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Slog PM: Strikes and Protests All Over Seattle, Fox News Launches Assault on City Attorney Candidate, Boosters Recommended for Those Over 65 and "High Risk" People

350 Seattle shut down 4th Ave today to protest the banks who finance climate catastrophe
350 Seattle shut down 4th Ave today to protest the banks who finance climate catastrophe Michael Petrochuk

A bunch of climate activists shut down 4th Ave this afternoon: Ahead of the November 1 climate talks in Glasgow, "scores" of climate activists sprawled across 4th Ave with signs and banners calling for Bank of America and Chase to divest from the Line 3 pipeline and demanding the Canadian government stop construction on the TransMountain pipeline. They successfully disrupted business at a Bank of America and a Chase bank on 4th. The Seattle Times printed some fun photos.

The world's current promises on emissions reductions are too weak: According to a new analysis from the UN, if every country hit its current emissions reductions target, then we'd be on track for a "catastrophic" 2.7° C rise in global temperatures, Al Jazeera reports. That sort of warming will lead to more "fatal floods to wildfires and storms."

The carpenters want more money and parking: Yesterday the Northwest Carpenters Union "picketed at several high-profile projects Thursday, including Microsoft’s Eastside campus and Vulcan’s Block 38, the 12-story South Lake Union office building set to be finished this year for Google," the Seattle Times reports. Early this morning the picketing continued at Block 38 and at 400 WestLake. The union says work is halted at "hundreds" of construction sites in the region.

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Oldboy Is Unstreamable

This man eats a live octopus.
This man eats a live octopus. Courtesy of Neon
Unstreamable is a column that finds films and TV shows you can't watch on major streaming services in the United States.*

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OLDBOY
South Korea, 2003, 120 min, Dir. Park Chan-wook
This movie is forever seared onto my retinas.
This movie is forever seared onto my retinas. Courtesy of Neon
I knew I was locked in to Park Chan-wook's Oldboy as soon as Oh Dae-su (Choi Min-sik in what is possibly the most unhinged performance I've ever seen) stuffed a live octopus into his mouth with its tentacles wrapping around his nostrils. "Ah!" I thought. "THIS is çíñęmä."

Our disgruntled protagonist is experiencing his first day of freedom, having spent 15 torturous years in a windowless cell for no apparent reason, tossed inside after one drunken night in Seoul. The reason for his imprisonment is as mysterious as the reason why his captors let him go, but either way, Dae-su is dead set on revenge. And his first meal of a live cephalopod puts on display Park Chan-wook's commitment to the unexpected, the darkly humorous, and the cosmically fucked in this early 2000s thriller.

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This Week in Seattle Food News: A New Katsu Restaurant Opens, New Luck Toy Returns, and Feed Co. Comes to Green Lake

Get your tonkatsu fix at Capitol Hills new Kobuta and Ookami Katsu and Sake House.
Get your tonkatsu fix at Capitol Hill's new Kobuta and Ookami Katsu and Sake House. Kobuta and Ookami Katsu and Sake House

This week, the highly anticipated Japanese restaurant Kobuta and Ookami Katsu and Sake House lands on Capitol Hill. Plus, many popular spots, like Bar Taglio, Café Hitchcock, Hood Famous Cafe and Bar, New Luck Toy, and La Típica Oaxaqueña, reopen their doors, Feed Co. Burgers opens a Green Lake location, and Frelard Tamales announces plans for an upcoming tamale shop and brewery in Bellingham. Read on for all of that and more culinary updates. For more inspiration, check out our food and drink guide.

NEW OPENINGS AND RETURNS


Bar Taglio and Café Hitchcock
According to press releases, chef Brendan McGill's downtown restaurants Bar Taglio and Café Hitchcock will reopen on Monday, September 20. McGill has tapped James Lorimer of the popular pop-up Kilroy's Pizza to act as chef and pizzaiolo at Bar Taglio, and Lorimer has added four new New York-style pies (marinara, veggie, burrata, and sausage) to the menu. Sarah Henderson of the one-woman baking operation Rabbit Hole Pie and the pastry and bread spinoff Hitchcock Bakeshop is taking over as pastry chef at Café Hitchcock, while Carly Wallace (who previously worked at the Bainbridge Island location of Café Hitchcock) is the new chef.
Downtown
Pickup, dine-in

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Cheap & Easy Things to Do in Seattle This Weekend

Grunge band Bexley will rock out at Belltown Rock the Block, a neighborhood block party that youre all invited to.
Grunge band Bexley will rock out at Belltown Rock the Block, a neighborhood block party that you're all invited to.
As we face a weekend of potential record-breaking rain, it’s clear that summer in Seattle is meeting an abrupt end. But fear not, there is still much to do while keeping dry (and saving money!) this weekend. Stay indoors and feast your eyeballs on the Local Sightings Film Festival or race over to Cafe Racer for a headbangin’ good time. Or perhaps wait for a break in the rain and check out Belltown Rock the Block. Just make sure to have your vax card on deck for any indoor events and a sturdy rain jacket for… well, fall in Seattle.

