Cup Trial at Greyville key for July hopefuls

The R250,000, Grade 3 Cup Trial (1800m) at Greyville on Saturday is a last gasp opportunity for Grade 1 Vodacom Durban July (2200m) field borderline horses to put up their hands for a berth in the field and this year’s race will be fascinating as six of the nine runners are July entries and they will all need big runs to book their places.

Black Arthur, picture Nkosi Hlophe

Rising Sun in unison with Gold Circle always put on an amazing race day and Greyville is the place to be on Saturday to watch the Cup Trial, the Grade 1 Rising Sun Gold Challenge and the Grade 2 Tibouchina Stakes.

The Justin Snaith-trained Black Arthur is the fourth favourite in the July at 10/1 with Betting World, yet is nowhere to be seen on the latest July log, which was released yesterday. He started 10/1 for last year’s July and finished a 2.75 length seventh, but was unlucky as he was hindered by a horse inside of him when making his run on the outside and could have got closer.

He subsequently had a haemoconcentration problem and can be forgiven his below par form in the Cape summer. Gelding has solved his issues and he was staying on in the Drill Halls Stakes over 1400m to finish just 2.75 lengths back under Anthony Delpech. He should come on a lot for the run and will relish the step up in trip. He has landed a good draw of four and Delpech, who partnered him to win last season’s Grade 2 Canon Guineas, stays aboard. He has to carry topweight, but it would be no surprise if he turns out to be better than his current 104 merit rating as he has always been highly regarded.

His stablemate Elusive Silva went up to near the top of the boards after his impressive win under Delpech in the Listed Sledgehammer over this course and distance. He is currently a July 13/1 shot, having run a bit of a flat race in the Betting World 1900, although the lack of pace did not suit him there and a gap did not open for him immediately at the top of the straight.

He is now in position 20 on the July log and needs a big run, but Delpech looks to have opted for Black Arthur. He could not have got a better replacement in Richard Fourie and off his 99 merit rating he gets 2.5kg from Black Arthur. He does have the widest draw of all to overcome and will likely have to rely on his magnificent turn of foot to earn a July berth.

Nebula is the Algoa Cup holder and won his Champions Season debut over 1600m on the Greyville poly hands and heels after moving up impressively. He looks to have come into his own and is drawn in pole.

The long-striding Royal Badge was running on in eyecatching style in that race and will relish the extra 200m in this race.

Master Switch has run below par in all three of his starts at Greyville as he has not settled well, but he now has a plum draw and if he finds cover and settles he has the ability to go close.

Champion trainer Sean Tarry has four in the top 20 on the log and will try and qualify the gallant filly Trophy Wife in this race. She has been one of the best of a magnificent crop of females and last time out was staying on well for a 1.9 length third in defence of her Grade 2 Gerald Rosenberg crown over 2000m at Turffontein . After a layoff she had three runs in about five weeks, so that was a tough ask and she might now be ready to give of her best.

Celtic Captain has been scratched from the July as it is probably a touch too far for him. He can be headstrong so is another one who needs cover, because if he settles he has a fine turn of foot and a sustained finish. His draw of six is thus a bit tricky but if he does find cover and settles this trip will be ideal and he will go close.

Go Direct, not a July entry, produced an amazing finish to win a Pinnacle event over this trip at Turffontein in April and he was caught wide in the Betting World 1900 before ending in a probably too handy position. He now has a plum draw and if held up off the pace could surprise.

The front-running Crowd Pleaser is the most interesting runner in the race as he won an Allowance Plate over this trip on the poly last time out and beat none other than Edict Of Nantes and Lady Of The World, who won the Gr 1 Daily News 2000 and Gr 1 Woolavington 2000 in their next respective starts.

The latter pair were likely preparing in that race but it was still a fine display and Crowd Please has won his last three starts at Greyville. Against him is his wide draw as he will have to make some use of to get to the front.

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Folk polymath Rhiannon Giddens honors the musical cultures of the oppressed

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Rhiannon Giddens first gained international recognition in the late 2000s as a founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, an acoustic combo dedicated to honoring the African-American string-band tradition. During the heyday of these bands in the early 20th century, they incorporated a wide range of influences, among them antebellum slave songs, acoustic blues, popular tunes, fiddle breakdowns, creole music, and Celtic reels—though most modern listeners simply characterize the banjo-and-violin melodies of string-band music as “hillbilly” or “country.”

Like their predecessors in the 20s and 30s, the Carolina Chocolate Drops cast a wide net: a typical set might touch on blues, folk, pop (and not just vintage pop—the group has included beatboxer Adam Matta), vaudeville-tinged musical storytelling, and folk dances that hybridized Anglo-European and African-American cultural tropes as effortlessly as the music did. Giddens’s supple, expressive voice (she’d studied opera at Oberlin) proved more than equal to the diverse challenges she set it, and her flamboyant showmanship upped the ante further. She often ended her portion of the show with a folk version of the 2001 Blu Cantrell R&B number “Hit ‘Em Up Style,” complete with body language and audience shout-outs borrowed from hip-hop.

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In 2006 the Chocolate Drops released their acclaimed debut, Dona Got a Ramblin’ Mind (Music Maker), but Giddens continued to record with other artists. In 2007 she appeared on Indian Summer by ethnomusicologist and singer Talitha MacKenzie, contributing vocals, banjo, fiddle, and traditional “flatfooting” dance-step rhythms; in 2009 she and mezzo-­soprano Cheryse McLeod Lewis formed the group Eleganza to release Because I Knew You, a set of songs drawn from classical music, the African-­American spiritual tradition, and American theater and film.

After the Chocolate Drops won a Grammy for the 2010 Nonesuch release Genuine Negro Jig (Best Traditional Folk Album), Giddens’s solo career blossomed. In 2013 she participated in a Manhattan concert organized to promote Inside Llewyn Davis, the Coen brothers film based loosely on the memoirs of folksinger Dave Van Ronk. Her renditions of “Water Boy” (where she invoked the spirit of African-American folksinger and activist Odetta) and two traditional Gaelic dance songs earned her a spontaneous standing ovation and widespread critical praise. She also recorded contributions to We Are Not for Sale: Songs of Protest (a 2013 compilation released by a collective calling itself the NC Music Love Army) and T-Bone Burnett’s 2014 Bob Dylan project Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes.

Giddens’s solo releases under her own name—the EPs We Rise (2013) and Factory Girl (2015) and the albums Tomorrow Is My Turn (2015) and Freedom Highway (2017)—have solidified her status as a major creative force even as she remains difficult for marketers to categorize. African-American artists who don’t make R&B or hip-hop often get lumped into “blues,” especially if they play “folk” instruments, but Giddens’s output is too varied and extensive for that kind of racially coded knee-jerk label to stick.

Because Giddens has made a specialty of stylistic and cultural mashups, the words “postmodern” and “postracial” get thrown at her a lot. But hers remains the voice of a proud black woman celebrating her heritage—and her understanding of that heritage means she embraces and honors the entirety of “people’s culture,” both high and low, no matter its origin or background. Whether borrowed or original, her songs are fables of struggle and triumph, usually from the perspective of the oppressed—the kind of staunch-hearted anthems of solidarity that we need now more than ever.  v

Rhiannon Giddens performs on Sunday, June 11, at 6:20 PM at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion.

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Our ugly racism’s newest artifact: The noose left at the African American Museum

On Wednesday, as yellow buses disgorged flocks of school groups and multigenerational visitors pushed wheelchairs and strollers into the Smithsonian’s compelling National Museum of African American History and Culture, something entered the building with them:


Sometime in the afternoon, in the gallery on segregation, someone placed the vile instrument of our country’s history of lynching — a noose — inside the museum. It was the second time this week one was found on Smithsonian grounds. A noose was found hanging from a tree near the Hirshhorn Museum four days earlier.

But a noose inside the African American Museum was a disturbing reminder that our history of racial oppression and violence is far from over.

Mamie Till Mobley weeps at her son’s funeral on Sept. 6, 1955, in Chicago. The casket is now on display in the African American Museum. (Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

“The noose has long represented a deplorable act of cowardice and depravity — a symbol of extreme violence for African Americans,” Lonnie Bunch, the founding director of the museum, said in a statement. “Today’s incident is a painful reminder of the challenges that African Americans continue to face.

“This was a horrible act,” he said, “but a stark reminder of why our work is so important.”

And that’s especially true in Trump’s America, where strident white nationalism — a movement that wants to achieve a whites-only state — is on the rise. The Southern Poverty Law Center has recorded about 1,300 incidents since the 2016 election. They are happening almost every day, all over the country.

Three people have been stabbed to death in the past two weeks by alleged white supremacists — two men defending teenage girls on a train in Portland, Ore., and Richard W. Collins III, a Bowie State University student out with friends on the University of Maryland at College Park campus.

In Los Angeles on Wednesday, someone spray-painted racist graffiti outside the home of basketball star LeBron James as he prepared for the NBA Finals.

“No matter how much money you have, no matter how famous you are, no matter how many people admire you, being black in America is tough,” James told reporters. And he invoked the memory of Emmett Till’s mother, who forced the world to look at her lynched 14-year-old son. “The reason she had an open casket was that she wanted to show the world what her son went through as far as a hate crime and being black in America,” James said.

Till’s casket is on display at the African American Museum, where the noose was left the same day James’s house was vandalized.

Assuming the noose was left by a racist white person, it shouldn’t be too hard to find the culprit. Far too few white people go there.

When the museum opened in September amid the ugly rhetoric of the Trump presidential campaign, I begged my fellow white Americans to please go to the museum.

Because this place isn’t just black history. It’s America’s history.

And the searing, soaring five-story museum fills the gaps in our country’s complicated story that too many of us have forgotten, sanitized or simply never knew.

But white folks weren’t listening too well.

The Smithsonian doesn’t keep track of the races of the more than 1 million visitors who have flocked to the museum since it opened. But I could see it every time I passed the building and during my four trips inside. The vast majority of visitors are black.

The very crowd with the most to learn, the Americans wrestling hardest with the legacy of race in their country, seemed to be avoiding the place.

I went to the museum Wednesday to see whether my impression was correct.

And with each wave of visitors holding their timed-entry passes, except for the school groups, it was always the same. Black, black, black, black, white, white, black, black, black, black.

