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Friday, August 15, 2014

The Morning News: Cop Who Killed Mike Brown Identified, and America's Largest Pot Festival Starts Today

Posted by on Fri, Aug 15, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Ferguson Police Force Decide to Name the Cop Who Killed an Unarmed Teenager Last Weekend: He has been identified as "Darren Wilson, a six-year veteran of the force who had no disciplinary actions taken against him." Yesterday there were solidarity protests here in Seattle—see photos here and here.

OK, So, Hempfest—You've Never Been to America's Largest Marijuana Rally? And you want to know what it's like? Here, let Alice Wheeler show you. The festival takes place at Myrtle Edwards Park. The lineup of speakers is here. (Alison Holcomb, who wrote Washington State's marijuana legalization law, speaks today at 4:45 pm. Traveler/stoner Rick Steves speaks tomorrow at 3:45 pm.) If you like joints being rained down on you, you might want to try to be there around 4:20 pm sometime over the next three days. Not saying that will happen. Just that it's the kind of thing that has happened before. Allegedly.

Bloody Mystery Down in Auburn: Is still a mystery. Police haven't found any bodies yet. Just enough blood to make them think there's gotta be a body somewhere. Nor have they found the driver of a dark SUV seen making a getaway from the scene of the blood-soaked stuff.

Car Belonging to Family Friends of the Man Accused of Murdering Jenise Wright Was Torched Last Night: "Investigators determined the fire was intentionally set by an accelerant placed in the front seat," KOMO reports. "A second car in the driveway was also vandalized with some writing on it."

Man Escapes from Prison in Forks, Wash., Under Circumstances Still Being Investigated: "An inmate serving time for a drug conviction has escaped a minimum-security prison facility at the western edge of the Olympic Peninsula."

Man Fleeing from Cops in Olympia Survives 100-Foot Fall: "After he jumped off an overpass on Interstate 5."

Angels in America Opened Last Night at Intiman and It's Amazing: This Morning News is being composed in a very blurry state as I was up late last night watching the three-hour part one of Tony Kushner's landmark play set in New York City in 1985 and 1986, and then a few more hours after that trying and failing to sleep, because my brain wouldn't stop. I'd only ever seen the HBO version before, which has nothing on the live show. The response from the crowd was rapturous. Charles Leggett is absolutely unforgettable as Roy Cohn, but everyone knows Leggett is amazing; the revelation in this production is the brilliance of Adam Standley. He's a 30-year-old up-and-coming actor with Satori Group, has only lived in Seattle six years, and is straight; nevertheless, there isn't a false note in his embodiment of a drag-wearing, '80s-haired, dementia-addled, KS-covered character Prior Walter. You need to get tickets.

Dont miss Adam Standleys star turn in Angels in America. There he is on the ground, under Marya Sea Kaminskis angel.
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  • Don't miss Adam Standley's star turn in Angels in America. There he is on the ground, under Marya Sea Kaminski's angel.

What Does Tony Kushner Think About His Pulitzer Prize-Winning Play After All This Time? Read this interview conducted by Brendan Kiley from a couple months ago.

Want to See Another Photo from the Production? Sure, why not?

Thats Ty Boice, also a standout, on the left, and Charles Leggett as Roy Cohn on the right.
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  • That's Ty Boice as Joe Pitt, also a standout, on the left, and Charles Leggett as Roy Cohn on the right.

The Presenting Sponsor of Angels in America Is Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center: Do you realize the work they're doing? Have you made a donation recently to the cause? They are a global leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS, and they could use whatever you have to give. By the way, part two of Angels in America opens at Intiman on September 5.

And If You Want to See Parts One and Two of Angels in America on the Same Day? In one epic, eight-hour feat of back-to-back performances? You can do that too, on these dates.

Speaking of Really Gay Things, Von Trapp's Has to Change Its Name Because of The Sound of Music: The Capitol Hill bar known for bocce and beer reportedly has a trademark issue "after confusion with the name of the family in The Sound of Music." Also because there's already a Trapp Family Lodge out in Vermont. They're changing their name to Rhein Haus, effective yesterday.


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fletc3her 1
Angels in America is amazing. I was rapt the whole time. Every performance is great. It's fun to see how some of the eighties references have faded while others remain very relevant.

