• Rent Stabilization and Pro-Housing Policies Go Hand-In-Hand

    Rent Stabilization and Pro-Housing Policies Go Hand-In-Hand
    We can and must stabilize rents and build a lot more housing. Washington State has the opportunity to lead the way.by Alex BrennanI’m a renter in the 43rd Legislative District, where 72% of residents are also renters. I’m also the executive director of Futurewise, a statewide organization working on progressive land use policy. As a renter and as the leader of a pro-housing organization, I’m calling on the Washington State Senate to pass HB 2114 to stabilize rents for tenants.
  • Exploring Inner Space, Delivering Inner Peace

    Exploring Inner Space, Delivering Inner Peace
    We needed this.by Dave SegalWe needed this. We needed this heady, chamber-jazz chillness from UK jazz renaissance man Shabaka Hutchings and his highly finessed pickup band. I mean, just a cursory glance at the news headlines—the daily escalation of ecological doom, the catastrophic number of fatalities in conflicts all over the world, the totally compromised and corrupt GOP in lockstep with Vladimir Putin's interests, the astronomical cost of vinyl records—can make even the most well
  • The Best Bang for Your Buck Events in Seattle This Weekend: Feb 23–25, 2024

    The Best Bang for Your Buck Events in Seattle This Weekend: Feb 23–25, 2024
    C-ID's Lunar New Year, Gaza: PCRF Charity Screening, and More Cheap & Easy Events Under $15by EverOut StaffIt's the weekend—you deserve to take a load off, and your wallet deserves a break, too. Achieve the perfect balance of fun and frugal with events from Chinatown-International District's Lunar New Year to a Free Book Swap at Paper Portal Used Books and from Gaza: PCRF Charity Screening to MoPOP’s 2024 Sound Off! Showcase.
    FRIDAY
    LIVE MUSIC
    Lobby Sessions - Track 1: Linda From
  • Slog AM: Clinic in Alabama Limits IVF, Vice Lays Off Hundreds, US Piles 600 Sanctions onto Russia

    Slog AM: Clinic in Alabama Limits IVF, Vice Lays Off Hundreds, US Piles 600 Sanctions onto Russia
    The Stranger's morning news roundup.by Nathalie GrahamIVF procedures start freezing in Alabama. After the Alabama Supreme Court ruled earlier this week that fertilized frozen embryos were considered life, the University of Alabama health system put a pause on its in vitro fertilization procedures for fear of criminal prosecution. The IVF process can continue through egg retrieval, a UAB spokesperson said, but "fertilization and embryo development is paused for now." UAB is the first clinic to an
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  • Ticket Alert: Pearl Jam, Vampire Weekend, and More Seattle Events Going On Sale This Week

    Ticket Alert: Pearl Jam, Vampire Weekend, and More Seattle Events Going On Sale This Week
    Plus, BECU ZooTunes and More Event Updates for February 22by EverOut StaffSeattle-born grunge icons Pearl Jam have announced hometown shows to support their forthcoming new album, Dark Matter. Indie rock outfit Vampire Weekend will stop by Climate Pledge Arena this summer on their Only God Was Above Us tour. Plus, BECU ZooTunes will bring acts including the Roots, Norah Jones, and Violent Femmes to the Woodland Park Zoo this summer. Read on for details on those and other newly announced events,
  • Nirvana Wore Susie Tennant's Dresses

    Nirvana Wore Susie Tennant's Dresses
    Friends and family will celebrate Susie Tennant's life at the Paramount on Friday, February 23.by Megan SelingSusie Tennant, the record executive and promo representative who helped launch Nirvana's career and championed countless other bands and artists over the years, passed away in January from frontotemporal dementia. She was 61 years old.
    On Friday her friends and family will gather at the Paramount to celebrate her life and love of music, and, in true Susie style, everyone's invited.There
  • The Most Radical TV Today: True Detective: Night Country and The Kitchen

    The Most Radical TV Today: True Detective: Night Country and The Kitchen
    by Charles MudedeIssa López, a Mexican woman, directed all of the episodes of what I consider to be the most radical True Detective season by far. The other seasons had the series creator, Nic Pizzolatto, as frequent director and writer. He is now famous for marking his disapproval of the direction Season 4 took.
    Variety:
    Pizzolatto did not provide any personal commentary on the 'True Detective: Night Country' finale. Instead, he chose to share negative reactions from other people who sla
  • The Stranger Presents Nacho Week

