163 Stranger (Than Usual) Things To Do in Seattle This Week: Nov 13-18, 2018

Face of Winter, the Green Lake Gobble & Mashed Potato Munch Off, and More Unusual Events
November 13, 2018
No one captured the magic of winter slopes better than the late, great ski and snowboarding filmmaker Warren Miller. Celebrate his legacy by watching pro athletes travel around the world to the mountains Miller loved the most at screenings of Face of Winter this weekend. (Cam Macleod)
Our arts critics have already recommended 70 great things to do this week and our music critics have picked the 35 best music shows, but there are still hundreds more events happening. To prevent some of the quirkier and more extraordinary ones from slipping through the cracks, we've compiled them here—from Trans Awareness Week events to the Green Lake Gobble & Mashed Potato Munch Off, and from the Seattle Anarchist Book Fair to Recklessly, Headlessly: A Robyn Party. For even more options this week, check out our complete Things To Do calendar.

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1. #IMomSoHard: Mom's Night Out Round 2
Momweb stars Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley will make mimosa-fueled jokes about parenting and such.


2. Meaningful Movies: Soldiers of Conscience
Meaningful Movies presents Soldiers of Conscience, in which eight U.S. soldiers reveal their moral dilemmas with regards to war.

3. Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope
See a screening of Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope—a documentary about the dangers of toxic stress—and then stick around for a discussion. 


4. Extraordinary Women Trivia Night
Test your knowledge of influential women throughout history at this night trivia. 

5. Trivia Tuesday: '90s Disney
If you've recently rewatched Aladdin, Snow White, Peter Pan, or any other Disney movie made in the '90s, you're as ready as you're gonna be for this trivia night. 


6. Avant (Baroque) Garde
If any part of the classical music canon could be considered cool, it would be this portion of avant-garde composers like Castello, Marini, Rossi, and Jarzebski, who tore apart traditional conventions during the Baroque period. Hear some of their works performed by local musicians.

7. Vienna Boys Choir
The Vienna Boys Choir, an internationally renowned preteen sensation for more than 500 years, bring their dulcet tones and confusingly adorable sailor suit outfits to Seattle for a night of childlike reverie, Austrian folk songs, vignettes from classical masters, and well-loved pop songs.


8. Cary McClelland: Silicon City
Cary McClelland writes about how the Bay Area is being drastically transformed by the Silicon Valley tech boom in Silicon City, which he'll read from tonight. 

9. Cassandra Overby: Explore Europe on Foot
See Europe without looking through a dirty window with the help of Overby's hiking guide, which includes itineraries in Belgium, France, Italy, Germany, Great Britain, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and Turkey.

10. Pint-Sized Science: Marine Debris
Learn all about various types of aquatic debris from Nir Barnea of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Marine Debris program. 

11. Science for Curious Simpletons: Pain in the Brain
In layperson's terms, Dr. Atom, Ph.D. will talk about mental health from a neurological perspective.



12. Peggy, the Plumber Who Saved the Galaxy
In the year 3732, Peggy, a plumber-in-training at Universe University, attempts to stave off an intergalactic war with the help of an AWOL military pilot. This sci-fi comedy was written by Marcus Gorman and Jacob Farley.



13. Ingersoll Gender Center Presents: Trans Awareness Week 2018
In honor of Trans Awareness Week, the Ingersoll Gender Center invites trans, non-binary, and all gender-diverse community members to participate in a week of discussions and special events, including the Ingersoll Volunteer Open House (Tues), a Pre-Support Group Snacking Session (Wed), a Healthcare Access Vision Community Feedback Session (Thurs), and a Meet and Greet for Trans Healthcare Providers (Fri).


14. The 35th Annual Olympia Film Festival
The 35th Annual Olympia Film Festival will work with the theme “Inclusion, Independence, Discovery,” with 50 features and shorts created by a diverse range of filmmakers and artists.



15. AiR Salon
Amazon Artists-in-Residence Markel Uriu and Henry Luke, both artists of color, will lead a presentation that sheds light on the residency program, Shunpike, and ACES: Artists of Color Expo & Symposium.


16. Dialing Back Climate Change with Carbon Farming & Blockchain
For this round of Climate Science on Tap, drink beer while panelists discuss techniques for locking carbon up in soils; the development of a new marketplace for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere; and the role of blockchain technology in the process.


17. DiVe - Mystery Movie Night
Take a chance on a movie at this mystery screening, and enjoy drinks and lots of a la carte options.


18. Author Talk: Apéritif by Rebekah Peppler
Steal the French custom of the apéritif (cocktails and bites after work and before dinner) with Rebekah Peppler's new book featuring recipes for classic and modern libations and French-inflected bites. Peppler will chat with local author Molly Wizenberg while guests enjoy a drink and snack from the book, followed by a book signing.


