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Next ‘Think & Drink’ at Naked City explores political cartooning

October 31st, 2016 by Doree

The next Humanities Washington-sponsored “Think & Drink” at Naked City Brewery is the night before the election. “Drawing Ire: Political Cartooning in Uncertain times” explores how the centuries-old tradition of political cartooning speaks to our modern, divided society.

We are drowning in memes, gifs, and YouTube clips that give us near-instant commentary and humor on political events and issues. What do political cartoons offer that other forms of expression do not, especially in this time of major political and racial divisions?

In the run-up to the 2016 election, join Humanities Washington for an exploration of how the most charged topics of the day—from racial divisions to political polarization—are being reflected through the lens of political cartooning. What should and shouldn’t be off-limits?

The event will feature Milt Priggee and A.F. Branco, both nationally syndicated cartoonists, political opposites, and friends. Both artists will also be live drawing during the event.

Think & Drink starts at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 7, at Naked City Brewery and Taphouse, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N.

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Naked City Brewery celebrates its 8th anniversary Saturday with live music and petting zoo

October 17th, 2016 by Doree

Naked City Brewery will celebrate its 8th anniversary from noon to midnight Saturday with live bluegrass and folk music from 3-Play Ricochet and Simon Kornelis, plus a petting zoo with Madison Grove Farms.

The petting zoo will run from 12-3 p.m. with miniature horses, goats, rabbits and a small donkey. Bluegrass band 3-Play Ricochet takes the stage in the Screening Room at 3 p.m., followed at 6 p.m. by folk singer-songwriter Simon Kornelis.

Founding Brewer Don Webb brewed 19 tasty draft beers for the day including three headliners: The Grapes of Wrath, a Belgian Style dark cherry sour ale aged in Temperanillo wine barrels for 15 months; The Big Lebrewski, Naked City’s award-winning white Russian imperial stout, and The Can in Black, a black malt liquor inspired by Johnny Cash and brewed in collaboration with Cash Brewing.

Naked City is at 8564 Greenwood Ave. N. and is open to all ages.

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Next Think & Drink asks, ‘Is our country that polarized?’

June 28th, 2016 by Doree

Humanities Washington’s next “Think & Drink” on July 12 at Naked City Brewery, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N., is titled “American Rage: Division and Anger in U.S. Politics,” and asks whether our country really is that polarized.

“This election is like no other.”

Variations of this phrase have almost become a cliché of the 2016 election season. But how else to react to the fights at rallies, filibusters, interruptions of moments of silence, calls by a major candidate for the deportation of millions, and schoolyard Twitter taunts?

We have reached the point where roughly a third of each party views the other as a “threat to the nation’s well-being,” according to the Pew Research Center, and that the political center has drifted to the left and right at an alarming rate. Forty percent of us now even disapprove of people from different political parties marrying.

Part history lesson, part discussion, part brewpub hang-out, this Think and Drink event will ask: Is it really that bad? Has U.S. politics ever been more divided and aggressive? Will it get better or worse? And is our increasingly media-saturated environment, including the rise of social media, helping or hurting our divisions and discourse?

Think & Drink begins at 7 p.m. on July 12, with WSU professors Cornell Clayton, co-editor of “Civility and Democracy in America,” and Travis Ridout, co-author of “The Persuasive Power of Campaign Advertising.” It will be moderated by KUOW’s Ross Reynolds.

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Housing affordability discussion at Naked City on Monday

June 24th, 2016 by Doree

Seattle for Everyone and Bellwether Housing are sponsoring a discussion about housing affordability from 7-8:30 p.m. Monday at Naked City Brewery & Taphouse, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N. It’s called “Drink Up for Letting Seattle Grow Up for All People: A panel discussion on the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda.”

Seattle is growing twice as fast as projected and yet building less than half the housing it needs for the new growth. That’s why an unprecedented coalition forged a partnership in support of Mayor Ed Murray’s Housing Affordability & Livability Agenda (HALA) last fall. With the policy recommendations now before the Seattle City Council, we have a tremendous opportunity to create an affordable, inclusive city over the next decade.

The city’s Office of Planning & Community Development will provide a ten-minute presentation providing an overview of the Mayor’s housing affordability agenda, and then Erica Barnett (http://thecisforcrank.com/) will moderate an all-star panel with Q&A, including:

  • Hyeok Kim, Seattle’s Deputy Mayor
  • Alan Durning, Sightline Institute’s Executive Director
  • Susan Boyd, Bellwether Housing’s Director of Real Estate Development

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‘The Real Scoop on Being a New Dad’ at Naked City Brewery June 20

May 23rd, 2016 by Doree

PEPS (Program for Early Parent Support) presents the second annual “The Real Scoop on Being a New Dad” from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Monday, June 20, at Naked City Brewery, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N.

