Top 5 things to do in Seattle this January

January’s here, and if you’re looking for a better way to deal with the holiday calories, we have dancing and thrilling events all over town you can run off to! This month, Americans in refugee camps, Americans discussing Syrians, Appropriation in Art… and more!

Are those enough things to do for ya? No? We’ve also got comedy, cooking, film, hip-hop, flamenco, music for kids, and a lot of smart people to see. In January alone, they’ll talk about their art, stopping human trafficking and oil conflicts,  and even fixing the climate to save us all from global warming!

1. Book Reading: Mirage in the Desert


We’ve heard some very intense ideas of late, including that of locking up Islamic refugees in camps, just as we once did to the Japanese. It just so happens that The Wing Luke Museum is hosting a book reading by Issaquah writer RT Akutagawa. Mirage in the Desert is set in a Japanese American concentration camp in the U.S. during WWII.

More about Book Reading: Mirage in the Desert, Jan 7 »

2. Global Cafe: U.S. Policy in Syria


Young Professionals International Network presents a Global Cafe discussion on U.S. Policy in Syria. Attendees are encouraged to do their homework on the topic, in this case the devastating war in Syria, and our involvement. This is sure to be a lively and informed group, especially due to its brewery backdrop.

More about Global Cafe: U.S. Policy in Syria, Jan 12 »

3. The Art of Appropriation: Behind the Scenes of ‘Disgraced’


Artists often become interested in a wide variety of styles and techniques, often looking to other cultures for something new or different. When someone makes money off of appropriated cultures, is it right? Using Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Disgraced” as a jumping-off point, a panel will take on cultural appropriation in the art world.

More about The Art of Appropriation: Behind the Scenes of ‘Disgraced, Jan 17 »

4. Bellydance Hafla & Souk


Hafla is Arabic for party. Souk is a bazaar. Culture Shakti is holding a bellydance Hafla, which is a great big meetup and dance. There will be a potluck, workshop and marketplace. There’s plenty of time to learn some dances and sign up to be part of the fun!

More about Bellydance Hafla & Souk, Jan 23 »

5. Global Leader Cocktail Hour: Ruchika Tulshyan

YPIN Global Leader Cocktail Hour

Global Leader Cocktail Hour features Ruchika Tulshyan, author of The Diversity Advantage: Fixing Gender Inequality in the Workplace. As one of our quite knowledgeable readers, you’ll likely already have an idea of her thoughts on the importance of diversity, but there’s much more to learn!

More about Global Leader Cocktail Hour, Jan 27 »

You’ll find even more things to do in Seattle this month on The Seattle Globalist events calendar! Have an event to share? Are we missing something dazzling near you? It’s easy to submit your own Globalist event online. We’ll see you around town, as we share the best of the world, right here at home. Hope you’re ready to shimmy!