Online Improv Workout
7–8:30 p.m., pay what you can, Zoom info with registration at tinyurl.com/yd69xhh2
Have you taken improv classes before and feel like getting back in the game? And by the game, I mean practicing and performing improv in your living room. Unexpected Productions is hosting this 90-minute workshop that will lead you through games, exercises and open scenes to reinforce and hone your improv skills. Unexpected Productions Veteran Paul Levy and Education Director Jill Farris will be there to provide constructive feedback along the way. Improvisation seems just as important a skill to develop as baking endless banana bread, so enjoy!
Do’s & Don’ts of Separation & Divorce Meetup, 5:30–7 p.m., free, register at tinyurl.com/ycrrmojt
Full disclosure: This event is hosted by a law firm, but because the topic is often “taboo” and the experience can be isolating, it could be an important resource. If you find yourself in a separation or divorce, this meetup will offer a Q&A with a top divorce attorney, a certified divorce financial analyst and a certified real estate divorce specialist. A licensed family and marriage counselor will also be present. The meetup recurs on the last Wednesday monthly, if you miss this week’s or find yourself suddenly needing some info.
Photographing Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest, 6:30–9:30 p.m., free, register at tinyurl.com/y7z2uyqc
Despite the fact that the spring season felt sort of canceled, the blooming of the Pacific Northwest continued on without interruption. Advocates Alanna Jonson (environmentalist and amateur photographer) and Jennifer Carr (nature photographer and educator) will host a webinar on how to identify and photograph the flowers of this beautiful region. You’ll learn techniques to identify and photograph wildflowers, following nature-first principles, and you’ll gain a new appreciation for these local wonders. Now you can add zest to your daily walks by running into your new friends — the beautiful blooms.
May 21 and 28
Weekly BrainDance, 1–4 p.m., free, Facebook and Instagram Live, tinyurl.com/ydbt7env
What is a BrainDance, you might be wondering? Well, it’s a series of eight movement patterns that can help us feel more awake, grounded and refreshed. This help from Seattle Theatre Group is much appreciated while sheltering in place. The BrainDance is friendly for all ages and abilities, so gather a crew from near and far for a nice midday break. Also, may I add that now is a time to really dance (BrainDance included) like no one is watching? Let loose and have fun with it!
Digitizing Your Family Photos, 5–6 p.m., donations encouraged, register at tinyurl.com/y8tep8dv
Remember when photographs lived outside of screens on actual paper?! The Southwest Seattle Historical Society wants to help you organize your old family photos, like those stashed in a shoebox in the back of a closet or collecting dust on your grandma’s bookshelves. Collections Manager Rachel Regelein will walk you through the basics to digitize these parts of your history, answering questions: How do you best scan a photo nowadays? What is the best file type for storage? Where do you even start? And many more. There is also a downloadable reference guide available for you after the workshop to continue the project. I hope this made you feel as nostalgic (read: old) as me for the days of printed photos!
Pole with Purpose: A virtual competition for COVID-19 relief, 10 a.m.–6 p.m., donations encouraged, Facebook Live, tinyurl.com/yd5ag4rl
Pole with Purpose is an all-day competition with 80 participants from all over the world. The judges will provide feedback to every participant and give lighthearted titles and fun awards. The donations will go to support people who have lost their income due to COVID-19, including the event staff of Seattle’s Positive Spin Pole Dance Gym, as well as Sex Workers Outreach Project-Seattle. Tune in for a fun-filled day of watching rare and wonderful performances!
Calendar compiled by Michelle Galluzzo. Got something we should know about? Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for calendar submissions is nine days prior to the date of publication.
Read more in the May 20-26, 2020 issue.