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The Best Things To Do from Home in Seattle This Week: February 15-21, 2021

Sites of Power, Bill Gates with Anderson Cooper, Thin Skin, and More Picks
February 15, 2021
After checking out Natasha Marin's online exhibition Sites of Power, join Black artists and writers Ebo Barton, Robert Lashley, Maisha Banks Manson, J.R. Rhodes, and Marin herself for a virtual presentation with Hugo House on Friday. (Erika Schultz)

As your toes thaw from a weekend spent in the snow, stay entertained indoors with our latest roundup of picks for online events. We've compiled them all below, from a one-day screening of Charles Mudede's Thin Skin to Bill Gates in conversation with Anderson Cooper, and from the Washington Ensemble Theatre's Dreams Virtual Gala to the Children's Film Festival. 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

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."

See Also: Multi-day events


TUESDAY

COMMUNITY

Charcoal, Wood, and Metal: Charmaine Lurch’s Being, Belonging and Grace: A lecture by Katherine McKittrick
Drawing on Sylvia Wynter’s concept of "rethinking aesthetics" and Andrea Fatona’s "undulating depths of fields," Katherine McKittrick theorizes the charcoal drawings of artist Charmaine Lurch as "unwieldy and provisional moments of joy." Press materials explain, "Rather than exalting Black joy, the [talk] will demonstrate how Lurch’s aesthetic decisions visually gesture Blackness as a location of entanglement, one that captures brief moments of happiness—relief, actually—and nests them within the broader context of racial violence, colonialism, and extraction." 

FILM

Reel Black: Barry Jenkins and Black Skin in Color
SIFF film scholar Isabella Price will lead an online workshop centering the work of Barry Jenkins, known best as the director of Moonlight and If Beale Street Could Talk, touching on Jenkins' incredible use of colors to help tell Black stories. 

MUSIC

Show Brazil Virtual Carnaval Event with Eduardo Mendonça!
Brazil-born, Seattle-based Eduardo Mendonça will bring his style of jazz to this online celebration of the Carnival of Brazil. 

READINGS & TALKS

Among the Remnants: Holocaust Survivor Josh Gortler
Before winding up in Seattle as a social worker, Joshua Gortler and his Polish Jewish family fled Nazi persecution in WWII-era Europe, eventually finding refuge in a Displaced Persons Camp. Join him as he shares his story with the Holocaust Center for Humanity. 

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson with Natalie Diaz
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson (Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg) will read from her debut novel, Noopiming: The Cure for White Ladies, with Elliott Bay and acclaimed poet Natalie Diaz (When My Brother Was an Aztec). 

See Also: Multi-day events


WEDNESDAY

COMMUNITY

Another Opening, Another Show: Seattle Theater History
While you still can't go to the theater in Seattle, you can learn all about the scene's architectural history from Lawrence Kreisman, who curated the 1981 MOHAI theater exhibition. 

The Promise and Peril in Seattle's New Era of Female Leadership
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, former Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best, and Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Denise Juneau will discuss the "highs and lows" of being women in leadership roles. 

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: Clodagh's Weeknight Kitchen by Clodagh McKenna
Irish chef, cookbook author, columnist, and television presenter Clodagh McKenna will chat with Book Larder owner Lara Hamilton about her newest book, Clodagh's Weeknight Kitchen, which focuses on a variety of 30-minute, one-dish, and/or meatless recipes easy enough for a harried evening, plus dishes that can be made with pantry ingredients and big-batch recipes to feed friends and family.

MUSIC

KNKX PRESENTS Piano Starts Here: The Music of Mary Lou Williams + Thelonious Monk
Hear works by Mary Lou Williams and Thelonious Monk performed by Seattle jazz pianists Nelda Swiggett, Ray Skjelbred, Ryan Burns, and Alex Guilbert.

Tibet House US - 34th Annual Benefit Concert
NYC's 34th Annual Tibet House U.S. Benefit Concert will move online this year with live and pre-recorded performances from a stellar lineup featuring Philip Glass, Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Annie Lennox, Phoebe Bridgers, Flaming Lips, Brittany Howard, Angélique Kidjo, Laurie Anderson, and many others. Oh, and the Dalai Lama himself! 

See Also: Multi-day events


THURSDAY

COMMUNITY

Lightning Talks: Octopuses
Those who are easily distracted but love blue-blooded octopi, one of the sea's brainiest creatures, should tune in to these five-minute talks with experts. 

MUSIC

45th Street Brass - The Digital 45 Release Show
The local 45th St. Brass band will spout rootsy funk in this virtual concert.

Live Music Heals
Got a story to tell about what live music means to you? Get KEXP on the horn and tell them all about it. They'll be playing voicemails and reading written messages live on the air.

