On the List | 10th annual Linda’s Fest, La Quinta Carnival, First Hill Pop-up Petting Zoo

(Image: Linda’s Tavern)

This summer’s (astronomical) dog days are over, but there are still plenty of options to squeeze everything out of these late-August summer days.

Case(s) in point:

For more fun and things to do, check out the list below, or head over to the CHS Calendar. 

WEDNESDAY, Aug 21: It’s not the best way to choose a City Council person to represent District 3. But it’s usually a fun and sometimes bizarre night. This year’s event is on Capitol Hill. And, yay, it’s free. Get a first-person look at D3 candidates Kshama Sawant and Egan Orion through the warped prism of Hill-headquartered alt-biweekly The Stranger at Candidate Survivor 2019. Fortunately, Washington Bus will also be there. Neumos, 6 PM

Looking for something a little less frat house and a little more service club? The Urbanist and the Capitol Hill Renter Initiative are holding their monthly volunteer night with a letter writing session on studying green spaces and transit-oriented design near future Link light-rail stations and advancing the principles of Seattle’s Green New Deal and the MASS Coalition’s Transportation Package. You can help. Cafe Solstice, 5:30 PM

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On the List | Outdoor yoga, Sonics appreciation, kid-designed parklets, Brewlab birthday party, and a Trove comeback

If you’re going to have Big Beer in your neighborhood you might as well enjoy the parties (Image: Redhook)

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Watching paint dry might not be everyone’s idea of a fun night out, but comedian Mihkel Teemant puts a spin on it at Club Comedy Seattle this Thursday. During the comedy show, the audience can paint along to a Bob Ross video. With QTPOC Is Not A Rapper on Friday, no-cover comedy at The Hopvine and Unladylike at Jai Thai this Saturday, comedy fans will be able to their fix this weekend.

Speaking of fixing: this Saturday, the Capitol Hill Tool Library is hosting another Repair Café.  A team of volunteer fixers will help repair broken household items, including clothing, electronics, jewelry and small home appliances.

Find out where else to go and what to eat and see this weekend on the list below, and head over to the CHS Calendar for more events.

WEDNESDAY, Aug 14: No, the Seattle SuperSonics are not coming back to Seattle (yet). But the owners of Life On Mars, self-declared “huge Sonics fans” want “their” team back. So, naturally, they covered one of their bathrooms in Sonics-themed wallpaper. The wall collage will be unveiled this evening during the Sonics Appreciation Party. Showing up in Sonics gear will get you 15% off drinks all night. Life on Mars, 7 – 10 PM  Continue reading

On the List | Capitol Hill Art Walk, Jockstraps & Glitter kickball, Wainestock at Volunteer Park, Optimism summer beer party

In case you missed it: this year’s Shark Week’s already over. Can’t get enough? Head over to Elliott Bay Books on Saturday, where ocean conservationist, filmmaker and writer William McKeever will screen his film “Emperors of the Deep” and talk about his book of the same name. McKeever will discuss sharks’ role in balancing marine ecosystems (and perhaps Donald Trump’s “excessive fears” for the animals), plus his reasons for calling these predators “the Ocean’s Most Mysterious, Most Misunderstood, and Most Important Guardians.”

And for those terrified by sharks but not scared by the demanding modernism of James Joyce’s “Finnegans Wake”: At Gallery 1412, Seattle composer Neal Kosaly-Meyer will continue his multiple-performance project of reciting chapters of the book by memory.

For more things to do, including a jam-packed Art Walk, take a look at the list below or head over to the CHS Calendar for more events.

THURSDAY, August 8: This month’s Capitol Hill Art Walk will bring arts and fashion to the streets. Or one street, to be precise: 11th Ave between Pike and Pine in front of Vermillion, where the fifth edition of the public arts/fashion collaboration festival Imminent Mode will take place. Local artist duos pair up to create “wearable art” and a gallery installation based on this year’s theme, the future. The fashion show starts at 8 PM, afterparty at Vermillion. Head over to The Mercury @ Machinewerks for the afterparty and $2 vodka well specials. Continue reading

On the List | Adult Recess in Cal Anderson, Umoja Fest, festival:festival, Dead Baby Downhill

Want to feel like a kid again? Recess, a festival for adults to play recess games while drinking beer, dancing to DJs, and eating from food trucks is coming to Cal Anderson Park.

In case you prefer your events free and/or happening in non-cordoned-off public space: There is free top-notch theatre, as we wrote last week. Also: Umoja fest (see below), a free concert of the Low Hums at Cha Cha Lounge, plus free poetry from the Youth Speaks Seattle team and Seattle Poetry Slam team at Hugo House and an equally free two-day arts festival (see below). Head over to the CHS Calendar for more events.

