Capitol Hill Community Post | Hugo House, Seattle’s hub for writers and readers, opens new home on September 22


From Hugo House

Hugo House announced a packed calendar of readings, events, and creative writing classes to take place in the literary nonprofit’s new—and permanent—home this fall season.

At the opening celebration on September 22 from 5:00-8:00 p.m., visitors are invited to explore the new Hugo House—10,000 square feet of space designed specifically for writers and readers by internationally renowned architectural firm NBBJ. The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature Maria Semple, emcee Nancy Guppy, literary experiences and installations by performers and artists, and readings from local literary luminaries popping up in all corners to capture the imagination. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Air quality alert for Puget Sound region due to wildfire smoke

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From Seattle/King County Public Health

This is an air quality alert for August 15, 2018, from the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency and the local health jurisdictions of King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish counties. Air pollution is increasing due to wildfire smoke and may cause health problems. Currently, the air quality has reached levels that are UNHEALTHY for everyone in the Puget Sound region. Although we could have some clearing tonight, with so much smoke around it will likely linger through Thursday. The outlook for early next week shows smoke could return. Check the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency’s website for the most recent conditions.

Wildfire smoke can cause a range of health problems: Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Seattle JazzED and Capitol Hill Housing to develop a youth performing arts hub and affordable housing in Rainier Valley

(Image: Jim Leavitt/JazzED)

From Capitol Hill Housing

Seattle JazzED, the music education non-profit co-founded in 2010 by Laurie de Koch, Shirish Mulherkar and Garfield High School Band Director Clarence Acox, announced today a joint purchase of land with Capitol Hill Housing (CHH) in the Rainier Valley neighborhood, 2101 22nd Ave S. Seattle JazzED will build a youth performing arts center and music school on the ground floor, and Capitol Hill Housing will develop affordable apartments on the upper five floors.

Amid Seattle’s rapid growth and soaring prices, this partnership will create equitable access to youth empowerment and affordable housing. Furthermore, two like-minded Central District independent schools—Lake Washington Girls Middle School and Giddens School—will co-locate next door. Together, this network will offer more educational opportunities for youth and families of the Rainier Valley and beyond. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Seattle Asian Art Museum expansion ‘topping out’

(Image: Richard Beckerman and Courtesy of Seattle Art Museum)

From the Seattle Art Museum

The last beams are going in place for the steel framework of the Seattle Asian Art Museum’s expansion, located on the east side of the historic building in Volunteer Park. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Seattle restaurants band together to help fight homelessness

From Ethan Stowell Restaurants

On Wednesday, August 8, over 80 local restaurants, food trucks, coffee shops, sweet shops, breweries, and bars join forces with Pearl Jam to raise funds to help fight homelessness in King County. The participating establishments will donate 10% of their profits from August 8 to The Home Shows.

Angela Stowell, co-owner of Ethan Stowell Restaurants, United Way of King County board member, and recently named CEO of FareStart spearheaded the effort.

“The restaurant community is a philanthropic and big hearted group of people,” said Stowell. “Everyone I approached about participating signed on immediately, without hesitation.” Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | 2018 – I-90 Seafair and Blue Angels Closures


The Washington State Department of Transportation is required by the Federal Aviation Administration to close the Interstate 90 floating bridge to drivers, cyclists and pedestrians while the Blue Angels practice for and perform at the Seafair Air Show. The closures are to keep the public and pilots safe and to minimize distractions.

Exactly where and when will I-90 be closed?

The mainlines of I-90 will be closed between I-5 in Seattle and Island Crest Way on Mercer Island:

  • Thursday, Aug. 2: 9:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.; 1- 2:45 p.m. (practices)
  • Friday, Aug. 3:  12:55 – 2:45 p.m. (Seafair Air Show)
  • Saturday, Aug. 4 : 12:55 – 2:45 p.m. (Seafair Air Show)
  • Sunday, Aug. 5:  12:55 – 2:45 p.m. (Seafair Air Show)

Pedestrian access to I-90: 

The bridge highrises will still be accessible to pedestrians and cyclists. However, no one on foot or bike can travel beyond the highrises up to 30 minutes prior to posted closure times.

