Scare away the evils of winter with dazzling costumes, boisterous music, and all-inclusive dancing at Balkan Night Northwest. Tom Marks 2017 / Balkan Night Northwest
Our arts critics have already recommended 64 great things to do this week and our music critics have picked the 28 best music shows, 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 drag tribute to Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli to Balkan Night Northwest, and from School's Out Washington's '90s Afterschool Special to Jeff Dunham: Passively Aggressive. For even more options this week, check out our complete Things To Do calendar.

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1. Emerging Leaders Women's Day Panel
Ethan Stowell Restaurants' Angela Stowell will moderate a panel of successful women who work in "fields typically dominated by men," from politics to media.


2. Happy Hour Garden
Learn how to grow ingredients in your own backyard from the Seattle Farm School. While you learn about gardening, mixology, and cooking, you'll get to enjoy seasonal cocktails and appetizers. Plus, you'll go home with a thyme plant.

3. Louis Raison French Cidre Launch Party
Capitol Cider's downstairs Ballast Bar will host a launch of Louis Raison French Cidre, the best-selling cidre in France, in celebration of the brand coming to the United States this month. Flavors will include Rouge Delice, Organic Dry, and Original Crisp.


4. Tuesday Trivia: How I Met Your Mother
Show your real Seattle friends how well you know your fictional New York City friends at this How I Met Your Mother trivia night.


5. Trapocolypse Ball
Fans of 1990s hiphop group Three 6 Mafia can dance to them and their contemporaries all night long.


6. Building Power through Organized Labor to Address Inequality
M.L.King County Labor Council's executive treasurer Nicole Grant will join Seattle 500 Women Scientists and UW Postdocs United in a discussion on the barriers to equity in the workplace. They'll also address the role of Washington State labor movements in "building power against the anti-science, anti-women, anti-immigrant rhetoric of the present-day political climate."

7. Makah Voices & the Sea with Dr. Joshua Reid
For the latest installment of MOHAI's historical lecture series, Dr. Joshua Reid (an associate professor of History and American Indian Studies at UW and author of The Sea is My Country: The Maritime World of the Makahs) will give a talk on the Makah Tribal Nation's connection to the sea, using evidence from the 18th century onward.

8. Vegas Tenold: Everything You Love Will Burn
Norwegian-born journalist Vegas Tenold's brings his studies of white nationalism to his debut book about America's radical far right, Everything You Love Will Burn: Inside the Rebirth of White Nationalism in American.



9. Sex With Strangers
In an isolated B&B, a struggling, underrecognized novelist and a hugely successful blogger slip between the sheets. They have nothing in common but their love of writing, their thirst for success, and their hot bods. This play is by Laura Eason, a writer on House of Cards.
No performance on Wednesday



10. Best Worst Movies: The Rise of the Crapsterpiece
If you derive great pleasure from watching decidedly "bad" movies, consider this three-part class that explores the history of the genre. You'll learn about the early days of B-movie pioneers like Ed Wood and Doris Wishman, the "rise of riffing" made popular by Mystery Science Theatre 3000, and current cult favorites like Miami Connection, The Room, Troll 2, and Sharknado.

11. 'The Comedy Club' with Q&A
After the screening of this documentary on Cobb’s Comedy Club—which fostered such performers as Jim Carrey, Dana Carvey, Paula Poundstone, Bob Saget, Ellen DeGeneres, Bobcat Goldthwait, Bill Maher, and Kevin Pollak, and which was rebuilt by comedians after it burned down—filmmaker David Schendel will take your questions in a conversation moderated by Seattle funnyman Brett Hamil.


12. Onyx Coffee Lab Throwdown
Onyx Coffee kicks off their month-long residence at La Marzocco with this battle of the baristas. Contestants will vie for prizes like cash and espresso equipment and will get a chance to double their cash winnings by going head to head with the event's MC Lance Hedrick in the final round.


13. Bingo of Champions
In this interactive bingo variety show featuring prizes sponsored by local artists and Fremont/Ballard businesses, each new act will reveal a number. Expect "high-fives from Ruth Bader Ginsburg," a costume contest, "Skeleton Gymnastics," and many more shenanigans.

