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Brandy's Cinderella Is Unstreamable

This cast is gorgeous as is the musical.
This cast is gorgeous as is the musical. Courtesy of Disney
Unstreamable is a weekly column that finds films and TV shows you can't watch on major streaming services in the United States.

CINDERELLA
USA, 1997, 88 min, Dir. Robert Iscove
The only Cinderella and Fairy Godmother I recognize.
The only Cinderella and Fairy Godmother I recognize. Courtesy of Disney
It's a shame that Brandy's Rodger and Hammerstein's Cinderella is not available to stream on any of the major streaming services. Yes, it is available on YouTube (which we don't consider to be streamable*), but Disney+ has yet to add it to their ever-growing and expansive roster, which seems impossible. Brandy herself has said she, too, has "no idea" why Disney opted not to include the vibrant, Whitney Houston co-produced Cinderella on their platform. They're fucking chumps for not doing so.

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Slog PM: Inslee Gets Jabbed; Microsoft Revives the Dead; Pass Some Hazard Pay, Please!

Do us next.
Do us next. KING 5 Screenshot

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and his wife Trudi were vaccinated today: The state lowered the vaccine threshold to 65 on Monday, allowing Jay to get his first shot. The vaccine rollout continues to be messy, but this is nice:

Parler looks to Russia: Of course they do. Parler, the embattled right-wing-beloved tech platform with a kink for conspiracy theories, started working with DDoS-Guard, a Russian company, a few days ago. The publicly available information shows Parler's data going through a DDoS-Guard server in Belize, a tactic that cybersecurity experts think is a way to protect Parler's web host's true identity and location. "Most people would be afraid of being fronted by Russians, but Parler actually signed up for it," a security engineer told Bloomberg. "It’s a little crazy."

Biden laid the groundwork so the minimum wage for federal workers can raise to $15 an hour: Glad that the feds have finally caught up to Seattle (almost). The requirement for federal contractors to raise their wages won't happen immediately (within the first 100 days, says the White House), but the order also restores collective bargaining and other worker protections revoked by Trump. This is your friendly reminder that $15 an hour still doesn't cut it.

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This Week in Seattle Food News: The Flora Bakehouse Opens, Martino's Is Back, and Three New Banh Mi Places Are Here

The Flora Bakehouse brings Cafe Floras famous vegan cinnamon rolls to Beacon Hill this weekend.
The Flora Bakehouse brings Cafe Flora's famous vegan cinnamon rolls to Beacon Hill this weekend. The Flora Bakehouse

EverOut is The Stranger's new website devoted to things to do in Seattle and across the Pacific Northwest. It has all the same things you're used to seeing from Stranger EverOut and Stranger Things To Do, just in a new spot!

This week, the Seattle area is blessed with not one but THREE new places for specialty beverages and banh mi sandwiches, and the longtime vegetarian staple Cafe Flora is ready to open its new bakery, The Flora Bakehouse, in Beacon Hill this Saturday. Plus, a new Detroit-style pizzeria with Filipinx-inspired pies and a hundred-year-old sourdough starter comes to West Seattle, and the much-loved meaty sandwich shop Martino's is back in business. Read on for more exciting culinary updates. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.

NEW OPENINGS AND RETURNS
The Boss Tea and Banh Mi Deluxe
This new bubble tea and banh mi spot opened inside the Vietnamese restaurant Rainier Restaurant and BBQ (which is still open for takeout and delivery) on Beacon Hill earlier this month. The drink menu features an extensive selection of beverages, including "hurricane matcha" (a swirled drink), tiramisu and brown sugar lattes, butterfly pea flower drinks, Vietnamese coffee, watermelon jasmine tea, and much more. Toppings include tapioca pearls, cheese foam, egg pudding, aloe vera, lychee jelly, and even Oreo cookies. On the banh mi side of things, there's banh mi stuffed with crispy roasted pork belly, grilled pork, Cantonese barbecue pork, grilled lemongrass chicken, Vietnamese meatballs, beef bulgogi, lemongrass tofu, and more, with an option to create your own custom sandwich.
Beacon Hill
Pickup, delivery, outdoor seating, or drive-through

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Biden's Signin': Here's What the Executive Ordered This Week

Stacks on stacks on stacks.
Stacks on stacks on stacks. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

We are only three days into this new era and the recently inaugurated president's hand is on fucking fire. President Biden has already signed over two dozen executive actions and proclamations, largely undoing many of Trump's most destructive policies.

