The last week of April brings a particularly stellar lineup of online events, from an International Jazz Day concert with Ahamefule Oluo's new quartet to the third volume of HUMP! Greatest Hits, and from Seattle Center's Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration to El Centro de la Raza's May Day Fest. See them all below, and explore our guide to COVID-safe in-person things to do in Seattle for more options.
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Seattle Black Film Festival
"I have yet to attend a Langston Hughes African American Film Festival [ed. note: the name has changed this year] that doesn't have an important black-directed or black-themed film that’s somehow been missed by the wider film community or is unavailable in any format—web, disk, cable, theater," wrote The Stranger's Charles Mudede a few years ago. This year's festival is in a web format, but the sentiment holds.
Combating Racial Animus Against the AAPI Community: Solutions for Change
Former Washington governor Gary Locke, interim Seattle Police Chief Adrian Diaz, journalist Joni Balter, and Dr. Larry Hubbell will trace the former president's rhetorical role in the recent surge in violence against AAPI communities across the country, including here in Seattle, for the third installment of Seattle University’s "The Conversations" series.
FOOD & DRINK
À Table by Rebekah Peppler
Food writer Rebekah Peppler, who shares snaps of her enviable lifestyle as an expat in Paris on Instagram and previously penned an ode to the French apéro hour with her debut book, Apéritif, will chat about her new cookbook, À Table, which offers a fresh and relaxed take on modern, multicultural French cooking with recipes like croque madame, green shakshuka, and niçoise salad for a crowd.
READINGS & TALKS
Flights & Rights: Healthcare Equity For Immigrants
Join ACLU-WA Health Care and Liberty Policy Counsel Leah Rutman (plus Adriana Ortiz of El Centro de la Raza and Michael Byun of Asian Counseling and Referral Services) for a talk on health care access issues facing immigrant communities and current steps being taken to address barriers to care.
Hear New Republic staff writer Kate Aronoff (who also co-wrote A Planet to Win: Why We Need a New Green Deal and co-edited We Own the Future: Democratic Socialism, American Style) read from her timely new book, Overheated: How Capitalism Broke the Planet - And How We Fight Back.
Secrets of Seattle’s Historical Shoreline with David B. Williams
Explore the last vestiges of the former downtown bluffs, visit the island where Seattle was founded, and learn how the subterranean fill still affects the modern landscape in this virtual walk with local geologist David B. Williams.
The Distillery at Macha presents: Way Down Here by Emily Garrison
Four students at Sacred Heart Academy for Girls navigate anxiety, sexuality, friendship, and the future in Emily Garrison's Way Down Here, presented by Macha Theatre.
READINGS & TALKS
Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai with Karl Marlantes
Renowned Vietnamese poet and novelist Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai will join Elliott Bay for the paperback release of her 2020 novel, The Mountains Sing. She'll be joined in conversation by author Karl Marlantes, who writes about US presence in Vietnam in his debut novel, Matterhorn.
Tan Dun & Takemitsu
Contemporary works by Tan Dun, Tōru Takemitsu, Anthony Barfield, and Allison Loggins-Hull will fill out this Seattle Symphony program of chamber music.
READINGS & TALKS
Adrienne Truscott: Embracing Problem Work or 'Failure' as a Feminist Act and Education
Choreographer-dancer-acrobat-writer-comedian Adrienne Truscott will give a lecture highlighting her interest in "the possibility of failure as a mandate for rigor," focusing on a show that, at the time of its premiere, caused her nothing but trouble.
It Takes a Village: Critical Thinking & The Cultivation of Your True Self
As part of the Northwest African American Museum and Town Hall's "It Takes a Village" series, Harvard University professor Cornel West will sit down with Dr. Ralina Joseph to discuss the relationship between critical thinking and the cultivation of a "true self."
Sadhguru with Deepak Chopra - Karma: A Yogi's Guide to Crafting Your Destiny
Drawing from his book Karma: A Yogi's Guide to Crafting Your Destiny, spiritual leader Sadhguru will argue that karma is an "internal cycle" generated by individuals rather than an "external system of crime and punishment." He'll be joined in conversation by author Deepak Chopra.
10th Annual Stand Against Racism with Ijeoma Oluo
Ijeoma Oluo will once again feature at this annual Town Hall discussion on battling institutional racism, presented by the YWCA.
