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Entries from January 2014

The Butcher & The Baker is ready for the 12th Man

January 30th, 2014 by master

Meet Joe. He’s the Butcher and the Baker.

Yeah yeah…we know, but we won’t go there! Joe doesn’t need another title as he is doing just fine making hand-crafted pastries, savories, and suppling us with Northwest grown meats.

Originally a restaurant owner in Renton, Joe Kennedy is known for his sweet and savory offerings. He is passionate about the art of food and loves to share that through beautiful displays and delicious menu items. As one fan on Facebook puts it, “Come for the local meat and meals. Stay for the AMAZING cheesecakes!!!”

In regards to how he sources his inventory, he stresses that he is very particular and offers organic chicken and poultry. By maintaining good communication with his suppliers, Kennedy says he is able to insure that he is providing a top quality product. He strives to seek out Northwest farmers that use free-range farming techniques and best practices.

Kennedy opened The Butcher & The Baker in November in the Latona Neighborhood just South of Greenlake. Not only is Kennedy the perfect guy to visit for everyday supplies, but he is also a great stop for your next gathering or party. In fact, Kennedy says that you should definitely stop by this weekend to stock up for your Superbowl Party!

Here are some mouthwatering menu items that will be in the shop on Friday:
Three Flavors of Marinated Chicken Wings
Hoisin BBQ
Jamaican Jerk
Spicy Tapatio

And these are available on Saturday:
Spiced Rubbed Baby Back Ribs
Three Bean Steak Chili
Shepards Pie
Sandwiches: Roast Beef Ciabatta and the Infamous Cured

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Where Do You Draw The Line and Say No? UW's Psycho Thriller

January 30th, 2014 by master

Reading to Vegetables

Written by EM Lewis
Directed by Tina Polzin
January 29 – February 9 Glenn Hughes Penthouse Theatre
Wednesday-Saturday at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2pm (there is no late seating)

Tickets are $10
Runtime is 1 hour and 30 minutes with no intermission

I haven’t been to the theater in a while, but something about the new production at UW’s School of Drama’s Penthouse Theatre caught my attention.

Set in a hospital, Reading to Vegetables is a psychological thriller that blurs the line between when to say no and when to participate. As the play delves into the subject of doctor and patient ethics, playwright EM Lewis seems to ask us bigger questions about our own moral characters.

EM Lewis was inspired by Milgram’s “Obedience to Authority Studies” and focuses her story on a pre-med student Rachel (Anna Lamadrid), who is hired by Dr. Bennett (Joe Ngo) to act the part of a coma victim  for a research study. As the play unfolds, the murky line between what is right and what is wrong becomes less clear.

Without giving too much away, the characters and their stories weave through seamlessly as we slowly discover that things are not what they seem.I recommend going out and supporting these students as they offer us this interesting and provocative performance.

Tina Polzin, a member of the Professional Director Training Program, directs Reading to Vegetables as it makes its premiere on the stage.

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Do You Collect? Today is Artifact ID Day at the Burke!

January 25th, 2014 by master

Head into The Burke Museum and Find Out More About Your Special Items.

One day a year, the Burke Museum brings together a whole host of experts who are there to help you identify objects from your personal collections. Bring in baskets, blankets, and other cultural objects from Native American cultures, the Pacific Islands, and Southeast Asia, as well as archaeological artifacts, bones, fossils, and rocks. Although no appraisals are made, you will get a chance to show off your prized pieces and learn more about them with others.

Artifact ID Day

Burke Museum
Sat., Jan. 25, 2014 | 1 – 3:30 pm
Included with museum admission; FREE for Burke members

What do you collect? Along with objects from the natural and cultural world, the Burke Museum collects experts. Join us for Artifact ID Day, the one day a year where all of our experts are in one place to help you delve more into the objects that matter to you.

Past Artifact ID Days have uncovered such rare items as a 5,000-year-old stone tool, a twined basketry doll made by a Tlingit weaver, and a drinking cup made from a walrus’ tusk. What do you have?

We can work with you on baskets, blankets, and other cultural objects from Native American cultures, the Pacific Islands, and Southeast Asia, as well as archaeological artifacts, bones, fossils, and rocks. No appraisals will be given. The Burke Museum does not authenticate items for sale.

Artifact ID Day is included in museum admission and is free for Burke members. Please bring in a limit of three items per visitor due to the event’s popularity.

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Explore Latona & 65th and Find Yourself Happily at Home in Cafe Lulu

January 24th, 2014 by master

When you need a little break from the streets of the U, take a little stroll to 65th and Latona for a quiet little spot that you are going to adore.

