This week is not just giving us sun and snowflakes, it’s also giving us major FOMO. This Wednesday alone the calendar has us choosing between “celebrating” (and sampling) the Olympia Native Oyster, a podcasting 101 workshop and a lighthearted documentary at NWFF. There is also a full slate of civic duty to attend to around the Hill including landmarks! Renters rights! Schools! And electric vehicles and bikes! On Thursday, watch people moving during the premiere of a new choreography by the talented Ella Mahler or start sweating at Abiola Akkani’s Trap Vinyasa: A Body-Positive Yoga Experience work-out. And it’s either African tunes at Corvus and Co, Balkan music and dance or poets-turned blues musicians on Friday. We’ve lined up more of this week’s best events on the list below. If that’s not enough, check out the CHS Calendar.
WEDNESDAY, March 6: Tonight is the last night to see the “The Gospel of Eureka” at NWFF. In Eureka Springs, Arkansas, queerness and Jezus co-exist peacefully (and extravagantly). In this light-hearted documentary, which premiered at SXSW, complexities are kept at bay for a tale about humanity the way we’d like it more than it really is. And sometimes, that’s just what we need. Northwest Film Forum, 7.30 PM
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THURSDAY, March 7 – SATURDAY, March 30th: “You’ll leave with a better appreciation of life’s shifting perspectives,” is quite the promise about a play. Caught, written by Christopher Chen, has all the accolades to suggest it might be true. It was the New York Times Critic’s Pick and won an Obie-award. The play starts with a “talk” by a Chinese dissident artist recounting how he was jailed for dissidence but quickly shifts into a reality-defying experience that’s been called a “Rubik’s Cube of reality.” If you’re —like us— intrigued but not exactly sure what this means, you have about a month to find out. Intiman Theatre stages the play, directed by Desdemona Chiang for a month, starting with the premiere tonight. 12th Avenue Arts, 7.30 PM
FRIDAY, March 8: Much has been written about the symbiosis and shared history of music and poetry, but occasionally, things are more straightforward. Sometimes, a group of poets just gets a jam session cracking at the Centrum Port Townsend Writer’s Conference and takes it on the road. Such is the case for the now nameless poetry-music ensemble formerly known as JuJu Band. During Lit Jam: A night of Words & Music, poet Kim Addonizio (blues harmonica and jazz flute), novelist Sam Ligon and poet Gary Copeland Lilley (guitar and vocals), author Kristen Millares Young (vocals) and author Kate Lebo (cowbell) bring their blues to Hugo House. Hugo House, 7 PM
SATURDAY, March 9: “Great plus-size vintage and secondhand clothing is hard to find, so we compile pieces from our massive collections a few times a year and sell them in a weekend-long party,” says Kim Selling. With Adria Garcia, owner of vintage store Indian Summer, and Indian Summer “shop babe” Abby Cooke, Selling is organizing the 8th edition of More Fats More Femmes Witch Market pop up, a fashion pop-up party-meets-market with racks of vintage clothing from sizes 12-32. Indian Summer, starts at 12PM
SATURDAY, March 9: Theoretically, the idea of picking one party theme and sticking with it sounds pretty reasonable. Until you hear of a wonderfully weird blend like “SPOOKY AQUATIC MINI MUSIC FEST”. This year’s paranormal mini music festival Look Up Fest: Underwater chooses the latter, and matches its line-up of dreamy PNW bands such as SHT GHST, Antonioni, Moon Darling and Peyote Ugly with a water theme. Lighting experiences, underwater audioscapes and never-before-seen footage of the mysterious creature rumored to lurk the Seattle waterways transport fans to higher and/or or lower realms. A raffle will be raising donations for the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition. Fred Wildlife Refuge, 5 PM – 1 AM (21+)
SATURDAY, March 9: Seattle-based artist Markel Uriu creates indoor landscapes of contemplation. Once, she sprinkled a gallery floor with heaps of real, gold-leafed leaves. She’s used Himalayan Blackberry and string to create a mesmerizing mobile. In her new show, An Object Lesson, opening at Hedreen Gallery Saturday, the star of the show is the starling, a European bird introduced to North America in 1890 on the grounds of the bird’s mention in Shakespeare’s play Henry IV. As an invasive species, it crystallizes the show’s themes of colonialism and globalization. The exhibition runs until May 18. Hedreen Gallery, 4-6pm
SUNDAY, March 10: Although we’re usually not in favor of condoning even ‘ironic’ socks-in-sandals-wearing, we’ll allow it just this once. A portion of the proceeds of the costume contest at The Grandpa Party: The Not-So Early Bird Special party at Rumba will go to Alzheimer’s research. There will also be cigars, newspapers, reader glasses, prunes and a walker race. Oh, and Rumba and Abuelo Panama Rum. Rumba Seattle, 8PM – 1PM