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- Danger Buffet: A Comedy Show!
Local comics Quinton Jones, Rachel Laurendeau, and Lucas Johnson will bust your gut with a smorgasbord of jokes. COMMUNITY
- Beyond Bollywood: A Night of Music and Dance
Local performers from Pratidhwani will treat you to an evening of traditional Indian music and dance in conjunction with the Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation exhibit. READINGS & TALKS
- 'For Love of Orcas' Anthology Reading
Scientists and writers (including Sarah DeWeerdt, Bob Friel, Paula MacKay, Brenda Miller, and Adrienne Ross Scanlon) will read their contributions to an anthology about the Puget Sound's critically endangered Southern Resident orcas.
- Antimicrobial Resistance: Addressing the Global Threat
Bad news: The World Health Organization estimates antimicrobial resistance will cause 10 million deaths worldwide by 2050 if no effective interventions are made. Better news: Washington State University Global Animal Health researcher Dr. Sylvia Omulo has spent the last six years deep-diving into disease prevention solutions for low- and middle-income countries. She'll share her findings and divulge remaining challenges in this talk.
- Azra Raza with LeRoy Hood: The Human Costs of Cancer
Oncologist Azra Raza, a professor of medicine at Columbia University and the co-editor of 3QuarksDaily.com, argues that we have "lost the war on cancer" in her new book, The First Cell, which is in part informed by her own experience as her husband's oncologist as he succumbed to leukemia. Join the author in conversation with LeRoy Hood of the Institute for Systems Biology.
- Curtis White: Living in a World that Can't Be Fixed
In his new book, social critic Curtis White outlines a reimagined counterculture—one less bound to a 1960s model—that he believes will yield "a world we actually want to live in."
- Democracy in Danger
This sobering panel led by Mort Kondracke will examine attacks on democracy all over the world. Hear from former congressman Slade Gorton, conservative author, historian, and editor Robert Merry, journalist and Silicon Valley historian Margaret O'Mara, former Democratic politico Ted Van Dyk, and Russian and Asian studies professor Daniel Chirot.
- The Process: Juan Carlos Reyes, Joe Ponepinto, David Anderson, and Zachary Killian
At this edition of the Phinney Books' monthly reading series, hear from author, editor, and Seattle University professor Juan Carlos Reyes (A Summer's Lynching, Elements of a Bystander), plus three members of the Orca literary journal editorial board: Joe Ponepinto, David Anderson, and Zachary Killian.
- Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America: Northwest Reading Series
Take advantage of the Pacific Northwest's wealth of sci-fi and fantasy talent at this edition of the visiting author series. This time, the readers will be Shanna Germain, co-owner and managing editor of Monte Cook Games; author, game designer, and "world-builder" Jeff Grubb; and Hugo and three-time Nebula Award finalist Caroline M. Yoachim. Buy their books! There will also be a memorial for John Pitts. SPORTS & RECREATION
- Chocolate & Yoga!
You'll be enveloped by cocoa smells as Secret Yoga guides you in an all-levels session. We imagine you'll get to nibble on some chocolate, too.
- In the Flesh
Mind and body merge in this group show curated by J. Gordon, Geneva Rose Baldauf, and Amanda Budke.
- Dawndra Budd: Tales of the Night
Seasonally spooky, magical realist art by conceptual photographer Dawndra Budd makes a perfect pairing for the waning light of fall.
- Diverse Directions in Ceramics
Discover a collection of ceramic art curated by Patti Warashina and Carol Gouthro, including works by Timea Tihanyi and Lois Harbaugh, for Columbia City Gallery's 20th anniversary.
