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The Top 53 Events in Seattle This Week: July 5-10, 2022

BenDeLaCreme, Khruangbin, and More Top Picks
July 5, 2022
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This week brings a steady supply of summer shenanigans from BenDeLaCreme to Khruangbin and from Seattle Cuban Dance Fest to Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers & CONCACAF Champions League Championship Celebration. Read on for our picks for things to do through Sunday, or look ahead to the rest of this month's biggest happenings. 


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Washington’s statewide mask mandate has been lifted, venues may have their own health guidelines in place. We advise directly checking the specific protocols for an event before heading out.


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TUESDAY

FILM

Slow Boat Tavern presents Round Midnight Add to a List
Easygoing watering hole Slow Boat Tavern will provide a special draft selection for this screening of a soulful, bittersweet '80s masterwork. Bertrand Tavernier's Round Midnight pays tribute to the Black bebop musicians of '50s Paris, telling the tale of a brilliant jazz veteran coping with a self-destructive addiction.
(The Beacon, Columbia City)

LIVE MUSIC

Failure Add to a List
The reunited Los Angeles trio of Ken Andrews, Greg Edwards, and Kellii Scott will bring their innovative and spacey blend of alternative rock back through town for a headlining show supporting their latest album, Wild Type Droid.
(Neumos, Capitol Hill)

Flight Facilities: Forever Tour Add to a List
Australian electronic music duo Flight Facilities have been churning out summer party anthems for more than a decade, with vocal features from superstars like Kylie Minogue, Reggie Watts, Broods, and more. The pair will play in support of their latest full-length, FOREVER, alongside soulful electronic group Two Another. 
(Neptune Theatre, University District)

WEDNESDAY

LIVE MUSIC

Femi Kuti & The Positive Force Add to a List
Former Mercury senior editor Ned Lannamann wrote of Femi Kuti: "Although he does not blaze the trails of his famous father Fela so much as follow their established path, his music is brimming with a contemporary urgency. Transposed against the pure, near-rapturous physicality of his Afrobeat music—again, a shadow of his father's, but we'll take it—this show will be a fiery dance party, ignited by a call to activism." He will play in support of his latest album, Legacy+, alongside his band The Positive Force.
(Neptune Theatre, University District)

THURSDAY

LIVE MUSIC

Great Women of Country: The Music of KD Lang, Neko Case, and Patsy Cline Add to a List
Local musicians Sherri Jerome, Carly Sparkly, Carly Anne Cabrero, Jean Mann, and Sue Quigley will pay tribute to honky tonk angels Patsy Cline, KD Lang, and Neko Case with reimagined covers of their greatest hits. 
(The Royal Room, Columbia City)

Jenny Don't And The Spurs with Mono A Mono Add to a List
Playing vintage country and western straight out of the lonesomest corners of mid-20th century America, Jenny Don't and her cohorts sound nothing like a museum piece; rather, there's grit, sadness, and an edge of danger to these rumbling-boxcar country songs. Seattle-based indie rock outfit Mono A Mono will get things started.
(Chop Suey, Capitol Hill)

Nearly Dan Add to a List
Steely Dan was one of the smartest bands to consistently rack up platinum records. They got away with singing blisteringly acerbic lyrics and executing complex key changes and tricky time signatures while accruing crazy air time on commercial radio, back when that meant something. So a band dedicated to paying tribute to Steely Dan has to be sharper than your typical homage outfit. Nearly Dan's 12 members (who've played with Ray Charles, the Four Tops, the Temptations, Gladys Knight, and, most importantly, Huey Lewis) are up to the task, interpreting the hits and deep cuts with a professionalism that would impress Donald Fagen and the late Walter Becker's accountants. DAVE SEGAL
(Jazz Alley, Belltown)

Poliça Add to a List
Fresh off the release of their sixth studio album, Madness, the shape-shifting Minneapolis synthpop outfit Poliça, fronted by vocalist Channy Leaneagh, will make their eagerly awaited return to Seattle alongside Brooklyn dream-pop trio Wilsen. 
(Neptune Theatre, University District)

READINGS & TALKS

Paul Holes presents Unmasked: My Life Solving America's Cold Cases Add to a List
Paul Holes is one of America's famed cold case investigators, but you may know of his work through another famous name—Michelle McNamara, who investigated the Golden State Killer, consulted with Holes, and even wrote a book about it (I'll Be Gone in the Dark) before her untimely death in 2016. In Unmasked:My Life Solving America's Cold Cases, Holes digs into his complex career of crime-solving and the 24-year process that ultimately led to the arrest of the Golden State Killer, a 76-year-old former cop named Joseph J. DeAngelo.
(Virtual via Third Place Books)

