Taste This Seattle: Old Ballard Liquor Co.’s Herrings Bord

The bord, with some of OBLCs perfect knäckebröd (rye crispbread), housemade butter, and a lovely aquavit cocktail.
The bord, with some of OBLC's perfect knäckebröd (rye crispbread), housemade butter, and a lovely aquavit cocktail. TCB

Sadly, there is not a lot of New Nordic cuisine in Seattle. When it comes to Scandinavian food, we’ve got IKEA meatballs and powdered mashed potatoes or we’ve got the wonderful but somewhat staid offerings at the Swedish Club. There’s Scandinavian Specialties up in Ballard, of course, but they’re more of a provisioner than a true restaurant.

What we do have is the lovely little one-table cafe in the front of Old Ballard Liquor Co., and we’re very lucky indeed to have it. I discovered the tiny distillery at owner Lexi’s first foray into food, a pop-up called Tumble Swede. Lexi, who eschews a last name, was trying to recreate the magic of the foraged, fished, and farmed food she grew up on as a kid in the Skagit valley. Also, to incorporate some of the food she’d fallen in love with traveling in Sweden. That first pop-up, while great on paper, was regrettably lacking in execution.

However, that didn’t dampen her fervor for elevated Scandinavian cuisine one bit. She continued doing pop-ups and collaborating with professional chefs, and those pop-ups continued getting better. A dinner done in collaboration with Larkin Young, now cooking at the newly opened Alchemy in West Seattle, featured a Scandinavian charcuterie board that was delightfully unlike any platter of preserved meat I’d ever encountered.

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Low Income Housing Group Endorses Teresa Mosqueda for City Council

Not great news for affordable housing/tenants rights advocate Jon Grant:

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Save 20% on tickets to Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Jewels – all dressed up in glorious new tutus, tiaras & scenery at McCaw Hall.

Emeralds, Rubies and Diamonds grace the stage in Jewels, a mid-century homage to ballet in France, USA, and Russia with music by Faure, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky. Created as a showcase for Balanchine’s favorite ballerinas, three distinct ballet styles are performed to perfection by PNB’s star dancers. Dressed up in new costumes and scenery by Jerome Kaplan of Don Quixote and Giselle fame. The Stranger readers save 20% on tickets.

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Remember that Speculation Tax Jenny Durkan Has Been Attacking Cary Moon Over? She Thinks It's Good Now

Jenny Durkan at a recent candidate forum.
Jenny Durkan at a recent candidate forum. Ulysses Curry

On Thursday afternoon, mayoral candidate Jenny Durkan unveiled her housing affordability platform. The platform promises more vouchers for struggling renters and more tiny houses for people experiencing homelessness.

We'll get to all those details in a minute. First, we need to skip to the end of Durkan's policy paper. In the second to last sentence, she says Seattle should lobby the state legislature for a bunch of stuff including:

Explore taxing speculative real estate practices that displace low-income communities and communities of color, including higher taxes or fees on short term flips, second homes or vacant properties.


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The Morning News: Seattle Police Officers Disciplined Over Sheriff Rape Allegations, KUOW Catches Flak for Interviewing a Nazi

The Office of Police Accountability recommended that the two officers who first addressed the rape allegation receive discipline and training.
The Office of Police Accountability recommended that the two officers who first addressed the rape allegation receive discipline and training. Ana Sofia Knauf

Two Seattle Police Officers Reprimanded: The officers were disciplined after they were accused of mishandling a rape allegation against King County Sheriff John Urquhart. A prosecutor didn't press charges against Urquhart over the rape allegation; nevertheless, the officers were disciplined for viewing the allegation as "crisis intervention" instead of taking it seriously.

KUOW Interviewed a Punched Nazi: The one who threw a banana and got punched in Seattle last week. KUOW didn't identify the man, and after the interview aired, received a wave of criticism for giving the man a platform unchallenged. KUOW reports on the criticism in this post.

Edmonds Gets Rid of Columbus Day: This week, the Edmonds City Council did away with a double recognition of Columbus Day and Indigenous People's Day. Now the city is plainly celebrating Indigenous People's Day.

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Can You Feel the Lulz? Washington Ensemble Theatre's Teh Internet Is Serious Business is NOW PLAYING!

Now playing through October 2 at 12th Avenue Arts

Forward slash forward slash, angle bracket, quotation, command, dialogue, angle bracket, semicolon: it’s 2011, the year hacktivist group Anonymous emerged as a digital authority with unexpected influence. Teh Internet Is Serious Business is Tim Price’s captivating and irreverent play about the hacktivist group Lulzsec, a byproduct of Anonymous, and its rise to global online power.

