Our top 16 things to do around Seattle this week

Talk about inclusion at work. It’s been quite the hot topic lately, no matter what industry you’re in, and here you’ll hear from four diverse speakers who’ll be sharing their experiences. Thanks to reader Jessica Eggert for passing this along. (Downtown Seattle)

Or: See how much you really know about black history with Black History bar trivia at Poco Wine + Spirits. (Capitol Hill)

Try local comfort food with a global twist. Seattle chefs from various cultures will cook up some deliciousness for this Seattle Met Magazine “Taste the World” event. Bonus: Proceeds benefit the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. (Downtown Seattle)

Or: See how Mayor Ed Murray thinks things are going when he delivers his fourth State of the City address. Watch it live at seattlechannel.org at 9:30 a.m. or check it out in person at Seattle’s Idris Mosque. (Northgate)

Dance at dawn for love. Get up way early for this Valentine’s-inspired dance party complete with yoga, orange juice, and breakfast bites. (Capitol Hill)

Or: Got a small business? Get your legal questions answered. (Pioneer Square)

Get enlightened, briefly. Catch a series of 5-minute talks from locals about everything from becoming a “WiFi ninja” to “How to be mad at your kids.” Oh, and readers Sara Gentzler and Stephanie Carrillo are among the speakers. (Town Hall Seattle)

Or: Hear how food is connected to everything. In these four short talks, speakers explore the ties between food and culture, identity, community, and government. Thanks to reader Chris Mascis for the tip. (South Lake Union)

Or: Get to know the soul of Belltown at this inaugural neighborhood “visioning” event, featuring storytellers giving 90-second vignettes about what they see in Seattle’s west-of-downtown hood. Kudos to Evergrey member Evan Clifthorne for helping to make it happen. (Belltown)

Catch ‘Dear White People’ onstage. The Seattle Times called this Theatre Off Jackson show “powerful and thought-provoking,” and it’s playing all weekend. Side note: This beautifully written reflection on race in Seattle by the Times’ Tyrone Beason includes some of the performers. (International District)

Or: Do improv to do better work. Because acting out “yes, and” makes you better at doing it for real. Reader Coonoor Behal invites you to see how. (Downtown Seattle)

Search for meaning with books. This book festival brings together authors who ask all the big questions, including Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Anthony Doerr. (Seattle University)

Or: Watch yo-yo masters face off at the Pacific Northwest Regional Yo-Yo Championship. (Seattle Center)

Go to an acoustic music festival. There’ll be music lessons, tons of tunes and all-day jamming at the annual Wintergrass Music Festival. Bring the kids. (Bellevue)

Or: Hear from the Canadian Muslim woman of Pakistani origin who wrote “Laughing All the Way to the Mosque,” recommended by reader Nadia Mahmud. (Capitol Hill)

And don’t forget the Oscars, which start at 4 p.m. PT on ABC or live-streamed on your computer. Want to make predictions ahead of time? Print a ballot here.

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].

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.