West Seattle Event Calendar

*11/28/20 NOTE: We’ve ramped the calendar back to some level of usefulness, as more events continue being planned, both online and in-person, so let us know if you have something coming up that’s open to the public!*

Want your West Seattle event/meeting/etc. to be listed here? Please send basic info to westseattleblog@gmail.com – thanks! Please include full details AS PLAIN TEXT IN YOUR E-MAIL, *not* in an attached doc/poster/flyer/etc. A web link for more info helps too. Thank you!

USING THE CALENDAR: Mouse over any entry to show the “plus” sign at right; click it to expand the item for more info without leaving this page; click “read more” for the FULL listing./question.

Jan
31
Fri
Shrek Jr., first night @ West Seattle High School Theater
Jan 31 @ 7:00 pm

Shrek Jr., put on by Alki Elementary, on stage at the West Seattle High School theater.
January 31, 7 pm
February 1, 11 am and 5 pm
Tickets are $5 for general admission.
and can be purchased ahead of time at
https://alki.schoolauction.net/musical2020/

‘The Revolutionists’ @ ArtsWest Theater
Jan 31 @ 7:30 pm

At ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery:

The Revolutionists

By Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Kelly Kitchens

A quartet of fierce women —Playwright Olympe de Gouges, assassin Charlotte Corday, former queen Marie Antoinette, and Haitian rebel Marianne Angelle—lose their heads in this irreverent, girl-powered comedy set during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror. As this fearless comedy unfolds, The Revolutionists rewrites the book on legacy, art and activism, feminism, compatriots and chosen sisters, and how we go about changing the world.

Jan. 15 preview, Jan 16 – Feb 9, 2020
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30 pm
Sundays at 3 pm

“…a sassy, hold-on-to-your-seats theatrical adventure…Listen closely, though, and hang on tight. If you do, you’ll be treated to an invigorating and enlightening journey.” —Cincinnati Enquirer

“…in this sparkling work, politics is very, very funny …These are hilarious and lovable women trapped in a history with a somber final act.” — Houston Chronicle

Get Tickets

Tickets may be purchased online at www.artswest.org, by phone at 206.938.0339, or at the Box Office Thurs.–Sat. 2–7:30 pm.

Feb
1
Sat
Shrek Jr., Saturday shows @ WSHS Theater
Feb 1 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Shrek Jr., put on by Alki Elementary, on stage at the West Seattle High School theater.
January 31, 7 pm
February 1, 11 am and 5 pm
Tickets are $5 for general admission.
and can be purchased ahead of time at
https://alki.schoolauction.net/musical2020/

‘The Revolutionists’ @ ArtsWest Theater
Feb 1 @ 7:30 pm

At ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery:

The Revolutionists

By Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Kelly Kitchens

A quartet of fierce women —Playwright Olympe de Gouges, assassin Charlotte Corday, former queen Marie Antoinette, and Haitian rebel Marianne Angelle—lose their heads in this irreverent, girl-powered comedy set during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror. As this fearless comedy unfolds, The Revolutionists rewrites the book on legacy, art and activism, feminism, compatriots and chosen sisters, and how we go about changing the world.

Jan. 15 preview, Jan 16 – Feb 9, 2020
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30 pm
Sundays at 3 pm

“…a sassy, hold-on-to-your-seats theatrical adventure…Listen closely, though, and hang on tight. If you do, you’ll be treated to an invigorating and enlightening journey.” —Cincinnati Enquirer

“…in this sparkling work, politics is very, very funny …These are hilarious and lovable women trapped in a history with a somber final act.” — Houston Chronicle

Get Tickets

Tickets may be purchased online at www.artswest.org, by phone at 206.938.0339, or at the Box Office Thurs.–Sat. 2–7:30 pm.

Feb
2
Sun
‘The Revolutionists’ – matinee @ ArtsWest Theater
Feb 2 @ 3:00 pm

At ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery:

The Revolutionists

By Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Kelly Kitchens

A quartet of fierce women —Playwright Olympe de Gouges, assassin Charlotte Corday, former queen Marie Antoinette, and Haitian rebel Marianne Angelle—lose their heads in this irreverent, girl-powered comedy set during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror. As this fearless comedy unfolds, The Revolutionists rewrites the book on legacy, art and activism, feminism, compatriots and chosen sisters, and how we go about changing the world.

Jan 16 – Feb 9, 2020
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30 pm
Sundays at 3 pm

“…a sassy, hold-on-to-your-seats theatrical adventure…Listen closely, though, and hang on tight. If you do, you’ll be treated to an invigorating and enlightening journey.” —Cincinnati Enquirer

“…in this sparkling work, politics is very, very funny …These are hilarious and lovable women trapped in a history with a somber final act.” — Houston Chronicle

Get Tickets

Tickets may be purchased online at www.artswest.org, by phone at 206.938.0339, or at the Box Office Thurs.–Sat. 2–7:30 pm.

Feb
6
Thu
‘The Revolutionists’ @ ArtsWest Theater
Feb 6 @ 7:30 pm

At ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery:

The Revolutionists

By Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Kelly Kitchens

A quartet of fierce women —Playwright Olympe de Gouges, assassin Charlotte Corday, former queen Marie Antoinette, and Haitian rebel Marianne Angelle—lose their heads in this irreverent, girl-powered comedy set during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror. As this fearless comedy unfolds, The Revolutionists rewrites the book on legacy, art and activism, feminism, compatriots and chosen sisters, and how we go about changing the world.

Jan. 15 preview, Jan 16 – Feb 9, 2020
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30 pm
Sundays at 3 pm

“…a sassy, hold-on-to-your-seats theatrical adventure…Listen closely, though, and hang on tight. If you do, you’ll be treated to an invigorating and enlightening journey.” —Cincinnati Enquirer

“…in this sparkling work, politics is very, very funny …These are hilarious and lovable women trapped in a history with a somber final act.” — Houston Chronicle

Get Tickets

Tickets may be purchased online at www.artswest.org, by phone at 206.938.0339, or at the Box Office Thurs.–Sat. 2–7:30 pm.

Feb
7
Fri
‘The Revolutionists’ @ ArtsWest Theater
Feb 7 @ 7:30 pm

At ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery:

The Revolutionists

By Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Kelly Kitchens

A quartet of fierce women —Playwright Olympe de Gouges, assassin Charlotte Corday, former queen Marie Antoinette, and Haitian rebel Marianne Angelle—lose their heads in this irreverent, girl-powered comedy set during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror. As this fearless comedy unfolds, The Revolutionists rewrites the book on legacy, art and activism, feminism, compatriots and chosen sisters, and how we go about changing the world.

Jan. 15 preview, Jan 16 – Feb 9, 2020
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30 pm
Sundays at 3 pm

“…a sassy, hold-on-to-your-seats theatrical adventure…Listen closely, though, and hang on tight. If you do, you’ll be treated to an invigorating and enlightening journey.” —Cincinnati Enquirer

“…in this sparkling work, politics is very, very funny …These are hilarious and lovable women trapped in a history with a somber final act.” — Houston Chronicle

Get Tickets

Tickets may be purchased online at www.artswest.org, by phone at 206.938.0339, or at the Box Office Thurs.–Sat. 2–7:30 pm.

Feb
8
Sat
Evening low tide beach walk at Alki @ Constellation Park, Alki
Feb 8 @ 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm

From the Seattle Aquarium:

Explore Constellation Park/Richey Viewpoint beach in West Seattle during two winter nighttime low tides with Seattle Aquarium beach naturalists and discover what creatures we see at this time of year. This is a free, family-friendly, drop-in program—no registration necessary! Dress for the weather (bundle up!) and for tide pooling: boots, hats, gloves and a good flashlight are musts.

• Friday, January 10, 8:30–10:30 pm (-2.73 @ 10:40pm)
• Saturday, February 8, 8:30–10:30 pm (-2.45 @ 10:22pm)

Location:
Constellation Park/(South) Alki Beach
Directions:
1. Take Spokane St. exit off I–5 to West Seattle
2. Take Admiral Way exit off West Seattle Bridge
3. Stay on Admiral through West Seattle to 63rd Ave SW
4. Turn left at 63rd to Beach Drive SW
5. Park on Beach Drive SW
6. Meet the Naturalists at the canopy at 63rd Ave SW and Beach Dr. SW

Feb
9
Sun
‘The Revolutionists’ – matinee @ ArtsWest Theater
Feb 9 @ 3:00 pm

At ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery:

The Revolutionists

By Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Kelly Kitchens

A quartet of fierce women —Playwright Olympe de Gouges, assassin Charlotte Corday, former queen Marie Antoinette, and Haitian rebel Marianne Angelle—lose their heads in this irreverent, girl-powered comedy set during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror. As this fearless comedy unfolds, The Revolutionists rewrites the book on legacy, art and activism, feminism, compatriots and chosen sisters, and how we go about changing the world.

Jan 16 – Feb 9, 2020
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30 pm
Sundays at 3 pm

“…a sassy, hold-on-to-your-seats theatrical adventure…Listen closely, though, and hang on tight. If you do, you’ll be treated to an invigorating and enlightening journey.” —Cincinnati Enquirer

“…in this sparkling work, politics is very, very funny …These are hilarious and lovable women trapped in a history with a somber final act.” — Houston Chronicle

Get Tickets

Tickets may be purchased online at www.artswest.org, by phone at 206.938.0339, or at the Box Office Thurs.–Sat. 2–7:30 pm.

CANCELED – Improvising with Life Lab @ Fauntleroy Schoolhouse
Feb 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

*CANCELED FOR 3/8*

Improvising With Life Lab
DATES: Sundays 02/09, 03/08, 04/05, 05/03
TIME: 6:30-8:30 pm
LOCATION: Fauntleroy Schoolhouse
REGISTER: https://playitoutimprov.com/
INVESTMENT: $80 for all four labs or $25 individually

Would you like to experiment with how improv can influence your daily life? Step into Play It Out Improv’s laboratory, a microcosm of life, where we experiment with practices that spark “a-ha”s and insights that we can take into our daily lives. There are many ways to get to know ourselves better. What makes improv unique is that we do it in relationship with each other in unknown situations. Sound familiar? Yep, that’s life. Improv can be a powerful, friendly way to practice skills in presence, connection, and play… skills that strengthen our relationships and ramp up our daily joy.

Our format is simple, playful and flexible. We propose questions that come up in our lives. Ones that we genuinely don’t know the answers to… call them wonder questions. Then use improv and other mind/body centering practices to help us have an experience of that question in the Lab.

Here are some questions we’ll play with:

1. I wonder how I can have fun with “doing it wrong”?

In our culture, the context is often right/wrong, good/bad, smart/dumb… etc. This context is supposed to be disrupted in improv, but that doesn’t mean we don’t continue to apply it to ourselves regardless. The Lab is a fun, safe place to notice our experience of “doing it wrong” and even have fun with it!

2. I wonder how I can notice patterns and consciously choose to participate with them or make a new choice?

One of the principles of improv is to notice the pattern, continue it for a while and then break it, releasing lots of energy. When we get stuck in a pattern in our lives, especially one we don’t actively choose, we can feel drained, lose touch with our creativity and feel frustrated. When we practice noticing patterns, we bring more awareness to our lives and when we make new choices, we can significantly increase our aliveness.

3. I wonder how my commitment affects what I create?

Commitment in improv is about being fully in or fully out, no waffling, no limbo. Scenes inevitably go better when improvisers are committed. Committing is the very first step to being present and creating what we want. Without it, who knows where we will go in improv or life?

Feb
13
Thu
Words, Writers & Southwest Stories: Town of Alki: Great Hopes & Fountainhead of Tears @ Southwest Library
Feb 13 @ 6:00 pm

At the Southwest Branch library,Town of Alki: Great Hopes & Fountainhead of Tears, a history of the former town of Alki, will be presented by local historian, Phillip Hoffman, who resides in West Seattle’s Alki neighborhood. The Town of Alki no longer exists. In its place rests remnants of summer beach cottages, 1950’s and 60’s styled houses and, increasingly, a collection of waterfront multi-million dollar homes, condominiums, and penthouses. Mr. Hoffman will relate the story of how the Town of Alki came about and why it failed –largely because the founders did not recognize the natural and physical limitations of their location.

