My apartment overlooks I-5. About a half hour ago, I saw about 20 squad cars rushing down I-5 South, sirens blaring. Seattle Times is reporting that an officer was shot shortly after 10 pm between 29th & Yesler Way, and that his condition is unknown.
by Dan Savage
on Sat, Oct 31, 2009 at 4:19 PM
So my boyfriend and I live in a house on one of those flat blocks on Capitol Hill that is absolutely overwhelmed with trick-or-treaters on Halloween. I'm not complaining! I love Halloween and we do the house up and have people over and pass out hundreds of dollars worth of candy every year. But mixed in with all the happy kids who come in costume—kids who come from all over the freakin' city (good luck finding a place to park anywhere near our neighborhood after 6 PM)—are the usual 'tween and teenagers who are too cool for costumes but not to cool for mini-Snickers and individually wrapped Reeses Peanut Butter Cups. They look embarrassed to be standing on your porch. They mumble "trick-or-treat" without making eye contact. They carry pillow cases, not plastic pumpkins. They don't come in costume. Everyone complains about older these older kids but no one is prepared to do anything about them.
For these trick-or-treaters—older kids who aren't in costumes—we lay in a few bags of peeled-and-wrapped garlic cloves. We mix 'em into the bowl with the rest of the candy so they're handy, but we're careful to only give 'em to older kids who don't come in costume. The garlic says, "My, you're getting up there," and, "Gee, you could at least make an effort." We think everybody should do it.
This event at the Moore looks promising for the early end of Halloween, 2009:
A massive collaboration from Degenerate Art Ensemble that is part dance spectacle and part concert, a little bit punk-rock and a little bit Butoh. Featuring musicians Joshua Kohl and Jeffrey Huston, dancers Haruko Nishimura, Trinidad Martinez (Pat Graney Company), and Marissa Niederhauser (Maureen Whiting Company), set designer (and Stranger Genius) Jennifer Zeyl, video by Leo Mayberry, and many, many more. Sonic Tales should float by like a dreamy, postmodern fairy tale.
For the late end: Rumor has it Orkestar Zirkonium will assemble at Cal Anderson Park around 11 to march around and inflict their delightful Balkan brass-band havoc on the Halloween drunks.
Either way, join us to celebrate and/or commiserate. Our team of drunks, pornographers, and Stevie Wonder enthusiasts will be out on the town getting reactions from the candidates and sharing it all with you, the loyal readers of Slog.
Amy Whitaker, who has worked for every major museum in the world except for Seattle's own Olde Curiosity Shop, reads from her new book Museum Legs: Fatigue and Hope in the Face of Art at Elliott Bay Book Company. Here's what the book is about:
Museum Legs—taken from a term for art fatigue—starts with a question: Why do people get bored and tired in art museums and why does that matter? As Whitaker writes in this humorous and incisive collection of essays, museums matter for reasons that have less to do with art as we know it and more to do with business, politics, and the age-old question of how to live. Maybe the great age of museums will yet be a great age of creativity and hopeful possibility in everyday life.
I had never heard the term museum legs before. Delightful! I wonder if there's an equivalent for people who attend too many bookstore events. Readings ass?
The full readings calendar, including the next week or so, is here. And if you're planning on staying in and you're looking for personalized book recommendations, feel free to tell me the books you like and ask me what to read next over at Questionland.
A political action committee supporting Joe Mallahan's bid for mayor was fined $5,000 Friday by Seattle's election watchdog for failing to properly report more than $100,000 in contributions from city firefighters and conservative business interests.
Wayne Barnett, executive director of the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission, said the charges against the Working for Seattle PAC were "the most serious" in his five years on the job.
"It is unparalleled," Barnett said at a commission hearing. "$100,000 was raised 21 days before the election and nobody knew about it until this week."
OLYMPIA — The Washington State Board on Geographic Names today approved a proposal to use ‘Salish Sea’ as the collective name for the body of water that includes Puget Sound, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and Georgia Strait.
God I love a Board on Geographic Names. Actually, what I really love is the United States Board on Geographic Names, which I first encountered during the great squaw debate in Oregon. This mighty federal board weighs important matters such as whether to change the name of, say, Oregon's Squaw Creek, or Yellowstone's Chinaman Spring, or Florida's Jewfish Creek. It is my dream to one day sit on this board.
