International Pillow Fight Day is on Saturday, and the Seattle Deviants will host a free, public pillow fight in Cal Anderson Park in honor of the occasion. Seattle Deviants via Facebook
Our arts critics have already recommended 41 great things to do this week and our music critics have picked the 36 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 the Burien UFO Festival to the Magic the Gathering Grand Prix, and from the Emerald City Ride to the 90s Bar Crawl. For even more options this week, check out our complete Things To Do calendar.

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TUESDAY

COMMUNITY

1. Melrose Promenade Open House
Here's a chance to learn about and share your opinion on the Melrose Promenade project, which would "create a safer, more inviting street for everyone" through traffic calming, sidewalk upgrades, new street crossings, increased public space, lane redesign, bike facilities, and more.

FILM

2. Scent of Vengeance
In Scent of Vengeance, a Texas petroleum engineer travels to an oil operation in Central America where he feuds with his boss, has a romantic fling with two ladies, and gets caught in the middle of a guerrilla war. After the movie, director Antonio Gonzalo will take your questions.

FOOD & DRINK

3. Sake Tasting
Fermented rice beverages will flow at this tasting at the Capitol Hill izakaya bar. A limited quantity of sake pairings and a Tamari Bar "sampler box" will also be available.

MUSIC

4. RainyDawg Radio's 4th Annual Birthday Battle
Put your dukes up for an all-out battle of the bands, the prize for which is playing a set at the RDR Birthday Show later next week (and lifelong bragging rights).

READINGS & TALKS

5. The Nature of Science
Join a panel of Pacific Science Center Science Communication Fellows as they use "the five C's" (aka context, change, conflict, curiosity, and charisma) to share their experiences with working in their respective fields. Panelists include Donna Shows of Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason, Dr. Amy Stone, Dr. Parisa Hosseinzadeh, Dr. Atom Lesiak, and Dr. Karla-Luise Herpoldt of the University of Washington.

6. Think & Drink: Pretty, Angry - Feminism and Protest Since 1968
Join Humanities Washington in exploring the past 50 years of women’s political and social power in America, from protests of objectification at the 1968 Miss America pageant to the Womxn's March and the #MeToo movement.

TUESDAY-SATURDAY

MUSIC

7. Rainier Symphony: Dark Dreams
The Rainier Symphony will play on your more sinful tendencies with this program of pieces sure to stir something up, including the "Hungarian March" from Damnation of Faust and the "Symphony Fantastique," both by Berlioz, as well as "Night on the Bare Mountain" by Mussorgsky.

WEDNESDAY

COMMUNITY

8. Transatlantic Relations in the Era of Trump
Sit in on a panel discussion about how the policies of the Trump administration and the political turmoil in Europe are creating uncertainty over "Transatlantic political, security, and economic relations." Panelists include Transatlantic Media Network's Reginald Dale, Atlantic Council Transatlantic Media Fellow Frida Wallnor, and UW's Center for West European Studies director Sabine Lang.

FILM

9. Fattitude the Movie
Opal: Food+Body Wisdom will host a screening of Fattitude the Movie, a body positive documentary that highlights weight stigma in our society.

10. Mama Rwanda
Join the University of Washington Film Club for a night of conversation (and hors d'oeuvres) with filmmaker Laura Waters Hinson at the campus premiere of Mama Rwanda, a documentary that examines a new generation of Rwandan women whose passion for entrepreneurship is transforming the country's economy.

11. Three Dollar Bill Wednesday: StageDoor
Gregory La Cava's 1937 comedy Stage Door is driven by its women stars (including Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, Lucille Ball, and Eve Arden) and explores the backstage drama of New York show business with all the sass it deserves.

READINGS & TALKS

12. 100 Years in Latvian Poetry
Fete the centennial of the Republic of Latvia with lecturer Kārlis Vērdiņš, researcher at the Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art, University of Latvia and a WashU Ph.D student.

13. Anthony Ray Hinton: The Sun Does Shine
Anthony Ray Hinton has direct experience of the failure of the American justice system—he spent almost 30 years on death row, despite his innocence. Hear him make the case for prison reform and "the power of faith and forgiveness."

