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The Best Things To Do in Seattle This Week: July 19-25, 2021

Shaina Shepherd, Chastity Belt, BAM Arts Fair, and More
July 16, 2021
Local singer-songwriter Shaina Shepherd (of BEARAXE) will share her vocal stylings at two free events this week: a Downtown Summer Sounds concert in Denny Park on Friday and Welcome Back Week in Occidental Square on Saturday. (Courtesy of the artist)

Let us guide you through the week with our latest picks, from a screening of Pink Floyd: The Wall (presented by Unstreamable columnists Chase Burns and Jasmyne Keimig) to Sugar Plum Gary: Christmas in July, and from Kassa Overall, Breaks and Swells, and Marshall Law Band at the Neptune to a new Tip Toland exhibit at the Bellevue Arts Museum.


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MONDAY

MUSIC

Motown on Mondays
Join MoM as they celebrate their 7th anniversary and re-launch party with DJ sets by 100proof, Supreme La Rock, blueyed soul, and founder Gordo Cabeza.
Barboza (First Hill)

WEDNESDAY

PERFORMANCE

Opera On Tap
If you associate opera with ornate concert halls and pricey tickets, think again: Opera on Tap makes the artform accessible with donation-based performances that take on a humorous bent. This iteration will feature musical stories inspired by quarantine tales. 
Chophouse Row (Capitol Hill)

THURSDAY

COMEDY

Pandamnit: Comedic Stories about Lockdown Life
COVID itself is no laughing matter, but some of our experiences during isolation are another story. Join local comics as they regale you with their most absurd quarantine moments.
Ballard Homestead

FILM

Movies at Peddler
Kids, adults, and dogs alike are invited to the Ballard brewery for an outdoor screening of classic movies like The Sandlot.
Peddler Brewing (Ballard)

FRIDAY

FILM

Unstreamable Presents: 'Pink Floyd: The Wall'
The Stranger's Chase Burns and Jasmyne Keimig will take their weekly Unstreamable column—where they review movies viewable only in analog form—to Bellingham's Pickford Film Center, where they'll present an outdoor screening of Pink Floyd: The Wall. There will also be "food, music, and good vibes" before the movie starts.
Pickford Film Center (Central District)

MUSIC

Chastity Belt
Uber-popular Seattle-based post-pop quartet Chastity Belt are back with new material and a new tour. 
Neumos (Capitol Hill)

Shaina Shepherd
Showing equal reverence for "gospel and garbage metal," local singer-songwriter Shaina Shepherd (of BEARAXE) will treat you to an early afternoon set of her impressive vocal stylings (for free!).
Denny Park (South Lake Union) 

PERFORMANCE

Dacha Theatre Summer Park Shows
The local theater company is bringing two of its touring shows to as-yet-unannounced Seattle parks this summer. The first, Star Play (opening July 23), is billed as a "galaxy-sized epic adventure shrunk to be a sweetly witty bedtime story," while the drive-in production Dears In Headlights (opening July 30) picks bits and pieces from Dacha's past productions, like An Awfully Big Adventure and Metamorphoses.
Various locations

Queer/Bar Summer Series
The LGBTQ+ bar's dragtastic lineup continues with Pangina Heals, the co-host of Drag Race Thailand.
Queer Bar (Capitol Hill)

SATURDAY

ACTIVISM & SOCIAL JUSTICE

Seattle March for Medicare for All
Seattle will join over 30 cities across the country in demanding Medicare for all. Speakers include Councilmember Kshama Sawant, Stephanie Gallardo, and longtime local healthcare activists like Dr. Hugh Foy.
Westlake Park (Downtown)

FOOD & DRINK

Seattle World Whiskey Day
Over a dozen Washington craft distilleries will showcase their brown liquors, including whiskeys, bourbons, and ryes. Plus, listen to music, nosh on food truck fare, and browse items from other vendors. 
Redmond Downtown Park

MUSIC

Chromeo DJ Set
The self-proclaimed “only successful Jewish-Arab partnership since the dawn of human history” is a neo-disco duo making slinky sounds for most of the new millennium.
Neumos (Capitol Hill)

Fleetwood Snack
Local dark ambient project Fleetwood Snack combine strange samples with drone effects to create chopped 'n' screwed soundscapes. Join them for a night out with Soul Ipsum and DJs Headwound, Panthr, and Sacred Janitor.
Barboza (Capitol Hill)

Kassa Overall, Breaks and Swells, Marshall Law Band
A graduate of the University of Washington's jazz scene, Kassa Overall will share his dynamic percussion work with a night of original compositions, right after opening sets from notable Seattle rockers Breaks and Swells and Marshall Law Band. 
Neptune Theatre (University District)

Welcome Back Week: Pioneer Square & Westlake
After last week's kickoff in Chinatown-ID, the city's Welcome Back Week continues with free live concerts in Occidental Square (Sat) and Westlake Center (Sun). The first features live music from Shaina Shepherd, Shenandoah Davis, and The Black Tones, a "found fashion" exhibition from Path with Art, free screen printing from Party Hat, and a vaccine pop-up. The second features sidewalk sales, free face-painting and "Thriller" dance classes, and a "Halloween in July" event where kids can dress up and go trick-or-treating in Pacific Place.  
Occidental Square & Westlake Center

