As Capitol Hill Block Party gets bigger, it's also making sure not to leave little locals behind—or other art forms besides music, for that matter. This year's lineup includes two big firsts: A contest and screening for local short filmmakers called Totally Stacked, and Ghost Gallery curator Laurie Kearney's All Brow Visual Arts Exhibit with the work of 22 painters, sculptors, muralists, photographers, and installation-builders spread throughout the festival.

Both of these are very cool, very they-didn't-have-to-do-it things. In this week'sthe July 18 paper, you'll find a story about the art, and this Friday, I'm excited to share the judging duties at Totally Stacked with SIFF artistic director Carl Spence and Tacoma Art Museum curator Rock Hushka.

The three of us and you, the audience, will screen the creations of 35 local filmmakers—documentary, animated, auteuristic, whatever. (They were asked only to present a version of "Seattle Culture" that's between 30 seconds and 5 minutes long.)

The evening starts at 9 pm at SIFF Cinema Uptown, beer's for sale and bringable into the theater (the better to judge the People's Choice Award with), and tickets are only $5.

Carl, Rock, and I will try to out-freaky-fantastic Paul Abdul and Olympia attorney Jim Foley combined. Foley is running to be a judge on the Washington Court of Appeals, Division II. Here's his campaign video, which ends so well. Come on out and join us!

This post has been updated since its original publication.