Happily ever after in the Central District



An important work of art created by the subject of our very first Central District News report (Image courtesy Mom)

This week, as we announced the time had come to bring Central District News to a close, we looked back at the history of the site — including the very first CDN post. The headline is unsettling: Car Hits Baby Stroller on 23rd Ave — 10/31/2007

For one final post, Central District News is happy to report that everyone lived happily ever after.

The first time I read the CD news was while trying to make sense out of the worst and best 24 hours of my life: October 31, 2007. I was walking to work with my mom and my stroller bound just-turned-one son. Crossing 23rd at Marion there was a car across the way so we waited for them. They werenʼt signaling nor moving even though the coast was clear so we assumed they were waiting for us. Not the case–must have been distracted. When we were 1/2 way across the street, the car made a quick left. Understand this all happened pretty darned fast and gets a little nutty so Iʼll proceed chronologically.

I saw the car, screamed something along the lines of “stop!”and got between it and the stroller (as if I could stop it, right?). I was struck and thrown over the car which proceeded to run over the stroller and drag it under the car about 30 feet, veering left and running up the curb and into the steps of the corner house. Thatʼs where it was when I came to, looking for my son. My mom, in some stage of disintegration, directed me to where the stroller was. All that could be seen was crushed metal under the car. Needless to say I fell apart. I believe I was on the ground hysterical, ripping clumps of grass out, when my mom alerted me to a babyʼs crying.

There was this weird moment of what do we do? Could we lift a car? What would meet our eyes when we did? Then this young man, maybe a teenager, maybe in his 20ʼs, came right up to me and said “do you want us to lift that car?” “yes”. Then it was all hands on–residents of the corner house, construction workers from across the street, myself and my mom.

When we pulled the completely collapsed/smashed stroller out there was a little smudge of oil on my sonʼs forehead where the bottom of the car was touching him. Thatʼs it.

The next 24 hours was filled with a lot of testing at the hospital. Not fun but worth realizing that as unbelievable as it seemed, my son was unharmed.

My boy is now a 7 year old big brother and is living a full and active life. Like a lot of kids his age he fancies himself invincible so the time hasnʼt quite arrived for us to tell him what happened. When that time comes, I plan on digging out that first story from the CD news to help him put this crazy puzzle together.

In the blurry days following this incident I scanned news sources trying to make sense of what had happened. The most helpful and human coverage was found in the CD news. Iʼve been reading it ever since. Thank you CD news for providing such valuable asset to our community. Youʼll be missed.

Thanks for reading, everybody, and thanks for sharing your stories.

The Real Folk Blues


Cowboy Bebop is the best anime ever. No, it is. It has won multiple awards for its characters and storyline and is critically acclaimed by absolutely everybody… But that’s not the most important thing right now. What’s important is that it also has one of the most recognizable, extensive and mind-blowing soundtracks EVER. The Real Folk Blues: Burlesque Inspired by the Music of Cowboy Bebop! starts with that soundtrack, and invites the most talented burlesquers this side of Titan to make amazing sexy art with it! This is NOT a Cowboy Bebop-themed burlesque show–this is a whole new galaxy of creativity inspired by the genre-blending musical masterpiece that is the Cowboy Bebop soundtrack. See you… There!

Featuring burlesque performances by Scarlett O’Hairdye, Bolt Action, Sara Dipity, Whisper De Corvo, Sin De La Rosa, Lady Drew Blood, Sailor St. Claire, Maggie McMuffin, Stella D’Letto, and headlined by Your Own Private Radical, Randi Rascal!

May 2nd
Doors at 6.45pm and 8:15pm
Curtain at 7:00pm and 8:30pm
The Rendezvous Jewelbox Theater
2322 2nd Avenue Seattle, WA 98121
Tickets $12 Presale ~ $15 At Door ~ VIP Tickets $20/$25

Roots & Renegades Pacific Northwest Wine Tasting

April Showers bring new wine releases along with the blossoms.  This Saturday we’ll be pouring some new wines from Sleight of Hand Cellars’ Renegade Wines from Walla Walla and Roots Winery out of the Willamette.  It is a fresh and spring-like lineup that will make you bloom.

