Our arts critics have already recommended 69 great things to do this week and our music critics have picked the 44 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 adult-friendly Seattle Children's Museum Birthday Celebration to Friday Night Feminism with NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, and from the Seattle Mariners Fanfest to the Vintage Computer Festival. For even more options this week, check out our complete Things To Do calendar.
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- Rush the Runway 2.0
Spectate springy looks by local queer designers Jordan Christianson, Justin Z. Couture, Thadayus Wilson, Jayne B Shea, TomBoy X, and Sam IAM and enjoy music by DJ Mixx America and other performers.
- Seattle Leather Artists Media Show
For the second annual Seattle Leather Artists Media gathering, admire kinky sculpture, paintings, drawings, and sculpture. Organized by Seattle Men in Leather. FILM
- The Story of Fascism in Europe
Learn about the rise and fall of murderous authoritarianism at a Meaningful Movies screening of travel guru Rick Steves's new special The Story of Fascism in Europe. FOOD & DRINK
- Ivar’s 114th Birthday Deal: Buy One, Get One for $1.14
On what would have been the 114th birthday of Ivar's founder Ivar Haglund, send your well-wishes along when you purchase an entree to receive a second entree from a special birthday menu for a buck and 14 cents. Plus, the first 114 guests will receive a free pineapple coconut cupcake by Cakes of Paradise.
- Jucy Lucy Tuesday Pop-Up
The Black Cat will serve "Jucy Lucy" cheeseburgers—a cheeseburger invented in Minnesota as early as the 1950s, with a molten core of cheese inside the patty—to raise funds for Rise Up Belltown, a grassroots organization working to keep Belltown affordable and preserve its community. MUSIC
- Cello X
The all-cello youth rock group the Cello eXperiment will push the boundaries of the traditionally classical instrument with renditions of your favorite pop songs.
- Lazerpunk, Shredder 1984, 2 Libras
Darksynth producer Lazerpunk will visit all the way from Budapest for a night out with "French cyborg" Shredder 1984, who will play music inspired by '80s movies and video games. PERFORMANCE
- Winter Baby: A Fundraiser to Escape the Cold
Local burlesque performer Sin de la Rosa will host this night of sexy performances with Boom Boom L’Roux, Howie Echo-Hawk, Si Ren, Mx. Pucks A'Plenty, Tootsie Spangles, and others to provide some much-needed winter warmth. All proceeds will benefit SisterSong, an advocacy group catered toward marginalized communities. READINGS & TALKS
- Salvatore Scibona: The Volunteer
A young Iowan man enlists in the Vietnam War and is forced into service for a secret government agency in this new novel by Salvatore Scibona, a National Book Award finalist for The End. Join the author for a reading.
- Science in the City: Geology
Rocks tell us a lot about the earth, its processes, and its history. In this installment of Science in the City, brush up on your basic geology from Deborah Green, this year’s Jahns Distinguished Lecturer in Applied Geology, who will also touch on her experience as a woman in a male-dominated field.
- Word Works: Andre Dubus III on Building Characters
The author of the novel House of Sand and Fog and the memoir Townie will share insights on creating compelling characters in an onstage interview with fellow writer Jennifer Haigh.
- 70 Years of Berlin Airlift
Discover the story of the Raisin Bombers, who air-dropped care packages of "corned beef, bacon, coffee, chocolate, and of course raisins" for West Berliners stranded by a Soviet blockade.
- She Stoops to Conquer
Oliver Goldsmith's 1773 comedy of errors is about a wealthy countrywoman who poses as a maid to seduce an upper-class man who prefers lower-class women.
- The Woman in Black
A young lawyer named Arthur Kipps discovers a ghastly supernatural mystery around the missing children of Crythin Gifford in the stage version of Susan Hill's gothic novel. VISUAL ART
- Lee Davignon: Pedestrian
Textile artist Lee Davignon's installation Pedestrian uses upcycled plastics, fabrics, hardware, and other materials to explore the intersection of craft and construction in Seattle.
