New Games You Should Play This May

Slog PM: The Pipeline to Death Is Back at It, the Days of USPS's Darth Vader Look Numbered, Don't Pick Up Dying Bats

Helicopter pilot to the US: Baby whos that? Dont look now, theres a monkey on your back.
Helicopter pilot to the US: "Baby who's that? Don't look now, there's a monkey on your back." sarkophoto/

After a six-day halt caused by a cyberattack attributed to a gang of hackers called DarkSide, the fucking 5,500-mile long Colonial Pipeline is back up and running and pumping the substance that melting ice on the poles and diminishing the only kind of terrestrial environment that humans have ever known and flourished in. Everyday, Colonial Pipleline pumps 3 million barrels of this world-destroying stuff "between Texas and New York."

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This Week's Comics: Time-Traveling Crime, Crime After Death, and Cozy Crime


Look, sometimes I just like everything, all right?

I don’t want you to think I’m one of those critics who writes insincerely positive reviews because I get a kick out of seeing myself quoted on posters or covers. I can be harsh, too! Just not right now, because this is the first week that all three of my recommended comic books are of five-star quality.

There are really and truly some gems in this week’s releases, but I can understand if you’re skeptical of any review that’s like “everything is great!” For those skeptics I offer a bonus lightning-round review of Cyclopedia Exotica, a book of cute stories set in a world where humans and cyclopses live alongside each other. Well, kind of alongside each other; the book cleverly deploys one-eyedness as a metaphor onto which all manner of real-life minority classifications can be superimposed. It’s a neat exploration of otherness, observed from every possible angle — which is perhaps twice the number of angles it truly seems to warrant. Three stars out of five!

There, I told you I could be critical. But now let’s focus on the titles that I can love more wholeheartedly, which is the case with three show-stealing issue #1s this week. Thanks as always to Phoenix for presenting me with too many good books!

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Go Contactless & Park with the PayByPhone app!

Heading into the city? Don’t forget to park with the PayByPhone app & make your entire experience contactless, keeping you safe & worry-free. You’ll also receive text message reminders that alert you before your parking expires & you can even extend your session from anywhere.

Look for the 9 green dots at parking meters, enter the location # into the app, choose your duration & continue on with your day!

Skip the meter & download the PayByPhone app.

Where to Eat Seafood in Seattle Right Now

Indulge your extravagant side with an ice-cold seafood tower from Westward.
Indulge your extravagant side with an ice-cold seafood tower from Westward. Westward

Spring is in full swing, and while the season may first conjure thoughts of tulips and cherry blossoms, it's also a great time to indulge in the Northwest's bounty of seafood. We've rounded up some of the best seafood specials in town, including extravagant seafood towers at L'Oursin and Westward, delightfully messy seafood boils at Crawfish King, and luxurious Dungeness crab rolls at Local Tide. Read on to learn about all of those and more. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.


Bar Harbor
Drawing its inspiration from the Atlantic Northeast, this sleek eatery with a nautical theme specializes in luxurious rolls made with freshly cracked lobster or Dungeness crab and split-top buns. Either crustacean comes in the dressing of your choice: "Maine" (mayonnaise), "Connecticut" (warmed in butter), or "classic New England" (mayonnaise, celery, and chive). Best of all, they're currently offering 10 percent off your bill through May when you flash your vaccination card.
South Lake Union
Pickup or outdoor seating

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Our Top Seven Recommendations in Seattle This Week

This week, were looking forward to MoPOPs annual 21-and-under music showcase featuring Kiddus Fecto, some drive-in drag queens in Southcenter, and more art openings in Pioneer Square.
This week, we're looking forward to MoPOP's annual 21-and-under music showcase featuring Kiddus Fecto, some drive-in drag queens in Southcenter, and more art openings in Pioneer Square. Images courtesy of MoPOP/Kiddus Fecto, Voss Events, and Method.


