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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Macklemore's Best Quote Ever: "I found that I wasn't gay when I started using my penis."

Posted by on Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Last night, on late night teevee, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis showed up on Chelsea Lately and discussed penises and the Broadway musical CATS.
No, really. Click the screen grab to watch the vid:

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H/t to Josh Bis!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Owner of Village Green Nursery Regrets Friday's Michelle Shocked Performance

Posted by on Mon, Apr 29, 2013 at 1:30 PM

After last month's shocking Michelle Shocked debacle, the Stranger was surprised to receive info that the show had been rescheduled at a plant nursery in White Center. The new venue happened to be a back yard on the same property where the owner of the original venue lives. Over the weekend, the close-knit community drama unfolded on the Meander's Kitchen Facebook page, and the Village Green Perennial Nursery Facebook page. It appears now that most of the dramatic posts have now been deleted.

Vera Johnson, the owner of the Village Green Perennial Nursery, contacted me about having a platform to express her feelings about Friday's show.

Do you regret having Michelle Shocked play?
Yes, I regret that after talking with Michelle that I did not take some time to separate myself from the situation and think it through. I did not have enough facts. After the show was cancelled, it dropped off my radar and I went on with my own life. Michelle showed up at my business, during work hours and persuaded me to allow her play here and answer people's questions. Under no circumstances did I intend to imply that I support bigotry or hatred. I apologize deeply to anyone that this has offended.

Huh?
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  • Huh?

Do you stand by your decision to have her perform?
NO. I think speaking to her would have been enough and should have been enough. But it happened, and I can't change it. It's a hard lesson that I can use to learn from. I understand the frustration that is out there about this situation. I am frustrated too. I can only speak my truth and learn from my misjudgement. That is truly what this is, a misjudgement that I own. From a place of honesty, I seek forgiveness from those who were hurt as I also work through forgiving myself.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Mo-Wave Festival Highlights, In Photos

Posted by on Mon, Apr 15, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Holy Ho-Mo! 'Mo-Wave totaled 33 bands, over three days, plus theater and a visual art show (which you can still see, through May 4th.) My head is still spinning. Here are some photos of the mostly musical highlights at Chop Suey. It was an incredible and inspirational weekend, to say the least...

Highlight #1: Rachel from the Needs drumming. Holy wow.
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  • Highlight #1: Rachel from the Need's drumming. Holy wow.

Highlight #2: This leather bikini pouch thingie, ala Ononos
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  • Highlight #2: This leather bikini pouch thingie, ala Ononos

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

New Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds: The NSFW Video

Posted by on Thu, Feb 7, 2013 at 11:41 AM

How has YouTube not put the smackdown on those BARE BOOOOOOBIES at the 3:54 mark?! Not that I *want* them to, but I've been kicked off of YouTube twice, on lesser boob violations. I guess YouTube is less strict, as long as
it's straight—no homo? Actor Ray Winstone even puts said bare boobie IN HIS MOUTH at 4:09 mark.

Also... Nick Cave is back? I like this song! Yah?

Video after the jump...

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Friday, January 25, 2013

TUCK is Tonight, with Pageant Queens, Butch Bois, Gender-F*ckers, Femmes, Bearded Ladies, Fish and... Vockah Redu

Posted by on Fri, Jan 25, 2013 at 3:17 PM

Vockah: Before and After
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  • Vockah: Before and After

Tonight, in the second installment of TUCK at Chop Suey, you can not only can basque in the glamour-glow of host BenDeLaCreme—alongside Ade, Aleksa Manila, Jackie Hell, Mama Tits, Robbie Turner, and fly girls MicKiki—you also get to dance with New Orleans Booty God, Vockah Redu:

I hear there's an advice booth THAT REALLY WORKS (!), and just like last time
(see photos), a chance to get a fabulous makeover by Miss Jackie Hell.

Pretty baby: Jackie Hell makeover magic
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  • Pretty baby: Jackie Hell makeover magic

Giiirl, what are you waiting for? There's outfits to prepare! Purchase tickets here. $10/ $8 in drag. Arrive before 10:30 and have your name entered in a raffle to win $100 cash. More info here!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

New Drag Night: TUCK! (And/Or Would You Let This Woman Give You a Makeover?)

Posted by on Wed, Nov 28, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Have you been dreaming about a holiday makeover? Maybe you're too shy to go to the Nordstrom counter? Well, Friday is your chance to make ALL these dreams come true... with beauty consultant Jackie Hell.

BenDeLaCreme is hosting a brand new night called TUCK, this Friday, at Chop Suey, which includes a kissing booth with Jinx Monsoon (SWOON!) and makeover station manned operated by Jackie Hell and Aleksa Manila (SHEXY!)

Jackie loves her leeeeepshitck!
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  • Jackie loves her leeeeep'shitck!

Check the weave, lacquer the lids, and strap on those cha cha heels! Pageant queens, gender-f*ckers, bearded ladies, fish—however you DO drag, however you LOVE drag—come out and FLAUNT IT.

