The Seattle International Film Festival is back! Meet Lynn Shelton and Marc Maron at a screening and party for Sword of Trust on opening night. SIFF

Our music critics have already chosen the 50 best music shows this week, but now it's our arts critics' turn to recommend the best events in their areas of expertise. Here are their picks in every genre—from the Seattle International Film Festival to a science talk about outer space with Neil deGrasse Tyson-approved ex-musician Brian Cox, and from the Horse in Motion's The Arsonists to the Green Lake Food Walk. See them all below, and find even more events on our complete Things To Do calendar.

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Ani DiFranco
The name Ani DiFranco (it’s pronounced Ah-knee, not Annie) may not mean much to heterosexuals or anyone under the age of 30, but this singer-songwriter was a big deal back in the 1990s and early 2000s. In addition to providing the soundtrack for legions of young queer womxn (née lesbians), DiFranco has lived a remarkable life herself, from emancipating from her family as a teenager to creating her own music label and coming of age at a time when it really wasn’t cool to be queer. She’ll talk about her life—and maybe read from her new memoir, No Walls and the Recurring Dream—when she comes to town, but there will be no musical performance. The good news: If you want to revisit the ’90s, all 21 of her studio albums are available on Spotify. KATIE HERZOG



Mike McCready and Kate Neckel: Sway
Mike McCready of Pearl Jam joins energetic abstract artist Kate Neckel for a multimedia exhibition featuring music, collage, painting, and more.
Closing Saturday



Murder Queens
The improvisers of Murder Queens (aka "the Real Houses of Westeros") will prove that "you can't solve every problem in the Seven Kingdoms with marriage or murder."



Seattle Beer Week 2019
Seattle’s craft-beer scene is always alive and bubbling with activity, but during Beer Week that geeky enthusiasm gets kicked into high gear, with a stacked lineup of beer dinners, festivals, socials, pub crawls, and releases galore. This week, the festivities will include Women in Beer (an annual celebration of female brewers that benefits Planned Parenthood), a Future Primitive Skate Party, the pFriem Family Brewers Beer Dinner, a Sour Beer Tap Takeover, beer and doughnut pairings, and way more. JULIANNE BELL
See the full list of recommended Beer Week events here.


See works from the Museum of Northwest Art's permanent collection by prominent Northwestern artists, including the "Mystics" Mark Tobey, Morris Graves, Kenneth Callahan, and Guy Anderson, and their successors Leo Kenney, Richard Gilkey, Clayton and Barbara James, Paul Horiuchi, Philip McCracken, and others. The last part of the exhibition features works by contemporary artists such as Julie Speidel, Marita Dingus, Jeffry Mitchell, and Akio Takamori.
Closing Sunday



Author Talk: The Peached Tortilla by Eric Silverstein
Litigator-turned-chef Eric Silverstein was born in Tokyo, then moved to Atlanta at the age of 10, where he became immersed in Southern and Southwestern cuisine. He’s combined the regional cuisines of his upbringing in his unique Japanese-Southern fusion at the Peached Tortilla, his popular Austin-based food truck, catering business, and brick-and-mortar restaurant. This translates to craveable comfort dishes like umami fried chicken, Korean short-rib pappardelle with smoked crème fraîche, and cult-favorite bacon-jam fries. The New York Times named it one of “Five Places to Go in Austin,” but you don’t need to shell out for airfare to try it: His new cookbook explains how to re-create the Peached Tortilla experience at home. At the Book Larder, he’ll explain the inspiration behind his food and sign copies of his book, and guests will get to sample a bite. JULIANNE BELL

Gilbert's Cheese Experience at Stoup Brewing!
The new curated cheese pairing series Gilbert's Cheese Experience will debut with a "full-sensory cheese and beer pairing" with beers from Stoup Brewing.

Musang Pop-up Fundraising Dinner
Bar del Corso sous chef Melissa Miranda will host a fundraiser edition of her popular Pacific Northwest-influenced Filipinx pop-up Musang, which will open as a brick-and-mortar restaurant in Beacon Hill this fall. Proceeds will benefit Coyote Central's training program for budding young chefs.


