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The Best Things To Do from Home This Week: COVID-Safe Seattle Events for Nov 30-Dec 6, 2020

A Jinkx Monsoon and BenDeLaCreme Holiday Special, SMooCH 2020, and More Top Picks
November 30, 2020
Seattle drag celebs Jinkx Monsoon and BenDeLaCreme's on-demand Holiday Special brings sentient eggnog and holiday tunes to an electronic device near you this Tuesday. (Jinkx Monsoon via Facebook)

As you continue to quarantine at home, count on our latest roundup of picks for ways to stay entertained without venturing into the germy outside world. We've compiled them below—from a talk with Ijeoma Oluo and Megan Rapinoe to a Hanukkah cooking demo with acclaimed Israeli American chef Michael Solomonov, and from SMooCH 2020 to Kitten N' Lou's Jingle All the Gay! 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

READINGS & TALKS

Charles Baxter with Natalie Bakopoulos
Oprah-approved writer and National Book Award finalist Charles Baxter will read fromThe Sun Collective, his new novel that follows a couple who come across a mysterious cult in the center of Minneapolis while searching for their missing adult son. He'll be joined in conversation by fellow author Natalie Bakopoulos (The Green Shore, Scorpionfish).

Virtual Author Talk: Best American Food Writing 2020
Chef and food writer J. Kenji López-Alt, Bloomberg News editor Silvia Killingsworth, New Yorker food critic Hannah Goldfield, author and journalist Joshua David Stein, and James Beard Award-winning chef Kwame Onwauchi will come together for a virtual panel discussing the latest anthology in the popular Best American Food Writing series, which was edited by López-Alt and Killingsworth.

VISUAL ART

Visuals AIDS Presents: Transmissions
See commissioned films and performance art in response to the AIDS crisis and the ongoing conversation around the virus, followed by a Q&A talk led by Jih-Fei Cheng, a professor of feminist, gender, and sexuality studies.

See Also: Multi-Day Events


TUESDAY

COMMUNITY

Stories of the Past, Stories of the Present: Honoring World AIDS Day
On World AIDS Day, join the AMP: AIDS Memorial Pathway and the Gates Foundation Discovery Center for a virtual reflection on the complex history of the virus, as well as the present-day innovations in care for those living with HIV/AIDS.

FILM

What the Femme: Feminism in Holiday Horror - Virtual Class
For this edition of the film discussion series What the Femme, SIFF programmer Adrienne Clark will zero in on the niche genre of holiday horror (think Black Christmas and Krampus) and its depiction of female characters. 

MUSIC

MoPOP Founders Award 2020, honoring Alice in Chains
Seattle grunge legends of yore Alice in Chains will receive MoPOP's 2020 Founders Award for their lasting impact on the city's music scene. They'll also perform live.

Save Your Seat: A Giving Tuesday Virtual Benefit Concert
On Giving Tuesday, the State Theatre of Ithaca (the last remaining historic performing arts venue in New York's Tompkins County) will host a virtual benefit concert with Graham Nash, the Avett Brothers, Keb Mo, Béla Fleck, and other headliner-worthy acts. 

Sylvan Esso
Former Stranger staffer Kim Selling wrote, "Every new generation of college kids needs at least one party album to rally behind. For my freshman year, it was M.I.A.’s Kala and Kanye West’s Graduation—for this year’s crop, it will be Sylvan Esso’s What Now. Their electrified, multilayered pop is clever, bright, and fully hitched to dance as a primary activity in a way that feels much like two-dimensional worship. Preaching a lifestyle adjacent to “the power of dance heals all” is a little #LoveWins for my taste, but Sylvan Esso manage to carry their music through these lyrical tropes with a strength of conviction that is truly impressive (and occasionally beguiling). And hey—who am I to shit on such an active joy?" Join the artist for the last of three online performances with STG.

READINGS & TALKS

Ijeoma Oluo Book Launch event with Megan Rapinoe
Two Seattle masters of their respective fields in writing and pro soccer, So You Want to Talk About Race author Ijeoma Oluo and Women's World Cup champion Megan Rapinoe, will sit down together virtually to discuss Oluo's new book, Medicare: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America.

Josh Clark & Chuck Bryant with Corin Tucker
The podcast hosts and newly minted co-authors of Stuff You Should Know: An Incomplete Compendium of Mostly Interesting Things will link up with Sleater-Kinney frontwoman Corinne Tucker for a virtual chat with Third Place Books.

