What’s in Store: Kathy Acker in Seattle Symposium

The late Kathy Acker’s residencies in Seattle in 1980 and 1989 were brief but important to the development of this influential literary artist. While residing in Seattle’s Belltown arts community she was completing work on her signature novel, Blood and Guts in High School, and beginning to write Great Expectations, which includes passages about her experiences here. She returned in 1989 for a residency sponsored by Seattle’s Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA), which inspired Kathleen Hanna to form Bikini Kill and gave momentum to the Riot Grrrl feminist movement.

The Kathy Acker in Seattle Symposium presents a series of exhibitions, panels, readings, and research opportunities. The symposium will feature regional, national, and international artists, authors, curators, and scholars examining Acker’s lasting legacy in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. The Kathy Acker in Seattle, 1989 exhibition at Fantagraphics Bookstore on Saturday, September 14 includes works by Alice Wheeler, Louie Raffloer, Charles Peterson, Megan Kelso, Kate Simon, Ashleigh Talbot, and Cam Garrett, with readings by Stacey Levine (live), Kathleen Hanna (via video.)

Arrive early for the inaugural Georgetown Beer Festival celebrating the abundance of craft brewers in Seattle’s south end. As the ancestral home of Rainier Beer – once the 6th largest brewery in the country – Georgetown is our region’s original brewing district. The diverse offerings available at this event continue that tradition. This festival, at the colorful Georgetown Trailer Park Mall, features a diverse selection of boutique beer from Counterbalance Brewing, Elysian Brewing, Flying Lion Brewing, Future Primitive Brewing, Georgetown Brewing, Ghostfish Brewing, Jellyfish Brewing, Lowercase Brewing, Machine House Brewing, Perihelion Brewery, Seapine Brewing, and Tin Dog Brewing. Tickets redeemable for beverages are available on site. ($3 each or 10 for $25.) Join us at this exciting event on Saturday, September 14 from noon to 5:00 PM. The festival is restricted to ages 21 and over with valid ID.

Patrons are encouraged to make an evening of it with a meal at one of our many fine dining establishments followed by the lively Georgetown Art Attack featuring contemporary visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic neighborhood. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in the heart of the Georgetown arts community, just minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206-557-4910.