Walk among 500 free-flying butterflies representing 15 species at the zoo's annual one-day, immersive Molbak’s Butterfly Garden exhibit. Dennis Dow/Woodland Park Zoo
Our arts critics have already recommended 56 great things to do this week and our music critics have picked the 31 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 Hawkins Snow Ball '84 dance party to Punk As Folk, and from the annual Pride ASIA Celebration at Hing Hay Park to the Seagull Calling Festival and Wings Cook-Off in Port Orchard. For even more options this week, check out our complete Things To Do calendar.

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1. Art Neureau
Explore the baffling arterials of neuroscience through the filter of human-driven creation as artists and scientists alike exhibit art pieces.


2. Fancy as Hell for Stem Cells
Local community organizer and all-around sweetheart Leland Chazen is in their sixth year of battling Lyme Disease, which has in turn led to Mitochondrial Disease. Help support their treatment (a Stem Cell Transplant) by donating your dollars, dressing to the nines, and dancing all night long to tunes from DJ Onesies.


3. Pacific Islander Festival of the Arts
Celebrate Pacific Islander cultures and buy art from students, alumni, and community members.

NUDE KITCHEN is Museum of Museum’s weekly figure drawing class.
Interesting models, experienced instructors, Zoom Tuesdays at 7:00.
Black Fret Seattle Concert Series
Stephanie Anne Johnson & The Hidogs 9/23 at 8pm
Tickets are on sale now for The Stranger’s 1st Annual SLAY Film Festival!
Ghosts, zombies, slashers, witches, Eldritch beasts, gore-- SLAY has something for every horror fan!

4. Tuesday Trivia: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Dedicate your evening to something good: A teenager named Buffy who fights vampires while also navigating high school.


5. Bon Appétit!
Lovers of light opera and cake will enjoy this operetta about Julia Child making cake, Bon Appétit!, as well as other treats (including a slice of cake, included with the ticket).

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


7. Celebrate Seattle City of Literature!
This past October, UNESCO deemed Seattle a City of Literature—a title given to 28 other select cities across the world, including Edinburgh, Dublin, Krakow, and Baghdad. Join your fellow local lit lovers in toasting the city's great writers.

8. Joshua Mensch: Because
Prague-based poet, visual artist, and founder of online literary journal B O D Y, Joshua Mensch, will read from his debut lyric memoir, Because.

9. Section Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail: BeWild Speaker Series
Thinking about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail? Four PCT hikers and Mountaineers Books authors will give six talks on section-hiking the famous route.

10. Till Tonight
Stop by the literary hub that's home to Mount Analogue, Cold Cube Press, and Gramma to write with fellow literary types. While you're there, check out Mount Analogue's May art installation, a lone.



11. Burien Scavenger Hunt
Run around to participating Burien businesses to pick up raffle tickets and win prizes in this hour-long dash.


12. Author Talk: Dirty Gourmet with Mai-Yan Kwan, Aimee Trudeau, and Emily Neilson
Friends Mai-Yan Kwan, Aimee Trudeau, and Emily Neilson will discuss their new book Dirty Gourmet, a guide to eating well on outdoors adventures ranging from picnics and day hikes to backpacking and bike trips, with recipes for "breakfast, trail meals, sweet and savory snacks, dinners, appetizers, side dishes, desserts, even refreshing camp drinks." They'll demo a recipe, answer questions, and sign copies of books purchased from the Book Larder.

13. Ben & Jerry's Non-Dairy Sampling Party
Taste every dairy-free, certified vegan, almond-milk-based flavor from the Vermont ice cream giants for free, from classics like Cherry Garcia and Chunky Monkey to dairy-free exclusives like Coconut Seven Layer Bar.


14. Texas Hippie Coalition, Kobra & The Lotus, Band of Julez, Granny 4 Barrel
Texas Hippie Coalition claim their own unique "Red Dirt Metal" Texas power rock sound. They'll be joined by Kobra & The Lotus, Band of Julez, and Granny 4 Barrel.


