Seattle Based Musical Hits The Big Time On Broadway

We all know Seattle is a cultural metropolis, even if much of the rest of the world doesn’t. So, to say it’s exciting to see a musical with its roots in Seattle hit the Broadway scene, might be a bit of an understatement.

The musical smash “Come From Away” got its start on the stage of the 5th Avenue Theater, right here in Seattle, (as The Seattle Repertory Theater’s best-selling show ever, no less) and this month, it makes its debut under the bright lights of Broadway.

While it may seem like strange subject matter for a musical production, “Come From Away” takes us back to one of the most tragically memorable periods in recent American history, September 11th, 2001. But this show is not about gloom and doom, or irreparable loss, nor is it about spinning what happened into something to sing about or a comical view of the events of that fateful day, but rather, shines a light on the true and often untold story of the airline passengers stranded away from home during that time.

After the attacks on 9/11, the FAA shutdown our airspace indefinitely. That means you were not leaving the country by plane, and if you were out of the country already, you couldn’t come back home either.

Photo: Chris Bennion TheWrap.com

In light of their inability to come back stateside, there were approximately 7,000 airline passengers destined for the US that were instead forced to land in the quaint Canadian town of Gander, Newfoundland.

The humble town of Gander had only 500 hotel rooms in total, and suddenly found itself playing host to 7,000 unexpected visitors. So, in true Canadian fashion, the residents of Gander opened their homes to these stranded strangers, and more importantly, they opened their hearts.

“Come from Away” tells the story of the beauty in humanity after such a catastrophe, with the Townspeople feeding, clothing, housing and caring for those stranded.

“They didn’t have time to organize or structure a response other than the human response of we will help them,” said Kenny Alhadeff, one of the producers of Come From Away in an interview with King5 News. “We will clothe them. We will feed them. We will shelter them.”

Alhadeff is not only a Broadway producer with such critically acclaimed productions as the Tony Award winning “Memphis” on his resume, but also a Seattle native with deep roots in the Pacific Northwest.

As soon as Alhadeff and his company secured the rights to “Come From Away” he knew he wanted to bring some more local talent onboard to really make this production “sing” (pun intended). He started by recruiting locally-grown and critically hailed Musical Director/Conductor Ian Eisendrath to arrange the music, right here at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theater.

The cast boasts West Seattle native and star of the hit musical “Memphis”, Chad Kimball as one of the major players, as well as another familiar face on the Broadway stage, Kendra Kassebaum.

While Kassebaum may not have been born and raised in Seattle, she chose Seattle as her home many years ago, after a very successful turn in New York and on Broadway (You may recognize her as the bubbly-blonde Glenda the Good Witch in the musical phenomenon “Wicked”).

Even though she sought to escape the craziness of the NYC life, the beautiful story of “Come From Away” was powerful enough to pull her back, much to even her surprise, calling it “the biggest thing I’ve ever done in my life”.

Most productions seek to add star-power when they finally hit the “Big-Time” of Broadway, but Alhadeff and Co. have chosen to keep the original cast intact for their Broadway debut. That’s a lot of Northwest sourced talent cropping up in the Entertainment Capital of the World, to tell a very powerful, and moving story.

The marquee is up for the Broadway run of Come From Away. (© David Gordon) TheaterMania.com

“It’s a show that transcends an evening in the theater,” Eisendrath said. “It’s a story that causes you to leave entertained, but deeply moved, and soul revived, and you think about how you live and what you hope the world might become.”

If ever there was a story that found the light in the darkness of true calamity, the tale told in “Come From Away” is it. A beautiful, moving true story about the goodness in people, about community without borders, about love, loss and coming together as citizens of the world to help those in need with selfless acts of kindness and grace.

“Come From Away” not only tells a story that is often forgotten, but serves as a wonderfully entertaining and truly touching reminder of the healing that can be found in the most unlikely places and the triumph of good and altruism over evil and suffering.

