Our music critics have already chosen the 29 best concerts this week, but now it's our arts critics' turn to pick the best events in their areas of expertise. Here are their picks in every genre—from Bite of Seattle to Cthulhu: The Musical to the closing week of Mwangi Hutter: Falling in Love, Again. See them all below, and find even more events on our complete Things To Do calendar.
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Counterp(art) features self-portraits of trans, non-binary, and genderqueer artists including Dillon Lacey, Elk Paauw, Kyla Powers, Clyde Petersen, and Ray Lechelt.
TUESDAYREADINGS & TALKS
New Yorker staffer David Grann's narrative nonfiction work Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI brings to light new facts about a horrifying series of murders of Osage people in the 1920s after the Native nation struck oil on reservation land. Dave Eggers of the New York Times has called Grann "a master of spinning delicious, many-layered mysteries that also happen to be true." You'll have a chance to hear this highly regarded researcher and author read in the flesh.
Resist/Recharge #3: Greenpeace
The third edition of Resist/Recharge, the Stranger-sponsored series of panels with local nonprofits and activist groups, features a conversation with Greenpeace representatives about new initiatives to defend wildlife and public land from corporate greed.
As the books and theater writer at The Stranger, it's impossible for me to overstate how excited I am to see Fun Home in Seattle this week. The graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, which Lisa Kron based her Tony Award–winning show on, kills me. Part of that excitement is nervousness, though. The reason I like the graphic novel so much is because of all the subtle literary connections Bechdel makes between her life and the books she came up with, came out with, and related to her father's death. Will those subtleties translate to the stage, or will the stage transform the nature of those subtleties, or does FIVE Tonys mean none of this matters? Jessica Fu, The Stranger's erstwhile social-media manager, put me at ease. She saw the show in New York and reported back thusly: "I cried during and after! And then the next morning." Better bring a box of tissues. RICH SMITH
TUESDAY & SATURDAYPERFORMANCE
Purr Going Away Party
As the beloved gay bar Purr prepares to relocate from what was once the city's haven neighborhood for queers, party with the regulars and celebrate 12 years on the Hill. Who's for a rendition of "We'll Meet Again"?
Tour de France
"Let's talk about suffering," they say. "Let's talk about the most grueling event in sport. And then, let's talk about what we love at Bar Ferdinand. Wine and bike racing!" The Tour de France is an amazing, impressive triumph of the human will. It is also incredibly boring to watch, at times. Booze helps, of course. Perhaps my one fond memory from visiting my misogynist womanizer of a grandpa in North Carolina was watching the tour while guzzling Coors Light and cheap white wine. Seriously, the man cried when Ernest Hemingway died. Anyway, Bar Ferdinand is one of Seattle's very best wine bars, they're serving true champagne to celebrate the final stage of the race, and it's gonna be about as lit as a bike-racing viewing party gets. TOBIAS COUGHLIN-BOGUE
This week features wine from Provence and the Rhone Valley.
TUF Zine Issue 2: Release Party
TUF ("a female/nonbinary/trans collective centered on electronic music and art") will present this release party for the latest edition of their zine, featuring musical performances, a variety of art and visual installations, and a reading.
Claire Dederer's Love and Trouble: A Mid-Life Reckoning is a funny memoir about sadness, friendship, Seattle, literature, and the mysteries of physical desire. Sean Nelson wrote the following about her new book: "The 'Midlife Reckoning' promised in the subtitle consists of a frank, almost lurid candor about the challenges that attend a privileged existence: marriage, motherhood, career—the archetypal prerogatives of white, liberal bubble-dwellers from time immemorial. But this time isn't immemorial. It's now. It's the last 40 years of Seattle—a recognizably generational parameter—revealed through one restless woman's struggle to see, become, invent, reinvent, and ultimately forgive herself for the unruly impulses, ideas, and secrets that are the components of that self." CHRISTOPHER FRIZZELLE
Kitchen Sessions: Yayoi Kusama
Celebrate Yayoi Kusama's highly in-demand Infinity Mirrors exhibit (which Emily Pothast called "one of the must-see experiences of the summer") at this evening of performance featuring artists including Ms. Briq House, Naa Akua, Tyisha Nedd, Angel Gardner, and Eva Walker. The show will "highlight the underbelly of black womanhood in a way that illuminates both struggle and survival."
