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The Top 63 Events in Seattle This Week: July 18-24, 2022

Capitol Hill Block Party, Seattle Art Fair, and More Top Picks
July 18, 2022
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Charli XCX, Jai Wolf, and Diplo will headline this year's Capitol Hill Block Party. (Capitol Hill Block Party)
Live your best summer life this week, with the return of beloved megahits like Capitol Hill Block Party and Seattle Art Fair, plus more not-to-be-missed events, like Timber! Outdoor Music Festival and Pod Save America.


Although
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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MONDAY

LIVE MUSIC

Old Crow Medicine Show Add to a List
The Grammy Award-winning Americana string ensemble Old Crow Medicine Show will bring their old-time folk tunes through town for an outdoor performance, just ahead of their upcoming album, Paint This Town. The hootenanny will get started with a performance from bluegrass singer-songwriter Molly Tuttle.
(Woodland Park Zoo, Phinney Ridge)

TUESDAY

FILM

Film Uprising: A Fundraiser for Reproductive Rights Add to a List
This sex education film program, planned in response to the devastating SCOTUS overturn of Roe vs. Wade, includes three 16mm shorts that illustrate the vital struggle for gender equality and the undeniable importance of bodily autonomy over the last century. The films delve into the suffragette movement, the invention of contraceptive pills, women's worker rights and unionization, and the battle against dismissive, sexist attitudes embedded in the medical industry. Turn up for a good cause and gather some inspiration to continue the fight—the screening is also a fundraiser, with 100% of proceeds donated to the NW Abortion Access Fund.
(Grand Illusion, University District)

LIVE MUSIC

Kingdom Tour: Maverick City Music x Kirk Franklin Add to a List
Fresh off the heels of their powerful performance at the 2022 BET Awards, gospel ensemble Maverick City Music will take the stage alongside 16-time Grammy Award-winning artist Kirk Franklin in support of their collaborative album, Kingdom Book One. Fellow gospel artists Jonathan McReynolds and Housefires will get the worship tunes flowing.
(Climate Pledge Arena, Uptown)

Tash Sultana Add to a List
Tash Sultana is an Australian gender-fluid singer-songwriter and producer who gained viral success in 2016, after releasing a bedroom recording of their reggae-infused song "Jungle." Sultana will hit the stage in support of their sophomore album, Terra Firma, which was entirely self-recorded, engineered, performed, arranged, and produced, after an opening set from rising pop artist Josh Cashman.
(Paramount Theatre, Downtown)

The Black Crowes Present: Shake Your Money Maker Add to a List
Brothers Chris and Rich Robinson reunite their beloved Southern rock and blues outfit The Black Crowes just in time to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their debut album, Shake Your Money Maker.
(Chateau Ste. Michelle, Woodinville)

READINGS & TALKS

Sona Movsesian Add to a List
Sona Movsesian, Conan O'Brien's longtime assistant and host of the Conan Needs a Friend podcast, will hit Seattle in celebration of her satirical memoir The World's Worst Assistant. Movsesian is a cheeky, quick-witted comic in her own right, and she shares her secrets to becoming a nightmarish employee in the uproarious book. Tickets come with a copy of the memoir, and the event includes a public signing and Q&A sesh.
(Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park)

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

CAAMP: Lavender Days Tour Add to a List
The Ohio-based duo headed up by childhood friends Evan Westfall and Taylor Meier will bring their banjo- and guitar-fueled indie-folk to town for an outdoor show supporting their new album, Lavender Days. Named after the common fragrance that can, as Meier put it, "remind you of your grandmother’s perfume or maybe the air freshener in your mom’s car," the album explores the mundane joys of uneventful days that often go overlooked.
(Marymoor Park, Redmond)

Cat Power: Covers Tour Add to a List
Beloved singer-songwriter Cat Power (AKA Chan Marshall) has the unique ability to completely transform an already existing song, breathing new life into old classics and contemporary hits, as evidenced in her wildly popular cover of Phil Phillips' "Sea of Love," which appeared on the soundtrack for the definitive indie film Juno. On her latest album, Covers, she continues this gift, morphing Frank Ocean's emotional ballad "Bad Religion" into an indie-rock jam and Kitty Well's seminal country classic "It Wasn't God Who Made Honkey Tonk Angels" into a snappy jazz club croon.
(The Showbox, Downtown)