FRIDAY

LIVE MUSIC

Chase Atlantic Add to a List
Australian alt-pop trio Chase Atlantic will get extra chill as they bring their Cold Nights tour to Seattle, supporting their genre-fluid 2021 album, Beauty in Death, which blends trap beats with polished R&B melodies. Arrive in time to catch opening sets from pop vocalist Leah Kate and hip-hop artist Xavier Mayne.
(Paramount Theatre, Downtown)

DeVotchKa Add to a List
The Denver-based orchestral-pop quartet DeVotchKa, who get their sound from a unique blend of influences such as cabaret, spaghetti Western soundtracks, norteño, punk, and the Eastern European dance music, will return to Seattle with their cinematic tunes that have soundtracked Crazy Stupid Love, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Paddington, and more.
(The Crocodile, Belltown)

Doss with hherb & DJ Having Sex Add to a List
NYC-based producer Doss, who was featured on Lady Gaga's Dawn of Chromatica remix album, will spin a mix of trance, breakbeat hardcore, and house jams with local support from like-minded DJs hherb and Having Sex.
(Cherry Nightclub, Downtown)

Gera MX: Triple 4 Tour Add to a List
Influential Mexican rapper Gera MX will swing through Seattle on his first-ever national US tour, supporting his 2021 album, The Not So Sad, a country-meets-hip-hop collaboration with Latin singer-songwriter Christian Nodal that explores feelings of love and heartbreak. 
(Neptune Theatre, University District)

Karl Blau Add to a List
The Anacortes, Washington-hailing singer-songwriter and DIY icon Karl Blau, who has played with indie royalty like Laura Veirs, The Microphones, Little Wings, D+, and Earth, will play a solo set in support of his new country-tinged album, Love & Harm.
(The Royal Room, Columbia City)

Supercoze with Model Shop and Catch Rabbit Add to a List
Local singer-songwriter SuperCoze (AKA Cody Choi) will treat you to a night of sunlit indie-pop alongside "warm-hearted" indie trio Model Shop, and psych-pop band Catch Rabbit. 
(Barboza, Capitol Hill)

SATURDAY

COMEDY

Ron Funches: Back At It! Tour Add to a List
Ex-Portlander, comedian, actor, and writer Ron Funches is a multi-talented funnyman who's been popping up everywhere lately—he's made appearances on Black•ish, New Girl, Nailed It, Conan, and more. Funches calls California home these days, but he'll return to the region with the infectious, memorable comedy for which he's known and loved.
(Neptune Theatre, University District)

FOOD & DRINK

Food Truck Round-Up Add to a List
A selection of your favorite restaurants on wheels will settle curbside for your brunching or lunching pleasure.
(South Lake Union Saturday Market)

SipFest 2022 Add to a List
BYOG (bring your own glass) and take dainty sips of local wine, beer and cider at this outdoor event at the historic Snoqualmie Railroad Park. Plus, snack on charcuterie and listen to live music from classic rockers Dynamite Supreme.
(Railroad Community Park, Snoqualmie)

Sunsets in Snohomish Wine Walk Add to a List
Traipse through the 150-year-old streets of downtown Snohomish while browsing local businesses and familiarizing yourself with vintages from Washington wineries.
(Downtown Snohomish)

LIVE MUSIC

Allah-Las with Michael Rault Add to a List
Los Angeles quartet Allah-Las came up in the same fertile West Coast scene that spawned psych-rock juggernauts like Thee Oh Sees and Ty Segall, but where those acts incorporate a double-drummer rhythm section or a terrifying baby mask to stoke the flames of showgoers, Allah-Las seem more than content to entrance audiences with deep, hypnotic grooves on their latest Mexican Summer-issued album, Lahs. Across its 13 tracks, the band shares songwriting and vocal duties; “Prazer Em Te Conhecer” finds drummer Matthew Correia crooning in Portuguese over a catchy slide guitar hook, while guitarist Pedrum Saidatian takes the lead on the sun-soaked psych-pop single, “In the Air.” You won’t find the same wild exuberance that defines the live shows of those aforementioned peers, but if you’re looking for a brief respite from all the cold and rain, Allah-Las might be just the warmth you seek. CHIPP TERWILLIGER
(The Crocodile, Belltown)

