Our music critics have already chosen the 29 best music shows this week, but now it's our arts critics' turn to recommend the best events in their areas of expertise. Here are their picks in every genre—from Hawaiian Nights in the Canlis parking lot to the Seattle Outdoor Theater Festival, and from Queer Press Fest to Ballard SeafoodFest. See them all below, and find even more events on our complete Things To Do calendar.
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MONDAYFOOD & DRINK
Honey and Co: Authors Luncheon
Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich, the pair behind London's acclaimed Middle Eastern restaurant Honey and Co., will present and sign copies of their new co-authored cookbook Honey & Co. at Home. Chefs Bobby Palmquist and Marcus McHenry will prepare a three-course meal inspired by recipes from the book.
Bon Appétit! The Julia Child Operetta
Strolling through the Smithsonian Museum one afternoon, I stumbled upon a full replica of Julia Child's kitchen. I walked in because I had recently finished watching a "Best of" DVD featuring classic episodes of The French Chef, including her infamous lobster show. "You have to cut him right here," Childs says as she sticks her knife into the lobster's neck, "where all of his brains and hearts and feelings are." Genius. Anyway, in the Smithsonian exhibit, I saw a little picture of Child bent over a counter in a small, French kitchen. The writing on the placard next to the photo was a quote from the famously tall chef: "When I get my own kitchen, I'm going to build the counters up to my waist. I'm through with this French pygmy bullshit!" If you haven't figured it out yet, Child is one of the greatest and funniest people ever to wield an 8-inch knife. In this light opera, a shade of the chef will crack you up while also making you a giant chocolate cake, which I am told will be made with Theo Chocolate. The slice of cake is included in the ticket price. RICH SMITH
Brad Holden: Seattle Prohibition
Brad Holden's book chronicles the early wars between the city's vice lords and buzzkills, shedding light on the under-sung adventures of people such as Johnny Schnarr (a badass rumrunner), Frank Gatt (a bootlegger who stored his massive copper stills in dairy barns to hide the smell), and William Whitney (of the Seattle Prohibition Bureau, who was tasked with shutting all this down). Seattle Prohibition is full of great stories you'll tell at bars for the rest of your life. Here's my favorite one: Back in the day, a brothel on Elliott Bay was outfitted with trap doors in the floor. So if a man tried something a sex worker didn't like, she could pull a lever and watch him drop into the drink. Let's bring those back! RICH SMITH
Karl Marlantes: Deep River
The author of the fantastically successful novel Matterhorn and the nonfiction What It Is Like to Go to War will launch Deep River, a PNW-set epic about Finnish immigrants who settle in the US in early 20th-century America. If early reviews are anything to go by, this long novel is richly detailed and fascinating, full of Finnish culture tidbits and Northwest history.
'Book of Weirdo' Exhibition Featuring Peter Bagge
This exhibit at alternative comics bookstore and gallery Fantagraphics is held in honor of the release of The Book of Weirdo: A Retrospective of R. Crumb's Legendary Humor Comics Anthology. The book’s focus is Weirdo, the Robert Crumb-helmed comics anthology series that was published from the early ’80s to 1993, acted as a “low art” counterpoint to the modern higher-brow Raw, and tapped the talents of a wide swath of untraditional cartoonists. Among those was Peter Bagge, who was featured in Weirdo, then served as its editor for three years. (You know Bagge from memorable satires in exaggerated cartoon form, like his Pacific Northwestern-set Apocalypse Nerd, about two average dudes trying to survive in a world destroyed by nuclear fallout, or maybe Hate, one of the best-selling alternative comics of the 1990s, which featured antihero Buddy Bradley as the slacker hipster mouthpiece of Generation X.) Bagge is also among Book of Weirdo’s three editors, and works related to the anthology and book will presumably be on display alongside other Weirdo artists. LEILANI POLK
Germany Street Fronts
This exhibition examines the architectural heritage of over 40 German cities. Confuse your friends and family by taking a photo in front of the panoramic façades.
