We're back with more suggestions for activities and IRL events to help you give February a proper sendoff, from Black Restaurant Week Northwest and other ways to cap off Black History Month to an early spring sale at Swanson's Nursery, and from Brouwer's Cafe's Hard Liver Barleywine Festival to a slew of last-chance gallery shows (like Natalie Krick's Repetition Suppression at Specialist). For even more options, read our guides to the best online events this week, the best movies to watch this week, and our complete, ever-evolving guide to in-person things to do in Seattle.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Support Black-owned businesses in Seattle's historically Black neighborhoods. Especially in areas like the Central District, where Black-owned restaurants and shops like the famous Ms. Helen's Soul Food Bistro have been forced to close to make room for micro-apartment complexes and expensive grocery stores, helping to keep Black-owned businesses alive is a civic duty. As Black History Month winds down, take this weekend (and every weekend you can) to visit Black-owned restaurants in the neighborhood, like Cafe Selam, Central Cafe and Juice Bar, Communion, Fat's Chicken & Waffles, Joyce's Market and Cafe, Meskel, Taste of the Caribbean, and Ezell's Famous Chicken, as well as the Postman, a creative third-party shipping center (buy their t-shirt!). Over in South Seattle, stock up on books on the African diaspora from the newly reopened Life Enrichment Bookstore (Columbia City), which was at one time the only Black-owned bookstore in the region (now there's also Estelita's Library on Beacon Hill, whose online shop has books on ethnic studies and Black liberation movements). After that, pick up some new furnishings from Jacob Willard Home (Hillman City) and grab something to eat from the Station (Beacon Hill) the Comfort Zone (Columbia City), Emma's BBQ (Hillman City), Island Soul (Columbia City), King Philly (Rainier Valley), or Mama Sambusa (Rainier Valley). To learn more about local Black history, check out the Seattle Public Library's reading and listening list, featuring bestsellers like Daudi Abe's Emerald Street: A History of Hip-Hop in Seattle, Paul De Barros's Jackson Street After Hours: The Roots of Jazz in Seattle (which would be a perfect pairing with the virtual Jackson Street Jazz Walk this weekend), and Aaron Floyd Dixon's My People are Rising: Memoir of a Black Panther Party Captain.
Other notable weekend events:
Anastacia-Reneé: (Don’t be Absurd) Alice in Parts
This multidisciplinary exhibition sees Alice Metropolis, a character that appears frequently in former Seattle Civic Poet Anastacia-Reneé’s writing and video work, creating a spiritual sanctuary dedicated to the Lorde (read: Black feminist icon Audre Lorde) as a means of finding strength in an unjust world.
Frye Art Museum, First Hill (Friday-Sunday)
Black Restaurant Week Northwest
Black Restaurant Week, a national culinary campaign founded in Houston in 2016 with the goal of shining a light on local Black-owned businesses, is coming to the Northwest for the first time. Several restaurants across Washington and Oregon will be participating with prix-fixe menus, specials, and more. Besides dining at featured restaurants, such as Lil Red Takeout and Catering and Delish Ethiopian in Seattle and Po' Shines Cafe De La Soul and Deadstock Coffee in Portland, you can also get involved by checking off items on the event's official bingo card, which features challenges like taking a food truck selfie or a screenshot of a positive restaurant review. You'll get a chance to win some treats and other prizes.
Various locations (Friday-Sunday)
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.
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.
FOOD & DRINK
Grab some prime breakfast sandwiches. You'd be hard-pressed to find a better start to the day than the holy union of drippy golden egg yolk and chewy, toasted bread. This Sunday, the pop-up Eggs Isle will offer just that at Chuck's Hop Shop in the Central District, slinging elevated egg sandwiches with luxe additions like juicy fried tomatoes, fresh crab, New York steak, smoked pork belly, Beecher's white cheddar, and more. Alternatively, check out the delicious breakfast sandwich with country ham or mushrooms at B-Side Foods or the melty BEC (bacon, egg, and cheese) at Westman's Bagel and Coffee, or make the trek to Kent to visit the buzzy restaurant Egghole, which has drawn comparisons to the massively popular Los Angeles restaurant Eggslut for its upscale breakfast sandwiches served on toasted brioche buns. Sadly, the pop-up Hi Helen, which has quickly gained a loyal following for its East Coast-inspired breakfast sandwiches on fluffy house-made kaiser rolls, is all sold out for its final West Seattle pop-up on Saturday, but if you plan ahead, you can place a pre-order to pick up from its new Seattle Commissary kitchen location in South Seattle starting in March—orders go live on Wednesdays at noon.
