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Cafe Racer Announces They're Closing for Good

Its a bar, a coffeeshop, a restaurant, a music venue, and a neighborhood fixture.
It's a bar, a coffeeshop, a restaurant, a music venue, and a neighborhood fixture. caferacerseattle.com

"It is with great sadness that I have to say this," owner Kurt Geissel says. "Café Racer is closing. The last night will be this Wednesday."

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CrimeCops

Mother and Son Suspected of Motor Theft Treated for Bullet Wounds After Seattle Police Opened Fire at Fleeing Car in Eastlake

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A suspected driver and passenger of a fleeing vehicle that was shot by Seattle Police officers in Eastlake were both treated for bullet wounds after they were arrested on Friday, according to court and police records. Prosecutors charged both suspects with vehicle theft.

Officers from the Seattle Police Department and Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office arrested Joshua Brooks, 20, and Wendy Lee, 46, on suspicion of vehicle theft in Everett on Friday. Both were transported to Harborview Medical Center for treatment of bullet wounds. The suspects appear to be mother and son, according to police reports.

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Chess Champ and Queen of Katwe Lands in Kirkland

Madina Nalwanga played Phiona Mutesi in the 2016 film Queen of Katwe.
Madina Nalwanga played Phiona Mutesi in the 2016 film Queen of Katwe. Disney

Phiona Mutesi, a famed Uganadan chess player, was first introduced to the public by Tim Crothers’ 2012 book The Queen of Katwe, which was later adapted into a Disney movie starring Madina Nalwanga as Mutesi and Lupita Nyong'o as her mother. In the story, Mutesi’s family lives in desperate poverty and hopelessness, but her world rapidly changes after she discovers chess. The game became her tool out of poverty, and today, Mutesi is a freshman at the Northwest University in Kirkland, where she’s been awarded a scholarship for tuition.

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Judge Blocks Anti-Safe Consumption Site Measure from February Ballot

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A ballot measure banning safe consumption sites will not appear on the February ballot.

King County Superior Court Judge Veronica Galvan ruled today that the initiative exceeds the scope of local initiative authority and cannot go to the ballot. The ruling comes after a group of safe consumption site advocates sued over the ballot measure, arguing that county health policy cannot be determined by public vote.

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The 53 Best Things To Do in Seattle This Week: October 16-22, 2017

SAMs Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect exhibit, featuring more than 100 works by the quintessential American painter, opens this week.
SAM's Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect exhibit, featuring more than 100 works by the quintessential American painter, opens this week.

Our music critics have already chosen the 28 best concerts this week, but now it's our arts critics' turn to recommend the best events in their areas of expertise. Here are their picks in every genre—from Creepy-Crawly Cocktails to Coriolanus: Fight Like a Bitch, and from Lit Crawl to the second week of TWIST, the Seattle Queer Film Festival. See them all below, and find even more events on our complete Things To Do calendar.

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MONDAY
FOOD & DRINK
Rain City Chefs Alliance Dinner
The Rain City Chefs Alliance (RCCA) is exactly what it sounds like: a group of chefs working toward a common goal. What, exactly, is that goal? To "unite the community of chefs in Seattle to offer diners truly unique and inventive dining experiences." In plain English, they're doing a collaborative pop-up series. Also, those pop-ups raise money for Big Table, a nonprofit that helps chefs dealing with mental-health and substance-abuse issues. Who are they, though? They're a pretty goddamn impressive lineup: Tarsan i Jane's Perfece Rocher, Eden Hill's Maximillian Petty, Chan's Heong Soon Park, Manolin's Alex Barkley, and No Anchor/Navy Strength's Jeff Vance, as well as the front-of-house talents of Suzi An and Alia Rocher. This dinner might seem spendy, but remember that it's brought to you by the closest thing Seattle has to an all-star team and it's raising money for a very good cause. It's also representative of a burgeoning trend in this city toward more daring in fine dining, which is something that we definitely need. Encouraging the culinary adventures of the RCCA is well worth your $275. TOBIAS COUGHLIN-BOGUE

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Hunger Strikes "Put a Human Face" on Immigrant Incarceration, US Reps. Smith and Jayapal Say

US Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal speaking at the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project about the legislation she and Rep. Adam Smith have introduced to end mandatory detention and private immigration detention centers.
US Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal speaking at the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project about the legislation she and Rep. Adam Smith have introduced to end mandatory detention and private immigration detention centers. SB

It's rare that electeds make a direct link between grassroots activism and a policy they're pushing. But today, during a press conference held at the offices of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, US Representatives Adam Smith and Pramila Jayapal cited immigrant-led hunger strikes as something that bolstered support for a bill they're proposing that would end private immigration detention center contracts with the Department of Homeland Security.

"Pure and simple, it raised awareness to how awful it was," Congressman Adam Smith said.

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Seattle Opera's Barber of Seville Stars the Secret Love Child of Prince and Jim Morrison

John Moore as Figaro in The Barber of Seville.
John Moore as Figaro in The Barber of Seville. Philip Newton

If Prince and Jim Morrison had a secret love child it would be John Moore playing Figaro in the opening night of Seattle Opera’s The Barber of Seville. He swings his long, curly, bad-boy rockstar hair around and preens. He brags about how everybody—guys and girls, young and old—wants him. He acts like he’s smarter than everyone else. But in the case of this opera, he actually is.