Freakout Presents: Acid Tongue with Actionesse & Emily Stranger Add to a List
Local indie label Freakout Records presents an evening of psychedelic sounds with soulful garage-rock duo Acid Tongue, saxophone-fueled punk outfit Actionesse, and moody alt-pop artist Emily Stranger.
(Tractor Tavern, Ballard)

Jason Mraz & Raining Jane: Lalalalivesongs Add to a List
Fedora-wearing acoustic-pop singer-songwriter Jason Mraz, who rose to prominence during the era of Starbucks mix-CDs, will bring his Lalalalivesongs tour out to Chateau Ste. Michelle for two consecutive nights in support of his new compilation album of the same name. LA-based folk-rock ensemble Raining Jane will join as his backing band. 
(Chateau Ste. Michelle, Woodinville)

Kraftwerk 3-D Add to a List
All the way back in 2015, Stranger music connoisseur Dave Segal wrote: "In sum, Kraftwerk have been electronic music's Beatles and Velvet Underground: They both popularized it and inspired thousands of people to create their own unconventional sounds with synths and computers. Kraftwerk's impact on Seattle's musicians runs deep and wide." The iconic quartet will bring their multimedia 3-D concert through town, which began as a series at The Museum of Modern Art. 
(Paramount Theatre, Downtown)

Scott Yoder, Black Ends, and Rachaels Children Add to a List
Music photography publication Ballard Vox will celebrate its five-year anniversary with glitzy performances from glitter-folk balladeer Scott Yoder, "gunk pop" trio Black Ends, and theatrical punk quartet Rachaels Children. 
(Sunset Tavern, Ballard)

Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra Presents: Philharmonic "Pops" Add to a List
The Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra will take on popular masterworks including Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 1, a variety of works from Leroy Anderson, and Ralph Vaughan Williams' English Folksong Suite in celebration of his 150th birthday. 
(Benaroya Hall, Downtown)

PARTIES & NIGHTLIFE

Artful Evening Add to a List
Show your support for Bellevue Arts Museum's robust artistic programming at this fancy-pants gala on a garden party theme. Attendees are encouraged to dress in their bright, bloomy best for the auction, happy hour, and dinner. (If you haven't been to the museum in a while, we suggest popping by to see Joey Veltkamp's joyful nostalgia in SPIRIT! Add to a List )
(Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue)

PERFORMANCE

A Midsummer Night's Dream Add to a List
This summer, Seattle Shakespeare Company will present two free Wooden O productions at outdoor locations throughout the Puget Sound area. Puppets and actors will share the stage for this rendition of Shakespeare's magical, fairy-friendly comedy.
(Volunteer Park, Capitol Hill)

Super Massive Part 1: Yvie Oddly Add to a List
She's odd, but like, in a good way—avant-garde drag diva and "authentic weirdo" Yvie Oddly will slay in Seattle as part of Queer/Bar's Super Massive series. The RuPaul's Drag Race season 11 winner can currently be seen on All Stars all winners.
(Queer Bar, Capitol Hill)

SHOPPING

Hot Off the Press Book Fair Add to a List
Comic connoisseurs, art book aficionados, and DIY zinesters, gather 'round—the eighth annual Hot Off the Press Book Fair showcases self-published and small press works by over 50 regional indie artists and publishers. Find out what the cool kids have been working on at the evening showcase, with participating artists including Alex Graham, Short Run, Phil Elverum, Emerald Comics Distro, and others. Dance-driven locals Student Nurse and Annihilation Squares will set the musical mood.
(Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery, Georgetown)

SPORTS & RECREATION

Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers & CONCACAF Champions League Championship Celebration Add to a List
The Seattle Sounders are the first MLS club to win the Concacaf Champions League, and they plan to celebrate this with a big party the day of their match against our rivals from the south, the Portland Timbers. Get there early to check out a pre-match beer garden, food trucks, merch, and a "special musical performance." 
(Lumen Field, SoDo)

VISUAL ART

Art Battle Seattle Add to a List
You won't find any leisurely plein air paintings of clouds being made here. The acrylics and oils will fly in this timed competition as artists duke it out in 20-minute rounds to create the best painting possible. The work each artist creates as part of the battle will be available for auction, and folks can join in on the fun as a spectator, voting for their fave painting at the end of each round. Got nerves of steel? Apply to participate as an artist.
(The Collective Seattle, South Lake Union)

