Late Shows Added for Hari Kondabolu's Triple Door Three-Night Stand

10 pm shows added for this mans Tues-Wed Dec 6-7 shows at the Triple Door
10 pm shows added for this man's Tues-Wed Dec 6-7 shows at the Triple Door Mindy Tucker

If you were sad when you learned that some of Hari Kondabolu's triumphant three-night run of shows this week at the Triple Door had sold out, dry your eyes. The venue has added late shows tomorrow and Wednesday at 10pm. That's in addition to the 7:30pm shows. Two shows a night. Show business. Tonight (Monday) is sold out. That's a given. Tuesday at 7:30 is sold out, too. HOWEVER: There are still tickets for Tuesday at 10, Wednesday at 7:30, and Wednesday at 10. (Also, while you're there, you might want to try the green beans from Wild Ginger. They are super dope.) I did a very long, interesting state of the union interview with Kondabolu about his life as a touring comic that I will post on Tuesday afternoon. In the meantime, you might want to check out this profile from the Portland Mercury's Emily Prado:

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Recount Update: Jill Stein's Quixotic Battle For Democracy Continues Apace and Yeah, She Still Wants Your Money


Jill Stein's #Recount2016 appears to be going full steam, despite the best efforts of Trump's lawyers and Republicans in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin to block the Green Party's bids for recounts in those states.

Stein held a press conference and rally outside Trump Tower in Manhattan this morning to announce that she was planning to "escalate" her bid for a recount in Pennsylvania, as well as address questions about where the cash donated to her ever-ballooning recount fund was being directed.

Here's a handy guide to what the hell is happening on all fronts of this complicated and confusing escapade.

What's happening in Michigan?

The recount in Michigan is underway after a federal judge ordered an immediate start to the hand counting of ballots, saying that a state law requiring a two-day delay after filing showed a "likelihood of irreparable harm." The recount, which may cost $5 million, needs to be complete by December 13, before the Electoral College votes in the president and vice-president on December 19.

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Senator Patty Murray: Ben Carson Is the "Wrong Choice" to Lead Housing and Urban Development

No one has any idea what Carson thinks about housing policy, writes Henry Grabar at Slate.
"No one has any idea what Carson thinks about housing policy," writes Henry Grabar at Slate. Albert H. Teich/Shutterstock

In keeping with his ongoing cabinet picks, President-elect Donald Trump has selected a man with no government experience and no apparent real ideas about housing policy to head the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. As Seattle and the entire West Coast face a worsening housing and homelessness crisis, the appointment is one of serious consequence for states like ours.

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The 42 Best Things To Do in Seattle This Week: December 5-11, 2016

Vietgone is not your typical play about the legacy of the American war in Vietnam.
Vietgone is not your typical play about the legacy of the American war in Vietnam. Carol Rosegg

Our music critics have already chosen the 28 best concerts in Seattle this week, but now it's our arts critics' turn to pick the best events. Here are their picks in every genre—from Fantagraphics' 40th anniversary celebration to Homo for the Holidays 2016, and from the Seattle Human Rights Day Celebration to Tini Bigs' "Closing Time" 20th Anniversary Party. See them all below, and find even more events on our complete Things To Do calendar.

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Next Dance Cinema 2016
Before Next Fest NW this weekend, see gems in dance cinema at this one-night-only event, presented by Velocity in partnership with Northwest Film Forum. The program, curated by Tonya Lockyer and Jacob Rosen, will feature different short films at the 7 and 8:30 pm sessions, including a feminist revolt (developed in conjunction with Washington Ensemble Theatre's production of Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. this fall) and Shared Space, which "explores the changing landscape (socially and physically) of Capitol Hill from the perspectives of artists of color, using volumetric data capture of dance and personal interviews." Most films will be from local artists, but a few will be inter/national, including Sketches of a Woman in Four Movements, filmed in four distinct sites in Turkey.

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Brexit, Trump, and Now Italy Make it Clear that Neoliberalism Is Really Dying

Another one bites the dust.
Another one bites the dust. 360b/

From the morning news dispatch:

The Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, a young and handsome politician who saw himself as a kind of Clinton/Blair of Italy, lost a referendum for constitutional reforms (some of which wanted to make Italy more "competitive") and resigned yesterday. What is now uncertain is Italy's future in the EU, an association that's neoliberal to the core because it is above all a monetary union. (Neoliberalism is a political system that can tolerate civil rights but doesn't tolerate a law or practice that places the market in any place but first in our lives.) In 2010, the euro hit the rocks hard. There was panic in the markets. Something needed to be done fast. Berlin, Europe's center, decided to bail out the banks and impose austerity on the public. This has suffocated the economies in the south. Italy's recession has been long and severe, and it has an aging population. Neoliberalism was able to block all leftist solutions to this crisis to protect banks and their bad bets, and so we are now seeing there and other places a surge in other political options. Those options are populist and xenophobic.

