C-J Extra Calendar for Topeka and surrounding area, May 31-June 6, 2017

WED MAY 31

Topeka West Rotary Club, 7 a.m., Hy-Vee (second-floor conference room), S.W. 29th and Wanamaker. Information: Rick Ryan, 249-9000 or president@topekawestrotary.com.

Capitol Midweek Farmers Market, from 7:30 a.m. to noon (rain or shine), Kansas Statehouse (south lawn), S.W. 10th between Harrison and Jackson. Continues through Oct. 14.

Story Time, 11 a.m., The Toy Store, 5300 S.W. 21st. Please have at least one adult for every four children. Information: 273-0561.

DTI Noontime Brown Bag Concert Series, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Ryan Wills, Westar Energy Park. Information: Facebook pages Noontime Brownbag, Downtown Topeka, Inc., or visit DowntownTopekainc.com.

Al Anon New Beginnings AFG, noon, Town and Country Christian Church, 4929 S.W. 29th St. (use double doors off church parking lot). Information: www.kansas-al-anon.org or 215-1045.

Sunflower Duplicate Bridge Club, 12:30 p.m., Woman’s Club of Topeka, 5221 S.W. West Drive. Cost: $7 per session. Information: jan@topekabridgeclubs.org or http://bit.ly/1OfJsPj.

Alzheimer’s support group for caregivers, family and friends of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, 2 p.m., Alzheimer’s Association Office, 3625 S.W. 29th, Suite 102. Information: 271-1844.

Toastmasters, 5:45 p.m., Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library (second floor), 1515 S.W. 10th. Information: powerspeakers@gmail.com.

Potwin Fiber Artisans’ Open Stitch, Learn and Market, 6 to 9 p.m., Potwin Presbyterian Church, 400 S.W. Washburn. Information: Meg, meg@potwinfiber.org.

Al Anon Holton Family AFG, 7 p.m., Evangel Methodist Church, 3rd and Pennsylvania, Holton (east glass door, first floor, church library room 104). Information: www.kansas-al-anon.org or 215-1045.

Al Anon Hope For Today AFG, 7 p.m., Metropolitan Community Church, 4425 S.W. 19th St. (adult children of alcoholics/focus). Information: www.kansas-al-anon.org or 215-1045.

Square Dance Lessons, 7 to 9 p.m., Croco Hall, 6115 S.E. US Highway 40, Tecumseh. Singles, couples and families welcome. Information: 286-0105.

THU JUNE 1

Southwest Topeka Kiwanis Club regular board meeting, 7 a.m., The Kanza Cafe, 2701 S.W. East Circle Drive South.

Capital City Networking Group, 7:30 a.m., Jayhawk Tower, S.W. 7th and Jackson.

Al Anon Young at Heart AFG, 10 a.m., Fairlawn Church of the Nazarene, 730 S.W. Fairlawn (west entrance). Information: www.kansas-al-anon.org or 215-1045.

The Woman’s Club of Topeka annual meeting, new officers installation, 10:15 a.m., 5221 S.W. West Drive. Program: “Recess for Grownups,” Vicki Trembley. Information: 273-6978 or twc1897@att.net.

Cub Club Crafts, from 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., The Toy Store, 5300 S.W. 21st. Please have at least one adult for every four children. Information: 273-0561.

Topeka Networking Council, 11:45 a.m., Lawyers Title (meeting room in the back), 5715 S.W. 21st. Visitors welcome by calling 273-0110 or 271-9500 by the day before.

Downtown Topeka Rotary Club, noon. For location and meeting information go to topekarotary.org. Information: Linda Ireland, topekarotary@gmail.com, or 232-7216.

Heartland Toastmasters, noon, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, 1515 S.W. 10th. Guests welcome. Information: 232-2836.

Word I: Introduction to Word Processing, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, Computer Training Center, 1515 S.W. 10th. Get started with the basics of Microsoft Word. Learn to use fonts, spell check and some basic editing techniques. Register at tscpl.org/register.

Topeka Healing Rooms, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., located at El Shaddai Ministries, 920 S.E. Sherman (west door). Affiliated with the International Association of Healing Rooms. Information: 221-6589.

Fort Leavenworth Series: Clausewitz and Jomini: Their Interaction, 3 p.m., 2350 Petefish Drive, Lawrence. Both Carl von Clausewitz and Henri Jomini experienced and studied the wars of Napoleon from unique perspectives, yielding two very different theories of war. Sean N. Kalic and Lt. Col. Christopher Johnson provide an overview of two of the greatest military theorists of all time, drawing out where their ideas are complementary and where they differ. Information: www.doleinstitute.org.

Zoo Animals Live, 4 to 4:45 p.m., Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, Marvin Auditorium 101B, 1515 S.W. 10th. Meet some of the Topeka Zoo animal residents up close as Rachael Rost, education specialist, helps separate animal fact from fiction. All ages.

Al Anon Southwest AFG, book study meeting, 5:45 p.m., First Christian Church, 19th and Gage. Information: www.kansas-al-anon.org or 215-1045.

Meadowlark Toastmasters, 5:45 p.m., Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, 1515 S.W. 10th.

American Legion Riders Chapter 400, 6 p.m., 3029 N.W. US-24 highway. Information: 296-9400 or alrchapter400@yahoo.com.

Topeka Gem &Mineral Society Junior Rock Hounds, 6 p.m., Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, Anton Room 202, 1515 S.W. 10th. Information: Lesliee Hartman, hartman12345@hotmail.com, or Millie Mowry, rock2plate@aol.com.

Topeka Sunflower Lions Club, 6 p.m., McFarland’s Restaurant, 4133 S.W. Gage Center Drive. Information: Vern, 272-6102 or vlfailor@gmail.com.

Al Anon St. Marys Fresh Start AFG, 6:15 p.m., United Methodist Church, 107 N. 7th St., St. Marys (fellowship hall south building). Information: www.kansas-al-anon.org or 215-1045.

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 6:30 p.m., Perkins Restaurant, 1720 S.W. Wanamaker. Visitors welcome. Information: 554-0573.

Al Anon Southwest AFG, regular meeting, 7 p.m., First Christian Church, 19th and Gage (fellowship hall south building). Information: www.kansas-al-anon.org or 215-1045.

Prostate Cancer Support Group, 7 p.m., St. Francis Cancer Center (second floor), 1700 S.W. 7th. Group is for those diagnosed with or having had treatment for prostate cancer. Spouses and guests welcome. Information: Max Williams, 230-4422.

Master Gardener Presentation, 7 to 8 p.m., Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, Marvin Auditorium 101B, 1515 S.W. 10th. Topic: Exciting new plants, roses and shrubs for 2017. Presented by Shawnee County Extension’s Master Gardeners.

German-American Club of Topeka, 7 to 9 p.m., Lawyers Title of Topeka, 5715 S.W. 21st.

FRI JUNE 2

Sex Addicts Anonymous Topeka Chapter men’s group, 7 to 8 a.m., St. David’s Episcopal Church, 3916 S.W. 17th. Open to all men seeking help, but closed to visitors. Information: 200-3450, saatopeka@gmail.com or https://saa-recovery.org/.

Topeka South Rotary Club, 7:15 a.m., Washburn University Memorial Union, 1700 S.W. College. Public welcome. Information: Faron Barr, 266-8333.

21st Street Farmers Market at KNI, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Kansas Neurological Institute, 3107 S.W. 21st. Continues through Oct. 14. Vendor information: 296-5354, 296-5301 or Laura.Krainbill@kni.ks.gov.

Taking Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS), sign-in 8:30 a.m., meeting 9 a.m., Countryside United Methodist Church (use north entrance), 3221 S.W. Burlingame. First visit is free. Information: (800) 932-8677 or www.tops.org.

Ace of Hearts Duplicate Bridge Club, 9 a.m., Woman’s Club of Topeka, 5221 S.W. West Drive. Cost: $7 per session. Information: jan@topekabridgeclubs.org or http://bit.ly/1OfJsPj.

Al Anon Friday Morn Serenity Seekers AFG, 9:30 a.m., Fairlawn Church of the Nazarene, 730 S.W. Fairlawn. Information: www.kansas-al-anon.org or 215-1045.

Kid’s Drum Circle, 11 a.m., The Toy Store, 5300 S.W. 21st. Please have at least one adult for every four children. Information: 273-0561.

Al Anon Friendship AFG, 12:05 p.m., Most Pure Heart Church, 17th and Stone (northwest entrance to parish Center-Quinlan room). Information: www.kansas-al-anon.org or 215-1045.

712 Innovations First Friday Makers Market, 5 to 8 p.m., 712 S. Kansas Ave. Featuring booths with locally made goods. Booth reservation: http://bit.ly/1H6Y76x. Information: lynnie@712innovations.com or 409-6500.

Emporia First Friday, 5 to 9 p.m., downtown Emporia. Annual art walk held on the first Friday of every month.

Celebrate Recovery (for adults 18 and older), meal 6 p.m., program 6:45 to 9:30 p.m., First Southern Baptist Church (enter off parking lot), 1912 S.W. Gage Blvd. Meal cost: Freewill offering. Child care available for 6th grade and younger 6:45 to 9:45 p.m. Information: www.crtopekaks.org.

Al Anon Freedom AFG, 6:30 p.m., Metropolitan Community Church, 4425 S.W. 19th.Information: www.kansas-al-anon.org or 215-1045.

Movie on the Lawn: ”JUMANI,” 7:30 p.m. activities and food vendors, 8:45 p.m. movie starts at sunset, South apron of Statehouse Lawn, 10th and Jackson (seating on southeast area of the lawn). When two kids find and play a magical board game, they release a man trapped for decades in it and a host of dangers that can only be stopped by finishing the game. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Free and open to the public.

Arts in the Park, 8 p.m., Larry Norvell Band Shell in City Park, 1101 Fremont St., Manhattan. Performance by Jessica Paige. Information: 587-2727 or http://www.mhkprd.com.

SAT JUNE 3

The Dirty Kanza, the rider launch starts at approximately 6 a.m. at 8th and Commercial Street in downtown Emporia. The Emporia Main Street Finish Line Party will have activities from 10:30 a.m. to midnight in the 600-900 blocks of Commercial. Food, kids activities, music, a huge beer garden, and celebrate riders as they finish their journey.

The Clay Center Relay for Life 6th annual Racing for Hope and Tasty Pastry Donut Challenge, 7:30 a.m., registration 6:30 to 7:15 a.m., Clay Center Community High School, new gym, 1630 9th St. Online registration: https://register.chronotrack.com/r/28101. Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ClayCenterRelayForLife. This ia a fund raiser for the Clay Center Relay for Life chapter of the American Cancer Society.

First Saturday Breakfast Buffet, 7:30 to 10 a.m., Shawnee Heights United Methodist Church, 6020 S.E. 44th, Tecumseh. Freewill offering for breakfast. Handmade crafts available for purchase.

Downtown Topeka Farmers Market, from 7:30 a.m. to noon (rain or shine), S.W. 12th and Harrison. Held every Saturday through November. Information: http://bit.ly/20LQVIC, lanebetty4@yahoo.com or 249-4704.

Seneca’s Community Farmers Market, 8 a.m., downtown at The Market Greenhouse, 33 N. 5th. Saturdays through mid-October. Information: Facebook page Seneca Community Farmers Market.

SCORE Small Business Roundtable Workshop, 8 to 9:30 a.m., Washburn Tech (Building A-East, Room AE153), 5724 S.W. Huntoon. SCORE counselors will meet with anyone interested in starting a business or the challenges facing a business. Free. Information: 234-3049.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection, from 9 a.m. to noon, 131 N.E. 46th.

7th annual Youth in the Outdoors Day, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Ravenwood 10147 S.W. 61st St. Free event for youth between the ages of 6-16 accompanied by an adult. Activities include archery, BB gun clinic, kite flying by KC Fliers, Black Powder camp, wildlife habitat education, Flint Hills Bass Club, horseshoe pitching, laser shoot, Master Gardeners and more. Information: Verne, 438-065, or Ken, 256-6444. Sponsored by justincorbetfoundation.com.

Art in the Garden of Red Rocks, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine, Red Rocks State Historic Site, 927 Exchange St., Emporia. Area artist and authors show and sell. Free event.

Mark Weiser candidate for mayor meet and greet, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Corral #2 located at Gage Park. Hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and drinks available.

Arts in the Park, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Heritage Park, 6th and Washington Street. Junction City. Artists, crafters, vendors, food trucks, music. Information: junctioncityac.org.

Mary Pinard, Poet in Residence, poetry reading, 11 a.m., The Volland Store, 24098 Volland Road, Alma. Poet Lunch and Conversation with Pinard, by reservation, noon, $14. Information: (620) 271-2953, www.vollandstore.com or abby@thevollandstore.com.

Rabies Vaccination and Microchip Clinic, from 11 a.m. to noon, Heart of Jackson Humane Society Shelter, 414 E. 8th St., Holton. Pets must be on leash or in crate. Pet food giveaway while supply lasts. Register for free bag of Hill’s Science Diet.

Capital City Family and Food Truck Festival, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., near 10th and Jackson. Children’s activities and music. Information: visittopeka.com or 234-1030.

Topeka Nar-Anon Family Group, Saturday Serenity Seekers, for families and friends who are affected by someone else’s narcotic addiction, noon to 1:15 p.m., First Baptist Church, 3033 S.W. MacVicar (enter Door A, south side). Information: www.naranonmidwest.org.

Topeka Acoustic Music Jam, 2 to 4 p.m., Live Music Institute, 5224 S.W. 17th. Information: 286-0227 or hagen1525@gmail.com.

Al Anon Saturday Night Serenity AFG, 6:45 p.m., Christ Lutheran Church, 3509 S.W. Burlingame Road (enter north side). Information: www.kansas-al-anon.org or 215-1045.

SUN JUNE 4

White Lakes Market, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mainline Printing parking lot, 3500 S.W. Topeka Blvd. Outdoor flea market. Information: 260-5458 or on Facebook, http://on.fb.me/1hy8X0T.

Military Appreciation Day and G-Baby Racing, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Amelia Earhart Airport, 16701 286th Road, Atchison.

Blue River Valley Jolly Jogathon Track Meet, from 10:30 a.m. to noon registration for field events, and from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for running events, Marysville Jr./Sr. High School Track, 211 S. 10th.

Family Board Games, 1 to 3 p.m., The Toy Store, 5300 S.W. 21st. Please have at least one adult for every four children. Information: 273-0561.

Topeka Crochet Guild, 1:30 p.m., Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, 1515 S.W. 10th. Information: 267-5404.

S-Anon, 7 p.m., Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, 1515 S.W. 10th. A 12-step fellowship dedicated to helping those affected by the sexual behavior of another person. Information: www.sanon.org.

MON JUNE 5

Monday Farmers Market, 8 to 11:30 a.m., Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library (parking lot), S.W. 10th and Washburn. Visit the library booth for a free fun kid craft. Continues through Oct. 10.

Topeka Garden Council, 9 a.m., Ward-Meade Historic Site (Preston Hale Room), 124 N.W. Fillmore.

Story Time, 11 a.m., The Toy Store, 5300 S.W. 21st. Please have at least one adult for every four children. Information: 273-0561.

