January is almost over, and one thing is sure: the month’s last week will not be boring. From Puppet-making to supporting libraries, feminist bicycle education and Lindsay Lohan-fangirling, check out this week’s eclectic round-up of things to do below. Find more events on the CHS Calendar.
THURSDAY, Jan. 24: Good news: the opening night gala of this year’s Children’s Film Festival Seattle (Jan. 24 – Feb. 9) is not just for kids. Adults are invited to join Kermit, Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy and Gonzo the Great during a Muppet Movie Singalong at SIFF Egyptian. This year’s annual festival features 146 films from 39 countries, screening mostly at Northwest Film Forum.
Unfortunately, the Puppet Making Workshop hosted by local artist Clyde Petersen ahead of the Muppet Movie Singalong at 5PM is only for kids. Puppet-making (and free pizza-munching) students will be able to sit in special reserved puppet choir seating during The Muppet Movie. SIFF Egyptian Theatre, 7 PM
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SATURDAY, Jan. 26: Remember that ludicrous Forbes op-ed arguing Amazon should replace libraries? Sure, it was met with scorn and backlash and followed up with a slew of articles detailing the services (including help with taxes!) Seattle Public Library and other libraries provide (read about it here, here and here), but that doesn’t mean local libraries could still not use some more vocal support. Celebrate Libraries Rally, a public celebration-meets-rally highlighting the power of libraries presents the perfect occasion. Speakers include The Seattle Public Library Chief Librarian Marcellus Turner and Seattle City Council member Debora Juarez. The Seattle Public Library, 11 – 11.30 AM
The Bushwick Book Club is not the kind of book club you’d assume it is just from looking at their name (perhaps a bunch of bougie bibliophiles always looking for the next neighborhood to gentrify?). The Bushwick Book Club is a group of musicians who create music inspired by books they read. The group’s latest inspiration is “Another Country,” the 1962 classic novel by James Baldwin about jazz musician Rufus Scott in 1950s New York. They’ll perform the new music during Bushwick Book Club: Original Music Inspired by James Baldwin’s Another Country at Hugo House. Hugo House, 7.30 PM
TUESDAY, Jan. 29: Say “Lindsay Lohan,” and “Mykonos” and pretty much everyone with an internet connection and fondness for memes will recall the viral video of the Mean Girls star-turned-night-club entrepreneur “living her best life” during a Pride party. A great trailer, it turns out, for a new MTV docuseries following Lohan’s launch of her Lohan Beach House in… Mykonos. At Queer Bar, come along for the ride during a free screening at Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club Viewing Party. Guilty pleasures, tropical drink specials and Sunset Fried Chicken sandwiches, what more do you need to live your best life? Queer Bar, 9.30 PM
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 30: Did you know that the invention and subsequent popularization of the bicycle some two hundred years ago helped the first female-identified riders whizz down the path to freedom, liberation, and equality? Today, stories of women, trans, and femme riders are still largely obscured from familiar historical narratives. Local biker, adventurer, writer and artist Tessa Hulls colors in more details of this rich history — including stunt cyclists clearing 45-foot jumps in 1903 and “proto-bikepackers” crossing the Swiss Alps in Victorian dress— with historical photographs and hand-drawn illustrations during a talk titled WTF’s In Early Cycling History. Rhino Room, 7PM