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On the List | Seattle Transgender Film Festival, Cinco de Mayo, Red May, Neighbor Day

This year’s May Day marks the 20th ‘anniversary’ of the May Day March for the Rights of Immigrants and Workers, again crossing Capitol Hill Wednesday afternoon. Lots will be happening May 2nd too: A meeting about the East Union post office relocation at Garfield Community Center,  the start of Translations: The Seattle Transgender Film Festival, as well as the third anniversary party of sustainable styling company Cuniform at Cloud Studios, where you’ll be able to shop recycled pieces from designers Helmut Lang, Margiela, Marni and Jil Sanders.  Find this week’s full to-do list below, plus more events on the CHS Calendar (including this free guided walking tour of “Seattle’s only residential Landmark District,” aka Harvard/Belmont).

WEDNESDAY, May 1 through SUNDAY, May 5: Every year on May 5th, the Mexican Army’s victory over the French in Puebla is celebrated during Cinco de Mayo. Capitol Hill’s Mezcaleria Oaxaca commemorates the occasion with Cinco Days of Cinco, which translates to five days of drink specials, including cocktails, slushies, tequila, and “all the tacos.” Each day, Mezcaleria Oaxaca highlights one tequila or mezcal. From May 1st to 5th: El Tesoro, Olmeca Altos, Patrón, Sauza, and Del Maguey. Mezcaleria Oaxaca, starting at 4 PM

THURSDAY, May 2: On Tuesday, the Anti-Defamation League released its yearly audit of anti-semitic incidents. ADL has been tracking incidents since 1979 and recorded the third-highest number of incidents in 2018. Washington State saw a 60% increase of anti-Semitic incidents (up from 20 to 32). At the same time, bad-faith charges of anti-semitism have been leveled as a racist “weapon.” Or, as organizers of Intersectional Dialogue on Weaponizing Charges of Antisemitism phrase it: “How are charges of antisemitism being weaponized to specifically target powerful Black and Muslim leaders, force Jews and Jewish allies into false dichotomies, divert attention from the worldwide rise of white nationalism and state violence, and divide progressive movement-building?”

Speakers at the event include Rabbi David Basior, Rev. Dr. Kelle Brown and Aneelah Afzali, Executive Director of the Muslim Association of Puget Sound – American Muslim Empowerment Network. The Summit on Pike, 7 – 10 PM

THURSDAY, MAY 2 through SUNDAY, May 5: Though trans-themed film festivals are starting to become more common, Translations: The Seattle Transgender Film Festival is still one of just a handful festivals for, by and about transgender and gender diverse people in the country and perhaps the world. During the festival, now in its fourteenth year, over 40 films from 10 countries will screen at the Northwest Film Forum and Gay City. The opening feature is the 2019 SXSW Visions audience award winner The Garden Left Behind, a drama about an undocumented trans Latina living in New York City. Among the other highlights are the West Coast premiere of the award-winning documentary Jack & Yaya, plus a free event on “How to be a Trans Ally.” Northwest Film Forum & Gay City

FRIDAY, May 3 – WEDNESDAY, May 29: “Take a vacation from capitalism,” is the catchy tagline of Seattle’s leftist festival Red May, now in its third year. The communist-esque festival, consisting of mostly readings and talks spread across the Hill and the U District, starts May 3rd (not 1st) with a panel talk by editors of the new, anti-capitalist magazine Commune. Other talks to look forward to are a May 4th discussion on “Feminism for the 99%” from three of the organizers of the International Women’s Strike at Elliott Bay Books, and  “Cranky Communist Asian Talks Crazy Rich Asians” at Northwest Film Forum the same day. Find more events on the website. Various locations

SATURDAY, May 4: If there ever was an event both extremely Seattle and un-Seattle at the same time, it must be Neighbor Day, when all residents are invited to “indulge in random acts of kindness.” Recommendations from the city include taking your neighbor to coffee, cleaning up their yard or inviting them for a walk. Very indulgent! Find community events that help you be a normal/nice human being on the city’s calendar, or go to the only announced Capitol Hill event: a repair cafe hosted by the Capitol Hill Tool Library (coincidentally also celebrating their 3rd birthday this weekend). A team of volunteer fixers will help you repair or mend broken household items such as clothing, electronics, jewelry, small home appliances, or tools/knives that need sharpening. Capitol Hill Tool Library, 12 PM – 3 PM

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4 thoughts on “On the List | Seattle Transgender Film Festival, Cinco de Mayo, Red May, Neighbor Day

  1. May 2nd the Summit Tavern is hosting a lecture on (their phrase not mine) “Weaponizing Claims of Anti-Semitism”. Any reason you haven’t posted about this? The ACLU, NAACP, OneAmerica, WA Civil Rights Commission are some of the 12 organizations putting it on. It was put together by a Muslim activist group MAPS-AMEN.

    • Hi! We did highlight the event, in this very article. The event listing for the May 2nd event is right there on the list, it’s the second event listing.


  2. It’s been interesting to watch May 1st go from being a day that celebrates & honors workers/highlights their current rights issues and evolve into whatever the hell this is.