Best of Seattle events, February 28-March 3: Dune, Linday Costello, Sky Hopinka, and More!

intrinsically within the city of Seattle lies a diverse plethora of events to attend, gain experience, and savor. Here are some of them categorized below to make your life easier for you to choose from:

  1. Sky Hopinka: Subterranean Ceremonies (Visual Art) Date: Wednesday, February 28 Location: Frye Art Museum Admission: Free The talented artist Sky Hopinka, a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation descending from the Pechanga Band of Luiseño people, blends English with "Indigenous dialects such as Chinuk Wawa, a revived Chinookan creole of the Pacific Northwest" in his powerful works that entail poetry, prose, and imagery to think critically about language as a profound cultural force. This particular exhibition showcases four of his recent films and new photographs that focus on personal and political notions relating to Indigenous homeland, inspired by transient landscapes and the artist's own wanderings.
  2. Lindsay Costello Thursday, February 29: Dune: Part Two at SIFF Cinema Downtown (Film) Date: Thursday, February 29 Location: SIFF Cinema Downtown Cost: $14.50-19.50 Sequel to the popular Dune film, which surpasses the first in leaps and bounds, transports us back to the world created by the late local author Frank Herbert. This film follows the young Paul Atreides as he aligns himself with Chani and the Fremen people who have found a way to survive in the harsh desert climate of Arrakis. The film digs into the dangers that can be found within the hazards of leaders who are villains of their stories while also exploring the themes of Herbert's work. Offering just as much to those going in unaware, with stunning visuals that deserve to be seen on a big screen; this film will be hard to compete with throughout the year of 2024.
  3. Sloane Crosley with Ben Gibbard: Grief Is for People (Books) Date: Friday, March 1 Location: Town Hall Admission: $5-25, all ages Sloane Crosley is one of the few humor writers one can trust to write about the intense topics of death and loss without ruining the experience. Her new book, Grief Is for People, includes themes of death, suicide, and the destabilizing loss of sense of safety. Her wit is a light to cut through these impenetrable knots of emotion. Crosley will discuss her book with singer and songwriter Ben Gibbard, whose songwriting output is littered with morbidity and ghosts.
  4. Freakout Weekender (Music) Date: Saturday, March 2 Location: The Crocodile Complex + Belltown Yacht Club Cost: $57.50-225.00 For the past few years, the Freakout Weekender has taken over the Crocodile complex and Belltown Yacht Club with its annual autumn festival, with a heavy Latin American representation and excessive fun. This particular event on Saturday offers over 30 acts, including Derv Gordon of the legendary '60s and '70s UK soul-rock group the Equals, Mexican duo Sgt. Papers, Seattle's own triple-guitar threat the Valley Suns, and many more.
  5. Emerald City Comic Con 2024 (Nerdery) Date: Sunday, March 3 Location: Seattle Convention Center Cost: $56-466 ECC is a convention that welcomes all with a vast variety of fandoms to share in a jam-packed weekend of meet-and-greets, cosplay, comics, screenings, and more. This event offers youngling lightsaber training, furry meetups, and panels on topics like LGBTQ+ representation in the superhero world. Celebrity guests include Chris Evans, James Hong of Everything Everywhere All at Once and Kung Fu Panda, Jodie Whittaker, Elijah Wood, and Sean Astin.
  6. The Stranger's Nacho Week (Food) Date: Monday, March 4-Sunday, March 10 Location: Various Locations Cost: $10 Nacho Week is back for its annual celebration of inventive delicious nacho plates. For this year, from Monday, March 4 to Sunday, March 10, The Stranger will be celebrating with participating restaurants serving up specially crafted plates for only $10 each. With vegetarian and vegan options, this year's menu consists of offerings from Bang Bang Cafe, Citizen, Ozzies, Lost Lake Cafe & Lounge, and Rough & Tumble Pub, with many more to be announced.
  7. Lætitia Sadier (Music) Date: Tuesday, March 5 Location: Barboza Admission: $16-18 Lætitia Sadier, co-founder, songwriter, and lyricist of the great Stereolab, released her fifth solo album Rooting for Love last week via Chicago label Drag City, and it is a brilliant record filled with politics, subversion, and idiosyncratic synth-pop. My favorite cut is "Don't Forget That You're Mine," a bright experimental pop song about abuse and possession. This particular event is exciting as it's been a few years since listeners have gotten new solo music from the singer. In the past seven years, she has embarked on successful tours with a reunited Stereolab and put out a collaborative record as Modern Cosmology with Mombojó from Brazil.

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