120 Stranger (Than Usual) Things To Do In Seattle This Week: July 18-23, 2017

The Seattle Transmedia & Independent Film Festival, Walk for Old Dogs, Jazz Noise Fest, And More Unusual Picks
July 18, 2017
At STIFF, the Seattle Transmedia & Independent Film Festival, watch films like "Gunge Buddies," an experimental short about "one of the most innocuously beautiful and messy fetishes around: gunging." (For the uniformed: that's pouring slime over your body.)

Our arts critics have already recommended 32 great things to do this week and our music critics have picked the 29 best concerts, but there are still hundreds more events happening. To prevent some of the quirkier and more extraordinary ones from slipping through the cracks, we've compiled them here—from the Walk for Old Dogs to the Amazing Super Collies Stunt Shows, from Outdoor Trek: Day of the Dove to Lush Sounds Vol. 2, and from Jazz Noise Fest to Stephanie Miller's Sexy Liberal Resistance Tour. For even more options this week, check out our complete Things To Do calendar.

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TUESDAY

COMMUNITY

1. Flowerlounge
This gathering invites you to dedicate a couple of hours to relaxing shoelessly among blooms, sampling "flower elixirs," meditating, experiencing "flower readings," and eating chocolate.

2. Outreach Training: Climate Communication That Works!
How do you communicate a true sense of the planet's climate emergency without scaring your public audience into paralysis? Learn to use storytelling strategy to become a more effective proponent of climate action. Hosted by 350 Seattle.

3. Seattle Storm: Stand With Planned Parenthood
In what, according to the press release, will be the first-ever collaboration between Planned Parenthood and a professional sports team, Seattle Storm will host a pre-game rally and auction to benefit the nonprofit before their match with Chicago Sky. $5 from every game ticket will be sent to Planned Parenthood as well. Dawn Trudeau, the team's co-owner, had this to say: “Access to affordable, quality health care, including a full range of reproductive care, is a critical precondition for anyone – especially girls and women, to pursue their dreams and grow into their best selves.”

FOOD & DRINK

4. Patio Grand Opening Party
Celebrate summer on TeKu's new patio with fruity beers, including Fremont Summer Ale with raspberry lemonade flavor. Bread & Circuses and the Candy Butcher will sell burgers, brats, and quesadillas.

5. Savory Side of Chocolate
Join local chocolatier indi chocolate for a demonstration and discussion on how chocolate can be used not only for the requisite sweet stuff, but also for savory dishes. indi sources its dark chocolate from cacao farmers around the world, and then makes it in its Pike Place Market factory. Experience the final product with indi and Renaissance Seattle Hotel's Executive Chef Erick Gonzalez.

6. Zima Pop-Up Party
Revisit Zima, the "original bottled cocktail," which easily takes on other flavors like candy (the bartenders will have pop rocks on hand). It suffered in the '90s from its reputation as a "girly drink," but perhaps such misogynist notions won't hold it back upon its reintroduction. Dance to '90s tunes by DJ Absolute Madman as you try the drink.

MUSIC

7. Knick Knack Records Takeover
Knick Knack Records will take over both the bar and the sound system with a whole night of Knick Knack artists on the speakers and label heads serving drinks and slinging merch.

8. Lucien Dante with Sun Dummy
Alt-pop artist Dante takes his inspiration from James Blake and Bon Iver. Dance to his R&B-infused smoothly nasal vocals, with an opener by Seattle's Sun Dummy.

9. Siren's Rain, Merchant Mariner, Strange Camera
A fellowship of metal and folk musicians (including a hurdy-gurdy player) will play power-folk influenced by Nightwish and other fantasy metal bands.

READINGS & TALKS

10. Clarion West presents Daniel José Older
Daniel José Older (author of Half-Resurrection Blues and Shadowshaper) will read in Seattle as part of the Clarion West science fiction series. He'll share some of his favorite new work and answer questions about process, teaching, and more. The evening will begin at 6 pm with music by Gabriel Teodros; the reading starts at 7.

11. Nerd Nite Seattle [66]: Corvids and Cables
Two scientists will expand your horizons "from the sea to the sky": the appropriately named doctoral researcher Kaeli Swift will explain corvid (crow/raven) behavior, and Chris Woodfield of NANOG (North American Network Operator's Group) will give a talk about Wiring the Oceans: How We Built the Intercontinental Internet.

SPORTS & RECREATION

12. Beers & Boot Camp
Join local Running Evolution instructor Beth Baker for an hour-long boot camp class, followed by "beers and cheers." Your ticket includes the class plus three beer tasting tokens (or a full beer). Paired snacks and additional beer will be available for purchase. 21+. Rain or shine.

TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY

FILM

13. 48 Hour Film Project
Dozens of teams of Seattle fly filmmakers had only 48 hours to make a film, and now you can watch the results on the big screen. There are four different slots to buy tickets for over the two remaining days of screening. Whatever you choose, you're sure to get a smorgasbord of genres and styles.

WEDNESDAY

FOOD & DRINK

14. At The Table with Seattle Chef Joe
Discover how to make a chef-conceived meal-to-go for National Picnic Month, including Honey Curry Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps, Smoked Salmon Cucumber Tea Sandwiches, Caprese & Beechers Curds Salad, and Ziplock Ice Cream.

15. National Daiquiri Day
Enjoy a choice of four different daiquiris prepared "1935 Floridita"-style with Cuban-type rum, lime, sugar, and a variety of mixers. Take advantage of the happy hour pricing.

16. Pints for Pups
Drink up for (and with) the pups as you watch the Sounders game. Each pint you pay for means $1 for the humane charity Frankie's Friends, and you can also buy food truck fare and/or raffle tickets. Dogs are welcome, of course.

GEEK & GAMING

17. Local Cooperative Histories
Webster Walker, founder of the Strengthening Local Independent Cooperatives Everywhere (SLICE) organization, will moderate a brief history of cooperative breweries, groceries, coffee shops, and other partnerships and highlight how co-ops can help solve today's "economic, environmental, and labor" problems.

18. Urbanist Trivia
Show off your knowledge of urban issues at this trivia night with Transportation Choices Coalition and Futurewise, hosted by The Urbanist.

MUSIC

19. Girl Haggard
Hear cover act Girl Haggard (headed by Brianna Rettig) perform Merle's Swinging Doors in its entirety.

20. Jazz Talk: Dr Julian Priester with D’Vonne Lewis, Johnaye Kendrick
Don't underestimate Seattle as a "jazz town." Hear about the history of jazz in the city from the '50s to today from Julian Priester, who as a teenager played trombone with Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, and Sonny Stitt, later joined Sun Ra's big band and toured alongside Lionel Hampton and Dinah Washington, collaborated with John Coltrane, Duke Ellington, and Herbie Hancock, and recorded a number of albums. Drummer D'Vonne Lewis (who gets tons of love from Charles Mudede and other Stranger writers), singer Johnaye Kendrick, and poet/jazz historian Nashira Priester will perform live music to start off the evening.

21. The Mal DeFleur Farewell Tour
The lovely and elusive Mal DeFleur will grace the Pony stage for one night only in a soulful cabaret performance that will be their last in Seattle.

22. Parasitic Ejaculation, Angel Splitter, Visceral Embodiment
Hailing from the sunny dunes of Santa Cruz, Parasitic Ejaculation provide "Slamming Brutal Death Metal" for their adoring hordes. They'll be joined by Angel Splitter and Visceral Embodiment at this stop on their Ejaculating Crepitatious Party Torture Tour 2017.

23. The Purple Party: A Celebration of Prince
Shortly after Prince died last year, Stranger arts and music editor Sean Nelson wrote, “Prince is in a very small category of artists with a legitimate claim to having defined the aesthetic and cultural (and therefore commercial, and therefore political) framework of a generation. One forgets what it felt like to have a true musical all-the-way genius who is also the greatest imaginable performer who is also a tunesmith of the highest order who also happens to be a transgressive avatar of race/gender/sexuality/class/genre who is also funny be at or near the top of the charts, in your radio, on your turntable, in your headphones, on your TV screens, and in every magazine all at the same time.” Celebrate Prince’s legacy at this purple party in his honor, with live sets by Hilary Scott and DJ Ob-1 Benobi.

24. The Return of DeadGrass
Ricky Gene Powell and Acoustic Laboratory will play twangy covers of Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia songs. Get your country psychedelia fix on guitar, banjo, upright bass, mandolin, and fiddle.

25. Westlake Idol
This'll be better than American Idol, because no one's judging. Sing out in the park!

QUEER

26. Queer Sex Ed Night
If, like many in the country, you didn't get proper sex ed in school, you'll have the chance to catch up with some queer health tutelage from Planned Parenthood. Learn from POC educators about healthcare access, safe sex, consent, PReP, and more fundamentals. Take advantage of light food and HIV testing, enter a raffle, and shop Babeland toys.

