It’s almost June, which means Pride Month is upon us. Seattle’s Pride Month officially kicks off this Saturday, with a Pride Concert on Seattle Central’s North Plaza featuring musicals, “dark and sultry interpretations” of ’80s and ’90s songs and the Capitol Hill Doggie Drag Costume Contest, as well as speeches commemorating the 50th anniversary of the rebellion at the Stonewall Inn.
For more activism history, head over to 12th Avenue Arts, where the play “Don’t Call it a Riot!” opens this Thursday. Local playwright Amontaine Aurore delves into the city’s activist history, from the Black Panther Party to the WTO protests.
Visit 13th Ave for roasted lamb, gyros, souvlaki, and spanakopita — one of the many menu options at this weekend’s Bite of Greece Seattle food festival.
We’ve lined up more things to do (seeing kaleidoscope and other art) and eat (such as eating ice cream sandwiches), on the list below. Find more things to do on the CHS Calendar.
THURSDAY, May 30: Two years ago, local artist Greg Lundgren purchased a vintage kaleidoscope at a swap meet. He’s since become somewhat possessed by the optical instrument’s beauty and whimsy and has been making his own kaleidoscopes with the help of cut jewels found on the internet, Goodwill-bought costume jewelry, and art glass. Tonight’s your last chance to see the resulting kaleidoscope-pattern-bedazzled exhibition, titled “1977.” The Factory, 6-9 PM
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FRIDAY, May 31: The Frye Art Museum has been on a roll recently, with boundary-pushing exhibits by local and international contemporary artists. The museums’ summer roster looks at least as promising, with a solo show by the acclaimed Los Angeles-based artist/filmmaker Cauleen Smith titled “Give it or leave it,” in which she “proposes a new rule for a better world: create something, offer it, and gift it.” Another solo show, by Seattle-based writer Jane Wong titled “After Preparing the Altar, The Ghosts Feast Feverishly,” opens on June 1 as well. Catch a preview of the shows this Friday during a free reception and opening celebration. Frye Art Museum, 7.30 PM
FRIDAY, May 31: The partly-improvised and audience-interactive literary event “What We Lose: A Literary Celebration” at Hugo House can boast a stellar line-up. Hear what local poets and writers Quenton Baker, Dujie Tahat, Callum Angus, Leija Farr, and others have to say about loss, as well as “our capacity to compromise and the lived realities of sacrifice.” Hugo House, 7 PM
SATURDAY, June 1: After her younger sister died after a motorcycle accident in 2009, Molly Moon Neitzel, founder and CEO of ice cream company Molly Moon’s, set up a fund in her sister’s honor. Since 2011, the Anna Banana Milk Fund has raised more than $200,000 to give organic milk from Smith Brothers Farms to hundreds of families and individuals in Seattle, in partnership with local food banks and social housing organizations. Now, the fund becomes a nonprofit to raise more money. With an ice cream sandwich-themed Milk and Cookies party, featuring ice cream and sweets from Molly Moon’s, Dahlia Bakery, Smith Brothers Farms, Hello Robin and others, Neitzel puts the “fun” back in fundraiser. Sole Repair Shop, 2-4 PM
SUNDAY, June 2: Start Pride with a Capitol Hill tradition as neighbors, business representatives, and community members come together to clean up the neighborhood around Cal Anderson Park. The Capitol Hill Clean Sweep starts at 10 AM and you’ll be wrapped up by 1 PM. And, don’t worry, you’ll have plenty of help. More than 300 people volunteer every June.
The nearly-a-century-old Rainier Chapter House, modeled after George Washington’s Mount Vernon house and home to the Rainier Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, was recently honored with a listing on the National Register of Historic Places. As Tim Kukes wrote on CHS recently, “That’s not just something that just happens. Someone must care, and someone must do the work.” To celebrate, the Rainier Chapter House will be open for a family-friendly celebration and guided tours. Rainier Chapter House, 2 PM
Beloved local radio station KEXP comes to the Hill. Every summer Sunday afternoon at Red Hook’s Brewlab, a KEXP DJ will play sets on the patio from 2-6 PM during the KEXP DJ Summer Series. DJ Chilly, aka William Myers, producer and host of KEXP’s modern Latin show “El Sonido,” kicks off the event series this Sunday. Redhook Brewlab, 2-6 PM