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    Seattle events for July 21-23 that won't cost more than $10. by Stranger Things To Do Staff

    Skipping out on Capitol Hill Block Party in favor of cheaper options? Look no further. Below, find all of your options for last-minute entertainment that won't cost more than $10, including the Bite of Seattle, Renegade Craft Fair, Music Under the Stars, and Rainier BAAMFest—all of which are free to attend. For even more options, check out our complete Things To Do calendar.

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    1. Shrinky Dink #10
    Revert to childhood as you experience the magic of Shrinky Dinks. Entry cost covers a full sheet of Shrink Film, coloring supplies, and snack/refreshments (but BYOB). Buy more sheets for $5 and go crazy. They'll have a toaster oven handy, so you can walk out with some artistic masterpieces or a brand new box of very classy jewelry.
    (Ballard, $10)

    2. U-District Art Walk
    This art walk happens the third Friday of every month and features art in cool funky business of the U-District such as Chaco Canyon, Cafe Solstice, Gargoyles Statuary, Moksha, and Trabant Coffee & Chai.
    (University District, free)


    3. Fundraising Spa Soirée
    This evening offers a combination of sensual delights and the mild pain of hair removal: Drink champagne, get sex tips from Babeland experts, have Seattle Med Spa tighten your skin with "radio frequency and heat," receive some swag including Theo Chocolate goodies, and sit back as someone from Sugar Plum pulls out your stray eyebrow hairs. The event is free, but support a good cause by buying a $10 raffle ticket: You may win a year's worth of hair removal, and all proceeds benefit the Northwest Network of Bi, Trans, Lesbian, and Gay Survivors of Abuse.
    (Downtown, free)


    4. Movies at the Marina
    The Ballard marina will have free, family-friendly movies at dusk this summer (Captain Ron tonight), with seating available on the garden lawn and in the parking lot, guest moorage available, and free popcorn (on a first-come, first-served basis).
    (Ballard, free)

    5. Movies in the Park
    Watch free movies downtown—a couple of classics and some winners from the past year or so. The movies start at dusk. Tonight, watch the 2016 version of Ghostbusters.
    (Downtown, free)


    6. Belgian Beer Week
    To celebrate Belgian independence, won in 1830, this bar will offer $1 off of bottled Trappist brews like Chimay, Orval, Rochefort, Westmalle, and more. Stay awhile for some Belgian specialties: "pommes frites [fries], stoofvlees [beef stew], moules-frites [mussels], and gaufres de Liège [Liégeois waffles]").
    (Fremont, free entry)

    7. Belgian Independence Day Celebration
    Whoop it up for the anniversary of Belgian's independence, officially won on July 21 in 1830. There will be tons of scrumptious Belgian beer, including gueuzes and lambics, from breweries like La Chouffe, Brouwerij Alvinne, Chimay, Gulden Draak, and Lindemans, plus American Belgian-style brewers like New Belgium. Santé!
    (South Lake Union, free entry)

    8. Nacho Bell at The Factory
    Join The Factory and "Taco Bell revisionist" Mary Anne Carter for a "cheese drizzled display of nachos and nostalgia" during Capitol Hill Block Party. The event promises "sustenance in the form of food," as well as "artsy shit." Apparently, Carter literally dreamt up the idea, and is now bringing it to the hungry masses, if only for one fleeting day.
    (Capitol Hill, free admission)


    9. Beer & Board Games
    Enjoy Blue Highway's wide variety of board games while you sample three different four-ounce beer tastes. Plus, they'll host a raffle, and the first 24 attendees will go home with a free pint glass.
    (Queen Anne, $5)


    10. Clinton Fearon & the Boogie Brown Band
    A former member of the classic Jamaican reggae band the Gladiators, Clinton Fearon is the only real roots rocker in the Pacific Northwest. His first Seattle band, the Defenders, was beloved by all black immigrants, who were moved by his sense of authority, his command of important issues, and his determination that Africa would one day rise again and destroy monolithic Babylon. The Defenders'"Chant Down Babylon" even became a local hit. The Jamaican expat is still alive and well, performing now with the Boogie Brown Band, which does a competent job of backing this reggae master. CHARLES MUDEDE
    (Capitol Hill, free)

    11. CODA: One Year Anniversary
    Dance to heavy bass beats spun by Quincy James, Justin Hartinger, Doozy, Aramis, Marvelous, Trenton B2B Yohiness, and Taul B2B Luck Dragon, accompanied by trippy visuals.
    (Capitol Hill, $10)

    12. Darqness: A Queer & Trans People of Color Party with Sissy Elliott
    Sissy Elliott, Mykki Blanco's tour DJ, will headline a night of sweet Darqness with evening regulars NXMXGXLDXX and Reverend Dollars, and Timbre Room resident DJ Howin 1000 on the decks. Houston producer and social justice activist Brian Is Ze will host.
    (Downtown, pay what you can/$10 after 11 pm)

    13. Dorado, Dave DeLeon, The Church of What It Is, The Crashers, Petey Normal
    Portland band Dorado will head a night of funky rock, along with singer/songwriter Dave DeLeon, the Church of What It Is, the Crashers, and Petey Normal.
    (Eastlake, $6/$8)

    14. Double Sunrise Club No. 4
    Immerse yourself in this Block Party edition and fourth iteration of the Double Sunrise Club, a night for vintage dance grooves of the highest order. Along with the DSC resident DJS, Soffos and Ahold Of will be on the decks.
    (Capitol Hill, $10)

    15. 2017 Eastlake Block Party & Razorcake Emergency Benefit
    Join up with your Eastlake brethren for a benefit show and anti-Block Party block party that will go to benefit legendary punk press Razorcake. Featured bands will include Snuggle, Mea Culpa, Dagger Moon, Dead Bars, Sioux City Pete and the Beggars, Bad Future, Subsumer, The Lindseys, Bacteria, Nijlpaard, Your Mother Should Know, and DJ Shrimpy Trash split across the stages at Lo-Fi, Black Lodge, and Victory Lounge.
    (Eastlake, $10/$15)

    16. Tom Baker and Peter Vukmirovic Stevens with Mara Gearman
    Two resident composers at Jack Straw—Tom Baker, who explores memory in his work Deeply Lodged, and Peter Vukmirovic Stevens, who'll be accompanied by violist Mara Gearman and musicians from the Saint Helens String Quartet and the Seattle Symphony Orchestra—will play their new pieces for the public.
    (University District, free)

    17. Hollow Earth Radio Return Show: Los Caidos, Matriarch, RJC
    Scrappy local DIY venue and online radio station Hollow Earth is back after renovations with a hardcore punk show featuring Los Caidos (Argentinian power-punk rockers on their first US tour) plus Seattle's Matriarch and Regional Justice Center.
    (Central District, $8-$10)

    18. Country Dave, Secret Society of the Cross, Chuck Westmoreland
    Country Dave will twang out some nostalgic country, with support from Chuck Westmoreland and Secret Society of the Cross.
    (Ballard, $8)

    19. Motopony, General Mojo's, Kelli Schaefer
    Indie party-starters Motopony construct expansive rock with touches of experimental psychedelia. They'll be joined by General Mojo's and Kelli Schaefer.
    (Ballard, $10)

