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    $15 or Less: 1/2K Marathon with Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Seattle U's Search for Meaning bookfest

    Plus, Pretty in Pink at Central Cinema and MOHAI's "Revealing Queer" opening party - for $15 or less.
    Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis will read from the third installation of their Wildwood series Wednesday night at Third Place Books.

    Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis will read from the third installation of their Wildwood series Wednesday night at Third Place Books. Autumn de Wilde, wildwoodchronicles.com

    Beat the February gloom with MOHAI's new “Revealing Queer” exhibit, Central Cinema's double feature (Pretty in Pink and She's All That), and more. Read on.
    Third Place Books, Wed. 2/12 at 7 p.m., FREE
    Colin Meloy, lead singer of beloved indie band The Decemberists, long ago expanded his repertoire to include children’s book author extraordinaire. He and his wife, illustrator Carson Ellis, will be here to read from Wildwood Imperium, the third installment in their fantasy adventure series Wildwood. I saw Meloy last time he was in town (for Under Wildwood), now leaving the times I’ve seen him in concert at zero, and bumping the times I’ve seen him as an adult at a children’s book reading up to one. Meloy and Ellis were charming and the books have an excellent balance of adventure, humor, and Meloy-brand darkness. However, it was also the best I;ve been to mdash there’s something very refreshing about the questions kids ask, which were all questions everyone actually wanted to know the answer to.
    MOHAI, Fri. 2/14 from 7 p.m.- 11 p.m., $12 advance/$15 day-of
    The Museum of History and Industry has a new exhibit all on the Puget Sound's LGBTQ community and tonight they'll celebrate its unveiling. Curators Erin Bailey and Nicole Robert (of the Queering the Museum project) have worked to carry together artifacts and photos, along with digital storytelling, to weave a tapestry of Seattle's gay history from the 60s through today. The fun and events will continue through the coming months but tonight, come for Bingo hosted by Mama Tits, music Djed by Cat of THEESatisfaction, and hor d'oevres (as well as a cash bar). 
    Seattle University, Sat. 2/15 from 8 a.m. to 6:15 p.m., FREE
    Seattle University once again presents their annual book festival with a line-up of more than 40 authors coming from near and far to explore the human search for meaning. While Seattle University is a Jesuit institution, the authors come from Christian, Mormon, agnostic, Islam, Buddhist, Jewish, and Hindu paths (among others), taking on issues of social justice, faith and spirituality. Events include: Wendy Call on "Facing Globalization: When the Big-Box Economy Comes to Small-Town Mexico," Steffanie Long's “Draw it Out: Providing Hope and Healing for Children facing Loss”, and talks on the making of Grace on the Margins, a social justice musical (as well as a reprise!).
    Central Cinema, Fri. 2/14- Tues. 2/18, $6
    I very heavily eluded to this last week: Central Cinema does it again! She’s All That AND Pretty in Pink on Valentine’s weekend!?!? I don’t think I can think of a better pairing. She’s All That will be just 99 cents on Tuesday night, but I am most excited for Pretty In Pink, which I long avoided, thinking it was the least of the John Hughes masterpieces, only to realize upon seeing it last year that it may be the best. Celebrate Duckie as the ultimate best friend, inspiringly weird fashion, and Molly Ringwald as the quirky, embittered it-girl of the 80s — a red-headed heroine more complex and oddball than anyone who’s succeeded her on the big screen.
    Cal Anderson Park, Sun. 2/16 at 3:30 p.m., FREE
    This marathon will be a head-turner, but for unusual reasons. Led by Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (characterized by activism carried out in nun drag) will lead a 1/2K “marathon” from Cal Anderson Park — where a crucial, thorough stretching session will take place — ALL THE WAY to the Cuff, located at 13th and Pine, where there will be an after-party to celebrate those 18 calories you burned during the run (or the thousands of calories you burned getting into elaborate drag). In addition, the whole event raises money for YouthCare, a nonprofit that does the vital work of providing services to Seattle's homeless teens.
    Central Library, Sun. 2/16 at 2 p.m., FREE
    Bev Sellars, chief of the Xat’sull Indian Band in B.C., will be reading from her memoir They Called Me Number One: Secrets and Survival at an Indian Residential School. Sellars, along with many aboriginal and Inuit children in the Pacific Northwest, was plucked from her family and community and forced to attend a church-run residential school meant to “civilize” Native Americans. In her memoir, Sellars weaves her mother and grandmother’s tales in with her own, depicting the three generations of her family that attended St. Joseph’s Mission, while also providing perspective on how this school has reverberated through her life.
    Photo of Bev Sellars from Talonbooks.com
    What are you doing this weekend? Let us know in the comments area below. And if you hear of any interesting – under $15 - events in or around our grand city, please email editor@crosscut.com.


    Nicole Capozziello is a former Wisconsinite with a past split between cheesehouse and liberal arts college. She has called Seattle her home since 2009. She currently works at TOPS alternative school, and at Theo Chocolate, where she lives the dream as a chocolate factory tour guide. She enjoys cooking, exploring Seattle’s lovely parks with her dog and wonderful friends and attending author readings.

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