We’re almost two months into our statewide stay-at-home order, but we’re not gonna focus on that! Instead, we’re going to virtually explore local art, develop our beer palate, soak up soulful jazz, indulge in a socially-distant dinner party and entertain the kiddos.
Keep the Kids Happy
The Children’s Film Festival is back after programs were cut short earlier this year thanks to a certain public health crisis. Gather the whole family for a weekend of all-ages film screenings (yep, these will keep your 2 and 12 year olds happy). Animation, live-action and documentary films from 27 nations are on the lineup. This is a unique way for kids — who are pretty much stuck inside — to experience childhood across the world without having to leave the house.
All screenings also include bonus activities (think coloring pages, filmmaking resources and discussion guides) so you can keep the kids engaged for hours. Heads up: weekend festival passes cost $30-$90.
- Running through Sunday, May 17: Children’s Film Festival Seattle
Experience an Online Art Walk
Remember those Thursday evenings spent wandering around galleries with a glass of wine in hand, dropping words like 'impressionism" and "motif"? Luckily for art connoisseurs, you can still spend your evening (virtually) exploring your neighborhood’s artists, businesses and organizations.
Every second Thursday, the West Seattle Art Walk and Capitol Hill Art Walk take viewers on an online tour of local art studios. The virtual silver lining? You can hop around two art walks in one night! Capitol Hill Art Walk is showcasing Ghost Gallery and Steve Gilbert Studio, plus a virtual wine tasting collaboration between Chophouse Row and their newest tenant, Digby Wines. West Seattle art walkers get an inside look at the creative process with online videos from the artists themselves.
- 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 14: West Seattle Art Walk
- 5 to 8 p.m. (or later) Thursday, May 14: Capitol Hill Art Walk
Get Serious About Beer
Are you completely lost when your beer-loving friends discuss the delicate notes of a craft brew? Don’t sweat it, Pacific Science Center’s Virtual Brewology is your chance to break into the prestigious world of porters and pale ales.
Learn how to taste and evaluate beers from Fremont Brewing’s Sensory Scientist Rachel McKinney at this virtual tasting event. All you need to do is pick up three featured Fremont beers, register ahead of time and start sippin’. Congrats! You’re on your way to becoming a regular old brewmaster. Keep in mind this event is 21+.
- 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 14: Virtual Brewology
Throw a (Virtual) Dinner Party
Dinner parties are most definitely on hold, and exclusively eating in means creative blocks when it comes to cooking. This weekend, splurge on a Seattle Made Dinner-For-Four Kit that gives you everything you need for a locally-sourced meal and tips on gathering online with friends.
This week’s kit includes ingredients for an appetizer, gnocchi dinner, molten chocolate cake dessert and a bouquet of flowers. Plus, they’ll throw in some bonus playlists and surprises. This is a great way to support local businesses while throwing your own virtual dinner party.
Kit orders must be placed by 11 a.m. Friday for delivery and 2 p.m. Saturday for pickup.
- Saturday, May 16: Seattle Made Dinner Party Kit
Make your Saturday Soulful
Add some groove to your quarantine with a live jazz performance streamed straight to your living room. Earshot Jazz brings powerhouse jazz musicians for one-night-only livestreams in collaboration with Town Hall. This Saturday, drummer D’Vonne Lewis, pianist Darrius Willrich and bassist Evan Flory-Barnes take the virtual stage. Tune in for a soulful and soothing end to your week.
- 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 16: Earshot Jazz Live at the Forum (livestream)