Al Anon Living the Legacies, 11:45 a.m., 1728 Randolph Ave. Information: www.kansas-al-anon.org or 215-1045.

Kiwanis Club of Topeka, noon, Jayhawk Tower (Florentine Room), 700 S.W. Jackson. Guests welcome. Information: www.topekakiwanisclub.org.

TARSP (Topeka Area Retired School Personnel), noon Monday, June 5, Ramada West. Program: Kansas Children’s Discovery Center. A memorial service will be held, and music will be presented by Heartland Harmony. Information: 273-1267.

Al Anon Courage to Change AFG, 12:05 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 6th and Topeka (enter on west side, no meetings on holidays). Information: www.kansas-al-anon.org or 215-1045.

Medicare Mondays, 1 to 3 p.m., Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library (Menninger Room 206), 1515 S.W. 10th. Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas (SHICK) program will teach, answer questions and give unbiased counseling for Kansas Medicare beneficiaries and their friends and family. Information: 580-4545 or nhohl@tscpl.org.

Al Anon Just For Today AFG, 1:30 p.m., Fairlawn Church of the Nazarene, 730 S.W. Fairlan (west entrance). Information: www.kansas-al-anon.org or 215-1045.

Al Anon Peace and Serenity AFG, 5:30 p.m., University United Methodist Church,1621 S.W. College (down ramp on west side to basement, room at end of hall). Information: www.kansas-al-anon.org or 215-1045.

Kansas Alpha Chapter of Delta Theta Chi, 6 p.m., Goodyear Shelter House, N.W. 25th and Indianola. Program will be a guest speaker/report.

Foundation for Aeronautical Education Radio Controlled Aircraft, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Philip Billard Municipal Airport Terminal Building (Room 4), 3600 N.E. Sardou. Public welcome. Information: Greg, g.inkmann@sbcglobal.net.

Topeka Healing Rooms, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., located at the American Heart Association building, 5375 S.W. 7th, Ste. 100. Affiliated with the International Association of Healing Rooms. Information: 221-6589.

Acappella Unlimited, 7 p.m., Seaman Congregational Church, 2036 N.W. Taylor. New female members welcome. Information: www.acappellaunlimited.com.

Al Anon Topeka AFG No. 1, 7 p.m., Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 2021 W. 29th St. Information: www.kansas-al-anon.org or 215-1045.

Capital City Barbershop Chorus, 7 p.m., West Side Baptist Church, S.W. 4th and Fillmore. New members and guests welcome. Information: 273-9514, capitalcitychorusa039@gmail.com or http://capitalcitychorus.com/.

Al Anon Carbondale AFG, 7:30 p.m., Carbondale Community Center, 228 Main St., Carbondale. Information: www.kansas-al-anon.org or 215-1045.

Concert in the Park at Garfield Park Gazebo, 7:30 p.m., North Topeka Community Band, 1600 N.E. Quincy. Sponsored by North Topeka on the Move Association (NOTOMA).

TUE JUNE 6

50 reasons to hit the road

Sunrise Optimist Club, 6:30 a.m., Optimist Club Activity Building, 720 N.W. 50th. Guests welcome. Information: Gary Slimmer, 246-1291.

Topeka Gives, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fairlawn Plaza, 2114 S.W. Chelsea Drive. A day of charitable giving for local non-profit organizations.

Veterans’ Stroke Survivor and Caregiver Support Group, 10 to 11 a.m., Colmery-O’Neil VA Medical Center (Building 3, first floor, Room A-101), 2200 S.W. Gage Blvd. Information: 350-4386.

Association of Retired Kansas Highway Employees (KDOT retirees), 11 a.m., Coyote Canyon, 1251 Ashworth Place. Speaker: Rich McReynolds, who will present “Using Maps for Geneaology.”

Music &Movement, 11 a.m., The Toy Store, 5300 S.W. 21st. Please have at least one adult for every four children. Information: 273-0561.

Executive Connections Referral Group luncheon, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., McFarland’s (lower level), 4133 S.W. Gage Center Drive. Bring business cards and network. Information: www.partner4leads.com/group/activity/925/Executive-Connections.

League of Women Voters Tuesday Topics, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, Marvin Auditorium 101BC, 1515 S.W. 10th. Speaker: Sarah Oglesby-Dunegan, pastor of the United Universal Fellowship of Topeka and member of Topekans for Racial Justice. The meeting is free and the public is invited. Millennium Cafe — catered luncheon — 11:30 a.m. for $9.25; program from noon to 1 p.m.

Al Anon 2100 AFG, noon, 2100 Central Park. Information: www.kansas-al-anon.org or 215-1045.

Emotions Anonymous Topeka Chapter, noon to 1 p.m., Grace Episcopal Cathedral (enter north courtyard door), 701 S.W. 8th. Twelve-step spiritual recovery program open to anyone who wants to become emotionally well. Information: Sharon, 633-7764, newhopeea@gmail.com or EmotionsAnonymous.com.

Sunflower Duplicate Bridge Club, 12:30 p.m., Woman’s Club of Topeka, 5221 S.W. West Drive. Cost: $7 per session. Information: jan@topekabridgeclubs.org or http://bit.ly/1OfJsPj.

Facebook for Beginners, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, Computer Training Center, 1515 S.W. 10th. Be sure to bring your email address and password. If you already have an account, bring your Facebook password. Register at tscpl.org/register.

NET Reach Neighborhood Farmers Market, 4 to 6 p.m., Avondale East NET Center (back parking lot), 455 S.E. Golf Park Blvd. Markets are held the first and third Tuesday of the month through September.

Northeast Kansas Business Networking Group, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill, 5928 S.W. 17th. Information: Patrick Anderson, 608-6561.

Ostomy Support Group, 6 p.m., St. Francis Health, 1700 S.W. 7th. Information: Teresa 295-5555 or teresa.kellerman@sclhs.net.

Topeka Camera Club, 6:30 p.m., Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, 1515 S.W. 10th. Guests interested in learning more about photography welcome. Information:www.topekacameraclub.org.

Healing After Loss to Suicide (HEALS), Topeka Area, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Stormont-Vail HealthCare (Pozez Building), 1505 S.W. 8th. Support group for family and friends who have lost someone to suicide. Information: Sandy, 249-3792 or sreams67@gmail.com.

Flint Hills Harmony Sweet Adelines, 6:45 to 9:30 p.m., Westside Baptist Church, 1008 S.W. 4th. Women who love to sing are invited to attend. Information: Nancy, 608-8616.

Al Anon Fellowship AFG, 7 p.m., Fairlawn Church of the Nazarene, 730 S.W. Fairlawn Road. Information: www.kansas-al-anon.org or 215-1045.

Alateen Together We Can Make It, 7 p.m., Fairlawn Church of the Nazarene, 730 S.W. Fairlawn Road, room 107. Information: www.kansas-al-anon.org or 215-1045.

Fossil Special Interest Group, 7 p.m., Baker’s Dozen, 4310 S.W. 21st. Information: LHenderson85@gmail.com.

Al Anon New Hope AFG, 7:30 p.m., Auburn United Methodist Church, 240 E. 8th St., Auburn (basement). Information: www.kansas-al-anon.org or 215-1045.

Manhattan Municipal Band, 7:30 p.m., Larry Norvell Band Shell in City Park, 1101 Fremont St., Manhattan. Information: 587-2727 or http://www.mhkprd.com.

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Tecumseh Community dinner, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday June 7, Tecumseh United Methodist Church, 334 S.E. Tecumseh Road. Freewill donation. Sponsored by the Tecumseh Kiwanis Club and Tecumseh United Methodist Church with proceeds going to fund community projects and programs. Meals-to-go available.

Topeka Autism Support Group, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library (Hughes Room 205), 1515 S.W. 10th. Information: Search for Topeka Autism Support Group on Facebook.

How to Start a Business, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, Menninger Room 206, 1515 S.W. 10th. This event covers important topics such as business legal structure, writing a business plan, knowing your competition and what to expect from being your own boss. Presented by Washburn Small Business Development Center.

Toastmasters, 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library (second floor), 1515 S.W. 10th. Information: powerspeakers@gmail.com.

Canvas &Cork Simple Sunset, 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, Straight Upp Creative Studio, 1223 Moro St., Manhattan. Cost: $30. Register online: straightuppstudio.com.

Capital City National Organization for Women, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library (Anton Room), 1515 S.W. 10th. Information: www.capcitynow.org, capcityNOW@gmail.com or https://www.facebook.com/CapCityNOW.

Gynecologic Cancer Support Group, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, St. Francis Health Cancer Center (Conference Room on second floor), 1700 S.W. 7th. Information: Kay Coward, 220-8867 or kay.coward@gmail.com.

American Legion Post 400 and Auxiliary, 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, Post 400, 3029 N.W. US-24 highway. Members are encouraged to attend. Information: 296-9400, alpost400@hotmail.com or http://topekanorthpost400.org.

Southwest Topeka Kiwanis Club, 7 a.m. Thursday, June 8, The Kanza Cafe, 2701 S.W. East Circle Drive South. Guest speaker: Kathy Wade, Master Gardener.

Topeka Genealogical Society Family Tree Maker and Computer Genealogy SIG meeting, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, June 8, TGS Library, 2712 S.E. Indiana. Public welcome.

Readapalooza, 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, June 8, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, Marvin Auditorium 101C, 1515 S.W. 10th. Read, build and discover with inspiring and exciting stories followed by crafts and activities. Each session counts for 30 minutes toward your Summerfest reading goal, with different stories and activities every time; 6-12 years.

Topeka Networking Council, 11:45 a.m. Thursday, June 8, Lawyers Title (meeting room in the back), 5715 S.W. 21st. Visitors welcome by calling 273-0110 or 271-9500 by the day before.

Community Harvey House Luncheon, Thursday, June 8, Great Overland Station, 701 N. Kansas Ave. Cost: $23.50 per person (includes meal and tour). Reservations required due to limited seating, deadline Saturday, June 3. Information: 232-5533, Ext. 14, or asigars@greatoverlandstation.com.

Capital Area Retired Educators, 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 8, Kansas National Education Association, 715 S.W. 10th. Information: Larry: 224-6437.

North East Kansas Rock &Fossil Club, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 8, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, 1515 S.W. 10th. Public welcome. Information: NEKanRockandFossil@gmail.com.

Tallgrass Prairie Bison &Wildflower Tour, 9 to 10:15 a.m. Friday, June 9, offsite. Tour a tallgrass prairie bison ranch and learn about Kansas native wildflowers. Limit 12 per tour. Details provided following required registration at tscpl.org/register.

Museum After Hours, 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 9, The Kansas Museum of History, 6425 S.W. 6th Ave. “Doughboys and Doughnut Girls: The Salvation Army and WWI,” by Chris Cantwell, assistant professor of history, University of Missouri, Kansas City. Information: 272-8681, Ext. 415, or visit kshs.org/museum.

Arts in the Park, 8 p.m. Friday, June 9, Larry Norvell Band Shell in City Park, 1101 Fremont St., Manhattan. Performance by Billy McGuigan. Information: 587-2727 or http://www.mhkprd.com.

BrooksFest Poetry 5K Walk, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 10, Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, 1515 S.E. Monroe St. Centennial Celebration of Topeka-born poet Gwendolyn Brooks, the first African-American to win a Pulitzer Prize. She would have turned 100 on June 7. Tickets: https://5kpoetrywalk.eventbrite.com.

Mobile Food Pantry, 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, June 10, Jardine Middle School (parking lot), 2600 S.W. 33rd. Hosted by Jardine Middle School and Harvesters.

Alzheimer’s support group for caregivers, family and friends of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, 10 a.m. Saturday, June 10, Brewster Place (Health Care Unite, Fink Dining Room), 1001 S.W. 29th. Information: 271-1844.

NEKS Walk to End Alzheimer’s, from 9 a.m. to noon, registration 8 a.m., Saturday, June 10, Hummer Sports Park, 2751 S.W. East Circle Drive S. Information and registration: alzwalkneks.org, Scott Bradley, (913) 831-3888, or sbradley@alz.org.

Innovative Networking Group of Topeka Woman’s Chapter, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 10, The Lazy Toad, 5331 S.W. 22nd Place (Fairlawn Plaza Mall). Guests welcome. Information: www.INGTopeka.com.

BrooksFest: A Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial Celebration, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 10, Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, 1515 S.E. Monroe St. A community festival! Enjoy a family-friendly afternoon of poetry, art and story in celebration of Topeka-born poet Gwendolyn Brooks, the first African-American to win a Pulitzer Prize. She would have turned 100 on June 7.

Free Movie Night, “Home Run,” 6 p.m., doors open 5:30 p.m., Saturday, June 10, Highland Heights Christian Church, 2930 S.E. Tecumseh Road. Free movie snacks. Information: 379-5642.

American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1 p.m. Sunday, June 11, St. Joseph Church (basement), 227 S.W. Van Buren. Covered dish luncheon followed by short business meeting and program. Visitors welcome. Information: 235-5845.

Marshall County Railroad Historical Society’s annual Whistle Stop History Ride, 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 11, Waterville. Limited seating, reservations required. Cost: $35. Information and tickets: 799-4294.

Elizabeth Farnsworth: A Train Through Time, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, June 11, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, Marvin Auditorium 101BC, 1515 S.W. 10th. Farnsworth’s work as a foreign correspondent for PBS trained her to shine light on others. Now she will share the story of opening up about her own life in her recent memoir, which flashes from her youth in Topeka to work in places such as Iran, Iraq and Haiti. Book sales and signing to follow.

Capital City Lacers bobbin lace and tatting group, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, June 12, Fairlawn Plaza Mall (Yak ’n Yarn), S.W. 21st and Fairlawn. Guests welcome. Information: 272-9276 or 286-3632.

Topeka Lions Club, noon Monday, June 12, McFarland’s Restaurant, 4133 S.W. Gage Center Drive. Visitors welcome. Information on program: www.topekalions.org.

Classics Made Modern, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Monday, June 12, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, Marvin Auditorium 101C, 1515 S.W. 10th. Discuss “Whose Names Are Unknown,” by Sanora Babb, which is based on the author’s experiences working with refugee farmers in California. The novel, written in 1939 and published in 2004, tells an intimate story of the High Plains farmers who fled drought dust storms during the Great Depression.

Caregiver Support Group, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, June 12, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library (Anton Room 202), 1515 S.W. 10th. Information: 580-4545 or nhohl@tscpl.org.

Shawnee County Allied Tribes, 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 12, Daylight Donuts, 4201 S.W. 21st. Information: 221-2174.

Auburn Lions Club, 7 p.m. Monday, June 12, Auburn Civic Center, 1020 N. Washington, Auburn. Information: 256-7274.

Sunrise Optimist Club, 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 13, Optimist Club Activity Building, 720 N.W. 50th. Guest: Randy Benteman on Water Recreation. Guests welcome. Information: Gary Slimmer, 246-1291.

Harvesters food distribution, 9 a.m. second Tuesday, June 13, Kansas Expocentre, south parking lot, One Expocentre Drive. Volunteers welcome and needed, show up between 8 and 8:15 a.m. Sponsored by Topeka Bible Church and Topeka Turnaround Team.

