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This Week in Seattle Food News

Maíz Opens a New Taqueria, Shikorina Pastries Reopens, and Spice Waala Expands to Columbia City

Several Seattle food scene favorites are making moves this week, as Maíz's new taquería arrives in Ballard, Shikorina Pastries reopens on Capitol Hill, and Oliver's Twist owner Karuna Long opens his buzzy new Cambodian destination Sophon. Read on for all of that and more of the latest food news, from chocolate beer to cereal milk lattes. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.

NEW OPENINGS AND RETURNS

Maíz Taquería
The acclaimed tortillería Maíz, which is known for its house-nixtamalized masa and operates a stand in Pike Place and a sit-down restaurant in Belltown, debuted a third concept this week. Their new taquería in Ballard serves burritos, quesadillas, tortas, chilaquiles, nachos, and (of course) tacos. Fillings include chorizo, carnitas, birria, al pastor, chicken tinga, campechano, veggies, fish, chicken, steak ranchero, and beans and cheese.
Ballard

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Guest Rant Yesterday 2:08 PM

Rent Stabilization and Pro-Housing Policies Go Hand-In-Hand

You Want to Talk San Francisco? Okay, Let's Talk San Francisco.

I’m a renter in the 43rd Legislative District, where 72% of residents are also renters. I’m also the executive director of Futurewise, a statewide organization working on progressive land use policy. As a renter and as the leader of a pro-housing organization, I’m calling on the Washington State Senate to pass HB 2114 to stabilize rents for tenants.

Futurewise has worked for years to increase Washington’s housing supply. We led campaigns to pass Seattle’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda from 2016-19, championed a complete overhaul of housing requirements in comprehensive plans (HB 1220 passed in 2021), and fought for missing middle housing options in cities across the state (HB 1110 passed in 2023). We’ve also led work to remove barriers to construction of new housing in Seattle, like removing parking requirements for new development (2019) and reforming the design review process to streamline construction of affordable housing (2023). 

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Music Yesterday 11:58 AM

Exploring Inner Space, Delivering Inner Peace

Shabaka Hutchings Delivers a Chamber-Jazz Séance at Town Hall

We needed this. We needed this heady, chamber-jazz chillness from UK jazz renaissance man Shabaka Hutchings and his highly finessed pickup band. I mean, just a cursory glance at the news headlines—the daily escalation of ecological doom, the catastrophic number of fatalities in conflicts all over the world, the totally compromised and corrupt GOP in lockstep with Vladimir Putin's interests, the astronomical cost of vinyl records—can make even the most well-adjusted citizen a neurotic wreck. So, yeah, we needed to get centered. And Hutchings and crew got the job done last night at Town Hall, without breaking a sweat.

Town Hall was the ideal place for flautist Hutchings, standup bassist Esperanza Spalding, electric bassist Burniss Travis, drummer Austin Williamson, harpist Charles Overton, and electronics manipulator Chris Sholar to cast their subtle spells. Its booze-free, church-y atmosphere facilitated focus in the crowd. And the enthusiastic applause that followed each of the 12 pieces was well-earned.

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EverOut Yesterday 10:00 AM

The Best Bang for Your Buck Events in Seattle This Weekend: Feb 23–25, 2024

C-ID's Lunar New Year, Gaza: PCRF Charity Screening, and More Cheap & Easy Events Under $15

It's the weekend—you deserve to take a load off, and your wallet deserves a break, too. Achieve the perfect balance of fun and frugal with events from Chinatown-International District's Lunar New Year to a Free Book Swap at Paper Portal Used Books and from Gaza: PCRF Charity Screening to MoPOP’s 2024 Sound Off! Showcase.

