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Juneteenth is just around the corner
The outside of the Northwest African American Museum on a sunny day.
NAAM has hosted events virtually and in other locations over the past three years. | Photo via NAAM
Juneteenth is on Wednesday, June 19, commemorating the day in 1865 when institutional slavery was abolished in the US, nearly two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation.

Here are some ways to honor the day around Seattle.

🗓️ Events

Thursday, June 13
  • Honoring Juneteenth | 6-7:30 p.m. | Bellevue City Hall, 450 110th Ave. NE, Bellevue | Free | Hear about the founding of the United States and the concept of “all men are created equal” from the perspective of a free Black colonist of the time.
Saturday, June 15
Sunday, June 16
  • REVIVAL: Juneteenth Pop-up Market | 12-5 p.m. | 2301 E. Union St., Seattle | Free | Peruse Black retailers, food vendors, and community organizations in the heart of Central District.
Wednesday, June 19
  • Lynnwood Juneteenth Freedom Festival | 10-3 a.m. | Cedar Valley Community School, 19200 56th Ave. W., Seattle | Free | Celebrate freedom, unity, and African American culture with a lineup of activities including marching bands and speakers.

🤝 Give back

Another way to acknowledge the day and the ongoing fight for human rights is to support local, Black-led community organizations. Check these out:
  • Feed the People | This nonprofit hosts youth cooking classes and aims to increase food access by supplying meals to the community. Donate or buy some merch.
  • Africatown Community Land Trust | This org maintains and stewards property within the Central District to create space for growing businesses. It also helps others keep and tend to their own land.
In the mood to do some shopping? Check out Intentionalist’s list of Black-owned businesses, restaurants, and services near you.
Monday, June 10
  • Seattle Mariners vs. Chicago White Sox | Monday, June 10-Thursday, June 13 | 6:40 p.m. | T-Mobile Park, 1250 First Ave. S., Seattle | $20-$500 | Leave your white socks at home — we know it’s not that kind of “sox,” but it’s the principle of the thing.
  • DIIV | Monday, June 10 | 8 p.m. | Neptune Theatre, 1303 NE 45th St., Seattle | $35 | Catch this Brooklyn-based American rock band as they take a trip to the better coast — West Coast, best coast, baby!
Tuesday, June 11
  • Seattle Storm vs. Los Angeles Sparks | Tuesday, June 11 | 7 p.m. | Climate Pledge Arena, 334 First Ave. N., Seattle | $40-$1,000 | LA may have a spark, but we have the whole storm. You know... lightning and stuff.
  • Author Talk: James Sutter | Tuesday, June 11 | 7-9 p.m. | Third Place Books, 5041 Wilson Ave. S., Seattle | Free | Meet the author behind the new Queer, supernatural young adult romance “The Ghost of Us.”
  • Marc Seales Quartet with Special Guest Ernie Watts | Tuesday, June 11-Wednesday, June 12 | 7:30 p.m. | Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., Seattle | $31.50 | Keys, sax, trumpet, and drums — what more could you want? Nothing. The correct answer is nothing.
  • PRISMIA with Crooked Path & King Sheim | Tuesday, June 11 | 8 p.m. | Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Ave. NW, Seattle | $10 | They may not be the headliner, but City Editors Alina and Madeline saw King Sheim live and they really bring the energy.
Wednesday, June 12
  • Ballard Seafood Fest | Wednesday, June 12-Friday, June 14 | Times vary | Market Street + Ballard Avenue, Seattle | Free | Seafood lovers, music fans, and art enthusiasts unite at this celebration of the Ballard community.
  • Vermillion 16th Anniversary Party | Wednesday, June 12 | 6:30-11 p.m. | Vermillion Gallery and Bar, 1508 11th Ave., Seattle | Celebrate this Capitol Hill spot’s sweet 16 with a slide show put together by the community’s fave memories in the space.
  • Space Trivia at Outer Planet | Wednesday, June 12 | 7 p.m. | Outer Planet Brewing, 1812 12th Ave., Seattle | Free | The force is strong with this one. It’s your turn to dominate at this trivia night focused on space + sci-fi pop culture knowledge.
  • Silent Reading Party | Wednesday, June 12 | 7:30 p.m. | Hotel Sorrento, 900 Madison St., Seattle | $15-$60 | Read solo or with other bibliophile friends to the background of soft piano music.
