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The Top 41 Events in Seattle This Week: June 27-July 4, 2022

Shawn Mendes, Weird Al Yankovic, and More Top Picks
June 27, 2022
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Have a wonderful time at Shawn Mendes's Wonder, The World Tour. (Shawn Mendes via Facebook)
A week packed with summer fun awaits you, with events from Shawn Mendes to Weird Al Yankovic and from Amazon Seafair Summer Fourth to Mechanismus Festival. For more ideas, check out our guide to the top events on the Fourth of July.


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MONDAY

LIVE MUSIC

Crawlers with Madde Add to a List
Without even a full-length album out yet, Liverpool-based quartet Crawlers have secured a record deal with Polydor and an impressive level of viral fame. Not actually surprising, once you hear their seething alt-rock tunes about identity, trauma, and mental health that harness the growling vocals of Courtney Love while maintaining the Gen-Z relatability of labelmates Billie Eilish and Olivia Rodrigo. Catch the rising band after an opening set from riot grrrl-inspired singer-songwriter Madde.
(The Funhouse, Belltown, $17)

READINGS & TALKS

Ottessa Moshfegh and Kim Fu discuss Lapvona Add to a List
Ottessa Moshfegh's buzzy new novel grapples with religion, fear, and the spirit world. The novelist's dour, yet uniquely perceptive writing style stretches far back to a medieval fiefdom in Lapvona, following the young son of a village shepherd who grasps for knowledge and love in a cruel, confusing world where the veil is thin. For this conversation, Moshfegh will be joined by Kim Fu, whose novel The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore was a finalist for the Washington State Book Awards.
(Central Library, Downtown)

TUESDAY

FILM

Mad God Add to a List
You're likely familiar with his special effects, but you might not know his name. Phil Tippett is the mastermind behind the creature design, stop motion, and computerized character animation seen in films like Jurassic Park and Robocop. For over 30 years, Tippett's been methodically working on Mad God, a surreal, dystopic labyrinth that just might be his masterpiece. Sight and Sound reports that the film has "all the makings of an instant cult classic"—sounds pretty promising to us.
(Grand Illusion, University District)

Passing Strangers and Forbidden Letters Add to a List
This double feature spotlights Arthur J. Bressan Jr., a queer cinema pioneer whose newly-restored films blend eroticism and art. In Passing Strangers (1974), a closeted teenager in San Francisco undergoes a radical awakening when he responds to an older man's personal ad. Forbidden Letters (1979) follows Larry on the day that his lover, Richard, is released from prison. Trying to clear his head, Larry reads through his unsent letters to Richard, and wonders whether their love will remain when he returns home. Bressan Jr.'s thoughtful narratives were love notes to gay liberation, but were sadly cut short due to his death from AIDS-related complications in 1987.
(The Beacon, Columbia City, $12.50)

LIVE MUSIC

Aldous Harding Add to a List
Back in 2019, Mercury contributor Chris Stamm wrote: "Aldous Harding’s odd brand of uneasy listening is unpindownable. Simultaneously familiar and alien, like a childhood home remembered in a dream, the New Zealand folk singer-songwriter seems to be sending dispatches from a sideways world, one where Nick Drake’s lilt and Marlene Dietrich’s growl live in glorious accord." She will support her latest album, Warm Chris, after an opening set from Welsh songsmith H. Hawkline.
(Neptune Theatre, University District)

Shawn Mendes: Wonder, The World Tour Add to a List
Canadian heartthrob Shawn Mendes will come through town on his Wonder tour supporting his 2020 album of the same name. The album oozes with honeymoon-phase love songs, sensual R&B melodies, and nice-guy lyrics like “you’re my sunlight on a rainy day.” Likeminded singer-songwriter Dermot Kennedy will get the crystalline pop tunes flowing.
(Climate Pledge Arena, Uptown)

