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Stadium Oversight Board: We Really Don't Want to Wade into This Fight About Mariners Money

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In an ongoing effort to secure millions of dollars in public funding for improvements to Safeco Field, representatives for the Seattle Mariners have said their next 25 years in the stadium are contingent on that money. The executive director of the board that oversees Safeco has acknowledged as much, too.

But a new letter from the chair of that board attempts to back away from that narrative.

In a letter to county council members Wednesday, Virginia Anderson, board chair of the Washington State Major League Baseball Public Facilities District (PFD), wrote: “The ‘precondition’ that some portion of available lodging taxes be allocated toward ballpark capital needs before a lease is executed is a condition stated by the Club, not the PFD, and is not included in the Term Sheet signed by both parties.”

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Some Asshole is Cutting Brake Lines on Seattle Bike Shares

WTF??? Intern Jamie

Seattle police are looking for info on a suspect who has been cutting the brakes on shared bikes in the city. And they've got video.

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The Guy Who Swapped Blowjobs with Cary Grant Tells All

Scotty Bowers, who is bi, did sex work for both male and female celebrities.
Scotty Bowers, who is bi, did sex work for both male and female celebrities.

Scotty Bowers kept his mouth shut for nearly half a century, but now that he's past 90 and most of the people he blew are dead, Scotty wants you to know that he made people happy. A lot.

Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood, Matt Tyrnauer's new documentary, retells the Hollywood gossip Bowers revealed in his popular memoir from 2012, Full Service. In case you missed it: The Golden Age of Hollywood was really fucking gay.

After surviving some of the toughest battles of WWII, Bowers landed in Los Angeles. While he was pumping gas (not a euphemism), Scotty claims the actor Walter Pidgeon offered him $20 to pump his gas (a euphemism). A smart businessman, Scotty turned the gas station into a spot that served and serviced a large swath of gay Hollywood elites.

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Dino Rossi Insults the Intelligence of Veterans by Claiming Kim Schrier "Disrespected" Veterans

Meanwhile, Rossi voted for a guy who insulted a gold star family and mocked a POW.
Meanwhile, Rossi voted for a guy who insulted a gold star family and mocked a POW. RS

I wasn't going to say anything about the misleading and frankly desperate claim that Kim Schrier equated fighting in World War II to running for Congress. The argument seemed disingenuous enough on its face. But now Dino Rossi is trying to raise money on this line without even doing the work of wheeling out a veteran to say he or she was offended by Schrier's comments in the first place. I cannot abide this kind of gutless gasbaggery.

In an e-mail blast with the subject header "Kim Schrier Just Disrespected Veterans," Rossi's communications flack, Andrew Bell, wrote:

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Tickets for the 14th Annual HUMP! Film Festival On Sale Now!

The opening festival will take place this November in Seattle, Portland, and for the first time ever San Francisco! Only audiences at the opening festival will get to vote and decide which films will take home $20,000 in cash prizes! Limited Discount Early Bird Tickets available!

Get them while you can HERE

The Best Versions of the Music from Porgy and Bess

Jaya Nicely

Oddly enough, Porgy and Bess is considered by many to be America's only authentic opera. This is odd because the opera, which was adapted by Ira Gershwin from the novel Porgy, and composed by George Gershwin, is about the descendants of black African slaves.

They live in a slum in Charleston, South Carolina, in the first quarter of the 20th century. They struggle to barely survive. They are uneducated and superstitious. The slum's bad guy is a drug dealer (Sportin' Life), and the heroine (Bess) is a whore, and the hero (Porgy) pulls his body around in a cart (he can't afford a wheelchair). Not one black person contributed to this opera that has no white characters. It's 100 percent black. And there are lots of critics who have a very low opinion of how these blacks are portrayed. Nevertheless, Porgy and Bess is not only a great (indeed soaring) American opera, but a number of its songs are in the canon of black American culture.

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I Worked With Richard Russell at Horizon Air, and I Understand Why He Did What He Did

I worked alongside Richard Beebo Russell as a ground service agent for Horizon Air in 2016.
I was a ground service agent at Horizon Air for the better part of 2016. Dave Alan/Getty Images

I was surprised to wake up last Saturday morning to the headlines. Not completely shocked, but surprised nonetheless. I was a ground service agent at Horizon Air for the better part of 2016, and I worked alongside Richard "Beebo" Russell. As ground service agents, we handled luggage, walked through planes for final inspection, and pushed them out onto the taxiway.

