See It This Week

Lady Rizo, ‘Roommate Court,’ cinematic psych-pop, ‘Nite Skool’ at Annex, an evening of standards and more

Lady Rizo

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Wednesday, Aug. 16

Matthew Zapruder

The legendary Matthew Zapruder reads from his new book Why Poetry, about the unique properties of poetry as an art form and how we have been taught to read it is actually creating a barrier to its enjoyment. The book provides an engaging guide for overcoming common obstacles to enjoying poetry and understanding basic poetry mechanics. —Sarah Galvin
Sorrento Hotel

Thursday, Aug. 17

Roommate Court

Taylor Clark recently moved back from New York, where he got very funny and also became a real estate agent. Now he’s wedded his two careers into a promising concept show in which roommates appear before a judge and jury to resolve real life housing drama. Watch Clark—who has lived with more than 50 roommates and married one of them—defuse drama and dole out justice. —Brett Hamil
Laughs Comedy Club

Thursday, Aug. 17

Psychic Ills, Wall of Ears, Shit Ghost

Psychic Ills’ ambling, Brian Jonestown Massacre-meets-Mazzy Star sound is fine stuff, but it’s the two openers I’m most interested in hearing live. Shit Ghost crafts dense, atmospheric soundscapes, and I’m band-crushing on Wall of Ears’ summit meeting of cinematic psych-pop and Of Montreal-style dance music—equal parts affecting, hooky and wonderfully weird. —Tony Kay

Thursday, Aug 17 – Saturday, Aug. 19

Nite Skool

This is your last weekend to catch bright shiny theatre weirdos The Libertinis in their high-energy hybrid music-dance-comedy exploration of education. If you’ve got a hankering to “revisit the finer points of higher learning, hard lessons, and hot lunch,” or do a deep dive into sex “education” and American imperialism, Annex is the classroom for you. —Gemma Wilson
Annex Theatre

Thursday, Aug. 17 – Sunday, Aug. 20

Killer of Sheep

Director Charles Barnett’s slice-of-life 1977 film about a Black family dealing with the numbing monotony of their Watts, Calif., existence is a legit but relatively obscure classic that’s long-overdue for a reappraisal. —Tony Kay
Northwest Film Forum

Friday, Aug. 18

Thunderpussy, Special Guest and the Courtneys

Thunderpussy headlines the third of this month’s four Concerts at the Mural, the free early evening outdoor shows put on by KEXP and Seattle Center every August. Thunderpussy always puts on a badass rock show and I’m excited to hear power pop trio the Courtneys for the first time. Bring a blanket for the lawn. —Leah Baltus
Mural Amphitheatre at Seattle Center

Friday, Aug. 18

Lady Rizo

If I think about Lady Rizo’s vocal cords (and I do), I imagine them like that liquid metal stuff that makes T-1000 from Terminator II: malleable and moonlight-silver, producing something dangerous and captivating. Rizo (aka Amelia Zirin-Brown) is somehow both a throwback and intensely modern—a fun, fearless stage presence who seems to borrow as much from performance art as she does traditional cabaret. —Gemma Wilson
The Triple Door

Sunday, Aug. 20

Beauty and the Beard, From Nina to Now

The under-the-radar showroom at Vermillion recently added a lovely baby grand piano to its permanent collection. Tonight, local chanteuse Adé Cônnére and pianist Sean Barker promise to make the most of it with an evening of standards, reworked contemporary numbers, and of course transcendent selections from the Nina Simone songbook. —Dan Paulus