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Entries from December 2014

The Udistrict Lights Up in the Alley and has a Party

December 5th, 2014 by master

Take a stroll down a University District alley and find yourself surrounded by art, music and festivities. The U-District Partnership is holding their 2nd Annual Alley Lights and Holiday Swag events all day on Dec 6.

Alley Lights

Join the U-district Partnership for their Second Annual Alley Activation Event: ALLEY LIGHTS- Light Installations with Special Exhibits, Live Music, Snacks  and Hot Libations

Where: Starts in front of Café Allegra and continues between NE 45th & NE 41st.
When: Dec 6, 4 – 7 pm\
Contact:  / 206-547-4417 for more info

Holiday Swag!

Make a free Holiday Swag with at many u-district locations, including the Saturday market.

Where: City of Seattle- Department of Neighborhoods, Seattle Public Utilities, University Heights Center, The U District Partnership, University District Neighborhood Farmer’s Market, University District BIA,
When: Dec 6, 10am -1pm
Contact:  / 206-547-4417 for more info

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Sit on a Stranger's Couch, Enjoy a Movie: Couch Fest 2014

December 2nd, 2014 by master

This weekend, on Dec 6, check out the largest single-day shorts film festival in the world. Not only will you see awesome independent film, you might meet some really cool folks.

In a world where the movie industry has taken over small independent theaters, Couch Fest has come to save the day with their film festival that ditches the traditional theater venue for a cozy spot on a couch at residential homes all over the city, and the world.

What is it?

Presenting films from such festivals as Sundance, SXSW, Seattle International Film Festival and more, Couch Fest is bringing neighborhoods together one couch at a time.

The cost is $10 Film-Pass for all locations for the whole day!
Check their website for purchasing tickets.

Where is it?

In addition to many North Seattle homes, including many near Greenlake and in and around Wallingford/Lake Union, Couch Fest has locations in quite a few other Seattle neighborhoods.

How Does it Work?

Each venue will present a unique program of short films. There is a short intermission in the middle of each program for  viewers to discuss the films and socialize. I think this makes it a very unique experience. The opportunity to interact, share and discover new films and fellow lovers of film.

What Kind of Films will be Shown?

The list is expansive, and you can definitely find a full list on their website, but to give you an idea of what is happening around our hood, here are some of the flavors you can experience:

Around Greenlake

Inappropriately Awesome

Around Lake Union

How Can I be Involved?

As always, these kind of grassroots festivals run on volunteers! You can check out their website to find out more about being apart of the magic.

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In Other News, it's World AIDS Day Today!

December 1st, 2014 by master

Take a break from the Cyber Monday Hype and focus your attention on some worthy news. Today is World AIDS day! This years theme is “Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-free Generation.”

KEXP's Wo'POP's World AIDS Day Event

There are a number of events happening and things you can do to participate. Locally KEXP’s Wo’Pop radio program is hosting a free concert at EMP Museum.

Wo’Pop, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Lifelong have joined together to observe World AIDS Day on Monday, December 1st at the EMP Museum. It’s a free, all ages event happening from 5-10 p.m., featuring art, snacks, educational materials, cultural elements, and musical performances from Chimurenga Rennaissance and Thomas Mapfumo & the Blacks Unlimited.

Here are some other engaging ways you can take action and observe World AIDS Day?

White House AIDS Ribbon

The White House will host a December 1st event at noon to recognize the observance of World AIDS Day.

There is a livestream here at noon til 2:00 p.m..

You can also find more info about World AIDS day and current issues about AIDS here.


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World AIDS Day. December 1.Read and share the Presidential Proclamation recognizing World AIDS Day 2014.

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