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Out of the Ashes of Thick as Thieves Comes the New Comics Quarterly Hair Flip

by Rich Smith C.M. Ruiz translates the deeply strange story arc of ’90s Nintendo game StarTropics into a comic. ART...
The Stranger  |  06-05-2019  |  Slog

Mutsuko Soma Opens Hannyatou, a Sake Bar in Fremont

Hannyatou is a new sake bar in Fremont. by Lester Black It was after drinking a glass of aged sake...
The Stranger  |  06-05-2019  |  Slog

Seattle's Beer Industry Is Sexist

by Anna Coumou LAUREN KOLESINSKASIf you are a woman who loves beer, or sports, or heavy machinery, you're going to...
The Stranger  |  06-05-2019  |  Slog

I Went to Three Rooftop Bars in One Night and Didn't Throw Up

by Nathalie Graham The Nest is 13 stories high. SARAH FLOTARDPeople in the United States have been knocking back drinks...
The Stranger  |  06-05-2019  |  Slog

The Winner of This Live Drag Competition at R Place Gets $5,000

by Chase Burns Contestant Dolce Vida (left) with show host Cookie Couture. KEITH JOHNSONThis has been the decade of drag...
The Stranger  |  06-05-2019  |  Slog

Does Seattle Need a Night Mayor?

by Gregory Scruggs “Cities are waking up to the idea that nightlife isn’t a nuisance to be gotten rid of,...
The Stranger  |  06-05-2019  |  Slog

The Matrix Trilogy Is Not About Human Liberation, but About How Machines Cannot Liberate Themselves from Their Masters

by Charles Mudede Neo (Keanu Reeves), the One, and Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss), his No. 1.Set at the end of the...
The Stranger  |  06-05-2019  |  Slog

Seattle Is One of the Most Difficult and Least Lucrative Cities to Be a Stripper

by Katie Herzog PETE GAMLENOccasionally—say, on summer nights when the rooftop bars and sidewalk patios are hot enough to cook...
The Stranger  |  06-05-2019  |  Slog

Ben Zaidi's Independence Day

by Jasmyne Keimig Ben Zaidi's album Abandonism drops on June 7. JEFFREY ROSESeattle musician Ben Zaidi's music is made for...
The Stranger  |  06-05-2019  |  Slog

Crossword Solution: Quiet Change

by Brendan Emmett Quigley [ Comment on this story ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]...
The Stranger  |  06-05-2019  |  Slog

No Collusion, Just Russian-American Fusion... in a Lake City Cocktail Lounge

by Meg van Huygen Korochka Tavern owners Lisa Malinovskaya (left) and Kendall Murphy. Malinovskaya was born in Moscow. COURTESY OF...
The Stranger  |  06-05-2019  |  Slog

A Seattle Nightlife Legend Lives on Through the Alex Calderwood Fund

by Christopher Frizzelle Alex Calderwood "was a connector before the word 'connector' was around. He wasn't a schmoozer, he wasn't...
The Stranger  |  06-05-2019  |  Slog

Kishi Bashi's New Album Glitters with Hope Despite Its Bleak Inspiration

by Leilani Polk Kishi Bashi playing at one of the former internment camp sites for his album and film Omoiyari...
The Stranger  |  06-05-2019  |  Slog

No Joke, Here Are Five Great Places to See Comedy in Seattle

by Dave Segal Unladylike with Erin Ingle and Alyssa Yeoman at Comedy Underground. ISAAC CAMPBELL-SMITHLaughter has always been key to...
The Stranger  |  06-05-2019  |  Slog

These Are the Freaks That Come Out at Night

by Charles Mudede BROOKE BARKERWe are not alone when walking home from a nightclub or a 24-hour restaurant. Night animals...
The Stranger  |  06-05-2019  |  Slog

In Defense of Karaoke

by Rich Smith Rich singing “You Oughta Know” at Bush Garden. KIM SELLINGKaraoke taps into a deep human need for...
The Stranger  |  06-05-2019  |  Slog

The Party Starter of Seattle

by Christopher Frizzelle Nark calls his parties “high-quality, off-the-wall, and inclusive.” COURTESY OF KEVIN KAUER"Things are better than ever," said...
The Stranger  |  06-05-2019  |  Slog

Slog PM: Amazon's Corpse Flower Is About to Bloom, Joe Biden Is Accused of Plagiarism (Again), Junuary Is Coming

by Chase Burns "Smells like meemaw." Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesAMAZON HAS A CORPSE FLOWER?!?!?!: Apparently, they have many. The...
The Stranger  |  06-04-2019  |  Slog

Appeals Courts Consider the Fate of Oregon's Youth-Led Climate Change Lawsuit

by Blair Stenvick Hundreds of kids rallied at Portland City Hall, calling for more government action on climate change, earlier...
The Portland Mercury  |  06-04-2019  |  Blog Town, PDX

Savage Love: Baby Soft

by Dan Savage Joe NewtonI'm a 27-year-old, male, adult baby/diaper lover (AB/DL). I've been in the closet about my fetish...
The Stranger  |  06-04-2019  |  Slog

Free Will Astrology: Through June 11

by Rob Brezsny ARIES (March 21–April 19): "I don't think we were ever meant to hear the same song sung...
The Stranger  |  06-04-2019  |  Slog

A Fancy New Box Set Makes the Case for Traffic as One of the Best Bands of All Time

by Ned Lannamann For me, the most exciting part of Avengers: Endgame wasn’t when our comic-book pals tumbled through time,...
The Stranger  |  06-04-2019  |  Slog

