Tim and Eric. Courtesy Adult Swim

Tim and Eric. Courtesy Adult Swim

Science Fiction Songwriting, Arts Mashes, Bomba Estereo and More of the Week’s Best Events

Your calendar for the days ahead.

August 2, Wednesday

Reading Through It: Evicted Join The Seattle Review of Books and Seattle Weekly in the latest of our monthly book discussion series. This month’s book, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, is the first selection that might possibly evoke absolutely no discussion of President Trump. Come talk with us about why rent is so damn high! Third Place Books Seward Park, 5041 Wilson Ave. S., 474-2200, thirdplacebooks.com. Free. All ages. 7 p.m. PAUL CONSTANT

August 3, Thursday

Sanctuary Stories Meet and listen to local immigrant leaders’ stories and the state of sanctuary cities under the Trump administration. Panelists include Seattle City Councilmember M. Lorena González, Maru Mora Villalpando of Northwest Detention Center Resistance and Mijente, Church Council of Greater Seattle’s Michael Ramos, and Northwest Immigrant Rights Project’s Jorge L. Barón. Impact Hub, 220 Second Ave. S., 430-6007, ImpactHubSeattle.com. $5 (no one turned away for lack of funds). All ages. 6–7:30 p.m. CASEY JAYWORK

Sinner Saint Burlesque Forget Romeo and JulietA Midsummer Night’s Dream is the Bard of Avon’s most accommodating play. It’s a staple in grade-school productions, a classic in rep theaters around the globe, and a natural for dance performance. From the lovestruck mortals and slapstick “mechanicals” to the otherworld of Titania and Oberon, it’s full of kinetic possibilities, and in their salacious variation, Sinner Saint Burlesque (featuring Waxie Moon as the King of the Fairies) puts their sex-positive stamp on Shakespeare. Jewel Box Theater at the Rendezvous, 2320 Second Ave., 441-5823, sinnersaintburlesque.com. $25. 7:30 p.m. Thurs., Aug. 3–Sun., Aug. 6; 10 p.m. Sat., Aug. 5. SANDRA KURTZ

August 4, Friday

Science Fiction Songwriting for Teens This is exactly why we have a public library system: Real recording artists will work with Seattle-area teens (age 13 and up) to write and record songs about the sci-fi story of their choice. If you record a sea shanty about Battlefield Earth, please e-mail it to me, OK? Seattle Public Library, Southwest Branch, 9010 35th Ave. S.W., spl.org. Free, registration required. All ages. 2:30 p.m. PC

Cloud Cult The Twin Cities psych band will perform two sets tonight: the first a live performance of the soundtrack to its 2016 feature-length film The Seeker, which will be projected behind it; then the band will return to stage for a lap around some fan favorites. The Neptune, 1303 45th St., stgpresents.com. $23. All ages. 7 p.m. DANIEL PERSON

August 5, Saturday

Noir at the Bar: Los Angeles vs. Seattle The mystery-themed reading series at Seattle’s swankiest bar continues with a very special episode. Los Angeles writers including Sarah M. Chen, Ashley Erwin, Danny Gardner, and more will do literary battle with Seattle mystery writers including Kat Richardson, Tracy Weber, and Nick Feldman. The home team had better win this one. Sorrento Hotel, 900 Madison St., 622-6400, hotelsorrento.com. Free. 21 and over. 7:30 p.m. PC

Rainbow Remix Family Dance Party Shawna Murphy, mom to an SPS student who came out as gay to her family at age 9, is determined to make sure all kids in Seattle schools get to see themselves in the stories they read. After hearing from an SPS administrator that the budget for adding LGBTQIA books to school libraries is extremely tight, Murphy decided to launch a fundraiser for the “Rainbow Book Fund.” The event features live music by Glitter Cheetahs, TriSiren, and DJ Christian Science, photography by local artist Ted Zee, and a raffle for all kinds of prizes including aromatherapy, pilates classes, artisan bread, and a Full Tilt ice cream party. Kids welcome, of course. The Vera Project, 305 Harrison St., 956-8372, theveraproject.org. $5–$10. All ages. 6:30 p.m. SARA BERNARD

