With Native Invader, Tori Amos—Who Performs Tonight at the Paramount—Interweaves Politics and Mythology

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Many oddball moments in my life have intersected with Tori Amos songs. Like the time a boy who sat behind me in eighth grade sensually humped a chair while singing the chorus to her Boys for Pele hit “Caught a Light Sneeze,” or when a man at a Tiki bar in Hell’s Kitchen with avocado dip spread across his pants drunkenly accused me of being in a Tori Amos music video. Avocado Pants was right, though; I am in a Tori Amos music video—forever captured at an awkward My So-Called Life-influenced 16—and I’ve unabashedly loved Amos’ music from grade school to present day.

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After 42 Years in Business, Zanadu Comics Is Closing

The mighty Z folds.
The mighty Z folds. Zanadu Comics

I'm way late on reporting this, but ICYMI: the only comics shop in downtown Seattle will close on January 28.

In a Facebook post last week, Zanadu explained why they have to close: "There are hundreds of reasons we could list, but the truth is that the money coming in does not equal the money going out."

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What To Eat and Drink in Seattle This Weekend: Nov 24-26, 2017

Miracle on 2nd, Greg Boehms kitschy Christmas wonderland pop-up, sets up shop at Rob Roy today.
Miracle on 2nd, Greg Boehm's kitschy Christmas wonderland pop-up, sets up shop at Rob Roy today.

The main food event of the month may have passed, but in place of Thanksgiving turkey and stuffing come special ice cream flavors, Christmas-themed cocktails, and Apple Cup parties—plus Black Friday deals on beer and whiskey. Find all that and more below, and check out last week’s post for more food news or see our complete food & drink calendar.

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1000 Years of Silence Seattle Release
Appropriately for Black Friday, Astoria-based brewery Fort George is releasing "1,000 Years of Silence," its black imperial Mexican stout brewed with molasses, brown sugar, and cocoa nibs, in bottles and on draught, exclusively at Bottleworks.

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The Morning News: Egypt Mosque Bombing Kills 235 People, Flynn May Be Cooperating with Feds

A town on the Sinai Peninsula, where militants killed hundreds of people inside a mosque this morning.
A town on the Sinai Peninsula, where militants killed hundreds of people inside a mosque this morning. Chris McGrath / Getty

Egyptian Mosque Bombed During Friday Morning Prayer: The bombing killed at least 235 people this morning and wounded more than 100. The New York Times reports that the attack is one of the deadliest in Egypt's history. Attackers detonated bombs and fired on worshippers as they ran out of the mosque. An Egyptian government official reported that gunmen stayed to fire on ambulances, too. The worshippers targeted were Sufi, a sect of Islam the Islamic State and other extremists consider heretical. The New York Times has the context on the violence that has plagued Sinai amid political unrest.

No One Has Claimed Responsibility for the Attack Yet: While militants have targeted Egyptian Christians in the past, attacks on mosques have been rare. "Sinai remains one of the lingering strongholds for the Islamic State as the group’s self-proclaimed caliphate in Syrian and Iraq has all but collapsed under air and ground attacks," the Washington Post reports.

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Last-Minute Plans: 61 Free, Cheap & Easy Things To Do In Seattle This Weekend: Nov 24-26, 2017

Celebrate the beginning of holiday light season at WildLights at the Woodland Park Zoo, Snowflake Lane and Garden dLights in Bellevue, or Zoolights in Tacoma.
Celebrate the beginning of holiday light season at WildLights at the Woodland Park Zoo, Snowflake Lane and Garden d'Lights in Bellevue, or Zoolights in Tacoma. Ryan Hawk / Woodland Park Zoo

Panicking because you haven't yet made plans for the weekend and you're short on cash? Don't worry—below, find all of your options for last-minute entertainment that won't cost more than $10, ranging from the Downtown Seattle Starlighting to MOHAI's Greet the Season in Lake Union Park, and from the release of Wryly McCutchen's My Ugly & Other Love Snarls to a BlackLivesMatterFriday march and rally. For even more options, including pop-up markets and movies to see, check out our complete Things To Do calendar.

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

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HOLIDAYS
1. My Macy's Holiday Parade
Every holiday season since 1957, the Macy's Parade has been filling downtown Seattle streets with cheer on the morning after Thanksgiving (starting at 9 a.m.). Santa Claus is coming to town (again) and he'll be joined by 25 inflatable floats; marching bands; a dancing Christmas tree; Seattle Seahawks’ Blitz; the Seattle Sounders FC band; the Mariner Moose riding the Moose Mobile; and many others dressed in their most festive holiday attire.
(Downtown, free)

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

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Recent Savage Love Letters of the Day: A gay Australian sends a letter to his father, a woman wonders if an open relationship is medically necessary, a kinkster is lost on how to find the right kinkster. Also, last week's column and Savage Lovecast.

