This sign which greets so many visitors was also featured in the blockbuster film. | Photo by cascadevideoproductions via Wikimedia Commons
You better hold on tight, spider monkeys — tomorrow, Nov. 21 marks the 15th anniversary of when the hit vampire flick “Twilight” hit the big screen. Thanks to the blockbuster movie (and bestselling books), PNW became even more famous for our moody, “near constant cloud covered” skies.
While a majority of the series is set in Forks, Seattle makes appearances in quite a few places. Here’s where we get our cameos.
Hey, that’s us
Bella’s quite familiar with Sea-Tac Airport. It’s where she first arrives in Washington and where she later makes departures to Phoenix and Volterra, Italy.
In the first movie, Bella mulls a trip to Seattle to check out a “good bookstore” as a way to avoid her classmates’ romantic advances. Maybe she was thinking about Elliott Bay Book Company?
In “Eclipse,” the third book and movie, a rival vampire coven takes over the city and becomes responsible for a large amount of deaths... yikes. According to the book version, the Seattle Times wrote about the attack.
In the fourth book “Breaking Dawn,” Bella travels to our city to meet with J. Jenks, a fictitious lawyer who also specializes in forged documents (we legally can’t publicize a real-life equivalent).
Keep your necks covered
We seem to be safe from a wild coven of murderous vampires, but maybe deep down you’re still hoping to meet your own mythical love match. Here’s where your odds might be best.
The Founder’s Club | Quiet, dark, and hidden from plain sight — this bar is definitely a favorite amongst the immortal.
Gargoyles Statuary | With a mass amount of Gothic wares for sale, our local vampire population is sure to pick up new items for their lairs at the U District shop.
E.J. Koh | Monday, Nov. 20 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Third Place Books, 6504 20th Ave. NE, Seattle | Free | The local author will discuss her debut novel “The Liberators” that tells a complicated and moving saga about a South Korean family.
Tuesday, Nov. 21
Autumn Tea Blend Workshop | Tuesday, Nov. 21 | 6-8 p.m. | Friday Afternoon Tea, 4228 Stone Way N., Seattle | $50 | Learn about various ingredients, flavor wheels, and the chemistry of tea while making gifts for friends — or yourself.
Wednesday, Nov. 22
Pun Intended: Punslam | Wednesday, Nov. 22 | 7-9 p.m. | Capitol Hill Comedy / Bar, 210 Broadway E., Seattle | $10 | Who doesn’t enjoy a good pun? Watch as talented comedians battle it out in a quick-witted competition.
Dimelo - A Latin Experience | Wednesday, Nov. 22 | 10 p.m. | The Crocodile, 2505 First Ave., Seattle | $20 | Shake the night away to your favorite Latin beats.
Thursday, Nov. 23
Issaquah Turkey Trot | Thursday, Nov. 23 | 9 a.m. | Downtown Issaquah, SE Bush St. and First Ave. E., Issaquah | Free | Work up an appetite with a casual 5K run/walk on the Eastside and help raise money for the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank.
This holiday season shop for unique gifts from our small business partners. | Photo by 6AM City
Our online shop (Six & Main), a site that celebrates small businesses locally and in our 25 sister markets, is dishing out major deals this holiday season. From coffee to artwork and apparel, there’s a gift for everyone.
30% off items included in our gift guides for her + him
This Saturday’s Apple Cup will not be the last. UW and WSU have agreed to a five-year continuation of the big game with next year’s scheduled for Sept. 14, 2024 at Lumen Field. The game will then alternate between the schools’ campuses. Other details in the agreement are still being finalized. (Seattle Times)
The Paul Allen Foundation is donating $10 million to support arts and cultural programs in Washington state, repeating a gift in the same amount from last year. ArtsFund will distribute the $2,500-$25,000 grants to organizations who can use it for a variety of needs. (GeekWire)
You’ve got some time to prepare, but the Link Light Line will experience service disruptions from Jan. 13 to Feb. 4 for maintenance. During that time period, trains will only run once every 26 minutes between Angle Lake and Northgate.
Seattle small businesses can now apply for the city’s new Liberty Project, which seeks to support Black- and other minority-owned businesses. The project will provide services related to management capacity, obtaining greater access to loans + investments, and developing a customer base.
Hope you’re thirsty — The Ballard Cocktail Trail is returning for its second year Dec. 8. The late-night holiday shopping event features sips from local bars like Macleod’s Scottish Pub and The Ballard Cut within neighborhood shops. Tickets are $45. (My Ballard)
We want to know what you’re feeling thankful for in Seattle this year. Is it our weather that supports your reclusive nature? Is it all of our excellent local coffee shops? Or is it the beautiful landscape we’ve been blessed with? Let us know.
Due to drier and warmer winters from El Niño, Washington’s mountains may look a little bare this year. So far, the state has seen ~133% to ~166% of normal snowpack amounts, but scientists aren’t confident the trend will continue. (Seattle Times)
While you get ready to enjoy some turkey, Seattle Public Utilities has a few holiday-related public service reminders. Locals should reduce food waste, clear gutters of loose leaves, and avoid pouring cooking grease down their drain.
“Twilight” was released during my preteen years, so I’m sure you can imagine the angst that was just running rampant in my home. I was never quite as into the series as some of my other friends, but I did have a very large poster in my bedroom for a bit. I can’t imagine the amount of times my parents rolled their eyes during this phase.