The easy answer is to head off into the night on Capitol Hill and find some Halloween fun. You won’t have to look for long. Or you can check out some of the CHS-approved Hilloween 2014 events, below.
Get an early start on the proceedings Thursday with a plastic pumpkin full of Halloween action. At 5:30 PM, you can be part of the Pronto Costume Crawl:
– Meet at 15th & Thomas Group Health Station at 5:30 PM in your Halloween costume
– Depart at 6 PM on the dot for a ride around the haunted streets of Capitol Hill
– Ride down to Cal Anderson and dock by 6:30
– Meet up inside Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream and enjoy a complimentary scoop of i-scream from our pals there & pose for the paparazzi for a group ride photo
– Ride (or walk) down to Ltd. Art Gallery inside Raygun Lounge for ghoulish goodies, spooky snacks and a devilish deeds.
Later that night, Neighbours hosts the annual BUMP! Halloween party:
BUMP! The Northwest’s Hottest Halloween Party returns to Neighbours Nightclub on Thursday, Oct 30. Featuring the lovely and talented BenDeLaCreme, and the talented (and lovely) Lady Bunny, and a dedicated VIP Lounge hosted by the fabulous Markos Sisters. Tunes by Superthreat (Nark + Amoania), who will be making their triumphant return to the decks after their amazing debut at BUMP! in 2011, and the amazing Jimi Jaxon. And, as always, you’ll have a chance to win a cool grand in our hot $1,000 Costume Contest!
For something a little more on the calmer, more creative side, Rumba is hosting its annual pineapple carving contest:
It’s easy: come to Rumba, carve a pineapple, drink some Funk Juice ( Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum mixed with the insides of your carved pineapple), have a merry ol’ time!
Friday will be chock full of insanity. For the kids, you’ll want to make a visit to the Capitol Hill Trick or Treat Hot Zone on 16th and 17th Ave near E Aloha where thousands gather every year to wander the leafy, spooky neighborhood. Meanwhile, starting at 4 PM, 15th Ave E’s merchants will also have Halloween treats:
- Rainbow Natural Remedies will be serving a complimentary ‘spooky tea’ drink
- Spangler Insurance will be passing out candy.
- Smith will be handing out caramel apple bites for trick-or-treaters young and old.
- Nuflours will have delectable death by chocolate brownie bites.
- Ada’s Technical Books will be giving out sweets from their bakery to trick-or-treaters, as well as coffee and cider for their chaperones.
- The Wandering Goose will be open for their Fried Chicken Fridays and passing out Halloween candy.
- Hilltop Service Station will be passing out sweet little goodies.
- Plum Bistro will be celebrating their last day of business on Halloween (before transforming into a vegan bakery and sweet shop). They’ll be handing out vegan sweets.
- Wax On 15th will be giving away samples of their shea butter to trick-or-treaters of all ages.
The Neumos family welcomes you to their no cover Halloween party: Adult Funplex — Haunted Edition
Other off the beaten track Halloween night fun can be found at the Hopvine for Halloween Karaoke or the Highline on Broadway for the Halloween 2014 Cover Show. You can also find a festive but more chill(ing) scene on E Olive Way at Tommy Gun’s Night of The Corpse Reviver or in Pike/Pine at Cafe Pettirosso:
It’s not all fun and games. Friday brings another opportunity to raise any issues about neighborhood pedestrian or access issues at the biweekly Capitol Hill Construction Hub meeting.
Something to add? Let us know on the CHS Calendar — more listings below:
Our Second Annual Food Lifeline fundraiser is back! Dine with us all of December and we’ll donate to Food Lifeline the equivalent of one nutritious meal for each dish sold. A meal for a meal. We believe healthy food should be accessible to all and we’re excited to team up with our guests to fight hunger. Hope to see you soon! Cheers!
Shoes and Pants Productions Presents: “Scott Shoemaker’s War on Christmas!”
December 5 – 22 (Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 7:30pm; Sundays at 2pm)
Back by popular demand, it’s “Scott Shoemaker’s War on Christmas!” Last year’s inaugural run of this all-star variety spectacular was such a hit that it has become a bona fide Yule Tide tradition.
Come spend an evening with Scott and a cast of Seattle luminaries as they try to figure out who’s fighting a war on Christmas and what for? This year’s show is packed with ALL NEW hilarious comedy, songs, dance numbers, amazing videos and partial nudity – along with some of last year’s favorites!
Joining Scott once again are superstars Ade, Waxie Moon, Mandy Price and Fageddy Randy. Written by Freddy Molitch and Scott Shoemaker. Treat yourself to some holiday cheer while you laugh your Christmas stockings off. But be warned.
