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Thursday, October 16, 2008

This Week In the Stranger

posted by on October 16 at 17:16 PM


Brendan Kiley interviews his (sort of) racist Virginian relatives.

Racism in the South is also changing, receding from the public sphere while staying in the private sphere. Meaning: You can keep your prejudice and still vote for a nonwhite politician. “If Colin Powell were running, I’d vote for him in a heartbeat,” one of my aunts said. Then, later in the conversation, “I don’t want any of my kids marrying outside their race.”

What if one of your kids wanted to marry Colin Powell?

“No. I know it sounds un-Christian, but I have certain expectations. Black people just aren’t attractive to me. I wouldn’t want a little black grandbaby.”

So you think Colin Powell is intelligent, honest, and capable?

“Oh yes.”

The Stranger Election Control Board urges you to vote for mass transit (and a bunch of other stuff).

As much as the SECB hates saying we told you so—no, wait, the SECB loves saying we told you so. We LIVE to say we told you so. And we told you so, bitches! HA! Mass transit is BACK, and this year it includes 36 new miles of light rail to Redmond, Lynnwood, and Federal Way (they’re real places, we checked); 100,000 hours of new express bus service; and a 65 percent expansion of Sounder commuter rail. It costs just $69 in sales tax per year, doesn’t include a lick of new general-purpose pavement, and will be finished years before last year’s proposal would have been.

Bethany Jean Clement visits Belltown’s new Japanese “street food” restaurant, finds it Habitrail-like and somewhat magical.

The view through the plastic is of Second Avenue and, in the back, down onto a parking lot—a vista that at first seems poor but as you sit begins to seem correct in its random urbanness. When it’s raining, the rain will fall on the ceiling overhead (also transparent) and rivulet down the sides. The Kushibar people will turn on the heat lamps. It will sound like being on a boat in the rain, and it will still smell like the indoor-outdoor area’s ribs of new wood, its fresh wooden picnic-type tables. If prior experience is any indicator, tablesful of Asian boys will peck at their laptops, and tablesful of Asian girls will giggle and take multiple group photographs, switching off photographers between shots. Everyone will be eating Japanese street-food snacks that would cost approximately one-third as much on an actual Japanese street, and everyone will be happy about it.

Eric Grandy on Of Montreal—and what sounds like one fucking weird show.

Elsewhere in the performance, Barnes appeared as an electric-blue mariachi with a pink sombrero strapped to his back; as a red-robed pope enthroned with a sexy nun lying at his feet; as a Voltron-like being with a giant head and limbs operated by invisible black-clad figures, in a pair of roller skates the size of bumper cars with an oversized blue-sequin fanny pack to match; as a centaur with working hind legs provided by someone in the modified ass section of a two-man horse costume; and as a ghost or mummy covered in white shaving cream. He emerged from a curtained box carried by four lumpy, golden, doughboyish bearers. He was entertained by a sword dancer in an inflated polka-dotted garbage bag wielding what looked like giant crab legs. He was begged for (but decided to deny) clemency by a prisoner in an animal mask. He was hung and sang while dangling from his noose. He rose again from a white coffin. He shot glitter out of a spotlight-shining cannon.
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Also in this week’s issue: Previewing the Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival; a look at Washington State’s perplexing red/blue split; a farewell to Belltown’s McLeod Residence; a review of Marco Iacoboni’s book Mirroring People; Erin Langner on “the best museum in America”; and much more.

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I don't read the stranger anymore; just the slog.

Posted by just a thought | October 16, 2008 5:25 PM

Wow I'm so impressed at how just because the Stranger SAID SO, transit is back on the ballot. Good to know the meetings, lobbying, arm-twisting, and activism were redundant. Thanks, guys.

Posted by wow | October 16, 2008 5:31 PM

The biggest crime around the Puget Sound is ageism.

People all over the region make ageist comments in a senophobic version of the Deep South.

In the workplace, it's ok to let loose with any number of comments, verbal assaults, and innuendos with impunity.

Posted by John Bailo | October 16, 2008 5:37 PM

What about Brandon Kelly's conversation with his family was "sort of" racist? It seemed all around racist to me. And saying that it was only sort of racist dismisses the pervasiveness of white privilege and systemic racism in this country, and was evident in this conversation.

Sure, it might be hard to call your family racists in a public sphere, but that is how many of our families act. We can't dismiss people's behavior just because they have restrained from killing any black people lately.

Posted by Meabsolutely | October 16, 2008 5:54 PM

hey, and an old consolidated works image on the cover from jason puccinelli and adam l weintraub! woohoo!

Posted by thickturd | October 16, 2008 6:35 PM

I visited the folks in Oregon this weekend- every time I changed the channel past MTV, and there were black rappers singing, Dad would say- "Hey! Is that Obama's Inaugural Party you just passed up?" Did half of me REALLY come from a man that would say crap like that?

Posted by flinga | October 16, 2008 9:37 PM

Lick my hairy asshole, SECB. There was NO guarantee that Sound Transit would be able to turn around and get a ballot measure together for this year; you were running on nothing but smug arrogance.

Posted by Greg | October 17, 2008 9:56 AM

what the hell is up with the cover of this issue? it's apparent that the stranger is mostly an all white paper. i guess it's also fitting if your going to have an article about racism in your paper to also have it on your front cover.

Posted by Jiberish | October 17, 2008 11:03 AM

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