Teenage Dreams, Art Deco Japan part of summer 2014 outdoor movie schedule on Capitol Hill

8446531864_ceacd36e09_oScreen Shot 2014-07-22 at 9.36.04 AMFive weeks of outdoor cinema on Capitol Hill begins Friday night with a special screening in Volunteer Park of a silent Japanese classic accompanied by a live musical score performance. Below, you’ll find the summer 2014 roster of the annual screenings brought to you by the Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park and Three Dollar Bill Cinema in Cal Anderson.

July 25
Volunteer Park, 8:30 PM — The Lady and the Beard: Directed by Yasujiro Ozu, 1931, silent, 75 min. A traditional kendo practitioner becomes interesting to a cosmopolitan young woman once he shaves off his beard in this classic comedy. The Aono Jikken Ensemble performs their original score to accompany the film, with live benshi narration (English and Japanese).

August 1
Cal Anderson — Bring it On
Volunteer Park — Osaka Elegy

August 8
Cal Anderson – Dirty Dancing
Volunteer Park — Floating Weeds

August 15
Cal Anderson — Clueless

August 22
Cal Anderson — Teen Witch

Dirty-dancing-coverx-largeThe July 25th screening in Volunteer Park is part of a celebration of the SAAM’s Art Deco roots:

… we are celebrating Deco Japan: Shaping Art and Culture, 1920–1945, the Asian Art Museum’s Art Deco building, and summer in Volunteer Park with Deco Night , 6:30-10:30 pm, hosted by the Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas. Below are details:

Exhibition Viewing and Guest Lecture
Asian Art Museum
6:30–8:30 pm: Short tours of the exhibition, the museum’s Deco architecture, and the park design, plus light refreshments.
7 pm: Textile artist Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada speaks on Japanese Deco textiles and fashion.

Outdoor Music and Film
Volunteer Park Amphitheater

8:30–10:30 pmA short selection of Deco-era music from Japan and the U.S. is followed by the silent film The Lady and the Beard. The Aono Jikken Ensemble performs their original score to accompany the film, with live benshi narration (English and Japanese).

Meanwhile, the connective theme for Three Dollar’s Cal Anderson screenings is “Teenage Dreams” –

Three Dollar Bill Outdoor Cinema returns to Capitol Hill’s Cal Anderson Park with TEENAGE DREAMS! Four enchanting films that’ll get your heart racing on Friday nights in August. Come enjoy the summer with FREE outdoor movies. The night is young, and so are we!
Hot popcorn, cold drinks, candy, and other concessions for sale on site.
Limited lawn chair rentals available.

The Cal Anderson shows are free and begin at sunset (around 9 PM) in the southeast corner of the park. You can learn more at threedollarbillcinema.org.

The SAAM screenings at Volunteer Park are also free and take place at the park’s amphitheater adjacent the reservoir. If it rains, the film will be shown in the the nearby museum’s auditorium. You’ll want to arrive around 8:30 PM to find your place on the lawn. Learn more at seattleartmuseum.org.

CHS Pics | Small turnout for Cal Anderson safety fair


Chief O’Toole addresses attendees

IMG_1410A lot of concerns have been expressed about the state of safety on the streets at night around Capitol Hill but Sunday afternoon in Cal Anderson Park, only a small crowd gathered for some martial arts training and to hear new SPD Chief Kathleen O’Toole talk about public safety. Other recent self defense workshops with a focus on specific communities have proven popular in Seattle. With the small turnout in Cal Anderson, there might be a few interested in learning more who couldn’t attend. Check in with organizer Social Outreach Seattle to learn more about future opportunities.


Celebrate Independence Day Capitol Hill-style at Cal Anderson Park

IMG_0094The 12th annual Independence Day picnic in Cal Anderson lines up perfectly — the event can *actually* be held on July 4th this year thanks to the holiday falling on a Friday.

And, holy smokes, even the Cal Anderson wading pool should be open.

The annual Cal Anderson Park Alliance event will return this week with its usual roster of free fun — CHS, too, will be back with a table of temporary tattoos. See you there.10265305_762004473822456_5040756975516028271_o

12th Annual Independence Day Picnic
Friday Noon to 5 PM at Cal Anderson Park

The Cal Anderson Park Alliance is proud to bring you the 12th Annual Independence Day Picnic on July 4th. This event is completely free and our gift to the community. 

Featured throughout the day:
Live music
Arts & crafts projects for kids of all ages
Pet-Human look-alike contest
the High 5 Pie Eating Contest
Root beer garden
Drawings for prizes
Activities presented by local community groups
And more!