In his first week in office, Biden's orders primarily focused on bolstering the federal government's coronavirus response, reversing Trump's ass-backward environmental rollbacks, halting paranoid immigration policies, and attempting to provide a wee bit of economic relief. These executive actions can be pretty dry, so we're hoping to make this a little fun for you. Note: We just said a little fun, not a lot of fun.

Grab some coffee and let's get to work.

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This Weekend, Let's Investigate a Supernatural Crime Spree in 1970s Detroit

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Folks, I just can’t over-emphasize what a great week this is for new comic book releases. What have we done to deserve this? (Nothing, of course, we are filthy sinners; but even sinners are lucky sometimes.)

There are so many excellent releases that I want to talk about this week that I’ve split them into two separate posts. You can read the first batch here, concerning fairy tales gone wrong; secret lesbian romance in the servants’ quarters of an Edwardian estate; and a supergenius kid’s lemonade stand. As if that wasn’t enough, next up we have a hard-boiled reporter solving supernatural crimes in 1970s Detroit; Wonder Woman’s sinister future; and a heist gone wrong involving psychic food. I can’t even stand how good these books are. Please make time to read them by abandoning your previous life (not like you were doing anything with it anyway).

As always, a big thanks to Phoenix for helping us pick out our favorites this week! Do remember to visit your local comic book shop this weekend.

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Your Guide to a Socially Distanced Weekend in Seattle: Cross-Country Skiing, Open-Air Dining, Pie Eating, and More

Not into black diamond slopes? The Nordic trails at Snoqualmie Pass are now open for the cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and tubing needs of masked households.
Not into black diamond slopes? The Nordic trails at Snoqualmie Pass are now open for the cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and tubing needs of masked households. The Summit at Snoqualmie

It's the first weekend without Trump stinkin' up the White House, but the pandemic rages on. If you're out of ideas for ways to stay entertained in these activity-restricted times, read on for our latest batch of suggestions, from hitting the Nordic trails at Snoqualmie Pass to going on a scavenger hunt to help save Alki's historic Stone Cottage, and from places to go for National Pie Day (like Hood Famous) to restaurants newly opened for open-air dining (like Pho Bac Súp Shop). For even more options, read our guides to the best online events this week and the best movies to watch this week.

SHOP LOCAL
Stack up a post-inauguration reading list. The sighs of relief are palpable now that Trump is no longer the president, but the vastly improved Biden-Harris administration is no reason to let individual social justice work fall to the wayside—especially after witnessing the impact of such work over these chaotic past four years. In addition to keeping up with the events on our activism & social justice (FKA resistance & solidarity) calendar, start by educating yourself about the policy reform Biden has planned for his first 100 days in office with books that address everything from the ongoing pandemic to immigration to climate change. Portland's Powell's Books has put together a reading list that includes Evan Osnos's biography Joe Biden: The Life, the Run, and What Matters Now, Anthony P. Carnevale's The Merit Myth (which argues for top-to-bottom public education reform), Jason Stanley's How Fascism Works, Zach Norris's We Keep Us Safe (which deals with criminal justice reform), Michael E. Mann's The New Climate War, and other essential tomes. For more options, be sure to tune in to Third Place Books' Social Justice Syllabus Book Club, which meets virtually on the last Sunday of each month to discuss books dealing with topics from immigration to the patriarchy. Next week's book is Asim Jabari's Stop and Frisk: American Poems.

