PNW Chalk Fest, Hai! Japantown, and More Unusual Events
Our arts and culture critics have already recommended 44 great things to do this week and our music critics have picked the 44 best music shows, but there are still tons more events happening. To prevent some of the quirkier and more extraordinary ones from slipping through the cracks, we’ve compiled them here—from RuPaul’s Drag Race vet Miz Cracker in American Woman to Hai! Japantown, and from Pop+ Woodstock to the final weekend of the Washington State Midsummer Renaissance Faire. For even more options this week, check out our complete Things To Do calendar.
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- Trivia Tuesday: Schitt’s Creek
Answer questions about your favorite formerly rich family for prizes at this Schitt’s Creek trivia night. MUSIC
- 13th Annual North City Jazz Walk
Combine your three favorite activities (listening, eating, and walking) at the 13th Annual North City Jazz Walk. Shoreline pulls out all the stops with Jazz Bites, a selection of food treats from local eateries, and the Jazz Walk itself—a showcase of local and international jazz musicians, playing for your pleasure as you stroll down 15th Ave NE. PERFORMANCE
This Tuesday-night variety show is back, this time bringing comedy from Andy Iwancio and Sarah Skilling, dance from Jennifer Mealani, and more surprises from MANiCA, Erin Stewart, and one other secret guest. Karaoke will follow. READINGS & TALKS
- Eighth Generation: How a Seattle Company is Defining the Native American Dream
The founder of Eighth Generation, an organization that creates opportunities for Indigenous artists, will talk about his work.
- Richard Rapport: Seattle’s Medic One
University of Washington School of Medicine professor Dr. Richard Rapport will talk about his new book, Seattle’s Medic One: How We Don’t Die, which examines one of the country’s first pre-hospital coronary care systems started right here in Seattle.
- Marianne Kolb and Isabelle du Toit
Isabelle du Toit shows brightly colored animals and birds alongside Marianne Kolb’s portraits of human figures.
- Myron Curry: Reflection
See Seattle artist Myron Curry’s realistic acrylic and dry-brush oil paintings.
TUESDAY & FRIDAY-SATURDAY
- GILLS! GILLS! GILLS!
Celeste Mari Williams presents three comedies about mating in the deep blue sea. Watch the sexy rituals of anglerfish, octopuses, and more.
- Patient: A Group Art Exhibition
See collaborative works by local artists Colleen Louise Barry, Laura Cassidy, Sol Hashemi, Rachel Kessler, Yudo Kurita, Yoko Murakami, Nicholas Nyland, and Charlie Schuck. The closing event will feature a Shogetsu ikebana workshop with Megumi Schacher.
- Pianos In The Parks
If you jump at the chance to show off your own musical skills at the sight of an idle instrument, take note: Parks around the city will be presented with 13 public pianos for the month of August. If you’d rather listen than play, don’t miss free pop-up performances from artists like Hana Nelson (Aug 14 at Soma Towers), Dayanna Capulong (Aug 14 at Hing Hay Park), Alexander Oslen (Aug 16 at Phinney Park), and others.
- The Admiral’s House
Join Historic Seattle for a happy hour on the lawn of the Admiral’s House, the historic estate that was home to the commanding admiral for the Pacific Northwest during WWII. FOOD & DRINK
- Doughnites: Doughnut & Beer Pairing with Lowrider Baking Co.
Conquer the trifecta of doughnuts, cookies, and beer with this flight of Side Hustle doughnuts topped with Lowrider Baking Cookies and paired with cold brews from Lowercase. GEEK
- Seattle Bollywood Trivia – Independence Day Special
Binge your favorite Bollywood films to prepare for this Indian Independence Day trivia night. MUSIC
- Big Jazz in the Park
Jazz Night School students will put on an outdoor concert featuring Big Band Blue.
- The Flaming Pies Do The Beatles
Italian Beatles cover band the Flaming Pies will play a tribute set to their favorite band. PERFORMANCE
- Norsk Folkedans Stemne
Norsk Folkedans Stemne will perform Norwegian folk music and dance after a traditional salmon dinner.
- T&C Summer Seasons Showcase: Jocelyn Beausire
At this Tables & Chairs event, performance artist and designer Jocelyn Beausire will be joined by accompanying improvisational musicians for her piece Improvisations on a Female Threat, which the artist says “examines power relations within the context of performativity, acknowledging and manipulating perceptions of my body as a site of constructed youth, vulnerability, and femaleness.”
