108 Stranger (Than Usual) Things To Do In Seattle This Week: June 13-18, 2017

The Seattle Retro Gaming Expo this weekend will have arcade games, panels, video game-themed entertainment, and more. BARONE FIRENZE / SHUTTERSTOCK.COM

Our arts critics have already recommended 49 great things to do this week and our music critics have picked the 31 best concerts, but there are still hundreds more events happening. To prevent some of the quirkier and more extraordinary ones from slipping through the cracks, we’ve compiled them here—from the Seattle Retro Gaming Expo 2017 to the Bring Back The ’90s Club Crawl, from the Sex Witch Slam to Brown Derby Presents: Beauty & The Beast, and from a Buddhist rockstar nun concert to the opening of Testing, Testing 1-2-3 at the Burke. For even more options this week, including events for Father’s Day, check out our complete Things To Do calendar.

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1. Black Laughs Matter
Laugh along with talented comedians of color like Alyssa Yeoman, Monisa Brown, Marcus Coleman, Tony Daniel, and Cyprus Richardson.

2. The Enematic Cinematic LIVES!!
Some of Seattle’s funniest comics—in this case, El Sanchez, Travis Vogt, and Kevin Clark—provide live commentary of terrible movies during this live taping of the Enematic Cinematic podcast. This time, they’ll be enhancing the 1984 film Runaway, in which Cynthia Rhodes and Tom Selleck battle robotic appliances.

3. Live, Laugh, Love – Seattle’s Date Night Comedy Show
Are you a super-cool couple of lovebirds who dig stand-up? Get into this recurring stand-up show for $20 bucks for the two of you. Of course, you can get the same sweet price (plus fees) as a single person if you buy in advance.


4. Resist, Rebel, Survive
The avant-garde EXcinema group will present films on a newly popular theme, including Georg Kosulinski’s Inauguration Day, films about the Womxn’s March by Caryn Cline and Luke Sieczek, Reed O’Beirne’ s No Time for Shopping, Kelly Sears’s Pattern for Survival, Salise Hughes’ MEOW, and a vintage Yugoslav “bomb shelter etiquette” PSA. Resist with weirdness!


5. Extraordinary Women Trivia Night
Show off your knowledge of amazing, talented, ingenious, brave women and raise money to help the Jubilee Women’s Center and its temporary housing program. The $12 buy-in benefits Jubilee in entirety—they say it’s enough to house one woman for one day in a private room.


6. Boozers!
Boozers exists for the rather large cross-section of people who equally love heavy drinking and noodling around with an instrument. Witness an evening of experimentation by guitarist Tristan Gianola, Willow Goodine and Chris Martin of Swindler, and Jason Gray of Polyrhythmics as they break out all kinds of psychedelic jams for every taste.

7. Emo Night LA: Emo Nite
Bring back the early-mid 2000’s with your deep passion for gauged ears, flat-ironed hair, and Pete Wentz’s smirk. Emo Nite, presented by Emo Night LA, is the new sensation of reliving your MySpace glory in the form of a high energy, passionately emo DJ night.


8. Cabaret of Evil’s Strip Against Trump
Cabaret of Evil does not do a great job of living up to its name, because this show is dedicated to the decidedly angelic goal of raising money for the Gender Justice League—through the saintly art of clothes removal.

9. The Flux Salon: Daddy
The Flux Salon presents a reading of Jeremy O. Harris’ new play, Daddy, about a young black artist preparing for his first major exhibit.


10. Andrea Petersen with Elisabeth Eaves
Whether writers are somehow predisposed to anxiety or they’re just more forthcoming about their mental health, many people have overlapping interests in literature and anxiety disorders. Science writer Andrea Petersen will share her new book, On Edge: A Journey Through Anxiety, that combines her personal experiences with an investigation into the origins of mental illness. She will be joined by Seattle writer Elisabeth Eaves.

