Bang for Your Buck
Cheap Week Seattle: August 25–31
The National Park Service turns 98 and a chance to chat with renowned concert poster artists: the best ways to spend your week without spending much.
Mon, Aug 25
98 Years of the National Park Service
Mt. Rainier National Park and Olympic National Park are free and open to the public today to celebrate 98 years of the National Park Service. Although you can expect the parks to be more crowded than usual, you can never go wrong exploring these iconic landscapes. Mt. Rainier National Park and Olympic National Park, free.
Thurs, Aug 28
Dry Wit: Bumbershoot Local Comedy Review
Grappling with some of life's toughest questions such as "How does the name Richard translate into the nickname Dick?" one must wonder whether comedians might truly be the modern-day equivalent to philosophers. As a precursor to Bumbershoot this weekend, local comedy acts from Comedy Womb, Wine Shots, and more discuss what we dare not in a preview of the weekend to come. Vera Project, $8–$10.
Fri, Aug 29
Flatstock 46: Ink & Drink
The ongoing poster series Flatstock showcases some of the most respected concert poster artists around. Before you pick up some of your favorite gig art from the Flatstock booth at Bumbershoot, swing by Solo Bar this Friday for a happy hour preview and a meet and greet with all the Flatstock artists. Solo Bar, free.
Aug 30–Feb 15, 2015
City Dwellers: Contemporary Art from India
It turns out having over a billion citizens makes for fascinatingly complex urban life. Seattle Art Museum’s new exhibit City Dwellers: Contemporary Art From India drops viewers into modern India via photos and sculptures to see the various forces pulling the multifaceted culture in contrasting directions—Hindu religious ceremonies, Bollywood pizzazz, economic disparity in a newly industrialized country. It captures a country bursting with life and trying to figure out how to manage it all. Seattle Art Museum, $20.
Sun, Aug 31
Seattle Basketball Pro-Am
The Sonics may be gone, but Seattle native Jamal Crawford is making sure Seattleites still get a chance to see NBA All-Stars showcase their talents. Each summer the two-time Sixth Man of the Year winner brings his professional pals to Seattle Pacific University's Royal Brougham Pavilion for his Seattle Pro-Am, and the caliber of players attending increases with every passing year, including all-star names like Chris Paul, James Harden, and LaMarcus Aldridge. The Pro-Am season concludes this Sunday. Royal Brougham Pavilion, $5.