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NEPO 5K Don’t Run: an art-filled path to Beacon Hill

It kind of sneaked up on us this year (can it be September already?), but this Saturday, September 7, from 12-8 p.m. is the third NEPO 5K Don’t Run art event, a 5km walk from the International District up to Beacon Hill.

Not just your normal walk, the route of this one will feature over 60 art projects including sculptures, interactive artworks, poetry readings, video projections, sound installations, music, and theater. The end of the route at the NEPO House on South Lander Street will have live music and DJs, a beer garden, and food trucks.

Registration for the walk is in Hing Hay Park in the International District from 12-3 p.m. Admission is $10, free for children.

For more information about the big event, see the NEPO House website.

This polka band was part of the festivities at the first NEPO 5k Don’t Run in 2011. Photo by David Lasky in the Beacon Hill Blog photo pool on Flickr.

NEPO 5k Don’t Run returns on Saturday

Hop, waddle, crawl, roll, or walk, just don’t run — the NEPO 5K Don’t Run returns to the Hill again on Saturday, September 8 at 2:30 p.m. The Don’t Run is a free 3-mile art walk through the city, with site-specific performances, art installations, and more to be seen as you go along. The 70 artists and their projects are listed here.

This year’s event is in the reverse direction from last year’s; instead of ending up on Beacon Hill, the Don’t Run will begin here on Beacon Hill at NEPO House (1723 S. Lander St.), and finish by Kobe Terrace Park in the International District, where, if you like, you can hop the Link train or the 36 bus to return back to where you started. The route will go along 18th Avenue South to the I-90 Trail, over the Jose Rizal Bridge, then to South King Street, and on to Maynard Avenue South. See the map and event schedule here. The finish line will feature performances from 5-10 p.m. including the Bavarian Village Band, Daipan Butoh and Roz Band, Airport, and DJ Never Leaves. All ages are welcome to participate, and though the event is free, a $5 donation is suggested.

The NEPO 5k Don’t Run website is here. And here’s a video about last year’s event:

NEPO 5k DON’T RUN 2011 from klara Glosova on Vimeo.

Beacon Bits: City U not coming to PacMed

The historic PacMed building. Photo by Wendi Dunlap.
There had been some talk that City University would move into the PacMed/Amazon building at the north end of Beacon Hill. However, the university has decided instead to move to the Sixth & Wall building in the Denny Regrade (or Belltown) area, according to the Seattle Times. The building was once the home of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and later of Group Health.

The Times reports:

“The university also considered the PacMed building on Beacon Hill—Amazon.com’s former headquarters—but chose Sixth & Wall after taking students to visit both buildings, (City University spokesperson Tarsi) Hall said.

“‘They really liked the neighborhood we’re moving to,’ she said.”

We aren’t sure, but was Beacon Hill just dissed?

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Chef Vincent Rivera of Jazz Alley will be at El Centro de la Raza on Sunday, January 29 at 1 p.m. for a special cooking demonstration, making mole enchiladas and traditional side dishes. The demonstration will include both meat and vegetarian food.

Tickets are $40 and will benefit the El Centro de la Raza Senior Nutrition and Wellness program, which provides meals along with daily social, exercise and educational activities to seniors. Tickets may be purchased online through Brown Paper Tickets.

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Jordan Van Voast of CommuniChi sent us this announcement:

“Happy Chinese New Year all, CommuniChi is celebrating 5 years of service to Beacon Hill and Seattle, offering affordable acupuncture. To celebrate, we are offering Free Acupuncture (to New Patients) on February 1.”

To sign up for a free treatment, visit the CommuniChi website.

CommuniChi is located inside the El Centro de la Raza building, at 2524 16th Ave. S. #301.

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A video look at “another Tuesday night on Beacon Hill,” with Alleycat Acres.

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The Benders art show at NEPO House is extended through January 28 because of last week’s snow shenanigans. More info at the NEPO website.

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Save the date—on February 4 there will be a ROCKiT Art Chair community celebration party at the library, and at Jose Rizal Park, there will be a dedication of a monument to honor World War II Filipino defenders of Bataan and Corregidor. Stay tuned for more information about these events here on the blog soon!

Local events awarded funding

This Bier Garten Polka Party was part of the festivities at last year's NEPO 5K Don't Run. Photo by David Lasky in the Beacon Hill Blog photo pool on Flickr.

The Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs announced funding awards totaling $46,800 to 39 neighborhood arts festivals and events yesterday through the Neighborhood and Community Arts (NCA) program.

Each organization received a $1,200 award. Two Beacon Hill-related events received grants: Cinco de Mayo, a Fifth of May celebration with music and dance presented by El Centro de la Raza, and the NEPO 5k (will it be a run this year instead of a walk-don’t-run?), in which eighty local artists will present site-specific installations and performances along of Seattle streets, presented by NEPO House.

Other nearby events include Columbia City’s Beatwalk; Celebrate Little Saigon, a Vietnamese cultural festival and night market; Word Expressed, readings by Filipino artists and writers; Honk! Fest West, a roving marching band festival; and the Georgetown Carnival.

For the complete list of events receiving funding, go here.

Benders opens Saturday at NEPO House

This Saturday from 6-9 p.m. another Little Treats art show opens at NEPO House (1723 S. Lander St.). The show, Benders, is an exhibition curated by Zack and Gala Bent, featuring the work of local and national artists Calvin Ross Carl, Lee Piechocki, Maria Gamboa, Molly Epstein, and Nathaniel Russell.

According to the folks at NEPO, the show will bring together “works that toy with the perception of space or the limits of matter,” along with Bent household artifacts, homemade pretzels, and an essay by Gala Bent.

