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After a shooting earlier this month that killed two and injured another, Belltown residents and Seattle Police are concerned about neighborhood safety. On Wednesday, November 8th, the SPD shared some new strategies for fighting crime, during the Belltown Community Council’s monthly meeting.

“One of the priorities I pushed out to all my sergeants and watch commanders is that we have officers take time out of their cars to walk foot patrol in certain areas that we designated,” said Capt. Thomas Mahaffey, Captain of SPD’s West Precinct. “We have to start having officers out, engaging with the community, walking the beat, going to businesses, meeting with people.”

Some of the new steps within the strategy is for officers to stay out of their vehicles for at least 45 minutes per day. Previously, some residents and shop owners have expressed concerns about a lack of police presence, which this strategy will likely help to change.

Another change, in the attempt to address car prowls, is the posting of leaflets and signs warning people not to leave valuables in their cars and the adjustment of some officers’ work shifts to focus on crimes involving property and car prowls.

“Car prowls in particular are a significant issue for us,” Capt. Mahaffey said. “There’s a lot of parking garages, open garages in the Belltown area.”

Crime in Belltown has unfortunately been on the rise, increasing overall this year as compared with 2016 and 2015. However, these new crime-fighting strategies seem to be the right step to helping improve the safety of our neighborhood.

With regard to the November 2nd shooting, SPD is confident that it will be resolved quickly, since it was not a community-based homicide, according to Cap. Mahaffey. “We have a small amount of prolific offenders that are committing the majority of our crimes, so whether they’re involved in property crimes or potentially other crimes as well is likely,” he said.

Get your culture on this week! The neighborhood offers some fun events over the next few days, from poetry and wine tasting, to improv and showtunes.

 

The Poetry Brothel Masquerade Tour

Thursday, November 9th | 7pm – 1am | The Rendezvous

Dig deep and get into the heart of poetry in a unique way at The Poetry Brothel Masquerade Tour! A rotating cast of poets will share their work in public readings on beds and chaise lounges to impart a sensuous theme. The readings will be supplemented by a cabaret with burlesque, vaudeville, art, magic and more. Tickets are $30-65. Costumes/formal wear is encouraged.

 

Let’s All Drink and Do Broadway

Friday, November 10th & Saturday, November 11th | 9:30pm | The Rendezvous

Drink, sing, and improv this upcoming weekend for the Jewel Box Theatre’s second round of “Let’s All Drink and Do Broadway”. There will be showtunes for singing along as well as short-form improv for the laughs, plus a raffle for fancy prizes. Tickets are $15 if you buy in advance, or $20 cash at the door.

 

14th Annual Wine Tasting and Auction

Saturday, November 11th | 7 – 9:30pm | 1927 Events

Bid on exciting auction items at the 14th Annual Wine Tasting and Auction this Saturday, with light appetizers, desserts and wine to enjoy. This is a great opportunity to make a dent in your holiday shopping! Proceeds will support Education First, a college fund for low-income youth. Tickets are $40 per adult, or $70 per couple.

As Thanksgiving approaches, there are some fun and interesting things to do in Belltown this November:

November 2: “Thor: Ragnarok” Opens at Cinerama
7 pm | Cinerama
The sci-fi superhero saga of Thor continues this November, with the release of “Thor: Ragnarok”. The film opens for showings at Cinerama on November 2nd.

November 4: 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 November 4th. Meet in the main entrance of the theatre by 10 a.m. to participate.

November 9: Belltown Art Walk
6 – 9pm | Belltown Community Center
Belltown’s September 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, November 9th, and then wander throughout Belltown to check out the work of various artists and establishments participating in this monthly event.

November 11: Oyster New Year
5 – 8pm | Elliott’s Oyster House
Participate in the largest oyster party on the West Coast at Elliott’s Oyster House, for their 25th annual Oyster New Year celebration! There will be over 30 oyster varieties shucked to order, plus a seafood buffet, wines, microbrews, live music and more. Don’t miss the People’s Choice “Most Beautiful Oyster” contest! Tickets are $175/person.