    20. Music Under the Stars
    The concept of Music Under the Stars is simple but compelling: A student ensemble sets up in a park and plays to whoever shows up, often folk with picnic blankets in tow and maybe a surreptitious bottle of wine or two. Then, at eight, Benaroya Hall pipes in whatever performance is happening that night (aligned with selections from this year's Seattle Chamber Music Society Summer Festival, of course) to the assembled throng—it's basically two shows for the price of none!
    (First Hill & Columbia City, free)

    21. Paper Puppet Opera and Purty Mouth
    Paper Puppet Opera will put on a show that's everything the name implies—well, except that by "opera" they mean Purty Mouth's "campy country" accompaniment. But the paper puppets will prance as promised in what looks like a weirdly charming show.
    (University District, free)

    22. Po' Brothers, Mister Master, Either Or
    Enjoy some good ole smokey alt garage rock from Po' Brothers, with Mister Master and Either Or, at their record release show.
    (Pioneer Square, $10)

    23. Research: King Britt, J-Justice, Stas THEE Boss
    A consummate, eclectic DJ and a producer of sophisticated, soulful house and spacey, abstract electronic music (the former as Sylk 130, the latter under his Fhloston Paradigm alias), Philadelphia’s King Britt offers nutritious brain food to audiences no matter which role he’s filling (tonight he’ll be doing a hybrid DJ/live set). Hiphop heads may know Britt best for his stint as Digable Planets’ touring disc jockey, during which he had ample time/space to flex his knowledge of obscure funk and jazz. (Check The Cosmic Lounge Volume One comp for an example of Britt’s curatorial prowess regarding freaky jazz-fusion.) That he recently collaborated with rising electronic iconoclast Moor Mother proves Britt’s remaining relevant, even if he has a rich history of productions and mixes to fall back on. DAVE SEGAL
    (Downtown, $10)

    24. Salem's Bend, Kook, The Sharp Teeth
    San Ramon hard rockers Salem's Bend journey up from California for a night out with Kook and the Sharp Teeth.
    (Tukwila, $5/$8)

    25. Suitcase, Service Provider, Stereo Embers
    Created in the '90s by a bunch of Vashon locals, Suitcase is back with a revamped sound that remains centered on guitar-driven, mid-tempo rock that plays on introspective tendencies. They'll be joined by local groups Service Provider and Stereo Embers.
    (Georgetown, $5-$10)


    26. Cookie Couture x Kremwerk Present: Baked Goods!
    If you thought you were done with Cookie Couture when she and Halfway Haus concluded their reign of Art Haus 3.0, you were wrong. And how happily wrong you were. This week, Cookie debuts Baked Goods!, a brand-new, ongoing monthly series full of funny, campy queens and kings like Honey Bucket, Irene DuBois, LaSaveona Hunt, Mona Real, Uh-Oh!, and Miss Kitty Francia. Keep your eye on Mona Real. Someone in the scene described her to me as "What would happen if Divine walked into Fremont Vintage," and subsequent YouTube rabbit holes confirm this to be 100 percent accurate. RICH SMITH
    (Downtown, $8)


    27. 2017 Robert E. “Ned” Behnke Annual Lecture with Rigo 23
    Hear from Rigo 23, a muralist, sculptor, painter, artisan, and zine maker who has collaborated with such activist and militant groups as the Black Panthers, the American Indian Movement, tenant collectives, and Zapatistas. You may get a chance to talk to the Portuguese-born, San Franciscan artist at the reception beforehand. Registration is closed online, but they may have space at the door.
    (First Hill, free)

    28. Martin Perlman: Thinks Out Loud
    Martin Perlman offers a new take on the epistolary novel in Thinks Out Loud, written in blog form, about a group of internet nerds who are shipwrecked and forced into a wild adventure.
    (University District, free)

    29. P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast
    Celebrate young adult fantasy books with P. C. Cast and Kristen Cast, authors of Loved (the first in their House of Night Other World series).
    (Lake Forest Park, free)

    30. Woman Most Wild Book-Signing
    Do you have a sorceress slumbering inside you? Danielle Dulsky, a "longtime activist for wild spirituality and the divine feminine’s return," will present and sign a new book Woman Most Wild: Liberating the Witch Within promising to help her rise to the surface. All genders are welcome.
    (Greenwood, free)



    31. Will Robinson: Continuum
    Continuum will feature new works by sculptor Will Robinson, whose stonework is described as "a study in contrasts" and "prone to impossible balancing acts."
    (Pioneer Square, free, closes Saturday)


    32. Getting Naked with Friends: The Farewell Tour
    Say good-bye to local sketch troupe Getting Naked with Friends—Elena Martinez, Anthony Householder, Kayla Teel, Evan McCarty, and Ezra Parter—past winners of the 2016 SketchFest FundFight.
    (Greenwood, $10/$14)


    33. Under The Block Party
    For that Block Party experience off, under, or around the block, hit up this weekend of soul music from Capitol Cider, with two nights of live sets from Falon Sierra, Otieno Terry, Holy Pistola, and Tiffany Wilson.
    (Capitol Hill, $5)


    34. Bedtime Stories
    Gather round, have a cookie or a cold drink, and listen to sexy stories from the mouths of Isis Zystrid, Chad Wilson, Daniel Lauzon, Miss Angela, and Melissa Lee.
    (Capitol Hill, free)



    35. Color and Pattern
    Explore Color & Pattern in representational and non-representational sculpture, painting, ceramics, and drawings from David Hockney, Philip Taaffe, Agnes Martin, and Robert Rothko, among others. The exhibit contrasts works that draw heavily on the natural world and those that divorce form and color from recognizable forms.
    (South Lake Union, $5, closes Sunday)


    36. Bite of Seattle
    Bite of Seattle fills up every year with people chasing morsels from more than 60 local restaurants. Everything will be under $10, including $3.75 "Just a Bite" items from each restaurant. There will also be cook-offs, demos, wine and cider tastings, and a movie night on Friday (Ferris Bueller's Day Off).
    (Seattle Center, free entry)

    37. NorthWest Flow Fest 2017 Flourish
    Flow Fest is a dance/yoga/music gathering incorporating many different types of improvised movement and offering workshops in staff spinning, belly dancing, acro yoga, juggling, and much more. Watch the performances for free, or buy a pass and take part in the classes.
    (Wallingford, free-$60)

    38. Renton River Days
    The 32nd annual Renton River Days will have a parade, art market, vendors at the "Nibble of Renton," chalk art contest, car show, a Rubber Ducky Derby, a pancake breakfast, and more.
    (Renton, free)

    39. White Center Jubilee Days
    White Center gets in on the summer festival game with Jubilee Days, featuring live music, food trucks, car show, parade, garden tour, derby, and all the other carnival accoutrements.
    (White Center, free)


    40. STIFF 2017 Transmedia Gallery
    This STIFF (Seattle Transmedia & Independent Film Festival) pop-up gallery features video art, 360/AR/VR installations, gaming, and other explorations of new and classic media forms.
    (Sodo, free)