National Association of Retired and Veteran Railway Employees and Spouses Unit No. 140, 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 13, Coyote Canyon, 1251 S.W. Ashworth Place. Information: 273-2434.

The SAIL (Supportive Adults Inspiring Lives) luncheon, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 13, Washburn University, Lincoln Center cafeteria on the east side of the campus. Cost: $6.85 plus tax. After lunch the group will walk across the parking lot to the KBI Building, where they will learn about the new building and the work done there. Sign up: http://www.swumc.org/sail-sign-up.html, or call Susanna Wesley, 478-3697. Visitors welcome.

Topeka Independent Business Association Networking Group, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, Topeka Country Club, 2700 S.W. Buchanan. Lunch: $10. RSVP: taradimick@gmail.com. Information: www.topekatiba.org.

Keep America Beautiful monthly meeting, noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, Ramada Inn Madison Street Diner, 420 E. 6th. Speaker: Elsie Gibeson, Curb Appeal.

Medicare educational seminar, 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, Heart Center, 929 S.W. Mulvane. Learn the basics of Medicare and all its options. Designed for those becoming eligible, as well as those considering making a change. Information: 233-1816, sign up at http://centuryinsuranceagencyks.com (on the Medicare tab), or email info@century-health.com. Light snacks and beverages provided.

Topeka Science Cafe, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, Perkins Restaurant, 1720 S.W. Wanamaker. Information: Brian Thomas, brian.thomas@washburn.edu or 670-2144, or www.facebook.com/TopekaScienceCafe.

Kinship Networking, Topeka Grandparent/Caregiver Support Group, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, Kansas Children’s Service League, 3545 S.W. 5th. Grandparents and other relatives can share experiences and draw strength from one another. Information: 296-6295 or Sharon.Dabzadeh@kdads.ks.gov.

Topeka Rose Society, 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, Preston Hale Room at Old Prairie Town at Ward-Meade Historic Site, 124 N.W. Fillmore. Information: Don Boyd, 271-9642, or Gill and Wanda Goodnow, 246-3354, or www.topekarosesociety.com.

Kansas Capital Quilters Guild, 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, Woman’s Club of Topeka, 5221 S.W. West Drive. Visitors welcome. Information: www.kscapitalquilters.com.

National Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Association, Topeka Chapter, 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, First Congregational Church, 1701 S.W. Collins. Information: 286-7057 or topekacfs@care2.com.

Manhattan Municipal Band, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, Larry Norvell Band Shell in City Park, 1101 Fremont St., Manhattan. Information: 587-2727 or http://www.mhkprd.com.

BINGO

American Legion Post 1, 5:45 p.m. Sundays and Tuesdays, American Legion Post 1, 3800 S.E. Michigan. Information: 267-1923 or http://capitolpostone.org. Concessions available.

American Legion Post 400, 6:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, American Legion Post 400, 3029 N.W. US-24 Highway. Concessions available starting at 5 p.m. Information: 296-9400 or www.topekanorthpost400.org.

American Legion Bingo, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, 299 Huron Blvd., Marysville.

Arab Shrine Temple, 6:25 p.m. Fridays, Arab Shrine Temple, 1305 S. Kansas Ave. Information: 234-5656 or http://on.fb.me/1MbkzPZ.

Eagles Bingo, 1 p.m. Sundays, Eagles Lodge 2941 Fremont. Doors open 11 a.m. snack bar, noon. Information 266-7307.

Hayden High bingo, 6 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, Hayden Catholic High School, 401 S.W. Gage Blvd. Doors open at 5 p.m. Snack bar and ample parking. Information: 272-2150.

VFW Philip Billard Post 1650, 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, VFW Philip Billard Post 1650, 3110 S.W. Huntoon. Concessions available starting at 5:30 p.m. Cost: $5 to $30. Information: 235-9073 or www.vfw1650.com.

REUNIONS

Rossville High School Alumni reunion and dinner, Saturday, June 3. Information: 584-6080 or meburg@embarqmail.com.

Lafayette Elementary School reunion, noon to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, June 10, Steak Grill at Gage Park, 635 S.W. Gage Blvd. All school years invited. Information: (816) 335-5455 or www.facebook.com/groups/lafayette.lobos.

Highland Park High School class of 1967 50th reunion, Sept. 1-3. Information: Cheryl Herman, Sylvester2009cat@gmail.com.

The Second (Indianhead) Division Association is searching for anyone who served in the Army’s 2nd Infantry Division at any time. This year the association will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the division which was formed in France during World War I. Information about the association and its annual reunion in Arlington, Va., Sept. 13-17, contact Bob Haynes, secretary-treasurer, 2idahq@comcast.net, call (224) 225-1202, or visit www.2ida.org.

Topeka High School class of 1967 50th reunion, Sept. 22-23. Information: mmsheahan@cox.net.

Topeka West High School class of 1967 50th reunion, Oct. 6-7. Information: jillrayna@yahoo.com.

BRIEFLY

“ReStore Hope” Art Show, an art exhibition that will benefit Topeka Habitat for Humanity and Valeo Behavioral Health Care. The exhibit located at The Creations of Hope Gallery: Art and Advocacy, 909 N. Kansas, will highlight a portfolio of artwork donated to Topeka Habitat for Humanity from a private donor. The show runs through May. All proceeds from the sale of the art will be distributed to both Topeka Habitat for Humanity and the Creations of Hope Art Gallery, a program of Valeo Behavioral Health Care.

Summer Discussion Group: Beyond the Border: U.S.-Mexico Relations, 3 p.m. May 31, June 21 and 28, and July 11, 2350 Petefish Drive, Lawrence. For many, the U.S.-Mexico border presents a problem, for others, an economic opportunity. An expert in cross-border economic development, Christina Luhn will lead a summer discussion group series exploring the relationship between the U.S. and Mexico with a focus on border security, immigration and trade. Information: www.doleinstitute.org.

Flint Hills Rodeo, June 1-3, Strong City. Information: (620) 273-6480 or http://flinthillsrodeo.com.

The 2017 Kansas Archeology Training Program (KATP) field school held by the Kansas Historical Society and the Kansas Anthropological Association, June 1-15, The Quixote site in Jefferson County. Principal investigator is Dr. Brad Logan with Kansas State University. Research during the field school will focus on learning more about the people who lived at this Late Plains Woodland site. Archeology technique courses are also offered and can be taken for college credit. Registration fee: $30 for members of the Kansas Historical Society or Kansas Anthropological Association, and non-member fee is $90. Registration packet available at kshs.org/14622. Additional programs accompany the field school, including a collectors’ night June 7, scan and share event June 8, and architectural building survey class June 13-14. No experience is necessary. Children must be at least 10 years old and accompanied by a parent or responsible adult. Information: kshs.org/events/2017/06 or call Virginia Wulfkuhle, 272-8681, Ext. 266; vwulfkuhle@kshs.org.

Relay for Life, from 9 a.m. Friday, June 2 to noon Saturday, June 3, Hummer Sports Park, 2751 S.W. East Circle Drive S.

Kansas Quilters Organization spring meeting, Friday and Saturday, June 2-3, Four Points by Sheraton, 530 Richards Drive, Manhattan. Speaker: Debbie Maddy from Texas, who designs quilt patterns for her company, Calico Carriage. Spring 2017 newsletter, which includes registration forms and membership information: www.ksquilter.org.

Day Out with Thomas The Train, June 2-4, and 9-11, Midland Railway, 1515 High St., Baldwin City. Information and times: (913) 721-1211, or www.midlandrailway.org.

29th annual Mulvane Art Fair, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 3, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 4, located east of the student union on the Washburn University campus. Admission: $10, children under 12 and members of the Mulvane Art Museum free. Information: mulvaneart@gmail.com. Tickets: http://mulvaneartfair.com.

Chardon Polka Band, 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday June 3, and from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 4, Sacred Heart Church grounds, Seward Ave. and Freeman Ave., Oakland.

Summer Sizzle, June 5-9, Topeka Bible Church, 1135 S.W. College Ave. For junior and senior high students. Registration: $5 per day or $20 for the week, due by the first day of camp.

Mary Pinard, Poet in Residence, through Tuesday, June 6, The Volland Store, 24098 Volland Road, Alma. Information: (620) 271-2953, www.vollandstore.com or abby@thevollandstore.com.

Topeka Police Department 2017 SRO Summer Camp, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 6-9 at French Middle School, 5257 S.W. 33rd St., and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 13-16 at Chase Middle School, 2250 N.E. State St. The camp is open to any incoming 6th and 7th grader. Instructors: Topeka Police Department Officers and USD 501 Police Officers. Capacity: 30 per camp. Morning snack and lunch provided. Free camps. Information: https://www.topeka.org/tpd/.

Heart SMART, from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays, June 7-28, Area Agency of Aging, 401 Houston St., Manhattan. Information: Lauren Steinlage, (800) 432-2703.

Flint Hills FolkLife Festival, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 10, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 11, Chase County Courthouse Lawn, Pearl Street and Broadway, Cottonwood Falls. Free event. Information: Sue Smith (620) 273-6053, or email prairie-maid@sbcglobal.net.

Shawnee County Historical Society’s “History Camp for Kids” “Oregon Trail Adventures,” sessions from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 12​-16, Historic Ritchie House and Cox Center, 1116 and 1118 S.E. Madison. Campers will need to bring a sack lunch. The cost is $50, which includes talented presenters, hands-on ​​educational​ objects, primary source material, campfire and food. Included in the cost is admission to the Kansas Museum for a special session and materials for campers to build a covered wagon. For additional information or to register: call the Shawnee County Historical Society, 234-6097, or shawneecoutyhistory@gmail.com. ​

TARC, free residential confidential paper shred, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 12​-16, 1800 S.W. 42nd.

Washunga Days, June 16-18, Neosho Riverwalk Park, Council Grove. Parade, food vendors, and car show. Buttons: $15 at the gate and are discounted $10 until Monday, June 12.

Kansas Youth Chorale Auditions, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and 6 to 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, and Wednesday, June 14, First Presbyterian Church, 817 S.W. Harrison St. Singers in grades 4-8. Schedule auditions at kansasyouthchoraletopeka@gmail.com. Specific Information about auditions at www.kansasyouthchoraletopeka.org.

The Eastern Unit of Kansas Judges Council present “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” a Small-Standard Flower Show honoring nonagenarians, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Monday, June 19, Ward-Meade Park (Preston Hale Room), 124 N.W. Fillmore. Free and open to the public.

The 29th annual YWCA Leadership Lunch, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 20, Capital Plaza Hotel Sunflower Ballroom Maner Conference Center, 1717 S.W. Topeka Blvd. Honoring women of excellence who are making a difference in Northeast Kansas. Information: Sarah, 233-1750, Ext. 222, or http://www.ywcaneks.org.

A new exhibit at Emporia State University honors student, staff and faculty veterans, “WWI and the Memorial Union: Honoring Veterans, Serving Students,” curated by ESU Special Collection and Archives and showcases students, staff and faculty who served from the Spanish-American War through current conflicts in the Middle East. On display on the first floor of White Library, 1 Kellogg Cir., Emporia, through July.

“Marlin Fitzwater: From Wheat Fields to White House” exhibit, through Aug. 24, Eisenhower Presidential Library Lobby, 200 S.E. 4th St. Features items from his distinguished careeer as press secretary to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. Information: 263-6700.

The 4th annual Pony Express 120 Gravel Dash, Sept. 9. Help send off the riders that morning and cheer them home in the afternoon. Food, a beer garden and music by Black Top Road will be featured in the afternoon. Information: Marysville Chamber of Commerce, 562-3101, www.marysvillekansaschamber.org or info@marysvillechamber.org or follow on Facebook.

Marysville Farmers Market, 8 to 11 a.m. every Saturday through Oct. 14, 7th and Broadway in historic downtown Marysville. Selection of baked goods, locally grown foods, plants and homemade crafts. Information: 562-6818 or 562-2424.

Seneca Community Farmers Market, 8 a.m., downtown at The Market Greenhouse, 33 N. 5th. Saturdays through mid-October. Information: Facebook page Seneca Community Farmers Market.

Emporia Farmers Market, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturdays, and 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 7th Ave., between Merchant and Commercial Street, Emporia. Runs May through October. For market news and events, find the Emporia Farmers Market on Facebook or visit www.emporiafarmersmarket.org. Information: Jessica Hopkins, (620) 343-6555 or email emporiafm@gmail.com.

The Great Overland Station Museum exhibit “The Kaw: A Prairie River Shapes a State,” 701 N. Kansas Ave. Artifacts on display include bones, animal teeth, pottery shards, and pieces from the Kaw Indian or native tribes that lived along the Kansas River. Information: Trisha Smith, Great Overland Station development and marketing manager, 232-5533 or tsmith@greatoverlandstation.com. The exhibit will show through Jan. 31, 2018.

“Eisenhower and the Great War” Exhibit, through March 1, 2018, Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, 200 S.E. 4th St., Abilene. Information: 263-6700.

“Chisholm Trail and the Cowtown that Raised a President” Exhibit, through May 31, 2018, Eisenhower Presidential Library &Museum, 200 S.E. 4th St., Abilene. Information: 263-6700.

Topeka Salvation Army free hot meal, 4 to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and sack lunch Friday, 1320 S.E. 6th St.

Free mobile food distribution, from 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. until food runs out, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Family of God Church, 1231 N.E. Eugene. No ID or proof of income required. First-come, first-served. Sponsored by Randel Ministries, Harvesters and Family of God Church. Information: 234-1111 or www.randelministries.com.

Midland Care offers grief support for all ages, including children and teenagers. Information: 232-2044.

The 42 Best Things To Do In Seattle This Week: May 30-June 4, 2017

Whim W’Him’s Approaching Ecstasy opens this week, and will include 40 singers, five instrumentalists, seven dancers, and a story inspired by a closeted gay man who lived in Egypt at the end of the 19th century. Bamberg Fine Art

Our music critics have already chosen the 27 best concerts in Seattle this week, but now it’s our arts critics’ turn to pick the best events in their areas of expertise. Here are their picks in every genre—from the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s production of Pictures at an Exhibition to Bite of Greece to the First Thursday Art Walk to the continuation of the Seattle International Film Festival. See them all below, and find even more events on our complete Things To Do calendar.

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TUESDAY

FOOD & DRINK

Salad for President Dinner
Given our current president, having an actual salad for president doesn’t sound so bad. For now, indulge in that sweet, sweet fantasy while enjoying this “seasonally inspired” three-course dinner by Julia Sherman, author of the Salad for President blog. That blog isn’t a rigorous documentation of every instance where Trump has uttered words that jumble together like the spring flowers, raab, and mustard frill in Sherman’s salad course, but rather a celebration of plant-based eating. However, her actual salad sounds a lot more pleasant than such Trump word-salad classics as ” I am committed to keeping our air and water clean but always remember that economic growth enhances environmental protection. Jobs matter!” This being modern America—where our president tweets misleading doublespeak on the regular and we are perpetually confused and bewildered by his nonstop assault on the environment, LGBT rights, immigrants, affordable health care, basic human decency, and pretty much everything you like—”drinks are available too.” Thank fucking God. TOBIAS COUGHLIN-BOGUE

READINGS & TALKS

Literary Happy Hour
Capitol Cider invites poets and authors to read their work to a happy hour audience ($1 off drafts before 6). This month, Patrick Milia, and Elizabeth Cooperman’s poetry will be followed by a prose reading by novelist Jennie Shortridge.

