Northwest Pinball and Arcade Show
Flipperheads will descend on the Tacoma Convention Center for the seventh annual celebration of all things pinball. With over 400 machines all set to free play, it's a gamer's paradise and well worth any potential finger calluses that may occur. Tacoma Convention Center, $20–$30; weekend pass $65.
CLASSICAL & MORE
Fri, June 6
What do you get when you splice the DNA of Sir Mix-a-Lot, Pickwick, and Bill Frisell with that of SSO conductor Ludovic Morlot? A mad musicologist’s Frankensteinian nightmare? Nope, just the latest installment in Seattle Symphony Orchestra’s annual Sonic Evolution series, which celebrates the diversity of Seattle music through collaboration. Don’t miss out on the one-night-only performance of this artful hybrid. Benaroya Hall, $19–$35.
Juan de Marcos and the Afro Cuban All-Stars
The vibrancy of contemporary Cuban music comes to life when Juan de Marcos and the Afro Cuban All-Stars hit the stage. Juan de Marcos González, best known stateside for the album and Oscar-nominated documentary Buena Vista Social Club, understands the ins and outs of his isle’s musical heritage on a level that few bandleaders can even aspire to reach. Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, $35.
Sat, June 7
As a member of Minneapolis’s Rhymesayers collective of DJs, rappers, and spoken word artists, Grieves might not seem as interconnected to the Seattle hip-hop scene as other MCs, but he’s found more national success than most of his peers from the 206. He returns home for a short reprieve in the middle of his four-month North American tour in support of his new album Winter and the Wolves. The Showbox, $15–$17.
Sun, June 8
Guided by Voices
The members of ’90s lo-fi indie touchstone Guided By Voices can’t help themselves. They refuse to not be uberprolific. The band has turned out six new studio records since 2012, and that’s after making its “last” record and going on its “final” tour… back in 2004. GBV hits the road again to support its two (at least to date) 2014 albums, Motivational Jumpsuit and Cool Planet. The Showbox, $35–$40.
NW New Works Festival
On the Boards always houses a diverse array of unique, boundary-pushing performance, and the NW New Works Festival dishes the talent out in rapid-fire displays. Sixteen creators from Washington, Oregon, and Montana come together over two weeks for sub-20-minute bursts of dance, theater, puppetry, performance art, and more. On the Boards, $14–$30.
“A lot of people think that kids say the darndest things, but so would you if you had no education.” - Eugene Mirman. The absurdist comedian and voice of Gene on Bob’s Burgers tapes his new album over the course of three nights at Columbia City Theater. Columbia City Theater, $25; Friday and Saturday sold out.
Fri & Sat, June 6 & 7
Infectious, slightly manic comedic energy has been Lily Tomlin’s calling card since her star-making turn on Laugh-In in 1969. More than four decades later, the Tony, Emmy, and Grammy winner still commands the stage with pointed observations from her arsenal of eccentric characters. 5th Avenue Theatre, $36–$103.
Thru June 8
Sandbox One-Act Play Festival
In a time crunch but looking to cram in a lot of quality theater? The annual Sandbox One-Act Play Festival provides just such an opportunity. This year’s four-play lineup includes stories of Earth-altering hackers, an imprisoned Middle Eastern ruler pleading his case to Americans, an atypical couple interaction that features both singing and wrestling, and midair drama on a flight from Seattle to Denver. West of Lenin, $18.
Sun, June 8
PNB Season Encore
After an impressive 17-year career with Pacific Northwest Ballet, 44-year-old Kaori Nakamura plans to hang up the pointe shoes with a performance in the PNB Season Encore. She’ll do so in style as the company explores classic beauty with excerpts from The Sleeping Beauty (which Nakamura aced earlier this year), Swan Lake, and Roméo et Juliette and sleek modern elegance via Take Five…More or Less. McCaw Hall, $35–$200.
Fri & Sat, June 6 & 7
SIFF 2014: To Be Takei
Wondering how Star Trek's Lieutenant Sulu came to be the Celebrity Grand Marshal of this year's Seattle Pride Parade? To Be Takei explores George Takei's life from his youth in World War II Japanese internment camp to his gay rights activism to his recent transformation into Internet tastemaker. Egyptian Theatre & SIFF Cinema Uptown, $12.
Sat & Sun, June 7 & 8
SIFF 2014: They Came Together
We all acknowledge how utterly ridiculous nature of most romantic comedies, and writer/director David Wain (Wet Hot American Summer, Role Models) goes way over the top to spoof the genre with They Came Together. Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler star as a couple living out every absurd cliché with exaggerated irreverence. Expect plenty of laughs sans subtlety. Egyptian Theater, Saturday sold out; Sunday $12.
Sun, June 8
SIFF 2014 Closing Night Gala: The One I Love
SIFF 2014 concludes on a surreal note with The One I Love. The film stars Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men) and Mark Duplass (The League, Safety Not Guaranteed) as a couple that takes a vacation retreat in hopes of sorting out their marital issues. Things start taking a turn for The Twilight Zone when each party seems to be weirdly oblivious very recent actions. Both Moss and Duplass will attend the gala. Cinerama, $50–$100.