Our arts critics have already recommended 42 great things to do and our music critics have picked the 30 best concerts, but there are still hundreds more events happening this week. To prevent some of the quirkier and more extraordinary ones from slipping through the cracks, we’ve compiled them here—from unusual Pride events like Prom Dress Rugby and the Big Gay Dog Prom to the Questival Adventure Race, and from the Bibliophilia Storytelling Festival to Oddmall: Emporium of the Weird. For even more options this week, check out our complete Things To Do calendar, or see our Pride calendar for all of the parades and parties this weekend.
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1. Mysteries of China
The Terracotta Warriors, some of whom are now on display at the Pacific Science Center, stood for thousands of years in service to the First Emperor of China. This documentary by Keith Melton will trace the story behind these mysterious statues. After the film, Melton will answer your questions.
FOOD & DRINK
2. Summer Kickoff Luau and Pig Roast
Believe it or not, it’s almost summer. And though temperatures may not evoke Hawaii, Chef Rich of Art Marble 21 will do his best to create a tropical mood with a pig roast and pork specials. Come for Kona Brewing beers, games, a longboard giveaway, and food.
GEEK & GAMING
3. Nerd Nite Seattle: Pride Edition
At this special edition of Nerd Nite, hear talks on two disparate but appealing subjects: Queers in mainstream and underground comics and cannabis in the bedroom.
4. Art Hop Fest
Jay $ilver will set the evening scene for Art Hop Fest, blending art with music performances from Lex Tillary, Peace & Red Velvet, Lord Olo, Rocket Da Prophet, and Seven Da Panther.
5. First Qualifier for the Karaoke World Championships
Sing your heart out for a chance to qualify for the Karaoke World Championships at Ozzie’s for four straight weeks in June and July. The finals will be held on July 25th; the top singers from each qualifier will move onto these finals, and at the finals, the top Male, Female, and WildCard contestants will then move on to the Washington State Finals.
6. Helion Prime, Weaponlord, Thread the Sky, Nasty Bits
Helion Prime is a metal supergroup of science enthusiasts who write songs incorporating scientific theories and, occasionally, speculative fiction. Thrash out your nerdy metal soul.
7. Programmes, Yr Parents, J’owl
If you find that live music is improved by the addition of a “quasi-sentient, music-playing device,” check out the two-person, one-robot Programmes.
8. Seattle Folklore Concert: Helene & Harald
Danish folk singer Helene Blum, accompanied by fiddler Harald Haugaard, will perform evocative traditional music, bringing to mind gray seas and Viking fires. They’ll be backed up by Kirstine Elise Pedersen on cello, guitarist Mikkel Grue, and drummer Sune Rahbek.
9. Copi-Curious Theater Open House
Get a crash introduction to fringe theater with Copious Love. Find out how you can get into the local weird theater scene and have a drink with the actors and producers of the offbeat company.
READINGS & TALKS
10. Andrew Evans
Andrew Evans combines travel writing with queer (and ex-Mormon!) memoir in his new book, The Black Penguin, about a lengthy and eventful journey to Antarctica.
11. Annual Queer Slam featuring Rio Chanae
Try out your newest slam poetry on this friendly audience at this three-round, three-minute-limit slam. If you come out on top, you’ll win 20 bucks.
12. Brian Merchant: The One Device—The Secret History of the iPhone
Learn about the practical and philosophical ramifications of the iPhone—how it’s made, why it’s popular, why we should care that everyone has one—from Brian Merchant, author of The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone.
13. Design in Depth 2017: Two by Two
Rob Fellows, president of the Greenwood Community Council, will help the Seattle Architecture Foundation finish up its Design in Depth series with a talk about this lovely northern neighborhood and, more generally, urban planning and design that keeps districts livable.
14. Salon of Shame
Writing that makes you cringe (“middle school diaries, high school poetry, unsent letters”) is displayed with unapologetic hilarity at the Salon of Shame. Every show sells out extremely quickly, but if you can’t get tickets, show up at 7 pm on the night of the show to get on the waitlist—cash only. The organizers say you have a 90 percent chance of getting in if you do so.
RESISTANCE & SOLIDARITY
15. ARTvocacy: Celebrate World Refugee Day Through Art
It’s World Refugee Day, and you can get better acquainted with talented artists from these marginalized and threatened populations by showing up to this exhibit, which is sponsored by the International Rescue Committee, Jewish Family Services, and Lutheran Community Services Northwest.
16. Curtis Stigers with Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra
Curtis Stigers is equally a singer, songwriter, and saxophonist, with a high energy flow, and decades worth of hit singles, million-record sales, and globe-crossing tours.
