David Brewster

David Brewster, a founding member of Post Alley, has a long career in publishing, having founded Seattle Weekly, Sasquatch Books, and Crosscut.com. His civic ventures have been Town Hall Seattle and FolioSeattle.

How Seattle Built a First-Rate Chamber Music Festival

We have grown a full-form chamber music society of high musical distinction.

Post-Roe Scenarios: Catharsis or Escalation?

Once Prohibition was enacted in 1919 by the 18th Amendment, the cultural urgency quickly evaporated and few followed the law. Prohibition was repealed in 1933 and quickly became a dead letter. That's the encouraging, cathartic analogy for the abortion wars.

Get Thee to Columbus: An Idea to Revitalize Seattle

"Get thee to Columbus and see what fine, non-trophy architecture for ordinary buildings has done, together with an example of enlightened, locally focused philanthropy. "

A Glimmer of Hope for Passing Gun Legislation: A Quiet Breakfast Deal

Imagining a Joe and Mitch breakfast discussion. If the GOP agrees to some progress on gun control, what would be the trade-off?

Needed: A Fresh Face Atop the 2024 Democratic Ticket

General McCaffrey dared to say: Joe Biden is too old and he's never going to get re-elected in 2024. So....

Mayor Harrell Doesn’t Suck so Far: So Here are Eight Suggestions

"City Hall is tired, and it needs vitamin-rich leaders who make the cushions bounce."

How Bud Krogh Quietly Helped in the Creation of Town Hall Seattle

The Town Hall connection emerged when out of the blue Krogh helped me understand why I and others were having such a hard time getting anywhere in our decade-long efforts to purchase the Fourth Church of Christ, Scientist for conversion to a music and civic venue on Seattle’s First Hill.

Pike Place Market Needs Fixing But Will Resist Attempts to Fix It

"The Market is really a medieval village, governed by mysterious informal practices, 'a mixture of anarchism and Bolshevism,' as the saying goes."

Department of Mergers & Acquisitions: A Prescription for Seattle Arts?

Maybe the best way to accomplish these unions is for there to be a source of funding (or loans) that dangles a five-year package of money and real estate -- but only if the merger takes place.

Can Seattle Arts Find a New Model for Flourishing After the Pandemic?

Arts organizations spawned in these boom years may have outpaced the audiences or the sources of revenue. Do we now have too many mouths to feed?