READINGS & TALKS

27. Great American Eclipses
After hearing author David Baron's talk on the upcoming solar eclipse—which will appear partial for Seattle, but total for other parts of the country—you'll want to head for the "path of totality." Hear him present his book, American Eclipse: A Nation’s Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World, which will shed light on the "Gilded Age astronomers" and beyond.

28. Ian Bassingthwaighte: Live from Cairo
Ian Bassingthwaighte's debut novel is set just after Cairo's January 25 revolution, and promises a history and politics-driven take on President Mubarak's ejection (while maintaining all the personality and emotion you'd expect from a novel). Nathan Hill (who visited Elliott Bay a few weeks ago) called Live from Cairo "important and necessary."

THURSDAY

ART

29. Art for Autism
The 11-year-old Boyang twins, Max and Louis, are artistic prodigies who have been nationally awarded in adult competitions. The boys, accompanied by their family, will conduct an art workshop (supplies included) after a reception with hors d'oeuvres. They also promise a silent auction. Profits will support the UW Autism Center.

30. Kitty Party with Stasia Purrington
It's a "Twee Tea & Kitty Party." If you don't like cuteness and cat puns, this will not be your crowd. On the other hand, if you like "Kitty-approved snacks," "Kitty-themed art," and a "meowy good time," meet illustrator/fine artist/science fiction enthusiast Stasia Burrington and get acquainted with her versatile styles.

COMEDY

31. DKLG Productions presents Jackie Kashian
Jackie Kashian, the mind behind the Dork Forest podcast who's appeared on This American Life and the Conan O'Brien show, will swing through the PNW for a single show. Nathalie Holt (Sexual Awake'n Baking) will offer local support.

32. One Laugh at a Time
As part of Nights at the Neptune, Liz Donehue and fellow sober comedians will perform sets that you don't need to be drunk or high to enjoy. Nigel Larson, Daniel Carroll, and Andy Gold are Donehue's fellow funny people.

FESTIVALS

33. JamFest
The second annual JamFest enlivens the historic International District with live music sets, cabaret and burlesque performances, art, and food specials. Cover charge gets you into all involved music venues (including the Wing Luke Museum, Canton Alley, Phnom Penh Noodle House, and World Pizza) as well as admission for the museum's exhibits. The lineup includes the Shanghai Pearl, Nickolai Pirak, Saleurn, Deems Tsutakawa, and many others.

FILM

34. Bachelor Casting Call
Calling all lovelorn lads and ladies: You have a chance to find your paramour very, very publicly. Audition for the hit TV show, get free hair and makeup touch-ups, tequila and gin, "lip print readings," swag bags, and Bachelor trivia.

35. Fallen
This is a preview screening of Fallen, a documentary sharing the personal stories of slain police officers and their families. Thomas Marchese, the director, will answer your questions after the screening.

36. The Fifth Element
See Milla Jovovich scuttle around after mystical stones in an immodest 23rd-century jumpsuit, plus an alien operatic soprano and Chris Tucker, in Luc Besson's 1997 semi-classic The Fifth Element. Make your own "multipass" in the lobby's photobooth.

FOOD & DRINK

37. ArbFest Summer Party
At this lavish party raising money for the Arboretum, see a shortened performance of a Midsummer Night's Dream, dine on food by St Clouds, drink Batch 206 cocktails, and play pétanque (it's like French bocce).

38. Lipstick and Libations
Get soused on two mini cocktails and get makeup tips from two cosmeticians. Enjoy some light food (but don't smear your lipstick. Or do. We don't care).

GEEK & GAMING

39. Beers for Birds
This Greenwood bar will host a free trivia night and donate a portion of your beer money to the Audubon Society. Drinking: it's for the birds.

40. The Con Extravaganza
Since you're not in San Diego enjoying Comic Con, stop by to browse "Con-exclusive" figurines and POP! statuettes. You might even be lucky enough to receive a gift card.

MUSIC

41. Bloom: An Evening with Gag Reflex and Sharlese
Burst into flower with techno and house by Sharlese and DJ Gag Reflex under stylish plush dong ceiling decorations.

42. Cypher Royalty
What's Poppin' Ladiez?! is a womxn-centered street dance convention that offers workshops, battles, and talent showcases for anyone looking to be involved. They'll be throwing a battle royale to crown a cypher king or queen, buffered by DJs Luna God and WD4D throughout the night.

43. Deck'd Out #3: Hunt & Gather Record Release Party with Manahan & Pezzner
Local DJ stars Manahan and Pezzner will take over the Monkey Loft for the third iteration of this summer's Deck'd Out in celebration of Manahan's latest album FUTURE being released on Hunt & Gather Records.