FRIDAY


MUSIC

ACTORS w/ Spirit Award & [brackets]
The Vancouver (the one up north, not down south) post-punk and new-wave quartet ACTORS will take the stage for a show with singer Jason Corbett "crooning reverb augmented by shivering guitars and stark synths."
Tractor Tavern, Ballard ($15)

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Sara Nelson Said Fremont Brewing Didn't Lay Off Anyone During the Pandemic. Unfortunately, That's Not True.

Sara Nelson, proud craft beer lobbyist.
Sara Nelson, proud craft beer lobbyist and co-owner of Fremont Brewing. COURTESY OF THE NELSON CAMPAIGN

In a May episode of the Hacks & Wonks podcast, Seattle City Council candidate and Fremont Brewing co-owner Sara Nelson claimed the company “managed not to lay anybody off" during the pandemic. "We kept everyone employed,” she said. Throughout the rest of spring and summer, she told the same story to the South Seattle Emerald and the Seattle Times Editorial Board.

All of this was news to the seven "beertenders" the company laid off in mid-November of 2020, around the time Washington tightened capacity restrictions on activities after loosening them in the summer.

Though the employees assumed Fremont laid them off due to the new lockdown, managers told the workers that their position simply "no longer existed," three employees said. During the layoff, one worker asked managers "repeatedly" whether they were being laid off due to COVID, and the two managers in the room "didn’t say yes or no, they said you’re being laid off because of overstaffing," this person said.

Nelson points to the "no layoff" claim as evidence of her business savvy and her support for workers, especially those hit hard by COVID-19. It's a potentially powerful line for her campaign, given her lack of early support for the city's $15 minimum wage, secure scheduling, and paid family leave laws. (As she told the Seattle Met in 2017: “One-size-fits-all laws about wages, or scheduling, or paid family leave, they just don’t work.")

But paystubs, contracts, emails, and interviews with three of the seven employees laid off in November show that Fremont did boot people out of work a week before Thanksgiving in the middle of the pandemic.

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Dancefloor Bliss Is Around the Corner (Just Bring a Mask and Your Vax Card)

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Courtesy of Kremfest
The pandemic has brought about a kind of body awareness undergirded by extreme anxiety. To the perennially anxious—such as myself—every sniffle, cough, headache, belch, weird poop, or bead of sweat could be a sign their time has come. While this type of self-surveillance is needed (to an extent), it's important to remind yourself of other things your body can do: sway, bob, shuffle, one-two-step, swivel, roll, act as a vessel for joy.

This weekend, you'll have a chance to do so at Kremfest, Kremwerk's fourth annual celebration of some the best electronic music and talent the scene has to offer. For four jam-packed nights, Seattle's premiere club has stacked lineup after lineup with incredible DJs that will facilitate music and body euphoria. Shake off your 9 to 5 at House Party's night, featuring NSO, Arel, and Euse on Friday. If anything, I suggest ending your weekend with Sunday night's Bloom, a techno-infused showcase in Timbre Room, headed by resident DJ Gag Reflex and featuring Reverend Dollars and Bored Lord. Dancefloor bliss is just around the corner—make it yours!


Kremfest runs from Thursday, September 14 thru Sunday, September 19. Both 4-day passes and day passes are available to purchase here. Masks and proof of vaccination are required for entry.

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Slog AM: Lots of Wind and Possibly Record-Breaking Rain on the Way, New York Times Is Encouraging People to Kill a Beautiful Insect, Expect Idaho to Begin Begging Like Alberta

Its not raining men.
It's not raining men. digidreamgrafix/gettyimages.com

Yes, we badly wanted rain, but not record-breaking rain. This business of going from one extreme to another is so tiresome. Capitalocene weather is like an athlete on super-steroids. It only knows how to get ripped and smash previous records. Will we ever see weather being just weather again? See rain that falls and goes away on a mild late-summer day?

