Bang for Your Buck

Cheap Week Seattle: September 15–21

Popup parks liberate parking spaces and Lynn Shelton's star-studded flick Laggies premieres locally: the best ways to spend your week without spending much.

By Conor Romack September 15, 2014

Over 50 temporary public parks will pop up in parking spaces around town for the annual Seattle Park(ing) Day.

Tues, Sept 16
Diane Ackerman: How Humans Shaped the Planet
In her new book The Human Age, poet and natural history writer Diane Ackerman delves into a discussion of humanity's dominance over the planet and the effects, whether positive or otherwise, that has had on the world around us. She heads to Town Hall to discuss her work with Town Hall's resident scholar Steve Scher. Town Hall, $5.

Thurs, Sept 18
Women in Cinema Opening Night: Laggies
A local audience has the chance to see what might be director Lynn Shelton's mainstream breakthough when Laggies opens SIFF's annual Women in Cinema mini-festival. The director's latest feature follows Megan (Keira Knightley), a woman in her late 20s who—after receiving a wedding proposal—lays low and becomes close friends with a high schooler named Annika (Chloë Grace Moretz). As Megan attempts to piece together her life, she becomes involved with Annika’s father (Sam Rockwell). Shelton and her Seattle crew will be in attendance at the screening to give Laggies a proper local welcoming before its official theatrical release on October 24. Egyptian Theater, $12.

Fri, Sept 19
Park(ing) Day 2014
On the third Friday of September, artists, designers, and citizens from cities all over the world take up the cause to liberate metered parking spaces, transforming them into temporary public parks. Now in its seventh year, Seattle's annual Park(ing) Day will feature over 50 popup parks, including one hosted by Seattle Met's own news blog Publicola. Occidental Avenue South, free.

Sat, Sept 20
Robotics-enthusiasts come from near and far to Seattle's annual Robothon, a place to share ideas and showcase technological developments in the amateur robotics community. Participants put their creations to the test in competitions like line maze races, robot sumo, and more. Seattle Center, free.

Sun, Sept 21
Luminata Lantern Parade
In contrast to the bright and exuberant displays of the Fremont Solstice Parade in the summer, the Luminata Lantern Parade highlights the fall equinox in a quiet, thoughtful manner more appropriate for the coming fall and winter months. The event begins with a fire performance and ritual before the paraders march the lanterns along Green Lake's edge. Green Lake Park, free.

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