Try birria. Birria is having a major moment in the spotlight right now: The spicy stewed Mexican meat dish, often made with goat or beef and frequently served in tacos, has gotten a boost thanks in part to Instagram, a starring role in an episode of Netflix's irresistible food documentary series Taco Chronicles, and most recently, TikTok. Food writer Tejal Rao even recently investigated the so-called "Birria Boom" phenomenon for the New York Times. It's not difficult to understand why the trend has caught on: The succulent meat lends itself well to a myriad of photogenic permutations, from the in-demand "quesabirria" tacos (a kind of crispy quesadilla-taco hybrid with birria and melty cheese) to more unusual creations like birria ramen, birria pizza, birria fries, and more. We've rounded up a list of places serving the popular dish in the Seattle area, so you can go see what the hype is about for yourself. Whatever you do, don't forget a cup of the salty consommé broth for dunking your tacos, French dip-style.
Hit up some beer events. Craft brews are just the thing to get you through the final gray days of February. On Saturday, stave off the winter blues with Figurehead Brewing's SAD (Strong and Dark) Outdoor Winter Beer Festival, which will feature five different beer samples from three breweries, live music, and steaming bowls from Midnite Ramen. Or tap into your hedonistic side with Brouwer's Cafe's 18th Annual Hard Liver Barleywine Festival, which offers a wide selection of barleywine (a particularly potent style of beer, boasting a whopping 6 to 12 percent alcohol by volume). This year, they're modifying the festivities by spreading them out over the course of four days (with limited indoor dining for parties of five or less and outdoor dining for parties of six). You can also bring the experience home with their "Hard Liver: The Home Game" kits, featuring limited mixed packs of six to eight barleywines. And finally, check out beer specials and limited-edition growlers with Washington-themed art from local breweries participating in the Washington Brewer Guild's Washington Growler Days.
Pick up hamantaschen for Purim. Last week, we shared some ideas on how to prepare for celebrating Purim, the Jewish holiday that recalls how Queen Esther helped save the Jewish people from the villain Haman. If you're looking for some last-minute options, try picking up some hamantaschen, the triangular shortbread-like cookie said to be modeled after Haman's three-cornered hat. Try some chocolate chip-studded or sprinkle-topped offerings from Dingfelder's Delicatessen, or check out the selection from Zylberschtein's, which is carrying their own savory Reuben-inspired flavor filled with corned beef and sauerkraut in addition to the traditional poppyseed, chocolate, and apricot varieties. Schmaltzy's Deli is also carrying the cookies in three flavors: prune, cherry, or "coconutty" (which they liken to Girl Scout Samoa cookies). If you're looking for other Purim delicacies, Dacha Diner has kreplach, and Westman's Bagel and Coffee is out of hamantaschen but has plenty of challah, bagels, and rugelach.
Other notable weekend events:
Field to Table
Lumen Field will be transformed into an open-air dining room catered by local chefs and restaurateurs (this weekend it's Sabrina Tinsley on Friday-Saturday and Dre Neeley on Sunday), seating two to six people (from the same household) per table. The dining spaces are covered and heated, but you're invited to bring blankets.
Lumen Field, Sodo (Friday-Sunday)
Li'l Woody's Burger Month
The popular local burger joint chain Li'l Woody's has revealed the lineup for its annual Burger Month series, which features burgers dreamed up by local chefs. The final special is a "Neon Torta" with pulled pork, avocado mayo, cabbage cilantro slaw, sauteed onions, and jalapeños from chef Monica Dimas of Little Neon Taco.
Various locations (Friday-Sunday)
Mt. Bagel Pop-Up
Haven't been able to get your hands on an order from the sought-after bagel maker Mt. Bagel? They'll be slinging their rings of dough at this pop-up at the women-owned amaro distillery Fast Penny Spirits at this pop-up—no pre-order necessary. Stamp Act Coffee will be onsite with some coffee to go with your cream cheese-shmeared snack.