15. Doug Loves Movies
Comedian Doug Benson and surprise guests will banter about movies, movies, movies in a live taping of Benson's popular podcast. Wear a "movie-themed" name tag for a shot at prizes.

16. Laser Radio Drama: Voices on the Edge
For a slightly more dystopian and cerebral version of your typical laser show, Paul Perry-Johnson and Dave Webb will put on "an existential auditory adventure" set in an abandoned space station at the edge of the solar system.


17. Amber Casali: Hiking Washington's Fire Lookouts
Casali will show off her guide to 44 fire lookouts you can hike to.

18. Cosmos on Tap, Ep. 7: The Backbone of Night
Soothe your soul with beer and the voice of Carl Sagan as you learn about the history of Earth-dwellers' understanding of the stars from the seventh episode of Cosmos: A Personal Voyage.

19. Nordic Literary Series: Hallgrímur Helgason
Icelandic author Hallgrímur Helgason will read from his historical fiction novel Woman at 1,000 Degrees., which is based on the life of Brynhildur Georgía Björnsson, an Icelandic woman whom Helgason accidentally met over the telephone while volunteering for a Socialist Democratic Party election campaign in 2006.

20. Post-Prison Education Program
Two short films, Sentencing Reform: The Power of Fear and Sentencing Reform: Drug Addiction give a voice to the 65 percent of the 2.3 million adults in U.S. prisons and jails who struggle with addiction. After the screenings, regroup with a panel discussion with Brave New Films' Robert Greenwald, Downtown Emergency Service Center's Del Lausa, Post-Prison Education Program graduate Shelly Klier, and others.

21. Release Party for AU Issue XIX
Speculative fiction fanatics can party with the staff and writers of AU—the UW literary journal dedicated to fantasy, sci-fi, and magical realism—as they celebrate the release of their 19th issue.

22. Stories of Resilience: Indigenous Womxn of Seattle
Get inspired by Native womxn's stories of "resisting the colonial mindset."


23. Daybreaker: Blossoms & Bass
It's time for another early morning yoga session and DJ dance party, so roll out of bed and slip into your best springtime floral patterns. This time, they'll also have breakfast bites from Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods, healthy juices, and free cold brew.



24. Pearl Jam Glassblowing
Melt glass into bowls, floats, or "rock star" paperweights to support Pearl Jam's Home Shows fundraiser, which will benefit homeless services in Seattle. You'll also take home the band's exclusive glassybaby and one of their guitar picks.

25. West Seattle Garden Tour
Along with its generous views of the Sound and its fancy houses, West Seattle is also home to notably pretty gardens. Take tours of its lush spaces in support of the neighborhood's arts and horticulture programs.


26. Dirty Little Secrets Presents: Erotic Misadventures
Laugh about other peoples' strangest and most ridiculous erotic experiences, or get on stage to share your own stories.

27. Pints & Personal Finance
Talking about personal finances is boring on its own, but it could be fun with beer. Participants will be offered one free drink before delving into the ins and outs of 401(k)s.

28. Seattle Aquarium After Hours
Gather the aquatic enthusiasts/party people in your life for an adult takeover of the Aquarium. Discover the creatures that live in the intertidal zone, boost your knowledge of low tide critters, and sip drinks while Stas THEE Boss spins tunes.


29. Movie Night With Complimentary Chiropractic Adjustments
To ensure you don't get too stressed out while watching a screening of The Hunger Games, Dr. Vivian Ledesma and Dr. Morgan Rilling of Alliance Healing Arts will offer complimentary chiropractic adjustments.

30. Take It Out In Trade
Ed Wood’s 1970 surreal sexploitation detective comedy Take It Out In Trade, which was thought to be lost until a copy was exhibited at the Anthology Film Archives in 2014, involves a couple who hire a private investigator to find their missing daughter. Wood himself serves as narrator, and as a drag queen named Alecia.


