See Sleep, the band behind the stoner metal opus Dopesmoker, live in Seattle this week. Art by Arik Roper

The Top Ten Things to Do This Week

Catch stoner metal royalty, sacred harp-inspired dance, celebrated local poets and more.

October 19, Wednesday

Margin Shift Four poets—Elizabeth J. Cohen, Natasha Kochicheril Moni, Kelle Grace Gaddis, and Nadine Antoinette Maestas—read new work at the Seattle poetry collective’s latest gathering. Gaddis and Maestas are both UW graduates, Colen is a teacher at Western Washington University, and Moni was published by fabulous local press Two Sylvias. Common AREA Maintenance, 2125 Second Ave., 224-0746. commonartspace.com. Free. All ages. 7 p.m. PAUL CONSTANT

October 20, Thursday

Clear and Sweet Sacred Harp music, the 19th-century choral tradition that spread through the U.S. with a kind of teach-yourself hymnal, has fascinated many choreographers—Doris Humphrey alluded to it in her iconic work The Shakers, while more recently Twyla Tharp created a kind of utopian community in Sweet Fields. This time out, Zoe Scofield is bringing her own dance intelligence to the work, incorporating her early training in ballet to match the purity of both disciplines in Clear and Sweet. On the Boards, 100 W. Roy St., 217-9888, ontheboards.org. $25. 8 p.m. Through Sat., Oct. 22; also 5 p.m. Sun., Oct. 23. SANDRA KURTZ

Of Montreal These Athens, Ga., auteurs, almost without fail, release a new record every year—which of late have been dense and challenging albums liable to ward off casual fans looking for the easy sound of Satanic Panic in the Attic. Their 16th full-length album, this year’s Innocent Reaches, continues that trend, with pulsing beats overlaid by knotty, dissonant melodies. Yet as shown on Reaches’ first single, “It’s Different for Girls,” the band’s bizarre approach to pop music can still land an indelible punch. With TEEN. Neumos,925 E. Pike St., 709-9442, neumos.com. $20. All ages. 8 p.m. DP

Power: From the Mouths of the Occupied #BlackLivesMatter co-founder Patrisse Cullors directs her brainchild, an experimental theater production that uses audience participation to showcase black perspectives—in this case, the perspective of Seattleites who’ve been targets of police. Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, 104 17th Ave. S., 251-3486, intiman.org. $5. All ages. 7:30 p.m. Through Sat., Oct. 22. CASEY JAYWORK

Ian Bell’s Brown Derby Series Re-bar’s seasonal favorite—hilarious staged readings of Hollywood screenplays—returns this weekend for a spooky and silly rendition of Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge. Event organizers call it “possibly the GAYEST horror film ever made,” and promise to highlight that and everything else worthy parodying about the awesomely crappy 1985 flick. Re-bar, 1114 Howell St., 233-9873, facebook.com/brownderbyseries. $20. 21 and over. 8 p.m. Through Oct. 22. SARA BERNARD

October 21, Friday

Overpour Reading Seattle poet Jane Wong is a phenomenal talent. She’s young for a poet, but she’s already won a ton of awards and recognitions (the Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize, the Kundiman fellowship), and tonight she’s debuting her first full-length poetry collection, Overpour. Tonight’s the night when a promising, impressive talent finally becomes a celebrated author. Hugo House, 1021 Columbia St., 322-7030, hugohouse.org. Free. All ages. 7 p.m. PC

October 23, Sunday

Sleep Stoner metal reached its undeniable apex with the legendary Dopesmoker, the unholy, hour-long song/album full of some of the riffiest riffs ever riffed, and featuring golden lyrics like “Drop out of life, with bong in hand” and “Lungsmen unearth the creed of Hasheeshian/Procession of the weed-priests to cross the sands.” CAN I GET AN AMEN TO THAT BROTHER *takes enormous rip.* Just try not to smoke so much you totally forget this show. The Showbox, 1426 First Ave., showboxpresents.com. $30. All ages. 7 p.m. KELTON SEARS

October 24, Monday

The Wangs vs. the World Reading

Debut authors are storming the gates of Elliott Bay this week: Brit Bennett reads from her much-acclaimed The Mothers on Tuesday, but for my money Jade Chang’s novel about a Chinese-American family that suffers a streak of bad luck is the one to beat. Her reading tonight should be funny, smart, and fascinating. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave., 624-6600, elliottbaybook.com. Free. All ages. 7 p.m. PC

October 25, Tuesday

La Luz Seattle’s beloved surf-rock band moved to Los Angeles earlier this year (and L.A. Weekly is already claiming them as one of the their city’s best!), but they’re still touring all over the place—including back on their home turf. They’ll be rocking their haunting, psychedelic doo-wop alongside Portland’s raucous the Shivas and local hip -op sensation DoNormaal. Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Ave. N.W., 789-3599, tractortavern.com. $18. 21 and over. 8 p.m. SB

Journalism So White Media outlets—in Seattle and across the country—are overwhelmingly white. Recent statistics show that barely more than 13 percent of the nation’s radio and print journalists are people of color, which is not only astonishing but incredibly damaging to fair public discourse and social justice, as media outlets often shape the narratives that perpetuate discrimination. Join a panel of local journalists of color to discuss these realities and how to change them. Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., 652-4255, townhallseattle.org. $5; free for students. All ages. 7:30 p.m. SB

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