Celebrate New Year’s Eve on Lake Union with the annual Space Needle Fireworks Show

As always, the best vantage points to view the annual fireworks show off the Space Needle, are pretty much all! lake locations!

Center for Wooden Boats Adds Big New Exhibit


Grand Opening December 29-30

The Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle is proud to open its newest exhibit, Fish On!, exploring the history of boathouses and fishing resorts of Puget Sound. The new exhibit will run through fall of 2013 in the Gallery in CWB’s Boathouse at 1010 Valley Street, in Seattle next […]

Welcome to America. Land of the Free, Home of the Dead Children.

Jillian Soto uses a phone to get information about her sister, Victoria Soto, a teacher at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Conn. on Friday, after a gunman killed more than two dozen people, including 20 children. Victoria Soto, 27, was among those killed. (Jessica Hill/AP)

The already absurd, outdated, and grasping statements […]

Is America the child-gun massacre capital of the universe?

At the Beat we continue to follow this writer’s voice of reason after every gun massacre …

After the mass gun murders at Virginia Tech, I wrote about the unfathomable image of cell phones ringing in the pockets of the dead kids, and of the parents trying desperately to reach them. And I said (as did […]

MOHAI announces new lakeside Café for the Armory at Lake Union Park

Space set to be a lakeside gathering place for visitors and neighbors

SEATTLE – The Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) is excited to announce Compass Cafe by Northwest Catering, a new dining opportunity that will open with MOHAI at Lake Union Park. The Café will offer light fare, coffee, and beverages in […]

Gates Foundation Announces Major Northwest Grants

Washington State Communities Expanding Local Giving Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation making grants to help reduce local poverty


Mercer Mess to Get Messier This Week


Yikes! It never ends!

New signal installation along Mercer Street will cause lane restrictions for eastbound drivers starting Monday, December 10.

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) says for the next two weeks crews will be putting in signals at the intersection of Mercer Street and Fairview Avenue North.

Two eastbound lanes on […]

The Beat’s First Annual Bad Santa Stories.

This new column skewers our own Christmas stories The Original Version is here Ten Decembers ago I came across an elderly woman sitting alone at a Starbucks. Nothing in particular struck me about her except it seemed she was peeing down her leg. There was a pool of something anyway. […]

Seattle Sketcher catches the end of old South Lake Union

Our friends over at the Seattle Times are lucky to have this artist.


Lake Union Cafe and MV Skansonia Hosting Major Gay Marriage Event This Sunday

The Lake Union Cafe and the MV Skansonia are opening their doors on December 9, 2012 with a very special event in support and celebration of Washington State referendum 74 passing to legalize same-sex marriage.

Both venues have collectively hosted dozens of civil and commitment ceremonies alike over the years, and both venues recognize and accept […]