Chaka Khan Add to a List
The legendary "Queen of Funk" herself, Chaka Khan, will grace us with her presence as a part of the Woodland Park Zoo's outdoor concert series, Zoo Tunes. Get riveted by her powerhouse vocals, feel-good grooves, and classic R&B anthems like "I'm Every Woman" and "Ain't Nobody."
(Woodland Park Zoo, Phinney Ridge)

COIN: Uncanny Valley Tour Add to a List
Jump around to catchy alt-rock from Nashville trio COIN, who will support their pop-infused new album, Uncanny Valley, which they describe as an "AI inspired synthesis of modern high fidelity, and nostalgic organic instrumentation."
(Showbox SoDo, SoDo)

READINGS & TALKS

Lisa Wells presents Believers: Making a Life at the End of the World Add to a List
Beloved local poet and essayist Lisa Wells will stop by Third Place Books for the paperback release of Believers: Making a Life at the End of the World, a finalist for the 2022 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. She'll sign copies and answer your burning questions about the book, which tracks innovators around the world who are radically shifting their way of life in response to the climate crisis. 
(Third Place Books, Seward Park)

Poetry’s Possible Powers: A Reading and Conversation Add to a List
Current cognitive science suggests that "literary transportation" is a real phenomenon that can impact our heart rate and breathing, but disappearing into a good book might also transform our opinions and viewpoints. Could the creative flow of a regular writing practice have similar effects? Debuting her memoir Poetry's Possible Worlds, poet and professor Lesley Wheeler will lead a reading and discussion on poetry's power alongside Washington State Poet Laureate Rena Priest, Jeannine Hall Gailey, Mita Mahato, and Martha Silano.
(Hugo House, Capitol Hill)

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; closing)

THURSDAY

COMEDY

Sal Vulcano Add to a List
Staten Island sweetie Sal Vulcano, founder of the No Presh podcast network and host of Hey Babe! and Taste Buds, will stop by Seattle with more real-life stories and observational humor. Vulcano's stand-up shows are chill and low-stakes; the 20-year veteran comic tends to avoid controversy and political jokes, instead opting for gags about holding pants ransom.
(Paramount Theatre, Downtown)

FILM

SAM NOW Screening, Q&A, and Afterparty Add to a List
Blending Super 8, home video, and modern-day digital footage,SAM NOW follows Seattle documentarian Reed Harkness, his half-brother Sam, and their family over the course of 20 years as they grapple with Sam's mother's sudden disappearance. This screening of the visionary flick includes a post-film Q&A session with the director and an afterparty at nearby '70s-inspired joint Life on Mars.
(SIFF Cinema Egyptian, Capitol Hill)

LIVE MUSIC

Joey Bada$$ Add to a List
Rapper, Pro Era collective founder, and actor (have you seen him in Mr. Robot?) Joey Bada$$ will take the stage just one day before the release of his new album, 2000. Anticipate hearing new material off the album as well as older favorites like "Christ Conscious" and "Devastated." Plus, arrive in time to catch an opening set from rising New York-based rapper Capella Grey.
(Showbox SoDo, SoDo)

READINGS & TALKS

In Person Author Talk: Nicole A. Taylor, Watermelon and Red Birds Add to a List
Nicole A. Taylor's new book Watermelon & Red Birds is the first-ever cookbook to focus on Juneteenth celebrations and shares recipes for summer-ready dishes like beef ribs with fermented harissa sauce and roasted nectarine sundaes. She'll chat about the release with Lionesse founder Olaiya Land.
(Book Larder, Fremont)

Margin Shift: Friends in Poetry Add to a List
Margin Shift emphasizes the contributions of anyone who might normally be at the margins of the mainstream literary scene, including "poets of color, LGBTQ+ poets, poets from out of town, poets who are new to town, women poets, undocumented poets, experimental writers (whatever that might mean!), and brand new writers." This edition of the recurring reading series features works by poets Prageeta Sharma, Stefania Heim, and Jasmine Sarah Plaskon, as well as educator and co-founding editor of Les Figues Press Teresa Carmody and Spanish teacher and storyteller Irving Ayala.
(Common AREA Maintenance, Belltown)

