The Independent: Is Seattle Ready for Nikkita Oliver?


EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first of six profiles of 2017 mayoral candidates we'll be publishing in the coming weeks.

In a community center just blocks away from King County's juvenile lockup, Nikkita Oliver stares at a whiteboard marked with the names of teenagers considered for enrollment in Creative Justice, an alternatives-to-incarceration arts education program for youth.

Money is tight, and five of the 23 names on the whiteboard need to go. Aaron Counts, the program's lead engagement artist, puts a yellow mark next to students who might not be able to return. One student came to the program through a friend but isn't currently involved in the court system. Others may just not be the right fit for this particular program.

But Oliver desperately wants to avoid telling students they can't return to the program, which she views as a safe space for youth who aren't afforded the same benefit at home or at school.

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The Problem of Spectacle In David Byrne’s Here Lies Love

Not so multifaceted.
Not so multifaceted. Navid Baraty

Extended now through June 18 at the Seattle Repertory Theatre, Here Lies Love is an immersive, 90-minute disco-poperetta chronicling the lives of the infamous Imelda Marcos and the Philippines’ People Power Revolution. The musical collaboration between David Byrne and Fatboy Slim (directed by Alex Timbers) literally transforms the stage of the Bagley Wright into a dance floor where the audience can brush shoulders with the cast, karaoke to the titular song, and participate in Filipino line dances, all under the light of a disco ball.

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The musical comedy to die for must end on June 11!

Everyone is a suspect in Murder for Two—a drop-dead funny murder mystery musical with a twist. One actor investigates the crime, the other plays all the suspects—and they both play the piano! A zany blend of classic musical comedy and madcap mystery, this ninety-minute whodunit is a highly theatrical duet loaded with killer laughs. Called “Ingenious” by The New York Times, Murder for Two is the perfect blend of murder, music and mayhem!

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About That Map


So my post on Monday about commutes, gentrification, displacement, suburbanites, urbanites, actionable demands, and the importance of building out our rapid transit system and massively subsidizing fares—because it will allow us to tell entitled suburbanites to STFU about their commutes and it will actually do something to help people who've been displaced (quickly implementing BRT along coming light rail lines and cutting fares right now would, unlike this nonsense, actually help the displaced right now)—was illustrated on the homepage and on Twitter with the above image, an image that didn't appear in the piece and wasn't explained anywhere.

I'll explain it now.

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With Digable Planets and Shabazz Palaces, Ishmael Butler Has One Foot in the Past, and One in the Future

The artist at home.
The artist at home. MALCOLM SMITH

Shabazz Palaces mastermind Ishmael Butler walks and talks as if he's just had the best sex of his life. His voice, a laid-back drawl, exudes radiant cool, and even the slightest movement—a tilt of the head, a handshake—is chill. He has the unparalleled nonchalance of Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder, and Lou Reed—people so gifted, they don't ever need to get in your face about their talents. They vivify the air in any room they occupy, rivet you with their charisma and the laid-back sagacity of their utterances. Even when Butler murmurs an offhand "yeah," it's musical.

Butler won a Grammy Award for Digable Planets' 1993 smash hit "Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)"—but instead of doing what other 1990s rappers did, fading away or slipping into irrelevance, Butler has flipped the script on the usual artistic trajectory and created his most adventurous music 20 years on with Shabazz Palaces, which also includes producer Erik Blood and percussionist Tendai Maraire. To date, they've released two albums and two EPs, and they are about to issue two more full-lengths.

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Muckleshoot Shooting Inquest: Boyfriend Gives Emotional Testimony Recounting Day of Renee Davis' Death

According to cultural practice, usually tribal members would not allow use of this photo or speak of the dead for a year. In this case, they're making an exception because they want people to know who Renee Davis was.
According to cultural practice, usually tribal members would not allow use of this photo or speak of the dead for a year. In this case, they're making an exception because they want people to know who Renee Davis was. Courtesy of Danielle Bargala

On the second day of the inquest into the police shooting of 23-year-old Renee Davis, a pregnant Muckleshoot woman, the father of Davis' unborn child recounted how he asked sheriff's deputies to check on his girlfriend after she expressed suicidal ideation, and then later, how he found out about her death.

