Sports have slowed, readings and performances have picked up, and the Hilloween foreshadowing has begun. We have plenty of excuses for you to procrastinate costume shopping this weekend, including the continuation through Sunday of Men in Dance and the Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. Have something people should know about? Add it to our free calendar.
- City Arts Fest Lit Crawl Seattle, 6 – 9p, followed by an after party at Richard Hugo House.
- History Cafe: Elections at Roy Street Coffee and Tea, 700 Broadway Ave E. 7p.
- PURR’s 7th Anniversary party. Stop in and congratulate owner Barbie Humphrey. Bonus points for wearing cocktail attire; a percentage of the night’s proceeds will go to PAWS. 7p
- Faith Journeys of LGBT Catholics, St. Joseph Parish Center (732 18th Ave) 7 – 9p.
- Seattle jazz and world music critic Paul de Barros reads from his book “Shall We Play That One Together?: The Life and Art of Jazz Piano Legend Marian McPartland. Elliott Bay Book Company, 7:30p.
- The annual Cuff showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show with a special interactive performance by the Blue Mouseketeers. Interactive props provided. Great Scott! Cuff Complex, 8p.
- Laramie: Equal Rights is a tale of womens’ rights in the West in 1890. Laramie is the first place in the world where women had the right to vote and serve on juries. Presented by Eclectic Theater at Odd Duck Studio; performances are Thur – Sat 8p and a Sunday matinee at 2p through October 28th.
- Coastal Kitchen knows how to keep interest high even as it remains shuttered for its 20-year overhaul. On Thursday, they’ll be shucking 1,000 free oysters to celebrate the new shell bar:
WHAT: In celebration of Coastal Kitchen’s 20th anniversary and the upcoming debut of the remodeled restaurant and its new oyster bar, Coastal Kitchen will be handing out 1,000 FREE oysters outside of the restaurant during its First Shuck event.
The public is invited to stop by for free oysters on the half shell and learn more about the enhancements at CoastalKitchen, including a new oyster bar and cocktail bar.
WHO: The First Shuck event will take place on the sidewalk in front of Coastal Kitchen. The event will present new Executive Chef Jason Jones and his staff shucking 1,000 oysters. Owners Jeremy Hardy & Tiah Holt Hardy along with long time General Manager Eli Britt will be handing out the free oysters and answering questions about the remodel and Oct. 20 reopening date.
WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 18; 5 – 7 p.m.
WHERE: Coastal Kitchen, located at 429 15th Avenue East, Seattle (Capitol Hill).
ADDITIONAL DETAILS: The event precludes the reopening of Coastal Kitchen, which will resume feeding crowds breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night on Saturday, Oct. 20. The restaurant has been closed since Sept 24 to allow for construction on a new oyster bar, new cocktail bar, outdoor seating off the front of the restaurant, new bamboo flooring in the dining room, the integration of a private dining room into the main dining room and new flooring in the kitchen.
- Four Year Anniversary Party at Throwbacks Northwest. Congrats to owner Mark Musgrave! In store sale all day and a DJ party kicking off at 7p.
- Celebrate the opening of the newest Capitol Hill Housing project. The Jefferson opens at 12th and Jeff with tours and a dignitary-filled ceremony. 2-4p.
- “Two on Friday” wine tasting at EVS Wines on 15th and Mercer. 3 – 6p.
- The Unofficial Yelp Bar Crawl Bootie Mashup will be scooting around on the hill. Here’s the route so you can
avoidjoin up with the yelpers: 5p The Garage, 7:30p Auto Battery, 9p Unicorn, and the final destination around 10:30p: Chop Suey for the Bootie Mashquerade and costume contest.
- Detropia, a documentary by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (of Oscar-nominated Jesus Camp), explores the disintegration of modern urban life. The Seattle premiere is at 7 and 9p, with screenings through 10/25.
- ¡Viva la Revolucion!, featuring new original works by bestselling author of Candyfreak Steve Almond; Matthew Zapruder, author of New York Times Notable Book of the Year Come On All You Ghosts; and spoken word artist Elaina Ellis with new music from Daniel Spils of Maktub. Richard Hugo House 7:30p.
- A Mouse Who Knows Me, a science fiction musical comedy (!), opens at Annex Theatre. Music by Robertson Witmer of the band Awesome. You had me at SciFi, you silly creature. Thur – Sat through Nov 17th, 8p.
- Window Dressing, Are We Not? is a twenty minute “nano dance performance” performed in the storefront window at Vermillion (11th Ave). Audience members use loaned Walkmans to hear a unique soundtrack during the performance; RSVP is requested. Three performances Friday 8 – 9:20p and three again on Saturday 6 – 7:20p.
- Puget Sound Heart and Stroke Walk, Seattle Center, 7:30a – 12p
- 8th Annual Sexy Jack-O-Lantern Contest opens Saturday and continues through October 30th. Submit your NSFW squash in person at Babeland or with a photograph.
- Third Annual Cascadia Cheese Festival offers complimentary wine and cheese pairings at Central Coop. À la vôtre,locale fromages! 11a – 4p.
- Childrens’ Story Time, Elliott Bay Book Company, 11a.
- Saturday Family Concert: The Board of Education, downstairs at Town Hall on Seneca. 11a and 1p.
- Gallery Talk with artist Leo Saul Berk and curators of the Mw (Moment Magnitude) show. Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave. Admission to the Frye is always free. 1 – 2p.
- Book tour season continues: Michael Kimball Big Ray at 4p, Megan Kaminski Desiring Map at 6p, Matthew Dickman Mayakovsky’s Revolver at 7p. Plus two more readings on Sunday.
- 35th Annual Chili Cookoff: $12 to enter, $8 to taste and vote. Eastlake Zoo Tavern, 2301 Eastlake Ave. 4:30 – 7p.
- Poetry Reading at Richard Hugo House 7 – 8:30p
- Hipster Death Fest 2012 music showcase at The Highline, 9p.
- Broadway Farmers Market. Sundays 11a-3p, April through December 23rd at Broadway and Pine. (SCCC)
- Elysian Capitol Hill’s 12 Beers of the Apocalypse: OMEN Belgian Raspberry Stout debut, 10th in the series. Special release event includes a survival demo, a talisman creation station, and a visit with label artist, noted illustrator Charles Burns . 12 – 3p.
- Capitol Hill Sunday Sewing at the Capitol Hill Library. All levels of experience (or lack of experience) are welcome and sewing help is available for free. 1:15 – 4:45p.
- John Cage and Friends, an Afternoon of Music and Film is a special program of music and film demonstrating ways this genius composer/artist/essayist revolutionized music, art, and performance. Frye Art Museum, 2p.
- Chasing Ice: Jeff Orlowski tells the story of the world’s disappearing glaciers and the making of his new film, Chasing Ice and deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the Arctic to capture a multiyear record of the world’s changing glaciers. Town Hall downstairs on Seneca, 6 – 7p.
- Bad for Jazz #24, where “yr head will be on a hinge nodding to the hip hop ambient noise funk” at the cozy Gallery 1412 (1412 18th Ave), 7 – 11p.
- Cancer Sucks! Your Sex Life Doesn’t Have To, Babeland 7:30 – 8:30p.
- Hips and Sips, where belly dancers enhance your noshing. Jai Thai 7:30p.