After a sun-soaked, successful Pride weekend with likely the largest Trans Pride Seattle ever and a thousands-strong Seattle Dyke March last weekend, Capitol Hill barely gets time to catch its breath with more parties, concerts and events this week, including a Vegan 4th of July BBQ and a Sir Mix-a-Lot concert (plus Art Walk and the Block Party coming up in the next weeks). Find all of it and more on the list below, plus more to do on the CHS Calendar.
WEDNESDAY, July 3 through SATURDAY, July 6: Pride Month may be officially over, but Kevin Kauer’s Nark, a photo exhibition at Vermillion, is up until July 6. Now that the crowds are gone, there’s no reason to miss it. For a decade, Kauer — aka Nark — has captured underground nightlife scenes, drag queens, leather men, punk kids and creative souls in Seattle and beyond. At Vermillion, the self-taught photographer showcases some of his best work from the past ten years, along with new photography. Vermillion
THURSDAY, July 4: Where are the best places to watch the fireworks from Capitol Hill? These are the best places. Have fun, don’t even thing about trying to park a car, and clean up your trash — it’s the patriotic thing to do!
Vegans (and non-vegans) rejoice: Plum Vegan Restaurants celebrates its 10th anniversary and Independence Day, and Plum’s biggest-ever 4th of July Vegan BBQ marks the occasion. There are more food stations than usual, including grilled street corn, all-you-can-eat mac&yease, and Plum BBQ classics stations, a build-your-own taco and salad bar, plus Sugar Plum ice cream and sweets. Sugar Plum, 2-6 PM
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FRIDAY, July 5: “So, Cosmo says you’re fat. / Well, I ain’t down with that.” Chances are low we still have to introduce Sir “big butts” Mix-a-Lot, but for the Gen-Z’ers wondering what the hell we’re talking about, here goes: In ’88, as Rolling Stone puts it, Sir Mix-a-Lot’s Posse on Broadway (“a hyper-localized classic that would help hip-hop forever spiral off its East Coast-West Coast-Dirty South axis”) put Seattle on the rap map. And his “Baby Got Back” in 1992 famously boosted big behinds. Head over to the Neumos concert to hear how the song holds up in 2019. Neumos, 8 PM
SATURDAY, July 6: There’s no need to bring a broom or a pair of round specks (nor a cape, unfortunately) to this Saturday’s Seattle Open Quidditch Practice — just athletic clothing, water, and running shoes. Cascadia Quidditch is hosting an intro to the wizarding sport for aspiring players and curious muggles. Cal Anderson Park, 12 – 2 PM
SATURDAY, July 6: Celebrate the 4th on the 6th by dancing to afrobeat, dancehall, hip-hop and reggae at Caribbean Night’s Independence Day Bash at the Central District Caribbean night club Red Lounge. The evening features tunes by Y2K Sound and local DJ ZJ Veteran. Red Lounge, 10 PM – 2 AM
MONDAY, July 8: Last month, Capitol Hill Historical Society’s Tom Heuser led a discussion with Frederick L. Brown, author of The City is More Than Human, about the animal history of the city and neighborhood. Now, Heuser leads another author discussion about the Hill’s history, this time with Seattle historian and collector Brad Holden, who will talk about his new book, Seattle Prohibition: Bootleggers, Rumrunners and Graft in the Queen City (History Press) and Prohibition Era history of the neighborhood and Seattle’s notorious moonshiners and bootleggers. Elliott Bay Book Company, 7 – 9 PM
TUESDAY, July 9: The Pacific Northwest, notoriously, has its own brand of aggression: it’s passive, perhaps more subtle. That’s perhaps and in some cases true for the racism, too. According to the co-working space The Riveter and The Future for Us, this means “tone policing, vagueness, deflecting, blaming the messenger rather than engage in the content of the message, civility politics, conflict aversion, etc.” Presenters Fleur Larsen and Jodi-Ann Burey will talk about this and how regional norms impede addressing racial equity during the panel talk Disrupting the PNW’s Passive Aggressive Communication Norms. The Riveter, 6 – 8 PM