Throughout his testimony, TJ Molina, 34, became emotional while detailing the events leading up to Davis' death, including an argument between the couple earlier in the day, and displayed visible anger toward the two deputies who shot at her. He also claimed another officer told him Davis killed herself, when in fact she died from police gunfire.

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The Morning News: Trump Meets the Pope He Criticized, 3 Men Arrested in Connection to Manchester Bombing

Cant imagine the Popemobile will be to Trumps liking. Or maybe it will!
Can't imagine the Popemobile will be to Trump's liking. Or maybe it will! DJMcCoy/Getty

Trump, Meet Pope: Oh god, oh god, oh god. He's at the Vatican. Take it away, New York Times:

Around 8:20 a.m., under a crystalline blue sky, the president’s motorcade rolled into the courtyard of the Apostolic Palace, where ostrich-feather-plumed Swiss Guards saluted as Mr. Trump and his wife, Melania, stepped out of an armored limousine.

A few minutes before Mr. Trump’s visit, the pope arrived at the palace in a blue Ford Focus. He stepped out of the car and walked into a side entrance.

Trump Once Called Pope Francis "Not Pope-Like!" on Twitter: Why? Because Pope Francis insisted on paying his own hotel bill.

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Community Groups, Local Developers Band Together to Rebuild Heart of the Central District

MidTown Center, which sits on 23rd Avenue South & Union Street, is slotted for redevelopment.
MidTown Center, which sits on 23rd Avenue South & Union Street, is slotted for redevelopment. Kelly O

After months of eviction protests, the future of MidTown Center is finally becoming clearer. Today, Seattle-based developer Lake Union Partners closed on a $23.3 million deal to purchase the historic 23rd Avenue South and Union Street block in partnership with Africatown and Forterra, a land conservation non-profit.

The real estate group will sell 20 percent of the MidTown block to Forterra on behalf of Africatown, which will use its portion of the block to provide ground-level retail space for local businesses and around 135 affordable housing units on upper floors. Lake Union Partners also plans to develop up to an additional 420 apartments with about 125 affordable units, which comply with the City of Seattle's Mandatory Housing Affordability program. The redevelopment could begin as soon as December 2018.

"The MidTown block represents the last opportunity to have a future that allows the African American community to grow and thrive in place," said K. Wyking Garrett, co-founder of Africatown. "We are optimistic that another path forward is being realized, which can inform [future projects]."

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97 Stranger (Than Usual) Things To Do In Seattle This Week: May 23-28, 2017

After Seattle YouTube Day at the Living Computers Museum on Saturday, stay on for the Cats of the Internet Pajama Party, which will feature an internet cat video fest and a kitty-petting room.
After Seattle YouTube Day at the Living Computers Museum on Saturday, stay on for the Cats of the Internet Pajama Party, which will feature an internet cat video fest and a kitty-petting room. Shutterstock

Our arts critics have already recommended 57 great things to do in Seattle this week and our music critics have picked the 27 best concerts, 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 alternative music festival offerings like Punk As Folk 2017 and Susquatch 2, to birthday tributes to Bob Dylan and Miles Davis, to Accio Burlesque: A Burlesque Tribute to Harry Potter, to the opening of MOHAI's It's Raining Cats and Dogs exhibit. Click through the links below for complete details and ticket links, and check out our complete Things To Do calendar for even more options this week, including out-of-town Memorial Day weekend festivals.

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1. Cubes Baking Co. Grand Opening
Try out some traditional and traditional-"with a twist" Mexican pastries at this newly opened bakery in Wallingford.

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Why Trump's Poor-Hating Budget Is Not Crazy, But Normal

The bad news about this budget (PDF), which basically attacks the poor, and gives money to the rich and the military (the latter being protection money) is not it's severity but its inevitability. Nothing could have stopped it from being presented to lawmakers, and nothing will stop it from becoming the law of the land. In this post, I'm going to say it like it is.

This is our future: a reversion to a 19th century class structure: the ten percent (which includes the one percent) and the rest (the working and not working poor). The structure would most likely have persisted uninterrupted from then to today had it not been for two massive wars and an economic crash in the first half of the 20th century. This is made clear in the pages of the most important economics book of our times, Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century.

