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Look Ahead: The hottest Seattle events for August 2018

On Aug. 8 and 10, Seattle icons Pearl Jam will play their first hometown shows in five years to raise money to combat homelessness. (Marcus Yam/ The Seattle Times, 2013)

Pearl Jam residence exhibits! Seattle Artwork Truthful! Our Seattle Occasions arts writers dish on subsequent month’s most buzzworthy arts-and-entertainment events.

August is a packed music month, with a pair of Pearl Jam house exhibits, Sub Pop’s 30th-anniversary seashore bash and Bumbershoot all heading our means. Add in Seattle Artwork Truthful, the beginning of Seattle Opera’s 2018-19 season and the events under, and there’s greater than sufficient to fill your calendar.



Caroline Fraser

Numerous us grew up on Laura Ingalls Wilder’s evocative “Little House” books — however, whilst adults, knew little about the actual Wilder, who wrote the books late in her eventful life. Fraser’s exceptional biography “Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder,” which gained the Pulitzer Prize for biography final yr (it’s out in paperback Aug. 7), examines how reality and fiction mingle in Wilder’s work, answering the questions that the books — notably in case you learn them in maturity — depart behind. Fraser, a local of Mercer Island, can also be the editor of the Library of America version of the Little Home collection.

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Three p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12; Elliott Bay E-book Co.; 1521 10th Ave., Seattle; free; 206-624-6600,

Moira Macdonald


Seattle Opera presents The Gershwins’ “Porgy and Bess”

“Summertime … and the livin’ is easy,” in McCaw Corridor at the least — the place this nice American basic is on stage for a two-week run. Two robust casts alternate, with Alfred Walker and Angel Blue within the opening-night title roles, and Mary Elizabeth Williams as Serena; Francesca Zambello’s staging will probably be reinterpreted by Garnett Bruce, and the extremely regarded John DeMain is the conductor.

Saturday, Aug. 11, via Saturday, Aug. 25; McCaw Corridor, 321 Mercer St., Seattle; $25-$328; 206-389-7676;

Melinda Bargreen


Pearl Jam

It’s been 5 years because the Rock & Roll Corridor of Famers graced their hometown, and the grunge gods’ two “Home Shows” at Safeco Subject — with an accompanying marketing campaign to boost $10 million to fight homelessness — look to be the most important Seattle live shows of the yr.

7:30 p.m. Aug. Eight and 10.; Safeco Subject, 1250 First Ave. S., Seattle; bought out

Michael Rietmulder


Village Theatre’s Pageant of New Musicals

You may assume you realize a factor or two about musical theater, however director and impresario Brandon Ivie has tips up his sleeve. For the previous few years, the affiliate inventive director on the Village Theatre has been operating between Seattle and New York (and elsewhere) to encourage new artists and bust up everybody’s expectations about what a “musical” might be. This yr’s pageant will highlight new musicals with topics together with, however not restricted to: monsters in basements, feminine manufacturing unit staff throughout World Struggle II and Gretl (from “Hansel and Gretl”) re-imagined as a single mother dwelling in Chicago. The solely hitch: To see the exhibits, you need to turn out to be a “member” of the Village Originals “beta-tester” membership and that may value a bit cash up entrance. However for those who’re interested by the way forward for musical theater, you may think about becoming a member of. Ivie is a vibrant, intelligent pressure in bicoastal theater. No matter he’s doing is often value testing.

Aug. 10-12; Village Theatre, 303 Entrance St., Issaquah; $75 (for a one-day cross) by means of $200 (for a three-day move); 425-392-2202,

Brendan Kiley


Seattle Artwork Truthful

That is the large one, people. Should you take note of one cultural occasion within the subsequent sultry month, let this be it. A fast primer: Late summer time is often a sleepy season within the arts and tradition world. However Seattle is nothing if not opposite. So, a number of years in the past, Paul Allen had some concepts, wrote some checks and launched a critical artwork truthful. It’s now a world occasion, with main curators and collectors with fats wallets, in addition to on a regular basis people simply wandering round to gawk. Members of the cognoscenti will acknowledge these galleries: Deborah Pressure, Gagosian, Zwirner. If not, no massive deal. There may even be big puppets (by one of many designers from “Pee-Wee’s Playhouse”), scarily industrial robots (by Survival Analysis Labs) and different flashy issues. In the meantime, Seattle’s renegades, road artists and different aesthetic gunslingers are mounting satellite tv for pc exhibits at close by venues. (See down under within the artwork listings for particulars.) Simply go take a look at the scene.

