Studio Current looks for help paying rent at new Pike/Pine home

Moving in (Image: Studio Current)

Moving in (Image: Studio Current)

About six months ago Studio Current moved into its new underground home in the basement of the building housing the Annex Theatre at 11th Ave and E Pike.

The space is bigger with more variety — a multimedia room, a furnished dance space, a raw space, a common area, and a kitchen — but the rent has also “less than doubled.”

“It’s a sweet spot for us, and it’s an art-dedicated building,” said Artistic Director kt Shores.

Shores took over as artistic director at Studio Current in January 2016 after founder Vanessa DeWolf, who personally sponsored the space, stepped down.

Shores is now contributing personally to supplement funds from performances, workshops, and nominal artist fees, to support the space. Continue reading

Raw and more than a little vulnerable, Seattle Fringe Festival returns to Capitol Hill

By Tim Kukes for CHS

“I think the Seattle Fringe Festival is really taking on the role of mentoring and offering up opportunities for the artist to learn things,” Jeffrey Robert said.

Robert, who performs as The Gay Uncle, will be part of the 2017 version of the rebooted festival featuring “more than 30 producers of Theatre, Dance, Improv, Burlesque, Musical, Opera, Drag Performance, Solo Performance, Experimental, Clown, and Performance Art” at Capitol Hill’s Eclectic Theater and the Seattle Center Armory. Tickets run between $10 and $15 per show.

Robert is one of many local artists participating in the 2017 Seattle Fringe Festival but he may have gotten a later start than most. A standup comedian turned performance artist/storyteller, Robert didn’t dive into the artist life until his fifties.

“I always wanted to attempt it, but I was afraid to,” Robert said.  “I always wanted to do artwork and sort of toyed around with it.  I studied it in college, but I never ever made a career out of it.” Continue reading

How you can help Hugo House return to Capitol Hill

Hugo House, these days, operates in exile on First Hill as construction continues on the six-story, mixed-use apartment building on the corner the writing center is slated to return to when the project opens in 2018. But state money lined up to help Hugo House return to Capitol Hill and pay for its new home is still a question mark, is an unfinished story er, might go to some other worthy project… here, let’s let somebody better with words handle this. Here is a call for support from Hugo House director Tree Swenson:

Please help Hugo House realize a long-held dream to have a permanent facility of our own! We have been recommended for a grant from Washington State through the Building for the Arts program. This funding is critical. However, the State has many funding needs this year, and this grant is far from assured. As a friend to Hugo House, we know you understand that the arts matter. You can make a big difference by contacting your State legislators to let them know why you think it’s important to have public support for a new and permanent home for Hugo House. Below is an example of a note to legislators with a brief statement about why Hugo House matters. Your own words are even more important, but any contact helps. Please take a minute right now to call or email. Time is short; the budget is in progress. You can find your State legislators and their contact information here.

For those of you in the 43rd, you’ll want to fire up your email machine for jamie.pedersen@leg.wa.gov, frank.chopp@leg.wa.gov, and nicole.macri@leg.wa.gov.

Here is somebody else good with them words at the Seattle Review of Books to help inspire you:

You can find a sample email and a link to a site that will tell you who represents you in the state legislator right here. If you’ve bemoaned the loss of important institutions during the Seattle real estate boom, this is your chance to speak out, to ensure that one piece of Seattle that’s been around for decades continues to have a new life in the decades to come. Go make yourself heard.

In 2018, Hugo House is slated to return to Capitol Hill in a new 10,000 square-foot writing center on the ground floor of the six-story apartment building under construction at the site of its longtime home at 11th and E Olive St. The new new center will include six classrooms, offices, two performance spaces, and space for writers to, um, write.

The interim Hugo House is located at 1021 Columbia. You can learn more at hugohouse.org.

Mosaic: TQPOC Open Mic feat Anastacia Renee and Joshua Koets

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This is an event of the Queer Resurgence on Capitol Hill Poetry Slam Festival in partnership with Gay City Arts!

This project is funded in part by a Neighborhood Matching Fund award from the City of Seattle, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods

FREE

This is an open mic is open to those that identify as Trans and Queer People of Color.

Featuring Anastacia Renee and Joshua Koets

Hosted by Ana Walker, Youth Speaks Seattle

ABOUT MOSAIC
Mosaic programming exists to create unique opportunities for LGBTQ and allied individuals to pursue community through arts, conversation, and workshops. Many organizations seek social justice and Mosaic goes one step further in pursuing authentic community through the practice of exchange of thoughts, ideas, and more. More info: gaycity.org/mosaic

Accessibility Information at: gaycity.org/access
Gay City is working towards being a fragrance-free space. Please do not wear fragrances and scented products to this event.

