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On the List | Before Stonewall film, Ginsberg poetry festival at Volunteer Park, Seattle Poetry Slam

Before Stonewall (Courtesy of First Run Features)

The epitome of this neighborhood in the year 2019? Perhaps this particular fork in the road: Do you choose meditation with cats, or rather an open mic for works-in-progress at an arts/event space in another building now for sale on the Hill?

Other options on Wednesday include celebrating Juneteenth in the Central District during the last day of “We Out Here,” a festival celebrating Black brilliance.

More things to do this week include  Queers fired up against the far right and a committee meeting (hosted by council member Lorena González) Addressing Gun Violence in the Central District, and free performances by students from the School of Spectrum Dance and Clyde Petersen on the site the future AIDS Memorial Pathway near Cal Anderson this Friday and Saturday.

Find more events the list below, plus on the CHS Pride Calendar and CHS Calendar.

THURSDAY, June 20: Dr. Louise Aronson believes we have some misconceptions around what it means to be or grow old. So the geriatric doctor wrote a book, “Elderhood—Redefining Aging,” to open up the discussion and share an “honest and respectful vision of our society’s elders as still-breathing human beings full of joy, wonder, frustration, outrage, and hope.” At the newly reopened Town Hall, she’ll pull from her experiences to rethink what “old age” means — and how that impacts the way we approach elder health care. Town Hall Seattle, 7.30 PM  

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FRIDAY, June 21: If you’ve ever spent more than approximately 20 minutes on Capitol Hill, we don’t need to tell you that people here love their dogs and that crows are everywhere, or that the city is more than human. In The City is More Than Human: an Animal History of Seattle (University of Washington Press) local author and historian Frederick L. Brown tells Capitol Hill’s (his)story from a non-homo Sapiens perspective. To celebrate the paperback edition of the book, Brown will share stories and slides, followed by a Q&A with Tom Heuser from the Capitol Hill Historical Society. Elliott Bay Book Company, 7 PM

SATURDAY, June 22: “I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked,” must be one of the most recognizable lines of 20th-century poetry. It forms the first line of the famous poem “Howl” by Beat poet and LGBTQ icon Allen Ginsberg. One of the other most recognizable lines is arguably from that same poem: “who let themselves be fucked in the ass by saintly motorcyclists, and screamed with joy,” back then enough for “critics” to try to censor it. This Saturday, Hugo House and Western Bridge organize a one-day festival celebrating Ginsberg with a photographic installation and readings by writers and poets such as Dorothea Lasky, Rae Armantrout, and Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore. Volunteer Park Amphitheater, 2 – 4PM

SUNDAY, June 23: Snapping fingers, hollering and clapping: for anyone who thinks poetry should be a quiet, subdued affair, we’d recommend a healthy dose of poetry slam. The most prominent local poetry slam, Seattle Poetry Slam’s 26th annual GRAND SLAM, happens this Sunday, the culmination of multiple competitions happening earlier this year. Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, 7.30 PM

(Courtesy of First Run Features)

SUNDAY, June 23 – FRIDAY, June 28: The Stonewall uprising in New York’s Greenwich Village, now exactly 50 years ago, sparked the gay liberation movement as we know it. The recently re-released and restored documentary Before Stonewall: The Making of a Gay and Lesbian Community offers up a look inside what the pre-Stonewall era was like through historical footage and interviews with activists, scholars and those who lived through it. Northwest Film Forum, various times

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