• A Five-Year Effort to Write Environmental Justice into Washington Law Is Nearly Complete—If It Doesn’t Fall Apart Again

    A Five-Year Effort to Write Environmental Justice into Washington Law Is Nearly Complete—If It Doesn’t Fall Apart Again
    by Matt BaumeCan you please notHramovnick / Getty Images
    The phrase “environmental justice” sounds nice—everyone likes both of those things!—so why has it been such a struggle to make it a matter of policy in Washington state? It turns out that the “environment” folks and the “justice” folks haven’t always been working together like they should. But with this week’s introduction of the HEAL Act, SB 5141, they might finally be on the sam
  • Trump Left a Mess, Now Washington State Is Cleaning It Up

    Trump Left a Mess, Now Washington State Is Cleaning It Up
    This is a very exciting time to be a lawyer.by Matt BaumeWashington Attorney General Bob Ferguson is a master chess player, like with actual chess, not with "3-D chess" like Trump fans like to claim he's playing; can you imagine Trump playing chess???? Photo Courtesy Bob Ferguson
    Deep-cleaning the Oval Office (and removing the Diet Coke button) was the easy part. What’s to be done about the last four years of wretched Republican policy? Trump may be gone but he leaves a trail of destructio
  • We're Giving Away Theater Tickets!

    We're Giving Away Theater Tickets!
    Enter to Win Tickets for Macha Theatre Works, Whim W'Him & Chop Shopby Stranger EverOut Staff
  • HUMP 2021! Tickets On Sale Now!

    HUMP 2021! Tickets On Sale Now!
    by Dan Savage
    2021 HUMP! Trailer from Index Media on Vimeo.
    After fifteen years of bringing HUMP! to movie theaters—after fifteen years of making it possible for people to be porn stars for a weekend in a movie theater without becoming porn stars on the Internet for life, after fifteen years of getting people together in theaters to watch porn the way their grandparents did—we faced a tough choice after the pandemic hit early last year. We obviously couldn't pack people into theaters
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  • The Best Movies & Shows to Stream in Seattle This Week: Jan 21-27, 2021

    The Best Movies & Shows to Stream in Seattle This Week: Jan 21-27, 2021
    by Stranger EverOut StaffGlass artists Nao Yamamoto (pictured) and Tegan Hamilton rep Seattle on the new season of the glass-blowing competition show Blown Away, hitting Netflix this Friday. Netflix
    EverOut is The Stranger's new website devoted to things to do in Seattle and across the Pacific Northwest. It has all the same things you're used to seeing from Stranger EverOut and Stranger Things To Do, just in a new spot!A handful of international Oscar contenders hit virtual Seattle cinemas this
  • Fernanda Valadez's Remarkable Debut Film

    Fernanda Valadez's Remarkable Debut Film
    Identifying Features (Sin señas particulares) is a meticulously constructed work that teeters on the edge of magical realism.by Chase HutchinsonIf I hadn't known it beforehand, I would have assumed this was director Fernanda Valadez's fifth or sixth feature because of its confidence. Courtesy Kino Lorber
    A haunting and beautifully realized film, Identifying Features (Sin señas particulares) is a meticulously constructed work that teeters on the edge of magical realism.It tells a st
  • Tell Us Something Good, the Black Tones

    Tell Us Something Good, the Black Tones
    by Stranger EverOut StaffWe talked to twin siblings and the Black Tones members Eva (guitar/vocals) and Cedric (drums) about how they've been staying entertained lately.
    EverOut is The Stranger's new website devoted to things to do in Seattle and across the Pacific Northwest. It has all the same things you're used to seeing from Stranger EverOut and Stranger Things To Do, just in a new spot!As we reach nearly a full year of quarantine, you'd be forgiven if you're running out of ideas for keeping
  • Cops Arrest Three During Abolish ICE March on Inauguration Day

    Cops Arrest Three During Abolish ICE March on Inauguration Day
    Last night protesters offered a pretty decent walking tour of Seattle landmarks.by Rich SmithA Biden stan looked on as cops followed a group of antifascists away from the Seattle Center. I didn't think anything could make me miss the Rep, but last night's tour though the Seattle Center made me want to sit for a five-hour production of A Raisin in the Sun. RS
    While most of Seattle watched Jon Bon Jovi cover the Beatles during Joe Biden's 90-minute inaugural telecast, a group of about 150 proteste
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  • Slog AM: Buttigieg Testifies Before Senate, Three Arrested During Inauguration Day Protests in Seattle, Ol' Joe Gets to Signin'

