Introducing R&B Songstress Kehlani, Who Performs at the Showbox SoDo Tonight

Kehlani lands at the Showbox SoDo tonight, with Ella Mai, Jahkoy, and DJ Noodles.
Kehlani lands at the Showbox SoDo tonight, with Ella Mai, Jahkoy, and DJ Noodles. Courtesy of the artist.

In 2013, Kehlani Ashley Parrish was houseless. It’d been a year since she’d left her post as the lead singer of the girl group Poplyfe, citing managerial and contractual issues. Four years later, the 22-year-old is a Grammy-nominated R&B singer with an ongoing slew of collabs and singles soundtracking mega-movies like Suicide Squad (“Gangsta”) and The Fate of the Furious (“Good Life”).

The first time I saw the Oakland-raised artist was at Bumbershoot 2015, and I’ll never forget it. When she took the stage with those sultry dance moves alongside her adorable DJ Noodles, the crowd went batshit. It was plain to see that Kehlani had already built herself a cult following of sneaker-loving, tattoo-sporting, badass young women who knew the words to every uplifting, confident song. I was shook by how beautifully she sang live—her voice was strong and chillingly soulful. (She’d be a perfect choice to voice Nala in that live-action Lion King movie, in case Beyoncé says no.)

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RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: "Snatch Game" Welcomes Liza Minnelli, Jasmine Masters, and Other Gay Icons

It's the only episode you look forward to!
It's the only episode you look forward to!

In case you were unaware, Snatch Game is one of the most special homosexual holidays. Once a year, RuPaul asks a select group of queer people to play a drag version of Match Game, and the LGBTQITSLFA world rejoices. Many queens fumble at the challenge, spelling their doom and embarrassing themselves before their subjects. A small, royal group of queens, however, give truly spiritual performances, providing the gays with memes and GIFs for eternity. This week, y'all, it's Snatch Game time.

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100 Days of the Resistance: One Action for Every Day of Trump's Presidency

DAY 2: Millions around the world join the Women’s March.
DAY 2: Millions around the world join the Women’s March. NATE GOWDY

Day 1: More people seem to protest than attend Donald Trump's inauguration. The stands in DC, normally filled with fans, are eerily empty. A limo is set on fire. Also: White nationalist Richard Spencer is punched during an interview near the inauguration.

Day 2: More than three million people wear pussy hats and attend the Women's Marches around the world. In Seattle, 175,000 people march, the biggest protest in the history of the city.

Day 3: The euphoria of the previous day has dwindled. People realize that Trump is actually fucking president. They start drinking all the beer in the house until they've finished that and then move on to the whiskey.

Day 4: White House staffers begin leaking to the press.

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Savage Love Letter of the Day: His Wife Wants Him Hard But Hates the Boner Pills That Get Him Hard


I am a 47-year old man and I have been married to my wife for 20 years. We have been together for 23 years.

Around age 44 or 45, I started having ED problems. My urologist prescribed Cialis and put me on hormone replacement therapy. My wife was OK with the testosterone, but acted disappointed about the Cialis. For example, she would act all excited about how we just had sex without any pills—only for me to say, yes, I did take one. Then she would mope. I explained several times that I find this very hurtful and insulting. If it were a problem about my not being attracted to her, then the Cialis would not help. The fact that it is a medical condition that can be treated should make her feel better, not worse. Saying that non-Cialis sex is somehow better or purer implies that there is something wrong with my needing it. Gee, I really need to feel there is something wrong with me to perform better! Nothing like pressure to help with ED, right?

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Week in Weed: Stoners Being Slobs on 4/20, Country Music Drug References, and Where Teens Hide Their Stash

Denvers Civic Center Park is covered in trash the morning after the 4/20 marijuana event was held at the park on 4/20.
Denver's Civic Center Park is covered in trash the morning after the 4/20 marijuana event was held at the park on 4/20. RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images

What’s happening in the world of weed this week? Some sad news about the man who was denied a lung transplant due to his marijuana use, a tale of sloppy stoners at a 4/20 event, and a handy list from the DEA about where those crazy teens stash their drugs these days. Read on!

