Welcome to What’s There to Do in Seattle This Weekend: Oscars Edition! If you keep up with this weekly roundup, you know for the past few weeks it’s basically been a guide on how to avoid the rain. This one is pretty much still that, but with more popcorn.
Here’s the ultimate guide to get you ready and primed for the 92nd Academy Awards on Sunday night (5 p.m.; live on ABC).
Remember, many situations can cancel or cause schedule changes for events and outings, so always check before you go.
All things Oscars
- If you haven’t seen all of the nominated films yet, there’s still time to catch up before Sunday. Some movies are on streaming services while others are still in theaters.
- Our critic Moira Macdonald predicts who will win the Oscars here. Vote for who you think will win and see how your picks measure up to Moira’s?
- Spice up your party with a friendly competition: Oscars Night Bingo! We have four downloadable cards you can mark as the winners rattle off the usual list of thank yous during their acceptance speeches. I’d like to thank the Academy (our graphics team).
- Speaking of Oscars speeches, it’s not easy to overcome your general surprise/shock, jam in thank yous to everyone in your life, and add some witty comments in the allotted 45 seconds before the music plays you off the stage. What goes into a bang-up Oscars acceptance speech? Read the advice our arts critic has for the winners and see if they follow it. For examples of great speeches in Oscars acceptance history, see here.
- While popcorn is a classic and important movie snack, if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, try these Best Picture nominees-inspired food and drink pairings. Sundaes on a Sunday anyone?
- Don’t want to throw your own Oscars party? Attend one! Loews Hotels 1000 is throwing a bash with plenty of treats, drinks, games and prizes. Rein Haus Seattle and Tacoma are both showing the awards ceremony with ballots to cast your own votes, festive decorations and no admission fee! Nine Hats Wines is also throwing a free party with wine and pizza available for purchase.
- It can be easy to get wrapped up in the glitz and glamour of Oscars night, but they aren’t perfect, and the academy has come under fire (again) for a lack of diversity in its nominees. Take a minute to reflect on what the Academy can do better and why representation matters.
- With the Oscars airing Sunday evening, there’s still plenty of time to do other fun weekend things. If you’re in the market for a recreational vehicle, the Seattle RV Show is the place for you. With local dealers, raffles and seminars, there’s plenty to see, learn and buy.
- On Saturday, pop rockers American Authors will be at The Showbox, and Grammy Award-winning jazz singer Gregory Porter will be at the Moore. For more music and comedy events happening this weekend and beyond, see our nightlife listings.
- Two plays currently in production on Seattle stages just happen to be strangely resonant companion pieces. See “True West” at Seattle Rep (through Feb. 16) and “Our Country’s Good” at 12th Avenue Arts (through Feb. 22.)
- Dance classes, film screenings, gardening workshops and more are just a few of the other activities you can take part in this weekend.
- Make a visit to the Seattle Asian Art Museum, reopening tomorrow after being closed for renovations since 2017.
- See three new works for Velocity Dance Center’s Bridge Project 2020 from emerging dance artists Alyssa Boone, Lucille Jun and Peter Kohring.
- Meet Eoin Colfer, author of the popular children’s fantasy novel series “Artemis Fowl,” at the University Book Store for a discussion and book signing of his new fantasy novel for adults, “Highfire.”
- For more arts events happening this weekend and throughout February, see this month’s Look Ahead.
- Head to the Broadway Performance Hall on Saturday for Seattle poet Raúl Sánchez’s collaboration with Early Music Seattle; Orquestra Northwest; Hector Armienta, a Mexican American composer and conductor of opera; and Ensemble Caprice, an esteemed Montreal-based orchestra, for “The Other Conquest — 500-Year Legacy of Montezuma & Cortes.” A concert version of the event will take place at Town Hall on Sunday.
- If you couldn’t care less about the Oscars, comic-book movie “Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)” is a fun escape.
- Another option is the sobering documentary “Earth.”
Food and drink
- I don’t know about you, but a corn-dog-sized fried mozzarella stick sounds pretty fantastic to me. Find that and more at ChungChun in the Chinatown International District.
- If you don’t mind a cozy setting, head to Melrose Grill in Renton for perfectly seared steaks, rich stroganoff and wonderfully wobbly vanilla crème brûlée.
- Get major drink-spo (that’s drink inspiration) for your Oscars party at these new tasting rooms.
- Or, make your own homemade spiked seltzer. It’s easier than it sounds!
- If you prefer books over movies, there are several new titles for you to check out. Vox co-founder Ezra Klein argues the preeminent flaw in the theory that the white working class frequently votes against its own interests in “Why We’re Polarized.” Klein will be at the University Book Store on Monday, Feb. 10.
- Learn about the true story of the “Rainbow Murders” case in “The Third Rainbow Girl,” Emma Copley Eisenberg’s debut work of nonfiction. Eisenberg will be at Elliott Bay Book Co, on Monday, Feb. 10.
- For something that hits close to home, try Melissa Anne Peterson’s debut novel set in the Pacific Northwest, “Vera Violet.”
- Tired of podcasts? Consider transitioning to audio books with these short-story collections.
Family event of the week
- Several fairy tales are coming to life on Seattle stages. Disney’s “Frozen” the musical opens on Friday at the Paramount, the new musical “Bliss” opened Thursday at The 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre is taking on “Snow White” through March 6 and Pacific Northwest Ballet is wrapping up its production of “Cinderella” on Sunday. Before you go, check out Megan Burbank’s story about princess culture and how it can affect your little one’s world view.
Recommended date night
- Start the Valentine’s Day celebrations early at Pike Chocofest. With two floors of unlimited bites from local restaurants and talented chocolatiers paired with sips from Pike Brewing, local cidermakers and more, you’ll want to be sure to snag tickets to this one. While you’re in the area, consider dedicating a charm to your sweetie while also helping out the Market community.
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