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My Life is a Highway - On Tour with Rodney Sherwood
The comedy web series My Life Is A Highway will kick off its second season with a night of performances by Northwest comics Duane Goad, Monica Nevi, Kermet Apio, and Vince Valenzuela, with a live musical performance by XO Fenders.
Silent Movie Mondays: The City Without Jews/Die Stadt Ohne Juden
H.K. Breslauer's 1924 film, based on a novel by the Jewish author Hugo Brettauer, has a remarkable (and tragic) history. It was made in Austria during the rise of the Nazi party and predicted some of the horrifying future. According to press materials, Brettauer was murdered by a Nazi shortly after the film was released, and City Without Jews was presumed lost forever until its print was rediscovered in a Paris flea market in 2015. The film has now been restored as a testament to the prescience of Brettauer and the filmmakers and the risks of challenging fascism. Music of Remembrance will perform a commissioned score by Günter A. Buchwald, who will also conduct.
Bard In A Bar: King Lear!
Lighten the mood of Shakespeare's bleak and stormy play King Lear—about an aging king and his foolish decision to expel his only honest daughter and bequeath his lands on her power-hungry older sisters—with a much-needed beer at this round of Bard in a Bar. It's basically Shakespeare karaoke, which means you'll get to participate in the reading.
Feathers and Teeth
Washington Ensemble Theatre is setting out to show that April really is the cruelest month with this horror-comedy about a teenager's grief. After her mother's death, a 13-year-old named Chris has to deal with the sting of her dad's new fiancée. When the dysfunctional family finds a weird animal with "feathers and teeth" in the backyard, shit starts to get weird. And bloody. And disgusting. Bloodsgusting. Director Bobbin Ramsey takes on this strange bird from playwright Charise Castro Smith. Rachel Guyer-Mafune and Samie Spring Detzer are playing the lead roles, so this should be very funny and good. RICH SMITH
Abby Wambach: Wolfpack
International soccer star Abby Wambach—an Olympic gold medalist, World Cup champion, and multiple winner of the US Soccer Athlete of the Year Award—will present her new book. She calls for a revolution for women to take power together, scrapping old rules and supporting one another in solidarity.
Pamela S. Nadell: America’s Jewish Women
When author and historian Pamela S. Nadell thinks of the women who helped shape the Jewish American identity, she thinks of figures like Ruth Bader Ginsburg, poet Emma Lazarus, and her own family members. Hear her read from her book America's Jewish Women.
Valerie Jarrett: Finding My Voice
Valerie Jarrett worked for the Obama White House during its entire tenure, but her connection to the Obamas goes back even further. Jarrett hired Michelle Robinson, the future First Lady, back in 1991 for a position in the Chicago City government. In her memoir, Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward, she details her own life in public service.
'The Best We Could Do' with Thi Bui
For the 21st time, the Seattle Public Library Foundation and the Wallace Foundation will invite the public to discuss a single book, Thi Bui's The Best We Could Do, a graphic novel memoir of growing up in America as a Vietnamese refugee. Thi Bui herself will attend on Monday, and the evening will feature Vietnamese food.
