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1. Emo Night LA: Emo Nite
Bring back the early-mid 2000's with your deep passion for gauged ears, flat-ironed hair, and Pete Wentz's smirk. Emo Nite, presented by Emo Night LA, is the new sensation of reliving your MySpace glory in the form of a high-energy, passionately emo DJ night.
2. Chain Letter: The Cruelest Summer
Chain Letter, a recurring Capitol Hill-based reading and performance series "where the curated become the curators," will feature Alex Bleecker, Eveline Müller, Nica Selvaggio, and Graham Isaac, followed as always by an open mic.
3. Climbing the Seven Summits
David Mauro is not a lifelong climber; he started at the age of 44. In his book The Altitude Journals, he relates his summit of Everest at the age of 50. Hear excerpts from the book, with "stunning photos, GoPro footage, and lively audience interaction" also promised.
4. Harry Potter 20th Anniversary Party
It's been two decades since J.K. Rowling brought to life a gaggle of witches and wizards navigating spells and evil lords alongside mortal matters like young love and friendship. Celebrate the anniversary of the venerable fantasy series with games and activities (including house sorting), a photo booth, and trivia.
5. Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl: Rad Girls Can
Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl, two contributing authors of a series of stories and art about inspiring women under 20, will share their latest work.
6. Massacred for Gold: The Chinese in Hells Canyon
R. Gregory Nokes will relate the story of an 1887 massacre of Chinese mine workers in Hells Canyon, Oregon.
7. Tales from the Trail: Traversing Alaska
Hear about one woman's 1,250-mile solo "bikepacking" and "packrafting" loop through Alaska.
8. Science and a Movie: Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
For this installment of Science and a Movie, get inspired by the Disney classic Honey I Shrunk the Kids before hearing about the value of pursuing innovative science experiments from a young age with UW chemical scientist Rae Eaton.
Natalie Copeland's sprightly play, showing off-nights, takes place at Camp Dusty Tread, a camp for Mars Rover robots headed by Spirit and Opportunity. With music by Aaron J. Shay.
10. Kerry Tribe: Standardized Patient
A Standardized Patient (SP) is an actor who embodies physical and mental symptoms for trainee doctors, staying in character throughout the sessions. Kerry Tribe's exhibition, commissioned by the SF MoMA, is based on extensive research with "professional clinicians, communication experts, and SPs" at Stanford Medical School and the University of Southern California. A video screen shows SPs interacting with medical students, juxtaposed with a supporting materials given to the actors and fledgeling doctors.
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11. Fridtjof Nansen
Learn about the amazing life (and gaze upon the perfect mustache) of Fridtjof Nansen, an oceanographer, North Pole explorer (although he didn't actually reach it), politician, and League of Nations High Commissioner for Refugees at this exhibit. One of his great accomplishments was resettling people rendered stateless in the aftermath of World War I with a "Nansen passport."
12. Evening Zoo
The zoo will stay open a little later so you can explore exhibits like the Molbak’s Butterfly Garden, the Tropical Rain Forest, and the Willawong Station without the sun beating down on your face. Plus, enjoy special presentations and discovery stations in the North Meadow. There will also be a beer and wine garden.
13. Seafair Meet the Fleet BBQ Cruise
Welcome the Navy and Coast Guard fleet and their vessels to Seattle on this three-hour BBQ buffet cruise along Elliott Bay.
14. An Evening at the Shop
Try complimentary snacks and specialty cocktails while you learn about the mission and goals of Street Bean Coffee, a coffee roaster that helps homeless youth find employment by providing apprenticeship and training opportunities.
15. Ice Cream-filled Doughnuts + Cold Beer
Ice cream and doughnuts are rapidly taking over the Seattle food landscape, and at this new pop-up, Side Hustle Doughnuts will bring the city's obsessions together by serving doughnuts filled with ice cream. This evening will feature doughnuts filled with vanilla ice cream to create new versions of strawberry shortcake, dulce de leche, and cookies and cream.
16. National Spider-Man Day
Fans are invited to celebrate Marvel's beloved arachnid hero by dressing up as their favorite Spider-Man character and taking a selfie with "Seattle's friendly neighborhood Spider-Man," exploring the world of Peter Parker, and taking home a cool poster.
17. Seattle Drunken Science Night
Engage in all the things you never got to do in your high school science class, like blow things up, levitate metal, and shatter objects with liquid nitrogen, and enjoy boozy beverages all the while.