Which ramps will be closed?

Several I-90 and I-5 ramps will close 30 minutes to one hour before practice and Seafair Air Show times.

Mercer Island ramps to close:

  • West Mercer Way to westbound I-90 (up to 90 minutes beforehand).
  • East Mercer Way to westbound I-90 (up to 60 minutes beforehand).
  • Eastbound I-90 to West Mercer Way (up to 30 minutes beforehand).
  • 76th Avenue to westbound I-90 (up to 30 minutes beforehand).
  • Island Crest Way to westbound I-90 (up to 30 minutes beforehand).

Seattle ramps to close up to 30 minutes prior:

  • Northbound I-5 to eastbound I-90.
  • Southbound I-5 to eastbound I-90.
  • Northbound Rainier Avenue South to eastbound I-90.
  • Southbound Rainier Avenue South to eastbound I-90.

What specific regulation forces the closure of I-90?

The FAA requires a safety zone around and below the area where the Blue Angels practice and perform. These horizontal and vertical restrictions are in place to protect the public, property and pilots. This zone, also called “the box,” covers part of Lake Washington and the floating bridges – hence the closure. Additionally, keeping drivers off the bridge while the Blue Angels are in the air keeps drivers from being distracted and prevents collisions on the bridge.

Why does the bridge close before the Blue Angels actually perform?

Before each performance the Blue Angels will be in the air, but will not perform specific maneuvers. The bridge closes because it still poses a safety concern.

How will I know when the road is actually closed?

WSDOT will use variable message signs on I-5 and I-90 to countdown to the closures.  We will also use social media such as Twitter to alert travelers. We strongly advise motorists to plan alternate routes in advance. Please do not expect to cross the bridge at the last minute. Congestion and unexpected delays on the roadway may leave you in your car sitting in traffic waiting out the performance.

Will the State Route 520 floating bridge be affected?

The SR 520 floating bridge will remain open to traffic and tolls will be collected according to the rate schedule . Infrequent users of the SR 520 bridge may want to consider setting up a short-term Good To Go! account  for Seafair weekend. Drivers crossing SR 520 should expect heavy traffic, significant delays and plan for additional time to cross the lake.

Who will keep people and vehicles off the roadway during the performance?

WSDOT works with Washington State Patrol to control on-ramps and
off-ramps and keep pedestrians off I-90. The Washington State Patrol will open the roadway as soon as safely possible after the performances are finished. WSDOT’s Incident Response Teams will also patrol I-90, I-405 and SR 520 to keep these alternate routes free of disabled vehicles so traffic will move as freely as possible.

I live on Mercer Island, how will I be affected?

Drivers who need to get around Mercer Island should follow signs for detour routes. Most roads will be open for local access only.

What if I have a medical emergency and I need to get to Harborview Medical Center or Children’s Hospital?

Emergency vehicles will have access to the I-90 center roadway if needed.

Where can I get more information?


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Capitol Hill Community Post | New 7-story Apartment Building – Community Open House

Kamiak Real Estate is in the early planning stages for a new seven-story project at the northeast corner of Denny and Harvard.

Kamiak and the Architect, Workshop AD, will host a brief project presentation on August 14th from 5:30-6:30pm at The Summit located at 420 East Pike Street. We will be on hand before and after the presentation for questions and to hear your input.

If you have any questions or input related to this project, please send us an email to Please note that any information collected via this email address may be subject to public disclosure.

Additional information about the project can be found online via the Seattle Services Portal.

Relevant Project Details:

 Address: 800 East Denny Way, 102-110 Harvard Avenue East
 Developer Contact: Scott Lien
 EDG Project Number: 3032084-EG
 Site Area: 8,024 square feet
 Height: 75 feet approximately (seven stories)
 Project Square Feet: 35,000
 Use: Apartments, up to 1,000 SF of ground floor retail
 Total Units: 70-105
 Estimated start date: Early 2020
 Construction Duration: 14 months estimated

Capitol Hill Community Post | Whim W’Him’s Choreographic Shindig IV


Whim W’Him kicks off their 9th season September 7-15, 2018 with the Choreographic Shindig IV. For the 4th year in a row, dancers will perform 3 world-premiere contemporary dance creations created by choreographers they chose from an international call for applications.