MONDAY & THURSDAYFOOD & DRINK
Seattle Restaurant Week
Frugal gourmands everywhere rejoice over this twice-yearly event, which lets diners tuck into prix-fixe menus at more than 165 different restaurants hoping to lure new customers with singularly slashed prices. Three courses cost a mere $35, and many restaurants also offer two-course lunches for $20. It’s an excellent opportunity to feast like a high roller at an accessible price point and cross some otherwise spendy establishments off your food bucket list, including critically acclaimed restaurants like Tilth, Sushi Kappo Tamura, and Adana. JULIANNE BELL
MONDAY & THURSDAY-SATURDAYPERFORMANCE
Queer, Mama. Crossroads
Though Invisible Man was written more than 60 years ago, the politics of recognition are still with us today, as a new play, Queer, Mama. Crossroads (written by local poet and performer Anastacia-Reneé, and codirected by her and Aviona Rodriguez Brown) makes abundantly clear. Though the subjects of the play—which is short, direct, poetic, and charged with powerful emotions—are black, they are also queer women. That second identification makes them even more invisible than the invisible man. They simply and painfully live in a society that cannot and refuses to see them either in life, or death. The three main characters in Queer, Mama. Crossroads are the ghosts of women whose lives ended violently. One is named Forgotten (Simone Dawson); another, No Hashtag (Kamari Bright); the third, Invisible 1 (Ebo Barton). They speak to us from the crossroads, the place where the numerous souls of dead black people, black women, black queers, journey to demand recognition. They want to be known, named, counted. CHARLES MUDEDE
MONDAY & THURSDAY-SUNDAYPERFORMANCE
The Master and Margarita: A Remix of Bulgakov
Last time this Theatre Simple production directed by Rachel Katz Carey came to town, in 1997, Stranger writer Bret Fetzer noted that it "deftly weaves together multiple story lines and metaphysical romance with vigorous hands-on theatrics." Now it's back, with the same director and a new score by Brent Arnold. If you haven't read Bulgakov's 1930s masterpiece, it's the story of the Devil and his entourage (including a scene-stealing talking, smoking cat) testing the residents of Stalinist Moscow to see if Communism has really changed their nature. But it's also about Pontius Pilate, love, and the immortality of art.
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
After the long, hard, and—this year—snow-filled-winter, the best way to shock you out of seasonal depression is to stick your face in a ton of fresh flowers. You’re in luck, because Skagit Valley’s annual Tulip Festival is really something to behold as, quite literally, millions of pink, yellow, purple, orange, and red tulips shoot up from the ground and announce that winter is finally over. (Or at least, it’s over in the rest of the world. It’ll be chilly here through June.) While you could fly to Holland to get your fill of tulips, the trip up I-5 is quicker, cheaper, and, with one mountain range to the east and another to your west, even more Instagrammable than Amsterdam. KATIE HERZOG
Preston Singletary: The Illuminated Forest
The work of Seattle artist Preston Singletary completely shifted my perception of what glass can look like and, most importantly, what glass can convey. His melding of his own Tlingit heritage to the European tradition of glass art brings the practice of glassblowing to an exciting new level. During the month of April, Singletary will debut new pieces in an exhibition called The Illuminated Forest. Most of the pieces in the show are made of blown glass forms, birthed in his glass studio (with the help of his team) down in South Lake Union. Many of the objects appear to be made of wood, and some of them originally were. I'm obsessed with the way his pieces seem to emanate light. There's a duality in these objects—they're both opaque and bright. They seem to glow from an inner light source, the way light emanates from a gummy candy. And yet because he's depicting living things—otters, whales, humans—the radiance takes on a kind of living dimension. JASMYNE KEIMIG
Artist reception Saturday
Outstanding: Queer Comic Competition Final Round
Queer comics have battled it out at previous rounds; host Bobby Higley will facilitate the final battle between the two last contenders! If that isn't enough incentive to come out, local star El Sanchez will headline!
Cecilia Vicuña: Living Poems
Jasmyne Keimig writes: "Vicuña’s work is difficult to categorize, but resplendent and full of many possibilities—at once operating within conceptual art, land art, poetry, and feminist art practices." Hear a talk by the Chilean installation artist in advance of her exhibition opening next week.
A Celebration of National Poetry Month
Seattle Arts & Lectures will present a reading by the 2016-17 Youth Poet Laureate, Maven Gardner, along with this year's Seattle Youth Poet Laureate Cohort Maia Ruth Pody, Alex Newsom, and Kiyoshi Sakauye, Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna, and Seattle Civic Poet Anastacia-Reneé.
