Our arts critics have already recommended 50 great things to do this week, our music critics have picked the 30 best concerts, and we've compiled all of the Mardi Gras-related events this week, but there are still hundreds more events happening. To prevent some of the quirkier and more extraordinary ones from slipping through the cracks, we've compiled them here—from Drawtasticon to the Seattle Wine and Food Experience, from two opportunities to play drag queen bingo to Gay City and Three Dollar Bill Cinema's 12th Annual Academy Awards Party, and from the the Dress Like a Woman Rally/March to the Seattle Asian American Film Festival. For even more options this week, check out our complete Things To Do calendar.
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1. Brad Stone with Todd Bishop
Brad Stone will examine the moment in Silicon Valley history when entrepreneurs like Travis Kalanick of Uber and Brian Chesky of Airbnb seized on the power vacuum created by the 2007 economic crash to create their own industries. In his conversation with GeekWire editor Todd Bishop, he'll paint the portraits of the "smart, driven, and often comically flawed people who are upending industries and changing our world."
2. Brewing Resistance: Building Community Around Climate Change
350 Seattle, an environmental rights campaign, will have an informal meet-up for dialogue and drink in between civic actions. If you're curious about their mission or strategies, this is your chance to learn more.
3. Community Conversation: Immigrant Journeys
In conjunction with the Jacob Lawrence: Migration Series exhibit, immigrants will be invited to share their own stories of journeys, integration, and contributions to society and offer their perspectives on the future.
4. DIRTY: The Dark Side of '80s Pop
The Funhouse will open its doors to the darker and dirtier side of the late, great decade that was the 1980s, with a live set by DJ Jades and burlesque seduction by Morgue Anne. There's no cover but there will be happy hour pricing for nine straight hours, so go get wild on a weeknight.
5. Ian Rankin
Award-winning author Ian Rankin—best known for his series of detective novels set in Edinburgh and starring Inspector John Rebus—will speak about his work.
6. Music Y: New Works by Emerging Artists
Students and alumni of the UW School of Music will play works by new composers. This event is co-organized by DXARTS (The Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media).
7. Nerd Nite Seattle: Carats & Cannabinoids
Hear two engaging, nerd-oriented talks (one on the science of diamond mining by James Patton, and another on the composition of cannabis by Ethan Russo) while enjoying stiff drinks and barbecue at the High Dive. 100% of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the Union of Concerned Scientists and Got Green.
8. Night Shade
Get real dark in the shadows of the Highline with Night Shade, a new DJ night that focuses on goth, industrial, and new wave notes.
9. Rain: A Tribute to The Beatles
Rain is a "psychedelic" multimedia tribute to the musical legacy of The Beatles and the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band—a note-for-note theatrical reproduction of the album in its entirety that's as close as you can get to seeing the real thing without having to resurrect anybody.
10. Simon McCartney
Famous mountaineer Simon McCartney will sign copies of his book The Bond: Survival on Denali and Mount Huntington, which won the 2016 Banff Book Award. He'll read stories from the book about ascending Mount Huntingdon's perilous face without fixed rope in 1978 and his climb of Denali in 1980.
11. Octopus Week
Denizens of the deep, we salute you. Get acquainted with the Seattle Aquarium's star residents, two gorgeous giant Pacific octopuses. Throughout the week, aquarium biologists and staff will give talks and lead activities, and human divers will cavort underwater with the cephalopods in the Window on Washington Waters exhibit on February 26. You can also witness the landmark live release of octopuses into the Pacific on February 25.
12. Seattle Home Show
Shop and admire products for your home and garden and meet experts on everything domicile, plus wine tastings, seminars, and arts & crafts.
13. ArtTalk: A look at the Meditative Works of Emily Gherard
In a conversation with artist/activist Juan Alonso, Emily Gherard will share thoughts on her monochromatic, abstract paintings and how they fit in with her "emotional and poetic" goals.
