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Bruce Leroy. It's Halloween, and if you're stuck for costume ideas, I got you. If you live in a predominantly white area—aka anywhere within The Stranger's area of circulation—the scariest look this season is the young black male. Trust me, I rock...
From: The Stranger | By: Larry Mizell Jr. | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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We all know "Tainted Love." Most probably became familiar with the song from Soft Cell's undying (undead?) version, released in 1981 and essentially inescapable after that, whether you're at a wedding or a leather bar. Many (younger) listeners wrongly...
From: The Stranger | By: Kyle Fleck | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Mark Van Scyoc / Shutterstock.com On Tuesday afternoon, FBI Seattle bureau spokesperson Ayn Dietrich called me on my cell phone. The main purpose of her phone call was to inform me that, although FBI agents appear to have used the Seattle Times as a...
From: The Stranger | By: Ansel Herz | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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In case you missed it, you should definitely watch both the prelude and the Anita Sarkeesian interview from last night's Colbert Report: Much in the same way Colbert recently dragged the whole Hachette vs. Amazon dispute into the mainstream, this is...
From: The Stranger | By: Paul Constant | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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On May 29, 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary climbed to the top of Mount Everest. Umm... hello? NOT IMPRESSED. On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to step on the moon. Umm... hello? NOT IMPRESSED. On December 25, 1990, Tim...
From: The Stranger | By: Wm. Steven Humphrey | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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WEDNESDAY 10/29 BOB MOSES'S EROTIC-CITY HOUSE TUNES At first I thought, why is a 66-year-old jazz drummer playing a show at Barboza? But it turns out that Bob Moses is not the guy who kept time with luminaries like Larry Coryell, Gary Burton, Jack DeJohnette's...
From: The Stranger | By: Dave Segal | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Rena Schild / Shutterstock.com Yeah, you're about five years too late.A lot of people laughed when Glenn Beck left Fox News (or was pushed from Fox News, depending on who you ask) to start his own media empire. Glenn Beck is laughing now. Michael J....
From: The Stranger | By: Paul Constant | Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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Levi Hastings Before we fully kick this editorial off, I want to get a few things straight: I don’t own a car. I use the bus nearly every day. At the Washington Bus, where I work, most of my coworkers aren’t car owners, either. Metro buses are how...
From: The Stranger | By: Toby Crittenden | Friday, October 31, 2014
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I’m the wife-half of a straight couple, five years married, living in a Lefty city that may or may not have recently won an important sporting match. My husband is straight but not weird about it—he’s not squicked out by male sexuality or homophobic,...
From: The Stranger | By: Dan Savage | Friday, October 31, 2014
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Mike Force(We’ve changed all their names and these drawings are imaginary.) Jennifer, 31 Years Old Why did you start growing pot? Because I think that it can help people. I've smoked pot my whole life. I think that it's a positive thing. Is it your...
From: The Stranger | By: Tobias Coughlin-Bogue | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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JGThis volunteer is reading to the art at the current Ann Hamilton show at the Henry. If you volunteer to read to the art, you get in free. The way the Henry Art Gallery tells it, its front desk had become like a Turkish bazaar. One guy would haggle...
From: The Stranger | By: Jen Graves | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Bob HansenFinally some leads are surfacing in the case of Rafael Anton Irisarri's stolen moving truck. Remember when then-Seattle techno/ambient producer Rafael Anton Irisarri (aka the Sight Below) and his wife Rita’s moving truck with all their belongings...
From: The Stranger | By: Dave Segal | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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SCORPIO (Oct 23–Nov 21): In AMC's famous TV drama, a high school chemistry teacher responds to his awful luck by turning to a life of crime. The show's title, Breaking Bad, refers to what happens when a good person cracks and veers over to the dark...
From: The Stranger | By: Rob Brezsny | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie loves to promote his own tough-guy image. So yesterday, when Christie was confronted by a protester at a press conference about the progress New Jersey has made in Hurricane Sandy relief, he immediately started talking...
From: The Stranger | By: Paul Constant | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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THURSDAY 10/30 BUMPING IN THE NIGHT Happiest of Halloweens, my darling 'mos! As you know damn good and well, it's my most favoritest time to be queer. The big gay noise this year is, of course, Bump, our annual, hard-partying gay Halloween tradition...
From: The Stranger | By: Adrian Ryan | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Courtesy Ketu ShahINCUMBENT JUDGE KETU SHAH is being challenged by Sarah Hayne, whom the King County Bar Association just admonished for "publishing misleading statements about her years of experience." This race for King County District Court just got...
