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.
Larry’s Events for October 23-29
Happening This Week
10/23-10/24 Mon.-Tues. 7:30 pm
National Geographic Live – Into the Arctic Kingdom
Benaroya Hall (Downtown)
“Through breathtaking imagery, the National Geographic photographer takes audiences on a legendary journey into the Arctic kingdom – with a special focus on the Arctic Refuge, one of the world’s last great wilderness areas.”
10/24 Tues. 6:00 pm
The Big Lebowski Movie Night
“Cozy up at Mammoth for a showing of The Big Lebowski! Free Admission. Our friends at Mollusk brewed a White Russian Stout for the event! We will also be making White Russian cocktails. Wii Bowling in the Boom Boom Room for the kiddo’s (and adults)! Costume contest w/prizes for whoever has the best ‘Dude’ sweater. Robes and flip flops encouraged!”
10/24 Tues. 9:30 pm
Vermillion (Capitol Hill)
“Caixa is a musical group based in Seattle. We strive to preserve the classic Afro-Brazilian samba heritage. Our live shows feature sambas, bossa novas, boleros, tangos, Portuguese fados, as well as other European and middle-eastern styles of music.”
10/26 Thurs. 6:00 pm
Innovation and Design Thinking Meetup
The Pioneer Collective (Pioneer Square)
“Theme and location to be announced as the Meetup date gets closer.”
10/26 Thurs. 6:30 pm
So, we built this diorama of a hospital room . . .
TUNE Inc. (Belltown)
“Smashing Ideas worked on a proof of concept to demonstrate how voice-based UI (such as Alexa, Siri, Cortana, or Google) can drastically improve the patient care experience. As they progressed through the various technical aspects, they discussed how best to present this proof of concept — not really feeling inspired by cranking out yet another slideshow. The interactive nature of the story they were crafting demanded something more. Then someone said the word ‘diorama.'”
10/26 Thurs. 6:30 pm
Moore Theater (Belltown)
“An evening of edgy and nerdy unrehearsed stories and performances about the Pacific Northwest by all-local artists, performers, musicians, writers, and more.”
10/26 Thurs. 7:00 pm
Fresh Ground Stories: Never in a Million Years
Roy Street Coffee (Capitol Hill)
“This month’s theme is ‘Never in a Million Years: Stories of the unthinkable.’ Tell us about a time when you did something you never thought you’d do. Or lived through something you never thought you’d have to live through. Or maybe you always thought you’d react in a certain way but when real life came knocking your response surprised you.”
10/26 Thurs. 8:00 pm
While they have their early roots in the traditional music of Mali, this is definitely not your typical world-beat band. Band member Garba Toure says, “We grew up listening to old music by the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and John Lee Hooker. But our main diet was hip hop and R&B. We can’t stay in the traditional aesthetic of our grandparents; that was another time. Besides, we love electric guitars too much.”
Mad Science Fair! – A Maker Competition
Bell Harbor International Conference Center (Waterfront)
“Steamposium is around the corner and as luck would have it, it falls on Halloween weekend! Keeping in the spirit of the creepy, spooky, and scary, Mad Science Fair! – A Maker Competition will be geared (see what I did there) towards a Halloween theme. It could be a tool to fight off the ghouls and ghosts, it could be a monstrous creation in of itself, it could be a robotic minion of an insane engineer. What it is, is up to you!”
10/27 Fri. 8:00 pm
Cat Videos Live!
The Neptune (U District)
“Cat Videos Live! is a feline film, cat comedy event and social gathering for all ages. Cat Videos Live! provides a genuine atmosphere for animal lovers to experience the cat video phenomenon – together. . . a forum for cat video creators to showcase their cats.”
