October is not just a good month for creepiness and rain, it’s also an ideal time to wrap yourself in some softer varieties of music, including choral music during the Seattle Sings Choral Festival, running October 10 through 12, and acoustic music during the 6th annual Seattle Acoustic Festival this Saturday. Find more for acoustic aficionados, frisbee fans, and burger buffs below. And don’t forget — the weekend brings the first of three this fall without light rail service between Capitol Hill and SoDo.
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 9: No, your timing’s not off, it’s just Lit Crawl arriving early this year. The festival doesn’t start until later this month, but this week, the literary Capitol Hill event launches early with a kickoff and fundraising party slash open mic. The event will have music, food, and drinks and feature readings by some of Seattle’s “beloved literati,” Richard Chiem, Ching-In Chen, and Ari Rosenschein.
“The evening will also have plenty of opportunities to support Lit Crawl’s artists and ensure we can keep Seattle’s booziest literary night going for as long as it can,” organizers write. “Come prepared to give.” Capitol Cider, 6 PM – 8 PM
Through Oct. 14: Some would say the burgers of Li’l Woody’s are perhaps already fast food, but this month, the local burger purveyor celebrates Fast Food Month by recreating one fast food classic every week, inspired by Wendy’s, Taco Bell, McDonald’s and co. Don’t miss this weekend’s Sourdough Woody, a Jack in the Box-inspired burger with Hill’s bacon, garlic mayo, grass-fed beef, Swiss cheese, and ketchup. It comes with curly fries. Li’l Woodys
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THURSDAY, Oct. 10: Over at CHS, Capitol Hill Pets features a semi-regular look at our furry, fuzzy, feathered, and finned friends found out and about on Capitol Hill. On Thursday, the University of Washington comes to Cal Anderson Park with a pop-up gallery showcasing the autobiographical photographs made by people experiencing homelessness with their pets. The Center for One Health Research, part of the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, asked people experiencing homelessness to document their experiences with disposable cameras and notes in notebooks. The galleries will feature personal quotes from participants about their challenges and the bonds they share with their animals. Cal Anderson, 11 AM – 5 PM
THURSDAY, Oct. 10: This month’s Capitol Hill Art Walk is a chance for art lovers to pay a visit to crowd favorites such as The Factory (where Mary Ann Carter will debut what’s sure to be a playful show) or Cloud Gallery (where artists pay homage to Dario Argento’s 1977 haunting classic ‘Suspiria’), and to get to know the new gallery in town: Elbo Room. “It is very small but very cute,” gallery owner Andre Olivie said in an email about the new (small) space. The gallery debuts with a show by local artist Julian Pena. “I own an LGBT Immigration law firm where I work with binational same-sex couples and LGBT asylum seekers but decided to do something a bit more creative but still supporting the LGBT immigrant community,” Olivie said. Find Elbo Room at 1633 Bellevue Ave. Suite C and elboroomseattle.com
THURSDAY, Oct 10 – SUNDAY, Oct. 20: CHS recently reported on why Three Dollar Bill’s long-standing and beloved Outdoor Cinema had to scale back in Cal Anderson this summer, but luckily, that’s not the case for the local nonprofit’s 24th annual Seattle Queer Film Festival (which happens indoors, mostly at Northwest Film Forum, Gay City and The Egyptian). The festival will screen 157 films from 28 countries screening over 11 days, including the Northwest premiere of Argentina’s “Brief Story from the Green Planet”, which won the Berlin Film Festival’s Teddy Award, as well as the world premiere of “No Dominion: The Ian Horvath Story” by local filmmaker and Pacific Northwest Ballet principal soloist Margaret Mullin. Various times and locations
THURSDAY, Oct. 10 – SUNDAY, Oct. 13: Seattle is home to the current #1-ranked freestyle frisbee player in the world, Ryan Young. This week, Seattleites get a chance to see top frisbee talent like Young during The Freestyle Players Association World Championships at the Mitchell Activity Center in Capitol Hill. Even better: there are choreographed routines involved. Teams of two and three will compete by performing those routines, showing off complicated frisbee tricks matched to music. This year also includes a new event, the first-ever xdisc jr world championship. Mitchell Activity Center, various times
SATURDAY, Oct. 12: “Quiet is the new Loud,” according to the Seattle Acoustic Festival. For its sixth edition, the all-ages festival has lined up over 25 singer-songwriters and other musicians performing on three different stages at the All Pilgrims Christian Church. Among the performers are bands with whimsical names such as Your Downstairs Neighbors, Wrong Way at the Roundabout, and Paul Mauer and the Silence. New this year is pay-what-you-can ticketing. All Pilgrims Christian Church, 12 PM – 11.30 PM