The Best Things To Do from Home This Week: COVID-Safe Seattle Events for November 2-8, 2020

HUMP! Greatest Hits, a Seattle Symphony Concert, and More Top Picks
November 2, 2020
The second volume of HUMP! Greatest Hits, a compilation of fan favorites from the archives of the amateur porn short film festival, comes just in time to help you de-stress from the election.

Fingernails everywhere are chewed to the quick with Election Day upon us, so this week's roundup of online events is slimmer than usual. Nevertheless, there are still great things happening on the internet, and we'd be remiss not to keep you informed. In addition to everything listed on our in-person events calendar, this week's best virtual events range from a reading with Vietnamese poet and author Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai to a new volume of HUMP! Greatest Hits, and from a Seattle Symphony concert of works by Claude Debussy and Frank Martin to the Northwest Chocolate Festival. Plus, check out our StreamLocal events hub for other upcoming virtual events, and stay tuned for a roundup of the best in-person things to do around town this weekend. And don't forget to VOTE!


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MONDAY

COMMUNITY

Día de los Muertos 16th Annual Celebration
El Centro de la Raza will continue its tradition of honoring the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos with a community ofrenda, viewable online, that celebrates the memory of those who have died from COVID-19. 

PERFORMANCE

Cirque du Strange
This night of spooky and strange poetry, burlesque, dancing, comedy, and more will highlight Seattle's bevy of cabaret artists, from Mx. Pucks A’Plenty to Scarlett Folds to Emmett Montgomery.

READINGS & TALKS

John Hainze with Heidi Liere
Having been postponed from its original date a few months back, this online event with Elliott Bay will feature Seattle University entomologist and ethicist John Hainze, who will read from his debut book Nature Underfoot: Living With Beetles, Crabgrass, Fruit Flies and Other Tiny Life Around Us, which contains gold for your next detail-oriented stroll. He'll be joined in conversation by fellow Seattle U professor Heidi Liere. 

See Also: Multi-Day Events


TUESDAY

Election Day
Read The Stranger's endorsements and sprint to your nearest dropbox if you haven't already! Please! Plus, check out our Election Guide for lists of Election Day food and drink specials, restaurants near the ballot boxes, and places to watch the results come in.

See Also: Multi-Day Events


WEDNESDAY

COMMUNITY

Virtual Civic Cocktail: With Rob McKenna, Pastor Don Mackenzie, and Imam Jamal Rahman
For the final Civic Cocktail of 2020, former Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna and "an intriguing Democrat soon to be announced" will discuss the previous day's election results. After that, Pastor Don Mackenzie and Imam Jamal Rahman from the Interfaith Amigos will help you "focus on the positive." 

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

See Also: Multi-Day Events


THURSDAY

COMEDY

Speakeasy!
Former Stranger staffer Callan Berry, the creator of Police Reports Illustrated and a person who is good at making cocktails, will teach you how to mix up a boozy concoction and draw a little comic. He'll also answer your most pressing questions.

MUSIC

Grounded - Goody Bagg & Cool Nutz with Converge Media!
Big BLDG's weekly music series continues with "all-purpose musical band" Goody Bagg busting out a melange of jazz, R&B, Latin rhythms, and hip-hop. They'll be joined by Portland hip-hop duo Cool Nutz.

Morlot Conducts Debussy & Martin
Conductor Emeritus Ludovic Morlot will return to the Benaroya stage to lead a program of enchanting and colorful scores. Seattle Symphony principal flutist Demarre McGill will take center stage for Martin’s Ballade for Flute and Orchestra, and Seattle Symphony principal harpist Valerie Muzzolini will play Debussy’s Danses sacrée et profane. Finally, Honegger’s brooding Symphony No. 2 will round out the program.

Weep Wave & Beverly Crusher
Psych-rockers Weep Wave will share Nectar's virtual stage with high-energy rock trio and Star Trek fans Beverly Crusher. 

