Panicking because you don’t know what to do this weekend and you're short on cash? Don't worry—below, find all of your options for last-minute entertainment that won't cost more than $10, ranging from the Great Seattle Vegan Chocolate Meltdown to Record Store Day, and from Give Up the Ghost with The Stranger's Nathalie Graham to We Are Witchy: Basement Bazaar. For even more options, check out our complete Things To Do calendar, our list of cheap & easy things to do in Seattle all year long, and our roundup of Record Store Day events.
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Improvisers will reveal which elements of the craft freak them out the most—like singing or performing scenes in reverse—before facing their fears onstage in front of a supportive audience. That means lots of claps and cheers are in order on your part.
(Fremont, $10) FILM
- Meaningful Movies: Trickle Down Town
Seattle filmmaker Tomasz Biernacki's detailed, intimate documentary about homelessness in our city humanizes the victims of the housing crisis and dispels harmful myths. Meet Biernacki and discuss with the Meaningful Movies crowd.
(Fremont, free) MUSIC
- The Adarna, Guests
The Adarna have coined their genre "Jet City rock" due to their proximity to Seattle's Boeing Field. Join them for some high-energy jams.
(Pioneer Square, free)
Show off your fanciest and/or kinkiest attire and dance yourself into the wee hours at this night of EBM, synth, and futurepop with DJs Spazmatik and Jades.
(Pioneer Square, $10)
- Bootie Seattle: Ariana vs. Everybody
It's Ariana Grande versus the world at this mashup dance party with DJs King of Pants and Skiddle.
- Butterflies of Death, Truck Bed Boys, TMKG, Sanatorium Hill
"Doomgrass" outfit Butterflies of Death will headline out in the U-District, with bill support from three other hardcore country bands: Truck Bed Boys, TMKG, and Sanatorium Hill.
- Chris Guenther
Chris Guenther will send you into your weekend with a night of honky tonk.
(Green Lake, $5)
- Cold Soda, Greg Ashley, Le Sang Song Lite
Seattle rock quartet Cold Soda will share a bill with indie-folk singer-songwriter Greg Ashley and local folk-rock trio Le Sang Song Lite.
(Beacon Hill, $10)
- Correo Aereo
Latin music duo Correo Aereo will perform traditional songs from Venezuela, Argentina, and Mexico, plus some of their own originals.
- Deseo Carmin
If you know any flamenco moves, bust them out at this night of music with Latin jazz/funk band Deseo Carmin.
- The Fuzz, Atomic Rust, Shaken Growlers
Seattle rockers the Fuzz will shred their guitars for the very last time with opening support from fellow rockers Atomic Rust and Shaken Growlers. Grace them with your most enthusiastic dance moves.
- Great Grandpa, Bread Pilot, Coach Phillips
Here are Sean Nelson's words on Great Grandpa: "Everything about this band is a complete joy. Their 2017 album, Plastic Cough, remains one of the best releases by a Seattle band in recent memory. The lyrics are sharp, the loud guitar tone is the friendliest kind of distortion, the melodies stick in your brain like a pickax, and the influences are pleasingly familiar to 1990s indie rock adepts without going over. If you’re young, they’re just an excellent band. But if you’re old, Great Grandpa is like bumping into an old friend you haven’t seen in years, only to discover that it’s actually their kid." Catch them in Fremont with opening support from alt-poppers Bread Pilot and sunny indie-rockers Coach Phillips.
- Gregg Belisle-Chi, Jim Knapp's Scrape Orchestra, Mike Dumovich
New York guitarist Gregg Belisle-Chi writes artful songs that combine elements of chamber orchestra music and early Low. He’s in town supporting his third album, Book of Hours (out in May), whose eight songs come across as an apotheosis of slowcore and the contemplative, austere jazz of ECM Records—although “Gloria” sounds like a bizarre, muted outtake from Miles’s On the Corner, and is therefore awesome. A poignant stillness courses through the album; fans of Bill Frisell and Nels Cline should love the hushed splendor of Book of Hours. DAVE SEGAL
(Columbia City, $10)
- Jim O'Halloran Trio with Osama Afifi and Larry Mahlis
Seattle flute-heavy jazz mainstays the Jim O'Halloran Trio will play with bassist Osama Afifi and percussionist Larry Mahlis.