11. The Red in the Rainbow: Socialism and Queer Liberation
The Seattle International Socialist Organization will talk about the intertwined history of socialism, anti-capitalism, and queer liberation.



12. Testing, Testing 1-2-3 Opening Week
Some of the coolest parts of the Burke Museum are inaccessible to the public—neither their vast collections nor their research are easy to see or appreciate as a guest. The museum is getting ready to change that at the same time they prepare for an even bigger change: the creation of an entirely new Burke Museum opening in 2019 that they hope will serve and educate the public better (which is exciting—the old Burke is a hard act to follow). Testing, Testing 1-2-3 is an exhibit that demos some of their ideas about how they might engage visitors at the new museum, including highlighting behind-the-scenes work and letting guests grab a sneak peek into their labs.



13. Pack City Hall for a Seattle Progressive Income Tax
Socialist Alternative, 350 Seattle, the Democratic Socialists of America, and other local organizations call on supporters of a city income tax to “pack City Hall” and show the Councilmembers that Seattle is ready to correct its regressive tax structure.


14. Seafair Kickoff
As Seafair roars to life, watch the announcement of the new King Neptune and Queen Alcyone and browse exhibits, meet “Seafair personalities,” and see hydroplanes skim and fly.


15. Aesthetic Mess: Two-Year Anniversary
Seattle’s foremost post-punk night returns with live sets by some of their favorite Seattle artists and electronic musicians in honor of their two-year anniversary as a DJ night. Goo Goo and DJ Jermaine, as always, will spin a fascinating assortment of post-punk, weird dub, minimal wave, and other mutant subgenera, and new zine Reality Net will release their introductory issue.

16. Chris Cornell Tribute Night
Celebrate the spirit of Northwest legend and ex-Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell with live tribute sets from DJ Brad Brains, Wes Sp8, and Freeze.

17. The Country Lips’ Summer Social with the Easy Leaves, Evening Bell, Caleb & Walter
Back in 2012, we profiled the Country Lips’ guitarist Alex Leake in our “Men Who Rock!” issue. When asked to explain the group’s success, he offered, “Well, we apparently look good enough to attract a lot of wedding gigs, but they always seem to pair us with a pig roast.” But the eight men of the Country Lips are more than just pretty faces that go well with roast pork, as you’ll see when they return to Neumos for their summer social: They’re capable of keeping dancers bounding around until deep into the night.

18. Father Daughter #15
Nicholas and Darb combine their powers in the “expansion of cinema” series Father Daughter, pairing experimental ambient music with immersive visuals. The featured artists and musicians in tonight’s lineup include Wyzecracker, #SadNi**a, Mack, Lowell, Hank, El Voto, Quay, Pipebomb, and more.

19. Rise Up: A Tribute to the Music of Hamilton
Not to be confused with actual theater, performers within this production of Rise Up take favored individual songs from Hamilton and put their own spin on them for an audience of equally obsessed Hamilton lovers.

20. Wasted Words
Experience the wonder of a truly dedicated Seattle-based Allman Brothers tribute band, Wasted Words. They’ll be playing a career-spanning buffet of Allman Brothers classics astride a complex blend of styles, covering everything from the Bobby Blue Bland to Miles Davis and anything in between.


21. Hunks the Show
Men will sing, dance, and take off their clothes in this production explicitly aimed at “bachelorettes, birthday girls, and divorcees.” Be warned.


22. The Alzheimer’s Talks: Madison Cowan
This is the first in a series of talks that will explore celebrities’ personal experiences with Alzheimer’s. Hear about the experience that Madison Cowan (first ever Grand Champion on Chopped) had with a loved one who developed the pervasive type of dementia.

23. Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life
Soil health may not sound glamorous, but our food supply depends on the ground’s ability to nourish plants year after year. Learn from David R. Montgomery, University of Washington professor of geomorphology, about how innovations in soil science that reduce the need for water and chemicals may yet save us from starvation.



