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

PrideFest Offered a Glimpse of What Capitol Hill's Future Should Look Like

The Broadway corridor is in the process of transforming into a perfect destination for festivals.
The Broadway corridor is in the process of transforming into a perfect destination for festivals. RS

Two weekends ago, Seattle PrideFest held a sort of do-over, and it was lovely — but it wasn't enough.

In normal times, whatever those are, Pride takes over the area around the Space Needle sometime in June, but this year everything was weird. Instead of the massive parade and Seattle Center hullabaloo, PrideFest sidled on up to Capitol Hill, where Pride used to take place, and took over a stretch of Broadway from the RiteAid to the FedEx.

Coupled with the Farmers Market on Sunday, PrideFest transformed what is usually a traffic-choked sewer-street into a pleasant stroll, filled with food trucks and vendors and lively stages. Based just on my strolling around for a few hours, I'd guess that it brought in a couple thousand revelers. The whole thing was blissful, and it should happen again. Just… maybe not on that weekend.

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Slog AM: Staffers Accuse Jayapal of Running "Dysfunctional" Office, It's Recall Day for Gavin Newsom, Massachusetts Taps National Guard to Handle Bus Driver Shortage

Jaypal in the hot seat.
Jayapal's office said the stories Buzzfeed reported were unrepresentative and that "women of color are often unjustly targeted, regularly held to higher standards than their male colleagues, and always put under a sexist microscope." COURTESY CONGRESSWOMAN PRAMILA JAYAPAL'S OFFICE

These fucking jocks: The state's highest paid employee, Washington State University Head Football Coach Nick Rolovich, continues to refuse to explain how he plans to comply with Gov. Jay Inslee's vaccine mandate. Rolovich said "I plan on adhering to all policies that are implemented for the unvaccinated" and then refused to offer any actual answers to questions from KING 5's Chris Daniels.

117 COVID cases in Seattle Public Schools: Students account for most of those infections, and the highest concentration of cases shows up at schools in Central and South Seattle. The district has a total of 51,650 students. SPS updates its dashboard here each Monday.

It's going around: We don't know if they're catching COVID-19 in the schools, and "severe illness continues to be uncommon, especially among younger children," but kids now represent 27% of infections, whereas they only accounted for 15% of infections "since the start of the pandemic," the Washington Post reports. In some schools, the number of infected kids so far now exceeds the number of infections in kids in "all of last year while forcing nearly 1,700 temporary closures."

City Council sorta splits the difference: The Seattle City Council rejected proposals from both Alex Pedersen (who wanted to allocate more money to police hiring) and Kshama Sawant (who wanted to move more money away from the Seattle Police Department). Instead, the council voted to split $15 million in savings from SPD officer departures between SPD and community-based programs. The cops will keep $10 million, Dan Beekman reports for the Seattle Times.

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Fremont Oktoberfest - Seattle’s Biggest Beer Fest - returns September 17, 18, and 19!

Seattle's Biggest Beer Fest is back! Fremont Oktoberfest returns September 17-19 to the *iconic* Fremont neighborhood, playing host to 100+ Beers, Ciders and Seltzers (in mini-mugs & steins!), Sunday Dogtoberfest, a Giant DJ Tower, Alpine Slide and Stein Hoisting. New for 2021: ticket sessions to control crowd size for health and safety. Buy tickets at FremontOktoberfest.com and use code SLOG21 to earn 2 extra beer tokens.

Slog PM: State Troopers and Nicki Minaj Protest Vaccination Requirements, Cloudburst's Beer Is the Best Beer, Let's Look at Some Gowns

The Great American Beer Festival crowned Seattles Cloudburst Brewing as The Brewery and Brewer of the Year. Cloudbursts Steve Luke (above) is Seattles hop whisperer, says Lester Black.
The Great American Beer Festival crowned Seattle's Cloudburst Brewing as "The Brewery and Brewer of the Year." Cloudburst's Steve Luke (above) is "Seattle's hop whisperer," says Lester Black. LESTER BLACK