- Rifftrax Night - the Star Wars Holiday Special
Watch Star Wars with a sarcastic soundtrack by Rifftrax and company from Rob and XL Bears. FOOD & DRINK
- The Diet of Conquerors - A Presentation on Viking Cuisine
We've all seen Vikings chow down on meaty chicken legs in the movies, but are onscreen depictions of the Nordic warriors' diets historically accurate? Chef James Bushell will tell you what people in the Viking age actually ate during feasting occasions (hint: It's healthier than you think). You'll even go home with some recipes to try at home. GEEK & GAMING
- Seattle Science Slam #21
Elizabeth Crummy will enlighten you on motivation and cue sensitivity of polysubstance use; Raymond Sanchez will explain the importance of sleep; and Brenda Kessenich will divulge the world of soil wettability and the crucial role of lipids. Clap the loudest for the most intriguing (or entertaining) presentation. READINGS & TALKS
- Danny Fingeroth: A Marvelous Life
Stan Lee, the legendary progenitor of Spider-Man, Iron Man, X-Men, and other famous superhuman men, is given his first comprehensive biography from Danny Fingeroth, who worked with the late artist at Marvel for over 40 years. Join him in Seattle for a reading.
- Edd Vick: Truer Love and Other Lies
Local author Ed Vick introduces us to indeterminate angels, reluctant revolutionaries, illegal temporal aliens, and dead giants who love Get Smart in his debut collection of short fiction. Hear some tales from the author in person.
- Great Souls: Haunted Countries
The Seagull Project is rebooting its Great Soul of Russia reading series as Great Souls, and this evening will offer a glimpse into the dark side of literature from Russia as well as Argentina and the US: Nikolai Gogol's "The Lost Letter,” Julio Cortázar’s “House Taken Over,” and Richard Matheson’s “The Funeral.” Soothe your post-Halloween blues.
- Mappy Hour SEA Launch: Exploring the PNW with Pete Athans aka Mr. Everest
Nourish your interest in cartography and outdoor adventures at the Seattle debut of this storytelling happy hour. Local climber Pete Athans will talk about his experience mountaineering and guiding in the Himalayas and will point you to some of his favorite Northwest hiking spots.
- Rachel Feinstein
Applauded by Huffington Post as "the only comedian we’ve seen who can go from embodying her grandmother in one breath and a predatory guy on the street in the next and be equally convincing at both," Rachel Feinstein will grace Bellevue with a live set. COMMUNITY
- Urban Innovations: How Are Cities Fighting Displacement?
With cities rapidly growing all over the country—including Seattle—what steps are being taken to protect disadvantaged communities from mass displacement? This panel discussion with West Coast community leaders Monica Bravo, Gregory Davis, Nicole Johnson, Tony Lamb, and Chris Schildt will address affordable housing, support for cultural organizations, funding for social service networks, and services for vulnerable small businesses. GEEK & GAMING
- Dungeons & Dragons vs. Rick and Morty LIVE!
Dungeon Master Kate Welch and special guests will debut the new tabletop role-playing game that yokes together Dungeons & Dragons and Rick & Morty. Proceeds from this live gaming session will benefit the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
- STEM Festival and Lunar Rover Replica Unveiling
Retired NASA astronaut Captain Gregory Johnson and Boeing's Corporate Historian Michael Lombardi will be among the special guests celebrating Kent Valley’s new Lunar Rover. There will also be plenty of STEM activities for kids. READINGS & TALKS
- America Scores Fall Poetry Slam
Prepare to be impressed as students from elementary schools across Seattle perform slam poetry from memory at this event hosted by youth empowerment organization America Scores.
- Andy Lee Roth: Censored 2020
Andy Lee Roth, the Associate Director of Project Censored (whose mission is "exposing and opposing news censorship while promoting independent journalism and critical media literacy") will come to Seattle with his new book Censored 2020: Through the Looking Glass, which spotlights important under-reported news stories of 2018-2019.
- Impact of Climate Change on the Trolls of Norway
UW atmospheric sciences professor David S. Battisti will explain how fossil fuel consumption will change Norway's climate and affect its denizens—human, animal, and mythological.
