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Welcome Bar Charlie

April 4th, 2017 by WK Leigh

Had a nice little photo shoot for our friends @captivespirits. Our own @myers453 taking a deep sniff. #biggin #seattlebar #bar #craftbar

We always like to welcome new Fremonters to the neighborhood – especially when they bring good food and drink. So let’s send a “cheers” to the latest addition on Stone Way: Bar Charlie! It’s a cozy neighborhood bar – but with a tinge of hipster and a touch of groovy. Just right for Fremont.

Even if the Northwest beer and spirits weren’t enough to pull you in for a pint or two, the interior itself is something worth seeing. It’s inspired by the history of the De Havilland Beaver Seaplane, and the decor actually uses seaplane parts, wood, concrete and metal. Art and photography bring to life the history of the Lake Union seaplanes.

The small-plates menu includes things like a Meat + Cheese Charcuterie Board and a really nice version of poutine, with Beecher’s cheese curds, bacon and brown gravy.

Bar Charlie’s is in the street-level of the Bowman’s apartment complex on Stone Way, near the cross section of 38th Street. They stay open until midnight during the week and 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. The full kitchen shuts down about three hours earlier, though.

So, stop by and give a welcome to Bar Charlie creator Christian Thomason!



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Wide Open Mic at Stone Way Cafe

March 28th, 2017 by WK Leigh

When was the last time you stopped by Stone Way Cafe, the little black building spilling with people day and night? It’s the one that’s been there for ages, way before all the development and awesome new eateries popped up over the past couple of years. Stone Way Cafe used to be pretty much on its own there, known as a great little place for breakfast amongst the strip of electric companies, lumber and paint stores, etc. Like most of Stone Way, it’s evolved, but has stayed surprisingly close to its earthy-hippie roots. That includes its commitment to local food, art and music – and to its Thursday open-mic nights. The stage is cozy, sound system professional, and a steady stream of acoustic artists sing their hearts out from about 7 – 11 p.m, every single Thursday.

Anyone can participate; just sign up by 6:45 and wait for your time. Slots do fill up pretty quickly, so show up as early as you can. It’s a very low-key thing, but popular with Fremont locals sipping beer, cider, wine and espresso drinks (hot tip: the spicy Mexican mocha).

No cover charge, and kids are more than welcome. Pop in and support your local Seattle musicians, poets and artists!

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Gas Works Play Area Renovation – Speak Up!

March 10th, 2017 by WK Leigh

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Gas Works Park Play Area Closed for Studies

We all have a stake in our neighborhood’s play areas – because happy families make happy communities. So it’s time to let Fremont voices be heard. Everyone has until March 17, 2017 to sound off in the comment period allotted by Seattle Parks and Recreation for the Gas Works Park Play Area Renovation and Cleanup Investigation.

SPR plans to install new play equipment at Gas Works, while Puget Sound Energy hops on the bandwagon to conduct studies of contaminated groundwater – specifically where arsenic is impacting groundwater under the play area. They’ll also install part of a system of pipes and monitoring wells to cleanup the contamination that’s already in place there. It’s not just the park that’s impacted by this; it’s also crucial to prevent more contamination from caching Lake Union. Elevated concentrations of arsenic were first detected in soil and groundwater samples collected beneath the Play Area in 2013. (more…)

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SPU Free Percussion Concert Tonight

March 7th, 2017 by WK Leigh


SPU Percussion Ensemble

Seattle Pacific University continues its Winter 2017 Concert Series with a free performance by its Percussion Ensemble tonight, March 7, at 7:30 pm. The student ensemble is well known for its interpretations of traditional, classical and historic compositions using drums and eclectic percussive instruments.
The SPU Percussion Ensemble is multi-faceted, with several distinct groups performing a wider range of music. The “ethnic group” performs traditional drumming from West Africa, Cuba, Brazil and the South Pacific, while the “chamber groups” focus on classical works, and the “historical group” brings to life the traditional drumming of the American Revolution and Civil War, using period instruments.


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Free Event at Gasworks Gallery

March 3rd, 2017 by WK Leigh

Gasworks Gallery Founder Matt Jones, Photo Courtesy of Seattle PI

Three months rolls back around pretty quickly – it’s time again for the free quarterly “Passion for Mashin” open studio event at Gasworks Gallery! Head over there tonight, March 3rd, from 8 to 10 pm for some fun with some of Seattle’s most creative and earthy working artists. Tour the individual studios, chat with the artists, sip a bit of wine, and bring a storable food donation to benefit Mashed Potatoes. This nonprofit donates non-perishable food to those in need, in conjunction with Northwest Harvest.

