Category Archives: Entertainment

Third Place Books + Raconteur Officially Open

This weekend marks the official opening of the long-awaited Third Place Books in the former PCC Seward Park location. The bookstore has events planned all weekend with a number of very well-known, local,  and respected authors reading (on Saturday, Seattle’s best-known restauranteur, Tom Douglas, reads at 11…2006 Pulitzer Prize winner, Tim Egan, reads at 1). Here’s the official release:

Located in the former Seward Park PCC, Third Place Seward Park is a general interest bookstore featuring new & used books with a used book buy back counter open seven days a week.  Third Place Seward Park continues the Third Place mission of providing a gathering space for its new community.

Third Place is also proud to present our partner at the new location – Raconteur.  A new restaurant concept brought to you by the owners of Flying Squirrel Pizza.  Raconteur will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week.  Featuring a full coffee bar with locally roasted espresso, a dining room and a full bar, Raconteur aims to be the neighborhood destination, not only for the Seward Park area, but for all of Seattle.  Raconteur’s menu focuses on food from our corner of the world and dishes from around the globe – a truly upscale, international dining experience.

To celebrate our grand opening we have planned a weekend of book signings with a dynamic group of local authors.  Join us to meet your favorite authors and introduce yourself to the beautiful new addition to the Third Place Books family.

The new location, which also shares a space with a new restaurant and bar, Raconteur (which is being run by the folks behind Flying Squirrel) has been getting a lot of hype in the press. Here’s a Seattle Times write-up, another from Seattle Met, and this one from Eater.

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Columbia City Theater Under New Management

Friday, December 18, 2015.   Lara Lavi is the new co-manager of the Columbia City Theatre in Seattle's Columbia District and has plans to renovate the place.  Musicians are practicing in the backround.

Friday, December 18, 2015. Lara Lavi is the new co-manager of the Columbia City Theatre in Seattle’s Columbia District and has plans to renovate the place. Musicians are practicing in the backround.

The Seattle Times has a piece outlining some new changes underway at the Columbia City Theater. Under new management, the new brains behind the theater have some big ideas on how to improve the space and make the most out of Washington’s oldest vaudville theater.

“You know that movie, ‘We Bought A Zoo’?” Lara Lavi asked as we stood on a balcony inside the Columbia City Theater. “This is that movie.”

It was a fitting comparison. People were running up and down stairs and milling about on the main floor. There was a slight odor about the place — not unexpected after almost 100 years.
And there was wondrous racket coming from the stage, where comedian and musician Ahamefule Oluo and his orchestra were rehearsing for his show, “Now I’m Fine,” before bringing it to New York next month.

If this is a zoo, then Lavi is the keeper with all the keys — most important, the one to the theater’s future.

Last month, Lavi and her husband, Maurice Jones Jr., a multimedia educator who worked with the Central Area Youth Association, were brought in by theater owner Peter Sikov to manage the place.

“We had a four-hour conversation where (Sikov) really saw who we were as artists and grown-up people,” she said.

Lavi, 55, brings years of experience to the role.

She is a working attorney who became the managing partner of Death Row Records in 2009 after negotiating an $18 million acquisition deal.

She has her own production company, called Dreaming in Color Entertainment.

And she is an artist who fronts the Lara Lavi Band and has a new, five-song EP called “Finish Line” coming out next summer.
“We bring emotional acumen, business acumen and a true love of the arts,” Lavi said. “And I am a player. I am doing this.”

Settling into one of the well-worn couches in the theater’s office area, she painted a vivid picture of what she sees for the place.

A thriving theater, with bookings on par with every other similarly sized venue in town. An education program, where students can learn not just performance, but recording, stage management, lighting, sound tech, marketing and promotion. A recording studio, where artists can feel comfortable to create.

She also wants to launch something called “DICE TV,” streaming live performances and artist interviews.

“This would be a media spot similar to ‘Austin City Limits,’ ” she said, referring to the long-running televised concert series on PBS. “This is a perfect production house for this. We want to make sure that every ounce of this building is monetized.”…

Click here to read the full article.

9/6-12: A Weekly Guide to Columbia City Arts, Entertainment, and Culture

The response was strong enough from the first round to try to keep this weekly post going (if you’d like to get involved with this post on a weekly basis, be sure to let me know).

Columbia City has a number of great venues and theaters. As a neighborhood, we all know the value of these businesses and also know how necessary it is to support them in order to keep them a vital part of our thriving community. Here’s what’s happening this week:

ArkRoyalTheaterArk Lodge Cinemas has three movies this week. Click here for showtimes.

Columbia City Theater has a mix of live music and karaoke:

The Royal Room has a mix of both free and ticketed events (see the main Royal Room page for details):

  • Sunday, September 6th (8pm): “I Ain’t Workin’ Tomorrow” Pre-Labor Day Party
  • Tuesday, September 8th (8pm): Trapper Keaper, Syrinx Effect
  • Wednesday, September 9th (8pm): Overton Berry, Bruce Phares Duo
  • Thursday, September 10th (8pm): The Rafael Tranquilino Band, Being Lucius, Shine
  • Friday September 11th (8pm): Rowe, honey.moon.tree, The Black Tones
  • Saturday, September 12th (3pm): Mike Spine CD release, Rockaroake
  • Saturday, September 12th (9pm): Green Splash ft. Adrian Xavier, The Highlife Band, The Lion of Judah

A Weekly Guide to Columbia City Arts, Entertainment, and Culture

Columbia City has a number of great venues and theaters. As a neighborhood, we all know the value of these businesses and also know how necessary it is to support them in order to keep them a vital part of our thriving community. I’ve always had the idea to use Columbia City Source as a way to post a simple, regular guide for the week’s music, theater, and movie happenings in the neighborhood.

If this is something that readers are interested in and value, be sure to let me know in the comments. Also, if anyone connected with these theaters, clubs, restaurants, etc. wants to get involved and take on a weekly posting like this for the whole of the neighborhood’s venues, let me know…I’d be happy to hand this one off to someone who’s truly involved with Columbia City’s arts and music scene.

ArkRoyalTheaterArk Lodge Cinemas has three movies this week. Showtimes are for Mon -Thurs:

Columbia City Theater has a mix of live music and karaoke:

The Royal Room has a mix of both free and ticketed events (see the main Royal Room page for details):

  • Monday, August 24th (8pm): Enso/ Johnaye Kendrick with Dawn Clement & Chris Symer, (10pm) The Salute Sessions (Salute to Monk)
  • Tuesday, August 25th (8pm): Perry Robinson / Stochastic Mettle Union local #35
  • Friday, August 28th (8pm): Beth Fleenor’s Birthday Show featuring: Amy Denio / Tarik Abouzied Duo, Angela Sheik, Led to Sea, Trimtab, Crystal Beth and the Boom Boom Band
  • Saturday, August 29th (9pm): Twisted Groove

Rainier Valley Cultural Center is hosting a weekend event for the new Rainier Valley Radio Station:

The Hummingbird Saloon has music this Tuesday from a neighborhood band:

Island Soul continues its regular weekly offerings:

  • Wednesday, August 26th: Angelo Pizarro