One Generation’s Time: The Legacy of Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes
(YouTube, 1 hour). The story of two activists who fought to improve the lives of Filipino workers in Alaskan canneries, their murders by members of a street gang, and the eight-year investigation that ultimately found Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos responsible for their deaths. [more inside]
Angry Asian Man sets the scene
: "The Bagley Wright Theatre in Seattle is currently staging Gilbert & Sullivan's 'classic' comic opera The Mikado, which has historically required actors to perform roles in yellowface, and a bunch of shitty made up stereotypes for comic effect. This version is no different, with all forty Japanese characters played by white actors.".
The Seattle Times weighs in with a negative op-ed.
The Seattle Gilbert and Sullivan society had a response to the Times Op Ed: "I get it because as a black woman I am often confronted by issues of racism and sexism, be it blatant, subtle, institutionalized, or perceived. I too have reacted in a knee-jerk fashion. I believe when confronted with these issues I have always dug a little deeper, checked other sources, and did some research on my own before taking action.
Given what I, and the Society have been through in the last few days, I hope to God that my actions were indeed merited. The idea that I may have caused the kind of damage that we are experiencing to some other organization, individual or institution because I took a head long rush to judgment based on a headline, or an opinion piece, and regarded those things as fact sickens me to my soul."
"Why don't you read your own book, and actually follow the teachings to the letter of GOD? And learn to support and love?"
[SLYT] Drag queen Mama Tits spontaneously walks up to religious anti-gay demonstrators and confronts them at the recent 40th annual Seattle Pride Parade. Demonstrators were attempting to block the start of the parade.
The Seattle Symphony
's "Sonic Evolution" program links up the Symphony with other Seattle area artists.
Last night, the hip players at the Seattle teamed up with Sir Mix-a-Lot for what Mix described as '"Orchestral Movements from the Hood" Night'. The results are on youtube:
Posse on Broadway
and Baby Got Back
Homelessness in America
Award-winning documentary by Michael Becker. (Vimeo)
Conner Habib is a writer, porn actor, and lecturer. What he wants to know is why people hate porn stars.
Burn, Destroy, Wreck, Kill
- SB Nation reports from the inside of the fan culture of the biggest rivalry in the MLS, the Seattle Sounders
and Portland Timbers
. The rivalry game between the two cities is on April 5th.
"In this excerpt from Keith Cameron's new biography Mudhoney: The Sound and the Fury from Seattle
, spanning the end of grunge's golden era (Fall 1993 to Fall 1994), we have Mudhoney opening area tours first for Nirvana and then Pearl Jam - the latter of which is shattered by Kurt Cobain's suicide - and joining Vedder & co. for a tour of the White House, during which President Bill Clinton meets with Eddie Vedder to discuss whether or not he should address the nation about Cobain's suicide."
Molly Lewis' (Previously: 1, 2, 3)
: The Year of the Beard
. Starring a few familiar faces. [more inside]
is a multi-billion-pixel panoramic image celebrating the arts in Seattle, featuring artists and performers
in the context of their city. Pan and zoom the image to find each artist/group (and enjoy the sights and scenery along the way); when an artist is in your sights, a pop-up ID tag will link to an artist profile page featuring a bio and video showcase.
Last night, the Seattle Seahawks defeated their arch rivals, the San Francisco 49ers, to make it to the American football "Superbowl." Nearly immediately after making the game winning play, Seattle's Richard Sherman gave an incredibly intense sideline interview
in which he called out the opposing team's wide receiver. Criticized by pundits and fans alike, Sherman this morning wrote an op-ed
explaining the emotions that fueled his rant. Before you think Sherman a fool,
know that he was the Salutatorian of his high school class
and graduated with a 3.9 GPA from Stanford. He is a smart guy.
Something unknown, engineers say — and all the more intriguing to many residents for being unknown — has blocked the progress of the biggest-diameter tunnel-boring machine in use on the planet, a high-tech, largely automated wonder called Bertha. At five stories high with a crew of 20, the cigar-shaped behemoth was grinding away underground on a two-mile-long, $3.1 billion highway tunnel under the city’s waterfront on Dec. 6 when it encountered something in its path that managers still simply refer to as “the object.”
Songs from Pearl Jam's 1991 debut album Ten
, stripped of all but Eddie Vedder's vocals: Once
. Even Flow
. Apart from highlighting Vedder's unique voice, phrasing and harmonzing, these vocal mixes expose some interesting studio effects applied to his voice (on 'Even Flow', for example).
This August, Washington state's Fish and Wildlife Commission banned
giant Pacific octopus hunting (recreational harvesting) across seven popular scuba sites in the Puget Sound -- not because the species is endangered, but simply because the sea creature is revered by the Seattle community. The law went into effect on October 6. What triggered the ban? Therein lies a story
. [more inside]
"Why yes, we do have a female sushi chef. She also happens to be Caucasian. Her name is Mariah Kmitta, and we are blessed to have her behind our sushi bar." Sushi chef Hajime Sato of Mashiko
in Seattle responds to customers who find a non-Japanese sushi chef distasteful with "An Open Letter to Bigot Diners"
. The opinion is not universally accepted. Slate author LV Anderson wonders
, "does raising your eyebrows at a white sushi chef really make you a bigot?" [more inside]
It's time for MIND YOUR MANNERS with BILLY QUAN
, a recurring spoof on martial arts movies from classic Seattle sketch comedy group Almost Live! Today's episode:
, 8 BALL
ENTER THE BOWLER
, NEW YEAR
, FIVE IRON
Remember kids, BE LIKE BILLY. BEHAVE YOURSELF!