Jared Diamond: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis
The author of Guns, Germs, and Steel, which undertook to explain the technological discrepancies between different societies, and Collapse, an analysis of societal doom, will tackle the pressing question of how civilizations can make choices to avert catastrophe. His new book, Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis, takes such case studies as the Soviet invasion of Finland and the forced opening of Japan to the West. He'll bring these observations to bear on the contemporary United States.

Salon of Shame
Writing that makes you cringe ("middle school diaries, high school poetry, unsent letters") is read aloud with unapologetic hilarity at the Salon of Shame.

Sandro Galea: How We Talk About Health
Despite an apparent obsession with health that pervades the United States, Americans live statistically shorter, less healthy lives than citizens of other rich countries. That's according to Sandro Galea, who argues that Americans "focus on the wrong things when they talk about health" and offers his insights in his book How We Talk About Health. Hear more at his Town Hall talk. 

Seattle Arts & Lectures: Tayari Jones
The plot of Jones's new book, An American Marriage, sounds all too familiar for followers of the news: An innocent African American man, Roy, is arrested for a crime he's not guilty of, and his imprisonment and degradation strain his relationship with his wife, Celestial. In an interview with Tin House, Jones hinted at her interest in the topic: "The idea of incarceration looming as just one misunderstanding away has always been part of my understanding of the world. As a matter of fact, writing this I always thought that this was the least interesting part of the story. [...] For me, the challenge lies in the collateral effects." Jones will be interview by Lisa Lucas, director of the National Book Foundation.



Tess Gallagher: Is, Is Not
Gallagher's natural, fluid narrative poetry is much admired by her peers and by critics such as Michiko Kakutani of the New York Times. She is, incidentally, the widow of Raymond Carver and the scion of a Northwest logging family. Is, Is Not is the Port Angeles writer's 12th published book.



George Rodriguez: Reflect and Gather
A series of compact rooms composed of more than 1,000 handmade clay tiles, Seattle-based ceramicist George Rodriguez’s Reflect and Gather is meant to stimulate the viewer’s vision, but also bring about a sense of meditative reflection. The exhibition includes a wet-clay room, where visitors are encouraged to leave their own physical traces, to record their own movement through space and time. JASMYNE KEIMIG
Closing Saturday



School of Rock
Dewey Finn is a substitute teacher who turns his class into one huge rock band. Andrew Lloyd Webber has composed 14 new songs for this new musical, based on the Richard Linklater-Jack Black film.

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.



Pop-up Magazine
Pop-up Magazine is a traveling multimedia show with music, video, photography, radio, and talks, all live onstage. None of it will be recorded, so you'll have to be there to experience it!

Ryann Donnelly: Justify My Love
From '80s MTV classics to Beyoncé's Lemonade, Ryann Donnelly highlights artists who have used music videos to express subversive and progressive messages about sex and gender in her book Justify My Love. She'll be joined in conversation by The Stranger's Christopher Frizzelle.



Markel Uriu: An Object Lesson
Seattle-based artist Markel Uriu’s latest exhibition will investigate the narrative around “invasive species” of plants and animals. Uriu uses organic materials—like moss, branches, and leaves—to investigate ideas of impermanence, maintenance, and decay. In An Object Lesson, she’ll be looking specifically at the starling, a European bird that’s considered an invasive species here in North America, introduced to the continent in 1890 on the basis of a mention in Shakespeare’s Henry IV. JASMYNE KEIMIG
Closing Saturday



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.

In the popular imagination, opera is everything that Carmen is not: ungainly, grandiose, psychologically cartoonish, full of eardrum-bashing orchestration rather than sinuous, sexy tunes. But Georges Bizet's Carmen is dark, intimate, catchy, and closer in plot to a film noir than an epic. Expect Seattle Opera to bring a thoughtful and nuanced perspective, carefully handling the dated theme of the exotic femme fatale. JOULE ZELMAN
No Thursday performance

Love, Chaos, & Dinner
Beloved circus/cabaret/comedy institution Teatro ZinZanni will reboot their successful variety show, which they describe as the "Kit Kat Klub on acid." They promise to fill their spiegeltent with "world-class acrobats, musicians, divas, illusionists, madmen, and aerialists," plus ping-pong-playing comedian Tim Tyler, trapezists Duo Rose, opera singer Kelly Britt, and the Anastasini Brothers, Lady Rizo, and Frank Ferrante.