On the the gay trans man who isn't on hormones, hasn't had any gender confirmation surgeries, and presents femme and is frustrated because he's having a hard time finding gay men who'll date him (who called into the Savage Lovecast):

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Is Southern Gothic with an Irish Accent

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One way you know a film is written by a playwright is when everything everyone says in it is clever and wise and perfect. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, written and directed by Martin McDonagh, never fails on this score. The dialogue, particularly when given life by actors Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell, is hilarious and provocative. Rockwell in particular, as a dim-witted, violent, racist mama's boy redneck cop, was born to speak these lines.

Another sign that a theater person is in charge is that the story is all about the uncanny way that seeking revenge always makes everything worse, a reliable engine of drama since the form was invented.

But the biggest indicator that you're watching the work of a playwright is the sense that there's no way the story is what the film is really about. The three billboards in Three Billboards are signifiers and catalysts, but they're also red herrings (literally red, in fact).

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The Morning News: It's Thanksgiving, Guns Are Now More Easily Available Now, Shooting Inside Chop Suey, and Seattle "Teacher of the Future" No Longer Has One

Chowing down on Thanksgiving.
Chowing down on Thanksgiving.

THANKSGIVING: Some people are celebrating, some people are mourning, some people are telling you to get offline, and this asshole is violating the emoluments clause and enriching himself.

RACIST PRESIDENT ALWAYS RACISTING: "Let’s be clear about this: President Trump regularly goes out of his way to attack prominent African Americans not just to 'stoke the culture wars,' as this euphemism often has it—but, more precisely, to stoke the sense among many of his supporters that the system is unfairly rigged on behalf of minorities, and that he’s here to put things right," Greg Sargent writes at the Washington Post.

RACIST PRESIDENT ELECTED BY RACIST GOP BASE: Adam Serwer's new piece at The Atlantic about Trump's base—the GOP's base—is required reading. Read it out loud to your conservative/racist uncle at dinner tonight? And speaking of racist uncles: Mike Pesca unpacked the conservative/racist uncle trope on The Gist yesterday in another brilliant end-of-show spiel. Listen here.

RACIST CERAMICIST STILL RACISTING: Charles Krafft is a terrible human being.

WHITE HOUSE WATCH: Melania Trump touches stuff.

FBI: WHAT WE NEED ARE MORE BAD GUYS WITH GUNS: "Tens of thousands of people wanted by law enforcement officials have been removed this year from the FBI criminal background check database that prohibits fugitives from justice from buying guns," the Washington Post reports. "The names were taken out after the FBI in February changed its legal interpretation of 'fugitive from justice' to say it pertains only to wanted people who have crossed state lines. What that means is that those fugitives who were previously prohibited under federal law from purchasing firearms can now buy them, unless barred for other reasons."

SHOOTING ON CAPITOL HILL LAST NIGHT: "Two people were shot in the arm Wednesday night after a fight broke out at night club in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood," KOMO reports. "Police got calls about 9:45 p.m. about shots fired inside the Chop Suey night club in the 13000 block of East Madison Street." Capitol Hill Seattle has updates and pics. This isn't the first time there's been a shooting inside Chop Suey.

ARMED AND TIMOROUS: "Three days after the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history, I fired a handgun for the first time," begins Sean Nelson's excellent feature in this week's paper. Pick up a print copy of The Stranger or read it here. A taste:

When I got the gun home, I stared at it, held it, pondered it, and tried hard to think of it as mine. There it was, undeniably owned by me, in all its clunky, boxy, Glocky glory.

Sitting there on my kitchen table, unloaded but next to a box of bullets, it was almost as though the gun was pulsating. The center of gravity in the room changed unmistakably. It was now a room with a gun in it.

As I loaded the magazine with bullets (a bit of a squeeze, PS), I literally flinched as I imagined misfiring. What if one of these little brass and lead numbers went out the window and hit someone waiting for the bus across the street, or went through the wall and hit one of my neighbors, or went across the room and hit one of my dogs? How many lives could be ended, and how many more ruined, all because of this ugly L-shaped tool?

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Two More Women Accuse Franken of Groping

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Franken's response: “It’s difficult to respond to anonymous accusers, and I don’t remember those campaign events.” Joe Raedle / Getty

When radio anchor Leeann Tweeden told the story of Al Franken sticking his tongue down her throat while rehearsing for a USO show, she said she did so because "because there may be others." Welp, two days ago a second woman claimed Franken grabbed her butt during a photograph in 2010, when he was a sitting senator.

And now two women are telling HuffPost similar stories about Franken's groping:

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Savage Love Letter of the Day: Men Are Pigs and Other Things We Already Knew

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My god the last four weeks have been torture. Of course #metoo and of course I knew intellectually and sometimes experientially that all of this happens all the time, but reading these women's stories again and again and again over the past few weeks has made it harder to get through the day.