    The Stranger Presents Nacho Week
    Don't miss the delicious fun of The Stranger's NACHO WEEK: kicking off MONDAY March 4 through Sunday March 10! Your mouth will love ya for it!by The Stranger's Promotions DepartmentDo you know what's been missing from your life since the Super Bowl? No, it's not football. And it's certainly not images of Taylor Swift watching football. It's an excuse to eat nachos by the shovelful. 
    Well, we have good news, people of Seattle: Starting Monday March 4 through Sunday, March 10, The Stranger wi
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  • Film Review: In 'The Taste of Things' Simple Pleasures Shine

    Film Review: In 'The Taste of Things' Simple Pleasures Shine
    French countryside foodie movie The Taste of Things is so good that we’re not just screaming about Juliette Binoche. We ARE screaming about Juliette Binoche. But we’re primarily in love with director Trần Anh Hùng’s restrained yet evocative feast for the senses.French countryside foodie movie The Taste of Things is an evocative feast for the senses.by Julianne BellEarly on in The Taste of Things, a renowned chef asks a young culinary prodigy to taste a consomm&eacu
  • Seattle's LGBTQ Communities Demand Rent Stabilization

    Seattle's LGBTQ Communities Demand Rent Stabilization
    Sen. Jamie Pedersen Has One Job: Get This Thing Over the Finish Lineby Rich SmithIn a potential boon for tenants, last week Seattle Sen. Jamie Pedersen breathed new life into a bill to reduce rent-gouging when he steered the legislation away from his chamber's housing committee, where a similar bill suffered a clumsy and untimely death at the hands of Vancouver Sen. Annette Cleveland, and toward the Ways and Means committee, where it now faces obstacles in the form of... several other conservati
  • Slog AM: Israel Bombs Rafah, Day In Day Out Lineup Drops, and Seattle Defunds Millions from Homelessness Authority

    Slog AM: Israel Bombs Rafah, Day In Day Out Lineup Drops, and Seattle Defunds Millions from Homelessness Authority
    The Stranger's morning news roundup.by Hannah KriegNowhere is safe: Israel tightly packed about 1.4 million displaced Palestinians in the border city Rafah, promising refuge. But last night the army killed at least 48 people in another bombardment of the area. According to Al Jazeera, Israel may soon launch a ground invasion, which could severely hamper humanitarian aid efforts, once-again displace Gazans, and, of course, empower the IDF to kill even more civilians. Ceasefire now, ceasefire
  • King County Prosecutors Decline to Charge SPD Officer for Killing Pedestrian

    King County Prosecutors Decline to Charge SPD Officer for Killing Pedestrian
    The Office of Police Accountability must now complete its investigation into whether Dave violated any department policies when he hit Kandula, and whether those violations amount to a fireable offense.by Ashley NerbovigOn Wednesday, King County Prosecutors announced their decision not to bring charges against Seattle Police Officer Kevin Dave, who struck and killed 23-year-old college student Jaahnavi Kandula while she crossed in a crosswalk in January 2023. Dave remained on duty with the depar
  • Stranger Suggests: Cherry Glazerr, Shabaka Hutchings, Once More Just For You, Alfred Kainga, Joy Harjo

    Stranger Suggests: Cherry Glazerr, Shabaka Hutchings, Once More Just For You, Alfred Kainga, Joy Harjo
    One really great thing to do every day of the week.by Audrey VannWEDNESDAY 2/21  
    The Kids Aren’t Alright: Troubled Teens on Screen
    (FILM) Teen movies really hit their stride once the youngins started hanging out in malls in the early '80s. Suddenly, teens were more visible, and with that visibility came more complex and rebellious young roles on screen. Local filmmaker Jeremy Cropf will chat about some of the most enduring teen films of the last 40-odd years in this series, whic
  • Blurred Lines

    Blurred Lines
    Better yet, just get rid of the cars and give us trains. That would really solve everything, and I do mean everything.by AnonymousSeattle, did you know that the lines on your highways, roads, streets, and stroads are literally fucking invisible??? 
    In recent years, the City appears to have added some reflectors to the lines. Excellent choice. Now we can all see the lines at night when it's raining and dark, which happens to be much of the year. Hooray! Problem solved, right? WRONG. PRO
  • The Five Anti-Trans Bills That Didn’t Survive This Session

