Andrew Lamb Shultz's work "conveys inescapable queerness."

The Top Twenty Things to Do This Week

Damien Jurado, the Transgender Film Festival, Working Stiffs, and more.

Wednesday, May 11

Bad Dad Presents Mackned Bad Dad, one of the many up-and-coming hip-hop collectives in town, put together an especially heavy-hitting bill for tonight’s show, featuring a slew of locals experimenting with trap music. Headliner Mackned of the Thraxxhouse crew takes the trap sound to swirling, occult reaches while Sleep Steady, a new local duo, pushes what they call “trunk” music—a fusion of trap and punk. With AJ Suede, Wolftone, Bass Rev. Central Saloon, 207 First Ave. S., centralsaloon.com. $8. 21 and over. 9 p.m. KELTON SEARS

Know Your Rights as a Renter Legal protections are like witchcraft: You gotta know the magic words in order to invoke them. And with all of Seattle’s rules around renting, there’s a lot to know. Fortunately, former Tenants Union director and vanquished City Council candidate Jon Grant will be on hand to walk you through the rites of your rights. WA Community Action Network, 1806 E. Yesler Way. Free. 6 p.m. CASEY JAYWORK

Becoming the Virgin Austin writer Taylor Jacob Pate is traveling the country to celebrate the publication of his first book of poetry, Becoming the Virgin. He’s joined tonight by Seattle poets Sarah León and Jane Wong. Any bill with Wong on it deserves your attention; she’s fast becoming one of the biggest names in Seattle poetry. The Pine Box, 1600 Melrose Ave., 588-0375, pineboxbar.com. Free. 21 and over. 8 p.m. PAUL CONSTANT

Open Mike Eagle Open Mike Eagle’s conversational “art rap” style filters the ugliness of the world through the lens of comedy—“I can see the Super Bowls of the future/Ferguson blacks vs. Missouri State Troopers” he proclaims on “Dark Comedy Late Show.” That complexity, mixed with his always-on-point left-field production, has made for some fascinating records—his latest, Hella Personal Film Festival, rocking a vintage, ’70s-inspired vibe from British producer Paul White. With DoNormaal. Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., 709-9442, thebarboza.com. $10. 21 and over. 8 p.m. KS

Thursday, May 12

Damien Jurado Earlier this year Damien Jurado completed one of the greatest musical feats the Pacific Northwest has ever heard when he released Visions of Us on the Land, the final soul-stirring chapter in the psychedelic troubadour’s awe-inspiring Maraqopa Trilogy. This local appearance, the first since the release, should find the songwriter in fine form following an extensive European tour with his new, excellently named band, The Heavy Light. With Ben Abraham. The Neptune, 1303 N.E. 45th St., 877-784-4849, stgpresents.org. $17 adv./$18.50 DOS. All ages. 8 p.m. MARK BAUMGARTEN

Town Hall No, this is not an event at Town Hall Seattle, although this show is indeed called Town Hall, and takes place in Seattle. The comedy show, which co-creator Daniel Desrosiers describes as “an interactive call-in interview storytelling music event thing,” is gearing up for its latest installment, which promises to be a “morning radio show at night” featuring music from locals Lazy Ghost. If you can’t come, you can watch it on Periscope, or be one of those “call-in”s via live Skype. Gallery 1412, 1412 18th Ave., gallery1412.org. $5. All ages. 7:30 p.m. KS

Women on the Brink Curated by Tracy Rector of indigenous-focused film group Longhouse Media, this all woman art show features eight artists in multiple disciplines (installation, film, photography, visual art, music, and literary arts) who put the “fierce feminine” at the center of their work. Vermillion, 1508 11th Ave., 709-9797, vermillionseattle.com. Free. 21 and over. 8 p.m. KS

Rabit Texas-based electronic producer Eric Burton, better known as Rabit, turns dance floors into battlegrounds with his violent, metallic dirges—damaged rhythms fit for horror film scores. Communion, his latest LP, is an unsettling, lurching piece of music composed of spectral sampled screams, shattered glass, and sputtering mutant bass. With as_dfs, The Esoterics, Prius. Kremwerk, 1809 Minor Ave., kremwerk.com. $10 adv./$15 DOS. 21 and over. 9 p.m. KS

Transgender Film Festival Long before the battle for transgender rights hit the national stage, Seattle was hosting a Transgender Film Festival. The 11th one debuts this weekend with a reel of gripping, funny, quirky stuff, from MAJOR!, a documentary about a black transgender activist who’s been fighting for trans women of color since Stonewall, to Suited, an exploration of the emerging industry of gender-neutral clothing, co-produced by Girls creator Lena Dunham. Various venues, May 12–15. translationsfilmfest.org SARA BERNARD