The event takes place in 3 locations at the gallery complex: the Gasworks Gallery, the Underground Studios and The Warehouse (which is accessed through the gallery). The gallery, located in the big blue Jones Building on Lake Union spreads across 12,000 square feet, with 50 working artists and rentable photography studios. Get directions on the gallery’s Facebook page:

There’s a limit of 50 people, so get there early! If you can’t make it tonight, mark your calendar for these quarterly events on the first Friday of December, March, June and September.

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Fremont Market for World Art

March 2nd, 2017 by WK Leigh

Seattle is chock-full of world-focused entrepreneurs and international connections – but Fremont has a way of reflecting that in simple ways: through the art and cuisine we embrace every day. There’s no better way to deep-dive into the world-at-large than a stroll through Fremont Market on a Sunday afternoon. Here’s a couple of images showing just why we love reaching across the borders, oceans, hills and valleys to embrace the world from fresh perspectives. Head over there this Sunday to pick up some vibrant cultural treasures for Spring.

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SPU Choir Closes Out Black History Month

February 28th, 2017 by WK Leigh


SPU Gospel Choir Performance

With February coming to a close, the gospel choir at Seattle Pacific University sends off the nation’s annual celebration of black history with a bang. Head over there tonight, February 28, to join the 84-voice SPU Gospel Choir for a free evening of music, prayer and inspirational readings at the First Free Methodist Church, adjacent to the SPU campus. The event begins at 9 p.m.

Acclaimed SPU professor of music Stephen Newby leads the choir, not only for Black History Month but throughout the year, performing spirituals, traditional gospel and modern “praise and worship.” Choir members are fully immersed in the history and culture of African American sacred music, due to required studies in MUS 4301, a credited class in the SPU curriculum. Newby, a gospel and jazz vocalist, pianist and composer, explains his devotion to the choir: (more…)

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Seniors Sing Out

February 26th, 2017 by WK Leigh

Calling all seniors: its karaoke time again! Join your compatriots over at the Wallingford Senior Center for their renowned Happy Hour Karaoke this Tuesday, February 27, from 1 to 2 p.m. If you’re not a member of the center yet, no worries: cost for karaoke time is just $5 for non-members, or $3 for members. The music hearkens back to the 50s through the 70s, with videos to bring back those oh-so-memorable times. Those in the scientific world claim that group singing relieves anxiety, reduces stress and elevate endorphins — so dust off your pipes and get ready to belt it out.
Register in advance at, or just show up at 4649 Sunnyside Ave N.,
Suite 140.

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Dance Like You Mean It: Brazilian Style

February 25th, 2017 by WK Leigh

Brazilian Dance at Bahia in Motion

Fremont certainly knows how to let loose; nobody in Seattle questions that. But did you know that there are some of the best ethnic dance classes in the city right here in our neighborhood? Far from being “free style,” these classes give you a chance to learn some true art forms through movement, while also celebrating the diverse South American cultures of Brazil and Argentina.

Some are one-off classes, while others are offered weekly or monthly.
Here’s one to get you started.
Balance Studio: Brazilian Dance Class with Bahia In Motion
This one takes place at noon on February 26, and drop-in cost is just $15. Nobody explains these classes better than the group leading them, so read on for the full class description from Bahia in Motion.
     Come celebrate Brazilian rhythm and dance in this fun and energetic class! Learn dances that draw from the rich cultural traditions of Bahia and Northeast Brazil including Afro, Samba Reggae, Samba de Roda, Orixa Dance Movement and Carnaval/street dances. The cultural context and history behind these dances are also integrated into class.

     Our class introduces basic Afro-Brazilian movement starting with a warm-up emphasizing stretching, strengthening and breathing. You’ll then learn basic movements, movement sequences and simple choreography working individually, in pairs and in groups. Each class ends with a cool-down session.

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Improv for the Rest of Us

February 20th, 2017 by WK Leigh

Blast to the Past: the Atlas Theater in Days Gone By

We all like to think we’re witty and interesting, even if the evidence leans against that reality — but fortunately, there’s a place where it doesn’t matter a twit. Everyone, and I do mean everyone, gets a chance to tickle their funny bones with improv performance at Fremont’s Atlas Theater. The CSz Seattle Improv Jam takes place there on Wednesdays from 8 to 9:30 p.m., and is open to all levels of improvisers. Create or interpret your own characters, scenes and stories on the spot, led by a professional improv artist. Participants are typically a mix of seasoned veterans and total newbies, making for a hilarious night of unbridled fun.

Cost is just $9, and you can register ahead of time at the Seattle Comedy Group website. The next event is in just two days, so mark your calendar! The club is on Fremont Avenue, near the Lenin statue.

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