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The Best Happy Hours at Hotel Restaurants in Seattle

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Outlier

Hotel Monaco, 1101 Fourth Ave, 206-624-7755

Outlier is the snazzy new restaurant at Hotel Monaco that replaces Sazerac, an ancient dinosaur of a restaurant that served up reliably good Cajun fare until its last days. I am happy to report that Outlier is a worthy successor. In fact, I'd say the place is more than just worthy—it's downright amazing.

First of all, no single happy hour item costs more than $6, except wine, and for what you get, $6 is a steal. The fact that they also offer a quality manhattan for $6 is also very dangerous. Their chèvre-stuffed, tempura-fried squash blossoms are insanely good. Their duck confit banh mi, served on a plush, pillowy baguette, will keep that three-manhattan day from turning into a very bad night. I was also blown away by a simple walnut pesto dish, which was seasoned to absolute perfection and served with soft sections of flatbread. Their elote is not a dish you should eat while on a date, but I went with my roommate and thus had zero problem with getting their delicious lime-spiked cotija aioli all over my cheeks.

In older cities, hotel restaurants that are also really good restaurants are actually a thing. Seattle hasn't historically had the same good luck, aside from the early days of Lola and, more recently, Miller's Guild. Outlier, however, is an actual outlier. Indeed, it may be one of my favorite new restaurants, hotel or no hotel.

Happy hour is 2 to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, and includes $3 oysters, $5 to $6 appetizers, $6 cocktails, $7 glass pours, and $5 drafts.


CityArts

Raise Your Hand If You Made These Weird Anti-Jenny Durkan Posters

Reward: I will talk with you for a full hour about universal basic income if you just tell me who made these signs.
Reward: I will talk with you for a full hour about universal basic income if you just tell me who made these signs. AC

Late last month, one of my colleagues here at the Stranger saw these two posters wheat-pasted to the carapace of the construction project next to our office. And yet still, they haunt me.

To save you the trouble of zooming in and squinting, the all-caps fine print on the Molly Moon / Cary Moon poster reads:

Neither Molly Moon Nor Carry [sic] Moon were responsible for paying a convicted child molester $90,000 to maliciously entrap two mentally ill Muslim men into a terrorist conspiracy, sleep with their wives, and steal their money, unlike Jenny Durkan, who defended her actions by stating "You can't always use saints to catch sinners." For legal purposes, we would like to repeat that neither of the Moon sisters are responsible for paying a convicted child molester $90,000 to maliciously entrap two mentally ill Muslim men into a terrorist conspiracy, sleep with their wives, and steal their money. The only person responsible for this is Jenny Durkan. She bears no relation to the Moons.

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Jim Bakker (Who Is Still on TV, BTW): Stop Mocking Me or God Will Punish You

Jim Bakker in 2017.
Jim Bakker in 2017.

F. Scott Fitzgerald was a fine writer, but he was all wrong about one thing, at least: As it turns out, there is no shortage of second acts in American life if you're a complete bastard.

A mere 29 short years ago, Jim Bakker was a disgraced televangelist/entrepreneur, accused of drugging and raping his secretary Jessica Hahn, and serving a 45-year prison sentence for 24 counts of fraud that netted him $158 million. Bakker and his then-wife Tammy Faye were living personifications of the transparent sham of TV Christianity and strong arguments for the wobbly foundations of religious faith itself. A refresher course about their chicanery is below the jump, but this image might jog your memory.

Its the Bakkers, May 27, 1987
It's the Bakkers, May 27, 1987

Or Maybe this one?

Jan Hooks and Phil Hartman as the Bakkers on SNL, 1987.
Jan Hooks and Phil Hartman as the Bakkers on SNL, 1987.

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dvsn's Romantic New LP Morning After Expands R&B Boundaries

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Morning After
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The last time a man crooned that he was bad news and that his lover ought to flee, Kanye West was detangling his break-up with Amber Rose and dvsn had not yet been founded. Seven years later, the Canadian R&B duo, comprised of singer Daniel Daley and producer Nineteen85, re-assert this portent in the first track of their pulsating new album, Morning After. “Run away, I'm no good for you,” Daley insists on the ominous song. Replete with a thundering bass, strings, keys, and a choir, it serves as a prelude and thesis for the rest of the album. While their debut Sept. 5th encapsulated the thrill and intoxication of sex, Morning After grapples with love, frustration, and other emotional consequences of intimacy.

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Savage Love Letter of the Day: Start Leveling (With Her Boyfriend) or Keep Lying (To Him, With Other Men)?

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Longtime listener, first-time writer. I'm a 31-year-old queer female writing to you from
New Zealand because I want to stop being an asshole. When it comes to sex, I’m addicted to the thrill of the chase but I struggle to maintain a lasting relationship beyond that. I’ve been with my current partner for three years but it’s been an up and down kind of a ride due to various reasons and I've also slept with 14 other people in that time without his knowledge. I’ve never had a relationship where I haven’t cheated and I’ve never dated someone who can keep up with my libido. The thing is that when I do get laid, I don’t want it to last long because it’s really only the thrill of the chase that I’m into.