19. Fall Voices Performing Arts Showcase
Enjoy an evening of poetry, songs, dancing, and other performances by Path with Art students—people recovering from homelessness, addiction, and other trauma—at this showcase. 


20. Barry M. Andrews: Thoreau Lives!
Calling all Thoreau fans: Author and retired minister Barry M. Andrews, allegedly a longtime expert on American Transcendentalism, will be joined in conversation by Seattle historian Robin Lindley about his new book, Transcendentalism and the Cultivation of the Soul. 

21. Clerestory Reading Series
Naomi Beeman, Erin Langner, Eric Martz, and Jessica Mooney—all contributors to local lit collective COAST|noCOAST—will gather for a night of readings. 

22. Seattle Science Slam #14
Ready your applause for Lyda Harris as she talks about the impact of microplastic on marine mussels in the Salish Sea; Kaitlyn D. Lacourse as she talks about how bacteria are weaponized against other bacteria; and Melanie Anderson as she talks about nano-drones that can sense odor. The scientist whose research presentation gets the most enthusiastic audience response will win. 


23. A Day of Reparations to African People
The Uhuru Solidarity Movement's Seattle Branch will pay tribute to the struggle of African people in the U.S. and around the world to "reclaim power over their lives and resources." Ohuru leader and African People’s Socialist Party leader Chairman Omali Yeshitela will give a keynote speech, along with Chairwoman Penny Hess of the African People’s Solidarity Committee and others. 


24. Climbing, Board Games, Brews
Climb a wall, eat a snack, play a board game, and drink a beer (all for a half-price day pass) in support of Tech Access, whose work is based on the belief that "every student deserves access to a high-quality public education, regardless of race, neighborhood or income."



25. Historic Flight Presents: Aircraft Aerodynamics
The years between 1927 and 1957 saw many important developments in the field of aerodynamics, making aircrafts generally safer and easier to handle. David Lednicer will discuss these advancements using the Ryan NYP "Spirit of St. Louis," which was able to transport one crew member nonstop from New York to Paris, as an example.



26. Chop Challenge: Recycled Textile Art
Artists transform damaged Eileen Fisher textiles into original textile works.
Opening Wednesday

27. My Other Story
Di Faria, Carol Hershman, Elinor Maroney, Leslie Moon, and Olivia Zapata's ceramics, glass, woodcuts, and jewelry are on display for your admiration.
Opening Wednesday


28. Jane Eyre
The classic of Gothic literature will receive its second theater treatment of the year—but this one is a Tony-winning 10-person "chamber musical version," likely to be more avant-garde than Book-It's. Music and lyrics by Paul Gordon.

29. The White Snake
ReAct Theatre will bring you a musical production of Mary Zimmerman's adaptation of a Chinese myth. A white snake spirit in human form falls in love with the man Xu Xian and, together with White Snake's friend Green Snake, the couple opens a pharmacy. But trouble comes in the form of a rage-filled monk. The cast will, for the first time, be entirely Asian American, with music by Stevan Tran.

30. The Witching Hour
Occultists gather in an esoteric library and conjure the monsters of Harm, Loneliness, Failure, Filth, and Chaos in this spooky dinner show created by Terry Podgorski and Erin Brindley. They promise scares, beautiful design, and a touch of kitsch.



31. Campfire: Improvised Ghost Stories
Your suggestions will fuel the campfire at this night of creepy improv.


32. Gregory Awards Celebration
Congratulate the Seattle Public Theater on their Gregory Theater of the Year Award by drinking beer. Mention SPT to the bartender and they'll donate $1 per pint to the theater.


33. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Premiere Party
Wear a costume to this opening screening of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (the new sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) at the IMAX theater, and be sure to arrive early to enjoy happy hour specials, a "Touch a Cockroach" activity, and more fun.

34. Film & Panel: LIKE
This documentary film aims to "inspire people of all ages to self-regulate their technology use" by promoting balance. Stay on for a panel discussion after the screening.

35. Reel Rock 13
Experience athletic adventures from the comfort of the indoors at this sampling of films from the Reel Rock Film Festival, including Age of Ondra, Up To Speed, Queen Maud Land, and Valley of the Moon. 

36. YĹ«gen: A Connections Movement Film, Presented by The Approach
The "mountain-based documentary" Yūgen follows the adventures of snowboarding mountaineer Rafael Pease. Watch a screening, drink beer, and enter raffles. 


37. Author Talk: Catalan Food by Caroline Wright
Hear local food writer Caroline Wright talk about her new book Catalan Food and her time in Spain with chef Daniel Olivella, try a small bite from the book, and purchase a signed copy.

38. Judith Dern: The Food and Drink of Seattle
Judith Dern covers the history, culture, and cuisine of Seattle—focusing largely on Pacific Northwest Native communities—in her aptly named book, The Food and Drink of Seattle. She'll share some of her findings at this reading.