44. Earshot Series: Jazz, The 2nd Century
Jazz: The 2nd Century is a long-standing program by Earshot Jazz that invites Seattle musicians to creatively consider the future of jazz, and what that could look like, in resulting performative interpretations (thus, an ensuing concert series spread out over four consecutive Thursday evenings in July). Each night showcases original compositions by Seattle artists, and is curated by different peer groups within our local music community through a blind jury process from responses to a general call for submissions. July 20's concert will be the Ramen Trio.

45. Filson Music Series
On each of the last three Thursday nights of July, outerwear company Filson will host two live music acts, with each lineup curated by a local organization. There will be giveaways, free refreshments, and the opportunity to win a limited-edition custom guitar strap made by the Filson Restoration Department if you RSVP. This week, see Plastic Picnic & Spirit Award, co-presented by the Capitol Hill Block Party.

46. Gunsafe
This Albuquerque band will blaze through Seattle with their own special brand of "Face Melt Torch Country."

QUEER

47. Javier Nava: Rebuild & Unite/Restableciendo Nuestras Vidas
Javier Nava is a survivor of the horrific Pulse Nightclub Massacre of 2016. He will speak in Capitol Hill about his own life and experience after the murders.

48. Pride Bachelor Auction
Buy a date with a sexy stranger—it's not sketchy if you're raising money for Relay for Life! Your ticket includes a drink and a raffle entry for a Capitol Hill Block Party pass.

READINGS & TALKS

49. David Levine: Arabella and the Battle of Venus
Portland author David Levine's adventure novel Arabella and the Battle of Venus takes you around the solar system on a neo-Napoleonic jaunt. Arabella must rescue her fiancé Captain Prakash Singh from a prison colony on Venus. Hear the Hugo-winning Levine read from his latest book, full of automatons, secret weapons, and dangerous plots.

50. Former Seattle Mayors Play Pundit
For the season of the mayoral race, former mayors Wes Uhlman (1969-77), Charles Royer (1977-89), and Greg Nickels (2001-09), as well as former deputy mayor Maud Daudon, will weigh in on today's politics and what policy goals they would pursue today. C.R. Douglas of Q13 News will moderate.

51. Margin Shift presents: Pollokoff, Runyan, Ahmed, & Bresner
Four women poets—Abi Pollokoff, Ashlan Runyan, afrose fatima ahmed, and Catherine Bresner—will read for this edition of the Margin Shift series. Enjoy some wine and open your ears.

52. Mario Livio: Why?
The astrophysicist and prolific writer of popular science Mario Livio (Brilliant Blunders, The Golden Ratio) has written a new book on curiosity. What makes us want to seek answers? Livio examines cases of curious minds of scientists like Leonardo da Vinci and Richard Feynman as well as multi-disciplinary geniuses like Noam Chomsky, Fabiola Gianotti, Brian May, and Marilyn vos Savant. Hear Livio speak on his latest fascinating subject, which encompasses evolutionary biology, neuroscience, and history.

53. Poetry "Potluck"
This poetry potluck doesn't offer actual food, but it does allow each audience member to bring their favorite poetry to the table to share.

54. Scott W. Allard: Places in Need
Scott Allard, faculty at UW's School of Public Policy and Governance, will launch his new book entitled Places In Need: The Changing Geography of Poverty. Learn about fighting poverty on local and international fronts, enter a raffle, browse books, and support the nonprofits FamilyWorks and MiiR.

RESISTANCE & SOLIDARITY

55. Disability Rights in the Resistance – A Community Conversation
Lieutenant Governor Cyrus Habib will appear at an evening devoted to disability rights and its role in framing healthcare and civil issues. David Lord (Disability Rights Washington), Dylan Cate (Washington State Democratic Party), and LaMont Green (City of Seattle Race and Social Justice Initiative) will take part in the panel, which will be moderated by Janine Bertram of the Disability Rights Center. Eat hors d'oeuvres and raise money at a silent auction, and get your picture taken with Habib.

THURSDAY & SATURDAY

MUSIC

56. Zony Mash with The Robin Holcomb Band
Zony Mash is where Horvitz gets down and dirty, channeling New Orleans funk (i.e., one of the most flavorful funks) with Meters-like tightness and lubriciousness. This might be my favorite Horvitz project, up there with Pigpen and Ponga. DAVE SEGAL

THURSDAY-SATURDAY

READINGS & TALKS

57. Bedtime Stories
Gather round, have a cookie or a cold drink, and listen to sexy stories from the mouths of Isis Zystrid, Chad Wilson, Daniel Lauzon, Miss Angela, and Melissa Lee.

