95 Stranger (Than Usual) Things To Do In Seattle This Week: Aug 22-27, 2017

There will be crazy animal races at the Evergreen State Fair, which starts this weekend.
There will be "crazy animal races" at the Evergreen State Fair, which starts this weekend. Courtesy of Evergreen State Fair

Our arts critics have already recommended 32 great things to do this week and our music critics have picked the 25 best concerts, but there are still hundreds more events happening. To prevent some of the quirkier and more extraordinary ones from slipping through the cracks, we've compiled them here—from the Arts in Nature Festival to the Seattle Anarchist Bookfair and from viewing parties for the "boxing match of the millennium" to a new block party with "roomba beer pong." For even more options this week, check out our complete Things To Do calendar.

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1. Self Care for Activists
For those on the brink of burning out from the activity involved in resistance, Feminist Self Care is hosting a Self Care for Activists workshop. Attendees will spend two hours assessing their strengths and weaknesses as activists through meditation and exercises, as well as participate in a group discussion. Wren McMurdo, illustrator of the Dark Days Tarot deck, will also be offering readings.

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The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture Has Expanded Funding for Cultural Spaces by $1 Million Dollars

Washington Hall, one of the Seattle orgs that has benefited from the Cultural Facilities Fund.
Washington Hall, one of the Seattle orgs that has benefited from the Cultural Facilities Fund. EUGENIA WOO, HISTORIC SEATTLE

Excellent move! The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) has recently boosted their support of the Cultural Facilities Fund—money that helps local arts and culture organizations (like museums and galleries, theaters and cinemas, bookstores, record stores, live music venues, and multidisciplinary arts spaces) develop much needed capital projects to improve their facilities and build infrastructure for years to come.

The funding could amount to a decent windfall for small arts and cultural organizations throughout Seattle, which are struggling with rising rent and gentrification.

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I Watched the Eclipse With 70,000 Hippies on an Oregon Prairie

70,000 people streamed out of their tents to take in the eclipse.
70,000 people streamed out of their tents to take in the eclipse. Yiting Lim

The Great American Eclipse performed at least one miracle: It stopped the psytrance. Until almost the moment of totality, psychedelic trance, a genre of electronic music that should have died in the 2000s, blasted for 22 hours a day at the Oregon Eclipse Festival in the Ochoco National Forest. Happily, the psytrance took a break from 7-9 pm each night because even dreadlocked poi spinners need to eat dinner. Otherwise, the synth arpeggios were a full-on assault.

Such was life at the Oregon Eclipse Festival, this year’s gathering of Symbiosis, the West Coast’s leading “transformational festival.” As self-professed international master yoga teacher Cristi Christensen said during “Deep Exhale,” a 500-person yoga class turned ecstatic dance session: “This is more than just a party." More indeed. It was one of the few coherent moments of a speech that sounded culled from a New Age word generator.

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Savage Love Letter of the Day: Reader Needs Help Finding the Pot Edibles That'll Help Her Loosen Up (Not Put Her to Sleep!)


As a long-time reader I have heard you mention using marijuana as a way to loosen up sexually, and I am all for it! Unfortunately my attempts thus far have not gone well. I started out easy with a 5 mg cookie and didn't feel anything. Then I tried a 10 mg cookie (Journeyman) and I felt super tired, took a nap, and felt terrible when I woke up. The whole rest of the day I felt like I had the flu. It was really unpleasant.

What am I doing wrong? I have had fun highs before, so I know it's possible for me, but that was when it was illegal, so I have no idea what strains/dosage it was. I have read lots of "how to" pieces online, and I know it's probably different person to person, but I would really love any personal recommendations you may have. I have heard you mention lozenges? How do I find something that doesn't make me want to curl up on the couch forever? As a Mom I don't have many opportunities to experiment, so if you can help me find that perfect dose/brand faster that would be amazing!

Wanting Euphoric Edible Dose

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The Complete Bumbershoot 2017 Lineup and Schedule Was Just Announced And We Have It Here!

David Conger

The complete schedule for Bumbershoot 2017 (which will happen from September 1-3) was just announced. The Stranger's complete guide to the iconic Seattle Center music and arts festival is also now live on our Bumbershoot calendar!

On the calendar, you'll find the complete schedule, critics' picks, and photos and descriptions for every artist. You can also sort by day, stage, and category—in addition to music (which includes clips for each artist), there's also art, comedy, film, performance, spectacles, and words & ideas.

