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The Top Things to Do This Weekend: August 21–24
Drink up at the Seattle International Beerfest, thrash as The Blood Brother reunite, and experience auditory art at the Henry.
Thru Sept 7
With Hidden Noise
The Henry’s latest group exhibit focuses on being auditorily stimulating rather than visually so. Eight artists come together to share their diverse array of sonic works, which span from field recordings to electronic manipulations. Henry Art Gallery, $10.
Thru Aug 21
Portland’s Pink Martini has become a fixture of the outdoor concert season with its retro pop and jazz flair. This year’s double dip comes at Woodland Park Zoo and features the rare Pink Martini double vocalist lineup of both China Forbes and Storm Large. Woodland Park Zoo, sold out.
Fri, Aug 22
The Blood Brothers
Music can be a tranquil tool to soothe the wild beast. Seattle’s Blood Brothers was the antithesis of that. The chaotic noise rock act made waves in the ’00s with the rabid energy of its dual screaming vocalists. After breaking up in 2007, the Blood Brothers reunite to run back the mayhem. The Showbox, $20–$22.
Sat, Aug 23
"Get Back" Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles in Seattle '64
At the height of the Beatles' pop idol powers, the band played the first ever concert in the Seattle Center Coliseum (now known as KeyArena) on August 23, 1964. Seattle Center celebrates the concert's 50th anniversary by devoting an entire week to the loveable lads from Liverpool. The highlight of festivities is the "Get Back" Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles in Seattle '64 concert which features Kris Orlowski, Ben Smith (Heart), Nate Mendel (Foo Fighters), and many other Northwest artists playing songs from the Beatles legendary catalogue. McCaw Hall, $37–$87.
FOOD & DRINK
Thru Sept 21
Seattle International Beerfest
Give your palate a world tour without ever leaving the city at Seattle International Beerfest. With over 200 brews from 16 different countries, there’s something to wet everyone’s whistle. Seattle Center Fisher Pavillion, $25–$45.
Comedian Brian Posehn keeps one foot planted in the world of heady nerd-rage humor and the other in the realm of juvenile jokes. The alt-standup-scene mainstay and part of Patton Oswalt’s Comedians of Comedy tour fully embraced his crassness with his latest special, The Fartist. Parlor Live Comedy Club Seattle, $25–$30.
OUT OF TOWN
Thru Aug 24
Washington State International Kite Festival
Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, and head to Long Beach, where the week-long International Kite Festival has the seaside skies ablaze with colorful, aerial acrobats. The annual festival draws famed kite fliers and spectators alike, but we think the picturesque Pacific peninsula setting is reason enough to brave the three-hour drive. Long Beach, WA, free.
Thur, Aug 21
Redhook Moonlight Cinema: Die Hard
Grab a beer to celebrate, because Christmas comes early to Woodinville when the holiday action classic Die Hard screens as part of Redhook Brewery’s Moonlight Cinema Series. Yippee ki yay indeed. Redhook Brewery, $5.
Sat, Aug 23
Fremont Outdoor Movies: The Dude Fest
Fremont Outdoor Movies once again celebrates all things The Big Lebowski with the annual Dude Fest. We suggest smuggling in a flask of white Russians. Fremont Outdoor Cinema, $10.
BOOKS & TALKS
Sat & Sun, Aug 23 & 24
Seattle Anarchist Book Fair
The sixth annual Seattle Anarchist Book Fair returns to the Vera Project with more small presses and an abundance of radical ideas. Leave your capitalist ideologies behind and join in on discussions and workshops in topics like green anarchy, digital counter-surveillance, and using humor as an anarchist weapon. Vera Project, free.