Our arts critics have already recommended 48 great things to do this week and our music critics have picked the 27 best concerts, 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 a silent disco festival to the Northwest Pinball and Arcade Show, and from a secret five-course pop-up dining experience to World Ocean Day events. For even more options this week, check out our complete Things To Do calendar.
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1. Saving Sea Turtles Film & Talk
Find out how the tragedy of the Kemp's Ridley sea turtle, which nearly went extinct as a result of human activity, took a less bleak turn when marine scientists stepped in to help the population recover. Before the Seattle premiere screening of the film Saving Sea Turtles: Preventing Extinction, marine biologist Lesanna Lahner will present her work on sea turtles and talk about how to prevent them from being stranded.
2. Queer Terror
A pleasurable queer attack on the senses by Worshiprr (abridged motto: "I will fucking eat you"), smut-glam rapper/producer Michete, and electropoppy Brian is Ze.
3. Rachel Lark and the Damaged Goods: Studies Have Shown
Rachel Lark will belt out some snarktastic feminist rock, with titles like "Won't Be a Bitch" and "It's Hard to Be A Feminist and Still Want Dick."
4. Zeek's Pizza Shredfest 2017
Zeek's Pizza employs shredders of cheese—but also of guitar strings! Apparently, an "INSANELY large community of musicians" works at Zeek's, and their annual concert at the High Dive is now a tradition. Rock out with the dough-slingers at this free show.
5. Great Soul of Russia: Sweet Lika
Delve into Anton Chekhov's mysterious love life with Serge Gregory's play based on the (married) literary titan's letters to the hot and sadly fated amateur opera singer Lika Mizinova (choice excerpt: “You so turned my head that I can believe twice two is five."). Discover the woman who may have been the inspiration for The Seagull's tragic Nina.
6. Made in Seattle Week
Despite the growing sentiment that Seattle is basically Amazon now, there's a massive amount of amazing stuff being made right in our beautiful city. That's why General Assembly organizes a week-long program of events highlighting local leaders in tech, food, music, design & art, and beer, bringing together people from different sectors to talk about their projects—as well as why Seattle is a great place to live and work. Catch a panel at various locations across the city and grab a beer, listen to a performance by Manatee Commune and Harps, converse with restaurateurs and brewers like Rachel Yang (Joule, Trove) or Matt Lincecum (Fremont Brewing Company) and tech leaders like Frank Strack (TEKsystems), and hear from local designers and artists like Minh Nguyen and Julia Hensley.
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7. Murder for Two
Contemporary musical comedy Murder for Two (with book by Kellen Blair and Joe Kinosian, music by Joe Kinosian, and lyrics by Kellen Blair) is a piano-filled murder mystery that features two actors: one who attempts to solve the murder, and another that plays all the suspects.
8. Queer Film Series: To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar
As far as we know, this is the only drag road movie starring Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze, and John Leguizamo. Glamorous queens Vida Boheme and Noxeema Jones mentor newbie Chi-Chi Rodriguez, the "Latina Marilyn Monroe," but when they set out across the country, the trio find themselves stuck in a boring southern town full of sexist dudes.
9. A Tribute to Anjelica Huston
From her debut as a Juliet-like innocent in her father's A Walk with Love and Death to her seductively campy, grotesque stint as the Grand High Witch in The Witches, Anjelica Huston has brought humorous strength and self-assurance to a wide variety of films. SIFF will interview her on her long career before screening the world premiere of her new film Trouble, directed by the Pulitzer-nominated playwright Theresa Rebeck.
10. Solid Ground's Food Truck Taste Off
Presented by Seattle Children's Hospital, the Solid Ground's Food Truck Taste Off will be a good-spirited competition between the city's most well-known and loved food trucks. Each food truck will provide a signature dish, which will be voted on by attendees. The winning truck receives a prize, and and all proceeds from the event go to fund Solid Ground, an organization working to "challenge the root causes of hunger, poverty and injustice." Plus: music, a beer garden and raffle prizes.
11. Hank Williams Tribute Night
Local twangers—Trip Allen, Alex Baron, Billy Bodacious, South Sound Tug & Barge, Kelly Van Camp, and others—will pay homage to the great Alabaman Americana player. Come warm your cold, cold hearts.
