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On the List | Capitol Hill Queer Art Walk, Portshowlio, Well Plaid Seattle Quake Rugby fundraiser

Portshowlio 2019 showcases the work of Seattle Central design and visual media graduates

Another week in June, another Pride-focused seven days ahead. Some queer business-focused events to mark your calendars for: a workshop on how to build a trans-inclusive workplace on Friday, another on “queering your career” and being yourself in the workplace at The Riveter next Wednesday. Future For Us hosts a “Know your rights in the workplace” panel for women of color this Thursday.

Gastronomes can continue to enjoy the vegan (dessert) revolution currently happening on the Hill, as Sugar Plum chef Making Howell hosts a multi-course plant-based dessert tasting menu.

And, while Seattle waits for the Museum of Museums to open near Broadway, there’s plenty more art to see this week — especially during Queer Art Walk. Find our artistic and other picks on the list below, and head over to the CHS Pride Calendar and CHS Calendar for more events.

WEDNESDAY, June 12 – THURSDAY, June 13: June is not just Pride month, it’s also graduation time. Find out what the graduating class of Seattle Central Creative Academy has been up to during Portshowlio 2019, a showcase of the work from over 60 design and visual media graduates, which includes fashion and street photography, a brutalist architecture guide, a 14-foot screen featuring Pacific Northwest drone footage, advertising campaigns for Capitol Hill Block Party Campaign and even a Tamagotchi phone app design. Seattle Central College (5th floor), 5 – 9 PM

WEDNESDAY, June 12: The Capitol Hill institution Vermillion is still standing. Eleven years after starting the art gallery/bar, it is a holdout in a very different neighborhood. Celebrate Vermillion’s 11th birthday with cake, snacks, a raffle with wine and tickets to Alternative Pride and boogie, soul, funk, and jazz. Vermillion, 8 – 11 PM

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Kade Marsili

THURSDAY, June 13: This Thursday’s Art Walk will be “just like the regular art walk, but more queer!” During the Queer Art Walk, a partnership between Capitol Hill Art Walk and PrideFest, don’t miss a grouping of Seattle-area queer artists selected by artist/curator Jazz Mom (including work by Clyde Petersen, Nikita Ares, and Michael Volz) at Cloud Gallery. Other highlights include strange wearable art on view at Ritual and a runway show featuring apparel by Seattle Central’s fashion students, as well as live music by the Betsy Olson and The Yada Yada Blues Band at Chophouse Row.

Meanwhile, The Factory is filling “every available space” with queer art, which means you’ll get three shows for the price of one (free); Kade Marsili’s promising solo debut in Seattle, featuring graphic, sometimes magical-realistic large scale portraits of queer youth, Through the LooQing Glass, a group show slash “overabundance of queer artists’ perspectives on queer bodies” and last but not least: Our Father Who Art in Hell — a middle finger to the perpetrators abusing “in the name of God.”

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FRIDAY, June 14 – SATURDAY, June 15: Contemporary dance shows are rarely dull. When they are, it can usually be traced back to a lack of wonderment or curiosity. Choreographer and artistic director Olivier Wevers put wonderment at the heart of Whim W’Him’s new show, “This Is Not the Little Prince.” Both the painter René Magritte’s surrealism as well as Le Petit Prince, The Little Prince, are jumping-off points for a metaphorical journey on the stage, with original music by composer, multi-instrumentalist, and conductor Brian Lawlor. Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center, 8 PM

SATURDAY, June 15: If Seattle’s Freeway Park were a high schooler, it’d be sitting alone in the cafeteria during lunch. But there’s no reason for Seattle to only sit with the popular girls with the fancy new clothes (aka ponds and sweeping views). Freeway Park is, for one, an outstanding example of brutalist architecture-meets-park-design and was the first park to be built over a motorway (I-5). Show the park some love and celebrate the summer with live music, flower, and botanical art, “free grillables,” Iced Herbal Teas from Harbor Herbalist, updates from the Lid I-5 Team plus a tree tour during “Freeway Park in Bloom.” Freeway Park, 11 AM – 2 PM, Tree Tour will leave from Seneca Plaza at 1:30

SATURDAY, June 15: Another event that made it On the List partly because of its punny name: “Well Plaid.”  But also because the “very PNW Underwear Party” sounds like tremendous fun. From the invite: “Calling all you woodsmen, forest nymphs and Yass!-squatches, come cool off and unchain yourself from those leg-prisons at Seattle’s newest underwear party! Wear your cutest flannel or tastiest undies (or both) and come shake out your branches and spread some seeds.” Proceeds of the event, co-hosted by Seattle Quake Rugby, will benefit the “closest gay rugby team,” the Portland Lumberjacks. Queer/Bar, 9 PM – 2 AM

SUNDAY, June 16: Call your daddy. Then go shopping. The weekly Capitol Hill Farmers Market is in peak form. Running every Sunday from 11 AM to 3 PM, the market brings local farmers and vendors to the Seattle Central plaza and sidewalks along Broadway. Current highlights include artichokes at Rathbun & Moore, beautiful basil at Early Bird Eggs, and the first cherries of the season at Collins Family Orchards. Broadway at E Pine, 11 AM – 3 PM

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