Mozart & R. Schumann
Seattle Symphony's first chamber performance of the season will see residents playing works by Juri Seo, R. Schumann, and Mozart. 

READINGS & TALKS

Jeffrey Stewart with LaNesha DeBardelaben: Alain Locke, the Father of the Harlem Renaissance
A mentor to Black artists like Langston Hughes and Jacob Lawrence, Alain Locke pioneered what he called the "New Negro" generation: a network of creative Black Americans who went on to create enduring art, literature, music, and drama during the Harlem Renaissance. Professor Jeffrey Stewart won a Pulitzer Prize for his biography The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke, which he'll discuss tonight in celebration of its paperback release. He'll be joined by the Northwest African American Museum’s LaNesha DeBardelaben.

Seattle Arts & Lectures present Bill Gates: In Conversation with Anderson Cooper
Benevolent billionaire Bill Gates will share insights from his 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, in this Seattle Arts & Lectures talk with CNN's Anderson Cooper.

VISUAL ART

Re/frame: Love’s Many Forms
Dr. Ann Poulson, the Henry’s Associate Curator of Collections, will lead a virtual tour of pieces in the permanent collection that express love in its many forms. 

See Also: Multi-day events


FRIDAY

COMMUNITY

Kubota Garden Revealed - Xenophobia and the Kubota Family
In honor of Japanese American Day of Remembrance, which commemorates the victims and survivors of Japanese American internment in Washington, Oregon, and California during WWII, the Kubota Garden's Barb Yasui will share how the Kubota family experienced xenophobia during that time, including being barred from purchasing land in their own name. 

Through the Eyes of Art: Food Justice & Seattle Food Movements Conversation
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 bring together artists, community leaders, politicians, and other movers and shakers from across Washington State to explore soul food cuisine and Seattle’s Black-owned eateries. From there, they'll dive into issues related to health and wellness, food justice, and access for Seattle's Black communities. 

FILM

Thin Skin
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.

FOOD & DRINK

Food for Thought: A Dinner Date with History
Chinatown-ID chefs will talk about their connection to food and the history of their respective cuisines. They'll also be sharing recipes and walking you through the steps to make them at home. 

Live Cooking Demo with Local Chefs
Chef Wayne Johnson will lead this Soul of Seattle cooking demo featuring chefs Trey Lamont of Jerk Shack and Kristi Brown of Communion. You can add on a three-course meal from either restaurant to enjoy as you watch.

MUSIC

Jasmine Habersham
Soprano Jasmine Habersham will make her Seattle Opera debut virtually in this free recital featuring "Silver Aria" from The Ballad of Baby Doe and Leonard Bernstein's "I Hate Music!" You can also see Habersham as Zerlina in Seattle Opera's upcoming production of Don Giovanni

PERFORMANCE

Into the Unknown — 17 Minute Stories
In addition to working within a time constraint, Macha Theatre Works' series of quick-bite solo shows also explores the very concept of time, or more specifically, how we end up where we do, and how we fumble through human existence in our own ways. This week's performance is Marianna De Fazio's Somnolent, an abstract piece that follows a woman's recovery from a brain injury.

READINGS & TALKS

Biblioasis Indie All-Star Game
Meet the cavalcade of literary legends (aka indie booksellers) featured in Bilbioasis's North American Indies collectible trading cards—including a rep from Seattle's Madison Books—as they pitch their favorite small-press books to you. One lucky viewer will take home the "crackerjack prize," which is to say free copies of every book mentioned during the event.

Black Voices on Black Futures
In conjunction with Natasha Marin's online exhibit Sites of Power, join Black artists and writers Ebo Barton, Robert Lashley, Maisha Banks Manson, J.R. Rhodes, and Marin herself for this virtual presentation with Hugo House.

See Also: Multi-day events


SATURDAY

COMMUNITY

2021 State of Africatown: The African American/African Gathering
Get the latest on the goals, opportunities, and challenges facing Seattle's African American and African Diaspora community in 2021 and beyond.

The Dreams Virtual Gala
Washington Ensemble Theatre's 17th annual fundraising gala is going digital with live performances and auctions hosted by WET's Maggie L. Rogers and Erin Bednarz. Talent includes poet and artist Anastacia-Reneé, drag star Cherdonna Shinatra, queer dance collective Drama Tops, choreographer Parmida Ziaei, WET resident Rachel Guyer-Mafune, musician and playwright Rheanna Atendido, and others. 

The First 30 Days: Black Futures on Black History
Local Black youth will share their perspectives on Black history, Black futures, and community work on the Northwest African American Museum's YouTube channel. 

