12 things to do in Seattle this week: Seattle’s Fringe Festival and how animals shaped our city

Discuss what we should do when we find alien life. Delve into questions of astrobiology with local biologists Erin Firth and Anna Simpson, then watch the 80s classic film “Aliens.” (Central District)

Or: Listen to law professor Suja Thomas break down why our country’s juries have been robbed of their power and why decisions by jurists should be preferred over decisions by other governmental bodies. (Town Hall Seattle on First Hill)

Hear why animals are key in the making and remaking of Seattle. The author of “The City is More Than Human: An Animal History of Seattle” will talk about how animals shaped our city. (MOHAI in South Lake Union)

Listen to writers read their science fiction and fantasy stories. Sign up for a five-minute slot to read your latest writing out loud, or come to listen to two local science fiction writers read their work. (University District)

Or: Hear from leaders of immigrant communities in Seattle. (Columbia City)

Watch fringe performances: Organizers of The Seattle Fringe Festival say our city has “long had a national reputation as a hotbed for fringe performance.” This year’s festival will feature theater, dance, burlesque, improv artists, and more beginning today through April 1. (Seattle Center/Capitol Hill)

Or: Listen to Seattle artists and art advocates discuss Seattle Art Museum’s exhibit “Jacob Lawrence: The Migration Series” and the Northwest African American Museum’s exhibit “An Elegant Utility.” (Central Area)

Try delicious food, beer, cider and cocktails at Pike Place Market: For $60 you get five drink tokens and unlimited food from more than 70 Seattle vendors. (Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle)

Or: Hear from Seattle-area women who are working to make our transportation systems more inclusive. (Seattle City Hall in downtown Seattle)

Watch performances of stories, poetry and music: And you’ll get the chance to collaborate with a songwriter “charged with creating a special piece of music inspired by the experience of the evening.” (Wallingford)

Or: Bid on some used board games. (Queen Anne)

Celebrate Navruz: It’s the annual spring New Year holiday celebrated by countries in Central and East Asia. There will be authentic Uzbek food, dancing and a fashion show. (Bellevue)

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March 29 – Hear from local Muslims: They’ll explore stereotypes about their culture and religion and how to break down barriers and remove biases we may have. Thanks to reader Jessica Eggert for organizing this event. (Downtown Seattle)

March 30 – Show off your knowledge of all things Seattle: Join The Evergrey and Crosscut for our very first trivia night at Pike Brewing. Maximum teams of six. Don’t have a team? We’ll pair you up with new friends. And there will be a prize for the winners! (Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle)

April 2 – Watch a documentary on infertility: It was made by a couple who conceived their daughter via embryo donation from a Seattle fertility clinic. The film is also tied to an art exhibit on infertility that can be viewed at Seattle Center all the month of April. Thanks to reader Annie Kuo, who’s been working nearly two years to bring the exhibit to Seattle. (SIFF in Lower Queen Anne)