Artful nights on Capitol Hill: Art Walk, 3rd annual Lusio lights in Volunteer Park, ANiMA in Cal Anderson

In addition to August’s second Thursday bringing this month’s Capitol Hill Art Walk to the neighborhood’s galleries, cafes, restaurants, and bars, the next couple of nights will also fill Capitol Hill’s parks with art and performance.

Thursday, check out the monthly art walk including a few friends of CHS — a full roster and map is available at Make sure to stop by the Ghost Cabin installation, echoing with the spirit of a long-gone Capitol Hill farmhouse in Chophouse Row.

Friday, you’ll be faced with an artful choice — bright lights in Volunteer Park or a “future without borders” in Cal Anderson. Continue reading

December Capitol Hill Art Walk: $100 and under art, La Croix art, Noble Neon art

Empty that Amazon shopping cart and head out Thursday night for a stroll through the Capitol Hill Art Walk and a collection of venues putting on special shows as part of the holiday edition of the monthly neighborhood event.

The weekend, meanwhile, brings another handful of holiday fun including the The Seventh Annual March of the Mistletomosexuals. You can check out the CHS Happy Hilladays Calendar for more.

FoodArt Collection: La Croix

Annual Hundred and Under Group Art Show Opening Reception

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Happy Hilladays 2017 | Holiday in Volunteer Park, March of the Mistletomosexuals, Bad Santa, Black Santa, Conservatory Santa, more

December kind of snuck up on us, But it’s time. Get jolly. Right now. This weekend, Santa — Bad Santa, if you like, or Black Santa, too — is already here. The Baby Doll Tree is out and shining on E Pike. And don’t think you can try to avoid him this weekend and get away with it. Santa will be back next weekend — Conservatory Santa, anyone? — too.

So, age your eggnog, and polish your candy canes. There are pop-ups — Black Owl Market this weekend, for example, latkeh cook-offs, a Julfest, and parties galore: 2017 Holiday in the Park will again bring hundreds of luminarias to Volunteer Park on December 7th and The Seventh Annual March of the Mistletomosexuals is coming December 16th. While you’re at it, don’t forget to Shop the Hill.

You’ll find all of these and more on the CHS Calendar. Happy Hilladays! Continue reading

On the List | Free weekend at SAAM before overhaul closure, Search for Meaning Fest, Town Hall history

This weekend across Capitol Hill brings you an opportunity to Search for Meaning, delve into the history of one major cultural center preparing for a big change, and visit another for the last weekend before a long break to make way for its own big changes. Here are the highlights from the CHS Calendar.

While the city sorts out the plan to overhaul and expand Volunteer Park’s museum, the construction process needs to begin now to safely move and protect the Seattle Asian Art Museum’s collections. The museum is inviting you to come say goodbye, for now, and enjoy a free weekend of activities in Volunteer Park:

Seattle Asian Art Museum closing weekend open house

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On the List | 2017 kids film fest starts at Northwest Film Forum, Orphic at the Conservatory

Light art, film for kids, and a little civic duty highlight the things to do around Capitol Hill this weekend. Thursday night, the community crime group EastPAC will be talking Block Watch and crime prevention, while 12th Ave’s Northwest Film Forum kicks off its 2017 Children’s Film Festival Seattle. You can read more about the 2017 edition of the popular festival here. Saturday, meanwhile, brings Orphic, the final night in the light art-focused Sylvan Series with installations inside the Volunteer Park Conservatory. These and more on the CHS Calendar, below.

Children’s Film Festival Seattle 2017

EastPAC Community Meeting

The Sylvan Series: Orphic

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On the List | Gay Santarchy, Seattle Unique Boutique, alt-Santa pictures

(Image: CHS)

(Image: CHS)

Capitol Hill does Christmas a little differently. But we would wager there is more holiday spirit in a single branch of the E Pike No Parking Baby Doll Tree than in the entire advertising-wrapped tree in front of the Westlake mall. That spirit will be out and about this weekend with a legendarily festive holiday bar crawl, Broadway merchants putting on their seasonal best and inviting an “alternative” Santa to the party for pictures, and plenty more.

First, the even better news. Seattle’s Santacon insanity is focused wholly on venues safely across I-5 this year. Most of the white beards you see Saturday night belong to these happy Mistletomosexuals:

The plan is to begin massing around 9:00 pm at CC Attle’s. CC’s is big enough to hold most, if not all of us. From there, we’ll begin our march on Broadway to the Pike-Pine corridor around 10 pm. We’ll patronize Diesel, Madison Pub, Purr, and Pony… Continue reading

On the List | Holiday in the Park, Art Walk, Freakout Fest, V2 goodbye party

Best way to stay warm around Capitol Hill this weekend? Stay busy with the jammed full CHS Calendar.

There is plenty to do right off the start. Thursday brings a celebration of Belmont Ave-headquartered Freakout Festival at four venues clustered at the rockin’ intersection of 14th and Pike — Chop Suey, Bar Sue, Pony, and Lovecitylove. 11th and Pike venues are also banding together Thursday night for Kock’s Ball, a fundraiser to help a colleague pay for expensive medical care following a motorcycle crash. Ghost Gallery marks a remarkable decade of its annual Holiday Mini Art Exhibit with hundreds of small works all $250 and under starting Thursday night and on display — and for sale — through the holidays. Continue reading

Happy Hill-a-days: Holiday in the Park, Art Walk Pike People Street, Broadway window murals

(Image: Tatiana Gill via Flickr)

(Image: Tatiana Gill via Flickr)

As December started, CHS told you about where to get your Capitol Hill Christmas tree along with a roster of early holiday highlights. This week brings more holiday happenings to Capitol Hill.

Thursday, get ready for a doubleheader with the return of Holiday in the Park at Volunteer Park and a special December Art Walk edition of the Pike People Street:

Holiday in the Park

Pike People Street December Art Walk

This weekend, you’ll see some busy elves working to decorate neighborhood merchants thanks to the chamber and artists from Urban Art Works: Continue reading

On the List | November Capitol Hill Art Walk, ‘Love’ rally, Post Election Community Response Forum

The weekend around Capitol Hill brings plenty of ways to reenergize after the soul sapping fallout of the 2016 election. There is a night of local art, creation, and performance, a community gathering of “Love Over Hate” in Cal Anderson Park, and, for those of you who find power in planning, a community gathering Sunday night to talk about how to respond to Donald Trump’s victory.

Thursday, head out on an abnormally warm and dry November night for the monthly Capitol Hill Art Walk. Continue reading

On the List | Hilloween, Zombie Crawl, LitCrawl, Pike People Street, Weavers’ Guild sale

As usual, it will be difficult to sort out just exactly when Halloween begins and ends around Capitol Hill. With October 31st falling on a Monday, the party starts early and will likely run for days. Below, you’ll find highlights below from the CHS Hilloween Calendar including the return of the annual Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce carnival, a new Zombie Crawl. There are also plenty of none-Hilloween things to do on the plain ol’ CHS Calendar including Thursday’s return of LitCrawl Seattle and the annual Seattle Weavers’ Guild sale at St. Mark’s. Continue reading