For first time, 206 Zulu Park Jams make Capitol Hill stop

13320010_10208439208153407_1791696448705913684_n (1)With Capitol Hill Block Party 2016 passed, this weekend brings free music to Cal Anderson Park. Attendees will be able to enjoy the “the four elements” — DJing, breakdancing, emceeing, and graffiti art not filtered through the Pike/Pine scene.

Sunday evening, Cal Anderson will play host to local DJs, musicians, and visual artists as part of its turn to host a 206 Zulu Park Jam. The jam is organized by nonprofit volunteer organization 206 Zulu, the Seattle branch of a group started in the 70s to bring live music, particularly hip hop, to parks as a way to create a safe place for young people in the Bronx. Zulu has since extended its mission to providing family-friendly music and arts programming in cities throughout the United States. Continue reading

Seattle Outdoor Theater Festival returns to Volunteer Park with mission to make Shakespeare as accessible as the Mariners

Seattle Outdoor Theater Festival organizer Ken Holmes says that the weekend of outdoor drama in Volunteer Park is outdoors and donation-based because theater should be an accessible form of entertainment like going to a baseball game.

“That’s part of our mission — to provide theater that anyone can go and see,” Holmes tells CHS. Continue reading

On the List | HONK! Fest West brass band festival comes to Capitol Hill

Brass musicians march at a past HONK! Fest 4th of July show (Images: Mike Antares)

Brass musicians march at a past HONK! Fest 4th of July show (Images: Mike Antares)

HONK! Fest West is extending its reach to Capitol Hill.

The free outdoor music festival started in Seattle in 2008, and this year it runs from June 16 to 19 with a visit to Capitol Hill in the middle. Capitol Hill will have its day Friday with professional brass bands playing free live concerts at four locations on the Hill. Festival organizer Mike Antares estimates that about 26 bands will play on the Hill.

“HONK! Fest is about the accessibility of music, which is why they’re in parks, streets, and public spaces,” Antares said.

This is the first year that the festival has included Capitol Hill. Festival organizers were brainstorming earlier in the year about how to reach out to other communities in the Seattle area. “Capitol Hill was at the top of the list,” said Antares. Continue reading

Paul Allen wants to show you movies about the economy tonight on Capitol Hill — for free

(Image: We the Economy)

(Image: We the Economy)

Capitol Hill’s only remaining chain movie theater and Paul Allen’s Vulcan Productions — yes, he makes movies, too — are teaming up for a free screening Monday night of a new short film collection about making money in America and the state of the nation’s economy. Produced by Allen’s film company and Morgan Spurlock, short film collection We the Economy screens for free at E Roy’s Landmark Harvard Exit and in brick and mortar theaters across the country Monday night, October 20th, before being released — also for free — as an online series. You can reserve your ticket for Monday’s 7 PM showing or hope to grab one at the box office at 807 E Roy. Continue reading

Another reason to vote: free Molly Moon’s ice cream

(Image: Molly Moon's)

(Image: Molly Moon’s)

You have until 8 PM to cast your August 2014 Primary ballot — here are the area drop boxes if you didn’t get it together to get yours stamped and mailed.

As a reward, Molly Moon’s ice cream shops are giving out free scoops on Election Day if you show your ballot stub.

With two Molly Moon’s to choose from on Capitol Hill these days — 19th Ave E and E Pine — It’s an excellent incentive. We’re not sure why more places don’t do similar promotions. If you already tossed your stub, we suggest trying a screenshot of your ballot tracking status.

(Image: Molly Moon's)

(Image: Molly Moon’s)

With the Parks District vote and the first stage of the race between ChoppCapitol Hill’s longtime Olympia powerbroker Chopp faces Socialist Alternative in search of 11th term — and Spear — Challenger Spear brings Socialist Alternative (and ground game) fight to 43rd District establishment — there are also plenty of non-dessert related reasons to vote.

After your ice cream cone, you can stop by candidate Spear’s campaign party at Capitol Hill’s Vermillion Tuesday night.

Inside the lines of Capitol Hill’s monthly coloring book


(Images: The Bomb Promise)

Coloring Book Valentine's Day Edition (Image: The Bomb Collective)

Valentine’s Day edition coloring book (Image: The Bomb Promise)

A Capitol Hill arts collective came together during the summer of 2012 with the intention of many a local creative: Get exposure. The group of graphic scribblers known as The Bomb Promise has pulled together the work of local artists in a rather unconventional way through the monthly release of coloring books sprinkled through some of Capitol Hill’s hotspots for adults and kids alike. Please, color inside the lines.

“We are all artists/illustrators either by profession or hobby and found it difficult to market ourselves in the competitive art scene,” said collective member, Alysia Mojica. “Our solution was to put out a coloring book featuring our illustrations.”

The Bomb Promise has unveiled 20 editions monthly since July, 2012 (missing only one month due to extenuating circumstances) with Mojica putting in work outside of her art to get the issues pressed. Continue reading