Fire up the Grill: It's Time to Roast Some Candidates!

My, What a Big Brain You Have! Fucking Flex It for Me by Taking Seattle's Only Pop Quiz! Mmf! Hot!

My, what a tight brain.

Are you under the impression that you're "smart"? Do you think you're well-versed in what's happening around Seattle? Then prove it to yourself and the world by taking SEATTLE'S ONLY POP QUIZ—a new, weekly quiz chock-full of tough, fun, multiple-choice questions about stories that popped up in Seattle during the past week.

Last week, we challenged you all to try a little harder by beating your, frankly, piss-poor score from the week prior (an average of 40 percent out of 100!!), and my you sure did! Over 800 of you took our quiz and scored an average of 60 percent. Not exactly Einstein-level smart, but we're happy with that improvement. Only TEN of you scored a perfect score. Let's see if we can beat that this week, shall we?

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Slog PM: Durkan Extends Seattle Eviction Moratorium Through Sept, SPD Arrests 10 BDS Protesters, Turns Out Those Teen Boot Camps Were Just Trauma Factories

The moratorium-extender.
The moratorium-extender. NATE GOWDY

Local candidates and orgs pull out of Capitol Hill Pride: Mayoral candidates Andrew Grant Houston, Lorena Gonzalez, Jessyn Farrell, Colleen Echohawk, and city attorney candidate Nicole Thomas-Kennedy pulled out of plans to table at Capitol Hill Pride. Malcontent News has also pulled out. Probably others will pull out as well.

Why? Basically because they're not down with the bullshit contained in a letter Capitol Hill Pride organizers Charlette LeFevre and Philip Lipson sent to the city. In the letter, those organizers urged the city to "investigate... as a ethics and elections violation" a June 26 event in Jimi Hendrix Park called "Take B(l)ack Pride," which aims to center Black and brown queer trans people. Why investigate? Because they claim Nikkita Oliver's “campaign manager” allegedly pulled out of a Capitol Hill Pride event after LeFevre and Lipson expressed "non-support" of Take B(l)ack Pride for planning to charge white people between $10-$50 if they wanted to attend. LeFevre and Lipson called the event "reverse discrimination in its worse form," since the event would be free for the people the event planned to center. But the person who they say pulled out of the event isn’t part of Oliver’s campaign.

In their reply, the Seattle Human Rights Commission and the NAACP told LeFevre and Lipson to "advance on this issue" without their help, and to educate themselves on the issue of human rights.

Juneteenth celebrations: They're happening all over town tomorrow. Everout has a good list.

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Cheers to Pride! Toast with a Loud and Proud Cannabis-Infused Cocktail by The Gin & Chronic Project

Toasting the LGBTQIA+ community this Pride with a specialty cannabis-infused cocktail, Loud and Proud! Concoct and celebrate by mixing a HiLite™ Strawberry Lemonade with fresh fruity ingredients - alcohol optional - and raise a cheer to equality, inclusivity, and love. Download the Loud and Proud! infused-cocktail recipe and find where you can pick up a HiLite™ beverage near you.

A Big List of Unstreamable Movies

Unstreamable is a weekly column that recommends films you cant find on major streaming services in the United States.

Unstreamable is a weekly column that recommends films and TV shows you can't find on major streaming services in the United States.

Currently, there are 311 films on this list. Each one was unstreamable when it was added. That means we couldn't find it on Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, or any of the other 300+ streaming services available in the United States. We also couldn't find it available for rent or purchase through platforms like Prime Video or iTunes. We don't consider user-generated videos, like unauthorized YouTube uploads, to be streamable.

We add four more films each week. Sometimes the titles become streamable. If you notice an error, let us know!

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This Week in Seattle Food News: Jackson's Catfish Corner Returns, Blotto Opens, And a Cake/Plant Shop Arrives

The venerable Southern restaurant Jacksons Catfish Corner returns to the Central District on Saturday.
The venerable Southern restaurant Jackson's Catfish Corner returns to the Central District on Saturday. Jackson's Catfish Corner

This weekend, on Juneteenth, Jackson's Catfish Corner will celebrate a poignant homecoming as it hosts its grand opening in a new permanent home in the Central District, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, live music by the Marshall Law Band, and appearances from guest speakers. Plus, Blotto brings a corner store with sourdough pizza and natural wine to Capitol Hill, and the Good Day Donuts spinoff Cakes + Trees is now selling sweets with a side of greenery. Read on for all of that and more culinary happenings. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.


