Modern Renaissance man Donald Glover brings Childish Gambino to KeyArena. Photo by Ibra Ake

Modern Renaissance man Donald Glover brings Childish Gambino to KeyArena. Photo by Ibra Ake

Pick List: Childish Gambino, French Cinema Now, Tres Leches

The best entertainment the week has to offer.


It’s been five years since Seattle’s Cumulus (aka Alexandra Niedzialkowski) put out a new batch of sweet/sad indie pop tunes, but that all changes at the release show for her new album, Comfort World. It’s an ideal soundtrack for those feel-kinda-down fall days. SETH SOMMERFELD The Sunset, $10. 9 p.m. Fri., Sept. 28.

It’s hard to describe local punk trio Tres Leches because the group is always shifting, even at its own shows. On moment the band will be playing a noise punk tune, the next it’ll cover a centuries-old folk song, then maybe launch into a tune by The Clash, after that it might try out an original in Spanish (oh, and all three members take turns singing and playing instruments). The only thing that’s certain is a rabble-rousing energy (especially when Alaia D’Alessandro is on lead vocal duties). After causing a scene in clubs around town for the past couple years, the group finally releases its first LP, Amorfo. SS Clock-Out Lounge, $10. 9 p.m. Fri., Sept. 28.

**UPDATE (Sept. 27): The Childish Gambino concert has been canceled due to a foot injury suffered by Donald Glover.** Childish Gambino (aka Donald Glover) is better than you at comedy, television, writing, and rapping without his shirt on. This night will mainly feature the latter. SS KeyArena, $152. tk p.m. Sat., Sept. 29.

It’s a double album release party underground when Seattleites Spesh and Red Ribbon unveil their new albums for a Barboza crowd. After a busy summer on the local festival scene, Spesh’s debut album Famous World finds the band artful walk the line between lush new wave rock and drugged-out Britpop. Red Ribbon’s Dark Party offers a sleek take on wistful downtempo melodic rock. SS Barboza, $12. 8 p.m. Sun., Sept. 30.


Velocity Dance Center’s annual season-opening Velocity Fall Kick-Off spans three nights with three different programs serving as a dance sampler. Friday includes a farewell to executive director Tonya Lockyer. GB Velocity Dance Center, $15–$50. 8 p.m. Fri., Sept. 28–Sun., Sept. 30.


See what the land of Marker and Varda, Deneuve and Amelie, is up to these days via SIFF’s French Cinema Now and its 17 French-language features over eight days. The opening-night comedy, Return of the Hero, stars Jean Dujardin and Mélanie Laurent. GAVIN BORCHERT SIFF Cinema Uptown. See for complete schedule. Sept. 27–Oct. 4.

The South Asian Film Festival delivers ten days of films from eight nations—this year spotlighting Pakistan—in venues such as the Seattle Art Museum, the Northwest Film Forum, and the SIFF Film Center. GB See for complete schedule, Sept. 28–Oct. 7.

Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers features a selection of groundbreaking shorts includes A Fool and His Money (1912) by Alice Guy Blaché, the oldest known film with an all-black cast. GB Northwest Film Forum, $7–$12. 7 p.m. Sun., Sept. 30.


Samara Lerman’s solo show, Cyla’s Gift, recounts her grandmother’s experiences, and survival, as a Jewish girl in Ukraine in the 1930s and beyond. GB Taproot Theatre, $15–$30. Opens Sept. 28. 8 p.m. Thur.–Sat. & Mon., Oct. 8; 2 p.m. Sun., Sept. 30 & Sat., Oct. 13. Ends Oct. 13.

Title of the month goes to Fatastic.Z’s production Madeleine George’s academia-set lesbian romantic comedy, Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England. GB Ballard Underground, $15–$25. Opens Sept. 28. 8 p.m. Thurs.–Sat. plus Mon., Oct. 1; 2 p.m. Sun., Oct. 7. Ends Oct. 13.


To be honest WWE Raw has been a bad TV show for a few months now (despite being smaller, NXT and Smackdown are the wrestling giant’s far superior shows), with boring stars (see: Reigns, Roman and Lesnar, Brock) and underdeveloped storylines. That said, Raw still has Kevin Owens, Ruby Riott, Elias, Finn Bálor, and The Revival on its roster, so it’s still probably worth a ticket if you’re a squared circle mark. SS KeyArena, $35. 4:40 p.m. Mon., Oct. 1.


Learn more about your city via Seattle Weekly contributor Jake Uitti’s new morbidly-titled guidebook, 100 Things to Do in Seattle Before You Die. GB Third Place Books (Seward Park), 7 p.m. Thur., Sept. 27.

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