Three Things This Activist Learned at Standing Rock

Tracy Rector is a mixed race Choctaw/Seminole curator and filmmaker, a co-founder of Longhouse Media, and a Stranger Genius. I chatted with Tracy, who is currently at the Oceti Sakowin camp, about what lessons shes taken away from her experience at Standing Rock.
Tracy Rector is a mixed race Choctaw/Seminole curator and filmmaker, a co-founder of Longhouse Media, and a Stranger Genius. On Sunday I chatted with Tracy, who is currently at Standing Rock, about what lessons she's taken away from the protests. Mel Ponder

On Sunday, the Army Corps of Engineers declared that it will not grant an easement the builders of the Dakota Access pipeline need to drill under the Missouri River. This was big news—and a cause for cautious celebration—for the thousands of activists camping out in the bitter North Dakota cold.

Still, with a president-elect who openly supports construction of the pipeline through the Standing Rock Sioux's source of drinking water and a pipeline company that says they will refuse re-routing, activists are reflecting on how to move forward.

On Sunday I chatted with Tracy Rector, an artist, curator, and filmmaker from Seattle, who is currently at the Oceti Sakowin camp, on what lessons can be taken away from the Obama administration decision. She named three that can fuel the movement going forward, but first described what the scene was like on the ground when tribal leaders announced the Obama administration decision.

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Memo to the Theater Stagehands Who Didn't Know That I Was Joking

One of these seagulls flies through the air during the show, too.
One of the amazing things about The Little Mermaid at 5th Avenue Theatre is how many performers fly through the air, including one of these seagulls. Mark Kitaoka

Hey everyone, I made a joke on Slog last week that made some stagehands very upset. I was being facetious. I think it was obvious I was being facetious and I don't think there's any reason for stagehands to be this upset—writing me personal letters, writing blog comments on the post. But just in case you didn't catch that I was joking—there are a few of you in every crowd—I'm writing this to let you know what the joke was, what the truth is, and why the stagehands are very upset.

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Fake Facebook News Could Have Caused a Mass Shooting

Getting that Facebook fake news fix.
Getting that Facebook fake news fix.

From the morning news dispatch:

A man walked to a pizzeria, Comet Ping Pong, in the D.C. area, to self-investigate a Facebook-type story that claimed Hillary Clinton and her campaign manager were running a child sex ring in the pizzeria's backrooms. Apparently, Michael Flynn, the retired general Trump picked for advise on matters concerning national security, circulated this ridiculous but very popular fake news story. The self-investigator, who, according to the Washington Post, was armed with an AR-15 assault-style rifle, a Colt .38 caliber handgun, and a shotgun, did not find pedophiles in the pizzeria (which, however, does have tables for ping pong, a pastime that might be popular with pedophiles), did fire one of his weapons, did not kill anyone, did get arrested. But this man is not lost. He is consistent with his times. On Sunday, the VP-elect Pence actually said on ABC’s This Week that the president is entitled to spread fake news.


The Walking Dead Recap: Dear God, Carl is DUMB

Look, Im clearly the dumbest person on this show, and even I know that Carl is dumb as shit.
"Look, I'm clearly the dumbest person on this show, and even I know that Carl is dumb as shit." Courtesy AMC

Hey Walking Dead fans, this just in: CARL IS DUMB. You'll know what I mean if you watched last night's episode, so join me after the jump for a SPOILER-FILLED recap of how incredibly stupid Carl really is. I mean... dear god, he's dumb. DUMB! Let's start chitty-chatting.

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The 28 Best Concerts in Seattle This Week: December 5-11, 2016

The Dandy Warhols, a relic from another era (the early 2000s), will come to Seattle on Wednesday on their Distortland tour.
The Dandy Warhols, a relic from another era (the early 2000s), will come to Seattle on Wednesday on their Distortland tour. Chad Kamenshine

Combat the change in the weather this week by holing up at your favorite local venue in a warm crowd full of people who just want to hear some tunes and get out of the cold. This week, our music critics have picked everything from the Doggfather of rap, to a television-friendly spinner of Celtic yarns, to the ultimate white witch queen of scarves. Escape the environment with these shows and more from our music calendar.

recommended Get all this and more on the free Stranger Things To Do mobile app—available now on the App Store and Google Play. recommended

Justin Townes Earle with Jason Dodson
The son of country-rock singer/force-of-nature Steve Earle, Justin Townes Earle named his last album Absent Fathers to make us laugh, but it’s not (only) a laughing matter. He sounds slippery-syllabled, and more than anything else, tired. He’s mournful; pondering the delicious failures of his past seems the only way to fashion any kind of present. But his songs are all beautifully depressing, at least. That brand of depressing it’s tempting to hide within. Jason Dodson from the Maldives sounds more conventionally rueful. Not lugubrious sad, not slippery-sad, just matter-of-fact sad. With wit. With a keen eye to telling details. This should make for some subtle but fascinating contrasts. ANDREW HAMLIN

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Amazon Plans to *Disrupt* the Bodega Industry with "Amazon Go"

Just a guy feelin great about purchasing his individual food unit.
Just a guy feelin' great about purchasing his individual food unit. LADO /

Thank GOD. I was just about to write a 20,000-word thinkin' piece about how dangerously close human beings have been getting to their food sources lately. But luckily, Seattle's own Amazon dot com has stepped in and saved me from my task. Today, the mega-retailer announced the launch of Amazon Go, a convenience store designed to end the thousand inconveniences of convenience stores. Behold:

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Food News: People Keep Opening Restaurants on the Hill, May God Have Mercy on Their Souls. Plus, Free Coffee Today!

