Donald Trump’s inauguration is Friday. Maybe you’ll be glued to your TV, maybe you won’t make it out of bed, maybe you’ll be volunteering or getting ready for the Womxn’s March on Saturday. Lots going on—but if you’re looking for art to be a part of your Inauguration Day, here are some local events that may help you connect to your fellow humans. You’ll probably cry, but that’s okay.
Bed-In for Peace
As John Lennon said, “If someone thinks that love and peace is a cliche that must have been left behind in the Sixties, that’s his problem. Love and peace are eternal.” During the Vietnam War, John Lennon and Yoko Ono orchestrated peaceful sit-ins to protest the war by relaxing in bed among friends. In this spirit, KEXP hosts the Bed-In For Peace, where dozens of local musicians are expected to show up with their instruments and play, with the whole thing culminating in a singalong of “Give Peace A Chance.”
KEXP Gathering Space, 9 a.m.
Voices of a People’s History
The 2004 anthology Voices of a People’s History of the United States collects poems, speeches, songs and other writings by American revolutionaries and rebels who fought to end slavery, Jim Crow and the genocide of Native Americans, as well as to form labor unions and advance women’s and LGBTQ rights. Curated by writer/performer Shontina Vernon, the event features readings from the anthology by comedian and City Arts writer Brett Hamil, South Seattle Emerald publisher Marcus Green, Seattle’s Civic Poet Claudia Castro Luna, theatre director Valerie Curtis-Newton and others.
Seattle City Hall, noon
Danbert Nobacon & the Axis of Dissent
At this official “Inauguration Day Kiss-Off,” former Chumbawamba member Danbert Nobacon and collaborators the Axis of Dissent are releasing the song “Revolution 9.01” as a statement against Trump, who they say is a “threat to all humanity and should not be underestimated.” This evening of live music also features Killandwake and a photo exhibition titled rEvolution, UKRAINE: Defending Liberty and Dignity, with a guided lecture from curator Esse Quam Videri.
Black Zia Cantina, Burien, 6 p.m.
Inspired by Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, Lauren Gunderson’s 2013 farce The Taming tells the story of a newly crowned Miss America trapping an uber-conservative senator’s aide and a diehard liberal in a hotel to convince them to rewrite the Constitution. Part of Gunderson’s National Inauguration Day Project, this reading is presented by With Interesting People in partnership with ACT Theatre and Sound Theatre Company.
ACT Theatre, 8 p.m.
Salon de la Restistance
If you’re looking to dance your woes away, check out the “Anti-Inaugural Ball,” featuring DJs Gene Balk (Emerald City Soul Club) and Mr. B (Trickbag Record Party). Civil rights activist Elmer Dixon, poet/activist Elisa Chavez and former Mayor Mike McGinn are scheduled to speak and a fundraising pop-up shop will offer an Activism 101 toolkit, which can be yours in return for a donation to the ACLU and/or El Centro de la Raza.
The Ruins, 8 p.m.
Photo of Danbert Nobacon by Sol Gutierrez