Your Weekend Events

BOOK REFRAIN: A few months ago, The Stranger’s Paul Constant assigned five local songwriters a different book to read. Their task? Write and record songs inspired by their assignment. Tonight, all 25 songs written for the project will be performed by their authors in a hybrid salon slash show. But who are these literate adventurers and what books did they read, you ask? Ryan Barrett (The Pica Beats) tackled The Possibility of an Island by Michel Houellebecq; Alex Guy (Led to Sea) burned through Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov; Levi Fuller perused Maggie Nelson’s Bluets; Johanna Kunin ably Set This House in Order: A Romance of Souls by Matt Ruff; and Joshua Morrison fought The Last Samurai by Helen DeWit. They have all returned with stories melodic and methodical. Go and engage!
Friday 8:00 p.m. // Fremont Abbey // $15 (Concert attendees will receive a free CD with 15 of the songs)

GOT THE GREEN, GOT TO GO: Another August, another chance to fervently declare your advocacy for the legalization of hemp, insist on responsible government, and organize your efforts with like-minded patriots. Also: get terribly baked on medical-grade marijuana. What? Yes, we know it’s not on the schedule, but to pretend you won’t get a contact high just walking through the Hempfest crowd is gloriously naive. And yes, the Festival’s focus is on advocacy, political advancement, and (mostly) good grooves (Sorry we can’t get behind the Kotton Mouth Kings), but for us, Hempfest has always been about people watching, the eating of home-cooked wares, and slowly loosing track of the day. What’s more American than that?
Friday 12:00 to 8:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. // Centennial Park, Myrtle Edwards Park, and Olympic Sculpture Park // FREE

TEACH AND DO, DO AND TEACH: If you’re looking for inspiration, you simply cannot do better than Fremont this Saturday. Not the neighborhood itself (although its ley lines can often inflame the subconscious) but specifically the back-to-back awesomeness of Dorkbot‘s ThingOut! and the 15th iteration of Ignite Seattle. ThingOut! is devoted to builders, garage hackers, and DIYers with projects to share. Go roam among the ingenuity, then stick around for Ignite, where presenters have 5 minutes to teach a subject of their choice to the audience. Among the presenters slated are George Dyson, professional one-armed juggler and inspirational speaker Jason Quick, letterpresser Glenn Fleishman, aerialist Beverly Sobelman, Solstice security guru Shawn Murphy, hooper Amanda Shumack, record collector Jen Matson, and Scott Berkun, who will attempt to teach Seattle how to drive. Learn, play, leave exhilarated.
Saturday 4:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. // Fremont Outdoor Cinema // $5

DEEP VIBRATIONS: Or maybe you’d prefer to chill out, kick back, and enjoy the promised summer weather with some deep beats and lush textures. If so, then bus it up to Volunteer Park for Cairo‘s First annual VIBRATIONS Festival. With music by San Fran’s Grass Widow, Portland’s Purple & Green, Flexions, Metal Chocolates, Stephanie, Witch Gardens, Charles Leo Gebhardt IV, Seapony, DJ sets by Voodoo Reverb and Actual Pain, and visuals by Dumb Eyes, it might be well worth taking a quick run through the Sculpture Park before landing on the Hill for the rest of the day.
Saturday 2 – 11 p.m. // Volunteer Park // FREE

FIGHT FOR YOUR HONOR: It is one thing to declare your dominance, quite another to prove it among the horde. If you believe yourself up to the task, the time has come to gather your cardboard, construct your suit, and head to Cal Anderson Park for the annual Cardboard Tube Fight. Yes, this is real. Yes, you can still sign up. Hosted by the aptly named The World Is Fun, the Cardboard Tube Fight is open to participants of all ages, so the entire family can have a blast hitting a stranger with a flimsy stick.
Sunday 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. // Cal Anderson Park // FREE

Support HONK!

Somerville is ramping up for HONK! in October, but they need your help! We’ll let them speak more at length below, but we can say without divulging confidences that East Coast HONKers helped us during our Kickstarter, and many were not planning on attending. They supported us even in their absence. And we can return the favor. They’re so close! Let’s take them over their goal and then some!