24. RAW Seattle Presents: VERSE
Party with artists, performers, musicians, dancers, designers, and makeup specialists at this showcase for the multinational RAW collective of indie creators—more then 40 of them will be there on each of the two nights. There’ll be music by DJ Martini, stuff to buy, a fashion show, a screening, and more.



25. Fantastic.Z Theatre’s 5th Annual New Works Festival: FAMILY
Curated by Fantastic.Z Theatre Company, the festival focuses this season on family, showcasing six new works from local and distant playwrights. Directed by Ian Stewart, Marquicia Domingue, and Michael Ryan Blackwood.



26. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)
This goofily ambitious play condenses all of Shakespeare’s greatest works into a 90-minute frenzy that will include presenting Titus Andronicus as a cooking show and performing Hamlet “three times faster and backwards.”

27. Downstairs
The Construction Zone is a month-long workshop where audiences have the chance to see new work by contemporary playwrights—and get a preview of what’s coming up next at ACT, because ACT chooses one play from the series to feature in their next season. The 2016 edition of The Construction Zone featured four new plays, and the winner was Theresa Rebeck’s Downstairs, a dysfunctional family play about a brother who refuses to move from his sister’s basement. At almost the same time Downstairs is being featured on the main stage at ACT, it will also be performed (with a celebrity cast) at Vermont’s Dorset Theatre Festival.
There will be no show on Thursday.



28. Matryoshka: Everything is Game
Improv Anonymous is proposing an interesting comedic experiment: Treating each spontaneous character as a set of nesting matryoshka dolls, with the profoundest thoughts, fantasies, and fears hidden in successive layers of outside appearances. The audience will help the improvisers create these deep-seated emotions and motives, then watch the actors gradually reveal their concealed selves.


29. Canton Alley Party
Celebrate the repaving of the old Canton Alley in Chinatown with a ribbon-cutting, food, music, and a signing of the book Walk Don’t Run: Growing Up Asian in Seattle by author Dale Hom.

30. Seattle Mayoral Forum: Affordable and Accessible Child Care
How do Nikkita Oliver, Mike McGinn, Cary Moon, Jenny Durkan, Jessamyn Farrell and ohmygodtherearesomanymayoralcandidates (okay, the last one is Bob Hasegawa) plan to make childcare affordable and accessible to all parents and caregivers? The six major hopefuls will gather to respond to the community at this discussion hosted by SEIU 925 and Working Washington. Childcare, snacks, and Somali translation will be available onsite.


31. Aslan Disco Lemonade Party
Head to Greenlake’s Latona Pub to celebrate Aslan’s Disco Lemonade, the brewery’s annual summer beer. This year, they’re adding to the fun by infusing it with raspberry and throwing a disco party. Come for the beer and the sweet, sweet ’70s melodies.


32. KISS FM’s One Big Concert
KISS FM radio station will treat you to the music of Lindsey Stirling, Ocean Park Standoff, and Spencer Ludwig to support Seattle Children’s Hospital’s Greatest Needs Fund, which helps children in need get the best possible cancer care.

33. Ride & Fleet Foxes Listening Party
Get into the mood for new music at this back to back listening party for new albums by Ride and Fleet Foxes. You’ll hear Ride’s Weather Diaries and Fleet Foxes’ Crack Up, and there will be giveaways and surprises.

34. Vinyl Me Please presents THE SPINS
Join the crew from the Record of the Month club Vinyl Me, Please and DJ Nicfit for an evening set of THE SPINS, which celebrates their Record of the Month releases and different featured artists each time.

35. Wrtch, Bloom Offering, Memwav
Celebrate Geminis and the season of the solstice with live performances by Chicago-via-Seattle weird dream sorceress wrtch, and support sets by Bloom Offering and Memwav.