Read about Cafe Lulu from our Sister Site

Café LuLu: Neighbors, a Perfect Cup-of-Joe and Art Openings

Posted by Nico Lund on January 24th, 2014

Café Lulu is situated on Latona Avenue just off 65th. It’s a short diversion from Wallingford proper and a great spot for your next stroll through the hood.

This Saturday evening, photographer Lisa Hagen Glynn is exhibiting her new work from 6-9pm. There will be some live jazz music, so, it’s a great opportunity to check out this spot and experience this local business in the evening hours.
The Latona & 65th area houses a small grouping of businesses from an antique store,The Dish, the Latona Pub and more. Just south of Greenlake and north of Wallingford, the area has a local and loyal following. Nestled in between Krittika Noodles & Thai and the Latona Pub, Café Lulu is a bright and cheerful spot to get your morning coffee, a quick breakfast or a pick-me-up snack.

Owner Karen Laurie takes pride in her employees and her customers. She says she strives hard to make sure her cafe is a warm and welcoming place for everyone. She mentioned that “sometimes we have lines in the morning, but I usually can see who my regulars are and I make sure to have their order ready for them when they get to the front.”

It is also a great spot to work –as this reporter found out on a recent break from the home office. After the morning rush, Laurie assured me there are usually tables available for those who need a change of scenery in their work day. There is always Wifi, and there are even a few outlets just in case your gadget is running low on juice.
Serving Café Vita coffee and a variety of teas, they also have a delicious menu that won’t break the bank. Breakfast Burritos come from Café Racer, pastries from Louisa’s Bakery, and fresh bagels from Seattle Bagel. And for those of you who always have a hankering for Macrina’s famous squash harvest bread, you’re craving will be cured. The best part is that you will be served by a solid crew of barista’s who love their job and will treat you like family.
So on your next search for a comfortable spot to have a moment to yourself, meet a friend, enjoy a hot drink and a treat, or get some work done, Laurie and her team  will not disappoint.


6417 Latona Ave

Monday – Friday : 6:30am – 3pm
Saturday & Sunday : 7:30am – 2pm

Call Cafe Lulu: 206-527-7062

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Oh, how the Neighborhood is-a-changin

January 21st, 2014 by master

Are you a resident of the U-district, Roosevelt Neighborhood or surrounding area’s? Are you wondering what changes are happening in the near and distant future? Come meet some fellow neighbors and city officials who are working together to change our urban landscape to be more user friendly. The next meeting is tonight at 7pm at the University Heights Community Center. Check out the Roosevelt Neighbors’ Alliance for more information. will be there taking some notes to share in future posts. Do you have any ideas for changes you would like to see in these neighborhoods? We would love to hear ’em!

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While They Were Sleeping

January 21st, 2014 by master

The Seattle Times reports a robbery while the occupants were asleep!

Home burglarized in U-District while residents slept

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University of Washington police said someone crept into a home while the residents slept and stole a variety of items.

Seattle police were called to a home in the 4700 block of 18th Avenue Northeast in Seattle’s University District Friday at 10 a.m. for a report of an overnight burglary.

A resident said that sometime between 1:30 a.m. and 3:30 a.m., someone entered the house and removed valuables such as cash, electronic devices and jewelry.

Some residents were home sleeping at the time of the burglary and others were not home.

No one saw the burglar inside the home and there was no indication of a forced entry, police said.

The case is being investigated by the Seattle Police Department under case number 2014-17938. Anyone with information about the burglary or the possible suspects’ whereabouts is asked to call the Seattle Police Department at 206-625-5011.

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One of the Biggest Games to be Played in Seattle: Watch it on a Big Screen here in the North End

January 18th, 2014 by master

Whether you’re a die-hard Seahawks fan or someone who doesn’t normally pay attention to football, it’s hard not to get caught up in the excitement. If you’re ready to experiencing Sunday’s NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers but you don’t have a way to watch it, here are some local establishments that have a T.V! (Please call ahead to make sure they are showing the game before you plan your trip).

Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m, so give yourself some time to get a good seat, order snacks and a beer and get ready to cheer.


Shultzy’s Sausage
4114 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 548-9461

Big Time Brewing Company
4133 University Wy NE
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 545-4509

Earl’s On the Avenue
4333 University Way NE
(between 45th St & 43rd St)
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 525-4493

Die BierStube
6106 Roosevelt Way NE
(between 62nd St & 61st St)
Seattle, WA 98115
(206) 527-7019

Pies & Pints
1215 NE 65th St
(between N 12th Ave & N Brooklyn Ave)
Seattle, WA 98115
Neighborhood: Roosevelt
(206) 524-7082

Mutiny Hall
1205 NE 65th St
(between N 12th Ave & N Brooklyn Ave)
Seattle, WA 98115
We are sure there are way more places in the north end to get your game on, so please tell us your favorite game-day viewing spot in the comments below!

