La bohème kicks off Seattle Opera's new IRL season this October. 
Photo: Courtesy Opera Omaha

Happenings & Releases

Buy Tickets for Live Shows
Rather suddenly, live, in-person arts events are coming back. Seattle Symphony and Seattle Opera both announced new seasons (ready your dress masks), and the symphony will back Heart's Nancy Wilson on July 9, with some in-person VIP tickets available (they go on sale May 19). Woodland Park's ZooTunes also announced three concerts for this summer—the Posies (July 18), Naked Giants (August 8), and Polyrhythmics (August 25). Tickets are on sale May 21. Crosscut has a good roundup of other forthcoming shows


This Week Only

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. 5:30pm, free

May 13–15
Artistry, Ancestry and Community
In celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Month, this three-day series of dance performances is intended to highlight and create space for AAPI dancers, choreographers, and other creatives. The final evening concludes with a discussion with the artists. 8pm, free

Sat, May 15
Féstal: Spirit of Africa
The annual celebration of African music and dance, hosted by griot musician Thione Diop, moves to an online format that can be streamed live from Dakar, Senegal, via Facebook or YouTube. In West African tradition, griots are far more than just entertainers; they are the keepers of oral histories and ancestral memory, their poems and songs tethering communities together across time and space and diaspora. The featured performers will include influential Francophone rapper Didier Awadi and the Orchestra Baobab, which was formed in Dakar in the 1960s. 3pm, free

Sun, May 16
LunaFest 2021
Although Luna’s whole brand concept has always been baffling—what makes an energy bar for women, anyway?—LunaFest, presented by the Junior League of Seattle, promises seven feature length films about women by women makers. Viewers have 48 hours to stream the films after they become available. 4pm, $30


A beautifully blurred flower in My Eyes Need Beauty


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

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 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

May 14–29
Seattle Art Book Fair Presents: Makeready
Over the course of three weekends, artists, designers, and printers host a series of workshops and conversations that explore the process of making an art book from start to finish. The programming also includes studio visits, so attendees can see new works and works in progress by local artists. Various times, free

Through May 31
MoPop presents Body of Work: Tattoo Culture
MoPop offers a multimedia exhibition that delves into the history and cultural significance of tattooing in North America. It touches on everything from Indigenous tattooing practices to the stigma long attached to body art, and it showcases local artists’ work, such as that of Slave to the Needle’s Aaron Bell. Various times, “plan ahead pricing

Thru Sept 6
Dinosaur Discovery at the Woodland Park Zoo
The immersive dino exhibit sports over 20 life-sized models that the zoo claims are “the world’s largest and most life-like dinosaurs.” It’s ambiguous what metrics are being used to determine exactly how life-like a dinosaur is, but we’ll have to take their word for it. Various times, $5 

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