Seattle went into lockdown one year ago this month (pause for the requisite sigh), and only now is the end of the pandemic slowly coming into view. Until we can all safely frolic among strangers in the streets again, whenever that may be, we're here to guide you through the biggest online and socially distanced events this March, including ways to celebrate Women's History Month and St. Patrick's Day. Keep reading for details on everything from Taste Washington to the Seattle Asian American Film Festival, from a reading with Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen to a conversation with Rebecca Solnit and Carrie Brownstein, and from Seattle Opera's online production of Mozart's Don Giovanni to the public reopening of the Seattle Art Museum. For even more options, you can always check out our complete streaming and on-demand calendars, as well as our ever-evolving guide to in-person things to do in Seattle.
Events are online unless otherwise noted.
WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH
Be Bold Now 6th Annual International Women's Day Celebration Virtual Event
At this celebration of International Women's Day, speakers will hold forth on how to speed up the processes of gender justice and parity. This year's online program will include specially made goodies delivered to your home, like a truffle chocolate bar from Seattle Chocolate and a "Nasty Woman" pinot noir from the Willamette Valley.
(Thurs March 4)
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).
(Wed March 3)
Luvvie Ajayi Jones: In Conversation
Nigerian American author Luvvie Ajayi Jones (I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual) will join Seattle Arts and Lectures with her new book, Professional Troublemaker, in which she tackles how to "audaciously step into lives, careers, and legacies that go beyond even our wildest dreams." She'll be joined in conversation by InStyle beauty writer Kahlana Barfield Brown.
(Fri March 19)
The renowned illustrator will present her new book, an illustrated edition of Gertrude Stein's The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, with Seattle Arts and Lectures.
(Mon March 15)
Nadia Owusu with Chaya Bhuvaneswar - Aftershocks
Armenian Ghanaian writer Nadia Owusu tells her story of moving between Europe, Africa, and New York in the wake of her mother's desertion and her father's death in her acclaimed memoir, Aftershocks. She'll appear in conversation with Chaya Bhuvaneswar (White Dancing Elephants).
(Thurs March 25)
Rebecca Solnit with Carrie Brownstein
Six years after Rebecca Solnit added a few new words to the lexicon of sexist experience in her smash-hit essay collection Men Explain Things to Me, the longtime writer and activist is out with a new memoir about her formative years in San Francisco. In Recollections of My Nonexistence, Solnit gives the Beats the drubbing she felt she couldn't give them back in the day, tells the stories of the people and places that inspired her writings, and compares the violence women faced then to the violence they still face today. Sleater-Kinney's Carrie Brownstein will interview Solnit online, so I've got my fingers crossed for an insider's take on the overlap between the riot grrrl scene and the SF literary activist scene in the 1990s. Regardless, this is a grand council of living feminist legends that must not be missed, especially when there's so much that continues to trouble the realm. RICH SMITH
(Sun March 14)
ST. PATRICK'S DAY
A pandemic can't stop the Irish Heritage Club from busting out their soda bread and green stripes for a month of St. Patrick's Day activities online and in person. This year's events include St. Patrick’s Landing (March 13) at the Wooden Boat Center in South Lake Union, a Virtual Irish Festival 90 Minute Show (March 13 & 17), the St. Patrick’s 5K Dash in Green Lake (March 13-14), the Matt Talbot Center's "A Legacy of Hope" event (March 14), and Irish vendors selling their wares online.
Various locations and online (March 1-17)
FOOD & DRINK
Betty Liu: My Shanghai
Author and blogger Betty Liu will discuss her new cookbook My Shanghai, a love letter to the Chinese city, with local food writer Hsiao-Ching Chou.
(Thurs March 11)
Julia Turshen: Simply Julia
Food equality advocate and cookbook author Julia Turshen will share healthy comfort-food recipes from her new book, Simply Julia, and will chat with Smitten Kitchen's Deb Perelman.
(Wed March 10)
Pizza & Beer from Ballard Pizza Co. and Métier Brewing Co.
Roll up your sleeves, make a pizza, and sip some beer at this virtual event led by chef Ethan Stowell and Métier Brewing owner Rodney Hines. The two will also discuss United Way’s homelessness work.
(Wed March 24)
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 (Through March 27)
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.
Zoë François: Zoë Bakes
Pastry chef and author Zoë François, known for her stunning baked goods on Instagram and her blog Zoë Bakes, will discuss her new book Zoë Bakes Cakes, which contains recipes for everything from coconut candy bar cake to apple cake with honey-bourbon glaze, with baker and food blogger Sarah Kieffer.
(Tues March 30)
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.
Burien Drive-In and online (March 2-14)
Danny Denial’s Seattle-centric "afropunk apocalyptic web series set in the year 2022," starrring the Black Tones' Eva Walker, local drag duo LÜCHI, and Beverly Crusher's Cozell Wilson and featuring an all-Black soundtrack, will return to the Northwest Film Forum's virtual screen for a double-feature of episodes 3 and 4.
(Fri March 12)
ByDesign Festival 2021
As Charles Mudede has written, "One of the richest institutional collaborations in this city is that between the ByDesign Festival and Northwest Film Forum. Here, two arts that are very similar, film and architecture (both are capital intensive), meet in the theater." For the second time, this festival will be online only, which means you can watch films about urban design and architecture, hear from guest artists, take workshops, and more from home. (March 19-28)
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.
(Through March 7)
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?
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.
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.
Newly recovered footage, audiotapes, personal photos, and new interviews comprise this documentary about the career of the queen of rock and roll, Tina Turner, directed by Seattle-bred filmmaker TJ Martin.