36. Margin Shift Presents: Tel Aviv, Kim, Welcker, Donahue & Marshall
The Margin Shift poetry reading series will host five readers this time: Kilam Tel Aviv, Ellen Welcker, Kale Kim, Joseph Donahue, and J.W. Marshall (the co-founder of Open Books).

37. Rick Wartzman: The End of Corporate Loyalty
Jill Abramson (former executive editor of The New York Times) wrote that Rick Wartzman’s The End of Loyalty: The Rise and Fall of Good Jobs in America is “a prescient book that helps explain the rise of Donald Trump and why so many people feel anger and an acute sense of loss.” Jobs here are not what they used to be. Wartzman, focusing on four major American employers (General Motors, General Electric, Kodak, and Coca-Cola) will explain why.



38. Brown Derby Presents: Beauty & The Beast
Seattle has a venerable and undignified tradition of marvelously ramshackle bar theater. If Dina Martina is its queen, Ian Bell’s Brown Derby Series—which adapts major motion pictures for raucous, boozy audiences—is the crown prince. For this edition, Brown Derby will take on the 1991 screenplay of Disney’s animated Beauty and the Beast. BRENDAN KILEY



39. The 25th Annual Best of Gage
Student artwork will fill all three floors of Gage, competing for top honors in the Best of Gage competition. Each piece is up for sale, and proceeds will go towards Gage’s educational programs.

40. Craftstravaganza Monster Ball
Make your own monster out of yarn, felt, and googly eyes with help from a professional artist and sculptor, Maxx.


41. Sarah Colonna with Jon Ryan
Sarah Colonna (bestselling author of Life as I Blow It, and a stand-up comic all over your television) will shock and entertain Seattle for the evening, with a guest appearance by Seattle Seahawk Jon Ryan.


42. Capitol Hill Relay For Life Bachelor Auction
Buy yourself a hot date and raise money for the Relay for Life cancer research run. Your ticket includes a drink and a raffle ticket.

43. Out and Equal Northwest Regional Summit
If you belong to an LGBTQ+ community organization, you’re a queer or allied professional, or you head a business that’s looking to be more inclusive for your queer employees, this summit is your chance to network and learn. Share strategies, meet new friends, and discover best practices.

44. Seward Park After Dark
Raise money for the Audubon Center and its wonderful, bird-loving mission at a night of “birds, bats, burgers, and beer.” Meet raptors, take a guided evening walk in the park, and devour your own prey from Skillet Food Truck.

45. Vermillion 9 Year Anniversary Gala
Hurray! It’s Vermillion’s ninth year! The gallery with a semi-hidden bar (and arcade games) has been displaying odd and interesting art, hosting talks, and generally helping keep Capitol Hill from becoming a yippie zone with nothing but gyms, boutiques, and expensive snacks. Enjoy champagne, wine, food, and dancing.


46. Queercore Film Screening
Socially engaged films by LGBTQ+ youth from the Queercore community network will screen. Learn about activism and queer/trans life from these ambitious young people.


47. 4th Annual Pig and Pink!
Back for its fourth year, Pig and Pink is what cookouts should strive to resemble: a whole pig roasted in Vif’s parking lot, with free-flowing rosé and unpretentious vibes.


48. Dionvox with Ilen Halogram and Juicy Moment
Soak in sinister electro party vibes with underground crooner Dionvox, trancy Ilen Halogram, and masher-uppers Juicy Moment.

49. An Evening of Didgeridoo – with Pamela Mortensen
Bask in the deep, soothing drone of the didgeridoo, the unique bass wind instrument invented by indigenous Australians and used in ceremonies. Bring your own mat, pillows, and blanket to get comfy as Portland’s Pamela Mortensen plays.

50. Fourth Annual Fiddle Showcase
Get ready for the fourth annual Fiddle Showcase, with the bow-slanging talents of The Ballard Fiddlers, special musical guests, and square dancing open to everyone.