WEDNESDAY

FOOD & DRINK

Farm Dinner: Iron, Fire & Brine Add to a List
Get your fill of salty sea air and briny bivalves at this al fresco dinner with the seasonal farm-to-fire cooking company Tournant and Cooper Mountain Winery. You'll enjoy a family-style pescatarian dinner with Hama Hama oysters, clams, mussels, cedar plank fish, seasonal vegetables, and "something sweet," complemented by organic and biodynamic wines from Cooper Mountain and a selection of local beers.
(Hama Hama Company and Store, Lilliwaup)

LIVE MUSIC

AB6IX Add to a List
K-pop boyband AB6IX (pronounced A-B-Six) are celebrating their three-year bandiversary with a six-stop North American tour that will include a meet-and-greet with fans at each location.
(The Showbox, Downtown)

THURSDAY

FESTIVALS

Hoodstock 13 Add to a List
This festival founded by the now-defunct all-Black-female punk band NighTraiN is back for its 13th year with local artists including alt-rock band Black Ends, "renegade marching band" Chaotic Noise Marching Corps, soulful post-punk group Hotels, and a lot more. Former Stranger critic Angela Garbes called it "simply the best small music festival/big ol’ house party around."
(MLKy Way House, Downtown)

LIVE MUSIC

JNA (Album Release), DJ Nasir, and OG Mambo Add to a List
Up-and-coming soul-pop artist JNA (pronounced jen-nuh) will bring her disco-inspired feel-good anthems to the dance floor in support of her debut album, I Have Good Taste But For Some Reason I Like You, alongside UK club heavy DJ Nasir and local rapper OG Mambo.
(Timbre Room, Belltown)

The Crocodile Presents: Los Bitchos with Weep Wave Add to a List
London-based quartet Los Bitchos aptly describe their instrumental tunes as a "retro-futuristic blend of Peruvian chica, Argentine cumbia, Turkish psych, and surf guitars." They are the kind of genre and era ambiguous songs that could soundtrack both your tropical vacation and a spaghetti Western film from the '60s. They will get the party started alongside Seattle-based post-punk trio Weep Wave.
(Tractor Tavern, Ballard)

READINGS & TALKS

In Person Author Talk: Romy Gill, On The Himalayan Trail Add to a List
Indian food writer chef and food writer Romy Gill will discuss her newest cookbook On The Himalayan Trail, which shares the history of the cuisine of Kashmir and Ladakh and includes over 80 recipes, with local journalist Ruby de Luna.
(Book Larder, Fremont)

Pacific Northwest Womxn of Color Reading Add to a List
At this evening of short readings, 18 women and nonbinary writers of color will share their recent work on stage for the first time. For those curious about Hugo House's robust roster of classes, this reading offers a sense of the work generated in educator Anne Liu Kellor's diverse course offerings. Attendees will hear from a lineup of stellar local authors like Auzin Ahmadi, Rebecca Delacruz-Gunderson, Rasheena Fountain, and others.
(Hugo House, Capitol Hill)

FRIDAY

LIVE MUSIC

Ani DiFranco Add to a List
New York-hailing singer-songwriter and folk-rock icon Ani DiFranco will return to town to play songs from her 20th studio album, Revolutionary Love. The album addresses both the personal and the political, learning to process her anger and frustrations through love and compassion. Fort Worth-based folk-soul artist Abraham Alexander will start the evening.
(Neptune Theatre, University District)

Brit Floyd - World Tour 2022 Add to a List
Brit Floyd, one of the premier Pink Floyd tribute acts, will return to Seattle to revive the style and sound of the '70s rock legends as they faithfully recreate their final 1994 tour. Get ready for the whole enchilada, including a spectacular light show, the iconic circular screen, lasers, inflatables, and various other trippy theatrics.
(Paramount Theatre, Downtown)

Ween Add to a List
Experimental rock band Ween, led by musicians Aaron Freeman and Mickey Melchiondo (also known by their stage names, Gene and Dean Ween), has gained a legendary cult status similar to that of the Grateful Dead, Phish, or Frank Zappa with their humorous genre-blending jams and always fresh live performances. Considering the band hasn't released a proper album since 2007's La Cucaracha, you can look forward to a mixed-bag setlist pulling from their classic albums, and maybe a few covers, too.
(Marymoor Park, Redmond)

