Our arts critics have already recommended 59 great things to do this week and our music critics have picked the 35 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 an event offering a chance to win an immediate weekend trip to Taiwan to the We the Public event marking the first anniversary of Trump's election, and from SIFF's collection of Northwest films in Elvis, Evergreens, and Umbrellas to a reading with the authors of Welcome to Night Vale. For even more options this week, check out our complete Things To Do calendar.
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1. Rural Voices: Confronting Climate Change Through Community Art
Join Seattle artist Carolyn Law and director of Oregon's Lake County Resources Initiative, Jim Walls, in a workshop and discussion about the urban-rural divide of climate change. Participants will split into groups for a guided discussion, then come back together to collaborate on Law's multidisciplinary community arts project.
2. Choir! Choir! Choir!
Choir! Choir! Choir! is a collective of talented singers from around Toronto who have a knack for performing new arrangements of pop songs. They've performed with the likes of Patti Smith, Tegan and Sara, and many others.
3. Heavy Mental
The first half of this monthly metal showcase features "music-driven comedians," followed by a live metal band. This month, see comics Mike Masilotti, Eden Nault, Levi Manis, and Brent Flyberg, with musical guests The Ludovico Treatment.
4. Romeo and Juliet (Tour)
Seattle Shakespeare's touring production of Romeo and Juliet will surely offer the exploits of idiotic teenagers, family betrayal, highly preventable drama, and amusing interpersonal shenanigans.
5. Bill Thorness: Cycling the Pacific Coast
In his new book, Cycling the Pacific Coast, Seattle author Bill Thorness offers a comprehensive guide to the most popular 2,000-mile bike route from Canada to Mexico. The guide includes information on lodging, camping, bike loading, safe cycling, road conditions, weather, and more.
6. Julie Lythcott-Haims: Real American
In Real American: A Memoir, Julie Lythcott-Haims (author of How to Raise an Adult) recalls her experiences growing up a biracial black woman in America.
7. Making Cities Smarter for Drivers: Using Data to Improve Urban Congestion and Parking
Lillian Ratliff, assistant professor of Electrical Engineering at UW, loathes the congested lanes of Seattle freeways just as much as you do. Join her as she makes a case for a collaboration with the Seattle Department of Transportation to provide data-driven, dynamic policy improvements on traffic and parking.
8. Michael Harlan Turkell
Discover the complex world of vinegar with Michael Harlan Turkell as he discusses his new cookbook, Acid Trip, wherein he recounts his travels through North America, France, Italy, Austria, and Japan, sharing their unique vinegar-making practices.
9. The Other Side of Violet
Celebrate the publication of great weather for MEDIA's latest poetry and prose anthology, The Other Side of Violet, meet an indie press looking for new voices, and share your work in an open mic. Special guests include Danika Dinsmore, Carol Guess, Natasha Kochicheril Moni, and G.G. Silverman.
10. Speaking Out: Art & Politics in Words
This exhibition showcases pieces that deal with political and social justice through words. The works are meant to incite conversation "around topics that are highlighted in current events and contemporary activism."
11. Compositing the Digital Image
See a behind-the-scenes presentation by Seattle photographer Otto Greule, where he'll share his work creating historic architectural portraits for the fine art book J.S. White: Our First Architect.
12. Mushroom Mania
Almost any hike in the Pacific Northwest promises a wealth of wild mushroom sightings. If you want to be the envy of all of your friends by pointing them out by name and class, join Andrew MacMillan, Kitsap Peninsula Mycological Society, and IslandWood naturalists for an informative workshop. You'll explore the natural history of local fungus before diving into some field investigations.
13. Cascade Coffee Works Grand Opening
This brand-new coffee company is feeling very generous—at this grand opening party, they're offering everything on their menu for free, plus they're giving away $10 gift cards for future visits to the first 300 guests.
14. Science and Cocktails
Get wise to the latest discoveries in marine and ocean science with these five-minute talks from local scientists at the Seattle Aquarium. After that, head to the Life on the Edge exhibit to chat with the presenters over dessert bites and drinks.
15. F This Karaoke
On the one-year anniversary of the election, scream into a microphone at this womxn-only karaoke night. Choose a song that speaks to you to sing on stage, or opt for the hourly "group screams."
16. OPAL Launch Party
Surprise yourself with the innovative dance moves you'll come up with while listening to "nu disco"/synth pop/indie dance group OPAL. They'll be joined by BGeezy, Dirt Kid, and Sharlese.