Tasveer Author Meets with Vijay Seshadri
Don't miss an evening with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Vijay Seshadri, who will be reading from his latest collection, That Was Now, This Is Then, and chatting with local South Asian social justice and arts nonprofit Tasveer about his process.

See Also: Multi-Day Events


WEDNESDAY

COMMUNITY

Black Futures with Kimberly Drew & Jenna Wortham
Art historian Kimberly Drew (who you should absolutely be following on Instagram if you're not already) and New York Times Magazine culture writer and podcast host Jenna Wortham will join Seattle Arts & Lectures for a discussion of their new book, Black Futures, a collection of photos, essays, memes, recipes, Tweets, poetry, and more that brings Black creators to the foreground. 

Olympic Marmot Monitoring Using Citizen Scientists
This virtual "field trip" with the Olympic National Park will explain the decade-old citizen science program monitoring Olympic Marmot (Washington State's designated endemic mammal) in the Olympic Peninsula. Find out how to participate and/or support the program with Olympic National Park Wildlife Biologist Patti Happe.

Virtual Silent Reading Party
The first worldwide silent-reading party was such a huge success that we're making it weekly. Every Wednesday at 6 pm we're going to throw these parties, at least until stay-at-home is over. Attendees at the first Zoom silent-reading party included famous actors, writers, composers, artists, families, teenagers doing their homework, people staring into space listening to the music because it was just so beautiful, cats, and even one household on Orcas Island that was eating dinner and decided to broadcast the reading party as their background music. (What a brilliant idea!) It wasn't just a great party to be at. Behind the scenes, this was a roaring success as well. The Stranger brought in revenue from the reading party for the first time ever, our musician Paul Matthew Moore made ten times more on Venmo tips than he's ever made in the tip jar at the Sorrento (thank you for your generosity—he deserves it!), and hundreds of people at the party have written us emails, clamoring for more. CHRISTOPHER FRIZZELLE

Workshopping Democracy: Stories for Change
Need help articulating your vision for a strong democracy? Turn to this workshop with the Museum of History & Industry that uses personal storytelling as a means of manifesting change. 

FOOD & DRINK

Chanukah Virtual Cooking Demonstration with Michael Solomonov
James Beard Award-winning cookbook author Michael Solomonov, the Israeli American chef known for his Philadelphia restaurant Zahav, will help you prepare a festive Hanukkah feast in this online cooking class. You'll be making apple shrub, Abe Fisher’s potato latkes, Roman artichokes with arugula and olive oil, poached salmon, and sfenj (Moroccan fritters) with cinnamon and sugar. 

PERFORMANCE

The Hip Hop Nutcracker featuring Kurtis Blow
This stellar reinterpretation of the beloved ballet swaps out imperial Russia for 1980s Brooklyn as little Maria-Clara travels back in time to her parents' first meeting at a nightclub. It's acted out by a dozen hip-hop dancers, a DJ, and an electric violinist. This year's virtual edition features seasoned NYC rapper Kurtis Blow. 

READINGS & TALKS

Ruth Ben-Ghiat with Virginia Heffernan: How to Stop an Authoritarian 'Strongman'
In her book Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present, Ruth Ben-Ghiat traces the recent history of authoritarian figures all the way up to Donald Trump. She'll join Town Hall for a virtual talk with journalist Virginia Heffernan. 

SPORTS & RECREATION

Disabled Hockey Week Q&A
Seattle's first-ever pro hockey team the Kraken will bring on its broadcaster, Everett Fitzhugh, and its Intersectionality Consultant, Chanel Keenan, for a conversation on disabilities in the hockey world. Catch it on the NHL Twitter and Facebook Live pages or on the Kraken's YouTube channel.

VISUAL ART

Behind the Scenes: Liz Brown
The installations in the Seattle Art Museum-owned Olympic Sculpture Park put up with a lot, weather-wise. This conversation with Liz Brown, SAM's Senior Objects Conservator, will delve into the techniques SAM's conservators use to counteract the challenges presented by the natural world.

See Also: Multi-Day Events


THURSDAY

FESTIVALS

WE SPEAK Festival
Edmonds Center for the Arts' inaugural We Speak Festival presents an evening of spoken-word poetry and storytelling with the likes of Jericho Brown, Andrea Gibson, Kealoha, Shane Koyczan, and Robin Sanders, who join local youth poets chosen through a juried competition. You'll hear work on all sorts of topics, but especially related to the global health crisis, Black Lives Matter and other racial justice movements, and the experiences of marginalized communities.

