Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares. Courtesy of the artist

The Top 15 Things to Do This Week

March for science, check out a super-heavy Bulgarian folk choir, and much more.

April 19. Wednesday

The Book of Joan Reading Portland novelist Lidia Yuknavitch is a Northwest superstar. Her prickly, gorgeous fiction is at once recognizable and more than a little bit scary (in part because it’s so recognizable). Yuknavitch’s latest, The Book of Joan, is a sci-fi novel that retells the story of Joan of Arc in a blasted-out dystopic wasteland. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave., 624-6600, elliottbaybook.com. Free. All ages. 7 p.m. PAUL CONSTANT

Who Am I / Who I Am Forward Flux, a production company that curates artist residencies and performances centering women and POC, will present a multimedia exhibition exploring “shifting relationships with gender, sexuality, and identity” at Fred Wildlife Refuge. The exhibition will fill every corner of the space, promising an all-encompassing, multisensory experience. Fred Wildlife Refuge, 128 Belmont Ave. E., forwardflux.com. $5–$45. 21 and over. 7–10 p.m. Ends Thurs., April 20. BECS RICHARDS

Mount Eerie Phil Elverum’s new album, A Crow Looked at Me, is a gut-wrenching emotional exorcism written following the death of his wife, fellow artist and musician Geneviève Castrée, in the same room she died in. In a recent NPR interview, Elverum mentions how conflicted he felt releasing this album at all, initially writing it with no intention of doing so. Tonight he will perform it at one of Seattle’s larger venues. The Neptune, 1303 N.E. 45th St., stgpresents.org. $16.50 adv./$18.50 DOS. All ages. 8 p.m. KELTON SEARS

Real Estate Real Estate is a careful band. Their songs are meticulously crafted, with Martin Courtney’s nuanced lyrics falling into perfect cadence with the wavy guitars around him, nary a note out of place. So it was something of a surprise on their new LP, In Mind, to hear the band jamming out. But then, even the extended, fuzzy fadeout on “Two Arrows” is perfectly articulated, intense but not messy, and, as usual, perfectly satisfying. Showbox, 1426 First Ave., 628-3151. 9 p.m. $20. All ages. Also Thurs., April 20. DANIEL PERSON

April 20, Thursday

Dock Street Salon Phinney Books’ Dock Street Salon series is always a fun time. Authors talk in a fairly up-close and intimate setting with an engaged and excited audience. Today’s readers are Anne Liu Kellor, Jennifer D. Munro, and Ann Teplick. Expect a reading, a lively Q&A, and maybe some booze (not in that order.) Phinney Books, 7405 Greenwood Ave. N., 297-2665, phinneybooks.com. Free. All ages. 7 p.m. PC

Trump-Proof Seattle Trump-Proof Seattle is all about one very good idea: a progressive (aka graduated) income tax that proportionately burdens the rich more than the poor. As we’ve reported, Seattle leaders have the chance to maybe reverse a legal precedent that makes such taxes illegal statewide—if they can find their spines, that is. Southeast Seattle Senior Center, 4655 S. Holly St., 203-2125, safeinseattle.org. Free. All ages. 6:30–9 p.m. CASEY JAYWORK

April 21, Friday

The Histories Reading A few local writers have told me that Seattle poet Jason Whitmarsh’s second book, The Histories, is their favorite poetry collection this year. Its absurdist, deeply funny prose poems construct an alternate history for the world, with singing Kafkas and MacGyver references galore. Open Books, 2414 N. 45th St., 633-0811, openpoetrybooks.com. Free. All ages. 7 p.m. PC

