Haunted House in The Houses October Built 2 Warns: Anti-zombie Vaccine Not Covered Under Obamacare


If you loved the The Houses October Built but felt irked that it made attempts at a plot and characters, well, here you go. This sequel ”found footage” film, also directed by Bobby Roe, is essentially the same story as the 2014 original: Four unmemorable dudes and their inexplicably tolerant woman friend take a cross-country trip to discover escape rooms, haunted houses, an undead pub crawl, and so on. A mysterious blue-masked figure stalks them, but that doesn’t become relevant until an hour in. The Houses October Built 2 is less interesting as a thriller than as a semi-documentary on the real Halloween attractions its characters explore, from a brain-eating contest with the celebrity Kobayashi to an elaborate “zombie run.”

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Daniel Norgren Taps into Roots Music’s Mystic Shimmer

Daniel Norgren and guests are playing at the Tractor Tavern, Fri. Sept 22 at 9 pm, $20. PETRA NORGREN

If you dig into singer/songwriter Daniel Norgren’s background, it’s not hard to trace the roots of his strong independent streak.

Norgren grew up near Borås, Sweden, a town of around 70,000 people, where he knew no one else who was interested in playing the guitar, writing songs, or even listening to the kind of rootsy American music he loved.

Even his father—a singer and guitarist with a record collection dominated by American rock ’n’ roll—left Norgren to find his own musical way.

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Save 20% on tickets to Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Jewels – all dressed up in glorious new tutus, tiaras & scenery at McCaw Hall.

Emeralds, Rubies and Diamonds grace the stage in Jewels, a mid-century homage to ballet in France, USA, and Russia with music by Faure, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky. Created as a showcase for Balanchine’s favorite ballerinas, three distinct ballet styles are performed to perfection by PNB’s star dancers. Dressed up in new costumes and scenery by Jerome Kaplan of Don Quixote and Giselle fame. The Stranger readers save 20% on tickets.

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L7: Pretend We’re Dead Captures the Female Grunge Pioneers in All Their Raunchy Glory


“Just shut up and fuck me, damn it!” is a great opening line for a music documentary. This command came from one L7 member to another while they were in their vehicle, in an attempt to shock a passersby. The scene encapsulates the LA grunge band’s devil-may-care attitude and hunger for attention. The rest of Sarah Price’s L7: Pretend We’re Dead follows music-doc conventions—interviews with members, band photos, music and more music, testimonials from fellow musicians, concert footage, between-show tour montages, etc.—to portray this pioneering, all-women grunge band’s rise-fall-rise trajectory.

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Why the Swarm of Earthquakes on Mount Rainier Are Making Many Nervous

Boom! Robert Sumner/Getty Images

The first earthquake on Mount Rainier ominously rumbled on September 11. There have been 23 earthquakes since, the strongest of which had a magnitude of 1.6. But the scientists at the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network at the University of Washington are telling us not to worry. They claim that this kind of seismic activity is normal and often means nothing. The volcano is just having one of those episodes. It had one last year, and another in 2009. The earthquakes will eventually stop, silence will return, and we will once again forget truth (the volcano) and just enjoy the illusion (a snow-capped mountain).

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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is Coming to Bellevue Next Month


United States Education Secretary, billionaire, and charter school proponent Betsy DeVos will be in Bellevue next month, appropriately on Friday, October 13. She is slotted to appear at a fundraising dinner for the Washington Policy Center, a think tank, at Bellevue's Hyatt Recency Hotel. Tickets to the event cost a mere $375 a pop.

Indivisible Eastside and Equity in Education Coalition are already gearing up to protest the Trump crony's visit.

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Taste This Seattle: Old Ballard Liquor Co.’s Herrings Bord

The bord, with some of OBLCs perfect knäckebröd (rye crispbread), housemade butter, and a lovely aquavit cocktail.
The bord, with some of OBLC's perfect knäckebröd (rye crispbread), housemade butter, and a lovely aquavit cocktail. TCB

Sadly, there is not a lot of New Nordic cuisine in Seattle. When it comes to Scandinavian food, we’ve got IKEA meatballs and powdered mashed potatoes or we’ve got the wonderful but somewhat staid offerings at the Swedish Club. There’s Scandinavian Specialties up in Ballard, of course, but they’re more of a provisioner than a true restaurant.

What we do have is the lovely little one-table cafe in the front of Old Ballard Liquor Co., and we’re very lucky indeed to have it. I discovered the tiny distillery at owner Lexi’s first foray into food, a pop-up called Tumble Swede. Lexi, who eschews a last name, was trying to recreate the magic of the foraged, fished, and farmed food she grew up on as a kid in the Skagit valley. Also, to incorporate some of the food she’d fallen in love with traveling in Sweden. That first pop-up, while great on paper, was regrettably lacking in execution.