17. Robert Bruce: Neontot
Good musicians have a tough time learning how to play poorly; it can be hard to imitate the worst in your discipline when all of your training and intuition is guiding your split-second decisions. We imagine it’s the same for artists, which is why Robert Bruce’s Neontot looks like a fun exercise: a show that puts cheap artifice and exceptional gaudiness in the spotlight. The show is described as “a careless, unabashed nihilistic response to the disposable, gentrified culture of the first world and an ironic critique of the art world.” It closes this weekend.
18. Solomon Georgio
The formerly local comedian twice took top honors at The Stranger Gong Show and became a frequent Stranger contributor before he had to leave Seattle for the pro-comedy hub of LA. He has since performed on Conan O’Brien. I’ll never forget the first time I saw Georgio perform, explicitly presenting himself onstage as an Ethiopian-born male homosexual, then proceeding to tell jokes—topics included: his name, his gayness, and Disneyfied genocide—that surprised, challenged, and delighted the whole crowd. DAVID SCHMADER
19. Make Music Day
A worldwide tradition since 1982 (where it started in France as the Fête de la Musique), this day is devoted to professional and amateur music-making from and for anyone who wants to participate. In Seattle, special events include a big music party in Westlake Park, a youth jam at the School of Rock, a songwriters’ showcase and open mic, and a children’s event at Music Works Northwest in Bellevue.
20. Collide-O-Scope Best of the Worst World Tour
Mark Pride with one of Seattle’s most delightfully weird traditions, Shane Wahlund and Michael Anderson’s Collide-O-Scope, a cavalcade of curated video delights from all corners of the internet and archives. On this special evening, they’ll be capping off seven years of baffling and amusing stoned audiences with selections of their finest/most awful arcana. This is the debut of a show they’ll be taking around the Pacific Northwest.
21. Corey Feldman & His Angels, Muldoon, Tiger Rider
Relevancy-hunter Corey Feldman hits the Northwest on his Heavenly Tour with his backing band His Angels, whose stated mission is to “Entertain the World while spreading positive messages of LOVE and BEAUTY and EQUALITY to ALL!!”
22. Every New Beginning
Town Hall will present their last Town Music Series concert in the old Great Hall before they kick off their massive renovation this summer. The evening’s program will reprise their collaboration with current members and alumni of Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra, playing alongside professional mentor artists and conductor Joshua Roman, all performing works by Reena Esmail, Christopher Theofanidis, Jessie Montgomery, and jazz-influenced composer Gregg Kallor.
23. Hero Worship: Donna Summer & Giorgio Moroder
Hero Worship: Tribute Night and Pony present the ultimate celebration of the life and work of dance floor queen Donna Summer, and her collaborations with #1 disco daddy, Giorgio Moroder. A full lineup of local music legends lend themselves to all-night live performances, featuring Adé with Jayson Kochan (DYED, Night Boss), and Okanomodé with TV Coahran (Gazebos, GGNZLA). Backing soundtrack to the festivities will be provided by DJ King of Pants, DJ TV, and Dee Jay Jack.
24. Stripperoo: Two Nights of Seattle Burlesque Tribute Acts
Burlesque performers will step out of their comfort zone and honor their favorite performers at this tribute show presented by IvaFiero Productions in association with Theatre Off Jackson.
READINGS & TALKS
25. What She Said
LGBT women will share their success stories and tales of adversity. The speakers will include Danni Askini of the Gender Justice League, Beth Barrett of SIFF, lube CEO Amy Buckalter, and restaurateur Dani Cone.
26. Quickies 17: Lost and Found
If you like your theater short, fast, and feminist, check out this night of seven curious plays by women playwrights and encounter characters like “a charismatic cooking show host, a troubled ghost hunter, a sensual chair thief and a pair of exhausted mountaineers.” Wednesday, June 21 is a free preview night.
27. 21st Seattle International Festival of Improv
Improvisors from around the world will come to Seattle to participate in the 21st Seattle International Festival of Improv. The festival will start with a show of trios on Wednesday, include a “translation” theme on Thursday when everyone will speak in their native language, and continue with regular Unexpected Productions shows on the weekend like Improv Happy Hour and Theatresports.
28. Gender Is a Joke
You may have a gender or you may not. Whatever the case, you’ll not want to miss this show by comedians from beyond the binary and/or cisgender normativity, hosted by El Sanchez and Andy Iwancio. Lexi Haack, Finn Cottom, Max Delsohn, Nancy Jean Naly, DJ Martinez, Bjarke Mitchell, and Aila Slisco will show off their comic chops—and we can guarantee you won’t hear any “Men are from Mars, women are from Venus”-type jokes. Proceeds will benefit the Gender Alliance of South Sound.