- Michelle Roehm McCann: Enough Is Enough
Michelle Roehm McCann provides a "young activist's handbook" for the fight against gun violence, delineating ways to promote safe schools both locally and nationally.
- Seven Ways to Murder a Plant: True Tales of Botanical Mortality
If you're feeling guilty about the last house plant you accidentally let die, take comfort in the fact that many leafy things can defend themselves in times of environmental imbalance (e.g. too much water, not enough sun, etc.) and that plants are the dominant land-dwelling organisms. Resident botanist Orlande de Lange has the full scoop. VISUAL ART
- 37.2 Liminal Space Launch Party + Community Celebration
Local architecture and design magazine ARCADE will release a limited number of copies of their newest issue at this launch party.
- DOE: An Exploration of the End
Billing itself as an "apocalyptic fairytale," this one-woman show starring Scarlett D'Giacomo features original poetry and music that weaves together a mythical cast of characters and stories of gender identity.
- The Call of Cthulhu
H.P. Lovecraft's cult classic short story The Call of Cthulhu, about a university professor who discovers papers revealing a series of murders culminating in a giant alien god, will be adapted for the Seattle stage.
- Orphans, Thieves, and Other Unlived Lives
General Magic's evening-length dance-theater performance explores how we're influenced by our ancestors.
On their 35th birthday party, an unpartnered person surrounded by married people questions whether they want to continue being single or seek a romantic companion. Richard Gray directs this Cornish production of Stephen Sondheim's Tony-winning musical, which premiered in 1971.
- Half Sister's Last Show Ever?
The longstanding improv/sketch troupe Half Sister (Morgan Dusatko, Omar Curiel, Michelle Yurka, Stephen Harper, Matt Eaton, and Jordan Eskenazi) might be breaking up forever. Oh no! Help send them off as they invite special guests to perform 50 scenes in 50 minutes with them. FOOD & DRINK
- Burrata Cheese Making Class
Learn how to make your very own luxuriously creamy, oozy burrata cheese while sipping wine.
- Lokokitchen Fundraiser Benefiting World Central Kitchen
Raise money for World Central Kitchen, who provide nourishment to those affected by natural and man-made disasters, and enjoy pies made by Lauren Ko of Lokokitchen, who has earned scores of followers on Instagram for her mind-bending geometric pastry creations (accompanied by punny captions). There will also be Molly Moon's ice cream, beverages from Gruet, and raffles. A similar affair will take place on Sunday, with proceeds benefiting foster care organization Amara. MUSIC
- '90s Throwback in Seattle! Bollywood vs Hollywood Costume Party
Channel your most beloved Bollywood or Hollywood persona from the '90s for a Jai Ho! DJ dance party and costume contest.
Thrash long and hard to back-to-back sets from metal bands Dragged Under, Designer Disguise, Clay City, Within Sight, and Nova Fracture.
- Spread Presents: Franks & Deans, Kids on Fire, Unemployables
If punk and drag are two of your favorite things, look no further than this live show with musical performances by Franks & Deans, Kids on Fire, and Unemployables. PERFORMANCE
- Afrodisiac Erotic Poetry Show Presents 4-Play Game Show
Sexy poets, a vocalist, and a visual artist will perform before audience members are invited to share their own titillating tidbits in an open mic.
- Come and Get It!
Seattle's own Bitsy Bates will host a night of "laughter, song, and oddities" with performances by Everett band NarrowTarrot, performance artist Tootsie Spangles, and singer Kerry Neisen.
- The Power of Love: A Celine Dion Show
SHE and Beau Degas will pay tribute to the French Canadian tune-belter. Watch Arrietty Fatale, Butch Alice, Cannoli, and Mona Real demonstrate their reverence.
