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The Best Movies to Watch in Seattle This Weekend—Including at In-Person Movie Theaters!

Evan Rachel Wood and Gina Rodriguez star in Miranda Julys latest comedy Kajillionaire, screening IRL at AMC Kent Station and Port Townsends Wheel-In Drive-In this weekend (and streaming on VOD).
Evan Rachel Wood and Gina Rodriguez star in Miranda July's latest comedy Kajillionaire, screening IRL at AMC Kent Station and Port Townsend's Wheel-In Drive-In this weekend (and streaming on VOD). Focus Features

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West Seattle's Admiral Theater, Pacific Place's AMC 11, and a handful of other local theaters will be the first to reopen at limited capacity this weekend thanks to new Phase 2 allowances, bringing films like Miranda July's Kajillionaire and Christopher Nolan's Tenet to the big screen (so long as you're wearing a mask and following new health protocols). While other local theaters are hanging back for now, they're continuing to put out great stuff to stream at home, like an all-Black sequel to Night of the Living Dead and other George A. Romero rarities at the Northwest Film Forum and the Queer Film Festival. Find all your options for this weekend below, including some nationally streaming picks, like the filmed version of Heidi Schreck’s Tony-nominated and Pulitzer-finalist play What the Constitution Means to Me, plus The Stranger's SLAY horror film fest.

The Broken Hearts Gallery
Executive-produced by Selena Gomez, this movie follows a 20-something NYC gal who copes with heartbreak by serendipitously becoming the co-proprietor of a gallery for people to air their lovelorn grievances.
Pacific Place and Wheel-In (Port Townsend)
Opening Friday

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The Stranger Endorses Sherae Lascelles for Legislative District No. 43

Uhhh, so, in the August primary endorsements the SECB claimed there was "no way" former longtime House Speaker Frank Chopp was going to lose the seat he's held for 25 years. He's too powerful, we said. Too connected, we said. Too mustachioed, we said. He's personally walked too many people around the gayborhood and showed them affordable housing for which he's secured funding, we said. But when the final primary results were tallied, it turned out Chopp didn't crack 50% of the vote share. (He ended up with 49.78%, which is pretty close, but still!) This means a little bit more than 50% of the 43rd LD (or the primary electorate in the 43rd LD) is looking for a change. Seattle Peoples Party candidate Sherae Lascelles is exactly the kind of change they should be looking for.

As Lascelles made clear more than once during our endorsement meeting, Democrats like Chopp talk about bringing marginalized and vulnerable communities to "the table," but they so rarely get out of the way so that someone from those communities can run the fucking table.

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Real Tested CBD Reviews: Our Top 10 Broad-Spectrum CBD Oils

There are an abundance of CBD oils on the market these days. Finding the best product for your specific needs can be tricky if you don’t know exactly what you are looking for. So what are you looking for? If your answer is a quality broad-spectrum CBD oil, you have come to the right place. Here at Real Tested CBD, we do the footwork for you; testing CBD products to fact check label claims, purity and potency. Here is our list of top 10 broad-spectrum CBD oils, based on our independent lab test results and our expert CBD review scale.

What Is Broad-Spectrum CBD?

When it comes to shopping for a broad-spectrum CBD oil, or any CBD oil really, it’s helpful to first know some terminology. Broad-spectrum means that a CBD product contains the full spectrum of compounds from a hemp or CBD-grade cannabis plant, but with trace amount of THC removed. Full-spectrum is similar but typically leaves trace amounts of THC and all other cannabinoids. CBD isolates usually strip away other cannabinoids, leaving pure CBD. Broad-spectrum CBD oils are a great way to receive many of the potentially therapeutic benefits of hemp and cannabis plants without worrying about any THC or “high” factors.


Washington Supreme Court Rules Eyman's $30 Car Tab Initiative Unconstitutional

The man likes a long-sleeve T apparently as much as he likes losing in court.
The man likes a long-sleeve tee apparently as much as he likes losing. HEIDI GROOVER

The Washington State Supreme Court ruled that tax goblin Tim Eyman's I-976 measure, which passed with 53% of the vote last year, is unconstitutional. The court said the measure violated the single-subject rule and misled voters.

Eyman billed I-976 as a measure to cap car-tab fees at $30 "except voter-approved charges," but in reality it would have repealed some taxes voters already passed. Car-tab fees pay for transit and infrastructure around the state. Some highway improvements and pothole-filling also depend on car tabs. None of that was clear in the ballot language.

