‘An incredible start to the week’ and 13 things to do in Seattle

Ask why truth can lose out. “Gaslighting” is when someone insists on a lie so much that people start to doubt what’s real. This event is sold out, but there is a standby line. Get there early. (Town Hall Seattle)

Have a very Fat Tuesday. Columbia City businesses have got you covered with a parade, jazzy tunes, and lots and lots of food at the neighborhood’s pre-Mardi Gras, midwinter Beatwalk. (Columbia City)

Or: Learn how to shuck an oyster, with tequila and mezcal to wash it all down. (Fremont)

Hear a judge explain the limits of presidential power. U.S. District Court Judge Robert Lasnik will talk about how the courts check executive power at Seattle City Club’s Civic Cocktail. Kind of a hot topic. Reader Teroya Peso says she’ll be there. (Belltown)

Or: Try this lineup of “formidable” stouts to “beat back the encroaching dark.” (Greenwood)

Get up to speed on immigrant rights. The Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs and Northwest Immigrant Rights Project want anyone who’s working with and helping immigrants to make sure he or she has all the right info. (Downtown Seattle)

Or: Mark 100 years of Girl Scout cookies at this 21-plus gala Girl Scout party that’s honoring female entrepreneurs. Thanks to reader Melody Biringer for the tip. (SoDo)

Geek out at Emerald City Comicon. When you see “Star Wars” or “Game of Thrones” characters walk down Pike Street, you’ll know why. Movies, comic books, cosplay, authors — it’s a quirky pop-culture madhouse every year. (Downtown Seattle)

Or: Unwind to tunes sung out by the Seattle Ladies Choir. (Capitol Hill)

Watch a play about the election. Yup — there already is one. “West of Lenin” features three monologues on the political moment from the perspectives of a soldier’s mom, an African-American woman, and the partner of a trans man. Here’s a review from Brendan Kiley of The Seattle Times. (Fremont)

Or: Double down on the sci-fi theme with this all-ages science fiction and fantasy bash. (Museum of Pop Culture)

Get ready for the hiking season. Buy or sell used outdoor gear at this big local sale and chat with outdoorsy experts about what you think you need. (Beacon Hill)

Or: Delight in all things cycling at the annual Seattle bike show. (SoDo)

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.