Fast Penny Spirits, Queen Anne (Saturday)
Puffy Jacket Pop-Up Dining Series
This new pop-up series from Columbia Hospitality is making the best of winter al fresco dining by encouraging local diners to bundle up in their most voluminous outerwear for outdoor meals with cozy cocktails at 12 different venues in Washington and Oregon. The menus are inspired by the Pacific Northwest—for example, Copperleaf will serve a seafood beach boil alongside a 2bar Spirits whiskey flight, while Hearth will feature foraged ingredients like mushrooms, oysters, and lamb and a pine whiskey sour playfully named the "Socks and Sandals."
Various locations (Friday-Saturday)
Stout In and Out
Tacoma's Proctor District specialty beer shop and taproom will tap five different stouts, including milk stouts, imperial stouts, pastry stouts, nitro stouts and other variations, on its Western cedar tap log each day in February. Enjoy a pint with limited indoor seating or grab a Campfire Crowler to take home.
Peaks & Pints, Tacoma (Friday-Sunday)
Valentine's Day 'Do-Over' Weekend in Ballard
If you had to cancel your V-Day plans because of the snowstorm, give yourself a do-over by checking out Valentine's Day specials at Ballard restaurants like Moshi Moshi Sushi, Locust Cider and Brewing, Shiku Sushi, and Ballard Coffee Works.
Various locations, Ballard (Friday)
Stock up on spring seedlings at local plant sales. Before the clocks officially spring forward in late March, now's the time to make space in your garden (or on your windowsill) for seedlings and bulbs that will bloom into brightly colored plants and flowers as the season changes. Swanson's Nursery in Ballard is having its early spring sale (applicable for in-store items only) through March 7, where you can find a fine selection of fruits and berries, early perennials, trees, shrubs, and more for up to 40% off. If you prefer to shop remotely, the Northwest Flower & Garden Show's virtual shop offers plants, bulbs, and seeds from local vendors like Emerald City Orchids and Ravenna Gardens, along with garden art, tools, and accessories. For your immediate houseplant needs, check out the Volunteer Park Conservatory's online shop, or visit Plant Shop Seattle, Urban Earth Nursery, or Indoor Sun Shoppe in person.
Sign up for an in-person crafting session. If you're in the market for a new isolation-friendly hobby after using up all your sourdough starter, DIY crafting is invariably your next best move. And since certain businesses are reopening at limited capacity under new Phase 2 guidelines, you can sign yourself and/or your household or quarantine pod up for an in-person class instead of figuring it out on your own. Try AR Workshop for classes in woodwork and chunky blanket-making, MoltenWorks for guided boozy glass-fusing, or Uncorked Canvas for painting classes. Still warming up to in-person outings? The business listed above also offer pre-assembled kits and corresponding virtual classes.
Buckle in for another COVID-era award show. The Golden Globes are streaming on NBC this Sunday (hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler). Though they're not without their share of controversy (see: Music, Emily in Paris), many of the nominees are worth watching and are currently streamable, like Nomadland and Judas and the Black Messiah, and we've listed our favorites in our roundup of movies to watch this week (which also includes other streaming and in-theater options if you're looking for something fresh).
Other notable weekend events:
Summon springtime by gazing into minimalist, nature-inspired stained glass pieces.
Core Gallery, Pioneer Square (Friday-Saturday; closing Saturday)
Museum of Glass + Thea Foss Walking Tour
Join knowledgeable staff guides every Saturday for tours of the Museum of Glass, the Chihuly Bridge of Glass, and the Thea Foss Waterway.
Museum of Glass, Tacoma (Saturday)
Parable of Gravity
Seattle-based artist Casey Curran postulates about an idealistic future on Earth through large sculptures, including one in the likeness of a suspended aluminum asteroid, inspired by Galileo’s mission to Jupiter, as well as an otherworldly kinetic garden. The show is viewable by appointment only.
MadArt, South Lake Union (Friday-Sunday)
From the meticulous (Hui Zhang's "Study Hard Every Day, China Dream") to the abstract (Jim Westergard's "The Prisoners"), the gallery's broad collection of portraits capture subjects' hidden truths. See them all online or make an appointment to view them in person.
