Red Apparition by Esther Planas
Red Apparition by Esther Planas Courtesy of Red May

Philip Wohlstetter, a local intellectual who has been a part of the Seattle art scene since the early 1980s, when he helped produce one of the first crowd-sourced anythings by means of a computer (a novel called Invisible City), has organized with the artist-collective, This Might Not Work a world-class radical left festival that will run in the month May. (This Might Not Work was started by Hami Bahadori and Matt Bell, former students of UW's School of Art.)

This thing is big, ambitious, and timely—though Wohlstetter began putting it together long before anyone could believe that Trump would be our next president. The event is called Red May, it will include a bunch of brilliant and noted radical thinkers, authors and artists (Michael Hardt, China Miéville, Joshua Clover, Nisi Shawl, Steven Shaviro, Kathi Weeks, Geoff Mann—to name a few), and is to happen at a number of popular Seattle-area venues (Northwest Film Forum and Saint John's Bar and Eatery among them).

I will have more to say about this event in my review of its larger picture, goals, and history; but for now, it might be a good idea for you to look at its rather extensive schedule and find things (films, exhibits, talks) that catch your eye immediately.