124 Stranger (Than Usual) Things To Do in Seattle This Week: June 12-17, 2018

Our arts critics have already recommended 65 great things to do this week and our music critics have picked the 33 best music shows, 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 to the Rainier Rollergirls Rocky Horror Roller Derby Bout, and from MOHAI’s Hot Nights, Cool Jazz to a live taping of the soccer podcast Men in Blazers, just in time for the World Cup. For even more options this week, check out our complete Things To Do calendar.

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1. Death By Stereo Beat Battle
After sets from DJs Solomon, Cts Beats, Ziggy Zay, D.Mikey, Yusuke, and Vinsane, DJs Brainstorm and Agent M. will battle each other for a $1,000 cash prize and major bragging rights.

2. umami goddess™
Genre-bending Honolulu-based musician umami goddess™ will bring their “dancey hybrid of pop/electronic/emo/R&B” music to Seattle with support from Talltrees.


3. Bard In A Bar: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Shakespeare enthusiasts, rejoice: Bard in a Bar combines beer, karaoke, and Shakespeare for what is sure to be a night unlike any other. There is “plenty of audience participation,” and no experience is necessary. Scripts and props are provided—all you need to do is bring Shakespeare’s words (in this case, A Midsummer Night’s Dream) to life.


4. Anya Yurchyshyn: My Dead Parents
Boston-born Yurchyshyn investigates the pre-parental lives of her mother and father, uncovering sinister and tragic events involving wrongful death and the loss of a child.

5. ARCADE Salon: How Truly Great Food Can Save Our Ecosystems
Farmer/writer Mericos Rhodes will talk about how earth-friendly agriculture, including “biomimicry,” might save the world. The organizers add: “Did you know that more carbon has been released by soil tillage than by all the oil ever burned?”

6. Pneumonia Vaccine Impact: 100 Years Since the Flu Pandemic
Since the 1918 flu pandemic, antibiotics have greatly decreased deaths from influenza-associated pneumonia. However, it “remains the world’s leading infectious cause of death.” Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Keith Klugman will talk about the evolution of flu vaccines.

7. Ruth Ware: The Death of Mrs. Westaway
A tarot card reader receives a letter in error and sets out to claim an inheritance that belongs to someone else in this cold-hearted thriller.



8. Hammons House
MOHAI welcomes the exquisite tiny Colonial Revival mansion designed by Claire Bagley Hammons, Frederick Dent Hammons, and Joseph S. Coté and built in 1948.
Closing Sunday


9. Marysville Strawberry Festival
Enjoy all Marysville has to offer: Parades, a carnival, markets, a car show, the Berry Run, and a strawberry shortcake-eating contest.



10. Free Herbalism Classes in the Park
Learn to make herbal concoctions meant to reduce stress and anxiety at these free classes with Moonlight Medicine.

11. Gardening with the Seasons: Summer
Be the envy of all your gardening friends by managing your summer garden problems before they occur. The workshop will cover care of seasonal containers, watering practices, potential weed and pest problems to be aware of, and specialized pruning practices for the season.

12. A Succulent Summer: Plant Party!
Bring a pot in which to plant a squishy-leaved succulent to care for this summer (and seasons to come if you’ve got a green thumb). You’ll also find plant-inspired drink specials, temporary tattoos, and live DJs.

13. Wine Tasting with the Kitties!
Surround yourself with the sophisticated personalities of cats while you taste six varietals from the House Canned Wine Collection with the guidance of wine expert Diana Haug. The Rose Bubbles can will be included in honor of Pride month, with proceeds benefitting the Human Rights Campaign.


14. Cheat Day! A Texas BBQ Pop-Up
Feast on down-home Southern comfort fare with a nutritious twist from Texas-raised brothers Ben Yisrael and John Wesley, who focus on organic, kosher produce and meats and other quality ingredients.

15. Climb For a Cause: Ice Cream Social
In celebration of eight Two Beers employees planning to summit Mount Rainier later this summer for Climb For a Cause, slurp creamy-fizzy floats made with beer and Seattle Cider and scoops of Frankie & Jo’s plant-based ice cream, and purchase raffle tickets for gift bags filled with outdoor gear. All proceeds will benefit Washington’s National Park Fund for Mount Rainier conservation.

