Tag: Arts & Culture

Comin’ home, baby

May 27th, 2011

Some people scoff a bit at Councilmember Nick Licata’s practice of starting Housing, Human Services, Health & Culture Committee meetings with poetry and, more recently, film clips. Critics see it as fluff, not the real work of a legislative body. I like it, though. The city is more than memos, briefings, policy [More]


It had to be THAT building

January 11th, 2011

Washington State Department of Transportation announced yesterday that they will propose demolishing the Western Building in Pioneer Square due concerns the building is already too structurally weak to withstand any settlement or vibrations from tunnel boring. Out of the 300-some buildings reviewed along the potential tunnel routes, it had to be the [More]


Bags and boxes…

April 3rd, 2008

Yesterday was bookended by what I thought were two great policy events. Bags and boxes... First, I joined Council President Richard Conlin, Councilmember Tim Burgess and Mayor Greg Nickels for the announcement of Seattle's new tax on plastic grocery bags and ban on styrofoam food containers. These are ideas we've been developing [More]


Hello from Austin

March 27th, 2008

I'm on the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce's Inter-City Study Mission in Austin, Texas. A junket? Well, maybe, but if it was a junket, at the end of the day I don't think I would have felt carsick from too much time on the bus. We met with Austin's mayor, Austin Chamber-types, [More]


Central Cinema – thumbs up

March 11th, 2008

No work event to attend on Sunday night meant that my partner and I could go out to a movie. For a while I've been noticing listings for the Central Cinema at 21st and Union, and I’ve been wanting to check it out. Verdict? Totally worth it! Your movie ticket is $5 [More]


I never got to work the door at the Crocodile

December 18th, 2007

While we're all lamenting the demise of the Crocodile, I will note that The Last Supper Club is alive, well and they let me "work" last Friday night. Darcy, one of the managers, invited me down to get first-hand knowledge of how they run the place and what it's like from 10 [More]


Costs for Operation Sobering Thought

September 24th, 2007

I've had a few people ask what the City spent on the recent "sting" operation targeting bars and nightclubs. There were many high-profile arrests of bartenders, barbacks and bouncers, most for serving a minor, serving a drunk patron or for allowing a gun through the doors, though this last one is fiercely [More]


Sacrifice, charity and civility

August 13th, 2007

Intiman Theater's current production of "Prayer for My Enemy" adds to the long list of reasons that Intiman is such a core contributor to Seattle's reputation for thoughtful, contemporary, challenging (in a good way) theater. The Craig Lucas play brings you into a family and their friends struggling with sexuality, expectations, the [More]


I love the nightlife

August 3rd, 2007

I have to admit I am surprised and happy (I think) that we're back considering the same idea I proposed in early June for a limited nightlife license. I still think the City needs a limited tool to employ when a club proves its not capable of keeping patrons and staff safe. [More]


Beacon Hill Young Authors

June 15th, 2007

This is an awesome annual end-of-school-year event that showcases stories written by kids at Beacon Hill Elementary. I got to be a listener again this year! I joined with two other adults to hear six students read stories they had written and illustrated (other teams of adults listened to small groups of [More]