“Forest Clearing Construction,” a recent piece from 2016 Neddy Award winning painter Nathan DiPietro

The Top Fifteen Things to Do This Week

Art it up in Africatown, shake your fist at Future, chat about development at Town Hall, and more.

September 14, Wednesday

Beacon Bards Seattle poet Martha Silano’s splendid quarterly reading series is in transition: Previously located out of a Beacon Hill coffee shop, it’s found a temporary home at Hugo House this month before moving to Third Place Books Seward Park. Tonight’s readers are David J. Daniels, Keeje Kuipers, Rachel Moritz, and Tiffany Midge. Hugo House, 1021 Columbia St., 322-7030, hugohouse.org. Free. All ages. 7 p.m. PAUL CONSTANT

Wolvves As you’ll read in our feature, Seattle musician Raven Matthews doesn’t sit neatly in any clear musical category—while you might primarily call him a hip-hop artist, his work jumps from grunge to electronica to acoustic ballads and back again. It’s fitting that tonight he’ll open for Phoenix trio Wolvves, a “rap” group that itself veers into emotional alt-rock and punk territory. With DoNormaal, FairLady. The Vera Project, 305 Harrison St., theveraproject.org. $6–$8. All ages. 8:30 p.m. KELTON SEARS

Lee “Scratch” Perry’s Vision of Paradise Jamaican dub pioneer Lee “Scratch” Perry is still going strong—but ever more bizarre—at 80. Enter his mystical world onscreen during this “fairy-tale documentary,” with Seattle native and Subatomic Sound System honcho Emch on hand for Q&A. Then hear Perry live at Nectar Lounge on Saturday, backed by Subatomic, for the sixth annual Dub Champions Festival USA. SIFF Film Center, 305 Harrison St., siff.net. $12. 7 p.m. GREG SCRUGGS

City Council: Should We Evict the Jungle? Today Councilmember Sally Bagshaw’s Human Services and Public Health committee will consider whether to p roceed with the mayor’s plan to evict the hundred or so campers who remain in the Jungle, an archipelago of homeless encampments beneath and beside I-5. Come voice your opinion. Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave., 684-2489, seattle.gov/council. Free. 2 p.m. CASEY JAYWORK

September 15, Thursday

The Fortunes Reading Peter Ho Davies is one of the very finest novelists you haven’t heard of. His novel The Welsh Girl was longlisted for the Booker Prize, but his books have yet to break through to the mainstream. That may change with The Fortunes, an ambitious history of America as told through a family of Chinese immigrants. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave., 624-6600, elliottbaybook.com. Free. All ages. 7 p.m. PC

Miscomings Tape Release There’s something about classic, grunged-out, lo-fi guitar distortion that’s always going to tug at my heartstrings, but Seattle punk trio Miscomings tosses that familiar shred into a truly freakazoid blender of no-wave structural chaos, topped by Joe Ross’ unmistakable helium-sucker shriek. The band’s January debut, Bag of Knives, was an unheralded gem—don’t miss whatever the band’s about to put out next. With Casual Hex, Validation, Deep Channel. Office Space, ask a punk for directions. 9 p.m.–midnight. All ages. KS

Region of Boom As Seattle continues to develop at breakneck speed, how can the many communities that make up the Emerald City survive and thrive? Is there a way for us to grow without turning into a cultural desert like Bellevue? Speakers include Nikkita Oliver and Gyasi Ross and city cabinet members Patricia Lally and Sam Assefa, who will talk about the risks and opportunities that face us. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., townhallseattle.org. $5. 7–9 p.m. All ages. CJ

Neddy Artist Awards Celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, Cornish College of the Arts’ Neddy Awards are some of the biggest in Washington, granting winning artists $25,000. This year, animator Clyde Petersen and painter Nathan DiPietro are taking it home. Celebrate and look back on the history of the award with an exhibition of work by past winners. Pivot Art + Culture, 609 Westlake Ave. N., cornish.edu. Free. All ages, 6:30–8:30 p.m. KS

September 16, Friday

Drake & Future We here in Seattle know that Future is an awful human being. For those of you who don’t have hollywoodlife.com set as your homepage: He cheated on his pregnant fiancee, Ciara; refused to apologize; and then got up in Russell Wilson’s grill when he started dating Ciara. But damn if he isn’t on a musical tear, with five strong albums/mixtapes featuring his hypnotizing, leaned-out flow. Appearing in Tacoma in support of Drake, this is an all-star lineup where it’s worth looking past the man to see the art. Tacoma Dome, 2727 E. D St., Tacoma, 253-272-3663, tacomadome.org. $49.50. All ages. 6:30 p.m. DANIEL PERSON

Play Anything Reading Sure, you’ve heard the corporate buzzword “gamification”—the belief that if you turn any arduous task into a video game, people will clamor to do it. But game designer Ian Bogost has a different understanding of playfulness; he argues that limitations are what makes play so helpful, and by setting clear boundaries, we make life more rewarding. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 652-4255, townhallseattle.org. $5. All ages. 7:30 p.m. PC

September 17, Saturday

Cloud Person Last time we checked in with this Seattle outfit, in 2013, they were a three-piece folk band. As if they’d eaten a Mario mushroom, they’ve wigged out into a five-piece psych-rock band. Their full-length Apparatus, released in May, two-steps between solid bar rock and vamping jams that will sound great if you manage to find your own Mario mushrooms. With Bullets or Balloons, Spencer Glenn. Conor Byrne Pub, 5140 Ballard Ave., 784-3640, conor byrnepub.com. $8. 9:30 p.m. 21 and over. DP

Africatown International Creative Arts & Culture Expo The Africatown Center for Innovation and Education is hosting its first-ever shindig to celebrate African culture and fundraise for programs that support youth in Seattle as well as Gambia. Head to the Central District for a silent auction of paintings, textiles, and other works from African and African-American artists, plus interactive drumming, raffle prizes, and a delicious appetizer spread. Coyote Central, 2300 E. Cherry St., africatowncenter.org. $15/$25 for two. All ages. 4 p.m. SARA BERNARD

September 18, Sunday

Four Poets Maged Zaher is, for real, one of Seattle’s best poets. His gorgeous love poems are funny, eerily true, and stridently political. Tonight he’s joined by three others—Susan M. Schultz, who writes dense, proselike poetry; Norman Fischer, a Zen priest; and Stephen Collis, an environmental advocate from Vancouver—in a promising showcase. Gallery 1412, 1412 18th Ave., gallery1412dotorg.wordpress.com. $20. All ages. 7 p.m. PC

September 19, Monday

Commonwealth Reading If you fell in love with Ann Patchett through her high-concept novel Bel Canto, you probably know what to expect from her newest novel, Commonwealth, about a pair of families whose courses are forever altered after a wayward kiss at a party: a compelling plot, gorgeous language, and pages that practically turn themselves. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St, 621-2230, lectures.org. $20–$85. All ages. 7 p.m. PC

September 20, Tuesday

Downfall Reading Seattle’s J.A. Jance has been writing mysteries since the Big Bang. It’s easy to forget about a consistent record like that; with dozens of bestsellers to her name, Jance spoils her readers for choice. She reads tonight from the latest in her Joanna Brady series, and she’ll discuss her creative process and her four decades as a writer in Seattle. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 652-4255, townhallseattle.org. $5. All ages. 7:30 p.m. PC

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