"People didn't know their transit benefit districts would be taken away," Sen. Joe Nguyen told The Stranger. "The initiative was poorly written and very misleading. It's crap."

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Now Streaming at the Seattle Queer Film Fest: The Capote Tapes

The doc's great mystery is Truman's lost book, <em>Answered Prayers</em>, a sort of white whale that the writer himself said he would either kill or be killed by.
The doc's great mystery is Truman's lost book, Answered Prayers, a sort of white whale that the writer himself said he would either kill or be killed by. Courtesy SQFF/The Capote Tapes

What an immortal source of fascination Truman Capote was—a witty, flamboyant writer and raconteur whose company was sought by everyone, who noted every minute detail of those around him, and who spun every observation into spellbinding stories. Moody twink, cackling jokester, wounded artist, The Capote Tapes paints a fascinating portrait of Capote’s many sides through contemporary interviews and scratchy old audio recordings of his gossiping friends.

If you’ve seen either of the oddly simultaneous biopics Capote and Infamous, you’ve already got the broad strokes of his life: New York society; erudite impromptu salons; a tossed-off homosexual wit that was daring then and feels cozy today. This new documentary, from director Ebs Burnough, dives deeper into his relationships, psychology, and the years following the early hits to which his later work never seemed to measure up. What emerges feels (to me at least) like a glimpse of a melancholy man beset by imposter syndrome, gleeful and bold for cameras but doubtful and insecure in private. I’m reminded of Kenneth Williams, the British actor and talk-show fixture, whose work was mischievous and fun and whose life was painful and tragic.

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Judge Doug North, a Proponent of Diverting Non-Violent First-Time Offenders into Treatment Programs, is Endorsed by The Stranger

According to his fellow King County Superior Court Judge Veronica Alicea-Galvan, “Judge North always acts in everyone’s best interest. He tries to give people a second chance by diverting non-violent first-time offenders into treatment programs and keep them out of jail.”

Click here to see what others are saying about Judge North.

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The Beacon Is Back, Baby

Do you miss watching weird shit in the dark with strangers? The Beacon does too.
Do you miss watching weird shit in the dark with strangers? The Beacon does too. Courtesy of The Beacon
Last week, Governor Jay Inslee announced that movie theaters in Phase 2 counties could legally reopen at 25 percent capacity. While many Seattle-area movie theaters like SIFF, Grand Illusion Cinema, and Northwest Film Forum have decided to stay closed for the time being, others like the Admiral Theater in West Seattle and AMC are venturing into these uncharted Phase 2 waters. Columbia City's tiny arthouse cinema The Beacon is among them.

Founded by Casey Moore and Tommy Swenson last July, The Beacon had not even been open a year before the pandemic hit. Seven-plus months of a government-mandated shutdown would generally spell doom for a small cinema, and yet not only has The Beacon been able to pay their bills, they also have continued to pay their four-person staff throughout the pandemic. This unexpected success was possible mainly because of the ongoing work of High Council, The Beacon's sister company, which does marketing design for feature films and television.

The nimble, tight-knit Beacon crew say they collectively decided to reopen to Seattle moviegoers this weekend after considering Inslee's latest updates. "It was a matter of feeling good about not being forced into making this decision," Swenson told me this week.

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Yes, We Should Make the King County Sheriff an Appointed Position

There's no getting around it: switching the Sheriff from an elected position back to an appointed position strips voters of their direct power over the office—to the extent that they have it, anyway.

The fact is, Sheriffs run once every four years in off-year elections, which tend to have much lower turnouts than even-year elections, so lots of people aren't even voting for Sheriff in the first place. It's also a down-ballot race, so even fewer people are likely to vote.

And when we do vote on a Sheriff, it's not like we're getting to pick between a progressive reformer and an obvious psychopath, if we even get to choose at all. Here's the recent electoral history, briefly: Republican Dave Reichert was appointed in 1997 and ran unopposed until he appointed conservative Sue Rahr, who ran unopposed until she appointed Republican Steve Strachan, who lost a race to John Urquhart, who was touted as a reformer but who was ousted after "allegations of bias, retaliation, and rape," which he denied. And now we have Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht, who let police reforms "die on the vine," according to a report from the Office of Law Enforcement Oversight.

Electing a Sheriff also grants the Department of Public Safety more autonomy, which is nice if you're the Department of Public Safety, but not nice if you're interested in checks and balances. The Sheriff, for instance, doesn't have to come before the King County Council to explain what the hell is going on over there if she doesn't want to. Sheriff Johanknecht ghosts the Council and its committees "enough that it's noticeable," Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles told the SECB.