(Columbia City, free)
- Kareem Kandi Band
Local tenor saxophone legend Kareem Kandi brings a blend of jazz, blues, classical, and funk to the stage.
- Michael Dean Damron, Steeltoe Metronome, Red Heart Alarm, Eljun
Portland Americana bad boy Michael Dean Damron will share a bill with punk, grunge, rock, blues, folk, and jazz five-piece Steeltoe Metronome, folk-rock band Red Heart Alarm, and grungy Tacomans Eljun.
- New Indians, Solvej Schou
Argentina-formed rock band New Indians brings a range of influences from its diverse members. Catch them in Eastlake with blues rocker Solvej Schou.
- Pop Secret: Boombox Kid & Rise Over Run
DJs Boombox Kid and Rise Over Run will spin pop songs by your favorite artists, from Whitney Houston to Shawn Mendes.
(Capitol Hill, $10)
- Retro Remix: '80s, '90s, and '00s Dance Party
Take a break from this decade with a night of '80s, '90s, and early 2000s original cuts with DJ LeeJ, followed by remixes by DJ HandZ.
(Capitol Hill, $5/$10)
- Seaside Tryst, Mortuary Beach, Watch Clark, DJ Teenage Heartthrob
Seaside Tryst, Mortuary Beach, Watch Clark, and DJ Teenage Heartthrob will make your summer goth dreams come true with new wave and industrial punk.
(University District, $8)
- The Sky Giants, 29A, Corrosive Company, Snaketopus
Tacoma hard-rock trio the Sky Giants isn't afraid to wear its love of Rush-esque psychedelic guitar solos on its sleeve. Get into it after sets from "crazy-ass rock" trio 29A, Port Orchard's Corrosive Company, and prog-rockers Snaketopus.
- Spencer Glenn Band, Nathaniel Talbot Trio, Black Giraffe
Local indie soul band Spencer Glenn Band, Portland's Nathaniel Talbot Trio, and pop/R&B artist Black Giraffe will share a bill.
- Sweet Creature, Lucee, Chanel Beads, Velvet Q
Bellingham band Sweet Creature describe their sounds as "No taste fuckwitch guilt-rock." They'll be joined by Seattle alt-pop-rock bands Lucee, Chanel Beads, and Velvet Q.
(University District, $8)
- W DJ: Twinsparrow
Twinsparrow (Brian Patrick Hill) works for KEXP as the Local and National Music Industry Partnership Representative, but tonight he'll put on his DJ cap and spin some eclectic tunes.
- W Music Spotlight: La Fonda
Join local indie dream-pop duo La Fonda for some dreamy jams.
- Whittier Blvd Kickoff 2019
DJs Hefe and Cucuy will spin all-vinyl old-school and funk sets.
(Tukwila, $5) READINGS & TALKS
- Damon Young: What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker
On VerySmartBrothas.com, website co-founder Damon Young offers witty, passionate, and beautifully constructed takes on culture and the news. That same élan is expected to animate this memoir about the "extreme sport" of being black in America. It's also a self-examination of the constant anxieties and complexities born of the pressures of white supremacy and heteronormativity, and the uncertainties of might-have-beens. Local activist and writer Ijeoma Oluo will engage Young in conversation.
- Gloria J. McEwen Burgess: Pass it On
Gloria J. McEwen Burgess's children's book illustrated by Gerald Purnell is about the author's father, Earnest McEwen Jr., and his friendship with Nobel Laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Faulkner.
(Lake Forest Park, free)
- Joe Wilkins: Fall Back Down When I Die
A grieving and indebted ranch hand in Montana must care for the emotionally scarred child of his imprisoned cousin, but an encounter with a "disaffected fringe group" and a wolf hunt present new dangers in this novel by an Oregon author.
(Capitol Hill, free)
- Narratives of Pain
In this supportive showcase geared toward "community-centered healing," five storytellers will share about their personal struggles with pain.
(Capitol Hill, free)
- Oliver Amatist: Time Within a Leaf
Spoken-word poet Oliver Amatist will share work about his experiences with mental illness.