- Spell of the West: From the Permanent Collection
Curator Lauren Carroll-Bolger has chosen works that emphasize the romanticized view of the West, as exemplified by George Balanchine's Western Symphony.
- ChickChat Presents: Female Founders
This month's edition of ChickChat's networking event will feature a panel of female founders from across industries: Darcy Johnson of Fulcrum Capital; Phebe Rossi of NuFlours; Dr. Iris Crawford of NaturKur Wellness Center; Michelle McCloskey of Jet City Transportation; and Leah Hill of Divorce Strategies. After the discussion, shop from women-owned businesses like Beautycounter Cosmetics, Divalani Boutique, and Arbonne.
- The Greatest Purim
Chabad Young Professionals present a "Barnum-style" Purim celebration, appropriate for the costume-filled Jewish holiday. Look forward to aerial arts, a hamantaschen bar, classic carnival fare like popcorn and hot dogs, booze, and a Megillah reading.
- History Café: Untold Stories from the Chinese Exclusion Act Files
For 61 years, the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act barred Chinese laborers from entering the United States and prevented those who did from becoming naturalized citizens, and applicants were questioned in detail at US entry ports about their families and villages in China. Hear from National Archives' volunteer Trish Hackett Nicola about the valuable information found in these files, and from Cathy Lee about how the files helped her uncover her great-aunt’s story.
- The State of Womxn of Color
Future for Us, an advocacy group for womxn of color, invites early- and mid-career professionals to discuss the data from the Lean In and McKinsey & Company's Women in the Workplace 2018 report.
- Tech This Out: Spring Into Health & Wellness
Tech journalist Sharon Profis—the Executive Editor at CNET—will talk about how tech is informing fitness and beauty regimens. She'll be joined in conversation by Lestraundra Alfred, founder and host of Balanced Black Girl. GEEK
- Disney Trivia Seattle
Calling all Disney fanatics: Put your knowledge of The Lion King, Mulan, Toy Story, and other classic films to the test at this trivia night. MUSIC
- The Axe, AMB, MMMFD
The "ghastly trinity" the Axe will come to Seattle with their "demonic force" of hiphop on their The Axe is Family Tour, joined by fellow hiphop groups AMB and MMMFD. PERFORMANCE
Admire the burlesque talents of self-identified "big buxom babes" like Lexi Angel Royale, Lavish Leon, Terrie Belle, Bruja Pandemonium, and Sheniqua Volt. READINGS & TALKS
- The Fix: A Night of Stories, Solutions, and Actions
The Collective, SEA, Patagonia, Grist, and Visual Justice StoryLab have teamed up for this artsy, music-filled night of storytelling about climate change. The speakers are a Patagonia rep, a Grist journalist, an artist, and a "Fixer" who proposes solutions. There will also be a raffle and other festivities.
- Joe R. Lansdale: The Elephant of Surprise
Lansdale is cherished in horror fan communities for his take-no-prisoners style and brutal inventiveness. His Hap and Leonard series is more mystery than horror, but still pulls no punches (or misanthropy). The series stars a conservative black gay Vietnam vet and a "white trash rebel" as they investigate crimes and Mafia doings in the South.
- Lunch-and-Learn: Steve Pruzan
Steve Pruzan, of the Holocaust Center's Speakers Bureau, will tell the story of how his mother and grandparents fled Germany for America in 1939. Coffee and cookies will be served.
- Peach MoMoKo Signing with Brian Thies & Agnes Garbowska
Meet and get the signatures of three comics artists: Peach MoMoKo (cover artist for Marvel Rising, Age of X-Man, and more), Brian Thies (Star Wars: Legacy, Secret Avengers, The Amazing Spider-Man, and Winter Soldier), and Agnes Garbowska (My Little Pony, DC Superfriends, Jem, Grumpy Cat, and more).