29. First Hill Street Bingo
Enjoy being on the street with no smelly cars in your way and play a round of bingo, eat Dante’s Inferno Dogs, and make friends with neighbors. There’ll be chances to win prizes from local businesses.
30. Get Nailed for Pride! Manicures with TopCoat
Your first association with Babeland might not be “manicures,” but they’re hosting a Topcoat pop-up with nail art, cocktails, and a chance to receive a goodie bag or Womanizer clit toy.
31. West Seattle Light Rail: Where Do You Want It to Go?
The West Seattle Transportation Coalition invites you to discuss your preferences and the different options for ST3 as concerns West Seattle. Also on the table: Ways to get improvements in transport before 2030.
FOOD & DRINK
Drink beer and support Bike Works, which will receive $1 of every beer drunk, as you watch the cycling movie Breaking Away. If you’ve got a bike to donate, bring it! If you’ve simply got a manky bike, get it repaired at the BikeMobile.
33. Iftar Dinner
The Table Manners Aside cooking duo and Nue present a meal of halal foods traditionally served during Ramadan to break fasts. Find out about Islamic tradition through tasty dishes like goat curry, kabob, tabbouleh, and more.
GEEK & GAMING
34. TechCrunch Meet-up & Pitch-Off
Ten techie entrepreneurs will wage battle to win over judges with 60-second pitches. The first-place winner will get a table in Startup Alley at TechCrunch Disrupt SF. Watch the competition and check out demos from other startups.
35. Ex Licks, Bethlehem Steel, Quid Quo, Adult Mauling
Local supergroup Ex Licks, made up of Seattle music scene vets Alex Noble, Dan Paulus, and Shawn Kock take their cues from ’70s garage rock and punk traditions, and have been gigging around town for the last year. KIM SELLING
36. La Bouche
The legendary dance music duo La Bouche—Lane McCray and Zsofia Farkas, who replaced the Melanie Thornton (RIP)—will bring the Gay ’90s roaring back at Chop Suey. Revisit some of the biggest hits of yesteryear’s queer club scene with icons of the era.
37. Rachel Baiman, Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons, Mike Giacolino
Rachel Baiman of Nashville duo 10 String Symphony is known for breaking out not one, but two whole fiddles for ten strings of Americana-pop melodic partnership and classical folk tradition. This time around, she’ll play tracks from her newest solo album Shame, with local support from Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons and Mike Giacolino.
38. GetWoke: Queer and Trans People of Color Dance Party & Show
Celebrate the BlQTPOC community at Seattle Pride’s official kick-off party, #GetWoke, with live performances by Jade Sotomayor and Monica Beverly Hillz of RuPaul’s Drag Race, hostess for the evening Monique Heart, and dance music by DJ Stunt Queen.
39. Weird: A Very Weird Pride Show
Join Miss Gay Seattle Londyn Bradshaw and Hellen Tragedy as they take a break from fundraising, and get together simply to celebrate Pride Month. The June edition features live performances from local queens Old Witch and Indika Haze.
40. Big Gay Dog Prom
It’s time for your pooch to dress up extra-fancy and frolic for the joy of Pride and doghood. Humans can gather for coffee, drinks, dancing, and good dog company in a rainbow-and-unicorn-themed party space. Pups must be House of Ruff members (and to be clear, we are talking dog-dogs, not human dogs), but all furless, bipedal mammals are welcome.
READINGS & TALKS
41. Erik Brynjolfsson & Andrew McAfee with Ramez Naam: A Digitally Powered World
Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson (both from the MIT Center for Digital Business, and authors of The Second Machine Age) present this take on the digital age that calls on forward-thinkers to re-examine “the integration of minds and machines, of products and platforms, and of the core and the crowd.”
42. Julia Quinn: The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband
Bestselling historical fiction author Julia Quinn (a pseudonym) has a thirst for romance. Her latest work, The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband, is a prequel in her Bridgertons series, and features a woman who happens upon a soldier in a coma and pretends to be his wife.
43. Langdon Cook
Langdon Cook (The Mushroom Hunters) will share his latest work, Upstream: Searching for Wild Salmon, from River to Table, which offers an up-to-date and holistic examination of our favorite local fish. Look forward to perspectives from fishermen, farmers, scientists, environmentalists, and indigenous communities.
SPORTS & RECREATION
44. Summer SoulSkate with DJ McLovin
It’s time to strap on some roller skates and head south for an evening of skating to funky and soulful ’60s and ’70s grooves selected by DJ McLovin.
45. The Lost Folio
Witness improv actors pull iambic pentameter monologues out of thin air, with plenty of input from the audience (and even some audience casting).