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Refresh Playlist: New Music for the Week

Comeback. Gallant
"Comeback." Gallant 2021 Enchanted Solitude Entertainment / EMPIRE
Even when there's not necessarily a bunch of brand new music in my rotation, there sure have been plenty of live recorded performances to endlessly queue on YouTube, and that's only continued during the pandemic. And there certainly were lots of great performances at the 2021 inauguration: John Legend gave a stellar rendition of the Nina Simone classic "Feeling Good," Black Pumas perform their hit "Colors," a "Better Days" duet from Justin Timberlake and Ant Clemons, Andra Day performs "Rise Up" while Kaitlyn Saunders skates. Here are three new releases that might put some extra shine on your improving mood.



"Sugar Man," Black Pumas


In another round of Spotify singles that includes yet another version of Black Pumas' hit "Colors," the Texas outfit also dropped a cover of the 1998 track "Sugar Man" by Detroit singer-songwriter Rodriguez. (If you're like me and had not heard the original before, it's a case of being put on to the song's original performer, Sixto Rodriguez, and eventually being led down a rabbit hole to watch the Oscar-winning documentary, Searching for Sugar Man, which tells the almost unbelievable story of a Mexican-American songwriter whose two early '70s albums bombed in America, but who wound up finding a huge fanbase in Apartheid-era South Africa.) But in this recording, Black Pumas singer Eric Burton's vintage-sounding vocals lay nicely on the track, making for a seriously stunning cover.

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Please, Olympia, Let Hilary Franz Save Washington from Burning to Death

Hilary Franz (right) is doing her darnedest to give Washington more of a chance against the wildfires from hell.
Hilary Franz (right) is doing her darnedest to give Washington more of a chance against the wildfires from hell. COURTESY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES

Smoke blotted out the sun for over a week last September. There was a run on air purifiers. For those of us who were less proactive, we kept our windows shut tight, favoring the stale, stifling indoor heat to the wall of ash outside. The city scrambled to find COVID-safe emergency shelters for the homeless. Our air quality hovered around "worst in the world" for days.

Throughout Washington, the situation was far worse. Hundreds of fires burned 800,000 acres, destroyed nearly 300 homes, and killed a civilian, a 1-year-old boy, for the first time in state history, according to Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz.

Fire seasons up and down the West Coast are out of control. In Washington, fire season is stretching on for longer and impacting more parts of the state. Each year, fires creep further west and closer to cities. Bonney Lake, right outside of Tacoma, was evacuated last year. The problem isn't going anywhere.

For the third year in a row, Franz is bringing a bill to the Washington state Legislature that will set aside $125 million every two years to shore up firefighting resources, maintain forests to keep fires under control, and equip with adequate defenses communities most likely to, uh, well, burn to the ground.

She's just asking the legislators to stop the Evergreen state from "turning charcoal black."

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Seattle City Council Must Extend Citywide Eviction Moratorium Through the End of 2021

People need the time to catch up on back rent.
People need the time to catch up on back rent. ABLOKHIN / GETTYIMAGES.COM

A tsunami of evictions will hit Seattle in the coming year without bold action by the Seattle City Council. Tens of thousands of evictions, disproportionately in communities of color, will likely overwhelm the courts, shelters, and streets, as people lose their homes. This would be a human catastrophe on a scale that the city hasn’t seen in a century, on top of the unprecedented economic costs that our city would be forced to bear for shelters, emergency housing/food, healthcare emergencies, and public safety crises.

But this catastrophe can be prevented, and our city’s elected legislators have the responsibility to act. It’s imperative that the Seattle City Council pass Councilmember Kshama Sawant’s citywide eviction moratorium through the end of 2021.

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Slog AM: Impeachment Trial Could Begin Next Week, Tokyo Olympics Up in Air, Trumpet Man Won't Press Charges Against Bike Cop

The balls in your court now, Chuck.
The ITMFA ball is in your court now, Chuck. ONNES / GETTY IMAGES

Here's your daily morning round-up of the latest local and national news. (Like our coverage? Please consider making a recurring contribution to The Stranger to keep it comin'!)

