The Stranger's Midterm Endorsements

Slog PM: Judge Throws Out NRA's Lawsuit Against Seattle, Amazon May Announce HQ2 Soon, the Seattle Times Endorsed Donald Trump

Sorry, NRA, well have to keep these safely locked up and unloaded!
Sorry, NRA, we'll have to keep these safely locked up and unloaded! real444/Getty Images

Slog PM tonight is brought to you by Sudafed and this trash can of tissues: Sudafed is probably the Devil's drug. It's magic, pure magic. I owe it my life.
I can only hear half of what everyone is saying!! life is muffled and sad!
I can only hear half of what everyone is saying!! life is muffled and sad!

It pairs nicely with the water in my REI Nalgene water bottle. I like to drink water, hold it in my mouth, and then plop a pill in. Then I swallow. Then I do it again because the inside of my head feels like an inflated balloon that could pop at any moment but it… just… won't. So I take two Sudafed. Also because they come in packs of two so I think I'm supposed to. Look, it's a war zone in our offices. It's a petri dish of sniffles and coughs and we're all drowning. Lester brought the Spanish Flu back from Spain. I fought valiantly by hoping I wouldn't get sick and then, on Tuesday, when I said, "I hope I don't get sick," I felt a tickle in my throat. Lo and behold, come Thursday I was out for the count. Now, I'm operating at half mast and the trash can is not quite full of tissues but really how could my body produce any more snot? Also, I'm going to get ramen for dinner so that should clear this shit right up, right? RIGHT?

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The Seattle Times Endorses Dino Rossi and I AM BOILING

The Times gives their nod to three-time loser Dino Rossi, a hyper-conservative idiot who wants to repeal Obamacare.
The Times gives their nod to three-time loser Dino Rossi, a hyper-conservative idiot who wants to repeal Obamacare.

No, I'm not surprised that the Seattle Times Editorial Board has endorsed anti-gay, anti-choice, anti-immigrant Dino Rossi in the tightest, most consequential Congressional race on the ballot in Washington State. They basically endorsed him in the primary, and they endorsed Republican Congressman Dave Reichert every time he ran for office in Washington's 8th Congressional District, too. I'm not even surprised that their argument in support of his candidacy is so bad. After all, this is the same ed board that chastised Candice Faber while doubling down on their endorsement of her alleged rapist, state senator Joe Fain. (Fain denies the allegations and has called for an investigation.) But I am surprised that I'm still alive after reading such a devastatingly dumb, dishonest, and contradictory endorsement. My GOD.

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Ghosts, planets and cacti come into alignment at McCaw Hall with PNB’s dark and stormy November program.

The birth of a solar system, featuring a choir of 50+? Got it. Giant platforms used as drums? Got those too. Indie guitar and piano music that – when combined with Alejandro Cerrudo's choreography – is almost guaranteed to make you cry? Got it. Potted succulents as props? You bet. ALL PREMIERE features three new-to-Seattle works from choreographers the world is watching. November 2 – 11 at McCaw Hall.

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Your Seattle Weekend Cheat Sheet: Oct 19–21, 2018

Head to the Kubota Garden on Saturday or Sunday morning for a free fall color tour (or just go on your own to check out the foliage while the sun lasts).
Head to the Kubota Garden on Saturday or Sunday morning for a free fall color tour (or just go on your own to check out the foliage while the sun lasts). Jessica Stein

Congratulations, you've made it to the weekend! All week long, we at Stranger Things To Do have been posting lists of Seattle events to prepare you for this moment, but if you haven't been keeping up, don't worry—here are the basics to get you started on your weekend planning adventures.

If you want to celebrate Halloween early...
Check out the Halloween Hell Harvest 3 comedy show (Fri at the Ballard Underground); the Georgetown Haunted History Tour (Fri-Sat); MoPOP's Fashionably Undead VIII party or downtown's Halloween Pub Crawl (Sat); Volunteer Park's Halloween Pet Parade (Sun); or Seattle Chocolates' Haunted Chocolate Factory Tours or Triple Door's This Is Halloween shows (all weekend).
See More: Our complete Halloween calendar

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The Oath Is a Confused Comedy About America's Political Divide


If there’s a more stressful comedy than Ike Barinholtz’ The Oath, I don’t want to see it. The actor/first-time director has constructed an only slightly exaggerated critique of how our country has become addicted to lopsided news—and our inability to separate politics from personal relationships.

