Organizers making plans for safe in-person Pride celebration on Capitol Hill later in summer

It won’t happen next month but organizers are making plans for a large in-person summer 2021 Pride event on Capitol Hill.

“If it can be done safely, we will be doing it,” PrideFest head Egan Orion tells CHS.

As Seattle’s annual June Pride parade and festivities are already set to be online only again next month as the pandemic continues to slow, work is underway to bring together a safe festival around Broadway and Cal Anderson — even if it means waiting for later in summer.

“We’re working closely with the city on those plans and if all goes well, we expect to be one of the only non-sports festivals that will take place this year,” Orion said. “It will be a two day event, all on Capitol Hill.” Continue reading

The Capitol Hill Art Walk returns

The newly opened Museum of Museums is on the walk

One thing certain after months of the COVID-19 crisis is how much heavier we weigh the calculated risks of daily life. As you search for balance, Thursday night brings a little bit of life back to Capitol Hill.

Whether the return of the Capitol Hill Art Walk is for you is, well, up to you. But a handful of area venues and shops are getting back into the rhythm of the monthly “second Thursday” event:

We have some socially-distanced, masked art viewings happening this Thursday, Nov. 12th!
Check each venue’s website for details on their hours, COVID-19 accommodations & more…

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COVID-19 cancellation: No Capitol Hill Block Party in 2020

(Image: Capitol Hill Block Party)

2020’s Capitol Hill Block Party musical festival, one of the largest annual events in the neighborhood every July, has been cancelled due to the coronavirus crisis, organizers announced Thursday.

“Due to the current situation with COVID-19, Capitol Hill Block Party 2020 is unable to move forward as planned,” CHBP organizers write. “Our top priority is the health and safety of our community, artists and attendees. We hope everyone is being smart, responsible, and thinking of others during these unprecedented times.”

The annual three-day music festival is looking ahead to 2021, producers said Thursday. Ticket holders can save their passes for next year or request a refund, according to the statement. Continue reading

CHS Calendar: 15th Annual Children’s Film Festival Seattle, Washington Beer Open House, Tax Amazon March

Now that you have your grocery shopping done, get ready to enjoy a busy weekend around Capitol Hill. Here are a few highlights to plan for.

You can find more on the CHS Calendar. Continue reading

A first Second Thursday — Free admission at Seattle Asian Art Museum joins Capitol Hill Art Walk

Samy will probably not be there (Image: Seattle Art Museum)

Second Thursdays are now even more art-y on Capitol Hill. The longtime schedule for the neighborhood’s monthly art walk is now also part of the expanded roster of free admission days for the newly reopened Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park.

Both happy events including the first Second Thursday free opening at SAAM and late hours until 9 PM and a special Valentine’s edition of the Capitol Hill Art Walk coincide for the first time Thursday night.

At SAAM, part of the process to plan the museum’s $56 million overhaul and expansion was a new lease for the city-owned building that included an expanded suite of community benefits including free school visits and a wider schedule of free admission days. Second Thursdays are only part of the fun: Continue reading

Capitol Hill gay bars and performance venues raising funds to help Down Under

Capitol Hill’s gay bars and performance venues are raising funds in celebration of Australia Day to help recovery from the country’s bushfire crisis.

Bush Bash is a fundraiser happening this Saturday, January 25, at four Seattle gay bars. The funds raised that evening go to The Australian Community’s Disaster Relief Fund. R Place, Diesel, Queer/Bar, and White Center’s Lumber Yard are all having special fundraising performances or events to raise money to help people and wildlife affected by the Australian bushfire crisis.

Meanwhile, a 12-hour drag fundraising event will do its part to Save the Koalas Sunday at Capitol Hill’s Fred Wildlife Refuge. Continue reading

On the List | January Capitol Hill art walk, 2020 Womxn’s March screenprinting party, No Pants light rail

Fair warning. No Pants Light Rail is Sunday.

Womxn’s March screenprinting party (Image: Orange Twist)

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 Continue reading

On the List | Pike/Pine Shop The Block, pop-up markets, winter solstice in the Arboretum, Chanukah in Volunteer Park

Sugar Plum Gary plays the 18th and Union Theater through December 24th

Capitol Hill’s nightlife venues make great homes for unique craft and vintage markets year-round. During the holidays, things get turned to 11. Below, you’ll find a naughty and nice list of pop-up markets from around the neighborhood plus. We also have a few other, non-commerce ways to mark the season. You can visit the CHS Calendar to find more.

For more gift ideas, holiday events, and deals from local merchants, check out Shop the Hill.

THURSDAY, Dec. 19:  The Central District’s ReRunRoom hosts its Holiday Sparkle Party with “vintage & handmade gifts, decor, furniture, and jewelry” and a selfie photo booth. You can also enjoy snacks and a glittery cocktail. ReRun Room, 5-8 PM

Hugo House and the Northwest Native Writers Circle are bringing six accomplished Native women writers for an evening of readings and conversation.  Join Laura Da’, Sara Marie Ortiz, Storme Webber, Arianne True, Sara Marie Ortiz, and Sondra S. Segundo-Cunningham as they share their experience and writing.  Hugo House, 7 PM Continue reading

On the List | December Capitol Hill Art Walk, carols at St. James, Depression Fest

Guilty Holiday Pleasures at Chophouse Row (Image: Chophouse Row)

It’s the second week of December which means it is time for the Capitol Hill Art Walk Thursday.  Check for this month’s venues, but two things to be aware of is that the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict and Capitol Hill Housing will be presenting Porous Public Space: Climate Adaption through Public Space Design at the 12th Ave Arts Building as part of the art walk and the Annex Theatre will be hosting its variety show, Spin the Bottle, after the art walk wraps up.

For other things to do this week check out the below events and visit the CHS Calendar.

For gift ideas, holiday events, and deals from local merchants, check out Shop the Hill.

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 11:  The Northwest African American Museum and Hugo House will be presenting a tribute to the legacy of James Baldwin (1924 – 1987).  Baldwin was born in Harlem where he grew up and his known for may works on racial, sexual, and class distinctions, such as Notes of a Native Son and Giovanni’s Room.  There will be readings and remembrances from Anastacia-Renée, Ebo Barton, LaNesha DeBardelaben, and Seattle Civic Poet Jourdan Imani Keith. Northwest African American Museum, 7 PM – 9 PM. Continue reading

On the List | Holiday in Volunteer Park, leather Santa, Stevens tree sale, more WTO 20

(Image: Volunteer Park Trust)

The lights are up and cheery music is playing – the holiday season is upon us.  Though Black Friday (and all the associated marketing children of it) is past, shopping may still be on the mind.  To that end there are a variety of pop-up markets to check out this December, including the Holiday Market at Westlake Park and the Full Moon Market at Stumptown Coffee.  But if you had your fill of shopping, check out some of the events below. You can find more o the CHS Calendar.

For gift ideas, deals, and holiday events including this weekend’s holiday tree lighting at the Hotel Sorrento on First Hill, check out Shop the Hill.

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 4:  The Tenant Rights Bootcamp series continues with this week’s bootcamp being co-hosted by Be:Seattle and The Urbanist to help educate renters on what their rights are and how best to apply those rights to create better living for Seattle’s renters.  Ada’s Technical Books and Café, 6 PM – 8 PM. Continue reading