Seattle four-piece Hoop plays Vibrations Fest this weekend. Photo by Conner Lyons

The Top Twelve Things to Do This Week

Start a D&D Campaign, learn about comics journalism, watch DIY bands at Volunteer Park and more.

August 24


D&D Encounters! If you’ve never played Dungeons & Dragons—or if you haven’t played since your friend’s mom kicked you out because your hoodie smelled like weed—this is the meet-up for you. Roll up a new character (or play with a pre-generated one) and let expert Dungeon Masters walk you through a simple adventure. Phoenix Comics & Games, 113 Broadway E., 328-4552, phoenix Free. All ages. 6:30 p.m. PAUL CONSTANT

August 25


Cyberwarfare, Russia, and the CIA What does it mean that Donald Trump called for Russia to hack into Hillary Clinton’s e-mails? When the hell did Russia become the cyber-boogeyman, anyway? This group discussion features Nada Bakos, a former CIA analyst, talking with Bainbridge Island-based biographer Mort Kondracke and Whidbey Island historian Robert W. Merry. Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum, 324 Marion St., 402-4612, $10. 7 p.m. PC

Summer at SAM If you haven’t yet had a chance to hit up the Seattle Art Museum’s two-month free-activities bonanza at Olympic Sculpture Park, you’re in luck: Two more chances this weekend—then summer’s over. Sorry. Thursday highlights include soul/R&B star Shontina & the Sugar Shack and communal weaving with blue fabric only; Saturday has yoga, Zumba, and an interactive open-studio session with local illustrator Jessixa Bagley. Olympic Sculpture Park, 2901 Western Ave., 654-3100, Free. All ages. 6 p.m. Thurs., 9 a.m. Sat. SARA BERNARD

August 26


Psychiatric CriminologyStop scaring yourself to death with Law & Order reruns and educate yourself instead. In his newest book, UW alumnus Dr. John Liebert, a leading expert in “suicidal rampage murders,” examines the public-health gap in dealing with violent crime and calls for changes in policing dangerously unbalanced individuals. University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., 634-3400, Free. All ages. 7 p.m. PC

Iota Coleman Pester is a relatively new addition to the dance community, but has already been commissioned by Velocity and On the Boards. For “Iota,” Pester invited three more artists (Jenna Eady, Jody Kuehner, and Cameo Lethem) to join a bill exploring female, queer, and non-binary choreographic voices and the idea of “coming out.” Velocity Dance Center, 1621 12th Ave., 325-8773, $20. All ages. 8 p.m. Fri., Aug. 26–Sat., Aug. 27. SANDRA KURTZ

August 27


Pizza Crawl This is one of those weird things the locals do on Capitol Hill. If a glittery, greasy, noisy group of musicians stumble past you on the street trailing wires and burning guitars, don’t concern yourself, just continue doting over your 2.5 children and gracefully sidestepping the homeless artists wandering from pizza place to pizza place. With Pink Void, Fantasy A, Nordra and more. The crawl will begin near the Capitol Hill Light Rail Station and continue at various outdoor locations and pizza shops around Capitol Hill. Free. All ages. 2 p.m.– 2 a.m. MEAGAN ANGUS

Women’s Prisons, Art, and Queerness This panel discussion and Q&A promises to bring together “different community members working on themes around women’s prisons, creative expression, and queer/LGBT identity.” The event is hosted by Boys on the Inside, a film about the “boy” culture in Washington women’s prisons. Wyckoff Auditorium, Seattle University, 901 12th Ave., Free. All ages. 2–4 p.m. CASEY JAYWORK

August 28


Vibrations Capitol Hill’s DIY-music haven Cairo may be gone, but its flagship summer festival lives on. Hosted at Volunteer Park’s grassy amphitheatre, you can always count on Vibrations for giant weirdo art installations, giant weirdo dance parties, and small weirdo bands—this year featuring the dreamy sounds of Posse, Hoop, and Lilac, Hardly Art’s Jenn Champion, the surreal hip-hop of DoNormaal, and a whole lot more. Volunteer Park Amphitheatre, 1247 15th Ave. E. Free. All ages. 3–10 p.m. KELTON SEARS

Intro to Comics Journalism With Sarah Glidden As part of comics and art festival Short Run’s summer-school programs for local artists, new-to-Seattle cartoonist Sarah Glidden will share techniques and lessons she learned in creating her first graphic novel, How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less, and her upcoming book about Seattle journalists traveling the Middle East, Rolling Blackouts. Gallery 1412, 1412 18th Ave., $20. All ages. 7 p.m. PC

August 29


Love and Ruin Atavist Magazine editor Evan Ratliff brings a new Atavist anthology featuring “Stories of Obsession, Danger and Heartbreak” to town. He’s joined tonight by terrific local journalists Brooke Jarvis and Jon Mooallem, who are published everywhere (Mooallem wrote a great Spielberg profile for Wired a while back) but who really shine in longform publications like Atavist. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave., 624-6600, Free. All ages. 7 p.m. PC

August 30


Three Sci-Fi Authors Walk Into a Bar The Science Fiction Writers of America bring their summertime Pacific Northwest Reading Series to a storied Kirkland bar with three Northwestern sci-fi authors. Tonight’s star is Portland’s David D. Levine, author of the terrific swashbuckling Edgar Rice Burroughs-ian novel Arabella of Mars, which sees a young woman stow away on a spacefaring ship bound for Mars. Wilde Rover Irish Pub, 111 Central Way, 425-822-8940. Free. 21 and over. 7 p.m. PC

Dump Trump March In Seattle and other blue parts of the country, Donald Trump is the great unifier, the one person we can all agree on loathing together. Vote with your feet against President Dumpster Fire. Westlake Park, 401 Pine St. Free. All ages. 6–10 p.m. CJ

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