10/27 Fri. 8:00 pm
Seattle Phonographers Union at Georgetown Steam Plant
Georgetown Steam Plant (Georgetown)
“Listen to the world in a new way at this sonic improvisation performed at a historic landmark. The Seattle Phonographers Union is a collective of artists from various backgrounds—music, visual art, audio engineering, nature recording, film/video game sound—who engage in group improvisation using only field recordings gathered by group members in the so-called ‘real world.’ For this performance, group members will focus on using sounds that are recorded in, or evocative of, the Georgetown Steam Plant.”
11/1 Wed. 6:00 pm
Sorrento Hotel (First Hill)
Quietly enjoy your favorite book and a drink in the company of fellow readers.
11/1 Wed. 8:00 pm
Johnny Clegg: The Final Journey
The Neptune (U District)
“Long before Paul Simon’s Graceland album, Johnny Clegg was a cultural outlaw. Clegg’s music helped break down the racially dictated musical barriers of South Africa.” – Afropop Worldwide
11/1 Wed. 8:00 pm
Seattle Science Slam #9
Optimism Brewing (Capitol Hill)
“Each free Seattle Science Slam event features engaging and accessible presentations where scientists do not talk about ‘textbook knowledge,’ but explain individual aspects or fundamentals of their own research projects. Audience applause decides who wins.”
11/2 Thurs. 10:00 am
WordPress Freelancer’s Meetup: WordCamp Seattle Prep
Good Shepherd Center (Wallingford)
Help the community get ready for our annual gathering. “Our November 2 Meetup will not have a topic, rather we’ll spend time visiting and networking while we do some name badge organization for WordCamp Seattle.”
11/2 Thurs. 5:00 pm
New Tech Eastside – Diversity in Tech
Network with “the Northwest’s smart, fun, creative, innovative tech community – software and application developers, company owners, startup founders, recruiters, hackers, job seekers, executives, investors, and community leaders.” Great event for folks new to the area.
11/2 Thurs. 6:30 pm
Artist Talk: Ira Block & Cuban Baseball w/ Trio Cubay
Seattle Central Library (Downtown)
Photojournalist Ira Block’s vivid images offer iconic glimpses of Cuba’s love for baseball, a passion in common with America. Opening performance by Trio Cubay. Trio Cubay bases its repertoire essentially on sones, guarachas and boleros with a hint of rumba, cha-cha-cha, changüí and latin jazz.”
Washington State Convention Center (Downtown)
“WordCamp Seattle is an informal conference that brings together WordPress enthusiasts from around the Northwest for two days of education, edification, and community. Whether you’re a developer, a designer, a consultant, an agency, a blogger, or a publisher, WordCamp will take your WordPress skills and enthusiasm to the next level.”
11/4 Sat. 7:00 pm
Science Night October, An Evening of Drunken Experiments
Hale’s Palladium (Fremont)
“This is most fun you can have without breaking the laws of physics. Science Night is a hands on Science Experiment free for all, with dozens of experiments to try. Blow things up with air! Levitate metal! Make homemade lightbulbs, unbreakable bubbles, 3-d art, and more! Ever wanted to play with liquid nitrogen? Play with a Van De Graaff generator? Suspend protozoans in a laser beam? We have got you covered. Science Night is [now] smoke and flame free.”
11/4 Sat. 8:00 pm
Meany Hall (UW Campus)
“Hailing from the West African nation of Mali, guitarist and composer Habib Koite has been named the biggest pop star of the region by Rolling Stone. His artistry and magnetic personality have made him an international star, placing him firmly among the leading figures in contemporary world music.”
11/4 Sat. 9:00 pm
Royal Room (Rainier Valley)
“The Cumbieros fuse traditional and contemporary South American cumbia with the modern sounds of ska and rock creating fun, high-energy music that drives everyone to the dance floor. Cumbia is a genre of music/dance that originated in Colombia and is now extremely popular all across Latin America.”
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. Please note, though, that this isn’t an open-submission list. I only include items that grab me and fit one of the hashtags above. Please look over this week’s list and some prior editions before you submit. Thanks!
Q. Are prior editions of this event listing available online so that I can see what I’m getting myself into?