On the List | 19th Ave Neighborhood Block Party, Capitol Hill Art Walk, Sweat Gold for Childhood Cancer

As falls leaks into the last days of summer, some summer events say goodbye to the Hill. Some last hurrahs this week: during this month’s Art Walk, Vibrant Palette Arts Center showcases the work of its artists for the last time this year at Café Pettirosso, and the last open-air DJ night ThiRST of the summer happens this Friday in Cal Anderson park.

Meanwhile, Velocity’s monthly open mic night SH*T Gold kicks off the new season this Monday with the theme of returning home and an earlier start time (8 PM). Spin The Bottle, Seattle’s longest-running variety show, celebrates September with a “very special back-to-school edition.”

Find more shows to see during Art Walk and things to do on the list below, or head over to our calendar.

WEDNESDAY, Sep 11: Washington is among the most linguistically diverse states in the US. This multilingualism is celebrated during the Poetry in Translation reading series, which highlights the traditions of Seattle’s immigrant and Native communities by sharing their poetry and song in their original languages plus English translation. This reading, titled Fiestas Patrias and curated in partnership with Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna, will feature multilingual readings by poets Ana Evelin Garcia, Dra. Eugenia Toledo-Keyser and Raúl Sanchez alongside video poem screenings. Northwest Film Forum, 6.30 – 7.45 PM  Continue reading

On the List | Trashy Diva Trunk Show, Derek Erdman, Capitol Hill Garage Sale Day

(Image: Derek Erdman

As Labor Day is behind us, some insist that summer is already over. Take the name of Volunteer Park Conservatory’s largest fundraiser of the year, which happens this Saturday: Fall Plant Sale. And the Miller Community Center asks to join their Back to School BBQ to “help us say farewell to summer with food, games, and community.”

Let the record show that CHS bristles at the notion of saying our summer farewells way, way too soon, and that there are 19 more days of official summer left. Ideally, you’d spend them doing the things here on the list below. Find more events and things to do on our calendar.

THURSDAY, Sep 5: The Black Tones must be one of the most exciting bands Seattle has spawned in recent years. After performances at the Capitol Hill Block Party and the new Port Townsend-based festival Thing, the blues-rock duo comes back to the neighborhood to celebrate the vinyl release of their first record, Cobain and Cornbread (which debuted this spring). Twins Eva and Cedric Walker, the musicians behind the band, will take over the DJ booth to celebrate and play some of their favorite tunes during The Black Tones Vinyl Release & DJ set by Eva & Cedric at Life on Mars. Life on Mars, 8 – 10 PM  Continue reading

CHS Pics | Kinky Boots in Cal Anderson

Three Dollar Bill was forced to scale back its annual schedule of LGBTQ-favorite outdoor movies in Cal Anderson Park this summer after a longtime source of funding from the city fell through thanks to the most bureaucratic of reasons. You missed it.

CHS stopped through Friday night for the only screening of the season, a showing of Kinky Boots that brought out a good crowd on a 70F+ night. The pictures will have to satiate your Three Dollar Bill Cinema appetite for now. More will come. Three Dollar Bill also produces the annual Seattle Queer Film Festival starting October 10th. Continue reading

ECHOES: A Tribute Concert Benefiting The AMP: AIDS Memorial Pathway

ECHOES is an evening of stories, performances and remembrances of the lives affected by HIV/AIDS benefitting The AMP: AIDS Memorial Pathway. The event is hosted by Micki Flowers, former health reporter for KIRO TV and long-time HIV/AIDS advocate. Like the memorial it is ushering in, ECHOES is a celebration of life and collective memories, while also standing as a call to action. It’s the next step in honoring both our past and our future.

Members of the diverse communities affected by the epidemic will be sharing personal stories and recount their experiences. Interspersed between these narratives will be musical and dance performances from outstanding local talent including Alexandria Henderson, Billie Wildrick, Nathan Young & Showtunes Theatre, Justin Huertas, Whim W’Him and The Seattle Men’s Chorus & The Seattle Women’s Chorus. Featuring stories by Bill Hall, DeAunté Damper, Pat Migliore and Steven Parsons.

Throughout the night, the audience will have opportunities to make donations toward this historic memorial. ECHOES will be a night where we can experience our history together, move towards healing and directly contribute to the creation of The AIDS Memorial Pathway.


Face to Face GSBA Candidate Forum

How is Seattle thriving during these boom times? Who is benefiting in our city, and who is being left behind? What will Seattle’s City Council look like in 2020? Who will be making decisions that will affect your business, the LGBTQ community, and your neighborhood?

Hear where your candidates stand at our annual Face to Face forum, featuring critical races in Seattle. Moderated by Brady Piñero Walkinshaw (CEO, Grist Media and former 43rd District Representative) and Liz Dunn (Principal, Dunn & Hobbes) this is a must attend candidate forum for small business owners, members of the LGBTQ community, and those who care about the future of their city.

