Stop Grabbing Things! This Women's Empowerment Campaign Is Well-Intentioned But Misses the Mark

Why dont you just keep your hands to yourself?
Why don't you just keep your hands to yourself? Screenshot from

In the wake of Donald Trump's now-infamous "grab them by the pussy" comment, some dinguses thought it would be a good idea to name their company Grab Her By The Brain.

The organization, founded by entrepreneur Elizabeth Ariosto, who is survivor of domestic violence, has good intentions. They write that their mission is "to implement school programs to encourage the empowerment, individuality and tolerance of gender equality." Ten percent of sales from their $21 "Grab Her By The Brain" baseball cap goes to a rotating set of charities, including anti-bullying campaigns.

They also portray themselves as women's advocates:

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Submit Your Events Today For The Winter Edition of Seattle Art and Performance

The submission deadline is Wednesday, November 2.
The submission deadline is Wednesday, November 2.

It's not yet Halloween, but, believe it or not, winter is coming. That's not all bad news though—it also means a new edition of Seattle Art and Performance will be out on the streets on December 7.

Which means: If you're an artist, performer, or arts venue and you'd like your events to be included in our comprehensive calendars of Seattle arts events, now's the time to let us know. The winter edition of Seattle Art and Performance covers visual arts, readings, theater, dance, jazz, classical, opera, comedy, film, and drag/cabaret events between December 7, 2016, and March 1, 2017.

The hard deadline for submissions is Wednesday, November 2—just a little less than two weeks from now—but we'll take them as soon as you've got them.

All you have to do is send an email to with the date, time, price, URL, a brief description, and the category of your event, and we'll take it from there.

In the meantime, you can always submit events for our online Things To Do calendar, or you can check out our lists of the best things to do this fall from the current edition of Seattle Art and Performance.

The Stranger Endorses Eileen Cody for Legislative District No. 34, Representative Position No. 1

Eileen Cody
Eileen Cody

Eileen Cody is a Group Health nurse and a solid progressive. She's represented West Seattle in the state house for more than two decades and—bonus—she actually has an idea about how to fund public education: a capital gains tax! She's also fought against funding charter schools, has supported compensation for the wrongfully incarcerated, and has successfully changed the law to treat substance-abuse disorders like mental-health problems. Cody's opponent is a 19-year-old Republican whose main preoccupation is reducing the deficit in a state that already criminally underfunds education. He seems sweet. And clueless. And misguided. Vote Cody.

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The 29 Best Movies Playing in Seattle This Weekend

Watch Mark Duplass and Sarah Paulson play reunited high-school sweethearts in the romantic Blue Jay.
Watch Mark Duplass and Sarah Paulson play reunited high-school sweethearts in the romantic Blue Jay.

It's certainly fall now, and soon it will be winter, so get with the game and start drinking at the movies (per Charles Mudede's suggestion) right now. With a variety of film festivals—the Polish Film Festival, the Seattle South Asian Film Festival, the Social Justice Film Festival, and TWIST, the Seattle Queer Film Festival—plus new releases and special screenings, you've got plenty of choices. See all of our critics' picks below, and, as always, check out our complete movie times calendar and film events calendar for even more options.

1. Denial
Because playwright-turned-screenwriter David Hare (Plenty, The Reader) wrote the uncomfortably timely Denial, it follows that it sometimes feels like a filmed play. Director Mick Jackson (HBO’s Temple Grandin) attempts to invest the proceedings with cinematic allure—diverse locations, attractive establishing shots—but the film lives and dies by the dialogue and the performances, so it’s fortunate that both are strong. Hare drew from the book History on Trial by Emory professor Deborah Lipstadt (Rachel Weisz, credible as a Queens native) about the libel suit self-educated British historian David Irving (Timothy Spall, making the most of a thankless role) filed against her. KATHY FENNESSY


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2. American Honey
American Honey, the first movie set in the States by British filmmaker Andrea Arnold (Red Road, Fish Tank), finds the director working with some fairly ludicrous self-imposed hindrances: a largely untrained cast, Shia LaBeouf at his most methody-bedraggled, and a nearly three-hour running time. That she makes these all meld together beautifully feels like some kind of weird alchemy...

