Thursday, June 28, 2007

KEXP Announces 5th Annual Summer BBQ Featuring Cloud Cult, Pela, The Blakes

from an email I just received

KEXP (90.3FM and KEXP.ORG) is pleased to announce the Fifth Annual KEXP Summer BBQ from 3 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, August 18th on the lawn behind South Lake Union Discovery Center at 101 Westlake Ave. North in Seattle. This year's lineup features: emotional folk and electronic influenced pop collective Cloud Cult, whose dynamic sound and live shows are reminiscent of Arcade Fire and The Polyphonic Spree; Pela, one of the best bands to hit the KEXP airwaves in a long time with their passionate, anthemic alt-rock sound that evokes comparisons to early U2, The Pixies and the Replacements; The Blakes, deservedly one of the most-hyped and exciting bands in Seattle right now and a very special headlining guest that regularly sells out their live shows.

This all-ages community event brings together thousands of music lovers from throughout the Pacific Northwest to enjoy the sounds of live performances from breakthrough Northwest artists and established national bands. An annual fundraiser for KEXP and, the BBQ is an excellent opportunity for listeners and members to meet staff, take a tour of KEXP’s studios.

Gates open at 2 p.m., and bands will perform from 3 to 9 p.m. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 29th at Prices are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. This year’s event is sponsored and made possible by, Redhook Ale Brewery,, and NuTsie.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Weather looking bad for the 4th of July

New Townhouse Rainer Beach/Columbia City Area

New Construction Townhouse located near the Columbia City and Rainer Beach neighborhood. Priced at $299,950. 2Bd/1.75Bath/+Den-Office/1car Garage. Modern urban living on a budget. Dwell inspired. Extensive use of real wood/hardwood floors+mill-work. Black granite counter w/euro modern cabinets. SS appliances. Energy efficient in floor radiant heat, w/silent floors & sound proof walls. High tech wiring+security prewire. 9-12' high ceilings. Private fenced rear yard. Listing#27109573

Listed by Megan A. Barnes-Daly of Prudential Signature Properties

Keep pets safe and sane over the Fourth of July holiday

SEATTLE — With Fourth of July celebrations just a few days away, the Seattle Animal Shelter urges pet owners to take extra precautions to protect their pets from fireworks. The shelter also reminds owners to make sure their pets are licensed to give them the added protection that comes with a license.

The shelter will be closed on July 4. If you need assistance, please contact the Seattle Police Department at 911.

“The Fourth of July is one of our busiest days of the year,” says Seattle Animal Shelter Director Don Jordan. “Many animals are frightened by fireworks and some pet owners will see a side of their animal that they’ve never seen before. ‘Fido’ or ‘Lady’ can go from a beloved family pet to a ‘Tasmanian Devil Dog’ in a matter of minutes.”

Jordan offers the following tips to protect pets on the Fourth of July:

  • Keep pet indoors or otherwise secured when fireworks are being shot off.
  • Consult your veterinarian beforehand if you think your pet may benefit from being tranquilized.
  • Take your pet outside to relieve itself before it gets dark.
  • If you take your pet to a park, do not leave it locked in a car.
  • Do not take your pet to public fireworks displays.
  • Make sure your pet is wearing proper identification, such as a current pet license.

Without exception, and as part of the shelter’s “zero tolerance policy” regarding unlicensed pets, officers will issue $125 failure to license citations to owners of unlicensed pets.

The costs for pet licenses are:

Dog: one-year $40 ($20 if spayed or neutered); or two-years $62 ($30 if spayed or neutered).

Cat: one-year $25 ($15 if spayed or neutered); or two-years $40 ($22 if spayed or neutered).

If a pet wearing its license shows up at the shelter, the owner is notified. If an officer finds a licensed pet in the field, it will be returned to its owner instead of being taken to the shelter. Experience shows that often an injured animal wearing a license is more likely to receive veterinary care if the owner is not around. Revenue from pet license fees helps support efforts such as protecting public safety, preventing animal cruelty, solving nuisance animal problems and providing low-cost spay and neuter services.