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KUOW Interviewed That Nazi Who Got Punched and People Hate It

Nazi down.

Yesterday on KUOW's The Record, host Bill Radke spoke with the guy who got knocked out Monday morning for throwing a banana at a man while wearing a swastika armband. Many online cheered the punching of the Nazi, but listeners rose up in anger and anguish at the radio station's decision to give the Nazi a platform and to allow him to speak anonymously.

In response to the uproar, KUOW posted a request on Facebook for listeners to write in with their concerns. Right now, there are well over a hundred replies:

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28 Movies Worth Watching in Seattle This Weekend: September 21-24, 2017

Walking Out, playing on Saturday, is one of our picks in the Local Sightings Film Festival.
Walking Out, playing on Saturday, is one of our picks in the Local Sightings Film Festival.

Film festival season begins this weekend with the Seattle treasure Local Sightings, and there are plenty of wide-release and indie features to check out. Our critics have chosen the best of the crop, from Art House Theater Day featuring a Belarussian dashcam documentary to the oddly touching Brad's Status to a Wes Anderson-like comedy about immigration, The Tiger Hunter. Follow the links below for showtimes and trailers. Still searching? Find plenty of options in our movie times and our film events calendar.

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1. Annabelle: Creation
The setting: A mid-century Andrew Wyeth landscape with an Edward Hopper house. A busload of orphans and a kindly nun move into a mansion run by the saturnine Mr. Mullins and his recluse wife. We know why the Mullinses are so gloomy: Years earlier, their daughter Annabelle was killed in a car crash, and her old room remains stuffed with creepy vintage toys. Orphan Janice, crippled by polio and neglected by the other girls, is quickly lured into the room, where she finds an unpleasant-looking doll and winds up terrorized by a demonic force in the form of the dead daughter. Only her big-eyed, dorky friend Linda guesses what’s happening, and no adult believes her until people start getting ripped apart. This capable, if conventional, haunted house movie assumes a grave sweetness while it concentrates on the intense friendship between its two young protagonists, who deserve more screen time before the standard phantasmagoria of the Conjuring franchise crowds in—scary antiques, bone-snapping demons, malicious tea party dollies. JOULE ZELMAN
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Russian-Canadian Industrialist Is a Dick in Boris Without Béatrice

Boris sans Béatrice
Boris sans Béatrice

Québécois filmmaker Denis Côté’s Boris Without Béatrice is the mash-up of Dickens and Bergman you didn't know you needed. Russian-Canadian industrialist Boris Malinovsky (James Hyndman) is tall, bald, and intimidating. In the opening sequence of Côté’s morality tale, Boris stares down an approaching helicopter while blades of grass dance around him. In Côté’s hands, the man seems more formidable than the machine, but looks can be deceiving. While he's out with his mistress, Boris's wife, Béatrice (Simone-Élise Girard), wages war against a catatonic form of depression. A Pre-Raphaelite redhead named Klara (Isolda Dychauk), roughly the same age as his daughter, looks after her.

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What a City Means: a Black Man Wearing a Gold Lamé Mini-Skirt

Beacon Hill, 2017
Beacon Hill, 2017 Charles Mudede

My first trip to New York City happened in April, 1980. It was a family trip in a new car, a dark-brown Datsun 210. Though we lived in DC at the time, nothing prepared me for the new sensations of the Big Apple. Two years later, when I flew from London (cold, not much light, lots of clouds/pale people) to Lusaka (hot, lots of sun/black people), I discovered Darwinism. Four years after that, when I flew from England (lots of extreme poverty/very rich country) to Sweden (no poverty at all/very rich country), I discovered Socialism. But it was when I entered Manhattan that I discovered the city.

And it wasn't the height and abundance of buildings that sounded the deepest sense of the city. Nor was it the crowds going up and down Broadway. It was just one moment that lasted maybe one minute.

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Guest Editorial: Safe Consumption Sites Will Save Lives, Money, and Improve Public Health

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People are panicked, and for good reason: Drug-use deaths killed 332 residents of King County last year. Safe consumption sites—legal establishments where drug users are permitted to consume drugs under medical supervision—are proven to reduce harm from drug use, including overdose deaths. But, if voters approve Initiative 27, the ballot measure circulated by the group Safe King County, these sites will be banned in King County.

As a drug policy researcher, I can tell you that Initiative 27 is an uninformed, misleading proposal that will only prolong suffering and loss of life. What’s worse, it inspires fear of the very people who desperately need help by suggesting that drug users endanger us. Nothing could be further from the truth. Instead, drug users need safe places to consume and access to treatment.

