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Watch This: 2017 Oscars, The Detour, Blacklist: Redemption, Big Little Lies, Crashing

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Last week's big awards show was the Grammys, this week, it's the Oscars. (And after that, we promise there aren't going to be any award shows for a while). While it's not a huge weekend for premieres, there are definitely some noteworthy shows. And, oh yeah, the Oscars.

Tonight: I can't say I agree with the idea of a Blacklist spin-off—frankly, the show without James Spader as Reddington really isn't the show anymore—but, because its predecessor is so good, and because it stars babelicious Ryan Eggold, there's a mild possibility that Blacklist: Redemption will be good. It follows Tom Keen (Eggold) as he goes undercover to hunt down the attacker of his beloved Liz, and in the process, starts uncovering stuff from his own past, which includes learning his mom (played by always lovely Famke Janssen, another strike in the show's favor) heads a covert mercenary organization. (10 pm, NBC) Here's a video clip of the first two minutes:

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Facing Tomorrow with Weyes Blood

Weyes Blood plays Sunset Tavern with Fatal Jamz tomorrow night.
Weyes Blood plays Sunset Tavern with Fatal Jamz tomorrow night.

Named after Southern Gothic novelist Flannery O’Connor’s book Wise Blood, Weyes Blood (aka Los Angeles musician Natalie Mering) plays anti-Americana that feels all too appropriate in this age of uncertainty.

“Land of Broken Dreams,” the opening track of Mering’s 2014 record The Innocents, is a perfect introduction to her brand of doomsday folk. “My family, my country, and my school have all left me dry,” she sings, “To wonder why we are just born to buy then die/And change nothing.” As Weyes Blood, Mering writes songs about resisting the urge to self-sedate when you’re constantly “put through the failure of some man’s world.”

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The 25 Best Movies Playing in Seattle This Weekend (Including 14 Oscar Nominees): Feb 23-26, 2017

If youre avoiding the Oscars, there are plenty of options, including 1988 anime classic Akira (a fever dream of animation and taiko drums).
If you're avoiding the Oscars, there are plenty of options, including 1988 anime classic Akira (a fever dream of animation and taiko drums).

Before the 89th Academy Awards (and first-time host Jimmy Kimmel) honor the best films of 2016 on Sunday, head to the movies this weekend to see one of our critics' picks. You can catch nominees (noted with * below) like the deep and powerful documentary I Am Not Your Negro or the wordless, animated, Studio Ghibli production The Red Turtle, or avoid the Academy and instead watch picks you can't find anywhere else, like the films featured in the Seattle Asian American Film Festival. Click through the links below to see specific movie times and trailers. If you're only interested in the Oscars, check out our lists of where to watch the nominees or Academy Award ceremony watching parties. For more options, check out our complete movie times calendar.

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THURSDAY ONLY
1. Daughters of the Dust
Julie Dash is a black female director, and the fingers on one hand can count all of the major black female directors in the history of American cinema without depletion: Dash, Kasi Lemmons, and Ava DuVernay. Dash, in my opinion, is the most talented of the big three, and I base this opinion on the lyrical greatness of Daughters of the Dust, a film set in a strange time (1902) on a strange island (Georgia's St. Helena Island), and negotiates a strange cultural zone (between black Africa and black America) with a poetry that, though romantic, has anthropological sophistication. Black women are the stars of this work, which has a profoundly (if not surprisingly) American ending. You must watch Daughters because you will not find a film like it anywhere. It's like some rare bird that's not only striking because of its unusual colors but because of the perfection of its form. You must also watch Daughters if you have plans to watch Raul Peck's Oscar-nominated doc, I Am Not Your Negro. CHARLES MUDEDE
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Car2Go Vehicle Parked in Ravenna Gets Tagged with Sticker Promoting White Supremacy

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This shit again. Courtesy of Doug Nellis

Slog reader Doug Nellis noticed something strange when he went to take a ride in a nearby car2go: The Smart car had a neo-Nazi sticker slapped onto its bumper. The sticker appeared to have been placed that day, he wrote in an e-mail.

"I didn't see this kind of shit three months ago," Nellis wrote.

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Watch Dave Reichert's Faux Facebook "Town Hall"

Republican Dave Reichert held a Facebook Q&A instead of a town hall. Viewers reacted with emojis as they watched the live feed.
Republican Dave Reichert held a Facebook Q&A instead of a town hall. Viewers reacted with emojis as they watched the live feed. KCTS

Free from the annoyance of having to listen directly to the voters he works for, Republican Congressman Dave Reichert (R-Auburn) settled in comfortably for a live Q&A with KCTS 9's Enrique Cerna this afternoon.

