Stroum Jewish Community Center
Tot Shabbat presented by Stroum Jewish Community Center, Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation, PJ Library, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle
Join Chava Mirel and Dr. Eliyahu Krigel every Friday at 9:45 am throughout the remainder of 2021 for Tot Shabbat presented by Stroum Jewish Community Center, Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation, PJ Library, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle.
Fun for the entire family right in your own living room or where ever you might be. Participate live via Zoom or watch on Facebook live. Links and details below. Participate live through Zoom. Register in advance for Tot Shabbat each month (once you register, registration is good through December 2021):
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. To enhance the user experience we ask that you register for the Zoom event. Make sure the updated software is loaded on your device, so plan accordingly. For more information on joining a Zoom webinar, click here.
Or you can watch via Facebook Live: tune in to the SJCC Facebook page at 9:45 am on Friday:
Washington State Historical Society
Curated in collaboration with historian Peter Boag (Vancouver, Washington), the Washington State Historical Society is proud to present the original exhibition Crossing Boundaries: Portraits of a Transgender West.
This exhibition shares seldom-spotlighted historical narratives of transgender people in the West. It spans the time period of 1860 to 1940 and explores four central themes, connecting those histories to contemporary aspects of today’s LGBTQ+ community. Stories from the lives of specific individuals who did not conform to gender norms will illuminate the themes of visibility, identity, acceptance, and history.
Among the many people whose stories will be shared are Harry Allen, a heartbreaker who was wanted by the police; Dr. Alan Hart, a medical doctor and Northwest novelist; and the mysterious Mrs. Nash, a laundress to the famed Seventh Cavalry (and an officer’s wife).
While today we might think of the people represented in the exhibition as “transgender,” that term did not exist during their lifetimes. These individuals were the public face of the LGBTQ+ community at the turn of the twentieth century. They were the ones who appeared in the press (for reasons elaborated in the exhibition) and thus were the most widely recognized, identified, and accessible examples of LGBTQ+ identities during the late 1800s and early 1900s. This is one reason that the exhibition’s focus places transgender people as front and center in LGBTQ+ history.
Pacific Bonsai Museum
Federal Way, WA
Stones are shaped by water, wind, sand, and ice but what we see in them is shaped by our minds. A bit like cloud watching, the ancient practice of viewing stones is an art of the imagination, in which we can see mountains, figures, animals, and even deep space. What you can find? See 30 exquisite viewing stones in Stone Images XI, an outdoor exhibition open to the public at Pacific Bonsai Museum. Stones in this exhibition were collected from six states (CA, ND, NM, SD, OR, and WA) by members of the local Northwest Viewing Stone Club (a study group of the Puget Sound Bonsai Association). All-ages. Free.
Experience the sights, sounds, tastes, and traditions of the Nordic Holiday season. ScanFair brings Scandinavia to Portland through traditional food vendors, locally crafted items, a holiday exhibit, an exciting raffle, and welcoming local community organizations.
This year, ScanFair will return in a modified format to fit within Nordia House and Nordic Northwest’s campus. We invite you to join us for this family favorite event!
Reservations are strongly recommended as space will be extremely limited. Stay tuned for tickets!
COVID-19 Safety Protocols
Enjoy four Temporary Art Installations on Seattle Center grounds, now through end of 2021.
These works were developed through Seattle Office of Arts & Culture Art Interruptions program. Artists attended a year-long Public Art Bootcamp training program, which resulted in these four commissioned artworks. Seattle Center Sculpture Walk is funded by Seattle Center 1% for Art funds, and administered by Office of Arts & Culture. Fumi Amano – Fisher Pavilion Rooftop; Nate Clark – Founder’s Court South; Jovita Mercado – International Fountain Walkway; Jacques Trautman – Fisher Pavilion & Artists at Play.
New Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Greek Revolution
Jackson School of International Studies, Hellenic Studies Program
University of Washington
December 3-4, 2021
Friday, December 3, 2021
Welcome and Opening Remarks
(9:00-9:30 a.m. PST)
9:00 a.m.: Leela Fernandes (Director, Jackson School of International Studies)
9:10 a.m.: Alexander Hollmann (Chair, Hellenic Studies)
9:20 a.m.: Nektaria Klapaki (Lecturer, Hellenic Studies)
From the Ionian Islands to the Greek Nation State: On British Colonialism and Religious Minorities
(9:30-11:15 a.m. PST)
Sakis Gekas (York University), The Ionian Connection. British Colonialism and the Greek Revolution
Evdoxios Doxiadis (Simon Fraser University), Muslims and Jews in the Greek War of Independence and Its Immediate Aftermath
Dimitrios Varvaritis (University of Vienna), Ottoman Jewry and the Greek Revolution. Rethinking an Overlooked Facet of the War of Independence Period
New Political Languages and the Greek Revolution
(11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. PST)
Efi Gazi (University of the Peloponnese), Conceptualizing “Liberty” in the Age of the Greek Revolution
Nektaria Klapaki (University of Washington), The Cult of the Insurgent Greek Nation in Kalvos’s Odes
Simos Zenios (University of California, Los Angeles), “Freedom-loving Speech:” Greek Poetry and Modern Revolution
Saturday, December 4, 2021
The Greek Revolution through the Eyes of Philhellenes and Hellenes
(9:30-11:15 a.m. PST)
Roderick Beaton (King’s College London), Byron on Greece and Greeks – was he a Phihellene?
Gonda Van Steen (King’s College London), The United States as a Haven for Greek Revolutionary War Orphans? Myth and Reality
David Ricks (King’s College London), Between Teos and Sparta: The Revolution in Panagiotis Soutsos’ The Cithara (1835)
The Greek Revolution from the Margins
(11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. PST)
Artemis Leontis (University of Michigan), Solomos’s Woman of Zakythos and the Making of Refugees
Vangelis Calotychos (Brown University), Nights of 2021/2022: Regarding Dionysios Solomos’ Free Besieged at the Bicentennial’s End
Nikolas P. Kakkoufa (Columbia University), Queering the Greek Revolution
NEW CHANGES THIS DECEMBER & MORE MONTH-LONG CHRISTMAS FUN!
This December, midweek and on weekends, we plan on celebrating our eye popping display of over half a million lights and with music & entertainment, holiday characters for your photo ops, carolers, kids’ activities, roasting chestnuts, Santa photos and so much more!
No more “flipping of the switch” on Saturdays and Sundays. Instead, the town lights will shine bright every day of the week.
***Events are subject to change due to Covid-19 mandates and restrictions***
It is no surprise that December is the most popular month for visitors to come to Leavenworth. Below are some great tips for those planning on coming to our beautiful Christmastown this December, so your stay is a most enjoyable one! For those of you not traveling this December, you can still enjoy The Bavarian Village of Leavenworth from the comfort of your home! We are rolling out a host of creative new virtual ways to brighten your season like a live webcam of the lights, an online Holiday Gift Giving Guide and a Advent Calendar where you can win prizes to some of your favorite shops, restaurants and activities!
Is the Christmas Lighting Festival or other events happening on the weekends and in the month of December?
Our festivals typically draw very large crowds and in our efforts to maximize safety for our community and visitors, we are no longer doing our traditional countdown or “flipping of the switch” for those Saturdays and Sundays in December. Instead, the lights will always be on 7 days a week from Thanksgiving through February and we have scheduled lots of fun entertainment and events both midweek and weekends throughout the month of December. Pro tip: A visit midweek or after the New Year will see fewer crowds and the same beautiful lights! We also have a virtual live-feed experience available so you can look at our beautiful lights from the comfort of your home: Live Webcam For more information on Christmastown in December please click here.
What safety measures are in place for Covid-19?
Front Street (the main street in downtown Leavenworth) has been closed to vehicle traffic since July of 2020 to allow for additional social distancing. Masks are currently mandatory inside public spaces so visitors should expect to wear masks indoors. Masks and sanitizing stations are also readily available throughout downtown. Please help keep our community safe!
Stroum Jewish Community Center
This winter, we’re taking Hanukkah on the road – and we’re heading to U Village! We’re bringing our Hands on Hanukkah program to communities across King County to share and celebrate the holiday with arts and crafts and tasty treats. Stop by our booth at the U Village Pavilion to say hi and create your own Hanukkah artwork!