17. Sea Monster Radio Launch Party
Sea Monster Lounge is starting their own radio show through local channel KBFG 107.3 North Seattle. This Wednesday will be the debut of their first episode, hosted by Mackenzie McAninch, and a chance to enjoy new music from club favorites as well as throwbacks to many acclaimed musicians who found their footing at the Sea Monster.
18. Cara Drinan: The War on Kids
Eminent Law professor Cara Drinan chronicles how the US went from being a pioneer to an "international pariah" in its juvenile incarceration practices.
19. Chief Seattle and the Town That Took His Name
Hear a panel discussion about Chief Seattle and his times with Duwamish Tribal Chairperson Cecile Hansen, historian David Buerge, and linguist Nile Thompson, moderated by David Brewster. Their historical account will chronicle the "flux, turmoil, and violence during which a Native American war leader became an advocate for peace and strove to create a successful hybrid racial community."
20. Douglas Smith in Conversation with Neal Bascomb
Rasputin’s mysterious rise to power has been mythologized in a variety of media, from books to biographies to film. Join Douglas Smith as he presents his new book, Rasputin, which combines "probing scholarship and powerful storytelling" to nail down the facts of this alluring historical figure. Joining him in conversation will be author Neal Bascomb.
21. Robert W Merry: President McKinley: Architect of the American Century
In his new book, President McKinley: Architect of the American Century, historian Robert Merry explores the presidential reputation of William McKinley, which "loses out to the brilliant and flamboyant Theodore Roosevelt" who succeeded him after his assassination. Merry highlights McKinley's accomplishments despite his low presidential rankings.
22. We the Public
On the one-year anniversary of the election, join community members and local artists to reflect on the year with a dialogue and performances, including live music from Alexandra Blakely, readings from the Evergrey, theater from Ludmila de Brito, dance from Stephanie Velasco, and much more.
23. Alice in Wonderland
Experience the classic, trippy adventure tale of Alice in Wonderland in this theatrical production directed by Jeremy Thompson.
24. Artists for Progress: Art of the Steal
Join Artists For Progress at a silent auction in support of the ACLU and Planned Parenthood. Items include work from over 30 artists including Ashley Armitage, Charles Peterson, Cheyenne Randall, Jennifer Ament, Kyler Martz, Rachel Demy, Andrew Stewart, Serrah Russell, Shogo Ota, Jolinda Lindon, Mary Ann Carter, and many more.
This activity fair allows you the chance to win tickets for a five-day trip to Taiwan (for you and a friend)—four hours after the winners are announced! Even if you don't win, you'll have spent an hour and a half on free games and snacks. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, we say.
26. Hummus! The Movie
Who doesn't love hummus, that creamy and mysteriously meaty Middle Eastern spread? Find out the delicious food's origins in this documentary—but show up early if you want to take part in "a hummus cooking class and taste-off."
27. Reading Partners Brews & Books Event
Support local students by drinking beer (plus cider and non-alcoholic drinks) and learning about Reading Partners, an organization that teams up with under-resourced Title I elementary schools to "provide evidence-based one-on-one literacy tutoring for students." $1 from every pint supports the organization.
28. Juilliard String Quartet
Formed in 1946, the Juilliard String Quartet has continually performed in line with their stated mission: "to play new works as if they were established masterpieces and established masterpieces as if they were new works." Witness their informed perspective on selections by Beethoven, Dvořák, and Scottish composer James MacMillan in this intimate showcase.
29. Psychostick, Kissing Candice, Arsonists Get All The Girls, Raven Black, Darkness Stole The Sky, The Guardians of Virginity
Psychostick describe themselves as a "comedy metal/hardcore" band. Laugh and cry as you watch their set, with support from Kissing Candice, Arsonists Get All The Girls, Raven Black, Darkness Stole The Sky, and the Guardians of Virginity.
30. Alchemy for Cells & Other Beasts
Celebrate the release of Alchemy for Cells & Other Beasts, a collaborative book by Spokane poet Maya Jewell Zeller and Seattle artist Carrie DeBacker, with a poetry reading from Zeller and Ellen Welcker. Stick around for a screening of a film by aspiring cinematographer Rebecca Starkey.