Tim and Eric 10th Anniversary Awesome Show Thank God for Tim and Eric, those two soft middle-aged men whose fake infomercials, insane editing style, and painfully awkward pacing made television indelibly weirder. The influence of the duo’s Adult Swim classic Awesome Show!, whose 10th Anniversary the two are celebrating on this national tour, can be felt all over this decade’s comedic landscape, whether in the numerous direct spinoffs, its spiritual sucessors like Eric Andre and Nathan Fielder, or that time Cheez-It ripped them off in that commercial. The Moore, 1932 Second Ave., stgpresents.org. $40. All ages. 8 p.m. KELTON SEARS

August 6, Sunday

Comics Dungeon Sale Wallingford’s Comics Dungeon recently founded a nonprofit named Comics for Community, Compassion, and Culture, which teaches literacy through comics to kids. That means that if you visit Comics Dungeons’ anniversary sale and buy some $1 comics or discounted trade paperbacks, you won’t just be participating in crass commercialism—you’ll also be helping to teach local kids to read. Comics Dungeon, 319 N.E. 45th St., 545-8373. comicsdungeon.com. Free. All ages. 11 a.m. PC

Inscape Arts Mash Since its transformation into a space for artists to live and work, Seattle’s old INS building has hosted a monthly open house for the public to check out what its residents are up to. This weekend Inscape is amping it up with the first annual Arts Mash, featuring over 40 musical acts, among other spectacles, and an arts market. All profits go to the artists. Inscape Arts, 815 Seattle Blvd. S., inscapearts.org. $20–$25. All ages. Noon–11 p.m. CHRISTY CARLEY

August 7, Monday

Seattle Mystery Authors Tell All Join local mystery authors Glen Erik Hamilton, Robert Dugoni, Tracy Weber, and Jim Ziskin as they get together to discuss the pleasures and perils of being a mystery author. This evening is scheduled as a group discussion which will then segue into a conversation with the audience—perfect for aspiring authors to get some candid tips. University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., 634-3400, bookstore.washington.edu. Free. All ages. 7 p.m. PC

August 8, Tuesday

Three Poets Reading Melissa Dickey writes weird and wonderful poems about miniature children and accidents. Andy Stallings wrote an amazing poem about the curvature of the Earth, titled “Geometry.” Jay Thompson has written poems about Dungeons & Dragons. Together, the three will either read poems or combine their bodies to form a larger Voltron-type figure, or both. Open Books, 2414 N. 45th St., 633-0811, openpoetrybooks.com. Free. All ages. 7 p.m. PC

The Round: Cumulus, John Van Deusen, Pearl Tottenham The Round promises a curious interdisciplinary performance: Three musical acts, interspersed with slam poetry and live visual art, giving the spectator a chance to watch all the creations intersect. This performance features diverse sounds from Cumulus, Pearl Tottenham, and John Van Deusen, former member of The Lonely Forest who released a solo album in June. Fremont Abbey Arts Center, 4272 Fremont Ave. N., fremontabbey.org, $9 adv./$12 DOS. All ages. 7 p.m. CC

Bomba Estereo Hailing from Bogotá, Colombia, Bomba Estéreo has been described as having an electro-tropical-cumbia sound. In 2016 they rocked the Internet with the hit music video “Soy Yo,” which features a charismatic, bad-ass 7-ish-year-old girl sporting cloud-print crocs and jamming on a recorder. Their most recent single, “Duele,” has a different but equally exciting sound and a surreal video that features a woman roaming through the desert past a giant rolling lemon and a telephone. They’re known for putting on an energetic show and sporting spunky costumes. Make sure you’re ready to dance. The Showbox, 1426 First Ave., showboxpresents.com. $27.50. All ages. 8 p.m. CC

Belle and Sebastian’s last album, 2015’s Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, seems to grow out of an idea first broached by the band on a 2003 B-side called “Your Cover’s Blown”—a brilliant song that laid all the diary musings that have been a hallmark of the band’s 20-year career over an unapologetically Euro beat. The thumping results of Girls are beautiful at times, and on the whole are a worthy response to the question: How does a band made famous with feather-light indie songs write music suitable for the large concert halls fans now fill to hear them? The Paramount, 724 Pine St., stgpresents.com. $43. All ages. 8 p.m. DP

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