Loud Mouth Lit
This series of “fresh, local, and organic” author readings, which thrives on face-to-face interaction, is curated by playwright and fiction writer Paul Mullin. At the May edition, look forward to a reading by playwright, former Stranger staffer, and Weed: The User’s Guide author David Schmader. They add: “Admission is free, but works by authors will be on sale and aggressively hawked from the podium. Bring CASH!”

Thomas Ricks
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and New York Times best-selling author Thomas E. Ricks will share his new book Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom, a dual biography of Winston Churchill and George Orwell that explores their political and artistic battles against fascism.

TUESDAY-SATURDAY

ART

Alfredo Arreguin: Over the Rainbow
Mexican-born Seattle artist Alfredo Arreguin paints immersive, pulsating visions that blend magical realism with Northwest motifs and elements of the 1970s Pattern and Decoration movement (which some critics say he helped pioneer). Whether he paints mountain landscapes or portraits of Frida Kahlo, his glinting surfaces are teeming with so many snakes, stars, and flowers that they appear to be alive. Arreguin is represented by Linda Hodges Gallery, but this solo exhibition takes place on the mezzanine gallery of Everett’s Schack Art Center, a free regional gallery that also offers classes and studio spaces. EMILY POTHAST
This exhibit closes on Saturday.

Dakota Gearhart: Tank Hypnosis
Multimedia artist Dakota Gearhart operates in the gaps between people, plants, animals, and objects, asking, “What unites us?” In Tank Hypnosis, Gearhart answers that question with water, creating a world of video, sculpture, and images featuring “hypnotherapy aquascapes” that offer models of self-care in an increasingly toxic world. Working with aquariums and feeder fish, Gearhart calls on her own experiences with sensory-deprivation tanks, technical diving, and municipal wastewater to make visible the watery systems that envelop and intimately connect us. (And yes, she’s a water sign.) EMILY POTHAST
This exhibit closes on Saturday.

TUESDAY-SUNDAY

ART

Chris Maynard: Featherfolio
Chris Maynard has been dubbed “Olympia’s feather artist”—almost implying that every town has one, when in fact, the intricate, lattice-like patterns that he hand-cuts into each feather are one-of-a-kind. Every year, when birds shed their feathers, he collects and delicately carves the feathers using a scalpel, mounting them in shadowboxes to create pieces where the beauty of artistic form meets the function of nature. Maynard has been working with feathers since he was 12—and while it’s true he does only one thing, he does it well. Featherfolio at the Bainbridge Museum of Art will be his first solo art museum show, which will include framed work as well as site-specific installations. AMBER CORTES
This exhibit closes on Sunday.

FILM

Seattle International Film Festival 2017
The 43rd annual Seattle International Film Festival is the largest film festival in the US, with 400 films (spread over 25 days) watched by around 150,000 people. It’s impressively grand, and is one of the most exciting and widely-attended arts events Seattle has to offer. See the full schedule, buy tickets, watch trailers, and read Stranger reviews on our complete SIFF 2017 guide

THEATER & DANCE

Barbecue
Lambda Literary Award–winning playwright Robert O’Hara offers up two different families—one white, one black, both named O’Mallery—staging an interventions for their respective drug-addicted family members. Up-and-coming director Malika Oyetimein, who managed a wonderful production of O’Hara’s Bootycandy two years ago, will likely squeeze every ounce of cringe-inducing comedy from this very strong cast. Also of note: This play kicks off Intiman’s 2017 season, which was co-curated by the extremely multitalented Sara Porkalob. RICH SMITH
There will be no performance on Thursday.

Here Lies Love
David Byrne’s critically adored disco musical about the life and times of Imelda Marcos, disco-obsessed wife of Ferdinand Marcos. She danced by his side (and by Richard Nixon’s—look it up on YouTube) while his dictatorial ass terrorized the Philippines. Unlike other musicals, you don’t have to forgive this one for its melodramatic, sappy songs. The fast numbers are groovy disco bangers and the slow numbers are touching, tropically inflected twee rock/pop. Production-wise, this show will be unlike anything you’ve ever seen at the Rep. The installation of mobile dance floors will significantly change the theater’s seating situation, and the audience will be dancing (according to the demands of the dictator, of course) throughout the show. RICH SMITH

WEDNESDAY

COMEDY

The Shadow Council
The “mudpie lobbed into the halls of power” known as Brett Hamil’s Seattle Process show has been so successful that it now has a spin-off: the Shadow Council‘s panel will lead the “people’s legislative body” to vote on proposals, which will be submitted afterwards to elected officials.

READINGS & TALKS

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor: From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation
Taylor, assistant professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, wanted to know why Black Lives Matter was becoming popular now, “when we’re living through the biggest concentration of black political power in American history,” she told Ansel Herz in an in an interview last year. She wrote her book, #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation, to explore that question, and also to write about the possibility of the movement widening its scope. Can a nonhierarchical organization focused on police brutality and mass incarceration create social change on a larger scale? This talk is your chance to ask her. RICH SMITH

Scaachi Koul with Lindy West
Senior Buzzfeed culture writer Scaachi Koul’s new book, One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter, is a series of funny but poignant essays about life as a first-generation Canadian Indian, covering everything from clothing nightmares to college parties to a fear of flying to the nuances of Indian weddings. As Publishers Weekly writes, “The specifics of Koul’s life are unique, but the overarching theme of inheritance is universal, particularly the vacillation between struggling against becoming one’s parents and the begrudging acceptance that their ways might not be so bad. Koul’s deft humor is a fringe benefit.” Lindy West, one of the funniest people in town, will lead the conversation.

WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY

THEATER & DANCE

Dreamgirls
Village Theatre presents Tony- and Grammy Award-winning musical Dreamgirls (not officially about the Supremes’ rise to fame, but containing many parallels) which was made extremely popular by the 2006 film starring Jennifer Hudson, Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy, and the inimitable Queen B. Come for Motown tunes, commentary about celebrity, dramatic ultimatums, and flashy dance numbers.

Sueño
La vida es sueño is a mesmerizing 17th-century verse play by Pedro Calderón de la Barca about free will, fate, and the human condition—and Sueño is a modern translation and adaptation by award-winning playwright José Rivera (who wrote plays including Marisol and References to Salvador Dalí Make Me Hot, and adapted the screenplay for The Motorcycle Diaries). This production is directed by Book-It founder Jane Jones.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
ArtsWest presents Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, a musical offering murder, cannibalism, and barbershops—plus songs that are creepy, catchy, quick, and witty.

THURSDAY

ART

First Thursday Art Walk
Once a month, Seattleites flock to the streets in Pioneer Square for a chance to stroll, sip on booze, and attend as many art openings as possible at First Thursday. It’s the city’s central and oldest art walk, and takes place in a historic neighborhood known for its abundance of galleries. Wine and hobnobbing will steal the scene for some, but at its core, it’s an impressive communal unveiling of new artwork. In June, don’t miss opening receptions for Christopher Buening’s (Guerrilla Ceramica), ¡Cuidado! The Help, Gaylen Hansen’s New and Select Work from the Past, Paul Komada, and Rene Almanza, Isauro Huizar, and Alexis Mata (Ciler): Vessel.

And Not Or Opening Reception
Every library, like every art collection, contains only a fraction of possible works—a reflection of curatorial choices that decide which narratives get told (or omitted). For And Not Or, a selection of artists (including Wynne Greenwood, Joe Rudko, and Ryan Feddersen) chose artworks from Seattle University’s Lemieux Library to be rehoused at the Hedreen Gallery for the duration of the exhibition, to be accompanied by books chosen by artist Abra Ancliffe. In turn, these artists will replace the missing library objects with their own artworks, to be accompanied by “labels” crafted by poet Natalie Martínez. It’s a complex maneuver, sparking dialogue about context, inclusion, and interesting accidents. EMILY POTHAST

FOOD & DRINK

Guest Chef Night
FareStart is a fantastic organization that empowers disadvantaged and homeless men and women by training them for work in the restaurant industry. Every Thursday, they host a Guest Chef Night, featuring a three-course dinner from a notable Seattle chef for just $29.95—this week, it’s chef Ethan Stowell.

READINGS & TALKS

Seattle StorySLAM
A live amateur storytelling competition in which audience members who put their names in a hat are randomly chosen to tell stories on a theme. Local comedians tend to show up, but lots of nonperformers get in on the action as well. This week’s theme is “mystery.”

THURSDAY-SATURDAY

THEATER & DANCE

…And Starring Claire from Hollywood
Set in a little seaside town, Jim Moran’s …And Starring Claire from Hollywood presents a play-within-a-play premise about a D-List Hollywood star taking a role in a local production of Noël Coward’s 1930 play Private Lives. In that play, a couple gets divorced, they each meet new partners, and they go on their honeymoons—only to discover they’re staying at the same hotel. Presented by Macha Monkey Productions: “producers of fearless, funny, female theatre.”

Lydia
Octavio Solis’s critically acclaimed Lydia is billed as a ghostly, intense, Miller-esque domestic drama about a young maid who cares for and communes with a teenager who wound up in a coma under mysterious circumstances. Many critics seem haunted (in a good way!) by the play’s magic, and by the way it refracts Miller’s obsession with the American dream through the prisms of seven brilliantly rendered Latino characters. The dean of Yale School of Drama, James Bundy, called it “one of the most important plays of this decade.” This is the kind of dark, language-driven material Strawshop always pulls off with aplomb, and may very well be the low-key hit of the spring season. RICH SMITH

THURSDAY-SUNDAY

THEATER & DANCE

Grand Concourse
Grand Concourse, written by Heidi Schreck and directed by Annie Lareau, is a play about the way the group dynamics in a Bronx soup kitchen change when a new hire arrives.

The Realistic Joneses
The Realistic Joneses is a precisely-titled realist play about two neighboring couples with the last name Jones, written by playwright Will Eno (whom Charles Isherwood at the New York Times called “a Samuel Beckett for the Jon Stewart generation”). The Realistic Joneses earned a number of accolades and some rave reviews on Broadway in 2014 for its humorous, character-driven take on illness, marital life, and intimacy. This production is presented by New Century Theatre Company and directed by Paul Budraitis.

FRIDAY

THEATER & DANCE

Spin the Bottle
This is Seattle’s longest-running cabaret and has seen just about everything—dance, theater, comedy, paper airplanes, tears, stunts, music, romance—from just about everyone.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY

COMEDY

Outer Rim: An Improvised Space Western
Improv artists will take you on a long-form trip through deep space. No two performances will be the same, but every night the crew will have to employ all their hyperdrive and wiles to survive as they hop from planet to planet “on the fringes of civilization.”

FOOD & DRINK

Weekend in Walla Walla
SeaCreatures is the restaurant group headed by culinary force of nature Renee Erickson, who owns Barnacle, The Walrus and the Carpenter, Bar Melusine, Bateau, and General Porpoise. On June 2 and 3, join SeaCreatures and Woodinville-based winery àMaurice for a weekend in Walla Walla, packed with lots of things to eat and drink. Saturday night’s dinner (created by Erickson) will be family-style and will be held in the vineyard. The dinner will include pairings from àMaurice Cellars.

THEATER & DANCE

Pictures at an Exhibition
This Pacific Northwest Ballet program includes Balanchine’s 1968 ballet La Source (with music by Leo Delibes, and originally created for renowned French ballerina Violette Verdy), NYCB ballet master and Broadway legend Jerome Robbins’ 1979 ballet Opus 19/The Dreamer, and finally, what looks to be the highlight of the production: Alexei Ratmansky’s 2014 ballet Pictures at an Exhibition. The music is by Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky, inspired by his tour of a memorial exhibition for artist, architect, and designer Viktor Hartmann. Each musical number comments on an individual piece of art by Hartmann, and this production promises to pair the music and dance with geometric images by Russian painter Wassily Kandinksy. At the very least, it’s an ambitious attempt to seamlessly merge dance, music, and visual art inside a new piece of choreography (whose history goes back centuries).

THEATER & DANCE

Whim W’Him presents Approaching Ecstasy
According to press materials, Approaching Ecstasy “incorporates 40 singers, five instrumentalists, and seven dancers and is inspired by the poems of Constantine Cavafy, who lived as a closeted gay man in Egypt at the end of the 19th century.” When the show opened to critical acclaim back in 2012, City Arts‘ Rachel Gallaher described Whim W’Him artistic director Olivier Wevers’s choreography as “passionately driven.” Eric Banks and the Esoterics sing the poems in Greek along with music (a throwback to the lyre-accompanied poetry readings of yore) and then read them in English. If great choral music and dance don’t do it for you, then go for the poems of Cavafy. In his erotic poetry, he’s the loneliest of the lonely boys, and while reading him, you can feel how constrained he was by the homophobia of his time and place. Read “Half an Hour.” Read “The Next Table.” RICH SMITH

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

FESTIVALS

Bite of Greece
Try authentic coffee, pastries, and other food and drinks at this free festival that will also feature Greek dancing and a Greek marketplace.

SATURDAY

ART

LISTEN: It’s a Sound Show
LISTEN is an immersive, one-night-only exhibition presenting a dynamic and complex range of works that foreground the act of listening as a key element. Featuring stationary artworks, sound installations, live performances and spoken word, LISTEN aims to ask who (or what) we listen to, and why. EMILY POTHAST

The Seattle Pancakes & Booze Art Show
That’s right, hungry thirsty art-starved pancake aficionados, this show’s got everything you need: 70 or more artist vendors, a free pancake bar, DJs, and body painting.

Robert Hardgrave: Pulp Artist Talk
If you’ve been following visual art in Seattle for any length of time, chances are you’ve come across the work of Robert Hardgrave, even if you didn’t know it. He works in a variety of 2-D media—painting, drawing, toner transfers, the leftover “pulp” from those transfers—to create a body of work that is as colorful and effusive as it is distinctive. Visually, Hardgrave’s style hovers somewhere between ancient petroglyphs and something you might see in a high-end skateboard shop, but like most images, these are things that are better seen than described. Pulp, an exhibition of new work at Studio E Gallery, is your chance to see them for yourself—and this artist talk is a chance to learn about them. EMILY POTHAST

FOOD & DRINK

Brewshed Beer Fest
Tipple beer from 18 breweries and help out the Washington Wild environmental nonprofit, which helps establish permanent wilderness and wild and scenic river designations.

