Notable prank shop Archie McPhee's Rubber Chicken Museum Grand Opening is on Friday. Shutterstock
Our arts critics have already recommended 54 great things to do this week and our music critics have picked the 35 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 MoPOP's Star Trek Send-Off Party to The Filth Element: A Burlesque Tribute to the Fifth Element, and from the Reptile Expo to the Color Run. For even more options this week, check out our complete Things To Do calendar.

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TUESDAY

FILM

1. Meaningful Movies: Pulling Together
Pulling Together follows the Muckleshoot canoe crew as they travel from the Olympic Peninsula's Neah Bay to the Puget Sound's Tulalip Reservation in cedar boats.

GEEK & GAMING

2. Augmented Thinking: Designing the Future
Seattle-based designers, researchers, and practitioners of augmented and mixed reality will explore the "challenges of perception and embodiment, artificial intelligence, inclusion, and ethical design practices" of the discipline. Panelists include HTC's Angela Sharer, Microsoft's Jada Williams, Windows Mixed Reality's Kelly Graham, POP's Di Dang, and UW CoMotion Labs's Xuny Haley.

PERFORMANCE

3. Love in the Time of Tinder
Two classical musicians combine standup and classic and new songs to muse on modern love.

4. Steel Dragnolias
Peaches Christ has taken the liberty of adapting the 1989 southern classic Steel Magnolias into a star-studded drag show featuring Alaska Thunderfuck, Coco Peru, Heklina, Abbey Roads, and Mahlae Balenciaga.

READINGS & TALKS

5. Cultivating the Genius of Black Children
Dr. Debra R. Sullivan will discuss cultural responsiveness in the classroom to help close the achievement gap and encourage black children's talents.

6. JUNK Release Reading
Seattle poet Tommy Pico will celebrate the release of his latest collection, JUNK, which Rich Smith said included "hysterically funny, nervy poems about the life and loves of Teebs, a queer Native American persona just trying to avoid being assaulted while holding hands with somebody in country that’s openly hostile to his being," with a reading and discussion.

7. Offbeat Ada's: fantasies and realities of feminist romance novels
Ariel Meadow Stallings, author of Offbeat Bride, will join local writer Jasmine Silvera as she discusses the rise of the feminist romance novel and shares her new book, Dancer's Flame.

8. Spindrift 2018 Art and Literary Journal Release
Party for Shoreline's literary journal and enjoy readings, music, art, movies, and more.

SPORTS & RECREATION

9. PNW Backpacking Basics
Backpacking beginners can get the lowdown on what to bring on a trip, how to prepare, and, most importantly, where to go.

WEDNESDAY

ART

10. Asia Talks: Race and Plagiarism on the Runway
Professor Minh-Ha T. Pham from the Pratt Institute of New York will give a talk on cultural appropriation by fashion designers.

GEEK & GAMING

11. Mario Kart 64 Tournament
Harken back to the simpler days of playing Mario Kart in your basement at this tournament.

READINGS & TALKS

12. Freeman Dyson with Neal Stephenson and Robbert Dijkgraaf
A contemporary of J. Robert Oppenheimer, Richard Feynman, Stephen Hawking, and Hans Bethe, he researched for decades at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton and contributed to the field of quantum physics. Now, at 94, Freeman Dyson will look back on his fellow giants of the 20th century and on the worldwide turmoil he's witnessed over his lifetime. (He's also famous for declaring that "climate fanatics" are stirring excessive panic over global warming, but he's not a climate change denier.)

RESISTANCE & SOLIDARITY

13. The Invisible Hand: Capitalism as Everyday Religion
Stranger arts writer Emily Pothast will explore capitalism as religion through visual culture.

WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY

PERFORMANCE

14. Million Dollar Quartet
Hear music by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins in this dramatization of the legendary recording session of 1956.

15. Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience
The Seattle Children's Theatre has adapted Caldecott medalist Mo Willems's book about Wilbur, a naked mole rat who's also a dandy.

THURSDAY

COMMUNITY

16. Feline Frisky Blind Date Night
Alleviate the awkwardness of a first date with the presence of multiple cats. Admission gets you 55 minutes with kitties, one glass of beer or wine, and cat ears—though you're expected to bring your own date.