Hanif Abdurraqib: Go Ahead in the Rain
Hanif Abdurraqib writes good poetry about music, and he writes good music criticism using the tools of poetry. Combining personal narrative with an electric analytical mind, Abdurraqib has made me consider the work of artists like Celine Dion, Macklemore, and Carly Rae Jepsen more deeply than I ever imagined I would. And, as much as it pains me to say, it's true: He has written powerfully about the band Fall Out Boy. His essay about going to see a Bruce Springsteen show after visiting Michael Brown's plaque is a must-read, too. So when news came out that Abdurraqib was working on a biography / book-length personal essay about his love for A Tribe Called Quest, I jumped for joy. Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest is now here, and it's getting rave reviews. Go hear about the kings of jazzy rap from a music writer in his prime. RICH SMITH
Irene Butter: Shores Beyond Shores
Holocaust survivor Irene Butter—who has shared the stage with the likes of the Dalai Lama and Elie Wiesel—will recount her life story with excerpts from her memoir Shores Beyond Shores.
Jennifer Eberhardt: Biased
Stanford University psychologist Eberhardt will explain the science of implicit racial bias in all its forms, overt or low-key, and the resultant impacts on people of color in everything from education to criminal justice. She'll read from her new book, Biased: Uncovering The Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do.
Susan Bennerstrom: Compass
Bennerstrom paints eerie, empty scenes that emphasize artificial environments without their human makers.
Urinetown: The Musical
The themes of scarcity, greed, populism, and capitalism running amok make the triple Tony-winning post-apocalyptic musical Urinetown, with music by Mark Hollmann, lyrics by Hollmann and Greg Kotis, and book by Kotis, a perfect satire for our times. This is a co-production with the 5th Avenue Theater.
Black Representation in Horror: 'Candyman'
The genius of Jordan Peele notwithstanding, horror in mass culture is still pretty white—but there have always been exceptions! Watch the 1992 chiller Candyman, which cast Tony Todd as the terrifying bee-gargling specter, and discuss with "Oprah of the Underworld" Isabella Price.
Barbara J. Risman: Where the Millennials Will Take Us
Barbara J. Risman takes notes from discerning young people on the ongoing gender revolution in her new book Where the Millennials Will Take Us. Join her as she shares her findings and signs copies.
David Vann: Halibut on the Moon
By the Guggenheim Fellowship-winning author of the devastating Aquarium, this novel follows a middle-aged man with mental illness who tries to mend his ties with old friends and family while his thoughts and feelings propel him toward suicide.
Seattle Arts & Lectures: Valeria Luiselli
Don't miss this appearance by this celebrated Mexican author, one of the most talked-about figures in current literary circles: The New York Times has called her new novel, The Lost Children Archive, a "mold-breaking new classic." The Lost Children Archive calls urgent attention to the horrors befalling unaccompanied refugee children trying to reach the US from Central America. But through its protagonists, an unhappy couple working on different projects at the Mexico-US border, the book also questions the right to make art from others' real-life suffering, according to NYT critic Parul Sehgal.
WordsWest Literary Series with Ilya Kaminsky and Mark Doty
Kaminsky's new book Deaf Republic, writes Rich Smith, is composed of "linked lyrics about an occupied population trying to resist the government after soldiers kill a deaf boy at a protest." Reportedly, seeing Kaminsky read/perform the poems is a fascinating experience. Mark Doty, one of the most celebrated living poets, has won many awards, including the T. S. Eliot Prize. No doubt this'll be one of the best poetry double bills of the month.
Threading the Needle
This group show explores the tactility of the artistic process, featuring fabric-based works by Mary Ann Peters, quilted paper works by Claire Cowie, deconstructed linen objects by Brad Winchester, and a photograph by Vik Muniz. James Harris Gallery adds, "The act of threading a needle is mundane and requires great concentration and effort. It is also a small step in starting a larger project, which will eventually end in unity of one or more pieces. In their creation, these works transform the ordinary into beautiful, informative, and poignant objects that comment on social, political and conceptual issues."
The slinky dancers of Pike Place's kitschy cabaret return with another tasty show. Ever wanted to ogle athletic dancers twirling from chandeliers inches from your face? Go. There's also a family-friendly brunch version that you can guiltlessly take your out-of-town relatives to.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a play-within-a-play adapted from the novel by Mark Haddon. Precocious, non-neuro-typical teenager Christopher sets out to solve the murder of his neighbor's dog, a crime of which he's been unjustly accused. But his investigation, which is shaped by unusual fears and abilities, leads him to his own family's secrets and lies.
