Paw Pool-ooza, Friday the 13th, and More Unusual Events
Our arts critics have already recommended 57 great things to do this week and our music critics have picked the 50 best music shows, but there are still tons more events happening. To prevent some of the quirkier and more extraordinary ones from falling through the cracks, we’ve compiled them here—from Sky Nursery’s Odd Plant Show & Sale to Friday the 13th events like the Witches’ Night Out Market, and from SeaJAM Festival to the Expecto Bar Crawl. For even more options this week, check out our complete EverOut Things To Do calendar.
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- Meaningful Movies: Labor Wars of the Northwest
David J. Jepsen’s documentary traverses three decades of labor strife in the Pacific Northwest, highlighting key figures who helped fight for fair wages and safe working conditions. See a free screening and stay on for a discussion with the director.
- ‘The North Pole’ Season 2 Premiere
Rosario Dawson and Movement Generation’s comedy series The North Pole tackles climate change, immigration, wildfires, white supremacy, and other urgent issues of our day. Watch the season two premiere, followed by all of the first season in one fell swoop. FOOD & DRINK
- Not Yo Mama’s Lunch
Revisit school lunch favorites with the irreverent natural wine pop-up Garbage People Love Wine’s boozy update on lunchbox staples, like vodka-soaked fruit cups and “ants on a log” with bourbon peanut butter and bacon. Oh, and there are wine pairings, too.
- Winemaker Happy Hour with Michael Garofala of Cutter Cascadia Wines
The newly opened Champagne Diner, which offers updated diner fare and natural wine, will host a winemaker happy hour with Michael Garofala of Cutter Cascadia Wines, featuring orange Riesling, Dolcetto rosé, meatloaf, and “probably some Heart and Priest on the jukebox.” GEEK
- HP Trivia: Chapter 11
Gather a team of the geekiest Harry Potter fans you know to win prizes in this two-round trivia night. The later installment will be “slightly more difficult” than the earlier one. MUSIC
- No Primary
Two “rival” cover bands came together to form a seven-piece supergroup of rock fandom. Dance to their renditions of popular hits. READINGS & TALKS
- Amy Waldman: A Door in the Earth
In Waldman’s novel, an Afghan American student travels to Afghanistan to work with an inspiring Western humanitarian and writer—only to find that the man’s depictions of his charitable projects are full of inaccuracies, and the villagers he’s helping aren’t altogether pleased by his presence. Bring in an ambush and the US military, and the student is forced to choose between the villagers and the American soldiers.
- Binnie Kirshenbaum: Rabbits for Food
In this darkly humorous novel, a woman at a New Year’s Eve celebration in New York suffers a massive breakdown and winds up in a hospital, where, rather than undergo treatment, she begins writing a novel and observing her fellow “lunatics.”
- MOHAI Fashion Lecture: Secrets of Seattle Style
Clara Berg, curator of MOHAI’s Seattle Style: Fashion/Function exhibit, will share her favorite sartorial discoveries and historical tidbits.
- Peter Pomerantsev: This Is Not Propaganda
Peer below the grimy surface of the internet to better understand information warfare with Peter Pomerantsev, Visiting Senior Fellow at the Institute of Global Affairs at the London School of Economics and author of the new book This Is Not Propaganda. Pomerantsev, Town Hall’s website notes, has testified about his subject of expertise to the US House Foreign Affairs Committee, the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and the UK Parliament Defense Select Committee. The book covers “protesters in Serbia, narco-warlords in Mexico, Fox News hosts in America, and the KGB officers who forced his own family into exile.”
- Blind Study
See works by L. Bassis, E. Chamberlain, J. Dempcy, J. Johnson, K. McCarthy, G. Occhiogrosso, and A. Spafford. Why are the artists listed with only their first initials instead of their first names? It’s a tribute to the “blind auditions” that boosted gender equality in orchestra in the ’70s and ’80s. As the show notes say, “In 2018, only 30% of gallery-represented artists in the U.S. were female, and female artists made an average of 25% of art sales compared to their male counterparts.” This exhibition is a nod toward rectifying that imbalance.
FOOD & DRINK
- Mezcal Week
Revel in the smoky agave-based spirit with a week-long celebration with talks, tastings, cocktail specials, pairings, and more.
