Shaun Scott Wins Candidate Survivor 2019

Slog PM: Elizabeth Warren in Seattle This Weekend, RBG Treated for Cancer, Trump Embarrasses Self/Nation (Again)

The only thing saving us from Don Jr being appointed to the Supreme Court.
The only thing saving us from Don Jr. being appointed to the Supreme Court. Alex Wong/Getty

Fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck! RBG has a tumor on her pancreas. NPR reports that Ruth Bader Ginsberg has been undergoing radiation treatment for the past three weeks. This is not the first time the woman has had cancer, but while RBG is a tough as you would expect for a Jewish grandma whose continued existence may be the last safeguard against the fat kid from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory setting off nukes because his pants are too tight, it's still something of a concern. Send your healing prayers or posi vibes or extra pancreases toward the the District of Columbia.

The next president of the United States is... coming to Seattle on Sunday.

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Egan Orion Becomes "Shegan," González Won't Run for State Attorney General, and More City Council Election News

Theres Shegan, standing to the right of Cookie Couture.
There's Shegan, standing to the right of Cookie Couture. Lester Black

Sawant challenger Egan Orion was briefly “Shegan”: I knew ahead of Candidate Survivor that Egan Orion was going to be in drag, but it still surprised me when Orion came on stage in a green dress, a curly red wig, and a gold and emerald necklace that looked more expensive than even his Amazon money could buy. Orion’s drag name is “Shegan,” which is… interesting? Our city’s new Gender Editors have yet to weigh in.

Other shenanigans followed: The audience at Neumos also saw Dan Strauss throw newspapers at a target, Tammy Morales sing a cappella, and Phil Tavel reference Deadpool. Shaun Scott ended up winning the contest. My colleague Rich Smith, who was also on stage during the competition, has all the details in this post.

González drops out: Seattle City Council Member Lorena González appears to have backed out of her bid for Washington Attorney General now that incumbent Attorney General Bob Ferguson has announced he will run for re-election (after all, the governor's seat is no longer being vacated by Jay Inslee). Gonzalez had earlier told The Stranger that she would not run if Ferguson decided to run again. Gonzalez’s Thursday announcement was released under her official attorney general campaign sign (see below) and didn’t explicitly say that she wasn’t running, but... that's clearly what's happening.

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Discover Why Seattle Is THE American Hub For Glass Art

More than 50 arts organizations and artists are coming together for Refract: The Seattle Glass Experience Refract: The Seattle Glass Experience, which spans from Tacoma to Seattle and Everett to Bellevue. Held Oct. 17-20, this inaugural festival features parties, exhibitions, demos, studio tours from renowned working glass artists, and more. Come learn why the PNW is known as the “American Venice.” View a list of programs, buy tickets, or sign up for free events at


A Thousand Health Care Workers Picket Outside Swedish Hospital

Nurses rally for better staffing levels and improvements in benefits and pay.
Nurses rally for better staffing levels and improvements in benefits and pay. Courtesy SEIU 1199 NW

On Thursday organizers say close to 1,000 health care workers with SEIU 1199 NW and other unions demonstrated outside Swedish's First Hill campus, following a day of informational picketing at all seven of Swedish's locations in Seattle.

U.S. House Rep. Adam Smith, King County Executive Dow Constantine, King County Council Member Joe McDermott, State Rep. Rebecca Saldaña, State Rep. Nicole Macri, and Seattle City Council candidate Tammy Morales joined the demonstrations at various points throughout the day.

Since bargaining began last April, workers have been asking for better nurse-to-patient ratios, better wages and benefits, and more training and support for custodial staff. They point to high executive pay at Providence St. Joseph Health and the profitability of the company as evidence that the money is there.

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Montgomery Clift Loved Dudes, Damnit!

Monty was a babe.
Monty was a babe. Courtesy Making Montgomery Clift

Welcome to Unstreamable, a weekly column that recommends films you can't find on major streaming services. Find our other recommendations here.

Italy, 1983, 122 min, Dir. Claudio Masenza
USA, 2018, 88 min, Dirs. Robert Anderson Clift and Hillary Demmon

A homophobic artifact!
A homophobic artifact! Chase Burns

The modern gay rights movement in America has often framed its progress between two points: Stonewall, a time when things were very bad, and Obergefell v. Hodges, when gays were accepted in the mainstream. Pre-Stonewall is a dark era. A time of whispers and shame. This is the wrong way to view gay histories, but we think of things this way because of the stories we're told.