GEEK & GAMING
46. 3-D Printing Symposium
Over the course of this two-day academic conference (open to the public), see magic wrought by the latest 3D printers and discover this evolving technology’s implications for society. Learn about “interface with functional polymeric materials” from American and international researchers as well as industry experts.
47. Trio de Femme: The Girly-esque Show
This New American Butoh trio, drawing on a Japanese contemporary dance genre emphasizing the grotesque, will mix dance, storytelling, and “pink, plush magic” to make a show about sexual empowerment and growing up. They promise: “You will feel seen and welcomed, loved and adored.”
FOOD & DRINK
48. Masskrugstemmen Tournament
Masskrugstemmen, for those somehow not in the know, is the sport of holding a liter of beer with the art of outstretched arm for longer than any other competitor. Seattle German pubs are wholeheartedly taking part this year: Feierabend will have an event on Thursday and Die BierStube will join in on Saturday. Whoever wins will face off at the Seattle championships on July 11, after which the winner will get a plane ticket to compete in Las Vegas. If you lose, don’t cry: You still get to drink the beer and take the stein home.
49. Mahler Symphony No. 5
You remember that ghostly and yet somehow epic-feeling choral music that plays during 2001: A Space Odyssey any time the sun dramatically rises up over something? That’s György Ligeti’s “Requiem.” It’s a stunning piece of music that perfectly reflects the horrors of the first summer under Trump. Mahler’s 5th, which will close the evening, is one of the few symphonies that could eclipse Ligeti’s “Requiem” in terms of scope and ambition. The 5th picks up on the mournful tones of the “Requiem,” but then, in its final movements, thunders out in triumph. RICH SMITH
50. Bibliophilia Storytelling Festival
This short festival, presented by Word Lit Zine in co-production with Theater Schmeater, will celebrate the way words can come alive as they’re put on stage. Look forward to readings and performances by excellent local talents Karen Finneyfrock and Anastacia Renee Tolbert, among others.
51. Medicine Ball: Playwrights v. Poets
Seven playwrights and seven poets will compete in a literary showdown, inspired by prompts created by seven visual artists. The words produced during that part of the competition will be used in the next phase, which puts those pieces of writing onstage (performed by Seattle actors). At the end of the show, audience members bestow bottles of Two Buck Chuck on either the poets or the playwrights for their unmatchable genius. This year’s theme is “unity.”
52. Seattle’s Alternative Pride Festival 2017
True to the diverse spectrum of sexuality and identity, Pride runs in several currents. Nark magazine’s event series bills itself as the “alternative” Pride, “for EVERYONE, EVERYBODY and EVERY BODY.” Some money from the parties will benefit Gay City and its health projects. On the agenda: Fierce Queen on Thursday, a Rooftop Happy Hour and Dickslap Pride on Friday, a Rooftop Brunch, Pride Cruise, and Pride Is for Everyone on Saturday, and The Make Out Party Pride Edition on Sunday.
53. Burien Film Festival
This annual film festival promises a variety of draws including silent cartoons with live musical accompaniment, an industry event, a full day of short films, an international film crawl, and a special screening of local alien film The Maury Island Incident.
54. Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band
Poncho Sanchez, whose band won a Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Album in 2000, is one of the foremost, if not the biggest, percussionists in Latin jazz right now. He will perform with his air-tight band, drawing from a decades-long repertoire.
55. 2017 SOIL Art Auction
Celebrate SOIL at their annual auction and art party. Auctioneered by Laura Michalek, with refreshments, games, a raffle, several silent auctions, and a live auction.
56. Artist Talk: Qing Qu
The annual DePoi artist exchange allows a Seattle artist to travel to Perugia, Italy, and brings a Perugia artist right to Pottery Northwest—this time, it’s Qing Qu, who at this event will speak about her ceramic practice.
57. Button Zap
Easily wear your art by making them into small buttons—either print out your own design ahead of time or draw it onsite. You’ll end up with 80 round one-inch buttons, 30 2.5-inch buttons, 35 oval buttons or 40 1.5-square inch square buttons. It’s $10 extra for the special templating if you submit your design to Push/Pull ahead of time.
58. Vickie Shaw: Platinum Is the New Blonde
Texas comic Vickie Shaw will drawl out riffs on aging, family, her hypochondriac partner “Sergeant Patch,” and more.
59. Gaybie Cakes: Sex Tips and Cupcakes for Pride
You won’t know whether to focus more attention on Babeland’s sex tips or the cute “gaybie” Cupcake Royale cakes you’re scoffing, but don’t forget about the free champagne, the gift bags for the first five guests, or the raffle ticket for sexy Pride swag.