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Liberty Bank Project Is a Beacon of Hope in Rapidly-Gentrifying Central District

The news faces of the historical Liberty Bank building. From L to R: Evelyn Thomas Allen, BCIA; Wyking Garrett, Africatown; Andrea Caupain, Centerstone; Kevin Dawson Jr., Centerstone; Jaebadiah Gardner and Jill Fleming of CHH.
The news faces of the historical Liberty Bank building. From L to R: Evelyn Thomas Allen, Black Community Impact Alliance; Wyking Garrett, Africatown; Andrea Caupain and Kevin Dawson Jr., Centerstone; and Jaebadiah Gardner and Jill Fleming of Capitol Hill Housing. Courtesy of Capitol Hill Housing

Seattle’s Central District is all too familiar with the pains of gentrification. As housing prices have surged, white Seattleites have swooped into the historically black neighborhood to take advantage of cheaper rents, displacing long-time residents. Census data shows the neighborhood’s black population dropping from 51 percent to 21 percent in the last two decades.

A new union between Capitol Hill and Central District community organizations hopes to change that.

Through a formal partnership announced last week, nonprofit organizers with Africatown, Black Community Impact Alliance (BCIA), Centerstone, and Capitol Hill Housing (CHH) have agreed to work together on equitable development plans in the Central District.

Their first project: redeveloping the lot that was once home to Liberty Bank, the first black-owned bank in the Pacific Northwest.

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Putin Is Not Outsmarting Clinton, But Clinton Is Outsmarting Trump


One of the oldest and most annoying tricks that the GOP and Breitbart loves to pull is to fix on an opponent some negative thing that's obviously fixed on the them. And so we are told that the Dems are rigging the election, when for years the GOP has been trying its best to make it harder and harder for blacks to vote. Or that Clinton started the birther movement, when in fact it was right-wing racists. Last night during the third and thankfully last presidential debate, Trump kept saying that Clinton was being outsmarted by Putin. But, of course, he was the one being outsmarted by Clinton. Trump did not lose that debate because he self-imploded or self-destructed. He lost because Clinton set a trap and he fell right into it like a water buffalo in the grip of its instincts.

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We Believe You Should Vote No on Initiative 732

The climate change policy on your ballot looks good. Its not.
The climate change policy on your ballot looks good. It's not. Sydney Brownstone

The members of the SECB who voted to endorse Initiative 732 will tell you that we are making the perfect the enemy of the good.

Here's the problem: I-732 is not actually "good."

It is not good climate policy. It is not good tax policy. I-732 is an actively bad policy disguised as a ground-breaking progressive idea. In our opinion, it threatens not just the climate movement but much needed state revenues that fund social services, education, and other basic needs. It also fails to center the climate movement on those most adversely affected by climate change: communities of color.

Supporters will try to convince you to support the initiative because it is something—anything—to address climate change (any policy is better than no policy). We agree climate change is urgent.

But I-732 does not actually effectively address climate change. And it may torpedo the state’s best efforts to pass future, better climate standards.

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Savage Love: The Trump Talk


Waiting to pay for my groceries at the market this evening, this guy, stinking of booze, says to my 9-year-old daughter, "Sweetheart, can you put the divider thing there for me?" I move closer to my daughter; he then reaches his hand over me and wraps his hand around her arm, saying, "Now, you be nice to your Mommy, sweetie." I pluck his hand off. "Do not touch my child," I say. My other hand is pressed against my daughter's ribs, and I can feel her heart POUNDING. "You have a beautiful daughter," he says. The cashier, whom we know, a guy, looks at me, eyebrows up. I roll my eyes. So pissed. We leave. "I hated that man," my daughter says once we get in the car. "He smelled bad, I wanted to hit him, if anyone ever does that to me again I'm going to scream." Here we effing go: "Sometimes you have to be hypervigilant," I tell my daughter, "because some gross men out there feel they are entitled to touch us." And then I share my story: "When I was a little girl..." I don't even remember the first time it happened to me. I don't remember the last time some pervert rubbed up against me. But that's what you have to deal with when you are a girl. We have to learn to brush this shit off, to make sure that this endless assault course of predators doesn't take one bit of your pride, your confidence, or your sense of peace as you walk through this world. I am so angry.