12. Levoneh, Ghost Soda, somesurprises, NHB
Experimental bedroom pop outfit Levoneh take over the Kremwerk/Timbre Room complex for a night of DIY vibes, with support from Ghost Soda, somesurprises, and NHB.
13. TBASA's Lo-Fi All Stars #90
Allegedly Seattle's longest running acoustic music showcase, All Stars is a night of lo-fi musicians hand-picked by Tbasa of Substation, featuring Jordan Love, Michael Compton, Timmy Tombstone, Jackson's Oddities, and Robin Lewis.
14. Fetish Multifarium Presents: Pride
Explore the full spectrum of gender expression at this pre-Pride event, a party at the Mercury highlighting the many free forms of sexuality in celebration of our LGBTQIA+ family. DJ Morgue Anne will be spinning all night long, and Fetish Multifarium members will be on hand to provide fetish services like spanking and electrical play. Remember: consent is essential.
15. Civic Cocktail
Civic Cocktail is a monthly gathering (co-organized and broadcast by the Seattle Channel) that offers a discussion of pressing local issues over drinks and Tom Douglas appetizers. This edition will feature Chris Hansen and his investment group, who'll discuss the possibility of bringing NBA and NHL teams back to Seattle by building a new arena in Sodo. Radio host Michael Medved, analyst C.R. Douglas, and the Seattle Times's Nicole Brodeur will weigh in.
16. Jeff Shaara: The Frozen Hours
Jeff Shaara is known for his bestselling historical novels that have a decidedly military bent. This time, he'll share his latest work, Frozen Hours, which deals with the Korean War and the historic Battle of Chosin Reservoir.
17. Steve Olson: Eruption
Science writer Steve Olson (Mapping Human History: Genes, Race, and Our Common Origins) will speak about volcanoes in the Pacific Northwest and what you can do to prepare for them. Olson's most recent book is Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St. Helens, a scientific analysis of the event coupled with stories from lumber tycoons, loggers, volcanologists, and conservationists.
18. Susan Burton: Becoming Ms. Burton
Susan Burton will tell her autobiographical story of loss, grief, addiction, rehabilitation, and, eventually, philanthropic sobriety (the founding of an organization that helps formerly incarcerated women obtain education and employment). Her book, Becoming Ms. Burton, features a foreword by scholar and civil rights advocate Michelle Alexander.
19. TEDxSeattle Cafe on the Water: Compassion at a Power Tool
TED talker Tim Dawes will return for a casual discussion on how compassion can be a powerful advantage in business and daily relationships. Lisa Phelps Dawes, chief storyteller at Storied Thoughts and co-chair of the TEDxSeattle Speaker Team, will supplement the evening with a talk on curating the TEDx series. Stay on for networking.
20. Leopards break into the temple—butoh/sound improvisation
In a celebration of theater, dance, and musical experimentation, Teatro de la Psychomachia will host a showcase of ongoing Butoh and improvised sound collaboration, drawing inspiration from a Kafka-esque trope, namely: "Leopards break into the temple and drink to the dregs what is in the sacrificial pitchers; this is repeated over and over again; finally it can be calculated in advance , and it becomes a part of the ceremony." Sweet! Leopards!
21. Hemp History Week
Hempfest Central will give you a primer on the many uses and histories of hemp—but this festival is far from academic. If last year's activities are any indication, there will be cooking classes (hemp-slaw, anyone?), crafts, skincare workshops, and other demos. Don't forget to pick up some manufacturer's samples, too.
22. 3rd Annual First Hill Fidos
Ask your animal friend: "Are you dog enough to outdog the other dogs???" If they bark yes, take them to compete for Best in Show, Best Trick, Best Costume, and Cutest Dog at this free and informal contest. Or just show up sans puppy to watch the excitement. Enjoy Yappy Hour, meet fur-creature friends from the MaxMobile, and get some treats for you and your dog from the Seattle Barkery.
23. Women in Localization PNW - Unconference
"Women in Localization" sounds like a pretty broad topic, and that's the point: At an "Unconference," participants decide together on the agenda through a vote. Chat with other women in industry and make some connections.
