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Originally posted on October 16, 2013. I'm a gay man in a happy and open marriage. I routinely seek the services of an erotic masseur, a man with whom I have a great client/service-provider relationship. I found out when booking my next massage with...
From: The Stranger | By: Dan Savage | Thursday, May 21, 2015
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Shutterstock has lots of images of a white lady in a convertible receiving a traffic ticket, but that's not what this story is about. bikeriderlondon/Shutterstock Earlier this week, the Washington state Supreme Court ordered a $12 increase in the maximum...
From: The Stranger | By: Sydney Brownstone | Thursday, May 21, 2015
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Architect Donald King and UW architecture professor Sharon Sutton (center), and Sutton's students visited 23rd and Union in the Central District to help imagine a mixed-use development using Afrocentric design principles. Courtesy of Sharon Sutton The...
From: The Stranger | By: Donald King | Thursday, May 21, 2015
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FROM THE 'PAGANS' SERIES BY JIM CHUCHU The Nairobi artist calls his 2013-2014 photo series "A reconstruction of future-past anonymous African deities, their devotees, and forgotten religious rites." This and other photographs from Pagans are showing...
From: The Stranger | By: Jen Graves | Friday, May 22, 2015
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I frequently describe sexual identity as a layer cake or a combo platter. There's who you wanna do (desire), who you're actually doing (behavior), and who you tell people you're doing (identity). Like I said in Savage Love a few years back... Sexual...
From: The Stranger | By: Dan Savage | Friday, May 22, 2015
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"Hey man, I'm just trying to speak up for the little guy." s_bukley / Shutterstock.com Earlier this week, Jack White decided to to answer questions about TIDAL via the Third Man Record website. While most of his comments were vague and, obviously, self-promotional,...
From: The Stranger | By: Lindsay Hood | Friday, May 22, 2015
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“Ah-yup. Reckon this’ll be a mite easier once somebody gets round to inventin’ razors.” In the final frames of Slow West, the camera pauses over the bodies of all the characters that have died. In quick, static shots, the audience is reminded...
From: The Stranger | By: Ned Lannamann | Friday, May 22, 2015
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The Olympia Record Show—which is sponsored by Rainy Day Records— happens Saturday, May 23, at Olympia Elks Lodge (1818 4th Ave. E., 3 pm-7 pm, $3; early entry at 2 pm, $10). Here's your chance to buy vinyl from K Records impresario Calvin Johnson,...
From: The Stranger | By: Dave Segal | Friday, May 22, 2015
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This white skateboarder wrapped in a "FUCK THE POLICE" sign could probably shoplift as much as he wanted and never be shot with a gun by a cop. Charles MudedeYesterday, after the anti-police violence protest at Woodruff Park in Olympia, one of the speakers,...
From: The Stranger | By: Charles Mudede | Friday, May 22, 2015
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Hi, Old Sport! Bathroom's down the hall and to the left. Just follow the green light. Debby Wong / Shutterstock.com • Have you ever wanted to toss back a decanter of Eau de Vie and pass out on the same hardwood floor that F. Scott Fitzgerald passed...
From: The Stranger | By: Rich Smith | Friday, May 22, 2015
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The owners of Marination Mobile will open Super Six restaurant, in a former Columbia City auto body shop, this fall. Marination Earlier this week I posted a long list of the restaurants opening in Seattle this year. There are so many, I missed a few....
From: The Stranger | By: Angela Garbes | Friday, May 22, 2015
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Darius Minwalla, 1976-2015. Julian Ochoa The Seattle music community was shaken yesterday when news began to spread, first by phone calls and text messages, and then across social media, that Darius Minwalla died Wednesday at the age of 39. The loss...
From: The Stranger | By: Sean Nelson | Friday, May 22, 2015
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A still from the twilight of social housing. Zia MohajerjasbiZia Mohajerjasbi, the winner of the 2009 Genius award for film, and the director of a number of Macklemore's music videos, will present his first major work, Hagereseb, tomorrow as part of...
