On the List Memorial Day Weekend 2022 | Black Wall Street celebration in the CD, MariPili official opening, free burgers at Li’l Woody’s

2021’s Black Wall Street celebration

Memorial Day Weekend is most definitely not the start of Seattle summer — but you can start to think about it. Here are a few of the goings-ons planned around the neighborhood over the weekend. You can find more on the CHS Calendar — or add your own.

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CHS Pics | First On the Block Second Saturday warms up street festival and party season on Capitol Hill


Capitol Hill kicked off its 2022 street party season last weekend amid a busy Saturday on Capitol Hill that included thousands of people rallying for abortion rights at Cal Anderson Park.

The first in a series of On The Block Second Saturdays was held on 11th Ave over the weekend. The monthly event will take place on 11th Ave between E. Pike and Pine every second Saturday into October and will feature performances, vendors, local businesses, and more. On the Block draws funding from the Neighborhood Economic Recovery Fund, an effort from the city to help boost artists and small businesses in the wake of COVID-19 restrictions and ongoing pandemic challenges. If you attended and have ideas for future Second Saturdays, you can connect with organizers via Instagram @ontheblockseattle. Interested vendors can sign-up here.

Consider Saturday’s inaugural edition a warm-up for Capitol Hill summer. Continue reading

On the List | May Capitol Hill Art Walk, On the Block 11th Ave street fair debut, first ever Upper Left Comedy Festival

CHS friend Emmett Montgomery will be part of the big show at the Upper Left Comedy Festival this weekend, a celebration of what makes the PNW laugh (Image: CHS)

 

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The weather feels like winter but the sprouting of things to do around Capitol Hill feels like spring. This weekend’s highlights include important rallies and protests for abortion rights, a Capitol Hill comedy festival, and a new monthly Capitol HIll street fair. Check out the CHS Calendar for more.

  • THURSDAY: Capitol Hill Art Walk — The May edition of the monthly night for venues across the Hill to feature art and artists brings highlights including the Center on Contemporary Art ShowWalls Program at Poco, the works of Claire Sakaguchi, Nikki Solemsaas, Kirie Ventura at Vermillion, and a debut celebration for Summit Selvage, a new 12th Ave studio created with the goal of providing an affordable space for the exploration of sewing, handcrafts, arts, and waste reduction. Check out capitolhillartwalk.com for a map and details.
  • THURSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY: Upper Left Comedy Festival Capitol Hill’s Club Comedy and the Northwest Film Forum will host three days of stand-up and performance events featuring Pacific Northwest comedy favorites and nationally known acts including Ron Lynch, Jackie Kashian, Derek Sheen, David Gborie, Emmett Montgomery, Monica Nevi, Birungi Birungi, and Andy Iwancio. Continue reading

On the List | Seattle Black Film Festival — 19 years of Black cinema in the Central District

2021 SBFF award winner A Rodeo Film (Image: A Rodeo Film)

With the Seattle International Film Festival’s run already wrapped up this spring in its smaller format pandemic return, the city’s cinematic energy is free to run through Seattle’s film communities. In the Central District this weekend, 17th Ave S’s Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute will host the 19th annual Seattle Black Film Festival running Friday through Sunday:

The 19th annual Seattle Black Film Festival will once again animate the halls of the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute in Seattle’s historically Black Central District, April 29-May 1. The three-day weekend of in-person and video-on-demand screenings, panels, and events will host an international selection of over forty feature films, music videos, documentaries, and short films; showcasing the range and depth of the Black experience on the big screen.

Formerly known as the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival, the festival’s current incarnation under filmmaker Andrea Stuart-Lehalle took shape in 2020 as it relaunched in a streaming-only showcase during the pandemic’s hashest restrictions.

SBFF 2022 Festival Trailer from Langston Seattle on Vimeo.

The 2022 edition features more than 40 films with screenings at Langston and online. Passes ranging from $15 to $90 for “all access” are available here.

For more things to do across Capitol Hill, the Central District, and the nearby, check out the CHS Calendar.

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In-person, and online, the Seattle International Film Festival returns — Capitol Hill’s Egyptian has survived to help screen it

SIFF is coming up on the end of the ten-year lease it forged in 2014 to keep the screen lit at Capitol Hill’s Egyptian Theatre. What started with a triumphant overhaul that kept the Egyptian a working cinema has been a rougher showing in recent years as SIFF and theaters across the city tried to survive the pandemic.

This week SIFF’s signature event, the Seattle International Film Festival, returns for its 48th iteration to present 262 films, a slimmed-down number compared to past years and a slimmed down version of the event. Kicking off Thursday night, the 10-day festival will screen films at a handful of local theaters including Capitol Hill’s SIFF Egyptian Cinema, which will host a number of headlining films.