Bunches of state troopers and employees are suing Gov. Inslee over his COVID-19 vaccine mandate: In early August, Inslee ordered most state employees, contractors, and volunteers to get fully vaccinated by October 18 or hit the road. The mandate does not allow a testing alternative, although there are some religious and medical exemptions. In protest, 53 State Patrol employees alongside firefighters and healthcare, ferry, and Department of Correction workers filed a lawsuit against Inslee last Friday. The plaintiffs claim the religious exemption in Inslee's mandate is too narrow and that the governor has used an unreasonable use of power during his ongoing COVID-19 emergency declaration. An Inslee spokesperson told the Seattle Times that Inslee's requirements “are in full compliance with the law" and that they "look forward to responding in court."

Cloudburst is a winner, baby! Denver's Great American Beer Festival named Seattle's Cloudburst Brewing this year's best brewery and brewer. The seven-person brewery won in the small brewery category, notes Tan Vinh at the Seattle Times, and won alongside other winning Seattle breweries, like Stoup Brewing (their Stoup NW Red won silver in the American Amber/Red Ale competition) and Fremont Brewing (their Brew 4000 won silver in the Old Ale or Strong Ale or Barley Wine competition).

In his reporting for The Stranger, Lester Black frequently called Cloudburst's head brewer and founder Steve Luke a "hop whisperer," noting how "he can give an IPA such strong notes of watermelon or cherry or creamy coconut or flowers or pine that it can seem like he is artificially flavoring his beer. But he’s not; he just treats hops with the same care and attention to detail that a great winemaker treats grapes."

Cloudburst during less tragic times.
Cloudburst during less tragic times. Lester Black
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Visiting Vancouver B.C. During the Pandemic

A great work of public art on the border that separates Seattle and Vancouver.
A great work of public art on the border that separates Seattle and Vancouver. Charles Mudede

Last week I visited the most beautiful and urban city in the Pacific Northwest, Vancouver, B.C. I hadn't traveled there since October of 2019. This time I had to make the connection by car because the train to the Beaux-Arts style Pacific Central Station is still not running, despite the border opening to fully vaccinated and recently tested Americans on August 9. (On September 7, the border opened to all vaccinated and recently tested foreigners.)

There was one advantage to the hated road trip, however. I saw, for the first time, the amazing progress being made in the light rail on the Lynnwood Link Extension, which begins at the soon-to-be-opened Northgate Station. The view from the car window was phantasmagorical. Like a dream emerging from the ground and materializing before your eyes. At one point, the elevated rail flew over I-5, flew like a future looking back at the past with the superiority of an owl. This was not the departing Owl of Minerva, but one arriving and saying: Look at me. Look at who you are. You look like you are not long for this world.

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Like using the middle finger or its emoji? You might not be able to for much longer.

The courts in Washington State have restrained my middle finger from being used and yours may be next. Freedom of speech is under assault in Washington as the courts prohibit use of the middle finger. I'll be taking this to the Supreme Court if needed. Learn more about why I used my middle finger and how the courts restrained it at https://disruptivecandor.com/

The Best Things to Do in Seattle This Week: Sept 13-19, 2021

Comedienne Nikki Glaser will regale audiences with cringeworthy snippets from her personal life.
Comedienne Nikki Glaser will regale audiences with cringeworthy snippets from her personal life.
Don’t let the dip in temperature stop you from experiencing all the wonderful events Seattle has to offer this week. This edition covers the kickoff of Negroni Week, two opportunities to see comedian Nikki Glaser, the HOMECOMING Performing Arts Festival, and much more. Just remember, most venues are requiring proof of vaccination and starting today, all outdoor events 500+ will now require masks for all.



