The Must List: Earth Day Run, Giorgio Moroder, Elysian Brewing Superfuzz Bikini Downhill

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Must Listen
Vaddey Ratner
(4/24) PEN/Hemingway Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author Vaddey Ratner visits the Seattle Central Library to discuss and sign her compelling new book, Music of the Ghosts, the powerful follow up to her debut, In the Shadow of the Banyan, which traced her experience as a child refugee of the Cambodian genocide. Music of the Ghosts is an equally stunning second novel and follows its subject Teera as she returns to Cambodia for the first time since her harrowing escape as a child, and examines difficult questions of atonement, justice and forgiveness. Free, 7 p.m.

Must Boogie
Elysian Brewing Superfuzz Bikini Downhill

(4/22) Elysian Brewing presents the 7th Annual Superfuzz Bikini Downhill at Crystal Mountain, a one-day ski and snowboard competition that officially welcomes the return of Superfuzz Blood Orange Pale Ale. Participants race to the bottom of the mountain wearing only swimwear: bikinis, one-piece bathing suits or skirts and shorts with no more than a 4″ inseam for the gals, and guys must wear only speedos or board shorts. Winners receive a 2017/2018 Season Pass, and all proceeds from the 18-and-over event will be donated to the Crystal Mountain Fire Department. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., $30.

Must Sustain 
Earth Day Run and Tree Planting 
(4/22) Run or walk a 5K, 10K or 13.1K in Magnuson Park’s annual Earth Day Run. When you reach the finish line, you get a native sapling, as well as a tree planted in your name. Registration begins at 10 a.m. Prices vary. Magnuson Park, Sand Point Way NE and NE 65th Street; 206.684.4075;

Must Groove
Giorgio Moroder
(4/22) Daft Punk’s 2013 Grammy-award winning Random Access Memories is not just another groundbreaking notch in the dance duo’s discography; it’s also a love letter to the group’s biggest inspiration: Giovanni Giorgio Moroder, the electronic dance music and synthesizer pioneer who produced some of disco’s most massive hits, from Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love” to Blondie’s “Call Me” to “Flashdance...What a Feeling.” The 76-year-old DJ, singer/songwriter and producer’s 14th studio album, Déjà Vu, which reached #1 on the Billboard US dance charts, features collaborations with pop queens Britney Spears, Charli XCX, Sia, Kylie Minogue and others. 9 p.m., prices vary.

Must View
Carrie Mae Weems
(Through 6/18) MacArthur “genius” Weems, “one of the most influential artists in America,” according to The New York Times, exhibits a haunting triptych depicting an enslaved South Carolina woman of the Gullah tribe who lived on islands off the coast of America, yearning for Africa. Weems turns dehumanizing history into an homage to the subject’s body and image. Abraham Lincoln said, “If slavery is not wrong, then nothing is wrong.” That’s what these pictures say in a visual way. Times and prices vary.

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