- Questions of Time Travel, Time Zones, Times Up
Poet Catherine Barnett and fiction writer Renee Simms will read from their new books, both of which examine the concept of time. RESISTANCE & SOLIDARITY
- 10,000 Cranes in Solidarity with Detained Families
Help the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) fold paper cranes in solidarity with detained asylum-seeking families at the southern border. Once they reach 10,000, the organizers will mail the cranes to Texas for JACL reps to string on a fence surrounding the Dilley detention facility, where a solidarity protest will be taking place. VISUAL ART
- Drinks, Drawing & DJs - Exquisite Corpse Night
Bring your favorite drawing tools and play a round of a collective drawing game created by 20th-century artists in Parisian cafes. There'll also be music provided by DJs Marvelette and the Ohmu.
- Tides Vol. 4
Join the creators of Tides zine, described as "woman's exploration of the wild, written and visual, internal and external," for tarot, poetry, wine, and more.
- Raw: Reflect
Check out indie art, music, film, dance, fashion, and more by Seattle creatives from the international collective RAW.
- We Will Not Be Silent
Twenty-one-year-old Sophie Scholl, a member of the White Rose resistance group that carried out clandestine actions against the Nazis, has been captured and must withstand interrogation in this play by David Meyers.
In Maggie Lee's play, produced by Macha Theatre Works and directed by Amy Poisson, two swordswomen try to adjust to peace and overcome their pasts—and, in one case, their unquenched desire for revenge. VISUAL ART
- Jeremy Bell: Utopian Blackness
Jeremy Bell's mixed-media portraits of his family in ink, encaustic, graphite, spray paint, charcoal, wax, and wood celebrate the beauty of blackness.
- Have A Slice w/ IMNDC & Special Guests!
One lucky audience member will not only get a free slice of pizza, but also see their life transformed into improv comedy onstage. It's a "slice of life," get it? COMMUNITY
- After Hours: Demo Party
Be the first to learn about plans for Seattle's new and improved waterfront while you drink booze after hours at this adults-only night at the Seattle Aquarium.
- Gatto Nero: A Late Night Cabaret Fundraiser
Raise money for the excellent experimental art collective Alice Gosti and Company by watching performances by Gosti herself, Gender Tender, Mark Haim, and Thunderpussy's lead singer, Molly Sides. Plus, there'll be a silent auction, appetizers, cocktails, and a raise-the-paddle.
- Purim: From the Walled City
Celebrate Purim with a night of art, music, "political theater" (including "a Purim Shpil with a live conversation between Judith and Esther on diversity tactics"), and plenty of hamantaschen. Plus, make Purim cards for people in prison.
- Seattle Children's Museum Birthday Celebration
The Seattle Children's Museum will celebrate 40 years of business with cultural performances, educational demos, a wine ring toss, live and silent auctions, food and libations, and more in support of future exhibits and programs. FESTIVALS
- Wedtoberfest: Wedding Expo + Beer Festival
This event combines the usefulness of a wedding vendor showcase with the fun-ness of a beer festival. Grab a drink with your future spouse and take some stress out of planning your big day. FILM
- Living with Tech: Moviemaking
In this after-hours speaker series, learn about the technology of moviemaking over the last 50 years from the folks behind your favorite chocolate popcorn providers, Cinerama. GEEK
- Geek Out! Trivia Night: The Trivia of March
Keep your Comic Con adrenaline going with a night of pop-culture-focused geeky trivia.
- News & Brews: Regulating Big Tech
Grab a beer and join Crosscut's Melissa Santos, Women Killing It! podcast host Sally Hubbard, Seattle University Law Professor Jack Kirkwood, and others for a discussion of tech monoliths—Facebook, Amazon—and just how badly they need to be regulated. PERFORMANCE
The Research Studio at DXARTS at the University of Washington will present their research through live performance, including "error-prone improvisational experiments, ritualistic and meditative compositions, contemporary dance with DIY electronics, and an archival mosaic of the story behind the Good Shepherd Center."
- Melinda Mueller: What the Ice Gets
Montanan author Melinda Mueller will read from her account of Ernest Shackleton's ill-fated expedition to the Antarctic.