17. Seattle Career Fair
Bring a handful of resumes to hand out to heads of hiring from across industries at this career fair.

FILM

18. Blue Heart Premiere
Patagonia's new film, Blue Heart, documents the battle for the largest un-dammed river in Europe (the Viosa in Albania), the effort to save the endangered Balkan lynx in Macedonia, and the women of Kruščica, Bosnia, and Herzegovina, who are spearheading a months-long protest to protect their community’s only source of fresh water.

FOOD & DRINK

19. Author Talk: Repertoire
If you've ever wished to be the kind of cook who can pull together a quick weeknight meal on the fly or a chocolate cake just because, look no further than Jessica Battilana's new book Repertoire, in which she imparts her favorite staple recipes for all occasions. She'll talk to local author Molly Wizenberg about home cooking and food writing, answer questions, and sign copies of her book.

20. Molly Moon's Turns 10
Molly Moon Neitzel's local ice cream parlor is turning a decade old! To celebrate, they're giving away free ice cream to the first 100 people to show up at all of their stores.

GEEK & GAMING

21. GeekWire Awards
Pacific Northwest startup and technology companies will be awarded for their innovation and leadership at the annual GeekWire Awards. Plus, enjoy cocktail and appetizers and exclusive access to Marvel: Universe of Superheroes.

MUSIC

22. Bob Log III, Guests
If y’all hear a mighty thunder tonight, it’s prolly just Bob Log playing his shake ’n’ baked, bent-assed country blues. I guess 20 or so years back, he was the pickin’ half of the buskin’ blues duo Doo Rag, but since he went solo, he’s been the king of the one-man bands. And he IS the king; he don’t need help to get around to get on his get down. His “bass guitar” is his thumb, his right-hand fingers strum and pick while his left-hand fingers hammer out the “melody.” He sings, er, hollers through an old land-line phone receiver fixed into an old motorcycle helmet, and his feet knock out the beats! MIKE NIPPER

23. Motograter, American Wrecking Company, Deadbeat Blackout
Nineties-formed metal band Motograter is known for their namesake instrument, the Motograter, which makes use of industrial cables and guitar pieces to create a "unique, low, distorted bass sound." They'll be joined by American Wrecking Company and Deadbeat Blackout.

24. Prince vs. The Jacksons Sing Along with Smoothwalker
Sing along to music videos from Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, and Prince, and dance to a live performance from Michael Jackson tribute artist Smoothwalker at intermission.

PERFORMANCE

25. Game Night with the Trinkettes
If you're a gaming nerd/bingo-lover who loves ecdysiasts, this night will cater to both your enthusiasms.

READINGS & TALKS

26. Contemporary Asian Art from Global Perspectives
The director of NanHai Art, a Bay Area arts center promoting Chinese luminaries, will offer insights into the contemporary Asian art scene.

27. Engage: Science Speaker Series
Grad students will present the subjects of their research: Katie Reichard on "Redesigning Opioids"; Sam Entwistle on "Molecular 'Transmitters' in Cells"; and Emilio Vilanova on "Climate Change Mitigation and Tropical Rain Forests."

28. Robert Sapolsky
For the Annual Clergy Institute, the Temple has invited the renowned neuroendocrinologist Robert Sapolsky to reveal insights from his new book Behave: the Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst. The talk is open to people of all (or no) faiths, and it's a good deal—lunch is included.

29. Seattle Women's Empowerment Story Slam: #TimesUp
Local women Jaqueline Garcia, Heidi Happonen, Sarah Toce, Katrina M. Sanford, LaTanya Horace, and Haleema Bharoocha will share their #MeToo and #TimesUp stories, as well as resources, at this story slam.

30. Steve Toutonghi: Side Life
In Steve Toutonghi's Side Life, a young tech entrepreneur named Vin is forced out of the software company he founded (à la HBO's Silicon Valley) and takes a job house-sitting an ultra-modern Seattle mansion whose owner has gone missing. Naturally, the basement is host to all manner of strange things.

