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Keep the sunglasses and shorts handy.  More bright blue skies, sunshine and temperatures in the mid to high 70s are in store this weekend and beyond, with the exception of on Mother’s Day.

“Lots of sun, just a few clouds, but nothing much — perfect,” said KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.

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Seattle actress Keiko Green left New York City a few years ago, frustrated with the theater scene and intent on taking her career in a different direction. Instead she found the Emerald City’s openness to new material a boon to her ambitions as an all-around theater artist.

“Seattle is a place that’s really thirsty for new voices right now,” she says. “And as a person that’s not only into performing, but also creating work, I think that it’s been an incredible place for me to grow as an artist here.”

Jacqueline Tabor: The Lady In The Gown

May 6, 2016
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Northwest vocalist Jacqueline Tabor discovered jazz when she was a kid watching old movies on TV.  She dug the black-and-white films noir that featured beautiful women in gowns singing jazz in dark, smoky nightclubs—she wanted to grow up to do that.  And, whaddaya know?  She’s now a lovely woman in a gown singing jazz from here to Japan.  

The nightclubs aren’t as smoky as they once were, but here she is, living her childhood dream—and doing it with a terrific band (see credits).  Together, they’ll treat you to three lovely pieces of music and a few good stories.

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All around us, people are quietly taking care of disabled relatives, day in and day out. The stress, sacrifice and rewards of that life are the focus of a new documentary called "Undersung," which is a collaboration of retired University of Washington poet Heather McHugh and filmmaker Adam Larsen. The film premieres this Sunday at the DOXA Documentary Film Festival in Vancouver, B.C.

Guest Student DJ Lane Wilkinson: Jazz Is Dancing Music

May 5, 2016

Note: Each month, KPLU invites a teen guest DJ to play his or her favorite pieces on the air.  The program is part of KPLU's School of Jazz.  

Lane Wilkinson from Glacier Peak High School is the Student DJ for the month of May.  Lane's hour aired from 8  to 9 p.m. on May 5.

To get to know him better we asked Sam to answer a few questions about jazz:

Which instrument do you play and why?

Tim Durkan

Dear Friends,

You made history! You helped us set a GiveBIG record by raising $1,456,076 for Save KPLU! Thank you to the 7,609 donors who made this possible. We now have $5,677,187.61 toward our goal of $7 million!

Your gift now is still critical; we have eight weeks left to raise the remaining $1.3 million to make 88.5 independent. Thank you for your support!

EVENTS

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The Hungarian city we now know as Budapest has seen a lot. Originally two cities, Buda and Pest, it was fought over for centuries by the Romans and the Ottomans, among others.

In World War II, it was partially destroyed by British and American bombings. But now, Budapest is a prime destination for visitors.

KPLU travel expert Matthew Brumley called in from the deck of the MS Amadeus Brilliant, on the Danube River in the heart of the city.

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The first case of the Zika virus has been reported in King County. It's the third case of Zika in Washington state. Officials are not concerned about an outbreak in the Pacific Northwest, but more cases are expected.

The King County case involved a man in his forties who recently traveled to the country of Colombia. That's one of the countries where Zika is actively spreading, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

100,000 Opportunities Initiative

If you’re between the ages of 16 and 24 and looking for a job, head to Seattle’s Centurylink Field on Thursday to meet with hiring managers from companies including Microsoft, T-Mobile and Starbucks.

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A program credited with lifting the graduation rate and boosting student enrollment at Seattle’s Rainier Beach High School was going to be cut because of a lack of money.  But now, it’s being saved, thanks to a Seattle non-profit.

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Japanese, Mandarin and Spanish: These are the languages hundreds of students are learning in the Seattle School District.

But funding is tight, which means the district is taking a hard look at its foreign language immersion programs. The district is wondering if these programs should be scaled back, expanded, or left as they are.

There are five elementary immersion schools in Seattle. Students can choose to continue their language studies in middle and high school.

'Confronting Dental Decay In Indian Country' Part I

May 3, 2016
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Rotting teeth, a fear of the dentist’s drill, long lines out the clinic door: These challenges are facing the Swinomish Tribe.

For decades, dentists would visit the reservation once a month. And if you ask tribal member Aurelia Bailey what that was like, she says it was “horrific.”

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At a luncheon hosted by the Technology Alliance in Seattle, Microsoft Chief Executive Satya Nadella weighed in on whether computers will one day put a lot of us out of work, and his take is that people are right to be concerned.

For 10 years, neighbors in Seattle’s Rainier Valley have wanted a Trader Joe’s. That’s the mid-sized grocery chain, known for lower prices on specialty items. Now there’s a unique campaign to lure the store to South Seattle.

You know how stores pull in customers with ads and commercials? Well, what if it was the other way around – what if customers advertised their community to attract a store?

A new web commercial serves as a love letter of sorts. It’s asking Trader Joe’s to move to Rainier Beach.

