Category Archives: Events

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.



Columbia City Gateway Official Opening: Wednesday 9/16

Although the neighborhood has been enjoying it for a few weeks now, the good people behind the Columbia City Gateway project are hosting an official grand opening on Wednesday 9/16 at 4pm. As you head down to hit up the farmer’s market, be sure to swing by. Here’s the official info:

gatewayPlease join us on Wednesday, September 16th, to celebrate the opening of The Gateway located on the site of the historic Columbia School, now home to the Interagency Academy.

It’s time to celebrate the transformation of this corner from a locked and littered field of broken asphalt into a beautiful open space with trees, sitting areas, landscaping, sidewalk benches and lighting for community enjoyment.

The Gateway Opening festivities start at 4pm and will feature:

  • Live music and parade with Jazz Night School
  • Ribbon cutting and crisp speeches
  • Free Gateway balloons for kids (first 100)
  • Performance by Interagency Academy vocalist
  • Free Gateway frisbees (limit 200)
  • Group commemorative sing-a-long
  • Cupcakes compliments of PCC
  • Free Market Bucks with your “I helped open the Gateway” handstamp at the Farmers’ Market after the event (limit 250)
  • Garden Tours

We are grateful to all the Columbia City businesses and residents who donated time, money and effort to create our Gateway, as well as the following organizations:

Our Partners: Seattle School District, The Interagency Academy Students and Staff, City of Seattle, Department of Neighborhoods & Office of Economic Development, Columbia City Business Association and BIA

Our Major Donors: The Wolff Company, Rainier Pacific, Security Properties, PCC Natural Markets, Shirley Marvin Hotel, LR Isabella, Scott Amick, READ WRITE LEARN, Columbia City Pilates, Bank of America

With recognition to: Seattle Parks Foundation, Johnson+Southerland, GMD Custom, Jordan T. Adams, Maher Landscaping and Iris Antman                                                                           .

Please come celebrate with us Wed. Sept 16th at 4pm!


Your Friends of the Gateway

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

Beatwalk: 21st Anniversary

Beatwalk is officially of drinking age this year. To mark the anniversary, the good folks behind it have put together this reminder about what it’s all about:

Hitt’s Hill Work Party Tomorrow: Sat 2/14

Need something to do on Valentine’s Day? Why not participate in tomorrow’s work party at Hitt’s Hill Park? Here are all of the details:
Saturday, February 14th from 10:00am – 1:00pm
Hitt’s Hill Park

5234 37th Ave S, Seattle, Washington 98118
[Saturday 2/14 is] The first work party of 2015 in the park! Join neighbors to get the park ready for spring. Tools are provided and the weather is looking dry for Saturday. The park survived the winter nicely but there are always plants to trim as they reach onto the path and general clean-up
… This is the 3 acre park space just south of Columbia City and west of Hillman City. Even if you can’t help out this Saturday, try to enjoy the path and say hello. Work parties are the 2nd Saturday of every month except December and January.

Original plans for Hitt’s Hill

Where to Watch the Suberbowl in the Neighborhood


Want to stay local? Here’s a roundup of where to watch the game on Sunday:

Ark Lodge Cinema Superbowl Potluck:

Please join us for this free family friendly event. We won’t be showing movies on Game day, so we can host this fun event as a community potluck. Please let us know if you are coming and just a hint, I love 7 layer dip.

The game will be projected on the screen in our 200 seat house and in the banquet room upstairs(no lift or wheelchair access) plus we will have a tv behind the concession stand on the main floor.

See you there! David

The Royal Room:

Looking forward to SuperBowl XLIX this weekend! The Royal Room will be hosting a viewing party for all ages serving $3 12th man tacos, a limited menu, and full bar! GO HAWKS!

Rookies (unless you made reservations, you are too late):

Attention 12’s! Rookies is completely full for our upcoming Superbowl party. Thanks for all the inquiries, but we are no longer taking reservations. Just a heads up…we are not going to be open to the general public! GO SEAHAWKS!!