November 18: TEDxSeattle
9:30am – 4:30pm | McCaw Hall at the Seattle Center
The Seattle event of TEDx is coming up on November 18th, with talks throughout the day that discuss the ways in which Seattle is changing and how we can shape our city for a more positive future. Some of the featured talks include “Cubicles don’t work. How architectural design affects your brain” from Scott Wyatt, “Autonomous fish robots and bio-inspired engineering” from Kristi Morgansen, and “Asteroids are closer than you think” from Chris Lewicki. Student tickets are $35 each and general admission is $80 per person.

Happy Halloween! Mark your calendars for the following fun Halloween happenings in Belltown that are coming up soon…

Take in a Captivating Night in Neverland: Enjoy Halloween with a whimsical and imaginative themed musical event at the Jewelbox Theater on October 21st at 9:30 p.m. “A Night In Neverland” brings you back to the nostalgia of the Halloweens of childhood, without making it any less fun. In addition to the show, there will be costume contests, live music, prizes, candy and more! Come dressed in costume for a chance to win more prizes. Entrance is $12 in advance or $15 at the door. The Jewelbox Theater | 2322 2nd Avenue | 206-441-5823

Explore a Local Haunted House: The Belltown Community Center is hosting a haunted house on October 27th and 28th from 6 p.m. until midnight both days. Entrance is just $4, or free with a valid school ID. Belltown Community Center | 415 Bell Street | 206-684-7245

Enjoy a Killer Burlesque Show: The Rendezvous and Lil’ Tigre are hosting a murderous burlesque show, “Murdalesque” on October 26th, with two performances at 7:30 and 9 p.m. A handful of ‘serially sexy killers’ will be performing their burlesque abilities with a Halloween tilt. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Rendezvous | 2322 2nd Avenue | 206-441-5823

Participate in a Costume Extravaganza: Legendary performers Baby Gramps and Symphonic Freak Folkers’ ‘Hot Damn Scandal’ is coming to the Rendezvous on October 28th for a Halloween Costume Extravaganza! Come dressed in your best Halloween costume. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Rendezvous | 2322 2nd Avenue | 206-441-5823

Kick it at a Spookshow Spectacular! Enjoy macabre music, magic shows, burlesque, a feature length horror film and more at the Carnival of Souls Spookshow Spectacular on Halloween, October 31st! THere will also be a costume contest with prizes for the top three costumes, so come dressed in your Halloween best. Doors open at 6 p.m. and tickets are $15. Rendezvous | 2322 2nd Avenue | 206-441-5823

Visit a Haunted Hotel: Hotel Ändra is one of Seattle’s most haunted hotels, according to a roundup by Seattle Curbed. It was built in 1926, and a past employee is the ghostly eternal guest that supposedly haunts the place. Sounds of jazz music and breaking glass can be heard from the 9th floor at times, but the noises immediately stop when the living attempt to investigate. A woman in 1930s-era clothing has also been seen, appearing to guests as they lay in bed. It is believed that she’s a former employee of the hotel who committed suicide in the 1960s by jumping from a window in the hotel. Hotel Ändra | 2000 4th Avenue | 206-448-8600

Rob Roy is one of the most iconic, long-standing bars in Belltown. For the holiday season this year, however, it’s turning into something totally new…

Miracle, a holiday pop-up bar from New York’s Greg Boehm, is taking over the Belltown bar from November 24th through Christmas Eve. For that month, Rob Roy will be transformed into “Miracle on 2nd”, with holiday-themed cocktails and custom seasonal glassware.

Check out the cocktails and shots Miracle on 2nd will be serving, over at Eater Seattle! The Bad Santa looks amazing, with mulled red wine, tawny port, orange liqueur, spices and golden raisins, served hot in a winking Santa mug.