39. VineArts
Support the creative people recovering from homelessness, addiction, and other trauma through Path with Art by enjoying food and wine pairings, voting on "mystery wines" from local wineries, and gazing at glass art.


40. Concert in Seattle's Best Kept Secret
Enjoy an intimate (secret-until-you-get-there) acoustic performance steeped in a "Rococo-meets-Wes Anderson aesthetic." 

41. Poland’s Centennial Concert featuring Janusz Olejniczak
Polish pianist Janusz Olejniczak will perform works by the great Polish composer Frédéric Chopin commemorating the centennial of Poland's independence and the 100th Anniversary of Seattle's Polish Home Association.


42. Recklessly, Headlessly: A Robyn Party
Dance on your own (or with your friends) as local weirdo geniuses Arson Nicki and Michete celebrate the release of Robyn's new album with a dance party and special performances every half hour.


43. Chris Impey: Einstein’s Monsters—The Life and Times of Black Holes
At this Town Hall event, astronomer Chris Impey will divulge what he knows about the most mysterious objects in the universe, black holes, as outlined in his new book, Einstein’s Monsters—The Life and Times of Black Holes. He'll address questions like: "What happens if you travel into a black hole―instant death or something weirder?" 

44. David Stoesz: 17 Resentment Court
Join a Seattle writer for a book launch party of his raunchy new crime novel, 17 Resentment Court. While supplies last, you will also receive a copy of the zine 61 Stories with your purchase of the book.

45. Let's Talk About Death with Michael Hebb and Lesley Hazleton
For this Town Hall event, local "cultural instigator" and author Michael Hebb will talk about his new book, Let’s Talk About Death (Over Dinner): An Invitation and Guide to Life’s Most Important Conversation, in conversation with Chase Jarvis.

46. Lightning Talks
Local marine and ocean scientists will give five-minute talks about a variety of prevalent aquatic issues while you enjoy hors d’oeuvres, dessert bites, and boozy drinks.  


47. The Big Fake Wedding
Married-people-to-be can get a wedding test run by experiencing tons of vendors in action at this faux reception. 


48. Going Deep Series: An Evening with NWAC
If you love skiing and snowboarding but want to educate yourself about avalanche statistics before heading to the slopes this season, head to this lecture to gain some new tips and tricks before your next backcountry outing. 



49. The Monster Hunters
A group of cryptozoologists pursue a mysterious beast (what kind of beast? Who knows, it's made up on the spot!) in this improv adventure.



50. Alonzo Bodden
After his triumph on Season 3 of Last Comic Standing, Bodden went on to act in Scary Movie 4 and other movies. Hear him tell jokes live.


51. Connie and the Precious Moments present: Confessions After Midnight
Ms. Connie Merlot, backed by pals René and Joyce, will warm your Seattle evening with a song-filled take on '80s erotic thrillers.

52. The Liberation
In Catherine Wiley's play, a former professor flees the college where a sex scandal cost her her job and tries to start over in Paris with a lover from her time in grad school. This play was first performed at Seattle Playwrights Salon.

53. Love and Information
Caryl Churchill's play about relationships in the information age will be performed by 10 Seattle Pacific University acting students taking on 100 roles in 50 short scenes. 

54. Rhinoceros in Love
This section of avant-garde Chinese playwright Meng Jinghui's tour features Rhinoceros in Love, a play written in 1999 in collaboration with Jinghui's famous playwright wife, Liao Yimei. It has nine editions and has been presented in 89 countries and regions including Australia, Italy, France, New Zealand, South Korea, and Taiwan.



55. Collective Conscience
The art cooperative invites past and current members to contribute work under $100 to this non-themed exhibition. All the pieces are ready to take home, and you can also buy an issue of the second Collective Conscience comics and illustrations anthology.
Opening Thursday


56. Conduct of Life
This play draws parallels between household work and "the work of the state" by telling a story of an "ordinary home" in an unspecified Latin American country plagued by violence and abuse.

57. Framed
Art criticism's stakes grow unnaturally high in Y York's play about love and rivalry amongst two artists and their husbands, one of whom is a mob boss, the other a wannabe made man. A production by Snowflake Avalanche.

58. Lonely Planet
In Steven Dietz's play, two friends at the height of the AIDS epidemic begin to fear the outside world so much that they isolate themselves completely.

59. Men on Boats
In this Cornish production of Jaclyn Backhaus's playful critique of colonialism and conventional history, women and non-gender-conforming people recreate the 1869 Powell expedition along the Colorado River. Directed by Bobbin Ramsey.



60. Teen Night Out
Teens will rule the Seattle Art Museum for a night of live DJs, art tours, live music and performances, workshops, and artist-led activities inspired by Peacock in the Desert: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India.


