I wonder what Seattle will be like in 2022...

Slog AM: Lots of Wind and Possibly Record-Breaking Rain on the Way, New York Times Is Encouraging People to Kill a Beautiful Insect, Expect Idaho to Begin Begging Like Alberta

Its not raining men.
It's not raining men. digidreamgrafix/gettyimages.com

Yes, we badly wanted rain, but not record-breaking rain. This business of going from one extreme to another is so tiresome. Capitalocene weather is like an athlete on super-steroids. It only knows how to get ripped and smash previous records. Will we ever see weather being just weather again? See rain that falls and goes away on a mild late-summer day?

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Slog PM: COVID Is Still a Killer, Jeopardy! Faves Return, and a Right-Wing March on Washington Eats Its Own Tail

Has anyone checked to see if that computers available to host Jeopardy?
Has anyone checked to see if that computer is available to host Jeopardy? Ben Hider / Stringer / Getty Images
COVID killed both parents of an 8-year-old Washington girl. Josie and Tom Burko weren’t anti-vax. They didn’t get the vaccine because of underlying health concerns. After attending the Grant County Fair in Central Washington, they both fell ill and passed away. Several dozen other cases have since been linked to the fair. The whole thing is just awful, awful, awful, awful. The pandemic isn’t even close to being “over.”

Get used to seeing more Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings. After the tumult over Mike Richards hosting Jeopardy!, the show will bring Mayim and Seattle’s own Ken back to host for the next few weeks. They certainly seem like pleasant hosts — I wouldn’t mind seeing either (or both!) of them take over on a permanent basis, and for LeVar Burton to get an even better gig at a show that actually knows how to appreciate him.

Another right-wing march on Washington? Sounds like fun! Far-right groups were planning to rally in DC this weekend, but now they’re spreading a conspiracy theory that the entire event is a plot to conduct mass arrests, so it's possible nobody will show up. Honestly, it’s kind of funny that the event might be undone by the very gullibility that led its adherents to organize it in the first place.

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Fran Lebowitz brings her insightful social commentary to Benaroya Hall on February 27, 2022. Hosted by David Schmader, this is a night you won’t want to miss.

In a cultural landscape filled with endless pundits and talking heads, Fran Lebowitz stands out as one of our most insightful social commentators. Her recent Emmy-nominated Netflix series Pretend It’s a City, directed by Martin Scorcese, offers an unforgettable glimpse into her world view.

With her acerbic views on current events and the media – by turns ironic, facetious, deadpan, sarcastic, wry, wisecracking, and waggish – Fran Lebowitz is a wickedly entertaining cultural satirist whom many call the heir to Dorothy Parker.

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This Week in Seattle Event News: Dua Lipa, J Balvin, and More

Pop princess Dua Lipa will zoom over to the Climate Pledge Arena for her Future Nostalgia Tour.
Pop princess Dua Lipa will zoom over to the Climate Pledge Arena for her Future Nostalgia Tour.
This week, two global superstars announced highly anticipated tours—Dua Lipa will get physical with her Future Nostalgia tour, and “prince of Reggaeton” J Balvin will bring his heart pumping beats to Seattle. Read on to get the rundown on visits from these big names plus everything you need to know for this weekend's Seahawks home opener. 

Tickets go on sale at 10 am unless otherwise noted.


Charley Crockett
Showbox SoDo (Tue Nov 16)

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This Week's Comics: Mystery-Solving Dogs, A Sci-Fi Coverup, and Ms. Marvel's Mental Health


If you weren't around for the X-Files paranoia of the '90s, it's hard to describe just how pleasurable it was to indulge in the fantasy of a vast government conspiracy. These days, that sort of paranoia feels like a Trumpian red flag; but back then, it was less about actually believing in aliens and magic bees and more about the fantasy that at least someone has their hand on the wheel ... even if that someone has sinister intent. As with The Matrix, stories involving huge, organized conspiracies were oddly comforting because they validated the vague feeling that things are bad because they were designed to be bad, and that you're right to feel distrust of institutions.

That no longer feels like fun to me, in part because it's never been more clear that government institutions are often untrustworthy not because of conspiracy but incompetence. What's more, conspiracy theorists have made the jump from casually speculating about a TV show to spreading misinformation that adherents accept as fact.