You might assume that if you go to court and secure a civil sexual assault protection order against an assailant the protection order will be permanent. But, that's not the case in Washington even though protection orders in domestic violence, harassment and stalking cases in the state are. Advocates for victims have been trying to change the law that says sexual assault protection orders are only good for two years.

Jazz Northwest For May 1

May 1, 2016

Jazz Northwest celebrates May Day with a bouquet of Northwest favorites old and new.  This week's show includes a 1990 duet by Larry Coryell and Marc Seales playing "Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most" as well as new releases by trumpet players Ray Vega and Thomas Marriott, and Jazz Port Townsend favorite Matt Wilson's "Big Happy Family."

After A 'Normal' Week, Things Will Heat Up Again

Apr 29, 2016

"The atmosphere has been very kind to us," KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass said. "The weekend is going to get progressively sunnier and warmer as we go on."

Friday will be cloudy with some modest rain, but as we get later in the day the front will move out and the rain will come to an end. We'll see 60s and 70s over the weekend for our highs and Mass says by Monday we could see temperatures into the 80s. But it won't be as warm as our record-breaking heat from earlier this month. Mass says it's been a "normal" week. 

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Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy said the county needs to pass a special sales tax increase to pay for mental health services and that a lack of treatment options for people with mental health problems is contributing to rising homelessness. 

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Employees in the Puget Sound area working for grocery chains such as QFC, Safeway and Fred Meyer have approved new contracts that protect their health coverage and improve wages, according to a statement from their unions, Locals 21 and 367 of the United Food and Commercial Workers and Teamsters 38. The contracts cover about 30,000 workers in the region.

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Tens of thousands of state workers in Washington are the target of unusual public records requests  from an anti-union group asking for their birth dates. 

The requests came from the Freedom Foundation, a conservative think tank based in Olympia that’s targeting public sector unions. On its web site, the group says it wants to “reverse the stranglehold public-sector unions have on our government.” 

'Baseball First' Is The Mantra Of New Mariners CEO

Apr 28, 2016
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From “business first” to “baseball first” — that’s how many are describing the transition that will take place in the Mariners’ front office over the next few months, as current CEO Howard Lincoln retires and new CEO John Stanton takes over.

The big change, announced this week, is being welcomed by many fans, and by KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel.

Erin Hennessey

As the weather warms up and we move into early boating season, water safety experts are calling on people to be prepared. That includes those of us who are along for the ride. Boat passengers have every right to speak up, says Dan Shipman, recreational boating safety program manager for the Thirteenth Coast Guard District in Seattle.

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Grocery store workers in the Puget Sound region came very close to going on strike in late 2013, but recent contract negotiations have gone more smoothly and workers are voting this week on a tentative agreement, with results expected tomorrow.

Save KPLU Campaign Update: April 28

Apr 28, 2016
Tim Durkan

Dear Friends,

On Tuesday April 26, the Friends of 88-5 FM community group submitted a letter of intent (LOI) to purchase KPLU from Pacific Lutheran University. Read a full report on the sale, and see the LOI.

We don’t know if PLU will accept the Friends’ offer, so we continue our fundraising efforts to reach $7 million by June 30th, which is only 9 weeks away.

Jim Levitt

On Monday, April 25, some of the Northwest's hardest-working, generous — and KPLU's favorite — musicians assembled for a memorable evening of music at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley and a benefit for Save KPLU.  

Parker Miles Blohm / KPLU

Tenor saxophonist Walter Blanding has been a member of the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra (directed by Wynton Marsalis) since 1998.  One of the things that got him there was a great jazz education.  Walter attended LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and the Performing Arts, followed by more study at the New School of Social Research. 

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Here at Going Places world headquarters (really just the KPLU newsroom, but go with it, OK?) we're big fans of travel experiences that allow for some unexpected discovery. But it's still good to be informed about your destination before you arrive, says our travel expert, Matthew Brumley.

Here are some tips on how:

Read Local News And Listen To Local Music

Brumley downloads local radio station apps and reads local newspapers before he heads to a vacation destination.

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Nintendo of America is selling its majority stake in the Seattle Mariners. The current minority owners of the team will take over majority stake, led by wireless pioneer John Stanton. Stanton will also become the new chairman and CEO of the team, taking over from longtime CEO Howard Lincoln.

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Boeing says it’s doing all it can to meet a big deadline in August of next year, when the company is supposed to deliver the first 18 KC-46 aerial refueling tankers to the Air Force, but cost overruns on the program have been mounting.

Parker Miles Blohm

To Seattle jazz lovers, guitarist Greg Ruby is probably best-known for the five years he spent as a member of the gypsy-jazz group, Pearl Django.  Since then, Greg has been involved in a number of groups and projects, the latest being ‘The Rhythm Runners.’ 

The band specializes in Prohibition-era jazz and, more specifically, the Prohibition jazz composed by a man named Franklin D. Waldron. 

Mr. Waldron was one of the pioneers of the Seattle jazz scene, and his music is featured on The Rhythm Runners new CD, ‘Washington Hall Stomp.’

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