Every Monday (around noon) I publish a list of Seattle community events. This list arose as the result of approximately 1,257 conversations I’ve had about cool Seattle events I’ve attended which culminated with, “Shoot! I wish I’d known about that.”
I can’t guarantee that you’ll never again miss another must-see event in Seattle, but I hope my listings help you find a new experience or two.
The list is best experienced by example. So please take a look a the current listing below (and the FAQ). But Monica at The Evergrey recently asked me to describe the list, and this is what I came up with:
Painstakingly curated Seattle community events list focused through a geeky lens trained on public conversation, community building, design thinking, world music, and quirky self-expression.
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Larry’s Events for May 22-28, 2017
Happening This Week
5/22 Mon. 6:00 pm
Lou Piniella Booksigning
Elliot Bay Books (Capitol Hill)
Legendary former Seattle Mariner manager Lou Piniella promotes his memoir, “Lou: Fifty Years of Kicking Dirt, Playing Hard, and Winning Big in the Sweet Spot of Baseball.”
Seattle International Film Festival
“More than 400 films from 80 countries. 25 days. 155,000 attendees. Be part of the largest and most highly-attended film festival in the United States, now in its 43rd year.”
5/23 Tues. 7:00 pm
Microbial Allies Beneath Our Feet & In Our Bodies
Town Hall Seattle (First Hill)
“You are what you eat? We’ve all heard how much diet affects physical and mental health. Now, new science is helping us understand some of the fundamental mechanisms at play, not only in our bodies, but also in food crops. The soil and gut microbiomes, nutrition, and farming practices are among the topics a geologist, a nutritionist, and a biologist will cover during a presentation and panel discussion.”
5/23 Tues. 7:00 pm
John Boylan’s Conversation: Should We Love Our Work?
Vermillion (Capitol Hill)
“For this conversation, we’ll be delving into the question of what is means to love one’s work. In the words of Red May organizer Philip Wohlstetter, ‘What kind of work do you do? Do you love it? Should you? Should what you love be harnessed to the rhythm of work? Where does the imperative to love work come from? Should we be doing less work? More? Should we even use the word ‘should’ when talking about work?’ Come talk about it. This conversation is the last before we break for the summer; we’ll be back in the fall.”
5/23 Tues. 7:30 pm
Nerd Nite Seattle – NASA Edition
High Dive (Fremont)
“This month we are collaborating with NASA as part of their Destination Station campaign! The topics will cover science, research and capabilities onboard the International Space Station with talks from an astronaut and ISS scientist.”
5/24 Wed. 6:00 pm
WooCommerce Seattle Meetup
coolblueweb (Pioneer Square)
Tylor Bennett, an internet marketer and SEO consultant, “will be covering SEO as it applies to eCommerce websites. It’s important that search engines can properly crawl each product page on your website and understand what that page is about. Tylor will show off some tips and tricks about how to structure your website to help increase rankings and drive more sales.”
5/24 Wed. 7:00 pm
Astronomy on Tap: The Dark Universe
Peddler Brewing Company (Ballard)
“This month we will be joined by Professor Sarah Tuttle* who will illuminate: ‘Dark Energy, Dark Matter, and Otters – The universe in three parts,’ describing among other things her lead role in designing and building the instruments that allow the HETDEX project to measure dark energy. We’ll also be joined by the legendary Portlander Dr. Ethan Siegel who will foretell ‘The Fate of the Universe: After 13.8 billion years, where is everything headed?'”
5/24 Wed. 7:30 pm
Displaced: Refugee Voices in Conversation
Town Hall Seattle (First Hill)
“Refugees are forced to flee their home and country due to violence and persecution, and this history continues to inform their perspective for years to come. Hear from a panel of refugees, assembled by The Northwest Immigrant and Refugee Health Coalition (NWIRHC), about the way that the current political climate, and President Trump’s executive orders are affecting the refugee community. The panel will also discuss their experiences, both as former refugees and direct service providers for newly resettled families, as well as advocates for the millions of people who are currently in limbo, hoping to find a safe place for themselves and their families.”
