News blog for Seattle's Fremont neighborhood


Valentine’s Saturday

February 10th, 2015 by master

It’s almost here, the most “romantic” day of the year! And this year it is on a Saturday! Fremont’s restaurants, bars, and music venues have risen to the occasion with a wide range of decadent, delicious, and of course, romantic festivities.

Image courtesy of Agrodolce
Valentine’s Day Brunch & Dinner at Agrodolce

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with one of two dining options at Maria Hine’s Sicilian trattoria Agrodolce in Fremont.

Along with Agrodolce’s regular brunch menu a special prixe fixe brunch menu will be offere for $25 and include several sweet and savory courses.

For dinner there is a four-course menu for $65 per person with an optional $45 wine pairing.

For your starter enjoy a choice of Oysters on the Half ShellPork Rillette, or Burrata Pugliese. For your next course, indulge in the Semolina MafaldeRed Wheat Spaghetti, or the Ricotta Cavatelli. Your third course options include Poached Spot PrawnGrilled Top Sirloin, or the Seared King Oyster Mushroom. For dessert choose the Theo Chocolate Budino, the Pear and Marino Olive Oil Gelato, or Cheese Plate with vanilla poached figs, marcona almonds and crostini.

For reservations visit or call 206.547.9707. Agrodolce is located in Fremont at 709 N. 35th Street, Seattle.

A French Inspired Valentine’s Day at the Backdoor

Jason Cottam hosts Valentine’s Day 2015 at the Backdoor (behind Roxy’s) in the romantic speakeasy atmosphere. This year the Backdoor’s dinner is filled with French influence from music to food and drink. The 7 course dinner begins at 6pm and includes live music by Eric Friedrich, French inspired cocktails and costs $150 per couple, tickets and details can be found here. The Backdoor is located at 462 N 36th St, Seattle



Singles Appreciation Night at the Ballroom

It’s exactly what it sounds like! The Ballroom hosts a Saturday night dance party with a twist from 8pm to 2am for guests 21 and over. The Ballroom is located at 456 N 36th Street, Seattle.




“Turn On Your Love Light” at Nectar Lounge

This Saturday Nectar Lounge hosts “Turn On Your Love Light” a Grateful Dead Tribute featuring the Andy Coe Band with special guest Flowmotion. Tickets are $10 in advance for this 21 and over show. Doors open at 8pm and show begins at 9pm. Nectar Lounge is located at 412 N 36th St, Seattle.

Dreamboats! A Valentine’s Day Soiree and Man Auction at the High Dive

The High Dive and Isaac Vicknair present a Valentine’s Day event benefiting the North HelpLine Food Bank for guests 21 and older. Doors open at 7pm and the Dreamboats begin performing at 7pm. The event is open seating and $10 per person.

 The High Dive is proud to announce Dreamboats: A Valentine’s Day Soiree and Man Auction. This show will feature the talents of ten of Seattle’s dreamiest musicians singing short sets of acoustic love songs. Following the performance, we will auction off the musicians for a private concert or lesson. Proceeds benefit the North HelpLine Food Bank.

There will be an intimate candle lit setting, a Valentine’s Card Craft Table, Outer Space Themed Kissing Booth, Champagne Toast, and the chance to bid on an amazing musician for the night. DJ Dance Party to follow the auction. Come get kissed among the stars, with champagne in your eyes and beautiful music in your ears! Formal dress encouraged.

The High Dive is located at 513 N 36th Ave, Seattle.



St. Valentine’s Day food and drink specials at The Barrel Thief

The Barrel Thief is offering exclusive food and drink specials to celebrate this Saturday. Tasting flights for two to share, each $30, allow guests to sample red wine, bourbon, cognac, and of course, bubbles.

For dessert, we’ll have our famous Deep-Dish Chocolate Chip Cookie ($8), and a Chocolate Overload sample platter ($16). Also ask for our “St. V” cocktail to share, topped with edible gold flakes ($15). We’ll also have free red roses to take home, while supplies last. Singles are also welcome, of course, and the bar will feature “Whiskey is My Valentine” specials.

Please e-mail with questions or to reserve a table. The Barrel Thief is located at 3417 Evanston Ave. N. #102, Seattle.

Frank Olivier’s Twisted Cabaret “My Twisted Valentine” at Hale’s Palladium

Twisted Cabaret returns to Hale’s Ales through February 23rd including two performances on Valentine’s Day at 7:30pm and 10:15pm. Tickets begin at $17 for youth (not recommend for children under 8) and $25 for adults with a $60 “Date Night” package for two also available.