- Hecklevision: The Land Before Time
In the organizers’ words: “Littlefoot is about to get his littlebutt heckled.” Hecklevision is an interactive movie screening in which you’re encouraged to text your snarky comments to the screen. If you’re the kind of heartless person who’d mock a poor orphan baby dinosaur, that is.
- A Prayer for Compassion
This film makes a spiritual argument for the humane treatment of animals, contrasted with horrors of large-scale agricultural practices (of which, they promise, you will only see glimpses). The screening party will include plant-based goodies and Q&A with filmmaker Thomas Wade Jackson. FOOD & DRINK
- Truffle Dinner
Enjoy the rare treat of fresh Italian truffles, sniffed out by winemaker Paolo Demarie’s Lagotto Romagnolo truffle dogs just days before and hand-shaved over your food tableside. Paolo’s wines will complement the dishes. GEEK
- Gilmore Girls Trivia Night
What is the color of Lorelai Gilmore’s couch? What grocery item was Rory holding in her hand when she had her first kiss? We can’t guarantee that these specific questions will be asked at this Gilmore Girls trivia night, but you get the idea. MUSIC
- Axi-Ohm, Trusty Sea Creatures, bb tombo, Yeti Set Go
Having been exiled from his home planet and catapulted to Earth with such force that he spliced bodies with an unsuspecting human, Axi-Ohm will bring his alien reckonings (which he describes as “trapmospheric ambient bleeps and bloops”) to the University District with support from Trusty Sea Creatures, bb tombo, and Yeti Set Go.
- The Flaming Pies Do The Beatles
Italian Beatles cover band the Flaming Pies will play a tribute set to their favorite band. PERFORMANCE
- Querida Familia: A Fundraiser for El Paso
Find out how you can play a part in advocating for and protecting Latinx communities around the country at this fundraiser for El Paso. READINGS & TALKS
- MSF on the Road: A Voice from the Field
For this edition of the Doctors Without Borders speaker series, mental health officer Karen Stewart will share her experiences traveling to 11 countries with the organization.
- Susan Straight: In the Country of Women
In Susan Straight’s “love song to America and indomitable women,” the author recounts her experiences growing up in the south and studying under James Baldwin. The author will appear in conversation with Laurie Frankel, the author of This Is How It Always Is.
- Carol Rashawna Williams: For the record,
Seattle-based interdisciplinary artist Carol Rashawna Williams uses (mostly) recycled materials in two monoprint, painting, and sculpture installations that advocate for the sharing of resources as a means of combatting race inequality and climate change.
- Symbiosis: The Model Exhibit
For Seattle Architecture Foundation’s 22nd annual model exhibition, designers have created model structures that exemplify “mutually beneficial relationships—the positive products and constructive outcomes of interdependence.”
- The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
This musical by Rachel Sheinkin and William Finn dramatizes the fierce competition among middle schoolers vying to be champion of the regional spelling bee.
- Nuclear Lands: A Story of Plutonium
The Hanford Nuclear Site, located in Washington State’s own Benton County, is the most radioactive plot in the Western Hemisphere. Learn about it at a screening of Nuclear Lands: A Story of Plutonium, followed by a discussion about the current cleanup efforts at Hanford. MUSIC
- Beyoncé vs Gaga vs Rihanna vs Britney Sing Along
If you think you can handle the star power, sing and dance along to over 30 subtitled music videos to songs by Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and Britney Spears.
Dress as a superhero or a supervillain and dance the night away with Please Wait…, Heirz, Nkntrl, and Climvx vs Kutt3r. PERFORMANCE
- Happier Hour: An Evening with Gretchen Rubin & Elizabeth Craft
These two sisters, runners of the Happier podcast, will discuss “happiness hacks” and share personal experiences. READINGS & TALKS
- Dr. Haider Warraich: The State of the Heart
Heart disease has long been a leading cause of death around the world, and, according to the organizers, “the journey to rid the world of it is very much reflective of the journey of medical science at large.” Join Dr. Haider Warraich as he reads from his new book State of the Heart: Exploring the History, Science and Future of Cardiac Disease.