18. Skinny Dip Presents: Geekgasm 5.0
Embrace the geekiest parts of your personality as you take in niche dance performances from artists like Carly Aniluk, Chelsea Danielle, Michelle Poston, Sirens of the Sound belly dancers, and many others.
19. 70's Disco PRIDE SKATE
Feather your hair and slip into a pair of sparkly pants at this queer skate night. Baby ketten karaoke will set up at the bar so you can belt your favorite tunes.
21. Assembly Literary Open Mic: One Year Anniversary!
The Assembly open mic will celebrate one year of short reads with five-minute slots for writers, cake, balloons, and a raffle (bring cash). They organizers add, "No comedy. No musical acts. No theatrics. No slam poetry. No rehearsed pieces." Bring a book to swap.
22. Joanna Luloff: Remind Me Again What Happened
In Joanna Luloff's latest book, Remind Me Again What Happened, a woman named Claire wakes in a hospital room in the Florida Keys without any recollection of how she got there or who she is. She's forced to gradually piece her life back together from photos and letters collected by her husband, Charlie.
23. Journey to Justice Launch Event
From August to September, 11 young people will bike from Seattle to San Diego in the name of the Citizenship for All campaign. Join the Journey to Justice riders at this launch party, which promises speeches from congresswoman Pramila Jayapal and other local community organizers, as well as young immigrants both with and without citizenship.
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24. Sacrificial Tofu
Sweetly dark-humored ex-Mormon comedian Bobby Higley will bartend AND host a competitive show with the aid of co-producer Lucy Tollefson.
Candace E. Behuniak imitates the great artists of history—with cats! Meet Madame Catisse, Cinq Chats Danses Rouges, and Les Fauves.
26. CA$H 4 GOLD
Jazz Mom and friends will display found objects, assemblage, and collage.
28. Wine & Art Happy Hour
Sip five-dollar pours from Hand of God Wines and Eleven Winery while you learn to watercolor like a pro.
29. Zucchini 500!
Summer squash are delicious for eating, but their aerodynamic shape also renders them ideal for racing. Make a car out of a zucchini and send it down a track for some fun.
30. The Last Starfighter (1984)
The Last Starfighter—inspired by the retro video game Space Invaders—follows a video game expert who finds himself transported to another planet and recruited to join a "real team of starfighters." Enjoy free drinks and snacks while you watch the film.
31. Ice Cream Thursdae Vol. 19
Peruse art from Marina Morales, Maribel Galvan and Raychelle Duazo; listen to beats from DJ Freequeensee; and inhale Filipino-inspired handmade dumplings from That Dumpling Dough.
33. The Geeky Cauldron: A Harry Potter Quiz
In honor of Harry Potter's 38th birthday (yes, he would be that old), let the people know how much knowledge you possess about J.K. Rowling's fantasy series. Both the books and movies are fair game. Admission is "eight sickles, 13 knuts," aka five dollars.
34. 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.
35. To the Left/No Class
Shake a leg to express your enthusiasm for leftist thought and your disdain for capitalism and classism at this disco/funk dance party.
36. A Very Whateverly Showcase with The Whateverly Brothers and the Drunken Maidens
The Whateverly Brothers play everything from Celtic to Americana to maritime music to doo-wop. Groove to their eclectic harmonies as they share the stage with Drunken Maidens.
37. Wandering and Wondering
As you wander through the Seattle Japanese Garden, you'll find butoh performers—including Sheri Brown, Bruce Fogg, Erica Akiko Howard, and Joan Laage—scattered around the landscape. The contemporary, avant-garde dance "erupted out of the turmoil and loss of identity in post-War Japan."
38. Austin Channing Brown: I'm Still Here
When Austin Channing Brown learned that her parents named her Austin in the hopes that future employers would assume she was a white man, she had to "learn what it means to love blackness." Her book I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness explores America's racial divide and what it means for an organization to be truly inclusive.
39. Hilary Plum and Zach Savich
These two young writers address fake news and everyday experiences—Plum in prose with Strawberrry Fields, and Savich in poetry with Daybed.
40. Minidoka Memoirs: The Untold Story From the Yoshito Fujii Files
Local author Ken Mochizuki will share his research on Yoshito Fujii, the elected community council chair of the Minidoka War Relocation Center during WWII. Fujii's daughter, Irene Mano, will be in attendance.
41. Owen Hill: The Annotated Big Sleep
Expert in hard-boiled lit Owen Hill will reveal his annotated version of Raymond Chandler's labyrinthine classic.