31. Around the Artifact: Huey Helicopter
Get up close to the UH-1B Huey gunship helicopter, a relic of the Vietnam War. Patrick Najmulski, director of research at Wargaming Seattle, will discuss the impact of the Huey, explain its mechanical systems, and lead a tour of the aircraft.
32. Bawdy Storytelling Presents: Yes, Please
Dixie De La Tour, "sexual folklorist," hosts this night of storytelling in which writers, poets, comedians, and actors share true stories of sex, kink, body image, gender, and more in under 10 minutes.
33. Megan Giller
Celebrate the release of food writer Megan Giller's new book, Bean-to-Bar Chocolate: America's Craft Chocolate Revolution, by meeting the author and getting your book signed while enjoying free chocolate samples.
34. Pastor Carl Lentz: Own the Moment
Carl Lentz, leader of Manhattan's Hillsong Church, gives sermons in a leather jacket and jeans. His unorthodox style has earned him "celebrity followers and thousands of congregants."
35. Poetry on Buses Road Show: Día de los Muertos
Hop aboard the poetry bus to hear both Spanish and English poetry readings. The roadshow will be followed by a poetry reading from Claudia Castro Luna and a classical guitar performance by Hilary Field.
36. Randall J. Hodges: Images of the West
Edmonds photographer and gallery owner Randall Hodges' new coffee table book features scenic photos of his favorite regions of the Western US (and Canada), where he has hiked over 26,000 miles. In this talk, Hodges will discuss the significance of the images, as well as his unique camera style.
37. Rebecca Wodder and Arthur Johnson: Community Solutions for Water Conservation
The water cycle plays a central role in issues of climate change, from dwindling drinking water supplies to extreme weather events. Join environmentalist author Rebecca Wodder and Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development executive director Arthur Johnson as they discuss how grassroots community action can often be the most effective way to implement climate action.
This annual burlesque convention is filled with workshops and panel discussions during the day, with fun events like socials, movie screenings, a disco, and a Moth-inspired storytelling pajama party at night.
39. Of Sound Mind and Dead Body
This interactive "Clue-style" murder mystery dinner show promises a night of intrigue, deception, and delicious food.
40. The Poetry Brothel Masquerade Tour
A madam will lead you through an evening of tantalizing verses in a "poetry bordello." Expect magic, music, mysticism, movement, and more, and stay after the show for private readings.
41. Steve Rannazzisi
See a stand-up set from Steve Rannazzisi, who's best known for his role as Kevin, on FX's The League, and as one of the cast members of MTV's Punk'd.
42. In Short Order
See this MonoMyth Theatre anthology of four horror-tinged plays taking on the "current political and social environment."
43. Seattle International Auto Show
Lust after some very shiny and high-tech rides from makers like Ferrari, Jeep, Mercedes, Lincoln, Audi, and many more. Browse the floor or test drive one for yourself to be swathed in that new car aroma.
44. A Certain Type of Brilliance
On the eve of every performance of A Certain Type of Brilliance, a new cast will assemble to create an original show in just 24 hours, exploring "resistance, resilience, femme identity & power."
45. Mr. Popper's Penguins
In this music- and dance-filled Seattle Children's Theatre adaptation of Richard Atwater and Florence Atwater's 1938 children's story, Mr. and Mrs. Popper's ordinary English town is disrupted by some wild and crazy Antarctic penguins.
Friday's performance is sold out.
46. Sea to Sky
Prove your swing dancing skills to judge Jim Minty—no partner necessary—at Sea to Sky, an annual swing dance convention hosted by Michael Kielbasa.
47. Pray for Snow Party
Dig up your retro skiwear and give yourself a faux goggles sunburn for this tubular '90s function. Enjoy local beverages, prizes, and activities from ski and snowboard brands. To top it off, watch a screening of TGR's latest short film.
48. Sexy Scorpio Palace 4
Party on a boat with Northwest DJs Kingsley, Danny Leonard, Jeff King, William Grandbois, Leila Jensen, and a whole crew of others. The dress code is "classy."
49. Puyallup Gem Faire
This massive gem, jewelry, and bead show features high-quality gems, beads, crystals, minerals, and other earthly findings for sale. Build a collection of sparkly treasures, pick up some costume jewelry, and enter an hourly raffle to win glitzy prizes.
