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Slog PM: The FBI Gets in on the Boeing Investigation; Seattle Sun Isn't Here to Stay; Spring Break Is Too Fun, Says Miami Beach

Miami really needs you guys to tone it down.
Miami really needs you guys to tone it down. oneinchpunch/Getty Images

The FBI gets in on the Boeing investigation: The U.S. Department of Transportation will now be joined by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on the criminal investigation into the certification of the Boeing 737 MAX, the plane that has crashed twice in the past six months. The investigation is being overseen by the U.S. Department of Justice. The FBI has a wealth of resources. At the time being, the FBI is keeping its involvement in the investigation very hush hush. Canada and the EU doesn't trust the FAA and will conduct their own investigations before deciding whether the 737 MAX is safe.

Washington teens love to vape: Vaping! It's up there with Fortnite and Tik Tok with today's youth. My 14-year-old brother will kill me for typing that sentence. According to this report by the Washington Department of Health and Health Care Authority, "use of vape products in the past 30 days among 10th graders increased from 13 percent in 2016 to 21 percent in 2018." Hey, but cigarette smoking is down!

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Fatoumata Diawara's Futuristic Tunes Absolutely Slap

Fatoumata Diawara plays at Neptune tomorrow night
Fatoumata Diawara plays at Neptune tomorrow night Aida Muluneh | Courtesy of the Artist
Malian singer-songwriter Fatoumata Diawara’s voice is absolutely captivating. It skips like a rock over water across different registers. It's comforting, familiar, textured—it has a Sade quality to it. The singer, who plays at Neptune tomorrow night, sings not from her belly, but from somewhere higher up in her body. Diawara combines the sounds and traditions from Wassalou music of southern Mali with Western ones. She plays an electric guitar. It's sick as fuck.

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Expect Billionaire Urbanism to Kill Seattle's Waterfront Area

We are the billionaire buildings of NYCs Hudson Yards...
We are the billionaire buildings of NYC's Hudson Yards... Charles Mudede

On March 8, Seattle Times's astute real estate reporter Mike Rosenberg wrote that the waterfront area has become the next "gold rush." Big-money investors are moving in and expecting a terrific boom in property values. And so, what we have is something that, despite its origins in public feeling, has the potential of becoming its complete opposite: a site of exclusion. This development would be a dub (echoes) of what's happening right now in the area around New York City's High Line, a Manhattan project that was inspired by public spirit (Friends of the High Line), but upon its completion of its first phase in 2009, was almost immediately captured by a market that has as its logic the rapid and otherworldly inflation of asset values. The similarities between the fate of the High Line and the future of Seattle's Waterfront Project are striking. Rosenberg writes that "even before the Alaskan Way Viaduct finally comes down, the gold rush to cash in on soaring property values in the area is in full swing."

This week is the week for Seattle to think about the Waterfront project—which has already buried billions of dollars—because the first phase of a massive development located at the north end of the High Line, the Hudson Yards, just opened and has stunned the public and critics not with its unrestrained expression of corporate power, but its obvious obscenity. Here we have, without a doubt, a form of city planning that must be described as billionaire urbanism. It's the terminal point of neoliberal urbanism. It's soon coming to Seattle's waterfront.

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Seattle's Best Beer Shop Is Probably Its Smallest

All of these beers are good.
All of these beers are good. Lester Black

The first thing you’ll see when you walk into Vine Street Market in Belltown is a wall of beer. Turn to the left? Wall of beer. To the right? Another wall of beer. In fact, beer covers so many surfaces in this Fifth Avenue market that you get the sense the owners would put beer in front of the door if that didn’t prevent customers from getting in.

I don't get excited about vast quantities of beer. Menus with 100 beers on tap are boring. But there's something different about Vine Street's beer selection—it's both vast and meticulously curated.

This market is only 500 square feet yet manages to carry a collection of nearly 500 different types of beer that rivals the city’s other premier bottle shops like Chuck’s Hop Shop in the Central District or Bottleworks in Wallingford or Full Throttle Bottles in Georgetown. Vine Street is a fraction of those stores' size yet still carries the names that make people with good taste in beer raise their eyebrows, names like Holy Mountain, E9, Mirage, Matchless, Skookum, Urban Family, and many, many, many, more.