14. Chris Clearfield and András Tilcsik: Why Our Systems Fail and What We Can Do About It
Co-authors Chris Clearfield and András Tilcsik will talk about how "the increasing complexity of our systems creates conditions ripe for failure, and why our brains and teams can’t keep up." Their book Why Our Systems Fail and What We Can Do About It "merges cutting-edge social science with riveting stories" that explore everything from the Volkswagen scandal to the Oscars.

15. Civic Cocktail: News From the Hill + A Dialogue About Guns
Congressperson Pramila Jayapal of the seventh district will talk legislation with host Joni Balter, and then a panel of Senator Phil Fortunato, Public Health director for King County Patty Hayes, Alliance for Gun Responsibility's Renée Hopkins, and Tahoma High School's Rhiannon Rasaretnam will talk about gun reform.

16. On the Eve of the White Arrival
David Buerge, author of Chief Seattle and the Town that Took his Name, will join book editor Mary Ann Gwinn for a discussion of local native lands before white colonization.

17. Shaun Scott: Millennials and the Moments that Made Us
Learn about the pop culture history (from 1982 to the present) that shaped millennials from Seattle-based writer, historian, and filmmaker Shun Scott as he shares his book Millennials and the Moments that Made Us.

WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY

ART

18. Lisa Myers Bulmash: You're Not From Around Here, Are You?
Lisa Myers Bulmash's paintings, collages, and mixed-media works reflect on the experience of African Americans in the Pacific Northwest, including "the hyper-visibility of Black bodies, and the notion of racial authenticity in overwhelmingly white spaces."
Closing Sunday

19. Muppett Rawk!
See illustrations that represent "the greatest of album covers and the greatest of puppetry" by Brian Snoddy, Dev Madan, Tomas Sisneros, Karin Madan, Augie Pagan, Erin Middendorf, Rich Werner, Rob McDaniel, and several others.
Closing Sunday

THURSDAY

COMMUNITY

20. Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii 21st Annual Seattle Luncheon
Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie will be the special musical guest and BYP100 founding national director Charlene Carruthers will be the keynote speaker at Planned Parenthood's annual fundraising luncheon.

21. Seattle Astrology Night
In this Namasgay workshop, participants will discover their rising, moon, and Venus signs, learn how to read an astrology chart, and explore the "hidden ruler of [their] love life."

22. Smash the Glass Ceiling Fundraiser
Join 36th LD representative Noel Frame, 48th LD representative Vandana Slatter, and other local leaders for a conversation about equal representation among elected officials.

FILM

23. Campout Cinema: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
In the grand tradition of ordinary beings transformed into supranormal heroes by radioactive slime, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles pits good anthropomorphic turtles and their rat sensei against a cheesegrater-clad nemesis. The ticket includes admission to Indie Game Revolution.

24. Short Circuit
The Classic Movie Night series will continue a screening of John Badham's 1986 fantasy Short Cut, wherein a military robot develops human emotions after being struck by lightning.

GEEK & GAMING

25. Burien UFO Festival
Whether you're a UFO enthusiast, a skeptic, or an alien, you're invited to a big geeky space party hosted by DJ Lucky Strike (who will be spinning extraterrestrial cuts all night). There will be guest speakers, live performances, a beer garden, a costume contest for both humans and dogs, custom alien drawings, and more.

MUSIC

26. Band in Seattle: Jessica Lynne and Birch Pereira & The Gin Joints
Band in Seattle's featured artists this session are rising country star Jessica Lynne and Americana-swing group Birch Pereira & The Gin Joints, and they'll be taping a live television segment, with free beer, live performances, and post-set music trivia.

27. In the Raw
DJs Cholera (aka Min Yee) and Asphalt Party (aka Brian MacDonald) will spin noise rock records by thrashers of the recent past, including Rancid Hell Spawn, World Domination Enterprises, No Trend, Trumans Water, A.H. Kraken, Noxagt, Flipper, Head of David, Sick Bees, Dog Faced Hermans, and many others.