61. Rita Rudner
I sort of have a soft spot for Rita Rudner, one of standup's most lasting relics. Never quite able to volley the mic stand for more lucrative endeavors in Hollywood, Rudner remains a Vegas staple of the same shtick that placed her on so many HBO reruns in the late '80s. ZAC PENNINGTON


62. Advance Directive Disco
The daunting task of writing an advance directive (a statement of a person's wishes regarding medical treatment, often including a living will) will be made more fun thanks to trained helpers, a notary, snacks, a disco ball, and a live DJ.

63. The Appetite Podcast Launch Party
Celebrate the launch of Opal: Food + Body Wisdom's Appetite Podcast, which will address topics relating to food, body, and mental health. 

64. Holiday Open House
Get the first look at the Volunteer Park Conservatory's annual holiday display and meet hard-working elves. Plus, enter a raffle to win a model train, enjoy 20 percent off gift shop items, and eat cookies.

65. Swansons Holiday Party
No need to wait until after Thanksgiving to begin your holiday festivities—this fundraiser for the Ballard Food Bank promises holiday shopping from local vendors, festive music, holiday chocolate samples from Theo Chocolate, wintery brews from Stoup Brewing, and more.

66. Women Talk Climate: A Celebration
Over the summer, Washington Women for Climate Action Now dispatched a team to document the stories of women who are leading their communities in environmental activism. This evening, see documentary film shorts of interviews with the women—including a doctor who left retirement to power her neighborhood on solar energy—at this celebration.


67. Downtown Kirkland Holiday Wine Walk
Explore downtown Kirkland's galleries and boutiques while you sip wine samples from tons of Washington wineries. Wear a holiday sweater.

68. Hot Cakes Turns 10
It's been 10 years since Autumn Martin, the founder of Seattle's ever-popular Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery, sold her first Take & Bake Molten Cake in a jar at the Ballard Farmers Market. To celebrate, the first 50 people in line at the Ballard location will receive a custom tote bag designed by local artist Larua Burkhart, filled with gifts from local shops like Filson, Patagonia, Rachel's Ginger Beer, and others. They'll also be serving up a special "birthday cake molten cake" (a spin on their classic molten cake made with housemade confetti cake, sprinkles, dark chocolate sauce, Frankie & Jo's molten cake ice cream, freshly whipped cream, and a candle) all weekend long at both locations.


69. Adult Swim: Magic and Awe
Sip a boozy beverage and wander through the Hands On Children's Museum to experience optical illusions, immersive experiments, and more magic. 

70. Sasquatch Summit
Bigfoot believers can immerse themselves in two days of Sasquatch-affirming lectures, video, photo, and audio footage, vendors, and much more. It claims to be "one of the largest bigfoot conferences in the world."


71. Avian Invasion, Guests
House/trance DJ Avian Invasion will spin his debut release for all the furries out there and anyone else who likes techno. DJs Dobermann and Ezo will provide additional support.

72. Bootie Seattle: ’90s Mashup Night
DJs Tripp and Skiddle will resurrect hits across genres by your favorite '90s bands, from Nirvana to Spice Girls to Alanis Morrisette to Snoop Dogg. 

73. Kalimba: The Spirit of Earth, Wind & Fire
I like my tribute groups ambitious, damn it. Tackling the big-band funk and celestial soul of Earth, Wind & Fire involves serious arranging, playing, dancing, and falsetto-singing skills. The nine-member-strong local ensemble Kalimba, the Spirit of Earth, Wind & Fire definitely have EW&F’s many hits down to a science, but what I really want to know is this: Do they play the amazing early stuff that didn’t tear up the radio, like “Bad Tune,” “Energy,” “Drum Song,” “Zanzibar,” or anything off the Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song soundtrack? I'm not finding anything online to suggest they are. Those were the real kalimba-tastic works, you know. DAVE SEGAL

74. Laser Queen
The beams of light that go off in your mind when you're listening to Queen will be externalized at this laser show. 


75. Good Co's Kickstarter Countdown Dragtacular!
Local drag performers Timmy Roghaar, Abbey Roads, and Vincent Miley will celebrate their newest album, So Pretty, with a dance party. 

Avant-garde Chinese theater director Meng Jinghui will open his West Coast tour in Seattle with I LOVE XXX—the first of four experimental plays.

77. Justin Willman
Here's your chance to see the comedian, magician, and host of Cupcake Wars, King of Cones, and his own Netflix special, Magic for Humans, work his sorcery in person. He's done it for Obama's White House, he'll do it for you!

78. Reboot Theatre's Test Kitchen
Beloved local drag queen Butch Alice will mesh "Pink Floyd aesthetics" with The Wizard of Oz in this new performance. 


79. Benjamin Schmitt: Soundtrack to a Fleeting Masculinity
Pushcart-nominated poet Benjamin Schmitt will host a night of readings and music alongside poet Jason Kirk and singer-songwriter Nate Manuel.

