The Seattle International Film Festival kicks off on Thursday with a screening of Isabel Coixet's The Bookshop, starring Emily Mortimer.
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MONDAY

FOOD & DRINK

Women in Beer
At this event honoring the women in the Northwest craft beer industry, try tastes and bites from over 35 different women-run restaurants, cideries, wineries, chocolatiers, cheesemakers, and more, with samples from Seattle staples and newcomers alike. The official beer of the event will be the women-brewed Pike Morning After Pale, which also benefits Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands.

READINGS & TALKS

James and Deborah Fallows with Rajiv Chandrasekaran: Our Towns
For the last five years, James and Deborah Fallows have been traveling across America in a single-engine prop airplane meeting civic leaders, factory workers, recent immigrants, and young entrepreneurs. Hear them in conversation with Washington Post correspondent Rajiv Chandrasekaran as they share a "revelatory portrait of the civic and economic renewal already taking place across America."

MONDAY-TUESDAY

READINGS & TALKS

National Geographic Live — A Rare Look: North Korea to Cuba
David Guttenfelder is an AP photographer who, along with his colleagues, helped show the world what North Korea actually looked like for the first time in 2011. His photographs reveal the bleak surrealism of the country's urban spaces and the extreme poverty of its rural areas. According to press materials, Guttenfelder "broke through another wall when he boarded the first cruise ship in decades to travel from the United States to Cuba, and returned to the island to cover Fidel Castro’s four-day funeral procession." The warmth and vibrancy of his Cuban photos contrast sharply with the drab olives and cold tones of NK's fascistic state, though there are a few surprising aesthetic overlaps between the two countries. He'll have more to say about all that at Benaroya, but, in the meantime, you should definitely be following this guy on Instagram. RICH SMITH

MONDAY-THURSDAY

READINGS & TALKS

Seattle Reads: Yaa Gyasi's 'Homegoing'
The Seattle Public Library Foundation and the Wallace Foundation will invite the public to discuss a single book, Yaa Gyasi's Homegoing, about which Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote: "I think I needed to remember what happens when you pair a gifted literary mind to an epic task. Homegoing is an inspiration." Gyasi will appear in person at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute on Wednesday evening.

MONDAY-FRIDAY

ART

Matthew Thomas Shoemaker: Brain Goreng
In Seattle's close-knit sound art community, the name Matt Shoemaker is synonymous with a deep and intense relationship with the ecstatic art of listening. Known for constructing intricate physical reverb/feedback systems out of springs, Shoemaker's music has been released on many international labels including Trente Oiseaux, Helen Scarsdale Agency, and Elevator Bath. In private, he also devoted himself to visionary, vividly detailed painting. Shoemaker's life was tragically cut short last year, and those who knew him are still reeling. This exhibition, organized with assistance from Dave Knott, Robert Millis, and the Shoemaker family, celebrates the life and work of a bona fide genius. EMILY POTHAST
Closing Friday

MONDAY-SUNDAY

FOOD & DRINK

Seattle Beer Week 10
Seattle’s craft beer scene is always alive and bubbling with activity, but during Beer Week, that geeky enthusiasm gets kicked into high gear, with a stacked lineup of beer dinners, festivals, socials, pub crawls, and releases galore. This year, the festivities will include Cask-O-Rama (16 casks from Seattle breweries on the bar top) at Beveridge Place Pub, beer and doughnut pairings at various locations, a beer-can derby at the Pine Box, a cheddar sandwich competition at Hellbent Brewing, whole pig roasts at Rhein Haus, Naked City, and TeKu Tavern, and way more.

TUESDAY

READINGS & TALKS

50 Years of the Fair Housing Act: A Conversation with Attorney General Bob Ferguson
In the midst of Seattle's affordable housing crisis, Stranger crush and Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson will take a brief break from suing the Trump administration to give a history of the the Fair Housing Act of 1968. After 50 years, what has the FHA accomplished in terms of anti-discrimination, and what will happen next?

