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Buy Your Tickets to 29 These Newly Announced Events Before They Sell Out

Texas troubadour Kacey Musgraves, who recently opened for Harry Styles, will return to Seattle on her own Oh, What A World Tour in February.
Texas troubadour Kacey Musgraves, who recently opened for Harry Styles, will return to Seattle on her own Oh, What A World Tour in February.

We all know that many of the biggest Seattle events often sell out well in advance. But it's not a lost cause—if you plan ahead, you can still score tickets for the most popular events. To help you with that, we've rounded up all of the major events that are going on sale in the next couple of days, like Kacey Musgraves and Soccer Mommy, Twenty One Pilots, and the first of the Pacific Northwest Ballet's 46th season's shows, including George Balanchine's The Nutcracker. Can't get tickets? Check out our complete Things To Do calendar for more events.
Note: Tickets on sale at 10 a.m. unless otherwise specified

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Fri Oct 12 at Moore Theatre

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The Downside of PrEP: Syphilis Rates Are Up

Remember these?
Remember these? Keith Brofsky/Getty Images

Looks like ol' Grandpa Savage was right.

After PrEP, the pre-exposure prophylaxis that prevents the contraction of HIV, came out on the market, Dan Savage, The Stranger's resident sexpert slash buzzkill, predicted that gay men were going to stop using condoms and sexually transmitted infections would eventually skyrocket.

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Capitol Hill's Comet Tavern Announces CHBP After Party Schedule

The Comet on Pike St is the go-to spot for weekend warriors and is no exception for the highly anticipated Capitol Hill Block Party this weekend. The dive bar is located inside the festival right next to Main Stage, so you can get a cheap drink and escape the heat without missing your favorite artist. Plenty of seating, a 2nd floor lounge and an all-day dance party makes this the best pit stop all weekend long! DJs start at 10pm Fri-Sun to keep the music going until long after the festival closes.

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Savage Love: Connections

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Joe Newton
I'm a 20-year-old submissive woman. I'm currently in a confusing affair with a 50-year-old dominant married man. He lives in Europe and has two kids close to my age. We met online when I was 17 and starting to explore my BDSM desires—out of the reach of my overbearing, sex-shaming, disastrously religious parents—and we've been texting daily ever since. We've since met in different countries and spent a total of three weeks together. Those weeks were amazing, both sexually and emotionally, and he says he loves me. (Some will assume, because of the age difference, that he "groomed" me. He did not.) I date vanilla boys my age, with his full support, while we continue to text daily. I don't know what to do. I don't want to blow up his family if (or when) our affair is discovered. But at the same time, our relationship has really helped me navigate my kinks and my sexuality. Expecting him to leave his wife for me is a highly unrealistic cliché, I am aware. Yet I fear I've become dependent on his conversation and advice. I'm graduating soon and have a big job lined up in a big city. I'll finally be financially independent, and I'd like to start making the right choices. Any perspective you have would be much appreciated.

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Capitol Hill Block Party 2018 Must-See: Alvvays

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Canadian outfit Alvvays has been at the periphery of my aural landscape since their inception, but never made music I liked enough to pay attention to up until recently, churcning out sugary indie pop shaded with elements of shoegaze, twee, and dream pop as driven by the hushed, dulcet-creamy vocals of Molly Rankin, who sounds conversely apathetic and filled with longing. It’s pleasant, easy-on-the-ears type stuff, but gets more so when the band steps outside of its usual realms, ala “Plimsoll Punks” off 2017’s Antisocialites; it sounds both punchy-retro and timeless, with a fast beat and smart lyrics (“When I chip through your candy coating / You're stuffed with insulation / Just strawberry ice cream floating / With a sprinkle of indignation”).

Alvvays play Friday, July 20, 7:45–8:45 pm, on the CHBP Stage. Find a complete list of (40) must-see acts here, check out The Stranger's full Capitol Hill Block Party calendar, and see schedules broken up by day—Friday, July 20; Saturday, July 21; and Sunday, July 22. Listen to some Alvvays (and peep videos) below.

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Artists, filmmakers, and other creators are invited to make and submit short films—4:20 maximum length—for the first annual SPLIFF. Win big cash prizes! Winners are decided by secret audience ballot. Submit a film to win Trippiest, Funniest, Stupidiest, or Best in Show!


Medicare for All Caucus Launches in the U.S. House With Over 60 Members

Seattles Rep. Pramila Jayapal serves as one of the organizations co-chairs.
Seattle's Rep. Pramila Jayapal serves as one of the organization's co-chairs. Courtesy of Pramila Jayapal

There's a new caucus in Congress, everybody! On Thursday a group of over 60 Representatives launched the Medicare for All Caucus, which aims to raise awareness and understanding of the issue and to serve as a "clearinghouse of resources for members of Congress and their staff."