FRIDAY

FOOD & DRINK

Bremerton Summer Brewfest Add to a List
Hop the ferry to Bremerton and taste samples from 30 different Washington breweries, including Reuben's, Jellyfish, Fremont, and more.
(Bremerton Boardwalk)

LIVE MUSIC

Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls Add to a List
English singer-songwriter Frank Turner and his backing band will bring their punk-rooted folk and acoustic rock to town in support of their ninth album, FTHC, which blossomed out of a series of solo live streams over the course of 2020. In contrast to the electronic music endeavors on their previous album, Be More Kind, the new album thrives on acoustic instruments and raw vulnerable lyricism about Turner's personal life.
(Moore Theatre, Belltown)

Machine Gun Kelly: Mainstream Sellout Tour with Avril Lavigne and WILLOW Add to a List
Rapper, musician, actor, and overall sensation Machine Gun Kelly will play tracks from his second collaborative album with Travis Barker, Mainstream Sellout, which completes his metamorphosis from rapper to pop-punk star. The Hot Topic vibes will get started with the early-aughts queen Avril Lavigne and singer-songwriter (and offspring of Jada Pinkett Smith/Will Smith) WILLOW.
(Climate Pledge Arena, Uptown)

Michael Franti & Spearhead: Follow Your Heart Tour Add to a List
Although he didn’t reach mainstream success until his 2008 hit "Hey (I Love You)," the Oakland-hailing rapper, musician, poet, and singer-songwriter Michael Franti began his music career back in the '80s as a part of the industrial punk band The Beatnigs. He will return to Seattle with his current project for an evening of family-friendly pop-fusion jams that promote messages of peace, positivity, and social justice.
(Chateau Ste. Michelle, Woodinville)

PODCASTS

Pod Save America: (A)live And On Tour 2022 Add to a List
Strap in for another round of no-BS political conversations—Pod Save America is vaxxed, boosted, and back in action. Hosts Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer, and Tommy Vietor will visit Seattle with special guests to discuss impending threats to our democracy (but don't worry, they'll also make you laugh). The progressive podcast is the definition of a hit—each episode averages 1.5 million listens, and GQ described it as one of the "most popular strategies for coping with the looming death of the republic." Fun!
(Paramount Theatre, Downtown)

SATURDAY

FILM

Femme Fatale with The Suspense Is Killing Us Podcast Add to a List
Brian De Palma, king of the erotic thriller, made a few pit stops throughout his career to direct blockbuster flicks like Mission: Impossible and Mission to Mars. But he wasn't done titillating audiences yet—in 2002, along came Femme Fatale, a nod to classic noir starring Rebecca Romijn as the world's most alluring jewel thief. Travis Vogt, Matt Lynch, and Kevin Clarke, hosts of The Suspense is Killing Us podcast and retro thriller fanatics, will introduce this screening.
(The Beacon, Columbia City)

FOOD & DRINK

Ice Cream Social Pop-Up Add to a List
I scream, you scream, we all scream for this family-friendly festival showcasing curbside frozen treats from a variety of vendors. Grab a cone and take refuge from the sun with covered seating.
(South Lake Union Saturday Market, South Lake Union)

LIVE MUSIC

Benise - 20th Anniversary Tour Add to a List
Spanish guitar wiz Benise will celebrate his 20-year career with a Vegas-caliber performance of his greatest flamenco, salsa, samba, and waltz tunes complete with booming percussion, lively backup dancers, and lavish stage sets.
(Neptune Theatre, University District)

Blxst: Before You Go Tour Add to a List
LA-based singer/rapper Blxst (pronounced "blast"), who you've probably heard on Kendrick Lamar's new album, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, will stop by. His Before You Go tour is supporting his debut album of the same name, which Billboard says solidifies him as "one of R&B’s most promising emerging artists."
(Showbox SoDo, SoDo)

