Stranger Than Usual

67 Stranger (Than Usual) Things To Do in Seattle This Week: Jan 14-19, 2020

A Boozy Beach Party, Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live, and More Unusual Events
January 14, 2020
Pretend it's not winter at the Seattle Aquarium's booze-filled, Hawaiian-themed After Hours Beach Party this Thursday. (Seattle Aquarium via Facebook)

Our arts & culture critics have already recommended 48 great things to do this week and our music critics have picked the 50 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 a live recording of Mystery Science Theater 3000 Add to a List to the Seattle Wine & Film Festival Add to a List , and from a Trump vs. Bernie Add to a List debate with comics Anthony Atamanuik and James Adomian to the Pacific Science Center's Model Railway Show Add to a List . For even more options this week, check out our complete Things To Do calendar.

Note: Events may be canceled or rescheduled due to snow. Double-check to be sure.

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  1. First Annual evo X SheJumps Film Festival Add to a List
    The first annual SheJumps festival presents ski films made by and starring women, including Laura Obermeyer's Dream Job, Jyosei, and Lexi DuPont's Shaped By Descent. Fremont Brewing will provide complimentary refreshments, duPont will hang around for a Q&A, and you can enter a raffle. 
  2. Meaningful Movies: Generation Zapped Add to a List
    According to neuroscience professor Olle Johansson, humans are exposed to "a quintillion times" as many Radio Frequency Emissions as we were a decade ago. This documentary examines why that is.

  4. Jennifer P. Wisdom: Millennials’ Guide to Work Add to a List
    Twenty- and 30-somethings navigating their first job‚ÄĒor their first job transition‚ÄĒcan find helpful advice in¬†Jennifer P. Wisdom's guide to the workplace for millennials. The author will appear for a live reading.¬†¬†
  5. The Living Snow Project with Dr. Robin Kodner Add to a List
    Dr. Robin Kodner, founder of the Living Snow Project, will discuss the phenomenon of pink snow‚ÄĒalso called watermelon snow‚ÄĒcaused by algae growth in alpine conditions. Settle in for some drinks and snacks to learn how you can help gather data on the subject.¬†
  6. Raymond Fleischmann: How Quickly She Disappears Add to a List
    Thrill to a suspense story about twin sisters set in Alaska as former Hugo Fellow Fleishmann returns to read from his first novel. Mystery writer Urban Waite will accompany him.

  8. Seattle Naked! Yoga and Pilates Add to a List
    Strip down for a combination of Vinyasa yoga and core-crunching Pilates, followed by a guided meditation.


  10. At the edge of both Add to a List
    Serrah Russell and Zack Bent have curated a selection of artists who plumb "liminal spaces," evoking imaginary realms.
    Opening reception Thursday


  12. All About Owls Add to a List
    Learn interesting facts about everyone's favorite nocturnal predator from expert Connie Sidles. You may even hear some owls hooting in the trees. 
  13. FOOD & DRINK

  14. Star Wars Party! Add to a List
    Enjoy treats inspired by George Lucas's galactic franchise (like cupcakes frosted in Chewbacca's furry likeness), plus a photo booth and specialty cocktails.
  15. GEEK

  16. Friends Trivia Night Add to a List
    Answer 50 original trivia questions about all 10 seasons of Friends with your friends.
  17. MUSIC

  18. BurlesKaraoke Add to a List
    Local burlesque performers will strip sultrily while you bashfully sing your favorite songs in karaoke. 
  19. Tinkham Road Add to a List
    Bob Antone will grace you with Pacific Northwest logging and railroad songs and stories with support from a band of traditional folk musicians. 


  21. Trump vs Bernie Add to a List
    Donald Trump (Anthony Atamanuik, who spoofs on the Cheeto-in-Chief on Comedy Central's The President Show) and Bernie Sanders (James Adomian, also featured on The President Show and NBC's Last Comic Standing) will take the stage for a word battle to the death.