    41. Drunky's Two Shoe BBQ Backyard Music Fest
    Drunky's Two Show has a new outdoor stage so they'll be celebrating with three whole days of live music from local groups like Raw Dogs, Puke Snake, F Holes, Burien, and Darci Carlson and Family, along with their trademark BBQ and booze specials.
    (Fremont, $10 per day)

    42. Sebastian Bach Party V.III
    Escape the specific fervor of Capitol Hill Block Party with this tribute to Sebastian Bach that has nothing to do with Sebastian Bach a block away from the Pike/Pine Hellmouth. Enjoy three free days of local bands thrashing out their overcast summer energies, with sets by Freeway Park, Filthy Fingers United, Beverly Crusher, Alo, Baywitch, Xurs, Mo Brown and the Shit Downtown, Ferrari Boys, SSNACKSS, Goaways, Dr Quinn, Tres Leches, Cool Ruins, Little Hero, Mind Beams, and many more, and DJ sets in the evening.
    (Capitol Hill, $5)


    43. Pericles
    Paul Constant wrote, "Pericles is so poorly written that, for centuries, Shakespeare scholars tried with all their nerdy might to deny he wrote it. Funny thing is, it was beloved in Shakespearean times because it's the Armageddon of Shakespeare plays, a title usually reserved for the oft-underappreciated Titus Andronicus. The first hour alone is packed with cheap-seat-pleasing thrills: shipwrecks, a jousting match for the hand of a princess, and buckets of scandal—the play opens with an incestuous relationship and, before everything is done, a murder plot is foiled by pirates, and someone gets sold into sex slavery." See Pericles performed outdoors at this event presented as part of Seattle Shakespeare's Wooden O summer series, which will also present Much Ado About Nothing.
    (Across Seattle, free)

    44. Richard II
    Susannah Rose Woods will direct this production of Shakespeare's gloomy history play about Richard II. "My crown I am, but my griefs are still mine. You may my glories and my state depose, But not my griefs; still am I king of those."
    (Phinney Ridge, free)



    45. Celebrating Life Dragon Boat Festival
    Forty-foot boats rowed by athletes and enthusiasts—12 teams total—will cut through Lake Sammamish at this race celebrating Chinese culture. On the shore, enjoy food and entertainment.
    (Issaquah, free)

    46. Dog Days
    Dogs and humans can frolic in the park at this festival of all things canine. Arrive early to be one of 150 lucky receivers of "bark bag" gifts for pooches, or just come at your leisure for photobooth, food samples, live music, a raffle of doggy goods, and adoptions from the Seattle Humane Society.
    (Ballard, free)

    47. Egyptian Bazaar
    Enjoy a festival highlighting Egyptian arts, crafts, music, and food, plus bouncy houses and face painting for the kiddies.
    (Capitol Hill, free)

    48. Family Dance Jam in the Park!
    Feeling gloomy? Get out in the sunshine and stretch your body with help from dance/movement therapists. People of all ages and dance abilities (including none) are welcome.
    (Ballard, free)

    49. Live in D5! Hosted by Debora Juarez, Seattle City Council District 5
    Councilmember Deborah Juarez will mark her birthday at the district's arts and culture fest, which promises kids' activities, free tacos from Los Chilangos, a cash beer garden by the Growler Guys, live music, and a dunk tank.
    (North Seattle, free)

    50. Parklet Party
    Little Saigon will be getting a brand new public parklet, and that's an excuse for an informational party with DJs and snacks. Meet at the corner of 12th Street and S Jackson Street.
    (Chinatown-International District, free)

    51. Teatro ZinZanni Costume Sale
    It's sad that Teatro ZinZanni must leave Seattle in favor of Marymoor Park, but their inconvenience is your gain. They'll have more than 1,000 articles of clothing, accessories, pieces of furniture, and sound/lighting apparatus for you to shop. Get ideas for a killer costume party or start a mini-theater of your own with your findings.
    (Magnolia, free)

    52. Urbanist Walking Tour - MarketFront and Waterfront
    The Urbanist and Friends of Waterfront Seattle will show you around the new MarketFront expansion, informing you of the improvements already made and giving you hints of the future of the park.
    (Downtown, $10 suggested donation)


    53. Latinx/Latina/Latino Pride Festival
    El Centro de la Raza will host Seattle's first ever Latinx/Latina/Latino Pride Festival. Everyone is welcome to come and party it up in honor of the intersections between queerness and being Latino/a/x, with live entertainment, dance music, food vendors, a photo booth, and more.
    (Beacon Hill, free)

    54. Northwest SolarFest
    This solar energy festival in Shoreline brings together entrepreneurs, advocates, and the public. Share your love of the environment and your eco-skills or learn something new about the technology that will (hopefully) save our butts.
    (Greenwood, free)

    55. West Seattle Grand Parade
    West Seattle Rotary Service Foundation organizes the "oldest parade in Seattle"—the West Seattle Grand Parade has been marching every year since 1935. This Seafair event features clowns, drill teams, pageantry, and more.
    (West Seattle)


    56. Seattle Asian American Film Festival: Outdoor Movies
    Every Saturday from now to the end of August, gather in the ID for live performances at dusk, followed by a movie with Asian and Asian American themes, subjects, and creators. Eat free popcorn! This weekend's film is A Taste of Home, a documentary on Seattle Chinatown's food culture.
    (Chinatown-International District, free)

    57. Seattle Outdoor Cinema
    The Seattle Outdoor Cinema (formerly Fremont Outdoor Movies) is celebrating its 25th season with a permanent venue upgrade to the South Lake Union Discovery Center. All screenings are 21+, there will be a beer garden (proceeds from which will benefit various rotating non-profits), and other pre-screening entertainment. Saturday is Dude Fest: The Big Lebowski, featuring $7 White Russians.
    (South Lake Union, $5+)

    58. West Seattle Outdoor Movies
    The 14th annual season of the West Seattle Outdoor Movie series will have family-friendly movies at dusk, with pre-movie children's activities, food trucks, and concessions for sale—as well as opportunities to raise money for nonprofits. The series starts tonight with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
    (West Seattle, free)


    59. Raised Pop-Up
    Raised Doughnuts is taking over Citizen's beer garden, so hurry up and get your maple bars, apple fritters, ube coconut rings, and more before they sell out.
    (Queen Anne, free)


    60. Unrivaled Tabletop Tourney
    Compete in matches of Unrivaled tabletop games: Ascension, Munchkin, King of Tokyo, Epic Spell Wars, Nevermore, and Villagers & Villains. Don't worry if you haven't heard of them: There will be tutorials. But if you can deal with higher pressure, enter the tournament for a shot at a free trip to Vegas for the Unrivaled Grand Finale in October, with its $250,000 pool.
    (Downtown, $10)


    61. 2nd Annual GIBBYFEST
    For the second year running, GIBBYFEST, a whole evening of hard-rocking weirdos, will take over a stage and tear your world apart. Bands this year will include The SelfImportanators, Tobias The Owl, Mental Tronde De Jambe, Mother Chorizo, Skull Sick Remedy, Sir Mark The Poet, Guilty Smoke, and Crofoot.
    (Greenwood, $6)