“I don’t want to get you in trouble, but you’re here every day,” I said to one security guard. “Would you say this is the demographic profile you see every day?”

“Yes. I’d say about 10 percent, 20 percent white,” the guard said.

Same answer from all of the other employees who were kind enough to talk to me.

Marcia Lawrence and her friend Mike Goulet were among the white visitors in the 10:30 a.m. wave. They came from Connecticut, and Lawrence’s daughter, a history teacher in Pennsylvania, got their passes ahead of time.

“We’re all together in this, we’re all one country, and we should learn about our country that way,” she said.

There were also plenty of white folks who were thwarted by the museum’s popularity.

“We’re here from Memphis, and we really want to go,” one white couple told me. “But we just didn’t get passes today.”

It’s still a hot ticket. And to get in, you’ve got to go online to get free, timed-entry passes or get lucky enough to score the walk-up passes released throughout the day.

Not surprisingly, black tourists are more purposeful about coming to the museum. They reserve the passes online, then build a trip around them.

The Morwoods, a white family visiting from San Diego, got lucky with walk-up passes on Wednesday.

When they left the museum before lunch Wednesday and blinked in the bright sun outside, they were trying to digest what they had just seen.

“It’s just, why isn’t this in all other museums?” Jenna Morwood, 43, asked. “I mean, when you see the impact, the rich history, and you see what was left out of all these other museums across the country, you wonder. And you realize how white-centric we are.”

She got it.

And so did the eighth-graders in watermelon-pink school shirts from De Kalb, Tex.

“What really got me was how many people didn’t survive the trip over,” said Maebry Petty, 13, shaking her head a bit. “Those slave ships.”

The millions brought in chains to the United States also stunned her dad, Ray Petty, 37, who’d never been to Washington and was now glad he’d chaperoned the trip.

One of the other teens in their group said that learning this history “was like learning about the Holocaust. We have to.”

We have to.

The waves of middle-schoolers gave me hope. They are learning far more about our nation’s truth than their parents and grandparents did.

But when that noose was found just a few hours later, I couldn’t believe it.

Someone walked inside the museum and ignored the power and meaning of the child-size shackles, the human bill of sale, Emmett Till’s casket and the gruesome photos of lynchings. A noose placed alongside these artifacts yanked us back into that past, reminding us that the most virulent strains of racism are still with us.

“We haven’t seen such mainstream support for hate in decades, not since the civil rights era 50 years ago,” Southern Poverty Law Center spokesman Ryan Lenz told Smithsonian magazine.

Police cordoned off the section where the noose was found and removed it as evidence.

When the investigation is over, they should bring it back. Leave it right where they found it. And the museum can put it in a glass case, with a marker noting: “Noose. Symbol of contemporary hatred and racism. 2017.”

This isn’t history yet.

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GOP Attorneys General May Shake Up Senate Primaries


Some Missouri Republicans are urging newly elected Attorney General Josh Hawley, right, to run for Senate. Attorneys general are looking at potential Senate bids in three tossup states.(Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)
Some Missouri Republicans are urging newly elected state Attorney General Josh Hawley, right, to run for Senate. He’s seen here last November with the state’s junior senator, Roy Blunt. (Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images file photo)


Republicans have no shortage of House members interested in promotions to the Senate next year. But in three of four states with toss-up races, GOP attorneys general are also readying for potential Senate bids.

The top lawyers of Indiana, West Virginia and Missouri are contemplating primary bids against GOP House members who are either already running for the Senate or who are widely assumed to be running. 

Running as an attorney general compared to as a House member comes with a general set of advantages.

The biggest is that attorneys general don’t have current jobs in Washington. Logistically, that makes campaigning statewide a lot easier. Being based in the states allows candidates to deny that they’re part of the swamp. That could give them a particularly salient edge both in GOP primaries, which typically pull them to the right, and in general elections against Democratic incumbents.

Elected attorneys general have already run and won statewide, giving them a boost in name recognition that most House members, who only represent a slice of their states, don’t enjoy when they launch their campaigns. But state-level officials don’t always have the fundraising networks House members might have, especially members who serve on powerful committees in Congress. 

Attorneys general sometimes have the veneer of being less political. In some cases, they’ve taken on elected officials from their own party in their states. But the cases they’re involved in, and their own potential conflicts of interest, can sometimes complicate their images.

Democrats have already been working to tie GOP House members in these states to their leadership’s health care bill. Attorneys general don’t have voting records, but Democrats will still seek to tie them to the GOP’s health care platform.  

Until last week, a fourth attorney general was considering running for the Senate. Montana’s top lawyer Tim Fox had been considered a marquee challenger to Democratic Sen. Jon Tester after Trump appointed former Rep. Ryan Zinke to the administration. But Fox has long harbored gubernatorial ambitions, and Rep.-elect Greg Gianforte’s recent legal troubles may have given Fox a clearer path to a gubernatorial bid in 2020. 

In the three other states, however, attorneys general and House members considering Senate bids have already begun posturing, with the jesting more explicit in some states than others. 

West Virginia 

The sparring is out in the open in West Virginia.

Before 3rd District Rep. Evan Jenkins announced his senatorial campaign in early May, supporters of state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey created a super PAC to boost his candidacy for Senate. (He has not yet announced he’s running, but affirmed in a statement Tuesday that he’s “seriously considering” it.)

Within hours of Jenkins’ launch, the Morrisey super PAC was calling Jenkins and Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin III “two peas in a pod.” The group’s website attacks Jenkins for having previously been a Democrat and tries to tie his Washington voting record to Manchin’s.

Morrisey, who’s chairman of the Republican Attorneys General Association, doesn’t have a voting record. He’s been leading the fight against former President Barack Obama’s environmental regulations from the heart of coal country. 

But being attorney general doesn’t mean Morrisey, who once worked on Capitol Hill, is without his own ties to Washington. His past work for lobbying firms, as well as his wife’s lobbying work, could complicate the law-and-order image of an attorney general in a GOP primary.

“His tenure as AG has been plagued by scandal and left him wounded politically, and questions about his integrity will be amplified like never before if he runs for Senate,” said a source close to the Jenkins campaign. 


Republican Rep. Ann Wagner has long been considered the front-runner to take on two-term Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill. But some Republicans in Missouri are pushing Attorney General Josh Hawley to run for Senate — even though he’s only been in the job for several months.

“He is a superstar,” said former Missouri Sen. Jack C. Danforth, a Republican. “He has the intellectual heft to really add something to the Senate.”

“It’s all positive about Josh, it’s not anything negative about anyone else,” Danforth said. The former senator, who himself served as Missouri attorney general before running for Senate, acknowledged that Hawley would face attacks for running for higher office so soon after getting elected.

One of Hawley’s campaign ads from last year, called “Ladders,” criticized “career politicians” for “using one office to get another.”

Hawley is committed to his current job, Danforth said, but is weighing a run. “Senate seats don’t come up that often, and particularly now when the Senate is so dysfunctional, there’s a national urgency,” Danforth said.

But it’s unclear whether the Senate chatter about the attorney general is really reflective of Hawley’s ambitions, with some Republicans speculating that the former Supreme Court law clerk could be more interested in serving on a federal bench someday.

For her part, Wagner would come to the race with an advantage that attorneys general don’t enjoy. Because she already serves in federal office, she can transfer money from her House campaign account to a Senate account. That’s a big deal for Wagner, who, as former finance chairwoman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, has been a strong fundraiser.

She may not have won statewide, but Wagner’s base in the St. Louis area would be helpful, too. “That’s really where these races are won and lost,” a source close to Wagner’s office said. 


Neither 4th District Rep. Todd Rokita nor 6th District Rep. Luke Messer has yet announced candidacies for Senate, but they’re already engaged in a member-on-member primary

Having previously served as secretary of state, Rokita has statewide electoral experience.

But so does Attorney General Curtis Hill, who’s been peppering his Lincoln Day Dinner speeches with references to federal issues and has emerged as a possible Senate candidate. 

Like Hawley, Hill won election to his current job last year. His top talking point, according to Republicans in the state, is that he won the most votes of any statewide candidate in Indiana ever. “But that’s not necessarily a reflection of him,” one GOP strategist in the state said, noting that the attorney general race was a snooze.

“The guy’s African-American in a party that doesn’t have a lot of African-American leadership,” said one Republican strategist familiar with the state. “That would be a big deal for the party” if he won the nomination, the same Republican said.  

Hill has tacked to the right of the state’s governor on some issues, such as needle exchanges, which would give him a natural base among the state’s prosecutors. “That’s a good place to build a network,” the Republican strategist said.

An attorney general’s focus on law and order issues can be beneficial in a primary. “It’s a great profile in this time where terrorism is scary and world is uncertain,” a D.C.-based GOP operative said. 

But it’s not clear Hill would have the money to be competitive against two House members, who are already stockpiling money in their federal campaign accounts.

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Wanda’s Picks June 2017

by Wanda Sabir

Happy Father’s Day! Ramadan Mubarak to those fasting during this blessed month. Congratulations to all the graduates and their happy families, special congratulations to my eldest niece, Widya Batin, Lowell High School, San Francisco, Youth Leader Award, National Council of Negro Women Golden Gate Section 2016, Member, Design Task Force “New Buchanan Mall“ between Fulton and Eddy.

The Black Father Project

Join Dr. Khalid Akil White, director of “Black Fatherhood: Trials and Tribulations, Testimony and Triumph,” at Oakstop, 1721 Broadway in Oakland, Thursday, June 8, 6-9 p.m. (for men and boys) and at Bayview Opera House Ruth Williams Theatre (everyone welcome), 4705 Third St. in San Francisco, Sunday, June 25, 3 p.m., for a film screening and conversation about Black fathers. Ticket price includes a meal.

The Black Father Project was established to celebrate Black Fatherhood. The goal of this project is to rewrite the negative narrative about Black fathers. The current narrative is harmful to the Black family, Black men, the Black community and specifically young Black boys. False narratives and projections are damaging; words are damaging. It is our goal to rest on what we know: the facts. In December 2013, National Health Statistics Reports released its report on Father’s Involvement with Their Children: United States, 2006-2010. Per this report, Black/African American fathers are the most nurturing and present, regardless if their children live with them or not.

The Black Father Project was established to celebrate Black Fatherhood.

