The Best Things To Do from Home This Week: COVID-Safe Seattle Events for October 26-November 1, 2020

Hocum Pokem, Fisherman's Village, and More Top Picks
October 26, 2020
Peaches Christ, Jinkx Monsoon, and BenDelaCreme comprise a coven of soul-sucking witches in Hocum Pokem: The Return of the Manderson Sisters, streaming live this Thursday and Friday only. (Peaches Christ via Facebook)

All Hallows' Eve is this Saturday, giving you a whole week to partake in spooky activities without leaving your house or even putting on pants. In addition to everything listed on our in-person events calendar, we've rounded up this week's best virtual events below (including plenty of non-Halloween stuff), from the Fisherman's Village Music Festival to another round of Stranger Debates: Seattle's Only Candidate Forum, and from BeautyBoiz go BOO to a Wa Na Wari House Party Fundraiser. 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.

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Stranger Debates: Seattle's Only Candidate Forum
District 37 candidates Kirsten Harris-Talley and Chukundi Salisbury will take their debates to the digital stage, hosted by a panel of Stranger reporters who will make them "squirm through a gauntlet of tough questions" and take an audience poll to announce a "winner."


Collide-O-Scope: Halloween 2020
Collide-O-Scope's annual Halloween celebration will come to your home with a mashup of horrific, campy, hijinks.


Peter Baker & Susan Glasser with Rajiv Chandrasekaran: The Man Who Ran Washington
Journalists and political analysts Peter Baker and Susan Glasser dive into the life of James Addison Baker III, the power broker who influenced America’s destiny for generations, in their book The Man Who Ran Washington. They'll be joined by Elliott Bay and fellow journalist Rajiv Chandresekaran for this online talk. 

Pierce Lecture: Colson Whitehead
Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Colson Whitehead will deliver the University of Puget Sound's Pierce Lecture, originally scheduled for May. 

See Also: Multi-Day Events



Reel Black: Us and the Separation of the Black Self - Virtual Class
Join SIFF and film scholar Isabella Price for an online discussion of Jordan Peele's second horror film Us, which confronts the realities of racism in America through a terrifying story of a Black family's vengeful doppelgängers. 


The Haunting of Pacific Science Center
Examine the specter-like activity going on at the Pacific Science Center by joining this virtual ghost tour. 

HP Trivia: Virtual Edition 3.0 (Halloween Special)
Don't let J.K. Rowling's horrific Tweets ruin Harry Potter for you—honor your personal connection to the fantasy series by answering questions in this virtual trivia night. This Halloween edition will include a costume contest, so ready those Party City wands. 


Andrea Rosenberg: Difficult Light
Translator Andrea Rosenberg will read from Difficult Light, her translation of Columbian novelist Tomás González’ 2011 book La luz difícil, with Elliott Bay.

Nobody’s Perfect: A Reading with Corinne Manning and Chavisa Woods
Award-winning short story writers Chavisa Woods and Corinne Manning will join Hugo House to discuss desires, flawed characters, and non-traditional heroes after reading from each other's work. 

See Also: Multi-Day Events



Bat Week Special: Bats & White-Nose Syndrome Surveillance
Mount Rainier National Park ecologist Dr. Tara Chestnut and Michael Hansen, the leaders of the Mount Rainier bat crew, are working to understand where bats at Mount Rainier go to hibernate so they can know just how vulnerable they are to white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease recently detected in bats in Washington State. (Don't worry, it doesn't affect humans.) In this virtual field trip, Tara and Michael will discuss and demonstrate how they monitor bats and conduct WNS surveillance. 

Gruesome Everett: Tales of Untimely Death
Snohomish County's largest city has played host to "random killings," "tragic accidents," "political gunfights," and even a botched execution throughout its history. Hear some true stories of its haunted past with historian Gene Fosheim. 

In Community We Flourish: Art & Creativity Now
Join the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for an online discussion of the power of art to "heal, create change, and take action," as well as the challenges of creating art in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. 

