It's Free Chanterelle Season, Motherfuckers

Slog PM: Seattle's Proposed $5.9 Billion City Budget, In-Flight VR, Keystone XL Pipeline Construction Will Resume Next Year

Youll feel like youre flying! When youre flying.
You'll feel like you're flying! When you're flying. alvarez/ Getty Images

Mayor Durkan announces $5.9 billion budget: That’s an increase over this year’s $5.6 billion. Durkan has allocated more money for transit and transportation. Part of that is because the city used less of the money from the Move Seattle levy than expected. There’s money for 120 new firefighter recruits and 40 more police officers.

Durkan’s budget sets aside $7 million for youth safety: Central District residents called on the mayor’s office to act after a wave of shootings in the area. Residents wanted more than just an influx of police officers into the area. Durkan will invest $7 million on youth safety programs.

Félix Hernández is now an American citizen: The Venezuelan pitcher and his wife became citizens at a naturalization ceremony Monday afternoon. He pitched the first perfect game in Mariners’ history.

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After Multiple Allegations of Sexual Harassment, Matt Manweller Says He'll Resign If Re-Elected

This might be the last time I have to use this image.
This might be the last time I have to use this image. WASHINGTON STATE LEGISLATURE

After the Seattle Times resurfaced two sexual harassment investigations during Rep. Matt Manweller's tenure as a political science professor at Central Washington University, after his first wife—who he met when she was a 16-year-old managing the boys' soccer team and he was the coach—called their relationship "inappropriate" upon further reflection, after a staffer complained that he turned a meeting into a date, after the House GOP kicked him off his committee assignments, after a weeks-long campaign to shape the media narrative surrounding an investigation into his conduct with former students, after attorney Trish Murphy filed an 85-page report detailing "a pattern of inappropriate behavior with gender-based and sexual overtones" from 16 of those former students and colleagues, after CWU fired him for talking to witnesses during Murphy's investigation, after Austin Jenkins broke a story about Manweller allegedly statutorily raping a 17-year-old former student in Idaho (which Manweller denies), after GOP leadership in the House called for him to resign following that story, after saying he wasn't Brett Kavanaugh but then introducing himself as Brett Kavanaugh at a recent event, after a conference call with House Republicans this morning, finally Manweller released a statement to the Yakima Herald saying he will step down from his fucking part-time job as a Representative of Ellensburg if re-elected in November for a fourth term.

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Parquet Courts Wasn't a Total Indie Circle Jerk

Andrew Savage of Parquet Courts in 2017
Andrew Savage of Parquet Courts in 2017 Noam Galai / Stringer

I had a hard time trusting Parquet Courts. I saw them live for the first time at the Vera Project in August 2014. They were touring with local band Naomi Punk and, being ever the Eastsider, I did what any 20-year-old would do, which was showing up really baked with my friends, ready to bob violently to the music. I was completely unprepared for a Parquet Courts 10 minute, Buckethead-esque guitar solo that my friend Peter described as “incredibly punishing.” It felt like some sort of circle jerk-y betrayal and it killed our high, worst of all. Since that night, I fell off the Parquet Courts bandwagon, checking the pulse every now and then, noncommittally listening to a single or entertaining the idea of going to a show, but I never followed through with anything. I didn’t want to get burned again.

When I saw Parquet Courts last night at the Showbox, I thought to myself, “This is what graduation sounds like.” From their previous sound, from Vera to Showbox, from younger crowds. Touring in support of their new album Wide Awake, the band that got onstage and the music they played seemed markedly different from the band I remembered four years ago. This band had all the trappings of being just outside of mainstream success, a cult favorite in the making, one that would never play an incredibly punishing 10-minute guitar solo. I’d read that they wanted to make a punk record that could be put on at parties—a truly noble effort that by-and-large succeeded. I can see some teen in 2045 stumbling across Wide Awake on whatever mid-century Spotify/Apple Music/Tidal conglomerate hellscape we end up on, feeling moved to dance around her bedroom, wondering what it would be like to be at one of their concerts, imagining herself in my shoes.