CHS Pics | Seattle Pride Saturday 2014 on Capitol Hill


Participants in the 2014 Seattle Dyke March


Drag Queen Story Time at PrideFest Family Day

A performer at the Capitol Hill Pride Festival on Broadway

A performer at the Capitol Hill Pride Festival on Broadway

Someday — maybe soon — we won’t be able to close down the street for a festival. But we’re fairly certain the Seattle Dyke March will parade down Broadway forever.

The Seattle Pride Saturday night tradition continued this weekend as the 2014 edition of the city’s LGTBQ celebration continued with a full day of activities and night of parties on Capitol Hill before Sunday’s downtown parade.

Nice shoes

Nice shoes

The Capitol Hill Pride Festival — now in its sixth year — again had Broadway restaurants, bars, and merchants spilling into the street with Pride patios and special food and drink offerings. Despite the occasional sprinkle, attendance was again strong for the  day of drag entertainment, pet fashion contests, singing, and dancing organized by Broadway merchants. Hopefully attendees got their fill. With the plan to extend the Broadway Streetcar targeting a 2017 start of service, construction of the line and changes in Seattle Department of Transportation policy could mean the end of closing off the street.

Meanwhile, PrideFest celebrated Family Day in Cal Anderson and filled 11th Ave near the park with food trucks in a new expansion of the Pride Saturday event. Kids enjoyed Drag Queen Story Time while in the background, the annual Prom Dress Rugby game played out on Bobby Morris Field.


More pictures of Pride Saturday on Capitol Hill, below.

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CHS Pics | Trans* Pride swells to thousands for march, rally on Capitol Hill

10475837_10102616084093540_4475402941586695915_n10488402_10102616084083560_8656860706119431475_nHundreds of people joined the annual Trans* Pride march through the streets of Capitol Hill Friday night to lend their feet, voices, and faces to recognizing and celebrating the transgender community in Seattle.

Trans*Pride Seattle is open to everyone who believes trans* and gender non-conforming people deserve to live lives free from violence, discrimination, stigmatization, poverty, hatred, rejection, medical abuse and neglect, and mental pathologization.

The event organized by the Gender Justice League was only the second ever Trans* Pride following the event’s successful 2013 debut.

The 2014 march after winding its way through Pike/Pine and by the fences set up for the many bear gardens beer gardens of Capitol Hill Pride parties just starting to heat up, again ended at Cal Anderson for a rally, information tables and a chance to hang out.

The 2014 keynote speaker was writer Elena Rose. Other speakers included CeCe McDonald, an activist for trans women released from prison earlier this year after serving 19 months in prison for a murder many contend was self defense.10340147_10102616084303120_90995850635821799_n

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Blotter | Cal Anderson pistol robbery suspect eludes police after car chase

See something others should know about? Email CHS or call/txt (206) 399-5959. You can view recent CHS Crime coverage here.

  • Armed robbery and car chase: Police — and the victims — unsuccessfully chased the getaway car through the streets of Capitol Hill and the Central District following an early Wednesday armed robbery near Cal Anderson Park. Police were called to the area around 12:20 AM as the victims said they were in their car following a black Chrysler used as the getaway following the gunpoint robbery at 11th and E Olive St. Police found the cars in the Rancho Bravo parking lot where the victims reportedly yelled, “Those guys just robbed us!”The Chrysler sped away as the SPD cruiser arrived. SPD pursued the vehicle on Madison and on to the Central District at speeds around 40 MPH, according to SPD radio dispatches. The car was found empty near 27th and Marion. A SPD K9 unit attempted to track the suspects including the robber who brandished a silver pistol during the hold-up described as black male in his 30s wearing a black Carhartt-type jacket and khaki sweats. The K9 unit followed a possible track to an area near 27th and Spring but the suspects could not be located.
  • 19th/John bus stop mugging: Police were also called late Tuesday night to another mugging reported near the bus stop at 19th and John. Details are thin at this point but we know police were called to the bus stop around 11:45 PM for the the 11:30 PM street robbery. Last week, a woman had her purse snatched as she attempted to enter an apartment building near the intersection.
  • DUI: The East Precinct has been racking up DUI arrests in June and the trend appears to have continued this week with three people facing charges following Capitol Hill pullovers. The arrested include a health and wellness coach stopped in the 900 block of E Pike early Monday morning, a bar employee busted a few hours later at Belmont and Pine and an early morning Tuesday arrest of a Boeing executive at Summit and Pine.
  • Tagger assault: A passerby who confronted a tagger at 15th and Thomas early last Saturday morning told police the suspect hit him in the head with the spray can and fled the scene. According to the SPD report on the incident, the victim said he was walking near 15th and Thomas around 2:45 AM when he saw the suspect using the spray paint. The victim told police he “approached the suspect and told him he should stop tagging,” according to the SPD report. The victim said the suspect then swung the spray can at him, striking the victim in the head. The victim suffered a laceration above his eye and was treated by Seattle Fire at the scene. A search for the graffiti artist was not successful.

