EOD: Anthony Hamilton Wonders About a Billy Goat

Grammy-winning musician Anthony Hamilton happened upon a goat this week at the Indiana State Fair and wondered, who does this small creature belong to? Is it a little greedy? Does it like carrots? To the latter two questions, the singer found the answers readily. Yes, the goat does like carrots. Yes, he's a little piggish about it. The answer to the former, Hamilton and his backing singers, The Hamiltones, are leaving to the universe. Though we may never know the answer, we are left with these sweet, sweet harmonies.

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Mayor Ed Murray Names Seattle's New Top Homelessness Official

A city sanctioned tent and tiny house encampment in Ballard.
A city sanctioned tent and tiny house encampment in Ballard. Mayor Ed Murray has hired a new cabinet member to head up the city's response to homelessness. Kelly O

Mayor Ed Murray announced today he will hire a new cabinet member to oversee the city's work on homelessness. George Scarola is a former teacher and education lobbyist who will now "be responsible for leading the City’s homelessness efforts across departments," according to the mayor's office.

Scarola's (limited) relevant experience dates back to the 1990s, when he led a project converting a naval air station into housing for homeless people, according to the mayor's announcement about his hire. Scarola also worked on a school bonding measure in 1995 that "helped turn the tide for public support for Seattle schools" and was "followed by subsequent successful campaigns to fund Seattle schools and affordable housing for adults, seniors, and families," according to the mayor's office.

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56 Stranger (Than Usual) Things To Do In Seattle This Week

The Seattle City Hall will become Kitty Hall on Thursday, when you can play with and adopt kittens.
Seattle City Hall will become Kitty Hall on Thursday, when you can play with and adopt kittens from the Seattle Animal Shelter. Thinkstock

Our arts critics have already recommended 25 great things to do this week and our music critics have picked the 39 best concerts, but there are still hundreds more events happening. To prevent some of the quirkier and more extraordinary ones from slipping through the cracks, we've compiled them here—from the 2016 Pizza Crawl on Capitol Hill to the 11th Annual Jerry Garcia Celebration, and from a Whiskey & Yoga class at Rhein Haus to Nudestock. For even more options this week, check out our complete Things To Do calendar.

1. Magic Society presents: Super Duper Video!
This strange and psychedelic evening of art, hosted by Buddy & Friday Hangs, promises live puppetry, selections from puppet TV and films, music, special guests, a Skype Q&A with Sid Krofft, and even some prizes.

2. Think & Drink: The Californians Are Coming
Explore the intersection of climate change and migration at this boozy, informative event presented by Humanities Washington. Featuring Lara Whitely Binder (University of Washington Climate Impacts Group) and Jeni Krencicki Barcelos (Three Degrees Project at the UW School of Law); moderated by KUOW environmental reporter Ashley Ahearn.

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Gong Founder, Poet and "Space Whisperer" Gilly Smyth Has Died. We Won't See Her Like Again

Gilli Smyth, now off to the castle in the clouds.
Gilli Smyth, now off to the castle in the clouds.

Gilli Smyth, vocalist for English/French prog-psych band Gong, has died at 83 after a long illness.

Sometimes performing under the name Shakti Yoni, Smyth was known for her echo-laden "space whisper," wide array of personae, and surrealistically poetic lyrics. She founded Gong with her former partner Daevid Allen in 1968, gathering an incredible roster of musicians, including Steve Hillage and Didier Malherbe.

Gong was an alternate artistic universe in which phantasmagorical whimsy, utopian politics, sexual liberation, and an impish lexicon ruled. They could write concise, catchy numbers like "Rational Anthem" and "Tried So Hard," generate mantric and sinister jams like "Master Builder," engage in New Age drone and chant like "Magick Mother Invocation," or indulge in lysergic, space-outs like "Flying Teapot" and "Prostitute Poem."