The thinking that got us into the opiate crisis is not going to solve it. For 50 years, the drug war’s marginalization of users has failed to impact rates of drug use. It has successfully created myths about drug use that are hard for many of us to let go. That misinformation is central to Initiative 27’s campaign against a reasoned, researched public health response to the opiate crisis.

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Culture News: Seattle's "Nazi Ceramicist" Is Back, Macklemore's New Album, and Who Killed Seattle's Only Mystery Bookshop?

Hitler Idaho by Charles Krafft.
"Hitler Idaho" by Charles Krafft. FINE ARTS MUSEUM OF SAN FRANCISCO

Seattle "Nazi Ceramicist" Charles Krafft Makes an Appearance: In Hope Not Hate’s unsettling report about the year Swedish graduate student Patrik Hermansson spent undercover with the alt-right. Surprised that a Nazi ceramicist, whose home is described as “a temple of National Socialism,” lives in Seattle? Don’t be.

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Five of the Most Baffling Lyrics from Macklemore's New Album, Gemini

Macklemores semi-problematic new album, Gemini, drops tomorrow.
Macklemore's semi-problematic new album, Gemini, drops tomorrow. Joseph Okpako / Getty

Tomorrow, Macklemore will return with his first solo album (sans Ryan Lewis) in over 12 years. Gemini, named after both Macklemore and his daughter’s astrological sign, is the first peek of what Macklemore can do after his recent and reportedly amicable break from longtime collaborator Ryan Lewis. Thanks to some dedicated Mackle-fans who illegally downloaded the leaked album, all of the lyrics to the record are already on Genius.

I spent the morning reading them, and the lyrics are confusing as fuck. There are some sweet moments near the end where Macklemore goes on about how becoming a father changed his life, but it's really weird when you consider that five songs earlier he is rapping about teaching someone how to suck his dick in the back of a car. Here's handy shortlist of the most problematic, ridiculous, and downright bizarre lyrics (as they are currently posted on Genius) from Gemini, in no particular order:

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Council to Take Applications to Fill Tim Burgess's Temporarily Empty Council Seat

Ever wanted to be on the Seattle City Council?
Ever wanted to be on the Seattle City Council? City of Seattle

After public calls for an open process, the Seattle City Council has announced it will accept applications for the seat vacated by Tim Burgess. After former mayor Ed Murray resigned, the council appointed Burgess mayor on Monday. His council seat is now vacant until November 28, when election results are certified and either Jon Grant or Teresa Mosqueda is sworn in.

The council will take applications next week, then hold two community forums with the candidates. The full council will vote on who to appoint at a special council meeting on October 6.

Former council member Nick Licata and Gender Justice League Executive Director Danni Askini have confirmed to The Stranger they plan to apply for the seat.

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The New, Redesigned Stranger Will Feature Comics From...

“The Group,” The Stranger, 2005.
“The Group,” The Stranger, 2005. Greg Stump

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Savage Love Letter of the Day: Reader Advice Round-up


Recent Savage Love Letters of the Day: How can he make himself feel less broken? Will he win over the love of his life? Also: last week's column and Savage Lovecast.

In regards to ONE:

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Is the Seattle Police Union Really Stopping Pete Holmes from Winning a Big Labor Endorsement?

The Seattle Police Officers Guild represents about 1,300 cops.
The Seattle Police Officers Guild represents about 1,300 cops. HG

Incumbent city attorney Pete Holmes and challenger Scott Lindsay faced off at a candidate forum in Capitol Hill last night. After a two-hour marathon of mostly polite debates between candidates for mayor and city council, the sparks went off during the Holmes/Lindsay portion. Lindsay accused Holmes of not doing enough to keep low-level drug offenders out of jail. Holmes slammed Lindsay, who was former mayor Ed Murray's public safety adviser, for the city's use of inmate labor to clear homeless encampments. Lindsay called that "gross and untrue."

Amid the spats, Holmes apologized to the crowd for missing a portion of the night's events. He'd been down at the M. L. King County Labor Council, he explained, trying to get them to endorse his campaign.

But the Seattle Police Officers Guild (SPOG), which is a member of the labor council, "has blocked my endorsement," Holmes said. "SPOG has blocked it because I am holding them accountable. I am going to make sure that we have both police reform and labor rights."

SPOG has a long-held reputation for resisting reform and change at the Seattle Police Department, though the group disputes that characterization. For candidates in progressive Seattle, not having their support is actually a badge of honor. That's clearly the message Holmes was going for here.

But is it true that SPOG blocked Holmes from getting another big labor endorsement? Not quite.

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