New Dad? About to become one? Grab yourself some dinner and a drink, take a seat and listen to our panel of local dads talk through the trials and tribulations of being a new Dad and give tips on how to handle the challenges and enjoy the ride. These local dads will provide great information in a fun and informal environment. Topics may include:
• How to survive on no sleep (and tips for maybe getting some)
• Building your parenting community/Finding your tribe
• Keeping your marriage strong after baby comes
• Mistakes you will make the first year
• Managing work and family
• Unique ways Dads interact with and form bonds with their babies

Register to attend through Brown Paper Tickets (suggested admission is $15 but is pay-what-you-can). Attendees pay for their own food and drink.

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Think & Drink at Naked City May 10: Is nuclear power a solution to climate change?

May 4th, 2016 by Doree

Humanities Washington tackles “The Promise and Peril of Nuclear Energy” at its next installment of Think & Drink at Naked City Brewery, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N., at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 10.

When talking about how to address climate change, the conversation usually turns to solar, wind, electric vehicles, even geoengineering. But what if a part of the solution has been with us for sixty years?

From “The China Syndrome” to Mr. Burns, nuclear power has inspired fear, awe, and anger. High-profile disasters like Chernobyl and Fukushima have stuck in the public consciousness. But how justified are our fears? In an era when the stability of the planet itself is threatened, is it time for MORE nuclear power, not less? Or are the risks too great?

The conversation will feature petroleum geologist and University of Washington faculty member Scott Montgomery, whose book The Shape of the New was a New York Times Notable Book for 2015; Chuck Johnson, an activist, writer, and development professional with roots in the anti-nuclear movement dating back to the 1970s; and Kathleen Flenniken, former civil engineer for the Hanford Nuclear site and Washington State Poet Laureate for 2012-2014. Flenniken’s book Plume, a meditation on the Hanford site, won the Washington State Book Award. The event will be moderated by KUOW’s environmental reporter Ashley Ahearn.

Every Think & Drink event is free and open to the public. Attendees purchase their own food and drink.

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Next ‘Think & Drink’ to discuss how climate change affects the Northwest

March 23rd, 2016 by Doree

Humanities Washington and Naked City Brewery are hosting the next “Think & Drink” on March 30 to discuss “Now or Never: Climate Change and Policymaking in the Pacific Northwest.”

Like the rest of the country, our region is addicted to cars, electricity, and consumption, and we’ve reached a turning point. Are new laws the only path toward changing our habits? Plus, we are a state divided along geographical and political lines—are our political leaders even capable of fighting climate change, or at the very least, helping us adapt to its effects?

Or is addressing climate change within the current political system simply a lost cause?
Join Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien and UW Climate Impacts Group director Amy Snover for a frank conversation about what climate change means for the Pacific Northwest, and the promise and challenges of working within the system to address the most pressing issue of our time. Moderated by KUOW environmental reporter Ashley Ahearn.

Think & Drink begins at 7 p.m. next Wednesday, March 30, at Naked City Brewery, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N.

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Naked City Brewery packed tonight for Greenwood fundraiser

March 10th, 2016 by Doree

Update Friday: Naked City Facebooked this today:

We blew twelve kegs of Greenwood Phoenix Golden Ale.
We raised $8125 in beer sales for the relief fund.
We raised $3474 in donations for the relief fund.
In total, we raised $11,599 in one day for the relief fund.
Love you all. Together, we are a phoenix.

Earlier: Naked City Brewery has been hosting a fundraiser all day today to support businesses destroyed and damaged in yesterday’s explosion. $1 from every pint of the specially brewed Greenwood Phoenix Golden Ale is going to the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s Greenwood Relief Fund.

At 8:30 p.m., the inside was completely packed, with people standing outside.


And more people were in the beer garden.


A number of other businesses are hosting fundraisers in the coming days. The PNA has a special web page with a long list of fundraisers and donation sites (some of those donation sites will match funds up to a certain amount). Many of the locations are in Greenwood and Phinney Ridge, but others are in Ballard, Magnolia and throughout the rest of the city. As of tonight, there are nearly 30 fundraising opportunities, but please check the list often as they are adding to it continuously.

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UPDATE: POSTPONED — Naked City Brewery fundraiser for Taproot Theatre on Wednesday

March 8th, 2016 by Doree

Update Wednesday: The fundraiser has been postponed until Thursday and will now benefit the businesses affected by Wednesday morning’s explosion.

Earlier: Naked City Brewery, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N., is hosting an all-day fundraiser Wednesday for Taproot Theatre, on its 40th anniversary. All proceeds from the purchase of the specially brewed Taproot Pale Ale will go directly to Taproot’s emergency fund, which was depleted after the theater racked up huge legal bills from a lawsuit related to construction of its addition after the 2009 arson. Additional donations are welcome.

A second fundraiser for Taproot is set for 5-9 p.m. Sunday, also at Naked City, with a live and silent art auction. All proceeds go to Taproot.

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