For men, fatherhood is one of the most challenging jobs in the world, and it becomes even tougher when one must combat harmful stereotypes. In his work, Khalid Akil White actively challenges the negative stereotype of the “Black Father.” The cast includes Stanley Cox (Mistah FAB), Marlin Brown, Kennedy Safo, Douglas Fort and Dr. Steven Millber. After the film, the men and boys in attendance will have a living room style conversation facilitated by Oscar C. Wright, Dr. Khalif Akil White, Malik Seneferu and Alamo Brown.

At the Black Father’s Celebration, you’ll enjoy family portraits, family dinner and live entertainment to celebrate Black fatherhood. It’s absolutely free with registration. It’s Saturday, June 10, 3-6 p.m., at the Jack London Aquatic Center, 115 Embarcadero, Oakland. Register at

Saturday, June 10, The Father’s Day Celebration, a free event for Black fathers and Black male father figures and their families, will give space for a joyous Father’s Day event for the whole community. The Father’s Day Celebration will begin with family portraits, activities for the kids (Barbers, Books and Bridges), a live DJ spinning tunes perfect for the occasion and a keynote speaker, Adimu Madyun. Dining will be available.

To learn more about The Black Father Project and to register for events, visit or email

Libations for the Ancestors

The 12th Annual International Libations for African Ancestors of the Middle Passage is Saturday, June 10, 8:30 a.m. We begin at 9 a.m. sharp, at Lake Merritt in Oakland, Lakeside at East 18th, by the fountain. Bring instruments, children, something to share such as poetry, song and reflections.

Omnira Institute’s 10th Annual Juneteenth: Ritual of Remembrance Celebrating the Roots of Freedom is also that day, at 11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. by the Lake Merritt Boathouse Picnic Area, 562 Bellevue Ave. Visit and Unlike other Juneteenths that focus on parades and festivals, Omnira’s is a devotion to the ancestors who did not live to see freedom come. To do that, they do offerings in the form of a litany for the ancestors, known as OroEgun, prayers in the languages and traditions from before they were enslaved, a recitation of the Emancipation Proclamation, and some freedom songs.

This is free and open to the public, but especially for Black and Brown people because our pain is renewed over and over; this time especially hurtful are the acquittal of the police who murdered Terence Crutcher in Oklahoma and the failure to indict the police who killed Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, La.

Book Party for Ms. Susan Burton, founder of A New Way of Life

The long-anticipated story of Ms. Susan Burton’s life is finally out (May 2017) and she will be in Oakland to celebrate its release Monday, June 5, at the Laurel Bookstore, 1423 Broadway, Oakland, from 6-8 p.m. One of the founders of All of Us or None, Susan Burton is a CNN Hero, a Starbucks “Upstander,” a Soros Justice Fellow, a winner of Harvard’s Citizen Activist Award, founder of the internationally-recognized nonprofit A New Way of Life, and someone Michelle Alexander has compared to Harriet Tubman. She is also one of the millions of American women who have been incarcerated – in her case over 15 years – for nonviolent offenses.

In “Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women” (The New Press), Burton and writer Cari Lynn tell the story of Susan Burton’s life and use it as a lens through which to see the desperate need for criminal justice reform.

Born in the housing projects of 1950s Los Angeles, Burton’s world changed in an instant when her 5-year-old son was killed. Consumed by grief and without access to professional help, Burton self-medicated, becoming addicted first to cocaine, then crack. As a resident of South L.A., an impoverished Black community under siege by the War on Drugs, it was but a matter of time before she was arrested. Burton cycled in and out of prison; never was she offered therapy or addiction treatment. On her own, she eventually found a private drug rehabilitation facility.

Once clean – and against all odds – Burton was able to buy a small house, and ever since has dedicated her life to supporting women facing similar struggles.

Part memoir, part political awakening, and part criminal justice reform manifesto – which Bryan Stevenson has called “a must-read” – Susan Burton’s story brings vividly to life the human cost of mass incarceration.

Exhibition: ‘Art Makes My Life Matter’ at the African American Center, San Francisco Main Library June 17 through Aug. 10

Curator Kheven LaGrone wondered what the Black Lives Matter movement means in the San Francisco Bay Area and asked several local Black artists to depict how they use their art to make their lives matter. An artist talk and discussion is at 1:30 p.m. on June 17 in the African American Center, Third Level, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco.

Juneteenth in Oakland, Berkeley, San Francisco, Richmond … California

Join the Friends of the Negro Spirituals’ Juneteenth at the West Oakland Branch Library, 1801 Adeline St., June 17, 1-4 p.m., in the West Auditorium. More Juneteenths around the Bay:

For the Everfest listing of Juneteenths USA, visit

Dance: Soul to Soul with ‘Between Me and the World,’ ODC’s The Walking Distance Dance Festival, June 3 and 10

Curated by Laura Elaine Ellis, artistic director of the African American Performing Arts Coalition, “Between Me and the World” is performed in thematic collaboration with and on the same ODC program with Joanna Haigood’s remounting of excerpts from her 2013 performance installation “Between Me and the Other World,” which explores the relevance of W.E.B. Dubois’s concept of “double consciousness” to the experience of people of color in the United States today. Ellis’s work, which follows Haigood’s, continues the discussion with two seminal texts in conversation: Ellis’s work titled “Soul to Soul: An Artistic Response to Baldwin and Coates,” draws on the writings of James Baldwin and Ta-Nehisi Coates to illuminate contemporary issues related to race and social justice.

Both choreographers’ work sits in the collaborative process. Haigood’s project includes composer Anthony Brown, video artist David Szlasa and scenic designer Sean Riley, while Ellis collaborates with Gregory Dawson and Marc Bamuthi Joseph and includes musicians and poets, dancers and other creative stakeholders. This free event will have two showings each day on June 3 and June 10 beginning at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the Joe Goode Annex, 499 Alabama St. in San Francisco as part of ODC’s annual summer festival, the Walking Distance Dance Festival. Visit or call 415-863-9834. Listen to an interview with Laura Elaine Ellis:

Oakland Ballet

Oakland Ballet presents two: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Thursday-Saturday, June 1-3, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, June 3, at 2:30 p.m., and East Bay DANCES ‘17, Sunday, June 4, 4 p.m. Both programs are at the Odell Johnson Performing Arts Center at Laney College, 900 Fallon St., Oakland.

Now in its 53rd season, Oakland Ballet offers two matinee performances of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” to K-12 schoolchildren from Oakland Unified School District on Friday, June 2, at the Odell Johnson Performing Arts Center at Laney College. Tickets are free for Title I schools and $5 for students and teachers from non-Title I schools. Tickets may be arranged at or by calling 510-893-3132. Listen to an interview with Graham Lustig, artistic director:

San Francisco Silent Film Festival

San Francisco Silent Film Festival presents: “Body and Soul,” directed by Oscar Micheaux (USA, 1925, 93 minutes) and starring Paul Robeson in his film debut. There’s a new score by Paul D. Miller, DJ Spooky, whose recent project, “Pioneers of African American Cinema,” covers work from 1915-1946. Race films feature Micheaux, who was quintessentially a race man, his canon unparalleled and unflinchingly focused on stories about the Black experience in America. Of the filmmaker’s 22 silent feature films, only three survive, scholar Charles Musser writes in the film notes which accompany the five CD box set.

The prolific director’s “Body and Soul” is both controversial and provocative. With a majority Black cast, the question to Micheaux was why he’d make a film with Black villains – a preacher who rapes, lies and steals. Musser’s explains that Micheaux often used cinema as conversation and in “Body and Soul,” his Rev. Isiaah T. Jenkins “is a Southern version of [Eugene O’Neill’s] Brutus Jones – an escaped convict and dangerous sociopath who uses his authority as a preacher to extract money and sex from parishioners” (19). Other films Micheaux samples are another O’Neill work, also starring Paul Robeson, “All God’s Chillin Got Wings” (1924) and Charlie Chaplin’s “The Pilgrim” (1923).

San Francisco Silent Film Festival presents: “Body and Soul,” directed by Oscar Micheaux (USA, 1925, 93 minutes) and starring Paul Robeson in his film debut.

Almost a psychological thriller, we see Robeson playing two roles, that of Rev. Jenkins and his twin brother Sylvester whom Isabelle loves, to her mother’s chagrin. The antagonist externalizes the split self W.E.B. Dubois articulates so carefully in “The Souls of Black Folk.” The preacher is sly, cunning and a master at deception while his quiet alter ego is his complete opposite. The mother is victim to her pastor’s charm, even when she knows better. We see her polishing his shoes and giving him her hard-earned money. The score propels the movement as it supports the narrative structure.

Almost a caricature, the wily preacher is a character Michaeux returns to, without Robeson, who at 27 so excels in this questionable role, he later distances himself from it. The film is surprisingly current and its reception recalls the film version of “The Color Purple.” The film, with live accompaniment by DJ Spooky, screens Friday, June 2, 7 p.m., at Castro Theatre in San Francisco. Visit

On the fly

The 13th Annual Queer Women of Color Film Festival 2017 is Friday, June 9-11, at Brava Theatre, 2781 24th St., San Francisco. Visit for info on the 20th Annual United States of Asian American Festival – Berkeley World Music Festival is June 9-11 at various locations. Bay Area Book Festival is June 2-3 in Berkeley; listen to an interview with Cherylin Parsons, founder and executive director. San Francisco International Art Festival: Hear a Wanda’s Picks interview with Andrew Wood, director of SFIAF. Check out Frameline41 June 15-25, queer cinema at its finest in five venues, including one week of programming in the East Bay, screening films from 19 countries.