24. World Oceans Day Fundraiser for SR3
Join Old Stove Brewing Co. on World Oceans Day to raise money for SR3 (SeaLife Response, Rehabilitation, and Research), a local nonprofit dedicated to improving marine wildlife health and welfare. Additional funds raised will go towards building Washington state's first marine animal hospital and science teaching facility.
25. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with live soundtrack by the Invincible Czars
John S. Robertson's 1920 adaptation of the Robert Lewis Stevenson novel about a professor who splits his personality between a good and evil half will get a spine-tingling live soundtrack from the Invisible Czars, who specialize in spooky musical enhancement of silent films.
26. Golden Silence: The Score Feels
This documentary about the creative lives of young musicians of color in Seattle will be accompanied by DoNormaal, HansmJustin, Astro King Phoenix, J-Nasty, Sendai Mike, Dex Amora, and other local stars.
27. Art of Jazz: Samantha Boshnack Quintet
As a part of the free, all-ages Art of Jazz series at SAM, Samantha Boshnack and her quintet will perform a complex and innovative homage piece to the 19th-century daredevil, feminist, and journalist Nellie Bly.
28. Deva Premal & Miten with Manose
Bask in the otherworldly fascination of Buddhist chant as Deva Premal and Miten sing mantras with bansuri maestro Manose, with accompaniment by Joby Baker on bass and Rishi on drums. They promise you'll sink into "luminous pools of deep celebration."
29. New Weather "No Future" Record Release Party
Drony, deep-space-synth trio New Weather will launch their new record on the Happy Accidents label, No Future, during "a night of motorik synthesizers and bubbling arpeggiators." Dr. Troy and DJ Explorateur will contribute their own New Wave, electro, Euro, and vintage cuts.
30. Velocity Synth Series
Feel the air hum and crackle at this night of electro and synthpop with singer/producer Amy Denio's inventive loops and delays, LIIIGHT's retro-modernized guitar and electronics, and Tad Reedy's vintage vinyl set.
31. GLITTERis Pride Ale Release Party
Join Elysian Brewing to celebrate the release of its "GLITTERis" Pride Ale, made in honor of Seattle Pride 2017. KEXP DJ Riz Rollins will be there, and a portion of the proceeds from the beer sales will benefit Seattle Pride.
32. FuckUp Nights
Have you made calamitous mistakes? Here are some successful businesspeople to make you feel better by telling you about their monstrous blunders. Come early for snacks, drinks, and networking with other brave, ambitious fuckups like you.
33. Harry Potter and the Sacred Text
"Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic." Watch podcast hosts Casper ter Kuile and Vanessa Zoltan read and discuss selections from Harry Potter (and not just the Dumbledore quotes) as if they belong to a sacred text.
34. How to Win at Seattle: Part II with Nikkita Oliver
Mayoral candidate Nikkita Oliver knows that in the age of Trump, social progress is not going to be easy. Submit your questions for her on social justice and the future and hear her in conversation with Monica Guzmán of the Evergrey.
35. Mette Nielsen: Savory Sweet
Mette Nielsen, co-author of the Savory Sweet: Simple Preserves from a Northern Kitchen, will read from and sign this pickle-icious Nordic cookbook.
36. The 3rd Annual Seattle FLOW Showcase
Seattle's prop-based artists, dancers, and performers gather for the third year in a row to explore "flow," using objects like hula hoops, poi, and contact balls.
37. Pekka Kuusisto Mendelssohn Violin Concerto
Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto will take on Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, known widely as an unparalleled example of German precision, along with performances by renowned Danish symphonist Carl Nielsen, and up and coming Scottish composer Helen Grimes in her American premiere of Snow: No.2.
38. Money and Run
This is a three-episode production of Wayne Rawley's "trailer trash epic," each episode ("Money Take Run," "Save the Last Dance for Run," and "Of Nuns and Ninjas") featuring a different cast. The episodes follow the adventures of Money and Run, a lovable outlaw couple pursued by the Man (who's a woman).
39. Seattle TangoMagic Festival
Practice the twisty, slithery, almost impossibly sexy dance known as the Argentine tango at this long weekend of milongas and workshops. Last year's festival introduced Seattle dancers to maestros from the US and Argentina, brought several DJs onboard, and offered a Sunday Salmon Bake to fuel the dancing.
