Sometimes the Easter Bunny shows up at Block Party (Image: CHS)
This week’s a big one for lovers of holidays. Although it all depends on the object or subject of worship, there’s something for nearly everyone this Easter weekend and start of Passover. Chabad of Capitol Hill hosts a Traditional Passover Seder (April 19, 7:30 pm) with hand-made Shmutah Matzah and kosher wine. There’s also Easter Sunday (check out the list below for Easter egg hunts plus Easter dinner and brunch specials on and near the Hill), which is bookended by the holy days of green festivities, 4/20 and Earth Day. Redhook Brewlab is folding the two holidays into one weekend of “IPA Daze” fun, which includes a beach clean up, a baby goat farm and “psychedelic coloring.” At Broadway Performance Hall, comedians try to tell jokes while getting a little too high while Uncle Ike’s in the CD will have a bouncy house and climbing wall as part of its 4/20 celebration. If you’d rather bow down to David Byrne’s genius or the Satanic Temple, the Northwest Film Forum and SIFF’s Egyptian Theatre have you covered. For more profane fun: Bar Sue’s hosting its sixth annual pickled egg eating contest while over at Vios, Bagel-buffs get their last (at least for now) chance to get a taste of Matthew Segal’s kick-ass bagels. Check out this week’s to-do list below, plus find more events on the CHS Calendar.
Love pickle soup, borscht, pierogi, Polish sausage, and cabbage rolls and Polish beer? At the Annual Spring Polish Bazaar at the Polish Restaurant Dom Polski lovers of Polish food and arts and crafts can get their fix this Saturday. At 2.30, the Polish choir Vivat Musica will perform traditional songs.
WEDNESDAY, Apr 10: Ken Workman, the great, great, great, great Grandson of Chief Sealth, will welcome visitors, in Lushootseed, to the spring installment of Northwest Film Forum’sPoetry in Translation reading series. The series showcases the literary traditions of Seattle’s immigrant and Native communities by sharing poetry and song in their original languages (plus English translation). Readings by indigenous poets, including Duane Niatum, fabian romero (Purepécha) and, Sasha LaPointe will be followed by a screening of Water is Life, a gorgeous, monochrome visual poem in Duwamish language made by local filmmaker Tracy Rector. Northwest Film Forum, 6.30 – 7.30 PM Continue reading →
The Canterbury hosts a Mario Kart tournament Saturday
The city has been getting some nice shots of spring recently. With some clouds headed our way this week, a visit to SpringShot, a festival at 18th & Union featuring a clowning performance, might be a good idea.
THURSDAY, April 4: Many of us have grown up with the idea that poetry can’t, or shouldn’t, be funny. Hearing Morgan Parker (author of There are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé, and Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night) read her work out loud dispels that notion. In Parker’s case, it’s the wry kind of comedy, soaked with the pain of being alive and walking through the world as a Black woman. Parker excavates the experience in her newest pop-culture laced collection of poems, “Magical Negro,” from which she’ll read at Hugo House. Hugo House, 7 – 9 PMContinue reading →
If there ever was an event you’d go to just for the name, Fryer Festis it. Bait Shop is hosting its mock-Fyre Fest on April 1st. Like its namesake, it’s basically a joke — though you won’t be out thousands of dollars. Find more free and semi-free things to do on the CHS Calendar and the list below.
WEDNESDAY, March 27 For years, Hollow Earth Radio, the local, low-powered FM radio station and Central District performance venue has been turning the spotlight towards the weird and wonderful music and sounds situated in the vast and divergent area some call “the niche.” Now, Bait Shop on Capitol Hill puts the spotlight on Hollow Earth Radio during its new monthly listening party seriesJust One More Thing. HER will share local music and underground sounds from the Pacific Northwest and beyond, this time with the option of an alcoholic drink. Bait Shop, 7 – 10 PMContinue reading →
The sun’s out, so the city is collectively freaking out/shedding clothes at an astonishing pace/coming back to life. Lumbersexuals and locals who prefer gloomy Northwest weather can work out anger issues regarding impending spring and summer at Blade & Timber, a newly opened axe-throwing bar on Broadway. During opening weekend, groups dressed entirely in flannel get a discount, and social-media savvy axe-perts could win free axe-throwing for a year. We’ve lined up more of this week’s best events on the list below. Find more events on the CHS Calendar.
