FRI
AUG 1, 2014


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Northwest Psych Fest

Why: Seattle’s psychedelic-music scene’s bursting at the seams, as the Northwest Psych Fest proves. This first night of the two-night event features nine bands and DJs at various points on the mind-expanding spectrum. From Kingdom of the Holy Sun’s Doors-ian nuggets to Crack Sabbath’s torrid, astral jazz rock to Fungal Abyss’s dilatory, earth-moving jams to Low Hums’ glistening sundown songs for sighing desert ramblers, this lineup offers several ways to light the trip fantastic [sic]. (Sunset, 5433 Ballard Ave NW, sunsettavern.com, 8 pm, $12, 21+, through Aug 2)

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SAT
AUG 2, 2014


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Art of the City Street Fair

Why: At this indoor/outdoor art event that’s shutting down the street Prefontaine Place South for a day, you will find a pig roast and much art. This art will be in galleries—25 of them—and in private (but temporarily public) artist studios, and on two musical stages (Sean Nelson and D’Vonne Lewis and Vox Mod). Some of the art will be planned; some performances will be a surprise. It’s the 10th anniversary of the Tashiro Kaplan Artist Lofts, folks, and that means time for a summer party. (Tashiro Kaplan Artist Lofts, 115 Prefontaine Pl S, streetfair.tklofts.com, 11 am–9 pm, free)

SUN
AUG 3, 2014


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Sit, Eat, and Drink Outside

Why: Summer, sadly, does not last forever. The sun eventually goes away and stays away. Our window for dining and drinking and being outside is basically three months. Indeed, the owner of Naked City in Greenwood told me that the few months that his outdoor seating is open, it’s like adding another business to his restaurant. But when fall comes, this extra business is gone, and the deck ends up alone and empty for many months. So, while you can, enjoy the great decks of this city. To name just a few: Westward on Lake Union, Saint John’s on Capitol Hill, and the Twilight Exit in the Central District. (For more recommendations, see “Doing It in Public.”)

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MON
AUG 4, 2014


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Amy Bloom

Why: The first sentence of Amy Bloom’s newest novel, Lucky Us, shares a tragedy: “My father’s wife died.” The second sentence is where it starts to get interesting: “My mother said we should drive down to his place and see what might be in it for us.” Lucky Us is a road trip through America, as told by an adventurous narrator with an impossibly dry sense of humor. Bloom has written several great short stories and one great novel, but she’s never written a story as fun or as funny as this one. (Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave, spl.org, 7 pm, free)

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TUE
AUG 5, 2014


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Primary Election Day

Why: Today is the last day to mail in your ballot for the August 5 primary election. VOTE! Do it now! If you live in Capitol Hill, Fremont, or parts of the University District, you get to choose between a Democrat and a socialist in a race that could depose the speaker of the state house. Exciting! In all of Seattle, you’re deciding the future of park funding. This is very important! A healthy parks system is the life of a city. For the Stranger Election Control Board’s picks in this election, go to thestranger.com. A stamp for a ballot costs 49 cents. (Seattle, kingcounty.gov/elections)

WED
AUG 6, 2014


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Michael Owcharuk

Why: Michael Owcharuk is a very talented and entertaining local pianist who has collaborated with almost all of the leading figures in our productive and accomplished jazz scene. His play has an experimental edge that’s coupled with a strong sense of swing. As with many of the city’s trained musicians, he received his education at Cornish College of the Arts, and names Bill Evans and Miles Davis as big influences. Tonight at Vito’s, you can expect to hear jazz mastery—jazz with musical meat—at an excellent venue. (Vito’s, 927 Ninth Ave, vitosseattle.com, 9 pm, free)

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THU
AUG 7, 2014


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‘Synecdoche’

Why: Seattle’s missed Margot Quan Knight. She makes brilliant photographic images that hover on their surfaces, each like a corner you want to look around. After solo shows in 2008 and 2010 at James Harris Gallery, Quan Knight spent some years in London, but this quiet new show signals her return home. This time, her subject of experimentation is unlikely: doilies. She orders the floppy things from around the world on eBay, and when they arrive, embedded with grease and smells and stories of handmade care, they are, to her,“disgusting and amazing.” How do you picture that? See them in the middle of First Thursday art walk. (SOIL, 112 Third Ave S, soilart.org, noon–8 pm, free, through Aug 30)

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