The opening night party for the N-E-X D-O-C-S series at Northwest Film Forum is Friday and features a DJ set, a screening of Just Like Being There with the director, and a live concert by the Dee Dees, an all female Ramones cover band. The party and music are free, tix required for screening. The N-E-X D-O-C-S series celebrates new directions in documentary filmmaking and runs through June 26th. Particularly intriguing doc topics include gig posters, choreographed dance by real life sanitation workers and their trucks, a single take, 78-minute journey through a park in China, and more.
Drink for the Kids, the popular lush benefit for Vera Project, kicks on Saturday at Moe Bar. Drinking for a cause continues through Saturday 6/29– and yay you can walk home — nearly all locations are on Capitol Hill. Drink up at Moe Bar (Sat), Tavern Law (Sun), Cha Cha (Mon), Pony (Tue), Neighbor Lady (Wed), Linda’s (Thur), Redwood (Fri), and Tin Hat (Sat Ballard) to earn your top benefactor badge.
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Thursday, June 20
- Wine tasting: “What if Van Halen, Sade, and Devo all went on tour together? The result would be about as diverse as this line up of rosé.” Vino Verite (208 Boylston), 5 – 8p.
- Art show opening: History X, Contemporary Y at Tougo Coffee (1410 18th Ave in Central District), 5p – 8p.
- Author reading: Spokane fiction writer Gregory Spatz reads from his new story collection, Half as Happy at Elliott Bay Book Company, 7p.
- Special Treatment Cabaret is a benefit show, but don’t let that stop you from going. Besides a variety show, there will be raffles, booze and (possibly) a kissing booth. Annex Theatre, 7:30p.
- Heavy Lay the Chains, an original play by quiet theater’s Josh Hornbeck explores themes of race and dehumanization of “other.” Opens Thurs and continues through the following weekend. Broadway Performance Hall, 7:30p and various times.
- Benefit for Capitol Hill Housing: KEXP Audioasis presents Twitch and Gloam: Dark Sounds from the Pac NW featuring Nightmare Fortress, Grey Gardens, Haunted Horses. Chop Suey, 8p.
- Old Farts and Jackasses (we’re not talking about your relatives) is a one night only collection of film clips with live music accompaniment. Sip a cool one in the lobby, then sit back and get schooled on the genius of the giants of country music past. Northwest Film Forum, 7p.
Friday, June 21
- Cooking class: eat what you cook for lunch at Paris Eastside (816 E Pike), 11:30a – 1p.
- Women’s Century Club features guest speaker historian Karen Blair. An expert on the impact of women and their organizations in the 19th and 20th centuries, Karen will discuss women’s clubs as the hidden shapers of American society. All are welcome; one does not need to be a club member to attend. Harvard Exit Theatre (807 E Roy), 12p – 1:30p.
- Long Shot 2013: Photo Center Northwest’s popular event/fundraiser encourages you to take photos over a 24-hour period, and have one shown at the Long Shot exhibition later in the summer. There’s a kickoff event at the Center at 5:30, but start your marathon anywhere.
- Portrait of Jason is a character study of 1967 gay black man with a dream of performing show tunes. “Straddles the line between documentary and performance art.” Continues through Thur Jun 27th. Northwest Film Forum, 7p.
- Underwear Fashion Show benefits Run and Walk with Pride and selected charities. Hooray for Pride month! R Place, 9p.
Saturday, June 22
- Don’t go south — Rock n Roll Marathon Seattle course map
- Children’s Story Time: meet at the castle in Elliott Bay Book Company, 11a.
- Gothic Pride’s Little Black Flea Market: shop at this second annual flea market and help raise funds for Gothic Pride Seattle’s parade float. All Pilgrims Church (500 Broadway E), 11a – 5p.
- Write-O-Rama means creativity and food trucks at Richard Hugo House
- Octavia Butler day: Join fans of this northwest, sci-fi, award-winning author to commemorate what would have been her 60th birthday. Elliott Bay Book Company, 3p.
- ElektroPop Sugar Rush: Join special guest hostess Morgan McMichaels (from season 2 of RuPaul’s Drag Race) in a neon colored explosion. Features whipped cream wrestling (sweet!), paparazzi photos, arialists, gourmet cotton candy, DJs Skiddle and Lightray, and more. Fred Wildlife Refuge (128 Belmont E), 9p.
Sunday, June 23
- Broadway Farmers Market at Broadway and Pine, 11a – 3p.
- Play volleyball and meet some new people at Cal Anderson Park, 11a – 2p.
- Author reading 1: Meaningful conversations is the topic of the book Living Room Revolution: A Handbook for Conversation, Community, and the Common Good by Cecile Andrews. Elliott Bay Book Company, 3p.
- Author reading 2: Long-time Capitol Hill resident Matthew Amster-Burton introduces you to Tokyo through the lens of a month-long, young family adventure in Pretty Good Number One: An American Family Eats Tokyo. Ada Technical Books (713 Broadway East), 4p.