    The Five Anti-Trans Bills That Didn’t Survive This Session
    Let Us Now Dance on Their Gravesby Vivian McCallAt the halfway point of Washington’s short 60-day session last week, every bill that didn’t pass out of its chamber of origin died on its heels.
    The dead include all five of Washington’s fledgling anti-trans bills, nearly all of which purported to protect children, and none of which got more than a reading in the House or Senate. Woo! Excuse me for grave-dancing. I can’t say I’m surprised, though. These ill-fated
  • Slog AM: Ceasefire Rally in Olympia, Report Calls WA Prisons "Modern Day Slavery," Alabama Says Frozen Embryos Are Children

    Slog AM: Ceasefire Rally in Olympia, Report Calls WA Prisons "Modern Day Slavery," Alabama Says Frozen Embryos Are Children
    The Stranger's morning news roundup.by Vivian McCallYes, Bruce, give us nothing: Hannah covered yesterday’s State of the City address and, boy, it was one of the speeches of all time. Mayor Bruce Harrell told Seattle that he’ll be going back to basics, innovatively, which translates to doing the bare minimum and satiating the conservatives that built our new city council. The biggest news was his announcement of his “One Seattle” comprehensive plan, which he will release
  • Mayor Bruce Harrell Promises to Deliver Bare Minimum at 2024 State of City Address

    Mayor Bruce Harrell Promises to Deliver Bare Minimum at 2024 State of City Address
    In his annual speech, Harrell framed conservative policy priorities such as austerity budgeting, the maintenance of current car culture, and hiring more police as "the basics."by Hannah KriegIn his third State of the City Address, Mayor Bruce Harrell said he wanted to go back to the “basics” while still “innovating.” However, given the next moves he said he plans to make, he seems most interested in doing the bare minimum and regressing to please the conservative forces t
  • Censorship Is Choosing a Side

    Censorship Is Choosing a Side
    Censorship is choosing a side.by Tram Tran-LarsonI’ll admit that when I read Dua Abudiab’s op-ed in the online version of the King County Bar Association (KCBA) Bar Bulletin titled “From the River to the Sea,” which denounced the widespread censorship and discrimination of pro-Palestine voices on and off social media, my initial reaction was shock; not in response to the content, but in response to the outlet that published it. 
    As a former employee of the KCBA, I am
  • Men and Feet

    Men and Feet
    A new episode of the Savage Lovecast.by The StrangerWhy is it always men that are into foot fetishes?
    And speaking of feet, a woman has a pair of fetish shoes that no longer fit. She wants to make sure they go to a loving home, but how?Our guest this week is Peter McGraw, author of Solo: Building a Remarkable Life of your Own. In this antidote to Valentine’s Day, Dan and Peter talk about how and why more people are choosing to be single these days. We should perhaps give up on the outdated
  • SAICOBAB's Chaotic Whirled Music and Mushroom's Stoned Boogie

    SAICOBAB's Chaotic Whirled Music and Mushroom's Stoned Boogie
    SAICOBAB's Chaotic Whirled Music and Mushroom's Stoned Boogieby Dave SegalSAICOBAB, “Nachin Machine” (Thrill Jockey)For nearly 40 years, Japanese drummer/vocalist YoshimiO has been flying one of underground music's most garishly hued freak flags with U.F.O. or Die, Boredoms, OOIOO, Free Kitten, and other units. Her sporadic project, SAICOBAB, (formerly Psycho Baba and other variants thereof) has been subverting sonic decorum for about a quarter century.My first exposure to them was P
  • What Seattle Can Learn from LA's World-Famous Graffiti Towers

    What Seattle Can Learn from LA's World-Famous Graffiti Towers
    by Charles MudedeI have written about the unfinished towers in the Denny Triangle in the past. Their future is, according to most reports, still unknown. Construction still appears slow, if it's moving at all; images I took of the development in August of 2022 cannot be distinguished from those I took last week. According to Canada's Globe and Mail, Westbank, the Vancouver, BC-based developer, has faced an "onslaught of litigation... due to unpaid bills." That's about as much as we know—or
  • Slog AM: Strippers and LGBTQ+ Community Hit Capitol Steps, Madonna Tumbles in Seattle, UN to Vote on Gaza Ceasefire Resolution

