Stay home and get arty this weekend at the Capitol Hill Arts District Streaming Festival.
From April 29 to May 3, celebrate the creativity of Capitol Hill by watching the daily livestreams and donating to local artists in need.
All programs will be streaming online at Northwest Film Forum’s Facebook page.
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Although all events are free, the Capitol Hill Arts Fund is offering “festival passes” by donation — all donations go to the COVID-19 Artist Trust Relief Fund to support individual artists. Direct donations to the presenting arts organizations and individuals are also encouraged.
Tune in Wednesday from 6:30 to 9:45 pm. The night will start with the Northwest Film Forum, a series of informal Zoom conversations about how artists and arts administrators are learning to grapple with public art, social practice, and performance in the context of digital space and real-life limitations. Then, enjoy various works by five internationally acclaimed artists before focusing on the work of two locals. Finally, end the night with Showing Out: Contemporary Black Choreographers.
On Thursday, join Facebook Live from 7:30 to 8:30 pm to enjoy a gallery walk through by Ghost Gallery, Testimonials about Vermillion, as well as a peek at Stephen Anunson’s webseries, Heavy Love and a viewing of a conceptual music video from Danny Denial and Rajah Makkonnen. From 8:30 to 9:30 pm, learn all about the dark, sexy, and weird side of cabaret, dance, and cirque.
On Friday, enjoy performances by local musicians from 7 to 8:30 pm before the BeautyBoiz come on to present drag performances and dance by Amora Dior Black, LuChi, Mila Skyy, and CarLarans.
Saturday’s lineup starts at 4:30 pm with programs from David Rue and Clyde Petersen celebrating those affected by AIDS, followed by an oral history of queer sex by local artist David Quantic. From 6 to 7:30 pm, local writers will present readings before the Capitol Hill Block Party takes center stage with various performances until 9 pm. After nine, all bets are off and the after-party begins.
On Sunday, close out the festival by watching a selection of digitized videotape from the personal collection of John Frankenheimer, watching Ben Alex-Dupris’ film Sweetheart Dancers, and learning about the histories, spaces, and communities that give the city its soul. From 7:30 to 8:30 pm, there will be performances by local dancers.
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Those looking to donate to the festival can do so online.