The Church that turned into a Gay Dance Club and a Dollar-Rent-a-Car

The February 21st episode of PIE featured a segment of “Wandering", where we discover that on the site of a small Dollar-Rent-A-Car building was once a multi-storied church with a forboding facade. 

The story of the church at 1900 Boren Avenue begins at the turn of the 20th century. Construction was completed by 1906 and the abbey doors were flung open to welcome the congregation of the ‘Norwegian Danish Methodist’, helping them build a community and assimilate into their new American lives.

Half a Century of Northwest Rock: The Sonics and Mudhoney Video...



Half a Century of Northwest Rock: The Sonics and Mudhoney

Video of The Sonics performing “Cinderella" posted on YouTube by cawfitawk.

The Origin of WanderingI first came across Stephen...

The Origin of Wandering

I first came across Stephen Cysewski’s photos of Seattle in the 1970s a few years ago. The instant I saw them I was transported to a city that used to be and which still hovers on the edge of my own memory. On childhood visits from across the mountains, Seattle seemed a rough and tumble place improbably set in a glorious landscape. Later, living in Olympia, my understanding of the big city to the north became more nuanced as I visited more frequently and came to know its sidestreets and the rhythm of its life. 

Origin | Thur 7p Watch the PIE Premiere Promo (#PPP) video for a...



Origin | Thur 7p

Watch the PIE Premiere Promo (#PPP) video for a taste of the first episode. Highlights:

  • Artifact Roadshow
  • Nobel intrigue examined in a new play
  • In-studio music from Juan de Marcos & the Afro-Cuban All Stars
  • Wandering Seattle’s International District
  • Ken Burns turns a lens on himself in our new “Express Yourself" feature

Sign of the Times In this photo, workers are taking down the...







Sign of the Times

In this photo, workers are taking down the sign at the former Queen Anne Easy Street records location down the street from the KCTS 9 studio. As we gear up for the launch of our new arts and culture show, PIE, we tip our metaphorical hat to a Seattle business where many local and touring musical acts connected with their fans. For the music community there’s a small silver lining in this rainy photo as Easy Street’s West Seattle location is still open.

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