Sweethearts beware, Cupid is in the air! A maddening mix of cabaret, burlesque and theatre, this season’s TWISTED CABARET has a Valentine’s Day twist complete sword swallowing, pickpocket magic, a ballet performed entirely on a unicycle, and so much more. Through a series of unfortunate events, Helen Hayes nominated variety artist and actor Frank Olivier (Broadway’sSugar Babies, “The Tonight Show,” “America’s Got Talent,” “Ellen”) must perform the entire show and its different variety acts aided only by his hunchback assistant played by Paul Nathan (“Star Trek Voyager,” The I Hate Children Children’s Show). A wild, raucous 90-minutes of pure entertainment, TWISTED CABARET will make you laugh out loud again and again!

Doors open half hour before showtime and tickets can be found here. Dinner reservations are available at Hale’s Pub. Hale’s Palladium is located at 4301 Leary Way NW, Seattle.

Playrights vs. Poets: Valentine’s Day Edition at West of Lenin

The “World’s Greatest Literary Boxing Match of the Year” will take place this Saturday at the West of Lenin theater in Fremont. Medicine Ball: Playwright v. Poets will take on “the most fearsome tropic to face mankind- Love and Sex.” The innovative literary challenge will take the stage three times this weekend, Friday and Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm. A variety of poets, playwrights, actors, visual artists and directors all take part.

Like a boxing match, playwrights and poets are paired off, given a
prompt to write toward, and then the acting company performs the plays
and poems produced in a series of seven rounds with the audience voting
on who wins each round – playwright or poet. At the end of the weekend,
ballots are tallied and the winning team of writers each wins a bottle
of Two-Buck-Chuck while each member of the losing team wins a can of
warm Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer. So there are no losers in Medicine Ball:
Playwrights v. Poets! Everybody is a winner!

Tickets for Medicine Ball: Playwrights v. Poets can be purchased online $20 for general admission and $10 for TPS, Military, Senior, and Students. West of Lenin theater is located at 203 N 36th Street, Seattle.


Sharing the love at Woodland Park Zoo

Take your date(s) to the Woodland Park Zoo and watch the animals indulge in Valentine’s Day treats such as heart-shaped ice pops, herbal bouquets, and heart-shaped steaks from 10:00am to 2:30pm on Saturday. Get in the spirit beforehand by sending a free Woodland Park Zoo Valentine’s e-card at The Valentine’s Day event is free with zoo admission.

The special treats are part of the zookeepers’ ongoing enrichment program to help enrich the lives of the zoo’s animals, promote natural animal behavior, keep animals mentally stimulated and engage zoo visitors.

The full treat schedule is as follows:

Willawong Station 10:00-3:00
Jaguar 10:00
Lions 10:00
Tortoises 10:00
Orangutans 10:30
Golden lion tamarins 11:00
Anoa 11:15
Wolves 11:30
Grizzly bears noon
Hornbill 1:00
Goats 1:00
Kunekune pigs 1:15
Gorillas 1:20
Meerkats 1:30
Penguins 2:00
Elephants 1:30
Wallaroos/wallabies 2:30


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The Pocket Theater’s Fremont Pit Stop

March 12th, 2014 by master

The Pocket Theater recently called Fremont home while performing at the West of Lenin Theater  from January 31st until March 1st. In that time, they produced more than 15 shows and put on more than 25 performances. The calendar offered a wide range of shows including sketch comedy, improv, stand up, theater and variety shows.


This new theater, founded in 2013 by Clayton Weller after a successful Kickstarter campaign, is currently living the nomadic life while searching for a permanent home. During the month of March they will be based at the Seattle Creative Arts Center in Ballard before heading south to the Rendezvous in Belltown and eventually returning to Fremont in May.

The Pocket Theater places an emphasis on small, intimate performances that reward both the audience and the performers. As Executive Director, Clayton has spent significant time researching, collaborating, and questioning traditional theater models. The goal he says, is to “make a theater where its impossible for the performers to fail, from everyone’s perspective.”

The end result is indeed  more intimate and fosters a stronger sense of community. Having a theater nearby offering the high volume and variety of shows that the Pocket does makes stage entertainment far more accessible. Tickets are about the same price as a movie (all  shows are $10 ahead of time online and $14 at the door) and audience members are rewarded with impromptu laughter and a greater sense of participation. All together this makes the Pocket’s performances worth venturing out for, whichever venue they are currently calling home.

