5 Spot: Vote With Your Liver Campaign

Looking for somewhere to watch the Presidential Debate on Wednesday, October 3rd?  Come join your neighbors at the 5 Spot and have a vote with your choice of drink!
Join the 5 Spot to watch the first presidential debate on the big screen Wednesday, October 3rd at 6pm as the 5 Spot and broVo Spirits join forces for the Vote With Your Liver Campaign.  The drinks that they will be featuring are:
Let Me Be Clear Martini
Absolute Citron, broVo Lavender, Curacao, grapefruit juice. No details, perfectly clear.
Joe’s Scranton Manhattan
Working class Beltway cocktail of Jim Beam Bourbon, broVo Douglas Fir, lemon & rosemary tincture.
Bain Baubles & Bubbles
Lillet, St. Germain, broVo Rose Geranium, lemon & sparkling wine…Silly…what recession?
Private Sector Sunrise
Tequila, broVo Ginger, lemon & simply syrup. We build-you drink-no government interference.
The 5 Spot has also rotated their menu and is focusing on Washington DC now.  Check out their menu on their website here.

Lost Cat Near 1200 Block of 3rd Ave West

Pablo is a large indoor/outdoor cat that has been missing since Thursday night. He’s a medium hair brown & black tabby, and weighs about 16 pounds (see pic below). He missed his evening home-dished meal, a favorite, so he may have wandered astray.

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Pablo’s home is in the 1200 block of 3rd Ave West. If you live in the neighboring blocks, please keep an eye out for Pablo and check your yards and garages.

His family is anxiously awaiting any news of Pablo sightings, information, or tips to help bring him home.

If you’ve seen Pablo, contact tips@queenanneview.com and we’ll be sure to get the news to his family. Thank you!

Vote for Your Favorite Space Needle Design!

If you live on Queen Anne, or any part of the city with a Space Needle view, you have a vested interest in voting for the Space Needle’s new look!

There are 6 nominees, and you can vote once daily until October 20th. The design that wins will adorn the top of the Needle for 6 months, as part of the Space Needle’s 50th anniversary.

Click on the picture below to vote!!!

Reminder: Metro Service Changes Begin Tomorrow, Saturday, September 29th

Several key changes to Metro Transit will take place starting tomorrow – check out Metro’s online guide for the planned changes as well as updated schedule and route changes.

Queen Anne routes affected starting tomorrow are listed below – links will take you to the timetable for each:

Route 2E is now 29: Route 29 will operate the same route as former Route 2E south of W McGraw St but will be extended to NW Market St & 28th Ave NW in Ballard via 3rd Ave W, W Nickerson St, Leary Ave NW and NW Market St. Also, southbound trips to downtown Seattle will operate on 2nd Ave instead of 3rd Ave.

Route 4: On Saturday in the early morning and late evening, and all day Sunday, Route 4 will not operate the West Raye St loop via Queen Anne Ave N, W Raye St, 2nd Ave W and W McGraw St. Also on weekends, one southbound trip to Judkins Park via First Hill leaving 3rd Ave & Union St at 5:37 am will be added.

New RapidRide D Line: replaces portions of Route 15 between Crown Hill and downtown Seattle via Ballard, Interbay, Uptown, the Seattle Center and Belltown.

Other Changes:
– Elimination of the Ride Free Area
– Pay-on-Entry: all riders will pay a fare as they board on all routes

Metro encourages people to pay with ORCA cards:

“The easiest, fastest and most cost-effective way to pay a transit fare is by tapping a pre-loaded ORCA card. ORCA offers many advantages, including ease of use, built-in transfers and the ability to manage your account.”

What’s in the Forum This Week?

Our Forum continues to see more posts, but we’d like to gently remind readers that the Forum is for you, so check out these recent posts and updates – and feel free to post your own question, announcements, events, and for-sale items:

  • A resolution to the strange noises heard at 10th Ave W and Howe – other neighbors heard it too, and the original poster contacted SPD via the non-emergency number (206-625-5011). If you live near the intersection and hear the noise, please do the same so SPD can follow up.
  • The Queen Anne Food Bank needs volunteers! Volunteers are needed to make sandwiches for the sack lunch program on Tuesdays from 7-8:30am and Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30am. They also need help on Thursdays at the food bank from 2-4pm. Check out the post for contact details or to ask questions!
  • A local Queen Anne beekeeper is looking for volunteers to host beehives – check out the post to see the short list of requirements for hosting a hive (unfortunately, my yard is too shady and too small!), and to contact the beekeeper or ask questions!
  • And, finally, there are quite a few items for sale too!

