Cheap Week Seattle: Best Bang-for-Your-Buck Events April 28–May 4
Independent games, chats with local artists, and a food truck bonanza: the best ways to spend your week without spending much.
Monday, April 28
The international bestselling author of Lamb, You Suck, and A Dirty Job, Christopher Moore comes to Seattle to present, sign, and discuss his new book, The Serpent of Venice. The story is the illegitimate lovechild of Othello, The Merchant of Venice, and The Cask of Amontillado, following the hilarious, bawdy antics of a royal fool named Pocket as he is lured to Venice. Third Place Books, free.
Tuesday, April 29
Artist in Residence: Tomo Nakayama
As part of Town Hall’s In Residence program, Tomo Nakayama leads a hands-on presentation where audience members can engage directly with local artists. Joined by Kevin Murphy of The Moondoggies, Hanna Benn of Pollens, and Grant Olsen of Gold Leaves and Arthur & Yu, Nakayama will play some new songs and then discuss individual components, lyrics, and chords. Afterwards, they’ll share the stage for an open-mic where you can share your own creations. Town Hall, free.
Friday, May 2
Vox Mod Album Release
Seattle-based electronic wizard Scot Porter, aka Vox Mod, releases his new album The Great Oscillator, which mixes electronic and hip-hop tropes and features a number of talented vocalists, including Irene Barbaric, Alisha Roney, and Whitney Lyman. Porter is interested in animation as well as music, so the show will surely tease with thrilling visuals accompanying his smooth electronic symphonies. Chop Suey, $7-$10.
Saturday, May 3
Get your nerd on with Seattle’s iFest. A festival for independent game designers, iFest allows the public a chance to try out the games as well as creates a venue for the designers to show them off. In addition to the chance to interact with the new games, there will be a lecture series on industry-related topics and a chance to cast your vote for your favorite game. Seattle Center, free.
Saturday & Sunday, May 3-4
Mobile Food Rodeo
Seattle’s biggest food truck fest eclipses the weekend, serving delicious street food curbside in the International District on Saturday and Fremont on Sunday. Highlighting 60 different food trucks from all over the Seattle area, the fest satisfies your cravings with everything from tacos to falafel. And for those with a smaller appetite, or for those who want to sample a little of everything, each truck offers a $5 small bite plate that allows you to sample their cuisine in smaller portions. Various locations, free.