Laughing at Lauren Weedman, Opening Night at SIFF and Other Musts for Your Calendar

Lauren Weedman’s New Show

Opens Thursday (5/17-5/19) - Hilarious performer (and Almost Live alum) Lauren Weedman presents her new one-woman show, SRO: Single Room Occupancy, a true story about the strange life she once lived in Seattle—involving lawn maintenance, sexual misadventures and horror films.
5/17-5/19. 8 p.m. $12–$15. Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave.; 206.329.2629;

SIFF Opening Night - Lynn Shelton’s Your Sister’s Sister

Opens Thursday (5/17) - For the first time in its 37-year history, the Seattle International Film Festival (5/17-6/10) has selected a film that was locally produced and shot by a Seattle filmmaker for its opening-night gala. That’s Lynn Shelton’s sweet, surprising comedy, Your Sister’s Sister, starring Emily Blunt (The Young Victoria),  Rosemarie DeWitt, and Mark Duplass (Humpday). Expect laugh-out-loud comedy and entertaining plot twists.
SIFF: 5/17–6/10. Times, prices and venues vary. 206.324.9996;

Syttende Mai Parade in Ballard

Thursday (5/17) - May 17 marks Norwegian Constitution Day or Syttende Mai (pronounced Soot-n-duh My). It’s the day when Ballardites come out of the woodwork to celebrate the neighborhood’s rich Scandinavian heritage. The main event is certainly the parade, featuring music, dancing, lots of traditional garb and, of course, a merry viking or two. It all starts at 62nd and 24th Avenue NW at 6pm and ends at Ballard Ave. at Dock St. Note: bus routes are affected.
5/17, 6pm-8pm. Free. Ballard. More info at

Snow Conditions Still Good!

Saturday and Sunday (5/19–5/20) - Crystal Mountain boasts it’s the only ski area in Washington still open, and it plans to remain so through Memorial Day for skiing and snowboarding (perhaps even later, conditions permitting). Get one last run in, and check out the high-flying Gondola (the tram with a vertical rise of 2500 feet!), which is open this Saturday and Sunday and then closes until June.
Check conditions before you go. More info at

Chihuly Garden and Glass Exhibit Debuts

Monday (5/21) - Be among the first to see the most comprehensive collection of work by Seattle’s renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly, including his ubiquitous chandeliers, “float boats,” Mille Fiori and glass forests spread across eight exhibit galleries, an elaborate garden and a dazzling glass house, all in the Seattle Center space formerly known as the Fun Forest. 
Opens 5/21, 11am-8pm. Prices Vary. Seattle Center (adjacent to the Space Needle). 305 Harrison St.; 206.753.4940;