READINGS & TALKS

Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai
Vietnamese poet Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai's family saga The Mountains Sing is her first novel in English, but she's written and translated over 18 books in her native language, garnering accolades from the Hà Nội Writers Association, Capital, and elsewhere. "Que Mai contains her saga with a poet’s discipline, crafting spare and unsparing sentences, and uplifts it with a poet’s antenna for beauty in the most desolate circumstances," writes Gaiutra Bahadur for the New York Times. Join the author for a reading. 

See Also: Multi-Day Events


FRIDAY

FILM

HUMP! Greatest Hits, Volume 2
The HUMP! team is bringing back some fan-favorite amateur porn shorts from years past in the second volume of streamable compilations.

MUSIC

Nielsen Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4
Catch a Seattle Symphony rebroadcast of works from Nielsen's third and fourth symphonies, recorded in 2015 under the baton of Music Director Thomas Dausgaard.

NVCS Presents Tiger Tiger and Whiplash Smile
Tease out your hair and slip into some spandex for a night of '80s throwbacks with Duran Duran tribute Tiger Tiger and Billy Idol tribute Whiplash Smile.

Tarik Abouzied’s Fusion Spectacular
Earshot Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year nominee Tarik Abouzied, the former drummer of Happy Orchestra and McTuff, will team up with Portland bassist Damian Erskine, Seattle guitarist RL Heyer, and UX and Product Designer Jory Tindall for a night of jazz fusion.

READINGS & TALKS

Barely Tolerable Tales
The Cresswell Club will continue to spook you after Halloween with a live reading of stories about horrific ghosts and the occult. They'll even provide cocktail recipes for you to make before the event. 

Daudi Abe with Fever One, Julie-C, King Khazm, & Nasty-Nes
With a foreword by local legend Sir Mix-a-Lot, Seattle Central College professor Daudi Abe's new book Emerald Street: A History of Hip-Hop in Seattle traces our city's long line of hip-hop greats, exploring how and why hip-hop culture flourished in the local scene. He'll be joined in conversation by local artists Fever One, Julie-C, King Khazm, and Nasty-Nes. 

VISUAL ART

Tour of the Sea Mar Museum of Chicano/a/Latino/a Culture
In honor of Día de los Muertos, join Dr. Jerry Garcia (not to be confused with the Grateful Dead frontman) for a virtual tour of the newly reopened South Park art gallery that highlights Latinx and Chicanx art from post-war immigration to the present.

See Also: Multi-Day Events


SATURDAY

COMMUNITY

Virtual Civic Saturday: Rekindling Our Faith
Eric Liu will host Civic Saturday, described as "a civic analogue to church": a service that celebrates the American civic tradition through readings, songs, silent reflection, poetry, and a sermon by Liu himself, all via livestream. Days after the 2020 election, this event reminds us of the first Civic Saturday, which was created to bring the community together after the 2016 election.

MUSIC

2020 Induction Ceremony
Celebrate the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's latest inductees (Depeche Mode, The Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails, The Notorious B.I.G., T. Rex, and Ahmet Ertegun Award honorees Jon Landau and Irving Azoff) during this special HBO program packed with special guests from Iggy Pop to Alicia Keys to Lin-Manuel Miranda. 

NVCS Presents Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio
"It didn't take long for Delvon Lamarr to take his killer Organ Trio worldwide," wrote former Stranger staffer and music aficionado Mike Nipper. "Really not a surprise, because while Lamarr tickles the traditional Hammond B-3 jazz grooves, he can drive it into some kind of soulfulness in a blink. It's something I'm not sure if contemporary Seattle deserves, but that's another story." Watch them perform live on Nectar's YouTube channel.

See Also: Multi-Day Events


SUNDAY

MUSIC

Robin Holcomb & Wayne Horvitz: Solos and Duets
Dynamic pianist and composing duo Robin Holcomb and Wayne Horvitz present an evening of improvised and composed music for solo piano and piano with voice. 