14. Bloodlust with Golden Gardens
Pony's Bloodlust night focuses on the darker and sexier end of the spectrum, with goth, industrial, and new wave reigning supreme. For this iteration they've recruited Golden Gardens for a live set of some nocturnal macabre-pop drama.
15. Daphne Merkin with Christa Hillstrom
Author and New Yorker contributor Merkin will discuss the origins, consequences, and treatment of her depression and other personal experiences in a conversation with YES! Magazine senior editor Christa Hillstrom.
16. Daybreaker: Heart & Sole
Do you know anybody who staggers home at 3 am and wakes up with heartburn at noon, reeking of debauchery and late-night bar snacks? Well, you don't want to be THAT person, you want to do yoga at six and dance wholesomely throughout breakfast! Daybreaker lets you do just that with other like-minded morning daisies. Cleanse your mind and sweat out your cares before most of Seattle reaches blearily for its first coffee. It's all about love.
17. An Intimate Evening with Tayla Lynn
Tayla Lynn, the living legacy of country music great Loretta Lynn, will perform original music and tribute pieces to her grandmother and mentor at this intimate show in Ballard, with opening duo Flowers Black.
18. Life and the Matrix
NASA is set to announce some "big news" about exoplanets on February 22. That evening, do some space exploration of your own with Dan Dixon's Universe Sandbox², a tool that simulates hypotheses and "merges real-time gravity, climate, collision, and physical interactions" to show you the results. Dr. Rory Barnes of UW will then present on "Habitability of Planets in Complicated Systems," and one of the speakers will give background on NASA's announcement. Bring a lawn chair, grab a Peddler beer, and prepare to have your universe expanded.
19. Maximum Rock & Roll
Let DJs BRNT ZZA and Sad Beach Dad take you on a journey through the most rock & rollingest tracks you've ever experienced, every fourth Wednesday night at Revolver.
20. Not This Time: Community Forum in Remembrance of Che Taylor
A year ago, Che Taylor was killed by police. The inquest jurors recently found that although Taylor had complied with police commands, the officers were in fear for their lives, a result that may impede any future civil suits against the SPD relating to Taylor's death. Representatives of the Seattle King County NAACP, Planet Afrika, Africatown Central District, the New Black Panther Party, and Community Passage Ways Network, joined by Che's brother André Taylor, will speak on combatting institutional racism and strive to "work together to build a system of laws with fairness, safety, and accountability at their core."
21. The Shadow Council
The "mudpie lobbed into the halls of power" known as Brett Hamil's Seattle Process show has been so successful that it will now have a spin-off: the Shadow Council's panel will lead the "people's legislative body" to vote on proposals, which will be submitted afterwards to elected officials. If ever there were a time for sharp comedy and politics to mix....
22. Sun Bakery Release Signing with Corey Lewis
Meet the creator of the colorful indie-pop Sun Bakery manga, full of sword fights, space adventures, and skateboarding. His first release sold out, so the launch of Sun Bakery #1 should be a hit.
23. Northwest Flower and Garden Show
This huge conference and exhibition gathers landscapers, speakers, vendors, and other garden professionals. See 20 show gardens based on the theme "America the Beautiful," learn about subjects such as locavorism, permaculture and sustainability, home decor, and regional gardening at special seminars, buy books and meet authors, and generally immerse yourself in a haven of green wholesomeness.
24. Barnes Lake Killer Whale Rescue
Dr. David Bain will give a firsthand account of the role he played in rescuing nine trapped orcas in Barnes Lake, Alaska, in 1994. Learn about other instances of scientists saving orcas and discover where to go to see the lovely behemoths, thanks to the Whale Trail organization.
25. Below the Surface
Become acquainted with a world of work under the sea in a conversation with underwater welders, shipyard workers, towboat builders, and others from the Divers Institute of Technology, Pacific Fishermen Shipyard, and Western Towboat Co. KEXP's Sharlese will moderate, and snacks will be offered.
26. Chris D'Elia
Catch a set from comic Chris D’Elia, seen in Undateable and many Comedy Central successes.