16. Crush the Rush!
Teams of three baristas will compete in seven battles to see who can deliver eight perfectly made drinks at a speedy pace. The winning team gets $300.

17. Espresso Exploration with Sweet Bloom Coffee
Explore the espressos of new La Marzocco roaster-in-residence Sweet Bloom with World Barista Championship Head Judge Miguel Vicuna, who will explain the criteria judges use to evaluate espresso on a world level.


18. Paradise Sunset Sessions Opener
DJ Sean Majors will join resident spinners Lyons & Lucero for the first in a series of summer rooftop parties.

19. Sebastian Bach, The Standstills, Antihero
Solo artist and Skid Row lead singer Sebastian Bach, who has toured with artists including Bon Jovi and Guns N’ Roses and appeared on TV shows like Gilmore Girls, will share tracks from his long career.


20. Bookmarks and Landmarks: The Big Burn by Timothy Egan
National Book Award-winning Timothy Egan (The Worst Hard Times) will educate you on a 1910 forest fire that helped shape public opinion about the importance of wilderness.

21. Clerestory Reading Series: Catherine Bresner, Mita Mahato, Patrick Milian
The endlessly talented poetic comic artists Catherine Bresner and Mita Mahato will be joined by poet and essayist Patrick Milian for the June edition of COAST|NoCOAST’s reading series.

22. Jared A. Brock: Road to Dawn
Few know that Harriet Beecher Stowe’s hugely influential novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin was directly inspired by a real person—Josiah Henson, who escaped slavery at age 41 by walking 600 miles to Canada with his family. And he wasn’t done—he went on to secure freedom for more than a hundred others. Jared A. Brock (A Year of Living Prayerfully) will tell you some of his story as told in the book Road to Dawn.

23. Kristin Rowe Finkbeiner: Keep Marching
Join author Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner for an evening of female empowerment as she discusses her new book, Keep Marching: How Every Woman Can Take Action and Change Our World.


24. Seattle Kush Marketplace
This trade show brings together cannabis producers, processors, and retail buyers from across the state for a day of networking and, potentially, wholesale deal-making.



25. Hot New Next
This “Shark Tank-style” competition offers six contestants the chance to pitch their design-related concepts or products to a live audience and a panel of experts.

26. Where Love Is Illegal Gallery Opening & Panel
Robin Hammond’s photography exhibit Where Love is Illegal explores the state of LGBTQ+ rights around the world. Stop by the opening reception to hear a panel discussion on “the connections between our global and local movements for equality and freedom.”


27. Walking the Wild: Trekking New Zealand
Lust after the alpine vistas, snowy crags, and white-sand beaches of New Zealand at this presentation with hikers Cheryl Talbert and Eileen Miller.


28. Electric Feather Preview Party
To fete the opening of their new karaoke bar Electric Feather, which is marked only by a single glowing neon plume, Outlier is throwing a preview party with food and drink specials and, of course, free karaoke.

29. Fremont Brewing Pride Kolsch Party
Raise a glass of Fremont Brewing’s new Pride Kolsch, which aims “to create and foster a community for LGBTQ people and friends in the craft beer world.” A portion of the proceeds will go to organizations fighting for LGBTQ justice, including Pride Foundation and Entre Hermanos.

30. Royale with Cheese Tasting Event
This event offers not, as Pulp Fiction fans might expect, Parisian quarter pounders, but rather Royale Brewing beers paired with a variety of fromage.


31. Transit Trivia
Are you an expert on Seattle’s public transportation system? Join the Transportation Choices Coalition for a #RideTransit month trivia night for the chance to win prizes.


32. Contraband Reloaded, McTuff
Recognize jazz/fusion arrangements of music from your favorite video games from the ’80s and ’90s with VGM cover band CONTRABAND as they play material from their latest album, Reloaded. They’ll be joined by McTuff.

33. Crunk Witch, Shubzilla, Nikola Whallon, Steve
“Bass-heavy nerd pop” outfit Crunk Witch are trying to revive chiptunes with their electronic ditties, and they’re not doing a half-bad job of it. They’ll be joined by Shubzilla, Nikola Whallon, and Steve.