THURSDAY-SATURDAY

COMEDY

31. Chris Roach
You may recognize NYC-based comic Chris Roach from his regular appearances on CBS's Kevin Can Wait, featuring Kevin James and Leah Remini. Hear his jokes live.

THURSDAY-SUNDAY

PERFORMANCE

32. Don't Call it A Riot!
In 1968, Reed, a member of Seattle's Black Panther Party, juggles a new marriage and pregnancy, and the antics of her best friend, Marti. All the while, outside forces threaten both the party and her home life.

33. Hand to God
A small-town Christian puppeteer in Texas unintentionally throws his community into turmoil when his puppet, Tyrone, starts escaping his control and saying some very naughty things.

FRIDAY

ART

34. Auburn Spring Art Walk
Enjoy the spring air, local artwork, music (from punk to classical), and wine tastes at this outdoor walk. 20 artists have contributed pieces, and local breweries HalfLion, Scamp, and Geaux will join the vintners. Your ticket includes eight one-ounce tastes.

35. Rubber Chicken Museum Grand Opening
In keeping with its mission to bring more odd-pop culture silliness into people's lives, the toy/knicknack/general gobbledygook store will open a free Rubber Chicken Museum, with "the history of the rubber chicken, a signed Svengoolie, the world's largest rubber chicken," and other attractions.

FOOD & DRINK

36. Beat Bobby Flay Viewing Party
Chef Shota Nakajima will face off against Food Network chef Bobby Flay in the episode of his show Beat Bobby Flay airing today. To celebrate, the whole Adana team will throw a party to watch, with cocktails and snacks.

GEEK & GAMING

37. Star Trek Send-Off Party
Okay, Trekkies: Here's your chance to immerse yourselves in a night that's as dedicated to Gene Roddenberry’s space universe as you are. This send-off party for Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds will feature actress Chase Masterson, who played Leeta for five years on Star Trek Deep Space 9, in conversation with MoPOP curator Brooks Peck, as well as Star Trek trivia with Geeks Who Drink, music from DJ Sir Juan, a Star Trek gaming cafe, and more.

MUSIC

38. Asterhouse, Cashing In Karma, Petey Normal, DedElectric
Kenmore-based indie rockers Asterhouse with share a bill with Cashing In Karma, Petey Normal, and DedElectric for National Twilight Zone Day.

39. Ball of Wax 52
This Ball of Wax compilation release party will celebrate their 52nd release, featuring live performances by local musicians like Gabriel Mintz, Doug Hood and the Wholly Heathens, Eggshells, and Amanda Winterhalter.

40. Bodies.Space.Time.Sound
A group of musicians and movement artists will join forces for an "intentional improvisational" collaboration. Artists will know their collaborators in advance and be given the opportunity to score and rehearse their piece in accordance with the "chance style" of meeting one another, the evening’s themes, and the convening of their shared interests.

41. Bootie Seattle: '80s vs. '90s Night
Seattle's only all-mashup dance party throws down for an all-out battle by paying tribute to two decades of rock, pop, hiphop, rap, and dance music. Prep thyself for all the '80s club bangers and '90s Top40 hits you could possibly handle.

42. Desert Dwellers, Plantrae, Yaima
Get down to down-tempo, psych-bass, and tribal trance jams from duo Dwellers, with support sets from Plantrae and Yaima.

43. Ensign Symphony & Chorus: Glorious
Ensign Symphony & Chorus will bask in the springtime by presenting a performance by angelic pop singer and American Idol runner-up David Archuleta.

44. Goth Prom IX
Revel in the goth-industrial prom you never had by dancing to cuts from DJ Major Tom in your most brooding outfit.

45. Second Sting — The Ultimate Scorpions Tribute with Iron Dragon
Get ready for some hair metal rippers as Second Sting, self-billed as "The Ultimate Scorpions Tribute" tear through their very '80s catalog, with an opening set from Iron Dragon.

PERFORMANCE

46. CLUE: A Burlesque Whodunit
This game of Clue promises to involve more bare asses than most.

47. Epicuriositease: A Sampling of Earthly Delights
Burien's "Mistress of the Macabre" La Petite Mort will curate a night of live music, burlesque, and circus arts, paired with a wine tasting. Enjoy the various talents of the Shanghai Pearl, Sailor St Claire, La Petite Mort, and Boom Boom L'Roux, as well as hosting by Kevin Incroyable.

