6 things to do in Seattle this weekend

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Baby Goats & Brews

All along I’ve been thinking dog-centric events were the thing that drove locals wild. But no. Goats. Baby goats. Baby goats and beer. Post this event on your Facebook page and watch it blow up with happy face emojis and thumbs up. You’ll need a ticket to meet the baby goats (and only a limited number of tickets will be given out so get there early). A $1 donation from every beer purchased benefits Puget Sound Goat Rescue. Can you handle the cuteness?

If you go: Baby Goats & Brews, Reuben’s Brews, Aug. 18 (doors open at noon) Free —F.D.

The Untuning of the Sky: Moongazing in the Skyspace

The Untuning of the Sky is a Seattle event unlike any other: a night of moon-gazing, poetry, drawing and film. The series, which earlier this summer took place at the Center for Wooden Boats, will be at the Henry Art Gallery’s Skyspace structure/installment, a space of quiet beauty and majestic design, perfect for taking in art or just turning your head upward to the moon and getting lost in your own thoughts. Poetry is, of course central, while the night will also mark the world premiere of Melvin Moti’s experimental film Cosmism. Also on the docket for the event is First Nations storytelling about the moon with Roger Fernandes and a drawing session by the light of the moon with the Henry’s Michelle Hagewood.

If you go: The Untuning of the Sky, Henry Art Gallery, 8 p.m. Aug. 18—N.C.

Arts in Nature Festival

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Sometimes, all you crave is a stroll through a park with some birdsong. And sometimes,  the outdoors with live bluegrass, jazz and indie music, contemporary dance shows and sound installations hit your summertime sweet spot. A two day festival at Camp Long in West Seattle with aural and visual delights and yes, a beer garden.

If you go: Arts in Nature Festival, Camp Long, Aug. 20 and 21 ($10)—F.D.

Allota Sh*t Has Happened- LGBTQ Elders Speak

You know what drives me bonkers? Those lists that celebrate the youngsters: 20 under 20, 30 under 30. Yeah, if you’re middle aged, those lists keep telling you, you have nothing interesting to offer. Nine LGBTQ artists—all over age 40—beg to differ and they’ll share their perspectives in this stage show that’s so perfectly titled. Performers include writer Jourdan Imani Keith, playwright Chad Goller-Sojourner and Miss Violet DeVille.

If you go: Allota Sh*t Has Happened- LGBTQ Elders Speak, Gay City, Aug. 19-21 (Tickets are free but need to be reserved online)—F.D.

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John Lewis: March Volume Three

Lest we forget how recently the Civil Rights movement occurred, we have the remarkable John Lewis to remind us and tell his ongoing story to younger generations. A student in the 1960s, Lewis helped organize the 1963 March on Washington, and since has gone on to advocate for civil rights and many other issues as a U.S. Representative for Georgia, most recently co-leading the Democrats’ 26-hour sit-in for gun control discussion in June. Lewis, along with Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, will be at Bellevue Library to discuss their book March: Volume 3, the third installment in the graphic novel trilogy. Interesting tidbit: Lewis cites the 1958 comic book “Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story” as an inspiration for him during the civil rights movement. Unable to get over to Bellevue? The event will will be live streamed. Here’s Lewis on The Daily Show earlier this month.

If you go: John Lewis: March Volume Three, Bellevue Library, 3 p.m. Aug. 19 (Free)—N.C.

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Sarah Jaffe, Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt

Seattle Library’s programming has never been more on the cutting edge. Journalist Sarah Jaffe comes to read from her anticipated book Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt, the day before its release. In Necessary Trouble, Jaffe talks about the new wave of political engagement led by everyday citizens, from the Tea Party to Black Lives Matter to the grassroots efforts supporting Bernie Sanders, and how it’s changing our nation. It’s so easy to get bogged down by the state of current American politics (cue anxiety montage of Flint, MI, gun control, privatized prisons, The War on Drugs, DONALD J. TRUMP) that we lose track of what an exciting time we’re in. Jaffe will talk about the power of movements already happening and, I can only hope, fuel the anger and the hope needed to transform our country.

If you go: Sarah Jaffe, Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt, Central Library, 7 p.m. Aug. 22 (Free)—N.C.

  

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