See It This Week

WET’s latest play, a high-risk queer rite, top-shelf resistance art, Tacoma Film Festival, Art Walk Awards and more

Kiki Abba and Kevin Kelly in Everything You Touch. Photo by Jeff Carpenter

Monday, Oct. 1 & Thursday, Oct. 5 – Sunday, Oct. 7

Everything You Touch

Kiki Abba gives a powerfully funny performance in Everything You Touch, Sheila Callaghan’s messy, tender, time-bending play about self-image, inherited trauma, elitism and high fashion (among other fun themes) presented by Washington Ensemble Theatre. Director Maggie Rogers keeps the complex piece flowing smoothly while never dampening the comedy and visceral, textual oddity. Runs through Oct. 8. —Gemma Wilson
12th Avenue Arts

Tuesday, Oct. 2

Gary Numan, Nightmare Air

Synth-pop pioneer Gary Numan is far more than the one-hit wonder behind the 1980 smash “Cars.” His influence threads through almost 40 years of electronic and dance music, and even into the more experimental spheres of heavy metal. Count on him being in glowering, full-on Rock God mode live. —Tony Kay
Neptune Theatre

Thursday, Oct. 4

Yufi⁶⁴ EP Release Show with Michete, Chanel Beads and Anime Creek

Yufi⁶⁴ aren’t selling themselves short. The local trio price one download of their demo on Bandcamp at $1,000. The cost is obviously absurd, but the self-described “math-rock cuties” are right to regard themselves highly. Uniting wistful melodies and video game samples, their music is bubbly, eclectic and cathartic. Expect a drop in price not quality on their debut EP. —Gabe Pollak
Black Lodge

Thursday, Oct. 4

Is this burning an eternal flame? (A Queer Rite)

The kind of performative acts MKNZ engages in, and asks you to engage in, are risky: often tears-inducing, visceral and vulnerable, psychological and physical trust games that might fall apart, fall flat or fall (literally) crashing down. She performs once in a blue moon, this time with rope-artist Allie Huska, a “thick layer of animal fat” and fire, so if you’re into this kind of thing, don’t miss. —Amanda Manitach         
Mount Analogue

Thursday, Oct. 4

2018 Fall Art Walk Awards

Art Walk Awards come but twice a year now, and once again this iteration offers a lineup of brilliant guest curators who have nominated equally brilliant works of art—the cream of the crop of recent showings around the Seattle area. Stop by AXIS after your First Thursday meanderings to cast your vote and enjoy some refreshing adult beverages. RSVP required. —Amanda Manitach

Thursday, Oct. 4

Signs of Resistance

Desperate times call for desperate design. Non-Breaking Space (the gallery operated out of Civilization) hosts an exhibition of expressions of visual protest throughout American history, curated by top designer Bonnie Siegler. When you don’t hold the reins of power you take ink to paper to make your voice heard. —Dan Paulus
Non-Breaking Space

Thursday, Oct. 4 – Thursday, Oct. 11

The Tacoma Film Festival

Tacoma sports a pretty damned wonderful film festival and this year’s lineup is especially strong, bookended by an opening night screening of the excellent sci-fi drama Prospect, and the closing-night U.S. premiere of Boom, Jordan Albertsen’s buzzed-about documentary on Tacoma garage rock legends The Sonics. —Tony Kay
Grand Cinema

Friday, Oct. 5

Duende Libre & The Pazific

Jazz trio Duende Libre may be based here in Seattle, but they seamlessly combine elements of music from all around the globe. This group does it all: funky Afro-Cuban grooves, smooth Malian music-inspired originals and fast-paced fusion numbers. It’s a lively mix and, like most jazz, one that’s best experienced in person.—Gabe Pollak
Clock-Out Lounge

Friday, Oct. 5

We Are All Made of Light

Seattle artist Maja Petric’s immersive installation promises to be a sparkling environment of “interactive light, spatial sound and artificial intelligence.” The photos look dazzling—lights bouncing off tinsel curtains in response to your moving body, a celestial intersection of computer-programing and our fleshly, earthbound containers. The exhibit runs through Dec. 1, with an opening reception Oct 5. —Kaitlin McCarthy