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- A Historic Evening with Stepsister of Anne Frank, Eva Schloss
Eva Schloss, a Holocaust survivor and the stepsister of Anne Frank, will visit Seattle to share her inspiring story. She'll be joined in conversation by University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce.
- Pumpkin Smashing
Before the Jack-O-Lanterns of Seattle start to rot, wield a wooden sledgehammer and smash them to little bits. As for the leftover slop? It will be given to hungry pigs at nearby farms.
- Wetlands & Whiskey feat. Ducks Unlimited
Learn about wetlands conservation efforts in the Pacific Northwest from Ducks Unlimited Director of Conservation Mark Petrie. There will also be a duck-calling demonstration, free food, and Westland Distillery whiskey. FOOD & DRINK
Experience the fiery theatrics of a feuerzangenbowle—a traditional German drink in which a rum-soaked sugar cone is set aflame and drips into Glühwein (mulled red wine). GEEK
- Star Wars Trilogy Trivia Night
MAP Theatre will ask you 50 questions about the original Star Wars trilogy. READINGS & TALKS
- McMenamins Elks Temple History Pub Storm Warning: Historic Weather in the Evergreen State
Local broadcaster and historian Feliks Banel will regale you with stories of the Pacific Northwest's most infamous storms. He'll then invite participants to share their own snowed-in, washed-out horror stories.
A frustrated white male artist hires an actress of color to present his work under her own name to take advantage of diversity initiatives, a scheme that backfires when the actress begins to truly embrace her role. James Ijames's dark comedy will be staged by Theater 22.
No Wednesday of Friday performance
- Block 41 & Friends Present: A Global Street Fair
Enjoy live entertainment and cuisine from around the world at this second annual culture fair.
- Herbal Tea Blending at the Lab Presented By Moonlight Medicine
Mix your own blend of herbal tea, learn about traditional herbal uses and preparation methods, and try some cozy concoctions.
Using the tried-and-true medium of PowerPoint, locals will "pitch" their single friends to an audience of date-seekers. GEEK
- Harry Potter Trivia Night
Knock back pints of Harry Patersbier to ignite the part of your brain that stores Harry Potter-related information. The top teams will win prizes. PERFORMANCE
- Immersion Experience: Locally Sourced
Get in-depth information on the Pacific Northwest Ballet program Locally Sourced by attending an orchestra rehearsal with conductor Emil de Cou.
- Sky: An Evening of Flamenco
Seattle-based Flamenco dancer Savannah Fuentes will bring her fiery new show to Columbia City with musical accompaniment from singer/percussionist Diego Amador Jr. and guitarist Pedro Cortes. READINGS & TALKS
- Tiffany Midge: Bury My Heart at Chuck E. Cheese's
Tiffany Midge shares her musings on life, politics, and identity as a Native woman in America in her humor-filled memoir Bury My Heart at Chuck E. Cheese's. Join the author for a reading.
- The Revolutionists
Theater 22 will stage Lauren Gunderson's comedy about four strong women in perilous revolutionary France: the feminist playwright Olympe de Gouges, the assassin Charlotte Corday, the prisoner Marie Antoinette, and the Haitian freedom fighter Marianne Angelle. See this play in rotation with White.
No Thursday performance
- A Midsummer Night's Dream
UW Drama students, directed by Scott Kaiser of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, will take on Shakespeare's essential comedy of love potions, fairies, misplaced affections, and an ass. VISUAL ART
- The Book as Art: The Page and Beyond
MalPina Chan brings book artists to the Columbia City Gallery, with more than 30 book art pieces.
- A Conversation with LGBTQ Activist Lindsay Amer
New York-based queer activist and storyteller Lindsay Amer will lead a discussion with young local leaders on "the LGBTQ+ community, identity, allyship, and diversity in education and media." They'll return on Saturday for a live performance of their educational kid-focused web series Queer Kid Stuff. FOOD & DRINK
- DeLaurenti Aperitivo
DeLaurenti, Pike Place Market's treasure trove of food, wine, and specialty goods, will temporarily transform its upstairs wine shop into a comfy wine bar with small plates and a "concise but sincere" menu of wine by the glass. PERFORMANCE
- The Birding Body
Each member of the audience will receive a manila folder filled with clues at this interactive murder mystery involving two dead ornithologists.
