The power of black art

The art world’s response to the birth of Black Power is being highlighted at a major new exhibition at the Tate Modern.

Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power explores what it meant to be black – and to be a black artist – in the USA from 1963 to 1983 as cultural identity was shifting and reforming.

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Image caption Muhammad Ali by Andy Warhol

Some of the pieces on show at the London gallery take direct inspiration from some of the key black figures of the day, as in Andy Warhol’s Muhammad Ali.

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Image caption Icon for My Man Superman (Superman Never Saved any Black People – Bobby Seale) by Barkley L Hendricks

Barkley Hendricks, who died earlier this year, told the Tate: “I’m just trying to do the best painting of the individuals who have piqued my curiosity and made me want to paint them.”

His work Icon for My Man Superman (Superman Never Saved any Black People) was inspired by political activist Bobby Seale’s statement that “Superman never saved any black people”.

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Image caption Black Children Keep Your Spirits Free by Carolyn Lawrence

Curator Mark Godfrey told the BBC: “We’ve done shows about American art for decades – it was a question of why hadn’t we done one on African-American art?

“And there was every reason to do it as these are great artists making important work. We felt it was important to tell the story of this 20-year period when they were asking questions about the black aesthetic and what it means.

“It’s a cohesive set of questions and a varied set of answers.”

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Image caption Revolutionary by Wadsworth Jarrell

Wadsworth Jarrell – whose work Revolutionary is above – formed AfriCobra (the African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists) with fellow artists Jeff Donaldson, Jae Jarrell, Barbara Jones-Hogu, Nelson Stevens and Gerald Williams in the late 1960s.

They were the only group to devise a manifesto for black art at this time.

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Image caption Texas Louise by Frank Bowling

Frank Bowling, born in British Guyana before moving from London to New York, was a key player in the Black Art movement, arguing that it could be abstract and did not need to be overtly political.

One of his other works, Middle Passage, is travelling outside of the US for the first time – and Bowling himself has not seen it since it was exhibited in 1971.

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Image caption Did the Bear Sit Under a Tree by Benny Andrews

On that note, Godfrey said that many of the works – of which there are more than 150, by more than 60 artists – are being shown in the UK for the first time.

Some they wanted proved impossible to locate, including Phillip Lindsay Mason’s The Death Makers. But its importance is being marked at the exhibition all the same.

Godfrey explained: “Even the artist doesn’t know where it is. So we wanted to acknowledge its absence with a blank space.”

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Image caption We Shall Survive Without a Doubt by Emory Douglas

As well as such iconic artworks as Warhol’s portrait of Ali, the exhibition also looks at how art was reflected on the streets of America.

The Black Panther Party’s culture minister Emory Douglas said that “the ghetto itself is the gallery” and was behind posters like the one above.

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Image caption Eye by Betye Saar

Betye Saar is one of the female artists whose work looks at the black feminism movement and its impact on the two decades, increasing the visibility of black women.

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Image caption Eva the Babysitter by Emma Amos

Emma Amos once said in an interview that, in her opinion, “artists are extremely influenced by whatever is going on at the time they’re coming into their powerful vision”.

As the Tate said itself in its description of the show, it is a “timely opportunity to see how American cultural identity was reshaped at a time of social unrest and political struggle”.

Soul of a Nation is at the Tate Modern from 12 July to 22 October


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Analysis: ‘Detroit’ Touches Raw Nerve but Tells an Important Story

It’s been 50 years since footage of tanks mounted with machine guns thundering through Detroit neighborhoods and blocks of buildings billowing with flames were broadcast into American homes.

But in Academy-Award winning director Kathryn Bigelow’s riveting new film, “Detroit,” these events feel fraught with the same tension they did back then.

More than 150 riots — or rebellions, as many historians, and to their credit even Bigelow and her cast have called them — struck American cities between 1965 and 1968.

In 1967 alone, 83 people died and 1,800 were injured — the vast majority of them African Americans living in major cities where a racially-charged encounter between Black citizens and police led to state-sanctioned violence against U.S. citizens. With a total of 43 deaths, Detroit’s five-day uprising that year one of the deadliest race riots of the 20th century.”

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It was perhaps even more jarring because the polished, apolitical crooning of Motown portrayed a city not just manufacturing most of the nation’s cars, but often producing bubblegum pop that was safe for mass consumption.

When Detroit went up in flames, so did Motown’s illusory version of it.

Related: OpEd: ‘Detroit’ is Going to Hurt, But It’s Worth It

The film’s lofty goals are admirable: to show how closely tied our past is to our present, and the historically unmitigated trauma that police brutality and the injustice of the American court system inflict upon Black America.

Given the film is directed by a white woman and written by a white man — Mark Boal, Bigelow’s collaborator on both “The Hurt Locker” and “Zero Dark Thirty” — it succeeds incredibly well at these tasks, despite occasional moments where white guilt invades the narrative in arguably anachronistic and potentially historically inaccurate ways.

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Still, Bigelow deserves real credit for even making this film.

Sadly the only female director to ever win an academy award for best director (for “The Hurt Locker”), she also deserves credit for dispelling the biggest myth that persists about the 1967 Detroit Riots, as they remain most commonly known.

The myth, retold incessantly, is that the riots led to the city’s infamous decades of decline.

The truth: by 1967, Detroit had already lost 130,000 manufacturing jobs in 20 years. Many companies had already relocated to the suburbs, and the highways that destroyed cramped, inner-city Black neighborhoods were making it convenient for whites to live outside the city.

But this persistently repeated falsehood that the ’67 riots are what destroyed Detroit conveniently places blame in the wrong community’s lap, and strips even current injustices damaging the lives of tens of thousands living there today, such as the ongoing tax foreclosures and water shutoffs, of their historical context.

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Bigelow’s film instead opens with a beautiful, eerie montage of text, crackling sound and animations based on artwork by Jacob Lawrence, a renowned African-American artist who chronicled the Great Migration from the South to the urban ghettos of the North.

Condensing into minutes what the award-winning book “The Origins of the Urban Crisis” documents best, the montage serves as a critical historical corrective by informing the audience that even as Detroit was peaking at nearly two million people in the 1950s, the city’s eventual jaw-dropping decline had already begun.

Among the main culprits: automation, white flight to the suburbs subsidized by the first federally-backed mortgages, and ironically, urban renewal, an Orwellian term for even vibrant Black neighborhoods being destroyed to make way for the construction of some of America’s biggest interstate highways.

From there the film segues swiftly from the police raid on an after-hours club that sparked the uprising to the war-like cauldron of chaos Detroit quickly devolved into. When a National Guardsman mistakes a little Black girl for a sniper — a four-year-old did become the riots’ youngest victim when the Guard fired after her uncle struck his lighter near a window — the film matches historical records almost verbatim.

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Likewise, the real murder of a Black man carrying groceries out of a looted store by a white police officer (a composite character played brilliantly by the young, British actor Will Poulter), includes another officer joking about what a “physical specimen” the victim was.

Police records indicate one of the real-life officers the film did not depict said exactly that. This kind of attention to even the rawest details is what makes the film for the most part unflinching.

In the end, the 45 terrifying minutes the film spends at a seedy prostitution-haven known as The Algiers Motel with a handful of cops and their victims are what make the film so riveting.

Three black youth died there and numerous others were badly beaten, including several members of the up-and-coming group The Dramatics (the film places only one former member in the motel, although in reality several members fled there for respite from the riots).

Frequently, just like the characters, the audience spends long moments unsure who is alive and who is dead, as police use guerrilla interrogation tactics in an attempt to elicit confessions.

Police originally suspected sniper fire from the now long-gone Algiers. The real crime there in the end: several groups of Black men fraternizing with a pair of white women. A starter pistol was fired from the motel in horseplay, leading to the police siege, but no gun was ever found.