The Game of Love and Death Signing Racist jackasses recently trolled an Old Navy Twitter ad because it showed a mixed-race couple. This makes Martha Brockenbrough’s The Game of Love and Death more than just a novel about a white boy and an African-American girl who fall in love and become entwined in a cosmic game of fate; it’s now a political statement. Queen Anne Book Company, 1811 Queen Anne Ave. N., 284-2427, qabookco.com. Free. All ages. 7 p.m. PC

Rumi Koshino and Al Bee Former Seattelite Rumi Koshino will be showing 16 of her dreamlike colored pencil and watercolor drawings from her “100 Days of Drawing” project (in which, yes, Koshino created one drawing every 100 days), alongside work from local stick-and-poke tattoo artist Al Bee, whose delightfully surreal gouache work on paper is just as delightful and out-there as her ink work on skin. Cairo, 507 E. Mercer St., templeofcairo.com. Free. All ages. 7–9 p.m. KS

Andrew Lamb Schultz If that kid who spent most of class drawing goofy pictures in his notebook decided to double down and perfect the craft, you’d get Andrew Lamb Schultz. There’s a charming simplicity to the local artist’s sketchy line and pastel palette; his drawings and paintings are equally capable of evoking genuine beauty and, like a true notebook-doodle master, scoring rude gut-chuckles. The Factory, 1216 10th Ave., thefactoryseattle.com. Free. All ages. 6–11 p.m. KS

Friday, May 13

This Is Indie! For this emphatic edition of its Sonic Evolution series, the Seattle Symphony brings together sound and vision from unique artistic minds near and far. New York-based filmmaker Bill Morrison will cut together archival footage of our fair city while pianist Tomoko Mukaiyama performs a composition by Bang on a Can co-founder Michael Gordon. The results should be incorruptible—that’s what we’re guessing they mean by indie, anyway. With William Brittelle, Fly Moon Royalty. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., 215-4747, seattle symphony.org. $25–$52. All ages. 8 p.m. MB

Working Stiffs This reading series asks writers to share their stories of work. Not, like, their writing process, but actual jobs that pay actual money in exchange for actual dignity. Today’s readers include former Seattle Magazine editor Brangien Davis and excellent Seattle poet Quenton Baker. And, as at every Working Stiffs event: free Top Pot doughnuts! Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave., 322-7030, hugohouse.org. Free. All ages. 7 p.m. PC

Saturday, May 14

Breakfast With Neruda Reading Pablo Neruda is so hot right now. His lost poems were recently discovered and published by Port Townsend’s Copper Canyon Press, and now Laura Moe has published Breakfast With Neruda, a young-adult novel about a pair of teens who bond over the 20th century’s greatest love poet. University Book Store, Mill Creek, 15311 Main St., 425-385-3530, ubookstore.com. Free. All ages. Noon. PC

Sunday, May 15

Mangold, Queen, and Vogel This event from the Institute for New Connotative Action (INCA) promises some brainy literary action for your Sunday. Seattle poet Sarah Mangold (editor of the sadly defunct Bird Dog magazine and author of Electrical Theories of Femininity) is joined by Talena Queen and Danielle Vogel, who are both out at the cutting edge of literature. INCA, 2 W. Roy St., incainstitute.org. Free. All ages. 7 p.m. PC

Monday, May 16

Detective Agency Detective Agency has been romping around the Seattle scene for six years now with its sleepy garage rock. The band’s songs may be played at slower tempos than those of their brasher, punk contemporaries, but this makes for a welcoming contrast. The group’s fuzzed-out, monotone aesthetics are playful with just the right hints of danger. With Golden Idols. The Back Bar at The Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-4618, thecrocodile.com. Free. All ages. 6:30 p.m. DUSTY HENRY

Tuesday, May 17

Regulating Black Bodies The UW College of Education sponsors a discussion on Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me, a book written in the fashion of a James Baldwin essay—part autobiography, part letter to his son, and substantially an insightful discussion of the nature of racism in America today. The Intellectual House, 4249 Whitman Court, UW campus, 616-7066. Free. 10 a.m.–1 p.m. CJ

Lady Krishna’s Jukebox Dance Party Seattle fashion icon Lady Krishna is a real-deal Capitol Hillebrity—turning heads with her all-pink-everything style, enormous furry coats, actual rose-colored glasses, and radiant personality. Tonight, she’s debuting her new music project, Lady Krishna’s Cosmic Panties, featuring Brady Harvey, formerly of the Tea Cozies. Should be a very rosy affair. With DJ Ozma Octacava. Linda’s Tavern, 707 E. Pine St., lindastavern.com. Free. 21 and over. 9 p.m. KS

Boy Erased Reading Garrard Conley’s new memoir, Boy Erased, is about the trauma of growing up gay in the South. His story is thick with prejudice, violence, and the heartbreaking psychological trauma caused by ex-gay therapy, but he still finds room in his heart for forgiveness and gratitude. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave., 624-6600, elliottbaybook.com. Free. All ages. 7 p.m. PC

 

"Untitled" by Al Bee, an excellent local stick-and-poke tattoo artist showing her fine art this Thursday at Cairo.

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