Markeith Wiley jumps from dancer to talk show host in “It’s Not Too Late.” Photo by Joseph Lambert

The Top 15 Things to Do This Week

A dancer turns talk show host, SAM throws a sartorial party, and much more.

November 16, Wednesday

WordsWest Literary Series This West Seattle-centric reading series features Imani Sims (whose poem “Allure” begins “She was perfect pitcher,/Cooled glass and ice center”) and Alma García, a writer of short stories (and recently a novel) who writes about the Latinx experience and what an appropriate size would be for a “dog-sized” dog. C&P Coffee Co., 5612 California Ave. S.W., wordswestliterary.weebly.com. Free. All ages. 7 p.m. PAUL CONSTANT

Dive Bar Film Fest Call nostalgia a useless emotion all you want, but anyone who ever ordered a drink from Johnny at Moon Temple knows Seattle lost something when the Wallingford dive closed in 2015. An ode to Moon Temple is part of this year’s Dive Bar Film Festival, now in its second volume. Also featured are a meditation on Bukowski from Drew Christie, a documentary on bathroom graffiti, and many others. There will also be live performances from Iska Dhaaf and lectures on being a better drinker. Grand Illusion, 1403 N.E. 50th St., 7 p.m.; High Dive, 513 N. 36th St., 8:30 p.m. Also Blue Moon Tavern, 712 N.E. 45th St., 7:30 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 17. Full schedule at divebarfilmfest.com. DANIEL PERSON

Markeith Wiley Generally, dancers spend more time moving than talking, but Markeith Wiley has never been much interested in stereotypes. Taking several steps outside of that role, he’s setting up shop in the verbal world of the talk show, and in It’s Not Too Late he proclaims himself “Seattle’s first black talk-show host.” Modeling himself on comedian Paul Mooney and taking on a roster of local dancers, musicians, poets, and artists, Wiley promises performance art in the guise of “straightforward real talk.” On the Boards, 100 W. Roy St., 217-9888, ontheboards.org. $25. 8 p.m. Wed., Nov. 16–Sat., Nov. 19; 5 p.m. Sun., Nov. 20. SANDRA KURTZ

A Tribe Called Red The members of this Ottawa-based DJ trio all hail from First Nations tribes, making them a powerful amplifier for indigenous communities. Their bass-heavy blend of dubstep, trap, and moombahton with powwow chants is like nothing ever heard on or off the rez. With our large Native community, their Seattle date is already sold out—but try Bellingham, Victoria, or Vancouver. With Crockett King. The Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., thecrocodile.com, 441-4618. $17. All ages. 8 p.m. GREGORY SCRUGGS

Fly by Night In the first multiweek run by the exciting new troupe Reboot Theatre, this local premiere of the conversely dark and heartwarming work set in 1960s New York is packed with outstanding performances, top to bottom—not a given when small outfits take on musical theater. Catch it this weekend before it flies away. Slate Theater, 815 Seattle Blvd. S. #140, 257-5658. $15–$20. Ends Nov. 19. MARK BAUMGARTEN

November 17, Thursday

Dock Street Salon This reading series brings fine literary writers to the beautiful neighborhood bookstore Phinney Books. Tonight’s readers are novelists Tobias Carroll and Jarret Middleton and short-story author Matthew Simmons, author of the new collection The In-Betweens. Simmons writes about road trips and jackalopes and black metal. Phinney Books, 7405 Greenwood Ave. N., 297-2665, phinneybooks.com. Free. All ages. 7 p.m. PC

The Gender Justice Awards The Gender Justice League works on the front lines of protecting queer and trans people locally. Come support their biggest annual fundraiser, an awards ceremony highlighting some of Seattle’s best advocates. Melrose Market Studios, 1532 Minor Ave., 932-1059, genderjusticeleague.org. $60. 6–10 p.m. CASEY JAYWORK

