Didn’t we just ring in the the new year? January flew right by, but no worries: February brings Lunar New Year and another chance to celebrate!
It’s also Black History Month, with tons of special events including art and great films. Speaking of film, check out the Seattle Asian American Film Festival, and a whole smorgasbord of other global adventures to choose from, right in your own rainy backyard.
1. Black History Month
Spectrum Dance Theater has dedicated their whole season to the topic, so don’t miss RACEish!
I hear it’s Museum Month, but you should be going to a museum to learn about Black History! (Or at least to see Black Artists). Check out NAAM, HistoryLink’s excellent essays on local black history, or any of our many listings!
2. Lunar New Year
Showcasing the year of the monkey, Lunar New Year brings a whole variety of celebrations. Tết in Seattle holds it’s 20th annual Vietnamese New Year Celebration, with unique food (try the blood sausage if you dare!), dance and martial arts. There are two weeks of Lunar events, from the ID to the Pass: take your pick!
3. Seattle Asian American Film Festival
Packed into three full days, the Seattle Asian American Film Festival has sports, shorts, and Cambodian rock ‘n’ roll — you name it. There are a number of free events, and some great panel discussions, so get to the Northwest Film Forum to check it out!
4. FIUTS CulturalFest
The Foundation for International Understanding Through Students (FIUTS) presents their annual CulturalFest international expo and performance showcases. Meet the growing numbers of international students that are making their mark on our city.
5. Feminist Punk and The Police State: A Conversation with Maria Alyokhina of Pussy Riot
A film screening of the documentary “Pussy vs. Putin,” followed by Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina in discussion with local Russian expert Mariana Markova. Globalist readers can win tickets: check it out!
Bonus: Buzzer Gentrification Discussions
Buzzer is a play with race and gentrification as central themes. In what we hope is becoming standard practice, the team behind Buzzer is taking this opportunity to not just show but talk about race and gentrification. (Even without a theater background, we’re pretty sure that makes sense.) More discussion, please!
You’ll find even more things to do in Seattle this month on The Seattle Globalist events calendar! Have an event to share? Are we missing something dazzling near you? It’s easy to submit your own Globalist event online. We’ll see you around town, as we share the best of the world, right here at home.