5/24 Wed. 8:00 pm
Rodrigo y Gabriela
Showbox SoDo (SoDo)
“Known for exhilarating live shows, Rodrigo y Gabriela have won the hearts of music lovers from the haciendas of Cuba to the Hollywood Bowl and festival fields of Europe, as they continue to weave their unique six-string magic. The extraordinary interplay between Sanchez’s fiery lead lines and Quintero’s phenomenal rhythmic battery is truly universal.”
5/25 Thurs. 6:00 pm
Innovation and Design Thinking Meetup
Substantial (Capitol Hill)
“For the May meetup we’ll continue our four part series that will break design thinking down into four phases: Immerse, Frame, Imagine, and Prototype. In each each month of the series we will explore one of the four phases in depth, as well as how to apply the associated methods and mindsets to a range of different industries and situations. This month we’re going to focus on the Frame phase with an emphasis on tools and frameworks that help us synthesize data, frame an opportunity space, and fall in love with needs rather than solutions.”
5/25 Thurs. 6:30 pm
Inclusive Design Workshop: Design for 7 billion. Design for One.
School of Visual Concepts (Denny Triangle)
Ladies That UX meetup, but all genders welcome. “Humans have been at the center of design practices for a long time. Although product makers and designers have always sought to understand their customers, they often miss an opportunity. In this session we’ll reexamine disability and diversity as a source of innovation. We’ll explore the tension between designing for many and designing for one. By engaging in experiential, immersive activities, you’ll walk away with a practical understanding of Inclusive Design and the tools available that can be applied to your work. We’ll build off one another’s experiences and stress test ideas to evolve our thinking along the way. Come ready to participate and learn how this inclusive design practice can impact your work – even if you’re not in the business of making products.”
5/25 Thurs. 7:00 pm
Fresh Ground Stories
Roy Street Coffee (Capitol Hill)
“Letting Go – Stories of living without something you didn’t think you could. What have you had to give up that you never thought you could? A person? A way of life? A belief system? Maple bars?”
5/25 Thurs. 7:00 pm
HONK! Fest West Monthly Jam
Cafe Racer (Roosevelt)
“Remember how fun it is when we get to jam and bond at HONK! Fest West wrap parties? This event will be like that, but we’ll get to do it every month! This month’s special hosts: One Love Brass Band”
5/25 Thurs. 7:30 pm
An Evening with James Kakalios
Town Hall Seattle (First Hill)
“Most of us are clueless when it comes to the physics that makes our modern world so convenient. What’s the science behind motion sensors, touch screens, and toasters? In The Physics of Everyday Things, physics professor and bestselling author James Kakalios (The Physics of Superheroes), reveals the mind-bending science behind the seemingly basic things that keep our daily lives running, from smartphones to hybrid vehicles.”
5/25 Thurs. 8:00 pm
Royal Room (Columbia City)
“Music show and dance party with one of Africa’s most exciting young bands! Hailing from Victoria Falls in the northwest corner of Zimbabwe, they are setting dance-floors ablaze with their unique mix of traditional Tonga and pan-African music cultures with dashes of Rap, Ska, Soukous and Afro-Cuban music.”
5/26 Fri. 9:00 pm
SabroSon: Salsa y Sabor
Royal Room (Columbia City)
“SabroSon brings together a group of accomplished musicians with a wealth of experience and passion. Alex Rivera on vocals was raised during the New York Salsa era. A street style sonero with a respect for the traditional roots of the music. Alex has performed with many local Salsa bands including: Latin Expression, Nueva Era, and Kiki Valera Y los Guajibaros and has been featured on numerous recordings. Along with Steve Guasch an accomplished musical director and grammy nominated producer. SabroSon is guaranteed to please even the most finicky Salsa fan.”
Northwest Folklife Festival
Seattle Center (Queen Anne)
Annual Memorial Day weekend celebration of the music, dance, stories, and art of the people of the Pacific Northwest. Check out the schedule and filter by genre to find African, Latin, and other music and dance. The Seattle Storytellers Guild has put together a handy list of storytelling events at the festival.