    Slog AM: Buttigieg Testifies Before Senate, Three Arrested During Inauguration Day Protests in Seattle, Ol' Joe Gets to Signin'
    by Jasmyne KeimigThere's going to be a lot of this in the next four years. Chip Somodevilla/Getty
    900,000 people filed new claims for unemployment: This is slightly less than the estimated 925,000 and below last week's total of 926,000. Continuing claims also dropped by 127,000, down to 5.05 million. There are still 16 million Americans receiving unemployment benefits, a number which we are likely to see rise as the latest fiscal package extends benefits for displaced workers, says CNBC.Avril Ha
  • The Big Names That Would Have Greatly Improved the Celebrity List for Biden's Inauguration

    The Big Names That Would Have Greatly Improved the Celebrity List for Biden's Inauguration
    What, was Mary J. Blige busy?by Charles Mudede
    What cannot be disputed is that the celebrities who participated in Biden's inauguration are of a much, much higher caliber than those who participated in Trump's inauguration in 2017.Who had Biden's back? Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Garth Brooks, Carole King,Justin Timberlake, Jon Bon Jovi, Demi Lovato, Ant Clemons, the Foo Fighters, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart, John Legend, and Earth, Wind & Fire. Biden's team even managed to fulfill a dream
  • Activists Hold Funeral for "Death of Identity Politics" in Front of City Hall

    Activists Hold Funeral for "Death of Identity Politics" in Front of City Hall
    Protesters criticized both Biden and Durkan for their use of "identity politics."by Rich SmithStreet theater is back, baby! RS
    In Seattle, the world outside the very digital and very D.C. inauguration ceremonies has been pretty quiet. Unlike the morning of Joe Biden's win, nobody is out dancing in the streets, and nobody is out yelling at people for dancing in the streets, though someone deep in the #Resistance set up an elaborate anti-Trump ritual in the middle of Pike St near 11th Ave outside
  • This Is What an Excellent Week for Comic Books Looks Like

    This Is What an Excellent Week for Comic Books Looks Like
    by Matt Baume
    This week is… good? Like, it is a time of somewhat positive feelings and news? How remarkable. Amidst all the reasons to feel a sense of relief today, like the unclenching of a muscle that has been flexed for exactly 1,460 days, is that it is one of the best weeks for new comic books that I can recall in many months.
    My advice to you: Extend your feelings of liberation and joy by quitting your job, so you have enough time to read all of the excellent new books released this
  • SPD Now Admits Five Seattle Cops Attended Trump's Insurrection Rally

    SPD Now Admits Five Seattle Cops Attended Trump's Insurrection Rally
    "I anticipate there will be more," said Andrew Myerberg, director of the OPA.by Nathalie Graham"I anticipate there will be more," said Andrew Myerberg, director of the OPA. LESTER BLACK
    Three more Seattle Police Department officers are under investigation for possibly participating in the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
    The Office of Police Accountability (OPA) informed the Community Police Commission (CPC) at the CPC's meeting today that two more SPD officers self-reported that they were in W
  • Inauguration Day Live Blog: We Did It, Joe!

    Inauguration Day Live Blog: We Did It, Joe!
    by Matt BaumeNoted Gaga stan, Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images
    ALRIGHT IT'S INAUGURATION DAY We're going to have it all here for you on this little live blog. Just keep refreshing Slog, kids. Watch the morning's festivities here in this recorded livestream:And now the Senate is in session, featuring Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.
    BIDEN SIGNS EXECUTIVE ORDERS UNDOING (SOME OF) TRUMP'S CARNAGE
    2:30 PMIn his first appearance in the Oval Office as president, Biden si
  • Seattle Sticker Patrol: Karen Needs to Stop

