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A Night of Scandal & Lust: Scarecrow Video’s March Screenings can get a little Saucy!

March 6th, 2014 by Nico Lund

Looking for Something Scandalous to do tonight? Head down to Scarecrow Video for a night of Desire & Lust

Tonight, as part of their  month long March Screening’s, Scarecrow Video and host Marc Palm Present the 1966 film, My Brother’s Wife, written and directed by Doris Wishman.

These events are free to the public, but make sure you check your ID because this is 21+ event.

Movie is at 7pm, so show up early to get a hot seat!

With beer and coffee available and encouraged for consumption (to help support the continuing of such events), this is an affordable night out on a cold thursday in March.

Check out Scarecrow Video’s Website for more info.

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Is the U-District Going Micro?

March 4th, 2014 by Nico Lund

Photo credit: www.seattlemet.com/

Microhousing: Is it a good thing?

Microhousing, also known as a-Pod-ments or stack housing, refers to apartments that offer 100-300 square feet of living space and a private bathroom.

Microhousing is the next-big-thing making its own wave of controversy in the Seattle housing conversation. Riding on the coattails of Seattle’s Townhome Takeover, microhousing proponents have found loopholes in city code to easily get permits for construction, getting past some zoning rules and regulations. Neighbors have complained that these ‘aPodments‘ just seem to ‘pop’ up in their neighborhoods without the proper review process.

The units have no full kitchen but offer a refrigerator and microwave. To create a more social environment, some microhousing complexes are designed with a community kitchen. This type of housing is targeted to students, young professionals and singles. With affordable rents ranging from $500-$1000 including utilities, these mini apartments seem ideal for the University District, but are they?

Some are worried that these micro microhousing complexes crowd too many people together in one area and there is no parking provided. Neighbors are also worried that there is more likelihood of a high turnover of occupants which is not compatible with a safe, family friendly neighborhood.

Is high density, at the cost of family friendly neighborhoods, a sacrifice that needs to be made for affordable housing in the city? Both sides of the issue have interesting points.

A recent Seattle Times article notes that “microhousing provides affordable, transit-friendly options to those for whom the housing industry has previously not given much attention.” On the other side, Kiro7 reported on a heated developers’ meeting last spring over aPodments and some of the concerns from neighbors hinged around being “worried how many people would actually be sleeping in each unit. Others brought up safety concerns like emergency exits”.

With the University District’s changing face, should we be concerned with too many aPodments, or is stack housing a solution for affordable urban living? What do you think?

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Post Super Bowl XLVIII: The 12th Man Goes Wild in the Udistrict!

February 2nd, 2014 by Nico Lund

In the post game excitement, fireworks were launched and the skies of the Udistrict were humming with the sound of circling helicopters.

On Twitter, reports came in from Kiro7 of large crowds gathering in Seattle’s University District. It started with a tweet of a scuffle at a bonfire on Greek Row between people and firefighters. Now it seems the ave. has been overtaken with washes of jubilant fans in a celebratory mood!

Sitting here, I can hear the happy hoots and hollers as groups of happy fans pass by this usually quiet street.

Is this the 12th man coming together one last time this season to sound the victory cry? It was indeed an amazing win for not only the Seahawks but all of Seattle as well.

Congratulations! And let’s be safe out there as we bask in the glow of this incredible win.

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Not Interested in Being a 12th Man? Go to Flowers on the Ave.

February 2nd, 2014 by Nico Lund

So it’s the Superbowl and the last thing you want to do is watch it! Right? You’re not sentimental about these kinds of things, and neither are your friends. In fact, “Who’s playing? Who cares?” is your current motto.

So, you should head down to Flowers Bar & Restaurant on University Ave and partake in a Game-Free afternoon. Flowers has a full bar, delicious vegetarian food and most importantly NO TV!

Jimmy the bartender says that if he hears anyone talking in the slightest about the Superbowl, he has an especially disgusting concoction of blue and Green liquor he will make you drink.

So, if NFL action is not your cup of tea, let Jimmy at Flowers make you a cup of something else. And while you’re enjoying delicate sips, you can let the echo’s of Superbowl parties fade into the distance.