50. Honoring 100 Years of Chinese American Women In Film
Celebrate Chinese American women in film with three screenings: Marion Wong's The Curse of Quon Gwon (1916-17), Arthur Dong's Sewing Woman (1982), and Robin Lung's Finding Kukan (2016). After the films, stick around for a Q&A with Dong and Lung.
51. Web Series Screening: We Kill 'Em / Don't Do It
We Kill 'Em, a Seattle-based comedy web series about a couple of paranormal exterminators, will screen its full first season. Afterward, see 10 episodes of the web series Don't Do It, followed by the short film Asylum (made by the creators of Don't Do It for the Seattle 48 Hour Film Project).
52. Danish Christmas Beer Fest
Christmas beer is a big deal in Denmark—who knew? Sample the brews, plus cider, wine, and that magical liquid called akvavit, and eat some treats, play games, and bask in the hygge.
53. The Whisky Extravaganza
Whether you're a whisky connoisseur or just someone who casually enjoys libations, the Whisky Extravaganza promises to enlighten you. Join fellow whisky enthusiasts in an exploration of a wide range (over 100) of single malt, premium Scotch, and other unique whiskies from around the world, paired with delicious bites.
54. Discover Science Weekend
Through a series of interactive experiments and presentations, meet scientists and researchers from the Aquarium (as well as other organizations in the community) to learn about current research and projects.
55. Bootie Seattle: '90s vs. '00s Mashup Night
Resurrect any and all iconic '90s or early '2000s clothing lurking in the back of your closet, put said articles on your body, and dance to "all the best artists in every genre" laying down your favorite tracks from both decades.
56. Giving Voice: Music for Mental Health — Benefit Concert for NAMI Washington
Benefit NAMI Washington by watching live musical performances by Manifide, Cory Cavazos, and Cashing in Karma and Cody Pearce.
57. Hello Yellow Brick Road
Hear Elton John's iconic 1973 album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road performed in its entirety by "an all-star cast of seasoned Pacific Northwest musicians."
58. Global Party
This cultural and artistic celebration will feature young local artists performing music and dance from around the world.
59. The One Reel Vaudeville: Feel Good Friday
Support One Reel’s Career Day youth programming and community arts initiatives at this 1970s-themed multi-disciplinary talent show. Featuring Justin Huertas, Kris Orlowski, Sarah Galvin, El Sanchez, Angelina Villalobos, Britta Johnson, and 3rd Shift Dance, plus host Emmett Montgomery, and DJ SassyBlack.
60. Greg Vandy: 26 Songs in 30 Days: Woody Guthrie's Columbia River Songs and the Planned Promised Land in the Pacific Northwest
Greg Vandy, host of KEXP's Wednesday night blues and roots show The Roadhouse, has been working for the station since it was called KCMU. Join him as he presents his new book, 26 Songs in 30 Days: Woody Guthrie's Columbia River Songs and the Planned Promised Land in the Pacific Northwest.
61. Oliver Uberti with Melinda Holland
Oliver Uberti, visual journalist and former senior editor of National Geographic, knows a thing or two about understanding animal behavior without observing them for hours in field studies (at least not always). Join him as he discusses the role of drones, camera traps, and cellphone networks in documenting the natural world.
62. After Words
This improv night will "explore interactions after they happen." The audience is tasked with deciding on the title of each act after it has played out, as well as the title of the show as a whole once all the acts are over.
63. Cirrus Circus Annual Show
Juggling, tightwire work, clowning, and more await you at this annual circus fest performed by SANCA's youth circus students.
64. Dear White People
Samuel L. JackYouSon's variety show is meant to "Bring levity to political language and invite new perspectives" through a mixture of live music, burlesque, poetry, dance, and spoken word. Featured talent includes Taqueet$, Boom Boom L’Roux, Anastacia Renee, and the Black Tones.
65. Let's All Drink and Do Broadway
Let's All Drink and Do Broadway promises a booze-soaked combination of show tunes and short form improv.
66. Incomplete Séances
Sleepover, a sketch comedy trio consisting of Alex Blackstone, Kristopher Gray, and Justina Kolb, will perform their new show about "bass players, feeding your dog, taking Ubers, roller disco, and eating Taco Bell."
No performance on Saturday.
67. Best of the Northwest Art & Fine Craft Show
More than 100 artists and artisans will exhibit their wares at this fall show presented by Northwest Art Alliance. Get some food and espresso in between browsing and shopping.
