All jokes aside, The Stranger is basically a free weekly newspaper distributed widely throughout the city every Thursday. It is the anthesis of Seattle Weekly, or perhaps the Seattle Weekly is the anthesis of The Stranger.
At any rate, while the Seattle Weekly markets itself towards an older, more affluent, more....stable population, The Stranger is *THE* read for anyone who is disaffected, still in high school, or who gets atwitter seeing four-letter-words printed in a newspaper.
They do have an extensive arts, entertainment, and food directory, but other than that, don't expect hard-hitting journalism from this "Friend of the Street Kid" paper. The stories that are written rarely have to do with anything that is beyond the borders of Broadway and Capitol Hill, and they seem to spend an inordinate amount of column space insulting the readers and employees of Seattle Weekly, and insulting the residents of Seattle in general.
If sophmoric writing is your style, then go for The Stranger. In my opinion, the only reason to pick up this rag is for the arts, entertainment, and food listing. Oh, and it makes great packing material and flooring for your animal cages.