PARTIES & NIGHTLIFE

Thank God It's Friday at Supernova: 1 Year Anniversary Add to a List
The weekly disco dance party Thank God It's Friday is marking its one-year anniversary with an immersive extravaganza that will include a sea of balloons, live music, DJs, aerialists, drag queens, and go-go dancers.
(Supernova Seattle, SoDo)

PERFORMANCE

Super Massive Part 1: Grag Queen Add to a List
Grag Queen, the self-described "Brazilian fantasy" and first-ever winner of international drag singing competition Queen of the Universe, will hit the stage with more cosmic glamour for this performance. What's the story behind her drag name? Well, "Grag" is a portmanteau combining "drag" and her first name, Grégory. What a gag!
(Queer Bar, Capitol Hill)

READINGS & TALKS

Grasses Grasses Grasses: Poetry and Healing with 6 Indigenous Poets Add to a List
Inspired by the tragic recent discovery of mass graves of Indigenous children in Canada, this gathering aims to recognize the women and children erased by settler colonialism through a medicine wheel ritual and sharing of Indigenous poetry. Oglala Lakota and National Books Critics Circle Award winner Layli Longsoldier will read alongside Suquamish writer Cedar Sigo, Eastern Shawnee poet and teacher Laura Da', and several others.
(Hugo House, Capitol Hill)

Soul Chronicle Add to a List
This melanated blend of live music and poetry celebrates Black culture and storytelling at its finest. Five Black artists, supported by a live band, will transform The Collective Seattle's "urban basecamp" into a space of healing and community building.
(The Collective Seattle, South Lake Union)

SUMMER

KEXP Beats & Eats Add to a List
Every Friday in July, KEXP DJs will spin a live set at the pier while you soak up the sunshine, enjoy some grub from the onsite food trucks, sip refreshing brews from the beer garden, and observe impressive roller skating from local skate crews. This week, hip-hop selectors DJ Supreme and Danny Clavesilla will soundtrack the evening.
(Waterfront Park, Downtown)

SATURDAY

LIVE MUSIC

Circle Jerks with 7 Seconds and Negative Approach Add to a List
Hardcore punk legends Circle Jerks, led by Black Flag co-founder Keith Morris and Redd Kross guitarist Greg Hetson, are stopping by as part of the 40th-anniversary celebration of their landmark album, Group Sex. (Both are phrases that should be Googled with caution.) With support from fellow heavies of the early ‘80s hardcore scene 7 Seconds and Negative Approach, this show will surely get your blood pumping.
(The Showbox, Downtown)

Trombone Shorty's Voodoo Threauxdown Add to a List
New Orleans-hailing brass instrument royalty Trombone Shorty has made a name for himself playing alongside giants such as Jeff Beck, Dave Matthews Band, Eric Clapton, and the Foo Fighters. Now he's hosting a curated mini-festival of NOLA-based artists including legendary bounce rapper Big Freedia (who you've most definitely heard on Beyoncé's new single "Break My Soul"), funk ensemble Tank and the Bangas, iconic funk band The Meters, and eight-piece brass band The Soul Rebels.
(Chateau Ste. Michelle, Woodinville)

PERFORMANCE

Super Massive Part 1: Angeria Add to a List
Everyone's fave country-tinged diva from RuPaul's Drag Race season 14 will pop by Seattle to spill the tea as part of Queer/Bar's sickening Super Massive series. The Southern belle from the ATL always brings haute couture and more than a little shade—watch out, she's not afraid to call anyone an uugh-a-lee bitch!
(Queer Bar, Capitol Hill)

Volunteer Park Amphitheater Grand Opening Add to a List
Celebrate the grand opening of the spankin' new Volunteer Park Amphitheater (the park's first new building in 50 years) at this afternoon of live music, keynote speakers, and festivities. Bring a picnic and settle in for performances from "kindie" (aka family-friendly) rockers The Not-Its!, singer-songwriter Alec Shaw, UW's Taiko Kai Japanese drumming ensemble, and others. Food trucks will be on site dishing up delicious bites, too.
(Volunteer Park Amphitheater, Capitol Hill)

