Seattle could be missing the bus on a new bus company.

On The Lovecast: Invasion of the Nice In-Laws

After last week's Lovecast, some listeners were thrilled that I ignored the distressing Roe v. Wade leak and kept things sexy and fun. Unfortunately, this wasn't by design. ( I record my intro on Monday mornings, and the leak occurred Monday evening.) So this week, I dive headlong into abortion rights, and why this decision could have wide-ranging effects on interracial marriage, gay marriage, and even non-procreative sex between straight folks. So even if you think abortion doesn't affect you personally... it probably does!


Thankfully, we don't wallow in this news, and the episode takes a sexy and fun turn from there.


My first caller is a straight woman in a lovely marriage — except that when her in-laws visit, she starts searching for apartments and contemplating divorce. No, her in-laws are not rude or inconsiderate or (shudder) Trumpers. They're very nice actually. But they demand constant togetherness, and it's driving her crazy. What should she do?

Her nice in-laws are driving her to divorce with their obscene niceness.
Her nice in-laws are driving her to divorce with their obscene niceness.

Later in the episode, I welcome our new UK correspondence Rachel Cunliffe of The New Statesman, who reminds me—and my American listeners—that their government has sex scandals, too. A Conservative member of Parliament was caught watching porn. On the floor of the House of Commons. Twice! Rachel breaks down why this is such a big deal, you know, if you can't see why on your own.


And it's a rare double-guest week on the Magnum. A woman is desperate for a quiet vibrator—but does such a device exist? I invited bonafide vibrator sexpert Searah Deysach from Chicago's Early to Bed to give recommendations on finding this elusive toy…



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This Week’s Comics: What If Batman Was a Dinosaur

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The release of the new Avatar trailer a few days ago revealed something completely unexpected: Judging from the reaction on Twitter, there are — and I can’t believe this either — Avatar fans, people who found the film memorable and delightful and are looking forward to more. I am happy for them, truly, even though I find their lives and interests entirely mysterious. (And look, one of the topics I like talking about at parties is the history of municipal sewer systems, so I get that not everyone has the same fandom.)

Anyway, there’s a new Avatar comic out this week, and like the movie it seems to have been coated in some kind of mental lubricant that makes it very difficult to grab ahold of and inspect. Something about that setting is like chasing a greased pig … but then again, lots of people like greased pig chases, so maybe that’s exactly the appeal. One of life’s little mysteries, I guess!

Thanks as always to Phoenix for sorting through the new releases — there are good ones too this week, I promise, I just find myself pondering the Avatar one at length because I find its fandom so puzzling.

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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.


Music to Make You Fall Asleep

Sleep is not something I easily slip into. I often wake up surprised I slept at all. Other times, I'm not even sure I slept. I have to scan my memory for some irregularity or something surreal, like a version of me as a count in a coffin in a bell tower with bats—I'm not a count, I say to myself, and I'm on a bed, and this is a regular house with no bats, so, I was dreaming. And if I was dreaming, I must have been sleeping. This confirmation immediately clears my mind and I'm ready for the day. But if there's no dream, no way to know if I slept or not, the fog in my mind never clears, and so my very long day is much like those short and dim ones Seattle experiences in the middle of winter.

This is where music plays an important role. If I command my music robot to start, at the lowest volume possible, a playlist called Acropolis, which begins with Harold Budd's Perhaps, an insomniac masterpiece I know by heart, then I can tell exactly where I fell asleep (if I fell asleep) because I will have no memory of listening to the album beyond, say, its opening track ("Templar") or reaching its concluding track ("Ghost Cloud").

It's here we can now turn to Insomnia: The Bach Goldberg Variations, a string interpretation of a musical composition with few equals in the classical canon.

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RANKED: Who Will Be Champion of Salt & Straw's Month of Flower Ice Creams?

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FLOWERS IN ICE CREAM? WHAAAAT? ヽ(°〇°)ノ courtesy of salt & straw
Portland-based ice cream moguls Salt & Straw are often the butt of Portland weirdness jokes, but the company—founded in 2011 and still run by cousins Kim Malek and Tyler Malek—has proven over and again that ice cream seekers are as interested in strange and unusual flavors as they are in the classic Fudge Brownie.

Salt & Straw more or less cycles through new flavors every month, sometimes working with student inventors or children's book authors to try on new taste approaches. Last year, they unveiled a series of four flower flavors (and a sherbet) to celebrate spring and Mother's Day. This year the flowers are back with two more kinds of weird flower ice cream power.

We stopped by to try scoops of all the flower ice creams on offer. Here's what we thought:

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The Top 15 Seattle Beer Week 2022 Events You Need to Know About

Sample a flight of four beers alongside mouthwatering cured meats at Figurehead Brewing Companys Curated Beer and Salami Pairing during Seattle Beer Week.
Sample a flight of four beers alongside mouthwatering cured meats at Figurehead Brewing Company's Curated Beer and Salami Pairing during Seattle Beer Week. Figurehead Brewing Company

Seattle Beer Week arrives this Friday, May 13, bringing with it eight days crammed with programming for the craft beer crowd, including flights, tastings, special releases, pairings, tap takeovers, and more. To get you started, we've picked out some unique and exciting events we think you should know about, from bouncy houses to beer ice cream floats and from Reuben's Haze Fest to Cask-O-Rama. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.

