Mayor Calls Kshama Sawant's Suggestion that Seattle Police Block ICE "Irresponsible and Dangerous"

Seattle City Council Member Kshama Sawant believes Seattle Police should block ICE from seizing human beings.
Seattle City Council Member Kshama Sawant believes Seattle Police should "block ICE from seizing human beings." City of Seattle

During a rally in support of a detained immigrant today, Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant suggested that Seattle Police should take an active role in blocking detentions and deportations of immigrants in the city.

"If we are going to be a sanctuary then we have to be a sanctuary," Sawant told the crowd. "Let's demand that the mayor not use Seattle Police to repress peaceful anti-Trump protests. Let's demand that he use Seattle Police instead to block ICE [U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement] from seizing human beings."

Tonight, Mayor Ed Murray suggested that Sawant's rhetoric could mislead immigrants about what the city is actually able to do to stop their deportation or detainment.

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Take Donald Trump's Not-At-All Slanted and Misleading "Mainstream Media Accountability Survey"

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At the risk of receiving gross emails from the Trump/Pence campaign, I took this survey filled with misleading and slanted questions and filled them in with answers that Cheeto will not want to hear. For instance:

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UW's Glenn Hughes Theatre Vandalized with Neo-Nazi Recruitment Posters

Vandals plastered Neo-Nazi posters outside of the Glenn Hughes Theatre, which is featuring Shakespeares As You Like It. Many cast and crew members including Hazel Lozano, center, are people of color.
Vandals plastered Neo-Nazi posters outside of the Glenn Hughes Theatre, which is featuring Shakespeare's As You Like It. Many cast and crew members including Hazel Lozano, center, are people of color. Mike Hipple

During a production of As You Like It at the University of Washington's Glenn Hughes Theatre on Wednesday, Tamsen Glaser, Hazel Lozano, and fellow cast members and crew caught a whiff of something that smelled like spray paint backstage. In the midst of the play's first act, an undergraduate actor alerted the stage and house managers who went outside and found eight Neo-Nazi recruitment posters plastered onto the theatre's front doors. Students were able to tear down the posters, but there's still residue from the spray adhesive all over the doors, said Glaser, who is playing Jaques in the re-imagination of the classic Shakespeare production.

The poster, which appears to have been put up by members of the Atomwaffen Division, reads: "Where will you be when the race war begins? When the world burns? Join your local Nazis congregating near you!"

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Review: The Pajama Game Is a Funny Musical About a Wage Dispute—How Is That Possible?

The Sleep-Tite pajama factory, where workers are demanding a raise of seven and a half cents.
At the Sleep-Tite pajama factory, workers are demanding a raise of seven and a half cents. Mark Kitaoka

The Pajama Game, the 1950s musical with music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, is a love story, a labor dispute set in the golden age of American manufacturing, and an excuse for a bunch of big dance numbers.

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Where To Watch The 2017 Oscar Nominees In Seattle This Weekend

Will Hollywoods obsession with musicals make La La Land the big winner? Will stunning drama Moonlight get the praise it deserves?
Will Hollywood's obsession with musicals make La La Land the big winner? Will stunning drama Moonlight get the praise it deserves?

Whether you're going to an Oscars party or planning on half-watching with some popcorn at home, the best way to enjoy the Academy Awards is to have seen all (or most) of the movies beforehand. Luckily, many of the movies nominated for the February 26th awards show are still playing in theaters around Seattle—including La La Land (which received a record-tying 14 nominations) and two films nominated for best picture that aren't directed by white people (Lion and Moonlight). Click through the 10+ options below to see specific movie times and trailers. You can also check out our complete movie times calendar for more options (including SIFF's must-see Noir City Film Festival and Cinerama's Oscar Best Picture Marathon that starts on Monday), or our Things To Do calendar for everything happening this week and always.

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1. 20th Century Women
Variety film critic Owen Gleiberman made an important point about the year Mike Mills’s latest film, 20th Century Women, is set, the year 1979. That year “was the last moment of calm before the counterrevolution—the takeover of the culture by money fever, fashion, and Reaganite unreality.” Because 2015 is beginning to look much like 1979, Mike Mills, who is famous for directing Beginners, may have made the right movie at the right time. 20th Century Women also has a much-praised performance by the great Annette Bening. CHARLES MUDEDE
Playing at: Guild 45th
Nominated for: Original Screenplay

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The Problem with The Great Wall Isn’t “Whitewashing”

Can you spot the real hero?
Can you spot the real hero? Universal

The new film by the great Chinese director Zhang Yimou came to my attention the way most things do these days: people complaining about it on the internet. People took up arms against The Great Wall without having seen it, without knowing what it was about, without looking into it at all. Instead, they decided that it was a clear case of "whitewashing," a(nother) film about a white savior—in this case Matt Damon—intervening in an international ethnic context that should not require him. Or worse: playing someone of another ethnicity. It was hard to say which because only about 90 seconds of the film and a poster image were then available. When the teaser trailer was released last summer, actor Constance Wu accused the film of “perpetuating the racist myth that only a white man can save the world.” And because life is the way it is now, she was joined by a huge chorus of fellow truth sayers.