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Sink or Swim: What Will Seattle Look Like if the Ice Caps Melt?

January 17th, 2014 by master

University of Washington campus planner Jeffrey Lin created a map of what Seattle will look like under 240 feet of water. Check out this story from the Seattle Weekly.

How Would Seattle Look If All The Ice Caps Melted? UW’s ‘Seattle Islands’ Map Shows You

By Kelton Sears

A Seattle where Kevin Costner reigns supreme.

Denny Way turns into Denny Reef. The U District morphs into University Shoal. The Space Needle becomes the Sea Needle.

Jeffrey Lin, a campus planner at University of Washington with a background in geography, wondered what Seattle would look like if all the Earth’s ice sheets melted in a catastrophic global warming event. So he did some calculations and drew up a map of the city under 240 feet of water.

Turns out, the Emerald City becomes the Emerald Isles, straight out of 1995’s ​Waterworld.

Capitol Hill turns into Capitol Island, where the stranded denizens would have nowhere to bike after brunch but straight into the Sound. All of the city’s frat houses would be isolated on “Greek Island,” a place that would likely put Ibiza to shame. Mercer Island is… well it’s still an island.

Explore our post-apocalyptic city below, and click on the picture for a larger, hi-res version you can zoom in on. Did your house make it through the melt?

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Suspect at Large after U-district Armed Robbery

January 16th, 2014 by master

As reported by the SPD Blotter:

Armed Robbery of a Convenience Store in North Seattle

Written by on January 15, 2014

An armed man remains at large after robbing a convenience store this afternoon in North Seattle.

At approximately 4:13 p.m. an adult male suspect entered a 7-11 store in the 4200 block of University Way and attempted to steal food. When the clerk confronted him, the suspect brandished a knife and threatened to stab the clerk. The suspect then fled southbound. The store clerk was not injured during the incident.

Responding officers conducted an area search however, the suspect remains at large.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his late teens to early 20′s, 5’11″ tall, 165 pounds, with brown eyes and a shaved head.  He was last seen wearing a blue baseball cap, a blue and black jacket, black “Raiders” (NFL) shirt, and black pants.

Anyone who sees this suspect or who may know his whereabouts is asked to call 911 or Seattle Police and refer to this incident.

This remains an active and on-going robbery investigation.

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It's Not Just Another Day Off Of Work: 21 MLK Day events in Seattle

January 16th, 2014 by master

Photo Credit: Marc Lester/ Anchorage Daily News

There’s no school on Monday January 20th, the Seattle Public Libraries and a host of other government/federal agencies are closed, and if you’re lucky, your job is giving you the day off as well. So besides sleeping in, what are you planning to do to honor our amazing strides in civil rights?

From the Seattle Times Website, here are 21 events going on around town.

Martin Luther King Jr. holiday events 2014

Northwest events marking Martin Luther King Day begin Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. Here’s a selected list.

KIng County Martin Luther King Day Celebration

THU Speakers including King County Councilmember Larry Gossett and King County Executive Dow Constantine; music, student essay award ceremony, 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Paramount Theater, 911 Pine St., Seattle; free ( ).

MLK Film Screenings and Dialogue at SAM

FRI Films, Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech and “The Man Who Drove with Mandela,” followed by conversation on ways to volunteer in honor of Dr. King, Nelson Mandela and others who led lives of service for social change; 7 p.m. Friday, Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave., Seattle; free, advance tickets available, or day of event on space-available basis starting at 6:45 p.m.; the museum, usually closed on Mondays, open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday for the holiday, $12.50-$19.50, ages 12 and younger free (206-654-3121 or ).

Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration

FRI Seattle community colleges host keynote speaker National Public Radio (NPR) correspondent Michele Norris, who will discuss “The Race Card Project,” people sharing their thoughts, experiences and observations about race in one six-word sentence, noon-1:30 p.m. Friday, and Tonya Mosley of the “Black in Seattle” series for KUOW, emcee of interactive program, discussion and reception, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Friday, Mount Zion Baptist Church, 1634 19th Ave., Seattle; free ( ).

Celebrate MLK Jr.’s Legacy planting

SAT Plant trees in the park, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Discovery Park, 3801 W. Government Way, Seattle; free, preregister (206-386-4236 or ).