Opening-night preview Thursday, Aug. 2. Truthful runs Friday, Aug. Three, by way of Sunday, Aug. 5; CenturyLink Area Occasion Middle, 1000 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle; $5 (for teenagers), $35 (one-day ticket), $55 (three-day ticket), $90 (opening-night preview and three-day move),

Brendan Kiley





Austin Channing Brown

The writer of “I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness” will discuss how organizations can apply real inclusion, in dialog with pastors Gail Track Bantum and Brenda Salter McNeil.

7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2; Quest Church, 1401 N.W. Leary Approach, Seattle; free (RSVP requested at; 206-352-3796,

Owen Hill

Raymond Chandler followers — step proper up, this one’s for you. Hill, himself an writer of crime fiction and poetry, is likely one of the editors of “The Annotated ‘The Big Sleep,’ ”  an enormous re-creation of Chandler’s noir basic that features tons of of illuminating notes and pictures. (Only one quote, for enjoyable: “Neither of the two people in the room paid any attention to the way I came in, although only one of them was dead.”)

7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2; College Ebook Retailer, 4326 College Approach N.E., Seattle; free; 800-335-7323,

Sallie Tisdale

Tisdale, a Portland-based nonfiction writer, drew on her years of expertise as a palliative-care nurse to write down her newest guide, “Advice for Future Corpses (And Those Who Love Them): A Practical Perspective on Death and Dying.”

7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. four; Elliott Bay Ebook Co., 1521 10th Ave., Seattle; free; 206-624-6600,

Thrilling Tales: A Storytime for Grownups

The common twice-monthly lunchtime program of suspenseful brief tales learn aloud expands this month to a night slot. Choices this month are Henry Slesar’s “Something Short of Murder” (12:05 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6), Jane Velocity’s “End of the Day” (7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13), and Steven Popkes’ “The Sweet Warm Earth” (12:05 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20), all carried out by librarian David Wright.

Microsoft Auditorium at Seattle Public Library’s Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle; free; 206-386-4636,

Andrew Shaffer

An concept whose time has come: Shaffer’s newest ebook is “Hope Never Dies: An Obama Biden Mystery,” by which the previous president and vice chairman staff as much as examine a mysterious dying in Delaware. The cowl — they’re in a automotive; Biden is driving, Obama is intently pointing at one thing — bought me already.

7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6; Third Place Books at Seward Park, 5041 Wilson Ave. S., Seattle; free; 206-474-2200,

Kristi Coulter

Coulter’s debut assortment of essays, “Nothing Good Can Come From This,” examines what occurred to her life when she stopped consuming, and found that giving up a behavior leaves an area that’s onerous to fill. She’ll converse in dialog with native writer Claire Dederer (“Love and Trouble”).

7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6; Third Place Books at Lake Forest Park, 17171 Bothell Means N.E., Lake Forest Park; free; 206-366-3333,

Laurell Okay. Hamilton

The writer of the best-selling Merry Gentry collection involves city with the newest guide in her Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter collection, “Serpentine.”

7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7; College Temple United Methodist Church, 1415 N.E. 43rd St., Seattle; $28 (admits two; consists of copy of guide);, 800-335-7323,

Jasmin Darznik

Referred to as by Booklist “the Sylvia Plath of Iran,” Darznik is the writer of the memoir “The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother’s Hidden Life,” however she’s on the town together with her debut novel, “Song of a Captive Bird.”

7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10; Elliott Bay Ebook Co., 1521 10th Ave., Seattle; free; 206-624-6600,

Andrew Lawler

Lawler, a journalist, explores in his newest e-book the haunting real-life thriller of a misplaced English settlement within the New World: “The Secret Token: Myth, Obsession and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke.”

7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13; Elliott Bay Guide Co., 1521 10th Ave., Seattle; free; 206-624-6600,

Kristin Hannah

The writer of quite a few best-selling novels (together with the World Conflict II-set “The Nightingale,” quickly to be a film) lives right here within the Pacific Northwest, however not often makes native appearances. Now’s your probability: She’ll discuss her newest novel, “The Great Alone” (set in 1970s Alaska), in dialog with native writer Megan Probability.

7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16; Third Place Books at Lake Forest Park, 17171 Bothell Approach N.E., Lake Forest Park; free (guide buy required for signing line); 206-366-3333,

Moira Macdonald: [email protected]



Orcas Island Chamber Music Pageant

It’s the 21st yr for this charming chamber fest up within the San Juan Islands, the place inventive director Aloysia Friedmann and her pianist husband Jon Kimura Parker head a gifted forged of musicians — together with the Miró Quartet and the WindSync Quintet. The live performance lineup gives an attractive Aug. 10-11 program of all six Bach Brandenburg Concerti, and an Aug. 15 efficiency of the ever-popular “Peter and the Wolf.” The artists will ferry from Orcas over to close by Lopez Island for a live performance on Aug. 5.