- An Evening with Neuroscience 2019
Grey Matters journal will once again host a night of conversation about brains between neuroscience experts and science-loving laypeople. Submit your questions in advance or wait until the end for an open floor.
(University District, free) SHOPPING
- 34th Annual RSBG Spring Plant Sale
The Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden's annual spring plant sale features everything from rare rhododendrons to perennials to low-maintenance plants supplied by over 20 Northwest nurseries.
(Federal Way, free) VISUAL ART
- Art Up PhinneyWood
Walk around charming Greenwood/Phinney (just north of the zoo) and take in art from dozens of venues, from galleries to restaurants to bookshops, including Couth Buzzard Books, Greenwood Space Travel Company, and the Phinney Center Gallery. Tonight, check out Ascension at Greenwood Collective and Debra Stewart: Cosmic Paintings at Beats and Bohos.
- Amanda Knowles: Views + Spatial Extensions
G. Gibson Gallery welcomes Amanda Knowles, whose mixed-media works focus on architectural structure, ropelike forms, and Delaunay-like patterns.
(Queen Anne, free)
- Femme Fatale
Peruse "feminist psychedelia" by Taylor Aurora and Feminist Fatal.
- Janie Olsen: Animal Kingdom
Peruse the animal-loving canvases of Schack's Artist of the Year, Monroe resident Janie Olsen.
- Saya Moriyasu: Quiet
"The wrongness feels right to me," writes Moriyasu, recalling her mixed Japanese and American heritage and her consequent predilections for styles recalling European chinoiserie. Her works are often monumental ceramics, adapting folk art, myth, and visual humor.
(Queen Anne, free)
- Pets on Parade
Seattleites love their pets, and local artists are no exception. See paintings, sculptures, drawings, and more of pooches, kitters, and more exotic beasts. Bring donations for N.O.A.H and the Everett Animal Shelter.
- Bidi Bidi Bom Bash
This inaugural four-day bash is dedicated to Selena, the late Mexican American entertainer often called "the Queen of Tejano music." Free events include a screening of a documentary about the artist's life (Fri) and a pop-up market (Sat).
(Various locations, free) VISUAL ART
- Sydney Pertl
Local artist Sydney M. Pertl will show work in oil paints, charcoal, and pen and ink.
- Dear Olive Garden & Text-astrophe
Text-astrophe will take a volunteer audience member's text messages as inspiration for improv. Dear Olive Garden will read an online review of a chain restaurant and therefrom derive characters and scenarios.
(Fremont, $10) FILM
- We Are Still Here: An Evening of Indigenous Filmmaking
The Duwamish Longhouse will celebrate turning 10 years old with a screening of Princess Angeline—a documentary about the daughter of Chief Seattle—followed by two short films. Stay on for a discussion with the organizers.
(West Seattle, $10 suggested donation) FOOD & DRINK
- The Great Seattle Vegan Chocolate Meltdown
Taste a smorgasbord of chocolates from Food Empowerment Project-approved companies, customize your cup of cocoa with toppings at an all-you-can-drink hot chocolate bar, and sample chocolate ice cream at a tasting station. The event will also have raffle prizes and activities for kids.
(Mount Baker, $10) GEEK
- SoundBio Open Day
Families with kids ages 12 and up can try hands-on science activities and tour the lab, which offers projects, workshops, and science events meant to make biotechnology education more accessible to the public—especially to young science enthusiasts.
(University District, free) MUSIC
- Chris LeVaughn
Join singer-songwriter Chris LeVaughn and his sultry voice in Beacon Hill.
(Beacon Hill, free)
Brazilian accordion duo Creosote will play worldly covers and originals.
An Evening with David Francis with Les Jeunes Artistes
Swing on over to a swanky night of music with David Francis and Les Jeunes Artistes, who will play songs you can sing along to from the Great American Songbook.
(First Hill, free)
- Festival of Friends Bandmixers
At this cover band extravaganza, rock out to bangers written by classic bands and performed by special guests, including Audioslave covered by Damon Curtis, Rick Boe, Heather Reynosa, Tom Larsen, and Patrick O'Connor and classic British metal covered by Alec Carnovale, Dave Giamalis, Bruce Harden, Bruce Hogarth, and Chris Cullen. The Retromancers will take things home with an "eclectic" set of classic rock.