Hollywood & Vine
Enjoy a vintage and magic-filled tribute to Tinseltown with the 20-year-old circus troupe Teatro ZinZanni as they perform in their new Woodinville space.
Socially Inept: Tech Comedy Roast
If you're a tech bro and you're not prepared to get roasted, be warned: This night of comedy will poke fun at coders, programmers, and the megacorps they work for, courtesy of four local comics and some brave audience volunteers.
British Comedy Classics
The finest British comedies of the 1940s and ’50s—Green for Danger, The Man in the White Suit (tonight's film), The Lavender Hill Mob—have aged marvelously well, thanks to understated, funny scripts and endlessly watchable professionals like Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood, Audrey Hepburn, and Peter Sellers.
Local horror queen Isabella Price hosts this series of classic slashers and supernatural chillers with a burlesque performance before every screening. The series will end with a viewing of the woman-directed Slumber Party Massacre II. There will also be special treats.
Everlast: Dance and Drag
"Drag clown" Carla Rossi (Anthony Hudson) and dancer Gilbert Small will perform in response to Jeffrey Gibson's Like a Hammer exhibition of delicately beaded and decorated punching bags.
First Wives Fight Club
RuPaul's Drag Race champs and favorites Brook Lynn Hytes, Raja, Ginger Minj, and Peaches Christ will star in Varla Jean Merman and Christ's mash-up of First Wives Club and Fight Club.
Cadence Video Poetry Festival
Video poetry has been around since the late 1970s, but it's been enjoying a slight revival in a world where three-minute videos on the internet serve as our primary mode of media consumption. Local fiction writer Chelsea Werner-Jatzke is curating the second iteration of this festival, which will include video poems from Shaun Kardinal, Catherine Bresner, and Sierra Nelson.RICH SMITH
This week's main event will be Refrain Cadence, which will showcase cine-poems from around the world.
The Color of History in Contemporary Iranian Art
Dr. Abbas Daneshvari—a professor of Art History at California State University Los Angeles—will discuss how the conflation of the banal with the fantastic distinguishes postmodernism from modernism in Iranian art.
Danny Goldberg: Serving the Servant
If the current trend holds, the number of books written about Nirvana—and especially Kurt Cobain—will eventually match those about Bob Dylan. The latest is by Danny Goldberg, who managed Nirvana from 1991 to 1994, when they rocketed from Sub Pop–backed grunge-rock hopefuls to global superstars. Having that access to Cobain, to whom he became a close friend, should lend Serving the Servant a trove of insights and anecdotes that may have eluded other chroniclers of the pain-racked voice of a generation. Word is, the book focuses on the positive aspects of Cobain’s life. That this event is happening at the Neptune indicates how strongly people still feel about Nirvana’s small but influential canon. DAVE SEGAL
Emergent Strategy: An Evening with Adrienne Maree Brown
Activist and author Adrienne Maree Brown will read from her book Emergent Strategy, all about her approach to community organizing.
The Locks, the Lake, and the Loss of the Black River
Fittingly for Earth Day, author David B. William will share stories about the Lake Washington Ship Canal's construction and operation, highlighting the changes that occurred around Renton when the lake dropped nine feet and the Black River—a tributary of the Duwamish River that drained Lake Washington until 1916—began to disappear.
Muybridge on the Beach
Elizabeth West Hutchinson, Associate Professor of American Art History at Barnard College/Columbia University and author of The Indian Craze: Primitivism, Modernism and Transculturation in American Art, 1890-1915, will speak on a surprising event that happened in the summer of 1868: Famed inventor and photographer Eadweard Muybridge's documentation of a military visit to southeastern Alaska, an expedition that did not result in a propagandistic depiction of American expansion but in a record of Tlingit life and unmastered landscapes.
