The Top 15 Things to Do This Week

See Helado Negro and his “tinsel mammals,” watch a magazine come to life on stage and more.

March 8, Wednesday

Native Seattle Reading University of British Columbia professor Coll Thrush has two new books out. The first, Indigenous London, looks pretty neat. But we’re most interested in the new edition of Native Seattle, his history of Seattle’s native peoples. Today, Crosscut’s Knute Berger will interview Thrush about both. Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum, 324 Marion St., 402-4612, folioseattle.org. $10. 7 p.m. PAUL CONSTANT

Tenants’ Rights Workshop Is your landlord keeping your building up to code? Charging you fairly? Threatening to evict you? Come learn more about your rights as a renter at this workshop put on by the good people at Be:Seattle. Makeda & Mingus Cafe, 153 N. 78th St., Seattle TenantBootCamps.org. Free. All ages. 6–8 p.m. CASEY JAYWORK

Aesthetic Mess Tonight’s iteration of this reoccurring post-punk, minimal wave, and techno vinyl night features some stellar guest appearances. You’ll be treated to a live set from Bankie Phones (whose January tape on Seattle’s MOTOR label was full of tasty overdriven electronics and freaky funk grooves) and selections from KEXP’s DJ Sharlese, who always spins the best deep cold-wave cuts around. Regular host DJ Goo Goo will celebrate International Womxn’s Day by playing records from femme artists around the globe. Timbre Room, 1809 Minor Ave., timbreroom.com. Free. 21 and over. 9 p.m. KELTON SEARS

March 9, Thursday

Tough Girl Reading When she was 14, Portland athlete Carolyn Wood won a gold medal in the 1960 Olympics. Her new memoir tells that story, but also delves into her experiences growing up as a lesbian in the unforgiving public eye. This is a personal account of a remarkable life. University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., 634-3400, bookstore.washington.edu. Free. All ages. 7 p.m. PAUL CONSTANT

Pop-Up Magazine If a print magazine came alive, filling a stage with a lush array of voices, sounds, videos, music, and even (sometimes) shadow puppetry, what you’d get is Pop-Up Magazine: a one-night event that marries the thought-provoking stuff of journalism with evocative live performance. Begun a few years ago by New Yorker contributor and California Sunday magazine founder Douglas McGray, it now tours the country, always with a different lineup of high-profile contributors. But here’s the thing: Nothing is recorded. Unlike a magazine or a podcast, to see it, you have to be there. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 652-4255. $25. All ages. 7:30 p.m. SARA BERNARD

Helado Negro Roberto Carlos Lange, the South Florida son of Ecuadorian immigrants, is better known as Brooklyn-based Helado Negro. He makes sensitive, quavering music with a mix of electronics, found sounds, and good old instruments, like on last year’s Private Energy with the indie identity anthem “Young, Latin & Proud.” While he can be found backed by orchestras at museum gigs, he’s in his element as a solo performer accompanied by “tinsel mammals,” aka friends of his draped head-to-toe in silvery tinsel who perform interpretive dance to his set. The Vera Project, 305 Harrison St., theveraproject.org, 956-8372. 7:30 p.m. GREGORY SCRUGGS

March 10, Friday

Tribes ACT opens its season with what should be a powerful coming-of-age tale by British playwright Nina Raine, directed by artistic director John Langs. This is the story of Billy, the deaf son of an unforgiving family who finds solace in the company of a young woman losing her hearing. Look for a memorable performance from lead actor Joshua Castille, whose own experience with deafness is reportedly helping to shape a role written by a hearing person. ACT, 700 Union St., 292-7676. $25–$39. 8 p.m. Ends March 26. MARK BAUMGARTEN

Waiting for Godot Back in 1990, at the first-ever Seattle Fringe Festival, Shawn Belyea, Jeff Page, and K. Brian Neel performed Samuel Beckett’s elusive classic to rave reviews—one from this paper, which noted that the actors were “20 years too young.” After touring the show, making a 2013 appearance at another Seattle Fringe Festival, and now properly aged, the trio returns to wait, again. 18th & Union, 1406 18th Ave., 937-6499. $15–$24. 7:30 p.m. Ends Sunday. MB

March 11, Saturday

Tim Egan One of our greatest literary exports, hundreds of thousands read Egan in The New York Times every week, and his books are celebrated around the world. Today he reads from his two most recent books about remarkable historical figures, The Immortal Irishman and Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher. Upper Level Center House, Seattle Center, 634-3400, bookstore.washington.edu. All ages. 3 p.m. PC

Trentemøller Scandinavian gifts to music just keep giving. This 44-year-old Dane has been making dreamy ambient and electronic music since 1997. These days he’s touring to support Fixion, his first album in six years, but he’s also got a wealth of remixes under his belt for the likes of Röyksopp, Moby, and The Knife. All that means plenty to pull from when he takes over the Showbox’s massive sound system for an immersive audio bath. With TOM And His Computer. Showbox, 1426 First Ave., showboxpresents.com, 628-3151. $20. All ages. 7 p.m. GS

District 43 Legislative Town Hall Unlike some of our federal representatives (ahem, senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, ahem), statehouse representatives Nicole Macri and Frank Chopp and state senator Jamie Pedersen will walk among the people, and sit upon their common chairs, and yea, if the gods will it, shall sweat and gulp verily under the beady stares of polite but indefatigable constituents armed with difficult fact-based questions. Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave., housedemocrats.wa.gov/ macri. Free. 1–2 p.m. CJ

Dance Theater of Harlem When Dance Theater of Harlem was founded in 1969, it had to prove that black bodies could indeed “do ballet.” In 2017, that question is moot—of course they can. The big issues are about the viability of ballet itself, and DTH is a leader in repertory that draws from modern and contemporary traditions as well as classical foundations. Their Seattle visit includes traditional modern by José Limón, contemporary materials by Nacho Duato and Francesca Harper, and a combination of neoclassical ballet and popular dance by resident choreographer Robert Garland. With live music by members of the Seattle Symphony. The Paramount, 911 Pine St., 467-5510, stgpresents.org. $28–$68. 8 p.m. Also 3 p.m. Sun., March 12. SANDRA KURTZ

March 12, Sunday

Short Stories Live: McSweeney’s Celebrated short stories read by talented local performers. Today, the series plucks three stories from postmodern literary journal McSweeney’s. Seattle actors will read pieces by Spokane author Jess Walter, the world-famous Zadie Smith, and up-and-comer Nyuol Lueth Tong. Expect a lot of comedy and some dazzling sentences. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 652-4255, townhallseattle.org. $5. All ages. 2 p.m. PC

March 13, Monday

The Way of the Writer Reading Retired UW professor Charles Johnson reads from his latest book, which synthesizes lessons learned from his more than five decades in litera-ture into easy-to-understand essays for aspiring writers of all ages. Part memoir, part how-to, part spiritual guide, this book took Johnson a lifetime to write. Third Place Books Seward Park, 5041 Wilson Ave. S., 474-2200, thirdplacebooks.com. Free. All ages. 7 p.m. PC

March 14, Tuesday

Ask the Oracle The Hugo House’s ongoing divination/reading series, in which authors find answers to audience questions in randomly selected passages from their books, features memoirists Melissa Febos and Elissa Washuta and poet Quenton Baker. Washuta recently announced that she’s leaving Seattle this summer for a teaching position in Ohio, so bask in her presence while you can. Sorrento Hotel, 900 Madison St., 622-6400, hotelsorrento.com. Free. 21 and over. 7 p.m. PC

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