THURSDAY-SUNDAY

ART

58. Hallowed Spaces Opening
See reliquaries ("innermost inspirations, desires and dreams," communicated in one square foot of space) by a variety of artists. See the opening reception on Thursday.

FILM

59. STIFF: Seattle Transmedia & Independent Film Festival
If you believe that film shouldn't be constrained to standard formats and frames, you'll fit right in at this festival, which will feature alternative music projects, parties, and many, many films including documentaries, experiments, and shorts.

PERFORMANCE

60. Sundown at the Devil's House
Originally produced as part of Cafe Nordo's new works incubator, The Pressure Cooker, this immersive theater show written and directed by Eddie DeHais will now get the full main stage treatment at Cafe Nordo. Come for a story about the Devil's last night on earth—she'll reveal her "greatest triumphs and darkest secrets."

FRIDAY

COMMUNITY

61. Fundraising Spa Soirée
This evening offers a combination of sensual delights and the mild pain of hair removal: Drink champagne, get sex tips from Babeland experts, have Seattle Med Spa tighten your skin with "radio frequency and heat," receive some swag including Theo Chocolate goodies, and sit back as someone from Sugar Plum pulls out your stray eyebrow hairs. The event is free, but support a good cause by buying a $10 raffle ticket (you can use the ticket link): You may win a year's worth of hair removal, and all proceeds benefit the Northwest Network of Bi, Trans, Lesbian, and Gay Survivors of Abuse.

MUSIC

62. 2017 Eastlake Block Party & Razorcake Emergency Benefit
Join up with your Eastlake brethren for a benefit show and anti-Block Party block party that will go to benefit legendary punk press Razorcake. Featured bands will include Snuggle, Mea Culpa, Dagger Moon, Dead Bars, Sioux City Pete and the Beggars, Bad Future, Subsumer, The Lindseys, Bacteria, Nijlpaard, Your Mother Should Know, and DJ Shrimpy Trash split across the stages at Lo-Fi, Black Lodge, and Victory Lounge.

63. The Cold Hard Cash Show
Because he can never be tributed enough, Johnny Cash tribute band the Cold Hard Cash will pay tribute to Johnny Cash for a night.

64. Hollow Earth Radio Return Show: Los Caidos, Matriarch, RJC
Scrappy local DIY venue and online radio station Hollow Earth is back after renovations with a hardcore punk show featuring Los Caidos (Argentinian power-punk rockers on their first US tour) plus Seattle's Matriarch and Regional Justice Center. Hollow Earth proudly announces that they're now ADA accessible, and as before, they're an all-ages music haven.

65. Laughter & Sound Healing Playshop With Laraaji & Arji
Spend two therapeutic hours with the electric zither master Laraaji and his longtime collaborator Arji OceAnanda, who promise mellow music, "guided laughter'cises," and deep relaxation.

66. Lush Sounds Vol. 2
Local DJs will fill the priceless Volunteer Park Conservatory with florid tunes by DJ Explorateur and Miss Shelrawka (of the Möbius Sisters). Have a beer or wine and chill out among the flowers.

67. Yemi Alade
Experience Nigerian star Yemi Alade's sensational "Afropolitan," hiphop-influenced beats, backed by a full band. Seattle's spacey R&B queen SassyBlack will open, and there will even be a fashion show by Ola Yinka.

READINGS & TALKS

68. 2017 Robert E. “Ned” Behnke Annual Lecture with Rigo 23
Hear from Rigo 23, a muralist, sculptor, painter, artisan, and zine maker who has collaborated with such activist and militant groups as the Black Panthers, the American Indian Movement, tenant collectives, and Zapatistas. You may get a chance to talk to the Portuguese-born, San Franciscan artist at the reception beforehand.

69. Martin Perlman: Thinks Out Loud
Martin Perlman offers a new take on the epistolary novel in Thinks Out Loud, written in blog form, about a group of internet nerds who are shipwrecked and forced into a wild adventure.

70. Woman Most Wild Book-Signing
Do you have a sorceress slumbering inside you? Danielle Dulsky, a "longtime activist for wild spirituality and the divine feminine’s return," will present and sign a new book Woman Most Wild: Liberating the Witch Within promising to help her rise to the surface. All genders are welcome.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY

ART

71. Contemplari
Contemplari is a sculptural and immersive installation that explores ego control, social pressures, and "success," by Amanda Salov and Kristin Schimik. The opening reception is on Friday.

