Freedom Fantasia with Jinkx Monsoon
Nothing says “God Bless America” like a little burlesque. This Independence Day weekend cabaret features glittery song-and-dance numbers; a brassy, high-heeled Statue of Liberty; and an appearance by Seattle’s newly named queen of queens, Jinkx Monsoon, winner of this season’s RuPaul’s Drag Race. These “sophisticated shenanigans” are brought to you by Kitten LaRue, Ben DeLaCreme, Major Scales, and Lou Henry Hoover of the Cherdonna and Lou Show. The Triple Door, $27–$33.
Seafair Summer Fourth
It's on. It's off. It's back on! Here's hoping Seattle's annual Fourth of July fireworks display over Lake Union never flames out for good. Gas Works Park, free.
Red, White, and Dead Zombie Walk
Lock your doors: Zombies invade Seattle Center during the annual Red, White, and Dead Zombie Walk. Werewolf apocalypse pending. Seattle Center, free.
Seafair Pirates Landing
Batten down the hatches: Seafair Pirates land on Alki Beach today. Now would be a good time to check on your buried treasure. Alki Beach, free.
Robert Randolph and the Family Band
Get a dose of American blues, rock, and funk when pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph and the Family Band come to town with songs from the group's new album Lickety Split. Neptune Theatre, $25.
Lemolo's The Kaleidoscope Dance
Haunting debut album The Kaleidoscope by dream-pop duo Lemolo was one of the best Seattle albums of 2012. The ladies now take their album down to Tacoma for a special collaborative performance featuring choreographic accompaniment by the BareFoot Dance Collective and MLKBallet. Urban Grace Church, Tacoma, $10–$22.
Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters
When the JamBase Festival at the Gorge was canceled, artists had to search for a new venue. Chateau Ste. Michelle stepped up. Robert Plant brings his latest band—the Sensational Space Shifters—to rock the winery. Here's hoping for a few Led Zeppelin songs in the set. Chateau Ste. Michelle, $50–$75.
Brothers From Another
Fresh-faced hip-hop duo Brothers from Another hosts a record release show for its new EP Tacos on Broadway. We've already seen the boys rap about Molly Moon's ice cream; it appears food is a running theme in their rhymes. Neumos, $8.
Pat Benatar and Berlin
It's ladies night at Chateau Ste. Michelle as Pat Benatar and Berlin attempt to take our breath away with their rocking '80s hits. Chateau Ste. Michelle, $45–$85.
EAT & DRINK
Seattle International Beerfest
It's always the season for saisons (and double IPAs and stouts) at the boldly brewed Seattle International Beerfest. Seattle Center, $25–$45.
With the Seattle mayoral election inching closer, Northwest Film Forum has teamed up with PubliCola at Seattle Met to invite the candidates to select their favorite political films of all time. But this isn’t all Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. The candidates’ choices include a prison break film, an Irish war drama, and a documentary about “America’s most notorious mayor.” Northwest Film Forum, $10 single ticket, $30 series pass.
After leaving Saturday Night Live following this season's finale, Fred Armisen is taking his act on the road. The Portlandia star is sure to bring plenty of the characters concocted in his head to the live show, including his punk alter ego Ian Rubbish. Showbox at the Market, $25–$30.
Seattle Sounders vs. DC United
The Sounders are currently sitting on the outskirts of the MLS playoff picture. If the club wants to compete for a title this year, it desperately needs to beat DC United, the worst team in the league. CenturyLink Field, $36–$112.