This Week's Critics' Picks

Uzodinma Iweala, The Kingsmen, and Lake Union Lakefest get our vote.

Thurs - Books

Though he grew up a child of privilege, the Harvard-educated Uzodinma Iweala vividly imagines the worst of African childhoods in Beasts of No Nation (HarperPerennial, $11.95, new in paper), in which a boy barely taller than an AK-47 is pressed into a brutal life of guerrilla warfare. Elliott Bay Book Co., 101 S. Main St., 206-624-6600, www.elliottbaybook.com. Free. 7:30 p.m. Thurs, Aug. 24. BRIAN MILLER

Friday - Music

Honored by the Northwest chapter of the Recording Academy last year, the Kingsmen (responsible for the wild popularity of "Louie Louie," if we must tell you) are living legends. And as their energetic performance at the gala proved, they're more alive than many of the younger set. Triple Door, 216 Union St., 206-838-4333, www.thetripledoor.net. $27.50 adv./ $30. 8 p.m. Fri., Aug. 25. RACHEL SHIMP

Sat - Festival

The first annual South Lake Union LakeFest features music by the Divorce, $1 beers, and the final game of the Lake Union Kickball Tournament. TOPS Seward School/Rogers Playfield, East Roanoke Street and Eastlake Avenue East. www.lake-fest.com . Free; suggested donation $5. All ages. Noon-10 p.m. Sat., Aug. 26. ADRIANA GRANT

 
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