    Seattle Sticker Patrol: Karen Needs to Stop
    by Jasmyne Keimig Jess Stein"Stop Karen"Somebody please come get your cousin, Karen.JKThe Karen in this sticker isn't angry enough for me. She must be stopped, either way."Why Are You at my Garage Sale?"Huh? You punk?! JKBig flirty vibes at Barbra's garage sale."I Got COVID-19!"Did you??? JKAnd it's nothing to be ashamed of."Homer's A Vegan"An interesting fanfic. JKOK, but don't pigs eat everything?
    "Lost Lighter"A moment of silence for all the lighters we've lost and will lose.JKI'm getting nau
  • King County Council Pushes for More Detail on Vaccine Rollout

    King County Council Pushes for More Detail on Vaccine Rollout
    The Council wants more details on the vaccine rollout, but the health department says a lack of vaccine supply prevents them from planning.by Rich SmithNow faster and stronger!CDC
    On Monday the King County Council introduced and then ultimately delayed a motion to ask Public Health - Seattle and King County to deliver a detailed version of "the King County unified regional COVID-19 vaccine delivery operational plan."Though PHSKC health chief Dr. Jeff Duchin and director Patty Hayes have more or
  • Can Donald Trump Please Take Randy Rainbow With Him?

    Can Donald Trump Please Take Randy Rainbow With Him?
    by Matt Baume"Measure in Trump" does not make sense as a lyric Randy Rainbow, obviously
    There’s nothing I will miss about the last four years, but among the many things to which I am happily waving goodbye is the Trump Grifting Industrial Complex. Donald has always surrounded himself with unsavory types, from hilariously inept allies like leaky Giuliani to outrage-millers champing greedily at his heels like the Krassenstein brothers. But it’s the ancillary content engines that I&rsqu
  • New Savage Love: Case Disclosed

    New Savage Love: Case Disclosed
    by Dan Savage JOE NEWTONI could really use your advice. I recently found my boyfriend's HIV meds while I was house sitting for him and went into his cupboard for a multivitamin. We've been dating for a year and I had assumed he was negative. I'm negative myself and on PrEP and he is undetectable, so I know there is essentially zero risk of me getting infected, but we agreed to some degree of "openness" at the start of the relationship—having threesomes together—and I recently found a
  • Inauguration Live Blog: We Did It, Joe!

    Inauguration Live Blog: We Did It, Joe!
    by Matt BaumeNoted Gaga stan, Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images
    ALRIGHT IT'S INAUGURATION DAY We're going to have it all here for you on this little live blog. Watch the festivities live here:Here's the schedule. All times will be West Coast time because fuck you East Coast:
    First, Kamala Harris will be sworn in as the first female vice president of the United States by Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Before the clock strikes 9:00 a.m, Joe will take the oath with the help of Ch
  • Inauguration Live Blog: "Have a Good Life, We’ll See You Soon"

    Inauguration Live Blog: "Have a Good Life, We’ll See You Soon"
    by Matt BaumeThank fuck. He's gone. Pool/Getty Images
    ALRIGHT IT'S INAUGURATION DAY We're going to have it all here for you on this little live blog. Watch the festivities live here:Here's the schedule. All times will be West Coast time because fuck you East Coast:
    First, Kamala Harris will be sworn in as the first female vice president of the United States by Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Before the clock strikes 9:00 a.m, Joe will take the oath with the help of Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. The
  • Inauguration Live Blog:"Have a Good Life, We’ll See You Soon”

    Inauguration Live Blog:"Have a Good Life, We’ll See You Soon”
    by Matt BaumeThank fuck. He's gone. Pool/Getty Images
    ALRIGHT IT'S INAUGURATION DAY It's early. I'm up. I've run out of coffee. Things in D.C. won't get rolling until around 7:00 a.m. PST. And even then, the swearing in probably won't actually start until 8 a.m. PST. Once it does, baby, the day is not going to stop. We're going to have it all here for you on this little liveblog.
    Here's the schedule. All times will be West Coast time because fuck you East Coast elites:
    First, Kamala Harris will
  • Slog PM: It's Been a Long Four Years

    Slog PM: It's Been a Long Four Years
    by Chase Burns"For many months, we have grieved by ourselves," said Vice President Harris this evening. "Tonight, we grieve and begin healing together." CHIP SOMODEVILLA / STAFF / GETTY
    Here's your daily evening round-up of the latest local and national news. (Like our coverage? Please consider making a recurring contribution to The Stranger to keep it comin'!)
    "We did what we came here to do," said Trump in his farewell speech to the nation. In a 20-minute recorded video, the president wished t
  • Seattle's Trump Counter Is Running Out of Numbers

