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Thursday, August 21, 2008

This Week in The Stranger

posted by on August 21 at 13:50 PM

Save the Parking Lots!
Dominic Holden tours Seattle’s most endangered open spaces.
Itís thanks to attitudes like developer Martin Tobiasís that photographs are all that remain of most of Ballardís beloved parking lots and Belltownís historic parking lots; they may be all that remain of the parking lots in your neighborhood one day, too. Unless we take action now, your future grandchildren may point to a photograph in a book and ask, ‘Grandma, whatís that a picture of?’ And you will have to answer, ‘Thatís a parking lot, sweetheart. The city used to be covered with them. But theyíre all gone now.’

No, Not Here, That’s Not Possible
Jen Graves sends an intern—undercover—to Seattle Art Museum.
SAM is the only stop on the Inspiring Impressionism exhibition’s national tour, which also stops in Denver and Atlanta, that universally forbids painting in its galleries. The Stranger sent an intern, John Borges, to the museum posing as a great-artist-in-training, with paints, a palette, a drop cloth, and a traditional French easel, and he was escorted straight up to the administration offices and told what he wanted to do was impossible. ‘It seemed like the guard was rooting for me,’ Borges said afterward. But no dice.

NEWS: Erica C. Barnett on the campaign against this November’s light-rail expansion measure; Dominic Holden on an ex-criminal success story; Jonah Spangenthal-Lee on the SPD and hate crimes; an accusation of election-related dirty tricks; our comprehensive, party-crashing primary election night coverage; and more.

MUSIC: Sam Mickens interrogates GZA; Ryan Adams and Oasis, the charticle; Charles Mudede on Library Science; plus all the usual show previews and columns.

FILM: Lindy West goes to Mock Up on Mu at Northwest Film Forum with a friend who gets up and leaves 15 minutes into it. Plus, lots of new reviews and our searchable and lovingly updated Movie Times.

BOOKS: Eli Sanders on McCain, Obama, and the men who made them. Plus, the readings calendar.

THEATER: Brendan Kiley on a mini fringe festival at Hugo House and a review of last weekend at Smoke Farm. Plus, the theater calendar.

CHOW: Joan Hiller eats a ton of chicken-fried steak and Bethany Jean Clement pays a visit to the Elite.

AND THAT’S NOT EVEN MENTIONING Last Days; I Love Television; Savage Love; Drunk of the Week; Control Tower; and A. Birch Steen’s critical overview of this issue. Anything I’ve forgotten? If so, it’d be here.

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Also, you can't touch the big metal objects in the Plop Art Park.

Big news: Seattle is provincial. Details at 11.

Posted by A Non Imus | August 21, 2008 2:09 PM

People sketching and painting in art galleries are a bunch of selfish jackasses. Let me look, unobstructed, at the art, without having to tap dance around you. Buy a nice print and tack it up at home.

Posted by pablo, pick ass-o | August 21, 2008 2:13 PM

Dominic -

Bless you for your honest heartfelt article on parking lots. I fear for the world my children will live in without the inspiring beauty of concrete lots. Where they laugh? Where will they scrape their knees? We need a coalition now - before it is too late.

Posted by We need our parking lots! | August 21, 2008 2:15 PM

Could we get independent confirmation that the movie listings are, in fact, updated LOVINGLY?

Posted by Fnarf | August 21, 2008 2:49 PM

Why will no one in Seattle stand up for the ruthless, tasteless developers who simply want to exercise their god-given rights to erect cheap, ticky-tacky condos whereever they see fit?

Posted by NapoleonXIV | August 21, 2008 3:15 PM

Speaking of parking lots: Remember Pony and Manray? Remember the mixed use building that was going to be put up in their place? Have you all seen the parking lot that now resides there and frankly looks like it is going to be there awhile?

Is it just me or was that just a hate crime against gays? Just another conservative developer destroying a couple of the now scarce gay bars we have in Seattle?

Posted by Whitworth Fag | August 21, 2008 4:25 PM

RIP A Birch Steen

Posted by Trevor | August 21, 2008 8:02 PM

@2: Eh, what are *you* doing in a gallery? Buy a nice print, put it up at home, and ogle it all you like. You can even put your nose right up to it!

Posted by Gloria | August 22, 2008 8:05 AM

Whitworth Fag # 6 - If it weren't for impending demolition, Pony never would've happened. Also, the lot there is due to one crankpot trying to prevent development and successfully delaying it. That part of the story is listed in Dom's article... I suggest reading it lest you continue to look like a fool.

Posted by Donolectic | August 22, 2008 1:46 PM

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