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What to Do After Work June 18–21

A massive cinematic undertaking, storytellers on Juneteenth, and the current state of ballet.

By Mac Hubbard June 18, 2018

Two women pictured in Mosul, Iraq, from Human Flow.

Tue, Jun 19
UNCODE: Storytellers Juneteenth

To celebrate Juneteenth, an array of black storytellers from the Northwest reflect on the meaning of freedom and share a wide range of life experiences—dating, relocation, career, and all the places in between. Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, Free

Tue, Jun 19 & Wed, Jun 20
Spotlight on Contemporary Ballet
This favorite of the Seattle International Dance Festival illustrates the creative ways dancers incorporate ballet into the present, outside the bounds of stuffy Russian opera houses. Broadway Performance Hall, $18–$25

Wed, Jun 20
Sunflower Bean
Armed with an endearing and vibrant approach to songwriting, this trio of 22-year-olds quickly joined the circle of artists to keep an eye on. While undoubtedly a modern indie band, they often satisfy more classic tastes. Just goes to show what a healthy diet of Fleetwood Mac can do for growing kids. The Crocodile, $13

Human Flow
It's difficult to think of many films that outdo Ai Weiwei's Human Flow in terms of sheer ambition. Shot in 23 countries, it examines the worldwide refugee crisis by seeing its far-flung manifestations as parts of the same sweeping narrative. Presented in stunning cinematography, the stories here are not only high stakes but awe-inspiringly beautiful. Center for Architecture and Design, $5

Thu, Jun 21
David Lynch Night: Blue Velvet
David Lynch's icon status reaches at least one of its peaks in Blue Velvet, that synthesis of Hitchcockian noir and lovable John Hughes Americana. Hardcore Lynch fans (and there are many) can also nerd out on the Seattle premiere of Blue Velvet Revisited, a look at the auteur and his crew on set during filming in 1986. Seattle Art Museum, $10

Roxane Gay
The "bad feminist" herself has one of the most authoritative voices when it comes to stating, in no uncertain terms, what it means to be a woman. In her latest, Not that Bad, Gay compiles pieces from other authors who have a lot to say about the harassment, violence, insult, and second-guessing that women endure as a matter of course. University Temple United Methodist Church, $17–$27

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