Monthly Archives: September 2010

Black River Blues @ The Alki Tavern

Finding an AIDS vaccine is crucial — and more possible now than ever

I’m not sure most people really understand just how crucial it is that we find a vaccine to prevent HIV/AIDS — or that it now seems more possible than ever before.

It’s a totally new ball game, on both fronts.

A huge study in Thailand, reported almost exactly a year ago, showed for the first time a vaccine can prevent HIV infection. And scientists have identified immune system cells (called neutralizing antibodies) that in the lab appear highly effective at killing the AIDS virus.

At the same time, the AIDS pandemic is continuing to spread worldwide and the international community is recoiling at the anticipated expense (tens of $billions) of making good on its promise to get everyone on life-saving treatment. More than 30 million people are HIV-infected and only one-third of those who need treatment now get it. (more)

 

Read full story here at KPLU’s Humanosphere

Why thieves are stealing detergent

In the last few months, we’ve come across a few confounding reports of detergent heists at Capitol Hill grocery stores (seriously, who steals detergent?).

We’d heard several theories from officers and detectives about the detergent thefts—that the soap was being used to cut cocaine, or sold as bunk (fake) coke—but it appears the truth is far less sinister. Sort of.

According to SPD records, on August 13th, Police arrested Timothy Pruitt, 44, at a Capitol Hill QFC after he tried to leave the store with $102 worth of Tide detergent hidden in a suitcase.

Full story…

Where to get your pet blessed — it’s the annual Blessing of the Animals

OTHER BLESSING EVENTS

West Seattle: 3 Blessing of the Animal events this weekend

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Seattle welcomes pets Oct. 3

St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Medina blesses pets 4 p.m. Oct. 3

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Seattle blesses pets 10 a.m. Oct. 3

St. John’s in Kirkland welcomes pets at noon Sunday

Next Saturday at 10 a.m. at South Lake Union: Providence Hospice clergy bless pets at Cascade Playground

AKC black lab pups

Seattle Film Guide Oct 1-7:!3{2}Seattle Latino Film Festival Comes to SIFF Cinema

Seattle Film Guide Oct 1-7

Opening This  Week

Waiting for Superman  ”Davis Guggenheim’s call-to-arms documentary on the failures of the U.S. public-education system,,,originated with his own guilty conscience.” Melissa Anderson, The Weekly

Social Network  ”Thankfully, (director David) Fincher doesn’t seem to have a Big Message.” Paul Constant, The Stranger

Let Me In ”against all odds and historical precedent, the American remake is as good as the original.” David Schmader, The Stranger

Buried ”much of (Ryan) Reynolds’ performance consinsists of him grunting and heaving in the dark.” Karina Longworth, The Weekly

Freakomonics ”You can get your Freakon; I’ll take Econ.” Dan Kois, The Weekly

Da Mai Tinh  Romantic comedy from Vietnam, also known as “Fool For Love”

Case 39  Social Worker battle abusive parents 

 

Hatchet 2 There are people who have been waiting four years for this sequel.

 

Limited Runs 

Double Feature: Conan the Destroyer and Conan the Barbarian  (Grand Illusion Cinema, (Oct 1-7)

Cell 211 (Varsity, Oct 1-7) “a Spanish prison thriller so stressful it just might compress your brain into a diamond.” Lindy West, The Stranger

A Cottage on Dartmoor (Paramount, Monday Oct 4) Silent Film Mondays are back

 

Special Programs 

Local Sightings Film Festival NWFF, Oct 1-6)

Bill White previews it for Seattle PostGlobe


Seattle Latino Film Festival  SIFF Cinema, Oct 1-3)

The second annual Seattle Latino Film Festival pays homage to contemporary Mexican cinema, showing the richness and diversity within the Spanish-speaking communities around the world. Join us in a cultural experience viewed through the art of film. To find out more about the festival, visit www.slff.org

In addition to these screenings presented at SIFF Cinema, the Seattle Latino Film Festival presents two free screenings at the University of Washington on Monday, October 4 and Tuesday, October 5. Click here for more information.

