On the List | MLK Day events, Gay City theater, comedy variety, and new takes on 15th century mixed-media

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Check our roundup of Martin Luther King Jr.Day events happening this weekend and through Monday. Other highlights this weekend include a queer theater play/musical, comedy shows, an art show opening, and glitter burlesque.

Lighten up the January gloom with a variety show or a comedy showcase (both are free!) at Jai Thai this weekend. Breezy Time Variety Hour on Thursday features a line up of drag, music comedy, videos, stand-up and sketch. Punchline Friday (yes, it’s on Friday) offers your classic comedy show with straight up stand up.

gchp-syncorswim300x300Opening and closing this weekend at Gay City is Gender Tender: Sync or Swim, a queer music/dance/drag/theater performance. “Real life couple Will Courtney and Syniva Whitney and crew challenge the sincerity of family based sitcoms and romatic comedies while wondering what it means to be a family in real life.” Performances are Thursday through Sunday.

Also opening on Thursday at Erickson Theatre is Strawberry Theatre Workshop’s production of The Normal Heart. Strawberry Theatre Workshop is one of three theater companies which will move into the 12th Avenue Arts Building later this year.

charles spitzack4Three new exhibitions open on Friday at Gage Academy of Art. The Steele Gallery features selected works by Benjamin Vierling, who primarily uses a 15th century mixed media technique.The Entry Gallery features work by Seattle printmaker Charles Spitzak plus still life works by Gage teaching artists. Artist reception 6 – 8pm.

The Academy of Burlesque kicks off their 2014 programming on Saturday with Glitter and Mischief, starring Jo “Boobs” Weldon and supported (heh) by Academy alumni. Sparkle and glam starts at 7:30 in the West Hall of the Oddfellows Building.

Are you having an event on Capitol Hill? Add it to the CHS Calendar.