For the next month and a half, Northwest Film Forum is streaming the 2021 Sundance Institute Indigenous Short Film tour. You can now watch the 85-minute program composed of seven shorts directed by Indigenous filmmakers from recent Sundance Film Festivals for COMPLETELY FREE on NWFF's website.

You'll be treated to Native Hawaiian filmmaker Ciara Lacy diving headlong into Native Hawaiian slam poet Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio's creative process and activism on Maunakea in This is the Way We Rise. And in Alisi Telengut's beautiful The Fourfold, the Canadian artist of Mongolian origin uses stop-motion, handcrafted animation to explore animism and shamanic rituals from Mongolia and Siberia. One of my favorites is Christopher Auchter's Now Is the Time. It's a documentary on renowned Haida carver Robert Davidson's push (with the help of his family) in 1969 to raise a totem pole on British Columbia's Haida Gwaii for the first time in nearly a century. It's an emotional look into a community rallying together after centuries of suppression and silencing by the Canadian government. JASMYNE KEIMIG

2021 Sundance Institute Indigenous Short Film Tour is free to watch. It's up on Northwest Film Forum's site until June 30.

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From Firefighter to Gourmet Chocolatier: The Story of Chef Michael Poole

The first time I pulled up to Chef Michael Poole's Hot Chocolat, I expected a boutique chocolaterie with dainty truffles displayed in neat tiers behind a glass window. The reality was something different. Parked in a cramped lot across from the YMCA on SW Snoqualmie St, I learn that the squat structure in front of me is, in fact, a commissary kitchen, which Poole explains after I call him from the front seat of my stuffy car.

Poole is easy to talk to over the phone. Conversation flows, despite us being total strangers. We chat for half an hour, covering a range of topics from our travels (him through France, me across Turkey), to the local Africatown project (I had discovered him on their Instagram page) to, of course, chocolate-making (he was testing out new flavors for Mother's Day). I ask him to sit for an interview; he invites me to come by the next day. We set our rendezvous and I veer off the hot asphalt towards nearby Lincoln Park, determined to make the most of my drive into Seattle's far West.

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Seattle Sticker Patrol: Let's Not Celebrate

Jesss Stein

"Let's Not Celebrate a Chance to Eat at a Shit Buffet"
On Capitol Hill.
On Capitol Hill. JK
It looks like phrase came from Olympia-based band Xylitol's song "Shit Buffet." A good distillation of where my brain's at right now.

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New Savage Love: Dramatis Personae


I'm someone who does gay porn for a living. How do people who do gay porn meet someone who doesn’t just sexualize or fetishize them? I can’t eat, sleep, and breathe my work constantly but the guys I meet want me to live out the “porn persona” version of myself all the time. How does someone who does porn know who you can be yourself with?

Aiden Ward


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Tammy Morales Wants to Finally Close Seattle's Just Cause Loophole

After over 20 years, Seattle is going to do something about this dumb eviction work around.
After over 20 years, Seattle is going to do something about this dumb eviction workaround. LESTER BLACK

In today's Seattle City Council sustainability and renters' rights committee, Councilmember Tammy Morales will unveil legislation to close Seattle's fixed-term lease loophole, which allows landlords to evict people on yearlong leases without reason by not renewing their lease.

Even though Seattle secured just-cause protections—laws that prohibit landlords from evicting tenants without reason—in 1980, this glaring loophole in those rules consistently leaves tenants in the lurch.

According to the King County Bar Association, kicking people out at the end of their leases amounted to the second-most common way King County landlords evicted renters in 2019.

Housing advocates at the Housing Justice Project have tried for years to close this loophole, and they've finally started to see some success recently. Yesterday Governor Jay Inslee signed a bill that would effectively achieve this goal statewide, giving tenants more time to search for other places or else settle within the stability of leases.

But Morales's bill would do more. With a pandemic-induced eviction crisis looming at the end of next month, advocates say Seattle renters could use all the protections they can get.

