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Your Guide to Seattle Drive-In Movies & Events: Spring/Summer 2021 Edition

Marymoor Parks BECU Drive-In series has added a slew of new showtimes, including Clueless on Wednesday, June 2.
Marymoor Park's BECU Drive-In series has added a slew of new showtimes, including Clueless on Wednesday, June 2. Paramount Pictures

We're happy to report that drive-in movies are still the darlings of the pandemic, right behind frozen dumplings and analog puzzles. They provided an alternative to our tiny digital screens when movie theaters were closed, and now they're helping to safely ease us into public life while we wait for hive immunity to slowly take effect. Read on below for upcoming showings at the Blue Fox, Rodeo Drive-In, Marymoor Park, and elsewhere, or check out our other film and TV roundups for more options. 

P.S. We'll keep this page updated as new showtimes are announced, so feel free to add it to your bookmarks!

MOVIES
BECU Drive-In Movies at Marymoor Park
Marymoor Park has been one of Seattle's hottest destinations for outdoor movie viewing for the last 17 years or so. While you won't be able to set up on the grass this year, BECU will keep the tradition going by turning to a drive-in model for the second year, screening classic flicks like Mamma Mia and Ferris Bueller's Day Off on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Food trucks will be onsite, too.
Redmond ($30)
Lineup: Ferris Bueller's Day Off (Tues May 11), Jurassic World (Wed May 12), Mamma Mia (Thurs May 13), Jaws (Tues May 18), Grease (Wed May 19), Wayne's World (Thurs May 20), The Princess Bride (Tues May 25), The Wizard of Oz (Wed May 26), E.T. - Extra-Terrestrial (Thurs May 27), Ghostbusters (Tues June 1), Clueless (Wed June 2), Monsters, Inc. (Thurs June 3), Spider-Man: Far from Home (Tues June 8), Bohemian Rhapsody (Wed June 9), Dirty Dancing (Thurs June 10), Raiders of the Lost Ark (Tues June 15), Crazy Rich Asians (Wed June 16), The Karate Kid (Thurs June 17), Crazy, Stupid, Love (Thurs June 22), Toy Story (Wed June 23), The Sandlot (Thurs June 24)

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Constantine Announces Purchase of Queen Anne Hotel to House Homeless, Return of Bus Service to the Mountains, and $150 Million in Rental Assistance

Constantine is running for re-election this year, and hed really like you to know what hes been up to lately.
Constantine is running for re-election this year, and he'd really like you to know what he's been up to lately. Courtesy of the Campaign

On Tuesday afternoon King County Executive Dow Constantine used his annual State of the County address to deliver some good news to a region struggling to find housing, pay rent, secure a decent job, escape grinding and isolating work, combat a deadly respiratory virus, and maybe hug a far-flung relative at some point.

Let me hit you with the highlights from his prepared remarks, which you can watch him give here:

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New Savage Lovecast: Wait. Bill and Melinda??

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My, what a fetish-y show we have for you this week!

Genital stretching? Check. Chastity belts? Sure. Piss play? Why not? Gainer/Feeder? Let's go!

In a more wholesome turn, Dan welcomes Dr. Debby Herbenick back to the show. The sex educator answers a question about the nature of multiple orgasms for women and the unwelcome phenomenon of sex headaches.

And finally, Dan gets into some complex thermodynamics as he explains how to keep your dildo nice and cold. But not too cold.

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Siren and the Sea Made a Soundtrack for Self Care

For Bathing , Siren and the Sea
For Bathing, Siren and the Sea

Cristina Cano, the woman behind solo project Siren and the Sea, always has lots of oils, salts, scents and rituals going on during her beloved baths. But what’s a calming bath without some soothing melodies to self-care with? That’s the question that occurred to Cano before she began humming the tune and conceptualizing her latest full-length For Bathing, which she wrote while living in Portland in 2018-19.

“That year for whatever reason I was taking a little bit of a break from performing and I was like a little more introverted, and finding that space where I needed to retreat inside—self reflecting,” Cano explains. She eventually found meditation through bathing.

“I was taking one of my stoney-baloney baths and I was actually listening to ‘Honeycomb’ by Kadhja Bonet which is like one of my favorite songs. And I remember thinking, like, the flow of the song is so perfect for bathing,” Cano remembers, adding that she wanted to embody that same feeling in her own sound. “And sure enough, I really crafted the flow of the track listing for [the album] through sort of going through the bathing process.”