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Tracy Rector's Indigenous Centered Perspectives Series Presents Rumble + Re:definition at Paramount May 26


On Friday May 26, the Paramount Theatre's hosting Rumble + Re:definition, which includes a free screening of the revelatory documentary Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World and an art exhibit called Indigenous Centered Perspectives, curated by Stranger Genius Tracy Rector. This SIFF-affiliated event is a fortuitous conjunction of cinematic and visual art that vividly portrays important cultural contributions made by Native Americans. The latter contains pieces by Bracken Hanuse Corlett, Margie Morris, and Amanda Spotted Fawn Strong. I interviewed Rector—who's been running SIFF's Indigenous programs for the last 12 years—about her participation in and motivations for this multi-disciplinary extravaganza. Check it out after the jump. (You can obtain free tickets for it here.)

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Savage Love Letter of the Day: A Two-Hour Douche


I'm 26, gay and I've started a serious, long-term relationship and things have gone great! We moved in, and he's introduced me to things sexually that I haven't experienced before. Here's my dilemma though, as a "bottom" douching takes FOREVER. Like a seriously long time. Anywhere from an hour and a half to two hours. I've tried everything! Eating different foods, eating at different times, increasing my fiber intake, different amounts of water, taking supplements for fiber, douching to only clean out the lower rectum, etc. In order to feel relaxed and ready, I want to be as clean as possible (not to an extreme, we're both comfortable with bodily functions) when it's time for rimming, anal and the like. As a young professional, I work anywhere from 10 to 12 hours, five days a week, and the last thing I want to do is spend 2 hours in the bathroom. Consider the mood lost! Do you have any advice for an intermediate doucher? I've only been using a "bulb" douche thus far.

Desperately Outreaching Under Crummy Hygiene Experiences Regularly

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SIFF Review: Wulu Is a Cinematic Stunner with Strong Political Commentary About Mali


In 2007 Mali, an honest prantiké (bus driver), Ladji, is disheartened by his lack of prospects in the driving business and breaks into drug trafficking. In this new criminal world in which Al-Qaeda drug lords reign, life is expendable. The protagonist quickly ascends in wealth and status at the expense of life as he once knew it. While others benefit from his sacrifices, the ghosts of his past come to haunt him. Cinematically, Wùlu offers a Malian aesthetic, beautiful in its realness. Politically, the film reveals the sinister undercurrents that led up to Mali’s devastating 2012 coup d’état unraveling. Check out the trailer below and get showtimes for Wùlu, too.

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Light Rail, I Love You But Your Signage Fucking Blows

Light rail gets you where you need to go, but it doesn’t take you all the way there.
The light rail gets you where you need to go, but it doesn’t take you all the way there. RS

I’ve been riding light rail several times per week since the Capitol Hill Station opened last March. I love that thing. “Really opens up the city,” as they say. I even love just being on the train. I get to glance at all the people, read a little bit, internally smile at the cartoon bunnies demonstrating appropriate train behavior. Everything is great.

Everything is great, that is, until the very second I step off the train and onto any station's platform.

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The Guy Who Invented the Bong Lives in White Center and Might Lose His House

Inventor of the modern bong, Cameron Tower.
Inventor of the modern bong, Cameron Tower. The Stranger

Cameron Tower is one of the hundreds of glassblowers in Washington State making handblown glass pipes and bongs. His pieces are covered in waves of smoky color and handblown marbles containing celestial scenes. But there's something other than his artistry that sets him apart from the rest of Seattle's glassblowers.

Tower invented the world's first modern bong.

Sound crazy? Let me explain. Because glass pipes and bongs are ubiquitous now, stacked in piles at head shops across the world, they may seem timeless, but smoking weed out of a glass instrument is a fairly recent and distinctly American invention. And Tower is widely credited as being the first person to create a handheld, 100 percent glass water pipe.

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Inquest Hearing Begins on Police-Involved Shooting of 23-Year-Old Pregnant Muckleshoot Woman

A still from surveillance video shown to jurors during in inquest into the fatal police shooting of Muckleshoot tribal member Renee Davis.
A still from surveillance video shown to jurors during in inquest into the fatal police shooting of Muckleshoot tribal member Renee Davis. King County Sheriff's Office

An eight-person jury will spend a week in a Kent courtroom listening to testimony and deciding the facts of what happened when King County sheriff's deputies shot and killed Renee Davis during a welfare check at her single-story home on the Muckleshoot Reservation last October.

Jurors started examining evidence and listening to testimony on Monday.

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