31. Cupcakes & Beer
If you're a fan of craft beer, petite pastries, and other sweets, rejoice: Cupcake Royale and Reuben's Brews will provide flights of three beers paired with ice cream, donuts, and cupcakes. (For kids or those who'd prefer to skip the booze in favor of sucrose, treat-only flights are also available.) Plus, the City Fruit team will be on hand to educate attendees about pest prevention and help them prepare for the upcoming harvest. Proceeds will support City Fruit, and City Fruit members who attend will nab bonus Cupcake Royale coupons for a free cupcake or ice cream.


32. Filson Flagship Concert with City Arts Magazine
The Sons of Rainier, Bread & Butter, and Tres Leches (a few bands from City Arts' Best New Music issue) will play a free show.

33. The Golden Road Performs "Reckoning" & "Dead Set"
Grateful Dead community musician tribute act the Golden Road will headline with a performance of the Grateful Dead's seminal albums Reckoning and Dead Set.


34. Bushwick Book Club: Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale
Local artists and musicians will perform original music inspired by and based on Margaret Atwood's cautionary dystopian classic The Handmaid's Tale.

35. Housing and the Environment: On Tap!
Drink while you learn about affordable housing and how it can help reduce climate change. The Sierra Club, 350 Seattle, Transit Rider's Union and Housing For All Coalition, Futurewize, and Nest Architecture & Design will all contribute speakers to the panel.

36. Jennifer Harvey: Raising White Kids
Drake University professor Dr. Jennifer Harvey will share her book on racial justice and white anti-racism, Raising White Kids.

37. Nordic Literary Series: Jussi Valtonen
In Finnish author Jussi Valtonen's They Know Not What They Do, successful neuroscientist Joe Chayefski is led to reconnect with his son he abandoned 20 years earlier after his lab is destroyed by animal rights activists. The author will read as part of the Nordic Literary Series, joined by translator Kristian London.



38. Creativity Persists
This year, the annual member show highlights the necessity of art and creativity in this growing, changing city. Jody Bento of SAM Gallery acts as the guest curator of these sound, performance, visual, and literary pieces.
Closing Saturday

39. Lauren Iida: 100 Aspects of the Moon
Lauren Iida's paper collage exhibition features 100 hand-cut works inspired by Japanese woodblock artist Yoshitoshi's 1890s series of the same name. The pieces are also inspired by the artist's home in Cambodia and her Japanese American family's vintage photo archive.
Closing Saturday



40. Brandi Alexander
Tatiana Pavela's new solo show takes place in 1987, when Brandi Alexander (no relation to the professional wrestler) is prepping for her comeback stand-up comedy tour. For her first gig, she's the opening act for the man who assaulted her.



41. Fetish Fashion Show
Wicked Daddy Productions presents models strutting in kinky clothing, along with fetish demos, raffles, drink specials, and DJ Jades's cuts.


42. Molbak’s Butterfly Garden
Walk among 500 free-flying butterflies representing 15 species at this zoo's annual butterfly exhibit. You'll learn about the life cycle of the winged creatures before watching new ones emerge from their chrysalises.

43. One Vibe Africa
See performances from visiting African artists, bid in silent and live auctions, enter raffles, enjoy a three-course meal, and hear a keynote speech by Boniface Mwangi.


44. Kindness in the Kitchen: A Pay-It-Forward Pop-Up
Enjoy breakfast offerings like candied bacon and Dubliner cheese scones, French toast muffins, and sausage feta frittatas, with a side of good karma when you purchase a "pay-it-forward" breakfast to get a meal for someone else.

45. Vegan "Big Mac" Nite
Meatless hot dog food truck Cycle Dogs will serve up their plant-based spin on the classic Mac, featuring your choice of a Beyond Burger or Field Roast patty, two slices of Follow Your Heart American Cheeze, and "shredded lettuce, diced onions, pickles and secret sauce all stacked in between perfectly steamed seasame buns," plus a side of fries. There's also something called a "Copy Cat Burger." Gluten-free options are available, too!