Mwangi Hutter: Falling in Love, Again.
Mwangi Hutter—born Ingrid Mwangi and Robert Hutter in Kenya and Germany, respectively—are an internationally renowned husband-wife artist team operating as a single entity to reflect on themes of identity and interconnectedness. Their work often incorporates video, installation, and performance, and in the case of this show, big, beautiful, figurative paintings. Their work has been shown across Africa, Asia, Europe, the United States and South America, at the Bienal de Sao Paulo, Venice Biennale, the Brooklyn Museum, Smithsonian Institution - National Museum of African Art, Centre Pompidou in Paris, Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt, Dak’Art Biennale, and Mori Museum in Tokyo amongst others. EMILY POTHAST
Much Ado About Nothing
Paul Constant (former Stranger books editor and co-founder of the Seattle Review of Books) wrote, "Because Much Ado About Nothing is arguably the world's first rom-com, every major player makes one asshole move that seems totally out of character." Come see the drama in a beautiful outdoor setting, presented as part of Seattle Shakespeare's Wooden O summer series, which will also present Pericles.
Celebrating Cary Grant
Once again, SAM will spend the summer celebrating the devilish charms of Cary Grant. This week's film is The Bachelor and the Bobbysoxer, in which a judge forces a skirt-chasing art teacher to date a teenaged Shirley Temple, who has an insane crush on him. Sounds weird, and we can't guarantee that it's as good as the rest of the series, but if you can look past the antiquated sensibilities and get a kick out of Grant prancing around like a hip young 'un, this may be your jam.
SIFFsational Summer Series
SIFF will present a series of double features on Thursdays this summer. Celebrate nostalgia and escape to an air-conditioned movie theater while you revisit old favorites and cult classics like Jaws, The Big Lebowski, Repo Man, and Raiders of the Lost Ark. This week's double feature is all about aliens: the cute kind (E.T.: The Extraterrestrial) and the somewhat less friendly, more buggy type (Starship Troopers).
No Kid Hungry Dinner
Chef Joshua Henderson and guest chefs from around Seattle and the US (including Brendan McGill of Hitchcock, Edouardo Jordan of Salare, and Derek Simcik of Scout) will prepare a multi-course dinner to benefit No Kid Hungry, which provides food to low-income kids.
Relationships between mothers, daughters, and sisters take center stage in Sarah Healy's latest novel, The Sisters Chase, which author Chevy Stevens says "hits all the right marks."
National Heritage Award Artists: Mary Lee Bendolph, Loretta Pettway, and Lucy Mingo
See work by the awardees of the prestigious NEA National Heritage Award Fellowship (which recognizes "the recipients' artistic excellence and supports their continuing contributions to our nation's traditional arts heritage"): quilt makers Mary Lee Bendolph, Loretta Pettway, and Lucy Mingo.
Opening reception Thursday.
Where No Man Has Gone Before: An Improvised Parody of the Original Star Trek Series
Where No Man Has Gone Before takes a standard Star Trek plot and asks the audience to shape key elements: The goodship Enterprise transports an alien crew (defined by the audience) onboard, but it's not clear whether these rescued beings are ill- or well-intentioned. The show is presented by Seattle Experimental Theatre in association with Theatre off Jackson and directed by Jeannine Clarke.
Sound Theatre Company has teamed up with the Hansberry Project to bring Katori Hall's Hoodoo Love to the Seattle stage for the first time. Working closely with the all-powerful Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Lynn Nottage, Hall debuted this paean to Depression-era voodoo love in New York City to rave reviews. "It's about Memphis music. When you drink the water in Memphis, blues comes out," Hall said in an interview with the Paris Review. All that music finds its way into the rich, lyrical language that drives Hall's play. Directed by rising star Malika Oyetimein. RICH SMITH
Tiny Talk: Jennifer Zwick
Jennifer Zwick's The Idea & The Thing Itself, a collection of surreal and abstract photos, was not created through digital manipulation but through props, sets, and other in-camera tricks. At this "Tiny Talk," children and their minders are especially invited to meet the artist and explore the colorful prints.