Davidson Galleries, Pioneer Square (Friday-Saturday)
Seattle artist Natalie Krick's photographic works slice and reconfigure bodies in suggestive ways, pulling the viewer into her beautifully saturated and colorful pieces. Her photos best reflect the experience of being a woman and being seen: fragmented, pieced together, more than the sum of our parts. There's an elusive sensuality to her work that subverts expectation. In her show, Repetition Suppression, Krick plays around with the idea of the femme fatale from Hollywood crime melodramas of the '40s and '50s, crafting mysterious and alluring figures in each photo. The exhibition title alludes to a phenomenon called repetition suppression, a reduced neural response observed when certain stimuli are presented more than once. It's an acknowledgment of the femme fatale as a now-common trope of an unknowable, ambiguous woman. JASMYNE KEIMIG
Specialist, Pioneer Square (Friday-Saturday; closing Saturday and open by appointment only)
Sara Genn: Shelter in Place
Created during the lockdown in her California home, Sara Genn's new collection—geometric color fields created without tape or projection—take a sculptural approach to painting.
Winston Wächter Fine Art, South Lake Union (Friday-Saturday)
Sheltered: Artists Respond to COVID-19
Find inspiration and solace in Pacific Northwest artist responses to the pandemic.
Schack Art Center, Everett (Friday-Sunday)
Transfigurations: Carbon Flow
While carbon is invisible, it can be found in nearly all life forms, including the human body. Rachel Loge's visual and sonic installation explores "the transmutation of carbon through natural, human, and industrial forms" through sounds and hand-drawn animation. The opening celebration will be held on Facebook Live, but you can see the show in person by making an appointment.
Jack Straw New Media Gallery, University District (Friday)
Traver Gallery Annual Group Exhibition
Traver Gallery is one of the best places in town to see innovative sculpture and glass art for free, as well as two-dimensional works, so you shouldn't miss their annual group exhibition if you have any interest in the medium. This year, you'll be able to admire pieces by Preston Singletary and other as-yet-announced artists.
Traver Gallery, Pioneer Square (Friday-Saturday; closing Saturday)
TREE OF LIFE | New Work by Marcio Diaz and Chin Yuen
Marcio Díaz (known for his "Bubblism" paintings of pastoral scenes) and Chin Yuen (who has lived all over the world and thus pays particular attention to language in her work) show colorful paintings that reveal the universal in the abstract.
ArtXchange, Pioneer Square (Friday-Saturday)
The Uncertainty Principle
Uncertainty, unpredictability, and unease—heard of 'em?—are the throughline in this mixed-media collection of work by Sung I Chun, Stephanie Krimmel, Peggy Murphy, and Sue Springer.
Shift Gallery, Pioneer Square (Friday-Sunday; closing Saturday)
Yellow No. 5
Tariqa Waters' multi-disciplinary exhibition is a collaboration with regional artists exploring the "grab-and-go nature" of material goods and how they enable our codependent relationship with consumerism.
Bellevue Arts Museum (Friday-Sunday)
Explore the city via scavenger hunt. While opportunities to engage with the outside world remain limited, turn to the humble scavenger hunt as a way to discover hidden corners of Seattle (and maybe win some prizes in the process). Making your own scavenger hunt is always an option (one idea: choose a neighborhood and challenge your pod to find as many Black Lives Matter murals as they can in under an hour, then award the winner with a collectively purchased gift from a Black-owned business), and the Museum of History and Industry's Creating a Neighborhood: Democracy on a Human Scale (through July 4) allows you to learn about Seattle's civic history by searching for clues in South Lake Union. Over on the Eastside, the Heart of Kirkland Scavenger Hunt (through March 5) lets you find letters, solve riddles, and hunt for clues in pursuit of prizes from local businesses.
Try a new walking route at a local park or garden. If you weren't someone who set out on daily walks for pleasure in The Before, COVID has almost certainly changed that. Especially in the beginning stages of the lockdown, the simplest of constitutionals provided a respite from the cramped new routine we were all thrust into and continue to navigate, even if it was just a stroll around the block. Now that you're deeply acquainted with every sidewalk crack and street light in your immediate vicinity, why not explore other local areas that lend themselves to socially distanced pedestrians? We've rounded up some of our favorite parks and gardens, from the Olympic Sculpture Park to Kubota Garden, along with suggestions for nearby restaurants and cafes.