While at West of Lenin the sketch comedy group Ubiquitous They, which Clayton is a member of, made the most of the studio space and engaged every member of the audience with their antics. Clayton explains sketch comedy has the ability to be extremely “lean” comedy and that when done right it sheds much of the unnecessary content. In Ubiquitous They’s most recent show “Foxtrot,” every facial expression, exaggerated gesture, and slight cue resulted in either  laughter or furthered the plot. Not a moment of the audience’s time is wasted and that certainly adds up to more laughs. Visit Ubiquitous They’s Facebook page for more news about upcoming performances.

Image from Ubiquitous They’s Facebook Page

Here are a few more useful facts:

UBIQ·UI·TOUS adjective
: existing or being everywhere at the same time

UBIQUITOUS THEY comedy group
: collaboratively creating and performing sketch comedy since forming at University of Puget Sound in 2003

SketchFest Mash Up comedy workshop
: an intensive weekend workshop for people of skill levels to brainstorm, pitch, practice, produce, and perform a sketch comedy show, all in one weekend. The first one of 2014 begins Friday March 14th

3 Houses United improv show (this weekend)
: a comedy show featuring six skilled improvisers from Seattle’s three improv comedy institutions: Comedy Sportz, Jet City Improv, and Unexpected Productions. You can catch it at The Pocket Theater this Sunday March 16th at 7PM!


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Busy Weekend In Fremont Theater

March 9th, 2012 by master

If you’re in the mood for a thought-provoking theatrical performance, you’ve got a lot to choose from this weekend in Fremont.

A new show called Emerald City premieres Friday night at West of Lenin. Written by award-winning playwright S.P. Miskowski, the play is about the changing cultural identity of Seattle.

A writer is forced to return to Seattle, site of her personal and professional ruin, to cover the story of Dorothy Dietrich. Crashing with a college roommate and proprietor of an earnest yet doomed tour business, and surreptitiously followed by a lover whose interest may be swayed by a surprising suitor, her life is once again changed by a trip she didn’t want to take to a city she hoped never to see again.

The play runs through April 7th and tickets can be purchased here.

Meanwhile, Seattle playwright, activist and street theater director Ed Mast has written a political play he is doing for free in living rooms and spaces all around Seattle. This weekend he’ll be performing the play, titled Something I Can Do: Voices From Occupy Seattle, at VDP Studio (4128 Fremont Ave. N) on Saturday, March 10 at 2 p.m. They play lasts 45 minutes and is followed by a group discussion. Call 206 632-2353 for more info.

Finally, for some theater that’s a little more free-flowing, The folks at The Fremont Tour checked in to let us know that a group of women from Montana will be taking the tour through the neighborhood on Sunday to celebrate a 50th birthday. The tour begins at the Fremont Sunday Market, end at Lola Pop, before they do brunch at 35th St. Bistro an end the day at the zoo. Fremonsters are encouraged to “accidentally” run into the tour and deliver a surprise 50th birthday card for birthday girl Kelly.

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West Of Lenin Releases Revised Schedule

October 4th, 2011 by master

Fremont’s new theatre, West of Lenin (203 N. 36th Street), has revised it’s Fall schedule. Below are the revised dates and shows. For ticket information or more on the theatre, make sure you check out their site.

The Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam
October 8, 2011 @ 9pm
The most ornery, able, and intrepid puppeteers in this rainy city assemble for an evening of short, spirit-lifting performances. You’ll laugh at puppets doing human things, marvel at puppets doing curious things, cry at puppets doing *%$&ed up things. Featuring the work of Gavin Cummins, Jess Haynie-Lavelle, Nick Hubbard, Lisa Haslbauer (of Puppets Behaving Badly), and more. Tickets at

Sandbox Radio Live 2: The Halloween Episode
October 10, 2011 @ 8pm
The first-ever production at West of Lenin returns. New plays, poetry and music by the Sandbox Artists Collective ( recorded live for podcast. Tickets at

Café Nordo presents To Savor Tomorrow
October 28, 2011 – November 20, 2011 (Thurs & Sun @ 7:30pm and Fri & Sat @ 8pm)
Café Nordo presents To Savor Tomorrow, a journey of international intrigue aboard a Pan Am flight bound for the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair, featuring cocktails and a complimentary in-flight meal of small bites by Chef Nordo Lefesczki. For more info, visit Tickets at

Upcoming events for Winter 2011-12 include Kevin Joyce’s A Pale and Lovely Place and The Paradise Theatre School’s The Milosevics.