Mayor Murray and his husband were in the audience. Seeing them at intermission just after Cohn's speech about how he wasn't "homosexual" because he had political power really drove home how much the world has changed in thirty years.
Posted by fletc3her on August 15, 2014 at 9:19 AM · Report this
TomJohnsonJr 2
I need to get tickets. I've always admired this play without finding it particularly good (halfway through Perestroika is the toughest bit). Maybe this time!…
Posted by TomJohnsonJr on August 15, 2014 at 10:05 AM · Report this
Achaiwoi 3
Donate to the the Fred Hutch CRC! Research money has all but dried up during this prolonged recession and their cancer/disease research benefits all humanity!
Posted by Achaiwoi on August 15, 2014 at 10:10 AM · Report this

Kent's ShoWare Center loses marijuana trade show to larger Everett arena…

Guess that's what happens when a city council bans the sale of a product -- they move their trade show else where.

Go figure.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on August 15, 2014 at 10:11 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 5
Or you could go to Indigenous Culture Day at Seattle Center House on Sat from 11-5

Or watch the free LEGO Movie at South Lake Union at dusk tonight

Or Samurai Cop with the star of the movie at SIFF Uptown on Sat night

Remember: don't drive under the influence. This includes twitter.
Posted by Will in Seattle on August 15, 2014 at 10:45 AM · Report this
I don't think Millennium Approaches has held up quite as well as some of the other works that came out of roughly the same time period (e.g. Lonely Planet, Eastern Standard, Falsettoland), and some of its topicality, not to mention theatricality, feels a bit stilted in 20-year hindsight. But, the performances are terrific, which alone makes it worth sitting through the 3 1/2 hour (with two intermissions) running time. Looking forward to Perestroika, which I've never seen before.
Posted by COMTE on August 15, 2014 at 10:46 AM · Report this
But you can still see a Thunderbirds game and possibly the "Girls in Tight Clothes Football" at the ShoWare.
Posted by ChefJoe on August 15, 2014 at 10:49 AM · Report this
It's bullshit that Hempfest can block the Myrtle Edwards bike trail for three days every August. They should move it to Auburn, where most of their attendees live.
Posted by DOUG. on August 15, 2014 at 11:03 AM · Report this

Thank you for your concern. Your First World Problem is duly noted - and will be patently ignored by the roughly quarter of a million expected attendees.
Posted by COMTE on August 15, 2014 at 11:18 AM · Report this
Correction I think: Von Trapps is changing name over Trapp Family Singers distinction.
Posted by justsomeguy83 on August 15, 2014 at 11:22 AM · Report this
blowdart 11
Ah the joy of hempfest, 3 days of watching people jay walk in Queen Anne, presumably because that's the nearest Taco Bell.
Posted by blowdart on August 15, 2014 at 11:52 AM · Report this
DOUG. 12
@9: How is blocking a public right of way for three days a "First World Problem"? No other annual event in Seattle does that.
Posted by DOUG. on August 15, 2014 at 12:50 PM · Report this
How is griping about a legally permitted public event that lasts two and a-half days out of 365 NOT a "First World Problem"? Or do you mean to suggest there are no alternate public right-of-ways in the immediate vicinity upon which bicyclists may ride?
Posted by COMTE on August 15, 2014 at 2:45 PM · Report this
DOUG. 14
@13: No, there aren't any reasonably safe public right-of-ways in the immediate vicinity upon which bicyclists may ride. That is indeed what I suggest.

To get from the downtown waterfront to Magnolia or Fishermans Terminal without taking Myrtle Edwards, you have to ride the Elliott superhighway or over the side of Queen Anne.

And safe, non-motorized transportation is not a First World Problem. In fact it's a problem in many "worlds".
Posted by DOUG. on August 15, 2014 at 4:03 PM · Report this

The typical Third World bicycle commuter would probably laugh themselves silly at your so-called "problem".
Posted by COMTE on August 15, 2014 at 4:33 PM · Report this
DOUG. 16
@15: And they'd probably weep at the sight of Hempfest.
Posted by DOUG. on August 15, 2014 at 4:55 PM · Report this

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