- The Return of Opera Night
Seattle Opera singers will perform arias while you eat Italian food at Ristorante Picolinos. READINGS & TALKS
- Kate Hope Day and Whitney Scharer
In Day's novel, If, Then, four people in an Oregon mountain town begin to glimpse versions of themselves in a parallel reality that disturbs their actual lives, leading to paranoia, discontentment, and doubts. Scharer's debut novel, The Age of Light, follows the real-life photographer Lee Miller, the surrealist Man Ray, and their relationship from 1929 to World War II. Hear both authors read.
- NOTIS: Spring Translation Slam
There's far more nuance to translation than simply being able to write and read in two languages. Want proof? Translators will compete against one another with their own versions of the same Arabic text. AmazonCrossing editor Liza Darnton will moderate.
- Ghost Ship
Seagoing ghosts, queer romance, snazzy clothes—this play directed by Lark Keteyian will include all that and more.
No Friday performance
- The Salem Witch Orgasms
Ghost Light Theatricals is wrapping up 15 years of production with one final show, the winner of Battle of the Bards XII. Alexandra Davis's farce dramatizes women's sexuality in Puritan New England. They describe it as "a mashup of Arthur Miller's The Crucible, Mel Brooks, and The Princess Bride."
- Showing Out: Word & Shout!
Head to Central District for a weekend-long showcase of emerging Pacific Northwest black writers and musicians, including Kamari Bright, Brian J. Evans, Le’Ecia Farmer, Gail Haynes, Nadia Imafidon, Janelle Jolly, and many others.
- Drew Dunn
New Hampshire-based comic Drew Dunn will come to Seattle to make funny observations about his experiences as a newlywed and as a kid who grew up in a large family. SPORTS & RECREATION
This family-friendly festival—which bills itself as "basic" but "honest"—invites you to pack some necessities and unplug your computer phones for three days of yoga, meditation, arts, and music. You can look forward to workshops with trained instructors, vendors, tasty food, drum circles, and more. VISUAL ART
- In Your Face
Maxx Follis-Goodkind, Vladimir Verano, Odditorium Obscura, Jesse Wayout, Snaggs Art, and others reveal outrageous wall-hanging 3-D sculptures.
- Botanical Watercolor Painting
If you don't have a green thumb, create the next best thing to a botanical garden—a watercolor painting of lush plant life. Artist Valerie Niemeyer will instruct, and all supplies will be provided. COMEDY
- Double Feature: Fur Baby & Mixer Upper
Have you ever wondered what your pet would be like if it were a human? For example, maybe your Goldendoodle is a "preteen gymnast with Olympic-sized dreams." These improv performers will riff on your relationship with your pet.
- Matt-enee's Four Friend Flavors Vol. 3
Matt and Renee (aka Matt-enee) will bring a new special guest (Kasia Cassidy, Elena Martinez, John Wachter, and Doug Willott) on stage every 15 minutes for comedy collabs.
- Yale University's Just Add Water
This Yale musical improv troupe, which has existed for 30 years, will join Jet City's flagship show for one blessed Friday. COMMUNITY
- Succulent Social Hour
Make new friends while you build a succulent garden with provided materials. MUSIC
- LDW Performs Talking Heads, Beards II Men
Life During Wartime and their Talking Heads dance party tribute showcase will return to Ballard with support from Beards II Men.
- Mother Tongue, Guests
Skull Kat will perform poetry, dance, and music with special guest Omar Wiley before a headlining set from Mother Tongue, the "two-headed art-making machine" that runs Studio Current.
- X-Halen, Guests
X-Halen will hark back to the early days of legendary hard rockers Van Halen. PERFORMANCE
- 'The Hermit & The Chariot' and 'Breaking Through'
A fringe-theater duology: A woman speaks about failures of communication with her family in Michelle Lynn Conklin's Breaking Through, while in Molly Tollefson's The Hermit & The Chariot, a young woman and her dead grandmother discuss the Holocaust and "what it means to be a refugee today" during a tarot reading.
- Mariah vs. Ariana: A Drag Tribute
Seattle's top drag and burlesque talent square off as your favorite pop stars!