From: The Stranger | By: Charles Mudede | Friday, May 22, 2015
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Hundreds of people, many of them Evergreen State College students, marched in Olympia last night. CHARLES MUDEDE A White Officer Shot Two Unarmed Black Men Accused of Stealing Beer in Olympia: "Police Chief Ronnie Roberts said the two wounded men weren’t...
From: The Stranger | By: Heidi Groover | Friday, May 22, 2015
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Josh Farris is a city council candidate and housing activist who was part of a group that blocked the eviction of a disabled veteran last year. Courtesy of Josh Farris This is terrible personal news that may also be the best thing that’s happened to...
From: The Stranger | By: Heidi Groover | Friday, May 22, 2015
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Blabbermouth: Episode seven of our Stranger week-in-review podcast. BrAt82/Shutterstock Well, the big protests against Shell Oil happened. They were successful in getting attention around the world, but they didn't cause the global oil company to scrap...
From: The Stranger | By: Eli Sanders | Friday, May 22, 2015
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Contrary to what you may have heard, the largest May Day march was this one—the rally for immigrant rights. Dana Laurent and David Perez, two members of Mayor Ed Murray's Immigrant Rights Voting Taskforce, say there are some concrete ways to improve...
From: The Stranger | By: Dana Laurent | Friday, May 22, 2015
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Protesters at Woodruff Park in Olympia. Charles MudedeA large crowd of people (yes, mostly students but also remarkably diverse), gathered at 6 p.m. this evening, at Woodruff Park, to protest the shooting of two black males by a white police officer,...
From: The Stranger | By: Charles Mudede | Friday, May 22, 2015
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Brooklyn Benjestorf Name: Michal Where: Queen City Grill Buy Him A Shot Of: Cheap tequila. Ask Him To Make You A: "Patronessy, mulled wine in the winter and sangria in the summer, or whatever makes you happy," Michal says. What He's Doing When He's Not...
From: The Stranger | By: Brooklyn Benjestorf | Thursday, May 21, 2015
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These flyers are "everywhere" in Olympia, according to one Evergreen College student. Allana Cummings Reached by phone, an Evergreen College student said these flyers, for a 6 p.m. protest at Woodruff Park, are "everywhere." Charles has described what...
From: The Stranger | By: Ansel Herz | Thursday, May 21, 2015
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JOE NEWTONYesterday, I found my 5-year-old son putting things up his butt in the bath. This isn't the first time—and it's not just a "Hey! There's a hole here! Let's put things in there!" kind of thing. The little dude was rocking quite the stiffy...
From: The Stranger | By: Dan Savage | Thursday, May 21, 2015
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Bear on Fire play the Sasquatch! Yeti Stage on Saturday at 1 p.m. Attention Sasquatch!-goers: Bear on Fire are a Los Angeles–based sextet whose alt-blues hints at golden-era ’70s melodic rock. They just released their debut album, Velicata Back....
From: The Stranger | By: Trent Moorman | Thursday, May 21, 2015
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Chief O'Toole says she is all about building community trust in the police department. But she's not embracing a call for a federally-mediated dialogue between the police and #BlackLivesMatter protesters. SPD Police chief Kathleen O'Toole appears to...
From: The Stranger | By: Ansel Herz | Thursday, May 21, 2015
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The Solar Pioneer protest barge, which is protesting Shell Oil's Polar Pioneer in Elliott Bay. It turns out the barge moored over a popular local diving park without clearing it with the divers first. Courtesy of Kelly Mears On Wednesday, the Solar Pioneer—the...
From: The Stranger | By: Sydney Brownstone | Thursday, May 21, 2015
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For years, literary provocateur Vanessa Place has been tweeting language and images related to Gone with the Wind. Earlier this week, she was fired from a committee selecting authors for a 2016 writing conference. Patrick Greaney Is this Twitter feed...
