We in Seattle didn’t get a view of the supermoon this week, but the clouds have parted and we have one (maybe) last warm summer weekend to make the most of, and there are plenty of reasons to get out on the town for a bit. Tonight is especially busy, with many parties celebrating a number of great causes.
September 11: Capitol Hill Art Walk, 11+P Inter-Block Party, SeattleDances Carnival
It’s the second Thursday, so that means Capitol Hill’s galleries will be showing new work. Hot on my agenda for tonight: new work by Kathryn Lien at Blindfold Gallery (1718 E Olive Way, Suite A) and a dual show of work at Ghost Gallery (504 E Denny Way), featuring artists Michelle Smith-Lewis and Sarah B. Smith. But the art is just the start of the party…
As part of the ongoing Seattle Design Festival, architect firm Sundberg Kennedy Ly-Au Young will host as block party in the courtyard of the nearly complete Chophouse Row project on Capitol Hill between Pike and Union. Capitol Hill is changing drastically, and a lot of long-time residents are fed up with the large-scale, monolithic, and often aesthetically deficient condo projects arising in every direction. Chophouse Row is quite different as it has a public pedestrian corridor through the block between 11th to 12th and from all adjacent businesses, into a central courtyard. Snacks will be served ($2 – $4) from businesses on the block, including Plum, La Spiga and Cupcake Royale, with proceeds benefiting Design in Public.
Not far away, at Velocity Dance Center on 12th Ave, the second annual SeattleDances Carnival will celebrate the local dance community while raising funds for SeattleDances, dedicated solely to dance. General admission ($10 in advance, $12 at the door) gets you in the door to see performances by the Pat Graney Company, Anna Conner+CO and Amy Johnson, plus a video installation by Alice Gosti. A cash bar will serve wine, a punch cocktail and beer stocked by the Fremont Brewing Company. There will be a raffle and a silent auction, including performance tickets, dance classes, body care services and more. Also there will be pie…served directly onto the face of a dance critic.
The party runs from 8 Pm to 11 PM. Advance sales at Brown Paper Tickets.
September 11 – 13: Terminally Delightful starring BenDeLaCreme
Something else to hit up on the Hill: For the next three nights, drag darling BenDeLaCreme will charm audiences with her acclaimed solo show Terminally Delightful, which just had two sold-out Off-Broadway runs in NYC in August. The show combines narrative, video, musical performance and burlesque to tell the autobiographical story of notoriously shy ‘Boy Ben’ coming to grips with fame outside of the drag persona that he created as a teenager to cope with alienation and depression following his mother’s early death. DeLa is known for dealing with melancholy and even politically charged matter with grace and wit, so come prepared to laugh and cry and—in the end—feel utterly delightful.
Each show starts at 8 PM at the Century Ballroom, West Hall (915 E Pine St). An extra 10:30 PM show has been added to Saturday as tickets have been selling fast. General admission tickets are still available through www.strangertickets.com.
September 11: Fashion First at the Showbox SoDo
The 10th annual Fashion First event is tonight, benefiting the Inspire Youth Project. From 6 PM to 11 PM at Showbox Sodo (1700 1st Avenue South), fashionistas will gather for a runway show featuring looks from some of Seattle’s finest boutiques, including Canopy Blue, Ketch, David Lawrence, and Mercer. The event’s theme Fashion, Fun, and Firefighters pays homage to the anniversary of the WTC attacks and firefighters are invited to attend for free. Ticket prices start at $50 for general admission, which is standing room only, and go up to $500 for Ultra VIP tickets. Doors open at 6 PM for VIP guests and 7:30 PM for general admission, and the runway show begins at 8 PM.
North of downtown, a unique arts and music event is also happening Saturday night. A 3870 square foot moral by artists James Nielsen and Jacob Dixon will be unveiled with fanfare and live music this weekend, Saturday, September 13. The massive mural is on the north side of the building. Indoors, the gorgeous ballroom of the Greenwood Masonic Temple will be open to all (21+) for one night, from 7 PM until 12:30 PM. Live musical performances include Midday Veil, Daughters of the Sun, Our Mother of the Mountain, Dacha, plus DJ Diogenes and video by Jason Goldsbury. No one is turned away, but a sliding scale donation of $1 to $10 is requested.
Make it a full and lush evening in Pioneer Square and the International District this Saturday, September 13. The new gallery shows are worth a look, so come early and take in some art (read my guide to some of this month’s highlights here), then get ready to party at Union Station Plaza from 6 PM until midnight. It’s September, which means it’s moon viewing season, and the Night Market & Autumn Moon Festival gives you a taste of this wonderful Asian tradition. Guests will enjoy food and drinks from mobile vendors and crafts from local artisans. The event begins with a break dance competition hosted by Outshine Productions, and the dancing continues with the crowd, with music provided by DJ Fish Boogie and C89.5’s DJ Richard J. Dalton. Admission is free and open to all ages.
Get out, Seattle!