Technically, January is not the darkest month of the year, though it might feel like it. Lusio brings light in the darkness by lighting up the Volunteer Park Conservatory with an Instagram-worthy light-art party. If that doesn’t help, karaoke-ing “Total Eclipse At The Heart” during the upcoming moon eclipse with total strangers should be an excellent cure for the winter blues. Check out our weekly round-up of things to do below and find even more events on the CHS Calendar.
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 16: Comedian and writer Andy Borowitz has been called “America’s satire king,” “the funniest human on Twitter” and “one of the funniest people in America” by the Daily Beast, the Times and CBS News, respectively — but what do they know? In any case, Borowitz’ satirical New Yorker Borowitz Reports —basically a one-man The Onion production with a whiff of The New Yorker— such as “Amazon Founder Says He Clicked on Washington Post by Mistake” or “Study: most innocent people need to hire thirty-five lawyers at some point” are mightily popular, and he’s taking them on the road. Moore Theatre, 7.30 PM
THURSDAY, Jan. 17: If you’ve been meaning to soak up more contemporary photography, now’s your chance. 12th avenue photography learning and exhibition center Photographic Center Northwest selected a wide range of new and intriguing photos from artists across the world. The exhibit, the 22nd Juried Exhibition, opens this Thursday. Jurors Conor Risch, Senior Editor of award-winning magazine Photo District News and Lara Behnert, who leads the global art program for Starbucks, will announce their winners, while the audience can vote for the Audience Choice award. Photographic Center Northwest, 6.30 – 8 PM.
SATURDAY, Jan. 19: Saturday brings the start of three days of activism as the 2019 Seattle Womxn’s March begins with a rally in Cal Anderson. Save energy to march Monday for MLK Day, too. Cal Anderson, 9 AM
Since illuminating Volunteer Park for the first time about four years ago, the light festival Lusio Lights has grown into somewhat of a tradition on the Hill. Lusio Lights kicks off the New Year with Lusio Lights the VPC, a fundraiser for the non-profit Friends of the Conservatory, an after-hours party and exhibit of light art installations popping out from the tropical denizens of the Conservatory. Instagram-worthy, for sure, but also one of the most fun, least pretentious, fussless-fun parties in the city. Volunteer Park Conservatory, 6 – 9 PM (21+)
SUNDAY, Jan. 20: If you’d find yourself on the Moon during a total lunar eclipse, the earth would appear aureoled with a rusty tangerine hue. You’d basically be watching all of the sunrises and sunsets on Earth at the same time.
As we’re still waiting until Bezos and co to make moon/space travel, “accessible” to mil- and billionaires, the plebs will have to watch the upcoming total lunar eclipse —a super blood moon— from the grassy earth of Cal Anderson. There, the only total lunar eclipse experience of this year will be enhanced by a singalong of the eighties hit “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” karaoke-style. Anyone’s welcome to bring megaphones, boomboxes, instruments et al. Cal Anderson Park, 8 – 10 PM (*The organizers note that the singing part is from 8:41 – 9:43pm)
THURSDAY, Jan. 17 – SATURDAY, Feb. 16: We are all going to die. And even while alive, we’re merely at the whims of the capricious Dame Fortune. So is Everybody, a play written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins about just that. Each night the actors are cast by lottery, meaning fate decides who plays what and that the actors all have to memorize the whole play. Local company Strawberry Theatre Workshop stages the Pulitzer-nominated, “playful and colloquial examination of the human condition” for a month. 12th Avenue Arts (Main Stage), 7.30 PM (* Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday plus Mondays at 7.30 PM. No performance Monday, Jan. 21.)
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