Social Justice Film Festival
Social Justice Film Institute, Northwest Film Forum and Meaningful Movies: online event; $5–125, all ages
This year the Social Justice Film Festival will be screening online all week — anytime you’re ready for a film. They’ve divided the films into thematic blocks; you can purchase a pass for individual blocks based on your interests, or you can purchase a complete pass. There are over 20 blocks with topics ranging from Black Lives Matter to environmental issues to art as activism. Some films I (Michelle) am excited to watch: “The #1 Bus Chronicles” about a notorious bus line in New Jersey that services an industrial neighborhood and prison, and the stories of the riders who depend on it; “Suppressed 2020: The Fight to Vote,” a documentary which seems all too important for the current state of affairs and reveals where and why voters are being suppressed in this country; and “Women’s Work” about a young woman who returns to the rural and Indigenous lands of Brazil to learn from the women who live and work there and about the ambition and endless value of these women to their communities. With so much offered, there will be films that pique your interest and float your boat, so check out SJFF 2020!
tips for Teens
University Heights Center: online event;
4–5:15 p.m., pay what you can,
Let’s be real: Being a teen can be pretty rough, and these days I get the feeling it might be a bit rougher. UHeights is launching a program centered on giving teens a safe space to meet and discuss different topics, ranging from the uncomfortable to the common. The program will be led by Anika Tara Rao, who is starting 10th grade this year and was inspired by her mom, Dr. Anu Taranath, discussing and exploring experiences with UW students through a new light; Taranath’s method is rooted in writing thought-provoking letters about things, ideas, people and self (tips). Each week a guest speaker will be present, sharing their insights and thoughts, and the group will share what they create using the tips method. This aims to welcome all teens and be a way for them to meet new people and form connections during these isolating times.
Pandemic Puppies Webinar: Puppy Resilience & Manners
Dog trainers Katey Aldred and Grisha Stewart: online event; 10 a.m.–noon, $29
One of the only (if not the only) cute outcomes of this pandemic has been the increase in pet ownership. Shelters, rescues and pet stores have had record breaking demand this year for new pets, especially dogs. While it’s so nice to think of all these little pups happy in a new home, it is a strange time overall. Dog training and behavior consultants Katey Aldred of Norfolk, United Kingdom, and Grisha Stewart of Seattle, will lead this webinar all about how to train a pandemic puppy and prep them for when long hours at home and readily available attention may dwindle. They will also discuss how different the vet process can be during this time, how to look out for health issues on your own and how to train a puppy with a child in the house. Learning these strategies for dog training will help ensure that these cuties will have a long and happy life when the pandemic ends and things shift.
Identities and Expressions: A Virtual Trans & Non-Binary Performing Arts Festival
4 Leaf Puckduction, Mx. Pucks A’Plenty and Irish Lashes: online event; various times, $5–30 donation
This festival will bring together trans and non-binary performers from Canada and the U.S. right to your personal digital devices. This is a chance to be among or support genderqueer artists, and have an excellent time. The details about performers have yet to be announced, but keep this festival on your radar because it’s sure to be a magical weekend.
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 Sept. 30 - Oct. 6, 2020 issue.