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This Week in Seattle Food News: A Galician Tapas Bar Opens, A Beer Bar/Plant Shop Arrives, and Ludi's Is Coming Back

Dine like youre in the Spanish region of Galicia at the new MariPili Tapas Bar on Capitol Hill.
Dine like you're in the Spanish region of Galicia at the new MariPili Tapas Bar on Capitol Hill. MariPili Tapas Bar

The biggest food news of the week is undoubtedly the triumphant return of the beloved Filipino diner Ludi's, but there's plenty more to celebrate, including a new craft beer tasting room and plant shop, a new Galician tapas bar, an upcoming Korean barbecue joint, and the upcoming re-opening of Little Oddfellows. Read on to learn about all of those and many other welcome developments. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.


The Botanicale
If you're one of the people in the Venn diagram between plant parents and craft beer lovers, you're in luck: Co-owners Jo Huang and Scott Bianchi have married their passions to launch a combination beer tasting room and plant store in Fremont, with beers from local breweries like Lowercase Brewing, Good Society, Atwood Farm, and Kings & Daughters, as well as local mead, ginger beer, and cider. The shop recently soft-opened and will host its grand opening on June 3.

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A Glimpse at Seattle Animal Rescue in the 1930s


“Stop beating that dog,” reads a particularly blunt title card in this fascinating old film that profiles the King County Humane Society (the precursor to today’s Seattle Humane Society). The footage shows cats rescued from rooftops, pups adopted, and one very placid cow. Can you imagine someone keeping cattle here today? I’m not even allowed to have a fish tank in my apartment.

Big thanks to Seattle Humane for sending this reel along to us — they had a few highlights displayed on screens at the recent Tuxes and Tails fundraiser, and it’s amazing to see the full thing, from the puppy-adoption process to arresting animal abusers to tracking rabies cases. (A side note: Potential rabies exposure in King County remains surprisingly high, and it has significantly increased over the last decade! Just something to keep in mind if you’re tempted to engage with a wild animal or skip your companion's vaccinations.)

Anyway, a lot has changed in the 80-ish years since this film was made … though some things remain sadly the same: One segment towards the end shows what appears to be a dog killed by a motorist.


Everyone’s invited to the joyous Broadway hit, The Prom, May 31st- June 19th at The 5th Avenue Theatre.

Everyone’s invited to the joyous Broadway hit that New York Magazine calls “smart and big-hearted” and The New York Times declares it “makes you believe in musical comedy again!” THE PROM is a musical comedy about big Broadway stars on a mission to change the world and the love they discover that unites them all.

Unstreamable Is Moving!

Our homies at the Pickford Film Center made this for us!
Our homies at the Pickford Film Center made this for us! Meghan Schilling/Pickford Film Center
If you've been around Slog this week, you might've heard that Unstreamable co-creator Chase Burns recently left The Stranger for another gig. I'm bummed to no longer work with him, but endings are also beginnings, as my mom always likes to say!

So I'm thrilled to announce that we are continuing Unstreamable over on Scarecrow Video's blog!!!!! Three years ago, we started the column on Slog to highlight Seattle non-profit Scarecrow Video's world-class collection. We're stoked to now partner with them directly while we continue supporting them and their 145,000-title-strong archive. (It's the biggest physical media library in the world!!!) The column may move to another site later this year, but for now, Unstreamable is going exclusive with Scarecrow this summer. Hot!

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The Musician Who Gave Me the City and Stars, Vangelis, Is Dead

Spaceship of Vangelis electronic imagination...
Spaceship of Vangelis's electronic imagination... PBS

I worshipped two shows as a boy. The first was The Paper Chase, which starred John Housemen as the severe Harvard Professor of Law, Charles W. Kingsfield Jr. The other was Cosmos, which was hosted by an astronomer, Carl Sagan, who, between 1957 and 1996, was married to a biologist whose work, Symbiotic Planet, changed my life in 2008. (Both shows were on PBS, the only channel my shumba mother would allow me to watch with no restrictions.)

Now, my boyhood had two life-changing experiences. First was watching Star Wars with my aunt (more specifically, maiguru) in 1977. This was the moment, which happened in Seattle (the summer city of my boyhood), I first saw that Christianity did not structure the whole universe. It wasn't fundamental. Evil could be Satan or Darth Vader, and good could be Jesus or Luke Skywalker. This discovery broke my boy-mind. No one had told me that Jesus might not be seen as all that is good on Jupiter, or Alpha Centauri, or a galaxy far, far away.

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Northwest Folklife is Back with A Hybrid Festival Memorial Day Weekend

In partnership with Seattle Center, Northwest Folklife is excited to return to in-person performances and events for its 51st Annual FestivalMetamorphosis: In with the Old, In with the New on Memorial Day weekend, May 27th-30th, at Seattle Center.

The festival will be a hybrid event, with online and in-person programming available to be accessible to all, exploring themes of transition, transformation, and growth: themes central to the folk lineage and process.