28. Riff Raff, DJ Afterthought, John Sisco, Podeezy, DollaBillaGates, 2 Stoned
Inexplicable pop culture juggernaut Riff Raff takes his candy-colored interpretation of hiphop culture to the stage, with extensive bill support from DJ Afterthought, John Sisco, Podeezy, DollaBillaGates, and 2 Stoned.

29. TBASA's Lo-Fi All Stars #100
Allegedly Seattle's longest running acoustic music showcase, All Stars is a night of lo-fi musicians hand-picked by Tbasa of Substation, featuring Wes Sp8, Jenna Fields, 5J Barrow, Crystal Fuzz, Lucas Tayne, and Deb Montgomery. This will be their last showcase ever, so get there early for every set.

READINGS & TALKS

30. Jennifer Palmieri: Dear Madam President
Jennifer Palmieri is the former director of communications for the Clinton campaign, has written a book about "how, despite all the gains women have made, we still struggle to envision a woman as president" in the form of an open letter to the eventual first woman president of the US. Join her for a chat moderated by the Riveter's founder Amy Nelson.

31. Lisa Genova: Every Note Played
Lisa Genova, author of Still Alice, will share her latest novel, Every Note Played, about a concert pianist whose right arm becomes paralyzed after he's diagnosed with ALS.

32. Natural History and Nature’s Future with Daniel Mathews
Daniel Mathews will start with highlights from his 2017 book, Natural History of the PNW Mountains before giving a preview of his current work-in-progress, Trees In Trouble: Western Landscapes At Risk. In it, he addresses climate change, megafires, insect epidemics, forest-protection policies, and more.

33. Nico Vassilakis, Rebecca Brown, Kreg Hasegawa
Experimental poet Nico Vassilakis, widely acclaimed poet Rebecca Brown, and chapbook writer/Margin Shift member Kreg Hasegawa will share work.

SPORTS & RECREATION

34. Opening Day 5K
Run a 5K before watching the Tacoma Rainiers' home opener for free.

THURSDAY-SATURDAY

ART

35. Claudia Smith: Winter Bones
Claudia Smith assembles fish bones from the beach alongside owl pellets and other natural detritus to make eerie patterns and sculptures to be photographed.
Opening Thursday

THURSDAY-SUNDAY

ART

36. Rik Garrett: Wonders of the Unseen World
Rik Garrett's surrealist photography takes inspiration from a 1970s pornographic film, witchcraft, scientific and pseudo-scientific esoterica, and the concept of the Hollow Earth.
Opening Thursday

GEEK & GAMING

37. Magic the Gathering Grand Prix Seattle
Magic the Gathering players will gather to compete for impressive prizes at this event celebrating the 25th birthday of the popular trading card game. The Grand Prix will mostly appeal to MTG players, for whom the main events will be standard (Sat–Sun) and legacy (Fri–Sat) tournaments, in addition to dozens of side events, ranging from Modern to Commander, and from Sealed Two-Headed Giant to opportunities to challenge professional players. But it's open to anyone, and will also feature exhibitions featuring MTG card art, cosplayers, and vendors selling merch.

PERFORMANCE

38. Cues and Tattoos
Hypnotic Productions will celebrate tribal belly dancing at their annual series of 28 workshops, two intensives, and five special performances.

FRIDAY

FOOD & DRINK

39. Date Night with Unexpected Productions
At this two-in-one date night package, customize your own cocoa with toppings from indi chocolate's hot chocolate bar and then head over to take in some improv from Unexpected Productions.

40. Delicatus Island Fever
The sandwich slingers at Delicatus will take you on a trip to the original Sandwich Islands, with a sunny Hawaiian-inspired menu that includes musubi, wasabi deviled eggs, slow roasted pork shoulder, and poi beignets.

41. Plant-Based Dinner with Vegan Wine
Who knew vegan wine was a thing? Some winemakers use animal products like gelatin, caseins, and bone marrow as fining agents, making their wines not vegan. This four-course dinner hosted by guest speaker Stewart Rose, Vice President of the Vegetarians of Washington and Luke Wohlers from Walden Selections will feature vegan wine pairings as well as intriguing plant-based takes on dishes like poke and loco moco.