Still, when the film fictionalizes moments no definitive account exists for, it sometimes veers briefly into what feels like inauthentic terrain.

Related: Detroit at Crossroads 50 Years After Riots Devastated City

When Larry Reed, a badly-beaten member of The Dramatics, escapes the night of terror at the Algiers, a white cop on the street comes to his aid, asking “Oh my God, who could do this to someone?”, whisking his “brother” off to a hospital. C’mon now.

The film also portrays the National Guard and state police as hands off when Detroit cops get too bloody at the Algiers.

The truth is a presidential commission later established by Lyndon B. Johnson found most of the deaths that occurred were due to these forces collectively going out of control. The Detroit Police were directly tied to 18 deaths, the National Guard, 11 deaths. Only 10 of the people who died were white, even though Detroit was more than 60 percent white at the time.

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Still, while a litany of coverage of the 50th anniversary of the ’67 Detroit Riots resurrects the tragedy in at times dry and academic terms, Bigelow’s directorial style — tight shots, hand-held camera work, the deft use of explosions, slamming doors, gunshots and other ear-shattering sounds — does anything but.

The film finally leaves the motel for a police precinct and courtroom drama that aren’t perfect.

Scenes include senior detectives who anachronistically disparage the police who raided the Algiers as “racists.” A key Black character, Melvin Dismukes, — a security guard working nearby who tried to minimize the carnage at the motel — was portrayed as the central character in the film’s first trailer. Played deftly as man navigating the Black/white divide by John Boyega early in the film, after Dismukes is charged with murder along with the police in an apparent set up he becomes increasingly lineless, and how he got off absent white privilege is never explained.

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In an interview before the “Detroit” premiere, Bigelow defended the film’s fictionalized take on an actual historical event. She noted that “court documentation and research… really informed the script,” and defended the portrayal of several non-racists in the police department as verified by FOIA’d documents.

In the end, three policemen and effectively the entire police department were cleared from murder, felonious assault, conspiracy, and conspiracy to commit civil rights abuses. While none of the real officers involved at the Algiers ever served as beat cops again, the city settled civil suits for paltry amounts, and no authorities ever were convicted of any crimes, although thousands of Blacks were arrested and convicted.

Related: ‘Detroit’ stars tell TODAY about their critically acclaimed new film

Today, many of Detroit’s commercial and residential corridors have remained vacant since being burned down in 1967. Also today, as we all know, things akin to the Algiers Motel “incident” still happen all the time — a point Bigelow is obviously trying to make, to her credit.

In a rousing introduction at the film’s Detroit premiere, celebrity academic and Detroit native Michael Eric Dyson, whose father moved to from Georgia in search for factory work decades ago, called Bigelow a “straight-up genius” and hero for “calling into question a culture of complicity” toward police brutality in America.

“She has the gall and the courage and the unabashed temerity to tell the truth about what’s going on,” Dyson said.

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Bigelow’s electric new drama is the third in a trilogy of war films, both of which received widespread acclaim: “The Hurt Locker,” set in wartime Iraq, won six Academy awards, including best film, and “Zero Dark Thirty,” which focused on the assassination of Osama bin Laden, was nominated for five Academy awards. “Detroit” deserves similar recognition at next year’s Academy Awards, even if it’s far from perfect.

An interesting historical footnote: John Hersey, one of the most acclaimed American novelists and journalists of the 20th Century, never got clear answers to key questions even though he interviewed numerous Black survivors and all of the white police officers charged with murder at the Algiers for his book, “The Algiers Motel Incident.”

That may be why Hersey agreed once more at his death to never allow his book to be made into a film.

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Bunny the elephant

Born in 1952 and captured in the wild in Burma, Bunny the elephant arrived at Mesker Park Zoo in 1954 as a 450-pound, 4 foot tall infant. This photo shows Bunny, age 12, having her nails filed by zookeeper Bonnie Conway. Bunny proved a popular attraction at the zoo for many decades, eventually growing to 7,800 pounds.

Discussion for Bunny’s retirement began in the 1990’s, largely due to the changing standards for animal welfare that began to recognize problems with holding elephants in captivity alone. In 1999, after much controversy, the Evansville Parks Board unanimously voted to retire the elephant.On Sept. 29, 1999, after a public going-away party featuring an elephant-sized cake from Donut Bank Bakery for spectators and grape leaves for the elephant, Bunny was retired to “The Elephant Sanctuary” in Hohenwald, Tennessee. Bunny passed away at the sanctuary on May 14, 2009, after nearly 10 years with other retired elephants.

History Lesson is a pictorial history of Evansville compiled by Daniel Smith, local history and digitization librarian at the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library.

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Earl Gage, SF’s 1st black firefighter, to be memorialized Monday

Services are scheduled Monday for Earl J. Gage Jr., who became San Francisco’s first black firefighter in the 1950s.

Mr. Gage died July 30 at age 90, surrounded by his family in Elk Grove (Sacramento County).

He began his career with the department in 1955 at age 28, and was later named the director of community services before retiring in 1983. His landmark hiring was noted at the time by city newspapers.

San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White said Mr. Gage made a lasting impact on the department. In his role as the director of community services, he helped recruit and integrate the department.

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“He was a trailblazer, and paved the way for the SFFD to become one of the most diverse departments in the world, truly representing the city we serve,” she said.

Mr. Gage’s hiring opened the door for others — including the city’s first black fire chief, Robert Demmons, decades later, said John William Templeton, a historian specializing in African Americans in California and co-founder of National Black Business Month.

“He was part of a generation of pioneers who systematically broke into all the public workforces in San Francisco,” he said.

During his time with the city, Mr. Gage pushed for increased diversity — even calling at one point in 1969 for a change in hiring practices so that minorities could better represented in the force.

At that time, of the more than 1,700 firefighters in the department, only four were black. Mr. Gage himself had been the only black firefighter for 12 years, from 1955 to 1967.

Mr. Gage rarely talked to many about the challenges he faced, said Darryl Williams, his nephew. He did, however, share with Williams how in those early days he had to carry his own mattress to the firehouses he was assigned to because others did not want him to sleep in the beds there. The mattress that had been provided to him was often thrown out — causing him to bring his own.

“It was difficult, but when you have a goal and you’re looking to do what he did, it’s just a step. He had no regrets, that’s for sure,” his nephew said. Williams, who grew up in San Francisco, said Mr. Gage was a role model. He recalled how as a kid he would make sure his classmates knew his uncle was the first black firefighter.

“It was just such an inspiration to have something like that — it meant so much to me,” he said.

It clearly meant a lot to others as well. In November, family, friends, and city officials — including Hayes-White — attended Mr. Gage’s 90th birthday party at the African American Art and Culture Complex in San Francisco. The turnout of hundreds brought him to tears.

“He was so overwhelmed,” Williams said. “Any time your life can have meaning to others — especially something like this — I’m sure he was just pleased. He was grateful to be the person to inspire others.”

Mr. Gage’s family moved from Texas to San Francisco in 1945. He graduated from UC Berkeley and was later drafted into the Army. Mr. Gage married Blondell Wright in 1952 and the two were married up until her death in 2014. He was a devoted fan of the San Francisco 49ers and an avid golfer. After retiring from the department, Mr. Gage became a real estate broker.

The devoted family man is survived by his physician daughter, Blondell Chism; a sister, Earline Daniels; a brother, Thomas Gage, and numerous grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Third Baptist Church of San Francisco, 1399 McAllister St. The Rev. Amos Brown will be officiating while Hayes-White and Kevin Smith, president of the city’s black firefighters association, will offer special tributes.

Hamed Aleaziz is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: haleaziz@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @haleaziz

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Earl Gage, SF’s first black firefighter, dies at 90

Services are scheduled Monday for Earl J. Gage Jr., who became San Francisco’s first black firefighter in the 1950s.