The HONK! Festival is a revolutionary street spectacle of never-before-seen proportions that will converge for the sixth time in Davis Square, Somerville, MA.

On October 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, activist street bands from all over the world will return to our streets and sidewalks to celebrate spontaneous community imagination, and its power to heal and change the world. No stages or sound equipment, no high-priced tickets or big corporate sponsors, just musicians and friends, strangers and neighbors, crashing into each other’s outrageous costumes, irresistible music and commitment to social justice.

HONK! invites everyone to seize the moment. It leaves an indelible mark of hope and inspiration in its wake. So liberating and spontaneous, it’s tempting to think that HONK! happens all by itself. But of course, it doesn’t. HONK! is a grassroots festival, a proud accomplishment of YOU, the community that supports it.

We need all kinds of help, but our biggest challenge is bringing bands from far away. Bands don’t get paid to play at HONK! but most couldn’t afford to come if we didn’t help pay for their travel.

For more information, please see our official website at

Your Weekend Events

SONS OF PERSEUS: Knowing what precious little summer remains, we would be fools not to take advantage of this (relatively) clear and warm weather we’re experiencing. To not venture out and admire nature. Luckily, this weekend provides a perfect opportunity to reward ourselves with some natural awe, courtesy of a comet: the Perseid meteor shower. The next few nights offer prime viewing, especially during the pre-dawn hours, when the rate of visible meteors can reach 60 or more per hour. If you’re coming up short on a suitable watch spot, maybe you’ll find one of these helpful suggestions useful. We’re sure we’ll find you there, under the stars.
Friday – Sunday 10:00 p.m. – 5:00 a.m. // Anywhere Away From Manmade Light // FREE

THIS HERE IS BAT COUNTRY: It’s a full moon this weekend, which isn’t going to help stargazers any, but should give tonight’s show with Ashia Grzesik and Bat Country a dirty cosmic goose. The bill, which also features Blvd Park and L.A.’s Eliza Rickman, is chock full of doom Americana (to borrow Bat Country’s resonant phrase), with Grzesik probably best known for her work in Portland’s Vagabond Opera, and the Country tugging from Waits and Case, Cline and Cohen. Should be a good night to loosen a lunar suggestion.
Friday 9:00 p.m. // Columbia City Theater // $11

HEADING FOR MELTDOWN: Meanwhile, up in Darrington, the Summer Meltdown Festival is already rolling strong in the foothills. The 11th Annual Fest is the largest locally-produced independent camping and music festival in the region, providing room for music education classes and community forums while showcasing 30 bands on four stages. Bands like New Monsoon, Andrew Vait w/ Olivia de la Cruz, Orgone, FLOWMOTION, DJ Logic, and Everyone Orchestra. Run by Terra Roots, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization devoted to cultivating social connections and a sustainable future through supporting northwest arts, Meltdown promises positive change when it naturally explodes.
Friday – Sunday // Whitehorse Mountain Amphitheater // $45-$130

PEG LEG SHURIKEN: Over the past few centuries, spirited debate has been waged over the question: Pirate or Ninja? Cutlass vs. Karate, Motley vs. Gi, Bravado vs. Stealth? Well, finally, the day has come to settle the argument once and for all in the only possible way these two groups could agree on: a ten-hour pub crawl. In the spirit of Santarchy and Bunnarchy, hundreds of ninjas and pirates will meet on Capitol Hill to fight and drink, drink and fight. And, as if the event needed a little more left-field absurdity, organizers note that cowboys, robots and astronauts are also welcome.
Saturday 1:00 – 11:00 p.m. // Start in Capitol Hill, end Downtown (Route to be announced today. We’re willing to bet you can find them without needing the map. This is not a subtle venture.) // FREE

STRIKE AGAINST POVERTY: On Saturday, Bahia Street, Novo Fogo Cachaça Orgânica and La Spiga Osteria will host the 2nd Annual Brasil vs. USA Soccer Game to end poverty. What does that mean exactly? Well, not only will you be able to cheer on your team, you can also donate money to affect game-play; once a team reaches $500 in collective donations, a goal will be added to their score. Proceeds benefit Bahia Street, a non-profit based in Seattle, Salvador, and London that provides education, health and nutrition services, and leadership training for impoverished girls and their families living in the shantytowns of Salvador. And that’s something we can definitely get behind, especially if we can use our altruism to eek a win over Brasil.
Saturday 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. // Miller Playfield // FREE

Your Weekend Events

Before we get into the rest of it, we strongly encourage you to consider joining the Movitas Parade and/or Dead Baby Downhill XV.

