Our arts critics have already recommended 35 great things to do this week and our music critics have picked the 30 best concerts, but there are still hundreds more events happening. To prevent some of the quirkier and more extraordinary ones from slipping through the cracks, we've compiled them here—from "the nation's first pop-up guacamole lounge" to National S'mores Day at Theo Chocolate, from the car and bike show and concert Grease Ball II to a Victorian-themed musical set in a "world of seductive goblins," and from the zoo's Wild Asia Conservation Day to the unveiling of a T. rex skull at the Burke Museum. For even more options this week, check out our complete Things To Do calendar.
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1. Project Pabst Drink & Draw
Draw your favorite musical artists on comic panels (provided) and win two passes to Project Pabst, a music festival in Portland spanning the weekend of August 26. You have many good choices for doodling: Iggy Pop, Beck, Die Antwoord, Lizzo, Spoon, Noname, Nas, and others.
2. Act Tue: Opening Night Extravaganza
Kick off Act Tue, a new musical sing-along night, and bellow Broadway and Disney songs while imbibing drink specials (available until midnight).
4. Hashtag Tits, The Blues, The Late Unpleasantness, QRY, Machine Learning
Get real weird at the evening of "NüClassical Composition" with Max Nordic's project The Blues, weirdo noise duo Hashtag Tits, The Late Unpleasantness, QRY, and Machine Learning.
5. Cabaret of Evil Strip Against Trump 8: National Parks Services
Once again, Morgue Anne and her morbidly sexy crew will slough off their garments to (not literally) shore up the organizations that the Trump administration is trying to grind down to nothing. This time, they'll donate all proceeds to the National Parks Services. Pay a few bucks to see these ecdysiasts and burlesquers au naturel.
6. Sarah Sentilles
Sarah Sentilles's historical examination Draw Your Weapons intertwines two stories of men and war: A conscientious objector in World War II and an ex-Abu Ghraib guard. Both of them have an artistic bent—one is a musician, and one a painter who depicts Iraqi detainees. Sentilles will read from this work, which brings a historical and theological perspective to violence and the struggle for peace.
7. Terry Jastrow in Conversation with Anne Archer: The Trial of Prisoner 043
Terry Jastrow, whose resume is long and varied (and includes a play as well as a feature film), will share his debut novel. The Trial Of Prisoner 043 presents a reality in which George W. Bush was taken to the International Criminal Court and prosecuted for war crimes in Iraq. Michael Scharf (Dean of Case Western Reserve University School of Law) wrote: "Whatever your position on the legitimacy of the war in Iraq, this is a book you’re going to want to read.” Jastrow will be joined in conversation by Anne Archer.
8. The Great American Parking Lot Sale
The performing arts company Greg Thompson Productions, Inc., is clearing out its warehouse, and its discarded sets, costumes, and props are your potential treasures. They list some of the goodies for sale: "A giant 12' high 'High Heel Shoe,' a light-up 8' tall 'Juke Box' on wheels, a 1980 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud, the giant ceremonial 'triple mask' from Tillicum Village's 'Dance on the Wind,'" and much more. Convenient for your $1,200, 100-square foot studio apartment? Probably not, but you may well find something that fits.
9. A Conversation with Law Enforcement: BLEAW and Sheriff Urquhart
Join the anti-police-violence group Not This Time and the Black Law Enforcement Association of Washington as they speak with our County Sheriff, John Urquhart, about important issues in law enforcement and social justice: Race, de-escalation training, I-940 (which would modify deadly force laws), mental health, and more.
10. German Bier Dinner
Join Le Petit Cochon for a six-course beer dinner, featuring German breweries like Andechs, Weltenburger, Früh and Dinkelacker.
11. Experience Virtual Reality
VR is not just for rich, nerdy shut-ins anymore. Without throwing down a single penny, geeks of any age can check out VR storytelling projects in progress in “Me/We: Our Future City in 360º," take a virtual tour of Seattle Center, and experience the library flooded with flowers in the augmented reality game “Reforestation of Imagination."
12. BobbyrocK, Jake's Meadow, Stucky Jackson & The Boys
Following a successful career getting filmed to do nothing, Justin "Bobby" Brescia has taken on the next entertainment industry hurdle: professional musicianship. His new alt-punk outfit BobbyRock will take on Substation with a little help from Jake's Meadow and Stucky Jackson & The Boys.
13. Familiars, Up Is The Down Is The, Little Child Man
Tender-hearted fantasy rockers Familiars spread a Northwest mist of indie experimental tracks over the Sunset stage, with Up Is The Down Is The and Little Child Man.
