Monday-Friday, May 19–23
Museum Week Northwest
In conjunction with the arrival of the American Alliance of Museums Conference in Seattle this week, Visit Seattle has teamed up with over 50 regional museums and cultural organizations to create a week showcasing the Northwest’s museum excellence. The festivities include specially designed tours, special events and programs, and two-for-one deals. For a complete list of events and participating museums, head to its website. Various locations, free.
Wednesday, May 21
Sound Select Presents: Helio Sequence
You may recognize The Helio Sequence from the downtown Nordstrom display window. They performed inside the glass box for passersby last April in tribute to the Sub Pop founders as their footprints were cemented (literally) into the sidewalk. This Wednesday, for the May edition of Sound Select, the Portland-native duo cranks out their brand of indie alt rock, featuring Brandon Summers on vocals and guitar backed by Benjamin Weikel on drums and keyboard. They’re joined by fellow rising Northwest group Minden. Nectar Lounge, $3.
Thursday, May 24
If you owned the stage for five minutes, what would you say? How would you say it? At the popular public-speaking series Ignite Seattle, presenters are faced with these questions as they temporarily seize the limelight. In other words: Enlighten us, but make it quick. This month’s leg of the series features topics ranging from a geek’s guide to wedding planning to stories about syphilis to learning to love the robot apocalypse. Town Hall, $5.
Friday, May 23
Central Library Anniversary Day
Live music, books, and cupcakes—sounds like the ideal birthday shindig, am I right? This past week has been an ongoing celebration for the Seattle Central Library’s tenth anniversary and, this Friday, the party hits its climax at the Anniversary Fun Day. Kicked off by a lion dance by Northwest Kung Fu and Fitness, the excitement continues all day, featuring free mini-cupcakes by Cupcake Royale, a live performance by local brass group Tubaluba, docent-led tours of the building, and a chance to meet Lulu the Library Book Fairy. Central Library, free.
Friday–Monday, May 23–26
Northwest Folklife Festival
Seattle’s free arts spectacular turns its cultural focus to India in 2014. An emphasis will be placed on sharing Indian dance, film, music, visual art and discussing its history and impact on the Northwest. Spend part of Memorial Day weekend with the scores of other cultural dance and music acts, local artists like Star Anna, and the multitude of street performers scattered across Seattle Center. Seattle Center, free.