FOOD & DRINK

Virtual Author Talk: In Bibi's Kitchen by Hawa Hassan
Brooklyn chef Hawa Hassan honors bibis (aka grandmothers) from eight African nations in her new cookbook, In Bibi's Kitchen. She'll be joined in virtual conversation by Olaiya Land of Lionesse. 

MUSIC

Strict Tempo: Meshes, Panorama Lineal, Veldt
Seattle DJ Vox Sinistra will host another virtual dark and synthy club night, this time with Meshes, Panorama Lineal, and Veldt.

PERFORMANCE

Langston Presents: Ain't Too Proud
The Hansberry Project Artistic Director Valerie Curtis-Newton will moderate this discussion with the cast and crew of the Tony-winning Broadway musical Ain't Too Proud, which follows the Temptations' journey from their hometown of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

READINGS & TALKS

2019–20 Hugo Fellows Final Reading
This Year's Hugo House fellows Joyce Chen, Shelby Handler, Piper Lane, Sasha LaPointe, Abi Pollokoff, and Jen Soriano will be joined by last year’s writers-in-residence, Kristen Millares Young and Laura Da’, for an end-of-season reading. 

Kiley Reid
Kiley Read shares her insights on race and privilege in America in her new book, Such a Fun Age. She'll talk about them in this online conversation with Helena Stephens.

Writers Live: Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne Oliver and Rebecca Kirby
In collaboration with Tracy Lynne Oliver and Rebecca Kirby, Roxane Gay's The Sacrifice of Darkness expands her short story "We Are the Sacrifice of Darkness" into a full-length graphic novel set in a world where the sun no longer shines. Join the co-authors for a chat with Third Place Books. 

Peter Bagge & Tom Kenny: Complete Hate Book Launch!
Cartoonist Peter Bagge will talk about his latest collection, The Complete Hate!, with Tom Kenny, the voice of SpongeBob SquarePants.

VISUAL ART

SAM's Holiday Gathering
The Seattle Art Museum will get you in the holiday spirit by hosting workshops in floral arrangement with Hannah Morgan of Fortunate Orchard; PNW cooking with Chef Ethan Stowell; and cocktail and mocktail making with Lucien Postlewaite of Pacific Northwest Ballet and Batch Kombucha.

WINTER HOLIDAYS

98th Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting
The National Park Foundation will light up the President's Park's 56 trees—one for every U.S. state and territory, plus the District of Columbia—at this 98th annual holiday event, streamed live for all to see. 

See Also: Multi-Day Events


FRIDAY

MUSIC

Bodies On The Beach
Local songwriter Navid Eliot's dreamy rock trio, Bodies on the Beach, will play online for free.

Chophouse Row Presents: A Virtual Holiday Sing-A-Long
Local chamber-pop artist Shenandoah Davis will return (virtually) to the Cloud Room to lead you through a holiday songbook filled with all your favorite Christmas classics. Make yourself a festive cocktail while you sing along.

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. The series kicks off with Claribel Gross's Gasp, which revolves around a young woman’s connection to her Nicaraguan roots and "the importance of making a proper rum drink."

READINGS & TALKS

Seattle NaNoWriMo Epilogue Party
Those participating in National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo) can work toward the final stretch of their 50,000-word goal at this online community write-in with Hugo House. Jennifer Swagert, the official NaNoWriMo municipal liaison for Seattle, will host.

Word Works | Porochista Khakpour on Writing Toward & Against Identity
Iranian American novelist Porochista Khakpour, whose Brown Album: Essays On Exile And Identity recalls her family's journey from Iran to "Tehrangeles" (an enclave of wealthy Persians in Los Angeles) during the Iranian Revolution, will open Hugo House's Word Works season with a talk on how she uses personal essays to explore the self. After that, she'll be joined by writing instructor Anne Liu Kellor for a brief interview.

WINTER HOLIDAYS

GloCone 2.0 Lighting
Watch the Phinney air raid tower light up with twinkly bulbs from the safety of your home.

See Also: Multi-Day Events


SATURDAY

COMMUNITY

SMooCH 2020
The charity circuit will get an indie-rock soundtrack as a pitch-perfect lineup gathers to help raise funds for Seattle Children's Hospital. Attendees will get the unique treat of pairing their online concert-viewing experience (the lineup for which includes Jason Isbell, Kim Gordon, J Mascis, Angel Olsen, Ben Gibbard, and Yuno) with a culinary party box from all-star local chefs like Ethan Stowell, Makini Howell, Edouardo Jordan, Tamara Murphy, and others.