November 18, Friday

Michelle Tea, Donna Kaz, Jordan O’Jordan Michelle Tea is an iconic memoirist and queer sex symbol. Her newest book, Black Wave, is a memoir with a dystopic novel laid over the top, which kind of resembles the world in which we live right now. Tea is joined by memoirist Donna Kaz and musician Jordan O’Jordan. Fred Wildlife Refuge, 128 Belmont Ave. E., 322-7030. hugohouse.org. Free. All ages. 7 p.m. PC

SAM Remix This thrice-yearly fête throws open the doors of the city’s premier museum for an after-hours soirée. This edition is fashion-forward in honor of the current special exhibit, Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style. There will be a pop-up runway, and the first 50 people in dress inspired by YSL’s iconic tuxedo get in free. Not to mention there’ll be hands-on art activities, personalized tours of the collection, and a bumping party in the atrium with obscure cuts and rare grooves from DJs Supreme la Rock and WD4D. Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave., seattleartmuseum.org, 654-3100. $25. 18 and over. 8 p.m. GS

Soul-Fi If you prefer therapy via the dance floor, there’s no more apropos choice to repudiate all that Trumpism stands for than Soul-Fi, a monthly party that reclaims Afro-diasporic music for black and brown people. With a special live performance by rapper and spoken word artist Da Qween. Allies welcome, just check your privilege at the door, and once inside begin plotting the resistance. With Reverend Dollars, Nome Goldie, King Dee. Re-bar, 1114 Howell St., rebar seattle.com, 233-9872. Free–$10. 21 and over. 10 p.m. GS

What We Must Do Now Our very own editor-in-chief Mark Baumgarten and Seattle Weekly contributor Marcus Harrison-Green of the South Seattle Emerald join journalists from Crosscut and The Seattle Globalist to discuss the fallout of President Trump, with an emphasis on what regular people can do right here, right now. Rainier Arts Center, 3515 S. Alaska St., 725-7517. $5 suggested donation. All ages. 7–8:30 p.m. CJ

November 20, Sunday

Run the Red Lights Reading With his thoughtful, funny poems, Ed Skoog was one of the best writers in Seattle. Then he had to move away. But this city still fucking loves him to pieces. Today he debuts his new title from Port Townsend publisher Copper Canyon Press with a signing at Seattle’s best (and only, but still best) poetry bookstore. Open Books, 2414 N. 45th St., 633-0811, openpoetrybooks.com. Free. All ages. Noon. PC

November 21, Monday

Extreme Makeover and Every Heart a Doorway Reading Dan Wells’ newest fantasy novel, Extreme Makeover, is about an anti-aging hand cream that “overwrites the DNA of whoever is wearing it.” Wells reads with novelist Seanan McGuire, whose Every Heart a Doorway is about a boarding school for magical children that is plagued by a serial killer. University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., 634-3400, bookstore.washington.edu. Free. All ages. 7 p.m. PC

After Orlando The news of this summer’s brutal massacre at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, reverberated across the globe. Two theater companies, in collaboration with more than 70 different playwrights from four continents, launched an “interna- tional theater action” in response. Seattle-based Forward Flux Productions will stage its version of the show this week, which includes short plays by nine playwrights, readings, live music, and other performances specifically written and curated to honor Orlando’s tragedy and those it affected. Raisbeck Performance Hall, 2015 Boren Ave., 800-726-2787, forwardflux.com. Admission $0.50 to cover administrative costs; all donations will go to victims, their families, and Pulse of Orlando. 7:30 p.m. SARA BERNARD

November 22, Tuesday

Habitat and Ancestor Reading Simon Roy, the comics artist behind the new sci-fi series Habitat, signs the first collection of his book, which is about an orbital space station hurtling toward civil war. Roy is joined by writer Matt Sheean and artist Malachi Ward, who will sign their new collected comic Ancestor, about a mind/computer interface. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave., 624-6600, elliottbaybook.com. Free. All ages. 7 p.m. PC

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