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MONDAYREADINGS & TALKS
Chloe Schwenke: Self-ish
Chloe Schwenke, named Stephen Schwenke by her parents, was sent to military school as a teen to "man up." Despite an international career as a human rights activist, she suffered from depression until accepting herself as a woman. Here, she'll reveal glimpses into her life and journey.
Kissing Like Babies
Like all babies in their original state, Cherdonna is naked in this show. Yes, she has a baby bonnet on sometimes, and yes, shoes, but other than that? Nothing. The Genius Award-winning choreographer is tackling themes like the infantilization of women and the sexualization of girls in our patriarchal society, and she does it with an oversized baby bottle, backup dancers in baby doll dresses and bows, and a live marching band. This work is funny and vivid and disturbing—like life itself. CHRISTOPHER FRIZZELLE
Down to Clown
Tatiana Gill, the creator of Wombgenda, shows art from her newest graphic tome, Down to Clown. Visitors have surrounded her pieces with colored pages of their own.
Seattle on the Spot: The Photographs of Al Smith
According to Al Smith's 2008 obituary in the Seattle Times, Smith never considered himself a professional photographer. But his photographs of the Central District, jazz clubs, and African American community in Seattle number in the tens of thousands, and their quality, depth, and breadth are unparalleled. In particular, his documentation of the Jackson Street jazz scene has helped preserve memories of a relatively fleeting but culturally formative time in our city's history.
Bill Nye: Science Guy
The man who made your middle school science class bearable with his unbridled enthusiasm for scientific thinking is now the CEO of the Planetary Society, where he's working on launching a solar-powered spacecraft. In this film, which will be presented today as part of the Meaningful Movies series, the scientist puts down the beaker to "take on those who deny climate change, evolution, and a science-based world view."
Trixie Mattel: Moving Parts
Trixie Mattel once said that all her jokes are cries for help. If that's true, the poor girl needs an intervention. The drag queen and most recent winner of RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars has built an empire on morbid and strange drag humor, racking up impressive accolades inside and outside the cult of RuPaul, like a TV show on Viceland, a top-selling country album, and a sell-out tour with music from said country album. Mattel, a small-town clown from Wisconsin, has become the gay world's popular girl. Get your tickets now if they're still available. CHASE BURNS
Ellen Forney: Rock Steady
The Offbeat Bride (Ariel Meadow Stallings) will continue her book club series with special guest Ellen Forney. Forney's wonderful cartoons have enhanced The Stranger's pages for years. Her new book, Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice from My Bipolar Life, "serves as a practical (and extremely useful) follow-up to Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me, her memoir about being diagnosed with bipolar disorder," according to Rich Smith.
According to Heller, sci-fi had an important role in the smashing of social conventions and the rise of hedonism in the 1960s. Tonight, he'll discuss his book Strange Stars: David Bowie, Pop Music, and the Decade Sci-Fi Exploded.
Ken Auletta: Frenemies
After a lot of utopian speculation about the democratization of expression and representation, it seems clear that the true purpose of the internet was to refine the accuracy of advertising targeting metrics. An unforeseen consequence is that, thanks to Google and Facebook, the ad biz—and therefore all forms of media, clinging to its ravaged skin like remora—is now subject to the monopoly capitalism in a way it never was before. After more than 25 years reporting on media for the New Yorker, Ken Auletta (author of the indispensable Googled) is precisely the writer to read on this subject. In place of theory, conjecture, and paranoia (widely available on the very same internet), Auletta offers hard reporting from a wealth of inside sources from the industries being most dramatically affected. His new book, Frenemies: The Epic Disruption of the Ad Business (and Everything Else), examines the obsolescent panic in the advertising industry as (big) data transforms what was once laughingly considered an art form into a science. SEAN NELSON
Leni Zumas and Tiffany Hankins with Megan Burbank: Red Clocks and Reproductive Rights
Late in May, the president imposed a gag order on health-care providers who work in clinics that receive federal funding. The new rule "strictly limits the circumstances under which a health provider could advise a woman about abortion options," according to the New York Times, and comes "straight out of The Handmaid’s Tale,” according to Planned Parenthood. Trump's decision is one of several recent assaults on women's rights, and it's hard to think of a better group of people to talk about these issues than Leni Zumas (author of the dystopian feminist novel Red Clocks), Tiffany Hankins of NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, and Megan Burbank of the Seattle Times. Burbank will moderate the conversation following a reading of Zumas's book, which Burbank lauds for "showing the reality of being biologically capable of making a person, and how that's something burdensome and complicated and sometimes great but ultimately too nuanced and personal to ever be understood by the vast majority of the people trying to legislate it." RICH SMITH
Salon of Shame
Writing that makes you cringe ("middle school diaries, high school poetry, unsent letters") is read aloud with unapologetic hilarity at the Salon of Shame.