Happy 1st Anniversary Party & Crawfish Boil
Celebrate Ravenleaf's one-year anniversary with an all-you-can-eat crawfish boil on the patio. Shell out $28 and you'll get crawfish with all the fixings (corn, sausage, potato, etc.) plus a complimentary pint of your choosing.
Cookie Couture x Kremwerk Present: Baked Goods!
If you thought you were done with Cookie Couture when she and Halfway Haus concluded their reign of Art Haus 3.0, you were wrong. And how happily wrong you were. This week, Cookie debuts Baked Goods!, a brand-new, ongoing monthly series full of funny, campy queens and kings like Honey Bucket, Irene DuBois, LaSaveona Hunt, Mona Real, Uh-Oh!, and Miss Kitty Francia. Keep your eye on Mona Real. Someone in the scene described her to me as "What would happen if Divine walked into Fremont Vintage," and subsequent YouTube rabbit holes confirm this to be 100 percent accurate. RICH SMITH
Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act
Athol Fugard's 1974 play uses prose and verse in a nerve-flaying exploration of love and sex under a repressive, racist regime: apartheid in South Africa. A white woman librarian and a black school principal are discovered mid-tryst after being betrayed by a white neighbor. After their arrest, they frantically try to justify themselves and their "immorality" to the police.
Bite of Seattle
Bite of Seattle fills up every year with people chasing morsels from more than 60 local restaurants. Everything will be under $10, including $3.75 "Just a Bite" items from each restaurant. There will also be cook-offs, demos, wine and cider tastings, and a movie night on Friday (Ferris Bueller's Day Off).
Cthulhu: the Musical
If you have any appetite for horror at all, you probably know a little about H.P. Lovecraft and his most enduring brain-spawn: Cthulhu, the Great Old One who lures men's minds to madness from his lair deep under the sea. Oregon's Puppeteers for Fears troupe puts a music and marionette spin on the 1929 short story that introduced the Elder God to the cowering world.
Teatro ZinZanni Costume Sale
Teatro ZinZanni is relocating to Marymoor Park—at least for now—and, due to the inconvenience of carting tons of trunks to the Eastside, they're selling off many costumes, furniture items, lighting and sound apparatuses, and accessories for your own theatrical closet.
Latinx/Latina/Latino Pride Festival
El Centro de la Raza will host Seattle's first ever Latinx/Latina/Latino Pride Festival. Everyone is welcome to come and party it up in honor of the intersections between queerness and being Latino/a/x, with live entertainment, dance music, food vendors, a photo booth, and more.
House of Luna x BoyHood Society: Heroes & Heroines Ball
Step into a modern-day Paris Is Burning with the House of Luna and BoyHood Society at their fabulous fashion showcase, highlighting the work of exceptional queer and trans black and brown artists. Yes of COURSE it's a high-energy kiki ball, and of COURSE there are astounding prizes, and why would you even ASK if there will be voguing—of course there will. Entrants can be judged on "Best XXX-Men Look," "DIY Superhumxn," and "Women's Face," and the only thing that could possibly be more exciting than those categories is imagining someone endeavoring to combine them all at once. Shoot your arrow and watch it go real high. MATT BAUME
SUNDAYFOOD & DRINK
International Seattle Chocolate Salon 2017
Get yourself your daily antioxidants and head to the 9th Annual Seattle Chocolate Salon—a one-day festival featuring local and international chocolate, plus the fine people who make it. You'll get to hear from Seattle-area chefs like James Beard award-winner John Sundstrom (Lark), as well Utah-based chocolatier Art Pollard of Amano Artisan Chocolates. Other companies include Hot Chocolat, Seleuss Chocolates, Tease Chocolates, indi chocolate, and Forte Chocolates.
Lamb & Rosé Dinner
Dine family-style at Renée Erickson's table on lamb, rosé, and other specialties spread over four courses, complete with drink pairings.
Dita Von Teese's "The Art of the Teese" Burlesque Revue
Probably the most famous burlesque dancer alive, Dita Von Teese brings her sexy and luxurious act to the Moore. See her curl up in a giant martini glass, perform the ballet-themed "Swan Lake Striptease," and revive her "Cowgirl Act."