Andrew W.K.
The California musician and performer calls himself a "hardcore partier," a description that he more than lives up to. He's best known for his 2001 hit "Party Hard," which has become an anthem to live by. Embodying a lifestyle of partying hard not just in his music but also in his personality,  this maniac once did a 43 minute air drumming workout video. That should give you a taste of what to expect from his live show.    
Neumos (Capitol Hill)

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What Pandemic? Osees Deliver a Night of Fast-Twitch, Scorched-Earth Rock at Neumos

Except for the masks and vax passports, it seemed like old times at Neumos Sunday night. A sold-out show headlined by Osees, the LA rock juggernaut led by heavily tatted workaholic John Dwyer, garbed in his trademark form-fitting tanktop and shorts, going full-on scorched earth from the get-go? Hell yeah, bring it on! (Whoever played old middle-of-the-road radio rock staples over the PA before the set deserves the Red Herring Award.) A mosh pit formed in the club's underage section within a nanosecond of the first song, in case you were wondering about social-distancing protocols. Also, Osees began playing eight minutes before the scheduled 10:15 pm official start time. And their merch table weighed a ton.

Back in the '80s, future Matador Records co-owner Gerard Cosloy wrote in his fanzine Conflict (paraphrasing here), “Being able to rock is about as impressive as knowing how to tie your shoelaces.” While there's some truth to that, Osees are basically tying their shoes while doing cartwheels... with their hair on fire. As I noted in a 2019 feature on the band in these pages, “Oh Sees [as they were known then] may not be doing anything original, [but] they are imbuing familiar moves with a conviction that signals music is a life-or-death matter. Thanks to Dwyer's doggedness and prodigious songwriting nous, Oh Sees have become paradigmatic 21st-century rockers—great synthesizers and energizers of rock's multifarious modes. Effortlessly diverse and dynamic, their songs pour out of Dwyer like the sweat he excretes during their galvanizing concerts.” Of which this was yet another.

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Savage Love: On the Down Blow

Joe Newton

I’m a gay man. After a decade together and five years of marriage, my husband informed me he wasn’t really interested in sex anymore. That was a year ago and we haven’t had sex since. He told me I should leave him, if regular sex was “really that important” to me, but if I chose to stay, I had to remain “faithful.” To him that means me not having sex with anyone else. I’m 35, he’s 38, and he doesn’t see his unilateral decision to end our sex life as him breaking faith with me. There’s also the issue of financial dependance. I am NOT dependent on him, he is dependent on ME. I didn’t want to abandon him during a pandemic while he’s unemployed, so I stayed. Now he tells me he’s asexual and accuses me of being unsupportive of his sexual identity if I so much as mention missing sex. To make a long story short, three months ago I met a guy at work. We’re the only people on our floor currently coming into the office and we got to talking and it turned out he’s bisexual and married but open. I’ve been blowing him a couple of times a week for the last two months. He’s close to my age, and I really need this. We aren’t in the same department, so I don’t report to him, and he doesn’t report to me. He doesn’t reciprocate, but I don’t care. I wasn’t on Grindr and didn’t go looking for this. Do I need to feel bad about it?

Cheating Homo On Knees Eating Dick

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Slog AM: Another White Center Fire, Idaho's COVID Cases Overwhelm Washington Hospitals, and Lil Nas X Wins Best Music Video

Lil Nas X at the VMAs this weekend, shoving homosexuality down our throats like we deserve.
Lil Nas X at the VMAs this weekend, shoving homosexuality down our throats like we deserve. Theo Wargo / Staff / Getty Images

White Center is on fire again. This morning a fire broke out at the old Locker Room Tavern in White Center — just a few doors down from where a fire gutted The Lumberyard and several other businesses in July (caused by arson, investigators say). There was also a fire at the same address back in April (the result, investigators said, of smoking materials discarded in a planter). It’s also just a few feet away from the old Atlas Electrical building, which was being used as a squat and has caught fire twice recently; once in October of 2019 and again this month. No word yet on the condition of the old Locker Room’s neighbors, the Bizzarro Italian Cafe, the Huong Xua Restaurant, and Full Tilt Ice Cream. West Seattle Blog is on the scene:

Idaho’s sending us their worst. Idaho’s Republican Governor Brad Little has refused to implement basic protections against COVID — no mask requirements, and he’s exploring ways to stop people from getting vaccinated. As a result, Idahoans are dying at an alarming rate, hospitals just authorized the rationing of care, and they’re sending lots of Infected Idahoans to Washington. That’s forcing some Washington hospitals to postpone procedures, and many Washington healthcare workers are simply quitting after more than a year of working double shifts.

