The ultra-popular gaming conference PAX Prime takes over the Convention Center all weekend and although passes to the 4-day event are sold out, we bet you can pick one up if you try. Or skip the event just go places on this unofficial party list — *the best* of which are on Capitol Hill. So everybody play nice with the visitors who eat, drink, get tattoos, buy stuff, and otherwise spend money in our ‘hood, ok?
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Thursday, August 29
- Vigil: Inspired by Memory is an evening of art and performance to share memories of the Melrose and Pine block. Read more about the event and performance schedule here. Free. LoveCityLove (1530 Melrose), 4p – 2a.
- Support Striking Fast Food Workers Rally, 4 PM ,Pike St & Boren Ave — Plymouth Pillars Park.
- Take Back the Night March, 10 PM at Broadway/Roy — “”a peaceful reaction to the violence happening on the Hill””
- Wine tasting: Explore the tastes of Corsica with a line up of white, rosé, and three reds. Free. Vino Verite (208 Boylston Ave E), 5 – 8p.
- Fashion conversation: Helen Jennings, author of New African Fashion is joined by Laura Cassidy, style editor of Seattle Met Magazine to discuss Bumbershoot’s Fashiony, an exhibit of African and Asian-inspired fashion. Free. Elliott Bay Book Company, 7p.
Friday, August 30
- Art show opening at Ltd. Gallery: PRESS START…To Continue showcases video game art inspired and created by over 30 video game artist who have gathered in Seattle for PAX weekend. Complimentary beverages, XBox/Kinect setup, and DJ. Free. 7p – 11p.
- Author reading: David Ewalt talks Of Dice and Men, The Story of Dungeons and Dragons and the People Who Play It. Surprise! The author is in town for PAX. Free. Elliott Bay Book Company, 7p.
- Code of the West (2012) is a documentary film about the medical marijuana policies in Montana. There will be Q&A with drug policy and enforcement experts at every screening $7 -$10. Northwest Film Forum, 7p and 9p through Sunday.
- Museum Hours (2012) is a story of friendship set in winter in Vienna. Friday is the Seattle premiere and screenings ($7 – $10) continue through Sept 5th at Northwest Film Forum, 7p and 9p.
- Monster Attack! Japanese Creature Feature #2 starts off with live music from Afrobeat! to warm you up for the main event: Godzilla, Mothra, and King Ghidorah (2001). Free. Music at 8:30, movie starts at 9:15 at Volunteer Park Amphitheater.
- Art and dance night: Artifakt hosts a one-night only art event featuring artwork inspired by video games, plus DJs playing to near dawn. $5 – $10. Electric Tea Garden (1402 E Pike St), 10p – 4:30a.
Saturday, August 31
- Mural painting: check in on the progress while a mural by local artists Game Not Fame goes up on the north side of Gilda’s Club (1400 Broadway) Saturday through Monday.
- Cooking class: Learn to make quiche and crepes Suzette at Paris Eastside (816 E Pike St), $80. 11a – 2p.
- Children’s Storytime: meet at the castle! Free. Elliott Bay Book Company, 11a
- Arts of Asia is a guided 1-hour tour which explores the diverse collection of the Seattle Asian Art Museum. Free with admission. Meet at Fuller Garden Court at the Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park, 11:30a – 12:30p.
- Last chance to see the well-received play Precious Little ($5 – $20) at Annex Theatre. 8p.
- Last chance to see the funny charms of The Half Brothers Brand Old-Time Variety Show at Annex Theatre, 11p.
Sunday, September 1
- Broadway Farmers Market at Pine and Broadway, 11a – 3p.