The Top 15 Things to Do This Week

From ambient escapism to indie wrestling at a rock club, and much more.

Wednesday, July 20

Nathan Williams and the Zydeco Cha Chas Nathan Williams and his band saw their career blossom in Southwest Louisiana, the homeland for zydeco, a style of music influenced by electric blues, R&B, and old-time Creole roots and characterized by amplified accordion, electric guitars and rubboard percussion. If zydeco is playing, you’re probably dancing and, hopefully, you’re drinking. Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave, 441-9279. $27.50. All ages. 7:30 p.m. ANDREW CALLAGHAN

Estranged Sensation Those looking to relieve some of the emotional detachment that is a natural outgrowth of living in the cruel, cruel world right now will find it at Fred Wildlife Refuge where harmonious New Age drone and electronic vistas attempt to uplift the hearts of weary urban worker bees. The all-ages event will feature a set from the otherworldly Nordra and celestial visuals from Nico Sophia and Darb Aduor, with essential oils diffused throughout. With DJs Degenerate and Veins. Fred Wildlife Refuge, 128 Belmont Ave. E., 588-6959. $10. All ages. 8 p.m. MEAGAN ANGUS

Remembering Healing Celebrating Five Seattle-area poets—Priscilla Long, Jack Remick, Holly Hughes, John Wright, and Bethany Reid—read new work about “the past, lost poets, extinct birds, lost loves, and extending and expanding the meanings of elegy.” One of the top three best uses of poetry is remembering. (The other two? Sex and jokes.) Third Place Books Ravenna, 6504 20th Ave. N.E., 525-2347. Free. All ages. 7 p.m. PAUL CONSTANT

Thursday, July 21

ARC Dance The young professionals of ARC Dance are at the beginning of their careers and approach their work with an appropriately fresh-faced zeal. Director Marie Chong, whose own career has stretched from Pacific Northwest Ballet to Cirque de Soleil, excels at finding or making works that showcase their skills and give them the chance to grow in an exhilarating mix of styles. Seattle Repertory Theater, 155 Mercer St., 352-0798. $33-$45. All ages. 8 p.m. Through Sat., July 23. SANDRA KURTZ

You’ll Grow Out of It Conversation This memoir from Inside Amy Schumer head writer Jessi Klein addresses what it means to be a woman in the 21st century. Tonight, beloved Seattle author Lindy West will join Klein in a far-reaching conversation about femininity, the idea of being a tomboy, and whether or not it’s biologically possible for men to be funny. University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., 634-3400. $27.50. All ages. 8 p.m. PC

UB40 with Astro, Ali, and Mickey Over the course of four decades, six-man British Reggae band UB40 has sold over 70 million records, making it one of the most commercially successful Reggae acts of all time. But wait, it gets confusing. Performing at Woodland Park is not the whole UB40 band, but “UB40 with Astro, Ali, and Mickey,” a three-man posse of UB40’s founding members who in 2013, saltily left the current UB40 band to reclaim the majestic glory of the “original lineup.” Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N, 548-2500. $35. All Ages. Doors 5 p.m., Show 6 p.m. AC

Friday, July 22

Welcome to Night Vale This horror/comedy podcast gets credit for being hilarious and inventive, but it’s also an impressive serial writing achievement: Installment by installment, and in tonight’s live show, Welcome to Night Vale is building a mythology on the backs of American horror legends like Poe and Lovecraft. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., 215-4747. $27.50. All ages. 8 p.m. PC

Sinner Saint Burlesque Burlesque isn’t just alive and well in Seattle, it’s an integral part of the dance community, and that’s often thanks to Sinner Saint Burlesque, which has presented many of the best in exotic dance. The ensemble is celebrating its 10th anniversary exactly as you might think, shedding costumes in a multitude of ways until there isn’t much left except the glitter. But there will be plenty of glitter. Columbia City Theater, 4916 Rainier Ave. S., 722-3009. $25-$35. 21 and over. 8 p.m. SK

Squall Pent Up Release’s monthly drone ambient noise happy hour at Kremwerk has everything you need to soothe you after a hard day in your cubicle microblogging about your data-mining mood board. This month features slick retro/future soundtracks from Rainbow Wolves and washed-out dreampop bliss from Red Alder. With Abraham Moses and DJ Maire. Kremwerk, 1809 Minor Ave., 682-2935. Free. 21 and over. 6 p.m. MEAGAN ANGUS

Blondie Famous for unpredictable genre crossovers, Blondie has released #1 hits in rap, Europop, and reggae genres, and the band’s powerful alpha female, lead vocalist, and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Debbie Harry is an all-around badass—she escaped from serial killer Ted Bundy’s Volkswagen in the ’80s, is a strong LGBT-rights advocate and former Playboy Bunny, and is credited as one of the world’s first rappers. Snoqualmie Mountain View Plaza at Snoqualmie Casino, 37500 S.E. North Bend Way, Snoqualmie, 425-888-1234. $45 and up. 21 and over. 7 p.m. AC

Capitol Hill Block Party Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Capitol Hill Block Party once again invites revelers to take over the Pike-Pine corridor to party, drink, and dance to the sounds of electro-punk band Crystal Castles, prolific Scottish synth-pop trio CHVRCHES, massive Bellingham-born EDM outfit Odesza, and more than 100 other delectable acts. The party, which features five stages (two outdoor and three indoor), will rage throughout the weekend, June 22-24. Oh, and for those of you who dwell on the Hill—good luck getting anything done this weekend. The Hill ‘twill be lit. Capitol Hill, capitolhillblockparty.com. Single-day $50-60, three-day pass $150-$300. All ages. 4 p.m. Through Sun., July 24. AC

Saturday, July 23

Project 42 Indulging the fans who fondly recall the days of Stone Cold Steve Austin smashing beer cans in the ring, Project 42 holds its 21-and-over matches within the dank, sticker-laden walls of El Corazon. The event is set up more like a variety show than a standard wrestling match, with live music, comedic matches, and tag-team brawls. If wrestling is supposed to be “entertainment” at heart, these guys are seeing that idea through to its full potential. El Corazon, 109 Eastlake Ave. E., 381-3094. Free with RSVP. 21 and over. 7:30 p.m. DUSTY HENRY

Rainier BAAMFest Today’s Rainier Beach Arts and Music Fest features visual arts, crafts, dance from the Massive Monkees, and music from Grace Love & the True Loves. But because I’m a book guy, let’s focus on the literary offerings, including spoken word, graphic novel-making workshops, Coast Salish storytelling, and a performance by Seattle-area spoken word dynamo Reagan Jackson. Rainier Beach Community Center and Pool, 8825 Rainier Ave. S., 386-1925. Free. All ages. 11 a.m. PC

Sunday, July 24

Alice & Lucy Will Work for Bunk Beds Reading You know who loves going to readings? Kids. This is because kids are better than adults, who waste all their time binge-watching Law & Order and reading hot takes about Pokemon Go. Seattle author Jaime Temairik debuts her new kids’ book with a reading and a literal cake walk at her neighborhood bookstore. Secret Garden Books, 2214 N.W. Market St., 789-5006. Free. All ages. 1 p.m. PC

Tuesday, July 26

Geoff Ryman Probably one of the most underappreciated living legends of sci-fi, Geoff Ryman is perhaps best known for his multi-tiered Oz-centric fantasia Was. Ryman also created a hyperlinked online novel called 253 that was decades ahead of its time. This should be a rare peek inside the mind of a singular genius. Seattle Public Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., 386-4636, spl.org. Free. All ages. 7 p.m. PC

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