Must List: ‘Peacock in the Desert’ Opening, Seattle Queer Film Festival, 16th Annual Mushroom Festival

Your weekly guide to Seattle's hottest events.

By Beau Iverson


October 18, 2018


Peacock in the Desert: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India
(10/18) Join the Seattle Art Museum and community art lovers at this free opening celebration for the museum’s newest exhibition, Peacock in the Desert. The exhibition celebrates the vibrant paintings, lavish furnishings and rich artistic and cultural traditions of the Indian kingdom of Marwar-Jodhpur. The opening event will feature a DJ, local artist Humaira Abid, live dance performances and more. 5–9 p.m. Free. Seattle Art Museum, Downtown, 1300 1st Ave.; 206.654.3100; Facebook “Peacock in the Desert: Free Community Opening Celebration”


Alex Wind, David Hogg and Jammal Lemy
(10/21) March for Our Lives is an anti-gun violence organization that was created in the wake of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in which 17 students and teachers were killed. Founders—and massacre survivors—Alex Wind, David Hogg, and Jammal Lemy visit Seattle this weekend to discuss their new book Glimmer of Hope, which chronicles the tragedy through first person essays, oral histories and the movement that rose from it. 7:30 p.m. Prices vary. Temple De Hirsch Sinai, Capitol Hill, 1441 16th Ave.; 206.652.4255;


16th Annual Mushroom Festival
(10/19-10/21) This weekend-long event is perfect for the mushroom enthusiast, or anyone looking to learn more about their favorite fungi. Take a deep dive into all things shroom-centric, including interactive seminars, guided foraging in the Quinault rainforest, Fungi Bingo, and, of course, menus featuring seasonally harvested mushrooms. Times and prices vary. Lake Quinault Lodge, Quinault, 345 S Shore Rd.; 360.288.2900;


TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival
(Through 10/21) TWIST is a nationally recognized, LGBTQ-oriented film festival that has been a staple of the Seattle film community since 1996. Curated by Three Dollar Bill Cinema, a Queer film and media organization, this year’s festival will showcase documentaries, shorts and feature-length stories pertaining to the diverse LGBTQ community and its history. Times, prices and locations vary. 206.323.4274;

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Bob’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Farm
(Through 10/31) Get your fall fix at Bob’s Corn, home to a massive 10 acre corn maze, pumpkin patch, Country Store and more. Up the ante by navigating the “Night Maze” on Friday or Saturday night, in which the maze will be illuminated only by handheld flashlights and the stars above it. Make sure to rent one of the farm’s 18 firepits to warm up at afterwards. Visitors can also take on the maze under the light (and warmth) of the autumn sun, and scour the pumpkin patch for the perfect, plumpest carving canvas. Times and prices vary. Snohomish, 10917 Elliott Rd.; 360.668.2506;


Husky Homecoming
(10/20) Hut! Hut! Homecoming! Time to don the purple and gold as the University of Washington Huskies face the Colorado Buffaloes in the 2018 UW football season homecoming. If you haven’t already, get on the boat moorage permit waiting list to “sailgate” in Husky Harbor for a truly authentic Seattle experience. Kickoff at 12:30 p.m. Prices vary. UW Husky Stadium, University District, 3800 Montlake Blvd. NE; 206.543.2200;
(by Maggie Kerr)

Ghost Game XII: Into the Dark
(10/18–11/3) Calling upon the talents of acrobats, dancers, aerialists and puppeteers, Seattle-based “performative mythology” ensemble The Cabiri gives life to traditional folklore, myths and legends. Its 12th annual Halloween production will explore the worlds of the living and the dead at its brand-new, permanent home studio in Frelard. 8 p.m. Prices vary. Fremont-Ballard, 943 NW 50th St.; 206.659.9307; (by Maggie Kerr)

Illustration by Arthur Mount

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Photography by Sage Chen

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Hip-Hop Healing in Seattle

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