Seattle International Dance Festival
For 16 days, dancers from around the world (and some local stars) will perform in indoor and outdoor venues. Some events will be free and all-ages. In general, the focus is on innovation and diversity—expect to be inspired and occasionally unnerved.
Is there a better musical about poverty, resistance, and police overreach than Les Misérables? Is there a better song about unrequited love than “On My Own,” the number Eponine sings while walking through Paris? Is there a more vivid, sexed-up cheapskate than Thenardier? (Okay, maybe Trump. But at least Thenardier has a sense of humor about his awfulness.) Les Misérables is one of the undefeated musicals of our time. Yes, it’s a bit treacly, and, yes, it’s very Christian, but it still works, and it’s more stirring as a live performance than as a movie. CHRISTOPHER FRIZZELLE
An adaptation of the Shakespeare play that dare not speak its name inside a theater, Erica Schmidt’s reimagining grows out of high-school students discovering the text after school and gradually coming to inhabit the characters, language, and grisly thematic deathscape. Macbeth is all about the toxicity of ambition, a moral framework that is always valuable to revisit. It’s also rare among Shakespeare's plays in that the female lead is actually the best part in the whole show by a mile. It’s intriguing to think of what an all-female cast will make of both the work itself and the act of claiming it. SEAN NELSON
Until the Flood
To create this one-act solo show about the shooting of Michael Brown, theater-maker Dael Orlandersmith conducted hours of interviews with 60 to 80 citizens of Ferguson, Missouri. "I let them talk, I let them talk," Orlandersmith said in an interview to Milwaukee Rep. What emerged from those conversations is this collection of powerful recollections, one that ultimately demands the end of the slaughter of black men in the streets of St. Louis and everywhere else, and one that offers some practical solutions for how we might best accomplish that goal. If you've never seen Orlandersmith perform, you should know she wields a no-nonsense delivery that pins you to your chair and forces you to listen. Get ready. RICH SMITH
WEDNESDAYFOOD & DRINK
Author Event: Summer Campout Dinner with The Campout Cookbook
One of the best parts of camping is sitting around the fire and scarfing down a hearty repast—being outside all day just has a way of making everything taste better. Imagine, then, how extraordinary the food would taste if it weren’t a dubious freeze-dried stew or packet of trail mix, but instead a smoky wood-fired skillet pizza, fire-roasted vegetables, or a dark-chocolate raspberry caramel s’more. Such is the premise behind Marnie Hanel and Jen Stevenson’s new The Campout Cookbook, which features nourishing meals designed to be eaten under the stars. Hanel and Stevenson will join food blogger Ashley Rodriguez of Not Without Salt for a night of stories and “elevated camp fare” shared around the campfire, and you won’t even actually have to go camping. JULIANNE BELL
Angela Garbes with Lindy West: A Feminist Journey Through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy
One of the finest writers who ever worked at this newspaper, Garbes (author of “The More I Learn About Breast Milk, the More Amazed I Am,” the 2015 story that broke our website’s traffic records) presents her first book, an investigative reflection on an aspect of childbirth that receives surprisingly little attention from the medical establishment or the baby book publishing industry: The mental and physical health of the mother. "Your OB will cautiously quote statistics; online sources will scare you with conflicting and often inaccurate information; and even the most trusted books will offer information with a heavy dose of judgment. To educate herself, the food and culture writer embarked on an intensive journey of exploration, diving into the scientific mysteries and cultural myths that surround motherhood to find answers to her questions that had only previously been given through a lens of what women ought to do-instead of allowing them the freedom to choose the right path themselves." SEAN NELSON
Michael Eric Dyson: What Truth Sounds Like
Michael Eric Dyson, sociology professor at Georgetown and author of Tears We Cannot Stop, will present his new book What Truth Sounds Like. It's about the 1963 meeting between AG Robert Kennedy, James Baldwin, playwright Lorraine Hansberry, psychologist Kenneth Clark, and activist Jerome Smith. Complex questions arose, and Dyson relates them to Black Lives Matter's complications today: "BLM has been accused of harboring a covert queer agenda. The immigrant experience, like that of Kennedy versus the racial experience of Baldwin is a cudgel to excoriate black folk for lacking hustle and ingenuity. The questioning of whether folk who are interracially partnered can authentically communicate black interests persists. And we grapple still with the responsibility of black intellectuals and artists to bring about social change."