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Pickathon Starlight Series, Episode 5: Cass McCombs

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Here's the new episode of our ongoing Pickathon Starlight Series, with special performances from the 2016 Pickathon festival that took place on the Starlight Stage. Today's video comes from Cass McCombs, whose hushed songs are an apt fit for those late-night performances. "County Line" is the opening track on 2011's Wit's End, and it's given some psychedelic spook and live muscle with this patient, drawn-out reading, which concludes with a lengthy guitar solo.

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

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My inbox received so much advice (and hate mail) this week that I'm pretty sure Savage Love readers broke a record. Here's the smartest (and meanest) advice/feedback sent in from readers over the past week.

In response to A Strep Too Far:

Dan, you answered a letter about a woman repeatedly catching strep from a boyfriend. In the letter, the woman's ENT told her the only solution was to avoid contact with the guy. You were dubious. One thing that didn't get stressed, in the letter or recent call, is that strep throat is caused by group A streptococcus, a bacteria type that manifests itself in different ways and doesn't only exist in the tonsils. It often lives on the skin, and in carriers, does it without causing infection. I don't know whether using a bactericide on hands and cock before deep throating activity, could work, but it might be worth a try. The carrier state is, apparently, considered "an enigma." It might be reasonable to assume that the carrier boyfriends cannot be cured of being carriers and the girlfriends who keep getting sick are unusually susceptible to this bacteria.

A follow-up from a caller on the Savage Lovecast:

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The Week in Weed: Cheap Drugs and Candy Bars, Hot Models Deliver Weed, Marijuana Money Funds College Scholarships, CannaCon Hits Seattle

More expensive than drugs?
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This week, weed’s been around. Its costs (along with other drugs) were compared to candy bars by Trump, meanwhile revenues from weed in Colorado ended up funding scholarships for college students, and hot models have been getting away with delivering it to Rihanna in NYC—for years. Imagine that! Read on...

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Dreamer Daniel Ramirez Medina Will Remain Detained for Now

Daniel Ramirez Medina is a 23-year-old DACA recipient who was detained near Seattle.
Daniel Ramirez Medina is a 23-year-old DACA recipient who was detained near Seattle. HG

A federal judge this morning declined to grant the immediate release of Daniel Ramirez Medina, the 23-year-old recipient of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) who was detained by immigration enforcement near Seattle last week.

Instead, U.S. Magistrate Judge James Donohue said today Ramirez Medina can apply for a bond hearing before an immigration judge and that hearing must happen within a week. If an immigration judge can't hear it in that time, Donohue said, "this matter can be returned to me." Ramirez Medina is currently being held at the Tacoma Northwest Detention Center.

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Last-Minute Plans: 79 Free, Cheap & Easy Things To Do in Seattle This Weekend: Feb 17-19, 2017

We may all have gotten acquainted with David Duchovny as the lean-faced nerd rooting out government cover-ups in The X-Files, but hes also contributed to the world of literature with his second novel, Bucky F*cking Dent, which hell discuss with novelist Jess Walter at Town Hall on Sunday.
We may all have gotten acquainted with David Duchovny as the lean-faced nerd rooting out government cover-ups in The X-Files, but he's also contributed to the world of literature with his second novel, Bucky F*cking Dent, which he'll discuss with novelist Jess Walter at Town Hall on Sunday.

Good news: It's finally the weekend, the weather is warming up, and there are plenty of events this weekend to help you go out and take advantage of both of these factors. Even better news: Many of these events won't cost more than $10 and don't require advance planning, including (but certainly not limited to) the Ballard Underground's Battle of the Bards, a bake sale and concert for the ACLU, a talk about Japanese American WWII History and American Muslim Rights Today, a queer wedding planning showcase, a comics market, the free South Asian International Documentary Festival, and a pop-up light installation. See all of these options below, and check out our complete Things To Do calendar for even more options, including where to watch the Oscar nominees in Seattle.