Mr. Gage died July 30 at age 90, surrounded by his family in Elk Grove (Sacramento County).

He began his career with the department in 1955 at age 28, and was later named the director of community services before retiring in 1983. His landmark hiring was noted at the time by city newspapers.

San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White said Mr. Gage made a lasting impact on the department. In his role as the director of community services, he helped recruit and integrate the department.

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Video produced by Fresco News

“He was a trailblazer, and paved the way for the SFFD to become one of the most diverse departments in the world, truly representing the city we serve,” she said.

Mr. Gage’s hiring opened the door for others — including the city’s first black fire chief, Robert Demmons, decades later, said John William Templeton, a historian specializing in African Americans in California and co-founder of National Black Business Month.

“He was part of a generation of pioneers who systematically broke into all the public workforces in San Francisco,” he said.

During his time with the city, Mr. Gage pushed for increased diversity — even calling at one point in 1969 for a change in hiring practices so that minorities could better represented in the force.

At that time, of the more than 1,700 firefighters in the department, only four were black. Mr. Gage himself had been the only black firefighter for 12 years, from 1955 to 1967.

Mr. Gage rarely talked to many about the challenges he faced, said Darryl Williams, his nephew. He did, however, share with Williams how in those early days he had to carry his own mattress to the firehouses he was assigned to because others did not want him to sleep in the beds there. The mattress that had been provided to him was often thrown out — causing him to bring his own.

“It was difficult, but when you have a goal and you’re looking to do what he did, it’s just a step. He had no regrets, that’s for sure,” his nephew said. Williams, who grew up in San Francisco, said Mr. Gage was a role model. He recalled how as a kid he would make sure his classmates knew his uncle was the first black firefighter.

“It was just such an inspiration to have something like that — it meant so much to me,” he said.

It clearly meant a lot to others as well. In November, family, friends, and city officials — including Hayes-White — attended Mr. Gage’s 90th birthday party at the African American Art and Culture Complex in San Francisco. The turnout of hundreds brought him to tears.

“He was so overwhelmed,” Williams said. “Any time your life can have meaning to others — especially something like this — I’m sure he was just pleased. He was grateful to be the person to inspire others.”

Mr. Gage’s family moved from Texas to San Francisco in 1945. He graduated from UC Berkeley and was later drafted into the Army. Mr. Gage married Blondell Wright in 1952 and the two were married up until her death in 2014. He was a devoted fan of the San Francisco 49ers and an avid golfer. After retiring from the department, Mr. Gage became a real estate broker.

The devoted family man is survived by his physician daughter, Blondell Chism; a sister, Earline Daniels; a brother, Thomas Gage, and numerous grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Third Baptist Church of San Francisco, 1399 McAllister St. The Rev. Amos Brown will be officiating while Hayes-White and Kevin Smith, president of the city’s black firefighters association, will offer special tributes.

Hamed Aleaziz is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: haleaziz@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @haleaziz

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Exploring surfaces through art

Three contemporary artists look at different ways in which surfaces can be explored through materials, media, textures and imagery

Marlboro in Carlyle New York by Coco Capitán is an abstract composition in shades of brown reflecting the luxury of Carlyle Hotel in New York.

The summer show at Leila Heller Gallery Dubai, titled Surface Issues, and guest curated by Maximillian William, brings together new works by young artists, Coco Capitán, Reginald Sylvester II and Magda Skupinska.

The three contemporary artists have diverse practices and distinct visual languages. The show looks at the different ways in which they have explored the surface in terms of materials, media, textures and imagery, while also inviting viewers to go beyond the surface, and contemplate the underlying social, cultural and political issues addressed by the artists.

The artworks include photographs and mixed media paintings on canvas and paper, that express the concerns of a new generation of artists, and speak about their fresh approach, as well as their appreciation of art history.

Milk and Chocolate, Mount, by Magda Skupinska 2017

Skupinska was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1991, and is now based in London. She graduated in Fine Art from Central St. Martins, London and is doing her masters in painting at the Royal College of Arts. She is interested in exploring the tangible and fragile quality of organic materials, and often uses natural materials such as spices and fruits along with traditional media in her work.

The three paintings she is displaying in this show, are abstract compositions, featuring simple forms and earthy colours that evoke a feeling of balance and harmony. The interesting thing about these paintings is that the artist has applied organic materials such as sandalwood, bee pollen, peppermint, chilli, milk and chocolate on her canvasses to create a unique sensory experience for viewers. But by using these tangible, perishable materials in her work, she also invites viewers to look beyond the surface and contemplate the beauty and fragility of nature, and the degradation of the environment caused by human activity.

Unlike Skupinska’s mellow, meditative, minimalist canvases, Sylvester’s compositions are a chaotic mix of bright colours, and complex emotional narratives. The African American artist was born in Jacksonville, North Carolina in 1987, and studied graphic design at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

His paintings deal with issues of his black identity, and of life in the digital age, especially the addictive and obsessive nature of the digital world. They are filled with abstracted figures, childlike scribbles, and tangled, disembodied limbs. Through his spontaneous, expressive brush strokes, vibrant colours, distinct textures and forms, amusing self-portraits, and quirky titles, the artist speaks about his personal experiences, thoughts and feelings.

He is showing a large acrylic and oil painting on canvas titled, Debauchery in the Club, an acrylic and oil pastel painting on paper titled, Distraction, and a set of small paintings, titled Beginning and End to our Problems. The artworks tell stories about the rhythms and struggles of daily life in his community, about uncomfortable experiences such as his first visit to a strip club, about people that inspire him, such as his favourite sportsmen, and about his concepts and ideas as an artist. They offer insights into the mind of a young man who is coming of age, and trying to figure out what life is about, and an artist who is looking for original ways to express himself.

Debauchery in the Club 2017 Acrylic and Oil on canvas by Reginald Sylvester

Capitán was born in Seville, Spain in 1992. She received her Master’s degree in Photography from the Royal College of Art, London in 2016, and currently lives in London. Her art practice straddles the fine art and commercial art worlds, and includes photography, painting, and prose. She is a well-known fashion photographer, who has worked with international brands such as Gucci, and her work has appeared in prestigious publications such as the New York Times Magazine, M Le Monde, and Vogue.

Due to her experience of the commercial art world, Capitán is keenly aware of the persuasive power of imagery in shaping our perceptions and desires. The works she is presenting in this show explore the imaginary possibilities of photography.

Her subjects are familiar objects and places. Yet beneath the glossy surface, her unique visual language challenges traditional means of representation, creating narratives that explore the boundaries between reality and images, questioning our perceptions, and her own role as an artist in creating these perceptions.

In a work titled, Marlboro in Carlyle New York, she has photographed a packet of cigarettes lying on a plush sofa. The abstract composition, in various shades of brown, reflects the luxury of the Carlyle Hotel in New York, and recalls memories of the night life once associated with it.

The photograph highlights the texture and rich feel of the upholstery, and the resonance between the lines and colours of the sofa and the cigarette packet. The timeless feel of the image, contrasts with the contemporary packaging of the well-known brand of cigarettes, blending the past with the present, and playing with classic perceptions of luxury, and an aspirational lifestyle. Similarly, in a diptych, titled One and Three Cans/Ads, the artist has photographed a woman holding a beverage can, and drinking from it, playfully combining art history and contemporary culture.

Surface Issues will run at Leila Heller Gallery Dubai, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz until August 15.

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Beyond My Crisis with Ron & Vivian Airs New Show On How to Fight Child Protective Services

How to Fight Child Protective Services

PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY, UNITED STATES, August 11, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — Did you know Child Protective Services is dangerous and has more power over your life than the police if you are a parent? Nationally, two children die each day in foster care. Many of these children were taken from their parents unlawfully and without need; parents are often left spending their savings, going deep into debt and depression as well as having their lives spiral toward losing their jobs and often their homes during a long fight against Child Protective Services to regain custody. Our guest, Vince Davis, a federally admitted Trial Attorney has devoted his practice to fighting Child Protective Services to re-unite families.

