Bryan Cranston’s coming to town—not to sell meth, but to read from his new book. Courtesy Frank Ockenfels/AMC

The Top 15 Things to Do This Week

Queer comedy, Bryan Cranston and Sherman Alexie, fightin’ socialists, and more.

October 12, Wednesday

Drink With Librarians As part of Seattle Public Library’s Booktoberfest program, librarians are taking to the bars of Seattle to encourage bookish discussion with boozy Seattleites. Tonight’s happy hour is at the Hideout, which is one of the best bars in town for total strangers to sit down and strike up a conversation. The Hideout, 1005 Boren Ave., hideout seattle.com. Free. 21 and over. 5 p.m. PAUL CONSTANT

!!! You can Google just about anything—“Dog rides cat like a pig,” for example—but you can’t Google !!!. The search engine doesn’t know what to do with the stand-alone punctuation. That’s just one delightfully throwback aspect of this dance-punk band—whose name is pronounced “Chk Chk Chk”—that formed in 1996. Another is that it derives its relentless grooves from a rhythm section rather than a laptop. To see what I mean, punch “chk chk chk” into Google and give it a listen. Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9442, neumos.com. $17. All ages. 8 p.m. DANIEL PERSON

Fist & Shout Local besties and queer comedians Marita DeLeon and Elicia Sanchez have been wooing audiences on all sorts of stages for years, from Bumbershoot to Queerz: We’re Hilarious!, with a special focus on getting outside heteronormative bounds. Tonight, the pair’s new LGBTQ- and POC-focused monthly comedy showcase debuts at the Rendezvous, with sketches, stand-up, musical numbers, and more from a lineup of Seattle’s most hilarious and gender-nonconforming stars. Jewel Box Theater at the Rendezvous, 2322 Second Ave., 441-5823, therendezvous.rocks. $8 adv./$10 DOS. 21 and over. 7:30 p.m. SARA BERNARD

October 13, Thursday

reSET Nature abhors a vacumn, and theater companies abhor an empty house, so Washington Ensemble Theater set out to present more work in their off hours. For “reSET,” they act as a kind of dating service, commissioning new dance works that use the set of the play that is currently in production in their space. It’s like giving choreographers a room full of playground equipment and telling them to have at it. This edition features work by the Au Collective and Gender Tender, on the swings and the roundabout. 12th Ave Arts, 1620-12th Ave, www.washingtonensemble.org. $10. 10 p.m. Thur. Oct. 13 – Fri. Oct. 14. SANDRA KURTZ

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Seattle Children’s Theatre ushers in a new era under the leadership of artistic director Courtney Sale with a surefire hit. The theater first performed this musical adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ classic tale of good versus evil in 2003, and, well, now seems like an apt time to stage it again. The production will be directed by recently retired artistic director Linda Hartzell in a passing of the torch. Seattle Children’s Theatre, 201 Thomas St., 441-3322, sct.org. $25–$45. 7 p.m. Ends December 11. MARK BAUMGARTEN

October 14, Friday

Good Artists Copy; Great Artists Steal Hugo House’s literary series—in which writers and musicians present new work on a theme—returns in a temporary home. Tonight’s readers include national authors (poet Eduardo C. Corral and acclaimed novelist Téa Obreht), local poet Quenton Baker, and musical guests presenting work on art and theft. Fred Wildlife Refuge, 128 Belmont Ave. E., 322-7030, hugohouse.org. $10–$25. All ages. 7:30 p.m. PC

Califone At times, the jazzy experimentation this Chicago collective brings to its records obscures the fact that it is at its core a blues band. Its roots influences will be on full display tonight, though, as it performs its first album in full, Roomsound, to mark the record’s 15th anniversary. With Slow Moses. Sunset Tavern, 5433 Ballard Ave., 784-4880, sunsettavern.com. $15. 21 and over. 9 p.m. DP

Roz and Ray Set during the early days of the AIDS epidemic, this premiere from playwright Karen Hartman reveals the human drama at play when pediatric physicians treating kids with hemophilia were faced with the dangers of a blood supply contaminated by HIV. The story, directed by Chay Yew (artistic director at Chicago’s Victory Gardens Theater), pulls from the experience of Hartman’s father, a pediatrician during the early days of the crisis. Seattle Repertory Theatre, 155 Mercer St., 443-2222, seattlerep.org. $16–$59. 7:30 p.m. Ends November 13. MB

October 15, Saturday

Tie My Tubes Two young local independent journalists, Brie Ripley and Jocelyn Macdonald, are debuting their podcast Tie My Tubes, a year-in-the-making program about Ripley’s “quest to own her body” and get surgical sterilization at age 22—and about the countless doctors who, for various reasons, told her no. Pancakes will be served. Hollow Earth Radio, 2018 E. Union St., hollowearthradio.org. Free. All ages. 11 a.m.–2 p.m. KELTON SEARS

Donovan Sadly, Donovan is known to many people as the guy who got schooled by Bob Dylan in the impromptu folk-off captured in the doc Don’t Look Back. To others he’s just Mr. Mellow Yellow. Neither gives Donovan proper credit for his impressive catalog, which helped define the trippy-but-benign sound of the Flower Child ’60s, epitomized by Sunshine Superman, the album turning 50 this year. The Neptune, 1303 N.E. 45th St., 682-1414, stgpresents.org. $33.50. 21 and over. 8 p.m. Also Sun., Oct. 16 at 8 p.m. DP

October 16, Sunday

Bryan Cranston With Sherman Alexie Bryan Cranston—yes, the Bryan Cranston—discusses his new memoir A Life in Parts with Sherman Alexie—yes, the Sherman Alexie. This is part of Seattle Arts and Lectures’ new reading series, “Sherman Alexie Loves,” which features authors Alexie loves so much he apparently wants to marry them. This oughta be fun. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., 621-2230, lectures.org. $45–$70. All ages. 7:30 p.m. PC

October 17, Monday

An Evening With Moss

In just a few years, the literary magazine Moss has become a central hub of all things literary and Northwest. Tonight, Moss joins forces with downtown’s newest venue, Folio, to present a reading from Eric Wagner; a conversation about the Northwest with Moss co-founder Alex Davis-Lawrence; and a musical performance. Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum, 324 Marion St., 402-4612, folio seattle.org. $10. 7 p.m. PC

Seattle Growth Podcast LIVE Join UW business professor Jeff Shulman for a live taping of his podcast on the controversial, rapid embiggening of the Emerald City. He’ll be joined by John Creighton, Port of Seattle commissioner; John Connors of Ignition Partners; and nonprofit professional Maggie Walker. Impact Hub, 220 Second Ave. S., 430-6007, seattlegrowth podcast.com. $10 adv./$20 DOS. All ages. 6–8 p.m. CASEY JAYWORK

October 18, Tuesday

Jack Straw Writers Every year, the Jack Straw Writers Program selects the brightest local writers and teaches them how to better read their work. Tonight, some of the most fascinating writers in Seattle right now—Ramon Isso, Casandra Lopez, Shin Yu Pai, and E.J. Koh—will share new work and show off what they’ve learned. University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., 634-3400, www2.bookstore.washington.edu. Free. All ages. 7 p.m. PC

People’s Budget Town Hall Join Kshama Sawant and the fightin’ socialists to rally for a revolutionary budget with two hours of speeches from “activists, human service providers, and community members.” City Hall, 601 Fifth Ave., 684-8016. Free. 6–9 p.m. CJ

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