August may be the final full month of summer, but, thankfully, there are plenty of ways to go out and enjoy it in Seattle. Below, we've rounded up the 150 biggest events that you should know about, ranging from food events like the Milk Bar Ice Cream Social & Bake Sale and Sunset Supper to huge crowd-drawing events like the PAX West convention and Hempfest, and from important local music events like Pearl Jam's Home Shows and Sub Pop's 30th anniversary celebration to artsy events like the Seattle Art Fair and the North Bend Film Festival. Click through the links below for complete details, and, as always, find even more events on our complete Things To Do calendar, including our guides to the biggest movies coming out this month, where to watch outdoor movies, and where to see outdoor music.
1. Adam Ant, The Fixx
Reasons to go see Adam Ant: He looks like Gary Oldman—with a pirate’s hat! His last album is really weird. It sounds like he made the whole thing hiding in a basement with a drum machine—like Sly Stone on There’s a Riot Goin’ On, only he’s Adam Ant. He called the album Adam Ant Is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner’s Daughter. He does not own a television. You can yell for him to play his new songs, but not that skeevy one about lusting after a teenager. That one’s just too squick. But the other ones are really good. And you get the hits! More hits! And weird stuff cut out from magazines and plastered onto his hat! Ridicule is nothing to be scared of! Live it! ANDREW HAMLIN
2. Niall Horan, Maren Morris
X-Factor and One Direction veteran Niall Horan has officially struck out on his lonesome, promoting his first solo album Flicker at this world tour stop with Maren Morris.
3. Sleeping with Sirens, The Rocket Summer, Kulick
Grand Rapids rock group Sleeping With Sirens have been playing since 2009. They'll revisit Seattle on their Chill Out Summer Acoustic Tour alongside openers the Rocket Summer and Kulick.
4. An Evening with Dr. Temple Grandin
In addition to her work as an animal behaviorist and inventor—she created a device called a "squeeze machine" that helps calm people with autism—Temple Grandin is "one of the first individuals on the autism spectrum to publicly share insights from her personal experience of autism and its relation to animals." Tonight, she'll discuss the benefits of autism when it comes to working with animals, whose memories tend to be sensory-based rather than word-based.
5. Blood Wedding
The Williams Project is a scrappy, inventive theater outfit with a worthy goal: “to make theatrical excellence accessible to diverse and engaged audiences, while paying our artists a living wage.” Their production last year of Blues for Mister Charlie by James Baldwin was phenomenal. Now the group tackles an even more ambitious project—Blood Wedding by Federico Garcia Lorca, as translated by Langston Hughes—which involves three acts, a forest, a moon played by an actor, a bunch of woodcutters, and a wedding. Can they pull it off? There's only one way to find out. CHRISTOPHER FRIZZELLE
6. Seattle Art Fair
The fair, only in its fourth year, is on its way to becoming a major tradition. This year's fair edition will "explore identity, modes of play, and technology," with monumental machines, performances based in indigenous ceremony, and talks on cultural spaces of the future hosted alongside visual displays. Galleries from Korea, Canada, Japan, the UK, China, Singapore, and France will show pieces; New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco will also be well represented. The art will range from intimate and esoteric to large-scale and cutting-edge. Some of Seattle's most essential galleries will attend in force: Davidson, Greg Kucera, Foster/White, Linda Hodges, and more.
7. Doe Bay Fest 11
Doe Bay Resort is on Orcas Island, in the San Juan Islands north of Seattle. Their four-day grassroots festival features music, food, and hot tubbing. Pedro the Lion still sound like the crankiest Christian band ever. For fave second-best act, I’ll take the whole notion of singing along to Simon & Garfunkel, courtesy of Planes on Paper. Also featuring music from Telekinesis, the Dip, Black Tones, Acid Tongue, Vox Mod, Parisalexa, Falon Sierra, and more. Bring sunscreen and bug repellent! ANDREW HAMLIN
8. Summer Meltdown 2018
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. Headliners will include Bassnectar, Big Gigantic, Greensky Bluegrass, Lettuce, and Beats Antique, and there will also be "adventures" like rafting, helicopter rides, and kayaking.
9. M.C. Escher: Transformations
The Dutch artist Maurits Cornelis Escher (1898-1972) appeals to math nerds, psychedelics, and anyone who likes impossibilities, systems, and metamorphoses. Vastly influential, he's inspired everyone from surrealist artists to logicians to authors. Astonishingly enough, given his fascination with tessellations, fractals, and impossible objects, he had no mathematical training.
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10. Becoming American
The "Pig War" of 1859, so called because it flared up over the shooting of a pig on San Juan Island, marked the last time the UK and US fought over territory. With no humans killed or shots exchanged, the episode has become something of a historical joke. Twenty artists organized by the nonprofit cefalonia drew inspiration from this once ambiguous borderland, creating on the very site of the bloodless conflict. It's worth taking the ferry out to the English and American Camps in the piney San Juan Island National Historical Park to discover the results. But if you prefer to stick closer to home, you can see works by Stranger Genius Award winner Barbara Earl Thomas, Dori Scherer, Rodrigo Valenzuela, and 11 others at Seattle's studio e, with a solo exhibition by Korakrit Arunanondchai at Specialist. In September, the 24 members of the SOIL collective will respond with an exhibition of their own. The diversity of artists yields an abundance of themes, but race, frontiers, barriers, immigration, and history all figure large. JOULE ZELMAN
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12. Todd Barry: 30th Anniversary Crowd Work Tour
Still laconic, still acerbic, still incredibly funny, Todd Barry continues to be what he has been for at least 25 of the past 30 years: one of the funniest stand-up comics in the USA. The Crowd Work Tour, with its emphasis on improvised audience mockery, returns to show that Barry remains light on his feet and reliably hilarious. SEAN NELSON
13. 'The Spy Who Dumped Me' Opening
Audrey (Mila Kunis) and her roommate Morgan (Kate McKinnon) are embroiled in a far-ranging conspiracy when Audrey’s boyfriend crashes their apartment with assassins in pursuit.
14. The Isley Brothers & The Pointer Sisters
Iconic Cincinnati-based group the Isley Brothers have been rocking and doo-wopping since 1954, having collaborated with Ice Cube, R. Kelly, the Notorious B.I.G. and many others. Catch their two remaining members, Ronald Isley and Ernie Isley, as they stop in Seattle on tour with the Pointer Sisters.
15. KEXP & Seattle Center Present: Concerts at the Mural 2018
In true KEXP summertime fashion, the station will be partnering with Seattle Center to provide another enjoyable round of free family-friendly concerts this year at the Mural Amphitheater, located within the heart of Seattle Center. Local and touring artists are included in each year's lineup, with Seattle favorites Tacocat kicking off the series this year on the 3rd, Afghan Whigs leading a special Sub Pop anniversary kickoff on the 10th, the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio headlining on the 17th, and the Moondoggies closing things out on the 24th.
16. Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo
Women's-lib-dance-rock superstar Pat Benatar and her partner and guitarist Neil Giraldo will once again grace the Northwest with their dual presence for an evening of '80s classics.
17. Seafair Weekend Festival
The summer-long Seafair Festival culminates in a three-day extravaganza of signature outdoor activities like air shows, Hydroplane racing, the Graham Trucking Seafair Cup, and a wakeboarding championship.
18. 7th Annual Watershed Festival
Watershed Country Music Festival will return to the Gorge for a wild weekend of twangin' goodness. Put on your "Shedder gear" (trucker hats?) and get ready for three whole days of down-home studs, including Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Cassadee Pope, Big & Rich, and more.
