The 45 Best Things to Do in Seattle This Weekend: June 11-14, 2020 –

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This Friday (June 12), Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County is encouraging you to take the day off, if you can, to familiarize yourself with elected officials and to educate yourself on systemic racism in America. Whether that means participating in the Silent March at Judkins Park or taking action from home by donating to antiracist causes, there's tons of ways to show up for your local black and brown communities. Read on for this weekend's BLM-focused protests and demonstrations, virtual events amplifying black voices, and other happenings (like the Seattle International Dance Festival and a Pride Flag-Raising Ceremony in White Center). For more ideas, check out our picks for the best movies to stream this weekend or our guide to restaurants that are now open for dine-in service.

Black Lives Matter Seattle Statewide March and General StrikeIn a press conference Saturday, board members with Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County (BLMSKC) called for a statewide general strike and silent protest march on Friday, June 12. BLMSKC has made itvery clearthat it's had no part in organizing any of the demonstrations against police brutality that have taken place across Washington over the last eight days, and BLMSKC board member Ebony Miranda said they have not taken this decision lightly. The organization also announced an updated list of demands they say they delivered to Mayor Jenny Durkan, and they relayed her responses. Here are the demands and Durkan's responses. RICH SMITHFriday (various locations)

Free Drive-Through COVID Testing from BeyGood and #IDIDMYPARTIn support of black and brown communities and essential workers in Seattle, who are disproportionately affected by COVID-19, Beyonc's BeyGood initiative and her momTina Knowles Lawson's#IDIDMYPART campaign are bringing free COVID-19 testing and essential supplies (such ascare packages, diapers, and toiletries) to South King County.For more free testing sites, check out this list. Sunday (Renton)

Seattle Children's MarchFrom gun control to climate justice, Seattle youth have shown that they're a force to be reckoned with when it comes to rallying community members to take direct action toward global causes. Today, students will lead a march fromGarfield High School to Bailey Gatzert Elementary School in solidarity with black Americans in Seattle and across the country. Saturday (Central District)

Note: Another planned event, the #BlackLivesMatter March for Black Lives on Sunday in Westlake Park, has a significant following on Facebook, but it is not being organized in conjunction with the official Black Lives Matter Seattle King County group. We recommend attending BLMSKCs Friday event instead.

Bear Witness, Take ActionCommonandKeke Palmerwill host this live multi-genre special celebrating YouTube's new $100 million funddedicated to amplifying black voices on the platform. Look forward to appearances and performances from the likes ofRoxane Gay, Indya Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Alicia Garza, Jemele Hill, andCarmelo Anthony. The event is free, but you're encouraged to donate to theEqual Justice Initiative after tuning in. Saturday

2(06) The BreakIn honor of Black Music Month, Central District black arts space Wa Na Wari presents a seven-episode series that puts a spin (this will become a pun in mere moments) on livestreamed DJ sessions you might've seen on the Instagram pages of artists like Questlove and DJ D-Nice recently. Each week, local hip-hop enthusiast Jazmyn Scott will pair two Pacific Northwest hip-hop DJs and task them with spinning a decade-specific set, from the 1980s to the present. Like last time, this week will focus on women in hip-hop. Saturday

The Ailey Spirit Virtual BenefitIn the spirit of the legendary black choreographerAlvin Ailey, this virtual performance features pieces by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, the Ailey School, AileyCamp, and soloistsAngela Bassett, Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Tim Shriver, Bryan Stevenson, and Lorraine Toussaint. After the performance, join a virtual after-party withDJs D-NICE and Ms. Nix. Thursday

LOPsidedMixed-race artistBrian J. Evans examines his ownbiases in thisoriginal workof music, dance, and theater, whichpremiered as a live one-man show in Minneapolis in 2018 as a part of the Right Here Showcase. This digital version is made up of 12 videos, which can be viewed on their own or in succession.Saturday

Black Lit Book Club - Dread NationSistah Sci-Fi ("a cauldron of all things Afrofuturism; Afro-mysticism; Black sci-fi; and voodoo casting spells to uplift literature written by Black women") hosts a BIPOC-focused book club every second Sunday of the month. This time, gather virtually for a discussion of Justina Ireland's YA bestsellerDread Nation, a zombie book set during the American Civil War.Sunday

