Stranger Than Usual

65 Stranger (Than Usual) Things To Do in Seattle This Week: January 7-12, 2020

The No Pants Light Rail Ride, a Muppet-Themed Burlesque Show, and More Unusual Events
January 7, 2020
The No Pants Light Rail Ride will return this Sunday after a one-year hiatus, inviting any and all pant-wearers to remove said pants, board a Light Rail car, and refrain from acknowledging fellow skivvy-clad transit riders should they cross paths. (No Pants Light Rail Ride 2020)
Our arts & culture critics have already recommended 42 great things to do this week and our music critics have picked the 23 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‚ÄĒfrom the tabletop gaming festival OrcaCon Add to a List to a film adaptation of The Legend of Joan of Arc Add to a List with puppets, and from the Muppet-themed burlesque show All Felt Up: A Jam Hands-In Experience Add to a List to the No Pants Light Rail Ride Add to a List . For even more options this week, check out our complete Things To Do calendar.
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  1. Kevin Shinick: Rise of Skywalker Add to a List
    Years after the disappearance of Luke Skywalker, a teenage boy living in the Star Wars galaxy starts having visions sent to him by the Force (or so his grandmother believes). Hear Kevin Shinick read from his sci-fi YA spinoff.
  2. Mikaela Kiner: Female Firebrands Add to a List
    In this "solutions-oriented guide" from Mikaela Kiner, 13 professional women across industries and backgrounds share their experiences with sexual harassment, unfair pay, and otherwise inequitable treatment in the workplace.

  3. Looking for more things to do? Check out our comprehensive calendar to see listings for every event in Seattle.



  4. SIFF Movie Club: Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Add to a List
    SIFF's monthly movie club will continue with Pedro Almodóvar's 1988 breakout hit Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, which includes a post-film discussion at the Uptown Hophouse (where you'll get a discount on menu items when you show your ticket stub).
  5. GEEK

  6. Harry Potter Trivia Add to a List
    Faye Fearless Trivia and Worthwich School will bring 70 original questions about Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (the books and the movie). 
  7. Marvel Cinematic Universe Trivia Night Add to a List
    From Iron Man to Avengers, any Marvel Cinematic Universe material is fair game at this geeky trivia night. A food truck will be onsite for your snacking needs. 
  8. Seattle Science Slam #22 Add to a List
    For this edition of Science Slam, Diana Gergel will discuss how using climate models can help us understand changes in snow and permafrost at high latitudes. Then, Erin Yang will explain how biology relies on symmetry to build complex molecules that make up and sustain our bodies. Finally, Patrick Rice will reveal how decomposing the observed neurophysiological signal in a set of subcomponents to understand individual cognitive processes. You know the drill‚ÄĒcheer and clap the loudest for your favorite presenter.¬†
  9. MUSIC

  10. Cinéma du Sound Add to a List
    Satisfy your craving for both sound and visual stimulation as local DJs score an array of "image-based films and movies" for a night of "visions and vibrations."  
  11. Living Room Live: La Fonda Add to a List
    Get cozy with sister-led sextet La Fonda, who will whisk you away with their dreamy jams full of '60s "surf-esque" guitars and swoony synths.


  13. The Rivals Add to a List
    George Mount will direct Richard Brinsley Sheridan's 18th-century comedy of manners, full of false identities and well-meaning deceptions, and, as the producers say, "duels, dandies, deceptions, and dudes with daddy issues." It's the play from which the term malapropism is derived, thanks to Mrs. Malaprop, a comic character who uses the wrong words that sound like the right ones. The more you know!

  15. Monster Mash Up Add to a List
    In this very cute collaboration, Franklin High School ceramics students have transformed 2D monsters drawn by John Muir Elementary School pupils into clay sculptures.


  17. Danger Buffet: A Comedy Show! Add to a List
    Local comics Samantha Rund, Andrew Frank, Stéphanie Nam, Lucas Johnson, and Gretta Gimp will bust your gut with a smorgasbord of jokes. 

