9 things to do in Seattle today: Saturday, January 18

Jan 17 2020, 1:00 pm

If heading out to a huge lunar new year festival at the Seattle Center doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, sip on some wine and watch award-winning films instead.

Here are nine things to do in Seattle today, January 18.

14/48: The World’s Quickest Theater Festival 2020


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What: Seattle’s theater artists are going to write, cast, design, direct, score, rehearse, and perform 14 plays in 48 hours. On Friday night, participants will write up a script based on a random theme selected by the previous night’s audience. In the morning, seven directors will randomly draw one play from the seven and blindly choose their actors’ names on slips of paper to cast the show. A band will then show up to provide music and sound. Designers create technical aspects as directors and their casts rehearse all day. Each play will have twenty minutes to have a full tech rehearsal. Finally, on Saturday night, the seven plays will debut two performances, at 8 and 10:30 pm.

When: January 18, 2020
Where: ACT Theatre — 700 Union Street, Seattle WA
Time: 8 pm and 10:30 pm
Admission: $27 for those 25+; $17 for those aged 1 to 25 or 65+

Cold War Kids

What: Known for their upbeat indie pop-rock, Cold War Kids have been keeping relevant for nearly 15 years. Come watch lyrical geniuses take the stage while delivering positivity and good vibes all around.

When: January 18, 2020
Time: 8 pm doors; 9 pm show
Where: The Neptune Theatre — 1303 Northeast 45th Street
Admission: $28+; tickets are available online

Tet in Seattle


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What: The Vietnamese Lunar New Year Celebration is one of the biggest in Vietnamese culture. Come out to learn all about the spectacular event and culture through food truck vendors, live performances, and family-friendly events.

When: January 18, 2020
Time: 10:30 am to 6 pm
Where: Seattle Center — 305 Harrison Street, Seattle
Admission: Free

Scarfff Comic Release Party


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What: Check out the launch of the free comix newspaper Scarfff. The official release party will be packed with great people, beer, food, and free comix.

When: January 18, 2020
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery — 1201 South Vale Street, Seattle
Admission: Free; online reservation is required

Mystery Science Theater 3000

What: What started as a television-hit-turned-Netflix special will be making its way to the big leagues in front of a live audience. Come watch Joel Hodgson on his final live comedic tour.

When: January 18, 2020
Time: doors, 7:30 pm; show, 8:30 pm
Where: The Moore Theatre — 1932 2nd Avenue, Seattle
Admission: $25+; tickets are available online

King Princess

What: King Princess has had an amazing year and is carrying her positivity into 2020. The New Yorker shot to fame after releasing her song “1950,” which currently boasts over 11 million plays on YouTube.

When: January 18, 2020
Time: 7 pm doors; 8 pm show
Where: Showbox SoDo — 1700 1st Avenue South, Seattle
Admission: $34.99+; tickets are available online

Women’s Personal Safety Training


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What: The Seattle Police want females to feel safe in their surroundings and are hosting a women’s personal safety training day to help accomplish this. The course is not a self-defense class but a discussion and lecture about crime prevention and safety. The class is open to women 14 years old and older.

When: January 18, 2020
Time: 2 to 5 pm
Where: Green Lake Community Center — 7201 East Green Lake Drive North, Seattle
Admission: Free


What: Electronic music producer JAUZ has toured all over the world and is bringing his Dangerous Waters Tour to the WaMu Theater. Expect a high energy set filled with remixes and originals alike.

When: January 18, 2020
Time: 6:30 doors; 7 pm show
Where: WaMu Theater — 800 Occidental Avenue S, Seattle
Admission: 18+ event; $37+; tickets are available online

Seattle Wine and Film Festival


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What: Enjoy sipping on wine and watching films all weekend. Starting at 11 am, watch Tiny Vineyards and help yourself to a glass of wine at 12. At 12:30 pm, you’ll be able to try cheeses, artisan bread, chocolates, and other well-paired foods. Continue your day by watching seven other films before attending a short guitar concert and gala.

When: January 18, 2020
Time: 11 am to midnight
Where: Old Rainier Brewery — 3100 Airport Way South, Seattle
Admission: $37+; tickets are available online

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