Matt Ortile with Ashley C. Ford: The Groom Will Keep His NameIn his new book of essays, Filipino American author andCatapult editor Matt Ortile recounts the xenophobia he experienced growing up in Las Vegas, and howtaking the name of his white husband made him believe for a time that it would help him "belong in America."Join him for a live reading with Town Hall. Thursday

Pride Flag Raising Ceremony in White Center"While residents will tell you that the unincorporated King County neighborhood, just south of West Seattle and north of Burien, has long been a gay hub, you could say this Pride is a sort of coming out of the closet for [White Center]. The fest, which started as a conversation over drinks between local residents Matt Maring and Jason Loughridge, quickly evolved into a neighborhood-wide celebration," wrote The Stranger's Chase Burns in 2018.The neighborhood will keep its Pride tradition going strong with a rainbow flag ceremony livestreamed from Triangle Park, with drag performances byCookie Couture and Old Witch. Saturday

Rainbow Truth or Dare Pajama PartyDelightful Seattle drag queen and bingo host extraordinaireSylvia OStayformore invites you to slip into something more comfortable, whip up some rainbow Jell-O shots (she'll give you a recipe, from the sounds of it) and play bingo to raise money for the West Seattle Senior Centers COVID-19 response funds.Friday

Dixon Place Criminal Queerness FestivalThe National Queer Theater and Dixon Place, in partnership with the Mayors Office of Immigrant Affairs andNYC Pride, will go virtual with this second annual festival celebrating LGBTQ+ playwrights. Saturday

Pride PromIf you're wondering what all the living icons of queer culture are up to this Saturday (we're talking Lena Waithe,Trixie Mattel, Billy Porter, Randy Rainbow, Big Freedia, Cyndi Lauper... and the list goes on) they're participating in Billboard's virtual Pride Prom. Tune in for performances, drag shows, "glam sessions," conversations on queerness, DJ dance parties, and more. Saturday

We're Still Here: Celebrating Pride in SolidarityEventbrite's virtual pre-Pride festival, curated in part by San Francisco Pride and New York City Pride, will celebrate the rights and struggles of LGBTQ+ and black communities around the world withqueer-centric dance parties, drag shows (including one from San Francisco's oldest LGBTQ+ bar), cocktail hours, history lessons, movie watch parties, and much more packed into a single day. Friday

Animal Crossing Pride Tea PartyEveryone's favorite quarantine pastime will serve as the inspiration for this virtual garden party with Friday Afternoon andThsaurus Tea. Dress up your Animal Crossing character in a cute Pride outfit and usher them to the Rainbow Garden for ajam session and bonfire on the beach. Saturday

An Evening of Pride & LiberationSeattle-based BIPOC drag performers likeAdra Boo, Taqueet$, Mila Skyy, LChi, and spoken word artist Ebo Barton will fill out this Pride night hosted by Simone Pin, a burlesque company owned by womxn of color. Saturday

Battle for the Ballot: Women and the VoteWith the US presidential election around the corner, now's as good a time as any to learn about the history of women's suffrageand the racial discrimination endured by women of color that pervaded the movement.Presented in collaboration with the League of Women Voters of Washington and League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County.Saturday

Life in a Pandemic - Norman Lear and Rita Moreno in Conversation with RuPaulThe E.G.O.T. winner Rita Moreno and the legendary producer Norman Lear will chat virtually with drag legend RuPaul for a conversation about Lear's sitcom One Day at a Time, which was adapted in 2017 as an animated special starringLin-Manuel Miranda. Sunday

Glazer's Photofest: Virtual EditionPhotoFest boasts a weekend-long bill of photography events including talks from a few dozen speakers, free workshops, interactive demonstrations, photo walks, and sales. This year's virtual event kicks off with a workshop on cinematic portraiture with Jonathan Thorpe and wraps up with an exploration of wildlife photography with Olympus explorer Brooke Bartleson.Saturday-Sunday

Maple Valley Virtual Arts Fest 2020No need to find a ride to Maple Valleythis arts festival will take place on Facebook this year, bringing live music performances, artist demos, and kid-centric activities.Saturday-Sunday

Her Effortless Brilliance: A Celebration of Lynn Shelton Through Film and MusicAcclaimed Seattle director Lynn Shelton died too soon, and the grief felt by her fans, collaborators, and loved ones comes through in this documentary by Shelton's longtime friendMegan Griffiths. It's free to watch on YouTube and features a star-studded lineup of appearances, including Emily Blunt, Kaitlyn Dever, Rosemarie DeWitt, Mark and Jay Duplass, Jeff Garlin, Joshua Leonard, Sean Nelson, Michaela Watkins, and Reese Witherspoon, as well as live music from her partner Marc Maron, Andrew Bird, Ben Gibbard, Laura Veirs, and Tomo Nakayama.