Nina Simone: Four Women
The play opens with a character based on Nina Simone, Peaches, playing “I Loves You, Porgy,” the signature tune of the jazz singer/pianist’s pre-protest-song era. The performance, however, is disrupted by the cries of the four girls killed in the 1963 Birmingham, Alabama, church bombing. In the second act, Nina meets another black woman, Sarah, in the ruins of the church. It soon becomes clear that Sarah, a committed member of the church, is opposed to Nina's radicalization. "I ain't into that radical business," Sarah says. The question at the core of the play becomes clear: Do we rebuild the church or destroy the current racist society? For Peaches/Simone, the answer is clear: Because there is nothing good about American society, it must be exploded and completely rebuilt from scratch. The ruins of the Alabama church should become the ruins of racism in America. CHARLES MUDEDE



British Comedy Classics
The finest British comedies of the 1940s and ’50s—Green for Danger, The Man in the White Suit, 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. Tonight's final installment is Bryan Forbes's The Wrong Box, about two brothers who plot to kill their young and feckless relative in order to become the sole beneficiaries of a family tontine. Naughty!


Magnuson Thursday Night Market
Partake a smorgasbord of street food, including rolled ice cream from SÜSU, drinks from Wow Wow Hawaiian Lemonades, and Mexican-Asian fusion food from Phorale.


Eat Read Hugo
Hugo House is a significant force in Seattle’s literary arts scene, home to a wellspring of creativity, from readings to workshops to youth outreach programs—“a place where you can read words, hear words, and make your own words better.” This annual fundraiser includes dinner by seasonal caterers Herban Feast, a live auction of unique items and experiences you probably want to bid on, and a talk by special guest author Laurie Frankel (This Is How It Always Is, Goodbye for Now). Proceeds help Hugo House in its efforts to bring all those fantastic authors to its stage and give scholarships and fellowships to emerging writers, because this isn’t a career that pays, people. The newbs need all the support they can get, and Hugo House does its part to offer it. You should, too. Go eat and be merry for a good cause. LEILANI POLK



14/48: Nordo – Food Theater Thunderdome V
Four playwrights and chefs with a randomly chosen cast and director create a paired play and four-course dinner with a randomly chosen secret ingredient in this collaboration with the 14/48 Projects. They only have four days to come up with the whole thing. 

Local theater and poetry stars Dani Tirrell, Naa Akua, and Anastasia Renee will perform their multidisciplinary work-in-progress about the HIV/AIDS epidemic under President Ronald Reagan. They promise to consider such questions as "Were the places of safety also places of death? Who and what was idolized? How did the Reagan administration fail the country during that time?"

Ian Bell's Brown Derby Series presents: GREASE!
The screenplay of Grease—the perma-classic teen musical with a questionable moral at its heart—will be heavily adapted, hastily rehearsed, and "ridiculously staged" in Ian Bell's Brown Derby Series, a comedy favorite that's been going strong for 20 years.


Elyse Pignolet: You Should Smile More
Los Angeles–based artist Elyse Pignolet’s work is charming—a ceramicist, she often incorporates feminist messages and phrases into traditional-looking vases and plates. A gorgeous blue-and-white ceramic tulipiere, stuffed with flowery images, has the phrase “Will She Ever Shut Up?” and a plate finds snake-like branches swirling around the word “bitchy.” A bit kitschy, Pignolet’s work subverts the stuffy and persnickety assumptions we have toward ceramic artwork. And it’s a lot of fun. JASMYNE KEIMIG
Opening Thursday

Dawn Cerny and Damien Hoar de Galvan: The Perfume Counter
Stranger Genius Award finalist Dawn Cerny, whose playful collaborations and solo pieces have been shown at the Henry Art Gallery and elsewhere, builds an installation with Boston's Damien Hoar de Galvan, who often makes pleasingly fitted and painted sculptures out of scrap wood.
Closing Saturday