Friday, Aug. Three, via Saturday, Aug. 18; Orcas Middle, Eastsound; $10-$40; 360-376-6636 or

Olympic Music Pageant

Care for a bit trout on the Olympic Peninsula? The Olympic Music Pageant has Schubert’s well-known “Trout Quintet” on supply this month, together with a chamber program of “Rhapsodies of Eastern Europe” that includes Jinjoo Cho, gold medalist of the 2014 Worldwide Violin Competitors of Indianapolis. Additionally on faucet: two “Bach to Bluegrass” packages and a household live performance.

Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 11 and 12, Saturday, Aug. 18,  via Sunday, Aug. 26; Joseph Wheeler Theater at Fort Worden, Port Townsend; $20-$40, college students 12 and beneath free; 800-838-3006,

Methow Valley Chamber Music Pageant

Head “east of the mountains” to Twisp for a chamber-music lineup that features Brahms’ delectable Clarinet Quintet, plus music of Haydn and Bach (Aug. 2), adopted by Mozart’s much more beloved Clarinet Quintet, and Respighi’s atmospheric “Il Tramonto” (Aug. four). The pageant, now in its 23rd season, is situated at Sign Hill Ranch; preconcert actions begin at 6:30 p.m., the live shows are at 7:30, and there’s an “afterglow” celebration with the artists after the music-making.

Thursday and Saturday, Aug. 2 and four; Sign Hill Ranch, 115 Sign Hill Rd., Twisp; 509-997-5000,

Melinda Bargreen: [email protected]



Tickets are already on sale for the next films:

“The Spy Who Dumped Me”

Summer time’s the time for massive action-movie buddy comedies; this one, with Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon (who memorably stole “Ghostbusters” a few summers in the past) as greatest pals on the run after certainly one of them is dumped by a spy, sounds probably popcorn-worthy.

Opens Aug. Three

“The Meg”

The shark is massive. Actually massive. As in, 70 ft lengthy. That’s the premise behind this newest “Jaws” wannabe, happening in a deep-sea submersible on the backside of the Pacific Ocean, the place a analysis crew is trapped inside, and apparently the shark is hungry. In different phrases, “summer movie.”

Opens Aug. 10


Spike Lee’s newest joint is predicated on an interesting true story: Ron Stallworth, a younger black detective within the Colorado Springs Police Division, infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan within the 1970s — because of some intelligent telephone work and a colleague serving as a physique double. John David Washington (Denzel’s son), Adam Driver and Topher Grace star. The story’s additionally informed in a brand new e-book by Stallworth, simply out this summer time: “Black Klansman: A Memoir.”

Opens Aug. 10

Moira Macdonald: [email protected]



Summer time Stag Social gathering

Psych-hued alt-rockers Love Battery reunite their “Dayglo” lineup to play the 1992 Sub Pop basic in its entirety at this third-annual social gathering thrown by native power-pop vets Stag. Punk-rock-and-rollers Pink Elements, Andrew McKeag Band, buzzy garage-blues energy trio The Black Tones and DJ Kingblind additionally carry out.

6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. four; Slim’s Final Probability Saloon, 5606 First Ave. S., Seattle; $20-$22, 206-762-7900,

Sub Pop 30th-anniversary celebration

Seattle’s massive little indie label celebrates the large Three-Zero with a beachy bash alongside Alki Avenue, dubbed SPF 30. With an all-star lineup culled from Sub Pop’s numerous roster — together with Mudhoney, dream-pop heavyweights Seashore Home, hip-hop Afrofuturists Shabazz Palaces and Wolf Parade — it’ll be well worth the sunburn.

Midday to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11; Alki Avenue alongside Alki Seashore; free;

The Finish 107.7 Summer time Camp

The alt-rock station’s annual Summer time Camp returns, bringing radio-friendly indie rock/pop acts like headliners Awolnation (Saturday, Aug. 11) and spirited soul-rockers Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night time Sweats (Sunday, Aug. 12) to considered one of Seattle’s loveliest venues.

Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 11-12; Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway, Redmond; $49 single day, $95-$199.50 two-day passes;

Bass Canyon
Reside Nation and dubstep’s darkish lord Excision launch this new three-day brodown on the Gorge with a few of bass music’s most punishing DJs. Shuttle choices from downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac Worldwide Airport can be found.

Friday-Sunday, Aug. 24-26; Gorge Amphitheatre, 754 Silica Street, George; $145-$215 three-day cross, $109.50-$640 tenting;

KISW’s Ache within the Grass

The three-day headbangers’ delight kicks off Friday, Aug. 24, with a handful of metallic titans, led by thrash kings Slayer, presently on their remaining tour. Grunge heroes Alice in Chains prime the invoice Saturday, Aug. 25, a day after releasing their first album in 5 years, “Rainier Fog” — the title monitor an homage to their late ’80s Seattle friends. Whereas Avenged Sevenfold (and their rap-rock supergroup tourmates Prophets of Rage) canceled after a viral an infection left singer M. Shadows “voiceless,” KISW is “working on a plan” for Sunday, Aug. 26.