Raise money for the indie arts hub Studio Current and enjoy drag with host Butylene O'Kipple, Bitch Hazel, Arson Nicki, Stasia Coup, and Rosa Marchita. READINGS & TALKS
- Bawdy Storytelling
Storytellers, porn stars, sex educators, and others will gush over their sexual escapades live. Think The Moth, but dirtier. The theme this time is "best friends," which we're guessing entails stories of platonic bonds turned carnal.
- Booktoberfest Book Nerd Party
Win free books, drink beer, and eat free snacks with fellow lit nerds, then go to bed at a reasonable hour. (As the organizers put it, "There ain’t no party like a book nerd party, ‘cuz a book nerd party ENDS AT 9!")
- Dear Books to Prisoners: Letters from the Incarcerated
The Seattle nonprofit Books to Prisoners, whose noble mission is to "foster a love of reading behind bars, encourage the pursuit of knowledge and self-empowerment, and break the cycle of recidivism," will host a reading of Dear Books to Prisoners: Letters from the Incarcerated.
- This Space for Correspondence: An Anthology of Vintage Postcards and Imagined Messages
A gaggle of mostly-Pacific Northwest writers will gather to celebrate the launch of This Space for Correspondence, a collection of imagined messages on the backs on vintage postcards. VISUAL ART
- Lecture: The Paintings of Laurits Andersen Ring
Carol Hendricks, the adult program director at Gage Academy of Art, will speak about the Danish painter L.A. Ring, whose masterpieces are currently on view at the Nordic Museum.
- This Is Seattle
Over 20 local artists will showcase work under one roof at this floral-themed party.
- The Sound Off!
In this two-night improv competition, eight local groups (including Business Casual, Fat Cats, Let's Chaaat, the Woggles, Slap Bracelet, and Bad Breath) will try their damnedest to remain in the game. PERFORMANCE
- Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
A cast of touring ballet dancers from Moscow will take their 27th tour across the United States to perform the Great Russian Nutcracker, which promises puppets and amazing costumes.
- Bengt Washburn
Washburn is a Mormon-born stand-up comedian who has performed on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, NPR, and various places in between. PERFORMANCE
- The Originals
Prep-school boys accused of plagiarism have to decide what they value more: the truth or the unspoken schoolboy code of honor. Play Your* Part will present this staged production.
- The Pavilion
At a 20-year high school reunion, a rather immature man is determined to win back the woman he wronged—despite the fact that she's still angry and also married. Craig Wright's popular, poignant play will be performed by Strawberry Theatre Workshop's Allison Standley, Quinlan Corbett, and Rob Burgess, who takes on 17 roles!
- The Brothers Paranormal
This black comedy by Prince Gomolvilas, staged here for its rolling world premiere by Pork Filled Productions, concerns a pair of Thai American brothers who see a market opportunity in a surge of "Asian-looking" apparitions throughout the nation. Pork Filled says: "The Brothers Paranormal uses standard horror tropes (it's a ghost story! On Halloween!) to do a deep dive on issues affecting marginalized communities: displacement (whether from natural disaster or gentrification), mental health (a hidden killer in the Asian American community) and handling grief and trauma (well...that's everyone)."
- Disney On Ice Presents Mickey’s Search Party
Mickey Mouse and his Disney-affiliated friends will skate on ice and perform acrobatic stunts as they search for a hidden treasure in this interactive show.
- My Name is Asher Lev
Penguin Productions presents an adaptation by Aaron Posner of the beloved Chaim Potok novel about a lonely, talented Hasidic boy and his dream of being an artist, which leads him to clash with his family and faith.
No Saturday performance
- Orphans, Thieves, and Other Unlived Lives
General Magic's evening-length dance-theater performance explores how we're influenced by our ancestors.