14. Laser Pixel Party
If you love video game music, this is for you: Graz, host of the 8bit Work Break, will soundtrack a live laser show with 8bit and chip tunes.


15. A Night of Sweet, Sweet Harmonies
If you're a fan of tight harmonies, join local artist Emily McVicker and folk musicians Pebble n the Crick, Starving in the Belly of the Whale, and Johnny Cash tribute band Counterfelt Cash for a night of gentle twang.


16. Civic Cocktail: Better Gardening + Tax Shock
Author and legendary gardener Ciscoe Morris will discuss his "trade secrets," why gardening is an essential part of Pacific Northwest communities, and what grows best in this climate. After that, King County assessor John Wilson, KVI-AM radio host John Carlson, and Senator Reuven Carlyle will discuss the county's substantial property tax increase and what it means for the region, property owners, and renters.

17. Kaibyo: The Supernatural Cats of Japan
Kaibyo, supernatural cats/ghosts of Japanese folklore, have been depicted by generations of artists. Zach Davisson, author of Kaibyo: The Supernatural Cats of Japan, will present his illustration-filled book to offer a deeper understanding of these spooky feline creatures.

18. Kristy Leissle: Cocoa
Kristy Leissle, a "chocolate industry scholar," will sign copies of her new book, Cocoa, wherein she reveals how the bean depends upon an "extensive global trade system" that exploits the labor of five million growers and workers.



19. Anything Goes
Enjoy Cole Porter's songs and screwball wit in one of UW's biggest productions to date, "featuring 29 actors and 74 costumes," in this silly comedy about a stowaway wooing an heiress aboard an ocean liner.

20. CATHARSIS: A Night of One Acts
In Catharsis: A Night of One Acts, two women, Robbie and Whitney, are confronted with the impact of their past decisions. The play explores "how we relate to each other, and what comes out when we bare the darkest parts of our souls."



21. Crafting with Circuits
Learn how to add circuits to your paper art with Foxbot Industries—all supplies provided.


22. Comedy Tape Worm
Just like actors, screen tests help comics get booked for gigs and festivals. Local comics will dish out their funniest material for you, the audience, at this live recording.


23. Bill & Melinda Gates Women's Day
Hear a panel discussion focused on "the role health plays in setting a foundation for women and girls’ progress and success," then check out the Discovery Center’s new exhibition Countdown to Zero: Defeating Disease.

24. Market Day
Immerse yourself in a day of home design by hearing from different industry speakers and seeing spring collections from Phillip Jeffries, Hartmann and Forbes, Designer Furniture Galleries, and many others. The day will culminate in a talk and book signing with Barclay Butera.


25. Dino's Birthday Party
Dino's will celebrate two years of pizza-making with a karaoke extravaganza wherein guests will sing their hearts out for the chance to win a $100 or $200 gift card. They'll also have drink specials and $2 Rainier cans, with proceeds benefitting Jubilee Women's Center.

26. An Evening with Life During Wartime
Perhaps tribute concerts have gotten out of hand. Now we’re seeing bills dedicated to a live show that became a Jonathan Demme documentary? Oy. Granted, Stop Making Sense is one of the greatest films of its kind and Talking Heads were operating at peak expanded-lineup potency when it was shot. But there’s something ridiculous about paying homage to something so reliant on its particular circumstances. Maybe that makes Life During Wartime’s endeavor even more admirable. Stop Making Sense stands as a wonderful overview of Talking Heads’ catalog through Speaking in Tongues, and as a bonus, includes Tom Tom Club’s sensuously slow funk classic “Genius of Love.” Life During Wartime promise “exciting visuals, costuming, signature licks and moves, even stage props.” Hmm. Maybe this will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience; maybe they’ll Byrne down the house. DAVE SEGAL

27. Opera Workshop: Ravel — L'Enfant et les Sortilèges
Dynamo soprano Cyndia Sieden and conductor/lutenist Stephen Stubbs will work with UW vocal students on some of the greatest music ever written for singers. Hear what goes into a top-tier performance of Ravel's classic L'Enfant et les Sortilèges.