This free event by “Words, Writers & SouthWest Stories,” a historically-based speaker series of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society is co-hosted by the Seattle Public Library and will take place Thursday, February 13th at 6 PM at the Southwest Branch of the Seattle Public Library, 9010 35th Ave. SW in West Seattle.

Mr. Hoffman holds a Masters of Urban Planning degree and is the retired director of the University of Washington Office of Institutional Studies. Upon his retirement, he established the Alki History Project. The Project’s mission is to document, explore, and interpret the history of Seattle’s founding neighborhood.

‘Words, Writers & SouthWest Stories’ presentations are scheduled for the second Thursday of each month at 6 PM at the Southwest Branch of the Seattle Public Library. Next month on March 12th, Susanna Ryan will present her new, entertaining book, Seattle Walk Report.

For videos on these and other speakers’ presentations, check out “Events” at www.loghousemuseum.org. This newly re-named series is open to hosting any speaker addressing historical issues relating to the Puget Sound/Duwamish Peninsula and/or the general public. Additional information on future presentations can be obtained by contacting Dora-Faye Hendricks, Chair, ‘Words, Writers & SouthWest Stories’ by phone at 206-290-8315 or e-mailing Dora-Faye@comcast.net .

For more information, call 206-386-4636 or Ask Us. For ADA accommodations, please contact: leap@spl.org.

Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms.

Feb
14
Fri
Twelfth Night Productions’ ‘Love Letters’ @ Kenyon Hall
Feb 14 @ 7:30 pm

Mary and Rick Springer in Love Letters, by A. R. Gurney
The Springers are the creators of Twelfth Night Productions, now in its twenty-fifth year. The duo performed Love Letters a few years ago under T.N.P.’s auspices, and we’re delighted that they’re reprising their performance at Kenyon Hall for Valentine’s Day.

The play is comprised of letters exchanged over a lifetime between two people who grew up together, went their separate ways, but continued to share confidences. As the actors read the letters aloud, what is created is an evocative, touching, frequently funny, but always telling pair of character studies in which what is implied is as revealing and meaningful as what is actually written down.

Front reserved table seats are $14. Row seating is $12 general and $10 seniors. With a reservation, row seating is only $10 general and $8 seniors. Elementary, middle, and high school students are $5. Pre-school children are free.

We accept cash and checks at the door, and doors open thirty minutes before each show.

To make a reservation, please e-mail kenyonhall@earthlink.net. You’ll receive an e-mail confirming your reservation.

Feb
15
Sat
Painted Collagraph Workshop @ The Orange Door Studio
Feb 15 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join us for a two-day workshop learning how to create hand-printed collagraphs, a process where we print from cut papers. We will create printed compositions that we will enhance with water-based paints and colored pencils. This colorful and texture-rich technique is fun and easy to do anywhere. No experience necessary! (Five students maximum.)

Feb
16
Sun
Painted Collagraph Workshop @ The Orange Door Studio
Feb 16 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join us for a two-day workshop learning how to create hand-printed collagraphs, a process where we print from cut papers. We will create printed compositions that we will enhance with water-based paints and colored pencils. This colorful and texture-rich technique is fun and easy to do anywhere. No experience necessary! (Five students maximum.)

Feb
23
Sun
Women’s self-defense class @ Row House
Feb 23 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join us at the West Seattle Row House for an empowering Women’s Self-Defense class taught by Al Semple!

Seating limited to 20 spaces. Sign up now!

Damsel in Defense

WHY SELF-DEFENSE?

Because violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread violations of human rights. Sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking; the violence cuts across all boundaries of age, race, and culture.

Anyone can be targeted.

Our mission is to equip, empower, and educate women to protect themselves and their families across the country.

Since Damsel’s launch in 2011, the product line has expanded from stun guns and pepper spray to technology-enhanced selfdefense tools and a line of educational materials for parents and children.

Bring a pen and paper to class!

Your self-defense instructor Al Semple is a member of the American Women’s Self Defense Association.

Feb
26
Wed
CANCELED – Learn to Bellydance with Leslie Rosen @ Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Feb 26 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Learn to Bellydance with Leslie Rosen

Bellydancers are supple, feminine, earthly, mysterious, playful and strong. That dancer is you! Come learn among friends and awaken your inner fire. Build community and self-knowledge while honoring the inner divine feminine.

Six week sessions, Wednesday nights
Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Next session begins Feb 26, 2020
Drop-in students are welcome at 6 pm and 7 pm

6 pm – 6:50 pm – Toolbox
– Intro to history and music
– Building strong dance skills
– Alignment for dance posture
– Shimmies
– Isolations – straight lines, circles, figure 8 and undulations
– Beautiful arms and hands gestures
– Intro to veil dancing

This class focuses on solid foundation work. Perfect for new students! Also a great drill class for returning students. Experienced dancers can deepen their practice of bellydance by working thoughtfully into the isolations and rhythms as your body and mind open and are prepared to learn more subtle nuances in these powerful foundational moves.

7:00 pm – 7:50 pm – Bellydance Workout – Mixed level – EVERYONE IS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND ~ – Most students attend technique at 6 pm and workout at 7 pm – Only $25 for all six exercises classes when you register for a technique class in the same session.

– Exercise class will invigorate your body and deepen your capacity and understanding of isolations. Sweating and laughing will be on the agenda. This class is to shake everything loose, lengthen, strengthen and elongate your muscles. You will work hard and you will love it. Challenging yet accessible for all fitness levels and dancers. Promise.

8:00 – 8:5 0pm – Sacred Geometry – Invitation Only – Student troupe ~ Int/adv. technique

Spring Session: Feb 26 Mar 4, 11, 18, 25 Apr 1

Register: https://www.leslierosen.com/what-we-do

Feb
28
Fri
Twelfth Night Productions presents ‘The Book Club Play’ @ Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Feb 28 @ 7:30 pm

Twelfth Night Productions is proud to present The Book Club Play by Karen Zacarías.

Loads of laughter and literature collide in this smart hit comedy about books and the people who love them. Ana is a Type A personality who lives in a letter-perfect world with an adoring husband, the perfect job and her greatest passion: Book Club. But when her cherished group becomes the focus of a documentary film, their intimate discussions about life and literature take a turn for the hilarious in front of the inescapable camera lens. Add a provocative new member along with some surprising new book titles, and these six friends are bound for pandemonium.

Playing February 28 and 29 and March 6 and 7 at 7:30pm and March 1 and 8 at 3:00pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way SW.

Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets or at the box office at Youngstown an hour before show time. Prices are $22 for adults and $20 for students & seniors.
http://www.twelfthnightproductions.org/

Feb
29
Sat
Twelfth Night Productions presents ‘The Book Club Play’ @ Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Feb 29 @ 7:30 pm

Twelfth Night Productions is proud to present The Book Club Play by Karen Zacarías.

Loads of laughter and literature collide in this smart hit comedy about books and the people who love them. Ana is a Type A personality who lives in a letter-perfect world with an adoring husband, the perfect job and her greatest passion: Book Club. But when her cherished group becomes the focus of a documentary film, their intimate discussions about life and literature take a turn for the hilarious in front of the inescapable camera lens. Add a provocative new member along with some surprising new book titles, and these six friends are bound for pandemonium.

Playing February 28 and 29 and March 6 and 7 at 7:30pm and March 1 and 8 at 3:00pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way SW.

Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets or at the box office at Youngstown an hour before show time. Prices are $22 for adults and $20 for students & seniors.
http://www.twelfthnightproductions.org/

Mar
1
Sun
Twelfth Night Productions presents ‘The Book Club Play’ @ Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Mar 1 @ 3:00 pm

Twelfth Night Productions is proud to present The Book Club Play by Karen Zacarías.

Loads of laughter and literature collide in this smart hit comedy about books and the people who love them. Ana is a Type A personality who lives in a letter-perfect world with an adoring husband, the perfect job and her greatest passion: Book Club. But when her cherished group becomes the focus of a documentary film, their intimate discussions about life and literature take a turn for the hilarious in front of the inescapable camera lens. Add a provocative new member along with some surprising new book titles, and these six friends are bound for pandemonium.

Playing February 28 and 29 and March 6 and 7 at 7:30pm and March 1 and 8 at 3:00pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way SW.

Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets or at the box office at Youngstown an hour before show time. Prices are $22 for adults and $20 for students & seniors.
http://www.twelfthnightproductions.org/

Mar
4
Wed
CANCELED – Learn to Bellydance with Leslie Rosen @ Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Mar 4 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Learn to Bellydance with Leslie Rosen

Bellydancers are supple, feminine, earthly, mysterious, playful and strong. That dancer is you! Come learn among friends and awaken your inner fire. Build community and self-knowledge while honoring the inner divine feminine.

Six week sessions, Wednesday nights
Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Next session begins Feb 26, 2020
Drop-in students are welcome at 6 pm and 7 pm

6 pm – 6:50 pm – Toolbox
– Intro to history and music
– Building strong dance skills
– Alignment for dance posture
– Shimmies
– Isolations – straight lines, circles, figure 8 and undulations
– Beautiful arms and hands gestures
– Intro to veil dancing

This class focuses on solid foundation work. Perfect for new students! Also a great drill class for returning students. Experienced dancers can deepen their practice of bellydance by working thoughtfully into the isolations and rhythms as your body and mind open and are prepared to learn more subtle nuances in these powerful foundational moves.

7:00 pm – 7:50 pm – Bellydance Workout – Mixed level – EVERYONE IS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND ~ – Most students attend technique at 6 pm and workout at 7 pm – Only $25 for all six exercises classes when you register for a technique class in the same session.

– Exercise class will invigorate your body and deepen your capacity and understanding of isolations. Sweating and laughing will be on the agenda. This class is to shake everything loose, lengthen, strengthen and elongate your muscles. You will work hard and you will love it. Challenging yet accessible for all fitness levels and dancers. Promise.

8:00 – 8:5 0pm – Sacred Geometry – Invitation Only – Student troupe ~ Int/adv. technique

Spring Session: Feb 26 Mar 4, 11, 18, 25 Apr 1

Register: https://www.leslierosen.com/what-we-do

Mar
6
Fri
Twelfth Night Productions presents ‘The Book Club Play’ @ Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Mar 6 @ 7:30 pm

Twelfth Night Productions is proud to present The Book Club Play by Karen Zacarías.

Loads of laughter and literature collide in this smart hit comedy about books and the people who love them. Ana is a Type A personality who lives in a letter-perfect world with an adoring husband, the perfect job and her greatest passion: Book Club. But when her cherished group becomes the focus of a documentary film, their intimate discussions about life and literature take a turn for the hilarious in front of the inescapable camera lens. Add a provocative new member along with some surprising new book titles, and these six friends are bound for pandemonium.

Playing February 28 and 29 and March 6 and 7 at 7:30pm and March 1 and 8 at 3:00pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way SW.

Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets or at the box office at Youngstown an hour before show time. Prices are $22 for adults and $20 for students & seniors.
http://www.twelfthnightproductions.org/

Mar
7
Sat
Twelfth Night Productions presents ‘The Book Club Play’ @ Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Mar 7 @ 7:30 pm

Twelfth Night Productions is proud to present The Book Club Play by Karen Zacarías.

Loads of laughter and literature collide in this smart hit comedy about books and the people who love them. Ana is a Type A personality who lives in a letter-perfect world with an adoring husband, the perfect job and her greatest passion: Book Club. But when her cherished group becomes the focus of a documentary film, their intimate discussions about life and literature take a turn for the hilarious in front of the inescapable camera lens. Add a provocative new member along with some surprising new book titles, and these six friends are bound for pandemonium.

Playing February 28 and 29 and March 6 and 7 at 7:30pm and March 1 and 8 at 3:00pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way SW.

Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets or at the box office at Youngstown an hour before show time. Prices are $22 for adults and $20 for students & seniors.
http://www.twelfthnightproductions.org/

Mar
8
Sun
Twelfth Night Productions presents ‘The Book Club Play’ @ Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Mar 8 @ 3:00 pm

Twelfth Night Productions is proud to present The Book Club Play by Karen Zacarías.

Loads of laughter and literature collide in this smart hit comedy about books and the people who love them. Ana is a Type A personality who lives in a letter-perfect world with an adoring husband, the perfect job and her greatest passion: Book Club. But when her cherished group becomes the focus of a documentary film, their intimate discussions about life and literature take a turn for the hilarious in front of the inescapable camera lens. Add a provocative new member along with some surprising new book titles, and these six friends are bound for pandemonium.

