Archive for July, 2009

primary endorsements: here they come

There’s a primary election on 18 August and ballots are on their way to your mailbox. As such, editorial endorsements are beginning to appear:

  • the Seattle Times goes with both Nickels and Mallahan (even though you can only vote for one of them) [times]
  • the Stranger chooses Mike McGinn, along with picks for most of the other races (somewhat surprisingly, they also stuck with Licata). [slog]
  • the P-I isn’t making endorsements this year.

in other blogs: lists of lists

photo by paul swortz [flickr] via our group pool [#]
  • OK, fine. Christopher Frizzelle and Eric Grandy love Throw Me the Statue even more than I do. Though I’d put “Conquering Kids” and “Noises” (in that order) at the top of my own personal list, which would also include “This is How We Kiss”. [thestranger]
  • I do not in any possible way sympathize with people who whine about the water features at Cal Anderson being off limits to bathing. There’s a real wading pool mere steps away and the stonework in the pool isn’t remotely foot-friendly. [postglobe]
  • Here you go listicle lovers: a billion 168 bests in Seattle plus even more chosen by readers. Fun fact: Erika Hobart, decrier of Marie Claire’s appraisal of Seattle as singles market [#], reveals that Peso’s is where she goes when she doesn’t want to end up in her own bed. [seattleweekly]
  • Lucas Anderson has some very pretty photos of the new hostel [belltownpeople] opening in the remains of the Lorraine Hotel on 2nd Avenue and being decorated by a fleet of artists. [flickr]

weekend agenda: aside from those boats and planes we’d prefer to ignore

throw me the statue, at neumos. playing tonight at the mural lawn. photo by josh.

throw me the statue, at neumo's. playing tonight at the mural lawn. photo by josh.

  • KEXP’s series of free concerts at the Mural lawn in Seattle Center start this afternoon with performances from Blitzen Trapper (sounding more mellow and consistently warm than their earlier eclectic junkyard campfire robot days) and Throw Me the Statue (whose delightful new album, Creaturesque, hums and buzzes with life, feels less hermetic and drum-machine-dependent than Moonbeams, and is already a fast summer favorite. It arrives in stores next week or in your inbox upon advance purchase [secretly canadian]; stand-out track “Ancestors” [mp3] shows off the album’s catchy hooks, more prominent guitars, and now-expected yet still-exceptional heartsick lyrics.) The beer garden opens at 5 and the show starts at 6. With temperatures setting into reasonable territory well below the three-digit mark, it’s probably the best possible after-work activity available. [kexp]
  • two juxtaposed words that broke my brain: BINGO Karaoke. $10, Greenood Senior Center. [phinneywood]
  • There’s an awesome muppet party on Saturday night, with Animal Drumming and the Saturday Knights, and cheap drinks. $10-15, 9pm, Saturday. [mb/bpt]
  • It’s a battle-of-the bands at the downtown Top Pot doughnuts as local label stars vie to eat the most fried deliciousness for pride and charity. [
  • Urban Craft Uprising arrives in Seattle Center this weekend. It’s free, but you’ll need to arrive early to get in before everyone else grabs up the quirky, weird, adorable, handmade goods that will garner months of compliments and enjoyment for themselves.

Urgent: NWFF Donation Drive

Do you have an extra $10?

I know, very few of us have a lot of extra money these days, but consider $10. It is the cost of one movie ticket.

The Northwest Film Forum reports that their income is off by about 30% this year (much like a lot of other organizations) and their existence is in danger. Their email plea went out to 10,000 people the other day and it sounds pretty dire.

…while we remain scrappy and imaginative in tough
spots, this time is different.

We are looking at real changes at the Film Forum unless you say yes
and support us. We need to reach a goal of $70,000 by August 15.
Please walk it in, mail it in, or click here to make your donation.

The NWFF is a pretty special place. They hold classes, rent equipment and space, and offer up a wide variety of film programming. Please consider donating today. You don’t even have to get up out of your chair.

Car Baked Foods: Delicious, Nutritious, and Slightly Cheaper than Using Your Oven

Is your oven broken? Are you sick of wasting electricity and propane just to make scrambled eggs? Is your car a fiery furnace?

Perhaps you’d like to use your car’s dashboard to create a lovely cornucopia of baked goods.

Yesterday I received a call from Debs Gardner – a local food blogger – who was baking cookies, caserole, eggs, quesedillas, and black beans on the dashboards of multiple cars parked around Greenlake. Behold: car-baked food!

Looks like the glare of sun on the windshield is melting the cheese on that casserole quite nicely.

Give these boiled eggs another hour on the dashboard and they should be salmonella-free. But now the car smells like Yellowstone

Soon these peaches and apricots will be liquefied so someone without teeth can eat them. Right now they’re just mushy. The car smells like a fruit farm.

Floppy cookies, anyone?

Think of all the potential ovens out there, sitting in parking lots, waiting for someone to leave a casserole, quiche, frozen turkey or Lean Cuisine TV dinner. The mind boggles.

