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Imaginary Op-Ed: My Vote for John Roderick, Seattle City Council {Position 8}

VoteRoderick / photo credit: VoteRoderick on Faecbook

By now everyone should have received her/his primary election ballot in the mail. It's of the utmost importance that you vote! Mailed ballots must be postmarked by August 4 or you can drop off your completed ballot at a ballot drop box or scheduled van drop.

Below is imaginary liz's opinion on the primary race for Seattle City Council Position 8.

John Roderick has been a diehard friend of Three Imaginary Girls since the beginning. The idea of TIG was even born at a Long Winters show back in 2002.

Since that night we've covered countless bits of John Roderick news (at last count in 2012 there were 710 mentions of the Long Winters on the site - I still think that's a lowball number) and John has been kind enough to be our Indie Rock Santa at nearly every one of our holiday parties.

I am sharing all this with you because John Roderick is running for the city-wide seat on Seattle's City Council (Position 8). It's a position that all of Seattle votes for (not just a specific district).

Of all the candidates running for this office, I believe John is the candiate that will fight the hardest for a better Seattle.

He's such a determined and tenacious force, I'm convinced he'd actually fight even harder for Seattle's future than I ever could. John has done his research, with a strong knowledge of Seattle's history and the many dimensions of its residents. This keen understanding is what it takes to move Seattle forward and enhance the lives of those that live here.

This is an important time in Seattle. There are so many decisions that need to be made and solutions that need to be discovered. Seattle is at a turning point in the direction we're headed.

No matter what issues are most important to you, those are items for which action will (or should) be taken in the next City Council term: transportation, environment, housing, livability, public safety, the arts, unemployment, corporate growth, high-speed internet for all, police reform, the welfare of our kids, elders, and those in need.
 

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Only a few days left to support TIG's indiegogo campaign - we'd love your help!

Imaginary Fun Times!

Almost a month ago, on June 10, 2015, Three Imaginary Girls celebrated our 13th birthday!

On that same day, we launched an indiegogo campaign to help usher in the next era of TIG: to raise enough funds to help with a big tech project and to keep the imaginary ship afloat.

With the help of some super kind imaginary friends {huge hugs and massive thanks to you!}, WE REACHED OUR GOAL!

We are so extremely grateful and honored and humbled by the outpouring of support. We really can't thank our (at current count) 66 donors who made our site conversion a reality.

But before our indiegogo campaign ends on July 10th, we want to send out one final call for support to help us hit our stretch goal, which would put us on firm footing for the years ahead.

Help TIG

All the details about our project costs and a rundown of the thank you gifts {vintage shirts or hoodies anyone?} are on our indiegogo campaign page {go go go!}.

And, if you haven't seen our video yet {at the bottom of this page}, check out {and share} it!

You just might spot some friends: Lesli Wood, Sean Nelson, Head and the Heart, Kurt B. Reighley, Rachel Flotard, John Vanderslice, Chris Estey, Jenny Jimenez, AWESOME, Frightened Rabbit, The Crocodile, Cars Can Be Blue, The Pale / Pale Pacific, Christina Boutista, Tullycraft, Anna Banana, Mash Hall, The Thermals, Jenny George, Ben Gibbard, Nada Surf, Telekinesis, Allo Darlin, Hey Marseilles, Owen Wilson, Head Like A Kite, Thee Satisfaction, Eef Barzelay, Ben Hooker, Mal de Mer, The Young Evils, Aqueduct, Fishboy, Pete Greenberg, BOAT, Math & Physics Club, Exohxo, Minus 5, Rhett Miller, John Roderick, Pickwick, For Better Or For Awesome, and many imaginary staffers… just to name a few.

If you can't contribute but are interested in helping, thank you! Please share this campaign with your friends and help us get the word out.

A surprise show on the Washington Coast, featuring Courtney Barnett!

The Sou'Wester with Darren Hanlon, Courtney Barnett and Friends!

Last week, our friends spotted a last minute show listing on Facebook for July 3, 2015:

Darren Hanlon returns to the Sou’wester with a special treat in tow, guest singers and songwriters on tour from Australia. Set the holiday ablaze with this show on fire with talent at the Sou’wester!

A couple days later, Darren Hanlon, the Autralian singer/songwriter-wonder, shared the news on his page:

Hey Pacific North Westerners. I'm playing a free show tonight with some good (secret) friends from Australia. There's also a 'bike decorating' party (whatever that means). Happy J4W.

The show announcement promised a line up of Darren Hanlon & Australian Friends at the lovely Sou'Wester Lodge in Seaview, WA.  That, and Seaview's promise of 70 degree days on the Washington Coast (it's been a sweltering 90+ degrees in Seattle all week), was enough to get us to pack up our tent and head to the shore. 

Shelly and DarrenWe arrived and set up camp at the magical Sou'Wester on Friday afternoon. The historic Lodge, cozy campground, and exquisite vintage cabin & trailer assortment are a sight to behold.

To call the scene quaintly picturesque and magical is an understatement. It all made the small, under-the-radar, evening's show all the more extraordinary.

Around 8pm the Darren and his "Australian Friends" gathered in the outdoor pavilion (i.e. stage for the evening) and started to set up and plug in to the small PA.

We soon happily discovered they were...

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Happy 13th birthday to TIG! We need your help!

Photo: Steve Louie

It's a very imaginary 13th birthday!

On June 10, 2002, ThreeImaginaryGirls.com published our first set of reviews.  In the blog world that's like we're.... well, it feels like we've been around since before there were blogs.

To help usher in the next era of TIG, we're reaching out to you for help.

We're at a crossroads. With 13 years and 8,300 reviews and articles in the imaginary archive, the time has come to convert the entire site to WordPress; it's a more economical and friendly web platform than what we're on now that will enable us to continue spreading the imaginary word and keep those reviews of the amazing shows or bands you love alive.

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Recommended show: Jon Auer at Caffe Umbria {6/18}

Jon Auer

Dear imaginary friends and Posies fans: I need to bring this to your attention! Mr. Jon Auer is playing a small acoustic show this Thursday, June 18 at Caffe Umbria (the former Volterra Drawing Room space). 

Since moving to Europe, Jon's done a handful of these shows while visiting Seattle over the years and I've been lucky enough to attend a few. Let me just say that IT IS SUPER RAD to see one of my favorite musicians perform in such an intimate, relaxed space. 

GA tickets are (dear) $23, or you can bump it up to VIP (ltd. to 6 tix) for $100, which gets you a meet & greet w/Jon before the show, hosted wine and apps by Volterra + a song request! (Jon did this song request thing last time I attended one of these shows and it. was. awesome.) 

There are only 50 tix available, so get yours now

{One Night Only: Jon Auer live at Caffe Umbria | 5407 Ballard Ave NW | Thursday, June 18 | Doors: 7:30pm, Show: 8pm | GA: $23 | VIP Meet & Greet: $100 (7:15pm) | All ages | Wine, beer, coffee & snacks available for purchase from Caffe Umbria}