14. Khun Narin's Electric Phin Band, Corespondents, Low Hums
Lovers of world pop, psychedelia, and the DIY spirit, you will probably kick yourself if you miss this band of multi-generational Thai musicians from a small town, who gained internet fame in the West when their jams were posted on YouTube. They use both traditional instruments and electronic set-ups, and while they cover foreign songs, their music is very much in line with that intricately wandering Thai rock sound.
15. Mickey Avalon, Capriccio, Grayskul, Bvmmer, DJ Indica Jones
Mickey Avalon's bio reads like a West Coast reboot of a Lou Reed song. The alleged ex-model/ex-junkie/ex-hooker/current rapper is noted for getting booed off the stage during a 2007 Red Hot Chili Peppers tour, but a few years ago, after hearing his catchiest song, "Jane Fonda," I went to check out one of his shows. It was a mind-blowing, campy atrocity of glam rap featuring a bed on stage, "sexy" backup dancers climbing a backdrop chain-link fence, and, unfortunately, a lot of songs less catchy than the hit. BREE MCKENNA
16. Lucent Dossier Experience
Los Angeles's Lucent Dossier circus will perform aerial maneuvers, dance, rock music, and other variety delights.
17. #BLM Community Conversation and Solutions: Police Accountability
Meet leaders of the Black Freedom Front by the fountain to talk about what needs to change in law enforcement practices and what the Black Lives Matter movement can do to keep pushing for reform.
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18. The Guac Stop
You may or may not feel skeptical about the possibility of flavored guacamole, including a "Seattle" special with apple, but the fact remains: Free guac is free guac—and, we imagine, you can opt for the normal sort of avocado-onion-cilantro-lime-etc. at the "nation's first pop-up guacamole lounge." The organizers of this touring event claim that pop-ups are "the most Millenial way to dine," and, presumably in keeping with the theme, they'll also have other things (people think) Millenials like: chalkboard art sessions, facials, macramé classes, hula hooping, and live music.
19. A Tribe Called Yes: Encore
This improvised hiphop play will depict a supergroup's rise to prominence amid "feuds, fame, and family." Created by Steve Lange.
20. Pint-Sized Science: Microplastics
Our Puget Sound is gorgeous and vital, but it also falls victim all the time to contamination. One such pollutant is plastic. If you want to feel really depressed, consider this quote from the organizers of this talk: "It is estimated that by the year 2050, there will be more pieces of plastic in the oceans than fish." Learn how the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration run their Marine Debris Program and hear from a University of Puget Sound researcher who studies microplastics. Get inspired to save our salt water.
21. Seattle Solar U - Free Solar Educational Workshop
If you're panicking about global warming, perhaps a little proactive education on solar energy will translate your nervous energy into something useful. Find answers to questions like "How well does solar work in the Northwest?" and "What solar incentives and rebates may I be eligible for?" Plus, become familiar with the basics of solar panel science. There will be some light refreshment available.
22. SJFF “Best of Fest” Encore: The Women's Balcony & Wig Shop
Revisit one of the greatest hits from the Seattle Jewish Film Festival: The Women's Balcony. When the women's balcony collapses in a Sephardic Orthodox temple, a young rabbi takes advantage to push his agenda and encourage the congregation's men to enforce their wives' and daughters' modesty. It's not a dour religio-social drama, but a thoughtful battle-of-the-sexes comedy. The film will be preceded by the short movie "Wig Shop."
23. Seattle Met's 5th Annual Secret Supper
Every year, Seattle Met Magazine chooses a local restaurant to be the winner of its "Secret Supper" celebration—a one-of-a-kind event featuring a multi-course meal and drinks at that restaurant. Details, such as location, are not disclosed to guests until the morning of. Last year's winner was Bateau, and the year before was Stateside. Reserve your spot now to see this year's winner for yourself.
24. Daniel H. Wilson
Daniel H. Wilson's new book The Clockwork Dynasty is a fictional "hidden history" involving centuries-old Russian clockwork dolls and a secret dynastic war.
25. Grassroots Against Gentrification
A number of local activist groups—SAFE, the Transit Riders Union, Stop the Sweeps, Humbows Not Hotels, the Neighborhood Action Coalition, Be:Seattle, and the Tenants Union of Washington—will meet to discuss the next steps to take to fight gentrification and displacement.
26. Dwayne Kennedy
Dwayne Kennedy, formerly of Totally Biased, will wield his wit against social and global issues. Note: Lindy West will host on Friday!
27. S’mores Days at Theo
Theo is unveiling its new s'mores collection just in time for National S'mores Day (August 10), and besides the fact that the $5 goodies sound delicious (homemade organic graham crackers, marshmallows, and fresh Theo chocolate), the company is also donating $1 from each s'more to Mary's Place.