42. An Evening with Dr. Temple Grandin
In addition to her work as an animal behaviorist and inventor—she created a device called a "squeeze machine" that helps calm people with autism—Temple Grandin is "one of the first individuals on the autism spectrum to publicly share insights from her personal experience of autism and its relation to animals." Tonight, she'll discuss the benefits of autism when it comes to working with animals, whose memories tend to be sensory-based rather than word-based.
43. 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!
44. Brent Morin
Morin has made the rounds on Conan, Chelsea Lately, Comedy Central, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and other showcases for hilarious people. He's best known for his role on NBC's Undateable.
45. Dead Man's Cell Phone
Sarah Ruhl's award-winning play involves an incessantly ringing cell phone in a cafe, a stranger at the next table who has had enough, and a dead man with a lot of loose ends. Dumas Theatre, a "new-to-Seattle theatre group of local and Missouri-based actor/directors," will produce this play directed by Jackson Harned.
46. The Rules of Charity
John Belluso's play is a critique of attitudes toward people with disabilities, played out through the relationship between a father with cerebral palsy and his caretaker daughter.
47. The Two Kids Who Blow Shit Up
Two young kids have to make friends when their parents start making love. Surprisingly, despite their initial antipathy, each kid grows up to be the most important person in the other's life.
48. Lake Chelan Pirate Fest
Every year, the resort town honors the legend that pirates traveled to Lake Chelan in 1812 with magical cargo. This multi-date festival includes many family-friendly swashbuckling activities, including today's Pirate Boat Cruise.
49. Indivisible: Love Knows No Borders
This timely film follows Renata, Evelyn, and Antonio—three Dreamers who were brought to the U.S. as young children, and whose families have since been deported. Today, they're working on petitioning for a special waiver that would allow them to leave the country to visit their families and legally return to the U.S., which is proving increasingly difficult under Trump's "zero tolerance" immigration policy.
50. Gigantic Brewing/Cloudburst - Cloudbursting Hazy IPA Release
Be the first to try Gigantic and Cloudburst's new collaboration brew, Cloudbursting: a "super juicy, soft and fluffy" hazy IPA "loaded with Experimental Hop 522, Citra, Crystal and Simcoe hops" for some "tropical, citrusy and dank deliciousness."
51. Ball of Wax 53: A Benefit for 350 Seattle
Rock out to songs about the environment with Levi Fuller & the Library, Poor Neighbors, Chris Poage Music, Danbert Nobacon, and Meade Krosby as they celebrate the release of the latest volume of Ball of Wax, an audio quarterly dedicated to saving the planet. All proceeds will benefit 350 Seattle.
52. Brass Monkeys
Brass Monkeys are a Beastie Boys tribute group who, we’ve been assured, have a valid license to ill. They'll be joined by a backing band at this cover show of hits and deep cuts.
53. Ladies of Rap
DJ Emecks and DJ U.NO.HU will be spinning all your favorite Cardi B tracks in celebration of all her recent successes.
The Harry Potter-devoted podcast will discuss Deathly Hallows and answer questions.
55. What Happens in Riverdale: A Draglesque Revue
Explore the dark side of Riverdale with Betty, Jughead, Archie and the rest, embodied by drag artists, sketch comedians, and burlesque dancers.
56. David Levine: Arabella the Traitor of Mars
Hugo Award-winner Levine continues his saga of Arabella Ashby with a new alternate-history sci-fi novel full of interplanetary intrigue. Arabella and her husband Captain Singh must decide where their loyalties lie: with the colonies of Mars or with the United Kingdom.
57. Raven Chronicles Journal Vol. 26: Last Call
See the long-running literary journal's slide "back into the northwest tree pulp from whence it came" as the creators turn to book publication. MC Anna Bàlint will host an evening with just short of 20 readers.
58. Thomas O'Keefe: Waiting to Derail
Thomas O'Keefe will read from and sign copies of Waiting to Derail, an exploration of alt-country legends Whiskeytown.
59. Lukas Seely
Part of the cast of Mystery Diners and past feature on Showtime Lukas Seely will make jokes, perhaps about growing up in Billings, MT.
60. The 5th HUGE Costume Sale
Looking to jazz up your closet and/or your life? Raid costumes from past 5th Avenue Theatre productions, including Pajama Game, Pirates of Penzance, Chorus Line, Cabaret, Company, and more from between one and 100 bucks.