40. Vashon Sheepdog Classic
Join a crowd of thousands at the Vashon Sheepdog Classic, where you'll have a chance to watch Border collies herd sheep through courses, as their handlers compete for cash and prizes. Take the opportunity to pick up local fiber artisanry and hear speaker and author Temple Grandin, an advocate for both animals and autistic people, speak at the trials on Sunday.
41. Ice Cream
Take your sweetheart to the soda shop, readjust your gingham skirt, and apply some festive lipstick—you're about to enter an atmospheric "doo-wop ice cream shop" created by the performers at Can Can. They promise a glittery production inspired by summer favorites including Grease and Beach Party.
42. Maiden Voyage
In this modern take on ancient myth, Penelope has raised a child on her own while her husband has battled on the seas for 20 years. She's successful and independent, having written a lauded book on her absent mate's adventures. But when the husband returns, things don't go exactly like they did in mythical antiquity. Rebecca Tourino Collinsworth is both writer and director.
43. Romy and Michele's High School Reunion
Rich Smith writes that Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (this year's world premiere at the 5th Ave) "should be as cult-y and funny as Robin Schiff's script."
44. Earthship Seattle Visitor Center Fundraiser Dance Party
An Earthship is a super-sustainable, self-sufficient building using solar and wind energy and other eco-methods to provide energy, process water, and dispose of waste. Earthship Seattle is raising funds to build a model in this city as a visitors' center and model of what's possible. And who knows—with Trump backing out of the climate agreement, Earthships may one day be the most habitable spots on earth. Substation will raise money with an upcycled material fashion show, an upcycled art show, and soundtrack by DJs James Sorrell & Mr. Linden, Ramiro, Buckmode, Rob Noble, and Julie Herrera.
45. Waves 3.0: Synchromatic
Fred Wildlife's walls will be transformed through the magic of Hannah Selene and Anthony white's light projection into an immersive art installation space for aerial artist Regan Powers and EDM DJs and producers LuckDragon, Quackson, Frida K, and Ky N Kumarion. Escape into a trippy, collaborative artist wonderland.
46. NOAA Open House: World Oceans Day
Find out how the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) monitors and protects the ocean. Take tours, see exhibits, attend panels, and hope this isn't the last time the NOAA can afford to keep its doors open.
47. Pride Launch Party with Nikkita Oliver
Are you a queer for (mayoral candidate Nikkita) Oliver? Congregate with Queers4Oliver and dance to tunes from locally beloved Darqness DJs. Meet the possible future mayor herself.
48. Bootie Seattle: Pop Goes The Diva
Seattle's only all-mashup dance party throws down for an all-out celebration by paying tribute to the ultimate pop divas: Beyoncé and Lady Gaga. Prep thyself for all the '00s club bangers and '10s Top40 hits you could possibly handle.
49. Club Fracture
Rejoice, goths—as much as you're temperamentally inclined, that is—for Re-bar is offering a new night of synthpop, industrial, and darkwave mixed by Evan Blackstone, DJ Eyktan of SIN, and Mikey Shadow of Resurrection.
50. Club Ludo
Go buck with international violin sensation Pekka Kuusisto and the Seattle Symphony at Club Ludo, where you pay the price to be a VIP all night long. DJs will be spinning as you drink in the surreal beauty of the Chihuly Boathouse, with hosted bars and cuisine from popular PNW hot spots, the soulful fire of local rockers, and a theremin-centric trance party in the Aquarium Room.
51. Randy Oxford's All-Star Slam
Previous Washington State Performer of the Year trombonist Randy Oxford returns with a six-piece band playing roots music, blues, and swaggerin' Americana.
52. Love Rising LGBTQ Astrology Workshop
Find your love match or delve into your current relationship through an astrological discovery of your rising sign and "personal planets."
53. The Business of Comics: Creator Owned Properties
Paul Morrissey (Teen Titans Go! writer, editor of many publications) and Lonnie Mann (Thoughts from Iceland) will discuss the comics business and working out self-employment in Outsider Comics' new series.
