The First Night of the DNC: Crying Bernie Fans and Michelle Obama is Queen

All hail the Queen
All hail the Queen courtesy of the DNC

The first night of the Democratic National Convention was a rowdy one. Many of the biggest stars and heavy hitters from the party delivered prime time speeches, with Al Franken and Sarah Silverman in a duet, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker (and possible future presidential hopeful) ending with Michelle Obama, a keynote speech from Elizabeth Warren, and the final, most anticipated speech of the night from Bernie Sanders.

By the time Sanders got on the stage, you would be forgiven for thinking if half the audience had the vapours. Nearly every time the camera panned to the crowd, there were shots of people reacting a lot like this gal:

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Bernie Sanders: "Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States!"

It was a great speech.

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You Booed Michelle? Yeah, We're Not Friends

If she can do it, I can do it. That is all.

Sarah Silverman Has a Message for the #BernieOrBust Crowd

Silverman was an early and passionate Sanders supporter — but she's not an idiot. Silverman endorsed Clinton tonight, said she would proudly vote for her, and then, when asked to vamp, delivered a needed smackdown to the #BernieOrBusters in the room and in the streets.

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At Least Fifteen People Killed, Dozens Injured in Knifing Rampage in Japan

Kabul, Club Blu, and now Sagamihara.

A former employee of the Tsukui Yamayuri En (Tsukui Lily Garden) facility fatally stabbed between 15 and 19 people and injured 26 others in his former workplace early Tuesday morning. The center, which cares for people with disabilities, is in Sagamihara in Kanagawa Prefecture, which lays south of Tokyo.

According to the BBC, the man turned himself into police hours after the attack and allegedly told police he "wanted disabled people to disappear."

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Savage Love Letter of the Day: What Would You Do About My Awful Mum?

I have a troubled relationship with my mum but I try to make it work most of the time. She's not very nice to me and will make hurtful comments without even knowing they're hurtful. I've talked to her about it but she refuses to acknowledge that her words and actions are hurtful, let alone change her behaviour. What's worse is that she treats my partner of 8 years in a similar way. My partner feels pretty uncomfortable when she's around. It's not just us, my brother's wife has recently decided after 20 years that she doesn't want to be around her anymore and she no longer attends family gatherings.

I think mum has some mental health issues but she'd never acknowledge this or get help. Her mental health is the way it is largely due to a series of traumatic events - three of my siblings died (not one event, years apart) and my dad died young at 48. He was an abusive alcoholic. So mum's been through a lot. It's no excuse for her behaviour but it helps to understand the way she is the way she is. I've tried to get her to see a psychologist but she refuses.

This is all background to my current dilemma.

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Jury Awards Millions in Damages to Cops Who Say Police Chief Retaliated Against Them

The verdict is a black mark on police chief Kathleen OTooles record.
The verdict is a black mark on police chief Kathleen O'Toole's record. SPD reports:

Seattle Police Department brass retaliated against a would-be whistleblower and one of her supporters, a King County jury found Monday.

The jury verdict means millions of dollars in payouts to two longtime officers pushed out of the city’s South Precinct. The jury found a third officer had not proven he’d been retaliated against.

Jurors began their deliberations Friday after a two-week trial that saw Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole take the witness stand to defend her management.

In a nutshell, longtime sergeant Ella Elias complained about an overtime "gravy train" assignment given to a select group of officers. A captain, David Proudfoot, supported her. But O'Toole removed Elias and Proudfoot from the South Precinct, claiming they contributed to a poisoned racial atmosphere (the officers on the alleged "gravy train" are African-American friends of former assistant chief Nick Metz, while Ellas and Proudfoot are white).

City Attorney Pete Holmes said this afternoon he's looking to appeal the verdict. "Had Chief O’Toole not addressed the hostile, racially-tainted work environment she encountered," he argued, "the City likely would have been held financially liable."

Mayor Ed Murray called the verdict "disappointing" and backed the chief.

The jury awarded Elias and Proudfoot $1.9 million and $932,000 in damages, respectively. The P-I's Levi Pulkkinen has all the details.

Learning to Love Senga Nengudi's Pantyhose Sculptures

Senga Nengudis sculptures here are “activated,” by Joseph “jo” Blake and Haruko Crow Nishimura.
Senga Nengudi's sculptures here are “activated,” by Joseph “jo” Blake and Haruko Crow Nishimura. Henry Art Gallery

I always wondered about Senga Nengudi. She's a legend for her 1970s sculptures made of pantyhose, but art history had her filed as a one-hit wonder.

True: What a hit. There's a fever and music to her sculptures made of pantyhose stretched and pulled between the wall and the floor. As majestic and abstract as they are, they also make an ache rise in my lower back, my legs, my crotch. When I confront them, I hear my mother's worried and worrisome words to me as a feisty teenager: Cross your legs. I see the flashing slogan: "Control Top." My body has not been the same size throughout my life, and that has mattered very much. I do not conquer these things, never will. These things hit deep.

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Sara Porkalob's The Dragon Lady Is Worth Your Time, But the DNC Conspiracy Theory Layercake Is the Best Theater Happening Right Now

Sara Porkalobs theatrical engagement with an empty chair is about 30 times more impressive than Clint Eastwoods performance at the 2012 RNC.
Sara Porkalob's theatrical engagement with an empty chair is about 30 times more impressive than Clint Eastwood's performance at the 2012 RNC.

On Thursday I saw Sara Porkalob's re-worked and fully formed version of her solo show, The Dragon Lady. It was hilarious in several places and full of moving scenes about immigration and life and it's too long but not too long in a way that means you shouldn't see it. I'll explain why a little later, but of all this hot potato political theater about Russian conspiracies and Jewish media conspiracies is taking up all the air in the Slogroom of my brain right now.

