See It This Week

Intiman’s emerging artists, lunar-inspired cabaret, experimental theater, a painter turned rockstar, free outdoor music and more

Terror/Cactus at Space Craft on Bainbridge Island in March 2018

Tuesday, Aug. 14

My Future Self

Kimberly Trowbridge is best known in Seattle as a painter but her contagious energy and prodigious creativity seemingly permeate every crevice. Tonight, witness her wielding an axe as one third of My Future Self, a rock band whose songs draw on melancholy, dreamy undertones—the same that can be found in her haunting visual work. —Amanda Manitach

Thursday, Aug. 16

Terror/Cactus, Pampa

Let’s hear it for—and from—Seattle’s burgeoning Latinx music community! Tonight two of the scene’s most excellent, wildly divergent acts perform a free outdoor set at Olympic Sculpture Park: masked electro-cumbia trio Terror/Cactus and guitar-gunning alt-rock quintet Pampa. Tacos la Flaca will serve sustenance and TASTE Cafe will serve libations. See you in the sunshine. —Jonathan Zwickel
Olympic Sculpture Park

Thursday, Aug. 16

Moonshine: a cabaret project

This night of lunar-inspired performance, featuring the dancers of Au Collective and a host of QTPOC musicians, promises to be a feast for the senses: New movement rituals in extravagant costumes set to neo-soul music, served along with the culinary stylings of That Brown Girl Cooks, whose black-eyed pea hummus will change your life. —Kaitlin McCarthy
Neptune Theatre

Thursday, Aug. 16 – Saturday, Aug. 18

Alma (or #nowall)

We published an excerpt of Benjamin Benne’s beautiful play Alma (or #nowall) last year, and now you can see it live in this workshop production directed by Brandon J. Simmons. Theatre Battery is building a reputation for creating compelling work in a Kent mall storefront; this swirling, poetic story of Mexican immigrant Alma and her daughter Angel promises more of the same. Runs through Sept. 1. —Gemma Wilson
Theatre Battery

Thursday, Aug. 16 – Sunday, Aug. 19

Maceo Parker

Maceo Parker, saxophonist and funk-soul architect via his collaborations with James Brown, George Clinton and Prince, plays a four-night stand at Jazz Alley to commemorate his new album, and his 75th birthday. He’s still a class act and a talent to be reckoned with. This is a no-brainer. —Tony Kay
Jazz Alley

Friday, Aug. 17 – Sunday, Aug. 19

Summer of ‘84

Four awkward adolescents fielding a terrifying threat against an ’80s backdrop can’t help but draw comparisons to a certain Netflix series. But this indie chiller about pals investigating a cop who may be a serial killer reputedly stakes its own turf early and goes to some batshit-nutty places, so color me intrigued. —Tony Kay
Grand Illusion Cinema

Friday, Aug. 17 – Sunday, Aug. 19

Intiman Emerging Artists Showcase

Trying to keep a finger on the pulse of Seattle’s performance community? Reserve yourself a free seat at Intiman Theatre’s fourth-annual Emerging Artists Showcase. These diverse cohorts soak up professional training and development via this program led by Sara Porkalob, and if the past is any indication you can bet you’ll be seeing more of some of these folx in the future. —Gemma Wilson
Cornish Playhouse Alhadeff Studio

Saturday, Aug. 18

Mercer x Summit Block Party

More free outdoor music! MxS Block Party features the best local-music lineup of the entire summer splatted right in the center of Capitol Hill. Too many stars across too many styles to mention them all: JusMoni, SoulTanz, Tres Leches, Fruit Juice, Guayaba, ScribeMecca, Acid Tongue, Hibou, Porter Ray, Cumulus, Sleeping Lessons, Newaxeyes, Casual Hex… Just show up ready to rock. —Jonathan Zwickel
Capitol Hill


Saturday, Aug. 18 – Sunday, Aug. 19

City Arts & Friends of the Waterfront Present High Tide

Two days of summer heat from the Northwest’s most inventive artists on Seattle’s Pier 58.
Pier 58