5/27 Sat. 11:00 am
Network Neutrality Workshop
Fremont Library (Fremont)
“Washington State Citizens For Network Neutrality invites you to join us for our first ever public workshop. We will be providing an information session lead by local technology experts on the tenants of Network Neutrality and how they impact they lives of citizens. This will be followed by a brain-storming session discussing our grass-roots strategy for enacting change at the local level to enshrine Network Neutrality consumer protections into state law.”
5/27 Sat. 7:00 pm
Cats of the Internet Pajama Party
Living Computer Museum (SoDo)
“Cats are as fundamental to internet culture as the program that put them there. What’s better than watching cat videos in your PJs on a Saturday night? Watching cat videos in your PJs on a Saturday night surrounded by robots. Featuring DJ Morgue Anne. Cat-themed VR Immersion Experience. The Cattery: Cat Petting Room.”
5/28 Sun. 9:30 am
Biohackers Meetup: Coffee & Convo #27
“New to the concept of Biohacking? Don’t sweat it! We’re happy to show you the ropes. Afraid of coming alone? No problem, bring a friend – the more the merrier! And of course you’ll meet new ones.”
5/28 Sun. 11:00 am-4:00 pm
Kane Hall (UW Campus)
“The theme of TEDxUofW 2017 is ‘Yes &.’ Commonly known as the golden rule of improv comedy, ‘Yes &’ is the concept that we accept and build upon what came before. It draws on the ideals of collaboration, progress, and thinking on your toes. At this year’s conference, we hope to delve deeper and discover how ‘Yes &’ plays into a plethora of disciplines.”
5/28 Sun. 6:00 pm & 9:00 pm
The Bobs – Final Appearance Ever
Triple Door (Downtown)
The last show ever for this super-entertaining a capella group.
5/30 Tues. 7:30 pm
Manimou Camara and Students (Ethnomusicology Visiting Artist Concert)
Meany Theater (UW Campus)
“Spring Quarter Visiting Artist Manimou Camara, master drummer and founder of Seattle-based percussion and dance company Dounia Djembe, performs with his students in this concert of music and dance of Guinea, West Africa.”
6/1 Thurs. 10:00 am
WordPress Freelancers Meetup
Good Shepherd Center (Wallingford)
“Do you make your living using WordPress to create websites for other people’s businesses? This new Meetup is for you! We are not about themes or plugins, rather we’ll talk about aspects of having a freelance business based in WP.”
6/1 Thurs. 6:00 pm
First Thursday Art Walk
multiple locations (Pioneer Square)
Dozens of galleries open their doors, plus free admission to SAM, MOHAI, Museum of Flight, Living Computer Museum, and more.
6/1 Thurs. 7:00 pm
Seattle Public Library (Downtown)
“Interrupting Whiteness: What is the role that white people can play in dismantling white supremacy and its related oppressions? How can Seattle, as a majority white city, confront the legacy of racism in the Pacific Northwest? This evening’s conversation is an attempt to get beyond the narrow confines of discussing white privilege by specifically asking individual white people how they are working, with intention and accountability, with communities of color, to center people of color and be supportive of collective work to end racism and create a deeper collective humanity.”
6/1 Thurs. 8:00 pm
Fremont Abbey (Fremont)
“Doors open 7pm. Stories at 8pm. Themed open mic. $16 Premium tickets and $8 general admission tickets will be available a week before the event at www.themoth.org. Seating is first come, first served, and it is recommended that you arrive early.”
HONK! Fest West
Multiple Venues (all over Seattle)
Seattle’s annual celebration of brass, percussion, and street-band culture. Dates and locations are now set: June 2nd in Georgetown (6p-10p), June 3rd in Pioneer Square (12p-4p) + Waterfront Park (5p-9p), and June 4th in Columbia City (2p-6p).
miniGUINEA: West African Dance & Drum Retreat
Camp Sealth (Vashon Island)
Immerse yourself in the infectious rhythms and high-energy dances of Guinea, West Africa. Both internationally acclaimed teachers and instruction from several Seattle-based Guineans.
