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Friday, April 20, 2007

Five Minutes of Silence for Seattle Nightlife @ Tommy’s

posted by on April 20 at 10:59 AM

Last night was Ladies’ Night at Tommy’s on the Ave. It’s $10 to get in for dudes, but if you have a student ID (or a UPass that you found on the ground, like my companion), you can get in for free as well. It was packed full of girls who wanted to be the next Pussycat Doll and the boys who want to have sex with the next Pussycat Doll. We beelined for the back, where there was a table with a meager stack of Seattle Nightlife Music Association Flyers, completely undisturbed.

All of the bartenders were wearing SeattleNMA shirts, and right before midnight I asked one of them how she felt about losing five minutes worth of tips at their high-volume bar. She said that she really approved of the protest, and that she didn’t want the bar to get shut down altogether so she would do what she had to do.

At midnight, the music was shut off, and a man got on the microphone and started giving a little speech about why they shut off that music. “Hey guys, do you remember that brawl down at Larry’s a while ago? After that, our Mayor, Mayor Nickels, decided to start looking at ordinances that would shut us all down.” He continued for about a minute and a half, but he was completely ignored by every single person in the bar except me. The only reaction to the music stopping seemed to be a trigger to get in line and order a drink—and the bar complied, serving right through the protest. After homeboy finished talking, there was about 15 seconds of dead time, and then the DJ scratched the record and launched into “This Is Why I’m Hot” by Mims.

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Bars, like the Sonics.......People won't care until after there gone.

Posted by Ty | April 20, 2007 12:21 PM
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Well, as a patron of Neumo's the night of the "protest", I gotta say that they didn't really do a good job of communicating WHY this five minutes of silence was happening. Is the Mayor proposing all bars close at midnight? Are they supposed to stop serving alcohol at midnight? The people around me were asking each other questions like this in the 5 minutes of darkness. Have a flyer to hand out at least for people those who are curious. Without some sort of back-up or facts it seemed like an empty gesture.

Posted by J | April 20, 2007 6:20 PM

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