See It This Week

The Future is 0, ‘Dragon Lady,’ ‘Blues for Mister Charlie,’ Van Haven, the Knast and more

The Future Is O

Tuesday, Sept. 5 – Sunday, Sept. 10

Dragon Lady

If you haven’t seen Sara Porkalob’s popular Dragon Lady yet, now’s your chance. But if you have seen Porkalob’s show—which started out as a solo piece about her Filipino grandmother’s stories of her gangster past—you should see it again, because now it’s a musical! No matter the format, Porkalob (our September cover artist) is a captivating, charismatic performer. Dragon Lady runs through Oct. 1. —Gemma Wilson
Jones Playhouse at the University of Washington

Thursday, Sept. 7 – Sunday, Sept. 10

Blues for Mister Charlie

Don’t miss James Baldwin’s play Blues for Mister Charlie by top-flight company the Williams Project. It’s an intense piece; Baldwin wrote Blues in response to the murder of Emmett Till and in it, a white shopkeeper kills a black musician in a small Southern town. Two South Seattle partner venues present: Emerald City Bible Fellowship this first weekend and Franklin High School next. —Gemma Wilson
Emerald City Bible Fellowship

Thursday, Sept. 7

Fumetti for the Mothership

It’s a new installment of Mount Analogue’s collaboration series Conversations With Women. Featured artist Stephanie Passantino exchanged disposable camera photos with MA founder Colleen Louise Barry for one year to create this multimedia installation of smoke, plants (real and fake), photo prints, suspended textile, soft altars and neon lights. The collaborative photo comic debuts tonight. —Sarah Galvin
Mount Analogue

Thursday, Sept. 7

Central Comedy Show: Phil Schallberger and Steven Wilber

Portland’s Phil Schallberger is one of the most original and confounding comedians in the Pacific Northwest. His shows are an absurdist mélange of one-man sketch, far-out character work and weird PowerPoint presentations that will short circuit any rational response and leave you feeling pleasantly confounded. Steven Wilber, named Portland’s Funniest Person in 2014, co-headlines. —Brett Hamil
Central Cinema

Thursday, Sept. 7

A Place to Call Home: Jane Wong, Michelle Peñaloza and Tessa Hulls

Writers/artists Michelle Peñaloza, Jane Wong and Tessa Hulls explore their identities as daughters of Asian American immigrants and the unique, defining presence in their lives of places they have never lived. The three will address family, their own relationship as close friends and collaborators, and as Hulls describes it, “what it means to belong to a place.” —Sarah Galvin
Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience

Friday, Sept. 8 and Saturday, Sept. 9

The Future Is 0

Full disclosure: I haven’t seen one of these absurdist live-performance game shows in which Seattle artists, musicians and writers compete in satirical games of luck and skill, but I’ve seen the video and it looks legit hilarious and awkward (hilawkward?). —Jonathan Zwickel
Northwest Film Forum

Friday, Sept. 8

The Knast Record Release Show

Joyously ragged and rocking garage-psych makes me happy to be alive. So the Knast make me happy to be alive. This is the release party for Reckless Soul, the band’s new record, and damned if it hasn’t been ages since I’ve heard an outfit strangle hooks, swagger and heart out of psych-rock tropes with such vigor and excitement. —Tony Kay
FRED Wildlife Refuge

Saturday, Sept. 9

Van Haven III

Sweet van, man! If that’s the sort of thing you might say to someone, or that someone might say to you (about your van), you should be at Van Haven III, the third-annual confab of van culture in all its forms. On a closed-off street in Georgetown, van mavens and the people who love them will ogle rides of various varieties, listen to tunes from DJ Plantkiller, sample neighborhood food and drink and generally kick it #vanlife style. —Jonathan Zwickel