MONDAY

FOURTH OF JULY

Amazon Seafair Summer Fourth 2022 Add to a List
The classic, the original. They don’t even bother putting “July” in the event name, because everybody knows what’s up. This is Seafair’s annual big-ass fireworks show at Gas Works Park, with the pyrotechnics exploding up above Lake Union and “choreographed” (that’s so cute) to a very loud pre-recorded musical score. There’ll also be two beer gardens, scads of food vendors, live bands, and a glow-in-the-dark dance party that ends when the fireworks begin. If standing around at Ground Zero of Seattle fireworks isn’t your thing, Lake Union Park on the opposite side of the water offers a picture-perfect view of the same show, and probably the same caliber of mob scene. Masks, please. There’ll also be DJ music, food trucks, and a beer garden, plus you can walk to about a million restaurants and bars. FWIW, the promo copy claims that this vantage point offers a darker view of the sky, facing north, and therefore a brighter, more vivid view of the fireworks than the south-facing Gas Works Park party, which… is this true? Because of the light pollution from downtown? Or the location of the moon? Or some other reason?? We had no idea, but we’re delighted to know it. MEG VAN HUYGEN
(Gas Works Park, Wallingford)

July 4th BBQ Rooftop Party Add to a List
Down in the dark industrial bowels of SoDo, the Monkey Loft is gonna be featuring at least 10 DJs, headlined by DJ Mark Farina, and two rooms of music, plus a rooftop barbecue. That counts as outdoorsy, right? Chef Chris Eiman from Saru Sushi and Sando, Monkey Loft’s building-mate, will be manning the sky grill. He’s like the headliner of the barbecue. Or maybe DJ Mark Farina is the chef of the DJ sets. At least one of those things is definitely true. MEG VAN HUYGEN
(Monkey Loft, SoDo)

LIVE MUSIC

Adekunle Gold: Catch Me If You Can The Tour Add to a List
Nigerian highlife singer-songwriter Adekunle Gold, who recently released his new single "One Woman" featuring rapper/singer Ty Dolla $ign, will stop by on his Catch Me If You Can The tour, supporting his album of the same name.
(Neptune Theatre, University District)

Black Book In The Park Add to a List
Los Angeles event producer AMFAMFAMF, which stands for “All My Friends” (uh, times three) and local producer Studio 4/4 are the impresarios behind Black Book in the Park, a formerly annual house music event at the Mural Amphitheater that’s back this summer after a three-year hiatus. (Possibly because they played house music outside and it canceled itself out?) Labelmates from Black Book Records will be performing, including British DJ (and Black Book owner) Chris Lake, L.A.-based electronic dance act Noizu, and Australian electro-swing duo Yolanda Be Cool. MEG VAN HUYGEN
(Mural Amphitheatre, Uptown)

MULTI-DAY

FILM

Elvis Add to a List
Baz Luhrmann's penchant for big-screen pageantry returns in this homage to The King. Elvis, starring Austin Butler in the titular role and Tom Hanks as his longtime manager Colonel Tom Parker, received some burning love at Cannes this year—the rhinestone-studded flick earned a 12-minute standing ovation.
(SIFF Cinema Uptown, Uptown, Monday-Thursday)

Movies at Marymoor Park Add to a List
This year's drive-in movie offerings at Marymoor Park sound like old-school Americana fun, with screenings of Mean Girls Add to a List , Top Gun (1986) Add to a List , Sing 2 Add to a List , and more. Snuggle up in the car, bring a picnic, or enjoy the food trucks on site.
(Marymoor Park, Redmond, Wednesday-Thursday)

LIVE MUSIC

Mechanismus Festival Add to a List
Presented by the city's beloved industrial dance night, the Mechanismus Festival is back after three-year hiatus with a week packed full of transgressive sounds from dozens of artists including, the longtime industrial rock outfit Stabbing Westward, Belgian electro-industrial artist Suicide Commando, Danish experimental project Leæther Strip, and many more.
(The Crocodile, Belltown, Monday-Sunday)