- Wise Crows, Stupid Machines & Toy Dinosaurs: Memoirs of a Bohemian Puppet Family
Watch as this itinerant father/son puppet duo encounters obsessive crows, thinking machines, and secrets hidden in the basement of the Space Needle.READINGS & TALKS
- Gold That Frames the Mirror: Brandon Melendez, Jaz Sufi, and Will Giles
Mexican American National Poetry Slam finalist Brandon Melendez will read from his debut collection, Gold That Frames the Mirror. He’ll be joined by Kundiman poetry fellows Jaz Sufi and Will Giles.
- Seidr Norse Magic & Viking Sorceresses
Vølvas, Norse female shamans and seers from the Viking Age, are said to have been a force in both predicting and influencing the future by practicing Seidr. Learn about it from self-proclaimed Seidr Vølvas Betsy Bergstrom, Gabriela Sarna, Lorelei Hewitt, and Sea Gabriel.
- AJ Clauss: Salty
AJ Clauss’s new play, presented here by ReAct in its West Coast debut, is about “global warming, loss, survival and love.” A pair of gay penguins must act to save their zoo (not to mention humanity) from the ravages of climate change.
- Bad Date Storytelling
Hear speakers share the gruesome details of their very worst dates—for this installment, storytellers will focus specifically on embarrassing and/or memorable moments betwixt the sheets—and maybe recount one of your own weird, funny romantic misadventures.
- Jokes Inside: A Comedy Show & Fundraiser
Laugh it up with frequent local headliner Cindy Su (plus other local comics Ann Elise, Bernice Jing Ye, Amin Lakhani, Kimi Rutledge, George Schnibbe, Kyle Stevens, and Carlos Womack) at this fundraiser for the Experimental Education Unit, an alternative early education school that celebrates kids of all abilities. FOOD & DRINK
- ALL RICE! ALL RICE! ALL RICE!
Partake in five family-style courses all revolving around rice.
- Can You Handle My Randall!?
Try a range of beers, alcoholic kombucha, and cider all infused with offbeat, fruity, summery ingredients, all curated with the intention of prompting the question, “What the fuck did you put in my beer?”
- A Night of Scandinavian Drinking Songs
Pick up a couple Scandinavian drinking ditties (known as “snapsivor”) from experts Kathi Ploeger and Don Meyers and learn how to skål (toast) like a pro over a glass of beer, aquavit, or mead.
- Stupidly Cheap Beer Day
Grab a staggeringly inexpensive pint ($4) in honor of Flying Bike’s fourth anniversary. PERFORMANCE
- Leid to Death – Full Moon Party
Metal and piña colada lovers are invited to gather under the light of the full moon with local “Angel of Death” Catty Wompus. Attendees will get $2 off select drinks, plus a chance to win prizes by entering an “air guitar limbo contest.”
- Miz Cracker in ‘American Woman’
RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10 superstar Miz Cracker, the drag daughter of Bob the Drag Queen, will do a one-woman show paying tribute to feminism and stressing the need for gay male allyship. READINGS & TALKS
- Dr. Faith Harper: UnF*ck Your Intimacy
From the author of UnF*ck Your Brain comes a new self-help book about navigating intimacy.
- In Focus: Marianne Nicolson
Native British Columbian artist Nicolson deals with issues of land rights and colonialism, using the traditional imagery that mainstream art is willing to appropriate. Hear a talk about her process and the conflicts she addresses.
- Rhys Bowen: Love and Death Among the Cheetahs
In the new installment of Rhys Bowen’s popular mystery series, a murderer puts a damper on a couple’s honeymoon in Kenya’s Happy Valley. SHOPPING
- Magnuson Park Night Market Finale
Come out to the last Magnuson Park Night Market of the season for an evening of crafters, food trucks, and live music. VISUAL ART
- Comics Xerography
Local artist Max Clotfelter will show you other comic- and zine-makers how to use a photocopier to prepare art, adjust levels of contrast, reduce and enlarge, and other techniques that don’t require a computer.
- How to Really, Really? Really! Love a Woman
Eleanor O’Brien will enlighten vagina owners and appreciators in this Vagina Monologues-esque solo show.