The titular “oath” is a document that the film’s fictional authoritarian president has asked all Americans to sign by the day after Thanksgiving... a request that's accompanied by veiled threats. This causes all sorts of strife at the holiday dinner between ultra-progressive Chris (Barinholtz), his wife Kai (Tiffany Haddish), his right-wing brother Pat (Jon Barinholtz), and Pat's Fox News-addicted girlfriend (Meredith Hagner). While one might assume the film is solely about mending familial fences between those who have different views, The Oath takes a deeper, decidedly darker view. National events ramp up to a disturbing degree, and new characters are introduced in the latter half of the film who make this comedy not very comedic at all.

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The New York Times Doesn't Really Care About Washington's History-Making Carbon Fee

Sure, well save the world for you.
Sure, we'll save the world for you. KAMILPETRAN/GETTY IMAGES

If you’re not living under a rock or currently being brainwashed by the conservative media, you’ve read that report about the very real, very tangible, and very bad effects of climate change and that they will be at our doorstep sooner than we thought—in the next 20 years or so.

That’s a departure from the detached “think of the world you're leaving for your children’s children” argument that was the rallying point to make people environmentally conscious global citizens. Or it was until a little over a week ago. With this new information, we will be experiencing the impacts of climate change well within our lifetime, between 2030 and 2052.

That’s what The Daily, the New York Times’s political podcast discusses today. It’s a great 30-minute lesson that explains the who, what, when, where, and why of this report and what can be done. And what needs to be done? The only thing that will stave off imminent death, according to The Daily and William Nordhaus, Yale professor and economics Nobel Prize winner, is a carbon tax.

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Kamasi Washington Fucking Killed at the Showbox

Kamasi Washington
Kamasi Washington Frazer Harrison / Getty

For some reason I thought there’d be tables. Like, you know, those tiny ones that are just big enough for a pack of cigarettes, a glass of whiskey, an elbow? And that I’d be dressed in satin, perching my ass on a just big enough stool, engulfed in smoke, surrounded by other young beautiful beatniks in sunglasses. This was supposed to be a jazz concert. But on Wednesday night there were no tables. No cigarettes. No satin. No barely-big-enough stool. What I quickly learned is that Kamasi Washington’s music necessitates standing, crowding, craning, complete physical engagement with the band on stage.

The second leg of Washington’s North American tour kicked off in Seattle earlier this week, playing to a sold out Showbox. In spite of an increasingly chatty crowd, opener Victory Boyd set the stage for the Afrocentric night ahead, singing about love, music, and the black struggle. She eventually grabbed the crowd’s attention with her rendition of “Feeling Good” by Nina Simone. It only veered slightly off track when she asked for audience participation, encouraging us to sing “You know how I feel” over and over again. The Seattle crowd sounded like a weak chorus of embarrassed schoolchildren, getting quieter and quieter. Boyd worked with what she had—a mark of a truly great musician.

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Inbox Jukebox Track of the Day: The Driving, Lysergic "Violent Light" by Rising Seattle Techno Producer Aos

Orchestrating subtly hallucinogenic techno odysseys like its nbd.
Orchestrating subtly hallucinogenic techno odysseys like it's nbd. courtesy of Kayla Waldorf

Aos, "Violent Light" (secondnature)

Over the last five years or so, Seattle's techno scene has burgeoned, with several great producers and DJs flourishing both onstage and in the recording studio: Raica, Archivist, IVVY, Cavernous, Simic, Qoqo Roboqs, P L L, død, Fugal (when he's not abroad). Now it's time once again to focus on Aos (aka Kayla Waldorf), who's playing the release party for her new EP, Violent Light (released on limited-edition 12-inch vinyl and in digital form). Its three tracks (plus a remix by Fugal) reveal Waldorf's refinement of her music's steely poise, savvy dynamics, and acute ear for interesting textures within a minimal-techno context.

"Violent Light" represents the apotheosis of Aos' instinct for creating driving rhythms accompanied by timbres that trick you into believing you've become lit up with a stadium's worth of klieg lights. Anyone who still thinks minimal techno equals dry, 4/4 monotony needs to check the subtly hallucinogenic odysseys Aos orchestrates here. "Violent Light" gradually ascends to a quasi-rave-anthem revelation, its tonalities and oscillations reminding me of Underworld's "Rez"—the gold standard of muted, acidic, '90s-era hedonism. But "Violent Light" is more overtly a surefire 4 am floor-filler. Waldorf hysteria ensues.