“Almost all of my clients have come to me because their children suffered abuse and frequently, sexual abuse while in foster care,” says, Vince Davis. Therefore, a large part of his practice is also suing Child Protective Services on behalf of the child victims in order to be able to pay for the long term psychological care which is commonly, and sadly, needed. Every parent and guardian must watch this episode to know the proper way in which to respond if Child Protective Services suddenly knocks on your door.

Beyond My Crisis with Ron & Vivian” brings real people and experts together to help our audience learn the most effective actions to resolve a variety of crises. Engaging and authentic conversations are facilitated by co-hosts, Ron Rossnick & Vivian Gaspar who interview guest experts from around the U.S. and the world. Award nominees, Ron & Vivian make serious and heart-felt conversations palatable while educating viewers on solutions to living and loving life after tackling a crisis.

Beyond My Crisis With Ron and Vivian will air Mondays @ 6:30pm & Wednesdays @ 9am available from Verizon FiOS, Comcast Xfinity and www.PrincetonTV.org.

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‘Strengthening Your Identity While the Shadow Is in Front of You’ by Mwati Mwila


Published 10:00 pm, Thursday, August 10, 2017

Strengthening Your Identity While the Shadow Is in Front of You by Mwati MwilaIn her new memoir, Strengthening Your Identity While the Shadow Is in Front of You, Mwati Mwila shares her life story of experiencing diversity, finding her identity, and learning how to be strong in the face of turmoil, including being diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

Mwati is a true citizen of the world, and readers will be fascinated by and possibly envious of her many global adventures. Born in Zambia, Mwati moved, while still a young child, with her parents, two older sisters, and younger brother to Australia and New Zealand where she attended school. Even at a young age, she was aware that she was different from her classmates because of her skin color, and at times, she experienced racism and prejudice as a result. These experiences led her to question what it meant to be African when she was not in her native country.

Not all of her experiences were negative, however. Mwati shares many stories of her travels and also of the many good times she had as a child with her siblings and classmates. In later years, she would learn the power that those memories had to help her stay strong, and she would also appreciate how the years of traveling kept her family members tightly knit so that they became close and supported each other each time they were faced with adapting to a new culture and environment.

During her teen years, Mwati moved with her family to the Seattle area, and it was then that she really was able to embrace an identity she felt comfortable with. In Australia and New Zealand, she’d had limited exposure to black culture, but in the United States, she could watch BET and listen to R&B and hip hop and various black artists on the radio. She adopted black fashion and culture, and she felt she was finally able to express her true self.

But this happy period of her life was short-lived. By the time Mwati entered college, she began to experience some unsettling health issues, including blacking out. Soon, she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Her illness would at times regress and allow her to live a normal life, but then it would flare up and cause her to become depressed and even suicidal. In these pages, Mwati openly shares how she battled her illness and eventually came to terms with it, learning what might have set it off and how to avoid actions such as eating sugar that would make it worse.

Mwati also continued her world travels as a direct result of her illness. Her mother was unwilling simply to accept her illness and see her daughter suffer. Together, they set about finding a cure or at least a way to make living with bipolar disorder easier for Mwati. This illness was the “shadow” that was always there in front of Mwati, but it taught her how to be strong and to value herself and the gifts she had. Her mother’s determination to find answers for her led Mwati on spiritual journeys to countries like Brazil, where they met with the living saint John of God, as well as to Nigeria, and also back home to Zambia to receive counsel from her grandmother.

Today, Mwati Mwila is a strong young woman who is not letting her bipolar disorder stop her from doing all she can to make the world a better place. She is sharing her story through these pages, hoping it will help others also learn to be strong, no matter what forms of adversity they face. Throughout the book, Mwati offers motivational quotes she has written, including, “There are some things in life that you can only learn by being broken down,” to give people inspiration and hope. Finally, each chapter ends with one or more Reflection Questions so people can think about what they have just read, ask themselves how it applies to their own lives, and determine what changes they may need to make to improve their lives.

I greatly admire Mwati Mwila for her honesty and her willingness not to hide in the shadows but to come forward and share her story so it will help others. I’m sure her book will give hope to many.

For more information about Mwati Mwila and Strengthening Your Identity While the Shadow Is in Front of You, visit the author’s website.

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Last-Minute Plans: 101 Free, Cheap Easy Things To Do In Seattle This Weekend: Aug 11-13, 2017

Sick of hiding in your house from the smoky haze? Need to get out this weekend, but hoarding your dollars for a rainy day? Below, find all of your options for last-minute entertainment that won’t cost more than $10, ranging from the Lusio light show to the Frye’s artsy Community Day and from the Othello Park International Music and Arts Festival to Friday’s South Lake Union Block Party. For even more options, check out our complete Things To Do calendar, where you’ll find everything from outside events to the biggest August events.

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FRIDAY

ART

1. Art Up PhinneyWood
Walk around charming Greenwood/Phinney (just north of the zoo) and take in art from dozens of venues, from galleries to restaurants to bookshops, including Couth Buzzard Books, Naked City Brewery, and the Phinney Center Gallery. This month, make sure to check out the new show from notorious prankster Derek Erdman.
(Phinney, free)

2. Belltown Art Walk
On second Fridays, wander around Belltown and check out their hyperlocal art scene amidst the waves of drinkers and clubbers. Convene at the Belltown Community Center to pick up a map (and maybe some snacks/goodies), then head out to explore nearby galleries while taking advantage of all the artists’ exhibitions (and provided refreshments).
(Belltown, free)

3. Joe Bar 20th Anniversary
The adorable Joe Bar is celebrating 20 years of art, coffee, and crepes with a performance by band Gods of Silicon. Ben Beres will celebrate the little cafe’s history of displaying excellent art with a huge retrospective show, featuring impressive local artists like Amanda Manitach, Ben Gannon, Troy Gua, Jazz Brown, Jeffry Mitchell, and Deborah Faye Lawrence.
(Capitol Hill, free)

COMEDY

4. Curb Your Expectations (A Comedy Show)
The organizers promise stand-up from some of the “best comedians in the Pacific Northwest”: Ariel Evans, Matt Benoit, Birungi Birungi, and Stephanie Flynn. The price is certainly right!
(Capitol Hill, free)

5. Hoppy Hour Comedy
El Sanchez is a nerdy, big-hearted, occasionally foul-mouthed comedian who’s racked up plaudits from media across the country. Lindy West called El a “grumpy nugget of delight” during her tenure at the Stranger, and really, what other endorsement do you need? Josh Chambers of the Ballard Boyz will open, and Kirkland’s Sarah Skilling (of Wine Shots) will host.
(Bothell, free)

FESTIVALS

6. South Lake Union Block Party
Every year, South Lake Union throws itself a party, featuring diverse musical pleasures from local band talents from the likes of Hey Marseilles, Ayron Jones and the Way, and Eldridge Gravy & the Court Supreme. There will also be food trucks, a beer garden, a free print-your-own-poster station, a “letterpress steamroller smackdown,” and a “Community Village” featuring booths from local businesses. The event is co-sponsored by Amazon and will benefit Mary’s Place.
(South Lake Union, free)

FILM

7. Movies at the Marina
The Ballard marina will have free, family-friendly movies at dusk this summer (this weekend’s is The Secret Life of Pets), with seating available on the garden lawn and in the parking lot, guest moorage available, and free popcorn (on a first-come, first-served basis).
(Ballard, free)

8. Movies in the Park
Watch free movies downtown—a couple of classics and some winners from the past year or so. La La Land will start at dusk.
(Downtown, free)