61. Big Bounce America
Spend the day jumping up and down on a 10,000-square-foot multi-colored inflatable castle, which believably claims to be "the world's biggest bounce house." You'll find different themed "zones" inside, including basketball hoops, a giant slide that deposits you into a ball pit, giant inflatable jungle animals, and more. There are sessions both for families and for adults only.
62. Umoja Fest
Celebrate African diaspora culture in the Northwest by joining the Africatown Heritage Parade (featuring dance troops and drill teams), dancing to live music (including Soul N the Park, a roots stage, and a hiphop stage), watching the Heal the Hood Basketball Tournament, eating from food trucks, and shopping for goods at a marketplace.
63. The Scratch: Seattle Workshop Series
Join theater artists for a week of networking and workshopping new plays and musicals by Kayla Martine, Taylor Pearlstein and Shannon Molly Flynn, Jasmine Joshua, Brendan Healy, Rebecca K. Hsia, and Vince Bryan, Rand Bellar, and Eric Ankrim.
64. 18-Hour Comic Challenge
Create a 18-page comic in 18 hours—they'll provide coffee, lunch, dinner, breakfast, snacks, and limited supplies. Artists pay for food and supplies; watching the art-making is free.
65. A Nation Is a Massacre
The queer artist Demian DinéYazhi' (whose incisive work about uranium mines and gender is currently exhibited at the Henry) and the members of his R.I.S.E.: Radical Indigenous Survivance & Empowerment collective will screen-print indigenous activist-themed posters. Bring your own t-shirts, totes, etc. to be screen-printed on site.
66. BabyFest! Seattle's Biggest Baby Shower
New and expecting parents can find everything they need for their forthcoming or newly born mini family member. There will also be prizes, seminars, pampering opportunities, and more.
67. Civic Saturday
Eric Liu will host Civic Saturday, described as "a civic analogue to church": a service that celebrates the American civic tradition through readings, songs, silent reflection, and a sermon by Liu himself. There will also be a pop-up bookshop courtesy of Elliott Bay Book Company.
68. Flashmob Water Gun Fight
If you're not enthusiastic about the recent bout of 90-degree weather but don't want to sacrifice your time outdoors, consider a "flash mob"-style water fight at an undisclosed location. You can choose between the red and blue team.
69. Kite Festival
Bring your most impressive kites and fly them through the air for all to see. Or, bring a beach blanket and enjoy the kite-flying talents of others. There will also be demonstrations, face-painting, and more.
70. Melrose Promenade
Tour the Melrose Promenade, which was created to rectify "the disconnect between the street’s inspiring views and its less-than-inspiring streetscape" and which touts itself as the "front porch of Capitol Hill." You'll learn about how it started and its future developments.
71. Havana Nights
Place a Panama hat atop your head for a celebration of "cars, cigars, and barrel-aged beverages." Plus, fill up on a pig roast.
72. Loxsmith Bagel Pop-Up Cafe and Bar Mitzvah
At this pop-up cafe and bar (mitzvah), brunch on 48-hour-fermented, lye-boiled bagels, lox, espresso, and boozy drinks.
73. Reuben's Brews Sixth Anniversary Carnival
The award-winning Ballard brewery will throw a carnival-themed bash to mark six years of business, with a dunk tank, special beer releases, carnival games, a beer garden, live music, and commemorative glasses for the first 100 guests.
74. Sour Beer Blending Workshop with Eric Salazar
Learn how to blend beer from New Belgium "sour guru" Eric Salazar and blend your own using four single Foeder beers from New Belgium.
75. Traditional Finnish Beer Brewing with Grant P. H. Barber
Learn how to brew a batch of sahti, an ancient Finnish beer style, using a traditional method with a hollow log, preceded by a short lecture by home brewer and museum professional Grant P. H. Barber.
76. Bombazo V. Garifunazo with Grupo Bayano, Hagucha Garinagu, DJ Garifuna
Hear two different styles of traditional African music in this slightly competitive musical duel with Grupo Bayano and Hagucha Garinagu. DJ Garifuna will spin Caribbean music between sets.
77. KLAW Music Video Shoot with Greenriver Thrillers and Javelin
Heavy rockers Klaw invite their fans to be featured in their new music video, which will include sets from the Greenriver Thrillers and Javelin.
