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See It This Week

Evening Bell at the Sunset, Intiman’s ‘Wedding Band,’ Stomp the Patriarchy Ball at Washington Hall

Evening Bell. Photo by Hilary Harris

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Tuesday, Sept. 6 – Sunday, Sept. 11
The Alice Childress play Wedding Band closes out the 2016 Intiman Festival, and all signs point to it being a great note to end on. Valerie Curtis-Newton directs the play, about an interracial couple in 1918 South Carolina, played by Dedra D Woods and Chris Ensweiler. In typical Childress fashion, the play sneakily peels back the audience’s emotional layers while her characters move through their everyday lives in socially extreme circumstances. Wedding Band runs through Oct. 2. –Gemma Wilson
Jones Playhouse 

Wednesday, Sept. 7
Janelle Abbott and Camilla Carpenter first met a few years ago at Parsons School of Design in New York. After graduating, they kept in touch via an ongoing creative exchange, sending swatches of fabric and unfinished collages back and forth between Seattle (Abbott) and San Francisco (Carper) via US Mail. Naming their collaboration FEMAIL, they constantly embellished each other’s additions and diligently documented their work online. Even now, many of their pieces remain in a permanent state of process, amassing detail and intrigue as they evolve. Tonight, FEMAIL shows a host of new work at Fred Wildlife Refuge with “a night of art, music, fashion and friendship,” featuring tons of FEMAIL’s wearable and collage art as well as music from two of our current musical obsessions, DoNormaal and Pleather. The project celebrates collaboration at its most genuine and enthusiastic, and this show is a collaboration with Seattle’s entire artistic community. –Jonathan Zwickel
Fred Wildlife Refuge

Thursday, Sept. 8
With her sixth album, Honest Life, Courtney Marie Andrews takes her place amid the ever-flowing continuum of American songcraft. At 25 years old, the Southwest-born, Northwest-dwelling singer-songwriter-guitarist has already found her peak prowess, singing with a pure, elegant voice haunting songs of heartbreak, healing, travel and independence. Taking a break from touring as Damien Jurado’s lead guitarist, Andrews recorded Honest Life in Seattle and produced it herself, forging a sound that nods to Judy Collins-esque folk-pop balladry and Ryan Adams-style Americana while remaining entirely original and entirely timeless. Tonight she celebrates the album’s release. –Jonathan Zwickel
Tractor Tavern

Thursday, Sept 8
Everyone has at least a roll or two of undeveloped film in the back of a drawer somewhere that they’ve avoided getting processed all these years. I mean, it’s a gamble — any thing could be on there, both delightful and horrifying. Shots of your dear departed dog’s last camping trip that you had forgotten existed. Pix of you and the now-reviled ex when you were so very in love. Those naked, ecstasy-fueled houseboat trips you did with your friends when you were all young and fresh and fit. That unfortunate haircut that no one ever said a word about. There are reasons those rolls have lain fallow, but now the wily curators of the Factory have reached out to some of our cities finest photogs to plumb the depths of their forgotten images for your enjoyment at the show Undeveloped. I just wish it had been an open call. One or more of the above scenarios apply to my old stash of exposed film. –Dan Paulus
The Factory

Thursday, Sept. 8
Seattle band Hotels have been laying low for three years, but they’re back with Night Showers, a great full-length that expands their brand of Brit-informed pop to encompass dark acoustic folk and movie-soundtrack-worthy atmospherics. It’s produced by Erik Blood and includes guest vocals from Adra Boo and Irene Barber(ic), so there may well be vocal guest shots, live. –Tony Kay
Lo-Fi

Friday, Sept. 9
Gleaming with a warm, twilit ambiance and crafted from studied songwriting and imaginative playing, Evening Bell‘s debut LP, Dying Stars, is one of my favorite Seattle albums of the year. Caitlin Sherman and Hart Kingsbery lead a savvy four-piece band down the byways of Americana, veering into dark, psychedelic landscapes, embattled urban romance and rousing barroom singalongs. Tonight’s show celebrates the release of Dying Stars and will no doubt be a helluva heartfelt good time. –Jonathan Zwickel
Sunset Tavern

Saturday, Sept. 10
Stomping out the all-reaching, odious oppression of the Patriarchy (hot tip: it fucks up men too) is a messy, exhausting endeavor. There is no single simple approach, but the struggle is always worth the effort. The home-grown #ShoutYourAbortion movement has taken their own tack and spent the past year sharing stories, raising awareness, normalizing the procedure, and coordinating close to 100 events on the anniversary of Roe v Wade. It all comes together for their big first birthday party, the Stomp the Patriarchy Ball, tonight at the legendary Washington Hall. The cream of the crop of Seattle’s feminist badasses in the realms of words (Ijeoma Oluo, Hollis Wong-Wear, Lindy West), photos (Kelly O), DJs (Stas Thee Boss, JusMoni), politics (Pramila Jayapal), music (DoNormaal, wonderful secret guest), are gathering with other warriors to converge, connect, and conquer. Party for your right to fight! –Dan Paulus
Washington Hall

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