Forest Bathing Note 4: Why Sarah Bergmann Clashes with Bee People

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Charles Mudede

The length of Cheasty Greenspace is 1.2 miles. As I wrote in my feature on forest bathing, it begins near the Columbia City Station and ends around where the elevated the Link train leaves Mount Baker Station and turns to the underworld of the Beacon Hill tunnel. The reason the forest is there is simple to see from the light rail: it’s on a steep slope. And it's hard to make money on slopes. As a consequence, the whole of it was left alone to grow—and grow it did.

In the summer months, this wilderness in the heart of South Seattle is spectacularly green and dense. (Most of the trees in Greenspace shed their leaves in winter.) Something similar also happened on the western slopes of Beacon Hill. That area has an even larger and longer forest that, as cars enter the city on I-5, presents a futuristic composition of green trees and the sky-reflecting glass of downtown towers. (The west side urban forest has many evergreens and so is green all year around.) In a month from now, Greenspace will be bright with the dying colors of leaves (the trees are taking badly needed nitrogen out of them). In three months, it will be nothing but a bunch of sticks.

But while it is green, and while you are on the light rail between Columbia City Station and Mount Baker Station, it looks as if the forest, which is very old, runs from outside of the city and right into its commercial core, downtown. Is this not like the vision of Sarah Bergmann's urban project Pollinator Pathway? There are important differences in the details, of course. Bergmann's is not really a vision of wildness in the ordinary sense, which is why her ideas often clash with those who want simple answers to the major environmental and planning problems of our times. Some of those people are in the bee community. The key thinking of many in this group is that something as natural as bees has to be right. There are two problems with this that are not obvious. One: Such feelings (doing the right thing for nature) creates, in a market economy, a demand that's met with products and services that promise buyers that they can purchase their way to a better world. This is why honey bee activism is doomed to become another stock on this shelf (if I may play with the words of Bob Marley).

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Last-Minute Plans: 81 Free, Cheap & Easy Things To Do In Seattle This Weekend: Sept 22-24, 2017

What better way to kick off fall than by finding out which agricultural monstrosity will take home the prize at Elysians Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off this weekend?
What better way to kick off fall than by finding out which agricultural monstrosity will take home the prize at Elysian's Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off this weekend? Shutterstock

Panicking because you haven't yet made plans for the weekend and you're short on cash? Don't worry—below, find all of your options for last-minute entertainment that won't cost more than $10, ranging from Festa Italiana to the St. Demetrios Greek Festival, and from Museum Day Live! and the opening of two shows at the Frye to SAL Writers in the Schools' Anthology Launch. For even more options, check out our complete Things To Do calendar.

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COMEDY
1. The AltCom Series: Unique Voices in Comedy
Robbie Schroeder, Levi Manis, Lydia Manning, and Dusty York will perform stand-up sets.
(Belltown, $8)

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What Can Virtual Reality Do For Dance?

Real dancers in a virtual hell.
Real dancers in a virtual hell. Jonathan Hsu

This Sunday around 4:00 p.m. at Local Sightings, Stranger Geniuses Zoe | Juniper are presenting a 14-minute virtual reality version of their weird, gorgeous, apocalyptic Clear & Sweet. As I described the show when it made its west coast premiere last year, Clear & Sweet is a mix of haunting shape-note singing, atmospheric sludge metal, and Zoe Scofield's sharp and innovative choreography. Juniper Shuey uses his digital wizardry to conjure up intimate battles between heaven and hell, submission and domination, and the living and the dead. During the show on Sunday, the audience will get to see the dance from three different perspectives: 2-D, VR, and live. In another room, Scofield and Shuey will do a panel discussion related to VR in general, and VR in dance specifically.

Cool! But also, why? The theme of community and congregation—the very act of being an audience member—is a major element of the show, and a major part of dance in general. Presenting that experience in an isolating medium such as virtual reality strips a core experience from the show for the sake of experimenting with a new toy, and it's unclear why any artist would want to take that risk. So I called up Shuey to ask what was going through his head.

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House-Music Star the Black Madonna at Q Proves Good Things Come in Fours

The Black Madonnas house-music selections raised the roof at Q last night.
The Black Madonna's house-music selections raised the roof at Q last night. Jason Woodill

Four beats of four quarter-notes equals 4/4 time. It’s a basic equation for anyone with a passing knowledge of music notation, but one with a huge impact, because that time signature underlies a whole range of electronic music from house to techno to disco. While some skeptics prefer that their dance music incorporate more complicated polyrhythms, the magic of that simple beat structure is what captivated the curatorial minds behind Studio 4/4, a weekly party at Q Nightclub that celebrated its fourth anniversary last night with a headline set by the Black Madonna.