48. Mystical Arts of Tibet
The Buddhist monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery will create a sand mandala and elevate your mind with chanting, music, and dance.

49. Underground: A Staged Reading & Talkback
See a staged reading of playwright Lisa B. Thompson's Underground, directed by Tim Bond, wherein a pair of old college friends, now middle-aged, reunite and engage in a "battle of intellects over the best road to black liberation."

READINGS & TALKS

50. Mel Goodman: Whistleblower at the CIA
In his book Whistleblower at the CIA, former CIA intelligence analyst Mel Goodman writes about the US intelligence community and how many of its efforts, laced with corruption and intimidation, have led to disastrous foreign interventions.

51. Racial Capitalism and Counterinsurgency
Chandan Reddy, Jordan Camp, Christina Heatherton, and Moon-Ho Jung will talk about the web of connections between "racial capitalism," imperialism, and counterinsurgency.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY

ART

52. Recycled Arts Festival
Where some might see trash, these Northwest artist saw a palette of colors and textures. Check out this exhibit of recycled-material art at this Art Up PhinneyWood showcase. You might even want to give these works of rescued resources a new home—all art is for sale. This festival will include a fashion show on Friday, a "fix-it" clinic, a marble maze, food trucks, and a donation drive.

COMMUNITY

53. Penn Cove Water Festival
Immerse yourself in Penn Cove's Native community with tribal canoe races, native arts and crafts, artist demonstrations, storytelling, music and dance performances, native foods, youth activities, and exhibits.

PERFORMANCE

54. Pretty Haute Machine: A Burlesque Tribute to Nine Inch Nails
Iva Fiero productions, Elsa Von Schmaltz, and a host of out-of-town dancers will pay tribute to the music of NIN.

55. Submerged: A Soggy Circus Saga
Go on a circus- and acrobatic- filled exploration of the deep with SANCA's "intrepid captain and crew" as they encounter fishes, floating aerialists, and more.

56. Welcome to Arroyo's
Afro Latina theater artist Jay O'Leary will direct this hiphop-punctuated play by Kristoffer Diaz about changing values in a New York Puerto Rican family. For the director, this play is all about the "need to truly understand those who are parched for visibility and love."

SPORTS & RECREATION

57. Northwest Paddling Festival
Find canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, paddling equipment, accessories, and gear for purchase, take a tour down Issaquah Creek, learn about new water sports in seminars, and more.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

FESTIVALS

58. The Rendezvous Festival
Breathe some fresh air in a scenic North Cascade valley and enjoy hiking, horseback riding, climbing, water sports, and more—when you're not at a rock or folk concert by the likes of Joshua James, RVIVR, the Lowest Pair, the Pine Hearts, and many other bands.

59. Yakima River Canyon Bird Fest
Longtime and budding birders can see native passerines and birds of prey on guided field trips, hear lectures, and more. This year will also feature a centennial celebration of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

MUSIC

60. Three Nights, Three Films, Three Live Scores by Lori Goldston
Lori Goldston will gather a cohort of experimental musicians for three nights of live scores to seminal silent films—Man of Aran, Salome, and Joan of Arc.

PERFORMANCE

61. Kaleidoscope in Concert
Nine choreographers—Erin Crall, Joshua Crouch, Morgan Houghton, Amy J Lambert, Ella Murphy, Rochelle Rapaszky, Vincent Thomas, Dani Tirrell, and Karl Watson—will explore themes of inclusion/exclusion, survival, equity, representation, community, empowerment, and hope.

62. Stolen Away: A New Work
This production by Vertical Arts adapts the myth of Persephone to our era of news coverage and tabloids, using video footage and poetry.

SATURDAY

ART

63. Cactus Cat Release Party
Cactus Cat emerged in 2017 as part of the gallery's 24-Hour Comic Challenge. Meet the sun-loving creature from its creator, Dani Dodge, and pick up some prints.