Ariel Levy
New Yorker staff writer Ariel Levy is perhaps best known for her profiles of celebrities, but in The Rules Do Not Apply, Levy turns the microscope on herself, writing about giving birth alone in a Mongolian hotel to a baby that survived only a few minutes. The book is an expansion of a 2013 New Yorker essay about that experience. But here, Levy goes deeper, into romance, ambition, travel, alcoholism, and, especially, her marriage, which ultimately did not survive the trauma of their child’s premature birth and death. This work is Levy grappling with the realization that her life will not be what she thought it was going to be, and she’ll be discussing her memoir, and her life, tonight. KATIE HERZOG

Claudia Rankine
It's hard to overstate the impact of Claudia Rankine's work on American poetry over the course of the last seven years or so. In 2011, she confronted fellow poet Tony Hoagland for writing a poem that contained racist sentiments, claiming that it was "for white people." That poem was called "The Change," and in many ways, their exchange reinvigorated—or at least brought national attention to—a conversation about race, poetry, and the lack of diversity in the literary world, a conversation that thankfully continues apace today. Citizen: An American Lyric, a collage of images and poems about microaggressions and the limitations of language and the experiences of people of color living in a white-supremacist culture, was published in 2014 and won the National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry. Since the book's release, the first thought that enters my head when I hear news of a police officer gunning down another (and another, and another) unarmed black man comes from this book. She writes: "Because white men can't police their imagination, black men are dying." RICH SMITH

David Shields and Rikki Ducornet
Argumentative intellectual David Shields will appear with painter and writer Rikki Ducornet, who's received boatloads of international awards including the Academy Award in Literature and the prestigious Prix Guerlain in France. Both have contributed to Conjunctions, Bard College’s highly regarded literary journal.

Rachel Kushner: Mars Room
In a 2013 article published in The Stranger, Molly Morrow called Rachel Kushner's novel Flamethrowers "almost impossibly good." Kushner's new novel, Mars Room, zeroes in on a convict at Stanville Women’s Correctional Facility. We expect that her prose will be bristling with the "hyperreal colors and needle-sharp insights" of her previous work.

Talking Climate: Why Facts are Not Enough
For this year's Robert Fleagle Endowed Lecture in Atmospheric Sciences Policy lecture, Katharine Hayhoe will share her research on the human influence on climate change throughout history.

Yanis Varoufakis: Talking to My Daughter About the Economy
Yanis Varoufakis is an economist and the former finance minister of Greece, and he is planning to run for prime minister in the next general election. His period as the finance minister lasted only last six months. He was not liked by the bankers in Paris and Frankfurt. But despite what many say, he is not a Marxist or even a radical. He is a European social democrat to the bone. The English-speaking world would call him a post-Keynesian. Varoufakis believes that there are obvious solutions to the European crisis that began in 2010 with Greece and then spread to Ireland, Spain, Italy, and Portugal. But these solutions, which are fundamentally rational, cannot be activated or even considered as policy because those making major economic decisions in Europe are not elected, often hold secret meetings, and automatically side with policies that favor Europe’s banking community. Varoufakis's new book, Talking to My Daughter About the Economy: or, How Capitalism Works—and How It Fails, is exactly about Varoufakis explaining economics to his 13-year-old daughter. CHARLES MUDEDE

TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY

READINGS & TALKS
Nicola Griffith
Nicola Griffith's fantasy novel Hild, the story of a king's young niece in seventh-century Britain, netted her international awards and earned her the following blurb from Neal Stephenson: "Griffith's command of the era is worn lightly and delivered as a deeply engaging plot. Her insight into human nature and eye for telling detail is as keen as that of the extraordinary Hild herself." This year, the English author will introduce her book So Lucky, a disorienting story of a big-shot nonprofit executive who finds out she has multiple sclerosis.

TUESDAY-SUNDAY

ART

Ko Kirk Yamahira
Seattle artist (by way of London, Tokyo, and LA) Ko Kirk Yamahira delicately dissects canvas in a play on the distinctions between two- and three-dimensional art forms and an exploration of color and texture. See his work at the Frye's new show.
Curator talk on Sunday

Teardrops That Wound: The Absurdity of War
Portland artist Yukiyo Kawano is a third generation hibaku-sha—a survivor of the 1945 bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Her life-size replica of 'Little Boy' (the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima) is crafted from kimono silk and strands of her own hair—containing DNA bearing witness to this history. In Teardrops that Wound, curated by SuJ'n Chon, Kawano's work stands in dialogue with the work of other Asian Pacific American artists who use transformative strategies to deconstruct the horror associated with the imagery of war. EMILY POTHAST
Closing Sunday

WEDNESDAY

FOOD & DRINK

All Consuming: Food In Art, History, Romance, and Religion
For Atlas Obscura Society’s new series at the London Plane, journalist Harriet Baskas will present short lectures on edible oddities and cultural comestible curiosities in an attempt to “uncover the social role of food in our lives.” This week, the series will cover "food, faith, and fare made by religious orders," including food that Jesus's face has apparently appeared on.JULIANNE BELL

(JUST GIVE IN TO) THE HAZE CRAZE!
Succumb to the haze craze with a selection of 20-30 "fresh, hazy, juice bomb IPAs and Pale Ales" from Washington, Oregon, and a few California breweries on tap, including old favorites and some fresh offerings. There will also be special deals on 32 oz crowler three-packs.

