What to Stream in Seattle May 29–June 4

SIFF soldiers on while Third Place Books and Hugo House host virtual book club and an author talk.

By Sam Luikens May 29, 2020

Fri, May 29–31
The Northwest Film Forum has gone virtual for this year’s Seattle International Film Festival. Streaming until Sunday, this documentary poses questions about maternal health and death rates in the United States, where more women die of pregnancy-related complications than those in any other developed country. Filmmaker Paolo Patruno relays the stories of Black women, who are more likely to be counted among the dead. Why? The answer (racism, access to and implicit bias within healthcare, etc.) becomes an interrogation of whether the American dream is actually available to everyone.

Sat, May 30
Johnaye Kendrick
Town Hall Seattle and Earshot Jazz host a livestream concert featuring Seattle jazz vocalist Johnaye Kendrick. The Cornish College of the Arts professor’s voice, effortlessly elastic, just might synchronize with Kendrick’s own harmonium, violin, viola, and percussion. Expect some of her signature arrangements as well as refreshing takes on jazz classics. 7:30pm

Sun, May 31
Social Justice Syllabus: Pages Against the Patriarchy
In collaboration with Third Place Books, the Social Justice Syllabus Book Club congregates on Zoom to discuss Ocatavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower. The 1993 dystopian novel, set in 2020, centers on the ecological implosion of human society. Almost as if Butler could predict the future, the story is about an ever-widening wealth gap, only underscored by global crisis. SJSBC first formed around the books said to have stirred NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s activism, including his choice to kneel during the national anthem. 7pm

Mon, June 1
UW Engage Science
UW Engage Science and Town Hall Seattle hold a virtual speaker forum introducing the latest research conducted by University of Washington graduate students from the school’s science departments. Not everyone can speak science (as you might have heard recently), so the event is tailored for the general public. Topics on the lab table are the role of digestion and other bodily forces, an evaluation of turmeric and human neurons, and what actually happens when strands of DNA separate. 6pm

Tue, June 2
“World of Dance”
Two Seattle-area teenagers, James Ades and Harris Weiskopf, compete in the World of Dance, now in its fourth season on NBC. Filmed before the pandemic halted Hollywood productions and judged by a panel of famous entertainers (nothing gets by J.Lo), the dancers compete to win a grand prize of $1 million. As youngsters, the teens were educated in hip-hop dance classes, but—hoping to dismantle stifling labels—have grown their repertoire under the training of a ballet choreographer. Who knows, their performance might just eradicate preconceived notions of what male dancers do onstage. 10pm

Wed, June 3
Eat a Bowl of Tea: Celebrating an American Classic
Hugo House celebrates the March reissue of the classic American novel Eat a Bowl of Tea by the University of Washington Press. The story is set at the end of the second World War, when racist immigration policies prevented families abroad from joining their husbands and fathers in Chinatowns throughout the US. Author Louis Chu died before witnessing his book’s influence on the broader understanding of life in American Chinatowns. This commemoration of Chu's influential work includes a panel discussion led by authors and scholars Shawn Wong, Jeffery Paul Chan, and King-Kok Cheung. 7pm 

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