On the List | Ballot measures forum, cider, Dick’s Block Party, Les Mis, Pillars concert (+18 more)

1235541_520921164653784_1093531651_nNot only are there Washington Cider Week events on the Hill this weekend, there’s a block party at Dick’s, a busy start to Town Hall’s season event calendar, and a chance to see the worst (or best) movie ever made. Have something people should know about? Add it to our free calendar.

Thursday, September 5

  • Mercedes Nicole presents A Tribute to Nina Simone. Known as the “high priestess of soul” (to wit) Nina Simone later in life used her influence and music to fight for equal rights in the 1960s. $15. Town Hall, Downstairs (1119 8th Ave), 6:30 – 8:30.
  • Join Dana Greene author of Denise Levertov: A Poet’s Life, and local writer and scholar Rebecca Brown as they discuss the great poet’s life, faith, an craft. Elliott Bay Book Company, 7p.
  • Be an informed voter on Seattle ballot measures: learn about the new ballot measures and hear pro and con arguments. Produced by the League of Women Voters. Free. Seattle First Baptist Church (1111 Harvard Ave), 7:30p.
  • Wall of Sound re-opens in new 12th/Pike home.
  • Music movie! The Harder They Come (1974) launched reggae to the international stage and made a Jimmy Cliff a star. One night only, $7 – $10.  Northwest Film Forum, 7p.

Friday, September 6

  • WB 520 closed to traffic starting at 11 PM through Saturday 5 PM. Meanwhile, partial closure at Pine/Broadway Saturday and Sunday.
  • Wine tasting of French wines from the Loire Valley. $5 Paris Eastside (816 E Pike), 5 – 7p.
  • Outdoor concert at the Columns: Free and all ages concert featuring 27 Doors. Plymouth Pillars Park (1105 Pine St), 7:30p.
  • Art exhibit opening: Hedreen Gallery presents a solo exhibit of multimedia work by Garek J. Druss. Free. Hedreen Gallery (901 12th Ave), 7 – 10p.
  • meekAuthor reading: Learn about the tragedy of the Meek Cutoff, an under-told story of the settling of the West in which a wagon train was lost int he Oregon desert. Researched and documented by Brooks Geer Ragen. Free. Elliott Bay Book Company, 7p.
  • Heaven’s Gate: the worst film ever made, or a masterpiece? Decide for yourself. $7 – $10.  Screening through Sept 12 at Northwest Film Forum, 7p daily plus a 3p matinee on Sunday.
  • BALAGAN LES MIS POSTERAt Saving the Sea of Cortez, biologist Aaron Hirsh (and author of Telling Our Way to the Sea) shares a revelation of unraveling ecosystems and a meditation on our changing relationships with nature—and with one another. $5. Town Hall, Downstairs, 7:30p
  • Balagan Theatre’s production of Les Misérables opens Friday and continues through Sept 26th. $5 – $35. Erickson Theatre (1524 Harvard), 8p.
  • Spin the Bottle, the monthly late night variety show. $5 – $10. Annex Theatre 11p.

Saturday, September 7

  • 1004478_669609553067583_1463379597_nThe Rich Life of Capitol Hill: join a walking tour of the Harvard Belmont District, led by Seattle Architecture Foundation. The 10a tour still has a few tickets available $15 pre-purchase. The 10:30 tours are full, but you could show up with $25 and hope for a walk up spot opening. Meet at Merrill Court Townhouses, 901 Harvard Ave. East.
  • Arangetram of Nivedita Biju presented by the From Within Academy at Broadway Performance Hall. Sunday, also.
  • Mole Cartoons is a collection of animated filmsby Czech animator Zdenek Miler featuring surrealistic colors and strong narrative without the use of words. No subtitles required! Saturday only, $7 – $10. Northwest Film Forum, 5p.

Sunday, September 8


  • Dick’s Drive-In 60th Anniversary Block Party: local music lineup includes Recess Monkey, Tilson XOXO, Don’t Talk to the Cops, and more. Plus a beer garden! Start at noon, who knows when it ends. Free, at Dick’s Drive-In on Broadway. Broadway closed to traffic!
  • Broadway Farmers Market highlights this week: peaches at peak flavor local corn, last of asparagus and apricots. Corner of Broadway and Pine, 11a – 3p.
  • Community Lunch is free. Free lunch. There is such a thing. Share a meal, meet friends and neighbors and community members at The Summit (420 E Pike St) 12:30 – 2:00p.
  • ArtAche Market features vendors, music and visuals. Free. Chop Suey (1325 E Madison), 1 – 6p.
  • Seattle Playwrights Collective launches a new reading series with “Tops and Bottoms.”  Is it a game of  literary exquisite corpse, or something more, er, titillating? $5 suggested donation. Eliott Bay Book Company, 6p.
  • Weird and Awesome with Emmett Montgomery. Prizes will be won and songs will be sung. $5 – $10. Annex Theatre 7 – 9:30p


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