Naked City Half-Decima Pig Roast
Naked City Brewery will serve all five of the beers released so far for their 10th anniversary Decima series and roast a whole pig raised on spent grain from their brewery, alongside traditional sides like potato salad, collard greens, and baked beans. Plus, play games like cornhole and washers. (Those with completed Decima punch cards from all 10 releases will be able to cash them in for a commemorative pint glass at the anniversary party in October.)

READINGS & TALKS

Brave New Arctic
Climatologist Mark Serreze will share the story of the discoverers of the effects of global warming crisis on the Arctic. Serreze directs the National Snow and Ice Data Center and has written a book on his research and experiences, Brave New Arctic.

Jes Baker: Landwhale
Jes Baker, who's known for advocacy of self-love and mental health through her blog, The Militant Baker, her first book, Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls, and her role in the "Attractive and Fat" campaign, will discuss her new memoir, Landwhale. She'll be joined in conversation by The Stranger's music calendar editor, Kim Selling.

WordsWest: Rachel Kessler and Matthew Zapruder
Occasional Stranger contributer Rachel Kessler (the upcoming Profanity Hill: A Tour of Yesler Way) will read poetry and fiction, joined by Matthew Zapruder (Sun Bear), editor-at-large of Wave Books. The theme of the evening is "Home Unsettled Home" and will explore the changing nature of our landscapes and "heart-scapes." Eva Duleba of Mud Bay will share a favorite poem, and the two authors will lead a writing exercise.

WEDNESDAY-SATURDAY

ART

Collapse: Recent Works by Dewey Crumpler
The global economy is a curious beast, by which financial systems understood and maneuvered by a few take human and environmental tolls. Dewey Crumpler's Collapse seeks out the "beauty and terror" of these systems, capturing their monolithic quality to help us feel their potential for vast destruction. Some of his paintings look like reading Jeff VanderMeer's environmental horror feels. His technical skills, suited to architectural precision as well as to more organic forms, render the dual nature of financial infrastructure as both abstract and manmade. Sampada Aranke of the Art Institute of Chicago, a specialist in performance studies and black cultural theory, has guest-curated this exhibition by the San Francisco artist. JOULE ZELMAN
Closing Saturday

THURSDAY

FESTIVALS

Syttende Mai Celebration
To mark the signing of the Norwegian Constitution at Eidsvoll on May 17, 1814, Norway celebrates Syttende Mai with parades and festivities all over the world. While the biggest procession takes place in the city of Bergen, Seattle's most Nordic neighborhood, Ballard, also hosts a consistently large turnout of spectators as marching bands and drill teams galavant down the street waving Norwegian flags. After the parade, head to the Nordic Museum to enjoy a traditional luncheon and extended gallery hours. At night, they'll also have special Nordic cocktails, a fashion show, and live musical performances.

FILM

Alfred Hitchcock's Britain
Sure, with the exception of the modestly budgeted, black-and-white Psycho, Hitchcock is known for his lavishly Freudian Technicolor thrillers from the ‘50s and ‘60s. But the films he made in his native Britain are just as worthy of note—taut, intricate, their perversity more elaborately disguised. SAM will wrap up this series this week with a screening of Dial M for Murder.

FOOD & DRINK

Seattle Spring Brewfest
At this festival, explore the best of what Seattle's nanobreweries have to offer.

The Sip Experience
At this event hosted by Sip Northwest Magazine inside a century-old Byzantine-style church, sip tastes from over 40 drink producers, including beer, cider, spirits, and wines, and try food from restaurants like Pintxo, Jack's BBQ, and Beecher's Cheese. Upstairs in the Halo Lounge, Papa Bueno Tequila will shake and stir some cocktails.

Sour Fest
Enjoy a palate cleanser from the deluge of "big, gnarly stouts" with 55 "world-class" sour beers from around the globe on draft, running the gamut from "lightly tart" to "enamel-ripping."