9. Then and Now: Business in the Black
Emancipated slaves and free black workers began laying the foundations of African American business districts as early as the 1800s. Some were wildly successful, including several millionaires. It took the efforts of racist citizenries to tear down this progress. The documentary Business in the Black: The Rise of Black Business in America 1800’s–1960’s tells the story of these entrepreneurs. Stay after the screening to talk with the director, Anthony Brogdon, and DeCharlene Williams from the Central District Chamber of Commerce.
(Central District, free)

10. Three Dollar Bill Cinema: Parental Advisory
Three Dollar Bill will screen films about those folks your parents warn you about: Rebels, tricksters, and weirdos. Bring your own chairs and blankets and buy yourself (or a cute friend) a popcorn. This weekend, watch Beetlejuice make trouble.
(Capitol Hill, free)

MUSIC

11. 80s Dance Party
The Hot Lava B-52s tribute band are setting up their love shack in West Seattle for your dancing pleasure.
(West Seattle, $8)

12. Bootie Seattle: Beyoncé Mash-Up Night
Seattle’s only all-mashup dance party throws down for an all-out celebration by paying tribute to the current reigning scene queen: Beyoncé. Prep thyself for all the ’10s break-up bangers and Top40 hits you could possibly handle.
(Capitol Hill, $5/$10)

13. Clamor! A Musical Insurgency
Psych and dark synth rock by Salt Riot, part of Zombie Jihad, Robert Stewart, and Raging Maggots comes to the aid of resisters and those exhausted by the current regime. All proceeds will benefit the Black Prisoners Caucus’ T.E.A.C.H. Program at Clallam Bay Corrections Center.
(West Seattle, $10)

14. Concerts at the Mural
In true KEXP fashion, another enjoyable round of free family-friendly concerts this year are up at the Mural Amphitheater at Seattle Center. This weekend, hear Telekinesis, Y La Bamba, and Haley Heynderickx. DAVE SEGAL
(Downtown, free)

15. Downtown, Tit Nun, Jugs of Blood, L80
“Offbeat music blog” altfanclub.com will present a live rock showcase of some of their favorite local groups, including Downtown, Tit Nun, Jugs of Blood, and L80.
(Ballard, $10)

16. Full Toilet, The Chasers, Shit Ghost, Weird Numbers
Kurt Bloch’s spaz-punk outfit Full Toilet released their first proper LP, I Disagree, earlier last year. The album is a pure scuzz-rock document packed with loudly blurted thought fragments and condensed song formations; 17 30-second tracks rattle your ears before the epic 11.5-minute, punk-poet freak-out called “I Sayed Bang” closes out the disc. The self-released I Disagree, as well as 2011’s self-titled 7-inch on Sub Pop, are quick-and-dirty visceral experiences. You’ll listen to Bloch wet-breathe, sniff, and yell his parts during the course of a Full Toilet album, and I’ll bet you’ll get to know him even more intimately onstage. TODD HAMM
(Ballard, $10)

17. Guy’s Massive Beach Birthday Bash
This party promises palm trees and other beachy accoutrements, so put on your best shore party wear and bounce to tunes by DJ Skribble and others. The guest with the best outfit will win a trip to Mexico. Sign up on the guest list for free admission. Full disclosure: We don’t know who Guy is.
(Pioneer Square, free)

18. Jupe Jupe, The Mondegreens, Susie G
Minor-key New Wave rockers Jupe Jupe will be backed up by the “California soul”- artists the Mondegreens and Susie G.
(Belltown, $8)

19. Knights of Trash, Bonneville Power, Ball Bag
Local good-timers the Knights of Trash play a rollicking set of original rock and roll, with Bonneville Power and Ball Bag.
(Georgetown, $5)

20. Otieno Terry with DJ Zeta
Otieno Terry’s multitalented singer/songwriter approach to R&B is completed by his effortlessly strong voice. And their EMP Sound Off! Competition win in recent years suggests, they can put on one hell of a live set. MIKE RAMOS
(Eastlake, $8-$10)

21. Planet Fly with Natalie Wouldn’t
Swing your hips loosely with Planet Fly’s unhurried, nostalgic funk, featuring the self-assured vocals of KJ Jones and Kate Davis.
(University District, $7)

22. ROMP: Ratchet Oldskool Music Party
DJ Mixx America will transform into DJ Ratchet with an especially steamy set, propitious to “twerking, grinding, stripping (yes, please).” If you’ve got enviable self-confidence, buy into the twerk contest for $5 and try to win the pot.
(Downtown, $2-$7)

23. Toe Tag, Power Skeleton, Suburban Hell Kill, The Sharp Teeth
In the early ’80s, a group of snotty kids from Oak Harbor called the Accüsed put Northwest hardcore on the map with a gruesome take on thrash that was later named “splatter rock.” Vocalist Blaine Cook fronted the band during their wildest years, and it’s that same energy that he channels into Toe Tag, alongside fellow Accüsed alumnus Alex “Maggot Brain” Sibbald and a couple local splatter heads, Steve McBeast and Diabolical Chris Diamond. Their music is raw and fast, and it comes complete with gory imagery, featuring song titles like “Bat Pussy” and “Sawtopsy.” If crossover is dead, Toe Tag are zombies of the genre—back to feast and thrash some more. KEVIN DIERS
(Eastlake, $5/$8)

24. Voices Raised: Some Things Gotta Be Said
David Guilbault will host an evening of progressive music about America’s diversity and “the state of our country” by the likes of Nancy K. Dillon, Gary Kanter, Elsa Hay, and others.
(Greenwood, free)

PERFORMANCE

25. Les Lumières
This is Seattle Playwrights Salon production of Judy Jacobs’s new play about an innovative American choreographer in 19th-century Paris and her artistic struggles with the emerging technology of film—as well as obstacles posed by the French.
(Georgetown, free)

READINGS & TALKS

26. Gabe Hudson
Rising novelist Gabe Hudson’s new coming-of-age story Gork, the Teenage Dragon, has been praised for its “big-hearted optimism about all that’s possible in the world” by Dave Eggers.
(Capitol Hill, free)

27. Jan Maher: Earth As It Is
A young man in 1930s Texas, caught by his horrified wife in the act of wearing his lingerie, tries to find himself—and when her identity becomes clearer, herself—in various misadventures across the country, from a cross-dressing community in Chicago to the army to small-town Indiana.
(University District, free)

28. Problem Glyphs
Eliza Gauger, the creator of Problem Glyphs, draws symbols in reaction to problems submitted by the public. She’ll present her books, including a limited edition, and read from the introduction. Learn about the project and buy pins, art prints, and more. Plus, enjoy music and drinks.
(Capitol Hill, $5 suggested donation)

FRIDAY-SATURDAY

ART

29. And Not Or
Every library, like every art collection, contains only a fraction of possible works—a reflection of curatorial choices that decide which narratives get told (or omitted). For And Not Or, a selection of artists (including Wynne Greenwood, Joe Rudko, and Ryan Feddersen) chose artworks from Seattle University’s Lemieux Library to be rehoused at the Hedreen Gallery for the duration of the exhibition, to be accompanied by books chosen by artist Abra Ancliffe. In turn, these artists will replace the missing library objects with their own artworks, to be accompanied by “labels” crafted by poet Natalie Martínez. It’s a complex maneuver, sparking dialogue about context, inclusion, and interesting accidents. EMILY POTHAST
(Capitol Hill, free, closing Saturday)

30. Duwamish Native Art Market & Jumble Days
Buy art and crafts, yard sale goodies, and food from enrolled Duwamish tribe members and others.
(West Seattle, free)

COMEDY

31. The Perks of Being a Misfit: Summer Break!
An improv troupe, Kangaroo Court, will weave a show around the themes of summer break and the doldrums of teenagerhood.
(Greenwood, $10/$14)