Birreria Monarca
The birria boom continues apace: This birria spot opened for counter service in Tukwila on June 11, serving tacos, burritos, quesadillas, keto tacos, tortas, birria fries, nachos, salads, birria-topped baked potatoes, "crunchwraps," and birria ramen. Diners can choose from beef, chicken, or soy as their protein.

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Seattle Sticker Patrol: The Ballard Buffer

HOT NEW STICKERS!!! 🔥 In the latest installment of our Sticker Patrol video series, I investigate the Ballard Buffer (Thanks, PigBomb!!), the name we call the freak who’s responsible for spray-painting a bunch of the neighborhood’s stickers a gross-ass gray color. What gives!!??!!? Join me in my quest for sticker righteousness, with a surprise appearance from Shakespeare.
Featuring the music of the one and only Erik Blood ❤️‍🔥🚲🤳

Which neighborhood should I go to next?

SEATTLE RECALLS SAWANT: Recollections of the Embattled Council Member

These two kids (one is hiding his face) surely recall Sawant.
These two kids (one is hiding his face) surely recall Sawant. Suresh Chanmugam

Someone spotted her crossing the street. Another person saw her shopping at a grocery store. It turns out Seattle can easily recall this embattled council member.

The recall campaign against Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant, the only socialist on the council, could appear on District 3 ballots if over 10,000 people sign a petition to remove her from office. Both the recall campaign and the campaign against the recall have raised over $500,000. That means the campaigns have been busy stuffing District 3 mailboxes with flyers and creating canvasser minefields outside the light rail stations and the Trader Joe's on Madison.

Suffice it to say, we've all heard a lot about Seattle recalling Sawant. What I haven't heard is Seattle recalling Sawant. Seattleites must've run into Sawant just being a person in the world at some point during the seven years she's held office, right??? It's a question ripe for a Stranger investigation.

As it turned out, seven and possibly eight people—11 or 12, if you count children—had seen her in public. Here are their stories.

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The Best In-Person Things to Do in Seattle This Weekend: Fremont Solstice Arts Week, Triple Door's Return, and More

This years Fremont Solstice Art Week looks different from the neighborhoods annual solstice parade, but you can still check out stationary floats, go on self-guided art tours, and shop from the Sunday Market.
This year's Fremont Solstice Art Week looks different from the neighborhood's annual solstice parade, but you can still check out stationary floats, go on self-guided art tours, and shop from the Sunday Market. Courtesy Fremont Fair

A momentous weekend lies ahead, and not just because of Juneteenth, Father's Day, and the summer solstice (although we have plenty of suggestions for ways to celebrate all three). Read on for our full roundup of picks through Sunday, including a Timothy White Eagle durational performance at Town Hall, Triple Door's return concert with LeRoy Bell & His Only Friends, a Burien book signing with Bridgerton progenitor Julia Quinn, and more. For even more options, read our guides to the best movies to watch this week, upcoming events going on sale this week, the best things to do from home this week, this season's drive-in movies, and our complete guide to Pride Month and in-person things to do in Seattle.

Celebrate the summer solstice. This time last year, we would have encouraged you to spend the longest day of the year (this Sunday) distracting yourself from your quarantine-induced malaise by eating a popsicle and rewatching Midsommar, but things are (a little) different now that, with over 4.6 million COVID shots administered, Washington State is preparing to fully reopen on June 30. This weekend's biggest equinox affair is Fremont Summer Solstice Art Week (through Sunday), which replaces its usual crowded parade with stationary floats and self-guided art tours. Town Hall is also marking the occasion with its first in-person event in over a year, where Seattle storyteller and artist Timothy White Eagle will give a six-hour durational performance honoring Seattle's Native ancestors. (The event will function as an open house; guests can purchase timed tickets ahead of time to accommodate the capacity limit). Over on the Eastside, Vasa Park Resort's Swedish Midsommar Festival (Saturday) will swap out the ritual sacrifices of the aforementioned horror flick for vintage Volvos, live music, and Scandinavian fare. If you're more comfortable with a virtual event, queue up a Summer Solstice Livestream with Beyond Captain Orca!, Nicolle Swims (of Black Ends), and Trash Panda Go Kart. Looking for some food and drink specials to help make the most of the extra daylight hours? Today (Friday), the wine shop and cafe Vif is hosting a pre-summer solstice kickoff party with tamales made with fresh masa from the new small-batch tortilleria Milpa Masa (who will also be there to hawk fresh corn tortillas), plus Rancho Gordo beans, Hayton Farms strawberries, cold natural wine, agua frescas, desserts, and more—10% of all proceeds will go to Black Farmers Collective. On Saturday, head to Dreamland Bar & Diner for an all-day bash with DJs, drink specials, disco, and food. Dreamland's sibling bar Stampede Cocktail Club is also throwing a party beginning in the afternoon with drink specials, live art, and "fun and games."

