Sonics legends were in attendance at the Rain City Showcase. | Photo by Climate Pledge Arena
Hoop, hoop, hooray — the NBA came back to Seattle this week, baby. And our beloved SuperSonics were front and center. 🎉
Okay, fine, we knowwww. The Sonics aren’t returningjust yet. There was apreseason game between two NBA teams on Monday — and several former Sonics players were there like Shawn Kemp + Gary Payton. But rumors that the league would announce a Seattle expansion franchise at the Rain City Showcase didn’t end up coming to fruition.
We can still dream the dream, people. Momentum appears to be building — yes, for real this time — and it’s totally fine to get excited again. Let’s check the score.
Why did the Sonics leave in the first place? 🏀
Look, it’s nothing you did — they still love you very much. While the nitty gritty behind the team leaving is complicated, the main gist was that former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz sold the Sonics to Oklahoma owners in 2006 after failing to secure a brand new arena for the team.
The NBA currently has 30 teams, but it hasn’t brought a new franchise into the fold in nearly 20 years. League Commissioner Adam Silversaid he recognizes Seattle as a top contender for possible expansion — after all, it’s the largest market without an NBA team.
In the Time of the Butterflies | Wed., Oct. 5 - Thu., Oct. 6 | 7:30 p.m. | Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St, Seattle | $20.00 - $38.00 | This play follows four revolutionary women opposing the dictatorial reign of Trujillo in the Dominican Republic.
See How They Run | Wed., Oct. 5 | 3:15 p.m. | The SIFF Cinema Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle | $11.00 - $13.00 | Retro murder mystery with the likes of Sam Rockwell + Saoirse Ronan? Sign us up.
Comprehensive Organic Gardening | Thu., Oct. 6 | 6 p.m. | Bradner Gardens Park, 1730 Bradner Pl S, Seattle | $200.00 - $395.00 | This multi-session course aims to up your gardening game, support the local ecosystem + improve homemade salads.
Georgetown Haunted History Tour | Thu., Oct. 6 - Sat., Oct. 8 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Georgetown Steam Plant, 6605 13th Avenue South, Seattle | $10.00 - $25.00 | One of the oldest areas of Seattle has some cool haunts, from the steam plant to Jules Maes Saloon.
On the Wall Exhibit: “Seeing | Seeds | Stories 2022" | Fri., Oct. 7 | 10 a.m. | Seattle Japanese Garden, 1075 Lake Washington Boulevard East, Seattle | Free | Check out works from two local artists — Elijah Pasco + Markel Uriu — whose works were inspired by the beauty of the garden.
Posh Party Trend Show | Fri., Oct. 7 | 6:30-9:30 p.m. | Hyatt Regency Bellevue, 900 Bellevue Way Northeast, Bellevue | $100.00 - $125.00 | Who needs Paris, when you have the Bellevue Collection’s Fall Look Book runway extravaganza?
Singing, Dancing, and SCIENCE! | Sat., Oct. 8 | 11 a.m. | Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Avenue (at Seneca Street), Seattle | $5 | Mikey the Rad Scientist sings fun, kid-friendly tunes about nature — including one about a water molecule named Carlos.
Turkfest | Sat., Oct. 8 - Sun., Oct. 9 | 11 a.m.-6 p.m. | Seattle Center Armory, 305 Harrison Street, Seattle | Free | Celebrate Turkish Heritage Month with traditional music, dancing, food + some activities for kids.
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Dating.com has brought countless happy couples together. (Disclaimer: Models in the ad are for illustrative purposes and are not customers of Dating.com.) | Photo by Dating.com
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Lasting, meaningful relationships can dramatically increase your quality of life — and Dating.com can help you build them. Their General Dating application helps you connect with like-minded individuals in Seattle (and maybe even find your soulmate).
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Not sweater weather — just sweatin’. The forecast calls for unseasonably warm temps to continue for the rest of the week. In fact, the highs in the mid-70s are comparable to what it’s like in San Diego right now.