51. Kalimba: The Spirit of Earth, Wind, and Fire
Come out to see the unbridled energy of Kalimba, an Earth, Wind, and Fire tribute experience. This 10-piece group will be performing with a full horn section and support from Chicago: The Tribute.

52. LOST
Lock into the brooding summer haze with LOST, an evening of live sets from Seattle resident DJs like Eric Allen, Gene Lee, GriffinGrrl aka Emily Griffin, Kinda aka Paul Dutton, Sean Majors, and Wesley Holmes.

53. Midnight Muse: Party & Dance Battle
Break out your best work at this club styles dance battle and all-night party, with DJ sets by Toya B of Women.Weed.Wifi and Timbre Room regular Howin 1000.

54. OutDancing
Dance to raise money for the Seattle Dyke March at this 21+ party. If you feel like eating fancily beforehand, stop by the Tin Table for a meal and save $2 on the dance.

55. Samba Festival Day 1: Bloco Pacifico – Festa do Sol
Conjure Brazilian sunshine at this solstice celebration of samba and other enthralling dances. Musicians will include Bloco Pacifico, Samba da Alegria. VamoLa, and Bahia-in-Motion.

56. Wall of Ears, Shit Ghost, Critté, Plat3
Wall of Ears, the fine purveyors of Hive Mind and Brainthaw, are back to throw down their patented psych-out for their newest album release show with Shit Ghost (who will also be releasing an album this evening), Critté, and Plat3.


57. Camp Ten Trees Pride Mixer
Mingle and sip some champagne with volunteers at Camp Ten Trees, an LGBTQ+ camp for youth and allies concerned with social justice. You might win a Babeland toy, and if you’re one of the first 20 arrivers, there’ll be a gift bag with your name on it.


58. Sex Witch Slam
Meet some fellow sex witches at this slam/talent show/femme magic ritual hosted by Jacqueline Frances and Kristen J. Sollee, who’re touring with their new books Striptastic! and Witches, Sluts, Feminists: Conjuring the Sex Positive.


59. Next Step: Choreographers’ Showcase
See new works by up-and-coming choreographers (Guillaume Basso, Kyle Davis, Steven Loch, Angeli Mamon & Dammiel Cruz, Margaret Mullin, Sarah Pasch, and Jerome Tisserand) performed by the PNB School’s Professional Division students.

60. Prismatic
Enjoy immersive light show art, dance, acrobatics, and DJed music at this Subversionz Media show benefitting queer advocacy organizations.



61. Brian Moote
Stand-up comedian Brian Moote (Characters Welcome, Nickmom’s Nite Out, Money from Strangers, and Gotham Live) will perform.


62. Samba Festival: Bloco Pacifico – Festa do Sol
Conjure Brazilian sunshine at this solstice celebration of samba and other enthralling dances. Musicians will include Bloco Pacifico, Samba da Alegria. VamoLa, and Bahia-in-Motion.


63. They’re All Gonna Laugh at You
You may think of Chekhov, the author of The Seagull, The Cherry Orchard, and other great big barrels of laughs, as something of a gloomy guy. Actually, even his tragedies have their hilarious parts, but as a younger writer, Chekhov produced some outright goofball farces. Sidepiece Theatre Company will adapt these “B-sides” to a Wyoming trailer park. They say: “Come experience the works of the father of modern theatre as he never intended you to.”



64. Guys and Dolls
Enter the Runyonesque world of two-bit gamblers, nightclub dancers, and missionaries in Old New York at Theatre 47’s production of Abe Burrows and Frank Loesser’s musical.

65. Indigo
Eleven dancers from two ensembles (one in Seattle, another in Columbus, OH) will perform this new work by Sea↔Bus that is “a search for the thread that interconnects the sublime and the pedestrian; for the color that imbues both dye and sky.”



66. Long Shot 2017
Long Shot started with a competition in which people all around the world took out their cameras and submitted their results to be considered for the pop-up exhibition happening today.