28. God is a Scottish Drag Queen
In this two-act comedy, God, dressed in a floral power suit, comes down to Earth to "skewer everything from the Pope to politics."


29. Transgender Awareness Night
Transgender activist Sam Berliner will break down terminology, the difference between biological sex and gender identity, and how to be a good ally on Transgender Awareness Night.


30. Amber Cantorna
In her book Refocusing My Family: Coming Out, Being Cast Out, and Discovering the True Love of God, Amber Cantorna recounts her experience as a gay woman brought up in a conservative family.

31. Fuckup Nights
Struggling to get your business off the ground? Get inspired by hearing the failure stories of now-successful local entrepreneurs.


32. Safety Is Our Right
Join council member Kshama Sawant and others in protesting sexual violence and harassment, condemning politicians who associate with the NRA, and promoting safe communities and universal health care.



33. Script Tease
A playwright will write the first six pages of a brand new play for improvisers to perform in a staged reading. But once the script is read, the show doesn't stop.



34. Kat Robichaud's Misfit Cabaret Presents: Grimm
The Voice finalist Kat Robichaud and her cohorts promise "decadence, bawdiness, and damsels (not) in distress."



35. Falling Awake: A Fugue State
Falling Awake: a fugue state uses language, music, theatre, and ballroom dancing to explore the mysteries of the human condition. The organizers add: "UMO's surprisingly funny and compelling new work takes the audience on a shared journey through unexpected recognitions and lives both old and new, with identity, love, and memory dancing together like dust in sunlight."

36. Femme
Fantastic.Z Theatre's short play festival centers on womxn's experiences in Miss Education by Charlie Cook, Who She Could Have Been by Allie Costa, Blurred Lines by Sarah Haas, The Way Back by Becky Hsia, Performance Review by Nedra Pezold Reynolds, and I'm Lovin It by Jessi Pitts.

37. The Impossibility of Now
This new comedy, produced by Thalia's Umbrella, is about a marriage threatened by one spouse's transformation into "an optimistic happy person" after a whack on the head.

38. You Can't Take It With You
George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart's 1936 comedic play, You Can't Take It With You, will be reimagined to revolve around inclusivity and chosen family in this rendition from Sound Theater Company.



39. A Dandy Affair
Join dancers Randy Ford and David Rue for a night of fashion, music, and performance inspired by black dandy fashion and culture.


40. '90s Afterschool Special
Help support School's Out Washington's expanded learning programs by partying like it's 1999. Your ticket includes food (featuring classic after-school snax like Dunkaroos, Fruit by the Foot, Gushers, and Warheads, among more substantial offerings), drink tickets, and chances to win neat gadgets of the past like a Stretch Armstrong, a Tamagotchi Pet, a POG set, and a Skip It. Don't forget to wear a decade-appropriate costume.


41. Ball of Wax 51: Long Songs
This Ball of Wax compilation release party will celebrate their 51st release, featuring live performances by local musicians like Double or Muffin, Bill Horist, Freeway Park, Afrocop, the Antenna Project, and Whetzel. The theme, Long Songs, describes the format of this release, with each track being between 10 and 30 minutes in length.

42. Bootie Seattle: Justin vs. Justin
Seattle's only all-mashup dance party throws down for an all-out battle by paying tribute to two pop pretenders: Justin Bieber and Justin Timberlake. Prep thyself for all the '00s club bangers and '10s Top40 hits you could possibly handle.

43. Mirrors For Psychic Warfare, To End It All, STAHV, Lye Feast
Dark folkers Mirrors For Psychic Warfare cast a spread of spacey drone and midnight noise. They'll be joined by To End It All, STAHV, and Lye Feast.

44. Pop Night with Bleeding Tree and KJ SOS
Dress up as your favorite pop artist to see Top40 cover band Bleeding Tree live, with special guests Xcel Mobile Music. In between sets, the audience can sing karaoke on stage.


45. Grab Bag 6: Revenge of the Grab!
Local burlesque performers will explore the crossover between heroes and villains in a show that asks, between various comic book characters, "who would win in a fight?"