42. Seattle Cosmic Collaboration Release Party
Reuben's Brews will premiere their extraterrestrial "cosmic collaboration" with Portland-based Ecliptic Brewing: Crimson Star Hazy Double Pomegranate IPA.

MUSIC

43. Kalimba: The Spirit of Earth, Wind & Fire
I like my tribute groups ambitious, damn it. Tackling the big-band funk and celestial soul of Earth, Wind & Fire involves serious arranging, playing, dancing, and falsetto-singing skills. The nine-member-strong local ensemble Kalimba, the Spirit of Earth, Wind & Fire definitely have EW&F’s many hits down to a science, but what I really want to know is this: Do they play the amazing early stuff that didn’t tear up the radio, like “Bad Tune,” “Energy,” “Drum Song,” “Zanzibar,” or anything off the Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song soundtrack? I'm not finding anything online to suggest they are. Those were the real kalimba-tastic works, you know. DAVE SEGAL

44. Things That Break
This group concert will combine music, stop-motion animation, storytelling, visual art, and theatrical performances around the theme of “breaking." The lineup is made up solely of local women, including composer Jessi Harvey, animator Becky Joy Aitken, storyteller and photographer Sonya Harris, and theater performer Aimee Hong.

45. WAVES Presents: Forgotten Worlds
The organizers of this event will aim to channel ancient sprits with aerial performances, a giant projection stage, a silent disco, and many strobe lights.

PERFORMANCE

46. Achilles in Sparta
Michael Place will direct this play examining the fate of a nation that will march off to war following the abduction of Queen Helen.

47. Intiman's ShowtheLove Silent Disco Cast Party
Celebrate the end of the #SHOWTHELOVE fundraising campaign (whose goal it was to raise $60,000 in 15 days to support the theater's "wild, wicked, and woke" programming) with an open bar, live DJ sets by Markeith Wiley, Erin Bednarz, and Josh Lind, and local art.

48. Where the Heart Is
The Middle East-focused Kerning Cultures will throw another listening party for their latest podcast episode, which concerns a Syrian expat living in Dubai and grappling with the idea of home. They'll provide snacks and drinks.

RESISTANCE & SOLIDARITY

49. Panalipdan! Defend!
The International Solidarity Mission will report back from the Philippines, where President Duterte's so-called drug war has resulted in the extrajudicial killings of as many as 14,000 Filipinos. Pam Tau Lee, chair of the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines-US, and Jill Mangaliman of the Filipino women's rights organization GABRIELA Seattle will give talks.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY

COMEDY

50. Duane Goad
Stand-up comic Duane Goad has performed at Funny or Die's Oddball Comedy Festival, the Las Vegas Comedy Festival, Bumbershoot, and the Vancouver Comedy Festival. He was also a finalist in the Seattle International Comedy Competition. He'll try and make you laugh in two sets of live back-to-back sets.

51. Watergate: A Comedy Show
This sketch comedy show will take the 1972 break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters' Watergate office and make it funny.

PERFORMANCE

52. She is Fierce: Criminal
This storytelling event will feature people who identify as women sharing personal stories through performance, dance, theater, music, and/or visual art. Among others, the lineup features talented performers like Maggie McMuffin, Grace Penzell, Jasmine Joshua, and Bakima Ssebanakita, plus special guests comedian Alyssa Yeoman and oddball Tootsie Spangles.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

FESTIVALS

53. Puyallup Gem Faire
At this gem, jewelry, and bead show, you're bound to find something shiny to take home.

PERFORMANCE

54. The Producers
This play adapts the wicked Mel Brooks satire about two unscrupulous producers who set out to make their fortune by financing a flop, and accidentally create a hit musical about Hitler.

SATURDAY

ART

55. The ART of Survival
Cambodian Americans will commemorate the victims of the genocidal Pol Pot regime while acknowledging the survivors who have "held on to their identity through the trauma of war and resettlement through art."

56. Artrageous!
If you're into art creative mashups, see a troupe of artists, musicians, singers, and dancers pay tribute to a variety of art forms, pop icons, and musical genres culminating in a gallery of finished paintings. Be prepared for plenty of audience participation.

