See It This Week

Folklife, a Peter Fonda gem, comedy at Annex, Woods at the Sunset and more


Wednesday, May 24

Idaho Transfer

Peter Fonda’s directorial efforts didn’t get as much play as his pal Dennis Hopper’s cultural benchmark, Easy Rider. But this post-apocalyptic sci-fi outing (part of the Film Forum’s Post-’68 Apocalypse film series) is reputedly an underrated minor genre gem. I’m a fan of Fonda’s underrated Western The Hired Hand (and of head-trip science fiction) so color me intrigued. —Tony Kay
Northwest Film Forum

Thursday, May 25

J. Robert Lennon & Elissa Washuta

Beloved Seattle nonfiction writer Elissa Washuta, who soon must leave us to teach at Ohio State University in Columbus, reads with fiction writer J. Robert Lennon, who is debuting his already-celebrated novel Broken River. Sarah Galvin
Elliott Bay Book Company

Thursday, May 25 – Sunday, May 28

Grand Concourse

Heidi Schreck cut her teeth as a playwright here, paving the way for her award-winning career as both an actor and a writer. In Grand Concourse (named for a major Bronx thoroughfare, originally modeled on the Champs-Élysées), the devoted manager of a Bronx soup kitchen confronts her compassion fatigue when an idealistic, confused young volunteer pushes her to her limit. Grand Concourse runs through June 11. —Gemma Wilson
Seattle Public Theater

Friday, May 26


Woods’ music is rich—alternately squalling and calming, earthy and cosmic. But the NY-based band are also the gateway to their own ecosystem, which encompasses a record label, music festivals on both coasts and some 10 sprawling albums, each more refined than the last. Their latest, Love Is Love, was written in an anguished burst after Trump’s election, and it’s perhaps their best, elegantly distilling their sanguine take on timeless rock ’n’ roll. —Jonathan Zwickel
Sunset Tavern

Friday, May 26

Reading with Robert Lashley & Gary Copeland Lilley

Local SPD chart-topper Robert Lashley reads from his new book of poems Up South, with Black Rooster Collective founder and musician Gary Copeland Lilley, who will also be reading from his new book, The Bushman’s Medicine Show.Sarah Galvin
Open Books

Friday, May 26 – Monday, May 29 

Northwest Folklife Festival 2017 

Bumbershoot, Shmumbershoot. Northwest Folklife may not offer the mammoth names that its megalithic Labor Day Weekend sibling does, but it does offer a wide, often tasty variety of world music, Americana, jazz, pop, hip-hop and, yeah, folk music—all for free. —Tony Kay
Seattle Center

Sunday, May 28

David Huntsberger

David Huntsberger is a soft-spoken comedian and former co-host of the science/metaphysics/comedy podcast Professor Blastoff, with Tig Notaro and Kyle Dunnigan. Huntsberger’s interests range towards the speculative—time travel, artificial intelligence, robots, other dimensions—and he’s got an appealingly diffident, conversational style. He’s joined by locals Henry Russell Stoddard, Erin Ingle and Emmett Montgomery, plus Portland’s Andie Main. —Brett Hamil
Annex Theatre