“A great piece of theater won’t end the war; it won’t cure cancer. It won’t stop the disparity in wealth,” said Alhadeff. “It won’t bring civility back to the political arena, but it will carve a path of light in your soul so you can do those things.”

“Come From Away” began its Broadway preview on February 18th, and will officially make its debut on March 12th.

For more information about the show or how to get tickets, click here.

Taste Seattle At Arcade Lights 2017!

Round up the crew and head down to the market on Friday, March 24th for a fantastic, fun event that brings together a diverse selection of over 70 local vendors to delight you with tastes of their delectable products. And their vendor list is still growing!

Arcade Lights is a wonderful opportunity to sample and savor delicious drinks, foods and sweet treats, from a wide array of local, small-batch, and artisan vendors. It’s always a fun and festive event, where you can enjoy something local and tasty, try something new and have a blast, under the Arcade Lights!

Each year, Arcade Lights brings together local favorites and new comers to pedal their wears and get you hooked on their goodness, and this year looks to be no exception. Where else will you find Theo Chocolates, DiLaurenti Food & Wine, Hot Lips Soda, Copperworks Distilling, Morning Glory Chai, Woodinville Ciderworks, Diamond Knot Brewing and many more local loves all at the same place? Only in Seattle, and only at Arcade Lights.  Be sure to check out a full list of vendors and brace yourself for taste bud paradise!    

This year’s event is sponsored by Seattle Met, DRY Sparkling and DEI Creative and, as always, proceeds go to benefit the Pike Place Market Foundation which helps to maintain our market and keep the community thriving.

Grab your tickets before they’re gone, and get ready for fun under the Arcade Lights!

Arcade Lights at Pike Place Market, 7:00 pm, Friday, March 24th Tickets-

General Admission – $60
Tickets include tastes of as many of the hand-crafted savory and sweet bites as your heart desires – while supplies last – and include five tokens for tastes of beer, cider, non-alcoholic drinks such as root beer and sodas and wine. Tasting glass included. Additional tokens will be available for purchase.

Early Entry – $80
Limited Early Entry into Arcade Lights 30-minutes before the General Admission crowd! Includes 5 drink tokens, unlimited food, plus early entry at 6:30 pm.

VIP with Early Entry – $150
VIP guests have exclusive access to the VIP Lounge, which includes seating, music, and exclusive food and beverage tastings from elite vendors. VIP Guests receive 10 drink tokens and UNLIMITED food, and can enter the VIP Lounge at 6:00 pm to begin celebrating before entering the Main Arcade at 6:30PM with Early Entry. VIP guests can use the VIP Lounge at their luxury anytime throughout the night.

Arcade Lights is a 21 and over only event, so please plan accordingly.

For more information, visit the Pike Place Market website.

How tall is Capitol Hill in Seattle?

Volunteer Park SeattleThe highest point on Seattle’s Capitol Hill is 444.5 feet above sea level near the water tower (of course) in Volunteer Park.  How does Capitol Hill compare with other Seattle neighborhoods when it comes to height?  How about 5th behind High Point/Delridge in West Seattle (512 feet), Greenwood (yes, Greenwood) at N 145th St which has conflicting information (492 or 475 feet), Queen Anne (456 feet), and Maple Leaf (455).

According to Wikipedia, Capitol Hill also has half of Seattle’s 12 steepest streets.  The eastern slope just below the arterial on 23rd has most of the steepest street. Roy (21%) and Ward (19%) both between 25th and 26th a long with Highland (18%) and Lee (18%) between 24th and 25th.  The western slope also has their steep streets with Boston (19%) between Harvard and Broadway and Roy (18%) between Melrose and Bellevue.  The Seattle DOT has different grades for these streets although they admit the information may be out of date.  Nonetheless, both agree Capitol Hill has many of Seattle’s steepest streets.

