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What to Do After Work February 17–20

A sweeping presidential play, a Netflix composer's punk record, and a Mardi Gras feast.

By Nicole Pasia February 17, 2020

Now this is way better than AP U.S. History.

Mon, Feb 17 (thru Feb 25)
Island Soul’s Mardi Gras Celebration
Seattle is a long way from the Crescent City, but for one week, Columbia City restaurant Island Soul will infuse its usual Caribbean fare with Mardi Gras staples. Each day will feature a special dish and drinks, which culminate with a Mardi Gras menu of jambalaya, crawfish, fried oysters, and more at the end of the week. Island Soul, Free With Registration 

Tue, Feb 18
2020 StarChefs Rising Stars
StarChefs celebrates over 30 up-and-coming Seattle restaurants, bakeries, and beverage companies with this tasting menu. Savory bites include braised short rib from Maximillian Petty’s Eden Hill and potato mochi from Shota Nakajima’s Adana. Thirsty? Two cocktails, a German beer, and a cold brew creamsicle will (kinda) hydrate. Block 41, $85

Wed, Feb 19
Ezra Furman
We can thank Ezra Furman for scoring Netflix’s comedy Sex Education, but his newest album, Twelve Nudes, bundles raw anger in punk tracks about recent world events. Its opener, “Calm Down aka I Should Not Be Alone,” is a desperate plea for a broken world to change for the better. The Crocodile, $15 

Wed, Feb 19 (thru Feb 23)
45 Plays for 45 Presidents
If remembering all 45 presidents’ legacies is as as difficult as comprehending the Iowa caucus, 45 Plays for 45 Presidents might help. Like a stream of Saturday Night Live skits, spanning from Washington to Trump, each five-minute portrayal in this performance is riddled with satirical innuendos. Lee Center for the Arts, $12

Thu, Feb 20
Investigating Public Education KUOW
Reporting on everything from environmental issues to racial inequity, KUOW’s Ann Dornfeld opens a window into the systematic failures of Seattle Public Schools. This lecture explores her investigative process, but she’ll also look to the audience for more tips of untold stories and sources. University Bookstore, Free 

Thu, Feb 20 (thru Feb 22) 
The Oysterman’s House
Emmy-winning filmmaker and playwright Susan McNally debuts this micro-production. With failing eyesight, Irene plans the perfect venture to Cape Cod, one that may very well be her family’s last. She has a plan for everything—but, as you might expect from a typical family vacation, things don't go accordingly. University Heights Center, Pay What You Can

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