You can get tickets here, prices for which range from $129-$750.

The Problem with Pitchfork’s 200 Best Albums of the—Oh, Jesus Christ. Shut the Fuck Up and Read It Already.

Spoiler alert: Guess who comes in at number one.
Spoiler alert: Guess who comes in at number one.

Pitchfork is good at the lists.

They did this one, and this one, and even THIS one (for which I wrote the intro)! And now they've done a new one: the 200 best albums of the 1960s.

Logic and tradition dictate that as a blog, it's Slog's job to comment on this list, critique it, offer our own list as a corrective.

But I simply don't ever want to do that again—especially not today. Nor do I think you want to read it. I don't know what you want to read, or if indeed you want to read anything that isn't about traffic or Trump or anal sex or the exigencies of celebrity "privilege."

All I want to do is thank Pitchfork's editors and contributors for making their lists, so I can spend a couple of hours neither writing nor reading about any of the above. That's not a tacit argument for sheet cake, by the way. It's a reminder that hot takes are mostly toxic litter designed to con people into thinking they're interested in things. And also that variety is the spice of life!

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Yet Another New Challenger Enters the Race for Dave Reichert's Seat: Toby Whitney

Meet Toby Whitney: A mountain man from Microsoft who wants to run government...wait for it...like a business.
Meet Toby: A tech guy from Amazon who wants to run government—wait for it—with the efficiency of a business. Courtesy of Toby Whitney Campaign

Last month, a supervisor of software developers at Amazon named Toby Whitney jumped into the crowded race for Washington's flippable 8th District. Seven-term Congressman Dave Reichert currently holds the seat, but since the November election he's faced protests outside his Issaquah office from constituents who see him as a rubber stamp for Trump's agenda and as a coward who won't meet them in a town hall setting, mostly because he is and he won't.

Whitney's big beef with Reichert is that he hasn't done anything with his 13 years in office. "Choosing not to meet with constituents in public is malpractice to me," Whitney said, adding, "Meanwhile he’s only had five pieces of legislation with his name on it. The biggest one was the expansion of a national park by 5 miles by 7 miles."

"He's not the leader on any issue, not even law enforcement," Whiteny continued. "There’s no topic he’s mastered."

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They Are Trying Valiantly to Keep That Grass Green, Aren't They?

As seen on Orcas Island over the weekend.
As seen over the weekend.

Village Voice Goes Non-Weekly


The Village Voice, the left-leaning independent weekly New York City newspaper, announced on Tuesday that it will end print publication. The paper’s owner, Peter Barbey, said in a statement that the move was intended to revitalize the 62-year-old Voice by concentrating on other forms and to reach its audience every day rather than once a week. The exact date of the last print newspaper has not yet been finalized, according to a spokeswoman. The Village Voice was founded in 1955 by Dan Wolf, Ed Fancher and Norman Mailer and for decades it sold a weekly version thick with classified ads.

Seattle Doesn't Want to Tax Foreign Money or Know a Damn Thing About It

Watching the rise of global capital in Seattle.
Watching the rise of global capital in Seattle. Charles Mudede

Council member Lisa Herbold's recent efforts to obtain hard data about the impact of foreign money on our housing market have hit wall after wall. And when she tried to determine if such buyers could be taxed, so hot money could be cooled, she was informed by the King County assessor that "such taxes are unneeded and could stoke anti-Asian sentiments." That assessor, John Wilson, refused even to work with Herbold on a system to determine how often foreign buyers use straw companies to park cash in Seattle real estate. That means Wilson has dismissed the necessity of a speculator's tax without first investigating how much foreign money is entering and inflating the local market.

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It's Been a Year Since Gawker Died, Long Live Gawker

Hulk Hogan and Peter Thiel killed Gawker a year ago today. pool/getty

Today marks one year since the end of Gawker, an online media company undone by a rich guy with a grudge.

As Sydney wrote last year, Gawker was on the receiving end of plenty of hate (some of it deserved) during its time, but the company employed a long list of great writers who weren't afraid of a goddamned thing. Today, media historian and journalism professor Michael Socolow writes in the Washington Post that the type of work Gawker did is "needed now more than ever."