19. The 5th HUGE Costume Sale
Looking to jazz up your closet and/or your life? Raid costumes from past 5th Avenue Theatre productions, including Pajama Game, Pirates of Penzance, Chorus Line, Cabaret, Company, and more from between one and 100 bucks.
20. Kite Festival
Bring your most impressive kites and fly them through the air for all to see. Or, bring a beach blanket and enjoy the kite-flying talents of others. There will also be demonstrations, face-painting, and more.
21. Chateau Ste. Michelle Festival of Jazz
A whole day of live jazz classics and new interpretations from featured artists: Chris Botti, Morgan James, Sarah Niemietz and Snuffy Walden, and Tuck and Patti.
22. Dead Baby Downhill XXII
All of Georgetown gets blocked off for the twenty-second annual Dead Baby Downhill, Seattle's punk-colored Mad Max bike race. This year, the ride will begin at Drunky's Two Shoes BBQ in White Center before making its weird and wind-y way to Georgetown. Some pretty fun-forward activities await you at Dead Baby Downhill, including the crown jewel event: BIKE JOUSTING. You can also nosh on barbecue, drink from one of the nearly 100 kegs of beer, and watch bikers swirl around a mini Velodrome while very loud rock music plays all around you.
23. Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, Soccer Mommy
Stephen Malkmus’s self-titled solo debut was hardly an about-face, but rather an extension of Pavement’s grad-school ramblings, with all the smart-alecky self-consciousness that it implies. In the 18 years since, he’s experimented with more complicated arrangements and longer instrumental passages, much like a singer-songwriter reincarnated as a prog rocker. If you can get past the awkwardly jaunty song about Freddie Gray (“Bike Lane”), the new Sparkle Hard is another winner from one of the youngest 52-year-olds in the game. Twenty-one-year-old Sophie Allison, aka Soccer Mommy, has released only one album, this year’s Clean, but it’s a killer. This is an inspired pairing. KATHY FENNESSY
24. Summer Stag Party III
Power-pop rippers Stag will throw their third annual summer party to celebrate the reunion of legendary Sub Pop group Love Battery, who will perform Dayglo in its entirety, along with live sets by Pink Parts, the Black Tones, Andrew McKeag Band, and DJ Kingblind.
25. Talib Kweli, Niko Is
Talib Kweli is an intellectual, street-savvy MC with socially conscious messages and a flow that can be at turns sleek, forceful, and singsong rugged. He’s been active since the late 1990s (he had his start as one-half of Black Star with Mos Def) and has eight solo LPs to his credit. The most recent is last year’s Radio Silence, which is pretty solid from what I’ve heard—check out “Let It Roll” for some strong Kweli rhyme game. Live, he has raw power and a dynamic stage presence (including loads of one-liners and clever banter), amping up crowds while easing and sliding through verses and songs. When I saw him, Kweli performed with a hard-grooving band that was tight as hell. Expect a set list of new joints, old joints (like the ubiquitous “Get By”), and the occasional cover (he’s been known to reimagine the Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby”). LEILANI POLK
26. The Temptations
After seeing the Yardbirds perform with only two original members a few years ago, it became apparent that oldies acts can get by with makeshift lineups, as long as the songs still resonate and the pick-up players can execute them with élan. So, Otis Williams is the only guy left from the Temptations’ classic ’60s/’70s lineup? No matter. When you have songs as potently soulful and dynamic as “Just My Imagination,” “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone,” “Ball of Confusion,” and “Cloud Nine,” you can still smash it with earnest epigones on the mics. DAVE SEGAL
A performance by Tinariwen will transport you to the windswept sands of the Sahara Desert. Rooted in blues, rock, and Afropop, their music incorporates exotic Berber and Arabic influences, and their mix of guitars, bass, percussion, and handclaps is carried by a chorus of male voices crooning, chanting, and howling harmonies in a language you won’t know but will feel deeply in your soul. The group’s members are former Tuareg rebels who came together in 1979 to make music while living as refugees in Algeria. They returned to their home in Mali in the 1990s after a cease-fire and continued to play together, though they didn’t release their first album until 2001. Six LPs and a Grammy Award have followed, including last year’s Elwan, recorded in tents that were set up in a southern Morocco oasis. LEILANI POLK
28. Weezer, Pixies, Sleigh Bells
There’s no keeping track of Weezer, Rivers Cuomo, or any of the antics associated with either institution. They exist in the eternally smoking ashes of an eternally dumbfounding phoenix, given their prolific proclivity for pop rock. If there is any kind of keeping tabs on them, it’s that they’ve released their riffy-and-rote 12th studio full-length Black Album—like none of us saw that coming. Sonic stalwarts Pixies are still vibing off their 2016 album Head Carrier, and arena-bumpers Sleigh Bells, picking up where the Wombats leave off, will be blowing up the amphitheatre one dance-heavy jam after another. ZACH FRIMMEL
29. Abortion Storytelling and Pro-Voice Conversation Tour
The reproductive freedom organization Exhale will kick off a tour of stories about abortion, beginning in Seattle with Executive Director Rev. Susan Chorley and Exhale board member Natalia Koss-Vallejo. Stories will focus on intersections like "faith and abortion, motherhood and abortion, abuse/violence and abortion and LGBTQ experiences of abortion."
30. LEGO Americana Roadshow
See American landmarks like the the White House (probably not complete with sinkhole), the Liberty Bell, the Jefferson Memorial, the Statue of Liberty, and the Supreme Court.
31. Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire
Indulge in your love of Renaissance-era chivalry, mythical creatures, pirates, and more at this three-weekend fair.
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32. Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation
The Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation, presented by Velocity Dance Center, is a diverse weeklong exploration, with intensive classes, drop-in workshops, talks, "jams," and performances, including Stephanie Skura's Surreptitious Preparations for an Impossible Total Act and the avant-garde Dance Innovators showcase.
33. Amos Lee, Bailen
Perennial Starbucks-soundtracker Amos Lee will take his night of soulful singer-songwriter vibes to the next level alongside harmony-focused NYC pop group Bailen.
34. Alice Bolin: Dead Girls
Why does pop culture romanticize and obsess over the figure of a murdered woman? Alice Bolin (the New Yorker's Page Turning blog) roves through touchstones in literature, movies, and TV, from Twin Peaks to James Baldwin to Britney Spears. Also addressed: white feminism and its shaping by patriarchy and personal reflections on the writer's own life.