(West Seattle, $8/$10)
- Harry Partch Ensemble
The opportunity to hear the wholly idiosyncratic music of Harry Partch performed live rarely occurs, so prioritize this event. Blessed with an outsized sonic imagination, Partch also built his own assemblage of bizarre, gargantuan instruments (Chromelodeon, Cloud-Chamber Bowls, Zymo-Xyl, and Spoils of War, etc.) tuned to a microtonal scale (43 unequal tones per octave, bro), which allowed the itinerant American composer to create disorientingly beautiful works that sound as if they're beamed in from another universe. DAVE SEGAL
(University District, $10)
- Kenisha Brown
Hear gospel music performed by Kenisha Brown.
(Central District, free)
- Laser Opera
A handful of Italian arias will get the laser-art treatment with narration from Seattle Opera's General Director, Aidan Lang.
(Queen Anne, $10)
- M. Lockwood Porter, Katie Kuffel, Lo Liner
M. Lockwood Porter describe their songs as "melodic calls-to-action." They'll be joined by Katie Kuffel and Lo Liner.
- Mr. and Mrs. Something with Marjorie Nelch
Mr. and Mrs. Something "weave the soulful passion of blues with the honesty of folk." They'll be joined onstage by singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Marjorie Nelch.
- Octave 9: Family Open House
The new Octave 9 venue at Benaroya is being opened up for two days worth of open houses, so grab your kids and come learn about the newest downtown music space.
- Other Truckers, Maywood Mailmen, Fentons
Strap on your steel-toe boots for a night of country with Drive-By Truckers tribute band the Other Truckers, John Prine tribute band Maywood Mailmen, and all-original twangers the Fentons.
(West Seattle, $7)
- Record Store Day 2019
Excellently divisive music-nerd holiday Record Store Day acts as an annual reminder of how Seattle is still very much a music-obsessed town. For those of you who aren’t saving your pennies for Spectrum’s Highs, Lows, & Heavenly Blows, Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 as a day of celebration and discounts for vinyl enthusiasts. Depending on whom you ask, it’s either a booster shot to music retailers or a headache for smaller labels that have to compete with major labels to get their releases pressed on time. Many Seattle shops participate by offering special releases and sales, and some even have in-store performances. DAVE SEGAL
- Saturday Family Concert: Eli Rosenblatt
Get in on some "contagiously fun world music" ranging from reggae to salsa to hiphop with Eli Rosenblatt at this free family concert.
- Savage Republic, Rending Sinew, Aeleotrope
Formed in LA in the 1980s, Savage Republic play a rowdy melange of post-punk and surf-rock that sometimes involves chanting. They'll stir things up in Tukwila with opening support from experimental rockers Rending Sinew and Aeleotrope.
- Seattle Classic Guitar Society: Irina Kulikova
A gifted classical guitarist, noted Russian musician Irina Kulikova will play a program of her favorites.
(First Hill, free)
- Supermissive, Armature, Flesh Produce, Beige Radio
Supermissive fuse psychedelic rock with heavy metal to make songs about subjects like death and outer space. They'll headline with heavy metal support from Armature, Flesh Produce, and Beige Radio.
(University District, $7)
- Tetrachromat, In Rapture, Impurities, Rookie Warhead, Thread the Sky
Bellingham prog-metal outfit Tetrachromat will rock out in Seattle with support from locals In Rapture, Impurities, Rookie Warhead, and Thread the Sky.
- Third Annual BeatMatch
Multitalented musician Chong the Nomad participated in last year’s BeatMatch, and now look at her—she’s played the Capitol Hill Block Party and Upstream festivals, graced the cover of The Stranger, and been featured in an ad for Universal Audio. This bracketed tournament pits 16 local electronic-music producers flaunting their most exceptional rhythms and melodies before judges and a live audience. They’ll be competing for a cash prize and a slot at the 2019 Block Party. Witness up-and-coming beatmakers hungrily bust out their finest joints before they blow up. DAVE SEGAL
- Todd and the Toots, The Midnight Empties, Daniel Pellegrini
Reggae/soul group Todd and the Toots will play an acoustic set that they ardently promise will not resemble anything close to bluegrass. Get there early for opening sets from local jam band the Midnight Empties and Issaquah's Daniel Pellegrini.