- Kris Tinkle with Matt Gubser
New York City-based comic Tinkle runs the Real Ass Podcast and the MMA Hammerfisting Podcast. He’ll share this bill with former Last Comic Standing finalist Matt Gubser, who’s got a Netflix special called Small, Dork, and Handsome. FILM
- North Bend Film Festival
The hometown of many Twin Peaks shoots celebrates its second year with a new raft of strange, Northwest-themed movies.
- Have A Slice with IMNDC
One lucky audience member will not only get a free slice of pizza, but also see their life transformed into improv comedy onstage. It’s a “slice of life,” get it? IMNDC—which features Coonoor Behal (Captain), John Carroll (Miscast), and Stephen Carter (former CSz and Jet City ensemble member)—will perform with guests Yeah Okay and SFIT (Seattle’s Finest Improv Team).
- Medieval Step-Siblings Get Beheaded by Dragon Try Not To Cum CLICK HERE 18+
Adult breastfeeding. Being ghosted by actual ghosts. Losing friends to relationships. These are just a few subjects that will be broached at this medieval-themed sketch show.
- Teenage Wasteland
Four delightful improv groups—Mykaela and Your Kayla, Fat Cats, Dirty Blonde, and Slap Bracelet—will perform, with Anthony Householder hosting.
- Tough Guys Who Get Laid All The Time
Delightful improvisers Ethan Smith and soon-to-leave-town Anthony Householder will play up their macho sides as they “re-enact totally real* situations that definitely happened* and are in no way fabricated*.” MUSIC
- Cash’d Out
Because the man can never be honored enough, Johnny Cash tribute band Cash’d Out will present a two-show (that’s two sets in one night) homage to Johnny Cash rife with that bluesy, back-home spirit.
- Emo Nite
Bring back the early-mid 2000s with your deep passion for gauged ears, flat-ironed hair, and Pete Wentz’s smirk. Emo Nite, presented by Emo Night LA, is the new sensation of reliving your MySpace glory in the form of a high-energy, passionately emo DJ night.
- Paint It Black
Local queer EDM performer Brandon Lentz will host this amalgamation of electronic music and fashion, with DJs Baskets, Vanz, and BenTraxx also on the decks.
- Punks on the Truck!
If the weather is nice, four punk bands will play “out on the truck” (we assume that means either in the bed or on the hood of a pickup). You’re looking at Aces Over Kings, the Finger Guns, Mables Marbles, and Heck Yes. PERFORMANCE
- Live Salsa with Buena Vibra
Local salsa sextet Buena Vibra and Seattle-based Cuban DJs Reinier and Yambu will keep you entertained while you feast on a catered dinner from Cafe Con Leche and sip mojitos. Plus, you can learn some moves yourself in a complimentary dance lesson. READINGS & TALKS
- Chelsea Biondolillo: The Skinned Bird
In her new book of essays, Chelsea Biondolillo explores the natural world and “leaving and finding home.”
- Bo Johnson
Seattle’s Bo Johnson gigs regularly around the PNW, but he’s been seen more widely (“more than six million times”) in the prank video “‘Bo and Matthew Sneak into a Movie Theatre.” See him in the flesh. VISUAL ART
- Carol Rashawna Williams: For the record,
Seattle-based interdisciplinary artist Carol Radhawnna Williams uses (mostly) recycled materials in two monoprint, painting, and sculpture installations that advocate for the sharing of resources as a means of combatting race inequality and climate change.
- Let’s Clay in the Park
Spin some clay on a wheel or mold it with your bare hands at this free building session with studio artists. If you so choose, you can go home with your own raku-fired pottery. There will be free snacks.
- Chief Seattle Days
Established in 1911, this three-day festival honors Suquamish’s Chief Seattle with a graveside ceremony, a co-ed softball tournament, a parade through downtown Suquamish, a horseshoe tournament, a pow wow, and more.FESTIVALS
- Pacific NW Chalk Fest & Sidewalk Sale
Chalk art isn’t just for kids who live in the suburbs—at this annual festival, chalk artists from around the world will transform Redmond Town Center into a colorful display of ephemeral creations. The three-day affair also includes a sidewalk sale, local food and drinks, live music, and kids’ activities. GEEK
Share your passion for tabletop gaming with others at this community-run festival. PERFORMANCE
- The Gray Presents: The Year
To celebrate its first year of life, the Gray dance company will present three pieces (one new and two previously performed) choreographed by artistic director Beth Terwilleger. The organizers add, “The night will focus on the audience and their individual, unique experiences with dance performance.”