  23. 2020 Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Add to a List
    Community members and King County employees are invited to hear from John A. Powell, Director of the Othering & Belonging Institute at the University of California, Berkeley, a few days before MLK Day. The program also includes live music and spoken word performances.
  24. FOOD & DRINK

  25. Beer, Bowling, & BBQ! Add to a List
    Head to Lake City for a trifecta of delights: beers provided by Ten Pin Brewing Co. (with flights available for $9), food provided by Pecos Pit BBQ, and bowling provided by Ten Pin's 15-foot lane.
  26. Hard Kombucha Night with JuneShine Add to a List
    Sample boozy kombucha from JuneShine in flavors like blood orange mint and honey ginger lemon, and cozy up with some adorable kitties.
  27. Leary Way Limited #7 West Coast IPA Release Add to a List
    Make like Bill and Ted and don your most radical '80s raiment for this "most excellent" party, celebrating the seventh release in Hale's Ales Leary Way Limited Series (a West Coast IPA). There will be raffles and prizes awarded for the best outfits.
  28. GEEK

  29. Paper Airplane Contest! Add to a List
    The paper airplane-building skills you've been honing since your first day of elementary school may finally pay off. Recycled paper will be provided and Sierra Nevada and New Belgium beer will flow from the taps. What good, clean fun. 
  30. Sex Positive Game Night
    Gather your sex- and body-positive friends‚ÄĒand/or make new ones‚ÄĒfor a laid-back night of tabletop and card games, movies, and snacks.
  31. MUSIC

  32. Sinatra Forever Add to a List
    Musicians that backed up Frank Sinatra will play American Songbook hits popularized by the 20th-century icon. 

  34. After Hours: Beach Party! Add to a List
    Pretend it's not the dead of winter by donning your best tropical shirt and learning about Hawaiian marine discoveries over boozy beverages and tasty bites like macaroni salad, grilled pineapple skewers, and macadamia cookie sundaes. 

  36. The Adventures of Lulu Add to a List
    Six playwrights‚ÄĒKelleen Conway Blanchard, Marcus Gorman, Kathryn Keller, Leonie Mikele, Sherry Narens, and Scott Stolnack‚ÄĒhave taken on the task of writing short pieces about a character created by Blanchard, the time-traveling Victorian woman Lulu Vemelda.¬†‚ÄčPacific Play is producing this staged reading.¬†
  37. Hello From the Magic Tavern Podcast Add to a List
    "A wizard, a talking badger and a Chicagoan" host this improvised fantasy chat-show podcast, which offers escape from reality through magical hijinks and snarky jokes. Join them for a live recording. 

  39. Gabrielle Civil: Experiments in Joy Add to a List
    Gabrielle Civil (Swallow the Fish) will read from her new book of "black feminist collaborations and solos" composed of essays, letters, performance texts, and other writings. 
  40. Lecture: Cozy Studios and Bitterly Cold Streets‚ÄĒPictures of Artists at Work in 19th Century Denmark Add to a List
    Just in time for a snowy week in Seattle, this gallery talk will take you through L.A. Ring's "The Painter in the Village Add to a List ," which depicts Danish artists working en plein air in the middle of winter. Leslie Anderson, Director of Collections at the National Nordic Museum, will explain what the piece reveals about Ring's artistic ideology.

  42. Seattle Seawolves vs Vancouver Island Crimson Tide Add to a List
    Local Major League Rugby team the Seattle Seawolves will throw down for a rematch against Vancouver Island's Crimson Tide. 


  44. James Hancock III Add to a List
    San Diego's James Hancock III, a finalist from the 40th Seattle International Comedy Competition, will give a full set that draws on his multicultural upbringing and military service. 

  46. [MISS] Add to a List
    The Theatre of Intriguing Possibilities presents a one-weekend run of W.L. Newkirk's [MISS], a play based on the true story of a doctor's battle with a powerful drug company to prevent thalidomide from being approved for release in the United States.

  48. Black & White & Re(a)d All Over Add to a List
    Artists restrict themselves to a palette of black, white, and red to fulfill a single requirement: They must include a "literary or print reference" in their work.
    Opening Thursday
  49. Marita Dingus and Hoa Hong Add to a List
    Mixed-media sculptor Marita Dingus, known for her inventive use of reclaimed materials, reflects on environmental, racial, and feminist themes, while Hoa Hong, through figurative painting, explores identity and the ability to know a person.
    Opening Thursday
  50. FRIDAY