Montgomery (Monty) Clift is a perfect pre-Stonewall case study. Nominated for four Academy Awards, Clift was one of the first famous method actors in Hollywood. In the late '40s and '50s, he was as popular as Marlon Brando and James Dean. Unlike them, Clift was open about his sexual and romantic feelings toward men. He died in 1966 from a heart attack while living with his male lover.

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Isis Goldberg is Helping LGBTQ+ Asylum Seekers Find a Home

This article is the latest in a series documenting the important work being done at Entre Hermanos, presented by Uncle Ike's Pot Shop.

Everyone who knows about Entre Hermanos knows that it’s the go-to organization for HIV help in the Latinx LGBTQ+ community. What fewer people know is that, in addition to being a safe place to get assistance with HIV care and counseling, the organization is also helping free trans asylum seekers from detention.

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Last-Minute Plans: 101 Free, Cheap & Easy Things To Do in Seattle This Weekend: August 23-25, 2019

The Head and the Heart will play a free show on the roof of Pike Place Market this Sunday.
The Head and the Heart will play a free show on the roof of Pike Place Market this Sunday. Artist photo

Panicking because you don’t know what to do this weekend and you're short on cash? Don't worry—below, find all of your options for last-minute entertainment that won't cost more than $10, ranging from Linda's Fest to a town hall with Elizabeth Warren, and from Big Flip to the Seattle Design Festival Block Party. For even more options, check out our complete Things To Do calendar and our list of cheap & easy things to do in Seattle all year long.


Enjoy sets by Nathalie Holt, Kyle Bob, and Val Nigro at this show hosted by Lucy Tollefson.
(University District, $8)

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Mike Wallace Is Here Is a Clear-Eyed Look at the No-Bullshit Reporter

Magnolia Pictures

“A nation’s press is a good yardstick of a nation’s health,” a young Mike Wallace says in old black-and-white footage early in Mike Wallace Is Here. “Take a look at the history of any nation which has lost its freedoms, and you will find that the men who grabbed the power also had to crush the free press.” Director Avi Belkin’s doc about the famed 60 Minutes reporter—who interviewed everyone from Malcolm X to Ayatollah Khomeini to Oprah Winfrey to Eleanor Roosevelt to Vladimir Putin—is a smart, measured look at Wallace’s greatest journalistic hits and misses, his struggles with depression, and his influence over a changing, weakening news business. (“You’re a dinosaur!” a belligerent Bill O’Reilly shouts at Wallace—and in the same breath, notes Wallace was a huge influence on him.)

Unlike another recent journalism doc—HBO’s lightweight The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee, about the heroic editor of The Washington PostMike Wallace Is Here remains clear-eyed and hard-hitting, just as, one imagines, the no-bullshit Wallace would have wanted it. Take, for example, when Larry King attempts to chide Wallace for his brusqueness, and Wallace responds: “Do not confuse anger and hostility with an insistence on getting to the bottom line, to the fact.”

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David Koch's Death Reminds Us That Billionaires Are the Black Holes of Society

Sir Fuck the Planet a Lot LARS NIKI/GETTY IMAGE

Many today are dancing on the grave of the multi-billionaire David Koch. And with good reason. No matter how you want to cut it, Koch is not a person most of the world will remember warmly. During much of his 79 years "pan ert," he used his immense power to ruin the lives of millions (if not billions) of people. He attacked unions, he attacked democratic institutions, and his project was the establishment of a terrestrial paradise only for the members of his class. He also died at same time that the whole world had just become greatly alarmed by the thousands of fires that are destroying unbelievably large parts of the "lungs of the earth," the Amazon. Many on Twitter rightly see a connection between the industrialist's aggressive and tireless promotion of climate denialism and the images of apocalypse arriving from Iceland—which recently held a funeral for a glacier (in one day, 13 billion tons of ice melted")—and Brazil.