Moss: Volume Three Release Party
The four-year-old, PNW-focused indie literary journal will throw a party for its third volume collection with alcoholic drinks, snacks, and readers. Past contributors have included Leni Zumas, Nikkita Oliver, The Stranger's Rich Smith, Shankar Narayan, Elissa Washuta, Anca Szilágyi, and many other very talented Seattleites.
Tommy Orange: There There
Literary writers with good taste keep telling me that Tommy Orange is the next big thing, and all the early reviewers seem to agree. Publishers Weekly gave There There a star and called it a "commanding debut." Kirkus also gave it a star and called it "astonishingly wide-ranging." The story follows 12 different Native American characters en route to California for the Big Oakland Powwow. Reviewers point out that the novel's diverse array of contemporary characters goes some way in resisting the genocidal notion that Native Americans live only in the past, while also acknowledging that the past haunts the holy fuck out of each and every one of us. Though it sounds like one of those books whose chief pleasures lie in the intersectional story lines, nearly every reviewer mentions Orange's fast-paced storytelling and poignant prose. RICH SMITH
These works by Central and South American artists are constructed from humble materials—from dust cloths to soda cans to lottery tickets—to make sculptural poetry shaped by social, resistance-related, and religious themes. The artists include Cildo Meireles and Sonia Gomes, who began their careers under Brazilian dictatorship in the 1960s; Fritzia Irízar of Mexico, a conceptual artist; and many others.
Marita Dingus, Troy Gua, Tariqa Waters, and Jennifer Zwick—diverse and well-established artists and sculptors around Seattle—show unconventional takes on the portrait.
Suffer for Beauty: Women's History Revealed Through Undergarments
Women have struggled in and out of figure-shaping undergarments since ancient times. (In the Iliad, Aphrodite passes her girdle to Hera and says, “Take this girdle wherein all my charms reside and lay it in your bosom.”) Suffer for Beauty covers 90 years of undergarments and includes everything from wire bustles to restrictive bodices, pregnancy corsets to pointed bras. One of the displays features the Mark Eden bust developer, which co-curator Patricia Cosgrove tracked down to include in the show. As a teenager, Patricia ordered one of the pink spring-loaded clamshells, heavily advertised in the 1960s, to help her bust line go “from the average or below average to a richer fuller development.” I didn’t ask Patricia about her bust size, but I do know that Mark Eden was eventually shut down by the USPS for mail fraud. KATIE KURTZ
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Book-It Repertory Theatre will lend flesh and blood to an adaptation of Oscar Wilde's once-shocking, still creepy Victorian novel about a handsome but ruthless man whose debaucheries and degradations only cause his portrait, not his own body, to age. Chip Sherman (the Rep's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings) will star in this "gay suspense" play.
Ray Tagavilla will star in an Eastwood-esque tribute to the Western, in which an ace shooter arrives in the town of Sauget to defend a farmer accused of "eco-terrorism." Paul Budraitis will direct a production that's paired with Chef Erin Brindley's four-course meal.
Capitol Hill Art Walk
Every second Thursday, rain or shine, the streets of Capitol Hill are filled with tipsy art lovers checking out galleries and special events. In June, the PrideFest edition, check out Hate Pissing Alone and In Residence: Video Poetry Pop-up.