35. Between the Buried and Me, Born of Osiris, Veil of Maya, ERRA, the Agony Scene
For the past 11 years, the Summer Slaughter Tour has brought together bands across all genres of underground metal, headlined by heavy hitters like Cannibal Corpse, Behemoth, Suffocation, and the Black Dahlia Murder. This time around, fans of prog metal will be delighted to see that Between the Buried and Me are headlining the fest. BTBAM play “kitchen sink metal,” blending everything from face-ripping riffs to delicate melodic passages into a heady mix. If you’re showing up to rage all day, you won’t want to miss these bands: the returning Agony Scene, technical wizards Soreption, and fan favorites Allegaeon. KEVIN DIERS
36. DJ Quik & Suga Free, HI-C, Neema
Compton rapper/producer legend DJ Quik’s debut, Quik Is the Name, came out in 1991—a full 20 years before his most recent full-length, The Book of David—but the quality of his output has barely (if at all) faltered in that time span. He’s still producing all of his own classic Way-2-Fonky West Coast beats and still running circles around suckers with his effortless flow and rapid-fire, smooth-yet-sharp rhyme patterns. Quik’s refusal to let his game slip has rewarded him the kind of career longevity that very few rap veterans get to enjoy. Expect his live set to include nothing but hits and very few signs of aging. MIKE RAMOS
37. Keith Gessen: A Terrible Country
As a staff writer for the New Yorker and one of the founding editors of n+1, Keith Gessen has brought into the world a bunch of kinds of writing, but he is best known for his nonfiction essays on Russia. He’s also the brother of journalist Masha Gessen. And he has a side gig writing literary fiction, including his latest novel, A Terrible Country, about a New Yorker who moves to Russia and ends up feeling alienated from both countries. George Saunders says it’s “big-hearted, witty, warm, compulsively readable, earnest, funny, full of that kind of joyful sadness I associate with Russia and its writers.” CHRISTOPHER FRIZZELLE
38. Pearl Jam
The legendary grunge band will return home for the first time in five years to play two very special shows aimed at raising awareness of homelessness in Seattle. Both concerts are sold out, but fans can also look forward to an art show featuring Pearl Jam posters by homeless artists, a MoPOP exhibit, a glassblowing event, and other related happenings.
39. The Phantom of the Opera
Look forward to impressive operatic singing, a creepy theater-dweller in a mask, and new special effects (including a probably dramatic/startling chandelier scene) in this new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera.
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40. Word Works: Ben Lerner
Ben Lerner started off writing nerdy books of poetry that were so good, you could actually feel your brain and heart growing as your read them (see: The Lichtenberg Figures and Angle of Yaw). Then he turned his attention to reinventing the American novel. Both Leaving Atocha Station and 10:04 were phenomenal, genre-altering books that blurred the lines of nonfiction, fiction, and poetry as they explored contemporary politics, art, the life of artists, and the shallows and depths of love. Humor and intelligence abound in these books. Expect as much at this lecture, where Lerner will "examine the novel as a curatorial form." RICH SMITH
41. Gender Odyssey
The annual, international Gender Odyssey conference will have workshops and keynote speakers who'll teach professionals and students about gender identity diversity in all age ranges. Sign up according to the category you fall into: the Professionals and Students conference, the Families conference for those raising trans kids, the Community conference open to all, and the new Youth & Young Adult programming for those aged 18-22.
42. Pressure Cooker: Kiss Me Cake
Produced as part of Cafe Nordo's new works incubator, the Pressure Cooker, Kiss Me Cake is a "world of cake and dance." It looks sexy and it includes a lot of lavishly decorated cakes, each of which is paired with a choreographed number about a young girl who dreams of being a dancer. A meal is also included.
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43. Seattle Seahawks 2018 Home Games
Before the season officially begins in September, the Seattle NFL team will kick things off with pre-season home games against the Indianapolis Colts (Aug 9) and the Oakland Raiders (Aug 30).
44. Lusio. A Night to Awaken
This is a free, family-friendly, inviting evening of light, art, and sound, featuring more than 30 light installations and more. You'll have to roam around the park to take it all in.
45. A Night of Comedy from the Cast of Bob's Burgers
Thrill to the hilarity of Eugene Mirman, H. Jon Benjamin, Kristen Schaal, Larry Murphy, and John Roberts as part of Sub Pop's 30th anniversary festivities. Proceeds will benefit the wonderful program YouthCare.
46. South Lake Union Block Party
Every year, South Lake Union throws itself a party featuring diverse musical pleasures from local bands, including Built to Spill, Deep Sea Diver, Down North, Acid Tongue, and the Gods Themselves. There will also be food trucks, a beer garden, a free print-your-own-poster station, a "letterpress steamroller smackdown," and a "Community Village" featuring booths from local businesses. The event is co-sponsored by Amazon and will benefit a local charity.
47. 'BlacKkKlansman' Opening
Spike Lee has not made a good movie in more than a decade (Inside Man, which stars Denzel Washington, was released in 2006). His 2015 film Chi-Raq was a disaster (read Ijeoma Oluo’s review, “Fuck You, Spike Lee,” of the work). The Netflix reboot of his 1986 classic She’s Gotta Have It was an embarrassment that only succeeded in showing his age. If you thought Lee, who is 61, was washed up, you were not alone. Now there is BlacKkKlansman, which premiered at Cannes and stars Denzel Washington’s son, John David Washington, and is described by Variety critic Peter Debruge as “How Spike Got His Groove Back.” That is very high praise. And there are good reasons to be excited about his new film. One, it’s produced by Jordan Peele, the director and writer behind the defining Obama-era feature Get Out. And two, its story, which is set in the early-1970s and concerns a black cop who infiltrated the KKK, is, of course, timely. Where Chi-Raq attempted to capture the mood of the Black Lives Matter moment, BlacKkKlansman is for the Make America Great Again moment. MAGA is the white hood of our times. CHARLES MUDEDE
48. Alison Wonderland
Los Angeles-based Australian artist Alison Wonderland uses her eclectic musical background to churn out thoughtful—yet festival-ready—pop bangers.
49. Deafheaven, Drab Majesty, Uniform
Deafheaven’s melding of shoegaze’s wall-of-sound with black-metal’s machine-gun tempos proved to be a surprise crossover hit with their intensely melodic sophomore album Sunbather, much to the ire of kvlt-metal bros. Their darker, grittier follow-up, New Bermuda, felt like an attempt to appeal to their initial audience, but their latest record, Ordinary Corrupt Human Love, finds the pendulum swinging back into more melodic territory. As if to confirm the middle finger to the metal underground’s self-appointed gatekeepers, Deafheaven enlisted excellent darkwave performance artist Drab Majesty and New York’s caustic industrial outfit Uniform to round out the evening. BRIAN COOK
50. Panic! At the Disco, A R I Z O N A, Hayley Kiyoko
Rehash the good old days of the late 1990s and early ’00s with Panic! At the Disco, whom I truly hoped were dead, but are in fact back to rock us once more with that flat-ironed, velvet-blazered Johnny Bravo aesthetic and stadium emo pop even your grandparents can enjoy (mostly because it’s completely toothless). KIM SELLING
51. festival:festival 2018
This multidisciplinary festival, with contributors selected by Mario Lemafa, Sara Porkalob, and Amina Maya, offers the chance for photographers, multimedia artists, dancers, and others to create artwork on intersectional identities. Their lineup this year is dynamite: artist Christopher Paul Jordan, Khadija Tarver, Natasha Marin, Benjamin Gale-Schreck, Simba Mafundikwa, and Matt Offenbacher, musicians Goodsteph, Guayaba, Déjà Speaks, mmuumm, and performers David Rue, Randy Ford, and Hanan.
52. Kirkland Summerfest
Head to downtown Kirkland for two days of live music, juried art shows, kids' activities, and food.
53. SPF30: Sub Pop’s 30th Anniversary Party
Sub Pop Records will celebrate their 30th birthday in West Seattle with live sets from bands on their label, food, booze, and a record sale. the current lineup includes Beach House, Clipping, Kyle Craft, Fastbacks, Jo Passed, Loma, LVL UP, METZ, Moaning, Mudhoney, Shabazz Palaces, and Wolf Parade, plus Caspar Babypants, the Not-Its, and the School of Rock West Seattle House Band.
