Cultural memberships/subscriptions in Seattle for college students?
August 16, 2018 7:01 AM   Subscribe

Looking for a cool, cultural gift for my kid who is moving to Seattle.

My teen is about to start college in Seattle. He and I both know and love the city—we moved away several years ago and he’s heading back. I’d like to gift a subscription to a cool cultural thing and am hoping locals can help me find some possibilities I’m not aware of.

There are the heavy-hitter options like a SAM membership, or ticket series for the Symphony or the PNW Ballet, or the UW performing arts programs. I also know that there are funkier options like NW Film Forum. What else?

Kid won’t have a car, so in-city location accessible by transit is important.

posted by Sublimity to Media & Arts (8 answers total)
MOPOP! if he is interested in music and pop culture.
posted by tipsyBumblebee at 7:50 AM on August 16, 2018 [1 favorite]

Since you mentioned NWFF...a SIFF membership!
posted by zinful at 8:28 AM on August 16, 2018 [2 favorites]

Scarecrow video has all the imports and esoteric films that were hard to find even when video stores were everywhere. If your kid is into film, it would be a neat place to join. And it's in NE Seattle, I think reasonable to get to from UW or SU, if either of those are the school.
posted by Margalo Epps at 9:48 AM on August 16, 2018 [4 favorites]

Seconding SIFF. Siff runs 5 total screens across 3 theaters year-round, plus a 4 week film festival in May-June, one of the largest film festivals around, on those 5, plus an additional 3-4 screens. I didn't get into SIFF until I moved into the Uptown (LQA) neighborhood, and now I go every year to around 20 films, and wish I could see more.

SIFF Film Center is on Seattle Center campus, and SIFF Uptown is 2 blocks away, and both are accessible from the 32 bus from UW, SPU, or the Seattle Film Institute; alternately the 8 bus from Capitol Hill: SU and SCCC; walking distance from some of the mid-town colleges like Art Institute, Cornish College, Antioch U. SIFF Egyptian is on Capital Hill, so 8 bus from most of the above; SPU would probably need a transfer somewhere downtown, and UW students have a good choice of routes down Broadway.
posted by Sunburnt at 12:46 PM on August 16, 2018 [2 favorites]

Get him a 6 show subscription to On The Boards, which is the premiere spot for international and interesting performance art, dance, and dance theater.

The tickets are only $25 a show and so it's not that expensive. It's a younger, hipper, crowd so he'll probably meet some interesting cool people.

On The Boards is in lower Queen Anne/Uptown so easy to get to by bus.
posted by brookeb at 12:55 PM on August 16, 2018 [2 favorites]

On the Boards is 1 block away from SIFF Uptown, so the above advice on buses applies as well.
posted by Sunburnt at 5:43 PM on August 16, 2018 [1 favorite]

Came in to say On the Boards - there's even a < 30(?) did that makes a full season purchase about the same as a 6-show purchase, iirc.
posted by batter_my_heart at 7:31 PM on August 16, 2018 [1 favorite]

Thanks, all, for the suggestions!
posted by Sublimity at 5:53 PM on August 17, 2018

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