We should call this the "Trump Talk." The depressing conversation that every parent needs to have with their little girl about revolting, predatory, entitled men. The Trump Talk.

Mother And Daughter Discuss Enraging Realities

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Heaven and Hell Clash in Clear and Sweet at On the Boards

The blind leading the blind but in a good way.
The blind leading the blind but in a good way. James Morgan

Stranger Geniuses in performance zoe | juniper have teamed up with a local sacred harp choir to produce the most intense, backwoods Armageddon fever dream spiked with moments of meta-theatricality that I have ever experienced, and I'm a retired drama kid who was raised a Jehovah's Witness in western Missouri.

The show is called Clear & Sweet, and it combines spooky shape-note singing, atmospheric sludge metal, Zoe Scofield's sharp and innovative choreography (which includes blindfolded dancing!), and Juniper Shuey's digital wizardry to conjure up intimate battles between heaven and hell, submission and domination, and the living and the dead.

Clear & Sweet starts today and runs through the weekend. Before I go on about why you should make time to see it, you need to know what shape-note singing is. Though it's a protestant hymn movement imported to the U.S. from rural England in the 18th century, it's not exactly popular. Take a listen:

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Seattle Halloween 2016: 23 Dog- And Kid-Friendly Events


This year in Seattle, you have no excuse for not having Halloween plans—check out our Halloween calendar for more than 200 events ranging from costume parties to haunted houses. But if those numbers overwhelm you, we're here to break it down even further—including with this list of adorable and non-scary events you can bring your dogs and/or children to (many of which have boozy options for adults as well). Find all of your options below, ranging from the Pumpkin Bash at the zoo to Peddler Brewing Company's Howl-O-Ween Dog Party to Tricks, Treats and Science Feats at the Pacific Science Center. If you're looking for more grown-up activities, check out our other lists of Halloween activities, including 19 Haunted Houses, Ghost Tours, And Other Scary Events.

1. Dog-o-Ween 2016: Bow Wow Bibbidy-Boo!
What's your canine going as for Halloween this year? A princess? A butterfly? A bad, bad dog? It remains to be seen which pooch will win the costume contest, but in any case, both you and your animal can enjoy the bonus Caspar Babypants performance in the park. Sponsored by COLA, the Citizens for Off-Leash Areas in Seattle.

2. Pumpkin Carving Party
Sip on hot apple cider and carve pumpkins with the kiddos on the deck of Ray's Cafe. There will be heat lamps and blankets to keep you warm, but adults can also purchase pumpkin beers and cocktails for an additional layer. Your $15 will buy you the cider, a pumpkin, an LED candle, and the use of a child-safe carving tool.

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Concert Review: Kanye West Sets the Night on Fire at KeyArena Stop of His Saint Pablo Tour

Mr. West is in the building.
Mr. West is in the building. JF

Kanye West put on a meticulous performance of his Saint Pablo tour at KeyArena on Wednesday night, one that showed total mastery of his art—and of his audience.

As fans filed in, taking photos and buying merch, a deep, metered bass tone rumbled through the arena, interspersed with wolf-like howls. There was no opener, no DJ hyping up the audience with “If you’re ready for Kanye West make some noise!” nonsense. And then, suddenly, the arena dimmed to black and a floating platform began to rise. West appeared, barely lit, and the show began.

