Valerie Curtis-Newton and Sheila Klein Receive Artist Trust's Innovator Award

Genius-innovator. Kelly O

Stranger Genius 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.

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The 50 Best Things To Do in Seattle This Week: Feb 20-26, 2017

Our music critics have already chosen the 30 best concerts in Seattle this week, but now it's our arts critics' turn to pick the best events in their areas of expertise. Here are their picks in every genre—beginning with Presidents' Day events and continuing through the Search for Meaning Book Festival (featuring the authors of All The Light We Cannot See and Hidden Figures), the closing week of exhibits at the Asian Art Museum before it closes for renovations, musicals Rent and The Pajama Game, and many more. See them all below, and find even more events on our complete Things To Do calendar.

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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...

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A Case That Asks, ‘Is a Tarp a Home?’ Could Protect Homeless People Against Unwarranted Police Searches

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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.

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Milo Dropped by Simon & Schuster (Like a Cuck)

News FlashL Medium Talent Gay Blogger loses book deal
News Flash: Medium Talent Gay Blogger loses book deal

Bummer, man.

The 30 Best Concerts in Seattle This Week: Feb 20-26, 2017

LA’s Chicano Batman hybridize Latin soul, funk, and faint hints of psychedelia, and theyll be in Seattle on Thursday.
LA’s Chicano Batman hybridize Latin soul, funk, and faint hints of psychedelia, and they'll be in Seattle on Thursday. Josue Rivas

In the afterglow of Valentine's Day, it's time to bounce back and return to your weekly routine of listening to our critics and hitting up some great music around town. Our best shows this week include a wide range of artists, from the fifth member of thrash metal's Olympic pantheon to the funkified future of Wes Anderson's film soundtracks to a rap group too real for the radio but just real enough for Broadway. See all these shows and more on our music calendar.

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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

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Savage Love Letter of the Day: Ex-Mormon Wants to Come Out as Poly to Mormon Family


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.

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If You're a Seattle Artist (or Only Think You Are) You MUST See Awaiting Oblivion at On the Boards

Not that theres anything wrong with that!
Awaiting Oblivion runs Thurs-Sun at On the Boards Tim Summers

Tim Smith-Stewart and Jeffery Azevedo’s Awaiting Oblivion: Temporary Solutions for Surviving the Dystopian Future We Find Ourselves Within at Present, which runs Thursday-Sunday at On the Boards, shouldn’t be as good as it is.

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The Walking Dead Recap: The Enemy of My Enemy is Kinda Weird

Look. Take your Girl Scout cookies and get the FAWK outta here!
"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!

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Hear the Legacy of the Late, Great Clyde Stubblefield, James Brown's Funkiest Drummer

Funk immortal and one of hiphops crucial architects.
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.

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Milo Yiannopoulos Gets Dropped from CPAC

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...

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Food News: The Latest Executive Order? Meatloaf; Plus, Brunch With Live Jazz at the Dunbar Room

Crab Mac n Cheese
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.

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The Morning News: Trump and Fox Falsely Claim Crime Rate in Sweden Is Rising Because of Immigrants, Zimbabwe's Dictator Actually Loves Our President

Sweden enters the universe of alternative facts.
Sweden enters the universe of alternative facts. LanaMais/

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!

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Children of Japanese Americans Who Defied Internment Ask Court to Reject Trump's Travel Ban

Pictures of Japanese Americans who were imprisoned at the Manzanar War Relocation Center in California during World War II are now displayed at the site.
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."

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Reader E-Mailbag: How Do We Get Trump Supporters to Emigrate, Taking Solace in Compelling Journalism

A reader-submitted cartoon.
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

While hard-copy Letters to the Editor are few and far between, The Stranger gets a robust number of e-mails from our readers that range from ideas for stories, to thoughts about the current political environment, to complaints about topics we aren't covering enough, or compliments about topics we've covered thoroughly and with thoughtful depth. Some simply offer general commentary or amusing reflections on the world. We read them all, and respond when necessary. Here are some of our favorites from the transom:

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Milo Yiannopoulos: Girls Are In Danger When Adult Trans Women Use Public Toilets But 13-Year-Old Boys Can Benefit From Giving Head To Adult Males


Update: Milo Yiannopoulos just got dropped from CPAC.

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.

MAHER: That's not unreasonable.

I'm sorry, Bill, but that's not reasonable—it's the textbook definition of unreason. It's a lie and a dangerous one, as I unpacked in this post:

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