Reichert has been avoiding the type of real, in-person town hall meetings that have been blowing up in the faces of Republicans across the country. Instead, he offered today's interview—which was not open to other reporters or the public—as an alternative. That has pissed off some of his constituents, who've been holding their own events, including an "empty chair town hall" in Cashmere that drew 400 people and a rally outside Reichert's Issaquah office today. KCTS said it received more than 2,000 questions.

The KCTS interview today, which you can watch below, covered President Donald Trump's immigration policies, Republican promises to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and and Reichert's vote against requesting Trump's tax returns. But it started with the obvious question: Why is he refusing to hold a town hall meeting?

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NewsDrugs

White House: Yeah, We're Going To Go After Legal Pot

Politico:

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Thursday that he expects states to see “greater enforcement” of the federal law against marijuana use, a move that would be at odds with a growing number of states’ decisions to legalize it. Spicer, taking questions from reporters at the daily briefing, differentiated between the administration’s positions on medical marijuana and recreational marijuana.... Spicer suggested that the administration is opposed to encouraging recreational marijuana use and connected it with the crisis with opioid addiction in some areas.

Instead of going after the pharmaceutical companies that are driving and profiting from the opioid epidemic—and buying members of congress with the profits—the White House and Justice Department are going to dust off the "gateway drug" argument and go after legal recreational marijuana. Legal pot has been linked to fewer opioid prescriptions and didn't cause the heroin epidemic and may help end it, German Lopez writes at Vox.

But the same assholes who insist that millions of illegal immigrants voted for Hillary and that Trump's inauguration day crowds were bigger than Obama's and that Melania doesn't despise Donald aren't going to let reality stop them.


FilmRace

Films for the Trump Era: Sleep Dealer and the Fear of a Brown Planet

The future of the factory in Sleep Dealer...
The future of the factory in Sleep Dealer... Maya Entertainment

The cinema of this millennium's first decade gave us three great science fiction films: District 9, Children of Men, and Sleep Dealer. The last two weren't box-office hits, though both were much better than the first film, Neill Blomkamp's District 9 (2009). The second film, Alfonso Cuarón's Children of Men, is only now getting some attention because it's producing lots and lots of unexpected echoes as it moves through our moment. That movie turns out to be a dub for an event that hadn't happened when it was made in 2006: Brexit. Alex Rivera's Sleep Dealer is also generating echoes with our times. Set in the near future, the 2008 film is about a young Mexican man, Memo (Luis Fernando Peña), who leaves his village—which has been destroyed by US drones—to work in a strange factory in a border city. Trump's wall has been built, and no poor Mexican citizen can even dream of entering the US. The "fucken" wall is not only tall but militarized.

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Savage Love: Fantasy Scenarios

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Joe Newton

I am a straight married man. My wife and I have a 4-year-old and a 3-month-old. We've just started having intercourse again. For Valentine's Day, we spent the night in a B&B while grandma watched the kids. We had edibles, drank sparkling wine, and then fucked. It was amazing. After we came and while we were still stoned and drunk, my wife mentioned she was open to inviting others into our sex life. I asked about getting a professional sex worker. She said no. But maybe if we were in a bar (we're never in bars) and met someone (a unicorn), she might be into it. Anal came up. She's always said she's up for trying anything once. I have a desire to experiment with anal. (Not just me entering her, but her pegging me as well.) I asked if she would use the vibrator we brought on me, just to experiment. She said she was too high to do anything. I felt let down. I feel she unknowingly teased me with fantasies I have, not knowing I actually have them. We have a good sex life, and I'm willing to write off the fantasies we discussed while high and drunk. It's the teasing that drove me crazy.

Having And Realizing Desires

P.S. I'm in no hurry. We just had a baby, and I don't want to pressure my wife right now. My fear is that she may only like the idea of exploring our sexuality together and not the reality of it.

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Review: Rent at the Paramount Has Good Singers, But the Show Has Aged Poorly

Skyler Volpe, in her first national tour, does a good job singing the part of Mimi.
Skyler Volpe, in her first national tour, does a good job singing the part of Mimi. Carol Rosegg

I have a friend who's a millennial and who likes the movie version of Rent. I give him endless crap for it, so naturally he's the person I invited to see the 20th anniversary tour of Rent that's playing at the Paramount through February 26.