Cornish Dance Theater Cornish College is celebrating its 100th anniversary by doing the same thing they’ve done since Nellie Cornish first started offering music and dance classes in Seattle: training young artists. Look through the cast list of almost every dance show in town and you’ll see Cornish grads making good use of that experience. So come check out where all that talent comes from in a program featuring new choreography by faculty and guests, including a 1960s version of Alice in Wonderland by Wade Madsen and a site-specific work in the Cornish Playhouse courtyard by Alia Swersky. Cornish Playhouse, 201 Mercer St., 726-5011, cornish.edu. $5–$15. 6:45 p.m. Fri., April 21, 12:45 & 6:45 p.m. Sat., April 22. SANDRA KURTZ

RDJ2 I got hooked on RJD2 back in the early oughts, when the groovy, soulful, driving layers of “Ghostwriter” and spooky electronica of “The Horror” from his 2002 debut album followed my life like a soundtrack. (Fun fact: RJD2 wrote the theme song for Mad Men.) More than a dozen years and five albums later, the Columbus, Ohio, native is still commanding stages with his darkly epic, looping beats, cut through with vocals from hip-hop and R&B and jazz. With Tortoise, 1939 Ensemble. The Showbox, 1426 First Ave., 628-3153, showboxpresents.com. $25. All ages. 8 p.m. SARA BERNARD

April 22, Saturday

Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares Metal strives for the quality of “heaviness” or “ancientness” through sheer volume—huge amp stacks and layers of distortion. Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares aren’t a metal group, they’re a Bulgarian women’s folk choir that has been performing and recording since 1952, but the chilling, crushing majesty of their arrangements are some of the heaviest, most ancient-sounding music out there. “You don’t hear music like this anymore,” Kate Bush once said of the group, “it’s very intense, heavy stuff.” Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., townhallseattle.org. $10–$35. All ages. 8 p.m. KS

March for Science Join Seattle scientists and science enthusiasts as they come together on Earth Day in a national movement to protest the Trump administration’s climate-change denial (the president has called it a Chinese hoax) and proposed cuts to the EPA, which include a 93 percent slash in the EPA’s Puget Sound budget. Cal Anderson Park, 1425 Broadway, seascimarch.org. Free. All ages. 10 a.m.–1 p.m. AGATHA PACHECO

TUF Takeover Need a break from the heavy thinking at this year’s Pop Conference? Wander over to MoPOP’s audiovisual altar, the Sky Chruch, for seven hours of dreamy daytime diversion c/o TUF, Seattle’s intersectional female/nonbinary/trans digital-arts collective. Five TUF members will splash visuals on the 33’ x 60’ HD LED screen, while three others provide a soundtrack of introspective electronica perfect for a Saturday afternoon. With Ahold Of, MMMelt, DJ Vatti. MoPOP, 325 Fifth Ave. N., mopop.org, 770-2700. Free. All ages. 10 a.m.– 5 p.m. GREGORY SCRUGGS

April 23, Sunday

Caucasians Anonymous Reading You might know Marcus Harrison Green best for his excellent news site, the South Seattle Emerald. But tonight he’s showing off a new side with a reading of his work-in-progress play, Caucasians Anonymous, which investigates “the social construction known as Whiteness.” This event also features a Q&A on race and privilege. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 652-4255, townhallseattle.org. $5. All ages. 7:30 p.m. PC

April 24, Monday

Breaking the Bond Reading The very fine Texas playwright Rupert Reyes brings a staged reading from his latest work-in-progress, Breaking the Bond, to the U District’s own Jack Straw Gallery. Featuring local Spanish-speaking readers, this play discusses topics of deportation, anchor babies, and national identity. (Reyes has also acted in the film Office Space.) Jack Straw Gallery, 4261 Roosevelt Way N.E., 634-0919, jackstraw.org. Free. All ages. 7:30 p.m. PC

April 25, Tuesday

Till Tonight This new local writing residency brings a bit of a residency to you with this special writers’ night out. Show up with your favored writing implement (although please recall that typewriters are really annoying in public places) and share space with others trying to get words down on paper. Speckled & Drake, 1355 E. Olive Way, 917-476-9328, tillwriters.org. Free. 21 and over. 6 p.m. PC

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