Bang For Your Buck

Cheap Week Seattle: Best Bang-for-Your-Buck Events May 12–18

Norwegian Constitution Day, a fabulous poetry foursome, and a "wizard rock" band: the best ways to spend your week without spending much.

By Conor Romack May 12, 2014

Ballard erupts every May 17th in celebration of Norway's Constitution. Image via

Tuesday, May 13
Queer Steampunk
Gay City and Minor Arcana Press present a reading of Gay City 5: Ghosts in Gaslight, Monsters in Steam to celebrate its nomination for the 2014 Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Anthology. An anthology of monster tales, ghost stories, and steampunk adventures from LGBT perspectives, it features poetry, prose, and art by two dozen local and international contributors. Kaladi Brothers Coffee, free.

Wednesday, May 14
Stacey D’Erasmo: A Musician’s Wild Ride
Stacey D’Erasmo explores the struggles of a musician’s life in her novel Wonderland, shedding light on the hidden side of stardom. Based on accounts from numerous musicians, as well as research gathered while D’Erasmo toured with Scissor Sisters in the summer of 2010, the novel follows 44-year old Anna Brundage, a rock star embarking on her final tour with high hopes that her last album will be her comeback. D’Erasmo comes to Town Hall to discuss her realistic portrayal of life on the road. Town Hall, $5. 

Thursday, May 15
Cheap Wine and Poetry: Ladies' Night
Yes, Mother’s Day is over but who says you can’t get mom-drunk with your gals off of one-dollar cups of sweet, sweet Chuck Shaw? Hugo House presents its annual Cheap Wine and Poetry ladies’ night, featuring four fierce female poets Kelli Russell Agodon, Emily Bedard, Elaina M. Ellis, and E.J. Koh. Because wine and poetry go together like Thelma and Louise. Hugo House, free.

Friday, May 16
Harry and the Potters
Imagine if Harry Potter quit the quidditch team and formed a punk rock band. This is the inspiration behind Harry and the Potters, founders of the unique “wizard rock” genre. They come to the Seattle Central Library (via Floo Powder) this Friday to join in the tenth anniversary celebration of the building with hits like “Save Ginny Weasley” and “I am a Wizard.” Ready your wands! Seattle Central Library, free.

Saturday, May 17
Syttende Mai
Hipp, Hipp, Hurra for Syttende Mai! The 17th of May is the Norwegian Constitution Day and this year is especially important: 200 years ago the Norwegian Constitution was signed, and 125 years ago we began to celebrate it in Seattle. Each year Ballard hosts the largest Syttende Mai parade outside of Norway. Organized by the Nordic Heritage Museum, the event features Norwegian crafts, treats, and music, and the museum itself will keep its doors open all day long. Various locations, free.

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