54. Cody Jinks, Red Shahan
Honky-tonk country boy Cody Jinks has been climbing the ladder of popularity recently (and selling out every one of his Seattle shows) and will grace the Sodo stage with his straight-talking, twang-heavy presence.
55. Daryl Hall & John Oates, Train, Guests
'80s smooth groove legends and eternal purveyors of the light-rock-less-talk genre, Daryl Hall and John Oates (of Hall & Oates, natch) will perform a set together with opening support from Train.
56. Seattle Polo Party
Watch stealthy riders hit a ball down a field with long sticks at the Seattle Polo and Equestrian club's first international challenge on their home turf. The Washington team will be comprised of four top players from Seattle, Bellevue, Yakima, and Mount Vernon, and the international team will feature four equally talented players from Haiti, South Africa, Nigeria, and Argentina. Much like the Kentucky Derby, the organizers encourage spectators to don their fanciest hats.
57. 107.7 The End Summer Camp 2018
Summer Camp is 107.7 The End's version of Warped Tour: all the bands you hear on your favorite Seattle rock station, but actually in the flesh, playing all the hits. This year's lineup features AWOLNATION, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Manchester Orchestra, Robert DeLong, Elle King, Alice Merton, Dreamers, lovelytheband, Moon Taxi, and Pale Waves.
58. Stillaguamish Festival of the River and Pow Wow
This festival offers musical performances, a circus, a fun run, a salmon bake, a pow wow, and more, courtesy of the Stillaguamish tribe.
59. Porgy and Bess
The setting: Charleston, South Carolina. The time: long ago. The story: Porgy is a beggar ("I Got Plenty o' Nuttin"); Bess is a loose woman ("Bess, O Where's My Bess?"). The two are part of a love triangle completed by Crown, a rough and manly longshoreman. Early in the opera, a craps game happens. But the pleasures of gambling do not last long. A fight erupts. Crown kills another man, Robbins. Crown flees before the police arrive. Bess, who is hated by the other women of the ghetto, moves in with the only man, Porgy, who will offer her protection from the law. Porgy falls in love with her; Bess fails to fall totally in love with him. The opera has a sad ending. But the George Gershwin opera provided jazz with two giant standards: "Summertime" and "I Loves You, Porgy." It's also considered by many as the United States' only legitimate contribution to the opera canon. CHARLES MUDEDE
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60. In the Spirit: Contemporary Native Arts
For the 13th year, native artists will showcase their work at the In the Spirit contemporary Native arts exhibition, which will offer prizes in categories including Best of Show, Honoring the Northwest, and People's Choice. There will also be an accompanying festival on August 11, co-hosted by the History Museum and Tacoma Art Museum, featuring dancing, drumming, a fashion show, vendors, and more.
61. Lauren Weedman Doesn't Live Here Anymore
Usually, when you run into someone you knew years ago who left Seattle for NY or LA to pursue their showbiz dreams and are back for a visit, it’s fun to talk about the folly of youth and ambition and, really, dreams in general. When that someone is Lauren Weedman, who was a big fish in the brackish pond of local comedy/media before going legit and winding up with credits like The Daily Show, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Arrested Development, Childrens Hospital, and loads of others, the conversation has many more interesting possibilities. Weedman will be returning with the latest in what has become a series of solo (with guests) shows that incorporate monologue, sketch, and song—the last one I saw ended with a rendition of “Stand Up” by Ludacris that no one present will be likely to forget—all in the service of a noble goal: revealing the facets of herself that may be less than exemplary while also being very funny. Weedman says the new show, directed by the mighty Alison Narver, PS, deals with “the issues of being betrayed and getting divorced,” but that “the themes are applicable to most anyone—for example, discovering who you really are, or finding yourself alone, or perhaps realizing that you're not who you thought you were.” SEAN NELSON
AUGUST 12FOOD & DRINK
62. Milk Bar Ice Cream Social & Bake Sale
Following their smash-hit parking-lot pop-up with Shake Shack, Canlis will next team up with illustrious pastry chef and junk-food queen Christina Tosi, whom you might know from her New York-based Momofuku Milk Bar empire, notorious treats like cereal milk soft-serve and crack pie, and from her recent episode on Chef's Table: Pastry. Milk Bar will serve that famous soft-serve and crack pie as well as a selection of truffles and cookies, and Canlis chef Brady Williams will put his spin on such country-fair classics as turkey legs, corn on the cob, corn dogs, fried cheese, and popcorn. Guests can scarf the bounty of summertime snacks while listening to music from the Tallboys and participating in activities and carnival games, and there will even be an opportunity to snap a Polaroid with Tosi herself and decorate it in a craft tent (where you can also snag a Milk Bar-branded friendship bracelet). All proceeds benefit Queen Anne Farmers Market.
I was young, and it was good to feel part of something bigger than me. My friend Brian disdained most rock, but he bonded instinctively to Belly. And we enjoyed the band’s intoning “sour mash” as a giggly private code. Brian quit returning my signals years ago, but Belly are back with an album called Dove and a mystical, spiritual approach, with ladled-on Mellotron sounds that I don’t remember from their drier, bangier classic act. I don’t mind this approach at all—we should rightly think about blessings, and spiritual life, especially as we approach our expiration date. I hope Brian is still out there somewhere, spiritual or nay. ANDREW HAMLIN
64. An Evening with Seal
Seal's chart-topping baritone vocals will resonate throughout Puyallup and beyond.
65. An Intimate Evening with David Foster
Heavily lauded producer David Foster has won almost every industry award throughout his four-decade career. He'll show off some of his greatest songs on his Hitman Tour.
66. Phillip Phillips, Gavin DeGraw
American Idol winner Phillip Phillips will hit Seattle for a night of earthy guitar-fueled rock and all-ages singer-songwriter fun with support from easy listening lifer Gavin DeGraw.
The famous movie about Rodriguez, Searching for Sugar Man, turned out to be not entirely factual. That’s too bad, and I have to take note. In fairness, though, the man deserved a movie, and more money! Imagine the eeriness of Lee Hazlewood without the sleaze. Imagine the tartness of Arthur Lee without the sad visions of Martians on the streets of Los Angeles. Imagine Leonard Cohen with a more matter-of-fact, practically aw-shucks attitude. Imagine if Paul Simon had never had the self-consciously poetic phase that mars the early Simon & Garfunkel albums. Or heck, just buy a ticket! ANDREW HAMLIN
68. Caroline Fraser: Prairie Fires
This year's Pulitzer Prize, Plutarch, and National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography winner Caroline Fraser will read from the book that netted her these laurels: Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder, which unveils the myth-making behind the American pioneer classic.
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70. Basquiat: Untitled
In the late 1970s, Jean-Michel Basquiat began his career as a street artist, tagging the Lower East Side of Manhattan as part of the enigmatic duo SAMO. A decade later, he was exhibiting internationally, as wealthy collectors clamored after the urban authenticity they perceived in his work. His tragically short life—Basquiat died of a heroin overdose in 1988 at the age of 27—only heightened this appeal, and in May 2017, an untitled 1982 painting of a skull set a new auction record for any American artist when it sold for $110.5 million. This painting is currently hanging at the Seattle Art Museum. As Charles Mudede has pointed out, its proximity to Seattle's currently inflated housing market is apt. Basquiat was a brilliant painter, but his brilliance is utterly captive to a system that buys and sells the products of human creativity as assets. Thirty years after the artist's death, this skull is still screaming. EMILY POTHAST
71. Jack White
To say that Lazaretto, Jack White's second solo album, is the best thing he's done since the White Stripes will sound like high praise to those charmed by the busman's holiday twofer of the Raconteurs and Dead Weather, but lyrics don't get much worse than "I've got a rabbit, it likes to hop/I've got a girl and she likes to shop" (the Raconteurs' "Intimate Secretary"). If anything, I lost interest in the Stripes circa Icky Thump, a sketch of a record. Near as I could tell, they had, too. If White's debut, Blunderbuss, failed to burnish or destroy his rep, the follow-up reveals a reinvigorated musician. Sure, he’s spent the past year badmouthing a few colleagues, but niceness doesn't always breed the best rock 'n' roll. [Ed. note: Good thing he's now on tour for his third attempt, Boarding House Reach.] KATHY FENNESSY
Electronica, pop, and gay history icons Erasure will come to Seattle on their World Beyond Tour for a night of string- and synth-heavy upwellings of ambitious experimental pop works.
