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46º | Partly sunny | 15% chance of rain | Sunrise 7:25 a.m. | Sunset 5:22 p.m. | High tides 5:25 a.m. and 3:32 p.m. | Low tides 10:41 a.m. and 10:35 p.m.

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A poster for the Black History Month Museum on the front of the Columbia City Theater
The Columbia City Theater’s 108-year-old history is worked into the museum’s tour. | Photo by SEAtoday staff
Stroll onto the balcony of the Columbia City Theater this month and you’ll be transported to the early 20th century jazz clubs + speakeasies on Jackson Street. Step into a back room and you’ll hear about the rise of Black Power in the 60s from the voices of its Seattle leaders.

This is the experience of Rainier Avenue Radio’s Call to Conscience Black History Month Museum pop-up. Visitors can see a collection of more than a dozen exhibits that share stories of Black achievements and resilience through a local lens.

The pop-up is running through Feb. 29 and you can reserve a guided tour time slot in advance (which we recommend, particularly on the weekends).

A display of the Seattle Black Panthers shows photos of women painting a mural and a black jacket with a matching cap on display

A full documentary on the Seattle Black Panthers will screen at NW Film Forum in 2024.


Photo by SEAtoday staff

What’s on display

The Seattle Black Panthers | Photos, artifacts, and snippets from a forthcoming film explore the founding of the Seattle chapter, the first authorized one outside California. Among the group’s achievements was a free breakfast program for school children.

Nastymix Records | See albums from the Seattle record label co-founded by local legend Sir Mix-a-Lot. On Feb. 16, the museum will host a reunion + live broadcast.

Seattle Steelheads | Check out jerseys and memorabilia from the short-lived West Coast Negro League baseball team that had a lasting legacy.

Various displays, including quilts, inside the Columbia City Theater for the Black History Month Museum pop-up

The pop-up gathers items from various local nonprofits and collectors into one space.


Photo by SEAtoday staff

The Hartsfield Quilt Collection | Among the pop-up’s most powerful pieces are quilts made by enslaved people dating back to the 1850s that contain secret Underground Railroad communications.

The Total Experience Gospel Choir | Founded in 1973, the Seattle-based choir traveled around the world and performed for the likes of presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. The museum’s display includes tribute to the choir’s late director Pastor Patrinell Wright.

Want more? Swing by Saturday, Feb. 10 to hear a performance from former members of the gospel choir — and stay tuned for other special guests throughout the month.
In which Seattle public high school did the Total Experience Gospel Choir begin?