Charles Smith’s First-Annual Jet City Rosé Experience
Fun fact: Together, France and the US consume nearly half of the annual 594.4 million gallons of rosé produced globally. It’s clear we like the stuff. If you’re a true rosé habitué, you’ll practically cry with joy when you attend local winemaker Charles Smith’s first annual Jet City Rosé Experience this summer, an event celebrating the pretty pink liquid that we love so much. Alongside Smith will be a bevy of wineries, including Analema, Amavi Cellars, Avennia, Bartholomew Winery, Bieler Pére et Fils, DeLille Cellars, Doubleback, EFESTE, Elk Cove Vineyards, Gramercy Cellars, J Bookwalter Winery, Julia’s Dazzle, Mark Ryan Winery, Milbrandt Vineyards, Pacific Rim, Seven Hills Winery, Syncline Winery, Tranche and W.T. Vintners. The Rosé Experience will also feature live performances from Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Wanda Jackson, famed singer John Doe and The Dusty 45’s. And because rosé actually isn’t its own food group (it’s easy to forget), five local food trucks (El Camino, The People’s Burger, Snout & Co., Where Ya At Matt, and Cheese Wizards) will be onsite to satiate your alcohol-induced hunger pains.

Summer of Rosé Kick-Off Party 2017
This past spring, our dear city broke its 122-year-old record for most rain ever—and we’re only now just starting to emerge from the past eightish months of sogginess. Celebrate this glorious fact with an equally glorious beverage—everyone’s favorite, rosé. Bottlehouse will throw a “kick-off” party in celebration of the wine, complete with over 25 selections of different rosés from around the world, a DJ, raffles and VIP giveaways, and special menu options. Plus, we hear the patio will be open.

QUEER

Arthaus 3.0 Finale with Tatianna
Version 3.0 of Kremwerk’s drag-queen battle royale/dance party is upon us. Teams of hilarious and artsy queens will compete for bragging rights, shade throwing rights, and the right to play puppet master at the following year’s Arthaus series. As I predicted, Betty Wetter, Cookie Couture, Miss Americano, and Khloe5X of Halfway Haus won the series last year, and they’ll be hosting and picking the themes this year. For this season finale, the three finalist houses will compete, with Halfway Haus hosting and performances by Cookie Couture, Betty Wetter, Americano, and Old Witch, with special guest Tatianna from RuPaul’s Drag Race. French Inhale will DJ. Drinks will be had. RICH SMITH

READINGS & TALKS

Jack Straw Showcase Open House
For your small donation to the Jack Straw writing residency program, you’ll have the chance to see and hear a diverse lineup of poets, African drummers, dancers, and musicians, including Etienne Cakpo-Gbokou of Gansango Dance Ensemble, Shin Yu Pai, the Steve Griggs Ensemble, the Fisher Ensemble, Cello X, and many others.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

ART

Strange Coupling
A UW School of Art tradition for over a decade, Strange Coupling pairs up working artists with current UW students to create collaborative artworks and community connections. This year’s roster will include the work of 12 artist pairs curated by Brian J. Carter, Tim Detweiler, Greg Kucera, S. Surface and Emily Zimmerman. EMILY POTHAST

SUNDAY

COMEDY

Weird and Awesome with Emmett Montgomery
On the first Sunday of each month, comedy, variety, and “a parade of wonder and awkward sharing” are hosted by the self-proclaimed “mustache wizard” Emmett Montgomery.

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Appraising the Lagos at 50 campaign


The Lagos at 50 outdoor advertising campaign would seem to have wound down two weeks to the climax of the subject of the campaign. It left in its wake many conversations and controversies that helped to drive it.

The inclusion of Prof. Pat Utomi, Olubunmi Cardinal Okogie, Stella Okoli of Emzor Pharma, the Ebeano duo and other non-native Lagosians in the Lagos at 50 campaign removed disquiet in some quarters and raised the ante in the discussion of the campaign. Still, there were those who quarrelled with what was tagged its elitism.

The very elaborate campaign to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Lagos State presents an interesting case study in public communication. The Lagos at 50 campaign is a 50-day long effort involving events, various programmes and direct messaging through advertising.

Some context is necessary. Lagos is not merely one of Nigeria’s 36 states. Lagos is primus inter pares. It stands alone and apart, owing to its history, its current size and its net worth. Lagos was the combined commercial and political capital of Nigeria up until 1991. It remains the business capital of West and Central Africa, and certainly one of the principal cities of Africa.

Lagos has set the pace for Nigeria in several areas, from medicine to media, commerce to communication, politics to governance and everything in between. Lagos was where the Nigeria media grew its sinews, where broadcasting commenced with Rediffusion relays of BBC broadcasts and where advertising took form.

Rivers State in the South-South is also celebrating 50 years. So it should. Lagos is the focus because where Lagos goes, other states soon follow.

Kudos, therefore, to the Lagos State government for this elaborate campaign. Note that in the Communication Darwinism of the Information Age, everything communicates, the stated and the unstated. A melange of activities, events and direct communication featured in the messaging of Lagos at 50.

Entertainment is a fundamental element of the Lagos at 50 campaign. It has featured Wakaa! The Musical, Fela, the Broadway Musical in Concert, a Boat Regatta and the Lagos International Jazz Festival. There have been fashion shows, film shows in the first four divisions of the state, viz Ikeja, Epe, Badagry and Ikorodu. The arts and culture predominate. The workshops that feature as part of the celebration are arts-based, being Onidiri, the art of human adornment, led by Jimi Solanke and Gele, by Nike Okundaye. There would be a comedy festival, more dances by skaters and even dance and comedy challenge.

Lagos at 50 gives a nod to education. There are literary and debate competitions for primary schools and Junior and Senior Secondary Schools. There would be a two-day conference on the theme, “Lagos: From Mega to Smart City” on May 25 and 26. There would be a colloquium on various areas and a special legislative session.

All of these are communication events and elements, make no mistake about it. Communication as communication, however, took the form of the outdoor campaign mainly. The ubiquity and character of the outdoor campaign made it the focus and primary platform for the Lagos at 50 messaging.

The goal of this campaign seemed to be to make the celebration of the Silver Jubilee of Lagos people-centric by highlighting significant players in the evolution of the state. The theme is “Enhance the heritage. Advance the Future.”

It started off, however, on a limiting footing with a focus on artists and the entertainment world. A gale of criticism followed, and the implementation team upped their game by extending the recognitions to persons in various other fields.

In consequence, the campaign acquired some distinct characteristics. First, is the fact of the advertising being almost exclusively an outdoor campaign. Outdoor as the primary driver of a campaign is unusual and upends convention. Conventional wisdom in marcomms sees outdoor advertising mainly as reminder media. Lagos at 50 showed that it is possible to run on outdoor as primary and even sole vehicle.

Why is this so? As in real estate, location is an important consideration for out of home media. Lagos is prime real estate, an appealing location for outdoor. Lagos offers the population and the density to ensure effective reach and high opportunity to see. The boards took advantage of the massive traffic on the major roads of the city. They were thus highly visible.

One of the oft-cited benefits of outdoor advertising is cost effectiveness. There are no figures yet to know how many hoardings the managers of the campaign deployed and what it cost. For the impact it made, however, it is clear they would have required considerable air time and print insertions to come anywhere close.

Lagos at 50 was scalable and showed remarkable flexibility and adaptability. The campaign managers reacted positively to criticisms and complaints, making adjustments and additions.

A further positive for the campaign was extending the messaging of the theme campaign launched last year, “Our Lagos”, the story of an inclusive Lagos as the melting pot of West Africa.

Outdoor is, of course, the medium that offers round the clock exposure. It runs 24 hours a day, all week. There is no editorial, programming or photographs around the boards. In the compact environment of Lagos, outdoor is a winning medium.

Outdoor becamean essential part of the marketing mix in Lagos since the introduction of the Bus Rapid Transit and its dedicated buses. The moving billboards on the buses conveyed their messages effectively.

A significant drawback for the Lagos at 50 communication effort was the absence of integration. The outdoor campaign featured an extensive list of eminent personalities picked for roles across various fields of endeavour. Outdoor has its limitations, so there was no information on the characters. From this point, the campaign would have benefitted from integration. There was none. There was neither a public relations campaign to storify and share the attributes that made the persons icons of Lagos nor even one on the main website of Lagos at 50.

The outdoor campaign is over. Measurement would be regarding how well it served the communication functions. According to the UNESCO International Commission for the Study of Communication Problems (1980), critical communication purposes are information, socialisation and motivation. Others are debate and discussion, education, and cultural promotion. Then there are entertainment and integration.

The Lagos at 50 campaign sparked debate and discussion. Through other measures, the LASG has done cultural promotion and lots of entertainment. Information, socialisation and motivation would happen through the citizen activities such as the school’s debate, the colloquium and the musical events.

The campaign at the end made a significant impact. It created buzz and drew attention to the fact of a major celebration. It was left to the campaign managers to strengthen it with other elements in the IMC cookbook. The key missing element of the campaign is integration. Integration refers to the provision to all persons and groups of access to the variety of messages that they need to know and understand each other and to appreciate others’ living conditions, viewpoints and aspirations. That would be the true conversation on Lagos and the communication of Lagos.

There are some quibbles. As Nigeria did when the Federal Government marked our centenary, there is no plan in the outlined programme to leave lasting mementoes. It is all about singing, dancing, eating and talking. Just merriment. Lagos is not planning to build e-libraries to mark its 50th year or even to improve the appeal and experience of its tourism. An e-library in each of the first four zones would be a lasting monument with relevance and applicability.

Nor did the LASG consider using the Lagos at 50 celebrations to jumpstart tourism. For instance, the trek at the Badagry Slave Route could do with some improvements such as Ogun State did with the Olumo Rock climb. It is time for a Lagos City Tour, same as you have a London City Tour or a New York City tour.

There are enough places of historical import for the many persons who come to Lagos and need education on the history of Nigeria’s much beloved and significant city-state.

The lack of permanent reminders seems to be a recent development and is a departure from the behaviour of the then Federal Military Government that left the Festac Town housing development and the National Theatre as mementoes of the jamboree of the World Festival of Black Arts and Civilisation in 1977.

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode is making marks in other areas and has shown adaptability and a listening ear. Maybe Lagos would still do something as a permanent reminder of the Golden Jubilee of its creation as a state. True to type, the ink was just drying on this submission when I saw that the LASG had baptised the about-to-be-commissioned Ajah bridge as “Jubilee Bridge.” Good thinking and good communication.

Nwakanma is former president of the Public Relations Consultants Association of Nigeria and on the Adjunct Faculty, School of Media and Communication, Pan Atlantic University, Lagos.

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on raising strong girls, Ivanka Trump, and the joy of wearing heels

Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie

Photo, Wani Olatunde.

Nigerian-born writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was already an accomplished novelist when she took to a London stage in 2012 and delivered her now-famous TED Talk, “We Should All Be Feminists.” The speech, which at once champions and defuses the concept of feminism with a series of witty, conversational and powerful anecdotes, has been viewed nearly four million times on YouTube, sampled by Beyoncé and, in 2014, it was turned into a slim volume that is now required reading for every 16-year-old in Sweden.

Recently, Adichie published a second book on the subject, Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, an extended letter to a friend who asked for her advice on raising a strong daughter. Adichie — a MacArthur “genius” and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for her 2013 novel, Americanah— divides her time between Nigeria and the U.S. She spoke with Chatelaine editor-in-chief Lianne George in Toronto.

One of the major premises of your new book is that the language we use is important, so I want to start by asking you about the title, because you call it, quite forcefully, a “manifesto,” but one that’s made up of “suggestions.”
I use manifesto in a playful way. The idea of a manifesto itself is scary, and then you add feminist to it, and it becomes doubly scary. So I wanted to poke fun at it. But also, I mean, they are suggestions because obviously I don’t think you can say to somebody that you must do this.

In the book, you talk about feminism getting bogged down by words like patriarchy and misogyny. And yet the word feminist carries a lot of baggage for people too. Many women feel that, as a movement, feminism doesn’t speak for them. Why do you believe it’s important to preserve that word?
Because we need a word. For me, the idea of using feminist is to take ownership of it and turn it into a word that isn’t associated with the negative extremes of a movement. There are still large portions of the world who think it’s not that big of a problem, that everything is okay now, and that to take on the label feminist is to be an extremist.

I respect black American women who say, “I feel uncomfortable with taking on the word because, for so long, feminism was for white, middle-class women” — and I take all of that into account, but we need a word. And if you look in the dictionary, it says exactly what I feel, which is a belief in the equality of men and women. Part of my project is not to talk only about gender equality, but also to make that word ordinary, to make it lose its stigma.

Still, even when women support the premise of feminism, many will say, “I prefer to call myself an ‘equalist’ or a ‘humanist.’ ” Is there a case to be made that the word feminist can be a distraction?
Well, here’s the problem I have with words like humanist. The problem that I am talking about, which is gender equality, is not a problem of humanism. The problem is that women have been excluded for being women, and we need to name that. Equalist . . . I think a word like that is not so much concerned with the problem at hand as it is concerned with being comfortable and being kept comfortable. To solve the problem, you have to be willing to engage with discomfort.

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In the book, you distill feminism down to the simplest terms: “It means that I am equal, full stop.” Do you think big tomes and cultural-theory texts have over-complicated feminism?
Fundamentally, my vision of feminism, and the reason I do this — you know, obviously I’m driven by a certain passion for this subject; I’d rather be at home writing my novel — is that I want feminism to be redundant. I want us to get to a world where we don’t need to be feminists. The kind of feminism that says you have to read the right books or be a part of this exclusive little party where people are brought in and kept out, the end goal of that  —  I don’t even know what the end goal is!

A woman, an academic, once said to me, “So now everybody can be a feminist?” And I said, “Yes!” She seemed to think that this was a bad thing, and I said, “That’s the whole point!” I don’t feel the need to make things that are not difficult, unnecessarily difficult.

Your first suggestion for raising girls is to teach them to “be a full person”  —  that work and motherhood are not mutually exclusive. What do you mean by that?
The way that we socialize girls — and I think this is true for almost every culture in the world — is that we teach them that because you’re the woman or the girl, you’re the person who has to sacrifice, you’re the person who has to compromise. I’ve seen so many women who have reduced themselves, or allowed themselves to be reduced, by this idea of self-sacrifice. Women are taught that the way to love is by giving up themselves. Men are not taught that.

I find that motherhood [further] complicates things, and there’s a lot of guilt involved. I think women feel, “I shouldn’t really think of myself, or think of being other things apart from being a mother.” I’ve often seen that kind of sadness, especially in older women — and it makes me very sad, because I think about all the things they could have been, all the things they could have done. And they could have done all of those things and still have been wonderful mothers.

The domestic sphere is the one area where women have long had a measure of control. Do you think there is, unwittingly, some reluctance to relinquish that ownership — and, say, allow a man to change the diapers, and accept that he can do domestic work as well as she can?
Even that thinking holds women back, because so many women would say, “Well, he won’t do it well; he doesn’t know how to.” Just let him try. If the dishes aren’t perfectly rinsed, maybe he can rinse them a second time. And also, men are like, “Oh, I don’t know how to really do this.” There isn’t a gene that comes with domestic work.

You talk about gender roles being nonsense, which is an idea that has increasingly taken hold. And yet, in the U.S., there was so much antipathy toward Hillary Clinton . How much of that do you think was about gender?
Oh, a lot. A lot. Had Hillary been Jonathan Clinton, she would have won. There are too many men and women who are not comfortable with women having that power. I also think that she was judged not just differently, but unfairly, and I think it was about gender. There’s a sense in which she’s expected to be seen as “clean.” It goes along with that very disturbing discourse — sometimes in feminist circles — that women are morally superior. I don’t agree with that at all. I find it dehumanizing.

