Today’s picks for civic and political nerds.
With two major political events transpiring on a single day, this Monday is a civic nerd’s dream. Whether you are an Obama junkie or a Dr. King groupie, we’ve filled your schedule. Here are a few suggestions:
Where to Celebrate the Inauguration:
Watch the Presidential Inauguration at Cafe Presse: The Capitol Hill coffee shop’s TV will broadcast the inauguration while you nibble your croque monsieur. Mon Jan 21, starting at 8am, 1117 Twelfth Ave, price varies with menu selection.
Northwest African American Museum
MLK Day at NAAM: Witness the beginning of our first black president’s second term while suitably surrounded by African American history. Mon Jan 21, starting at 8am, 2300 S Massachusetts St, free.
Saint John’s Eatery
Brunch: Inauguration Day Broadcast: View the festivities with a mimosa in hand. Mon Jan 21, starting at 10am, 719 E Pike St, price varies with menu selection.
Free Inauguration Day Viewing Party: Watch Biden and Obama take their second pledge on the big screen, with coffee and snacks available for purchase. Online preregistration requested. Mon Jan 21, 8–11am, 1119 Eighth Ave, free.
Inauguration Celebration: Urbane Market and Fran’s Chocolates join forces for local booze and chocolate tastings—all appropriately Obama-themed. Revel in passed appetizers and a hot chocolate bar, and perhaps even win a prize if your cocoa blend is “elected” the favorite. Mon Jan 21, 5 – 8pm, Hyatt at Olive 8, 1635 Eighth Ave, $12.
West Seattle Golf Course
2013 West Seattle Inaugural Party and Celebration of Equality: Don your cocktail attire and celebrate the fruit of last year’s election with West Seattle Democratic Women and the 34th District Democrats. Drop by for live tunes, dancing, a buffet, and a cash bar. Mon Jan 21, 5–9pm, 4470 35th Ave SW, $40-$75.
Where to Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.:
Seattle First Presbyterian Church
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast: A morning of speakers and invocations in the name of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., accompanied by morning fare. Mon Jan 21, 7–8:30am, Whitworth Room, 1013 Eighth Ave, free.
Garfield High School
31st Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Rally and March: Join civilian ranks for the annual demonstration, this time with the theme “Let Freedom Ring.” A two-mile walk to the Federal Building begins at 12:30pm. Mon Jan 21, 11am, 400 23rd Ave, free.
East West Bookshop
Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mathama Gandhi: The U District’s new age bookstore presents an evening of music and readings in remembrance of Dr. King and Gandhi. Mon Jan 21, 7–8:30pm, 6500 Roosevelt Way NE, free.
Seattle Pacific University
King Holiday Hoopfest: SPU hosts a full day of high-school basketball games in honor of MLK, with ticket proceeds benefitting the Boys and Girls Club of King County and Friends of Hoop Seattle. Check website for schedule. Mon Jan 21, 9am–10pm, Royal Brougham Pavilion, 3414 Third Ave W, $10–$75.
In honor of MLK, Monday is also a national Day of Service. For a list of volunteer opportunities in Seattle, check out Culture Fiend’s 5 Ways to Serve on MLK Day.
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