CHS Pics | Second annual Jackson Street Jazz Walk

Alex Dugdale at Casa Latina (Images: Alex Garland for CHS)

Alex Dugdale at Casa Latina (Images: Alex Garland for CHS)

For such an out-of-the-way place, Seattle has had a remarkable jazz history. The action began as early as 1918, when Lillian Smith’s jazz band played at Washington Hall. It kept going strong all through Prohibition, as an authentic black jazz scene developed around the hub of Jackson Street and Twelfth Avenue. Even Jelly Roll Morton stopped off to play in the district, in 1920; he later wrote a rag, “Seattle Hunch,” to commemorate his visit. – Jackson Street After Hours: The Roots of Jazz in Seattle by Paul de Barros

Outside Pratt Fine Arts Center

Outside Pratt Fine Arts Center

Saturday, the second annual Jackson Street Jazz Walk honored the street’s legacy and filled spaces up and down this edge of the Central District with music and performance.

Organized by the Jackson Commons community group, the free event is still fighting for attention at the citywide (CHS told you about it here) level but neighbors got excellent seats for acts like Industrial Revelation, Tubaluba, Congress, Syrinx Effect, Cornish Jazz, and Gail Pettis performing in a mix of community venues including Casa Latina, Wonder Cafe, Cheeky Cafe, and the Pratt Fine Arts Center.

You can learn more about this year’s performers and how to get involved in the event at

Last of the payday lenders leaves Capitol Hill?

Thanks much to Josh Bis for the sign picture. Please shower the usual gifts of a CHS Contributor upon him

Thanks much to Josh Bis for the sign picture. Please shower the usual gifts of a CHS Contributor upon him

Unless we’re forgetting something, the last payday loans-focused financial service provider serving the “underbanked” has left Capitol Hill.

A sign went up inside E Olive Way’s Money Mart this week notifying customers of the closure and referring them to the next closest branch — on Rainer Ave S.

There are still plenty of other providers of similar services even closer than Rainier. There’s a Moneytree on Madison, for example, and downtown is clustered with E-Z cash type places. Nothing on E Pike, however. Broadway, in the meantime, has become a home to several large chain banks most of which have reportedly backed out of the payday-style loan business.

Moneytree, headquartered right here in Seattle, is also having good fortune in Olympia where the legislation it is championing “to reshape the state’s payday loan regulations and allow longer-term borrowing” remains very much alive.

A call to the Canadian-based Money Mart’s national headquarters about the decision to close the E Olive Way location has not yet been returned.

Of more immediate, um, interest might be the growing amount of open spaces around the E Olive Way and Denny intersection. The Arabica Lounge — shuttered since the cafe’s February funeral — is still apparently in search of a new tenant while the Bus Stop bar has been empty since spring of 2013 and a sign in the window of Apocalypse Tattoo noted the shop had shifted to a “by appointment only” schedule. As we’ve written before, it’s a street in transition with a new Chinese restaurant, a new sports bar, new owners at the pinball bar, the same old dive, and, coming soon, a s’mores fire pit-outfitted “cakery.” Oh yeah, this new craft cocktail bar might finally open for good soon, too.

In the spirit of Costco Coffee and Pine/Pike, Vulcan redeveloping Cal Anderson as ‘Entitlement Land’

CBhI8GWUkAAWuUfThere have been a few extra special Capitol Hill April Fool’s sign pranks over the years —

2015 brings a swipe at developer Vulcan and a farcical project for the development giant to redevelop Cal Anderson Park.

While the jokes seem mostly centered on Vulcan’s work in South Lake Union, locals might want to turn their attention to the company’s plans south of Capitol Hill where an executive recently predicted that Yesler Terrace in 10 years “is going to be kind of like South Lake Union.” Continue reading

Capitol Hill food+drink | Pike/Pine partners behind Lost Lake, Comet plan Italian restaurant and bar to replace Kingfish Cafe

By June, the Capitol Hill Block Party will extend all the way to 19th Ave E.

CHS has learned that the acquisitive partnership behind Lost Lake, the Comet, and Big Mario’s is the lucky winner in the bid to take over the former home of the Kingfish Cafe after the legendary soul food restaurant closed amid a wave of nostalgia and long lines to start 2015.

The new project on the northeast corner of 19th Ave E and E Mercer from Jason LaJeunesse, David Meinert, and Joey Burgess is planned to transform the longtime home of the Kingfish into an Italian restaurant and bar serving “pizza, panini sandwiches and handmade pastas” and open for lunch and dinner. A “full brunch menu” will be available on weekends.

“We aim to be a comfortable neighborhood hangout, and hope to complement the existing neighborhood restaurants,” said LaJeunesse in an announcement of the new project. “The goal is to be a spot diners and drinkers frequent often, and when they come, they want to stay a while.” Continue reading

Derschangigan’s brings Blooming’ Onions, Appletinis to Broadway

(Image: Derschanigan's)

(Image: Derschangigan’s)

Derschangigan’s, an overhauled concept designed to better monetize the space where her Bait Shop “dive bar” apparently failed to take off after only 28 months of business, will open Wednesday on Broadway in a surprising change of pace for one of Capitol Hill’s leading figures in food and drink, CHS has learned.

After a secret buildout, the new venture is planned to debut on Broadway Wednesday.

