Shrill is back. Go hang out on a couch.
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Happenings & Releases

Shrill Season 3
All eight episodes of Shrill’s final season go up on Hulu on May 7. Based on local writer Lindy West’s essay collection, this season finds Annie (Aidy Bryant) fresh off a breakup with her doofus of a boyfriend.

“No Pulp”
This collaboration track between local sound magician Chong the Nomad and pop singer Laureli stirs together a bounding piano beat with lyrics about, yes, orange juice. 

This Week Only

Sat, May 8
Drive-in at On the Boards
Henry Art Gallery partners with On the Boards performing arts theater to bring a drive-in screening series featuring films that respond to colonial ideologies and tactics. On Saturday, The Bell, the Digger, and the Tropical Pharmacy sets us down at the demolition site of an exploitive prescription drug plant in Puerto Rico. After that, A Magical Substance Flows into Me explores the stories of Palestine and its people through music. The drive-in series is part of Murmurations, a city-wide arts collaboration designed to foster connection and solidarity through Covid. 8:30pm, “name a price that makes you happy”

Sat, May 8­ & Sun, May 9
Pike Place Market Flower Festival
The annual Mother’s Day floral fest features over forty tents with blossoms from local farms. And should you forget to wear your mask or remain six feet apart from other shoppers, surely there’ll be plenty of moms to give you a stern talking-to. 11am, free to attend 

An image from biggie at the waters, part of Home: Stories of be/Longing

Sun, May 9
Seattle Reparatory Jazz Orchestra streams a series of pieces (many of them pandemic-inspired) written by SRJO musicians and their friends and colleagues. Included is The Endless Search Suite, commissioned from legendary saxophonist Jimmy Heath, AKA Little Bird. 7pm, $25 

Thu, May 13
Home: Stories of be/Longing
Curated by Berette S Macaulay, this collection of art films focuses on the many facets of the Black experience, from gentrification and police brutality to healing and ancestral memory. A panel with the artists follows the screening, which you can access via Wa Na Wari’s Facebook page. 5:30, free


Ongoing Events

Apr 1–June 3
Visions of Makah
The Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center’s art gallery has reopened and is displaying the work of Makah artist Frank Peterson, whose works blend his heritage with abstraction. Free

Apr 15­–June 30
Book-It Repertory Theater Presents: The Effluent Engine, by N.K. Jemisin
N.K. Jemisin is one of the most celebrated sci-fi novelists of her generation, coming at a genre historically dominated by straight white men from a queer, Black perspective. Book-It adapts Jemisin’s steampunk spy-thriller set in New Orleans, The Effluent Engine, into a full-length audio play available through June 30th. Any time, $15

A beautifully blurred flower in My Eyes Need Beauty

Apr 21–June 15
Seattle Public Library Life Skills and Digital Creativity Classes
The public library hosts a series of workshops on everything from smartphone photography to self-care and healthy eating. The SPL just wants to see us live our best lives. Various times, free 

Apr 24–Jun 5
Deb Achak: My Eyes Need Beauty
The local artist’s show at Winston Wächter Fine Art features her photographs of flowers, which, moved and smeared, appear almost like pigments clouding water. By appointment, free

May 3–8
Crosscut Festival
The local publication’s annual intellectual binge is back, this year virtually. Spread across six days and over 32 panels, local and national names discuss a host of issues. Maybe that’s Ibram X. Kendi and Soledad O’Brien on “400 Years of Black History” or Peter Singer, Michelle Nijhuis, and Crosscut writer Hannah Weinberger on “Animals and Us.” Various times, free

May 5–9
Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival
One of only a small handful of transgender film festivals in the world, the Seattle Transgender Film Festival seeks to uplift the voices of transgender folks and create space for the nuanced representation that is often so lacking in mainstream media.  Any time, $75 (for a pass) or $5–$35 (sliding scale tickets)

May 6–13
Seattle Beer Week
Beer Week’s organizers mercifully spare us another strained statement along the lines of, “although Beer Week might look a little different this year… [insert manically upbeat pitch for modified format event].” Instead the website simply states that Beer Week 2021 consists of a collaboration beer available on draft and in cans from Burke-Gilman Brewing Company, Hellbent Brewing, and others, and it tells you to invent your own (safe) event. Nevertheless, a Future Primitive Brewing hosts a hosts a kickoff event on May 6 with a Situ Tacos pop-up. Kickoff at 3, free to attend

May 7–14
Tilth Edible Plants Sale
Learning how to grow your own food is a great way to invest in your post-apocalyptic future, when people without hard skills (*cough cough* fellow liberal arts grads) will be relegated to zombie bait. Tilth Alliance’s edible plants sale features a range of organic starts, suited to any burgeoning or established vegetable garden. Appointments required. Various times, free to attend

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