Fremont Outdoor Movies: Stay Classy: Anchorman Movie Party
Dabble on some Sex Panther cologne and bring a whole wheel of cheese (unless Baxter ate it), but leave the milk at home (always a bad choice), as Fremont Outdoor Movies hosts a Stay Classy party centered around the absurd humor of Anchorman. Afterward, you could always take Dorthy Mantooth out for a nice seafood dinner. 3490 Phinney Ave N, $12.
It’s actually happened: For the first year ever, Seattle Hempfest is a celebration of cannabis in all its (legal) glory. Victory smells…fragrant. Organizers of the “protestival” will still demonstrate against America’s laws criminalizing people who use pot. (There are also crafts, concerts, and plenty of munchies.) Myrtle Edwards Park, free.
Bellevue and Interbay CrossFitters face off in the 5th annual Throwdown—which includes a team competition, a Firebreather Division, and Rx division for both men and women. A portion of proceeds will support the Austin Foundation, which provides free fitness and nutrition education to King County kids ages 5 to 25. CrossFit Bellevue, $75–$225.
A Midsummer’s Night with the Monkees
In an era predating music videos, the Monkees (or at least the band’s handlers) helped originate true cross-platform experiences by spawning a barrage of hit singles from the pop-music sitcom. The surviving members of the Monkees (RIP Davy Jones) continue their daydreaming ways with a Midsummer’s Night with the Monkees, a tour that incorporates rare footage and photographs culled from the band’s archives. Benaroya Hall, $47–$127.
Aug 16 & 17
Not content with being another bearded Americana band, the Everett-born Moondoggies did some shape-shifting for its third and latest album, out August 13 on Hardly Art. By adding multi-instrumentalist Jon Pontrello, the band now covers new territory, divining inspiration from Pink Floyd, Blonde Redhead, and the bayou blues of Mississippi John Hurt. “Red Eye” is a hard-rocking debut single; “Midnight Owl” an upbeat “surf strut”; “A Lot to Give” a polished sonic jam. As a result, Adios I’m a Ghost is a record as rich and deep as the Big Muddy. Tractor Tavern, $15.
Aug 16 & 17
Grunge wouldn’t have been as grimy without the Melvins’ influential heavy noise rock. The Montesano band befriended and helped shape a young Aberdeen kid named Kurt Cobain and the band’s slow metallic edge can be heard on Soundgarden albums. On their 30th anniversary, the Melvins are as loud as ever. Neumos, $22.
Concerts at the Mural: Mudhoney, the Grizzled Mighty, Dude York
Variety has always been KEXP’s greatest strength, and the radio-station-sponsored Concerts at the Mural offer an eclectic mix of free local music. This week Sub Pop mainstay Mudhoney leads a local alt-rock lineup that includes the Grizzled Mighty and Dude York. Seattle Center, free.
BOOKS & TALKS
Rob Sheffield writes about music with an effervescent glee that's unparalleled in the increasingly cynical realm of rock criticism. Sheffield's first memior, the New York Times bestseller Love Is a Mixtape, was a loving ode to his deceased wife (who died when he was just 31) as viewed through the prism of the music they shared. Sheffield now returns with his third book, Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals of Love and Karaoke, which picks up where Love Is a Mixtape left off. With the help of karaoke (and some Rod Stewart songs), Sheffield explores the path to finding love after tragedy. Rendezvous (Jewelbox Theater), free.
FOOD & DRINK
Sunset Supper at the Market
Pike Place Market stays open after hours for this fundraiser, inviting patrons to sample bites from more than 30 local restaurants and eateries—including Macrina, Le Pichet, the Hunt Club, and Wild Ginger—washed down by Washington wines, brews, and spirits. The dancing starts as the sun goes down over Puget Sound. Proceeds support the clinic, preschool, senior center, and food bank located in the market. Pike Place Market, sold out.
Not normally the site of trampolines and face painting, Everett Memorial Stadium belongs to families for this daylong fundraiser for the Program for Early Parent Support (PEPS). Kindie rockers Caspar Babypants, Recess Monkey, Rolie Polie Guacamole, and the Not-Its! play the main stage; picnic lunches are encouraged, and yes, adult beverages are available. Everett Memorial Stadium, $15–$39.