Playing February 28 and 29 and March 6 and 7 at 7:30pm and March 1 and 8 at 3:00pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way SW.

Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets or at the box office at Youngstown an hour before show time. Prices are $22 for adults and $20 for students & seniors.
http://www.twelfthnightproductions.org/

CANCELED – Improvising with Life Lab @ Fauntleroy Schoolhouse
Mar 8 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

*CANCELED FOR 3/8*

Improvising With Life Lab
DATES: Sundays 02/09, 03/08, 04/05, 05/03
TIME: 6:30-8:30 pm
LOCATION: Fauntleroy Schoolhouse
REGISTER: https://playitoutimprov.com/
INVESTMENT: $80 for all four labs or $25 individually

Would you like to experiment with how improv can influence your daily life? Step into Play It Out Improv’s laboratory, a microcosm of life, where we experiment with practices that spark “a-ha”s and insights that we can take into our daily lives. There are many ways to get to know ourselves better. What makes improv unique is that we do it in relationship with each other in unknown situations. Sound familiar? Yep, that’s life. Improv can be a powerful, friendly way to practice skills in presence, connection, and play… skills that strengthen our relationships and ramp up our daily joy.

Our format is simple, playful and flexible. We propose questions that come up in our lives. Ones that we genuinely don’t know the answers to… call them wonder questions. Then use improv and other mind/body centering practices to help us have an experience of that question in the Lab.

Here are some questions we’ll play with:

1. I wonder how I can have fun with “doing it wrong”?

In our culture, the context is often right/wrong, good/bad, smart/dumb… etc. This context is supposed to be disrupted in improv, but that doesn’t mean we don’t continue to apply it to ourselves regardless. The Lab is a fun, safe place to notice our experience of “doing it wrong” and even have fun with it!

2. I wonder how I can notice patterns and consciously choose to participate with them or make a new choice?

One of the principles of improv is to notice the pattern, continue it for a while and then break it, releasing lots of energy. When we get stuck in a pattern in our lives, especially one we don’t actively choose, we can feel drained, lose touch with our creativity and feel frustrated. When we practice noticing patterns, we bring more awareness to our lives and when we make new choices, we can significantly increase our aliveness.

3. I wonder how my commitment affects what I create?

Commitment in improv is about being fully in or fully out, no waffling, no limbo. Scenes inevitably go better when improvisers are committed. Committing is the very first step to being present and creating what we want. Without it, who knows where we will go in improv or life?

Mar
11
Wed
CANCELED – Learn to Bellydance with Leslie Rosen @ Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Mar 11 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Learn to Bellydance with Leslie Rosen

Bellydancers are supple, feminine, earthly, mysterious, playful and strong. That dancer is you! Come learn among friends and awaken your inner fire. Build community and self-knowledge while honoring the inner divine feminine.

Six week sessions, Wednesday nights
Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Next session begins Feb 26, 2020
Drop-in students are welcome at 6 pm and 7 pm

6 pm – 6:50 pm – Toolbox
– Intro to history and music
– Building strong dance skills
– Alignment for dance posture
– Shimmies
– Isolations – straight lines, circles, figure 8 and undulations
– Beautiful arms and hands gestures
– Intro to veil dancing

This class focuses on solid foundation work. Perfect for new students! Also a great drill class for returning students. Experienced dancers can deepen their practice of bellydance by working thoughtfully into the isolations and rhythms as your body and mind open and are prepared to learn more subtle nuances in these powerful foundational moves.

7:00 pm – 7:50 pm – Bellydance Workout – Mixed level – EVERYONE IS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND ~ – Most students attend technique at 6 pm and workout at 7 pm – Only $25 for all six exercises classes when you register for a technique class in the same session.

– Exercise class will invigorate your body and deepen your capacity and understanding of isolations. Sweating and laughing will be on the agenda. This class is to shake everything loose, lengthen, strengthen and elongate your muscles. You will work hard and you will love it. Challenging yet accessible for all fitness levels and dancers. Promise.

8:00 – 8:5 0pm – Sacred Geometry – Invitation Only – Student troupe ~ Int/adv. technique

Spring Session: Feb 26 Mar 4, 11, 18, 25 Apr 1

Register: https://www.leslierosen.com/what-we-do

CANCELED – Poetry and Storytelling in West Seattle @ C & P Coffee Company
Mar 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Poetry and Storytelling in West Seattle @ C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor).

Free, all ages, monthly series with a featured reader followed by open mic for stories and tales (short and tall).
https://www.poetrybridgetimes.net/

CANCELED – ‘Saint Joan’ @ ArtsWest Theater
Mar 11 @ 7:30 pm

On Thursday 3/12, ArtsWest announced the run was canceled.

At ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery:

Saint Joan

Written by George Bernard Shaw (Nobel Prize-winning playwright)
Adapted by Corinne Magin
Directed by Mathew Wright

Tracing the life of Joan of Arc from the siege of Orleans, through her trial and recantation, and culminating with the tragedy that transformed into a legend, Saint Joan is an electrifying portrait of one of history’s most revered and revolutionary lightning rods. Fiery and timeless, Shaw’s masterpiece shines a fierce light on the limits of an individual in a society dominated by political and religious forces. Presented in a new adapatation, stripped-back staging directed by Mathew Wright, prepare to see Joan’s incendiary life shine brighter than ever.

March 11 preview; March 12 – April 5, 2020
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30 pm
Sundays at 3 pm

Get Tickets

Tickets may be purchased online at www.artswest.org, by phone at 206.938.0339, or at the Box Office Thurs.–Sat. 2–7:30 pm.

Mar
12
Thu
CANCELED – Words, Writers & Southwest Stories: Seattle Walk Report @ Southwest Branch Library
Mar 12 @ 6:00 pm

At the Southwest Branch library, Words, Writers, and Southwest Stories presents Susanna Ryan, author of the Seattle Walk Report. Her book features comic book- style illustrations that celebrate the distinctive and odd people, places, and things that define Seattle’s neighborhoods. The book goes deep into the urban jungle, exploring popular Seattle neighborhoods, pulling out history, notable landmarks, and curiosities that make each area so distinctive.

Susanna Ryan is a self-taught cartoonist and author of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association’s bestselling book, Seattle Walk Report: An Illustrated Walking Tour through 23 Seattle Neighborhoods. After discovering a love for exploring Seattle by foot, Susanna started the Instagram comic series Seattle Walk Report in 2017, which now has over 17,000 followers. With her keen eye for Seattle’s overlooked landmarks and everyday transitory material, she captures everything that makes the Emerald City magical. When she’s not taking long walks or making comics about them, you can find her working for the Seattle Public Library.

This free event by ‘Words, Writers & SouthWest Stories, a historically-based speaker series of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society is co-sponsored by the Seattle Public Library and will take place Thursday, March 12th at 6 pm at the Southwest Branch of the Seattle Public Library, 9010 35th Ave. SW in West Seattle.

‘Words, Writers & SouthWest Stories’ presentations are scheduled for the second Thursday of each month at 6 PM at the Southwest Branch of the Seattle Public Library.

For videos on these and other speakers’ presentations, check out “Events” at www.loghousemuseum.org. This series is open to hosting speakers addressing historical issues relating to the Puget Sound/Duwamish Peninsula. Additional information on future presentations can be obtained by contacting the Southwest Seattle Historical Society at museum@loghousemuseum.org or by phone at 206-350-0999

For more information, call 206-386-4636 or Ask Us. For ADA accommodations, please contact: leap@spl.org.

Space is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms.

CANCELED – ‘Saint Joan’ @ ArtsWest Theater
Mar 12 @ 7:30 pm

On Thursday 3/12, ArtsWest announced the run was canceled.

At ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery:

Saint Joan

Written by George Bernard Shaw (Nobel Prize-winning playwright)
Adapted by Corinne Magin
Directed by Mathew Wright

Tracing the life of Joan of Arc from the siege of Orleans, through her trial and recantation, and culminating with the tragedy that transformed into a legend, Saint Joan is an electrifying portrait of one of history’s most revered and revolutionary lightning rods. Fiery and timeless, Shaw’s masterpiece shines a fierce light on the limits of an individual in a society dominated by political and religious forces. Presented in a new adapatation, stripped-back staging directed by Mathew Wright, prepare to see Joan’s incendiary life shine brighter than ever.

March 11 preview; March 12 – April 5, 2020
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30 pm
Sundays at 3 pm

Get Tickets

Tickets may be purchased online at www.artswest.org, by phone at 206.938.0339, or at the Box Office Thurs.–Sat. 2–7:30 pm.

Mar
13
Fri
CANCELED – ‘Saint Joan’ @ ArtsWest Theater
Mar 13 @ 7:30 pm

On Thursday 3/12, ArtsWest announced the run was canceled.

At ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery:

Saint Joan

Written by George Bernard Shaw (Nobel Prize-winning playwright)
Adapted by Corinne Magin
Directed by Mathew Wright

Tracing the life of Joan of Arc from the siege of Orleans, through her trial and recantation, and culminating with the tragedy that transformed into a legend, Saint Joan is an electrifying portrait of one of history’s most revered and revolutionary lightning rods. Fiery and timeless, Shaw’s masterpiece shines a fierce light on the limits of an individual in a society dominated by political and religious forces. Presented in a new adapatation, stripped-back staging directed by Mathew Wright, prepare to see Joan’s incendiary life shine brighter than ever.

March 11 preview; March 12 – April 5, 2020
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30 pm
Sundays at 3 pm

Get Tickets

Tickets may be purchased online at www.artswest.org, by phone at 206.938.0339, or at the Box Office Thurs.–Sat. 2–7:30 pm.

Mar
14
Sat
Painted Collagraph Workshop @ The Orange Door Studio
Mar 14 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join us for a two-day workshop learning how to create hand-printed collagraphs, a process where we print from cut papers. We will create printed compositions that we will enhance with water-based paints and colored pencils. This colorful and texture-rich technique is fun and easy to do anywhere. No experience necessary! (Five students maximum.)

CANCELED – ‘Saint Joan’ @ ArtsWest Theater
Mar 14 @ 7:30 pm

On Thursday 3/12, ArtsWest announced the run was canceled.

At ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery:

Saint Joan

Written by George Bernard Shaw (Nobel Prize-winning playwright)
Adapted by Corinne Magin
Directed by Mathew Wright

Tracing the life of Joan of Arc from the siege of Orleans, through her trial and recantation, and culminating with the tragedy that transformed into a legend, Saint Joan is an electrifying portrait of one of history’s most revered and revolutionary lightning rods. Fiery and timeless, Shaw’s masterpiece shines a fierce light on the limits of an individual in a society dominated by political and religious forces. Presented in a new adapatation, stripped-back staging directed by Mathew Wright, prepare to see Joan’s incendiary life shine brighter than ever.

March 11 preview; March 12 – April 5, 2020
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30 pm
Sundays at 3 pm

Get Tickets

Tickets may be purchased online at www.artswest.org, by phone at 206.938.0339, or at the Box Office Thurs.–Sat. 2–7:30 pm.

Mar
15
Sun
Painted Collagraph Workshop @ The Orange Door Studio
Mar 15 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join us for a two-day workshop learning how to create hand-printed collagraphs, a process where we print from cut papers. We will create printed compositions that we will enhance with water-based paints and colored pencils. This colorful and texture-rich technique is fun and easy to do anywhere. No experience necessary! (Five students maximum.)

Mar
18
Wed
CANCELED – Learn to Bellydance with Leslie Rosen @ Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Mar 18 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Learn to Bellydance with Leslie Rosen

Bellydancers are supple, feminine, earthly, mysterious, playful and strong. That dancer is you! Come learn among friends and awaken your inner fire. Build community and self-knowledge while honoring the inner divine feminine.

Six week sessions, Wednesday nights
Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Next session begins Feb 26, 2020
Drop-in students are welcome at 6 pm and 7 pm

6 pm – 6:50 pm – Toolbox
– Intro to history and music
– Building strong dance skills
– Alignment for dance posture
– Shimmies
– Isolations – straight lines, circles, figure 8 and undulations
– Beautiful arms and hands gestures
– Intro to veil dancing

This class focuses on solid foundation work. Perfect for new students! Also a great drill class for returning students. Experienced dancers can deepen their practice of bellydance by working thoughtfully into the isolations and rhythms as your body and mind open and are prepared to learn more subtle nuances in these powerful foundational moves.