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News Notes
Coming Soon
  • The Seattleite behind Lil Woody’s burger chain and several other local spots is opening his next foodie project this month. Restaurateur Marcus Lalario’s hybrid Darkalino’s-Lil Woody restaurant will be in the Tangletown area of Green Lake at 2253 N. 56th St. The exact opening date is TBD. (Puget Sound Business Journal)
Real Estate
  • Some childhood dreams really do come true. Former Snapchat exec Elliot Solomon just listed his treehouse home in Shoreline. Originally built in the 1960s, the structure has been remodeled multiple times and includes features like a glass-box garage and floor-to-ceiling windows. The current asking price is $3.36 million. (Puget Sound Business Journal)
  • Business software company Acumatica has moved its headquarters to Bellevue. Formerly based in Kirkland, the new 12,000-sqft campus is ~50% larger than its former office space. With over 700 company employees, over 60 operate from the Puget Sound area + Acumatica is looking to add more “in Seattle especially.” (Puget Sound Business Journal)
  • A new proposal might put 30 digital kiosks downtown with the intention of enhancing public safety, wayfinding, Wi-Fi access, and more ahead of the 2026 FIFA World Cup. The kiosks would cost the city no money to operate, but some are concerned they could clutter up sidewalks. Provide your feedback. (GeekWire)
  • These things are toxic, and not in the poison-paradise-Britney-Spears kinda way. King County issued a warning about the spread of poison hemlock, an invasive weed that can be lethal if just a couple leaves are ingested. Its appearance with white floral clusters can misleadingly resemble other edible plants. (Seattle Times)
  • Hold onto those receipts throughout the month of June. When you shop Queer-owned businesses this Pride Month, you can upload your receipts to the Intentionalist website and enter to win special prizes from local sports teams. Don’t have an account yet? Create yours now.
  • Mark your calendars and save some roomChinatown-International District’s Food Walk is happening this Saturday, June 15, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. You can enjoy scrumptious snacks like fries, mochi, soft serve, drinks, and more for prices starting at $4 (yes, four dollars).
  • Woman-owned business Royal Highnies uses airy, 400-thread count Pima cotton to create luxury loungewear for the whole family. It all began with boxer shorts, and now, trademarked Highnies are sold in over 500 retailers — but you can snag free hats for Father’s Day exclusively online with code ROYALDADDY24.*
  • What happens when you combine German engineering with the world’s most trusted name in hearing care? The biggest breakthrough in hearing technology in more than a decade: the Horizon hearing aid. (This is not your grandpa’s hearing device.) See if you qualify for a free trial.*
🎭 All the world’s a stage
The corner of the historic Eagles building downtown features a long, rectangular sign on the corner reading "A C T Theatre" and a tall high rise building extends up into the sky in the background.
Home of ACT Contemporary Theatre, the Eagles Auditorium Building hosted many 1950s R&B performances, late-60s rock concerts, and 1980s punk shows. | Photo by SEAtoday staff
*Enter stage right*

Two prominent local theatre companies recently announced a possible merger. The ACT Contemporary Theatre and Seattle Shakespeare Company (SSC) are looking at joining forces, with the potential to operate within ACT’s current home in the Eagles Auditorium Building at 700 Union St.

The merger was unanimously approved by the ACT and SSC Boards, both of which will serve as the stewards of the transition as a legal agreement is drafted.

Here are the main goals behind the merger:
  • Assist in the revitalization of downtown
  • Strengthen their community impact and individual missions (ACT’s being to unite artistic ambition + SSC’s to make arts accessible)
  • Combine resources to address production costs and uncertain subscriber numbers
The full merger is still “around a year in the making” with an exact title for the resulting org yet to be revealed.
The Buy
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