The Kevin Hart Irresponsible Tour
He’s pretty much rocketed past the "blowing up" stage of his career into bonafide super stardom, with a fruitful film career and a stand-up that’s earned him comparisons to Raw-era Eddie Murphy, though Hart’s self-deprecating humor is informed by his own unique racial, physical, and familial experiences (his stories about and impressions of his crackhead dad are fucking priceless hilarity). He’s trying out new material on his Irresponsible Tour, and apparently it’s going well; it started in September of last year, and after selling out nearly every date, he added 100 more in January. LEILANI POLK
Author Talk: How to Eat a Peach by Diana Henry
When she was 16, British food writer Diana Henry created a book in which she scribbled down all the meals she wanted to cook, and to this day, crafting menus remains her favorite part of cooking. Her new book, How to Eat a Peach, which is organized into three-course meals according to the seasons, is all about that glorious curatorial impulse and the transportative, evocative powers of a well-composed menu. At this talk with local author Tara Austen Weaver, Henry's first-ever appearance in Seattle, she’ll discuss her cookbooks, food writing, and what goes into the perfect menu, and guests can try a bite from the book. (Not to give away any surprises, but her answer to the book’s title is “soaked in a glass of Moscato.”) JULIANNE BELL
Fredrik Backman: Us Against You
The Swedish author of the bestsellers A Man Called Ove and My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry will read from Us Against You, a novel about a town's increasingly ominous conflict over two hockey teams.
Americans Interned: A Family's Story of Social Injustice
Executive Order 9066 authorized the expulsion of Japanese Americans from the West Coast during the Second World War. Two artists, Chris and Jan Hopkins, tell the stories of some of those harmed by this human rights violation through art.
Brown Derby Series: Dirty Dancing
Earlier this year, Sean Nelson wrote: "You know how the nature and velocity of time have radically changed in the past few years? Okay, great! It shouldn’t surprise you, then, to learn that Ian Bell’s Brown Derby is now in its 20th year of serving up excellent local actors doing live staged readings of beloved (for good and ill) screenplays. I have attended many of these shows, and even minimally participated in one (Heathers, NBD) at least 15 years (or was it a thousand centuries?) ago, and never failed to be impressed and delighted by how much hilarious business the company manages to squeeze out of the washcloth." The latest exploit by Ian Bell and friends will be an adaptation of Dirty Dancing.
How I Learned to Drive
Paula Vogel won the Pulitzer Prize for this intense drama about trauma, manipulation, and freedom. Li'l Bit is our narrator, guiding us through memories of her scarred childhood and adolescence. The title refers to her driving lessons with Uncle Peck, a monstrous yet pathetic (and believable) man who molests her over the years with his wife's knowledge. Winding through past and present scenes, Li'l Bit makes us understand how her personality was warped by these atrocious acts—yet how Uncle Peck paradoxically gave her the tools to free herself.
Double Exposure: Edward S. Curtis, Marianne Nicolson, Tracy Rector, Will Wilson
In the late 19th and early 20th century, ethnologist Edward R. Curtis took more than 40,000 photographs of members of more than 80 indigenous North American tribes. Today, it's a controversial body of work due to the romanticized white gaze Curtis imposed on his subjects. In Double Exposure, the Seattle Art Museum follows a precedent set by the Portland Art Museum of hosting Curtis's photographs alongside three contemporary indigenous artists who respond to that gaze: Dzawada̱’enux̱w linguist and installation artist Marianne Nicolson, Seminole/Choctaw filmmaker Tracy Rector, and Navajo/Diné photographer Will Wilson, whose large-scale tintypes speak to the audience through an app that plays video content of the subjects. EMILY POTHAST
'Incredibles 2' Opening
It has been 14 years since The Incredibles showed up to provide the first hint of mirth in the world after George W. Bush’s re-election. (Was it only my imagination or was Mr. Incredible’s character design an idealization of John Kerry?) No one needs to be reminded that the world is ripe for the return of the Parrs—both because a supervillain is once again in charge of the country, and because the past decade has seen all of Hollywood transformed into a comics superhero delivery system, which bodes well for writer/director Brad Bird’s signature ability to bend the vernacular into moving and memorable art. SEAN NELSON
Sara Porkalob's family saga, as seen in Madame Dragon and Dragon Lady, will continue with the story of Porkalob's mother Maria, seeking friends of color and queer love in Bremerton, WA. Considering Porkalob's prominence and talent as a performer and director, this may be your chance to catch the genesis of a show that will grow on other stages.
