CHS Crow | Rebecca, Tal and Carly — Belle and Sebastian Dance Party edition

There was a whole lot of whimsical swaying going on — and a bit of wild gesticulating — when the CHS Crow stopped by Capitol Hill art gallery and bar Vermillion for Seattle’s very own Belle and Sebastian Dance Party. Say hey to a transplanted Northern California radio DJ, a host who says he’d do it all over again and a music teacher and real-life indie rocker who were all there helping celebrate the lyrical Scottish melody makers’ particularly danceable new release.


Who are you?
I was a DJ character. … I’m trying to figure out who I am in Seattle.

… where were you a DJ?
In Davis, California. I had a radio show for four years there. KVDS. And that’s how [Carly — below — and I] met. Her band played on my radio show. And I ended up moving up here. And we actually live 10 minutes away from each other in the CD. So we know each other.

Are you still working in radio?
Unfortunately not. I’m hoping to get involved somehow up here.

Live on Capitol Hill?
I actually just moved to Central District today. I just moved from Wallingford.

… what drew you to the area?
I’m working out in Issaquah, so it shortened my commute, and I have more friends who live in the Central District and it just made more sense to be closer to Capitol Hill. Continue reading

Garfield High 1, District 0 in tussle over teacher cut

Garfield High SchoolThanks to protests from staff, students, and parents, Seattle Public Schools has apparently backed off its plan to cut a teacher position at Garfield High School as part of its annual rebalancing of positions based on enrollments across the district.

KPLU reports the district hasn’t formally announced the decision to back off the cut but that a gambit from Garfield PTSA co-president Kirk Wohlers seems to have worked:

“The logistics are impossible because you’d have to have a teacher teach four classes at Garfield and then drive to teach one more, maybe at Rainier Beach … or wherever. That just doesn’t make sense,” Wohlers said.

Since union rules prevent the district from overruling the school, Wohlers said Garfield’s plan forced the district into a corner.

Under the district’s plan for rebalancing, Garfield’s administration was asked to identify a full-time teacher to move to another school. Instead of identifying one teacher, Garfield “identified five who would leave for only one class period each,” KPLU reports.


This week in CHS history: Seahawk celebration on E Pike, 12th Ave bier hall opens, Boba Fett vs. Jimi

8445002252_ac9919921d_oHere are the top stories from this week in CHS history:

Capitol Hill’s Thudsuan hopes to stand out in sea of great Seattle Thai

Sivatitikul (Image: CHS)

Sivatitikul (Image: CHS)

Boyd Sivatitikul is working to make sure Capitol Hill’s Thudsuan doesn’t get lost in Seattle’s wealth of Thai restaurants.

“For us, it’s not just another Thai place,” he said.

Opening Thudsuan at 19th and Madison, Sivatitikul said he wanted to create a more adventurous experience. While he used his wife’s family name to make sure people would be aware of the restaurant’s Asian roots, he didn’t put the word Thai in the name.

“We try our best to make it traditional and modern,” Sivatitikul said.

While there are the staples like pad thai, tom yom soup and a host of curry dishes, there is also a menu section called modern twists. There, diners will find things like a papaya salad, but added to it will be soft shelled crabs. Or a pad kee mao made with fettuccine instead of the typical noodles (traditional pad kee mao is also available). Continue reading

CHS Pics | This week in Capitol Hill pictures

wired(less) (Image: Dean Forbes via Flickr)

wired(less) (Image: Dean Forbes via Flickr)

The CHS Flickr Pool contains more than 18,000 19,000 20,000 21,000  22,000 23,000 24,000 photographs -— most of Capitol Hill images, many glorious, some technically amazing. The pool is a mix of contributions from Capitol Hill — and nearby — shutterbugs. Interested in being part of it? If we like your photo and it helps us tell the story, we may feature it on CHS so please include your name and/or a link to your website so we can properly credit you. Interested in working as a paid CHS contributor for scheduled assignments? Drop us a line –- our roster is full for general assignments but pitch us on an idea.

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The Pike/Pine bucket drummer honor code

Screen Shot 2015-01-30 at 2.08.31 PMSPD has its own problems to solve right now. And while there are bigger questions about our neighborhood identities, and smaller but important questions about those identities, too, CHS has another riddle of living in the big city to solve: At what hour should the bucket drummers of Pike/Pine cease operations?