  19. Clutter-Free Living Add to a List
    Learn to Marie Kondo your life in the new year with this workshop led by Elise Hay of Organized Sanctuaries. 
  20. Yuuge Bernie 2020 King County Kickoff Rally! Add to a List
    Join members of Bernie Sanders's 2020 campaign team (including Bernie 2020 Washington State Director Carin Chase and Bernie 2020 Washington State Field Director Shaun Scott) and local leaders for a party to kick off the campaign for the March 10 primary. 
  21. FOOD & DRINK

  22. Break Your Resolution with Ayinger Add to a List
    You're invited to cast aside your pledges to be better in 2020 by drinking Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock, a rich Bavarian specialty lager. Offset your karmic balance by bringing a donation for the University District Food Bank (you'll earn a prize if you donate).
  23. Georgetown Bodhizafa Inauguration Party! Add to a List
    For the second year in a row, Georgetown Brewing's wildly popular IPA Bodhizafa has been elected the crowd favorite during Beveridge Place's Hopvemberfest, earning it a permanent spot as the house IPA. Watch it ascend to its official position at this inauguration ceremony, and try other Georgetown brews.
  24. Prueba de Vinos Add to a List
    ¬ŅHablas espa√Īol? Flex your language muscles while you sip three wines (albari√Īo, garnacha, and tempranillo) and make new friends at this wine tasting from Ol√© Caf√©, which aims to help patrons practice their Spanish conversation skills. Tapas and trivia will be available, too.

  26. The Detention Lottery Add to a List
    In this educational and interactive theater project, you or your randomly selected fictional family member from the audience will be detained and have to stand before an immigration judge, who will determine your fate.

  28. BeWild with Sharon Wood: First North American Woman on Everest Add to a List
    In 1986, Canadian climber Sharon Wood became the first woman from North America to summit Mt. Everest via the treacherous West Ridge. Tonight, she'll share stories from her 70-day journey as written in her new memoir, Rising: Becoming the First North American Woman on Everest.
  29. Dean Burke: Tacoma and the Sea Add to a List
    Tacoma resident and local environmental preservation advocate Dean Burke, who has appeared on NPR/KUOW's The Wild and TEDxTacoma, will share stories and photos of the South Sound's natural waters.
  30. Kiersten White: Chosen Add to a List
    In the second installment of Kiersten White's YA series set in the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Nina continues to learn how to use her slayer powers against evil enemies. The author will be joined in conversation by Shaun David Hutchinson (We Are the Ants). 
  31. Tara Sim: Scavenge the Stars Add to a List
    In this YA fantasy revenge tale, described as a "gender-swapped The Count of Monte Cristo," a young woman resorts to deception to punish the man who hurt her family. Author Tara Sim will visit Seattle for a reading. 
  32. SEX & DATING

  33. Seattle Dating App Happy Hour Add to a List
    The Seattle Dating App, which allows you to see people close to you and thus avoid matching with someone who lives somewhere in Washington only accessible by boat, will host a happy hour with free drinks for the first 40 guests, free shot glasses for the first 30 guests, and chances to win "one of many t-shirts."  

  35. MIPoPS: Puget Sound & Vision: Archival Videotape from King County Add to a List
    Moving Image Preservation of Puget Sound specialists¬†Ari Lavigne and Libby Hopfauf will moonlight as video artists‚ÄĒtonight, check out their compilation of archival clips from¬†King County‚Äôs history.


  37. A Clandestine Sequence of Wretched Events Add to a List
    The improv company Jet City will stage a series of events that are, shall we say, infelicitous? Inspired by Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Camilla Franklin's creation will tell stories of young heroes facing off against "wickedly over-the-top villains, nefarious schemes, and secret societies."
  38. FILM

  39. SEAxSEA: The 2020 Southeast Asia x Seattle Film Festival Add to a List
    Filmmakers will highlight issues and topics pertinent to Southeast Asia in this local film festival.


  41. Adam Pasi, Shaine Brenden Add to a List
    The loud and silly Adam Pasi, a finalist in the most recent Seattle International Comedy Competition, will headline after opening jokes from fellow local comic Shaine Brenden.
  42. FRIDAY


  43. The Legend of Joan of Arc Add to a List
    The heroic story of Joan of Arc (who became the first female captain of the French Army for King Charles VII and was burned at the stake two years later by the inquisition of the Catholic Church, only later to become a Saint) is told through lively puppets in this new film written and directed by Steven Ritz-Barr. 
  44. FOOD & DRINK

  45. Chocolate Bark Happy Hour Add to a List
    Let the stress of the day melt away as you create your own chocolate confection studded with mix-ins of your choosing.
  46. Seattle Sizzle Add to a List
    Chow down on Aussie-style pies and sausage rolls to raise money for the bushfires that are currently plaguing Australia.
  47. Snowpack Beer Release at Fremont Brewing Add to a List
    Fremont Brewing will release a new hazy beer with proceeds benefiting the Northwest Avalanche Center and SheJumps. Order a pint or pick up a 16oz can to go, and stop by a waxing station to get your skis and snowboards ready for the mountain. 
  48. Wallingford Bread Pop-Up Add to a List
    The Beatles might have done well to revise their popular lyrics to "All You Need is Loaf," the name of the bakery pop-up that will be slinging "delicious and unusual" breads during the geek-themed tea shop Friday Afternoon's weekly game night. 
  49. MUSIC

  50. The Blood Moon Orchestra, Good Quiver, Aline & Wes Add to a List
    All-female improv band the Blood Moon Orchestra will sync up their talent for a night of audience-inspired songs after opening sets from groovy rockers Good Quiver and soulful rock duo Aline & Wes. 
  51. Bootie Mashup: NYE Do-Over Party! Add to a List
    If your New Year's Eve wasn't everything you'd hoped it would be, DJs Freddy, King of Pants and Skiddle will graciously replay the last night of 2019 for you with a mashup dance party complete with a countdown to midnight and lots of confetti. 

