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On the List | November Capitol Hill Art Walk, School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts ‘showcase spectacular,’ Tenant Rights Bootcamp

(Image: SANCA)

This week started out with Veterans Day, a day for honoring those who have served the United States Armed Services.  According to the Washington Department of Veteran Affairs there are 99,316 veterans collecting benefits in King County.  The Seattle University of Law will be hosting a reception Wednesday to honor those in the community who have served with Marcus Lee, Foreign Affairs Officer, United States Department of State as keynote speaker.

Considering last week was election week and this week beginning with Veterans day looking to the community may be just the way to finish out your week.  This week has opportunities for all, with physical activities, art exhibits, and community forums.

Meanwhile, the CHS Calendar is back after some maintenance work. You can always find a community list of neighborhood happenings and events at

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 13:  Join Be: Seattle and the Capitol Hill Renter Initiative at the latest Tenant Rights Bootcamp, a neighborhood by neighborhood series educating renters on their rights and strategies for creating better living conditions for those who rent.  There will be food and refreshments at the event. 12th Avenue Arts, 6 PM – 7:30 PM

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Want to get really involved in affordability around Capitol Hill? Add your feedback to the public process around design review. Wednesday night, a new project bringing 100 new homes to Denny and Harvard is on the docket.

THURSDAY, Nov. 14:  Roz Martinez, a Seattle-based artist, is Capitol Hill Art Walk’s poster artist for November.  Martinez specializes in graphite and ink but is also a skilled leather and wood worker.  The art walk  is an opportunity for people to explore some of new locations on the hill while partaking of local Seattle art.  Venues include Retrofit Home, where Greg Pergament will present a mixed-media images; The Lounge, which will feature art from Dr. Shanying Zend, a materials scientist turned artist that uses flowers as her medium; and Zero Zero Hair, which will host a pop-up market. You’ll also find artist Carmen Cano and works of “ethereal, haunting portraiture and sculptures” at E Pike’s Ritual. In addition, The Riveter will also be participating in the art walk for the first time. Various Locations, 5 PM – 8PM

FRIDAY, Nov. 15: School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts — SANCA — is Seattle’s only nonprofit circus school. This weekend, they come to the Broadway Performance Hall for a showcase of “local and internationally renowned circus performers alongside SANCA’s tremendously talented student performers.” $20 at the door. Broadway Performance Hall, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 

Whether it is one of those drizzly Seattle winter days or a bright warm summer one Seattle Street Dodgeball is open to all.  The move to using the Cal Anderson Park’s tennis courts started in 2010 as proponents for dodge ball on the courts spoke before Parks and Recreation officials. Dodgeball Seattle is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit.  Cal Anderson Park, 9 PM – 11 PM

SATURDAY, Nov. 16: “A dark art market for your wild soul,” the Witch, Please Market comes to the Unicorn Saturday for a “handmade market full of talented artist from jewelry, drawings, pottery, clothing, and more.” Unicorn, 2 PM – 7 PM

Lean In Seattle is a network devoted to empowering women whether it be financially, in their career, or the community.  The organization will be hosting Women and Money: Financial Strategies to educate guests on how to become financially independent.  Capitol Hill Branch – The Seattle Public Library, 11 AM – 12:30 AM

SUNDAY, Nov. 17:  Blood Water Paint continues at 12th Ave Arts. Macha Theatreworks presents “a raw and compelling portrait of a brilliant woman whose accomplishments were buried for generations under the weight of selective history.” 12th Ave Arts, 7:30 PM

Feed the Hungry with Bar Vacilando @ Bar Vacilando
Dec 1 – Dec 31 all-day

Our Second Annual Food Lifeline fundraiser is back! Dine with us all of December and we’ll donate to Food Lifeline the equivalent of one nutritious meal for each dish sold. A meal for a meal. We believe healthy food should be accessible to all and we’re excited to team up with our guests to fight hunger. Hope to see you soon! Cheers!

Scott Shoemaker’s War on Christmas! @ Re-Bar
Dec 5 @ 7:30 PM – Dec 22 @ 4:00 PM

Shoes and Pants Productions Presents: “Scott Shoemaker’s War on Christmas!”