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Slog AM: Seattle Has a New Park, Harris Suspends Travel After Staffer Gets COVID, This Amy Coney Barrett Confirmation Is Really Going to Happen

Kamala Harris may have been exposed, but she was definitely wearing a mask.
Kamala Harris suspends travel "out of an abundance of caution." Ethan Miller/Getty
Gulp: This past September was the hottest on record for the entire planet. Global temperatures averaged 60.75 degrees, beating out 2015 and 2016 for the hottest Septembers since we started keeping track, reports KOMO. And it's only going to get worse! Good morning!

Today is Boar Nest's last day of operation: The Ballard BBQ spot will permanently close on their nine year anniversary due the pandemic. “The cancellation of all events hit everyone hard. But, the hardest part for us is now saying goodbye to you,” the owners wrote on on Facebook.

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Slog PM: Barron Got the Bug, Elect Black Women, Does Pellicciotti Look Like Gibbard?

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How did two orange parents produce someone so pale?
How did two orange parents produce someone so pale? Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Ballots are hustling toward your mailbox, King County: Elections Director Julie Wise stated again that voter turnout is expected to be as high as 90%. Our previous high was at 85%, in 2012. Today, Wise and King County Executive Dow Constantine announced that plainclothes security officers will monitor election boxes.

In our endorsement for Mike Pellicciotti for State Treasurer, we described him as the "the law school version of Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard": We're not the first people to think this, but Mike doesn't agree. So, we'll need to figure this out with a Slog poll at the bottom of this post.

Another paper endorsement. This time from The Stranger, in their characteristic style:

“[W]e're in a much better place...
Posted by Mike Pellicciotti on Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Let's check in on this confirmation hearing: Amy Coney Barrett, who Mudede argues is NOT A CHRISTIAN (I can't hear that without thinking of this germinal moment in pop culture), says she "never discriminated on the basis of sexual preference and would not ever discriminate on the basis of sexual preference." People don't like the term sexual preference. Having grown up gay in Florida and Idaho amongst the rubes and rednecks, I don't really care what people call me. I just wanna make sure I have the equal right to get married and saddle my husband with my big, thick, suffocating student debt.

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Oops, Black Lives Matter Doesn't Want to Be in Durkan's Task Force

Another hit for the equity task force.
Another hit for the equity task force. Nate Gowdy

Mayor Jenny Durkan finally announced the members of her controversial "Equitable Communities Initiative Task Force," which will meet to determine how to spend $100 million allocated for investments in communities of color.

The task force members include 29 people from a slew of different communities and organizations. The Black Farmers Collective, Muslim Housing Services, and two unions are represented. The president of Seattle Central Community College is on the team, as is Beto Yarce, former city council candidate and executive director of Ventures. Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County (BLMSKC) was listed as well. Councilmember Debora Juarez will serve as an ex-officio member.

But, in the latest hiccup for Durkan's task force, BLMSKC emailed out a press release saying its inclusion on the task force was a mistake.

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Amy Coney Barrett Is Not a Christian

This is what Barrett will do during her entire time on the bench: make money more powerful.
This is what Barrett will do during her entire time on the bench: make money more powerful. Pool / Getty

I do not believe in God, but I was raised a Christian. My father was a pastor. He ran three churches in rural Maryland between 1977 and 1981. I had to attend all of his services. Three in a row. Sunday after Sunday. My boy head was filled with church songs that are with me to this day, which "the lord has made, which the lord has made." When I turned 13, my father, who was very liberal (and also an economist), placed the decision to attend church on me. It was my choice to go or not. Of course, I chose not to. I did not enter a church again until my father's funeral.

But the values of Christianity never left me. I am what might be called a secular Christian, which in a sense aligns me with a British philosopher who exerted considerable influence on mid-century American theology, Alfred North Whitehead. I'm down with most of the teachings of Jesus Christ. I have no problem giving thanks with other Christians at a dinner table. I even do it with all of my heart. I have deep respect for prayer. One must put aside some time in the day to talk to the universe.

And this brings me to Amy Coney Barrett. She sees herself as Catholic. She is often described as deeply religious. She believes in Jesus. She must be going all the way to heaven. But her nomination is built on lies, and anyone who watched the Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse presentation at her hearing yesterday knows she can only be an enemy of the poor. How can such a person be a Christian, a follower of Jesus?