2013 Sleight of Hand, Renegade Rose $11
79% Syrah, 14% Cinsault, 7% Counoise The grapes were pressed directly after harvesting, and the juice was drained to stainless steel tanks, where the wine was fermented at a cool temperature to retain the fresh fruit characters of the final product. It has wonderful aromas of fresh pomegranates and citrus, some sweet red berries, and even rhubarb. This wine will be the perfect pairing with a fresh beet salad and crumbled goat cheese, or grilled salmon on your deck.

2011 Roots, Melon de Bourgogne
Roots is a 7 acre estate in the Yamhill-Carlton district of the Willamette. Run by Chris Berg, Roots is an under the radar star of Oregon Pinot.  Their Mellon de Bourgogne (otherwise known as Muscadet) sourced from Deux Vert vineyard picks up a bit more body than its European cousin, but retains the that crisp freshness that goes great with shellfish.

2012 Roots, Klee Pinot Noir $20
In homage to one of Chris’ favorite artists Klee (named after Paul Klee), is a fresh and imaginative Pinot Noir. The grapes are sourced from various vineyards, and at $20 is an amazing value for the Willamette.

2012 Sleight of Hand, Renegade Red $11
40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot The Red drinks like a Washington State Cabernet-based blend, with lots of red and black fruits, scents of loamy minerality, and fine grained tannins that are matched with balanced acidity.

2012 Sleight of Hand, Renegade Mourvedre $16
Only 4 barrels, or 98 cases of this wine, were made. Mourvedre is normally a minor blending grape in the Rhone Valley, but here in Washington (especially off The Rocks area in Walla Walla), it is worthy of being bottled on its own.

Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2 until the bottles run out and on Sunday we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5. No matter what day you stop by we always have something open to sample.


HOT JAVA COOL JAZZ – Garfield Jazz Ensemble I at the Paramount Theatre
April 25, 2014, doors open at 6 pm, show begins at 7 pm
Tickets ($20) on sale from April 1 to April 20 at the Starbucks on 23rd & Jackson OR on-line at www.garfieldjazz.org (plus $1 per ticket to Garfield Jazz Foundation for shipping/handling), 100% of the proceeds from these sales support Garfield Jazz!

Five supremely talented high schools. One brilliant show of support.
On April 25, 2014, the Garfield Jazz Ensemble I and four other stellar Seattle-area high school bands come together for one amazing, jazz-filled evening at the Paramount Theatre. But don’t take our word for it; come hear them for yourself at Starbucks’ 19th Annual Hot Java Cool Jazz concert.
Purchase your tickets from the Starbucks at 23rd & Jackson from April 1 to April 20, or on-line at www.garfieldjazz.org from March 27 to April 20 and all of the proceeds of tickets sold through these outlets benefit Garfield Jazz. Admission is $20; tickets purchased on-line will be mailed to you.
Last year, this concert SOLD OUT, so buy your tickets early.
Hot Java Cool Jazz is a part of Starbucks’ ongoing commitment to supporting the local youth arts community, and this year’s participants are from Ballard, Bothell, Garfield, Mountlake Terrace and Roosevelt High Schools.

Google Glass is Coming to Seattle

Come explore through Google Glass! We’ve heard lots of people are interested in experiencing Glass first hand, so we’re giving  you a chance to do just that with the Seattle stop on our national tour. Come try Glass, chat with the team, and enjoy local treats and beverages.

Please RSVP here: http://goo.gl/m8s5GK

Discussion on advances in Diagnosis, Research and Treatment of Dementia

Join us for an informative discussion led by By Dr. Thomas Grabowski on the latest developments in brain research, and what is being studied for prevention and treatment.

Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Wednesday, April 2nd, 6:00 PM.

Aegis on madison 2200 East Madison Street

Dr. Thomas Grabowski, Director of the Memory and Brain Wellness Center, Professor of Radiology and Neurology Research Affiliate, Center on Human Development and Disability – University of washington.

