Seattle's best festival is BACK in full force: Today, Freakout Festival announced the lineup for its 10th anniversary—and it's a doozy! This year, from November 10-13, the Seattle record label will welcome more than 70 acts from across the globe, including fabled Brazilian band Os Mutantes, who will play for two nights of the festival; Isobel Campbell of Belle & Sebastian fame; Peruvian punk rock pioneers Los Saicos, featuring THEE Papi Saico; LA band No Age; a UFO Club reunion; and a whole lot more.

Also this year: Freakout Fest has teamed up with Mexico City's Devil in the Woods Records to bring excellent Mexican bands to the fest, such as El Shirota and Margaritas Podridas. The lineup also promises tons of psych rock sets (Kid Congo & the Pink Monkey Birds, The Mystery Lights), French groups (Lulu Van Trapp, You Said Strange), femme-fronted acts (Colleen Green, Breanna Barbara), and TONS of PNW bands (The Black Tones, Shaina Shepherd, Black Ends, Biblioteka). And to cap it off, Mad Alchemy Liquid Light Show will again provide the four-day festival with trippy visuals. Huzzah! 

"This isn't Bumbershoot or Block Party—we really, really don't want your kids at this event," said Guy Keltner, Freakout Festival co-director and Acid Tongues band member in a press release. "Freakout is a musician's festival and it always will be." Stay tuned for secret show announcements and other collabs for this special anniversary festival. It's the best excuse to find yourself in Ballard!

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KEXP selects a new CEO: This morning, the station's board announced that they picked current KEXP COO Ethan Raup to serve as CEO. According to a press release, as COO Raup "pushed forward investments in pay equity, including raising KEXP’s pay floor and dedicating substantial resources to eliminating gender and race pay disparities." He also "oversaw strategic investments in technology and infrastructure" and "championed meaningful changes to KEXP’s programming and internal roles in alignment with KEXP’s commitment to becoming an anti-racist organization." Good lock, Ethan! 

It's been one year of Supernova:
Remember how young we were in July 2021? When the end of the pandemic seemed to be on the horizon as large-scale indoor events were finally allowed to take place after more than a yearlong pause? How naive! In any case, this weekend marks the first birthday of SODO's Supernova. The Zac Levin venture has carved out a unique niche in Seattle's nightlife scene, boasting huge Sapphic parties and raucous immersive balloon events. This weekend, Supernova is having TWO anniversary parties. Saturday's event will broadcast live on C89.5 from 9 pm to midnight. Do you think it was the "Studio 54 of 2021"?

Speaking of SODO clubs: Teatro ZinZanni is back from the dead  has abandoned its plans to relocate to Woodinville and will instead take up a three-month residency at Sodo Park, says the Seattle Times

This one is for all you operaheads out there: Yesterday, the Seattle Opera announced that Michaella Calzaretta would be the new Chorus Master and Head of Music Staff. According to a press release, her duties include prepping the 36-member opera chorus for the stacked 2022/23 season. Calzaretta, who previously served as the chorus master and assistant conductor at Utah Opera, will immediately step into the position to prepare for The Elixir of Love, which runs August 6-20 at McCaw Hall. Welcome, Michaella!

Short Run makes me so happy: And you'll be happy to know that the comix and arts festival will be back in-person on November 5! (This news has been announced for awhile, I just kept forgetting to put it in this roundup, sorry!) Like Freakout Festival, Short Run is also celebrating its (delayed) 10th anniversary. And organizers will be wandering around at Hot Off the Press Book Fair next weekend outside Fantagraphics with tons of goodies.

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Also returning: The free, all-ages Summer at SAM outdoor event series is coming back to Olympic Sculpture Park after a two-year pandemic hiatus. Every Thursday evening from 6 to 9 pm and Saturday morning from 9 am to 2 pm, you can attend yoga sessions and Zumba classes while contemplating a Jaume Plensa or sets by Tomo Nakayama and Mirrorgloss near a Richard Serra, or partake in a low-tide pocket-beach tour with the Seattle Aquarium. Perfect to bring your parents/kids/first date to!

The Summer at SAM series launches on July 14, with an art-making and music event created in partnership with Nepantla Gallery, a West Seattle/White Center arts space grounded in Latinx and Chicanx art traditions. And consider this your official warning that the high-key lit, after-hours, 21+ event SAM Remix is also coming back on August 26 at the Sculpture Park, featuring "music, art-making, and art installations." Ticket drop date TBA. 

Mark your calendars: On July 9, Seattle artist Nikita Ares is opening her color-splattered solo show at Mini Mart City Park. It's going to be the art event of the season.

Thanks for getting to the end of this roundup: Here's "Tick Tock" off Seattle-based Biblioteka's new album Pretty Ugly. Catch them at Freakout Fest in November!