You Really Should See Medicine for Melancholy

I mean, first of all, A O Scott liked it.  

“It is an exciting debut, and a film that, without exaggeration or false modesty, finds interest and feeling in the world just as it is.”

And we all like A O Scott and his paper, the New York Times, right?  So there you go.

Second of all, it’s at the Northwest Film Forum, so you know it’ll be a nice experience, and you’ll be supporting a Capitol Hill institution.

And third, since it’s there and they’re super cool, if you go tomorrow you can also enjoy a Q&A with the director, Barry Jenkins.

Here’s a trailer:

Horizon Books Closing

Back in November, jseattle mentioned that Horizon Books was struggling and thinking of moving (and he linked to an Examiner story).  Well, now it sounds official:  Olivia Hernandez reports in the SU Spectator that “After more than 30 years as a neighborhood fixture on 15th Avenue, Horizon Books is set to close its doors by the end of March.”

Horizon Books

photo by Casey Hamilton

I’ve never actually been inside of Horizon Books (still catching up on oh the books I bought at Powell’s last time I went to Portland–shh!), but now (of course!) I really want to, and I wish they could stick around.

I’ve also never heard of Recollection Books (I do read lots, I swear!), but Hernandez goes on to say that “Horizon Books will eventually merge with Recollection Books, a store located on 10th Avenue, much closer to the increased retail life-force of Broadway in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.”

B&O building meeting

So apparently I’m on an email list having to do with the B&O Espresso building . . . and this morning I received notice of a “Design Review Meeting”:
“an opportunity for you to provide design input and voice your concerns about the proposed new building.”

Date/Time: Wednesday, January 21, 2009 8:00 p.m.
Location: Seattle Central Community College, 1701 Broadway, Room 4106

For the sake of disclosure, the email came from a group that describes itself as follows:
“the main argument of 1650choice.org is directed toward saving the existing structure with the B&O business intact, instead of building another huge, monolithic dense building lacking both charm and character with little connection to the neighborhood.”

As a resident of the Broadway region of Capitol Hill, I have mixed feelings about some of that (in fact, that’s not true: I just want the B&O on my block, and the sooner the better!), but it’s good to know about the public meeting.

Kitchen-y shopping on the Hill?

So I know this totally pegs me with respect to that poll from a few months ago, but is there a good place for kitchen stuff up here?

In particular, I’ve got this coffee pot that I just love, and which I might like to give to others as a gift:
my coffee pot
They’re available on backorder from Vita (thanks for the links to local online shopping, J!), but are they the only supplier? And what if I need a spare gasket?
Or a silicone basting brush???

I know there are places downtown, but anyone know of a place up here?

Winter Blossoms

Editor’s note: Bumping this up from the archives as history repeats and January’s pleasant weather has people thinking, wow, the trees are already blooming. Must be spring! Sorry folks. Does this every year. But it is lovely, no?

Still being relatively new to the area, I’m not sure if this is a result of unusual weather or unusual trees. But is anyone else noticing blossoms around the Hill lately? It is December, isn’t it?

Festival of Christmas

From SU CampusNews:
Song, candlelight and the celestial sounds of the harp all combine to make this year’s “Festival of Christmas” a special event that you will want to attend. The Seattle University Choirs will hold two performances at St. Joseph Church (18th E. and E. Aloha, on Capitol Hill): 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5, and 2 p.m. at Sunday, Dec. 7.

Led by Joy Sherman, director of choral music, the program includes the “Magnificat” of Francesco Durante, Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols,” the magnificent “Bogoroditse Djevo” of Arvo Part, and other fine Christmas music from several centuries. Ticket prices are: $30 for reserved seating; $18 for general admission; and $7 for students.

For more information, contact the SU choir concert information line at 296-5372.

Sublime Sought

There are so many wonderful ways to spend time on Capitol Hill (as a recent post reminds us), but I wanted to give a nod to another:

I took my Intro to Philosophy students to the Seattle Asian Art Museum today for one of their tours, called “Discovering Buddhist Art: Seeking the Sublime.” It was pretty damn cool. (I think even my hipster freshmen enjoyed it.)

Docent named Kevin did a great job of explaining some of the more interesting pieces (1,000 arms on that Bodhisattva!?), the historical background, and the religious and philosophical significance of some of the great pieces there.

All right here on Capitol Hill! Huzzah!