  51. Mocktails Mixology with DRY Soda Add to a List
    Taking a break from booze in January? Keep your non-alcoholic refreshment game on point at this zero-proof mixology class with Heartwood Provisions' Amanda Reed. 
  52. Pizza Pi Grand Opening Party Add to a List
    Celebrate the reopening of America's oldest all-vegan pizzeria at their new location.
  53. MUSIC

  54. As If! - A Dance Party of 90’s Female Pop Only! Add to a List
    Dance your nostalgic heart out to Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani, et al. 
  55. Chronic Town (REM Tribute), Vertigo Zoo (U2) Add to a List
    The music your Gen X dad played on his college radio show will take over West Seattle, thanks to R.E.M. tribute band Chronic Town and U2 tribute band Vertigo Zoo. 
  56. Studio 4/4 Presents Studio 54 Add to a List
    Go back in time to the swinging '70s with this Studio 54-themed party, featuring house and disco sets by DJs Jesse Leer, Snapdragon, Erin O'Connor, Spaceotter, Wesley Holmes, and more.
  57. TrOPITAAL! Desi Latinx Soundclash: Anjali The Kid +Papi Fimbres Add to a List
    Beats from Latin America and South Asia merge in this Portland dance party, making its Seattle debut with DJ Anjali and the Incredible Kid and special guest DJ Papi Fimbres.

  59. @rlysrslit Presents: Poetry and Pierogis Add to a List
    Nourish your body with Eastern European dumplings and your mind with poetry read aloud by C. C. Hannett, Bryan Edenfield, Ilsa Olsen, and others. 
  60. A Scribe Called Quess?: Dismantling the Colonial Legacy Add to a List
    Poet, educator, and Take Em Down NOLA coalition founder A Scribe Called Quess? will read from his new book of poems, Sleeper Cell, which investigates institutional racism and the disenfranchisement of black youth. 


  62. Lake Chelan Winterfest Add to a List
    Lake Chelan hosts two weekends of wintery fun for the whole family, including ice sculptures, live music, wine and beer tastings, a polar bear splash, snow yoga, a massive beach bonfire, and a fireworks show.

  64. Nervous Theatre Presents: 'The Maids' Add to a List
    Two domestic servants attempt to murder their mistress in Jean Genet's 1947 psychodrama, presented here by Nervous Theatre.


  66. Mixed N' Misidentified: The 'What Are You?' Show Add to a List
    Multi-racial comics Duante Barnett, Timothy Andrew Person, Toni West, Joe Mac, and many others will grace the stage with material informed by their unique backgrounds. 

  68. PIE PARTY 2020 Add to a List
    This annual fundraiser for the Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research combines live music and a good cause with the sweet and savory promise of a pie buffet. 
  69. Red Carpet Party Moisture Festival 2020 Fundraising Party Add to a List
    Raise money for the Moisture Festival Add to a List , a beloved Seattle theatrical tradition, at this Red Carpet Party featuring Fremont clown Godfrey Daniels, professional photographers, variety performers, and a dance.
  70. Sumble & Saga Add to a List
    Enjoy some interactive, family-friendly storytelling celebrating Norse gods and goddesses. There will also be Nordic-themed arts and crafts, a silent auction, local vendors, and more, all benefiting Food Lifeline. 

  72. Bavarian IceFest Add to a List
    Each year over MLK weekend, Washington's Bavarian-style village, Leavenworth, celebrates winter's bounties with twinkling lights and frosty activities like frisbee sweeping, ice cube scrambling, and "smooshing." You can also look forward to live ice carving, ice fishing, a fireworks show, and more.
  73. FILM

  74. 'Death Race 2000' with Kelly Sue DeConnick and Matt Fraction Add to a List
    Comic book legends¬†Kelly Sue DeConnick and Matt Fraction will appear at this special screening of the exploitation classic set in the¬†wake of a global economic crisis when the United States has abandoned democracy for totalitarianism and martial law‚ÄĒa plot that was probably much more shocking in 1975 (when the film was made) than it is now.¬†
  75. Cinema Dissection: 'The Babadook' Add to a List
    Film critic Amie Simon of Three Imaginary Girls will lead a class on Jennifer Kent's dark-humored fairy tale of monstrous grief and fraught motherhood, The Babadook.
  76. Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live Add to a List
    Those irrepressible connoisseurs of godawful movies, Joel, Crow T. Robot, Servo, and Gypsy, will head out on Joel's last tour promising live riffs on a cinematic stinker.
  77. FOOD & DRINK