Opening Night: Viaje Redondo        
Friday October 1, 2010
7:30 PM

Hijos de Cuba
Saturday October 2, 2010
12:00 PM
Dawson, Isla 10
Saturday October 2, 2010
2:00 PM
Agua fría de Mar
Saturday October 2, 2010
4:30 PM
Paraiso: Tribute to Leon Ichaso
Saturday October 2, 2010
7:30 PM
Special Guest Leon Ichaso

Quanto Dura o Amor?
Saturday October 2, 2010
9:45 PM
with “Después del almuerzo”

Visa al paraiso
Sunday October 3, 2010
1:00 PM
Special Guest Lilian Liberman

Cortos in the Afternoon
Sunday October 3, 2010
4:00 PM
with 10 minute intermission at 5:05 pm

Closing Night: Del amor y otros demonios
Sunday October 3, 2010
7:30 PM

Now Playing

The American ”deconstructed action picture in which not much happens (until it does)” Mark Olsen, Seattle Weekly

Cairo Time    Movies this bad are  rare as comets.   The script reads like something  written by a  chronic soap opera addict under hypnosis.  Each  line comes from a pre-conscious wasteland of clichés.  Listening to the actors tick them off, one by one, is cause for universal befuddlement with the future of language, thought, and expression.  Patricia Clarkson does her job as an actress with solemn dignity, her careful elucidation clarifying each bombastic triviality with the precision of a clockmaker. Canadian writer/director Ruba Nadda  offers the viewer  touristy views of Cairo while imposing upon them the most inane non-love story of the decade.  A woman waits for her UN-employed husband to join her for their vacation, but conditions on the Gaza Strip delay his arrival, leaving her in the hands of a former colleague  with whom she becomes dangerously over-familiar.   For some, such a premise may excite the most elevated passions.  For others, it provides occasion for the lowest of romantic fantasies.  “Cairo Time”  is “Red Shoes Diaries” without the sex.

Catfish ”Much here is hard to swallow – if the viewer is being fished in, and how honest the filmmakers’ surprise at the surprise twists of Catfish is, are things known only to them and God.” Nock Pinkerton, Seattle Weekly

Despicable Me “a silly antidote to Toy Story 3′s thoughtful heaviness”  Robert Wilonsky, Seattle Weekly

Devil The devil in an elevator?  Going up or down, i wonder

Easy A ”What this self-annointed Hester Prynne in Juicy Couture must battle most is the script” Melissa Anderson, Seattle Weekly

Eat, Pray, Love  All at the same time, or is there a protocol?

The Expendables ”i am not convinced that this is not a documentary about eric roberts’s  actual life” Lindy West, The Stranger

The Girl who Played With Fire Bill White Reviews it for Seattle PostGlobe  

Going the Distance ”makes me wish i had food poisoning, or something comparable but with less vomitting, so i could stay home sick and watch it on tv” Lindy West, The Stranger

Heartbreaker     Bill White Reviews it for Seattle PostGlobe

I’m Still Here ”if not a traditional work of fiction, then at least  primarily a performance produced for cameras”  Karina Longworth, The Weekly

Inception  ”director nolan either can’t articulate or doesn’t believe in a distinction between living feelings and dreams” Nick Pinkerton, Seattle Weekly

Jack Goes Boating  ”Hoffman is Hoffman, which is to say he’s great.  Not to mention that he transfers to film his theater company’s ethos of an ensemble performing with ruthless honesty encouragingly well.” Dan Kois, The Weekly

The Kids Are All Right ”serious comedy, powered by an enthusiastic cast and full of good-natured innuendo” J. Hoberman, Seattle Weekly

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole

 

Machete  You may recall the trailer from this in  ”Grindhouse,”  when it was only an imaginary movie.

Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D

Salt ”the Spy Flick Rewritten for Angelina Jolie After Tom Cruise Dropped Out” Karina Longworth, Seattle Weekly

Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World   ”boy, does this movie have some merit”  Paul Constant, The Stranger

Takers i don’t think there will be many, not for this one. 

