The Top 15 Things to Do This Week

Get free local comics, head to Beacon Hill for a block party, and much more.

June 14, Wednesday

You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me Reading Sherman Alexie is Seattle’s most entertaining reader, the most famous literary figure from Seattle, and one of our finest writers. And tonight he’s launching the biggest book of his career—a memoir about his complicated relationship with his mother. This reading is sold out, but Town Hall often has standby tickets available at the door. Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave., 652-4255, $5. All ages. 7:30 p.m. PAUL CONSTANT

Candidate JeopardyThe answer: This mayoral forum uses questions sourced from members of Nickelsville, Neighborhood Action Councils, and other community groups, to get candidates on the record on issues the people really care about. What is Candidate Jeopardy? Correct! Co-hosted by this fine paper, the forum will include candidates Jenny Durkan, Jessyn Farrell, Bob Hasagewa, Mike McGinn, Cary Moon, and Nikkita Oliver. And no, all answers will not be given in the form of a question. Summit Building (behind First Covenant Church), 420 East Pike Street. Free. All ages. 5 p.m. DANIEL PERSON

Boogarins This psych-rock quartet updates Os Mutantes’ ’60s tropicalia for a post-indie era. Named for a type of jasmine flower, Boogains (boo-gah-REENS) went from a basement in obscure Goiânia, Brazil to international stardom on the strength of debut As Plantas Que Curam. If their live performance for KEXP’s El Sonido last year has you begging (booging?) for more, they’re back–just one week after dropping surprise sophomore album Lá Vem a Morte. Barboza, 925 E. Pike, 709-9442, $10-12. 21 and up. 8 p.m. GREGORY SCRUGGS

Pack Seattle City Hall for a Progressive Income Tax Join the Seattle Neighborhood Action Coalition, the Transit Riders Union, and some socialists to urge the City Council to support an income tax on people earning more than a quarter million dollars a year. Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Ave. 651-4282, Free. All ages. 5-8 p.m. CASEY JAYWORK

June 15, Thursday

Writers & Poets of Washington State Western Washington poets Gary Lilley and Ann Tweedy team up with Spokane story author Erin Pringle and Spokane novelist Sharma Shields to bridge the divide and bring eastern and western Washington together at last. For one night, let’s pretend the mountain range, desert, and broken political discourse that separates us just doesn’t exist. Hugo House, 1021 Columbia St., 322-7030, . Free. All ages. 7 p.m. PC

Seattle International Dance Festival Every year it seems like Cyrus Khambatta can’t fit one more thing into the Seattle International Dance Festival, and every year he does—the roster for this edition includes nine different programs featuring over 50 different groups. The weekends are given over to a combination of touring and local artists, while mid-week shows are the up-and-coming kids. This Thursday the focus is on Seattle dancers, this weekend includes contemporary dance from Portugal and Russia as well as the U.S., and next week shifts to contemporary ballet. You can sample a couple of shows, or jump in for the full experience. Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway Ave., $23-$27 (full pass $75). 7:30 p.m. Thur. June 15. 8 p.m. Fri. June 16-Sat. June 17, 7:30 p.m. Sun. June 18, Tues. June 20-Wed. June 21. SANDRA KURTZ

Charms Human Error, the debut LP from Seattle noise-punk trio Charms, is a total aural maelstrom. Chugging bass synth from cyber-hell, industrial drum assaults, and that trademark banshee-getting-electrocuted guitar all combine into a beast of a record—but it’s even beastlier live, where all those frequencies can physically kick you in the gut. Catch the band at their record release tonight with two of Seattle’s other top-tier noise wizards—Miscomings and Nordra. Bring earplugs. Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St., $10. 21 and up. 8 p.m. KELTON SEARS

June 16, Friday

Wombgenda Launch Party Over the last couple of years, Seattle Weekly contributor Tatiana Gill has become one of the city’s best and most reliable autobiographical cartoonists. Tonight, she debuts a new collection of comics specifically related to health issues, as part of the weekend-long Comics & Medicine Conference that’s visiting Seattle. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, 925 E. Pike St., 658-0110, Free. All ages. 6 p.m. PC

Low This haunting slowcore band from Duluth, Minnesota stops by Seattle on a quick five-city tour. The last album, 2015’s Ones and Sixes, saw the band retreat into rural Wisconsin to recapture the austere sound they’ve been perfecting for more than 20 years, to gorgeous results. The Neptune, 1303 NE 45th Street, $20.50. All ages 9 p.m. DP

June 17, Saturday

Lushloss Seattle ambient/electronic artist Olive Jun’s debut album is pretty ambitious for a first outing. Asking/Bearing, out on tape tonight through Hush Hush, is a double album—it’s first, pop-oriented side built around a Skype conversation Jun had with her mother in Korea, and the second beat-driven side a showcase of her formidable chops as a producer. With Shelf Nunny, Depressica. Timbre Room, 1809 Minor Ave., Price TBA. All ages. 6:30 p.m. KS

Block Party at the Station If you’re going to catch one local music festival this summer, make it this one. Beacon Hill’s free, community-sponsored blowout is an ode to the excellence of South End music, putting on a showcase of the best of the best in local hip-hop and R&B without any of the typical corporate festival bull. This year’s lineup, featuring Guayaba, ZELLi, Taylar Elizza Beth and tons more, is one of the most stacked yet. The Station, 1600 S. Roberto Maestas Festival St., Free. All ages. 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. KS

June 18, Sunday

Thick as Thieves 2 Launch Party The vacuum left behind by the passing of free comics newspaper Intruder was quickly filled by Thick as Thieves, a new anthology of Seattle cartoonists. Tonight, the second issue of Thick as Thieves launches with music by freaky screamy rock demigods HHRRIISSTT, a Mario Kart 64 tournament, comics art, and a big-ass raffle. Fred Wildlife Refuge, 128 Belmont Ave. E., 322-7030. Free. 21 and up. 7:30 p.m. PC

Awake: A Dream From Standing Rock Watch this documentary detailing the struggles of the native water protectors who put their bodies on the line to delay construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). After the film a panel of local indigenous women activists will discuss their experiences and goals. Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave., 329-2629, $12. All ages. 5 – 7 p.m. CJ

June 19, Monday

Discovering Seattle’s Parks Reading Did you know that there are 426 parks in Seattle? Linnea Westerlind has visited every single one of them, and now she’s turned her blog about visiting them all,, into a fully fleshed-out book about those pockets of green which make our city so damn livable. University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., 634-3400, Free. All ages. 7 p.m. PC

June 20, Tuesday

Afterparty Reading Set in a near(-ish) future in which anyone can print drugs at home, Afterparty is about a designer drug that becomes the basis for a new religion. After the religion starts, people begin to die. Author Daryl Gregory will discuss whether or not Afterparty was inspired through pharmaceutical intervention tonight. University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., 634-3400, Free. All ages. 7 p.m. PC