Columbia City's First-ever Art Walk, When to Buy Cap Hill Block Party Tickets and More Top To-do's for the Week

Sparks will fly at the Wedling Rodeo in Bellingham this Friday and Saturday.

Columbia City Art Walk
Thursday (5/19) -
One of our favorite Seattle nabes is kicking off its first-ever art walk tonight with a first ever art-walk kicking off with a tribute to Bohemian Backstreets. Get their on the earlier side for the art walk and street fair featuring visual art and live music. Night owls can head to Columbia City Theater and Columbia City Cinema for the “after hours” portion of the city’s newest art walk. Free. 4 - midnight. Visit the Columbia City Art Walk website for details:

Capitol Hill Block Party Three-day Passes On Sale
Friday (5/20) -
We couldn’t be more excited that one of the city’s best summer music fests announced a partial lineup this week. The now three-day event has a jam-packed lineup of local and and national artists. Take one peek at the lineup and you’ll see why the wise music fan should hop online Friday at 10 a.m. to purchase a three day pass Friday (single-day tickets available beginning June 3). Visit for more information.

Welding Rodeo
Friday & Saturday (5/15 & 5/16) -
Who needs bucking broncos when you can have molten metal and supercool protective helmets? The tenth annual Welding Rodeo Sculpture Competition, held by Bellingham Technical College (BTC), gives amateurs and pros the chance to show off their welding wits. Working from a pile of scrap metal (donated by local businesses), each team of four has eight hours to transform cast-offs into a piece of art. The public is welcome to watch the frenzied welding—at a safe distance—after which jurors award prizes (past winners have ranged from enormous to tasteful, from funny to gorgeous). This year’s theme, “Free Form,” is sure to inspire more spectacular sculptures. Don’t forget your checkbook—the completed metal masterpieces are auctioned off to the public to benefit BTC’s student scholarships; you might find just the thing to add some kick to your backyard. 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Free. Bellingham Technical College, 3028 Lindbergh Ave., Bellingham; 360.752.8346;

Seattle Rock Orchestra’s Tribute to Queen
Saturday (5/21) -
This all-volunteer group of young musicians argues rock is best when played by an orchestra. Recent takes on the Beach Boys, Radiohead and Arcade Fire azplaying Queen’s iconic album—A Night at the Opera—setting songs like “Bohemian Rhapsody” to strings. We think Freddie Mercury would approve. 8 p.m. $18. Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave.; 206.682.1414;

Beck Selengut’s Must Sustain
You might recognize Capitol Hill–based chef Becky Selengut, 40, from her stints as chef at noted local restaurants Osteria La Spiga, La Medusa and The Herbfarm. Or maybe from the cooking classes she teaches at PCC and her business, Cornucopia ( Or perhaps you’ve read her funny foodie blog, If you haven’t met her yet, it’s time—Selengut’s new cookbook, Good Fish: Sustainable Seafood Recipes from the Pacific Coast (Sasquatch Books, $29.95), a go-to guide for buying quality seafood and making it tasty is on bookshelves now.

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