- Have a Slice - Improv Comedy Hosted by IMNDC
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? FILM
- Volkswagen Presents: Warren Miller's 'Timeless'
As another snowy season on the mountain approaches, skiers and snowboarders can get stoked with Warren Miller's 70th film, Timeless, wherein professional athletes (including Washington's own Tyler Ceccanti and Morgan Hebert) journey to the Rockies, the Swiss Alps, and beyond. FOOD & DRINK
- AAJA Seattle Chef Showcase 2019
Bid on auction items and sample food from celebrated local eateries like Adana, Hood Famous, and Nirmal's, all for the good cause of supporting the Asian American Journalists Association. MUSIC
- Bootie Seattle: Beyoncé vs. Everyone
Seattle's only all-mashup dance party will bow down to Beyoncé.
- Elton Joel - A Tribute to Elton John & Billy Joel
If you never got to see Elton John and Billy Joel ham it up live at one of their stadium concerts, tribute band Elton Joe will give you a second chance.
- Love Cats - Seattle Cure Tribute Band Concert
Don't skimp on black eyeliner at this the Cure tribute show with local group Love Cats.
- WAVES Presents: Magical Creatures
Make use of that leftover Halloween energy and dance to mystical electronic music with Northwest DJs. PARTIES
- Adult Swim
Meet a gigantic Pacific octopus, snap selfies with a diver, snack on hors d’oeuvres, sip drinks, and groove to music by KEXP DJ Troy Nelson at this "after-hours aquarium experience." READINGS & TALKS
- Adrienne Brodeur: Wild Game
Brodeur writes about her very complicated adolescence in this memoir, subtitled My Mother, Her Lover, and Me. At 14, she became her mother's confidante during the latter's affair with her husband's best friend. Entertainment predicts that this tale of terrible parenting, its impacts, and the possibility of reconciliation may be the "next big memoir." Brodeur will read with Danya Kukafka. VISUAL ART
- Reggie Mosby Jr. Presents: The Golden Age Hip-Hop Art Expo
Check out a hip-hop art show and enjoy food, drinks, and music.
- Keith Hennessy
The award-winning, California-based choreographer Keith Hennessey brings a week of politically minded workshops, performances, and other activities to Velocity.
- Something Magical With Billy Kidd
You may have seen Billy Kidd (not to be confused with the Old West outlaw Billy the Kid) on CBS' The Nature of Things or the TV documentary Now You See It. She'll bring her unique mix of magic, comedy, and acrobatics to Fremont on this world tour stop. One reviewer called the show "a combination of the best magic you have ever seen with Blue Man Group."
FRIDAY-SUNDAYGEEK & GAMING
- Seattle Indies Game Jam 2019
If you love playing games, why not try your hand at creating one yourself? You'll get to do just that, fueled by free pizza, at this slightly competitive three-day jam. At the end, judges will vote on their favorites. PERFORMANCE
- Shout, Sister, Shout!
Rejoice in the music and power of the "Godmother of Rock 'n' Roll," Rosetta Tharpe, the amazing singer and guitarist who transformed American music. VISUAL ART
- Art's Alive!
Celebrate the legacy of the historic Mystic Painters and Northwest School at this invitational art show featuring work by contemporary painters. Check out other venues in town—the Museum of Northwest Art, the Pacific Northwest Quilt & Fiber Arts Museum, and the Skagit County Historical Museum—during the show for more Art's Alive! activities.
- Best of the Northwest Art & Fine Craft Show
See and shop work by over 100 local artists and artisans at the 31st edition of this annual market, which will also have food trucks.
- Skagit Artists Juried Fall Art Show
Meet regional artists from Skagit Valley, Whatcom Island, Snohomish, and the San Juan counties and see their recent works.
