Just read some of your Best of Seattle [July 26] and was disappointed to see that DV8 held the title for best all-ages club in Seattle [In "Readers' Picks"!--Eds.] when actually you have to be at least 18 years old to get in. What is all-ages about that? And what's up with having Graceland in the contest? Sure, they have all-ages events ever now and then, but it can hardly be considered an all-ages club. Running a real all-ages club where kids can hang out on a regular basis and late at night is completely different than clubs that irregularly tag it on to their ordinary programming when they usually sell alcohol. Without a doubt, the Paradox leads the way in all-ages programming and deserves to be recognized for their hard work in getting kids access to music and art.
James Keblas, Exec. Director
The Vera Project
DUMB READERS, PART II
As a long-time member of the Seattle theater community, I really have to question the inclusion of Empty Space Theatre and ACT in a category ostensibly devoted to "fringe" theatre [Again, in "Readers' Picks," Best of Seattle, July 26—Eds.]. Both of these organizations, while quite worthy in and of themselves, would not come close to qualifying for the appellation of "fringe theatre" under any definition I can possibly imagine, as most real fringe companies do not operate with luxuries such as six- (or seven) figure operating budgets, union contracts, full-time, paid administrative, design, and technical staffs, and their own fully functional venues, just to name a few.
If Seattle Weekly and your readers [Not us, them!--Eds.] want to give justly deserved praise to these organizations, next time please consider doing so in a category worthy of their station, and not at the expense of the scores of small, struggling fringe theatres that could also use a kind word or two for the exceptional work they accomplish under very trying circumstances.
OK, BUT YOU'RE SCARING US
I love you! The "Best of" issue [July 26] is so great! The Smart Ass section and the Queer FC bit is so funny I'm dying. I just moved here so thanks for all the cool places to go!
Alice E. Van Ness
PETER THE LION
OK, OK, so my guy blew it on the intro at the Capitol Hill Block Party. What can you do? As a longtime fan of Seattle's local music, I prepared reams of background materials—articles, reviews, even my own lovingly crafted band description—for council member Steinbrueck in preparation for introducing Pedro the Lion [see Days of Our Nights, July 19]. I was a fan obsessed. I now know that a simple 8 1/2 by 11 sheet of paper with the words 'PEDRO THE LION' written on it would have been more effective. Eh, live and learn. (I should mention that he DID pronounce Maktub correctly! C'mon, I heard it, you heard it—that's a hard one! Where's the love?)
What I think we should remember that day is Peter hollering, "Music is for people of ALL AGES!", a sentiment echoed by many of his colleagues on the City Council. As little as two years ago, I doubt you would have heard such a thing uttered by one of our elected officials. Sure, they may not know the difference between Carissa's Wierd and Voyager One or even pick out Tad in a lineup, but at least they know that you shouldn't have to be 21 to hear them play.
In the end, we can only wish for two things: (1) that music for people of all ages will continue to live and thrive in Seattle, thanks to help from Peter and his colleagues; and (2) that none of them will ever have to introduce IQU in their lifetimes.
Legislative Ass't to
Seattle City Council
As a job applicant for this city's highest political position, I have been trying to give my potential employers (Seattle citizens) some solid reasons why I am more capable, more caring, and more qualified to represent their best interests than the three career politicians running. But if the local papers insist only on discussing money [News Clips, "Money, Honey," July 19], then the fact that our campaign adjusts each statement's accuracy to the penny ("Smallest filing: 1 cent, Bank interest") while others continue to violate contribution limits [News Clips, "Mark'$ Buck$," June 21] is a perfect indication of the caliber of honesty, competence, and accountability I intend to bring to the mayoral office.
Since you seem only concerned with money, I will also give you one more telling statistic: Most money donated by a candidate to their own campaign: Scott Kennedy, $20,857 (Nickels, $600; Schell, $2,400; Sidran, $4,165.47).
If "Majors and Minors" [News Clips, July 19] wasn't meant to disparage me as a mayoral candidate, I'd hate to see an article that is. I appreciate the kind words about my platform; but the rest of the criticisms were based almost entirely on conjecture.
I have indeed been active in politics in Seattle—just not as a politician. Working on the Nader 2000 campaign is but the latest example. Not having worked in government is a plus, if you ask me; but as a close second, I have worked for several years in the planning and distribution department of one of the largest and most comprehensive funders of human service programs in the entire state. Although not always able to "testify," I've attended and helped to facilitate more meetings, forums, and protests in the community interest than Charlie Chong can shake a stick at. And have you seen the city budget? Trust me—it's something only a single mother, with experience at making something out of nothing, could make sense of.
I was involved in and logged footage from all over the city during the WTO protests. I spent Fat Tuesday 2001 in the melee trying to keep people from killing each other (and getting a beat-down in the process)—which is more than I can say for any of the other mayoral candidates (or the 350 police officers deployed to the scene). I've been the only mayoral candidate active in the Central District now that Omari "Sugar Ray" Tahir-Garrett has been incarcerated. I'm sorry that's not enough in the eyes of some self-important journalist to "earn" media acknowledgement.
Were you to actually cover the candidates "fairly," you might be forced to admit that I am not only as qualified as any other candidate before the voters this election, but I am the best candidate for the position. The fact that I don't practice the aggressive begging that my incumbent counterparts do (or didn't start with the same bulging pockets) shouldn't preclude you from giving your readers the most basic information on my campaign or who I am. You may not have faith in the voters' ability to think for themselves, but I'm willing to push the envelope.
Christal Olivia Wood
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