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.

Dec 22 2017 @ 11:00 AM – Jan 31 2018 @ 12:00 PM Red Chair Salon
Bring items to Red Chair Salon  through January. We’re located at 324 15th Ave East Seattle 98112 (206) 922-2427 Redchairrocks.com Donation Items: New & Like New (Clean/Gently Used) * Warm Blankets (Twin Size) * Winter Items! Coats, Hats, Scarves, & … Continue reading
Jan 16 @ 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Frye Art Museum
In her first solo museum exhibition, One Gray Hair, Tlingit artist Alison Marks directly challenges the expectation that Native artists must perform exoticized markers of Native identity to be considered legitimate. Marks, whose practice spans a variety of mediums including painting, … Continue reading
Jan 16 @ 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Cascina Spinasse
Tuesday, January 16th Noon to 2pm 3-courses with wine $55 per person (+ tax & gratuity) Malvirà was established in the 1950s by Giuseppe Damonte, in Roero in the Piedmont region. Today, Malvirà’s wines are made from their Estate fruit, … Continue reading
Jan 16 @ 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Fleet Feet Sports Seattle
Join us for our six-ish mile all paces run. For Tuesday run, we have a winter route at 5.7 mi and a summer route at 6.3 mi.  The summer route explores the trails of Interlaken and the Arboretum.  The winter … Continue reading
Jan 16 @ 6:15 PM – 7:30 PM Quantum Martial Arts
General class is open to all students and starts with 45 minutes of stretching and calisthenics, followed by 45 minutes of drill. In this class the students are drilled on techniques specific to their belt level. Exercises include combination, target, … Continue reading
Jan 17 @ 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Frye Art Museum
In her first solo museum exhibition, One Gray Hair, Tlingit artist Alison Marks directly challenges the expectation that Native artists must perform exoticized markers of Native identity to be considered legitimate. Marks, whose practice spans a variety of mediums including painting, … Continue reading
Jan 17 @ 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM Frye Art Museum
Location Frye Auditorium Present-moment awareness is essential to experience and appreciate any work for art, but it can be elusive and we often find ourselves distracted or lost in thought. Through the training and practice of mindfulness meditation we can … Continue reading
Jan 17 @ 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM Chophouse Row
Chophouse Row is getting ready to host a weekly farmers market in its courtyard running every Wednesday night from 4 to 8 pm, year-round, rain or shine with the first market scheduled for November 2, 2016. Organized and curated by … Continue reading
Jan 17 @ 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Wise Orchid Taijiquan & Qigong
Introduction to Tai Chi Fundamentals for beginners and experienced who want to work the principles. Wednesdays, 6pm, January 17th to March 14th Looking to begin your Tai Chi practice? Wanting to improve your fundamentals of movement, balance, flexibility and coordination? … Continue reading
Jan 17 @ 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM Russian Community Center of Seattle
This comprehensive program uses the Fascianator roller to break up muscle and fascial adhesions, relieve stiffness and tightness, and manage everyday and aches and pains. Clients have reported relief from a myriad of chronic issues and problems and many have … Continue reading
Jan 17 @ 8:00 PM Kessler's Sports Bar
Join us for our monthly Trivia Night at Kessler’s Sports Bar. Third Wednesday of every month at 8:00pm. $3 per person Teams 1-5 People Winning team gets the CA$H pot. Special prizes for Best Team Name and Last Place Team … Continue reading
Jan 18 @ 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM Center for Urban Horticulture
This lecture series is designed for those who work in landscape maintenance. Classes last two hours and are held on Thursdays in 2018. Each lecture provides information on tools and  techniques for quality pruning with better long-term results and customer … Continue reading
Jan 18 @ 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Frye Art Museum
In her first solo museum exhibition, One Gray Hair, Tlingit artist Alison Marks directly challenges the expectation that Native artists must perform exoticized markers of Native identity to be considered legitimate. Marks, whose practice spans a variety of mediums including painting, … Continue reading
Jan 18 @ 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM Frye Art Museum
Location Frye Auditorium Present-moment awareness is essential to experience and appreciate any work for art, but it can be elusive and we often find ourselves distracted or lost in thought. Through the training and practice of mindfulness meditation we can … Continue reading
Jan 18 @ 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Fleet Feet Sports Seattle
Join us for this very social 3.5 mile jaunt through the neighborhood followed by food and drinks at Linda’s.  We keep the pace easy and the atmosphere fun. Sometimes we change location. Always check our website to confirm the run.Share:TwitterFacebookRedditEmail
Jan 18 @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM 12th Ave Arts
