CHS Pics | Getting medieval in Volunteer Park — Plus, Capitol Hill Memorial Day things to do

CHS found the kids from Capitol Hill’s Bright Water Waldorf School holding their annual Medieval Games Thursday in Volunteer Park. Let their archery, swordplay, and sunshiny jousting be inspiration for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. Below, you’ll find a few highlights from the CHS Calendar for things to get out and do and see this weekend starting Thursday night with a celebration of five years of the greenest office building in the world, a Saturday party for Eritrean Independence Day that fills Volunteer Park annually with its colorful celebration, and a Memorial Day Monday filled with remembrance — and free hamburgers. Details, below. Continue reading

Mexican consulate makes July plans for Capitol Hill move-in

The flag still flies over 3rd Ave but will soon be coming to E Roy (Image: Consulado de México en Seattle)

The Consulate of Mexico in Seattle has announced its plans to move onto Capitol Hill this summer. CHS broke the news in February that a new facility for the country’s diplomats was under construction in the E Roy building previously home to the Harvard Exit movie theater.

In its announcement Thursday, the consulate reports that its final day of activity at its longtime 3rd Ave home will be June 22nd. No official opening date for the new consulate location was announced but it is expected to open in July. Continue reading

Union cocktail lounge will bring together Capitol Hill gay bar legends

The Zoe events space will soon go back into motion as gay-friendly lounge Union (Image: King County)

Capitol Hill’s gayborhood will grow back onto a new block as Union, a cocktail lounge serving the gay community, will open in the old Zoe restaurant space at Union and 14th.

The new Union will represent a great coming together of rival legends of the gay bar scene.

Union is backed by gay nightlife veterans Steve Nyman, Nathan Benedict, and Mark Engelmann. According to Nyman, “Union will include elements from the previous bars we have owned and other bars we have all worked. That’s one of the reasons we settled on Union as the name; it’s a union of our ideas and experiences, and we hope it’s also a union of community, bringing people together.” Continue reading

Search for new Seattle Department of Transportation head begins

Mayor Jenny Durkan is searching for a new director to lead the Seattle Department of Transportation. “From filling potholes to paving streets to modifying traffic signals and building out a network of bike lanes and sidewalks to serve all ages and abilities, the next director will lead the agency at a critical time,” the city announcement for the search reads.

City Hall is opening up a survey process to collect community feedback on priorities for the hire:

The ideal candidate must demonstrate qualities and characteristics that reflect our diverse communities of Seattle. Our community members have a critical role to play to ensure their voice is heard. Community input will be utilized to target recruitment efforts when evaluating applicant’s knowledge, skills, and abilities. This information will also be used to develop interview questions.

You can take the survey here.

“With a number of significant projects in the pipeline, our next SDOT leader must be ready to deliver on investments and protect taxpayer dollars,” Durkan said. “Our residents and businesses expect our officials to make progress and deliver results, and this administration will continue to be accountable to the people we serve,”

Goran Sparrman has served in in the interim since Scott Kubly stepped away last year as the Durkan administration moved in. On Hill, some SDOT issues like a plan to speed up the First Hill Streetcar will likely be taken care of before any new department chief is hired. Others like safe bike routes between the Hill and downtown will probably still be looking for leadership as the new hire takes the job.

Student arrested for Seattle U shooting threat — UPDATE

In the hours after the nation began learning of yet another deadly school shooting, Seattle Police arrested a Seattle University student over an allegation the 21-year-old had made threats to shoot students and teachers and caused his classroom to flee last Friday at the campus on the southern edge of Capitol Hill. UPDATE: The suspect has been charged. Bryson Morgan faces a charge of felony harassment. More details in the update at the bottom of this report.