The shelter will resume regular hours on July 5; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. for licensing, and noon to 6 p.m. for adoptions. The shelter is located at 2061 - 15th Ave. W., approximately one mile south of the Ballard Bridge.

Music - Scissors for Lefty

My recommendation for the week: Scissors For Lefty - Ghetto Ways

Monday, June 25, 2007

New Park Coming to Capitol Hill

SEATTLE - Councilmember David J. Della announced the passage of legislation to acquire land in Capitol Hill for new park space. The land, currently a parking lot at 16th and Howell, will be acquired, in part, by funds from the Pro Parks Levy.

"With the density in many of our neighborhoods, it is important that we find ways to create more open space. The ability to turn a parking lot into a neighborhood park for families and children is a great opportunity," said Della. The Pro Parks Levy, approved by Seattle voters in 2000, has enabled the City to invest $198.2 million to help acquire land for parks and open space, develop hundreds of capital projects, enhance recreation programs, and improved the operations of parks throughout the city. Acquiring this property will help meet the City's goal of providing parks within walking distance for residents in our urban villages, particularly those in the Center City, and will serve the needs of families on Capitol Hill for many years to come.

"The future park site at 16th and Howell will provide another opportunity for all of Seattle's families to come together and share in a new park, adding to our city's treasured open space" said Della. "I am excited to work with the Parks Department on this project, and look forward to the positive impact this park will have on the neighborhood."

Councilmember David J. Della chairs the City Council's Committee on Parks, Education, Libraries and Labor. He is a Seattle native and a long-time community and labor activist. He is serving the Fourth year of his first term. For more information, please visit Councilmember Della's website at:

Pictures & Videos of Seattle Gay Pride 2007

More Pictures on my SmugMug

Thursday, June 21, 2007

One Bedroom Condo on First Hill

Unit: A302 / 300 10th Ave Seattle
Listing# 27083407
List Price $259,900
Appx. SQFT 545
Beds 1 / Baths 1

Corner-Unit with territorial views! Kitchen with stainless steel appliances, custom cabinets, and granite countertops. Washer/Dryer in unit. Secure garage parking! Pets OK. Total Complex Remodel (2004). Condo amenities include spacious Members' Terrace, private meeting room, exercise room, storage locker, bicycle room. Quiet building. Listed by Staci Dinehart of Keller Williams Realty

To view this listing contact me, your agent or the listing agent

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Summer Starts June 21st & Seattle has some Water saving tips

SEATTLE — With summer officially kicking off on Thursday, June 21, many Seattleites will be getting out in their gardens, enjoying the warm weather.

Summer often results in a big increase in outdoor water use. In summer, water use in our region nearly doubles, with most of the extra water going on lawns and gardens. Fifty percent or more of this water is often wasted due to evaporation, runoff, or overwatering.

By watering efficiently, residents can have beautiful, healthy gardens while saving money and conserving water for the environment, salmon, and other wildlife.

Here are five things people can do in their yards to use water wisely this summer:

  1. Use soaker hoses and drip irrigation. By allowing water to seep directly into the soil, soaker hoses put water exactly where your plants need it — at the root zone.
  2. Tune-up your irrigation system. Improving the efficiency of an automatic sprinkler system can reduce summer water bills by one-third while maintaining a healthy lawn and garden and you may be eligible for a rebate of up to $450.
  3. Water deeply and less often. Make sure you let the top few inches of soil dry before watering again. You’ll encourage deep roots and help to prevent disease.
  4. Water only between 7 p.m. and 10 a.m. Watering during the hotter parts of the day can result in loss of up to 50 percent of water through evaporation.
  5. Water better with the weather! Rain is free, so check the weather forecast before watering. If rain is forecast, put off watering a few days.

Visit the Saving Water Partnership website or contact the Natural Lawn and Garden Hotline to learn more: (206) 633-0224 or e-mail

In addition to providing more than 1.4 million customers in the Seattle metropolitan area with a reliable water supply, SPU provides essential sewer, drainage, solid waste and engineering services that safeguard public health, maintain the City’s infrastructure and protect, conserve and enhance the region's environmental resources.

