On the List | Capitol Hill Queer Art Walk, Portshowlio, Well Plaid Seattle Quake Rugby fundraiser

Portshowlio 2019 showcases the work of Seattle Central design and visual media graduates

Another week in June, another Pride-focused seven days ahead. Some queer business-focused events to mark your calendars for: a workshop on how to build a trans-inclusive workplace on Friday, another on “queering your career” and being yourself in the workplace at The Riveter next Wednesday. Future For Us hosts a “Know your rights in the workplace” panel for women of color this Thursday.

Gastronomes can continue to enjoy the vegan (dessert) revolution currently happening on the Hill, as Sugar Plum chef Making Howell hosts a multi-course plant-based dessert tasting menu.

And, while Seattle waits for the Museum of Museums to open near Broadway, there’s plenty more art to see this week — especially during Queer Art Walk. Find our artistic and other picks on the list below, and head over to the CHS Pride Calendar and CHS Calendar for more events.

WEDNESDAY, June 12 – THURSDAY, June 13: June is not just Pride month, it’s also graduation time. Find out what the graduating class of Seattle Central Creative Academy has been up to during Portshowlio 2019, a showcase of the work from over 60 design and visual media graduates, which includes fashion and street photography, a brutalist architecture guide, a 14-foot screen featuring Pacific Northwest drone footage, advertising campaigns for Capitol Hill Block Party Campaign and even a Tamagotchi phone app design. Seattle Central College (5th floor), 5 – 9 PM

WEDNESDAY, June 12: The Capitol Hill institution Vermillion is still standing. Eleven years after starting the art gallery/bar, it is a holdout in a very different neighborhood. Celebrate Vermillion’s 11th birthday with cake, snacks, a raffle with wine and tickets to Alternative Pride and boogie, soul, funk, and jazz. Vermillion, 8 – 11 PM Continue reading

On the List | Hair Flip Comix, Volunteer Park Pride Festival, POOPU craft market

Thunderpussy headlines Saturday Volunteer Park Pride Festival

Hair Flip cover by Grace Kroll

Pride is in full swing, and although we’ll have to wait until June 30 for the city’s 45th annual Seattle Pride Parade, there’s plenty to do in the meantime. A portion of the ticket sales for More Than Just Beer: PRIDE in Craft at The Riveter and PRIDE in Education at Queer/Bar will benefit Lambert House, a local community center for LGBTQ+ youth.

Other events to look out for include the QTPOC June Social get together at Mezcaleria Oaxaca’s Hill location, as well as a Planning Committee Meeting for PNW Black Pride at Gay City. And, of course, the Volunteer Park Pride Festival this Saturday. Find the festival’s line-up and much more on the list of things to do below, or head over to the CHS Capitol Hill Pride Calendar and CHS Calendar for more events.

THURSDAY, June 6 : Zine culture is alive and well in Seattle. HAIR FLIP, a new local art and comics quarterly (formerly printed under the name Thick as Thieves) celebrates new beginnings at Fred Wildlife Refuge with a party and fundraiser. Bands Great Spiders, Familiars, and DJ SICK SID will provide the soundtrack for zine-browsing at tables from artists like Max Clotfelter and James Stanton, and underground art and comics hub Push/Pull as well as a raffle featuring cameras, light boxes, Kindles and mystery packages from sex toy and accessories retailer Babeland. Fred Wildlife Refuge, 7 – 12 PM Continue reading

On the List | Capitol Hill Clean Sweep kicks off Pride, Bite of Greece, Rainier Chapter House celebration

It’s almost June, which means Pride Month is upon us. Seattle’s Pride Month officially kicks off this Saturday, with a Pride Concert on Seattle Central’s North Plaza featuring musicals, “dark and sultry interpretations” of  ’80s and ’90s songs and the Capitol Hill Doggie Drag Costume Contest, as well as speeches commemorating the 50th anniversary of the rebellion at the Stonewall Inn.

For more activism history, head over to 12th Avenue Arts, where the play Don’t Call it a Riot!” opens this Thursday. Local playwright Amontaine Aurore delves into the city’s activist history, from the Black Panther Party to the WTO protests.

Visit 13th Ave for roasted lamb, gyros, souvlaki, and spanakopita — one of the many menu options at this weekend’s Bite of Greece Seattle food festival.

We’ve lined up more things to do (seeing kaleidoscope and other art) and eat (such as eating ice cream sandwiches), on the list below. Find more things to do on the CHS Calendar.

