An Art Exhibition Tonight That Includes Spot Illustrations from The Stranger in the 1990s

One of Sean Hurleys pieces that will be on exhibit tonight at Steve Gilbert Studio from 5 to 9 pm.
One of Sean Hurley's pieces that will be on exhibit tonight at Steve Gilbert Studio from 5 to 9 pm. Sean Michael Hurley

In The Stranger's calendar, Sean Michael Hurley's art show, "Urban Myths," is described as an exhibition of "mystical, symbolist-inspired drawings." What I didn't know until a few hours ago is that the show also includes spot illos from The Stranger that ran in the 1990s, during those lost years that aren't archived on our website.

I didn't work at The Stranger in the 1990s, so I don't know which of these are symbolist-inspired and which of these were Stranger illustrations. Maybe you can tell?

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25 Movies Worth Watching in Seattle This Weekend: Dec 14-17, 2017

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a blockbuster space opera and a feminist rejection of male impulsiveness, per Charles Mudede.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a blockbuster space opera and a "feminist rejection of male impulsiveness," per Charles Mudede.

The biggest news in film this week is of course Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which is good enough to justify the obsessive fanfare and may be just what you need to escape this galaxy. But there are plenty of other options, chosen by our critics and presented below, including Golden Globe-nominated The Shape of Water and holiday classic It's a Wonderful Life. Follow the links for complete showtimes and trailers, or, if you're looking for even more options, check out our complete movie times listings, and our film events calendar.

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Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice
This satirical sex comedy from 1969 (tee hee) mocks free love and new-age psychology in a tale of two couples, one free-spirited and one prim, who decide to try their hand at group sex. Among the assets of this film by Paul Mazursky: a performance by Natalie Wood and an original score by Seattle’s own Quincy Jones.
Grand Illusion

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Culture News: Artist Sondra Perry Is On Display at SAM, Hillary Clinton Stops at Elliott Bay, and a DIY Space Closes

Artist Sondra Perrys backhoe video installation.
Artist Sondra Perry's backhoe video installation. IMAGE COURTESY SEATTLE ART MUSEUM

New Media Artist Sondra Perry’s Mixed Media Installation Opens at Seattle Art Museum: The winner of the 2017 Gwendolyn Knight and Jacob Lawrence Prize has made a sculpture featuring a refurbished backhoe with a three-channel video monitor attached that projects images representing race, class, abstraction, and gentrification. Perry’s video, Eclogue for [in]HABITABILITY , was unveiled at SAM on December 8 and will be on display in SAM's Gwendolyn Knight | Jacob Lawrence Gallery through July 7.

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Where To Celebrate the Winter Solstice 2017 in Seattle

The Fremont Arts Councils Feast of the Winter Solstice is one of the citys biggest events to mark the darkest day of the year.
The Fremont Arts Council's Feast of the Winter Solstice is one of the city's biggest events to mark the darkest day of the year. Courtesy of Fremont Arts Council

The month of December is host to several religious holidays, but it also coincides with the winter solstice, when Northern Hemisphere-dwellers experience the darkest day of the year (officially happening at 8:28 a.m. on Thursday, December 21). Whether you want to dance under the moon or take a candlelit stroll, there are lots of ways to rival the gloom and keep your days warm and aglow. We've compiled them all below, from Seward Park's Solstice Trail Run to Conor Byrne's Winter Solstice Masquerade, and from Tavern Law's Halfway to Summer: Tiki and Spritz Party to Fremont's epic Feast of the Winter Solstice.

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Winter Solstice Masquerade
Bask in the mystique of (almost) the longest night of the year at Conor Byrne's masqued ball with music by Sarah St. Albin and Heather Edgley + The Nobodies.

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Make a magical holiday memory AND save 25% on select performances of The Nutcracker, just for reading The Stranger. “The new set is gorgeous in a Wes Anderson-y way, and it reflects the genuine weirdness and beauty in the story. I mean, the last 45 minutes of this thing is a Katy Perry video starring dancing desserts and a glittery peacock that moves like a sexy broken river. Bring a pot lozenge.” – Rich Smith, The Stranger

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The Moral of South Korean Film On the Beach at Night Alone: "Men Are All Idiots"


South Korea is known for many things, not least its addictive soap operas. The prolific Hong Sang-soo, who specializes in films about self-pitying alcoholics, created a real-life K-drama when he had an affair with The Handmaiden star Kim Min-hee, a willowy woman with a dreamy effect. Any other director might have kept a low profile until things blew over, but Hong made a movie about it, On the Beach at Night Alone, and cast Min-hee as Young-hee, an actress much like herself.