34. Evening The Score: Renee C. Baker
Avant garde composer Renee Baker will present a program of film scores, including Oscar Micheaux’s score for the 1925 drama Body and Soul and Baker’s own score for her 2017 film Dinner: Race, Greed, Abuse and the Priority of Social Justice.


35. Midnight Mystery Radio Theatre Show
Feel old-timey by being an active participant in this live action radio show.

36. The Wood Elves Moonlight Serenade
The Wood Elves cast will enchant you with live music, spoken word, hula hooping, and other talents. Performers include Mary Lydia Ryan, Campbell Thibo, Brittany Kohl, Pepperjeani TAmbourine, and Shamar Mari.


37. Heather Abel: The Optimistic Decade
This novel from Algonquin Press is set in the ’80s, with all its real estate bubbles, oil shale busts, Reaganism, anti-Reaganism, war, and more. It “takes us into the lives of five people deeply attached to the land encompassing a rural Colorado summer camp.”

38. Katherine Reynolds Lewis: The Good News About Bad Behavior
At this Town Hall event, award-winning journalist Lewis, who has written for outlets including The Atlantic and Mother Jones, will discuss how kids’ misbehavior may be the fault of our “modern, highly connected age” rather than parenting, and how the “Apprenticeship Model,” a theory based on learning self-control, could help.

39. Unraveling Homelessness: Women’s Experiences of Homelessness and Discussion on Community Engagement
The Seattle Women’s Commission will educate the community on women’s experience of homelessness and how you can help. Hear from Rep. Nicole Macri, the deputy director for the Downtown Emergency Service Center; Cheryl Sesnon, executive director of Jubilee Women’s Center; Nikki Gane, founder of Dignity for Divas; Sierra Philips, representative for the Mockingbird Society; and UW’s Professor Josephine Ensign, coordinator for the Doorway Project and author of Catching Homelessness: A Nurse’s Story of Falling Through the Safety Net.


40. Seattle Mariners vs. Boston Red Sox
The Mariners will play the Boston Red Sox. At this special Star Trek night, you’ll get a special Spock t-shirt when you enter promo code STARTREK at checkout.



41. Band in Seattle
Witness live music shows that will be taped for future television segments and partake in free beer and post-set music trivia at these two Band in Seattle sessions. Thursday’s artists will be sincere pop group Cumulus and singer-songwriter Kris Angelis, and Friday’s will be soulful genre-blenders Lion’s Ambition and local singer-songwriter Ben Union.


42. Le Grand Fromage
Nicole Aloni will perform a show based on her life “cooking in a chateau in France, catering for the Academy Awards, Queen Elizabeth II and Julia Child, and authoring three books,” as well as weathering loss and aging. She actually cooks onstage, and you can have a taste.



43. Tail Feather
Black gender non-conforming bois will take inspiration from male birds and their magnificent feathers in this theater/cabaret show about masculinity.



44. Many Maps, One Voice
Jane Fellows will embody the political activist and housewife Mary Ellen McCaffree, who plunged into the fray of legislative redistricting in order to secure funding for her kids’ neglected schools.



45. Jet City Improv: Bunker 13
An improvised comedy play about soldiers in the Vietnam War, put on by Jet City Improv.


46. Fika Friday
Book Larder will put a Thai-inspired spin on fika, the Swedish practice of taking a break in the afternoon with a beverage and a treat, with coconut sticky rice from Hong Thaimee’s book True Thai and some Thai iced tea.

47. Kindness in the Kitchen: A Pay-It-Forward Pop-Up
Enjoy breakfast offerings like candied bacon and Dubliner cheese scones, French toast muffins, and sausage feta frittatas, with a side of good karma when you purchase a “pay-it-forward” breakfast to get a meal for someone else.


48. After Dark Happy Hour: School’s Out for Summer
Rejoice that summer has finally begun by playing board games and listening to “funny, cute, and heartbreaking” school stories from local performers.

49. Crosscut Trivia Obscura and Bingo Night
Crosscut‘s Knute Berger, Atlas Obscura’s Jared Steed, and MOHAI’s Sondra Snyder will host a trivia night dedicated to Washington State factoids. Once the game’s over, stay for a round of local-oddity-themed bingo.