We weren’t close, barely acquaintances, which seems odd considering the tight quarters and the foxhole mentality that is required to work in these particular roles. But with the high turnover (if you follow Horizon Air jobs, you will know they are always hiring that position for SeaTac), it’s not that hard to imagine.

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Slog AM: Seattle Officials Had Unsanctioned Talks Before Head Tax Repeal, Cat Serial Killer Strikes Again, Still At Large

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We were right about that secret head tax meeting: Looks like the public was right to call the mayor and Seattle City Council out after the incredibly swift head tax repeal. The two groups had communicated under the radar. There was no huge underground meeting or anything. Each of at least seven council member spoke one-on-one to the mayor’s office in an unofficial capacity during the week preceding the head tax repeal vote. This violates the state’s Open Public Meetings Act. Kshama Sawant is the only council member not named as having participated in these discussions.

Sound Transit CEO is kind of an asshole: Peter Rogoff is good at his job but he’s a dick to his employees. He was under investigation recently for his alleged profanity, verbal abuse, and sexual harassment toward his staff. He failed to receive a performance bonus because of how much of a dick he is. He has a “leadership mentor” who charges $550 an hour to help him get along with his employees. He meets with her weekly.

Cat serial killer strikes again: An eighth cat was found mutilated. A kitten in Lacey, WA was found beheaded in the same spot three other cats were found in February. The killer is still on the loose so keep your cats indoors. The reward for information that leads to an arrest is now $21,000.

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Savage Love: Secret Perving

Joe Newton

I've been enjoying consensual nonmonogamy for the past two years, in part thanks to your column and podcast. I have a delightful young lover, and our connection has evolved into a kind of Master/slave relationship. I "allow" her to fuck other men and women, and she delights in asking my permission and recounting the details of her other trysts to me. We are curious how much of this she needs to disclose to her other lovers. They know she isn't monogamous and they are aware of her relationship with me, but so far she has chosen not to tell them the extent to which I "own" her and have jurisdiction over her body and actions. Of course, it's just an elaborate role-playing game—but is it wrong to be using these people as pawns in our game without their knowledge and consent? If so, when should she tell them? Before she sleeps with them even once? Or after she's developed a more intimate rapport with them? There's a perverse thrill in her other lovers being totally oblivious to it, but we want to be ethical in our polyamorous ways.

Masochists And Sadists Tackling Ethical Relations

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Buy Your Tickets to These 25 Newly Announced Events Before They Sell Out

Country music golden girl Carrie Underwood will come to the Tacoma Dome next May on her Cry Pretty Tour 360.
Country music golden girl Carrie Underwood will come to the Tacoma Dome next May on her Cry Pretty Tour 360.

We all know that many of the biggest Seattle events often sell out well in advance. But it's not a lost cause—if you plan ahead, you can still score tickets for the most popular events. To help you with that, we've rounded up all of the major events that are going on sale in the next couple of days, including podcasts like The Adventure Zone and Snap Judgment Live!, a Kris Kristofferson & the Strangers concert, and So You Think You Can Dance Live!. Plus, we've included events that went on sale earlier this week, like the 14th Annual HUMP! Film Festival Can't get tickets? Check out our complete Things To Do calendar for more events.

Note: Tickets on sale at 10 a.m. unless otherwise specified

So You Think You Can Dance Live!
Fri Dec 7 at Paramount Theatre

Silent Movie Mondays Halloween Special: The Cat and the Canary
Mon Oct 29 at Paramount Theatre

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Bumbershoot Banned Re-Entry This Year :(


Tucked inside the frequently asked questions part of the website, under the seventh drop-down menu, Bumbershoot states that it will not allow re-entry to this year’s festival.

Bumbershoot is happening over Labor Day Weekend from Friday, Aug. 31 to Sunday, Sept. 2, at Seattle Center. Those days are long and may seem even longer for concertgoers who won’t be able to come to the venue for an act, leave, and come back later to, I dunno, jerk off to The Chainsmokers or something.

Either way, the music festival—Seattle’s biggest—is just around the corner. There are big acts headlining (I mean, the aforementioned Chainsmokers, c’mon guys!) and thousands of people are expected to turn out. Many of them don’t know about this policy change.

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31 Movies Worth Watching in Seattle This Weekend: Aug 16–19, 2018

Watch George Miller’s mega-masterpiece of style and substance Mad Max: Fury Road: Black & Chrome as part of Cineramas Sound and Vision Film Fest.
Watch George Miller’s mega-masterpiece of style and substance Mad Max: Fury Road: Black & Chrome as part of Cinerama's Sound and Vision Film Fest.