PERFORMANCE

32. Role Players
Nerds in the 1960s play the very first ever tabletop RPG in this original musical comedy.
(Greenwood, $10/$14)

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

ART

33. Bainbridge Island Studio Tour
Tour Bainbridge Island artist studios to get a glimpse of new, local works.
(Bainbridge Island, free)

34. Out of Sight
Established in 2015 as an unofficial addendum to the Seattle Art Fair, Out of Sight is an annual survey of Northwest art that thrives, as the name implies, in the margins outside the commercial gallery system inscribed by the official fair. As a result, it’s a place for artists to take risks and show edgier, more exploratory work. But it’s also a great chance to catch emerging artists destined to be scooped up by galleries—(before Seth David Friedman was represented by Season Gallery, his intimate, biomorphic sculptures were featured at Out of Sight). Curated by Greg Lundgren, Ben Heywood, S. Surface, and Justen Siyuan Waterhouse, this year’s Out of Sight promises to be a destination in its own right, full of promising young artists, seasoned veterans, and just about everyone in between. EMILY POTHAST
(Pioneer Square, $10)

35. Rhythm In Colors
The library will pay its respects to Seattle’s rich jazz history, an expression of local black artistry and culture attesting to the strength of its musical education programs and heritage. Hear recordings of interviews conducted with great area musicians as part of the Seattle Jazz Archive project, hear special performances, and attend talks.
(Downtown, free, closing Sunday)

FESTIVALS

36. Festival at Mount Si
This festival, which takes place in the shadow of the godlike Mount Si, brings you to North Bend for fireworks, live music, a beer garden, parades, raffles, and crafts, as well as food-based activities like the blueberry dessert contest, a chili contest, and a cherry-pie eating competition. There’s also “Tibetan rock-throwing” and “wife-carrying.”
(North Bend, free)

37. Kirkland Summerfest
Expect visual and performing arts, kids’ activities, live entertainment, a beer garden, and dozens of vendors and food trucks at Kirkland’s premier summer festival.
(Kirkland, free)

FOOD & DRINK

38. The Guac Stop
You may or may not feel skeptical about the possibility of flavored guacamole, including a “Seattle” special with apple, but the fact remains: Free guac is free guac—and, we imagine, you can opt for the normal sort of avocado-onion-cilantro-lime-etc. at the “nation’s first pop-up guacamole lounge.” The organizers of this touring event claim that pop-ups are “the most Millenial way to dine,” and, presumably in keeping with the theme, they’ll also have other things Millenials (might) like: chalkboard art sessions, facials, macramé classes, hula hooping, and live music.
(Seattle Center, free)

39. A Taste of Edmonds
Edmonds offers up its best for this two-day festival of food, drink, and music. There will be a beer garden, a wine garden and food vendors as far as the eye can see.
(Edmonds, $5)

PERFORMANCE

40. Outdoor Shakespeare
This summer, GreenStage has been putting on four different Shakespeare plays at parks across the city: The Comedy of Errors, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Richard II.
(Various locations, free)

41. Xanadu – Ballyhoo Theatre
The nonsensical ’80s musical about a Greek muse who descends to earth and inspires the birth of roller disco will take the stage.
(Sand Point, $10)

SATURDAY

ART

42. Arts & Crafts Fair
Buy local crafts (jewelry, toys, prints, furniture, etc.) and drink local coffee in West Seattle. Good motivation for getting up early, because it’s all over at noon!
(West Seattle, free)

43. Chance Fashion Boutique and Retail Edition
Once again, Chance Fashion invites you to appreciate local fashion designers working in lingerie.
(Capitol Hill, $10-$20)

44. Georgetown Art Attack
Once a month, the art that resides in the tiny airport hamlet of Georgetown ATTACKS all passersby. In more literal terms, it’s the day of art openings and street wonderment. It’s a great chance to see Treasure Island: Beyond and Back and More, which closes Saturday.
(Georgetown, free)

45. Lusio: A Night to Awaken
This is a free, family-friendly, inviting evening of light, art, and sound, featuring more than 30 light installations, a sound showcase by Patchwerks, aerial performances by Apex Aerial Arts, and generally relaxing, immersive experiences. You’ll have to roam around the park to take it all in.
(Capitol Hill, free)

46. Wombgenda: Feminist Comix signing with Tatiana Gill
Advance the nefarious female agenda with Tatiana Gill, whose book of autobiographical comics, Wombgenda, depict the trials of living in a society where women’s rights are questioned all the time. The comics seem to focus on medical and reproductive issues: “Abortion, birth control, low self esteem, eating disorders, vibrators, and medical horrors.”
(Shoreline, free)

COMMUNITY

47. Bleeding Heart Militia Benefit for Homeless Youth
Raise money for underhoused kids with loud, hard, potentially shirtless rock by Kings of Cavalier, Lust Punch, KLED, and Transient Vultures. Pick up some cool art merch from Push/Pull and bid in the silent auction. Your purchases may well help someone access transitional housing and services.
(Capitol Hill, $10)

48. Community Day
Party for the opening of Storme Webber’s Casino: A Palimpsest exhibition with family tours, free Full Tilt ice creams bars (get them while they last), a “memory map” workshop using your family photos, a musical ancestor-honoring performance by Webber, her cousin Valerie Rosa, and pianist Amos Miller, and a gallery talk by Webber and curator Miranda Belarde-Lew.
(First Hill, free)

49. Sodo Flea Market
Shop apparel, decor, furniture, art, and food at this fun local market.
(Sodo, free)

50. Stumptown Coffee Roasters Summer Market
Celebrate local artisans like Jacbosen Salt, Make Space Zine, Moon Femme Collection, Mountainfoxgoods, Oddflowers, Rodeo Donuts, and others, plus Lawrence Genette and Leo Shallat’s art. Deejay Res will spin the tunes.
(Capitol Hill, free)

FESTIVALS

51. AuburnFest
This new festival will offer a range of activities including a small press fair, music stages, crafts, bocce, inflatables, a rock wall, a parade, and a car show.
(Auburn, free)

52. Delridge Day
This annual celebration promises performances, picnic games, food (including free hot dogs), a skating competition, and more.
(West Seattle, free)

53. Hillman City Classic Car Show
See classic cars in all their lumpy chrome glory along Rainier Ave and enjoy beer, food, games, and music.
(Hillman City, free)

54. Iranian Festival
The Iranian American Community Alliance brings you the 11th year of its festival of Iran’s rich and expressive culture. Learn about the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Iran through live performances, visual arts, a Rumi poetry showcase, hands-on activities, an Iranian tea house, a variety of foods (YAY), children’s games, and a marketplace.
(Seattle Center, free)

55. Rainier Valley Heritage Parade & Festival
Celebrate the 25th year of this event with a parade and festival that includes DJs and live music, food and drink, street sports and outdoor games for all ages, a car show, and much more.
(Rainier Valley, free)

FILM

56. Movies at the Mural
Bring your lawn chairs and watch free, family-friendly movies on Seattle Center’s 40-foot-screen on the Mural Amphitheater lawn. Each screening will open with a short film by local students at Cornish College of the Arts. This Saturday, the film will be Hidden Figures.
(Seattle Center, free)

57. Seattle Asian American Film Festival: Outdoor Movies
Every Saturday from now to the end of August, gather in the ID for live performances at dusk, followed by a movie with Asian and Asian American themes, subjects, and creators. Eat free popcorn and watch The Mermaid!
(Chinatown-International District, free)

MUSIC

58. 80’s vs 90’s with DJ Indica Jones and Guests
Sweat it out to the almost-oldies with rival music from two great decades selected by local talent DJ Indica Jones, and special guests Wanz, Grace Love, Scarlet Parke, and #All4Doras performing live sets.
(Fremont, $8/$12)

