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On the List | Spin the Bottle milestone, Roanoke Tavern tacos, Jekeva Phillips

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It’s the end of an era. Starting next year, Spin the Bottle, Seattle’s longest-running, most eclectic late night cabaret show, moves to an 8 PM slot. Nighthawks can see the last late-night show this Friday. Check out what else to do on the Hill this week here below, or find more events around the neighborhood on the CHS Calendar.

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 5: In light of Scratch Deli’s imminent adieu, perhaps today is a good day to pay a visit to some of the other slightly-worn, unpretentious neighborhood hangouts we think will just magically be around forever. At northern Capitol Hill’s Roanoke Park Place Tavern, Wednesdays are for $1 homemade tacos and cans of beer. You read that right. One dollar. Roanoke Park Place Tavern

THURSDAY, Dec. 6: In his new book, Generation Priced Out: Who Gets to Live in the New Urban America, Randy Shaw dissects a phenomenon many Seattleites don’t need a primer on: Younger generations, the working and middle classes looking for affordable housing are pushed out of cities across the nation thanks, in part, to baby boomer homeowners and NIMBYism. Shaw, Director of SF’s Tenderloin Housing Clinic, joins journalist and Evergrey co-founder Mónica Guzmán to talk about his book and ideas on how to combat neighborhood gentrification. The Summit on Pike, 7.30 PM

FRIDAY, Dec. 7: If you’ve never been to Spin the Bottle, tonight’s your last chance to taste some of the late-night magic at the city’s most eclectic cabaret, hosted since 1997. Starting next year, Seattle’s longest-running late night variety show moves to the 8 pm slot every second Thursday of the month. This last late-night edition, somewhat melodramatically called “The Funeral”, will be hosted by Ben Laurance. Look out for drag performance by Arson Nicki, bluegrass by The Half Brothers, raffle prizes and yes, tater tots. Annex Theatre, 11 PM – 1 AM.

THROUGH DEC. 8: “60 years. 3 generations. 1 Filipino gangster family.” Under this banner, local theatre star and director Sara Porkalob launched her critically-acclaimed biographical solo show Dragon Lady in 2017. Since then, the play has gone on to receive multiple awards and has been made into a musical. In Dragon Mama, Part II, the second play in the family trilogy,  Porkalob traces 25 years of her mother’s life, filled with “queer love in a barren land, a dope 90’s R&B soundtrack, Filipino gangsters, and ghosts.” 18th & Union (Extra performances added on December 19th & 20th)

SUNDAY, Dec. 9: Jekeva Phillips’ résumé must be among the coolest in the city. She’s a poet and improv comedian currently working on her first novel. She tumbles through the air at the School of Acrobatics and new Circus Arts. Oh, and she also manages the yearly Lit Crawl Seattle, is the editor-in-chief of a lit quarterly and the director of Bibliophilia Storytelling Festival.  So why not add TV maker / presenter to that list? At NWFF, celebrate the launch of Phillips’ new TV series, Z-Sides, with a screening featuring poets Claudia Castro Luna, Anastacia-Renée and Lily Ann Baumgart. Northwest Film Forum, 7.30 PM

This weekend, you’ll also find Santa on 15th Ave E, return of the Buttcracker, and The Chanukah Party on the CHS Calendar.

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