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Japanese rice balls and natural wine at Sankaku and Marseille a match made in Melrose Market

Brandin Myett and Rie Otsuka at Melrose Market (Image: Margo Vansynghel)

Strings of red paper lanterns, some emblazoned with golden Chinese characters, hang from the ceiling. In the distance, a harmonica tune floats through the late-lunch atmosphere at Melrose Market, the indoor food and design mart also home to Sitka and Spruce and Glasswing. On the white marble countertop of Marseille, a wine bar and eatery named after the French port city, three carefully crafted onigiri Japanese rice balls sit under a bell glass.

Sure, we’ve heard of fusion before, but what is going on here?

“A coincidence,” says Brandin Myett, owner of Marseille. “A Lunar New Year office party planned for February 5th got rescheduled because of the snow. We decided to leave the lanterns up in the meantime.”

Myett opened his new natural wine bar and eatery last spring. The name, he says, is just a reference to something beautiful but rough-around-the-edges, like Marseille. “The French connection is not that important.” Continue reading

Black Lives Matter at School: A lesson in ‘Teaching for Black Lives’

Amid Seattle’s snowy start to February, a start to Black History Month was not lost. The Black Lives Matter at School movement, fostered by Garfield High School teacher and education activist Jesse Hagopian, grew into a national effort along with local events and rallies.

Last fall as the school year began, CHS spoke with Hagopian about Black Lives Matter at School and Teaching for Black Lives, a book for educators and students with lessons meant to challenge and upend systemic racism in the classroom. Here is what we learned.

A lesson in ‘Teaching for Black Lives’ from Garfield High
By Carolyn Bick for CHS

In the one high school honors class Jesse Hagopian was in, his mostly white peers laughed at him when he stumbled over some words as he read aloud to the rest of the class.

“Being one of the only students of color in the classroom, that pretty much shut down my attention or will to participate in that class,” Hagopian recalled. “School was a challenge to me. I never thought I’d ever be a teacher. I wanted to get away from school.” Continue reading

CHS Pics | The new ‘selfie’-checkouts at the Broadway Market QFC

There is a new terror of modern life at the Broadway Market QFC: a clear, digital view of your own face.

The self-serve checkout kiosks at the Kroger Co. super market chain’s northern Broadway outlet recently began featuring new screens that display a live, full frontal view of each shopper as they go about the grim business of scanning and paying for their items.

“Recording in progress,” they promise.

It’s not pretty. And it’s not really that much different than what is going on in most modern retail environments where security cameras cover most every customer move. Continue reading

The Honda finches of Boren need a new home

(Image: Will Schlough)

It depends on what kind of person you are, but a batch of three giant plywood goldfinches might just be an offer you cannot refuse. The bright yellow birds, who once graced the exterior of the former Honda of Seattle dealership on Boren, need a new home. And according to artist Will Schlough and Urban ArtWorks, a local nonprofit that works with adjudicated youth and co-produced the work, that could be anyone with enough exterior wall space.

The Goldfinches were retrieved last year from the building before it was razed to make way for Washington State Convention Center’s more than $1.6 billion expansion. Local artist Will Schlough made the work in 2016. He covered the electric-blue building with images of three American Goldfinches pulling bright red ribbon that snaked around the building. Continue reading

Guardian One chopper assists SPD in North Capitol Hill search

The King County Sheriff’s Guardian One helicopter hovered over the North Capitol Hill neighborhood streets around Stevens Elementary early Thursday morning to assist in a police search for a person reported to be suffering a mental crisis and suicidal who had last been spotted in the area.

The large chopper arrived over the area and began assisting Seattle Police in the search around 1 AM but the person could not be located after around 20 minutes of searching. Continue reading

Good news for Capitol Hill Station riders as Metro buses prepare to exit Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel for good

King County Metro is rolling out another set of service upgrades and changes on routes across the Seattle area and while relatively public transit-rich Capitol Hill mostly misses out on any direct upgrades, the changes will include a major step for transportation in Central Seattle — and better service to and from Capitol Hill Station for light rail riders.

