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14 things to do in Seattle this week: Pi Day, our spelling bee, and the weird weird world of pencil fighting

Ever heard of pencil fighting? Feast your eyes on this clip from a 2012 bout, and catch more at Re-bar in downtown Seattle this Thursday.

Now here are our top picks for what’s going on this week:

MONDAY
Have an awesome dinner out. Dozens of restaurants around the city have fixed-price menu deals during Dine Around Seattle all through March. Search for your spot by neighborhood or price point. (All around Seattle)

Or: Have a say in how Seattle grows. Go to this public hearing on the city’s plan, which proposes that developers who are building in downtown and South Lake Union support housing people can actually afford. (Seattle City Hall, listing from Seattle for Everyone)

TUESDAY
See a pie-eating contest on Pi Day. It’s 3.14 and 10 brave Seattleites are going to celebrate by stuffing their faces with coconut cream pies from Dahlia Bakery (Pioneer Square). Here are more Pi Day deals around the city, via Seattle Met.

Or: Watch a movie everyone’s talking about. Catch a free screening of “13th,” the Oscar-nominated documentary about racial inequality and mass incarceration, at this community forum on dismantling racism. (Columbia City)

WEDNESDAY
Go all-out at Seattle’s big tech party. There’ll be foosball, dodgeball, video games, and virtual reality at the GeekWire Bash. (SoDo)

Or: Get your friends to Brouwer’s Cafe for “Drunk Herstory,” celebrating women in the local beer industry for Women’s History Month with good brews and live stories. (Fremont)

THURSDAY
Hear from a fascinating Seattle-based artist. Jim Woodring built a 6-foot-long pen and drew some amazing things with it. Learn how — and why — at the Frye Art Museum. (First Hill)

Or: Think you’ve seen Seattle at its weirdest? Check out the World Extreme Pencil Fighting League at Re-bar and think again. (Downtown Seattle)


FRIDAY
Listen to Seattle’s award-winning high school jazz bands. Every cent made at this annual benefit concert — which Starbucks has been putting on for 22 years — will support music programs in our schools. (Downtown Seattle)

Or: Hear from renowned thinker Dr. Cornel West on love, art, and resistance in today’s political moment. (Belltown)

Plus: Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Here are 38 ways to celebrate around the city, rounded up by The Stranger.

SATURDAY
Inspire young people to get involved. The Teen Action Fair at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center will feature music and dance performances, plus dozens of local orgs with the scoop on how the next generation can get engaged with issues like youth homelessness and the refugee crisis. (Queen Anne)

Or: Go deep on class and race. This all-day workshop co-sponsored by Real Change, Seattle’s street newspaper, promises to be “honest and productive.” (Mt. Baker)

SUNDAY
Go to a huge book sale: More than 100,000 books will be on sale for as little as $1 each at this bargain book bonanza, which is also open Friday and Saturday. (Queen Anne)

Or: Watch 90 middle school wordsmiths spell words you’ve never even heard of in the King-Snohomish County Spelling Bee. The winner competes in the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. (First Hill)

Going to one of these events? We’d love to hear how it goes. Send us your thoughts and maybe a pic to [email protected] and we’ll share it back.

By Mónica Guzmán
Mónica is the cofounder and editor of The Evergrey. She's been a Seattle journalist for a decade and adores this city.