Phenomenal: Black Womxn
All-star authors Roxane Gay and Ijeoma Oluo invite fellow womxn of the African diaspora to join them in an online conversation about their experiences as Black womxn in the world, bolstered by workshops and presentations. 

Ronald A. Crutcher: Navigating Race on the Road to Leadership
In his memoir I Had No Idea You Were Black: Navigating Race on the Road to Leadership, Dr. Ronald A. Crutcher relates how he navigated "cancel culture" at the University of Richmond, where he serves as president in the heart of the former Confederacy, and "how he taught Northeast liberals the true meaning of functional diversity" during his time as President of Wheaton College in Massachusetts.

FILM

Scarecrow Academy presents The Art in Noir: Scarlet Street
Fritz Lang's Scarlet Street is next up in this Scarecrow series that takes a deep look at the different approaches to the post-WWII genre. 

READINGS & TALKS

We Hereby Refuse - Book Celebration
Queue up a virtual book party for Frank Abe and Tamiko Nimura's new graphic novel We Hereby Refuse, co-published by Wing Luke Museum and Chin Music Press, which highlights three stories of Japanese Americans who were imprisoned in Washington during WWII.

See Also: Multi-day events


SUNDAY

MUSIC

Byron Schenkman & Friends: Piano Songs & Fantasies Concert Premiere
Renowned harpsichordist Byron Schenkman will host an evening that focuses on who he considers seven of the best pianist composers: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Teresa Carreño, Florence Beatrice Price, Johannes Brahms, Margaret Bonds, Hale Smith, and Franz Schubert. 

READINGS & TALKS

Betto Arcos with Mayumi Tsutakawa
Los Angeles-based, Veracruz-born radio journalist and music curator Betto Arcos's Music Stories from the Cosmic Barrio, which was written to be read aloud, examines various aspects of Latin American music and the cultural and political moments behind them. He'll be joined virtually by Seattle arts and culture writer Mayumi Tsutakawa. 

Noreena Hertz: Restoring Human Connection in a World That’s Pulling Apart
In addition to the obvious culprit of social media, Noreena Hertz breaks down the role of several products of the 21st century (the dismantling of civic institutions, the reorganization of the workplace, the mass migration to cities, etc.) and how they've led to mass loneliness in The Lonely Century: How to Restore Human Connection in a World that’s Pulling Apart

Seattle Arts and Lectures presents Bill Bryson
In his latest book, The Body: A Guide for Occupants, the very funny Bill Bryson focuses on the inner-workings of the human body, which is likely something you've been thinking about more and more in this virus-stricken time. He'll share his wit with Seattle Arts & Lectures.

Virtual Event with Nikki McClure
Join Nikki McClure as she reads from her new book, 1,2,3 Salish Sea, which teaches kids 1) how to count and 2) cool facts about stubby squids, lumpsuckers, banana slugs, orcas, nudibranchs, and sculpin. 


MULTI-DAY

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?
(Friday-Saturday)

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.
(Thursday-Sunday)

MUSIC

Pearl Jam
Seattle-bred grunge staple Pearl Jam will stream the second night of their 2018 concert at T-Mobile Park, which comprises 37 songs, on nugs.tv.
(Monday-Tuesday)

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 Román De Jesús, 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)

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.
(Friday-Sunday)

Pacific Northwest Ballet: Roméo et Juliette
Romeo et Juliette is a PNB classic, featuring music by Prokofiev and choreography by Jean-Christophe Maillot. Back in 2009, when Pacific Northwest Ballet first performed this version, Jen Graves wrote that artistic director Peter Boal "has beefed up PNB's short, experimental repertory, but his updating of [Kent Stowell's] Romeo and Juliet with Roméo et Juliette is proof that he's undermining convention on all fronts, refusing to ghettoize experimentalism. His unified vision can reach even the big-story ballets. And the audience is eating it up. It's understandable: Roméo et Juliette is hot. It seduces the audience with everything the dancers have, not just some of it—their command and their release; their Olympian ability not just to spin bolt upright but also to ache; their fingers, eyes, mouths; their acting. Feels are copped. Making out is not symbolized: It occurs." This is a pre-recorded performance.
(Monday-Tuesday)

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)

Vampires of the Neverwood
Annex Theatre's new "decide-thine-personal-disaster-style comedy" follows Jonelle Dinklebreeze and her mission to retrieve the mythical Solstone, during which time she gets wrapped up in a side quest: searching for the droves of missing people in her hometown of Pipistrellus. Were they kidnapped by vampires? You'll have to tune in on YouTube and engage with "pole dance fighting, dungeon crawling, over 20 different puzzles, sitcom-esque setups bound to trigger your social anxiety, several odd subplots involving Chicken Marsala and a Lacrosse team, and so much sexual degeneracy" to find out.
(Tuesday-Saturday)