We hope to see you there! Donations gratefully accepted.

University District Street Fair Turns 51 Beautiful Years Old This Year


If this year’s traffic snarl around the cherry blossom festival is any indication, there’s never been a better time to take the train (or a worse time to drive) to the annual U District Street Fair. The annual gathering turns 51 beautiful years old this year, bringing together free live music, local art, craft vendors, and cuisine from around the world. Over 40 food trucks will be on hand to feed the 50,000 people expected to attend, stretching ten blocks on Brooklyn Ave NE and University Way NE. Buskers are welcome (in designated areas). Beer gardens will be available for the thirsty (ID required, of course), but most of the activities are family-friendly and accessible (mobility devices are available to borrow; contact Wheels for Feet ahead of time to make arrangements). Sounds great! Why don’t we have one of these every weekend?

U District Street Fair is May 21st (11-7 pm) and 22nd (11-6 pm).


This Week in Worker Conquests: Congrats to Longview Newsguild, U.S. Workers Win in Some Primaries, and Union Drip Is the Spring Look

Get that money, Rapinoe.
Get that money, Rapinoe. Steph Chambers / GETTY

Now playing on This Week in Worker Conquests: New technology scans our faces and attempts to read our minds. Greedy railroad barons get us in a whole heap of trouble. A nation hangs in the balance as the results of an election trickle in. But first: Good news afoot in a footy org.

This week U.S. Soccer announced that the league will pay the players on its women’s team as much as it pays the men. About time.

Dorks, is this your king? Union-buster and emerald mine heir weirdo who did not build Tesla, and who actually sued the people who did build it over the right to call himself a “founder,” had himself quite a week. His bid to buy Twitter is in peril, he got dunked on so hard online that his mom logged on to defend him, and he put out a weird set of tweets claiming he used to be a Democrat but wasn't anymore. Then he changed his story about why he was no longer a Democrat. See here:

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72 Cheap & Easy Things To Do in Seattle This Weekend: May 20-22, 2022

The University District Street Fair, the nations longest-running festival of its kind, returns for its 51st anniversary this weekend.
The University District Street Fair, the nation's longest-running festival of its kind, returns for its 51st anniversary this weekend.
Some of the nicest weather we've seen all month is forecast for this weekend, so get out there and take advantage of it, Seattle! To help you on this quest, we've rounded up all of the cheap and easy events you need to know about, from Friday's Love, SeaTown Block Party to the University District Street Fair and from KEXP Presents: Shaina Shepherd with Afrocop, DA QWEEN, and Terra Nobody to a free outdoor screening of Rent.



Love, SeaTown Block Party
Start your summer right at this happy hour block party, which will bring Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Allen Stone, Seattle Seahawks 32-piece drumline Blue Thunder, and Seattle Sounders official band Sound Wave to the Mural Amphitheatre stage. Plus, look out for special guest appearances and dig into some food inside the Armory.
(Seattle Center, Uptown, free)

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Goth-Rock Will Never Die

Peter Murphy, drama queen supreme.
Peter Murphy, drama queen supreme. Cristi Russo

Nearly 40 years on from their peak period (1979-1983), goth-rock pioneers Bauhaus still sounded vital and vicious. Playing to a large and largely black-clad crowd of die-hard fans at the Paramount last night, the original lineup of vocalist Peter Murphy, drummer Kevin Haskins, guitarist/saxophonist Daniel Ash, and bassist David J ripped through 16 songs from the aforementioned era (including four covers) to the sort of applause, “WOO”s, and “WE LOVE YOU”s that reflected an undying devotion—and a potent strain of nostalgia.

As far as one could see, the attendees were standing throughout the set, many venturing into the aisles to dance. Sing-alongs happened, unfortunately, as during the night's last third, Murphy's aging pipes needed some slack picked up. (Curses, though, to the dude behind me for his wack “singing” to “Kick in the Eye.”

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This Week’s Comics: Someone Tell Those Ghosts to Stop Spooking the Cows


There’s this tendency I’ve been noticing lately in certain fandoms to insist on stories that are entirely conflict-free, with frequent kissing — which I think is fine and very nice for fanfic, but not particularly compelling in commercially-produced entertainment.

For example, I was looking forward to watching Heartstopper, a queer teen romance on Netflix, until I saw a tweet praising the show for being free of “edge,” meaning confrontations or misfortunes. This was meant as an observation in the show’s favor, but to me it’s a signal that it lacks a story. A bunch of good things happening with no adversity to overcome seems … well, heterosexual. What’s the point?

A similar impulse seems to flow through a new graphic novel that I was looking forward to this week, which is a bit of a bummer for me but wonderful news for the person who enjoyed Heartstopper’s softness. But if edge is what you crave, good news — there’s a particularly sharp-cornered new horror series. Thanks as always to Phoenix for sorting through the new releases!

