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June 13, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Ape geniuses, and other stuff you might have missed this week

Sometimes it seems the weird news of the week has a theme. Music, pot and nudity came up a lot during the week of the Folklife and Sasquatch! festivals. Last week, for some reason, it was all about raw meat. But this week had no rhyme or reason.

Well, OK. With Sir Mix-a-Lot in the lineup, it definitely had some rhyme.

Read on for more odd news from the past week on seattletimes.com.

1 Baby got Bach?

Oh. My. God. Becky. Look. At her. Violin.

Sir Mix-A-Lot, the Seattle Symphony and a crowd of women Mix invited on stage at Benaroya Hall at Friday night's Sonic Evolution concert. (Photo by Ben Vanhouten)

Sir Mix-A-Lot, the Seattle Symphony and a crowd of women Mix invited on stage at Benaroya Hall at Friday night’s Sonic Evolution concert. (Photo by Ben Vanhouten)

Seattle music worlds are colliding!

Sir Mix-a-Lot took the stage with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra last week, performing pretty cool orchestral versions of “Posse on Broadway” and “Baby Got Back.”

Click here to see videos of the performance. Be sure to watch for the woman in the black dress who gets really into it.

“I said to myself, ‘I’m going to bring my A-game. This is my jam,’” she told The Seattle Times afterward. Cheers, girl. You do you.

2 Thai protesters say it with sandwiches

When authorities closed off a park where anti-coup protesters in Thailand had planned a picnic rally, the protesters improvised, handing out sandwiches and cakes as they paraded down the street.

Ain’t democracy delicious?

3 Church hopes to resurrect ex-strip club building

Bethany Community Church has leased the former Sugar’s strip-club building on Aurora Avenue North.  (Photo by Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)

Bethany Community Church has leased the former Sugar’s strip-club building on Aurora Avenue North. (Photo by Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)

I mentioned strip clubs in last week’s post, but darn it if they don’t just keep popping back into the news.

The site of Sugar’s, a former strip-club-slash-racketeering-headquarters in Shoreline, is turning into (of all things) a church center.

Bethany Community Church will lease the Aurora Avenue property for five years.

Its former owners were indicted in 2009 and “left in such a hurry that they left old milk in the fridge,” lead pastor Scott Sund told The Seattle Times. Folks from the church also found lists of dancers’ names and songs still in the DJ booth.

4 Smart computers, smarter chimps

With Toyota planning hover cars and Chinese scientists developing stretchy, fiber-shaped batteries, it’s starting to seem more like we’re heading toward the world of The Jetsons.

And in that case, a robot maid like Rosie might also not be far off.

A computer in England was able to trick judges into thinking it was human (a 13-year-old non-native-English-speaking human, but human nonetheless) by having a conversation with them.

But for every computer as smart as a human, there appears to be a chimp even smarter. Also this week, chimpanzees outperformed humans in a simple matching game.

I, for one, welcome our chimp/robot overlords.

5 Fabio visits Whole Foods

A highlight from our Picture This blog

Fabio Lanzoni, the Italian model whose image has adorned many romance novels, hugs Laura Wales, while Caitlin Fransen, left, takes a photo at Whole Foods at South Lake Union. Fabio is on a nationwide tour to promote his Healthy Planet Nutrition natural protein powders. Fabio's protein powders come in chocolate and vanilla flavors and is sugarless, kosher and gluten free. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

Fabio Lanzoni, the Italian model whose image has adorned many romance novels, hugs Laura Wales, while Caitlin Fransen, left, takes a photo at Whole Foods in South Lake Union. Fabio is on a nationwide tour to promote his Healthy Planet Nutrition natural protein powders. Fabio’s protein powders come in chocolate and vanilla flavors and are sugarless, kosher and gluten-free. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

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