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Americans May Not Be As Open To Mixed-Race Couples As They Think, UW Study Says

Is this couple disgusting to you?
Is this couple disgusting to you? pixelheadphoto / Shutterstock

I’ve lost count of the number of times someone has asked me, “What are you?”

To clarify: No, I’m not an extraterrestrial creature. I’m just mixed-race.

As the child of a German father and a Filipina mother, I am always surprised to hear those seemingly annual reports proclaiming that the United States is at a historical high of accepting mixed-race people.

Nearly a half-century after Loving vs. Virginia, a landmark 1967 Supreme Court decision that overturned laws prohibiting interracial marriage, about 6 percent of marriages in the U.S. are between people of different races and 37 percent of Americans agreed that “having more people of different races marrying each other was a good thing for society,” according to numbers released by the Pew Research Center in 2013 and 2014, respectively.

While it’s heartening to see that social “norms” surrounding interracial marriage are changing, that’s not the whole story, says Allison Skinner, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Washington’s Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences. Skinner and her team released a new study in July, which examined subjects’ implicit biases towards interracial couples. Although some test subjects stated that they were supportive of mixed-race couples, some of Skinner’s experiments hinted at hidden feelings of disgust.

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As Drive Like Jehu Return to Seattle, Seattle Bands Describe Their Profound Influence

“Drive Like Jehu represented everything I really wanted in heavy rock music.”
“Drive Like Jehu represented everything I really wanted in heavy rock music.”

Drive Like Jehu didn't sell many records during their brief existence, but the band's small, potent canon—1991's Drive Like Jehu, 1992's "Bullet Train to Vegas" 7-inch, and 1994's Yank Crime—had an explosive impact on many of our region's musicians, who are awaiting the San Diego post-hardcore band's reunion tour with a fervor not seen since the 2005 regrouping of Slint. Below, they detail just how much Drive Like Jehu's sound and fury have meant to them.

Alicia Amiri (Nightmare Forest, Lovesick Empire): Drive Like Jehu have been a huge inspiration for me. They [taught me] that it's possible to have a heavy shredding rock band that doesn't have the trappings of über-masculine, flashy cock rock. Rick Froberg was my gateway drug to electric guitar.

Nabil Ayers (4AD Records, Sonic Boom Records, the Long Winters, Alien Crime Syndicate): John Reis is a turn-of-the-century guitar hero. He belonged in Guitar Player magazine in the '90s alongside Tom Morello, Billy Corgan, and Kim Thayil. And he belongs there now next to Annie Clark, Josh Homme, and the guy from Muse. In a band already stacked with one of the best drummers, Reis is the real drummer in Drive Like Jehu. He's transformed the guitar into a percussion instrument that blasts out chunking, gut-bending rhythms with anxious bird chirps and friendly animal squeals. He does it with 100 percent authority and zero percent wankery.

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Seattle Police on Drugging in Bars: "This Is Definitely a Problem"

Bars like Big Marios have started posting signs that instruct patrons on what to do if they think theyve been drugged.
Bars like Big Mario's have started posting signs that instruct patrons on what to do if they think they've been drugged. Devin Bannon

Multiple people say they have been drugged in Seattle bars this summer. Yet, despite the accounts spreading on social media, police told The Stranger earlier this month that they had not received an uptick in formal drugging reports.

That may be because people who believe they’ve been drugged do not go to the police for fear that they won't be taken seriously, or they believe that police won't be able to do anything about the crime. (Most of the people I interviewed several weeks ago didn't report to police for similar reasons.) But now it appears that the Seattle Police Department is trying to send the message that it does take the problem seriously. And in the meantime, bar owners are trying to figure out what they can do without waiting for the police to intervene.

In a Monday interview, Seattle police spokesperson Sergeant Sean Whitcomb said he believed that drugging in bars "is definitely a problem." Two weeks ago, Whitcomb attended a meeting with the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce, law enforcement, and bar owners to discuss increased reports on social media about people getting drugged. "Everyone is pretty vigilant and pretty aware that, hey, this is something that does happen and we need to guard against it," Whitcomb said.

