The Duo Comedy Improv Showcase is Seattle’s ONLY improv open mic. Each show features multiple two-person teams doing what they do best: creating spontaneous scenes on the fly that are so hilarious, quick-witted and perfectly constructed, it’s hard to believe they are made up on the spot. Using suggestions from the audience to fuel the funny fire.
A writer and artist born and raised in Karachi, now living in Los Angeles, Sehba Sarwar has long had work published in other countries – Pakistan, India, and Belgium, to name a few. She makes this welcome first visit here to read from a novel newly published in the U.S., Black Wings.
Experience the stunning natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest at the 2019 St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon & 1/2 Marathon! This show-stopping event takes you through some of the city’s most popular neighborhoods and, treats you to picturesque views of the iconic Seattle skyline and tree-lined city streets. The event also offers a flat and fast 5K at the Museum of Flight on Saturday, allowing runners to take on the Remix Challenge and earn up to 3 different medals.
Joining in this evening are two graphic novelists published by Drawn and Quarterly. Seattle cartoonist Peter Bagge, who most recently visited us to speak about two previous biographical portraits of groundbreaking 20th century women: Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story and Fire!! The Zora Neale Hurston Story, returns with Credo: The Rose Wilder Lane Story. Rose Wilder Lane, daughter of Laura Ingalls Wilder and champion of the “Little House on the Prairie” series, was a feminist, a war correspondent and a mother of American libertarianism.
Dutch American writer Mieke Eerkens’s moving memoir, All Ships Follow Me moves from Indonesia to the Netherlands to the United States, and spans generations, as the author recounts her parents’ lives during and just after the war, and travels with them in the present day to the sites of their childhood in an attempt to understand their experiences. In 1942, her father, then a ten-year-old boy living in the Dutch East Indies, was one of a hundred thousand Dutch interned by Japanese soldiers in a concentration camp and forced into hard labor. In the Netherlands, her mother, then five years old, was left on the street as her parents-who had ties to the Nazi occupiers–were taken away and imprisoned in the same camps where the country’s Jews had recently been held. All Ships Follow Me is a deeply personal, sweeping saga of the wounds of war, and the way trauma can be passed down through generations.
Milicent Patrick, one of Disney’s first female animators and the only woman to create one of Hollywood’s classic movie monsters, is the subject of screenwriter and filmmaker Mallory O’Meara’s book, The Lady of the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Milicent Patrick.
In 1975, when Foucault spent Memorial Day weekend in Southern California at the invitation of Simeon Wade (1940-2017)—ostensibly to guest-lecture at the Claremont Graduate School where Wade was an assistant professor, but in truth to explore what he called the Valley of Death. Led by Wade and Wade’s partner Michael Stoneman, Foucault experimented with psychedelic drugs for the first time. Foucault in California s the late Simeon Wade’s firsthand account of that long weekend. Part search for higher consciousness, part bacchanal, this book chronicles a young man’s burgeoning friendship with one of the twentieth century’s greatest thinkers. Joining us today are Simeon Wade’s brother David Wade and novelist Heather Dundas, who wrote the foreword to Foucault in California.
The author of one of the more compelling poetry debuts we’ve seen in recent years, Sally Wen Mao with her first book, Mad Honey Symposium, Sally Wen Mao makes this welcome first Elliott Bay appearance for her just-released second collection, Oculus. She’ll be welcomed and joined this evening by esteemed poet Jane Wong, author of Overpour.
Novelist, playwright and cultural critic Sarah Schulman’s novel, Maggie Terry, is the story of a woman who wants nothing more than to slowly rebuild her life in hopes of being reunited with her daughter. But her first day on the job as a private investigator lands her in the middle of a sensational new case: actress strangled. If Maggie is going to solve this mystery, she’ll have to shake the ghosts – dead NYPD partner, vindictive ex, steadfast drug habit—that have long ruled her life.