50. Benoît Pioulard, Medina/Walsh, Loom
The Seattle musician’s leaned heavily on his Eno-/Basinski-esque ambient proclivities over the last couple of years, to stunning effect. But people should know that Pioulard (aka Thomas Meluch) also excels in hushed singer/songwriter mode, as his earliest Kranky output and his work with Rafael Anton Irisarri in Orcas prove. Sweet glumness and melodic delicacy rule, with Pioulard’s innate chillness pervading every move. DAVE SEGAL

51. Black Sabbitch
All-lady Black Sabbath cover band Black Sabbitch will headline a night of dark and tasty licks at El Corazon.

52. Bootie Seattle: Best of Bootie
Seattle’s only all-mashup dance party throws down for an all-out party by paying tribute to themselves for eight years of rock, pop, hiphop, rap, and dance music. Prep thyself for all the celebratory club bangers and Top40 hits you could possibly handle.

53. Disco Inferno with Hit Explosion
Delightfully self-explanatory Hit Explosion was voted “Best Live Performance Cover Band” by the Northwest Music Awards Association. Hear their renditions of “original dance floor songs.”

54. Freedom – A Tribute to George Michael and Wham!
Pay tribute to the late British songwriter George Michael and his duo Wham! at this tribute show.

55. Laser Childish Gambino
As part of the Pacific Science Center’s Summer of Light‘s hiphop/rap focus, soak in the rebellious young rapper’s rhymes and the laser artists’ swirly colors.

56. Respect The Vibez Mixtape Release Show
Hear a compilation of tunes and poems by talented youth made in Seattle’s Totem Star recording studio this past year.


57. The Haircut
This play unites magician Aaron Wheeler and musician Leland Hirschman “in one of the most mundane tasks most of us have experienced.”

58. Pastie Premieres: A Burlesque Variety Show
A Brazen Babes Production, this burlesque medley brings you Carlotta Shakin, Clara Rose, Kir Royale, Jackline Daniels, Smokey Brown, Gin Rickie, Juanita Revolucion, Absinthe Minded, and Pique A Boo.

59. Wine, Women & Song
Carolyn, Jenny, and Loretta are the cabaret trio Bodacious Ladyhood and will sing some songs and tell some funny stories.


60. Bushwick Book Club: Norton Juster’s The Phantom Tollbooth
Local artists and musicians will perform original music inspired by and based on Norman Juster’s childhood classic The Phantom Tollbooth.

61. Deborah Reber: Differently Wired
Learn about neurodiverse children from Deborah Reber, author and mother of a gifted child with ADHD and Asperger’s.

62. Ellen Welcker, Madeline McNeill: The Pink Tablet
Opera singer Madeline McNeill has composed Spokane poet Ellen Welcker’s new collection, The Pink Tablet: A Feral Opera, into songs, which she’ll perform live.

63. Georgia Hunter: We Were the Lucky Ones
Georgia Hunter shares her 15-year-old discovery that she comes from a family of Holocaust survivors in her new memoir, We Were the Lucky Ones.

64. Poe Ballantine: Whirlaway
This madcap-sounding novel follows an escapee from an asylum, a telepathic dog, a record collector, and a long-dead brother.


65. Rainier Rollergirls Rocky Horror Roller Derby Bout
Bust out your Rocky Horror costume for this adults-only bout, featuring (as always) a beer garden, baked goods and merch for sale, and half-time shenanigans.



66. Ben Bailey
Catch up with the host of the TV game shows Cash Cab and Cash Cab: After Dark.

67. Brooks McBeth
He’s a stand-up comedian and a writer on shows like Mad TV and Trigger Happy TV. They say, “Brooks McBeth is one of those comedians who seem to find the line of decency and then stomps all over it.”

68. Rockprov: A Comedic Improvised Rock and Roll Benefit
This improvised rock benefit show for a non-existent cause will “raise awareness of the ridiculous.”


69. Paradiso Festival
Paradiso is the PNW’s premier festival of WUB-WUB-WUB, colloquially known as brostep, also called EDM, which is short for “electronic dance music” (you’re welcome, grandpa). Headliners include Deadmau5, DJ Snake, and Armin Van Buuren. Trust that glow sticks will be wielded, hearts broken, and vape pens smoked.



