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The Best Things To Do from Home in Seattle This Week: Feb 22-28, 2021

Questlove at Soul of Seattle, a Thin Skin Encore Screening, and More Picks
February 22, 2021
Questlove will help cap off Edouardo Jordan's online event series Soul of Seattle with a virtual dance party this Friday, which comes with the option of a three-course takeout meal from JuneBaby or Marjorie. (Michael Baca/Courtesy of the artist)

Freshen up your at-home routine with our latest roundup of picks for online events, from a Keep Music Live concert hosted by Sir Mix-a-Lot and the Black Tones' Eva Walker to an encore screening of Charles Mudede's Thin Skin, and from the Jackson Street Jazz Walk to Sweet Virtual Vibes with SassyBlack. Plus, check out our StreamLocal events hub, and stay tuned for a roundup of the best socially distanced things to do this weekend. 


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MONDAY

FILM

Collide-O-Scope: Stimulus Package
Stimulate your senses with Collide-O-Scope's latest compilation of trippy video footage.

The Get Together - A Glitch in the Matrix Discussion
If you missed it at Sundance, catch a screening of Rodney Ascher's film A Glitch in the Matrix (about a bunch of machines who create a virtual reality program for their primary source of energy, human bodies) with live virtual commentary from former Stranger arts critic Emily Pothast and the director himself. 

GEEK

Lego Harry Potter and The Transgender Witch!
Tune in every Monday on YouTube for new episodes of this Harry Potter spinoff that not-so-subtly sticks it to J.K. Rowling's transphobic tweets. Its protagonist isn't Harry but Quincy Blueburger, an 11-year-old muggle who is also a Lego. After getting her window smashed by the franchise's proverbial owl bearing an admission letter, she heads to Hogwarts to discover that she is the school's first transgender student. The Bay Area Rainbow Symphony provides the score, and the organizers at Kent's Theatre Battery would like you to know that this parody is "not affiliated with JK Rowling, Warner Brothers, or LEGO."

MUSIC

Stephanie Anne Johnson's Pacific Northwest Guitarist Spotlight: Episode 1 - Jeff Fielder
Tacoma-bred R&B/soul artist Stephanie Anne Johnson and Seattle-based singer-songwriter Jeff Felder will play music for Singles Awareness Day.

READINGS & TALKS

Anna North and Alexis Coe
Lambda Literary Award winner Anna North's Outlawed tells the story of a woman outlaw in 1894, bringing a feminist perspective to an often romanticized area of American history. She'll appear in conversation with Alexis Coe (Alice + Freda Forever: A Murder in Memphis).

Valzhyna Mort with Ilya Kaminsky
Poet Valzhyna Mort's latest collection honors the tradition of poetic witness for her native Belarus. Hear her read and discuss alongside fellow poet Ilya Kaminsky. 

See Also: Multi-day events


TUESDAY

FILM

What The Femme: Rage! - Virtual Class
Dark-minded burlesque maven Isabella L. Price will lead a discussion on female rage in cinema for this online class, specifically as seen in Kill Bill, Widows, Peppermint, and Coffy. 

FOOD & DRINK

Behind the Scenes of the Seattle Chocolate Company
This library-sponsored family program will give you a sneak peek inside the sweets-making process at the Seattle Chocolate Company, as well as recipes for making your own confections at home. Bring your questions for a post-talk Q&A. 

READINGS & TALKS

Anakana Schofield with Michelle Dean
A woman who's faced endless hardships sends urgent missives in order to set the record of her life straight in Vancouver writer Anakana Schofield's Bina: A Novel in Warnings. The author will appear in conversation with fellow Canadian writer Michelle Dean (Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion). 

See Also: Multi-day events


WEDNESDAY

COMMUNITY

Black History Month: Banishing Stigma - Black Voices on HIV
This virtual program sponsored by the Gates Foundation will feature local voices from Seattle's Black community (including Rosette Royale, a story-gathering consultant for Seattle's AMP: AIDS Memorial Pathway) reflecting on Black History Month and National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

Pride Speaks Series: LGBTQIA+ Homelessness
Seattle Pride's monthly panel discussion series will continue with a focus on homelessness in the LGBTQ+ community. After the main event, there will be time for an audience Q&A and one-on-one community building and networking.

