This summer’s (astronomical) dog days are over, but there are still plenty of options to squeeze everything out of these late-August summer days.
Case(s) in point:
- The Pacific Northwest Black Pride 2019 kicks off at Gay City on Thursday.
- Writers get a chance to share their manuscripts and works in progress this week and next.
- A bar crawl to spread awareness of sexual and reproductive health rights, education, and access happens on Capitol Hill this Friday.
- The Harry Potter book club meets at Ada’s Technical Books and Cafe this Sunday.
- While Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren is off to WaMu Theatre, Attorney General Bob Ferguson comes to Capitol Hill on Monday.
- Highball & Chicken Karaage specials for $12 on Tuesdays at Tamari Bar
For more fun and things to do, check out the list below, or head over to the CHS Calendar.
WEDNESDAY, Aug 21: It’s not the best way to choose a City Council person to represent District 3. But it’s usually a fun and sometimes bizarre night. This year’s event is on Capitol Hill. And, yay, it’s free. Get a first-person look at D3 candidates Kshama Sawant and Egan Orion through the warped prism of Hill-headquartered alt-biweekly The Stranger at Candidate Survivor 2019. Fortunately, Washington Bus will also be there. Neumos, 6 PM
Looking for something a little less frat house and a little more service club? The Urbanist and the Capitol Hill Renter Initiative are holding their monthly volunteer night with a letter writing session on studying green spaces and transit-oriented design near future Link light-rail stations and advancing the principles of Seattle’s Green New Deal and the MASS Coalition’s Transportation Package. You can help. Cafe Solstice, 5:30 PM
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THURSDAY, Aug 22: “There was something so valuable about what happened when one became a mother,” the late Toni Morrison once said. “For me, it was the most liberating thing that ever happened to me. Liberating because the demands that children make are not the demands of a normal ‘other.’” During Writing Motherhood at Hugo House, authors Amber Flame, Anne Liu Kellor, Mary Pan, Carla Sameth, and Samantha Updegrave read from their work and reflect on their experiences with motherhood, and its effects in and outside of their lives as writers. Hugo House, 7 PM
Loads of animals for CHS to befriend? Sign us up! Thursday also brings the return of the First Hill Pop-up Petting Zoo in the pavement park at 9th and University. First Hill, 6 PM
FRIDAY, Aug 23: Show up for the horror, stay for the drink specials. Broadway bar The Highline debuts a new monthly horror night. The 1988 cult flick ‘Brain Damage,’ in which a parasite injects hallucinogenic fluid into the brain of Brian, who then has to keep the parasite happy by eating more human brains. Special guest Meridian Arc will serve up horror soundscapes after the movie. The Highline, 9 PM
You might get distracted by the constant roar of cars speeding up and down I-5, or perhaps the brutalist architecture-meets-park design catches your eye. But the Freeway Park volunteers turn up the volume loud enough to hear the sound of the movies they are streaming for free this summer during Movies in Freeway Park. This Friday, catch the recent rom-com Crazy Rich Asians. Freeway Park, 6 – 9 PM
SATURDAY, Aug 24: As summer draws to a close, Linda’s Tavern is ready to make sure Capitol Hill’s festival season goes out in style with its 10th annual free mini music bash, Linda’s Fest, aka the “RADDEST FREE ROCK SHOW OF THE SUMMER.” Six bands will grace the parking lot stage: Fucked and Bound, Gag, Lisa Prank, Profit Prison, Dyed and Tacos! Linda’s, 5 – 10 PM
Every summer, the residents of La Quinta apartments on Capitol Hill throw a summer bash and BBQ for friends and neighbors to celebrate the building and the community. “This is the first year we’re making it a really ‘public’ event,” says Brandon J. Simmons, one of the organizers of the 6th annual La Quinta Carnival. “All our neighbors are welcome.” This year, the event features yard games, free beer and LaCroix, homemade pie, music, a comedy set by Emmett Montgomery and more. The neighbors will also be raising funds for nonprofit Camp Ten Trees, which organizes youth camps for LGBTQ communities and their family and allies. La Quinta Properties, 5 – 11 PM
SUNDAY, Aug 25: Last December, CHS wrote about the Capitol Hill arts group launching a creative phone book with over 500 local artists and creatives, their media handles and black-and-white headshots. “My goal is to connect artists in the city,” artist and organizer Carolyn Hitt said. “There are so many pockets of communities. Those pockets make us insular. How do we connect beyond that?” One of this year’s Yearbook photo sessions will be held at Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar, and Djime, One Peace, Dionne Dusk and Rocket Tha Prophet will perform for the occasion. Vermillion, 5 PM