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Slow Elk plays Fred Wildlife, comic Dwayne Kennedy at the Rendezvous, two fantastic free plays, a scarily prescient film screening and more

Film still from 'They Live'

esday, Aug. 8

Reading with Melissa Dickey, Andy Stallings & Jay Aquinas Thompson

In-store readings at Open Books are consistently amazing, and gathering with other poetry-lovers in this intimate space is how I imagine the good parts of going to church. This reading will be no exception, featuring Andy Stallings and Melissa Dickey, who share a press (as well as four kids), and Poetry Northwest contributing editor Jay Aquinas Thompson, who teaches poetry to incarcerated women. — Sarah Galvin
Open Books


Tuesday, Aug. 8

Sarah Sentilles

Elliott Bay and Hedgebrook present Sarah Sentilles, debuting her book Draw Your Weapons, which explores the histories of art, violence, war and human survival through the narratives of a man who was a conscientious objector during WWII and another who was formerly a US military prison guard at Abu Ghraib. — Sarah Galvin
Elliott Bay Book Company


Thursday, August 10

They Live

It’s probably numbingly redundant to mention at this point, but every day this current administration grinds on, John Carpenter’s entertaining sci-fi action thriller looks more and more like a documentary. The Ark Lodge is giving away sunglasses at the screening: The theater refuses any liability should you wear them while watching the next presidential press conference. —Tony Kay
Ark Lodge Cinemas


Thursday, August 10

Slow Elk + Special Guests, Art By Ernie Fuglevand

Keep your eye on local polymath Ernie Fuglevand. Not only is he a bang-up visual artist (pieces are on display at tonight’s show) but his band Slow Elk revitalizes the garage/punk genre with a three-piece horn section, no guitar, wicked drumming, and Ernie’s driving fuzz-bass laying down a thorny bed for his shouty vocals. You will sweat. —Dan Paulus
Fred Wildlife Refuge


Thursday, Aug. 10

Don’t Call it a Riot!

I love staged readings because I love playwrights, and rarely do you get to hear their words animated by actors but as-yet-unencumbered by the broader directorial choices of a full production. Amontaine Aurore’s new play Don’t Call it a Riot! is set in 1968, as a member of Seattle’s Black Panther Party balances marriage and impending motherhood with her demands as an activist. Free! —Gemma Wilson
Neptune Theatre


Thursday, Aug. 10 – Friday, Aug. 11

Dwayne Kennedy

Chicago comic Dwayne Kennedy’s been on Conan, Letterman, Seinfeld and many other TV shows—remember 227? Or Martin?—in a career that spans a generation. Most recently, he was a correspondent for the criminally short-lived Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. He’s a veteran social observer whose act balances self-deprecation and righteous outrage. —Brett Hamil
Jewelbox Theatre at the Rendezvous


Thursday, Aug. 10 – Sunday, Aug. 13

We are Pussy Riot or Everything is P.R.

There’s nothing better than seeing a poster reading PUSSY RIOT next to a Coldwater Creek, but that delicious cognitive dissonance is just the beginning of Theatre Battery’s ambitious, visceral production of Barbara Hammond’s play-with-music We are Pussy Riot or Everything is P.R. The expansive docu-musical about Russian punk-performance art cohort Pussy Riot runs through Aug. 20. in TB’s storefront theatre in Kent Station. —Gemma Wilson
Kent Station


Friday, August 11

South Lake Union Block Party

Seattle busts out yet another great free-admission outdoor party, replete with community booths, food truck row, beer garden, and a terrific band lineup including Bread and Butter, Eldridge Gravy and his Court Supreme, and Hey Marseilles. Proceeds go to benefit Mary’s Place, a local non-profit dedicated to helping local homeless women and families. —Tony Kay
Denny Way and Westlake Ave N


Friday, August 11

Bryan Ferry

It’s a damn shame that Bryan Ferry’s become inexorably associated with well-heeled yuppiedom, because the man’s body of work—solo and with latter-day Roxy Music—represents popular music’s most perfect crystallization of romantic sumptuousness this side of Sinatra or Barry White. And if there’s one thing the world needs more of now, it’s love, sweet love.  —Tony Kay
Chateau Ste. Michelle