- Mike Isaac: Super Pumped
Investigative reporter Mike Isaac chronicles Uber’s rapid rise, its battles with taxi unions and drivers, and its controversial internal culture in Super Pumped. The author will be joined in conversation by UW history professor Margaret O’Mara. SPORTS & RECREATION
- Bark at the Park
Your dog can join you while you watch the Seattle Mariners play the Cincinnati Reds. Tickets also include a postgame walk around the bases and giveaways. VISUAL ART
- From the Collection: Women’s Lives through Womenswear
In conjunction with Beverly Semmes’s art installation Six Silvers, the Henry will let you see 19th- and 20th-century women’s gowns. Hear about where these garments fit in social history.
THURSDAY & SATURDAY
- Marathon and Auction: CoCA Magic!
Nearly 20 artists will converge for an art-making marathon, and you’re invited to discover the works (Thursday) and then bid on them and on other prizes (Saturday). Plus, there will be a meal prepared by Thyme Well Spent Catering.
Immortalize your fall spirit by choosing from over 900 glass pumpkins and gourds, handcrafted in the Schack glassblowing studio, to “pick” and purchase. PERFORMANCE
- Party Mix
This new-works festival boasts plays by promising playwrights of color, including Teague Parker, José Amador, and Kendall Uyeji. The subjects include two African American teachers confronting race issues in their Montessori school, a mayor trying to get a Latinx person to be Chumpville’s police spokesperson, and an Asian American woman who keeps picking up hitchhikers.
- This Show Is About Progress
Two Seattle siblings cope with the loss of their mother and the impending sale of their childhood home in this original play by Carol Louise Thompson, directed here by Julia Griffin. VISUAL ART
Twenty local artists show visual tributes to their favorite video games.
- An Evening of Antique Entertainment
“Seattle’s premier teen old man playwright” Lark Keteyian will present this evening of Edward Gorey-inspired theater, featuring “dead poets, sharp-eyed widows, and old ladies who aren’t what they seem.” COMMUNITY
- Children’s Mid-Autumn Moon Festival
Celebrate the full moon by eating as mooncakes as you can and playing games for prizes at this family-oriented affair. FILM
- Meaningful Movies: Paris to Pittsburgh
This documentary reveals how cities around the world are grappling with the problem of climate change in the wake of Trump’s decision to leave the Paris agreement. MUSIC
- Ain’t Superstitious Revue: Live At Tim’s Tavern
Boogie to the Seattle Houserockers, the John Stephan Band, and Trouble at Home at this R&B show with a spooky twist.
- The Australian Pink Floyd Show
There are hundreds, if not thousands, of Pink Floyd cover bands out there, but the Australian Pink Floyd Show might be the most well-known, having formed in 1988 and toured around the country with their laser-beam-filled stage display. Rock out to your favorite Dark Side of the Moon bangers.
Prepare to chill the heck out to a night of meditative soundscapes and night-sky visuals best paired with your favorites pillow and blanket. Performers include Tim Held, Snowdn, Fathom the Void, Demitrius, Brien Barrett, and others.
- Bootie Seattle: Britney vs. Taylor vs. Everyone
Bootie DJ Adrian A and special guest Jack Roger will lay down mashups of pop perma-classics by Briteny Spears, Taylor Swift, and others from throughout the decades.
- Carry On 2019: A Chris Cornell Fan & Music Event
Local artists will pay tribute to the late Seattle grunge-rock legend Chris Cornell with a night of covers and doting originals.
- The Disco Cowboys, The Shivering Denizens, Darci Carlson
Dance to groovy jams with a country-Western twist from the Disco Cowboys, plus twangy opening sets from the Shivering Denizens and Darci Carlson.
- Fleetwood Mac vs ABBA
Give in to your everlasting affinity for clogs, silk scarves, and perfect ’70s pop with a DJ dance party dedicated to Fleetwood Mac and ABBA.
- Friday the 13th!
Four Seattle sludge-rock bands will shred under one roof on what we can only hope is a dark and stormy night.
- Friday the 13th: Wildcat Rose, Wild Wild Mexico, The Delstroyers
Lurch into fall on Friday the 13th with cowboy surf and alt-country sounds from local bands the Delstroyers, Wild Wild Mexico, and Wildcat Rose. Something Weird Video will provide spooky visuals.