After SIFF was canceled entirely in 2020 due to the emergence of COVID-19 and subsequently hosted online in 2021, this year will be a return to form in some regards– though it will feature the first in-person screenings and festivities in two years, the 2022 festival will be conducted in a hybrid format, with over 100 films being made available for streaming on the SIFF Channel.

Though partially in-person once again, the offerings this year are much more streamlined than usual– past festivals have generally boasted over 400 films, far more than the 262 coming this time around. Around two-thirds of the films shown this year were created by either first- or second-time filmmakers, and a similar amount may not screen commercially in the U.S. after their screening at the festival. Continue reading

On the List | Sexy Jesus competition at The Woods, April Capitol Hill Art Walk

He is risen, indeed. Get your fill of blasphemy and art this weekend with a Sexy Jesus competition at a Pike/Pine club and Thursday night’s April art walk at venues across the Hill. Looking for more to do? Check out the CHS Calendar.

  • Capitol Hill Art Walk — Thursday, April 13th — Check out Reverberation, Photographic Center Northwest’s 25th Juried Exhibition, Feminist Masculinity Posters & Quality Agitation from Boycott Society at Rose Temple Bar, or MOTHERLAND from Natasha Marin at Vermillion, the latest in Marin’s Black Imagination constellation of exhibitions.
  • Sexy Jesus Competition — Sunday, April 17th — 11th Ave’s The Woods hosts an Easter Sunday celebration of everybody’s favorite carpenter with cash prizes for the sexiest Jesuses — plural. Starts at 5 PM… and there will be ice cream.

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On the List | Moisture Festival 2022, Nero Gatto fundraiser at Cafe Racer, Bang the Gong all-Asian drag show

Patricia Charms takes the stage as part of the Moisture Festival’s Libertease Cabaret at the Broadway Performance Hall (Image: Moisture Festival)

Here are this week’s highlights from the CHS Calendar. You can also Add Your Event here.

  • Moisture Festival 2022: The annual celebration of comedy and varieté is underway again in 2022 through April 10th with performances at the Broadway Performance Hall and — for the last season — at Hale’s Palladium.
  • Gatto Nero: Cafe Racer hosts a fundraiser Saturday for Seattle’s Malacarne company from choreographer Alice Gosti.
  • Bang the Gong: Stop into Chop Suey for the Sunday all-Asian drag show created and powered by Whispurr Water-Shadow.
  • UPDATE! Bait Shop GalaWe are pretty sure this event planned for Broadway’s Bait Shop is NOT an April Fools’ Day prank:

April 1st, The Bait Shop Endowment for the Arts presents the first annual BAIT GALA. The theme for 2022 is ROCK BOTTOM: An Exploration of Deep Sea Fashion. This evening will showcase the most illustrious fashion designs of the highest order, with an emphasis on the sludgy excess of oceanic opulence. We will have a red carpet, flash photography, appetizers served on hotel trays, and the soft, ambient electronic sounds of shopping at the Southcenter Mall Wet Seal. Costumes are recommended.

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On the List | Global Climate Strike in Seattle Friday in Cal Anderson Park

A 2019 climate striker

In 2019, around 3,000 — many of them young students — took to the streets of Capitol Hill, rallying in Cal Anderson and marching as part of a global climate strike. Smaller strikes have followed. The pandemic has changed the world. But the planet? Still getting hotter.

Global Climate Strike
Cal Anderson Park
Friday, March 25 1 to 3 PM

Friday, organizers from the The Action Network are holding a new strike with Cal Anderson — and the events unfolding in Ukraine — at its center: Continue reading

Illumination art for Ukraine to light up Seattle this weekend including Capitol Hill’s Asian Art Museum

(Image: Enlightenment)

Capitol Hill’s Seattle Asian Art Museum will join buildings around the world in a global display of light art this weekend for Ukraine.

The Enlightenment event will light up the art deco facades of the Volunteer Park museum with works from more than 35 illumination artists who have contributed animations “reflecting solidarity with the Ukrainians and oppressed people around the world.”

“The artworks created will be displayed on the facades of The Seattle Asian Art Museum and dozens of buildings in cities around the world,” the producers, Seattle-based creators of the Borealis – a festival of light events and Maxin10sity of Budapest, say. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Historical Society to hold 2022 annual meeting

Sunday could be a historic day for you.

The Capitol Hill Historical Societyformed only a few years back — will hold its 2022 annual meeting Sunday and everybody is invited.

It’s a good opportunity to get involved. “Though we will have some official membership business, such as voting in the board for the upcoming year, all are welcome, whether members or not,” the invite on the CHS Calendar reads.

Formed way back in the mid-2010s, the society is dedicated to documenting the many histories of Capitol Hill and helping to preserve some of its oldest and most important structures. Continue reading