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A Portland Burger Joint Comes To Wallingford and More Seattle Food News You Can Use

Portland-based Little Big Burger opened its first Seattle location in Wallingford this week.
Portland-based Little Big Burger opened its first Seattle location in Wallingford this week. Little Big Burger via Facebook

This week, a new Grand Central Bakery hits Capitol Hill, Wallingford gets a location of a Portland-favorite burger joint, and the cult Chicago-style pizza place Windy City Pie announces its next move. Find all that below, plus this weekend's can't-miss food events like the Science of Spirits. For more food and drink ideas, check out our guide to Seattle Restaurant Week, our list of October food and drink specials, or our full food and drink calendar.

Grand Central Bakery
The longtime Seattle bakery opened a new location in Wedgwood on Wednesday, October 17. The new spot has the company's full line of artisan breads as well as salads, sandwiches, and pastries, in addition to a dedicated parking lot for customers. Grand Central Bakery also announced its plans to open its fifth Seattle location in Wallingford in spring 2019.

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Adam Smith and Sarah Smith Spar in a Weirdly Volatile and Kinda Infuriating Candidate Forum

Smith v Smith
Smith v Smith RS

If Rep. Adam Smith didn't come off as a condescending prick who feels like he's entitled to the Congressional seat he's held for the last 22 years, he would have a much easier time in his race against first-time candidate Sarah Smith—at least at arts centers full of Sarah Smith supporters.

"He's such a smart ass," whispered someone behind me in the auditorium of the Rainer Arts Center in Columbia City, the setting for the latest candidate forum in Washington's 9th District. Moderator Crystal Fincher of KVRU, who sponsored the event along with the Columbia City Business Association, kept the two passionate candidates from biting each other's heads off as best she could in a volatile and at times extremely weird public discussion.

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Vote No on State Initiative Measure No. 1634

Big Sugar doesnt want other cities to have a soda tax. Thats because its working here.
Big Sugar doesn't want other cities to have a soda tax. That's because it's working here. JUSTIN SULLIVAN/GETTY

Guess who doesn't want cities across Washington to be able to tax soda and raise a bunch of money so they can pay for education? The Coca-Cola Company, PepsiCo Inc., Keurig Dr Pepper, and Red Bull North America. These giant drink companies have dropped more than $13 million to back this initiative, which would block cities other than Seattle from taxing "any raw or processed food or beverage, or any ingredient thereof, intended for human consumption."

Proponents are framing the initiative as a way of preventing local governments from taxing "groceries," but in the state of Washington, it's already illegal to tax "most grocery type food." The only "grocery type foods" we can slap sales taxes on, according to the state Department of Revenue, are "prepared food, soft drinks, or dietary supplements." The state already has to keep its hands off your broccoli.

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Dude, Where's My Libido?

Originally published on Mar 24, 2009.


My husband and I have been together for about four years and have been married for a little over a year. He's 31; I'm 27. We started out as friends and soon began a long-distance relationship, until I got pregnant. We have a great friendship, and honestly I wouldn't want to be with anyone else. Here's our problem: I have the sex drive of a 16-year-old boy, whereas he's practically asexual. The fact that we even got pregnant is quite shocking.

Early on, it didn't bother me much—infrequent sex is common in long-distance relationships—but now that we're married, he would still rather jack off to porn. I'm not hideous. I'm in great shape, my "amazing ass" gets hit on all the time, and I'm an open-minded, porn-loving girl—but my husband isn't interested. LAME. The sex he does give me is quasi-forced, strictly missionary, and at most three times a year. But the solo sex he has in front of the computer while I'm at work happens three times a week at least. LAMER.

The topic has been discussed often. Especially after I go out with friends and come home at an indecent hour, upon which I must explain that I spent the night being chatted up by blokes who noticed my "amazing ass." He's admitted that his sex drive has been a problem in his previous relationships. I guess I'm just getting to the point where one of these days, I'm going to fuck a minor-league soccer team. Any thoughts?