80. Brandon Mull: Dragonwatch
Brandon Mull, the author of the Fablehaven, Beyonders, and Five Kingdoms fantasy series, will read from his latest book, Dragonwatch, about a world that's threatened by draconic dominion.

81. evo Women's Speaker Series
Meet professional women in the snowboarding industry—Anon Optics's Hillary Van Hauer and Burton Snowboards' Ali Kenney and Lesley Betts—for a discussion as part of Burton's Women's Speaker Series.

82. Jessica Rae Bergamino: Unmanned
Poet Jessica Rae Bergamino will celebrate the release of her debut collection, Unmanned, by giving a reading with special guest poet Rae Gouirand. 

83. Martin Limon: The Line
Two 8th Army CID agents spark international conflict when they remove a battered corpse they found a few feet north of the line dividing North and South Korea in the 1970s. Hear more from The Line at this reading with Martin Limon. 



84. Afterlife: Life & Death…Improvised
UP Improv will reveal what lies behind the curtain between life and death in this lighthearted comedy show about "death, dying and how we choose to live."

85. Nick Guerra
You may have seen Guerra on Last Comic Standing, Gabriel Iglesias’ Stand Up Revolution, or the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. See him tonight in the flesh.

86. The Tommy Lama Experience
Tommy Lama, who has won the Seattle International Comedy Competition, spoofs "get rich quick" scams, life coaching personalities, and self-help celebrities in this live bit. 


87. Beyond the Frame—To Be Native
For National American Indian Heritage Month, join authors and historians in examining the work of Edward S. Curtis, who's famous for his photographs depicting Native American life.


88. Face of Winter
Gear up your mind for snowy mountain slopes by watching a screening of the ski and snowboard film Face of Winter, about the late Warren Miller and his snow-sport legacy. 


89. Laser Pearl Jam
Pearl Jam fans can experience the music of the local grunge pioneers jazzed up with laser art. 


90. Batman: The Animated Striptease
The undeniable sexiness of Batman is celebrated with a striptease, featuring an original script by Scarlett O'Hairdye and Jacob Farley and a lineup of Seattle burlesque and circus stars. 

91. Casa Patas Flamenco: Reditum
José Barrios and dance company Casa Patas (one of Madrid's best flamenco companies) present this evening of energetic and emotional flamenco and Spanish dance.

92. Paul Lazar: Cage Shuffle
Paul Lazar of New York's Big Dance Theater will perform his solo dance Cage Shuffle, in which the artist engages with the work of John Cage.



93. Holiday Express Train and Poinsettia Display
The holiday train will return to the Volunteer Park Conservatory to weave its way through festive poinsettias, and enter the Holiday Train Raffle while you're there to win a RailKing Steam Freight Train set or a “Ready to Run” O-Gauge toy train set.

94. Ninth Annual Port Gamble Ghost Conference
Amateur ghost hunters can take classes, sit in on panel discussions, and participate in paranormal investigations at this three-day conference in the ghost-riddled town of Port Gamble. 


95. Too Much Information
These nine short plays by local writers Patty Carlson, Lyn Coffin, Josephine DeLellis, Karen DeMasters, Oneda Harris, Chris Mathews, Jorj Savage, and Donna Van Norman cover everything from "grammar nazis" to "lost drivers."



96. Statix One-Year Anniversary Party
Revel in the existence of this young, offbeat gallery with free food and drink, discounted art to buy, live music, and giveaways.

97. Vision 20/20
Forty-six artists have each created nine eight-by-eight artworks for sale. Claim your favorites for some early holiday shopping. 


98. Aila Slisco Talks About Lunch | Chris Yoon | Tony Morse
For Solo Performance Month, stand-upper-about-time Aila Slisco will discourse on an important topic in a bit fully entitled "Aila Slisco Talks About Lunch For Longer Than You'd Like"; Chris Yoon, who's known for going on first dates onstage, will perform; and Tony Morse will do a piece.

99. Growing UP: A Funny Improv Fundraiser
Raise money for Underwrite UP Improv’s youth program and support arts outreach for low-income students by enjoying some improv about growing up by Unexpected Productions troupes.

100. Miscast
Funny and spontaneous performers are paired with actors following a script to reshape scenes from real movies that the improvisers aren't familiar with in this series directed by John Carroll. Tonight, see the "It's Not TV" showcase. 

101. Paul Reiser
Paul Reiser (of Aliens, Stranger Things, and The Little Hours fame) will tell funny stories, perhaps in anticipation of the Mad About You reboot destined for 2019.


102. Calendar Launch Party with Seattle Humane
Seattle Humane will celebrate the launch their adorable 2019 calendars by sending some of their adoptable cats and dogs to Issaquah via the MaxMobile. Ask questions about taking home a pet forever and snap some photos in a fall-themed photo booth. 