However, that didn’t dampen her fervor for elevated Scandinavian cuisine one bit. She continued doing pop-ups and collaborating with professional chefs, and those pop-ups continued getting better. A dinner done in collaboration with Larkin Young, now cooking at the newly opened Alchemy in West Seattle, featured a Scandinavian charcuterie board that was delightfully unlike any platter of preserved meat I’d ever encountered.

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Low Income Housing Group Endorses Teresa Mosqueda for City Council

Not great news for affordable housing/tenants rights advocate Jon Grant:

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UPDATE: Jenny Durkan Now Says She Wants to Curb Speculation After Downplaying it As a Problem

Jenny Durkan at a recent candidate forum.
Jenny Durkan at a recent candidate forum. Ulysses Curry

On Thursday afternoon, mayoral candidate Jenny Durkan unveiled her housing affordability platform. The platform promises more vouchers for struggling renters and more tiny houses for people experiencing homelessness.

We'll get to all those details in a minute. First, we need to skip to the end of Durkan's policy paper. In the second to last sentence, she says Seattle should lobby the state legislature for a bunch of stuff including:

Explore taxing speculative real estate practices that displace low-income communities and communities of color, including higher taxes or fees on short term flips, second homes or vacant properties.


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The Morning News: Seattle Police Officers Disciplined Over Sheriff Rape Allegations, KUOW Catches Flak for Interviewing a Nazi

The Office of Police Accountability recommended that the two officers who first addressed the rape allegation receive discipline and training.
The Office of Police Accountability recommended that the two officers who first addressed the rape allegation receive discipline and training. Ana Sofia Knauf

Two Seattle Police Officers Reprimanded: The officers were disciplined after they were accused of mishandling a rape allegation against King County Sheriff John Urquhart. A prosecutor didn't press charges against Urquhart over the rape allegation; nevertheless, the officers were disciplined for viewing the allegation as "crisis intervention" instead of taking it seriously.

KUOW Interviewed a Punched Nazi: The one who threw a banana and got punched in Seattle last week. KUOW didn't identify the man, and after the interview aired, received a wave of criticism for giving the man a platform unchallenged. KUOW reports on the criticism in this post.

Edmonds Gets Rid of Columbus Day: This week, the Edmonds City Council did away with a double recognition of Columbus Day and Indigenous People's Day. Now the city is plainly celebrating Indigenous People's Day.

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Spun Out: 5 Essential Cuts by Local DJ Ramiro


Your 5 favorite tracks at the moment (artist/track/label):
Andhim / Huso / Superfriends Records
Maya Jane Coles / Go On and Make It Through / I/AM/ME
Tom Peters (Tim Engelhardt Remix) / Two of Us / Selador
Pezzner / Shake This / Get Physical
Next of Kin / Everything / Uniting Souls Music

Your crew/label affiliation
Uniting Souls

Styles you play
House/Deep House/Tech House, Techno, Indie/NuDisco, Downtempo, Bass music

Events you organize (if applicable)
Diggin' Deep - every last Saturday at Monkey Loft
Aquafunk boat parties
USM label showcase @ Cascadia Festival

Your DJing philosophy
All about allowing the beat to catalyze into a groove, where the dance floor guides where I go with my set, where the synergistic connection between the dj & the dancers takes on a life of its own & takes the whole experience to a new exciting level.

Your preferred format
.WAV sounds much better on big systems than .mp3. I really like vinyl mode & the jog wheel on the Pioneer CDJ-2000s, prefer it over software because it feels more tactile than software. Of course, my heart is with vinyl forever

Worst request you’ve ever received
Britney Spears

List of gigs/regular nights you have in the near future:

Diggin' Deep - every last Saturday at Monkey Loft:

Sept 30 - Diggin Deep 8YR Anniversary, with Nordic Soul, Derrick Deep & Tait Modern

Oct 28th - Zombie Disco, Atish + Galen + 3 rooms /12 hours

Nov 25 - Doc Martin & Mark Farina B2B

KUOW Interviewed That Nazi Who Got Punched and People Hate It

Nazi down.

Yesterday on KUOW's The Record, host Bill Radke spoke with the guy who got knocked out Monday morning for throwing a banana at a man while wearing a swastika armband. Many online cheered the punching of the Nazi, but listeners rose up in anger and anguish at the radio station's decision to give the Nazi a platform and to allow him to speak anonymously.

