Our arts critics have already recommended 44 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 a day of World War I history at Up Close: The War to End All Wars to a Pokemon-themed drag show, and from the Seattle Pop-Punk Festival to a pop-up of Chinese street eats. For even more options this week, check out our complete Things To Do calendar.
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1. Unladylike with Erin Ingle
Five popular local performers, including hosts Erin Ingle and Alyssa Yeoman, will riff on ladylike behavior, “whatever that means.”
2. Brooklyn 99 Trivia Night!
Answer 50 questions about your favorite dysfunctional police officers at this MAP Theatre Brooklyn 99 trivia night.
3. Disney Trivia Seattle
Grab your friends who endlessly defend the integrity of Disney movies for this trivia night dedicated to all of the studio’s cinematic creations.
4. Trivia Tuesday: The Office
Dedicate your evening and your mind to the narrative complexities of your favorite pencil pushers in this The Office trivia night.
5. Danny Vernon’s Illusion of Elvis
Danny Vernon puts his own stank on the legend of Elvis, with an intimate evening rife with hip-shakin’ and lady-quakin’.
6. Cabaret of Evil: Downtown Emergency Service Center
Don’t fear the title: this burlesque, courtesy of Morgue Anne and friends, is for a different good cause every month—this time, the lifesaving Downtown Emergency Service Center.
READINGS & TALKS
7. Josephine Ensign: Soul Stories
Josephine Ensign—who has worked as a nurse for people living in poverty and has herself experienced homelessness as a young adult—will read from her new book of stories that grapples with “trauma and resilience,” “gender-based violence,” and how to “humanize health care for patients, providers, and communities.”
8. Shepherd Siegel: Disruptive Play
Shepherd Siegel’s Disruptive Play: The Trickster in Politics and Culture offers a trajectory of mischievous characters (or “culture jammers”) in ancient folklore all the way up to 20th-century texts and modern-day cultural figures like Banksy and Bugs Bunny.
9. All Star Opera
Multi-piece hiphop ensemble and artist collective All Star Opera will give a live set as part of a weeklong music series to support Mary’s Place.
In workshops spanning three days, prominent local choreographers Dani Tirrell and Zoe Scofield will engage in “verbal and physical conversation” about dance and decolonization, choice, and the future.
TUESDAY & THURSDAY
SPORTS & RECREATION
11. Yoga & Cats in the Evening
“Find your inner feline” at this all-levels gentle hatha yoga class, then curl up on your mat for a guided meditation and quality time with kitty cats.
12. All’s Well That Ends Well
This Shakespeare play may have the spoiler-iest title, but it’s a bit of a hybrid. It also boasts a conniving heroine that later shocked the Victorians and pleased George Bernard Shaw with her sexy machinations. Victor Pappas will direct.
13. Lord of the Rings Trivia Night at Populuxe Brewing
Test your knowledge of Middle Earth for a chance to win prizes and geeky bragging rights at this Lord of the Rings trivia night.
READINGS & TALKS
14. Atlas Obscura: Preserving History at the UW Conservation Center
Join Atlas Obscura for a tour of conservation facilities for rare books with the UW staffers who take care of the nine million books in the university’s collections. Hear stories by conservators and discover the history of the field.
15. Christopher Sandford: The Man Who Would Be Sherlock
You may have read the tales and watched the BBC adaptations, but how much do you know about the author of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes? Sandford draws parallels between Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s life and the biography of his most famous fictional creation, with whom he had a peculiar and not always loving relationship. Hear more from the author at this reading.
16. It Will Be Loud Vol. 4
Bring your stories and poems to the justice-focused Estelita’s Library and meet like-minded writers.
17. Jeffrey L. Staley: Gum Moon
Local author Jeffrey Staley’s Gum Moon—which is based on the life of the author’s wife’s grandmother—tells the story of a 13-year-old Chinese American girl who ends up singing at the White House in 1908. Hear him read live.
18. Via-BOOM: Innovation in Transportation
Seattle and its commuters will experience the largest highway closure in the city’s history when the Alaskan Way Viaduct shuts down to make way for the new tunnel. What does this major change mean for the future of Seattle’s transportation? Join local experts for a discussion.
