Capitol Hill Community Post | Rising Star Lydia Ramsey to Perform at Summer Picnic in Volunteer Park

Singer-songwriter Lydia Ramsey will perform LIVE next Thursday, July 13th 6PM at the free event Summer Picnic in Volunteer Park.

Lydia’s unique genre-crossing style moves from folk/Americana to country, rock, and haunting love songs. A multi-layered musician, song writer, and singer, Lydia was born in Washington and grew up in a musical family, developing passion for music that runs as deep as her family roots.

Her debut album “Bandita” was released in February to critical acclaim, including in NPR’s All Songs Considered, Lemonade Magazine, and Monarch Review. The album features Lydia’s extensive talent on keyboard, guitar, banjo, and trumpet, as well as evocative vocals that lure listeners deftly into her dream world.

Called “a must own record” by Equality 365 and “brilliantly constructed” by Lemonade Magazine, “’ Bandita,’” Lydia says, “represents this idea of grabbing life by the horns and doing exactly what you want with the short time you’ve been given.”

Don’t miss your chance to see Lydia Ramsey perform live at Summer Picnic in Volunteer Park, the largest annual event produced by Volunteer Park Trust. Now celebrating five years, the Trust is a nonprofit organization founded by friends and neighbors to preserve and enhance Seattle’s Volunteer Park.

Along with Lydia Ramsey’s concert performance, Summer Picnic in Volunteer Park will feature five food trucks, lawn games, interactive family artwork by Naomi Kasumi, and free Molly Moon’s ice cream while it lasts. The event is sponsored by Aegis Living on Madison and Puget Sound Bank and is produced in partnership with Seattle Asian Art Museum, Friends of the Conservatory, and 4Culture Sustained Support.

With new location in works, Purr plans 11th Ave ‘Going Away Party’

The rumors have become fact — or, at least, a going away party.

Purr has announced a July 19th celebration to say goodbye to its longtime 11th Ave home… and ownership says details on a new location for the Pike/Pine gay bar could be coming soon.

And the Party is just beginning…… Please join us for our “Going Away Party” on Wednesday July 19th. as we say goodbye to our “current” location. We’ve been proud to serve you here on 11th Ave for 12 strong years, and will continue to do so in our “new location”. Stay tuned for additional news as we work on solidifying details of our new home. Hope to see you all there!

Owner Barbie Roberts tells Seattle Gay Scene the move is simple economics:

Barbie also stressed to us that she’s not leaving the current location out of any bad feelings or due to the building being torn down. It’s simply the end of her current lease and she decided not to continue at that location due to the rent hike she would face under a new lease. It’s Economics 101, folks…gentrification leads to property values going up, followed by a big jump in rents which is something that effects both individuals in apartments as well as small business owners in commercial locations.

The Purr exit will leave a new space along 11th Ave without a tenant just as another moves in. In May, CHS reported that the Rain City Fit gym would soon neighbor Purr in the location left empty when kink retailer The Crypt shuttered in 2015.

A former employee of Manray and The Wildrose, Roberts opened Purr in 2006 in the former home of the Bad JuJu lounge. In 2011, CHS talked with her about the features of a successful gay bar and surviving the changes of growth in Pike/Pine.

As for where Purr, one of the Hill’s last remaining dedicated gay bars, lands next, stay tuned.


Capitol Hill Community Post | Vision Zero By 2030 (in case I live that long)

Last December, an idiot sideswiped me when he cut into the southbound bike lane to park his car by Seattle U. The accident cost me a concussion and scars on my nose and leg.

Last night, another idiot, this one on a bicycle, pulled a Jersey left at the intersection of 12th with Union and Madison. Again, I was traveling south on 12th on my way home from work. Both of us ended up sprawled on the street just a couple of blocks from the site of my December accident. No major injuries this time, thank God. My bike took some damage, but mostly just cosmetic. Steel frames are amazing.

I’m not damaged, but it may be a while again before I bike to work. Before December, I rode pretty religiously 3-5 times per week. After the concussion, it was about 3 months before I got back in the saddle and then it was only for the occasional sunny day ride. My bike commuting went from 3-5 times per week to 3-5 times per month. Last night was one of those rare rides.

It’s a little ironic, at least Alanis Morisette ironic, that as I walked my bike out of the office yesterday, I mentioned to a co-worker that I don’t ride as much as I used to since my December crash. She wished me a safe ride home. Continue reading

The busiest 80 square feet on Broadway makes room for expansive Kosmic Koffee

(Image: Kosmic Koffee)

The busiest 80 square feet of cafe space on Broadway is back in action. And entrepreneur Anthony Davis has plans to cram even more into the little coffee shack in the midst of the hustle and bustle on Capitol Hill’s main drag.

Kosmic Koffee debuted for a sneak peek over Pride weekend marking yet another incarnation for the coffee shack at the corner of Broadway and Harrison. Regular hours are coming soon.

“We were driving down Broadway and saw the stand. It was a two hour decision process after I saw the sign,” Davis tells CHS about the “go go” nature of his latest venture. Davis also is part of Anslinger Capital, an “emerging market fund, focused on the legal cannabis market,” and venture capital concern Monition Partners. With those kinds of entrepreneurial roots, you can expect more from Kosmic than cups of coffee.

“I have a farm with chickens so I’m also selling farm fresh eggs,” Davis said. He’s already got a brand for the eggs thought up: Just Got Laid.