THURSDAY, Aug. 1 – SUNDAY, Aug. 18: OK, this play is not free, but we’d gladly pony up $24.00 (but check out the discounts) to see Salty. And after we’ve told you the play is set in one of the last remaining zoos in the by-then-climate-change-ravaged world, that it’s Mother Nature who “be SALTY” and that it features gay penguins, you will too. 12th Avenue Arts, 8 PM  Continue reading

On the List | Temple Bazaar, North Capitol Hill tree walk, chamber music in Volunteer Park

While some might still need to recover from last weekend’s Capitol Hill Block Party, others might want to fill the void — or their weeks/weekends upon returning from camping — with more things to do. The latter is in luck: performances (most of them free, we might add) abound this week.

To start: free theatre courtesy of Intiman Theatre (see below), a free jazz/piano music performance by Emi Meyer at the Volunteer Park amphitheater, femme-focused theatre at Gay City and a second wave of Democratic candidate debates (to be watched at Life on Mars, The Cloud Room, Hula Hula and others.

On Saturday, don’t miss the More Fats More Femmes Vintage Market, and head over to Bait Shop for its Summer Market on Sunday. Find much more things to do on the list below, and head over to the CHS Calendar for more events.

WEDNESDAY, July 24: They might not earn a passing grade on pun originality, but outdoor gear company and sometimes-film-releasing Patagonia gets some points for (eco-)effort with Artifishal, a documentary about “the future of wild fish.” The movie, which screened at the Tribeca Film Festival and was called “eye-opening” by The Guardian, will tackle topics familiar to anyone in the PNW: The depleting wild salmon population and threat posed by fish hatcheries and fish farms. And yes, some more points for donating all proceeds of the night to Wild Orca, Wild Fish Conservancy, and the Center for Whale Research, but next time don’t try and also sell limited edition “Artifishal” merchandise. It’s bad for puns and the environment. Cinema Egyptian, 7 PM 

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On the List | Capitol Hill Block Party 2019, inaugural Salish Sea Anti-Space Symposium, Mueller Report Live

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Get ready, because what’s probably the most star-studded block party in this neck of the woods– yes, the Capitol Hill Block Party — descends on Pike/Pine this weekend. The three-day musical festival boasts Lizzo and The Black Tones among its musical guests. Below, we help you find your way through the line-up maze. CHS reported on the 2019 lineup and the one of a kind festival’s treasured and challenged place in the neighborhood’s culture and arts scene.

Other, in some cases more cerebral events on this week’s to-do list: non-stop Mueller report readings, an animation movie about redlining, substation celebrations and last but not least: the first-ever Salish Sea Anti- Space Symposium (SSASS), plus another block party. Find more on the CHS Calendar.

THURSDAY, July 18: If you missed last week’s discussion on redlining in Seattle at NAAM, the local showing of the expertly animated short documentary Segregated By Design and following discussion (hosted by the Capitol Hill Renter Initiative) is another option to get a primer on the topic. The movie, based on the book The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein, explains the intentional segregation of cities across the country in the 20th century. 12th Avenue Arts, 6 – 7.30 PM (free)  Continue reading

On the List | July Capitol Hill Art Walk, Seattle Outdoor Theater Festival at Volunteer Park, redlining history

(Image: Seattle Shakespeare Company)

Artists and art lovers heaved a collective sigh of relief after the Art Walk got some good news last month: the longtime Capitol Hill event will live on. The implosion of the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce won’t mean the end of one of its most visible neighborhood promotions, thanks to help from the Capitol Hill Block Party, now the event’s official fiscal sponsor. Find our Art Walk picks plus more art to see and things to do below and head over to the CHS Calendar for even more events or to let us know about anything we’ve missed.

WEDNESDAY, July 10: Bike (touring) enthusiasts who prefer their bike movies bathed in golden hues will surely appreciate the Seattle premiere of California Golde, a Kodak super 8 short film about riding bikes the smoky Sequoia National Forest in California, hosted by Swift Industries, a small local bicycle bag company. Rhino Room, 6.30 PM (21+) 

Cedar (detail), 24 x 54″, watercolor on paper, 2018 by Erin Kendig

THURSDAY, July 11: At this month’s Capitol Hill Art Walk, the old and the new collide. Particularly at Ghost Gallery, which celebrates its first year in a new space at Chophouse Row with a showing of Erin Kendig’s watercolor and gouache Northwest nature paintings, crystallized specimens, books, and prints by artist Tyler Trasher and guest mixology by Siolo Thompson.  Roq La Rue, another local art veteran in a new location, features the promising “The Night Theater” by Rick Araluce, who makes miniature dioramas and larger installations, windows into other worlds one could call dreamy if they didn’t invoke such an acute sense of loss and desolation. In No More Room at the Inn,” German artist Nicholas Strobelt, who studied at the University of Washington, speaks to another type of loss, “Seattle’s rapidly changing and exclusionary landscape” at Chophouse Row’s Goethe Pop Up Seattle.  Follow the common thread of loss into The Factory, where Steven Miller’s photographs 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s feature gay porn magazine pages burning in a backyard fire pit —ideograms for the losses of the AIDS years, with reflections on lust and pleasure licking at its edges like flames. Find more events, including dark wave music by 2 Libras at Ritual, on the Capitol Hill Art Walk calendar and map. Various locations  Continue reading