Cano’s May 2021 release continues a long Siren and the Sea tradition of making poetic music loaded with aquatic themes, or as Cano has dubbed her own sound, swimwave. Submerged in her own imaginary world, Cano embodies a sort of electro-pop-singing mermaid character.

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Mousercise Is Unstreamable

Hot, sizzling tunes.
"Hot, sizzling tunes." Disney
Unstreamable is a weekly column that finds films and TV shows you can't watch on major streaming services in the United States.*

MOUSERCISE
US, premiered 1983

Now you too can have an ass like Mickey.
Now you too can have an ass like Mickey. Disney

Mickey Mouse? Doing calisthenics? The breakout success of home workout videos in the early '80—the most apparent being Jane Fonda's Workout in 1982—inspired Disney to take the trend into its own mouse mittens. In 1983, Disney launched The Disney Channel, and it tapped dancer Kellyn Plasschaert to lead an early morning, Jane Fonda-esque workout show for kids titled Mousercise. Disney characters like Mickey and Goofy joined a child cast during their workouts, and in between exercising, the show featured short sketches with the characters. Mousercise also spawned hit soundtracks (which are streaming) and a popular standalone VHS release, which was drenched in leg warmers, overly shampooed hair, short shorts, Mickey attempting to stretch, and a high-energy finale that would make Italo Disco proud.

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Slog AM: Air Raids Kill 26 in Gaza, KUOW Drops Funny Durkan Texts, Cops Find the Suspect but Not the Tiger He Fled With

Palestinians counted several children among the dead.
Palestinians counted several children among the dead in Gaza. Fatima Shbair / GETTY

KUOW dropped some Durkan texts: The public radio station's story confirms a report from the Seattle Times about the city's public records office "recreating" missing texts to and from Mayor Jenny Durkan during the protests and the rise of CHOP last summer. Those texts appear to come from group chats the Mayor had with staffers, and they're pre-ttay, pre-ttay, pre-ttaaaaaaaaay funny.

A couple quick takeaways: Durkan and former Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best get pumped when Brandi Kruse, a news commentator for the local Fox affiliate, plans to shadow the cops. The vaunted former chief of police described the fallout of Sawant leading protests into City Hall thusly: "no issues." (As I wrote yesterday, a reactionary group with dubious mailer strategies is trying to make that moment a very serious issue.) Durkan also politely condescends to Crosscut's David Kroman. "Can you call Kroman and tell him I would appreciate a few more minutes of his time. After reading one of his stories there are some things he did not know to ask about," Durkan said in a text.

Me after reading all these Durkan texts:

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Slog PM: Kids Can Get the Jab, Chipotle Raises Pay, Is This Horse a Victim of Cancel Culture?

Did this horse dope or is he just being THOUGHT POLICED?
Did this horse dope or is he just being THOUGHT POLICED? Sarah Stier/ Getty Images

Textgate: On Friday, the Seattle Times revealed that not only had Mayor Jenny Durkan's texts from last June gone missing but so had the texts of Seattle Fire Department Chief Harold Scoggins and former Seattle Police Department Chief Carmen Best. Durkan chalked her missing messages up to "retention setting" issues, while Scoggins said his messages disappeared after password and "device management" problems. The City Attorney's office is still "ascertaining" what went wrong with Best's phone. The city has spent "hundreds of thousands of dollars" trying to find these messages, the Times reports. Has anyone heard of iCloud?

A solution? Council President Lorena Gonzalez announced today that she and City Attorney Pete Holmes are working on a proposal to create an independent public disclosure entity to deal with the mayor's office. The basic idea is that an independent entity wouldn't be accountable to the mayor and could more freely investigate mayoral records. Critics wonder what changes an independent entity would actually make since the problem here seems to lie with how the mayor's office complies with records requests. Workers within the records department blew the whistle on textgate, after all.

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The Best Things to Do from Home in Seattle This Week: May 10-16, 2021

MoPOPs annual live music showcase Sound Off! will return this weekend with virtual sets from Everett-based hip-hop project Aurelio Valdez (pictured) and other local under-21 acts.
MoPOP's annual live music showcase Sound Off! will return this weekend with virtual sets from Everett-based hip-hop project Aurelio Valdez (pictured) and other local under-21 acts. Courtesy MoPOP

We're just as pleased about this week's mild spring forecast as anyone, but it's gonna be a gorgeous week on the internet too. Read our latest picks for local virtual happenings below, from Seattle Theatre Group's Reopening Doors to the Arts fundraiser (featuring live performances from the likes of Brandi Carlile) to MoPOP's annual Sound Off! showcase, and from a poetry reading with Jane Wong, Dorothy Chan, and W. Todd Kaneko to a concert and conversation with British folk-rock legend Richard Thompson. For more options, explore our guide to COVID-safe in-person things to do in Seattle.

