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The Best Things To Do from Home in Seattle This Week: March 1-7, 2021

Jericho Brown, a Mini Dance Festival, and More Top Picks
March 1, 2021
The Seattle International Dance Festival's pared-down Winter Mini-Fest will bring dance films and live dance events from the likes of the Khambatta Dance Company (pictured) to your computer screen this weekend. (Seattle International Dance Festival via Facebook)

The first week of March is off to a good start thanks to virtual editions of annual festivals, major author appearances, and more noteworthy happenings on the internet. Freshen up your at-home routine with our latest roundup of picks, from the Asian American Film Festival to Taste Washington, and from a Word Works lecture with Jericho Brown to Timothy White Eagle's workshop performance Death and the Mourning After. 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

MUSIC

Stephanie Anne Johnson's Pacific Northwest Guitarist Spotlight: Greg Fulton
Tacoma-bred R&B/soul artist Stephanie Anne Johnson will link up with guitarist Greg Fulton for the second installment of this collaborative virtual concert series.

READINGS & TALKS

Lavinia Spalding with Kaitlin Barker Davis, Erin Byrne & Anna Vodicka
Editor Lavinia Spalding will be joined by Kaitlin Barker Davis, Erin Byrne, and Anna Vodicka—PNW contributors to the 12th-edition anthology Travelers’ Tales’ Best Women’s Travel Writing—for a virtual chat with Elliott Bay.

See Also: Multi-day events


TUESDAY

FILM

Transcendent Cinema: Contra-Banned Narratives
In this SIFF class, filmmaker Sultan Sharrief will lead a survey of Muslim and Islamic stories in modern cinema, from Moustapha Akkad's The Message to Ismaël Ferroukhi's The Great Journey.

READINGS & TALKS

Elizabeth Becker with Joni Balter
An acclaimed journalist in her own right, Elizabeth Becker spotlights the lives and work of three women who were international correspondents during the Vietnam War. Hear her discuss her new book, You Don’t Belong Here: How Three Women Rewrote the Story of War, with fellow journalist Joni Balter. 

Why We Cook: Women on Food, Identity, and Connection
To kick off Women's History Month, hear Lindsay Gardner discuss her new book, Why We Cook: Women on Food, Identity, and Connection, alongside fellow cookbook authors Polina Chesnakova and Jess Thomson. They'll also be sharing Chesnakova and Thomspon's recipe for apple sharlotka and honey mulled wine. 

See Also: Multi-day events


WEDNESDAY

COMMUNITY

Virtual Civic Cocktail: The State of Democracy: Bridging the Political Divide in WA
How is the division between Democrats and Republicans holding up the progress of the collective good here in Washington State, and what can local leaders do about it? That's the topic of tonight's conversation with Town Hall Seattle and Seattle CityClub with Joni Balter and guests Tina Podlodowski (chair of the Washington State Democratic Party) and Caleb Heimlich (chair of the Washington State Republican Party). 

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. 

READINGS & TALKS

Lily King with Laurie Frankel - Writers & Lovers
Following the success of her bestselling novel Euphoria, Lily King's Writers & Lovers follows a young woman as she navigates a critical life transition in the wake of her mother's death. Join the author in conversation with Seattle writer Laurie Frankel (This Is How It Always Is).

Revealing the 'untold' with Brown Girl Magazine: A Tasveer Author Spotlight
Apoorva Verghese, Meera Estrada, Gabrielle Deonath, Kamini Ramdeen, and Trisha Sakhuja-Walia discuss their contributions to the anthology untold: defining moments of the uprooted with Tasveer's Shahina Piyarali. 

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THURSDAY

COMMUNITY

2021 Arboretum Gala: Spring Forward!
Enjoy a guided tour of the Washington Park Arboretum, live music by violinist Swil Kanim, and fun nature-themed surprises at this online gala benefiting the garden. 

Virtual History After Hours: Living Washington
Learn how butterflies, beavers, marbled murrelets, fungi, and other living things that thrive in the PNW ecosystem have impacted us throughout history in this online panel discussion with local naturalists and the Washington State History Museum. 

MUSIC

Sinatra and Beyond
Frank Sinatra fans will delight in this night of classy covers, courtesy of Tony DeSare and the Seattle Symphony. 

READINGS & TALKS

Jack Halberstam with Radhika Govindrajan, María Elena García, and Chadan Reddy
Author and Columbia University gender studies professor Jack Halberstam will join a panel of three University of Washington professors (Radhika Govindrajan, María Elena García, and Chandan Reddy) for a conversation on his new book, Wild Things: The Disorder of Desire

Plants on Islands: Insights into the Flora of the San Juan Islands
According to the organizers, the flora of most islands in the San Juan archipelago has only been studied for about 15 years. In this talk, UW biologist Peter Dunwiddie will dive into the subsequent research and what it reveals about the biogeography of the 100-plus islands and the species they harbor.

Robert Kolker with Susannah Cahalan - Hidden Valley Road
Robert Kolker's Hidden Valley Road tells the story of Don and Mimi Galvin, six of whose children were diagnosed with schizophrenia and played a pivotal role in helping scientists from the National Institute of Mental Health understand the disease. The author will be joined virtually by journalist Susannah Cahalan.

See Also: Multi-day events


FRIDAY

MUSIC

House Party! A Birthday Show with CarLarans
Neo-electro-soul and hip-hop artist CarLarans will show off his singing and dancing abilities as a fundraiser for the final production of his upcoming sophomore album.

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 play is Nava Ruthfield's 357 Days, about the impact quarantine has had on her life as a teen. 