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If You Are Confused About Where to Draw the Line with Sexually Harassing Me at Work, I Will Invoice You

Solutions all around!
Solutions all around! triloks/getty

There seems to be a lot of confusion about where to draw the lines in all this troubling "sex-reckoning" we're having these days. Despite the fact that the law decided sexual harassment at work was a form of sex discrimination 53 years ago, it seems that men feel that their advances toward employees or subordinates could be construed as innocent flirting under the right circumstances. How to possibly tell?

I've been asked where to draw the line, and I've also been told that drawing any line is dangerous. I've been told this is about hurt feelings. That it's subjective. (Objectively, federal civil rights law defines harassment as "unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature ... when this conduct explicitly or implicitly affects an individual's employment, unreasonably interferes with an individual's work performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment," but ok.) I've been told that pointing out sexual harassment as sexual harassment would become a swift, extrajudicial conviction of any man who stands accused.

It took me some time to sleep on it, but I think I've found the solution. If men still think they're entitled to treat women who work for them or under them as sexual targets, despite the fact that these women did not sign up for that and expect to be treated equally to men (and despite the fact that men in the workplace don't have the same expectations leveled at them), we should be paid for the extra labor.

To future bosses: If you sexually harass me, I will invoice you.

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The Voyager Golden Records: Greetings from the Beleaguered but Hopeful Humans of Planet Earth


In 1977, the United States, acting on behalf of the Planet Earth, launched two deep-space probes a few weeks apart, Voyager 1 and 2, tiny druplets expelled from the complex raspberry of our civilization. They flew by Jupiter and Saturn, sending incredible pictures and crucial revelations about the weather, magnetic fields, rings and moons of the two gas giants.

As I type this, Voyager 1—which was actually launched after Voyager 2—is flying through space and is roughly 13 billion miles away from the Sun. As of August 25, 2012, it was the first Earth spacecraft to cross out of the solar system and into interstellar space. Voyager 2 hasn’t gone quite that far, but it will.

Both of these spacecraft carry something that isn’t in the mission statement of either: A Golden Record. More specifically, a 12-inch LP fashioned from gold-plated copper and mounted to the side of each Voyager—a still life of Earth conveyed in words, music, and images, coded as sound. Also included are instructions for playback—left for any alien civilization who might run across this thing at any point in the deep future.

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Sandy Hook, Five Years Later

It was too loud. Something was bad.
"It was too loud. Something was bad." Handout / Getty Images News

Five years ago today, Adam Lanza walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT and murdered 26 people, 20 of whom were first graders. That means they were between six and seven years old. (A commemorative walk for remembrance and reflection is scheduled from 5-6:30pm tonight at Green Lake Park.)

The internet is alight with heartrending remembrances today. The Twitter feed of CNN anchor Jake Tapper has been especially poignant, with a stream of photos of the victims and concise, shattering memories from the family and friends who survived them.

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Savage Love Letter of the Day: Reader Advice Round-up


Recent Savage Love Letters of the Day: Lesbian bed death, the difference between romance and stalking, Savage Love welcomes a new reader, and micromanaging other people's monogamishamy. Also, last week's column and Savage Lovecast.

On the nerve of me answering a question about lesbian bed death...

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The Helping Hand Concert for Julian Priester Was a Healthy Success

The good jazz doctor Julian Priester got some much-deserved financial relief.
The good jazz doctor Julian Priester got some much-deserved financial relief.

Last night, fans of Dr. Julian Priester packed the Royal Room to help the legendary 82-year-old jazz trombonist/composer obtain funds to defray his rising healthcare bills. He and his band Cue (bassist Geoff Harper, pianist Dawn Clement, and drummer Byron Vannoy) played a beautiful set that included a number Priester wrote for Herbie Hancock's Mwandishi band that was never recorded. Bandalabra Trio—D'Vonne Lewis, Evan Flory-Barnes, and Skerik—opened the night with some deft, stirring improv pieces and then brought things to a climax with a cover of Pharoah Sanders's "Colors," augmented by the great Om Johari assuming the Leon Thomas role on vocals.