Trump's impeachment trial could begin next week: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will transmit the Article of Impeachment to the Senate on Monday, Axios reports. The Constitution requires the trial to begin the day after the Senate receives the Article, but lawmakers can delay that process if they want to. The move lends national reporters a Trump content lifeline after exactly one day of the disgraced dealmaker not leading the news for once in four years, and it also pisses off Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell, who was hoping for a February trial. Both Republicans and Democrats think the proceedings will take three weeks.

Lazy Senate Republicans rely on dubious formalist argument to escape work: GOP Senators will try to dismiss the impeachment trial before the body takes it up. Their argument is, "Uhhhhhh, you can't put an ex-president on trial because you can't put a private citizen on trial and so ha," according to Politico. Legal scholars, including some wackos from the Federalist Society, disagree, and Politico points out that "federal courts have consistently deferred to Congress’ 'sole power' to set its own rules and procedures, including over impeachment proceedings."

I've made this mistake so many times I cannot even count:

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Slog PM: Bellevue School District Takes Teachers Union to Court (and Fails), Who Attended Yesterday's Inauguration?

Mimi from RENT was there. You can find out who was at the inauguration in this kinda fun interactive from the New York Times.
Mimi from RENT was there. You can find out who was at the inauguration in this sorta fun interactive from the New York Times. NYTimes

Here's your daily evening round-up of the latest local and national news. (Like our coverage? Please consider making a recurring contribution to The Stranger to keep it comin'!)

Amazon has partnered with Virginia Mason to run a pop-up vaccination site at the Amazon Meeting Center in South Lake Union from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Sunday: Bless its heart.

President Biden (aaaaah), after sadly noting that the nation's COVID death toll will probably top 500,000 next month, announced his “full-scale wartime effort” plan to get the country's pandemic under control: The plan includes invoking the Defense Production Act, as well as asking for more workplace protections, requirements for masks on planes, trains, and buses, and quarantines for international travelers coming into the United States. It's a plan! LIKE, AN ACTUAL PLAN!!

Biden's been busy signing executive orders: We'll have our own overview of the first two days of executive orders up tomorrow morning on the blawg.

FAUCI UNLEASHED: Now that he's finally out from underneath the anti-science thumb of Trump, Dr. Anthony Fauci is a new man, and casting some shade on his former corrupt boss. Is that a new hairstyle? It's fresh.

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As Chronically Underfunded Health Departments Stand Up Mass Vaccination Sites, Amazon Contributes a One-Day Pop-Up

Cant wait til they start doing next-day delivery of the vaccine for Prime members.
Can't wait til they start doing next-day delivery of the vaccine for Prime members. DAVID RYDER/GETTY IMAGES

The trillion-dollar company that counts itself among one of the few businesses absolutely raking it in during the COVID-19 lockdowns would like you to know that it has partnered with Virginia Mason to run a pop-up vaccination site at the Amazon Meeting Center in South Lake Union from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Sunday.

At the one-day event, Virginia Mason volunteers plan to administer 2,000 vaccines to anyone who is eligible regardless of insurance status. Find out if you're eligible for the jab with the state's PhaseFinder tool, and hop on the hospital's waiting list here.

Amazon's senior vice president of global corporate affairs, Jay Carney, announced the temporary site at Governor's Inslee's press conference on Thursday. The company will also lend one of its executives to the Washington State Vaccine Command and Coordination Center to, ya know, "leverage our operations, information technology, logistics and communications" in ways that can help put more vaccines in arms, Carney said. Carney concluded by mentioning a plan to pay a third-party occupational health provider to administer the vaccine to eligible recipients at their own fulfillment centers.

I didn't hear much about Amazon coming out in support of any statewide or federal taxes to help pay for chronically underfunded public health departments tasked with standing up mass vaccination sites all over the state while using antiquated and disparate systems in an already hopelessly fragmented health care system, but I do want to take this moment to thank them for chipping in. (At the press conference, Gov. Inslee said "[Amazon has] not asked for any recompense" for their assistance, and he's "hopeful they’ll continue to help us...in additional ways." So I guess there's still time for growth, but I'm not holding my breath.)