The Choreographic Shindig was created in 2015 to give our dancers the power to choose which choreographers would set work on them. This unique program helps us achieve our mission to provide a platform centered around choreography and dance for artists to explore their craft through innovation and collaboration. We are the only company in the region with this kind of program.

For our 4th Choreographic Shindig dancers have selected artists hailing from New York, Chicago and Puerto Rico: Brendan Duggan, Co-Founder and Co-Director of LoudHoundMovement (LHM), a contemporary dance collective based in Brooklyn; Alice Klock, Hubbard Street’s Choreographic Fellow in 2017 and one of Dance Magazine’s 25 to watch in 2018; and Omar Román De Jesús, The Dance Gallery Festival and Reverb Dance Festival award winner.

All three choreographers are new to Whim W’Him and were selected via a competitive application process. In April 2017, Whim W’Him posted an international call for choreographers to apply to the WWCS. The company received close to 200 applications from all over the world and from choreographers ranging in experience and diversity. Guest choreographers will work with the dancers in the studio for eight-week residencies that culminate in 7 performances of a 90-minute split bill program at the Erickson Theatre Off Broadway on September 7-9 & 12-15, 2018.

September 7-9 and 12-15 at 8PM
Erickson Theatre Off Broadway
1524 Harvard Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

$30 advance | $35 day of | $55 premium | $15 student tickets | $5 TeenTix

Season tickets range from $75-$175
Single tickets and season subscriptions are on sale now at

Whim W’Him company dancers for the 2018/19 season are Liane Aung, Cameron Birts, Jane Cracovaner, Adrian Hoffman, Jim Kent, Mia Monteabaro and Karl Watson. Dancer bios can be found at

Olivier Wevers, Artistic Director
Dedicated to creating works of artistic innovation and collaboration, Brussels- born Olivier founded Whim W’Him in 2009. Before establishing the company, he was a principal dancer with Pacific Northwest Ballet and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. His awards and recognition include the Princess Grace Foundation Choreography Fellowship, the City of Seattle Mayor’s Arts Award, the grand prize award for an unprecedented two years in a row at the annual Dance Under the Stars Choreography Festival in California, and the ArtistTrust/ Washington State Arts Commission Fellowship Award. He participated in the National Choreographers Initiative and the prestigious New York Choreographic Institute. Olivier has created works for companies and festivals around the world, including Pacific Northwest Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Grand Rapids Ballet, Northwest Dance Project, BalletX, Spectrum Dance Theater, Prix de Lausanne, White Bird’s 4×4 Ballet Project, and Dance the Dream Seattle.

Alice Klock, Choreographer
Alice Klock trained at numerous ballet company schools, Interlochen Arts Academy, and the Alonzo King’s Lines BFA program. She joined Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s second company in 2009 and was promoted to the main company in 2011. Alongside performing she has created choreographic work for Hubbard Street, SALT Contemporary Dance’s LINK Festival, The Nexus Project, Loyola University, Neos Dance Theater, Visceral Dance Chicago, and NW Dance Project’s LAUNCH. She has been a winner of numerous choreographic competitions including Hubbard Street’s International Commissioning Project, NW Dance Project’s Pretty Creatives International Choreographic Competition, and Whim W’him’s Choreographic Shindig. She was named Hubbard Street’s Choreographic Fellow in 2017 and one of Dance Magazine’s 25 to watch in 2018.

Omar Román De Jesús, Choreographer
Omar Román De Jesús (San Juan, PR) began his formal training at School for the Performing Arts in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. Omar was a member of Balleteatro Nacional de Puerto Rico from 2006-2011. During this period, he won the Championship Cup and Gold Medal at the National Dance Competition in Puerto Rico. He received scholarship to the Ailey School in 2011. He performed at Parsons Dance and Ballet Hispánico where he did works by Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, Robert Battle, Trey McIntyre, Kate Skarpetowska, Michelle Manzanales, Tania Peréz-Salas, Carlos Pons and Ephrat Asherie.

