15 things to do in Seattle this weekend: January 17 to 20

Jan 16 2020, 11:19 pm

Another week down, Seattle! Grab your friends and welcome the weekend with our list of 15 things to do in Seattle on January 17, January 18 and January 19. There’s The World’s Quickest Theatre Festival, a borscht competition, and more.

Friday, January 17

Cat Stitching

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What: If you’re a cat lady in the making, this embroidery workshop is your next step. Learn to stitch curled-up kitties using satin, back, and stem stitches. Each ticket to the event comes with an embroidery kit and instruction by teacher Maxx Follis-Goodkind.

When: January 17, 2020
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: Push/Pull — 5484 Shilshole Avenue NW, Seattle
Admission: $50; tickets must be purchased in advance online

Seattle Sunset


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What: The only thing more relaxing than drinking wine and watching the sunset is drinking wine while painting the sunset. Grab a group and paint your way into perfection at this paint and sip course.

When: January 17, 2020
Time: 7 to 9:30 pm
Where: Uncorked Canvas — #A8 2600 SW Barton St, Seattle
Admission: $40; tickets are available for purchase online

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 Thursday night, participants will write up a script based on a random theme. On Friday 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 Friday night, the seven plays will debut two performances, at 8 and 10:30 pm. The 8 pm audience then provides the theme for Saturday’s show via a random drawing, and the seven writers go home to re-start the process, ending up with 14 plays in 48 hours.

When: January 17 and 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+

As If! — A Dance Party of 90s Female Pop


What: Come out and dance to all of your favorite female pop icons of the 90s. Enjoy the bops of Spice Girls, TLC, Janet Jackson and more. Bonus points if you dress in an iconic 90s look.

When: January 17, 2020
Time: 10 pm
Where: Neumos — 925 East Pike Street, Seattle
Admission: 21+ event; $5; tickets can be purchased in-person or online

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

Saturday, January 18

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

Sunday, January 19

Borscht Competition

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What: Ready, set, cook! Register online by messaging the Facebook event and then bring a pan of your best borscht to be judged by guests at the event. All guests to the competition will be able to sample borscht and vote for which one is their favorite.

When: January 19, 2020
Time: 4 to 6 pm
Where: Dill Creative Community Space — 207 South Findlay Street, Seattle
Admission: Free

Fremont Sunday Market


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What: This Sunday market never fails to attract over 150 vendors each week. In addition to the vendors, several food trucks set up shop and provide the market with much-needed grub.

When: Every Sunday, rain or shine
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Where: 3420 Evanston Avenue North
Admission: Free

All-Ages Beginning Stone Carving


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What: Carve soapstone with master instructor Cyra Hobson. She’ll show you how to use tools to cut the stone into a three-dimensional animal sculpture. Each student must bring an additional $10 to pay for the soapstone kit.

When: January 19, 2020
Time: 1 to 2:45 pm
Where: NW Rockhounds — #A 2720 NE 115th Street, Seattle
Admission: $25+; tickets are available online

Lunar New Year Lion Dance Performance


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What: Get your groceries and watch a Lunar New Year performance at the same time. The Lion Dance Team from the Mak Fai Washington Kung Fu Club will be bouncing about, helping you ring in the Lunar New Year.

When: January 19, 2020
Time: 12 to 1 pm
Where: Uwajimaya Seattle — 5th Avenue, Seattle
Admission: Free

Moon Palace

What: Come support local Seattlites Moon Palace as well as their opener Timothy Robert Graham as they bathe you in shoegaze-y psychedelic tunes at the Sunset Tavern.

When: January 19, 2020
Time: 7:30 pm doors; 8 pm show
Where: Sunset Tavern — 5433 Ballard Avenue NW, Seattle
Admission: 21+ event; $10+; tickets are available online

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