The 16th Annual SF Docufest is May 31-June 15 at the Roxie, Vogue and Alamo Drafthouse. African Diaspora interest: “Bangaologi, the Science of Style” by Coréon Dú, Angola, Portugal and USA, 83 minutes, at the Roxie on June 10, 5 p.m., and Wednesday, June 14, 7:15 p.m.; “Bight of the Twin,” by Hazel Hill McCarthy III, USA, 63 minutes, at the Vogue on Saturday, June 10, 4:45 p.m., and the Roxie on Monday, June 12, 9:30 p.m.; “City of Joy” by Madeline Gavin, USA, 74 minutes, at the Roxie on Saturday, June 3, 9:30 p.m.; “Double Digits: The Story of a Neighborhood Movie” by Justin Johnson, USA, 76 minutes, at the Roxie on Tuesday, June 6, 9:30 p.m., and Sunday, June 11, 2:45 p.m.; “Gip” by Patrick Sheehan, USA, 74 minutes, at the Roxie on Sunday, June 11, 5 p.m.; “Nat Bates for Mayor” by Bradley Berman and Eric Weiss, USA, 75 minutes, at the Roxie on Saturday, June 10, 2:45 p.m., and Thursday, June 15, 9:30 p.m.; “Shelter” by Brent Renaud and Craig Renaud, USA, 76 minutes at the Roxie on Saturday, June 3, 2:45 p.m., and Thursday, June 8, 7:15 p.m.; “Street Fighting Men” by Andrew James, USA, 110 minutes, at the Roxie on Sunday, June 4, 5 p.m., and Tuesday, June 6, 7:15 p.m.; “True Conviction” by Jamie Meltzer, USA, 84 minutes, at the Roxie on Saturday, June 3, 7:15 p.m.; “Uhuru” by Tom Gentle, U.K. and Tanzania, 60 minutes, at the Vogue on Sunday, June 11, 4:45 p.m., and at the Roxie on Wednesday, June 14, 9:30 p.m.; “Unseen” by Laura Paglin, USA, 78 minutes, at the Roxie on Thursday, June 8, 9:30 p.m., and Sunday, June 11, 7:15 p.m.; “The Work,” a Centerpiece film by Jarius McLeary and Gethin Aldous, USA, 87 minutes, at the Roxie on Friday, June 9, 7:15 p.m.; “Resistance is Life” by Apo W. Bazidi, USA, 73 minutes, at the Roxie on Sunday, June 11, 9:30 p.m., and Monday, June 12, 7:15 p.m.; “Working in Protest” by Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley, USA, 74 minutes, at the Roxie on Saturday, June 10, 9:30 p.m.

The 80th Annual Stern Grove Concerts, on Sundays June 25-Aug. 27, open with Kool and the Gang and Quinn DeVeaux, who blends New Orleans soul and early blues with contagious dance rhythms. Highlights this season of free music are Marvis Staples and Kev Choice on Aug. 27, Amadou and Miriam on Aug. 8, Negrito on July 2 and War on Aug. 13. The African American Shakespeare Company’s “The Winter’s Tale” by William Shakespeare, directed by L. Peter Callendar, is up June 10-18 with six performances at the Taube Atrium Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., Fourth Floor, San Francisco. Teacher’s Night Out is Thursday, June 9, 7:30 p.m. Visit Opening is 3 p.m. June 10.

Ubuntu Theatre Project presents “Confirmation and Machinal” June 1-11 at Brooklyn Preserve, 1433 12th Ave., Oakland. Samm-Art Williams’s “HOME,” directed by Aldo Billingslea, is at Lorraine Hansberry Theatre through June 4 at the Burial Clay Theater in the African American Art and Culture Complex, 762 Fulton St. at Webster, San Francisco, on Friday-Saturday at 7 p.m., Saturday a 2 p.m. matinee, Sunday at 4 p.m. For tickets, call 415-474-8800. To listen to an interview with the director, visit Wanda’s Picks Radio, at


Theatre Rhinoceros presents: “Pricilla: Queen of the Desert, the Musical,” directed by John Fisher, at the Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson St. at Battery Street, May 27-July 1. Listen to a recent Wanda’s Picks interview with AeJay Mitchell, choreographer, and Charles Peoples III, Felicia and Adam at

Dance Performance

Cherie Hill, artistic director of IrieDance, talks about her new work, “Terrestrial Footprints, Part 2,” June 2 and 3 at Alena Museum, a West Oakland space for African Diaspora art, 2725 Magnolia St., 8 p.m. Listen to an interview on Wanda’s Picks:

Theatre First’s production of ‘HeLa’

In Laura Gunderson and Geetha Reddy’s “HeLa,” the dead woman never leaves the stage. Actress Jeunee Simon’s Henrietta Lacks, opposite Desiree Roger’s Deborah, weave magic on stage. Mrs. Lacks is engaging and prescient as scientists and business men profit from her immortal cells. She orbits the planet with a Russian dog, peaks through a microscope as a scientist laments his inability to meet the woman responsible for his research. The play, which puts Henrietta Lacks and her daughter Deborah Lacks Pullum at its center, is a refreshing treatment of a topic which is very much in the news today, yet in this tale the only story that matters is the Lacks women.

Deborah asks astute questions of scientists who take her blood. She asks why people are always taking, taking, taking. When asked why they wanted the family’s blood, the clinician lies and says they are testing to make sure Henrietta’s children do not have cancer or the potential for contracting it. Much later the family learns that they were never at risk.

Henrietta Lacks – Courtesy of the Lacks family via Henrietta Lacks Foundation

A large cell, porous and magnified, provides the backdrop for the story of a woman who died at 31, yet her cells are alive today. Deborah sets out to find her mother, once she learns Henrietta Lacks is alive somewhere. If her mother’s cells are so important to science, then why doesn’t anyone say her name, she asks throughout her search.

Why is her mom hidden in the cryptic term “HeLa,” Deborah asks over and over again, as scientists squirm, apologize and then think, perhaps for the first time, about the woman’s body these cells were a part of. An indigent Black woman patient in the Colored Ward in John Hopkins Hospital, Henrietta Lacks was vulnerable and at risk. She knew these white people were not to be trusted. We see her suffer needlessly as doctors’ care only about research and samples, not the woman dying.

Marketing would have been difficult if the public, especially other doctors whose research also looked at gene propagation, had known the woman whose cells were rapidly changing medical science forever was Black. In 1951, no one wanted to hear this, so they named the line HeLa and hid her identity for 25 years.

As Deborah unravels the remarkable and extraordinary story of her mom, Henrietta Lacks reaches across the spheres which separate flesh from the divine – it is her cells that create a bridge for her little girl to cross. “HeLa,” the play, makes immortality tangible.

Everything is left to the imagination except the cells sitting like a constellation all aglow. Bailey Hikawa’s scenic design and Stephanie Anne Johnson’s lighting allow the tangible yet nuanced subtleties of science to serves as backdrop to everything – HeLa cells are a mystery, a wonderful mystery that envelops the audience too as we sit enraptured by the story and, like Deborah, learn to believe in the unseen.

TheatreFirst’s production of “HeLa” is up through Saturday, June 17. The play runs Friday-Saturday, 8 p.m., and Sunday, 2 p.m., at Live Oak Theatre, 1301 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley. Call 510-981-8150 or visit

There is a conversation with special guests following each performance. Saturday, June 10, Professor Wanda Sabir will participate in the discussion with hopefully come of her student scholars. The Freshman Comp class read Rebecca Skloot’s book, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” spring semester.

Bay View Arts Editor Wanda Sabir can be reached at Visit her website at throughout the month for updates to Wanda’s Picks, her blog, photos and Wanda’s Picks Radio. Her shows are streamed live Wednesdays at 7 a.m. and Fridays at 8 a.m., can be heard by phone at 347-237-4610 and are archived at

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Fame and the African American man

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By Romer Cherubim

From the days of slavery to the time of segregation in the South to more recently, events involving police brutality, African Americans have always been an oppressed minority in the United States.

It was therefore a welcome relief for them when a man came along, who showed them that they could succeed in white America regardless of their skin tone. That person was OJ Simpson, an American Football player turned actor turned all round celebrity. OJ transcended race and was the “go to guy” for marketing products from cars to soft drinks. Unfortunately, Mr. Simpson was not as successful in his romantic life, ultimately being charged for the murder of his second wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. Although OJ was acquitted of both murders at trial, he was subsequently arrested in 2007 for armed robbery and kidnapping, and then sentenced to 33 years imprisonment in 2008.

OJ Simpson’s reversal of fortune mirrors that of Bill Cosby, a 79 year old veteran actor, most widely known for his hit TV series “The Cosby Show” in the 1980s. Again, white American society feted Cosby. He was affectionately called “America’s Dad” for his portrayal of Dr. Cliff Huxtable, the lovable head of an upper middle-class African American family, living in New York. Cosby was also given a star on the prestigious Hollywood Walk Of Fame. As with OJ Simpson though, Cosby had trouble in his relationships with women and has been accused by multiple women of drug facilitated sexual assault, spanning decades. Cosby is currently on trial for indecent sexual assault of a woman and faces living his final years in prison if convicted.

The message from these tragic stories seems to be that celebrity is a fickle thing. You are everybody’s hero one minute and then a villain the next. Like most things in life, celebrity can be abused. While fame gives people enormous privileges, it often gives those who have it, the feeling that they are untouchable. Some famous people believe that they can do anything and escape liability for their actions. Of course, those, who think this way, normally get their comeuppance; but at what cost to those they have wronged?

In an African American context, it is however understandable for those black Americans, who are thrust into the public spotlight and receive acclaim, to be unsure as to how to handle the power that this recognition gives them. After all, when you have been downtrodden for so long, it is only natural for you to perhaps not fully rationalise the influence that popularity gives you. This does not excuse improper conduct, but should be borne in mind before we rush to judgment.

Further, we must also reflect on white America’s possible role in bringing down African American heroes. Is American society somehow complicit in black Americans’ falls from grace by giving these people too much “of a good thing” in the knowledge that they will not be able to handle their fame? More than this, is white American society trying to send a message to African Americans that they should know “their station in life”? If this assessment that black lives matter less than white ones, that is surely every bit as bad as the slavery in America in the 18th and 19th Centuries.

OJ Simpson is up for parole this year and could be released from prison as early as this October. Is it not ironic that just as one African American icon receives possible redemption, another may go the opposite way? Bill Cosby’s trial is scheduled to last 2 weeks, having started on 5 June. Is this timing a twist of fate or America’s way of reminding black Americans who is boss?

Romer Cherubim


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Democrats have largely ignored lower-income Americans — and in 2016, they returned the favor

After several months of drinking chardonnay and contemplating how she managed to lose the presidential election to a man who has been intensely disliked by a majority of Americans during his entire (if brief) political career, Hillary Clinton has re-emerged, looking to blame her failure to win the presidency on anyone but herself.

Instead, she should be listening to the politician whom many Democrats wanted to become the party’s 2016 nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden.