Before the opening on Saturday, guests are invited to join Zack Bent at 4 p.m. in “an exercise of chemistry and bending, making handmade lye dipped pretzels.”

Benders will run from January 7-21.

Time, Wasted at NEPO House, 12/17

NEPO House on South Lander Street is hosting an opening reception, Time, Wasted, on December 17. The event will include a screening of Waste of Time: Capitalism, Consumption, and the Quest for Renewal, a documentary film by local filmmaker Shaun Scott, as well as photographs by Virginia Wilcox.

According to NEPO, the presentation will “explore the United States’ brief and improbable journey from pastoral expanse to industrial juggernaut to recession-prone wasteland.” Waste of Time, Shaun Scott’s second feature-length film, will tell the story of our consumer culture through a collage of vintage ads, music, and narration.

Scott’s other work includes Seat of Empire, which The Stranger described as a “strange, fascinating, messy, playful, serious, poetic, philosophical, meandering, grounded, compounded, confounding, political, and insouciant history of Seattle,” and 100% Off: A Recession-Era Romance.

(See a recent interview with Scott in CityArts.)

Virginia Wilcox will show her own new works including photographs of people absorbed by and involved with their mobile devices, and images of bleak post-industrial landscapes in rural America.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with both artists.

The event is at NEPO House, 1723 S. Lander St., on December 17 from 6-10 p.m. Suggested donation is $5.

NEPO celebrated their two-year anniversary last Saturday.

This is the trailer for Waste of Time:

The event is at NEPO House, 1723 S. Lander St., on December 17 from 6-10 p.m. Suggested donation is $5.

NEPO celebrated their two-year anniversary last Saturday.

Don’t Run fun on Saturday night

The NEPO 5K Don’t Run brought a lot of activity to North Beacon Hill on Saturday night. Melissa Jonas took some photos of the event and added them to the Beacon Hill Blog photo pool on Flickr. You can also see more of her photos in this Flickr set.

Other photographers capturing the event included Ella Dorband and Dan Bennett. Dan in particular posted an extensive set of pictures, including photos of the Bavarian Village Band at the German Garden, performers at The Station’s hip-hop show, and colorful projections on the outside of NEPO House.

ROCKiT space volunteers brought "Horus the Hawk" to life.

Estela Ortega included Roberto Maestas' lovingly-maintained Mercedes in the car show organized by The Station.

Lineups announced for Saturday musical events

We’ve got further information on some of the activities that will be happening on Beacon Hill during Saturday’s NEPO 5K Don’t Run art event.

ROCKiT space will be hosting a concert at the Garden House from 6-10 p.m. Suggested donation is $5, ROCKiT members free. The concert will feature Jessie McKenna and Colour Project, Decatur Buff, and Random Axe.

Before the concert, you are invited to relax in the garden and enjoy dinner by Gourmet Your Way, who will be serving hamburgers, hot dogs, and lumpia from 4-10 p.m. After dark there will be an outdoor fire spinning show by Eric and Miranda. The Garden House is located at 2336 15th Ave. S.

Also on Saturday night, The Station is holding their Summer Block Party 2011 from 5-10 p.m. The event will feature Khingz, Black Stax, Greg and Jerome, and more. See the event poster here. The Station is located at 2533 16th Ave. S., just north of Beacon Hill Station and the new Roberto Maestas Festival Street.

NEPO 5K Don’t Run brings art, music, and food to the Hill

Summer vacation may be ending, but art happenings on and around Beacon Hill are still in full swing. This Saturday, September 10, the NEPO 5K Don’t Run will bring participants on a 5K walk from Occidental Park in Pioneer Square up to the NEPO House on North Beacon Hill (1723 S. Lander St.). Along the way, over 80 artists will present site-specific installations, performances, art gallery events, and more, finishing at NEPO House, which will have its own art show.

Other venues on the hill are also participating. The Station coffee house is hosting a Festival Street car show, with live music, food, drinks and more, on Roberto Maestas Festival Street next to Beacon Hill Station. ROCKiT space is hosting cabaret, food, and drinks at the Garden House (2336 15th Ave. S.). And at 17th Ave. S. and S. McClellan Street, you’ll find a German Garden, including refreshments, dirndls, lederhosen, and a Bavarian Village Band playing polka tunes.

The NEPO 5K Don’t Run is free to the public and welcomes participants of all ages to walk, hop, crawl, stumble, moonwalk, or otherwise make their way along the 5K route. Participants will gather at Occidental Park at 2 p.m., then follow the route through Pioneer Square and the International District to Beacon Hill. Most Beacon Hill events will take place from 6-10 p.m.

See the website for more information, including descriptions of the various exhibitions, and a list of participating artists.

Click this image to see a larger copy of the event map:

ROCKiT space cancels some events, adds others

ROCKiTspace has made some changes to the event schedule for the next couple of months.

The Open Mic events on the first and third Saturdays have been cancelled, and there will be no Folk Night in August. The Folk Night concerts will resume on September 27.

Three events have been added to the schedule:

  • Beacon Blues and BBQ: 7:30 p.m., Friday, August 26 at the Garden House, 2336 15th Ave. S. Smokin’ Js will play acoustic blues. Barbecue, beer, and wine will available for sale starting at 6:30.
  • NEPO 5K Hilltop Celebration, Saturday, September 10, with live entertainment from 6-10 p.m. Stay tuned for further information.
  • Beacon Harvest Carnival, Saturday, October 8th. An all day free community event sponsored by the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, with cider pressing, food, music, and more. Stay tuned for the hours and the list of performers.

Thanks to Betty Jean Williamson!