Sponsor Me for AIDS Walk 2007

I am walking to support the vital services of Lifelong AIDS Alliance.The staff and volunteers at Lifelong work everyday to care and fightfor those living with HIV/AIDS in Seattle/King County. Lifelongprovides a variety of care services, including case management, food,housing, and insurance to people living with HIV/AIDS. In addition,they fight the spread of HIV through education and advocate at thestate and national levels.

Please sponsor me in the 21st Annual Seattle AIDS Walk and share this page with your friends!

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Monday, June 18, 2007


My recommendation for the week: Dashboard Confessional - Stolen

One Bedroom Condo in Queen Anne

566 Prospect #407, Seattle

Listed by Paula Huse of Prudential Northwest Realty

Mountain & City Views from Balcony
Wood-Burning Fireplace
Top Floor Unit
Soaring Cathedral Ceilings
Assigned Indoor Secure Parking Garage
Granite Counters, Cherry Cabinets & Stainless Applcs
Continental Bath
Full Size Washer and Dryer

To view this listing contact me, your agent or the listing agent

A Week Full of Seattle Pride Events

Wednesday June 20th

  • 6:30pm // Out of the Closet Fashion Show - W Seattle, W Bar and First Floor Living Room / $15

  • 8:00pm - Midnight // PET: Private Party - Women’s night, featuring DJ Dewey Decimal and drink specials guaranteed to keep you buzzed. / Free

Friday June 22nd

  • 6:15pm // Pride Shabbat 2007- Seattle Jewish Federation / Free

  • 9 - 2:00am // Toga Party at Purr - with Jacinta and Lauren Hildenbrandt / $5

  • 9 - 2:00am // Toga Party at Purr - with Jacinta and Lauren Hildenbrandt / $5

  • 10 - 3:00am // Military Party at Nuemos - with DJ Rob Hall (NYC) / $10

  • 10:00pm // Hot Dog Blessing - By special guest Sarah Rudinoff at The BottleNeck Lounge / Free

Saturday June 23rd

  • 9:00am // 2007 Run and Walk With Pride - Seattle Frontrunner's / $25 - $30

  • 11:00am - 1:00pm // Pride Queer-nival March on Broadway / Free

  • 11:00am - Dusk // QueerFest in Volunteer Park / Free

  • 3 - 6:00pm // Pre-Cruise Party at Purr / Free

  • 4 - 6:00pm // Dyke March Pre-Func - $1 PBR and free hot dogs and veggie dogs. / Free

  • 5 - 9:00pm // Hot Flash Dance - Neighbours / $10

  • 5:00pm // 2007 Seattle Dyke Rally - Seattle Central Community College Plaza (Broadway Avenue East and East Pine Street) / Free

  • 5:30pm // Rat City Rollergilrs Season 3 - Bout 5 - WaMu Theater at Qwest Events Center / $8 - $20

  • 7:00pm // 2007 Seattle Dyke March - Seattle Central Community College Plaza (Broadway Avenue East and East Pine Street) / Free

  • 7 - 11:30pm // Official Pride Cruise - With CruiseyT / $55

  • 9 - 2:00am // Millitary Party at Purr - with Alyson and Sean van der Wilt / $5

  • 9:00pm // The Midnight Sun 2007 - at the Euro-styled CafĂ© Metropolitain, proceeds go towards the Lambert House

  • 12:00pm // Girl4Girl - at Nuemos / $25

  • 8 - 2:00am // One Mighty Pride Party - at the EMP Sky Church / $45 - $55

  • 1 - 8:00am // Tribe "Men's Afterhours" - at Level 5 / $25 - $30

Sunday June 24th

  • 9:00am // Monaco Disco Brunch Ala Carte

  • 9 - 11:00am // Pride Parade Tailgate Party - Put on by Earth & Ocean at the W Seattle Ala Carte

  • 10 - 12:30pm // Bloody Mary Brunch - Pastries, cheeses, fruit Top Pot Donuts and our Famous Bloody Mary or a Mimosa, all you-can-eat. / $12