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Slog PM: COVID Is Still a Killer, Jeopardy! Faves Return, and a Right-Wing March on Washington Eats Its Own Tail

Has anyone checked to see if that computers available to host Jeopardy?
Has anyone checked to see if that computer is available to host Jeopardy? Ben Hider / Stringer / Getty Images
COVID killed both parents of an 8-year-old Washington girl. Josie and Tom Burko weren’t anti-vax. They didn’t get the vaccine because of underlying health concerns. After attending the Grant County Fair in Central Washington, they both fell ill and passed away. Several dozen other cases have since been linked to the fair. The whole thing is just awful, awful, awful, awful. The pandemic isn’t even close to being “over.”

Get used to seeing more Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings. After the tumult over Mike Richards hosting Jeopardy!, the show will bring Mayim and Seattle’s own Ken back to host for the next few weeks. They certainly seem like pleasant hosts — I wouldn’t mind seeing either (or both!) of them take over on a permanent basis, and for LeVar Burton to get an even better gig at a show that actually knows how to appreciate him.

Another right-wing march on Washington? Sounds like fun! Far-right groups were planning to rally in DC this weekend, but now they’re spreading a conspiracy theory that the entire event is a plot to conduct mass arrests, so it's possible nobody will show up. Honestly, it’s kind of funny that the event might be undone by the very gullibility that led its adherents to organize it in the first place.

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This Week in Seattle Event News: Dua Lipa, J Balvin, and More

Pop princess Dua Lipa will zoom over to the Climate Pledge Arena for her Future Nostalgia Tour.
Pop princess Dua Lipa will zoom over to the Climate Pledge Arena for her Future Nostalgia Tour.
This week, two global superstars announced highly anticipated tours—Dua Lipa will get physical with her Future Nostalgia tour, and “prince of Reggaeton” J Balvin will bring his heart pumping beats to Seattle. Read on to get the rundown on visits from these big names plus everything you need to know for this weekend's Seahawks home opener. 

Tickets go on sale at 10 am unless otherwise noted.

ON SALE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17


Charley Crockett
Showbox SoDo (Tue Nov 16)

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This Week's Comics: Mystery-Solving Dogs, A Sci-Fi Coverup, and Ms. Marvel's Mental Health

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If you weren't around for the X-Files paranoia of the '90s, it's hard to describe just how pleasurable it was to indulge in the fantasy of a vast government conspiracy. These days, that sort of paranoia feels like a Trumpian red flag; but back then, it was less about actually believing in aliens and magic bees and more about the fantasy that at least someone has their hand on the wheel ... even if that someone has sinister intent. As with The Matrix, stories involving huge, organized conspiracies were oddly comforting because they validated the vague feeling that things are bad because they were designed to be bad, and that you're right to feel distrust of institutions.

That no longer feels like fun to me, in part because it's never been more clear that government institutions are often untrustworthy not because of conspiracy but incompetence. What's more, conspiracy theorists have made the jump from casually speculating about a TV show to spreading misinformation that adherents accept as fact.

But! I felt a twinge of that old familiar intrigue while reading some of this week's new comics — Stray Dogs involves a small social group awakening to sinister secrets, and Primordial is a spellbinding speculation about how the people in charge have been hiding more than you can possibly imagine. Thanks as always to Phoenix for pointing out these books, and remember, the truth is out there ... and probably extremely mundane.

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King County Issues Vaccine or Negative COVID Test Requirement for Large Outdoor Events and Indoor Entertainment

Flash it!
Flash it! Photo by Nathan Howard/Getty Images

Two-and-a-half months after the delta variant of the coronavirus started chewing through the unvaccinated population, this afternoon Seattle and King County Health Officer Dr. Jeff Duchin finally issued a widely anticipated health order requiring vaccination or proof of a negative COVID test for all outdoor events with 500 people or more and many indoor activities, such as "live music, performing arts, gyms, restaurants and bars," according to a press release from the King County Executive's office.

Relevant companies must comply by October 25, though "restaurants with seating capacity for 12 and under" can wait until December 6. The new requirements also do not apply to "outdoor dining, take-out customers, and places that aren’t primarily used as a restaurant, such as grocery stores."

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According to the release, "continued high levels of preventable COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations and increased deaths driven by the Delta variant, serious stress on our regional healthcare system, and concern for a significant outbreak resurgence this fall and winter" prompted local officials to act. The county basically frames the decision as a binary: we either require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test, or else we have to start locking down.

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The New Anthony Fauci Documentary Features a Celebrated Seattle Activist

Wakefield.
Wakefield. Photo by Michael McFadden Photography

For Seattleites who've seen the recent documentary about Dr. Anthony Fauci, simply titled Fauci, there's a familiar local face that pops up.

