The 61 Best Things To Do In Seattle This Week: March 27-April 2, 2017

Bafflingly successful rock musical Mamma Mia! (featuring the songs of ABBA) will come to the Paramount on its farewell tour this week. Dont miss your chance to see the eighth longest-running show in Broadway history.
Bafflingly successful rock musical Mamma Mia! (featuring the songs of ABBA) will come to the Paramount on its farewell tour this week. Don't miss your chance to see the eighth longest-running show in Broadway history. Kevin Thomas Garcia

Our music critics have already chosen the 32 best concerts in Seattle, 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 the one-day-only flurry of readings that is the last-ever APRIL Festival to Dinos on the Rocks to an epic durational performance festival to the Seattle Jewish Film Festival. See them all below, and find even more events on our complete Things To Do calendar.

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MONDAY
READINGS & TALKS
Lauren Grodstein with Laurie Frankel
Hear from author Lauren Grodstein, who is known for novels including Reproduction is the Flaw of Love, Girls Dinner Club, A Friend of the Family, and An Explanation for Everything. She will share bits and pieces from her upcoming work, Our Short History, a story about a mother making difficult family decisions while facing imminent death. Grodstein will be joined by Laurie Frankel, whose new novel, This Is How It Always Is (as Rich Smith wrote in January) "explores the trials, tribulations, questions, and unbridled delights that come along with raising a trans child."

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This Week in The Stranger, Plus Most Read on Slog

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It's your friendly weekly digest that breaks down the stories that ran in the paper this week! (Plus a look at the most-read stories on the Slog last week.)

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Investors Pull Out of Markets, Fearing That Trump Does Not Have Their Backs

Wall Street, the capital of socialism.
Wall Street, the capital of socialism. wdstock/gettyimages.com

The market has basically been crashing since the FBI revealed it's investigating Trump. It fell sharply again on Friday, when it was clear that Trumpcare was toast. But does this have anything to do with the market losing faith in Trump's promises to deregulate the banking industry, institute deep tax cuts for the rich, and make America more business-friendly? No. That is not why the markets are now in turmoil. The problem is this: the productive economy only goes so far, can only offer so much before it is exhausted. So the gains to be made from the removal of the real costs of production and profits (pollution and so on) are limited. The real money in our world today are yields from very risky investments. Nothing else makes that quick of a buck.

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Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman Has Been Diagnosed with Colon Cancer

Get well soon, Kim.
Get well soon, Kim. Secretary of State's Office

In a news release sent out this afternoon, Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman announced she has been diagnosed with colon cancer. She will be seeking treatment in the coming weeks.

While this news is upsetting, my doctors have told me this type of cancer is not only treatable, but curable. I expect to make a full recovery after undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

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Modern English Cancels Tour Due to Guitarist's Sudden Illness

Gary McDowell (second from left)
Stop the world: Gary McDowell (second from left) had to undergo emergency surgery Friday.

British post-punk group Modern English have had to cancel their North American tour—including a March 28 show at Neumos—due to a medical emergency suffered by guitarist Gary McDowell. He underwent emergency surgery for an unspecified ailment in LA on March 24 and will reportedly be out of commission for several days. The band's publicist says that "following surgery, [McDowell] was stable and will remain in the hospital for a few days to recuperate before flying back to the UK."

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More Than 1,000 People Are Moving to Seattle Every Week, Census Report Shows

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U.S. Census Bureau

Seattle is getting more crowded week by week, the Puget Sound Business Journal reports:

The Seattle area is the ninth fastest-growing metro in the nation, gaining about 1,100 residents per week according to population estimates issued this morning by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The federal agency released July 2016 estimates for 382 metros and 3,142 counties across the nation. The July 2016 population estimate for Seattle was 3,798,902.

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They're Gonna Legalize Weed In Canada

So this appeared in Savage Love last week...

Would you share your thoughts on our prime minister, Justin Trudeau?

I think Justin needs to stop fucking around and legalize weed already, like he promised.

When are you going to move to Canada already?

See above.

And today Foreign Policy reports...

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Reader E-Mailbag: No One Wanted Trumpcare

Congressman Joe Crawley and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi at the Kill The Bill rally this past Friday, demanding the House GOP vote No on Trumpcare.
Congressman Joe Crawley and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi at the 'Kill The Bill' rally this past Friday, demanding the House vote 'No' on Trumpcare. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for MoveOn.org

Our readers made their voices heard in this week's digital Letters to the Editor, at least with regard to the GOP's Obamacare repeal plan. Luckily for all of us, it failed to even make it to a House vote.

Enjoy all of them below...

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Savage Love Letter of the Day: Uninvited Touching from Strangers and Ghosts

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I'm 24 years old and I've been traveling around Europe for the past 10 months. Recently I've had some pretty traumatic sexual experiences and I guess I'm not sure how to wrap my head around them.

