If you are on Capitol Hill, Thanksgiving weekend is a great time to explore the neighborhood — and maybe play tourist. Below is a selection of events and get-out-and-dos from around Capitol Hill. You can find more and add your own to the CHS Calendar. It’s also time to find a few gifts for friends and loved ones. Don’t forget to Shop the Hill — we’re collecting holiday highlights, deals, and promotions from local merchants and food and drink venues through the holidays.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 21: “I’m going to make a gluten-free, dairy-free pumpkin pie. Could be great, could be a travesty,” an aspiring baker wrote on the Facebook event page for Vermillion’s annual FRIENDSgiving Potluck. Chances are low the event itself, a Capitol Hill tradition, turns out a travesty. Diana Adams, owner of the bar-cum-gallery, will provide the turkey and some side dishes. Attendees can bring pretty much anything, including pre-made or store-bought food, as long as guests come with an appetite to acknowledge settler privilege on the eve of the colonial holiday. Vermillion, 6-9 PM
FRIDAY, NOV. 23: Want to opt out of the capitalist shopping bonanza that is Black Friday? BLack LoVe BlaCK BusiNeSs BlAck FridaY at Washington Hall makes it easy with an afternoon of music, art, food and a community market to support Black businesses. The celebration coincides with the grand opening of the Cypher Cafe in Washington Hall and the closing night of the pop-up Seattle Hip Hop History Art Gallery. DJ Vitamin D will spin records, rappers Specswizard and Geneiva Arunga aka Dadabassed will spit rhymes. Washington Hall, 2-8 PM
SATURDAY, NOV. 24: Chefs Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi have been regulars on the James Beard Award finalist list for years. So when they organize a bake sale and brunch pop up at their Korean Capitol Hill eatery Trove, you know it’s going to be good. Come for the coffee, tiki cocktails and signature biscuit with “bulldog gravy”, stay for the baked goods—scallion biscuits with honey chili butter or upside down fig mochi cakes, anyone? All proceeds of the bake sale go to Young Women Empowered, a nonprofit that mentors and empowers teen women. Trove, 10 AM- 1 PM
SUNDAY, NOV. 25: When Queer/Bar opened a little over a year ago, it was hailed as an effort to “preserve what was left of the LGBTQIA+ Capitol Hill nightlife”. A year in, it’s clear there’s still a lot of vibrancy left to celebrate. Case in Point: the monthly trans, gender non-conforming, non-binary extravaganza GenderF!_!ckt. This month’s Sunday evening soiree includes burlesque and drag performances by Jasper Fox, Neve, Smiley Peur and Butylene O’Kipple. Queer/Bar 7-12 PM. 21+
MONDAY, NOV. 26: Apparently it’s not just slick entrepreneurs who make it onto Forbes’s Yearly “30 under 30”: American poet Danez Smith, who will speak at Seattle Central Community College this Monday, was honored with a place on the list just last week.. Smith won this year’s Forward Prize for best collection with Don’t Call Us Dead, which makes them the award’s youngest-ever winner at 29. Chances are most people know them from their scorching poem “Dear White America”, which went—by poetry measures—viral on Youtube. Seattle Central Community College, Broadway Performance Hall, 7.30 PM
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