Wakefield, who goes by the singular name, is a humble yet no less impactful force for good who worked for 20 years as the external relations director for Seattle's Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, specifically its HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN). The center says his work was part of “the world’s largest publicly funded international collaboration conducting clinical trials of HIV vaccines.” Last summer, Wakefield retired from the work, leaving behind a long legacy that he hopes to pass on to the next generation.

That legacy includes being an activist for more than 60 years. In a tribute written in Seattle Gay Scene last year, the blog hailed Wakefield for “volunteering for non-profits in his native Chicago since he was a child and becoming a community leader during the onset of the AIDS Epidemic.” In 1994, the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame inducted Wakefield for his decades of service to his community.

In those many years of service, Wakefield became involved with Fauci's work in trying to combat AIDS. Fauci and other medical officials at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) faced prolonged pressure from groups like the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, known as ACT UP, over the failures to address the crisis that was killing in horrifying numbers. Sound familiar? For many, it echoed the White House's early failures to respond to the current pandemic we are still facing.

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Super Scary-Wary Anti-Abolitionist Push Poll Hits the Field, Foreshadowing Contentious Races for Seattle City Council and City Attorney

Yes. Next question.
Much more likely. Next question. Screengrab from Stupid Poll

Someone apparently paid an opposition research firm to disseminate a push poll designed to scare Seattle voters away from Seattle City Attorney candidate Nicole Thomas-Kennedy and Seattle City Council candidate Nikkita Oliver. One of the poll questions says the text-based surveys ask "different people about different candidates," so they could be trying to scare Seattleites away from other candidates, too, but I've only seen the anti-NTK/anti-Oliver one.

Change Seattle, an independent expenditure supporting Sara Nelson's bid for Seattle City Council against Oliver, paid $15,000 to a Texas-based oppo firm for "research consulting" at the end of last month. I sent an email to ask if they paid for the poll, and if they plan to ask for a partial reimbursement since the firm spelled Sara's name with an "h" several times in one of the questions. I will update this post if I hear back, though admittedly this is a total guess and it could be any of the other big-business PACs lining up to beat down progressives.

In the meantime, let's break down this nonsense real quick.

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New Report Recommends 52 Fixes for Seattle’s Other Police Department

If you can make out this stitching youre standing too close
If you can make out this stitching you're standing too close Port of Seattle

You might’ve interacted with them at the airport, at a marina, or at a cruise terminal without ever realizing who they were: The Port of Seattle Police might look like the Seattle Police Department, but they’re actually a completely separate agency with their own separate jurisdiction, policies, and leadership. And a new report is calling for dozens of reforms at the department, from wonky little logistical tweaks to big procedural changes.

The report, ordered by the Port of Seattle Commission, was prompted by last summer’s protests and conducted by the consulting firm 21CP. It covers a wide range of topics, including union participation, coordination with other police departments, and budget; but the biggest areas of focus are transparency, police interactions with unhoused people, and equity, particularly among non-white employees.

Among the findings: Port of Seattle Police are largely operating in accordance with goals set out by the Commission, with infrequent use of force. (The POSPD, it’s worth noting, has not tear-gassed any neighborhoods.) But there are 52 areas in which they could do better.

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Slog AM: Northwest Carpenters Union Strikes, Anthony White Wins the Betty Bowen Award, Someone From Everett Is Orbiting Earth Right Now

Seattle artist Anthony White gets an unrestricted cash award of $15,000 and a solo show at SAM next year.
Seattle artist Anthony White gets an unrestricted cash award of $15,000 and a solo show at SAM next year. Courtesy of the SAM

The King County Water Taxi will keep its summer hours to serve the people of West Seattle: The city and county made a deal yesterday that will "allow increased water taxi services for residents as long as the West Seattle Bridge is closed," reports KING 5. Instead of summertime service ending on October 15, Seattleites can now ride the water taxi from 6 am to 7 pm seven days a week.

U.S. gymnasts harshly criticize the F.B.I. for its mishandling of the Larry Nassar investigation: Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney, and collegiate gymnast Maggie Nichols all testified yesterday about the failures of the government agency's handling of sexual harassment and assault claims in the U.S. gymnastics program, reports The Hill. “To not indict these agents is a disservice to me and my teammates, a disservice to the system which is built to protect all of us from abuse,” said Maroney. F.B.I. director Christopher Wray apologized to the women for the bureau's role in the abuse.

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