Northwest Film Forum Fell In Love With Moonlight Director Barry Jenkins Eight Years Ago

Moonlights director Barry Jenkins saying why Northwest Film Forum and indie films are important.
Moonlight's director Barry Jenkins saying why Northwest Film Forum and indie films are important. Northwest Film Forum

A note from the executive director of Northwest Film Forum, Courtney Sheehan, concerning Barry Jenkins, the director of the Oscar's best picture Moonlight:

Barry Jenkins first visited Northwest Film Forum in February 2009 to present his debut feature Medicine for Melancholy. Charles Mudede called it a masterpiece and “the most important film by a black American director since To Sleep with Anger.” On the precipice of a new decade in December 2009, NWFF's program director at the time, Adam Sekuler, named Barry Jenkins one of ten filmmakers to watch in 2010-2020. We’re going to go ahead and extend that call to the next decade. Barry Jenkins directed a one shot film commissioned by Northwest Film Forum. It's available to watch on Fandor.

Watch that Q&A here:

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Mykki Blanco Gets Personal with Their Debut Album, Mykki

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Mykki Blanco Julia Burlingham

Queer hip hop artist Mykki Blanco is more interesting than a Twitter hashtag. Though Blanco might have made headlines for getting a “Fuck Trump” tattoo in Paris and an alleged homophobic incident on a Delta airlines flight, Blanco’s music is more intriguing.

With distorted punk, a cameo from Bikini Kill’s Kathleen Hanna, and queer-centric lyrics, Blanco’s last EP Gay Dog Food (2014) challenged the rap rulebook and played outside the genre’s rigid lines.

On Mykki—Blanco’s debut LP released in September 2016—punk, pop, punk, dance, industrial, even string music—all make appearances.

Blanco plays tonight at Neumos with Cakes da Killa on The Stunt Queen Tour.

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WTF is Even Happening Right Now With the Weather?

Its snowing. Its almost March.
It's snowing. It's almost March. Tricia Romano

Thunder and lightning just started, and within five minutes the entire landscape has turned into my idea of hell a winter wonderland. Global warming definitely doesn't exist.

More in snow:

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Over ACLU Objections, Seattle Moves Forward with Police Body Cameras

Body cameras wont end police brutality.
Body cameras won't end police brutality. SPD

Seattle is one step closer to equipping every police officer in the city with a body camera after the Seattle City Council voted today to spend more than $2 million buying the cameras and implementing a program to use them. The 6-2 vote today (Council Member Lisa Herbold was absent) comes despite ongoing privacy concerns from advocates including the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington.

“We have countless examples in this country of justice that would not have seen even close to light of day if were not for body cameras," Council President Bruce Harrell said today before voting to spend the money. "This sort of endless process that we seem to get stalled [in]—I think it’s time to move on."

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George Saunders' Lincoln in the Bardo Is the First Essential Novel of the Donald Trump Era

George Saunders reads excerpts from his debut and discusses his life and work at a Town Hall event this Tues Feb 28.
George Saunders reads excerpts from his debut and discusses his life and work at a Town Hall event this Tues Feb 28. CHLOE AFTEL

We're only a month in, and already Donald Trump's presidency seems like something George Saunders would concoct: a regressive, hyper-capitalist fever dream in which language is hilariously corrupted, fairness is thrown out the window, and the foundational tenets of civil society start to give way. As in Trump's America, so in a Saunders story: Everything seems absurd until it breaks your heart.

Now, after years of success writing short fiction and essays, Saunders has written his first novel, Lincoln in the Bardo. No one wants their highly anticipated novel to debut just as a bunch of revanchist goblins are rearranging the furniture in the Oval Office, and it is unfair to freight a single book with a bunch of political and existential baggage. But Lincoln is about facing grief (something of a daily exercise for many of us) and is set during a moment of national schism. For those and many other reasons, it is the first essential novel of the Donald Trump era.

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The 67 Best Things To Do In Seattle This Week: Feb 27-March 5, 2017

There’s a lot going on in Tony Award-winning Lisa Kron’s Well, a darkly comic, socially engaged, meta-theatrical “solo show with people in it, starring Sarah Rudinoff. You only have until Sunday to see it.
There’s a lot going on in Tony Award-winning Lisa Kron’s Well, a darkly comic, socially engaged, meta-theatrical “solo show with people in it," starring Sarah Rudinoff. You only have until Sunday to see it. Alan Alabastro

Our music critics have already chosen the 39 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—from Spectrum Dance Theatre's Rambunctious #3: The Immigrants to Genre Bender, and from Emerald City Comicon to a pop-up dinner benefiting immigrant and refugee cooks. See them all below, and find even more events on our complete Things To Do calendar, including Mardi Gras celebrations.

