Drag Becomes Him

'Drag Becomes Him' Premiere

FILM Wed April 29, Cinerama (2100 Fourth Ave)

Everyone's favorite Jewish narcoleptic drag superstar—Jinkx Monsoon (aka Jerick Hoffer), of course—is the subject of this feature-length documentary that offers an intimate glimpse into the life of the RuPaul's Drag Race winner, Stranger Genius Award nominee, and, well, best fucking performer in Seattle.

Nearby snack: We've already bonded over the popcorn options at Cinerama (right, guys?), but if you're looking for something a little more flamboyant, Icon Grill (1933 Fifth Ave) has quite possibly the most lamps and doodads per square inch of any Seattle restaurant and serves an equally obnoxious giant hot-fudge sundae in a cookie-dough bowl with your choice of toppings (you tell them you want them all).

'Art Beasties: Time Difference : Seattle–New York–Tokyo'

ART Through May 2, Soil (112 Third Ave S)

I can barely deal with how delightful the name "Art Beasties" is. Art Beasties (Art Beasties! Art Beasties!) are a Japanese art collective based in NYC. Their exhibit Time Difference explores communication and perception through three different time zones using live music performance, photography, installation, video, and painting. Related-ish: Have you ever been so jet-lagged you felt like you were on acid?

Nearby snack: Mexican fare is always good when you're in the mood to get very full—Tenoch Mexican Grill (208 Fifth Ave S) has a family-style menu of all the classics.


CLASSICAL Fri May 1, Benaroya Hall (200 University St)

The person known simply as Trimpin is a renowned local "sound sculptor" (yeah, okay, I'll allow it), and it looks like he'll be doing some cool/weird shit with Seattle Symphony musicians for the final [Untitled] of the season. The show will feature "a piano that can be played and conducted without being touched, suspended chimes, a wandering soprano, and strategically placed Symphony musicians."

Nearby snack: Gelatiamo (1400 Third Ave) not only serves delicious gelato and sorbetto, you can also get a GELATO CAKE, which is two flavors of gelato layered on top of a sponge cake lightly soaked with marsala wine. [Insert heart-eyes emoji here.]

Independent Bookstore Day

READING Sat May 2, Various locations

Support independent bookstores, you big jerk! Wander into three or more participating stores—including Book Larder (4252 Fremont Ave N), Elliott Bay Book Company (1521 10th Ave), Fantagraphics (1201 S Vale St), Mockingbird Books (7220 Woodlawn Ave NE), Open Books (2414 N 45th St), and Phinney Books (7405 Greenwood Ave N)—and you could win $25 gift cards to every participating store. Or take the Independent Bookstore Day Challenge by visiting all 17 stores and win 25 percent off at every store for a whole year!

Nearby snack: Have you noticed the new Snickers Rockin' Nut Road bar? It may be an afterthought of a name, but a Snickers bar with almonds and marshmallow is what dreams are made of. Available at some gas stations I can't remember where.

ggnzla Karaoke

KARAOKE Every Monday, Chop Suey Den (1325 E Madison St)

Support The Stranger

Friendly, low-stakes karaoke with a well-curated song book is entertaining when you're stoned, whether you're singing or chickening out just watching. The newly renovated Chop Suey front lounge—now called the Den, and now featuring a rustic wall of chains—is the spot for ggnzla Karaoke every Monday night. Don't forget to tip your karaoke host, especially after you mangle Toto's "Africa."

Nearby snack: Little Uncle's (1509 E Madison St) pad thai is some of the best pad thai of all pad time. recommended