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The Top Things to Do This Weekend: June 27–30
Booker T. gets funky at Jazz Alley, Elliott Bay Books turns 40, and Seattle's full of Pride this weekend.
Songs of Summer: A Gigs4Good Benefiting Rain City Rock Camp for Girls
The next Sera Cahoones and Jessica Dobsons of the world have to start somewhere. Join Cahoone, Deep Sea Diver, the Redwood Plan, and other rocking Seattle women for a night of music to support Rain City Rock Camp for Girls, which offers musical education opportunities for young ladies. Chop Suey, $20.
Booker T. Jones
Booker T. isn't the Man. He's the man, a legendary blues and soul organist who's been inducted into multiple Halls of Fame (Rock and Roll, Musicians, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award) and continues to turn out great new albums. His latest, Sound the Alarm, is said to have "the hallmarks of those great Memphis sessions of yore—sultry organ work, a lithe rhythm section and lots of meaty horn accents," per the Los Angeles Times. And we'll always have "Green Onions." Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, $28.
Barenaked Ladies with Guster and Ben Folds Five
Last year, to honor the pending apocalypse, the Barenaked Ladies put together the Last Summer on Earth tour. Oops. Unfazed, the Canadian comic rockers taunt fate again on a second (annual?) Last Summer on Earth tour, with fellow '90s pop rockers Ben Folds Five and Guster joining. Each ticket includes a download voucher for the Ladies' upcoming album. White River Amphitheatre, $25–$90.
Comedian Pete Holmes is a big lovable galoot. In addition to hosting the You Made It Weird podcast and voicing the E*Trade baby, his new stand-up special Nice Try, the Devil will likely go down as one of 2013's best. This fall he begins his career as a late-night host, following Conan on TBS with The Midnight Show. This night at the Neptune is gonna be McDonalds. Neptune Theatre, $20.
BOOKS & TALKS
Jeannette Walls tapped into her hardscrabble childhood for the 2005 memoir The Glass Castle; her followup, Half Broke Horses, fictionalized the biography of her grandmother, a frontier woman who broke mustangs and bootlegged. For her latest novel, The Silver Star, Walls leaves behind her ancestry to tell the story of two young sisters, abandoned by their mother, who travel from California to Virginia to find family. Seattle Public Library, Central Library, free.
Elliott Bay Book Company's 40th Anniversary
Independent bookstore Elliott Bay Books has withstood the rise of Amazon and e-books, outlived some Barnes and Nobles and Borders, and thrived in its new Capitol Hill location. Sounds like a reason to celebrate to us. On its 40th anniversary, Elliott Bay hosts readings by Seattle authors Maria Semple (Where'd You Go, Bernadette), Jim Lynch (Truth Like the Sun), and Ryan Boudinot (Blueprints of the Afterlife). Elliott Bay Book Company, free.
CLASSICAL & MORE
June 29–July 26
Seattle Chamber Music Society: 2013 Summer Festival
By day, James Ehnes reenergizes the Seattle Chamber Music Society—and its annual Summer Festival—as its new artistic director. By night, he defends the fine arts, performing in more than half of the festival's concerts armed with a single superweapon: a 1715 Stradivarius. He's Violin Man. Benaroya Hall, $45.
June 29–Aug 4
The Totally True and Almost Accurate Adventures of Pinocchio
In 2012 local playwright Brendan Healy and director Shawn Belyea were busy adapting Chekhov and Waiting for Godot, respectively. They’ve gotten a bit sillier this summer with a new outdoor production of Pinocchio for Balagan Theatre. Developed in the spirit of Christopher Guest’s improvised comedies (Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show) and with top Seattle comic actors involved, this tale of Pinocchio will be unlike any you’ve heard. Volunteer Park and Lake Burien Park, $25.
Seattle Trans Pride Parade
Organizers are calling the first—hopefully annual—Trans Pride Parade a "coming out" party for the local transgender community. Marchers will meet on Broadway in front of Seattle Central Community College and walk to Cal Anderson Park for performances by transidentified artists, including singer Rae Spoon, writer Julia Serano (the keynote speaker), and comedian Ian Harvie. Seattle Central Community College, free.
Biggest PrideFest ever: four stages with Northwest DJs and musicians (including Mary Lambert, featured on Macklemore and Ryan Lewis's "Same Love"), the finals of the New Legally Wed Game, the Pride Idol winner, and lots of dancing. Seattle Center, free.
EAT & DRINK
Taste of Tacoma
While it leads easily to the joke, "I hope Tacoma tastes better than it smells," take a chance on Taste of Tacoma. It might be enlightening to sample some Northwest cusisine, wine, and craft beer outside Seattle city limits. Point Defiance Park, Tacoma, free.