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Washington State Schools Unlikely to Cave to Devos on Campus Sexual Assault, Democratic Legislators Say

A University of Washington spokesperson said that the university would not be changing its evidentiary standards.
A University of Washington spokesperson said that the university would not be changing its evidentiary standards. ASK

Secretary of Education Betsy Devos reversed Obama-era policy guidelines today that sought greater accountability for campus sexual assault. Devos's new rules now create a higher level of evidentiary proof against alleged campus rapists than any other alleged perpetrators of campus misconduct.

But the new federal guidelines are unlikely to change policies at Washington State schools, said Rep. Drew Hansen (D-Bainbridge Island), chair of the House Higher Education Committee.

"I don't see any reason why we would make it significantly harder for sexual assault survivors to prove cases in student misconduct processes than other victims of student misconduct," Hansen told The Stranger. "We had a task force that met for about a year on sexual assault on campus, and the conclusion that sexual assault is more underreported than it is over-reported."

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Spoiler for Brad’s Status: He's Sad

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I have a low tolerance for tales of privileged white guy ennui, so I’m pleased to tell you that Brad’s Status, starring Ben Stiller as a dad with an existential crisis, is (twist!) one I actually liked!

The latest from Mike White (director of Year of the Dog, and writer of Freaks and Geeks, Chuck & Buck, and Beatriz at Dinner), Brad’s Status perfectly captures the way anxious people avoid addressing big underlying fears by coming up with peripheral worries to quietly freak out about. Brad (Stiller) is one of these people: When a tour of New England colleges with his son sparks terror about his kid leaving home, and also death, he does what any good neurotic does and obsesses over something else. Namely, the fact his life—which includes a job running a nonprofit, being married to Pam from The Office, and enough money to take his kid to visit Harvard—may not measure up to those of his fancy bros from Tufts, who seem like a bunch of terrible people.

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Dreamdecay’s Noisy Punk Is Strangely Catchy

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DREAMDECAY is playing at the
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The first thing you’ll notice about Seattle punks Dreamdecay is that they are very loud.

This was fully put into perspective earlier this month, when they played the Know with bands significantly less loud than them—historically a faux pas, especially in Portland. (See Portlandia’s “Battle of the Gentle Bands,” the series’ most accurate skit!) But nobody in the audience batted an eyelash. In fact, some people were even tapping their feet.

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Win 2 Tickets to the Dream Syndicate's Sept. 30 Show at the Tractor, and Their New LP

The Dream Syndicate avoid midlife crisis on their great new comeback album.
The Dream Syndicate avoid midlife crisis on their great new comeback album. Chris Sikich

One of the better rock comebacks of the last decade has been that of the Dream Syndicate, catalysts in the short-lived but fertile Paisley Underground uprising in Southern California during the '80s. Extrapolating on the Velvet Underground's combustible combination of gorgeous melodies and artful noise sculpting, Steve Wynn and company created some of the most vital rock of the Reagan era with The Days of Wine and Roses (1982) and Medicine Show (1984).

UPDATE: The winner of this contest had to back out. The contest is back on. Read the trivia question after the jump to win two tickets to the Dream Syndicate's September 30 show and a vinyl copy of their new album, How Did I Find Myself Here?

UPDATE 2: We have a winner, for real this time.

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The Week In Weed: California’s Rolling Out Legalization Plans, Dr. Oz Goes Off On Fox, And Hi-Tunes, a New Way to Listen to Music

Dr. Oz says: Medical Marijuana... it may be the exit drug to get us out of the narcotic epidemic.
Dr. Oz says: "Medical Marijuana... it may be the exit drug to get us out of the narcotic epidemic." MATTHEW EISMAN VIA GETTY IMAGES

Sessions is saying dumb things about weed again, but what else is new? California may face a “marijuana conundrum” with the black market once weed goes legal there, Dr. Oz thinks medical weed can help opioid addicts (and says so, on Fox), and maybe, finally, we can haz home grows here in Washington state, pretty please?

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Savage Love Letter of the Day: Another One That Got Away

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I've got a story about The One that Got Away... and then ten years later showed up again. I really need some advice.

Thirty-year-old gay guy here. Ten years ago on a night out with friends, I met a guy who I felt instant chemistry with. The two of us spent the whole night hanging out/making out. He lived a long way away and was leaving super-early the next morning, so we weren't able to spend the night together. But we exchanged details and stayed in touch.