SUNDAY

LIVE MUSIC

Khruangbin Add to a List
Houston-based instrumental trio Khruangbin weaves together glossy indie rock, East Asian surf-rock, Persian funk, and Jamaican dub into a harmonious kaleidoscope of blissful psychedelia. Fasten your seatbelts (the band's name is Thai for "airplane") for tracks off of their critically acclaimed 2020 album, Mordechai, after an opening set from Quebecois indie rock band Men I Trust. 
(Marymoor Park, Redmond)

Puscifer Add to a List
LA-based experimental rock project Puscifer, led by Maynard James Keenan (of Tool and A Perfect Circle), is an outlet for Keenan's "darker and more personal musings," which don't quite fit in with his other bands. Prepare yourself for what's described as a "theater-meets-concert" performance in support of the 2020 album, Existential Reckoning.
(McCaw Hall, Uptown)

Slightly Stoopid Add to a List
The seven-piece Ocean Beach group Slightly Stoopid will generate their big-rock, reggae-inspired, canna-happy vibes to Tacoma alongside kindred reggae-rock groups Pepper, Common Kings, and Fortunate Youth.
(Haub Family Field, Tacoma)

PERFORMANCE

Cymbeline Add to a List
This summer, Seattle Shakespeare Company will present two free Wooden O productions at outdoor locations throughout the Puget Sound area. This queer-centered adaptation of the Bard's lesser-known forbidden love folktale grapples with deceit, pursuit, seduction, and banishment. Catch it at Volunteer Park on the 10th, or find other performance locations here.
(Volunteer Park Amphitheater, Capitol Hill)

QUEER

Gay Days at Wild Waves Add to a List
The Imperial Sovereign Court Of Seattle will set up at the summery theme park for an all-day party full of drag performances, food vendors ("with prices lower than those in the park"), and a beer garden. All vendors will donate their proceeds to charities of their choice.
(Wild Waves Theme Park, Federal Way)

READINGS & TALKS

A Voice for Nature: National Geographic Live Add to a List
Capturing astounding images of nature from Curaçao to Japan, Dutch photographer Jasper Doest illuminates the little-seen connections between humans and wildlife. AVoice For Nature is presented as part of the National Geographic Live series, which shares the efforts of its diverse, adventurous contributors.
(Benaroya Hall, Downtown)

MULTI-DAY

FESTIVALS

Dare To Dance Summer Festival 2022 Add to a List
Dare to Dance Seattle's inaugural Summer Festival series blends performance, participatory workshops, and cultural exchange in a free, outdoor format. With programming planned at public parks across Seattle, the event aims to build community while showcasing a diverse lineup of dance performers like Afsaana Dance Company, El Rincón de la Salsa Cubana, The MossyBack Morris Men, Parmida Ziaei, and others. Whether you're into hip-hop, Bollywood, or K-pop, you'll find your fave dance styles represented here.
(Cal Anderson Park, Capitol Hill, Saturday-Sunday)

Northwest Pirate Festival Add to a List
Ahoy! Pop on an eye patch and head to this timber-shiverin' celebration of all things pirates. Here's the scoop: it's 1719, and somewhere on a North American coastline, a famous ship captain has perished. Now, rival pirates and their salty crews are duking it out for control of the unregulated Black Sand Bay, where they might find power, glory, and riches. Join in on the fun with sea shanties, battles, and baubles while the two crews attempt to win your favor. 
(Thurston County Fairgrounds and Event Center, Lacey, Saturday-Sunday)

Seattle Cuban Dance Fest 2022 Add to a List
The first and only West Coast Cuban dance festival, this lively event promises four days of dancing, performances, live music, workshops, and "nonstop partying." Sign us up! The fest kicks off with a white dress boat party (vibes provided by DJ Walt Digz), followed by daytime workshops throughout the weekend and evening social nights with mouthwatering Cuban cuisine specials. 
(Club Sur, SoDo, Thursday-Sunday)

FILM

Lost Highway Add to a List
When a saxophonist and his wife begin receiving creepy VHS tapes, everything is fine, and they all live happily ever after. Just kidding! David Lynch's '97 nightmare is (of course) a psychological freakout of epic proportions, where two stories intertwine and spiral into a web of murder and deceit. This screening of the brand-new restoration brings new life to the surreal neo-noir.
(SIFF Cinema Uptown, Uptown, Tuesday-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)