Comix for All
Some of the area's best independent comics artists—Mita Mahato, Eroyn Franklin, Simon Hanselmann, Kelly Froh, and 10 others—show varied work in this Short Run show.
MONDAY-SATURDAYFOOD & DRINK
The Stranger's Burger Week 2019
Since 2013, The Stranger’s sister publication, the Portland Mercury, has hosted Burger Week, among the most popular seven days of the year for culinary-minded denizens of the City of Roses. Gourmands line up at beloved local establishments to try one-of-a-kind burgers created exclusively for the week—and better yet, they’re only $5 a pop. Now, for the first time ever, Seattle is getting in on the fun with The Stranger’s inaugural edition of Burger Week, featuring restaurants in neighborhoods all over the city: Ballard Brothers Seafood & Burgers/Taco Mama’s, Ben Paris, Broadfork Cafe, Coastline Burgers, Duke’s Seafood & Chowder, FareStart Restaurant and Maslow’s, JaK’s Alehouse, Loretta’s Northwesterner, Lunchbox Lab, Maritime Pacific Brewing Co. & Jolly Roger Taproom, Next Level Burger, Orfeo, Ozzie’s, the Park Pub, Star Brass Works Lounge, Teddy’s Bigger Burgers, Two Doors Down, and Zippy’s Giant Burgers. Gluten-free and vegan eaters will not be left out of the (delicious) festivities—there will be burger options for both. So go forth and chow down (and don’t forget to tip)! JULIANNE BELL
As part of the Goethe Institut's celebration Wunderbar Together—The Year of German-American Friendship, Peter Miller Books hangs 100 selections from the Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin, which houses about 70,000 photos from the famed interwar German architecture and design school. This looks to be a fascinating glimpse into a turbulent yet artistically dazzling era in the past, with work by the well-known Lucia Moholy, László Moholy-Nagy, and T. Lux Feininger, plus less famous artists like Kattina Both, Irene Bayer, and Max Peiffer Watenphul.
TUESDAYREADINGS & TALKS
Salon of Shame
Writing that makes you cringe ("middle school diaries, high school poetry, unsent letters") is read aloud with unapologetic hilarity at the Salon of Shame.
Beili Liu: Each and Every
Each and Every is Austin-based Beili Liu’s first solo exhibition in Seattle. Liu creates immersive “site-responsive” and site-specific installations that create and explore various dichotomies. She often works with quotidian materials (thread, scissors, paper, water) to create her works, which both familiarizes and disorients viewers. For her show at MadArt, Liu will be suspending thousands of pieces of concrete-coated children’s clothing inches above the gallery floor. JASMYNE KEIMIG
Opening reception Thursday
Ed Wicklander: Mostly Cats
Wicklander is a master of his materials. But he has left his mark most indelibly on his students, artists like Dan Webb. For me, his works are uneven in their interestingness. When I look at his balloons made of steel, I feel like I've seen them before. I glaze over. His kittens? There's nothing else like them. They're hilarious and heartwarming, an almost impossible combination in contemporary art. They know about kitsch and they zoom happily by it traveling on the same road, another near-impossibility. So smart and so dumb at the very same time. JEN GRAVES
John Buck: Woodcut Prints and Kinetic Sculpture
John Buck’s sculptures move. Composed of wood, they spin, rock, twirl, paddle, and come to life. Buck draws on current events, popular culture, humor, and classical iconography to create his sculptures—headless svelte bodies juxtaposed on elaborate moving wheels. They are marvelous not only because of their movement but also due to their intricacy, complexity, and attention to detail. In his show at Greg Kucera, Buck will not only be showing these kinetic sculptures but also his large, colorful, and slightly surreal woodblock prints. JASMYNE KEIMIG
WEDNESDAYFOOD & DRINK
Dive into a bountiful four-course family-style seafood supper with dishes like tuna crudo, clam linguine, mussel fritters, salmon with grilled mizuna, and more.