54. Daniel Wallace
Daniel Wallace's novel Big Fish inspired both a Tim Burton film and a Broadway musical production. Wallace will visit to share his latest work, Extraordinary Adventures, about a 30-something junior executive who has to desperately search for a date to bring on a free vacation.
55. Katherine Heiny: Standard Deviation
About Katherine Heiny's short story collection Single, Carefree, Mellow, Janet Maslin of The New York Times wrote, "Most [of her characters] are urban American semi-strivers, worrying a little about work, a little about happiness and a lot about the illicit affairs they’re carrying on. When it comes to these liaisons, Ms. Heiny has a fine way of keeping her women sharply perceptive about details yet too delusional to see the big picture." Appropriately, the collection boasts a glowing quote from Lena Dunham. Now Heiny will share her latest project, the novel Standard Deviation.
56. Robert Pearl: Mistreated
The executive director and CEO of the Permanente Medical Group, Robert Pearl, is here to share a new book about why you shouldn't put too much trust in your healthcare providers. Mistreated: Why We Think We’re Getting Good Healthcare—And Why We’re Usually Wrong makes a case for changing "the structure, technology, financing, and leadership" of American health care.
57. Kick Hunger Challenge Celebrity Poker Tournament
Onetime Seahawk Jordan Babineaux and Chef John Howie will host a celebrity poker tournament, featuring a bushel of sports notables from Seattle teams and beyond, to benefit Food Lifeline. Watch Gary Payton, Marcus Trufant, Lenny Wilkens, Lawyer Milloy, Jess Fishlock, and many more—plus Thierry Rautureau and other chefs, sports broadcasters, and reporters—keep their faces poker-stiff while raising money for hungry locals.
58. Puddles Pity Party
The extremely popular "sad clown with the golden voice" presents his downcast live production featuring a mopey clown, absurdism, and some laughs.
59. Rough Ground
Drummers, dancers, readers, and other artists have worked with Philadelphia poet Sha’Ifa Mami Watu to interpret her pieces through their own media. See locals like Yirim Seck, Tuesday Velasco, Jennifer Moore, Alonzo Jackson,plus B-girls Anna Bannna Freeze and Macca perform with Watu. Indigenous drumming and Afro-modern hiphop is also promised.
60. Weedini: The Marijuana Magician
Weedini the Marijuana Magician (also known as the "Wizard of Weed") will make you laugh while performing astounding feats of "real psychedelic simulation."
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61. PlaceInvaders with Eden Hill and Rocky Yeh
Launched in New York City in 2014 by two food and travel aficionados (Hagan and Katie both plan, organize and execute the events together), PlaceInvaders acts as a pop-up dining experience, traveling the country and setting up shop in private residences from Atlanta to Miami. In each city stop, the duo relies on the expertise of chefs to prepare a five-course meal centered around local ingredients. The best part is: no one's home. This makes for "an intimate dinner with a dash of voyeurism," and guests are welcome "to explore, inspect, admire, ogle, and snark." Past locations have included an abandoned 1950s-era NYC penthouse and a condo that once played host to a Notorious B.I.G. video shoot. Before you get to Googling, you should know that PlaceInvaders never reveals its locations in advance—they'll keep you on your antsy toes and will clue you in at the very last minute. What we do know is that this event's location will either be in Queen Anne or Downtown, and it will feature acclaimed bartender and industry man Rocky Yeh and Chef Maximillian Petty of Queen Anne's Eden Hill restaurant.
62. Eric & Encarnación's Flamenco de Raiz with Manuel Gutierrez and Jesús Montoya
Celebrate the latest single "Tortura de Amor" and enjoy live performances of flamenco dance and music by Eric & Encarnación with special guests Manuel Gutierrez and Jesús Montoya.
63. Schlong Song
Woody Shticks, one of the interarts storyteller troupe known as the Libertinis, will put on a revival of his frenetic one-man show about "his days inside a Puritan cult" and "his nights inside consenting adults."
64. Festival Sundiata Presents Black Arts Fest
African American and pan-African diaspora artists, musicians, chefs, authors, and dancers will give performances and talks. Learn about black arts through workshops, music, and small-artisan shopping. Some highlights include the African American Writer's Alliance's gathering on "The Poet, the Musician, and the Artist Poets," the Smokin Black Chefs, and Afua Kouyate's drum workshop.