60. Movie Night
Catch a screening of Oscillate, which June Zandona and Daniel Costa co-created during the V2 Dance Film Residency last year, and stay on for Retrospective Exhibitionist by Miguel Gutierrez. It’s free, and you’ll enjoy the company of artsy dance enthusiasts while appreciating some local creators’ work.
FOOD & DRINK
61. The Rice Stuff
Discover Chinatown-ID history and culture on a one-mile walking tour combined with a variety of tastes of savory, sweet, sticky, and crispy rice dishes.
62. Bill Anschell Quartet with Brian Monroney, Chris Symer, Brad Boal
Seattle native Bill Anschell has played at the Summer Olympics and at venues all over the world. Closer to home, the pianist and the rest of his quartet will treat Tula’s to his distinctive, rhythmically inventive compositions on the occasion of his CD release. Featuring Brian Monroney on guitar, Chris Symer on bass, and Brad Boal on drums.
63. Champagne Campaign Presents What’s Your Patronus?
Dress up as your Patronus (for the uninitiated, the Harry Potterverse equivalent of the patron saint crossed with a witch’s familiar) and shake your magic trunk to music by DJ Pressha, Tollefsen, Hydef, and Chris Tower.
64. Eden Seattle Grand Opening
SODO is getting a new nightclub, and Eden aims to stay. They’re kicking their tenure off with a whole night of dancing to DJs and a live band, $4 wells, and free Italian food.
65. Headcat with Guests
After the death of Motörhead’s Lemmy, Slim Jim Phantom and Danny B. Harvey, who had performed with him as Headcats, took a break from performing. Now, finally, they’re back, along with David Vincent of Morbid Angel, to show you “how Rock’n’Roll [is] supposed to f*ckin sound.”
66. Jacqui Naylor Quartet
San Francisco-based jazz vocalist and songwriter Jacqui Naylor will return to Seattle for a night of smooth throwback jazz with dinner and dancing in promotion of her 2017 release Q&A with Art Khu.
67. What the Float
Defined as a “private dance party in public space,” What the Float provides you with a headphone-sourced sonic experience and silent disco that take you through the city, track by track. This edition is brought to you by Forward Flux Productions.
68. Lashes Cabaret
The cast of the infamous Lashes Cabaret, which normally reigns at R Place, will move to Westlake Park for a lunchtime drag extravaganza featuring Ladie Chablis, Jessica Paradisco, Drew Paradisco, and Lucy Paradisco.
Enjoy an immersive light show art, dance, acrobatics, and DJed music at this Subversionz Media show benefitting queer advocacy organizations.
70. The Punany Poets’ Secret of the Pearl Romantic Musical Comedy Show
Revel in female sexuality with this romantic (and explicit) show featuring “love confessions, kissing competitions, lap dance and more public displays of affection.” Accompanied men are welcome. VIP ticketholders get a lipstick vibrator to take home.
71. Rocky Horror at Pride
Relive your freaky and sexually confusing introduction to alt-queer musicals with this production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show by Island of Misfit Toys.
READINGS & TALKS
72. A Guide to Visitors: Flight
Listen to (or tell!) stories about flight—from the economic impact of Boeing to your stand-up jokes about airplane food—at this event co-produced by MOHAI and A Guide to Visitors (billed as “Seattle’s longest running storytelling event”).
73. Richard V. Reeves
Richard V. Reeves (author, journalist, and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution) will discuss and sign copies of Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class Is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That Is a Problem, and What to Do About It. Expect an economic and sociological analysis of the top 20 percent of American earners.
SPORTS & RECREATION
74. Questival Adventure Race
Can you stay up and solve puzzles for 24 hours? Join a two- to six-person team to tackle “challenges that push you out of your comfort zone” and that may include good works, athleticism, and cooperation. You may win prizes like trips or adventure gear. All participants get a free backpack.
75. Soulshine Vendor Day & Rooftop Party with Purple Mane
Meet the vendors from Soulshine Cannabis and rock out to music by the Prince cover band Purple Mane. Plus, learn about saving animals with Emerald City Pet Rescue, which receives a portion of sales from Soulshine. Outside of Pride, we think that’s all your bases covered for Friday.
76. Schlong Song
Woody Shticks, one of the interarts storyteller troupe known as the Libertinis, will put on a revival of his frenetic one-man show about “his days inside a Puritan cult” and “his nights inside consenting adults.”
FOOD & DRINK
77. Taste of Tacoma
More than 40 restaurateurs will offer cheap specialties from Tacoma and the South Sound. All the food on offer will be $10 or under, and each restaurant will sell a “Just a Bite” dish for $3.75 or less. What kind of food? You’ve got everything from fried peanut butter sandwiches to poke to piroshky, plus wine, beer, mixed drinks, and desserts. See chef demos, live bands, and cooking competitions as well.