70. Edmonds Arts Festival
Enjoy three days of arts, entertainment, shopping, and dining, with a wide selection of more than 240 artist booths, three juried galleries, over 1,000 pieces of student art, more than 20 food vendors, and other attractions.

71. Puyallup Meeker Days Arts & Music Festival
Dance to live music, nosh on carnival food, drink in beer and wine gardens, and shop from vendors at this Puyallup festival.

72. Wenatchee River Bluegrass Festival
The lineup for this year’s Wenatchee River Bluegrass Festival includes Flatt Lonesome, Alan Bibey & Grasstowne, Special Consensus, the Kody Norris Show, Old Growth Quartet, and Rusty Hinges.


73. The Foreigner
An award-winning farce about a young man visiting a fishing lodge in Georgia who, through shyness, pretends not to speak English and becomes unwittingly privy to all sorts of scandalous secrets.

74. Pageant: The Musical Comedy Beauty Competition
A pan-American drag beauty contest pits Miss West Coast, Miss Great Plains, Miss Industrial Northeast, Miss Bible Belt, Miss Texas, and Miss Deep South against one another to win the title of Miss Glamouresse.

75. The Undead Cabaret: The Great Seattle Fire of 1889
Let history babes entice you into the past and educate you on the fiery cataclysm that ate the city in 1889 through dance, song, and short film.
No performance on Saturday

76. You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Revisit the charming musical about Charlie, Linus, Lucy, Sally, and all the gang.


77. Bell Harbor Classic Weekend
Gather your favorite dads and check out over 40 pre-WWII yachts—including several Blanchard Stock Cruisers “dreamboats,” a 72-foot schooner and a 100-foot fantail motor yacht—to inspire your nautical adventures. On Friday, watch the boats flock to the pier at a Sail-In Parade.



78. Hot Shop Fire Sale
Looking for cheap glass items made by the Museum of Glass’s hot shop? These start at $5.

79. Making and Unmaking the Body
Delve into Martha Friedman’s Castoffs with curator Nina Bozicnik, performer/writer Stevi Costa, dancer Alyza DelPan-Monley, and art historian Naomi Hume, who’ll discuss the exhibition’s implications for gender, sculpture, and experience.

80. The Secret Gardens of Lake Forest Park
Explore six Lake Forest Park gardens you may have otherwise passed right by, and shop for native plants at a garden market.


81. Giant Cow in the Ballard Locks
In honor of Dairy Month, witness Bessie the inflatable Holstein cow’s maiden voyage to Lake Union by way of barge. You can also sample free local dairy treats, learn about sustainable local farming practices, and take selfies with Bessie in order to prove their motto: “You never know what you’ll see at the Locks.”

82. How to Be an Organizer
Learn the process of grassroots organizing, from canvassing to personal story development, with 7th Congressional District representative Pramila Jayapal.

83. kidproof.
DJs Sharadawn, Rockwell, Melenie, and ITSTR3NT will curate a family dance party for kids and their guardians to “build a creative community.” There will also be face painting, glitter tattoos, an “interactive Instagram room,” and Italian food.

84. Nurturing the Environment and Food Access
Find out how the injustices of slavery, segregation, and land deprivation are perpetuated in people of color’s lack of access to healthy food and environments with the DNDA Let’s Talk Race series.

85. Solstice Night Market
Take advantage of increasingly longer and warmer days by shopping for handmade goods and local art well into the evening.

86. World Migratory Bird Day
Take a guided walk of the Kirkland park to spot native feathered friends. You’ll also learn about the perils birds face on their migratory routes, play bird-related games, and make bird crafts.


87. Seattle Outdoor Cinema
This 21+ series invites you to snack on street food from the night market and relish classic movies like The Goonies (June 16), Jurassic Park (July 21), and Black Panther (August 25).


88. Gaming in Color
Make friends with fellow nerds across the LGBTQ+ spectrum and watch a documentary on queer people in gaming, from serious issues with online harassment to more encouraging facts about the diversity and advancement of gamers.