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We're Giving Away Virtual Theater Tickets!

The CHOP SHOP: Bodies of Work dance film festival starts February 4.
The CHOP SHOP: Bodies of Work dance film festival starts February 4. Bret Doss

EverOut is The Stranger's new website devoted to things to do in Seattle and across the Pacific Northwest. It has all the same things you're used to seeing from Stranger EverOut and Stranger Things To Do, just in a new spot!

While you're waiting for IRL theater to return (which Rich Smith wrote may happen late this year), virtual productions are a great way to support local artists and break up your Netflix routine for a bit. To give you a taste of what's on offer now, we're giving away free tickets to three upcoming shows: Macha Theatre Works' 17 Minute Stories show tomorrow, Whim W'Him's This Is Not the Little Prince, and CHOP SHOP: Bodies of Work. Read on for more details, or fill out this form to enter. Good luck!

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Trump Left a Mess, Now Washington State Is Cleaning It Up

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson is a master chess player, like with actual chess, not with 3-D chess like Trump fans like to claim hes playing; can you imagine Trump playing chess????
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson is a master chess player, like with actual chess, not with "3-D chess" like Trump fans like to claim he's playing; can you imagine Trump playing chess???? Photo Courtesy Bob Ferguson

Deep-cleaning the Oval Office (and removing the Diet Coke button) was the easy part. What’s to be done about the last four years of wretched Republican policy? Trump may be gone but he leaves a trail of destruction through the federal government that will take years to undo. There were big things, like the racist ban on travel from Muslim-majority countries; there were small things, like new regulations that would have allowed manufacturers to sell pollution-causing dishwashers (yes that’s a real thing); and then there were the massive headaches like the scheme to sabotage the Post Office.

Some of those nightmares can be waved away with an executive order, and indeed Biden has begun the process of cleaning up, like a weary parent coming home to discover that their teen has thrown a party that left the house in quite a state. But some puke stains are not so easily scrubbed off the walls, and it’ll take a lot of very tedious work to undo the damage.

Don’t worry, though. Washington’s got a plan for cleaning up Trump’s mess—ninety-seven separate plans, in fact.

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We've Got a New, Sexy HUMP Trailer!


2021 HUMP! Trailer from Index Media on Vimeo.

After fifteen years of bringing HUMP! to movie theaters—after fifteen years of making it possible for people to be porn stars for a weekend in a movie theater without becoming porn stars on the Internet for life, after fifteen years of getting people together in theaters to watch porn the way their grandparents did—we faced a tough choice after the pandemic hit early last year. We obviously couldn't pack people into theaters. That meant we could either cancel HUMP! 2020 or make HUMP! 2020 available—for the first time—on the dreaded Internet. Last year's HUMP! Film Festival started before the pandemic hit so we reached out to the filmmakers and performers and asked them what they wanted to do. They'd made their films to be shown in theaters, not streamed on the Internet, and we were willing to cancel the festival. But the filmmakers wanted their films to be seen! So thanks to them—thanks to HUMP! filmmakers and performers—the show went on and HUMP! fans were able to enjoy HUMP! 2020 in the comfort and safety of their own homes!

And that's how HUMP! fans will enjoy HUMP! 2021: in the comfort and safety of their own homes! And we've got a great new lineup of fun and hot and sexy and crazy and interesting and moving HUMP! films, all made during the quarantine, all streaming online starting January 30th. More than 120 films were submitted for HUMP! 2021 and being locked up for the last ten months really inspired people to make some amazing dirty movies for this year's festival. This is not only going to be one of the best HUMP!s ever, it's also the most diverse HUMP!s ever and one of the most visually interesting and entertaining HUMP!s ever! Check out that trailer! (Trailer by Shane Wahlund, music by Erik Blood.)

We've added a number of special viewing parties to the lineup—I'm hosting the opening night viewing party on January 30th—and tickets are on sale now!

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