4 free things to do in Seattle this weekend (and 1 that's expensive)


KEXP New Home Grand Opening *

KEXP is throwing an all-day, all-ages, FREE party to fete its new digs at Seattle Center and not only will there be plenty of live music (Grace Love, Hey Marseilles, Deep Sea Diver to name a few), there will be tours of the state-of-the-art facility as well as plenty of food to purchase (oh man, Molly Moon’s is selling a Cheryl Waters sundae — how cool is that?!) The homegrown radio station that exemplifies community has long known how to throw a party. This should be good.

If you go: KEXP New Home Grand Opening, 1st Avenue North and Republican, noon to 9 p.m. April 16 (Free)—F.D.

Nancy Pearl Day at Full Tilt *

We had the pleasure of having famed librarian Nancy Pearl on Civic Cocktail in February, and it was my favorite show of all time. And that's saying something, since I've been to every Civic Cocktail over the past two seasons. I absolutely adored her, wanted to read everything she recommended and researched all that she has done for Seattle's book community. Now, Full Tilt is combining four things that I've come to love in life: Peanut Butter, ice cream, reading and Nancy Pearl. She'll be scooping her flavor "peanut butter book club" at the White Center location at 2 p.m. on Saturday. You can read more about Pearl and her lesser-known-passions in this article, then head over to Full Tilt to meet this lovely woman!

If you go: Nancy Pearl Day, Full Tilt Ice Cream, 2 p.m. April 16 (Free)—C.R.

Screen Shot 2016-04-13 at 10.00.13 AMFirst Folio events *

All sorts of happenings have been taking place to underscore our hosting of Shakespeare’s First Folio (which closes April 17; reserve free tickets here).  Some of the final events for all you Shakespeare fans: a screening of “10 Things I Hate About You” (3 p.m. April 14 at the Beacon Hill library); a lecture about the Bard’s cultural influence (6 p.m.  April 14 at the Central library); an Elizabethan dance performance (1:30 p.m. April 16 at the Central library) and an era-tinged concert (3 p.m. April 17 at the Central library).

You can find a full calendar of events here.

If you go: First Folio events, Now through April 17 at various Seattle libraries (Free)—F.D. 

David Allen Sibley *david sibley

Not unlike Heimlich and Pilates, I had put Sibley in the category of big names associated with a person of yesteryear. Little did I know that Sibley (of the well-known Sibley bird guides) is not only still around, but continuing to write and illustrate these handy and compelling guides (with a full head of hair, mind you). The second editions of Sibley Birds West and Sibley Birds East hit the shelves only a couple weeks ago, with the former featuring over 5,000 of Sibley’s illustrations and 715 bird species found west of the Rockies. Head to SPL for the opportunity to see Sibley, author of these guides -an asset for experienced birders and beginners alike. My favorite western bird is the blue grouse, found in the Upland Game Birds section (pg. 36).

If you go: David Allen Sibley, Seattle Central Library, 7 p.m. April 20 (Free)—N.C.


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Cambria Roth

Cambria Roth

Cambria Roth is formerly a digital editor at Crosscut, where she curated and wrote Crosscut’s daily, weekly and election newsletters.