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Inbox Jukebox Track of the Day: The Uniquely Strange and Beautiful "Oddman Hypothesis" by Nintendo Composer June Chikuma

Where has June Chikumas music been my whole life, asked the guy whos never played video games.
Where has June Chikuma's music been my whole life, asked the guy who's never played video games. Freedom to Spend

June Chikuma, "Oddman Hypothesis" (Freedom to Spend)

Japanese composer June Chikuma designed music for Nintendo’s Bomberman franchise circa 1983, among many other video games that formed the chiptune aesthetic that's proved to be surprisingly durable into this century. She's also composed for film and television over the last few decades. The golden-eared, underground-culture savants at RVNG Intl. and its Freedom to Spend subsidiary (Matt Werth, Eternal Tapestry's Jed Bindeman, and ex-Yellow Swans member Pete Swanson) have done the world a favor by collecting June's recordings off the ultra-obscure 1986 LP Divertimento and other stray cuts from the period for Les Archives (released on LP with bonus 7-inch on April 5).

Les Archives contains music of extremely advanced rhythmic sensibilities—a sort of proto-IDM/drum & bass intricacy that's astounding for '80s productions. The balance between playfulness and braininess is impressive throughout. June imbues these tracks with a distinctive ominousness that overwhelms the video-game context—although I'm just theorizing, as I've never played video games (true story).

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Today Is the First Day of Spring, People! What Are You Doing to Celebrate?!

Its spring, motherfuckers
It's spring, motherfuckers POJCHEEWIN YAPRASERT PHOTOGRAPHY/Getty
Once, a friend told me: "Jasmyne, there are two types of people in this world: ones that think the first day of spring is on the 20th of March, and those that think it is on the 21st." As if it really mattered. But, of course, today is the first day of spring. The 20th day in March. The season that does with cherry trees what Chilean poet Pablo Neruda wants to do with me: fuck me. Just kidding—though if you're looking for the season to really get down and dirty with you, might I suggest you hang out in the quad over at UW? I'm standing by this Neruda joke.

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Sometimes The Damage Is Too Great

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Originally published on March 11, 2010.

I am a girl who sabotaged my relationship. I was angry; I had complaints. But my real issue was a store of repressed childhood trauma, and I was working it out on the closest person to me, my BF. We had something magical, and I destroyed it. I am now willing to give 110 percent to fix it.

We no longer have sex. We are hardly on speaking terms. I know now that my relationship skills are stunted—more childhood baggage—but I want to save my relationship. Do you have any tips on initiating sex with someone whom I have traumatized or on improving communication with someone who is so resentful? I am willing to give it time and effort, accept my faults, and breathe deeply rather than react in anger when we talk through things.

Saboteur Addressing Dysfunctions

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The Best Film Releases & Festivals in Seattle: Spring 2019

Jordan Peeles newest horror film, Us, which stars Lupita Nyong’o, opens March 21.
Jordan Peele's newest horror film, Us, which stars Lupita Nyong’o, opens March 21. Claudette Barius

Below, we've rounded up the top film events and openings for the season, from the gargantuan Seattle International Film Festival to Jordan Peele’s new horror movie Us to Pokémon Detective Pikachu. You can also find a complete list of film events in Seattle this spring on our Things To Do calendar, or check out the rest of our critics' picks from Seattle Art and Performance.

FILM FESTIVALS & SERIES

March 21 & April 18
Nocturnal Emissions Series Local sex-positive horror maven Isabella Price hosts this series on third Thursdays of classic slashers and supernatural chillers, with a burlesque performance and other fun before every screening. The remaining films are Wes Craven's cannibal satire The People Under the Stairs and the woman-directed Slumber Party Massacre II. (Northwest Film Forum)

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Trends: Cool Art, Hilarious Interruptions, and Live Drag Competitions

Recent or upcoming at BAM (clockwise from top right): glassworks by Joseph Rossano and Clare Peters; a drawing by Simon Hanselmann; an Oscar Tuazon installation.
Recent or upcoming at BAM (clockwise from top right): glassworks by Joseph Rossano and Clare Peters; a drawing by Simon Hanselmann; an Oscar Tuazon installation. JOSEPH ROSSANO GLASSWORK: CB BELL; OSCAR TUAZON INSTALLATION: DOMINIQUE ULDRY; COURTESY OF BELLEVUE ARTS MUSEUM

Bellevue Arts Museum Is... Actually Cool Now?

