On the List | Homeless pets pop-up, Seattle Queer Film Festival, freestyle frisbee world championships, Capitol Hill Art Walk at (tiny!) new gallery Elbo Room

A pop-up dedicated to pets and people experiencing homelessness visits Cal Anderson Thursday (Image: Center for One Health Research)

October is not just a good month for creepiness and rain, it’s also an ideal time to wrap yourself in some softer varieties of music, including choral music during the Seattle Sings Choral Festival, running October 10 through 12, and acoustic music during the 6th annual Seattle Acoustic Festival this Saturday. Find more for acoustic aficionados, frisbee fans, and burger buffs below. And don’t forget — the weekend brings the first of three this fall without light rail service between Capitol Hill and SoDo.

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 9: No, your timing’s not off, it’s just Lit Crawl arriving early this year. The festival doesn’t start until later this month, but this week, the literary Capitol Hill event launches early with a kickoff and fundraising party slash open mic. The event will have music, food, and drinks and feature readings by some of Seattle’s “beloved literati,” Richard Chiem, Ching-In Chen, and Ari Rosenschein.

“The evening will also have plenty of opportunities to support Lit Crawl’s artists and ensure we can keep Seattle’s booziest literary night going for as long as it can,” organizers write. “Come prepared to give.” Capitol Cider, 6 PM – 8 PM 

Through Oct. 14: Some would say the burgers of Li’l Woody’s are perhaps already fast food, but this month, the local burger purveyor celebrates Fast Food Month by recreating one fast food classic every week, inspired by Wendy’s, Taco Bell, McDonald’s and co. Don’t miss this weekend’s Sourdough Woody, a Jack in the Box-inspired burger with Hill’s bacon, garlic mayo, grass-fed beef, Swiss cheese, and ketchup. It comes with curly fries. Li’l Woodys Continue reading

On the List | Creepy Capitol Hill history, Taco Day, Blessing of the Animals at Saint Mark’s

Start October off right by showing up for some good causes this Wednesday. A rally for reproductive justice at Westlake Park doubles as a commemoration of Rosie Jimenez. In 1977, the 27-year-old single mother and college student became the first person to die after the Hyde Amendment banned the use of Medicaid for abortions.

At Dino’s Tomato Pie, also on Wednesday, join a “dance party to combat homelessness” with all donations going to advocacy, education, and organizing through the Coalition on Homelessness. Find more things to do this Wednesday and throughout the week here below, or on the CHS Calendar.

THURSDAY, Oct 3: “As close as it is to Broadway’s bustle, Cafe Solstice sits on a surprisingly quiet and green corner at 10th and Thomas,” CHS wrote back in 2014 when Café Solstice arrived (again) on Capitol Hill. Broadway and the neighborhood have changed since then, but Solstice still feels like a quiet corner. Expect more hustle and bustle this Thursday during the inaugural Night Market at Café Solstice. Vendors will bring handcrafted ceramics, drawings, and illustrations, zines, Dew Drop desserts and photography from West Smith. Café Solstice, 5.30 – 9.30 PM  Continue reading

On the List | Seattle Zero Landfill upcycling, Orion vs. Sawant at Town Hall, Tasveer South Asian Film Festival

The famed Salon at the Frye Art Museum looks very different since this weekend. The hall is now devoted to portraits of women in a new exhibit titled Unsettling Femininity, which hopes to question the way portraiture, and the viewer looks at women.

Keep the theme of strong women and female complexity going this week with “Blood Water Paint,” a play tracing the life of Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi at 12th Avenue Arts, and “We Go Mad” at 18th & Union, a puppetry play about a woman who uncovers her family’s secrets.

Northwest Film Forum’s 22nd annual Local Sightings Film Festival runs through Sunday, and this weekend’s your chance to see some stellar local documentaries and a showcase of Indigenous films. For more cinematic art, read on to learn what to see at Tasveer, the South Asian film festival, plus find more things to do on the list below and the CHS calendar.

WEDNESDAY, Sep 25: Local writer Kate Berwanger organizes some of the city’s and Capitol Hill’s most exciting literary events, and now the poet/literary impresario has added a writing workshop to that list. During Gasoline: A Guided Writing Session for Women + Queer Writers, Berwanger will guide women, non-binary and queer writers through a series of writing prompts “in the style of a guided meditation.” Scream Seattle, 7 – 9 PM  Continue reading

On the List | Climate Strike at Cal Anderson, Park(ing) Day 2019, St. Demetrios Greek Festival

On Friday, Capitol Hill’s Cal Anderson Park will be the heart and the start of the Seattle Climate Strike this Friday, organized in conjunction with “2,500 strikes planned globally and over 650 in the US alone.” The Seattle strike will begin at 9 AM in Cal Anderson with a climate activism festival in the park. For more climate action, head over to Town Hall next Tuesday, where author Naomi Klein will make a “(Burning) Case for a Green New Deal.” Find more things to do on the list below and the CHS calendar.

WEDNESDAY, Sep 18: Need help with a landlord issue? Want to help organize for better protections for renters in Seattle? The Tenant Organizing Collective of the Seattle Chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America meets monthly at Broadway’s All Pilgrims “to teach each other concrete, effective organizing skills to build power at home.” All Pilgrims, 7 PM

THURSDAY, Sep 19 – THURSDAY, Oct 3: In art history, “woman” is often a category of its own. Take Artemisia Gentileschi, described as “one of the best-known women artists of the 17th century.”  Ever heard Peter Paul Rubens described as one of the best-known male artists of that time? Yeah. Anyway, the Italian Baroque artist’s life and career is now fodder for a play, “Blood Water Paint.” The play is based on the book of the same name and traces Gentileschi’s life and legacy as a painter of acclaim and “feminist hero” who successfully pressed charges against her rapist. 12th Avenue Arts  Continue reading

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

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

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