Bramling CrossEthan Stowell presents Beef Storm, a pop-up featuring gourmet hamburgers and other beefy delights. Preorder for pickup from noon-5 pm, and look forward to round two next weekend. Saturday-Sunday (Ballard)

MamnoonThe Middle Eastern-inspired favorite is catering to pizza lovers with Mama Zaa, their first pizza pop-up. Choose a time slot online to pick up your Neopolitan slice with "Levantine flair" from 1-4 pm.Sunday (Capitol Hill)

Serious TakeOutStop by the Tom Douglas pop-up to pick up your Ros Porch Party Box ($38) for National Ros Day (June 13). The first 20 people to order will get a pair of pink sunglasses.Saturday (Ballard)

Happy Hour: Virtual PlanetariumMix up your favorite cocktail and join Pacific Science Center expertsMarshall Styczinski, Katy K., and Sarah Wyer as they take you on a visual journey through constellations and planet mythology.Thursday

Bang on a Can MarathonThis virtual music marathon will bring you six nonstop hours of performances by composers and classical musicians from around the world, including new work byKendall Williams and the world premiere ofSusanna Hancock's Everything in Bloom. Sunday

Digital Mirage: Online Music FestivalElectronic music outletsProximity and Brownies & Lemonade rescheduled this online music festival to show support for Black Lives Matter last weekend, and the LA-based organizers are pledging to give all donations this weekend to theEqual Justice InitiativeandColor of Change. Dance in your living room to sets from Chet Porter, Chromeo, Shiba San, Malaa, Softest Hard, SG Lewis, and many others. Friday-Sunday

Essentially Ellington: Virtual International FestivalThe Lincoln Center's 25th annual festival highlighting young jazz musicians will take place digitally this year, kicking off withWynton Marsalis's Zoom conversation series Skaine's Domain, featuring Essentially Ellington alumni. If you've ever heard Seattle's Garfield High School Jazz Band play live, you won't be surprised that they made the finals and will be participating in the festival, along withSeattle JazzED and bands fromRoosevelt High School, Mountlake Terrace High School, and Mount Si High School.Thursday-Friday

Live From Our Living Rooms: Cancel Rent Now!Vera Project and the Washington Bus will demand rent relief for those affected financially by COVID-19. This virtual benefit will feature sets from AJJ, Nana Grizol, Ratboys, Ian Sweet, Bad Moves, Your Heart Breaks, and other local rockers on Vera TV. Saturday

Nite Wave Anniversary ShowKicking off with a Duran Duran and Billy Idol tribute night, thistwo-night anniversary version of the high-energy show will bring an '80s jukebox to your living room.Friday-Saturday

NW Seaport Virtual Chantey SingThink fondly of the Northwest Seaport as you sing maritime folk songs from your home.Friday

The Warren G. Hardings Virtual GetdownJig to uptempo bluegrass with local string band the Warren G. Hardings, courtesy of Nectar. Sunday

We are Here: A Celebration of Resilience, Resistance and HopeIn commemoration of the75th anniversary of the end of World War II and the 77th anniversary of theWarsaw Ghetto uprising, this online concert presented by theMuseum of Jewish Heritage, theNational Yiddish Theatre FolksbieneandSing for Hope, and other organizations will featureWhoopi Goldberg, Rene Fleming, Billy Joel, Lang Lang, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Joyce DiDonato, Mayim Bialik, and many others. It will also feature a new work by the Pulitzer Prize-winning composerJohn Coriglianobased on a text byKitty OMeara. Sunday

Opening NightBroadway fanatics can join musical theater stars for a virtual gathering filled with songs, scenes, and more from this past year. Highlights include a performance of Stephen Sondheim's Companywith Patti LuPone,Katrina Lenk, and the rest of the cast and a monologue from The Sound Inside with Mary-Louise Parker. Thursday