- Welcome to the Drag Parade
Duella Couture presents a night of existential performances inspired by Hot Topic paragons My Chemical Romance. READINGS & TALKS
- Allison Stanger: How Whistleblowers Preserve Our Democracy
Stanger, a Harvard Technology and Human Values Senior Fellow, will read from her book, which is subtitled Honesty in America from Washington to Trump. In it, she shows how whistleblowers have performed vital acts of public service since the days of the Revolutionary War. VISUAL ART
- The Black Embodiments Studio
Artist and author Kameelah Janan Rasheed will talk about their exploration of institutional power through the use of architecture, collage, and large-scale text.
- SAM Remix
SAM Remix is a recurring and ever-changing art party that includes performances, tours, and dancing, all inspired by their current special exhibit. This time, it'll revolve around the special exhibition Flesh and Blood: Italian Masterpieces from the Capodimonte Museum.
- 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)."
- Northanger Abbey
Noveltease Theatre will sex up Jane Austen's 1803 novella Northanger Abbey—a satire of gothic romance—and pair it with campy material from 1960s pulp fiction novels for the ultimate high-low combination.
- Dungeon Siege West
Lay waste to the tabletop in this festival celebrating all things fantasy, roleplay, and synth-related. Dungeon Siege West will make its West Coast debut with this three-day set of D&D/tabletop gaming sessions, live dungeon synth sets from groups like Sombre Arcane, Guild Of Lore, and Mors Certa, and vending by prominent genre labels, related magazines, and community tastemakers. FILM
- Frank Buxton Silent Film Festival 2019
For three days, revisit the finest films of a bygone era in cinema history, like Edward Sedgwick and Buster Keaton's The Cameraman, Clarence Brown's The Signal Tower, Yasujiro Ozu's A Story of Floating Weeds, and H.C. Weaver Studios' Tacoma-shot The Eyes of the Totem. Andrew Shields, the Aono Jikken Ensemble, and others will play live scores. FOOD & DRINK
- Cheers to 3 Years! (With Free Nachos & Crackle the Camel)
For their three-year celebration, West Seattle-based Ounces Taproom is going all out with an anniversary hazy IPA from Urban Family Brewing Company, free birthday cake and Nacho Mama's molten-cheese-covered nachos, plenty of prize giveaways, and even an appearance from a real, live camel named Crackle. PERFORMANCE
- Indian Ink Theatre Company: Mrs. Krishnan's Party
The empty-nester owner of a convenience store contemplates selling her shop and decides to throw one last huge party for the Hindu festival of Onam in Indian Ink Theatre Company's festive comedy, presented by STG.
- SASS: SANCA's Annual Showcase Spectacular!
Watch the nonprofit acrobatic school SANCA's staff, students, alumni, and special guests from the circus community perform impressive acrobatic routines. SPORTS & RECREATION
- Harlem Globetrotters
The Harlem Globetrotters, a family-friendly exhibition basketball team that combines athleticism, theater, and comedy in their style of b-ball, will come to the Northwest once again on their Fan Powered World Tour. Join the Globetrotter stars after the game for autographs, pictures, and high fives.
- Geek Out!
Geek Out! shows some love to the side of STEM we don't often see, which is the side that is funny. Enjoy a night of songs, stand-up, and comedic storytelling about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with Kyle Marian, Valerie Bentivegna, Valentina Ferro, Kaitlyn Casimo, Winlar, and others. COMMUNITY
- Freedom Blueprints
The social justice-focused Estelita’s Library will display special selections of archived Black Panther newspapers to flip through, and will also play host to a DIY silkscreen station inspired by legendary Black Panther designer Emory Douglas, community organizers whose work is inspired by the Black Panthers, and live hip-hop and spoken word performances from local artists. That Brown Girl Cooks will provide refreshments. FOOD & DRINK
- Artisan Donuts with 9th and Hennepin
Justin Newstrum of the Tom-Waits-inspired farmers market fixture 9th and Hennepin, which fries up seasonally inspired doughnuts to order, will lead this class on how to make raised doughnuts and fritters at home and fill and glaze them with tasty fruits and flavors. Each will be paired with a small-batch whiskey.