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

Wa Na Wari House Party Fundraiser
The Central District Black arts space Wa Na Wari will hold an online fundraiser to continue its mission of "[fighting] displacement with Black art, Black culture, and the self-determination of Black people." You're looking at a cooking demo with Chef Tarik Abdullah, new music from local experimental funk duo Pink Lotion (whose debut album was deemed "an orgy of late-night, boudoir-bound funk" by Dave Segal), an art activity with Perri Rhoden, curated films by Amir George, and DJ sets from Jusmoni and Larry Mizell. Along those same lines, check out our guide to Black music artists in Seattle and how to support them


Black Fret & NVCS present THE BLACK TONES
KEXP’s Audioasis DJ Eva Walker and her brother Cedric know how to punkify the blues and blues-ify the punk. If you’ve ever witnessed their high-octane rock and roll shows and the dynamic of Eva’s infectious and idiosyncratic quirks matched with the band’s avalanche-like force, then you know you can’t experience their shows enough. Their 2019 chart-topping Cobain and Cornbread is easily one of the strongest full-lengths (a debut at that!) to come out of Seattle this year—not to mention one of the more culturally salient bands to break out in the rock genre right before the new decade. ZACH FRIMMEL

Town Music: Local Chamber Perspectives An Evening of Music for the Moment
This installment of Town Hall's digital music series will feature reflective chamber pieces like Wayne Horvitz's "Sweeter Than the Day" (performed by Horvitz on piano and Willem de Koch on trombone), Melia Watras's "Echo" (performed by Rachel Lee Priday on violin), James Lee III's "Principal Brothers No. 1" (performed by flutist Demarre McGill), and other works. 

Whole Lotta Celebratin’ Goin’ On: 85 Years Of The Killer
John Stamos will host the YouTube and Facebook Live celebration in honor of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame icon Jerry Lee Lewis's 85th birthday, featuring performances and well wishes from friends and fans of Lewis. 

See Also: Multi-Day Events



Zoombie Halloween PunSlam
Celebrate the puns hiding in the English language's most unassuming words and phrases at this Halloween edition of Pun Intended (FKA PunSlam). The winner will receive a $100 gift card to Peddler Brewing. 


Cheers for Women! Virtual History After Hours
Raise a glass of your favorite liquid to the accomplishments of women throughout history at this virtual event with the Washington State Historical Society. Tickets include a mixology lesson, a craft project, and a presentation from Humanities Washington speaker Mayumi Tsutakwa, who will highlight diverse women figures like jazz musician Ruby Bishop, photographer Imogen Cunningham, journalist/activist Anna Louise Strong, Upper Skagit linguist Vi Hilbert, and artist Priscilla Chong Jue.

Stranger Debates: Seattle's Only Candidate Forum
District 43 Frank Chopp and Sherae Lascelles will take their debates to the digital stage, hosted by a panel of Stranger reporters who will make them "squirm through a gauntlet of tough questions" and take an audience poll to announce a "winner."


Fade to Black: Revisiting 'Tales From the Hood'
As part of Langston's Fade to Black conversation series, this online event will begin with a screening of the Spike Lee-produced '90s horror-comedy Tales from the Hood, followed by a discussion with special guests on the future of horror films made by Black creators. 


Happy Hour: Women In Wine featuring Brandi Carlile
Locally bred country-folk superstar Brandie Carlile will celebrate the release of her new XOBC Cellars Sparkling Rosé alongside Brenae Royal of Louis M. Martini Wines, Nicole Hitchcock of J Vineyards & Winery, and Robin McBride and Andréa McBride John of McBride Sisters Wines.


The Neuroscience of Real Life Monsters: Psychopaths, CEOs, and Politicians
This time of year is filled with stories of mythical terror-raisers, but this Oregon and Washington Science on Tap talk with forensic psychiatrist Dr. Octavio Choi will dive into the monsters among us, who take the form of psycho killers, CEOs (you know the ones), and politicians (you definitely know the ones). 


Ahamefule J. Oluo Jazz Quartet
The Resident Artist of this year's Earshot Jazz Festival presents his new quartet live from the Royal Room stage, featuring Tim Kennedy on piano, Geoff Harper on bass, and D'Vonne Lewis on drums. (And Oluo on trumpet.)

An All Star Opera Halloween
Multi-piece hiphop ensemble and artist collective All Star Opera will head up this livestreamed concert and "journey to worlds unknown"—harnessing the power of the full moon, of course. Half of the proceeds will benefit King County Equity Now.

Blimes & Gab
Dynamic duo Blimes & Gab comprises Gifted Gab (one of the best rappers in the game, as Jasmyne Keimig has it) and San Francisco rapper Blimes Brixton. Join them for a lively set on KEXP's YouTube channel. 