    Slog AM: Strippers and LGBTQ+ Community Hit Capitol Steps, Madonna Tumbles in Seattle, UN to Vote on Gaza Ceasefire Resolution
    The Stranger's morning news roundup.by Ashley NerbovigGood morninggggg. The weather today is expected to be "showers then chance showers," according to the National Weather Service. Also for tonight, "showers likely." So what we're talking about here people is rain, drizzle, sprinkles, and other sky water synonyms. High of 53 degrees. (However, I see no rain as of this moment, so I apologize if I steer you wrong.)
    Strippers take Olympia: Strippers Are Workers and members of the LGBTQ+ community
  • Leave Madonna Alone

    Leave Madonna Alone
    Bitch, she's Madonna!by Audrey VannThis weekend, Madonna took over Climate Pledge Arena for two nights on her Celebration tour, a career-spanning concert and drag spectacular. Using the occasion to pay tribute to one of my favorite eras of Madge, I made my way toward the Seattle Center in a hot pink leotard and a purple sequin belt (à la “Hung Up”). Two cat calls and one overpriced Uber ride later, I made it to the land of lace gloves, tulle hair bows, bedazzled bomber jackets
  • The Top 41 Events in Seattle This Week: Feb 19–25, 2024

    The Top 41 Events in Seattle This Week: Feb 19–25, 2024
    Seattle Asian American Film Festival, Mahalia, and More Top Picksby EverOut StaffWe've taken stock of everything that happening this week and handpicked the very best things to do, from Mahalia: In Real Life to Dorian Electra and from the 12th Annual Seattle Asian American Film Festival to A.I.M. by Kyle Abraham.
    MONDAY
    COMEDY
    Some Stars of Native American Comedy
    With shows like Reservation Dogs and writers like Tommy Orange on the rise, Native arts and performances are getting some overdue shin
  • Slog AM: A Hearing on Israel's Occupation, Cougar Attacks Cyclists, Gallery Owner Offers 'Penis Amnesty'

    Slog AM: A Hearing on Israel's Occupation, Cougar Attacks Cyclists, Gallery Owner Offers 'Penis Amnesty'
    The Stranger's morning news roundup.by Nathalie GrahamInternational Court of Justice hears arguments about Israeli occupation: Starting on Monday, for the first time the ICJ will hear arguments on the legality of Israel's decades-long occupation of Palestinian territory. The hearing will encompass decades of Israel's occupation history and actions toward and upon Palestine. Israel hasn't appeared in the the Hague's Peace Palace, where the hearing is taking place. The ICJ's judgments are binding,
  • A Dog, a Fox, and a Rabbit Walk into a Bar

    A Dog, a Fox, and a Rabbit Walk into a Bar
    Slightly Furry officially opens Friday, February 16.by Vivian McCallThe crowd at the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s Night of the Living Draft beer and cider tasting regarded Aaron Kalin and his business partner Ray Araldi with curiosity. It was no mystery why. Kalin was a fox named Martini, and Araldi a rabbit called Spork.
    It was November 2022, and the two friends had recently moved from Chicago to chase their dream of running Slightly Furry, the only queer, openly-furry cidery in the
  • The Best Bang for Your Buck Events in Seattle This Weekend: Feb 16–18, 2024

    The Best Bang for Your Buck Events in Seattle This Weekend: Feb 16–18, 2024
    BE Great Celebration, Black & Brew Imperial Stout Festival, and More Cheap & Easy Events Under $15by EverOut StaffThere's no reason to stay parked on the couch all weekend when cheap and easy events from the BE Great Celebration: Black Excellence Festival to MoPOP’s 2024 Sound Off! Showcase and from the 10th Annual Black & Brew Imperial Stout Festival to YEAH! - '90s/2000s R&B and Hip-Hop Jams are beckoning. For more options, our guide to the top events of the week also has
  • How Retail Workers Like Me Are Making Ourselves Safer, Getting Better Pay, and Benefits

    How Retail Workers Like Me Are Making Ourselves Safer, Getting Better Pay, and Benefits
    Years ago I was skeptical about whether collective action through a workers’ union would make much of a difference. Now I’ve experienced the union difference first hand.by Azia DomingoAnyone who has ever worked retail knows the pay is low, schedules can be unpredictable, and the long hours on your feet helping customers is physically draining. Our health and safety is often at risk because of threatening behavior from shoplifters and customers alike.
    I’ve worked for Macy’
  • Slog AM: Alexei Navalny Is Dead; Sound Transit East Link Opens in April; a Massive, Peer-Reviewed AI Rat Penis