Women are human, and I think that there are women who are good and kind, and there are women who are not, and that’s the whole point of being human. But there’s a discourse that says, “Oh, if women ruled the world, we wouldn’t go to war.” I don’t think that’s true. I have been to girls’ boarding schools. It’s not true!

It wasn’t as though her opponent was an average opponent, either.
It’s deeply sad. When I look at [what happened to] Hillary Clinton, it feels personal. I look at her, and I’m in mourning. I feel like America has lost, really lost. This is the president that America now will never have, and it’s worse because it feels really unfair. Had she lost to somebody who wasn’t unhinged, maybe it would be easier for me to handle, but it feels like a colossal waste of a brilliant woman.

Do you think a woman like Hillary Clinton scares people?
Oh, [definitely]. Powerful women scare people — men and women — and the root of it is simple misogyny. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been told that I’m scary, by women and men. I don’t apologize for the space that I occupy, because I feel that I am very worthy of that space, and it’s scary to people. Hillary Clinton was terrifying.

And the sad thing about it — one of the things that breaks my heart — is that I think she tried very hard to straddle so many lines, appearing to have authority, but not too much, so that she wouldn’t scare away that voter in Iowa who would then call her a bitch. I feel that’s the reason she kind of became a robot, because I could imagine that before the debates she would have 75 different voices saying to her, “All right, don’t do this, do that, be careful about appearing . . .” Those are things men don’t even have to think about.

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In the book, you advise readers not to succumb to “feminism lite.” It made me think of Ivanka Trump, who has been called the president’s chief apologist — and worse — but in the guise of a modern feminist who empowers women. Is that an accurate description of what you would call feminism lite?
Yes. Actually, I would call it many more unkind names, but I won’t. On the one hand, you know, I can see how she would love her father. What is troubling is the excusing of things I think are inexcusable. I can’t understand how reproductive rights for women are still a tenuous thing. There are people I respect whose stance on abortion is that it’s immoral and bad, but I think that’s a position to hold for yourself. I think it’s immoral to hold it for everyone else.

So now you have an administration that’s saying it’s going to defund Planned Parenthood? And why? Because it’s the “abortion provider.” Never mind that Planned Parenthood is a lifesaver for many, many, many women. Or defunding programs on the continent of Africa that, for many women who do not have access to health care, are often a way of getting contraception, ending unwanted pregnancies. Ivanka Trump going out there, defending her father, telling us that he really does care for women — it’s offensive to me. It really is.

Our prime minister, Justin Trudeau, who is a vocal, self-identified feminist, got into some hot water recently for co-hosting an event for women leaders with Ivanka Trump in New York.
Oh, I think it’s unfair [to criticize] him for participating in an event with Ivanka Trump. There’s a certain ideological purity that people insist on, and the world isn’t ideologically pure. You have to engage; you have to engage! I’m very interested in people who are not feminists, because there’s a part of me that wants to persuade. Let’s have a conversation, let’s try and make you come to my side. And to do that, you have to be open to conversations.

You talk about the importance of being angry. There’s not much space for women to be angry in our culture. It’s traditionally perceived as an unfeminine way to be. What is a healthy manifestation of anger?
Having rants when you need to, speaking up, refusing. I mean, my mother, God bless her, believes that if you are a woman and if you are having an argument, the way to win is not to be vocal. The way to win is more of a subterranean, manipulative thing. In many cultures, women are taught to channel anger into other things. I find it so unhealthy.

More women have to speak up and own anger so that, collectively, we become less judgmental of women who are that way. I think women are very harsh judges of women who refuse to be false, who refuse to perform, and it’s very much linked to the idea of being likeable, and it’s mentally exhausting.

So in Nigeria, I sometimes will just let go. You know, I’ll go to a restaurant, and I’ll feel that a waiter has been dismissive of me because I am a woman. I’ll call him back and I’m like, “Hello? You don’t get to do that. No, you need to be more respectful of women.” I just go off, and afterwards I feel better. Sometimes people are looking at me slightly strange, like, “Oh my God.” And I’m like, “Yup.” And for me, it’s that this waiter — the next time a woman comes up to him, he’s going to be a bit more careful, you know?

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Last year, you appeared in a beauty campaign for the British brand Boots. Afterwards, there were columns written about how you’d given smart women permission to like makeup and fashion by appearing in those ads. And I thought, it’s so interesting that women still feel like we need permission to like these things.
Yes, yes, yes! It’s so sad, but that’s actually one of the reasons why I did it, because I remember thinking, I like makeup, I like high heels, I like dresses. I know many women who do, and I also know many women who pretend not to, and who find ways to sort of dismiss it, or to intellectualize it in public. I’m just like, “I like high heels. They make me happy,” and quite frankly, the male gaze is irrelevant to me, because really, men don’t even get it.

I dress up and my husband looks at me and bursts out laughing. This happens a lot. He’s just like, “Why are you wearing those shoes? Are they comfortable?” and I’m like, “No. It’s not about comfort. They make me happy.” But there’s a sadness in that women still feel that pressure.

It’s pressure on both sides — pressure to amp it up and pressure to play it down, depending on the audience. Again, it’s performance. In that context, what do you think of selfie culture?
I’m not a very keen fan. I think it’s also a generational thing. I have now learned how to take selfies because my nieces, who are 18, taught me. And they also taught me that you do this [makes Kardashian-style selfie face] . . .

Suddenly, one of the biggest cultural trends for young women is to spend half their lives taking pictures of themselves.
You just said, I think, what my problem is with it. There’s so much pressure on young girls today, and it’s also linked to slut shaming. That’s why I have a problem with it.

It’s tied to that likeability question again.
Yes.

You’ve got an 18-month-old daughter now. How do you think you’ll navigate those various influences?
There are two competing things, because I want her to be a sexual person who can have desire and talk about it. But I don’t want her to feel that she has to perform for a world that tells her that there is a particular way to be sexy. So I want her to be strong. She is already playing soccer, by the way. And I think those things matter, because she’s going to see her body as a machine that does things. Not just a thing to be prettied up.

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Our Arts Critics’ Picks For This Week

Whim W’Him’s Approaching Ecstasy opens this week, and will include 40 singers, five instrumentalists, seven dancers, and a story inspired by a closeted gay man who lived in Egypt at the end of the 19th century. Bamberg Fine Art

Our music critics have already chosen the 27 best concerts in Seattle this week, but now it’s our arts critics’ turn to pick the best events in their areas of expertise. Here are their picks in every genre—from the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s production of Pictures at an Exhibition to Bite of Greece to the First Thursday Art Walk to the continuation of the Seattle International Film Festival. See them all below, and find even more events on our complete Things To Do calendar.

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TUESDAY

FOOD & DRINK

Salad for President Dinner
Given our current president, having an actual salad for president doesn’t sound so bad. For now, indulge in that sweet, sweet fantasy while enjoying this “seasonally inspired” three-course dinner by Julia Sherman, author of the Salad for President blog. That blog isn’t a rigorous documentation of every instance where Trump has uttered words that jumble together like the spring flowers, raab, and mustard frill in Sherman’s salad course, but rather a celebration of plant-based eating. However, her actual salad sounds a lot more pleasant than such Trump word-salad classics as ” I am committed to keeping our air and water clean but always remember that economic growth enhances environmental protection. Jobs matter!” This being modern America—where our president tweets misleading doublespeak on the regular and we are perpetually confused and bewildered by his nonstop assault on the environment, LGBT rights, immigrants, affordable health care, basic human decency, and pretty much everything you like—”drinks are available too.” Thank fucking God. TOBIAS COUGHLIN-BOGUE

READINGS & TALKS

Literary Happy Hour
Capitol Cider invites poets and authors to read their work to a happy hour audience ($1 off drafts before 6). This month, Patrick Milia, and Elizabeth Cooperman’s poetry will be followed by a prose reading by novelist Jennie Shortridge.

Loud Mouth Lit
This series of “fresh, local, and organic” author readings, which thrives on face-to-face interaction, is curated by playwright and fiction writer Paul Mullin. At the May edition, look forward to a reading by playwright, former Stranger staffer, and Weed: The User’s Guide author David Schmader. They add: “Admission is free, but works by authors will be on sale and aggressively hawked from the podium. Bring CASH!”

Thomas Ricks
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and New York Times best-selling author Thomas E. Ricks will share his new book Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom, a dual biography of Winston Churchill and George Orwell that explores their political and artistic battles against fascism.

TUESDAY-SATURDAY

ART

Alfredo Arreguin: Over the Rainbow
Mexican-born Seattle artist Alfredo Arreguin paints immersive, pulsating visions that blend magical realism with Northwest motifs and elements of the 1970s Pattern and Decoration movement (which some critics say he helped pioneer). Whether he paints mountain landscapes or portraits of Frida Kahlo, his glinting surfaces are teeming with so many snakes, stars, and flowers that they appear to be alive. Arreguin is represented by Linda Hodges Gallery, but this solo exhibition takes place on the mezzanine gallery of Everett’s Schack Art Center, a free regional gallery that also offers classes and studio spaces. EMILY POTHAST
This exhibit closes on Saturday.

Dakota Gearhart: Tank Hypnosis
Multimedia artist Dakota Gearhart operates in the gaps between people, plants, animals, and objects, asking, “What unites us?” In Tank Hypnosis, Gearhart answers that question with water, creating a world of video, sculpture, and images featuring “hypnotherapy aquascapes” that offer models of self-care in an increasingly toxic world. Working with aquariums and feeder fish, Gearhart calls on her own experiences with sensory-deprivation tanks, technical diving, and municipal wastewater to make visible the watery systems that envelop and intimately connect us. (And yes, she’s a water sign.) EMILY POTHAST
This exhibit closes on Saturday.

TUESDAY-SUNDAY

ART

Chris Maynard: Featherfolio
Chris Maynard has been dubbed “Olympia’s feather artist”—almost implying that every town has one, when in fact, the intricate, lattice-like patterns that he hand-cuts into each feather are one-of-a-kind. Every year, when birds shed their feathers, he collects and delicately carves the feathers using a scalpel, mounting them in shadowboxes to create pieces where the beauty of artistic form meets the function of nature. Maynard has been working with feathers since he was 12—and while it’s true he does only one thing, he does it well. Featherfolio at the Bainbridge Museum of Art will be his first solo art museum show, which will include framed work as well as site-specific installations. AMBER CORTES
This exhibit closes on Sunday.

FILM

Seattle International Film Festival 2017
The 43rd annual Seattle International Film Festival is the largest film festival in the US, with 400 films (spread over 25 days) watched by around 150,000 people. It’s impressively grand, and is one of the most exciting and widely-attended arts events Seattle has to offer. See the full schedule, buy tickets, watch trailers, and read Stranger reviews on our complete SIFF 2017 guide

THEATER & DANCE

Barbecue
Lambda Literary Award–winning playwright Robert O’Hara offers up two different families—one white, one black, both named O’Mallery—staging an interventions for their respective drug-addicted family members. Up-and-coming director Malika Oyetimein, who managed a wonderful production of O’Hara’s Bootycandy two years ago, will likely squeeze every ounce of cringe-inducing comedy from this very strong cast. Also of note: This play kicks off Intiman’s 2017 season, which was co-curated by the extremely multitalented Sara Porkalob. RICH SMITH
There will be no performance on Thursday.

Here Lies Love
David Byrne’s critically adored disco musical about the life and times of Imelda Marcos, disco-obsessed wife of Ferdinand Marcos. She danced by his side (and by Richard Nixon’s—look it up on YouTube) while his dictatorial ass terrorized the Philippines. Unlike other musicals, you don’t have to forgive this one for its melodramatic, sappy songs. The fast numbers are groovy disco bangers and the slow numbers are touching, tropically inflected twee rock/pop. Production-wise, this show will be unlike anything you’ve ever seen at the Rep. The installation of mobile dance floors will significantly change the theater’s seating situation, and the audience will be dancing (according to the demands of the dictator, of course) throughout the show. RICH SMITH

WEDNESDAY

COMEDY

The Shadow Council
The “mudpie lobbed into the halls of power” known as Brett Hamil’s Seattle Process show has been so successful that it now has a spin-off: the Shadow Council‘s panel will lead the “people’s legislative body” to vote on proposals, which will be submitted afterwards to elected officials.

READINGS & TALKS

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor: From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation
Taylor, assistant professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, wanted to know why Black Lives Matter was becoming popular now, “when we’re living through the biggest concentration of black political power in American history,” she told Ansel Herz in an in an interview last year. She wrote her book, #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation, to explore that question, and also to write about the possibility of the movement widening its scope. Can a nonhierarchical organization focused on police brutality and mass incarceration create social change on a larger scale? This talk is your chance to ask her. RICH SMITH

Scaachi Koul with Lindy West
Senior Buzzfeed culture writer Scaachi Koul’s new book, One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter, is a series of funny but poignant essays about life as a first-generation Canadian Indian, covering everything from clothing nightmares to college parties to a fear of flying to the nuances of Indian weddings. As Publishers Weekly writes, “The specifics of Koul’s life are unique, but the overarching theme of inheritance is universal, particularly the vacillation between struggling against becoming one’s parents and the begrudging acceptance that their ways might not be so bad. Koul’s deft humor is a fringe benefit.” Lindy West, one of the funniest people in town, will lead the conversation.

WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY

THEATER & DANCE

Dreamgirls
Village Theatre presents Tony- and Grammy Award-winning musical Dreamgirls (not officially about the Supremes’ rise to fame, but containing many parallels) which was made extremely popular by the 2006 film starring Jennifer Hudson, Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy, and the inimitable Queen B. Come for Motown tunes, commentary about celebrity, dramatic ultimatums, and flashy dance numbers.

Sueño
La vida es sueño is a mesmerizing 17th-century verse play by Pedro Calderón de la Barca about free will, fate, and the human condition—and Sueño is a modern translation and adaptation by award-winning playwright José Rivera (who wrote plays including Marisol and References to Salvador Dalí Make Me Hot, and adapted the screenplay for The Motorcycle Diaries). This production is directed by Book-It founder Jane Jones.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
ArtsWest presents Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, a musical offering murder, cannibalism, and barbershops—plus songs that are creepy, catchy, quick, and witty.

THURSDAY

ART

First Thursday Art Walk
Once a month, Seattleites flock to the streets in Pioneer Square for a chance to stroll, sip on booze, and attend as many art openings as possible at First Thursday. It’s the city’s central and oldest art walk, and takes place in a historic neighborhood known for its abundance of galleries. Wine and hobnobbing will steal the scene for some, but at its core, it’s an impressive communal unveiling of new artwork. In June, don’t miss opening receptions for Christopher Buening’s (Guerrilla Ceramica), ¡Cuidado! The Help, Gaylen Hansen’s New and Select Work from the Past, Paul Komada, and Rene Almanza, Isauro Huizar, and Alexis Mata (Ciler): Vessel.