“I’ve lived in this neighborhood for the last 30 years, and I’ve never been afraid of trying new things,” Linda Derschang said in announcement of the change-up. The full press release is below. Continue reading

Man stabbed in hand in reported Mercer/Bellevue robbery — UPDATE

(Image: @mik_nei with permission to CHS)

(Image: @mik_nei with permission to CHS)

A male victim suffered a “severe” knife wound to the hand in a reported robbery at E Mercer and Bellevue Ave E Tuesday night just before 10:30 PM.

UPDATE: According to police, the victim said he was meeting with a “friend of a friend” to sell a laptop when the robbery and stabbing occurred:

XXX said he was selling his MacBook Pro laptop to a friend of a friend. He said he couldn’t think of the friends name at the moment but would be able to give it later. He met with 4 unidentified suspects (1 Hispanic male and 3 Hispanic females)in the back of a Ford F-150 on E Melrose St and Bellevue Av E.    XXX    said he was hesitant to get in the vehicle, but the male suspect, who was driving insisted on it. Once inside the vehicle, the male suspect pulled a 7in military style fixedblade knife demanded the laptop and his money. The suspect took  XXX    ‘s laptop and $200 in cash.

Police were unable to question the victim further at the hospital after the victim was given pain medication. Police say they had “prior contact” with the victim that night at the E Olive Way Starbucks where he said he was meeting a female who wanted to buy his laptop.

Police were looking for a vehicle described as a silver Ford F150 truck carrying three males and one female reportedly involved with the incident.

Seattle Fire responded to the area near Mercer and Bellevue at 10:21 PM to a report of a stabbing.

Judges, officials vow to reduce county’s youth detentions


The current youth detention center from above.

King County judges will lock up fewer youths for minor offenses and elected officials are promising to bolster diversion programs as part of a plan announced Tuesday to address inherent racism in the county’s juvenile justice system.

King County Executive Dow Constantine joined King County Judge Susan Craighead to announce the plan as the county faces ongoing efforts by activists and community groups to stop the replacement of the aging youth detention center at 12th and Alder.

“Racial disparity has no place in our justice system here in King County, especially not in systems responsible for the well-being of our youth,” Constantine said.

Under the new initiative, judges would avoid ordering detention for low-level “status” offenses, like skipping school. County judges have also pledged to cut in half the number of youths detained for violating terms of their probation and to reduce detention times. Last year, there were 467 admissions to youth detention for probation violations — 42% of those were for black youths.

In order to divert those youths away from detention, County Council members plan to invest $4.3 million in job programs and expanded options for diversion.

Constantine also announced the county would cut 32 beds from the planned Children and Family Justice Center. The current 12th and Alder facility has 212 beds. The new voter-approved center was supposed to have 144 beds, which has now been reduced to 112. Officials said the true maximum capacity will be closer to 80. Continue reading

Broadway’s Red Wall art coming down in preparation for opening of Capitol Hill Station

“Tim Marsden hands a section of Stefan Gruber’s artwork “Both Worlds” to an assistant. De-installation of artwork and dismantling of the red wall next to Cal Anderson Park continues over the next several weeks.” – (Images: Jennifer Babuca)

Piece by piece, Broadway’s Red Wall is finally coming down, we wrote last October. The comedown continues — and is picking up pace.

The giant wall surrounding the five-acre Capitol Hill Station site home to a well-regarded collection of public art projects is starting to be prepared for removal as construction on the light rail facility wraps up in preparation for a start of service in early 2016. Here is an update on one section of art recently removed from STart on Broadway’s Jennifer Babuca:

It’s a beautiful spring Thursday on Capitol Hill in Seattle. Tim Marsden of Sound Transit stands in the basket of a scissor lift, efficiently working an electrical screwdriver as artist Stefan Gruber looks on.  Starting on this sunny Thursday, the attached pieces of artwork and signage are being removed from the section of wall that faces Cal Anderson Park.
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Police find teen robbery suspects, recover gun, stolen SUV in Broadway traffic stop

Two teenagers with shaky stories are being investigated for robbery after being pulled over in a stolen SUV early Tuesday morning by some alert East Precinct officers.

According to the SPD brief on the incident, below, officers spotted the vehicle traveling Broadway without its headlights on around 2 AM. After being stopped, police say one of the two 15-year-olds offered the unlikely alias “Robert Fleeks” but couldn’t produce a driver’s license and couldn’t recall his birthdate or middle name. The officers also spotted an airgun and a pistol on the floor of the vehicle.

Police took the driver into custody and he was booked into the Youth Service Center for auto theft and unlawful possession of a firearm. The passenger was released to family.

The full brief from SPD is below. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Block Party lineup released under new brand celebrating Pike/Pine’s blocks

Screen Shot 2015-03-30 at 4.52.32 PMWith a renewed focus on their festival’s namesake neighborhood, Capitol Hill Block Party organizers announced on Tuesday the first batch of performers playing this year’s three-day music festival. Headliners for the July 24th-26th event will be TV on the Radio, RATATAT, and The Kills. Three-day passes ($118.67) go on sale starting at 9 AM 10th/Pike Standard Time.

“We made a concerted effort to book bands we felt best exemplified the spirit and history of the festival, putting an emphasis on indie rock and punk bands alongside genres like hip-hop and EDM,” said festival organizer Jason LaJeunesse in a statement. A list of all the performers announced Tuesday is below.

Discounted three-day passes also went on sale for $99 and will be available through Thursday. Later, three-day passes go for $125.

In years past, LaJeunesse made the lineup announcement on KEXP. We’re getting an early morning jump on the performers this year as the announcement was tied to an East Coast collaboration with Billboard. Continue reading