    62. Black Bone Exorcism, Great Falls, Rhine, Rat King
    Black Bone Exorcism will troll out their dirty, heavy, pagan-inspired metal, with local support by Great Falls, Rhine, and Rat King.
    (Ballard, $10)

    63. Breaks and Swells, Carrie Akre, The High Steppers, The Betsy Olson Band
    Hear live music on the waterfront, starting with soul/pop ensemble Breaks and Swells and continuing with local rockers Carrie Akre, the High Steppers, and the Betsey Olson Band.
    (Downtown, free)

    64. Creatura Wildlife Benefit Concert: Legion Within, She's Lost Control, Blicky, The Secret Light, DJ Seraphim
    Headbang for endangered animals with the darkwavers Legion Within, plus backup from She's Lost Control (a Joy Division tribute), Blicky, the Secret Light, and a set by DJ Seraphim. Proceeds will benefit Creatura, a wildlife advocacy group.
    (Eastlake, $8)

    65. Dream Police with Jen Ayers and The Sweet Pickles
    Dream Police, a Cheap Trick tribute, will play the songs from the Live at Budokan concert, with backup by Jen Ayers and the Sweet Pickles covering hits from the '80s.
    (Ballard, $10)

    66. Emo Dance Party
    Bring back the early-mid 2000's with your deep passion for gauged ears, flat-ironed hair, and Pete Wentz's smirk at the Emo Dance Party, a new chance to relive your MySpace glory in the form of a high energy, passionately emo DJ night.
    (Ballard, $8)

    67. Gar Gar, Zealandia, Buff Muff, Fuzz Mutt
    Gar Gar call themselves "the gator-headed savior promised in the first draft of the Bible." To us, they sound like garage punk rock, but maybe gatorheads have learned how to sing.
    (Tukwila, $7)

    68. Jazz Noise Fest
    If your taste in jazz runs truly wild, hear experimental groups like FHTAGN, rEEK, The Comedown Quartet, Yetzirah, Cucks, and Glasgow's Williwaw at the first edition of this festival.
    (Capitol Hill, $5)

    69. Luv' Ladder
    Move your gams to joyful jams all the way up the Luv' Ladder, with DJ Kirky spinning ABBA disco in a sacred queer spaces.
    (Capitol Hill, free)

    70. Neon Party with Moobek
    Feel that glowing energy while dancing to hiphop and Top 40 tracks by Just Jordan, Mykzilla, and Moobek. Admission is free if you sign up for the guest list.
    (Downtown, free)

    71. Northern Nomads, Eastern Souvenirs, Caargo, Seed Ling
    Relatively new '80s-influenced synth-pop group Northern Nomads will headline a night of wavy gravy from ambient and experimental electro-pop groups like Eastern Souvenirs, Caargo, and Seed Ling.
    (Pioneer Square, $5/$8)

    72. One Master, Winter In The Blood, Serpents Chalice, Kömmand, Kihalas
    Occult black metal group One Master will take over the stage, with opening support from equally dark and heavy bands Winter In The Blood, Serpents Chalice, Kömmand, and Kihalas.
    (Capitol Hill, $10/$12)

    73. Pandemonium in the Parking Lot
    Grab a giant burger and thrash around in the parking lot of Zippy's to the dulcet tones of The Plot Sickens, Zero Down, and Wreckless Freeks.
    (White Center, free)

    74. Radio Raheem with Molasses
    Radio Raheem blend their indie soul-pop sound with horn-heavy funk rock band Molasses in the Slim's backlot.
    (Georgetown, $7)

    75. Rain City Rock Camp for Girls Summer Camp Showcase
    The kids of Rain City Rock Camp for Girls, grouped into 16 bands, will play original songs to the "screaming crowd." See tomorrow's rockers while they're still pint-sized.
    (Belltown, $10)

    76. Rainier BAAMFest
    BAAMFest is a hodgepodge of "music, dance, spoken word, visual arts, food, art vendors, contests and MORE!" The goal this year is to affirm community and resilience with the theme “Come Together.” Come out to see the Massive Monkees, Rhythms of India, the Filipino Youth Drill Team, and many others.
    (Beacon Hill, free)

    77. Smokey Brights (DJ Set)
    Smokey Brights are the kind of crackly and warm guitar-driven rock that you already know and love, even if you’ve never heard it. It’s that warm blanket that you throw over your head to avoid dealing with your uncle’s off-color rants about refugees. KATHLEEN TARRANT
    (Downtown, free)

    78. Summer Lovin'
    Dance to classic summer songs curated by Dapper Down Productions—"Everything from The Beach Boys to Boys II Men"—with an especially wild drag king guest from New Orleans, Bellaggio Showers.
    (Downtown, $10)

    79. Swindler with Phish Webcast
    Fusing jazz, soul, funk, and blues into a sonic monstrosity, Swindler will soundtrack the Tavern stage, along with a live webcast screening of the Phish show at Madison Square Garden.
    (West Seattle, $7)

    80. Taylar Elizza Beth, Escort, DJ Gagreflex, DJ Hamboy
    Somehow maintaining a balance of lush cosmic haze and centering gravitas, experimental hiphop artist Taylar Elizza Beth incorporates values of theater, poetry, and electronica into her work, resulting in a heady mix that elevates as it grounds. KIM SELLING
    (Eastlake, $7-$10)


    81. Strictly Seattle Participant Showing
    Dancers of all levels in the Strictly Seattle intensive will share work and works in progress in this informal showing.
    (Capitol Hill, free)


    82. Game Night Party
    NW Pride of Color convokes you for some free, friendly card games over drinks.
    (Renton, free)

    83. Queer Geek Board Game Meetup
    Play demo games and bring your own favorites with new nerdy queer and ally friends. Bring your own food and drink if you like.
    (Capitol Hill, free)

    84. West End Girls: A Drag Extravaganza!
    Of the first edition of West End Girls, Stranger writer and social media manager Chase Burns said: "People have been able to get a beer and tater tots in West Seattle, well, forever, but now they can do it while watching a drag queen lip-synch a Marilyn Manson song. Or lip-synch Panda Bear while dressed as a sea monster. Or smack a Chipotle burrito against her tuck." This was speculation, but given the weird drag all-star lineup (Betty Wetter, Butylene O'Kipple, DonnaTella Howe, Fraya Love, Harlotte O'Scara, Londyn Bradshaw, and Old Witch) and the host, Cookie Couture, anything seems possible.
    (West Seattle, $10/$12)


    85. Seattle Cascades vs. San Francisco Flamethrowers
    Disc enthusiasts: Watch a fierce game of Ultimate between the Seattle Cascades and the San Francisco Flamethrowers and enjoy DJs and entertainment at halftime.
    (Capitol Hill, free)

    86. Yoga, Zumba, Open Studio, and Tour
    Practice yoga outside, shape up with zumba, take a sculpture tour, and explore Lion's Main Art Collective's interactive open studio at this Summer at SAM day.
    (Belltown, free)



