2014 Bat ‘n’ Rouge joins the Block Party fun as part of LGBTQ sports double-header at Cal Anderson

Many things have changed since the summer of 1996 — especially where Capitol Hill is concerned. Condos and expensive high-rise apartments have sprung up where rundown warehouses and car lots were, dive bars have been replaced by trendier establishments and people have come and gone. But, at least one thing has remained visible and active throughout the years (for the most part): The annual Bat ‘n’ Rouge softball game.

“The game itself pretty much has the same rules as regular softball, but there are some twists,” Corns said.

The biggest twist in 2014? The annual LGBTQ fundraiser is aligning its schedule with Capitol Hill Block Party festivities for the first time.

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Capitol Hill Arts District gets a push with ideas for promotion, preservation — and helping artists make rent

Tuesday's panel (Image: Capitol Hill Housing)

Tuesday’s panel included, from the left, Matthew Richter (City of Seattle), Tonya Lockyer (Velocity Dance), Jason Plourde (Three Dollar Bill Cinema), Seth Garrison ‘Mo-Wave!), Cathryn Vandenbrink (ArtsSpace USA), and Lesley Bain (Frameworks). SIFF’s Carl Spence was also part of the talk but had to run to make a 7 PM screening at the nearby Egyptian.
You can weigh in here on the question “What do you want the Capitol Hill Arts District to accomplish?
(Image: Capitol Hill Housing)

Over the past few years, the heart of Capitol Hill’s art scene has experienced a near-constant barrage of development. Where once was cheap studio space, there is now a mixed-use apartment building with $1,500 studio apartments. Where once was a stage, there is… well, a mixed-use apartment building with $1,500 studio apartments. Anyway, you get the idea. The City of Seattle — perhaps late in the game — has decided to start figuring out how to keep Capitol Hill the art epicenter of the city. Ideas on how to do it were pushed further ahead at Tuesday night’s annual Capitol Hill Housing forum.

The Capitol Hill Arts District is still just an idea. City Council member Nick Licata said it is up to the community to pressure government to act. “Every mayor I have talked to has said it is a good idea,” Licata said Tuesday night. “But they never got around to establishing it.”

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