In case you missed it: this year’s Shark Week’s already over. Can’t get enough? Head over to Elliott Bay Books on Saturday, where ocean conservationist, filmmaker and writer William McKeever will screen his film “Emperors of the Deep” and talk about his book of the same name. McKeever will discuss sharks’ role in balancing marine ecosystems (and perhaps Donald Trump’s “excessive fears” for the animals), plus his reasons for calling these predators “the Ocean’s Most Mysterious, Most Misunderstood, and Most Important Guardians.”
And for those terrified by sharks but not scared by the demanding modernism of James Joyce’s “Finnegans Wake”: At Gallery 1412, Seattle composer Neal Kosaly-Meyer will continue his multiple-performance project of reciting chapters of the book by memory.
For more things to do, including a jam-packed Art Walk, take a look at the list below or head over to the CHS Calendar for more events.
THURSDAY, August 8: This month’s Capitol Hill Art Walk will bring arts and fashion to the streets. Or one street, to be precise: 11th Ave between Pike and Pine in front of Vermillion, where the fifth edition of the public arts/fashion collaboration festival Imminent Mode will take place. Local artist duos pair up to create “wearable art” and a gallery installation based on this year’s theme, the future. The fashion show starts at 8 PM, afterparty at Vermillion. Head over to The Mercury @ Machinewerks for the afterparty and $2 vodka well specials.
Nearby, the artists and curators at Blue Cone Studios honor the art of tattooing by showcasing non-human-skin artworks by local tattoo artists (though you’ll probably see some skin artistry as well). Another highlight is the wondrous collection of collages by Seattle artist Jane Windsor at Ghost Gallery, partly inspired by the artist’s personal experiences with growing up during the “Satanic Panic.”
At the Goethe Pop-Up space at Chophouse Row, Anna Mlasowsky will talk about her work during the opening of her new exhibition. In “When you see me, cry,” the German-born artist turns to a local tradition of inscribing the date into so-called “hunger stones,” large boulders emerging from the riverbeds during droughts.
And, last but not least: Over at Joe Bar, it’s just a “Total Shig Show.”
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FRIDAY, August 9: A new “creepy comedy” by Kelleen Conway Blanchard and directed by Catherine Blake Smith, The Neverborn takes the stage at E Pike’s Annex Theatre through August. It plays Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 PM until August 31st. Annex Theatre, 7:30 PM
SATURDAY, August 10: It’s that time of the year again. On Saturday, The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and Seattle Quake Rugby will face off at Cal Anderson Park for a game of next-level kickball during Jockstraps & Glitter. For $5-$20 fees, spectators can make the competition even more exciting by “paying” the players to remove clothing, switch teams or sunscreen up some rugby thighs (consensually, the organizers note). The money will go to the AMP AIDS Memorial Pathway and the Sisters’ general fund (used to donate to other charities around Seattle). As the organizers note: “There will be big balls, there will be glitter, and for a price you can see the players in their underwear!” Plus: beats by house DJ Mr. Linden. Cal Anderson, 1 PM
SATURDAY, August 10: Musician Joe Waine didn’t really want to name his new Seattle music festival Wainestock, he says. He wanted to name it after his best friend, Koji. But, Waine said, “I was pressured into using this name – it’s a joke on the made-up festival Waynestock from Wayne’s World.” Wainestock is now in its second year, the name and the concept are still the same: friends, great local bands, and hopefully some sun, all together in Volunteer Park for a summer afternoon. This year, there are over ten bands on the pop-rock infused line-up, including Bread Pilot, Chanel Beads, Pleasures and Flying Fish Cove. The event’s free. “I really dig the free vibe,” Waine said, “though asking for donations from people that can afford it, I like performers to get paid a bit. ♥️” Volunteer Park Amphitheater, 4-10 PM
SUNDAY, August 11: It’s a remarkable first for The Compline Choir at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle. For 63 years, Compline’s hugely popular Sunday night prayer service has been sung by men. Now, for the first time at the Cathedral, the Compline service will be sung by women. A new Women’s Compline Choir of Saint Mark’s Cathedral was assembled for the occasion. While the men are away on a pilgrimage to visit and sing in historical cathedrals in England, the women will be stepping into the limelight and sing the Compline services of August 11, 18 and 25th. The services will include world premieres of new works commissioned for the occasion. Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, 9:30 PM
Optimism Brewing celebrates summer with a Sol Connection party and new beer release event. The Broadway at Union brewery is donating profits from a Charity Raffle and a portion of Optimism’s special beer sales to benefit Planned Parenthood. There will also be live music and, yes, a “soft serve station.” Optimism Brewing, 12-9 PM