Adam Granduciel of The War on Drugs. Photo by Shawn Brackbill

The King of Funk, Deep Dance Emersion, the War on Drugs, and More of the Week’s Best Events

Your calendar for the days ahead.

Wednesday, July 26

Inclusion Jubilee This afternoon of celebration and conversation among Seattle’s disability social-justice community is hosted by Seattle’s Office of Civil Rights and Commission for People with DisAbilities. Panelists include Ijeoma Oluo and Emerson Sekins. Light refreshments provided at 11:30 a.m. Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave., 684-4540. Free. All ages. Noon. CASEY JAYWORK

Pleasure to the People An amazing cast of local writers, including Anis Gisele, Imani Sims, Storme Webber, Briq House, and Chad Goller-Sojouner, share their stories to start a conversation about race, queerness, and sex during “Pleasure to the People: Stories of QTPOC Sex and Love,” a storytelling night sponsored by Gay City, Planned Parenthood, and Hugo House. Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S. Massachusetts St., 518-6000, Free. All ages. 6:30 p.m. PAUL CONSTANT

Thursday, July 27

Among the Living and the Dead Reading University of Iowa creative nonfiction writer Inara Verzemnieks reads from her new family history, Among the Living and the Dead: A Tale of Exile and Homecoming on the War Roads of Europe. It’s a story of how her family traveled from Latvia to Washington state, where she was raised. Seattle Public Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., 386-4636, Free. All ages. 7 p.m. PC

Friday, July 28

The California Honeydrops They’re a product of Oakland, Calif., but you’d swear up and down these guys are as New Orleans as fried oyster po’boys. A tear-down-the-house, rollicking blend of Delta blues, R&B, jazz, funk, and soul, the California Honeydrops got their start busking on Bay Area streets back in 2007. Now they’re playing their horns and keys and vocals at Jazz Fest, Outside Lands, and South by Southwest, touring with Bonnie Raitt, and have opened for such greats as Dr. John and B.B. King. The Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-4618, $20. 21 and over. 8 p.m. SARA BERNARD

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic The king of funk started his first band, the Parliaments, in 1955 when he was just 14. Over the next six decades, George Clinton transformed, revolutionized, and solidified the genre, making total smash hits right and left—the kind you’re still bound to hear at any party worth attending (“We Want the Funk,” anyone?). Clinton’s Parliament Funkadelic was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. Two decades later, they’re still rocking. The Neptune, 1303 N.E. 45th St., 682-1414, $35 adv./$38.50 DOS. All ages. 9 p.m. Also July 29. SB

Mud (Barro) eSe Teatro, a theatre company that empowers Latinx artists in the Seattle area, presents a story of interdependence, poverty, and survival. Mud was written by Cuban-American lesbian feminist playwright Maria Irene Fornés, who is known for her abstract and imaginative work. eSe Teatro founder Rose Cano translated the text 30 years ago for a performance in Lima, Peru, and has resurfaced it with an intention to engage with poverty in Seattle, today. The Slate Theatre, 815 Seattle Blvd. S. $20. Ages 14 and over. 8 p.m. Select performances in Spanish. BECS RICHARDS

Transient Songs Transient Songs celebrates the release of its new album Stealing Sand, a collection of songs with a beachy vibe that mix acoustic and electric sounds, with a little cello for good measure. This is their first release since the band parted ways and regrouped again with the addition of Craig Keller on drums. With Season of Strangers. Sunset Tavern, 5433 Ballard Ave. N.W., sunset $10. 21 and over. 9 p.m. CHRISTY CARLEY

Strictly Seattle Every summer Velocity throws open its doors and dancers from around the country stream in for Strictly Seattle, three weeks of deep immersion in the Seattle dance scene. They surface at the end for a performance as intense as their experience, dancing new work by some of the best choreographers Seattle has to offer—this year, Alice Gosti, Pat Graney, Mark Haim, Jaret Hughes, Stephanie Liapis, Maya Soto, and Kate Wallich. Many participating dancers will be moving here really soon—catch them now. Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway Ave., 325-8773, $20–$25. 8 p.m. Also 2 & 8 p.m. Sat., July 29. SANDRA KURTZ

Saturday, July 29

Fetch Reading Portland cartoonist Nicole Georges’ comic strip starring anthropomorphic dogs was one of the best parts of the recent Grab Back Comics anthology. Tonight she debuts a memoir about her attempts to save a troubled (non-anthropomorphic) dog, Fetch: How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave, 624-6600, . Free. All ages. 7 p.m. PC

Sunday, July 30

Freeway Park Walking Tour Freeway Park is Seattle’s creepiest park, but it’s also kind of impressive. It was the first lid to go over a freeway in the United States. Your guides will walk you through its history in a tour that will span more than five acres. Brutalism never looked so inviting. Freeway Park, $15. All ages. 1 p.m. PC

Monday, July 31

Mapping the Impact of Racism in Seattle Science on Tap is a monthly conversation about scientific topics. It’s been happening at Third Place Books in Ravenna for years, though it recently moved from the pub upstairs to the Vios Café. Tonight’s session has a very non-controversial title: “Mapping the impact of racism in Seattle: Have we moved past it?” Third Place Books Ravenna, 6504 20th Ave. N.E., 525-2347, Free. All ages. 6 p.m. PC

Tuesday, August 1

Tyree Scott Summer Freedom School Inspired by the Freedom School of the 1960s Civil Rights movement, this four-day seminar, hosted by American Friends Service Committee and the People’s Institute Northwest, covers leadership, anti-racist organizing, the history of struggle in Seattle, and other social justice issues. Bethany United Church of Christ, 6230 Beacon Ave. S. Register ahead of time at Free. Ages 15–21. 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Through Fri. CJ

The War on Drugs Since co-founding this outfit with polymathic pop wizard Kurt Vile 10 years ago, Adam Granduciel has grown into the kind of classic American musician that we have had plenty of, but can always make a little more room for—a world-worn balladeer whose songs are grounded in the pain of real life, but whose music offers imaginative, cathartic escape. During this free Endsession, he and his band will be playing from A Deeper Understanding, their major-label debut due at the end of August. Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., 538-0556. Free. 21 and over. 5 p.m. MARK BAUMGARTEN

Kendrick Lamar Word has it that the most electric moment Friday night at Capitol Hill Block Party was not delivered by Run the Jewels, but beforehand when Kendrick Lamar’s “Humble” came over the PA and the “kids went crazy,” or so says News Editor Daniel Person. As such, we expect the crowd to blow the top off the Tacoma Dome when the Compton-born rapper makes his entrance. With Travis Scott, D.R.A.M. Tacoma Dome, 2727 E. D St, Tacoma. $85 and up. All ages. 7:30 p.m. MB

The Tropic of Kansas Reading Seattle author Nisi Shawl interviews Christopher Brown about his novel, which imagines a Kansas as a demilitarized zone at the center of a ruined United States of America. A brother and sister who are hiding state secrets wander through the wasteland in an attempt to get to New Orleans. Third Place Books Lake Forest Park, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., 366-3333, Free. All ages. 7 p.m. PC

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