StrangerGenius in performance, Valerie Curtis-Newton, and successful sculptor who installs a lot of really whimsical public art, Sheila Klein, scooped up $25,000 of that no-strings-attached Chihuly money by winning the 2017 Artist Innovator award, which means they can keep enriching the great state of Washington with the goodness and wonder of their artistic endeavors.
MONDAY RESISTANCE & SOLIDARITY Lore Pop-Up Dinner 2.0 February 20 is Presidents' Day, a day upon which we celebrate the work of great men like George Washington (freed us from tyranny) and Abraham Lincoln (freed slaves from our tyranny). Our current president is actively trying to sell us off to corporate interests and/or Russia, which is a bummer after all the work that George and Abe put in. Here in the liberal bubble of Seattle, it's easy to feel like this is all some nightmarish TV show and not actual cable news. It feels distant and out of reach, and I often find myself wondering just what exactly we can do about it. Obviously, the only thing we're good at: eat fancy food at hip pop-up dinners. Lore Pop-Up, which threw a successful pop-up at Saint John's all the way back in January of 2016, is at it again, and this time they're donating 10 percent of the proceeds to the ACLU...
William Pippin was still sleeping when the cops showed up around 10:30 a.m. At the edge of town in Vancouver, Washington, near a set of railroad tracks and a steel foundry, Pippin had strung a camouflage tarp between a guardrail and a chain-link fence.
It was a mild November morning. Police rapped on the tarp, notifying him and other homeless people in the area they would soon have to move on. From underneath his tarp, Pippin, a broad-shouldered 49-year-old, answered groggily. He'd be out soon, he told them. Some time passed, though exactly how much time is disputed. At the high end, it could have been two minutes—at the low end, as little as five seconds. In any case, an officer came to feel that Pippin was taking too long. The officer pulled back the tarp. Inside, he saw Pippin, Pippin's sleeping bag, and a clear baggie containing "a substantial quantity" of crystal meth. Pippin was arrested and charged with possession.
FEBRUARY 20 Hurry Up, Split Single Split Single’s Jason Narducy is one of those players who’ve always hovered in the background of more prominent musicians’ scenarios: He’s worked with Bob Mould, Superchunk, Guided by Voices’ Robert Pollard, and Seattle’s Telekinesis. With Split Single, Narducy is joined by Spoon’s Britt Daniel and Superchunk’s Jon Wurster, and all three savvy veterans maximize their pop smarts into songs that blossom in the places you expect them to blossom, but they still nudge the corners of your mouth upward, despite the familiarity. Tempered ebullience, sonorous guitar tones, and heartfelt white-guy vocals permeate Split Single’s Fragmented World and Metal Frames albums. You’ve heard this kind of voluble power pop hundreds of times—if you’re of a certain age, it’s almost become Muzak. But when it’s done well, as Split Single demonstrate, it still inspires goose bumps. DAVE SEGAL
I was Mormon my entire life, Mormon missionary, married a Mormon girl, both families intensely Mormon. For multiple reasons, I left Mormonism about a year ago. One of the more weighty reasons was because of their stance and views regarding homosexuality and how they treat LGBT people.
My wife and I started exploring polyamory 3-4 years ago. The first year was mostly mental exploration. For us, it came from a place of feeling really confident in our relationship, and our ability that love was not a limited resource, even if time was. Then we felt comfortable enough to explore intimate and sexual relationships with others. Polyamory including multiple romantic relationships (not just sex) really seems to resonate with our emotional make-up and has so far been a great enriching aspect to our marriage. To the point, it’s becoming somewhat painful for us to not share that aspect of our life with our very Mormon families. Our closest friends know. My current girlfriend is very polyamorous as well. And came out to her family. That was a mixed bag of awesome, and bad. Her family is significantly more liberally minded for the most part.
"Look. Take your Girl Scout cookies and get the FAWK outta here!"Courtesy AMC
Hey! Did you watch last night's episode of The Walking Dead? Yes? WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THOSE NEW ODDBALLS (who I'm calling the "Garbage Pail Kids")? Let's chat about them, and frankly, anything else you want to chitty-chat about, after the jump. Spoilers ahoy!