Virtual Silent Reading Party
After years of prompting out-the-door lines at the lovely Hotel Sorrento, the simple pleasure Christopher Frizzelle's Silent Reading Party, which invites people to read a book in a comfy chair while pianist Paul Matthew Moore plays soothing lounge music, endures on the internet, at least until the global pandemic subsides. 

FOOD & DRINK

Virtual Author Talk: Black, White, and The Grey by Mashama Bailey & John O. Morisano
James Beard Award-winning chef Mashama Bailey and restaurateur John O. Morisano, friends and co-owners of the celebrated Savannah, Georgia restaurant The Grey, will discuss their book Black, White, and The Grey, which details how they "built a relationship and a restaurant they knew would get people talking about race, gender, class, and culture," with Olaiya Land of Lionesse. 

GEEK

National Geographic Live: Reimagining Dinosaurs
National Geographic explorers Nizar Ibrahim and Sebastián Rozadilla will share new scientific discoveries from the Moroccan desert on dinos. Spoiler: Spinosaurus used crocodile-like jaws and a unique paddle-like tail to actively pursue prey in the water.

READINGS & TALKS

Jesse Hagopian and Denisha Jones: Black Lives Matter at School
Jesse Hagopian and Denisha Jones, educators and members of the Black Lives Matter at School movement, will share tips for teachers on how to "help destroy entrenched inequalities and enact the values of Black Lives Matter in their classrooms, schools, and communities."

Virtual Book Fest: Bill Gates
Bill Gates will discuss his new book How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need, in which he breaks down what he thinks needs to be done in order to get to zero greenhouse gas emissions in time to avoid a climate catastrophe, as part of Stroum Jewish Community Center's Virtual Book Fest.

See Also: Multi-day events


THURSDAY

ACTIVISM & SOCIAL JUSTICE

Celebrate Purim: Stories of Courage with Leaders of the Brooklyn Liberation March and Rabbi Samantha Frank
Raquel Willis and Eliel Cruz, the leaders of the Brooklyn Liberation March ("an action demanding justice for Black Trans lives cut short by police brutality and civilian violence"), and Rabbi Samantha Frank will apply the themes of Purim to current events. 

COMMUNITY

Ask the Aquarium: Octopuses
All your burning questions about the eight-limbed creatures of the deep, answered by Seattle Aquarium experts.

Black History Is Washington History
Leslie King-Hammond, a Jacob Lawrence scholar and founding director of the Center for Race and Culture at the Maryland Institute College of Art, will lead this panel discussion with Jason Turner (a Northwest African American Museum educator and tour guide), Gwen Whiting (the lead exhibitions curator of the Washington State History Museum), and Beth Turner (author of Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle). They'll be focusing on Seattle's history of Black leaders, from Jacob Lawrence to Black pioneer George Bush. 

FILM

'The First Rainbow Coalition' Screening and Community Conversation
Started by the Chicago Black Panther Party in 1969, the Rainbow Coalition was a group of activists across ethnicities and races who fought for social justice. Join Meaningful Movies for an online screening and discussion of the documentary The First Rainbow Coalition. 

MUSIC

Beethoven & Ravel
Pianist Conrad Tao will revive Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto on the Benaroya stage, followed by a full orchestra performance of Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite and the U.S. premiere of Hannah Kendall’s Kanashibari.

Keep Music Live Green Room Sessions
Sir Mix-A-Lot and Eva Walker of the Black Tones will link up for a virtual conversation and concert to celebrate Black History Month and support small local live music venues. Also on the bill: T.S the Solution, Adra Boo, and Benjamin Hunter.

SASSYBLACK: Sweet Virtual Vibes
Cosmic electronic soul artist SassyBlack will bring your spirits way up with a night of "sweet virtual vibes" online, courtesy of On the Boards, the Northwest Film Forum, and Jacob Lawrence Gallery. 

READINGS & TALKS

Susan Herrmann Loomis: Virtual Author Talk: Plat Du Jour
With a Julia Child ethos of making French cuisine accessible for the home cook, On Rue Tatin founder Susan Herrmann Loomis's Plat Du Jour offers a "French approach to everyday meals." Join her for a virtual talk with Book Larder and Chef Greg Atkinson. 

VISUAL ART

Hello4Culture: Black Imagination
4Culture and the Northwest Film Forum will kick off their online discussion series with Black History Month in mind, featuring Sites of Power creators Natasha Marin and Jay O'Leary Woods. 