  78. Onesie Bar Crawl Add to a List
    Slip your arms and legs into a singular garment for this wild annual bar crawl, where you could win $500 for your outfit. 
  79. Pints and Paints and Pelvic Health Add to a List
    Learn the finer points of pelvic wellness at this event, which includes food, drinks, movement, and a "pelvis-themed art project."
  80. MUSIC

  81. Anthem - Rush Tribute Add to a List
    Seattle Rush tribute band Anthem will recreate the Canadian power trio's never-ending drum and guitar solos.
  82. Laser Elton John Add to a List
    Laser artists will do what they do best, using soaring tunes by Elton John as inspiration. 
  83. School of Rock Add to a List
    The tiny musical treasures of School of Rock will pay tribute to the late Seattle grunge legend Chris Cornell Add to a List , glam-rock angel David Bowie Add to a List , and music from That '70s Show Add to a List at various venues around town.  

  85. The 2019 DanceCrush Celebration Add to a List
    SeattleDances presents its fourth annual DanceCrush, which honors local dancers, choreographers, and productions they're crushing on. This year will feature performances by Elby Brosch/Drama Tops, Alia Swersky, Simone Pin Productions, Ivana Lin, Alicia Mullikin, and many others. 
  86. Bang the Gong! Add to a List
    Asian American drag performers (Atasha Manila, Gigi Kimochi, Luna Sauvage, and other Seattle favorites) will sing about their backgrounds in this variety show.
  87. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari‚ÄĒ100th Anniversary! Add to a List
    Enjoy a one-night-only live performance of Cabinet of Dr. Caligari on the centennial of the classic silent film. 
  88. Living Voices: Northwest Passages Add to a List
    Living Voices combines archival footage and live storytelling to bring immediacy to historical events. For this edition, see the rapidly changing Northwest of the turn of last century through the eyes of a young Swedish immigrant.
  89. RED (Ravishing Erotic Drag) Add to a List
    Let host Kaleena Markos and queens Stacey Starstruck, Kitty Glitter, and Solana Solstice, plus special guests, initiate you in a spectacle of kink and sex positivity.

  91. Art in Times of Conflict with Las Cafeteras & Friends Add to a List
    Chicano band Las Cafeteras, Seattle band Sendai Era, activist Edwin Lindo, and artist Jake Prendez will speak about art's ability to engender social change. 

  93. Scarfff Comic Release Party Add to a List
    Celebrate with the creators of this brand-new comix newspaper uniting artists from Seattle and San Francisco.


  95. 46th Model Railroad Show Add to a List
    Calling all train enthusiasts: This three-day exhibition will feature lots of railroad displays in all kinds of landscapes built by professional model-makers‚ÄĒmany of whom will be there in person.
  96. Hawaii Weekend Add to a List
    For a sweet, sweet respite from the bitter cold, put on your best tropical vacation wear to the Seattle Aquarium for a weekend of family-friendly activities, live entertainment, and diver shows all about Hawaii.
  97. The Pacific NW Reptile & Exotic Animal Show Add to a List
    Hundreds of scaly, cold-blooded creatures will be on display and for sale at the largest show of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. The show will also have educational displays and events geared toward teaching novice reptile owners how to care for their new friends.
  98. FILM

  99. Seattle Wine & Film Festival Add to a List
    Get gussied up for a black-tie gala and festival featuring short films, documentaries, and features; a performance from classical guitarist Matt Palmer; and tastings from Eastern Washington wineries you might not know about.
  100. SUNDAY


  101. The Big Return! Add to a List
    Richard Rugburn and Miss Moist Towelette will host an edition of the raunchy Match Game for their friend Nelson Heston Riley's birthday, co-starring burlesque, drag, and theater artists like Faggedy Randy, Adé, Coach, Bing Wheeler, Gams Galore, and the Lady Spencer.
  102. K-von Add to a List
    K-Von is billed as "the most famous half-Persian comedian in the world," and we think he's right.
  103. FOOD & DRINK

  104. Borsch Competition Add to a List
    Bring a pan of stunning scarlet-hued beet soup to see how yours stacks up, or just come and sample all the delicious entries (and cast your vote for your favorite).

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