As falls leaks into the last days of summer, some summer events say goodbye to the Hill. Some last hurrahs this week: during this month’s Art Walk, Vibrant Palette Arts Center showcases the work of its artists for the last time this year at Café Pettirosso, and the last open-air DJ night ThiRST of the summer happens this Friday in Cal Anderson park.
Meanwhile, Velocity’s monthly open mic night SH*T Gold kicks off the new season this Monday with the theme of returning home and an earlier start time (8 PM). Spin The Bottle, Seattle’s longest-running variety show, celebrates September with a “very special back-to-school edition.”
Find more shows to see during Art Walk and things to do on the list below, or head over to our calendar.
WEDNESDAY, Sep 11: Washington is among the most linguistically diverse states in the US. This multilingualism is celebrated during the Poetry in Translation reading series, which highlights the traditions of Seattle’s immigrant and Native communities by sharing their poetry and song in their original languages plus English translation. This reading, titled Fiestas Patrias and curated in partnership with Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna, will feature multilingual readings by poets Ana Evelin Garcia, Dra. Eugenia Toledo-Keyser and Raúl Sanchez alongside video poem screenings. Northwest Film Forum, 6.30 – 7.45 PM
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THURSDAY, Sep 12: This month’s Capitol Hill Art Walk promises to be a stunner with lots of exciting shows lined up. We listed some highlights below, find more on the official Art Walk map.
Gallery Roq La Rue recently celebrated 21 years of mysterious and unusual art. Owner Kirsten Anderson continues the tradition with a show of the eerie, black-and-white anthropomorphized animal portraits (or is it the other way around?) of Travis Louie.
The group show “Summer’s End,” at Café Pettirosso marks Vibrant Palette Arts Center last show this year and will showcase work by local artists Lupita Cano, Matthew Whittaker, Kristy Yawman and many others.
During “The End Of Mall Things: A (Free!) Multimedia/Drag Art Mall,” Fred Wildlife Refuge transforms into an art mall for one night only, with music/multimedia acts by Sundae Crush, Jake Laundry and others, drag performers Mona Real, Princess Charming, Íntima Rosa Marchita, visual and “interactive” art, a photo booth, vintage clothing sale and a cocktail bar.
Artist, designer and writer Sabella (under nom de plume “the monarq”) might not be a household name in Seattle yet, but you’ll probably see more of her striking paintings in the future. At Retail Therapy, Sabella shows her portraits, all “love letters to black women.”
Want to be transformed? “Feel like a winner and a loser living in an absurd reality?” Make sure to pay a visit to The Trophy Room. Artist and writer Colleen Louise Barry converts The Factory into a one-night immersive art installation full of sculpture, take-home poetry and painting.
For an (un)healthy dose of eye-popping pop surrealism, head over to Steve Gilbert Studio, where local artists Blake Blanco and Goldsuit (the moniker of Genevieve St. Charles) hold on to “Endless Summer.”
Meanwhile, Thursday also brings the 19th Ave Neighborhood Block Party to Capitol Hill’s quieter side as businesses like Hello Robin, Rocket Taco, Tallulah’s, and Macrina team up with Jason Dallas Design for a community party on E Mercer. 4:30 -9:30 PM
FRIDAY, Sep 13: Whether the summer will still make a comeback for its final hurrah remains to be seen, but ThiRST for sure is not planning a fall comeback. The Friday eve DJ sets in Cal Anderson and other parks closes out the season with a last, free, outdoor, all-ages DJ set from queer, femme DJ talent. Cal Anderson, 5 – 10 PM
While you’re in the park, cross Pine and pay a visit to Everyday Music. Beloved local musician/DJ SassyBlack celebrates the release of her new record Ancient Mahogany Gold with a free, all-ages concert. Everyday Music, 7 – 9 PM
SATURDAY, Sep 14: According to Miss Indigo Blue, headmistress, and founder of Seattle’s Academy of Burlesque, burlesque is feminist performance art. Whoever wants to try it or hone their stiletto, strip or other skills can take classes with Blue and a cohort of performers/teachers, including Miss Indigo Blue herself, Waxie Moon — a “gender-blending queer lady boylesque performance-art stripping sensation” — and INGA, 2018 Reigning Queen of Burlesque. See all of them and more faculty perform during Academy of Burlesque Faculty Showcase 2019, hosted by seasoned emcee Rebecca M. Davis. West Hall (Oddfellows Building), 8 – 11 PM
SUNDAY, Sep 15: You can Sweat Gold for Childhood Cancer at Optimism Brewing. The 45 min Yoga HIIT fusion class will help you get in beer drinking shape and “100% of the ticket sales” will benefit the St Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Optimism Brewing, 10:30 AM