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Slog AM: Durkan Set Texts to Auto-Delete, GOP Ousts Cheney, Ellen Is Over

Im sure theres a joke here with that Tommy Tutone song.
I'm sure there's a joke here with that Tommy Tutone song. NATE GOWDY

A textgate update: Mayor Jenny Durkan's office informed the Seattle Times that the reason Durkan doesn't have any texts to show for a 10-month period last year is that she had her iPhone set to automatically delete messages after 30 days. Why would she set her messages to auto-delete?

Washington teens to wait for the jab until the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup give the all-clear to the Pfizer vaccine. Earlier this week, the Food and Drug Administration said Pfizer could start doling out doses to kids aged 12-15, but the Washington Department of Health wants more approval before it starts jabbing Evergreen state children. That approval should come today.

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Slog PM: Judge Dismisses NRA Bankruptcy Case, Herrera Beutler Backs Cheney, Spying on Soderbergh

Has anyone else seen this dude around?
Has anyone else seen this dude around? STEVEN FERDMAN/GETTY

Here's what you might have missed on Slog today:
  • Chase and I discuss four unstreamable titles—read if you want a tight ass like Mickey's or have any desire to watch Steven Soderbergh's early work.
  • Rich Smith watched King County Executive Dow Constantine's State of the County address so you don't have to.
  • Matt Baume gets horny over our city's sexy trees (and the Seattle Tree Walks app).

  • Dr. Anthony Fauci testified in front of the Senate's health, education, labor and pensions committee this morning: In his opening remarks, he offered some optimism regarding how close a "return to normality" is. He also fiercely clashed with the dimwit from Kentucky—Sen. Rand Paul—over a baseless claim that the National Institutes of Health helped fund a Wuhan lab blamed for creating the coronavirus. America :)

    Atlanta district attorney will seek hate crime charges and the death penalty for spa shooting suspect Robert Aaron Long: Long, who is white, is accused of killing eight people—six of them women of Asian descent—in Fulton and Cherokee County spas back in March. According to NPR, the indictment "only covers those four killings that happened at two spas in Atlanta" and not the killings in Cherokee County that left four dead.

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    Constantine Announces Purchase of Queen Anne Hotel to House Homeless, Return of Bus Service to the Mountains, and $150 Million in Rental Assistance

    Constantine is running for re-election this year, and hed really like you to know what hes been up to lately.
    Constantine is running for re-election this year, and he'd really like you to know what he's been up to lately. Courtesy of the Campaign

    On Tuesday afternoon King County Executive Dow Constantine used his annual State of the County address to deliver some good news to a region struggling to find housing, pay rent, secure a decent job, escape grinding and isolating work, combat a deadly respiratory virus, and maybe hug a far-flung relative at some point.

    Let me hit you with the highlights from his prepared remarks, which you can watch him give here:

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    Seattle’s Guide to Sexy Trees

    That birch trees gotta be around here SOMEWHERE
    That birch tree's gotta be around here SOMEWHERE Matt Baume

    “We should do something together,” you might say to a friend you haven’t seen in a year, or to a hottie you met on a dating app, or to a visiting relative who expects you to drop everything and entertain despite the fact that we can’t all take our vacations at the same time, Debra.

    But what should you do? You should download the city's Seattle Tree Walks app and then go a-wandering. For catching up with friends; for going on dates; for avoiding awkward silences because you’ve run out of subjects to try to have something in common about; it is the perfect local any-season activity, and it's free free free. Seattle Tree Walks turns the spotting of trees into a kind of scavenger-hunt game that sends you bouncing all over the city.


    I gave it a shot this morning, and I can confirm that the experience is refreshing, invigorating, inspiring, and … I’m sorry, but if I’m being perfectly honest ... slightly erotic.