73. 'Crazy Rich Asians' Opening
I know the feeling of this work. I understand what it wants to achieve. You see, most people in the United States think Africa is just a jungle with some huts. But much of it is not that at all. The Africa I experienced was, in fact, charming. I had lots of rich friends. We spent our days going around the city on racing bikes. We watched cricket. We had maids. That sort of thing. Yes, there was real and very harsh poverty, but that is not the universal experience on the Dark Continent. Now, what is the movie Crazy Rich Asians really about? A side of Asia that most Americans are not often exposed to. This is the new Asia. It has super-wealthy people who live ridiculously luxurious lives and have ordinary problems like ordinary rich Americans. A similar impulse can be found in the Ghanaian web series An African City (a black Sex in the City). This is the impulse to break old perceptions of life in countries that were once European colonies. CHARLES MUDEDE
74. Clint Black, Sara Evans
Mega-millionaire country artist Clint Black brings his old-world feel back to the Washington State countryside for an evening of personal classics, genre standards, and tracks from his latest effort, On Purpose. He'll be joined by Sara Evans.
75. Dave Zirin: Jim Brown
The sports journalist Dave Zirin (The Nation), co-author with Michael Bennett of Things That Make White People Uncomfortable, will read from his new biography of the great Jim Brown—football player with the Cleveland Browns, Black Power activist, and star.
76. 14/48 Projects + Cafe Nordo: Food Theater Thunderdome
Four playwrights and chefs with a randomly chosen cast and director create a paired play and four-course dinner with a randomly chosen secret ingredient in this collaboration with the 14/48 Project. They only have five days to come up with the whole thing.
77. Neal Brennan
Neal Brennan is a writer and correspondent for The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, but he's done a whole lot more than that. He's got three Emmys under his belt, he's produced a Chris Rock comedy special, and he's got a show on Netflix called 3 Mics in which he alternates three different comedy styles in one go. Get a taste of his versatility this August.
78. 'Puzzle' Opening
I occasionally try to finish puzzles on the ferry to Orcas Island, but I never knew there was a world of competitive puzzling. Marc Turtletaub (producer of Little Miss Sunshine, Safety Not Guaranteed, and Loving) wonderfully directs this sweet journey of a woman who discovers her uncanny knack for puzzles and has an awakening to pursue a more extraordinary life beyond the confines of her ordinary family. Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire, Trainspotting) is pitch-perfect as Agnes, and Bollywood star Irrfan Khan makes a great puzzle partner and protagonist to open Agnes’s mind and heart to explore her dreams and desires. Midlife crisis stories have so rarely focused on a woman character, and Macdonald refreshingly illuminates Agnes’s spirit as she discovers how to live, love, and make her own path for the future. CARL SPENCE
79. Sunset Supper
Ever the epicenter of Seattle’s food scene, Pike Place Market celebrates its 111th birthday in 2018. At this annual event, dozens of local restaurants, wineries, breweries, and distilleries commune on its cobblestones during a balmy August evening, as the sun sinks low in the sky and casts the market in a soft glow, and guests soak up food, drink, and live music. As with last year, the festivities will spill out onto the new MarketFront expansion. In attendance this year: craft-cocktail speakeasy Knee High Stocking Co.; Pike Place fixture Matt’s in the Market; the simple, elegant Lecosho; and charmingly old-timey ice cream parlor Shug’s Soda Fountain, plus countless others and a litany of local beer, wine, and spirits producers. Proceeds go to the Pike Place Market Foundation, which aims to support the Market’s community by providing housing, childcare, healthy food, and other services. JULIANNE BELL
80. Halestorm, In This Moment, New Years Day
Pennsylvanian hard rock band Halestorm will rip through Seattle yet again on their summer stadium tour with speaker-exploding opening groups In This Moment and New Years Day, all of whom are considered to be leading the current wave of powerful women in rock and metal.
81. Justin Moore, Lee Brice
Arkansas-born country singer Justin Moore will stop in Seattle on his American Made tour with fellow twangy songwriter Lee Brice.
82. Yelawolf, Waylon & Willie, Struggle Jennings, Jelly Roll
Yelawolf is a lean, tattooed, half-white, half-Cherokee MC from the unlikely hiphop outpost of Gadsden, Alabama, at the tail end of the Appalachians. He has floppy, jet-black hair that falls somewhere between mullet and uncharged Mohawk. He's probably the most unusual face in Southern hiphop right now, and after years of toil, he's consistently poised for big things. ERIC GRANDY
83. Elizabeth Rush: Rising
Contemplate the future of the American coastline with Elizabeth Rush's panorama of communities affected by climate change and its resultant disasters. An excerpt published in the Guardian: "I do not believe in a vengeful God – if God exists at all – so I do not think of the flood as punishment for human sin. What interests me most is what happens to the story when I remove it from its religious framework: Noah’s flood is one of the most fully developed accounts of environmental change in ancient history. It tries to make sense of a cataclysmic earthbound event that happened long ago, before written language, before the domestication of horses, before the first Egyptian mummies and the rise of civilization in Crete. An event for which the teller clearly held humans responsible." The writing is clear and intelligent; the science is terrifying.
84. Pacific NW Chalk Fest 2018
Return for the second annual Pacific Northwest Chalk Fest, as 14 chalk artists swarm the streets of Redmond Town Center with their artistic implements in hand. This new tradition stems from the Madonnari, 16th-century Italian artists who paid tribute to the Madonna with plein-air murals.
85. Seattle Hempfest
This massive annual cannabis convocation boasts five stages of speakers and live music, plus crafts, food, and informational vendors.
86. Seattle Tattoo Expo
For enthusiasts of permanently decorated flesh, here are three days to admire the art of the tattoo needle-wielder. See displays, attend seminars, and find the right artist to punch that sweet RBG tat into your skin. Featured tattoo artists include Jeff Cornell (of Seattle's Hidden Hand Tattoo), Shawn Barber (of LA's Memoir Tattoo), VyVyn Lazonga (of Seattle's Madame Lazonga's Tattoo), Big Gus (of California's Tattoo Nightmares), and independent New Yorker inker Takashi Matsuba, among others.
87. Three Dollar Bill Outdoor Cinema
Stretch out on the lawn and watch lighthearted movies: Sister Act (Aug 17), The Devil Wears Prada (Aug 24), and To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Love Julie Newmar (Aug 31). If you like musical nuns, bitchy fashionistas, and/or Wesley Snipes as a drag queen, you may be interested.