More unusual menu items are to come. Continue reading

Pictures from the crowd: Capitol Hill Pride 2017

Seattle Pride 2017 will be remembered for the record heat that nearly melted Sunday’s parade — and an important protest that briefly brought it to a halt. It should also be remembered for a rekindled Pride presence on Capitol Hill with new organizers pumping life into Saturday’s Broadway street festival while on-Hill Pride weekend traditions like Saturday night’s Dyke March still contined strong and other elements like Trans* Pridealready in its fifth year! — drew huge crowds. Here is a look at the fun and messages from Capitol Hill Pride via the viewfinders and mobile devices of festival goers, dancers, doggie drag friends, and more. Thanks for sharing your pictures and videos. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Washington’s 43rd District Democrats 2017 Endorsement Results

From the 43rd District Democrats


Jessyn Farrell



Twitter: @jessynfarrel1


Seattle City Council, Position 8

Teresa Mosqueda



Twitter: @teresacmosqueda

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Warby Parker latest big brand with plans to join Pike/Pine

(Image: Warby Parker Fremont)

A burst of block-long, preservation incentive-boosted apartment buildings has already created hundreds of new — expensive — homes along Pike/Pine below Broadway. The developments are also reshaping the commercial mix for the neighborhood with big name brands and new-era retail showcases.

The next big name to join E Pine, CHS has learned, will be fashion eyewear retailer Warby Parker on a stretch of street that is meshing Capitol Hill development with downtown demographics.

While the company has not yet responded to CHS requests for information about the planned store in the eight-story Excelsior building at Melrose and Pine, permits show plans for a $388,000 buildout of a new eyeglass shop, the third Warby Parker store in Seattle. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Broadway has a new Pride organizer

From the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce

We are pleased to announce that the Capitol Hill Chamber, Broadway Business Improvement Area and PrideFest have joined forces to organize the Capitol Hill Pride Event on June 24th !

Today the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce (CHCC) is launching a partnership to work with Seattle PrideFest and the Broadway Business Improvement Area (BBIA) board to host next Saturday’s Pride event on Broadway, now called PrideFest Capitol Hill and encompassing the area from Pine Street to Roy Street at the north end of Broadway. This partnership builds upon years of working together on successful community events such as Clean Sweep and Hilloween to ensure the Capitol Hill Pride continues to be an amazing event for visitors, businesses and entertainers.

If you are a business, organization or individual who paid for a booth with the former event organizer, please request a booth and provide proof of payment at to receive a complimentary space. If you are a brick-and-mortar business located between Pike St and Roy St, you will also receive a complementary space.

Read the full press release here:

Man shot in leg overnight at 12th/Olive

A man was shot in the leg and police received conflicting reports about the possible shooter in a shooting early Thursday morning near 12th and E Olive St.

Police were called to reports of people yelling and multiple gunshots just before 2 AM near the 1700 block of 12th Ave. They arrived to find a male who had suffered a gunshot wound to the leg.

The shooter was initially described as a white male with a slim build, bald head, and wearing an all blue sweatsuit or possibly medical scrubs. But other witness accounts provided a different description. According to police dispatch radio reports, the victim told police the shooter had accused him of breaking into a car.

Police searched the area for the shooter. A K9 unit was not immediately available but a dog brought to the scene later helped officers search the area yard by yard. Police were also hoping to collect video evidence of the incident from a nearby resident.

We do not have further details but the male’s injuries were not described as life threatening by Seattle Fire radio.

Thursday’s incident took place a block from the site of a November 2016 shooting in which the victim eventually died from his injuries. SPD has not announced any arrests in connection with that case.

Mayor Murray sexual abuse lawsuit dropped

One month after Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced he would not seek reelection, the sexual abuse lawsuit at the center of his decision has been dropped.

In a court decision filed Tuesday, a King County Superior Court judge granted the motion from Lincoln C. Beauregard, the lawyer for accuser Delvonn Heckard, to drop the suit.

Murray’s June announcement that he would end his reelection bid effectively began the final chapter of his more than 20-year his political career with an abrupt last few months in office and helped spur a host of filings for candidates to take over at City Hall.

The Murray office says the mayor will make a statement Wednesday afternoon. Murray has denied the allegations and accused the victim and lawyer of being part of a political conspiracy attacking the city’s first openly gay mayor.

In April, the civil lawsuit targeted the 61-year-old Murray over allegations he sexually abused a drug-addicted teen he met on Capitol Hill in the 1980s before Murray launched his political career.

UPDATE: In a media conference Wednesday afternoon, Murray did not rule out restarting his reelection campaign. The rules for an official King County write-in campaign are here. Below is a statement issued by Murray attacking his accuser’s lawyer for the “shameful episode” —

Frankly, the disgraceful and destructive actions of opposing counsel are the real story here.

He’s been dead wrong on the facts he’s asserted about the mayor. His disregard for legal norms has gotten him sanctioned twice by the judge. And the day before his client is scheduled to answer written questions under oath, he withdraws the case.

It is extremely disappointing that a publicity-seeking attorney put the city through this shameful episode in the first place. More than that, it is shocking to our democracy for Lincoln Beauregard to declare, as he did on Twitter today, that, in denying Seattle voters the choice to re-elect a popular and successful mayor, justice has been served.

Seattle residents and the legal system ought to be extremely concerned about the sequence of events that led to the filing of lawsuit and its ultimate dismissal today.