Legend of El Dorado
Three women on a summer trip turn into sexy, fishnetted robbers on motorcycles in the cozy cabaret's latest production, featuring all-new choreography and a soundtrack with singing by Brent Amaker.
Vicinity/Memoryall: A Play
Christine Deavel and J.W. Marshall used to own Open Books, one of the few poetry-only bookstores in the nation. They are the smartest, kindest, funniest people in any room, and they're also incredible poets. This year, they're branching out with a new play that should resonate with Seattleites who walk around town slightly aghast at all the new glassy scenery. Vicinity/Memoryall follows two characters as they struggle to find the memorial that marks the site of a violent act that had a traumatic effect on their city, according to press materials. "Lost in their rapidly changing and now unfamiliar downtown, they are led to unexpected places and responses." Deavel and Marshall are linguistic wizards, and I have no doubt their poetic talents will translate to the stage. RICH SMITH
The Gateway Show
It’s an experiment in stand-up: Four comics do their sets. Then these four comics get super, duper stoned. Then they perform again while occupying this much hazier headspace. Or attempt to perform again. Will the bake bring out another dimension of their comedy, or will they bomb, one by one, in forgetful spells of heaping laughter (or awkward pauses)? This sounds like an entertaining experiment, and they do it once a month. LEILANI POLK
Summer Picnic in Volunteer Park
Bring your picnic trappings to Volunteer Park for a day of live entertainment with singer-songwriter LeRoy Bell (who composed "Mama Can't Buy You Love" and "Are You Ready for Love" for Elton John) and family activities like face-painting and lawn games, and food and drinks. If you don't feel like bringing your own food, food trucks like Cheese Wizards, Stacks Burger, and Where Ya At Matt will be onsite, along with free ice cream from Full Tilt.
Comedy Gold from the American Cinema
This summer, let the silver screen wash over you and enjoy old-school cool with comedic classics like tonight's The Thin Man.
Baby Goats & Brews
In its inaugural year, this fundraiser proved to be an instant sleeper hit, with thousands of people interested on Facebook. Can you blame them? It’s not every day you get a chance to down brews from Reuben’s while consorting with small ruminant critters. At the fourth annual event, guests will get to cuddle baby goats for five minutes—and $1 from every beer, growler, and flight sold that day will go to the volunteer-run charity Puget Sound Goat Rescue, which saves the lives of more than 100 goats every year with its work rescuing, caring for, and finding new homes for goats in need. JULIANNE BELL
Free Slurpee Day
Every year on July 11, 7-Eleven gives away a free small Slurpee. Go to the nearest location and claim what is yours.
After meeting at a dinner party in New York City thrown by Randall Jarrell, poets Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell struck up a friendship that they sustained for years to come with long, hilarious, heartbreaking letters. This play portrays the lives of the two poets through those letters, showing how "they seem destined to never be in the same place at the same time, emotionally or physically."
Anthony McCann: Shadowlands
If you listened to the critically acclaimed Bundyville podcast, then you know the standoff between vanilla ISIS and the FBI was way more than just a strange blip in the news. It was a standoff with roots in disastrous nuclear bomb testing and Mormonism and all kinds of weird-ass western American history. Anthony McCann, a guy I mostly know through the funny and kind of abstract poetry he publishes with Seattle's Wave Books, lends his keen poet's eye to occupation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in this new book, Shadowlands: Fear and Freedom at the Oregon Standoff. "McCann expands the scope of our understanding of this fraught time in Oregon’s history, and offers a high-stakes analysis of how it has affected our current cultural and political moment," says the press materials. Sign me up! RICH SMITH
Bawdy Storytelling's 'Bottoms Up'
Storytellers, porn stars, sex educators, and others gush over their sexual escapades live at this raunchy monthly event hosted by Dixie De La Tour. Think The Moth but dirtier.