COMEDY

72. Schrampflin Falls: An Improvised Mystery
Possibly playing up the current Twin Peaks obsession, this improvised mystery show is set in a (fictional) small town in Washington State that has quirky residents as well as some "scandalous secrets" to hide.

MUSIC

73. Basin Summer Sounds Music Festival
Basin Summer Sounds is the largest free contemporary music and arts festival in the Northwest, featuring live music performances, kid-focused events, visual arts. and a charity basketball tournament. The two-day festival showcases both local and international acts, including XEB (with original members of Third Eye Blind), Spike & The Impalers, Brewer's Grade, Nitewave, and more, on the lawn of the historic Grant County Courthouse.

SPORTS & RECREATION

74. Amazing Super Collies Stunt Shows
Hero is a Super Collie—he knows up to 400 tricks and stunts, and at two months, he used to be the world's youngest champion trick dog. He's grown up now, but seems no less impressive.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

MUSIC

75. Darrington Bluegrass Festival 2017
Arlington's bluegrass festival attracts twangy talent from all over the country. This year's lineup includes Rhonda Vincent and the Rage (TN), Special Consensus (IL), Gold Heart (VA), Robert Wabe (WV), and others, along with more local talent like Rural Delivery from Bremerton and the Combinations from Darrington.

PERFORMANCE

76. An Awfully Big Adventure
Once again, Dacha Theatre will take audiences on a magical outdoor journey, putting viewers in the center of the action (and possibly into the drama) of J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan. Good for families, as well as fans of outdoor theater and/or engaged imaginations.

77. UMO Resistance Cabaret
The 17-year-old UMO ensemble will demonstrate that "Resistance is Fertile" in this variety and burlesque show.

SATURDAY

COMMUNITY

78. Neptunalia
This brewing company will revive the ancient pagan tradition of Neptunalia, a festival in honor of the god of the sea. Shoot arrows at a target, watch Jomswikinger (blindfolded combat), "mounted" combat (we're guessing that means somebody's on someone else's shoulders), and eat, eat, eat—the $15 buffet includes brisket, barbecued meats, beans, cornbread, sausage, and other summer foods. Wear sea colors: Green, blue, or white.

79. A Sadist's Touch
"Massage therapist and anatomy geek" Sophia Sky will show you, the ethical and safe sadist, how to use your bare hands to produce pleasurable pain in an S&M scene.

80. Urban Plant Shop Brigade Pop-Up
Shop greenery—or just bask in it—and participate in DIY workshops as the Urban Plant Shop Brigade takes over the Discovery Center.

81. Urbanist Walking Tour - MarketFront and Waterfront
The Urbanist and Friends of Waterfront Seattle will show you around the new MarketFront expansion, informing you of the improvements already made and giving you hints of the future of the park.

FESTIVALS

82. Celebrating Life Dragon Boat Festival
Forty-foot boats rowed by athletes and enthusiasts—12 teams total—will cut through Lake Sammamish at this race celebrating Chinese culture. On the shore, enjoy food and entertainment.

83. Northwest SolarFest
This solar energy festival in Shoreline brings together entrepreneurs, advocates, and the public. Share your love of the environment and your eco-skills or learn something new about the technology that will (hopefully) save our butts.

FOOD & DRINK

84. Behold! The Rajun Bakon Cajun Bloody Mary!
For two precious hours, the Drunken Tomato will serve extreme gourmet Bloody Marys that weigh nearly three pounds and include an entire meal's worth of skewers. The cocktail itself is brewed with Bakon vodka, garam masala, and Secret Aardvark sauce, among other tasty-sounding ingredients.

85. Summer Beer Taste
Gather with Phinney's beer lovers for a round of tastes from more than 30 local breweries, including Aslan, Black Raven, Bluebird, Counterbalance, and Diamond Knot, just to take the first five. The menu seems to lean fruity and unusual: Lantern Brewing has a Bombe Cerise, Populuxe offers a Sour Apricot Wheat, and Urban Family is pouring Peachsicle. Your ticket includes 10 tastes and brat snacks from Barking Dog Alehouse.

GEEK & GAMING

86. Cars & Couture presented by Architech
Mode and motors will unite in a car display/fashion showcase, featuring work by ten Northwest accessory and clothing designers.

87. FHC SkyFair
Vintage airplanes will take to the sky and tanks will roam the field at this family-friendly fair. See re-enactments and enjoy food and live music.