103. Empty Bowls
Choose a nifty handmade bowl from a selection of about 1,000 and then eat some soup (served in a separate bowl) at this annual fundraiser for the Emergency Food Network. 

104. Pynk Party by One Million Tampons
One Million Tampons, whose goal is to ensure that everyone has access to menstrual hygiene products, has collected one million tampons! To celebrate, they'll throw a party complete with food, drinks, silent auctions, and live performances by the After Midnight Cabaret, Corey James Clifton, and Push4luv. Be sure to bring boxes of hygiene products to donate to help them keep their mission going. 

105. Wow in the World Pop Up Party
Join Wow in the World podcast hosts Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas and the Pop Ups (creators of the “Wow in the World” theme song) for a science-themed show aimed at kids.


106. Holiday Wine Fest
Sample and purchase Northwest wine, cider, and spirits paired with local food offerings.


107. Provocative or Problematic: Revisiting Classic Film Through a Modern Lens
For this installment of TheFilmSchool's quarterly education series Problematic or Provocative, which revisits classic films, see a screening of Mel Brooks's 1974 satire Blazing Saddles. You'll want to stick around afterward for a discussion on the film's legacy with its screenwriter, Norman Steinberg. 


108. 6th Annual Rye Beer Festival
This beer fest is 100 percent dedicated to "rich and spicy" rye brews, with a tap list of over 20 beers featuring rye (including some brewed especially for the event, like Roggenbier, American Brown, American Rye, Yirgacheffe Rye, and Rye Crush).

109. Bitter is Coming Party
Prepare yourself for the harsh winter with special one-off crowler releases like Salted Caramel Cerne Dark Lager and more. Plus, tour Chainline Brewing's facilities.

110. HDC Capitol Hill Grand Opening Festivities
Greet the grand opening of the award-winning Heritage Distilling Company with music, a ribbon cutting ceremony, tastings, discounts, and more.

111. Onesie Bar Crawl - Seattle
Slip your arms and legs into a singular garment for this wild annual bar crawl.

112. Tea-Infused Ice Cream Pop-Up
Spend the afternoon tasting tea-infused ice cream treats at this pop-up with the Milk and Leaf Collective.

113. Washington Distillers Festival
Fight the cold by sipping samples of local handcrafted spirits from distillers like Copperworks, Heritage, Woodinville Whiskey Co., and others. Bid in a silent auction to win distillery tours, special tastings, and limited-edition bottles. 


114. Do Peterson Band Plays Stevie Wonder
The many-membered local soul/funk tribute group Do Peterson Band will play your favorite songs by living legend Stevie Wonder.

115. Dysko Mystik: DYR, The Ohmu
Indulge in some late-autumn spookiness by entering "a twilight zone of electronica" with DYR (who will spin his newest single, "Dysko Mystik") and the Ahmu.

116. It's Britney B*&$# Part 2
Matt Dela Cruz, Erin Bednarz, Stephanie Bull, Elise Campello, and others will lead a cabaret performance dedicated to the music of Britney Spears. 

117. JK Pop!
Temporarily cast away your sadness with bouncy K Pop DJ sets by HOSTBOI and Mooncakes, with K Pop drag performances by Atasha Manila, Christian Brown, and Kylie Mooncakes. 

118. A Night for Four Drummers
Four drummers will perform solo works inspired by identity. 

119. No Chill: '90s-'00s Hiphop and R&B Throwback Party
It seems the '90s and early aughts indeed have no chill. Give in to the decades' sartorial and musical prevalence with a night of hiphop and R&B throwbacks from DJs Paco and Chetbong.


120. HINT! A Burlesque Murder Mystery
Olympia burlesque troupe TUSH! presents a night of Clue-like scandal, seduction, and cold-blooded crimes in this murder mystery show with special guests Jill Marissa and INGA. 

121. Layer Cake
Hear readings of the brand-new theater piece The Secret and Impossible League of the Noösphere, a retro sci-fi taking place at the Chicago World's Fair. This is part of the Live Girls! theater development program.

122. The Stunt Dogs
Chris Perondi (aka "the Stunt Dog Guy") and his agile canines have been featured on Oprah, Animal Planet’s Pet Stars, and other popular programs. See them jump through hoops, spin around in circles, and balance on things at this live show.

123. two hours
Alexandra Madera's Seattle premiere performance is about the relationship between her and her alcoholic mother, the passage of time, and "the inevitable loss that results from the disease."

124. A Zodiac Drag Show
The stars are aligned for a WEIRD astrology-themed drag show hosted, as ever, by Old Witch and Londyn Bradshaw.