Speaking last month at a campaign rally for a New Jersey gubernatorial candidate, Biden argued that Democrats “haven’t spoken enough to the fears and aspirations [of] the people we come from.”

While he couched his Democratic criticism amid talk of President Donald Trump’s “negative campaign” strategy, the former veep told the crowd that his party did not spend nearly enough time trying to address the concerns of middle-class people with regular jobs.

“How much did we hear about that guy making 50,000 bucks on an assembly line, the woman — his wife — making $28,000 as a hostess?” Biden asked.

“They have $78,000, two kids, living in a metropolitan area, and they can hardly make it,” he continued. “When was the last time you heard us talk about those people?”

While trying to speak about issues facing the hard-pressed American middle class would indeed be something different for Democrats, creating policies that encourage upward mobility for everyone would be a far better thing. But it would also be dramatically more difficult for them than it once was, considering how the party has changed demographically over the past 25 years or so.

There are a variety of reasons for this, including the migration of many moderate Republicans who were driven out of the GOP by the conservative insurgency that conquered their party beginning in the mid-1960s. (Something similar may be going on right now, as well.)

The Republican Party’s open embrace of the religious right in 1992 and thereafter also seems to have caused many more educated voters to shift toward the Democrats.

According to exit poll data, in 1988 George H.W. Bush won 50 percent of the votes of people who had some degree of postgraduate education. In 1992 he won just 36 percent of the tally, in a three-way race against Bill Clinton and H. Ross Perot. In subsequent years the GOP’s presidential nominees have never managed to capture more than 42 percent of the postgraduate vote. In 2016, Donald Trump got just 37 percent.

While highly educated and well-paid professionals like attorneys, accountants, business managers and scientists turned to the Democrats, many of the party’s former solid voters began going elsewhere. Some of them, such as blue-collar voters of European descent who don’t live on the coasts, have long been migrating into the Republican Party, thanks to its embrace of cultural populism to sell an economic agenda that favors wealthier people.

By the time former Gov. Mitt Romney ran for president in 2012, however, the GOP’s former wedge issues of abortion, homosexuality and guns were no longer enough to convince less-educated whites to vote Republican. As Trump himself won’t stop saying, winning the Electoral College vote is actually rather difficult for GOP presidential candidates.

The only reason the Republicans’ 2016 nominee managed to win was because he added something different to the traditional formula: He essentially started talking like a Democrat. And it made all the difference for him. Trump’s victory was literally made possible by millions of former Democratic voters who were convinced by his extended-length rants against bankers and other assorted “globalists” and his praise for universal health care.

Some of these disaffected Democrats voted for Trump. But an even larger number simply didn’t vote at all.

In a January study of about 3,600 nonvoters who took part in a SurveyMonkey poll, FiveThirtyEight writer Harry Enten observed that 35 percent of these individuals self-identified as Democrats, while 32 percent said they were Republicans and 33 percent said they had no party affiliation. Almost certainly, the people who stayed home leaned even further leftward.

According to the SurveyMonkey data, 42 percent of these nonvoters were racial minorities. Among those who didn’t cast a ballot, 19 percent were black. By comparison, 11 percent of the voters were black.


There’s no guarantee that the black Americans who didn’t show up at the polls would have voted for Clinton if they had turned out, but it’s safe to assume the vast majority would have. In exit poll surveys, 88 percent of black voters chose Clinton while just 8 percent chose Trump.

Sorted by age, people who refused to turn out in 2016 strongly skewed younger as well. And younger adults in recent years have been more likely to vote Democratic. According to exit polls, people older than 45 voted for Trump by a 53 percent to 43 percent margin. People under 45 preferred Clinton.

SurveyMonkey didn’t provide data for nonvoters based upon income, but from past research it’s clear that people with less money are less likely to vote. And they, also, strongly prefer Democratic candidates.

In a study of turnout in the 2014 midterm elections, 68.5 percent of people with annual household incomes less than $30,000 did not vote. Among people of that income level who did vote in 2016, exit polls say that Clinton won their vote, with 53 percent selecting her, versus the 41 percent who chose Trump.

While using statistical data to infer what nonvoters’ preferences might have been is useful, there is some actual data we can use as well: Bloomberg News conducted a poll in September 2016 asking people it deemed “unlikely voters” whom they supported. Among that group, Clinton held an 11-point margin, with 38 percent favoring her and 27 percent preferring Trump.

Suffolk University conducted a similar survey in 2012 and found that among people not registered to vote, 43 percent of them favored then-President Barack Obama compared with just 23 percent who favored Republican Mitt Romney. Among those who said they were registered but not likely to vote, 43 percent said they backed Obama while 20 percent chose Romney.

Of the about 231 million Americans who could have voted last year, about 92 million of them decided not to.

The uncomfortable reality for Democrats is that in 2016, many lower-income white voters left the party to for Trump while lower-income minority citizens simply stayed home.

There’s essentially no doubt that because Democrats have failed to earn the trust of people who are financially struggling, Donald Trump is the president today.

Next: How Democrats have driven away lower-income voters of all races through policy and rhetoric.

Stranger Than Usual Events This Week

Our arts critics have already recommended 48 great things to do this week and our music critics have picked the 27 best concerts, but there are still hundreds more events happening. To prevent some of the quirkier and more extraordinary ones from slipping through the cracks, we’ve compiled them here—from a silent disco festival to the Northwest Pinball and Arcade Show, and from a secret five-course pop-up dining experience to World Ocean Day events. For even more options this week, check out our complete Things To Do calendar.

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1. Saving Sea Turtles Film & Talk
Find out how the tragedy of the Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle, which nearly went extinct as a result of human activity, took a less bleak turn when marine scientists stepped in to help the population recover. Before the Seattle premiere screening of the film Saving Sea Turtles: Preventing Extinction, marine biologist Lesanna Lahner will present her work on sea turtles and talk about how to prevent them from being stranded.


2. Queer Terror
A pleasurable queer attack on the senses by Worshiprr (abridged motto: “I will fucking eat you”), smut-glam rapper/producer Michete, and electropoppy Brian is Ze.

3. Rachel Lark and the Damaged Goods: Studies Have Shown
Rachel Lark will belt out some snarktastic feminist rock, with titles like “Won’t Be a Bitch” and “It’s Hard to Be A Feminist and Still Want Dick.”

4. Zeek’s Pizza Shredfest 2017
Zeek’s Pizza employs shredders of cheese—but also of guitar strings! Apparently, an “INSANELY large community of musicians” works at Zeek’s, and their annual concert at the High Dive is now a tradition. Rock out with the dough-slingers at this free show.


5. Great Soul of Russia: Sweet Lika
Delve into Anton Chekhov’s mysterious love life with Serge Gregory’s play based on the (married) literary titan’s letters to the hot and sadly fated amateur opera singer Lika Mizinova (choice excerpt: “You so turned my head that I can believe twice two is five.”). Discover the woman who may have been the inspiration for The Seagull‘s tragic Nina.



6. Made in Seattle Week
Despite the growing sentiment that Seattle is basically Amazon now, there’s a massive amount of amazing stuff being made right in our beautiful city. That’s why General Assembly organizes a week-long program of events highlighting local leaders in tech, food, music, design & art, and beer, bringing together people from different sectors to talk about their projects—as well as why Seattle is a great place to live and work. Catch a panel at various locations across the city and grab a beer, listen to a performance by Manatee Commune and Harps, converse with restaurateurs and brewers like Rachel Yang (Joule, Trove) or Matt Lincecum (Fremont Brewing Company) and tech leaders like Frank Strack (TEKsystems), and hear from local designers and artists like Minh Nguyen and Julia Hensley.



7. Murder for Two
Contemporary musical comedy Murder for Two (with book by Kellen Blair and Joe Kinosian, music by Joe Kinosian, and lyrics by Kellen Blair) is a piano-filled murder mystery that features two actors: one who attempts to solve the murder, and another that plays all the suspects.



8. Queer Film Series: To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar
As far as we know, this is the only drag road movie starring Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze, and John Leguizamo. Glamorous queens Vida Boheme and Noxeema Jones mentor newbie Chi-Chi Rodriguez, the “Latina Marilyn Monroe,” but when they set out across the country, the trio find themselves stuck in a boring southern town full of sexist dudes.

9. A Tribute to Anjelica Huston
From her debut as a Juliet-like innocent in her father’s A Walk with Love and Death to her seductively campy, grotesque stint as the Grand High Witch in The Witches, Anjelica Huston has brought humorous strength and self-assurance to a wide variety of films. SIFF will interview her on her long career before screening the world premiere of her new film Trouble, directed by the Pulitzer-nominated playwright Theresa Rebeck.


10. Solid Ground’s Food Truck Taste Off
Presented by Seattle Children’s Hospital, the Solid Ground’s Food Truck Taste Off will be a good-spirited competition between the city’s most well-known and loved food trucks. Each food truck will provide a signature dish, which will be voted on by attendees. The winning truck receives a prize, and and all proceeds from the event go to fund Solid Ground, an organization working to “challenge the root causes of hunger, poverty and injustice.” Plus: music, a beer garden and raffle prizes.


11. Hank Williams Tribute Night
Local twangers—Trip Allen, Alex Baron, Billy Bodacious, South Sound Tug & Barge, Kelly Van Camp, and others—will pay homage to the great Alabaman Americana player. Come warm your cold, cold hearts.

12. Levoneh, Ghost Soda, somesurprises, NHB
Experimental bedroom pop outfit Levoneh take over the Kremwerk/Timbre Room complex for a night of DIY vibes, with support from Ghost Soda, somesurprises, and NHB.

13. TBASA’s Lo-Fi All Stars #90
Allegedly Seattle’s longest running acoustic music showcase, All Stars is a night of lo-fi musicians hand-picked by Tbasa of Substation, featuring Jordan Love, Michael Compton, Timmy Tombstone, Jackson’s Oddities, and Robin Lewis.


14. Fetish Multifarium Presents: Pride
Explore the full spectrum of gender expression at this pre-Pride event, a party at the Mercury highlighting the many free forms of sexuality in celebration of our LGBTQIA+ family. DJ Morgue Anne will be spinning all night long, and Fetish Multifarium members will be on hand to provide fetish services like spanking and electrical play. Remember: consent is essential.