READINGS & TALKS

Writing Camp for Beginners
Looking to break into the world of fiction? Wishing you took a creative writing class in college? This series of online workshops with former Stranger Editor-In-Chief Christopher Frizzelle will take inspiration and guidance from great writers of fiction and memoir. If you're looking for feedback on your own writing, the $300 ticket option comes with four email exchanges and a one-on-one, 10-minute Zoom call with the instructor.

Science in a World of Politics: Alexander von Humboldt’s Journey to the USA
German cultural center Goethe Pop Up will link up with scholar Dr. Sandra Rebok for a lecture on Alexander von Humboldt, one of the key figures of the globalization of knowledge in the 1800s.


MULTI-DAY

COMMUNITY

11th Annual Port Gamble Mini-Ghost Conference
In this slightly condensed version of the annual Port Gamble Ghost Conference, amateur specter hunters can take classes and hear panel discussions and a gallery reading.
(Friday-Sunday)

Auburn's Salute to Veterans 2020
Starting with a vehicle procession in Veterans Memorial Park and followed by a week of video tributes and other online activities, this COVID-safe Veterans Day celebration will take the place of Auburn's annual Veteran's Day Parade.
(Saturday-Sunday)

Virtual Chrysanthemum Week
Rejoice in the chrysanthemum, that boule or button-like flower originating in Asia, with online events and virtual tours of the Conservatory.
(Wednesday-Friday)

FILM

Seattle Film Summit
The professional development conference for local filmmakers will return online with workshops, networking opportunities, interviews, and panels that reflect film culture around the world and in the Pacific Northwest.
(All week)

Tacoma Film Festival 2020
Tacoma plays host to independent filmmakers from the Pacific Northwest and throughout the world in an intimate festival intent on examining community and showcasing perspectives from a diverse group of moviemakers. This year's online event will feature over 150 films.
(Friday-Sunday)

FOOD & DRINK

Northwest Chocolate Festival
If your chocolate obsession borders on pathological à la the Cathy comic strip, look no further than this two-day all-out cacao extravaganza focused on sustainability. This year, the festival will go virtual, with online workshops and talks from chocolate experts from around the world.
(Saturday-Sunday)

MUSIC

Earshot Jazz All Digital Festival 2020
The Earshot Jazz Festival, an annual month-long examination and celebration of the art form, includes nearly 30 online concerts featuring acts both local and (inter)national, old and young. This week's docket includes Thomas Marriott's Trumpet Ship (Thurs), Benjamin Hunter's Quintet (Fri), and the Ahamefule Oluo House Party (Sun).
(Thursday-Sunday)

To Life!
Music of Remembrance's 2020/21 virtual season will kick off with an on-demand performance of "Farewell, Auschwitz" from Art From Ashes and other works honoring David Arben, the violinist who survived seven concentration camps as a young Jewish boy from Poland.
(All week)

PERFORMANCE

Earshot Jazz – Uprooted: The Journey of Jazz Dance
How does jazz translate to movement, and how has the form evolved with Black culture? Khadifa Wong's feature documentary Uprooted, screening as part of the Earshot Jazz Festival, explores the significance of jazz in the 21st century through dance.
(Friday-Saturday)

Vote Art Vote
Directed by Raja Feather Kelly and co-curated by Dani Tirrell, this collection of performances by queer artists will remind viewers of the importance of voting, especially in the upcoming election.
(Monday-Tuesday)

VISUAL ART

Not Your Monolith
Che Lopez, Jake Prendez, and Maya Milton (Nepantla Cultural Arts Gallery); Anouk Rawkson and Tatiana Garmendia (La Sala Latinx Artists' Network); Brenetta Ward and Osa Elaiho (Wa Na Wari); and other artists present work that reflects their experiences as BIPOC creatives on both a personal and global level, shattering stereotypes in the process.
(Thursday-Sunday; opening Thursday)