MONDAY

READINGS & TALKS
Anas Atassi: Sumac
Cookbook author Anas Atassi will chat about his new release Sumac, which imparts recipes for modern and traditional Syrian cooking from his upbringing and travels, with Wassef and Racha Haroun of Mamnoon.

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The Recall Campaign Wants to Boot Sawant Because She Doesn’t Like Democrats

Same old shit.
Same old shit. RS

If you’re looking for evidence of the Recall Sawant campaign operating in bad faith, look no further than their opening salvo: about 38,000 big, double-sided mailers full of the same bullshit Sawant haters have been hurling at her for years from the safety of their rapidly appreciating homes.

On the front, the mailer displays a copy of a petition the campaign wants District 3 residents to sign, which includes the three alleged offenses they’re supposedly so pissed off about: letting protesters into City Hall in the middle of a pandemic, “leading” a protest to the Mayor’s house, and spending around $1,700 to run off some posters and to text out some ads for a Tax Amazon ballot initiative she promoted to make sure the council stuck to its word to tax the rich. On that last charge, last week Sawant acknowledged she violated the city's ethics code and as punishment agreed to pay double what she spent on posters.

On the reverse side, where you’d expect to see a bunch of histrionic language about the gravity of these earth-shattering violations, you instead see a bunch of Clinton Democrat red meat: "SAWANT WANTS VOTERS TO BELIEVE REPUBLICANS ARE BEHIND THE RECALL. THE TRUTH? SHE WORKED AGAINST DEMOCRATS FOR YEARS...AND HELPED ELECT TRUMP."

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Can Jet Fuel Ever Be "Sustainable"? The Port of Seattle Hopes So

*Sniffs* Ah, a piquant yet impertinent bouquet
*Sniffs* Ah, a piquant yet impertinent bouquet Artyom_Anikeev / getty images

Oh sure, you say now that you miss traveling. But just wait until the next time you’re back at the airport, with all the noise, the waiting, the weird chairs … and of course, the burning of jet fuel dragging the planet ever closer to ecological collapse. Flying from here to the east coast produces one metric ton of carbon dioxide — five tons if you go to Asia — and knowing that we’re contributing to the death of the only Earth we have is just one of the many stresses of taking a flight.

The Port of Seattle would like to do something about that.

Last month the Port held a special study session to discuss the use of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), which can reduce lifetime carbon emissions by 50 to 80 percent compared to traditional jet fuel. But “can” isn’t the same as “will.” Is this stuff for real? Dirty-fuel companies sure would like you to think so.

Companies like Shell and BP have declared SAF to be “the future of energy,” which if you heard that coming out of the mouth of a character in a Batman movie you’d be like “oh, there’s the villain.” And here’s the thing to keep in mind about this technology: SAF isn’t pollution-free. It still produces emissions.

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Your Guide to COVID-Safe Things to Do in Seattle This May

The Seattle Asian Art Museum reopens to the public on May 28! Scoop up online tickets (starting April 29) to reunite with exhibits like Be/longing: Contemporary Asian Art.
The Seattle Asian Art Museum reopens to the public on May 28! Scoop up online tickets (starting April 29) to reunite with exhibits like Be/longing: Contemporary Asian Art. Courtesy SAAM

The last month of spring is upon us, and while public life isn't back to normal just yet, Seattle's flora and fauna are blossoming to their usual fullness and annual festivals are returning in a modified fashion. Keep reading to plan ahead for the most noteworthy events both online and in person this May, from the Pike Place Market Flower Festival over Mother's Day weekend to Seattle Beer Week, from the Seattle Transgender Film Festival to an On the Boards Drive-In with Henry Art Gallery, and from the stacked Crosscut Festival to the opening of Black Refractions: Highlights from the Studio Museum in Harlem at the Frye. For even more options, check out our complete streaming events calendar and our guide to in-person things to do.

Events are online unless otherwise noted.

CULTURAL FESTIVALS
Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration
May is Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month! Tune in to Seattle Center Festál's Facebook page for a live mini-festival featuring an address from Mayor Jenny Durkan, a performance from the International Lion Dance Team and local drill teams, the annual Alan Sugiyama hum bow eating contest, a food demo, and more.
(Sun May 2)

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You Can Now Buy Chick-Fil-A Sauce at QFC

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No Matt Baume

There it is, just sitting innocently next to the raw chicken at QFC: A big bin of Chick-Fil-A sauce, with a big bright sign declaring “NEW.” Ah Christ, not these assholes again.