From: The Stranger | By: Eli Sanders | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Go to any production of Hamlet (like the excellent one currently at New City Theater), wait for the lights to dim, lean over to the person next to you and say: "Knock-knock." Then... This is currently my favorite joke in the world. [ Comment on this...
From: The Stranger | By: Brendan Kiley | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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A couple years back, while on a Telescopes kick, I posed the question "What Was Last Great Underground Album of the '80s?" At the time, and based on release date, my vote was the Telescopes' LP, Taste, was, in fact, the last great underground (meaning...
From: The Stranger | By: Mike Nipper | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Autumn might make you think of new pencils, but it also makes you think of old favorites, especially when it comes to food, and especially in Seattle, when there's a brief paradise of local tomatoes and chanterelles, when oysters are right again and...
From: The Stranger | By: Bethany Jean Clement | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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From: The Stranger | By: The Stranger Editor | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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CMA city that is not safe for children is not a city.A week ago, the Brazilian architect, urbanist and former mayor of Curitiba Jaime Lerner spoke at Town Hall. He had many things to say about what makes a city a city—meaning, a place that meets the...
From: The Stranger | By: Charles Mudede | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Possibly the best writer ever to come out of Seattle by Christopher Frizzelle Charles D’Ambrosio is criminally underrated, possibly the best writer ever to come out of Seattle. He writes the kinds of things other writers are too scared to write—the...
From: The Stranger | By: Christopher Frizzelle | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Acclaimed comic and Stranger fave Hari Kondabolu applies himself the helping the Washington Redskins solve the problem of their idiotic name. Kondabolu's recipe for a cure: If the Redskins insist on keeping the name, they should consider changing the...
From: The Stranger | By: David Schmader | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Bloomberg Businessweek: For years, I’ve been open with many people about my sexual orientation. Plenty of colleagues at Apple know I’m gay, and it doesn’t seem to make a difference in the way they treat me. Of course, I’ve had the good fortune...
From: The Stranger | By: Dan Savage | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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You ain't a bitch or a ho!Now that everyone has seen the Hollaback! video, seen the young white woman getting harassed on the streets of NYC almost exclusively by black and brown men (the one white guy says to her "nice"—apparently there were lots...
From: The Stranger | By: Charles Mudede | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Kevinr4/ShutterstockOYSTER SHELLS like this are delaying Bertha. Who shucked the shells that stalled Bertha's rescue? It's looking like settlers, not Native Americans, according to The Seattle Times. And these shells appear to be from Olympia oysters,...
From: The Stranger | By: Eli Sanders | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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JENNIFER RICHARDJOE FITZGIBBON, in the golden years. We gave Joe Fitzgibbon, the Democrat from Seattle's 34th District, an adoring endorsement when he ran as a 23-year-old four years ago. But Olympia seems to have sucked the life out of him. It definitely...
From: The Stranger | By: Stranger Election Control Board | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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The top headline at the CBC news program As It Happens right now: We speak to a woman—anonymously—who claims she was hit by Jian Ghomeshi This woman's story is similar to the stories three other women told the Toronto Star, it's hard to listen to,...
From: The Stranger | By: Dan Savage | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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This song, released just yesterday, by composer and trumpeter Ahamefule J. Oluo (of Seattle quartet Industrial Revelation, winners of the 2014 Genius Award for Music), and lyricist/singer okanomode. The album, NOW I'M FINE, out December 9th, features...
From: The Stranger | By: Kelly O | Thursday, October 30, 2014
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For a film that largely takes place in a Hong Kong hotel room, Laura Poitras's Citizenfour—a deeply embedded documentary about Edward Snowden's revelations of the US's extensive spying program—is a gut-clenching thriller. It begins with the camera...
From: The Stranger | By: Brendan Kiley | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Tyler CorayFrom the Black Constellation to Eyvind Kang to Newaxeyes, Will Smith is mixing with some of Seattle's best musicians. Seattle quartet Newaxeyes are one of the city’s most interesting and exciting bands, as I outline in this week’s paper....
From: The Stranger | By: Dave Segal | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Washington State LegislatureRIP, Representative Freeman.Freshman Federal Way legislator Roger Freeman (D-30) passed away this morning following a yearlong battle with cancer, according to various sources. He was elected a state representative in 2012,...
From: The Stranger | By: Anna Minard | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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I read Can't Let It Transpire's letter to you about her problems with clitoral stimulation, and would really really love to be able to give her my thoughts, as a woman who has experienced what she's experiencing, if you'd be willing to pass them on....
From: The Stranger | By: Dan Savage | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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The combined age of Seattle foursome Newaxeyes is 100. Yes, they're Millennials—but the good kind, the kind that form an innovative band, perhaps this city's soon-to-be best, if things continue as they have in the 16 months they've been together. "What...