Following last November's passage of Initiative 502,
which legalized personal possession of up to an ounce of marijuana, the Seattle Police Department has confirmed via their Twitter
account that they will be giving away Doritos
at this year's Seattle Hempfest
, along with information about citizens' rights and responsibilities as granted by the new law.
As 60 year old Seattle native Jane Lotter fought endometrial cancer, she decided to write her own obituary
. On July 18 Lotter "took advantage of Washington state's compassionate Death with Dignity Act and died peacefully at home" with her family. Her obituary closed with the line "Beautiful day, happy to have been here," which her husband had inscribed on buttons that were handed out at her August 4 funeral
Someone is cleaning up part of the Gum Wall,
a 100-foot (ish) stretch of Post Alley (between Pike St. and Union St.) beneath the Seattle's Pike Place Market. (wikipedia
Begun in 1993 around the entrance to the Market Theater, the city's most unhygienic visitor attraction is a brick alley covered on both sides, from toe to a considerable heights, with wads of chewed gum. [more inside]
To kick off the celebration of Sub Pop Records 25th anniversary
, Mudhoney played a live set on top of the Space Needle today. Performance begins at about 21:00. [more inside]
, the world's largest underground tunnel boring machine
that will soon begin digging a controversial
roadway underneath downtown Seattle, similar to Boston's Big Dig
, Barrett Martin
, Mark Lanegan
, and Peter Buck
got together last year to finish tracks from a second Mad Season
record that was abandoned following the deaths of John Baker Saunders
in 1999 and Layne Staley
in 2002. Rolling Stone has the first track streaming
, with the rest coming in April for a double album + concert dvd re-release of Above
Click that 'hood!
is a simple game which tasks you to locate neighborhoods in one of six cities: Chicago, IL; Lexington, KY; Louisville, KY; Oakland, CA; San Francisco, CA; and Seattle, WA. An easy game gives you 20 neighborhoods: A hard game gives you the entire city.
RIP Bob Quinn
. If you've spent any time at the University of Washington, you'll likely recognize him as the guy who wandered, with his well-behaved off-leash dog, up and down the Ave, spending all day at various coffee shops and bookstores. Or if you were using heroin
or were otherwise at high risk for HIV in North Seattle anytime between the 1980s and now, you likely recognize him because he may have saved your life. [more inside]
On Election Night 2008 in Seattle, Renee received a random celebratory text from a stranger. She saved that text for four years, until last night
Just how gay is Seattle? Pretty gay
For three days, the world's best 'Magic' players battle it out in Seattle
Three weeks ago, Seattle hosted the Magic: The Gathering Players Championship. Noah Davis writes about one of the most prestigious M:TG tournaments from an outsider's perspective. It turns out, Magic is still around, and it's a big deal.
When is a private space a public space? When it's a Privately Owned Public Space (POPS)
. In accordance with the planning codes of some cities, owners or builders of buildings are mandated to provide members of the general public access to spaces which include rooftop gardens, courtyards, and plazas. [more inside]
A dude found his stolen bicycle on Craigslist days after it had been lifted and then drives 160 miles to find the thief and confront him
Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners has pitched the Major League's
24th 23rd perfect game
, in a 12-strikeout, 1-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. You can watch an abbreviated video showing all 27 outs in succession at mlb.com here
(6:08). [more inside]
Kathi Goertzen, a TV news anchor on KOMO in Seattle, has died
after battling brain tumors for 14 years. In 2011, she candidly discussed how it felt to be in the public eye
after a tumor caused one side of her face
to become paralyzed. [more inside]
How do you cheer up a cat-loving teenage cancer patient who misses her kitty? With the Cat Immersion Project for Maga
. Brought to you by Seattle Children's Hospital
and 3000+ people who sent in photos of their cats. [via ZeFrank]
Driving down the street in LA, you may notice coffee shops, gas stations or motels with bright primary colors, sweeping lines, bold angles and a retrofuture feel: Googie - Architecture of the Space Age [more inside]
In 1971, "decades before any state had seriously considered legalizing gay marriage, long before anyone had thought of creating—never mind repealing—a policy called “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” before Reagan, before AIDS, before the American Psychiatric Association determined that homosexuality was not a mental illness, and before half the people currently living in America were even born, a man named John Singer stepped into the King County marriage license office in Seattle." Meet Faygele ben Miriam, the radical activist who pioneered the fight for same-sex marriage in Washington State, 41 years ago. Via.
The latest match in North American soccer's Cascadia Cup was played yesterday between the Portland Timbers and the Vancouver Whitecaps, and the atmosphere was amazing
. [more inside]
This weekend Seattle kicks off six months of celebrations marking the 50th Anniversary
of the Century 21 Exposition
, more commonly known as the 1962 Seattle's World's Fair
. Conceived in the shadow of Sputnik, the Fair promoted better living through modern science
with futuristic rides and exhibits including the Bubbleator
, the Gayway (previously on mefi
) and of course the Space Needle
, which this week returns to it's original color. [more inside]
The Seattle Times has just published a largely unfavorable four-part series about Seattle-based Amazon.com. In Part 1
, the newspaper questions how much Amazon is doing for the local community. Part 2
suggests that Amazon is damaging the publishing industry. Part 3
asks if Amazon's tax-free status gives it an unfair advantage. And Part 4
wonders whether Amazon is bad for its own workers.