Gimme Shelter 2020 w/ The Dusty 45s
Watch Billy Joe Huels and the Dusty 45s play their folksy rock 'n' roll atop the roof of the emergency housing and crisis intervention center DESC's Aurora House.

Grounded - MONSTERWATCH & LipStitch
BIG BLDG's cozy online music series will return with two of the witchiest bands in town, Monsterwatch (who, according to former Stranger music critic Dave Segal, "have mastered a seething, aggressive brand of rock that dexterously avoids predictability, zagging when you expect them to zig and producing guitar tones that leave a sulfuric sting") and Bellingham foursome LipStitch. 

Mendelssohn Violin Concerto
Mendelssohn's impeccable, mood-spanning violin concerto will be revived for the small screen, courtesy of Seattle Symphony Concertmaster Noah Geller. 

Mike Krol's Halloween Deadstream
LA power popper Mike Kroll will spook your boots with his Julian Casablancas-esque voice a couple days before Halloween. 

Local music collective Marmalade used to play live in Fremont every Thursday night, but they'll switch things up with a live set from Nectar's virtual stage (aka YouTube channel), where they'll bust out a high-energy mix of funk, soul, disco, dub, and electronic music. 

Xfinity Awesome Gig
Join up-and-coming R&B singer-songwriter H.E.R. for a night of performances, an interview, and a special surprise guest. If you're a big fan, sign on 15 minutes before the show for some artist trivia. 


ACTLocal Playwright Series with Amontaine Aurore and Ameenah Kaplan
Emerging playwright Amontaine Aurore will take you inside her new work, The Ever Expanding Moment, in this online conversation with special guest moderator Ameenah Kaplan. 

LIVE Radio Play: 'A Walk in the Dark'
Seattle Radio Theatre will carry on with its 20th anniversary season, live studio audience be damned. For Halloween, light some candles and tune into the chilling "A Walk in the Dark" live on KIRO Radio. 

This pinnacle of rowdy, uncategorizable drag nights (previously held at Beacon Hill's Clock-Out Lounge) celebrated its second anniversary with a virtual dance party in July that was so successful, they're now making it monthly! This edition features DJ Arson Nicki, Betty Wetter, Angel Baby Kill Kill Kill, Miss Texas 1988, Beau Degas, Cookie Couture, and Luminous Pariah.


Ampersand Live
Forterra will present the seventh edition of Ampersand Live, a multimedia storytelling event "about people and place," on Facebook and YouTube. 

The Experimental Self: Edvard Munch's Photography
Dr. Patricia Berman, the curator of the current National Nordic Museum exhibition The Experimental Self: Edvard Munch's Photography, will address the ways in which Munch invented techniques and approaches to painting and graphic art. 

History Happy Hour: Ghost Stories
Get the 411 on Issaquah's alleged walking (or floating) dead at this livestreamed happy hour talk on the town's ghosts and graves residing at Hillside Cemetery. 

Middle Distance: A Tribute to Stanley Plumly
Following his collection Orphan Hours, the late beloved poet and John Keats expert Stanley Plumly's new book of poems, Middle Distance (composed in the poet’s final months) will be read by Linda Bierds, David Biespiel, Michael Collier, Kevin Craft, and Wendy Willis.

See Also: Multi-Day Events



The Black Lunch Table at Wa Na Wari
Wa Na Wari's oral-history archiving project the Black Lunch Table will offer online discussion groups for Black visual artists or art workers (the Artist Roundtable) and others looking to discuss civic and sociopolitical issues related to Black justice (the BLT People's Table). 


Collide-O-Scope: Best of Halloween
Spend the holiday experiencing a delightfully freaky, swirly montage of music and mayhem made of found-footage phantasmagoria from the archives of Collide-O-Scope's past Halloween screenings. 


American Express Unstaged: Sam Smith
Chart-topping English singer-songwriter Sam Smith will celebrate the release of their forthcoming album Love Goes with a livestreamed concert from Abbey Road Studios. They'll perform old and new songs and answer questions in a Q&A.

The Beatles Let It Be: Presented by Mrs. Phelps and Friends
Roots and soul youth musician group Mrs. Phelps will treat you to the classic Beatles tune "Let It Be" on the song's 50th birthday. 