64. Chance Fashion's 2018 Swimwear Edition
Check out swimwear creations from local fashion designers.

65. Project Retail: Mode Fashion Show
SPU Apparel Merchandising and Apparel Design students will reveal their latest ready-to-wear creations, raising money for Bike Works.

COMEDY

66. Shot Prov
Well, this sounds a little dangerous: Improvisers violate secret rules (secret from them, that is) as they play and must take a shot every time they do so. Poor things! After five shots, they're booted off the stage, presumably for their own safety.

COMMUNITY

67. Reptile Expo
Thinking of bringing a new scaly pet into your life? Learn about all sorts of reptilian creatures by meeting them and by chatting with experts.

68. Tuxes and Tails Gala
Support Seattle Humane's Fund-A-Need project "Saving the Unsavable," which provides veterinary and behavior care to pets considered unadoptable at most shelters, at this swaggy fundraiser. They'll have live and silent auctions, dinner, a "celebrity and pet runway show" featuring adoptable pets, and more.

69. U-District Cleanup
The U-District needs your help in looking its best. Volunteer your time and get rewarded with breakfast, pizza, and "trash contest" prizes.

FILM

70. Nordic Puget Soundtrack
Get your hygge on by watching a time-lapse documentary that captures Norway in changing seasons, set to a live score by local prog rockers Postcard from the Badlands. You can also snack on Nordic treats.

FOOD & DRINK

71. 2018 Asparagus Fest & Brews
Celebrate the fresh green spears of spring with this festival, which will include asparagus ice cream, asparagus trivia, pickled and deep-fried asparagus eating contests, farm hay ride tours, and more. Plus, there'll be beer and wine, live music, and asparagus-themed dinner specials at some nearby restaurants.

72. Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival
Heartburn be damned, Sabroso will gather thousands of people in Auburn for a day of craft beer tasting, tacos aplenty, Gringo Bandito hot sauce samples, lucha libre wrestling, and live music by The Offspring, Pennywise, and guests.

73. Spring Garden Party
To celebrate Bottlehouse opening up their garden for spring, sip wines from Locus alongside menu specials and take in live music from Modern Bygones.

GEEK & GAMING

74. 2018 Women in User Experience Conference
In this all-day conference, speakers will cover topics like design ethics, social impact, research, and leadership in the tech industry.

MUSIC

75. Band Crush feat. Shenandoah Davis + Tomten
This edition of City Arts's curated concert/video series will feature a live collaborative performance from Shenandoah Davis and Tomten.

76. Heart Shaped Boxes, Pink Triangles, Good Riddance
All-lady Nirvana cover group Heart Shaped Boxes will rock and roll through this '90s tribute night with Pink Triangles (Weezer) and Good Riddance (Green Day) by their side.

77. Idiots Rule, The Lovecats
Enjoy a night of covers thanks to Idiots Rule, a Jane's Addiction tribute group, and The Lovecats, playing an homage to The Cure.

78. Mendelssohn's Elijah
The Northwest Chorale will perform Mendelssohn's Elijah, a piece allegedly inspired by the work of Bach and Handel.

79. Modular on the Spot
Take advantage of the sunny weather by enjoying live outdoor electronic sets from Products, Horse with One Leg, Dane Sparkler, Raica, John L. Rice, Infideltek, and Dark Side of the Tune.

80. Prom Date Mixtape
Let '80s new wave and synth-pop tribute group Prom Date Mixtape take you back a few decades for their show of "'80s dance attack."

81. Rock MS Seattle
"The world's only all-female tribute to Alice In Chains," Allison Chains, will embody the heavy metal riffs of the Seattle grunge band, with additional sets from Washed In Black and Wicked Garden.

PERFORMANCE

82. Clybourne Park
Winner of both the 2009 Tony Award for Best Play and the 2011 Pulitzer Prize, Bruce Norris' Clybourne Park imagines the circumstances 50 years after Lorraine Hansberry's play A Raisin in the Sun. Marilyn Bennett will direct.

83. The Filth Element: A Burlesque Tribute to the Fifth Element
Local burlesque artists Ramona Rhapsody, Nina Nightshade, Nickey Bourbon, Violet Deville, Mandy Flame, Annie Position, and others will channel their passion for '90s sci-fi classic The Fifth Element into a tantalizing show.