See Also: Multi-day events


FRIDAY

FOOD & DRINK

Virtual Dance Party With DJ Topspin and Special Guest Questlove
DJ Topspin and the drummer and Roots frontman Questlove will spin tunes for a virtual dance party to cap off Edouardo Jordan's event the Soul of Seattle. Jordan and Thomas Reynolds of Northwest Harvest will also be there. Refuel with an optional three-course meal from JuneBaby or Marjorie.

READINGS & TALKS

Seattle Arts & Lectures Poetry Series presents Toi Derricotte
The founder of Cave Canem, "the major watering hole and air pocket for Black poetry," poet Toi Derricotte will join Seattle Arts & Lectures with material that tackles violence, racism, motherhood, and identity. 

VISUAL ART

Pottery Northwest Speaks: A Roundtable with Tip Toland, Patti Warashina and Richard Notkin
Sculptors Tip Toland, Patti Warashina, and Richard Notkin will talk with Pottery Northwest about their narrative practices and work that deals with current events.

See Also: Multi-day events


SATURDAY

FILM

Lindy West & Milana Vayntrub
Hear Lindy West and Milana Vayntrub discuss Charles Mudede's Thin Skin (which West helped write) on the same day as the film's encore screening (see below).

Thin Skin (Encore)
Thin Skin, the newest brainchild of The Stranger's resident filmmaker/philosopher Charles Mudede, is a "music-infused, darkly comedic true story about keeping it together when you’re falling apart," according to press materials. It stars co-writer Ahamefule J. Oluo (a frequent Mudede collaborator and lauded jazz musician and storyteller) as a corporate underling on the heels of a broken marriage who finds solace in late-night sets at a jazz club. If you missed the premiere on Feb 19, they'll screen it again for one day only. This time, instead of a livestream, the film will be available on-demand for 24 hours.

MUSIC

I’m Every Woman: An Opportunity Washington Benefit Concert
Help raise money for the Carl Maxey Center, Phenomenal She, and the Lavender Rights Project (local organizations fighting for justice for Black womxn) at this online benefit concert featuring Lady A, Andra Day, Chaka Khan, and other stars.

NITE WAVE Best '80s Party Ever!
This high-energy virtual show is an '80s jukebox, complete with hits from Duran Duran, INXS, the Cure, New Order, Depeche Mode, and more, ramped up to the glitter gods.

A Post Malone Concert and Pikachu Distribution for the Pokémon 25th Anniversary Celebration
As part of its 25th anniversary celebration, Pokémon is hosting an online concert with Post Malone, a man who makes hip-hop for people who love pop music and hate hip-hop. The event will include the distribution of a Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, a "nostalgic event" in Pokémon GO, and a collection of music-themed Pokémon the Series episodes on Pokémon TV.

Verzuz TV: D'Angelo v. Friends
Neo soul god D'Angelo will go head-to-head against his friends in this edition of Verzuz TV's musical competition series on Instagram.

READINGS & TALKS

African American Writers Alliance
Tune in to a reading with African American Writers Alliance members Margaret Barrie, Helen Collier, Minnie Collins, Noni Ervin, Monique Franklin, Gail Haynes, and others. 

All Water Has Perfect Memory Book Launch
Seattle slam poet Chelsey Richardson, awarded the title of "Master Poet" by the Center for Washington Cultural Traditions, will perform alongside Raven Richardson and Owuor Arunga at the online book launch of her new book, All Water Has Perfect Memory.

See Also: Multi-day events


SUNDAY

ACTIVISM & SOCIAL JUSTICE

Righteous Ruckus for Justice
Show solidarity for those detained at the Northwest Detention Center (and show support for the Washington State HB 1090 initiative, which would ban private for-profit prisons in the region) at this online event with Never Again Seattle, Jewish Coalition for Immigrant Justice-NW, and Bend the Arc-Seattle. 

COMMUNITY

'That They Lived' with Rochelle Riley
Detroit columnist Rochelle Riley will discuss her book That They Lived: African Americans Who Changed the World, which features her grandchildren photographed as important Black leaders throughout history. 

FILM

Golden Globes 2021
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association will present the Golden Globes for the 78th time, on the date originally indented for the Academy Awards, broadcasting live on NBC with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosting the proceedings. Currently streaming films like Nomadland, Trial of the Chicago 7, Promising Young Woman, Hamilton, and The Prom are among the nominees. 