- W DJ: Mike Illvester, Chocolate Chuck
Mike Illvester (aka Action Jackson) will continue his local legacy of laying out the dancefloor with a night of hiphop and R&B with support from fellow beat-maker Chocolate Chuck.
- The Well Said Play Their Best
Singer-songwriter duo the Well Said will bring their most prized material to this coffee shop set.
(West Seattle, free)
- YAR, Patrimony, Tiger Blonde
Originally formed as a tribute to the '90s alt-rock band Morphine, YAR play original psychedelic jams inspired by their favorite artists. Catch them with Portland groove rockers Patrimony and Seattle's Tiger Blonde.
(University District, $8) PERFORMANCE
- Christopher Petersen: Beasts (The Last Dream of the Beast)
In this electronic music-filled drama, a half-man-half-beast believes that dying in the middle of a dream makes that dream eternal. When he finds himself on the verge of death, he fantasizes about a blind and armless "beast woman" who falls in love with him.
- Informal Performance: Exploring the Creative Legacy of Merce Cunningham
UW and Cornish student dancers from across disciplines will collaborate using the late dancer/choreographer/Cornish alum Merce Cunningham's "formulation of chance operations" as a tool for creating art grounded in their own experiences.
(University District, free) READINGS & TALKS
- From Zine to Lit Scene: A Reading and Conversation with Steve Hughes and Jekeva Phillips
Hear an interesting new voice from Detroit, zinester and fiction writer Steve Hughes, alongside local literary and theatrical celebrity Jekeva Phillips (creator of Word Lit Zine and the Bibliophilia festival). Hughes, the longtime publisher of Stupor: A Treasury of True Stories, will read from his new collection, STIFF, an ode to the economically devastated city. After Phillips has read as well, the two will "discuss the ways in which their alt-lit zine backgrounds have influenced their writing."
(Capitol Hill, free)
- Give Up the Ghost
There comes a time of night when the mind turns to ghosts. It’s approximately 10 p.m., the hour when you let in the unknown, and shades reveal themselves, and possibilities open. Give Up the Ghost is a new late-night storytelling event at Queen City (every second Saturday of the month) where a nonfiction writer, fiction writer, poet, journalist, or artist—in this case, Stranger staff writer Nathalie Graham—tells a ghost story. CHRISTOPHER FRIZZELLE
- Jenny Odell: How To Do Nothing
What does it mean to do absolutely nothing in the digital age, and how has our definition of productivity been changed by Facebook, Twitter, and other data-gathering social media platforms? Jenny Odell addresses all this and more in her book How To Do Nothing.
(University District, free)
- Kathleen Glasgow: How to Make Friends with the Dark
The author of Girl in Pieces will read from her new novel about persevering in times of struggle.
(Lake Forest Park, free)
- Rick Barot and David Biespiel
Tacoma-based, Philippines-born poet Rick Barot is the author of the collections The Darker Fall, Lambda Literary finalist and Grub Street Prize winner Want, and Chord, with a fourth, The Galleons, due out in 2020. He's won all the fellowships, or at least NEA, Guggenheim Foundation, Artist Trust, Civitella Ranieri, and Stanford University grants. He'll read with David Biespiel, an award-winner for A Long High Whistle and Poetry Foundation's Best Book of the Year and a shortlister for The Book of Men and Women.
- The Source Spring Speaker Series
The Friends of Waterfront will host a series of community events, like today's performance and interactive art show with the creative Native American art movement yəhaw̓.
- Susan Holmes McKagan: Velvet Rose
A painter/model falls in love with a rock star in this novel by, probably not coincidentally, a former model and current spouse of Duff McKagan of Guns N' Roses (who'll accompany her at this event).
(Capitol Hill, free) RESISTANCE & SOLIDARITY
- Right to Serve Rally
Stand up for human rights with Minority Veterans of America and OutServe by protesting the Department of Defense's inhumane Directive-Type Memorandum 19-004, which bans transgender citizens from serving openly in the U.S. military.
(Downtown, free) SHOPPING
- 2019 Spring Plant Sale
Find both Northwest native plants and rare blooms from around the world at this spring sale.