7:00 pm – 7:50 pm – Bellydance Workout – Mixed level – EVERYONE IS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND ~ – Most students attend technique at 6 pm and workout at 7 pm – Only $25 for all six exercises classes when you register for a technique class in the same session.

– Exercise class will invigorate your body and deepen your capacity and understanding of isolations. Sweating and laughing will be on the agenda. This class is to shake everything loose, lengthen, strengthen and elongate your muscles. You will work hard and you will love it. Challenging yet accessible for all fitness levels and dancers. Promise.

8:00 – 8:5 0pm – Sacred Geometry – Invitation Only – Student troupe ~ Int/adv. technique

Spring Session: Feb 26 Mar 4, 11, 18, 25 Apr 1

Register: https://www.leslierosen.com/what-we-do

Mar
19
Thu
CANCELED – ‘Saint Joan’ @ ArtsWest Theater
Mar 19 @ 7:30 pm

On Thursday 3/12, ArtsWest announced the run was canceled.

At ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery:

Saint Joan

Written by George Bernard Shaw (Nobel Prize-winning playwright)
Adapted by Corinne Magin
Directed by Mathew Wright

Tracing the life of Joan of Arc from the siege of Orleans, through her trial and recantation, and culminating with the tragedy that transformed into a legend, Saint Joan is an electrifying portrait of one of history’s most revered and revolutionary lightning rods. Fiery and timeless, Shaw’s masterpiece shines a fierce light on the limits of an individual in a society dominated by political and religious forces. Presented in a new adapatation, stripped-back staging directed by Mathew Wright, prepare to see Joan’s incendiary life shine brighter than ever.

March 11 preview; March 12 – April 5, 2020
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30 pm
Sundays at 3 pm

Get Tickets

Tickets may be purchased online at www.artswest.org, by phone at 206.938.0339, or at the Box Office Thurs.–Sat. 2–7:30 pm.

Mar
20
Fri
CANCELED – ‘Saint Joan’ @ ArtsWest Theater
Mar 20 @ 7:30 pm

On Thursday 3/12, ArtsWest announced the run was canceled.

At ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery:

Saint Joan

Written by George Bernard Shaw (Nobel Prize-winning playwright)
Adapted by Corinne Magin
Directed by Mathew Wright

Tracing the life of Joan of Arc from the siege of Orleans, through her trial and recantation, and culminating with the tragedy that transformed into a legend, Saint Joan is an electrifying portrait of one of history’s most revered and revolutionary lightning rods. Fiery and timeless, Shaw’s masterpiece shines a fierce light on the limits of an individual in a society dominated by political and religious forces. Presented in a new adapatation, stripped-back staging directed by Mathew Wright, prepare to see Joan’s incendiary life shine brighter than ever.

March 11 preview; March 12 – April 5, 2020
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30 pm
Sundays at 3 pm

Get Tickets

Tickets may be purchased online at www.artswest.org, by phone at 206.938.0339, or at the Box Office Thurs.–Sat. 2–7:30 pm.

Mar
21
Sat
CANCELED – ‘Saint Joan’ @ ArtsWest Theater
Mar 21 @ 7:30 pm

On Thursday 3/12, ArtsWest announced the run was canceled.

At ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery:

Saint Joan

Written by George Bernard Shaw (Nobel Prize-winning playwright)
Adapted by Corinne Magin
Directed by Mathew Wright

Tracing the life of Joan of Arc from the siege of Orleans, through her trial and recantation, and culminating with the tragedy that transformed into a legend, Saint Joan is an electrifying portrait of one of history’s most revered and revolutionary lightning rods. Fiery and timeless, Shaw’s masterpiece shines a fierce light on the limits of an individual in a society dominated by political and religious forces. Presented in a new adapatation, stripped-back staging directed by Mathew Wright, prepare to see Joan’s incendiary life shine brighter than ever.

March 11 preview; March 12 – April 5, 2020
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30 pm
Sundays at 3 pm

Get Tickets

Tickets may be purchased online at www.artswest.org, by phone at 206.938.0339, or at the Box Office Thurs.–Sat. 2–7:30 pm.

Mar
22
Sun
CANCELED – ‘Saint Joan’ – matinee @ ArtsWest Theater
Mar 22 @ 3:00 pm

At ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery:

Saint Joan

Written by George Bernard Shaw (Nobel Prize-winning playwright)
Adapted by Corinne Magin
Directed by Mathew Wright

Tracing the life of Joan of Arc from the siege of Orleans, through her trial and recantation, and culminating with the tragedy that transformed into a legend, Saint Joan is an electrifying portrait of one of history’s most revered and revolutionary lightning rods. Fiery and timeless, Shaw’s masterpiece shines a fierce light on the limits of an individual in a society dominated by political and religious forces. Presented in a new adapatation, stripped-back staging directed by Mathew Wright, prepare to see Joan’s incendiary life shine brighter than ever.

March 11 preview; March 12 – April 5, 2020
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30 pm
Sundays at 3 pm

Get Tickets

Tickets may be purchased online at www.artswest.org, by phone at 206.938.0339, or at the Box Office Thurs.–Sat. 2–7:30 pm.

Mar
25
Wed
CANCELED – Learn to Bellydance with Leslie Rosen @ Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Mar 25 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Learn to Bellydance with Leslie Rosen

Bellydancers are supple, feminine, earthly, mysterious, playful and strong. That dancer is you! Come learn among friends and awaken your inner fire. Build community and self-knowledge while honoring the inner divine feminine.

Six week sessions, Wednesday nights
Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Next session begins Feb 26, 2020
Drop-in students are welcome at 6 pm and 7 pm

6 pm – 6:50 pm – Toolbox
– Intro to history and music
– Building strong dance skills
– Alignment for dance posture
– Shimmies
– Isolations – straight lines, circles, figure 8 and undulations
– Beautiful arms and hands gestures
– Intro to veil dancing

This class focuses on solid foundation work. Perfect for new students! Also a great drill class for returning students. Experienced dancers can deepen their practice of bellydance by working thoughtfully into the isolations and rhythms as your body and mind open and are prepared to learn more subtle nuances in these powerful foundational moves.

7:00 pm – 7:50 pm – Bellydance Workout – Mixed level – EVERYONE IS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND ~ – Most students attend technique at 6 pm and workout at 7 pm – Only $25 for all six exercises classes when you register for a technique class in the same session.

– Exercise class will invigorate your body and deepen your capacity and understanding of isolations. Sweating and laughing will be on the agenda. This class is to shake everything loose, lengthen, strengthen and elongate your muscles. You will work hard and you will love it. Challenging yet accessible for all fitness levels and dancers. Promise.

8:00 – 8:5 0pm – Sacred Geometry – Invitation Only – Student troupe ~ Int/adv. technique

Spring Session: Feb 26 Mar 4, 11, 18, 25 Apr 1

Register: https://www.leslierosen.com/what-we-do

Mar
26
Thu
CANCELED – ‘Saint Joan’ @ ArtsWest Theater
Mar 26 @ 7:30 pm

On Thursday 3/12, ArtsWest announced the run was canceled.

At ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery:

Saint Joan

Written by George Bernard Shaw (Nobel Prize-winning playwright)
Adapted by Corinne Magin
Directed by Mathew Wright

Tracing the life of Joan of Arc from the siege of Orleans, through her trial and recantation, and culminating with the tragedy that transformed into a legend, Saint Joan is an electrifying portrait of one of history’s most revered and revolutionary lightning rods. Fiery and timeless, Shaw’s masterpiece shines a fierce light on the limits of an individual in a society dominated by political and religious forces. Presented in a new adapatation, stripped-back staging directed by Mathew Wright, prepare to see Joan’s incendiary life shine brighter than ever.

March 11 preview; March 12 – April 5, 2020
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30 pm
Sundays at 3 pm

Get Tickets

Tickets may be purchased online at www.artswest.org, by phone at 206.938.0339, or at the Box Office Thurs.–Sat. 2–7:30 pm.

Mar
27
Fri
CANCELED – ‘Saint Joan’ @ ArtsWest Theater
Mar 27 @ 7:30 pm

On Thursday 3/12, ArtsWest announced the run was canceled.

At ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery:

Saint Joan

Written by George Bernard Shaw (Nobel Prize-winning playwright)
Adapted by Corinne Magin
Directed by Mathew Wright

Tracing the life of Joan of Arc from the siege of Orleans, through her trial and recantation, and culminating with the tragedy that transformed into a legend, Saint Joan is an electrifying portrait of one of history’s most revered and revolutionary lightning rods. Fiery and timeless, Shaw’s masterpiece shines a fierce light on the limits of an individual in a society dominated by political and religious forces. Presented in a new adapatation, stripped-back staging directed by Mathew Wright, prepare to see Joan’s incendiary life shine brighter than ever.

March 11 preview; March 12 – April 5, 2020
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30 pm
Sundays at 3 pm

Get Tickets

Tickets may be purchased online at www.artswest.org, by phone at 206.938.0339, or at the Box Office Thurs.–Sat. 2–7:30 pm.

Mar
28
Sat
CANCELED – ‘Saint Joan’ @ ArtsWest Theater
Mar 28 @ 7:30 pm

On Thursday 3/12, ArtsWest announced the run was canceled.

At ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery:

Saint Joan

Written by George Bernard Shaw (Nobel Prize-winning playwright)
Adapted by Corinne Magin
Directed by Mathew Wright

Tracing the life of Joan of Arc from the siege of Orleans, through her trial and recantation, and culminating with the tragedy that transformed into a legend, Saint Joan is an electrifying portrait of one of history’s most revered and revolutionary lightning rods. Fiery and timeless, Shaw’s masterpiece shines a fierce light on the limits of an individual in a society dominated by political and religious forces. Presented in a new adapatation, stripped-back staging directed by Mathew Wright, prepare to see Joan’s incendiary life shine brighter than ever.

March 11 preview; March 12 – April 5, 2020
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30 pm
Sundays at 3 pm

Get Tickets

Tickets may be purchased online at www.artswest.org, by phone at 206.938.0339, or at the Box Office Thurs.–Sat. 2–7:30 pm.

Mar
29
Sun
CANCELED – ‘Saint Joan’ – matinee @ ArtsWest Theater
Mar 29 @ 3:00 pm

At ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery:

Saint Joan

Written by George Bernard Shaw (Nobel Prize-winning playwright)
Adapted by Corinne Magin
Directed by Mathew Wright

Tracing the life of Joan of Arc from the siege of Orleans, through her trial and recantation, and culminating with the tragedy that transformed into a legend, Saint Joan is an electrifying portrait of one of history’s most revered and revolutionary lightning rods. Fiery and timeless, Shaw’s masterpiece shines a fierce light on the limits of an individual in a society dominated by political and religious forces. Presented in a new adapatation, stripped-back staging directed by Mathew Wright, prepare to see Joan’s incendiary life shine brighter than ever.

March 11 preview; March 12 – April 5, 2020
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30 pm
Sundays at 3 pm

Get Tickets

Tickets may be purchased online at www.artswest.org, by phone at 206.938.0339, or at the Box Office Thurs.–Sat. 2–7:30 pm.

Mar
31
Tue
Author Nehaya Dashti @ C & P Coffee Company
Mar 31 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Author Nehaya Dashti reads from her book “When Anger doesn’t Heal, from Kuwait to the United States: Teacher’s Memoir: This is a story of emotional struggles stemming from the past. It is also a story of strength, determination, and perseverance, and yet defeat of a teacher who lacks the experience and cultural knowledge of her students.

At C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor).

Apr
1
Wed
CANCELED – Learn to Bellydance with Leslie Rosen @ Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Apr 1 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Learn to Bellydance with Leslie Rosen

Bellydancers are supple, feminine, earthly, mysterious, playful and strong. That dancer is you! Come learn among friends and awaken your inner fire. Build community and self-knowledge while honoring the inner divine feminine.