FESTIVALS

Refuge Day (Winter Edition)
Sign up for seasonal outdoor-focused workshops, demos, and performances at this condensed online version of the annual Refuge Festival.

FOOD & DRINK

The New York Times Cookie Swap
Invite a little festive warmth into your home with this live, interactive event starring New York Times food writers. Cookbook author Melissa Clark will demonstrate a cookie recipe and field burning cookie questions, along with cookie queen Dorie Greenspan, YouTube favorite Sohla El-Waylly and James Beard-nominated food writer Samantha Seneviratne.

MUSIC

Coming Home for Christmas
Seattle Children's Chorus alumni will treat you to some Christmas tunes. 

NVCS Presents: Petty or Not
Need to sing along to Fleetwood Mac and Tom Petty but only have time for one online concert this Saturday? Petty or Not covers both. 

PERFORMANCE

Live from the West Side: Women of Broadway
Acclaimed actress and singer Vanessa Williams will treat you to a mix of Broadway show tunes, pop songs, and personal stories in this livestreamed series brought to you by the 5th Avenue Theatre.

READINGS & TALKS

Holiday Bookfest 2020: Stay at Home Edition
Buzzy authors like Jess Walter, Donna Miscolta, Erica Bauermeister, and Kira Jane Buxton will read from their latest books to give you some ideas of what to get for the voracious readers in your life this holiday season. 

Washington’s Undiscovered Feminists With Mayumi Tsutakawa
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of women securing the right to vote in this country, arts writer Mayumi Tsutakawa chronicles the lives and accomplishments of five local geniuses you may not have heard about in school. You'll learn of Imogen Cunningham, a chemist and acclaimed photographer who took pics of movie stars without makeup before it was cool, Ruby Bishop, a jazz legend who toured with Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington, and ended up tickling the ivories at Vito's well into her 90s; artist Priscilla Chong Jue, who ran local shops specializing in textiles; journalist and socialist Seattle School Board member Anna Louise Strong, who led hiking parties to Mount Rainier's summit in her spare time; and the great linguist Vi Hilbert, who was named Living Treasure in 1989 in part for preserving one of the primary Coast Salish languages.

WINTER HOLIDAYS

Virtual Tree Lighting and Stories with Santa
No need to venture to West Seattle Island for this online celebration featuring the West Seattle Junction's tree lighting and a performance from the Endolyne Children’s Choir.

See Also: Multi-Day Events


SUNDAY

FOOD & DRINK

Swedish Chef Magnus Nilsson in conversation with Edouardo Jordan
In celebration of his new cookbook, Fäviken: 4015 Days, Beginning to End, world-renowned Swedish chef Magnus Nilsson will join JuneBaby's Chef Edouardo Jordan for a talk hosted by the National Nordic Museum. 


MULTI-DAY

COMEDY

A(n Improvised) Christmas Carol
You may think you know the story of A Christmas Carol, but you have no idea. Watch a team of comics from Up Improv recreate Dickens's tale based on audience suggestions at this year's virtual run.
(Friday-Saturday)

COMMUNITY

Masquerade: A Not So Silent Auction
SOIL's 25th-anniversary auction invites you to bid on all manner of works by local artists online or in-person (by appointment).
(Thursday-Sunday)

MUSIC

Virtual Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition
Just because caroling is forbidden in public doesn't mean you can't belt out your Mariah Carey-inspired rendition of "Silent Night" in your own home. This virtual edition of the annual Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition will feature nightly streams for you to sing along to for the same cause as always: the Pike Market Senior Center & Food Bank.
(Friday-Sunday)

PERFORMANCE

A Christmas Carol 2020
Cozy up around ye olde device for this on-demand version of ACT Theatre's production of A Christmas Carol: a dependable, simple pleasure with just enough variation to warrant returning year after year.
(All week)

The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Special
If you watched the new K-Stew holiday rom-com Happiest Season on Hulu, you've already gotten a taste of Seattle drag legends Jinkx Monsoon and BenDeLaCreme's holiday special, which is available to rent on-demand on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, and Chromecast. According to press materials, it's the story of two queens who set out to create a classic Christmas TV variety show but just can’t agree on how. It also involves the spirit of DeLa's deceased grandma, who resides in a glass of eggnog, and plenty of musical numbers. On Friday, Varla Jean Merman and Outfest will host an online Q&A and watch party with the stars.
(Tuesday-Sunday)