Seattle Rep. Pramila Jayapal, Minneapolis Rep. Keith Ellison, and Ann Arbor Rep. Debbie Dingell co-chair the organization, whose membership has climbed to 70 since the launch this morning. A spokesman for Rep. Jayapal called this number of initial members "unprecedented." Currently, 122 representatives cosponsor HR 676, the Medicare for All bill in the House, so the numbers may get even higher relatively soon.

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David Meinert Accused of Rape and Sexual Misconduct

David Meinert allegedly raped two women and sexually assaulted three others.
David Meinert allegedly raped two women and sexually assaulted three others. Kelly O

David Meinert, the owner of Comet Tavern, one of the creators of the Capitol Hill Block Party, and a fixture in Seattle's music scene, was accused of sexual misconduct by five women Thursday. KUOW published allegations from five unnamed women including two women who say Meinert raped them.

The reporting by KUOW's Sydney Brownstone, who was on staff at The Stranger until two months ago, details a 14-year pattern of Meinert allegedly acting inappropriately against women in Seattle.

Meinert, speaking at a public relations firm, denied the allegations but admitted to KUOW that he has mistreated women and had "crossed the line of respect" in the past.

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Wait, So Polyamorous Erasure Is Okay???

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Recent Savage Love Letter of the Day: Learning to trust again after a monogamish relationship blows up, a bi med student contemplates his next move, a man's gayest nephew is about to get married—to a woman, and a woman's demanded a monogamous commitment but describes their marriage as open. And, as always, last week's column and Savage Lovecast.

A reader has a problem with something I said to BLOW:

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Capitol Hill Block Party 2018 Must-See: Yaeji

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Occupying the lush soundscape between relaxation and revving up for a night out, Yaeji’s richly textured lo-fi beats are perfect for a cool walk home after partying the night away. Brooklyn-based Kathy Yaeji Lee’s addictive, ASMR-like blend of house, hip-hop, and English-Korean lyrics has all the fun of a DIY affair, and the cool confidence of a music sensation who knows that she’s killing it every step of the way.

Yaeji plays Friday, July 20, 5:15–6 pm, on the CHBP Main Stage. Find a complete list of (40) must-see acts here, check out The Stranger's full Capitol Hill Block Party calendar, and see schedules broken up by day—Friday, July 20; Saturday, July 21; and Sunday, July 22. Listen to some Yaeji (and peep a few videos) below.

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Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again Is a Much-Needed Mental-Health Break

If you thought they were going to stop just because the first Mamma Mia! used up all the good ABBA songs, think again.
If you thought they were going to stop just because the first Mamma Mia! used up all the good ABBA songs, think again.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is the most opposite of reality a movie can get. It is a universe of music and light and love, completely devoid of cynicism, hate, and ugliness. If I did not feel a moral responsibility to stay engaged in actual life, I would watch Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again every single day.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is a musical filled with ABBA songs. It stars some of the most likable white people out there, including Amanda Seyfried, Christine Baranski, Colin Firth, and Cher. Lily James plays a young Meryl Streep, living her best late-1970s life and hooking up with tons of hot dudes. In this perfect universe, she is not ostracized for not knowing who the father of her daughter is. (The daughter will just have three dads! Of course! Why not?! Let’s dance about it!)

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31 Movies Worth Watching in Seattle This Weekend: July 19–22, 2018

Should I celebrate Jurassic Parks 25th birthday by watching it outside for free? is an easy question.
"Should I celebrate Jurassic Park's 25th birthday by watching it outside for free?" is an easy question.

Unmissable film events this weekend include Grand Illusion's Kubrick-heavy Summer of Celluloid and openings like Bo Burnham's Eighth Grade and the cartoonist biopic Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot. Follow the links below to see complete showtimes, tickets, and trailers for all of our critics' picks, and, if you're looking for even more options, check out our complete movie times listings or our film events calendar.

Movies play from Thursday to Sunday unless otherwise noted.

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Ant-Man and the Wasp
While Ant-Man and the Wasp is fun, funny, and exciting, it also runs the risk of being incomprehensible to those uninitiated in the ways of Marvel. The first Ant-Man, while it showed promise in casting Rudd as the gentle, dad-bod superhero we’ve been waiting for, fell flat in a number of places and wasn’t nearly as funny as it could’ve and should’ve been. (The underuse of Rudd’s awkward, sweet natural charm bordered on egregious.) But Ant-Man’s visual playfulness saved the day: A movie about a tiny Paul Rudd had a unique opportunity to show audiences micro and macro perspectives, opening a whole new world of creativity and comedy. Happily, Ant-Man and the Wasp follows through on that stuff and goes even further with scale-shifting action sequences. More importantly, this film uses Rudd exponentially better, giving him plenty of opportunities to be goofy and charming and Paul Rudd-y. SUZETTE SMITH
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Inbox Jukebox Track of the Day: The Heavy, Hilarious Mash-Up of "Stop Moving to Florida" by Melvins

