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On the List | 20th Trans Day of Remembrance, 10th Seattle Cranksgiving, 1st Seattle Hip Hop Film Festival

2018’s vigil outside Seattle Central (Image: CHS)

For twenty years, people have been marking a November Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day to memorialize those lost to anti-trans violence. Names of those murdered due to hate and ignorance are read out loud and speakers will talk about progress and challenges in the trans community. This week’s events on and around Capitol Hill includes Seattle’s gathering to mark the solemn observance with friends and loved ones. For more of the weekend’s happenings, check out the CHS Calendar.

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 20: To mark this year’s Transgender Day of Remembrance, there will be a candlelight vigil on Broadway where the names of those who have been fatal victims of anti-transgender hate crimes and violence will be read with speakers including Elayne Wylie, Executive Director of Gender Justice League, filmmaker, trans rights activist, Trans Pride Seattle organizer; Taylor Briggs, Scholarship Program Director for Greater Seattle Business Association, trans advocate/activist; Natalie Star, trans rights activist, lobbyist, mentor, teacher; Jasper Hice, Membership Outreach Co-Chair for HRC Seattle Steering Committee, teacher, queer rights activist; Honor Love-Lacy, trans activist and Seattle Central student.


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The event is once again organized by Astro Pitman, President of the Queer Cooperative.  Last year’s event featured the release of paper luminaria with the glowing lanterns floating above Broadway. Seattle Central College BE1110, 6 PM – 7:30 PM.

If you want to see what the current Democratic Party candidates have to offer, Common Purpose is hosting a debate viewing party, co-hosted by Molly Moon.  Ten of the top primary candidates will participate in the fifth Democratic debate to be held in Atlanta.  There will be refreshments and games, plus the event is free. The Riveter: Capitol Hill, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM.

THURSDAY, Nov. 21: Neighbors near Broadway Hill Park will learn more about a planned eight-story, mixed-use building planned for Federal Ave E at Republican in an outreach session being held at the Century Ballroom. CHS wrote about the much-need housing project here — and the challenges it will face fitting into the edges of the Hill’s dense core. Century Ballroom, 6 PM

“Naturally fermented” pizza dough purveyor Pizza Guerrilla Kitchen pops up on Capitol Hill for a Thursday night session until they are “sold out.” Captain Blacks, 5 PM

Award winning poet, Mary Ruefle has published over 10 collections of poetry.  Noted for writing on “ordinary things” and being said to “straddle the line between the dark and comic” this author will be releasing another book this year, Dunce (2019).  This event is sponsored by the Seattle Arts and Literature Series.  Student (and 25 and under) Admission is $5.  General Admission is $20. Broadway Performance Hall, 7:30 PM

FRIDAY, Nov. 22:  Seattle native, Liz Donehue will be performing at Club Comedy Seattle this Friday night.  Voted a finalist in the “Funniest Person in the Twin Cities” contest she returned to Seattle to produce and host “One Laugh at a Time.”  Admission $15. Club Comedy Seattle, 10 PM – 12 AM

SATURDAY, Nov. 23: Off the Hill but an easy bike ride away, join the tenth annual Seattle Cranksgiving as riders get together the Saturday before Thanksgiving “to bike around town buying groceries to donate to Rainier Valley Food Bank.” Riders have donated “five or six tons on food” since the first Seattle Cranksgiving in 2010. 700 Occidental Ave S, 9:30 AM

The first ever Seattle Hip Hop Film Festival is coming to the Central District this weekend. Join the session for “a collection of hip-hop short films from around the world & Seattle.” The festival will also screen “The Coolout Legacy,” a northwest hip-hop documentary by Georgio Brown. $15. Washington Hall, 6 PM

Dabuli is presenting its fourth annual cultural event, Nepal Festival, this week.  There will be live music and dance performances presented in Nepalese ethnic costumes.  This is a family friendly event and free. Seattle University Pigott Building, 1:30 PM.

SUNDAY, Nov. 24: Support Wa Na Wari, a center for black art in the Central District, by skating around to tunes by DJ Top Spin, enjoying bites by Chef Tarik Abdullah, and seeing a skating performance by 52Kings. $25-$150. Southgate Roller Rink, 6 PM

The Seattle Democratic Socialists of America is hosting a meeting to discuss the formation of a campaign to create free transit for all country-wide.  They also intend to offer a reading group later this year. Capitol Hill Branch Library, 1 PM – 3 PM.

The Seattle Bach Choir will be presenting Beginnings this Sunday, a selection of Schütz’s Psalmen Davids that trace Jesus’ lineage back to the time of Adam.  Admission $20. Trinity Parish Church, 3 PM – 4:30 PM.

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