125. Artist Talk with Henry Lien and Fong-Chi Lien
Nebula-nominated author Henry Lien and his father, photographer Fong-Chi Lien, will share their personal stories about immigration and how these experiences have influenced their respective works.

126. Asia Talks: Power and Pleasure in Indian Painting
A trio of eminent scholars—Dipti Khera (NYU), Debra Diamond (Freer/Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institute), and Yael Rice (Amherst College)—will delve deep into various aspects of 16th- to 19th-century royal arts of Rajasthan, including "power and pleasure, piety and play, real and imagined spaces," during this symposium. Make sure you see the exhibition that this lecture accompanies: Peacock in the Desert: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India. 

127. Jeanne Marie Laskas and Friends
In To Obama: With Love, Joy, Anger, and Hope, Jeanne Marie Laskas gives a voice to all those who wrote letters to President Obama—who "engaged with such mail more than any president to date"—while he was in office. Join her in reminiscing/crying about the good old days at this reading. 

128. Saturday University: Classical Persian Music
Discover the oral traditions and improvisational qualities of classical Persian music from Behrooz Alavi, Sarang Amirtabar, and Ali Ghaemmaghami at this Saturday University lecture. 

129. Storyteller Sondra Segundo
Haida writer, artist, and performer Sondra Segundo will present an evening of songs and stories in celebration of Native American Heritage month. 

130. Susan Rich, Valerie Wallace, and Lisa Wells
This poetry reading features poets Valerie Wallace (winner of the PEN USA Award for Poetry), Susan Rich (winner of Margaret Atwood's Atty Award), and Lisa Wells (winner of the 2017 Iowa Poetry Prize).

131. Writing for Procrastinators
Learn how to stop procrastinating and become a real live writer with Hugo House instructor Beth Slattery.

132. Year of the Chimera: Unusual Story Concepts and Forms
Hear a discussion by eminent, award-winning sci-fi writers Curtis Chen (Waypoint Kangaroo), Ted Chiang (Stories of Your Life and Other Stories), Henry Lien (Peasprout Chen), and Caroline M. Yoachim (Seven Wonders of a Once and Future World & Other Stories) on story forms that diverge from the template. Yang-Yang Wang will moderate.


133. A Capitol Affair One-Day Shopping Event!
Support local womxn-owned businesses in Chophouse Row like Moo-Young - Concept Shop, Ghost Gallery, Good Weather Bicycle & Cafe, Knack, Zorro Vintage, and others by entering raffles and shopping one-day-only deals. 



134. Julefest
The Nordic Museum has long hosted this winter celebration of the Yuletide (this will be the 41st year, in fact), but this will be the first Julefest in their new and improved space. Adults over 21 can enjoy a fully stocked Scandinavian bar, while the kids can enjoy arts, crafts, and a visit from Santa. Scoop up some Nordic prizes in the raffle or the silent auction.


135. Seattle Festival of Trees
Every year, the historic hotel celebrates the winter season with a fancy dinner, caroling, an impressive display of decorated trees in their lobby, and a teddy bear suite.


136. Lady M Pop-Up Boutique in Seattle
Pick up your pre-ordered Signature and Green Tea Mille Crêpes from Lady M at this pop-up. Cakes will be distributed flash-frozen for the first time so that they can be thawed for all your holiday dessert needs. 


137. Crystallography Gem + Mineral Market
If you're need of some mystical healing, shop from over 50 crystal, gem, and mineral vendors, visit tarot readers, psychics, and "crystal intuitives," and enjoy live painters and DJs. 

138. Russian Bazaar
Shop for gifts from local Russian artists and fill up on treats from pelmeni to borscht.

139. Seattle Anarchist Book Fair
For its 10th year, the Seattle Anarchist Book Fair will gather radical authors, publishers, and workshop leaders for the intellectual anti-capitalist struggle. Pick up some books and make new friends to criticize the state with.



140. Pop + Hiphop: Hip-hop Is All Around Us
Get an education on hiphop's evolution, its diverse voices, the arts and fashion movements it's sparked, and more of its influence beyond music by checking out Tupac's handwritten essay penned in 1992, "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death," seeing dance performances curated by Tracey Wong, hearing music by DJ crew NW Portablists, seeing a fashion show, and making your own graffiti art. 


141. Fat Chance! | One Scary Story | Dan Pike
In "Fat Chance!," Alexandra Kronz will tell her story of becoming a professional dance instructor despite prejudice against her body type; Larry Hohm will tell a scary story by Rosemary Timperley (not gory, but not for kids); and Dan Pike will recount a tale. This is part of Solo Performance Month.


142. Turkey Toss
How do the zoo's carnivores react to a raw, store-prepared turkey lunch? See for yourself at this annual Thanksgiving enrichment. 


143. Shin Godzilla: Pork Filled Productions Fall Fundraiser
Enjoy a screening of Shin Godzilla, a 2016 reimagining of the kaiju movie, as part of the series UNLEASHED: New Pulp Stories for the 21st Century. 