December 5 – 22 (Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 7:30pm; Sundays at 2pm)

Back by popular demand, it’s “Scott Shoemaker’s War on Christmas!” Last year’s inaugural run of this all-star variety spectacular was such a hit that it has become a bona fide Yule Tide tradition.

Come spend an evening with Scott and a cast of Seattle luminaries as they try to figure out who’s fighting a war on Christmas and what for? This year’s show is packed with ALL NEW hilarious comedy, songs, dance numbers, amazing videos and partial nudity – along with some of last year’s favorites!

Joining Scott once again are superstars Ade, Waxie Moon, Mandy Price and Fageddy Randy. Written by Freddy Molitch and Scott Shoemaker. Treat yourself to some holiday cheer while you laugh your Christmas stockings off. But be warned.

This show is definitely on the naughty list!


  • General Admission: $25
  • Premium General Admission (reserved seating in the first two rows): $35
  • VIP Table for two (includes a goodie bag and 2 drink tickets): $85


Stevens Elementary Tree Sale @ Stevens Elementary School
Dec 6 – Dec 7 all-day
Stevens Elementary Tree Sale @ Stevens Elementary School

Support our local public elementary school by purchasing your holiday trees and greenery from the Stevens PTA!

Order online now and then come select your tree at Stevens Elementary School (19th & Galer) on Friday, December 6th from 6-9 pm or Saturday, December 7th from 9 am – 2 pm. We offer standard porch as well as WHITE GLOVE DELIVERY to 98102 and 98112. (Online orders close on Monday, December 2nd, but you can still come to the popup the day of and purchase your tree and greenery.)

Stevens PTA has been doing this tree sale as a fundraiser for over 20 years! Buy your holiday tree and greenery with us and know that your purchase is going to help neighborhood students and teachers.

We appreciate your support!

Arboretum Holiday Sale @ Washington Park Arboretum
Dec 7 @ 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

The Arboretum’s annual holiday sale returns on Saturday, December 7. It features a great selection of botanical decorations and nature-inspired gifts, as well as educational games for kids.

Buy handcrafted wreaths and centerpieces; locally made jewelry, soaps, and housewares; whimsical holiday ornaments for around the home; and much more. Complimentary hot drinks!

All sales support environmental education and tree care at Washington Park Arboretum.

Knife sharpening @ Melrose Market @ Melrose Market
Dec 7 @ 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Bring your kitchen knives or camp knives or scissors or anything that you have that has a dull edge to Melrose Market on Saturday and have them hand sharpened while you wait or drop them off for pickup later the same day. $10 for smaller knives, $15 for larger.

Sea Rose Knifeworks is owned and run by Sasha Rosenfeld. Sasha is a former chef from Seattle who has been hand sharpening for the last 10 years. Sea Rose is a weekly pop up, but sharpening services are available 7 days a week through Rain Shadow Meats, which is the butcher shop at Melrose Market. You can bring your knives in any day and drop off for pickup within 7 days.

Donald Byrd: The America That Is To Be @ Frye Art Museum
Dec 7 @ 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Jeffrey S. Kane. Donald Byrd, 1989. Photograph. Courtesy of Jeffrey S. Kane.

Seattle-based choreographer Donald Byrd works at the forefront of contemporary performance. For four decades, he has created innovative and startling dance theater works that explore the extraordinary capacities of dancers’ bodies, the complexities of Africanist aesthetics, and the ways that theatrical dance can open audiences toward social change. Presenting selected works from across his prodigious career, Byrd’s first solo museum exhibition reflects Americans’ ongoing struggles to care for our complex diversity. The show centers the artist’s firm belief in an America that is to be: one that is “multi-racial in every aspect.” For Byrd, the future of performance will include “a full spectrum of who lives in America on the stage…a reflection of our world.”