This weekend was the anniversary of 9/11. Let’s see what Caitlin Jenner has had to say about the occasion.

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Slog PM: GOP Threatens to Sue Biden Over Vaccine Mandate, Kshama Solidarity Campaign Calls Out "Racist Voter Suppression," Kraken Community Iceplex Opens in Northgate

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind behind 9/11, still awaits trial because the USA complicated the case by torturing him and four other co-conspirators.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind behind 9/11, still awaits trial because the USA complicated the case by torturing him and four other co-conspirators. Handout / GETTY IMAGES

Check out the latest solution to homelessness, straight from a visionary startup genius who just so happens to be looking to save his own ass. Geekwire reports on a business guy who aims to curb the losses from his travel-based startup idea by pitching these little plastic storage sheds to local governments as a way to...more easily store homeless people in warehouses? Before you spit up on your shirt, check out the amenities: “The units also include Amazon Fire Tablets affixed to a panel to help residents access virtual services in the privacy of their rooms, including mental health experts or support for treating substance abuse."

We do not need Amazon Fire Tablets in tiny shelters that only work inside bigger shelters to solve the homeless crisis. We need to triple the pay of social workers, raise a billion dollars a year in progressive taxes to pay for publicly owned affordable housing, and legalize apartments citywide. Anything that's not one of those things is a tedious waste of time and money.

It's not just Seattle: Housing prices have risen all around the state over the last four years, especially in Washington's smaller cities, according to a new analysis from Sightline. Median rents in Spokane jumped over 50% in the last four years, and home prices have followed suit. State lawmakers can help slow these skyrocketing prices, Dan Bertolet argues, by reforming zoning laws statewide next session.

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This Week in Seattle Food News: Former Canlis Chef Opens Tomo, Cafe Racer Returns, and Kricket Club is Coming to Ravenna

Former Canlis chef Brady Williams opened his highly new anticipated restaurant Tomo in White Center this Thursday—complete with whale sounds in the bathroom.
Former Canlis chef Brady Williams opened his highly new anticipated restaurant Tomo in White Center this Thursday—complete with whale sounds in the bathroom. Tomo

There's much to celebrate this week: former Canlis chef Brady Williams has debuted his highly anticipated new White Center restaurant Tomo, hallowed DIY hangout Cafe Racer reopens in its new location on Capitol Hill this weekend, and acclaimed Meesha chef Preeti Agarwal is opening her new restaurant Kricket Club in Ravenna in October. Read on for all of that and more of the latest food news, plus events for this weekend, like Plate of Nations. For more culinary inspiration, check out our food and drink guide.


Cafe Racer
Here's some welcome good news to start off your weekend: The beloved DIY music temple Cafe Racer, which closed its iconic University District space in July 2020, reopens in its new location in the former Barça space this Saturday, next to Vermillion Gallery & Bar. The venue will celebrate with a grand reopening party, featuring performances from Velvet Q, Taylar Elizza Beth, Moroccan Dog, Mt. Fog, and DJ Marvelette. Dave Segal has more details.
Capitol Hill
Pickup, dine-in

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Cheap & Easy Things To Do in Seattle This Weekend: Sept 10-12, 2021

The Kraken Community Iceplex is opening its doors to hockey fans with events throughout the weekend
The Kraken Community Iceplex is opening its doors to hockey fans with events throughout the weekend
Even as the weekend looks like it will be a bit cooler, hinting that fall is just around the corner, there are still some hot events to commemorate the waning days of summer. Celebrate the long-awaited return of Café Racer, which hopefully will give the local music scene a much needed boost, or break the ice at another new venue—the Seattle Kraken Community Iceplex is opening its doors to the public for all things hockey. 