Why did we say “of course”, when we said the highest point in Capitol Hill was by the water tower?  We could explain it, but this water tower article does a better job than we ever would.

Picture above of Volunteer Park Water Tower By Steven Kevil (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (httpcreativecommons.orglicensesby-sa3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Capitol Hill Real Estate – 2016 in Review

Capitol Hill HomesCapitol hill real estate, like Seattle real estate, continued to be strong in 2016.  Capitol Hill home market in 2016 seemed uninterrupted from 2015.  Prices were up in total ($983,591 average vs $981,161) and cost per square feet ($460 average vs $439), days on marketed decreased (25 vs 32), and the number of sales increased (221 vs 204).

Capitol Hill condos still attracted Seattle buyers in 2016 like they did in 2015.  While the number of condos sold reduced (349 vs 365) nearly all other numbers improved. Median sales price ($399,000 vs $355,000) and average price per square foot ($552 vs $492) went up.  The numbers of days on market tightened with condos staying on for only 18 days in 2016 versus 23 days in 2015.

Maybe the most astonish number for the previous two years is both the Capitol Hill homes and Capitol Hill condos on average sells for over list price.  In 2016, the average Seattle home on Capitol Hill sold for 103.1% of list price in 2016 and 103.6% in 2015 and the average Seattle condo on Capitol Hill sold for 104.2% of list price in 2016 and in 2015 it was 102.7%.

The Capitol Hill real estate market is similar to Seattle and the surrounding counties.  The overall real estate market in the region (area covered by Northwest Multiple Listing Service which serves 23 Washington State counties) saw an 8.1 increase of sales in 2016 when compared to 2015 with inventory at a record low for most of the year.  For the 23 counties, the median sales price increased 8.9 percent from $310,000 in 2015 to $337,500 in 2016.  Condos, which make up a smaller share of the market, were actually up 12.6% while single-family homes increased 8.7%.

Inventory was tight throughout the year, there was an average of 1.86 months of inventory in 2016, compared to 2.4 months in 2015.  King County was the tightest with only 1.1 months of supply.  A balanced market is generally considered to be between 4 and 6 months of inventory.

2017 seems to be taking over where 2016 left off.  Low inventory remains and prices remain strong.  As always, to maneuver the market, reach out to your local real estate agent to navigating the Seattle real estate market.

These statistics were gathered from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, but were not compiled or published by that organization.

Pictured: Capitol Hill Home sold in August 2015 for $2,550,000.

November Real Estate Report!

Like the rest of Seattle, Capitol Hill real estate market continues to be very strong. This past month (November), Capitol Hill had 37 sales. While not a lot of sales, the details are interesting. Last month, the traditional Seattle home was listed for $849,880 and sold above asking price: $1,136,000. Another home was listed for $1,375,000 and sold for $1,510,000. With limited inventory, buyers are competing and raising the prices even higher than asking.  The median average sale price has gone from $447,500 (November 2015) to $567,500 (November 2016). The average highest price has jumped by $204,000 and lowest going up by $55,000. A couple sales can change the average quite a bit, for example Capitol Hill had several small condos sell in, what a difference a year makes!

 

Capitol Hill Station Development Update

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Photo by Brandon Marcz, The Capitol Hill Times

On December 6th, a community openhouse was held at 420 E. Pike Street to show ideas and preliminary design proposals for development around the Capitol Hill light rail station. Input from the general public was encouraged. Hosted by Capitol Hill Housing and Gerding Edlen, (the latter is developing the site), members of the design team were on-hand to answer questions.