Bill Frisell
Dave Segal wrote, "What more can master guitarist Bill Frisell do? Over the last 42 years, he’s finessed his way through many permutations of jazz, rock (including an album of John Lennon songs), Americana, folk, and even noise." Frissell will give a live performance online as part of the Earshot Jazz Festival.

Des Moines Arts Commission Presents: A Virtual Concert Series
Tune in every Friday for live music from local bands, starting with the genre-bending but ska-leaning Buzz Brump and ending with Olympia born and bred singer-songwriter Ethan Tucker.

Hawthorne Heights Stay Home Tour
Mood out to emo rock with Ohio-bred rock quintet Hawthorne Heights.

I'm Not Okay! An Emo & Pop Punk Dance Party w/ DJ Baby Van Beezly
This isn't a phase, Mom—it's a whole party! The Emo Gs are back at it for another night of emo classics by the likes of My Chemical Romance, the Used, Dashboard Confessional, Fall Out Boy, and more. My hair might be too short now to iron into flattened, fried perfection for a scene-queen-worthy MySpace profile pic (pc4pc, anyone?), but I'm looking forward to the sea of jet-black manicures at this shindig. For less than a tub of your favorite Manic Panic hair dye, dance (or cry, if you want to) the night away in the virtual company of all the other kids that your mom warned you about. SOPHIA STEPHENS

Jig to uptempo bluegrass with local string band the Warren G. Hardings, courtesy of Nectar.

The Skatalites 'Skalloween' Virtual World Tour
On the 56th anniversary of ska and reggae heavies Skatalites, who backed such Jamaican legends as Bob Marley, Toots and The Maytals, and Jimmy Cliff, they'll get spooky with an All Hallows' Eve eve set on their virtual world tour.


Bill Clegg, The End of the Day Book Event with Kira Jane Buxton
Take a break from reality at this online Elliott Bay reading of Bill Clegg's new novel, The End of the Day, which A Danish Girl author David Ebershoff called "a mesmerizing book about family and memory and friendship and the long arc of life." Clegg will be joined in conversation by Kira Jane Buxton, the author of Hollow Kingdom. 

See Also: Multi-Day Events



Story Porch: Shaping the Past in Seattle
Wa Na Wari will dive into the history of porch culture and nation-building, and discuss preserving the cultural tradition of generational storytelling.


BeautyBoiz go BOO, pt. 6
Taking cues from Dame Agatha Christie's detective novels, this queer horror film from the BeautyBoiz collective, whose pre-COVID shtick usually involved showing up to parties and putting on amazing dance performances, will star Arson Nicki, CarLarans, LüChi, Britt Brutality, Angel Baby Kill Kill Kill, Bosco, and many other local drag artists.

Digging Up HERstory: A Webinar about The Celine Archive Film
The Filipino American National Historical Society presents an online discussion of the film The Celine Archive, which traces the history of Celine Navarro, a woman buried alive by her community in Northern California in 1932. 

Sistah Scifi Watch Party Celebrates Black Witches with kweliTV
Afrofuturism cauldron Sistah Scifi will celebrate their favorite "blitches" (Black witches) from the web series Juju and Vow of Silence.

Slay - Livestreamed!
From the freaks who brought you the HUMP! and SPLIFF Film Festivals comes something new, fun, and totally terrifying: SLAY! SLAY calls for filmmakers to send in homemade short horror films—eight minutes or less—capturing what scares them most. From classic ghost stories and slasher films to dystopian cults and political nightmares, SLAY dares you to show us your darkest fears. We know reality is scarier than fiction right now. Let’s purge our fears together. WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY 


Animal Collective
After a welcome set from Geologist, a screening of the 2010 visual album ODDSAC, cast and crew interviews, and DJ sets by Avey Tare, Deakin, and Panda Bear, enjoy a live, on-demand concert from Animal Collective. 

Flying Lotus x Brainfeeder Halloween Special
LA rapper/DJ Flying Lotus will round up artists from his record label Brainfeeder for a night Halloween chills and spoopy psychedelic beats. 

NVCS Presents: A Killer '80s Halloween feat. Prom Date Mixtape
The effortless marriage of New Wave covers and fake blood will show itself at this virtual Nectar concert with '80s party hit-revivers Prom Date Mixtape.

Zombie Disco
Boogie down like only the undead can at this online disco dance party for zombies and their friends, brought to you by Monkey Loft, Hunt & Gather Records, Viva Recordings, and Uniting Souls Music. 