Official Competition Add to a List
This Spanish-language film by Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat laughs in the face of Hollywood's smug superiority, calling out big-budget productions for their BS while still maintaining a playful, tongue-in-cheek quality. Certified dreamboats Penélope Cruz and Antonio Banderas team up in the sly satire, starring as obsessive egotists hellbent on making the perfect art film.
(SIFF Cinema Egyptian, Capitol Hill, Tuesday-Thursday)

FOOD & DRINK

Kirkland Uncorked Add to a List
This summer wine festival, which benefits no-kill shelter Homeward Bound Pet Adoption Center, encompasses a 21+ wine tasting garden with live music and a Saturday "food truck feast," as well as a street fair with a market and a must-see canine modeling contest hosted by CityDog.
(Marina Park, Moss Bay, Friday-Sunday)

LIVE MUSIC

2022 Summer Festival: Seattle Chamber Music Society Add to a List
The Seattle Chamber Music Society is once again throwing its Summer Festival, with free informal recitals and full orchestral performances for all ages throughout the month of July. The cabal of esteemed artists involved this year includes Noah Bendix-Balgley, Benjamin Beilman, Amy Schwartz Moretti, Stella Chen, and many more.
(Benaroya Hall, Downtown, Tuesday-Friday)

PERFORMANCE

BenDeLaCreme is... Ready to be Committed Add to a List
BenDeLaCreme brings her bubbly, effervescent style to the stage in this fresh cabaret show, a "heartfelt spectacular" that's a little cheeky, but as delightful as always. In BenDeLaCreme is...Ready to Be Committed, the blushing wannabe bride is all set to settle down, but first, she'll need a cake, a venue, a dress...and a spouse. Sounds complicated, Ben! She'll dodge weirdos on Grindr and meet Cupid himself in this performance, which blends burlesque, comedy, and original music.
(Triple Door, Downtown, Tuesday-Sunday)

Can Can's Lola Add to a List
It'll be just another evening in paradise at this Copacabana-inspired cabaret, complete with flirtatious showgirls and feathers. This gender-bending summer show will include market-fresh fare and cocktails to quench your thirst. 
(Can Can, Pike Place Market, Wednesday-Sunday)

GreenStage: Shakespeare in the Park 2022 Add to a List
Now in their 34th season, Greenstage's free Shakespeare in the Park offerings will include performances of historical tales Henry V and Pericles, Prince of Tyre, crossed-wires comedy Much Ado About Nothing, and dark tragedy Macbeth this summer. Peep their calendar for exact times and locations of performances through August 6.
(GreenStage Shakespeare in the Park, Downtown, Friday-Sunday)

Seattle Outdoor Theater Festival Add to a List
A staple of Seattle's summer theater scene for over 20 years, the Seattle Outdoor Theater Festival returns for the first time since 2019 for two jam-packed days of Shakespearean shenanigans in Volunteer Park's fresh amphitheater. Attendees will find a wide variety of approaches to the Bard's works, with performances from Wooden O Add to a List and Greenstage Add to a List (both of whom also have outdoor theater seasons this summer), Seattle ComedySportz, Youth Shakespeare Workshop, Dacha Theatre, and more.
(Volunteer Park, Capitol Hill, Saturday-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

Charles Spitzack: Passage Add to a List
In this solo exhibition, local artist Charles Spitzack creates playful, yet strangely thoughtful woodcuts in brilliant colors, responding to looming sociopolitical threats through a layered, experimental process and subtly ominous imagery. Spitzack's prints are created without a press, which is no easy feat, but affords the artist a sense of freedom that comes through in the illustrative quality of his works.
(Davidson Galleries, Pioneer Square, Friday-Saturday)

Endless Summer Add to a List
SAM Gallery's latest exhibition takes it easy with a sweet celebration of Pacific Northwest summers. Local painters Julie Devine, Joe Max Emminger, and Elizabeth Gahan bring fresh approaches to landscape, with special consideration toward light, temperature, architecture, and elements of surprise.
(SAM Gallery, Downtown, Tuesday-Sunday)

Reorient: Journeys through Art and Healing Add to a List
Art can be a therapeutic force, helping us process both personal and collective traumas. In Reorient: Journeys through Art and Healing, four artists—Victor Kai Wang, Suchitra Mattai, Jean Isamu Nagai, and Tuan Nguyen—come together to tell empowering immigration stories through nontraditional media.
(Wing Luke Museum, Chinatown-International District, Wednesday-Sunday)

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