46. WEIRD Presents: Ghibli's Girls
Take in a drag tribute to Japanese film director Hayao Miyazaki and Japanese animation hub Studio Ghibli.



47. Kayfabe: Scenes from a Squared Ring
After a tragic in-ring accident leaves their father dead, the estranged children of professional wrestler Antaeus gather to hash out his legacy in this family dramedy loosely based on the Labours of Hercules.



48. Hamlet
The Fern Shakespeare Company will present Shakespeare's masterpiece as part of their "Pursuit" season, emphasizing its aspect of "pursuit of truth."

49. Peter and the Starcatcher
Peter and the Starcatcher is a Tony Award-winning play about Peter Pan's backstory—written by Rick Elice, with music by Wayne Barker, and based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. Kids and adults can enjoy the story of little orphan Peter, the "Starcatcher" Molly, a trunk full of magic starstuff, and an evil pirate.



50. Chance Fashion's 2018 Menswear Edition
Watch models parade local fashion designers' menswear down the catwalk at this edition of the popular Northwest fashion show.

51. Diamonds & Gold Tour: The Art Deco Skyscraper Northwest Style
Learn the history behind the gorgeous local post-war architecture of the 1920s, when architects began fusing "modern structural advances with beautiful, lively, organic designs" to create the Art Deco style. The tour will visit lush lobbies and ornate commercial buildings like the Exchange Building, the Seattle Tower, and the Washington Athletic Club.

52. The Drawnk 12 x 12 Closing Reception
Artists from the DRAWNK will donate a portion of the proceeds from their 12-by-12-inch pieces to Mary's Place at this closing reception. There will also be a "Weird Food Buffet" that will feature a variety of gummy candies in "stupid shapes," as well as a plethora of Nerd candies.

53. Maciek Szczerba: No Boys
The images in Maciek Szczerba's self-published zine No Boys portray "fleeting, open frames" of current public life in Wroclaw, Poland. Check them out during Georgetown Art Attack, and stick around afterwards to dance to vintage soul tunes with DJ Brownstone.


54. Jeff Dunham: Passively Aggressive
Ventriloquist/comedian Jeff Dunham will bring his one-man cast of characters to Tacoma.

55. One of the Good Ones
Get a helping of social and political commentary with a side of personal anecdotes at Haley Lindsey's stand-up special.


56. Adult Prom
Didn't make it to the prom in high school? Now's your chance to get all gussied up and dance with your friends and/or lovers to a live DJ. This year's theme is "Forever Young."

57. Disaster Preparedness: The Basics
No one really knows when the West Coast's inevitable giant earthquake will hit, so it never hurts to be prepared. This presentation will cover the hazards that can impact Seattle, how to develop a disaster plan, and how to organize with your neighbors to stay as safe as possible.

58. Un-dammed: Reflections on the Elwha River
Jamie Valadez, Eirik Johnson, and Langdon Cook will lead a panel discussion on the positive effects of the 2011 removal of the Elwha River Dam, such as salmon re-population and the restoration of Klallam cultural sites.


59. Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival
Young mathematicians can work on solving difficult problems at dozens of volunteer-led stations.


60. A New High
Recovery Beyond Paradigm (formerly Climbing out of Homelessness) and Samaritan's documentary A New High explores a program that uses mountain climbing as a means of rehabilitation for local homeless addicts. Join the lead narrators Mike Johnson and Christian Downs for a Q&A after the screening.


61. Ballard Beach Blanket Bingo
For their fifth anniversary party, Populuxe will host all-ages bingo with drag queen Sylvia O'Stayformore and live surf and lounge music from Johnny Astro. Plus, there'll be giveaways and prizes throughout the day (like beach balls for the first 100 customers) and unique kegs and pins on tap in the "Beach Shack" (Populuxe's original location).

62. Hops History & Brewology 101
Listen to a lecture on hops history and taste Northwest home brews, then learn how to brew your own beer at home from Jon Sleight of Jon's Home Brew and Wine Supply in Puyallup.

