Silent Reading Party

READING/SILENCE Wed April 1, Sorrento Hotel (900 Madison St)

You could get a little stoned and crack open a book at home, by yourself, but wouldn't you rather read in a lavish hotel lounge surrounded by other reading humans? This event involves zero social-anxiety-inducing small talk, just mellow live music like cello, harp, or piano.

Nearby snack: Piroshki on Madison (1219 Madison St) offers a full menu of piroshkis (very adorable Russian meat or vegetable turnovers) and desserts. (Plus, the Sorrento has a very good kitchen and cocktail menu.)

First Thursday Art Walk

ART Thurs April 2, Pioneer Square

Walk around, visit several galleries, look at so much art. Easy. Nice. Bring a friend! Or don't! No pressure.

Nearby snack: If you're in the mood for seafood, Taylor Shellfish (410 Occidental Ave S) and Gaba Sushi (220 First Ave S) are both in the art walk zone.


FESTIVAL April 3–5, Washington State Convention & Trade Center (800 Convention Pl)

Now in its 18th year, Sakura-Con (presented by Asia Northwest Cultural Education Association) celebrates the glorious, colorful world of anime. This year's programming is packed with cultural panels, dances, industry guests, and gaming, but everyone knows the cosplay is what's going to be the most fantastic!

Nearby snack: My colleagues tell me that MOD Pizza (1302 Sixth Ave) is pretty good because you "don't have to make really hard decisions about toppings" (add or subtract toppings for no charge) and "the crust is exactly the right gauge" (not too thick, not too thin—perfectly baby-bear).

'Dirk Staschke: Executing Merit'

ART Through April 15, Winston Wachter Fine Art (203 Dexter Ave N)

Dirk Staschke's sculptures are intricate and polished and look like (lightly satirized) three-dimensional still-life paintings—opulent cakes, birds, meat—but with unfinished and raw elements that reveal the ceramic craft and process. Apparently, Staschke's usual style is immaculate and this is his attempt at "relinquishing control." The juxtaposition is pretty effing bananas to look at.

Nearby snack: La Parisienne French Bakery (2507 Fourth Ave) for the meringues, Ă©clairs, macarons, baguettes, and tarts of your dreams.

78 rpm DJ Night

MUSIC Sat April 4, Bottleworks (1710 N 45th St #3)

Listen to very old records—so old, they're played at 78 rpm—and enjoy a beer (or mead, or cider) from a menu of more than 950 options. DJ Jeffery Taylor (co-owner of Wall of Sound and coauthor of Victrola Favorites) will be spinning from his collection of jazz, hillbilly, gospel, and ethnographic 78s from the 1920s through the 1950s.

Nearby snack: The pasta at Bizzarro Italian Cafe (1307 N 46th St) is very delicious. Get the Forest Floor Frenzy and try not to fill up on the garlic bread. recommended