Bellevue Lands W Hotel, Drivers Needed for Seniors

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Hotel news: Bellevue has nabbed a W Hotel as part of its $1.2 million expansion of The Bellevue Collection. Slated to open in spring 2017, Starwood Hotels' W Bellevue will feature 245 guestrooms (25 of those will be suites and one will be W's Presidential-style Extreme Wow Suite), three restaurants and bars and more than 11,400-square-feet of meeting and event space. “W Bellevue is being designed with a unique narrative that represents our Eastside community,” says Kemper Freeman, chairman and ceo for Kemper Development Company, which owns and operates the mixed-use Bellevue Collection. “The hotel’s cutting-edge design brings our community’s heritage into modern times with a contemporary interpretation of the joy and wonder that we all feel in a welcoming lakeside summer house. This hotel will truly represent all that we celebrate about our community and will bring an amped up W energy to Bellevue.” W Bellevue will be located on Bellevue Way between NE 4th and NE 8th Streets, and will be connected via a sky bridge to the new expansion slated for Bellevue Square.

More Bellevue updates: The large space in Bellevue Square vacated last year by Plano, Texas-based retailer J.C. Penney has been filled, reports The Puget Sound Business Journal. An upscale, urban grocery will move into the 200,000-square-foot spot, but it's not yet been determined if the grocer will be Whole Foods or another company. Kemper Freeman, chairman and ceo for Kemper Development Company, is "negotiating with two grocers."

Drivers wanted: A senior services transportation program has put out the call for volunteers to drive seniors to and from doctor appointments. According to King 5 News, "program administrators say demand is increasing and they need more volunteers" and are hoping that "more young people would consider giving a 3-4 hours of their week." To learn more about how to become a volunteer driver, visit seniorservices.org.

The highest court in Italy will rule on the Amanda Knox case this Wednesday, in which Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend appealed their guilty verdicts in the 2007 murder of her British roommate, Meredith Kercher. The Associated Press has a full look at the case, including possible outcomes and issues that might arise, here.

The Must List: Bridget Everett, Urban Craft Uprising and Gary Gulman

The Must List: Bridget Everett, Urban Craft Uprising and Gary Gulman

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Self-proclaimed "alt-cabaret provocateur" Bridget Everett visits the Neptune this Saturday

Must See
F***ing A
(Through December 11, times vary) The first African-American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Suzan-Lori Parks has energized audiences with the award-winning Topdog/Underdog and now adapts Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, which adroitly fuses her unique theatrical language with music and dance. artsuw.org/venue/meany-studio-theater

Must Laugh
Gary Gulman
(December 1, 8 p.m.) Why see Gary Gulman? Let us count the ways: He’s one of only a handful of comedians to perform on every single late-night comedy program and with Amy Schumer, and The New York Times says, “He’s finally being recognized as one of the country’s strongest comedians.” We could give you more reasons, but you could have been there by now. Sjcc.org

Must Hear
Benjamin Francis Leftwich
(December 2, 9 p.m.) Five years after his initial triumph with Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm, Leftwich has partnered with producer Charlie Andrew (Alt-J, Money) on a new album, After the Rain, written during some of the most challenging times in the artist’s life, that displays his deepening craft as a singer-songwriter. sunsettavern.com

Must Attend
Bridget Everett
(December 3, 8 p.m.) The Village Voice calls her “the most exciting performer in New York City.” She calls herself an “alt-cabaret provocateur.” You’ve seen her in Trainwreck and on Girls, Inside Amy Schumer, Sex and The City, Netflix’s Lady Dynamite and her Comedy Central show Bridget Everett – Gynecological Wonder. stgpresents.org

Must Craft
Urban Craft Uprising
(December 3-4, times vary) If you have any last-minute Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa or I-don’t-need-an-excuse shopping to do, you could kill your gift list with one visit. The 150 vendors under one roof display handcrafted jewelry, gifts, bags, wallets, accessories, children’s goods, toys, house wares, furniture, paper goods, candles, kits, art, and more. urbancraftuprising.com