It's fine to be a Koch hater and all that (he deserves the flood of acid and curses on Twitter and Facebook), but we must also understand that just being a billionaire is bad enough. Even if you do not give money to the far right, even if you donate money to the progressive left, the ownership of even a billion dollars exerts great downward pressure on the workers in the middle and bottom of a class-structured society. And the reason for this can be explained in a simple formula by the economist Thomas Piketty: r > g.

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A New CBD Bar in Belltown and More Seattle Food News You Can Use: Aug 23, 2019 Edition

Made with CBD lime soda, Aperol, Prosecco, and an orange slice, Belltown CBD bar Cleen Crafts Summer Spritz might just be the trendiest drink of the summer.
Made with CBD lime soda, Aperol, Prosecco, and an orange slice, Belltown CBD bar Cleen Craft's Summer Spritz might just be the trendiest drink of the summer. Cleen Craft

This week, trendy new destinations for canned wine and artisanal CBD seltzer come to Seattle, a new locally inspired restaurant opens in Green Lake, and a KBBQ joint in Eastlake is getting rave reviews. Read on for that and more food news, like a new bagel option (!) coming soon to South Lake Union, a new location of Biscuit Bitch in White Center, and the impending closure of Capitol Hill's popular punk pizzeria Sizzle Pie. For more ideas for things to eat and drink, try our list of places to eat waffles for National Waffle Day this Saturday, our list of Seattle food and drink specials to try in August, and our full food and drink calendar.

Associated Vintners Tasting Room and Wine Bar
The local wine empire Precept Wines, which calls itself "one of the fastest-growing wine companies in the United States" and is the largest privately owned wine company in the Northwest, opened a new pop-up tasting room in the 400 Fairview building last week. This wine bar will function as a pop-up by changing up its concept each season, selling canned wines through the end of September and later switching to themes like local and sparkling wines. The company hopes the bar will allow them to test-drive new trends and gauge interest.
South Lake Union

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It's Not Too Early to Panic About Seattle Squeeze 2.0

Pray for the light rail in this trying time.
Pray for the light rail in this trying time. Timothy Kenney

Did you know that light rail service downtown is going to be interrupted for 10 weeks starting in January?

We'll see the first glimpses of this—what Sound Transit has dubbed "Connect 2020"—starting this fall with construction over three weekends (Oct. 12-13, Oct. 26-27, and Nov. 9-10) of a temporary center platform in the Pioneer Square station. You may have seen the beginnings of this already cropping up at the station. That platform will be key during the January shutdown.

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20 Unique Seattle Waffles to Try for National Waffle Day

Columbia Citys brunch spot Super Six will serve its fried chicken and bubble waffles all day this Saturday for National Waffle Day.
Columbia City's brunch spot Super Six will serve its fried chicken and bubble waffles all day this Saturday for National Waffle Day. Super Six

This Saturday, August 24, is National Waffle Day (not to be confused with International Waffle Day on March 25), and to celebrate, we've compiled a round-up of breakfast items in Seattle worthy of Leslie Knope herself, from classic Belgian waffles to puffy Hong Kong-style bubble waffles to fried chicken-topped versions. For more ideas for things to eat and drink, check out our list of Seattle food and drink specials to try in August and our full food and drink calendar.

Blank Space Cafe
At this cafe/sweets shop, you'll find the peculiar delicacy of bubble waffles (also sometimes known as "puffles" or "egg waffles"), a custardy, hexagonal Hong Kong street food specialty riddled with puffy spherical cells in place of holes (think bubble wrap). Theirs come decorated with pretzels, ice cream, macarons, Pocky, and any number of other toppings.
Various locations

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Showtime's On Becoming a God in Central Florida Has Great Elements But Plateaus Too Soon

Kirsten Dunst in On Becoming a God in Central Florida.
Kirsten Dunst in On Becoming a God in Central Florida. Patti Perret/Sony/SHOWTIME
There are a lot of things to like in On Becoming a God in Central Florida, although I doubt any two people are going to like exactly the same things about it. In its best moments, On Becoming a God hits upon a worthy blend of comedy, humanism, and bug-nuts surreality that’s unlike anything else on TV. Unfortunately, it also has qualities that are like a lot of things on TV—namely, that it burns through the promise of its early episodes too quickly, and becomes a repetitive churn without enough of a build.