Nisi Shawl, Alberto Yañez, E. Lily Yu: New Suns
Prolific science-fiction writer Nisi Shawl edited this collection of speculative fiction by writers of color. At this reading, she'll be joined by contributors Alberto Yañez and E. Lily Yu.
Shayla Lawson: I Think I'm Ready to See Frank Ocean
I Think I’m Ready to See Frank Ocean takes individual Frank Ocean songs as inspiration to produce “a mythological mixtape of confession and surreal sleuthing,” as Hugo House describes it. Lawson will be joined by the wonderful Jane Wong, with a Q&A led by Anastacia-Reneé.
Directors Kayla Teel and Michael Draper and a cast of improvisers will re-create the seedy/addictive TV show The Bachelor with contestants eliminated one by one from a competition for true love. Teel and Draper are both magnetic local wits themselves, so we're anticipating a rose-worthy run of this new spontaneous play.
Extremely popular Bollywood comedian and actor Vir Das (who has appeared in films including BadMaash Company, Delhi Belly, and Revolver Rani, and has performed stand-up comedy all over the world) will grace humble Bellevue.
Dance, Dance, Dance #2
A follow-up to Donald Byrd's Dance, Dance, Dance from 2016, this show will include a piece of Merce Cunningham choreography, Crises, which was first performed in 1960 and obliges the dancers to stay in constant physical contact; a new work by Byrd, inspired by Cunningham; and Vincent Michael Lopez's N O R A E F A.
Before his ACT Theatre premiere of People of the Book this fall, Stranger Genius Award winner Yussef El Guindi will have another play—a very dark comedy—staged by Pony World Theatre. Ahmed is a regular, if rather awkward, American guy who works at "a secret military intelligence group that interrogates terrorism suspects." When he's forced to grill someone very close to him as a test of loyalty, Ahmed must confront his own roots and patriotism.
Motherland: 2019 CoCA Members Show
Artist and former City Arts section editor Amanda Manitach curates this "salon-style" exhibition by CoCA members, which continues the gallery's focus on women artists and women's issues.
A Midsummer Night's Dream
George Balanchine's beautiful choreography of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream will get a Northwest forest setting and rainbow sherbert-colored design in this Pacific Northwest Ballet production.
Pints & Public Lands Film Fest: An Earth Day Celebration
In this event for Earth Day, watch the film Run Wild, Run Free, which relates how the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act was created. Peddler will donate $1 per pint to Washington Wild's Brewshed Alliance.
Game of Thrones: The Drag Show
Bradshaw, Cookie Couture, and other queens of WEIRD will gird their loins for a tribute to the
interminable epic TV series in all its gore, finery, and fire.
Nick Thorkelson et al.: Herbert Marcuse, Philosopher of Utopia
Prefer your biographies of philosophers in comics form? This is a great way to discover the life of Herbert Marcuse, the 20th-century proponent of “principled utopianism,” which inspired activists from Angela Davis to Kathy Acker. Thorkelson's graphic biography has drawn the admiration of such artist/storytellers as Joe Sacco (Footnotes in Gaza) and Kate Evans (Red Rosa: A Graphic Biography).
A road-tested veteran of stage, radio, and small screen, Seattle comic Kermet Apio has won the Great American Comedy Festival and Seattle Comedy Competition contests. Yet in some circles, he’s not very respected. Maybe that’s because Apio’s work lacks edginess and exudes an eminently palatable patina of middlebrow relatability. But within those narrow parameters, Apio excels in the profanity-free realms of family-oriented, self-deprecating humor. Sometimes we need clever truth bombs dropped about the lamentable condition known as being in your 40s or a riff on how absurd it seems now for students in 1970s-era grade-school art class to be making ashtrays. DAVE SEGAL
SPLIFF Film Fest
A new vibe of stoner entertainment is emerging—witness the rise of Broad City, High Maintenance, and basically every TV show created on Viceland. And now, most importantly, The Stranger presents SPLIFF, your new favorite film festival created by the stoned for the stoned. We received films (four minutes and twenty seconds or less!) from all around the world. Our inaugural lineup is hilarious, weird, sexy, trippy, and unlike any stoner films you've seen before. There are spaceships, Rihanna-inspired blunt tutorials, dancing boobs, Australians, puppets, ASMR candy sandwiches...Unfortunately, because of LAWS, you can't smoke inside the theater, and you're not supposed to smoke outside of it, either. CHASE BURNS
Seattle Scotch & Beer Fest
The "region's biggest spring beer festival combining craft beer, Scotch, whiskey, and wine tasting," this two-day event showcases authentic Scotch and Irish whiskey tastings, seminars, and craft beers from West Coast brewers.