- Max Amini Live in Seattle: Authentically Absurd Tour
Persian American touring comic Max Amini will bring his Authentically Absurd show to Seattle.
- Saturday Night’s Queer: Featuring Friends of Dorothy!
Let the queer improvisers of Friends of Dorothy, plus the new comedy duo Bearly Woke, make you laugh with spontaneous feats, plus hear stand-up by the very droll Kathleen Nacozy, Tambre Massman, and others.
- Wingin’ It
If you think you’ve seen some weird stuff on airplanes, imagine the stories flight attendants have in their arsenals. These improvisers will use real tales of stratosphere-level shenanigans from audience members. COMMUNITY
- Smokey Bear 75th Birthday Happy Hour
Raise a “smoked cocktail” or a beer to Smokey Bear at this belated party for the forest protection symbol’s 75th birthday. Pick up a freshly screen-printed bandana courtesy of Ink Knife Press while supplies last.
- Vera on Your Block
Join the all-ages music mavens of Vera Project for a day of youth-led live music, DJs, and DIY activities featuring Guantanamo Baywatch and Honeypot. FESTIVALS
- Hai! Japantown 2019
Celebrate Japantown at this neighborhood party that will span multiple venues, featuring an All Things Japanese Sale where you can find everything from bamboo baskets to hand-painted sake cups, a traditional live performance from Higo Mako and the Munjuru Okinawa Ensemble, kids’ activities, and more.
Settle in for a day of live cooking demos, a farmers market, educational classes about sustainability and the environment, a market of upcycled goods from local makers, and more at this free “local food and sustainable living” festival.
- Lagunitas Beer Circus
As if a regular circus isn’t already a feast for the senses, this festival will combine the thrill of live acrobatics, burlesque, and aerial arts with the joy of beer-drinking—not to mention food trucks, games, face-painters, and more. Don’t forget to wear your own circus-ready attire.
- Snoqualmie Plein Air Paint-Out 2019
Breathe in that fresh Snoqualmie air and vie for the winning 2020 Plein Air Paint Out poster at this annual “paint-out.” The winner will receive a gift certificate to Daniel Smith Art Supplies. GEEK
- Live Podcast Show with d20 Dames!
Listen to a live taping of d20 Dames, the biweekly women-led storytelling podcast inspired by Dungeons & Dragons. The organizers add, “Every other week these daring ladies explore a fantasy world with epic shenanigans like beheading or befriending monsters and punching a whole lotta creeps.” MUSIC
- 4th Annual GIBBYFEST
For the fourth year running, GIBBYFEST, a whole evening of hard-rocking weirdos, will take over a stage and tear your world apart. All funds raised will go to support Gibby Home Fire Prevention.
- Belltown Block Party 2019
Second Avenue will get real rowdy at this punk takeover complete with two stages of local bands (Dwarves, Die Nasty, Duke Evers, Toecutter, and others), a wrestling match, a skateboard showdown, and other tomfoolery.
- The Calamity Janes
The Calamity Janes will cover your favorite pop, country, and rock and roll hits.
- Czechoslovakian Music Night!
Welcome Prague’s Muzicka group on their first visit to the Northwest by dancing to their energetic traditional folk music.
- Daybreaker SEA // Dawn Before Dust
Wear your beach-ready dancewear to another morning yoga session and dance party with Daybreaker.
- DJ Snaxx: Fowl Play
DJ Snaxx will be manning the decks for all the furries out there at this EDM dance party, so wear your animal costumes and bring your flow toys.
- Global Playground
Northwest Folklife presents a day of kids- and family-focused live music, art-making, and games in the sun (we hope). Take in live sets from Laureli, Majorette Dance, and the Washington Diamonds Drill Team and Drumline; craft your own guitar pick and make collages; and play putt-putt, corn hole, and giant Jenga.