READINGS & TALKS

Alan Stern and David Grinspoon: Chasing New Horizons
Planetary scientist Dr. Alan Stern, the principal investigator of the New Horizons mission to Pluto, has participated in a total of 29 space missions. The U.S. Library of Congress chair of astrobiology, Dr. David Grinspoon, studies climate evolution, the conditions for life in the cosmos, and space-exploration strategy. In Chasing New Horizons, Stern and Grinspoon go "inside and then beyond" the science, politics, and egos of the three billion-mile trip to Pluto.

An Evening of Poetry with Ocean Vuong
He's got his haters, but Ocean Vuong is one of the best lyric poets of his generation. He's one of contemporary poetry's most skilled cinematographers, one of its most sophisticated line breakers, and also one of its best readers. He's a quiet but powerful performer of his work, commanding the room with an intense fragility that never feels saccharine or put on. I'm not often moved to tears at readings, but I turned into a fountain when I heard him read from his award-winning book Night Sky with Exit Wounds a few years ago. Read "Someday I'll Love Ocean Vuong" in the New Yorker if you want to know what I'm talking about. Here's my favorite line from that poem: "Don’t be afraid, the gunfire / is only the sound of people / trying to live a little longer / and failing." UGH. Show up early and stick around after the reading for the mixer organized by Copper Canyon Press. I don't know if you've ever been to one of these literary parties at Canvas, which is just the new name for the renovated Western Bridge spot in Sodo, but they are very good. Totally open and unpretentious. And last time I was there, there was a giant gong I could hit when I got a little tipsy. RICH SMITH

Powerful Void: The Life and Work of Lee Bontecou
Lee Bontecou rose in the New York arts scene of the '60s with her "distinctive welded steel and canvas sculptures." Afterwards, she became a recluse. Once you've heard a lecture on her life and work from Emily Pothast, you can choose to take a workshop class with Pothast in which you'll be inspired by Bontecou's abstract forms.

Rahna Reiko Rizzuto: Shadow Child
Rizzuto has won a ridiculous number of awards, including a US/Japan Creative Artist Fellowship that allowed her to research material for her novels in Hiroshima. Her third novel, Shadow Child, takes place in post-WWII Hawaii, New York in the 1970s, and 1940s Japan in flashback. It's a turbulent family story about estranged twin sisters who must discover the horrors of the past—Hiroshima and Japanese American internment.

THURSDAY-SATURDAY

ART

Absence
Saul Becker, Stephanie Buer, Madison Vander Ark, and Mathew Borrett illustrate human-made settings without humans, from street corners to nuclear power plants.
Closing Saturday

READINGS & TALKS

Baret Magarian
The author/journalist/composer/translator/theater director/nude model will treat you to a sample of his book The Fabrications, a story about a novelist writing a story that starts to come true. What a literary critic might call a mise en abyme, or a duplication of a story within its frame, and what we might call a damn trippy idea.

Skagit River Poetry Festival
Escape urban life for a long weekend and find a haven in poetry at this festival of writers from the Northwest and beyond. You'll get to hear superb voices like former national poet laureate Robert Pinsky, Brooklyn poet laureate Tina Chang, National Book Award finalist Ada Limón, Irish poet Tony Curtis, and Lambda Literary Award winner Ellen Bass, plus rising locals like Quenton Baker, Lena Khalaf Tuffaha, Portlander Matthew Dickman, Washington State poet laureate Claudia Castro Luna, Seattle civic poet Anastacia Reneé, and others. For logophiles with a love of small waterside towns, this festival is not to be missed.

THURSDAY-SUNDAY

FESTIVALS

Seattle International Film Festival 2018
The 44th annual Seattle International Film Festival is the largest film festival in the United States, with more than 400 films (spread over 25 days) watched by around 150,000 people. It's impressively grand and one of the most exciting and widely attended arts events Seattle has to offer. Highlights this year include the opening film, Isabel Coixet's The Bookshop starring Emily Mortimer; Sorry to Bother You, musician Boots Riley's debut about a black telemarketer (Lakeith Stanfield) who discovers he has a magical power; and Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot, a Gus Van Sant comedy-drama starring Joaquin Phoenix as the Portland cartoonist John Callahan.

PERFORMANCE

Fallen Star
A trans superhero becomes disgusted with the systemic violence perpetuated by her cis peers and takes up the vigilante lifestyle. This one-woman performance by activist, writer, and Lambda-nominated anthologist Tobi Hill-Meyer will be paired with original superhero comics in an intriguing cross-genre experiment.