Trophy Cupcakes will be joining us and giving away FREE mini cupcakes to Hands on Hanukkah participants! You can also enter your name in a raffle to win one of Trophy’s amazing DIY Hanukkah Cupcake Kits.
Plus, we’re partnering with Trophy to offer special Hanukkah cupcakes, which you’ll be able to pre-order and pick up at U Village while you’re shopping. Details and purchase link coming soon!
DuPont Historical Museum
Each night for two weeks in December, a new beautifully decorated
holiday window will be revealed. Neighbors can explore DuPont’s
original historic village on a self-guided walk to enjoy the festive
spirit and community creativity.
2021 WINDOW HOSTS NEEDED!
(Historic Village: neighborhood surrounding Barksdale Avenue)
Display your decorated window for up to 2 weeks in December
Represent winter traditions of your family, historical or religious scenes,
holiday pop culture, nature, etc.
Not artistic? Volunteer help is available!
Not just homes: any building in DuPont Village can host a window
Not in DuPont Village? You can volunteer or sponsor!
More info & sign-up: dupontmuseum.com/events
Photography today is all about the self and the selfie. Contemporary photographs don’t reveal the identity of an individual as much as they become the identity of the individual. Photography has always been interested in the face, the body, the inner essence of the sitter, but how those characteristics are shown has changed over time as photographs shared in albums have given way to digital images shared on social media. These mostly vintage photographs collected by Seattle resident Robert E. Jackson show us portraiture and the body in many guises and spaces—as witnessed in the masked portraits and photo booths—as well as how the camera and the photographer manipulate and alter what is seen through the lens in a time before digital tools were accessible to the masses. They challenge and explore our sense of play as well as address our common humanity. All of us live life photographically. This show presents some compelling examples.
Stroum Jewish Community Center
Virtual Book Fest: “Saturday Night Live” Star Laraine Newman (“May You Live in Interesting Times”) + Writer and Bestselling Author Alan Zweibel (“Laugh Lines”)
Zoom Author Conversation + Q&A with Warren Etheredge
Was it all yuks and glamour? How did “Saturday Night Live” come together back in the beginning? Join us for an insider’s view of the early days of “SNL” with original cast member Laraine Newman and Alan Zweibel, co-creator of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and part of the original “SNL” writing team.
Newman shares never-told tales of her comedy journey from her new audiobook “May You Live in Interesting Times,” and Zweibel, a five-time Emmy-winning writer and Thurber Award-winning author, chronicles his career helping funny people be funnier from his memoir “Laugh Lines.”
“Hearing Laraine Newman’s amazing life story told by the comic genius and comedy pioneer herself is an experience you hope will never end. I loved every second of it.”
— Paul Feig, director of BRIDESMAIDS, THE HEAT, and SPY
“It’s medicine we can all use right now.”
— “People” (review of “Laugh Lines”)
$10-15 talk only
FREE with $20 copy of “Laugh Lines” (includes shipping)
Note: “May You Live in Interesting Times” is available only on Audible (subscription or purchase required)
About the Authors
About Laraine Newman’s “MAY YOU LIVE IN INTERESTING TIMES: A MEMOIR”
In her riveting new Audible book, “May You Live in Interesting Times,” Laraine Newman chronicles her life growing up in Los Angeles with movie star neighbors and bearing witness to the rise of comedy in the 1970s. She takes listeners along on her journey from studying mime in Paris under the tutelage of Marcel Marceau to becoming a founding member of the seminal comedy troupe The Groundlings to joining the original cast of “Saturday Night Live” alongside John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, Jane Curtain, Garret Morris, and Gilda Radner.
But it wasn’t all yuks and glamour. Even as she sky-rocketed to fame, Newman struggled with her own demons and battled drug addiction. After five seasons, she left “SNL” to work in movies and television, while having adventures and relationships in Hollywood that, in her words, “should have gotten me killed.”
Now with long-term sobriety, she’s become a parent and reinvented herself as a voiceover actor. She has a thriving career working on such animated favorites as FINDING NEMO; MONSTERS, INC; DESPICABLE ME; INSIDE OUT; SHREK; and MINIONS. Listen now on Audible >>