Youth march to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

SAT Seattle Parks and Recreation youth-organized march to celebrate the contribution Seattle youth make in creating a better city and to honor the work that youth do to keep Dr. King’s dream alive; march ends at Rainier Community Center for youth talent show and youth group-speak recitation, 1 p.m. Saturday, Martin Luther King Memorial Park, 2200 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Seattle; preregister online (206-233-3979

Share the Dream

SUN Concert to celebrate the enduring legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. features performances by the Total Experience Gospel Choir and special guests, 3-5:30 p.m. Sunday, Mount Zion Baptist Church, 1634 19th Ave., Seattle; free, freewill offering collected to benefit the Emergency Feeding Program of Seattle & King County (206-329-0300

MLK Unity Party

SUN KEXP hosts DJs for music, dance and celebration in honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and the cause of freedom and equality for all people, for ages 21 and older, 8 p.m. Sunday, Columbia City Theater, 4916 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle; $5-$7 ( ).

Martin Luther King Jr. Redeeming the Prophetic Vision Interfaith Service

SUN Keynote speech by Dr. Dexter Gordon, professor of African-American studies at University of Puget Sound, performances including theatrical creation, spoken word, African drumming, group singing of civil rights-era songs, awards for service toward social justice, reception with a resource fair, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Urban Grace Church, 902 Market St., Tacoma; free (

State Parks Free Day

SUN-MON Visit State Parks free, no Discover Pass required; Martin Luther King Day, Sunday-Monday ( ).

National Parks Free Day

MON Visit national parks with no entrance fee in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, including Mount Rainier National Park, Olympic National Park and Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest (

MLK Day of Service, United Way of King County

MON Preregister online for a variety of volunteer activities (

MLK Day of Service

MON National Service Blog of volunteer projects (

Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast

MON Breakfast honors Seattle leaders with award presentation and keynote speaker Ron Sims, deputy secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, music by University Presbyterian Church Gospel Choir, 7 a.m. Monday, The Westin Seattle, 1900 Fifth Ave., Seattle; $25-$35; tickets available by phone through Friday or at the door (425-775-3362).

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Workshops, Rally, March

MON Workshops, including several geared toward youth, 9:30-10:45 a.m.; rally with speakers, poetry, music, keynote speaker Aaron Dixon, 11 a.m. Monday, Garfield High School, 400 23rd Ave., Seattle; march to Westlake Park for brief outdoor rally, 12:30 p.m., rally approximately 1:45 p.m. ( ).

Fremont MLK Day of Service

MON Celebrate the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with keynote speaker Lake Union District Council Member Ralph Frank Weathers, “I Have a Dream” speech and a tribute to the late Nelson Mandela, assemble disaster hygiene kits and welcome baskets for Patrick Place Apts., earthquake preparedness information, Community Service Volunteer Forum, for all ages, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Fremont Baptist Church, 717 N. 36th St., Seattle; free (

MLK Day Open House, Northwest African American Museum

MON Reading room with a selection of books about the civil-rights movement and speeches by Martin Luther King Jr. and other activists, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, film showing of “Sing Your Song,” the life and times of singer/actor/activist Harry Belafonte, 1 p.m., Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S. Massachusetts St., Seattle; free (206-518-6000 or ).

Unity in the Community Hoop Showcase

MON High-school boys basketball tournament, Rainier Beach-O’Dea, Garfield-Franklin, Beamer-Jefferson (Portland); 3 p.m. Monday, doors open 2 p.m., Garfield High School, 400 23rd Ave., Seattle; $10 (

Crossroads MLK Health Fair

MON Performances, health and community information and exhibits, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, speakers Bellevue mayor and City Council, 12:15 p.m., Market Stage and South Concourse, Crossroads Bellevue, 15600 N.E. Eighth St., Bellevue (425-644-1111 orwww.crossroadsbellevue.comCQ).

MLK Day project, Kirkland

MON Help remove invasive plants, wear waterproof shoes, tools and gloves provided, 10 a.m. Monday, Crestwoods Park, 1818 Sixth St., Kirkland; preregister (

King Showcase, ShoWare Center

MON High-school girls and boys basketball MLK Day tournament, eight games, 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m., doors open 8:30 a.m., ShoWare Center, 625 W. James St., Kent; $5-$10 (253-856-6990

University of Puget Sound Martin Luther King Day Celebration

TUE Keynote speech by leader and political activist of the Chicano civil-rights movement Carlos Munoz, other speakers, music, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Schneebeck Concert Hall, University of Puget Sound, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma ( ).

Let us know what kinds of things you do to celebrate civil rights. We would love to hear in the comments!

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