84. Terrible, Thanks for Asking
This podcast offers a dose of un-everyday frankness: Guests answer the question "How are you?" with honest reports of their well-being. Host Nora McInerny, author of It's Okay to Laugh (Crying is Cool, Too) and founder of the Hot Young Widows Club, will conduct a live recording.

READINGS & TALKS

85. Allegory
Local storytellers will share "intimate and personal journeys through life, love, relationships, trauma and tragedy."

86. Ellen Forney
Ellen Forney, the Seattle cartoonist responsible for many Stranger covers, will sign copies of her new book, Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice from My Bipolar Life. Joining her will be local business owner Alison Conroy, who will share her personal story about living with mental illness.

87. Estelita’s Library Grand Opening
The books in Beacon Hill's new library and bookstore will focus on social justice, ethnic studies, and liberation movements. Learn more about it over beer, wine, and food at their opening party.

88. Iain S. Thomas
South African-based poet Iain S. Thomas will read from and sign copies of his blog-turned-book I Wrote This for You, which he wrote under the pseudonym pleasefindthis.

89. Saturday University: From Factory to Fashion Blogs (and back again)
Asian women and girls are immensely important to modern textile and apparel industries, but their perspectives are largely ignored. In contrast, since the 2000s, Asian fashion bloggers and creators have risen in prominence. Professor Minh-Ha Pham will lecture on these two kinds of Asian women's work in the fashion business.

SPORTS & RECREATION

90. The Bikery Bash
The Chinatown bike shop's annual fundraiser will feature a raffle, homemade food, drinks, a live set from DJ Bike Curious, a track stand competition, an appearance from the legendary "Bikery Alley Kitty," and more.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

COMMUNITY

91. Mother's Day Wreath Making Workshop
Make your mom a flower wreath from local flora and fauna with Studio Bloom while sipping chocolate beverages from indi chocolate.

FESTIVALS

92. Bonsai Fest!
The Puget Sound Bonsai Association's annual spring show will feature bonsai-making demonstrations by experts Tony Fajarillo and Frank Heid, a "best in show" competition, an exhibition of bonsai-inspired art, Living Art of Bonsai: Elements of Design, and free tours.

MUSIC

93. Seattle Rock Orchestra — The Beatles: Number Ones
Seattle Rock Orchestra perform rock and pop filtered through an orchestral lens, and they'll attack the broad range of the Beatles' #1 hits this spring.

PERFORMANCE

94. Sinful in Seattle
Glean all the hot gossip of Seattle's salacious history of "sex, drugs, crime, and corruption" from professional storytellers.

SUNDAY

COMEDY

95. Mother's Day Improv
Mothers deserve much better from comedy than "yo' Mamma" jokes. This show is $5 for moms, so if you haven't bought her a present yet, you can win back her affection pretty cheaply. That is, if she likes being mocked by improvisers.

FILM

96. Moving History: Cassette Commande
For the sixth edition of Moving History, MIPoPS will bring oral history recordings, coupled with archival footage and photographs, from the Southwest Seattle Historical Society and Log House Museum, as well as a "Gay Camp Classic" from Scarecrow, selections from UW's recently digitized Vi Hilbert Collection, and more.

MUSIC

97. Lullaby Project Celebration Concert
For Mother's Day, Seattle Symphony musicians will perform lullabies written by parents from Mary's Place.

98. Mother's Day Cantata Concert
Seattle Bach Choir will perform a free concert of Bach's Cantatas for all the classical-loving mothers of Seattle this Mother's Day. Free and accessible to the public, this show will also feature Baroque Period instruments and a full orchestra.

READINGS & TALKS

99. Arshia Sattar: Ramayana
Arshia Sattar is one of the foremost translators of Indian text in the world and is known for her editions of Kathasaritsagara and Valmiki's Ramayana. For her appearance at the bookstore, she'll present her book for children, Ramayana: An Illustrated Retelling, which recounts the story of Prince Rama's attempt to rescue the beautiful Sita from her demon kidnapper.

SPORTS & RECREATION

100. The Color Run
The "happiest 5K on the planet” is an annual paint race that take place in over 25 countries.