Ferguson Police Force Decide to Name the Cop Who Killed an Unarmed Teenager Last Weekend: He has been identified as "Darren Wilson, a six-year veteran of the force who had no disciplinary actions taken against him." Yesterday there were solidarity protests here in Seattle—see photos here and here.
OK, So, Hempfest—You've Never Been to America's Largest Marijuana Rally? And you want to know what it's like? Here, let Alice Wheeler show you. The festival takes place at Myrtle Edwards Park. The lineup of speakers is here. (Alison Holcomb, who wrote Washington State's marijuana legalization law, speaks today at 4:45 pm. Traveler/stoner Rick Steves speaks tomorrow at 3:45 pm.) If you like joints being rained down on you, you might want to try to be there around 4:20 pm sometime over the next three days. Not saying that will happen. Just that it's the kind of thing that has happened before. Allegedly.
Bloody Mystery Down in Auburn: Is still a mystery. Police haven't found any bodies yet. Just enough blood to make them think there's gotta be a body somewhere. Nor have they found the driver of a dark SUV seen making a getaway from the scene of the blood-soaked stuff.
Car Belonging to Family Friends of the Man Accused of Murdering Jenise Wright Was Torched Last Night: "Investigators determined the fire was intentionally set by an accelerant placed in the front seat," KOMO reports. "A second car in the driveway was also vandalized with some writing on it."
Man Escapes from Prison in Forks, Wash., Under Circumstances Still Being Investigated: "An inmate serving time for a drug conviction has escaped a minimum-security prison facility at the western edge of the Olympic Peninsula."
Man Fleeing from Cops in Olympia Survives 100-Foot Fall: "After he jumped off an overpass on Interstate 5."
Angels in America Opened Last Night at Intiman and It's Amazing: This Morning News is being composed in a very blurry state as I was up late last night watching the three-hour part one of Tony Kushner's landmark play set in New York City in 1985 and 1986, and then a few more hours after that trying and failing to sleep, because my brain wouldn't stop. I'd only ever seen the HBO version before, which has nothing on the live show. The response from the crowd was rapturous. Charles Leggett is absolutely unforgettable as Roy Cohn, but everyone knows Leggett is amazing; the revelation in this production is the brilliance of Adam Standley. He's a 30-year-old up-and-coming actor with Satori Group, has only lived in Seattle six years, and is straight; nevertheless, there isn't a false note in his embodiment of a drag-wearing, '80s-haired, dementia-addled, KS-covered character Prior Walter. You need to get tickets.
- Chris Bennion
- Don't miss Adam Standley's star turn in Angels in America. There he is on the ground, under Marya Sea Kaminski's angel.
What Does Tony Kushner Think About His Pulitzer Prize-Winning Play After All This Time? Read this interview conducted by Brendan Kiley from a couple months ago.
Want to See Another Photo from the Production? Sure, why not?
- Chris Bennion
- That's Ty Boice as Joe Pitt, also a standout, on the left, and Charles Leggett as Roy Cohn on the right.
The Presenting Sponsor of Angels in America Is Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center: Do you realize the work they're doing? Have you made a donation recently to the cause? They are a global leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS, and they could use whatever you have to give. By the way, part two of Angels in America opens at Intiman on September 5.
And If You Want to See Parts One and Two of Angels in America on the Same Day? In one epic, eight-hour feat of back-to-back performances? You can do that too, on these dates.
Speaking of Really Gay Things, Von Trapp's Has to Change Its Name Because of The Sound of Music: The Capitol Hill bar known for bocce and beer reportedly has a trademark issue "after confusion with the name of the family in The Sound of Music." Also because there's already a Trapp Family Lodge out in Vermont. They're changing their name to Rhein Haus, effective yesterday.