    Slog AM: Alexei Navalny Is Dead; Sound Transit East Link Opens in April; a Massive, Peer-Reviewed AI Rat Penis
    The Stranger's morning news round-up.by Nathalie GrahamPinch me, I must be dreaming: Sound Transit finally announced the opening date of the light rail's Line 2, which will "make eight stops from South Bellevue to Redmond Technology stations"—or, about 6.6 miles. Mark your calendars. Trains start running on the Eastside on April 27. But, don't get too excited yet. The trains won't actually connect the Eastside to Seattle until later in 2025. That I-90 connection is delayed since crews are
  • Ticket Alert: Usher, girl in red, and More Seattle Events Going On Sale This Week

    Ticket Alert: Usher, girl in red, and More Seattle Events Going On Sale This Week
    Plus, Dave Matthews Band and More Event Updates for February 15by EverOut StaffFresh off his Super Bowl performance and Vegas residency, R&B icon Usher is bringing his Past, Present, Future tour to Seattle. Norwegian indie-pop gem girl in red has announced a local stop this spring. Plus, the Dave Matthews Band will return to the Gorge for their annual Labor Day weekend gig. Read on for details on those and other newly announced events, plus some news you can use.
    ON SALE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16
  • Seattle's City Council Is Now Run by Children

    Seattle's City Council Is Now Run by Children
    This, sad to say, is our city council. It's packed with childish thinking.by Charles MudedeOn Tuesday, February 12, District 7’s Bob Kettle presented his “6 Pillars addressing the Permissive Environment.” These were, according to his reasoning, “the underlying factors behind crime tied to the lack of deterring structures that allow people to endanger themselves and our city.” The first concerned "police staffing"; the second: "legal tools"; the third: "closing unsec
  • Prosecutors File No Charges Against Pro-Palestine Protesters

    Prosecutors File No Charges Against Pro-Palestine Protesters
    The lack of charges seems to support claims from protesters that SPD overreacted to the demonstration, as well as the fact that, according to the King County Prosecutor’s Office, SPD said the department might not have a felony case against either defendant.by Ashley NerbovigOn Wednesday, prosecutors filed no charges against two protesters arrested for felony assault by Seattle Police Department (SPD) officers during a pro-Palestine protest outside the World Trade Center Seattle last Friday
  • Prosecutors Decline to Charge Pro-Palestine Protesters

    Prosecutors Decline to Charge Pro-Palestine Protesters
    The lack of charges seems to support claims from protesters that SPD overreacted to the demonstration, as well as the fact that, according to the King County Prosecutor’s Office, SPD said the department might not have a felony case against either defendant.by Ashley NerbovigOn Wednesday, prosecutors declined to file charges against two protesters arrested for felony assault by Seattle Police Department (SPD) officers during a pro-Palestine protest outside the World Trade Center Seattle las
  • Want More Representative Elections?

    Want More Representative Elections?
    The bill could increase voter turnout far more than all other election reforms Washington has implemented in the last decade combined.by Jazmine SmithIt’s 2024, and everyone’s talking about the election. 
    It’s welcome chatter to me, whose job involves driving buses full of young organizers to knock doors, meet legislators, and get out the vote in their neighborhoods. The energy this year is already a sharp contrast to last year’s. In 2023, the people who answered our
  • Slog AM: IDF Raids Gaza Hospital, Renton Minimum Wage Measure Leading, Alaska Airlines Flight Attendants Authorize Strike

    Slog AM: IDF Raids Gaza Hospital, Renton Minimum Wage Measure Leading, Alaska Airlines Flight Attendants Authorize Strike
    The Stranger's morning news roundup.by Vivian McCallRenton will probably raise the minimum wage: Early returns from a special election show a ballot measure to raise the minimum wage in Renton to $19 leading by 15 points, 57% to 42%. Nineteen percent of Renton’s voters, or 11,650 people, had returned their ballots as of Wednesday afternoon. We’ll know more on the next ballot drop at 4 pm.
    OKAY! The latest results are in! See below:BALLOTS COUNTED: 11,197 (19.06% voter turnout)YES: 6,
  • Garnishing Garnishes

    Garnishing Garnishes
    This was officially the last straw after a buffet of menu changes aimed at angering long-time customers.by AnonymousA very popular Hillside Mexican restaurant has gone too far in its efforts to "combat inflation,” beginning to charge a dollar for a “side" of limes.
    This was officially the last straw after a buffet of menu changes aimed at angering long-time customers. These changes include no longer giving "free refills" on soft drinks at the beginning of this year. As someone who do
  • Stranger Suggests: Valentine's Dessert Night, HUMP! Film Festival, Madonna, Some Stars of Native American Comedy

