After Capitol Hill Block Party 2019, city to ‘assess the viability of this event in this neighborhood’

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Seattle City Hall is asking the Capitol Hill Block Party to clean up its act on its edges and will be conducting its own round of outreach to neighboring businesses and Pike/Pine residents “in order to better gather feedback on benefits and impacts” from the annual summer music festival “and other major Capitol Hill events,” city officials tell CHS.

Don’t expect there to be any financial mitigation. And there is zero chance the city will cancel permits for the 2019 event. But 2020 — and beyond — is another question.

“It is clear the Capitol Hill Block Party is economically beneficial to some Capitol Hill businesses, and culturally beneficial to the Capitol Hill neighborhood and Seattle,” Chris Swenson, who leads the city’s Special Events planning process, said in a statement sent to CHS. “It is also clear through feedback from Capitol Hill businesses and residents that the Capitol Hill Block Party is negatively economically impactful to other businesses and residents, and presents significant access and operations impacts to neighborhood businesses and residents.”

“The City and Committee take these impacts very seriously,” Swenson added.

For the 2019 Block Party, the city is requiring Block Party producers to make “several physical immediate improvements” including “streamlining access for employees and residents in and around the event perimeter” and “adjusting placement of portapotties and other operational elements to be less impactful to businesses and residents.” It will also require security staffing to be trained “to better support business and residential access.”

But in a message to neighborhood stakeholders sent Thursday, the city says for 2020 and beyond, it plans to consider larger changes to the festival including an effort to “assess the viability of this event in this neighborhood.” Continue reading

Should city help cover community costs of Capitol Hill Block Party weekend? — UPDATE

A group of “residents, property owners and business owners in Pike/Pine” is asking questions about the annual Capitol Hill Block Party music festival in a survey being sent around the neighborhood.

The goal, an organizer says, isn’t to cancel Block Party — but the group does want to do a better job of documenting the challenges the neighborhood around the festival sometimes faces so that the city can better plan the event and how to mitigate major issues.

“In order to start that work towards adequate mitigation, Seattle Office of Film, Music, and Special Events along with Dept. of Neighborhoods and Office of Economic Development asked if we could circulate a survey in order to get more detailed info on the types of barriers businesses, residents, employees, and property owners face over block party weekend,” local jewelry designer and project architect Rachel Ravitch, organizer of the survey, tells CHS.

You can answer the two-question, open-ended questionnaire here through December 15th. Continue reading

Hope for Christmas: A concert to bring freedom, safety, and hope to victims of sex trafficking.

Join REST, CitizensGhost Ship and Handsome & Gretyl for an evening of Christmas cheer bringing freedom, safety, and hope to victims of sex trafficking in our community.

REST is a Seattle-based nonprofit that exists to bring freedom, safety, and hope to local sex trafficking victims and those being exploited in the sex trade. All proceeds from “Hope for Christmas” will benefit REST.

 

New Year’s Eve Gala: Mozart ’til Midnight

New Year’s Eve Gala – Mozart ’til Midnight
Monday, December 31, 2018 at 11:00pm
St. James Cathedral, 804 Ninth Avenue, Seattle
$30 suggested donation

Cathedral Cantorei and Cathedral Chamber Orchestra
Joseph Adam, Music Director and Cathedral Organist

Ring in the New Year with the Cathedral Cantorei and Chamber Orchestra in a festive program featuring the music of Mozart. His Vesperae solennes de confessore (Solemn Vespers for a confessor), K.339, which includes the beloved Laudate Dominum for soprano soloist and choir, is the centerpiece of the concert. Other works include his Kyrie for 5 sopranos, K. 89; Regina coeli in C major, K. 276; and Missa brevis in C major, K. 220, also known as the “Sparrow Mass” or “Spatzenmesse.” At midnight, we toll in the New Year with bells and a “midnight surprise!”

TICKET SALES
Passes to reserved seating are only available by advance donation: order online for delivery by mail or pickup at will-call (www.stjames-cathedral.org/music/concerts/NYE2018.aspx), or call 206-382-4874. General admission passes are available at the door. Concerts with reserved seating at St. James Cathedral are “Festival Seating,” which guarantees you a seat, but not a specific seat, in the reserved section. Reserved seats are opened to general seating a few minutes before each concert.

– Online sales of advance passes to reserved seating will end at 7:30 pm on Monday, December 31.
General admission passes will be sold at the door
 ($30 suggested donation; pay what you can).
– Box Office/Will Call will open at approximately 9:30 pm. The doors will open at 10:00.

PARKING
– The Cabrini Garage (paid parking) will remain open for this event from 9:00pm until 1:15am. Garage entrance is on Marion Street between Terry and Boren Avenues.
– Limited free parking is available in the O’Dea High School parking lot, entrances on Marion and Columbia Streets between Terry and Boren Avenues.
– Paid street parking is enforced until 8:00pm.
– Handicapped parking is available on the west side of Terry Avenue, between Marion and Columbia.