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The Northgate Mall Redesign Will Pave Over All of Its Terrible Repressed History

There are skeletons in these closets!
There are skeletons in these closets! DAVID COLE

The Northgate Mall was once something to behold. It was the first regional shopping mall in the United States. It thrived off its proximity to I-5. A suburban setting allowed space for every person and their cars. Now, it’s slated for redevelopment.

This is a good thing. For one, it will add hundreds of thousands of square feet of office space and several hundred units of housing. For another, it will pave over Northgate’s ghosts.

“It would add density to a property defined by parking lots and single-story shopping since it debuted during the golden age of the automobile,” writes Mike Rosenberg in the Seattle Times.

Those acres of asphalt are an eyesore. They’re also where Ted Bundy stopped a purse snatcher in 1973.

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Why the State Route 99 Tunnel Delay Shows Seattle Never Left Elvis Presley's It Happened at the World's Fair


I finally got around to watching Elvis Presley's It Happened at the World's Fair. It succeeded in being worse than I had imagined. Little in it has any relationship with reality. Its music is bland. And its story is unable to support its 105-minute length. But it does have a moment (just over two-minutes long) that deserves a place in the history of Northwest cinema. The scene, which happens on the Monorail, and has Elvis Presley singing an easily forgettable tune to a sleeping Asian girl, Sue-Lin (Vicky Tiu), and her huge and red doll dog, cannot be denied. It's like looking into a telescope of time and seeing, from 1963, the year the film was shot, a city that's waiting in one of Seattle's futures.

This city (year 2018?) has a robust a public transportation system that smoothly flies over its car-choked streets and offers passengers views of modernist office towers and, at dusk, otherworldly skies. This city waited for us. But it waited in vain. We never arrived there. Instead, we have a Seattle that's still stuck in the car. Its public transportation system is primitive, and it has spent a fortune on a car tunnel whose opening has been delayed and delayed; and even when it's finally opened, it will solve next to none of the city's growing congestion problems.

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Weekday Trumpdate

President Trump today at the United Nations.
President Trump today at the United Nations. Spencer Platt / Getty Images

• Why fire Rosenstein today when you can set up a cliff-hanger for Thursday?

White House officials said Monday that Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein will stay in his job for now, but will meet with the president on Thursday to discuss the tensions that officials said nearly led to his departure earlier in the day.

• Why get into a rescue boat and help victims of Hurricane Florence when photoshopping will do it for you?

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Older Gent Seeks a Non-Kissing, Disease-Free Vers Masc Guy For Ongoing FWB Arrangement (Must Be From Same Social and Cultural Background)


I'm a single hetero-romantic pansexual fairly masculine male in my 60s. (I'm a lingerie boy, too, but not full-on CD/TV, which I rarely like aesthetically.) I've wanted to develop a regular, long-term safe FWB arrangement with another fairly masculine man with whom I'd feel compatible socially, culturally and lifestyle-wise as well as sexually, someone I'd like as a friend and be able to share dinner or a movie with as well as fun sex. (Caring but non-romantic sex — massage, yes, smooching, no.) Not an easy task, Dan, and made worse by losing Craigslist, as my sexual non-negotiables are fairly equal versatility, no STD's (including herpes 1), and the ethical freedom to be involved. Once I've weeded out the bad cultural fits, the heavy sub bottom boys and exclusive tops and the hopeful herpes folks (I want to be free to safely engage in fluid-sharing), I'm inevitably left with het-married guys who are essentially cheating. They say they are in long-dead marriages and have a DADT "understanding," but then are paranoid about being found out, so the "understanding" seems limited or only in their heads. I don't want my FWB to be someone with poor boundaries or an unclear head, nor do I want to be with someone with a cloud of anxiety hanging over what I want to be freely fun times. I certainly don't want to be part of any breakup. Am I unrealistically looking for what seems to be a kind of unicorn? (FYI, I am open to romance with someone else, but ideally would want to keep this FWB going, transparently.)