- Stripped Screw Burlesque presents: Disney After Dark & Walt's Dungeon
Disney gets down and dirty in this burlesque show about a jilted princess who's overly fond of the bottle and her journey back to the Magic Kingdom.
- Talent Show Extravaganza !!! Toya B, Artemis, Tattoo Raffle!
Celebrate spring by witnessing everything from poetry to live music to dance performances from talented locals, entering tattoo and art raffles, and dancing to tunes by DJs Toya B and Artemis.
- Trivia Puppet Company Presents: Cominciamo
Catch up with the puppet theater company's latest developments.
- Yvie Oddly
Yvie Oddly—you know her from season 11 of RuPaul's Drag Race—will guest-star in this special installment of Lashes. READINGS & TALKS
- Debra Gwartney: I Am a Stranger Here Myself
Gwartney's memoir/historical chronicle recounts her research on a missionary named Narcissa Prentiss Whitman, the first white woman to cross the Rockies, who died in 1847 in Eastern Washington during an attack by Cayuse Indians. Gwartney's examination of gender, identity, history, and her own family won the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize.
- Ellen Lupton
Boost your artistic and typographic knowledge with Ellen Lupton, a graphic designer, curator at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, and Maryland Institute of Art graphic design MFA program director. Lupton is the author of such popular and widely used publications as Thinking With Type, Graphic Design: The New Basics, and Design Is Storytelling.
- S. Brook Corfman and Malcolm Friend
S. Brook Corfman—the author of Luxury, Blue Lace, which was chosen for the 2018 Autumn House Rising Writer Prize—will read alongside Malcolm Friend.
- Visiting Artist Lecture: Rodrigo Lara Zendejas
Mexican American artist Rodrigo Lara Zendejas, whose accolades include the first prize in sculpture at the 2010 National Award for Visual Arts in Mexico, will come to Seattle to talk about his work. RESISTANCE & SOLIDARITY
- NARAL presents Friday Night Feminism
Join NARAL Pro-Choice Washington for a night of drinks, dancing, and delicious desserts in support of reproductive rights. Abortion provider Dr. Willie Parker will be the keynote speaker and Shout Your Abortion comedian Elayna Becker will emcee.
- Laurie Kilmartin
Laurie Kilmartin has appeared on CONAN, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Comedy Central. She's also the author of Shitty Mom and Dead People Suck. Join her in the flesh.
FRIDAY-SUNDAYFOOD & DRINK
- Pedal to the Metal Fest 2
Fans of hair-raising brews can revel in a tap list of exclusively strong beers. PERFORMANCE
- Dry Land
Two female high school Floridians try to find a solution to one girl's unexpected pregnancy in this topical play by Ruby Rae Spiegel. Anita Montgomery will direct.
- Boyhood Society X The Love Project
This art installation and runway show presented by Boyhood Society and the Love Project features designs by local artists Arcadya, Jan, and Boyvillain, and is all about inclusivity and self-love. FOOD & DRINK
- Orval Day
Orval Day was created by Seattle-based specialty beer importer Merchant du Vin in honor of the famed 1000-plus-year-old Orval Trappist Ale brewed within the walls of Notre Dame d'Orval Monastery. For every glass of Orval sold, Merchant du Vin will donate 50 cents to the Safe Water Network, which aims to bring clean and sustainable water to communities like Ghana and India. COMEDY
- NW Peaks Comedy Night
Comics you've seen at Bumbershoot, the Seattle International Comedy Competition, and Emerald City Comic Con will come together for a night of locally sourced laughs.
- XLR Comedy: Stand-up Showcase Launch
Taylor Clark will host a great lineup of local comics—Brett Hamil, Clara Pluton, Ahamefule J. Oluo, and Jason Goad. COMMUNITY
- Fashion SOULstice 2019
Fashion SOULstice brings together salons, stylists, and designers for a live runway hair and fashion show to benefit Justice and Soul Foundation, an organization that empowers survivors of sex-trafficking and at-risk young people through professional cosmetology training.