Virtual Moving History ‚Äď Black History Month 2021 Program 2
MIPoPS' Virtual Moving History series is back with a compilation of archival film clips celebrating Black History Month (like a clip of Chad Goller-Sojourner reading poetry and Ossie Davis visiting Tacoma to give a talk on the history of Black labor in the U.S.). 

FOOD & DRINK

Through the Eyes of Art: Soul Food Sunday Cookalong With Special Guest Danielle Alex
The eighth annual iteration of Through the Eyes of Art, a Black History Month celebration presented by the Chosen Few and the Museum of Pop Culture, will continue its food-centric theme with a cookalong led by Chef Danielle Alex (the progenitor of the blog Diversity Kitchen)


MULTI-DAY

FESTIVALS

Virtual Sewing & Stitchery Expo!
No need to brave a crowd at the Convention Center for this year's Sewing & Stitchery Expo. Instead, take online classes from sewing and textile experts from near and far and shop for handmade wares. Keep in mind that some classes require a kit, which you'll need to preorder.
(Wednesday-Sunday)

FILM

2021 HUMP! Film Festival
Every year, The Stranger puts out the call to sex-havers everywhere to submit a homegrown amateur porn film depicting whatever they're into (barring poop, kids, and animals, of course). The result is an incredibly diverse representation of human sexuality in all its straight, gay, trans, queer, kinky, funny, pissy, painful, and pretty forms. Let's see what wild spins people put on their submissions that were created during the lockdown, shall we?
(Saturday-Sunday)

Children's Film Festival Seattle 2020
Parents with restless children and adults who enjoy whimsical storytelling, rejoice! The Children's Film Festival will resume its latest edition online with the theme "Love and Light." That includes seven short film program screenings ranging from live-action to animation to documentary. Plus, all screenings will come with bonus activities like coloring pages, discussion guides, and more.
(All week)

Destiny City Film Festival
Spare yourself the I5 traffic and take a virtual journey to Tacoma for the eighth annual Destiny City Film Festival, boasting an on-demand program of short and feature-length independent films from the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
(Friday-Sunday)

MUSIC

Emerald City Music presents The Calidore String Quartet
The Calidore String Quartet will play two works by Robert Schumann and Dmitri Shostakovich, as performed on their latest album, Babel.
(Friday-Sunday)

Jackson Street Jazz Walk
Instead of spreading itself across various Central District venues, this annual jazz walk benefiting Northwest Harvest will take place online. You won't want to miss performances from local heavyweights like the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio, Eugenie Jones Jazz, the Alex Dugdale Fade Quintet, D’Vonne and Donovon Lewis, and the Rafael Tranquilino Band.
(Saturday-Sunday)

PERFORMANCE

CHOP SHOP: Bodies of Work Dance Film Festival
This contemporary dance festival has presented performances from troupes and artists around the world, with the goal of reaching diverse audiences and connecting people of all abilities with dance instruction. This year's festival can be enjoyed from home, featuring online dance films from¬†Daniel Costa Dance,¬†Eva Stone and Simone Elliott of Root Collective,¬†Mark Haim, NYC's¬†Omar Rom√°n De Jes√ļs, and others from near and far. Films will be presented in installments on Thursdays, with Q&As with each week's featured artists to follow on Sundays.
(Thursday & Sunday)

Liminale: A Live Virtual Performance
In a piece created specifically for Zoom, site-specific choreographer Alice Gosti toys with the publicity of private spaces in the pandemic.
(Saturday-Sunday)

Martha Graham Dance Company: Appalachian Spring, Then and Now
America's oldest modern dance company, founded in 1926 and composed of "the most skilled and powerful dancers you can ever hope to see," according to the Washington Post, the Martha Graham Dance Company performed their namesake's iconic work, Appalachian Spring, at Jacob's Pillow in 2019. It's being screened alongside archival videos from 1947 featuring dancers Martha Graham, Erick Hawkins, May O'Donnell, Merce Cunningham, Nina Fonaroff, Pearl Lang, Marjorie Maza, and Yuriko, courtesy of Meany Center for the Performing Arts.
(Monday-Friday)

Three Screams (a play in three parts)
Vincent Delaney's three-part play, an online production commissioned by 18th and Union, revolves around the theft of Edvard Munch's famous painting "The Scream of Nature" through the perspective of Munch's family.
(Wednesday-Saturday)