Full press release, HERE, and after the jump!

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Seduction: Seattle's Sexiest Halloween Party in Photos

Posted by on Wed, Oct 31, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Seduction is an annual party in Fremont sponsored by the Seattle Erotic Arts Festival. In addition to all the costumed folks, there was an erotic art showcase, and interactive experiences like ultraviolet body painting, and decorative bondage. I saw a lot of people making out. Also, like any good Halloween party should, there was a costume contest, where Seduction gave away over $3,000 worth of prizes. How d'ya like them apples? Happy "Sexy" Halloween!

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More photos after the jump! May be NSFW...

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Friday, August 3, 2012

Black Lips Share A Big, Faggy, Gay Kiss At Chick-fil-A

Posted by on Fri, Aug 3, 2012 at 12:38 PM

First, read this collection of posts, so you remember what exactly what sort of morons we are currently sharing the good ole U-S-Of-A with...

...then CLICK HERE to see a picture of Cole and Jared from the Black Lips playing tonsil hockey at Chick-fil-A. I say more musicians should help get the kiss-in protests fired up. WHO SHOULD KISS NEXT?

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: "Same Love" Released Today

Posted by on Wed, Jul 18, 2012 at 11:35 AM

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Stop everything you're doing and listen to this brand new song, "Same Love." I'm not joking. This is BIG. It was written in support of Macklemore and Lewis' partnership with the Music For Marriage Equality campaign and Sub Pop Records. Read more about Music For Marriage, by The Stranger's Dominic Holden HERE. Also find more information, and several excellent video testimonials buy local musicians, at music4marriage.org.



Sub Pop will release the track as a limited run 7" on 7/31, with all proceeds going to benefit the Music for Marriage Equality campaign. The song will also appear on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' debut LP The Heist which they'll independently release on 10/9.

Read Macklemore's personal official statement after the jump.


Love is love, and please vote YES on Referendum 74.

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Seattle's First Co-Ed Wet T-Shirt Contest @ The Funhouse

Posted by on Thu, Jul 5, 2012 at 2:49 PM

As anyone who knows me already knows—I am always PRO wet t-shirt contest. Suddenly, though, here's a CO-ED wet t-shirt contest this Friday, July 6th. I mean, I love a man in a wet shirt, but isn't this sort of thing lady-time? Isn't this the only time it's appropriate to type 8-zero-zero-8-5 on your phone and send to your friend who's watching the contest on the other side of the stage?

Read more about Summer Fest 666: Wet Tee and Hot Dog Eating Contest + Music @ the Funhouse.

Wet T-Shirt @ Testicle Festival in Clinton Montana
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  • Wet T-Shirt @ Testicle Festival in Clinton Montana

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Washington Is For Lovers!

Posted by on Tue, Jun 19, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Gays and lovers of gays: what are you wearing to Seattle Pride this weekend? Maybe this locally-made shirt "Washington Is For Lovers", oops, I mean "Washington Is For Gay Lovers"?

Hurry, and order one from Tender Validations. They're donating a percentage of the profits from the shirt to Music for Marriage Equality.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

What Are You Doing On December 29th?

Posted by on Wed, Dec 14, 2011 at 12:57 PM

You could always go to the Orca Ballroom at the Tulalip Casino, I'm just sayin'.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Get Dressed to the Nines for Charity @ Re-bar Tonight

Posted by on Fri, Dec 2, 2011 at 4:10 PM

"Celebrate the holiday season in style with Adé at Re-bar at the Black and White Ball—a holiday party and benefit for Lifelong AIDS Alliance—with DJs Riz and El Toro and performances by Vintage Youth, Adé, and fashions by Artstar, Danial Webster, Jordan Christianson and Lenna Peterson. Come dress up to the nines (in black and white). $10 cover for black & white formal wear, $15 without."

Re-bar, 1114 Howell St, 233-9873, 10:30 pm, 21+

Friday, November 18, 2011

In Utero: Not Nirvana's. Mickey Hart's Unborn Son's Heartbeat

Posted by on Fri, Nov 18, 2011 at 1:11 PM

The process of normal human childbirth is categorized in three stages of labor: the shortening and dilation of the cervix, descent and birth of the infant, and birth of the placenta. Except when a shakuhachi flute is played. Then all the shit just flies out at the same time like its on a log flume ride.
  • The process of normal human childbirth is categorized in three stages of labor: the shortening and dilation of the cervix, descent and birth of the infant, and birth of the placenta. Except when a shakuhachi flute is played. Then all the shit just flies out at the same time like it's on a log flume ride.
Music to be Born By is a 70-minute soundscape created to sonically aid in the birth of Mickey Hart’s son, Taro. Taro’s heartbeat was recorded in utero and played back during his birth. Then several of Hart’s friends asked if they could use the recording for their own babies’ births. Then Hart decided to release the recording to the public. Taro's heartbeat, is overdubbed with bass harmonics, drums, and shakuhachi flute.

