The first full week of January can be a bit of let down after all the holiday celebrations and parties but there is enough going on around the Hill — like the Capitol Hill Art Walk! — this weekend to help ease the transition. We’ve highlighted a few things to get out and do, below. You can find more Capitol Hill and Central District area events on the CHS Calendar.
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 8: Many may think that reading is a solitary art, but the Sorrento Silent Reading Party puts the lie to that. An event created by Christopher Frizzelle, of the Stranger, avid readers gather in the Fireside Room of the Sorrento Hotel for a few hours of quiet reading among their fellow book lovers every first Wednesday of the month. Join the first reading of the month but come early as it is said to fill up fast. Hotel Sorrento. 6 PM – 8 PM
Unbreaking America: Solving the Democracy Crisis is a short film about the systemic corruption in American politics starring RepresentUs founder and CEO Josh Silver and actress Jennifer Lawrence. Silver will be screening, and then discussing, the film to demonstrate how Americans can take action to stem corruption practices. Tickets $5. Town Hall. 7:30 PM
THURSDAY, Jan. 9: This month’s Capitol Hill Art Walk features a variety of arts and venues, including the Max Planck Images of Science at Goethe Pop Up located in Chophouse Row on Capitol Hill. The exhibit is a showcase of images submitted by research scientists from over 80 institutes displaying elements of their work. A true celebration of the overlap of art and science. 5 PM – 9 PM
11th Ave’s Blue Cone Studios will showcase its artists’ work for the Walk in a showing called Hibernation: “Painting, sculpture, home decor, photo-based art, woodwork, jewelry and more by Carolyn Hitt, Mark Mueller, Monica Tie, She Maybe, and Lana Blinderman. Resident artist Jeremy Decory will show sketches and concept pieces for his new Lake City mural.” Look for the blue cone! Blue Cone Studios. 6 PM – 9 PM
Pacific Northwest artist Erin Frost’s self-portraits and multimedia explore the ideas of identity – and the construction of it and sometimes destruction and reconstruction of it. There will be a gallery show displaying 20 years of her work in Seattle and the a suggestion of what is to come next. The Factory. 6 PM – 10 PM
Berners will be out in force in the Central District for the Yuuge Bernie 2020 King County Kickoff Rally. The event promises a chance to hear from local activists and elected officials “about the incredibly high stakes for this election.” Washington Hall, 6:30 PM – 9 PM
FRIDAY, Jan. 10: For a blend of comedy and improv, January’s Ten Percent Luck show will feature standup acts, such as Clara Pluton and the improv group Bathwater with Kristine Ota & Cailey Nickerson, while Yeah Okay will be the host team. General admission $13. Senior/Student $10. Northwest Film Forum. 7 PM
SATURDAY – SUNDAY: If you’re a fan of things made with hops – and want to support local business – Chuck’s Hop Shop CD is celebrating its 6th year this weekend. There will be two anniversary cans along with Wayfinder Beer’s Mad Chuck and Mirage Beer’s The Child. Chuck’s Hop Shop Central District. Saturday 11 AM – Sunday 11:30 PM
SATURDAY, Jan. 11: Prepare for this year’s march with a Screenprinting Work Party for the 2020 Womxn’s March. You can help local greeting card maker Orange Twist print posters by local artists and take your own poster home to be ready for the January 18th rally and march. Pratt Fine Arts Center, 10 AM – 2 PM
The Bushwick Club Seattle will be presenting original music performed by local and professional artists inspired by author Tara Westover’s Educated. Westover was raised by survivalist parents and self-educated herself in math and grammar sufficient to be admitted to Brigham Young University where she studied history – and the world opened up to her. “This story, remarkable as it is, might be merely another entry in the sub genre of extreme American life, were it not for the uncommon perceptiveness of the person telling it. Westover examines her childhood with unsparing clarity, and, more startlingly, with curiosity and love.” – The New Yorker Tickets $10. Hugo House. 7:30 PM – 9 PM
SUNDAY, Jan 12: In preparation for the oncoming Seattle Chamber Music Society’s Winter Festival, which features nine of Ludvig van Beethoven’s string quartets, the SCMS and Town Hall will be hosting a discussion panel on the renowned composer’s music. Geoffrey Block, a professor of music history emeritus at the University of Puget Sound and author of Experiencing Beethoven: A Listener’s Companion will be giving an overview of the composer’s music and his favorite pieces. Tickets are $5. Town Hall. 2 PM
Seattle’s light rail system is in the middle of a 10-week period of reduced service and crowded trains as construction is completed to expand the system to the Eastside. Let’s hope they’re not too crowded for Sunday’s annual No Pants Light Rail Ride. Westlake Station, 1:50 PM to 5:50 PM
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