On the List | Final Capitol Hill Art Walk of 2018, Neighbours Alley, Ben’s Bread, Sugar Plum Gary

This Thursday is the last Capitol Hill Art Walk of the year. To get your art fix, pass by the FoodArt Collection and The Factory, or check out the art walk calendar here. In the midst of the art walk, you’ll find the Neighbours Alley Celebration with dumpster painting, ornament making, and, yes, alley bowling. It’s also a big night for seasonal celebration in Volunteer Park at the annual Holiday in the Park event. Find more events around the neighborhood on the CHS Calendar.

THURSDAY, Dec. 13: Contemporary pop artist Genevieve St. Charles might be as consumed by, well, American consumerism as the venerable Andy Warhol was, her work packs a lot more banter. Though she shares a fondness for bananas with Warhol, St. Charles expands her scope to the whole fruit basket (plus deliciously dripping cheese burgers and hot dogs) with a new art show FROOT, featuring shiny peaches and bananas, neon, home furnishings and her famous LaCroix cans with bittersweet flavors such as “Homeless Bitcoin Millionaire” or “Deleted Tinder”. FoodArt Collection, 420 13th Ave E (buzz BUBEN at front door callbox) Apt 101. 5-9 PM Continue reading

On the List | Spin the Bottle milestone, Roanoke Tavern tacos, Jekeva Phillips

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It’s the end of an era. Starting next year, Spin the Bottle, Seattle’s longest-running, most eclectic late night cabaret show, moves to an 8 PM slot. Nighthawks can see the last late-night show this Friday. Check out what else to do on the Hill this week here below, or find more events around the neighborhood on the CHS Calendar.

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 5: In light of Scratch Deli’s imminent adieu, perhaps today is a good day to pay a visit to some of the other slightly-worn, unpretentious neighborhood hangouts we think will just magically be around forever. At northern Capitol Hill’s Roanoke Park Place Tavern, Wednesdays are for $1 homemade tacos and cans of beer. You read that right. One dollar. Roanoke Park Place Tavern Continue reading

On the List | Isvald Klingels trunk show, ‘Alternate Endings, Activist risings’ at the Frye, Mimosas Cabaret

(Image: Isvald Klingels)

Quick, before the holiday parties arrive, here are a few ideas for things to explore around Capitol Hill this weekend. For more events around the neighborhood, check out the CHS Calendar.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 28: Struggling with a short attention span? At this year’s Short Circuit, the only Pacific Rim film festival in the world, opportunities for dozing or distraction are kept to a minimum thanks to a showcase of intriguing short films; none top  20 minutes. From the fictional account of a young, deaf Maori boy longing to perform the Haka to a documentary about conservation in Papua New Guinea or a hyper-short South Korean animation dealing with the “struggles of the heart,” the line-up promises to be as diverse as the films’ over 30 countries of origin. Northwest Film Forum, 7 PM
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On the List | Vermillion FRIENDSgiving potluck, Black Business Black Friday, Trove bake sale

Full disclosure: This is not a picture of Vermillion’s annual Friendsgiving

If you are on Capitol Hill, Thanksgiving weekend is a great time to explore the neighborhood — and maybe play tourist. Below is a selection of events and get-out-and-dos from around Capitol Hill. You can find more and add your own to the CHS Calendar. It’s also time to find a few gifts for friends and loved ones. Don’t forget to Shop the Hill — we’re collecting holiday highlights, deals, and promotions from local merchants and food and drink venues through the holidays.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 21: “I’m going to make a gluten-free, dairy-free pumpkin pie. Could be great, could be a travesty,” an aspiring baker wrote on the Facebook event page for Vermillion’s annual FRIENDSgiving Potluck. Chances are low the event itself, a Capitol Hill tradition, turns out a travesty. Diana Adams, owner of the bar-cum-gallery, will provide the turkey and some side dishes. Attendees can bring pretty much anything, including pre-made or store-bought food, as long as guests come with an appetite to acknowledge settler privilege on the eve of the colonial holiday. Vermillion, 6-9 PM Continue reading

On the List | Free weekend at SAAM before overhaul closure, Search for Meaning Fest, Town Hall history

This weekend across Capitol Hill brings you an opportunity to Search for Meaning, delve into the history of one major cultural center preparing for a big change, and visit another for the last weekend before a long break to make way for its own big changes. Here are the highlights from the CHS Calendar.