“It would be easy to kill everyone,” the suspect allegedly told another student during a field trip a week earlier as he also listed a long roster of illegal drugs he had used, according to the SPD report on the incident. Then, Friday morning just hours after news of the Texas shooting, the suspect reportedly arrived at class frustrated, nervous about the test the class was about to take, and angry that he had to watch “communist bullshit videos” as homework. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church announces it is ending congregation

A sidewalk baptism on Harvard Ave (Image: Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church)

It’s not the typical Capitol Hill landlord and tenant situation we’re used to reporting here on CHS.

The Presbyterian church that has stood at the corner of Harvard and Howell for 95 years will soon be in search of a new congregation.

The Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church announced Wednesday morning that it is ending its congregation and will hold final services on Harvard Ave on June 24th and 9:45 AM. Continue reading

Celebrating ten years of Vermillion with owner Diana Adams

When Diana Adams opened Vermillion she wanted it to feel like an art opening every night. People always have fun at openings, she reasoned, but the rest of the time they don’t necessarily feel comfortable in galleries. She formulated a simple philosophy: “If you give people freedom to express themselves and treat them with respect, they will come up with the most amazing shit,” she says.

This month, Vermillion celebrates ten years as an insurgent hive of creativity and booze on Capitol Hill. The front space is devoted to visual art exhibits and a random assortment of arcade games. In the back, on any given night you’ll find a wide range of cultural happenings, from poetry readings to socialist slide talks to musical performances. It’s a hub for local hiphop emcees, DJs, and jazz musicians, a haven for visual artists operating outside the “cool kids” clique, and a last bastion of stubborn independence in a sea of velvet-roped meat markets catering to the bridge-and-tunnel crowd.

Vermillion’s continued survival on a shoestring budget seems miraculous in the face of the market forces bearing down on one of the city’s densest and most rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods. Adams has a surprising explanation.

“My place has been subsidized by customers who come over on the weekends from the Eastside to get way drunk and crazy,” she says, “The art is subsidized by bros, basically. It’s my favorite ironic twist to this whole situation.” Continue reading

Blotter | Carjacking pursuit ends at 16/Spring, 12th Ave office dog fight, 15th Ave E boombox knife assault

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  • Carjacking pursuit: Police swarmed the area around 16th and Spring just after midnight Tuesday morning in search of suspects who reportedly fled on foot after a carjacking chase ended with a crash at the corner. SPD says the car was stolen on Rainier Ave S and chased after it was spotted later in the night on MLK. The pursuit ended after the car collided with another vehicle at 16th and Spring. One teen suspect was taken into custody but another fled on foot:
    The two suspects in the stolen car fled on foot. A K-9 team responded and tracked the driver down, taking him into custody in the 1100 block of 17th Avenue. The other suspect was not located.
  • Office dogfight: Police were called to the 1500 block of 12th Ave just down the street from the East Precinct to a fight between two animals at a dog-friendly office in the building Monday morning. According to precinct radio updates, a fight involving two dogs had gotten out of hand and one animal was reportedly in an agitated state inside the building. Police and people at the  office were able to contain the animal while personnel from King County Animal Control were dispatched. We do not have information on what eventually happened to the upset dog. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Pets | Huxley — sitting — on E Madison

We met Jen and Huxley out for a walk on E Madison. Huxley is a big ol’ Bernese Mountain Dog who spends a lot of time at a shop in Fall City where they make tree houses. We did not make that last part up. But for a dog who spends so much time around tree houses, Huxley would prefer — very much — to be on the ground. “If you sit on the ground, he will sit on your lap,” Jen tells CHS about her 125-pound sitting companion. “Even when you are on the ground trying to do other stuff…” Continue reading

Youth jail construction site targeted in overnight ‘molotov cocktail’ attack — UPDATE

An attempted arson attack early Tuesday morning on the under construction expansion of the county youth jail facility was thwarted by a Seattle Police officer at the 12th Ave site and “molotov cocktails” that failed to explode.

All information in this report has not yet been confirmed by police and is based on East Precinct radio dispatches. UPDATE: SPD confirmed the investigation and said more details will be released soon. UPDATE x2: An update from SPD is below. Continue reading