Seven Beef, A Seattle Steak Shop

Seven Beef from Sophie and Eric Banh (Monsoon, Ba Bar) bills itself as a Seattle Steak Shop, serves Vietnamese-French cuisine & cocktails in a modern industrial décor.  Featuring Northwest, grass-fed, dry aged beef, butchered in house with a nose to tail focus.  Definitely upscale, the sleek dining room is comfortable for everyday or a special event.  Beef not your thing?  Not to worry, there are plenty of seafood, shellfish, poultry and vegetable options.  Featuring a table d'hôte option, “Bò 7 Món,” the Banh’s take on a traditional Vietnamese seven-course beef dinner as well as a full bar and happy hour.  Visit their website at



Hollow Earth Radio Looking to Make Some Waves

Hollow Earth Radio Looking to Make Some Waves– Jack Holland

Hollow Earth Radio, the neighborhood’s only community-run, grassroots radio station located on East Union, is raising money to begin broadcasting on the FM dial at 100.3 KHUH.  It needs to raise $25,000 by February! But check this out:

An all-volunteer run radio station, Hollow Earth Radio has been streaming online at http://HollowEarthRadio.orgfor the past nine years, delivering community-driven programming to its listeners.

Now, after seven years as an online-only platform, Hollow Earth Radio is in the midst of a fundraising drive to $25,000 by February, which would allow them to purchase an antenna and pay for the requisite license to be broadcasting on the FM by March—the deadline that the Federal Communications Commission set for the station. As of December 18, the station has raised $8,876. (to donate, go to

By having a home at FM 100.3, Hollow Earth hopes to expand its reach to give the Central District its own radio station—one developed of and by the local community, where local music and viewpoints are given top priority. Hollow Earth’s volunteer programming captures the multitude of perspectives and sounds from the Central District.

Whether it’s Moondog Medicine, with its “found sound and field recordings,” or Eat Your Paisely, where you can get your fill of “music nerd classics,” or the broad electronic variety on Queasy Listening, Hollow Earth programming has something for every ear.

But it’s not just sounds you’ll hear. For example, Jordan Leonard, volunteer host of Black Roots Radio, a jazz show dedicated to focusing on its social and political intersections, with particular attention to Seattle’s (more specifically, the Central District’s) rich history of Jazz.

DJ Luzviminda Uzuri Carpenter (aka Lulu), host of LuluNation, has recently teamed up with Rokea Jones and community activist, Amir Islam, to host The Black Living Room. The show, according to its facebook page, is dedicated to black voices, black stories, black music, black news, and more blackness. "Tune in & Black Out" with The Black Living Room on Tuesdays, from 5-7PM.

Amir Islam, SPCC board member, speaking on the Hollow Earth’s fundraising video (check it out when you donate at, says that Hollow Earth serves as important function in the community as it provides an opportunity for people to get involved with a type of media that they otherwise would not have been exposed to. “Creating more community conversations and dialogue—it’s a really good thing.”

 “It’s a really powerful thing to give access to this type of media,” says Rokea Jones; and the all-volunteer dynamic of the station “allows people to learn and grow, and possibly develop their own programming—how powerful is that?”

So, if you want your own neighborhood’s community supported, all volunteers, grassroots radio station to get a more recognizable space on the FM dial at 100.3, consider donating to Hollow Earth Radio, “Seattle’s most far reaching, short-range radio station.”

Get with it and Donate at Why? Because the Central District needs it.


Lots of successes in 61 years at the Boys & Girls Club

The teachers’ strike gave Ms. Patrick Carter, long-time executive director of the Rotary Branch Boys & Girls Club, just one more handful of challenges. How would she find enough staff hours to meet a sudden demand for children’s programming during 11-hour days at the 19th-and-Spruce facility in Squire Park?

She asked her staffers. “They sacrificed their schedules and their personal lives to give service to the families - free of charge to registered members,” Patrick said. A stream of happy voices spills from the gym. “Sometimes I would like to record that sound,” she said. “But sometimes you have to shut the door.” Which she did.

The 19th Avenue Boys & Girls Club began operations in 1954. Like all branches of B&GC, it emphasizes academics, character/attitude, and healthy choices. The program works. Graduates make it through college and even to Wall Street. “And I think we’re going to have our first doctor soon,” Patrick said.

Donations are the best way community members can help — $50 will pay a child’s membership for a year. Volunteers are needed too, especially math tutors.

Patrick started out in banking. “I used to encourage people to invest in stocks and bonds. Now I ask them to invest in kids.”

To reach Patrick, email




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