Happiness, shame, and Beyoncé: 20 things to do in Seattle this week

Make science a superpower. British physicist Helen Czerski is of the opinion that anyone can access the awesomeness of science in their daily lives — if they’re paying attention. (Town Hall Seattle)

Or: Lip-sync like a pro to ’90s hits. (Capitol Hill)

Feel so embarrassed. The Salon of Shame gets Seattleites to read from old diaries, unsent letters — anything they wrote as teens that is just painful and hilarious. (Seattle Center)

Or: See comedian Sarah Silverman at the Paramount. Get those tickets quick. (Downtown Seattle)

Make Seattle smile. Learn about the importance of happiness data in urban spaces at this kickoff event for the Thriving Communities Network, which is out to boost the quality of life in cities. Thanks to reader Isobel Press for the rec. (Pioneer Square)

Or: Hear candid live stories about education from Seattle students, teachers, and parents with titles like “From Bad Kid to Badass Teacher” and “Black Hair Matters.” (Town Hall Seattle)

Search for extraterrestrial life. How is it possible that in this huge universe with billions of galaxies we haven’t found any neighbors? Talk it out with Seth Shostak of SETI — and thanks to reader Susan Lieu for the tip. (Capitol Hill)

And don’t forget: Author Charles R. Wolfe will show Seattleites his “urban diary” approach to improving cities by observing them. You’ve scooped up all the free tickets we had for this event — our first-ever Evergrey Field Trip (stay tuned for more info, ticket holders) — but we’d love to see more of you there. (Town Hall Seattle)

Run through Seattle in the dark. A Full Moon Run starts at 9:30 p.m. and goes a whole 6 miles. It’s part of SEA in the Dark, a new project by reader Brian Fisher to explore our beautiful city at night, and all paces are welcome. (Run through Seattle, meet in Greenwood)

Or: Hear lightning talks from and about awesome local immigrants at this live storytelling event. (Downtown Seattle)

Make the animals your valentine. Take the kids and the rain gear to Woodland Park Zoo, where 20 different types of animals will get Valentine’s ice pops, heart-shaped steaks, and other goodies. (Phinney Ridge)

Or: Do something nice for a neighbor. The city is asking people to get neighborly on Neighbor Day with ideas on how to reach out and even a coloring sheet your kids can give the folks next door. (Seattle)

Try all the food trucks. A dozen of them will be taking your order at the daylong Fremont Sunday Market, along with 10 street food booths. Bring the family and your appetite. (Fremont)

Or: Send political love. Write a Valentine to our political leaders or anyone who you think needs it right now. Kids and dogs are welcome. (Capitol Hill)

>> P.S. We saw the political love event listed in Fight the Good Fight Seattle, reader Molly Nixon’s community calendar of post-election activities for locals concerned about the political moment. Molly tells us she just rolled out a mailing list for the calendar, which you can sign up for here. Know of other new local calendars we should share out? Let us know at [email protected].

And here are a few more options this week…

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].