More than any other statesman of contemporary dance, Byrd concerns himself with the terms of social encounters that produce racialized and gendered subjects. His works test suppositions: he wonders on public stages about the conditions of gender and misogyny, race relations, eternal warfare, sexual identity, and the price of obsession. Working across multiple genres—in Hollywood, on Broadway, in opera, and with major ballet and modern dance companies—Byrd always moves toward the most difficult questions, boldly, forcefully, and thoughtfully. In so doing, he presses us all to understand the potential of dance as an act of defiance, as a demonstration of expertise, and as a meditation on what else could be.

The America That Is To Be incorporates archival performance footage and ephemera from various stages of Byrd’s forty-plus years of creativity with in-gallery dance performances. The exhibition traces his beginnings at California Institute of Arts, where his dance work took on a punk-inspired aesthetic, to his early works with his first dance company Donald Byrd/The Group (active from 1978–2002), through crucial collaborations with groups including the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and his work since 2002 as Artistic Director of Seattle’s Spectrum Dance Theater. Reflecting the way Byrd’s vision has evolved into its full expression across a remarkable array of dance-theater works, The America That Is To Be demonstrates the passionate affirmation of a mature artist’s belief in dance to inspire social transformations; to dance toward social justice.

Donald Byrd (American, b. 1949, New London, North Carolina) is a Tony-nominated (The Color Purple) and Bessie Award-winning (The Minstrel Show) choreographer. He has been the Artistic Director of Spectrum Dance Theater in Seattle since December 2002. Formerly, he was Artistic Director of Donald Byrd/The Group, a critically acclaimed contemporary dance company, founded in Los Angeles and later based in New York, that toured both nationally and internationally. He has created dance works for many leading companies including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Pacific Northwest Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, and Dance Theater of Harlem, among others, and worked extensively in theater and opera.

His many awards, prizes, and fellowships include Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts, Cornish College of the Arts; Masters of Choreography Award, The Kennedy Center; Fellow at The American Academy of Jerusalem; James Baldwin Fellow of United States Artists; Resident Fellow of The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center; Fellow at the Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue, Harvard University; and the Mayor’s Arts Award for his sustained contributions to the City of Seattle.

Donald Byrd received the 2016 James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award, which is funded by the Raynier Institute & Foundation through the Frye Art Museum | Artist Trust Consortium. The award supports and advances the creative work of outstanding artists living and working in Washington State and culminates in a presentation at the Frye Art Museum.

Donald Byrd: The America That Is To Be is organized by Frye Art Museum and curated by Thomas F. DeFrantz, Professor of Dance, Duke University. Lead support for this exhibition is provided by the Raynier Institute & Foundation through the Frye Art Museum | Artist Trust Consortium. Additional generous support is provided by Graham Construction. Media sponsorship is provided by Encore Media Group.

Dress Codes: Ellen Lesperance and Diane Simpson @ Frye Art Museum
Dec 7 @ 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Diane Simpson. Window Dressing: Background 6, Collar and Bib-deco, 2007/08. Foam board, linoleum, wood, aluminum, enamel, and spun-bond polyester. 96 x 120 x 16 in. Courtesy of the artist; Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago; JTT, New York; and Herald St., London.

Clothing is both a highly personal and socially constructed system of communication: a signifying point of contact between individual identities and collective attitudes, customs, and trends. Dress Codes brings together the work of two artists who perform acts of translation in relation to clothing’s form and ornamentation, pressing images of historical garments—and the values encoded within them—through the interpretive interface of the grid. Though they begin from different types of source material and seek divergent ends, Ellen Lesperance and Diane Simpson both employ the gridded instructional diagram as a means for transformation across time and dimension. In the process, they return the grid, an idealized format associated with Modernist abstraction, to the practical ethos of the applied arts and domestic craft, connecting the everyday language of dress to wide-ranging cultural and political histories.

Lesperance creates gouache paintings based on the attire of women activists using American Symbolcraft, the visual shorthand of knitting patterns, in which the color of each stitch is shown as a single cell within the matrix of specialized graph paper. Working from footage and photographs of protest movements—most notably the Greenham Common Peace Camp that mounted anti-nuclear-armament demonstrations in Berkshire, UK from 1981 to 2000—the artist carefully translates activists’ (often homemade) clothing into the flattened space of hand-ruled paper, extrapolating to fill in areas that are invisible within the source images. The paintings function as standalone artworks and also as directions for re-making the pictured garments, as homage to the original wearers, a record of their ideological symbology, and stimulus to likeminded action in the present.

