Slideluck Potshow IX
It’s been 12 years since Seattle photographer Casey Kelbaugh launched the first Slideluck Potshow—a potluck dinner in his backyard with a slideshow highlighting work by regional artists. It’s grown into a global nonprofit, but the idea remains distinctly homegrown. For this year’s event, local chefs will bring some of their favorite dishes and Seattle musician-producer-DJ Erik Blood will provide the soundtrack for the evening. Admission includes beer from Hilliard's and the Hopvine Pub. Voda Studios, $10 with a shared potluck dish, $15 without.
All Delighted People
Local singer-songwriters Josiah Johnson of the Head and the Heart, Shenandoah Davis, and more tackle the songbook of experimental artist Sufjan Stevens to raise money for the Fremont Abbey Arts Center. The Triple Door, $14–$17.
If Washington State legalizes marijuana someday, does that make this “protestival”… dare we say it…legitimate? Harsh, man. Until that time comes, enjoy the outlaw spirit of the world’s largest annual pot rally. With multiple stages of live music and food and craft vendors spanning three waterfront parks, this fest in support of all things cannabis draws 100,000 people each year. Expect Belltown to smell like the ’60s for three days. Myrtle Edwards Park, free.
The annual music fest at Linda Derschang's Capitol Hill watering hole features low-fi punk (Grave Babies), blues-rock (Walking Papers), and electro-rock (Nightmare Fortress). But the highlight is headliner Reignwolf, a swaggering, snarling 28-year-old Canadian transplant who plays white-hot rock. Period. He looks like a young Bob Dylan, clad all in black and absolutely shredding on his Gibson 335. His signature move? Playing the guitar and the drums at the same time. Read more about The Legend of Reignwolf. Linda's Tavern, free.
Shakespeare in the Park Doubleheader
Soak up sun and Shakespeare as GreenStage takes its summer plays alfresco. The summer season ends on Saturday with a doubleheader featuring high comedy (The Taming of the Shrew) and the downfall of the Tudors (Henry VIII). Volunteer Park, free.
Thru Aug 26
Pinter Festival: Old Times and No Man's Land
ACT started its celebration of Nobel laureate playwright Harold Pinter with back-to-back one-act comedies: The Dumb Waiter and Celebration. Now it brings productions of No Man’s Land (Aug 17–26) and Old Times (Aug 18–25) to the stage for the festival's closing week. ACT Theatre, $20–$30.
Smith-a-Palooza: Clerks and Mallrats
Kevin Smith has gone on record saying he’ll retire from directing after his next feature. Say it ain’t so, Silent Bob. This showcase of Smith’s first two movies is reason enough for why we still need his distinctive comic voice. Fremont Outdoor Cinema, $8–$10.
On her new release Little Broken Hearts, the vocalist and pianist continues her subtle move away from the sleepy jazz croon that made her famous; she gets bouncy on “Say Goodbye” and vamps it up on “Four Broken Hearts.” Marymoor Park, $44–$64.
Sunset Supper at the Market
Pike Place Market is looking good for 105. Celebrate its anniversary by sampling small bites, vino, spirits, and beer from the market’s restaurants and shops, chatting with the chefs, and dancing under the stars. Pike Place Market, $100–$140.
Northwest Tequila Fest
The Phinney Neighborhood Center hosts this booze-fueled bonanza from 1-7. The $40 admission gets you access to more tequila, mezcal and sotol than any human liver can handle. Phinney Neighborhood Center, $40.