    87. Eighth Generation Artist in Residence: RYAN! Seymour
    Catch artisr RYAN! Feddersen at her two-day Atrium residency as she forges "multi-layered environments" and sculpts interactive works concerning "hypocrisies and injustices in contemporary American culture in regards to race, class, and gender."
    (Downtown, free)


    88. Alki Art Fair
    There will be juried art, three music stages, kids' activities, and lots of food at this large community fair on scenic Alki Beach.
    (West Seattle, free)

    89. Renegade Craft Fair
    Renegade Craft Fair will return to Magnuson Park for the third year, bringing along more than 200 makers selling their wares, DIY workshops, food and drinks, and other special events.
    (Sand Point, free)


    90. The Comedy of Errors
    The tyrannical Duke in this production of Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors (directed by David Gassner) bears a striking resemblance to our current commander-in-chief. "If the skin were parchment and the blows you gave were ink, your own handwriting would tell you what I think."
    (Phinney Ridge, free)

    91. A Midsummer Night's Dream
    At various parks around Seattle this summer, four brave actors will take on all the roles in a one-hour abridgment of Shakespeare's classic comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream. Keep in mind: the reason you might be sick of this play is because it's a great introduction to Shakespeare, especially for young audiences. It has romance, complicated partner-swapping, malevolent magic, and (of course) the relatable and hilarious mechanicals, including a weaver/actor named "Bottom." Here's a perfect excuse to trot the kids out to see some live theater.
    (Across Seattle, free)

    92. Much Ado About Nothing
    Paul Constant (former Stranger books editor and co-founder of the Seattle Review of Books) wrote, "Because Much Ado About Nothing is arguably the world's first rom-com, every major player makes one asshole move that seems totally out of character." Come see the drama in a beautiful outdoor setting, presented as part of Seattle Shakespeare's Wooden O summer series, which will also present Pericles.
    (Across Seattle, free)

    93. Outdoor Trek: Day of the Dove
    Classic Star Trek lives on in the wild—or at least the park—with re-enactment of "Day of the Dove," an episode in which Klingons and humans are set against one another by a mysterious, hate-consuming force. Enjoy swordfights, live music, hot dogs for purchase, and more.
    (Central District, free)

    94. Villains: The '80s Show
    Popular local sketch troupe Villains will steal away to the 1980s for a big-hair, shoulder-padded, leopard-printed show.
    (Greenwood, $10/$14)



    95. High Noon Self-Care Session
    Take a break from the Capitol Hill Block Party or other Sunday activities. Get your nails done, have your mind read, drink mimosas, and enjoy music by DJ Larry Rose and DJ Tim. Register beforehand for a gift.
    (Capitol Hill, free)


    96. Chinatown Seafair Parade
    Does anybody dispute the awesomeness of Seattle's history-rich, culturally alive, often delicious-smelling Chinatown? Watch a lively evening parade through the district, complete with lion dancers, bands, and a giant dragon friend.
    (Chinatown-International District, free)

    97. Food Truck Fest
    Food trucks will gather to hawk their tasty dishes; it's up to you to choose between Cup Steak, Go Dog Go, Kama'aina Grill, Lumpia World, and more. Kim Archer and Kristen Marlo will provide live music.
    (Tacoma, free)

    98. Glass Fest Northwest
    This festival-style celebration of glass art promises work from more than 25 local artists, live glassmaking demonstrations, food, wine, craft beer, music, and family-friendly activities.
    (Tacoma, free)

    99. SnoHomo Pride
    At long last, Snohomish has a Pride of its own. The whole queer family is invited for face painting and performances by DYR, Dapper Down Productions, Rainbow City Band and Believe Out Loud.
    (Snohomish, free)


    100. Hunger Strikes: A Call to End Immigrant Detention
    Watch a short documentary film on an local human rights issue, Hunger Strikes: A Call to End Immigrant Detention, and discuss the 2014 and 2017 hunger strikes at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma. The Northwest Detention Center Resistance will discuss what they view as the US government's lack of respect for immigrant civil rights.
    (Capitol Hill, free)

    101. STIFF 2017 Award Ceremony & Closing Party
    Meet local filmmakers and media artists and see who gets the laurels at this wrap-up party for the Seattle Transmedia & Independent Film Festival. There'll be DJ'ing by Jensen, drinks by Heritage Distillery Company and Der Blokken Brewery, and heavy appetizers.
    (Sodo, free)


    102. Nerd Grinder
    Trade your old nerd stuff (toys, comics, movies on DVD or VHS, music, collectibles, etc.) for someone else's treasures or buy weird esoteric and pop culture items from the gallery.
    (Ballard, free)

    103. Pinewood Derby
    Buy a derby kit and race your vehicle at Rat City—you may win a prize for best OR worst in show! They promise prizes and "maybe even a surprise band playing."
    (White Center, free)


    104. 45th St Brass + DJ Indica Jones
    The 45th St Brass band will spout rootsy funk along with singers Eva Walker and Annie Jantzer, plus tracks by DJ Indica Jones. Also, it's somebody named Peter's birthday.
    (Columbia City, donation)

    105. Drew Martin, Honey Mustard, Beasley
    A night of banjo-driven singer-songwriter soul from Drew Martin and blues rock duo Honey Mustard with Beasley.
    (Ballard, $10)

    106. Free Blues & Cool Jazz Series
    Loll on the grass and listen to chill jazz and blues from some of Seattle's most popular local musicians. The Jaqueline Tabor Jazz Band will play classic tunes this Sunday.
    (Downtown, free)

    107. A Fundraiser For Teresa Mosqueda with Pony Time, Lisa Prank, Childbirth
    Pony Time, possibly the best garage-rock band of all time (but don’t quote me), are getting back together for one night, and that should be the only information you need to get your ass out the door and into this show. If you require more info, take heart in the fact that this event will double as a fundraiser for Teresa Mosqueda, political director for the Washington State Labor Council and former legislative director of the Children’s Alliance who is running for citywide Position 8 of the Seattle City Council. Along with Pony Time’s retirement-age scuzz, Lisa Prank, the Trapper-Keeper queen of Seattle, and Childbirth, sentient hospital smocks who make a lot of sense regarding womxn’s issues and your dad, will also grace the stage. KIM SELLING
    (Belltown, $10)

    108. Funk and Soul by the Sound
    Boogie by the waterfront with local funk and soul bands Radio Raheem, Cody Ray Raymond, Turner Jones Turner, and Mason Turner and the Reign.
    (Downtown, free)

    109. Haile Selassie's 125th Birthday Show
    Quench your thirst for bona fide reggae with Cannon and The Lion of Judah, whose members hail from the US Virgin Islands and Seattle.
    (Fremont, $7/$10)

    110. Makaya McCraven, Proh Mic, Tony Ozier
    Internationally renowned jazz drummer Makaya McCraven will perform a solo set of unique beats for a night of jazz and funk experimentation with Proh Mic and Tony Ozier.
    (Downtown, $8)

    111. Morning Glory Revival, Amy Bleu Duo
    If all the heavy experimental gets too mental, you can float back down during the more conventional sets from Morning Glory Revival, a melodic indie-rock group. MIKE NIPPER
    (University District, $5)