Six week sessions, Wednesday nights
Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
Next session begins Feb 26, 2020
Drop-in students are welcome at 6 pm and 7 pm

6 pm – 6:50 pm – Toolbox
– Intro to history and music
– Building strong dance skills
– Alignment for dance posture
– Shimmies
– Isolations – straight lines, circles, figure 8 and undulations
– Beautiful arms and hands gestures
– Intro to veil dancing

This class focuses on solid foundation work. Perfect for new students! Also a great drill class for returning students. Experienced dancers can deepen their practice of bellydance by working thoughtfully into the isolations and rhythms as your body and mind open and are prepared to learn more subtle nuances in these powerful foundational moves.

7:00 pm – 7:50 pm – Bellydance Workout – Mixed level – EVERYONE IS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND ~ – Most students attend technique at 6 pm and workout at 7 pm – Only $25 for all six exercises classes when you register for a technique class in the same session.

– Exercise class will invigorate your body and deepen your capacity and understanding of isolations. Sweating and laughing will be on the agenda. This class is to shake everything loose, lengthen, strengthen and elongate your muscles. You will work hard and you will love it. Challenging yet accessible for all fitness levels and dancers. Promise.

8:00 – 8:5 0pm – Sacred Geometry – Invitation Only – Student troupe ~ Int/adv. technique

Spring Session: Feb 26 Mar 4, 11, 18, 25 Apr 1

Register: https://www.leslierosen.com/what-we-do

Apr
2
Thu
CANCELED – ‘Saint Joan’ @ ArtsWest Theater
Apr 2 @ 7:30 pm

On Thursday 3/12, ArtsWest announced the run was canceled.

At ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery:

Saint Joan

Written by George Bernard Shaw (Nobel Prize-winning playwright)
Adapted by Corinne Magin
Directed by Mathew Wright

Tracing the life of Joan of Arc from the siege of Orleans, through her trial and recantation, and culminating with the tragedy that transformed into a legend, Saint Joan is an electrifying portrait of one of history’s most revered and revolutionary lightning rods. Fiery and timeless, Shaw’s masterpiece shines a fierce light on the limits of an individual in a society dominated by political and religious forces. Presented in a new adapatation, stripped-back staging directed by Mathew Wright, prepare to see Joan’s incendiary life shine brighter than ever.

March 11 preview; March 12 – April 5, 2020
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30 pm
Sundays at 3 pm

Get Tickets

Tickets may be purchased online at www.artswest.org, by phone at 206.938.0339, or at the Box Office Thurs.–Sat. 2–7:30 pm.

Apr
3
Fri
CANCELED – ‘Saint Joan’ @ ArtsWest Theater
Apr 3 @ 7:30 pm

On Thursday 3/12, ArtsWest announced the run was canceled.

At ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery:

Saint Joan

Written by George Bernard Shaw (Nobel Prize-winning playwright)
Adapted by Corinne Magin
Directed by Mathew Wright

Tracing the life of Joan of Arc from the siege of Orleans, through her trial and recantation, and culminating with the tragedy that transformed into a legend, Saint Joan is an electrifying portrait of one of history’s most revered and revolutionary lightning rods. Fiery and timeless, Shaw’s masterpiece shines a fierce light on the limits of an individual in a society dominated by political and religious forces. Presented in a new adapatation, stripped-back staging directed by Mathew Wright, prepare to see Joan’s incendiary life shine brighter than ever.

March 11 preview; March 12 – April 5, 2020
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30 pm
Sundays at 3 pm

Get Tickets

Tickets may be purchased online at www.artswest.org, by phone at 206.938.0339, or at the Box Office Thurs.–Sat. 2–7:30 pm.

Apr
5
Sun
CANCELED – ‘Saint Joan’ – matinee @ ArtsWest Theater
Apr 5 @ 3:00 pm

At ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery:

Saint Joan

Written by George Bernard Shaw (Nobel Prize-winning playwright)
Adapted by Corinne Magin
Directed by Mathew Wright

Tracing the life of Joan of Arc from the siege of Orleans, through her trial and recantation, and culminating with the tragedy that transformed into a legend, Saint Joan is an electrifying portrait of one of history’s most revered and revolutionary lightning rods. Fiery and timeless, Shaw’s masterpiece shines a fierce light on the limits of an individual in a society dominated by political and religious forces. Presented in a new adapatation, stripped-back staging directed by Mathew Wright, prepare to see Joan’s incendiary life shine brighter than ever.

March 11 preview; March 12 – April 5, 2020
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30 pm
Sundays at 3 pm

Get Tickets

Tickets may be purchased online at www.artswest.org, by phone at 206.938.0339, or at the Box Office Thurs.–Sat. 2–7:30 pm.

CANCELED – Improvising with Life Lab @ Fauntleroy Schoolhouse
Apr 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

*CANCELED FOR 3/8*

Improvising With Life Lab
DATES: Sundays 02/09, 03/08, 04/05, 05/03
TIME: 6:30-8:30 pm
LOCATION: Fauntleroy Schoolhouse
REGISTER: https://playitoutimprov.com/
INVESTMENT: $80 for all four labs or $25 individually

Would you like to experiment with how improv can influence your daily life? Step into Play It Out Improv’s laboratory, a microcosm of life, where we experiment with practices that spark “a-ha”s and insights that we can take into our daily lives. There are many ways to get to know ourselves better. What makes improv unique is that we do it in relationship with each other in unknown situations. Sound familiar? Yep, that’s life. Improv can be a powerful, friendly way to practice skills in presence, connection, and play… skills that strengthen our relationships and ramp up our daily joy.

Our format is simple, playful and flexible. We propose questions that come up in our lives. Ones that we genuinely don’t know the answers to… call them wonder questions. Then use improv and other mind/body centering practices to help us have an experience of that question in the Lab.

Here are some questions we’ll play with:

1. I wonder how I can have fun with “doing it wrong”?

In our culture, the context is often right/wrong, good/bad, smart/dumb… etc. This context is supposed to be disrupted in improv, but that doesn’t mean we don’t continue to apply it to ourselves regardless. The Lab is a fun, safe place to notice our experience of “doing it wrong” and even have fun with it!

2. I wonder how I can notice patterns and consciously choose to participate with them or make a new choice?

One of the principles of improv is to notice the pattern, continue it for a while and then break it, releasing lots of energy. When we get stuck in a pattern in our lives, especially one we don’t actively choose, we can feel drained, lose touch with our creativity and feel frustrated. When we practice noticing patterns, we bring more awareness to our lives and when we make new choices, we can significantly increase our aliveness.

3. I wonder how my commitment affects what I create?

Commitment in improv is about being fully in or fully out, no waffling, no limbo. Scenes inevitably go better when improvisers are committed. Committing is the very first step to being present and creating what we want. Without it, who knows where we will go in improv or life?

Apr
9
Thu
Words, Writers & Southwest Stories: Dan Raley (on video) @ (see listing)
Apr 9 @ 6:00 pm

‘Words, Writers & SouthWest Stories,’ a historically based speaker series of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, is excited to announce that it is re-releasing a recorded presentation of Dan Raley, award winning sports journalist, at 6:00 PM on Thursday, April 9th. Raley’s presentation, entitled “How Seattle Became a Big-League Sports Town,” was originally delivered as part of the Words, Writers & West Seattle series on March 4, 2016. A favorite from the series’ early scheduling, Raley’s re-released presentation was chosen as a substitute for a live speaker due to social distancing mandates. The presentation will be made available at www.loghousemuseum.org on April 9.

Raley is an award winning sports journalist, author, and former aerospace writer. He worked as a journalist at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer for 29 years. His previously published books include The Brandon Roy Story, published by Old Seattle Press, 2013; Pitchers of Beer: The Story of the Seattle Rainiers, published by the University of Nebraska Press, 2011; and Tideflats to Tomorrow: The History of Seattle’s Sodo, published by Fairgreens Publishing, 2010.

‘Words, Writers & SouthWest Stories’ presentations are scheduled regularly for the Second Thursday of each month at 6:00 PM at the Southwest Branch of the Seattle Public Library. The presentation for next month (scheduled for May 14th) will be announced at a later date, depending on our community’s ongoing efforts to curtail the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

For videos of other speakers’ presentations, please visit “Events” at www.loghousemuseum.org. This series is open to hosting any speaker addressing historical issues relating to the Puget Sound/Duwamish Peninsula and/or the general public. Additional information on future presentations can be obtained by contacting Dora-Faye Hendricks, Chair, ‘Words, Writers & SouthWest Stories’ by phone at 206-290-8315 or by e-mail at Dora-Faye@comcast.net.

May
1
Fri
Lights: A ‘Zine Launch @ Paper Boat Booksellers
May 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Pleasure Boat Studios, a West Seattle nonprofit literary press, invites you to celebrate the launch of a new ‘zine–Lights.

The event will feature a short story reading by local writer John Christopher Nelson as well as complimentary wine and nonalcoholic fizzies.

Pleasure Boat Studios is also the publisher of Sugar Mountain, a novel by Alfred Alcorn. Sugar Mountain is the story of a pandemic that started in China.

May
3
Sun
CANCELED – Improvising with Life Lab @ Fauntleroy Schoolhouse
May 3 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

*CANCELED FOR 3/8*

Improvising With Life Lab
DATES: Sundays 02/09, 03/08, 04/05, 05/03
TIME: 6:30-8:30 pm
LOCATION: Fauntleroy Schoolhouse
REGISTER: https://playitoutimprov.com/
INVESTMENT: $80 for all four labs or $25 individually

Would you like to experiment with how improv can influence your daily life? Step into Play It Out Improv’s laboratory, a microcosm of life, where we experiment with practices that spark “a-ha”s and insights that we can take into our daily lives. There are many ways to get to know ourselves better. What makes improv unique is that we do it in relationship with each other in unknown situations. Sound familiar? Yep, that’s life. Improv can be a powerful, friendly way to practice skills in presence, connection, and play… skills that strengthen our relationships and ramp up our daily joy.

Our format is simple, playful and flexible. We propose questions that come up in our lives. Ones that we genuinely don’t know the answers to… call them wonder questions. Then use improv and other mind/body centering practices to help us have an experience of that question in the Lab.

Here are some questions we’ll play with:

1. I wonder how I can have fun with “doing it wrong”?

In our culture, the context is often right/wrong, good/bad, smart/dumb… etc. This context is supposed to be disrupted in improv, but that doesn’t mean we don’t continue to apply it to ourselves regardless. The Lab is a fun, safe place to notice our experience of “doing it wrong” and even have fun with it!

2. I wonder how I can notice patterns and consciously choose to participate with them or make a new choice?

One of the principles of improv is to notice the pattern, continue it for a while and then break it, releasing lots of energy. When we get stuck in a pattern in our lives, especially one we don’t actively choose, we can feel drained, lose touch with our creativity and feel frustrated. When we practice noticing patterns, we bring more awareness to our lives and when we make new choices, we can significantly increase our aliveness.

3. I wonder how my commitment affects what I create?

Commitment in improv is about being fully in or fully out, no waffling, no limbo. Scenes inevitably go better when improvisers are committed. Committing is the very first step to being present and creating what we want. Without it, who knows where we will go in improv or life?

Jun
5
Fri
Seattle Modern Orchestra Presents “Ipsa Dixit” @ BASE: Experimental Arts + Space
Jun 5 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Seattle Modern Orchestra (SMO) presents Kate Soper’s Ipsa Dixit on two nights in June 2020 at BASE: Experimental Arts + Space near West Seattle.

A “twenty-first century masterpiece” (Alex Ross, The New Yorker), Kate Soper’s Ipsa Dixit is a semi-staged, evening-length chamber music theatre work for voice, flute, violin, and percussion exploring the intersections of language and music, emotion and meaning, expressivity and truth. SMO welcomes notable local director Bobbin Ramsey in her operatic directorial debut to help bring to life a staged performance of this moving work for Seattle audiences.

Tickets are $30 for general admission, $20 for seniors, and $10 for students.

Jun
6
Sat
Seattle Modern Orchestra Presents “Ipsa Dixit” @ BASE: Experimental Arts + Space
Jun 6 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Seattle Modern Orchestra (SMO) presents Kate Soper’s Ipsa Dixit on two nights in June 2020 at BASE: Experimental Arts + Space near West Seattle.

