On the List | Indie Bookstore Day, Langston Hughes African American Film Festival, Spice Waala, Fierce Ladies Beer Fest

Fill up at the Fierce Ladies Beer Festival, Thursday night at Optimism Brewing (Image: Fierce Ladies Beer Fest)

With Memorial Day and potentially some warmer spring days imminent, some might want to skip the last April days and showers straight to May. However, this week has great things in store including beers from “ladies,” fresh art talent at Cornish and some good old collective gardening — or, perhaps, some Tai Chi at Cal Anderson. On Saturday, Chophouse Row’s Good Weather Café is hosting a hands-on course for neophyte (city) cyclists. They will cover how to signal, navigate train and trolly tracks, starting and stopping on a hill, tube-patching and other musts for city riders.

After, riders could attempt to bike to all 21 Seattle-area bookstores, including Hill-based Ada’s Technical Books & Cafe and Elliott Bay Book Company, participating in Seattle Independent Bookstore Day. Participants who get their Independent Bookstore “passport” stamped at all 21 stores get a champion card worth 25% off at all participating stores for a year, folks who visit 3 get a day-off discount. Plan to make the last stop at Ada’s, where local authors/comedians/storytellers such as Sarah Galvin, Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, Emmett Montgomery and Sierra Nelson will take the mic.

(Also, last week, we erroneously posited that Bagel-buffs would get their last chance to get a taste of Matthew Segal’s kick-ass bagels — but that’s actually this weekend. Aren’t you glad you get another last chance?) Check out this week’s to-do list below, plus find more events on the CHS Calendar.

THURSDAY, April 25: Is the craft beer scene still very male-dominated? Absolutely! (According to a 2014 study by Stanford University, 4 percent of all ‘brewmasters’ are women.) Does waiting for equality mean we’ll also have to endure the continued deployment of the epithet “fierce” for everyone who’s not a Dude™? Probably! This Thursday, Optimism Brewing Company hosts the second Fierce Ladies Beer Fest, a craft-beer fest featuring women-brewed beers. The all-gender event will showcase beer by breweries such as Stoup, Georgetown, PicoBrew, and Optimism. Sales will benefit the Pink Boots Society, an organization that helps women advance their beer careers. Optimism Brewing Company, 6 PM Continue reading

On the List | Passover-Easter-4/20, egg hunts, Wa Na Wari, Small Mouth Sounds

Sometimes the Easter Bunny shows up at Block Party (Image: CHS)

This week’s a big one for lovers of holidays. Although it all depends on the object or subject of worship, there’s something for nearly everyone this Easter weekend and start of Passover. Chabad of Capitol Hill hosts a Traditional Passover Seder (April 19, 7:30 pm) with hand-made Shmutah Matzah and kosher wine. There’s also Easter Sunday (check out the list below for Easter egg hunts plus Easter dinner and brunch specials on and near the Hill), which is bookended by the holy days of green festivities, 4/20 and Earth Day. Redhook Brewlab is folding the two holidays into one weekend of “IPA Daze” fun, which includes a beach clean up, a baby goat farm and “psychedelic coloring.” At Broadway Performance Hall, comedians try to tell jokes while getting a little too high while Uncle Ike’s in the CD will have a bouncy house and climbing wall as part of its 4/20 celebration.  If you’d rather bow down to David Byrne’s genius or the Satanic Temple, the Northwest Film Forum and SIFF’s Egyptian Theatre have you covered. For more profane fun: Bar Sue’s hosting its sixth annual pickled egg eating contest while over at Vios, Bagel-buffs get their last (at least for now) chance to get a taste of Matthew Segal’s kick-ass bagels. Check out this week’s to-do list below, plus find more events on the CHS Calendar.

WEDNESDAY, April 17: While hurtling through space on his way to the International Space Station (ISS), South Korea’s first astronaut, Ko San, did not miss the taste of his favorite foods. The Korea Aerospace Research Institute made sure there was kimchi for him. Such is the devotion kimchi — a traditional fermented Korean side dish made out of Napa cabbage, daikon radish, and Korean red pepper flakes — inspires. At The Works, learn about the history of the condiment and how to make your own.  The Works, 6 PM Continue reading

On the List | Basement Bazaar, Spring Polish Bazaar, Capitol Hill Art Walk April edition

Sunday at Dino’s (Image: Basement Bazaar)

Love pickle soup, borscht, pierogi, Polish sausage, and cabbage rolls and Polish beer? At the Annual Spring Polish Bazaar at the Polish Restaurant Dom Polski lovers of Polish food and arts and crafts can get their fix this Saturday. At 2.30, the Polish choir Vivat Musica will perform traditional songs.