68. Block Party Quilters "Art in Nature" Quilt Show
See over 200 quilts for sale from Northwest makers (including Sherie Thomas) and browse the guild boutique for gifts, fabrics, and more.
Cowabunga USA, a beef-filled bacchanalia brought to you by Seattle Met and Amazon, is three days full of 9,481 pounds of red meat. There will also be over 50 chefs preparing said beef.
70. Fables and Reality
CarliAnn Forthun, Ethan Rome, and the Relay Dance Collective interpret Korean American folktales through dance.
71. The Last Croissant
A park ranger, a couple of bird-watching empty nesters, a fortune cookie writer, a bear, and campground hosts Mumbo and Jumbo come together at a Redwoods campsite. While they're all their for different reasons, "all of them are taking a moment to think whether they could or should have done something differently."
Chris Fisher's play STEEL centers on a suburban New Jersey family during 9/11. As the family's young son, Walker, comes of age a few years after the attack, he begins to realize the secrets his family has been keeping in order to protect him.
73. SAM Teen Night Out
High-school aged teens are invited to this multimedia party at Seattle Art Museum, with music, performances, hands-on art activities, writing workshops, and tons of community partners.
74. Cast of One
One comedian will take the stage and improvise a production (inspired just by a synopsis of an existing play, book, or movie) all alone, playing every character in every scene.
75. "Something" Wonderful?": The Stand-up Comedy Class Student Show
A group of budding comics have been hard at work crafting their routines under the guidance of comedian, storyteller, and artist Emmett Montgomery. See what they've come up with at this at this student showcase.
76. Southeast Youth and Family Services Comedy Extravaganza and Silent Auction
Help out Southeast Youth and Family Services and buy a ticket to this comedy show featuring host Isaiah Anderson, Broderick Rice, Kenisha Blackman, and Nate Jackson. Mr. Nyice Guy will DJ.
77. Branching Out: Treehouses
In this workshop, students will explore how to build a safe, dreamy tree home in the boughs that respects its host. They'll also explore creative ways to protect Seattle’s own tree canopy.
78. Chance Fashion’s Custom Luxury & Evening Gown Edition
The pro-small fashion business nonprofit Chance Fashion is throwing a "red carpet" party to raise funds. See luxury fashions and bid on auction items.
79. Great Junk Hunt
This traveling holiday vintage market offers farmhouse, industrial, vintage, and re-purposed goods that make for some very original gifts.
80. Latvian Christmas Bazaar
Shop handcrafted Latvian goods, including food, fiber crafts, and more, from 20 vendors.
81. The Russian Revolution 1917-2017
Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution and the launch of Liberation Media's new book, Storming the Gates: How the Russian Revolution Changed the World, with a night of food, poetry, music, history, and a discussion on "the lasting significance of the Russian Revolution."
82. The Tragedies of Mt. Pleasant Cemetery
Queen Anne's Mt. Pleasant Cemetery houses graves and monuments dedicated to "some of the darkest chapters of Washington State history." Join Field Agent Jared Steed on a walk through the cemetery to hear some sinister stories and discuss how they shaped Seattle's present.
Bid farewell to Andrew Russell, the parting artistic director at Intiman Theatre, and find out who the next executive will be. Also, see performances by the Intiman Emerging Artist Cohort.
84. This is Spinal Tap
Enter the "Dark Lodge" for a screening of Rob Reiner's 1984 cult musical, This is Spinal Tap, plus a pre-film collection of classic metal music videos.
85. Chambers Bay Distillery Straight Bourbon Release Party
Celebrate the release of Chambers Bay's new CBD Straight Bourbon Whiskey (not to be confused with cannabis-infused beer). The wheated bourbon has been aged in the distillery's floating boathouses atop the Puget Sound for over three years.
86. Holiday Wine Fest
Sample wines, spirits, beers, and ciders from producers in France, Italy, Spain, New Zealand, Australia, Argentina, Chile, Washington, Oregon, and California.
87. Winter Beer Taste
It's the 30th anniversary of Phinney's Winter Beer Taste, and you can mark it with Georgetown, Reuben’s, Lucky Envelope, Rooftop, Flying Bike, Naked City, and Populuxe brewers, along with plenty of others. Your ticket includes 10 tastes and pub snacks, or, if you buy the VIP package, all that plus sliders and coleslaw.
88. Unspeakable Acts: Lovecraftian Magick
See a dark and mystical performance from magician Kirk Charles.