- Liberty Bank Building Ribbon Cutting Celebration
The Liberty Bank Building, the first African American-owned bank in the Pacific Northwest, is home to a network of nonprofits that serve the African American community in the Central District—a feat of resilience in an area continually facing racist disinvestment and redlining. Celebrate the opening of its new building, which provides 115 new affordable homes and affordable retail space for three local minority-owned businesses. There will be live music, performances, food, and tours of the space.
- Mastering The Hustle: Creating Safer Spaces III
Join a panel of local music experts—Reel Grrls Executive Director Nancy Chang, Bait Shop co-owner Jonah Bergman, and The Stranger's own Music Calendar Editor, Kim Selling—for a conversation on how those with privilege can help create safer and more inclusive music and art spaces.
- Navruz 2019
Feast on Central Asian cuisine and enjoy dancing and a fashion show in celebration of the Persian New Year. Dessert is served potluck-style, so bring sweets or fruit to share.
- Princess Angeline Spring Tea
Every spring, the Duwamish Tribe hosts a high tea ceremony to honor Chief Seattle's daughter, Kikisoblu. Join them for an afternoon of finger sandwiches, tasty desserts, and English tea.
- Teen Action Fair
Garner some hope for the future by meeting 30 teens and youth-focused organizations working to make a difference in Seattle and around the world through volunteering, art, and social justice.
- UW Persian Circle 10th Annual Nowruz Party
Enjoy dinner from Rumi Restaurant and live music to celebrate the Persian new year Nowruz. FOOD & DRINK
- Asian Cajun Vegan Pop-Up
Preview 100% vegan Asian-Cajun fare from the menu of the upcoming Asian Cajun Vegan Food Truck.
- Heritage Distilling Co. & SeaBear BSB Smoked Salmon Launch
Be the first to try SeaBear's BSB Smoked Salmon (made with Heritage Distilling's Brown Sugar Bourbon) and partake in a flight of smoked salmon and spirits pairings. Plus, avail yourself of special pricing on bottle purchases.
- Hood Famous Bakeshop Waffle Pop-Up
For one night only, inhale fluffy-crisp mochi waffles drizzled with syrups in flavors like calamansi.
- Poke & Pints for Public Lands
Nosh on raw fish bowls and quaff cold brews. $1 from each poke bowl from Big Boys Kainan and Food Truck and $1 from each pint from Hellbent Brewing Company will benefit nonprofit Washington Wild to support their efforts to protect wild lands and rivers in our state, and reps from the organization will be on hand to educate guests about issues and provide postcards to mail to your senator. Plus, Elias Kauhane will provide live music throughout the day, and Hellbent will release Pau Hana IPA Passion-Orange-Guava, a limited-edition beer with tropical flavors. GEEK
- Hellboy Day 2019
On the 25th anniversary of Hellboy—Mike Mignola's comic book mini-series about the life and times of a paranormal investigator—and in celebration of the soon-to-be-released film, take advantage of deals on a special reprint of the series's first release, Seed of Destruction, plus buttons, posters, and more.
- Washington State Toy Show
Peruse over 150 tables of vintage and modern toys and collectibles, from action figures to LEGOs to comic books. HOLI
- CRY Seattle Holi
This spring festival of colors (with roots in Hinduism, although it's now popularized across Southeast Asia and internationally) comes to Bellevue Downtown Park, with all proceeds going towards CRY: Child Rights & You. They promise live DJs and the chance to buy tons of tossable colors, along with traditional Desi food.
- Holi Festival of Color
The traditional Hindu spring festival Holi welcomes the new season and the triumph of good over evil with a "color fight" at Phinney Center. Wear a white T-shirt and prepare to get covered in colored powders. Plus, enjoy Indian food from the Roll Pod food truck and chai from the Chai Lady.
- HOLI - Festival of Colors
Enjoy music, food, and eruptions of gulal at this Bellevue Holi celebration in Crossroads Park.
- Holi: Festival of Colors
This major celebration of India's festival of colors in Marymoor Park will feature live music from DJ Anjali and the Incredible Kid, live dancing by BollyPop, food, and a chance to cover yourself in gulal. MUSIC
- Disco Purim Party
Wear your finest bellbottoms and silks for a post-Purim disco party at the roller rink. The beer will be free.