BASH Theatre company will explore human connection in three short plays and a short film: One act involves "two possible strangers on park benches," whatever that means; another weaves together five phone conversations in both a film version and a play; a third is about an astrophysicist trying to secure custody of his daughter.
29. Gale Johansen: My Swirly Brain and Other Oddities Opening Weekend
Schack Art Center's 2017 Artist of the Year is Gale Johansen—at this exhibit, see her "whimsical and intricate paintings," which jettison perspective and conventional composition in favor of colorful and caricatural icons.
30. Summer Meltdown 2017
Nestled in the mountains of central Washington, Summer Meltdown aims to provide a weekend of high energy live music performances in a lush woodland setting. Featured artists will include the String Cheese Incident, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Elephant Revival, The Wailers, The Grouch, TAUK, The Floozies, the Infamous Stringdusters, and many more.
31. Doe Bay Fest 2017
Doe Bay Fest's weekend of camping, local music, food, and dancing in a little Orcas Island cove will return for its 10th year.
32. Goblin Market
Teresa Thuman will direct this play written by Polly Pen, Peggy Harmon, and Christina Rosetti. The synopsis defies synthesis and must be quoted in full: "A dark and atmospheric musical about two grown sisters in the Victorian age who revisit their sexually charged childhood fantasies in an imaginary world of seductive goblins." Whatever gets you off.
33. Lear(s): The Shakesperiment
The Shakesperiment continues with more unconventional takes on the Bard's greatest works. In this all-women production of King Lear, three successive, progressively older actors will portray the tragically unraveling monarch.
34. Seattle Mariners vs. Los Angeles Angels
During these games, there are specials devoted to the famed Mariner Edgar Martinez: A bobblehead giveaway on the 11th, Martinez's retirement ceremony and a replica number plaque giveaway on the 12th, and a replica jersey giveaway plus a kids' run around the bases on the 13th.
35. Then and Now: Black in Business
Emancipated slaves and free black workers began laying the foundations of African American business districts as early as the 1800s. Some were wildly successful, including several millionaires. It took the efforts of racist citizenries to tear down this progress. The documentary Business in the Black: The Rise of Black Business in America 1800’s–1960’s tells the story of these entrepreneurs. Stay after the screening to talk with the director, Anthony Brogdon, and DeCharlene Williams from the Central District Chamber of Commerce.
36. Three Dollar Bill Cinema: Parental Advisory
Three Dollar Bill will screen films about those folks your parents warn you about: Rebels, tricksters, and weirdos. Bring your own chairs and blankets and buy yourself (or a cute friend) a popcorn. The three-week series will start tonight with a screening of Beetlejuice.
37. Bus Bash: 10-Year Concert
Rejoice in the work of the young active citizens' group Washington Bus and party with musical accompaniment by indie pop group SISTERS, Beverly Crusher, and Nolan Garrett, plus dinner and Georgetown Brewing and/or Pendleton Whisky drinks (included with the ticket). Bid on tempting raffle items donated by local restaurants, museums, and businesses.
38. Clamor! A Musical Insurgency
Psych and dark synth rock by Salt Riot, part of Zombie Jihad, Robert Stewart, and Raging Maggots comes to the aid of resisters and those exhausted by the current regime. All proceeds will benefit the Black Prisoners Caucus' T.E.A.C.H. Program at Clallam Bay Corrections Center.
39. What the Float: Georgetown
Defined as a "private dance party in public space," What the Float provides you with a headphone-sourced sonic experience and silent disco that take you through the city, track by track. This time, explore the ex-industrial arts and beer haven that is Georgetown.
40. Gabe Hudson
Rising novelist Gabe Hudson's new coming-of-age story Gork, the Teenage Dragon has been praised for its "big-hearted optimism about all that’s possible in the world" by Dave Eggers.
41. Problem Glyphs
Eliza Gauger, the creator of Problem Glyphs, draws symbols in reaction to problems submitted by the public. She'll present her books, including a limited edition, and read from the introduction. Learn about the projects and buy pins, art prints, and more. Plus, enjoy music and drinks.
42. Role Players
Nerds in the 1960s play the very first ever tabletop RPG in this original musical comedy.
43. Xanadu - Ballyhoo Theatre
The nonsensical '80s musical about a Greek muse who descends to earth and inspires the birth of roller disco will take the stage.
44. Chance Fashion Boutique and Retail Edition
Once again, Chance Fashion invites you to appreciate local fashion designers working in lingerie. Pay $10 extra to sit up close to these diaphanous garments.