Kings ~ A Drag Kings Show ~ Portals Edge
Local drag kings will take you into another dimension with a virtual show on Halloween. 

Strict Tempo x Oddity Underground: Carlos Perón, Celldöd, Physical Wash, Werther Effekt
What better way to ring in the ultimate witching hour than with Seattle DJ Vox Sinistra's virtual dark and synthy club night? This edition will feature Stockholm's Celldöd, France's Carlos Perón, Portland's Physical Wash, and others.


Quarantine Book Club: 'It Chooses You' by Miranda July
Miranda July's memoir-ish book about her creative process, the people she's met in LA, and the general whimsy of her life will be the latest subject of Christopher Frizelle's Quarantine Book Club, which will take place over the course of four weeks, culminating in a discussion of July's cinematic oeuvre. 

See Also: Multi-Day Events



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.  


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.  



Black the Vote
Learn how to mobilize Black voters around the country with the NAACP's resources. 
(All week)


Vulture Festival
The New York Magazine affiliate Vulture will hold its annual pop-culture extravaganza "curated with the mind of a critic and the heart of a fan" online this year, promising a full week of live virtual events and special content including cast reunions, table reads, and conversations with your favorite creators like Whoopie Goldberg, the boys of New Girl, and Rachel Bloom.


Engauge Experimental Film Festival 2020
This experimental film festival, which has moved online, will once again screen "films that originated on film" from artists around the world. 

NFFTY 2020
The "young filmmaker's Cannes"—Charles Mudede called it "world-class"—the National Film Festival for Talented Youth assembles the best films made by directors under 25. See works by promising cineastes who will make you feel very old. We're already choked up over Bloom, about a victim of assault who learns to cope in her abstract world made of clay. There's also Athol Park, wherein a girl searches for her missing school teacher, and a new Chong the Nomad music video. Read Jasmyne Keimig and Chase Burns's picks here.
(All week)


2020 GeekWire Summit
Hundreds of leaders in tech fields around the world will gather virtually for live Q&As, talks, product demos, and a smattering of fun "parties." Usually squeezed into two days, this year's event will enjoy two whole weeks of activities with Bill Gates, venture capitalist Emily Melton, Expedia Group CEO Peter Kern, COVID-19 data expert Dr. Vin Gupta, DreamBox Learning CEO Jessie Woolley-Wilson, and many others. 


Friends of Georgetown History: Haunted History Tour
Instead of an in-person tour down the dark alleys of the haunted Georgetown Stables, look back on the tour's spookiest moments throughout its history.


Fisherman's Village Music Fest
Celebrate the efforts of the Everett Music Initiative with this four-day festival, going virtual for its eighth year, with live sets from local and touring talents like the Moondoggies (Wed), Stephanie Anne Johnson (Thurs), Naked Giants (Fri), and the Black Tones (Sat). Performances are free (!), but donations are encouraged. 

Marcy Stonikas in Recital (On-Demand)
The soprano vocals of Seattle Opera star Marcy Stonikas will get the solo recital treatment.  (Monday-Friday)

Within/Earshot Jazz Festival 2020
The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art will continue its Earshot Jazz Festival season tradition of with a lineup of free concerts, lectures, and workshops on YouTube and Facebook Live.  (Tuesday & Friday)


Adapted by Shermona Mitchell from the previously unpublished science-fiction story "Childfinder," written by Octavia Butler at the 1970 Clarion Writer's Workshop and released after her death, this audio-drama introduction to Book-It Repertory Theatre's digital season will hark toward a future of racial equality through the story of a Black woman named Barbara who identifies pre-telepath children who have the potential to be fully active telepaths.

Hocum Pokem: The Return of the Manderson Sisters
Don't let the internet fool you. Peaches Christ is more than an "underground drag" performer. Christ is a drag legend—the only thing underground about her is that she isn't RuPaul. Her irreverent stage productions frequently roll through Seattle, capitalizing on local talent while featuring RuPaul's Drag Race contestants. Hocum Pokem will include a star-studded coven of Jinkx Monsoon, BenDelaCreme, and Peaches Christ herself. I can't think of a better way for drag fans and queerdos to kick off the spookiest of seasons. CHASE BURNS 

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. 
(All week)


Campfire: Improvised Ghost Stories
Unexpected Productions players will riff on your personal experiences with creepy happenings at these virtual improv shows.