International Jazz Day with Ahamefule Oluo
Supremely talented Seattle jazz trumpeter/multi-hyphenate artist Ahamefule Oluo and his new quartet (composed of keys virtuoso Marina Albero, bassist Marina Christopher, and drummer Sheridan Riley) will team up with Royal Room and Earshot for an International Jazz Day concert. Earshot will also be screening Oluo's concert film featuring music from his stage show Susan, so be sure to stick around after the live concert portion of the evening.
Electronic music stalwart KJ Sawka, who has appeared on late shows with Craig Ferguson, Jimmy Kimmel, and Ellen Degeneres, will beep-boop live online.
KNKX and Jazz24 present Cory Weeds Trio
Cory Weeds's local jazz trio—formerly a quintet—will perform live on KNKX and Jazz24's Studio Sessions Spotlight.
READINGS & TALKS
Seattle Arts & Lectures Presents: Natalie Diaz
Award-winning poet Natalie Diaz (When My Brother Was an Aztec) reads new work and talks about her process in this pre-recorded Seattle Arts & Lectures event.
May Day Fest: El Centro de la Raza
Seattle DJs Jorge Bex, Gold Chisme, Another Magic, and Biaco will head up the virtual decks at this fundraiser for El Centro de La Raza's COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. Take a break from dancing for prize giveaways every 30 minutes.
READINGS & TALKS
T.J. Tranchell: Heads Will Turn
Local author T.J. Tranchell will read from his latest novel, Tell No Man, which tells the story of a divorced Mormon mother who encounters a demon in her small Utah hometown.
Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration
May is Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month! Tune in to Seattle Center Festál's Facebook page for a live mini-festival featuring an address from Mayor Jenny Durkan, a performance from the International Lion Dance Team and local drill teams, the annual Alan Sugiyama hum bow eating contest, a food demo, and more.
yMusic and Judd Greenstein: Together
Classical music sextet yMusic has been described by the New Yorker as "six contemporary classical polymaths who playfully overstep the boundaries of musical genres." See the new music video for their recently created project Together, led by composer Judd Greenstein, which will include a conversation with the performers.
READINGS & TALKS
Danielle Sered with Nikkita Oliver
Restorative justice activist Danielle Sered and locally famous educator and attorney Nikkita Oliver will discuss Sered's new book, Until We Reckon: Violence, Mass Incarceration, and a Road to Repair, with Elliott Bay.
Virtual NACUSA Conference
In partnership with Lewis & Clark, the Northwest chapter of the National Association of Composers will host their biennial conference online, open to both professional musicians and members of the public who are interested in the more technical side of classical music.
HUMP! Greatest Hits - Volume 3
The HUMP! team is bringing back some fan-favorite amateur porn shorts from 2015-2018 in the third volume of streamable compilations. This Saturday's show includes a viewing party with Dan Savage!
Emerald City Music: Reverie
Fans of romantic, unstuffy chamber music should tune in to this Emerald City Music program that kicks off with Beethoven’s informal "Serenade for flute, violin and viola" and follows up with Saint-Saëns "Fantaisie" and Debussy’s "Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp."
Pacific Northwest Ballet's annual celebration of the PNB School will center around an archival recording of Jerome Robbins' lighthearted one-act ballet Fanfare, performed by PNB School students and accompanied by the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra. Also on deck: family-friendly activities, bonus videos from the PNB Orchestra, spring craft projects, a virtual art gallery, and more.
Independent Bookstore Day
The premise of Indie Bookstore Day is as simple and enticing as it gets: whatever state you're in, seek out your local independent booksellers and shop from their online or IRL shelves so that Amazon never becomes our only option for procuring new reading material. This year, you'll receive a free Seattle Indie Bookstore Day tote bag when you make a purchase at 10 of 21 participating Seattle bookstores (in-person or online) during the weeklong event. Check out our guide to participating bookstores here.
Kubota Garden Foundation HOUSEplants for the HOPEful Plant Sale
Add some unusual houseplants to your apartment jungle at this online sale hosted by Kubota Garden.
The Virtual Best of the Northwest Spring Market
Shop online from over 90 artists hawking original photography, paintings, jewelry, furniture, and more.