How to Keep Your Insufferably Hot House Cool

Oh dear lord, its hot.
Oh dear lord, it's hot. KTSDESIGN/SHUTTERSTOCK

If you live in an air-conditioned domicile... MOVE ON, RICHIE RICH! WE HATE YOUR GUTS! Now that the Mitt Romneys have left, let's get to the business of cooling off your insufferably hot house. Here are just a few tips to get you through the weekend:

1) Keep the shades down in your house all damn day! Then when the cooling hours of night (below 75 degrees) approach, get a box fan and put it facing outwards (yes, blowing out) in an upstairs window. Then open up windows downstairs and in your bedroom—if you have a second fan, put that in the window pointing inward (preferably on the side of the house that's getting the breeze). The hot air will get pulled up and out as the fresh, cool night air comes in. In the morning, keep the windows open until it hits 70, then pull the shades and start all over again.

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Interim Police Chief Carmen Best Selected As Permanent Chief

Seattles new chief of police Carmen Best, center, with Nikkita Oliver of Seattles Peoples Party and Andre Taylor of Not This Time.
Seattle's new chief of police Carmen Best, center, with Nikkita Oliver of Seattle's People's Party and Andre Taylor of Not This Time. Lester Black

Interim Police Chief Carmen Best is the new chief of police pending confirmation from the City Council, according to a Tuesday morning announcement from the mayor's office.

Mayor Jenny Durkan plans to officially nominate Best as the permanent chief at a 10 a.m. press conference, according to the release. Best's nomination will need to be confirmed by the City Council.

Best's selection completes a surprising turn of events for Best, who until two weeks ago was officially not in the running for the permanent position. A committee of mostly Durkan's own staff members had initially not selected Best as a finalist for the position.

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The Best Patio in Capitol Hill: Our New Summer Spot!

The Seattle summer isn't very long, but Seattleites sure know how to make the most of it. Catch the crowds of Capitol Hill throwing frisbees in Cal Anderson Park, jumping off T-Dock at Madison Beach, or finding a sunny spot to sip on a summer spritzer. Spend your long summer afternoons on the Lost Lake Cafe & Lounge outside patio! This hand-made local wood deck is the perfect spot for a crisp rosé, cold beer, and a 24 hour menu!

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Portland Police Tell LGBT Couple to "Ignore" Man Yelling Homophobic Slurs at Them


This reporting was originally published in The Stranger's sister paper, The Portland Mercury.

Wendy and Trudy Dragoon were crossing a street in their Portland neighborhood of Brentwood-Darlington Sunday evening around 7:30 when they heard an engine rev nearby. They turned to see a truck speeding towards them. The couple ran onto the sidewalk to watch the truck whip by, do a U-turn, and park in front of a nearby home. Three men exited the vehicle, including a skinny 20-something who had been yelling out the window at the women as the truck drove by.

"He got out of the car and said something about 'Beating the shit out of fucking dykes,'" says Wendy. When Trudy crossed the street to where the truck was parked to confront the man, Wendy began filming using her cell phone.

In a video that's since been uploaded to Facebook, the man is seen throwing up his fists at Trudy, who stands patiently in front of him. He doesn't swing. But he does go on to call her a "gay pride-ass bitch" and a number of other homophobic and sexist slurs.

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Three Identical Strangers Is Heartwarming, Then Haunting


If Three Identical Strangers were a book, it would be the kind of page-turner that you devour in a single weekend. Unlike most paperback potboilers, though, Three Identical Strangers’ bizarre, emotional rollercoaster lingers with you—and not merely because it all actually happened. Tim Wardle’s documentary ends up taking viewers to a very dark place, and, even as it remains a compulsively watchable and digestible experience, it refuses to offer the kind of clear-cut resolution we demand from mysteries.

