The Seattle International Film Festival kicked off last week but will be bringing movies from all over the world to Capitol Hill’s Egyptian theatre and movie theaters around the city until June 9. Some notable screenings at The Egyptian this week include a new Woodstock documentary and a feel-good flick from Gurinder Chadha (Bend it Like Beckham).
Cinephiles are in luck with another film festival at the Northwest Film Forum happening this week, focused on Brazilian films addressing race, gender, and sexuality. Those with young kids can find refuge at the Central Cinema, where Thursdays are for two hours of free classic cartoons with food and drink specials.
Another hot ticket this Thursday: The Moth Mainstage at Benaroya Hall. We’ve lined up more things to do, such as pie-eating and poetry brunching, on the list below. Find more events on the CHS Calendar.
WEDNESDAY, May 22: Sometimes event concepts do not need to be complex to be supremely enjoyable. Case in point: Rain City Slam’s “Lyric Slam.” The idea? Bring a song and compete with it as poetry. That’s it. That is literally all you need to do (besides, we assume, kicking ass) to win the Lyric Slam Crown. Tickets are $3-5 sliding scale. Jai Thai, 8 PM
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WEDNESDAY, May 22 – THURSDAY, May 23: Describing filmmaker and writer Charles Mudede as the city’s own intellectual-and-cultural-critic in residence doesn’t really catch the breadth of his writing, which has pinballed from a dead raccoon over Mobb Deep’s “Shook Ones (Part II)” to climate change, Karl Marx, Boeing and back. Join Mudede for a conversation with Roy Christopher, about the book “Dead Precedents: How Hip-Hop Defines the Future” on Wednesday evening, and, on Thursday, a panel about work with Kathi Weeks, Associate Professor of Women’s Studies at Duke University, writer Peter Frase and philosopher Michael Hardt. Elliott Bay Book Company, 7 PM, Town Hall Seattle, 7.30 PM
THURSDAY, May 23 – SATURDAY, May 25: Last month, CHS reported on the soft launch of the new Capitol Hill Indian street food restaurant, Spice Waala, and their efforts to combine a love for Indian food with efforts around community and social equity. A portion of the sales made during the opening weekend benefitted the hungry at Asian Counseling and Referral Service. Now, Spice Waala partners with Lifelong for their Health Education Youth Outreach program. All profits from the sale of each Masala Aloo, a spicy hot potato hash SW describes as their “take on French fries,” will go directly to HEYO, which was created to help youth ages 16 – 24 to fight stigma around LGBTQ+ identities and living with HIV. Spice Waala, various times
FRIDAY, May 24 – SUNDAY, May 26: Look, “adulting” should not be a verb, let alone a hashtag. But we’ll forgive the Lowbrow Opera Collective for choosing #adulting as the title for their inaugural production because their own name is so on point. “#Adulting,” their absurd and “just a little raunchy” opera, follows four roommates taking their first steps into …. you guessed it. 18th & Union, 7.30 PM
SATURDAY, May 25: Capitol Hill’s literary impresario, Kate Berwanger, is a self-declared “strange woman.” Berwanger organizes the literary event Surreal Storytelling With Strange Women, the pop-up art show Scream for Queer Art during Capitol Hill Art Walk, and has recently opened a curiosity creative/literary store in Georgetown’s Trailer Park Mall. This Saturday, the local literary powerhouse hosts a Poetry Brunch at Corvus & Co. Seattle poets, including Erika Brumett, Lin, Sameer, and Steve Sibra, will read from their work. Corvus and Co., 11 AM – 1 PM
SATURDAY, May 25: The Central District’s Raised Doughnuts started as a pop-up project featuring classic-style donuts plus seasonal specials. Now, after having opened a permanent doughnut shop, owner Mi Kim is expanding into “raised cakes” filled with whipped cream, fruit and iced in buttercream. Kim will test the waters with a pop-up this Saturday, with flavors such as basil blueberry, matcha, and chocolate. Starting in June, the business will offer cakes throughout the weekend and start taking wholesale orders as well. Raised Doughnuts, noon – 4 PM (or until sold out)
SATURDAY, May 25 – SUNDAY, May 26: It’s a DoNormaal kind of weekend: The popular local rapper, ready to debut a new album soon, is playing two concerts in the city this weekend. One, with The Black Chevys + Vibe, happens at Barboza on Saturday; the other takes place at Northwest Film Forum on Sunday. The Northwest Film Forum concert will feature music from the upcoming album as well as a screening of DoNormaal’s new music video filmed in Seattle’s Central Library. Barboza, 7 PM. Northwest Film Forum, 6.30 PM – 8.30 PM