FEATURED CANDIDATES (confirmed candidates in bold):
District 1Lisa HerboldPhil Tavel
District 2: Tammy MoralesMark Solomon
District 3: Egan OrionKshama Sawant
District 7Andrew LewisJim Pugel

5:00 – 6:00  |  Happy hour reception
6:00 – 7:30  |  Candidate forum program

Broadway Performance Hall is centrally located at the corner of Broadway and E Pine Street, easily accessible by public transportation including Link Light Rail (Capitol Hill Station), the First Hill Streetcar (Broadway and Pine stop), and many King County Metro bus lines. Seattle Central College has a garage at 1609 Harvard Avenue across the street from the venue, and side-street parking is available in the surrounding neighborhood.

ASL interpreters provided by the Hearing, Speech, and Deaf Center will be present at this event.


Exhibition & Reading: Kathy Acker in Seattle, 1980

This evening at the Goethe Pop Up Seattle is dedicated to the important experimental and feminist author and proto-Riot Grrrl Kathy Acker, who came to Seattle’s Center on Contemporary Art for residencies in 1980 and 1989.

The exhibition is divided into three sections, presenting three thresholds in Acker’s evolution as a writer represented by three novels — Kathy Goes to Haiti, Blood and Guts in High School, and Great Expectations — she presented and worked on in Seattle. In collaboration with the University of Cologne, home of Acker’s personal library, the exhibition is an invitation to indulge in Acker’s writing and imagery, as well an introduction into her life as part of Seattle’s art community. Other artifacts on display include works by Acker’s contemporaries Randy Ericksen, Marilyn Stablein, and others.

The accompanying reading is a staging of a reading held by Acker with artist and poet Marilyn Stablein and writer Paul de Barros at Gary Wilkie’s Context Bookstore in 1980. The reading features all three as witnesses to the original event, reading selected texts from their missing comrade.

The exhibition is the first part of the three-day Kathy Acker in Seattle Symposium 1980-1989. The symposium is organized by Larry Reid, advocate for visual and performing arts in the Pacific Northwest and beyond, and curator and events coordinator at Seattle’s Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, and by Daniel Schulz who, most recently, completed his MA in History and English Studies at the University of Cologne with a study of Acker’s personal library, also known as the Kathy Acker Reading Room at the University of Cologne.

Detailed program information at http://www.kathyackerseattlesymposium.com/

On the List | Pistil Books Outdoor Book Sale, Kinky Boots in Cal Anderson, Lizzo dance party, free burgers

A long weekend! Good vibes with marimbas and vibraphones! Free Punk Rock Aerobics in Volunteer Park! Slushies and queer summer parties! Riot Grrrl music at Pony! Labor Day Weekend sales! Jeff Goldblum in fifties outfits! Summer fun is not over, and if you need any more proof, check out the list below. Head over to our calendar for more events. 

WEDNESDAY, Aug 28: If there’s one thing that sometimes feels missing from the arts scene in Seattle, it’s “real talk.” Expect a lot of it during “The Mixer: Advancing Equity in the Arts – Real Talk,” the fourth and final panel discussion in a series of community discussions at Northwest African American Museum. Theatre maven Sara Porkalob, dancer and recent Mayor’s Arts Award winner Dani Tirrell, as well as Reese Tanimura, Managing Director of Northwest Folklife, will discuss what the city can do to mitigate racial disparities in the creative economy. Northwest African American Museum, 5 – 7 PM 

THURSDAY, Aug 29 – THURSDAY, Sep 5: It looks like we’re getting at least some hot summer days in the end. For the Seattleites who can’t wait for the darker days to begin, Northwest Film Forum is screening some excellent films this week. The Proposal sounds like a random rom-com though it’s anything but: the film by artist Jill Magid chronicles her artistic obsession with the archives of famed architect Luis Barragán, whose ashes she’s also had made into a diamond ring. Fans of Jeff Goldblum and the fifties will get their money’s worth at the fifties-set The Mountain, wherein Goldblum is  a“lobotomist for hire.” Northwest Film Forum, various times  Continue reading

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)

(Image: The Hopvine)

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

Seattle Design Festival @ Goethe Pop Up Seattle: City Life Balance

Survey on the quality of living in Seattle at the Capitol Hill Design Crawl

Join Goethe Pop Up during the Capitol Hill Design Crawl at the Seattle Design Festival and explore how urbanism, architecture, and design can advance justice, ecology, and community. This year’s theme, Balance, asks, for example: How can design thinking foster a society that balances the needs of all its people and the planet?

At the Goethe Pop Up, and in collaboration with German architect Kira Jungfleisch, we take the questions further to investigate city life more closely. How livable is our city? What factors determine the quality of city life? And what keeps it all in balance? At this year’s Capitol Hill Design Crawl, we want to hear from you. Globally, Vienna tops the ranking of the annual Mercer Quality of Living Report, closely followed by Zurich, the runner-up, and Munich (No. 3), Düsseldorf (No. 6) and Frankfurt (No. 7). Seattle only made No. 46 of most livable cities. How do you feel about Seattle’s city life balance?

While we certainly want to hear your thoughts on four designated topics – traffic, nature, housing, and society – we also invite participants to physically express their opinion (through yoga poses or handstands, for example). We capture these embodied expressions on camera in our photo booth and add them to a photo exhibition that visualizes a citizen-based opinion barometer about the quality of living in Seattle.

All participants enter our giveaway for a chance to win two tickets to the show “A Duet Evening” by German-American dance company FLOCK who will perform on the same day at 7:30pm at Velocity Dance Center in Capitol Hill