Category Archives: Feature

Vote Now, So We Can Vote Later

by Geov Parrish

If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal … Oh wait.

And if voting didn’t change anything, they wouldn’t try to slip the primary past people in the middle of their short, glorious summer, when the last thing many of us want to do is pay attention to political candidates. In 2014, the last non-presidential election year with no local offices on the ballot, fewer than 30 percent of registered voters in King County, and less than a quarter of all eligible adults, bothered to vote. Continue reading Vote Now, So We Can Vote Later

Seattle Betsuin Temple Celebrates 86th Annual Bon Odori Festival

by Carolyn Bick

Colorful ribbons of sticky syrup trailed down children’s chins as their spoonfuls of shaved ice rapidly melted beneath a warm sun. Nearby, teens helped one another dress in yukata, Japanese summer garments made of light cotton, and settled with their families under tents to enjoy the night’s festivities.

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Classic Jazz Fills the Halls of the Royal Room

by Gus Marshall

The Royal Room dinner crowd eagerly awaited the evening’s performance. A couple minutes past the seven-thirty start time, a tall man with glasses took the stage and grabbed hold of a microphone. He introduced himself as Alex Guilbert, the organizer and producer of Piano Starts Here, a bimonthly piano-focused performance featuring the eclectic works of influential pianists over the past century.

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Don’t Displace the South End

by Irene Jagla

The time for grief is over; the time to act is now.

That was the common refrain during Got Green’s Town Hall event, “Don’t Displace the South End.” What began as a campaign to ensure community organizer Esther “Little Dove” John avoided displacement from her longtime residence by a micro-studio development has evolved into a broader effort to stop predatory developments across Seattle’s most vulnerable communities.

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The Myriad Vocal Stylings of BEARAXE’s Shaina Shepherd

by Jake Uitti

There are many ways front people try to connect with their audience. For some, it could be a sunny song about tequila and the beach. For others, maybe a short skirt lures listeners. But for Shaina Shepherd, lead singer of the Seattle-based band BEARAXE, the connection is rooted in stories of resilience.

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All Children Deserve an Education, No Matter Their Immigration Status

by Rhonda M. Carter

The Trump administration has already fostered an anti-immigrant climate catastrophic for many immigrant children and their families. Many young immigrants are seeing the promise of an education slip out of their grasp. Moves from abruptly ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and revoking Temporary Protected Status from tens of thousands of established U.S. residents to effectively banning travel to the U.S. for those from selected majority Muslim countries are working together to burden students. Immigrant students are receiving a resounding message that their desire to learn is not meaningful and that they, along with their families and communities, are unwelcome and at risk of separation at any time from those they love most and who most love them.

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Skyway Repair Café Provides Community Space, Second Chance for Broken Items

by Max Wasserman

Barb Horton started fixing things because it was considered a “boy job,” and boy jobs paid better in 1975.

Horton was then studying at the University of Washington to be a teacher. To pay for her education, she maintained postage printing machines, but her career path changed when she was hired full-time by a company that produced the devices.

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Dear Fellow 2018 Graduates…

by Gracie Bucklew

[This story was originally the Valedictorian speech at The Center School’s 2018 graduation ceremony on June 20. It has been lightly edited for clarity.]

As the end of eighth grade grew closer, I was filled with trepidation for what the next four years might bring. I fantasized about failing all my classes on purpose so I’d have to stay at South Shore PreK-8. But that wouldn’t work because the rest of my class would be gone, and I’d have to make friends with the seventh graders.

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THIS WEEKEND IN SOUTH SEATTLE—QTPOC Night at the Collab, “Day Shift” Dance Party at NAAM, Imagine Africatown, and more!

Friday, July 13th:

Open Mic/Performance: Legacy Fridays Open Mic / Showcase
Respect The Culture Presents Vol. 17 of Legacy Fridays (occurs second Fridays monthly), hosted by Suntonio Bandanaz w/ DJ Neebor (Robbin Neebor Clemente). Featured performers tonight are TBD. Limited sign-up performer slots available (arrive early!). ALL AGES
Time: 6 PM–12 AM
Where: Cypher Cafe at Washington Hall—153 14th Ave
Cost: FREE

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First-Annual Frida Fest Celebrates More Than Art

by Naomi Ishisaka

“At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.”  —Frida Kahlo

One day and 111 years after Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón was born in Coyoacán, Mexico, more than 1,000 people gathered on Beacon Hill to celebrate her profound impact on art and culture.

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