OPENING AUGUST 17ART
Three Finnish women have set out to document the lives of descendants of immigrants from their own country and those of Ojibwe people. Maria Seppälä is a reporter, Katja Kettu is a writer, and Meeri Koutaniemi is a photographer, and they have pooled their results from a three-year investigation in Fintiaanit.
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89. Summer at SAM
These Thursday and Saturday events offer a range of family-friendly arts programming throughout the park, including yoga and Zumba on Saturdays, tours, shows, workshops, food trucks, and more.
90. GreenStage Shakespeare in the Park and Backyard Bard
Theater is alive in Seattle, but, as in most places, it generally isn't cheap. GreenStage's productions are a nice change: See Shakespeare and Shakespeare-based works in the great outdoors—for free. This year, as part of their 30th annual Shakespeare in the Park series, they'll present Henry IV, Part 1 and The Three Musketeers. They'll also offer the one-hour-long Backyard Bard series, a "smaller Shakespeare in the Park for smaller spaces," featuring The Two Gentlemen of Verona and The Winter's Tale.
91. Mercer X Summit Block Party
The new-ish Mercer X Summit Block Party is to be a free all-ages music festival held at the intersection of Summit and Mercer on the north end of Capitol Hill. Headliners will include Telekinesis, Acid Tongue, Porter Ray, Hibou, Guayaba, and lots more.
This free “local food and sustainable living” festival will feature live cooking demos, a farmer’s market, educational classes about sustainability and the environment, a market of upcycled goods from local makers, and music from Matisyahu, Caspar Babypants, Recess Monkey, Unkitawa, and the True Loves. Plus, the garden party housed within the verdant grounds of Marymoor Park’s Clise Mansion will feature small plates from Lark’s James Beard Award-winning chef John Sundstrom—a magician of swoon-worthy seasonal cuisine sure to feel right at home amidst all the greenery—alongside beer, wine, and cider. A portion of proceeds from the party will benefit Viva Farms, a nonprofit small farm business incubator dedicated to launching a new generation of farmers. JULIANNE BELL
93. Grilled Cheese Grand Prix Pop-Up
Eight food trucks will duke it out in a bread-and-cheese battle royale to produce the finest grilled cheese sandwich in Seattle.
94. Rosé All Day: Birthday Soiree with Veuve
Toast to the 200th birthday of famed luxury champagne house Veuve Clicquot's sparkling rosé with specials on Veuve Yellow Label and rosé, as well as "berries and bubbles" cocktails and frosé. To commemorate the first year blended rosé was developed, all bottles will be $18.18.
95. Sausage & Cider Fest
Nosh on artisan-encased meats and sip crisp ciders (beer and wine will also be available) while enjoying live music from JT Shank and the Florida Keys and playing lawn games.
96. Seattle Hot Sauce Fest
If you, like Beyonce, keep a bottle of hot sauce stashed in your bag at all times, this festival—which promises samples of caliente condiments from local purveyors like Secret Aardvark, FireFlower Sauce, and Pepper Preppers—was made for you. Quell the burn with beer from Diamond Knot Brewing, libations like brown sugar bourbon churro cocktails and smoked bloody Marys, and root beer floats made with Full Tilt ice cream for the under-21 set. Food trucks like Where Ya At Matt, Bread and Circuses, and Nacho Mama’s will provide nourishment. JULIANNE BELL
97. Seattle Taco Takeover
At this festival, guests are tasked with the daunting responsibility of acting as judges, tasting tacos and Latin-inspired dishes from local chefs as well as tequila-spiked tipples from local bartenders for the Jose Cuervo cocktail competition. There’s live music and games to keep you entertained in between stuffing your face and imbibing. High-rolling VIPs get access to a garnish-your-own-paloma bar, churro station, and a mythical-sounding fountain of queso. JULIANNE BELL
98. Washington Beer BBQ
Revel in the ultimate summer food and drink combo by tasting offerings from over 30 local breweries and noshing on smoked meats from vendors like Wood Shop BBQ.
99. Bret Michaels
Best known as the lead singer and bandana'd hair god of glam-metal group Poison, and also as lead boyfriend material in VH1's Rock of Love TV dating series, Bret Michaels will play a set of his greatest hits and deep cuts from his storied career.
100. Kid Rock, Wheeler Walker Jr.
Noted American patriot and rapper-turned-country crooner Kid Rock will perform with support from Brantley Gilbert and Wheeler Walker Jr. on his Red Blooded Rock 'n' Roll Redneck Extravaganza tour.
101. Rebelution, Stephen Marley, Common Kings, Zion I, DJ Mackle
Old school Californian reggae boys Rebelution bring their dawn patrol vibes to their Free Rein Summer Tour with additional special guests Stephen Marley, Common Kings, Zion I, and DJ Mackle.
102. The Future is 0
The Future Is 0, filmed with a live studio audience right here in Seattle, is described as “equal parts Double Dare 2000, nihilist performance art, and sarcastic TV experiment.” In response to a question from The Stranger, founder Claire Buss affirmed that yes, the future truly is zero: "I think zero has a flexible meaning, though. Some days you wake up and read an article about our impending nuclear annihilation, and it's just so hard to get out of bed. The future: 0. But zero can also represent the unknown, the great possibility of not knowing what the hell you're doing or what lies ahead. There's a potency and a hunger in that."
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103. Seattle Mini Maker Faire
Check out science and tech displays and booths by tinkerers and geeks.
104. Nomadic Tempest: A Climatopian Spectacle
Rendez-vous with the Caravan Stage Company at the docks as they perform aboard their 90-foot ship, the Amara Zee. They'll make use of their entire tallship with acrobatics and projections.
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105. José Guadalupe Posada and the Mexican Penny Press
José Guadalupe Posada was born in Aguascalientes, Mexico, during the politically tumultuous 19th century. As a teenager, he studied lithography, etching, and relief printing, and also worked as a political cartoonist for a local newspaper. Posada is best known for his broadsides—single sheets of paper, printed on one side, which would be sold on the streets for one penny—filled with biting satire and images of skeletons engaged in a variety of fanciful tasks. Today he is remembered as one of the most important graphic artists of the early 20th century and one of Mexico's most beloved folk artists. EMILY POTHAST
106. Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, Russell Dickerson
CMA-winning country duo Lady Antebellum has racked up nine No. 1 singles on the country charts since 2006. They'll be joined by ex-Hootie & The Blowfish singer Darius Rucker, and Russell Dickerson on their Summer Plays On Tour.
107. A Paranormal Evening with Alice Cooper
Before Kiss, Marilyn Manson, et al., there was Alice Cooper (the band’s name before lead singer Vincent Furnier adopted it as his own), pioneers of shock rock that freaked out the hippies and squares alike with gruesome, over-the-top stage antics. Alice Cooper’s 27 albums—the first seven as a band, the later 20 as a solo artist—vary in quality and sobriety, but when Alice Cooper is good, Alice Cooper is really good (when’s the last time you heard "Love It to Death"? And those late-’80s/early-’90s glam hits were awesome and you know it!). Now sober and super into golf, the nearly-70-year-old Cooper reportedly still puts on a mean, eyeliner-filled show. EMILY NOKES
108. Punch Brothers, Andrew Bird
You don’t have to give a tinker’s damn about bluegrass to appreciate the peerless brilliance of this band’s instrumental interplay. In a way, bluegrass is a form of drag for a group of musicians with avant-garde, classical, and jazz composition in its marrow. Mandolinist of the Punch Brothers and charisma geyser Chris Thile, formerly of the way-less-interesting, but still-super-impressive Nickel Creek, won a 2012 MacArthur fellowship (the other Genius award) and will take over as host of A Prairie Home Companion next year. Better see him now, in case he starts smoking that Keilor weed. SEAN NELSON
AUGUST 20FOOD & DRINK
109. Ecliptic Brewing Beer Dinner
Sample beers from Ecliptic Brewing—beer legend John Harris's astronomic-themed, Portland-based craft brewery—alongside a tasting menu prepared by addo chef Eric Rivera. Beers will include Ecliptic's Carina Peach Sour Ale, Capella Porter, Quasar Pale Ale, and Espacio Mexican-Style Lager.