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What the "White Man's Fly" Tells Us About Intelligent Design

Designing a city for other life forms.
Designing a city for other life forms. Sarah Bergmann

The thing I better grasped when reading for the third time James Shapiro's difficult but stimulating little book Evolution: A View from the 21st Century is that life is profoundly intelligent. Meaning, intelligence is not only found in the heads of humans, but also in the roots and leaves of trees, and the movements of microorganisms, and even the inner workings or the most basic units of life. One can go as far as to say that the key feature of life is conscious action. Put another way: life always makes decisions. And not just life as a form, but also its processes. "Life requires cognition at all levels," writes Shapiro.

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The Most Important Police Reform Group You've Never Heard of—and How It's Failing to Do Its Job

“We’re not addressing the very piece of legislation that we wanted to talk about,” said Fé Lopez.
“We’re not addressing the very piece of legislation that we wanted to talk about,” said Fé Lopez. THE STRANGER

You'd think that a Washington task force called "Use of Deadly Force in Community Policing Joint Legislative Task Force" would be discussing the use of deadly force by police.

But that's not what's been happening since the task force was formed in April by the state legislature. Instead, in the seven hours of discussion spread across two meetings so far, Washington State's law on police killings has not been on the task force's agenda once.

In a statement to The Stranger, Governor Jay Inslee said he's "disappointed" the task force has not yet taken up the issue. And at the last meeting, in Burien, Snohomish County prosecutor Mark Roe described the unaddressed law on police killings as "the elephant in the room."

What's happened is all too common: A life-and-death problem comes before state lawmakers in Olympia. It's a problem with controversial solutions. Lawmakers, seeing this, duck. They create a study committee and tell it to report back a year from now.

And this is exactly what happened when Representative Luis Moscoso, a Democrat from Mountlake Terrace, tried in January to change Washington State's law on police killings. The current statute is one of the most restrictive laws on police killings in the country, making it virtually impossible to bring charges, let alone convict, police who kill civilians without proper justification.

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SL Letter of the Day: Asexuality-It's a Thing.

Originally posted on December 10, 2014.

My intelligent, lovely, in-all-ways-phenomenal 18-year-old daughter just came out to me: as asexual! I am struggling with my reaction to this. If she had said she was a lesbian, I would have been fine with it, except for all that discrimination and stuff. I will always support her, but I can't help but think that (1) something bad happened to her that (despite my near-helicopter parenting) I don't know about, and/or (2) she'll miss out! Is asexuality really a thing? Can it be some sort of opt-out-of-this-sex-stuff-until-later thing? 'Cause that I get.

Parenting Asexual Undergrad Since Evening

My response after the jump...

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Watching Hillary Clinton Open that Pickle Jar on Jimmy Kimmel Just Proves (Insert Your Craziest Working Theory)

This is not the funniest thing I have ever seen Hillary Clinton do on Jimmy Kimmel's show, but it's the part of the show last night everyone's talking about:

People talking about it include this dude ("There was no safety seal pop during #HillarysPickles") and that same dude again ("#HillarysPickle, for when Bill can't keep his in the jar") and wow that guy is thinking a lot about that pickle jar ("Has vagina. Opens (pre-opened, no safety seal pop) jar of pickles. That's it. That's all she's got").

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Cash Money For Art: It's Awards Season in Seattle

Mark Mitchell, Linked Twin Jerseys
Linked Twin Jerseys, 2016, hand-sewn silk chiffon, is part of the powerful group show What You See Is What You Sweat at the Good Arts Building. The work is an homage to a Seattle mother coping with the imprisonment of a child. Jen Graves

1. Finalists for the Betty Bowen Award ($15,000, show at Seattle Art Museum) are out: Dawn Cerny, Mark Mitchell, Sadie Wechsler (for the second year in a row), Wendy Red Star, and Evan Baden. No painters this year. Three of the artists work in photomedia, Cerny is a multimedia artist, and Mitchell works in textiles (see above).

