If there ever was an event you’d go to just for the name, Fryer Fest is it. Bait Shop is hosting its mock-Fyre Fest on April 1st. Like its namesake, it’s basically a joke — though you won’t be out thousands of dollars. Find more free and semi-free things to do on the CHS Calendar and the list below.
WEDNESDAY, March 27 For years, Hollow Earth Radio, the local, low-powered FM radio station and Central District performance venue has been turning the spotlight towards the weird and wonderful music and sounds situated in the vast and divergent area some call “the niche.” Now, Bait Shop on Capitol Hill puts the spotlight on Hollow Earth Radio during its new monthly listening party series Just One More Thing. HER will share local music and underground sounds from the Pacific Northwest and beyond, this time with the option of an alcoholic drink. Bait Shop, 7 – 10 PM
THURSDAY, MARCH 28 “My daughter learned to walk in a homeless shelter,” Stephanie Land writes in her New York Times bestseller and memoir Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive. She’d just left an abusive relationship with $200 to her name and would go on to raise her daughter working low-wage work such as housecleaning and landscaping to support herself, poor and without a safety net. Hear Land talk to Seattle writer Jennie Shortridge about her life and book. Hugo House, 7 – 8 PM
SATURDAY, March 30 During her studies in Electrical Engineering, which included computer programming, Kimberly Bryant felt isolated in a mostly white environment. Today, women of color are still underrepresented in STEM fields. That’s why Bryant founded the nonprofit Black Girls Code, which teaches girls ages 7-17 about computer programming and digital technology in over a dozen cities. During We Build! (A Robotics Pop-Up), girls ages 6-17 will be able to build and program a robot and bring their code to life. No prior computing experience is necessary. The Capitol Hill event is at capacity, but there are two more Black Girls Code Robotics pop-ups in South Seattle that day. Event info here and here. Seattle Central College, 9 AM – 12 PM.
SATURDAY, March 30 Denouncing Facebook has become somewhat of a pastime in the last year or so, but one of the more surprising voices in the chorus must be longtime Silicon Valley investor Roger McNamee. Despite his substantial shareholdings in the company, he saw the light, realize the magnitude of the “Facebook Catastrophe” and wrote a book about how Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg are not able to reckon with the damage the company has done. He’ll talk more about Facebook’s corrosive effects on our democracy and its “existential threat” to public health and political order during a Town Hall Seattle discussion with KUOW’s Ross Reynolds. The Summit, 7 PM
SATURDAY, March 30 Few pop songs encapsulate the messiness, heartbreak, and resilience in the wake of a break-up as well as Robyn’s ‘Dancing on My Own.’ No surprise then, that Neumos’ pop music, heartbreak-themed dance party, Dancing On My Own 2.0, is named after the now-classic 2010 song. If there’s a follow-up in the form of a post-post-breakup party, we’d propose “The sound of me not calling you back,” inspired by pop star du jour and wordsmith extraordinaire Lizzo. As she sings in “Truth Hurts”: “You’re ‘posed to hold me down, but you’re holding me back/And that’s the sound of me not calling you back.” Neumos, 9 PM (21+)
SUNDAY, March 31st In 2009, the annual International Transgender Day of Visibility was created as a way to counteract the lack of LGBT-holidays celebrating the success of transgender people. Since then, the day has been dedicated yearly to “celebrating accomplishments and victories of transgender & gender non-conforming people (while raising awareness of the work that is still needed to save trans lives.” Celebrate, listen and share during Ingersoll Gender Center and TRANSform WA’s community celebration during a panel, discussion, and open mic. GenPRIDE’s offices, 401 Broadway E #223, 1 – 4 PM