FRIDAY, MAY 13


Seattle Beer Week 13 Kick-Off
The Seattle Beer Week festivities will commence with a ceremonial tapping of the event's official beer, brewed by Black Raven Brewing.

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Slog AM: Abortion Is Good for the Economy, Teacher Put on Administrative Leave for Racist Comments, and Pierce County Approves Retention Incentives for Deputies

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Who's a good boy? HK

Hiring bonuses: As our good pal Charles Mudede shared in his Tuesday Slog PM, the Seattle City Council came one step closer to putting a few grand on a fishing lure to maybe attract more cops. Councilmember Sara Nelson, who shows Sawant-levels of stubbornness on this issue, frames the signing bonuses as the solution to the ongoing “People are dying” crisis, even though city studies just straight up could not confirm if new cops will flock to this type of incentive. Pierce County Council recently decided to try a different tactic and voted to approve $4 million to help retain deputies.

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Slog PM: Duwamish Tribe Sues Feds for Recognition, Joe Manchin and Reagan Dunn Suck, and a Rusty Moon on Sunday

Sometimes when Im stoned I like to think of Earth as residing in a big, black box and the moon is hung on a string from the top of the box like a diorama. Only when Im stoned though.
Sometimes when I'm stoned I like to think of Earth as residing in a big, black box and the moon is hung on a string from the top of the box like a diorama. Only when I'm stoned though. Phil Walter/Getty

Hey: How is everyone doing? We've made it halfway through the week, and it's already felt like an eternity. Here's a glimpse into my mental state, if you're interested...

Onto the news: I'm afraid things aren't much better! Today, an oil baron prevented Congress from codifying Roe v. Wade into law, because he claimed that the act—called the Women's Health Protection Act—"went too far." How Democrats have allowed Sen. Joe Manchin to hold the nation hostage is beyond enraging. Fuck this guy.

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Fremont's New Spot for Psychedelic Go-Go Dancing

Ronettes wants to mix up Seattles nightlife scene.
Ronette's wants to mix up Seattle's nightlife scene. Dave Segal

Steve Snere is best known for his wild antics onstage and on record for Seattle rock band These Arms Are Snakes and electro-agitators Crypts. When not shouting and stomping around the boards, he worked as a bartender. But he'd long joked about opening his own place, which he wanted to name after his dog, Ronette.

Then one day not so long ago while at breakfast with Ben Verellen—veteran Seattle musician and owner of Verellen Amps and Fremont's Bar House—a mutual friend mentioned to them that Drunky Two Shoes was for sale. “Ben got this look in his eyes and kind of pushed me into doing it,” Snere says in a phone interview. “I said, 'I can't do this.' He said, 'You can do it.'” Snere laughs at the scenario, but he is doing it, with help from three other owners: Verellen, Ele Sykes, and Paul Ohlhaut. Whoops, there it is—Ronette's Psychedelic Sock Hop.

The new DJ party Boots brings 1960s go-go dancing happenings to Frelard.
The new DJ party Boots brings 1960s go-go dancing happenings to Ronette's. Photo by David Wentworth

The time was right. Snere was in something of a holding pattern coming out of lockdown, just bartending and overseeing a compilation album of These Arms Are Snakes rarities and B-sides, Duct Tape & Shivering Crow, which local label Suicide Squeeze issued in April. (The group's reuniting to play five shows in June and July.) “I'm super-happy [Verellen] made me do it,” Snere admits. “It's helped me get my head on straight after the pandemic, you know?”

Snere and his partners hit the ground sprinting, rebuilding the space to conform to Snere's retro-cool vision: pink and black checkered floors, glittery walls, pink-curtained stage. The polished wood booths exude coziness and the performance space captures a Twin Peaks vibe—particularly, that of the David Lynch track “The Pink Room” from the Fire Walk With Me soundtrack.

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Stranger Suggests: Miss Margarida’s Way

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Got creeping authoritarianism on your mind lately, for reasons that might possibly have something to do with current events? There’s never been a better time for Miss Margarida’s Way, a 1978 play by Brazilian writer Roberto Athayde, set in a classroom ruled by a dictatorial teacher who uses any means necessary to get her way. The show does a neat trick of turning the audience into part of her class — you may not realize you’re under a monster’s thumb until it’s too late. Resistance is easy when the villain is grotesque (an orange-powdered millionaire sex pest, for example) but a lot more challenging when subjugation happens so slowly, one joke or tease or flirt at a time, that totalitarianism seems normal. Things to know before you go: Proof of vaccination and mask are required; the show is for people age 16 and up; and the theater has steps and is not ADA accessible.

Miss Margarida’s Way runs on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights for the next two weekends at West of Lenin, 203 North 36th Street. Find more events suggested by The Stranger here.