110. Washington State International Kite Festival
Go fly a kite at Long Beach, or just watch other people's fancy air choreography.
111. An Evening with Ellen DeGeneres
The lesbian television host—iconic first for playing the first openly gay character on a primetime TV show in 1997, then for her role as the host of her eponymous talk show—has won the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the 15th Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, 59 Daytime Emmys, 20 People's Choice Awards, and a whole heap of other laurels. But you like her because she's friendly, funny, and relatable. Now, she's returning to stand-up after 15 years. She'll only hit three cities (San Diego and San Francisco are the other two), so snag your tickets and earn your toaster ovens (anyone?) while you can.
112. Pink Martini
I will always love Pink Martini for its exceptionally beautiful cover of the “Song of the Black Lizard,” the lead track for the campy late-'60s Japanese film Black Lizard. If you have not heard of the band, which was founded in Portland, Oregon, by the pianist Thomas Lauderdale in the mid-'90s, I recommend you enter its world by this door—this sensuous tune. Pink Martini’s world is trashy, elegant, erotic, and filled with those feelings that can only be suggested by things like the traces of lipstick on a wine glass, the final smoke rising from a extinguished cigarette, a rain-distorted face of someone in the back of a cab that’s passing you at night. CHARLES MUDEDE
I have no use for Styx. Their overblown stadium nerf-rock for poodleheaded fules was anathema to me during the band's heyday and life's too short to revisit them for a revision. However, hearing "Lorelei" by chance in the old Cha Cha in 2006 stunned me into appreciation for a song I'd probably heard and quickly clicked off on the radio dozens of times. But I had an epiphany that night. Styx wowed me with the way "Lorelei" builds anticipation with those plinky Phil Glass for Dummies synths and then accelerates into that damnably catchy, uproarious chorus, finally zooming into the stratosphere with the realization that you've found the person with whom you want to live forever. DAVE SEGAL
114. North Bend Film Festival
The hometown of many Twin Peaks shoots debuts a new film festival of strange, Northwest-themed movies.
115. SAM Remix
SAM Remix is a recurring and ever-changing art party that includes performances, tours, and dancing, all inspired by their current special exhibit. Now it's turning 10! Invited artists and performers include terrific locals like Julie Alpert and Andy Arkley, Wayne Bund, Romson Bustillo and Tariqa Waters, Celeste Cooning, Colleen Echohawk, Adria Garcia, and others.
116. Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite
Ben Harper is dangerously smooth, and corrals a team of exceptionally talented session musicians to back up his vision. He'll reunite with Charlie Musselwhite to push forward works of everyman fusion, of reggae and rock, frontier jazz and funk.
117. The Smashing Pumpkins
For the first time since 2000, the Smashing Pumpkins (Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin, and James Iha) will bring the tunes you rocked out to in high school on a 36-city tour this summer. D'arcy Wretzky is conspicuously absent from the lineup.
118. Modest Mouse
Issaquah’s Modest Mouse have honestly always made plaintive garage rock, even if the gargantuan hooks of 2004 album Good News for People Who Love Bad News propelled them into the national spotlight and they briefly boasted Johnny Marr of the Smiths in their ranks. JOSEPH SCHAFER
119. Paul Young and Midge Ure
“This means nothing to meeeeee! Ahhhhhhhhh, Viennaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!” If you weren’t listening to music in the 1980s, go ahead and look up Ultravox’s “Vienna.” The rest of us know what it was like. A synth bass sitting in judgment of some too-pretty keyboard parts floating by. Lyrics sensual but sad. And Midge Ure with that huge high note, and a few others, too. He rebuilt Ultravox after they fell apart. After Ultravox fell apart again, he went solo. Oh, and he co-masterminded Band Aid, Live Aid, and Live 8, three of the hugest charity concerts in history. On a more personal note, I’d like to thank him for Ultravox’s “Reap the Wild Wind.” That one helped me imagine, at least, that somebody understood. ANDREW HAMLIN
120. Bass Canyon
Join up with your fellow celestial headbangers for three days of bass-heavy beats echoing through the Columbia River Gorge, featuring artists like Excision, Zomboy, Bear Grillz, 12th Planet, Barely Alive, and many more.
121. Gigantic Bicycle Festival
First you ride your bike (for 50 miles), and then you're done and you get to hang out and listen to music. You also can just drive. Cyclists take off from Centennial Fields Park on Saturday morning, follow an established route throughout Snoqualmie, and then go back to the park, where artists will be waiting to play live sets over the weekend, all in celebration of the Northwest's favorite populist transit option: the bicycle.
122. Pain in the Grass 2018
KISW's Pain in the Grass will take over Auburn for three straight days of rock and punk warfare thanks to massive headliners like Slayer, Alice in Chains, and many more.
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123. MEXAM Northwest Festival
The Consulate of Mexico presents their annual festival celebrating Mexican American culture. Check out live music, film screenings, food, digital art, and talks that showcase Mexico's creativity, innovation, industries, and pop culture.
124. Jim Woodring Presents 'Poochytown'
Jim Woodring, who had a Frye Museum solo exhibition last year in which he used a gigantic ink pen to make undefinable, morphing psychedelic objects, is a local genius (and literal Stranger Genius) whose style might be described as the cartoon dreamscape of a Hieronymus Bosch monster. Poochytown is his latest graphic novel, starring his usual protagonist, Frank. Don't miss this opportunity to hear Woodring discuss his latest tome with Simon Hanselmann.
125. Moon Viewing
An aristocratic eighth-century Japanese tradition welcomes the full moon with poetry, music, and all manner of lanterns and luminaries. Experience a slightly modern take on the ceremony by taking in Yuri Kinoshita's light installation "Asagao / Morning Glory" and enjoying curated music from Paul Kikuchi throughout the garden at twilight. There will also be a rare vinyl DJ set from Kikuchi, a haiku competition, and a Japanese bento dinner and tea ceremony.
This touring act from the California-based brewery, which will come to Seattle for the first time ever, promises to show you "things you can't unsee," with beer, food trucks, and "freaktacular entertainment" including but not limited to music, live shows, a costume contest, and a roaming marching band.
127. Belltown Crush
Belltown’s fifth annual block party represents over 20 local wineries, breweries, and cideries. Street food includes eclectic nosh from the beloved and recently revived bar Babirusa, Spanish tapas from Pintxo, Mexican food from Mama’s Cantina, and pub grub from Belltown Brewing. Plus, take in live music, watch live chalk art by artist Raziah Roushan, and literally crush the competition in a grape-stomping contest. Proceeds benefit Plymouth Housing, which provides housing and support for people experiencing homelessness. JULIANNE BELL
Aviation nerds can delight in aircrafts like the Concorde or the Boeing 787 Jumbo Jet, dance to classic rock, explore a futuristic transportation exhibit, and enjoy food and games.