Three years after the Watergate scandal ended his presidency, Richard Nixon agreed to break his silence in a series of interviews with up-and-coming British broadcaster David Frost. Behind-the-scenes it was a battle of egos for the upper hand in controlling … Continue reading
Jan 19 @ 6:30 AM – 7:30 AM Fleet Feet Sports Seattle
Have you had a long week? Are you a morning person or would you like to be? Jump Start may be just what you’re looking for! With a combination of body care, breathing, and shakeout run, you can recover from … Continue reading
Jan 19 @ 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Frye Art Museum
In her first solo museum exhibition, One Gray Hair, Tlingit artist Alison Marks directly challenges the expectation that Native artists must perform exoticized markers of Native identity to be considered legitimate. Marks, whose practice spans a variety of mediums including painting, … Continue reading
Jan 19 @ 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM Frye Art Museum
Location Frye Auditorium Present-moment awareness is essential to experience and appreciate any work for art, but it can be elusive and we often find ourselves distracted or lost in thought. Through the training and practice of mindfulness meditation we can … Continue reading
Jan 19 @ 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM Seattle City College Gym Dance Studio
Low-key, high-energy social partner dancing. You can come by yourself or with just-friends, we dance with each other. From 7:20-8pm  is a free lesson for total beginners in turning partner dance, ideal if you don’t even know if you want … Continue reading
Jan 19 @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM 12th Ave Arts
Three years after the Watergate scandal ended his presidency, Richard Nixon agreed to break his silence in a series of interviews with up-and-coming British broadcaster David Frost. Behind-the-scenes it was a battle of egos for the upper hand in controlling … Continue reading
Jan 20 @ 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Cal Anderson Park
https://twitter.com/womenmarch2_0/status/952999867483172864 UPDATE: On January 20th and 21st, 2018, come together with your friends, neighbors, children and allies to recommit to another year of resistance and support. Together we will pledge our allegiance to the collective liberation of ALL of our communities. … Continue reading
Jan 20 @ 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM Quantum Martial Arts
This class is open to kids 6-12. Beginners may start at any time. Taught by our most experienced kid teacher, Mr. Schomberg, mini martial artists develop confidence, strength and leadership skills in our community based school. $80 per month includes … Continue reading
Jan 20 @ 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Frye Art Museum
In her first solo museum exhibition, One Gray Hair, Tlingit artist Alison Marks directly challenges the expectation that Native artists must perform exoticized markers of Native identity to be considered legitimate. Marks, whose practice spans a variety of mediums including painting, … Continue reading
Jan 20 @ 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM Seattle Central College - Fine Arts Building
10 Saturdays | 1/13/18 – 3/17/18 | 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM Infuse your portraits with a new level of creativity! Join us as we experiment with a variety of media and techniques such as: Gouache Acrylics Collage Mixed media … Continue reading
Jan 20 @ 12:00 PM – Jan 21 @ 12:00 AM Optimism Brewery
Optimism Brewing Company, Capitol Hill’s locally- and family-owned brewery, will be celebrating their 2nd Anniversary Celebration on January 20th, 2018. To help mark the occasion, Optimism will host live bands, a large charity and hourly raffles, debut limited-edition beers on … Continue reading
Jan 20 @ 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM Frye Art Museum
Location Frye Auditorium Present-moment awareness is essential to experience and appreciate any work for art, but it can be elusive and we often find ourselves distracted or lost in thought. Through the training and practice of mindfulness meditation we can … Continue reading
Jan 20 @ 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
You do everything together. Why not a share an experience? Create a book together, using a favorite (short) quote from each person. This Learn Letterpress class will cover how to hand set type and the basics of using photopolymer plates … Continue reading
Jan 20 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Volunteer Park Conservatory
The Friends of the Conservatory would like to invite you to the next series of unique fundraisers featuring local light art and music, set inside the beautiful Volunteer Park Conservatory… LUSIO LIGHTS —————————– “Lusio Lights” is a series of after-hours … Continue reading
Jan 20 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Centilia Cultural Center
We invite you to join friends and members of the Kadima Reconstructionist Community on Saturday evening, Jan. 20, to celebrate and honor an individual and/or an organization in the Pacific Northwest who are leading forces in tikkun olam – repairing … Continue reading

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