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The Butcher & The Baker is ready for the 12th Man

January 30th, 2014 by Nico Lund

Meet Joe. He’s the Butcher and the Baker.

Yeah yeah…we know, but we won’t go there! Joe doesn’t need another title as he is doing just fine making hand-crafted pastries, savories, and suppling us with Northwest grown meats.

Originally a restaurant owner in Renton, Joe Kennedy is known for his sweet and savory offerings. He is passionate about the art of food and loves to share that through beautiful displays and delicious menu items. As one fan on Facebook puts it, “Come for the local meat and meals. Stay for the AMAZING cheesecakes!!!”

In regards to how he sources his inventory, he stresses that he is very particular and offers organic chicken and poultry. By maintaining good communication with his suppliers, Kennedy says he is able to insure that he is providing a top quality product. He strives to seek out Northwest farmers that use free-range farming techniques and best practices.

Kennedy opened The Butcher & The Baker in November in the Latona Neighborhood just South of Greenlake. Not only is Kennedy the perfect guy to visit for everyday supplies, but he is also a great stop for your next gathering or party. In fact, Kennedy says that you should definitely stop by this weekend to stock up for your Superbowl Party!

Here are some mouthwatering menu items that will be in the shop on Friday:
Three Flavors of Marinated Chicken Wings
Hoisin BBQ
Jamaican Jerk
Spicy Tapatio

And these are available on Saturday:
Spiced Rubbed Baby Back Ribs
Three Bean Steak Chili
Shepards Pie
Sandwiches: Roast Beef Ciabatta and the Infamous Cured

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Where Do You Draw The Line and Say No? UW’s Psycho Thriller

January 30th, 2014 by Nico Lund

Reading to Vegetables

Written by EM Lewis
Directed by Tina Polzin
January 29 – February 9 Glenn Hughes Penthouse Theatre
Wednesday-Saturday at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2pm (there is no late seating)

Tickets are $10
Runtime is 1 hour and 30 minutes with no intermission

I haven’t been to the theater in a while, but something about the new production at UW’s School of Drama’s Penthouse Theatre caught my attention.

Set in a hospital, Reading to Vegetables is a psychological thriller that blurs the line between when to say no and when to participate. As the play delves into the subject of doctor and patient ethics, playwright EM Lewis seems to ask us bigger questions about our own moral characters.

EM Lewis was inspired by Milgram’s “Obedience to Authority Studies” and focuses her story on a pre-med student Rachel (Anna Lamadrid), who is hired by Dr. Bennett (Joe Ngo) to act the part of a coma victim  for a research study. As the play unfolds, the murky line between what is right and what is wrong becomes less clear.

Without giving too much away, the characters and their stories weave through seamlessly as we slowly discover that things are not what they seem.I recommend going out and supporting these students as they offer us this interesting and provocative performance.

Tina Polzin, a member of the Professional Director Training Program, directs Reading to Vegetables as it makes its premiere on the stage.

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Do You Collect? Today is Artifact ID Day at the Burke!

January 25th, 2014 by Nico Lund

Head into The Burke Museum and Find Out More About Your Special Items.

One day a year, the Burke Museum brings together a whole host of experts who are there to help you identify objects from your personal collections. Bring in baskets, blankets, and other cultural objects from Native American cultures, the Pacific Islands, and Southeast Asia, as well as archaeological artifacts, bones, fossils, and rocks. Although no appraisals are made, you will get a chance to show off your prized pieces and learn more about them with others.

Artifact ID Day

Burke Museum
Sat., Jan. 25, 2014 | 1 – 3:30 pm
Included with museum admission; FREE for Burke members

What do you collect? Along with objects from the natural and cultural world, the Burke Museum collects experts. Join us for Artifact ID Day, the one day a year where all of our experts are in one place to help you delve more into the objects that matter to you.

Past Artifact ID Days have uncovered such rare items as a 5,000-year-old stone tool, a twined basketry doll made by a Tlingit weaver, and a drinking cup made from a walrus’ tusk. What do you have?