Dana Levin and Natalie Scenters-Zapico
Hear poetry by two renowned writers, Dana Levin (an NEA, PEN, Library of Congress, and Guggenheim grantee) and Natalie Scenters-Zapico (winner of the PENAmerican/Joyce Osterweil Award, GLCA’s New Writers Award, NACCS Foco Book Prize, and Utah Book Award).
Capitol Hill Art Walk
Every second Thursday, rain or shine, the streets of Capitol Hill are filled with tipsy art lovers checking out galleries and special events. Check out our critics' picks for this month here.
Crab Creek Review Summer Release Party
Hear from a few writers whose work was published in longstanding Seattle literary journal Crab Creek this year—Lena Khalaf Tuffaha, Sarah Cannon, Erika Brummet, and Arlene Naganawa—and pick up a copy of the latest issue.
Pioneer Square Art Walk
Once a month, Seattleites flock to the streets in Pioneer Square for a chance to stroll, sip on booze, and attend as many art openings as possible at First Thursday (or, in this special post-Fourth of July case, second Thursday). It's the city's central and oldest art walk, and takes place in a historic neighborhood known for its abundance of galleries. Wine and hobnobbing steal the scene for some, but at its core, it's an impressive communal unveiling of new artwork. Check out our list of suggested art openings here.
Camptacular!, Kitten 'n' Lou's kitschy and super-queer tribute to summer camp, will be back for another year, with illustrious local guests like Stranger Genius Award Winner Cherdonna, burlesque dynamo Waxie Moon, dancers Randy Ford and Markeith Wiley, Minneapolis drag queen Victoria DeVille, and Chicago's JeezLoueez, "The Honey Badger of Burlesque."
Citizen: An American Lyric
In Citizen: An American Lyric, Claudia Rankine pushed the collage essay farther than it had gone before in order to tell a story about the way racism shows up in our daily and sometimes hourly lives. The book became one of the many literary bibles people turned to in their effort to figure out why police were still executing so many unarmed black men in the streets, and also introduced many to the concept of microaggressions. I don't know how director Jay O'Leary is going to bring Rankine's multimedia poem-essay to life, but she did a great job steering WET's production of B, so I have high hopes. RICH SMITH
Enjoy Teatro ZinZanni's winning combination of tasty dinner and circus antics—this time combined quite literally! A Maestro chef struggles to create the perfect meal with the aid of Madame ZinZanni, despite the shenanigans of a host of acrobats. Co-starring comedian Kevin Kent and singer Maiya Sykes (Postmodern Jukebox, The Voice), along with "comedian and yodeling dominatrix" Manuela Horn, illusionist Voronin, "contortionist-puppet Svetlana," aerial acrobat Ling Rui, performing artist Maxim Voronin, and the two trapeze artists of Die Maiers.
Wooden O Productions
Seattle Shakespeare Company will present two free, outdoor plays: an all-male Twelfth Night for the comedic half (directed by Mary Machala) and a no-male Romeo and Juliet (directed by Leah Adcock-Starr) for the tragic counterpart. Catch them in Seattle and all around the Sound.
DANCE This 2019
After an intense collaboration with community and international artists, teens and adults will perform three new dance works for the 21st iteration of this annual series.
Lisa Taddeo: Three Women
Journalist Taddeo's detailed portraits of the sexual lives of three American women—a frustrated Indiana homemaker, a North Dakotan teen betrayed by her married English teacher, and an East Coast hotwife—are based on eight years of research across the country. O, The Oprah Magazine and Dave Eggers are impressed by its depth and range, so maybe you will be, too.
Amber Flame: ::intrigue:: 8
Hugo House poet-in-residence Amber Flame explores the relationship between music and poetry using "choral-heavy melodies set against loop-based harmonies" based on writings by Danez Smith, Natalie Diaz, and others; looped video shorts; and fabric window dressings.
