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

Screenprinting Work Party in Support of the 2020 Womxn’s March

Seattle, Washington: Beth Anderson demonstrates proper screen printing technique in the print studio. Photo by Paul Christian Gordon

Join your neighbors for a Screenprinting Work Party (SWP) on Saturday, January 11th from 10am – 2pm at the Pratt Fine Arts Center print studio (yellow building at the corner of S. Main Street and 20th Ave S.).

Participants will help print posters by local artists Eileen Jimenez, Leigh Riibe, and Lynda Sherman in support of January 18th Womxn’s March on Seattle and have the opportunity to take home posters printed at the event. Find out more about the march at Seattle Womxn Marching Forward and RSVP to the event here.

Screenprinting Work Parties are volunteer-run and donation based. Your donation may be your time and good cheer, a snack to share, cash, or any combination of the three.

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Help spread the word about our events or share photos of your experience or the designs by using the hashtag #printworkparty

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 capitolhillartwalk.com 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

On the List | What’s open on Capitol Hill Thanksgiving 2019, Small Business Saturday and Shop the Hill, WTO 20th anniversary

The Urban Turkey

Happy Thanksgiving. We hope you have time to enjoy a feast or two. And hopefully you get as much time with friends and loved ones that you want. While we’re talking about hope and thanks, here are a few things to be grateful for getting out and doing around Capitol Hill this weekend. Check out the CHS Calendar for more.

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 27:  Community Lunch on Capitol Hill serves hot meals and provides survival services to the homeless and low-income in Seattle.  They provide four meals a week – lunch on Tuesday and Friday, and supper on Wednesday and Thursday.  Wednesday night, the Seattle Yang Gang – a group supporting entrepreneur and Democratic candidate, Andrew Yang – will be volunteering at the Community Lunch on Capitol Hill as a way to serve and connect with the community.  All Pilgrims Christian Church, 3 PM – 6:30 PM

** Community Lunch on Capitol Hill will also be serving a free Thanksgiving dinner Thursday starting at 5 PM at All Pilgrims. **

THURSDAY, Nov. 28:  Let us give thanks. For the baristas and the bartenders. The budtenders. The Amazon Prime delivery people. Bike shares. And your neighbor’s wi-fi. Below, we’ve compiled our annual roster of coffee joints, grocery stores, etc. where your friends and neighbors will be working to make sure you have the happiest holiday possible. As for getting a post-feast cocktail, that list is up to you. Take a chance. Make sure to tip. And be thankful. Continue reading