MUSIC

88. Brazilian Summer Carnaval
Eduardo Mendonça presents this Seattle-based celebration of Brazilian Summer Carnaval (an annual festival with parades, dancing, singing, and celebration) that will take into account issues of power, racial exclusion, and social inequality. Attendees will get to experience a wide variety of region- and culture-specific Brazilian music and dance.

89. Emo Dance Party
Bring back the early-mid 2000's with your deep passion for gauged ears, flat-ironed hair, and Pete Wentz's smirk at the Emo Dance Party, a new chance to relive your MySpace glory in the form of a high energy, passionately emo DJ night.

90. The Emperor's New Clothes
Enjoy a classic children's fable played by the symphony with Peter Schickele's humorous adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen tale The Emperor's New Clothes. This 40-minute concert, ideal for children ages 5-10, is prefaced by a free and interactive musical instrument petting zoo in the lobby, courtesy of Music Center of the Northwest.

91. Jazz Noise Fest
If your taste in jazz runs truly wild, hear experimental groups like FHTAGN, rEEK, The Comedown Quartet, Yetzirah, Cucks, and Glasgow's Williwaw at the first edition of this festival.

92. Luv' Ladder
Move your gams to joyful jams all the way up the Luv' Ladder, with DJ Kirky spinning ABBA disco in a sacred queer spaces.

93. MVP: Michael Jackson vs. Prince
Now that all our heroes are dead, MVP, a Seattle band that plays both the music of Michael Jackson and Prince, will be bringing all the hits from two of the biggest icons in music history to the Hard Rock.

94. Pandemonium in the Parking Lot
Grab a giant burger and thrash around in the parking lot of Zippy's to the dulcet tones of The Plot Sickens, Zero Down, and Wreckless Freeks.

95. Rainier BAAMFest
BAAMFest is a hodgepodge of "music, dance, spoken word, visual arts, food, art vendors, contests and MORE!" The goal this year is to affirm community and resilience with the theme “Come Together.” Come out to see the Massive Monkees, Rhythms of India, the Filipino Youth Drill Team, and many others.

96. Resonate Fridays: Halloween in July
Enjoy all the trademarks of Resonate Fridays at Foundation Nightclub, but with the extra touch of spooky live DJ sets by Power Up, it me, GRAYMATTER, and Flow, with a $1,000 costume contest.

97. Summer Lovin'
Dance to classic summer songs curated by Dapper Down Productions—"Everything from The Beach Boys to Boys II Men"—with an especially wild drag king guest from New Orleans, Bellaggio Showers.

98. Swindler with Phish Webcast
Fusing jazz, soul, funk, and blues into a sonic monstrosity, Swindler will soundtrack the Tavern stage, along with a live webcast screening of the Phish show at Madison Square Garden.

QUEER

99. GlamCocks Present FOMOHOMO: Glow Goddess
This interdisciplinary dance party celebration of the power of our inner goddesses will feature music by Gay Marvine, Hyasynth, Night Plane, and dj slow, and special visuals by Jason of Shindig Events and GlamCocks within this zone of black light empowerment. As the organizers say, "Here, we worship with radical rituals under the sacred Blacklight, and show our reverence by being our brightest souls especially when it's dark."

100. Glitter and Grit: Celebrating 30 Years of the NW Network
LGBTQ dancers, drag artists, comedians, and others will storm the stage to raise money for the 30-year-strong NW Network of Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse at a fundraiser by Danielle KL Gregoire and the Lady B. See members of Seattle's beloved queer pantheon—Boom Boom L’Roux, Ebo Barton, Briq House, Nick Sahoyah, Blu the Baqi, Miss Kitty Baby, Butylene O’Kipple, Finn Cottom, A&A, and El Sanchez. There will be free food (including pelmeni and cupcakes), plus free drinks for the first 30 who arrive.

101. West End Girls: A Drag Extravaganza!
Of the first edition of West End Girls, Stranger writer and social media manager Chase Burns said: "People have been able to get a beer and tater tots in West Seattle, well, forever, but now they can do it while watching a drag queen lip-synch a Marilyn Manson song. Or lip-synch Panda Bear while dressed as a sea monster. Or smack a Chipotle burrito against her tuck." This was speculation, but given the weird drag all-star lineup (Betty Wetter, Butylene O'Kipple, DonnaTella Howe, Fraya Love, Harlotte O'Scara, Londyn Bradshaw, and Old Witch) and the host, Cookie Couture, anything seems possible.