63. Irish Soda Bread Contest
Give your Irish grandmother's soda bread recipe the attention it deserves at this baking contest. Enjoy Irish music and dancing while the judges do their thing, and enjoy free samples after the winners have been announced.

64. Matchless Fog Bank IPA Release
Matchless Brewing will be in-store to release their new IPA, Fog Bank. Since the beer shares its name with a Magic: The Gathering card, they'll also celebrate by hosting a night to play various formats of MTG.

65. Seattle Beagle Rescue Fundraiser
At the fourth edition of this annual fundraiser, raise money for the Seattle Beagle Rescue by tasting wine, snacking on handmade cheese from Beecher's and chocolate truffles from Chocolati, and hanging out with "beagles and beagle wannabes." Well-behaved dogs are welcome to join the fun (there will be dog treats).


66. Balkan Night Northwest 2018
If you’ve ever been to the legendary Greek Festival at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Montlake, then you already know this house of worship isn’t afraid to get wild and get down on some good homemade food. But did you know that St. Demetrios also hosts the annual Balkan Night Northwest? Along with an evening-long dance party set to the unmistakable, wildly emotional music of the region, filled with the sounds of accordions and zournas, there will be appearances by Kukeri, costumed men wearing animal pelts, masks, and bells. As if that weren’t enough, sustenance will come in the form of dishes like Croatian čevapčići and ajvar (grilled sausages served with a spread made from roasted red peppers), all made by members of the community. ANGELA GARBES

67. The Beijing Queer Chorus
Captain Smartypants and Sensible Shoes will join the Beijing Queer Chorus, who are visiting from mainland China.

68. Camp Zeroo, Roksta, Hard Grown Records
Camp Zeroo is an EDM DJ and producer who wears a giant gold dinosaur helmet and gets people on the floor. He'll be joined by Roksta and Hard Grown Records.

69. Celebrating David Bowie
Now that the winter is over, it’s time to revel in some palate-cleansing joy. Seattle Symphony has decided to host an evening of tributes worthy of glam rock god David Bowie with his friends, former bandmates, and acclaimed musicians including Mike Garson, Adrian Belew, Gerry Leonard, Carmine Rojas, Gaby Moreno, and Angelo Moore. Feel free to zazz your face up with a lightning bolt and cry/dance in the corner with the rest of us.

70. Incunabula
Summon many dimensions as you dance to dark disco, witch house, techno, industrial, sci-fi, and occult cuts from DJs HOM, Teen Girl Dies @ Rave, BLVKOPVL, and Killer of Nines.

71. La Famille Léger
La Famille Léger will put on a night of "old kitchen party music" and Eastern Canadian ballads, enhanced with crankies—story scrolls using puppets and paper cutouts. Hear fun tunes with charming old-school visuals.

72. Love Vigilantes, She's Lost Control, The JV
Spend your evening at the ultimate tribute night with New Order cover band Love Vigilantes, Joy Division cover band She's Lost Control, and dance pop group The JV.

73. The Roadshow 2018
A few big potatoes in the Christian music scene, including King & Country, Matthew West, Natalie Grant, and Zach Williams, will share the stage.

74. Viva Vera Gala 2018
Celebrate Seattle's all-ages music and art scene at Vera Project and Sub Pop's Viva Vera Gala. Enjoy OOLa Distillery cocktails, silent and live auctions, "heavy snacks" from Madres Kitchen, and a live performance from local neo-soul artist Falon Sierra. After the party, head to the Lodge Room for a free post-gala affair featuring DJs from 206 Zulu.


75. Hijack Making Dances
Minneapolis dance duo HIJACK (aka Kristin Van Loon and Arwen Wilder) perform their choreographed dances (accompanied by their own soundtracks) with movies. See them dance "An Image An Image" with Harun Farocki’s 1983 film An Image and “Drum Room Practice Drama” with Miranda Pennell’s 2007 film Drum Room. They'll also perform their dance “_ _/D C” (sans movie) and screen two shorts from Minneapolis filmmaker Trevor Adams (sans dance).