19. ALOTOFTHINGS Live
Carlos Rodela will present an evening of sketch, stand-up, podcast, and more. The show promises to feature plenty of pop culture, personal stories, and “pet peeves.”
20. The Gateway Show
One: four comics on top of their mental game will do their sets. Two: These four comics get very, very stoned. Three: You watch the poor bastards attempt to tell more jokes while their brains swim around somewhere in the upper mesosphere. It’s kind of like that experiment where they gave spiders THC and watched them make some pretty awful webs.
21. Have a Slice / Lowbrow
Lowbrow’s long-form improv show promises lots of fun, including possible references to “lobster kings and vampire witches.” After their set, Have a Slice: IMNDC will give a slice of pizza to the brave audience member (could be you!) who offers up the story of their life for the sake of adlibbed entertainment.
22. King County’s Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
Honor civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. by hearing a keynote speech from the author of So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo, interspersed with music and spoken-word from additional guests.
23. 2nd Annual Andy King Drum Marathon
Andrew King will attempt to play the drums for five straight hours for the second-ever Andy King Drum Marathon. Featured additional bands will include King Snake, JJJACOB JJJAMES, Reader, and Zoolab.
READINGS & TALKS
24. Astronomy on Tap Special Edition: All the Stars!
This special edition of Astronomy on Tap will play host to the 223rd meeting of the American Astronomical Society, where astronomers from across the nation share their latest discoveries. Speakers include University of Toronto’s Yvette Cendes, Louisiana State University’s Dr. Tabetha Boyajian, Yale University’s Dr. Michael Tremmel, New York University’s Dr. Richard Galvez, College of Staten Island’s Dr. Emily Rice, and UW’s own Dr. Meredith Rawls.
25. Contemporary Glass: Lecture with Lloyd Herman
Art and craft expert Lloyd Herman will give a talk on the contemporary glass art movement, for which the Pacific Northwest is rather famous.
26. Douglas Cole: The Gold Tooth in the Crooked Smile of God
Pacific Northwest poet Douglas Cole has been published in many prestigious outlets and has been nominated for Pushcarts in poetry and fiction and for a Best of the Net Award. Hear him read from his new collection, The Gold Tooth in the Crooked Smile of God.
27. Jim Rupp: Art in Seattle’s Public Spaces
If you’ve ever wondered about the stories behind Seattle’s public art pieces, allow local historian Jim Rupp to enlighten you as he discusses the photographs in his new book, Art in Seattle’s Public Spaces: From Sodo to South Lake Union.
28. Storytelling Strategies for Dismantling Racism
How can personal storytelling help communicate the effects of institutional racism? Natasha Marin, Fleur Larsen, Bert Hopkins, and The Stranger‘s Charles Mudede will lead a workshop on the fundamentals of storytelling and how to get people to listen.
29. Celebrating the Maasai Mara Photographers of the Year with Art Wolfe
Join photographer Art Wolfe as he decides which artist deserves the “Greatest Maasai Mara Photographer of the Year” award. You’ll get to bid on 30 photographs taken in Kenya and Tanzania and bid on a trip to Africa in a silent auction.
30. Culinary Edible Art Walk and Community Party
At the second edition of this annual edible art walk, chefs Karen Binkhorst, Joe Muscarello, and Darlene Muia Kroon will each share an edible work of art, complemented by food-themed photography on the walls from Costinel Anciu. Free mini sessions of reiki, hypnosis, tarot, and aroma touch hand massage will also be available.
31. SEA X SEA Film Festival
The SEAxSEA Film Festival highlights underrepresented South Asian communities through youth-produced programming. This year’s event features 15 films, each of which is followed by a discussion.
32. Steven Byrne
You may have seen Steve Byrne on any number of late-night talk shows. He’s toured alongside Russell Peters, Gabriel Iglesias, and Lisa Lampanelli, and now he’ll stop in Seattle on his own comedy tour.
33. Red Planet Blue
A documentarian, a cynical government inspector, and the mysterious death of a crewmember cause disruption as the commander and crew of a distant terraforming station prepare for the moment they will press “the big red button,” which will transform their desert planet into a lush paradise. Zachariah Robinson directs this play by James Lyle.