THURSDAY, March 21: Those who don’t know comedian and actress Tiffany Haddish must have lived under a big, grim rock for the past couple of years. In November 2017, she made history by becoming the first black female stand-up comedian to host Saturday Night Live, a role that earned her an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series. That year, Vanity Fair also called her “the funniest person alive right now.” Check in to see whether that still rings true on Thursday at the Paramount. Paramount, 7.30 PM Continue reading →
There are a couple civic-minded events taking place around Capitol Hill to keep in mind to start the weekend. You’ll find kids rallying to save the planet in Cal Anderson and updates from our elected representatives at a town hall on First Hill.
Friday, hundreds of students are expected on the turf at Bobby Morris Playfield for the student-led Seattle Climate Strike:
Northwest Film Forum hosts the 2019 ByDesign Festival
In Seattle, it’s not just the flowers and the birds marking the arrival of spring. It’s also the groups of dressed-up, cosplayed fans walking up and down Pike and streaming in and out of the Washington State Convention Center for the Emerald City Comic Con, running this Thursday through Sunday. Find more delightful dress up at the sure-to-be unforgettable experience of Skeleton Flower this week. (And perhaps during the Capitol Hill Art Walk?) We’ve lined up more of this week’s best events on the list below. If that’s not enough, check out the CHS Calendar.
WEDNESDAY, March 13: Early on, the life of Haruko Crow Nishimura, co-founder of Seattle’s Degenerate Art Ensemble, was imbued with trauma. InSkeleton Flower, a new show melding live music, dance, ritual and breathtaking costumes, Nishimura’s personal story merges with three fairy tales in which female protagonists take matters into their own hands. From a preview we saw some time ago, CHS can confirm that in the hands of The Degenerate Art Ensemble, these stories are hauntingly beautiful and beautifully haunting. The premiere is tonight, the show runs until March 17th. Erickson Theatre, 7.30 PM Continue reading →
WEDNESDAY, March 6: Tonight is the last night to see the “The Gospel of Eureka” at NWFF. In Eureka Springs, Arkansas, queerness and Jezus co-exist peacefully (and extravagantly). In this light-hearted documentary, which premiered at SXSW, complexities are kept at bay for a tale about humanity the way we’d like it more than it really is. And sometimes, that’s just what we need. Northwest Film Forum, 7.30 PM Continue reading →
Firefighters at Fire Fridays, feline fun and fungi: the first days of March fulfill all alliteration needs. Celebrate Linda’s 25th birthday this Wednesday evening and find more things to do below and on the CHS Calendar.
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 27: Pike/Pine constant Linda’s Tavern turns 25 with 1994 prices and DJ sets from “Linda’s finest” — Lisa Prank and Bree McKenna of Tacocat. Five years ago, CHS talked with Linda Derschang about the tavern’s birth: Linda’s opened its doors February 16th, 1994. The intention wasn’t to open a dive bar, necessarily. As Derschang noted, “a bar has to grow into its diveyness.” Happy 25th birthday to Linda’s. Many more. Linda’s Tavern, 9 PM – 2 AM (21+)
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 20: Monday night in front of hundreds in Volunteer Park, Rep. Pramila Jayapal only scratched the surface of her plans for helping Congress stand up to Donald Trump. Wednesday night, go in depth with Jayapal as our WA-07 D.C. Rep. holds a town hall on First Hill. Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave, 6:30 PM
THURSDAY, Feb. 21: Whether she’s minding her own business smoking a blunt by the pool, rolling her eyes at a TMZ photographer or turning up at the MET gala in what can only be described as an ‘omelet’ dress, Grammy-winning pop star Rihanna is IDGAF-ness in the living flesh. It’s just one of the reasons fans ‘stan’ The Caribbean Queen, who turns 31 this week. Over at tribute partyGood Boiz Gone Bad: A Rihanna Party, superfan DJ Thumper honors RiRi by ‘remixing, layering and reimagining’ her hits while performers such as Kimber Shade, Kaleena Markos, and HotPink Shade grace the stage from 10 to 1. Fred Wildlife Refuge, 9PM – 2AM (21+) Continue reading →