Betting On Your Savviness

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The "Sports Car of Weed" Is Going on Sale in California

Did we just find the rarest cannabinoid?
Did we just find the rarest cannabinoid? Thomas James

Pot is filled with over 100 active compounds that help get you high. THC and CBD are the most famous, but many of these other "cannabinoids" offer their own unique qualities. When I went hunting for rare cannabinoids last 4/20, I was able to find syringes filled with Delta-8 THC and tinctures full of sleepy CBN. But I could never track down what is probably the most sought after cannabinoid in the world: THCV.

This pot compound supposedly gives you energy and curbs your appetite, giving it obvious recreational potential and nicknames like "skinny pot" or the "sports car of weed." The closest I could get to this rare cannabinoid was interviewing Kymron deCesare, the chief research officer for the largest pot testing company in the country, Steep Hill Labs.

"For more than a year and a half, I have been sitting on six pounds of plant matter that I know for a fact contains 200 to 250 grams of THCV," deCesare told me at the time.

Well, it looks like deCesare isn't the only person in the country with THCV: A California company says they are releasing vape pens filled with 25 to 30 percent THCV on October 31 of this year. The company's website lists two versions of the vape pens, one with THCV and CBD called "relief," and another with just THCV called "Skinny."

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It's Free Chanterelle Season, Motherfuckers

Step one: Find them. Step two: Post pics on Instagram.
Step one: Find them. Step two: Post pics on Instagram. KH

I hesitate tell you this because our natural resources can easily be loved to death, but I'm going to (briefly) ignore my loathing of Slog readers in general (and you in particular, Pansack), and tell you about a free, easy, and delicious hobby that is right outside our doorstep: mushroom hunting. And before you get too excited, no, I'm not talking about the ones that make you see god (apologies for that).

All the rain we get around here may give you trench foot and a bad attitude, but it's also the ideal habitat for mushrooms. There are an array of edible mushrooms that can be found at different times of the year around here, and right now, we are in the midst of chanterelle season, which begins in late summer and lasts until the first frost. And, sure, while you could go save yourself the trouble and spend $24 a pound on these bad boys at Whole Foods, it's a hell of a lot more fun to go outside and find them yourself.

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A Legend Is Torn in Ethan Hawke's Blaze


Ethan Hawke's Blaze does what good biopics should do: spur enough interest in the movie's subject as to make viewers explore them in greater depth. Before watching Hawke's fourth feature film, I didn't know ill-fated country-music troubadour Blaze Foley from Just Blaze. After seeing it, I went on a YouTube and Wikipedia bender to make up for lost time. On that criterion alone, Blaze is a success. Hawke made a non-fan deeply care about an obscure figure who makes cult Americana artist (and Foley buddy) Townes Van Zandt seem like Bob Dylan in terms of name recognition. Although luminaries like Lucinda Williams, Merle Haggard, and John Prine have covered Foley's songs, he has remained a mysterious character—but perhaps not for much longer.

Blaze Foley—poignantly inhabited by burly, bearded musician Ben Dickey—was a combination of holy fool, drunken poet, and soulful troubadour. Afflicted with polio and bedeviled by a troubled childhood, Foley poured his sadness into forlorn songs that made being downtrodden seem noble. His lugubrious voice—think a cowboy-hatted Leonard Cohen—perfectly embodied the Texas-based songwriter's heart-shattering lyrics.

