See It This Week

Outdoor Shakespeare, Millennial disco, a cut-paper forest, Lauren Weedman, Bombino, Hollie Cook and art on the Waterfront

'The Presence of Absence.' Photo by Sebastian Cvitanic.

Wednesday, July 18 – Sunday, July 22

Wooden O shows

Conundrum: As a theatre person I spend a lot of time indoors but as a native Seattleite I have a physical aversion to going inside when it’s sunny. Outdoor Shakespeare solves this problem, and Wooden O’s lineup is killer: David Pichette as King Lear and Charles Leggett as Falstaff in of The Merry Wives of Windsor. Both shows run through Aug. 11. Free! —Gemma Wilson
Various locations

Thursday, July 19

Yung Bae

With a fey name like that and a SoundCloud profile pic bearing an uncanny resemblance to Zack Morris’ yearbook photo, Yung Bae is easy to dismiss, like an Instagram brand turned dance-club dilettante. And yet I’m undeniably drawn to the Portland producer’s neon-bright, bass-boosted take on disco and funk, as heard on his many singles, mashing up styles and sounds from a certain era common across the world. —Jonathan Zwickel

Friday, July 20

The Presence of Absence

After working on site as an artist-in-residence at Mad Art for the past few months, Katie Miller opens The Presence of Absence tonight. A forest of paper screens with meticulously incised cut-outs populates the vacuous, industrial space, playing with the idea of architectural form and the urban landscape that’s transforming right outside the door. —Amanda Manitach
Mad Art 

Friday, July 20 – Sunday, July 22

Lauren Weedman Doesn’t Live Here Anymore

Here’s what I know about this show: “With her hair bigger than ever, Lauren Weedman (and her alter ego Tami Lisa) and her fine band are ready to take you on a journey of heartbreak, laughter and fresh starts.” What? Who knows! But Weedman is a compelling stage presence, funny and intense, and I’m always up for seeing what she’s working on. Runs through Aug. 12. —Gemma Wilson
ACT Theatre

Saturday, July 21


Despite the diet of Hendrix he consumed growing up, Niger-born singer-guitarist Omara “Bombino” Moctar has lived a life very different from you or I, one that saw his Tuareg family forcibly relocated from their homes, their instruments routinely confiscated and their music banned. Yet Bombino has not only survived but thrived in the 800-year-old city of Agadez, and his music—propulsive, entrancing desert rock—has found its way west. Rocking out to it is a grand privilege. —Jonathan Zwickel

Saturday, July 21

Hollie Cook

Hollie Cook is the daughter of Paul Cook, drummer for the Sex Pistols; her godfather is Boy George; she performed in the latter-day incarnation of iconic post-punk band the Slits. More importantly, since 2011 the 30-year-old singer-songwriter-keyboardist has partnered with UK producer Prince Fatty to record three albums of timeless, reggae-inflected pop, her radiant vocals shining above synth-heavy, slow-swaying grooves. —Jonathan Zwickel

Saturday, July 21 – Sunday, July 22

Traces of Us

You can’t beat the view from Seattle’s Waterfront Park, but this weekend takes it further with a performance collaboration between New York’s Kinesis Project and local visual artist Celeste Cooning. Kinesis specializes in site-specific dance work (think dancing on ledges, railings and stairs) and Cooning is famous for large-scale, intricately-cut textile art. Shows at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. both days. —Kaitlin McCarthy
Waterfront Park