Omar’s choreography has been recognized for its originality, and he has been praised for his ability to craft an emotional arc. He has received awards from The Dance Gallery Festival and Reverb Dance Festival. He has been commissioned by Steps Repertory Ensemble and Instituto de Cultura de Puerto Rico. Omar’s new work, DANIEL, was commissioned by Parsons Dance for the company’s 2017 Joyce season as part of its initiative to support emerging choreographers through David Parsons’ GenerationNow Fellowship. He was one of the winning choreographers for the Joffrey Academy of Dance’s 8th annual Winning Works Choreographic Competition.

Brendan Duggan, Choreographer
Originally from Amherst, New Hampshire, Brendan Duggan is a Brooklyn-based dancer and choreographer who has been creating original works since 2010. He holds a BS in Dance from Skidmore College, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. Throughout his performance career, he has had the pleasure to perform with artists such as Deganit Shemy, Gallim Dance, Danaka Dance, Loni Landon, Danielle Russo, Emily Terndrup, Third Rail Projects’ The Grand Paradise, and most recently, Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More.

As a choreographer, Duggan was a Co-Founder and Co-Director of LoudHoundMovement (LHM), a contemporary dance collective based in Brooklyn. While directing LHM, Duggan’s choreographic work has been presented at The CURRENT SESSIONS, The Playground AfterDark, The Freight Project, The Dance Gallery Festival, FAB! Festival NYC, Gowanus Art + Production Presents!, Hoover Dam Collective, The Creator’s Collective, Inception to Exhibition (ITE), Dixon Place, Pushing Progress Showcase, Springboard Danse Montreal (QC), Place des Arts (QC), APAP at the 14th St Y, the Excognito Dance Festival, Gibney Dance Center, Leona Wagner Black Box Theater in Salt Lake City, The Brooklyn Brewery, The Center for Performance Research, and Western Michigan University. In addition, Duggan has served as a faculty member at Peridance Capezio Center and Gibney Dance as well as a guest artist at Western Michigan University, Brigham Young University, Skidmore College, Marymount Manhattan College, The Pointe Academy, Creative Arts Academy, among others.

Whim W’Him is an award-winning Seattle-based contemporary dance company founded in 2009 by Olivier Wevers, former Pacific Northwest Ballet principal dancer and choreographer. The company presents all new works and has a mission to be a platform centered around choreography and dance for artists to explore their craft through innovation and collaboration. Since its formation in 2009, Whim W’Him has created 50 new contemporary dance works with 31 global artists.

Capitol Hill Community Post | The Northwest School grows campus with $2.35 million property purchase

From The Northwest School

The Northwest School announced today that it has purchased a 5362 square foot property on Capitol Hill for $2.35 million, an acquisition that will allow for new classrooms and offices and further develop the central campus area between Bellevue and Crawford Streets.

“We are extremely excited for this opportunity to create a more cohesive and connected urban campus and to provide new teaching and learning spaces for faculty and students,” says Head of School Mike McGill. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | David Schomer’s Urban Cycling

(Image: CHS)

From David Schomer, Espresso Vivace

Nothing beats a bicycle for urban transportation.  A bike is fast and small, never boxed in, and you park it right in front of wherever it is you were going.  You smell the air and feel the weather, lungs and legs pumping. It is blissfully quiet and ultra-cheap to own and operate. But mixed in with trucks, buses and angry car-commuters it can be dangerous.

Since my discharge from the Air Force in 1978 I have ridden about 100 miles per week in and around Seattle.  This experience includes 30 years of commuting from Fremont to Capitol Hill. Add it up…that’s over 200,000 miles, so I would like to share some of my experience with you and hopefully make you a safer rider.

Ride your bike with courteous authority.  Perhaps no activity demonstrates the benefits of empathy and kindness towards each other (the components of courtesy) than the sharing of urban roads to move around.  And a lack of courtesy, or simple mistake, can lead to a situation where a driver is deliberately threatening your life. We are generally a passive, polite bunch in Seattle, but on the road acts of rudeness can carry a potentially lethal response from another person.  The reckless disregard for life shown by frustrated drivers is beyond belief sometimes… Continue reading