This week’s a big one for lovers of holidays. Although it all depends on the object or subject of worship, there’s something for nearly everyone this Easter weekend and start of Passover. Chabad of Capitol Hill hosts a Traditional Passover Seder (April 19, 7:30 pm) with hand-made Shmutah Matzah and kosher wine. There’s also Easter Sunday (check out the list below for Easter egg hunts plus Easter dinner and brunch specials on and near the Hill), which is bookended by the holy days of green festivities, 4/20 and Earth Day. Redhook Brewlab is folding the two holidays into one weekend of “IPA Daze” fun, which includes a beach clean up, a baby goat farm and “psychedelic coloring.” At Broadway Performance Hall, comedians try to tell jokes while getting a little too high while Uncle Ike’s in the CD will have a bouncy house and climbing wall as part of its 4/20 celebration. If you’d rather bow down to David Byrne’s genius or the Satanic Temple, the Northwest Film Forum and SIFF’s Egyptian Theatre have you covered. For more profane fun: Bar Sue’s hosting its sixth annual pickled egg eating contest while over at Vios, Bagel-buffs get their last (at least for now) chance to get a taste of Matthew Segal’s kick-ass bagels. Check out this week’s to-do list below, plus find more events on the CHS Calendar.
WEDNESDAY, April 17: While hurtling through space on his way to the International Space Station (ISS), South Korea’s first astronaut, Ko San, did not miss the taste of his favorite foods. The Korea Aerospace Research Institute made sure there was kimchi for him. Such is the devotion kimchi — a traditional fermented Korean side dish made out of Napa cabbage, daikon radish, and Korean red pepper flakes — inspires. At The Works, learn about the history of the condiment and how to make your own. The Works, 6 PM
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THURSDAY, April 18 – through May 11: Staging a play as a (mostly) silent comedy could go horribly wrong, but the plot description of the new “Small Mouth Sounds,” premiering April 19th, makes it sound like it could be great fun: “Seven urbanites journey to the wilderness for a silent retreat. In the quiet, they must come to terms with both their darkest fears and silliest foibles. They each leave changed…but not in the ways they expect.” Tickets are discounted for students, artists, seniors, yoga instructors and groups of 4 or more people. The preview, on April 18th, is pay-what-you-can. 12th Ave arts, 7.30 PM
SATURDAY, April 20: In Kalabari, a language of southern Nigeria, Wa Na Wari means ‘our home.’ In his grandmother’s house in the Central District, photographer and filmmaker Inye Wokoma and three artistic collaborators have recently opened a new home for Black art and community named Wa Na Wari. The community and art space is home to a rotating set of exhibitions, and functions as the new home base for Shelf Life Community Stories (who had been without a fixed HQ since their storefront on 23rd and Jackson closed in 2017). On Saturday, filmmaker Howard Michell debuts his new film “Forgive us, Our Debts,” and local musician and CD-resident Yirim Seck will kick off Wa Na Wari’s “Couch Concerts” series. Wa Na Wari, 911 24th Ave, 1 PM and 8 PM
SATURDAY, April 20th – THURSDAY, May 9: Late last year, the Hill’s LGBTQ community center Gay City opened its new library and resource center on E Pike. The new and expanded space made more room for community events, including the annual Crush/Repeat festival and art show. Throughout the month of March, a hundred artists picked one artistic activity — writing, photography, painting, video-making — to work on every day that month. The fruits of their labor are now on view at Gay City. Crush/Repeat also features a movie night on April 25th, free workshops on Saturdays between 2-4 PM, including an embroidery workshop on April 20th, and a “writing as ritual and magic-making” afternoon April 27th. Gay City, various times
FRIDAY, April 19 – SUNDAY, April 21: Seattle Parks and Recreation hosts free, or low-cost egg hunts at various locations throughout Seattle, including a nighttime one at Jefferson Jefferson Community Center, 8 pm on April 19th, for ages 12-18 (bring a flashlight). On Saturday morning, there are egg hunts at Jefferson and Rainier community centers, Van Asselt Community Center, the International District/Chinatown Community Center and Montlake Community Center. For times and age info, check out the Parks & Recreation website. More egg hunts on Saturday at Meredith Mathews East Madison YMCA, the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, and the First Covenant Church.
SUNDAY, April 21 – MONDAY, April 22: Plenty of businesses on the Hill are pulling out all the stops for Easter meals, including the Greek Omega Ouzeri (reservations for the family-style menu required) as well as the vegan Plum Bistro, where the new Spring / Summer Brunch menu, which includes Salted Caramel French Toast and a grilled asparagus dish, debuts this Sunday. Pop in for a jazz brunch, with tunes by DJ Vi & DJ Explorateur, at Corvus and save some room for the Easter Monday Pop-Up dinner at The Tin Table, where chef Donna Looney melts traditional Southern recipes with Pacific Northwest flair.
SUNDAY, April 21 – MONDAY, April 22: With climate disaster looming, every day should be Earth Day. Still, there’s plenty of stuff to do during the annual environmental ‘celebration’. At sex toy and accessories retailer Babeland, eco-friendly sex toys will be 10% off. On Monday, The Works is hosting a plant swap. Co-working space The Riveter hosts an Earth Day panel with the Founder & CEO of Seattle-based reusables brand and B-corp MiiR and other local businesses and hosted by Laura Clise, Founder, and CEO of intentional spending start-up Intentionalist.