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Top 20 Books of 2017

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107 Stranger (Than Usual) Things To Do in Seattle This Week: Dec 12-17, 2017

SantaCon, A White Elephant Strip Show, Festivus, And More Unusual Events

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Features »

Talking with Mayor Durkan About Sexual Harassment, Police Reform, and Seattle's Activist Left

The Stranger's Q&A with Jenny Durkan on her first full day of work.

My Name Is Dave, I Collect Vinyl Records, and I Have a Problem

My record collection and I got priced out of my apartment.

The 5 Best Places to Buy Vinyl in Seattle

The Stranger's music critic recommends the five best shops to buy records in the city.

I Had Never Touched a Gun Before the Las Vegas Massacre. Then I Bought One.

A liberal snowflake gets to know gun culture from the inside.

Food & Drink »

The Only Way to Survive Winter Is to Drink Cask Ale

It's a mess to make but a delight to drink.

My Favorite Plate of Food in Seattle

The spicy rice cakes at Joule, and the chef who created them.

Foraging for Mushrooms Is Hard, So I Just Bought Some

Seattle's finest foraged foods don't require a walk in the woods.

Music »

A Tribute to Mary J. Blige at the Royal Room

Seattle Afro-punk singer Om Johari organizes another good idea.

Top 10 Albums of 2017, Local and National

The Best Music of the Year as Selected by the Stranger Staff.

The Unlikely Story of Vince Guaraldi's A Charlie Brown Christmas—and Where to See It Performed Live

Four different Seattle venues are producing versions of it this December.

Visual Art »

Dirk Staschke Makes Art About Death

Are these pieces at Winston Wachter sculptures or paintings? Is existence just totally meaningless?

The Most Important Seattle Photographer You've Never Heard Of

Al Smith's eye-opening, boundary-hopping photos at the Museum of History & Industry are a must-see.

The Backstory of a Wintery, Death-Struck Painting by Andrew Wyeth

What you don't see is the artist's father's horrible death on the other side of that hill.

Our Love of Plastics Has Become a Dirty Fetish

The art installation Motelscape ought to ignite a pornographic shame.

The Stranger's Guide to Seattle's Happiest Happy Hours »

The Gayest Guide in the World to Seattle's Happy Hours

There are a lot of queer bars in this town, and it can be difficult to keep track of their best deals.

The Best Upscale Happy Hours

Where to enjoy high-end appetizers, entrées, and libations for low-end prices.

Best Bars to Rendezvous with a Tinder Date

You don't want to run into your knucklehead friends, but it's gotta be good. So, where?

Best Happy Hours for Gamers

Where to find video games, board games, pinball, trivia nights, and more.