In response to the uproar, KUOW posted a request on Facebook for listeners to write in with their concerns. Right now, there are well over a hundred replies:

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28 Movies Worth Watching in Seattle This Weekend: September 21-24, 2017

Walking Out, playing on Saturday, is one of our picks in the Local Sightings Film Festival.
Walking Out, playing on Saturday, is one of our picks in the Local Sightings Film Festival.

Film festival season begins this weekend with the Seattle treasure Local Sightings, and there are plenty of wide-release and indie features to check out. Our critics have chosen the best of the crop, from Art House Theater Day featuring a Belarussian dashcam documentary to the oddly touching Brad's Status to a Wes Anderson-like comedy about immigration, The Tiger Hunter. Follow the links below for showtimes and trailers. Still searching? Find plenty of options in our movie times and our film events calendar.

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1. Annabelle: Creation
The setting: A mid-century Andrew Wyeth landscape with an Edward Hopper house. A busload of orphans and a kindly nun move into a mansion run by the saturnine Mr. Mullins and his recluse wife. We know why the Mullinses are so gloomy: Years earlier, their daughter Annabelle was killed in a car crash, and her old room remains stuffed with creepy vintage toys. Orphan Janice, crippled by polio and neglected by the other girls, is quickly lured into the room, where she finds an unpleasant-looking doll and winds up terrorized by a demonic force in the form of the dead daughter. Only her big-eyed, dorky friend Linda guesses what’s happening, and no adult believes her until people start getting ripped apart. This capable, if conventional, haunted house movie assumes a grave sweetness while it concentrates on the intense friendship between its two young protagonists, who deserve more screen time before the standard phantasmagoria of the Conjuring franchise crowds in—scary antiques, bone-snapping demons, malicious tea party dollies. JOULE ZELMAN
Meridian 16

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Russian-Canadian Industrialist Is a Dick in Boris Without Béatrice

Boris sans Béatrice
Boris sans Béatrice

Québécois filmmaker Denis Côté’s Boris Without Béatrice is the mash-up of Dickens and Bergman you didn't know you needed. Russian-Canadian industrialist Boris Malinovsky (James Hyndman) is tall, bald, and intimidating. In the opening sequence of Côté’s morality tale, Boris stares down an approaching helicopter while blades of grass dance around him. In Côté’s hands, the man seems more formidable than the machine, but looks can be deceiving. While he's out with his mistress, Boris's wife, Béatrice (Simone-Élise Girard), wages war against a catatonic form of depression. A Pre-Raphaelite redhead named Klara (Isolda Dychauk), roughly the same age as his daughter, looks after her.

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What a City Means: a Black Man Wearing a Gold Lamé Mini-Skirt

Beacon Hill, 2017
Beacon Hill, 2017 Charles Mudede

My first trip to New York City happened in April, 1980. It was a family trip in a new car, a dark-brown Datsun 210. Though we lived in DC at the time, nothing prepared me for the new sensations of the Big Apple. Two years later, when I flew from London (cold, not much light, lots of clouds/pale people) to Lusaka (hot, lots of sun/black people), I discovered Darwinism. Four years after that, when I flew from England (lots of extreme poverty/very rich country) to Sweden (no poverty at all/very rich country), I discovered Socialism. But it was when I entered Manhattan that I discovered the city.

And it wasn't the height and abundance of buildings that sounded the deepest sense of the city. Nor was it the crowds going up and down Broadway. It was just one moment that lasted maybe one minute.

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Guest Editorial: Safe Consumption Sites Will Save Lives, Money, and Improve Public Health

Spencer Platt/Getty Images

People are panicked, and for good reason: Drug-use deaths killed 332 residents of King County last year. Safe consumption sites—legal establishments where drug users are permitted to consume drugs under medical supervision—are proven to reduce harm from drug use, including overdose deaths. But, if voters approve Initiative 27, the ballot measure circulated by the group Safe King County, these sites will be banned in King County.

As a drug policy researcher, I can tell you that Initiative 27 is an uninformed, misleading proposal that will only prolong suffering and loss of life. What’s worse, it inspires fear of the very people who desperately need help by suggesting that drug users endanger us. Nothing could be further from the truth. Instead, drug users need safe places to consume and access to treatment.

The thinking that got us into the opiate crisis is not going to solve it. For 50 years, the drug war’s marginalization of users has failed to impact rates of drug use. It has successfully created myths about drug use that are hard for many of us to let go. That misinformation is central to Initiative 27’s campaign against a reasoned, researched public health response to the opiate crisis.

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