Cornish Dance Theater Spring 2019 Concert
Watch Cornish dancers perform works by faculty and guest choreographers Pat Hon, Laura Ann Smyth, Kate Wallich, and Deborah Wolf.
The Fifth Annual Boylesque Festival
Boylesque is burlesque that has a lot more "boy" in it. Think Chippendales, if Chippendales were queer and the men put sparkly tassels on their butts and occasionally looked hyper-femme. (So, really, it's nothing like Chippendales. Thank God.) Strappy lingerie, gender-bending, sequined crotch pieces, kicks, wieners, flips, and twerking all appear to be promised. The thing features more than 30 performers from across the country, and it tends to sell out, so nab your tickets ASAP if you're looking for extra-creative ways to pull slutty socks off your body parts. CHASE BURNS
Rheanna Atendido: Cultural Essay
In this play by Rheanna Atendido, a high-school student with imposter syndrome struggles to write a cultural essay for her University of Washington application.
Anime Film Series
It's back! Time to treat your eyeballs to some of the most beautiful and otherworldly images ever projected on Cinerama's huge movie screen. Selections this year include Studio Ghibli masterworks like Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, and My Neighbor Totoro; Satoshi Kon's gorgeous, hallucinatory Paprika; the devastating Grave of the Fireflies; cyberpunk classics Akira, Cowboy Bebop, and Ghost in the Shell; and lovely recent features like Your Name and The Red Turtle.
Lady M Pop-Up
Lady M is famous for their signature crepe cake: "twenty paper-thin handmade crêpes delicately layered with ethereal, light pastry cream, the top gently caramelized till golden." It also comes in other flavors, like green tea and pistachio mille. Pre-ordered specialty cakes will be available to pick up at this event.
Bibliophilia Storytelling Festival
Bibliophilia is back! Rather than force audiences to sit and listen to four writers simply read from their work for two hours (which can be great!), writer and organizer Jekeva Phillips combines the powers of improv and literature to create wild, dynamic performances. This year features some of the region's best poets and storytellers, including Amber Flame, Donna Miscolta, and Jalayna Carter. If you can't attend the whole festival, I'd check out the Beginning, Middle, and End event on Friday and the Poetry Verse Play: Featuring Amber Flame event on Sunday. In the former, three different artists tell the beginning, middle, and end of a story using three different genres—poetry, prose, and theater. For Poetry Verse Play, a group of improv artists will create a one-act play based on a first hearing of one of Flame's poems. This year, all events will take place at Hugo House, where I'm sure the bar will be open. RICH SMITH
Small Mouth Sounds
Thalia’s Umbrella will stage this "(mostly) silent comedy" about seven people trying to stay quiet at a forest retreat.
Cheech & Chong
That's right, here's a chance to witness the legendary stoner duo in the flesh and THC-laced blood.
David Byrne's 'True Stories' on 35mm
Talking Heads leader David Byrne took stories and headlines from tabloid magazines and gave them new life in True Stories, which Northwest Film Forum will be showing in 35 mm. In the 1986 film, Byrne plays a nameless narrator in a giant cowboy hat as he observes the fictional town of Virgil, Texas, prepare for its sesquicentennial (150th) “Celebration of Specialness,” which is sponsored by computing manufacturing plant Varicorp Corporation. The film explores creativity, culture, and the strengthening grip of consumerism in the flyover states, featuring an early John Goodman performance and wide empty Texas skies. The film itself is like a dream, surreal and beautiful. JASMYNE KEIMIG
Drone Cinema Film Festival: Selected Works
Ambient music producer and past David Lynch collaborator Kim Cascone runs this festival combining experimental, non-narrative film, video, and animation with drone music.