Hey, Sound Transit: Escalators Are Critical and You Should Take Them More Seriously

by David Cole The London Underground (unlike Seattle’s light rail system) has redundant escalators, as you can see in this...
The Stranger  |  06-04-2019  |  Slog

Portland Police Explain Why They Fired Munitions at Protesters on August 4

by Alex Zielinski KENTON WALTZThird-degree chemical burns. A traumatic head injury. Soft tissue damage. The casualty reports came in hours...
The Portland Mercury  |  06-04-2019  |  Blog Town, PDX

USA Today Story About Economy-Destroying Wages Straight Out of HBO's Chernobyl

by Charles Mudede HBOBack in the 1980s, my father, an economist educated at American University, was fond of saying that...
The Stranger  |  06-04-2019  |  Slog

A Fight Is Brewing Over West Seattle's Dreams for a Pricey Light Rail Tunnel

What do West Seattle's council candidates want to do about light rail in their neighborhood? by Lester Black Elevated Sound...
The Stranger  |  06-04-2019  |  Slog

Sonic Weapons in NW Portland

by Anonymous To the owner of the fourplex on NW Upshur between NW 25th and 26th, your motion-activated sonic weapons...
The Portland Mercury  |  06-04-2019  |  Blog Town, PDX

They're In Love But Not Having Sex and Not Sleeping Together and the Anal Trainer Kit Isn't Helping...

Savage Love Letter of the Day by Dan Savage I'm a 25-year-old gay man (top) who has been dating a...
The Stranger  |  06-04-2019  |  Slog

This Ukrainian Male Choir Has Got Me Fucked Up Over the Finale of Chernobyl

by Jasmyne Keimig Valery Legasov (Jared Harris) breaking nuclear reactors the fuck down for us dummies at home Liam Daniel/Courtesy...
The Stranger  |  06-04-2019  |  Slog

A Fancy New Box Set Makes the Case for Traffic as One of the Best Bands of All Time

by Ned Lannamann For me, the most exciting part of Avengers: Endgame wasn’t when our comic-book pals tumbled through time,...
The Portland Mercury  |  06-04-2019  |  Blog Town, PDX

Inbox Jukebox Track of the Day: The Eccentric Infatuation Ballad of "Nothing Else (You)" by Seattle Producer Chong the Nomad and Flint Eastwood

The sweetly eccentric "Nothing Else (You)" by Seattle producer Chong the Detroit vocalist Flint Eastwood is destined to soundtrack many...
The Stranger  |  06-04-2019  |  Slog

100 Stranger (Than Usual) Things To Do in Seattle This Week: June 4-9, 2019

Unusual, offbeat, quirky events you might not otherwise know about. by Elaina Friedman Our arts critics have already recommended 64...
The Stranger  |  06-04-2019  |  Slog

The Sea Gals Are Going Gender-Neutral. I Have Questions.

by Katie Herzog Will the Seamen also make the state minimum wage? Getty ImagesFor the first time in the team's...
The Stranger  |  06-04-2019  |  Slog

New Savage Lovecast: What Do We Do Now That Tumblr Is Dead?

Episode #658 — June 4, 2019 by The Stranger Here's a conundrum: A black, gay man is married to his...
The Stranger  |  06-04-2019  |  Slog

The Democrats Should Have a Climate Change Debate

Maybe this time around the Dems will debate climate change for more than six minutes. by Katie Herzog Maybe this...
The Stranger  |  06-04-2019  |  Slog

White Center Is Throwing Its First Pride Festival This Weekend. Here's What You Can Expect.

by Chase Burns Old Witch (left) and Cookie Couture (right) will be performing at a Drunky Two Shoes drag show...
The Stranger  |  06-04-2019  |  Slog

Slog AM: Eastern Washington Wildfire Burns More Than 3,000 Acres, London Protests Trump, Jeopardy! Champ Finally Bested

by Timothy Kenney Welp. Here comes fire season. JESSICA STEINTake the recent drop in King County homelessness with a giant...
The Stranger  |  06-04-2019  |  Slog

Good Morning, News: A Climate Change Lawsuit, a Dubious Union Vote, and a Compromised Census

by Blair Stenvick GETTY IMAGES Good morning, Portland! Set a countdown clock for June 14—when Shun Fat finally opens on...
The Portland Mercury  |  06-04-2019  |  Blog Town, PDX

Seoul Survivor: Busted for Dope in South Korea

Teaching English as a second language in South Korea was a good gig for this recent college graduate and world traveler until he smoked hashish with the wrong people and found himself cought up in that country's draconian drug enforcement.
Isthmus  |  Jason Storbakken  |  01-28-2005  |  Crime & Justice

Spider-Man Franchise Loses Steam

After bucking the pitfalls of creating a sassy big screen superhero based on a popular comic book, and following it up with an even better sequel, Sam Raimi's Spider-Man film series has fizzled into a flagging mix of confused passion and diluted villainy.
Maui Time  |  Cole Smithey  |  04-29-2007  |  Reviews

I Saw The Light: A Gay Man's Search for a Welcoming Church

After establishing an identity as a gay man, country musician and alternative journalist, the author realized that "just as preachers and Sunday school teachers used to tell me, I might have a soul, and it might need looking after."
Isthmus  |  Kenneth Burns  |  12-22-2005  |  LGBT