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A dance party at dawn and 14 more things to do in Seattle this week

Planning to go to any of these events? Report back and tell us how it went.

MONDAY
Get entrepreneurial. Seattle Startup Week has its opening night party in Pioneer Square and continues all week with everything from real talk on diversity in tech to mentor sessions and ping-pong tournaments. [5 p.m. to midnight, Axis in Pioneer Square, FREE. See the full Seattle Startup Week schedule]

Or: Take a Bollywood dance class. You know you want to. Moves inspired by classic Bollywood movies and a high-energy glimpse into Indian culture await. [6 to 7 p.m., Belltown Community Center, $75 for five weekly classes.]

TUESDAY
Study political memes created way before Facebook. This beautiful collection features centuries of defiant political images immortalized as prints. [10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Nov. 26, Davidson Galleries in Pioneer Square, FREE]

Or: Attend a “Vigil for Love” in Bellevue. It’s not a protest: Just bring a candle and get to know your neighbors as you stand together in solidarity. [7 to 9 p.m., Bellevue Downtown Park, FREE]

WEDNESDAY
Wake up wild. Welcome the Wednesday dawn with yoga and a dance party at this insanely early, 20s-themed “Daybreaker” event. Man, we love this city. [6 to 9 a.m. (yes, a.m.!), The Underground club in Pioneer Square, $20-$35]

Or: Learn how your house can be more intelligent, more personalized, and more capable from experts in sensor technology and robotics. [5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Town Hall Seattle, $15-25]

THURSDAY
Hear from 16 passionate locals at Ignite Seattle, the quarterly community speaker series where each talk lasts just five minutes. Speakers at this 10th anniversary edition include readers Kristin Leong and Sarah Schacht, and we (Anika & Mónica) will be there. [Doors 7 p.m. with talks at 8 p.m., Town Hall Seattle, $5]

Or: Every third Thursday of the month, you can hang out at Seattle’s Best Damn Happy Hour with a live DJ, games, and raffle prizes. This month’s edition features — no joke — a Giant Jenga Tournament. [5 to 8 p.m., Seattle Center Armory, FREE]

FRIDAY
Hear from Seattle media on what happens after the election. Journalists from Crosscut, The Seattle Globalist, The South Seattle Emerald, and Seattle Weekly will suggest next steps for both storytellers and locals. [7 to 8:30 p.m., Rainier Arts Center, $5 suggested donation]

Or: Support the Duwamish – Seattle’s only river – with a feast of chocolate and beer. Proceeds from this event will fund organizations that help keep the river clean and its surrounding communities engaged. [5:30 to 8 p.m., Duwamish Longhouse in West Seattle, $15-20]

SATURDAY
Get inspired with a day of talks at the seventh annual TEDxSeattle that reinforce the idea that a strong community is greater than the sum of its parts. (We’re big fans of that.) Speakers include poet Nikkita Oliver, chief juvenile court Judge Wesley Saint Clair, and Oren Etzioni, CEO of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence. [9 a.m. to 5 p.m., McCaw Hall at Seattle Center, $80 general admission, $37.50 student]

Or: Make a day trip down to Elbe (about 1.5 hours south of Seattle) with your kids for a magical ride on the “Polar Express” at Mt. Rainier Railroad. Or let ‘em get creative at Inspired Child’s Children’s Open Mic in Rainier Valley.

SUNDAY
Run, walk, and eat lots of carbs: The Green Lake Gobble and Mashed Potato Munch Off features a 10k and 5k run/walk, a free kids dash and an eating contest to see who can put on the calories they just burned off fastest. ? [8 a.m. registration with run/walks at 9:30 a.m., Green Lake, $40-45 for the races]

Or: Hear naked girls reading. Really. This is a fully nude literary salon that The Stranger calls “a refreshing reminder that the literary and the carnal can live in silly harmony.” [6:30 and 8:30 p.m., Pocket Theater in Greenwood, $10 online and $14 at the door]

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.