This show is definitely on the naughty list!
- General Admission: $25
- Premium General Admission (reserved seating in the first two rows): $35
- VIP Table for two (includes a goodie bag and 2 drink tickets): $85
Your community has played a pivotal role in the first stages of the SR 520 Montlake Project. We hope you continue to stay involved throughout the design and construction process.
To make it easier to stay up to date on recent progress and get information, the design-build contractor for the SR 520 Montlake Project, Graham, is hosting three public events for you to engage with the project team, get updates on the construction schedule and impacts, provide comments and have your questions answered.
There will be our monthly public construction update meeting followed by an open house on Dec.10, as well as another open house on Dec. 11.
Please join us!
Monthly Public Construction Update Meeting
Tuesday, Dec. 10: 4:45 – 5:30 p.m.
Montlake Community Center, multipurpose room
Tuesday, Dec. 10: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Montlake Community Center, multipurpose room
Wednesday, Dec. 11: Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Montlake Community Center, multipurpose room
Find the softer side of your flow practice with Slow Flow in The SweatBox Loft. In Slow Flow, we’ll intentionally weave together traditional postures. This class will be unheated and very beginner friendly (aka- no Chaturangas!) Slow your practice down and build your alignment, balance, and focus. Come and expand your strength and flexibility- physically AND mentally. Appropriate for all levels. 80 degrees. This class takes place in The SweatBox Loft and pre-registration is encouraged. Please pre- register and use code 9642 and follow signs to get to The SweatBox Loft space for this class.
Seattle-based choreographer Donald Byrd works at the forefront of contemporary performance. For four decades, he has created innovative and startling dance theater works that explore the extraordinary capacities of dancers’ bodies, the complexities of Africanist aesthetics, and the ways that theatrical dance can open audiences toward social change. Presenting selected works from across his prodigious career, Byrd’s first solo museum exhibition reflects Americans’ ongoing struggles to care for our complex diversity. The show centers the artist’s firm belief in an America that is to be: one that is “multi-racial in every aspect.” For Byrd, the future of performance will include “a full spectrum of who lives in America on the stage…a reflection of our world.”
More than any other statesman of contemporary dance, Byrd concerns himself with the terms of social encounters that produce racialized and gendered subjects. His works test suppositions: he wonders on public stages about the conditions of gender and misogyny, race relations, eternal warfare, sexual identity, and the price of obsession. Working across multiple genres—in Hollywood, on Broadway, in opera, and with major ballet and modern dance companies—Byrd always moves toward the most difficult questions, boldly, forcefully, and thoughtfully. In so doing, he presses us all to understand the potential of dance as an act of defiance, as a demonstration of expertise, and as a meditation on what else could be.
The America That Is To Be incorporates archival performance footage and ephemera from various stages of Byrd’s forty-plus years of creativity with in-gallery dance performances. The exhibition traces his beginnings at California Institute of Arts, where his dance work took on a punk-inspired aesthetic, to his early works with his first dance company Donald Byrd/The Group (active from 1978–2002), through crucial collaborations with groups including the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and his work since 2002 as Artistic Director of Seattle’s Spectrum Dance Theater. Reflecting the way Byrd’s vision has evolved into its full expression across a remarkable array of dance-theater works, The America That Is To Be demonstrates the passionate affirmation of a mature artist’s belief in dance to inspire social transformations; to dance toward social justice.
Donald Byrd (American, b. 1949, New London, North Carolina) is a Tony-nominated (The Color Purple) and Bessie Award-winning (The Minstrel Show) choreographer. He has been the Artistic Director of Spectrum Dance Theater in Seattle since December 2002. Formerly, he was Artistic Director of Donald Byrd/The Group, a critically acclaimed contemporary dance company, founded in Los Angeles and later based in New York, that toured both nationally and internationally. He has created dance works for many leading companies including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Pacific Northwest Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, and Dance Theater of Harlem, among others, and worked extensively in theater and opera.
His many awards, prizes, and fellowships include Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts, Cornish College of the Arts; Masters of Choreography Award, The Kennedy Center; Fellow at The American Academy of Jerusalem; James Baldwin Fellow of United States Artists; Resident Fellow of The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center; Fellow at the Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue, Harvard University; and the Mayor’s Arts Award for his sustained contributions to the City of Seattle.
Donald Byrd received the 2016 James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award, which is funded by the Raynier Institute & Foundation through the Frye Art Museum | Artist Trust Consortium. The award supports and advances the creative work of outstanding artists living and working in Washington State and culminates in a presentation at the Frye Art Museum.