76. Elle Luna & Susie Herrick: Your Story is Your Power Book Tour
Elle Luna, author of The Crossroads of Should and Must, and Susie Herrick, psychotherapist and author of Aphrodite Emerges, will discuss their new book, Your Story is Your Power. The book "confronts the cultural narrative that a woman’s worth can be measured by her beauty and submissiveness, while also calling attention to how girls and women often feel held back by feelings of what they 'should' do, be, or say."

77. Minal Hajratwala: Bountiful Instructions for Enlightenment
Writer and editor Minal Hajratwala will share her debut collection, Bountiful Instructions for Enlightenment, whose poems were written over the span of two decades.

78. Vashon Supports Honor the Earth: An Evening with Winona LaDuke
Activist, environmentalist, and farmer Winona LaDuke will be joined by local indigenous leaders for a night of live music and visual art to raise money for LaDuke's organization Honor the Earth.


79. March On 5K
Help support Planned Parenthood by running or walking a 5K along Green Lake. Show up a little early to stretch your legs in a pre-race yoga session.

80. Paddy Coyne's Glow 5k
Adorn yourself in glow sticks for a twilight Saint Patrick's Day run.



81. Spring Native Plant Sale
Browse a selection of native plants (which require less water and maintenance than other plants) and chat with experts to jumpstart your spring planting.


82. Water Music: Songs of Rain, Rivers, Lakes and Oceans
The Bellevue Chamber Chorus will perform classics, contemporary pieces, folk arrangements, and spirituals that embody "the literal and figurative waters running through our lives."



83. Comedy Canvas
Watch comedy sets by Rachel Horgan, Joshua Barrett, Aila Slisco, and Levi Manis. Excitingly, it's hosted by a self-proclaimed "drunk muppet," Lucy Tollefson. (We've never seen a drunk muppet before.) You can also tell your own jokes.

84. Dollars for Drew
Support the financial recovery of comedian Drew Barth, who had to take substantial time off his day job after being hit by a car, by seeing a lineup of local funny people including Brad Upton, Kermet Apio, Duane Goad, Andrew Rivers, and Travis Nelson.


85. Bangover Brunch
Spend your post-Northwest Metal Fest Sunday perusing crafts and records while DJs Wes Craven and Roaringblood spin heavy metal cuts.

86. Working Women Rise Up: Many Fronts, One Struggle
Local grassroots organizers will discuss how to build a "powerful, multi-racial movement" led by working and poor women. Topics will include the fight against sexual harassment in city employment, indigenous and environmental rights, affordable housing, immigrant rights; and labor justice for women.


87. Cinepraxis: Live Nude Girls Unite!
Join Seattle DSA and the Sex Worker Outreach Project for a documentary screening of Live Nude Girls Unite!, which explores the unionization of workers at San Fransisco's Lusty Lady.

88. SHRIEK! You're Next
Evan J. Peterson and Heather Bartels curate this film and community education series that examines the role of women and minorities in horror films. For this edition, watch and discuss You're Next, a slasher focusing on a woman who proves just as cunning as the man who's wreaking bloody havoc.


89. Burgundian Chefs' Dinner with Fremont Brewing
At this multi-course dinner, chefs from six different restaurants (including Jeffrey Vance of No Anchor and Navy Strength, Aaron Wilcenski of Burgundian, Chris Barton of Stateside, Erik Jackson of Vendemmia, Joel Panilio of Tilth, and Matt Woolen of Bean Boss) will offer their take on each course with a beer pairing with Fremont Brewing.

90. The Magic of Fermentation
This class taught by "fermentista" Fawn Coussens promises to school you in how to have "the healthiest microbiome in Seattle" by making your own sauerkraut, brined veggies, and condiments at home. You'll learn the health benefits of fermented foods and go home with the recipes and tools you need to get started.


91. HINT: A Spoof of Your Favorite Murder Mystery Card Game
This interactive murder mystery show is based on classic whodunnit board game Clue, but this time the characters are you and your friends. Trust no one.


92. Firefighter Stair Climb
Firefighters compete in full structural turnout gear in the "world's largest on-air stair climb." Proceeds benefit the blood cancer research at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.