FRIDAY

LIVE MUSIC

Lobby Sessions - Track 1: Linda From Work
KEXP’s Martin Douglas wrote of Linda From Work's debut LP: "Burnout fully displays their gifts as an emergent force in Seattle’s ever-crowded rock scene, ruminating on failed relationships and a pernicious lack of healthy sleeping habits." They'll bust out of the 9-to-5 grind for some vicious indie garage rock as a part of the Crocodile Hotel's intimate Lobby Sessions. AUDREY VANN
(Hotel Crocodile, Belltown, $15)

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IVF procedures start freezing in Alabama. After the Alabama Supreme Court ruled earlier this week that fertilized frozen embryos were considered life, the University of Alabama health system put a pause on its in vitro fertilization procedures for fear of criminal prosecution. The IVF process can continue through egg retrieval, a UAB spokesperson said, but "fertilization and embryo development is paused for now." UAB is the first clinic to announce this IVF freeze, but more clinics are expected to follow in the wake of this ruling. It must be exhausting to be pro-life in this country considering all these mental gymnastics they do to fit a self-serving ideological agenda

In case you think I'm being dramatic about that last point: Alabama State Supreme Court Chief Justice Tom Parker, the guy who handed down the opinion about fertilized frozen embryos being property, essentially said American law should be rooted in the Bible. He supports the Seven Mountains Mandate, "the belief that conservative Christians are meant to rule over seven key areas of American life, including media, business, education and government." In an interview, Parker said, "God created government, and the fact that we have let it go into the possession of others, it’s heartbreaking," and then he added, "That’s why he is calling and equipping people to step back into these mountains right now."

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EverOut Thu 3:28 PM

Ticket Alert: Pearl Jam, Vampire Weekend, and More Seattle Events Going On Sale This Week

Plus, BECU ZooTunes and More Event Updates for February 22

Seattle-born grunge icons Pearl Jam have announced hometown shows to support their forthcoming new album, Dark Matter. Indie rock outfit Vampire Weekend will stop by Climate Pledge Arena this summer on their Only God Was Above Us tour. Plus, BECU ZooTunes will bring acts including the Roots, Norah Jones, and Violent Femmes to the Woodland Park Zoo this summer. Read on for details on those and other newly announced events, plus some news you can use.

ON SALE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23

MUSIC

Alvvays with The Beths
Woodland Park Zoo (Mon Aug 19)

The Brad "Scarface" Jordan: Behind The Desk Experience
The Showbox (Wed Mar 27)

Built to Spill performing "There's Nothing Wrong with Love"/ Yo La Tengo
Woodland Park Zoo (Thurs Aug 15)

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Music Thu 1:44 PM

Nirvana Wore Susie Tennant's Dresses

And More Wonderful Stories to Celebrate the Woman Who Helped Build Seattle's Music Scene

Susie Tennant, the record executive and promo representative who helped launch Nirvana's career and championed countless other bands and artists over the years, passed away in January from frontotemporal dementia. She was 61 years old.

On Friday her friends and family will gather at the Paramount to celebrate her life and love of music, and, in true Susie style, everyone's invited.

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Issa López, a Mexican woman, directed all of the episodes of what I consider to be the most radical True Detective season by far. The other seasons had the series creator, Nic Pizzolatto, as frequent director and writer. He is now famous for marking his disapproval of the direction Season 4 took.

Variety:

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Food & Drink Thu 12:02 PM

The Stranger Presents Nacho Week

Specially-crafted Nachos Available for $10 at 15 Locations March 4-10

Do you know what's been missing from your life since the Super Bowl? No, it's not football. And it's certainly not images of Taylor Swift watching football. It's an excuse to eat nachos by the shovelful. 

Well, we have good news, people of Seattle: Starting Monday March 4 through Sunday, March 10, The Stranger will celebrate the return of NACHO WEEK!

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Film/TV Thu 10:00 AM

Film Review: In 'The Taste of Things' Simple Pleasures Shine

Trần Anh Hùng’s Portrait of 19th Century French Countryside Haute Cuisine Sizzles with Scintillating Restraint 

Early on in The Taste of Things, a renowned chef asks a young culinary prodigy to taste a consommé and note how the flavor has changed. The prodigy concludes that it’s become less strong, and the chef agrees. “What you lose in taste you gain in color,” he says, explaining that the clarification process has alchemized the broth into something smoother, subtler, gentler, more delicate and pure.