78. COLLECT Brunch
This edition of “COLLECT” (a roaming art-shopping tour that aims to expose amateur art collectors to up-and-coming artists) will begin at Vermillion for brunch and an exhibit of “Queer Feelings” and will then move to Soil Arts Collective for two shows: Christopher Buening’s Guerilla Ceramica and a group show entitled Vessel, a sample of Mexico’s diverse contemporary visual arts scene. From there, the group will head to Greg Kucera gallery for a look at ¡Cuidado!-The Help, which involves artists concerned with America’s strained relationship to its domestic helpers on the home front and menial workers on the business front. The tour will conclude at the studio of Casey Curran for a glimpse into the artist’s acclaimed sculptures made of brass wire, wood, silk flowers and taxidermy.
79. BarkHappy Seattle: Summer Pup Crawl
Take poochy for a walk and go home with a free dog sketch, free treats, a free temperament test, and maybe some prizes from the raffle. While you’re at Hellbent, Dick’s Drive-In, or the Beer Authority, indulge in a beer while the dogs play a tennis ball bobbing game. Some proceeds will benefit Seattle Humane.
80. Duwamish Tribe Gala Dinner and NW Art Auction
Eat a traditional dinner with prominent members of the Duwamish community, then bid on Northwest art whose sales will benefit Duwamish Tribal Services.
81. Tips and Tricks for Photographing Fireworks
Do you want to take fireworks photos that don’t look like blurry slug trails? John Cornicello will demonstrate some techniques to help you take great snaps, addressing “exposure, composition, vantage point and more.”
82. Black Arts Love Summer Mixer and Marketplace
Celebrate Black arts at this community event with “over 25 artists and businesses, live performances, DJ, paint party for kids, interactive activities, good food and community fun.”
83. Plough to Plate
Learn how people grew and cooked food in the 19th century: Tour an old-school garden, orchard, poultry coop, and kitchen, try churning butter or hauling water, and get silly at a traditional British pancake race, where you flip a pancake while running. You can also watch the judging and awarding of the Golden Skillet and Golden Mold prizes for the period chefs at the Fort Nisqually museum.
84. Spirit of Indigenous People
Festàl and the Indian Health Board will mount this rich cultural festival of Native North American craft, art, and life. Sample foods, see performances, and buy artisan articles.
85. Seattle Outdoor Cinema
The Seattle Outdoor Cinema (formerly Fremont Outdoor Movies) is celebrating its 25th season with a permanent venue upgrade to the South Lake Union Discovery Center. All screenings are 21+, there will be a beer garden (proceeds from which will benefit various rotating non-profits), and other pre-screening entertainment. The season begins today with a screening of Star Wars: Rogue One.
FOOD & DRINK
86. Tacos, Live Music & Cigars
Brunch luxuriously on El Saborcito’s tacos as the San Juan Cigars company demos cigar-making and Kim Archer provides music. Stay on for afternoon chocolates by Seleušs. Your ticket includes food, the music and demo, and a glass of wine.
87. Around The World With KEXP: KEXP Mash-Up Patio Party
Esteemed KEXP members will gather for a music mash-up party led by DJ Kid Hops, DJ Chilly, and Darek Mazzone, along with an “insane” happy hour and patio games.
Seven punk and hard rock bands will generate uproar at Darrell’s this weekend. Dance to Ndy Wylie, Crossroads Exchange, Baby & the Nobodies, Klaw, Upwell, and Hundred Loud.
89. Day Break
Is your weekend in any danger of lacking chill? Nectar will supply the “island reggae,” DJ, food truck, and good vibes at this canna-themed day party.
90. Hammerfest 2017
Experience a different kind of country music from garage-ready soul rockers Del Vox, as well as live sets from Joy Mills Band, the Crying Shame, and Julien Martlew, at Slim’s Hammerfest 2017.
91. Jamie Namkung
In a solo performance, Oberlin-trained pianist Jamie Namkung will showcase a classical piano sonata, selections from Iberia Book One by Albéniz, and Schumann’s Humoresque, as a fitting follow-up to the completion of her PhD dissertation on “The Rise of Spanish Music in the Late 19th Century – An Examination of Isaac Albéniz’s Iberia.”
92. Joey Jewell’s Sinatra at The Sands
The classiness of Sinatra’s mob-approved croon tunes will never dissipate, and Joey Jewell will do his best to honor that classiness in his rendition of a full Vegas melee, with the orchestra bringing the swinging sixties to a loud, layered big band jazz reality.