    Seattle's Trump Counter Is Running Out of Numbers
    After devoting so much thought and energy to resisting Trump these past four years, Holt isn't really sure what he'll do next.by Nathalie GrahamHow it started. Screenshot of trump_counter
    Shortly after Trump's inauguration in 2017, John Holt, 64, began counting down the days until the end of Trump's first term, which is when he believed the President would leave office.But he didn't keep this countdown to himself. He tacked up a marquee displaying the data point on the side of his house in Lesch
  • How to Look at Kamala Harris's Vogue Cover

    How to Look at Kamala Harris's Vogue Cover
    by Jasmyne KeimigThere are thousands of ways to look at things. This is just how I do it. Once a week, we'll look at a piece of art that speaks to our current moment. Today, we're looking at our next Vice President.View this post on InstagramA post shared by Vogue Global Network (@vogue)Last week, the February cover of Vogue featuring Vice President-elect Kamala Harris leaked to an extremely critical reception.Captured by Tyler Mitchell—who made history as the first Black photographer to s
  • Trump's Time as President Will Improve Our Understanding of Black Holes

    Trump's Time as President Will Improve Our Understanding of Black Holes
    A brief lesson in shape dynamics.by Charles MudedeThis looks just like four years of Trump... Cappan/gettyimages.com
    I want to begin by asserting that the progress of science cannot be separated from capitalism, and that it obtains its numerous truths through the medium of the mood (or stimmung) of a cultural moment. I have dealt with the first assertion in the post, "How Capitalism Can Explain Why an Encounter with Aliens Is Highly Unlikely." The present post concerns the shaping role of cultur
  • Hey, Stoner, Make a Film This Winter

    Hey, Stoner, Make a Film This Winter
    Submit your short stoner film for the SPLIFF Film Festival by March 5.by Chase Burns
    Hey, stoner, we've found your winter project.
    It's not going to be hard, but it will require you to get off the couch and hit "record" on a camcorder. Actually, you know what? You could probably stay on the couch and do it. A project will keep you warm and active while the gray weather and rampant pandemic bears down on us. And you can be high as a kite while you do it. Plus, there's ticket revenue up for grabs!
  • Food & Drink Specials for Valentine's Day

    Food & Drink Specials for Valentine's Day
    Cinnamon Rolls, Tamales, and Moreby Stranger EverOut Staff
  • The Best Things to Do from Home in Seattle This Week: Jan 19-24, 2021

    The Best Things to Do from Home in Seattle This Week: Jan 19-24, 2021
    by Stranger EverOut StaffThe Biden-Harris administration's celebrity-packed inauguration night special, Celebrating America, airs at 5:30 pm PST tomorrow on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, and MSNBC. Biden Inaugural Committee via Facebook
    EverOut is The Stranger's new website devoted to things to do in Seattle and across the Pacific Northwest. It has all the same things you're used to seeing from Stranger EverOut and Stranger Things To Do, just in a new spot!
    Here's hoping better days lie ahead as a new pre
  • Watch: The Nationwide Covid Memorial Lighting

    Watch: The Nationwide Covid Memorial Lighting
    by Chase Burns
    The Biden-Harris administration promises to take the keys out of the Trump admin's hands and turn this damn car around. Biden's said the American people deserve "an urgent, robust, and professional response" to the COVID-19 pandemic, and we're getting a big symbolic gesture toward that new future with a live memorial to "honor the lives lost to COVID-19" this afternoon. The inauguration event will include a somber lighting ceremony at the nation's Reflecting Pool in DC. Expect chu
  • I Am Going to Kill as Many Local Songbirds as I Possibly Can

    I Am Going to Kill as Many Local Songbirds as I Possibly Can
    by An Evil Murderous Bird FeederGet a load of this asshole.Bry Wark / Getty Images
    Hey, hi, it’s me, your birdfeeder. You’ll be glad to hear that I’ve teamed up with this summer’s wildfires to murder a bunch of local songbirds. Fun!
    It’s super cool that you hung me up outside your window, or maybe your neighbor has me dangling from a tree. Don’t mind me, nothing suspicious at all going on, just minding my own business: Dispensing sunflower seeds and thistle to

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