144. Captain Paul Watson Meet and Greet
At the second annual fundraising dinner for Sea Shepherd Seattle, which aims to protect and conserve our oceans, partake in a buffet of seasonal, local, and vegan Thai food (with no fake meat) from Kati Vegan Thai and get the lowdown on campaign updates from Sea Shepherd's Captain Paul Watson.

145. Mkt. Lamb Feast
Tuck into a sumptuous family-style supper from chef Jessica Rudell highlighting lamb in a myriad of preparations, from lamb tartare to strozzapreti with lamb ragu to grilled lamb leg.

146. Season Cookbook Dinner with Nik Sharma
Join Nik Sharma, a food writer and photographer who runs the blog A Brown Table, for a special curated dinner inspired by his new cookbook Season, which tells his story of moving to the U.S. as a gay immigrant from India and was recently selected as one of this fall’s best cookbooks by the New York Times.


147. Lake City Record Show
Go nuts at this free annual sale featuring over 50 tables of records, CDs, sheet music, memorabilia, and "other music-related goodies."

148. Vintersong Nordic Holiday Concert
Celebrate Seattle's sisterly bond with Nordic countries and get excited for the holiday season with a concert by soprano Reidun Horvei and pianist Inger-Kristine Riber, traveling all the way from Norway. They'll be joined by Seattle-Bergen String Quartet for a program of "yuletide favorites" and original arrangements.


149. C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert
Max McLean will embody the famed theologian author of the Chronicles of Narnia, The Screwtape Letters, and Perelandra.

150. Gender Fierce
Witness the diverse talents of local youth across the LGBTQ+ spectrum.

151. Gothic Barbie Drag Haus Presents: Dream Haus
Gothic Barbie Drag Haus, a competing group in ArtHaus 5.0, present their first variety show, Dream House. Expect homages to old-timey horror movies, pastel accents, and gaggles of witches. 

152. Les Etoiles: A Benefit Celebrating the Art of Cabaret
This annual fundraiser hosted by Arnaldo! drag chanteuse and featuring the talents of Angie Louise, Gabrielle Nicole, Joanne Klein, John Engerman, the Sirens of Swing, Sweet Spot Combo, Valerie Piacenti, and Aleksa Manila benefits the Pacific Northwest Cabaret Association. 

153. Morgue Anne & Puckduction Presents: Suggestive Snacks—A Burlesque Cabaret
A big cast of slinky snackers will serve you up sexy visual treats. Mx.Pucks A'Plenty will host. 

154. Trivia Puppet Company Presents: Fuoco in Grotta
Trivia Puppet Company present Forethought, based on the legend of the mighty titan Prometheus, as well as "Peppercorn" at their show Fuoco in Grotta.


155. Fonda Lee and Emily Suvada
In this joint reading, science fiction writers Fonda Lee and Emily Suvada will share their most recent works (Cross Fire and This Cruel Design, respectively).

156. Human Rights From the Bottom Up with Professor William Talbott
University of Washington professor William Talbott will lead a discussion on "the basis of human rights." Specifically, he'll explain why human rights are "the result of a centuries-long process of moral discovery."

157. Lorraine McConaghy
Learn about Washington State's role in World War I by reading a script from Washington at War: The Evergreen State in World War I out loud with public historian Lorraine McConaghy. 

158. The McLellan/O’Donnell Living History Series with Clay Jenkinson
Even if you think you don't know Edward S. Curtis, you've no doubt seen his famous photographs depicting Native American life. In this talk, author Clay Jenkinson will present on the artist's life and work and will use a working model of the camera that Curtis used. 

159. Memoir: The Stories We Know by Heart
Reagan Jackson, a journalist at the South Seattle Emerald and the Globalist as well as a poet and children's book writer, will conduct a workshop on memoir.

160. Short Stories Live: The History of Seattle
Local actors will read excerpts from books by black and indigenous 20th-century writers (including Horace Clayton’s autobiography Long Old Road, Betty Macdonald’s Anybody Can Do Anything, and John Okada’s No No Boy) at Short Stories Live.


161. Gratitude Yoga
Resident yoga instructor Morgan Zion O'Friel will lead an hour-long, all-levels yoga class with proceeds benefitting Children's Miracle Network. Tickets include a cocktail from the bar. 

162. Green Lake Gobble & Mashed Potato Munch Off
Run a 5 or 10K around Green Lake, then re-energize by entering a mashed potato munch-off at the finish line—it is the week before Thanksgiving, after all.

163. Pineapple Classic 5K
If you don't think climbing tire walls and gliding down a giant slip n' slide will distract you from your winter blues, how about accomplishing both of those tasks while attempting to hold a giant pineapple? That's what you can expect at this annual 5K. 

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