…there’s a rather popular sporting event going on this Sunday involving a team that some Seattlites hold quite dear. Blue and green Jello Shots! Big screen TV! Food specials! We can’t wait! Join us!

Island Soul has the following invite up on their website…no word on if there are still tables available:

Island Soul

Be sure to use the comments to let everyone know if I missed anywhere…

More on Neighborhood Celebrity Chef, Tarik Abdullah

Last week, Tarik Abdullah brought his pop-restaurant, Morningstar Cafe, to La Isla Mojito for a special guest-chef brunch at the Columbia/Hillman city Latin restaurant. Soon, the participant on ABC’s reality cooking show, The Taste, will begin cooking classes at Hillman City’s Collaboratory.


CityArts’s Jonathan Zwickel recently posted this interview with Abdullah:

People cried when Tarik Abdullah was cut from ABC cooking show The Taste. Not Abdullah himself, who’d made it to the sixth-episode semi-finals of the competition as part of Anthony Bourdain’s team; he handled the disappointment with his usual big-hearted dignity and grace. But his competitors were crushed: “Not a lot of times there’s that much class…” said one of the remaining cooks, choking up. “And he’s so supportive.” The Taste aired its Season 3 finale last week.

Abdullah, the DJ and cook I wrote about in October, before The Taste began airing, has been back in Seattle hosting twice-monthly pop-up brunches at La Isla del Mojito in Columbia City. A week after the episode aired, I met up with him at the Collaboratory, the Columbia City complex not far from his home where he’ll begin his first series of cooking classes for kids on Feb. 8. He walked me upstairs to the second-floor retail space and workshop he uses for producing leather bicycle accessories and upcycled bags. As always, he was dressed in casual-formal hepcat style and wore an enormous smile…

To read the whole interview, click here.


Sunday 1/18: Morning Star Cafe Pop-Up Brunch at La Isla de Mojito

Tarik Abdullah, a current contestant on ABC’s reality cooking show, The Taste, will once-again be bringing his global pop-up brunch, Morning Star Cafe, to Columbia/Hillman City’s La Isla de Mojito this weekend, Sunday (1/18), from 9am-1pm. Abdullah’s pop-up has received a lot of attention as of late, earning him write-ups in both The Stranger and The Seattle Weekly.


From The Stranger:

This past Sunday I was finally able to check out Morning Star Cafe, chef Tarik Abdullah’s brunch pop-up held at La Isla del Mojito restaurant in Hillman City. Abdullah, who runs his pop-up under the moniker A DJ and a Cook, has been hosting brunch and late-night gatherings at different locations around the city for the last two years, but thankfully it looks like brunch has settled into La Isla for the next few months.

The vibe alone—decidedly South Seattle—makes Morning Star worth a visit: a diverse group of people, happier and more energetic than most early diners I’ve encountered in this city, sharing four communal tables surrounded by bright yellow walls and big picture windows. It was gray and rainy outside, but you would never have known.

Abdullah’s flavors are bold and wide-ranging, heavily influenced by North African and Middle Eastern cuisine, but also drawing from South Asia and the Mediterranean. The Morning Star menu is short and sweet, offering Abdullah’s interpretations of dishes like muesli, quiche, pancakes, shrimp and grits, and the classic American trifecta of sausage, eggs, and hash browns. Thee Combo ($13)—hash browns spiced with oregano and lemon, Tabil (a Tunisian spice mix with coriander and caraway) scrambled eggs, and Merguez sausage—deftly balanced its many strong flavors so they were exciting rather than overwhelming. In Gambas con Polenta ($13), the saucy piri piri prawns sautéed with peppers and onions—bright and piquant—were a wonderful foil to the creamy yellow grits atop which they sat… (click for complete review)

And from The Seattle Weekly:

Tarik Abdullah cannot be stopped! With only two episodes left in Season 3 of ABC’s “The Taste,” he’s still a contender for “America’s Best Undiscovered Cook.” (See Seattle Weekly’s interview with Abdullah here). Last week, Anthony’s Bourdain’s team took its first hit on the Latin-themed episode, but Abdullah was spared, leaving three members. Nigella Lawson’s team has already been completely eliminated and Ludo Lefebvre and Marcus Samuelsson each have two contestants left on their respective teams…

…If you miss him there, you can catch him at his pop-up “Morningstar” brunch series at Isla Del Mojito in Hillman City on Janurary 18th from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. A six-item menu typically features dishes such as Persian spiced french toast deep fried with pineapple compote and jerk spiced beef hash with roasted red peppers, squash and polenta. Entertainment will be provided by Kaffeine.


Ark Lodge to Show “The Interview” On Christmas Night

Ark Lodge is one of approximately 200 cinemas nationwide (and the only one in Seattle) to show “The Interview.” According to the official Ark Lodge Facebook page, “tickets are going fast.”  Tickets can be purchased here.

Joel Connelly at the PI picked up the story (including some (attempted) Columbia City connections to the film):


The Ark Lodge Cinemas, in Seattle’s Columbia City, will be one of about 200 theaters across the country showing “The Interview,” the frat house movie in which Seth Rogan and James Franco set out to assassinate North Korea’s “Great Leader,” Kim Jong-Un.

Sony Pictures announced last week that it was canceling the movie’s Christmas Day opening because large theater chains were afraid to show it.

But the show will go on at smaller independent theaters such as Ark Lodge.  Ark Lodge will screen “The Interview” at 9:30 on Christmas night, and at 2:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1.

“Freedom has prevailed: Sony didn’t give up,” Seth Rogen tweeted on Tuesday.

Sony Pictures Chairman Michael Lynton, in making the announcement, said the filmmaker was seeking “to secure more platforms and more theaters so that the movie reaches the largest possible audience.”

Sony Pictures was the victim of a cyberattack in which North Korea was “centrally involved,” according to the FBI.  An anonymous group issued threats about the movie opening.

(The “hermit kingdom” saw its own Internet service, used by a tiny number of the North Korean elite, go down for a lengthy period on Monday.)

The communist Kim family dynasty, which has ruled North Korea since World War II, is acutely sensitive to the image of its “Great Leaders.”  U.S. movies are forbidden in that country, although “Great Leader” Kim Jong II, father of the current “Great Leader,” collected thousands of American flicks.

Last April, two men claiming to be North Korean officials visited a London hair salon that had used a picture of Kim Jong-Un in an advertising poster.  The poster said:

“BAD HAIR DAY? 15% off all gent cuts through the month of April, Tuesday-Thursday.”

The North Korean government would probably take an active dislike to Columbia City.  The “hermit kingdom” is badly malnourished.  Columbia City features one of Seattle’s best bakeries, a breakfast spot (Geraldine’s) filled almost from the moment it opens, plus the original Tutte Bella Pizza a block south of the Ark Lodge.

Tutte Bella challenged Seattle’s rulers when it led the successful campaign to allow sidewalk dining at restaurants.  Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, in 2013, used a Columbia theater to outline his plans for an inclusive city in which opposition voices get heard.

Kim Jong-Un won his last election with 100 percent of the vote.

Paul Constant at The Stranger also encourages everyone to attend:

Earlier today, I told you that independent cinemas were taking up the slack after national movie theater chains refused to carry The Interview. I just got word that the one Seattle-area movie theater that will carry The Interview on Christmas is Ark Lodge Cinema in Columbia City.

1419382387-interview_xlgLatisha Miller, the manager at Ark Lodge, told me they will host their first screening of The Interview at 9:30 pm on Christmas day. From Friday the 26th through January 1st, they’ll be showingThe Interview at 2:30 pm and 9:30 pm daily.

What I said this morning still stands: Don’t feel like you should have to see The Interview to prove your patriotism. But you should absolutely give Ark Lodge your business; they’re a great independent neighborhood theater that has the guts to screen a controversial movie when the corporate chains finked out. These are the folks you should be supporting when you spend your moviegoing dollars.