FRIDAY

COMEDY

Jeff Ross & Dave Attell: Bumping Mics
Two crusty vet comedians, who both have their own fuck-all attitudes and are worthy of respect in their own right, have teamed up to cohead the Bumping Mics tour. Dave Attell achieved his name recognition with a Comedy Central show, Insomniac with Dave Attell, that started with a clip of a set featuring his wry, observational humor followed by some late-night shenanigans and misadventures around whatever town he was performing in. Jeff Ross earned his standing by becoming the roastmaster general of all those Comedy Central Roasts, the ultimate lampooner whose sharp tongue cut hard and deep. (Remember when Trump was in the hot seat? Those were the days.) Seeing these gents in a single evening will be a rare treat. LEILANI POLK

FOOD & DRINK

NITRO Fest!
At the largest nitrogen festival on a single system in the world, try Seattle favorites and special one-keg-only beers made exclusively for the festival, all with a nitrogenated twist.

READINGS & TALKS

The Black Challenge to the Capitalist State
Dr. Charisse Burden-Stelly, Dr. Christopher Tinson, and Olufemi Taiwo will discuss the special "problem" that blackness poses to capitalism, the fight against exploitation and violence, and the relationship of Marxist thought to African American radicalism.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY

FOOD & DRINK

GateCity IPA On Tour
For every pint of Hellbent Brewing's Gatecity IPA that gets gulped down during Beer Week, $1 will be donated to North Helpline, a nonprofit providing a food bank and emergency services for North Seattle neighbors in need. During Beer Week, ten different locations will offer it on their tap, with fun and prizes provided by North Helpline staff. Visit them all and post a photo of your beer with the hashtag #gatecityipa to be entered in a grand prize drawing.

PERFORMANCE

5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche
In this comedy by Evan Linder and Andrew Hobgood, performed by the Fantastic.Z company, the widow members of the Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein have to hide out in a bomb shelter when the Russians attack in 1956.

The Bag Lady Manifesta
In The Bag Lady Manifesta, queer black artist Taja Lindley uses movement, burlesque, text, soundscapes, ritual, and projection to adorn her body with trash bags. In the process, she "traverses the dumping grounds and shadow side(s) of herself, the audience, and the United States."

SATURDAY

ART

Artist and Author Talk with Sarah and Phong Nguyen
Phong Nguyen created the book Pages from the Textbook of Alternate History, which imagined an alternate outcome to the bombing of Hiroshima and was the basis for Sarah Nguyen's Break into Blossom sculpture. This piece is exhibited in Teardrops That Wound: The Absurdity of War. Hear from the writer and artist about their ideas and inspirations.

Mike Wagner: From Fool to World
Bridge Productions has a history of experimenting with new ways to create outreach and dialogue around art. Their latest venture is a curatorial residency featuring Negarra A. Kudumu, a critical scholar with a sharp eye and international outlook whose recent projects include coauthoring a book about the visual legacy of the Black Panther Party. For this residency, Kudumu will curate an exhibition of works by prolific multimedia artist Mike Wagner, whose work explores the forgotten, disfigured, beautiful, and unobtainable. Throughout the residency, essays by the effervescently brilliant Kudumu—whom Charles Mudede once called "a marvelous cloud of thinking and practices"—will appear on Bridge Productions' website. EMILY POTHAST
Opening Saturday

Tabita Rezaire: Deep Down Tidal
This video installation by a French artist of Guyanese Danish heritage—now based in Johannesburg—draws parallels between undersea optic cables and the routes of international slavery and colonialism. It's an investigation of how contemporary technology perpetuates age-old hegemonies.
Opening Saturday

COMEDY

ASSBUTTS (Amazing Super Spectacular Bold Unscripted Terrific Theater Show)
Some of the 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. Or extremely vulgar.

FOOD & DRINK

Jellyfish Beer Dinner
Georgetown's Jellyfish Brewing will team up with Brave Horse Tavern for a "fun and adventurous" beer dinner "created to drift like the random travels of a jellyfish."

Second Annual Reuben & Friends Invitational Beer Festival
For the second edition of their annual invitational, Reuben's Brews have summoned some of their favorite brewers and brewery owners from across the country to join them for a beer fest highlighting "specialty, hard to find brews from both near and far," with live music from Planet Fly.