Opening with “Father Stretch My Hands,” Kanye performed most of the songs from his latest album, The Life of Pablo—though he skipped “Saint Pablo” and “FML.” West threaded popular singles into the setlist as well, including a standout performance of “Heartless” and a crowd-engaging round of “All of the Lights.” If you’re like me, you wish he had also performed track X and track Y. Then, if you’re like me, you remind yourself:

Kanye’s repertoire is much too extensive to cover fully in a mere 90 minutes.

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KEXP Goes Big With Its First Record Fair This Saturday


KEXP is holding its first-ever Record Fair, this Saturday, October 22 from 10 am-8pm at the radio station's Seattle Center gathering space. The free, all-ages fair is happening in conjunction with Easy Street Records and Chicago reissue label extraordinaire Numero Group. In addition to those august music peddlers, the fair will feature eight other music retailers (Daybreak, Sonic Boom, Silver Platters, Portland's Musique Plastique, Georgetown, Road Trip, Mezzanine, Bluebelle), four labels (Light in the Attic, Sub Pop, Hardly Art, and Freakout), and four private dealers selling their goods. DJs will be spinning records all day, too. A few tables are still available for the fair. If you're interested, contact Matt Vaughan at, posthaste.

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During This Residency, Artists Have Scavenging Privileges

It feels good to throw something away. But then it has to be dealt with.
It feels good to throw something away. But then it has to be dealt with. The Stranger

Artists have used trash forever, but in a new Seattle residency, the dump is actually their studio.

This dump has only been in South Seattle for two years. It's nicknamed "The Murph," because it's called MRF, or Machine Recycling Facility. It's owned by Recology CleanScapes, a recycling company that is based—and has a great artist residency program—in San Francisco. When Recology Cleanscapes expanded to Seattle in 2014, it started supporting artists here, too, on site at its 75,000-square-foot facility.

Dakota Gearhart and Alexander Keyes were the recent artists chosen. Their work was only up for a night, in Flutter Studios, in Pioneer Square, because of venue logistics. But the program continues. A residency includes three months at the MRF with space to work, a stipend, and an exhibition.

What Gearhart and Keyes didn't expect is how inspiring an experience it would be just spending time in the MRF.

It's the place that receives and manages much of our recycling throughout King County.

"There are 50-foot tall piles of garbage and recycling," Keyes said, sounding like a kid recalling a dream.

"You can get so caught up in looking in there," Gearhart echoed, dreamily, too. "It has a beautiful paint job inside. Bright colors. There are so many vantage points—you climb up these staircases and look out over bulldozers shoving trash up these hills and the bulldozers are almost tipping over. You can open up peep holes and watch these things shoot out cans. There are magnets sorting. Huge piles of dust, dust piles huge like you've never seen. And you think, like, this is the plan?"

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Cops Get Military in Must-See Doc Do Not Resist

Even those familiar with the problem of “police militarization” in America, this film is gripping.
Even those familiar with the problem of “police militarization” in America, this film is gripping.

Men in camouflage carrying assault rifles looking on as a group of teenagers march past them holding protest signs. A mine-resistant military vehicle passing through a quiet neighborhood. State agents smashing the windows as they raid a family's home. No, this isn't Syria or North Korea or Bahrain. This is America and its police forces, as shown in the chilling and superb new documentary Do Not Resist.

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The Stranger Endorses a "YES" Vote on Initiative No. 1433

Thanks to Republicans, all recent attempts to raise the state minimum wage above the current $9.47 via legislative action have failed. I-1433 gives we, the people, the power to raise the minimum wage to $13.50 over four years—$13.50 because that's the hourly wage one needs to earn to afford rent and bare necessities, even in shitty little towns like Cle Elum and Everett and Moses Lake. (The shitty little towns we'll all be living in after everyone but Savage is finally priced out of Seattle.) This measure would also mandate that employers provide one hour of paid sick and safe time for every 40 hours worked. This is especially critical for food-service workers, who are often pushed to work while sick. (Don't want someone with walking Ebola making your burrito? You gotta vote yes on I-1433.)

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