Keep the posts coming, and, as always, we’ll keep fighting the good fight against spam!

Tomorrow is Free Museum Day!

If you’re looking for something FREE to do tomorrow, Saturday, September 29th, the Smithsonian Magazine is sponsoring Museum Day Live! tomorrow. It’s an annual event where museums across the country, including some of our own local museums, allow free admission to anyone with a Museum Day ticket.

There’s a small catch – each ticket is good for two people, but tickets are limited to one per household. So, if you have 4 people in your household, two can get free admission, while the other 2 will have to pay full price (which, if those 2 people are kids or seniors, you can go for the discounted tickets for them).

Participating Seattle-area museums include (click links for tickets):

Henry Art Gallery
Log House Museum
Museum of History & Industry at Seattle Center’s International Fountain Pavilion
Nordic Heritage Museum
Seattle Art Museum
The Center for Wooden Boats
The Museum of Flight
KidsQuest Children’s Museum (Bellevue)

Click here for a full list of participating Washington museums.

UPDATE: BENNY HAS BEEN FOUND!!! Lost Indoor Cat Near 9th W & McGraw

An indoor cat was accidentally let outside by some delivery people today, and we need your help locating him.

Benny is an indoor cat who lives at 9th Avenue West and McGraw. He is very friendly, but since he’s not used to the outdoors, he may be scared or shy. He’s likely in the vicinity of his home, so if you live near 9th W and McGraw, please check your yards.

If anyone has seen Benny, please email tips@queenanneview.com. Thank you!

Weekend Roundup – On & Around Queen Anne

Another weekend, another list of events and activities – UW Huskies are at Centurylink tonight (traffic impact now!), WSU Cougars are at CenturyLink on Saturday, and the Storm are at KeyArena on Sunday night. No home games for the Seahawks or Sounders, and the Mariners are away until Monday, when they return to play the Angels at Safeco.

Also – heads up for a Lower Queen Anne traffic alert – it falls outside of our weekend purview, but Madonna is performing at the Key Arena on Tuesday, October 2 and Wednesday, October 3 – expect a lot of traffic, and very little  (if any) street parking.

Weekend Traffic Impacts:
Metro Changes take effect, September 29
Super Swarm, September 29, 3-5:30pm or later – unknown number of bicyclists will leave Occidental Park at 3 pm and travel north to Westlake Mall, “attempting to create traffic gridlock along the way” SDOT

Multi-Day Events:
Festival of New Spanish Cinema, SIFF Uptown, September 27–30
Bite of Broadview, 405 N 117th Street, September 28-30 FREE admission
Northwest Chocolate Festival, Convention Center, September 29-30
Annual Italian Festival, Seattle Center, September 29-30 FREE

Daily Weekend Events:
Thursday, September 27
Huskies vs Stanford, CenturyLink Field, 6pm

Friday, September 28
SIFF Uptown: Samsara, Liberal Arts, Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best

Saturday, September 29
Walk to Freedom 5K, Gas Works Park, 8am
Share the Vision Walkathon, Magnuson Park, 9am
FallAbundance Plant Sale, Washington Park Arboretum, 10am-2pm
SEE IT. BE IT. Career Discovery Day, Seattle Center, 10am-1pm
Washington State University vs Oregon, CenturyLink Field, 7:30pm

Sunday, September 30
Tail of the Lake Regatta, Gas Works Park, 6am-noon
Blessing of the Animals, First United Methodist Church, 180 Denny Way – All are invited to bring their leashed or caged pets to the 9:30 and 11 am services
Polish Festival Seattle, Seattle Center, noon-6 pm
Annual Sustainable Ballard Festival, 11am-7pm
Seattle Storm vs. Minnesota, Western Conference Semifinals, Key Arena, 6pm

Monday, October 1
Mariners vs. Angels, Safeco Field, 7:10pm
Sandbox Radio Live! Something Wicked This Way, West of Lenin (203 N. 36th Street), 7:30pm

Have an event that you would like us to report on? Drop us an email at tips@queenanneview.com

Lloyd Martin Celebrates One Year on Queen Anne with a Special 5-Course Evening

It’s always great to see anniversaries pass for our local Queen Anne businesses, especially when they celebrate with a special event! Local restaurant Lloyd Martin is celebrating its one year anniversary on October 6, and during the first year it received both critical accolades and a Best New Restaurant award. To mark the occasion, Lloyd Martin is hosting a special 5-course menu that includes favorite dishes of both guests and critics.

