The famed Salon at the Frye Art Museum looks very different since this weekend. The hall is now devoted to portraits of women in a new exhibit titled Unsettling Femininity, which hopes to question the way portraiture, and the viewer looks at women.
Keep the theme of strong women and female complexity going this week with “Blood Water Paint,” a play tracing the life of Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi at 12th Avenue Arts, and “We Go Mad” at 18th & Union, a puppetry play about a woman who uncovers her family’s secrets.
Northwest Film Forum’s 22nd annual Local Sightings Film Festival runs through Sunday, and this weekend’s your chance to see some stellar local documentaries and a showcase of Indigenous films. For more cinematic art, read on to learn what to see at Tasveer, the South Asian film festival, plus find more things to do on the list below and the CHS calendar.
WEDNESDAY, Sep 25: Local writer Kate Berwanger organizes some of the city’s and Capitol Hill’s most exciting literary events, and now the poet/literary impresario has added a writing workshop to that list. During Gasoline: A Guided Writing Session for Women + Queer Writers, Berwanger will guide women, non-binary and queer writers through a series of writing prompts “in the style of a guided meditation.” Scream Seattle, 7 – 9 PM
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THURSDAY, Sep 26: In case you’re not caught up on Kshama Sawant’s draft rent control legislation or Egan Orion’s proposal to add bike chariots to the mix on Capitol Hill (or if you haven’t read our deep-dive into why both of them are running for the District 3 seat on the City Council this year): head over to Town Hall, where Orion and Sawant will face off for a debate in The Great Hall. Town Hall, 5.30 PM
Democratic Candidate Kamala Harris is in Seattle this Friday for a fundraiser hosted by Capitol Hill co-working space and national chain The Riveter (she’ll be at Chop Suey), but this Thursday, The Riveter is hosting another VIP. A Very Important Panel. “How to be a Deaf Ally in the Workplace and Everyday” is presented in partnership with Deaf Spotlight, Washington State Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (WSRID) and Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center (HSDC). The Riveter, 6 – 8 PM
THURSDAY, Sep 26 – SUNDAY, Sep 29: Cherdonna Shinatra (and her newly formed dance company DONNA) is not just a femme clown-drag performance, or merely the persona of Seattle-based dance artist Jody Kuehner — it is a queer, colorful, subversive, and feminist experiment which must be experienced live. At Re-Bar, ride the BIRTH-O-RAMA roller coaster of “audience participation through Cherdonna’s confetti of feelings inside the manic delight of a birthday party.” Re-Bar, 7.30 PM, Sunday at 5 PM
THROUGH OCTOBER 6: Did you know that Seattle is home to the largest South Asian film festival in the US? Tasveer South Asian Film Festival is in its 14th year now, and back for more cutting-edge feature and short films from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Canada, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tibet, the United Kingdom, and the United States. During the opening night gala at The Egyptian, witness the Seattle premiere of “The Illegal,” about a young film school student from India who drops out to support his family. Other highlights include the Seattle-based Indus Creations’ Tamil film “White Flowers” and the Tibetan “The Sweet Requiem,” about trauma and reconciliation. Various locations and times
SATURDAY, Sep 28: Trash pandas, freegans, scavengers, and dumpster divers get a chance to rummage through some nice trash and actually get encouraged to do so. During Seattle Zero Landfill at Miller Community center, take whatever materials — fabric, tiles, and more — for free, you only have to haul it away. Miller Community Center, 9 AM – 4 PM
SATURDAY, Sep 28 – SUNDAY, Sep 29: Good news for vintage-lovers: local artist and vintage collector Erin Frost takes over Indian Summer’s new community space The Garden for a weekend-long pop-up sale of dresses, coats, lingerie, kimonos, jewelry, art, mid-century housewares, photography and more. The Garden, 507 E. Mercer Street, 1 – 7 PM