46. Africa Day
DJ Topspin and Selecta Babo Keny will help you celebrate Africa Day by spinning Afrobeat jams.

47. Inverted Space Ensemble: The Cimbalom & Beyond
The Inverted Space Ensemble will perform works by György Kurtág on the cimbalom, including "Scenes From A Novel." They'll also tackle Lou Harrisons’s "Music for Violin and Various Instruments, European, Asian, and African." Finally, they'll play James Tenney’s Harry Partch-inspired "Quintext."

48. The Prince and Michael Experience with DJ Dave Paul
The ultimate tribute dance party for the angels among us, Prince and Michael Jackson. Music by DJ Dave Paul, all the way from San Francisco.

49. Punk As Folk 2018
Experience a night of switch-flipping, genre-bending musical throwdown as Silent City Productions presents the sixth annual Punk As Folk, a celebration of punk-inspired folk music and folk-inspired punk music. This year, Punk As Folk returns with a stacked lineup of real PNW folk-punk enthusiasts: Danbert Nobacon, the Bad Things, Bakelite 78, Ghost Teeth, Tsunami Piñata, and StrangeMoonShine.

50. Sugar Ray
California-bred rockers Sugar Ray will revamp their late-'80s jams.


51. Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet: The Drag Show
If the thought of young Leonardo DiCaprio shedding tears in an unbuttoned tropical shirt brings back lustful memories, you might enjoy this drag interpretation of Baz Luhrman's Romeo + Juliet, original soundtrack included.


52. Building the Left: America after the Sanders Campaign
Discover new possibilities for the left with Red May.

53. Christopher Robinson and Gavin Kovite: Deliver Us
Robinson and Kovite's satirical futurist novel takes place in Detroit, where a black activist takes on a drone-happy Amazon. Amanda Knox will moderate (according to the organizers, "her experience with controversy, competing narratives, and commitment to racial justice in the Innocence Movement will provide a framework for discussing this provocative book"), and Jack Ballard will open with a comedy set.

54. Restorative Justice Poetry Slam
The National Center for Restorative Justice, an organization that seeks to answer the question: "How do we create the space for accountability and simultaneously build relationships?" will host a free poetry slam. Share your work or just show up to listen.

55. Science Fiction to Science Fact
Drink beer and check out paintings that explore genetic engineering and the personalities of scientists. Plus, Arjun Khakhar will give a short talk on "plant synthetic biology."


56. Hawkins Snow Ball Skate Prom
Take out your retainer and swipe on some lip gloss for a roller rink recreation of the Stranger Things finale. Expect skate games, a balloon drop, and inexplicable spookiness.



57. 3rd Annual Couth Buzzard Jazz Festival
For the third year running, Couth Buzzard will throw a music festival to celebrate all that their community is thankful for: namely, jazz (and their neighborhood). Co-sponsored by Earshot Jazz, this fest offers performers like Orville Johnson, Kenny Mandell, and Julie Criswell in a varied sampling of jazz's history to enjoy over Memorial Day weekend.


58. PaizoCon 2018
Players of Paizo, Pathfinder, and Starfinder will be delighted to know that there are four whole days to meet fellow gaming enthusiasts, play exclusive games, and revel in participate in forums.


59. Turn It Down! Seattle Silent Music Festival
Over 30 Northwest DJs will spin a plethora of tunes for your unique tastes at this multi-venue silent disco festival.


60. STG & Bishop Blanchet Drama Present 'Guys and Dolls'
Bishop Blanchet high school players will dance and sing their way through Guys and Dolls. Enter the Runyonesque world of two-bit gamblers, nightclub dancers, and missionaries in Old New York.



61. Boozy Terrarium Making
Build a handmade glass terrarium filled with succulents, soil, charcoal, rocks, and moss. To get your creative juices flowing, you'll be offered a glass of craft beer or wine upon arrival (and you can buy more drinks throughout the evening, of course).


62. Burlesque Bad & Bougie Comedy
Taking on the persona of her alter ego, Sugar Brown, comedian Lanita Shera will share tantalizing tales, including her first experience as a submissive. Expect a mix of comedy, storytelling, and "urban burlesque dance."

