Three writers and actors coming to the Kirkland Performance Center (KPC) want to defuse certain language. They're not making much progress...

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Three writers and actors coming to the Kirkland Performance Center (KPC) want to defuse certain language. They’re not making much progress.

Ads for the show “N*GGER WETB*CK CH*NK” have been rejected by several radio stations, two university newspapers and now The Seattle Times. Two other publications, The Stranger and The Seattle Weekly, are running the ads. Even shortening the title to N*W*C doesn’t help.

“Frankly, it has been an intense week,” said Rachel Jackson, the public-relations manager at KPC.

Explaining that the trio who wrote the show and perform it are black, Latino and Asian doesn’t convince ad managers. But that’s the point, claim the performers, Miles Gregley, Allan Axibal and Rafael Agustin, and KPC executive director Steve Lerian.

Until we take away the negativity those words evoke, they carry enough power to raise the hackles on the neck, bring out the pickets and the censors.

N*W*C — the nickname for the show in conversation — runs Nov. 4 and 5.

Dog tales

Author Alexandra Day and Carl the dog will be at the downtown Bellevue Barnes & Noble bookstore at 10:30 a.m. today. If you have little people in your life, you’ll recognize Carl from Day’s series of children’s books featuring the dog. Carl and a toddler named Madeleine share adventures while the mother thinks the two are napping or otherwise quietly occupied.

The real-life Carl not only serves as an artist model, he also volunteers as a hospital therapy dog.

Comic relief

Pat Cashman entertained the 900 folks at Thursday’s Issaquah Schools Foundation/Communities in Schools luncheon. But the comedian and former radio personality had to think fast following keynote speaker Jim Alling.

Alling, president of Starbucks, shared a story about a drive-through. The Starbucks’ barista mixed up an order, apologized and gave the customer a free drink. The customer still handed the barista his money to pay for the beverages in the car behind him. That driver paid for the next and so on for seven customers in a row. Alling encouraged the audience to do the same: Pay it forward and give generously to the foundation.

His speech worked. People gave generously — $215,000 — to be used for classroom enrichment programs.

Cashman returned to the microphone, saying one day he was surprised when the car ahead paid for his triple nonfat mocha. The barista said he was the seventh car in a row where the driver in front paid for coffee behind. Cashman said he looked in his rearview mirror, thanked the barista and sped off to make room for the vehicle behind — a bus.

High note

Larry Fried, executive director of the Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra, gets to do a happy dance. The orchestra starts its 39th concert season today with a record 622 subscribers, up from 340 last year.

Fried credits the phenomenal increase to an intense marketing campaign dubbed “Great Music Close to Home.”

The orchestra plays in the Theatre at Meydenbauer.

Sherry Grindeland: 206-515-5633