Bellevue Arts Museum—which has no permanent collection and grew out of Bellevue's summer arts and crafts fair—is quickly becoming a hub for amazing, weird, really cool exhibitions by mostly local artists.

It's an unlikely turn of events. In 2001, BAM moved into its current building, designed by Steven Holl. In 2003, facing a lack of attendance and running out of money, the museum closed for 18 months. There was also a brief shutdown scare in 2016 after losing donors and key staff.

But in September of 2017, BAM hired executive director and chief curator Benedict Heywood. His background as founder of an alternative arts space in Minneapolis called The Soap Factory and his two-year stint as director of Paul Allen's short-lived art gallery Pivot Art + Culture make the British curator uniquely qualified for his role.

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What Has Beto O'Rourke Actually Accomplished?

Episode 190 considers the newest Democratic presidential candidate, Beto ORourke. Also discussed: Andrew Yang!
Episode 190 considers the newest Democratic presidential candidate, Beto O'Rourke. Also: Andrew Yang and his "Freedom Dividend." Scott Eisen / Getty Images


Dan Savage, Eli Sanders, and Katie Herzog admit that every once in a long while, they find a thing or two to agree with in Trump’s tweets—of which there were 28 this past Sunday. Also, Dan continues his war on the electoral college and Katie wonders what Beto O’Rourke has ever really accomplished.

After that, Chase Burns talks about the Andrew Yang phenomenon. Yang is running for president as a Democrat, wants to give every American a thousand bucks a month, and has enough support that he’ll be in the first Democratic presidential debate.

Finally, Jasmyne Keimig on HBO’s new documentary about Elizabeth Holmes and the Theranos scandal. Plus...

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Witness the Torrid Trance Rock of NYC's Sunwatchers Tonight at Southgate Roller Rink

Sunwatchers are happy to see you. Really.
Sunwatchers are happy to see you. Really. One Beat PR

NYC quartet Sunwatchers stand as one of America’s greatest bands of the 2010s. Their self-titled 2016 album on John Dwyer’s Castle Face label is a torrid blast of horn-powered rock shot through with the sinuous melodies of Ethiopian jazz and spiritual ache of Saharan desert psychedelic blues. Concerns about white Westerner appropriation fly out the window once you hear how Sunwatchers alchemize these elements into transcendental jams. Their guitar tunings are unusual and their timbres scalding, not unlike those of the fantastic Horse Lords and Cave. Sunwatchers’ new album, Illegal Moves, ups the ante even more, generating ecstatic mantric riffs that spiral skyward with a relentlessness that sounds and feels revolutionary. All this, plus a rapturous cover of Alice Coltrane’s “Ptah, the El Daoud.”

Sunwatchers lead tonight's Wednesday Experiments lineup at Southgate Roller Rink. Warm-up sets from Mega Bog, Drama Bahama, and Swamp Meat. Skates are included with the $15 admission. Some media below.

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The Best Theater, Dance & Comedy Events in Seattle: Spring 2019

Dont miss the Dance Theatre of Harlem—the first African American classical ballet company—when they stop in Seattle in April for their 50th anniversary tour.
Don't miss the Dance Theatre of Harlem—the first African American classical ballet company—when they stop in Seattle in April for their 50th anniversary tour. Courtesy of STG

Below, we've rounded up all of our critics' performance picks for the season, including performances featuring operatic femme fatales, bizarro drag-pageant competitors, comedians from all over the world, Deaf and hearing Shakespeareans, and other denizens of the stage from Seattle and afar. Plus, find a complete list of theater, dance, and comedy events in Seattle this spring on our Things To Do calendar, or check out the rest of our critics' picks from Seattle Art and Performance.

Found something you like and don't want to forget about it later? Click "Save Event" on any of the linked events below to add it to your own private list.