Practical Questions of Wholeness
It is impossible to forget the moment local singer and actor Felicia Loud entered the soul of mid-century jazz singer Billie Holiday in 2005 at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. It was amazing and deeply haunting. She resurrected a Holiday who is at the end of her life and performing in a small club, Emerson's Bar and Grill in South Philadelphia. Her liver is done with her. Her voice is broken. But Loud convincingly captured and expressed the aristocratic essence of the fallen American queen. This grace-in-the-gutter was, of course, the whole meaning of Lanie Robertson’s play Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, now one half of the double bill Practical Questions of Wholeness (the other half is Hedwig and the Angry Inch). Loud, who reprised the role in 2009 at the Erickson Theatre Off Broadway, got it perfectly right. In the latest adaptation, Loud is directed by the talented Valerie Curtis-Newton. CHARLES MUDEDE
Drag disasters Irene Dubois and Strawberry Shartcake promise "drag at its filthiest, most vile, disgustingly twisted best," along with Baby Guuurl, Jade Dynasty, SHE, and Terrie Belle. How dirty will it get? They're laying down a tarp.
Next Step: Outside In
The Pacific Northwest Ballet's annual showcase of new dance works will spread outside onto Seattle Center's yards. Outdoor performances are free to view, while indoor dances afterwards are $25. The NEXT STEP's choreographers this year are Guillaume Basso, Nancy Casciano, Christopher d’Ariano, Cecilia Iliesiu, and Amanda Morgan, and the program also includes pieces by Donald Byrd, Miles Pertl, and Bruno Roque, as well as Noelani Pantastico’s Picnic. Stay on for a dance party with Purple Lemonade Collective.
Looking Back at Forward Thrust: A Community Conversation Hosted by Shaun Scott
A little history lesson: Activist Jim Ellis pushed for civic change with a number of ballot initiatives called Forward Thrust from 1968 to 1970, and that's partly why we have so many lovely parks, pools, and playgrounds. Historian Shaun Scott invites you to revisit Forward Thrust in the light of the city's new needs, especially in terms of mass transit, at this Town Hall-sponsored conversation series.
The Last Starfighter
The idea that video games could be used as a recruitment tool by an alien race on the lookout for human teenage boys to help them fight off predators was ahead of its time, as was this cult 1984 sci-fi action comedy film, which featured the earliest examples of CGI known to cinema. How they’re going to make it work as a stage play is a pretty rich mystery, but if your affection for the movie runs as deep as it usually does (if you’ve heard of it, odds are it’s pretty special to you, as it was not a big hit at the time), it’s probably worth a trip to the Eastside to find out. SEAN NELSON
Transfigurate, the final performance in Whim W'Him's 2017–2018 season, will boast three new works by Danielle Agami (formerly of Batsheva), Pascal Touzeau (ex-Ballet Frankfurt), and, as always, Whim W'Him's artistic director Olivier Wevers.
Juventino Aranda: Pocket Full of Posies
As Kanye West demonstrated by tweeting a photo of himself wearing one, a red MAGA hat is no mere political artifact; it's a potently charged totem, both symptomatic and symbolic of America's deeply racist past and present. In a recent show at Greg Kucera Gallery, Juventino Aranda exhibited a painted cast bronze version of the MAGA hat with all the words removed except "GREAT," imbuing it with a tragicomic sense of resignation. The child of Mexican immigrants, Aranda marries the activist spirit of Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta with a cool, conceptual post-minimalism to explore how ideology is communicated visually. Pocket Full of Posies is his first museum show. EMILY POTHAST
Lore Re-Imagined: Shadows of Our Ancestors
Curator Chieko Phillips has brought together three artists who make work that engages the cultural traditions of previous generations. Satpreet Kahlon uses embroidery and textile techniques passed down by her mother and grandmother to create soft works with strong critical subtexts. Seattle-born artist Alex Anderson studied ceramics in Jingdezhen and Hangzhou, China, and currently lives and works in LA, making work that probes the moral and physical decay lurking behind seemingly flawless facades. Also known as a photographer, Megumi Shauna Arai's Unnamed Lake uses the Japanese hand-stitched embroidery technique of sashiko to reflect on the physical, mental, and emotional implications of the act of mending. EMILY POTHAST
Martha Friedman: Castoffs
Martha Friedman is a master of uneasy forms, using tubing and cement to evoke a distorted, blobby version of the male body. In contrast, little glass-blown fingers reference both erotic acts and "Egyptian two-finger amulets that were placed at the site of incision after embalming to protect the integrity of the body in the afterlife." You may feel both fascination and an icky, quasi-sexual discomfort at the site of these strange forms. JOULE ZELMAN
According to Emily Pothast: "A UW School of Art tradition for over a decade, Strange Coupling pairs up working artists with current UW students to create collaborative artworks and community connections." This year's artists include Christopher Paul Jordan + Adrian Gomez, coley mixan + Hannah Moujing, Elby Brosch + Koi Nil, George Lee + Amy Wang, Hongzhe (Benji) Liang + Nadine Marie Emmons, Mackenzie Waller + Connor Walden, Mary Ann Peters + Isabela Noriega, and Quenton Baker + Yabsira Wolde. What a lineup!