27. Confessions from the War
Teenagers fought and died in Lebanon's devastating 1975-1990 civil war. Today, former fighters confront the harm they did and try to prevent a new wave of youth radicalization. This documentary-in-progress pieces together archival footage and photos with contemporary interviews for a portrait of a country that's been ripped apart by war and may yet fall prey to extremism, if the "children of war" are unable to prevent it.
28. Critical Issues in Contemporary Art Practice: Wendy Red Star
Apsáalooke (Crow) multidisciplinary artist Wendy Red Star has shown works for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Fondation Cartier pour l’ Art Contemporain, and many other famous institutions. Hear her speak about her explorations of Native American and colonialist thought through "photography, sculpture, video, fiber arts, and performance."
29. Drag Queen Bingo with Sparkle Leigh
"Kooky crazy cartoon" Sparkle Leigh will host this night of bingo, prizes, and carousing. The first round is free (each card $1 after), and the drinks and jello shots will be special.
30. Emily Fridlund
Emily Fridlund (author of the award-winning short story collection Catapult) will read from her novel History of Wolves, which is told from the point of view of a 14-year-old girl living with her family in an abandoned commune in the Minnesota wilderness.
31. Ethnomusicology Visiting Artist Concert: Paco Diez and Students
Ladino-speaking Sephardic Jews make up an ancient community on the Iberian peninsula. Soloist Paco Diez has been preserving and playing their folk music for more than 30 years on both sides of the Atlantic. He and his students will present songs from this venerable tradition on folk instruments.
32. Feud: Bette and Joan
Get a sneak preview of Ryan Murphy's new FX anthology series, Feud, at this advance screening presented by Allied Pride. This episode will explore the long-lasting rivalry between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis.
33. Food: Four Short Talks
UW alumni panelists, moderated by Veena Prasad, will discuss how food—and our dealings with it—shape cultural and civic identities. Hear from and mingle with UW professor of urban design Brandon Born, restaurateurs Laurie and Leslie Coaston, senior lecturer and author Anita Verna Crofts, and public servant My Tam Nguyen. Your ticket includes one drink.
34. Ignite Seattle
Ignite Seattle is back with their fast-paced take on public speaking and education. At this event, each presenter is allotted five minutes and twenty PowerPoint slides (each 15 seconds long) to make a point about a topic of their choosing.
35. Lori Goldston: Sounds & Ideas for Cello
Stranger Genius Award winner Lori Goldston is a master cellist who’s the only musician besides Kurt Cobain to play with both Nirvana and Earth. Her lugubrious improvisations will shred your heartstrings. DAVE SEGAL
36. The NW Immigrant Rights Benefit
Non-profit group Trilogy and The Blow-up Co. have teamed up for a benefit show at Rhino Room, featuring Moor Gang's first lady Gifted Gab, with Bluziblu, Ambrosia, and LUNA GOD, and all proceeds from the door going to benefit the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project.
37. Portland Cider Winter Luau
Crazy flavors from Portland Cider (Passionfruit, Mojito, Sangria and Pineapple) will invade the taps at Schilling. Dress for a luau and bring a "tropical" dish to share.
38. Presidents' Day Writing Competition
Participants in this contest (which closed Monday) thought of what Trump could write that would make them happy, then penned it in #45's distinctive voice on the Hideout's stationery. See the results at this moody bar and discover the lucky winner, who gets to choose which nonprofit will receive a $1,000 donation.
39. Preview Party - The Contact: Quilts of the Sierra Nevada by Ann Johnston
Get a first, privileged peek at Ann Johnston's The Contact, a series of quilts depicting the Sierra Nevada in California. You'll also have a chance to check out the ongoing exhibitions, Al Farrow's perturbing Divine Ammunition and Electric Coffin's high-concept Future Machine. You'll meet artists and collectors, groove to KEXP DJ Greg Vandy's tunes, and chomp on treats from 314 Pie.