  53. Pedro Larrea: The Wizard's Manuscript Add to a List
    Spanish American poet Pedro Larrea will read from The Wizard's Manuscript (recently translated by Benjamin Eldon Stevens), which press materials describe as "a book with spells and conjuring, albeit by surprising means and modes," at this bilingual event presented by the Modern Language Association. 

  55. Monster Jam Add to a List
    The action-packed motorsports show Monster Jam will return to Seattle. Ooh and ahh as trucks fly and flip through the air.

  57. Tzyy Yi Young: Solo Show Add to a List
    This artist finishes her residency at Pottery Northwest with pieces and installations reflecting on "intimacy, community, strength, and altruism."
    Opening Friday


  59. Why All This Music? Add to a List
    Karin Stevens Dance presents four new dance works exploring the human body's relationship to the natural world.


  61. OrcaCon 2020 Add to a List
    Set aside your consoles and VR headsets for two days of tabletop games including board and card games, role-playing games, and miniatures games. Novice and experienced players are welcome.


  63. Elijah Skye Nelson Memorial Add to a List
    Celebrate the life of the late Elijah Skye Nelson (the bassist for Bellingham-based metal band Black Breath) at this community potluck.
  64. Kids Saturdays in the Park: Life-size Maze Add to a List
    Kids are invited to collaborate on a life-size mazed based on Richard Serra's monumental sculpture Wake.
  65. Screenprinting Work Party in Support of the 2020 Womxn's March Add to a List
    Help print posters by local artists in support of the 2020 Womxn's March Add to a List . You'll go home with your own posters and a belly full of snacks (it's a potluck, so bring your own to share). 

  67. A Celebration of South Asian Resilience Add to a List
    Through dance, film shorts, and conversations, South Asian community members will recognize acts of resilience despite prejudice, isolation, and other challenges.
  68. FILM

  69. 'Our Island’s Treasure' with Kaiya Yonamine Add to a List
    Watch this documentary about a group of Okinawans who militated against the ecologically destructive expansion of an American military base on their island. Save your questions for filmmaker Kaiya Yonamine, who'll be present.
  70. Saturday Secret Matinees Add to a List
    Film buffs with an affinity for old-school entertainment and the element of surprise, rejoice! Grand Illusion will continue its biweekly tradition of pairing an episode of a movie serial (this year it's the 1938 12-episode series The Fighting Devil Dogs, wherein¬†two Marines battle a psychotic masked villain known as the Lightning)¬†with a secret classic feature‚ÄĒall in 16mm.
  71. FOOD & DRINK

  72. A Gateway to Becoming a Wine Geek Add to a List
    If you've ever dreamed of being a bona fide oenophile, this curated tasting with Tom Hajduk (Cafe Nordo's wine steward) will give you a gentle introduction, with a virtual "world tour" of some of the most extraordinary winemaking regions and some of the most interesting wines Tom has ever encountered.
  73. National Hot Toddy Day Add to a List
    It's the perfect day to sip a steaming, restorative cup of hot water, lemon, honey, and booze. Celebrate with a Hot Toddy Bar Crawl Add to a List , or choose your own adventure with our list of winter drinks and Rich Smith's piece on his favorite hot toddies around town.
  74. GEEK

  75. Gay Bingo 2020: A Space Odyssey Add to a List
    Gather your best buds for a night of space-themed bingo benefiting Lifelong. 
  76. Magical Unicorn Tea Party Add to a List
    Come celebrate mythical horned ponies and sip traditional tea at this catered event for all ages. Don your best fantasy costume or come as you are (horns will be provided for those without fancy threads).
  77. MUSIC

  78. Back Up to Eleven! A Benefit for All Aboard Add to a List
    Space-rock wizards Dust Mice, Mercyful Fate tribute Princess of Hell, and Twisted Sister tribute Day of the Rocker will provide the jams and JJ Goad will provide the comedy at this fundraiser for All Aboard, a nonprofit that provides recreational, social, and educational activities for adults with special needs.
  79. Inhale | Expansion Festival Add to a List
    Billing itself as a "cozy night of music and community," this hippie-leaning mini-festival aims to bring you into a peaceful new year with live music from local acts Derek Tendersong, Earth Practice, Wolfchild, and Cuddle Buddha, plus food, massages, teas and elixirs, and more uber-chill activities. 
  80. POP2k: Millennium Edition Add to a List
    Local boy band cover band #All4doras and DJ Handz will revive the hits of the decade to which we just bid adieu.
  81. Wicked Karma Presents: Beyond Bollywood Dance Party Add to a List
    DJ Sznaina will spin Bollywood beats and Latin-heavy Top 40 mixes at the first Wicked Karma dance party of 2020.