Movies at MoPOP: Friday
It's not a great day for Craig (played by Ice Cube)—he got fired on his day off, and now he and his best friend Smokey (Chris Tucker) owe $200 to a violent drug dealer for smoking all his weed. But with no job, how will they pay up? This comedy meanders through a rough day on the tough side of LA, complete with drive-bys, religious pamphleteers, neighborhood psychopaths, and a scary dude named "Big Worm." Come for the antics, stay for the Mo-town and old-school rap soundtrack, featuring the Temptations, James Brown, Dr. Dre, Funkdoobiest, and Tha Alkaholiks.
Hama Hama Oyster Rama
If you’ve ever tried a Hama Hama oyster, you know they’re not quite like any other oyster out there. Harvested at low tide from the Hama Hama Company’s farm, they’re briny and salty with a hint of citrus. At this event, bivalve-crazed beachcombers can visit and learn all about how their oysters are raised. Take tours with intertidal ecologists and oyster growers, harvest all the oysters and clams you can shuck, and put your shoveling and shucking skills to the test in the “Shuckathalon” competition. There will also be activities for kids, a beer and wine garden, live music, and lots of food. JULIANNE BELL
Seattle Cheese and Meat Festival
This food fest is happening on 4/20, which is either a happy coincidence or telling you something about its organizers. Cured meat. Fromage. You get a charcuterie board and glass upon entry, and more than 50 vendors offer tastes and sips (wine, cider, beer, spirits, and kombucha included). Take a puff somewhere discreet, then spend the afternoon eating your heart out. LEILANI POLK
Wink Doughnuts Pop-Up
Start off your Saturday with gluten-free, organic, and plant-based doughnuts from Wink, along with hot coffee from Broadcast Coffee Roasters.
Am I Right, Ladies?
The West Coast has always been a purveyor of “acid drag,” thanks largely to the Cockettes, San Francisco’s LSD-fueled hippie drag queens who occasionally used Divine as a muse in the early 1970s. Their impact still lingers in the region, and I’d argue that Michete, Seattle’s raunchy DIY rapper who’s become a hit maker for Tumblr teens, presents a sort of low-fi, punk acid drag that’s completely wild, stupid, and really fun. Her curating skills will be on full display with this “unhinged psychedelic 4/20 spiral” featuring drag, DJs, live music, art, and photography. I suggest going to this very, very stoned. CHASE BURNS
Cucci's Spooky Weed
What could be spookier than spending 4/20 stoned with Cucci Binaca? Binaca, a mischievous ringleader in Seattle’s drag scene, is potty-mouthed, perpetually stoned, and the conservative right’s worst nightmare, which makes her a favorite here at The Stranger. In Cucci’s Spooky Weed, she invites drag performers to create numbers that are both spooky and stoned, and it’s a riot (sometimes literally). Get hella high before you go, and be prepared for performers who are more likely to spend their number bleeding onto a canvas than lip-synching to Britney Spears. CHASE BURNS
Radiolab's Jad Abumrad: The Miracle of Indoor Plumbing
NPR's insanely popular podcast/broadcast Radiolab is the brainchild of Jad Abumrad, who won a Peabody Award and a MacArthur "Genius" Grant for his audiodocumentary innovations. He also hosts More Perfect, a newer series about the Supreme Court.
Elizabeth Colen, Sarah Galvin, Robert Lashley
Bellingham poet Elizabeth J. Colen, author of True Ash, Lambda Literary Award finalist Money for Sunsets, and more, will be joined by Stranger favorite (and contributor) Sarah Galvin (Rich Smith: "Fans love Galvin's poems for their wild imagery and surprising turns") and Stranger Genius Award winner Robert Lashley (Smith: his poems in Up South are "fucking dope").