From: The Stranger | By: Dave Segal | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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JMG: At an In-N-Out Burger in California, a man carrying a bible had been holding the door open for customers all day. Because reasons. When the staff declined to thank him for this strange behavior, the man had a screaming meltdown that was caught on...
From: The Stranger | By: Dan Savage | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Ansel HerzOffice of Professional Accountability Director Pierce Murphy shows off the big new logo on the wall of the agency's brand new location: 720 3rd Ave., 18th Floor. The Office of Professional Accountability (OPA) has moved out of its old split...
From: The Stranger | By: Ansel Herz | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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This dubstep mix of Nirvana's Top 40 hit, "Smells Like Teen Spirit," was made by RIOT 87; the pair are self described as "Serbia's top duo experts of explosive EDM!" I thought dubstep was only a thing for like a minute, or maybe like a WEEK and everyone...
From: The Stranger | By: Mike Nipper | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Free jazz that explores the shadowy moods of film noir by Charles Mudede Wally Shoup is a local saxophonist whose main thing is free jazz. I will not hide the fact that my interest in this particular branch of jazz, which began in the late ’50s (listen...
From: The Stranger | By: Charles Mudede | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Joe NewtonMy son is 15 going on 16, and he's been experimenting with masturbation. At the moment, I pretty much just think fine, whatever, he's a teenager, there's very little I can do about it. So long as he doesn't get porn-obsessed and start letting...
From: The Stranger | By: Dan Savage | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Ben and Bunny Happy Halloweek, dearest ‘mos and ‘mo-adjacents! Who (and/or what) are you going to be? Well, you better figure it out fast, bub, because the Grand Prize for the best costume at Bump! on Thursday is $1,000, and lord knows you need the...
From: The Stranger | By: Adrian Ryan | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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After isolating him at the Mission Training Center for months—no phone calls, no visits, no access to the Internet—the Mormon Church sent teenage "elder" Greg Hawkins to the Philippines for two years, where he lived in vermin-infested living quarters,...
From: The Stranger | By: Dan Savage | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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A new ad campaign aimed at curbing use of Axe Body Spray, tweeted by Axe Body Spray: When was the last time a company publicly implored customers to use less of its product? The nearest precedent I can think of is when Super Size Me compelled McDonald's...
From: The Stranger | By: David Schmader | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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CMOur Church Steeple Last week, I was in a downtown room with Knute Berger, a local veteran journalist and Crosscut's "chief Northwest native." The reason for us being in this room was to prepare for a big Town Hall event coordinated by Ampersand, a...
From: The Stranger | By: Charles Mudede | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Areipa.lt/ShutterstockWould voters have approved charter schools in 2012 if they'd known they might be competing for taxpayer money with under-funded public schools? State Supreme Court Hears Challenge to Charter Schools: "If citizens knew how charter...
From: The Stranger | By: Ansel Herz | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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REBEKKA DUNLAPThis woman's having her dome blown by the brilliance....
From: The Stranger | By: Rebecca Brown | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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ESWASTE. OF. SPACE. This shit again. The state offers a little explainer note about advisory votes: "Advisory votes are non-binding. The results will not change the law." Wait, what? Why do we vote on them, then? Two words: Tim Eyman. The ghost of one...
From: The Stranger | By: Stranger Election Control Board | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Flip Phones and Emoji Teardrops: Black Kray, Thraxxhouse, and the Best Emo/Goth/Trap You'll Hear All Fall by Mike Ramos The genre witch house started almost accidentally in 2009, when Travis Egedy of Pictureplane and Jonathan Coward of Shams came up...
From: The Stranger | By: Mike Ramos | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Wayne Coyne Fucking Loves Miley Cyrus (Oh, and the Flaming Lips Made a Beatles Tribute Album) by Trent Moorman Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips is extremely fond of Miley Cyrus. The two got together to record a couple Beatles songs for the Flaming Lips'...
From: The Stranger | By: Trent Moorman | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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Laura Poitras's Documentary Takes Us into the Hong Kong Hotel Room Where Edward Snowden Changed the World by Brendan Kiley For a film that largely takes place in a Hong Kong hotel room, Laura Poitras's Citizenfour—a deeply embedded documentary about...
From: The Stranger | By: Brendan Kiley | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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A Wine That Might Drive You Insane by Marc Papineau I wasn't quite sure what to write this week, for a couple of reasons... or maybe one reason, that being, this is the last column in this series for The Stranger. No more Wine Not Wine here, for a while...
From: The Stranger | By: Marc Papineau | Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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