A “twenty-first century masterpiece” (Alex Ross, The New Yorker), Kate Soper’s Ipsa Dixit is a semi-staged, evening-length chamber music theatre work for voice, flute, violin, and percussion exploring the intersections of language and music, emotion and meaning, expressivity and truth. SMO welcomes notable local director Bobbin Ramsey in her operatic directorial debut to help bring to life a staged performance of this moving work for Seattle audiences.

Tickets are $30 for general admission, $20 for seniors, and $10 for students.

Aug
14
Fri
Akwaeke Emezi Discusses “The Death Of Vivek Oji” @ Online (see listing)
Aug 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:10 pm

Join us to hear award-winning writer Akwaeke Emezi discuss their new novel, a propulsive story of family and friendship that challenges expectations. Registration required.

Click here to register. You will receive a link to the event 1 hour before the event starts.

Akwaeke Emezi will talk with Esmé Weijun Wang. The event is presented in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company. This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, author series sponsors the Gary and Connie Kunis Foundation, and Seattle City of Literature. Thanks to media sponsor The Seattle Times.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

What does it mean for a family to lose a child they never really knew?

One afternoon, in a town in southeastern Nigeria, a mother opens her front door to discover her son’s body, wrapped in colorful fabric, at her feet. What follows is the tumultuous, heart-wrenching story of one family’s struggle to understand a child whose spirit is both gentle and mysterious. Raised by a distant father and an understanding but overprotective mother, Vivek suffers disorienting blackouts, moments of disconnection between self and surroundings. As adolescence gives way to adulthood, Vivek finds solace in friendships with the warm, boisterous daughters of the Nigerwives, foreign-born women married to Nigerian men. But Vivek’s closest bond is with Osita, the worldly, high-spirited cousin whose teasing confidence masks a guarded private life. As their relationship deepens—and Osita struggles to understand Vivek’s escalating crisis—the mystery gives way to a heart-stopping act of violence in a moment of exhilarating freedom.

Teeming with unforgettable characters, The Death of Vivek Oji is a dramatic story of loss and transcendence that will move every reader.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:

Akwaeke Emezi is the author of the novel Freshwater, which was named a New York Times Notable Book and shortlisted for the PEN/Hemingway Award, the NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award, the Lambda Literary Award, and the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, and longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award, the Women’s Prize for Fiction, the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, the Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize, the Wellcome Book Prize, the Aspen Words Literary Prize, and the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award. Freshwater was also awarded the Otherwise Award and named a Best Book of the Decade by BuzzFeed and a Best Book of the Year by The New Yorker, NPR, and the Chicago Public Library. Emezi’s second book, Pet, was a finalist for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Selected as a 5 Under 35 honoree by the National Book Foundation, Emezi has been profiled by Vogue (for which they were photographed by Annie Leibovitz) and by Vanity Fair as part of “The New Hollywood Guard.” Freshwater has been translated into ten languages and is currently in development as a TV series at FX, with Emezi writing and executive producing with Tamara P. Carter.

Esmé Weijun Wang is the New York Times bestselling author of The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays and the novel The Border of Paradise. She received the Whiting Award in 2018 and was named one of Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists of 2017; she has also received fellowships to Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony. She holds an MFA from the University of Michigan and lives in San Francisco.

Sep
10
Thu
Words, Writers and Southwest Stories: After the Blast – The Ecological Recovery of Mount St. Helens @ Online (see listing)
Sep 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Journalist and biologist Eric Wagner discusses 40 years of ecological recovery on Mount St. Helens.

Mount St. Helens has been surprising ecologists ever since and in After the Blast Eric Wagner takes readers on a fascinating journey through the blast area and beyond. From fireweed to elk, the plants and animals Franklin saw would not just change how ecologists approached the eruption and its landscape, but also prompt them to think in new ways about how life responds in the face of seemingly total devastation.

Online access to Words, Writers and Southwest Stories: After the Blast – The Ecological Recovery of Mount St. Helens:

https://www.loghousemuseum.org/blog/september-10-words-writers-and-southwest-stories-after-the-blast-the-ecological-recovery-of-mount-st-helens/

‘Words, Writers & Southwest Stories,’ a historically-based speaker series of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, is offered in partnership with The Southwest Seattle Historical Society and The Seattle Public Library.

Sep
19
Sat
Virtual Seattle Writes: An Ancient Music – Writing with South Asian Ghazals @ Online (see listing)
Sep 19 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Explore the ghazal form of poetry through select readings and writing prompts with Shankar Narayan. Registration required. Click here to register.

Ghazals in South Asia are one of the most popular forms of poetry anywhere. While there has been much analysis of the ghazal’s evolution in English, how the ghazal works as popular art is less accessible to western writers. This class aims to give participants a flavor of that space. In this multi-genre, part-generative, part-analytical class, we’ll listen to versions of ghazals in Urdu, read translations, consider what makes a good ghazal work, and use all that to create our own burning, yearning works. No prior knowledge required — but come ready to engage and to write!

Shankar Narayan explores identity, power, mythology, and technology in a world where the body is flung across borders yet possesses unrivaled power to transcend them. Shankar is a four-time Pushcart Prize nominee and has received awards and fellowships from Kundiman, Hugo House, Jack Straw, Flyway, River Heron, and others. He is a 4Culture grant recipient for Claiming Space, a project to lift the voices of writers of color, and his chapbook, Postcards From the New World, won the Paper Nautilus Debut Series chapbook prize. Shankar draws strength from his global upbringing and from his work at the intersection of technology and civil rights. In Seattle, he awakens to the wonders of Cascadia every day, but his heart yearns east to his other hometown, Delhi. Connect with him at shankarnarayan.net.

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Oct
17
Sat
Virtual Seattle Reads Presents Tommy Orange @ Online (see listing)
Oct 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Tommy Orange joins us digitally to discuss Seattle Reads selection There There. He’ll speak with Dr. Christina Roberts, the Director of the Indigenous Peoples Institute at Seattle University.

A limited number of “seats” are available through the digital platform. Registration was required – Event is now full. This event will also be streamed live to The Seattle Public Library’s Facebook page.

Seattle Reads There There is made possible by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, The Wallace Foundation and the Gary and Connie Kunis Foundation, with additional support from sponsors Seattle City of Literature, The Seattle Times, and Vintage Books.

About the Book:

There There is a powerful novel that follows twelve characters from Native communities and explores their connections to one another as each travels to the Big Oakland Powwow.

There is Jacquie Red Feather, newly sober and working to make it back to the family she left behind. Dene Oxendene, who is pulling his life back together after his uncle’s death, has come to work at the powwow to honor his memory. Fourteen-year-old Orvil has come to perform traditional dance for the very first time. Together, this chorus of voices tells of the plight of the urban Native American—grappling with a complex and painful history, with an inheritance of beauty and spirituality, with communion and sacrifice and heroism. Hailed as an instant classic, “There There” is at once poignant and laugh-out-loud funny, utterly contemporary and always unforgettable.

About Tommy Orange:

Tommy Orange is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel There There, a multi-generational, relentlessly paced story about a side of America few of us have ever seen: the lives of urban Native Americans. There There was one of The New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Books of the Year, and won the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize and the Pen/Hemingway Award. There There was also longlisted for the National Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Orange graduated from the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts, and was a 2014 MacDowell Fellow and a 2016 Writing by Writers Fellow. He is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Oakland, California.

About Seattle Reads:

Seattle Reads is a city-wide book group, where people are encouraged to read and discuss the same book. It’s designed to deepen engagement in literature through reading and discussion. Everyone is invited to participate by reading the featured book, joining in a book discussion or attending programs with the featured writer.

View in Catalog: There There by Tommy Orange

Nov
15
Sun
Jack Straw Writers’ Showcase @ Online (see listing)
Nov 15 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Join us to hear new work from members of the Jack Straw Writing Program, curated by Anastacia-Reneé. Registration is required.

Click here to register. The link to access the event will be sent to you by email once you register.

Presenters may include: Anastacia-Reneé, Rob Arnold, Ebo Barton, Jeffrey Lee Cheatham II, Ching-In Chen, Elaina Ellis, Michelle Goodman, Maisha Banks Manson, Wryly T. McCutchen, Troy Osaki, Helen K. Thomas, Jose Trejo-Maya, Arianne True.

The event is presented in partnership with Jack Straw Cultural Center. This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, author series sponsors the Gary and Connie Kunis Foundation, and Seattle City of Literature. Thanks to media sponsor The Seattle Times.

ABOUT THE EVENT:

The Jack Straw Writers Program, now in its twenty-fourth year, has included more than 250 Pacific Northwest writers who represent a diverse range of literary genres. The purpose of the Jack Straw Writers Program is to introduce local writers to the medium of recorded audio; to develop their presentation skills for both live and recorded readings; to encourage the creation of new literary work; to present the writers and their work in live readings, in an anthology, on the web, and on the radio; and to build community among writers. Each year an invited curator selects the participating writers from a large pool of applicants, based on artistic excellence, diversity of literary genres and experiences, and creating a cohesive group of writers. Writers receive training in vocal presentation, performance, and microphone technique to prepare them for studio recording and live readings. Their recorded readings and interviews with the curator are then used to produce features on our web site, for radio broadcast, and for podcasts, which are available for streaming or download on the Jack Straw website.

ABOUT THE CURATOR:

2020 Writers Program Curator Anastacia-Renée is a multi-genre writer, educator, and interdisciplinary artist. She is the recipient of the 2018, James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award for Washington artists (Artist Trust), and has served as the Seattle Civic Poet from 2017-2019, and the 2015-2017 Poet-in-Residence at Hugo House. Anastacia-Renee is a TED Speaker, The Deep End podcast Co-host, two-time Pushcart nominee and writer and director of 9 Ounces, A One Woman Show and Queer, Mama, Crossroads. She is the author of Forget It (Black Radish Books), (v.), (Black Ocean) 26, (Dancing Girl Press), and Answer(Me) (Winged City Chapbooks, Argus Press) and has received writing fellowships and residencies from Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, VONA, Artist Trust, Jack Straw, Ragdale, Whiteley, Mineral School and Hypatia in the Woods. She teaches multi-genre workshops at Hugo House, libraries, universities, and conferences.

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Nov
17
Tue
Online: The Seattle Public Library Foundation Presents Ron Chew: My Unforgotten Seattle @ Online (see listing)
Nov 17 @ 6:00 pm – 7:10 pm

Join us to celebrate the release of local luminary Ron Chew’s new memoir. Registration is required.

Click here to register.

This event is presented by The Seattle Public Library Foundation.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Third-generation Seattleite, historian, journalist, and museum visionary Ron Chew spent more than five decades fighting for Asian American and social justice causes in Seattle. In this deeply personal memoir, he documents the tight-knit community he remembers, describing small family shops, chop suey restaurants, and sewing factories now vanished. He untangles the mystery of his extended family’s journey to America during the era of the Chinese Exclusion Act. Intimate profiles of his parents—a waiter and garment worker—and leaders like Bob Santos, Ruth Woo, Al Sugiyama, Roberto Maestas, and Kip Tokuda are set against the familiar backdrop of local landmarks such as Sick’s Stadium, Kokusai Theatre, Shorey’s Bookstore, Higo Variety Store, Hong Kong Restaurant, and Chubby & Tubby. He highlights Seattle’s unsung champions in the fight for racial inclusion, political empowerment, American ethnic studies, Asian American arts, Japanese American redress, and revitalization of the Chinatown-International District. Chew himself led a successful campaign to transform a historic hotel into the Wing Luke Museum’s permanent home.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

Ron Chew served as editor of the International Examiner and as executive director of the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience. His books include Reflections of Seattle’s Chinese Americans: The First 100 Years and Remembering Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes: The Legacy of Filipino American Labor Activism.

View in Catalog: My Unforgotten Seattle by Ron Chew

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Nov
18
Wed
“Unmuted Stories.” @ Online (see listing)
Nov 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us on Wednesday Nov. 18th for a free reading of selections from the engaging new anthology Unmuted: Stories of Courage and Resilience from the GenPRIDE Community. Pre-Registration is required. Click here to register for free.

A reading & live Q&A with local authors of Unmuted: Stories of Courage and Resilience from the GenPRIDE Community, an engaging new anthology of memoirs by fourteen LGBTQI elders and allies.