  83. All Felt Up: A Jam Hands-In Experience Add to a List
    For a double dose of "disturbing eroticism," check out two Muppet-themed burlesque shows starting Remy Sparklemuffins, Polly Esther, Beau Briefs, Chaos X. Machina, Mercury Divine, and other local performers. 

  85. Candace Robb and Kim Zarins Add to a List
    Though they work in different genres, historical fiction writer Candace Robb and speculative fiction writer Kim Zarins both site Geoffrey Chaucer as a common thread in their work. Join them for a discussion of the great Canterbury Tales poet.
  86. An Evening of Feminist Speculative Poetry Add to a List
    Join Jeannine Hall Gailey, Lesley Wheeler, and other feminist speculative poets for an evening of readings and performances. 


  88. CannaCon Northwest Add to a List
    For the seventh year, the business-to-business cannabis conference CannaCon will come to Tacoma for its flagship expo featuring hundreds of exhibitors across the weed industry.
  89. MUSIC

  90. School of Rock Add to a List
    The tiny musical treasures of School of Rock will perform radiohead and Van Halen Add to a List , Black Sabbath Add to a List , Iron Maiden and Judas Priest Add to a List , Elton John Add to a List , and the best of the '80s Add to a List at various locations around town.

  92. Jane Hickey Caminos: On Women Bound Add to a List
    Hickey Caminos's figurative, realistic paintings of women are shown in the lead-up to the Womxn's March on Seattle Add to a List .
    Opening Saturday
  93. Lauren Boilini and Hank Cowdery in Residence Add to a List
    See new work developed by large-scale painter Lauren Boilini and artist/sculptor Hank Cowdery during their residency.
    Opening Saturday
  94. Natalie Dupille Art Show and Book Release Party: In Spite of Ourselves Add to a List
    Local artist and illustrator Natalie Dupille, whose New Yorker-esque illustrations have been found in Real Change and elsewhere (you should also check out her fun and informative zine Total Lunarcy), celebrates the release of her new book In Spite of Ourselves with this art exhibition and signing. In Spite of Ourselves depicts the bike journey through Central Oregon Dupille took with her partner Allie.
    Opening Saturday
  95. SUNDAY


  96. No Pants Light Rail Ride 2020-Seattle Add to a List
    Putting the "stranger than usual" in Stranger (Than Usual), this event‚ÄĒwhich originated as the "No Pants Subway Ride" by New York City comedy group Improv Everywhere in 2002 and has since become something of a global phenomenon‚ÄĒinvites any and all pant-wearers to remove said pants, ride the Light Rail from Westlake to Sea-Tac, and refrain from acknowledging fellow skivvy-clad transit riders should they cross paths. The words "but why?" will not enter the mind of the ideal participant. Returning after a hiatus, this year's event is being organized by a local community member and not by its former hosts, Emerald City Improv.¬† ¬†
  97. FOOD & DRINK

  98. Comadre Panadería Pop-Up Add to a List
    Baker Mariela Camacho, who used to live in Seattle, has been taking her excellent pan dulce pop-up Comadre Panadería on the road. Thankfully, she's returning to sling alfajores, conchas, and pink cake with sprinkles for one day at Dorothea Coffee.
  99. MUSIC

  100. Mostly Nordic Chamber Music Series: Impressions of L. A. Ring Add to a List
    Improvisational jazz artist Nikolaj Hess will pay tribute to Danish artist L.A. Ring, whose work is currently on display Add to a List at the National Nordic Museum. 

  102. GreenStage Monthly Shakespeare Reading Add to a List
    Join GreenStage for an informal bar reading of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
  103. Staged Reading: Pontypool by Tony Burgess Add to a List
    This new play by Tony Burgess expands on the author's bestselling novel Pontypool Changes Everything (previously adapted into the cult film Pontypool), about a deadly virus that hits the sleepy town of Pontypool, Ontario, inflicting its victims with odd speech patterns and a thirst for violence. Jessa Lowe directs.

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