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Cafe Racer shooting victims remembered this weekend

June 2nd, 2012 by master

A gathering of friends, patrons and neighbors is planned for 12:30 p.m. today outside Cafe Racer.

Meanwhile, a memorial fund is now established for one of the victims:

A memorial trust has been established for Donald Largen, a 57-year-old saxophone player and urban planner who was killed Wednesday in the Café Racer shooting. Donations are needed to fund funeral expenses and support his surviving partner, Glenna Wilson.

Donations are welcome in any amount and can be made at any Bank of America location to the Donald B. Largen Memorial Trust Fund. All proceeds will be used to cover funeral expenses, with the remainder going to Wilson, Largen’s partner of 22 years. Separate funds are being created for the other shooting victims.

Paul Zemtseff, a close friend of the departed, said funds are strongly needed and appreciated. “Don was a brutally honest man who could argue with the best of them yet could be convinced to change his mind. I will miss all his superb, clever (and often bawdy) jokes that he never had a chance to share with us. Whenever they came to dinner, it was always like the first time. He was consistently the most gracious and thankful guest. He lived a very conscious life and will be missed – most by his sweetheart Glenna, who has lost her other half. We will all so miss your great big heart.”

Largen was a Seattle native who graduated from Shorecrest High School and the University of Washington. He worked as an urban planner while simultaneously pursuing his love of music, regularly playing at cafes and friend’s houses whenever possible. He loved Costa Rica and visited as often as possible with Glenna. He was a resident of the Roosevelt neighborhood and was a regular at local establishments such as the Café Racer, Latona Pub, Big Time Brewery and Café Allegro.

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Neighborhood continues to mourn Cafe Racer shooting victims

May 31st, 2012 by master

Tonight, another large crowd of mourners gathered outside Cafe Racer to mourn the victims of Wednesday’s shooting. As the sunlight began to fade a procession of mourners, led by Lucia Neare’s Theatrical Wonders, slowly made its way through the northwest section of the U District. The procession steadily grew as neighbors joined in until the large group of hundreds stopped on Roosevelt Avenue NE just outside the doors of the cafe.

A procession of mourners grows as neighbors join in along the route.

For the second night, a crowd gathers outside Cafe Racer to mourn the victims of Wednesday's shooting.

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Cafe Racer neighbors, friends mourn shooting victims

May 30th, 2012 by master

An impromptu memorial is under way on NE 59th Street tonight as Cafe Racer neighbors, patrons and friends gather just a few houses away from the scene of today’s deadly shooting on Roosevelt Way NE. Details of the shootings and manhunt are below.

Neighbors and friends of Cafe Racer gather just a few houses away

Cafe Racer on Roosevelt Way NE at NE 59th Street

Mourners play New Orleans style jazz outside Cafe Racer.

Mourners leave flowers, candles and cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer to honor those killed at the Cafe Racer

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Person of the Week: Evan Woodle and his "Racer Sessions"

November 19th, 2010 by master

By Ryan Alexander Dunn

Seattle may not be particularly well known for its jazz scene, but thanks to the best efforts of Evan Woodle and company, it might not be that way for long.

Evan Woodle is a Jazz Studies student at the UW, a talented drummer and the co-creator of something called “Racer Sessions,” a weekly jazz-inspired experimental music improvisation night at Café Racer at 5828 Roosevelt Way Northeast.

This week, he is our inaugural “Person of the Week,” a column we hope to post every Friday. Each week, we’ll take a look at someone doing something interesting in this neighborhood. If you know someone who meets these criteria, let us know at  

Woodle’s Racer Sessions are every Sunday from 8 to 10 p.m. Each one is unique since a different curator performs an original piece based around a particular theme. Recent themes include the “regenerative, elastic properties of melody,” “process and expectations” and “contour.” After the piece is performed, any musicians who would like to join participate in a guided-improvisation session, based around the themes in the performed work.

“There are a lot of cool sessions in town, but not a lot based around free improvisation and experimental music,” Woodle said. “It’s an underrepresented genre in this city, and we wanted to find a way to make it more sustainable and exciting.”  Continue reading at the “more” link below.

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