February’s almost here, and it’s time to unleash some rage. If you’re a woman, that is. Writer Soraya Chemaly explains why she thinks women can use their anger as a generator for change on January 31st. Start February off right with a performance by Seattle “jafunkhop” band Cavalerie, exotic plants, and much more. You can also find more to do on the CHS Calendar.
THURSDAY, Jan. 31: Writer Soraya Chemaly thinks women should unleash their bottled-up rage and let it all out. It won’t be simple in a world that has punished women —specifically women of color— for being “angry” while rewarding female compliance, Chemaly argues in her book Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women’s Anger. During a lecture and Q&A for Seattle Arts & Lectures, Chemaly will explain how she thinks women can use their anger as a dynamo for change. Benaroya Hall, 7.30 PM
Get the latest updates on the plan for building a new Volunteer Park Amphitheater at a community meeting and learn more about how the new structure will be fully accessible, have overhead weather and sun protection for the performers, and include public restrooms. Miller Community Center, 7 PM
FRIDAY, Feb. 1: According to the guys behind Seattle band Cavalerie, the sum of jazz, funk, and hip-hop couldn’t wield any other result than “jafunkhop,” which is what they’re calling their wonderful and curious blend of progressive jazz with hip-hop vocals. The group released a first EP, Rallyin’ The Battalion, earlier this year, but will play some new music during their concert at Barboza. They’re joined by local bands Flip Phone and the seven “jazztronauts” from Mōtus. Barboza, 7.30 PM
SATURDAY, Feb. 2: Thriving While Trans: A Love Manual collects literary testimonies by trans folks reclaiming the narrative on their terms by making way for strength, creativity, and love. At Erickson Theater, the anthology comes to life with poetry, storytelling, music, and dance performed the contributors to the project, including slam poets Ebo Barton and Esther Eidenberg-noppe. Local poet/writer/educator/performer Amber Flame emcees the event. Admission comes with an anthology, and at least 50% of ticket sales will go to Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. Seattle Central College’s Erickson Theater, 7 PM
The events around the opening of the new SR 99 tunnel include an opportunity to walk along the new underground highway before it opens and a last chance to walk on the Viaduct before it is taken down. Free tickets for the event are gone but you can take a chance on the “walk-up” lines. Officials recommend trying your luck Saturday afternoon if you’re hoping to crash the party. SR 99
SUNDAY, Feb. 3: Natalie Krick’s playful, polychromatic photos are duplicitous, in a way. Their slick and shiny glamour —borrowed from advertising and fashion photography— attracts at first. A closer look reveals a subtle subversion of the clichés of femininity, confounding that initial allure. Mostly, Krick’s photography entices, including the jury of the 2017 Aperture Portfolio Prize, which Krick won for her series “Natural Deceptions,” as well as the editors of The New Yorker, who published her work last year. The photographer will talk about her work during a lecture at Photographic Center Northwest. Photographic Center Northwest, 2 PM
The newly opened Zeeks Capitol Hill will celebrate Super Bowl Sunday with a grand opening party including pizza and beer specials, happy hour pricing on most of the menu, and six different Reuben’s Brews on tap. Local sports broadcaster Mitch Levy will be at Zeeks hosting and podcasting during the sportsball party.
EVERY DAY, Through Feb. 28: The Volunteer Park Conservatory is the ideal place to fancy yourself in a warmer climate for a couple of hours and see some eccentric plants and flowers while you’re at it. Good news: until the end of February, admission to the Victorian-style botanical greenhouse is free, thanks to a donation from the Bennett-Shear Family celebrating their parents’ 40th wedding anniversary. Free docent-led tours are available Tuesday through Sunday by appointment with Friends of the Conservatory (FOC). Volunteer Park Conservatory
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