67. Always Be Kind Rewind
Always Be Clothing’s sketches revisit the most iconic scenes in movies and give them odd twists.

68. Drunk High Advice
Why get advice from your dumb friends when you can benefit from the thoughtful words of “an inebriated panel” of comedians? Once you’ve heard the panel’s council on your problem, a group of improvisers will act out the possible consequences of the advice.

69. Not Too Late with Elicia Sanchez
The late show with local favorite Elicia Sanchez and “comedian/non-musician” Nick Sahoyah promises stunts, music, comedy, weirdness, and surprises.

70. Spec Script Takes Seattle: Gotham
Ever wonder what a TV show would look like without all that fancy camerawork and CGI and a script that makes sense? A team of comedians will invite you to perform your own mental special effects as they perform a staged reading of an invented script for a real TV show—in this case, Gotham—written by someone who has never actually watched said show. This event usually takes place in Portland; this night’s reading is a special Seattle edition. The illustrious cast will include El Sanchez, Monisa Brown, Bettina McKelvey, Lewis Sequeira, Chris Khatami, and Kyle McCormick.


71. Civic Saturday with Eric Liu
Eric Liu will host Civic Saturday, described as “a civic analogue to church”: a service that celebrates the American civic tradition through readings, songs, silent reflection, and a sermon by Liu himself.

72. Dirty Talk for BDSM
“Mmmm, baby, truss me up like a Christmas goose!” is something you will probably not be taught to say at this free workshop in the neighborhood’s cutest little sex shop. Learn sexy ways to use your words in kink scenes; if you’re very lucky, you may win some “BDSM essentials.”

73. Festa Junina with En Canto
En Canto hosts Festa Junina, a Brazilian harvest fest similar to Carnaval, with traditional food, drinks, games, and quadrilha dancing with live forro music to get your blood pumping.


74. Bring Back The ’90s Club Crawl
Experience the ’90s like you never have before (because you probably weren’t born yet) by donning your best flannel and JNCOs and hitting the streets with this decade-specific bar and nightclub crawl. The route includes ’90s music-laden hot spots around Seattle like Cowgirls Inc. and Stage Seattle.

75. Seven Beef Butchery Class
How do butchers turn a big ol’ animal piece into tasty steaks? Find out with Chef Han, who’ll show you “how to split sides of beef into primals,” which sounds oddly mathematical, and from there to meal-sized cuts. The price includes two pounds of ground beef to take home, plus your own steak and a rosé lunch.


76. Circuit Playground: Rainbow Badges
The Living Computer Museum will rope you into the Pride tech fun with a circuitboard workshop, which will teach you “conditional logic, data manipulation, and visualization techniques” while you make your own wearable rainbow tech jewelry.


77. Ani Choying Live – Buddhist Rockstar Nun
Ani Choying Drolma will stretch your soul with her performances of Buddhist mantras and songs. The nun is performing to help raise money for communities and schools in Nepal that have yet to recover from the terrible earthquake of 2015.

78. Daybreaker SEA: 90s Throwback
Do you know anybody who staggers home at 3 am and wakes up with heartburn at noon, reeking of debauchery and late-night bar snacks? Well, you don’t want to be THAT person, you want to do yoga at nine and dance wholesomely throughout breakfast! Daybreaker lets you do just that with other like-minded morning daisies—but this time, there’s an extra twist (and it’s not just that they’re starting at a godly hour this time). You’ll be celebrating “the decade of Nickelodeon slime, dial-up modems, and the battle of the boy bands” in your best ’90s flannel or denim or whatever. Get some free wholesome juices and snacks and start the party.

79. Fresh Prints: DJ Nu-Mark
Fresh Prints promises the freshest in throwback hits from the ’90s and ’00s with nostalgia-heavy spins from DJ Nu-Mark, Blueyedsoul, Beeba, and Sean Majors.