Clothing is both a highly personal and socially constructed system of communication: a signifying point of contact between individual identities and collective attitudes, customs, and trends. Dress Codes brings together the work of two artists who perform acts of translation in relation to clothing’s form and ornamentation, pressing images of historical garments—and the values encoded within them—through the interpretive interface of the grid. Though they begin from different types of source material and seek divergent ends, Ellen Lesperance and Diane Simpson both employ the gridded instructional diagram as a means for transformation across time and dimension. In the process, they return the grid, an idealized format associated with Modernist abstraction, to the practical ethos of the applied arts and domestic craft, connecting the everyday language of dress to wide-ranging cultural and political histories.
Lesperance creates gouache paintings based on the attire of women activists using American Symbolcraft, the visual shorthand of knitting patterns, in which the color of each stitch is shown as a single cell within the matrix of specialized graph paper. Working from footage and photographs of protest movements—most notably the Greenham Common Peace Camp that mounted anti-nuclear-armament demonstrations in Berkshire, UK from 1981 to 2000—the artist carefully translates activists’ (often homemade) clothing into the flattened space of hand-ruled paper, extrapolating to fill in areas that are invisible within the source images. The paintings function as standalone artworks and also as directions for re-making the pictured garments, as homage to the original wearers, a record of their ideological symbology, and stimulus to likeminded action in the present.
Simpson’s sculptural work begins with illustrations found in antique clothing catalogues, window dressing manuals, and histories of dress. Submitting pliable articles like collars, cuffs, aprons, and bonnets to the rigid constraints of a two-dimensional diagram—modeled on axonometric projection employed in architectural drawings, which integrates multiple viewpoints into a single image—the artist renders their forms in a foreshortened perspective that she then maintains when constructing three-dimensional versions. The resulting angular distortions—coupled with dramatic shifts in scale and materiality—both estrange and magnify the garments’ relationship to the body, underscoring their sociological significance as imposed expressions of gender norms, class status, and morality.
Through the process of encoding structure into schematics, both Lesperance and Simpson transform their source material into something new, embedding their own perspective in translations of the past. Dress Codes brings their work into conversation for the first time, highlighting their body- and craft-adjacent use of the grid as a feminist alternative to patriarchal representational traditions of painting and sculpture.
Ellen Lesperance (American, b. 1971, Minneapolis, Minnesota) lives and works in Portland, Oregon. Her work has been exhibited nationally at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York; The New Museum, New York; the Portland Art Museum, Oregon; the Drawing Center, New York; and Seattle Art Museum, Washington and internationally at the Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm and the Tate St. Ives, England. She has received grants and awards from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Art Matters, Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the Ford Family Foundation.
Diane Simpson (American, b. 1935, Joliet, Illinois) lives and works in Chicago. Recent one and two-person exhibitions of her work have been held at Herald Street, London; Corbett vs Dempsey, Chicago; JTT, New York; NYU Broadway Windows, New York; Silberkuppe, Berlin; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; and Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. She has exhibited in numerous group exhibitions, including The Jewish Museum, New York; The Hessel Museum at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y.; the Art Institute of Chicago; White Columns, New York; and CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco, and will participate in the 2019 Whitney Biennial.
Pierre Leguillon’s artwork-as-exhibition Arbus Bonus calls attention to the major role famed twentieth-century photographer Diane Arbus’s work has played in defining the image of American postwar popular culture. Bringing together every published magazine spread that features her photography, Leguillon’s project considers the ways in which cultural histories are assembled and disseminated, and proposes more inclusive counter-narratives.
Bringing together varied depictions of women from the Frye Art Museum’s collection, Unsettling Femininity examines historical conventions of representation during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and the deeply entrenched beliefs and power structures they reflect.
‘Tis the season! Join us for an evening of drag queen carolers, shopping, mulled wine, holiday tree lighting, and of course, a bad santa photo booth.
DJ: Tito Ramsey
Also, don’t forget to pop up to The Cloud Room for an art reception party with Irene Wood.
December is the darkest month in the Northern hemisphere. It is also one full of anticipation – of the holidays, of what the new year might bring, and of the gradual increase in much-needed daylight. Celebrate the approach of winter solstice with Blue Cone Studios and find artful gifts just in time for winter festivities.
Painting, sculpture, woodwork, photo-based art, jewelry, home decor and more by resident artists Carolyn Hitt, Mark Mueller, Monica Tie, and Lana Blinderman.
Look for the Blue Cone!
(Banner graphic design by Lana Blinderman.)