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The 84 Best Things To Do in Seattle This Week: Oct 22-28, 2018

The echo-stark opera based on Henry Jamess ghost story, The Turn of the Screw, will wrap up this weekend.
The echo-stark opera based on Henry James's ghost story, The Turn of the Screw, will wrap up this weekend. Philip Newton

Our music critics have already chosen the 37 best music shows this week, but now it's our arts critics' turn to pick the best events in their areas of expertise. Here are their picks—from Seattle Restaurant Week to the Lemonhaze Convention and Comedy Festival, and from Seattle Radio Theatre's The War of the Worlds 80th Anniversary Live Broadcast to the Pike Place Zombie Crawl. See them all below, and find even more events on our complete Things To Do calendar.

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Get revved up for voting with local celebrity guests Washington State Attorney Bob Ferguson, Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna, and others. Meet community activists at information tables and watch winning films from the #MyVoiceMyVote video challenge. Civic-minded doggies welcome!

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It's Time to Submit Your Events For The Winter Edition of Seattle Art and Performance

The submission deadline is Wednesday, October 24.
The submission deadline is this Wednesday, October 24.

It's not yet Halloween, but it's officially time to think about winter—including the winter edition of Seattle Art and Performance, the city's most comprehensive seasonal arts guide, which will be out on the streets on December 5.

If you have an event you'd like to see included, we need to know about it by this Wednesday, October 24—two days from today.

The winter edition of Seattle Art and Performance covers visual art shows, readings, theater and dance performances, comedy sets, jazz and classical concerts, operas, and festivals between Monday, December 10, 2018, and Sunday, March 17, 2019.

All you have to do is fill out our event submission form with the details of your event, and we'll take it from there. We'll need the date (including running days each week and closing dates, if applicable), time, price, URL, a brief description, and the category. You can email instead if you'd prefer, but we'll get it either way—no need to do both.

In the meantime, you can check out our lists of the best things to do in Seattle this fall from our current issue of Seattle Art + Performance, or check out our complete Things To Do calendar.


Ghosts, planets and cacti come into alignment at McCaw Hall with PNB’s dark and stormy November program.

The birth of a solar system, featuring a choir of 50+? Got it. Giant platforms used as drums? Got those too. Indie guitar and piano music that – when combined with Alejandro Cerrudo's choreography – is almost guaranteed to make you cry? Got it. Potted succulents as props? You bet. ALL PREMIERE features three new-to-Seattle works from choreographers the world is watching. November 2 – 11 at McCaw Hall.

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Largely Unnoticed, Facebook Has Made a Significant Change to Its Archive of Political Ads

You no longer have to login to access Facebooks archive of ads with political content.
The change was officially made one day after Seattle threatened to charge the company with election law violations. Carl Court / Getty Images

Facebook may believe it's immune from Washington state law regulating online political ads, but last week the tech giant did something that local election regulators—and other transparency advocates—have long been urging.

As part of an October 16 announcement that Facebook would expand the company's political ad self-regulation efforts to the UK, Facebook also, somewhat quietly, made a global change.

Its online archive of political advertisements, new to Britain but up-and-running for U.S. ads since May, will no longer have a virtual wall around it that limits access to only Facebook members.

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It Just Got Harder for the Showbox's Owner to Win His Lawsuit Against the City

The city wants to protect this venue, its owner does not.
The city wants to protect this venue, its owner does not. Kelly O
The owner of the Showbox nightclub had a bad day in court on Friday. A King County Superior Court judge threw out two significant claims in the first court hearing for his $40 million lawsuit against the city.

Roger Forbes, the owner of the Showbox, sued the city in September after the City Council temporarily included his historic nightclub in the Pike Place Historical District, effectively delaying Forbes’s plan to demolish the venue and replace it with a $100-million apartment building. Forbes’s lawsuit asks a judge to nullify that ordinance and give him more than $40 million in damages.

But in his first day in court on Friday, Judge Mary E. Roberts dismissed Forbes’s $40 million takings claim and diverted the lawsuit onto a slower, and more complicated legal track.

Rick Eichstaedt, the director of the Environmental Law Clinic at the Gonzaga School of Law, said Friday’s hearing poses significant challenges to Forbes.

