The Must List: May

Our top to-do's for May

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Our top to-do's for May

Find Your Inner Surfer

Join the hundreds of surfers and wannabes descending upon the coastal town of Westport this month for the ninth edition of the Surfrider Foundation’s Clean Water Classic competition, where top surfers in the Pacific Northwest are judged on their cutbacks and backside airs. If hanging 10 isn’t your thing, hit the beach bluff and watch the gnarly guys and gals in action (and follow the flock to the free after-party). 5/15–5/16. 7 a.m.–5 p.m. Free. The Jetty at Westhaven State Park

Pursue Pulp

Ditch your Kindle for a day and revisit the power of paper. The Seattle Book and Paper Show hosts stacks of Northwest book dealers and book art exhibitors including Ravenna Rare Books and Gregor Rare Books. Whether you fancy first-edition literature, antique maps, postcards or decorative prints, this show prizes pulp of all types. 5/22–5/23. Times vary. $5. Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, 321 Mercer St.             

Make Your Cake and Eat It Too

It’s time to put the wedding presents to use: Unwrap those mixing bowls and get cooking with your sweetie. Seattle magazine contributing dining editor Lorna Yee and former Seattle Bride editor Ali Basye have teamed up to create a mouthwatering new cookbook for couples. Sprinkled with romantic anecdotes and advice from famed Seattle foodies (Ethan Stowell, Kathy Casey, Lisa Dupar), The Newlywed Kitchen (Sasquatch Books, $22.95) offers 83 approachable recipes so spouses can keep sizzling.

Laugh Out Loud

Unfailingly hilarious local performer Matt Smith (My Boat to Bainbridge) is doing his first solo show in six years—and the premise is as outrageous as it is intriguing: A man (Smith's alter ego) visits the grown children of his former flings and claims to be the father of all of them. Directed by the ever-awesome Bret Fetzer, this faux family affair is absolutely not to be missed. Fridays and Saturdays 5/28–6/12, 8 p.m. $10–$20. Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave. 206.322.7030

Spring for Local Style

Refresh your style at Seattle’s annual Thaw Spring Fashion Show, an evening of funky fun in SoDo benefiting the Northwest chapter of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America. Founded four years ago by Liz Weber (whose family has a history of battling the disease), Thaw highlights local designers such as Michael Cepress and Jill Lindsey, and past winners of Seattle mag’s Seamless in Seattle competition. 5/6. 6 p.m. $75–$250. 66 S Hanford St.

Originally published in May