On the List | Best places to watch fireworks from Capitol Hill, Quidditch in Cal Anderson, Sir Mix-a-Lot

After a sun-soaked, successful Pride weekend with likely the largest Trans Pride Seattle ever and a thousands-strong Seattle Dyke March last weekend, Capitol Hill barely gets time to catch its breath with more parties, concerts and events this week, including a Vegan 4th of July BBQ and a Sir Mix-a-Lot concert (plus Art Walk and the Block Party coming up in the next weeks). Find all of it and more on the list below, plus more to do on the CHS Calendar.

WEDNESDAY, July 3 through SATURDAY, July 6: Pride Month may be officially over, but Kevin Kauer’s Nark, a photo exhibition at Vermillion, is up until July 6. Now that the crowds are gone, there’s no reason to miss it. For a decade, Kauer — aka Nark — has captured underground nightlife scenes, drag queens, leather men, punk kids and creative souls in Seattle and beyond. At Vermillion, the self-taught photographer showcases some of his best work from the past ten years, along with new photography. Vermillion

THURSDAY, July 4: Where are the best places to watch the fireworks from Capitol Hill? These are the best places. Have fun, don’t even thing about trying to park a car, and clean up your trash — it’s the patriotic thing to do!

Where to see fireworks from Capitol Hill, USA! 243rd birthday edition

Vegans (and non-vegans) rejoice: Plum Vegan Restaurants celebrates its 10th anniversary and Independence Day, and Plum’s biggest-ever 4th of July Vegan BBQ marks the occasion. There are more food stations than usual, including grilled street corn, all-you-can-eat mac&yease, and Plum BBQ classics stations, a build-your-own taco and salad bar, plus Sugar Plum ice cream and sweets. Sugar Plum, 2-6 PM 

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On the List — Capitol Hill Pride 2019 | PrideFest on Broadway, Doggy Drag Show, Wildrose+Queer/Bar+Union street parties, Democratic candidate debates

PrideFest Capitol Hill will again fill Broadway and Cal Anderson Park with Pride revelers (Image: CHS)

Doggy Drag Show

Pride weekend is upon us, and if you need help picking parties, marches, rallies or events, we’ve got some ideas. Among them: A DonnaTella Howe-hosted pinball party/contest Pride No-Pants Pinball at Raygun Lounge (proceeds go to Lambert House, a local community center for LGBTQ+ youth), Linda’s Tavern 5th annual Pride drag show (fueled by frozen drinks), free Stonewall Riot-inspired dance performances, films and processions by artist Fox Whitney in/near Velocity and on the Hill, and much more. Find it on the list below, plus on the CHS Capitol Hill Pride Calendar and CHS Calendar.

WEDNESDAY, June 26 – THURSDAY, June 27: Though it feels like the 2020 Presidential campaign began a long time ago, its official kick off is marked by the first Democratic candidate debates this Wednesday and Thursday. As CNN put it: “It’s the moment that Democrats have been anticipating since the tearful trauma of Election Night 2016 — when their campaign to make Donald Trump a one-term President really begins.” Cheer, boo and drink your Trump trauma away at watch parties on the Hill at Hula Hula ($4 off Pina Coladas & Berry Daiquiris during the debate), Capitol Cider, Queer/Bar, Life on Mars and The Pine Box. Various locations, 6 PM  Continue reading

On the List | Before Stonewall film, Ginsberg poetry festival at Volunteer Park, Seattle Poetry Slam

Before Stonewall (Courtesy of First Run Features)

The epitome of this neighborhood in the year 2019? Perhaps this particular fork in the road: Do you choose meditation with cats, or rather an open mic for works-in-progress at an arts/event space in another building now for sale on the Hill?

Other options on Wednesday include celebrating Juneteenth in the Central District during the last day of “We Out Here,” a festival celebrating Black brilliance.

More things to do this week include  Queers fired up against the far right and a committee meeting (hosted by council member Lorena González) Addressing Gun Violence in the Central District, and free performances by students from the School of Spectrum Dance and Clyde Petersen on the site the future AIDS Memorial Pathway near Cal Anderson this Friday and Saturday.

Find more events the list below, plus on the CHS Pride Calendar and CHS Calendar.

THURSDAY, June 20: Dr. Louise Aronson believes we have some misconceptions around what it means to be or grow old. So the geriatric doctor wrote a book, “Elderhood—Redefining Aging,” to open up the discussion and share an “honest and respectful vision of our society’s elders as still-breathing human beings full of joy, wonder, frustration, outrage, and hope.” At the newly reopened Town Hall, she’ll pull from her experiences to rethink what “old age” means — and how that impacts the way we approach elder health care. Town Hall Seattle, 7.30 PM  

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