In January a friend (boy toy) came to visit me from Berlin while I was in Mallorca. The morning he left I fell back asleep and woke up to the feeling of a dick pressing itself into me from behind me. I was clothed so it didn't fully penetrate, but I was still half asleep and as I regained more consciousness I realized that my boy toy had left and this was not him. I opened my eyes, nobody was there and I could not move any part of my body. I could feel pressed hands on my chest making it's way up to my neck and fingers massaging my shoulders. After a few moments of trying to wrap my mind around what was happening, I finally got mad and said, "Who are you!?" And as soon as I did the energy began to back off and I could feel it peeling itself off of me and moving away. I couldn't sleep for weeks without being scared I was going to invite it back somehow. I guess I'm wondering what your take on incubus' are? Some say they are demons, and some say it's the person's own mind creating the experience. What is your opinion on this?

Then, about a month later (three weeks ago), I left for Barcelona. Last week, I went out to a massive night club crammed with people at every inch. I was with friends, but then went to the bar to get a drink and met a guy who I really liked.

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Speedballs for Hitler: According to Blitzed, Nazis Were Meth-Addled Psychos

Blitzed is a fast read and it explains a few previously unexplained things. Like what made the Nazis so crazy.
Blitzed is a fast read and it explains a few things.

When the Nazis invaded Poland on September 1, 1939, they were high on methamphetamine. The German-made product Pervitin "helped the tank units not to worry too much about what they were doing" and "let them get on with the job—even if the job meant killing," writes Norman Ohler in his eye-opening new book Blitzed. "Hitler refused to acknowledge" the drug's role in military successes, insisting the Nazis' secret was "the Aryan warrior's soul."

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions: Sanctuary Cities Will Be Cut Off from Department of Justice Grants

In January, Seattle mayor Ed Murray said that city government will not be intimidated by the authoritarian message coming from this administration. Sessions new policy will test that commitment.
In January, Seattle mayor Ed Murray said that city government "will not be intimidated by the authoritarian message coming from this administration." Sessions' new policy will test that commitment. HG

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced at a White House press conference today that he will start taking action against "sanctuary" jurisdictions, a loose term that applies to cities, counties, and states with policies that afford some degree of protection to undocumented residents. Seattle and King County do maintain some of these protections for undocumented immigrants, but city and county officials say Sessions' threat doesn't apply to them.

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Senate Investigators Want to Talk to Jared Kushner About Russia Meetings

Getting ready to chat with the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Getting ready to chat with the Senate Intelligence Committee. Getty Images

Well, well:

Senate investigators plan to question Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and a close adviser, as part of their broad inquiry into ties between Trump associates and Russian officials or others linked to the Kremlin, according to administration and congressional officials.

According to the New York Times, the Senate Intelligence Committee wants to ask Kushner about "a previously unreported sit-down with the head of Russia’s state-owned development bank."

In other Russia-investigation developments today, the New York Times also reports:

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Never Forget: Dave Reichert Voted for Trumpcare

*TV news reporter voice* Excuse me, Congressman Reichert! How does it feel to be hung out to dry by GOP leadership? Congressman?
*TV news reporter voice* Excuse me, Congressman Reichert! How does it feel to be hung out to dry by GOP leadership? Congressman? MARK WILSON/GETTY

Immediately following Trumpcare/Ryancare's failure, a very exclusive congressional club formed. This club consists of the few Republicans in the entire country who actually, on the record, voted for a bill that was on such a bad trajectory that it ended up getting pulled. The New York Times's Jonathan Martin says that 15 of those GOP MOCs are "targeted" in 2018, meaning the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee thinks they're vulnerable in the upcoming election. Washington state's own Dave Reichert is now a member of that club.

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Food News: New Ramen at U Village, New Cat Cafe in Capitol Hill, and Seattle's Insatiable Appetite for Juice

Ramen and malls, now a Seattle area thing.
Ramen and malls, now a Seattle area thing. Hokkaido Ramen

Tonkatsu and Tiffany's: Hokkaido Ramen Comes to U Village

Japanese ramen chain Hokkaido Ramen Santouka opened its first free-standing US restaurant in Bellevue three years back. This summer marks the debut of their second Washington location, which will be located in the U-District, luring U-Dub students to University Village shopping center with their signature tonkotsu broth ramen. (The menu description says it's so good "you can slurp until the last drop" and "the red pickled plum on top hints at the woman with red lipstick on, adding feminine touch to the ramen." Sounds way sexier than it should.) This will be the 15th Santouka location overall. —Leilani Polk

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TV

The Walking Dead Recap: BOOM! We Got Your Guns.

Grandma, stop! Youre embarrassing meeeeee!
"Grandma, stop! You're embarrassing meeeeee!" Courtesy AMC

Hey! Did you watch last night's episode of The Walking Dead? Are you ready to say "Screw you, I'm just going to take all your guns?" Then let's get ready for a second amendment-bustin', SPOILER-FILLED
recap! Let's get chitty-chatting!

Here's what I'm thinking about last night's episode, "Something They Need."

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