45. Wombgenda: Feminist Comix signing with Tatiana Gill
Advance the nefarious female agenda with Tatiana Gill, whose book of autobiographical comics, Wombgenda, depict the trials of living in a society where women's rights are questioned all the time. The comics seem to focus on medical and reproductive issues: "Abortion, birth control, low self esteem, eating disorders, vibrators, and medical horrors."
46. WTF Old Masters
Delve into the figure drawings of Michelangelo, Rubens, and other Old Masters, which they accomplished without live models. Suzanne Walker will explain all at this WTF art series lecture.
47. Amazing Super Spectacular Bold Unscripted Terrific Theater Show
Some of Jet CIty's finest performers will collaborate on instantaneous comedy scenes, with a different lineup every Saturday, in Mandy Price's ASSBUTTS. Don't be surprised if it gets a little vulgar.
48. Bleeding Heart Militia Benefit for Homeless Youth
Raise money for underhoused kids with loud, hard, potentially shirtless rock by Kings of Cavalier, Lust Punch, KLED, and Transient Vultures. Pick up some cool art merch from Push/Pull and bid in the silent auction. Your purchases may well help someone access transitional housing and services.
49. Community Day
Party for the opening of Storme Webber’s Casino: A Palimpsest exhibition with family tours, free Full Tilt ice creams bars, a "memory map" workshop using your family photos, a musical ancestor-honoring performance by Webber, her cousin Valerie Rosa, and pianist Amos Miller, and a gallery talk by Webber and curator Miranda Belarde-Lew.
50. Relay for Life: Capitol Hill
Celebrate cancer survivors and caregivers and remember those who've passed on as you raise money for the American Cancer Society.
51. Seattle TransportationCamp
If you want a city with properly functioning mass transportation and want to share some ideas, attend this "unconference," where you and the other participants will set the agenda. Talk trains, buses, monorail, bike lines, and whatever else you'd like to see around town.
52. Urban Food Foraging: A Walking Tour
Even during this record-setting drought, Seattle's green urban landscapes yield free food. Learn how to supplement your diet with edible plants you can find around town. Arthur Lee Jacobson, a lifelong Seattle resident and nature writer, will lead the tour.
53. Wild Asia Conservation Day
Discover the wild diversity of Asia and the ways in which scientists and citizens are trying to save animal populations. Celebrate the zoo's partners in Asia, vote on the name of the brand new baby snow leopard, and talk to keepers.
54. Iranian Festival
The Iranian American Community Alliance brings you the 11th year of its festival of Iran's rich and expressive culture. Learn about the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Iran through live performances, visual arts, a Rumi poetry showcase, hands-on activities, an Iranian tea house, a variety of foods (YAY), children's games, and a marketplace.
55. Polo Party
Pretend you're part of the Romney family at this day of polo games, halftime shows, a Women's Hat Parade, and a divot stomp (when fans are invited to stomp down the divots, or patches of upturned grass), followed by an after-party. Dress your finest.
56. Ian Moore's 4th Annual Birthday Show
A lauded fixture in the Austin country scene of the '90s, Ian Moore writes bluesy, lush, sensitive pop.
57. Nine Circles of Hell: A Satanic Temple Benefit Show
The good-hearted people of the Satanic Temple of Seattle encourage you to raise money for their Reproductive Rights Legal Defense Fund. In return, they'll let you feast your eyes on unholy burlesque by Morgue Anne, Magi, Nikola Nova, Ana Belle, Sony Voodoo, and Mahashefot as your soul writhes along to music by BLAKK GLASS, Lies in Dust, and Artimus Maximus. There will also be DJ sets, satanic crafts (!!), and a Midnight Anabaptism ceremony. Don't be alarmed by their moniker: The Satanic Temple "uses religious freedom legislation to fight for women's reproductive rights in the courts."
58. Rock-a-Hula Dance Party
Get your hips in rotation in celebration of International Tiki Day. There'll be surf, rockabilly, and island music by the Boss Martians, the Black Crabs, and the Ukadelics, as well as the Tikigraphs and DJ Vodka Twist. Grab some drink specials and Caribbean food between bouts of dancing.
59. Shakespeare in Ten: Macbeth
Another entry in the "fast Shakespeare" subgenre, this production of Shakespeare's spookiest exploration of free will, Macbeth, was prepared in only 10 weekday rehearsals. Experience sympathetic anxiety and applaud this brave troupe.
60. Wheel of Tease: An Evening of Improvised Burlesque
If you crave spontaneous sexiness, the Wheel of Tease aims to scratch your itch. The audience chooses the props and song (played live by UC7), and the burlesque dancer goes wild. The cast includes Tamara "the Trapeze Lady," Candy Apples, Bunnie Buxomm, Miss Violet Deville, Scandal From Bohemia, Cherry Tart, Vera Esotera, and Val Vermouth.