Apr 28 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Washington Park Arboretum
Join us for a Fiddleheads Family Nature Class this winter, and make connections with the natural world that will last a lifetime. Through science-based exploration and outdoor play preschoolers and their caregivers will experience the UW Botanic Gardens using their … Continue reading
Apr 28 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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Apr 28 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
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Apr 28 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Aegis on Madison
Aging with Pride: Film Screening & Conversation about LGBTQ Older Adults Join us for Gen Silent (2011), a critically-acclaimed documentary about the lives of six LGBTQ seniors. You will also hear the latest insights from Caring and Aging with Pride … Continue reading
Apr 28 @ 6:00 PM Outside of William Kenzo Nakamura U.S. Courthouse
UNITE FOR MARRIAGE SEATTLE CELEBRATION RALLY, TUESDAY, APRIL 28 A celebration on the day the Supreme Court hears national marriage cases – Seattle’s official response WHAT: On April 28th, SCOTUS will hear oral arguments on the subject of national marriage … Continue reading
Apr 28 @ 7:00 PM Sam's Tavern
More fun than a barrel full of monkeys… Pub Trivia. Get drinks as prizes for answering questions correctly.  Great food, great drinks, and some questions to answer to get more beer and food. It’s free to play, $50 for the … Continue reading
Apr 28 @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM 12th Ave Arts
Acrobatic Conundrum, Seattle’s premier contemporary circus company, culminates a successful nine-city, West Coast tour with two final performances of “The Language of Chance: An Evening of Extraordinary Circus.” The show blurs the lines between dance, theater, and circus and offers … Continue reading
Apr 28 @ 8:00 PM Canterbury Ale House
More fun than a barrel full of monkeys… Pub Trivia. Get drinks as prizes for answering questions correctly. Great food, great drinks, and some questions to answer to get more beer and food. It’s free to play, prizes to top … Continue reading
Apr 29 @ 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Montlake Fuel
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Apr 29 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Washington Park Arboretum
Join us for a Fiddleheads Family Nature Class this winter, and make connections with the natural world that will last a lifetime. Through science-based exploration and outdoor play preschoolers and their caregivers will experience the UW Botanic Gardens using their … Continue reading
Apr 29 @ 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Montlake Library
It is story time at the Montlake Branch! Bring your preschoolers to enjoy stories, rhymes, songs and fun with our children’s librarian. Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Share:TwitterFacebookRedditGoogle
Apr 29 @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM 12the Ave Arts
Acrobatic Conundrum, Seattle’s premier contemporary circus company, culminates a successful nine-city, West Coast tour with two final performances of “The Language of Chance: An Evening of Extraordinary Circus.” The show blurs the lines between dance, theater, and circus and offers … Continue reading
Apr 30 all-day
Eat Your Generous Heart Out at Dining Out For Life on Thursday, April 30! Seattle – April 22 Dining Out For Life is that one day each year when giving back is as simple as having breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, … Continue reading
Apr 30 @ 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM Meditate Seattle Studio
Free 1/2 hour meditation group every Thursday, no experience required. Walk up the driveway on 18th E to arrive at the meditation studio. Share:TwitterFacebookRedditGoogle
Apr 30 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Washington Park Arboretum
Join us for a Fiddleheads Family Nature Class this winter, and make connections with the natural world that will last a lifetime. Through science-based exploration and outdoor play preschoolers and their caregivers will experience the UW Botanic Gardens using their … Continue reading
Apr 30 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Our toddler gym (Ages 0-5) features a bouncy house, tons of toys, balls, cars, and much more. Perfect for rainy day play. Share:TwitterFacebookRedditGoogle
Apr 30 @ 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM Peace on the Streets by Kids from the Streets (PSKS)
We are a nonprofit that serves, supports and advocates on behavior of homeless youth and young adults. We also operate a homeless shelter. Come to our Open Hours and learn about the work that we do and the ways you … Continue reading
Apr 30 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Brenthaven Flagship Store
Dan Price started Gravity Payments from his dorm room after witnessing thousands of hard-working small business owners being overcharged and underserved by their credit card processors. His goal was simple: Level the playing field by making processing and financial services … Continue reading
Apr 30 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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Apr 30 @ 6:30 PM – 7:00 PM Meditate Seattle Studio
Free 1/2 hour silent meditation group every week except holidays. If you need instruction in meditation, visit Youtube and search for Meditate Seattle. You will find an introductory video. Share:TwitterFacebookRedditGoogle
Apr 30 @ 7:00 PM The Church
In celebration of International Jazz Day, Seattle-based production company, Arena Music Promotion (AMP), is hosting the formidable jazz duo of Matthew Shipp and Michael Bisio at an exclusive and private venue in Capitol Hill on April 30, 2015. Opening for … Continue reading
Apr 30 @ 8:00 PM Annex Theatre
Bunnies, tells the story of warren of abandoned bunnies in Woodland Park that evolve into a dark religious cult in this gleefully unsettling tale of revenge, sacrifice, and the most transgressive love of all. Written by Keiko Green, with music … Continue reading
Apr 30 @ 8:00 PM – May 16 @ 9:30 PM The Schmee
When all meat mysteriously turns to rot, ours becomes a world populated with reluctant vegetarians. Four hungry dinner guests impatiently await a latecomer to the table. As the hour grows late and stomachs begin to howl, the traces of civilization … Continue reading
May 1 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Washington Park Arboretum
Join us for a Fiddleheads Family Nature Class this winter, and make connections with the natural world that will last a lifetime. Through science-based exploration and outdoor play preschoolers and their caregivers will experience the UW Botanic Gardens using their … Continue reading
May 1 @ 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM 12th Ave Arts
In a rare U.S. appearance Cirque en Déroute presents “The Really Weird Cabaret!” While employing eccentric skills, such as unusual acrobatics, tappling, jar juggling, and the French Can’t Can’t they blend contemporary European circus with traditional clowning to create an … Continue reading
May 1 @ 8:00 PM Annex Theatre
Bunnies, tells the story of warren of abandoned bunnies in Woodland Park that evolve into a dark religious cult in this gleefully unsettling tale of revenge, sacrifice, and the most transgressive love of all. Written by Keiko Green, with music … Continue reading
May 2 all-day
400 Bookstores, 16 Exlusive Books & Art Pieces, One Day Only! What does Independent Bookstore Day celebrate? Independent bookstores are not just stores, they’re community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers. They are entire universes of ideas that … Continue reading
May 2 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Merrill Court Townhouses
Have your cake and gossip too as we visit Seattle’s only residential Landmark District featuring a wealth of upscale, early 20th century architecture. Harvard/Belmont is a veritable portfolio of the finest designers of the day: Charles Platt of New York … Continue reading
May 2 @ 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Seattle INFERNO Prom Party We thought it was time for us to have that Prom we always wished we had in high school. Yep this time you get to bring your sweetie, best friends, or rock it alone. As an … Continue reading
May 2 @ 8:00 PM Annex Theatre
Bunnies, tells the story of warren of abandoned bunnies in Woodland Park that evolve into a dark religious cult in this gleefully unsettling tale of revenge, sacrifice, and the most transgressive love of all. Written by Keiko Green, with music … Continue reading

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