“That [court hearing] is a significant hurdle in any effort of the petitioner to receive any substantial damages against the City,” Eichstaedt said.

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The 37 Best Music Shows in Seattle This Week: Oct 22-28, 2018

British rockers Arctic Monkeys will bring their wit and grit to Seattle on Tuesday.
British rockers Arctic Monkeys will bring their wit and grit to Seattle on Tuesday.

This week, our music critics have picked everything from the spooky stoner party Halloween Haze with SassyBlack, Who Is She?, and DJ K. Hudson to a theatrical-rock show with Ty Segall (and Shannon Lay) to Seu Jorge Presents: The Life Aquatic, A Tribute to David Bowie. Follow the links below for ticket links and music clips for all of their picks, and find even more shows on our complete music calendar.

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Noah Cyrus
Less famous but similarly chart-topping Cyrus family member and pop crafter Noah will hit Seattle on her Good Cry Tour, which is fortunate because she's fresh off her break-up with rapper Lil Xan.

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Dungeons & Dragons Art & Arcana: A Visual History Offers a Fun, Weird Glimpse Into the Fun, Weird History of D&D

From Dungeons & Dragons: Art & Arcana, art by Michael Komarck

"I grew up in the 1980s, and despite what Stranger Things would have you believe, in those days, Dungeons & Dragons wasn't cool. In fact, mentioning it at all opened you up to various forms of societally accepted ridicule and potential physical altercations," writes actor Joe Manganiello in his foreword to Dungeons & Dragons Art & Arcana: A Visual History, a 400-plus-page "volume of information and imagery for lovers of Dungeons & Dragons, including art, advertising, ephemera, and more."

On page two of his foreword, Manganiello poses with a framed painting of his D&D character, dragonborn paladin/barbarian Arkhan the Cruel. Here is Joe Manganiello posing in a different way!

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The Witchcraft, Devilry, and Fun, Feminist Fury in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Diyah Pera/Netflix

There’s something to be said for consorting with the devil.

The perks include nearly unlimited power, awesome opportunities for revenge, and lots of sexy times. However, the downsides are just as lousy as one might experience in other fundamentalist religions.

And that’s what Sabrina Spellman must grapple with in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, the Netflix adaptation of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s graphic novels. Aguirre-Sacasa’s dark revamp of characters from the Archies resulted in the CW's Riverdale, which started out as a fun, campy delight but quickly devolved into a trainwreck of messy plotting and desperate, nonsensical attempts to keep viewers’ interest. This is decidedly not the case with Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, which benefits from a far more generous budget and expert casting and writing.

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Around the World in a Dozen Happy Hours

Pasta at Artusi
Artusi's happy hour pasta (Pasta della sera) changes nightly. Suzi Pratt

This piece is presented as part of our 2018 Happy Hour Guide.

It's always happy hour somewhere—and countries all over the world have their own favorite customs for drinking and snacking at the end of a workday. Read on for a culinary world tour through Seattle that touches on tapas, izakaya, aperitivo, street food, and other international drinking-food delights.

Italy has its own version of happy hour—the grand tradition of aperitivo, where friends gather for a nip of something boozy and a light meal after the end of the workday to stoke their appetites before dinner. Artusi—a "modern aperitivo bar" on Capitol Hill with white hexagon-tiled tabletops and long, cylindrical paper tubes dangling from the ceiling—translates that experience to the Northwest. And there's no better time to take advantage of it than their happy hour (5–7 pm and 10 pm–close daily), where you can order a $6 spritz (your choice of Aperol, Campari, Cynar, and Gran Classico with prosecco and soda), Cynar Collins, gin or vodka martini, old-fashioned, Americano, or Fernet Branca, and munch on light bites like salumi ($7), cheese ($5 for one, $8 for two, and $11 for three), and roasted hazelnuts with controne chili and muscovado sugar ($3), all the while pretending you're on a sidewalk in Rome.

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Former Owner of Cannabis Testing Lab Files Suit Over Outing of Alleged Neo-Nazi Ties


This story was originally reported by our sister paper, The Portland Mercury.