2. The Neddy Awards (two awards of $25,000), administered by Cornish, is having an expanded 20th-anniversary exhibition at Paul Allen's Pivot Art + Culture space. Nominees this year are Nathan DiPietro, Robert Hardgrave, Paul Komada, and Kimberly Trowbridge in painting; and in open medium, Dawn Cerny, Mandy Greer, C. Davida Ingram, and Clyde Petersen.

The expanded exhibition will feature all the nominees plus 10 past winners from the two decades of the award, given in honor of the late Ned Behnke.

The guest curator this year is exciting. It's Hamza Walker, the longtime educator/curator at the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago who's also an adjunct professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and who co-curated the current Hammer Museum biennial Made in L.A. 2016, getting great reviews. He's an all-around thoughtful person whose studio visits should make a difference to Seattle artists if they can get some feedback from him.

3. The 14th annual Stranger Genius Awards (five awards of $5,000 each) are coming up on September 24th at the Moore Theatre, y'all. Don't forget the party is FREE.

Up this year in Art are Barbara Earl Thomas, Mario Lemafa, and Rob Rhee, and there are 20 other nominees upon whom you should also heap some love and affection.

Seattle's Homeowners Will Not Save the Poor

Ron Sims believes homeownership has been a wealth builder.”
Ron Sims believes "homeownership has been a wealth builder.” Charles Mudede

The fact is the investor class has entered Seattle's real estate market and is contributing to the current rapid inflation of property values. On this point, I agree with Seattle Times' Brier Dudley in his post "For Seattleites, homeownership is still a foundation of the American dream." As he points out, properties in Seattle are being converted into "investment products, similar to the way mortgages were commoditized before the 2008 market crash." Where I disagree with Dudley, and disagree sharply, is his solution to this growing crisis.

For him, it is a matter of the progressives siding with NIMBYs against the power of Wall Street and the global investor class. And he thinks that rezoning measures that increase density would only deregulate our property market and make it easier for the investor class to transform homeowners into renters and place homeownership out of reach of the poor. Yes, NIMBYs in this curious picture of the situation are good for poor people.

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Dean Wong Has Been the Portraitist of Chinatown for Four Decades—And He Is So Not Done

Three frames from Dean Wongs ongoing chronicle of Chinatown-International District.
Three frames from Dean Wong's ongoing chronicle of Chinatown-International District. Dean Wong

"This is my office," Dean Wong told me, flopping down on the corner stool at the bar of Tai Tung restaurant, where the owner called out greetings, and where a sign on the wall proclaims it the oldest remaining Chinese restaurant in Seattle. Wong grew up in a storefront down the street.

We were meeting because I saw Wong's photographs in two exhibitions and a new hardcover book called Seeing the Light: Four Decades in Chinatown.

If Chinatown is a character whose many identities unfold over a lifetime, Wong is their most devoted portraitist. He's one of those artists driven by a singular subject.

"I have this immense curiosity for this place called Chinatown," he told me. At 61, he acts the student, not the expert. He goes out to shoot every weekend.

I asked him to talk about his book and his exhibitions, and to share his streets and alleys, so we set out on two extensive walks this summer. He carried an iPad loaded with thousands of his pictures.

We hit the hardest places first. It has been a bad year.

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This Is Promising: New Report Finds Seattle Police Rarely Use Force on People in Crisis

Taking a man in crisis to the hospital.
Taking a man in crisis to the hospital. Ansel Herz

On a clear day in April, seven Seattle police officers approached a man in a frenzy at Victor Steinbrueck Park. The man was crouched on all fours, like a tiger, draped in a mylar blanket. As they got close, he made agonized and incoherent noises.

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