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‘Think & Drink’ at Naked City Wednesday will focus on the history of protest

March 24th, 2014 by Doree

Humanities Washington’s next “Think & Drink” is at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Naked City Brewery & Taphouse, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N. Titled “A History of Protest: Civil Rights Movements in Seattle from the 1960s to 1980s,” the free event will explore Seattle’s role in national and international civil rights movements, including anti-apartheid, the NAACP and the Black Panther Party in our area.

The discussion will be led by Trevor Griffey, co-founder of the Seattle Civil Rights & Labor History Project and a lecturer at the University of Washington Bothell, and Eddie Rye Jr., a longtime activist and the host of the radio program Urban Forum Northwest. It will be moderated by Tonya Mosley, a broadcast reporter and regular contributor to Al Jazeera America, The Huffington Post and KUOW-FM. Mosley’s recent series for KUOW, “Black in Seattle,” sparked dialogue about race and class in Seattle.

This Think & Drink will be produced in partnership with Seattle Theatre Group and Seattle Repertory Theatre to correspond with The Suit, a parable about forgiveness set in apartheid South Africa. The Suit, a Peter Brook directed play, opens at Seattle Repertory Theatre on March 19 & runs through April 6, 2014. It will also be supported by Think & Drink’s media sponsor, KUOW, and host, Naked City Brewery & Taphouse.

Age Restrictions: You must be 21 and over to enter the main discussion room.

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Artists ‘Face Off’ at Naked City Brewery Wednesday

January 28th, 2014 by Doree

Artists will battle in a “Face Off” competition at Naked City Brewery, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N. on Wednesday, starting at 7 p.m. The event is hosted by Bherd Studios Gallery, just down the block at 312 N. 85th St., Suite 101.

Artists will have 15 minutes to create work in each battle. Larkin, Face Off Champion 2013, is battling to hold on to his title with upstart challenger Braden Duncan nipping at his heels. Sensei 23 & Zach Bohnenkamp of Matamuros go head to head in “Float Like Butterfly, Sting Like A Bee” match, Angelina Villalobos, AKA: 179, takes on John Osgood in the “Battle of Signs” and then Joseph Brooks in the “Face Melter” match vs. Challenger TBA. Winner of each match will be determined by who generated the most for their piece in the live auction which happens after each match. All proceeds go directly to the artist. Be sure to come out to root for and to bid on your favorite artist and your favorite pieces. (Bidders should bring cash, no credit card machine available for this event).

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Two artists battle in last year’s first Face Off event.

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Naked City Brewery’s Christmas tree now lit

December 5th, 2013 by Doree

Lee sent us this photo of tonight’s tree lighting at Naked City Brewery & Taphouse, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N.

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“Brew Santa” is also there for this family-friendly event.

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Next Think & Drink topic is ‘Tis the Season: Holiday Shopping and the American Consumer Culture’

December 4th, 2013 by Doree

Humanities Washington’s next “Think & Drink” at Greenwood’s Naked City Brewery is on Wednesday, Dec. 11, with a timely topic: “Tis the Season: Holiday Shopping and the American Consumer Culture.”

This free event will put our holiday shopping season into perspective, asking: How did America become a consumer culture? Does our race, class or gender influence how we shop and what we buy? And how does our consumption affect the economy – and our community?

This Think & Drink discussion will be led by Linda Nash and Meenakshi Rishi and moderated by Steve Scher. Nash is a professor of U.S. cultural history at the University of Washington. Rishi is professor of economics at Seattle University. Scher is host of KUOW radio’s The Record.

This free event starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, at Naked City Brewery & Taphouse, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N.

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Tree lighting and ‘Brew Santa’ at Naked City Brewery on Thursday

December 2nd, 2013 by Doree

Naked City Brewery & Taphouse, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N., is hosting a special family-friendly tree lighting, visit with Brew Santa, and release of its holiday Bing Spiced Cherry Ale from 5-9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5.

Aged on a blend of Washington Bing and Montmorency Tart cherries, cinnamon, and cloves, Naked City Bing is Christmas in a glass. The holiday hit’s base beer is the Knowledge, an English-style strong old ale brewed with dark malts and balanced with hops. The Knowledge is its own reward, but Bing sweetens the deal.

Get your picture taken with Brew Santa in front of the majestic fourteen-foot Christmas tree glittering in the Walrus Beer Garden or on the Naked City brew deck. Bing Spiced Cherry Ale will be tapped at 5pm when Brew Santa arrives from the North Pole Brewery. The tree lighting takes place soon after dusk. All ages are welcome.