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Where To Go For Capitol Hill Art Walk Tonight

Genevieve St. Charless La Croix-themed show at the FoodArt Collection is described as what might be the zeitgeist-iest event youll ever attend.
Genevieve St. Charles's La Croix-themed show at the FoodArt Collection is described as what "might be the zeitgeist-iest event you'll ever attend." Genevieve St. Charles

Every second Thursday, rain or shine (or wintry mix), the streets of Capitol Hill are filled with tipsy art lovers checking out galleries and special events. On our Capitol Hill Art Walk calendar, you'll find tons of great options for December 14, including our critics' picks, like Chophouse Row's Guilty Holiday Pleasures market (featuring drag carolers and a Bad Santa), Genevieve St. Charles's La Croix-themed art show (with flavors like "Post-Bowie World, Poke Bowl, Avocado Toast, Deleted Tinder, and Want Followers??"), and Northwest Film Forum's new Video Art Showcase.

Teatro ZinZanni Audience Member Claims Performer Touched Her "Sexually But Without Consent"

Rubbing his [pelvis] up against an audience member is part of Voronins act, but not anymore.
Rubbing his pants up against an audience member was part of Voronin's act, but not anymore. Michael Doucett

On December 8th, Karyn Wittmeyer wrote a detailed status update on Facebook describing multiple instances of crowd participation at Teatro ZinZanni's production of Love, Chaos, Dinner that she says went too far. She offered the following preface: "Content warning: sexual assault. tl/dr: don't go to Teatro Zanzinni in Redmond."

Wittmeyer claims the show's main character, Voronin, performed two magic tricks she considered inappropriate. Using a fork, he stuffed a handkerchief down the front of her dress, ran the tines of the fork across the side of her breast, and then pulled out the same handkerchief now magically attached to a bra. Later on in the show, she says he pressed the front of his pelvis up against her back. Beneath his pants he had a vibrator on.

ZinZanni's spokesperson says Voronin keeps a "vibrating mechanism" in his pocket during the performance. The trick is to shock the audience member with the vibration, toss some confetti in the air, and then vanish. "What Wittmeyer experienced was in no way his intention," the spokesperson said. "But because she was brave enough to step forward, we're now aware there is a problem and we're taking serious steps to change the show. This is an all hands-on-deck moment."

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RIP Net Neutrality: 2003-2017

Net Neutrality is dead (at least for now).
Net Neutrality is dead (at least for now). AC

Well, they did it. Despite enormous support for net neutrality among the public, bipartisan lawmakers, and powerful tech companies who would be affected by the rollbacks, Chairman Ajit Pai and his Republican cronies in the FCC voted today to kill the idea that the internet should be affordable, accessible, and open to all.

It’s a very sad day—the Internet has lost its best friend and biggest protector.

Here’s a (brief) history of the life and tragic death of net neutrality, and some slim rays of hope for it’s possible resurrection.

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Five Strains of Pot for Sale in Seattle That You Should Try Right Now

Mmm, smell that Seatown Lemon Haze.
Mmm, smell that Seatown Lemon Haze. LESTER BLACK

Cannabis is one of the most genetically diverse plants on earth. That diversity on the genetic level translates to a fantastic array of buds with dramatically different colors, aromas, shapes, and psychoactive effects. Nothing's worse than listening to a five-minute monologue from a budtender about some specific strain, only to have it turn out to be mediocre, so I've selected the following recommendations after talking to growers, retailers, and friends about their favorites—and trying them myself.

They are all fairly strong, not necessarily in the amount of THC listed on the package, but in their overall effect. I like strong weed. Also, pay attention to garden names. One farm's Maui Wowie is not likely to be the same as another farm's Maui Wowie. Even if the genes were identical, the actual buds would be modified by each farm's growing and curing processes. When you're looking for good weed, knowing which farms you trust is more helpful than knowing the names of strains you like.

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Could Wealthy Neighbors Kill Seattle's Plan to Build Affordable Housing in Magnolia (Again)?


“Are YOU going to monetarily compensate me for damages/decreased value to my property when it gets broken into or I get mugged walking through the Park?” —M Smith

At the end of a quiet street in Seattle’s Magnolia neighborhood, behind a wrought iron fence and piles of dead leaves, sits 34 acres of land. The acres are unused and dead silent. A gray, old building once hosted Army classes and assemblies. Today the structure is boarded up and posted with “No Trespassing” signs.

The brick building next door with soundproof music rooms inside? That’s boarded up too. So is the small garage once dedicated to military vehicle maintenance. Moss grows on the sidewalks and parking lots. Other than a few people walking their dogs in the freezing December air, the whole place is empty. Seattle boasts more cranes than any other American city, but not a damn thing is happening here.

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