Outside of New Orleans, Americans have a hard time doing Mardi Gras right, and aside from having its own deep jazz roots, Seattle is about as far from New Orleans as it gets. In this totally different climate and culture, it’s not easy to capture the joie de vivre (and hedonism, too) that permeates the Mardi Gras experience. If you want a lively Fat Tuesday, February 28, we recommend heading to Columbia City. However, if you want a more staid end to your month, we have other ideas as well.
Lively and Lyrical in Columbia City: Beatwalk 2017
Columbia City’s annual Beatwalk fills Rainier Avenue with music from 6pm to 11pm. Seven bars and restaurants will have live performances, including Lottie’s Lounge, Island Soul and The Royal Room. The Royal Room boasts no cover and a powerful lineup of jazz musicians, who will be having an open rehearsal from 6:30 to 7:30 before their full performance. Naturally, there will be drink specials aplenty at the bars. I can’t recommend the jerk chicken enough at Island Soul, which will go quite well with a Hurricane.
Literary on the Hills: Capitol Cider and Town Hall
Get a tipple and take in some poetry at Capitol Cider‘s monthly Literary Happy Hour, from 5pm to 7pm. Local writers and poets read work on the Ballast Bar stage downstairs. Attendees enjoy a gluten-free bar menu and $1 off all drafts before 6 pm. This month’s featured writers are Peter Mountford, Eli Briskin and Amanda Baker-Patterson take the stage.
Don’t get loaded, though, because you may also want to get over to Town Hall, where Elliott Bay Book Company presents an evening with author George Saunders. Saunders is critically hailed as a master of the short story format, and now he is releasing his debut novel, Lincoln in the Bardo. He will share excerpts and anecdotes with the crowd. Robert Douglas-Fairhurst writing for The Times (London), says “The babble of voices from beyond the grave makes this a remarkable and weird novel.”
Delectable on Lake Union: Oyster Shucking at Westward
We have a few months left of official oyster season…but then Seattle is a special case. We don’t really have to worry if the month has an R in it or not. Seattle never stops shucking.
Of course, some of us shuck better than others, and if you need to brush up your shuckery, Westward is here to help. From 6pm to 7pm on February 28, the lakeside destination restaurant offers the second of three Oyster Shucking Classes. (The final one is in a month on March 28.) $45 gets you a seat at the table, an oyster knife, plenty of oysters to shuck and a pairing of Tequila and Mezcal. Reservations are required. Call (206) 552-8215 or book via OpenTable and make a note that you’re reserving a spot for the class.