- Flannel Formal - Two Beers Twelfth Anniversary Party in Plaid!
Bust out your most festive party tartans for this lumberjack-esque fete, complete with axe-throwing with PNW AXE Throwing Company, live music by Norman Baker, and prom photos. MUSIC
- Mosaic Art Ensemble
Mosaic Art Ensemble brings together musicians, actors, and dancers for a celebration of collaborative art in this performance of various ensemble pieces.
- New Sensation & Lovecats
INXS cover band New Sensation and the Cure cover band Lovecats will light up the '70s rock circuit in Shoreline.
- Party Like It's 1999! Homecoming Dance Party
Channel those teen Y2K vibes as the Elks Temple transforms into a high school auditorium decked out for homecoming. DJ Gregarious will spin and prizes will be awarded for the best era-appropriate costumes.
- School of Rock Bellevue - Woodstock '69 vs. Woodstock '99
The tiny musical treasures of School of Rock Bellevue will juxtapose songs by artists who played at the legendary peace-and-love-fueled 1969 Woodstock to those featured in the less peaceful 1999 resurrection.
- Stayin' Alive at The Orient Express 2 Year Anniversary!
Boogie down to funky town as the '70s DJ dance party Stayin' Alive celebrates two years of life. PARTIES
- Ugly Sweater Holiday Party
Tote along your extroverted pooch for an evening of wine, holiday shopping, and contests benefiting Homeward Pet. PERFORMANCE
- America: A Play Based on the Novel by Franz Kafka
Based on Franz Kafka's incomplete first novel, this one-man play produced by Thalia Theater Hamburg deals with displacement, social decline in a foreign country, and longing for home.
- Growing UP: The Black and Red Gala 2019
Put on your red or black fancy pants and join Unexpected Productions for their inaugural fundraising gala, which promises performances from UP's ensemble of improvisers and chances to win prizes.
- Star Wars vs. Star Trek
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away or where no man has gone before? These drag queens—Daddy Issues, Irene Dubos, Issa Man, and hosts Londyn Bradshaw and Cookie Couture—will duke it out in favor of one of the great sci-fi franchises. READINGS & TALKS
- Jennifer Ott: Olmsted in Seattle
Environmental historian Jennifer Ott, the Assistant Director of HistoryLink, will fill you in on the origins of Seattle parks designed by the legendary Olmstead brothers, including Seward Park, Mt. Baker Park, Woodland Park, and Volunteer Park.
- Women Make Art! A Reading.
Enjoy visual art and readings by creative local ladies, including Alissa Palmer, Natalie Copeland, and Sarah Herrin. SHOPPING
- Witch, Please Market
Lovers of the dark arts can get their fortunes read by a tarot reader and shop for jewelry, drawings, pottery, clothing, and more from local vendors. SPORTS & RECREATION
- First Annual West Seattle Cranksgiving
Gear up with cargo accessories and ride around on your bike collecting West Seattle Food Bank donations from participating stores. VISUAL ART
- Shitty Art Show la Tercera
Dress fancily and bring your own terrible anti-masterpieces to this party, courtesy of Monsterhaüs Gallery.
For the ninth year, geek girls (and all gender identities) can revel in another great lineup of panel discussions, games, science experiments, and vendors. Some of this year's events include a wig-making workshop, a performance from local soul/hip-hop artist SassyBlack, a murder mystery party, and a panel discussion on the fluidity of Steven Universe. FILM
- Seattle Film Summit 2019
The professional development conference for local filmmakers will return with workshops, networking opportunities, interviews, panels, and a Kinetoscope VR Film Festival. PERFORMANCE
- The Hip Hop Nutcracker
This reinterpretation of the beloved ballet swaps out imperial Russia for 1980s Brooklyn as little Maria-Clara travels back in time to her parents' first meeting at a nightclub. It's acted out by a dozen hip-hop dancers, a DJ, and an onstage electric violinist. SHOPPING
- My Favorite Craft Fair
If you're a fan of the podcast My Favorite Murder, this market is specifically for you. Artists and artisans will sling their crafty wares related to the beloved program about serial killers, from candles and pet products to paper goods and jewelry. VISUAL ART
- Carol Young Bagshaw: Reflection
See work by the late Northwest Coast Haida carver Carol Young Bagshaw in this posthumous show.