Melvins get back to bassics [sic].
Melvins get back to bassics. Ipecac Recordings

Melvins, "Stop Moving to Florida" (Ipecac)

Like a grandfather who can still dunk a basketball, Melvins have beaten the odds and continue to slay at the young person's game of heavy metal and hard rock, as revealed on their latest album, Pinkus Abortion Technician. Linking up with Butthole Surfers bassist Jeff Pinkus and Redd Kross/OFF! bassist Steven McDonald keeps the Melvins on their toes and extrapolating wildly—see the improv freak-out that concludes their ludicrous cover of the Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand." It's the sort of strong album that's rarely made by a rock group 35 years into their career.

“Stop Moving to Florida” stitches together the 1967 Jerry Ragovoy/Mort Shuman song “Stop”—a volcanic blues-rock composition that has also been recorded by Howard Tate, James Gang, Mike Bloomfield/Al Kooper/Stephen Stills (on Super Session), and Hugh Masekela—and Butthole Surfers’ absurdist, comedy-blues masterpiece “Moving to Florida,” off the 1985 EP Cream Corn from the Socket of Davis. It's a brilliant idea, and Melvins execute it with the swagger of dudes half their age.

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Like Wine, Weed Changes with Age

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PETE GAMLIN

Yes, you read that correctly: Aging weed is becoming a thing. A tasty, interesting, and beautiful thing. Just like wine lovers know their preferred grapes and vineyards, weed smokers can now choose between different vintages of pot.

This is still on the cutting edge of the industry. I've asked around for years if anyone was aging pot, but it wasn't until a couple of months ago that I finally found someone intentionally doing so. At the SunCup in downtown Seattle, a competition for Washington's outdoor farmers, I heard CannaSol was sending two vintages of their Alice in Wonderland strain, one grown in 2017 and one grown in 2016, to Pearl Extracts, where they would be processed into vape cartridges.

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Capitol Hill Block Party 2018 Must-See: The Black Tones

Bad asses.
Bad asses.

The Black Tones are a Seattle power trio (guitar-slinging frontwoman Eva Walker, skins-pounding twin bro Cedric David Walker, and bass-banging Robby Little) that’s self-described as a “mixture of Kurt Cobain and cornbread.” (Recent single "The Key of Black [They Want Us Dead]" was recorded with Jack Endino—behind Nirvana's Bleach and Incesticide, among so many other grunge-era classics—and a forthcoming TBA album with Endino is currently in the works.)

Eva has a rich, throaty howl that can be a sultry siren call or a demanding call to arms that soars over a seething, churning mix of hard rock, blues, punk, and old school heavy metal. It's righteous as hell and definitely worthy of your Block Party attention. RIYL: Earl Greyhound, Led Zeppelin, The London Souls, Death Grips.

The Black Tones play Friday, July 20, 7:30–8 pm, at Barboza. Find a complete list of (40) must-see acts here, check out The Stranger's full Capitol Hill Block Party calendar, and see schedules broken up by day—Friday, July 20; Saturday, July 21; and Sunday, July 22. Listen to some Black Tones (and peep a few videos) below.

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Miri's Serves Poffertjes and Other Scrumptious Snacks at Golden Gardens

Miri’s is known for their poffertjes, which are mini Dutch pancakes.
Miri’s is known for their poffertjes, which are mini Dutch pancakes. BROOKE FITTS

The winding road leading from Ballard to Golden Gardens, the park and beach at Ballard's eastern edge, separates the city from one of Mother Nature's finest spectacles: gorgeous sand beaches, sweeping views of Puget Sound and the snow-capped Olympic Mountains, and lush vegetation. The scenery is so rich, I can only liken it to some of the beaches I've explored while on New Zealand's South Island.

Miri's is located alongside the Golden Gardens Bathhouse and has unobstructed views not only of Puget Sound and the mountains but of the beach volleyball courts, which were busy with recreational matches on a recent visit.

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Great Moments in P.R. Flackdom

This was in the mailbag today...

Hi Dan,

I hope you’re well and are having a great day. I am getting in touch because I thought you might be interested in the following article: Getting to the bottom of pegging... For open-minded people who are open to butt play, pegging is a great way to spice things up in the bedroom. But what exactly is pegging and why is it a thing now?

Sex and relationships expert, Tami Rose, knows how important it is to try new things in the bedroom. She would be able to provide an article explaining what pegging is and tips for your more adventurous readers who want to give it a go.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

Pegging, you say? What is this pegging thing all about? Could you please tell more about pegging?