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Seattle's Graffiti Culture War

Goodbye! JK
On a recent wet and bright spring morning, two Seattle Graffiti Rangers parked their truck on the trail winding just below the Jose Rizal Bridge. They hauled out their paint-splattered rollers and their five-gallon buckets, and then they got to work.

In front of them, a couple throwies covered a giant wall facing the highway. (A "throwie" is graffiti composed of big, bubble letters that writers can throw up quickly.) Outfitted in safety suits and masks, the Rangers dutifully buffed (painted over) the vibrant, colorful graffiti with a color called WSDOT Gray, a custom pigment created by the state’s transportation department. Stacy Frazier, Ranger crew chief, said graffiti writers regularly hit the wall because you can see it from the windows of the office buildings downtown.

“We did it last weekend,” said Frazier. “We knew it would be tagged by the end of the week.”

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Slog AM: Last Day to Run for Something in WA, Biden's Polling Hits New Low, and Elon Musk Faces Sexual Assault Allegations

Does anyone here still care about the fact that the cops gassed our neighborhood?
Does anyone here still care about the fact that the cops gassed our neighborhood? Lester Black

I already feel like a broken record: All the powers that be in City Hall really seem to want to end federal oversight of the Seattle Police Department despite continued racial disparities found in the way the agency polices the city. We already dissected the monitor's latest report in Wednesday's Slog AM, but I imagine we'll have to keep making these same points over and over and over again as this debate continues for the next year or so.

City Attorney's Office has a solution in search of a problem: According to the heads of King County's Dept. of Public Defense and Disability Rights Washington, the "high utilizer" list that Ann Davison's office uses to keep people out of Community Court, a program that connects people with services rather than jail for certain low-level offenses, includes people who really don't belong in the criminal legal system at all. They argue the CAO should focus instead on prioritizing those people for supportive services.

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Slog PM: 80% of 911 Calls Have Nothing to Do With Crime, Edmonds Outlaws Sleeping on the Street, Buybacks to Blame for Formula Shortage

Beautiful Vancouver cant tell the difference between a savannah cat and a cougar. How is this possible?
Beautiful Vancouver can't tell the difference between a savannah cat and a cougar. How is this possible? Charles Mudede

A 20% down payment on the standard Seattle home, which costs $800,000, will run you $160,000. Even with that down payment, you can expect to pay ~$3,400 on a 30-year mortgage. I must now remind people that I bought a home in the Central District for $70,000 in the not-too-distant year of 1998. (A 20-year adjustment to standard inflation places its value at around $120,000.) My down payment was $5,000. My mortgage, $600. I made less than $40,000 a year as a freelancer and adjunct lecturer. Those were the days for a young person in the arts. (Zillow presently places the value of that old house of mine at an unrealistic $800,000.)

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This Week in Seattle Event News: Kendrick Lamar, Kehlani, and More

Kendrick Lamar will bring his meditations on fatherhood, family, and more to the stage for a concert slash therapy session.
Kendrick Lamar will bring his meditations on fatherhood, family, and more to the stage for a concert slash therapy session.
Pulitzer Prize-winning rapper Kendrick Lamar has announced his tour with rising rappers Baby Keem (AKA his cousin) and Tanna Leone, just after the release of his long-awaited fifth album. R&B-pop gem Kehlani will support their new album, Blue Water Road, with an extensive North American tour. Virtual Britpop/hip-hop group Gorillaz will bring their animated and IRL selves to Climate Pledge Arena this fall. Seattle-area indie mainstay Death Cab for Cutie has penned in a local date on their upcoming tour. Plus, country superstar Carrie Underwood will stop by on her bedazzled Denim & Rhinestones tour. Read on for details on those and other newly announced events, plus some news you can use.



The Showbox (Mon Aug 22)

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The Best New Music to Hit My Inbox This Week

Ex-Minus the Bear guitarist David Knudson did not botch his solo debut album.
Ex-Minus the Bear guitarist David Knudson did not botch his solo debut album. Ron Harrell

David Knudson, “Varv” (Platoon/Seawall)

After decades of playing guitar for beloved mathcore unit Botch and wildly eclectic rockers Minus the Bear, Seattle's David Knudson finally has released his debut solo album, The Only Thing You Have to Change Is Everything. He's distinguished himself with his two-handed tapping technique, which allows him to create countermelodies in an efficient manner.

The 10 songs on The Only Thing You Have to Change Is Everything skew more toward his work with Minus the Bear than Botch.

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Go to This Pop-Up Gallery Before the Building Gets Bulldozed and Turned Into Condos

So much cool art to see! So little time!
So much cool art to see! So little time! Courtesy of Ballard Pop-Up Gallery

A huge fire in Ballard back in 2019 left a consignment store on 24th Ave NW and Market Street empty for nearly three years. The building is slated for demolition due to smoke damage, but before it bites the dust, Seattle artist Kyle Perry, who used to walk past the abandoned structure nearly every day on his way to work, wants to give it one last hurrah by turning into a temporary pop-up.

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