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Tuesday ‘Think & Drink’ to explore American attitudes toward food

October 14th, 2013 by Doree

This month’s installment of Humanities Washington’s “Think & Drink” series is “Food for Thought: GMOs, Home-Cooked Meals, and the American Relationship to Food.” It starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15 at Naked City Brewery & Taphouse, 8564 Greenwood Ave N.

The free event will examine the way Americans relate to food – from home-cooked meals to grab-and-go snacks, the obesity epidemic to diet trends, and more. We will also talk about the upcoming Initiative 522, which would require labeling for genetically modified food in our state, and ask how this initiative relates to cultural trends and attitudes.

This Think & Drink discussion will be led by food experts Julia Harrison and Derek Wood and moderated by Ross Reynolds. Harrison is an anthropologist focusing on desserts and sweets and a member of the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau. Wood is the chair of the biology department at Seattle Pacific University and a professor of microbiology at the University of Washington. Reynolds is host of KUOW’s The Record.

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5th Greenwood Lit Crawl this Saturday

July 9th, 2013 by Doree

The Greenwood Lit Crawl is back for the fifth time, featuring 15 writers at five Phinney-Greenwood locations starting at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Here’s the lineup:

  • 6:30 p.m.: Furnishments, 7218 Greenwood Ave. N. — Arlo Smith, Michael Overa, Chelsea Kurnick
  • 7:30 p.m.: Makeda Coffee, 153 N. 78th St. — Matthew Pritchard, Benjamin Schmitt, Myrmidon
  • 8:30 p.m.: Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N. (outside in the front) — Christine Deavel, Charles Mudede
  • 9:15 p.m.: Chocolati, 8319 Greenwood Ave. N. — Luke Johnson, Aimee Suzara, Anna Wolff
  • 10:15 p.m.: Naked City Brewery, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N. — Imani Sims, Summer Robinson, Interrupture, and Maged Zaher

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Greenwood Car Show drives into Phinney-Greenwood on Saturday

June 26th, 2013 by Doree

Thousands of car lovers will pack Greenwood Avenue on Saturday for the 21st annual Greenwood Car Show. Classic, antique and modern cars from every decade will be parked along a 1-1/2-mile long stretch from North 67th to North 90th streets. (That also means the road will be closed to other cars from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m., but east-west traffic can still use North 80th and 85th streets. Also, Metro Route 5 will be rerouted. Click here for alternate route information.)

Cars will start rumbling into place at 6 a.m., and the show opens to the public at 8 a.m. Live music starts at 10 a.m. Awards in various categories will be presented at 3 p.m.; the show officially ends at 4 p.m. But it will take a few more hours for all the cars to drive away.
Sponsored by the Greenwood Knights car club, the Car Show is free to attend. Car registration fees will benefit local charities.

The Greenwood Senior Center will host a pancake breakfast from 7-11 a.m. Saturday at 525 N. 85th St. Cost is $5 per person or $15 for the whole family.

Naked City Brewery & Taphouse hosts its 4th Annual Beer Can Derby in the street. The entry fee is five non-perishable food items for the Greenwood Food Bank. Naked City will give brewery prizes to the contestant or spectator who donates the most food.

The stylists from Frederick’s Beauty Salon will once again glam up in retro style to go out and collect donations and sell calendars with photos of cars from last year’s Car Show to raise money for the National MS Society.

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Photo courtesy of Frederick’s Beauty Salon.

Calendars are sold year-round at Frederick’s Salon, 8524 Greenwood Ave. N.

And Volunteers of America will be collecting non-perishable food donations for the Greenwood Food Bank. Donation barrels will be in the following locations:

  • Car Show check-in area — 71st & Greenwood Avenue North
  • Ken’s Market — 7231 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Prost — 7311 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Greenwood Knights Car Show booth — 77th & Greenwood Avenue North
  • Car Show Main Stage — 79th & Greenwood Avenue North
  • Bleacher’s Pub — 8818 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Chocolati — 8319 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Green Bean — 8533 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Walgreens — 8701 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Safeway — 8704 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • Greenwood Fred Meyer
  • Fist Full of Metal Tattoo — 125 NW 85th St. (85th & Palatine)

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Naked City’s new beer garden officially called the Walrus, will be for all ages

June 12th, 2013 by Doree

Naked City’s new beer garden in the adjacent parking lot will officially be called the Walrus Beer Garden, in honor of the Walrus blues tavern that was originally on that site before burning down three decades ago.

Local muralist Henry painted a large mural of two walruses on one wall. And the artists who created the colorful arson mural that used to stand next to Taproot Theatre down the street, have been restoring it and added a portrait of John Lee Hooker, who once played at the original Walrus tavern.