Some very different tunes will resound during Century Ballroom’s Dance Day, where aspiring dancers can try nine different dance styles, including Kizomba, Lindy and Salsa for $15, and Record Store Day, with special deals and performances/DJ sets byDJ Explorateur and DoNormaal at Everyday Music. Find more things to do and eat below, or on the CHS Calendar.

WEDNESDAY, Apr 10: Ken Workman, the great, great, great, great Grandson of Chief Sealth, will welcome visitors, in Lushootseed, to the spring installment of Northwest Film Forum’s Poetry in Translation reading series. The series showcases the literary traditions of Seattle’s immigrant and Native communities by sharing poetry and song in their original languages (plus English translation). Readings by indigenous poets, including Duane Niatum, fabian romero (Purepécha) and, Sasha LaPointe will be followed by a screening of Water is Life, a gorgeous, monochrome visual poem in Duwamish language made by local filmmaker Tracy Rector. Northwest Film Forum, 6.30 – 7.30 PM Continue reading

On the List | SpringShot festival, Balikbayan Filipino Eats pop-up, poet Morgan Parker

The Canterbury hosts a Mario Kart tournament Saturday

The city has been getting some nice shots of spring recently. With some clouds headed our way this week, a visit to SpringShot, a festival at 18th & Union featuring a clowning performance, might be a good idea.

There are plenty more exciting performances on and around the Hill this week, including a play about black queer parenthood written by Seattle civic poet Anastacia-Renée at Annex Theatre, Washington Ensemble’s bloody horror-comedy Feathers and Teeth at 12th Avenue Arts and stand-up by Portland Queer Comedy Festival co-founder Belinda Carroll at Club Comedy Seattle. Find more performances and things to do plus eat on the list below, and on the CHS Calendar.

THURSDAY, April 4: Many of us have grown up with the idea that poetry can’t, or shouldn’t, be funny. Hearing Morgan Parker (author of There are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé, and Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night) read her work out loud dispels that notion. In Parker’s case, it’s the wry kind of comedy, soaked with the pain of being alive and walking through the world as a Black woman. Parker excavates the experience in her newest pop-culture laced collection of poems, “Magical Negro,” from which she’ll read at Hugo House. Hugo House, 7 – 9 PM Continue reading

On the List | FRYER FEST, Zucked, Transgender Day of Visibility

If there ever was an event you’d go to just for the name, Fryer Fest is it. Bait Shop is hosting its mock-Fyre Fest on April 1st. Like its namesake, it’s basically a joke — though you won’t be out thousands of dollars. Find more free and semi-free things to do on the CHS Calendar and the list below.

WEDNESDAY, March 27 For years, Hollow Earth Radio, the local, low-powered FM radio station and Central District performance venue has been turning the spotlight towards the weird and wonderful music and sounds situated in the vast and divergent area some call “the niche.” Now, Bait Shop on Capitol Hill puts the spotlight on Hollow Earth Radio during its new monthly listening party series Just One More Thing. HER will share local music and underground sounds from the Pacific Northwest and beyond, this time with the option of an alcoholic drink. Bait Shop, 7 – 10 PM Continue reading

On the List | Wink Doughnuts pop-up, Pine Box birthday, hula hoop at the Century Ballroom

(Image: Wink Doughnuts)

The sun’s out, so the city is collectively freaking out/shedding clothes at an astonishing pace/coming back to life. Lumbersexuals and locals who prefer gloomy Northwest weather can work out anger issues regarding impending spring and summer at Blade & Timber, a newly opened axe-throwing bar on Broadway. During opening weekend, groups dressed entirely in flannel get a discount, and social-media savvy axe-perts could win free axe-throwing for a year. We’ve lined up more of this week’s best events on the list below. Find more events on the CHS Calendar.

THURSDAY, March 21: Those who don’t know comedian and actress Tiffany Haddish must have lived under a big, grim rock for the past couple of years. In November 2017, she made history by becoming the first black female stand-up comedian to host Saturday Night Live, a role that earned her an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series. That year, Vanity Fair also called her “the funniest person alive right now.” Check in to see whether that still rings true on Thursday at the Paramount. Paramount, 7.30 PM Continue reading

On the List | March Capitol Hill Art Walk, ByDesign Festival, disaster skills training

Northwest Film Forum hosts the 2019 ByDesign Festival

In Seattle, it’s not just the flowers and the birds marking the arrival of spring. It’s also the groups of dressed-up, cosplayed fans walking up and down Pike and streaming in and out of the Washington State Convention Center for the Emerald City Comic Con, running this Thursday through Sunday. Find more delightful dress up at the sure-to-be unforgettable experience of Skeleton Flower this week. (And perhaps during the Capitol Hill Art Walk?) We’ve lined up more of this week’s best events on the list below. If that’s not enough, check out the CHS Calendar.