The authors will read story excerpts, as well discuss the healing and sense of community that came from writing and sharing important life stories in what began as a simple writing workshop at GenPRIDE. During this event, you’ll have a unique opportunity to ask live questions of the authors about their stories and writing process.

In this gripping anthology, fourteen LGBTQIA midlife and older adults share the struggles and triumphs that shaped their lives. Some stories delve into issues that have marked their generation: AIDS, gender identity, sexuality, persecution, and claiming one’s self. Others grapple with health, family, loss, addiction, and love. Unmuted is about heartbreak and courage, strength, and resilience. It is a riveting testimony to the power of personal storytelling.

Join us for a live and lively discussion of LGBTQIA lives and storytelling!

This free reading and Q&A is presented in partnership with GenPRIDE Seattle, Western Washington’s resource for LGBTQIA+ aging. Click here to learn more.

View in Catalog Unmuted: Stories Of Courage And Resilience From The GenPRIDE Community by GenPRIDE

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Daudi Abe and Jazmyn Scott discuss “Emerald Street.” @ Online (see listing)
Nov 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:10 pm

Join us to hear Dr. Daudi Abe and Jazmyn Scott discuss the history of hip-hop in Seattle. Registration is required.

Click here to register. The link to access the event will be sent to you by email once you register.

The event is presented in partnership with LANGSTON, Wa Na Wari, and Elliott Bay Book Company. This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, author series sponsors the Gary and Connie Kunis Foundation, and Seattle City of Literature. Thanks to media sponsor The Seattle Times.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

From the first rap battles in Seattle’s Central District to the Grammy stage, hip hop has shaped urban life and the music scene of the Pacific Northwest for more than four decades. In the early 1980s, Seattle’s hip-hop artists developed a community-based culture of stylistic experimentation and multiethnic collaboration. Emerging at a distance from the hip-hop centers of New York City and Los Angeles, Seattle’s most famous hip-hop figures, Sir Mix-A-Lot and Macklemore, found mainstream success twenty years apart by going directly against the grain of their respective eras. In addition, Seattle has produced a two-time world-champion breaking crew, globally renowned urban clothing designers, an international hip-hop magazine, and influential record producers.

In Emerald Street, Daudi Abe chronicles the development of Seattle hip hop from its earliest days, drawing on interviews with artists and journalists to trace how the elements of hip hop–rapping, DJing, breaking, and graffiti–flourished in the Seattle scene. He shows how Seattle hip-hop culture goes beyond art and music, influencing politics, the relationships between communities of color and law enforcement, the changing media scene, and youth outreach and educational programs. The result is a rich narrative of a dynamic and influential force in Seattle music history and beyond.

Emerald Street was made possible in part by a grant from 4Culture’s Heritage Program.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:

Dr. Daudi Abe is professor of humanities at Seattle Central College and author of 6 ‘N the Morning: West Coast Hip-Hop Music 1987-1992 and The Transformation of Mainstream Culture.

Jazmyn Scott is the current and first Program Manager of L ANGSTON; Seattle’s hub for Black arts and culture. In 2009 Jazmyn founded The Town Entertainment, a company that presented, produced & promoted live music and unique events in Seattle, as well as the marketing & development of up and coming artists; primarily in the R&B/Soul and Hip-Hop genres.

In 2012, Jazmyn co-founded 50 Next: Seattle Hip-Hop Worldwide, a digital “time capsule” highlighting Seattle and Northwest Hip-Hop, and later partnered with the Black Heritage

Society of WA to plan the Black History Month Celebration at the Museum of History & Industry in 2014. The success of that event led to the opportunity to curate a community exhibit on Seattle Hip-Hop. The Legacy of Seattle Hip-Hop exhibit had a highly successful 8-month run at MOHAI and won the 2016 American Association for State & Local History (AASLH) Leadership in History award. Recently, Jazmyn curated and co-produced 2(06) The Break, a seven episode series that took a uniquely local spin on the recently popularized DJ live streaming sessions.

View in Catalog Emerald Street: A History of Hip-Hop in Seattle by Dr. Daudi Abe

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Nov
22
Sun
Setsuko’s Secret: Exploring The Multigenerational Effects Of The Japanese American Incarceration @ Online (see listing)
Nov 22 @ 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm

Don’t miss an engaging book panel discussion on Setsuko’s Secret: Heart Mountain and the Legacy of the Japanese American Incarceration. Registration is required. Click here to register.

Author Shirley Ann Higuchi, J.D., chair of the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation, uncovers her family’s past and embarks on a transformational journey as she learns about the Japanese American incarceration during World War II and what happened to her family and those of other former incarcerees. She will be joined by Darrell Kunitomi and Aura Newlin, who are also descendants of former incarcerees featured in the book. They will discuss the book, the multigenerational effects of trauma and the incarceration’s relevance to contemporary issues of racism and identity in America. Tom Ikeda, Founding Executive Director of Densho based in Seattle, Washington will moderate the discussion.

This event is presented in partnership with Densho and the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation. Seattle Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League and Puyallup Valley Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League are sponsors of the program. This event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, author series sponsors the Gary and Connie Kunis Foundation, and Seattle City of Literature. Thanks to media sponsor The Seattle Times. Elliott Bay Book Company is selling copies with an author signed book plate.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

As children, Shirley Ann Higuchi and her brothers knew Heart Mountain only as the place their parents met, imagining it as a great Stardust Ballroom in rural Wyoming. As they grew older, they would come to recognize the name as a source of great sadness and shame for their older family members, part of the generation of Japanese Americans forced into the hastily built concentration camp in the aftermath of Executive Order 9066.

Only after a serious cancer diagnosis did Shirley’s mother, Setsuko, share her vision for a museum at the site of the former camp, where she had been donating funds and volunteering in secret for many years. After Setsuko’s death, Shirley skeptically accepted an invitation to visit the site, a journey that would forever change her life and introduce her to a part of her mother she never knew.

Navigating the complicated terrain of the Japanese American experience, Shirley patched together Setsuko’s story and came to understand the forces and generational trauma that shaped her own life. Moving seamlessly between family and communal history, Setsuko’s Secret offers a clear window into the “camp life” that was rarely revealed to the children of the incarcerated. This volume powerfully insists that we reckon with the pain in our collective American past.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:

Author, Shirley Ann Higuchi, JD, Chair of the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation (HMWF), is the daughter of former incarcerees Dr. William I. Higuchi and the late Setsuko Saito Higuchi. Her U.S.-born parents were children when they were incarcerated at Heart Mountain during World War II. Shirley’s pursuit of law stemmed from her feelings of discomfort toward how the U.S. judicial system treated her parents. It was not until her mother was on her deathbed in 2005 that Shirley learned of her mother’s dream of “having something built” at Heart Mountain. She was elected Chair of the Board in 2009 and her proudest moment was unveiling the Foundation’s world-class Interpretive Center in August 2011 with journalist Tom Brokaw, the late Senator Daniel K. Inouye, Secretary Norman Mineta and Senator Alan K. Simpson.

In addition to her work with Heart Mountain, Shirley currently leads the legal advocacy office of the American Psychological Association. Active in the District of Columbia Bar, Shirley served two elected terms on the Board of Governors from 1994 to 2000, served as Chair of the Bar’s Nominations Committee in 2001, and was elected President of the Bar for 2003. In 2008, Shirley was appointed to the Judicial Tenure and Disabilities Commission for a six-year term where she was responsible for reviewing misconduct, evaluating reappointments, and conducting fitness reviews of the District’s judges. In 2014, Shirley was appointed to the Federal Law Enforcement Nominating Commission by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC). Follow her on Twitter @HiguchiJD.

Aura (Sunada-Matsumura) Newlin is an assistant professor of Anthropology and Sociology at Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming. A fourth-generation Wyomingite and fourth-generation Japanese American, her heritage involves intertwined stories of imprisonment at Heart Mountain, Tule Lake, and Manzanar; racially segregated military service; and hardships suffered by Wyoming railroaders who were fired because of their Japanese ancestry. Prof. Newlin is secretary of the Board of Directors for the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation, a board member for the National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts, and a national steering committee member for Tsuru for Solidarity. She actively educates about the contemporary relevance of Japanese American incarceration, and has delivered presentations to legal and lay audiences around the country. She earned a BA in ethnomusicology from the University of Wyoming and an MA in medical anthropology from Case Western Reserve University, where she specialized in global health and infectious disease control. Now focusing on the anthropology of law, she is a PhD candidate at Case Western Reserve University. As a teacher, she is dedicated to instilling in her students a heightened capacity for compassion and empathy toward those who are different from them.

Darrell Kunitomi has worked for the Los Angeles Times for 40 years in the communications department, giving speaking engagements on behalf of the newspaper and giving tours around the newspaper’s offices to individuals and groups. Over that time, he has become the company’s historian. He has also written articles on the outdoors for the Times. Darrell is a member of the Grateful Crane Theater Ensemble, an organization that creates performances around Japanese and Japanese American stories. He is a member of two of the most notable families of the incarceration. His father Jack was the sports editor of the Heart Mountain Sentinel and a member of the Military Intelligence Service. His aunt Sue Kunitomi Embrey was a leader of the Manzanar pilgrimages and the Manzanar Committee. His uncle Ted Fujioka was the first student body president of Heart Mountain High School; Ted died in France while serving as a member of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. Darrell’s older brother Dale was born in the Heart Mountain hospital.

Tom Ikeda, the founding Executive Director of Densho, is a sansei (third generation Japanese American) who was born and raised in Seattle. Tom’s parents and grandparents were incarcerated during World War II at Minidoka, Idaho. Prior to working at Densho, Tom was a General Manager at Microsoft Corporation in the Multimedia Publishing Group, and previously worked as a research engineer and as a financial analyst. He has received numerous awards for his historical contributions, including the Humanities Washington Award for outstanding achievement in the public humanities, the National JACL Japanese American of the Biennium award for Education, and the Microsoft Alumni Fellows Award.

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Dec
5
Sat
Washington’s Undiscovered Feminists With Mayumi Tsutakawa @ Online (see listing)
Dec 5 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, join us in remembering some of the remarkable, but often unsung, women of the Pacific Northwest. Registration is required. Please click here to register.

Writer Mayumi Tsutakawa presents five “woman warriors” in the arts and journalism from the past century whose stories inspire. Meet the pioneering photographer Imogen Cunningham, Black American jazz musician Ruby Bishop, Chinese American artist Priscilla Chong Jue, Leftist journalist Anna Louise Strong, and Native American linguist Vi Hilbert. Drawing on her own experience as an activist and writer, she explores how these women inspired others and changed our state and our society.

About the speaker:

Mayumi Tsutakawa is an independent writer and curator who has focused on Asian/Pacific American history and arts. Tsutakawa received her MA in Communications and her BA in East Asian Studies at the University of Washington. She co-edited The Forbidden Stitch: Asian American Women’s Literary Anthology which received the Before Columbus Foundation’s American Book Award. Tsutakawa lives in Seattle.

This event is sponsored by Humanities Washington.

We can provide accommodations for people with disabilities at Library events. Please contact leap@spl.org at least seven days before the event to request accommodations.

For registration information and other questions, Ask Us or 206-386-4636.

Dec
11
Fri
J Mase Author Reading: Black Trans Prayer Book @ Online (see listing)
Dec 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Don’t miss an incredible evening with J Mase III and co-editors of the Black Trans Prayer Book. Join the contributors of the Black Trans Prayer Book for an evening of spirited connections.

We will add the streaming link here and on our Facebook event page one week before the event

The Black Trans Prayer Book: is a beyond-faith-and-interfaith, multi-dimensional, artistic and theological work that collects the stories, poems, prayers, meditation, spells, and incantations of Black Trans & Non-Binary people. Often pushed out of Faith spaces and yet still deeply connected to a historical legacy of spiritual essentiality, Black Trans People face unprecedented amounts of spiritual, physical, and psychological violence. The Black Trans Prayer Book is a tool of healing, and affirmation centered on uplifting Black Trans & Non-Binary people and celebrating our place within faith.

What does it mean to have a faith practice that simultaneously challenges white supremacy and transphobia? Where is there a theological framework that centers the most marginalized and creates pathways towards an active spirituality moving alongside social justice? How might a spiritual practice not in tune with these questions cause harm? The #BlackTransPrayerBook, is holding these very questions.