Old World/New World: Pinot Gris/Pinot Noir

This Saturday we’ll be doing a little compare and contrast of Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir pitting the home team up against a couple of European stalwarts.  Come discover the beauty and strengths of both worlds.

2013 Lorelle Pinot Grigio  $10
Lorelle is the second label for J. Albin Winery of Hillsboro, Orogon. John Albin has been growing pinot noir from his estate Laurel Vineyard since 1981 and is the former winemaker/vineyard manager for King Estate.  The Grigio is an outstanding value at $10.  The new vintage has just been released.  Come and see what it’s like.

2010 Diehl, Grauer Burgunder 1 ltr.  $12
Weingut Diehl sits at the foot of the Württemberge Mountains amid the picturesque countryside, surrounded by vineyards and a fascinating view of the Stuttgart basin.  The Diehls started making their own wine rather than selling their grapes in 1972.  They use selective hand picking and a gentle winemaking, which blends tradition and modern enology.  The Grauer Burgunder is all Pinot Gris and a world apart.

2012 Mas de Boislauzon, Chaussynette Rosé  $9
Grenache, Syrah
Every match off needs an intermission.  This Rosé from a 5th generation Chateau Neuf du Papes winemaking family should prove a great diversion. With the 2013 vintage of Rosés rolling into the market we are finding some 2012 wines left at a great prices.  Was $15 now $9

2012 Lorelle Pinot Noir  $15
It is hard to beat the Lorelle Pinot Noir for value.  This solid, fresh and clean Pinot is from the exceptional 2012 vintage in the Willamette drinks amazingly well without being overly simple.

2011 Domaine Camus-Bruchon, Savigny-Pimentiers Vieilles Vignes $40
Lucien Camus-Bruchon, his wife Bernadette and their son Guillaume farm some 9.2 hectares of vines, mostly Pinot Noir.  Lucien took over from his father in 1971 and he’s the sixth generation, son Bill is the 7th.  This Vieilles Vignes bottling comes from a single vineyard of 89 year old vines.  It is a beautiful Pinot with sweet cherry aromas, dry, firm fruit and elegance and minerality with an impressive length and depth on the finish.  It is a classic Burgundy.

Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2 until the bottles run out and on Sunday we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5. No matter what day you stop by we always have something open to sample.


“The Lisbon Traviata”

The Lisbon Traviata by Terrence McNally

Directed by Gerald B. Browning 

Theatre22’s first annual PRIDE SERIES presents The Lisbon Traviata.  Catty comedy meets operatic tragedy: Stephen adores Maria Callas and shares this obsession with his best friend, the wildly flamboyant opera queen, Mendy. They dish the latest gossip late into the night to distract Steven from a crumbling relationship with his longtime boyfriend. When Steven attempts to confront personal demons, his life takes on the scale of grand opera.

New Releases from Animale Wine Tasting

Far away in the deep upper reaches of a land known as Ballard, Matt Gubitosa toils away in small carefully organized cellar, slowly crafting the wines called ANIMALE.  The wines are intense and full flavored made from select vineyards in Eastern Washington where well-drained soils, cool nights, low yields, small berry size, limited irrigation, and late harvests result in special grapes that make unusually complex wines.  Grapes you won’t find in your typical CMS Washington blend.  Come by on Saturday, meet Matt, and try the new wines of his 2011 vintage.

2011 Dolcetto – Columbia Valley $25
This Piedmontese grape finds a new home on Waluke Slope.  It shows intense cherry aromas and flavors with a soft but lingering finish.  24 cases produced

2011 Cabernet Franc – Yakima Valley $25
Inspired by the great reds of the Loire Valley, the Cab Franc is elegant and spicy with notes of chocolate, clove, and fresh berries and suggestions of citrus peel.  24 cases produced

2011 Tempranillo – Yakima Valley  $25
This classic Spanish varietal takes on a new persona in Prosser.  The Tempranillo is tangy and lithe, complex and intriguing. 24 cases produced