I know #notallmen, but I have to admit, I wake up and read the news, and I find myself saying, my god, men are disgusting. The stories are not only the stories of women's abuse, they are glimpses into the dirty, filthy minds of men, and it's affecting me in ways I would never have anticipated. I go into town to go to the store and I look at every man and wonder what he's thinking. A man looks at me, and I want to scream "You'd better not be thinking things about me!" I don't know if women are just as dirty; perhaps some are. I know that I do not have these thoughts about other people. I am no prude, I love sex, and when I'm in bed with someone, I think about what I'd like to do to the other person, and what I'd like them to do to me. But the rest of the time I go through life thinking about other things, and I guess I thought that other people do too (and conveniently blocked out the fact that all men watch porn, and, yes, all men are thinking dirty thoughts most of the time).

The sexual harassment stories have broken my bubble. I can't escape the truth about what might be going through the minds of all the men surrounding me. And the immediate consequence is that I cannot imagine myself having sex with a man ever again, at least I cannot imagine it right now. I realize I'll get over this. And I'm lucky: I'm bi, so I could in fact choose never to have sex with a man and sleep only with women from now on. Oh, the many times I've said this to myself in the past four weeks! I realize too that sex is not the same as sexual harassment, but it's hard for me to separate the sexual acts from the lust for power and the misogyny when reading these women's stories.

I'm writing because I'm curious if I'm the only one or if other women (and perhaps men) are having similar problems dealing with this onslaught of horrors.

Sad About Disgusting Stories

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MoPOP's Jimi Hendrix 75 Event Finds Yet More Reasons to Hail the Guitar God

Jimis ax is bold and lovable.
Jimi's ax is bold and lovable.

The birth of Johnny Allen Hendrix, November 27, 1942, in Seattle, signaled only a tiny ping in the big world. Lucille Jeter Hendrix took her baby home. Her husband, Al Hendrix, was on Army duty in Alabama. His commanding officer not only refused Al the customary leave for the birth of a child, but stuck the young solider in the stockade, to prevent him from going AWOL. The father was allowed to receive a telegram, announcing his son’s birth. He did not set eyes on his baby until 1945.

Seventy-five years later, Johnny Allen Hendrix, better known as Jimi Hendrix, has a whole day devoted to the man many consider rock's greatest guitarist's life, work, and legacy, complete with artifacts, films, and enough birthday cake “to feed 150 people,” according to Jacob McMurray, Senior Curator at or the Museum of Pop Culture (aka MoPOP, formerly the Experience Music Project). Of course, Jimi won’t be on hand—he died in 1970. Still, this birthday celebration, held on November 25, 10 am to 7 pm at MoPOP, hopes to both toast and reveal his brief yet eventful life.

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Our Love of Plastics Has Become a Dirty Fetish

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The plexiglass-sculptor/dream-weaver/fantasy-maker Marina Fini has completely transformed Mount Analogue's bookstore and gallery into a fantastical neon-dripping motel room. The LA artist's installation is called, not surprisingly, Motelscape.

Fini's first Motelscape was built for Art Basel in Miami Beach, where she collaborated with three other artists to transform one room at the Miami Princess Hotel into a hot-pink oasis. At Mount Analogue's invitation, Fini has brought her trippy furniture and holographic wallpaper to a city that is nothing like Miami: Seattle.

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Denzel Washington Walks Like a Mind Without a Body in Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Walk this way...
Walk this way...

Let's begin by recalling Jake Gyllenhaal’s bulging eyes in Dan Gilroy’s excellent thriller Nightcrawler. They are the eyes of a man who almost entirely lives in his head. With those eyes in mind, let's turn to the star of a new film that's also directed Gilroy, Roman J. Israel, Esq. Denzel Washington—a black American actor who has handled his Hollywood career far more prudently and effectively than, say, Will Smith—plays Mr. Israel, a man who, like Gyllenhaal's character in Nightcrawler, lives deep inside of his head. But we see his extreme inwardness not in his eyes but manner of walk.

Roman J. Israel is a lawyer who has a monstrous memory. He can recall with no effort all of the details of dead and forgotten cases; he also lives in his vivid dreams of a better and more just American society. He walks like his mind has no idea that it has a body. Each step Israel takes is as stupid and graceless as the one before it and the one to come. The film is not Washington’s best, but it, and that mindless/lumbering walk, will not disappoint Washington’s fans.


Look, a Rainbow

Hot take.
Hot take. SB

Shut down Twitter and look out the window. Everyone is terrible, but hey, a rainbow.


Global Warming Brings the Tropics to Pacific Northwest's Turkey Holiday—Almost 70F in Seattle

It looks like fall but it feels like summer is around the corner.
It looks like fall but it feels like summer is around the corner. Charles Mudede

The popular weatherperson Cliff Mass explained in his post "Tropical Air over Seattle," that this morning "our low temperature (56F) was the HIGHEST low temperature ever recorded in November at Seattle Tacoma Airport." Indeed. It's usually supposed to be in the mid-40s around this time of the year. Mass writes: "The temperatures today will delight you." But everyone I've met on the street or in the cafe where I had lunch, Cafe Presse, was not exactly happy about this abnormal warmth. What can it mean? Why are temperatures so high? It just has to be all of the carbon we are releasing into the sewer we call the sky. That's what people are thinking—anthropogenic global warming; that's why people are not so gung-ho about a tropical Thanksgiving in the Pacific Northwest.

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