University District StreetFair

I’ve been involved in a love/hate relationship with the U District ever since I first moved to Seattle and spent the following three years living a block off the Ave. Every spring, when the Ave rats and frat boys began to outweigh the virtue of cheap eats, the University District StreetFair would return to tip the scales back toward love. The longest running street fair in the nation was started 40 years ago by the late Andy Shiga (of Shiga’s Imports) as a way to promote peace during the height of the Vietnam War protest era, when hippies, peaceniks, and cops clashed on the Ave. To celebrate its milestone anniversary, this year’s fair will include live music from the last four decades. You can also use your cell phone to access recorded oral histories from activists of the ’60s and ’70s in the “Open to Question” kiosk (at Brooklyn and 45th) For others, the draw will be the usual crafts, food booths, and live entertainment (today and Sunday from N.E. 50th to 41st Streets). And, if you’re brave enough to leave the house in a costume inspired by one of the last four decades, roving judges will be awarding prizes. How will they be able to tell the difference between a current hipster and an ’80s-costumed revivalist. The absence of irony, I guess. SUZIE RUGH

Sat., May 16, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., May 17, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 2009

More in Arts & Culture

Bread Face. Courtesy of the artist @breadfaceblog.
Seattle Art Fair returns Aug. 1

The Seattle Art Fair, presented by AIG, is proud to announce the… Continue reading

Linda Hodges Gallery in Pioneer Square. Photo courtesy Linda Hodges Gallery
Despite Construction, Pioneer Square’s Art Galleries Remain Strong

Long a hub for Seattle’s visual arts scene, the neighborhood gets an new space this spring with the opening of ARTS at King Street Station.

Patty Gone offers an artistic toast to Danielle Steel. Photo courtesy Mount Analogue
Patty Gone’s Queer Romance Novel Reflections

The artist’s upcoming residency at Mount Analogue explores the cultural impact of pulpy romantic fantasy.

Photo by Spencer Baker 
                                Mark Haim’s torso will be guided by his friends’ movements in Parts to a Sum.
Crowdsourced Choreography

Mark Haim’s ‘Parts to a Sum’ exemplifies how choreographers are relinquishing control in the name of collaboration.

Seeing the Seattle Opera’s <em>The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs</em> counts as screen time. Photo by Philip Newton
The Innovative Tech Disconnect of ‘The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs’

Like the technology Jobs pioneered, the Seattle Opera production is flashy but lacking in soul.

Seattle Asian American Film Festival 2019 Picks

Make the most of the cultural cinematic event with these four selections.

‘Roma’ projects to be the big winner at the 91st Academy Awards this Sunday. Photo by Carlos Somonte
And The Winner Is: 2019 Oscars Preditions

Who will take home the awards on cinema’s biggest night?

Britney Barber (center) and Samantha Demboski (left) perform in ‘Empty Orchestra.’ Photo courtesy Jet City Improv
Making It Up As They Go Along

Jet City Improv’s retributive actions towards a former player raise issues of the comedy institution’s staff culture.

TacocaT got you a new song for Valentine’s Day. Photo by Helen Moga
TacocaT Returns to Dance With Its Seattle Drag Pals in the “Grains of Salt” Video

The Seattle rock quartet’s new album ‘This Mess Is a Place’ comes out May 3 on Sub Pop.

Mads Mikkelsen stars in Seattle’s current weather… I mean, ‘Arctic.’ Photo by Helen Sloan/Bleecker Street
Mads Mikkelsen Delivers a Tour de Force in ‘Arctic’

The near-silent performance makes this survival film transcend the genre.

After winning the Album of the Year Grammy for ‘Golden Hour,’ Kacey Musgraves yee-haws into town.
Pick List: Kacey Musgraves, Jen Kirkman, ‘The Passage’

The week’s best entertainment options.