Swoon: Every Portrait Is a Vessel
“Every portrait is a vessel” is an interesting proposition. My brain begins to fill in the rest of the sentence. Every portrait is a vessel of love. A vessel of self. A vessel of truth. Every Portrait Is a Vessel is the first solo exhibition by Swoon (aka Caledonia Curry) in the Pacific Northwest. Swoon is a legendary street artist, most famous for her portraiture-based artwork and large-scale installations. At Treason, she’ll be showing a mix of new and old pieces in a range of formats, from music boxes to mixed-media pieces. JASMYNE KEIMIG
Closing Saturday



Seattle International Film Festival 2019
The 45th annual Seattle International Film Festival is the largest film festival in the United States, with more than 400 films (spread over 25 days) watched by around 140,000 people at nine theaters across the city. It's impressively grand and one of the most exciting and widely attended arts events Seattle has to offer. Opening night will feature local filmmaker Lynn Shelton's Sword of Trust, with Shelton and star Marc Maron as guests. A few selections from this year's crop have been announced, and they look unmissable: new films by Olivier Assayas (known for Personal Shopper and more), Peter Strickland (known for The Duke of Burgundy), Jennifer Kent (The Babadook), Denys Arcand (The Decline of the American Empire), Jafar Panahi (This Is Not a Film) and Werner Herzog (The Cave of Forgotten Dreams), plus intriguing works by less familiar names. The closing night film will be the Awkwafina-starring The Farewell, a drama by Lulu Wang.

Ligia Lewis: Sorrow Swag
If your spring has been light on slightly academic explorations of sadness, sex, and rage, then On the Boards has your back with its season closer, the unfinished BLUE, RED, WHITE triptych by Ligia Lewis. Sorrow Swag examines "race, authorship, gender, and grief" through the figure of a white, male boxer in a blue room. His lines are a mishmash of playwright Jean Anouilh's Antigone (Sophocles's great defense of civil disobedience) and Samuel Beckett's Not I (a freaky-ass, manic monologue delivered in almost total darkness by an actor whose entire body has been painted black, except for the mouth). The show should bust up any lingering notion you have about the stability of identity. Recommended pairing: minor matter, the second show in Lewis's tryptic. For this one, Lewis drops two dancers in a pool of red lights and lets them duke out their "urges of love and rage." RICH SMITH



Sober Virgin: The Goo Brothers
Sober Virgin is wicked Elena Martinez and innocent Anthony Householder. In this sketch show, "You're invited to come on a date with the mother of two agoraphobic young boys, Geralt and Giles Goo." Will the brothers let their mom find romance, or will the evening end in disaster?


Stem: Wine Tasting Event
Explore the science behind your favorite fermented grape beverage at this after-hours museum field trip for adults, where you can sip as many samples as you can handle. Talk to reps from Washington wineries and learn all about their processes, from vine to glass.


Angela Davis: Freedom is a Constant Struggle
A truly important figure is visiting near Seattle: Angela Y. Davis, black liberation fighter, former political prisoner, pro-Palestinian advocate, and Distinguished Professor Emerita at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Hear her read from her book of essays, fully titled Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement, wherein she draws parallels between different forms of resistance to the state all over the world.

Convergence in Verse: Da’, Laser, Rivera, Schlegel, and Tahat
Five excellent poets—local Native poet Laura Da’, Jessica Laser (author of Sergei Kuzmich from All Sides and He That Feareth), Rob Schlegel (author of January Machine), Moss Lit editor Dujie Tahat, and Philadelphia poet laureate Raquel Salas Rivera—will gather for a reading.

Red May 2019
This annual, intellectual "vacation from capitalism" offers new takes on Marx, equality, and economics in community spaces. This week, our critics recommend a Red May City Council discussion on Neoliberal Seattle.

Yoni ki Baat
Watch South Asian performers present Yoni Ki Baat, a take on The Vagina Monologues, a 14-year-old annual event taking place on the East Side for the second time. The festival says: "Yoni is a complex word: it is used to refer to the vagina or vulva. In Sanskrit it can also mean 'sacred space' and serve as a symbol for divine creative energy." The event is inclusive and acknowledges the complexity of gender.



Converge Dance Festival
See new dance works by up-and-coming choreographers, including the Ellensburg Dance Collective, Caitlyn Lamdin, Meredith Pellon, Beth Terwilleger, Peter Kohring, and Leah Russell.