And Not Or Opening Reception
Every library, like every art collection, contains only a fraction of possible works—a reflection of curatorial choices that decide which narratives get told (or omitted). For And Not Or, a selection of artists (including Wynne Greenwood, Joe Rudko, and Ryan Feddersen) chose artworks from Seattle University’s Lemieux Library to be rehoused at the Hedreen Gallery for the duration of the exhibition, to be accompanied by books chosen by artist Abra Ancliffe. In turn, these artists will replace the missing library objects with their own artworks, to be accompanied by “labels” crafted by poet Natalie Martínez. It’s a complex maneuver, sparking dialogue about context, inclusion, and interesting accidents. EMILY POTHAST

FOOD & DRINK

Guest Chef Night
FareStart is a fantastic organization that empowers disadvantaged and homeless men and women by training them for work in the restaurant industry. Every Thursday, they host a Guest Chef Night, featuring a three-course dinner from a notable Seattle chef for just $29.95—this week, it’s chef Ethan Stowell.

READINGS & TALKS

Seattle StorySLAM
A live amateur storytelling competition in which audience members who put their names in a hat are randomly chosen to tell stories on a theme. Local comedians tend to show up, but lots of nonperformers get in on the action as well. This week’s theme is “mystery.”

THURSDAY-SATURDAY

THEATER & DANCE

…And Starring Claire from Hollywood
Set in a little seaside town, Jim Moran’s …And Starring Claire from Hollywood presents a play-within-a-play premise about a D-List Hollywood star taking a role in a local production of Noël Coward’s 1930 play Private Lives. In that play, a couple gets divorced, they each meet new partners, and they go on their honeymoons—only to discover they’re staying at the same hotel. Presented by Macha Monkey Productions: “producers of fearless, funny, female theatre.”

Lydia
Octavio Solis’s critically acclaimed Lydia is billed as a ghostly, intense, Miller-esque domestic drama about a young maid who cares for and communes with a teenager who wound up in a coma under mysterious circumstances. Many critics seem haunted (in a good way!) by the play’s magic, and by the way it refracts Miller’s obsession with the American dream through the prisms of seven brilliantly rendered Latino characters. The dean of Yale School of Drama, James Bundy, called it “one of the most important plays of this decade.” This is the kind of dark, language-driven material Strawshop always pulls off with aplomb, and may very well be the low-key hit of the spring season. RICH SMITH

THURSDAY-SUNDAY

THEATER & DANCE

Grand Concourse
Grand Concourse, written by Heidi Schreck and directed by Annie Lareau, is a play about the way the group dynamics in a Bronx soup kitchen change when a new hire arrives.

The Realistic Joneses
The Realistic Joneses is a precisely-titled realist play about two neighboring couples with the last name Jones, written by playwright Will Eno (whom Charles Isherwood at the New York Times called “a Samuel Beckett for the Jon Stewart generation”). The Realistic Joneses earned a number of accolades and some rave reviews on Broadway in 2014 for its humorous, character-driven take on illness, marital life, and intimacy. This production is presented by New Century Theatre Company and directed by Paul Budraitis.

FRIDAY

THEATER & DANCE

Spin the Bottle
This is Seattle’s longest-running cabaret and has seen just about everything—dance, theater, comedy, paper airplanes, tears, stunts, music, romance—from just about everyone.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY

COMEDY

Outer Rim: An Improvised Space Western
Improv artists will take you on a long-form trip through deep space. No two performances will be the same, but every night the crew will have to employ all their hyperdrive and wiles to survive as they hop from planet to planet “on the fringes of civilization.”

FOOD & DRINK

Weekend in Walla Walla
SeaCreatures is the restaurant group headed by culinary force of nature Renee Erickson, who owns Barnacle, The Walrus and the Carpenter, Bar Melusine, Bateau, and General Porpoise. On June 2 and 3, join SeaCreatures and Woodinville-based winery àMaurice for a weekend in Walla Walla, packed with lots of things to eat and drink. Saturday night’s dinner (created by Erickson) will be family-style and will be held in the vineyard. The dinner will include pairings from àMaurice Cellars.

THEATER & DANCE

Pictures at an Exhibition
This Pacific Northwest Ballet program includes Balanchine’s 1968 ballet La Source (with music by Leo Delibes, and originally created for renowned French ballerina Violette Verdy), NYCB ballet master and Broadway legend Jerome Robbins’ 1979 ballet Opus 19/The Dreamer, and finally, what looks to be the highlight of the production: Alexei Ratmansky’s 2014 ballet Pictures at an Exhibition. The music is by Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky, inspired by his tour of a memorial exhibition for artist, architect, and designer Viktor Hartmann. Each musical number comments on an individual piece of art by Hartmann, and this production promises to pair the music and dance with geometric images by Russian painter Wassily Kandinksy. At the very least, it’s an ambitious attempt to seamlessly merge dance, music, and visual art inside a new piece of choreography (whose history goes back centuries).

THEATER & DANCE

Whim W’Him presents Approaching Ecstasy
According to press materials, Approaching Ecstasy “incorporates 40 singers, five instrumentalists, and seven dancers and is inspired by the poems of Constantine Cavafy, who lived as a closeted gay man in Egypt at the end of the 19th century.” When the show opened to critical acclaim back in 2012, City Arts‘ Rachel Gallaher described Whim W’Him artistic director Olivier Wevers’s choreography as “passionately driven.” Eric Banks and the Esoterics sing the poems in Greek along with music (a throwback to the lyre-accompanied poetry readings of yore) and then read them in English. If great choral music and dance don’t do it for you, then go for the poems of Cavafy. In his erotic poetry, he’s the loneliest of the lonely boys, and while reading him, you can feel how constrained he was by the homophobia of his time and place. Read “Half an Hour.” Read “The Next Table.” RICH SMITH

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

FESTIVALS

Bite of Greece
Try authentic coffee, pastries, and other food and drinks at this free festival that will also feature Greek dancing and a Greek marketplace.

SATURDAY

ART

LISTEN: It’s a Sound Show
LISTEN is an immersive, one-night-only exhibition presenting a dynamic and complex range of works that foreground the act of listening as a key element. Featuring stationary artworks, sound installations, live performances and spoken word, LISTEN aims to ask who (or what) we listen to, and why. EMILY POTHAST

The Seattle Pancakes & Booze Art Show
That’s right, hungry thirsty art-starved pancake aficionados, this show’s got everything you need: 70 or more artist vendors, a free pancake bar, DJs, and body painting.

Robert Hardgrave: Pulp Artist Talk
If you’ve been following visual art in Seattle for any length of time, chances are you’ve come across the work of Robert Hardgrave, even if you didn’t know it. He works in a variety of 2-D media—painting, drawing, toner transfers, the leftover “pulp” from those transfers—to create a body of work that is as colorful and effusive as it is distinctive. Visually, Hardgrave’s style hovers somewhere between ancient petroglyphs and something you might see in a high-end skateboard shop, but like most images, these are things that are better seen than described. Pulp, an exhibition of new work at Studio E Gallery, is your chance to see them for yourself—and this artist talk is a chance to learn about them. EMILY POTHAST

FOOD & DRINK

Brewshed Beer Fest
Tipple beer from 18 breweries and help out the Washington Wild environmental nonprofit, which helps establish permanent wilderness and wild and scenic river designations.

Charles Smith’s First-Annual Jet City Rosé Experience
Fun fact: Together, France and the US consume nearly half of the annual 594.4 million gallons of rosé produced globally. It’s clear we like the stuff. If you’re a true rosé habitué, you’ll practically cry with joy when you attend local winemaker Charles Smith’s first annual Jet City Rosé Experience this summer, an event celebrating the pretty pink liquid that we love so much. Alongside Smith will be a bevy of wineries, including Analema, Amavi Cellars, Avennia, Bartholomew Winery, Bieler Pére et Fils, DeLille Cellars, Doubleback, EFESTE, Elk Cove Vineyards, Gramercy Cellars, J Bookwalter Winery, Julia’s Dazzle, Mark Ryan Winery, Milbrandt Vineyards, Pacific Rim, Seven Hills Winery, Syncline Winery, Tranche and W.T. Vintners. The Rosé Experience will also feature live performances from Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Wanda Jackson, famed singer John Doe and The Dusty 45’s. And because rosé actually isn’t its own food group (it’s easy to forget), five local food trucks (El Camino, The People’s Burger, Snout & Co., Where Ya At Matt, and Cheese Wizards) will be onsite to satiate your alcohol-induced hunger pains.

Summer of Rosé Kick-Off Party 2017
This past spring, our dear city broke its 122-year-old record for most rain ever—and we’re only now just starting to emerge from the past eightish months of sogginess. Celebrate this glorious fact with an equally glorious beverage—everyone’s favorite, rosé. Bottlehouse will throw a “kick-off” party in celebration of the wine, complete with over 25 selections of different rosés from around the world, a DJ, raffles and VIP giveaways, and special menu options. Plus, we hear the patio will be open.

QUEER

Arthaus 3.0 Finale with Tatianna
Version 3.0 of Kremwerk’s drag-queen battle royale/dance party is upon us. Teams of hilarious and artsy queens will compete for bragging rights, shade throwing rights, and the right to play puppet master at the following year’s Arthaus series. As I predicted, Betty Wetter, Cookie Couture, Miss Americano, and Khloe5X of Halfway Haus won the series last year, and they’ll be hosting and picking the themes this year. For this season finale, the three finalist houses will compete, with Halfway Haus hosting and performances by Cookie Couture, Betty Wetter, Americano, and Old Witch, with special guest Tatianna from RuPaul’s Drag Race. French Inhale will DJ. Drinks will be had. RICH SMITH

READINGS & TALKS

Jack Straw Showcase Open House
For your small donation to the Jack Straw writing residency program, you’ll have the chance to see and hear a diverse lineup of poets, African drummers, dancers, and musicians, including Etienne Cakpo-Gbokou of Gansango Dance Ensemble, Shin Yu Pai, the Steve Griggs Ensemble, the Fisher Ensemble, Cello X, and many others.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

ART

Strange Coupling
A UW School of Art tradition for over a decade, Strange Coupling pairs up working artists with current UW students to create collaborative artworks and community connections. This year’s roster will include the work of 12 artist pairs curated by Brian J. Carter, Tim Detweiler, Greg Kucera, S. Surface and Emily Zimmerman. EMILY POTHAST

SUNDAY

COMEDY

Weird and Awesome with Emmett Montgomery
On the first Sunday of each month, comedy, variety, and “a parade of wonder and awkward sharing” are hosted by the self-proclaimed “mustache wizard” Emmett Montgomery.

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Remembering Gregg Allman

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Gregg Allman died of liver cancer at 69. Photo: Richard E. Aaron/Redferns/Getty Images

Jam bands aren’t known for their vocals. Most tout a singer (or two) and songs with traditional verses and choruses, but really, jam-band songwriting is an exercise in drawing up blueprints for the many forms a composition can take onstage every night. The Grateful Dead lucked out with Jerry Garcia, who sounded enticingly soulful and worn beyond his years, and Phish does well with Trey Anastasio, who sells every line on boyish charm. But for every one of those, there are a hundred bands who seem to have hired their singers by drawing names out of a hat. It’s par for the course, since most of the point of seeing jam bands live is to get God-high and enjoy the elite-level improvisation. You don’t go to Moe for hot buttered soul. The golden exception to the rule, of course, is the Allman Brothers.

Gregg Allman wasn’t a born singer. He took on the role out of necessity; his brother Duane called him up one day as he finished up contract session work in California (following the demise of the brothers’ early band Hour Glass) effectively ordering him to come back East and sing for the brand-new band he’d just put together. You can hear naïveté in the honey-throated howls of the 1969 The Allman Brothers Band’s “It’s Not My Cross to Bear” and “Dreams,” two songs from the first batch of compositions Gregg brought to the fledgling unit. He sounds unsustainably strong, like a man charging toward an inevitable collapse. The attack is a little too forceful for the setting. The pain in his lyrics seemed lived in. It brought an earnest, believable rawness to the task of matching the white heat of a band with dueling guitarists and drummers.

Though his voice was powerful, Allman was the rare singer that waved off the spotlight in his flagship band, a team player who bristled till the very end at even being called a star. (“We don’t use the words ‘rock and roll star’ around my house,” Allman told the Chicago rock radio station 93XRT in an interview last summer.) He picked up the organ after teaching Duane guitar because he recognized his brother’s skyrocketing talent and the edge a secondary instrument would give them in forming a band. Gregg was happy to hang back and lay out Hammond grooves while his guitarists took the lead, from the Duane era to the ’ 70s stretch where the Allman Brothers Band was essentially Dickey Betts’s outfit on through the Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks incarnation. (Gregg’s solo stuff is just as important to appreciating his easygoing charm. He let his folk and soul instincts fly on those, cutting beautiful, laconic renditions of “Midnight Rider” and “Please Call Home” on 1973’s Laid Back and live takes of “Dreams” and “Queen of Hearts” on 1974’s The Gregg Allman Tour that felt like floating.)

The Allman Brothers Band might’ve been peculiar in structure — longtime drummer Jai Johanny “Jaimoe” Johanson says Duane cribbed the two drummers bit from James Brown — but it was a revolution in style and substance. The effortless, radical slipperiness of the Brothers’ mix of blues, jazz, rock, soul, and country still feels like a wizard’s trick. The legendary Fillmore East recordings of “Hot ’Lanta,” “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed,” and “Whipping Post” sound like the work of three different bands at their exalted peaks. It’s astounding that the band that made the jazzy, jammy “Les Brers in A Minor” and “Blue Sky” could also pull moves like the smooth, yearning “Melissa” and the quiet folk of “Little Martha” on the same album. The Allmans are said to have lit the match that sparked the Southern rock explosion, but leaving it at that feels reductive. For a stretch in the early ’70s they’re not just Southern rock innovators, they’re one of the best bands to walk the earth of any stripe. Great Allman jams dispensed with pesky constructs like time and genre, radiating weird waves between players and throughout auditoriums.

Gregg and Duane’s creative pliability was borne out of a South in slow but necessary flux in the ’50s and ’60s. By day, segregation relegated innovative black artists to the backwoods roadhouses and juke joints of the chitlin’ circuit while Elvis and the like got to be the face of the new rock and roll. Overnight, rebel DJs at the Nashville radio station WLAC piped all the hottest singles from black artists out to an audience that stretched from the South to the Midwest. The Allmans respected not just black art but black players; as kids, Gregg and Duane got lessons from an older black guitarist their mother once refused to allow into her home, and later, they caught hell having Jaimoe and bassist Lamar Williams in their ranks in their adopted home state of Georgia. “If a musician could play, we didn’t look at his skin color,” Gregg wrote in his 2012 memoir My Cross to Bear.

“Nobody around here had seen guys who looked like them,” soul food legend and friend of the band Mama Louise Hudson said in Alan Paul’s 2014 oral history One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band. “A lot of the white folk around here did not approve of them long-haired boys, or of them always having a black guy with them.” Southern rock occupied a peculiar axis of Mason-Dixon pride and reverence to blues and soul veterans who were hampered and harangued by the politics of the South. Gregg always pushed back. He didn’t placate audiences’ blind patriotism and racism the way Charlie Daniels and Hank Williams Jr. have. Last year, he spoke out against North Carolina’s transphobic “bathroom bill,” and when asked about the confederate flag in 2015, he told Radio.com, “If people are gonna look at that flag and think of it as representing slavery, then I say burn every one of them.”