  • 11 - 2:30pm // Official Seattle Pride Parade / Free

  • 12 - 6:00pm // PrideFest at the Seattle Center / Free

  • 2:00pm - Until? // Beach Party at Purr - with Jenna Drey and Erin Hamilton along with DJ JST / $5

  • 4 - 9:00pm // Free Hot Dogs - at The BottleNeck Lounge / Free

  • Times TBA // Cuff Street Party TBA

  • Times TBA // Wild Rose Street Party TBA

  • 7:00pm // "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" - at Neumos

  • 5 - 2:00am // Revival of Pride at Level 5 - with DJ Brian Gorr / $5 - $10

More information can be found here

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Seattle Capitol Hill 1 Bed 1 Bath Under 270K

Listed by Brigitte Solivan Coldwell Banker Danforth & Associates, Inc.

Unit: 613/ 1400 Hubbell Pl Seattle (Capitol Hill/First Hill)
List Price $269,950
Listing# 27091531
Beds 1 / Baths 1
Building Elektra
Appx. SQFT 602

View of Sound and Lake Union from Observation Deck. Territorial View from Unit. Light & Bright with tile floors, Newer Carpet,California Closet,Breakfast Bar,Updated Cabinets,Ceiling Fan, Screens,Track Lighting in Entry Hall & Kitchen, Washer & dryer 220 Hook Up In Unit. Secure Lobby on 1, Business Center on 1, Guest Unit on 1,Recreation Facility on 1,Laundry Facility on 2,Roof Top Deck on 16,Mail Boxes on 1,Best Parking Stall in garage. Great Location, Close to Freeway, Capitol Hill and Downtown

To view this listing contact me, your agent or the listing agent

Capitol Hill High Returns with Seeing Red: The Final Period

Check out the Trailer

The Final Period. "Seeing Red: The Final Period" runs June 15th - 30th at 7:30pm, at Capitol Hill Arts Center Main Showroom (upstairs), 1621 12th Ave. All shows are all-ages and begin at 7:30pm. Full Bar available for those 21 and over.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Explore Seattle (Seattle Architecture Foundation Tours)

image from flickr

The SAF has some great upcoming tours in June and July. Its a chance to learn a bit more about Seattle's history and inspiration behind its architecture.

Next Tour June 16th - 10 AM
from the website

Design Details: Lions, Griffins, & Walruses, Oh My!
Experience the hidden life of buildings as we explore structures of all shapes and sizes including the Arctic Building and Smith Tower. See how our buildings express themselves through whimsical animal forms, geometric designs, intricate adornments, and elaborate embellishments. The tour will end at the Smith Tower and include a visit to the Chinese Room and observation deck.

Register Here

For a complete list of upcoming tours visit the site HERE

Beautiful One Bedroom Condo in Lower Queen Anne

Unit: 406 550 Aloha St Seattle
List Price $379,500
Listing# 27102781
Beds 1 / Baths 1 / Fireplaces 1
Appx. SQFT 850

Listed by Barb Andersen of John L Scott

Located on lower Queen Anne Hill, just blocks to Downtown, Seattle Center, cafes, theaters, restaurants, clubs, & markets. Easy access to I-5 & Hwy 99. Beautifully appointed features, coordinated fixtures, unique materials & stylish designer-selected details. All of this in a friendly, well-maintained building with a strong HOA & low HOD's. More space for the $$ than nearby conversions/new construction. A Must See!

To view this listing you can swing by this Sunday for the open house 1-4, contact me, your agent or the listing agent Barb Andersen

Wednesday Night Chess at Cal Anderson Park

Where: Shelterhouse at Cal Anderson Park (Cap Hill)
When: Wednesday 6-9pm (except July 4th)

For directions please visit: or

Pictures & Videos from my trip to Salt Lake City, Utah

View of Salt Lake from Ensign Peak

Temple Square Pictures

More pictures available on my SmugMug Here
Some videos from the Trip
Walking up to Ensign Peak