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

MONDAY
READINGS & TALKS
Ernestine Hayes
Native American writer and memoirist Ernestine Hayes (Blonde Indian) will speak about her new book The Tao of the Raven: An Alaska Native Memoir, which incorporates the story of Raven and the Box of Daylight with Hayes's perspective on her own life and broader issues, including the question, "once the exile returns, then what?"

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Tacos, Standstill Traffic, and Butane: Get Yours on I-5 Before They're Gone

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A tanker carrying butane overturned on the I-5 today, leading to the closure of the freeway in both directions. Don't expect a resolution to this mess anytime soon, WSDOT says. Do expect a lot of congestion everywhere, as a result of it.

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Savage Love Letter of the Day: The Longest SLLOTD Ever Posted

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I'm sometimes sent long letters that read more like drafts of forthcoming and often ill-advised/conceived memoirs. I usually pass on these letters because, you know, the print column has a word count and looooooooooong letters are tedious and boring and, good God, get the point, people, and I don't want to risk using up the Internet on a single question. But I'm making an exception for today's "exceptional" question.

To help you (and myself) get through this NeverEnding Story, I'm going to respond to the letter writer as we go along, as opposed to waiting until the end.

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Food News: Death, Taxes, and Avocado Toast, Sen Noodle Bar Opens in Ballard, Dine Around Seattle Launches March 5

Its everywhere.
It's everywhere. Cherry Street Public House

You Cannot Escape Avocado Toast, But Maybe You Don't Want To

I was recently in LA, where nearly every restaurant you eat at offers avocado toast. "Oh, LA," I thought, "You and your silly avocado toast obsession. We Seattleites are not so foolish as to pay $6 for a half an avocado, some sea salt, and a piece of bread."

I am, of course, thinking very wishfully. Seattleites gobble it right up, and now they've got a new place to get it. Cherry Street Coffee House has opened up a full-on public house. The family that owns the Cherry Street empire is Lebanese, and the Cherry Street Public House will offer plenty of Lebanese delights: beef & lamb, chicken, or vegetarian Khoreshes (Persian stew); gyros; and falafel.

Their All-American, on-trend avocado toast features frisee (a leafy endive) and fried shallots, and looks objectively amazing. I can't lie, I might even get off my high horse and go pay $6 for it.

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This Week in The Stranger, Plus Most Read on The Slog

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Here's your handy guide to stories from the paper that dropped on Wed Feb 22, plus a break-down of the most-read content on The Slog from the past week.

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The 39 Best Concerts in Seattle This Week: Feb 27-March 5, 2017

Only five years ago, Ty Segall was playing record stores and midsize clubs. Now he’s headlining two- and three-night stands at large-capacity venues in Brooklyn and Seattle, including this weeks stint of shows at Neumos.
Only five years ago, Ty Segall was playing record stores and midsize clubs. Now he’s headlining two- and three-night stands at large-capacity venues in Brooklyn and Seattle, including this week's stint of shows at Neumos. Denee Petracek

This week, our music critics recommend everything from the booze-soaked legacy of an iconic '80s American band to one of modern hiphop's most promising young voices, and from the electro-pop little sister of a long dead classical composer to a sold-out benefit show for Standing Rock featuring Ben Gibbard. Check out these shows and more on our music calendar, or check out our complete Things To Do calendar for other events, including Mardi Gras celebrations.