It’s time for the end of the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel as we know it. In March, the DSTT begins its new life as a “rail only” conduit. Continue reading

On the List | Capitol Hill Oscars parties, Jayapal town hall, Rihanna tribute party

Waxie Moon and Rebecca Mmmm Davis host the Academy Awards party at the Century Ballroom (Image: Priya Alahan/Century Ballroom)

Now that the snow is finally melted (mostly) the city seems to thaw again too. This week, there’s an abundance of things to do, such as celebrations for Outer Planet Craft Brewing’s 4th anniversary, the world premiere of new folk-roots musical The Devil and Sarah Blackwater at Annex Theatre, Tint Dance Festival 2019 at Erickson Theatre and the Seattle Asian American Film Festival on the Hill and in the Central District. Find much more stuff to do on the list below or on the CHS Calendar.

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 20: Monday night in front of hundreds in Volunteer Park, Rep. Pramila Jayapal only scratched the surface of her plans for helping Congress stand up to Donald Trump. Wednesday night, go in depth with Jayapal as our WA-07 D.C. Rep. holds a town hall on First Hill. Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave, 6:30 PM

THURSDAY, Feb. 21: Whether she’s minding her own business smoking a blunt by the pool, rolling her eyes at a TMZ photographer or turning up at the MET gala in what can only be described as an ‘omelet’ dress, Grammy-winning pop star Rihanna is IDGAF-ness in the living flesh. It’s just one of the reasons fans ‘stan’ The Caribbean Queen, who turns 31 this week. Over at tribute party Good Boiz Gone Bad: A Rihanna Party, superfan DJ Thumper honors RiRi by ‘remixing, layering and reimagining’ her hits while performers such as Kimber Shade, Kaleena Markos, and HotPink Shade grace the stage from 10 to 1.  Fred Wildlife Refuge, 9PM – 2AM (21+) Continue reading

LimePods join Seattle’s crowded shared transit fleet

(Image: Lime)

We’re well on our way to a Wall-E future where everybody rides a chair.

This week, Lime — after announcing its share bikes will soon be an all-electric fleet — also rolled out its LimePods for the general public in Seattle.

“Until now, the LimePod has only been available to a select group of super users and influencers,” we’re told.

LimePods, by the way, are cars. Eventually, the plan is for an electric ‘pod fleet, too. But, for now, Lime is just another floating car share gas guzzler in this town joining BMW’s ReachNow and Daimler’s car2go floating car share brands. Continue reading

Police investigate overnight Belmont Ave E armed robbery

A man suffered head injuries in an armed robbery in the 200 block of Belmont Ave E early Wednesday morning.

Seattle Fire and SPD were called to a building near Belmont and Thomas around 3:35 AM Wednesday for a man who had been assaulted and suffered a head laceration in the attack.

The victim told police he had been held up by at least two men one described as a white male in his 20s wearing jeans and a sweatshirt and a black male who appeared to be in his 40s, around 200 pounds, and wearing a maroon beanie and blue down jacket. The suspects were last seen fleeing the building but left in an unknown direction, according to East Precinct radio dispatches.

There were no immediate arrests and the victim was treated by Seattle Fire for his injuries.

Country Doctor’s new dental clinic: Now helping smiles on 19th Ave E

Thursday, neighbors and supporters will get their first opportunity to visit the new Country Doctor building next to their longtime clinic at the corner of 19th and Republican. Patients and families are already being served with an expanded array of services from the nonprofit provider of health care regardless of insurance status or ability to pay.

Country Doctor Dental Clinic Open House

“It was a little bit behind but not by much when you consider these kinds of projects,” development director Michael Craig tells CHS about the project’s long journey to Thursday’s open house. “To me we’re kind of right on schedule.” Continue reading