80. LUCO Presents: Triple Play
Lake Union Civic Orchestra (or LUCO) will present a performance of “triple plays,” that is, the third of a composition series, or a piece that exists in thirds. The program will feature William Schuman’s New England Triptych, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, and Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 3.

81. School of Rock Seattle: RUSH
Watch the tiny musical treasures of the future play the prog rock relics of the past, with School of Rock Seattle’s tribute to Canadian icons Rush.


82. An African American Odyssey
Northwest Tap Connection presents this live show featuring music, dance, and spoken word that will explore “the economic, social, political, artistic, and racial imprints that have cultivated the black experience in American culture.”

83. Emerald City Burlesque presents For Your Eyes Only and Aperitif
This event promises performances from two very different burlesque troupes (For Your Eyes Only and Aperitif) punctuated by a mid-show cocktail hour. Plus, look forward to guest performances by Waxie Moon (Capitol Hill Web Series, among many other credits) and Eartha Quake.

84. Love Is Love: A Pole Dance Revue
Witness muscular, sexy artistry from pole dancers and Emerald City Trapeze Arts students as they interpret the theme of “Love Is Love.”

85. Miscast: A Cabaret
Musical performers get cast thoroughly, perhaps disastrously against type to sing songs no one would ever ask them to sing.


86. Cineoke
Sing along with your favorite musical scenes as they screen behind you. Don’t know all the lyrics to every number in West Side Story? Not to worry: The lyrics will be shown as well. This event is part of the Pride Film Festival.

87. Seattle Women’s Pride Music Festival
Cut loose at the Seattle Lesbian‘s big annual bash with concerts by the hazy trio Parlor Walls and the melodically inventive band Oracle Room. The VIP tickets are only $10 more, and $5 of that goes to the ACLU.


88. Bitch Sesh
The pop culture comedy podcast show by Danielle Schneider and Casey Wilson will come to life on the Showbox Stage.

89. New Media Touring presents Lore Podcast Live Seattle
If you’re a fan of creepy urban legends, dark (and true) histories, and chatty, educational podcasts, check out this live presentation of podcast Lore with host Aaron Mahnke and musical guest Chad Lawson on piano. The podcast is being adapted into an Amazon Video television series and will be released sometime this year, so here’s your chance to get a live performance experience before the series takes to the screen.

90. Seanan McGuire
Seanan McGuire (who also writes under the pseudonym Mira Grant, and who holds the honor of being the only person to appear on the prestigious Hugo Award ballot five times in one year) will share the latest installment in her Wayward Children series: Down Among the Sticks and Bones.

91. Steve Steinberg and Rob Garratt
Two authors that write about sports will share their latest works: Steinberg’s Urban Shocker: Silent Hero of Baseball’s Golden Age and Garratt’s Home Team: The Turbulent History of the San Francisco Giants.



92. Seattle Retro Gaming Expo 2017
Video games are much more sophisticated than they used to be, but the fun hasn’t worn off of the classics. Play 64-bit games, attend panels with gaming industry professionals, rock out to video game music and entertainment, and meet some new indie game developers demoing their products.



93. Thick as Thieves #2 Release Party
Thick as Thieves will throw a sweet party as they bring their second comics anthology issue into the world, with tunes by HHRRIISSTT, visuals by Lauren Rodriguez, “one epic-ass raffle,” a photobooth, and, naturally, Thick as Thieves art.


94. LGBTQ (POC focused) Listening Post
Mayoral candidate Nikkita Oliver will be on hand to listen to concerns from the queer, particularly POC community. Voice your wants and worries about housing, community, equity, and anything else. Imani Sims and Briq House will host.

95. Reaching Beyond the Veil
Medium Teotl Tonilli promises to sweep aside the curtains separating the dead and the living and bring you messages from loved ones Beyond.


96. Misfit City Signing
Kiwi Smith (10 Things I Hate About You screenwriter) and Kurt Lustgarten’s PNW-set comic Misfit City follows a group of bad ladies as they battle pollution and “invasive tourism.” The two writers will be on hand to sign copies of this femme-centric, environmentalist adventure serial.

