The Penthouse, renowned '60s jazz club, hosted the who's who of jazz greats

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Exhibit tells stories of Bellevue's Japanese Americans forcibly displaced during WWII

Nancy Guppy at the Bellevue Arts Museum

The “Emerging Radiance” exhibit at Bellevue Arts Museum lets subjects speak for themselves. The interactive art by artist Michelle Kumata and creative director Tani Ikeda allows visitors to watch animated versions of real-life interviews with Japanese Americans whose  families were forcibly removed from the farms that once populated the land prior to World War II. The exhibit runs through March 13.


Green Lake's lost Japanese American community

Judo club in Green Lake

The U.S. once had more than 40 Japantowns. Today, only four remain. Here's the story of Green Lake's small, but close-knit Japanese American community, and how it practically vanished overnight following the World War II Executive Order 9066, which was signed 80 years ago this Saturday. 


Kelp out an ecosystem in need

Image of kelp forests

Did you know there are kelp highways stretching from the Pacific Northwest all the way to Asia? It’s true! Kelp forests provide critical food and shelter for countless local species, including salmon, orcas, sea cucumbers, and more. Wildlife ecologist and conservationist Chris Morgan asks Native American biologists and Coast Salish people about the importance of kelp in this first video in the three-part series Stories from the Salish Sea.


The Penthouse, legendary ‘60s nightclub, was all that jazz

The Penthouse jazz club

The Penthouse was a welcoming haven for jazz performers and music lovers alike. Now, recordings of some of those iconic performances are being released and they'll make you feel like you're there in the room with the jazz greats of yesteryear.


City Inside/Out: Could changes in zoning laws help with housing crisis?

Beacon Hill, Seattle

A proposal that would require cities to change their zoning laws to allow more duplexes or quadplexes fell flat this state legislative session, but it managed to open the door for some fierce debate. City Inside/Out hears from both sides of the controversy.


Annie J & ensemble band perform soulful retro-inspired “Change”

Annie J performing

Singing sensation Annie J brings down the house in her Art Zone performance of the song "Change." Her new album, “Get Back,” will be celebrated at a release show on Friday, Feb. 25, at Clock-Out Lounge on Beacon Hill. 


Mayor Harrell delivers his first State of the City speech

Mayor Harrell addresses Seattle City Council for his State of the City address

Mayor Bruce Harrell addressed the Seattle City Council and the people of Seattle this week for his first State of the City speech. His remarks stressed unity and his "One Seattle" vision, as well as his commitment to working collaboratively with the council to create change.


COVID-19 updates: Tests, vaccines, boosters, masks & more

Free at-home tests. Each household is eligible to receive one set of four free at-home COVID-19 tests from the federal government. Washington state is offering a similar program (info and ordering available in English and Spanish).

Free N95 masks. The federal government recently announced that each adult can get up to three free N95 masks. As they become available in the coming weeks, masks can be picked up in person at participating pharmacies. Be sure to call ahead to check availability at your pharmacy.

Free vaccines and testing. The City of Seattle and partners are hosting fixed location vaccination clinics and COVID-19 testing sites throughout the city.

Visit the Public Health - Seattle & King County website for the latest COVID-19 resources including masking advice (state requirements are changing March 21, but local rules may still apply), COVID-19 testing, COVID-19 vaccines and boosters, vaccine verification (ending in King County on March 1), and more.

For language interpretation, help finding a vaccination or testing site, or ADA accommodation, call the King County COVID-19 Call Center at (206) 477-3977, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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