Seahawks DE Michael Bennett Co-Authoring Book Called "Things That Makes White People Uncomfortable"

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Michael Bennett, the Seahawks defensive lineman known for his hard hits, charitable work, and penchant for speaking his mind, is giving a run at authorship.

The Super Bowl champ's upcoming book, slated for publication in 2018, will be called Things That Make White People Uncomfortable. Dave Zirin, sports correspondent for The Nation, signed on as co-author. (Full disclosure: I interned at The Nation in 2013.) Haymarket Books, a Chicago-based independent publisher that mostly publishes works from a radical-left perspective, signed the deal a couple weeks ago.

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Do NIMBY's Really Love Trees or Are They Using Them to Keep Density and Change Away From Their Back Yards?

Trees and humans, lets get dense!
Trees and humans, let's get dense! Charles Mudede

Not too long ago, I found myself walking down a leafy street in Greenwood. I noticed and saw all sorts of interesting things. I noticed there were no kids on the streets. I saw lots of middle-aged gardeners removing weeds and keeping other plants in check. I came across a house with a giant sequoia in its lawn. The thing dwarfed the house and a woman who was gardening next to it. I asked the women if she knew the age of the giant, and almost immediately perceived she hated the tree. She wanted it cut down and removed from her little world. She did not know its damn age. It was there when she bought the house long ago. It would probably still be there when her days were done.

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Confessions of a Block Party Virgin: How I Survived the Capitol Hill Block Party

The Capitol Hill Block Party: I came, I saw, I survived.
The Capitol Hill Block Party: I came, I saw, I survived. ULYSSES CURRY

Hi! My name is Anna and I’m the Stranger’s new music intern. I spent the past three days at my first Capitol Hill Block Party ever, scoping out the sights, sounds and unfortunate smells within the luxurious six blocks of festival grounds. From the Diplo brahs to the misplaced techies, I saw more than I ever would have wanted this weekend. These are my observations: the good, the bad, and the truly offensive.

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Feds Can’t Block Local Nonprofit From Giving Legal Aid to Unrepresented Immigrants, Judge Rules

Among those helped by the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project: Daniel Ramirez Medina, the 23-year-old DACA-recipient formerly detained in Tacoma by immigration officials
Among those helped by the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project: Daniel Ramirez Medina, the 23-year-old DACA-recipient formerly detained in Tacoma by immigration officials HG

While the Constitution guarantees the right to an attorney for citizens accused of crimes, the same right does not apply to undocumented immigrants. Without formal representation, tens of thousands of immigrants rely on legal nonprofits to help them navigate the loopy, infuriating mazes known as U.S. immigration courts.

In April, the Department of Justice sent a cease-and-desist letter to Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP), a Seattle nonprofit, ordering the group to stop providing informal legal services to undocumented immigrants in this region. The group said that without its help, thousands of immigrants facing deportation would be left in the dark.

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From Stranger Things 2 to Ready Player One, Here Are All the Comic-Con Trailers You Missed

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Courtesy of Netflix

A few years ago, San Diego's Comic-Con International was a comic book convention. How quaint! These days, it rivals the Super Bowl as an annual consumerism orgy where giant soulless multimedia corporations relentlessly sell movies, TV shows, and video games—and this past weekend was no exception. A few mew major trailers dropped at Comic-Con; fittingly, given the setting, a bunch of 'em lean hard on nostalgia, the fire that, for better or worse, keeps geekdom burning. (Update: It's definitely for worse.)

Let's start with the best of those trailers: Stranger Things 2, which, holy shit, looks fun and creepy and humane and everything else that made the first season so great.

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The 56 Best Things To Do In Seattle This Week: July 24-30, 2017

See new works from some of Seattles most kick-ass dancers and choreographers at the Strictly Seattle performances this weekend.
See new works from some of Seattle's most kick-ass dancers and choreographers at the Strictly Seattle performances this weekend. Tim Summers

Our music critics have already chosen the 21 best concerts in Seattle this week, but now it's our arts and culture critics' turn to pick the best events in their areas of expertise. Here are their picks in every genre—from the Firestone Walker Beer Dinner to An Evening with Ken Burns, and from Write On! Ghosts of Seattle Past to Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live! See them all below, and find even more events on our complete Things To Do calendar.