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    Your Guide to Seattle Drive-In Movies & Events: Spring/Summer 2021 Edition

    Marymoor Parks BECU Drive-In series has added a slew of new showtimes, including Clueless on Wednesday, June 2.
    Marymoor Park's BECU Drive-In series has added a slew of new showtimes, including Clueless on Wednesday, June 2. Paramount Pictures

    We're happy to report that drive-in movies are still the darlings of the pandemic, right behind frozen dumplings and analog puzzles. They provided an alternative to our tiny digital screens when movie theaters were closed, and now they're helping to safely ease us into public life while we wait for hive immunity to slowly take effect. Read on below for upcoming showings at the Blue Fox, Rodeo Drive-In, Marymoor Park, and elsewhere, or check out our other film and TV roundups for more options. 

    P.S. We'll keep this page updated as new showtimes are announced, so feel free to add it to your bookmarks!

    BECU Drive-In Movies at Marymoor Park
    Marymoor Park has been one of Seattle's hottest destinations for outdoor movie viewing for the last 17 years or so. While you won't be able to set up on the grass this year, BECU will keep the tradition going by turning to a drive-in model for the second year, screening classic flicks like Mamma Mia and Ferris Bueller's Day Off on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Food trucks will be onsite, too.
    Redmond ($30)
    Lineup: Ferris Bueller's Day Off (Tues May 11), Jurassic World (Wed May 12), Mamma Mia (Thurs May 13), Jaws (Tues May 18), Grease (Wed May 19), Wayne's World (Thurs May 20), The Princess Bride (Tues May 25), The Wizard of Oz (Wed May 26), E.T. - Extra-Terrestrial (Thurs May 27), Ghostbusters (Tues June 1), Clueless (Wed June 2), Monsters, Inc. (Thurs June 3), Spider-Man: Far from Home (Tues June 8), Bohemian Rhapsody (Wed June 9), Dirty Dancing (Thurs June 10), Raiders of the Lost Ark (Tues June 15), Crazy Rich Asians (Wed June 16), The Karate Kid (Thurs June 17), Crazy, Stupid, Love (Thurs June 22), Toy Story (Wed June 23), The Sandlot (Thurs June 24)

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    New Savage Lovecast: Wait. Bill and Melinda??


    My, what a fetish-y show we have for you this week!

    Genital stretching? Check. Chastity belts? Sure. Piss play? Why not? Gainer/Feeder? Let's go!

    In a more wholesome turn, Dan welcomes Dr. Debby Herbenick back to the show. The sex educator answers a question about the nature of multiple orgasms for women and the unwelcome phenomenon of sex headaches.

    And finally, Dan gets into some complex thermodynamics as he explains how to keep your dildo nice and cold. But not too cold.

    Listen here:

    Siren and the Sea Made a Soundtrack for Self Care

    For Bathing , Siren and the Sea
    For Bathing, Siren and the Sea

    Cristina Cano, the woman behind solo project Siren and the Sea, always has lots of oils, salts, scents and rituals going on during her beloved baths. But what’s a calming bath without some soothing melodies to self-care with? That’s the question that occurred to Cano before she began humming the tune and conceptualizing her latest full-length For Bathing, which she wrote while living in Portland in 2018-19.

    “That year for whatever reason I was taking a little bit of a break from performing and I was like a little more introverted, and finding that space where I needed to retreat inside—self reflecting,” Cano explains. She eventually found meditation through bathing.

    “I was taking one of my stoney-baloney baths and I was actually listening to ‘Honeycomb’ by Kadhja Bonet which is like one of my favorite songs. And I remember thinking, like, the flow of the song is so perfect for bathing,” Cano remembers, adding that she wanted to embody that same feeling in her own sound. “And sure enough, I really crafted the flow of the track listing for [the album] through sort of going through the bathing process.”

    Cano’s May 2021 release continues a long Siren and the Sea tradition of making poetic music loaded with aquatic themes, or as Cano has dubbed her own sound, swimwave. Submerged in her own imaginary world, Cano embodies a sort of electro-pop-singing mermaid character.

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