- Poker Face (A Tribute To Lady Gaga)
A full band will do their very best to make you feel like you’re at a Lady Gaga concert—there will be backup dancers and everything. PERFORMANCE
- An Evening of Antique Amusements
Friday the 13th calls for a spooky revue of sinister performers, which is exactly what’s promised at this Ghost Ship Productions variety show.
- Jenna St. Croix’s Back to School Review
If you missed out on their IDK What show, now’s your chance to catch local drag and burlesque performers Jenna St. Croix, Angel Baby KillKillKill, Beau Degas, Hot Pink Shade, Isis, Killer Bunny, and Sugar Darling at this resurrection of their popular mashup night.
- Soft Shock: Friday the 13th
Love scary drag? Get your butt to this show hosted by Old Witch and starring D’Monica Leone, Nyx Moons, Issa Man, and Rowan Ruthless.
- Tre Anni
Trivia Puppet Company will share their latest shadow piece based off of Plato’s famous cave allegory. READINGS & TALKS
- Billy Jensen: Chase Darkness with Me
Billy Jensen will give insight into his journalistic investigations of murders and other foul deeds, including his quest to find the Halloween Mask Murderer, as well as recounting his friend Michelle McNamara’s mission to find the identity of the Golden State Killer (Jensen finished McNamara’s book on this subject, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, after her sudden death). Crime writer and journalist Claudia Rowe will moderate the evening.
- Rhyme and Reason Poetry Show
Black voices will be front and center at this curated poetry and music showcase featuring portrait photographer Jessica Ry’cheal, poet and activist Nikkita Oliver, Ismail Yusuf, and spoken-word artist Ebo Barton. DJ Blast will provide soulful tunes. SHOPPING
- Witches’ Night Out Market
There’s nothing more witchy than a Friday the 13th that coincides with a full moon. Embrace your spooky side by shopping from local artisans and mystical merchants, getting psychic readings, and more.
- The 2019 Great Wallingford Wurst Festival
This family-focused Oktoberfest-style festival, back for the 36th year, will be host to bouncy castles and biergartens alike, with food, games, a sweet shop, and live music to boot. PERFORMANCE
- Form/s: Zoe + Gilbert
Gilbert Small and Zoe Scofield will deconstruct the form of contemporary ballet by adding in a little improvisational pizazz in this two-day workshop.
- Frank Olivier’s Tricks to Happiness
Frank Olivier, deemed “wickedly funny” by the New York Times, will blend “danger, circus skills, magic, and music” on the Seattle stage.
- Fuselage Dance Film Festival 2019
At the second edition of this festival, see dance films from artists based in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. The opening party on Friday will sport food, drink, multimedia, and performances. SHOPPING
- Glazer’s Anniversary Sale
Glazer’s annual sale will double as their third anniversary party. Head over for deals on cameras and lenses, plus product demos, free workshops, and photo walks.
- SeaJAM Festival
This long-running festival of Jewish arts and music boasts a weekend of signature activities, like the Great Challah Contest and live music from international a cappella stars the Maccabeats. New this year is a visit from Will & Grace‘s Debra Messing (!) and a brunch with Chef Joel Gamoran. PERFORMANCE
- Waiting for the Paint to Dry
From local playwright K.E. Jenkins, Kairos Theatre Company presents the story of two siblings (Edith, a neurodivergent adult, and her sister Colby) who become trapped in their living situation. The play ponders the tension between familial loyalty and self-care.
- Boom Bap: Hip Hop & Improv Comedy
Local freestyling lyricists will perform feats of “hip-hop acrobatics” and improv comedy fueled by audience suggestions.
- Shot Prov
Well, this sounds a little dangerous: Improvisers violate secret rules (secret from them, that is) as they play and must take a shot every time they do so. Poor things! After they reach their limit, they’re booted off the stage, presumably for their own safety. COMMUNITY
- A Fairytale Afternoon with Cinderella
In anticipation of their upcoming production of Cinderella, Seattle Opera and Pacific Northwest Ballet will team up for a weekend of special activities from a chorus sing-along to a dance class with PNW Ballet’s Otto Neubert. Plus, make masks and take photos with Cinderella herself.