While the city sorts out the plan to overhaul and expand Volunteer Park’s museum, the construction process needs to begin now to safely move and protect the Seattle Asian Art Museum’s collections. The museum is inviting you to come say goodbye, for now, and enjoy a free weekend of activities in Volunteer Park:

Seattle Asian Art Museum closing weekend open house

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On the List | Holiday in the Park, Art Walk, Freakout Fest, V2 goodbye party

Best way to stay warm around Capitol Hill this weekend? Stay busy with the jammed full CHS Calendar.

There is plenty to do right off the start. Thursday brings a celebration of Belmont Ave-headquartered Freakout Festival at four venues clustered at the rockin’ intersection of 14th and Pike — Chop Suey, Bar Sue, Pony, and Lovecitylove. 11th and Pike venues are also banding together Thursday night for Kock’s Ball, a fundraiser to help a colleague pay for expensive medical care following a motorcycle crash. Ghost Gallery marks a remarkable decade of its annual Holiday Mini Art Exhibit with hundreds of small works all $250 and under starting Thursday night and on display — and for sale — through the holidays. Continue reading

On the List | November Capitol Hill Art Walk, ‘Love’ rally, Post Election Community Response Forum

The weekend around Capitol Hill brings plenty of ways to reenergize after the soul sapping fallout of the 2016 election. There is a night of local art, creation, and performance, a community gathering of “Love Over Hate” in Cal Anderson Park, and, for those of you who find power in planning, a community gathering Sunday night to talk about how to respond to Donald Trump’s victory.

Thursday, head out on an abnormally warm and dry November night for the monthly Capitol Hill Art Walk. Continue reading

On the List | Hilloween, Zombie Crawl, LitCrawl, Pike People Street, Weavers’ Guild sale

As usual, it will be difficult to sort out just exactly when Halloween begins and ends around Capitol Hill. With October 31st falling on a Monday, the party starts early and will likely run for days. Below, you’ll find highlights below from the CHS Hilloween Calendar including the return of the annual Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce carnival, a new Zombie Crawl. There are also plenty of none-Hilloween things to do on the plain ol’ CHS Calendar including Thursday’s return of LitCrawl Seattle and the annual Seattle Weavers’ Guild sale at St. Mark’s. Continue reading

On the List | Depressed Cake Shop, Pike People Street, ZeroLandfill upcycling

Capitol Hill is always and interesting place but this weekend it will be even more interesting-er with a CHS Calendar roster of not-the-first-thing-you-might-have-thought-you’d-have-fun-doing events.

First, get your uninformed voter butt more fully informed with a session with the League of Women Voters Thursday night digging into this November’s ballot initiatives. Friday, the do-gooding continues with a fundraiser and baby food drive for The Pledge program at E Jefferson’s Peloton.

Pike People Street Test #1

Friday night, things get weird. The first in a series of three test dates for Pike People Street concepts will close a portion of E Pike to traffic starting at 11 PM. Continue reading

On the List | Leviathan Helm in Volunteer Park, Park(ing) Day 2016, Eat Out, Art Hack Day

The weekend around Capitol Hill will bring art and creativity of all shapes and sizes — some monstrous. But first, make sure you stop by one of the 20+ locations participating Thursday in the Eat Out Seattle benefit for County Doctor community clinics.

Thursday through Tuesday, you can find artist Lauren Grossman and her Leviathan Helm creation installed at the top of the Volunteer Park water tower. “There will be mystery,” Grossman said. “A lot of people that will come up won’t be coming up to see the work. They’ll get sound and color as they come up the stairs. As they arrive, they’ll find a 50-foot wide installation. I don’t think it’s too scary.”

Friday and Saturday bring the return of Park(ing) Day to Seattle. The annual event celebrating street parks across the Hill and Seattle returns with a special two-day expansion in 2016.

Around the same time, artists and techies will be teaming up to create magnificent things inside 11th Ave’s V2. At Saturday’s Art Hack Day party, you can witness the glorious art hacking first hand.

There is plenty more to keep you busy around the Hill this weekend including the Pride Lives Walk, an SDOT meeting at Top Pot to discuss an expansion of RPZ 15, and the 15th Ave E Merchants Sidewalk Fest. You can find these and more — or add your own — on the CHS Calendar. Continue reading