Dance party celebrates final days of temporary Capitol Hill arts space V2

Velocity Dance will celebrate the final days of the old Capitol Hill Value Village as temporary Capitol Hill art space V2 Saturday night.

The Last Dance V2 Farewell Performance Party starts at 9:30 PM at the 11th Ave venue:

Say good-bye to V2 with a special one-night-only performance party. Dance happenings by an emerging generation of artists take-over V2. Meet, greet, drink + DANCE. Join the send-off!

“All proceeds keep affordable community art space on the hill,” organizers say.

The project to put the building to use as a temporary performance, rehearsal, gallery, and community meeting space came together to begin 2016 as the redevelopment slated to change the block continued its final planning phases. Continue reading

Old Value Village building will go out with holiday Punk Rock Flea Market

CHS broke the news earlier this year about just how temporary the temporary arts space V2 really is as the project bought a year for dance and performance on 11th Ave. We know what the planned preservation and development project set to replace the old Value Village will eventually look like. Now we know how the auto row-era building that housed the popular vintage store will go out before the demolition and preservation process sets in.

The Punk Rock Flea Market announced this week it is planning a final three-day, music-soaked blowout for the old VV space: Continue reading

CHS Pics | From Capitol Hill drag queens to the Clinton-Trump campaign trail

Gowdy in front of the Comet earlier this week (Image: Alex Garland for CHS)

Gowdy in front of the Comet earlier this week (Image: Alex Garland for CHS)

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The 2016 presidential election has us all questioning what we see and hear. Through the sometimes bizarre race, Seattle photographer Nate Gowdy’s starkly contrasted images of the candidates have found a wide audience. What truths can we find in the lines of Donald Trump’s face that we can’t find in his words? How deep of a sympathetic response can we form from the turn in Hillary Clinton’s lips? Thursday night, a new exhibition of Gowdy’s works will go on display inside E Pike’s Retail Therapy as part of the storm-defying October Capitol Hill Art Walk. CHS talked with Gowdy about his start chasing drag queens and documenting gay events and culture in the neighborhood while trying to pay the bills as a working photographer. Stop though to see the images in person and buy a Gowdy photo mug or two to help keep the close-ups coming.

Any experiences shooting around Capitol Hill prepare you for your experiences with the campaigns? Yeah, definitely. I learned photography in this neighborhood. I got in with Seattle Gay News as staff photographer at the start of 2011. As a straight cisgender man from Indiana, Seattle’s LGBTQ scene was so new and different for me. I didn’t see anyone else documenting it passionately, and so it was under-represented at an important time, when marriage equality was just beginning to make the rounds across the country. I regret not having the means to cover the movement beyond Seattle, so I focused on developing my style and aesthetic here and, in doing so, was able to create a niche and community for myself. Continue reading

91-year-old Capitol Hill house of worship lives on as At the Church performance space

As one old area church appears destined for demolition at 14th and Spring, a large brick church built in 1925 still sits at the corner of E Olive St. and 13th. But while the building may still look like a church, its function has changed.

The building now hosts congregations of a different sort in its new life as performance venue At The Church. The mysterious venue has been hosting events since at least 2013.

While its ownership declined to be interviewed for this story, according to its website, At the Church is “one of the most unique” venue spaces in Seattle available for live performances and other events.  Continue reading

How to help black artists who got ‘Erased’ at Capitol Hill Art Hack Day

Art Hack Day was intended to foster collaboration. Its visit to Capitol Hill earlier this month has instead been an illustration in frustration for two artists who wanted to be part of the event and has led to the cancellation of a connected arts festival intended to build on the night’s work.

With the September 17th event’s theme of “Erasure” hosted at 11th Ave’s V2, creators Jaleesa Trapp and Christopher Paul Jordan were sad and frustrated to find their contribution as black artists all but erased by the night’s organizers:

last night we came to setup our creation for #ArtHack Seattle, and we stayed at the space until a little after 3AM. we slept 2 hours. woke up early to finish writing code & drawing where all the circuits needed to be connected. only to come finish our setup 2 hours before the show & EVERYTHING was moved. there’s no way we could’ve reset this and then finished what we brought. ironically, the theme of Art Hack Seattle is Erasure. our piece was dedicated to Black people whose histories have been erased. our piece was meant to be interactive, with sight, sound, touch, and even smell. Chris and I both work all day, and spent Thursday & Friday night working. we’ve driven back & forth from Tacoma several times because this was an important show to us. Continue reading