Spinning Whips. (Neumos, Sun)

Ride, Lo Moon. (Neptune, Sun)

Severed Heads, Distorted Retrospect. (Highline, Sun)

“Casting So White: Racial Bias in Film, TV, and Theater.” (NW Film Forum, Sun)

WORD-O-THE-DAY

“Alexithymia”

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