CHS Pics | Clean Sweep tidies up Hill for Pride 2014

IMG_4352IMG_4689Dozens of volunteers rallied at Cal Anderson Park Sunday morning for a clean-up event that has grown into a Seattle Pride tradition. The Capitol Hill Clean Sweep helped tidy up the neighborhood and gloss things up a little bit just in time for the neighborhood’s busy roster of Pride events and parties. If you volunteered, let us know about anything cool you found on your rounds. But don’t tell us about the gross stuff. We’re glad you were there to pick it up and throw it away.


10380023_10152453422898276_2083029480054333696_o-1000x422What’s next? This coming weekend includes the June 14th Pride Picnic in Volunteer Park:

Join us for The 5th Annual Seattle Pride Picnic! The Seattle Pride Picnic is a chance for family and friends to come together in one of Seattle’s iconic parks and celebrate our amazing community.All the fun begins at 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 14 at Volunteer Park in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.$1 Picnic Meal
Including hot dogs, delicious side dishes, refreshments and desserts (All proceeds to benefit YouthCare)FREE live entertainment all day
Hosted by 2014 Seattle Pride Grand Marshal 
Aleksa Manila More info / 2013 Pictures

A full roster of Pride 2014 on Capitol Hill events is here.

Cal Anderson playground alert: Safety grass installation underway

IMG_1269Cal Anderson’s water mountain fountain flows again — but the playground has spent June out of commission.

Capitol Hill moms, dads, etc. take note — the park’s playground is closed through the week while Seattle Parks replaces the old foam-y surface with a new layer of sport turf. We’re told it’ll be better for wear and tear in the heavily-used play area.

The playground should be reopened by Friday, June 13th — just in time for Saturday, June 14th’s Capitol Hill Garage Sale Day community lot in Cal Anderson Park.IMG_1268

Mayor Murray signs historic $15 minimum wage bill on Capitol Hill

unnamedMore than a year after fast-food workers walked off their jobs to demand higher wages, Mayor Ed Murray delivered on Tuesday as he enacted an historic $15 an hour minimum wage for the city of Seattle. Speaking at Cal Anderson Park before he signed the bill, Murray said Seattle is leading the way in addressing the increasing gap between rich and poor in the U.S.

“We are doing it the Seattle way. We are doing it through collaboration … That’s how you get change done,” he said.

Murray’s signed the minimum wage bill passed by City Council on Monday that very closely resembled the mayor’s May Day compromise plan. The council added several amendments to the plan — including a delay to being the transition in April 2015 and adding a training wage — before unanimously passing it on to the mayor. Continue reading

Cal Anderson water mountain dry for mayor’s minimum wage visit

Cal Anderson Park will be the backdrop for the signing of an historic piece of Seattle legislation Tuesday though the civic green space won’t be in full glory for the occasion. Water mountain still runs dry.

Mayor Ed Murray will be in the park named for his political mentor to sign the legislation passed Monday that puts Seattle on track for $15/hour minimum wage. The ceremony is slated to begin at 1:15 PM in front of the park’s Shelterhouse.

In the background, one of the park’s favorite features remains without water due to required maintenance. The fountain and its flowing pool are slated to be turned back on soon, Seattle Parks assures:

Our plumbing crews have been working at getting all the fountains working after Memorial Day.  Cal Anderson fountain is being cleaned and should be turned back on by the weekend.

It’s not as serious an outage as 2011 when the mountain went dry for weeks after a special pump failed and had to be replaced. Meanwhile, at the end of that same summer, another piece of important legislation for the city’s business community and workers was signed on Capitol Hill. Mayor Mike McGinn came to 12th Ave’s Plum Bistro to sign the city’s new paid sick leave rules into law.

In 2014, Capitol Hill Garage Sale Day has a new home — Cal Anderson Park

Cal Anderson mural is not for sale (Image: CHS)

Cal Anderson mural is not for sale (Image: CHS)

Happy birthday, Cal Anderson, born this day in 1948. It’s a bit of an odd gift but we’re hoping Washington’s first openly gay legislator would appreciate knowing that his namesake park will be home to another fun community event this summer.

CHS and the Cal Anderson Park Alliance are proud to announced that the 11th Ave green space will be host to tables and tables of goodies in the 2014 Capitol Hill Garage Sale Day community lot on Saturday, June 14th.

The deadline to sign up for the community sale or add your own yard or apartment or parking strip or dry cleaners parking lot is June 4th. You can register below or at capitolhillgaragesale.com.

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