We were trying to be super nice to City Attorney Tom Carr and King County Executive candidate Susan Hutchison, but somehow things turned out terribly wrong. For instance, we thought voters would appreciate knowing Hutchison's rich history with the right-wing Washington Policy Center, Discovery Institute, and Republican candidates—it's her heritage—but it turns out Hutchison was trying to run as a "nonpartisan." Whoops. And our character profile, based on discussions with her past colleagues, was equally unbecoming. Meanwhile, our earnest attempts to illustrate Carr as a tough-on-crime bulldog who went toe-to-toe with petulant club owners accidentally portrayed Carr as a hamfisted bully. When I was at City Hall earlier today and ran into Carr, he didn't seem so thrilled to see me. Nor was Hutchison in September when she saw me at the back of a suburban town hall—taking careful notes about her plans to decimate human services. If it seemed unflattering, it's all a terrible misunderstanding. But the damage is done. So now, with the election just four days away, here's the question:
The week of Lawrence Halprin's timely death is also the week that his famous park, Freeway Park, appears in Police Beat.
What I wrote:
Despite the many dangers of Freeway Park, despite its eerie maziness, I still rate it as the most important and stimulating park in this city. No amount of crime will stop me from loving this strange and often dark place.
The four things that make this city something: Columbia Tower; the movement on the light rail between the ID and Sea-Tac (this will always be the best part of light rail); Downtown Library; and Freeway Park. The first is about urban power; the second, urban motion (even emotion); the third, urban thought; the fourth, urban nature.
Still no Halloween costume for your cute, probably still pretty innocent child? Maybe you should take a page from my mom's book and cut a hole in a plain white pillow case and make him or her a ghost! A spooky scary ghost!!
by Dan Savage
on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 3:35 PM
I read your column all the time and I'm hoping you could help me with something. I'm a straight 16-year-old female and I like porn. But for some reason I really enjoy watching Girl-On-Girl or a Girl-With-Toys. If there is a guy in it I find myself looking at the girl. I have no sexual desire for women when I'm not watching porn and I have all the normal teen girl fantasies about boys. But I do remember when I was around eight experimenting sexually with a neighbor (also a girl, also around eight). Does watching lesbian and/or bi porn have something to do with processing that experience or am I a lesbian and don't know it yet? I'm seriously trying to figure this out.
Oh dear: Twi-hards will have a Twilight-themed restaurant to enjoy the next time they visit Forks ("Home of Twilight's Edward Cullen®").
FORKS, Wash. (AP) - A new restaurant planned to open next year in Forks will be called Volterra after a city in the Twilight vampire novels, which are set in Forks.
Owners Annette and Tim Root told The Peninsula Daily News it will be a family restaurant, and they have applied for a liquor license.
Skinny emo-looking boys in the Forks area should consider applying to work as waiters in this restaurant. If they wear a little bit of glitter, they'll be getting laid all the time. I wonder if any confused Twilight fans will wander into Volterra up in Ballard by mistake. If they do, I would like to urge them to try the wild boar. It's really wonderful.
by Lindy West
on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 3:06 PM
Want to come hang out with me in Kirkland and drink beer and watch videos of monsters and ghouls and spiders crawling on people's stupid faces and stuff? Because you can! At BrüTübe!
Ranging from thought-provoking to thought-revoking, BrüTübe will feature six curators, each presenting a 15 minute set of videos revolving around the evening's theme, "Fear Factor/Beer Attractor." This Halloween-inspired theme will focus on and around the phenomenon of fear and the resulting cultural responses. Presentations will be projected to a large screen while you enjoy beverages and snacks in café-style seating. There will also be a Halloween raffle & costume contest! Don't miss it!
This free event will be held in the Kirkland Arts Center Gallery during the current exhibition, Changes, on view through November 19.
Blood Squad (Improv Horror Comedy Troupe) Gretchen Bennett (Artist) Ben Kasulke (Filmmaker - Humpday) Paul D. Natkin (Artist) Emily Pothast (Artist, Musician) Lindy West (Film Editor - The Stranger)
You should come to there! Come be by me! Starts at 7:30 pm!
Remember McLeod Residence? There was a murder there during its long-ago days as a speakeasy—someone involved in the operation was involved with the daughter of a local Chinese businessman/mobster, and this someone was beheaded in the bathroom. Its most recent incarnation got shut down—a tragedy—due to various complications arising from hellish fire codes. Crowds of mourners thronged the wake.
Tonight, McLeod Residence lives.
In partnership with the owner of the (great) new bar Bathtub Gin, the McLeods are reuniting to celebrate the anniversary of their collective death tonight from 7 pm to whenever, in the (great) old McLeod space (2209 2nd Ave, between Bell and Blanchard). $20 at the door includes four drink tickets.
The recent declaration of a NATIONAL EMERGENCY by Barack hussein Obama opens the door for the executive orders clamping down on travel and a host of other freedoms americans have taken for granted for so long. A major scare is about to be unleashed on the public! Get ready everyone!
They are basing their facts on this video, by a woman who will, with Jesus's help, overcome her awful case of Shingles:
She also can't pronounce the word "acquiescence," instead reading it as "ac...ackyo...I can't read this word...acyou...accu-science?" I especially like this comment on The Betrayal's post:
Maybe this is what it will take for most people to wake-up! I can’t load the video, but it is going to take real nazification of our Country to get off their asses!