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Recent Unsolved Hit-and-Run Cases in South Seattle Expose the Dangerous Freedom of Cars

The woman run over by a huge SUV on June 6 is, the SPD believes, still alive.
The woman run over by a huge SUV on June 6 is, the SPD believes, still alive. Charles Mudede

The thing that should naturally surprise everyone about the hit-and-run incident that claimed the life of a 63-year-old South Seattle cyclist on April 11 is that it's still under investigation.

This is surprising (or should be surprising) because (just think of it) 4,000 tons of globally integrated industrial products (a car) has vanished without a trace. How is that even possible in our day and age? Indeed, it's now likely that the driver in this case, which has been cold for three months, could spend the rest of their days as if nothing (the head-on crash, the blood, the death) ever happened.

This is not the only unresolved recent hit-and-run case in South Seattle.

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Slog AM: The Real Reason Why Prices for Uber and Lyft Are Now Sky-high in Seattle, Get Ready for a 90-degree Day and an 80-Degree Week, Seattle Not Likely to Remain the Least AC'd Area in the Nation

Hot in the city...
"Hot in the city..." iStockphoto / GETTY IMAGES

Get ready, baby; this Monday, darling; the weather is going to make this a day to remember. The Seattle Times warns that "it's going to get [really, really,] hot around here [the 206, as some rappers call it]. And by hot, we’re talking a whole week of a [sky-roasting] sun and a potentially record-breaking 90-degree day on Monday."

Not long in the world is this business of Seattle having the smallest percentage (33.7, according to Gene Balk) of air-conditioned households among major American metropolises. With local temperatures breaking records all of the time, with people still burning fossil fuels like there's no tomorrow, we will soon have enough of just getting by with fans during the summer. The AC percentage will rise to Phoenix levels.

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Juneteenth 2021 Events in Seattle

Educator Delbert Richardson (pictured) will give a virtual talk on Saturday introducing his traveling exhibition The Unspoken Truths, which comes to the Museum of History & Industry June 18-21 with artifacts and storyboards highlighting the Jim Crow South and periods of chattel slavery in the U.S.
Educator Delbert Richardson (pictured) will give a virtual talk on Saturday introducing his traveling exhibition The Unspoken Truths, which comes to the Museum of History & Industry June 18-21 with artifacts and storyboards highlighting the Jim Crow South and periods of chattel slavery in the U.S. Courtesy MoHAI

Propelled in large part by last year's Black Lives Matter protests following the murders of George Floyd and other unarmed Black Americans killed by white police officers, the Washington Legislature finally passed a measure declaring Juneteenth (Sat June 19) an official state holiday, giving extra weight to the anniversary that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States in 1865 and the date when the last enslaved people received the news of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Read on for the virtual and in-person happenings, from the annual We Out Here festival to the Museum of History & Industry's pop-up exhibition The Unspoken Truths, and find more events on our complete Juneteenth calendar. 

Blu Meadows Trio
Head to the backyard of the Central District Black arts space (which recently resumed its drop-in hours!) on Juneteenth for a live performance from Seattle-based "consciousness rock" trio Blu Meadows. Those over 21 can enjoy boozy beverages for purchase from Erudite & Stone. 
Wa Na Wari, Central District (Sat June 19)

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Slog PM: Supreme Court Rules on Gay Cakes and Gay Dads, Alaska Airlines Reveals Gay Airplanes, Captain America Causes Gay Confusion

Supreme Court: No to gay dads, yes to gay cakes.
Supreme Court: No to gay dads, yes to gay cakes. Joel Carillet / Getty Images

Supreme Court bans gay rights. The court has ruled in favor of a Catholic charity that wants to stop foster kids from going to homes with same-sex parents. The ruling’s unanimous, so happy Pride! The silver lining here, and it’s a thin one, is that it’s a fairly narrow ruling — it could have swung open the door to dismantling other protections, and instead it just cracks the door open halfway.

Portland cops resign en masse from protest duty. Fifty cops on Portland's Rapid Response Team, which responds to protests, have all left the team (they’re still employed by the department). The move comes after one cop was indicted for whacking a photojournalist on the head with a baton. They say that the resignations aren’t a response to that, but a general year-long feeling of being unsupported by leadership.