65. Northwest Pinball and Arcade Show
For one brief weekend, it'll be heaven on earth (Tacoma, specifically) for pinball nerds. This show will offer play on hundreds of vintage machines, seminars, stuff for sale, world record score attempts, and speakers.
66. Turn It Down! Festival
A person dancing alone to the music in their headphones looks a bit spazzy. A few hundred dancing to the same music in their headphones looks like an unusual medieval plague, but much more fun. Get in on this silent festival with 20 DJs broadcasting mixes for 100 partiers at three different parks: Gas Works, Golden Gardens, and Volunteer.
67. Beat Science - Music in Motion
Tired of jazz hands? This performance by the Alchemy Tap Project promises to take inspiration from "hip hop, drumming, and ballet" for a dance piece nothing like your 10-year-old cousin's talent show routine (as fine as it is).
68. The Legend of Georgia McBride
An Elvis impersonator becomes a drag queen in this comedy hit by Matthew Lopez. Charles Isherwood at The New York Times describes the musical as "stitch-in-your-side funny" and "full of sass and good spirits."
69. Long Shot 2017
Long Shot starts with a competition in which people all around the world will take out their cameras (between 9 a.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. on Sunday) and submit their results to be considered for the pop-up exhibition happening on June 17. It costs $20 to participate, but the show is free to attend.
70. make boring
Check out a new immersive, architectural work by Ellen Xu entitled make boring, a site-specific diorama which Xu has constructed out of popsicle sticks, wood, and glue while living inside the gallery.
71. On The Record
Enjoy music and record/record cover art from 100 artists at KEXP, courtesy of the Drawnk group of painters.
72. George Harris
Venezuelan comic George Harris will perform a satirical set in Spanish entitled ¿Quién Se Quiere Ir?.
73. Black Girl Magick
Black tarot readers, healers, and spiritualists will deal in crafts, goods, and power at this gathering of "women who are going back to [their] roots."
74. CatWise Cat Café Tour
Pam Johnson-Bennett, the author of the cat behavior manual CatWise, will stop by the heart-stoppingly cute Meowtropolitan Café to sign copies and drink coffee with you.
75. Chance Fashion's Eight Year Anniversary
Chance Fashion will strut local designers' lingerie ensembles down the catwalk at this celebration of the nonprofit fashion association's eighth year. See styles by TRASH, DeLoach Wear, Pinky Herrera Designs, Charity Rosalind, and Lily-Claire.
76. Naked Spring Thing 2017
"Mama Needs a New Hot Tub" is as good a reason as any for a nudist park to throw itself a fundraiser. Enjoy a salad bar and BBQ potluck with donation, a cast-iron cook-off contest, a raffle to win a year-long membership to the park, and music by The Mood Swings Jazz Band, The Cool Kids, and DJ Kelli with an I.
77. Puppy Pool Party to Benefit Emerald City Pet Rescue
Dogs love water. Water loves dogs. Human noses aren't necessarily too keen on the combination, but what the hell. Bring your pooches for a splash in the kiddie pool, meet adoptable animal friends (no onsite adoptions though), cast your lot in the raffle with Mud Bay goods, and drink a beer ($1 of which goes to Emerald City Pet Rescue).
78. 7th Annual Tribute to Bruce Cockburn
For seven years now, Egan's Jam House has hosted an annual tribute show to folk and jazz-influenced Canadian singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn. This year's show will feature performances by local heavyweights Rob Kneisler, Sonny Bill Glover, Greg Hendrickson, Kevin Jones, Robin McGillveray, and more, with proceeds from the door going to War Child International.
79. Orphan Radio Launch Party
Orphan Radio, Lovecitylove's new house internet broadcast channel devoted to "idiosyncratic artists and DJs in a safe and inclusive space," will be born in a burst of live-streamed celebration with musicians and DJs Local Artist, FKL, OC Notes, and TUF's T.Wan and CCL.
80. Summer of Love Shindig
It'll soon be the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, so bring back those hippie vibes by drinking and dancing to Hot Lava (B-52s tribute band) and the Mercury Four (retro psych-surf instrumental pop).