All of this makes Three Identical Strangers an easy film to recommend but a difficult one to summarize. Its twists and turns, from euphoric highs to shattering lows, are best experienced knowing as little as possible, so I should be careful. Or maybe I’m making too big a deal out of it: Many of the events in the movie are public knowledge—some were big news in their day—and there’s even another documentary, Lori Shinseki’s The Twinning Reaction, that covers much of the same ground (a chunk of it aired in March on 20/20).

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Downtown Summer Sounds Brings Free Music for All Ages Through Aug. 31

Don’t miss Downtown Summer Sounds, presented by Virginia Mason! Downtown Summer Sounds – the 40th-annual concert series from the Downtown Seattle Association – features a wide range of local artists like SassyBlack, Special Explosion, Bleachbear, The Black Tones, Prom Queen, Parisalexa and more.

Showtimes vary based on the day of the week.
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Slog AM: UW President Cauce Gives Back, A Mother-Daughter Sleepover Behind Bars, MGM Sues Las Vegas Shooting Victims

Suing shooting victims isnt exactly saving face, but go for it.
Suing shooting victims isn't exactly saving face, but go for it. brians101 / Getty Images

Girl Scouts Behind Bars: Don’t get too excited, no girl scouts were incarcerated for cookie-related tax fraud. There also aren’t any prisoners making a quick buck with Thin Mint sales. Instead, “Girl Scouts Behind Bars” is a program that sponsors sleepovers in three state prisons every summer with girls and their incarcerated moms. Last week, more than a dozen girls spent the nights with their moms on Gig Harbor at the Washington Corrections Center for Women. The quality time they get for that one night is just as important for the inmates as it is for the girls.

UW President returns $95k back to university: Ana Mari Cauce makes a generous heap of money as the president of UW. She would be in the top 25 most-paid college presidents except that she donates all of her deferred compensation (the previously mentioned $95k) to UW scholarship programs. Still, Cauce’s pay—$723,792 annually—makes mince meat out of the already-paltry salaries of professors and teaching assistants at UW.

MGM is suing more than 1,000 Vegas shooting victims: It’s so the company can avoid liability claims from the massacre. A gunman opened fire from the Mandalay Bay hotel last October. Many of the victims are suing MGM for negligence. MGM is retaliating with suits of its own, essentially shopping around for judges who will give a verdict the company likes.

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Medical Cannabis Is Now Easier to Access in New York City

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Last week, New York City regulators took some action that every town, city, and suburb should be considering in light of the ongoing opioid crisis—allowing cannabis to be prescribed to anyone who would normally be prescribed opioids for a pain-related condition. Swapping out a plant that's never killed anyone for opioids, which killed 78 people per day in 2016? I know it sounds crazy, but hear me out...

These emergency rules were enacted so that those with an existing opioid dependency or severe pain where opioids would normally be prescribed now qualify for the state's medical cannabis program. It increases the number of qualifying conditions to 13, and will undoubtedly increase the number of participants, which currently stands at 62,256.

New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker issued a press release explaining the move:

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Sea to Shining Sea, an Unexpectedly Fulfilling Road Movie


Few indie genres boast a larger risk-reward ratio than the road movie, with the inherent narrative momentum serving as a launchpad for a wide variety of intriguing takes, as well as the potential for a whole lot of tedium in the wrong hands. Director/writer/star Maximón Monihan’s Sea to Shining Sea counts as one of the good ones, fortunately, with its barely there story providing ample room for a slew of entertaining serio-comic digressions. Capitalizing mightily on the chemistry between two old friends, it finds an engagingly wobbly back and forth rhythm early on, and then just keeps on trucking.

The thinly fictionalized plot finds Seattle native Monihan reuniting with his old skateboard buddy Robert Boerleider, a Dutch-Surinamese wiseass from Amsterdam with a fierce yearning to see the real America. After borrowing an old Subaru in San Francisco, they embark on a not-that-well-planned-at-all odyssey to New York. The amiable shit-talking quickly piles high, along with discussions involving the toxic nature of hotel room comforters, the potentially world-uniting power of Old Navy, and the nutritional value of alien meat. (There’s also some goofy stuff.)