Here’s an email we received from a reader:

I live on the corner of E Pine and Broadway.  Bucket drummers have been playing at all hours and the SPD have done nothing about it. This has been going on since the summer.  I figured that when the weather turned cold it would cease but that has not been the case.   It is my impression that during the day this may be legal but that noise ordinances kick in at 11pm.  Last night they started at 10:30pm and ended a little after 4am.  This has become the norm.  Sometimes they start around 1am or so.  Myself and other tenants have called the police many times (including last night) and nothing is ever done.  I have asked officers about how this gels with noise ordinances and have not once been given a straight answer.  Can you assist? Can you throw this problem out there so more people who are affected by it can chime in?

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Capitol Hill Pride Festival to add rally, Broadway parade in 2015

Capitol Hill Pride Festival 2014 including plenty of sunny people watching on Broadway (Images: CHS)

Capitol Hill Pride Festival 2014 including plenty of sunny people watching on Broadway (Images: CHS)

Slowly but surely, Charlotte LeFevre is bringing Pride back to Capitol Hill.

Growing steadily from its grassroots start in 2009, plans for this summer’s Capitol Hill Pride Festival announced this week detail an event that continues to expand in scope and purpose. This time, the longtime curator of north Broadway’s long-gone Museum of Mysteries is bringing a Pride parade back to Capitol Hill:

10-11am Capitol Hill Pride Festival March Seattle Central Campus to Main Stage on Harrison St. “Never Forget” 1969 Stonewall with speakers and history. The Capitol Hill Pride Festival March will be an all ages, all orientations, all gender/transgender civic march with no fees open to the public. The march has no fees as the Directors of the festival feel an individual should not have to pay a fee to march, demonstrate or show civic and community pride.

“Seattle has not had an all gender inclusive LGBT march for many years since the Parade started charging fees thereby shutting out individuals and low budget organizations. Marchers are encouraged to bring hand written signs,” the announcement of the 2015 event notes.

Organizers say SPD estimated 25,000 people attended the Broadway festival in 2014.

The 2014 Seattle Dyke March -- More pictures here (Images: CHS)

The 2014 Seattle Dyke March — More pictures here (Images: CHS)

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After 15 years, Metro Clothing is closing but won’t leave another hole in Broadway retail

Changing neighborhood dynamics and shifting fashion styles have conspired to end Metro Clothing’s 15-year run of selling alternative and goth clothes on Capitol Hill.

Last week, owner Angel Theurer began putting up signs announcing a liquidation sale in order to bring on new line of spring clothing. But Theurer and Metro founder Carl Medeiros have now decided to close Metro and start fresh with a new clothing store in the same space.

“A lot more New York influenced, edgy but not gothic, and definitely low price points,” is how Medieros described the new direction he wants to take. Medieros said the new offerings will be a higher-end complement to Panache, his clothing shop next door. Continue reading

First Hill group makes final push to stop preservation of Harborview art deco building

Harborview Hall, on the left, in 1935.

Harborview Hall, on the left, in 1935. (Image: King County)

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King County’s Harborview Hall preservation plan. Plans initially included leveling Harborview Hall for a plaza. (Image: King County)

It’s rare that a neighborhood group in Seattle would push for a historic building to be demolished, but the fight over First Hill’s Harborview Hall is not a typical one.

Members of the citizens advisory committee for Harborview Medical Center’s major institutions plan say they are on the ropes in a last ditch effort to have the art deco hospital building torn down to make way for some much needed public open space.

On Friday, a city hearing examiner will hear testimony over whether plans should move forward for a Harborview Hall preservation project. Continue reading

Capitol Hill 12s, ‘Tattered’ Seahawks flag, free 12th Man cake await you


Capitol Hill turned out on Friday to sign the #tattered12 flag, which will be raised one last time above the Space Needle the day after the Super Bowl. (Image: CHS)

Sunday is a big day for sportsball. The Seattle Seahawks will battle in Super Bowl XLIX for the rare opportunity to be crowned back-to-back NFL champions. Sure, the sport is brutal, causes brain damage, and treats its players as human collateral. But the rise of the Seahawks and the communal power of the “12th Man” is also a fantastic shared cultural experience for a city with major insecurities. As you wait for the big game, your Friday on Capitol Hill will feature two opportunities to let your 12 flag fly.

  • From 10:30 to 11 AM, the folks at the Seattle Space Needle will make a Pine and Broadway stop with the “Tattered 12″ — the Seahawks flag that was ripped to shreds by fierce winds atop the Needle the day the team staged its incredible comeback in the NFC Championship game:B8jzAAJCQAAHmGn
  • unnamed (2)Meanwhile, at 5 PM on E Pike, Cupcake Royale will be handing out celebrity-sliced pieces of “the largest 12th Man cake”… ever:
    Cupcake Royale invites everyone to be a 12th Man and to celebrate with the city’s LARGEST 12th Man cake! Celebrity cake cutters will be on hand to serve you a FREE slice.