Matt Donaher, Claire Webber
Your first thought upon hearing Matt Donaher’s stand-up routine is: Why did he huff helium before going onstage? But apparently that pinched, archetypal nerd voice is real, and it enhances his hilarious, absurdist quips, which are like Bruce Lee’s famous one-inch punch, only with words. If there were Nobel Prizes awarded for self-deprecation, Donaher would be an annual contender. A regular on Conan, he comes across like an adenoidal Steven Wright, but with a quicker delivery and just as high of a guffaw-to-groan ratio. Here’s a greatest hit: “I grew up Catholic. We’re still to this day eating the body of Christ. How big was this guy?” DAVE SEGAL
44th Annual Pig Roast at Danny Woo Community Gardens
Staring with a community potluck on Friday (which will have some food donated by Chinatown-International District restaurants, but you're invited to bring your own dishes to share) and ending with a pig roast on Saturday, this weekend of family-style feasting is sure to keep you sated.
The illustrious Seattle fine-dining institution, known for its extravagant New Year's Eve blowouts and other hot-ticket events (like pop-up collabs with Shake Shack and Milk Bar), has launched its newest event series: a poolside pop-up in their parking lot (!). They're tight-lipped as always about details, promising "fire, booze, and un-fancy, laidback, lowbrow vibes," but the following may make an appearance: thatched tiki huts, a pig roast, a bar, pizza, kalbi ribs, shishito peppers, and mac salad. Their event page also helpfully suggests, "You may want to bring a bathing suit."
Eddie Izzard: Wunderbar
Jesus and the dinosaurs. Darth Vader in the Death Star cafeteria. Eddie Izzard has so many brilliant classic bits, but the comedian/film actor/linguaphile/EU activist has never stopped loading new tricks up his sleeve. This latest tour, his first since 2015's multilingual, 45-country Force Majeure, is apparently about "everything from humans over the last 100,000 years to talking dogs and animal superheroes."
Originally started as a celebration of the neighborhood’s fishing industry in 1974, this festival has expanded over the years to include a salmon dinner, a crab shack, a beer garden replete with local craft brews like Stoup Brewing and Reuben's Brews, food and artisan craft vendors, and music. This year's music lineup includes Welsh alternative rock band the Joy Formidable, Portland-based singer/songwriter Kyle Craft, and Everett folk rockers the Moondoggies, among many others. Gluttons for punishment can enroll in the lutefisk eating contest, an annual competition to see who can scarf the most of the salty, gelatinous fish.
West Seattle Summer Fest
For the 37th year, spend some time shopping, dancing to live music from great local bands, doing yoga in the park, dining, drinking in beer gardens, and enjoying other summery activities at this annual family-friendly festival. This year's headliners include Jenn Champion, Polyrhythmics, Blackie, Common Market, Night Beats, Jeremy Enigk, Spirit Award, and Stas THEE Boss. The newest addition this year is a whole block of giant games like Connect Four, Jenga, Ker Plunk, Dominoes, and more.
This summer wine festival, which benefits no-kill shelter Homeward Bound Pet Adoption Center, encompasses a 21+ wine tasting garden, a "burger brawl," and music, as well as a street fair with a boat show, a food truck feast, and other activities.
Seattle International Beerfest
This three-day specialty beer fest boasts everything from classic beers like pilsners and pales to anything "delicious yet shunned by the masses," including double IPAs, barleywines, farmhouse ales, and sours, with breweries hailing from all over the world. There's also a lush grass area on which to unfurl picnic blankets, in addition to ample indoor and outdoor seating. Deal-seekers, take note: At the Grande Beer Garden, you can grab full pints, including Pilsner Urquell, Hop Valley Citrus Mistress, and Crispin Cider Company, for just three tickets ($3) and take your pint anywhere in the park.