Free Skin Cancer Screening Tour

In the news lately are reports that tanning booths contribute to even higher chances of developing skin cancer than previously thought. Coincidentally, I received notice of a free full-body skin cancer screening tour coming to Seattle in August.

The Skin Cancer Foundation Road to Healthy Skin Tour with the help of Kerrie Spoonemore, MD and Sidney B. Smith, MD will be stopping by Seattle, Sunnyside, and Kennewick in the Tour’s 38-foot customized RV to offer free full body skin cancer screenings and the latest skin cancer information to the public. Screenings are first come, first serve. Local dermatologists that have donated their time will be available for media interviews.

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Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, with more than one million cases diagnosed annually across the country. Skin cancer is also one of the most preventable and curable form of cancer if it is detected early. The tour will be making 80 stops at a variety of locations including participating Rite Aid stores. The goal of the tour is to save lives by detecting skin cancers early on, and educating the public about skin cancer prevention by means of sun protection and the need for prompt, effective treatment.

Might be worth checking out even if you don’t utilize tanning beds.

Cheap Drinks and Loose Puppets at EMP|SFM’s Late Night Exhibitchin’

Straight from the mouths of EMP|SFM’s killer PR team:

Experience Jim Henson’s Fantastic World at EMP|SFM’s Late Night Exhibitchin’, Saturday, August 1 from 9:00 pm – 1:00 am. EMP|SFM’s new afterhours dance party will feature live music, cheap drinks and super surprises throughout the evening and into the morning.

Start the night out right, and get your inner-Muppet on for an Animal drumming competition! Drums and sticks will be provided, animalistic tendencies—that’s all you, baby. Dance to music by local rap-pop-rock legends The Saturday Knights, the deliciously funky Eldridge Gravy & the Court Supreme and wunderkind spin master DJ Electro Wolf. Enjoy $3 beers and other drink specials throughout the night. Oh, and did we mention surprises? What’s a bitchin’ event without a little spectacle here and there?

Prizes for most-spazzy and most-snazzy Animal impersonations will be awarded. Save a place in the competition, send an e-mail to and get the low-down.

Jim Henson’s Fantastic World is currently on display at EMP|SFM through August 16. This limited-run exhibition, organized by The Jim Henson Legacy and Smithsonian Institution, takes a comprehensive look at the creative genius and cultural phenomenon, Jim Henson.

Date: Saturday, August 1, 2009 – Sunday, August 2, 2009
Time: 9:00 pm – 1:00 am
Ticket Info: Tickets are $10 for EMP|SFM members and $12 for the general public in advance; and $15 for EMP|SFM members and general public at the door. Tickets are on sale now at

Readings, signings, and other events vaguely literary for Friday, July 31, 2009

crow planet

2:00 PM – Zinery 101 Workshop
SPL Ballard Branch
A zine is a self-published magazine. Learn the basics and make your own zine with Lucy Morehouse of Ong Ong Press. For ages 12-adult. Limited to 20 people. Please pre-register with the branch.

7:30 PM – Lyanda Lynn Haupt: Crow Planet: Finding Our Place in the Zoopolis
Elliott Bay Book Co.
A couple of years ago, a juvenile crow got stuck in my chimney. We called the appropriate state agency, which put us in contact with A Guy. Said Guy was able to free the bird, since named Sooty. Sooty still lives in my neighborhood, although I think Sooty’s parents have moved on. I’ve become rather fond of my feral extended family. Anyway, the point of this little diversion is that even urbanites live within a matrix of wild flora and fauna, the web of life, the food chain in action, et cetera… so, go; listen to Haupt; buy the book; read the book.

in other blogs: saving our blue angel ire for later

photo by liquidnight [flickr] via our group pool [#].
  • local sloppy pop sweethearts, BOAT, are releasing a new album in October (but playing a show next month, hooray! 7 August!). Keep track of the behind the scenes making, and making of, videostyle. [youtube]
  • One of the Zoo’s snow leopard cubs has a name, the other doesn’t. You can help fix that. [woodlandparkz]
  • The Seattle P-I dives into the neighborhood blog scene, making a landing in Queen Anne. [seattlehound]
  • Rosencrantz and Miller are the least fun city council candidates — no marijuana or skinny dipping. [slog]

ebert confuses his amateur porn festivals

In a well-deserved favorable review for Lynn Shelton’s Humpday (3.5, with the half-point deduction for not featuring Zooey Deschanel [r-e]), Roger Ebert expresses his surprise at learning that HUMP!, which provides the premise for the film, actually exists. Unfortunately, though, he must have googled “humpfest” while researching because he gets a very very incorrect impression of the Stranger’s annual amateur pornography festival:

Unlike the porn films described in this film, its entries must be hump films — in other words, depicting an activity common to dogs and Transformers. In fact, the festival has only one rule: “Penetration equals disqualification.” [rogerebert]

Let’s hope that someone clues him in before he shows up this October to see for himself.

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