Join twin brother duo Parus, whose music features "heavy rolling bass lines, crisp percussive sounds, and deep moving cosmic themes." They'll be joined by Portland's Tyrannosaurus Bex, Seattle's Miss Scribbles, Technohippy, and others.
90. Seattle Baroque Orchestra: Forces of Nature
The Seattle Baroque Orchestra will perform Strange Seasons (the world premiere of a concerto for electric theorbo by Seattle composer Aaron Grad), Jean-Féry Rebel’s Les éléments, and Jean-Baptiste Lully’s Suite des quatre saisons. Former KING 5 meteorologist Jeff Renner will narrate sonnets for each movement inspired by this region's unique weather patterns.
91. Seattle Sound
T Love and Mr. Benjamin host this annual award show. Show up in your finest red carpet attire to recognize Seattle artists and organizations who are "making an impact in their respective fields of music, film, production, media/radio, and sports, and influencing change within their community."
See a traditional West African Doundounba dance performed by local artists like Sarah Lee Mansare, Nailah Harris, Chisula Chambers, and Afua Kouyate. Before the performance, enjoy African cuisine and meet community members.
93. Misfits in Motion Presents: Prohibition
Performers will dazzle you on the "forbidden apparatus" as you sip speakeasy-inspired libations in your best zoot suit, flapper dress, or whatever '20s attire you have lying around.
94. Sixth Annual Rugby is a Drag
See your favorite "beefy Seattle Quake RFC jocks in frocks" get down and dirty at this sixth annual show.
95. Irene Skyriver: Paddling with Spirits: A Solo Kayak Journey
For her 40th birthday, Irene Skyriver celebrated with a solo kayaking trip from Alaska all the way to the San Juan Islands, where she lives. Join her as she discusses her book Paddling with Spirits: A Solo Kayak Journey, in which she interweaves the true account of her journey with generational stories "handed down and vividly re-imagined."
96. Kidding Che
This reading series invites the audience to explore the "complicated and fascinating issues of our time" by participating in a community discussion after each dramatic reading.
97. Saturday University with David Biggs: History Flows from the Mekong Mud
The Mekong, sometimes called the "mother of rivers," is one of the last great rivers yet to be extensively dammed, serving as a source of water for both ancient and modern civilizations. Every year, monsoon showers send floods down the rapids at Stung Treng, covering the plains in nutrient-rich silt. Join environmental historian David Biggs as he discusses art, hydraulic architecture, and water politics of the past and present.
98. WA 129 Poetry Reading
WA 129 is an anthology of poems collected and curated by Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall. Hear work by some of its contributors (include Elizabeth Austen, Kevin Craft, Arlene Naganawa, and Carl Palmer) at this reading.
99. William Matson and Floyd Clown
In Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior's Life & Legacy, as told by William Matson, the Edward Clown Family (the nearest living relatives to the Lakota war leader) clarify inaccuracies about their famous grandfather and share their story about the past, including "what it means to them to be Lakota, the family genealogy, the life of Crazy Horse and his motivations, his death, and why they chose to keep quiet with their knowledge for so long before finally deciding to tell the truth as they know it."
100. Glitter Sale
Whether you're planning to dress as a human Christmas decoration or just need to update your drag wardrobe, Goodwill is on your side. Get your sparkly "eveningwear, shoes, purses, jewelry and accessories" at this very well-attended sale.
101. Great Train Show
This model train show is for hobbyists and the general public alike. Each show features hundreds of tables of trains and accessories for sale, huge operating exhibits, activities for kids, and more.
102. Reindeer Festival
Swansons Nursery will be disguised as a winter wonderland this season for families to enjoy. Do some holiday shopping, pick up a Christmas tree, visit the model train village, hang out with Santa's reindeer, and more.
103. Sustainability Game Jam
At this two-day jam, gamers and climate justice activists alike are invited to create game concepts and prototypes that are not only super fun but also promote sustainability. Make games, eat food, win prizes, and help save the planet.
104. Petra Zanki: Ephemerals
This performance incorporates five dancing elements: body, image, sound, light, and words. Together, they weave a "kaleidoscopic world" made of childhood memories, sensations and impressions.
105. Foreplay: A Live Painting Event
Kariba Jack will host this sensual night of live painting (by Aramis Hamer and Jennifer Green), spoken word (by Chelsea C. Staples and Blu TheBaqi), and much more.