Not a great day to be Andrew Mackie’s publicist. Can anybody figure out what the hell Andrew Mackie, Marvel's bird guy/new Captain America, is trying to say here? I thiiiiiiink it’s an elaborate “no homo”??? Anyway thank you for calling homosexuality beautiful, it is, you should try putting it in a movie sometime.

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Weekly Watch List: Slow Machine, The Sparks Brothers, and more

A prolific and highly wacky pop duo gets its own doc with Edgar Wrights The Sparks Brothers, playing at various theaters.
A prolific and highly wacky pop duo gets its own doc with Edgar Wright's The Sparks Brothers, playing at various theaters. Focus Features

When you're not busy hanging out with your dad, celebrating Juneteenth, or ushering in the summer solstice, pop a big bowl of corn and settle in for this week's new batch of movies and shows, from Paul Felten and Joe DeNardo's Slow Machine to the music doc The Sparks Brothers to the new Pixar flick Luca. (We'd also be remiss not to mention last year's sweet mother-daughter dramedy Miss Juneteenth!) For more options, check out our on-demand calendar or our guide to drive-in movies

Newly Streaming: Local Connection
Les Nôtres
When a popular high-school sophomore learns she's pregnant and refuses to disclose the father, the townspeople of her French-Canadian suburb grow publicly suspicious of her spotless persona instead of minding their own beeswax.
Grand Illusion 
Starting Friday

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New Comic: How the Pandemic Made Me Rethink Gender

Fire up the Grill: It's Time to Roast Some Candidates!

We grill the candidates so you can focus on grilling the cows.
We grill the candidates so you can focus on grilling the cows. Getty Images

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We know there's a lot of major stuff going on right now, so elections aren't exactly top of mind. The world is reopening. The city is vaccinated. Drag queens are dancing on tables again—in public, for strangers! Fucking Chong the Nomad is performing in-person at Barboza in, like, a handful of days!! The summer is back, baby!!!

You know what else is back? VOTING. Washingtonians can start casting votes for this August's primary election on Friday, July 18. That means something else is back, too. The Motherfuckin' Stranger Election Control Board.

Every year, our team of deranged but tireless writers digs into the questions that YOU don't have time to bother asking. Like, which one of these mayoral candidates am I supposed to vote for? What is a city attorney and should we get a new one? And why the fuck is Republican King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert still allowed to represent anyone? And which bozo is the right bozo to replace her? Or, here's a wild question, why did [REDACTED] ask [REDACTED] out on a DATE during our fucking endorsement meeting? In front of us??

Right now*, The Stranger's six-person editorial team is sizing up candidates running for all the positions and typing out personalized, urgent, contractually binding endorsements just for YOU to read and dutifully obey. We commit to this grind every year so you don't have to spend weeks researching candidates during these rare moments of summertime bliss.

And you know what? These helpful and mouthy recommendations aren't exactly FREE to produce. We need your help to make it all happen. If you're planning on using The Stranger's endorsements this coming July, throw in a contribution to support our work. Our potty-mouths genuinely appreciate it.


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How We Talk, or Why I'm Not Seeking Vocal Therapy as a Trans Woman


My voice has always betrayed me. Chronic ear infections as a child meant my Rs and Ls came out flat, so world sounded like wood and runner, run-nah. When I was still in the closet in high school, I thought my voice was too high, effeminate, queer. (People mistook me for my mother on the phone until I was sixteen.) And now, as a thirty-six-year-old trans woman, several years into HRT, my face fully beat, dresses, manicures, and hips that sway, my voice betrays me in other ways.

I thought I’d exit the pandemic a new woman, someone entirely different than the awkward, clumsy transsexual who disappeared into her home in March 2020. I saw it as an opportunity to complete my second puberty in hiding. I ordered new clothes online, let the hormones do the job of slowly transforming my body, and started learning how to alter my voice to make it sound more feminine. I was tired of my voice outing me every time I opened my mouth. I’d witness the dawning of the understanding of what I was happen time and time again. I’d walk into a room and no one would bat an eye until I opened my mouth. At first it was something like confusion on their faces, but, eventually, an understanding that I was a trans woman would wash over the room.

I am most often misgendered on the phone. Before the pandemic I was bartending at a restaurant, which meant I answered the phone a hundred times a week. Customers called me “sir” like a nervous tic. Hello, sir. Can I place a to-go order, sir? Thank you so much, sir. I thought if I could alter my voice in the right ways, then they would see me as I am, like changing my voice alone was enough to force strangers to accept me.

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