We can work with you on baskets, blankets, and other cultural objects from Native American cultures, the Pacific Islands, and Southeast Asia, as well as archaeological artifacts, bones, fossils, and rocks. No appraisals will be given. The Burke Museum does not authenticate items for sale.

Artifact ID Day is included in museum admission and is free for Burke members. Please bring in a limit of three items per visitor due to the event’s popularity.

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Explore Latona & 65th and Find Yourself Happily at Home in Cafe Lulu

January 24th, 2014 by Nico Lund

When you need a little break from the streets of the U, take a little stroll to 65th and Latona for a quiet little spot that you are going to adore.

Read about Cafe Lulu from our Sister Site www.Mywallingford.com:

Café LuLu: Neighbors, a Perfect Cup-of-Joe and Art Openings

Posted by Nico Lund on January 24th, 2014

Café Lulu is situated on Latona Avenue just off 65th. It’s a short diversion from Wallingford proper and a great spot for your next stroll through the hood.

This Saturday evening, photographer Lisa Hagen Glynn is exhibiting her new work from 6-9pm. There will be some live jazz music, so, it’s a great opportunity to check out this spot and experience this local business in the evening hours.
The Latona & 65th area houses a small grouping of businesses from an antique store,The Dish, the Latona Pub and more. Just south of Greenlake and north of Wallingford, the area has a local and loyal following. Nestled in between Krittika Noodles & Thai and the Latona PubCafé Lulu is a bright and cheerful spot to get your morning coffee, a quick breakfast or a pick-me-up snack.

Owner Karen Laurie takes pride in her employees and her customers. She says she strives hard to make sure her cafe is a warm and welcoming place for everyone. She mentioned that “sometimes we have lines in the morning, but I usually can see who my regulars are and I make sure to have their order ready for them when they get to the front.”

It is also a great spot to work –as this reporter found out on a recent break from the home office. After the morning rush, Laurie assured me there are usually tables available for those who need a change of scenery in their work day. There is always Wifi, and there are even a few outlets just in case your gadget is running low on juice.
Serving Café Vita coffee and a variety of teas, they also have a delicious menu that won’t break the bank. Breakfast Burritos come from Café Racer, pastries from Louisa’s Bakery, and fresh bagels from Seattle Bagel. And for those of you who always have a hankering for Macrina’s famous squash harvest bread, you’re craving will be cured. The best part is that you will be served by a solid crew of barista’s who love their job and will treat you like family.
So on your next search for a comfortable spot to have a moment to yourself, meet a friend, enjoy a hot drink and a treat, or get some work done, Laurie and her team  will not disappoint.


6417 Latona Ave

Monday – Friday : 6:30am – 3pm
Saturday & Sunday : 7:30am – 2pm

Call Cafe Lulu: 206-527-7062

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Oh, how the Neighborhood is-a-changin

January 21st, 2014 by Nico Lund

Are you a resident of the U-district, Roosevelt Neighborhood or surrounding area’s? Are you wondering what changes are happening in the near and distant future? Come meet some fellow neighbors and city officials who are working together to change our urban landscape to be more user friendly. The next meeting is tonight at 7pm at the University Heights Community Center. Check out the Roosevelt Neighbors’ Alliance for more information.

Udistrictdaily.com will be there taking some notes to share in future posts. Do you have any ideas for changes you would like to see in these neighborhoods? We would love to hear ‘em!

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While They Were Sleeping

January 21st, 2014 by Nico Lund

The Seattle Times reports a robbery while the occupants were asleep!

Home burglarized in U-District while residents slept

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University of Washington police said someone crept into a home while the residents slept and stole a variety of items.

Seattle police were called to a home in the 4700 block of 18th Avenue Northeast in Seattle’s University District Friday at 10 a.m. for a report of an overnight burglary.

A resident said that sometime between 1:30 a.m. and 3:30 a.m., someone entered the house and removed valuables such as cash, electronic devices and jewelry.

Some residents were home sleeping at the time of the burglary and others were not home.

No one saw the burglar inside the home and there was no indication of a forced entry, police said.

The case is being investigated by the Seattle Police Department under case number 2014-17938. Anyone with information about the burglary or the possible suspects’ whereabouts is asked to call the Seattle Police Department at 206-625-5011.

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