57. Race to the Moon by Forest of Bloom
Forest of Boom, a theme camp at Washington's Burning Man event Critical Northwest, will host its annual fundraiser. Expect live DJs (including Galactican, Cosmic Horizon, David Cole, Green Piece, and Diem Martinez), art, and "fire."

COMMUNITY

58. International Pillow Fight Day
If you're very quiet on April 7, you might be able to hear the sound of pillows whacking against each other around the world. Here in town, celebrate International Pillow Fight Day by heading to Capitol Hill in your PJs with your (soft and featherless) pillow.

FESTIVALS

59. Daffodil Festival
Pierce County is fertile ground for the yellow perennial flowers, who have had their own festival in the area since 1934. The highlight of the event is its grand parade on April 7, where the festival's royal court (made up of 23 "princesses" from Pierce County high schools) sail down the street on daffodil-covered floats.

FILM

60. Fantasy A Gets Jacked! Movie Premiere
See the premiere of local hiphop/R&B group Fantasy A's TV pilot, Fantasy A Gets Jacked.

61. The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Do the pelvic thrust with other Rocky Horror lovers and rewatch this amazingly popular relic of the '80s. Come early to see the Vicarious Theatre Company's accompanying shadow puppet interpretation.

62. Unlocking the Mysteries of 2001: A Space Odyssey
Delve into the spooky, cosmic, baffling, existential universe of Stanley Kubrick's iconic 2001: A Space Odyssey with film historian Lance Rhoades.

FOOD & DRINK

63. 90s Bar Crawl
Grab your Neopet and put some glitter on your face for a 90s bar crawl. Participating locations will play hits of the era and offer drink specials.

64. New Belgium Free Turkey Leg Night
Buy any two New Belgium beers and get a free giant turkey leg to gnaw on, Henry VIII-style.

65. Princess Angeline Tea
Every spring, the Duwamish Tribe hosts a high tea ceremony to honor Chief Seattle's daughter, Kikisoblu. Join them for an afternoon of finger sandwiches, tasty desserts, and warm beverages.

66. Second Annual Taco Crawl
Grab a ticket from El Costeno and spend the day inhaling tortilla-wrapped delights from taquerias and other restaurants all over Fremont, Ballard, Capitol Hill, Downtown, Belltown, Pioneer Square and Georgetown at your leisure.

GEEK & GAMING

67. Cosplay Coffee Crawl
Cosplayers of all ages are invited to wear their cultivated outfits to a pub-crawl-style coffee walk and after-party. Proceeds benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Pennies for Patients program.

MUSIC

68. Emo Dance Party
Bring back the early-mid 2000's with your deep passion for gauged ears, flat-ironed hair, and Pete Wentz's smirk at the Emo Dance Party, a new chance to relive your MySpace glory in the form of a high energy, passionately emo DJ night.

69. Pacific Northwest Spring Death Fest
Just because spring has sprung doesn't mean metal fans can't still indulge in dark thrashing sounds. Join Northwest metal bands Dismembering Mary, Fail Yourself, and other special guests for a mini-fest.

70. R&B LIVE: Seattle Edition with Love & Hiphop New York's Lil' Mo
Touring music event series R&B Live will kick off their Seattle edition with a feature by Love & Hiphop New York star Lil' Mo and live performances of her hit singles "Superwoman," "4 Ever," "30 Minutes," and more.

71. The Righteous Mothers, Snake Suspenderz
Funny ladies who love serving up folk-rock interpretations of everyday joys and issues come together in the Righteous Mothers, with bill support from Snake Suspenderz.

72. Seattle Psy Ops Three Year Anniversary: Khromata
Psy Ops, in this particular iteration, provides psychedelic dance music from top artists and DJs for what promises to be an otherworldly experience, with a featured set from progressive psy-trance DJ Khromata for their third anniversary party.

73. SHAKE YA A$$
Shake your booty into the wee hours to hits by the Ying Yang Twins, Diplo, Big Freedia, Sir Mix a Lot, Lil Jon, Mystikal, Major Lazer, B.o.B., and Sage the Gemini.

