WEEKEND OCCUPATION: Occupy Seattle continues throughout the weekend. And HONK! bands (and band members) take note: folks are looking for players to join the pick-up band, to provide support and give loud, joyous voice to the protesters. Interested folks should check and fill out this online form. While today’s event takes on a specific focus–a march against police brutality–Westlake is still open for general display of dissatisfaction and shows of solidarity. Just no umbrellas, tents, or structures, please.
Now, Ongoing // Westlake // FREE
NINE-STRONG FUNK: Tonight, as part of the huge City Arts Fest going on now at venues throughout Seattle, Ozomatli is set to take over Showbox Sodo, and, if history is any indication, the streets outside. Despite the following phrasing where we mention that Ozomatli’s music combines hip-hop and salsa, dancehall and cumbia, samba and funk, merengue and comparsa, ultimately Ozo asks you to forget categorization, the division of genres, and dance together as one people. And for good reason. Formed 14 years ago to play at an area labor protest, Ozo takes their music seriously, and regard it as new school musical activism. Making tonight a good day for tomorrow.
Saturday 7:00 p.m. // Showbox Sodo // $28
ZOMBIES!: ZomBCon returns for another weekend of the undead and those who love them, where else but at the Seatac Hilton. Featuring the best zombie cosplayers around, plus panels featuring Phoenix Jones and Vampy Bitme, proper methods for making survival tools in the new apocalyptic era, and zombie autopsies, it promises to be an infectionate good time.
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 10:00 – 2:00 a.m. // SeaTac Hilton // $12 – $250
BEAN TO BAR: Meanwhile in tastier news for humans, The NW Chocolate Festival takes over Seattle Center this weekend. With a full line-up of workshops, classes, pairing, demos, local chefs, farmers, and 19 bean-to-bar makers, it’s basically a chocoholic’s dream and a chocophobic’s nightmare.
Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. // Seattle Center // $20 – $85 (Youth Pass $5.00 per day for ages 5-12, with kids 4 and under FREE)