Five Puerto Rico Fundraising Events in Seattle This Week

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It's been two months since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, but the island's continued crisis mode remains in the news. If you want to help out back home, there are five fundraisers and disaster relief shows in Seattle this week alone, and we've rounded them all up below. You can find future events on our fundraisers calendar, including the Petty for Puerto Rico event on December 1.

TUESDAY
Disaster Relief Fundraiser for Puerto Rico
Dino's hosts an industry evening for the Washington State Bartender's Guild. Enjoy New Jersey-style pies and drinks like Negronis on tap and support Puerto Rico. 100% of proceeds go towards disaster relief efforts.
Dino's Tomato Pie

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Seattle City Council Members Promise New Business Tax for Homelessness by March

A throwback sign seen at a recent Seattle City Council budget hearing.
A throwback sign seen at a recent Seattle City Council budget hearing. HG

The Seattle City Council intends to pass a business head tax or another progressive revenue source by March, according to a resolution the council approved unanimously today.

Last week, a narrow majority of the council rejected a proposal to impose a per-hour, per-employee tax on the highest grossing 5 percent of businesses in Seattle. That tax would have raised about $25 million a year to fund emergency shelter, affordable housing, and an expansion of the drug crime diversion program LEAD. Under public pressure, some council members who voted against that proposal said they may support a similar tax in the future if the city undertook a longer process and consulted business interests.

Today's resolution sets out a timeline for a task force to discuss a head tax and other potential revenue sources. The task force would also decide how money raised from a new tax should be spent on homelessness services and affordable housing.

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Seattle City Council Passes 2018 Budget, Rolls Back Some Cuts to Mayor's Office

Interim Council Member Kirsten Harris-Talley defended cuts to the mayors office budget.
Interim Council Member Kirsten Harris-Talley defended cuts to the mayor's office budget. City of Seattle

After voting last week to cut $1 million from the mayor's office budget, the Seattle City Council walked back about half of those cuts today before approving its 2018 budget.

The cuts approved during a committee meeting last week were set to shift money from the mayor's office to the city's Human Services Department, support for survivors of domestic and sexual violence, alternatives to incarceration, and other programs. That move set off a testy exchange between the council and interim mayor Tim Burgess, who called the cuts a "misguided surprise" that would undermine incoming mayor Jenny Durkan.

Today, the council found several workarounds instead of taking the full $1 million from the mayor's office budget. The primary new source of money: the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI).

That funding shuffle was the most significant last-minute action in what has been a chaotic budget process over the last few weeks.

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The 43 Best Things To Do in Seattle This Week: Nov 20-27, 2017

As soon as Thanksgiving is over, it will be time for holiday shows like ACT Theatres A Christmas Carol, which opens on Friday.
As soon as Thanksgiving is over, it will be time for holiday shows like ACT Theatre's A Christmas Carol, which opens on Friday. CHRIS BENNION

Our music critics have already chosen the 23 best concerts this week, but now it's our arts critics' turn to pick the best events in their areas of expertise. Here are their picks in every genre—from a Shabazz Palaces book signing and DJ set with Gillian Gaar to the opening week of holiday shows like Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn and George Balanchine's The Nutcracker, and from the Miracle on 2nd Pop-Up bar to holiday markets like Gobble Up and the GeekCraft Expo. See them all below, and find even more events on our complete Things To Do calendar.

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

MONDAY
READINGS & TALKS
Bill McKibben: Radio Free Vermont
Bill McKibben is the founder of 350.org, a laudable nonprofit climate action/environmental organization whose activists have protested Shell's arctic drilling rig, protested the Keystone XL pipeline, and attempted to shut down tar sand pipelines in North Dakota, among many other campaigns. McKibben has also written at length about global warming and is one of the nation's most prominent thinkers and writers on environmentalism—he's written more than a dozen books on the subject. At this event, he'll share his latest work, Radio Free Vermont: A Fable of Resistance, a novel that explores the idea of state succession from the United States (an oh-so-relevant concept for many Washingtonians).

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Police Reports Illustrated: Model vs. Moby

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Listen to Seattle Synth Wiz Norm Chambers's Fantastic Soundtrack to the Graphic Means Documentary

Draw your own conclusions.
Draw your own conclusions. Briar Levit

Back in March 2016, I wrote a Slog post about Seattle synth magus Norm Chambers (formerly known as Panabrite) composing the soundtrack to Graphic Means, a documentary about the history of pre-internet (ca. 1950s-1990s) graphic design production by Portland director Briar Levit. More than a year-and-a-half later, you can finally hear the music via Chambers's Bandcamp. It's worth the wait, whether you saw the movie or not.

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Letter to the Editor: Where Are Seattle's Dick Dancers?

