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Entries from January 2017

Evening MLK Events Nearby

January 16th, 2017 by WK Leigh


It’s not too late, everyone: Low-key remembrances of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and legacy are still starting in the next few hours. Head over to East West Bookshop on Roosevelt for the Celebration of MLK and Mahatma Ghandi. It’s a free event that goes from 7 to 8 pm. The Ananda choir will be performing, along with school children from the Living Wisdom School. Address is 6407 12th Ave NE, at the corner of Roosevelt and 65th Streets, above Whole Foods. Free parking in the upper-level lot.

Capital Hill honors Dr. King with a showing of Something Special, a collection of digital shorts on the African diaspora, with live performances by Cosmos the Band, Thunder Pawh and others; poetry by Nikki Oliver, Troy Osaki and Leija Farr; and fine art by A.O. Hamer. This event cost $10 and goes from 9 pm to 2 am. The venue is SIFF Cinema Egyptian at 801 E. Pine.


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Power Outage in Fremont

January 16th, 2017 by WK Leigh

power outage

It’s not just you – the majority of households and businesses in Fremont are experiencing a power outage this afternoon. According to Seattle City Light, the outage began at 2:38 p.m. and is expected to be fully restored by 6:00 p.m. However, the luckiest of us are already seeing lights popping back on, way ahead of schedule. The source of the outage is still being determined, but it has affected more than just Fremont – some 22,000 Seattle City Light customers are “in the dark” as well, from as far north as Greenwood and up to Queen Anne. Let’s send out some collective good vibes that we’ll all “see the light” by the time the sun sets at 4:46 p.m.

If you still have a charge on your phone or laptop, follow the power company’s progress at It’s updated every 15 minutes. Alternatively, call the outage hotline at 206-684-3000.

Meanwhile, dig out those flashlights and candles, just in case — and be careful out there!

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Donate Coats to Keep Homeless Warm

January 14th, 2017 by WK Leigh

Photo by Wendy K. Leigh

This recent photo of a homeless woman on Fremont Avenue and 34th reminds us there’s more we can do for those who’ve fallen on hard times. On 34-degree afternoons like this one, a warm winter coat can make all the difference – and fortunately, there’s an app for that. The nonprofit WeCount organization lets you check online for specific needs nearby, and then donate items that are likely sitting around your home, unused. This time of year, it’s all about keeping people warm. So visit the WeCount website or smartphone app to find a match for your unused coats, hats, gloves and scarves, and then drop them off at nearby locations. The closest drop boxes for those of us in Fremont are in Ballard, Interbay and the U District.

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Paint Dancing Party at Gasworks Gallery

January 13th, 2017 by WK Leigh

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It’s time again, everyone – the Paint Dancing Party at Gasworks Gallery is this Saturday, the 14th. If you’ve never been before, get ready for a crazy night of flamboyant painting and dancing in the private studio of abstract painter and hunger awareness activist, Matt Jones. There’s only room for 48 people, so get your ticket ahead of time through EventBrite. It’s only $9.50, and you have the entire evening to let loose with classic dance music from the 70s and 80s.

Here’s how it works: you wear a white shirt (or as much white as you want all over), and become a “human canvas” for fellow attendees to create their masterpieces right on you. Painting and dancing at the same time apparently unleashes a creativity you never knew was lurking inside you. Only one way to find out: show up and let loose. This time around, there’s an added element of custom hats. Bring your own, or make one from large sheets of paper provided by the gallery. And yes – those hats become canvases as well. [Read more →]

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Rabbit Wilde and Honey Mustard

January 11th, 2017 by WK Leigh

With names like Rabbit Wilde and Honey Mustard, who can resist stopping by Fremont Abbey for a listen to these quintessential Northwest musicians who are making names for themselves all along the West Coast. They hit the stage at The Abbey on Saturday, January 14th at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7).

Ear to the Ground Music describes the indie-rock quartet of Rabbit Wilde perfectly:

If you like dancing, forest landscapes, adventures, Colorado, the PNW, harmonious vocals, love stories, early mornings, late nights, local produce, or strong coffee, you will love Rabbit Wilde…This is art and entertainment in a beautiful form.  The entire album is just flawless and I want everyone to enjoy it.
Ear To The Ground Music

Don’t miss this one; it’s an all-ages show, with some seating available and plenty of standing/dancing room. Tickets cost $10 for students; $13 in advance; and $17 at the door. Remember that Fremont Abbey is a nonprofit — so your ticket prices support awesome art all over Seattle and the Pacific Northwest.


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Seattle Engagement Rings to Express Your Fremont Style

January 10th, 2017 by WK Leigh

A Sponsored Post From Our Friends at EraGem
Local Seattle area vintage and antique jewelry business EraGem looks for ways to align jewelry styles with Seattle neighborhoods, including Fremont.

 Mark at EraGem says:
“Vintage and antique rings are well received all across Seattle and align perfectly with the Seattle spirit of being somewhat counter-cultural. Being unique is certainly one of the wonderful traditions in the Fremont neighborhood. We recommend  sapphires in blue or blue green  colors (go Hawks!) as a perfect expression of the Fremont style – which is anything but traditional. They make a perfect Seattle engagement ring or can be worn on the right hand for a beautiful expression of style.”
EraGem offers a one-of-a-kind shopping experience for Fremont residents. View their entire selection of rings and other estate jewelry online and elect to have the piece shipped to your home, or create a custom wish list and then visit their comfortable showroom to pick out your favorites.


Live Music and Live Painting at The Abbey

January 9th, 2017 by WK Leigh

We all know to expect the unexpected at Fremont Abbey, and this week is certainly no exception. Picture this: live music, live painting and slam poetry, all in one place on one night. That’s our Abbey, Fremont’s eclectic hometown hangout. Head over there for The Round on Tuesday, January 10th at 8:00 p.m. to hear featured musician Matt Bishop from Hey Marseilles and folk singer Lydia Ramsey, along with spoken word artist Sienna Burnett and live painter Lindsay Schoeneman.
Doors open at 7:00 p.m., and all ages are welcome. There’s also a bar area, so bring ID. Bar profits go to charity, thanks to local sponsors that include Two Beers, Seattle Cider, Ninkasi, Georgetown Brewing, Proletariat, Sound Spirits and Wilridge Winery. Let’s all come out to show that Fremont supports the arts and our own (nonprofit) Abbey, as well as local brewers, vintners and distillers.
Tickets are just $10 and $12 when ordered ahead, or $15 at the door.

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An Evening of Poetry

January 8th, 2017 by WK Leigh

Ever harbored a secret penchant for poetry? You’ll be inspired to hear from some of Seattle’s emerging poets at the Fremont Library tomorrow night. Head over to the library on N. 35th Street (not far from the Troll) by 6:30 p.m. on January 9th for the free quarterly series. It’s open to the public, for all ages and interest levels. It only goes until 7:45, so get there early to hear fresh new voices on the Northwest poetry scene, including Sandra Noel, Charles Leggett and Laura W. Allen.
If you’d like to take home some of what you hear, the folks from Floating Bridge Press will be on hand with books to purchase. Otherwise, there’s no need to pull out your wallet — just enjoy a relaxing time with new or old friends at the library.

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Let’s Hope It’s a Good One

January 1st, 2017 by WK Leigh


                    Photo by Flickr user wpfphotos

All of us here at Fremont Universe and Next Door Media would like to wish you a happy and prosperous New Year in Seattle, the city we live to love, and love to live in! As John Lennon sang about the New Year, “Let’s hope it’s a good one, without any fear.

January in Fremont is sure to be as lively as ever, so stay tuned for updates and news throughout the remaining winter months and into the spring.




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