74. SIN: 3 Year Anniversary
Celebrate three years of SIN fetish DJ nights with brand new EDM and industrial jams, courtesy of DJs Shane and Eyktan. As always, you can expect drink specials and go-go dancers.

PERFORMANCE

75. Botnik Live!
Join the geeky geniuses of Botnik Studios (and their friends) for a night of readings, sketch comedy, songs, and interactive experiments.

76. Dorrance Dance
Join Dorrance Dance for a contemporary take on tap dancing in three parts, entitled Three to One, Jungle Blues, and Myelination, the last of which incorporates a live band.

77. International Rueda De Casino Multi Flash Mob Day
Dancers around the world will bust out their Cuban salsa moves for the Rueda de Casino flashmob. Join local dance group La Clave Cubana to be a part of Seattle's event.

READINGS & TALKS

78. Saturday University: Textiles of Southwest China
UW professor emeritus of anthropology Stevan Harrell will introduce you to textile artists in Southwest China, whose clothing historically gave definite indications of "one’s home, age, and gender."

SPORTS & RECREATION

79. Brunch Run
Run, walk, or leisurely stroll your way to the finish line at Seattle Magazine

80. Seattle Cascades vs. Minnesota Wind Chill
What was once a casual pastime on college campus quads is now a bona fide pro sport—join Ultimate Disc League team Seattle Cascades as they open the season with a game against Minnesota Wind Chill.

81. Supercross
This off-road motorcycle racing championship has its fair share of tight corners, straightaways, weird rhythm sections, triple jumps, and hoops.

SUNDAY

ART

82. Amy Paine: Just Me
This exhibit challenges conventional beauty standards, featuring over 100 photographs of women captured during moments of self-love.

FESTIVALS

83. NWIsraelFest
This festival brings together Jewish organizations from across the Puget Sound to celebrate "all things Israel," from culture, history, and identity to food and entertainment. The festival will culminate in Magnuson Park for a celebration of the State of Israel's 70th birthday.

FILM

84. BoneBat "Comedy of Horrors" Film Fest 2018
This one-day blood ‘n’ chuckles festival boasts indie horror comedy films, music by Ellenburg’s Devilwood, and prizes.

PERFORMANCE

85. ICON: a celebration of drag, art, and life!
Support the work of Seattle Counseling Service, who provide mental health, addiction recovery, and harm reduction services to the LGBTQ+ community, by enjoying drinks, dinner, and drag. Acts include Arnaldo! Drag Chanteuse with David Clarke Partridge, Alessandra Hunt with Atasha Manila, Empress Drew Paradisco with Miss Gay Washington Jessica Paradisco, Kince de Vera with Levi Ryan, and many others.

86. Nude by Noon: Getting Woke
If your Saturday night debauchery doesn't prevent you from getting downtown by noon on Sunday, grab brunch and watch sexy yet politically trenchant acts with live music by No Kind of Island. Bridgette St James will host, and Kiki Mustang, Miss Violet DeVille, Onyx Asili, Puss N Boots, Scandal from Bohemia, Chaos X. Machina, Morgue Anne, and Velvet Revulva will fill out the cast.

87. Rex Manning Day!
Before a screening of the cult classic Empire Records, celebrate the sleazy fictional rock star with Butch Alice and Chelsea Madsen at a 90s party. Dance to hits of the era in your grungiest outfit for a chance to win the "Empire Records Employee" costume contest.

88. Visual Musician & Friends
Visual Musician is Jessie Sawyers, who performs rhythmic tap dance along with the live music of her rotating backing band, pulling tracks from indie rock to jazz standards and everything in between.

SPORTS & RECREATION

89. Emerald City Ride
Whether you choose the three-mile or 12-mile course around the Viaduct, you'll take in some pretty stellar views on this bicycle race. It's also your last chance to bike the SR 99 Alaskan Way Viaduct (car-free) before it's demolished.

90. Walk MS 5K
Walk or jog to raise awareness of multiple sclerosis and to help fund a cure.