Here Are the Details on Tomorrow's Families Belong Together Rally in Seattle


Tomorrow, June 17, at noon, there will be a Families Belong Together / Familias Unidas No Divididas rally in Westlake Park.

The organizers write, "All over the country, thousands of people are organizing rallies, marches, vigils in 60+ cities to protest the cruel separation of children from their parents at the border and the conditions in which Trump is holding children in detention. Congress has the power to stop tearing families apart b/c all #FamiliesBelongTogether #NoEstanSolas #ChingaLaMigra"

Endorsers include NW Immigrants Rights Project, NWDC Resistance/Resistencia al NWDC, Casa Latina, CAIR Washington, Latino Civic Alliance, Equal Rights Washington, Seattle Indivisible, ACLU Washington, The Truman National Security Project, Womxn's March Seattle / Seattle Womxn's Marching Forward, and Refuse Fascism Seattle.

See the complete event details here.

Dita Von Teese Tantalizes and Sparkles at the Moore This Sunday

Dita Von Teese is here to tantalize and sparkle this Sunday at The Moore.
Dita Von Teese, borne on a shell and as lovely as a pearl. Phil Barton

If you took the structured elegance of ‘50s-era women’s fashion, stirred in a touch of dark gothic charm, and wrapped it all up in a modern-day feminist Snow White, you’d get Dita Von Teese. This woman singlehandedly stole my heart, taught me to always, always, always accent my beauty mark when putting on my makeup, and planted the pearl of confidence in me to be sexy on my own terms, and not give a damn about what anyone else thinks—and has done the same for many other women via her unapologetic presence. Von Teese’s unique brand of cheeky yet elegant glamour shines through in her myriad roles as burlesque dancer, lingerie designer, model, singer, businesswoman, and actress. Love her or hate her, Von Teese is undeniably an icon, and she is here to stay.

Ahead of her appearance at the Moore Theatre this Sunday, Von Teese shared a delightful sneak peek of what’s to come (the show she brings to Seattle is also her newest): “I decided to revisit the bubble dance I used to do at the very start of my burlesque career, a tribute to Sally Rand, but this is with a new twist, and with one of my biggest props,” Von Teese told me over e-mail.

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Home in Harmony

Located on the new streetcar line, Batik is minutes to downtown, Pioneer Square and Capitol Hill. Home to a future 1.8-acre central park, three pocket parks, a half-mile green loop and dedicated city gardens, Yesler feels less like high-rise city living, and more like a friendly, down-to-earth neighborhood.

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Until the Flood Shows What We're Still Learning from the Killing of Michael Brown

Dael Orlandersmith plays 8 composite characters whose lives were in some way touched by the killing of Mike Brown.
Michael Brown's death rippled through the lives of eight composite characters in profound ways. Dael Orlandersmith brilliantly plays them all. Chris Bennion

August 9 will mark the fourth anniversary of the day Darren Wilson—a white Ferguson police officer—killed Michael Brown, an 18-year-old unarmed black man. A grand jury decided against indicting Wilson for killing Brown, but Brown's family won a $1.5 million wrongful death suit against the city.

A plaque on the sidewalk near Canfield Drive now celebrates Brown's life, and every year residents of Florissant rebuild a memorial composed of teddy bears, candles, balloons, and cards near the spot where Brown's body lay for four hours following the shooting. One of the memorials burned shortly after it was built in 2014, and some suspected foul play. But with Until the Flood, which runs at ACT through July 8, phenomenal poet and actor Dael Orlandersmith has created a fireproof theatrical memorial to Brown, one that animates the conversations that continue to swirl around his death.

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Last-Minute Plans: 127 Free, Cheap & Easy Things To Do In Seattle This Weekend: June 15-17, 2018

One of Seattles most iconic events is here again—dont miss this weekends Fremont Solstice Fair and Saturdays Fremont Solstice Parade.
One of Seattle's most iconic events is here again—don't miss this weekend's Fremont Solstice Fair and Saturday's Fremont Solstice Parade. Jessica Stein

Panicking because you haven't yet made plans for the weekend and you're short on cash? Don't worry—aside from all of the last-minute Father's Day events happening, there are also plenty of other options for last-minute entertainment that won't cost more than $10. See them all below, ranging from the Fremont Solstice Parade and Fair to the Festival Sundiata's Black Arts Fest and a Community Juneteenth Celebration, and from South Lake Union's Seattle Outdoor Cinema opening night and accompanying Solstice Night Market to dance parties like the Best of Bootie and HOTLANTA. For even more options, check out our complete Things To Do calendar.