81. Summer Boat Party 2017
Whirl around the Islander to Top40 and hiphop tracks or reggaeton, merengue, and other Latin genres on two dance floors on the Islander Yacht.
82. Crysta Casey: Rules for Walking Out
Mark the release of the third collection of poetry by late Seattle poet Crysta Casey, who died in 2008, with a celebration featuring readings by Phoebe Bosche, Kathleen Flenniken, Carol Guess, and Corrina Wycoff.
83. Margaret Combs
Anthropologist/folklorist Margaret Combs will share some of her book, Hazard: a Sister’s Flight From Family and a Broken Boy, about growing up with a an autistic brother in a Southern Baptist family 70 years ago.
84. RISK! Live in Seattle
Stories too embarrassing and bizarre for the light of day get told at RISK!, a live show and podcast hosted by Kevin Allison. Take a leap and watch performers share their most intimate tales.
85. Seattle Stands with Our Muslim Neighbors
One People's Project will gather in counterprotest to the ACT For America "March against Sharia" demonstration. ACT for America has referred to Arabs as "barbarians," launched smear campaigns against Arab intellectuals in the US, and more recently has focused its hatred on refugees. The organizers of the counterprotest say: "To emphasize the diversity and solidarity of the many communities who are coming together for this event, we suggests signs which read, 'I AM (3 things about yourself). I STAND WITH ISLAM.'"
86. Pride: Rainier Roller Girls Bout 6
Cheer the Rainier Roller Girls in their special Pride match with the Spokannibals and enjoy the beer garden, halftime show, and rough-and-tumble antics.
87. Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race & Mud Run
Tackle intimidating (and not-so-intimidating) obstacles and fling yourself around in the mud at this intense 5K full of challenges ranging from fire-jumping to stein-hoisting. Get fit and dirty, or just watch the mayhem for free.
88. Shilshole Boatfest: Seas the Bay
Set sail on Shilshole Bay at this free festival, previously known as the Shilshole Bay Marina's National Marina Day, which aims to teach you boat safety and ecological responsibility. Tour a liveaboard boat, take out a kayak, browse booths for yacht, boat, and travel information plus arts and crafts, and enjoy music and food.
89. Critter Person Pageant
Butylene O’Kipple, Hellen Tragedy, Irene Dubois, Jade Dynasty, and Miss Texas 1988 will partake in a lip synching competition, the winner of which will get the honor of being the only featured performer at each and every Critter Barn for a whole year. It's going to get real.
90. Bacon Strip
The drag company Bacon Strip, helmed by Sylvia O'Stayformore and Mizz Honey Bucket, sets a gaggle of mischievous queens to shocking shenanigans every month. This month's theme is Night in Gay Seattle Old Town.
PhotoFest boasts a weekend-long bill of photography events including talks from a few dozen speakers, free workshops, interactive demonstrations, photo walks, and sales.
92. World Ocean Weekend
Aquarium visitors of all ages, learn how to keep the ocean thriving, beautiful, vital, and clean while meeting the finned, tentacled, exoskeletoned denizens of the Seattle Aquarium. A talk called "Solutions for Ocean Change" will be given and a live show based on the children's series The Octonauts will be performed. Plus, meet the animals whom your eco-conscious actions can save at the aquarium's regularly scheduled diver shows and feedings of fur seals and octopuses.
93. Steve Hofstetter
Stand-up comedian, writer, and YouTube star Steve Hofstetter will spend the evening telling jokes as part of his "Comedy without Apology" tour.
94. Benefit for Our Homeless Neighbors
Enjoy live music by jazz band Horace Silver Combo and local funk players Down North, a raffle, appetizers, and drinks at this benefit for local homeless advocacy organizations.
95. Freak-A-Zoid: Vintage Media Market
Freak-A-Zoid is the newest market for old things, namely vintage media with a theme of "Horror, Sci-Fi, Indie, and Weird." In addition to a venue collection of VHS tapes, they'll also have vendors selling vinyl, zines, and pop culture collectibles.
96. The Maury Island Incident
Did you know there’s a famous story about a possible (almost certainly fictional) alien spotting that takes place right in Puget Sound? Filmmakers Steve Edmiston and Scott Schaefer will tell you about the far-reaching effects of the tale (also known as the “Maury Island Incident”) and screen their short film about the event.