129. Dispatch, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Scatter Their Own
Known equally for being one of the biggest independent rock bands in history, as well as inspiring a million different footbag-friendly jam rockers, Dispatch has reformed and returned to the public eye for a tour celebrating their classics. They'll be joined on their summer tour by Nahko and Medicine for the People and Scatter Their Own.
130. Ed Sheeran, Anne-Marie, Snow Patrol
After yet another hugely successful album release, dark horse British pop star Ed Sheeran will return to Seattle for a night of his patented red-haired Top40 charm with big name openers like burgeoning pop songstress Anne-Marie and recently resurrected indie rock group Snow Patrol.
131. Fear, Guests
Mysterious punkish rock group Fear was formed in Los Angeles 40 years ago. They'll be celebrating their advanced age in this retrospective summer tour with additional guests.
132. Seattle Urban Book Expo
The Seattle Urban Book Expo, aka the "Black and Brown Literary Get-Down," is an opportunity for local urban authors to gather and to present their work to the community. Stop by to eat food, listen to some tunes, and chat with the writers about their work.
AUGUST 25-26FOOD & DRINK
133. 2018 SOMM Summit
This two-day educational symposium for beverage enthusiasts and professionals includes seminars, tastings, and discussions led by prominent wine and spirits experts, including sommeliers, masters of wine, professors, brewers, and distillers.
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134. Little Saigon Festi-Roll
Celebrate "Vietnamese street food with a twist," with a focus on "all things rolled," inspired by spring rolls. Enjoy live performances and inflatable activities and games for kids, test your Vietnamese food-shoveling skills in a pho- and spring roll-eating contest, and browse specialty gifts and products.
135. Freakout Presents: The Sonics with Acid Tongue
The point of garage rock has always been to get in, raise a ruckus, and split the scene. The genre will never die, but the musicians tend to move on as they age, while rambunctious youngsters step in to take their place. The Sonics, on the other hand, were always a breed apart. In the 1960s, they rocked the hardest, wrote the punchiest songs, and wore the best damn fuzzy sweaters. After three decades of fragmentation, they roared back to life in 2007. Since then, they’ve collaborated with Mudhoney, gotten name-checked by LCD Soundsystem (“the Sonics, the Sonics, the Sonics, the Sonics”), and put out a shockingly fine return-to-form, This Is the Sonics, in 2015. Not bad for a little indie band from Tacoma. KATHY FENNESSY
136. Cosmo 7 & 5K
Choose between a 7K run and a 5K run/walk along Elliott Bay before returning to Alki Beach for a post-run celebration filled with live music, giveaways, and cosmos for participants over 21.
137. Ski Mask The Slump God, Bandhunta Izzy, Danny Towers, ILL Chris
South Florida rapper Ski Mask the Slump God pulls from the dark side of Greek mythology in his latest mixtape, Beware the Book of Eli. He'll perform tracks from that and others on his Ski Meets World tour with openers Bandhunta Izzy, Danny Tower, and ILL Chris.
138. Yellow Fish Durational Performance Art Festival
Witness art as an expression of endurance—and no, we're not talking about sitting through an Eli Roth movie or something. Yellow Fish sends performers to various parts of Capitol Hill to say "fuck you!" to exhaustion, boredom, irritation, pain, and the grinding passage of time in pieces that last from one to 48 hours. Think Marina Abramović fasting and remaining mute for 12 days in front of an audience, or EJ Hill lying in a wooden roller coaster for three months. While Yellow Fish's artists won't be holding poses for quite so long, they'll still mount a challenge to the idea that performance art should be brief and digestible. This edition will ask artists to bring back pieces from the past. JOULE ZELMAN
139. Ella Mai
Smooth English singer-songwriter Ella Mai has been heard all over the world this summer since her single "Boo'd Up" hit the airwaves. She'll travel to the West Coast on her tour of the same name this month.
140. 'Operation Finale' Opening
World War II is over, but Adolf Eichmann (Ben Kingsley), responsible for engineering millions of deaths and nearly annihilating European Jewry, is still alive, hiding out in Argentina under the name Ricardo Klement. Israeli agent Peter Malkin (Oscar Isaac) heads a mission to kidnap the war criminal and bring him to justice. This thriller, based on fact, is directed by Chris Weitz, who will be making the transition from making a Twilight movie to portraying Nazi-hunting. Huh.
141. Geoff Tate's 30th Anniversary of Operation:Mindcrime
Legendary metal and prog rock musician Geoff Tate, the original singer and songwriter for Queensryche, will headline this 30th anniversary of his widely celebrated concept album, Operation:Mindcrime.
142. Hot Tuna Electric, Steve Kimock
What began as a side project to Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna is the brainchild of Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady and has expanded into a decade-spanning rock jam project. They'll be joined by Steve Kimock.
143. An Evening with Chicago
The famed rock band, allegedly "the first to chart Top40 albums in six consecutive decades," will perform what's estimated to be their "longest show ever." They'll play their seminal album Chicago II in its entirety before dishing out a second set of their greatest hits.
144. Zac Brown Band, OneRepublic
Singer and bandleader Zac Brown is pretty much on perma-tour, sharing his roughly hewn sound around the country with his backing band. He'll take over Seattle for an evening, playing tracks from his three platinum-certified studio albums as well as his latest, Welcome Home.
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145. Northwest Psych Fest
Now in their fifth year, the Northwest Psych Fest will present two nights of weird, wild, swirling, suplexing rock, pop, and experimental noise, all of which exists under the umbrella of psych music. Headliners will include WEEED and Kinski.
AUGUST 31-SEPT 2FESTIVALS
146. Bumbershoot 2018
Bumbershoot, Seattle's biggest music, comedy, and arts festival, will take over Seattle Center for Labor Day Weekend 2018 for the 48th year. Musically, this year's fest will be helmed by the likes of J. Cole, the Chainsmokers, Fleet Foxes, Lil Wayne, Portugal. The Man, Ludacris, and Blondie. The "comedy & conversation" portion will be headlined by Eugene Mirman and the Last Podcast on the Left. There will also be an arts and culture component with standbys like the 1 Reel Film Fest and shows at the Laser Dome, along with local artist Dylan Neuwirth. Bumbershoot's culinary offerings, also called B-Eats, will include Bok a Bok Fried Chicken, Little Uncle, and Frankie & Jo's ice cream.
147. Dave Matthews Band
Birkenstock-rock legend and #1 dad bod Dave Matthews performs all three days of Labor Day Weekend for the 27th anniversary of his band and in promotion of his latest studio album.
AUGUST 31-SEPT 3GEEK & GAMING
148. PAX West
PAX West is an annual convention in Seattle devoted exclusively to gaming, and, since it started in 2004, it has become one of the two largest gaming events in North America, along with its Boston spinoff, PAX East. The convention features panels, an exhibit hall, new game demonstrations, and special guests.
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149. Summer Rewind Film Festival
If you missed some of the best and most blockbusting movies of the year—from the creepily psychedelic Annihilation to the boggle-brained Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom to snarky Deadpool to the absolutely traumatizing Hereditary—catch them on Cinerama's overwhelmingly big screen in beautiful 70mm. Even if you have seen all these films, consider going again. The Stranger is not responsible if you pee yourself watching Hereditary on 70mm.
AUGUST 31-SEPT 23FESTIVALS
150. Washington State Fair
Kicking off on Labor Day weekend, this 20-day fair will grace Puyallup once again with food, rides, a rodeo, the "Piglet Palace," and a concert series, starting with Chicago.