Start Your Engines, Ben DeLaCreme Returns to RuPaul's Drag Race!

Dont fear the drag queen, fear the devil inside the drag queen.
"Don't fear the drag queen, fear the devil inside the drag queen." Kelly O

Ben DeLaCreme has likened RuPaul's Drag Race to hell, but it appears she's ready to dance with the devil once more. The RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars season 3 cast "Ru-veal" aired on VH1 mere moments ago and we're happy to announce that one of our favorite Seattle queens is back on TV. DeLaCreme, who won Miss Congeniality on the show when she competed in season 6, joins a cast of ~9 on All Stars season 3, which will air early 2018.

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SECB Dissent: Vote For Teresa Mosqueda

We think you should vote for Teresa Mosqueda.
We think you should vote for Teresa Mosqueda.

Full disclosure: We were planning to write this before the Seattle Times endorsed housing activist Jon Grant. But the Seattle Times endorsement forced us to re-write our lead. So here goes:

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Last-Minute Plans: 89 Free, Cheap & Easy Things To Do In Seattle This Weekend: Oct 20-22, 2017

My Goodness will headline R Day, KEXPs free celebration of Rainier beer on Saturday, along with Bread & Butter and Naked Giants.
My Goodness will headline R Day, KEXP's free celebration of Rainier beer on Saturday, along with Bread & Butter and Naked Giants.

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 International Independent Video Store Day to the local music showcase NadaFest, and from the closing of Party Hat: The Art Show to the Diwali: Lights of India festival. For even more options, check out our complete Things To Do calendar.

Get all this and more on the free Stranger Things To Do mobile app—available now on the App Store and Google Play.

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1. U-District Art Walk
This art walk happens the third Friday of every month and features art in cool funky business of the U-District such as Chaco Canyon, Cafe Solstice, Gargoyles Statuary, Moksha, and Trabant Coffee & Chai. This month, check out the Glow Show Art Reception and the All Hallows Haunt.
(University District, free)

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Week in Weed: Kettle Falls Five Acquitted, Durkan on the Defensive, and Feeding Fish Weed

Fish dont get high, they get hungry.
Fish don't get high, they get hungry. DIGIPUB VIA GETTY IMAGES

This week, weed has been fed to fish to try and get them to relax (they didn’t), money was raised (then lost) to help weed farms in California cope with the wildfires, and a couple of high profile musicians get busted for weed at the border. Read on.

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SL Letter of the Day: What Would You Do?

Originally posted on February 4, 2015.

My husband and I are a straight couple in our early 50s, and we've been married for more than 30 years. We were raised to wait for sex till we got married—this was back in the early '80s—and we did. Our wedding night was pretty disappointing since neither of us knew what we were doing. He got off, but I didn't. We both assumed that there was something wrong with me, because he didn't have any problem coming, right? We were both raised to believe that sex was something men took from women, that it was difficult for women to orgasm, and that no woman wanted sex as much as a man did. We read books, we went to counseling, but nothing changed. This went on for a couple of decades. He's a great guy—funny, loyal, faithful, great dad to our kids—so I figured I was lousy in bed and I was lucky he put up with me. Recently, I got my hands on a vibrator. OH. MY. GOD. There's nothing wrong with me! Now I think my libido might actually be stronger than his. But even with what I now know about my sexuality, we have been unable to figure out how to get me to orgasm when we are together. I've suggested some milder forms of kink, but he isn't interested. I suspect we're just incompatible in bed, which has made me a fairly vocal opponent of the "waiting for marriage" garbage, much to my husband's consternation. He thinks it's so sweet that neither of us has ever had sex with someone else. So you can probably see my dilemma. Neither of us has ever been unfaithful, and neither of us is okay with being unfaithful—I know he isn't. Even though I'm intrigued by the idea, I don't think I could pull off the lying and deceit required to do it behind his back. We also live in a small town where it would be nearly impossible to have a discreet affair. I don't really want a divorce, because it means losing the entire life we've built together, which is no small thing. But when I think about never having good sex in my entire life, I can hardly stand it. What would you do?

Bored In Bed For An Unbearably Long Time

My response after the jump...

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The Gollum Guy Directs a Breathe, a Movie with Terrific Performances

What is love? Baby dont hurt me. Dont hurt me. No more.
What is love? Baby don't hurt me. Don't hurt me. No more.

The new Based on Actual Inspirational Events movie Breathe
features a bigger threat of reverance than most in the genre (producer Jeremy Cavendish is the son of the central characters), but some terrific performances and a flair for the in-between moments help keep the sentiment tamped down to manageable levels. While this story is definitely one worth telling, what really lingers are the times when the tearful speeches fade out, and a looser, woolier film peeks through.

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Seattle R&B Singer, Macklemore Sideman Otieno Terry's "Jaguar Stupid" Hints at a Great Debut LP

Terry voice has drawn comparisons to Bruno Mars, Prince, and Pharrell Williams.
Terry voice has drawn comparisons to Bruno Mars, Prince, and Pharrell Williams. Courtesy of Otieno Terry

When the video for “Jaguar Stupid” begins, we see a figure wearing a geometric, shining metal mask. It’s an elaborate, wolf-like visage—and it’s also the means through which the video’s star, Seattle vocalist Otieno Terry, recently found comfort in his own identity. Releasing his first solo record, The Woods, on October 31 (with a show planned November 4 at the 2312 Gallery), Terry offers a statement piece that boldly says: I’m here, front and center. Watch out.