89. BBQ Boot Camp: All Things Ribs
Wood Shop pitmaster Rudy Ramirez will school students in “everything from trimming spareribs into St Louis cut, to grilling amazing baby back ribs in the backyard this summer, to competition style ribs, and how to smoke beef ribs just for good measure.” Expect plenty of “meat snacks” and different barbecue sauces to sample, plus a curated whiskey selection, cocktails, and beers from head bartender Palani Stewart and a how-to guide and swag bag to take home.

90. A Chef’s Collaborative Pop-Up Dinner
This collaborative seven-course dinner will reunite Aaron Tekulve of the Surrell pop-up dinner series and private dining company, Ben Campbell of the Ben’s Bread pop-up and the bread program at Renee Erickson’s Rana e Rospo, and three-time Cochon555 Seattle winner Mitch Mayers, who is planning to open his much-buzzed-about restaurant Sawyer this summer. The trio met while working in the kitchen at Lark for chef John Sundstrom and the then-chef de cuisine Lauren Thompson (who now works at Cafe Juanita). Expect super-innovative bites like parmesan churros (!), chicken liver pate donuts with “Cheez-its” and salmon rillette, and wood sorrel granita with lemon cream, all paired with Washington wines.

91. The Salsa Garden
At this hands-on class, snack on chips and salsa with sangria as you learn about gardening, then roll up your sleeves to plant your own tomato, pepper, onion, and cilantro plants, with all supplies provided. You’ll go home with a salsa recipe to use up the bounty of your new garden.

92. Wusthof Block Party
See cooking and cutting demonstrations, get your knives sharpened, test out merchandise under supervision, and snag special deals and giveaways.


93. Grieg Gala Concert Extravaganza
In Seattle’s most Nordic neighborhood, spend an evening celebrating the 175th birthday of Bergen with a program of music by Norwegian composer Edvard Hagerup Grieg. Performers include Norwegian guest pianist Knut Erik Jensen, Northwest soprano Laura Loge, and Seattle virtuouso violinist Allion Salvador.

94. Heart Avail, The Sinbound Post Rapture Party, Nordic Daughter
Spokane rockers Heart Avail will headline after sets from the Sinbound Post Rapture Party and Nordic Daughter.

95. Hot Nights, Cool Jazz
Pair your loves of museum-hopping and lindy-hopping at this free live set of after-hours jazz. You can dance and enjoy the music, or make your own tunes with upcycled pieces at the Instrument Petting Zoo, or stroll around and check out Seattle on the Spot: The Photographs of Al Smith before the exhibit closes.

Pretend it’s 20 degrees hotter than it really is with this dance night dedicated to all things Atlanta (including the humidity).

97. The Love Markets
Cabaret band the Love Markets will present an evening of songs of love and revolution to the tune of “smoky tangos, carnivalesque waltzes, back-alley brass, and barfly blues.”

98. Purple Xperience
Cry and dance and be as weird as you are at this Prince dance party.


99. 14/48: Speakeasy
Gamble and give money for this very cool theater project, which promises burlesque, music, magic, and unlimited beer and wine, plus food, raffles, and prizes.

100. Arson Explains It All (Episode 2)
Get to know Seattle queen Arson Nicki through “real stories, hard truths, and sharp lip syncs” at this musical monologue.

101. Men in Blazers
The soccer podcast hosted by two stylish sports enthusiasts will record an episode live, just in time for the World Cup in Russia. They’ll delve not only into the game itself but into soccer cultures around the globe.

102. PNB School Performance
The students of the Pacific Northwest Ballet School will dance original pieces by faculty, Jerome Robbins’ Fanfare (with music by Benjamin Britten), and excerpts from George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (with music by Felix Mendelssohn). The earlier show will be accompanied by Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra and Seattle Girls Choir.

103. S O V E R E I G N
Hear a staged reading of a play about “witches, white sand, and white feminism” involving the uncovering of a Caboodle filled with a worn copy of Lord of the Flies, sheet music “for a regressive song you can’t understand why choir teachers keep assigning,” dried herbs bundled with friendship bracelets, a packet of printed livejournal posts, and three human teeth.

104. Seattle University Student Playwrights
Seattle University student playwrights will read short original pieces they’ve been working on this semester.