- Paw Pool-ooza at Wild Waves Water Bark
Dogs of all breeds can swim around in a pool and humans can enjoy “yappy hour” specials at Wild Waves’ last-hurrah of the summer. FESTIVALS
- Flower Fest
Halfshell Records presents a Saturday-night chock-full of alt-rock and psychedelic pop, featuring Mexico’s Piramides and Sei Still, Arizona’s Mesquite, Portland’s Laura Palmer’s Death Parade, and locals Secret Superpower, Nicholas Merz (of Darto), Drama Bahama, and somesurprises. FILM
- Reel Dark: Bram Stoker’s Dracula
Gary Oldman returns from 1992 to show how real vampire shit gets done. Co-starring Winona Ryder, Tom Waits, and Keanu Reeves. This event in the museum’s “Reel Dark” series (21+) will also include guest interviews and/or other supplemental material about the filmmaking process. FOOD & DRINK
- Artisans Benefit Pop-Up Art Sale
This fundraiser for Soulumination—an organization that provides free professional photographs for families with a parent or child facing a life-threatening illness—will feature handmade items by local artists.
- Expecto Bar Crawl
Slip into your robe, get sorted into a house, and claim your wand before embarking on a Harry Potter-themed bar crawl. Participating locations will have wizardly drink specials (butterbeer, perhaps?) to make you feel like you’re partying at Hogwarts. MUSIC
- Beyond Bollywood
At this joint birthday party for Beyond Bollywood’s Ananya and DJ Gabbar, Wicked Karma will host a South Asian bash filled with EDM and Latin and Bollywood favorites.
- Chris Friel Orchestra: Rolling Stones Extravaganza
Rock and roll drummer Chris Friel will take on the prolific discography of the Rolling Stones with his backing orchestra.
- Jupiter Turns 2
The artsy Jupiter Bar will celebrate two years of life in Belltown with a night of shimmery rock with Spesh, Beverly Crusher, and a secret headliner. Plus, check out new paintings by local artists.
- Levi Fuller Presents Ball of Wax #57
Celebrate the latest issue of the audio quarterly Ball of Wax (which releases a new compilation of new and unusual music every three months).
- Post Malone, Swae Lee, Tyla Yaweh
Post Malone makes hip-hop for people who love pop music and hate hip-hop. He’ll be joined by Swae Lee of Rae Sremmurd and Tyla Yaweh on this stop for his Runaway Tour.
- School of Rock
Watch the tiny musical treasures of the future pay tribute to Guns N’ Roses, KISS, synth-rock classics/a>, and Woodstock hits at various concerts around town. PERFORMANCE
- Chronically Fabulous: Dorine DeLuscious
This bimonthly show features the talents of and raises money for disabled performers. In this case, you’ll witness the talents of Dinah Soar, Noelle Noir, D’Monica Leone, Damen SinCyr, Emerald Fire, and others, and your ticket will help out with the medical bills of Dorine DeLuscious (who’ll also perform). READINGS & TALKS
- An Evening with Debra Messing
You probably know Debra Messing as Grace Adler from Will & Grace. She’s also a Global Health Ambassador, a face of the Women’s March, and an advocate in other areas. Hear her chat about her career.
- Raymond Caballero: McCarthyism vs. Clinton Jencks
A labor activist who worked with striking Mexican American miners, Clinton Jencks was arrested for “falsely denying” that he was a Communist and sentenced to five years in prison. This book by historian Raymond Caballero examines the Supreme Court case, Jencks v. United States (1957), that led to the overturning of his conviction. SHOPPING
- Black Arts Love 2019 Mixer & Marketplace
Shop clothing, jewelry, cosmetics, food, and more at this celebration of black artistry. VISUAL ART
- The Bravern Fashion Week Runway Show & After Party
Models will parade down the runway in luxury fashion from international brands at this fancy-schmancy event. The after-party includes a dessert bar, a special photo booth, cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres, which calls for your snazziest cocktail attire.
- Pancakes & Booze Art Show
Yes, there is a free pancake bar at this extravaganza. Yes, it has booze and art from over 60 participants, including some creators working before your very eyes, and you even can become a living canvas. No, you can’t come if you’re under 21, alas.