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Poor Choice of Words: Milo Is Back & He's "Actively Hunting" 13, 14, and 15-Year-Olds

Milo Yiannopoulos is back, he claims to have $12 million in funding (he won't name his investors), and he's using that money to launch a public speaking/events business dedicated to "corporatized trolling via live entertainment," Tina Nguyen writes at Vanity Fair. Here's how Milo described his new venture to Nguyen:

Yiannopoulos, for his part, is relying on a formula that he employed at Breitbart. He said that Milo Inc. would be dedicated to “making the lives of journalists, professors, politicians, feminists, Black Lives Matter activists, and other professional victims a living hell.” ... Initially, Yiannopolos will be the company's main talent. “I’m the proof of concept,” he said, but added that he hoped to eventually expand the company. “The thing about me is that I have access to a talent pipeline that no one else even knows about. All the funniest, smartest, most interesting young YouTubers and all the rest of them who hate feminism, who hate political correctness. This generation that’s coming up, it’s about 13, 14, 15, now have very different politics than most other generations. They love us. They love me, and I’m going to be actively hunting around for the next Milo.”

If comments like this got your book deal cancelled and cost you your job... you might wanna leave 13, 14, and 15-year-olds out of your business plan. At the very least you'll wanna avoid expressions like "actively hunting" when referencing the teenage YouTubers you're hoping to recruit groom employ weaponize.

Talking with Dash Shaw About My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea

I saw Dash Shaw’s animated feature film My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea at last year’s Portland International Film Festival, where I was pleased to find the personable humor and torsion of reality that I always expect from his work. Shaw is a well-respected indie comics artist whose graphic novels, like Bottomless Belly Button and Cosplayers, mix entertaining, well-written stories with cool ideas that threaten to conceptually blow the doors off the whole biz. My Entire High School—which features voice work from the likes of Reggie Watts, Lena Dunham, Susan Sarandon, and Maya Rudolph—finds teenagers facing a couple of different disasters.

As I was thinking about My Entire High School at the festival, a lady next to me in the bathroom line blurted out, “I could see a Q-tip at my house!” She was referencing a part of the film that discusses the illicit thrill of using Q-tips—even though doctors repeatedly tell us we shouldn’t. So of course when I got on the phone with Shaw, that was the first thing I told him.

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Three Days Before May Day, FBI Arrests Protester from Last Year's Anti-Capitalist March

May Day again.
A protester could get 10 years for allegedly throwing an unlit Malotov cocktail at a Seattle Police officer. Kelly O

Just days before May Day, federal agents this morning arrested and charged a man involved in last year’s anti-capitalist march. The timing of the arrest, law enforcement claims, is entirely coincidental and unrelated to protestors currently prepping for the first May Day in Trump's America.

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Michael Shrieve Remembers Drumming on David Crosby's If I Could Only Remember My Name

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The drummer reminisces about working with David Crosby on the eve of the folk musician's show at Neptune Theater.

Former Santana drummer Michael Shrieve is famous for being the youngest musician (20) to play the 1969 Woodstock Festival, and for his stunning solo during "Soul Sacrifice," which remains a highlight of Michael Wadleigh's film Woodstock. Now living in Seattle and still creating challenging music with his Spellbinder group, Shrieve also contributed drums to two songs on David Crosby's 1971 psych-folk classic If I Could Only Remember My Name: "What Are Their Names" and "Song with No Words (Tree with No Leaves)."

Recalling the recording sessions in a phone interview, Shrieve says that while he's unimpressed with his work on those tunes, he admits that their subdued folk-rock structures didn't play to his strengths. For Name, Shrieve and a cast of Los Angeles and San Francisco musical luminaries—Joni Mitchell, Jerry Garcia, Neil Young, Graham Nash, et al.—were mostly jamming on tunes that Crosby brought to the studio. "When I listen to it, it really feels like hippie music to me," Shrieve says. "It was different from the way I played with Santana. Because [Crosby's] music comes from folk music, essentially. I was coming more from a funk and jazz sort of vibe."

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Are ESPN Job Cuts Also Cutting Race Talk From Sports Coverage?

Video of tephen A. Smith explaining Tristan Thompsons heated exchange with LeBron James.
Video of Stephen A. Smith explaining Tristan Thompson's heated exchange with LeBron James.

This week, roughly 100 much-publicized job cuts were announced at Disney-owned ESPN, the self-described “Worldwide Leader in Sports.” Since its founding in 1979, ESPN has defined the sports-on-cable television experience with its flagship highlight program SportsCenter, opinion shows like Pardon the Interruption, and endless live and recorded professional, college and high school sporting events on multiple channels, including ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS, ESPNU, and ESPN Classic, to name a few. As the names of those whose contracts were not being renewed became known, a telling tide of opinion began to appear regarding who was fired and who was not.

Numerous victims of this downsizing were veteran reporters and analysts who had long careers at ESPN and will surely work in the field again. The focus of indignation about those being retained quickly centered on several people—Bomani Jones, Dan Le Batard, Gonzalo “Papi” Le Batard, Jemele Hill, Michael Smith, and most of all, the notoriously animated Stephen A. Smith, controversial host of ESPN morning centerpiece opinion show First Take.