Seattle Dance Collective: Program One
Pacific Northwest Ballet principal dancers Noelani Pantastico and James Yoichi Moore have launched a brand-new company called Seattle Dance Collective. PNB principals and soloists I've gushed over in these pages—including Angelica Generosa, Elizabeth Murphy, Dylan Wald, Miles Pertl, and others—join Whim W'Him's Liane Aung and Jim Kent to compose the first iteration of the group, which will likely morph over the years. At a recent rehearsal for their first show, Program One—a medley of six contemporary dance pieces—Pantastico told me the company allows her and Moore to do work they've always wanted to do but couldn't, work that allows them to express themselves as individual artists and directors. "I get to share a little bit of myself, and not just be this ballerina that everyone sees as some kind of creature onstage," Pantastico said, shuffling around the rehearsal studio in the giant poofy slippers she wears between practice runs. "We're all very human, and we have these stories." RICH SMITH
GreenStage: Backyard Bard and Shakespeare in the Park
For even more outdoor Shakespeare (in addition to Wooden O productions), check out plein-air performances by GreenStage: full-length stagings of the history play Henry IV: Part 2 (directed by Chris Shea with gender-flexible casting) and the comedy Taming of the Shrew (directed with a feminist twist by Jennifer Crooks)—plus "Backyard Bard"'s one-hour, four-player versions of Measure for Measure and The Merry Wives of Windsor.
SATURDAYFOOD & DRINK
14th Annual Summer Beer Taste: Beerstock
To mark a half-century since Woodstock, the Phinney Neighborhood Festival will throw a festival of their own with tastes from over 30 local microbreweries and cideries.
PROOF - Washington Distillers Festival
Washington has the third highest number of micro-distilleries in the nation. At this festival, you can sip small-batch craft spirits from more than 40 distilleries from our state, who will provide all the usual suspects, like gin, whiskey, vodka, and bourbon, as well as more obscure spirits, like aquavit, amari, grappa, absinthe, and others. Local food vendors, including restaurants like Adana, Agrodolce, and Le Coin, will provide sustenance as a ballast for all the booze.
'Lore' Podcast Live
Writer, host, and producer of the podcasts Lore and Cabinet of Curiosities Aaron Mahnke will share his spooky folkloric storytelling with a live audience.
Hot Off the Press Book Fair
Seattle's world-renowned Fantagraphics Books, known for their boundary-pushing cartoons and graphic novels, will host their annual Hot Off the Press book fair, featuring appearances by guest artists like Berlin-based Ulli Lust, Americans Zak Sally and Joshua Ray Stephens, Coin-op Books from Brooklyn, and many other small publishers and artists. The artwork will stay up during the Hot Off the Press Exhibition.
SATURDAY-SUNDAYFOOD & DRINK
Rooted: The Past and Future of the Black Farmer
For July's edition of his ever-popular Midnight Mecca dinner series, sought-after chef Tarik Abdullah will create a completely vegan six-course tasting menu with ingredients sourced from black farmers and local urban farms. Damon Bomar of Brown Liquor Cocktail Company will provide cocktails, wine, and shrubs for the pairings.
Seattle Outdoor Theater Festival 2019
Theater is alive in Seattle, but, as in most places, it generally isn't cheap. GreenStage, Theater Schmeater, and Wooden O Productions set out to change that in 2001 with the first Outdoor Theater Festival. Watch Shakespeare plays and more contemporary pieces from the festival's founders and other theater companies—a total of nine, also including Shakespeare Northwest, Last Leaf Productions, the 14/48 Projects, Dacha Theatre, Freehold Theater, and Young Shakespeare Workshop, plus aerial performances by Versatile Arts—over what will hopefully be a sunny weekend.
Vonnegut Unexpected: Kurt Vonnegut Improvised
Every Sunday starting this weekend, the improvisers of Unexpected Productions will take some instinctual liberties (paired with audience suggestions) with Slaughterhouse-Five, Breakfast of Champions, and other works by the late writer Kurt Vonnegut.