Northwest Terror Fest 2022 Add to a List
Seattle’s annual underground extreme music festival is back with an impressive lineup of more than thirty scary-sounding bands over the course of three days. Notable headliners include longtime Santa Monica-based thrash band Cryptic Slaughter, avant-garde heavy metal quintet Ludicra, and death metal outfit Suffocation. 
(Neumos, Capitol Hill, Thursday-Saturday)

Weird Al Yankovic: Return of the Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour Add to a List
Weird Al will hit the stage again with this long-anticipated tour, pulling from his 14-album catalog to perform a different set each night. Rather than singing his top hits, he'll focus on deeper cuts for a more intimate, fan-focused performance without theatrics, props, or costumes. He'll be joined by legendary comedian and paraprosdokian lover Emo Philips.
(Moore Theatre, Belltown, Tuesday-Wednesday)

PERFORMANCE

The Bonesetter's Daughter Add to a List
Based on the 2001 novel by Amy Tan, this theatrical adaptation follows Ruth, a Chinese American woman whose mother is slowly drifting away due to dementia. Ruth's mother has always been difficult—talking to ghosts and bemoaning a family curse—but a new discovery about her past may bring the two closer together in the end.
(Book-It Repertory Theatre, Uptown, Monday-Sunday)

miku, and the gods Add to a List
Julia Izumi's award-winning children's play gallops from a schoolyard to the depths of the underworld. Miku, Ephraim, Grandma Seiko, and Shara all have different desires—Miku wants to be a god, while Grandma just wants to hang on to her memories. The gang's conflicting wishes lead them on a rough-and-tumble adventure woven together with friendship, grief, and a strange quest for power. 
(ArtsWest, Junction, Monday-Sunday)

2022 Strawberry Jam Add to a List
This theater festival spotlights works from playwrights that expand on the theme "Make America ___." Directors Leah Adcock-Starr, Lamar Legend, Alanah Pascual, Gavin Reub, and others will present their distinctive perspectives on the timely topic—based on titles alone, we're intrigued by Pascual's Make America Call My Mom and Say I'm Doing Good.
(12th Avenue Arts, Capitol Hill, Thursday-Saturday)

VISUAL ART

I-Ching Through Thick and Thin Add to a List
Calling on the visual vocabulary of the I Ching, Beijing-born artist Maggie Jiang's paintings merge traditional geometric abstraction (think Mondrian and Josef Albers) with her Chinese heritage. I Ching, an ancient Chinese divination text, offers answers to questions via a series of 64 hexagrams, which Jiang interprets through a bright, hard-edged abstraction that honors the philosophical underpinnings of the practice.
(J. Rinehart Gallery, Pioneer Square, Wednesday-Saturday)

L'Affichomania: The Passion for French Posters Add to a List
In fin-de-siècle Paris, a now-famed art form began to take hold. Rich, colorful lithographic posters celebrated femininity and modernity and revitalized street advertising. L’Affichomania: The Passion for French Posters explores this aesthetic by showcasing five masters of the medium: Jules Chéret, Eugène Grasset, Alphonse Mucha, Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.
(Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, Monday-Monday)

Recent Acquisitions: Jeffry Mitchell Add to a List
"If Jesus comes back, I'm introducing him to Jeffry Mitchell," says former Stranger writer Jen Graves. "Jeffry can bring Christ up to speed on things like humor and gayness and art, and Jesus can feel good about what humanity's been up to, and together they can visit the Berninis in Rome." In this show, the self-proclaimed "gay folk artist" emphasizes the bulbous lotus pods that have shown up in his work since childhood.
(Frye Art Museum, First Hill, Monday-Monday)

Soya the Cow: Planet Moo Add to a List
Experimental artist Daniel Hellmann, also known by their gender- and species-bending drag persona Soya the Cow, merges queer, feminist, and environmental ideas in their animal rights-driven art. This exhibition spotlights the "nonhuman" artist's music, fashion, and performance practices.
(Goethe Pop-up Space, Capitol Hill, Thursday-Sunday)

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