Caffé Dartes steamed nitro cold brew. Thats right, they made cold brew hot, and it could also be yours for a whopping $0 today.
Caffé D'arte's steamed nitro cold brew. That's right, they made cold brew hot, and it could also be yours for a whopping $0 today. Caffé D'Arte

Free Coffee at Caffé D’Arte's Grand Opening

The popular national purveyor of Italian-style coffees recently opened its latest retail location, down on 1st and Yesler. It’s been softly open for a bit now, but they’re having their big grand opening bash today, which means free drinks for ye working masses of Pioneer Square. I stopped by their media preview the other night and learned something pretty cool about their coffee: they have one of the few wood-fired coffee roasters still in operation, and it ain't just for show. I had a glass of the alderwood-smoked nitro cold brew and it was lovely. The big celebration runs 10 a.m.-3 p.m., former Seahawk Jim Zorn will be there from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and if you drop your business card in a bowl, you stand a chance to win a snazzy new high-end espresso machine.

Ba Bar Joins the SLU Bonanza

Eric Banh’s always busy Ba Bar, which benefits from its proximity to hordes of hungry Seattle University students, just opened its second location, this time amidst the hungry hordes of South Lake Union.

And lucky hordes they are: The SLU location will have bánh cuốn seven days a week, unlike the original location, which only serves them on weekends. Bánh cuốn is a rice noodle roll stuffed with pork and topped with slices of chả lụa, which is a compressed pork sausage. Aside from the frog legs, it’s one of the only things I really miss from my time at Ba Bar. SLU hours are 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Mon-Fri and 10am-11pm on weekends.

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Repeal Day!

On Repeal Day—the anniversary of Utah (God love those Mormons!) ratifying the 21st Amendment and ending national Prohibition, I ponder how the politics of Prohibition are just an earlier version of the current political situation. The same identity divides (rural/small-town v. urban, WASP “Americans” v. immigrants and other minorities) that led to Prohibition led to the “election” of Loser-Elect Donald Trump. American just keeps having the same damn arguments over and over again. Dig it:

Celebrating Repeal Day in 2016: The Old Time Saloon and Donald Trump

Oh, and feel free to buy my new book, The Old-Time Saloon.

The Old-Time Saloon

Incoming Attorney General Jeff "I Thought the KKK Was OK Until I Heard They Smoke Pot" Sessions Will Have to Pry My Zoots Out of My Cold, Dead Hands

Politico takes a look at Jeff Sessions' "coming war on legal marijuana."

Without any protection from Congress, every marijuana grower and dispensary owner who came out of the shadows to become a taxpaying member of the legal recreational cannabis industry in Colorado, Oregon, Washington state and Alaska has exposed himself to potential criminal prosecution by a DOJ run by Sessions. A list of potential defendants would number in the hundreds (The National Cannabis Industry Association, a trade group, boasts more than 1,000 dues-paying members). The higher the profile of these cannabis businesspeople, the more at risk to federal prosecution... But beyond going after those engaged in legal recreational weed, what could Attorney General Sessions actually do to reverse the progress of legalizing marijuana?

“At the very least, the incoming Attorney General should enforce the terms of the DOJ’s own memoranda,” said Jeffrey Zinsmeister, executive vice-president and director of government relations for SAM, referring to the Cole Memo and citing a GAO report that claimed “the DOJ was not even collecting the information necessary to follow-up on its own marijuana enforcement priorities, much less enforce federal law on marijuana... The DOJ could write a letter to governors in legalized states stating that any state issued licenses regulating marijuana sales is a violation of the Controlled Substances Act, and say they have 90 days to revoke licenses."

Stock up on weed, get ready to raise money for legal defense funds for "cannabis businesspeople," and savor the irony of throwing "state's rights" arguments back in the face of this shitty bigot.


Westworld and the Bloodless Robot Coup in the Season Finale

Dr. Ford and Bernard
Dr. Ford and Bernard HBO

We want the robot. We love the robot. We fear the robot.

I have two robots already in my house; I call their names, Alexa and Siri, and I ask them for simple things—to check the weather, to check the time. Sometimes, I want more from them, but not too much more. That would be creepy. The robots in HBO’s Westworld—a remake from the 1973 original—are more advanced, but what they offer is base. Sex and violence set in a theme park in the future where they host humans who come to play cowboy and discover their inner selves through rape and murder. It’s a patriarchal wonderland and the robots most abused are women. No worry, though, they are all reset and wiped clean as if nothing ever happened to them, a perfect sadistic toy for the closet criminal.

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