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The Stranger Endorses Chris Reykdal for Superintendent of Public Instruction

We never thought it could come down to this, but the biggest, most consequential, most up-in-the-air race on the ballot is this battle between incumbent Superintendent of Public Schools Chris Reykdal and conservative "nonprofit" director Maia Espinoza, aka Washington's Betsy DeVos.

We're here because Reykdal performed poorly in the August primaries. Though he led the crowded field with 40% of the vote share, the race's collective conservative votes outnumbered his own, which is bad news. But Reykdal didn't perform poorly because he's a bad campaigner or because he's bad at his job. He's great at his job. Reykdal has been responsibly closing schools, navigating remote learning when 735,000 Washingtonians don't have internet access, providing meals for the kids who relied on school for getting them, and doing everything he can to close the achievement gap.

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Judkins Park Has Become the Puget Sound’s Rollerskate Mecca

For however long you’re here, you can relieve that stress and have a little bit of self-care, says Tiffany Mason, right.
"For however long you’re here, you can relieve that stress and have a little bit of self-care," says Tiffany Mason, right. Timothy Kenney

The twin concrete rinks tucked into a corner of Judkins Park just off 23rd Avenue are unassuming at best. A small plaque acknowledges Seattle as the birthplace of hardcourt bike polo—the rink hosted last year’s North American Hardcourt Bike Polo Championship—and the boards are a rotating street art canvas that changes by the week.

But for diehard rollerskaters suffering from pandemic restrictions on indoor skating and the newcomers fueling a surge of interest in the sport, this slab of cement is an oasis. On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, weather permitting, Roll Around Seatown will be on hand with a speaker, a playlist, and plenty of tips to teach skaters the basics of skating backwards, crossing over, striding, pivots, spins, balancing, and rhythm skating.

Timothy Kenney

While Roll Around Seatown has been plotting to cultivate an outdoor skate scene in Seattle since the end of summer 2019, the pandemic forced organizer Tiffany Mason’s hand. With Southgate Roller Rink shut down and the national skate jam circuit canceled, she kept skating in her Renton garage.

“You get lonely,” Mason told me on a recent weekday afternoon at Judkins, with a view of Mt. Rainier hovering in the background. “A big part of skating is community and fellowship.”

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Bloodsuckers in LA!

I spy a Dracula
I spy a Dracula.

The more we look at the past, the more it feels like we’re just staring in the mirror. In partnership with our friends at Phoenix Comics (where all these titles are available to pick up), we’ve rounded up some of the week’s best new comic book releases, most of which harken back to the past in some unexpected way.

I’ve been simmering in nostalgia a lot lately, not only after reviewing a bunch of '80s tributes last week but also because I’m working on a separate project about The Addams Family. And a phenomenon that I’ve noticed lately is that certain stories tend to come to us when we most need them: The Addamses, for example, tend to experience a rebirth whenever America faces disillusionment with traditional family structures. So what are we to make of this week’s comic releases, which feature melancholy fairy tales, true-crime tales of the abusive rich, and the decadent filth of 1970s Los Angeles? Well, if I had to guess, it’s that we’re experiencing a bit of collective malaise, something that has never ever happened in our nation’s history.

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The Stranger Endorses Joseph Biden and Kamala Harris for President and Vice President of the United States


Here we are again.

Now is the time for the center-left to predictably warn the far-left not to squander votes on far-left presidential candidates, and for the far-left to predictably equate the center-left with the right, and for the two sides to bark at each other ad nauseam until politics becomes people on the internet puking on each other forever. If the election goes the wrong way, the center-left will blame the far-left for the loss, and then everyone will loudly lick their wounds until the next election.

Except this time, there really might not be a next election. So now we must come together and agree on this point: Vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, because they're the better enemies to have.

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NEW Savage Love: Direct Message

My husband recently passed away. He was a wonderful person and we had twelve great years together. He was also very, very organized. His death was an accident but everything was in order. He even left a note in a sealed envelope for his lawyer to present to me. It was one last love letter, Dan. Our relationship wasn’t perfect, no relationship is, but that’s who he was. Or that’s who I thought he was.

My husband was a very good-looking man who took meticulous care of his body. We actually met in a gym at a hotel. He wasn’t a conceited, which I think may be because he didn’t come into his looks until he was in his twenties, but he enjoyed the effect his appearance had on others. In addition to his last love letter and other documents, I was given a list with the passwords to my husband’s social media accounts. I made the mistake of looking at his messages on Instagram. He exchanged private images with hundreds of women and gay men all over the world. Not just photos of him shirtless. Photos of him fully nude from the front and back, images of his genitals, even video clips of him masturbating with his face clearly visible.

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