40. Ray Troll and the Ratfish Wranglers with Amish Robots
In what will surely be an unforgettable evening, Ketchikan band Ray Troll and the Ratfish Wranglers tumble into the aquarium with their art-music hybrids of "sub-aquatic neo-folk n’ fish-rock," complete with a "sockeyedelic" light show and an opening set from local group Amish Robots.
41. Soul of Belltown: Unfiltered
Project Belltown's storytellers will snap out 90-second vignettes about the historic, happening, ritzy/gritty neighborhood—and you can join them! After the jam, listen to ideas from professionals about how the area can move forward and develop. These speakers will include Sam Assefa from the Office of Planning and Community Development, Eugenia Woo of Historic Seattle, advocate Don Blakeney of the Downtown Seattle Association, and Tom Graff of Project Belltown and the real estate company Ewing & Clark, Inc.
Meet the filmmakers behind UNCODE—"the popular web series made of short, documentary-style films featuring artists and storytellers across the African diaspora"—at this special film screening at Northwest Film Forum.
43. Vital Liquido Fundraiser
A range of Seattle DJs will play in support of VItal Liquido, a short film-in-progress on the Indigenous struggle for access to clean water in Guatemala. Among other artists, Jake Muir will summon cold landscapes with his avant-garde drone-heavy DJ set and Eugene Fauntleroy will lay down minimalist beats.
44. Storyville Rising
This Seattle Immersive Theatre production features burlesque, music, history, and performance that will resurrect the "infamous 'red-light' district" of New Orleans at the turn of the century, exploring themes of power, polite society, race, and sex.
45. Twisted Flicks: Hercules Unchained
Improvisers re-dub cheesy "B" movies (in this case, 1959 Italian-French epic fantasy Hercules Unchained), according to audience suggestions.
46. When Love Speaks
Thalia's Umbrella will present this production, compiled by David Wright, featuring romantic poetry and music from authors from Shakespeare to Marlowe.
47. Wintergrass Music Festival 2017
Bring the whole family and warm up to bluegrass tunes. Artists include Hot Rize, Tim O'Brien, Turtle Island String Quartet, and dozens of others.
48. Seattle Asian American Film Festival
The SAAFF will screen fictional and documentary stories of Asian American journeys, families, artistic innovations, and more—plus music videos and shorts. After their opening night party, other highlights include LBGTQ shorts, a 15-year anniversary screening of Justin Lin's Better Luck Tomorrow, a documentary on the 105-year-old painter Tyrus Wong, and more.
49. Boys Club, The Disco Cowboys, Graig Markel
Ween tribute group Boys Club sets the alt-rock stage at Substation for Ween superfans everywhere, with bill support from The Disco Cowboys and Graig Markel.
50. The Crop
Enjoy an evening of hiphop (Aaron Cohen, Ugly Frank, DJ Ripdee, Cash Lansky, Marley B, and the amazing "antidote to despair" DoNormaal) alongside tattoo flash sales, nail art, a variety of visual art (including photography, film, mixed media, guerrilla art, and prints), new and vintage clothing, and an appearance from the "girl bosses" of Women.Weed.WiFi. Presented by Aaron Cohen with ALSO MGMT x DREA THREADS.
51. Destination Delridge
The Delridge Neighborhood Development Association will host a dinner with music, art, and games to benefit local "affordable housing, arts and culture, preservation of green space, food justice, and education."
52. Fotoform, Guest Directors, Red Martian
Expand your mind with an evening of dreamy post-punk and shoegaze from Fotoform, Guest Directors, and Red Martians within the Living Computers Museum.
53. Funky Congregation: ’90s Edition [CANCELLED]
Dance for love and understanding to jams spun by Chocolate Chuck, Reverend Dollars, and SassyBlack. Ms. SassyBlack, something of a spacey-scifi idol, will also perform live, as will Gifted Gab.
54. Happy Hour
Friday nights from mid-January to late February, enjoy "an hour full of straight up comedy cocktails, musical parody appetizers, and a bowl full of mixed character nuts" created and performed by Keira McDonald and Erin Stewart.