Funk immortal Stubblefield was one of hiphop's crucial architects.
Best known as the drummer for James Brown during one of the godfather of soul's most creatively fertile periods (1965-1970), Clyde Stubblefield died February 18 in his longtime home of Madison, Wisconsin, due to kidney failure. He was 73.
He'd been invited to speak at CPAC, the annual unhinged wingnutapalooza. But that was before this. But Yiannopoulos is out...
Organizers of the Conservative Political Action Conference announced Monday that they have withdrawn a speaking invitation to Milo Yiannopoulos, a gay conservative Breitbart editor, after video surfaced of him defending sexual relationships between 13-year-old boys and grown men. President Trump will also be speaking at the annual conservative headliner event later this week.
Remember when conservatives were in an uproar because censorious leftwing college students were protesting Yiannopoulos's appearances on their campuses? Two tweets...
The Dunbar Room's very pretty crab mac 'n' cheese.Dunbar Room
He'll Have the Meatloaf
This food news isn't out of Seattle, but I still think it deserves top billing. Why? Because if we don't occasionally laugh at Trump's bizarre antics, we will go crazy. I don't think it's appropriate to laugh at his recent press conference, because that feels more like a concerted effort to disconcert the press than everyday buffoonery. But when Trump acts like the buffoon we all know he is? And it involves Chris Christie looking like the toad we all know he is? Schadenfreude at its finest, my friends.
Trump and Fox Make Up Shit About Sweden: On Saturday, Trump claimed some kind of terrorist-y incident happened in Sweden. As no such incident occurred, the Swedes wanted to know what the hell he was talking about. On Sunday, Trump explained that the comment was not about an incident but something he saw on TV, something Fox News aired about how Muslims in that very white country are unemployed and angry all the time and violently attacking peaceful Western values. But as Reuters pointed out, this is not the case: "Sweden's crime rate has fallen since 2005, official statistics show, even as it has taken in hundreds of thousands of immigrants from war-torn countries like Syria and Iraq." It is appalling that the president of the most powerful country on this planet gets his information not from the intelligence community but a network that only the dumbest of Americans trust. Happy Presidents Day!
More than 100,0000 Japanese Americans were imprisoned during World War II. Photos of those detained at the Manzanar War Relocation Center in California are now displayed at the site.Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
In a brief filed in federal court, the children of three Japanese Americans who challenged the U.S. government's detention programs during World War II are asking the court to reject President Donald Trump's travel ban because it is based on the same racist ideas that led to Japanese internment.
"Their interest is in reminding this court of the legacy those judicial decisions had on their generation and will have on future generations," the brief reads, "and the impact of judicial decisions that fail to protect men, women, and children belonging to disfavored groups in the name of national security."
A reader-submitted cartoon: "Every week your paper helps me get through the morass of more-asses. I am also cartooning my way to better emotional fortitude."Miriam Bell
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Milo Yiannopoulos was on Real Time on Friday night, where he justified his history of harassing trans women by claiming he's protecting women and girls from sexual predators. Here's Yiannopoulos doing his stepin-felch-it routine during the Overtime segment:
MAHER: [Reading a question submitted by a viewer.] "Why did you single out a transgender student for ridicule during a recent speech you made on her campus?" Did you do that?
YIANNOPOULOS: Well, yes. First of all, wasn't a student. He had already left the university. And I make no apologies for protecting women and children from men who are confused about their sexuality identity... I misgendered this person.
MAHER: I'm confused about who this is, because pronouns are so important. If you call Caitlin Jenner a "he" you're a bad person —
YIANNOPOULOS: No, I did it on purpose. I misgendered this person.
MAHER: So this is a man, born a man, who wants —
YIANNOPOULOS: Who thinks he might be a girl.
MAHER: And you have a problem with that?
YIANNOPOULOS: No, I don't have a problem with it. But I think that women and girls should be protected from having men who are confused about their sexual identities in their bathrooms.