There appear to a number of goals surrounding the development, mostly having to do with creating a centric, community-based environment which promotes easy accessibility, while incorporating affordable housing in the mix. There are four sites that will be developed around the transit station at 140 Broadway East on Capitol Hill, some with resident-friendly features, such as a daycare center. capitolhillstationsite

Here are a few of the ideas being proposed:

  • a blend of housing and retail, including potentially a restaurant
  • ground-floor daycare center, including an adjoining outside play area
  • large anchor retail store
  • twice-weekly, year-round farmers market on the plaza (adjacent to Cal Anderson Park)
  • great accessability and an easy walk to the transit station
  • 20-100% affordable housing, depending upon the building site, based on average median income
  • “festival street” that would close to vehicles during special events
  • rooftop deck
  • underground parking
  • library amenity on a 2nd floor
  • urban agriculture (they are currently looking for a farming partner)

The Capitol Hill Link Light Rail station links the University of WA to Downtown Seattle on a 3.15 mile-long line, and greatly reduces the normal car commute. The station is located on the surface as well as underground, and was newly opened this year. Construction around the station will begin in the spring of 2018 and last for 18 to 24 months.

Ride The ‘New Wave’ At CoCa’s 24th Annual 24-hour Art Marathon & Auction

This Thursday marks the start of an artistic event unlike any other, The Center On Contemporary Art’s (CoCa)  24th Annual 24-hour Art Marathon and  Auction Gala.

This event is a spectacular three-day contemporary art extravaganza, in which over 20 local artists will draw, collage, paint, spray, wax, photograph, cut and sculpt to create over 100 new works of original art, before their freshly minted works are auctioned off at this year’s gala and auction.

The celebration begins on Thursday, November 10th at 10 AM, when the artists will converge on the Summit Building in Seattle (420 E Pike St) and begin their 24-hour long journey of creating new and inspired works of art. The public is invited to view the marvelous display of imagination and controlled chaos during the marathon.

On the evening of November 10th, join the ongoing bedlam at the Art Party from 6-9 PM, happening during the Capitol Hill Art Walk. Grab a sneak peek of the art in progress and the meet the artists, in motion, no less!  Admission is by donation to the art party.
The spectacle culminates on Saturday, November 12th with the Auction Gala. To celebrate CoCa’s 35th anniversary, the theme of this years’ gala is taking it all the way back to the year CoCa debuted on the Seattle arts scene, 1981, with a fun and funky New Wave theme, dubbing it the New Wave Ball. Guests are encouraged to glam it up for this event, in true 80’s style. So, bust out those studded cuffs, rubber bracelets and neon everything! (Bonus points if you dare to rock a A Flock Of Seagulls haircut!)

Doors open at 5:30 PM for the ever popular silent and live auction portion of the evening, with renowned auctioneer and MC, Laura Michalek at the helm, for what is sure to be a fabulous time.

While deciding how to place your bids, sip on complimentary local beverages provided by Elysian Brewing and Columbia Winery, or skip straight to the hard stuff at the cash bar, featuring Sparkle Donkey Tequila from Seattle’s own Black Rock Spirits.

Gala guests will then be treated to a delectable sit down dinner, provided by Underwood Stables and New Roots Organics, before heading out to the dance floor to cut a rug to the sweet new wave beats played by DJ Jesse Milden.

CoCa gathered an extraordinary group of artists to participate in this event, including, Leslie West, Crystal Barbre, Zeynep Banu Aley, CASH, Juli Adams, Casey Curran, Jessica Dodge, Julie Devine, Galvanic Games, Aaron Haba, Gabriel Marquez, Braden Duncan, Kemba Opio, Kyle Rees, Junko Yamamoto, Erika Rier, Sara Takako-Skinner, Casey Weldon, Mackenzie Stratton, Robin Walker, Hanna Myers, and Daniel John Williams.

CoCa’s main mission is to support and encourage the creation of contemporary art and gives 50% of the auction proceeds back to these artists. Your bid makes a big difference to these artists and the art community, so bid high and help them thrive!

If you’re passionate about art or just curious to see what’s happening in the local arts scene, this event is just your style! See how the art you love is made, meet the artists, and maybe even take it home, all the while supporting the local art community and the people who use their talents to make it fantastic!