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1. Actionesse, Butt Dial, Carnivel Band
Bellingham garage-dance-ska-punk outfit Actionesse headlines out west at the Conor Byrne with Butt Dial (traditional rock band setup + a brass section + Coasters cover + good times) in honor of the 10th anniversary of HONK! Fest West. There will also be a "very special HONK! surprise that will fill you with wonder and awe" and a silent auction for Henry art.
(Ballard, $8-$15)

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Taking a Journey Here Tonight… with Renaissance Man David Duchovny

David Duchovny makes two appearances in Seattle this Sun Feb 19: a Town Hall talk with Jess Walter about his second novel, Bucky F*cking Dent; and later that evening, a concert with his band at the Crocodile.
David Duchovny makes two appearances in Seattle this Sun Feb 19: a Town Hall talk with Jess Walter about his second novel, Bucky F*cking Dent; and later that evening, a concert with his band at the Crocodile. Jeff Drew

Long ago in New England, a young man entrenched himself in Ivy League academia, first earning a BA from Princeton, followed by an MA from Yale. Both were in English literature. The twentysomething intellectual stayed on to pursue his Ph.D., thoughtfully ruminating on Magic and Technology in Contemporary Fiction and Poetry—this being the title of his dissertation. Alas, that dissertation went unfinished—for the young man was distracted by something glinting in the distance, off in the far-away west.

So the young man abandoned his bookish trajectory and set forth on a journey to Los Angeles—and soon, he launched an illustrious career as an actor. His name would soon come to be known far and wide: David Duchovny.

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Walter “Junie” Morrison, Key Member of Ohio Players and Funkadelic, Has Died

With Junie Morrisons passing, the world just became a little less ecstatic and funky.
With Junie Morrison's passing, the world just became a little less ecstatic.

Walter “Junie” Morrison—a powerfully expressive soul vocalist and keyboardist for two of the most important funk groups ever, Ohio Players and Funkadelic—has died. He was 62. (Cause of death has not yet been reported.)

After Morrison left Ohio Players in 1973, he cut three solo LPs before being hired by George Clinton to serve as Parliament-Funkadelic’s musical director, contributing heavily to the One Nation Under a Groove, Motor Booty Affair, Uncle Jam, and Gloryhallastoopid albums.

In 1997, Morrison entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of P-Funk. You can hear Morrison’s mastery of funk and soul in Ohio Players songs like “Ecstasy” (his peak vocal performance, hands down), “Pain,” “Pleasure,” and the frequently sampled (233 times, according to whosampled.com) “Funky Worm.” Morrison also played a crucial role in Funkadelic’s “(Not Just) Knee Deep” (under the pseudonym J.S. Theracon), another foundational cut among hiphop producers.

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"Resisting with Joy": Seattle Band Sisters Celebrate Debut Album Release with ACLU Benefit

After two sold-out record release shows, Sisters will play Bake Sale 4 ACLU with Tilson XOXO, Spirit Award, and guests tomorrow, Sat Feb 18 at Fred Wildlife Refuge
After two sold-out record release shows, Sisters will play Bake Sale 4 ACLU with Tilson XOXO, Spirit Award, and guests tomorrow, Sat Feb 18 at Fred Wildlife Refuge Stanton J. Stephens

To prepare for their debut album, Drink Champagne (released this week), Andrew Vait and Emily Westman—also known as Sisters—put together an “exhaustive” playlist of their favorite songs, made a mental Venn diagram of where they overlap, and sculpted the sound of the album, which includes telltale traces of the Beatles, Jim James, Motown, '80s synth pop, Talking Heads, St. Vincent, the new Solange album, and Chance the Rapper. Honing what they call their “together sound," is a process of constant sonic compromise.

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Sherman Alexie Talks About Writing in the Era of Trump

SHERMAN ALEXIE, PROM KING When 60 Minutes did a story about Alexie in the 1990s, they lost all of his high-school photos, including photos of Alexie as prom king. So we doctored this basketball photo from his school yearbook.
SHERMAN ALEXIE, PROM KING When 60 Minutes did a story about Alexie in the 1990s, they lost all of his high-school photos, including photos of Alexie as prom king. So we doctored this basketball photo from his school yearbook. Alexi and cohort Jess Walter host a live taping of their podcast at Town Hall tonight. PHOTO COURTESY OF SHERMAN ALEXI; MAGIC BY JESSICA STEIN

Sherman Alexie and Jess Walter's podcast, A Tiny Sense of Accomplishment, is a literary variety show that focuses on the messiness of writing. The two big-time, famous Spokanites (Alexie lives here, but that's where he's from) use in-progress chunks of their own short stories, first drafts of flash fiction, and little poems as jumping-off points for humorous but also meaningful conversations about the craft. They invite great writers on as guests (shout-out, Padgett Powell!) and also exceptional local musicians. It's the opposite of fussy, the opposite of pretentious, and no matter your level of writing experience, you'd do well to fit the show into your tightly regimented podcast schedule.

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