Unvirtual Reality, Shakespeare in the Park, and More of the Week’s Best Events

The week’s best events.

July 5, Wednesday

Reading Through It: Dark Money You probably know who the Koch Brothers are—those ridiculously wealthy tax-hating men who bankroll everything evil in the conservative agenda. But did you know that as children they had a nanny who made them defecate on demand? Discuss that, and how they implemented their horrific agenda, in this month’s Seattle Review of Books/Seattle Weekly book club. Third Place Books Seward Park, 5041 Wilson Ave. S., 474-2200, thirdplace books.com. Free. All ages. 7 p.m. PAUL CONSTANT

White Plains Reading David Hicks is a Colorado writer and writing teacher whose latest book in stories, White Plains, is about post-9/11 Colorado. Hicks is joined by the best of Seattle: Donna Miscolta and Andrea Dunlop. Always good to see Seattle writers help a visiting writer launch a book. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave., 624-6600, elliottbaybook.com. Free. All ages. 7 p.m. PC

Phone Bank Against I-522 Bigots are collecting signatures to try to put I-1522 on the ballot. It would allow, and in some cases require, discrimination against transgender people in the restroom. Do your part by phone-banking: calling people to tell them to vote against this repugnant proposal. UFCW 21, 5030 First Ave. S., Ste 200, wawont.org. Free. All ages. 6–9 p.m. CASEY JAYWORK

July 6, Thursday

An Oath of Dogs Reading The best sci-fi bookstore in town brings Portland-based Lightspeed Magazine editor Wendy N. Wagner to town to read from her sci-fi novel An Oath of Dogs, which features “eco-terrorism, sentient dogs, and corporate intrigue.” It begins with a man named Duncan getting beaten up by a man wearing cowboy boots. University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., 634-3400, bookstore.washington.edu. Free. All ages. 7 p.m. PC

Unvirtual Local visual artist Neon Saltwater works chiefly in 3-D rendered interiors, but this time around she’s turning three of her digital spaces into real, walkable rooms. Whether virtual or IRL, her work evokes strange, misplaced yearnings for surreal places you’ve never been. Inspired by ’80s and ’90s interior design with a penchant for reflective surfaces and gauzy pastels, enter Neon Saltwater’s environments and let the synthetic ambience soothe you. GLASS BOX, 831 Seattle Blvd. S., glassboxgallery.com. Free. All ages. 7–10 p.m. Through August 12. KELTON SEARS

Wooden O Seattle Shakes’ month-long, free, outdoor Shakespeare series, Wooden O, has begun! This year folks can look forward to seeing Much Ado About Nothing, a humorous, romantic tale, and Pericles, a story following the epic voyage of a man in search of family members who have been lost at sea. Various parks, seattleshakespeare.org. Free. All ages. Times vary. Through August 6. BECS RICHARDS

July 7, Friday

Abloom & Awry Reading Poet and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Tina Kelly, who previously lived in Seattle, returns to read from her latest poetry collection. She’s joined by Seattle poet Judith Skillman, who will read from her new book about the life of Franz Kafka and the impact left by Kafka’s horrible father. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave., 624-6600, elliott baybook.com . Free. All ages. 7 p.m. PC

Dance This… This exuberant youth showcase brings together dance groups from across the city, representing the multiple cultures that have become part of Seattle. The 2017 edition includes Indian, Tahitian, and Afro-Cuban groups alongside tap, jazz, house, and hip-hop, and features a special reconstruction of work by modern-dance icon Donald MacKayle—plus a finale guaranteed to make you grin and weep at the same time. The Moore, 1932 Second Ave., 877-784-4849, stgpresents.org. $18. 7:30 p.m. Fri., July 7–Sat., July 8. SANDRA KURTZ

MxPx In 1995, MxPx frontman Mike Herrera asked, “Will we change at all, when we get old?” The answer is “Of course you will.” MxPx quickly evolved from the early hardcore punk sound that first attracted Christian indie-rock label Tooth & Nail to a more polished pop-punk sound that gave unto the world the indelible walking bass line of “Chick Magnet” and the anthemic “My Life Story.” The band will revisit it all during this two-night 25th anniversary celebration. With Five Iron Frenzy. The Showbox, 1426 First Ave., 628-3151. $25–$35. 8 p.m. All ages. Also Saturday. MARK BAUMGARTEN

July 8, Saturday

Playboi Carti This Soundcloud star first caught my attention with “YUNGXANHOE,” a wavy banger built atop a sample of the Playstation 2 startup sound. The 20-year-old Atlanta rapper landed himself on the frequently derided XXL Freshman Class list this year, and to be fair, you’re not going to find any lyrical genius or depth of insight on the guy’s new mixtape. That said, “Magnolia” is fun as hell, and Carti’s got plenty of personality and joie de vivre to go around—he’ll be a great ringleader for a rowdy Saturday night. Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave., showboxpresents.com. $26. All ages. 8:30 p.m. KS

July 9, Sunday

Nature Poem Reading Tommy Pico is a prominent Brooklyn poet and podcaster and an editor at the terrific site Literary Hub. He’s in town with his second poetry collection, the book-length Nature Poem. To Seattle poet Sarah Galvin—one of the very best readers in the city—will join him onstage. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave., 624-6600, elliottbaybook.com. Free. All ages. 3 p.m. PC

Kabby Mitchell Memorial Mitchell was a dancer with Pacific Northwest Ballet very early on, when the company was just starting to create its identity, and his zest for movement helped establish it as a vital part of the community. As a black man working in ballet, he was the first or the only far too often, but he recognized that he could mentor the next generation of dancers, onstage and in the studio. He was in the middle of founding a new school, the Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center, when he died this spring; they open their doors the day before this memorial. The Paramount, 911 Pine St., 467-5510, stgpresents.org. Free. 2 p.m. SK

July 10, Monday

My Oh My Reading Look, I’m not a sports guy. But even I have to acknowledge the greatness of Mariners sportscaster Dave Niehaus, who made listening to baseball on the radio fun. Billy Mac presents his new Niehaus biography tonight, and the crowd will undoubtedly go wild. University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., 634-3400, bookstore.washington.edu. Free. All ages. 7 p.m. PC

July 11, Tuesday

Chain Letter The third episode of Capitol Hill’s newest reading series (created and curated by an alum of the long-running, much-missed Breadline reading series) features writers Joseph Raisanen, Cassandra DeKanter, and Bryan Edenfield—little-known right now, but this is the kind of reading series that might propel them to the stratosphere. Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar, 1508 11th Ave., 709-9797, vermillionseattle.com. Free. All ages. 7 p.m. PC

Royal Ballet at the Movies The Royal Ballet hasn’t performed in Seattle since the World’s Fair, but here’s your chance to see them and eat popcorn as well. The company presents a cinema broadcast of a triple bill by renowned British choreographer Frederick Ashton. Working at the same time as George Balanchine (and in some cases with the same scores, including Mendelsohn’s incidental music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Ashton developed a beautifully different approach to classical technique. Crest Theater, 16505 Fifth Ave. N.E., Shoreline, 363-6339, landmarktheatres.com. $15. 7 p.m. SK