    112. Orphan Radio Pop-Up
    New kids on the block Orphan Radio will be throwing a live broadcast party for twelve straight hours wherein local DJ collectives and record labels will hawk their wares while alternately taking turns on the decks. Featured groups on the bill include MOTOR, Further Records, Budget Cuts Records & Tapes, Jungle Gym, and many more.
    (Capitol Hill, free)

    113. Qui with Trevor Dunn, Me Infecto, Dry T-Shirt Contest, Uncle Lord
    Thrasher duo Qui will perform with Trevor Dunn (the incredibly skilled bassist of Mr. Bungle and Tomahawk), promising a weird and virtuosic set.
    (Eastlake, $10/$12)

    114. Western Spyders, Shower Scum, Mud On My Bra
    Psychpop trio Western Spyders will be joined by garage rockers Mud On My Bra and whimsical feminist punk duo Shower Scum.
    (Ballard, $8)

    115. Wooky July Residency with Guests
    Wooky describes their music as "Psychedelic Rock that came from your papa's tool shed, whilst living near the beach, before he met your mom," and they'll showcase such vibes at their month-long residency every Sunday night of July at the High Dive. They'll be joined by different musical guests each week—for their last weekend, FLRT and Crashers.
    (Fremont, $6/$8)


    116. African American Storytelling & Art
    Queer families of color are invited to hear storyteller Kimi Ginn's African American stories, and kids can create artwork related to the tales.
    (Beacon Hill, free)

    117. Movie Night: But I'm a Cheerleader
    If you aren't already familiar, But I'm a Cheerleader! is a comedy about a sheltered teenager sent to an ex-gay "rehab" camp when her parents suspect her of being a lesbian. See RuPaul in an early role and enjoy special drinks and truffle popcorn.
    (Capitol Hill, free)


    118. David Williams
    Author (and sometimes science writer) David B. Williams collected essays and maps to examine nature in the city in his 2005 book The Street-Smart Naturalist; he wrote about Seattle's redrawn, rebuilt hills and waterways in his 2015 book Too High and Too Steep; and recently, he mapped out great jaunts in our lovely city in Seattle Walks. His new book, Waterway, is another chapter in his nonfiction love affair with Seattle, will retrace the history of the Locks and the Ship Canal.
    (Downtown, free)


    119. Free Weekend Walk: Hydrangeas
    The UW's free garden tours focus on hydrangeas in all their varieties (even a tree species!) this month. Sink your eyes into glorious shades of purple, mauve, cream, and pink.
    (Madison Park, free)

    recommendedGet all this and more on the free Stranger Things To Do mobile app—available now on the App Store and Google Play.recommended

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    RIP to some fine electronic music journalism. by Amber Cortes

    Thump - another one bites the dust
    Thump - another one bites the dustFLASHPOP VIA GETTY IMAGES

    Slick, hipster media giant Vice just laid off 2 percent of their staff and is closing Thump, an site publishing journalism about electronic and dance music and culture since 2013, Resident Advisor has reported. The Brooklyn-based company, worth a whopping $5.7 billion dollars, will now be focusing their growth on—you guessed it: VIDEOS!

    MTV News just pulled a similar pivot last month, laying off some of their finest culture and politics writers in favor of “short-form video content.” Only a year ago, they were touting their switch to long-form, so what gives?

    Apparently, what gives is that banner ads make for bad revenue, and even though an MTV spokesperson explained that videos are “more in line with young people's media consumption habits” (read: blame millennials and their damn short attention spans!), we all know the bottom line is those sweet, sweet online advertising dollas.

    Over the three years that Thump has been publishing, there’ve been some mighty fine articles—like this in-depth character study of “Party Monster”Michael Alig, this important piece about what happens when white producers making house and techno co-opt black identity and use it as a marketing device, and this hilarious firsthand account of the ill-fated Fyre Festival.

    Personally, I fucking hate videos, and am sorry to see another blow to the slowly-draining lifeblood of long-form music journalism.

    Former Thump editor Michelle Lhooq posted what became Thump’s final story on Twitter:

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    by Heidi Groover

    Rental rates are increasing—and not just among broke young people.
    Rental rates are increasing—and not just among broke young people.Justin Sullivan/getty

    More American households are now renting their homes than at any point since at least 1965, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of census data.

    According to Pew, the number of U.S. households grew by 7.6 million over the latest decade. But the number of households that own their home has remained flat, while those that rent has increased. And it's not just broke millennials renting:

    Certain demographic groups ­– such as young adults, nonwhites and the lesser educated – have historically been more likely to rent than others, and rental rates have increased among these groups over the past decade. However, rental rates have also increased among some groups that have traditionally been less likely to rent, including whites and middle-aged adults.

    Among households led by people between 35 and 44 years old, about 40 percent rent compared to 31 percent in 2006. Among people between 45 and 64, the percent renting grew from 22 to 28 percent. "All major racial and ethnic groups were more likely to rent in 2016 than a decade earlier," Pew reports. And "the movement toward renting has also occurred across all levels of educational attainment."

    The data does not just underscore the economic reality facing people who might want to buy but can't afford it. It also reminds us that tenant protections like those gainingtractioninSeattle—not to mention New York City's effort to guarantee low-income renters access to legal counsel to avoid eviction—are more important than ever. And it should remind elected officials the importance of making sure those protections actually work.

    Read Pew's full analysis of the data here.

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    by Vince Mancini


    There are a lot of art-house movies about grief and grieving, and most of them are bad. A Ghost Story is so much more than that, but to understand what writer/director David Lowery (Pete’s Dragon, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints) is playing at, you have to forget what you’ve learned from other grief narratives. A Ghost Story will take you somewhere, if you let it. Probably its most impressive quality is that it teaches you how to watch it.

    Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara play “C” and “M,” a young married couple living in a quaint country house that might be haunted. We don’t know much more about them, other than C (Affleck) is some kind of composer, that he and M seem to be having relationship trouble, and that the two never, ever smile. A Ghost Story seems to take itself ultra seriously, and Mara and Affleck gloom and glower for all they’re worth, even before a death fractures the narrative.

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    by Sydney Brownstone

    A photo of the bullet holes in Giovonn Joseph McDades car after his shooting death.
    A photo of the bullet holes in Giovonn Joseph-McDade's car after his shooting death.Kent Police Department

    The officer who last month pursued Giovonn Joseph-McDade before another backup officer fatally shot the 20-year-old student wrongly suspected that McDade's car was stolen, new documents released by the Kent Police Department show.

    The trove of records, including videos, interviews and photographs, includes a statement from Officer Matthew Rausch saying he observed "suspicious behavior" before pursuing McDade. During that pursuit, officers twice attempted to cause McDade's vehicle to spin to a stop before Officer William Davis exited his patrol car and pointed his weapon at McDade's car. Both officers claim McDade accelerated in Davis' direction before the officer fired the fatal shots through the windshield.

    Officer Matthew Rausch's written statement offers new insight into the timeline of events that lead up to the fatal shooting. Shortly after midnight in the early morning of June 24, Rausch saw McDade's Honda at an AMPM gas station while on patrol. Rausch, who has served in Kent for two years, said he saw two men in the car. A third man approached the vehicle and "had a scared look on his face" after turning and seeing the officer. The man then entered the vehicle in the back passenger seat.