Electric Six
The American rock band Electric Six is described as a combination of garage, disco, punk rock, new wave, and metal, giving audiences a genre-defying performance with support from Me Like Bees, Detonator, and Ball Bag.
El Corazón, Eastlake ($15)

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A Big List of Unstreamable Movies

Unstreamable is a weekly column that recommends films you cant find on major streaming services in the United States.

Unstreamable is a weekly column that recommends films and TV shows you can't find on major streaming services in the United States.

Currently, there are 331 films on this list. Each one was unstreamable when it was added. That means we couldn't find it on Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, or any of the other 300+ streaming services available in the United States. We also couldn't find it available for rent or purchase through platforms like Prime Video or iTunes. We don't consider user-generated videos, like unauthorized YouTube uploads, to be streamable.

We add four more films each week. Sometimes the titles become streamable. If you notice an error, let us know!

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Long Live Short Run

The Eroyn Franklin-designed front cover of Short Run's latest book.
Eroyn Franklin designed the front cover of Short Run's latest book, capturing the colorful chaos of the event itself. Courtesy of Short Run

When Short Run executive director Kelly Froh handed me a copy of Decade: 10 Years of Short Run Comix & Arts Festival, I was delighted at the heft of the locally conceived, locally designed, and locally made book. Clocking in at just over 130 pages, Decade captures the last ten years of Seattle's beloved independent comics festival in what feels like a million little illustrations, photos, and poignant vignettes.

"I thought, well, what is really at the heart of what we celebrate at Short Run?" said Froh over a cup of coffee, reflecting on her decision to make a book commemorating the festival. "Yes, it's community and bringing, like, shy nerds out from all corners of the earth. But, two, it's books, it's paper, it's drawing and sitting down at your work table, making something, writing something."

This Saturday, Short Run will host a book release party at Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery from 5 to 8 pm. There, viewers can snatch up a copy of Decade and some prints. There will also be an art show (up until October 7) as well as a glass case full of old Short Run festival posters, buttons, zines, set lists, custom-made chocolate bar wrappers, and other ephemera from over the years. The event will present an ample opportunity to immerse yourself in the work of some of Seattle's best comic artists.

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This Weekend: Don't Miss Ms. Pak-Man in Breakout!


How did Ms. Pak-Man make it through the last year and a half? Well, she’s a survivor. And with all the pharmaceuticals in her life, she’s bound to have gotten a couple of vaccinations in there at some point. Scott Shoemaker’s weird campy comedy show, which was originally scheduled to debut back in the spring of 2020, is finally back for an all-new run at the Century Ballroom (RIP to her previous home, Rebar). Expect some singing, some dancing, and some tragic monologues that culminate (if the past is any guide) in a darkly funny triumph. Where else are you going to get nerdy celebrity gossip about your favorite 1980s video game characters, all accompanied by backup dancers?

The show runs Thursday through Sunday, with showtimes at 8 pm on Thursday, at 7 and 9:30 pm on Friday and Saturday, and at 8 pm on Sunday. Tickets start at $28, and you can find them here.

The Candyman Soundtrack Sounds Like an Epic Series of Unspeakable, Infernal Sonic Events Triggered by Unfathomable Nightmares

Compared to Lowe's chthonic score, Philip Glass's soundtrack for the 1992 Candyman seems innocuous. Waxwork Records

If you've seen Nia DaCosta's acclaimed horror film Candyman (which opened Aug. 27), then you couldn't help noticing that one of the scariest characters in it was invisible: Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe's soundtrack.

Co-written and produced by Jordan Peele, DaCosta's sequel repurposes Bernard Rose's 1992 supernatural slasher adaptation of Clive Barker's 1985 short story “The Forbidden”; NPR critic DeForrest Brown wrote that DaCosta “[extends] the scope and perspective of the Candyman mythology into the four-hundred-year long epic of African-American history by investigating Chicago's history of institutional racial conflict.” Coincidentally, Lowe used to live in the Cabrini-Green neighborhood where the film's set. I haven't seen Candyman yet, but I've immersed myself in the score, which was produced and engineered by former Seattle studio wizard Randall Dunn—and I have the scarred psyche to prove it.

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