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

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How Can Seattle Grow More Public Space?
How can Seattle maintain its beautiful outdoor areas as the city grows and densifies? A panel made up of Georgetown University's Urban and Regional Planning Program Director (Uwe Brandes), the CEO of Seattle Public Utilities (Mami Hara), and the Seattle Parks Foundation's Thatcher Bailey will share insights. Posey Guener from KUOW will moderate.

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Pussy Riot Is Kickstarting a New Play That Will Immerse Audiences in Their Prison Experience

Anybody can be Pussy Riot, its a movement rather than a band. - Nadya Tolokonnikova
"Anybody can be Pussy Riot, it's a movement rather than a band." - Nadya Tolokonnikova JONAS AKERLUN

Pussy Riot is gearing up to subvert the powers that be once again - and this time, they're using theater as a tool for political awareness. The punk band made up of radical Russian rebels have started a Kickstarter to raise money for an immersive theater project that documents their arrest and subsequent two-year imprisonment after their 2012 protest against Putin at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow.

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Game of Thrones Recap: Valyrian Grammar and a Boat Fight in “Stormborn”

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BOAT FIGHT!!! COURTESY OF HBO

Last night’s episode of Game of Thrones suggested there’s not going to be much in the way of downtime this season. We’re only on Episode 2, and shit is already going down. I think “Stormborn” may be one of my favorite episodes of the series—as the sphere of the show tightens for its final act, characters’ paths start to intersect in a way that’s really, really satisfying. And things that were set up all the way back in the first few episodes are finally starting to pay off.

There are spoilers ahead, obviously, so if you are a big spoiler crybaby, go away, please.

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Some Are Cracking Under Pressure of Peak TV, Pop Culture References, and the Normalization of Obsessive Fandom


It's true: movies can't kill you. Score one for the mountains. In other news... the trailer for Stranger Things Season 2 is out...

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Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal's Town Hall in Dave Reichert's District Was a Really Good Idea

There was so much congressional shade at this town hall I could hardly see.
There was so much congressional shade at this town hall I could hardly see. JOHN BOAL

Because Republican Congressman Dave Reichert wouldn't hold a town hall in his own district, Democratic Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal stepped in and did the work for him.

Though Jayapal represents Washington's 7th district, she said she accepted Indivisible WA-8's invitation to speak at a town hall in the 8th because she was concerned about the country as a whole, and because people in the 8th deserved to know what was going on in Washington, D.C.

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Savage Love Letter of the Day: Dating with Busty Baggage

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I'm newly on the dating scene and I'm trying to understand the mind of a guy with an extreme fetish since that's what I am. I have natural size 38T boobs and the rest of my body is relatively regular looking (google Milena Velba for a visual). I completely bungled my first attempt at dating someone ridiculously into my particular body type, although I suspect the issue was more on his end since he kept talking about how I was his dream girl, I'm so rare, blah blah blah, and now he's engaged to a woman with fake size B boobs (and keeps bothering me every once in a while, because, well, people are complicated and sexuality is confusing).

My first husband really loved me for who I am on the inside, which was definitely awesome, but he didn't have a thing for big boobs, which became kind of a bummer. For husband #2 I would like to try to find someone who loves me for who I am on the inside and is really attracted to me. But I think I'm struggling with novelty fuck syndrome—guys who want to fuck an extreme fetish once (yay! I reached the top of Mount Everest!) but don't want to be with me long term (ugh! no one wants to climb Mount Everest every damn day!). Is this something that I'm just missing about the psychology behind fetishes?

TLDR: I'm a pretty cool girl with mega boobs and I'd like to figure out how to have a healthy relationship with someone who likes mega boobs. Maybe there's a book that you can recommend?

Boobs Impress Guys

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You Should Be Watching TBS Comedy Series People of Earth; Season Two Starts Tonight

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One of my favorite underrated shows of last year was TBS original comedy series, People of Earth, which takes the idea of alien abductions to a whole new level of cleverly wry entertainment. The premise? Ozzie, a city savvy journalist played by Wyatt Cenac (who you may remember from his tenure as a correspondent and writer for The Daily Show from 2008 to 2012) visits a smallish town in New York called Beacon to do a piece investigating a support group of people who've experienced alien encounters, called StarCrossed, only to realize after a string of super strange occurrences and memory lapses that he, too, may have had some encounters of his own. The twist? The aliens in question are totally real, and we get a look at things from their point of view, to pretty funny effect.

