La Luz at Chop Suey, ‘Terra Incognita’ at Annex Theatre, Summer 2016 Art Walk Awards

La Luz

Monday, Aug. 8
Now that the Hill is officially dead, centrally located ragers have to wander further afield to get their rock fix. Luckily the U District’s Kraken Bar & Lounge has been programming kick-ass shows for some time now, specializing in punk, metal and punk-metal. Tonight the small, sweaty room hosts the Dirt Cult Records album release party for local face-rippers Bad Future. 13 tracks of thrashing hardcore, the self-titled LP manages to keep the genre sonically relevant, even decades past its prime. Be sure to arrive early enough to catch local fag-favorites Sashay chew up the bar and spit it back in your face. When the going gets tough, the tough head to the U District. –Dan Paulus
Kraken Bar & Lounge

Monday, Aug. 8 – Tuesday, Aug. 9
Seems like it was only a blink of an eye between our hometown gals’ first musical stirrings and their newfound status as LA-living, globe-traveling rock stars. In truth, the seeds of La Luz were sown in the mid-‘00s, with bandleader Shana Cleveland’s early psychedelic rockings in the Curious Mystery. Now, two LPs and countless tours in, La Luz kills audiences in the US and Europe with their relentlessly upbeat live performances and generally living up to their destiny to be cool-as-fuck rock renegades who need two full nights in Seattle to properly welcome them home.” – Jonathan Zwickel
Chop Suey with Great Spiders, Mommy Long Legs

Tuesday, Aug. 9 – Saturday, Aug. 13
Annex Theatre has an interesting set of shows up and running right now. On weeknights you can check out Girl, an ensemble-devised, immersive party experience that ping-pongs you into every nook and cranny of the Annex space, and on the weekend’s see Terra Incognita by Benjamin Benne, a quiet exploration of the relationship between a recovering alcoholic and her counselor that flits between a dreamlike sensibility and a stare-down of harsh reality. Full reviews of these very different shows are forthcoming, but they’re both worth checking out. –Gemma Wilson
Annex Theatre

Thursday, Aug. 11
There’s good art to see in some unusual places this month for the Capitol Hill art walk: Ursula Rose will have paintings hanging at Glo’s (I’ve only seen her work on Instagram; her figures drip and melt and slip in and out of being—seductive, ethereal). Scott Rispin’s The Well Constructed Myth features a series of work tucked up in the Cloud Gallery above Frame Central on Pike Street, and nearby at Standard Goods there’s a solo show titled Colori a Dita (Italian for “Finger Paint”) by Ian Cunningham (drummer for Acid Tongue when he’s not fingerprinting), who has made a body of work by strictly employing his index finger on an electronic tablet. On the apartment-gallery tip, over at Calypte, there’s Paul Komada’s new work (“icy cold” he describes it) produced recently while at Vermont Studio Center residency, and William Shields is presenting at Two Shelves. If haute art is more your vibe, Adé Cônnére has curated a show at Vermillion that pairs fashion designers with artists to create wearable art, and it should be entertaining/ribald/breathtaking with artists like John Criscitello and Andrew Lamb Schultz on board. Finally, Brittany Fucking Kusa promises to punch your eyes out at the Factory, and I can’t wait to see what she has to unveil. Oh—don’t wear yourself out, because the night finishes with the 2016 Summer Art Walk Awards! Come grab a beer with me at Sole Repair and vote for one of the nine nominees and dance your booty off. –Amanda Manitach
Various locations

Friday, Aug. 12
Sure, you could pay 45 to 250 clams to go see Guns ‘n Roses in a big ol’ arena Friday night. But you’ll probably have more fun throwing down six or eight bucks to go see The Primate Five, a bunch of guys in chimpanzee masks energetically bashing out surf-infused garage rock. The beers’ll be cheaper, too. –Tony Kay
The Funhouse

Friday, Aug. 12 – Saturday, Aug. 13
Marketing materials tout The Fantastic Misadventures of Twisty Shakes, writer Marcus Gorman’s collaboration with Seattle interdisciplinary theater group The Libertinis, as an homage to ’80’s fantasy films. In reality, it’s more a live-theater equivalent of a Looney Tunes cartoon spoof, replete with distinctive characters (including at least one talking animal) and a combination of wry wit and knockabout slapstick that’d likely elicit approval from that wascally wabbit himself. I haven’t laughed this hard at a theatrical event all year. Twisty Shakes runs weekends through Aug. 20. –Tony Kay
Ballard Underground