15. Civic Cocktail
Civic Cocktail is a monthly gathering (co-organized and broadcast by the Seattle Channel) that offers a discussion of pressing local issues over drinks and Tom Douglas appetizers. This edition will feature Chris Hansen and his investment group, who’ll discuss the possibility of bringing NBA and NHL teams back to Seattle by building a new arena in Sodo. Radio host Michael Medved, analyst C.R. Douglas, and the Seattle Times‘s Nicole Brodeur will weigh in.

16. Jeff Shaara: The Frozen Hours
Jeff Shaara is known for his bestselling historical novels that have a decidedly military bent. This time, he’ll share his latest work, Frozen Hours, which deals with the Korean War and the historic Battle of Chosin Reservoir.

17. Steve Olson: Eruption
Science writer Steve Olson (Mapping Human History: Genes, Race, and Our Common Origins) will speak about volcanoes in the Pacific Northwest and what you can do to prepare for them. Olson’s most recent book is Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St. Helens, a scientific analysis of the event coupled with stories from lumber tycoons, loggers, volcanologists, and conservationists.

18. Susan Burton: Becoming Ms. Burton
Susan Burton will tell her autobiographical story of loss, grief, addiction, rehabilitation, and, eventually, philanthropic sobriety (the founding of an organization that helps formerly incarcerated women obtain education and employment). Her book, Becoming Ms. Burton, features a foreword by scholar and civil rights advocate Michelle Alexander.

19. TEDxSeattle Cafe on the Water: Compassion at a Power Tool
TED talker Tim Dawes will return for a casual discussion on how compassion can be a powerful advantage in business and daily relationships. Lisa Phelps Dawes, chief storyteller at Storied Thoughts and co-chair of the TEDxSeattle Speaker Team, will supplement the evening with a talk on curating the TEDx series. Stay on for networking.


20. Leopards break into the temple—butoh/sound improvisation
In a celebration of theater, dance, and musical experimentation, Teatro de la Psychomachia will host a showcase of ongoing Butoh and improvised sound collaboration, drawing inspiration from Kafka-esque tropes, namely: “Leopards break into the temple and drink to the dregs what is in the sacrificial pitchers; this is repeated over and over again; finally it can be calculated in advance , and it becomes a part of the ceremony.” Sweet! Leopards!



21. Hemp History Week
Hempfest Central will give you a primer on the many uses and histories of hemp—but this festival is far from academic. If last year’s activities are any indication, there will be cooking classes (hemp-slaw, anyone?), crafts, skincare workshops, and other demos. Don’t forget to pick up some manufacturer’s samples, too.



22. 3rd Annual First Hill Fidos
Ask your animal friend: “Are you dog enough to outdog the other dogs???” If they bark yes, take them to compete for Best in Show, Best Trick, Best Costume, and Cutest Dog at this free and informal contest. Or just show up sans puppy to watch the excitement. Enjoy Yappy Hour, meet fur-creature friends from the MaxMobile, and get some treats for you and your dog from the Seattle Barkery.

23. Women in Localization PNW – Unconference
“Women in Localization” sounds like a pretty broad topic, and that’s the point: At an “Unconference,” participants decide together on the agenda through a vote. Chat with other women in industry and make some connections.

24. World Oceans Day Fundraiser for SR3
Join Old Stove Brewing Co. on World Oceans Day to raise money for SR3 (SeaLife Response, Rehabilitation, and Research), a local nonprofit dedicated to improving marine wildlife health and welfare. Additional funds raised will go towards building Washington state’s first marine animal hospital and science teaching facility.


25. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with live soundtrack by the Invincible Czars
John S. Robertson’s 1920 adaptation of the Robert Lewis Stevenson novel about a professor who splits his personality between a good and evil half will get a spine-tingling live soundtrack from the Invisible Czars, who specialize in spooky musical enhancement of silent films.

26. Golden Silence: The Score Feels
This documentary about the creative lives of young musicians of color in Seattle will be accompanied by DoNormaal, HansmJustin, Astro King Phoenix, J-Nasty, Sendai Mike, Dex Amora, and other local stars.


27. Art of Jazz: Samantha Boshnack Quintet
As a part of the free, all-ages Art of Jazz series at SAM, Samantha Boshnack and her quintet will perform a complex and innovative homage piece to the 19th-century daredevil, feminist, and journalist Nellie Bly.

28. Deva Premal & Miten with Manose
Bask in the otherworldly fascination of Buddhist chant as Deva Premal and Miten sing mantras with bansuri maestro Manose, with accompaniment by Joby Baker on bass and Rishi on drums. They promise you’ll sink into “luminous pools of deep celebration.”

29. New Weather “No Future” Record Release Party
Drony, deep-space-synth trio New Weather will launch their new record on the Happy Accidents label, No Future, during “a night of motorik synthesizers and bubbling arpeggiators.” Dr. Troy and DJ Explorateur will contribute their own New Wave, electro, Euro, and vintage cuts.

30. Velocity Synth Series
Feel the air hum and crackle at this night of electro and synthpop with singer/producer Amy Denio’s inventive loops and delays, LIIIGHT’s retro-modernized guitar and electronics, and Tad Reedy’s vintage vinyl set.


31. GLITTERis Pride Ale Release Party
Join Elysian Brewing to celebrate the release of its “GLITTERis” Pride Ale, made in honor of Seattle Pride 2017. KEXP DJ Riz Rollins will be there, and a portion of the proceeds from the beer sales will benefit Seattle Pride.


32. FuckUp Nights
Have you made calamitous mistakes? Here are some successful businesspeople to make you feel better by telling you about their monstrous blunders. Come early for snacks, drinks, and networking with other brave, ambitious fuckups like you.

33. Harry Potter and the Sacred Text
“Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic.” Watch podcast hosts Casper ter Kuile and Vanessa Zoltan read and discuss selections from Harry Potter (and not just the Dumbledore quotes) as if they belong to a sacred text.

34. How to Win at Seattle: Part II with Nikkita Oliver
Mayoral candidate Nikkita Oliver knows that in the age of Trump, social progress is not going to be easy. Submit your questions for her on social justice and the future and hear her in conversation with Monica Guzmán of the Evergrey.

35. Mette Nielsen: Savory Sweet
Mette Nielsen, co-author of the Savory Sweet: Simple Preserves from a Northern Kitchen, will read from and sign this pickle-icious Nordic cookbook.


36. The 3rd Annual Seattle FLOW Showcase
Seattle’s prop-based artists, dancers, and performers gather for the third year in a row to explore “flow,” using objects like hula hoops, poi, and contact balls.



37. Pekka Kuusisto Mendelssohn Violin Concerto
Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto will take on Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, known widely as an unparalleled example of German precision, along with performances by renowned Danish symphonist Carl Nielsen, and up and coming Scottish composer Helen Grimes in her American premiere of Snow: No.2.


38. Money and Run
This is a three-episode production of Wayne Rawley’s “trailer trash epic,” each episode (“Money Take Run,” “Save the Last Dance for Run,” and “Of Nuns and Ninjas”) featuring a different cast. The episodes follow the adventures of Money and Run, a lovable outlaw couple pursued by the Man (who’s a woman).



39. Seattle TangoMagic Festival
Practice the twisty, slithery, almost impossibly sexy dance known as the Argentine tango at this long weekend of milongas and workshops. Last year’s festival introduced Seattle dancers to maestros from the US and Argentina, brought several DJs onboard, and offered a Sunday Salmon Bake to fuel the dancing.

40. Vashon Sheepdog Classic
Join a crowd of thousands at the Vashon Sheepdog Classic, where you’ll have a chance to watch Border collies herd sheep through courses, as their handlers compete for cash and prizes. Take the opportunity to pick up local fiber artisanry and hear speaker and author Temple Grandin, an advocate for both animals and autistic people, speak at the trials on Sunday.


41. Ice Cream
Take your sweetheart to the soda shop, readjust your gingham skirt, and apply some festive lipstick—you’re about to enter an atmospheric “doo-wop ice cream shop” created by the performers at Can Can. They promise a glittery production inspired by summer favorites including Grease and Beach Party.

42. Maiden Voyage
In this modern take on ancient myth, Penelope has raised a child on her own while her husband has battled on the seas for 20 years. She’s successful and independent, having written a lauded book on her absent mate’s adventures. But when the husband returns, things don’t go exactly like they did in mythical antiquity. Rebecca Tourino Collinsworth is both writer and director.

43. Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion
Rich Smith writes that Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion (this year’s world premiere at the 5th Ave) “should be as cult-y and funny as Robin Schiff’s script.”



44. Earthship Seattle Visitor Center Fundraiser Dance Party
An Earthship is a super-sustainable, self-sufficient building using solar and wind energy and other eco-methods to provide energy, process water, and dispose of waste. Earthship Seattle is raising funds to build a model in this city as a visitors’ center and model of what’s possible. And who knows—with Trump backing out of the climate agreement, Earthships may one day be the most habitable spots on earth. Substation will raise money with an upcycled material fashion show, an upcycled art show, and soundtrack by DJs James Sorrell & Mr. Linden, Ramiro, Buckmode, Rob Noble, and Julie Herrera.

45. Waves 3.0: Synchromatic
Fred Wildlife’s walls will be transformed through the magic of Hannah Selene and Anthony white’s light projection into an immersive art installation space for aerial artist Regan Powers and EDM DJs and producers LuckDragon, Quackson, Frida K, and Ky N Kumarion. Escape into a trippy, collaborative artist wonderland.


46. NOAA Open House: World Oceans Day
Find out how the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) monitors and protects the ocean. Take tours, see exhibits, attend panels, and hope this isn’t the last time the NOAA can afford to keep its doors open.

47. Pride Launch Party with Nikkita Oliver
Are you a queer for (mayoral candidate Nikkita) Oliver? Congregate with Queers4Oliver and dance to tunes from locally beloved Darqness DJs. Meet the possible future mayor herself.


48. Bootie Seattle: Pop Goes The Diva
Seattle’s only all-mashup dance party throws down for an all-out celebration by paying tribute to the ultimate pop divas: Beyoncé and Lady Gaga. Prep thyself for all the ’00s club bangers and ’10s Top40 hits you could possibly handle.