- Michael Peterson
Sculptor Peterson reshapes, sandblasts, bleaches, and otherwise alters madrone, locust, and cherry wood, producing objects that look oddly anatomical.
- Horror Unexpected
Taking content cues from the masters of horror and real-time cues from you, the audience, this silly night of comedy is brought to you by the Unexpected Productions improv team.
- Wolf Noises Emmett Montgomery's Comedy Class Student Showcase
Unexpected Productions comedy students will show you what they've learned from local comedy mentor Emmett Montgomery. FILM
- Finding Hygge: A Documentary
The Danish word hygge is fuzzy both in texture and definition, but a quick Google search pegs it as "a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture)." Take in a documentary on the concept and snack on "cozy treats" for purchase.
- SJFF Movie Madness Marathon
This year's Seattle Jewish Film Festival will get a mini-revival with a screening of three top films: A family film about baseball in Israel (Heading Home), an epic drama (Light of Hope), and a coming-of-age buddy flick about Sigmund Freud (The Tobacconist). FOOD & DRINK
- Friends-Giving Feast
Rally your crew and stuff yourself with dishes like confit turkey arancini, burrata with cranberry and blood orange, and baked cheesy ziti with taleggio at this Italian-inflected, family-style feast.
- Valhalla Beer Dinner Series with Aslan Brewing
Aslan Brewing will storm this six-course dinner at the Nordic beer hall. MUSIC
- POP + Hip Hop: History of the Battle
Learn the history of lyrical combat in hip-hop through artifacts from legends like Grandmaster Flash and the Notorious B.I.G, live performances, and a film screening.
- Puget Sound Concert Opera Presents Mozart's Abduction from the Seraglio
Indulge in some refined sonic humor at this production of Mozart's whimsical opera Abduction from the Seraglio, conducted and arranged by Bernard Kwiram. PERFORMANCE
- Les Etoiles 2019
Arnaldo! Drag Chanteuse will host an evening of performances benefitting the Pacific Northwest Cabaret Association (PNWCA), which helps artists organize their own cabaret shows. Expect songs performed by Eric Lane Barnes & Paul Rosenberg, Gabrielle Nicole, Jayne Muirhead, Jeanette d'Armand, Joanne Klein, John Engerman, and the Sirens of Swing, plus Aleksa Manila.
- Staged Reading: Eyes Up High in the Redwood Tree
This new time-jumping play by Annika Bennett is described as a "historically inaccurate exploration" of the imagined life and times of legendary beatnik Ken Kessey. READINGS & TALKS
- Daniel Brook: The Accident of Color
In parts of pre-Civil War New Orleans and Charleston, a subset of openly mixed-race urbanites enjoyed some rights of citizenship and the privileges of wealth and social status that other people of color were denied. In this talk, journalist and author Daniel Brook will share insights from this crucial time in American history as outlined in his latest book, The Accident of Color.
- Me, Interrupted: Mental Illness and the Search for a True Self
Writers Sarah Brickman, Shira Erlichman, and Nic Masangkay will read work about how mental illness issues pose questions on selfhood and the "cohesive mind." SPORTS & RECREATION
- Green Lake Gobble & Mashed Potato Munch-Off
Run a 5 or 10K around Green Lake, then re-energize by entering a mashed potato munch-off at the finish line—it is almost Thanksgiving, after all. VISUAL ART
- Jeffry Mitchell In Residence
PDX Contemporary Art teams up with Oxbow to bring you Mitchell's ceramics, furniture, and metalwork made in residencies in the U.S. and China.