*takes a huge bong rip*

But maybe it's all connected?

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Meet 2016 Stranger Genius Award Nominee Wave Books!

Kelly O
The one on the left is Joshua Beckman, the editor in chief of Wave Books who bounces back and forth between Seattle and New York City meeting with current and future Wave Books authors. (As you can see, he enjoys reading more than getting his photo taken.) In the middle is Brittany Dennison, Wave's publicity director. On the right is managing editor Heidi Broadhead, who holds down the fort at the independent press's book-lined Eastlake office.

At only 10 years of age, it's no exaggeration to say that Wave Books is one of the best-respected literary presses in the country…

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Highlights from Capitol Hill Block Party 2016

CHBP 2016: The audience is listening.
CHBP 2016: The audience is (g)listening. CocoFoto

Here are some highlights from the 2016 Capitol Hill Block Party that paraded through my eyes and ears. Your mileage surely varied, and you can express as much in comments.


Heavy Petting at the Cha Cha Lounge: Knotty, smart instrumental rock from three white guys; would watch again. At one point the bassist noted that Heavy Petting had just returned from tour. He said, “A lot of the country is not as good as Seattle. That's my big takeaway.” Noted.

Nail Polish: Their queer-centric no wave kicks against the pricks.
Nail Polish: Their queer-centric no wave kicks against the pricks. Kelly O

Nail Polish at Neumos: Virulent queer punk collides with spasmodic no wave convulsions. This Seattle trio are radical in every way, right down to their androgynous Asian-American and African-American dancers. Nail Polish's songs are too intense to last over two minutes. Their combustible 15-minute set full of screwballs thrown at doctrinaire punk felt urgently necessary after the noxious rally for white supremacy that had just ended in Cleveland.

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Why are Democrats not Throwing Debbie Wasserman Schultz to the Wolves?

Dont make voters angry. You wouldnt like them when theyre angry.
Don't make voters angry. You wouldn't like them when they're angry. Joseph Sohm /

Okay, everyone, let's try to figure this out. What on EARTH are the Democrats thinking? Why is Debbie Wasserman Schultz still making public appearances? Why is she retaining leadership positions? Why is Hillary heaping praise upon her?

Debbie is at this point the Ted Cruz of the Democrats: a symbol everyone hates and is ready to boo even if they don't know why they're booing. And there's plenty of reason to boo! Not only has she been "meh" on fundraising, but this email leak makes it look like she was sabotaging Bernie's campaign.

And yes, as damning material goes, there's nothing you didn't already know in the leak. Oh, the political establishment circles its wagons to undermine candidates who say they're going to disrupt the establishment? Powerful people take measures to retain their power? They trade money for favors? Oh no, what a terrible shock, this is not at all the way the system is designed to work.

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The 35 Best Things To Do In Seattle This Week

Get your craft beer fix this week at the New Belgium Brewings Clips Beer & Film Tour, Bendy Brewski Yoga, or Chow Down 2016.
Get your craft beer fix this week at the New Belgium Brewing's Clips Beer & Film Tour, Bendy Brewski Yoga, or Chow Down 2016. KJETIL KOLBJORNSRUD/ SHUTTERSTOCK

Our music critics have already chosen the 28 best concerts this week, but now it's our arts critics' turn. Here are their picks for the best events in every genre—from New Belgium Brewing's Clips Beer & Film Tour to Bendy Brewski Yoga, and from A Reading of Indigenous Writers to the continuing run of the world-premiere play Daisy. See them all below, and find even more events on our complete Things To Do calendar.

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Dean Wong: New Street Photography
If you don't know Dean Wong's name already, he is the photographer who has most doggedly and beautifully documented Seattle's Chinatown, and he has a new book out, Seeing the Light: Four Decades in Chinatown. It includes photographs also taken in Chinatowns in San Francisco and Vancouver, BC, but Wong's heart is where his home is, here in Seattle, where he grew up in his family's home tucked into the streets of what we now call the International District, where he learned to develop his first roll of film at Cleveland High School in a black-and-white photo class taught by the biology teacher, and where, at the University of Washington, he developed a conscious practice of resistance toward the racist mainstream. Here at Jack Straw, you'll see a selection of the photographs and a copy of the book, which includes images and also Wong's stories. JEN GRAVES (Through Friday)

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Nate Silver Predicts If the Election Were Held Today, Donald Trump Would Win

Wellllll, here's a little news to make you shit your pants. According to FiveThirtyEight's election forecast, if the election were held today, Donald Trump would win by a lot. He would win 283.8 votes in the electoral college, to Clinton's 253.8. And he wouldn't just win the electoral college: He would also win 45.4 percent of the popular vote to Clinton's 45.1 percent. Below, I desperately grasp for reasons to unshit our pants.

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Revolution Now Eating Its Own: Bernie Supporters Boo Bernie Sanders

They cheered for Sanders when he said, "We have got to defeat Donald Trump!", and then a second later booed Sanders when he said, "We have got to elect Hillary Clinton!" The booing continued as Sanders reminded his booing supporters that, "This is the real world we live in!" Yes, it is. And here in the real world the only way to defeat Donald Trump is by electing Hillary Clinton. There is no alternative — Bernie isn't going to get the nomination, Jill "Plan B" Stein isn't going to prevent Donald Trump from implanting (or whatever), and Gary Johnson isn't going to win the election.

Listen to Bernie, Berners: Want to defeat Trump? Elect Clinton. Period. The end.

Remember when progressives liked to say they were proud members of the reality-based community?

Via Towleroad.