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The 78 Best Things To Do in Seattle This Week: Sept 24-30, 2018

This week is your last chance to see Can Can and Prom Queens tribute to the enigmatic—and equally problematic—Mata Hari at Femme Fatale.
This week is your last chance to see Can Can and Prom Queen's tribute to the enigmatic—and equally problematic—Mata Hari at Femme Fatale. Nate Watters

Our music critics have already chosen the 43 best music shows this week, but now it's our arts critics' turn. Here are their picks for the best events in every genre—from French Cinema Now to the Fresh Hop Ale Festival, and from a conversation about the state of American journalism with NPR's Joshua Johnson to the closing of MUSE: Mickalene Thomas Photographs and tête-à-tête. See them all below, and find even more events on our complete Things To Do calendar.

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Preti Taneja: We That Are Young
Taneja's retelling of King Lear, transplanted to a powerful business family in New Delhi, uses the familiar elements of an aging titan, his virtuous but rebellious daughter, her bloodthirsty sisters, and their psychopath half-brother. It's been getting great reviews in the UK: After awarding it the prestigious Desmond Elliott prize, the judges actually called it "awe-inspiring." And it's only Taneja's first novel!

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DJ Dark Sir Prize Spins an Eclectic Array of "Wigged-Out Wonders"

Brian Probart loves to mix up various music genres in his sets, à la 70s AM radio.
Brian Probart loves to mix up various music genres in his sets, à la '70s AM radio. Lilli Dennison

DJ DARK SIR PRIZE (aka DJ MR. B, aka BRIAN PROBART; Trickbag Record Party)

Can, “Turtles Have Short Legs” (Liberty)
"I have been a fan of Can for many years, but this song caught my attention from the recent Can compilation The Singles."

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After Stranger Report, Google Pulls Ads From Spokane County Judge Candidate

Nearly four months ago, Google banned political ads targeting state and local elections in Washington. Even so, judicial candidate Patrick Johnson was able to buy $300 in Google ads.
The web site linked in the Google ads. Patrick Johnson Campaign Web Site

Last week, The Stranger reported that Google had sold more than $6,000 in political ads targeting local elections in Washington state in recent months, even though the company announced on June 7 that it would no longer sell such ads.

The following day, one of the Washington state candidates who bought some of those Google ads, Patrick Johnson, received an e-mail from Google telling him that his "ads or keywords have been disapproved." The reason?

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FEMAIL's Garments Aren't Like Anything You've Seen Before


On Exhibit

This one-of-a-kind garment is on view at Bellevue Arts Museum through September 30. It was made by the fashion duo FEMAIL, who collaborate by sending garments back and forth through the United States Postal Service.

The Artists

Janelle Abbott lives in Seattle, and Camilla Carper lives in Los Angeles. They met in 2008 in an elevator at Parsons School of Design. Abbott says: "Camilla is a little more into pop-culture imagery than I am." Carper jokes: "But both of us have pretty equally awful taste."

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The 43 Best Music Shows in Seattle This Week: Sept 24-30, 2018

Dont miss a show with multi-talented hiphop artist Childish Gambino on Saturday.
Don't miss multi-talented hiphop artist Childish Gambino's show on Saturday.

This week, our music critics have picked everything from highly influential '80s-bred pop group Shonen Knife (and Ichi Bichi) to multi-talented hiphop artist Childish Gambino (and Rae Sremmurd) to Sylvia Plath-winged seraph Chelsea Wolfe (and Russian Circles). Follow the links below for ticket links and music clips for all of their picks, and find even more shows on our complete music calendar.


Donny McCaslin, Kneebody
You could pour everything I know about jazz into an airplane-size liquor bottle and still have room for enough bourbon to get a buzz going. And yet even my ignorant ass knows enough to know that Donny McCaslin coming to Seattle is an event. McCaslin and company were handpicked by David Bowie to help him create the sound of his triumphant final album, Blackstar—the majesty of which continues to deepen with age. And lest it seem gauche not to let more than two sentences of a McCaslin preview go by without mentioning the late great Mr. Jones, the band seems to have no qualms about embracing the association—their most recent album, Beyond Now, was dedicated to and inspired by Bowie.


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