But! I felt a twinge of that old familiar intrigue while reading some of this week's new comics — Stray Dogs involves a small social group awakening to sinister secrets, and Primordial is a spellbinding speculation about how the people in charge have been hiding more than you can possibly imagine. Thanks as always to Phoenix for pointing out these books, and remember, the truth is out there ... and probably extremely mundane.

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Lagunitas has the tasty trifecta: Full Menu, Live Music & Fresh Beers Brewed Right Here

The Lagunitas TapRoom in Ballard has become the spot of choice for more than just a fresh range of one-off beers brewed right here, but how there’s also Live Music and a Full Menu of deliciousness—it’s truly a tasty trifecta. And to top it off, there’s even a 21-and-Over Section on the weekends … ‘Cuz sometimes you just need your space, and we’ve got room for that! Click for directions.

King County Issues Vaccine or Negative COVID Test Requirement for Large Outdoor Events and Indoor Entertainment

Flash it!
Flash it! Photo by Nathan Howard/Getty Images

Two-and-a-half months after the delta variant of the coronavirus started chewing through the unvaccinated population, this afternoon Seattle and King County Health Officer Dr. Jeff Duchin finally issued a widely anticipated health order requiring vaccination or proof of a negative COVID test for all outdoor events with 500 people or more and many indoor activities, such as "live music, performing arts, gyms, restaurants and bars," according to a press release from the King County Executive's office.

Relevant companies must comply by October 25, though "restaurants with seating capacity for 12 and under" can wait until December 6. The new requirements also do not apply to "outdoor dining, take-out customers, and places that aren’t primarily used as a restaurant, such as grocery stores."


According to the release, "continued high levels of preventable COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations and increased deaths driven by the Delta variant, serious stress on our regional healthcare system, and concern for a significant outbreak resurgence this fall and winter" prompted local officials to act. The county basically frames the decision as a binary: we either require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test, or else we have to start locking down.

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The New Anthony Fauci Documentary Features a Celebrated Seattle Activist

Wakefield. Photo by Michael McFadden Photography

For Seattleites who've seen the recent documentary about Dr. Anthony Fauci, simply titled Fauci, there's a familiar local face that pops up.

Wakefield, who goes by the singular name, is a humble yet no less impactful force for good who worked for 20 years as the external relations director for Seattle's Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, specifically its HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN). The center says his work was part of “the world’s largest publicly funded international collaboration conducting clinical trials of HIV vaccines.” Last summer, Wakefield retired from the work, leaving behind a long legacy that he hopes to pass on to the next generation.

That legacy includes being an activist for more than 60 years. In a tribute written in Seattle Gay Scene last year, the blog hailed Wakefield for “volunteering for non-profits in his native Chicago since he was a child and becoming a community leader during the onset of the AIDS Epidemic.” In 1994, the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame inducted Wakefield for his decades of service to his community.

In those many years of service, Wakefield became involved with Fauci's work in trying to combat AIDS. Fauci and other medical officials at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) faced prolonged pressure from groups like the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, known as ACT UP, over the failures to address the crisis that was killing in horrifying numbers. Sound familiar? For many, it echoed the White House's early failures to respond to the current pandemic we are still facing.

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Super Scary-Wary Anti-Abolitionist Push Poll Hits the Field, Foreshadowing Contentious Races for Seattle City Council and City Attorney

Yes. Next question.
Much more likely. Next question. Screengrab from Stupid Poll

Someone apparently paid an opposition research firm to disseminate a push poll designed to scare Seattle voters away from Seattle City Attorney candidate Nicole Thomas-Kennedy and Seattle City Council candidate Nikkita Oliver. One of the poll questions says the text-based surveys ask "different people about different candidates," so they could be trying to scare Seattleites away from other candidates, too, but I've only seen the anti-NTK/anti-Oliver one.

Change Seattle, an independent expenditure supporting Sara Nelson's bid for Seattle City Council against Oliver, paid $15,000 to a Texas-based oppo firm for "research consulting" at the end of last month. I sent an email to ask if they paid for the poll, and if they plan to ask for a partial reimbursement since the firm spelled Sara's name with an "h" several times in one of the questions. I will update this post if I hear back, though admittedly this is a total guess and it could be any of the other big-business PACs lining up to beat down progressives.