THURSDAY, May 30: Two years ago, local artist Greg Lundgren purchased a vintage kaleidoscope at a swap meet. He’s since become somewhat possessed by the optical instrument’s beauty and whimsy and has been making his own kaleidoscopes with the help of cut jewels found on the internet, Goodwill-bought costume jewelry, and art glass. Tonight’s your last chance to see the resulting kaleidoscope-pattern-bedazzled exhibition, titled “1977.” The Factory, 6-9 PM Continue reading

On the List | Spice Waala for Lifelong, #adulting, ‘raised cakes’ at Raised Doughnuts

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The Seattle International Film Festival kicked off last week but will be bringing movies from all over the world to Capitol Hill’s Egyptian theatre and movie theaters around the city until June 9. Some notable screenings at The Egyptian this week include a new Woodstock documentary and a feel-good flick from Gurinder Chadha (Bend it Like Beckham).

Cinephiles are in luck with another film festival at the Northwest Film Forum happening this week, focused on Brazilian films addressing race, gender, and sexuality. Those with young kids can find refuge at the Central Cinema, where Thursdays are for two hours of free classic cartoons with food and drink specials.

Another hot ticket this Thursday: The Moth Mainstage at Benaroya Hall. We’ve lined up more things to do, such as pie-eating and poetry brunching, on the list below. Find more events on the CHS Calendar.

WEDNESDAY, May 22: Sometimes event concepts do not need to be complex to be supremely enjoyable. Case in point: Rain City Slam’s “Lyric Slam.” The idea? Bring a song and compete with it as poetry. That’s it. That is literally all you need to do (besides, we assume, kicking ass) to win the Lyric Slam Crown. Tickets are $3-5 sliding scale. Jai Thai, 8 PM Continue reading

On the List | 45th annual Seattle International Film Festival, Pierogi Fest, forest bathing

Thin Skin at SIFF

With election fever ramping up, there are candidate forums galore on the Hill. The next one, hosted by the 43rd District Dems, is scheduled for this Saturday at co-working space The Riveter, with all seven candidates running for the D3 seat attending. On Sunday, five of the seven candidates will speak at the Pigott Auditorium at Seattle University.

On Thursday Jewish Family Services hosts an “introduction” talk about suicide prevention, where attendees can learn about warning signs and risk factors.

Craving something lighter? Check out this week’s to-do list below, which includes forest bathing, pierogis, and Indigenous joy, and find more events on the CHS Calendar.

THROUGH SUNDAY, June 9: The Seattle International Film Festival brings a full schedule of movies to Capitol Hill’s Egyptian Theater — now SIFF Cinema Egyptian, of course. Looking for Capitol Hill highlights? Try the Thin Skin Event with a sneak-peek from Seattle filmmaker and writer Charles Mudede’s upcoming feature or DJ NicFit presents Fantastic Planet with the DJ presenting a one of a kind screening of the “phantasmagorical work of science fiction” accompanied by “a carefully curated soundtrack featuring the music of alternative-rock icons The Flaming Lips.” Continue reading

On the List | Capitol Hill Art Walk, Seattle Beer Week and the Pine Box Beer Can Derby, Moby on First Hill

Neve Mazique-Bianco performs at Velocity this week (Image: SairaBarbaric_2019)

Local beer geeks and hop heads would probably argue every week is Seattle beer week, but this Thursday, the actual Seattle Beer Week rolls around for its 11th annual “event for the beer traveler.” On the Hill, the event overlaps with Elysian’s grand re-opening (which features 1996 beer prices), beers on wheels at the Pine Box (see below) a ”Belgian Beer Dinner” at Quinn’s with beers from Lindemans, Orval, Westmalle and Trappist Rochefort, and Hopvine’s Beer Week trivia with Two Beers beers and tacos.

Some other highlights of the week include a discussion about food, film and feminism at co-working space The Riveter; the CD’s Coyote Central’s art sale benefiting artists and its youth scholarship fund; a poetry and music-filled Nina Simone tribute benefiting Young Women Empowered (Y-WE); a Mother’s Day floral arranging workshop; husband-and-wife live comedy sketch performance; and, last but not least: An info session on student loan repayment at Seattle U.

Find more not-to-miss events on the CHS Calendar.

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WEDNESDAY, May 8: Linda’s is 25, but still loves going to prom. Or better, hosting it. Linda’s Tavern, a Pike/Pine constant for 25 years, is hosting its 9th Annual Prom — the perfect occasion to flaunt the finest outfits, drink spiked punch and fall in love a couple times. DJ Pretty Please brings the beats. Stay until midnight for the King and Queen crowning and bring your best prom photo smile. Linda’s, 9 PM

If you have somewhat of an opinion, niche and working vocal cords, it seems like you also have to have a podcast these days. The Pacific Northwest, home to a tech construction and now podcast boom, is no exception, with new podcasts seemingly born every other day. For those curious about joining the fray, the Podcast Network of Washington will start offering a range of services to podcasters, including recording studios and branding, and Seattle Podcasters Guild offers monthly meet-ups and support. For those not knowing where to start at all, Ada’s is hosting an intro Intro to Podcasting Workshop, with a focus on audio fiction. The Lab at Ada’s, 6 PM (21+) Continue reading