    Stranger Suggests: Valentine's Dessert Night, HUMP! Film Festival, Madonna, Some Stars of Native American Comedy
    One really great thing to do every day of the week.by Julianne BellWEDNESDAY 2/14  
    Valentine's Dessert Night
    (FOOD) Valentine's Day can often be rife with pressure, which is a recipe for inevitable disappointment. If you're looking for a more laidback (but nonetheless enchanting) celebration that doesn't require reservations, Coyle's has you covered: On February 14, they'll reopen in the evening from 5-8 pm for their annual Valentine's Dessert Night, which will include some of their f
  • A Treasure Trove of Crocodile Concerts and The Rocket Archives Go Online

    A Treasure Trove of Crocodile Concerts and The Rocket Archives Go Online
    A treasure trove of Crocodile concerts and The Rocket archives go online.by Dave SegalThe University of Washington ethnomusicology department has acquired revered sound engineer Jim Anderson's live-music recordings sourced from the Crocodile Café (2002-2007), numbering over 3,000 hours of performances from over 2,000 artists, both famous and obscure. There's a good chance that you attended some of these shows, if you were a serious music head in '00s Seattle. And why the hell wouldn't you
  • Washington State House Passes Rent Stabilization Bill

    Washington State House Passes Rent Stabilization Bill
    The House Gives Senate another Chance to Offer Renters Some Stabilityby Rich SmithAs its last order of business yesterday, the State House voted 54-43 to pass a bill to cap rent increases at 7% in buildings constructed more than ten years ago, offering renters a modicum of the financial stability enjoyed by homeowners with 30-year mortgages. (Democratic Reps Mari Leavitt and Amy Walen joined Republicans in voting against the measure.)
    The move gives Senate Democrats one more chance to do right b
  • Only the World of Charles Dickens Would Make Seattle's App-Based Delivery Corporations Happy

    Only the World of Charles Dickens Would Make Seattle's App-Based Delivery Corporations Happy
    This Is Not the 1800sby Charles MudedeIn recent days, we have seen app-based corporations on the offensive. They are blaming rising costs and slagging business on a "Seattle City ordinance designed to give food delivery app drivers a more livable wage." In the post, "No, the Minimum Wage for Gig Workers Is Not 'Backfiring,'" Hannah Krieg made it clear that "DoorDash, Uber Eats, GrubHub, and InstaCart" are, in this instance, an empty wagon that's making a lot of noise. Or, put more visually than
  • Slog AM: Tacoma Cops Ask State to Pay Defense Fees, Dems Take Back Santos Seat, Republicans Impeach Mayorkas

    Slog AM: Tacoma Cops Ask State to Pay Defense Fees, Dems Take Back Santos Seat, Republicans Impeach Mayorkas
    The Stranger's morning news roundup.by Vivian McCallTwo Tacoma cops acquitted for Manny Ellis's death ask the state to pay their defense: Lawyers for the third officer, Timothy Rankine, are reviewing the motion. A Pierce County judge could decide whether Washington owes hundreds of thousands, or millions more, to the former officers. Last month, the Tacoma Police Department paid the officers $500,000 each to leave the department. A hearing is set for March 8, a little more than four years to the
  • You Wanna Do WHAT on Our Wedding Night??!!

    You Wanna Do WHAT on Our Wedding Night??!!
    A new Savage Lovecast.by The StrangerA hearty Valentine’s Day to all of you freaky, perverted, lovelorn wretches.
    We begin the show with a humdinger of a call from a man whose wedding night is shaping up to be very special indeed.A married woman shares a phone with her husband. She notices that the ads served on his Instagram feed are very different from what she sees. He sees AI generated, photo-shopped sex vixens. She’s treated to arts & crafts blogs. Is Insta pushing sexual im
  • KING 5 and Seattle Times Misrepresent Bill to Dismiss Low-Level Misdemeanor Cases

    KING 5 and Seattle Times Misrepresent Bill to Dismiss Low-Level Misdemeanor Cases
    Correcting the record on a bill that would help our jails operate just a little less like asylums.by Ashley NerbovigToday the House decided to kill a bill that would have expanded a judge's power to dismiss cases for low-level crimes, such as theft or trespass, when defendants have complied with certain court conditions. If passed, the bill would have potentially helped reduce the number of people with mental illness languishing in jails, a practice that has cost the state hundreds of millions o
  • Slog AM: Call to Stop Surveillance City, LBGTQ Community Yells at SPD, Biden Talks Ceasefire in Gaza with King of Jordan