View of SLC from Ensign Peak

Cyndi Lauper True Colors Tour SLC

Margaret Cho on the True Colors Tour SLC

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

"Mac or PC" Rap Music Video - Mac vs PC

It's funny but a bit to long

Seattle First Hill Condo Under 250k

Unit: B110/ 300 10th Ave Seattle
List Price 229,950
Listing# 27104500
Beds 1 / Baths 1
Year Built 2004
Appx. SQFT 493

(listed by Melinda Denham of Windermere)

Great Condo close to Capitol Hill and Downtown for under 250k. Bright 1 Bedroom 1 Bath unit in a well maintained complex. Kitchen features granite counters, cherry cabinets and stainless steel appliances. The light champagne carpet is brand new and was installed June 9th, 2007. This is a ground floor unit just steps from the amenities; BBQ patio, gym, club room and business center. Parking and Storage included. Open House Sunday June 17th from 1pm to 4pm.

Monday, June 11, 2007

17th Annual Walk for Rice – Fight Hunger!

Help raise money for the Asian Counseling and Referral Service Food Bank.

Saturday, June 16, 2007, 8am - 12:30pm at Seward Park
2.5 mile fun run and walk-a-thon

The First Hill - Decatur is offering a Buyer Bonus

I got an email this weekend from the Decatur about their new Buyer Bonus.

"$10,000 BUYER BONUS on the next 10 finished homes purchased at Decatur!
1 and 2 bedroom residences start in the low $200's!*
Home features include hardwood floors, slab granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, and so much more!"

Great Location! Just blocks from Capitol Hill and Downtown.

1 - 2 - 3 - 4 !!

Feist - 1 2 3 4 From the album "The Reminder" (2007)
Kind of reminds me of the video Magic Position by Patrick Wolf

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Seattle's Cal Anderson Park now has a website

Seattle's Cal Anderson Park now has a website

Picture by Bre Pettis
Learn about the history of the park and local events

Upcoming Park Events

07/04/2007 Fifth Annual Capitol Hill Independence Day Community Picnic

Wednesday, 12 noon - 5 PM. The Cal Anderson Park Alliance invites everyone to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy live music, outdoor fun, and community at this all-ages celebration. Call 684-0775 for more info.

07/14/2007 Sounds Outside: A Celebration of Adventurous Music and Community

Saturday, 2-8 PM. Paul Rucker, Gust Burns, Orkestar Zirkonium, Non Grata. Monktail Creative Music Concern presents its second summer concert featuring local and regional musicians of note. Read more at the Sounds Outside website.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

What if Al Gore had been President?

With Al Gore visiting Seattle on Monday I can't help but wonder what the world would be like if Al Gore had been president. Check out this Clip from Family Guy where Peter goes into an alternate reality where Al Gore is President

Friday, June 01, 2007

Summer Concerts at Othello Playground

Seattle Press Release

Seattle Parks and Recreation, in partnership with local nonprofit organizations and businesses, brings summer concerts to Othello Playground for a second summer season.

Concerts take place from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sundays June 10, July 15, August 12, and September 9, at the park, 4351 S Othello St. (at 45th Ave. S).

The concerts will feature more than a dozen performances by mostly local Southeast Seattle artists with a wide range of musical styles from jazz and blues to hip-hop and gospel.

Bring the family and a picnic lunch for a fun afternoon. for more information please call Randy Wiger, Seattle Parks, at 206-684-0775, or e-mail him at

June 10
2 - 3 p.m. Abrace, "Embracing the world through music"

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. The Jazz Beacons, "A rhythmic journey with eclectic stylings"

5 - 6 p.m. Momentum Jazz Quartet, "Versatile jazz which will definitely keep you moving!"

July 15
2 - 3 p.m. The Anthony Pizarro Group, "Over the edge, Latin, Pop, Jazz guitarist"

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Michael Powers Group, "Hot Latin Jazz from his new CD: Cinco de Michael"

5 - 6 p.m. Tor Dietrichson with Global Village, "World Fusion Jazz from a pioneer of the World Music genre"

Sponsors include Homesight, the Community Safety Initiative, the Mt. Baker Housing Association, and Seattle Weed & Seed.

Lineups for the August 12 and September 9 concerts will be available soon on our web site,