The new Elliott Bay Book Company location on 10th Avenue is now officially open, and the Pike/Pine neighborhood is getting together to celebrate the opening with a free block party this afternoon.

EBBC says there will be food and drinks. And Capitol Hill rock band Let’s Get Lost will be playing some tunes. Besides getting hyped for Elliott Bay, it sounds like a sweet way to welcome Spring, and also to get drunk in the afternoon. It’s supposed to be in the mid-60s and sunny tomorrow.

According to Capitol Hill Seattle, the entire party is being bankrolled by Hunters Capital, the real estate project of local entrepreneur Michael Malone that owns a lot of real estate in the Pike/Pine corridor, as well as the building that now houses Elliott Bay Books.

Tonight from 4 to 7 pm, at 10th Ave. between Pike and Pine. Free.


With the beautiful weather continuing, it's a perfect day to kick off the Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Culture Festival at Seattle Center.  Part of the Center's program of festivals from around the world, the three-day event explores Seattle's deep ties to Japan with tea ceremony demonstrations, artwork, and Japanese food.  Myself, I'm hoping to finally find some authentic ramen in this city.

Tomorrow, 10am-6pm, Seattle Center.  Free and open to the public.

Tomorrow's Full Calendar:

Tomorrow night is the members-only preview of this weekend's Friends of the Seattle Public Library massive DVD, CD and book sale—featuing bargain basement prices and a silent auction of rare books. There's still time to become a Friends of SPL member for $15 and get at the privileged plunder.  

Tomorrow 6:30-9:30pm at Magnuson Park, Hangar in Building No. 30 (7400 Sand Point Way NE).

Author Rebecca Skloot gives a talk at Town Hall on Henrietta Lacks, a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells were taken without her knowledge in 1951 and used to help create the polio vaccine. Up for discussion: cancer, the atomic bomb, and bioethics.

Tomorrow night at Town Hall (1119 8th Ave), 7:30-9pm.  Tickets $5.
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