59. All The Real Girls, Red Heart Alarm, Local Ghost
Pacific Northwest rock band All The Real Girls are finally back on the scene with some new music, and will play a live set with support from Red Heart Alarm and Local Ghost.
(Ballard, $8)

60. Day Break
Is your weekend in any danger of lacking chill? Nectar will supply the “island reggae,” DJ, food truck, and good vibes at this canna-themed day party.
(Fremont, free)

61. Feel Good Inc.
Do206 and Motown on Mondays are here to bring you a new night of R&B, soul, and funk staffed by local talents DJ100Proof, Blueyedsoul, and Sessions playing hours of the good stuff.
(Capitol Hill, $5/$10)

62. FRONDS, Ghost Soda
FRONDS, aka Dylan Tidyman-Jones from San Francisco, makes misty dreampop reveries, and Ghost Soda from Seattle will provide support.
(Downtown, $5)

63. The Guessing Game, Palooka, Max Fite
The Guessing Game’s heavy power-rock will take the watering hole by storm with help from Palooka and Max Fite.
(Georgetown, $5)

64. Happy Heartbreak, The Mountain Flowers, Timberfoot, Shookup
Join sad-face emo/indie pop quintet Happy Heartbreak for bittersweet ballads, with live support from The Mountain Flowers, Timberfoot, and Shookup.
(Fremont, $8/$12)

65. Inter Arma, Atriarch, Adaura
If you like metal and you’re not checking out the seasoned veterans at the Slayer concert, then you should hit Barboza tonight. Richmond’s Inter Arma haven’t had their breakthrough moment with the larger metal audience yet, but if you’re an obsessive scourer of new heavy music then you’ve undoubtedly seen the band’s name on every underground outlet’s end-of-the-year list. Unlike so many hyped albums, last year’s Paradise Gallows is worthy of the accolades. On their third full-length, you can hear echoes of classic-era Metallica balladry, Darkthrone’s troglodyte slash-and-burn tactics, Neurosis’s hallucinatory devastations, and a host of other reference points, but it all comes together in a cohesive and unprecedented sound. Sure, you could see the vanguard at WaMu tonight, but wouldn’t you rather brag about seeing the new pioneers before they blew up? BRIAN COOK
(Capitol Hill, $10/$12)

66. Letters From Traffic, Black Plastic Clouds, Guests
Letters From Traffic promise catchy soul from seven musicians on brass, bass, guitar, drums, and vocals.
(University District, $7)

67. The Morning After, The Band Ice Cream, Dogbreth, Free Samples
SeaTac-based punk-funk girl-group the Morning After play on feminine and adolescent stereotypes for a fun edge to traditional alt rock and punk tones. They’ll be joined by the Band Ice Cream, Dogbreth, and Free Samples.
(Tukwila, $5/$8)

68. Never Young
Northern California’s Never Young reportedly have been described “Sonic Youth, At The Drive In, and My Bloody Valentine having a ménage à trois,” and they’ve certainly got strident hooks aplenty to back that up.
(Belltown, $10)

69. A Night of
The full title of this event is “A NIGHT OF drinking and dancing while playing video games to Hiphop, house and retro dance music,” so there you have it! DJ ecchi will preside.
(Tukwila, $10)

70. NOI!SE, Legion 76, Junto
Street-punk four-piece Tacomans NOI!SE will join up with Legion 76 and Junto for a night of thrash.
(Eastlake, $10/$12)

71. Skelator, Weaponlord, Nasty Bits
Apocalypse-obsessed weirdos Skelator will bring their heavy speed metal praise to the University District, with Weaponlord and Nasty Bits in tow.
(University District, $7)

72. Sunset Flip, The Band Ice Cream, The Wild Lips
Get ready to bang your head around thanks to live sets by local punks Sunset Flip with the Band Ice Cream and the Wild Lips.
(Eastlake, $5/$8)

PERFORMANCE

73. Happening17 the First
Literally no one knows what’s going to happen on this night, because it’s comprised of two group improvisations—one set structured, one set open—by monologists, dancers, actors, and musicians. The performers will include Mimi Allin, Emily Batlan, Will Courtney, Noelle Chun, Vanessa DeWolf, and many others.
(Capitol Hill, $5-$20)

QUEER

74. Jockstraps and Glitter 2017
The naughty but charitable Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence will take on the athletes of Seattle Quake Rugby in a brutal kickball match. You won’t just watch the fun, you’ll also control it: You can buy clothing removal, strikes, and more. The fruits of this cheerful corruption will benefit the Sisters’ granting fund and the Quake’s season next year.
(Capitol Hill, free)

75. 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. The Trailer Park Drag Strip 2017 at the Georgetown Trailer Park Mall is free!
(Georgetown, free)

76. Testostérone™ Black Light Underwear Party
DJ Ron Hamelin will take Montreal’s underground gay music scene to you at this blacklit underwear party, where you’re free to strip down to your glowing skivvies and prance like the creature of the night you are.
(Capitol Hill, $7-$12)

SPORTS & RECREATION

77. Yoga, Zumba, Open Studio, and Tour
Practice yoga outside, shape up with zumba, take a sculpture tour, and explore Lion’s Main Art Collective’s interactive open studio at this Summer at SAM day.
(Belltown, free)

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

ART

78. Eighth Generation Artist in Residence: Emily Washines
Emily Washines, the Yakama/Cree/Skokomish artist who founded Native Friends, will screen her short films “Yakama War: Ayat (woman)” and “Yakama Lullaby,” two works that reflect her passion for language, history, and culture.
(Downtown, free)

79. Michael Dormer: The Legend of Hot Curl
Multitalented artist Michael Dormer passed away in 2012, and he left behind a legacy of strange and wondrous works including the comic character Hot Curl, a selection of fine art, and the 1960s TV show Shrimpenstein! Now Fantagraphics is publishing the first-ever retrospective of the artist, Michael Dormer And The Legend Of Hot Curl, and will host an accompanying exhibit featuring a wide selection of his most interesting pieces. Celebrate the book launch and check out his work in person at this gallery show.
(Georgetown, free)

FESTIVALS

80. Stillaguamish Festival of the River & Pow Wow
This festival offers musical performances (LeeAnn Rimes will headline), a salmon obstacle course, a river walk with Stillaguamish biologists, a logging show, and a pow wow.
(Arlington, free)

GEEK & GAMING

81. T. rex Live: Opening Weekend
Did you know that the Burke has been squirreling away a 2,500 pound tyrannosaurus braincase for the past year? This specimen is only the 15th t. rex skull ever discovered. This weekend, Burke scientists will be freeing their bony friend from its plaster protections. Watch t. rex’s emergence from its shell, hear talks at 12:30 and 2 pm on fossil preparation and excavation, and let your kids unleash their creativity with dino crafts.
(University District, $10)

PERFORMANCE

82. Outdoor Trek: Day of the Dove
Classic Star Trek lives on in the wild—or at least the park—with a gender-fluid re-enactment of “Day of the Dove,” an episode in which Klingons and humans are set against one another by a mysterious, hate-consuming force. Enjoy swordfights, live music, hot dogs for purchase, and more.
(Central District, free)

SUNDAY

COMEDY

83. Sandwich: A Storytelling Show
It’s a night for “three-way storytelling creation,” with live performers sharing tales in tandem. You might get to give your own short story reading.
(Downtown, $8-$10)

FESTIVALS

84. Caribbean Sea Fest
Eighteen artists representing some of the 32 Caribbean countries will perform at this green-focused, “grassroots” family festival. Of course, there will be food and dancing.
(Capitol Hill, free)

85. The Othello Park International Music and Arts Festival
Discover the cultural mosaic of this Rainier Valley community at this grassy festival full of music, food, dancing (including capoeira, Somali dance, and much more), lawn games, a petting zoo (they especially advertise the camel), and hands-on art.
(Capitol Hill, free)

