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People hold the edges of a large rainbow pride flag at a flag raising at Seattle City Hall plaza.

Seattle opened Pride Month with an annual flag raising at City Hall. Pride peaks this week with a series of celebrations, including the June 30 Seattle Pride Parade, one of the biggest in the country. Among the parade's grand marshals are Mayor Jenny Durkan and actor/drag performer Jinkx Monsoon, featured in this 2013 Art Zone interview. Earlier this month, the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, regarded as the beginning of the struggle for LGBTQ rights, was a topic of conversation at Civic Cocktail, and we covered "There Goes the Gayborhood!" a panel discussion on preserving LGBTQ spaces. Our Pride coverage featured a Community Stories profile of gay community advocate Manuel Venegas. Plus, Art Zone offered a look at dancer Dani Tirrell's multidisciplinary work "FagGod" and earlier this year featured Clyde Petersen, front person of queer folk band Your Heart Breaks, performing "Our Forbidden Country."  


Soul sensation True Loves live in concert

Members of Seattle soul band True Loves face the audience from the stage during a live performance at the Neptune Theatre.

Art Zone with Nancy Guppy slips into summer with the sweet soul sounds of True Loves. The beloved eight-piece instrumental soul crew ignited the stage with its signature funky soul sound in a live performance at the Neptune Theatre, May 24, to celebrate the release of their new album. Presented in partnership with Seattle Theatre Group.

Get your goove on


Seawolves celebrate rugby title with parade

Rugby champions Seattle Seawolves and fans participate in a victory flag raising at City Hall with Mayor Jenny Durkan.

The Seattle Seawolves made history last week with their back-to-back Major League Rugby championships. We were there when Mayor Jenny Durkan honored the team Friday with a flag raising at City Hall followed by a victory parade with hundreds of fans joining players as they proudly displayed the MLR Championship Shield and marched down Fourth Avenue to Pike Place Market. Learn more about the Seawolves and the region's growing affection for pro rugby in this recent feature. Plus, did you know Seattle has a gay rugby team? We featured the team way back in 2009.

That's our shield!


Soaking up scenes of summer in Seattle

Children play in the spray of the Seattle International Fountain.

Ahh summer. The season of sunset magic and fountain fun. We recently met a  travel photographer perched on the Jose Rizal Bridge, where he explained his plan to capture a recent stunning sunset from the popular vantage point. Across town, we watched children frolic in the spray of the International Fountain at Seattle Center under a brilliant blue Seattle sky. But our blissfully blue summer skies, could go up in smoke, literally. Seasonal wildfire smoke is the new normal. Last week, Mayor Jenny Durkan and the City of Seattle joined with organizations from across the Puget Sound to host Smoke Ready Communities Day with resources to stay healthy when our air quality is poor.


Seattle Pilots in baseball history

Members of the Seattle Pilots, the city's first major-league baseball team, pictured in the dugout.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Seattle Pilots, the city's first Major League Baseball team. (To mark the occasion, the Seattle Mariners suited up in Seattle Pilots throwback uniforms last week.) After a single season playing at the old Sick`s Stadium, the Pilots pulled up stakes and became the Milwaukee Brewers. After the last pitch of the season – but before the club's move was announced – Pilots marketing guru Bill Sears produced a promotional film recapping the season, highlighting the community effort to launch the Pilots, and offering a look ahead to the next season, which was not to be. 

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