CONTACT INFORMATION
More information at www.stjames-cathedral.org/music/concerts/NYE2018.aspx, (206) 382-4874, or musicoffice@stjames-cathedral.org.

Music at St. James Cathedral
804 9th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104

ABOUT
St. James Cathedral is the home of Seattle’s longest-running classical music New Year’s Eve concert – 2018 marks the 37th Gala New Year’s Eve performance. Featuring the professional musicians of the Cathedral, this yearly event reflects the quality and excellence of the St. James Cathedral music program put forth each week as the 7 adult and youth choirs, cantors, and organists of the Cathedral provide music for nearly 600 liturgies a year.

The Cathedral Cantorei is a professional ensemble with 19 of the area’s outstanding soloists and choral leaders, which serves as the professional core of the Cathedral Choir and the Women of St. James Schola. The individual members of the Cantorei minister as cantors, soloists, and psalmists at all sung liturgies at St. James and at the monthly ecumenical service with music from Taizé. As a choral ensemble they have performed such works as Bach’s Magnificat, Handel’s Dixit Dominus, and Tallis’ Lamentations of Jeremiah.

Seattle Ladies Choir Season 15: Saturday Matinee Concert

Seattle Ladies Choir Season 15 concertsCome listen to the Seattle Ladies Choir sing in perfect harmony at our Season 15 Concerts, including choral versions of songs by Cher, TLC, The Eagles, Queen, and more!

We will be performing three shows at the Broadway Performance Hall in Capitol Hill! The hall is easily accessible via light rail and bus, and a 500-spot parking garage is located near the venue. All shows are wheelchair accessible.

Friday, October 19, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. (matinee)
Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now!!! http://seattleladieschoir.strangertickets.com/

Price: Adult $16, Student $14, Child/Senior $8

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/721283171568737/

Seattle Ladies Choir Season 15: Saturday Night Concert

Seattle Ladies Choir Season 15 ConcertsCome listen to the Seattle Ladies Choir sing in perfect harmony at our Season 15 Concerts, including choral versions of songs by Cher, TLC, The Eagles, Queen, and more!

We will be performing three shows at the Broadway Performance Hall in Capitol Hill! The hall is easily accessible via light rail and bus, and a 500-spot parking garage is located near the venue. All shows are wheelchair accessible.

Friday, October 19, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. (matinee)
Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now!!! http://seattleladieschoir.strangertickets.com/

Price: Adult $16, Student $14, Child/Senior $8

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/721283171568737/

Seattle Ladies Choir Season 15: Friday Night Concert

Seattle Ladies Choir Season 15 Concert posterCome listen to the Seattle Ladies Choir sing in perfect harmony at our Season 15 Concerts, including choral versions of songs by Cher, TLC, The Eagles, Queen, and more!

We will be performing three shows at the Broadway Performance Hall in Capitol Hill! The hall is easily accessible via light rail and bus, and a 500-spot parking garage is located near the venue. All shows are wheelchair accessible.

Friday, October 19, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. (matinee)
Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now!!! https://seattleladieschoir.strangertickets.com/

Price: Adult $16, Student $14, Child/Senior $8

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/721283171568737/

MIXED BAG – An evening of sketch comedy, live music, and stop motion animation

Seattle’s husband and wife comedy-music duo return for another evening of sketch comedy, live music, and stop motion animation in MIXED BAG, one of the first shows to grace the stage of the newly reopened Hugo House! Hosted by poet and humorist Jeanine Walker and musician Steve Mauer, this edition of MIXED BAG will feature extra special guest Claudia Castro Luna, Washington’s Poet Laureate, as well as other talented folks from the Seattle artist community. MIXED BAG has a track record of delivering an entertaining combo of ironic humor punctuated by catchy musical numbers in the tradition of Saturday Night Live…with a decidedly Seattle twist.

In face of $40M suit, Sawant plans ‘Save the Showbox’ concert at Seattle City Hall

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Capitol Hill’s District 3 rep Kshama Sawant is soldiering ahead with a “Save the Showbox” concert and rally at City Hall despited a $40 million lawsuit against the city over a surgical preservation ordinance that has temporarily staved off the sale and redevelopment of the 1st Ave venue.

Seattle husband and wife rock band Smokey Brights will headline the Wednesday, September 19th, 5:00 PM “Concert/Rally” preceding a public hearing in Seattle City Council chambers. UPDATE: The bill has grown with Sol, Sassy Black, and Dude York joining the show.

CHS reported earlier on the Sawant ordinance passed by the council and at the heart of the $40 million lawsuit from the Showbox property’s owner, a Las Vegas company owned by Seattle strip club magnate Roger Forbes. Among the arguments in the suit are allegations Sawant and other council members “engaged in ex parte communications with Save the Showbox supporters but failed to disclose those communications as required by law” and that the ordinance represents an illegal “spot zone.”  Continue reading