55. Home Is Where The Heart Is
Seeking to bring personality and humanity to the Northwest homelessness crisis, the Ubunye Project will present an interdisciplinary show melding dance, poetry, and narrative, directed by Kibibi Monié.
56. Rachel Aspden
Journalist/author Rachel Aspden will present Generation Revolution: On The Front Line Between Tradition and Change in the Middle East, based on her work in Egypt covering youthful revolt and disillusionment under Hosni Mubarak. The book examines this generation through the stories of four young Egyptians: "Amr, the atheist software engineer; Amal, the village girl who defied her family; Ayman, the one-time religious extremist; and Ruqayah, the would-be teenage martyr."
57. Rainbow Bingo
It's queer "slumber party" bingo with the infamous Sylvia O'Stayformore! Wear your coziest pajamas and raise money for the Senior Center of West Seattle while ticking off your boards.
58. Rishloo, This Patch of Sky, Compass & Knife
Heavy psych art rock band RISHLOO opens their world to the High Dive, with This Patch of Sky and Compass & Knife.
59. Sound Off! Semifinals #3
For the 16th year, the EMP's Sound Off! pits local, under-21 bands against each other in this concert series that rewards the first-place winner with a performance slot at Bumbershoot. The semifinals will feature the winning band from each of the previous weeks' competitions, including Nomad, Animals in the Attic, Brotha' Groove, and Falon Sierra.
60. Vicious Petals, Blackheart Honeymoon, Guests
Vicious Petals somehow manages to fit soul, folk, carnival themes, and rock into their work, which exists as a living collaboration between songwriters and musicians Cooper Smith and Ayako Okano.
61. Weird Room
The Weird Room DJ night is named for the truly weird room attached to the back hallway of Nacho Borracho, in which local DJs throw down every once in a while for a surreal experience if you're using the bathrooms across the hall. DJs in the weird room this time will be Phaedrus and Kristen Dalen, while DJ Explorateur and Bankie Phones will be holding it down in the actual bar.
62. Winter Weekends: Art Encounter
In her artistic residency at the Sculpture Park, Paige Barnes responds through dance to visitors' pulses in performances based on Eastern medicine. For this "encounter," she'll be joined by 11 more dancers and three musicians, as well as her poet collaborator Vanessa DeWolf, to interpret and "amplify" your pulse. Your very blood can participate in art creation.
63. An Improvised Hip Hopera
Rappers will take your suggestions and create a show on the fly, complete with "a hero's rise, fall, and redemption" plus love and villainy. Go twice—you won't see the same spectacle.
64. Build Your Own Musical
It's all up to the audience: You all will "cast, choreograph, write, direct and produce a variety of scenes" and Seattle improvisers will take your ideas and produce a full-length musical on the spot for your enjoyment. No two performances alike—clearly!
65. Planet XXXpress II
Yep, it's Futurama-inspired burlesque, brought to you by Scarlett OHairdye, Sailor St. Claire, Pillow, and a big cast of hot aliens and mad scientists. The story: Professor Farnsworth and the crew have to stop Mom from using the What-If machine for evil purposes.
66. The Seattle Wine and Food Experience
Food, drink, and DJs to set the atmosphere. This grand gathering commences with the Pop! Bubbles and Seafood event at McCaw Hall: sample food from 20 Seattle cooks and oysters from Hama Hama, Taylor Shellfish, and Salted Sea along with beer, cider, and sparkling wine. On Saturday, head to the Fremont Foundry for "Comfort," i.e. Bloody Marys, potato fry, and milk and cookies, mac and cheese, and more. The biggest hoop-la will be reserved for the Grand Tasting, with guest chefs like Derek Shankland of Delicatus, Dave Cooper of Le Pichet, Pranee Halvorsen of I Love Thai Cooking, Leslie Mackie of Macrina Bakery, and many others. This last event, held at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, also has a VIP option entitling guests to an exclusive oyster bar. Some proceeds will go to Les Dames D'Escoffier, supporting women in the hospitality, beverage, and food industries.
