106 Stranger (Than Usual) Things To Do In Seattle This Week: Feb 21-26, 2017

At the Seattle Wine and Food Experience, check out the Comfort program, which will include a milk and cookies bar, a hot toddy bar, and even a french fry bar.
At the Seattle Wine and Food Experience, check out the "Comfort" program, which will include a milk and cookies bar, a hot toddy bar, and even a french fry bar. MICHELLE CONNER

Our arts critics have already recommended 50 great things to do this week, our music critics have picked the 30 best concerts, and we've compiled all of the Mardi Gras-related events this week, 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 Drawtasticon to the Seattle Wine and Food Experience, from two opportunities to play drag queen bingo to Gay City and Three Dollar Bill Cinema's 12th Annual Academy Awards Party, and from the the Dress Like a Woman Rally/March to the Seattle Asian American Film Festival. For even more options this week, check out our complete Things To Do calendar.

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1. Brad Stone with Todd Bishop
Brad Stone will examine the moment in Silicon Valley history when entrepreneurs like Travis Kalanick of Uber and Brian Chesky of Airbnb seized on the power vacuum created by the 2007 economic crash to create their own industries. In his conversation with GeekWire editor Todd Bishop, he'll paint the portraits of the "smart, driven, and often comically flawed people who are upending industries and changing our world."

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Daughters of the Dust Is a Rare Beauty of a Film

The still is not from Beyoncés Lemonade but Julie Dashs Daughters of the Dust.
The still is not from Beyoncé's Lemonade but Julie Dash's Daughters of the Dust. Charles Mudede

Here are three important years for black American cinema: 1989, 1990, and 1991. The crowning achievement in the first of these years was Do the Right Thing; the second, To Sleep With Anger; the third, Daughters of the Dust. The directors of the last two, Charles Burnett and Julie Dash, emerged from the LA Rebellion (a black film movement in the 1970s that had UCLA Film School as its center). The director of the first film, Spike Lee, is a celebrity. Burnett was mostly obscure until his first film, Killer of Sheep, was restored and recirculated in 2007, thanks in part to a huge donation from Hollywood director Steven Soderbergh. Dash, however, has remained in obscurity despite the fact that her film, Daughters, is in many ways the most revolutionary of all three.

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Rep. Jayapal Sets a Date for Senate Recess Town Hall, "Indivisible" Organizers Lead Another to Discuss the Trump Agenda

John Boal

Unlike a Congressman David Reichert—and, oh wait, all of Washington State's Republican congressional representatives—Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-7) isn't afraid of having "a YouTube moment" during a meeting with her constituents. Like Jayapal, other Democratic representatives have already announced plans for constituent town hall meetings during the Senate recess, which began on February 20, or in the coming months.

Japayal will hold a town hall meeting with her constituents in the Great Hall at Town Hall (ha!) at 5:30 p.m. on March 6.

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Dude York Rips It Up and Starts Again with New LP, Sincerely

Dude York taking the long road to confidence.
Dude York taking the long road to confidence. SAM GEHRKE

Sometimes it takes a second try to get it right. Seattle power-pop trio Dude York's new album, Sincerely (out February 24 on Hardly Art), is loaded with strident riffs and yell-along anthems. But the record's bold, polished sound didn't come easy.

Originally, Sincerely was a DIY effort home-recorded at a punk house called Magic Lanes. But after playing it for friends, they got a less-than-enthusiastic response from those who heard the first take. One person who tried to mix the album said that there was "drywall in every piece of [the record]," recalls drummer Andrew Hall.

After spending eight months on the whole project, the band decided to scrap the recording. "It felt awful," says guitarist and lead vocalist Peter Richards. "It left me really confused as to what songs were good, and it was a long process toward feeling confident again."

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When Lusting for a Young Woman Doesn't Work, Write an Opera

Philip Newton

Katya Kabanova is a lush, compelling three-act opera with an alluring backstory. The story is only creepy and misogynistic if you take it out of its early-20th-century context.

