The Top 15 Things to Do This Week

Be sad with The Weeknd, see ‘Alice in Wonderland’ adapted as burlesque dance, and much more.

Petra Epperlein searches for the reasons behind her father’s suicide in Karl Marx City. Courtesy BOND/360

April 26, Wednesday

Edible City Reading Edible City is an art book designed as a showcase for the MOHAI exhibit of that name. It profiles the food-based traditions of the Pacific Northwest with photographs, recipes, and stories about Pike Place Market, Rainier cherries, and more. Exhibit curator Rebekah Denn will host the reading and discussion. Third Place Books Lake Forest Park, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., 366-3333, Free. All ages. 7 p.m. PAUL CONSTANT

The Weeknd Like his fellow Torontonian Drake, Abel Tesfaye, aka The Weeknd, finds lots of melancholy in his opulence. The title track and massive hit off his new album Starboy finds him singing about coke, cars, and loneliness. The rich-sad-boy sound is hardly fresh at this point, yet The Weeknd continues to squeeze some of today’s best music from the formula. KeyArena, Seattle Center, Ticket prices vary. All ages. 7:30 p.m. DANIEL PERSON

Through the Looking Glass: The Burlesque Alice in Wonderland Ever since they were published, we’ve been fascinated with the hallucinogenic qualities of Lewis Carroll’s stories about Alice and her adventures. So it’s no surprise that they’ve inspired burlesque artist Lily Verlaine and her theatrical partner in hijinks, Jasper McCann. Their version of Through the Looking Glass transposes the action to the Wonderland nightclub, and all the salacious possibilities that offers. The cast includes some of the most skilled dancers in the city, while the choreography is a finely tuned mix of sophisticated and suggestive. The Triple Door, 216 Union St., 838-4333, $40–$55. 7 & 10 p.m. Wed., April 26–Thurs., April 27; 7 & 10:30 p.m. Fri., April 28–Sat., April 29; 5 & 8 p.m. Sun., April 30. SANDRA KURTZ

April 27, Thursday

Void Star Reading Novelist Zachary Mason is also a computer scientist who specializes in artificial intelligence. So while he works in a field that will eventually destroy all of humanity—Terminator 2 was a documentary, people!—he explores the idea of what it means to be human in his new novel, Void Star. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave., 624-6600, Free. All ages. 7 p.m. PC

Peyote Ugly This electro three-piece produces synthy tracks that nonetheless feel folky. “Soul to Sell” opens with a minimally accompanied vocal melody, allowing the next five minutes of the track to unfold into a jammy cacophony of keys and electric guitar. Tonight they celebrate the release of their self-titled EP. Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9442. $8. 21 and over. 8 p.m. DP

April 28, Friday

New Beginnings Anastacia-Renee Tolbert, the current Hugo House poet-in-residence, headlines a reading exploring the ideas of “new beginnings, non-gender conformity, ‘safety,’ and womanism.” Readers include Hawaiian fiction writer Kristiana Kahakauwila, poet Lauren K. Alleyne, and Seattle poetry phenomenon Jamaica Baldwin, who burst onto the scene a year ago and has been wowing audiences ever since. Hugo House, 1021 Columbia St., 322-7030, $10. All ages. 7 p.m. PC

Karl Marx City There’s a lot of Marx in this week’s Seattle Weekly, but you can also explore some of the darker parts of Marxism’s past tonight at this special screening of Petra Epperlein’s Karl Marx City. The acclaimed biographical film centers on Epperlein’s late father’s suicide and his rumored role as part of the Stasi secret police in socialist East Germany, one of the most surveilled societies in modern history. Epperlein and co-director Michael Tucker will hold a preliminary discussion two hours before the screening. Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave., $12 (discussion is free). 8 p.m. All ages. KELTON SEARS

UMFANG The Brooklyn-based DJ, co-founder of the female-identified booking agency and event platform Discwoman, plays punishing polyrhythms at the world’s techno temples. Her last local appearance was in July 2016 headlining the TUFFEST afterparty, which many deemed the best party of their lives (no exaggeration). Here she goes late in a club setting at the behest of the Research crew, giving Kremwerk’s Berlin-esque vibe a fitting soundtrack. With Kristen Dalen, Goetic Mirror. Kremwerk, 1809 Minor Ave.,, 682-2935. $10–$15. 21 and over. 10 p.m. GREGORY SCRUGGS

Laura Marling When she emerged as a folk wunderkind in 2006, Laura Marling sounded far beyond her 16 years. A decade and six albums have revealed that she had plenty of growing to do. Her latest, Semper Femina, is a brilliant, mature work, burnished with the vagaries of life, delivered like a late-night conversation between old friends, one of whom sounds a lot like Amy Mann. The Showbox, 1426 First Ave., 628-3151. $26.75. 21 and over. 9 p.m. MARK BAUMGARTEN

April 29, Saturday

Kings: A Drag King Show Drag kings may not get the limelight as much as drag queens, but this is their time to shine. With a fantasy theme to guide the night into the surreal, the performers will display their creative interpretations of what it is to be nothing less than a bona fide king. Kremwerk, 1809 Minor Ave., $7 adv./$12 DOS. 21 and over. 8 p.m. AGATHA PACHECO

People’s Climate Action Summit Climate change isn’t just about polar bears and abstract scientific models; it’s about specific things that’ll affect us all, like access to healthy food or dealing with natural disasters. That’s part of what dozens of local environmental and social-justice groups aim to show during a daylong, solution-oriented climate-action extravaganza. Topics include workers’ rights and green jobs; pipeline resistance, divestment, and carbon pricing; the overlaps between climate change and systems of oppression; and how to make the most kickass protest puppets. Seattle University Administration Building, 901 12th Ave., Free. All ages. Noon. SARA BERNARD

April 30, Sunday

2017 Grand Slam Did you know that Seattle is home to a lively open-mic scene? It’s true. The viral poet behind “Revenge,” Elisa Chavez, is just one of the incredible talents to burst out of this scene in recent years. Tonight, the greatest readers at Seattle Poetry Slam compete for the right to represent Seattle at the 2017 National Poetry Slam in Denver. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 652-4255, $15. All ages. 7:30 p.m. PC

Pop-Up Mercado: La Lucha Sigue This pop-up shopping center is brought to life by Colectiva Noroeste, a coalition of local Latinx artists focused on inclusion within the Latinx community. Vendors include Rebels & Scholars and Creative Mujeres. Centilia Cultural Center, 1660 S. Roberto Maestas Festival St., Free. All ages. 11 a.m. AP

May 1, Monday

Last Day on Mars Reading Prolific Seattle novelist Kevin Emerson’s latest is a sci-fi novel about a young human who must struggle to survive when humanity flees the destruction of Mars. Tonight, Emerson will give an all-ages lecture on the latest scientific understanding of Mars. University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., 634-3400, Free. All ages. 7 p.m. PC

May Day Join El Comite’s annual March for Workers and Immigrant Rights, a family-friendly march that typically draws more humans than a single eye can see. Rally at Judkins Park before the massive journey downtown. Judkins Park, 2150 S. Norman St., 465-5511, elcomitewa.word Free. All ages. 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Casey Jaywork

May 2, Tuesday

Two Paths: America Divided or United Reading OK, look: Ohio Governor John Kasich is a Republican. And he’s not one of those mythical cuddly Republicans: He’s anti-abortion and very weak on income inequality. But! He’s one of the few Republicans with the guts to refute Trump to his face. So maybe come figure out if common ground is a possibility? Theatre at Meydenbauer Center, 11100 N.E. Sixth St., Bellevue, 366-3333, $36. All ages. 7 p.m. PC

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