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On the List | 45th annual Seattle International Film Festival, Pierogi Fest, forest bathing

Thin Skin at SIFF

With election fever ramping up, there are candidate forums galore on the Hill. The next one, hosted by the 43rd District Dems, is scheduled for this Saturday at co-working space The Riveter, with all seven candidates running for the D3 seat attending. On Sunday, five of the seven candidates will speak at the Pigott Auditorium at Seattle University.

On Thursday Jewish Family Services hosts an “introduction” talk about suicide prevention, where attendees can learn about warning signs and risk factors.

Craving something lighter? Check out this week’s to-do list below, which includes forest bathing, pierogis, and Indigenous joy, and find more events on the CHS Calendar.

THROUGH SUNDAY, June 9: The Seattle International Film Festival brings a full schedule of movies to Capitol Hill’s Egyptian Theater — now SIFF Cinema Egyptian, of course. Looking for Capitol Hill highlights? Try the Thin Skin Event with a sneak-peek from Seattle filmmaker and writer Charles Mudede’s upcoming feature or DJ NicFit presents Fantastic Planet with the DJ presenting a one of a kind screening of the “phantasmagorical work of science fiction” accompanied by “a carefully curated soundtrack featuring the music of alternative-rock icons The Flaming Lips.”

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THROUGH THURSDAY, May 23: The veracity of the cliché “the United States is a nation of immigrants” has been challenged by the White House administration and, for different reasons and in other ways, scholars on colonialism. But to some, it rings true. In the group exhibition “The United States in My Eyes,” curator Roberta (Yi-Ping) Chen brought together work in all media from artists Siqi Chen, Peyman Fazeli, Maria Grinchuk, Elena Kurushina, and Rana Moradi, who will let visitors see, albeit very briefly, the US through their eyes. M. Rosetta Hunter Art Gallery, 9.30 – 3.30 PM and on Tuesday and Wednesday also from 5-7 PM

WEDNESDAY, May 15: Although we might not think about it every day, the Pacific Northwest is probably due for the Big One sometime (relatively) soon. According to writer and critic Rebecca Solnit, it is in the wake of disasters like earthquakes, hurricanes or terrorist attacks that the best of humanity can emerge. In her book, “A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster,” Solnit describes the phenomenon as “an emotion graver than happiness but deeply positive.” The book will be the topic of this month’s Disaster Book Club, organized by the Seattle Office of Emergency Management. Melanie Cole from OEM will also lead a presentation on community building post-disaster. The Lounge By AT&T, 6 PM

THURSDAY, May 16: Sisters Asy and Chloe Saavedra started writing songs and playing music together when they were 8 and 10, and formed their first band Smoosh at ages 14 and 16. Now known as Chaos Chaos, the once-Seattle now Brooklyn-based sister duo brings their indie synthpop back to Seattle. Their infectious pop has, by the way, made its way to adult science-fiction animation series Rick and Morty. Check them out on KEXP here.  Chop Suey, 8 PM

FRIDAY, May 17: In conjunction with yəhaw, a group show and project focused on indigenous peoples at King Street Station, Vermillion Gallery hosts a three-month satellite art show with work by Indigenous Latinx artists from the Pacific Northwest. On Friday, Vermillion also hosts “Bloom: Indigenous People’s Dance Party,” where bodies of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color will be centered, with tunes by DJ J-Na$ty. Ticket sales ($10) will support Colectiva Legal del Pueblo, Para Los Niños, and Southwest Youth And Family Services, though no-one will be turned away for lack of funds. Vermillion, 10 PM

SATURDAY, May 18: There was a time when walking in the woods was called just that, but as we live in a world where even the simplest joys must be repackaged and sold as wellness, it is now called “forest bathing.” The term comes from Japan, where it has been popular for decades. UW Botanic Gardens and Cascadia Forest Therapy lead slow-paced, forest-bathing group walks in the Washington Park Arboretum throughout the summer. As they say: “The practice encourages you to walk in the forest at a slower pace and take in the atmosphere around you. Multiple scientific studies have shown that it lowers stress and blood pressure levels while increasing immune system functioning, making you more resilient to diseases and illness.” Washington Park Arboretum, 10 AM

Sometimes, someone else just says it best. That is very much the case for this Friday’s Pierogi Fest 2019. As the announcement reads: “The BIGGEST, the BEST Polish PIEROGI FEST!” The event features pierogis — filled dumplings of unleavened dough — with meat, potato, cheese, cabbage, and blueberry as well as music by the Polish choir Vivat Musica as well as Polish art and decorations, T-shirts and other clothing and accessories. Polish Cultural Center, 1714 18th Ave, 11.30 AM – 5 PM

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