In the meantime, let's break down this nonsense real quick.

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New Report Recommends 52 Fixes for Seattle’s Other Police Department

If you can make out this stitching youre standing too close
If you can make out this stitching you're standing too close Port of Seattle

You might’ve interacted with them at the airport, at a marina, or at a cruise terminal without ever realizing who they were: The Port of Seattle Police might look like the Seattle Police Department, but they’re actually a completely separate agency with their own separate jurisdiction, policies, and leadership. And a new report is calling for dozens of reforms at the department, from wonky little logistical tweaks to big procedural changes.

The report, ordered by the Port of Seattle Commission, was prompted by last summer’s protests and conducted by the consulting firm 21CP. It covers a wide range of topics, including union participation, coordination with other police departments, and budget; but the biggest areas of focus are transparency, police interactions with unhoused people, and equity, particularly among non-white employees.

Among the findings: Port of Seattle Police are largely operating in accordance with goals set out by the Commission, with infrequent use of force. (The POSPD, it’s worth noting, has not tear-gassed any neighborhoods.) But there are 52 areas in which they could do better.

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Slog AM: Northwest Carpenters Union Strikes, Anthony White Wins the Betty Bowen Award, Someone From Everett Is Orbiting Earth Right Now

Seattle artist Anthony White gets an unrestricted cash award of $15,000 and a solo show at SAM next year.
Seattle artist Anthony White gets an unrestricted cash award of $15,000 and a solo show at SAM next year. Courtesy of the SAM

The King County Water Taxi will keep its summer hours to serve the people of West Seattle: The city and county made a deal yesterday that will "allow increased water taxi services for residents as long as the West Seattle Bridge is closed," reports KING 5. Instead of summertime service ending on October 15, Seattleites can now ride the water taxi from 6 am to 7 pm seven days a week.

U.S. gymnasts harshly criticize the F.B.I. for its mishandling of the Larry Nassar investigation: Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney, and collegiate gymnast Maggie Nichols all testified yesterday about the failures of the government agency's handling of sexual harassment and assault claims in the U.S. gymnastics program, reports The Hill. “To not indict these agents is a disservice to me and my teammates, a disservice to the system which is built to protect all of us from abuse,” said Maroney. F.B.I. director Christopher Wray apologized to the women for the bureau's role in the abuse.

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Slog PM: BoltBus Is Out and OurBus Is In, 1 in 500 Americans Killed by COVID, Girl Who Allegedly Killed Jogger With Car Must Not Be Tried as an Adult

Reservation electric...
Electric cars for the rez... Mykola Pokhodzhay/gettyimages.com

I understand it hurts. Losing a member of the family is exceptionally hard on the soul. But the relatives of the jogger who, on July 18, was struck and killed by a girl in a car must do everything they can to not see her as an adult. She is a girl. A child did this to you. And even if she did it intentionally, the fact remains: she is a child. KOMO, of course, is easily excited by this kind of visceral reaction:

Relatives of a jogger who was killed last month during a hit-and-run crash in Maple Valley said Tuesday that they want the teen suspect tried as an adult after learning investigators suspect the 15-year-old girl struck him intentionally.

'This person that hit my husband did it on purpose,' said Michelle Moore, whose husband died after being struck by the Toyota Camry. The couple was due to celebrate a milestone event Tuesday. 'He was a good guy. He was a good guy. Today is our 30th wedding anniversary.'