As soon as a shakuhachi flute gets played, the baby flies out, like it's running down the side of a mountain.

Here now is the sound of Mickey Hart's unborn son's heartbeat, and instruments.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Big Freedia Tonight

Posted by on Sat, Jun 25, 2011 at 5:40 PM

Don't miss the Queen Diva! Wildrose! GO!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Learn to Bounce Dat Ass, New Orleans Style

Posted by on Fri, Jun 10, 2011 at 2:30 PM

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  • Hi, I'm your total babe dance instructor
Um, hey, the clock's ticking. The hour is almost upon us. Do you know how much New Orleans bounce is gonna be at this year's Gay Pride? There is gonna be azz everywhere, and I don't want all of us standing around, mouths agape. What we need, as barely-dancing Seattleites, is PRACTICE. Practice, practice, and more practice. I recently got to talk to New Orleans heartthrob Vockah Redu. I asked him how much size mattered, in the booty dept, and he reassured me, "Size doesn't matter. Practice makes perfect. To move your rump up and down, round an' round, is about creativity and motions of your body".

Well, that's kind of reassuring. I wish there was some sort of class... Oh wait: THERE IS. Vockah Redu & the Cru are teaching a dance and workout class next Thursday, June 16th, from 6-7 pm, at FRED Wildlife Center (see flyer).

Maybe there is hope for us. Redu also performs at the Trouble Bouncy Ball Pre-Pride Party, next Saturday the 18th, at FRED Wildlife Refuge (advance tickets available at Rudy’s Barbershops), and then again at the always fun-as-hell Wild Rose beer garden stage, during Pride proper, on Saturday the 24th, performing alongside Big Freedia. Oh, Big Freedia! This is going to be dancin'-est, funnest Seattle Gay Pride, in the history of Seattle Gay Pride. Mark my words.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Dear Sebadoh Fans

Posted by on Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 1:11 AM

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Tomorrow night, you will experience a part of Sebadoh that you have been pining for. That part that reveals itself to you. Drawing exclusively from Harmacy and Bakesale, there are many moments where you feel like you've been transported to that head space you were in fifteen years ago, the place that you had a hard time letting out your feeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelings, before you grew some balls and decided to cry at the theater with your girlfriend, and in the bed next to her as you struggled to get it back up.

Sebadoh didn't play "Willing To Wait." I wouldn't have left if they did. But don't worry, dudes. They will still play some rippers (Jason Lowenstein is playing bass, after all... this ain't no Gaffney/Barlow circle jerk). Get ready for the beauty of the ride.

Sebadoh plays Neumos on Saturday, February 12. Open up your heart and let them in.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Caperin': I Have A Dream That Children Will Not Learn Today

Posted by on Mon, Jan 17, 2011 at 8:55 AM

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FREE FREE AMANDA KNOX PAINTING: Here is a painting that is for free. To win this 18"x24" painting and have it sent to your home (Anytown, USA), simply leave a really, really good haiku in the comments section. My roommates Ruben & Lacey will pick the one that they like most and that will be the winner. (Tip: they like ZZ Top, dogs, and pizza). They're not getting home from Texas until 9pm tonight, so you have all day to do this. It seems that most of the evidence given against lil' Manders Knox was provided by a drug-dealing homeless man, so there's a really good chance she'll be chompin' crispy burritos at the West Seattle Taco Time in no time.

Amanda Knox celebrated Christmas playing guitar and eating turkey .
  • Amanda Knox celebrated Christmas playing guitar and eating turkey .

JEEZ LOUISE, THIS TOWN IS DEPRESSING. The weather in this city is the p-i-t-s! I don't think I've ever been so depressed in my life. Everybody told me to take vitamin D and luckily I found a bottle of supplements for teenaged girls in the medicine cabinet. Then I found myself watching the worst possible TV that I could find streaming on NetFlix. This mostly meant Man Vs. Food, American Pickers and unauthorized biographies, the best being a wonderfully boring documentary about a house that George Harrison once slept in. Eventually I settled on the very worst thing to ever come through television, The Secret Life of the American Teenager. As our own Alithea O'Dell put it, "At that point you are scraping the bottom of the barrel of life."

The secret life of this pregnant television teen involves eating a chicken wing.
  • The secret life of this pregnant television teen involves eating a chicken wing.

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Prepare To Fall In Love With The New Hunx And His Punx

Posted by on Wed, Jan 12, 2011 at 3:47 PM

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Hunx and His Punx are releasing their first-ever proper full length studio album (after a million-gazillion singles) on Hardly Art Records! In stores March 29th! It's called Too Young to Be In Love! It was produced by Ivan Julian, formerly of Richard Hell & the Voidoids! I heard a sneak preview! It's a beauty! An A+++! It's about heartbreak! Sex! Love! YOU WILL FALL IN LOVE!

Well, unless you DON'T like rock n' roll. And you don't believe in love. And you HATE amazing all-girl backup bands... and boys who sing like girls... and girls who rock like boys...

Read my 2009 interview with Hunx HERE. Swoon.

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