34. Salmon School Ambassadors
Artist Joseph Rossano has been working to bring attention to the diminishing salmon population, specifically in the Skagit River. The project he spearheaded, School: The Joseph Rossano Salmon Project, casts a light on the issue through work by artists from around the globe. It features a life-size school of mirrored salmon sculpted from molten glass by participating glassmakers, as well as first-hand video accounts from renowned scientists.
35. Bad Therapy / Kids Vs Parents / Fat Cats
Share a critical moment from your life, a big decision you’ve made, or another piece of personal information with the players of Bad Therapy—they’ll use it as fodder for a series of improvised scenes. After that, Kids Vs. Parents will put on an unrehearsed game show that pits parents against their teen children, and Fat Cats will round things out with improvised tales of the women and cats in your life.
36. Bert Kreischer: Body Shots
Former party boy Kreischer, the inspiration for National Lampoon’s Van Wilder, went on to host a travel show, Bert the Conqueror, and now has a podcast, the Bertcast. He’ll appear live in Seattle to tell some jokes.
37. The Cotton Gin: An Improvised Puppet Show for Grown-Ups
Rowdy, bawdy puppets, worn out from entertaining children, hang out at the Cotton Gin bar and entertain you with songs and jokes in this adults-only improv show.
38. QTPOC Is Not a Rapper
Queer, trans, and POC comics Dewa Dorje, Sara Champion, and Chris Mejia will make you giggle.
39. Meaningful Movies: The Starfish Throwers
Indian chef Narayanan Krishnan dedicates himself to feeding the poor, bucking the caste system; 12-year-old Katie Stagliano oversees a nonprofit that grows vegetables for the undernourished; Mr. Law, a retired schoolteacher, hand-delivers sandwiches to homeless folks every night. This documentary, which will screen for free as part of Meaningful Movies, pays tribute to these fighters taking on the global hunger crisis.
40. Version 7.0, Ghenes, King Cumulus
System of a Down tribute band Version 7.0 will perform the heavy metal band’s album Toxicity in its entirety. They’ll be joined by their friends Ghenes and King Cumulus.
41. Pokedrag: Battle!
Local drag and burlesque performers Minerva Markos and Irene Dubois present a catch-’em-all night of Pokemon-inspired numbers with special guest Christian Brown. Also featuring the game-loving talents of Mr. Dr. Professor M.D., Solana Solstice, Kylie Mooncakes, and D’monica Leone.
READINGS & TALKS
42. Bad Date Storytelling
Hear speakers share the gruesome details of their very worst dates—and maybe recount one of your own embarrassing, weird, funny romantic misadventures.
42. Logic Magazine Launch Party
Logic, a technology-focused magazine based in Seattle, will celebrate the launch of its latest issue all about “the games people play with technology—and what happens when we let technology play us.” This event will feature a live-streamed panel on tech-worker organizing. Stay on afterward for drinks and discussion.
SPORTS & RECREATION
43. Monster Jam Triple Threat Series
Pro Monstertruck, ATV, and Speedster drivers will tear up the track at the Monster Jam World Triple Threat Series.
44. Winter Journaling Night Walk
Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of discoveries to be had in Puget Sound forests. This special edition of Night Walk invites you to try nature journaling through a combination of drawing, writing, and field recording on a guided two-mile hike through the wetlands.
45. The Machines Are Taking Our Jobs, So I’ll Take One Of Theirs
Dylan Eakin’s new exhibition The Machines Are Taking Our Jobs, So I’ll Take One Of Theirs features photorealistic drawings of the artist, which “[require assimilation] into automata.”
46. The Bach Family Tree
As it turns out, Johann Sebastian Bach was not the only notable musician named Bach. The Bach family was full of musical prodigies. The Seattle Symphony team will perform music by the other great Bachs, including Heinrich, Johann Michael, Johann Sebastian, Carl Philipp Emmanuel, and Johann Bernhard, with music for the flute, violin, and harpsichord.
47. Laser Talking Heads: Stop Making Sense
David Byrne would surely approve of having the hits of his iconic New Wave art-rock band Talking Heads accompanied by laser art. This show will be set to their seminal 1984 album/concert film Stop Making Sense.
GEEK & GAMING
The bad news: You won’t find many, if any, killer whale-related activities here. The good news: You will find tons of tabletop games, role-playing games, and miniature games to fill your weekend, whether you’re a novice or pro player.