Janelle Abbott: Brutal, Right?
Local fashion genius Janelle Abbott—one half of clothing design duo FEMAIL—will present a zero-waste collection inspired by both brutalist architecture and the artist's "junior-high aesthetics" using reclaimed materials.
Closing Saturday

Liz Tran: Innerverse
See brightly colored, exuberant paintings by Liz Tran. The dominant shapes are circles. Circles that look like gears in a machine that creates happiness from a movie set in a flower-power utopia. JEN GRAVES
Opening Friday



The Arsonists
In gearing up for The Horse in Motion's latest piece of immersive theater, The Arsonists by Max Frisch (translated by Alistair Beaton), director Bobbin Ramsey has been posing a moral quandary to her company members. "You're holding a burning match in your hand," Ramsey says. "What are you going to do? Put it out? Point it out and do nothing? Ignore it until it burns you? Or are you going to hold it to a drum of gasoline and blow everything up?" Each of the characters in Frisch's absurdist "morality play without a moral" assumes one of those positions in response to the incendiary activities of a group of political activists. Decades before the phrase "burn it all down" gained a certain ironic popularity in social-justice circles, Frisch, a Swiss playwright who wrote The Arsonists in 1953, was putting the idea to the test. Ramsey says this play asks, "Okay, if we're actually going to burn it down, then how do we hold the responsibility of that?" RICH SMITH



Ligia Lewis: minor matter
Despite being performed first this season, minor matter is the Bessie-winning sequel to Lewis's Sorrow Swag, the second part in a triptych still in development. Lewis and two other performers "become engaged in a complicated entanglement with the black box and themselves" in this reflection on meaning and representation in theater.

Tiny Beautiful Things
Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) has adapted Cheryl Strayed's story of writing an advice column under the pseudonym Sugar, yielding a play about empathy, healing, tough love, and kindness.



Auburn's Petpalooza 2019
Whether you want to do something fun with your pet or you're thinking about adoption, this event has plenty in store for animal lovers. Start out with a Dog Trot 3K and 5K Fun Run with your furry family member, then go ride a pony, cheer on pig races, and meet pets looking for homes.

There's No Place Like America Today Fest
Named after the seminal soul record by Curtis Mayfield, There's No Place Like America Today Fest presents a full day of music with bands like Downtown Boys, Dangers, Gabriel Teodros, and High Pulp, plus art activities like zine-making and free workshops and panels on "radical social causes" and ways to get involved in grassroots activism in Seattle.


Green Lake Food Walk 2019
Billing itself as the food-world analogue to an art walk, this event will allow guests to peruse the eateries of Green Lake and try different dishes from a variety of establishments. You can sample vegan doughnuts from Mighty-O Donuts, wacky shakes and behemoth burgers from Lunchbox Laboratory, food from PCC Community Markets, frozen yogurt from Zoe Yogurt, Hawaiian-style burgers from Teddy’s Bigger Burgers, and espresso, smoothies, and acai from Brazilian coffeehouse Kitanda. The event will also feature a beer garden with live music. JULIANNE BELL

Pierogi Fest 2019
To know pierogi, the absurdly comforting and starchy Polish dumplings, is to love them. This wildly popular yearly event from the Polish Cultural Center gives you an opportunity to shovel the petite pockets of dough into your face by the plateful, with fillings like potato and cheese; meat, sauerkraut, and mushrooms; and blueberries. Plus, try other Polish dishes and beer, take in performances from the Polish Vivat Musica! Choir, and peruse a marketplace with Polish art, decorations, clothing, accessories, and more. JULIANNE BELL

Taco Libre Truck Showdown VIII
Nosh on over 25 "taco-inspired" dishes and enjoy a margarita and beer tasting garden, live music, and a night market.