Dick dancer = This, but naked.
Dick dancer = This, but naked. iStock / Getty Images Plus

From The Stranger's inbox (we like mail, too!):

There seems to be a very conservative gay bar scene in Seattle, especially for such a large international city. We know there is a XXX cinema contest each year allowed by the city. We have 'titty' bars in the city. But we don't have male dancers for the gay audience in the city.

I once asked about this and was told it was illegal in Seattle. I thought, "c'mon man"... hell, it's legal in Dallas, why not Seattle? The staff of some gay bars here are very concerned that someone might rub another's crotch in a dark corner. Even The Eagle is freaked by Sunday Tea Dance scenarios.

I would be interested in reading an article that discusses the reason gay bars in Seattle will not take on City Hall. I've heard rumors it's because they are owned by straight investors. They seem to be afraid of losing their liquor licenses if they cross the heterosexual rules of a bar. Why haven't gay leaders insisted that if there can be female nude dancing for str8 males then there should be male thong dancers allowed in gay bars? We call them "dick dancers" in Dallas and Austin.

What has happened to the gay bar scene in not being more proactive at letting the Eagle be the Eagle? Or the Cuff being the Cuff... that is to say... sex bars or back rooms like leather bars usually have in major international cities?

I was once playing pool in the Eagle on a Sunday afternoon. It's a men's bar in most cities in the world. A guy came up to the second level where we were playing pool and announced that he didn't want to see any gay stuff going on because his girlfriend was with him. She wanted to see a gay bar so they stopped in. Some of us told him to f off.. but the bartender took the sides of the straight couple not wanting to offend them and stating all are welcome there. I was livid... anyway.. that's heresay...

I guess Seattle is still very conservative.

It's not Seattle that's fucking things up here, dear dick-hungry letter-writer. The real culprit? The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB).

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Eight Women Say Charlie Rose Sexually Harassed Them

The old guy who interviews people on TV for a living says, I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior.
The old guy who interviews people on TV for a living says, "I deeply apologize for my inappropriate behavior." Elisabetta Villa/Getty Images

The Washington Post has talked to eight women who have alleged sexual harassment against the host of Charlie Rose, three of whom agreed to talk on the record, with their real names. The other five "spoke on the condition of anonymity out of fear of Rose’s stature in the industry, his power over their careers or what they described as his volatile temper," the newspaper reports.

The allegations include groping, unwanted advances, walking naked in front of employees and prospective employees, and sexual phone calls.

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Tory Government Votes that Animals Are Incapable of Feeling Pain

Conservative politicians who deny empirically obvious truths in a short-sighted effort to maximize the profits of their corporate constituency make Hachi a very sad boy.
Conservative politicians who deny empirically obvious truths in a short-sighted effort to maximize the profits of their corporate constituency make Hachi a very sad boy.

In preparation for their country's 2019 exit from the European Union, the UK's Tory Government voted today that in matters of law, animals "have no emotions or feelings, including the ability to feel pain." The determination excludes humans and pets, but makes no clear argument for how that determination is made or defended.

The Independent reported that animal sentience has been recognized by the EU since 2009. The article also suggests that the Tory move to invalidate it in England is both a means of softening the ground for decreased regulation of the food and farming industries, and a signal that it has no intention of recognizing the validity of science in post-Brexit legislation.

Fucking barbaric.


Savage Love Letter of the Day: Is An Open Relationship Medically Necessary?

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I'm engaged to a wonderful man but our sex life is on the rocks because I have medical issues that make penetrative sex very painful and we've put PIV on hold while I go to different doctors and physical therapists so I can work on it. We've talked about opening our relationship so he can find relief but it scares me. Mostly because I can't handle the fact that there's something I can't give him that another woman can. If our sex life was healthy and all we wanted was to try new things with new people, I'd be fine. But the idea of him having sex with another woman and suddenly realizing what he's been missing by being with me is so scary. Are there things we can try in the bedroom to simulate P&V to help tide him over? Or are there ways for me to turn down my ego and accept that I can't be everything to him?

Other Penetration Evidently Necessary

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Manson on the Brain? It Might Be Time to Revisit You Must Remember This

Portrait of a mass murdering dog, not long before he would serve nine life sentences and be denied parole 12 times.
Portrait of a "mass murdering dog," not long before he would serve nine life sentences and be denied parole 12 times.

Charles Manson is dead, and as a wise person once said about some other repugnant figure, it's a pity there's no hell for him to burn in. After nearly 50 years as Western culture's living embodiment of evil, Manson inspired a lot of books and films, but more generally, he gave rise to a pervasive culture of morbid fascination with the nature of his crimes, his methods, his soul.

How could a person be so malevolent? How did such an unimpressive guy manage to captivate so many others into thinking he was a messiah? Or was that idea just part of the media narrative that allowed the nation (and especially the nation-within-a-nation, California) to rest easy after he'd been caught? What really went on at that ranch?

