March, shop, and draw: 13 things to do in Seattle this week

Discuss social media’s role in the election. “Is social media creating an echo-chamber effect that is damaging to public discourse?” Panelists, including Evergrey cofounder Mónica Guzmán, will debate these and other big questions. [University of Washington]

Investigate ‘Pulp Fiction.’ Watch the classic Quentin Tarantino flick as you hear real-life forensic scientists tell you how they’d examine the movie’s crime scenes. There’s another show on Wednesday, too. [Central District]

Hear how police can improve their relationships with communities of color. Seattle City Club has lined up some really strong voices to talk through the issues. Expect depth and passion. [Belltown]

Get better at talking about race and racism. Three facilitators will lead small group chats and role-play activities to teach you how to have better conversations. [Mount Baker]

Watch a wacky improvised ‘Christmas Carol.’ Improv actors will take their cues from you, the audience, as they perform — and reinvent — Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” This is the first of 18 shows throughout the month and it’s a different show every time. [Downtown]

Check out new work by Seattle’s most prolific muralist. Ryan Henry Ward, better known by his signature, “henry,” is dedicating his fourth solo show to experiments in monochrome. Here’s one painting he’ll auction off to raise money to help support the protesters at Standing Rock. [Ballard]

Taste beer from more than 50 local breweries at the annual Winter Beer Fest. [Sand Point]

Draw like mad. Check out the Gage Academy of Art’s all-day Drawing Jam, where you and your family (kids under 15 get in free) can enjoy live music, free art materials, and a cast of drawing models. [Capitol Hill]

March against hate. More than 21,000 people on Facebook say they’re interested in this women’s march “to show the world that misogyny, misogynoir, racism, xenophobia, transmisogyny, transphobia, and hate of any kind is not welcome in this city.” [Capitol Hill]

Shop local this season. There’s the 9th annual DIY Holiday Fair [Seattle Center] and the gigantic Urban Craft Uprising Winter Show, which goes through Sunday [Seattle Center]. Looking for more ways to support local businesses during the holidays? Check out this roundup of holiday markets from Seattle Made. ?

Organize your communities post-election. Craving to do more to help your city stay kind? Come to this workshop hosted by the Seattle Neighborhood Action Coalition to learn how to help specific communities looking for more support. Then stay for a Seattle Community Action Fair where you can meet staffers from more than 20 nonprofit organizations and learn about how to get involved with their work. [International District]

Hear from South Asians about their first day in Seattle. In KUOW’s Storywallahs event, South Asian Seattleites share five-minute stories about their first day in this city or in the U.S. [Capitol Hill]


  • Tuesday, Dec. 13: Hanna Brooks Olsen, co-founder of Seattlish and one of our smartest and most passionate voices on local politics, will give a talk called, “Why Do We Vote The Way We Do?” We can’t wait. [Downtown Seattle]
  • Wednesday, Dec. 14: Vanishing Seattle, the chronicler of local character we wrote about in October, is hosting its very first meetup. Creator Cynthia Brothers encourages you to show up wearing a t-shirt from your favorite Seattle business, band, etc. [RSVP at [email protected] to get the location]
  • Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017: Hear from the parents of Trayvon Martin, who will be releasing a book in January. Get in early on this one if you can. [Downtown Seattle]
  • Friday, Mar. 24, 2017: Misty Copeland, principal dancer of the American Ballet Theatre, will be doing a talk on “privilege and art” at the University of Washington. Registration opens December 12, so save the date. [University of Washington]