Grab the book on the website!

We can provide accommodations for people with disabilities at Library events. Please contact leap@spl.org at least seven days before the event to request accommodations.

Seattle Lutheran High School presents ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ @ Online
Dec 11 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Seattle Lutheran High School Presents:

This fall, Seattle Lutheran Drama is proud to present a rare holiday-themed performance! It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play by Joe Landry is an adaptation of the classic film interpreted as a 1940’s-style radio drama. Clarence, an Angel 2nd Class, is given the daunting task of teaching George Bailey about all the good he has put into the world in order to prevent George from taking his own life. George sees his hometown and the changes that would have occurred if he had never been born. Our talented actors will each perform from their homes, assisted by live practical sound effects. Filled with all your favorite characters and lines, this heart-felt Christmas classic is sure to please!

Streaming ONE NIGHT ONLY! Friday, December 11th

Tickets: $15 per device: Purchase tickets at: https://www.broadwayondemand.com/not-live/axqvbhE87LWS-its-a-wonderful-life-a-live-radio-play–seattle-lutheran-high-school–december-11?channel=live-productions

Produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc

Jan
14
Thu
Words, Writers and Southwest Stories: Herbert Munter: Aviator of the Pacific Northwest @ Online (see listing)
Jan 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

‘Words, Writers & SouthWest Stories,’ a historically-based speaker series of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, is delighted to host local historian Fred Poyner IV for a live Zoom presentation on Thursday, January 14 at 6:00 PM. Poyner will deliver a presentation entitled, “Herbert Munter – Aviator of the Pacific Northwest.” Registration is required. Please register HERE.

One of Seattle’s earliest aviators, Munter began his aviation exploits with the construction of his first home-built “flying machine,” which he successfully flew from the tidal flats of the Duwamish Peninsula in 1912. Over the next two decades, Munter went on to become a hero of the skies, setting several altitude records and serving as the first test pilot for the new Boeing Company in 1916. We hope you will join us to learn more about the life of this local aviator.

Poyner will also offer a short preview of his new forthcoming book Portland Public Sculptors: Monuments, Memorials and Statuary, 1900-2003, which is part of the “America Through Time” series.

Fred Poyner IV is a historian and author with over 27 years of experience in researching and writing about the art and history of the Pacific Northwest. His first book, The First Sculptor of Seattle: The Life and Art of James A. Wehn, was funded through the 4Culture’s Heritage Projects grant award in 2014, and has received both the Association of King County Historical Organization’s (AKCHO) Virginia Marie Folkins Award for Outstanding Historical Publication and the Washington Museum Association’s Award of Excellence in 2015. Poyner is a regular contributor to the Filson Company, as well as historical articles and essays for other organizations and publications, including: HistoryLink.org, the Washington State Historical Society, National Nordic Museum, Museum of the Mountain Man, and Society of American Archivists. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Western Washington University, and a Master of Arts degree in Museology and Art from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Poyner currently lives in Issaquah, Washington, with his family.

This series is open to hosting any author or speaker addressing historical issues relating to the Puget Sound/Duwamish Peninsula and/or the general public. Additional information on future presentations can be obtained by contacting Dora-Faye Hendricks, Chair, ‘Words, Writers & SouthWest Stories’ by phone at 206-290-8315 or by e-mail at Dora-Faye@comcast.net.

‘Words, Writers & Southwest Stories,’ a historically-based speaker series of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, is offered in partnership with The Southwest Seattle Historical Society and The Seattle Public Library.

Jan
28
Thu
WA State Book Awards: Eric Liu And “Become America: Civic Sermons On Love, Responsibility, And Democracy” @ Online (see listing)
Jan 28 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

The Washington Center for the Book and the Washington Library Association present an evening with Eric Liu. Registration required. Click here to register.

Winner of the 2020 Washington State Book Award for Creative Nonfiction, Become America offers stirring explorations of current and timeless topics about democracy, liberty, equal justice, and powerful citizenship.

What does it mean to be an engaged American in today’s divided political landscape, and how do we restore hope in our country? Become America: Civic Sermons on Love, Responsibility, and Democracy (Sasquatch Publishing) is a collection of “civic sermons” delivered at gatherings around the nation, popular advocate for active citizenship Eric Liu takes on these thorny questions and provides inspiration and solace in a time of anger, fear, and dismay over the state of the Union.

Liu will do a brief reading followed by a discussion on civic involvement and a Q&A.

Eric Liu is a fellow at the New America Foundation. He writes the “Teachings” column for Slate and is the author of The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker, a New York Times Notable Book featured in the PBS documentary Matters of Race. Liu served as a speechwriter for President Clinton and later as White House deputy domestic policy adviser. He teaches at the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Affairs.

This event is presented by the Washington Center for the Book (a partnership of The Seattle Public Library and the Washington State Library) and the Washington Library Association. The event is free and will be presented on Zoom. Registration is required to receive the event link. The event will be recorded and can be accessed on SPL’s YouTube channel.
View in Catalog Become America by Eric Liu

We can provide accommodations for people with disabilities at Library events. Please contact leap@spl.org at least seven days before the event to request accommodations. Captions are available for all recorded Library programs.

Feb
11
Thu
Words, Writers and Southwest Stories: Brad Holden: Seattle Prohibition: Bootleggers, Rumrunners and Graft in the Queen City @ Online (see listing)
Feb 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

‘Words, Writers & SouthWest Stories,’ a historically-based speaker series of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, is delighted to host local historian Brad Holden for a live Zoom presentation on Thursday, February 11 at 6:00 PM. Holden will deliver a presentation about his book, “Seattle Prohibition: Bootleggers, Rumrunners and Graft in the Queen City.” Registration is required. Please register HERE.

Prohibition consumed Seattle, igniting a war that lasted nearly twenty years and played out in the streets, waterways and even town hall. Roy Olmstead, formerly a Seattle police officer, became the King of the Seattle Bootleggers, and Johnny Schnarr, running liquor down from Canada, revolutionized the speedboat industry. Frank Gatt, a south Seattle restaurateur, started the state’s biggest moonshining operation. Skirting around the law, the Coast Guard and the zealous assistant director of the Seattle Prohibition Bureau, William Whitney, was no simple feat, but many rose to the challenge. Join us to hear Brad Holden tell the spectacular story of Seattle in the time of Prohibition.

Brad Holden is a local author, historian and “finder of old things.” When not out searching for local historical artifacts, he enjoys writing about Seattle’s past. His work has appeared in Pacific Northwest Magazine, and he is a contributing writer for HistoryLink.org. Brad is also the author of “Seattle Prohibition: Bootleggers, Rumrunners & Graft in the Queen City,” and his next book—a biography about mysterious Seattle inventor and psychedelic pioneer, Al Hubbard—is due to be published later this year.

This series is open to hosting any author or speaker addressing historical issues relating to the Puget Sound/Duwamish Peninsula and/or the general public. Additional information on future presentations can be obtained by contacting Dora-Faye Hendricks, Chair, ‘Words, Writers & SouthWest Stories’ by phone at 206-290-8315 or by e-mail at Dora-Faye@comcast.net.

‘Words, Writers & Southwest Stories,’ a historically-based speaker series of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, is offered in partnership with The Southwest Seattle Historical Society and The Seattle Public Library.

Feb
16
Tue
Virtual Write with Hugo House: Seattle Writes @ Online (see listing)
Feb 16 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Attend free drop-in writing circles facilitated by established local writers from Hugo House! Bring something you’re working on, or just come ready to write. Registration required.

To receive the link for this event, please click here and select the red date you want to attend. Phone registration also available at 206-322-7030.

Our mission during this time of distraction, artistic fatigue, and social isolation is to create a regular time and space for writers to write and to meet each other. In this group, writers introduce themselves and are provided optional fiction, poetry and nonfiction prompts to work on for 60-70 minutes of sustained silent writing time, though they are more than welcome to work on their own projects instead. Small group breakout sessions at the end of our time together encourage participants to share and respond to work generated during the session, or just get to know the other writers in the group.

Alma García’s short fiction has appeared in Narrative Magazine, Kweli Journal and Bluestem, among others. She holds an MFA from the University of Arizona and has received numerous writing awards. Her novel is currently under consideration at several publishing houses.

Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Have a laptop or pen and paper — and be ready to write!

We can provide accommodations for people with disabilities at Library events. Please contact leap@spl.org at least seven days before the event to request accommodations. Captions are available for all recorded Library programs.

Feb
18
Thu
Watch NASA Mars 2020 Perseverance entry, descent, and landing with Alice @ online
Feb 18 @ 12:15 pm

From Alice Enevoldsen:

I will be hosting live interactive Zoom commentary during the NASA Mars 2020 Perseverance entry, descent, and landing onto Mars.

February 18, 2021 midday Pacific Time! (12:20-1:15 pm)
Sign up ahead of time to get the link:
http://alicesastroinfo.com/2021/02/livestream-commentary-mars-perseverance-entry-descent-and-landing/

Feb
24
Wed
Learn to Belly Dance with Leslie Rosen, new series @ Online
Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Learn to Belly Dance with Leslie Rosen
Let’s Dance!

7:00 pm – 7:50 pm – Bellydance Workout Somatic Sea – Mixed level – EVERYONE IS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND ~

– Exercise class will invigorate your body, calm your mind and deepen your capacity for working with isolations and complex patterns. Challenging yet accessible for all fitness levels and dancers. Promise.

Using our Bellydance tools of vibration, waves and locks we set sail on a powerful journey on the somatic sea. Deep listening and unwinding of the body to help combat the external stress and anxiety that we are all facing. Invigorate your body and calm your mind. Let’s show ourselves some kindness and care.

This class is suitable for all people. It is available on zoom and also as a live stream. Video recordings of the class will be available for a week following the session.

The live stream is in the private Facebook Group Bellydance with Leslie. Please get in touch to register and be added to this group

NEW SERIES Spring: Feb 24 Mar 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

*Student registration is appreciated if you are in a position to do so. Donations can be made through Venmo: LeslieRosenPerformanceArt in any amount. You are welcome to attend as a gift if you have need.

Mar
1
Mon
Homebuyer Education Class @ Online
Mar 1 all-day

This Homebuyer Education class is sponsored by the Washington State Housing Finance Commission (WSHFC). This class offers education on the entire home buying process, including financing and finding the right home for your needs. Completing the course qualifies participants for a certificate needed for down payment assistance and home loan programs through the WSHFC.

The class is offered March 1st and 3rd, online, and the RSVP link can be found here: https://forms.gle/NiWkDUCqPnyQZeJh8

Read the Koran in 4 Weeks, online classes
Mar 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

MARCH 1, 8, 15, 22 (7:00 – 9:00 PM)

READ THE KORAN IN FOUR WEEKS, First Lutheran Church of West Seattle, 206-935-6530, www.flcws.org

Have you wanted to know for yourself what the Koran says in a world where Islam is mentioned frequently? Then make plans now to join this four-week guided reading on Zoom led by Pastor Ron Marshall — who’s been teaching this class four times a year since 2003. The $20 registration fee includes mailing to you an authorized translation of the Koran for your keeping. Worksheets will be provided for each class session. Call now or email to register or make inquiries.

Mar
3
Wed
Homebuyer Education Class @ Online
Mar 3 all-day

This Homebuyer Education class is sponsored by the Washington State Housing Finance Commission (WSHFC). This class offers education on the entire home buying process, including financing and finding the right home for your needs. Completing the course qualifies participants for a certificate needed for down payment assistance and home loan programs through the WSHFC.

The class is offered March 1st and 3rd, online, and the RSVP link can be found here: https://forms.gle/NiWkDUCqPnyQZeJh8

Mar
8
Mon
Read the Koran in 4 Weeks, online classes
Mar 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

MARCH 1, 8, 15, 22 (7:00 – 9:00 PM)

READ THE KORAN IN FOUR WEEKS, First Lutheran Church of West Seattle, 206-935-6530, www.flcws.org

Have you wanted to know for yourself what the Koran says in a world where Islam is mentioned frequently? Then make plans now to join this four-week guided reading on Zoom led by Pastor Ron Marshall — who’s been teaching this class four times a year since 2003. The $20 registration fee includes mailing to you an authorized translation of the Koran for your keeping. Worksheets will be provided for each class session. Call now or email to register or make inquiries.