Seattle Public Schools Bus Drama Explodes Again

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Seattle could be missing the bus on a new bus company. seanami / GETTY

On Tuesday afternoon, Zūm, one of the two bus companies trying to land a fatty transportation contract with Seattle Public Schools (SPS), accused the district of badly messing up its evaluation process, resulting in SPS "arbitrarily and improperly" signaling its intent to award the contract to First Student for the second time this year.

In the company's May 2 bid protest letter to the district, Zūm attorney Daniel Suvor argued that the district's nod "ignores the fact that accepting Zūm’s bid would save SPS $7 million over the course of the contract." Accounting for those savings, he argued, would have put the company seven points ahead of First Student rather than five points behind it according to the district's scoring rubric. He also accused the district of running a proposal process "marked by arbitrary delays, arbitrary scoring decisions, and an apparent bias towards First Student, despite a laundry list of safety violations and complaints against" the company.

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Last Call for a Progressive King County Prosecutor Candidate

Still looking for someone to step into this guys lane.
Still looking for someone to step into this guy's lane. Courtesy of the campaign

With the candidate filing deadline coming up next Friday, it’s time to check back in on the race to be King County’s next top prosecutor. When we last surveyed the landscape, no one had emerged to take Stephan Thomas’s lane as an unapologetic progressive candidate for the job. As of today, that lane still remains wide open, a fact that becomes particularly apparent when you consider the conservative positions that the current candidates hold when it comes to ending cash bail.

For those fortunate enough to lack familiarity with the term “cash bail,” first off, congratulations on avoiding entanglement with the criminal legal system. Cash bail is the classist practice of requiring someone accused but not convicted of a crime to pay the court money in exchange for release from jail prior to a trial. If that sounds a lot like the state putting a price tag on your personal liberty and constitutional rights, then you’ve grasped the concept perfectly.

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I, Anonymous: Is Someone Trapped in the Printing Press?

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Hello. I canceled my subscription to a particular major daily paper in Seattle after all its anti-Kshama Sawant bullshit, but I still got one more issue after canceling. I only just today opened it and this weird handwritten letter was included in the bundle:

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Slog AM: Senate to Hold Vote on Abortion Rights, Thailand Gives Away Free Weed, and Parents Struggle to Feed Their Infants

If only Joe Manchin wasnt such an asshole...
If only Joe Manchin wasn't such an asshole... Getty | Anna Moneymaker

Really, Joe? Again? With the Senate set to vote on codifying the right to an abortion nationwide, it seems like Joe Manchin is once again the only holdout among Senate Democrats. Senator Bob Casey of PA (no relation, thankfully) has announced his support of the bill, which means Manchin's opposition is the only obstacle to passing the bill. My former coworkers in the Democratic Party will surely exclaim, "But the GOP will filibuster!!!" when reading that last sentence, but Democrats have enough Senators (barely) to eliminate the filibuster entirely, or at least to create an exception to protect abortion rights. The fact that they aren't doing that is due to Manchin's apparent immunity from any appeal to human decency.

The messaging isn't the problem: Yes, this is a pretty good speech from the Treasury Secretary about how dumb an idea banning abortions is. No, it won't convince a single Republican or conservative Democrat to change their mind on this issue. The GOP was out here in 2020 trying to sacrifice our grandparents at the altar of a rising GDP during an election year, but giving people the choice to voluntarily end a pregnancy is where they draw the line.

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Slog PM: Lots of News Today but One Thing You Should Know Is the Escalators at Sea-Tac's New Arrival Facility Are Fancy

The train is so close but so far...
The train is so close but so far... Charles Mudede

The fans of Seattle's professional sports are much like the inhabitants of a planet cursed with three suns. The moments when things are going very well are met almost immediately with moments when things are going very badly. There is no consistency. No stability. No predictability. There are just these wild and mentally grating swings. And, yes, if you are sniffing a reference somewhere in the previous sentence, know that I'm presently under the spell by the science fiction of Cixin Liu.

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Seattle Cop Tells Queers They Need to "Work on Respecting" Bigots

The group that came to Queer Bar to scream at queer people.
The group that came to Queer Bar to scream at queer people. Photo courtesy of a witness who requested anonymity.

First of all, you do not owe your oppressors civility.

The evening of April 30, around a dozen creeps came to Capitol Hill to gather footage of themselves shouting hateful things at queer people. They carried a microphone and amp, set themselves up outside of Queer Bar on 11th Ave, and started trying to pick a fight. It worked.

“They obviously came with intent to rile up a crowd of people,” says Kim (not their real name), who was present and tried to de-escalate the conflict. “They started out being like, ‘all you fags are going to hell.’ … Once they saw that they were getting a reaction they escalated.”

The rhetoric wasn’t religious, Kim says — just hateful. There were around fifty to sixty people standing in line for the bar, and tensions quickly flared. Eventually, one woman ran out of the crowd to kick the group’s portable speaker, and that’s when the pepper spray came out.

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