Maryjane Dunphe, the lead singer of Vexx, has earned a reputation as a volcanic, hyperkinetic performer. Catch the band at Olympia Hardcore Fest this weekend. Photo by Jay Roc

The Top 15 Things to Do This Week

Twin Peaks art shows, little kids reading to dogs, marching for Black Lives Matter, and more.

August 3

Wednesday

Aaron Burch, Uzodinma Okehi, and Ross McMeekin Burch, a founding member of the literary magazine Hobart, debuts his new book about the Stephen King story “The Body,” which is most famous as the source for the movie Stand by Me. He’s joined by Okehi, author of Over the Rockwell, and McMeekin, who publishes the awesome Seattle lit mag Spartan. Naked City Brewing, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N., 838-6299, drink.nakedcity.beer/events. Free. 21 and over. 7 p.m. PAUL CONSTANT

AlunaGeorge This BBC-acclaimed British synth-pop duo consists of vocalist Aluna Francis and producer George Reid. Francis’ smooth, poppy vocals compliment Reid’s unique production flavor, which often incorporates minimalist electronic patterns and bassy hip-hop drums. The duo plan to release their sophomore studio album I Remember this September, so expect to hear new tunes tonight. The Neptune, 1303 N.E. 45th St., 682-1414, stgpresents.org. $22. All ages. 8 p.m. ANDREW CALLAGHAN

White Communities for Defunding Police A potluck and meeting of the Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites (CARW) to strategize on how to support black-led movements and what can be done to stop a $160 million police “bunker” from being erected in north Seattle. Southside Commons, Columbia City, 3518 S. Edmunds St, facebook.com/carwseattle (RSVP required). Free, but bring food to share. 6–9 p.m. CASEY JAYWORK

August 4

Thursday

Flume The era of boombox-holding, break-dancing DJs spinning vinyl records has mostly faded into obscure novelty, making way for a button-pressing, airhorn-blaring brigade of high-paid EDM desktop DJs. Bridging the gap between these two worlds is enigmatic Australian producer Flume, who fluidly synthesizes elements of electronic and hip-hop music. After winning a beat-making contest in Australia in 2011, Flume erupted into an international success, reaching double platinum in Australia. If you can’t score tickets to Thursday’s show, Flume is also playing at the same venue on Friday and Saturday. The Paramount, 911 Pine St., 682-1414, stgpresents.org. $25. All ages. 8 p.m. AC

Senyawa + Arrington de Dionyso

Olympia’s freaky musical mystic Arrington de Dionyso has spent his career forging his own style of “trance punk,” which borrows heavily from traditional Indonesian rhythms and vocal techniques. Dionyso, who has traveled to Indonesia and performed with the country’s talented musicians in Java, is bringing Senyawa, a group of Indonesian musicians on the boundary of traditional and experimental, to our shores this time for a group performance. Chapel Performance Space at Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., wayward music.org. $5–$15 suggested donation. All ages. 7:30 p.m. KELTON SEARS

August 5

Friday

Gender Odyssey All weekend long, the Gender Odyssey conference will be celebrating advances in transgender and gender-nonconforming rights over the past year and planning for the year ahead, which includes a very contentious election. Tonight is the conference’s book fair, featuring authors including model, trans-rights advocate, and TV host Geena Rocero. Washington State Convention Center, 800 Convention Place, genderodyssey.com. $105.

All ages. 9 a.m. PC

An Evening in the House of Verlaine Burlesque artist Lily Verlaine has taken a deep dive into the history of her art form and come back with a new venture, the House of Verlaine. Combining the influences of ballet and burlesque, the repertory nods to the Belle Époque era of dance spectacle as well as other landmark works in the canon. The evening includes a slice from Verlaine’s most recent investigations, a reworking of Giselle, presented in her inimitable style. The Triple Door, 216 Union St., 838-4333, thetripledoor.net. $35–$50. 17 and up. 8 p.m. SANDRA KURTZ