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1. U-District Art Walk
This art walk happens the third Friday of every month and features art in cool funky business of the U-District such as Chaco Canyon, Cafe Solstice, Gargoyles Statuary, and Moksha. This month, check out Goddesses Creating Goddesses.
(University District)

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Get Ready for the Big Gay Sing-Along of the Year at Seattle Pride

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence-Abbey of St. Joan is leading the Rainbow Connection sing-along
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence-Abbey of St. Joan is leading the "Rainbow Connection" sing-along Courtesy of the Sisters

Although Kermit the Frog is a lovely shade of green, his heartfelt rendition of “Rainbow Connection” (co-written by Paul Williams and Ken Ascher) is a song for everyone of every shade and every background who ever dared to dream.

If you’ve got pipes, get ready, because there’s going to be a big, gay, rainbow-filled sing-along at Pride this year, but you'll need to be real quiet first before all the belting begins.

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Pickathon Starlight Series, Episode 8: Ty Segall & the Freedom Band

Brud Giles

Pickathon 2018 is officially less than two months away, meaning now's the perfect time to reminisce about last year, dust off those wooden sporks, and mentally prepare for the wildest, woodsiest weekend of the year. And what better outlet for Pickathon nostalgia than our ongoing Starlight series, which spotlights performances from the festival's nocturnal stage.

One of last year's most memorable Starlight sets came from Pickathon veteran/garage rock king Ty Segall and the Freedom Band—bassist Mikal Cronin, drummer Charles Moothart, guitarist Emmett Kelly, and pianist Ben Boye—who ripped through "Caesar" (from his 2010 album Melted) to a sea of gyrating worshippers.

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His Wife Seemed 100 Percent Into the Hot Sex We Were Having, So Why Is She Saying Otherwise in Court?


Years ago, my husband and I had a handful of adventures with other couples. Today, I got a text from the male half of one of the couples we played with, saying his wife is now leaving him and using the open relationship as leverage in the divorce. I guess she's saying that she was never a willing participant and he pressured her into it. He has asked me to make a statement to his lawyer. We only played with them twice and don't know them well, but while arrangements were being made and sex was being had, she very much seemed in charge. I never got the impression that she was less than 100% into it. She and I texted for days before our second date and she live-texted her masturbating and sent me nudes. Yes, that could be faked, but nothing ever felt off to me.

I really don't want to get involved, but she's originally from another country and they have children together. He could lose everything. What is my obligation here?

Lusty Advances Weren't Suspicious

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Inbox Jukebox: A Weekly Shortlist of Good New Music. Spiritualized, Protomartyr, Casual Hex, and More

Jason Pierce and Spiritualized return with more of that familiar fragile-bombast rock.
Jason Pierce and Spiritualized return with more of that familiar fragile-bombast rock. Juliette Larthe

Spiritualized, “I’m Your Man” (Fat Possum). The first single from Spiritualized's new album, And Nothing Hurt (out September 7), "I'm Your Man" is not a Leonard Cohen cover, but rather archetypal 21st-century Jason Pierce balladry. That means it foregrounds Pierce's fragile croon amid whisper-to-a-scream dynamics, with blaring brass and sweeping strings and strenuous guitar soloing engaging in an epic struggle between dejection and elation. The whole thing's bathed in a sanctified glow and brimming with the residual pathos that comes from a musician who's had very serious health issues and a close brush with death in the last 13 years.

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Students in Seattle Built a Coffin for Classmate Killed in Shooting

Franklin High School students protesting gun violence on June 8, 2018.
Franklin High School students protesting gun violence on June 8, 2018. Charles Mudede

Yesterday, the principal of Franklin High School, Dr. Jennifer Wiley, posted on Facebook that the students of one of school's teachers, Mike Lawson, had made a coffin for Ryan Dela Cruz, a 17-year-old FHS student who was shot to death two weeks ago at Martha Washington Park while hunting for ghosts in the woods with friends. He was hit by three bullets fired from a car. Cruz's killer is still unknown. But the police do not think the shooting was gang-related. It appears to them to be random. This life was lost because guns are a big part of our culture. Cruz spent the last moments of his young life bleeding in the woods.

Wiley explained in her post that it was not the first time the students and teacher have made a casket. But it was the first time she made the practice public. It's usually "a very intimate part of the FHS community that we don't typically share," she wrote. (I e-mailed her to find out why she decided to open up about it now, but had not heard back by the time this post was published. I will update it if I do.)

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A New Place for Doughnuts and Soft Serve, and More Seattle Food News You Can Use: June 15, 2018 Edition

At the new Seattle Freeze in Georgetown, an ice cream and doughnut shop from the people who brought you Central District Ice Cream, you can choose mix-ins like Fruity Pebbles and chocolate chips to be swirled into your soft-serve.
At the new Seattle Freeze in Georgetown, a soft serve and doughnut shop from the people who brought you Central District Ice Cream, you can choose mix-ins like Fruity Pebbles and chocolate chips to be swirled into your soft serve.