The Tillman Story ”it’s impossible to prove a white house coverup, no matter how many news clips he interjects of bush, rove, and cheney” Brian Miler, Seattle Weekly

The Town ”a scrupulously location-scouted, aggressively BOSTON movie” Nick Pinkerton, Seattle Weekly

Virginity Hit

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps  ”Has anyone ever told Oliver Stone to shut up?  I mean, like ever? Even once? Because there is the serious lack of a filter here.” Lindy West, The Stranger

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What Seattle’s reading: No Twitter for actor Tom Skerritt

This is part of the Washington News Council’s series titled What I’m Reading: http://wanewscouncil.org/2010/09/28/what-i-read-tom-skerritt/

When I arranged an afternoon coffee session with actor, screenwriter, and TheFilmSchool teacher and founder Tom Skerritt, my main objective was finding out about progress and growth at the school. I realized, though, that I could also tap Skerritt for our weekly “What I Read” column. I wondered if Skerritt, who is part of the older generation yet remains in contact with young Hollywood, had embraced social media or any of the newer sources of information.

The answer is decidedly no. Skerritt doesn’t pay much attention to Facebook and Twitter, doesn’t spend much time online, and still prefers news delivery in old fashioned mediums. For this actor, the New York Times and Wall Street Journal are still the place to go.

What are your favorite local news outlets? Why?
PBS, Jim Lehrer, straight forward news. No local news outlet preference….

What do you consider “must reads” every day? Must watch? Must hear?
Try to read both NY Times and Wall Street Journal for balance and fuller reference on points of view….. Listening confined mostly to NPR, 88.5

Do you consume news through: print, television, radio, laptop, smart phone, ipad, podcasts, other?
Very little cyberspace interaction regarding news….

Do you use Facebook, LinkedIn, and/or Twitter for news and information?
I do not use any of these mediums, nor anything that requires my info.

What online news sites or aggregators do you visit regularly?
None.

Do you regularly visit any individual blogs for news, analysis and opinion?
No

Have your news consumption habits changed in the last few years? If so, how?
News consumption habits are unchanged, but the style of news broadcasting has.  Too much bullshit focus.

Do you read for fun? If so, what? Last novel you read? Non-fiction book?
I write too much to have draw to read.  Last book I read is Michael Lewis’ THE BIG SHORT.  With few exceptions, love non-fiction.

Read Heidi Dietrich’s interview with Tom Skerritt here

Two Seattle artists will open galleries this fall

With the fall of Howard House and other spaces shaky on their pins, the appearance of two promising newcomers is heartening news. Norman Lundin and Robert Yoder will open their own galleries this fall, each devoted to other artists. 

Read more here

New program helps kindergarteners get a great start

Earlier this month, about 70,000 children in our state started kindergarten, and they’re all different in what they know and can do. 

A new program being developed in our state aims to help kindergarten teachers get the best, earliest and most complete look at the children coming into their classroom, so that they give each child the support needed to be successful in school. 

Read more here

FBI targets Palestine and Colombia activists in the United States

Tracy Molm sometimes has a hard time paying rent, so it came as a surprise when American security forces banged on her door at 7am one morning, and searched her apartment under suspicions she provided material support to a terrorist organisation.
 
Warrants indicate that investigators believe Molm and at least seven other activists from the Minnesota anti-war committee and other groups provided material support to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and rebels from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), groups the US considers terrorist organisations.
 
“My assumption is that material support means money and guns, but they [police] wouldn’t explain anything,” Molm told Al Jazeera. “I think the real thing is that they are trying to intimidate those of us who are standing in solidarity with the people of Palestine and Colombia.”
 
Activists from Minneapolis and Chicago have been subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury investigation in October, after coordinated police raids on September 24.

No charges
 
Despite the searches and seizures of computers, cheque books, mobile phones, documents and photographs, Molm and other activists have not been charged with committing a crime.
 
“The searches were conducted pursuant to a warrant issued by a federal judge,” Royden Rice, a special agent with US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in Chicago, told Al Jazeera.
 
“No arrests have been made or charges filed in connection with this investigation,” he said, leading activists to call the searches a trolling expedition targeting Americans who object to their government’s foreign policy ventures.

 

To read more on the Al Jazeera site, click here.