Debacle Records and Hollow Earth Radio produce Debacle Fest, a weekend music fest at two locations on Capitol Hill. Friday night at Fred Wildlife features nine bands, a Saturday matinee at Highline features five bands, Saturday night at Fred Wildlife features nine bands, and then Sunday closes out the fest at Motor in SODO Lo-Fi Performance Gallery in S. Lake Union with eight. Do the math: that’s 31 performances over 3 days. Whew. Proceeds benefit Hollow Earth Radio. Lineup details and tickets available at DebacleFest.com.
Northwest Film Forum hosts a series of films which look at cinematic approaches to architecture through four recent films. The Build World series consists of The Enigma (2011) on Friday; Architect: a Chamber Opera Inspired by Louis Kahn (2012) and The Reconversao (2012) on Saturday; and Perret in France and Algeria (2012) on Sunday.
For more to-dos or to add your own, check out the CHS Calendar.
Thursday, May 4
- AIGA Studio Tours: Get a peek inside the creative spaces of design firms around the Hill including Civilization, Creature, DEI Creative, Substantial, Tectonic, and Urban Influence. 5:30p
- Wine and cider tasting: fruit-based hard ciders and dessert wines from Finn River Farm, Vino Verite (208 Boylston Ave E), 5 – 8:15p.
- Gotta Dance, a film which proves hip-hop dancing is for senior citizens, screens at Northwest Film Forum, 7p.
- North and Central Seattle Mayoral Candidates Forum. But you have to go to Wallingford. 7p
- Upstream Color opens Friday and continues through May 9. Described as a “mythic, mysterious and sensuous romantic thriller” and also as a “fast-paced zombie-horror-thriller.” The perfect date movie! Something for everybody! Northwest Film Forum, 9:30p on Friday and various screening times throughout the run.
- Spin the Bottle: The monthly variety show features theater, music, dance, spoken word, and… mystery slut! Annex Theatre, 11p.
- Cinco de Mayo Fiesta 5k and Taco Truck Challenge at Volunteer Park. Race time 9:30a, food trucks open at 11a, live music starts at 1p.
- Celebrate Free Comic Book Day as Phoenix Comics & Games rises on Broadway for its first day of business.
- Meet your school board rep. 10a at the Capitol Hill Library.
- WordPlay, a spoken word festival, occurs all day Saturday and into the evening with two workshops, a performance, and an artist reception. The festival is oriented around the topic of recovery (all kinds: anorexia, alcoholism, mental illness, and others). Gay City Health Project (517 E PIke St), 10a – 9:30p.
- DIY French Macarons: learn how to make these French pastry treats at Paris Eastside, 10:30a – 1:30p.
- Author reading: author MJ McDermott reads from the novel The Improv, based on the authors experiences. Elliott Bay Book Company, 2p
- 15th Avenue Trivia Crawl offers five rounds of trivia at three pub locations. Its like one of those progressive dinners your parents/grandparents used to have. Register at seattletriviacrawls.com to find out the starting location. 3 – 6:30p
- Cuatro de Burro tequila crawl with live donkey and mariachi band accompaniment. Ay yi yi. Sponsored by Sparkle Donkey Tequila, this pub crawl starts at Fogon Restaurant at 5p and continues around the hill.
- Art show opening: Tentacles! A show dedicated to to the love of all those slimy squiggly things, from Cthulhu and Krakens to the lovable octopus, and everything in between. This art show promises to fill your obsession with all things tentacle. LTD Gallery (307 E Pike), 7 – 11p.
- Literary launch: join the party to celebrate the new edition of Fragments, Seattle U’s annual literary and visual art journal. Elliott Bay Book Company, 7p.
- Blood Squad: The Harrowing Haunting of Apparition Falls is a trio of of horror film improv performances, on three Saturdays in May . Eeek, gasp, and ewww your way through a performance inspired by The Shining, Amityville Horror, and Poltergeist. Carol Anne, do NOT go into the light! Balagan Theatre at Erickson Theatre (1524 Harvard Ave), 11p
- Broadway Farmers Market, 11a – 3p
- Art Ache Market, Chop Suey (1325 E Madison), 1 – 6p.
- Short Stories Live: The Letters of Willa Cather edition of this reading series features actors reading newly published personal letters of one of the leading figures of American literary Modernism. Town Hall, 4 – 5:30p
- Seattle Playwrights Collective First Look: see first public debut of new works by member playwrights as read by actors. This edition features a first reading of The Tablecloth: A Thanksgiving Play by John C. Davenport. Elliott Bay Book Company, 6p.
- Weird and Awesome with Emmett Montgomery at Annex Theatre, 7:30p
- Author reading and discussion: None of Us Were Like This Before offers a searing look at military personnel who were put int he position to administer torture. Author Joshua E.S. Phillips is joined by Capt. Ian Fishback, presently an instructor at West Point, and a soldier who has been prominent among those who have spoken out. Town Hall, 7:30p