- Channel Surfers
Improvisers will share the remote with you, the audience, for an on-the-spot night of TV-themed shenanigans. COMMUNITY
- World Toilet Day
It sounds like a gag, but the mission of World Toilet Day is no joke—it's an observance recognized by the United Nations as a day to tackle the global sanitation crisis. In Woodinville, you can take part in all-ages environment-focused art projects, science experiments, and tours of a wastewater treatment plant. FOOD & DRINK
- 2nd Annual New Belgium Spaghetti Feed
Dig into a bowl of hearty spaghetti (with optional meatballs) with a sauce made from a generations-old family recipe, free with the purchase of two pints of New Belgium beer, including varieties like the 1554 Enlightened Dark Ale and the Voodoo Ranger Hop Avenger IPA.
- Biscuits, Baths, and Bubbles
Enjoy complimentary mimosas, food, and gifts from vendors while Fido gets groomed free of charge.
- Family Jewels Kenmore Ball Crawl
Celebrate the memory of Bothell athlete Jaimeson Jones, who died from testicular cancer at the age of 20, by running or strolling to Kenmore bars to sip special beers.
- White Center Lager Fest
Succumb to lager madness with versions on tap from a variety of local breweries, including Aslan, Holy Mountain, Jellyfish, Stoup, Cloudburst, and Future Primitive. MUSIC
- Billy Idol & Duran Duran Tribute Night with Tiger Tiger & Whiplash Smile
Bust out the dance moves you reserve specifically for '80s jams at this Billy Idol and Duran Duran tribute night with local groups Tiger Tiger and Whiplash Smile.
- Erotic City Prince Tribute Band Purple Party
Swath your body in velvet and lace and party like it's 1999 with Prince tribute band Purple Party.
- Festival of Friends Events Presents : Discography, Vol 1.
The first installment of Festival of Friends' Bandmixers > Discography series will feature five classic tracks from the following albums: The Pretenders' Learning to Crawl, Pearl Jam's debut, Ten, and the Foo Fighters' self-titled debut, Never Mind the Bollocks: Here's the Sex Pistols.
- The Memphis Belles
Hark back to World War II as all-women vocal trio the Memphis Belles resurrect Andrews Sisters-inspired ditties from the 1940s.
- Seattle Composers' Salon
Enjoy a layered evening of music and discussion with four Seattle-based composers: Carson Farley, Garrett Fisher, Satchel Henneman, and Clement Reid. The Seattle Composers' Salon is an ongoing bi-monthly series that seeks to foster the engendering of new works by regional composers and performers.
- Short Run After-Party
DJ Scorpio Tail will spin tunes, Melissa Kagarer will fashion a photo booth, and you will dance in a contest to win a shiny trophy at this post-Short Run party. PARTIES
- The Epic '80s & '90s Boat Party
This DJ dance party aboard the Islander Cruise Ship will bring you the best of the late-'80s and early-'90s with two floors of music, not to mention "nostalgic snacks," a bar, and a costume contest. PERFORMANCE
- Chaotic Noise Presents 'The No Talent Shit Show'
Chaotic Noise will host this night where you're invited to spin the "wheel of talents" and attempt to do whatever you land on—juggling, stand-up, magic, or something else.
- God is a Scottish Drag Queen
In this two-act comedy, God, dressed in a floral power suit, comes down to Earth to "skewer everything from the Pope to politics."
- JUST Words Spoken Vol #3: Nic Masangkay, Myeah Gibson & More
Spoken word poets Nic Masangkay, Myeah Gibson, and others will share their emotionally vulnerable work.
- Rugby Is a Drag
See your favorite "beefy Seattle Quake RFC jocks in frocks" get down and dirty at this seventh annual charitable drag show.
- Street Fight Radio Presents: Undercover Business Tyrants
The Columbus, Ohio-based larger-than-life leftist comedy podcast hosted by Brett Payne and Bryan Quinby will stop in Seattle for a live taping. READINGS & TALKS
- The Brainpower Chronicles: Mental Health Stories
The National Alliance on Mental Illness invites Washingtonians to share their mental health stories in an open mic. If you don't feel like sharing, you can also just show up and listen.