As much as brotherhood and thoughtfulness color Gregg Allman’s legacy, so, too, does pain. Loss seemed to plague the singer from birth. Gregg’s father was murdered by a hitchhiker when he was a toddler. His band was rattled at its peak by the losses of Duane Allman and bassist Berry Oakley in two motorcycle crashes just about a year apart along the same stretch of Macon, Georgia, road. It’s easy to feel cursed in circumstances like those, but Gregg turned to music to pull him through. “I played for peace of mind,” Allman told Cameron Crowe in a 1973 Rolling Stone profile. Excesses, loss, substance abuse, drug busts, and label troubles derailed him more than once, but the minute you counted Gregg out, he’d mine beautiful art from his adversity. A voice and a mind that couldn’t be silenced by the worst struggles life can offer doesn’t stop resonating in death. He lives anew every time we press play.

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Six Books to Put on Your Summer Reading List

Cults, immigration, and haunted homes—check out these upcoming titles by local authors.

Books on a raft in a pool
Photo: Colleen Durkin

1 The Readymade Thief

Augustus Rose

The University of Chicago professor makes his debut with the heady tale of Lee Cuddy, a homeless teenage girl enmeshed in a Philadelphia cult that worships the Dadaist painter Marcel Duchamp. August 1, Viking

2 The Wrong Way to Save Your Life

Megan Stielstra

In her second essay collection, Stielstra addresses campus gun laws, a former job leading a CV-writing class, her grungy onetime Logan Square loft, and a catalog of failed romances. It’s Stielstra at her best: wryly funny and brutally honest. August 1, Harper Perennial

3 Lessons on Expulsion

Erika L. Sánchez

“In Chicago, we live in basements—the rattle / of heaters, jaundiced paint,” writes Sánchez in a poem that recounts her parents’ trip across the Mexican border in the trunk of a Cadillac. Though the subjects of her first collection range from the Tepehuán Revolt to narcotrafficking, Sánchez’s poetic lens stays fixed on the immigrant experience. July 11, Graywolf Press

4 The Grip of It

Jac Jemc

In Jemc’s latest, a compulsive gambler and his wife buy a small-town home that ends up haunting them. Alternating between their points of view, Jemc digs into the precariousness of modern marriage. August 1, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

5 A Surprised Queenhood in the New Black Sun

Angela Jackson

The Chatham poet toasts her forebear Gwendolyn Brooks (who would have turned 100 in June) in this biography-cum-hagiography that tracks six decades of Brooks’s life, from her childhood in Bronzeville to her role in the 1960s Black Arts movement. May 30, Beacon Press

6 The Answers

Catherine Lacey

Lacey sets her novel in a dystopian world where a woman takes a job tending to a famous actor’s relationship needs by posing as his “emotional girlfriend.” The plot may sound bizarre, but Lacey’s prose paints a bleak and wholly human picture of modern romance. June 6, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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A Tale of One Woman, One House, and 50,000 Pieces of Black History

Elizabeth Meaders admits she’s a bit “eccentric.”

It takes seeing the world a bit differently to live with some 50,000 pieces of historic African-American items and memorabilia — literally in every room — of her modest five-bedroom house in New York City. Walking the halls, browsing each room, the basement, garage, and closets is a journey through history, and an extraordinary learning experience.

Starting with her dining room table, Meaders highlights a medal honoring Crispus Attucks, the first American to die in the American Revolution, then letters written by Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., and several American presidents. There are heavyweight boxing championship belts from Muhammad Ali, Ken Norton, Mike Tyson and more. Shackles and restraints worn by slaves, battle gear worn by civil war soldiers, even a hood and burned cross representing the KKK.

“It shows what the challenge was for those who were trying to catapult all the hate,” the retired school teacher explained. “These are unique treasures from the African-American history trust. Each one of them a talking point and a documentation of important African-American history.”

Perhaps the most obvious question that comes to mind is, “why?” Why are these treasures in your home, and not on display in a museum?

“I come from a family where African-American history is very important,” she explains noting that her family can trace its genealogy to the 1700s, and that her great-great grandfather was the last slave freed on Staten Island.

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“I know the significance of this neglected history,” she went on to say, criticizing the nation’s schools for not teaching enough African-American history. “This has been a chore and a challenge I gave to myself and it has been a labor of love.”

Image: Elizabeth Meaders owns some 50,000 pieces of African American historic items Image: Elizabeth Meaders owns some 50,000 pieces of African American historic items

Meaders walks through her collection in her home in New York City. NBC News

As the tour continues Meaders points out flyers rallying passengers for the Montgomery bus boycott, Cab Calloway’s baton, a crutch carried by a wounded civil war soldier etched with war cries: “We’re fighting for liberty…” There are slave branding irons, a picture of an African-American family at the St. Louis fair in 1902, Jackie Robinson’s American Legion hat, and much more.

Meaders claims she has been collecting items every day for the past 50 years, at memorabilia shows, from dealers, sitting in her rocking chair browsing catalogs, you name it. An appraiser who took a look estimated the value at $10 million.

“I’ve spent every penny I have, every penny I hope to have, every penny I ought to have,” Meaders proclaimed, adding that she’s refinanced her house a few times, and run up quite a bit of debt.

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A civil war medal named for General Benjamin Butler, a white general who led a force of black soldiers into battle. Kuhr Elizabeth

Her most prized possession is a civil war medal named for General Benjamin Butler, a white general who led a force of black soldiers into battle at a time when just about all of his colleagues refused to. Butler was said to have been so impressed with the soldiers, that he used his own money to buy extremely rare medals at Tiffany’s — only about 200 exist.

Why is it so precious to Meaders? “Because it’s the essence of who we are as a people,” she explains, reflecting on the troops’ bravery and valor. “Somebody has recognized it.”

But now, as the years have gone by, Meaders has come to realize it’s time to let go. She’s had offers to purchase parts of her collection. She has loaned items to museums. But she has refused to break-up what may be the most comprehensive collection of African American history assembled by a single person.

“It’s a journey through the African-American experience. That’s how it was developed and that is the purpose,” she said. “The impact is the word comprehensive.”

Finally, Meaders took a comfortable seat at her kitchen table. Arranged before her were very personal contents of a time capsule that had been inserted into a Boston building in 1890 by members of an African-American arts group that owned the building.

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“When the building was torn down these things went into an auction. I jumped at it,” she explained.

Inside the capsule were business cards identifying the owners, various documents and writings about their lives, and a small centuries-old black Bible.

Meaders put on her glasses, took a deep breath and began to read a message scrawled on the first page: “May the truth it contains last when this structure shall have crumbled to dust,” Meaders read, her voice cracking with emotion, her eyes filling with tears.

For her, that’s what her collection — her life’s work — is all about: the truth about the African-American experience.

“May this collection exist when Elizabeth Meaders has crumbled to dust,” she whispered, hoping someone would hear.

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The Visual Storytelling of Black Life in America

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What does black history look like?

We may think it looks like grainy black-and-white photographs of people screaming, striving, and surviving. Or maybe it looks like old black-and-white newsreel footage from some untold vintage, perhaps digitally restored for the modern age. No matter the source, we may think it’s supposed to be steeped in reverence, of such stately presence that it requires we bow and remove our hats before regarding it.

But what if it looked like art? What if it looked urgent and contemporary, even as it reached back to those historic events? What if it recalled that history, but welcomed us into it in a language we’re accustomed to speaking? What if it looked like now? Those are questions three recent and otherwise totally dissimilar works ask us, in their use of visual elements to recall bygone times.

We begin with a work no American should need any visual compliment to approach: The Souls of Black Folk, which remains in my humble estimation the first book anyone seeking to understand black American life ought to read, and a basic requirement of civic literacy, 114 years after the fact. The richness of W.E.B. Dubois’ prose, scholarship and memoir needs no amplification from me, nor does its sadly continuing relevance. His estimation that the most vexing American problem of the 20th century would be the color line has extended into the 21st century, with no resolution any closer at hand.

Aside from Vann R. Newkirk II’s of-the-moment introduction (“The demands of the Black Lives Matter movement and the rejection of respectability politics in much of current black art and cultural criticism are animated by the understanding that double-consciousness is a traumatic psychic burden”), what sets the current volume apart are the illustrations between DuBois’ essays by Steve Prince. The stark detail of his black-and-white linoleum cuts highlight the universal aspects of DuBois’ assertions, and further connect what is essentially a collection of 14 disparate essays held together initially by DuBois’ references to black spirituals.

A two-page illustration in front of the chapter “Of the Dawn of Freedom” provides a stark introduction to DuBois’ examination of Reconstruction, when post-Civil War hopes for actual black freedom lived briefly before being brutally dashed. A black man holding the sign “CONTRABAND” is being marched along, flanked by someone marked as Warden and another scowling man marked as Massa. Above the action, two white hands separate the panel, searing apart silhouettes of black figures looking and reaching into the future.

Elsewhere, Prince’s renderings hint at both the roots and branches of black musing, and the weight of responsibility and task a young black scholar faces. The final drawing, introducing the essay “Of the Sorrow Songs”, all but sings those songs on its own. A chorus of upraised voices, some in sorrow and some in plaintive plea, is restrained by a bowed figure seemingly trying to hold them back. But there seem to be too many of them, and they are singing too fervently, and they are too many in number, for such efforts to last forever. That’s a wonderfully appropriate metaphor for DuBois’ location of the hope inside black spirituals: “They are the music of an unhappy people, of the children of disappointment; they tell of death and suffering and unvoiced longing toward a truer world, of misty wanderings and hidden ways.”

Where DuBois’ tone and subject matter might be a bit esoteric for readers not familiar with 19th century American history, Newkirk’s introduction makes the connections clear, and Prince’s art makes them palpable. If there’s a young reader or student who’s yet to encounter this seminal text, start them off with this new, vital version.

At a different point in the spectrum of vitality lies Fire!!, Peter Bagge’s colorful comic biography of the irrepressible Zora Neale Hurston. Bagge hits the sweet spot of any comic biography, a growing genre he’s helping to define: Fire!! is both informative to read and fun to look at and enjoy.

Granted, he had good material to work with: Hurston (1891-1960) packed an awful lot of living into her life and work. Born in the black settlement of Eatonville, Florida, Hurston became enamored with storytelling—both hearing stories, and relating her own spins on them—at an early age. She ran with the Harlem Renaissance crowd in the ‘20s, but was a little too earthy for many of their tastes. Her collegiate studies in sociology, funded by wealthy white benefactors, laid the groundwork for her research into the lives of rural blacks, much of which was supported by Works Progress Administration during the New Deal. It was also during this time when she wrote her beloved novel about that milieu, Their Eyes Were Watching God (1934). Its success established Hurston as a literary star, but there would be much more to her life than that.

Their Eyes Were Watching God is another one of those books every American ought to read, even with Bagge’s quoting from it and much of Hurston’s subsequent fiction, fieldwork and journalism. But Fire!! is a worthy and entertaining effort on its own, as it captures every facet of Hurston’s life, from her lovers (such as they were) to her lonely death to her eventual rediscovery, spearheaded by Alice Walker in the ‘70s. He draws extensively from Valerie Boyd’s extensive Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston and other bios in laying out the who-what-when of her life. But his drawings reveal the “how”—settling on yellow as her signature color, rendering both her curiosity and feistiness in vivid humor and loving respect. Fire!! is a good deal more vivacious than his Margaret Sanger comic bio, Woman Rebel, but that may simply be because Hurston’s life was vivacious in the first place.

As a comic bio, Fire!! provides entrée into Hurston’s world in a manner that the deeply researched bios don’t. While this approach might not work for every seminal black artist, it’s a great match here, especially for younger readers who aren’t up for scholarly works.

While comic bios aren’t exactly new, comic journalism is growing in use and stature. Six Days in Cincinnati, Dan Mendez Moore’s account of 2003’s racial unrest in the Queen City, shows how this burgeoning genre can lend a sense of immediacy to journalism-as-history’s-first-draft. This zine-like volume, originally published in 2012 with a far less direct title (a reference to a Mark Twain joke about Cincinnati’s backwardness), reminds us of an incident that happened years before Black Lives Matter—and also that the issues Black Lives Matter raises didn’t just start a couple of years ago.

On 7 April 2001, Cincinnati police attempted to arrest 19-year-old Timothy Thomas, who had racked up a string of traffic offenses. Thomas ran, but was eventually shot by a patrolman in pursuit. Thomas was unarmed. He wasn’t the first black man to suffer such a fate there in recent times. This time, though, was different.

Protests arose in the working-class Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, and spread throughout the city. For the next week, Cincinnati was in the national spotlight, as the protests brought attention to issues that had long been festering. The rhythm of events we’ve seen play out in more recent years—police misconduct, citizen outrage, high-profile investigations, and officers on trial—happened here, at a time when the inequalities that came to the fore weren’t a topic of national discussion.

Moore, a participant in the protests, understands the city, and his after-the-fact reporting captures the mood of the streets that week, including asides from key players like Rev. Damon Lynch and not-so-key players like a looter named Frost. While the riots were major news then, they escaped reference in the litany of post-Ferguson incidents. Six Days in Cincinnati isn’t the most skillfully drawn piece of comics journalism, but it’s immediate and thorough enough to help contextualize the long history of black reaction to police violence.

Neither Fire!! nor Six Days in Cinncinati rise to the level of the masterful John Lewis trilogy March, but few pieces of graphic history and biography have to date. Their presence, though, indicates that there’s more than one way to tell a story, and also that there are many stories out there that could stand a fresh telling. As the new version of The Souls of Black Folk suggests, the potential for the visual storytelling of black life is almost as vast as black life itself.

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With less than six months to go in the mayoral race, a study by the Citizens Budget Commission shows New Yorkers are generally happy with their city—or at least as happy as they were in 2008.

More important, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s opponents will have a hard time running on crime issues or exploiting his vulnerability on the problem of homelessness.

Ironically, whites are the most pleased with their city, but they are the group that most dislikes the mayor.

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The CBC hired the National Research Center to duplicate a 2008 survey it conducted for the city government. Almost 10,000 city residents responded by mail, an impressive number for such a project.

A majority, 51%, viewed the city positively and 63% gave their own neighborhood a thumbs-up. (This is similar to how voters disparage Congress but give their own representative high marks.)

The key numbers involve crime, homelessness and race. On crime, 85% said they feel safe in a park or playground, 80% on the subway and 70% walking in their neighborhood at night. Good luck to challengers claiming the mayor has not kept the city safe.

Only 14% approved of the services for the homeless, a decline from 2008 and the lowest score in the survey. The question that needs to be asked is whether the Republicans vying to take on de Blasio can tap into that concern.

The mayor won in 2013 on his “tale of two cities” theme, and the CBC survey shows clearly that African-Americans and Hispanics believe they live in the wrong one. The question is the same as that on homelessness: Can Republicans take advantage?

My piece in Monday’s print edition (online Sunday) will look at the state of the mayor’s race.