(On demand starting March 27)
READINGS & TALKS
Kazuo Ishiguro with Ruth Ozeki
Don't miss a virtual appearance from Nobel Prize- and Man Booker Prize-winning author Kazuo Ishiguro (The Remains of the Day, Never Let Me Go) on the occasion of his new novel, Klara and the Sun, set in a vaguely futuristic, technologically advanced world where an Artificial Friend named Klara is a human-like robot designed to be a child's companion. The author will be joined in conversation by acclaimed author and Zen Buddhist priest Ruth Ozeki.
(Sat March 13)
Seattle Arts and Lectures Poetry Series presents Douglas Kearney
Triple threat (poet, performer, and librettist) Douglas Kearney intersects themes of politics, Black culture, the Trickster figure, and contemporary music in his verses. He'll join Hugo House for an online talk co-presented by the Bagley Wright Lecture Series.
(Wed March 31)
Viet Thanh Nguyen
If you loved Vietnamese writer Viet Thanh Nguyen's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Sympathizer, don't miss him in this online reading of its sequel, the highly anticipated The Committed. Press materials assure you that "you needn’t read its predecessor to know where you are, our unnamed protagonist having made it out of U.S. predicaments and over to Paris, where he faces yet more."
(Mon March 15)
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.
(Fri March 5)
600 Highwaymen Part Two: An Encounter
In the long-awaited second installment of 600 Highwaymen's interactive virtual performance A Thousand Ways, you and a stranger meet on opposite ends of a table, separated by a pane of glass. Using a script and props, you'll connect with the other person through simple gestures.
On the Boards, Queen Anne (March 4-14)
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.
(Through March 31)
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.
(Sun March 7)
Mozart's opera about (spoiler alert!) a libertine who gets dragged into hell by a statue will be revived by Seattle Opera for the digital stage.
pink noise vi: fantasy embodiment
The pandemic likely changed your relationship to your own body and the bodies of others, and, whether you realize it or not, you may have practiced "fantasy embodiment" in order to escape from reality. That's the theory posed by "Portland’s #1 witchual glitchual ritual" pink noise, who are teaming up with Holocene and the Northwest Film Forum for an exploration of COVID-era transformations with Northwest artists across disciplines.
Revel + Raise at Home
The cast of Seattle Rep's 2017 production of David Byrne and Fatboy Slim's hit musical Here Lies Love will reunite for a virtual cocktail hour and auction to raise money for the Seattle Center theater.
(Sat March 13)
Savage Love Livestream
The Stranger's own sex advice columnist, podcaster, pundit, and public speaker Dan Savage will answer your most intimate quandaries in a live virtual edition of Savage Love.
(Sat March 13)
Seattle International Dance Festival Winter MiniFest
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.
UW Dance Presents: New Works from Acclaimed Dance-Makers
Performing against backdrops like Magnuson Park and on stage at Meany Center for the Performing Arts, nationally and internationally recognized choreographers like Alethea Alexander, Rujeko Dumbutshena, Alana Isiguen, Rachael Lincoln, Juliet McMains, "Majinn" Mike O'Neal, and Jennifer Salk (with guest artists Alex Dugdale and Alice Gosti) will fill out this program presented by UW Department of Dance.
20th Annual More Music @ The Moore
More Music features young musicians collaborating and playing in a variety of styles, providing them with a program that offers mentorship by music industry folk, production and promotional support, and a chance to connect with local musicians. This iteration will look back on interviews with past music directors like Sheila E., Robert Glasper, Meshell Ndegeocello, Daniel Bernard Roumain, and Michael Shrieve.
(Fri March 12)
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.
40th Anniversary Exhibition
The Linda Hodges Gallery will mark its 40th anniversary by featuring artists—mostly painters—who have been supportive of the gallery over its tenure, like Justin Duffus and Lucinda Parker.
Linda Hodges Gallery, Pioneer Square (through March 27)
Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle
Last featured at the Seattle Art Museum in The Migration Series (1940-41), works by the great 20th-century Black narrative artist Jacob Lawrence will return in another central exhibition highlighting 30 12-by-16-inch panels that "interpret and express the democratic debates that defined early America and still resonate today."
Seattle Art Museum, Downtown (March 5-May 23)
Throughout the month, the gallery will be transformed into a live film set featuring three site-specific designs by local artists and filmmakers Theresa Wingert and Jana Brevick, all about the tension between satisfaction and dissatisfaction. Anyone can take part in the film by following the artists' prompts on social media and uploading an audio or video file remotely with the provided QR code.
SOIL, Pioneer Square (March 4-27)
Northwest Modernism: Four Japanese Americans
Work by four of Seattle's leading Asian American modernist artists of the mid-20th century—Kenjiro Nomura, Kamekichi Tokita, Paul Horiuchi, and George Tsutakawa—make up this ongoing exhibition.
Seattle Art Museum (March 20-ongoing)
Just in time for the unveiling of Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle (also remaining on view is Barbara Earl Thomas: The Geography of Innocence), the Seattle Art Museum will reopen to the public for in-person visits under Governor Inslee's Healthy Washington—Roadmap to Recovery plan. Tickets are timed, masks and physical distancing are required, capacity is limited, and the coat check is closed, so leave those backpacks at home.
Seattle Art Museum (March 5-7)
SPORTS & OUTDOORS
Allstate Hot Chocolate 5/15K
Run a 5 or 15K on your favorite trail, fueled by chocolate delights shipped to your door.
(Sun March 7)
Winthrop Balloon Roundup
Make a brief escape from the perils of Earth by floating over Methow Valley and the old frontier town of Winthrop in a rainbow-hued hot air balloon. Or, stay on land and watch the balloons float overhead from anywhere in town.