MUSIC Wed March 4, Barboza (925 E Pike St)
The windowless womb that is Barboza is best experienced when it's filled with a wall of sound and good vibes. Tendai Maraire of Shabazz Palaces is behind Chimurenga Renaissance, a deep, glittering galaxy of experimental Zimbabwean hiphop highlighted with the golden tingly chimes of the mbira.
Nearby snack: When's the last time you went to the IHOP (950 E Madison St) on Capitol Hill? It's a GD stoner paradise! Its menu is even bigger than you remember—go ahead and order mozzarella sticks AND a banana crepe with Nutella (and waffles, and eggs, and salted caramel coffee...)—and it's open 24 hours a day [insert sound of angel chorus].
MUSIC Sat March 7, Cappy's (1408 22nd Ave)
It's March, so Hollow Earth's monthlong Magma Fest is upon us! Inside of the ring (inside of what is normally a boxing gym), witness the raw post-punk pop of Chastity Belt, Jenn Ghetto's emotionally charged pop-punk project S, and John Atkins of mid-'90s indie outfit 764-HERO. Feel free to feel, friends.
Nearby snack: The Neighbor Lady right down the street (2308 E Union St) offers drinks, pub food (with plenty of vegetarian options), and intense wallpaper.
FILM Opens March 6, Cinerama (2100 Fourth Ave)
I have only seen the previews, but come on: It's a sci-fi film wherein an ex-police droid is reprogrammed to feel and to think. The best part may or may not be the casting of South African hyper-reality weirdos Yolandi Visser and Watkin Tudor Jones of the rave/zef hiphop duo Die Antwoord. Hugh Jackman and Sigourney Weaver are in this as well, if that's a selling point for you.
Nearby Snack: The Yellow Leaf Cupcake Co. (2209 Fourth Ave) has cupcakes, coffee, and a small selection of baked goods. The cupcakes rotate, but I once stopped in and the chef let me try the white-chocolate pretzel flavor he was working on, and I have obviously been a fan ever since.
READING Mon March 9, Hugo House (1634 11th Ave)
Here's how it works: Seattle writers Erik Evenson, Laura Germano, Jarret Middleton, and Stranger Genius of literature Stacey Levine will read you their fiction. BUT! In between each reading, a random audience member will be chosen to read their fiction. When it's all said and done, the audience will vote on which rando should read at the next SFF. While I don't recommend getting stoned and interacting with a microphone (unless you're very, very used to it), I do recommend the experience of simply listening to people reading out loud. To quote Paul Constant: "It's a cross between a reading series and a literary American Idol—what's not to love?"
Nearby snack: Chungee's (1830 12th Ave) is a good bet for cozy seating, Cantonese food (order whatever looks good, but do include the onion pancake appetizer), and not running into anyone you know.
MUSEUM Through Oct 4, EMP Museum (325 Fifth Ave N)
This exhibit explores the relationship between Star Wars characters and their iconic costumes. Featuring sketches and interviews with artists, designers, and actors, but most importantly the attire—gaze upon the hats and gowns of Queen Amidala, Darth Vader's helmet (the line is actually "No, I am your father"), C-3PO's golden suit, Princess Leia's metal bra, and more, up close and personal. That bra, though.
Nearby snack: Though it's hard for me to forgive the Armory food court (Seattle Center) for closing the Orange Julius stand, the upscaled food options are pretty enticing: Plum Pantry for gourmet vegan, Eltana for proportionately sized bagels (I don't care how high you are, those giant bread-wad rings people try to pass off as bagels are not good), Skillet Counter for comfort street food (at a counter), and all kinds of other salties and sweets to go nuts on.