My current situation suits me fine. I have a pretty good relationship and when I’m feeling like I need the thrill of the chase I’ll go have a one night stand with someone and that keeps me satisfied for a while. It suits me that his happens without my partner’s knowledge and consent because it keeps things nice and simple. I know it’s not fair that he doesn’t know. It would be ideal if he was into cuckolding but I’ve raised this idea with him in the past and he’s not keen. I’ve also raised the idea of being more open/swinging and he seemed to like the idea of that, but I do wonder if any of these things are going to damage his self-esteem. He knows that I have a higher libido than him and that I’ll happily fuck him whenever he’s keen, but if I tell him that I want to fuck other guys too won’t that make him feel inadequate? He’s not super confident and that actually causes a little bit of a problem for us in the bedroom room because he can’t make eye contact during sex and so I don’t feel connected to him. I worry if I come clean about my sexual desires and how I have/would like to keep servicing my needs, it’s going to eat away at him. He’s the sort of guy that might agree to something but wouldn’t communicate his pain until it hit boiling point. So it would be easier if I kept it all secret. But that’s not morally sound.

I know that an answer to this might be “break up with your partner and find someone who’s into cuckolding” but that won’t be easy in a county with a small population and relatively conservative attitudes towards sex. So my questions are:

1. How do you ask your partner to let you fuck someone else without it damaging their self esteem?

2. Is there a name for someone who’s addicted to the thrill of the chase?

Could Unveiling Cuck Kink Entirely Distress Her Insecure Man?

P.S. If we were to open things up I think I’d be OK with my partner fucking other people too.

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Warm Service and Stellar Comfort Food at Union Saloon in Wallingford

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Late on a Sunday afternoon, I sat at the handsome horseshoe-shaped bar that anchors Union Saloon, Wallingford's newest neighborhood bar. With its heavy wooden door, antique objects, oversize booths, shiplap walls, and exposed wood-beam ceiling, the space evokes nostalgia for the taverns of the Wild West, the creaky hulls of grand ships.

I sipped an old-fashioned (cocktails here are of the classic, straight-shooting, two-to-three-ingredient variety) and dipped salty triangles of golden fried pita bread into a luscious spread of smoked sturgeon rillettes ($13)—tangy with crème fraîche, bright with lemon, lively with fresh dill—until the plate was clean. Given the day's (and every day's, it seems) news, I thought about how Union Saloon's nostalgia won't be pleasant to everyone: The "settling" of the American West and long journeys in the hull of a ship conjure up very different images depending on who you are.

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The 28 Best Concerts in Seattle This Week: October 16-22, 2017

Depeche Mode, the synth-pop group responsible for the soundtrack of the 1980s and early 90s, will swing through town on Saturday.
Depeche Mode, the synth-pop group responsible for the soundtrack of the 1980s and early '90s, will swing through town on Saturday.

This week, start preparing for Halloween crowds by attending some excellent local live music shows. Our critics have picked everything from a reunion of Pacific Northwest rock legends (The Afghan Whigs), to one of the most earnest space-rock circus freaks you'll ever meet (Nik Turner's Hawkwind), to a weaving of shadowy, hypnagogic pop ripe for this season (Zola Jesus). Follow the links below for ticket links and music clips, and find even more on our music calendar.

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


MONDAY
Escape-ism, Echo Ohs
Ian Svenonius started out in Nation of Ulysses, back when Bush I ruled the land, and went punky, spiky; he was known for breaking out a trumpet and breaking bones onstage. His latest project, Escape-ism, promises less bone break and more menace. Clad in a skinny-tie suit, he strums a southpaw guitar and roams the stage while ranting in a squeaky cadence that owes something to Half Japanese’s Jad Fair. Topics include the law of the jungle and Darwinism as it relates to life on the street. Marx, socialism, and liberation theology also enter the picture. Guitar is still spiky, though. ANDREW HAMLIN

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MusicCops

Arcade Fire’s Will Butler Joined Nikkita Oliver on Stage to Push for Stronger Police Accountability Laws

Left to right: Teresa Mosqueda, Nikkita Oliver, Sophia Nicholson-Keener, Will Butler
Left to right: Teresa Mosqueda, Nikkita Oliver, Sophia Nicholson-Keener, Will Butler SH

Arcade Fire played a loud and wide-ranging show at KeyArena last night. I danced my ass off. After the concert, I watched drunk guys stumbling out singing the part of “Wake Up” that stadiums play at sports games. Also after the show, I followed some concertgoers to Barboza for an after-party billed as a “Disco Town Hall.”

Throughout this tour, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Will Butler (brother of frontman Win) has been inviting local activists to share the stage with him to talk social justice. In Austin, they raised the issue of sick leave. In Miami, immigration and DACA. Seattle’s Disco Town Hall focused on Initiative 940, the petition drive to loosen Washington State’s restrictive law on prosecuting police officers who use deadly force.

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