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Add to a List
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah saw a resurgence in 2017 with the 10-year anniversary of their touchstone album Some Loud Thunder, and also the release of their fifth studio album, The Tourist. The band, helmed by multi-instrumentalist Alec Ounsworth, enjoyed huge accolades at the beginning of its run, landing big-time appearances at major festivals like Lollapalooza and Treasure Island. A brief hiatus following Some Loud Thunder led to an artistic rebound on 2011’s sparklingly weird Hysterical. For whatever fickle reason, though, the band never quite climbed back into the earholes of tastemaker bloggers the way bands like Vampire Weekend or the Strokes did. Which is a shame, because The Tourist finds Ounsworth’s skepticisms in full froth, notably on peppy, moody cuts like “Down (Is Where I Want to Be)” and the equally somber power-pop romp of “The Vanity of Trying.” Get ready to party like it’s 2005. RYAN J. PRADO
(The Crocodile, Belltown)

Dispatch and O.A.R.: Summer Tour 2022 Add to a List
Jam-rock lifers Dispatch and O.A.R. will join forces for a double headlined show full of festival-ready songs about nature, good vibes, love, and memories. Expect a lot of weed smoke and soft air guitar.
(Marymoor Park, Redmond)

Goo Goo Dolls Add to a List
Buffalo, NY-born alt-rock band Goo Goo Dolls are still going after 36 years. Catch them at the winery as they support their fourteenth (!) studio album, Chaos in Bloom, which takes a homespun approach, with production from frontman John Rzeznik.
(Chateau Ste. Michelle, Woodinville)

Paul Cauthen Add to a List
Proud East Texan Paul Cauthen mines from the emotional foundation of his land-locked heritage to form his own kind of Americana country gospel fit for the pines. Expect to hear tracks off his latest album, Country Coming Down, which enters country-funk territory with humourous outlaw lyrics, glitzy guitar solos, and glossy disco beats. 
(The Showbox, Downtown)

The Masked Singer National Tour 2022 Add to a List
The weirdly mesmerizing singing competition show The Masked Singer will hit the road, bringing the spectacle and surprise from the TV and onto the Paramount stage with new performances, famed hosts, and mystery celebrity unmaskings.
(Paramount Theatre, Downtown)

PERFORMANCE

Night Flowers, An Evening of Flamenco Add to a List
Local Flamenco dancer Savannah Fuentes and singer and multi-instrumentalist Diego Amador Jr. will present two performances of Night Flowers, a fresh evening of flamenco. The pair's unique blend of Spanish flamenco performance is bolstered by Fuentes's innovative dance style and Amador's familial background in blues, jazz, and salsa.
(Seattle Center, Uptown)

SUNDAY

LIVE MUSIC

Mike Dawes with Trevor Gordon Hall Add to a List
English guitar prodigy Mike Dawes, hailed as the "Best Acoustic Guitarist in the World" by Total Guitar Magazine, will treat you to an evening of impressive fingerpick renditions of pop hits like John Mayer’s "Slow Dancing In A Burning Room" and Gotye’s "Somebody That I Used To Know." Fellow guitar god Trevor Gordon Hall will get acoustic tunes flowing. 
(Triple Door, Downtown)

SHOPPING

Photo Book and Zine Fair Add to a List
Over 50 exhibitors will share and sell their photo-based publications at Photographic Center Northwest's inaugural Photo Book and Zine Fair, so prepare to stock your coolest tote bag with artsy swag. Whether you're a DIY publication pro or merely zine-curious, there'll be supplemental offerings to catch your eye, like an artist talk with local book artist Alexander Mouton and a zine workshop with photographer Craig Mamanno.
(Photographic Center Northwest, Central District)

MULTI-DAY

EXHIBIT

Dinos Alive: An Immersive Experience Add to a List
This immersive exhibition takes visitors back about 140 million years. Come face-to-face with life-size animatronic dinos from over 80 species (including infamously scary dudes, like velociraptors and a T-rex). VR technology envelops visitors in a naturalistic Jurassic habitat, and a mesmerizing digital aquarium reveals ancient underwater life.
(1750 Occidental Ave S, SoDo, Wednesday-Sunday)

FILM

Akira Add to a List
30 years after the nuking of Tokyo by the Japanese government, a rebel biker gang leader tries to save his friend from governmental control, battling politicians, scientists, and a military leader along the way. The dystopian film set cyberpunk tones that would echo through cinema for decades to come.
(Central Cinema, Central District, Friday-Sunday)