Sexless And Desperate

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Police Beat Was Named as One of the "30 Best (Truly) Independent Films of the 21st Century"

Pape Sidy Niang as the African-born Seattle bike cop in Police Beat
Pape Sidy Niang as the African-born Seattle bike cop in Police Beat

If you know anything about Charles Mudede, you know that in addition to being The Stranger's resident philosopher and cultural commentator, he's also an academic, much called-upon lecturer, and enthusiast of hiphop, jazz, and television and film. He's also a filmmaker. The screenplay he wrote based on his years of covering the Police Beat for The Stranger, that became a film of the same name directed by Robinson Devor, was named among "The 30 Best (Truly) Independent Films of the 21st Century" by Adam Nayman at pop culture site, The Ringer.

He mentions Mudede in the same 'graph as David Fincher and Dostoyevsky, which is pretty impressive.

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The Stranger's Guide to Fall 2018 Seattle Restaurant Week

Capitol Hill izakaya spot Tamari Bar is a newcomer to this years Seattle Restaurant Week.
Capitol Hill izakaya spot Tamari Bar is a newcomer to this year's Seattle Restaurant Week. Anthony Keo

Sunday, October 21, is the first day of Seattle Restaurant Week. That means that for two glorious weeks (Sundays—Thursdays until November 8), respected establishments all over town will be offering three-course dinners for a mere $33. Some of them will also offer two-course lunches for $18. You can see the full list of participants (there are currently over 165, though more may be added) here. To help you narrow down the options, we’ve picked out a few highlights for you to check out and rounded them up below, including some normally pricy options, rising stars, favorites of Stranger critics, and restaurants associated with James Beard Award-winning chefs. We've also noted which Restaurant Week participants are POC-owned and women-owned. Go forth and chow down, but be sure to make reservations, and please remember to tip your servers well.

Restaurant Week is a great chance to catch these normally high-end, well-established restaurants for a reasonable price.

AQUA by El Gaucho

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City Wins Small Victories in Showbox Lawsuit

The King County Courthouse.
I couldn't take photos in the courtroom, but the King County Courthouse's floor is pretty. Lester Black

The city of Seattle won a couple of small legal victories Friday morning in their fight to defend the Showbox ordinance, including a dismissal of a $40 million claim against the city.

Forbes sued the city for more than $40 million in damages last month after the City Council passed an ordinance temporarily including his Showbox nightclub in the Pike Place Historical District. Forbes had planned on selling the venue to a developer who wanted to bulldoze the historic nightclub and replace it with a $100 million, 44-story apartment building. The city's ordinance added new protections on the building that made that project far less likely to happen, at least during the 10 months it was included in the historical district.

Forbes argued in his lawsuit that the city's action was illegal and had unconstitutionally taken $40 million from him. The city retorted that the ordinance doesn't actually deny any building permits for Forbes, it only adds more hoops to jump through, so he can't yet argue that anything has been taken from him. Judge Mary E. Roberts agreed with the city Friday morning.

"I am ruling the constitutional taking claim is not ripe for review because there is not a final governmental decision with regards to the application of the regulations. So the unconstitutional taking claim will be dismissed as unripe," Roberts said.

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21 Día de los Muertos 2018 Events in Seattle

The ancestor-honoring party Día de los Muertos Community Night Out will include an installation of tapete (sand painting), art activities, music, and dance at the Seattle Art Museum on October 26.
The ancestor-honoring party Día de los Muertos Community Night Out will include an installation of tapete (sand painting), art activities, music, and dance at the Seattle Art Museum on October 26.

During the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos (Oct 31-Nov 2), people honor loved ones who have died by bringing them to life with colorful ofrendas (altars) adorned with memorabilia and calaveras (sugar skulls), and taking part in many other traditions. This year in Seattle, there are lots of opportunities to learn more about the holiday through performances, food, music, and more. Find all the options below, or on our Día de los Muertos calendar.

Arts Gumbo 2018: Celebrating Mexican Arts & Culture
Honor Día de los Muertos with a screening of "Flor Silvestre," about the Mexican actress and equestrian. Then come back later for a Day of the Dead presentation, dance performances by Joyas Mestizas Youth Group and Bailadores de Bronce, the talk "La Charla de la Gente: Mañana" with Proxima Generacion Youth Expression and Jake Prendez, presented by Folklife, food by Tacos Chukis, activities, art by Prendez, and more.Rainier Arts Center, $15

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