93. Les Nations: A Tour of 17th-Century European Musical Styles
We only have written records of what music sounded like in the 17th century. Ever wonder what it was truly like to hear European classical musicians perform in the courts? Joshua Romatowski, Qin Ying Tan, Christine Wilkinson, and Juliana Soltis will weave the histories of their instruments and the composers with performances of works by Corelli, Lully, and C.P.E. Bach.
94. Metalachi, El Steiner, Ball Bag, Hostile Makeover
Metalachi make high-flying, virtuosic, bare-chested metal incorporating traditional mariachi tunes and instruments like trumpet, guitarrón, and violin. We daresay it’s not quite like anything else in the Seattle music scene, or beyond.
95. Sound & Shadow
Between sets by delicious local punk bands Double or Muffin, Mud On My Bra, and Klondike Kate, see a shadow puppetry show by Sound & Shadow.
96. Sunyata Records 2nd Annual Showcase of Bands
Head to the Neptune for a night of fresh, hot tunes from the local scene: Ayron Jones, the Barrett Martin Group, Vaudeville Etiquette, Noelle Tannen and the Filthy No Nos (Brooklyn Soul), and others will share hiphop, folk rock, soul, and more.
97. Train Car House Party: RIZ and ROB — Won LOVE!
The residents of Train Car House Party (seemingly a group of people who like to throw parties in the train cars of Orient Express) are throwing a party (natch) to celebrate the season of PRIDE by getting wild in mass transit. Expect talented DJs, like KEXP’s Riz Rollins, with free admission.
98. Alma de Bronce 45th Anniversary Celebration
Enjoy an evening of Mexican folkloric dancing, presented in honor of Seattle’s Bailadores de Bronce’s 45th anniversary (the traditional gift is a sapphire, in case you were wondering). They promise lots of color, music, and costumes.
99. Aunt Franzea’s Party Box: Burlesque Curated Under the Influence
Jo Jo Stiletto presents an evening of burlesque and shenanigans cooked up under the influence of boxed wine (wear alcohol-themed costumes).
READINGS & TALKS
100. Andrew Carroll: My Fellow Soldiers
Once again, Andrew Carroll (author of Letters of a Nation: A Collection of Extraordinary American Letters and War Letters: Extraordinary Correspondence from American Wars, and the founding director of Chapman University’s Center for American War Letters) dove into a massive pile of artifacts and documents to create a precise historical picture. His latest work, My Fellow Soldiers: General John Pershing and the Americans Who Helped Win the Great War, focuses on the American experience in World War I.
101. Sandra Vea
In her book Masao: A Nisei Soldier’s Secret and Heroic Role in World War II, Sandra Vea unearths the astounding story of a Japanese American soldier who kept his secret history in Military Intelligence Services hidden for decades. Pick up a copy of this war hero’s tale and discuss the book with Vea.
102. Seattle7Writers Brunch: Charles Johnson and Garth Stein
Acclaimed Seattle writer Charles Johnson is the author of books including Middle Passage, The Way of the Writer: Reflections on the Art and Craft of Storytelling, and Faith and the Good Thing, the winner of a National Book Award and a MacArthur “Genius” grant, and the subject of this praise from James McBride: “He is one of America’s greatest literary treasures. He is a skilled wordsmith, superb craftsman, master of understatement, philosopher, cartoonist, and deeply talented novelist.” Hear him in conversation with Garth Stein (The Art of Racing in the Rain). Your admission will benefit Seattle7Writers’ youth literacy programs.
SPORTS & RECREATION
103. Prom Dress Rugby
Whether you want to see the tough rugby players of Quake and the Emerald City Mudhens duke it out in prom dresses (men) and tuxes (women—we suppose genderqueer players can take their pick) or you’d like to join in the ruckus, head to Cal Anderson Park for some scrumming fun.
104. Oddmall: Emporium of the Weird
Come one, come all, ye connoisseurs of Ouija, ye wearers of rhinestone-encrusted bow ties, ye hunters of Pokemon cameo jewelry. Oddmall: Emporium of the Weird’s biggest show yet purveys whimsy, art and extravagance from over a hundred and fifty local vendors. Plus food trucks! Admission is free and for all ages, so bring your peculiar children.
105. Urban Craft Uprising
“Seattle’s largest indie craft show” boasts a very large number of vendors—150 or more—selling toys, clothing, jewelry, food, clothes, crafts, etc., etc., etc. It’s a boon for small business owners and their customers alike. Just be prepared for crowds: These markets can easily draw 12,000 indie shoppers.