49. Club Fracture
Rejoice, goths—as much as you’re temperamentally inclined, that is—for Re-bar is offering a new night of synthpop, industrial, and darkwave mixed by Evan Blackstone, DJ Eyktan of SIN, and Mikey Shadow of Resurrection.

50. Club Ludo
Go buck with international violin sensation Pekka Kuusisto and the Seattle Symphony at Club Ludo, where you pay the price to be a VIP all night long. DJs will be spinning as you drink in the surreal beauty of the Chihuly Boathouse, with hosted bars and cuisine from popular PNW hot spots, the soulful fire of local rockers, and a theremin-centric trance party in the Aquarium Room.

51. Randy Oxford’s All-Star Slam
Previous Washington State Performer of the Year trombonist Randy Oxford returns with a six-piece band playing roots music, blues, and swaggerin’ Americana.


52. Love Rising LGBTQ Astrology Workshop
Find your love match or delve into your current relationship through an astrological discovery of your rising sign and “personal planets.”


53. The Business of Comics: Creator Owned Properties
Paul Morrissey (Teen Titans Go! writer, editor of many publications) and Lonnie Mann (Thoughts from Iceland) will discuss the comics business and working out self-employment in Outsider Comics’ new series.

54. Daniel Wallace
Daniel Wallace’s novel Big Fish inspired both a Tim Burton film and a Broadway musical production. Wallace will visit to share his latest work, Extraordinary Adventures, about a 30-something junior executive who has to desperately search for a date to bring on a free vacation.

55. Katherine Heiny: Standard Deviation
About Katherine Heiny’s short story collection Single, Carefree, Mellow, Janet Maslin of The New York Times wrote, “Most [of her characters] are urban American semi-strivers, worrying a little about work, a little about happiness and a lot about the illicit affairs they’re carrying on. When it comes to these liaisons, Ms. Heiny has a fine way of keeping her women sharply perceptive about details yet too delusional to see the big picture.” Appropriately, the collection boasts a glowing quote from Lena Dunham. Now Heiny will share her latest project, the novel Standard Deviation.

56. Robert Pearl: Mistreated
The executive director and CEO of the Permanente Medical Group, Robert Pearl, is here to share a new book about why you shouldn’t put too much trust in your healthcare providers. Mistreated: Why We Think We’re Getting Good Healthcare—And Why We’re Usually Wrong makes a case for changing “the structure, technology, financing, and leadership” of American health care.


57. Kick Hunger Challenge Celebrity Poker Tournament
Onetime Seahawk Jordan Babineaux and Chef John Howie will host a celebrity poker tournament, featuring a bushel of sports notables from Seattle teams and beyond, to benefit Food Lifeline. Watch Gary Payton, Marcus Trufant, Lenny Wilkens, Lawyer Milloy, Jess Fishlock, and many more—plus Thierry Rautureau and other chefs, sports broadcasters, and reporters—keep their faces poker-stiff while raising money for hungry locals.


58. Puddles Pity Party
The extremely popular “sad clown with the golden voice” presents his downcast live production featuring a mopey clown, absurdism, and some laughs.

59. Rough Ground
Drummers, dancers, readers, and other artists have worked with Philadelphia poet Sha’Ifa Mami Watu to interpret her pieces through their own media. See locals like Yirim Seck, Tuesday Velasco, Jennifer Moore, Alonzo Jackson,plus B-girls Anna Bannna Freeze and Macca perform with Watu. Indigenous drumming and Afro-modern hiphop is also promised.

60. Weedini: The Marijuana Magician
Weedini the Marijuana Magician (also known as the “Wizard of Weed”) will make you laugh while performing astounding feats of “real psychedelic simulation.”



61. PlaceInvaders with Eden Hill and Rocky Yeh
Launched in New York City in 2014 by two food and travel aficionados (Hagan and Katie both plan, organize and execute the events together), PlaceInvaders acts as a pop-up dining experience, traveling the country and setting up shop in private residences from Atlanta to Miami. In each city stop, the duo relies on the expertise of chefs to prepare a five-course meal centered around local ingredients. The best part is: no one’s home. This makes for “an intimate dinner with a dash of voyeurism,” and guests are welcome “to explore, inspect, admire, ogle, and snark.” Past locations have included an abandoned 1950s-era NYC penthouse and a condo that once played host to a Notorious B.I.G. video shoot. Before you get to Googling, you should know that PlaceInvaders never reveals its locations in advance—they’ll keep you on your antsy toes and will clue you in at the very last minute. What we do know is that this event’s location will either be in Queen Anne or Downtown, and it will feature acclaimed bartender and industry man Rocky Yeh and Chef Maximillian Petty of Queen Anne’s Eden Hill restaurant.


62. Eric & Encarnación’s Flamenco de Raiz with Manuel Gutierrez and Jesús Montoya
Celebrate the latest single “Tortura de Amor” and enjoy live performances of flamenco dance and music by Eric & Encarnación with special guests Manuel Gutierrez and Jesús Montoya.

63. Schlong Song
Woody Shticks, one of the interarts storyteller troupe known as the Libertinis, will put on a revival of his frenetic one-man show about “his days inside a Puritan cult” and “his nights inside consenting adults.”



64. Festival Sundiata Presents Black Arts Fest
African American and pan-African diaspora artists, musicians, chefs, authors, and dancers will give performances and talks. Learn about black arts through workshops, music, and small-artisan shopping. Some highlights include the African American Writer’s Alliance’s gathering on “The Poet, the Musician, and the Artist Poets,” the Smokin Black Chefs, and Afua Kouyate’s drum workshop.


65. Northwest Pinball and Arcade Show
For one brief weekend, it’ll be heaven on earth (Tacoma, specifically) for pinball nerds. This show will offer play on hundreds of vintage machines, seminars, stuff for sale, world record score attempts, and speakers.


66. Turn It Down! Festival
A person dancing alone to the music in their headphones looks a bit spazzy. A few hundred dancing to the same music in their headphones looks like an unusual medieval plague, but much more fun. Get in on this silent festival with 20 DJs broadcasting mixes for 100 partiers at three different parks: Gas Works, Golden Gardens, and Volunteer.


67. Beat Science – Music in Motion
Tired of jazz hands? This performance by the Alchemy Tap Project promises to take inspiration from “hip hop, drumming, and ballet” for a dance piece nothing like your 10-year-old cousin’s talent show routine (as fine as it is).

68. The Legend of Georgia McBride
An Elvis impersonator becomes a drag queen in this comedy hit by Matthew Lopez. Charles Isherwood at The New York Times describes the musical as “stitch-in-your-side funny” and “full of sass and good spirits.”



69. Long Shot 2017
Long Shot starts with a competition in which people all around the world will take out their cameras (between 9 a.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. on Sunday) and submit their results to be considered for the pop-up exhibition happening on June 17. It costs $20 to participate, but the show is free to attend.

70. make boring
Check out a new immersive, architectural work by Ellen Xu entitled make boring, a site-specific diorama which Xu has constructed out of popsicle sticks, wood, and glue while living inside the gallery.

71. On The Record
Enjoy music and record/record cover art from 100 artists at KEXP, courtesy of the Drawnk group of painters.


72. George Harris
Venezuelan comic George Harris will perform a satirical set in Spanish entitled ¿Quién Se Quiere Ir?.


73. Black Girl Magick
Black tarot readers, healers, and spiritualists will deal in crafts, goods, and power at this gathering of “women who are going back to [their] roots.”

74. CatWise Cat Café Tour
Pam Johnson-Bennett, the author of the cat behavior manual CatWise, will stop by the heart-stoppingly cute Meowtropolitan Café to sign copies and drink coffee with you.

75. Chance Fashion’s Eight Year Anniversary
Chance Fashion will strut local designers’ lingerie ensembles down the catwalk at this celebration of the nonprofit fashion association’s eighth year. See styles by TRASH, DeLoach Wear, Pinky Herrera Designs, Charity Rosalind, and Lily-Claire.

76. Naked Spring Thing 2017
“Mama Needs a New Hot Tub” is as good a reason as any for a nudist park to throw itself a fundraiser. Enjoy a salad bar and BBQ potluck with donation, a cast-iron cook-off contest, a raffle to win a year-long membership to the park, and music by The Mood Swings Jazz Band, The Cool Kids, and DJ Kelli with an I.

77. Puppy Pool Party to Benefit Emerald City Pet Rescue
Dogs love water. Water loves dogs. Human noses aren’t necessary too keen on the combination, but what the hell. Bring your pooches for a splash in the kiddie pool, meet adoptable animal friends (no onsite adoptions though), cast your lot in the raffle with Mud Bay goods, and drink a beer ($1 of which goes to Emerald City Pet Rescue).


78. 7th Annual Tribute to Bruce Cockburn
For seven years now, Egan’s Jam House has hosted an annual tribute show to folk and jazz-influenced Canadian singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn. This year’s show will feature performances by local heavyweights Rob Kneisler, Sonny Bill Glover, Greg Hendrickson, Kevin Jones, Robin McGillveray, and more, with proceeds from the door going to War Child International.

79. Orphan Radio Launch Party
Orphan Radio, Lovecitylove’s new house internet broadcast channel devoted to “idiosyncratic artists and DJs in a safe and inclusive space,” will be born in a burst of live-streamed celebration with musicians and DJs Local Artist, FKL, OC Notes, and TUF’s T.Wan and CCL.

80. Summer of Love Shindig
It’ll soon be the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, so bring back those hippie vibes by drinking and dancing to Hot Lava (B-52s tribute band) and the Mercury Four (retro psych-surf instrumental pop).

81. Summer Boat Party 2017
Whirl around the Islander to Top40 and hiphop tracks or reggaeton, merengue, and other Latin genres on two dance floors on the Islander Yacht.


82. Crysta Casey: Rules for Walking Out
Mark the release of the third collection of poetry by late Seattle poet Crysta Casey, who died in 2008, with a celebration featuring readings by Phoebe Bosche, Kathleen Flenniken, Carol Guess, and Corrina Wycoff.

83. Margaret Combs
Anthropologist/folklorist Margaret Combs will share some of her book, Hazard: a Sister’s Flight From Family and a Broken Boy, about growing up with a an autistic brother in a Southern Baptist family 70 years ago.