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Starz’s Sumptuous and Slow American Gods


You are correct to be tingling with excitement for American Gods. The Starz TV series is based on the novel by Neil Gaiman about ancient old-world deities fighting young American ones, and its cast includes Ian McShane, Crispin Glover, and Gillian Anderson. And look who’s running the show: Bryan Fuller, who made NBC’s Hannibal such a gorgeously disturbing mindfuck, and Michael Green, a writer on Logan, Blade Runner 2049, and Alien: Covenant.

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Dear White People Is Much Better as a Netflix Series


Justin Simien’s 2014 movie Dear White People was about the politics, activism, and social scene at Winchester, a racially divided Ivy League college. In the movie version of DWP, everything was rushed—the story and issues were too big to cram into 100 minutes.

But as I’d hoped, the premise works much better on TV. The Black Caucus (aka the black clubs on campus) meets up regularly to talk smack and discuss their fellow students’ troubling racism. And when it gets to be too much, the students get together to “hate watch” their favorite drama, Defamation, a ridiculous parody of Scandal. Simien’s new Dear White People Netflix series allows for thorough character development, giving each character their own episode.

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Katie Couric Grills Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson On Chechnya's Anti-Gay Pogrom

The NYT on what's going on in Chechnya:

Gay men have never had an easy life in Chechnya. But the targeted, collective punishment of gays that began last month under its pro-Kremlin leader, Ramzan A. Kadyrov, is a new turn in the region’s long history of rights abuses. Novaya Gazeta, an opposition newspaper, first reported the pogrom, saying that at least 100 gay men had been arrested and three killed in the roundup. Human Rights Watch corroborated those findings.... The men were held for as little as a day or as long as several weeks, according to Human Rights Watch and to interviews with gay men who later escaped the region. Some “returned to their families barely alive from beatings,” said Tanya Lokshina, Russia program director for Human Rights Watch. Among the fatalities documented by the organization were one man who succumbed during torture and two others who died in “honor killings” by relatives after the police released them.

Chechnya's leader—an appointee and puppet of Vladimir Putin's—has pledged to cleanse Chechnya of gay men by Ramadan while spokespersons for his government deny that there are any gay men in Chechnya at all:

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Inbox Jukebox: A Weekly Shortlist of Good New Music. Shabazz Palaces, Mark Lanegan Band, Obnox, and More

New Shabazz Palaces single: Its seven, its heavy, its heaven.
New Shabazz Palaces single: "It's seven, it's heavy, it's heaven." Victoria Kovios

Shabazz Palaces, "Shine a Light" (Sub Pop). The first single from Shabazz Palaces' new album, Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star, "Shine a Light" is the Seattle hiphop innovators' most conventionally funky and accessible track to date. Not to be confused with Spiritualized's "Shine a Light," this song is a celestial soul gem inflated by a compact funk beat and a gorgeous Muzak™-y string sample from Dee Dee Sharp's "I Really Love You," of all unlikely things. Thadillac's Auto-Tuned vocals on the hook ("Shine a light on the fake this way/My peeps can have it all") might be the most palatable use of that overused technique I've heard, while MC Palaceer Lazaro is his usual laid-back, oblique self, rapping in his trademark smooth, allusiveness, e.g.,"It's seven, it's heavy, it's heaven." Also, there is a gorgeous sitar part discreetly sugaring the works. Spoiler alert: all of Quazarz is fire.

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Last-Minute Plans: 125 Free, Cheap & Easy Things To Do In Seattle This Weekend: April 28-30, 2017

The 24th Annual World Rhythm Festival will have free drumming performances and music and dance workshops all weekend long.
The 24th Annual World Rhythm Festival will have free drumming performances and music and dance workshops all weekend long. Shutterstock

Just because you haven't planned your weekend far in advance doesn't mean you can't still go out and have a good time. We've rounded up all of your options for last-minute weekend entertainment that won't cost more than $10, including markets (like the Punk Rock Flea Market and the Seattle Unique Boutique), art events (like Inscape's open studios and the opening of INCA's Red May exhibit), resistance events (like the IRE Volunteer Fair and the People's Climate March), music events (like an Industrial Revelation concert and the 24th Annual World Rhythm Festival), and celebrations of both tabletop games and independent bookstores. See them all below, and find even more options on our complete Things To Do calendar.

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1. Artist Panel Discussion with Vaughn Bell, Janet Knox, and Susie Kozawa
This panel discussion will explore the sound installation Meditations on Water, which focuses on the Duwamish River and Puget Sound.
(University District, free)

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