If you need an excuse to hide from the lingering wildfire smoke inside a cool, dark theater, or if you're just excited about all the great movies playing right now, you have plenty of options to choose from this weekend. You could indulge in romantic-comedy gold in the form of Crazy Rich Asians, glimpse the world of competitive jigsawing in Marc Turtletaub's Puzzle, or watch some rad '80s horror revival in Summer of '84. Follow the links below to see complete showtimes, tickets, and trailers for our critics' picks, and, if you're looking for even more options, check out our guide to the biggest and best movies this month, our complete movie times listings, or our film events calendar.

Movies play from Thursday to Sunday unless otherwise noted.

Stay in the know! Get all this and more on the free Stranger Things To Do mobile app (available for iOS and Android), or delivered to your inbox.

1968: Expressions of a Flame
As part of the 1968: Expressions of a Flame retrospective series, our own Charles Mudede will introduce two short films: The Young Puppeteers of Vietnam (about teenage cultural resistance through the art of puppetry) and No Vietnamese Ever Called Me N***** (David Loeb Weiss’s documentary about black people in Harlem protesting the Vietnam War).
Northwest Film Forum
Saturday only

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Queer Eye's Jonathan Van Ness Steps in Shit, Says Not All Republicans Are Racist

Once beloved celebrity JVN
Once beloved celebrity JVN Emma McIntyre/Getty Images

Celebrity homosexual and Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness was convicted of treason this week after he had the gall to allege that not all Republicans are racist.

It started, as so many dumpster fires do, with a tweet about politics. After Tuesday's primaries in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Vermont, and Connecticut—in which Republican candidates who supported Trump largely bested those who did not—Van Ness wrote:

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Desperately Seeking Susan and Celebrating Madonna's Big 60


I had a friend who was a die-hard Madonna loyalist. Whatever Madge put out or starred in, my friend was 100 percent on board with it, and she often took me along for the ride. Which means I saw a lot of Madonna films, from the wretched (like Body of Evidence, which I am pretty sure Willem Dafoe wants to forget as much as I do), to the almost good (Evita).

But 1985’s Desperately Seeking Susan was, by far, the best of the lot. It’s an entertaining comedy of errors that follows a bored New Jersey suburban housewife (played by Rosanna Arquette) who gets caught up in the life of an exciting stranger (Madonna) she discovers via the personals, and amid a series of events that involve a case of mistaken identities, amnesia, and a pair of stolen Egyptian earrings, experiences a finding-herself moment. But the film is so good because it serves as a nostalgic snapshot of a Madonna that many of us have forgotten existed: youthful, fresh, on the come-up (the film dropped less than five months after Like a Virgin), and confident without that overinflated sense of self-importance that came with her superstardom. It also marks the debut of “Into the Groove,” arguably one of the sexiest dance songs of the era.

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How to Get High and Have Fun at Hempfest

Seattles biggest collection of stoners in one place.
Seattle's biggest collection of stoners, all in one place. Hempfest

Seattle Hempfest is this weekend so that means the wildfire smoke that has permeated Seattle all week will be replaced by clouds of smoke from thousands of people taking bong rips at the same time. Downtown Seattle’s Myrtle Edwards Park is going to be ground zero for getting so fucking high you can’t tell the difference between a joint and a Greek french fry.

While getting high in public is an important, nay necessary part of experiencing Hempfest there’s actually a lot of interesting shit going down this year. There’s a weekend full of media panels where you can hear some of the industry’s smartest people talk about the future of pot. The DOPE Cup, the state’s most respected pot competition, is happening Saturday night. And more than 100 vendors will be showing off some of the coolest new stoner technology.

Oh, and there’s live glassblowing demonstrations, that’s pretty cool, too.

Here are some tips on how to both get high and have fun at Hempfest:

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Is That Cloud Cover or Wildfire Smoke Blocking the Sun Right Now?

Great view out there today.
Great view out there today.

Clouds! Cliff Mass told me, and unlike some people around here (ahem), when it comes to matters of climate, I defer to him.

Cliff also mentioned that the high smoke days we've seen as of late are reminiscent of a century ago, when there was far more pollution around here, in no small part thanks to wood-burning stoves. Then, after the advent of the automobile, particularly nasty fuels like diesel were the norm, which also contributed to high levels of air pollution that we don't really see anymore. It might not seem like it on weeks like this, but things are actually much better today than decades before.

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