Composer Leos Janacek was a late bloomer who arrived at fame in his 60s, around the same time he fell in love with Kamila Stosslova, an unattainable woman, 38 years younger than Janacek. He wrote her 700 love letters over a span of 11 years and composed a handful of great operas inspired by his passion for her.

Janacek's devotion had a patient, soulful quality, especially since his great love remained unconsummated. Allegedly, they shared only one kiss.

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Tony Armada, CEO of Swedish Health Services, Resigns Shortly After Seattle Times Report on the Money-Loving Swedish Neuroscience Institute

I know the money is in here somewhere...
"I know the money is in here somewhere..." xmee/gettyimages.com

Just under two weeks ago, two Seattle Times's reporters Mike Baker and Justin Mayo posted an investigative piece, "High Volume, Big Dollars, Rising Tension," that exposed Cherry Hill’s Swedish Neuroscience Institute as a massive money-making machine. In 2015, the institute generated $500 million dollars, which was nearly 40 percent more than it made in previous years. Also, the program "had the highest Medicare reimbursements per inpatient visit of any U.S. hospital with at least 150 beds." What was going on?

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Savage Love Letter of the Day: Overcoming Abuse & Finding Partners Who Aren’t Pieces of Shit


Do you have any advice on how to develop healthy sexual boundaries when you have a long history of people not letting you?

I was sexually abused by a relative starting when I was a child and continuing until I was fourteen. My first relationship wasn't until after I finished college, and it wasn't a healthy one. I've dated a little since then, but not much, mostly because: (1) pretty much no one is interested in me and (2) frankly, I'm not sure I'm healthy enough to be dating these days.

As a fat, disabled, gay trans guy, I pretty much feel like my options are to either not have sex at all or to have casual sex with guys who it often turns out don't treat me well. I don't think there's anything wrong with having casual sex, and it has sometimes been a positive experience for me. Far too often, though, I've met up with guys with whom I've agreed to have one kind of sex only to have it turn into something violent or very different from what I consented to. Yes, rape would accurately describe several of these experiences. Help?

Haunted, Unlucky, Recovering Trans Individual Needs Guidance

P.S. Talking to a counsellor about at least some of this seems like the obvious answer, but that's currently not something I can afford, nor have I ever been able to find someone I could talk to about this stuff who has been helpful instead of judgmental or traumatizing. I live in Vancouver, if that’s helpful to know.

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Will Gov. Jay Inslee Make a Bid for the Presidency in 2020? He Says No, The Seattle Times Says Yes


Things are going so poorly in the White House that potential candidates to run against Trump in the 2020 election (assuming No. 45 hasn't gotten booted out of office) are already being discussed in earnest. In Washington state, with the recent win of a lawsuit to block Trump’s executive order stopping travel from seven mostly Muslim nations, both Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Governor Jay Inslee are names that seem to be coming up most often for the Democratic bill.

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Milo Yiannopoulos Resigns from Breitbart, Making His Bad Week Much Worse

Barcroft Media

"Alt-right" poster-boy Milo Yiannopoulos is having a very bad, no good week. After his turn on Bill Maher, he found himself in hot water when clips shared ahead of his speaking engagement at the upcoming Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) found him making odious comments about pedophilia, where he flippantly said things like: "I'm grateful for Father Michael. I wouldn't give nearly such good head if it wasn't for him."

He's done it more than once:

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UPDATED: In State of the City Address, Mayor Promises New Tax for Homelessness, Threatens to Sue Trump

This year, Mayor Ed Murray will deliver his State of the City address at Idris Mosque in North Seattle instead of at City Hall.
This year, Mayor Ed Murray delivered his State of the City address at Idris Mosque in North Seattle instead of at City Hall. City of Seattle


In the final State of the City address of his first term, Mayor Ed Murray today painted himself and the City of Seattle as a foil to President Donald Trump.

"The posture and politics of the new president should not cause us to despair that progress is not possible," Murray said at Idris Mosque in North Seattle, where he delivered the speech (read it here). "Cities in general—and this city in particular—can be the solution."