- Hatstravaganza Spring 2019
Freshen your collection of chapeaus at the Millinery Artisan Guild Pacific NW's spring and summer show, featuring hats by Izzie Lewis, Daria Wheatley, Belle McClusky, Carol Campbell, and other designers.
- Mum Plant Sale
Did you know that chrysanthemums are the official flower of the city of Chicago and the centerpiece of Japan's Festival of Happiness? Our region has its own special selection of these bright pompoms, which you can scoop up this annual sale.
(Capitol Hill, free)
- Polish Spring Bazaar
Discover Polish traditions at the Polish Women’s Club's annual Spring Bazaar, where you can fill up on pierogi (dumplings) and barszcz (Polish beet soup), see folk-dance performances by Polish Home Association's youth dance group, hear music from a choir, make crafts, and more.
(Capitol Hill, free) VISUAL ART
- Family Saturday: Origami in the Garden
The Puget Area Paperfolding Enthusiasts Roundtable will teach adults and kids how to fold paper into birds and bugs.
(Capitol Hill, $6/$8 admission)
- Georgetown Art Attack
Once a month, the art scene of the tiny airport hamlet of Georgetown ATTACKS all passersby. In more literal terms, it's the day of art openings and street wonderment. If the westerly locations are too far, there's a free Art Ride! Check out this month's offerings—including a chance to see original artwork from Charles Glaubitz's mystical graphic novel Starseeds—here.
- Northwest Bubble Gathering
Put your idle bubble soaps and wands to good use at this inaugural gathering for enthusiasts of shiny rainbow globules.
(Wallingford, free) READINGS & TALKS
- Seattle Reads Centerpiece Evening: Thi Bui's 'The Best We Can Do'
For the 21st time, the Seattle Public Library Foundation and the Wallace Foundation will invite the public to discuss a single book, Thi Bui's The Best We Could Do, a graphic novel memoir of growing up in America as a Vietnamese refugee. For this special evening, Bui herself will be there to give special insights, and Book-It Repertory Theater will present a staged reading adapted by Susan Lieu and directed by Kathy Hsieh.
(Downtown, free) SHOPPING
- Best of the Northwest
See and shop work by more than 100 local artists and artisans at this annual market, which will also have food trucks.
(Sand Point, $10) VISUAL ART
- The Ducks Have Landed!
See original and editioned art by Carl Barks, Don Rosa, and Wm VanHook. Plus, check out classic comics portfolios and art by Alan LaMont and Kristol Jones.
- Henry: Be Like Water
See new work by Ryan Henry Ward—you know him as Henry, and he's the muralist who has covered the walls of our city in goofy walruses and ostriches and fish and wizards.
- BHNW at The Atlantic Crossing Pub
Drink bulldog-themed cocktails (tough-but-cute-squishy-face gin fizz?) to raise money for the rescue pups of Bulldog Haven Northwest. Bring your own bulldog family member.
(Roosevelt, free) FILM
- Speciesism: The Movie
This documentary explores speciesism—the assumption that humans are superior to other animals—and how it influences humans' interactions with non-human creatures.
(Downtown, free) FOOD & DRINK
- National Grilled Cheese Day Pop-Up
Celebrate the national holiday by partaking in cheesy, melty toasted sandwiches from various food trucks.
(Fremont, free) GAME OF THRONES
- Game of Thrones Viewing Party at Backyard
Come back every Sunday to see the final six episodes of Game of Thrones. Drink specials and free popcorn will abound.
(Columbia City, free)
- Game of Thrones Viewing Party at Nectar
Track down your dragons and fly to this viewing party to see the premiere of the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones. If you need a refresher, get there early for a screening of the previous season's finale.
- Game of Thrones Viewing Party at the Runaway
Sip drink specials while you watch the final season of Game of Thrones unfold.
(Capitol Hill, free) GEEK
- Art of Aviation
Curious about STEM opportunities within the U.S. Air Force? This celebration of the science of flight will feature over 175 aircraft and spacecraft, simulation exhibits, and chances to chat with professionals about a future career in STEM. There will also be plenty of refreshments.