97. SoDo LipSync Buildathon
Forget your association with half-assed pop singers: This LipSync is meant to help people with disabilities—specifically, those who can’t use their hands—to access mouthscreen technologies using a mouth joystick. Pay $10 to build a LipSync and learn tech skills while benefitting another person; if you just want to watch, or if you’re in need of a LipSync, admission is free.


98. Chromatic: A Queer Dance Night
Prep your bod for Pride a week early at this dance night for queers by queers, with DJ sets and live drag from Sharlese (KEXP, False Prophet), Gag Reflex, Tony Burns, Arson Nicki, Daphne Fauna, and Hellen Tragedy.

99. Day Shift
Indulge in Sunday day-drinking and day-dancing with talented DJs SpeakerFoxxx, Emecks, Epaulets, Dyme Def, maryjane, she’s gucci, and Bolo Yung. Stay a little or stay long enough to watch the sun go down.

100. Deepening the Silence Within: Music for a New Humanity
Island Consort will present their new annual festival in promotion of contemporary composition, launching this summer. This edition of the New Music on the Rock show series will feature an afternoon concert on the Chinook Lands and leading into the Whidbey Island Institute Hall, with works by regional composers Neil Welch, Huck Hodge, UW professor Stuart Dempster, and Kit Mills, with eurythmy performances by Maiko Canard. There will also be a Composers’ Forum, open to the public, fostering discussion regarding “humanity and the creative spark,” the role of silence and listening in the process of creation, and the relevance of new music. The evening finale will be a concert of works by Whidbey Island Institute’s Composer-in-Residence Jerry Mader, featuring an oboe quintet, a piano quintet, and a set of three vocal motets.

101. Vegan Night at Tim’s Tavern
Since Tim’s Tavern lauds themselves as one of the only music venues in town that offers a vegan menu, they have gathered a collection of musicians whose views coincide with the tavern’s commitment to promoting “non-animal product food options.”

102. Waacking & Voguing Workshop with Akuma Diva
International waack and vogue champion Akuma Diva of Taiwan will share his savoir-faire in America. Come on Sunday for a waack worshop and learn to dance like you’re a 1970s queer LA club-hopper.

103. Wild Arms, Campion, Cold Soda
Seattle indie rock group Wild Arms will play an entire cover set of Radiohead’s iconic album OK Computer, with openers Cold Soda and Campion.


104. BBQueer Beach Bash
Claim the beach for Queerdom and fathers/parents (the celebration is certainly not limited to men, or to people who have children). Bring a blanket to spread on the sand, watch for seals, and enjoy free food, music, and good gay company. Daniella Anka Moalem well perform after dark. Hosted by Dapper Down.

105. Drag Queen Bingo featuring Freckles Riverside
Spice up your bingo habit with pretty/scary Freckles Riverside and her playmates.

106. Glitterpride
Finish up the Haus of Glitterbeast’s monster drag season with a queer party featuring DJ Robosex Homosex on the console.

107. QueerlySpoken Pride Kickoff
One Million Kids For Equality’s youth storytelling event will debut during Pride Month, with young ‘uns sharing personal stories and nonprofit booths giving out information. The world’s first gay country band, Lavender Country, headed by (says Matt Baume) “phenomenal entertainer and storyteller” Patrick Haggerty, will play before the stories.


108. Southwest Stories: The Ancient Fruitcake—What Really, Really Old Food Tells Us
The Southwest Seattle Historical Society offers monthly presentations about the history of our region—this time, they’ll focus on really, really old food. (Way older than whatever it is in that container you’ve been conveniently ignoring at the back of the fridge.) Journalist Harriet Baskas will find meaning in the “strange stories of food that is so old, so unusual, or so meaningful that no one dares throw it away.”

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