- Conversation Hearts: An Inclusive Love Fest for Romance Readers and Writers
Readers and writers of bodice-ripping fiction—particularly those interested in better incorporating POC and LGBTQ+ voices into the genre—can sit in on a conversation with local authors Rebekah Weatherspoon and Jasmine Silvera (plus others), purchase new reads provided by Tacoma's King's Books, and make friends with likeminded folk.
- Trebor Healey and Alvin Orloff
Lambda Literary Award-winning writer Trebor Healey's newest short fiction collection follows characters who "confront the profound displacement of modern life." He'll read selections alongside Alvin Orloff, who recounts his San Francisco club-kid days during the HIV/AIDS crisis in DISASTERAMA: Adventures in the Queer Underground 1977-1997. VISUAL ART
- 'Dress Codes' Gallery Tour
Artist Ellen Lesperance and curator Amanda Donnan will lead a free, informal tour of the current Frye exhibit Dress Codes.
- Dan Mahon: The Great Catscadian Pizza Cat!
This is a rare opportunity to get prints and paintings of the Catscadian Pizza Cat, a decidedly elusive creature created by local artist Dan Mahon.
- Hiawatha Artist Lofts Open Studios
Check out an art show on the ground floor and pop into artists' studios to get a more intimate look at what they're working on.
- Stasia Burrington and Braden Duncan: Kitty Party
If you don't like cuteness and cat puns, this will not be your crowd. On the other hand, if you like "kitty-themed artwork," enjoy the work of illustrator/fine artist/science fiction enthusiast Stasia Purrington and painter of feline friends Braden Duncan.
- Gilbert Gottfried
The raucous-voiced top comedian/dirty joker/reader of Fifty Shades of Grey will visit Tacoma. SHOPPING
- The Farewell Glitter Sale 2019
Seattle Goodwill will add some pizzazz to the winter of your discontent with their annual sale of all things sparkly: shoes, evening wear, purses and accessories, and more. This is the final year of this event, so make it count.
- Oddmall: Emporium of the Weird
Shop for goods from over 85 indie artisans to sate all your kitschy needs and desires. VISUAL ART
- The Bug Show
Take a gander at preserved bug bodies that first emerged on our planet over four million years ago.
- Moving History XI: Activism in the Archives
Moving Image Preservation of Puget Sound presents another archival screening night, this time dedicated to Seattle's history of resistance in honor of the 20th Anniversary of the World Trade Organization protests. MUSIC
- 40 Oz. To Freedom, Tigers In The Tank
Catch a warm and toasty set from Sublime tribute band 40 Oz. of Freedom after an opening set from local indie-pop band Tigers in the Tank.
- Deliverance: An Evening with Danielle de Picciotto & Zak Sally
Artist and musician Danielle de Picciotto will perform her latest spoken-word album Deliverance live. She'll also have a conversation with Berlin-based comic artist Ulli Lust. PERFORMANCE
- Puppet Show! An Evening with Peppercorn and Friends
Enjoy some lighthearted shadow theater with Peppercorn, Mr. Ruffles, Thelonious the Poniest, and some brand-new puppet friends.
- Street Fight Radio
The Columbus, Ohio-based larger-than-life leftist comedy podcast hosted by Brett Payne and Bryan Quinby will stop in Seattle for a live taping. READINGS & TALKS
- Nguoi Viet Tay Bac (Northwest Vietnamese News) Presents Julie Pham
Dr. Julie Pham will discuss her book Their War: The Perspectives of the South Vietnamese Military in the Words of Veteran-Émigrés. Backing her up will be musical performer Melanie Nga My. SEX
- Femme Fest: Pole Dance Showcase & Sex Ed Informational
Take a pilates and barre class, hear talks on sex-ed programs in Washington State and how clits work; and enjoy a pole-dancing showcase at this sex-positive event co-hosted by Planned Parenthood. VISUAL ART
- Ebony Fashion Week SS20
The POC-focused designer extravaganza Ebony Fashion Week promises an evening of shopping, champagne, appetizers, and live music.