 

Details-

November 10th and 12th, 2016

CoCA 24-hour Art Marathon Artist Preview Party
November 10, 2016, 6:00pm

CoCA New Wave Ball & Auction
November 12, 2016, 5:30pm

Location: Summit Building 420 E. Pike Street

Get your tickets here and more information here

Capitol Hill Real Estate Report – October 2016

capitol hill real estateAs with the rest of Seattle, Capitol Hill real estate continues to perform well.  In October of this year, there were 13 Capitol Hill homes sold for an average of $926,000 and 28 Capitol Hill condos for an average of just over $446,000.  The highest price in October was $1,500,000 for a home on 16th and Republican and $1,150,000 for a condominium on the 700 block of Belmont Ave.

The Central Seattle area (between I-90 and the Montlake cut and I-5 and Lake Washington) saw the average price of homes up from October 2015 of $882,720 to $990,258 in October 2016 while condos rose from $507,567 last October to $593,872 in October this year.  The number of sales of area’s homes decreased from 83 in October last year to 64 this year, whereas the number of condos sold rose from 52 to 79.

While prices of real estate on Capitol Hill and in Central Seattle are significant, they are still dwarfed by other local areas.  For example, the average price on Mercer Island this October was just under $1.5 million and the Bellevue area west of 405 was nearly $2 million.

North Capitol Hill Home New to the Market!

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This quintessential North Capitol Hill Tudor sits privately above the street on coveted 22nd Avenue East, one of Seattle’s finest blocks. Generosity and flow of space are the key elements making this home both luxurious and functional.

The expansive but private front porch is a room of its own–a great spot for breakfast or an evening read. The large, sun-filled living room boasts classic Tudor-style details: original stained glass and leaded windows, beamed ceilings, and a wood burning fireplace framed by a substantial mantel and built-ins. Off the living room is a cozy study with a gas fireplace.

Perfect for entertaining, the spacious dining room is conveniently open to the living area, kitchen, and breakfast room. The chef’s kitchen is well equipped with a commercial range combo–6 burner gas cooktop, double oven, broiler, and griddle–plus ample counter and storage space, counter eating, and a cook’s desk. Just off the kitchen and breakfast room, a decked garden space is lush with mature shrubs, trees, and vines.

The 2nd level features the bright and spacious master suite with walk-in closet, finished sunporch, and full bath; two more bedrooms, one with in-suite bathroom; a stately office with gas fireplace; a 3rd full bath; and hall closet space.

The 3rd level is complete with two large bedrooms, both with a pair of built-in single beds; a full bathroom; craft/work room; large storage room; and another large closet. In keeping with this home’s spacious overall feel, the basement level hosts a sizeable recreation room warmed by a wood burning fireplace; a huge, open laundry area with laundry chute and closet; and, of course, plenty of additional storage space.

Nearby shops and restaurants, parks, excellent schools (both private and public), 10 minutes to downtown, this home meets all your needs and more. Make this your forever home.

99-Year Deal Advances Plans for Multi-Use Light Rail Complex

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Sound Transit recently agreed to sign Portland-based Gerding Edlen to a 99-year contract to develop the area around the Capitol Hill Transit Link Light rail station, according to Curbed Seattle. The area will be multi-use with a strong community-based approach, including apartment living, Broadway Farmers Market, daycare center, and other smaller businesses. A larger anchor store has yet to be determined.

A large appeal for the complex is easy access to popular areas of Seattle, due to the complex’s location over the new 8-story underground Capitol Hill Transit train station, which opened on March 19th, 2016, and is located at 140 Broadway East. In under 4 minutes, riders are able to reach the University of WA. During rush hour, trains leave the station every 6 minutes, and every 10-15 minutes during non-rush hours. Seattle Central Community College, Group Health Medical Center and other locations are also accessible.

Developer Gerding Edlen plans to move ahead with construction in spring of 2018 and potentially will be completed in late 2019.