Chef Crannell, Lloyd Martin, photo courtesy of No Mark At All Photography

I spoke with chef-owner Sam Crannell about his first year on Queen Anne and what’s in store for the future. As with many new restaurants, the first year was a learning experience. At one point Lloyd Martin had over 20 items on the menu, but they’ve since refined their offerings to be “tighter and more focused, keeping favorite dishes around longer” (as long as fresh, quality ingredients are available). Crannell’s overarching goal with Lloyd Martin is to “take what has worked, understand why, and make it better”.

Crannell sees a bright future for Lloyd Martin as a Queen Anne neighborhood restaurant that has “a focus on premier food and exceptional ingredients”. He’s successfully made the transition from chef to chef-owner, but you’ll still find him working 5 days a week in the kitchen at Lloyd Martin.

The anniversary menu ingredients will be determined by what’s available and in season, but guests can expect to see the following dishes, plus a few surprises:

– Rabbit Raviolis with Truffle nage
– Elk or Bison bolognese with huckleberry (elk or bison is dependent on availability)
– Veal with caraway and caramelized apple
– Molasses roasted pork

Photo Courtesy of No Mark Photography

The 5-course menu is $65 and includes a glass of champagne. Wine pairings with each course are available for an additional $40. In addition, guests can splurge and purchase a bottle of wine from Lloyd Martin’s library, including Brunellos, Barolos, and Opus One.

Seating is limited to 30 people, and will be staggered throughout the evening. Reservations are required, and they’re filling up fast – call Lloyd Martin for reservations at 206.420.7602.

And, if you’re interested in learning more about Chef Crannell’s approach to cuisine, he’ll be at the Queen Anne Farmer’s Market Chef Tent today from 5:30pm to 6:30pm, sharing his secrets on how you can get big flavors out of your home kitchen with fresh market produce!

Upcoming Films at SIFF Cinema Uptown

Only one new film begins a week-long run at SIFF Cinema Uptown on Friday – but that’s because SIFF is hosting the Festival of New Spanish Cinema, as well as several one or two-night special engagements throughout the week.

Links to film synopses, user ratings, show-times, and ticket purchases are provided below.

Special Events & Short-Run Films:
Festival of New Spanish Cinema, September 27–30
The 5th annual Festival of New Spanish Cinema unveils the next generation of Spanish film legends. Featuring first-time filmmakers and established masters alike, the festival includes award-winning comedies, romances, and dramatic masterpieces, with some of the riskiest and innovative Spanish films of the year. Films include (click to see show times/days – many are limited): No Rest for the Wicked, Iceberg, Sleep Tight, Madrid, 1987, Carmina or Blow Up, The Double Steps, Wilaya

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, October 1 & October 8 only
SIFF Passes and Vouchers are not valid for this special engagement.
Based on the international best-selling novel by Mark Haddon and adapted for the stage by Simon Stephens, this richly theatrical exploration of the touching and bleakly humorous novel is recorded from the National’s most intimate theatre.

Tim Burton 3D Animated Double Feature, October 2 only
SIFF Passes and Vouchers are not valid for this special engagement.
Double-feature begins with The Nightmare Before Christmas, followed by the expanded feature film version of Frankenweenie, both shown in 3D stop motion animation.

Miss Representation, October 4 only
SIFF Cinema passes and vouchers are not valid for this special engagement.
Mass media is teaching another generation that a woman’s primary value is in her youth, beauty and sexuality – not in her capacity as a leader, making it difficult for women to obtain leadership positions and for girls to reach their full potential. Director Jennifer Siebel Newsom looks at the media message through interviews with Nancy Pelosi, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Gloria Steinem, and more.

New & Continuing Film Runs:
Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best, NEW, September 28-October 4
A struggling indie rocker and his eccentric bandmate embark on a tender and unpredictable musical road comedy as they bring a unique style to unsuspecting new fans—the sound of children’s instruments.

Samsara, Continuing through October 4
Filmed over a period of almost 5 years and in 25 countries, Samsara transports viewers to sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial sites, and natural wonders. Samsara has no dialogue or text, instead it encourages inner interpretations inspired by images and music that infuses the ancient with the modern.

Liberal Arts, Continuing through October 4
Dreaming of his halcyon days in college, a  35-year-old liberal arts college graduate jumps at the chance to return to his small, Midwestern alma mater. Back on campus, he forms bonds with a spastic stoner, a sardonic literature instructor, a troubled young bookworm, and a spirited sophomore who shares his passions for the liberal arts.