97. SHRIEK: The Exorcist
The SHRIEK! Women in Horror by Heather Bartels, Evan J. Peterson is finally getting around to a horror classic/trove of gender investigations, The Exorcist. They ask the very good question: "Ever wonder why women and girls are more likely to be possessed than boys and men in horror movies?" 'Cause women are evil, duh.
98. SIFF Closing Night Gala: The Young Karl Marx
The Seattle International Film Festival will close with Haitian director Raoul Peck's (I Am Not Your Negro, Lumumba) new historical drama which, as you might have gathered, relates the young adulthood of Karl Marx as he whisks through European cities with his noble-born wife Jenny and his clawed-his-way-out-of-the-bourgeoisie friend Friedrich Engels. After SIFF's final screening, head to the Museum of History and Industry for a boozy shindig with two drinks and plenty of hors-d'oeuvres included.
99. Food & Beer Tasting Featuring Stoup Brewing and The Beeroness
Join Stoup Brewing and Barley's Angels for a beer and food tasting featuring "the Beeroness," aka Jackie Dodd, beer blogger and recipe developer. The event will take place at Stoup's new upstairs lounge area, complete with a private balcony overlooking the beer garden. The ticket cost includes Stoup-infused appetizers and a demonstration and conversation with the Beeroness.
100. Paint and Pint
Join Schooner Exact Brewing Co. for a spring painting class paired with craft beer. Led by professional art educators, this three-hour class will feature an art history lesson, an art demonstration, class materials like acrylic paints and canvas, and a "project reflection" after the class.
101. Beatwalk 2017
Visit Columbia City venues during the 19th year of Beatwalk, a festival of local musicians for local people. During the kickoff, hear Carlos Overall Express (jazz) at the Rumba Notes Lounge, the Black Crabs (rock) at the Hummingbird Saloon, Tekla Jasmine Waterfield (singer-songwriter) with Jeff Fielder at Tutta Bella, the Archtops (rhythm and jazz) at Columbia City Theater, and others.
102. Jah9, Mellow Mood, Paulo Baldini DubFiles
"Jazz on Dub" mystic Jah9 will mix poetry and music in an explosion of "femiNINE energy."
103. Noam Vazana "Nani" Sephardic Jazz Trio
Hear heavenly world folk and klezmer—a blend of jazz, Middle Eastern, Sephardic, and African styles—by this Israeli/Dutch band in their Seattle debut.
104. Generative Workshop: The Pliable Prose Poem with Amelia Martens
Poet Amelia Martens is the author of collections including Purgatory, Clatter, and A Series of Faults, as well as her 2016 book of prose poetry, The Spoons in the Grass Are There to Dig a Moat. She'll share the secrets of the prose poem in this generative workshop open to writers of all levels.
105. Seattle Writes: Poetry Ripped from the Headlines
Poet Aaron Counts (author of the collection Strange-tongued Names) is an experienced teacher, the director of arts-based anti-incarceration youth program Creative Justice, and a participant in the Writers-in-the-Schools program. Let him lead and inspire your work at this participatory event, where you'll create narrative poems "from current events, pop culture, and thin air."
106. Steven Rowley
Steven Rowley has a magical-realism novel out called Lily and the Octopus, in which a solitary LA man finds that his beloved elderly dachshund has an octopus attached to her face.
107. Furry 5K
We don't want to offend anyone's sincerely held beliefs, but we want to prevent any misunderstandings: This 5K is about the actual dog and cat kind of furry. Run or walk alongside your and other people's adorable trotty dogs and stay on afterwards for a Pet-a-Palooza with vendors and showcases of dog talents. Proceeds benefit Seattle Humane.
108. Meditation & Mimosas
Detox, retox, repeat, says W Seattle, in reference to its upcoming event that mixes meditation and mimosas. Join yoga teacher and self-described "moon goddess" Morgan Zion for this hour-long class, which will be followed by the promised mimosa and a snack or two.
109. Sunday Night Shuga Shaq
The players of "the only monthly ALL PEOPLE OF COLOR Burlesque Revue in Seattle," including host Ms. Briq House, will strut their stuff at the progressive Theatre Off Jackson. No nudity, but lots of titillation.
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