The Postal Service
Only two Sub Pop artists have ever gone platinum: Nirvana and the Postal Service. Not bad for a side project. Ten years after the release of the duo’s only album, indie-synthpop touchstone Give Up, Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello have reunited to spend the summer playing somber tunes about old apartments and love’s great heights. KeyArena, $32–$42.
David Byrne and St. Vincent
One of last year’s best concerts was David Byrne and St. Vincent’s horn-infused dance party. Don’t miss the duo’s followup out in Woodinville. Chateau Ste. Michelle, $55–$75.
There’s going to be one guaranteed hit at Safeco Field this season, and it has nothing to do with the Mariners: Sir Paul McCartney will inaugurate the ballpark as a concert venue with a career-spanning set—from the early Beatles to his solo album Wings—said to last nearly three hours. Only “the cute one” has the nerve to bring two 60-foot LED screens with him. Safeco Field, $52–$277.
Bruno Mars with Ellie Goulding
Whether he’s fronting a band of dancing, brass-playing Hooligans or evoking the Police with the year’s top pop song “Locked Out of Heaven,” Bruno Mars has it—that X factor that will make him a five-time Saturday Night Live host someday. With a multi-platinum debut (2010’s Doo-Wops and Hooligans) under his belt, the singer-songwriter-producer brings British pop star Ellie Goulding and hits from his latest album, Unorthodox Jukebox, to Seattle. KeyArena, sold out.
BOOKS & TALKS
Jodi Angel, Jennine Capó Crucet, Peter Mountford
Hugo House brings together three award-winning authors for one-stop literary enrichment. Jennine Capó Crucet paints a vivid vision of Miami in her short stories, Jodi Angel explores the tough transition from boy to man in her new short story collection You Only Get Letters from Jail, and Peter Mountford’s satirical A Young Man’s Guide to Late Capitalism garnered the 2012 Washington State Book Award. Hugo House, free.
William Shakespeare's Star Wars
“Thou art a Master, Darth, I know ’tis true, But only evil hast thou Master’d yet.” —Obi-Wan Kenobi in William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher. The Portland scribe unites geeks and nerds with his retelling of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope in iambic pentameter; Elliott Bay Books hosts a staged reading. May the force be with Thee. Elliott Bay Book Company, $5.
Sundance Cinemas Reopens
Movies at the former Metro now come with a full bar and bistro fare. Opening day is July 19, giving movie buffs a chance to check out the new digs while taking in a summer blockbuster or indie darling. Sundance Cinemas, $8–$14.
Now that he’s the father of five children, ages seven months to eight years, the mild-mannered comedian’s best material comes from parenthood, not Hot Pockets. In his new collection of essays, Dad Is Fat, the author (see also: TV, film, and stage actor) rips on classic children’s books and offers helpful parenting tips like: “Understand that kids only want to tell you a secret after they’ve been eating chocolate and you’re wearing a white shirt.” Paramount Theatre, $40–$50.
EAT & DRINK
Seattle's Best Damn Happy Hour
There are plenty of happy hour options around town, but how many feature giant Jenga? The third Thursday of every month, Seattle’s Best Damn Happy Hour turns Seattle Center Armory into a madhouse of music, cocktails, food, mini golf, and oversize board games. Expect a long line. Seattle Center Armory, free.
Thru July 21
Beyond Books: The Independent Art of Eric Carle
Best known as the author and illustrator of children’s book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle’s boundless imagination is on display in his poster art, street photography, glass sculptures, and opera costume design. Tacoma Art Museum, $8–$10.