READINGS & TALKS

Suleika Jaouad with Cheryl Strayed
Emmy Award-winning writer, speaker, and activist Souleika Jaouad will share excerpts from her memoir Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted, which recalls her struggle with cancer, alongside author Cheryl Strayed (Wild). 

Word Works | Jericho Brown: Nonsense and Senselessness
"Every time you think a Jericho Brown poem is about to drown in sentimentality or gushy eroticism, he makes a turn that freezes you solid, or boils you over, or completely vaporizes you," wrote The Stranger's Rich Smith on Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jericho Brown. In his Word Works lecture moderated by former Seattle Civic Poet Anastacia-Reneé, Brown will unpack the feeling of coming away from a poem in complete confusion. "Looking at examples of sense and nonsense in his and others’ work, Brown will explore the different techniques poets use to balance meaning and mystery," read press materials.

See Also: Multi-day events


SATURDAY

COMMUNITY

Refuge Day: Spring Edition
Take your laptop to your backyard or nearest isolated outdoor space and enjoy a shorter, online version of this annual outdoorsy festival, where you'll get to learn the basics of foraging and dance to sets from DJ Black Daria. 

FILM

Scarecrow Academy presents The Art in Noir: OUT OF THE PAST
Jacques Tourneur's Out of the Past is next up in this Scarecrow series that takes a deep look at the different approaches to the post-WWII genre. 

READINGS & TALKS

Lorde Knows #1: Poetry Reading with Derrick Weston Brown, JP Howard, I.S. Jones, and Bettina Judd
In conjunction with Anastacia-Reneé's current exhibition (Don’t be Absurd) Alice in Parts, in which poetry plays a major role, Derrick Weston Brown, JP Howard, I.S. Jones, and Bettina Judd will join the Frye for an online poetry reading interspersed with their reflections on the show. 

Quarantine Book Club: "The Dogs" by Rebecca Brown
Following dives into works by the likes of Virginia Woolf and Toni Morrison, Christopher Frizzelle's remote Saturday book club will continue with Rebecca Brown's 1998 The Dogs, a tour de force of magical realism set in the Pacific Northwest. Unlike previous installments, the author herself will make an appearance near the final weeks. 

Véronique Tadjo with Odile Cazenave
Hailing from Côte d’Ivoire, poet and novelist Véronique Tadjo will join Elliott Bay and Boston University French professor Odile Cazenave to discuss her new novel In the Company of Men, which centers on West Africa's Ebola outbreak. 

See Also: Multi-day events


SUNDAY

FILM

Nordic Lights Film Festival
This annual film festival, supported by SIFF, celebrates the richness of Nordic culture, featuring films from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and even the Faroe Islands.

MUSIC

Staycation Solos & Duos
Spend your Sunday hearing the South Hudson Music Project Staycation Festival's latest concert of live solo and duo performances by Seattle-based musicians and improvisers Ayesha Brooks, Darren Loucas, and Reggie Garrett.

PERFORMANCE

Death and Mourning After
Spawned from the themes of his most recent performance The Violet Symphony (unfortunately canceled due to COVID) and from backyard jam sessions with cellist Lori Goldston, Timothy White Eagle's work in progress considers death rituals, early spiritual expression, and first mythologies. On the Boards and La Mama will host this online performance, followed by a conversation hosted by OtB’s Artistic Director, Rachel Cook, with the artists.

Vaginomicon 2021
Release your fangs for a night of readings, performances, music, and short films from women in horror, with all proceeds benefiting Planned Parenthood. 


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)

9th Annual Seattle Asian American Film Festival
Films by and about Asian Americans are showcased at this annual festival, which always includes diverse features and short films about the rich and varied experiences of these populations, particularly in Seattle and the Northwest. This year's festival will include nine feature films screened virtually, as well as the drive-in premiere of martial arts action-comedy The Paper Tigers on March 6 at the Burien Drive-In.
(Tuesday-Sunday)

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.
(All week)

Seattle Jewish Film Festival
This annual film festival, which is already primed in the art of virtual programming thanks to last year's event also getting canceled due to COVID, explores and celebrates global Jewish and Israeli life, history, complexity, culture, and filmmaking. It showcases international, independent, and award-winning Jewish-themed and Israeli cinema, and the audience votes on their favorites. This year's festival kicks off on a lighthearted note with the documentary Howie Mandel: But, Enough About Me, featuring a post-screening appearance from the comedian Howel Mandel himself.
(Thursday-Sunday)

FOOD & DRINK

Taste Washington
Billing itself as "the nation's largest single-region wine and food event," Taste Washington will get even larger this year by filling out the entire month of March (instead of its usual five days). Rather than in-person tastings, though, they'll offer weekly kits that you can enjoy at home, as well as recipes you can make on your own.
(All week)

MUSIC

Balkan Night Northwest
New Orleans isn't the only place known for its Mardi Gras celebrations—Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia, Bulgaria, and other Balkan regions have their own ways of celebrating. You'll discover many of them at this annual music- and dance-focused event, which moves online this year.
(Saturday-Sunday)

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.
(All week)

PERFORMANCE

Seattle International Dance Festival Winter Mini-Fest
In lieu of the annual in-person festival, this two-week-long virtual event will bring dance films and live dance events to your computer screen, featuring performances from Sweden's Virpi Pahkinen Dance and a Seattle spotlight with local dancers Hope Goldman, Leah Mann, Lucie Baker, Sojung Lim, Elise Beers, and Cameo Lethem.
(Saturday-Sunday)