SHOPPING

Urban Craft Uprising: Edmonds Summer Fest
Let your crafty freak flag fly at this Urban Craft Uprising showcase boasting over 100 makers. Plus food trucks. 
Frances Anderson Center (Edmonds)

SUNDAY

MUSIC

Slightly Stoopid
The seven-piece Ocean Beach group Slightly Stoopid will generate their big-rock, reggae-inspired, canna-happy vibes for Marymoor Park's summer concert series. 
Marymoor Park (Redmond)

ZooTunes
Now in its 39th year (last year's festival was canceled due to COVID), ZooTunes is a Seattle tradition that brings big-name artists to the bucolic North Meadow of the Woodland Park Zoo. You can thank KEXP for curating this year's lineup, which includes the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio this week.
Woodland Park Zoo (Phinney)

PERFORMANCE

Wandering and Wondering
As you wander through the tranquil Japanese gardens, you'll find butoh (Japanese avant-garde dance) performers scattered around the landscape.
Kubota Garden (Rainier Beach)

MULTI-DAY

COMEDY

Curtis Cook
LA's Curtis Cook has appeared on Portlandia, traveled through an Evola checkpoint for a Vice News segment, and written for the recent reboot of Crank Yankers. 
Laughs Comedy Club, University District (Friday-Saturday)

FESTIVALS

Saint James Faire
This medieval fair invites you to "leave behind the hectic 21st century" and travel back in time to King Arthur's ancient realm of Somersetshire, where you'll get your fill of knightly combat, puppetry, minstrels, fiddle music, and era-appropriate dishes (such as "fenberry pye" and "roste beef aliper"). 
Camlann Medieval Village, Carnation (Saturday-Sunday)

MUSIC

Otis Taylor Band with special guest Mato Nanji
Accomplished musician Otis Taylor will employ his talents on the guitar, mandolin, and harmonica to sing the blues about the Black experience. Jazz Alley, Belltown (Tuesday-Wednesday)

Arturo Sandoval
Cuban American jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval (no relation to Hope) will bring his 10-time-Grammy-winning talents to Seattle for a four-night gig. 
Jazz Alley, Belltown (Thursday-Sunday)

Joey Jewell's Tribute to Sinatra at the Sands
With the help of Jim Keri’s Swingin Sixties Orchestra, crooner Joey Jewell will transport you back to the Sands Hotel on the Vegas strip in his tribute to Ol’ Blue Eyes.
Triple Door, Downtown (Friday-Saturday)

10th Annual Beat Masters
206 Zulu and Friends of Waterfront Seattle present the 10th Anniversary of Beat Masters, a beat battle and cypher showcase. This year’s event will be kicked off by an online panel featuring Sir Mix-a-Lot, Jake One, and Ski Beatz.
Pier 62, Downtown (Friday-Saturday)

PERFORMANCE

GreenStage's Shakespeare in the Park
Laying out a spread of one's favorite snacks and swatting away gnats as players belt familiar verses of iambic pentameter across a park lawn never gets old. GreenStage's free Shakespeare in the Park series returns this year with productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night, and The Tempest
Various locations (Friday-Sunday)

Sugar Plum Gary: Christmas in July
"A misanthropic disposition combined with a strong satanist worldview distinguishes Sugar Plum Gary from other yuletide figures," writes Rich Smith. The "somewhat beloved storyteller and comedian Emmett Montgomery" will forsake the concept of time by slipping into his red velvet onesie four months early. 
18th & Union, Central District (Thursday-Sunday)

Vashon Repertory Theatre Fest
The lineup for Vashon Rep's inaugural theater fest, which will take place at various theaters and stages across the island, looks excellent. It includes Peter Glazer's musical Woody Guthrie’s American Song at Ober Park, Elizabeth Heffron's magical realist Bo-Nita at Vashon Center for the Arts, and classics like Shakespeare's The Tempest at Open Space.
Various locations, Vashon Island (Thursday-Sunday)

VISUAL ART

BAM Arts Fair
The Bellevue Arts Museum is turning 75! They'll fête the occasion with a virtual version of their annual fair, where you can admire (and purchase) work by over 100 juried artists. In addition to the virtual programming, families with artsy little ones can swing by the museum to pick up a free craft kit between July 23-25, while supplies last.
Online (Wednesday-Sunday)

Terri Grant & Purnima Patel: Trace
This joint exhibition from Northwest glass artists Terri Grant and Purnima Patel started at the Pilchuck Glass School's Douglas fir-lined campus in Stanwood, where they took inspiration from the landscape to explore new ways of working within the art form.  
Bellevue Arts Museum (Friday-Sunday)

Tip Toland
Hyperrealism is already kind of unnerving, especially in sculpted form. Nothing quite gets you into uncanny valley territory like a facsimile of life in perfect stillness. Northwest artist Tip Toland's painted clay figures seem to concentrate our reality to explosive density, whether through their apparent emotional extremity or their air of not-quite-humanity. Four of these sculptures, plus some ceramic paintings, will be displayed at BAM. 
Bellevue Arts Museum (Friday-Sunday)