- Do Peterson Band Plays Stevie Wonder
The many-membered local soul/funk tribute group Do Peterson Band will play your favorite songs by living legend Stevie Wonder.
- Keeping the Rave Alive with Kutski
Kutski, the UK's "savior of the rave," will show Seattle a good time with "hard dance" styles.
- Metalachi, Iron Dragon, El Steiner, Weener
Metalachi believably claim the title of "the world's first and only heavy metal mariachi band." Get into it after opening sets from '80s hair metal cover band Iron Dragon, El Steiner, and Ween cover band Weener.
- Operation Timebomb, Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2, Good Riddance
The members of Seattle's short-lived Operation Ivy tribute band Risen from the Ashes are now called Operation Timebomb. They'll be joined by Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 (the band, not the video game), and Santa Cruz punks Good Riddance.
- Petty Fever - Tom Petty Tribute
Revisit your favorite songs by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, plus four decades of other Petty hits, from tribute band Petty Fever.
- Phoenix Rising
A lineup of up-and-coming DJs will mix their trance-fueled creations.
- Spellbound: Ides O' March
At this "gothic toga party with a murderous twist," dance to a mix of old-school goth and industrial punk spun by DJ voodoo.
- The Yale Spizzwinks(?) in Seattle!
You've heard of the Yale Whiffenpoofs, but what about the Yale Spizzwinks? This underclassman a capella group, founded in 1914, will come to Seattle for a blend of music and humor. PERFORMANCE
- Middle School Sleepover
Get ready for an "exclusively stupid party" with middle-school party games, gossip, acting, and general goofiness.
- The Real Housewives of Seattle 2: A Drag Show
Get off your couch and join Karmen Korbel, LaSaveona Hunt, Dolce Vida, Solana Solstice, and Cookie Couture for a live drag rendition of your favorite reality TV series, Real Housewives. QUEER
- HRC Seattle's 17th Annual Bowling for Equality: Striking Down Hate
Join the Human Rights Campaign Seattle for their annual bowling fundraiser, where you can knock down pins and snack on tasty appetizers. Rainbow gear is highly encouraged. READINGS & TALKS
- Ali Rosa-Salas
On the Boards' new lecture series invites curators from around the world to come to Seattle to share their research. This installment welcomes Ali Rosa-Salas, the Director of Programming at Abrons Arts Center/Henry Street Settlement, who has produced visual art exhibitions, performances, and public programs with AFROPUNK, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Danspace Project, Knockdown Center, MoCADA, and others.
- Sarah Kay & Phil Kaye Live in Seattle
Spoken-word duo Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye (they're not related, despite their similar-sounding last names), who have traveled all over the world with their popular performance, will come to Seattle. SPORTS & RECREATION
- Fly Fishing Fair
Enjoy free coffee and doughnuts while you watch fly-fishing demos and shop for goods from the Emerald Water Anglers, shop for fish-themed art by Casey Underwood, and snag free giveaways.
- Seattle Gaels Field Day
Try your hand at Gaelic football, hurling, and camogie—ancient Irish contact sports—at this free field day. VISUAL ART
- Muñecones: Paintings inspired by memories of Cuban Carnaval
Juan Alonso shows art about Carnaval, based on his memories of Cuba.
- Mexika New Year
Ceatl Tonalli's Aztec dancers will perform at this celebration of indigenous culture, which also includes food and art. GEEK
- Vintage Computer Festival
The term "planned obsolescence" does not apply at this two-day ode to the technology of the past. Get the low-down on unusual calculators, floppy and optical disks, Atari home computers, and much more through special exhibits. You can also hear in-depth talks from vintage analog experts, find cool used stuff (or donate from your own collection) in a consignment room, and explore the museum's regular exhibits. PERFORMANCE
- Spring Repertory Festival
Arc Youth Dance Company (AYDC) and Kaleidoscope Dance Company will present youth and adults in modern and classical choreography. SPORTS & RECREATION
- Seattle Mariners FanFest
Hang out with the Seattle Mariners and wish them luck on their upcoming season upon their return from Tokyo, where they played the Oakland Athletics in the Opening Series. You can get your favorite players' autographs, sit in on a Q&A with the team, play catch in the outfield, and explore interactive exhibits.