In the three and a half years I’ve been writing about cannabis for the Mercury, no story has ever been as upsetting to cover than the outing of the majority owner of Oregon cannabis testing lab OG Analytical as a white separatist with Nazi sympathizer tendencies. No one likes to discover that a well-respected, friendly, successful leader in their shared work field is a racist. (Well, unless you are a racist yourself—perhaps those people like this.) Yesterday some more news broke regarding the case of Bethany Sherman, CEO and majority owner of OG Analytical.

Let’s backtrack: In December 2017, it was revealed that Sherman, along with lab co-owner and father of her child Matthew Combs, were outed as having a shocking, hate-filled double life. As Noelle Crombie of the Oregonian wrote, “Eugene Antifa alleged in a report... that Sherman and Combs are neo-Nazis, and that Combs is an organizer for the American Patriots Brigade, which it said serves as a support group for the neo-Nazi gang American Front. It also alleges that Sherman has supplied food and support for neo-Nazi gatherings and operated a Twitter account under the handle, @14th_word.... The Anti-Defamation League says ‘14 words’ is a white supremacist slogan, meaning, ‘We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.’”

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A New Collection Contains Every A-Side and B-Side Stax Records Released in 1968


A new compilation came out today, collecting all of Stax Records’ singles from the year 1968, and it’s both an uncannily visceral time capsule and a timeless collection of some of the finest sounds ever recorded. Stax ’68: A Memphis Story is packaged across five CDs and a 60-page book, and can be purchased here, although you can also stream its 134 tracks on streaming services (like Spotify). Due to the perhaps arbitrary confines of the collection—by adhering solely to the 45s released within one calendar year—it’s neither a comprehensive overview of Memphis, Tennessee's seminal Stax Records nor an in-depth look at 1968 in the US as a whole. But this period is worth a focused view: As the box set's accompanying essays explain, 1968 was a difficult and historic year for Memphis, most notably for the April 4 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. which took place in that city, but also for the sanitation strike that precipitated King’s visit, the ingrained Jim Crow racism that led to the strike, and to the violence and riots that followed King's murder. Through it all, Stax Records was very much in a process of reinventing itself, stepping out from the shadows of soul hit-factory label Motown as well as Stax’s own distribution partner Atlantic Records, to stake its claim the most important soul and R&B label in the country.

Stax had begun the year in mourning, following the December 1967 death of Otis Redding and members of Stax session band the Bar-Kays in a Wisconsin plane crash. And just a few short months later, Stax was on the verge of collapse—their distribution deal with Atlantic Records ended following that label’s sale to Warner Bros., and in looking at the paperwork, Stax soon discovered they didn’t own any of their own back catalog, it all being Atlantic’s property. Atlantic also used legalese to whisk one of the label’s top acts, Sam and Dave, away from them, and when negotiations in New York went nowhere, Stax retreated to Memphis and essentially started the label over from scratch.

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Slog AM: The Seattle Times Further Protects Their Bottom Line, Hot Same-Sex Penguin Incubation

This is the future the Seattle Times wants.
This is the future the Seattle Times wants. Drbouz/Getty Images

Seattle Times, what is your major malfunction? First they endorsed Dino Rossi for the 8th congressional district. Now they recommend a no vote on the carbon fee. They end their blah blah bullshit with this gem, which represents the heart and soul of big corporation rhetoric on policy they don’t like, “vote no and demand a better and more accountable plan for combating climate change.” It’s always that they care too much, isn’t it? They say consumers will bear the costs of the fee, not Big Oil. They really should be asking the question, will consumers bear the cost of pollution and climate change? The answer is inevitably, yes. Here are the endorsements that matter.

Estimates of Central American migrant caravan now up to 5,000 people: They are marching through Mexico’s “blazing sun,” and sleeping on “rain-soaked” sidewalks, because, as one of the migrant marchers says, “we have nothing else.” Trump announced over Twitter, of course, that he has “alerted Border Patrol and Military that this is a National Emergy.” Yes, our president does not know how to spell emergency—that is the real emergency. Here is his tweet in which he also makes totally unsubstantiated claims that “Middle Easterners are mixed in.”