Sleight of Hand Cellars Winemakers Dinner
Support FareStart's mission to provide "real solutions to poverty, homelessness and hunger" by partaking in a six-course meal with wines from Walla Walla-based Sleight of Hand Cellars. Winemaker and Sleight of Hand partner Trey Busch will be present.

SLU Saturday Night Market
South Lake Union will fill with twinkly lights, food purveyors, DJs, and vendors at this late-spring night market.

Tide Dinner
Northwest cuisine queen Renee Erickson, whom you know from her restaurants the Walrus and the Carpenter, the Whale Wins, Bateau, and others, has established many times over that she has a generous spirit and a knack for creating beautiful menus and communal dining experiences around the raw, seasonal flavors of the Pacific Northwest, like her Lamb and Rosé Feast and her Normandy Dinner. At her highly anticipated yearly Tide Dinner, gather on the beach at low tide at the Hama Hama oyster farm for a four-course meal with wine pairings from Erickson and her Bar Melusine team, with "education and anecdotes" provided by Hama Hama. After you've slurped all the oysters and guzzled all the champagne you can handle and the tide starts creeping back in, migrate to the fire pit for some cookies and Calvados. JULIANNE BELL

PERFORMANCE

The Bugle
Andy Zaltzman and his army of co-hosts (including Wyatt Cenac, Hari Kondabolu, Anuvab Pal, Helen Zaltzman, and occasionally John Oliver) make fun of news stories around the globe, from the most trivial to the most earth-shaking.

READINGS & TALKS

Ang Pagiging Pilipino: Being Filipino
Troy Osaki, Jen Soriano, Adrian Alarilla, Juanita Tamayo Lott, Anis Gisele, and Rose Booker, all Filipino poets, will read work. There will also be an open mic for Filipino contributors. Hosted by Pinoy Words Expressed Kultura Arts and robertflor.com.

Julia Dixon Evans, Matt Young, Jarret Middleton
Debut authors Julia Dixon Evans (whose book How to Set Yourself on Fire tells the story of a woman who becomes obsessed with her grandmother's collection of love letters) and Matt Young (whose memoir Eat the Apple recounts his experiences in the military) will be joined by Jarret Middleton, author of Darkansas.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

ART

Jessixa Bagley: Hide and Seek
Award-winning children's book author Bagley (Boats for Papa) shows ink drawings inspired by dreams.
Closing Sunday

FESTIVALS

U District Street Fair
For the 49th consecutive year, a stretch of University Way Northeast (aka "the Ave") will fill with hundreds of vendors, artists, and performers for a two-day street fair. While it's now mostly known as a place to shop for local goods, eat fried street food, listen to live music, and people-watch, the fair has a more compelling history. Amid student protests over the United States' invasion of Cambodia and the killings of four demonstrating students at Kent State University, the fair was started in 1970 to encourage community members to come together in a time of political unrest. This year's lineup will include vendors like 4W Ranch Candles and Craft and Lore leather goods, live sets from the Tubuka Marimba Band and the Roosevelt High School Drumline, and the Big Time Brewery beer garden.

SUNDAY

COMEDY

Musical: Stephen Sondheim Improvised
Using audience suggestions, the cast will improvise a brand-new musical based on the work of Stephen Sondheim, the genius responsible for Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd, Company, Sunday in the Park with George, and more. It's an almost insanely ambitious concept to try to match Sondheim off-the-cuff, so check out UP performers using every ounce of their wits and skills.

FOOD & DRINK

Coffee Beer & Donuts
Close out Seattle Beer Week's festivities with the superlative combination of coffee, beer, and doughnuts. There'll be mini donuts from Mighty-O and coffee-infused beers from Reuben's.

Fermentation by Northwest Wine Dinner
Chef Rachel Yang will create seven dishes showcasing the fierce and funky flavors of fermentation to be paired with five wines from Oregon winemakers Chad Stock of Minimus/Omero and John House of Ovum Cellars. "Full bellies and happy hearts" are promised.

READINGS & TALKS

Michelle Tea: Against Memoir
Michelle Tea will discuss the essays in her new book, Against Memoir: Complaints, Confessions & Criticisms, which blew Eileen Myles' mind with their "algebraic rhythms." She'll be joined in conversation by local poet and essayist Sarah Galvin.

Red May Resist! Poetics in the Service of Revolution
During this "month-long vacation from Capitalism," be sure to set some time Sunday to hear local poets declaim. Readers will include David Lau, Rae Armantrout, and many others, and the last evening is a "mass reading" with a great number of poets and writers, including the Stranger's Charles Mudede.