- PLURTH Experience Seattle
Denver-based EDM group Plurthlings will debut their psychedelic melodic techno project Light Reactive, which takes cues from artists like Shpongle, Cirez D, deadmau5, Vini Vici, Adam Beyer, and Tale of Us. The organizers encourage all the ravers and burners to bring light gloves, poi and spin toys, and hula hoops.
- Remembering Avicii – TIM Edition
Honor the late Swedish electronic musician Avicii by dancing to his posthumous album Tim in its entirety.
- The ‘Zoid
For those who like to roam in between sets, 25 local bands will spread out between four venues along Roosevelt Avenue. The lineup is quite stacked, with acts like power trio Tres Leches, the Devo-loving Fabulous Downey Brothers, party-ready free jazz group Fruit Juice, soulful prog-rock four-piece, and Lydia Lund of Chastity Belt. PERFORMANCE
- Ace of Babes: Motorhead Burlesque
Take a sexy burlesque show and add metal music and circus acts and you’ve got this horror-comedy extravaganza peppered with sideshow performances.
- Final Fantasy vs. Kingdom Hearts
Gamers will appreciate this drag tribute to the iconic video game series Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts. Stars include Cookie Couture, Londyn Bradshaw, Daddy Issues, and Mercury Divine, so you know it’s going to be good.
- Flock: A Duet Evening
See a series of dance duets all about the importance of connection and communication in the isolating world of technology.
- Have Fun, Be Yourself
Andrew Mayer’s one-person comedy show tackles romance and anxiety from his own dating trials and tribulations. READINGS & TALKS
- Bookstore Romance Day
Queen Anne Book Company will celebrate romance fiction in all its bodice-ripping glory with a day of shopping and giveaways. Browse their “display o’ love,” try a Blind Date with a Book, and eat free snacks. VISUAL ART
- Hempfest Puff & Paint
If the second day of Hempfest has you feeling some kind of way, smoke some weed (bring your own) and use your newfound creative energy to make a nice painting. Brushes and canvases will be provided.
- Trevor Goosen and Philippe Hyojung Kim: Ordinary Extraordinary
See ordinary household items transformed into art by Trevor Goosen and Philippe Hyojung Kim, who are interested in mining the theme of “roles of intention and interpretation in the creation and formal engagement with visual art.”
- Fresh Paint
Stroll along Everett’s waterfront and purchase art straight off the easels from sidewalk vendors.
- Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire
For the final weekend of this renaissance faire, plan to hunt for treasure with the swashbuckling Freedom’s Revenge and Emerald Rose pirate crews. The SeaDogs will be providing jolly live music. Plus, enjoy other classic ren faire activities like a marketplace and jousting matches.
- Greaseball lV Hot Rod & Chopper Show
Marvel at home-built hot rods, custom chops, rat rods, bobbers, vintage motorcycles, and more. Seattle Cossacks Motorcycle Team will also give a special performance, along with local bands and DJ Hubba Hubba. FOOD & DRINK
- Bennies Pop-Up ALL YOU CAN EAT BUFFET at Hotel Sorrento
At this unlimited buffet inside the swanky Hotel Sorrento, pile your plate high with towering stacks of eggs Benedict in quirky combos like fried chicken and savory waffles, shrimp and purple grits, and “smoked salmon stack royale.” MUSIC
- JoJo Siwa
JoJo Siwa, a Nickelodeon star and teenage YouTube sensation, will show an otherworldly level of human excitement at her D.R.E.A.M. tour stop, which will feature her latest sparkle-pop efforts.
- Pop+ Woodstock
It’s been 50 years since Joni Mitchell, Jimi Hendrix, and throngs of other legendary musicians played the legendary Woodstock festival. MoPOP will celebrate by granting free access to the Sky Church, screening curated video blocks of Woodstock performances and interviews, hosting an art activity, and displaying some cool artifacts from the Summer of Love. PERFORMANCE
- Eulogy of Voodoo Nightshade
Seattle spooky queen Voodoo Nightshade is bidding our fair city adieu, but not without a party. Her drag children Hailey Peen Nightshade, Dutchess Drew Nightshade, and Terrie Belle Nightshade will be joined by fellow local queens Americano, Baby, Kylie Mooncakes, and Old Witch for one sexy-scary show. SPORTS & RECREATION
- Gumshoe 5K Detective Walk
Get to the bottom of a mystery by solving a series of clues in this three-ish-mile neighborhood walk.