Among the other faces you'll likely recognize are SNL alum Ana Kristina Gasteyer as Gina, the psychoanalyst who leads the group, and Oscar Núñez (The Office) as the smooth Latin jazz-funk musician Father Doug, who lets the group meet in the basement of his church, with some reluctance and dubiousness. Also involved with People of Earth: two executive producers who were behind The Office and Parks & Rec, along with a third, Conan O'Brien, and providing the on-point music—Mark Mothersbaugh.

The point of this post? The second season of People of Earth starts tonight, and you can stream all 10 episodes of the first season now, on TBS.com, to bring yourself up to speed. Need more convincing? Check out the Season 1 trailer below along with some memorable clips and the trailer for Season 2.

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SECB Primary Election Endorsement for Mayor: Cary Moon

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Cary Moon Nate Gowdy

Check out The Stranger's full list of endorsements for the August 1, 2017, Primary Election here.

If you told us four months ago that six different candidates would have a shot at becoming Seattle's next mayor, we would have laughed in your face. Sure, Ed Murray was going to take some shit for his homeless-camp sweeps, capitulation to developers, and stubborn centrism. But no serious candidate was going to challenge a popular incumbent riding a chariot pulled by horses named HALA and the $15 Minimum Wage. Barring some political catastrophe, Murray looked poised to coast into his second term.

You know the rest of the story. Three men publically accused Murray of sexually abusing them when they were teenagers, Murray dropped out of the race, and the field of candidates gunning to replace him swelled to 21.

And, hey, six of them aren't complete jokes! (How many are complete jokes? Well, that's math, and the SECB sucks at math.) But it can be hard to tell the six incomplete-jokes-to-serious candidates apart. All six want more affordable housing, reformed police, and better options for the homeless. All six say the rich don't pay enough taxes and the poor pay too much. And they're all pissed off, card-carrying members of The Resistance. With so many points of agreement, this race boils down to policy and specifics. On that matter, one candidate clearly stands out.

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Seattle Food News: Agua Verde Burns, the Seattle Dog Has a Hater, Maslow's at Amazon Open to the Public, and More!

This herb-encrusted filet on Maslows salmon burger makes me want to open my wallet very wide indeed. As does this months $1 million matching promise made by Amazon.
This herb-encrusted filet on Maslow's salmon burger makes me want to open my wallet very wide indeed. As does this month's $1 million matching promise made by Amazon. FareStart

Maslow's Opens Today, Rounding Out FareStart's Amazon Adventure

The nonprofit's Amazon campus flagship is a full-service, all-day restaurant helmed by chef Skylar Gemar, who previously helmed the kitchen at Ada's Restaurant and Bar in Phinney Ridge, and it's open today from 11am to 9pm for lunch, happy hour, and dinner.

Maslow's is named, adorably, for Abraham Maslow—you might be familiar with his theory of the hierarchy of needs. It's a a nod to the restaurant's mission of providing for "the next level of needs to help move people toward a higher wage on their journey to security and self-sufficiency," and is also maybe the one old timey restaurant name I do not find at all obnoxious. Endearing, actually.

The restaurant is as gorgeously designed as any of Seattle's newest hotspots, in hopes, I think, of commanding similar prices. Thus the whole "next level of needs,"—I think this means they'll get to pay folks little more or employ more folks or generally put more money into programs, which is great because this city sure as shit ain't cheap these days. When rent is averaging out around $2000 per month, it takes a pretty hearty tug on the old bootstraps to complete that journey to self-sufficiency, basically, so hopefully you're all down to shell out at Maslow's. Given how goddamn lovely their food looks, I'm guessing you'll definitely be getting your money's worth. Not to mention that, if you go this month, you'll be getting in on that $1 million match from Amazon. Salmon burgers, anyone?

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Guest Editorial: Community Theater Transformed My Life. Prop 1 Could Change Someone Else's.

Rehearsal time! Langston Hughes Performance Arts Center is one of the science and cultural programs that would benefit from Prop 1.
Rehearsal time! Langston Hughes Performance Arts Institute is one of the science and cultural programs that would benefit from Prop 1. Courtesy of Langston Hughes Performance Arts Institute

I am the oldest of three; we were raised by a single mother. I never had the opportunity to attend a paid dance school or professional acting classes, but I loved to dance and be around it. Where I grew up, there were little to no spaces where a young black man could go learn their craft—to say nothing of playing a lead in a summer show.

Somehow, at age 13, I got lucky enough to be in a play at a small community center in Illinois, sparking my interest the arts and putting me on a path to towards professional success—both in the arts and as an educator.

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