Best of SIFF
Missed Seattle International Film Festival audience favorites? They’ll be screened again, along with the award winners.
13th Annual Washington Brewers Festival
Maximizers who thrive when presented with a dizzying array of choices should enjoy this festival from the Washington Beer Commission, which will offer 500 beers from more than 100 Washington brewers. Besides beer, there’s also a specialty root-beer garden for designated drivers and the 21-and-younger crowd to enjoy, plus 17 food vendors, including excellent handmade tamales from Frelard Tamales, local-beer-battered, London-style fish and chips from Nosh Food Truck, New Orleans soul food from Where Ya at Matt, and mouth-watering smoked meats from Wood Shop BBQ, not to mention a kids' playground and music and entertainment all weekend. JULIANNE BELL
House of Sueños
Meme Garcia's House of Sueños uses Hamlet to explore her relationships with her mentally ill sister and others in her life. To quote Rich Smith: "Playing herself, Hamlet, Ophelia, the sister she feels like she’s wronged, and the abusive ex-boyfriend who wronged her, Garcia sits onstage in a basement and sifts through 60 years of artifacts left behind by her recently departed grandparents."
NW New Works Festival
For two weekends every year in June, On the Boards transforms into an open studio for the most gifted theater-makers, dancers, and performance artists in the region. Some of the more promising works-in-progress this year include a new piece by hilarious Portland-based dancer Allie Hankins, a solo show about "a daughter’s quest to know her deceased mother and the plastic surgeon who killed her" by Seattle comedian Susan Lieu, an interrogation of the "Western gender binary" from the perspective of Yoruba deities by Seattle's Kiana Harris, a deep dive into "pleasure and shame" by Canada's Pam Tzeng, a weirde treatment of an old witch story by local production company The Horse in Motion, and a multimedia meditation on coincidence by Rainbow Fletcher. All performances are approximately twenty minutes long, and it's fun to try to figure out which of the shows is going to take the world by storm in the coming years. RICH SMITH
When We Were Young and Unafraid
Sarah Treem's When We were Young and Unafraid is based on the historical "safe houses" on Whidbey Island, which served as refuge for women fleeing from abuse in the early 1970s, before Roe v. Wade or the Violence against Women Act. When Agnes, an owner of a safe house, takes in a runaway named Mary Anne and begins to worry about her influence on her college-bound daughter Penny, she's forced to deal with her own internalized misogyny.
Long Shot 2018: Pop-Up Exhibit & Party
On June 16, one image from every person who participated in the 24-hour photo shoot contest Long Shot on June 9 (for which anyone around the world could take photos and submit them) will be exhibited at a pop-up gallery. In exchange for a donation, take home an image by a local image-snapper. The theme of this year's exhibit is "Chase the Light."
If you remember, Dane Cook was hugely popular (and divisive) in the first decade or so of the 2000s. If you dig dudebro humor, you might want to shell out for the tickets.
Emily Heller: Live Comedy Special Taping
A writer on the hit new show Barry and a host of the podcast Baby Geniuses, Heller will deliver her jokes in person to a crowd of Seattleites. The organizers add: "She’s trying to go for that Wonder Woman thing where they got a bunch of publicity for not letting men in. That kind of press would really be great. However, this is in no way enforceable, and she won’t actually be able to stop men from coming in because she can’t afford to get sued like the Wonder Woman people did."
Hot Takes with Hot Dykez
"Cool, real, lezbian comedy couple" Val Nigro and Clara Pluto run this podcast out of Hollow Earth Radio, and they've attracted positive press from City Arts and performed at the Dyke March and Intersections Festival. This time, they'll perform with a kickin' lineup of queer stand-up artists, including Ruth Blinderman, Finn Cottom, Max Delsohn, Monisa Brown, and Corina Lucas.
