Big doings for a Seattle weekend. Bertha finally made it. She finally broke through to the other side. People doubted and scoffed, and had plenty of reason, but she finally made it. When she was put into the ground lo those many years ago, it was just after I had moved back from Boston. There they have a similar project called the “Big Dig”, which is probably the most overdue, over budget construction project in history, and was fraught with problems from the get-go.
I remember thinking that they must have learned something about boring large tunnels while constructing the Big Dig, and all that wisdom would be applied and put to the test with Bertha. I thought it would be smooth sailing. I could not have possibly been more deeply mistaken.
Boring tunnels for cars is really damn hard to do. There were times when we thought Bertha wasn’t going to make it, but she did. It’ll be interesting to see how long it takes from here till people are driving through the tunnel, then how long till they tear down the Alaskan Way Viaduct. It’ll be a little strange to see that thing go, but it’ll certainly make for a more attractive waterfront experience. And a less deadly commute for people driving on 99.
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So, what’s on the agenda for your Seattle weekend? You want to celebrate Bertha’s breakthrough, right? Hopefully we’ll get to see the dang sun, looks like that might be a possibility on Sunday. Today I actually walked to the grocery store with a sweatshirt to keep me warm. Just a sweatshirt! It’s happening. Slowly but surely Spring is starting to happen.
Friday night I strongly advise you to go to The Moore Theater to see the former band leader for the hit show Comedy Bang Bang, the current band leader for The Late Late Show with James Corden, the master of absurdist improvisational music comedy (and former Seattle resident) Reggie Watts. His style is difficult to describe. He has this uncanny ability to describe mundane things with the most elaborate verbosity. Improvised spontaneous noises and songs and raps. It needs to be witnessed in person. Friday at 8, tickets will run you $22.50-$32.50.
If you’re looking for something where you might be a little more likely to applaud with the snapping of fingers, you might want to check out Youth Speaks’ Grand Slam. Ten young poets will present their material with the hopes of moving on to the International Youth Poetry Slam Festival in San Francisco. Hosted by mayoral candidate and noted spoken word artist Nikkita Oliver. This Friday at Town Hall, 7pm, $20.
What’s a Seattle weekend without a beer fest? This weekend’s beer fest is justifiable (not that you need a justification to go to a beer fest, but maybe you do if you go to one every weekend) because it benefits Early Life Speech & Language, which provides speech therapy to children at no cost. Enjoy a bratwurst for lunch, vegetarian options will be available. This is going to be Saturday at the Scottish Rite Masonic Temple on Capitol Hill, starting at noon. $30 admission comes with 7 tastes, a raffle ticket, a full bratwurst lunch. $15 for the designated driver option which comes with the lunch and the raffle ticket.
While we’re at the business of indulgence in the name of charity, might I suggest Hail Hail: A tribute night to Pearl Jam Benefit Show for the Vitalogy Foundation? Vitality Foundation is a non-profit started by Pearl Jam that helps to fund women’s rights groups, homeless advocacy, and children’s musical education. Featuring the music of Kirby Krackle, The Loveless Building, Zach Davidson and Kimo Muraki. Saturday 9pm at The High Dive. $10.
Finally, you might catch me in Fremont this Sunday for the Food Truck Round-Up #13. I’ve often wondered aloud, even if no one else is in the room (or sometimes especially if no one is in the room) why the food truck craze hasn’t really caught on on Seattle the way it has in Portland or Austin, or so many other cool cities. It just seems like we are all set for that craze to hit and for gravel lots around the city to be converted into food truck extravaganzas. That future must be right around the corner. In the meantime, 30 food trucks are expected in Fremont at the Fremont Sunday Market from 10am-4pm. Come support them and send a message to the assholes running City Hall that we’re ready for our very own food truck revolution.