- Seattle Fiestas Patrias
From Mexico to Brazil, experience various traditions of Latin American countries represented in Washington State and learn how they gained independence from Spain. There will be lots of live performances, visual arts, food, and a market.
- Snohomish Sunflower Festival
Explore seven acres of sunflowers by foot or by hayride, then stick around for a beer garden and farm-fresh food. Before you go, be sure to cut a bundle of flowers to take home. GEEK & GAMING
- 24 Hour Board Game Marathon
Test your rainy weekend board game stamina at this 24-hour marathon. SHOPPING
- The Odd Plant Show & Sale
Take home some plump or prickly babies for your own living cabinet of wonders at the Cascade Cactus and Succulents Society of Washington State’s annual show.
- Bothell Pet Parade
Bring your leash-trained dog, cat, chinchilla, or lizard to this adorable procession of Bothell pets. Prizes will be awarded for best costume, best pet-owner duo, and most creative. MUSIC
- Skål! A Toast to Edvard Grieg
Norwegian Romantic composer and pianist Edvard Grieg was known for having intimate concerts in his home, according to the organizers of this event. In the late artist’s honor, enjoy a lively and interactive night of music that includes food, drinks, and door prizes.
- Virgo Szn — All White Party
In honor of Virgo season, this event invites POC community members and allies to dress in white (no one knows how to keep an all-white outfit spotless like a Virgo does) and dance to five live DJs. PERFORMANCE
- ‘How Did This Get Made’ Live
Have you ever seen a movie so bad that its very existence seems impossible, if not unspeakable? Comedians Paul Scheer, Jason Mantzoukas, and June Diane Raphael have a whole podcast devoted to this dubious genre. In the past, they’ve covered such crapsterpieces as “Surf Ninja’s, XXX: Return of Xander Cage, Shanghai Surprise, The Room, and the entire Fast and Furious franchise.”
- Assle Rock
Slip into the macabre world of Stephen King, with the judicious addition of T&A, courtesy of burlesque artist Morgue Anne and friends.
- Hiawatha Art Party
“Dress to perplex” at this art event featuring a durational (eight-hour!) performance by Alisa Popova, four sets of live music, a neighborhood art exchange (bring your own pieces to trade, food, and more.
- Strawberry Mystery Tour
In this Strawberry Mystery production, a guest at a dinner party hosted by the Daughters of the American Revolution is not who they say they are. Watch the enigma unfold over food, drinks, and an auction. READINGS & TALKS
- David W. Lynch: Before the Border
Documentary photographer David W. Lynch (who is not the same person as the film director David Lynch) has traveled to Mexico three times since late 2018 to photograph the thousands of migrants who have traveled in caravans to seek asylum in the U.S. Hear a discussion on his work and get a copy of his book signed.
- June Diane Raphael: The Woman’s Guide to Running for Office and Changing the World
June Diane Raphael, activist, actor, comedian, and co-host of the podcast How Did This Get Made? will share advice and inspiration from her new book Represent: The Woman’s Guide to Running for Office and Changing the World. She’ll appear along with Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan.
- Phil Zuckerman: What It Means to Be Moral
Zuckerman will argue that morality “does not come from God,” and that a morality divorced from religion is best for tackling the worst threats to humanity like global warming and extreme inequality. SPORTS & RECREATION
- Captain Ballard’s Mustache Run
Mustachioed Seattleites and their friends can run or walk a 5K in silly costumes (and non-mustache-havers are encouraged to slap on some fake facial hair). After the race, 21+ participants can head back to the brew lab for $3 pints of Big Ballard IPA. VISUAL ART
- Bunka Gakuen Fashion Show
The Bunka Gakuen University of Tokyo Japan, whose alumni include Kenzo, Junya Watanabe (Comme des Garcons), Yohji Yamamoto, Nigo (Bathing Ape), Koshino Junko, and Tsumori Chisato, will present its 16th annual fashion show.
- Elaine Simons: The Combined Works
See upcycled encaustic works, mixed media, and collage by this community-focused artist.
- Sunday Hat Parade
As part of the Seattle Style: Fashion/Function exhibit, honor the tradition of fine African American millinery with a pop-up exhibition, a talk by Sonia Wooten-Gil, and more.
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