Kathy Griffin: Laugh Your Head Off World Tour
Before May of 2017, Kathy Griffin was, by her own admission, a “D-list” comedian. A successful D-list comedian, with a 30-plus-year career to her name, but, still, she was more likely to be seen commenting on red-carpet events than be invited to them herself. Then came The Incident, when she posed for a photo with a likeness of Donald Trump’s severed head, and in a moment, she went from comedian to pariah. After months of canceled shows (and even a federal investigation), Griffin is back on tour and will be severing Trump’s head (metaphorically speaking, of course) when she comes to Seattle. KATIE HERZOG
While wine tasting is often thought of as a destination activity, relegated to weekend trips to Woodinville or eastern Washington, Seattle is lucky to host a coterie of urban wineries within its city limits. The second edition of this annual festival will feature tastings from over 20 Seattle-based wineries, including Aluel Cellars, Cloudlift Cellars, Elsom Cellars, Nine Hats Wines, and more, plus music and street food. JULIANNE BELL
On Cinema Live!
Tim Heidecker and Gregg Turkington will converse about movies onstage in a live recording of their On Cinema at the Cinema show.
Seattle Women's Pride
Of the 2016 Seattle Women's Pride, Stranger contributor Matt Baume wrote: "VIP tickets are super reasonable and get you a meet and greet, a swag bag, and priority entrance like you're the most important lesbian in Seattle, which you very well may be." At this year's event, expect two open levels of gathering space with a no-host bar, a comedy show with Julie Goldman, a dance party with local DJs, and an award ceremony honoring Aleksa Manila, Lifelong, and Tina Podlodowski. The theme is "TIME'S UP," and as such, a portion of proceeds will be donated to the TIME'S UP Legal Defense Fund.
Ulysses Bloomsday Staged Reading
Calling Irish literature nerds: What are you doing for Bloomsday? If you haven't made plans yet to mark the date on which James Joyce's mammoth novel Ulysses takes place, during which the protagonist Leopold Bloom travels picaresquely through Dublin, don't sweat it. This year’s reading picks up from last year's with Chapter 8, “Lestrygonians,” and Chapter 9, “Scylla and Charybdis.” Whether you've read the great 20th-century classic or not, this is a great way to commune in love for the possibilities of the English language. (We're not sure we should add this, but apparently Joyce set the book on June 16 to commemorate a particularly significant real-life handjob. Just so you know what you're celebrating.)
Get the maximum amount of instruction from Hugo House's excellent prose writers and poets at this annual event featuring six hours of hourlong mini-workshops and talks.
Fremont Solstice Fair
Let that free spirit fill you with whatever Fremont people are into at the annual Fremont Solstice Fair, a massive outdoor urban festival filled fit to bust with hippies, families, foodies, and artists. It's primarily known for the parade, featuring elaborately painted (and sometimes just wild 'n' free) nude bicyclists, but also offers tons of food, crafts, activities, performances, great people-watching, and a beer garden.
Evan J. Peterson and Heather Bartels curate this film and community education series that examines the role of women and minorities in horror films. Have a drink and watch Cruising, William Friedkin (The Exorcist)'s thriller starring Al Pacino as an undercover cop chasing a serial killer in San Francisco's gay BDSM community.
VOYEUR Presents: Bigger Than life
The VOYEUR outré cinema club presents a great film by the director of Rebel Without a Cause, Nicholas Ray, about a man (James Mason!) with a terminal illness whose experimental drug treatment turns him into a danger to his wife and child. VOYEUR says: "Initially panned upon its release in 1956, Nicholas Ray’s ominous expressionist melodrama [...] later garnered high praise from the critics of the Cahiers du Cinema, solidifying Nicholas Ray’s place among the great American auteurs."
Chef Dinner Series Vol. XXXVIII: Family Meal
Before they officially close on June 30, craft cocktail bar E. Smith Mercantile will throw one last family meal, featuring "good eats & strong drinks with a healthy slap of hospitality," with cocktail or mocktail pairings by the Lady Bartender.
Dita von Teese and the Copper Coupe
Probably the most famous burlesque dancer alive, Dita Von Teese will take her sexy and luxurious act to Seattle. See her curl up in a giant cocktail glass, get showered with more than 1000 pearl balloons while dancing in a giant seashell, and slink around in leather and Swarovski crystals.