49. Seattle Pop Punk Festival
Shake off that winter chill and get your energy levels up for two days of double digits’ worth of pop-punk bands, including the Wanna-Bes, Dreadful Children, Who Is She?, Young Fresh Fellows, Shaolin Hunks, Phantom Racer, and many more.
50. Art of Movement Dance Convention
Art of Movement doubles as a convention and a competition, providing dancers with the opportunity to both take classes and showcase their talents.
51. Boom Bap: Hip Hop and Improv Comedy
Hiphop and improv comedy will collide as local free-styling lyricists perform their “hiphop acrobatics” on the spot based on audience suggestions.
52. Bird Focus: Winter Waterfowl
When ice begins to form on waterways from Canada into the Arctic Circle in the winter months, several species of waterfowl migrate south to keep warm. Join naturalist Ed Dominguez in identifying some of the birds arriving at the Puget Sound.
53. Butterflies and Garden Habitat with Julie O’Donald
Meet 18 species of butterflies found in the Puget Sound Lowlands, and learn about which native flowering shrubs and wildflowers attract them the most.
54. State of Africatown 2019-The African American/African Gathering
Get the latest on the goals, opportunities, and challenges facing Seattle’s African American and African Diaspora community in 2019 and beyond.
55. Cinema Dissection: ‘Amadeus’ with Chris Wood
Lovers of meticulous film analysis can participate in a six-hour, scene-by-scene, and sometimes shot-by-shot deconstruction of a featured film. This time, it’s Miloš Forman’s tragic satire Amadeus, a fictionalized drama about the increasingly dangerous rivalry between Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his contemporary Antonio Salieri. Watch the film beforehand so you can pick it apart with Chris Wood.
FOOD & DRINK
56. Galette Des Rois
In celebration of Epiphany, partake in the age-old French tradition of the galette des rois, or “king’s cake.” The lucky guest who finds a tiny trinket embedded in their slice of cake is crowned “king” for the day. This event will include a presentation on the origins and history behind the custom, plus cider, wine, and soft drinks.
GEEK & GAMING
57. Mario Kart 64 Tournament
Hark back to your favorite Nintendo game, Mario Kart 64, for a chance to win prizes.
58. Bohemian Rhapsody
Shake your hips to ’70s and ’80s music all night long with DJs spinning the best of Queen, Fleetwood Mac, David Bowie, Prince, New Order, Journey, Hall & Oates, and much more.
59. The Prince & Michael Experience
The ultimate tribute dance party for the angels among us, Prince and Michael Jackson. Music by DJ Dave Paul, all the way from San Francisco.
60. School of Rock West Seattle Performs Pearl Jam
Watch the tiny musical treasures of the future play the power grunge rock relics of the past, with School of Rock West Seattle’s tribute to the kings of arena spectacle, Pearl Jam.
61. Sovereign Citizens & The Non Prophets
Spokane’s Sovereign Citizens and the Non Prophets will get weird with a night of grungy country-metal. Steampunk attire is highly encouraged.
62. Sponsored by the CIA, Operation Timebomb, Beef Bologna, Numbers Won
Spend a night out with hardcore bands Sponsored by the C.I.A, Operation Timebomb, the Numbers Won, and Fear tribute band Beef Bologna.
63. Crankie Show with Podorythmie
A crankie, the event organizers explain, is a long, hand-cranked scroll of paper that tells a story like a very, very low-tech version of television. It’s accompanied by narration or music. Check out this old-timey art form courtesy of crankie revivalists Podorythmie, aka Sue Truman, Pascale Lelong, Cil Pierce, and Julia Derby. Dinner is provided; BYO drinks and sides.
64. Dames of Drag
Welcome a new, regular Georgetown drag night featuring Tru St. James, Donnatella Howe, Kara Sutra, Dutchess Drew Nightshade, and Miss Fraya Love.
READINGS & TALKS
65. George Lakey: How We Win
After leading a resistance workshop, George Lakey—a civil rights activist since the 1960s—will read from his book How We Win: A Guide to Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigning.
66. Up Close: The War to End All Wars
If you have a World War I-era letter, medal, first-aid kit, or another such artifact in your possession, bring it to MOHAI for a show-and-tell at this pop-up exhibit. Plus, learn about the social impact of the war through the lens of women’s clubs with historian Karen Blair.