Kitten N' Lou Present: Jingle All the Gay!
Recorded in front of a live audience interwoven with phone calls, love letters, and other mid-pandemic quarantine modes of communication, this year's edition of Kitten N' Lou holiday special Jingle All the Gay! will bring you some queer-tastic comfort. 
(Friday-Sunday)

Nutcracker Sweets Performances in the Comfort of Your Home
The ARC Dance Company will bring its Nutcracker suites to you with virtual selections from the Tchaikovsky classic.
(Saturday-Sunday)

Ragamala Dance Company: Written in Water
Discover South Indian Bharatanatyam-style dancing in this on-demand run of the Ragamala Dance Company's Written in Water, inspired by the ancient Indian board game Paramapadham, also known as Snakes and Ladders.
(Friday-Sunday)

Sex By Mae West
Play Your Part presents Sex, a flapper-era drama with music by Mae West and choreography by Sailor St. Claire, reimagined for the virtual stage by director Isabella Price.
(Friday-Sunday)

WINTER HOLIDAYS

Scott Shoemaker's War on Christmas!
Scott Shoemaker (Ms. Pak-Man) and illustrious friends like Ade, Waxie Moon, Mandy Price, and Fageddy Randy will lead a fearless investigation into the War on Christmas. Their weapons: "ALL NEW hilarious comedy, songs, dance numbers, amazing videos and partial nudity!"
(Saturday-Sunday)

READINGS & TALKS

Penguin Random House Holiday House Presented by Zenni
Penguin Random House will round up some of their favorite celebrity home cooks and cookbook authors—like Barefoot Contessa's Ina Garten and Bon Appétit pastry queen Claire Saffitz—for a festive night of holiday book recommendations, holiday movie trivia, cooking demos, and raffles.
(Wednesday-Thursday)

SHOPPING

Crown Hill Holiday Market
Show your loved ones they're close to your heart by sending them dozens of frozen tamales from Nacho Mama's, Northwest-themed tree postcards, prints, and stickers from Erin Fox, and other goods made by Crown Hill artists and artisans. The vendors are listed online, so you won't even have to leave your house to shop.
(Monday-Wednesday)

King Street Makers Market
Instead of King Street Station, more than 50 Pacific Northwest makers like Seattle Canning Co. and ceramicist Kata Golda will gather online to fulfill your holiday gift-giving needs.
(Tuesday-Sunday)

Latvian Center Virtual Christmas Bazaar
Shop online for handmade crafts and jewelry by local Latvian artists at this annual Baltic holiday bazaar.
(Monday-Saturday)

Phinney Neighborhood Association Virtual Winter Festival & Crafts Fair
For the fourth decade in a row, the Phinney Neighborhood Association will bring together 90 makers and artists for their winter crafts market. You won't get to gather in their old school building to eat cookies and hear holiday music, but you can definitely bake yourself a batch at home, throw on the Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack, and shop online.
(Friday-Sunday)

Rainier Beach Arts & Crafts Market
Stay safe at home while checking off your loved ones' holiday lists and supporting local artists. This Rainier Beach market will have online offerings throughout the month, as well as in-person artist studio tours on December 5 from 11am-3pm.
(Saturday-Sunday)

Urban Craft Uprising 2020 Winter Show
You'd be hard-pressed to find zilch for your loved ones at Urban Craft Uprising's tried-and-true indie craft show. With over 150 vendors selling a huge variety of hand-crafted goods—from jewelry to clothing to paper goods to candles to housewares—you're bound to find unique gifts for the holidays. For this virtual edition, you'll interact directly with the vendors and order their goods online. Dec 2-6.

The ​Best of the Northwest Fall Show & NWAA Holiday Market
Check out work under $200 by over 100 Northwest artists and craftspeople, including guest artists from Gallery Onyx. If something speaks to you, you can strike up a virtual chat with the artist and buy their piece.
(Monday-Wednesday)

WINTER HOLIDAYS

Christmas of the Corn
Cafe Nordo's annual holiday collab with Seattle playwright and puppet-maker Scot Augustson returns with a murderous twist. This radio play horror-comedy includes a mysterious box of clues (plus cookies, crafts, and cocktails, with additional holiday feast add-ons such as Reindeer Shepherd's Pie) delivered to your door. Once it's unpacked, you're primed to help solve a murder in the town of Drupe Fruit, Minnisconsan, while stuffing your face with all manner of deliciousness.
(All week)