Atlas Obscura, the definitive guide to the world’s wondrous and curious places, has some interesting and intriguing events coming up for June and July 2018!

Cephalopod Movie Night with Science Friday

The Mermen (Photo Credit: The Mermen)

They’re quick, they’re clever, they’re masters of disguise and every year public radio program Science Friday dedicates a week to celebrating them. Cephalopod Week, Science Friday’s annual celebration of some of the smartest, most interesting invertebrates on Earth, is back, and Atlas Obscura and Science Friday are teaming up to make it a total cephalo-party. Join us for an evening of talk, tentacles, and merriment, featuring four original short films from Science Friday at the Swedish Cultural Center. This evening is your chance to rub elbows with Science Friday Executive Director, Danielle Dana, and a special guest—and ask them anything you want to know about these amazing, adaptive, and sometimes creepy creatures.  You’ll join other Atlas Obscura Society members and Science Friday listeners for this very special screening, and engage in riveting conversation as you enjoy scenes of giant octopus attacks from vintage cult film.

Thursday, June 21, 2018 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Swedish Cultural Center
1920 Dexter Ave N
Seattle, Washington, 98109

Tickets are $28.00 and can be purchased here.

Masterworks From the Henry Art Gallery’s Print Collection

Former art curator of collections and programming, Ben Levy. (Photo Credit: Jonathan Vanderweit)

Join Shin Yu Pai, Head of the Atlas Obscura Society Seattle, for a special visit with Benjamin Levy, print scholar and former Assistant Curator of Collections and Academic Programs at the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington. In this 90-minute program, we’ll visit with Benjamin to view masterworks from the Henry’s print collection and learn about the birth of the printed image in the Renaissance. We’ll consider the “unique multiple,” the technical aspects of these images, and the role they played in the spread of information and artistic development. We’ll have an opportunity to closely examine these works of art—some created over five centuries ago—that have newly been acquired by the museum and have never been on view.

Thursday, June 28, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Henry Art Gallery
15th Ave NE & NE 41st
Seattle, Washington, 98195

Tickets are $25.00 and can be purchased here.

Flashlight Walking Tour of Comet Lodge Cemetery

Emma Rigby’s Gravestone (Photo Credit: University of Washington)

Seattle’s Comet Lodge Cemetery sits abandoned, itself having been buried by time, greed, and bureaucracy. Today, most observers pass by the cemetery without even recognizing the hallowed ground. Join field agent Jared Steed, as we explore the cemetery by flashlight and learn about its tragic history and its largely forgotten inhabitants. During our one-hour tour, we will discuss Comet Lodge’s history, from its time as Duwamish Indian burial site, to a pioneer cemetery, and lastly to an abandoned cemetery bulldozed for housing developments. As we explore the cemetery by flashlight, we will visit its few remaining upright headstones, those that have been discarded, and its sunken plots. We will also discuss what became of its more than 400 inhabitants, from children, to the prominent local pioneering Maple and Van Asselt families, to Seattle’s first female doctor, Emma Rigby.

Friday, July 27, 2018 from 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Comet Lodge Cemetery
2100 S. Graham St.
Seattle, WA 98108

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased here.

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