2011 Petite Sirah –  Yakima Valley  $26
From a vineyard in Sunnyside planted especially for ANIMALE, the 2011 Petite Sirah is a muscular wine with burly tannins lurking beneath its dark full fruit. 24 cases produced

2011 Carmenere – Red Mountain $25
This interesting and intense “lost grape” of Bordeaux that was reborn in Chile also shows up to state a claim in Red Mountain.  The Carm has saturated red/black color and flavors of fresh berries, mixed herbs, tobacco and roasted red peppers.  It is full bodied and vigorous with a lengthy finish. 32 cases produced

Madrona Wine Merchants offers free wine tastings featuring 4-5 selections on a theme every Saturday from 2 until the bottles run out and on Sunday we offer a mini-tasting of two wines all day from 11-5. No matter what day you stop by we always have something open to sample.

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Step I: Intro to Acting with Stefan Enriquez or Christine Marie Brown at Freehold Theatre

At Freehold, we believe that acting is a process that can be learned and practiced by anyone at any age.   In the Intro class, you develop fundamental acting tools:  playing an action, living truthfully in imaginary circumstances, and working with a partner.  No matter your experience, you learn acting in an exciting and safe environment.  This is the first class in our three-step acting progression, introducing you to a vocabulary and approach that will be the basis of Step II: Acting with Text and Step III: Basic Scene Study.

Freehold has been offering acting classes in Seattle since the summer of 1991. We offer introductory courses for the absolute beginner as well as master classes for working professionals. All Freehold faculty are working professional actors, playwrights and directors whose credentials include recognized work on and off Broadway, in major motion pictures, on television, and in regional and international theatre venues.

Section I: Stefan Enriquez, Instructor
April 8 – May 27
Tuesdays, 6:30 – 10:30 pm
$390 Discounted
$470 Full Price

Section II: Christine Marie Brown
April 12 – June 7
Saturdays, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
$390 Discounted
$470 Full Price

To register for this class or for any of our other great classes, go to:


or call us at (206) 323-7499

Stefan Enriquez has been an actor and teacher in Seattle for the last 13 years. He studied at Western Washington University and the Pasqualini-Smith Studio. He has performed on numerous stages including the Seattle Repertory Theatre, A Contemporary Theatre, the Seattle Children’s Theatre, and the Empty Space Theatre where he appeared in the West Coast Premiere of Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me. He has taught acting as an artist-in-residence for the Seattle Rep and the Seattle Children’s Theatre. He can be seen in several feature films, local and national commercials, corporate videos, print, and television–most recently on the series The Fugitive and Citizen Baines.

Christine Marie Brown made her Broadway debut in the Tony-award winning production of both parts of William Shakespeare’s Henry IV. She has also appeared Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons and in an awardwinning NYC Fringe Festival production of Harold Pinter’s Ashes to Ashes. Nationally, Christine’s theatre work includes leading roles at The Guthrie, The Old Globe, South Coast Rep, Baltimore Centerstage, Shakespeare & Company, Buffalo Studio Arena, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, American Shakespeare Center, Kansas City Rep and TUTA (Chicago). Locally, her work has been seen at Seattle Rep, ACT, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Village Theatre, 14/48 Festival, Theatre Anonymous, Engaged Theatre Program, Sandbox Radio LIVE!, Endangered Species Project and Northwest Playwrights’ Alliance.

Explore the You You Don’t Know

Freehold Theatre Lab/Studio
2222 2nd Avenue, Suite 200
Seattle, WA  98121
(206) 323-7499

If you are looking for outstanding training in a supportive atmosphere,
Freehold is the place.

Artist Reception & Wine Tasting

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Patty Haller

“Natural Magnuson”

March through April

Artist Reception March 16th, 3 to 5 pm

This series of paintings is inspired by the wetlands and native plants at Magnuson Park.  As the old Navy base is repurposed and the wetlands rehabilitated, the native plant life is reclaiming its space in natural history.   Some of these paintings are based in reality, and some in my imagination.  I am exploring casein and gouache as alternatives to my traditional oil paints, and I’m enjoying the fresh drawing quality I get with this approach.