Like you, I was exhausted by the Chick-Fil-A wars of 2012, when the president of the fast food company made some particularly homophobic remarks and it came to light that the company donates money to various homophobic causes, after which it became politically mandatory for conservatives to pretend that to eat a chicken sandwich is to take a moral stand.

I’m sure you remember the discourse and how extremely stupid it was. Carrying a Chick-Fil-A bag became a declaration, a badge to let everyone know that you have disdain for queers. Obviously, nobody really gave a shit about the food itself; it was just one of those dumb conservative performances like eating beans or pretending to care about the sanctity of women’s sports.

So, is it OK to buy these bottles of sauce from QFC? The short answer: No. I wouldn’t. For the most recent year for which tax records are available, Chick-Fil-A has shown that they refuse to improve.

But fortunately, the long answer is that it is stupid-easy to just make the sauce yourself.

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The Pacific Northwest Beauty of Forest Scientist Suzanne Simard and Her New Memoir Finding the Mother Tree

Something I came across while listening to Suzanne Simards new book, Finding the Mother Tree, during a walk near the end of a day.
Something I came across while listening to Suzanne Simard's new book, Finding the Mother Tree, during a walk near the end of a day. Charles Mudede

I met the Vancouver B.C.-based forest scientist Suzanne Simard on a sunny spring day in 2016. She was in town for an event at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's LEED Platinum campus. We met at the McMenamins in Queen Anne to talk about her research, which concerned the nature and structure of tree sociality. I was informed of her work by her important contribution to Peter Wohlleben's popular The Hidden Life of Trees. And I had read this book because it presented a starting point for a project initiated five years before by a passage I encountered in Richard Dawkins' The Greatest Show on Earth.

This book was published in 2009. I read it in 2010 and came across the Forest of Friendship story/theory in its pages. Dawkins basically placed competition at the heart of evolution by dreaming up a community of trees (he is, by the way, a zoologist) that decided socialism (let's all stay the same height and save resources from competition) was the best way to make things work for all. But this noble plan was easily undone by one mutant tree that was greedy.

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Refresh Playlist: New Music for the Week—Featuring Moorea Masa & the Mood, Billie Eilish, and More!

Heart in the Wild: Side AA
Heart in the Wild: Side AA Moorea Masa & the Mood
When the weather’s this nice, you need some new music to match the mood. Here you’ll find a new project from an indie artist, and two great new songs with “Power” in the name!


Heart In The Wild: Side AA, Moorea Masa & the Mood


Moorea Masa dropped a new EP on April 30, Heart In the Wild: Side AA, with her band Moorea Masa & the Mood. The seven-track project sees its lead singer grieving her estranged mother, a queer Black woman suffering from debilitating mental illness. There’s dreamy, lush production (exemplified by album opener “Will It Be the Same”), and highly emotive vocal performances throughout, all with a rich, velvet quality that remind one of tender, sweet soul singers like Corrine Bailey Rae or Raveena. With vocals this gorgeous, and numerous highlights that include the catchy “Honey,” and intimate track “Until Then,” it’s comforting that this EP is just the first side of the band’s upcoming full-length LP.

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Slog AM: A Rocket Crash, a Beached Whale in the Thames, and Hotter Dads

Coulda been worse.
Coulda been worse. mikkelwilliam / getty images

Sure, the crash-landing rocket didn’t hit any populated areas, but it was still a bad time for some fish. A rocket launched in April came crashing back down to Earth this weekend, with nobody quite sure where it was going to wind up until it eventually splashed down in the ocean several hundred miles south of Mumbai. NASA is pissed that Chinese space agencies aren’t doing enough to prevent that from happening again.

Cruises may soon skip Florida, a disease hub. Florida’s new laws, banning businesses from requiring proof of vaccination, may force cruise lines to skip the state. The ban was pushed by Governor Ron DeSantis, a staunch advocate of enfeeblement and decrepitude. The elderly remain at highest risk of dying from COVID — I still can’t understand why Republicans have decided to take a stance that will kill their largest voter base.

Literally zero vaccines have been provided to entire countries in Africa. Chad, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Tanzania, and Eritrea are among those still waiting. Africa accounts for just one percent of global vaccinations. Haiti has also not begun vaccinations.

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