(Tukwila, free) MUSIC
- The Chaplin Variety Show
You can have it all at this variety night—if by "all" you mean punk rock, stand-up, and "Dark Ambient Avant Garde Disco Comedy." Laugh at Erin Ingle and Floyd Bishop, rock out to Mangy, and do whatever you do to Jabon.
- Clinton Fearon and Kevin Kinsella
Jamaican reggae master Clinton Fearon—deemed "the only real roots rocker in the Pacific Northwest" by Charles Mudede—will be joined by Ithaca roots artist Kevin Kinsella.
- Cooper Valentine, These Guitars Say Sorry, Aaron Jones
Cooper Valentine are "just a couple of kitties making bedroom pop." Groove to their cute tunes after sets from Yakima folk punks These Guitars Say Sorry and Aaron Jones.
- Dubbest, Perfect By Tomorrow, Ian Ayers
Reggae jam bros Dubbest will headline at the Hard Rock with support from Perfect By Tomorrow and Ian Ayers.
- Fraktured - DNB Edition: Gerra & Stone UK
UK producer duo Gerra & Stone will be the special guests at this night of broken beats. They'll be supported by local electronic artists Quadrant, Iris, and Yosutebito.
- Kate Dinsmore and Owen Thayer
Head over to Ballard to drink beer and dance to "silly country songs" with Kate Dinsmore and Owen Thayer.
- Mythological Horses, Howardian, Ryan Henry Ward
Olympia alt-rock band Mythological Horses will be joined by NYC art rock group Howardian for a live set, supported by a talk and Q&A with visual artist Ryan Henry Ward, known for his large, cartoonish animal murals placed throughout Seattle.
- Richie Dagger's Crime, Select Level, Screens, DJ Champion Sounds
Chicago transplant Richie Nelson's solo project Richie Dagger's Crime runs the gamut of pop stylings, from acoustic to psychedelic to ambient electronic. He'll headline in Ballard with support from Select Level, Screens, and DJ Champion Sounds.
(Ballard, $10) PERFORMANCE
- Greenstage: The Tempest
Watch (or participate in!) an informal staged reading of Shakespeare's magical final masterpiece, The Tempest, as you drink.
(Ballard, free) READINGS & TALKS
- Anne Phyfe Palmer: This Life of Mine
Local author and 8 Limbs Yoga Studio founder Anne Phyfe Palmer has made a "guided journal" for those who want to record their personal stories "for themselves and for those they will one day leave behind." Join her for a conversation on legacy.
(Rainier Valley, free)
- The Baseball Prospectus 2019
Professional baseball is coming up on its 150th season. Satisfy your nerdy obsession with America's pastime by hearing some facts and stats about the 2019 season.
(Lake Forest Park, free)
- Damon Krukowski: Ways of Hearing
Probably best known for generating the gentle pulses and ambling beats for contemplative indie-rock greats Galaxie 500 and Damon & Naomi, Damon Krukowski has gained notoriety this decade as an incisive essayist who’s scrutinized how streaming services shaft musicians with pitiful royalty rates. Beyond that important topic, he’s written the books The New Analog: Listening and Reconnecting in a Digital World (2017) and this year’s Ways of Hearing, the latter of which is a deep dive into how transitioning from analog to digital audio has transformed people’s “perceptions of time, space, love, money, and power.” Spoiler alert: Krukowski favors human rhythms over algorithms. DAVE SEGAL
(Capitol Hill, free) SHOPPING
- Papeachu Makers-Market
Papeachu Press, which publishes work by women and non-binary creators, will celebrate its first birthday with a mini-market of handmade goods by local makers.
(Capitol Hill, free)
- We Are Witchy: Basement Bazaar
Shop local handmade goods while you snack on slices, drink beer, and boogie to live music in the basement of the beloved pizza joint Dino's.
(Capitol Hill, free) VISUAL ART
- Bruce Fleming: One Day All Roads Will Merge
Bruce Fleming explores Seattle's most numinous corners through photographs.
- Make Your Own Font Party
Create an original font based on your own lettering/handwriting. Instructors will walk you through the process and send you home with a Truetype file so you can start using your new font right away. They'll provide art supplies, font grids, and calligraphy and typography books. Bring your favorite pen.