- Wagner Education Center Grand Opening
The Center for Wooden Boats, a haven for paddling enthusiasts of all ages, will celebrate their new facility, the Wagner Education Center, with a grand-opening party in South Lake Union. Your kids can decorate their own toy boats or paddles while you can learn all about traditional boat building. Then, go on a scavenger hunt (all ages welcome) to collect stamps for the chance to win a prize; ride on all sorts of boats; tour a collection of classic wooden yachts; or watch the carving of a traditional Native American canoe.
- Bright Futures: Vibrant Palette Spring Fundraiser
Help raise money for Seattle's Vibrant Palette Arts Center with an afternoon of cocktails and appetizers, live music by pianist Maggie McGehee, and art on display (and for sale) by resident artists. COMEDY
- Dungeon Darlings
Improv performers Chelsea Madsen, Jen Klouse, and Butch Alice will roll the dice and take on mythical roles in this live Dungeons and Dragons role-play show. FOOD & DRINK
- Hip Hop Lobster Night
You've heard of a rock lobster, but how about a hiphop lobster? This dinner from Ethan Stowell's Marine Hardware pairs seafood and sides like Old Bay-seasoned fries with throwback hiphop tunes, with chocolate malt budino for dessert. GEEK & GAMING
Paizo Publishing, a Redmond-based adventure gaming company that specializes in spin-offs of the classic role-playing games Pathfinder and Starfinder, hosts this annual convention filled with panels, workshops, special guests, and, of course, chances to try out games for yourself. MUSIC
- Turn It Down Some
This live talk show invites local musicians to converse about the music industry, their latest projects, and more. Nicholas Merz Band and Great Spiders will be the special guests on the first installment.
- [lavender] After Party
After the performance of [lavender], join the artist at an afterparty, where they'll perform a dance demo. With music by DJ Essex.
- Metal Yoga
Does the sound of metal music settle your bones? Let it fill your ears while you unwind in a Vinyasa flow yoga class. PERFORMANCE
- Deseo Carmin: Frida Flamenco
The deep, gutsy art and unconventional life of Frida Kahlo will inspire music, dance, and "poetic fantasy" at this flamenco concert by the musicians and performers of Deseo Carmin. READINGS & TALKS
- Catriona McPherson: Scot and Soda
In Catriona McPherson's mystery novel Scot and Soda, a Scottish transplant's houseboat Halloween party is derailed when a body is found on board. The author will be joined in conversation by Brian Thornton.
- Josef Alton: Throw Away Faces
In Josef Alton's horror novel Throw Away Faces, a washed-up Scottish doctor receives a mysterious manuscript from a fellow Scotsman recounting his dark experiences in Seattle in 1889, revealing connections between murders that took place in Dublin and the Emerald City in the same year. Join the author for a reading and signing.
- Kristen E. Nelson: The Length of This Gap
Kristen E. Nelson will read from her new collection of poetry, The Length of This Gap, alongside fellow poets Rebecca Brown, Deborah Poe, Kristiana Kahakauwila, and TC Tolbert.
- National Geographic Live — Capturing the Impossible
Bryan Smith takes risks to obtain the footage he wants, whether he's ice-climbing Niagara Falls or hang-gliding in the Canadian Rockies. Hear him speak about his adventurous career.
- Technology Will Save Us: That’s Debatable
KUOW will host a debate on whether technology will damn us or save us in the future. Hear arguments by Hanson Hosein and Amy Webb (damn) and Elizabeth Scallon and Vinay Narayan (save). Listen closely, because you'll be voting for the winning argument! SPORTS & RECREATION
- Big Climb Seattle
Do some squats in preparation for this annual climb, where thousands of participants hike up the Columbia Tower's 69 flights of stairs (1,311 steps). Proceeds benefit blood cancer research.