    "I know based on my training and experience that 1990's-early 2000s sedans are commonly stolen vehicles," Officer Rausch continued. "Vehicle theft is a significant problem in Kent." Rausch ran the plates and found that they had expired, and the registration had been cancelled.

    "After reviewing the information available, it appears the response of Officers Davis and Rausch were appropriate in light of this quickly evolving and dangerous situation, and I fully support their actions," Kent Police Chief Ken Thomas said in a statement attached to the released information.

    Kent Police released the records at the request of McDade's family. An affidavit for a search warrant of the Honda filed in King County Superior Court showed that it was registered to McDade, and not stolen, though it needed updated plates.

    After McDade pulled away from the pumps, Rausch started to follow the Honda. Rausch said in his written statement that the driver appeared to be a white male, possibly Hispanic. (McDade was of black and Pakistani descent.) Rausch noted that McDade turned his head around to see what the police car was doing before quickly turning around and pulling back up to a pump; Rausch chalked this up to "odd" behavior. McDade, Rausch said, "appeared as if he was trying to avoid being stopped or confronted by me."

    McDade stepped out of the car, leaving its two passengers. At that point, Rausch said, he believed the occupants of the Honda "were behaving very strangely" and thought he was witnessing a "hand-to-hand narcotics sale." One man in the back of the car eventually got out and left the scene.

    Rausch continued to follow the car after it turned into an Applebee's parking lot, and announced to dispatch that he was making a traffic stop and turned on his overhead lights. McDade stepped out of his car to face Rausch, who also exited his car. Rausch then instructed McDade to get back in his car, and McDade complied. After that, Rausch called for backup, and said McDade backed up and quickly accelerated out of the parking lot.

    Des Moines police investigators have already described what happened next: That after two attempted Precision Immobilization Technique (PIT) maneuvers from the police, Officer Rausch and a newly named Officer William Davis, who had been on the force for five years, pursued McDade and his passenger, Devonte Cheeks, until they arrived at a cul de sac. Rausch said McDade accelerated towards Davis, who had exited his car and pointed his gun at McDade's Honda. Davis said that he feared he would be run over and fired his weapon twice.

    Investigators also conducted interviews with Devonte Cheeks, the 20-year-old passenger of the car, a resident of one of the homes in the cul de sac who witnessed the shooting, and Annamarie Decker, a police trainee riding with Officer Davis.

    Decker told officers that she thought Davis was going to be hit by the car, but Cheeks told officers that he thought McDade was "definitely trying to go around" Davis, and didn't think "Giovonn would have hit a cop on purpose." Hong Pham, the witness who lived in a nearby home, said he couldn't remember if it looked like the officer was about to be struck.

    Watch the reenactment with Cheeks below.

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    by Ana Sofia Knauf

    In Tagalog, the word gigil refers to the irresistible urge to squeeze something absurdly cute. And I am feeling a lot of that right now.

    The little lady, above, is the newest addition to the Woodland Park Zoo. The snow leopard cub, who is just two weeks old and still hasn't been named, only has one eye open so far.


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    by Amber Cortes

    O beautiful for righteous highs, For amber waves of weed, From Purple Diesel’s majesties, So dank and free of seeds!
    O beautiful for righteous highs, For amber waves of weed, From Purple Diesel’s majesties, So dank and free of seeds!ATYPEEK VIA GETTY IMAGES

    It’s been an intense week of ups and downs for the privacy rights of pot users: Sessions is pushing for civil asset forfeiture, Colorado cops won’t search cars even if their K-9s smell weed, but in Connecticut, they can search your house without seeking homeowner permission. Also, can weed be used for working out? Read on…

    Half of all Americans Have Smoked Weed!

    According to a new Gallup poll, at least 45 percent of all Americans have tried marijuana at some point (compared to only 4 percent when Gallup first asked the question in 1969). That means if you haven’t tried it, SOMEONE YOU KNOW SURELY HAS.

    If You Are a Suspected Drug Dealer, Sessions Says Cops Can Take Your Stuff

    The Attorney General is on a roll—first by directing federal prosecutors to seek minimum mandatory sentences (a practice widely discredited as being cruel and ineffective), and now, by issuing a new directive on civil asset forfeiture—“especially for drug traffickers,” he said in a speech on Monday.

    What is “civil asset forfeiture”? It’s a highly controversial practice that allows police to seize money or goods from people suspected of a crime—suspected, mind you, not actually convicted—without much accountability. According to the Washington Post, the DEA has taken more than $3 billion dollars from people not yet charged with any crime.

    But Luckily, They Can’t Search Your Car if it Smells Like Weed (at Least in Colorado)

    A Colorado Court of Appeals ruled that since marijuana is now legal in the state, even if drug-sniffing K-9 dogs smell weed in your car, it’s not cause enough for searching your car without a warrant. The judge ruled that under Colorado law, people have “a legitimate expectation of privacy”—imagine that!

    But Unfortunately, They Can Search Your Apartment Without Permission from the Owner (at Least in Connecticut)

    The state’s highest court ruled that police don’t need no stinkin’ warrants, or even permission from the landlord or homeowner to search suspect’s homes for marijuana.

    And Employers Can’t Fire People for Consuming Medical Marijuana (at Least in Massachusetts)

    Cristina Barbuto uses medical marijuana to treat the symptoms of her Crohn's Disease, which she fully disclosed to her employer when she was hired in 2014. After failing her drug test, she was still fired after only a day on the job. Now, in what Leafly’s Ben Adlin describes as a “game changer” for medical marijuana patients, she’s won the right to sue her former employers for letting her go.

    Weed for Working Out?

    Our weed correspondent, Lester Black, likes to work out. Good for him! That sounds healthy. He also like to hit the jah right before his workout, which he says makes him a better cyclist and swimmer. While biking and swimming are popular weed-fueled excerscies, yoga seems to be the activity of choice among cannabis consumers. I like to smoke weed right before watching Netflix, um, does that count?

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    by Suzette Smith


    From its awe-inspiring opening montage, Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets immediately immerses its audience in a brilliant, idiosyncratic sci-fi universe—one that’s unlike anything we’ve seen for 20 years, since Besson’s last brilliant, idiosyncratic sci-fi universe, in The Fifth Element. Those of us who loved The Fifth Element will get exactly what we’ve been missing with Valerian. It’s a delight.

    If you’ve read the comics Valerian is based on—text-heavy, 1970s French sci-fi exploration comics that Besson loved as a child—be prepared for Valerian to stray heavily. In the comics, Laureline (Cara Delevingne) is a French woman from the 11th century who radically advances to become the equal of space adventurer Valerian (Dane DeHaan) in the space of a few issues.