The series was originally planned for YouTube’s slate of original content and is instead airing on Showtime (it premieres this Sunday night), although right now you can check out the first two episodes on YouTube for free. It was also at one point going to be directed by Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite, The Lobster), and my god, wouldn’t that have been something. Maybe that coulda-been gives you an idea of what sort of dark, quirky comedy we’re talking about with On Becoming a God, although it’s marginally less confrontational and significantly nicer than Lanthimos’ work tends to be.

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Low Testosterone, DNA Tests, Pep Talks—Reader Advice Roundup


This week's Savage Love Letters of the Day: The much younger partner in an intergenerational relationship has been cheating from the start—will he ever change? Woman stumbles over evidence she's not her boyfriend's "ideal" type—should she end it? She fucked a couple that has herpes—does she need to disclose to future sex partners? Her husband didn't reveal his kinks until their wedding night and threatens to cheat on her if she doesn't meet all his needs—does she exist? Also, this week's Savage Love and last week's Savage Lovecast.

I included a followup question/concern in the email I sent to Wavering And Angry letting him know his question was the SLLOTD: If he did decide to dump his cheating boyfriend, I wrote, I hoped he wasn't going to make his boyfriend homeless in the process. WAA wrote back...

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Elizabeth Warren Proposes "Perhaps the Most Robust Tribal Policy Platform" of Any 2020 Candidate to Date

Warren will hold a town hall in Seattle this Sunday at WaMu Theatre. The fact that the venue is named after a collapsed bank is pure coincidence.
Elizabeth Warren will hold a town hall in Seattle this Sunday at Seattle Center. DREW ANGERER / GETTY IMAGES

Last Friday, a little over a week ahead of her town hall in Seattle on Sunday, August 25, Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren released her plan for working with and investing in Native American communities. She calls it "Honoring and Empowering Tribal Nations and Indigenous Peoples."

As with her other plans, this one is substantive, including legislative proposals and fixes at every level of government.

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Quebec's Big | Brave and Brazilian Trio Deaf Kids Are Bringing the Heavy to El Corazon Tonight

Deaf Kids
Deaf Kids Jean Ribeiro / Neurot Records

It’s difficult to pinpoint the sound of Quebec trio Big | Brave. You can project the grandiose sprawl of their post-rock Montreal peers, the roaring orchestral cacophony of Swans, the big riff principles of Southern Lord’s more abstract-inclined artists, and the bold beauty of PJ Harvey onto their music, but their sound is still entirely their own. It’s even more difficult to pick apart any reference points for Brazilian tour mates Deaf Kids, whose endless washes of delay-drenched vocals, fragmented crust-punk riffs, and hypnotic rhythm patterns yield a nightmarish delirium that’s at turns wrathfully exhilarating and morosely meditative. Two great bands; two singular visions.

Big | Brave and Deaf Kids co-headline a show at El Corazon tonight; support from Into the Storm and Opponent. Some media below.

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At Olympic Sculpture Park’s Newest Installation, Beauty Is in the Eye of the Beholder

Octopus Wrap at Olympic Sculpture Park
Octopus Wrap at Olympic Sculpture Park. Courtesy of SAM

Make your way to Olympic Sculpture Park on a summer’s eve, like, say, tonight for the park’s annual outdoor edition of SAM Remix, and what draws your eye? With some of the most unobstructed waterfront views on Elliott Bay, there is a natural tendency to gaze out at cloudlines and mountaintop ridges that intermingle across Puget Sound. After last night’s closing of Summer at SAM with Black Belt Eagle Scout, there was even a spirited discussion in the men’s room about whether anyone had ever seen the fabled green flash of light at sunset. (Conclusion: Only on drugs.)

Brazilian artist Regina Silveira, whose temporary installation Octopus Wrap embraces the PACCAR Pavilion through March 2020, was drawn to more immediate surroundings. “The topography of this park is really special because it crosses many lines of traffic flow, from cars to trains,” she told The Stranger via telephone from her home in São Paulo. “I found it magical and was really impressed with the park’s strategy to take over the plot of land.”

That focus on Olympic Sculpture Park’s decidedly urban context inspired Octopus Wrap’s design: a series of black tire-track adhesives that crisscross the pavilion’s walls and ceiling, all emanating from tiny motorcycles. Wrapping the building in such a fashion—a longtime practice of Silveira’s—certainly makes the glass building stand out rather than blend into the landscape.

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