78. Nine Circles of Hell: A Satanic Temple Benefit Show
The good-hearted people of the Satanic Temple of Seattle encourage you to raise money for their Reproductive Rights Legal Defense Fund. In return, they'll let you feast your eyes on unholy burlesque by Morgue Anne, Nip Slip Cheerio, Magi, Ana Belle, Maureen, and Val Challah as your soul writhes along to music by Legion Within, Lies in Dust, and RiotLegion. There will also be DJ sets, satanic crafts (!!), and a Midnight Unbaptism ceremony. Don't be alarmed by their moniker: The Satanic Temple "uses religious freedom legislation to fight for women's reproductive rights in the courts."
79. 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.
80. Botnik Live!
Botnik Studios writers and engineers—who have created a predictive text Harry Potter chapter and a computer-generated Coachella poster, among other things—will host a night of readings, sketches, songs, and interactive experiments.
81. Tribute Time Machine Starring Pat Cashman
Seattle DJ and comic Pat Cashman presents a musical dedicated to Fleetwood Mac, in which Cashman plays a DJ "in the golden age of rock radio." Expect to revel in every single one of your favorite mystical ballads from the iconic group.
82. Abortion Storytelling and Pro-Voice Conversation Tour
The reproductive freedom organization Exhale will kick off a tour of stories about abortion, beginning in Seattle with Executive Director Rev. Susan Chorley and Exhale board member Natalia Koss-Vallejo. Stories will focus on intersections like "faith and abortion, motherhood and abortion, abuse/violence and abortion and LGBTQ experiences of abortion."
83. LEGO Americana Roadshow
See American landmarks like the the White House (probably not complete with sinkhole), the Liberty Bell, the Jefferson Memorial, the Statue of Liberty, and the Supreme Court.
84. Tie-Dye and Beyond
Meet the artists who create handmade apparel and accessories at the market—including Marcus Roloson of Sew It Seams—and see a tie-dye fashion show.
85. Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire
Indulge in your love of Renaissance-era chivalry, mythical creatures, pirates, and more at this three-weekend fair.
86. Browns Point Salmon Bake
Jerry Meeker—also known by his Native name, La-Hal-Da—was instrumental in the development of the Browns Point/Dash Point area in the 1940s. He was also famous for his fish-cooking technique at traditional salmon bakes, which involved alder wood fire pits. Honor his legacy by tasting fresh-caught Alaskan salmon cooked the same way.
87. Wars Outdoors: A New Hope in the Park
Inclusive casting and very primitive special effects are two of the charms of this outdoor theater series. They've been putting on Outdoor [Star] Trek for some time, but this time they're switching to the universe of George Lucas.
88. I AM Exhibit
Thirty-one women artists representing 12 Middle Eastern countries contributed to this exhibition of three-dimensional works that highlight the "pivotal contribution that Middle Eastern women make to the enduring global quest for harmony and peace." Before it closes, join the artists for Dabke dancing performances, henna painting, calligraphy, and cuisine from the Middle East.
89. Sunrise Club: An Improvised Night to Remember
A small group of people spend one night chasing a mission they want to accomplish by dawn. Other than that premise, it's up to the audience to determine the adventures that take place in this improvised play.
90. August Macabre Market
Make your summer a little more goth by picking up jewelry, art, and clothing from local vendors like Half-Caff Crochet, City Street Vomit, Blessed Beads Jewelry, Capybara Cafe, Ground by the Sound, Bawdy Love, and many others.
91. Corgi Races
Watch a sea of stubby legs and oblong bodies speed around the race track in the second annual Corgi races. The Auburn Valley Humane Society will have a setup with adoptable dogs in the picnic area.
92. Themed Sunday Brunch - Hawai'i
Partake in a five- to seven-course tasting menu exploring "different dishes, ingredients, and preparations of brunch items from Hawai'i."
93. Songs on Canvas
Let the students of the German Vocal Arts Institute win you over with their classic German songs and soaring arias that bring to mind summer gardens brimming with flowers on a sweet, warm afternoon, as Sissy Altom creates a painting in real time to the tune of the GVAI crew.
94. Young Musicians Concert
Be impressed as Mill Creek students Alina Bui, Lian Halbert, and James Liang perform lighthearted operatic arias and piano works from 18th and 19th centuries.
95. White Lgbtqia+ Solidarity with Black Power: No Pride In Genocide
This workshop will offer white LGBTQ+ people with a "study [of] solidarity as defined by the international black poor and working class in the form of the African People's Socialist Party." Participants will learn about colonialism of the past and present and "how to unite with a liberated future of black power."