SPORTS & RECREATION
67. 80’s Rock Boot Camp + A Pint
Get pumped up for a fairly intense-sounding core-building workout by rocking out to “big hair ’80s rock bands” like Def Leopard, Van Halen, KISS and Mötley Crüe. You’ll get a pint of your choice after the workout.
68. Bridle Trails Winter Running Festival
From high noon to the dead of night, breathe in that crisp winter air by running relay races ranging from five to 50 miles.
69. Jello Underground
Allegedly the “only female-produced jello wrestling show in the world,” the Jello Underground pits muscular women athletes against one another in a jiggly pool o’ Jell-O.
Tel Aviv-born, Seattle-based artist Arit Gordon presents a series of Israeli photography featuring her own work, plus that of Yair Barak (who will share his collection of post-WWII developing neighborhoods in Berlin) and Asaf Gam Hacohen.
71. extr.action – a desert installation
In this piece created during the La Wayaka Current residency, artist Jocelyn Beausire will perform a “recontextualization of [the] body” in the Chilean Atacama Desert, “brought back to Seattle as marks and memories of an attempted reconciliation, reformation, atonement.”
72. Seattle Wedding Show
Shop from tons of wedding vendors at this annual show.
73. An Improvised Man: Ray Bradbury Improvised
At this Ray Bradbury-inspired improv night, the players will use stories offered up by the audience (that’s you) to create three stories drenched in the style of the anti-government, anti-robot dystopian fiction writer. Should be weird.
FOOD & DRINK
74. Rally for Red Star
Someone allegedly tried to burn down Red Star Taco Bar on Christmas Eve, damaging its back patio, storage facilities, and the back half of its restaurant. Help fund its renovations by enjoying drink specials, entering raffles, and dancing to live music so they can get back to slinging tacos as soon as possible.
Sample a slew of Chinese street eats at this pop-up focused on “all that is off-menu, hand held, or is on a stick” from chef Garrett Doherty (previously of the Ruins and Kraken Congee and current head chef at Lionhead) and Sage Chen (Lionhead sous chef).
76. Sunday Feijoada Feast at Alcove
At this communal family-style feast, tuck into feijoada, Brazil’s national dish—a black bean stew with pork—along with all the traditional fixings and live Brazilian music.
77. Dakh Daughters
The multi-instrumental musical actors Dakh Daughters of Kyiv, Ukraine (the product of Dakh Contemporary Art Center), create the dramatic atmosphere of a “French Salon” (although they prefer the term “freak cabaret”) while playing mysterious, beautiful tunes. Live performances by the seven-piece band are described in their feature on the Weirdest Band in the World blog as “full of sung-spoken monologues, eerie Ukrainian folk harmonies, percussion, strings, stringed instruments turned into percussion, wailing, weeping, white face paint, moaning, and gnashing of teeth.” Here’s hoping they decide to play their “accordion-fueled murder ballad” tonight.
78. A Special Night of Drone
Space out to meditative, experimental drone music by Minneapolis artist IE, who will play in support of their new album, POME. Geist and the Sacred Ensemble will also perform a special improvised set.
79. The Blair Bitch Project
Did the 1999 shoestring indie horror give you nightmares for years? Do you miss those scares, but want to see them queer-ified? Fright queen Jackie Hell heads the case in SailorHank Productions’ parody about three queens seeking the trailer of the titular Bitch in the spooky woods. Co-starring Rainbow GoreCake, Josh Hartvigson, Puddin Pies, and Dylan M. Austin.
80. GreenStage’s Staged Reading of ‘Twelfth Night’
Read along with GreenStage performers as they breathe life into Shakespeare’s comedy of mistaken identities and cross-dressing.
81. The Glove Show
Browse and enter raffles for glove-themed objets d’art by Pacific Northwest makers to benefit the Northwest Designer Craftsmen’s Living Treasures Project.
82. Make Your Own Font Party!
Create an original font based on your own lettering/handwriting—the instructors will walk you through the process, and send you home with a Truetype file so you can start using your new font right away. They’ll provide art supplies, font grids, and calligraphy and typography books. Bring your favorite pen.