Must List: Seattle Kennel Club Dog Show, Neighborhood Bike Swap, Meshell Ndegeocello

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MUST HEEL

Seattle Kennel Club Dog Show

(3/9–3/10) Learn about Seattle’s competitive dog circuit at the annual Seattle Kennel Club’s dog show, the perfect chance to see the best of the canine world. Our local club is nationally known for its agility competitors, who navigate complex obstacle courses with just the simplest of commands. Tours of the arena, which include an explanation of the judging process, give spectators an inside scoop on the details of the show. Times and prices vary. CenturyLink Field Event Center, SoDo, 1000 Occidental Ave.; seattledogshow.org

MUST LOVE TWO WHEELS

Neighborhood Bike Swap
(3/10) Join your neighbors and friends to buy, sell and trade cycles and gear at Cascade Bicycle Club’s 24th annual event. Swap tips and tricks with vendors and scout for that one missing thing from your cycle collection. Don’t forget to bring a helmet for test rides, and your bike lock; bike parking is available, naturally. 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Prices vary. Magnuson Park, Hangar 30, Madison Park, 6310 NE 74th St.; 206.522.3222; cascade.org

MUST HEAR

Meshell Ndegeocello
(3/7–3/10) On top of her many albums (averaging about one every two years since 1993, her latest is last year’s spacey, soulful Ventriloquism) and collaborations (with everyone from John Mellencamp and the Rolling Stones to Chaka Khan and Madonna), this veteran bassist/rapper also works in the theatrical domain. Her 2016 multimedia music-theater piece, Can I Get a Witness? The Gospel of James Baldwin, a genre-bending performance she’ll stage at Jazz Alley, treats Baldwin’s reflections on race as a liturgy, a recited text that underpins her music to make something like—and something more than—a church service. Times vary. $40.50. Jazz Alley, downtown, 2033 Sixth Ave.; 206.441.9729

MUST DAZZLE

Gem and Jewelry Show
(3/8 – 3/10) Sparkling for over 50 years, InterGem, America’s longest running jewelry show is coming to the Emerald City. Forget the sky-high prices of retail — this is your opportunity to skip the middleman and meet hundreds of jewelry designers and wholesalers who offer stunning gems at bargain prices. Times and prices vary. Exhibition Hall, Seattle Center, 301 Mercer St. intergem.com

MUST LEARN

Washington Park Arboretum Free Public Tours
(3/7) Welcome spring this month by spending some time with experts from the University of Washington’s Botanic Gardens, which co-manages the arboretum with the city. On the first Thursday of every month, these plant gurus invite the public into the gardens to share history and season-specific gardening information, answer questions about the collection and more. Stop by and leave with thumbs a little greener. 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Free. Graham Visitors Center, Washington Park Arboretum, Montlake, 2300 Arboretum Drive E; 206.543.8616; uwbotanicgardens.org

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