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Bi Med Student Contemplates His Next Move


I’m a 29-year-old bi-guy in the UK. Over the last 8 years I’ve had a good friendship/sexual relationship with a guy I know, but I’m a doctor-in-training so we have to move around a lot. We’ve talked for hours and hours and I know we both care for each other physically and emotionally, but when I clumsily asked him out five years ago he said he was still hung up on his ex and never mentioned it again. But lately I’ve had so many hints about how much we like each other that I think trying again might work.

Now I’m being asked to choose my region for my next job, and I’m torn. Should I stay in my current city where a lot of my friends are, or roll the dice and move to his city to try and make something with the guy I care about? People don’t live forever, and on hand I’m eager to take some risks for the chance of something better, but on the other I worry it might look desperate if he realizes I made this move solely on his account.

Torn Between Choices

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Bezos Has $150 Billion, Saves Hundreds of Millions in Washington Income Tax

Bezos saves hundreds of millions of dollars that would have gone to teachers and roads
Bezos saves hundreds of millions of dollars that would have gone to teachers and roads. DREW ANGERER / GETTY IMAGES

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is now officially the richest man in modern history, according to Bloomberg, which has made a beat out of tracking such things. Bezos’s wealth surged to more than $150 billion Monday in advance of Amazon Prime Day, a shopping holiday fabricated by Bezos to make more money for Bezos.

That means the 54-year-old now has more money than his neighbor Bill Gates has ever had. Gates topped out at $100 billion back in 1999. Adjusted for inflation, Gates’s 1999 wealth would have been worth $149 billion in today’s dollars.

And because Bezos lives in Washington State, none of his income went to state government.

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A Notable Local on Seattle: A Notable Local on Seattle: Drag Artist Cucci Binaca


This interview is presented as part of The Stranger's 2018 Visitor's Guide to Seattle (aka the Know-It-All Guide to Seattle). Read more stories from that issue (and see more interviews) here.

Favorite thing about Seattle you can't find anywhere else?

My favorite thing about Seattle is the weather. The Mother Nature up here really likes to edge you for eight or nine months—but once that sun comes out, people go bananas! Who doesn't like a really good hold and release?

Favorite places to eat, drink, and play in the city?

Whenever I have someone visiting from out of town who wants to go to brunch, I always take them out for dim sum. For really good dim sum, I go to Harbor City. It sometimes gets packed and has a long wait. The best time to go is when they open at 8:30 a.m.

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Another Good Way to Celebrate Amazon Prime Day: Go See the Swiftian Anti-Capitalism Satire Sorry to Bother You

Please go see this movie so we can discuss the part we cant really discuss until everyone sees it.
Please go see this movie so we can discuss the part we can't really discuss until everyone sees it.

In 10 years, we're liable to look back on Amazon Prime Day with a particle of nostalgia, if only because we'll have dim memories of a time before it was a mandatory working holiday—because Amazon will have replaced the federal government, and shopping will have replaced voting.

In the meantime, I heartily recommend that before you buy anything else, buy a ticket to Boots Riley's Sorry to Bother You, a wholly unconventional, ingenious, absurdist, hilarious, disturbing, so-far-out-it-comes-all-the-way-back-around film about race and labor conditions in the USA of 2018.

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DJ Oeird Wons Builds Amazing Sets by Finding Peak Cuts on Great Musicians' Worst Records

DJ Oeird Wons, a connoisseur of music with fuzz, energy, groove, rawness, and weirdness.
DJ Oeird Wons, a connoisseur of music with fuzz, energy, groove, rawness, and weirdness. Elena Damm

DJ OEIRD WONS (aka JESSE DAMM, aka It Sound)

Current top 5 tracks:

Ganymed, "Music Drives Me Crazy" (Bellaphon)
"Peculiar '70s Eurodisco. The lyrics make the most sense of any song I've heard. The vocals are both dastardly and breathy. The song has all of the elements of music that I love to play: a beat, some bass, evident fuzz, always energy, total groove, rawness, and weirdness."