61. Jockstraps and Glitter 2017
The naughty but charitable Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence will take on the athletes of Seattle Quake Rugby in a brutal kickball match. You won't just watch the fun, you'll also control it: You can buy clothing removal, strikes, and more. The fruits of this cheerful corruption will benefit the Sisters' granting fund and the Quake's season next year.
62. Testostérone™ Black Light Underwear Party
DJ Ron Hamelin will take Montreal's underground gay music scene to you at this blacklit underwear party, where you're free to strip down to your glowing skivvies and prance like the creature of the night you are.
Do you know anybody who staggers home at 3 am and wakes up with heartburn at noon, reeking of debauchery and late-night bar snacks? Well, you don't want to be THAT person, you want to do yoga at nine and dance wholesomely throughout breakfast! Daybreaker lets you do just that with other like-minded morning daisies. This time, you'll be dancing on the roof. Wear something nautical.
64. Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire
For the last eight years, the Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire has brought turkey legs, jousting, and period costumes to Bonney Lake.
65. T. rex Live: Opening Weekend
Did you know that the Burke has been squirreling away a 2,500 pound tyrannosaurus braincase for the past year? This specimen is only the 15th t. rex skull ever discovered. This weekend, Burke scientists will be freeing their bony friend from its plaster protections. Watch t. rex emergence from its shell, hear talks on fossil preparation and excavation, and let your kids unleash their creativity with dino crafts.
66. Outdoor Trek: Day of the Dove
Classic Star Trek lives on in the wild—or at least the park—with a gender-fluid re-enactment of "Day of the Dove," an episode in which Klingons and humans are set against one another by a mysterious, hate-consuming force. Enjoy swordfights, live music, hot dogs for purchase, and more.
67. Sandwich: A Storytelling Show
It's a night for "three-way storytelling creation," with live performers sharing tales in tandem. You might get to give your own short story reading.
68. Mechanical Music
Atlas Obscura's horologist, Nico Cox, will lead you in creating a paper-punch music box. While you work, listen to recordings of antique music boxes, mechanical organs, and other automatic instruments.
69. The Othello Park International Music and Arts Festival
Discover the cultural mosaic of this Rainier Valley community at this grassy festival full of music, food, dancing (including capoeira, Somali dance, and much more), lawn games, a petting zoo (they especially advertise the camel), and hands-on art.
Take yoga and fitness classes all day and shop crafts, art, and food.
71. SHRIEK: Get Out
SHRIEK is a pop film education series about women in horror, and this time they're taking a look at a recent and wildly successful entry in black horror cinema: Get Out. Although the protagonist is a man, there will still be plenty of gender and race intersections to discuss, and you'll get to discover or revisit one of the best-reviewed scary films in recent years.
72. Breaks n' Eggs
Kick off your Sunday with music, food and bottomless mimosas, courtesy of Hella Black Hella Seattle. At this rooftop breakfast party, Nate's Wings & Waffles will be serving up fresh waffles and crispy chicken, and there will also be alcohol in the form of unlimited mimosas. DJ Supreme La Rock will set the tone with old and new hiphop, and there will be a chance to win prizes, such as two passes to Day Shift at Ciudad.
73. Emerald City Beatbox Battle
Think you've got the percussive lips and powerful larynx to win the first annual Emerald City Beatbox Battle? Well, you'll have to try again next year, because registration's already closed—but you can watch the 16 competitors go at it.
74. Grease Ball II
Show off your greased hog at this car and bike show on the back lot of Slim's thanks to the Sin Daddies Social Club, with live music throughout the day from Hobosexual, Sin Driver, Sir Coyler & His Asthmatic Band, Thee Perfect Gentleman, Clint Westwood, and DJ Hubba Hubba.
This improvisational astronomical science musical aims to educate and share the giddy joy of science and discovery. The cast members will stay after the show for a discussion.
76. Three Years of the Pocket
The Pocket is an excellent bookable venue for DIY comedy, plays, experimental performance, and dance, and thank the lord—they've renewed their lease for three more years. Paint the town with your fellow theater geeks—they'll have a giant pocket to take photos in, special performances, awards, "maybe a kissing booth?", and booking opportunities for YOUR VERY OWN SHOW.
77. Chad Stroup: Secrets of the Weird
Chad Stroup's Secrets of the Weird imagines what happens when a dangerous, fantasy-fulfilling drug called Sweet Candy spreads on the streets of a dystopian society.