Fire of Love Add to a List
Narrated by artsy auteur Miranda July, this documentary follows the fiery trajectory of French volcanologists Katia and Maurice Krafft. The married pair tracked eruptions the world over, but lost their lives while chasing their passion. (Incidentally, they also looked like they stepped out of a Wes Anderson film.) Director Sara Dosa's Fire of Love was called "blazingly lyrical" by The Los Angeles Times.
(SIFF Cinema Uptown, Uptown, Monday-Thursday)

HALLELUJAH: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song Add to a List
Legendary singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen never shied away from deep emotion, probing the depths of politics, religion, depression, and love in a haunting bass voice for almost 50 years. This film takes a close look at his life through the lens of his instantly recognizable hymn "Hallelujah."
(SIFF Cinema Uptown, Uptown, Monday-Thursday)

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 Egyptian, Capitol Hill, Monday-Wednesday)

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 Shang-Chi and the Legend of The 10 Rings Add to a List , 50 First Dates 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)

Nope Add to a List
Modern horror mastermind Jordan Peele dips his toe in science fiction in his newest flick, blending his penchant for spooky social commentary with something a little more alien. Nope follows Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer as ranch-owning siblings whose lives in quiet inland California are rocked by sudden encounters with unidentified flying objects.
(SIFF Cinema Uptown, Uptown, Thursday-Sunday)

FOOD & DRINK

Eastside Beer Week Add to a List
Show some love for the beer-makers up and down Washington's I-405 corridor by visiting 32 breweries (or as many as you like) offering special beer releases in Bothell, Kenmore, Woodinville, Kirkland, Redmond, Duvall, Bellevue, Sammamish, Issaquah, Snoqualmie, and Renton.
(Various locations, Friday-Sunday)

GEEK & GAMING

Pokémon GO Fest Add to a List
Time to catch 'em all at Pokémon GO Fest! This year, the festivities planned are bigger than ever, stretching out across the city for expanded trainer experiences in Seattle Center Park and beyond.
(Seattle Center, Uptown, Friday-Sunday)

LIVE MUSIC

Above & Beyond: Group Therapy Weekender Add to a List
Concerts are considered self-care, right? Dance your worries away to the trance beats of electronic trio Above & Beyond, who will host two full days of music alongside Anjunabeats and Anjunadeep artists, plus a Friday night pre-party to get warmed up. 
(Gorge Amphitheatre, George, Friday-Sunday)

Capitol Hill Block Party Add to a List
This year, CHBP has a lineup that I can only describe as chaotic, glitzy, fun. Joining British hyperpop star Charli XCX are major acts like Diplo, Jai Wolf, millennial-favorite Toro y Moi, Zoomer favorite 100 gecs, and a bunch of others like Remi Wolf and rap wunderkind Flo Milli. Local acts like Enumclaw, The Black Tones, Archie, and The Grizzled Mighty are also part of the stellar 69+-performer lineup. CHBP's footprint in the neighborhood will look much the same as it did in years past: two main outdoor stages, several indoor stages and activations, and a giant beer garden right outside the Neumos complex. JAS KEIMIG
(Capitol Hill Block Party, Capitol Hill, Friday-Sunday)

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, Monday-Friday)

Timber! Outdoor Music Festival 2022 Add to a List
Timber! is full of crowd-friendly folk, rock, and pop performances, and all-ages activities like camping, kayaking, and stargazing. This year's lineup includes the Milk Carton Kids, Built to Spill, Caroline Rose, a Simon & Garfunkel campfire sing-along, and more.
(Tolt-MacDonald Park, Carnation, Thursday-Saturday)

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. Catch it at Luther Burbank Park this weekend, or find other performance locations here.
(Luther Burbank Park, Mercer Island, Friday-Sunday)

Come From Away Add to a List
This award-winning Broadway musical sheds new light on an incredible story. In the aftermath of 9/11, the tiny Newfoundland town of Gander welcomed 7,000 stranded strangers after the emergency landing of 38 planes. While nerves ran high, Gander residents housed their new visitors in an exceptional act of care. Come From Away shares the experiences of Gander townsfolk, pilots, and passengers during and after the unprecedented experience.
(The 5th Avenue Theatre, Downtown, Wednesday-Sunday)

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. Find performance locations here.
(Various locations, Thursday-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.
(Various locations, Friday-Sunday)