It’s a fitting analogy for the film itself, which forgoes embellishments and is all the more powerful for it. Director Trần Anh Hùng allows long, uninterrupted cooking sequences to speak for themselves. Instead of relying on music to evoke emotion, he scores the movie with a symphony of sounds: the clink of cutlery against china, the sizzle of short ribs in a pan, and the crackle of a hearth, all set against a near-constant backdrop of birdsong and buzzing bees. Sunlight filters through window panes, bathing the room in a dreamy Campion-esque golden glow. 

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Olympia Thu 9:00 AM

Seattle's LGBTQ Communities Demand Rent Stabilization

Sen. Jamie Pedersen Has One Job: Get This Bill Over the Finish Line

In a potential boon for tenants, last week Seattle Sen. Jamie Pedersen breathed new life into a bill to reduce rent-gouging when he steered the legislation away from his chamber's housing committee, where a similar bill suffered a clumsy and untimely death at the hands of Vancouver Sen. Annette Cleveland, and toward the Ways and Means committee, where it now faces obstacles in the form of... several other conservative Democrats.

That Senate committee will hear the bill today. If they end up voting on it later on, renters can only lose one Dem vote, and Democratic Sen. Mark Mullet already opposes the legislation. Of the other Dems in that committee, Majority Leader Andy Billig told The Stranger he's riding the fence, and Sens. Steve Conway, Lisa Wellman, and Sam Hunt did not bother to answer my question. Meanwhile, though Sen. Kevin Van De Wege cosponsored the Senate's version of the bill, he's since launched a bid to become the state's landlord. I asked him if his support extended to the House's version of the bill, but he didn't bother to respond, either. 

Though Pedersen helped keep the bill alive in his chamber, he can now either help convince his colleagues to support the popular proposal or else help to arrange a quiet execution.

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Nowhere is safe: Israel tightly packed about 1.4 million displaced Palestinians in the border city Rafah, promising refuge. But last night the army killed at least 48 people in another bombardment of the area. According to Al Jazeera, Israel may soon launch a ground invasion, which could severely hamper humanitarian aid efforts, once-again displace Gazans, and, of course, empower the IDF to kill even more civilians. Ceasefire now, ceasefire yesterday, ceasefire fucking months ago. 

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News Wed 12:08 PM

King County Prosecutors Decline to Charge SPD Officer for Killing Pedestrian

Officer Kevin Dave Will Face No Criminal Consequences for Hitting and Killing Jaahnavi Kandula

On Wednesday, King County Prosecutors announced their decision not to bring charges against Seattle Police Officer Kevin Dave, who struck and killed 23-year-old college student Jaahnavi Kandula while she crossed in a crosswalk in January 2023. Dave remained on duty with the department, and the administrative investigation into his conduct paused while prosecutors reviewed whether he should face criminal charges. The Office of Police Accountability must now complete its investigation into whether Dave violated any department policies when he hit Kandula, and whether his actions amounted to a fireable offense.

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WEDNESDAY 2/21 

The Kids Aren’t Alright: Troubled Teens on Screen

(FILM) Teen movies really hit their stride once the youngins started hanging out in malls in the early '80s. Suddenly, teens were more visible, and with that visibility came more complex and rebellious young roles on screen. Local filmmaker Jeremy Cropf will chat about some of the most enduring teen films of the last 40-odd years in this series, which includes screenings of Jennifer's Body, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and more alongside hybrid lectures on teen representation with themes corresponding to high school grades ("Freshman Year: The Invention of the Teenager" [February 21], "Sophomore Year: Dark Comedy and Social Satire" [February 28], and so on). Show up if you're into Euphoria. (SIFF Film Center, 305 Harrison St, 7 pm, $16.50) LINDSAY COSTELLO

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Seattle, did you know that the lines on your highways, roads, streets, and stroads are literally fucking invisible??? 

In recent years, the City appears to have added some reflectors to the lines. Excellent choice. Now we can all see the lines at night when it's raining and dark, which happens to be much of the year. Hooray! Problem solved, right? 

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