63. Lipstick, Diane
Elena Martinez and Rachel Walls will sing musical parodies in Lipstick, and Mandy Canales, Ruth Monsoor, Tammy Nguyen, Ben Nickols, and Andrew Weiss will perform as Diane.

64. Sarcastic Voyage Theatre
This old-timey radio-inspired sketch variety show directed by Ron "AAlgar" Watt will have you sporting a tobacco pipe in no time.


65. 100th Anniversary of the Republic of Azerbaijan
To celebrate the Republic of Azerbaijan's 100th year of independence, which became the first secular parliamentary democracy in the Muslim world in 1918, enjoy live Azerbaijani music and folk dancing.

66. Seagull Calling Festival and Wings Cook-Off
In this unique Memorial Day festival that combines bird calling with chicken wing tasting, try to lure seagulls by imitating their cries (and bribing them with treats). After that, taste a variety of chicken wings made by amateur chefs for $1 a piece.


67. Tankfest
Hear the clamor of vintage tanks and artillery, see military vehicle demonstrations, play with remote control tanks, go on a scavenger hunt, listen to an educational talk, and more.


68. Dawnland
Adam Mazo and Ben Pender-Cudlip's documentary Dawnland exposes government sanctioned atrocities committed against Maine's Native Wabanaki people, including forcibly removing Wabanaki children from their homes and placing them into white communities.

69. Free Community Screening: A Fantastic Woman
Join TRANSform Washington for a free screening of Sebastián Lelio's Academy Award-winning film, A Fantastic Woman.


70. Indulge 2.0 with Verotica & Alex Lo
Touring Mexico City DJ Alex Lo will make his Seattle debut over Memorial Day weekend with a set list full of club-worthy beats.

71. 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

72. A Love Supreme with The John Hanrahan Quartet
John Hanrahan will electrify John Coltrane's 1965 A Love Supreme—an album that already has its fair share of experimental elements.

73. Love Vigilantes, She's Lost Control, Erasure-esque
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 Erasure-esque.

74. Prince vs. the TIME Tribute
Prove to yourself that Prince will never die in your heart by dancing to the pop legend's funky hits, courtesy of tribute artists Thaddeus Turner, Jason Cameron, Andrew Sea Monster, Woogie D, Mark Mattrey, Rochphizzle, Sista Melissa, the Time, and others.

75. Remembering Avicii — Celebrating His Life & Music
Pay tribute to Avicii's life and work with this evening of music dedicated to his genre, and including tracks by peer artists like Swedish House Mafia, Tiësto, Zedd, Hardwell, NERVO, Galantis, David Guetta, Calvin Harris, and Martin Solveig.

76. Talking Heads Dance Party with Life During Wartime and DJ Indica Jones
Life During Wartime and their Talking Heads dance party tribute showcase will return to Fremont with support from DJ Indica Jones.


77. Oleaje Flamenco with Alfonso Cid and Jose El Niño
Spend a passionate evening with Seattle flamenco trio Oleaje, who will welcome guest artists Alfonso Cid and Jose El Niño.

78. Pizza Mermaid and Friends! (with Sugar Plum Gary)
The tastiest mermaid around is leaving us for new watery horizons, and her friends, including Sugar Plum Gary (storyteller Emmett Montgomery), are helping to see her off. Come early to try out Emmett's "Wearable Grandpa booth."


79. The Prehistory of Renton
In addition to housing Boeing and Washington's only IKEA, Renton sits on top of remains from Duwamish Indian villages spanning the period from 1790 AD to approximately 1,700 years ago. Join local archaeologist Michael Shong as he discusses these sites, as well as more recent archaeological discoveries in Renton.



80. Seattle Mineral Market
Peruse oodles of gems, fossils, jewelry, tools, and books from lots of dealers.


81. Classic Workboat Show
Check out tugboats, fishing boats, and other aquatic vessels. Plus, hang out in a beer garden and hear "sea storytelling."