106. Sandwich: A Storytelling Show
It's a night for "three-way storytelling creation," with live performers sharing tales in tandem. You might get to give your own short story reading.
107. Ballard Locks Pumpout
See inside the Ballard Locks as they're pumped out for annual maintenance and discover the mechanics of the Locks and traces of sea life left behind. There will also be VIP tours on Sunday.
108. Downward Doggy Style Yoga
Support the adoptable creatures at Seattle Humane while getting in a workout with a yoga class taught by Morgan Zion-O'Friel. Stick around after the class for a complimentary drink and a chance to learn about pet adoption. A few pups may even be in attendance.
109. Elvis, Evergreens, and Umbrellas
Shed a single sentimental tear for your rainy city by watching over 25 films made in or around Seattle, from Cinderella Liberty and Slender Thread to Say Anything, Singles, and Safety Not Guaranteed.
110. Moving History: Sound & Color
For the fourth installment of Moving History, see new selections from Seattle-area heritage organizations like Southwest Seattle Historical Society, plus material from previous contributors like Sally Sykes Group, Scarecrow Video, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Public Schools, the Wing Luke Museum, King County Archives, and others.
111. Teen Feed Spaghetti Dinner
Many believe that dishes like spaghetti, which can be easily made at home, are a silly thing to order at a restaurant. But this classic feast of house-made spaghetti and meatballs, Caesar salad, fresh garlic bread, and seasonal sorbet is no doubt an exception. All proceeds from the evening benefit Teen Feed.
112. Amazing Animals
Party with spooky animals and animal experts at the Burke, including tarantulas and cockroaches you can touch, a couple of ponies, butterflies and butterfly experts, and more—plus cooking shows with the Bug Chef, animal crafts, and a scavenger hunt.
113. American Murder Song
Experience the legacy of frontier horror with this performance of original murder ballads presented by the stars of the film American Murder Song.
114. Jaden Smith
It can't be easy to follow in the footsteps of the Fresh Prince, but Jaden Smith seems to be doing all right for himself. See the actor/model/musician grace the stage, joined by DJs Vega and Kutt.
115. Michael Trew Band, Niagara Moon, Moraine
Michael Trew is a a classically trained composer with a background in jazz, New Age, and prog-leaning freak folk. He'll be joined by his backing band, as well as Niagara Moon and Moraine.
116. Midnight at the Movies
Bite your fingernails in suspense as you listen to live music from your favorite thrillers, including Danny Elfman's Sleepy Hollow and Bernard Herrmann's Psycho Prelude.
Do you love the idea of dancing wildly in a shroud of plastic? Spend your Sunday getting "wrapped, bagged, bubbled, ballooned, shrink-wrapped, taped, and tagged" in the good company of DJs Mikey Shadow and Reptile House.
118. Mr. & Miss NW Capital Cities Pageant
Join Mr. and Miss Capital Cities Jace Anthony Kempton and China Collins as they decide who will be next in line for the coveted throne. Categories for Mr. include formal wear and club wear, and the categories for Miss are evening gown and sports wear. Both Mr. and Miss will also participate in a Q&A and a talent portion.
119. Dan Ariely with Jeff Kreisler: Dollars and Sense: How We Misthink Money and How to Spend Smarter
Dan Ariely, professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University, will address issues of spending psychology, such as: "Why does spending money sometimes feel almost physically painful?" and "Why are we comfortable overpaying for something again just because we’ve overpaid for it once before?" He'll be joined by his co-author Jeff Kreisler as they share their book Dollars and Sense: How We Misthink Money and How to Spend Smarter.
120. Japanese Folk Tales with Lori Tsugawa Whaley
Lori Whaley will deliver a range of classic Japanese folktales in this lively storytelling performance.
121. Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor
Created by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, Welcome to Night Vale is the twice-monthly podcast that presents itself as a news-radio show for a fictional town where all conspiracy theories are true. In style and content, the show blends Garrison Keillor’s Lake Wobegon with David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, and the results are deeply weird and beguiling. It Devours is the sequel to the first book based on the Night Vale universe and the Cult of the Smiling God. DAVID SCHMADER
122. Tom Batiuk
Cartoonist Tom Batiuk’s Funky Winkerbean comic strip, which launched in 1972, earned him the honor of a finalist in the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for cartooning. Join him as he discusses the story.