WHEEDLEDEDEE: The 33rd year of the Out to Lunch Summer Concert Series gets down with a midday performance by Wheedle’s Groove, a collective noun for a group of musicians who spent the late ‘60s and early ‘70s putting hot soul to cheap wax. Unrecognized in their own time, the Wheedles would have slipped into obscurity if not for local label Light in the Attic’s tireless work seeking out rights, tracking down original players, and interviewing those who were there. The result was 2004’s self-titled release, a resurgence of a scene that most thought forgotten, and this noontime celebration of righteous R&B.
Friday 12:00 PM – 01:30 p.m. // Westlake Park // FREE

IT’S A MURICAL!: KEXP kicks off their Concerts at the Mural series tonight with a sweet bill, a chocolate store tab: The Maldives, Hey Marseilles, and Black Whales. The event is free and promises the biggest sugar rush you’ve had outside of that time you ate that entire Chunky Monkey carton on a dare, but without the crushing repercusions.
Friday 6:00 p.m. // Mural Amphitheater at Seattle Center // FREE

GLITTER IN YOUR CURLIES: The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, the brash kabuki beauties who tend to appear out of nowhere with fabulous advice and unfailing joy, will once again face Quake Rugby (our local, amateur rugby team, which you all, we’re sure, realized we had) in a game of friendly kickball. Jockstraps will be auctioned and the umpire will take bribes, with all funds raised going to the Sisters’ Granting Fund and the Quake’s continuance. And because it’s fun to grease palms. Which reminds us: the victory after-party will be at The Cuff.
Saturday 5:00 p.m. // Miller Playfield (19th Ave E. and E. Thomas) // FREE (Donations accepted for the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Granting Fund and Quake Rugby)

RARE MINT: The Northwest Film Forum hosts the Seattle premiere of the new documentary Blood, Sweat, and Vinyl: DIY in the 21st Century. Featuring live concert footage and exclusive interviews from Neurosis, Isis, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Pelican, and Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra, this will be a post-rock lover’s dream that doesn’t involve apocalyptic visions.
Sunday 3:30 p.m. // Northwest Film Forum // $7

WALLINGFORD MUSIC FESTIVAL: The 1st Annual Wallingford Music Festival will transform the Meridian playground into a swirling burble of musical genres. In addition to the BBQ pits, playground, and community garden always on hand, you can also hear the heavy rock of VALIS, Sebastian Clark, the reggaejazz of The Highlife, The Swan Burgers, recent transplants The Hoot Hoots, Fountain of Circles, The Diving Bell (with former members of Sister Psychic, The Lawnmowers, Attachments, and Pure Joy), blues scuzzers The Springboards, and the evangelical brothers of The Gentlemen Gluttons.
Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. // Meridian Playground // FREE

Movitas Calls On You To March!


From Movitas:

Calling all fun-loving people,
The second annual Movitas parade is happening in one week! The marching band has been practicing all year — we have new songs and are super excited to play with you. AND, we want you to join the fun! People to play music (instruments, sound systems), to dance, to ride bikes, to hula-hoop, to stilt-walk, to wear costumes and look fabulous (dressing as your inner sea-creature highly encouraged)! Join us in taking up some space in the street for a beautiful parade. (The band’s color scheme is turquoise, black, & silver.)

Mutiny in the Streets of Seattle!

There is a stir, a will to move, to agitate.
To resist power, to celebrate our liberation.
We are Movitas.

Movitas invites you:
-To defy imperialism, colonialism and militarism represented by Sea Fair;
-To celebrate the beauty of the natural waters that surrounds us;
-To bring forth your talents of art, dance and music;
-To find your inner sea creature.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 7th, 2011
15th & PIKE

A Celebration of Positive Alternatives to Militarism in Public Spaces.