From: The Stranger | By: Rich Smith | Thursday, May 21, 2015
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Destroyer's back after a four year absence. Dan Bejar is back! And he's got horns, horns, horns. This morning, Destroyer announced their new album Poison Season will be released on August 28 via Merge. The follow-up to 2011's critically acclaimed Kaputt...
From: The Stranger | By: Lindsay Hood | Thursday, May 21, 2015
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The Olympian reports that last night, around 1 a.m., two black men alleged to have attempted to steal beer from an Olympia Safeway, were spotted, confronted, and then shot by a police officer. The men are in their 20s and reportedly are brothers. Both...
From: The Stranger | By: Charles Mudede | Thursday, May 21, 2015
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John Roderick: "Don't call me a rocker!" Jim Bennett Was It "Gamesmanship" for the Seattle Times to Call John Roderick a Rocker? No, says Romenesko. "John Roderick of the indie rock band The Long Winters," Romenesko writes, "is running for Seattle city...
From: The Stranger | By: Eli Sanders | Thursday, May 21, 2015
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Organizers say 500 people showed up at City Hall for a housing affordability town hall last month. Some believe council member Kshama Sawant violated city ethics rules at the event, and want new campaign rules to keep her from doing it again. City of...
From: The Stranger | By: Heidi Groover | Thursday, May 21, 2015
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A couple years back Spokane's most un-famous punk/power pop band, Sweet Madness, released their first album Made In Spokane 1978-1981! It turned out not only to be a solid collection of decades old recordings, but also, FINALLY, told their story—filling...
From: The Stranger | By: Mike Nipper | Thursday, May 21, 2015
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FESTA/Shutterstock GEMINI (May 21–June 20): "Aha!" is your mantra for the coming weeks, Gemini. Keep it on the tip of your tongue, ready to unleash. This always-ready-to-be-surprised-by-inspiration attitude will train you to expect the arrival of wonders...
From: The Stranger | By: Rob Brezsny | Thursday, May 21, 2015
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That's my best attempt to decipher the Seattle Times headline "Burgess, rocker top fundraisers so far in bid for council position." Seattle City Council / Thinkstock Oh wait hold on I think they might mean this guy. [ Comment on this story ] [ Subscribe...
From: The Stranger | By: Christopher Frizzelle | Wednesday, May 20, 2015
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Washington's new pride and joy: a portion of a dinosaur's femur. mptWashington State has its first dinosaur fossil, you guys!!! Today Burke Museum Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology Dr. Christian Sidor and University of Washington Department of Biology...
From: The Stranger | By: Mary P. Traverse | Wednesday, May 20, 2015
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'Feast for the Eyes': Food-inspired pop artwork from Rich M Stevens. Slick Rick, Jarv Dee, Gifted Gab, Kung Foo Grip MUSIC Wed May 20, Neumos (925 E Pike St) Hon, you need to get your ass on the dance floor this minute! Slick Rick—rightfully billed...
From: The Stranger | By: Emily Nokes | Wednesday, May 20, 2015
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The patio (and the beer-making) at Standard Brewing is about to get a lot bigger. Standard Brewing Governor Inslee Signs Bill Benefitting Washington DistilleriesGovernor Jay Inslee just signed state bill 5353, thereby greatly expanding the marketing...
From: The Stranger | By: Angela Garbes | Wednesday, May 20, 2015
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Small town newsman retires. When I was but a wee laddie, I witnessed something on television that would change my life forever. The year was 1980. That particular summer day was rainy and miserable, and none of my friends were anywhere to be found. So...
From: The Stranger | By: Wm. Steven Humphrey | Wednesday, May 20, 2015
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Michele Paccione / Shutterstock People are still buzzing about Bob Dylan's beautifully somber interpretation of the jazz standard "The Night We Called It a Day," which he performed last night on Late Show with David Letterman, which goes off the air...
From: The Stranger | By: Dave Segal | Wednesday, May 20, 2015
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A selection of shots from Cathedral, a performance space for queer artists, in celebration of the event's one year anniversary at Kremwerk. The always incredible Amoania, one of Cathedral's fearless leaders and curators, relaxes for a moment before the...
