Music, readings, painting, installations, dance, film—any art you can do outside, someone will be doing this Saturday and Sunday at the Arts in Nature Festival. Participants, more than 40 of them, include the Total Experience Gospel Choir, Naomi Wachira, Gamelan Pacifica, Anastacia Renee, the Northwest Puppet Center, Northwest Film Forum, Capoeira Malês, and others, plus a Skeleton Flower Seed Ceremony from the Degenerate Art Ensemble. See dnda.org/festival for complete schedule. GAVIN BORCHERT Camp Long ELC. $5–$10.
Conductor, pianist, composer (both for the stage and the concert hall), and classical-music explainer/advocate par excellence, Leonard Bernstein was one of the few in the field to achieve household-word status. On the exact date of his centennial, The Esoterics present the choral oeuvre of this protean genius: Chichester Psalms, selections from Mass, and much more. GB St. James Cathedral, theesoterics.org. $15–$25. 8 p.m. Sat., Aug. 25.
In the inaugural North Bend Film Festival, enjoy contemporary independent films, filmmaker talks, a VR lounge, and interactive events in addition to a highly curated film program. See northbendfilmfest.com for the full lineup, including a screening of Gus Van Sant’s My Own Private Idaho. GB. North Bend Theatre. $15. Thurs., Aug. 23–Sun., Aug. 26.
I’m still not sure how I fell in love so hard and suddenly with a movie parodying a genre I couldn’t care less about, but Hot Fuzz got to me—Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg’s valentine to swaggering cop dramas (for one example, Point Break, which Central Cinema is double-featuring with it). There’s no way to summarize it without either giving away the twists or making it sound just as formulaic as the films it’s spoofing, but… Pegg plays a (you guessed it) by-the-book policeman partnered with Nick Frost, who (but of course) plays by his own rules. Together they break open a mystery in an idyllic English village (maybe too idyllic), and bloody mayhem ensues with the same marvelously adroit blend of laughs and thrills as in the trio’s earlier Shaun of the Dead and subsequent The World’s End. GAVIN BORCHERT Central Cinema, central-cinema.com. GB $8. 7 p.m. Fri., Aug. 24–Tues., Aug. 28, plus 1:30 p.m. Sat.–Sun.
Some albums just feel seasonal. The Ataris’ So Long Astoria has always radiated with warm pop punk summer hue, and it goes deeper than the cover of Don Henley’s “Boys of Summer” being the band’s one true hit. Despite opening with the line “It was the first snow of the season … ,” album cuts like “Radio #2,” “Summer ‘79,” and “In This Diary” capture the ultra-catchy anthemic, sunny pop punk spirit of peak early-2000s Warped Tours. Sure, things can get a bit melodramatic (literally a track called “The Saddest Song”), but that’s a necessary element of teenage music. The Ataris mark So Long Astoria’s 15th anniversary at El Corazon (where hopefully a line on “Eight of Nine” won’t come true: “el corazon was poisoned tonight”). SETH SOMMERFELD El Corazon, elcorazonseattle.com. $15-$17. 7:30 p.m., Wed., Aug 22.
They say everything old becomes new again, and that’s an apt way to frame singer-songwriter Sera Cahoone upcoming concert marking her 20th year in Seattle. While celebrating two decades in the city, the Colorado native also will release her self-titled solo debut LP on vinyl for the first time. The album’s Western-tinged folk tunes still carry sun-drenched aching emotional resonance. SS Neumos, neumos.com. $15. 8 p.m., Thur., Aug 23.
If technology hasn’t always been beneficial to musicians over the past couple decades, it has made pop production possible on a DIY level. Thus underground pop can be a thing, despite how oxymoronic such a classification seems on its face. As one of Seattle’s underground-pop standouts, PSA (aka Pop Star Archie) took things even more literally with a terrific set in the Cha Cha’s subterranean confines at this year’s Capitol Hill Block Party. After dropping tracks online for years, PSA finally unveils her first EP Debutante —featuring tracks like “Ghost” that burst with funky, danceable hooks and bodacious vocal swagger—with a formal gala (dress up, y’all) release show. SS Gold Bar, facebook.com/popstarariel. $10. 8 p.m. Fri., Aug 24.
Composer for Jeff Bridges in Crazy Heart and A Prairie Home Companion alumnus are just two of the items on legendary Americana singer/songwriter Greg Brown’s resume. GB Tractor Tavern, tractortavern.com. $40. 8 p.m. Sun., Aug. 26.
How excellent were those early ‘90s Smashing Pumpkins albums? So much so that people are still putting up with all of Billy Corgan’s B.S. Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness remain pantheon alt-rock records that brilliantly marry gorgeous and harsh sounds, ones that continue to bring out fans even if they haven’t cared for anything the band has put out since. Smashing Pumpkins celebrates its 30th anniversary in arena rock style with a mostly reunited ensemble (minus bassist D’arcy Wretzky, because—again—Corgan is difficult). SS KeyArena,keyarena.com. $29-$170. 6 p.m., Fri., Aug. 24.
Update (Aug 23): Removed VanFest due to the event being canceled.