67. Twisted Cabaret: My Twisted Valentine
One-man vaudeville/varieté circus Frank Olivier performs a cabaret based on the premise that he's the only performer who'd shown up and has to do everything himself: juggling, acrobatics, unicycling, fire acts, tongue contortionism, and stuff you've never heard of. Olivier has been performing for decades, from The Johnny Carson Show to Broadway to the BBC, and he's like a clown car of talents—just when you think you've seen him do it all, another bizarro delight comes tumbling out. His specialty is making it look like he's completely losing control when in fact he is a fine-tuned genius.
68. Beneath The Surface: Love, Death, & Transformation
Seattle-based ensemble the Skyros Quartet presents a journey through love, death, and transformation, denoted by their interactive approach to classical music, with pieces by Mozart, Ligeti, Dvorák, and Mendelssohn.
69. Bird Focus: Raptors
Hail osprey, hail eagle, hail hawk! We flatter ourselves by designating one of these fearsome fliers as our national symbol. Naturalist Ed Dominguez will teach you all about the raptors of Seward Park and their often impressive migration patterns.
70. Black Tie Affair
A preview of/benefit for the Seattle Erotic Art Festival and its Arts Activist program, this big to-do will treat you to music, burlesque, and shibari performances as you snack on appetizers and partake from the open wine bar. Sexy guests will include dancer Miss Indigo Blue, "gender blender" Waxie Moon, and rope guy Twisted Monk. They say, "This year, Black Tie includes a bondage theme, for those of you who prefer costuming to formalwear." So restrain yourself, or don't.
71. Breaking Through the Wall of Slavery
The Seattle Public Library writes that, in the process of tracing ancestors, "many African American researchers struggle to break through the brick wall of slavery." To help with that, professional genealogist Janice Lovelace will demonstrate techniques to identify emancipated slaves and their prior slave-owners through the use of land, probate, census and court records.
72. Cosplay 5k
Are you so amped up for Emerald City Comicon that you can't sit still? Dress up as your favorite pop culture character and get outside for a brief run. The best cosplayer will get a pass to Comicon, and there are other raffle prizes along the way. Proceeds will benefit John Rodriguez, a local man facing pancreatic cancer.
This fest will provide space for local artists to sell their works alongside a screening of international animated films. After shopping, attend workshops with artists Dean Yeagle and Lawrence Ruelos, witness the triumph of the 'Golden Pencil Award' winners, and watch the French Danish co-production Long Way North in the company of producer Claus Toksvig Kjaer.
74. Dress Like a Woman Rally/March
Reacting to the "Dress Like a Woman" memo that Donald Trump allegedly sent to his female employees, local women will offer their own interpretations of the edict—by wearing whatever the hell they want and rallying for women's rights and in defense of marginalized communities.
75. FIUTS CulturalFest Performance Showcase
University of Washington students from all over will dance, sing, and show off more talents in celebration of the international diversity of the student body. This event is part of CulturalFest, a Foundation for International Understand Through Students initiative, which aims to foster global connections and culture.
76. From The Galaxy
Be one with space in this sonic road trip through the galaxy, with a program from conductor Robert Musser and the Tacoma Concert Band that includes music from Star Wars, 2001: A Space Odyssey, “Mars” from Holst's The Planets, and many more galactic sources.
77. I Have No Life And Death: Butoh & New Music
In a celebration of theater, dance, and musical experimentation, Vanessa Skatze and Uneasy Chairs Orchestra will present a showcase of ongoing Butoh and improvised music collaboration, drawing inspiration from Zen death poems, Samurai prayers and the promises of the divine eternal. Performers for the evening include MKUltramegaphone, Yellow Dragon, Driftwood Orchestra, and visual projections by Osteo Parliament.
78. Maker Days: Plant-Based Art and Chemistry
Maker Days are a chance to engage with MOHAI's programming and participate in hands-on activities—this time, you'll use nature to make art and conduct experiments.