Friday-Sunday Aug. 24-26, White River Amphitheatre, 40601 Auburn Enumclaw Street S.E., Auburn; $25-$129.50;


It’s a busy Labor Day live performance weekend, with Foo Fighters, Zac Brown Band and Dave Matthews Band all enjoying Washington exhibits. However this annual city fest is the most effective cause to remain on the town, with hip-hop heavyweights (J. Cole, SZA, Lil Wayne), Northwest indie-rock faves (Fleet Foxes, Portugal. The Man), EDM get together starters (Illenium, RL Grime) and insipid crossover duo The Chainsmokers.

Friday-Sunday, Aug. 31-Sept. 2; Seattle Middle, 305 Harrison St., Seattle; $130 single day, $240-$775 three-day move;

Michael Rietmulder: [email protected]



“Henry IV, Part 1”

Pay attention up, theater nerds: “Henry IV, Part 1” is the most effective play in Shakespeare’s three-part “Henry” collection. It’s the one the place we get to know the lovable scoundrel Jack Falstaff (“what is honor? A word”) and a hotheaded, sensible soldier humiliates a pompous wizard who brags about his magical powers, then can’t ship the products. Amelia Meckler Bowers directs this Shakespeare-in-the-park manufacturing by GreenStage.

By means of Aug. 10; numerous places (Lynndale Park, Decrease Woodland Park, Fall Metropolis Park); free;

“The Great Inconvenience”

Celebrated native theater duo Holly Arsenault (playwright) and Erin Kraft (director) staff up once more for a narrative about what the U.S. may appear to be within the 2050s if some very highly effective individuals with dangerous intentions win the tradition wars and erase historical past. The play attracts from a various palette of inspirations: mass migrations; fascists who’ve rewritten their very own nations’ histories; the diaspora of Acadians kicked out of Canada within the 18th century; and the stability between historical past, artwork and lies.

By way of Aug. 18; Annex Theatre, 1100 E. Pike St., Seattle; $10-$20; 866-811-4111,

“The Phantom of the Opera”

The world’s most well-known musical-theater ghoul involves hang-out us but once more in a touring manufacturing. (Boo! Are you scared but?) This model is a reboot by big-shot producer Cameron Waterproof coat (“Miss Saigon,” “Cats,” “Hamilton,” extra) and a bag filled with Tony Award-winning designers.

Aug. Eight-19; Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle; $35-$150 (ticket costs topic to modifications and costs), 206-812-3284,

Yellow Fish Durational Efficiency Artwork Pageant

Sure, the very phrase “durational performance art” provides some individuals hives. However bear with me: Again in 2013, when the adventurous Italian choreographer Alice (pronounced “Ali-chay”) Gosti launched Yellow Fish in Seattle, she requested probably the most daring artists she might discover to stress-test the borders of what you’re even allowed to do in entrance of an viewers. Memorable performances have included lifeless animals, rope, ice, rest room paper, writing via exhaustion, consuming a whole day’s value of meals in reverse order whereas blindfolded (beginning with a cigar and digestif, ending with eggs and occasional, then copious vomiting), and so forth. Don’t fear: You gained’t be trapped in a room like a standard theater, and may come and go as you please. Consider it as an art-world model of the Tour de France — robust individuals from across the globe (this yr, artists come from Belgrade, Oakland, Seattle, Tokyo, Mexico Metropolis, New York, New Orleans, Halifax, elsewhere) pushing their our bodies and brains to the restrict.

Monday, Aug. 27, via Friday, Aug. 31; numerous venues round Seattle; free;

Brendan Kiley: [email protected]



Seattle Artwork Truthful satellite tv for pc events

Seattle Artwork Truthful — like all good artwork festivals the world over — tends to encourage probably the most fascinating work in its personal shadow. Need to see strugglers, scrabblers, institution contrarians and spray-paint outlaws do their factor? Go to these people, amongst others: Chilly Dice Press (trans artists Darius X and Clyde Petersen current “Shredders,” a “feminist reimagination of Guitar Center”), Treason Gallery (that includes D*Face, a colleague of Shepard Fairey), Martyr Sauce (proprietor Tariqa Waters will function her daughter’s filmed choreography and different work) and Steve Gilbert Photograph Studio (that includes round 25 artists within the present “CA$H 4 GOLD”). These are just some hints — maintain wanting for different satellite tv for pc events. Fortune, as they are saying, favors the daring.

Examine these — and different galleries’ — web sites for dates and different particulars:;;;

Brendan Kiley: [email protected]