105. Lindsey Boldt, Steffi Drewes, Paul Ceballos Hlava
Get to know the work of local poets Lindsey Boldt, Steffi Drewes, and Paul Ceballos Hlava at this group reading.

106. Zinzi Clemmons: What We Lose
A mixed-race American woman, Thandi, tries to find a connection from her life to her dying mother’s Johannesburg childhood.


107. Stand With Refugees
One Day’s Wages and World Relief Seattle invite participants to “step into the shoes of refugees” in Seattle and beyond through film, storytelling, and conversations with experts.


108. 21st Big Bad Bike Show
Motorcycle riders can register their precious wheels in this 21st annual show. Whether you’re showing off your bike or just perusing, attendees can also enjoy live music, plenty of food, and local vendors.



109. Bench Mark
The fruit of an after-school program for young artists, this exhibition is an investigation of urban architecture and the way it alters human behavior.
Opening Saturday


110. Community Juneteenth Celebration
On Juneteenth, which marks the emancipation of enslaved African Americans throughout the former Confederacy of the southern United States, join Langston in remembering the late DeCharlene Williams, a longtime Central District resident and activist who passed away in May.

111. Greenpeace Ship Tours
Join Greenpeace aboard the Arctic Sunrise to learn about life at sea as an environmental activist.


112. Black Arts Fest
Festival Sundiata presents a two-day celebration of African American culture, including African dance and drumming workshops, fashion demonstrations, a market, food, and more.


113. Seattle Retro Gaming Expo
Play free arcade and video games from the early aughts, listen in on panel discussions with serious collectors and experts, bop around to video game music, pick up crafts, and learn about indie games you might not know about.



114. An Afternoon of Sun and Stone
Meander among sculptures by the Northwest Stone Sculptors Association at this picnic, sale, and social occasion.


115. Ritoma
This documentary by Oscar-winning Ruby Yang follows nomadic Tibetans who gear up for a tournament led by Everett native and former Kamiak basketballer Bill Johnson.


116. addo:Incubator: Father’s Day with George’s BBQ
Savor mouthwatering smoked meats prepared by “17-year-old sensation” Chef George, who started out making brisket and selling it to friends on his backyard smoker and then built a smoker to start his own stand at the Puyallup Farmers Market, where his creations sell out every weekend.

117. Wo Wo Tea Gathering: A Magical Experience
Learn the traditional Chinese way to prepare, drink, and share tea before enjoying guzheng music and making calligraphy art.


118. SS Virginia V Cruise: Planes, Trains and Steam Engines
Climb aboard Seattle’s historic SS Virginia V to learn about the history of mail delivery on Lake Union by planes, trains, and steamships. Admission includes a complimentary scoop of Blue Bird Ice Cream.


119. Ambient Brunch
Raise money for the third annual TUF FEST, an electronic music festival that highlights female/nonbinary/trans artists, at this event by eating waffles, doing yoga, and hearing live ambient sets by QoQo, Neena, Somesurprises, mmuumm, and Sharlese Metcalf.

120. Forest For The Trees
Bring a basket of snacks and a picnic blanket and spend the day outside dancing to live DJs.

121. New Wave Night
Enjoy covers of New Wave hits by local artists like Adra Boo, Kurt Bloch, Ryan Devlin & Kim West, Tomo Nakayama, Ian McCutcheon, Taryn Dorsey, and Andrew Vait.


122. The Fremont Tour, A Street Theater
Fremont may have changed a lot since it was first deemed the “Center of the Universe,” but it’s still a fairly weird place with lots of public art. This walking tour of the neighborhood combines useful info with improvisational street theater.

123. Tails from the Morgue: Monsters in the Closet
“Horror Ghostess with the mostest and Elected Gothic Royalty” Morgue Anne will host a spooky cabaret all about monsters in real and metaphorical closets. Your cast includes Poussé Sauvage as the Invisible Queer, Ramona Rhapsody as Carmilla, Glitterous as Michael Myers, Anya Knees and La Contessa as Death and her Lover, Mercury Divine as the Babbadook, and others.


124. ‘Power And’: A Roundtable Discussion About Why The Powers That Be, Are
The Seventh Wave arts and literary association will lead a discussion on social issues and power dynamics “through the lens of privilege, privacy, gender, or politics.”

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