79. On Shaky Ground: Geology Presentation
Naturalist Ed Dominguez will most likely scare the crap out of you with an explanation of the Puget Sound area's "geological hazards." We can all handle living on hollowed-out hills above a brooding seismic tear, right? Dominguez will also point out the visible scars left in the earth from historic seismic events, in case you need to feel more viscerally freaked out.
80. Out in Space Concert
Youth chorus Diverse Harmony joins with older a cappella group Spectrum to present their original work "Out in Space," the unique story of an alien and a human centered on a message of hope.
81. Oyster Brunch
Delicatus will serve oysters in all their myriad preparations at brunch (the regular menu will also be available). Complete your Sunday repast with wine specials, and bring the kiddies for a tamer option like grilled cheese or a cold cut sandwich.
82. Pacific Northwest Regional Yo-Yo Championship
See the best tricks set to music at "the premier yo-yo event in the Pacific Northwest," a yearly treat for spool spinners since 2005.
83. POC Boutique: Black History Month Edition
Buy goods from Black artisans and artists at this edition of the POC Boutique. This month, they write that they want to "celebrate and recognize the rich culture and deep history of Black Americans that were rooted long ago." They also write, "You do not have to be a Person of Color to attend the event. We are just asking our vendors to be of color." Find something stylish and support the Black artistic/craft community.
84. ProCreators: Navigating Motherhood in the Art World
Mothers working in the arts can share their experiences with other "artists, curators, gallerists, and administrators." Drop off the kids in the supervised play space upstairs and exchange insights on discrimination, going back to work after a break, and dealing with your budding performance artists every day.
85. Sexual Awake'n'Baking
Spring is coming and hormones will soon be a-bloom. Prepare yourself with sexy sets by comics Jim Stewart Allen, D.J. Martinez, Genevieve Ferrari, and Monisa Brown. Produced by Nathalie Holt and Maddie Downes.
86. Sherman Alexie
National Book Award-winner (and occasional Stranger guest contributor) Sherman Alexie, an irrepressibly funny speaker, will talk about what it means to be an American nomad today.
87. Sinful Sisters Productions Presents: Animal Instincts
Sinful Sisters Productions presents a variety show with draws including magic, comedy, belly dancing, burlesque, fusion art, and flow artists—plus, all proceeds (including the mid-show raffle) will go towards Emerald City Pet Rescue.
88. Super Diamond
The Surreal Neil, Randy Cordeiro, is apparently a vocal dead ringer for Neil Diamond, who was impressed enough to perform twice with the tribute band named in his honor. Expect loads of glitter and throaty vibrato.
89. Washington Beer Open House
More than 130 of your favorite Washington State breweries will open for special tastings and tours today.
Enjoy food, music, raffles, and a campfire at this Hempfest Central event (with proceeds from the raffles going towards people imprisoned for pot offenses). This event is open to members only, but memberships start at just $15.
91. Defying Expectations
Six singers—Sarah Russell, Varsha Raghavan, Nick Watson, Ty Willis, and Maggie Stenson—will perform excerpts from musicals that show characters overcoming obstacles and divisions. Music from Wicked, Ragtime, La Cage Aux Folles, Follies, and others.
92. The I Hate Children Children's Show
Because who doesn't? Naw, we kid. Named "Best Children's Show" at the Edinburgh Festival, this spectacle invites every child to participate in a fun trick (even if you buy your little angel the cheapest ticket available). There will be beer and champagne for adults, hot dogs and pretzels to buy for everyone.
93. Shift Sessions: Volume 3 featuring Whitney Mongé
3rd Shift Dance and soul singer Whitney Mongé will team up for a dance show with choreography by Xaviera Vandermay.
94. 12th Annual Academy Awards Party with Gay City and Three Dollar Bill Cinema
The dresses, the tears, the speeches, and occasionally the shade... Watch it all with the wonderful queer film festival founders of Three Dollar Bill Cinema, plus comedian-hosts El Sanchez and Nick Sahoyah. There will be food and a cash bar, plus special eats and free sparkly for VIPs.
