Apparently this weekend is all about... learning? Don’t worry, it’s more fun than it sounds. This weekend is packed with book clubs, astronomy, science projects, concerts, and seminars. This one goes out to everyone craving a bit of intellectual stimulation right now:
There’s nothing like curling up with a good book, and being stuck inside gives us plenty of time for that. Seattle’s literary community is changing up the reading game with creative ways to connect with other bookworms while still keeping your distance.
One of our favorite events at Hugo House is their Solitude Social Club, which brings together readers and writers for a drink and some book talk. They’re also joining forces with Elliott Bay Book Company and Seattle Arts & Lectures for a triple book launch and conversation with local authors Corinne Manning, Kristen Millares Young, and EJ Koh. If you want something more consistent, join a quarantine book club (Third Place Books has quite the lineup). Or download Seattle Public Library’s summer book bingo for a fun challenge.
- Thursday, May 28, 6 to 8 p.m. - Launched: Corinne Manning, Kristen Millares Young & EJ Koh
- Thursday, May 28, 5 to 6 p.m. - Solitude Social Club: A Bookish Happy Hour with Sadie Dupuis
- Varying dates and times: Quarantine bookclubs with Third Place Books and Adult Book Bingo with The Seattle Public Library
Astronomy At Home
Do you consider Bill Nye an icon? Did you binge-watch Cosmos? If so, you should definitely drop by Astronomy at Home, which breaks down some of the universe’s most interesting topics in an accessible and engaging way. This weekend’s topic revolves around the most mysterious stars in the universe, led by Dr. James Davenport. An unexpected perk you don’t want to miss? Their partnership with Peddler Brewing Company (aka discounted beer).
- Thursday, May 28, 8 to 9:30 p.m. - The Most Mysterious Stars in our Galaxy
The Pacific Science Center Goes Virtual
The Pacific Science Center may be closed to the public, but you can still get the whole family involved with their fun, educational, and (of course) virtual activities. This weekend, join local experts at the Curiosity Expo as they demonstrate the ins and outs of engineering with hands-on activities (think assembling a battery from household items). PacSci also mixes up family night with Virtual Family Science Night and keeps the kids entertained with weekly storytimes hosted on Facebook Live.
- Friday, May 29, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Engineering // Curiosity Expo
- Every Friday, 10 a.m. - Storytime on Facebook Live
- Saturday, May 30, 6 to 8 p.m. - Virtual Family Science Night: Amazing Adaptations
Listen To Something New
You may already be familiar with the consistent stream of virtual concerts from across Seattle. Newbies and regulars alike can enjoy this weekend packed with live virtual concerts from every genre. It’s a great time to support the local music scene! Nectar, Seattle Opera, High Dive, and Town Hall are all featuring awesome artists on their virtual concert series lineup. Whether you’re a rock lover, opera die-hard, or just want to chill out to some soothing jazz, there’s something for everyone.
- Thursday, May 28, 7 p.m. - Songs of Summer with Angel Blue
- Thursday- Saturday, May 28 thru May 30 - Nectar Virtual Concert Series
- Thursday- Saturday, May 28 thru May 30 - High Dive Live Stream Concerts
- Saturday, May 30, 7:30 p.m. - Earshot Jazz Live at The Forum with Johnaye Kendrick
Talk It Out
We can’t be the only ones missing lectures from experts, right? It’s hard to have discussions when you’re self-isolating, so we found a few people who are a bit more qualified to do the talking. On Friday, join Portland-based artist Takahiro Yamamoto for a screening and discussion of his artwork, which explores abstraction. For a glimpse into the future, tune into Town Hall for a talk by Anthony Townsend about urban technology.
- Friday, May 29, 4 pm to 5:30 pm: Discussion Seminar: Takahiro Yamamoto
- Sunday, May 31, 7:30 pm: Anthony Townsend: The Future of Driverless Cars