Be on your toes! "Because time is imminent!" President Obama might enslave us all for our mighty brain power!
Chances are you haven't gone trick-or-treating in a while, but you still feel like dressing up as Batman and going door-to-door. Here's a way you can—while helping to fight the Reject R-71 bigots and the dumb-ass pro-1033 Eymanites.
The Washington Bus is getting those of the costumed and politically active persuasions together tomorrow for a Halloween "Trick-or-Vote" drive. It's the biggest single-day field operation for both the Approve 71 and No on 1033 campaigns, says Washington Bus outreach director Mollie Price. The same event last year had over 300 people knocking on 6,500 doors to stir up progressive votes around the city, and they're hoping to have at least that many this year. "The best way to get someone to vote is to knock on their door," says Price."The best time to knock on peoples' door is Halloween, because people expect you to show up, and might give you candy."
Oh, and there'll be a dance party afterwards. How will that be? "Awesome," Price says. "It ends at 9:00 p.m., so it's not super late, but it's enough to get you pumped up to go to your next hall party. Plus you get drink tickets."
They'll be meeting at the Old Rainier Cold Storage (sounds creepy enough for Halloween, right?) at 5840 Airport Way South. Show up tomorrow at 2:00 p.m.—canvassing starts at 3:00. Sign up here.
UPDATE: Mayoral candidate Mike McGinn will be joining the canvassers tomorrow at 3:30 p.m.
Lindy hates scary movies, and personally I'm not one for the a-hockey-mask-wearing-killer's-on-the-loose-so-I'll-just-go-off-in-the-woods-alone-in-my-bikini genre. But a truly GOOD scary movie has a healthy emetic effect on the psyche.
So, for Best Scary Movie I Can Think of Right Now (in Honor of H'ween), I would like to nominate:
The Devil's Backbone (available on DVD, short review to be found here)
No breasts, just a giant ticking time bomb and period-piece sheer terror.
Also: Last night I watched part of Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me and became too creepified and had to turn it off. Had weird dreams. Feel good today. Emetic!
This morning in the Morning News, Lindy linked to a New York Times story about how some Pakistani soldiers found documents linking the Taliban to an Al Qaeda group that planned 9/11.
In a small village in the dun-colored hills of South Waziristan, soldiers found a German passport belonging to Said Bahaji, a German citizen and associate of Mohammed Atta, the leader of the 9/11 hijackers.
The passport was issued in Hamburg in August 2, 2001 and was accompanied by a Pakistani visa dated August 3, 2001. The documents indicated that Mr. Bahaji landed in Karachi from Istanbul on Sept. 4, 2001.
The apparent presence of Mr. Bahaji in the tribal areas of Pakistan is a clear indication that members of the Qaeda network — including participants in the 9/11 plot — have taken refuge here, as American officials, like Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday, have charged.
"Well, shit," I thought. "This is going to punch a hole in a bunch of 9/11 Truther theories. I wonder how they're going to respond." After all, Truthers are big on disseminating information, right? So I went to a bunch of Truther sites to see what they had to say about this New York Times story.
Hmmm. We Are Change Seattledoesn't have anything at all about it. 911 Blogger is weirdly silent, too. Come on, guys! Isn't somebody going to float a theory that the Pakistani Army is covering for George W. Bush by faking information? Nothing at 911 Truthaction except for that stunning silver fox of a Wheelie-Truther there to the left. Almost all of these sites to make scary references to Glenn Beck. And it looks like 911Truth.org doesn't have anything about it either...wait a minute! I see the words "New York Times" further down on the page. Maybe they have something to say about the Pakistani evidence:
...at a time when I was stuck in my writing, a few years later, I happened to read the stories—what he calls poems—of Russell Edson. The volume of his that I read contains short, mostly domestic tales in which not all the protagonists are human. It also helped me that not all the pieces were successful—I could see how to attempt something and not mind failing. I set myself the exercise of writing two paragraph-long stories each day.
I know it's that one week a year when we semi-arbitrarily eat very small Three Musketeers bars and get all spastic about mummies, so one might expect me to devote this column to my top five ways for a hill mutant to rip out a sorority girl's eyeball (okay, fine: 5. grapefruit spoon, 4. mutant telepathy, 3. bug vacuum, 2. voodoo chicken bone, 1. prehensile toe). However! I have gone on record many times explaining that STRANGELY ENOUGH, I DO NOT ENJOY THE FEELING OF WARM TERROR-PEE FILLING MY PANTS, BUT THANK YOU OH SO MUCH FOR OFFERING. No, I shall not partake of the frights this week.
Read the whole thing—which includes short reviews of Amelia, Couples Retreat, and Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (and not one single fart joke [I don't think!]!)—HERE.