84. RISK! Live in Seattle
Stories too embarrassing and bizarre for the light of day get told at RISK!, a live show and podcast hosted by Kevin Allison. Take a leap and watch performers share their most intimate tales.


85. Seattle Stands with Our Muslim Neighbors
One People’s Project will gather in counterprotest to the ACT For America “March against Sharia” demonstration. ACT for America has referred to Arabs as “barbarians,” launched smear campaigns against Arab intellectuals in the US, and more recently has focused its hatred on refugees. The organizers of the counterprotest say: “To emphasize the diversity and solidarity of the many communities who are coming together for this event, we suggests signs which read, ‘I AM (3 things about yourself). I STAND WITH ISLAM.'”


86. Pride: Rainier Roller Girls Bout 6
Cheer the Rainier Roller Girls in their special Pride match with the Spokannibals and enjoy the beer garden, halftime show, and rough-and-tumble antics.

87. Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race & Mud Run
Tackle intimidating (and not-so-intimidating) obstacles and fling yourself around in the mud at this intense 5K full of challenges ranging from fire-jumping to stein-hoisting. Get fit and dirty, or just watch the mayhem for free.

88. Shilshole Boatfest: Seas the Bay
Set sail on Shilshole Bay at this free festival, previously known as the Shilshole Bay Marina’s National Marina Day, which aims to teach you boat safety and ecological responsibility. Tour a liveaboard boat, take out a kayak, browse booths for yacht, boat, and travel information plus arts and crafts, and enjoy music and food.


89. Critter Person Pageant
Butylene O’Kipple, Hellen Tragedy, Irene Dubois, Jade Dynasty, and Miss Texas 1988 will partake in a lip synching competition, the winner of which will get the honor of being the only featured performer at each and every Critter Barn for a whole year. It’s going to get real.

90. Bacon Strip
The drag company Bacon Strip, helmed by Sylvia O’Stayformore and Mizz Honey Bucket, sets a gaggle of mischievous queens to shocking shenanigans every month. This month’s theme is Night in Gay Seattle Old Town.



91. PhotoFest
PhotoFest boasts a weekend-long bill of photography events including talks from a few dozen speakers, free workshops, interactive demonstrations, photo walks, and sales.


92. World Ocean Weekend
Aquarium visitors of all ages, learn how to keep the ocean thriving, beautiful, vital, and clean while meeting the finned, tentacled, exoskeletoned denizens of the Seattle Aquarium. A talk called “Solutions for Ocean Change” will be given and a live show based on the children’s series The Octonauts will be performed. Plus, meet the animals whom your eco-conscious actions can save at the aquarium’s regularly scheduled diver shows and feedings of fur seals and octopuses.



93. Steve Hofstetter
Stand-up comedian, writer, and YouTube star Steve Hofstetter will spend the evening telling jokes as part of his “Comedy without Apology” tour.


94. Benefit for Our Homeless Neighbors
Enjoy live music by jazz band Horace Silver Combo and local funk players Down North, a raffle, appetizers, and drinks at this benefit for local homeless advocacy organizations.

95. Freak-A-Zoid: Vintage Media Market
Freak-A-Zoid is the newest market for old things, namely vintage media with a theme of “Horror, Sci-Fi, Indie, and Weird.” In addition to a venue collection of VHS tapes, they’ll also have vendors selling vinyl, zines, and pop culture collectibles.


96. The Maury Island Incident
Did you know there’s a famous story about a possible (almost certainly fictional) alien spotting that takes place right in Puget Sound? Filmmakers Steve Edmiston and Scott Schaefer will tell you about the far-reaching effects of the tale (also known as the “Maury Island Incident”) and screen their short film about the event.

97. SHRIEK: The Exorcist
The SHRIEK! Women in Horror by Heather Bartels, Evan J. Peterson is finally getting around to a horror classic/trove of gender investigations, The Exorcist. They ask the very good question: “Ever wonder why women and girls are more likely to be possessed than boys and men in horror movies?” ‘Cause women are evil, duh.

98. SIFF Closing Night Gala: The Young Karl Marx
The Seattle International Film Festival will close with Haitian director Raoul Peck’s (I Am Not Your Negro, Lumumba) new historical drama which, as you might have gathered, relates the young adulthood of Karl Marx as he whisks through European cities with his noble-born wife Jenny and his clawed-his-way-out-of-the-bourgeoisie friend Friedrich Engels. After SIFF’s final screening, head to the Museum of History and Industry for a boozy shindig with two drinks and plenty of hors-d’oeuvres included.


99. Food & Beer Tasting Featuring Stoup Brewing and The Beeroness
Join Stoup Brewing and Barley’s Angels for a beer and food tasting featuring “the Beeroness,” aka Jackie Dodd, beer blogger and recipe developer. The event will take place at Stoup’s new upstairs lounge area, complete with a private balcony overlooking the beer garden. The ticket cost includes Stoup-infused appetizers and a demonstration and conversation with the Beeroness.

100. Paint and Pint
Join Schooner Exact Brewing Co. for a spring painting class paired with craft beer. Led by professional art educators, this three-hour class will feature an art history lesson, an art demonstration, class materials like acrylic paints and canvas, and a “project reflection” after the class.


101. Beatwalk 2017
Visit Columbia City venues during the 19th year of Beatwalk, a festival of local musicians for local people. During the kickoff, hear Carlos Overall Express (jazz) at the Rumba Notes Lounge, the Black Crabs (rock) at the Hummingbird Saloon, Tekla Jasmine Waterfield (singer-songwriter) with Jeff Fielder at Tutta Bella, the Archtops (rhythm and jazz) at Columbia City Theater, and others.

102. Jah9, Mellow Mood, Paulo Baldini DubFiles
“Jazz on Dub” mystic Jah9 will mix poetry and music in an explosion of “femiNINE energy.”

103. Noam Vazana “Nani” Sephardic Jazz Trio
Hear heavenly world folk and klezmer—a blend of jazz, Middle Eastern, Sephardic, and African styles—by this Israeli/Dutch band in their Seattle debut.


104. Generative Workshop: The Pliable Prose Poem with Amelia Martens
Poet Amelia Martens is the author of collections including Purgatory, Clatter, and A Series of Faults, as well as her 2016 book of prose poetry, The Spoons in the Grass Are There to Dig a Moat. She’ll share the secrets of the prose poem in this generative workshop open to writers of all levels.

105. Seattle Writes: Poetry Ripped from the Headlines
Poet Aaron Counts (author of the collection Strange-tongued Names) is an experienced teacher, the director of arts-based anti-incarceration youth program Creative Justice, and a participant in the Writers-in-the-Schools program. Let him lead and inspire your work at this participatory event, where you’ll create narrative poems “from current events, pop culture, and thin air.”

106. Steven Rowley
Steven Rowley has a magical-realism novel out called Lily and the Octopus, in which a solitary LA man finds that his beloved elderly dachshund has an octopus attached to her face.


107. Furry 5K
We don’t want to offend anyone’s sincerely held beliefs, but we want to prevent any misunderstandings: This 5K is about the actual dog and cat kind of furry. Run or walk alongside yours and other people’s adorable trotty dogs and stay on afterwards for a Pet-a-Palooza with vendors and showcases of dog talents. Proceeds benefit Seattle Humane.

108. Meditation & Mimosas
Detox, retox, repeat, says W Seattle, in reference to its upcoming event that mixes meditation and mimosas. Join yoga teacher and self-described “moon goddess” Morgan Zion for this hour-long class, which will be followed by the promised mimosa and a snack or two.


109. Sunday Night Shuga Shaq
The players of “the only monthly ALL PEOPLE OF COLOR Burlesque Revue in Seattle,” including host Ms. Briq House, will strut their stuff at the progressive Theatre Off Jackson. No nudity, but lots of titillation.

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South Carolina’s African American tourism efforts ramp up with new app guide

Green Book of South Carolina

The Green Book of South Carolina app lists more than 300 African American cultural sites around the state. Pprovided/S.C. African American Heritage Commission

A new travel guide could boost African American tourism in South Carolina.

A web-based or phone app travel guide called Green Book of South Carolina lists more than 300 sites across the state with African American heritage. The S.C. African American Heritage Commission developed it.

The website is

Tourism officials have said the state’s African American sites could be drawing more visitors and boosting tourism revenues.

Many African Americans can trace their roots to South Carolina.

“The Green Book of South Carolina helps expand tourism’s impact in the Palmetto State, which is now a $20.2 billion industry,” Dawn Dawson-House, director of corporate communications at the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, said in a statement.

The updated version pays homage to the original Green Book, first published in 1936 by New York City postman Victor Green as an African American travel guide to safe harbors and welcoming establishments across the United States, according to the commission.

The commission is an affiliate of the S.C. Department of Archives and History.

Gullah Geechee

The former mayor of Savannah will help promote the state’s African American culture.

The Johns Island-based Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Foundation recently chose Otis Johnson, scholar-in-residence at Savannah State University, as its new chairman. Johnson served as Savannah’s mayor from 2004 to 2011.

The foundation promotes the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, a coastal strip of African American culture recognized by the National Park Service.

Other recently elected officers to the foundation are:

  • Louis Albert, a faculty associate at Arizona State University, is vice chair.
  • Antoinette Jackson, associate professor of anthropology at the University of South Florida and a founding member of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission, is secretary.
  • Edward McKelvey Jr., a senior vice president of South State Bank, is treasurer.

Hotel happenings

A pair of Charleston-based developers are proposing new hotels for West Ashley and Daniel Island.

Jupiter Holdings wants to build 123 rooms across from Costco. The request is on the June 6 agenda of the city’s Board of Zoning Appeals.

The vacant site is behind the Food Lion supermarket at 3025 Ashley Town Center Drive. The hotel would be a WoodSpring Suites, according to Fred Whittle with Jupiter. The independent extended-stay lodging chain is based in Wichita, Kan.

Meanwhile, on Daniel Island, developer Michael Bennett of Bennett Hospitality is planning another hotel.

Bennett’s Daniel Island Ventures III is asking the Department of Health and Environmental Control for a permit to prepare 2.2 acres for a new Home2 Suites, a Hilton extended-stay brand.

The site is between MUSC Health Stadium and Volvo Cars Stadium, south of The Islander restaurant that Bennett’s Holy City Hospitality owns on Fairchild Street. He also owns the existing Daniel Island Hampton Inn.