6/3 Sat. 11:00 am
Seattle Obscura Society: Steam Plant Tour
Georgetown Steam Plant (Georgetown)
“Join Seattle Obscura Society for a private tour of Georgetown Steam Plant to glean insight into the history of electricity’s expansion into the everyday lives of Seattleites.”
6/3 Sat. 8:00 pm
The Seattle Pancakes & Booze Art Show
El Corazon (Denny Triangle)
“Seattle’s Premier Underground Art Show featuring: 70+ Emerging Artists, Live Body Painting, Live DJ sets, Live Art, FREE Pancake Bar.”
6/4 Sun. 10:00 am
Capitol Hill Clean Sweep
Cal Anderson Park (Capitol Hill)
“Kick off Pride Month by helping to clean the streets and public spaces of Capitol Hill. A local favorite! We feed you (Well, Starbucks, Sizzle Pie, and a few other local businesses feed you…) we give you a free t-shirt, and you give a nice polish to Capitol Hill in preparation for Pride month. PUT TOGETHER A TEAM! Teams are generally 6-10 people. Companies and non-profits are encouraged to put a team together and to wear your own t-shirts to promote your contribution. Or wear ours. Or wear both!”
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6/10 Sat. noon-10:00 pm
Powertool Drag Races at Georgetown Carnival
“Music – Art – Powertool Races – Carnival Games – Clowns – Food – Beer – Wine – and so much more! Did we mention FREE?!!”
6/17 Sat. 1:00 pm
Fremont Solstice Parade
Downtown Fremont (Fremont)
“We celebrate the longest day of the year through music, dance, art, and a kaleidoscope of individual human expression. First, we have a parade! More than 60 community-based ensembles bring giant puppets, stilt walkers, floats, and more, to the streets of Fremont. Then, we end the parade with the Solstice Celebration at Gas Works Park, where we celebrate with local and national street bands, food trucks, beer garden, and more art!”
Q. Dude! That is the most random list of stuff I’ve ever seen. What’s up with that?
A. I don’t know – maybe undiagnosed ADD or something? Maybe my eclectic interests? My unique choice of social and professional circles?
Q. What’s the deal with the #hashtags?
A. This events listing combines several other event announcement lists I have developed over the years.
- #SEATalks events are talks, lectures, storytelling events, networking gatherings, and similar events happening in Seattle (SEA).
- #HauteSeattle events are high-brow (as in arched clown eyebrows), often alternative, events.
- #SeattleWorldBeat events are world music and dance shows, typically with a strong rhythmic focus.
- #Journalism, #Publishing, and #Media are my original academic training and early career and remain a strong interest.
- #WordPress is my online publishing platform of choice as well as a community in which I nurture various techie, geeky, creative, and social needs.
- #Design, #Tech, and #Business are still strong interests even though I now make my living doing massage.
- #Science! – because, Science!
- #Friends of mine do all kinds of interesting stuff.
- #Community is what this list is all about.
Q. Why don’t you segment the list and let me just subscribe to the categories that interest me?
A. Many reasons, but these two are most germane: 1) this is a labor of love, and the amount of labor I can dedicate to it is limited, and 2) big-data-driven media bubbles and ever-narrowing media feeds leave few opportunities for the serendipitous discovery of events outside those shared with you by marketing algorithms. My weird array of interests offers an opportunity to uncover events that you might never have heard about otherwise. If you want to publish a list like this focused through your unique lens, I’ll subscribe in a heartbeat.
Q. How far ahead of time do you list events?
A. Each event is listed the week that it happens in the “Happening This Week” section. For planning purposes, I also list events happening one more week out in the “Next Week” section (hat tip to reader Jimmy K for suggesting this). Events which are likely to sell out are listed (sometimes multiple times) in the “Get Tickets Now” section several weeks or months ahead of time. Other noteworthy events are sometimes listed in a “Get These Events in Your Calendar” section.
Q. Do you actually go to all of these events?
A. When I first started publishing this list, it was technically possible. Now – no way.
Q. May I submit events for your consideration?
A. Of course. I love knowing what’s happening in town.
Q. Are prior editions of this event listing available online so that I can see what I’m getting myself into?