106. Seattle-Tacoma Pet Con
Buy goodies for your favorite animal friend, or—if it is of the cooperative sort—bring your pet for a free nail trim, discounted microchipping, and/or vaccine, or treatment. Don’t yet have a personal beast? Meet adoptable creatures, or simply enjoy the entertainment, like agility demonstrations, (human) speakers, giveaways, info on animal welfare volunteering, and more.
107. Slug Fest
What’s there to celebrate about slugs? Well, for one thing, they’re essential decomposers. For another, when you look at them up close, they’re actually pretty cute. So ride the eye-stalked tram through the wildlife park, flop down a soapy track in a “human slug race” (nothing like a human centipede race), do crafts, and more.
GEEK & GAMING
108. Curiosity Days: Dive In
Learn about the aquatic ecosystems that sustain sea life, discover oceanography, and get educated on ecology with scientists. There’ll be a touch tank and more awaiting you at the Pacific Science Center.
109. Queer Geeks and Gamers Convention
Is there enough queer geekiness in your life? The answer is always NO, but you can make some headway at this convention, which will offer a cosplay contest, exhibits, the femme-centric Pink Party, and of course games—board, video, and arcade.
110. Body-Positive Figure Drawing with Tatiana Gill
‘Cause real artists aren’t afraid of curves: Join instructor and cartoonist Tatiana Gill and practice drawing models of all figure types in a session built on body positivity and acceptance. (Models will be clothed and kids will be welcome to draw too.)
Hooray! Derek Erdman’s art is returning to Seattle—in fact, the purpose of this show is to “remember” the city. They’re a bit skimpy on the details, but they do tell you to “follow the signs.” Bring a donation for Mary’s Place women’s shelter.
112. Dog Day Afternoon & Parade
A parade of pups will invade Fremont this Sunday, vying for the Best in Show Silly Dog Costume award. Take your own favorite pooch for treats, a photobooth, and furry good times. Bonus points (from us, not the organizer) if you reference the 1975 Sidney Lumet film of the same title. (Maybe teach your dog to bark “GAT-TA-CA!”?)
FOOD & DRINK
113. Beers Against Slavery
Your ticket doesn’t just get you tacos, Cupcake Royale desserts, and a prize drawing entry: It also fights against human trafficking.
114. Seattle Lamb Jam
Everyone knows that pork belly has been a thing for way too long now, but what about lamb? It doesn’t get enough credit, does it? Everyone knows it’s DELICIOUS, but it also has a rep for being hard to prepare. That’s what makes the Seattle Lamb Jam all the more fun. This year, the festival brings together six Seattle BBQ chefs to compete for the title of Lamb Jam BBQ Master—a royal title indeed. Besides lamb in many different tasty dishes, there will also be local breweries, winemakers, distilleries and live music from Rain City Ramblers. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the University District Food Bank.
115. Ballard Civic Orchestra: Espectacular Concerto
Multi-generational, intercultural orchestra Ballard Civic Orchestra will present a free show of their current concert series as a celebration of Latino and Hispanic musical culture, featuring two guest artists, including violinist Teo Benson, and Latin Grammy nominee and master pianist, composer, arranger, and countertenor José Luis Muñoz.
116 Ecco Chamber Ensemble: Enough Is Enough
The Ecco Chamber Ensemble will reflect on the age-old dichotomous battle between war and peace, with a special spotlight on the current sources of violence happening around our world right now. The afternoon program will feature Night of the Poets by Seattle composer Sarah Bassingthwaighte, a percussion piece by Storm Benjamin commemorating victims of gun violence, and works by José de Azpiazu, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Imamovic Almer, Federico García Lorca, Luigi Nono, Arvo Pärt, Henry Purcell, Arnold Schoenberg, Heitor Villa-Lobos, and Steve Wanna. Proceeds will benefit Americans for Responsible Solutions.
117. The Four Seasons
During Century Ballroom’s excellently priced swing lesson and dance, see Sister Kate Dance Company’s performance of The Four Seasons, with routines celebrating autumn, winter, spring, and summer (or, as they’re known in Seattle, autumn, winter, spring, and winter).
118. Witch Bottle, Samvega, Alina Ashley Nicole
Witch Bottle draws inspiration from “our magical community”—spirits, folklore, imagination, and fantasy—to weave dark folk-punk.
119. Freaksheaux To Geaux
Freaksheaux to Geaux seeks to revive the dark and sexy vaudeville of traveling troupes of yore, “with a Southern Gothic twist and some modern flavor” imbuing the burlesque, belly dance, and acrobatics.
120. Visual Musician & Friends with Josh Rawlings Trio
Visual Musician is Jessie Sawyers, who performs rhythmic tap dance along with the live music of the Josh Rawlings Trio, pulling tracks from indie rock to jazz standards and everything in between.
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