Poetry in America Live featuring 'Finishing The Hat' by Stephen SondheimIn honor ofStephen Sondheims 90th birthday, this edition of theSheen Center for Thought and Culture's Poetry in America Live series, hosted by PBS'sElisaNew, will focus on "Finishing The Hat" from the musical Sunday in the Park with George.Special guests include Tony Award nomineeMelissaErricoandNewYorkerstaff writer and authorAdamGopnik. Friday

Seattle International Dance FestivalIn lieu of the Khambatta Dance Company's annual in-person festival, this two-week-long virtual event will bring interviews, full-length performance videos, behind-the-scenes looks, and more to your computer screen. All the videos (including performances from Sweden's Virpi Pahkinen Dance and a Seattle spotlight with local dancers Hope Goldman, Leah Mann, Lucie Baker, Sojung Lim, Elise Beers, and Cameo Lethem) have been uploaded, so you can watch them in whatever order you please. Friday-Sunday

Aaron Bobrow-Strain: The Death and Life of Aida HernandezThe story of Aida Hernandez, an undocumented immigrant whodreamed of moving to New York to teach dance and be reunited with her son, but who instead faced deportation to her birth country (Mexico), is not an isolated one in the US, which is in part what makes it worth reading about.Aaron Bobrow-Strain's bookThe Death and Life of Aida Hernandez frames Hernandez's story as part of the ongoing crisis at the US Southern border. Join him for a virtual Town Hall reading. Sunday

Quarantine Book Club: 'The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie'The Prime of Miss Jean Brodieis a captivating story of betrayal.Modern Librarylists it as one of the 100 best novels of the 20th century.It was eventually made into a movie starring Maggie Smith, who won a best actress Oscar for playing Miss Jean Brodie. At the end of the four weeks, we will watch the movie together, and compare it to the book.I just taughtThe Prime of Miss Jean Brodieas a book-club class at Hugo House over the course of four weeks this past winter, and it went really well, all the students loved the book, and one of them, amazingly, was the bestselling novelistMaria Semple, who said afterward: "Christophers passion and insight left me near-delirious with an excitement and optimism Ive since carried into all my reading and writing. I loved teaching this class so much, and I want to make it accessible to as many people as possible, so I'm offering it at a fraction of the cost of similar classes elsewhere, and (just like we do the silent-reading party) on a sliding scale. Pay what you can. CHRISTOPHER FRIZZELLE Saturday

Virtual It's About Time Writers' Reading SeriesHear new works from local writers Kristen Millares Young, Jean Ferruzola, and Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum in this Seattle Public Library series. Thursday

Virtual Play Reading Series Titus AndronicusEnjoy a casual reading of Shakespeare's tragedyTitus Andronicus from the comfort of your home.Sunday

Socially Distant Sidewalk SaleFantagraphics and Georgetown Records will celebrate their reopenings this weekend with a big ol' outdoor sale of items accumulated during their closures. Bring a mask and practice social distancing while you engage in some touch-free browsing. On Saturday,Laura Knetzger will be signing copies of her new Bug Boys collection. Saturday-Sunday (Georgetown)

Chase the LightPhotographic Center Northwest's annual fundraiser will move online, inviting people from all over the world to submit photographs. Once all submissions are in on June 15, judges will select one image from each participant (there isn't a specific theme, but keep in mind that the showcase is family-friendly, so maybe no butts) to be featured in a pop-up exhibition (June 20) benefiting Northwest Harvest.Saturday-Sunday

An Equinox Tribute to Georgetown CarnivalIn the absence of the Georgetown Carnival this year, Equinox Studios will host an art gallery that reintroduces Gardens of Gusto, a vertical garden installation featured at the 2018 carnival. There will also be socially distant studio tours and demos, live music, and other performances that you can see in person from your car or at home on your computer.Saturday

Print Show: Online Group ExhibitNeed some new art on your walls? For the month of June, Ghost Gallery prints by local and national artists will be available for viewing and purchasing. Thursday-Sunday (opening Thursday)

Virtual Opening for Meggan Joy's Battle CryMegan Joy's digital collages depict women's bodiescomposed of thousands of individual photographs of botanicals and wildlifein various stages of conflict. See the exhibition online, and get a virtual tour from gallery owner Judith Rinehart and Joy herself on the opening night.Saturday-Sunday (opening Saturday)

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