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    by Ned Lannamann

    Tim LaBarge

    There's not much time left before Pickathon, but there's always time for another episode in our ongoing Pickathon Starlight Series. Today's is extra special, as it features an exceptional performance from one of last year's breakout performers, Daniel Norgren. Pickathon 2016 marked the Swedish singer/songwriter's first US appearance, and he definitely left an impression on those who were lucky enough to catch him. If you missed it, all is not lost—this great performance clip was captured for posterity, in which Norgren and his rhythm section perform a haunting rendition of "Are We Running Out of Love?"

    Daniel Norgren will be returning to the US later this year for his first full-fledged American tour. And he's kicking off the tour right here in the Northwest, with a show at Seattle's Tractor Tavern on September 22 and then Portland's Revolution Hall on September 23. Prior to that, his two 2015 albums are being properly released in North America—The Green Stone and Alabursy will be given vinyl editions (pressed at Portland's Cascade Record Pressing) that'll hit store shelves later this year. So if this track turns you on, there's plenty more Norgren to come.

    But before any of that happens, it'll be Pickathon time! The 2017 edition of the Portland-area festival is just a turn of the calendar page away: In less than two weeks, Pickathon will be kicking off at Pendarvis Farm with performances from Charles Bradley, A-WA, Wolf People, Drive-By Truckers, the Last Artful, Dodgr, Dinosaur Jr., KING, Dungen, and many others. That goes down August 3-6 and tickets are moving really fast, so if you're planning on going, you may want to lock yours down now.

    Past episodes in the 2016-2017 season of Pickathon's Starlight Series:

    • Episode 1: Fruit Bats
    • Episode 2: Futurebirds
    • Episode 3: Ezra Furman
    • Episode 4: Boulevards
    • Episode 5: Cass McCombs
    • Episode 6: Yemen Blues
    • Episode 7: C.W. Stoneking
    • Episode 8: Kevin Morby

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    by Dan Savage


    In less than two months, if all goes according to plan, I will marry my long-term boyfriend “Jake.” My best friend “Ivy” will be my maid of honor. The two of them are my biggest cheerleaders and supporters. They see me, with all of my flaws, and still believe I'm a brilliant human being. Everyone should be so lucky as to have people like them in their lives.

    Seven years ago, not long after I began dating Jake, I was out of town for Ivy's annual birthday bacchanalia. I suggested Jake go on his own to get to know my friends better. He did, and he and Ivy got so drunk that they ended up sleeping together. I found out last week. A third-party was aware of the tryst and, after falling out with Ivy, told me. Neither Jake nor Ivy remembers much about the encounter. Both were horrified when they awoke the next morning and swore never to speak of it again. They have told me it was the biggest mistake either of them has ever made. I believe them.

    I like to think that I'm realistic about monogamy. It's what I want in a relationship, but it's a struggle, and one affair doesn't outweigh years of monogamy. So I'm surprised at how sad this revelation makes me. Sometimes I'm inexplicably angry; most of the time though, I'm just really, really sad.

    When I look at my relationships with Jake and with Ivy, years of acceptance and love and support, it's obvious that one instance of drunk sex is the anomaly. I don't blame them for keeping it a secret. I'd have been happier if it remained that way. Why can't I stop being sad then? Why do I feel like a fool? Why can't I shake this off as something that happened in the past and has had little bearing on my life until now?

    I don't want to lose these relationships (I think). But these insidious thoughts are dragging me down in. I'd be eternally grateful for any advice or insight you can offer. Am I being an idiot?

    Bitter Reality Incites Dreadful Emotions

    Would a threesome fix things? Guessing not. (Forgive me, it's Friday.)

    Off the top of my head…

    This wasn’t an affair—it was a one-off, a drunken mistake. And it came at the start of your relationship with Jake. You'd just started seeing each other, BRIDE, and while there may have been an understanding about exclusivity, you weren’t as committed or as much in love as you are today. So try not to view Jake and Ivy’s drunken hookup then as the massive/monumental betrayal it would be now. A betrayal can be kept in perspective—this one must be, if you want your relationship to survive.

    It's alright that you feel sad. That feeling is legitimate—most feelings are—and your feelings of sadness will diminish over time. It's unlikely, however, that you'll be totally over/past/through it before the wedding. Be honest with Jake and Ivy about how you feel. And go ahead and let yourself be angry—and express your anger to them if you haven't already—but don't burn everything to the ground. Feel and express your anger, accept their sincere apologies, and then get on with what truly matters: who you are and what you mean to each other now (all three of you), your upcoming wedding, and the rest of your life.

    You say Jake and Ivy see you with all your flaws and love and support you anyway. Well, Jake and Ivy are flawed too. They made a mistake and they made the right choice when they decided to keep it from you. Sometimes it’s better not to know, sometimes honesty is not the best policy, sometimes protecting a partner from the awful truth—by stuffing that truth
    down the nearest memory hole—is the most loving thing a person can do. This isn’t meant to give cover to serial adulterers or cheating pieces of shit. This is about a person that made a mistake they’re never, ever going to make again. Jake and Ivy's mistake qualifies.

    Which is not to say Jake and Ivy didn't do something terribly wrong. They did. But they tried to the right thing about that wrong thing. They tried to protect you from something you didn't want to know about and never needed to know about would've preferred never to find out about. The villain in this piece—the turd in your wedding punch bowl—is this "third-party" asshole. To get back at Ivy this asshole shoved a knife through your heart. If you're friends with this asshole, dump them. If this asshole is invited to your wedding, un-invite them. If you pass this asshole on street one day on they're on fire, refuse to piss on them.

    You are not a fool. You are in love with someone who made a mistake and you're going to have to forgive him, BRIDE, if you still want to share your life with him. A marriages can't last if the two people in it are incapable of forgiving each other. I hope you don't mind if I quote myself...

    A successful marriage is an endless cycle of wrongs committed, apologies offered, and forgiveness granted, STH, all leavened by the occasional orgasm.

    You will have to forgive Jake in the years to come for other wrongs—hopefully lesser ones—just as he will have to forgive you. If you can find it in your heart to forgive him now, and forgive him for this, it will be good practice and a good sign.

    HUMP! 2017 Call for Submissions!

    Listen to my podcast, the Savage Lovecast, at

    Impeach the motherfucker already! Get your ITMFA buttons, t-shirts, hats and lapel pins and coffee mugs at!

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    by Rich Smith


    The Incest Diary, which was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux on July 18, is an anonymously written memoir about a woman who was violently and repeatedly raped by her father as a child. The abuse continued into her teenage years and ceased, at least bodily, in her early 20s.

    As the author writes in the second paragraph of the book, the characters in father-daughter incest myths were horrified by their father’s sexual advances. But the dark twist on her own narrative is that when she was old enough to run, she didn’t exactly want to.

    “My father controlled my mind, my body, my desire,” she explains. And later on: “My father is my secret. That he raped me is my secret. But the secret under the secret is that sometimes I liked it. Sometimes I wanted it, and sometimes I seduced him and made him fuck me.”

    The author’s desire for her father is only matched by her urge to kill him, a psychological drama she deftly summarizes: “My father still excites me and he still scares me… I need to be obedient to him and to make him laugh and smile and feel pleasure. I want him to be proud of me. I want him to think that I’m clever. I want him to think that I’m sexy. And I want to savagely mutilate his body and feed his corpse to dogs.”

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