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What to Stream in Seattle July 10–16

The Seattle Black Film Festival returns for its 17th year, and PacSci kicks off its Summer of Games (online).

By Sam Luikens July 10, 2020

July 10–12
Seattle Black Film Festival 2020
This year's Seattle Black Film Festival is streaming but still features more than 30 titles from Black filmmakers all over the world (including five from here), along with presentations and workshops (like "Black Media Literacy in the Age of Black Lives Matter" on Sunday). A feature, Veronica McKenzie's Nine Nights, screens Sunday. All showings are free to live stream (see the link above), but you can donate to Langston, which is presenting the festival. Various times, see schedule –Stefan Milne

Fri, July 10
Salon of Shame #97: Who’s Zoomin’ Who?
Billed as a “pants optional” affair, this virtual cringe fest has readers share god-awful writing from their adolescence. Think moody “dear diary” accounts after your first day of public middle school, an unsent letter to the first boy you ever saw without a shirt in gym class—the kind of teenage absolutism scrawled in gel pen that now makes you want to crawl into whatever dark, dusty storage bin you stored the notebook in. The show will be interpreted for those who use ASL and tickets are $17, a portion of which goes to Black Lives Matter. 6pm

July 13–August 31
Summer of Games
Starting now and extending through the month of August, the Pacific Science Center will offer access to educational games and virtual events both on and offline. Created for all audiences, users can visit PacSci virtually through a Minecraft build, flex team-building muscles with strategy games, and test trivia chops with questions that might stump even the most seasoned polymath. After all, how much can one person really know about spiders?  

Tue, July 14
Nalo Hopkinson
As part of Clarion West’s Summer Reading Series, novelist Nalo Hopkinson reads and talks shop over a Zoom call. Her latest, House of Whispers, a graphic novel set in Neil Gaiman’s Sandman Universe, features a magical realm under threat of a pandemic. Viewers interested in keeping their fictitious and actual worlds separate, though, might better enjoy Hopkinson’s upcoming Blackheart Man, an alternate historical fantasy set in the Caribbean. 6pm  

Thurs, July 16
A Headlamp or Two
After canceling its second season of live performances due to Covid-19, the Seattle Dance Collective performed a pirouette to bring viewers a streaming project called Continuum: Bridging the Distance. The third of four virtual performances (premiering Thursdays through the rest of July), A Headlamp or Two promises an exploration of the absurd and the comical as mechanisms for dealing with pain. While Beethoven’s moody Moonlight Sonata will provide the musical backdrop, the show’s themes inspire levity—dueling principles that cement its purpose. 6pm        

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