Check out the Celebrate page for two more benefits! Trap Studios is hosting a private benefit on 7/13 (RSVP to reserve a spot), and The Central Ave Pub in Kent will be hosting a benefit on 8/4.

Also, see the Donate page for information on a memorial fund for our sweet sunshine, Kim Layfield.
Join us tomorrow night at The Tractor Tavern OR Connor Byrne for a joint extravaganza of music, memories, friends and booze! The lineup for these shows is chalk full of Seattle's best eager to pay tribute to Drew, Don, Joe, Kim and our survivor, Len. 

The suggested cover donation is $10, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Come see what our family is all about. We can't wait to see you there.
There is now an individual fund dedicated to the memory of our sweet, gentle, "punny" Joe Albanese. Visit the Donate page for more details.

More details about "The Best Medicine" a comedy/music benefit with silent auction at The Neptune on the 29th on the Celebrate page. The lineup looks amazing!

Also, Angela from Kelly Counseling is offering reduced rates for the remainder of 2012 to address shooting-related grief - great deal. Check out the Heal page for contact information.

Last but not least, a VERY exciting benefit project (including Jim Woodring, Ellen Forney and the potential to raise A TON of money for the victim's fund) is being worked out at Brown Paper Tickets right now, watch the Participate page to stay tuned for details! 
To all who have been checking the totals on the ChipIn account, the widget has been acting up lately. Sometimes it reverts to previous totals (for example, I know for certain that the total is higher than listed at the moment). Check back regularly, as it even itself out periodically. The widget comes directly from the ChipIn site, so there's not a whole lot we can do about it ( Sorry for the confusion, but we've still got love, love, love!
So many bands and organizers are coming forward to host benefit events - we are continuously awe-struck by the overwhelming generosity and empathy shown by those around us! Check the Celebrate and Participate pages for new additions to CRL (namely, two more events at The Comet Tavern and a carnival/trivia night at Clever Dunne's - they sound awesome!)

Also, there is now a general account set up for donations at Chase Bank. Those wishing to donate can visit ANY Chase branch and donate to the Victims of the Cafe Racer Shooting Memorial Fund. Please visit the Donate page for more information. 

Finally, the slideshow on the home page now contains photos of the Cafe demo/rebuild. We will be 
In the early hours of May 31st, they walked to Tubs (a few blocks down the road from the Cafe) toting aerosol paint canisters. On the side of the building, famous as one of the city's sanctioned graffiti art canvases, Dave and Laura (neighbors and longtime patrons-- [correction, you WERE there Dave! And Dustin, you may or may not have retold the story, but you are important nevertheless]) began to paint a simple phrase. This phrase embodies so much - the grief that streamed down the faces of the dancing revelers in the middle of the street, the joy that floated above in white paper lanterns, the bawdy and hilarious bravery in Drew's jokes, the comfort in Don's unwavering honesty, the sweetness in Joe's everyday grace and wit,  the diamonds in Kim's smile, the way tugging on Len's chin-braid is nigh irresistable. 

When the spray paint ran out, they fetched leftover house paint. They had no brushes, so they painted with their hands. When they were done, they gave us the simple phrase that names the only thing that's kept us going through such heartache: RACER LOVE. Naturally, when it came time to figure out what to name this website, there was not even a moment of hesitation.

It's painted over almost completely by now, but every time you drive by, know it's there. Because, it certainly isn't going away.
Get the code for a CRL widget (here and at the bottom of the home page) and represent your Cafe Racer Love! 

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There's a link on the homepage under the ChipIn widget to a slideshow of photos taken some time ago by Laura Brodax. Her beautiful photographs showcase our colorful regulars drinking and laughing at the bar. Thanks Laura for capturing the heart of Roosevelt's living room.

The lovely dudes at Table & Chairs (the same lovely dudes behind the Racer Sessions, the Sunday night experimental jazz performances which were ardently supported by both Drew and Don) are putting out a DVD of their performance in the alley next to the Cafe held on 6/3, now called Constellation. A link to preorder the DVD can be found on the "Participate" page. Thanks for your generosity guys, you're one in a million!