We were both really into each other, and while we didn't start a long-distance relationship, we did have a pretty close and emotionally intense friendship (all over e-mail, instant messenger, etc.). I tend to fall for guys hard, and this guy felt like the Real Deal, so I was coming on pretty strong. Too strong—I was pushing for something he didn't feel ready for. To make matters worse, he and I both went through a pretty rough depression at this time. After a year of emotional rollercoasters, we finally had a falling out and fell out of touch. I knew I'd pushed too hard, and was so embarrassed about what I'd done that I didn't want to reach out to him in case it would make things worse.

As time went on, we were no longer facebook friends and I lost all his contact details. But to me he was always "the one that got away"—and it hurt to know it was my out-of-control emotions had caused it. But I took it as a learning experience, cherished the good memories, and moved on.

Fast forward to last month.

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Isle of Dogs Trailer Is Here, So Dog Haters Can Suck It (Wes Anderson Haters, Too) (All Haters, Actually)

I forgot to include pun haters in the list of those who can suck it.
I forgot to include pun haters in the list of those who can suck it.

Wes Anderson's new animated feature, Isle of Dogs—which he said will combine the influences of Akira Kurosawa and Rankin/Bass—is scheduled to be released March 23, 2018. The voice cast includes Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Kunichi Nomura, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand, Courtney B. Vance, Harvey Keitel, Liev Schreiber, Scarlett Johansson, Bob Balaban, Tilda Swinton, F. Murray Abraham, and Yoko Ono. It already looks like my favorite film of all time.


Read Bill Radke's Heartfelt Apology For Interviewing That Nazi Who Got Punched

Its a good apology.
It's a good apology. Thatree Thitivongvaroon / Getty

Yesterday I yelled at KUOW for granting anonymity and an interview to the Nazi who got punched last week, and for then justifying that action by citing the ideology of both sides journalism. KUOW managing producer Brendan Sweeney told me that the team who runs The Record, a mid-day show hosted by Bill Radke, felt compelled to interview the guy because they'd recently interviewed another guy who spoke approvingly of punching Nazis.

Today on his show, Radke issued a heartfelt apology for taking that interview: "Our humanity is precious and it’s vulnerable," he said. "Journalists have a responsibility to guard it. I knew that, but I let my duty slip this week. I’m sorry for that. You should expect better from KUOW. I promise to do better."

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5 Things You Need to Know About Dino Rossi, the Republican Running to Replace Dave Reichert

Dino Rossi in January 2017
Dino Rossi in January 2017 Washington State Senate/Wikimedia Commons

State Sen. Dino Rossi announced Thursday night that he's running for Congress in Washington's 8th District to replace Rep. Dave Reichert, who decided to retire instead of running for reelection.

Here are five things to know about Rossi:

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Inbox Jukebox: A Weekly Shortlist of Good New Music. Bjork, Chastity Belt, CCFX, and More

Björks wardrobe for the video of her new single costs more than your yearly rent.
Björk's wardrobe for the video of her new single costs more than your yearly rent. One Little Indian

Björk, "The Gate" (One Little Indian). I can't say that I like Björk's latest single, but I do admire its ambition—and its video's extravagantly expensive psychedelic aesthetic. "The Gate" is a billion-dollar ballad adorned with Björk's tender, palpitating heart splattered all over her diaphanous sleeve. The song's emphasizes how gd important mutual care is, and only a fool would dispute that. "It’s about rediscovering love­—but in a spiritual way, for lack of a better word,” says Björk—whose last album, Vulnicura, detailed the dissolution of her relationship with her partner, Matthew Barney, and the subsequent recovery process. The music here's spare yet pregnant with drama; state-of-the-art, 2017 vaporwave whipped into a quasi-mainstream meringue of extreme romanticism. Somehow, though, I'm left wanting to listen to Post....

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Haunted House in The Houses October Built 2 Warns: Anti-zombie Vaccine Not Covered Under Obamacare

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If you loved the The Houses October Built but felt irked that it made attempts at a plot and characters, well, here you go. This sequel ”found footage” film, also directed by Bobby Roe, is essentially the same story as the 2014 original: Four unmemorable dudes and their inexplicably tolerant woman friend take a cross-country trip to discover escape rooms, haunted houses, an undead pub crawl, and so on. A mysterious blue-masked figure stalks them, but that doesn’t become relevant until an hour in. The Houses October Built 2 is less interesting as a thriller than as a semi-documentary on the real Halloween attractions its characters explore, from a brain-eating contest with the celebrity Kobayashi to an elaborate “zombie run.”

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