August 6

Saturday

La Cocina Seattle’s very first Civic Poet, Claudia Castro Luna, reads poetry with music from percussionist Antonio Gómez and his band, Trio Guadalevín, as part of a month-long pop-up venue called La Cocina, sponsored by Puget Sound nonprofit La Sala. Castro’s poetry is vivid and big-hearted, and the Trio plays gorgeous, somewhat plaintive folk music. The Good Arts Building, 702 First Ave., 322-7030, lasalaseattle.org. Free. All ages. 7 p.m. PC

Between Two Worlds The comics-oriented Push/Pull gallery is presenting its fourth annual art show dedicated to the Northwest’s most beloved cultural artifact—Twin Peaks. Come see all the weird paintings of cherry pie, damn good coffee, and Agent Cooper in dreamy, surreal settings, and try not to get murdered by the looming demonic spirit of Bob (a good way to fend him off is by buying art, I’ve heard). Push/Pull, 5484 Shilshole Ave. N.W., pushpullseattle.com. Free. All ages. 6–10 p.m. KS

Olympia Hardcore Fest One of the finest punk havens in the country is hosting its third annual hardcore festival, this time featuring serrated Olympia standouts like Gag, G.L.O.S.S., and Vexx, Seattle’s Lysol, and a slew of other shredders from across the U.S. Cut all the sleeves off your T-shirt collection and get ready to get sweaty at the two-day, five show affair. Multiple venues (Obsidian, Le Voyeur, Old School Pizzeria), Olympia, olyhc.com. $5–$15 per show. All ages. Showtimes vary. KS

August 7

Sunday

Reading With Rover The best way to encourage kids into a lifelong reading habit: Read to them often. And when the time comes, let the kids read to you. Reading With Rover lets kids try out their new skill by reading aloud to professional therapy dogs. Could this be more adorable? No. No it could not. University Book Store, Mill Creek, 15311 Main St., 425-385-3530, readingwithrover.org. Free. All ages. 11:30 a.m. PC

August 8

Monday

Ask the Oracle Hugo House’s supernatural-tinged reading series brings three local writers together in the swankiest reading room in town to divine advice from their own books. Today’s authors include hilarious memoirist Nicole Hardy and two poets: the brilliant Arlene Kim and the dazzling Michelle Peñaloza. Sorrento Hotel, 900 Madison St., 622-6400, hotelsorrento.com. Free. 21 and over. 7 p.m. PC

Lil Yachty Lil Yachty is an Atlanta-based rapper signed to Quality Control Entertainment, the powerhouse label that propelled the Versace-clad trio, Migos, to fame. At 18, Lil Yachty was the youngest member of the 2016 XXL Magazine “Freshman Class” which recognizes budding young rappers. His Yeezy cosign further charged his star power—after debuting as a model in Kanye West’s “Yeezy Season 3” fashion show at Madison Square Garden, viewers remembered his short, wispy red dreadlocks. Not to mention that his positive, bubbly track “Broccoli” with rapper D.R.A.M. just reached #10 on the U.S. Billboard Rap chart. The Showbox, 1426 First Ave., 628-3151, showboxpresents.com. $22. All ages. 8 p.m. AC

August 9

Tuesday

Summer 2016 Poetry in Translation Readings Seattle poet Greg Bem—one of the founders of the late, lamented Breadline series— returns to Vermillion with an event that investigates poetry (the translation of thoughts into words) and translation (the translation of words into other words). Readers include Kimberly Lyons, Vyt Bakaitis, and Seattle poets Deborah Woodard, Faiza Sultan, and Samar Abulhassan. Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar, 1508 11th Ave., 709-9797, vermillionseattle.com. Free. 21 and over. 7:30 p.m. PC

#BlackLivesMatter March at Westlake Park We know what you’re thinking: “Uuuuuugh, another protest, WHY?!” Here’s why: because black Americans are still killed, jailed, and impoverished at much, much higher rates than whites. Marching isn’t the solution to that problem, but it does ensure that systemic racism stays on the public agenda. Westlake Park, 401 Pine St., 334-6007 (text preferred). Free. 6 p.m. CJ

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