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The grand opening for the beer garden, at 8564 Greenwood Ave. N., will be Friday, June 21, and Saturday, June 22. That Friday night will feature live jazz. That Saturday will feature an all-you-can-eat crawfish boil for $25 a person, live music and games.

Naked City’s full menu will be available, along with table service, in the beer garden. All ages are welcome, but dogs are not.

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Arson mural re-installed in Naked City’s new beer garden

June 4th, 2013 by Doree

The mural that once covered the wooden fence where four Greenwood businesses were destroyed in a 2009 arson, has been reborn at Naked City Brewery & Taphouse’s new beer garden.

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The so called “arson mural” was created by local artists as a sign of hope and rebirth for the neighborhood, after more than a dozen arsons terrorized the neighborhood over the course of several months. The worst arson destroyed four restaurants next to Taproot Theatre, which owned the building housing those restaurants. Taproot built a fence to cover the scarred ground from view, and artists painted a mural depicting neighborhood scenes, such as the Greenwood Car Show and a firefighter saving a cat, plus a phoenix rising from the flames.

The mural was taken down when Taproot began work on a new building in that space. That new building will house a second theater, scene shop, offices and a cafe. Taproot’s addition will open late this summer.

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Naked City Brewery adding beer garden in parking lot

May 31st, 2013 by Doree

Naked City Brewery & Taphouse, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N., has leased the adjacent parking lot from Yen Wor Garden Chinese restaurant, and is turning the space into a beer garden.

Here’s what it looked like Friday morning, as workers try to get it ready in time for a soft opening in the next week or two.

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Yes, that’s a Henry mural on the wall. And there’s another interesting Henry painting along the concrete wall.

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The opposite wall is being painted to cover the old graffiti.

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Marketing Director Bryan Miller said Naked City also will display the mural that used to cover the fence next to Taproot Theatre after the 2009 arson destroyed the adjacent building.

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Break out your ugly Christmas sweaters for the neighbors first-ever Ugly Christmas Sweater Pub Crawl

November 26th, 2012 by Doree

Tim’s Tavern and the Phinney Neighborhood Business Association are sponsoring the neighborhood’s first annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Pub Crawl on Saturday, Dec. 8. Starting at 7 p.m. at Bleacher’s Pub at 83rd and Greenwood and ending around midnight at Tim’s Tavern at 105th and Greenwood, the pub crawl celebrates the well-intentioned but often tacky holiday sweater.

Besides Bleacher’s and Tim’s Tavern, the other participating pubs are The Angry Beaver, Naked City Brewery & Taphouse, The Ould Triangle, Snoose Junction Pizzeria and Vinyl Lounge, and The Pub at Piper’s Creek.

Tim’s Tavern Owner Tim Arnot showing off his best (worst) Christmas sweater.

The idea is to get more people patronizing neighborhood businesses, but it’s also a fundraiser to raise money for Cancer Care Alliance’s Mammovan, a mobile mammogram screening service.

Purchase a $10 wristband at one of the participating bars to “crawl for the cause” benefiting SCCA’s MammoVan program. Meet fellow revelers at Bleachers Pub and crawl your way North along Greenwood Avenue stopping at participating venues offering drink and food specials, as well as door prizes exclusively for pub crawl participants wearing their wristband. Finish the night at Tim’s Tavern, where just after midnight we will have the final voting for ugliest XMAS Sweater. $100 cash prize to recipient so they can buy some decent clothing before it is too late! Runner up prizes also given out.

Tim (Arnot, owner of Tim’s Tavern), wanted to organize a pub crawl that didn’t exclusively just focus on a number of bars in a concentrated area. “Downtown Greenwood is a great destination for night life and entertainment and gets a fair amount of foot traffic. However, I want to expose people to other bars on the fringes of downtown that they may not have made it to before as well as providing a little bit of exercise. The crawl starts in downtown Greenwood and 82nd with bars that are members of the Phinney Neighborhood Business Association and moves north up to 105th. He explains, “I know the 20 block stretch may be difficult for some, but logistically it makes sense. The Ould Triangle (9736 Greenwood Ave) will break up the stretch perfectly, allowing people to burn off some alcohol from the first three bars, and give folks a chance to experience a traditional Irish bar lying just on the fringe of the downtown area.” The entire crawl is also on the Metro Bus Line #5 and #40 which presents a feasible option for the mobility-impaired or the event of particularly nasty weather.

Wristbands are available for purchase now at any of the participating pubs, or on pub crawl night.

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