95. Chris Vandebooke's Public Memorial
Fans and friends will commemorate indie drummer Chris 'Cargo' Vandebrooke, who was killed in Los Angeles in late 2016. DJ Greg Anderson, Joel RL Phelps of Silkworm, Chris's former band Fairgrove, and a special guest will play at the memorial. They say: "[Chris] left an indelible imprint on his family, friends, fans and had a powerful impact on both the skateboarding world & indie music scene."
96. Demimonde: A Fashion Show
See a parade of Northwest fashions by Michelle Lesniak and Wendy Ohlendorf, featuring John Fluevog's latest shoes—because we don't just wear plaid and hiking boots, ok? (Well, we personally do, but it's still an unfair stereotype.) The 9 o'clock show ticket includes an after-party with DJ WD4D.
97. Happy Birthday George Harrison
Pay tribute to the best Beatle (yeah, we said it) with this show in honor of George Harrison's birthday, as songs of his are performed by Kelly Van Camp, John Olufs, Bill Preib, Randy Neal, Sean Wheatley, and Joe Ross with even more guests.
Assemble bag lunches for Seattle's underserved, then head to an allotted district to hand them out. All of the $10 entry fee will help buy the lunch supplies, so they ask that you please prepay. They'll also have a donation drive for Haitians in need.
99. Kivalina: A Climate Change Story
An Inupiaq Eskimo village above the Arctic Circle struggles to survive as ice melt devours their home in Christine Shearer's account, entitled Kivalina. Discuss the book with 350 Seattle's environmental activists. You'll have Chocolati's rich cocoa drinks to fortify you as you confront the terrifying reality of climate change.
100. Mixtape: '90s Alternative Club
Immersive yourself in the real nostalgia side of alternative music from the '90s with this dance night soundtracked by DJs Mikey Shadow and Evan Blackstone.
101. Philharmonia Northwest: Children's Songs
In their third concert of the season, Philharmonia Northwest treads lightly, focusing on material composed for children. King FM host Lisa Bergman will act as narrator for Prokofiev’s classic Peter and the Wolf, supplemented by Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite, a collection of miniature pieces based on fairy tales, all of which will brought to life by the choreography of Dance Fremont.
102. Rope Bondage for Beginners
Learn how to safely restrain a willing body in an unintimidating setting.
103. Steve Scher: Town Hall Past and Future
Did you know that Town Hall was once the Seattle Fourth Church of Christian Science? Learn about the institution's transition from "an expression of 20th century religious community into a 21st century home for civic, intellectual, and cultural life"—and what's in store for the building and the organization—with scholar Steve Scher, Town Hall founder David Brewster, and a panel of Town Hall planners and historians. Finally, take a thorough guided tour of the building itself.
104. Thalia Field Book Launch with Beryl Clark and Gabrielle Bates
Professor and author Thalia Field will launch her new historical novel, Experimental Animals: A Reality Fiction, a thoroughly-researched exploration of the life of 19th-century naturalist and vivisectionist Claude Bernard and his marriage to the animal-loving Fanny Martin. They say, "Field accomplishes several remarkable things with her new book as she blends a massive feat of research—20 years and hundreds of thousands of pages!—and translation with the study of the history of lab science and animal rights." Hugo House fellows Beryl Clark and Gabrielle Bates will read from the work.
105. Trailer Apocalypse! Redux
See a full hour and a half of trailers for films that are probably better off not being watched in toto, running the gamut of "blaxploitation, sexploitation, horror, mondo, martial arts and more mixed with mutant subgenres, freakish fiascos," and anything else that caught Oscar-winning editor Bob Murawski's fiendish eye. And all on 35mm, no less.
106. Zarqa Nawaz
Canadian sitcom creator Zarqa Nawaz (Little Mosque on the Prairie) will speak based on her book Laughing All the Way to the Mosque: The Misadventures of a Muslim Woman, which brings a light touch to heavy issues like anti-Muslim prejudice, gender in Islam, and immigration.