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Seattle Sticker Patrol: You Guys Paid for All This

Jess Stein

"Thanks, You Guys Paid for All This"
Fuck this guy.
Fuck this guy. JK
Thanks, Batch Life, for the reminder of how much Jeff Bezos sucks. If you forgot, here what the richest dude in the world thinks of you:

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Here's What You Should Do Around Seattle This Weekend


Courtesy of the Frye
Ass is front and center in Seattle artist Anthony White's "To a Flame," which is currently up over at the Frye Art Museum as part of its Recent Acquisitions in Contemporary Art exhibition. As with many of White's plastic-composed "paintings," the cheeks belong to a lithe figure whose face is turned away from us, his attention ensnared by whatever is on the white-bright screen of his phone—like a moth, um, to a flame. While White references our contemporary ways of viewing images (and ourselves) by overlaying photo-editing elements on the portrait, the rest of the Baroque-ish composition alludes to the distant past: ornate wallpaper, plush tapestries, a warm golden light source. The piece is on view alongside other works acquired by the Frye in 2019 as part of an effort to expand their holdings of "contemporary art to include previously underrepresented identities, perspectives, and forms of expression," according to a press release. "To a Flame" is among their most sensual.

Recent Acquisitions in Contemporary Art at the Frye Art Museum is up until January 23, 2022. Admission to the Frye is free, from Wednesday thru Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm.

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Bill Radke Is Talking 30 Years of Savage Love with Me at My Book Launch on Friday, September 24 at Town Hall!


Come join me and KUOW’s Bill Radke at Town Hall as we celebrate THIRTY. FUCKING. YEARS. of Savage Love and my new book, Savage Love from A to Z, a collaboration between me and former Stranger art director and long-time Savage Love illustrator Joe Newton. It’s filled with brand new illustrations and essays based on some of my classic bits of advice — like being GGG and Fucking First. We’ll talk about sex and how it’s changed over the last thirty years (and how it hasn’t!) and I’ll probably say something that makes Bill blush. Admission price comes with a copy of the book, and I’ll be signing them after the show.

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Every Single Sandwich at Lasa in Lynnwood Is Deliriously Delicious—But Especially the Lechon Kawali Roll

Sub Missives tells the stories of the Seattle area's best sandwiches every other Wednesday. Know a hot sub? Tell us about it @ submissives@thestranger.com.

The grand dame, the lechon kawali roll. Christ, the sheer size of it.
The grand dame, the lechon kawali roll. Christ, the sheer size of it. MVH

My boyfriend and I call this place the Saucy Sandwich Hole. It's tucked in a strip mall on Highway 99, next to the Lynnwood DMV, and very hard to spot. Open for only a few months, the "GRAND OPENING" sign still hangs in the window, under another sign: Lasa Sandwiches & Pearls.

Lasa means "tasty" in Tagalog, and pearls refer not to jewels but the tapioca bubbles in bubble tea, as it turns out. The sandwiches part of the sign is what we're here for today.

They make six different sandos at Lasa, along with a variety of bubbly and non-bubbly beverages, plus halo-halo, a colorful shaved-ice version of a sundae piled with jelly and fruit and purple ube ice cream and one of those swirly cookie straws. It's unofficially the national dessert of the Philippines. You can also get lumpia, fries, or sisig (sausage) fries with an egg on top. That's the whole menu.

First, let's talk about the lechon kawali roll.

The grand dame, the lechon kawali roll. Christ, the sheer size of it.
Another shot of the magnificent lechon kawali. Look at all that pork belly. MVH
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Your Guide to the Local Sightings Film Festival

Charles Mudedes Thin Skin kicks off the 2021 Local Sightings Film Festival this week. 
Charles Mudede's Thin Skin kicks off the 2021 Local Sightings Film Festival this week. 
With an altered format, this year's Local Sightings Film Festival is unlike iterations of previous years, though they’ve maintained the same breadth of stellar local films. The superbly curated schedule includes various features, short film programs, plus workshops and panels for film buffs wanting to take a deeper dive.

Festival passes, which include the option for in-person, virtual, or both, are still available. For more casual viewers just looking to pop in, there may also be day-of tickets available for Northwest Film Forum screenings. Proof of vaccination and masks are required for all in-person events, so make sure to have that all on hand as we celebrate the return of this beloved local regional film festival. Read on for festival highlights we’re looking forward to.

Opening Night: Thin Skin (In-Person Only)
The story of a father trying to be a musician in a world where his dreams seem just out of reach, this film is directed by The Stranger's own Charles Mudede. Stick around for a post-screening discussion with the filmmaker, lead actor Ahamefule Oluo, and co-writer Lindy West.
Northwest Film Forum (Thurs Sept 16)

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