This Wednesday, March 8, is International Women's Day. You might already know about the Women's March organizers' call for the Day Without A Woman, but in Seattle, there are also many other ways to mark the occasion. We've compiled them all below, ranging from the Red Door's celebration of women and beer to the world premiere of Pussy Riot's new psych rock musical to a march in Westlake Park with Kshama Sawant. For other events happening later this week and in the coming weeks, check out our complete resistance calendar or Women's History Month calendar.
Aesthetic Mess: Bankie Phones, DJ Sharlese, DJ Goo Goo
Seattle’s foremost post-punk night returns with a live mutant hybrid electro set and visuals by Bankie Phones of Motor Collective, and a guest DJ slot filled by DJ Sharlese of KEXP's Audioasis. Goo Goo, as always, will spin a fascinating assortment of post-punk, weird dub, minimal wave, and other mutant subgenera, this time cracking out all sorts of womxn-created tunes on vinyl in honor of International Women's Day. (Downtown)
Celebrating Women & Beer
The Red Door will pour beer and cider from women-led companies in the drink business: the Hopruption Double IPA from Sumerian Brewing; the Single Hop Amarillo Saison from Schooner Exact Brewing; and the Asian Pear Cider from Schilling Ciderworks. Imbibe and chat with a representative of each brewery. 10% of the proceeds will benefit the YWCA Seattle King Snohomish. (Fremont)
International Women's Day: Bottoms Up for Babes
Party with Moscow mules, fried chicken sandwiches, and the musical contributions of DJ Meaty Okra at Rachel's Ginger Beer. Part of the proceeds will benefit the Jubilee Women's Center for those facing poverty and homelessness. (Capitol Hill)
International Women's Day March to Defend Reproductive Rights!
Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant and Socialist Students USA will host this intersectional march in honor of International Women's Day, to stand up for reproductive rights and economic equality for women. (Downtown)
International Women's Day Seattle: Be Bold for Change
Get inspired to keep fighting for women around the world at this event at Town Hall. Hear from local change-makers like Martha Adams of Girls Rising, Aneelah Afzali of MAPS-AMEN, Marty Hartman of Mary's Place, Rosa Peralta of the Latino Center for Health, and many others. There will be alimentary as well as mental nourishment. (First Hill)
International Working Womxn's Day Southend Vigil & Night Walk
On International Working Womxn's Day, local groups PARISOL, FOCS, Got Green, and the Womxn of Color and Families Marching Contingent are hosting this event to remember My-Linh Nguyen, a 45-year-old Vietnamese woman who was killed by an attacker on the street near her home on December 15, 2016. After the vigil that begins at Othello Station at 6 pm, there will be a 45-minute night walk beginning at 6:30 with the goals of "taking back our streets, confronting violence against womxn, remembering womxn who have been killed or disappeared, and highlighting womxn resisting and lifting up the community." Afterwards, there will be a potluck with "hot cocoa and space to build together." (Columbia City)
Pussy Riot Theatre Presents "Revolution"
Maria Alyokhina of the courageous group Pussy Riot, imprisoned in Russia for their performance in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in 2012, is here in Seattle for the premiere of a new psych rock musical about the collective's protest music and their time in the prison system. The hour-long piece, directed by Yury Muravitsky and produced by Alexander Cheparukhin, includes video footage by Taisia Krugovykh and video art by Katya Sсheglova, plus special musical guests Pink Parts and AWOTT. You'll have the chance to discuss the show with the creative team at the end of the night. (Belltown)
ReWA's International Women's Day
Support the Refugee Women's Alliance and their tireless staff at a celebration full of food, stories, and cultural activities. (Columbia City)
Spotlight on International Women's Day
At at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center, representatives of Medical Teams International, World Vision, the Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity & Stillbirth, Washington Global Health Alliance, and other worldwide NGOs will speak about their work empowering women and girls and diminishing the gender gap. It's free, but be sure to register in advance. (Seattle Center)