Murray said his administration plans to request from Trump's administration more specific details on their plans for sanctuary cities and recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. If they don't get answers on those issues in a "timely manner," they'll sue. (After the speech, a spokesperson could not say exactly what will be considered a "timely manner.")

In the speech, Murray also proposed two significant new city taxes: a $55 million-a-year property tax levy to help fund services for the thousands of people who sleep outside and in homeless shelters in Seattle and a $16 million-a-year tax on soda distributors to fund educational and health programs for students of color.

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Exploring the Addictive Appeal of Sticky-Rice Desserts and Snacks

Xôi bọc bánh tráng is a Vietnamese sweet sticky rice cake flavored with coconut.
Xôi bọc bánh tráng is a Vietnamese sweet sticky rice cake flavored with coconut. SUZI PRATT

Sometimes I dream about sitting in a big tub of rice pudding. It just seems like a nice thing to do. I imagine the milk or coconut milk would have a calming, moisturizing effect on the skin, and I like the idea of spa and sustenance all in one place. Whenever I get hungry, I could just lean down and take a little nibble around my elbow.

Everyone has a secret food dream. Mine is born of extreme rice love. From puddings to cakes, I never seem to tire of anything rice-based—particularly anything made with sticky rice, aka glutinous rice, which, despite its gluteney sounding name, is gluten-free. Plasma be damned, sticky rice is really the fourth state of matter; there's something endlessly fascinating about its gummy, sticky texture that comes from the amylopectin starch particles in the rice breaking down. It's just damn fun to eat.

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Gold Leaf Farm: The Closest Thing You Can Find to Organic Weed in Seattle

The weed farm Nate Gibbs owns is relying on the earth’s natural processes.
The weed farm Nate Gibbs owns is relying on the earth’s natural processes. Lester Black

It only takes a moment for Nate Gibbs to find what he's looking for. He brushes aside a rotting orange rind and uses his fingers to pull back a half-inch of soil, revealing a collection of squirming earthworms a couple inches away from the stalk of a cannabis plant. Sure, the pot smells amazing, has all the right hairs and crystals, and returns all the right test results, but these prized little worms are how Gibbs brags about his weed.

That's because these worms prove that Gold Leaf, the weed farm Gibbs owns, is relying on the earth's natural processes—not synthetic fertilizers or pesticides—to grow weed. The worms are the visible evidence of the healthy ecosystem Gold Leaf is creating. That's not the case for some weed farms in Washington, where so many fertilizers and pesticides are used that they can't even reuse their soil, making huge mounds of trashed dirt outside their facilities. Gold Leaf's dirt is so healthy that they are constantly reusing it, not even tilling their gardens for fear of upsetting the natural microbial and fungal networks.

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Seattle May Sue the Trump Administration

Seattle v. Trump?
Seattle v. Trump? Hg

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is stepping up his rhetoric against President Donald Trump today, vowing to sue the Trump administration if it does not provide clarity on its plans for "sanctuary cities" and immigrants who are part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

In his State of the City address delivered at Idris Mosque this morning, Murray announced that the city would file a series of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests with multiple federal agencies. The city wants to know the administration's definition of "sanctuary cities," actions the feds may take against those cities, and changes to travel and immigration policy including DACA.

If the feds don't respond "in a timely manner," the city will sue, Murray said. "We believe that the rule of law is on our side," the mayor said.

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Another Reason to #DeleteUber: A Corporate Culture of Rampant Sexism

Is this how many female tech workers will soon be left at Uber, Travis?
Is this how many female tech workers will soon be left at Uber, Travis? VCG

File under: “In No Surprise to Anyone at All," Uber, the union-busting, wage-cutting, strike-breaking, Trump-advising rideshare company is now the subject of a scathing dispatch from a former tech worker that details the blatant sexism and misogyny within the company.

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I Anonymous: Bosnian Gratitude


To the man by the Stadium Station who asked me, "What was the most rewarding experience of your day?": When I asked you the same, you told me a friend of yours is going through a hard time, and you found talking to that friend helpful.

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