A. Garfield High School
B. Franklin High School
C. Chief Sealth International High School
D. Rainier Beach High School
Friday, Feb. 9
  • “Homeschooled” | Friday, Feb. 9 | Times vary | Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave., Seattle | $7-$14 | This documentary about homeschooled teens prepping for prom is part of the Children’s Film Festival Seattle.
  • Wine & Whine+ | Friday, Feb. 9 | 8 p.m. | a stir, 818 E. Pike St., Seattle | $15 | Enjoy chill vibes with a DJ spinning dancehall, R&B, and afrobeats tunes as you sip on a little vino.
Saturday, Feb. 10
  • Columbia City Farmers Market | Saturday, Feb. 10 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Columbia City Farmers Market, S. Edmunds St. + 35th Ave. S., Seattle | Free | Shop for fresh late-winter produce and get ingredients to make a nice chili for the Super Bowl.
  • The Soul of Seattle | Saturday, Feb. 10 | 6-10 p.m. | Block 41, 115 Bell St., Seattle | $125-$225 | Sample food and drinks from the likes of Communion, Boon Boona, Island Soul, and other local Black-owned businesses.
  • The Temptations and the Four Tops | Saturday, Feb. 10 | 8 p.m. | Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle | $35-$150 | “Get ready,” R&B fans — it doesn’t get any more iconic than these two groups.
  • Brazilian Carnaval 2024 | Saturday, Feb. 10 | 8 p.m. | The Crocodile, 2505 First Ave., Seattle | $30-$40 | The thirty-year-old Seattle production has a “Samba” theme this year with musicians and dancers honoring Brazil’s famed festival.
Sunday, Feb. 11
  • Super Bowl Viewing Party | Sunday, Feb. 11 | 3:30 p.m. | Clock-Out Lounge, 4864 Beacon Ave. S., Seattle | Free | The lounge will open early for the big game — a good excuse to try out pizza at the new location of Stevie’s Famous.
  • Max Amini Live in Seattle! | Sunday, Feb. 11-Monday, Feb. 12 | Times vary | Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland | $45 | The Iranian-American standup comedian will crack you up with quips about the immigrant experience, awkward dating experiences, and more.
  • Be Mine Run | Sunday, Feb. 11-Monday, Feb. 12 | 7-11 p.m. | Virtual | $18 | Run one mile or up to a marathon anywhere you want in Seattle to raise money for Heart to Heart International, a nonprofit that distributes hygiene kits for home-bound individuals.
Monday, Feb. 12
  • Art of the Espresso Martini | Monday, Feb. 12 | Times vary | Starbucks Reserve Seattle Roastery, 1124 Pike St., Seattle | $95 | Learn to mix a delectable coffee cocktail as an expert guides you through a curated flight paired and with light bites.
Wednesday, Feb. 14
  • Northwest Flower & Garden Festival | Wednesday, Feb. 14-Sunday, Feb. 18 | Times vary | Seattle Convention Center, 705 Pike St., Seattle | $13-$27 | Discover 20+ stunning display gardens, attend 96+ seminars with global gardening luminaries, and more at the ultimate celebration of spring and gardening.*
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News Notes
  • Seattle plans to launch the city’s first freight-and-bus only lanes along King County Metro’s Route 40 with an aim to reduce traffic times. The lane accommodating vehicles like garbage trucks that are over 26,000 pounds will run along Westlake Avenue N. Completion for the one-year test program is scheduled for 2025-26.
  • Organizers for the Queer/Pride Festival announced the event’s 2024 lineup. Headliners for the fest from Queer/Bar and its Capitol Hill sibling venues are Tegan and Sara, Santigold, Rico Nasty, and Perfume Genius. Tickets are on sale for the festivities that kick off June 28.
  • The Asian Counseling Referral Service’s food bank in the Chinatown-International District lost more than 2,000 pounds of perishable items after a recent power outage. But the community has already donated ~$3,000 to help the organization recover — and you can contribute, too. (KING 5)
  • Singapore-based online fast-fashion giant Shein plans to open a fulfillment and logistics office in downtown Bellevue by the end of the year. Shein is a retailer geared toward younger shoppers that’s recently expanded its US presence. (Seattle Times)
  • Portland-based startup Bold Reuse is expanding to Seattle with plans to partner with Seattle Public Schools and open a large dishwashing facility in the CID. The company attempts to cut waste with resuable containers that are regularly collected and sanitized. (GeekWire)
  • Feeling shellfish? State Rep. Mike Chapman of Port Angeles recently sponsored a bill that would declare the razor clam Washington’s official state clam. The legislation is being held up, though, in part from geoduck fans that would rather see their favorite clam recognized. (Seattle Times)
  • Popular Capitol Hill wine bar La Dive is expanding to Queen Anne. The owners plan to open a new spot with a similar menu at 532 Queen Anne Ave. on Feb. 13. La Dive QA will also have a speakeasy called Rich Rich in the back offering high-end pours and a clubbier scene.
  • One development company has switched up plans for a major Bellevue project. Instead of constructing an office tower, Fana Group of Cos. submitted plans for a 27-story, 400-unit mixed-use building at NE Eighth Street and 106th Avenue NE. Skanska is working on a nine-story office tower next door. (Puget Sound Business Journal)
  • New concession station the Kite Cafe will take off at the Golden Gardens Bathhouse in May. Seattle Parks & Recreation chose the counter service vendor to set up shop after requesting proposals last fall. On the menu will be East Coast-style sandwiches, sandwiches, and snacks.
  • Planning to watch the Super Bowl this Sunday? Stream it with a Paramount+ with Showtime subscription — get 30 days free with code GOAT.*
  • We’re excited to share that 6AM City, our parent company, closed its Series A funding round led by the media company, TEGNA. This partnership means continuing to deliver the same hyper-local news and events while expanding our reach to new readers and communities. Learn more.
Improving our performance
A rainbow appears in the sky above buildings in the downtown Seattle area with an area that has scooters and orange traffic cones
We’re looking at the bright side for the new Milken ranking that has us still among Tier 2 cities. | Photo by Sahil B. (submitted for our 2023 Picture of the Year contest)
We’re on out way back up, folks. After falling to No. 34 on the Milken Institute’s prestigious Best Performing Cities list last year, Seattle jumped 10 spots to No. 24 in the 2024 update.

Milken provides an objective evaluation of the economic performance and resiliency of over 400+ US cities. The nonprofit think tank ranks cities based on 13 indicators of economic growth and access to opportunities like employment + wages, broadband access, and housing affordability.

The Seattle area — which includes Bellevue and Everett — ranked as high as No. 6 in 2022 before taking a tumble last year.

Despite the ups and downs, Seattle received high marks for its robust job market and adoption of technology in the 2024 report.

We also scored points for a new category this year: resiliency in the face of future economic downturns or natural disasters. So, things look to be trending in the right direction.
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I can’t thank Rainier Avenue Radio enough for guiding us through its pop-up museum in Columbia City. Stay tuned to their station for more programming and events throughout the year.

If you hit up the museum, be sure to spend extra time in the basement room with all the cool vintage 70s movie posters and giant projector, too.
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