Brad Holden: Seattle Prohibition
When you live in Seattle long enough, at a certain point you need to sit down and read a history that ties together the half-heard stories about vice dens and crooked cops you've pieced together from locals at the bar. Brad Holden's Seattle Prohibition, a slim but dense account of Seattle shortly before, during, and after prohibition, is an excellent place to start. He paints a complex portrait of the era's movers and shakers, as well as the political dynamics at play in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Before craft breweries and $14 cocktails took over Seattle, moralists and vice lords clashed on the issue of who got to have fun. Many pioneering Seattleites wanted an open town, where saloons and brothels were legal in certain parts of the city. Others, citing the Bible and being tired of getting beat up by their drunk husbands, wanted a closed town, where saloons and brothels were prohibited. Holden shows how those two broad political stances shaped the city we've come to know and not be able to afford. RICH SMITH

Brian Cox
Neil deGrasse Tyson has likened Brian Cox to Carl Sagan, which is an impressive vote of confidence. Cox might have a bit more swag: He’s an ex-musician (including membership in D:Ream, of “Things Can Only Get Better” fame) and is currently a physicist and a professor in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manchester. He has lent his expertise to a variety of science and space programs for the BBC, given talks on topics like AI and entropy, and spreads knowledge in a down-to-earth, cultured, accessible manner. For this particular event, he’ll use spectacular “state-of-the-art imagery” on giant high-def screens to “explore the nature of science and time from the big bang to black holes,” among other things. LEILANI POLK


Meiyin Wang: This Is How It Ends
With a panel of scientists, musicians, theater artists, game designers, consultants, and others, producer and director Meiyin Wang will investigate how the arts can "disrupt, inform, and influence emerging technologies," in favor of inclusivity for example. There will not only be discussion, but also demonstrations and performances. The lineup boasts such stars as Ahamefule Oluo, comedian and jazz trumpeter, UW neurobiologist Thomas Duele, his colleague James Coupe at the UW Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media, writer/game designer/theater maker Janani Balasubramaniam, Devised Theater Initiative's Andrew Kircher, and black-focused VR studio founder Dafina Toussainté McMillan.



Nate Bargatze: Good Problem To Have
Tennessee's Nate Bargatze (The Tonight Show) has been called "a comic who should be big" by Marc Maron. Given that he's the son of a clown/magician, he has weirder observational humor than most.


University District Streetfair
The University District's iconic street fair will continue its reputation as the longest-running event of its kind in the nation by filling the Ave with food from vendors (like Ziegler’s Bratwurst Haus and Little Funnel Cakes), shopping from local makers (like Steampunkjunq, Slip Ceramica, and Apple Cox Design), crafts, a beer garden, and live music for the 50th year. This year’s jazz- and Americana-inclined performers include the How Short Jazz Band, Great American Trainwreck (Sat), Left Turn on Blue, and Sam Cobra (Sun). 


The Diary of Anne Frank
For years, Anne Frank and some relatives and friends lived on the third floor of a building in Amsterdam, in an annex behind a bookcase. They were hiding out from the Nazis. On the ground floor of the building was a jam factory. The Diary of Anne Frank, which won a Tony Award for best play and a Pulitzer Prize for drama, is adapted from Frank's diaries, and it is given fresh relevance by the worldwide re-ascendance of fascism. This coproduction with Indiana Repertory Theatre features several Seattle actors and is intended for anyone over the age of nine. CHRISTOPHER FRIZZELLE



'Until, Until, Until...' Screening & Discussion
Broadway legend Ben Vereen's televised performance at Ronald Regan's 1981 inauguration is the subject of this film, adapted from the play by Edgar Arceneaux (whose exhibition Library of Black Lies is currently on view at the Henry). In the final censored five minutes of the performance that honored black vaudevillian artist Bert Williams, Vereen spoke to the history of segregation and racist stereotypes in performance. See a screening and stay on for a panel discussion with Arceneaux himself.


Lamb Jam Seattle
At this competition brought to you by Tasty Creative and the American Lamb Board, 16 rising-star chefs concoct their best lamb dishes as they vie for the title of Lamb Jam Seattle Champion. Lamb belly ramen? Lamb ham Cubanos? Anything goes. The global flavor categories include Asian, Latin, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern, and the competition will encompass chefs from laudable local establishments like Lark, Spinasse, Omega Ouzeri, Lola, Heartwood Provisions, and Sawyer, to name a few. Meanwhile, bartenders, brewers, winemakers, and other culinary artisans will round out the experience. The Seattle “Best in Show” champ will advance to the finale to contend with finalists from Austin, Boston, San Francisco, and Washington, DC, with the overall winner crowned Lamb Jam Master. JULIANNE BELL