Theater

March 14–April 7
John A young couple trying to reknit after a cheating incident is haunted by ghosts at their bed and breakfast getaway—and the owner of the house has memories of her own. Annie Baker's play was listed as one of the 10 Best Shows of 2015 by Time and received critical praise all around. (ArtsWest, $20—$42)

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The Geekiest Way to Find Love

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JENA PYLE

Geeks don't seem to have much luck in the romance department. Pop-culture stereotypes emphasize hopeless celibacy and unrequited longing. But in real life, these clichés don't really hold up, especially with the rise of online dating. Nearly 25 percent of people under the age of 34 use online dating apps, with niche communities like Dating for Muggles and Trek Passion attracting superfans looking to bond. Millions of people browse these sites, but the hottest new dating technology is something only the nerdiest romantics could love: DNA-based matchmaking.

You know how people describe that unmistakable emotional connection you have with someone as chemistry? Turns out there is actual chemistry at play. A growing body of evidence suggests that part of human
attraction is based on just a few genes that control receptors in our immune system—and in these instances, opposites attract. People with different genes, and therefore different abilities to fight disease, are more likely to find each other attractive. Evolutionarily speaking, this makes a lot of sense, as it means producing offspring with a wider range of immune defenses than either parent.

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Foals Bring That Western Feeling to the Paramount Tonight

Foals land at the Paramount tomorrow
Foals have come all the way from the UK to serenade your ass. Alex Knowles

“This Orient” might be one of my all-time favorite love songs that might not actually be a love song. It’s off Foals’ 2010 outing, Total Life Forever, the album that introduced me to the British rock band with dance-punk and art-rock tendencies. The song is fast-paced and urgent, but also sweet and entreating, and the chorus as delivered by emotive, falsetto-reaching frontman, Yannis Philippakis, “It’s your heart, it’s your heart / That gives me this western feeling,” matches the sound, which has a vague western feeling. This feeling is threaded throughout their music.

Foals just released their fifth full-length, Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 1, and I am digging on it hard. First single “Exits” has a commanding groove and compelling tone, “Sunday” is lightly warped and meandering before amping it up with a galloping unz-unz-unz tempo that segues into a spacious climax, "Cafe D' Athens" rolls on a krauty beat that's brightened with vibraphone knocks falling like slinky wet drops of percussive melody into the song's hypnotic progression, and "On the Luna" has that snotty Foals-distinctive guitars-and-synths appeal, the perfect ass-shaking pace to get your sneering dance face on. It's the first half of a two-album project; follow-up Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 2 is due in the fourth quarter of 2019. Can't wait to hear it.

Foals play the Paramount tonight, with support from Bear Hands and Kiev. Some media below.

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Six Ways to Celebrate the Beginning of Spring in Seattle

Its not spring in Seattle without rows of blossoming cherry trees. Catch them in full bloom at the University of Washington Campus around March 30, or head to events like the Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival in April.
It's not spring in Seattle without rows of blossoming cherry trees. Catch them in full bloom at the University of Washington Campus around March 30, or head to events like the Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival in April. Jessica Stein

Today is the official start of spring, and it's time to go out and celebrate! If you don't know where to start, we've got you covered. Below, you'll find all the highlights of our spring calendar, which features ways to soak in the new season with flowers, cultural celebrations, and sporting events, plus other great arts, culture, and music happenings. For even more options, check out our complete Things To Do calendar.

Found something you like and don't want to forget about it later? Click "Save Event" on any of the linked events below to add it to your own private list.

1. Flower Festivals
If the thing you're most excited about after a long, dark winter is bright colors and new life, you're in luck: There's a host of bright blooms around Washington State to check out in the coming weeks. Here in Seattle, check out the cherry blossoms at the UW quad (peak blooms are expected March 30) and at events like the UW Cherry Blossom Run (Sun March 31) and the Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival (April 26–28 at Seattle Center). If you're willing to travel a bit further, you'll be rewarded with annual favorites like the parade-filled Daffodil Festival in Pierce County (April 6-May 6), the La Conner Daffodil Festival (through March 30), and the ever-popular, multi-colored Skagit Valley Tulip Festival (April 1-30). Find even more nature-filled events here.

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