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Slog PM: Judge Throws Out NRA's Lawsuit Against Seattle, Amazon May Announce HQ2 Soon, the Seattle Times Endorsed Donald Trump

Sorry, NRA, well have to keep these safely locked up and unloaded!
Sorry, NRA, we'll have to keep these safely locked up and unloaded! real444/Getty Images

Slog PM tonight is brought to you by Sudafed and this trash can of tissues: Sudafed is probably the Devil's drug. It's magic, pure magic. I owe it my life.
I can only hear half of what everyone is saying!! life is muffled and sad!
I can only hear half of what everyone is saying!! life is muffled and sad!

It pairs nicely with the water in my REI Nalgene water bottle. I like to drink water, hold it in my mouth, and then plop a pill in. Then I swallow. Then I do it again because the inside of my head feels like an inflated balloon that could pop at any moment but it… just… won't. So I take two Sudafed. Also because they come in packs of two so I think I'm supposed to. Look, it's a war zone in our offices. It's a petri dish of sniffles and coughs and we're all drowning. Lester brought the Spanish Flu back from Spain. I fought valiantly by hoping I wouldn't get sick and then, on Tuesday, when I said, "I hope I don't get sick," I felt a tickle in my throat. Lo and behold, come Thursday I was out for the count. Now, I'm operating at half mast and the trash can is not quite full of tissues but really how could my body produce any more snot? Also, I'm going to get ramen for dinner so that should clear this shit right up, right? RIGHT?

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The Seattle Times Endorses Dino Rossi and I AM BOILING

The Times gives their nod to three-time loser Dino Rossi, a hyper-conservative idiot who wants to repeal Obamacare.
The Times gives their nod to three-time loser Dino Rossi, a hyper-conservative idiot who wants to repeal Obamacare.

No, I'm not surprised that the Seattle Times Editorial Board has endorsed anti-gay, anti-choice, anti-immigrant Dino Rossi in the tightest, most consequential Congressional race on the ballot in Washington State. They basically endorsed him in the primary, and they endorsed Republican Congressman Dave Reichert every time he ran for office in Washington's 8th Congressional District, too. I'm not even surprised that their argument in support of his candidacy is so bad. After all, this is the same ed board that chastised Candice Faber while doubling down on their endorsement of her alleged rapist, state senator Joe Fain. (Fain denies the allegations and has called for an investigation.) But I am surprised that I'm still alive after reading such a devastatingly dumb, dishonest, and contradictory endorsement. My GOD.

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Your Seattle Weekend Cheat Sheet: Oct 19–21, 2018

Head to the Kubota Garden on Saturday or Sunday morning for a free fall color tour (or just go on your own to check out the foliage while the sun lasts).
Head to the Kubota Garden on Saturday or Sunday morning for a free fall color tour (or just go on your own to check out the foliage while the sun lasts). Jessica Stein

Congratulations, you've made it to the weekend! All week long, we at Stranger Things To Do have been posting lists of Seattle events to prepare you for this moment, but if you haven't been keeping up, don't worry—here are the basics to get you started on your weekend planning adventures.

If you want to celebrate Halloween early...
Check out the Halloween Hell Harvest 3 comedy show (Fri at the Ballard Underground); the Georgetown Haunted History Tour (Fri-Sat); MoPOP's Fashionably Undead VIII party or downtown's Halloween Pub Crawl (Sat); Volunteer Park's Halloween Pet Parade (Sun); or Seattle Chocolates' Haunted Chocolate Factory Tours or Triple Door's This Is Halloween shows (all weekend).
See More: Our complete Halloween calendar

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The Oath Is a Confused Comedy About America's Political Divide


If there’s a more stressful comedy than Ike Barinholtz’ The Oath, I don’t want to see it. The actor/first-time director has constructed an only slightly exaggerated critique of how our country has become addicted to lopsided news—and our inability to separate politics from personal relationships.

The titular “oath” is a document that the film’s fictional authoritarian president has asked all Americans to sign by the day after Thanksgiving... a request that's accompanied by veiled threats. This causes all sorts of strife at the holiday dinner between ultra-progressive Chris (Barinholtz), his wife Kai (Tiffany Haddish), his right-wing brother Pat (Jon Barinholtz), and Pat's Fox News-addicted girlfriend (Meredith Hagner). While one might assume the film is solely about mending familial fences between those who have different views, The Oath takes a deeper, decidedly darker view. National events ramp up to a disturbing degree, and new characters are introduced in the latter half of the film who make this comedy not very comedic at all.

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