    Slog AM: Call to Stop Surveillance City, LBGTQ Community Yells at SPD, Biden Talks Ceasefire in Gaza with King of Jordan
    The Stranger's morning news roundup.by Ashley NerbovigMorning, all. Already feels like a long week, so let's hop into the weather. Partly sunny today, with a high of 48, and then partly cloudy tonight. Good day to take a long walk and break up with your situationships before Valentine's Day. 
    It's also a good day to go submit a public comment: The City of Seattle wants to expand the surveillance state on a pretty massive level. We wrote a little bit about the expansion of Automatic License
  • Damo Suzuki, Vocalist for Krautrock Legends Can, Has Died

    Damo Suzuki, Vocalist for Krautrock Legends Can, Has Died
    His unique singing elevated three of the greatest albums ever recorded.by Dave SegalKenji "Damo" Suzuki, the fearless, nomadic vocalist who chanced into fronting the greatest rock group of all time, Can, passed away on February 9 after a long battle with colon cancer. He was 74. 
    Born in Kobe, Japan, in 1950, Suzuki, moved to Europe as a budding musician in the late '60s. One day while busking in Munich, Germany, Suzuki captured the attention of Can's drummer Jaki Liebezeit and bassist Holg
  • I Find My Love Awake

    I Find My Love Awake
    It is strange to fall in love with someone you’ve loved and lost before.by Kathleen TarrantThere’s no reason that I should have spent so much time this past summer thinking about Paul and Linda McCartney. Or listening to Ram, the only record they created together before Wings officially took off. Ram is great—arguably the first whisper of indie-pop. It’s a record that beautifully combines thinly veiled insults aimed at John Lennon with prescient bedroom production that al
  • The Top 47 Events in Seattle This Week: Feb 12–18, 2024

    The Top 47 Events in Seattle This Week: Feb 12–18, 2024
    Madonna, Jon Batiste, and More Top Picksby EverOut StaffYou'd be wise to peruse our guide to this week's top events, lest you miss out on the stellar happenings listed below. We're talkin' everything from Madonna: The Celebration Tour to Jon Batiste and from Linda's Tavern 30th Anniversary Party to a Black History Month Keynote with Dr. Doretha Williams.
    MONDAY
    VALENTINE'S DAY
    Anti-Valentine's Day Party
    Whether you've recently had your heart stomped on or just despise the ceaseless commercializa
  • Slog AM: King County Kid Population Declines, San Franciscans Destroy Robotaxi, Taylor Swift Wins the Super Bowl

    Slog AM: King County Kid Population Declines, San Franciscans Destroy Robotaxi, Taylor Swift Wins the Super Bowl
    The Stranger's morning news roundup.by Nathalie GrahamKing County loses kids: For 40 years, the number of people in King County younger than 18 steadily increased. For the first time in that period, 2022 census data shows the number of King County kids declining. The highest that number ever reached was 456,000 in 2020. In 2022, the number dropped by more than 20,000 to 436,000. One contributing factor to why this could be happening: kids are expensive and the world is expensive. Offspring?
  • How Changes, Seattle’s Longest-Running Gay Bar, Found Success off Capitol Hill

    How Changes, Seattle’s Longest-Running Gay Bar, Found Success off Capitol Hill
    "I could care less what you look like, I could care less if you're a male or female, I want to treat every person as an individual so they felt welcome; they felt special."by Vivian McCallFloyd McIssac still worked at Sears when he opened Changes, Seattle’s longest continuously operated gay bar in Wallingford 35 years ago. He didn’t have high expectations and said he only bought it because he thought it would cover his car payment. 
    Back in 1989, McIssac was tired of the scene o
  • Big Business Is Fighting to Kill State Legislation to Protect Striking Workers

    Big Business Is Fighting to Kill State Legislation to Protect Striking Workers
    Our employers shouldn’t have an incentive to starve us out by forcing a strike rather than negotiating a fair contract.by Rachel YbarraStarbucks, the Seattle-based coffee company that touts its progressive values, has become infamous for its aggressive efforts to block “partners” from forming unions. Since the Starbucks Workers United union began organizing about two years ago, workers at nearly 400 Starbucks stores have voted to unionize–including 24 Starbucks stores her

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