Bastille Day, or French National Day, recognizes both the 1789 Storming of the Bastille and the Fête de la Fédération, which celebrated the unity of the French people in 1790. Find all the ways to celebrate on our Bastille Day calendar, including with cocktails and sparkling wine at Maximilien and with live music, burlesque, and street performers at Cafe Campagne.
Burning Beast 2019
Spearheaded by James Beard Award–winning chef Tamara Murphy of Terra Plata, Burning Beast is something like the Pacific Northwest’s gastronomic answer to Burning Man: A sampling of Seattle’s best and brightest culinary luminaries gather off the grid at a retired dairy farm for a blazing bacchanalia, and a towering animal effigy is set alight in a ritual sacrifice of sorts. To really tap into their primal side, chefs use only fire to prepare a feast of sustainably raised meats, fish, and vegetables. This year’s festivities feature Melissa Miranda of Musang, Mutsuko Soma of Kamonegi and Hannyatou, Mike Easton of Il Corvo and Il Nido, Jack Timmons of Jack’s BBQ, John Sundstrom and Rosie Cisneros of Lark, and others. JULIANNE BELL
Italian Garden Party Extravaganza
Spend summer like the Italians by feasting on paella, freshly shucked oysters, and grilled and roasted meats on a patio, paired with rosé and other seasonal libations. There will be live music throughout the day.
Salt & Straw x Ciudad Summer Collaboration Dinner
Love eating ice cream for dinner? Ciudad chef Joe Bayley and Salt and Straw's head ice cream maker Tyler Malek will come together to create a five-course meal incorporating the Portland-based artisan creamery's distinctive scoops. Your ticket also includes a welcome cocktail, Julia's Dazzle Rosé from Long Shadows Winery, and a copy of the Salt & Straw Ice Cream Cookbook.
Sh*t Gold: The Deep End
It's time for another long-form performance marathon. Sh*t Gold invites you to show your five- to fifteen-minute work-in-progress, be it a dance or an interactive discussion. Of course, you can also just show up to watch.
Common, Nicole Bus
In the beginning, rap was not about keeping it real, but about escaping from what Marvin Gaye called the "inner city blues." Why would you want to hear about real life when a rapper could roll out a magic carpet of rhymes and transport you to regions of unimaginable wealth? Fast-forward to 2019, to a memoir by Chicago-born rapper/actor Common, Let Love Have the Last Word, and you'll find an MC with more money than a sucker could ever spend. He is very rich, among the 1 percent, and he has written a book that offers a very realistic image of this fantasy life. "It's human nature to feel the absence of things, the lack," he writes in that opening chapter, "more than the bounties, the presence of people and blessings, the very present itself." But Common was not born rich. He came from the streets, and he makes that clear: "The love of God, the Most High, adds depth to my very real and human life; regardless of being a celebrity, at heart I'm still that lanky Black dude from the South Side of Chicago." CHARLES MUDEDE
Queer Press Fest
Scrappy and individualistic, yet community-focused: It's no wonder that the zine format is beloved by queer artists. The underground gallery Push/Pull, in association this year with Emerald Comics Distro, will once again host LGBTQ+ zine and print creators at a daylong pop-up market and celebration. Special guests will include idiosyncratic local artists like Kassandra Davis (with the autobiographical Mockery and Vodka), Ignatz Award–nominated Craig Hurd-McKenney, trans artist Hayden Stern, and writer and comix maker Anne Bean, plus Indianan "queer and grief comics" artist Ileana Haberman-Ducey. Their zines will delight your queer eyes, and there will be free stickers, books, and other merch. Feel free to bring the kids—there will be plenty of clearly designated family-friendly zines and books. JOULE ZELMAN
Brooklyn Witteman and Colleen RJC Bratton: Creature Comforts
Check out drawings by Seattle-based artists Brooklyn Witteman and sculpture by Colleen RJC Bratton, who both draw inspiration from popular culture mythologies and pop art.