Golden Retriever, the duo of Matt Carlson and Jonathan Sielaff, performs at this year's Debacle Fest, a celebration of the Northwest's experimental music.

Tuesday, May 27
Joshua Ferris: To Rise Again at a Decent Hour
National Book Award finalist and The New Yorker contributor Joshua Ferris has one of the most exciting voices of his generation. The author of Then We Came to the End and The Unnamed comes to Seattle with his much-anticipated new novel To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, which attempts to capture life in the modern world through the character Paul O’Rourke, a dentist with a nicotine habit, iPhone addiction, and conflicted atheist. Elliott Bay Book Company, free.

Wednesday, May 28
Matthew Kroenig: The Case for Attacking Iran
The potential threat of Iran’s nuclear program has garnered the attention of the international community and made headlines for years. Georgetown University’s Matthew Kroenig, author of A Time to Attack: The Looming Iranian Nuclear Threat and Exporting the Bomb, comes to Town Hall to discuss his views on the issue, offering an overview of Iran’s nuclear program, international response, and advice on how to process and deal with the issues in play. Town Hall, $5.

Thursday, May 29
Animal Collective DJ Set
Animal Collective's experimental sound has been packing venues and festivals alike even since the group's formation in 1999. Band members Avey and Geologist bring that psychedelic sound to the dance floor, curating a DJ set that is sure to please all the recent Sasquatch! Festival returnees. Neumos, $10.

Friday & Saturday, May 30 & 31
Debacle Fest
Now in it's seventh year, Debacle Fest celebrates experimental music from the Northwest by featuring more than 30 bands in two days (including artists on the Debacle Records roster). The festivities kick off on Friday at Cairo, featuring Spectrum Control and the film premiere of Jonas Reinhardt’s Ganymede. The music moves to Black Lodge, Victory Lounge, and Lo-Fi on Saturday, featuring artists like Black Hat, L.A. Lungs, and Golden Retriever. Various locations, $5.

Saturday, May 31
Phinney Garden Party
Spring is in full bloom, so the Phinney Neighborhood Association celebrates with a party for the green at heart. Save your pots and bring some plants to exchange. There will be blueberry plants and garden art for sale, as well as master gardeners and composters around to answer any questions. Michael Lockman, founder of WEdesign, will give a talk about edible landscaping. Phinney Center, free.

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