The alt-theater fixture Butch Alice has chosen a different lineup of storytellers for every night of this new series. The performers are drawn from Seattle's fringe theater, improv, drag, and comedy scenes, including favorites like Emmett Montgomery, Mercury Divine, Laura Turner, and Scot Rigsby Augustson. Tonight, you'll see Laura Turner, Shawn McConaghy, D'Arcy Harrison, and Alyx Steadman.
SATURDAY-SUNDAYFOOD & DRINK
Get dazed and confused at this two-day 4/20-themed celebration of all things IPA, including more than 30 IPAs on tap (like special limited-release brew collaborations with other Washington breweries); stoner-rific snacks, like a two-pound tray of loaded nachos and a “kitchen-sink pizza” (a combination of prosciutto, eggs, tater tots, hollandaise, chives, and maple syrup) to sate your munchies; Taylor Shellfish oyster shucking; “psychedelic coloring” with local group the Coloring Project; and even baby goats. The event will kick off with a different kind of green for Earth Day: a beach cleanup. Plus, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Surfrider Foundation of Washington, a nonprofit grassroots organization dedicated to protecting our oceans, waves, and beaches. JULIANNE BELL
I don’t have children, so I can’t say if babies will like Balloonacy, one of the cutest pieces of theater made for young children in recent years. But I once saw Balloonacy at Minneapolis’s Children’s Theatre Company stoned out of my mind, and WOW, is it one of the most magical things to ever be created for the stage. It’s a wordless, situational comedy about an old man who lives alone and is trying to celebrate his birthday when suddenly red balloons bust into his apartment to tease and tickle him. It’s basically an allegory for socialism, but for kids. CHASE BURNS
Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons
Imagine being able to flirt with only 140 words a day. Honestly, it might solve a lot of problems. But in this dry, British rom-com from Sam Steiner, the government is imposing the rule, and government rules are always backed by the threat of state violence, which isn't good for flirting. Most of the time. Anyway, Sharif Ali and Mary Kate Moran star in the show from Theater Schmeater, and they're good, so this play about a love triangle in a time of totalitarian rule should resonate. RICH SMITH
Pastor Kaleb's Easter Service 2019
Pastor Kaleb's flock may not be your stereotypical churchgoing crowd—former Stranger writer Brendan Kiley reported many sightings of "burlesque dancers and comedians, writers, and nightlife impresarios [...] drinking down the dregs of their Bloody Marys"—among their number. But Kaleb has a televangelist's charisma, even when he's preaching on something nonsensical, and this Easter ceremony will highlight the joy of spring.
Contestants will try to guess local celebrities' answers to silly questions during this beloved, long-running, ribald series run by Richard Rugburn and Miss Moist Towelette. April's theme is "Drink, Drank, Drunk," and the show will star Freckles Riverside, Kook Teflon, Connie Merlot, Aunt Franzea, Amy Whinehouse, Nelson Heston Riley, and Sweety Darling.
Very funny stoned and sober women comedians Phoebe Richards (often seen at ComedySportz), Kayla Teel (often seen at Jet City), Stephani Thompson (ditto), and indie darling Grace Penzell will act out silly stories about all the best things in life: pizza, hookups, and weed.
Whether or not you actually celebrate the religious aspects of the holiday, Easter is a great excuse to go out to a fancy brunch. We've compiled all the Seattle options for your convenience, so you can save the hunting for Easter eggs and spend more time thinking about hollandaise-smothered eggs (not to mention bottomless mimosas). If you're opting to stay in this year, we've got you covered there, too.
Loxsmith Bagel Bar Mitzvah
The popular 48-hour-fermented, lye-boiled bagel pop-up returns, this time with an all-new menu.
Seattle Magazine Brunch Run 5K
Congratulate yourself on running a 5K by feasting on all-you-can-eat brunch bites from Seattle restaurants—complete with a beer and mimosa garden—at Seattle Magazine's annual event benefitting Northwest Harvest. There will also be an Easter egg hunt and a visit from the Easter Bunny for kiddos.