RESISTANCE & SOLIDARITY

102. Stephanie Miller's Sexy Liberal Resistance Tour
Comedy and political resistance meet at this evening of motivating, inspiring, and only kinda depressing jokes, featuring Stephanie Miller, John Fugelsang, and Frangela.

SPORTS & RECREATION

103. Float Dodger 5K
Run through the parade route of the West Seattle Grand Parade before it starts. Finish up with a root beer float and fun at the parade.

104. Red Rubber Showdown!
Put your shins to good use and enter this giant kickball tournament, which promises bars and people in weird costumes.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

FESTIVALS

105. Alki Art Fair
There will be juried art, three music stages, kids' activities, and lots of food at this large community fair on scenic Alki Beach.

106. Renegade Craft Fair
Renegade Craft Fair will return to Magnuson Park for the third year, bringing along more than 200 makers selling their wares, DIY workshops, food and drinks, and other special events.

PERFORMANCE

107. Outdoor Trek: Day of the Dove
Classic Star Trek lives on in the wild—or at least the park—with re-enactment of "Day of the Dove," an episode in which Klingons and humans are set against one another by a mysterious, hate-consuming force. Enjoy swordfights, live music, hot dogs for purchase, and more.

SUNDAY

FESTIVALS

108. Chinatown Seafair Parade
Does anybody dispute the awesomeness of Seattle's history-rich, culturally alive, often delicious-smelling Chinatown? Watch a lively evening parade through the district, complete with lion dancers, bands, and a giant dragon friend. This event is part of Seafair.

109. SnoHomo Pride
At long last, Snohomish has a Pride of its own. The whole queer family is invited for face painting and performances by DYR, Dapper Down Productions, Rainbow City Band and Believe Out Loud.

GEEK & GAMING

110. Dan TDM
Fans of Minecraft, video games, and YouTube stars might dig Dan TDM (aka Dan Middleton or The Diamond Minecart). His accolades include Kids' Choice Awards and Guinness World Records for gaming.

111. Nerd Grinder
Trade your old nerd stuff (toys, comics, movies on DVD or VHS, music, collectibles, etc.) for someone else's treasures or buy weird esoteric and pop culture items from the gallery.

112. Pinewood Derby
Buy a derby kit and race your vehicle at Rat City—you may win a prize for best OR worst in show! They promise prizes and "maybe even a surprise band playing."

MUSIC

113. Haile Selassie's 125th Birthday Show
Quench your thirst for bona fide reggae with Cannon and The Lion of Judah, whose members hail from the US Virgin Islands and Seattle.

114. International Bob Dylan Tribute Festival - Seattle
This traveling show dedicated to Dylan's music features local musicians and special guest stars.

115. Wednesday 13, Invidia, Gabriel and the Apocalypse, Prey The Hunter, Helldorado
Get ready for a monster fest of gothic proportion with murder noir thrash enthusiasts Wednesday 13, Invidia, Gabriel and the Apocalypse, Prey The Hunter, and Helldorado.

PERFORMANCE

116. Fleurs d'Egypte Dance Co. presents Folies Des Fleurs
This cabaret revue presented by Fleurs d'Egypte Dance Company will feature group and solo performances, and the opportunity to "journey to the cabarets of France and Egypt, and to the carnival celebrations of Rio De Janeiro without leaving your seat!"

QUEER

117. Lucía Méndez
Mexican movie actress Lucía Méndez will visit Capitol Hill, accompanied by hot go-go boys from Club Papi.

RESISTANCE & SOLIDARITY

118. Hunger Strikes: A Call to End Immigrant Detention
Watch a short documentary film on an local human rights issue, Hunger Strikes: A Call to End Immigrant Detention, and discuss the 2014 and 2017 hunger strikes at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma. The Northwest Detention Center Resistance will discuss what they view as the US government's lack of respect for immigrant civil rights.

SPORTS & RECREATION

119. Dog Days of Summer 5K
Run or walk with a pooch companion, or come dogless and enjoy the company of other people's pups. There will be a free kids' dash, contests including "Cutest Dog," dog and human lookalike, and tail-wagging, and more. Receive a dog tag, a t-shirt, and a bandana. The funds raised support the Green Lake Community Center and Emerald City Pet Rescue.

120. Walk for Old Dogs
Pump your legs for the Old Dog Haven and raise money for the more than 300 old pooches their foster families care for. If that's not adorable enough, there's a Dachshund Race before and an Old Dog Pageant after the walk. Dogs of all ages are obviously welcome on the stroll, though only those eight and older can compete in the pageant.

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