Seattle's doughnut craze continues with no signs of slowing down, as the Georgetown doughnut and soft serve shop Seattle Freeze soft-opens today, and news of a brand-new White Center doughnut shop called Good Day Doughnuts from the chef of Vendemmia is on the horizon. Read on to discover your new favorite places to grab fried-dough confections and more, like an upcoming Ballard location for Captive Spirits, a new place to get burgers and sushi from Katsu Burger, and a new barbecue joint on Capitol Hill. For more things to eat and drink, check out our list of June food and drink specials, our full food & drink calendar and restaurant listings, or our guide to where to eat and drink for Father's Day.

47 North Bar + Bistro
This new bistro and bar, which opened inside Bellevue's Hilton Garden Inn at the beginning of June, focuses on local ingredients like Taylor Shellfish Clams and Creekstone Farms pork belly with local beer and wine, as well as craft cocktails made with local spirits. There's also a kids' menu.

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Tag Is a Goofy Ass Cartoon of a Comedy, But Goddamn, Is It Ever Entertaining

Youre about to be it, motherfucker.
You're about to be it, motherfucker.

Tag is a sloppy joe of a movie. It’s artistically unambitious, structurally unsound, and of questionable nutritional value. It’ll fill you up, though, and sometimes that’s all you really want out of a comedy. Tag’s not too long, and you don’t have to pay close attention to follow the plot, plus there are a few dumb laughs along the way. Who cares if it’s basically a fistful of chum-meat, spongy gluten, and some sort of indescribable sauce that came out of a packet?

The packet in this case is a 2013 Wall Street Journal article about a group of men that continued to play tag well into adulthood. Using that as the barest wisp of a narrative skeleton, Tag assembles three solid character actors (Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Jake Johnson), one legitimately hilarious comedian (Hannibal Buress), and Ed Helms to portray these friends. One of ’em, Renner, is getting married and wants to retire with his undefeated status. The other four make it their mission to tag him before the window closes forever.

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Kathy Griffin, on Life After the Trump Stunt: “I Had to Convince My Alcoholic Mother That I Wasn't a Member of ISIS"

This story is presented as part of The Stranger's Art + Performance Quarterly, Summer 2018 Edition.

On May 30, 2017, Kathy Griffin's life as she knew it came to an end.

That day, gossip site TMZ published a now-infamous photo taken by celebrity photographer Tyler Shields, who reportedly leaked the image to TMZ himself. The photo showed Griffin, stone-faced, grasping Donald Trump's severed head by its raggedy blond hair as blood poured down the president's face. If you squinted (and wished) hard enough, you could almost—almost—imagine it was the real thing.

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My Japanese Heritage Is Not Your Fetish


This story is presented as part of The Stranger's Art + Performance Quarterly, Summer 2018 Edition.

"I take pictures of cute Asian girls for my website. Can I take your picture?"

I stared back at him—a gangly, dreadlocked white dude. The bags under his dull eyes did nothing to conceal his piggish glee as he cast his gaze over my 13-year-old body, which was now shaking and barely holding onto the innocent copy of Inuyasha that I had been reading in peace.

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Lindsey Graham Just Said "Shit" on CNN

So this just happened...

Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) has a message for critics who dislike him working with President Donald Trump. “If you don't like me working with President Trump to make the world a better place, I don't give a shit,” Graham said Friday morning during an interview with CNN.

We've been hearing all week that Dems are going to lose the midterms and Donald Trump is going to win a second term because Robert De Niro said "fuck Trump" at the Tony Awards and that kind of potty-mouthed language drives voters into the arms of Donald Trump, a good and decent man who has never uttered a obscenity in his life. Because we're America, bitch! We don't say obscene things... we do obscene things. So I'm curious about the impact Lindsey Graham's s-bomb is gonna have on the midterm elections and I look forward to handwringing pundits weighing in on this. One fuck, one shit? Hey, maybe the midterms will wind up being a tie? Or maybe swears are only a problem when Democrats—who were put on earth to set a good example for Republicans—use them on TV?

And speaking of fuck Trump...

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Paul Bunyan, the Tin Woodman, Woodrow Wilson, and Other Experts Weigh In on Timber! Outdoor Music Festival

Cassandra Swan
The Huntsman from Snow White

At first, when I heard a bunch of vanilla indie hipsters were about to descend on the hallowed sanctity of Tolt-MacDonald Park, I cried to the heavens: "Spare me this mockery of justice! I will run away into the forest and never come home again!" But as it turns out, they tend to be pretty nice as people (though at a certain point, even I was like, "Damn, fellas, what if one of you tried not having a beard?"). Also, the bands are usually pretty decent. I never miss a chance to see Industrial Revelation, and I've heard good things about Naked Giants, too, so that's chill.

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