Public Access: BLACKBOX WEATHERMXN Add to a List
On the Boards has channeled their forward-thinking vision into a new programming series. Public Access: BLACKBOX WEATHERMXN compiles four teams of performers and animators, forming a digital performance cohort. Each team has created a brief performance piece in "weather forecast technical format," using strategies like green screen and animated text to imagine expansive new forms of storytelling. This series of performances marks the launch of the ongoing cohort program, which will hold an open call for new participants annually.
(On the Boards, Uptown, Thursday-Sunday)

Titanish Add to a List
Crashing on stage this July is Titanish, an unsinkable comedy and uproarious parody of a certain doomed romance flick. The Habit Comedy, creators of A Very Die Hard Christmas, teamed up with Seattle Public Theater for the disastrous musical, complete with original music and fast-paced action that's more hilarious than tragic.
(Seattle Public Theater, Green Lake, Thursday-Sunday)

Vashon Repertory Theatre Fest Add to a List
For two weekends in July, Vashon Rep will bring thoughtful storytelling, musical theater, and Shakespearean interpretations to locations across the island. There's a little something for everyone's theatrical tastes—Somewhere Between is a modern musical, while Seeger interprets the tunes of a legendary activist and folk crooner in a multimedia performance. If short and sweet is more your style, check out 5-Minute Wonders, a compilation of distilled performance art pieces, or Plays in a Snap!, a sneak preview of new theatrical works. The festival wouldn't be complete without the Bard, though, so catch Much Ado about Nothing and laugh along with the feisty comedy's screwball antics that stand the test of time.
(Various locations, Thursday-Sunday)

VISUAL ART

Alki Art Fair Add to a List
Stroll the promenade and take in a stunning seaside view at this three-day fair, where an extensive lineup of creators and performers will spotlight the energy and diversity of the local arts and culture scene. Live music will set the tone for the weekend, with performances by acoustic Brazilian trio Choroloco, "thrift store folk pop" singer-songwriter Trish Savage, and more. You'll find plenty of munchies from food vendors on site, and a kid's zone hosted by "galactic preschool" Outer Space Seattle.
(Alki Beach, Alki, Friday-Sunday)

Beyond the Mountain: Contemporary Chinese Artists on The Classical Forms Add to a List
Curated in collaboration with University of Washington students, Beyond the Mountain: Contemporary Chinese Artists on The Classical Forms takes a close look at the impact of globalization, migration, and modernity on social culture. Contemporary artists like powerhouse creator Zhang Huan find thoughtful forms of resistance through references to China’s material, visual, and linguistic heritage.
(Seattle Asian Art Museum, Capitol Hill, Friday-Sunday; opening)

everything was beautiful, and nothing hurt. Add to a List
Everything was beautiful, and nothing hurt. grapples with the incredible paradoxes of human experience, considering the contradictions of trauma, beauty, cruelty, and love. The exhibition, which derives its name from a line in Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five, compiles moving image installation works from the Henry's collection, including pieces by Rashid Johnson, Kaari Upson, Lutz Bacher, Sue DeBeer, and Candice Breitz.
(Henry Art Gallery, University District, Saturday-Sunday; opening)

Forest For The Trees Add to a List
This immersive "art activation" in the historical RailSpur building (two blocks from the Seattle Art Fair) is a must-see. The four-day experience includes eight floors of installations and exhibitions within the 70,000-square-foot space, plus a rotating lineup of musicians performing live. Attendees will find mesmerizing works by Derek Bruno, Gaspar Yanga, Christopher Martin, and more, plus an iteration of ephemeral exhibition XO Seattle. 
(RailSpur, Pioneer Square, Thursday-Sunday)

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-Sunday; closing)

Seattle Art Fair Add to a List
Eighty-five gallerists from all over the world will bring first-rate artwork to Seattle for one hectic weekend in the sixth edition of this fair, back for the first time since pre-pandemic days. It's always an impressive display of cool, cutting-edge contemporary art, and plenty of Seattle institutions and artists get involved as well. This year's local highlights include Peter Gronquist's communion (featuring a real pool of water), a full-size totem pole from Preston Singletary, and other projects from Inye Wokoma, Clyde Petersen, Humaira Abid, the Seattle NFT Museum, and more.
(Lumen Field Event Center, SoDo, Thursday-Sunday)

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; closing)

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