FILM

86. SHRIEK: Get Out
SHRIEK is a pop film education series about women in horror, and this time they’re taking a look on a recent and wildly successful entry in black horror cinema: Get Out. Although the protagonist is a man, there will still be plenty of gender and race intersections to discuss, and you’ll get to discover or revisit one of the best-reviewed scary films in recent years.
(Greenwood, $10)

FOOD & DRINK

87. Pear-a-dise
Are pears an underrated fruit? Come to this community pear-gathering and recipe exchange, complete with a circus/dance show by Two of Wands to honor the harvest. The main show is at 4, but there will be shorter performance throughout before then.
(Beacon Hill, free)

MUSIC

88. Blues Sunday with Highway 99 Blues Club
The Friends of the Waterfront will look to Highway 99 for a blues roster, providing free jams by the Sound.
(Downtown, free)

89. The Buttertones, Snuff Redux
Surf, surf surf. Surf. The Buttertones are from Hollywood, so we should expect this. The lyrics, though, impassioned and filled with bad puns, remind me more of psych-pop, which after all took something from surf rock by way of the garage. Geetars twang. A sax shrieks like a buried-alive shlub pounding on his interior casket lid. Two-headed sharks rear twin nasty heads. Geetars twang, ping, twang. Apparitions appear from between the dunes at sundown, reminding me that the surf sound leads to the haunted-house rock, too. Dead girlfriends, or at least girlfriends who may be dead, seem to occupy the singer’s mind. Like they said in Solaris (the second film version, the popular one): Will she come back? Do you want her to? ANDREW HAMLIN
(Capitol Hill, $10/$12)

90. Destroy Boys, Hobo Johnson, The Lovemakers
Alt-poppers Iffy Comma and Sacramento garage rockers Destroy Boys will tear up the Vera stage, with Hobo Johnson and the Band Ice Cream as support.
(Seattle Center, $10)

91. Emerald City Beatbox Battle
Think you’ve got the percussive lips and powerful larynx to win the first annual Emerald City Beatbox Battle? Well, you’ll have to try again next year, because registration’s already closed—but you can watch the 16 competitors go at it.
(West Seattle, $5)

92. Free Blues & Cool Jazz Series
Loll on the grass and listen to chill jazz and blues from some of Seattle’s most popular local musicians, like Industrial Revelation, DLO3, and Big Road Blues. This weekend, hear Pearl Django’s Hot Club-influenced jazz.
(Downtown, free)

93. Ghost Train Trio, Double Or Muffin
Yowling twang-riffers Ghost Train Trio will be joined by Double Or Muffin for a night of rough and wild country rock.
(University District, $7)

94. Grease Ball II
Show off your greased hog at this car and bike show on the back lot of Slim’s thanks to the Sin Daddies Social Club, with live music throughout the day from Hobosexual, Sin Driver, Sir Coyler & His Asthmatic Band, Thee Perfect Gentleman, Clint Westwood, and DJ Hubba Hubba.
(Georgetown, free)

95. Hillary Susz, Cellar Bells, Arbor Towers
Boulder songwriter Hillary Susz will sing narrative-based songs about lesbian love and other aspects of ordinary life, backed by her four-piece band.
(Fremont, $6/$8)

96. Hundred Suns with Deathbreaker
Hundred Suns describe their sound as immersive “doomy groove, bass driven power, loud guitars, and surreal sonic tribalism.” To us, they sound like fast indie metal play pretty straight.
(Eastlake, $10/$15)

97. Quiet, Spinster, Shiftercar
Moody psych-punks Quiet will headline the Chop, with support performances by Spinster and Shiftercar.
(Capitol Hill, $8)

98. Songwriting Workshop with Larry Kaplan
Multi-instrumentalist Larry Kaplan will share his songwriter expertise.
(Fremont, free)

PERFORMANCE

99. Starball
This eccentric improvisational astronomical science musical aims to educate and share the giddy joy of science and discovery. The cast members will stay after the show for a discussion.
(Capitol Hill, free)

100. Three Years of the Pocket
The Pocket is an excellent bookable venue for DIY comedy, plays, experimental performance, and dance, and thank the lord—they’ve renewed their lease for three more years. Paint the town with your fellow theater geeks—they’ll have a giant pocket to take photos in, special performances, awards, “maybe a kissing booth?”, and booking opportunities for YOUR VERY OWN SHOW.
(Greenwood, free)

READINGS & TALKS

101. Chad Stroup: Secrets of the Weird
Chad Stroup’s Secrets of the Weird imagines what happens when a dangerous, fantasy-fulfilling drug called Sweet Candy spreads on the streets of a dystopian society.
(University District, free)

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Louisiana Mesothelioma Victims Center Now Urges a Construction Worker in Louisiana With Mesothelioma to Call Them for Instant Access to The Most Skilled Lawyers for Compensation

Every imaginable type of construction worker in Louisiana could have had heavy to very heavy exposure to asbestos prior to 1980”

— Louisiana Mesothelioma Victims Center

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA, August 11, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Louisiana Mesothelioma Victims Center specializes in helping former construction workers or skilled trades workers who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma with a specific emphasis on making certain these types of people receive the very best possible financial compensation. As they would like to explain anytime at 800-714-0303 the key to receiving the very best possible mesothelioma compensation settlement is having the nation’s very best mesothelioma attorneys assisting on the compensation claim. http://Louisiana.MesotheliomaVictimsCenter.Com

The Center says, “What makes Louisiana unique is asbestos was used on almost every type of building in the state built prior to 1980. This includes commercial buildings and military installations along with refineries, and oil exploration facilities. Every imaginable type of construction worker in Louisiana could have had heavy to very heavy exposure to asbestos prior to 1980. These types of workers in Louisiana would have included:
* “Carpenters
* “Electricians
* “Plumbers
* “Welders
* “Pipefitters
* “Insulators
* “Roofers

“As we would like to explain anytime at 800-714-0303 these types of people with mesothelioma in Louisiana can receive significant financial compensation if they were exposed to asbestos as a construction or skilled trades worker.” http://Louisiana.MesotheliomaVictimsCenter.Com

The Louisiana Mesothelioma Victims Center wants to emphasize there is a statewide initiative available to a diagnosed victim anywhere in Louisiana including communities such as New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Kenner, Bossier City, Monroe. http://Louisiana.MesotheliomaVictimsCenter.Com

High-risk work groups for exposure to asbestos in Louisiana include Veterans of the US Navy, power plant workers, shipyard workers, oil refinery workers, factory workers, plumbers, electricians, auto mechanics, machinists, and construction workers. Typically, the exposure to asbestos occurred in the 1950’s, 1960’s, 1970’s, or 1980’s.

When it comes to treatment options for mesothelioma in Louisiana the Louisiana Mesothelioma Victims Center strongly encourages diagnosed victims to contact the following cancer treatment centers in Louisiana, and in Texas. Note: The MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas may be one of the most capable mesothelioma treatment centers in the world. Ochsner Cancer Institute New Orleans: http://www.louisianacancercenter.org/research/partners/ochsner/

According to the CDC the average age for a diagnosed victim of mesothelioma is 72 years old. This year between 2500, and 3000 US citizens will be diagnosed with mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that is attributable to exposure to asbestos.

The Louisiana Mesothelioma Victims Center says, “If you call us at 800-714-0303, we will see to it that you have instant access to the nation’s most skilled mesothelioma attorneys, who consistently get the best possible financial compensation results for their clients.” http://Louisiana.MesotheliomaVictimsCenter.Com

The states indicated with the highest incidence of mesothelioma include Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, Louisiana, Washington, and Oregon.

For more information about mesothelioma please refer to the National Institutes of Health’s web site related to this rare form of cancer: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/mesothelioma.html

Michael Thomas
Louisiana Mesothelioma Victims Center
800-714-0303
email us here

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