Simpson’s sculptural work begins with illustrations found in antique clothing catalogues, window dressing manuals, and histories of dress. Submitting pliable articles like collars, cuffs, aprons, and bonnets to the rigid constraints of a two-dimensional diagram—modeled on axonometric projection employed in architectural drawings, which integrates multiple viewpoints into a single image—the artist renders their forms in a foreshortened perspective that she then maintains when constructing three-dimensional versions. The resulting angular distortions—coupled with dramatic shifts in scale and materiality—both estrange and magnify the garments’ relationship to the body, underscoring their sociological significance as imposed expressions of gender norms, class status, and morality.

Through the process of encoding structure into schematics, both Lesperance and Simpson transform their source material into something new, embedding their own perspective in translations of the past. Dress Codes brings their work into conversation for the first time, highlighting their body- and craft-adjacent use of the grid as a feminist alternative to patriarchal representational traditions of painting and sculpture.

Ellen Lesperance (American, b. 1971, Minneapolis, Minnesota) lives and works in Portland, Oregon. Her work has been exhibited nationally at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York; The New Museum, New York; the Portland Art Museum, Oregon; the Drawing Center, New York; and Seattle Art Museum, Washington and internationally at the Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm and the Tate St. Ives, England. She has received grants and awards from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Art Matters, Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the Ford Family Foundation.

Diane Simpson (American, b. 1935, Joliet, Illinois) lives and works in Chicago. Recent one and two-person exhibitions of her work have been held at Herald Street, London; Corbett vs Dempsey, Chicago; JTT, New York; NYU Broadway Windows, New York; Silberkuppe, Berlin; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; and Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. She has exhibited in numerous group exhibitions, including The Jewish Museum, New York; The Hessel Museum at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y.; the Art Institute of Chicago; White Columns, New York; and CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco, and will participate in the 2019 Whitney Biennial.

Dress Codes: Ellen Lesperance and Diane Simpson is organized by the Frye Art Museum and curated by Amanda Donnan. Media sponsorship provided by Crosscut.

Frame of Mind: Storytelling Through Animation @ Frye Art Museum
Dec 7 @ 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Image: Madeline Courant Rathbun

A Partnership for Youth exhibition, Frame of Mind: Storytelling Through Animationshowcases the results of an eight-week workshop for teens led by teaching artists from Reel Grrls, during which students develop, animate, and edit their own stop-motion film projects.

Pierre Leguillon: Arbus Bonus @ Frye Art Museum
Dec 7 @ 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Pierre Leguillon. Installation views of Arbus Bonus, 2014. 256 framed magazine pages, pile of vintage magazines, 11 crates, captions. Dimensions variable. Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh: The Henry L. Hillman Fund, 2014.13.1-.269. Photo: Bryan Conley.

Pierre Leguillon’s artwork-as-exhibition Arbus Bonus calls attention to the major role famed twentieth-century photographer Diane Arbus’s work has played in defining the image of American postwar popular culture. Bringing together every published magazine spread that features her photography, Leguillon’s project considers the ways in which cultural histories are assembled and disseminated, and proposes more inclusive counter-narratives.

Recent Acquisitions: Toyin Ojih Odutola @ Frye Art Museum
Dec 7 @ 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Toyin Ojih Odutola. Birmingham (left, center, right), 2014. Four-color lithograph with gold leaf. 24 x 16 ½ in. each. Frye Art Museum, Purchased with funds provided by Seattle Art Fair, additional funds provided by Frye Art Museum Director’s Discretionary Fund, 2018.007.01-.03

Toyin Ojih Odutola’s drawings, paintings, and prints question physical and sociopolitical identities as they pertain to skin color. This suite of three lithographs, recently acquired for the Frye Art Museum’s collection, demonstrates Odutola’s signature approach to portraiture, in which the sitter is seen obliquely or from multiple, unusual angles within one composition.

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