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City Arts Moves to Capitol Hill's Cloud Room

The Cloud Room: A office with a bar
The Cloud Room: An office with a bar. SOHAIL FAZLUDDIN

Capitol Hill Seattle Blog reported Monday that City Arts, one of our few competitors in the print business still limping along, is moving to the hood.

After divorcing from publisher Encore Media, the arts rag will be making a new home in none other than the Cloud Room, a co-working space slash bar slash lounge at Chophouse Row, a mere two blocks from The Stranger World Headquarters. Welcome, City Arts! Now that the pleasantries are out of the way, please be advised of the following rules:

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The 51 Best Things To Do in Seattle This Week: July 16-22, 2018

Dont miss AFTER LIFE (what remains) at the Alice Gallery, a group show featuring indigenous and Asian Pacific American artists that will close after Saturday.
Don't miss AFTER LIFE (what remains) at the Alice Gallery, a group show featuring indigenous and Asian Pacific American artists that will close after Saturday. Leeroy New

Our music critics have already chosen the 36 best music shows this week (including Capitol Hill Block Party), but now it's our arts critics' turn to pick the best events in their areas of expertise. Here are their picks in every genre—from Lauren Weedman Doesn't Live Here Anymore to the Third Annual Baby Goats and Brews, and from the Bite of Seattle to Lusio Lights Georgetown. See them all below, and find even more events on our complete Things To Do calendar.

Stay in the know! Get all this and more on the free Stranger Things To Do mobile app (available for iOS and Android), or delivered to your inbox.


Barangay Fiesta: Filipino Pop-Up Night
Joule sous chef Tom Hoolian and the Trove team will collaborate to create a menu of festive Filipino party favorites like fresh lumpia, crispy pata, shrimp ukoy, and their take on mussel kinilaw and pancit palapa.

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Netflix Has a New Movie That Helps You See Seattle Through Eyes of the Safe Seattle Group

How It Ends
How It Ends Netflix

For sure, Netflix's apocalyptic thriller How It Ends, which was released this Friday (July 13), is not very good. It has lots of holes in its plot (I will not go into any of them in this post), and an ending that makes no sense, no matter how much thought you apply to it. Also, Forest Whitaker's performance is just terrible. You can tell the director, David M Rosenthal, had no power over him. He just did his character—which the script failed to fully develop and exploit—his own damn way. Whitaker plays Tom, a former soldier who made lots of money as a civilian and now lives in a posh apartment in downtown Chicago. He enjoys the company of his gorgeous wife, he sips top-shelf whisky, he thinks about how he made all the right decisions in life, and, most importantly, he wonders why his daughter, Samantha (Kat Graham), lives in Seattle with a man, Will (Theo James), who seems to be making all the wrong decisions in life. Tom hates Will as much as he hates faraway Seattle.

(SPOILER ALERT) While Will is visiting Chicago on business, and the day after Samantha's father quarrels with her boyfriend during dinner in the posh pad, something terrible happens to Seattle (an earthquake? a nuclear explosion? an alien invasion? an impact event?), and communication with that city, and the whole of the West Coast, and large parts of the US cuts. What happened? Is Samantha dead? Has Seattle toppled into the sea? Or was it slammed by the mother of all waves? At this point, it's time for a road movie to begin. The father and his daughter's boyfriend travel in a fancy Caddy across an America that has been reduced to radios broadcasting prophets of the apocalypses, violent white tribes and savages, a Darwinist struggle for gasoline, collapsing infrastructure, army checkpoints, and Biblical weather events. Only Will makes it to Seattle. And when he gets there, we finally see the Seattle that the members of Safe Seattle see all of the time. Night and day.

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