Sunrise + Sunset
Rise: 7:13 a.m.
Set: 6:40 p.m.
Microsoft will leave two big Eastside office spaces when leases expire in 2023. The company plans to skedaddle from Lincoln Square North in Bellevue + Sammamish Park in Issaquah next fall. According to the tech giant, these moves aren’t tied to layoffs or new hires. 🏢 (Puget Sound Business Journal)
To the market we go — Pike Place is hosting its Harvest Festival on Sat., Oct. 29. The famous sign will transform into a vintage farm truck-like stage for performers — while visitors can enjoy music, drinks, and a giant pumpkin carving demo. Tickets for special tastings are $40. 🎃 (Eater Seattle)
Bust out those sea-green foam fingers. Even though the Mariners will be on the road for the MLB Wild Card round this weekend, the team is hosting watch parties at T-Mobile Park. Tickets are $10($5 for season ticket holders), and the games will air Fri., Oct.7-Sun. Oct.9 on a really giant screen. ⚾ (KING 5)
Here Today — a new brewery and gastropub — will open this weekend(not today) at 2815 Elliott Ave. The Waterfront space is decorated in a tropical theme and plans to serve eight beers on tap, along with some bar bites like KBBQ + Seattle dogs. 🍻 (Washington Beer Blog)
Cash in that cred, Eastside. Kirkland was ranked No. 3 on Moneymagazine’s Top 50 best places to live in the US for 2022. The publication took factors like economic stability, safety, cost-of-living, cultural diversity, and education into account. (Money)
Wanna get away? The first direct flight from Seattle to Tahiti takes off today. Carrier Air Tahiti Nui will be operating the new service twice weekly from Sea-Tac in partnership with Alaska Airlines — and they’ll be the only flights connecting the South Pacific with the Pacific Northwest nonstop. ✈️
Seattle Colleges has appointed Rosie Rimando-Chareunsap as interim chancellor after a months-long search. Rosie officially takes over the role from former chancellor Shouan Pan and will oversee the community college district’s three campuses — South Seattle, North Seattle, and Seattle Central. (Seattle Times)
The Shoreline Fire Department recently added two jet skis to its fleet in order to improve water rescue response times. Prior to the new additions, it could take up to 20 minutes for help to arrive from neighboring town departments. Now, responses to water-based emergencies are almost instant. (KING 5)
Commute Seattle — a coalition of local organizations that includes the Seattle Department of Transportation — is running a new survey about how locals get around town. Workers, large companies + small businesses can weigh in to help plan more transportation choices. The survey takes about five minutes. 🚌
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Simply Soulful’s new location aims to be a Central District community hub. | Photo by Simply Soulful
Different addresses — same great eats. Three popular Seattle restaurants recently packed up their knives and moved to new locations.
The bigger digs will allow chefs to experiment with menu items and give customers more room to spread out. Good thing, too — we have big appetities. Here’s where to go:
🍽️ Simply Soulful, 2321 S. Jackson St. Known for: Hearty soul food + tasty sweet potato pie What’s new: More entrees like braised oxtail + pork chops — plus, room for live music and local art.
🍽️ Sohn Mat By Tae, 3315 Beacon Ave. S. Known for: Creative takes on Asian-SoCal fusion What’s new: Meat cooked over charcoal, snacks like smoked jalapeño dip + kimchi stew, and a robust drinks list.
🍽️ Taurus Ox, 903 19th Ave. E. Known for: Laotian comfort dishes What’s new: Khao poon(noodle soup with shredded chicken + quail egg in a red curry coconut broth),options for kids, and more cocktails.
Today’s issue was written by Gabe.
Editor’s pick: I wasn’t living in Seattle when the Sonics were around — but I’ve felt their presence. The jerseys, the hats, and the spirit of that team are still so much a part of this city’s fabric.
It’s hard to pick just one great retro look, but I’m partial to the skyline version of the Sonics logo. Let’s hope we can rock those to local victory parades soon to tide us over until there are more signs of a comeback.
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