West of Lenin also wants to make sure you know that Fremont Coffee Company, Kylie’s Chicago Pizza and The George & Dragon Pub all offer discounts to West of Lenin patrons, inquire within.

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Get The ‘Spontaneous Fantasia’ Experience At West of Lenin

August 30th, 2011 by master

The first multi-performance production in Fremont’s newest theater venue, West of Lenin, arrives in Seattle this week. Digital artist J-Walt brings his newest Spontaneous Fantasia show, The Omnicentric Universe, to West of Lenin for four performances – Wed 8/31 at 8pm, Fri 9/2 at 8pm and Sat 9/3 at 5pm and 8pm.

In Spontaneous Fantasia, J-Walt utilizes the latest in interactive computer graphics techniques to bring paintings to life. The result is a live animated movie that unfolds before an audience. These works incorporate elements of animation, theater, dance, painting, sculpture, music, architecture, and interactive art.

“With my performances, I take literally the meaning of the word ‘animation’: making images come to life. I use my drawing skills to give directions to computer programs I’ve written. I aim to capture the sensitivity of gesture, but I also use techniques which amplify and augment the gestures. The wave of the arm or the stroke of the pen is my foundation, but the effect is much more. My creative process for these pieces is to continually shift between painting, programming, composing music, and performing. My goal is to create a wholly integrated experience for the eye, ear, and mind.”

Check out a preview of the show below and head over to Brown Paper Tickets to purchase tickets.

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West Of Lenin Theater Announces Fall Lineup

August 12th, 2011 by master

West of Lenin, Fremont’s theatre venue, has announce the following shows for their 2011 Fall season.

J-­‐Walt and Spontaneous Fantasia: The Omnicentric Universe
August 31,2011 @ 8pm;
September 2, 2011 @ 7pm;
September 3, 2011 @ 5pm & 8pm
J-­‐Walt is a performer, interactive designer, filmmaker, graphic artist, and composer at the forefront of interactive art and computer performance, expanding the uses of computer animation into uncharted territories.

A new theatre design group led by Paul Budraitis presents:
A non-­‐verbal, one-­‐man interpretation of DEATH OF A SALESMAN, featuring actor James Cowan in the principal role.
September 15-­‐17, 2011 @ 8pm

Sky White Tiger
October 5, 2011
Inspired by works of astrological mythology and blurred lines between fantasy and reality, five-­‐piece psyche-­‐pop band Sky White Tiger comes to Seattle!

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Live Theater Returning To Fremont: ‘West of Lenin’ Coming In June

May 31st, 2011 by master

When the Empty Space Theatre closed its doors in 2005, Fremont was left without a place to call its own for live theater. And if there’s any neighborhood in Seattle crying out for a place to perform, it’s gotta be Fremont.

Finally, live theater is coming back to town.

West of Lenin is a new theater opening at 203 N. 36th Street. West of Lenin is a 88-seat black theatre being built as part of the renovation of the former Warden Fluidynamics building, and will host its first event on June 20, 2011 with Sandbox Radio Live, a production of Sandbox Artists Collective.

The renovation is a project of The Ethereal Mutt – Limited, led by principal A.J. Epstein. The completed project will include office and retail space in addition to becoming the new headquarters for EMutt and the home of West of Lenin.

“As I was getting deep into the design phase of the building, I realized that I had a resource and a unique opportunity to get more deeply involved with the arts community simply by thinking a little bigger and making this a public venue,” says Epstein. “I’m not starting a theatre company. I’m putting together an attractive comfortable space and encouraging artists whose work I respect to be featured during our first year.”

Sandbox Radio Live will be the first official event in the new space.  Conceived and directed by Leslie Law, Sandbox Radio Live is an evening of new works written specifically for the radio by Scot Augustson, Vincent Delaney, Elizabeth Heffron, Chuck Leggett, Anita Montgomery, and Paul Mullin, and new music from the Sandbox Radio Band led by Jose Gonzales, recorded live for future podcast. Doors open at 7:30pm and the show starts at 8pm. Admission is free. For more info on Sandbox Artists Collective, visit

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