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Savage Love Letter of the Day: Reader Advice Round-up

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I'm often give some other rightwing fuckwad the Santorum treatment—redefine their last name—but I demure because the santorum campaign was something special and it would be hard to replicate. (I dedicate a chapter in my last book to how it came together and why it worked.) Somehow, though, I wavered that conviction last week on Blabbermouth and got kindasortamaybe got behind the idea of redefining Rep. Jason Chaffetz's last name. Chaffetz is a Republican from Utah, the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the dude who launched an investigation every time Hillary Clinton farted, but he's downplaying Flynngate, refusing to investigate financial conflicts of interest relating to Trump, couldn't care less about Russia, and is pushing the lie that the people showing up at town hall meetings are paid protesters. Chaffetz is ripe for Santorum-izing—he's disgusting and, like Rick, his last name sounds like something disgusting—and now I'm tempted. And so are all of you:

Chaffetz: menstrual blood that dries and forms clots in one's pubic hair, making walking and other forms of movement painful. Much Love from a teacher who has been a loyal magnum subscriber ever since you created the magnum subscription, and who suffers from chaffetz now and then!

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Get Out Hits Horror, Satire, and Race

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Get Out is a feature-length version of the not-quite-joking sentiment among African Americans that the suburbs, with their overwhelming whiteness and cultural homogeneity, are eerie twilight zones for Black people. Far from being a one-joke movie, however, Jordan Peele’s directorial debut is both a clever, consistently funny racial satire and a horror film, one that mocks white liberal cluelessness and finds humor in—but doesn’t dismiss—Black people’s fears.

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Trump Is Trying to Cut Arts Funding. But Are You Really Surprised?

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The arts, what a snore... WIN MCNAMEE / GETTY

This is a city that loves its public media. Nearly every cab driver around town seems to listen to All Things Considered on repeat, and in addition to KUOW and KEXP, we also have KNKX, the newly independent radio station that plays bird songs every morning, classical music station KING, and public television station KCTS 9. But last weekend, The New York Times reported that failed steak salesman and current US president Donald Trump—a man with less political experience than a high school class president—had drafted a “hit list” of programs to defund, including Americorps, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), which distributes federal funds to over 1,400 locally-owned public radio and television stations across the U.S.

That’s right, folks: He’s coming for our tote-bags.

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Live: We're Outside GOP Rep. Dave Reichert's Office, Where Hundreds of his Constituents Are Rallying to be Heard


We're outside of GOP Congressman Dave Reichert's office, where hundreds of constituents are participating in a "Hear Our Voice" rally. The demonstration is inspired partly by Reichert's refusal to host a town hall for the people he represents. Follow along here:

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The Long Shadow of Lynching in 2017

Waning runs through March 1 at Annex Theatre. White audience members are encouraged to bring a friend of color.
Waning runs through March 1 at Annex Theatre. White audience members are encouraged to bring a friend of color. Annex Theater

Seattle playwright, actor, and dancer Kamaria Hallums-Harris didn't know what she was going to write for her senior thesis project at Cornish College of the Arts. But when George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin, her mission clarified.

As the Zimmerman case unfolded on the news, she began to wonder whether black women were being killed by police as often and for the same reasons that black men were. Her queries led her to the history of lynching.

She found the story of Mary Turner, who, in 1918, was hanged by her ankles, set on fire, and riddled with bullets. Seeing that Turner was eight months pregnant at the time, a member of the white mob that strung her up cut the unborn baby from her womb and stomped on it. She also found the story of Laura Nelson, who was raped and hanged from a bridge. The baby she was carrying reportedly survived the murder.

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21 Mardi Gras 2017 Events In Seattle

Celebrate Brazilian Carnaval with music and dancing at the Crocodile or the Royal Room.
Celebrate Brazilian Carnaval with music and dancing at the Crocodile or the Royal Room. StockPhotosArt / Shutterstock.com

Mardi Gras is Tuesday, February 28, and there are lots of opportunities to let the good times roll in the coming days—from a Cajun tasting menu at Tilth to free New Orleans-style music at the Triple Door and the Royal Room to giant dance parties a 5K race with plenty of beads to help you prepare for all the food you're going to eat on Tuesday. See all of your options below, or on our Mardi Gras calendar.

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FEBRUARY 23-28
1. Mardi Gras Tasting Menu
For Mardi Gras, Maria Hines's local-focused restaurant Tilth will serve a special eight-course, New Orleans-style menu featuring boudin (blood sausage) croquettes with creole mustard and remoulade, shrimp and grits with andouille, red beet risotto, and blackened venison with broccolini, and Theo chocolate ganache. Try them with other dishes for a cheaper-than-usual $80 ($100 with wine pairings). Of course, there will also be Cajun music, beads, and masks.

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