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By Callie Little

It’s a treasure hidden in plain sight: the Belltown Corridor, an alleyway turned permanent installation, accessible from Second Avenue between Lenora and Blanchard. The block-long display of eight murals, created by artists from Seattle and from as far away as the Netherlands, is tucked behind the brand-new arcade bar Jupiter (Belltown, 2126 Second Ave.).

“I really wanted to bring artists from outside Seattle as a way to open [it] up to the rest of the art world,” says longtime local artist and Jupiter co-owner Joe Nix.

He joined forces with Pioneer Square’s Treason Gallery to reach out to artists and invite them to participate. “As a city, we need to embrace artists as much as possible. Without artists and musicians and the cultural side, what’s the point in all these buildings being built, and [what] would be the draw for all these people moving here?”

Syndicated from SeattleMag.com, photo credits: Hayley Young

By Megan Hill

The Belltown space vacated by Spanish tapas restaurant Pintxo (recently relocated) is now home to sibling Bar Abajo, also a Spanish-influenced enterprise serving primarily gin and small plates.

Pintxo owners Cory and Amanda Chigbrow opened Bar Abajo last week focusing on “gins and tins,” with a long list of local and international gin options (a favorite drink of Spaniards with their elaborate “gin tonics”) plus beer, red sangria, and frozen cocktails. Soaking up the booze will be tinned fish, almonds, olives, cheese, and charcuterie. “Abajo” is Spanish for “below,” referencing the venue’s position underneath yet another bar owned by the Chigbrows, The Upstairs.

The Chigbrows have been busy: aside from the new Bar Abajo and Pintxo’s move to bigger digs, they’re also working on another restaurant called Commonwealth, which is aiming for a fall debut. That project is in progress at 2219 4th Ave. Diners will enter through a back alley off Bell Street and select from a menu of craft cocktails with Southern influences reflective of co-owner Amanda’s Kentucky roots. There are promises of an outdoor space with a fire pit in the slightly clandestine space.

Syndicated from Eater Seattle.

After apprehending the suspect in a Belltown bank robbery that occurred Monday, June 19th, police investigated a suspicious device he left behind. The thief left the device in a red shopping bag near the corner of 3rd Avenue and Wall Street, near the site of the Wells Fargo bank that he attempted to rob.

SPD followed protocol and shut down several nearby streets while they investigated with robots.

The suspect was taken into custody shortly after the 4 p.m. robbery, but SPD’s investigation of the suspicious device prompted closure of several surrounding streets at rush hour. Buses had to be rerouted, and traffic through the area was delayed for nearly two hours until SPD was able to remove the suspicious device.

Featured photo source: Komonews.com

Seattle Police have determined that the Belltown shooting on Thursday, January 19th at the Crocodile Cafe was gang related.

An unidentified shooter opened fire on the live music venue, hitting three people. Police believe the target was an unoccupied car parked outside, and that the victims were not the intended targets. The shooting is believed to be instigated by a dispute between two rival gangs.

“I was in the bar area, and then I heard two shots,” Samantha Cambray told Kiro 7 News. “Then I tried looking for my sister.”

“I was in the front, at the stage and they were pulling me down, but I just kind of ran backstage,” her sister, Veronica Cambray, said.

One of the victims, a male, was transported to Harborview Medical Center with serious injuries, and as of Friday, January 20th, was in the ICU. The other two victims were women who were hit while inside the club. One was in satisfactory condition, while the status of the other victim was unclear. All victims are expected to survive, since none had life-threatening injuries.

According to police, there were six similar attacks where shots were fired, targeting houses and cars. They took place around the Seattle area but primarily in South Seattle and South King County, and occurred in just one week around mid-January. There are warrants out for some of the suspects in these shootings, but none have been arrested.

With the holidays behind us and a whole new year ahead, take a break with one of these arts/culture events coming up in January …

January 6-7: 4th Annual Big Ass Boombox Music Festival
7pm | The Crocodile Cafe
This 4th annual event at The Crocodile is going to be a smashing hit! Featured artists include LocoMotive, John Dillon, Danger Bird, Bleachbear, Christa Says Yay, Skates!, The Morning After, The West, Actionesse, and The Hoot Hoots. Free for all ages!

January 7: Free Tour of The Paramount Theatre
10am – 11:30am | The Paramount Theatre
On the first Saturday of each month, The Paramount Theatre offers free tours of its historic facilities. This month, the tour is from 10 a.m. until about 11:30 a.m. on January 7. Meet in the main entrance of the theatre by 10 a.m. to participate.

January 13: Belltown Art Walk
6 – 9pm | Belltown Community Center
Belltown’s January Art Walk begins at the Belltown Community Center then sends walkers off to local businesses, galleries, dive bars and venues to enjoy works by local artists. Start at the neighborhood community center to pick up a gallery map and snacks between 6 and 7:30 p.m. on Friday, January 13th, and then wander throughout Belltown to check out the work of various artists and establishments participating in this monthly event.