82. Pride ASIA Celebration
This all-day celebration of queer Asian culture will feature a keynote speech from Got Green's Jill Mangaliman, tunes from DJ Phenohype, live performances, and presentations.


83. All You Can Eat Pancake Brunch
Dive into an all-vegan brunch of all the funfetti pancakes (or regular or gluten-free ones) you can stuff yourself with, topped with vegan butter, grade A organic maple syrup, and blueberry compote, and vegan Field Roast maple sausage on the side, all for a cool $12.50. Get bottomless cowboy coffee for $3 with optional sugar and soy or coconut creamer. Plus, beermosas will be available for purchase.

84. Breaks n' Eggs: A Funky Brunch, Rooftop Edition
Brunch on crispy fried chicken and waffles from Nate's Wings and Waffles, with a soundtrack of hiphop old and new from Seattle DJ Cutz.


85. Afrobeat Meets Bollywood Night!
Afrobeat meets Bollywood, courtesy of DJ Nayiram and Prashant, at this "global bass dance party dedicated to unity." There will also be henna by donation, a dance lesson, and live dhol percussion.

86. Bob Dylan's Birthday Tribute Night
The throaty folk legend is turning another year old, and to celebrate, local strummers will play their favorite Dylan tunes.

87. Gothic Seattle Pageant
Far from a traditional pageant based on looks and smiling abilities, Gothic Seattle will seek new representatives with "strong leadership skills and the time, desire, and temperament that goes along with active volunteering." The evening's MCs include John Millward (aka Monsignor), and Daemon Chadeau.

88. The Hawkins Snow Ball '84: The Upside-Down Edition
Immerse yourself in the finale set of your favorite TV show with this '80s-themed prom decked out with a photo booth, balloons, classic dance tracks, a disco ball, and more. Dress up in your best retro prom outfit (or best Stranger Things costume) and come dance all night, or at least until the Mind-Flayer comes for us all.

89. Kansas
Forty years have passed since the '70s Kansas classic Leftoverture, so, natch, they're back to revamp the glory of its release as well as all their other rock hits.

90. Rise Up: A Tribute to the Music of Hamilton
Rise Up, an ensemble of top Seattle vocalists and musicians, will perform songs from the award-winning musical that various members of your extended family have seen four times, Hamilton!

91. Slither 'n' Bass
Does your cross-section of interests include Harry Potter, EDM and DNB raves, and college neighborhood dive bars? If so, good news, this Harry Potter-themed rave at the Blue Moon is perfectly tailored for you. The current DJ lineup includes Quadrant & Iris, Jimni Cricket, DJ Doughboy * Ian K, and Kid Amiga.

92. Susquatch 3
Can't make to the Gorge for Sasquatch! Music Festival? Opt for an alternative night of loud rock and pop punk with Kihalás, Line of Flight, Procedure, PINK BOA, Fleetwood Snack, Vacationeer, Tax Evader, Sour Notes, and Thee Effluvium.


93. Bats in the Belltown: A Dark Cabaret
Skulk into Belltown for a goth variety and burlesque show, featuring the talents of Isabella L. Price, T'Audrey Explosion, Dulce D'Jour, Lexi Angel Royale, Russell, Roberre Royale, Little Bear, and other local performers. Bring along your gently used clothing to contribute to Queer and Trans Clothing Exchange Seattle's donation bin.

Locally notorious "sex clown" Maggie McMuffin and "dread-filled harlequin vamp" Spooky Boop will host a retro show, complete with deluxe photobooth and face-painting plus Maxx Destrukt.


95. James Pogue: Chosen Country
After being granted access to the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, James Pogue witnessed the fallout of communities divided by politics and religion. Hear more about his experience as he shares his book Chosen Country.


96. Sandlot Ticket Special
The classic kid baseball movie The Sandlot has been around for 25 years. While the Seattle Mariners play the Minnesota Twins, take advantage of a Sandlot special to get a t-shirt and access to a post-game screening of the film. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of King County.