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Former UW basketball star Donald Watts to discuss racial issues in sports at next Think & Drink

April 21st, 2015 by Doree

Humanities Washington is presenting a special Think & Drink event called “You Mad Bro?: Race and Diversity Issues in Sports” with former University of Washington basketball star Donald Watts and sociology professor Eric Davis at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 27, at Naked City Brewery, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N.

From the comments of Donald Sterling to the NCAA making huge profits from unpaid athletes, issues of race in sports have been rising to the surface of our national conversation. How should we address racial issues in sports as fans, players, organizations, and as a society? What’s it like to be a black college athlete? Do modern American sports exploit minority athletes, or do they provide a path to personal empowerment?

Watts and Davis will join moderator Tonya Mosley, a journalist with Al Jazeera, The Huffington Post, and KUOW, to discuss the wide spectrum of race in sports both on and off the field.

The event is free and open to all.

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‘Killer Cartoons,’ Tuesday’s Think & Drink at Naked City to tackle terrorism, freedom of expression

January 19th, 2015 by Doree

The next installment of Humanities Washington’s popular Think & Drink series will discuss a timely topic. “Killer Cartoons: Is the Pen Mightier Than the Sword?”with Milt Priggee, David Fenner, and KUOW’s Ross Reynolds begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Naked City Brewery and Taphouse, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N. Attendance is free; you just pay for your drinks and food.

The event will allow Seattle residents to come together in a casual environment to discuss and better understand issues that have emerged from the events in Paris, including freedom of expression, cultural sensitivities, and religious extremism.

Moderated by Ross Reynolds, co-host of KUOW’s The Record, the event will feature a conversation between Milt Priggee, political cartoonist, and David Fenner, an Islamic scholar and former assistant vice provost for international education at the University of Washington. Both panelists are also members of Humanities Washington’s Speakers Bureau.

The panelists will discuss the historical context behind the massacre; explore the intent of both the cartoons and the attackers; and debate the possible impact the murders will have on immigration, culture, religion, and freedom of expression. In addition to the moderated discussion, audience participation and questions are a vital part of the event.

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Naked City Brewery tree lighting and Brew Santa tonight

December 4th, 2014 by Doree

Naked City Brewery at 8564 Greenwood Ave. N. is hosting its annual tree lighting and photos with Brew Santa tonight (Thursday) starting at 5 p.m. The 23-foot-tall Christmas tree is installed in the outdoor Walrus Beer Garden. Families of all ages are welcome. The brew pub also will be releasing its holiday ale, Bing.


The Walrus Beer Garden lit up for the holidays. Photo courtesy of Naked City Brewery.

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Greenwood Street Soccer Tournament raises $6,000 for Fred Hutch

September 3rd, 2014 by Doree

The popular Greenwood Street Soccer Tournament, part of the annual Summer Streets festival on Aug. 9, raised $6,000 for the Innovators Network at Fred Hutch. That includes soccer team registration fees and another $1,168 from Naked City Brewery, which donated one dollar from every pint sold during the event.

Almost 200 hundred soccer players on 32 teams competed in Fun, Competitive and Pro divisions. Each winning team won a trophy and $300 in gift cards to Naked City, The Yard Café, and Phinney Market Pub.

The new youth street soccer fields at Greenwood Avenue and 72nd were so popular that organizers are planning a full youth division tournament next year.

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Naked City Brewery & Taphouse hosts annual 826 Luminosity benefit next Tuesday

August 21st, 2014 by Doree

Every Aug. 26, Naked City Brewery & Taphouse, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N., hosts a benefit for 826 Seattle, Greenwood’s nonprofit tutoring and writing center just down the street at 8414 Greenwood Ave. N. Next Tuesday’s event begins at 8 p.m. with a special Naked Sessions acoustic concert by Eric Anderson from Cataldo. Tickets are $10 through Brown Paper Tickets.

All proceeds from concert tickets, plus the whole day’s proceeds from every pint sold of 826 Luminosity (a special ale from Head Brewer Don Web) will go directly to benefit 826 Seattle’s programs.

826 Seattle is a nonprofit writing and tutoring center dedicated to helping youth, ages six to 18, improve their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Our services are structured around our belief that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.

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Goal! Where to watch the World Cup in Greenwood-Phinney

June 10th, 2014 by Doree

You’ve got several options if you’re looking to stay in the neighborhood while watching World Cup games, which start on Thursday and go through July 13, including The Yard, 8313 Greenwood Ave. N., and The Dray, 708 NW 65th St., which is showing all the games live (check out their schedule).

Naked City Brewery & Taphouse, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N. is hosting free screenings for all the USA games, as well as a few other showpiece games and the finals.

Lantern Brewing, 938 N. 95th St., will be showing select games, including Thursday’s home opener.

The Angry Beaver, 8412 Greenwood Ave. N., will show all the games.

Prost!, 7311 Greenwood Ave. N., will show all the USA and Germany matches, while its sister restaurant across the street, Hecho, at 7314 Greenwood Ave. N., will show all the USA and Mexico matches.

The 74th St. Alehouse is showing all the 12 p.m., 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. games with sound. They’ll be open early for some of the games. Check their Facebook page for updated match schedules.

The Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., is once again turning its Community Hall in the Brick Building into a public viewing experience with a 14-foot-by-8-foot screen to show 40+ matches live. Admission is free but donations are gladly accepted (suggested donation is $3 for adults, $2 for kids, or $10 for a family of four or more). At least one food truck will be at every game. Every event is all-ages, and there’s even childcare provided on June 21-22. Check the schedule for the full list of food trucks and which games will feature a face painter.

Any other neighborhood venues showing World Cup games? Let us know below in Comments or email us.

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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.


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

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