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UPDATE: Seattle Does Not Actually Have the Highest Rate of Property Crime in the Nation

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Editor's note: A previous post reported that Seattle has the highest property crime rate in the nation. That statistic came from a candidate for city attorney's statement that did not tell the whole story. Here is an updated post with added context.

On Thursday we incorrectly wrote that Seattle has the highest property crime rate in the country. The claim came from Scott Lindsay's campaign for city attorney (he's running against incumbent Pete Holmes), based on FBI figures from 2016. We looked at the FBI figures ourselves but not carefully enough. The claim was incorrect.

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Best Bars to Rendezvous with a Tinder Date

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Congratulations! You're single! Or you're polyamorous? Or you're a unicorn? Whatever the case, you're on your phone and you're looking for love.

But once you find a match, where do you go on that first date? You can't stop by the place you always go, unless you want to have this awkward conversation with all your friends: "Oh, hey, friend! Uh. Yeah, this person claims to be Terry. We're just, you know, tacitly admitting to each other that we've outsourced our romantic lives to an application on our phone. Okay bye!"

Obviously, you want to go to a place that you like but don't often frequent, a place that reflects your rich interior, but also one that doesn't give too much away. Someone recently asked for my short list of such places. Depending on what your regular spots are, results may vary.

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Why Is Donald Trump Emailing Me?

Horrors.
Horrors.

Donald,

YOU have always been what's wrong with America. I would rather eat from a garbage pail than dine with you.

See you in Hell!

P.S. It's KATIE, asshole.


Grim Details Emerge about New Seattle Weekly

If Seattle Weekly is going to die, it should be allowed to die.
If a paper is going to die, it should be allowed to die.

Picking up on the story we broke yesterday about the upcoming changes at Seattle Weekly, the local blog Crosscut has reported further details about the dramatic reduction of staff and mission at the 41-year-old paper that has already begun.

According to the Crosscut post, as of this Wednesday, the Weekly will become what Editor Mark Baumgarten calls a "community news weekly" in the mode of more than 40 other nearly identical publications owned by the same chain—no longer in the tabloid/magazine format with a color cover, but laid out more like a miniature daily paper.

The Weekly will retain a staff of only three people, sharing resources with its sibling publications in a single office in Bellevue, with coverage focusing on county news.

Baumgarten acknowledged that "there is something lost here."

Umm. Yeah.

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It's Official: Nikkita Oliver Doesn't Want Moon to Win

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According to Nikkita Oliver's Facebook post, this is what went down last night at the mayoral debate in Columbia City. She was on the panel, and she asked Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon to state why she should endorse either candidate. Sounds reasonable enough. Maybe Oliver wants more information about the candidates before she makes her final decision in the closing weeks of the race. This is democracy at work. Would Moon be a worse or better mayor for people of color?

But in fact, the question was totally empty because it already had an answer before it was made. Both candidates were doomed to give wrong answers no matter what they said. Why? Because Oliver believes that the decision to run against her was their first and final offense. "The reality is both women entered the race after me and had equal opportunity to support the candidacy of a qualified women of color."

Fine. Some people operate in the world that ought to be (Sawant supporting Jill Stein, for example), and others operate in the world that is (my voting for Hillary Clinton). I get that, and I also recognize the importance of the ought—it should be used as a guide out of the world that is. But sometimes we can only act on the world that is, and it is this world that many thought Oliver was referring to when she asked for statements from the candidates. But it wasn't at all. It was the world that ought to be. But if such is the case, why are we, people who want to make a decision about the present candidates, even listening to and hearing from Oliver? Why was she even on the panel last night? Why did she ask for statements from the candidates statements that, in respect to the concerns of people of color, were "practical" and would "go beyond campaign platitudes?" Oliver knew very well that the premise of original sin invalidated any response Moon or Durkan made to any of her questions.

Why go through all of this trouble? Why sit and listen to arguments the candidates have made over and over? It makes no sense. Unless, of course, you consider one possibility. Oliver does not want Moon to win.

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After Getting Screwed out of the Lease, Easy Street Records Will Not Be Expanding to Corner Pocket Bar

Easy Street Records was hoping to take over the downstairs bar and even had keys and lease in hand.
Easy Street Records was hoping to take over the downstairs bar and even had "keys and lease" in hand.

Another bummer in a week of major bummers—first Café Racer closes for good, and now this—it looks like Easy Street Records owner Matt Vaughn won’t be able to expand the shop into the Corner Pocket bar space in West Seattle, which closed last year, after all.

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Meanwhile In the Other Washington...


...one step closer to fascism.


Surrender Jenny: Would Durkan Bow Out if Oliver Was Her Opponent?

Jenny Durkan had this to say—as reported by the Seattle Times—at Wednesday night's mayoral debate/shitshow:

“We are both very wealthy women, Cary Moon and I,” she said. “I’ve put $400 in. She’s put hundreds of thousands of dollars in,” Durkan said, exaggerating the amount, “that if she didn’t spend, it would probably be Nikkita Oliver and I sitting here.”

In a Facebook post after the debate, Oliver reacted to Durkan's comments by faulting both Moon and Durkan for getting in the race at all: "Neither supported my candidacy (though both had the opportunity to)... Reality is both women entered the race after me and had equal opportunity to support the candidacy of a qualified woman of color."

Back to Durkan...

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