On the List | Seattle Transgender Film Festival, Cinco de Mayo, Red May, Neighbor Day

This year’s May Day marks the 20th ‘anniversary’ of the May Day March for the Rights of Immigrants and Workers, again crossing Capitol Hill Wednesday afternoon. Lots will be happening May 2nd too: A meeting about the East Union post office relocation at Garfield Community Center,  the start of Translations: The Seattle Transgender Film Festival, as well as the third anniversary party of sustainable styling company Cuniform at Cloud Studios, where you’ll be able to shop recycled pieces from designers Helmut Lang, Margiela, Marni and Jil Sanders.  Find this week’s full to-do list below, plus more events on the CHS Calendar (including this free guided walking tour of “Seattle’s only residential Landmark District,” aka Harvard/Belmont).

WEDNESDAY, May 1 through SUNDAY, May 5: Every year on May 5th, the Mexican Army’s victory over the French in Puebla is celebrated during Cinco de Mayo. Capitol Hill’s Mezcaleria Oaxaca commemorates the occasion with Cinco Days of Cinco, which translates to five days of drink specials, including cocktails, slushies, tequila, and “all the tacos.” Each day, Mezcaleria Oaxaca highlights one tequila or mezcal. From May 1st to 5th: El Tesoro, Olmeca Altos, Patrón, Sauza, and Del Maguey. Mezcaleria Oaxaca, starting at 4 PM

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On the List | Indie Bookstore Day, Langston Hughes African American Film Festival, Spice Waala, Fierce Ladies Beer Fest

Fill up at the Fierce Ladies Beer Festival, Thursday night at Optimism Brewing (Image: Fierce Ladies Beer Fest)

With Memorial Day and potentially some warmer spring days imminent, some might want to skip the last April days and showers straight to May. However, this week has great things in store including beers from “ladies,” fresh art talent at Cornish and some good old collective gardening — or, perhaps, some Tai Chi at Cal Anderson. On Saturday, Chophouse Row’s Good Weather Café is hosting a hands-on course for neophyte (city) cyclists. They will cover how to signal, navigate train and trolly tracks, starting and stopping on a hill, tube-patching and other musts for city riders.

After, riders could attempt to bike to all 21 Seattle-area bookstores, including Hill-based Ada’s Technical Books & Cafe and Elliott Bay Book Company, participating in Seattle Independent Bookstore Day. Participants who get their Independent Bookstore “passport” stamped at all 21 stores get a champion card worth 25% off at all participating stores for a year, folks who visit 3 get a day-off discount. Plan to make the last stop at Ada’s, where local authors/comedians/storytellers such as Sarah Galvin, Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, Emmett Montgomery and Sierra Nelson will take the mic.

(Also, last week, we erroneously posited that Bagel-buffs would get their last chance to get a taste of Matthew Segal’s kick-ass bagels — but that’s actually this weekend. Aren’t you glad you get another last chance?) Check out this week’s to-do list below, plus find more events on the CHS Calendar.

THURSDAY, April 25: Is the craft beer scene still very male-dominated? Absolutely! (According to a 2014 study by Stanford University, 4 percent of all ‘brewmasters’ are women.) Does waiting for equality mean we’ll also have to endure the continued deployment of the epithet “fierce” for everyone who’s not a Dude™? Probably! This Thursday, Optimism Brewing Company hosts the second Fierce Ladies Beer Fest, a craft-beer fest featuring women-brewed beers. The all-gender event will showcase beer by breweries such as Stoup, Georgetown, PicoBrew, and Optimism. Sales will benefit the Pink Boots Society, an organization that helps women advance their beer careers. Optimism Brewing Company, 6 PM Continue reading

On the List | Passover-Easter-4/20, egg hunts, Wa Na Wari, Small Mouth Sounds

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.

WEDNESDAY, April 17: While hurtling through space on his way to the International Space Station (ISS), South Korea’s first astronaut, Ko San, did not miss the taste of his favorite foods. The Korea Aerospace Research Institute made sure there was kimchi for him. Such is the devotion kimchi — a traditional fermented Korean side dish made out of Napa cabbage, daikon radish, and Korean red pepper flakes — inspires. At The Works, learn about the history of the condiment and how to make your own.  The Works, 6 PM Continue reading

On the List | Basement Bazaar, Spring Polish Bazaar, Capitol Hill Art Walk April edition

Sunday at Dino’s (Image: Basement Bazaar)

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.

Some very different tunes will resound during Century Ballroom’s Dance Day, where aspiring dancers can try nine different dance styles, including Kizomba, Lindy and Salsa for $15, and Record Store Day, with special deals and performances/DJ sets byDJ Explorateur and DoNormaal at Everyday Music. Find more things to do and eat below, or on the CHS Calendar.

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’s Poetry 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