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

MONDAY
Mykki Blanco with Cakes Da Killa
MCs have been spitting bars about the debauched, obscene, and erotic since the earliest days of the genre or, you know, maybe Akinyele if you’re only into what’s on the radio. In that tradition, Cakes Da Killa and Mykki Blanco revitalize the genre’s sexual charge but twist it out of the hypermasculine, heteronormative mode in which so much of the mainstream still dwells. Cakes uses a salacious but no-nonsense narrative take on his life in the fast lane on songs like “New Phone (Who Dis).” Blanco is the more subdued, but perhaps more thoughtful, of the two; the multigender MC draws from diverse sources like riot grrrl and pure pop on her debut album, Mykki. JOSEPH SCHAFER

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Reader E-Mailbag: Pussy Hats vs Asshats, How to Save Obamacare, Nihilism in the White House

Pussy hats: To be used as headwear, only.
Pussy hats: To be used as headwear, only. Ramon Dompor

It's another compilation of letters to the editor! Here are some of our favorites from this week's e-mail bag:

To the Fine Folks at The Stranger:

"Apparently, it is not okay to fuck pussy hats. But, it may or may not be okay to fuck asshats." —MR2

Thank you for your information and entertainment. Perhaps you need some new fonts to typeset some words, e.g., phở correctly. ;)

Keep up the great work.

With Regards,

Michael R. Ramey
雷麥克 MR2

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The Southern Salvation of Adia Victoria

Adia Victoria plays with DoNormaal and Reverend Dollars at Sunset Tavern this Tues Feb 28.
Adia Victoria plays with DoNormaal and Reverend Dollars at Sunset Tavern this Tues Feb 28.

It's easy to forget, in its current whitewashed and sterilized state, that blues music used to be dark and dangerous. From Robert Johnson’s hellhounds to Geeshie Wiley’s buzzards, there was a time, many decades ago, when blues was the devil’s music. Adia Victoria knows about those blues.

On her debut single, 2014’s “Stuck in the South,” Victoria plays a swampy blues riff on her electric guitar and sings, “I don’t know much about Southern belles/But I can tell you something ’bout Southern hell.” Last year, she released her first full-length, Beyond the Bloodhounds. While she still finds herself embedded in the South, Victoria now speaks as someone who escaped, briefly, and returned as though she were drawn back by some unfinished business.

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Where To Watch The 2017 Oscar Winners In Seattle

Stunning drama Moonlight won best picture.
Stunning drama Moonlight won best picture.

If you haven't yet seen the movies that won this year's Academy Awards, it's not too late. Six films—including Moonlight (best picture), La La Land (winner of six awards, including lead actress and best director), and Manchester by the Sea (which won for leading actor and original screenplay)—are still playing in the Seattle area. Click through the film titles below to see complete movie times and theaters, watch trailers, and read our critics' full reviews. For other films playing in Seattle, see our movie times calendar.

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The Morning News: Seattle Times Editorial Board Wants Gov. Jay Inslee to Stop Fighting Trump, Ballard Buildings Defaced by Nazi Graffiti

Watching Trumps America in a Seattle Somali business...
Watching Trump's America in a Seattle Somali business... Charles Mudede

Jewish Cemetery Vandalized in Philadelphia and Buildings in Ballard Defaced With Anti-Semitic Graffiti: Yesterday, the police in Philadelphia found 100 toppled tombstones in a Jewish cemetery. Also yesterday, people in Ballard found on buildings graffiti of the Star of David and the words "Jew," "fuck," and "Hitler." KOMO reports that Jewish residents in Ballard are terrorized by these white supremacist tags. There has also been a spike in bomb threats to Jewish community centers around America. And last week, a Jewish cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri was vandalized. It doesn't end there. Three months ago, a park dedicated to the late Jewish rapper MCA (Adam Yauch) was hit with Nazi graffiti and the key words: "Go Trump!" As the New York Times points out today, "President Trump issued on Tuesday his first condemnation of the mounting threats to Jewish people and institutions, after weeks of complaints from Jewish leaders that he had been unwilling to forcefully denounce such acts."

The day after he made that statement, two Indians in a sports bar in Olathe, Kansas, were shot by a man alleged to have said "Get of my country!" One of these Indians, Srinivas Kuchibhotla, died. The other survived. (A white man who pursued the alleged killer was also shot and almost killed.) There was no word about this shooting from the White House until Friday, when the press secretary Sean Spicer said it was "absurd" to connect that shooting with the anti-Muslim rhetoric of the president. Spicer also did not want to "start jumping to conclusions.” An Egyptian who attacked police officers in Paris with a knife earlier this month got a tweet from this president, but not the brown person killed in what police have described as a possible hate crime (and not a possible act of terrorism). The fact of the president's silence on the shooting has not gone unnoticed. But the silence will certainly make the situation for people of color, for Jews, for Muslims, for Mexicans worse in Trump's America.


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