From: The Stranger | By: Brooklyn Benjestorf | Wednesday, May 20, 2015
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How São Paulo handles its water lockout could be a harbinger of future climate-change impacts. Rich Lonardo/Shutterstock While we're all on the subject of climate change—have you been following the drought in São Paulo? Scroll.in has a good story...
From: The Stranger | By: Brendan Kiley | Wednesday, May 20, 2015
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Originally posted on February 27, 2013. I am writing about a friend. By all appearances, he is straight. However, on more than one occasion, he has gotten drunk and tried to hook up with a transvestite or a person who could have been one. In one instance,...
From: The Stranger | By: Dan Savage | Wednesday, May 20, 2015
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One of council president Tim Burgess's main opponents, Jon Grant, has been calling for a slate of renter protections. Now Burgess is pushing for them, too. City of Seattle Tim Burgess looks scared. In his fight for reelection to a citywide city council...
From: The Stranger | By: Heidi Groover | Wednesday, May 20, 2015
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See the Moors and Nacho Picasso at the Rhino Room on Sunday, May 24. NACHO PICASSO & BLUE SKY BLACK DEATH / JOHNNY SKJELBRED Rap's preeminent storyteller and one of the form's most classic voices, Slick Rick the Ruler, hits Neumos on Wednesday, May...
From: The Stranger | By: Larry Mizell Jr. | Wednesday, May 20, 2015
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"Hey, look at me! I'm running for president!" Andrew Cline / Shutterstock.com Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, the guy that you spend every party trying to find excuses to get away from, has launched into a filibuster(ish) intended to stop the renewal of...
From: The Stranger | By: Matt Baume | Wednesday, May 20, 2015
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On Saturday, May 17, the People's Platform hosted a day of music and speakers while kayaks swarmed the Polar Pioneer. Courtesy of Kelly Mears The same day that hundreds of kayaktivists set out from Seacrest Beach to surround the Polar Pioneer, the Arctic...
From: The Stranger | By: Sydney Brownstone | Wednesday, May 20, 2015
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The new studio does promise yoga for people of color. Charles MudedeYoga is not new to Columbia City (the neighborhood already has two such businesses), and the gentrification of this racially diverse part of Seattle is quite honestly old news. A PCC...
From: The Stranger | By: Charles Mudede | Wednesday, May 20, 2015
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The #PaddleInSeattle? For some, it's just a nuisance, nothing more. Ansel Herz Kayaktivsts Are a "Nuisance" to Tug Boat Workers: Gail McCormick, the head of the Inlandboatmen's Union of the Pacific, says his union's tug boaters are involved in towing...
From: The Stranger | By: Ansel Herz | Wednesday, May 20, 2015
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Villa Touma: Why so glum, chum? Screening sold out?Week one of the 41st Annual Seattle International Film Festival was a a blur of galas, epics, indies, and chit chat all over the damn place. But now that you’ve got your c legs (it obviously stands...
From: The Stranger | By: Sean Nelson | Wednesday, May 20, 2015
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N. Scott Trimble / Greenpeace Here's the kayak piece. Here's the piece about maternity leave. And here's the personal essay about sexting. [ Comment on this story ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]...
From: The Stranger | By: Christopher Frizzelle | Wednesday, May 20, 2015
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Senator Bernie Sanders is shockingly sane. MARK WILSON / THINKSTOCK MONDAY, MAY 11 This week of speeding locomotives, self-possessed newscasters, and a heartening protest against a Northwest threat kicked off with a largely unremarkable day, unless you...
From: The Stranger | By: David Schmader | Wednesday, May 20, 2015
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Seattle Protests Are Drawing World Attention to the Climate Movement by Sydney Brownstone On Saturday, May 16, hundreds of kayakers gathered under overcast skies to protest a 319-foot-tall Arctic drilling platform called the Polar Pioneer, which had...
From: The Stranger | By: Sydney Brownstone | Wednesday, May 20, 2015
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