Of all the Mansonia that has come down the pike since his 1971 arrest, the Charles Manson's Hollywood series of Karina Longworth's fantastic podcast, You Must Remember This, is unquestionably one of the most gripping, surprising, and well-written-and-researched treatments of Manson as both human and phenomenon.

If you're looking not only for information, but also for an interpretation of the events that manages to be moral but not moralistic—without stinting on the sordid details that remain genuinely shocking after all this time—the 12 episodes in this series are a much better bet than either of the films made of Helter Skelter (and a whole lot better than the book).

UPDATE: Vox reports that the Panoply Network has released Longworth's Manson cycle as its own discrete podcast, You Must Remember Manson.

You may want to budget 12 hours or so into your plans for the long weekend.


Three Billboards Outside, Ebbing, Missouri Reminded Me of Home

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In Three Billboards Outside, Ebbing, Missouri, Mildred Hayes (masterfully played Frances McDormand), an angry, grieving single mother with an undercut and coveralls she never takes off, rents three billboards outside town with a message to the local police: "Still No Arrests? How Come, Chief Willoughby?”

The Chief Willoughby Mildred targets is William Willoughby (Woody Harrelson), a popular local cop with a secret of his own. Like all the figures in this movie, Willoughby is more complex and less of a stereotype than you might think at first glance. He's the head of a police department where a black man was recently tortured (and which is never really explained in the film) but he's also kindly, sympathetic, and locally beloved. Even Mildred, his cranky nemesis, seems to like the guy... at least as much as she likes anyone, which isn't saying much.

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Morrissey, You’re So Fired from Everything

Going too far is never far enough for the Moz-ster, apparently.
"Going too far" is never far enough for the Moz-ster, apparently. NurPhoto via Getty Images

Morrissey. We sent you a memo a while back, asking you to “please stop” after your terrible latest album, Low in High School, hit the streets. But it looks like you didn’t get that memo. You cancelled a show at the last minute in California because it was “too cold”—but that’s only to be expected, of course. But now, you’ve hit a new low—victim blaming survivors of sexual assault after the Harvey Weinstein allegations came to light.

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The 23 Best Concerts in Seattle This Week: November 20-26, 2017

Dont miss Syd at the Neptune on Sunday—Larry Mizell Jr. writes that Her dolo 2017 debut, Fin, established her as a formidable dark horse sanger/rapper who will be in the running for years to come.
Don't miss Syd at the Neptune on Sunday—Larry Mizell Jr. writes that "Her dolo 2017 debut, Fin, established her as a formidable dark horse sanger/rapper who will be in the running for years to come."

We know it's Thanksgiving this week so make sure to relax and enjoy some good food and great company—but once the tryptophan wears off, get up and head over to these excellent live music shows happening around town. We've got everything from our theater critic's lifelong attachment to pop punk (New Found Glory), to the powerful bruja ruling over today's East Coast hiphop scene (Princess Nokia), to a cheesy-in-the-extreme Christmas band that only comes around once a year (Trans-Siberian Orchestra). Follow the links below for ticket links and music clips, and find even more on our music calendar.

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


MONDAY
Death From Above, the Beaches
Death From Above (formerly Death From Above 1979 and before that Death From Above) are a bass-drums duo who sound reasonably produced, at least on their new album, Outrage! Is Now. Bouncy, bouncy low frequencies from Jesse F. Keeler, moving fast enough to pass for guitar; Sebastien Grainger sings high while skin-pounding, like he’s drawing unnamable entities down from the sky to scrunch humanity like toilet paper. On a bad news day, you hope he succeeds. Otherwise, just make with the mosh. ANDREW HAMLIN

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Claudia Castro Luna Is Your New Washington State Poet Laureate

Castro Luna will be the first immigrant and woman of color to assume the role.
Castro Luna will be the first immigrant and woman of color to assume the role. Timothy Aguero

This morning Governor Jay Inslee passed on the state's laurels to Seattle's outgoing Civic Poet, Claudio Castro Luna. She'll assume the laureateship on Feb 1. 2018, following an official handoff ceremony at the central branch of the Seattle Public Library on January 31st.

"We're really excited to have Claudia taking over this position," said Tod Marshall, the state's current poet laureate. "She’s experienced at outreach, she’s a wonderful speaker, and she’s passionate about bringing poetry to underserved communities."

Marshall, who was a member of the selection committee for the position, says his experience working with Castro Luna at a bilingual writing workshop in Wenatchee, WA, made a big impression on him. "I saw her working with kids and also some adults with limited English, and I could just see how easily she moves back and forth between communities, and how she connects poetry to people in ways that move beyond beyond academia's abilities, though she’s completely fluent in that world, too."

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