Looking for ideas on where to watch Sunday’s game? Here’s our Where to watch Super Bowl XLIX on Capitol Hill.

Stout brings big space, lots of beer to 11th and Pine

(Images: CHS)

(Images: CHS)

IMG_7499Capitol Hill hasn’t always been kind to concepts or chains — large and small — involving multiple locations. The recent reboot of World of Beers is one example. The implosion of Varro on 12th Ave represents maybe the most dramatic meltdown example.

But Paul Reder’s concepts are doing pretty well elsewhere in Seattle. And while he already has plans for more, his first Stout opening on 11th Ave inside the Sunset Electric building Friday seems too big to fail.

From the four screens combined to create the largest television display on the 5,000+ square-foot pub’s eastern wall, to the bottled beer list, Stout is a new spin on Reder’s successful downtown Tap House Grill pared down for a more utilitarian neighborhood like Capitol Hill. The new corner of 11th and Pine has none of the grit from the old poster wall days — and that’s probably a good thing. That building is gone. A new version rises. It feels like 12th Ave has moved into Pike/Pine.

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What’s a better name for the Chop Suey?

8445101719_f5b8f866a2With a new life and overhauled venue in the works, it might be a good time to do something about the name. Artist Andy Panda thinks so. Panda has posted an open letter asking the new owners of the Chop Suey to do away with the venue’s name.

“As a Chinese person, seeing fake Chinese decor in a club that is not owned by Chinese people makes my heart sink,” Panda writes. “No one should have to see their own race caricatured in a venue that hosts so many great touring bands.” Continue reading

With SPD’s use of force in MLK Day protest ‘under review,’ Garfield High teacher suing city

Screen Shot 2015-01-29 at 9.39.48 AM Screen Shot 2015-01-29 at 9.38.50 AMGarfield High School teacher and activist Jesse Hagopian says he is suing the city after a Seattle Police officer hit him with pepper spray during a protest following this year’s MLK Day march and rallies earlier this month:

The James Bible Law Group will be filing a tort claim against the City of Seattle and the Seattle Police Department in relation to the senseless pepper spraying of a prominent Seattle School Teacher and activist shortly after his MLK day speech.  Jesse Hagopian had finished giving a powerful speech about how black lives matter when he was sprayed with pepper spray by a Seattle Police Officer.  He was on the phone with his mother and make plans to be at his two year old child’s birthday party when he was sprayed.  It is notable that this irrational police action occurred while he was several feet onto a Seattle Sidewalk.

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What have Nick Licata and Tom Rasmussen ever done for Capitol Hill?

Longtime Seattle City Council members Tom Rasmussen and Nick Licata both announced — here and here — last week that they will not seek reelection this fall. As of October, Licata was the Council’s most beloved member, while voters felt much more ‘meh’ toward Rasmussen. Licata says he wants to concentrate on building a national network of progressive city leaders, while Rasmussen says he wants to concentrate on policy rather than campaigning during the coming year.

But before they bow out, CHS asked both councilors: What did you ever do for the Hill?

Inside the Sunset Electric (Image: CHS)

Inside the Sunset Electric (Image: CHS)

“This was graffiti covered,” says Rasmussen, pointing at the Sunset Electric building. The top five stories are an exoskeleton of shimmering glass and metal balanced upon two bottom stories of quaint, old brick. “It was going to be bulldozed,” he says. “It was going to be torn down by the developer.”

But the building — which now resembles a titanic computer chip perched atop a frontier supply store — still stands, a physical manifestation of Capitol Hill’s future balanced on the shoulders of its past. This is due, Rasmussen says, to the legislation he championed to give developers a way to add to the Hill, rather than replace it. The result: a fast-growing brick-and-steel jungle which “preserves the character of the neighborhood,” rather than an asphalt savanna which erases it. Pointing out another old/new building on the northeast corner of the Madison/Union/12th intersection, Rasmussen says, “Extra floor on top, beautiful brick; I think it’s just inspiring.” Continue reading

On the List: Super Bowl XLIX Capitol Hill, Zapoi! at Annex, kids film fest continues, Kingfish Garage Sale

Not to jinx anything, but here’s what it looked like last year. Here’s our Capitol Hill Super Bowl XLIX Open Thread with a selection of fun times, etc. to be had on gameday.

If you’re already sick of it, you’re too jaded. It’s pretty great to have a sports team so successful that we have a full roster of soundtracks to choose from.

Looking for things non-sportsball to do? Check out the CHS Calendar, below.
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