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Seattle Public Schools Officials "Deeply Troubled" by State Legislature's Education Funding Plan

The Washington State Legislatures hastily approved state budget does not come close to fulfilling the legislative promises to the Supreme Court, Seattle Superintendent Larry Nyland said in a statement.
The Washington State Legislature's hastily approved state budget "does not come close to fulfilling the legislative promises to the Supreme Court," Seattle Superintendent Larry Nyland said in a statement. The Stranger

Seattle Public Schools officials announced Monday afternoon that they plan to file a legal brief in the Washington State Supreme Court this week outlining "substantial flaws" in the education funding plan included in the state legislature's state budget.

Legislators allotted about $7.3 billion to fund public schools in their hastily passed budget to fully fund basic education, per the state Supreme Court's 2012 McCleary ruling. Although that funding would cost Seattle homeowners' an additional $400 per year in property taxes, that money wouldn't benefit local schools. Instead, revenue would be distributed across less densely populated areas across Washington and "undercut Seattle's ability to raise local funds to pay for the needs of SPS students," SPS officials wrote in their statement.

In an August 7 letter to Seattle school staffers and parents, Seattle Superintendent Larry Nyland also noted that the state budget would result in budget deficits for Seattle schools, restrict Seattle school officials use of state funding, and fail to fully pay for teachers' salaries and services for special education and English Language Learner programs.

SPS officials plan to file an amicus brief by August 30, according to the statement.

“We are deeply troubled by the lack of understanding of what it takes for a school district to be able to provide a strong education for all students,” said Seattle School Board President Sue Peters.

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The 25 Best Concerts in Seattle This Week: August 21-27, 2017

Frankie Cosmos
"This Saturday will be at least the third time Frankie Cosmos has played in Seattle for their debut LP, and it seems likely that the next time they arrive, they'll be playing someplace bigger than the Crocodile, so tarry not," writes Sean Nelson. Matthew James-Wilson

This week, our music critics recommend everything from euphemism-wielding hard rock veterans (Diamond Head), to the latest indie pop pride of Australia (San Cisco), and from The Stranger's favorite still-gigging Scientologist (Beck) to two free festivals: TUF and Linda's. Follow the 24 links below for ticket links and music clips, and find even more options on our complete music calendar, or check out our arts critics' picks for this week.

Idina Menzel
Broadway success and unbeatable singer Idina Menzel will encircle Marymoor with her larger-than-life voice and star presence on her 2017 world tour. This is part of the Marymoor Park Summer Concert Series.

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The Deadline for HUMP! Submissions Is One Month Away!


The deadline for submitting films for the 13th Annual HUMP! Film Festival—the Pacific Northwest's biggest, best, and only short porn film festival—is coming up! Here's our call for submissions...

HUMP! invites filmmakers, porn-star wannabes, hotties, kinksters, regular folks, YOU, and other creative types to make short porn films—five minutes max—for HUMP! 2017! HUMP! films can be hardcore, softcore, live action, animated, kinky, vanilla, straight, gay, lez, bi, trans, genderqueer—anything goes at HUMP! (Well, almost anything: No poop, no animals, no minors.) HUMP! films are not released online or in any other form. Filmmakers retain all rights. Appearing in a film for HUMP! means you get to be a porn star in a movie theatre for a weekend—not on the internet forever!

We got a wonderful note this week from one of the teams who made a film for last year's HUMP! Film Festival. After the festival kicks off in Seattle and Portland, HUMP! hits the road. The HUMP! 2016 Tour has visited 21 cities so far and will visit 13 more cities before the tour ends. Unlike most short film festivals, people who make films for HUMP! get a percentage of every ticket sold during the tour—and with the tour only 2/3 over, the filmmakers who wrote in this week had already made back all the money they'd spent on their film.

There's also no charge to enter HUMP! and cash prizes are awarded to filmmakers by audience ballot after the festival concludes in Seattle and Portland! There's still time to get started on your film for HUMP! 2017! Details below...

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John Oliver Takes on Hanford and America's Lack of a "Nuclear Toilet"

:/ Sean Gallup/Getty

America's continued production of nuclear waste without having a place to dispose of it is, in John Oliver's words, akin to shitting in paper bags all over the house and praying they don't leak.

It's a pretty solid (sorry) metaphor, particularly when you consider the problems plaguing the Hanford site—which, as Oliver notes, was built with materials that were not meant to survive half a century and more.

Check out the segment with Hanford below, and if you want to skip to the Washington-specific stuff, fast forward to 8:55.