WEDNESDAY, March 13: Early on, the life of Haruko Crow Nishimura, co-founder of Seattle’s Degenerate Art Ensemble, was imbued with trauma. In Skeleton Flower, a new show melding live music, dance, ritual and breathtaking costumes, Nishimura’s personal story merges with three fairy tales in which female protagonists take matters into their own hands. From a preview we saw some time ago, CHS can confirm that in the hands of The Degenerate Art Ensemble, these stories are hauntingly beautiful and beautifully haunting. The premiere is tonight, the show runs until March 17th. Erickson Theatre, 7.30 PM Continue reading

On the List | More Fats More Femmes Witch Market, Intiman at 12th Ave Arts, Grandpa Party

(Image: Jazzlyn Stone)

This week is not just giving us sun and snowflakes, it’s also giving us major FOMO. This Wednesday alone the calendar has us choosing between “celebrating” (and sampling) the Olympia Native Oyster, a podcasting 101 workshop and a lighthearted documentary at NWFF. There is also a full slate of civic duty to attend to around the Hill including landmarks! Renters rights! Schools! And electric vehicles and bikesOn Thursday, watch people moving during the premiere of a new choreography by the talented Ella Mahler or start sweating at Abiola Akkani’s Trap Vinyasa: A Body-Positive Yoga Experience work-out. And it’s either African tunes at Corvus and Co, Balkan music and dance or poets-turned blues musicians on Friday. We’ve lined up more of this week’s best events on the list below. If that’s not enough, check out the CHS Calendar.

WEDNESDAY, March 6: Tonight is the last night to see the “The Gospel of Eureka” at NWFF. In Eureka Springs, Arkansas, queerness and Jezus co-exist peacefully (and extravagantly). In this light-hearted documentary, which premiered at SXSW, complexities are kept at bay for a tale about humanity the way we’d like it more than it really is. And sometimes, that’s just what we need. Northwest Film Forum, 7.30 PM Continue reading

On the List | Linda’s Tavern turns 25, CatVideoFest, Seattle Cocktail Week

Firefighters at Fire Fridays, feline fun and fungi: the first days of March fulfill all alliteration needs. Celebrate Linda’s 25th birthday this Wednesday evening and find more things to do below and on the CHS Calendar.

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 27: Pike/Pine constant Linda’s Tavern turns 25 with 1994 prices and DJ sets from “Linda’s finest” — Lisa Prank and Bree McKenna of Tacocat. Five years ago, CHS talked with Linda Derschang about the tavern’s birth: Linda’s opened its doors February 16th, 1994. The intention wasn’t to open a dive bar, necessarily. As Derschang noted, “a bar has to grow into its diveyness.” Happy 25th birthday to Linda’s. Many more. Linda’s Tavern, 9 PM – 2 AM (21+)

Linda’s Tavern 25th Anniversary Party

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On the List | Capitol Hill Oscars parties, Jayapal town hall, Rihanna tribute party

Waxie Moon and Rebecca Mmmm Davis host the Academy Awards party at the Century Ballroom (Image: Priya Alahan/Century Ballroom)

Now that the snow is finally melted (mostly) the city seems to thaw again too. This week, there’s an abundance of things to do, such as celebrations for Outer Planet Craft Brewing’s 4th anniversary, the world premiere of new folk-roots musical The Devil and Sarah Blackwater at Annex Theatre, Tint Dance Festival 2019 at Erickson Theatre and the Seattle Asian American Film Festival on the Hill and in the Central District. Find much more stuff to do on the list below or on the CHS Calendar.

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 20: Monday night in front of hundreds in Volunteer Park, Rep. Pramila Jayapal only scratched the surface of her plans for helping Congress stand up to Donald Trump. Wednesday night, go in depth with Jayapal as our WA-07 D.C. Rep. holds a town hall on First Hill. Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave, 6:30 PM

THURSDAY, Feb. 21: Whether she’s minding her own business smoking a blunt by the pool, rolling her eyes at a TMZ photographer or turning up at the MET gala in what can only be described as an ‘omelet’ dress, Grammy-winning pop star Rihanna is IDGAF-ness in the living flesh. It’s just one of the reasons fans ‘stan’ The Caribbean Queen, who turns 31 this week. Over at tribute party Good Boiz Gone Bad: A Rihanna Party, superfan DJ Thumper honors RiRi by ‘remixing, layering and reimagining’ her hits while performers such as Kimber Shade, Kaleena Markos, and HotPink Shade grace the stage from 10 to 1.  Fred Wildlife Refuge, 9PM – 2AM (21+) Continue reading