Bang For Your Buck

Cheap Week Seattle: Best Bang-for-Your-Buck Events April 7–13

A popular combination of pancakes, booze, and art, a gathering for science nerds, and the 25th annual Washington State Spring Fair: the best ways to spend your week without spending much.

By Jeremy Novak April 7, 2014

Image via The 25th annual Washington State Spring Fair in Puyallup.

Monday, April 7
Why Capitalism is Dwindling
That’s a bold claim at first—for things Americans hold dear, capitalism is right up there with apple pie. But with so many recent developments in collective goods enabled by technology (cars with Car2Go, music with Rdio and Spotify, and even homes with maybe it’s not too far off. Author Jeremy Rifkin explores these phenomenon, surely as thoroughly as he names books, in The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism. Town Hall, $5.

Tuesday, April 8
Correspondents and Marmits at Sunset Tavern
Correspondents play a twanging, meandering type of music with amplified strings and drums that builds and descends into strange melodies and intricate arrangements. mARMITs describe themselves as “inter-dimensional  spazz pop” which seems a good place to start  for this rock group that must have suffered a collective psychotic break. The Fabulous Downey Brothers and Cerebral Cortez join the bill for one of the week’s most interesting shows. Sunset Tavern, $6.

April 10-13
Washington State Spring Fair
The best thing about fairs is they’re maybe the only place a family can bring small children and grandparents and everyone will find something they genuinely enjoy. This year marks the 25th annual Washington State Spring Fair and it will be packed with attractions: pig racing, baby animal exhibits, free music, destruction derby, monster truck show, gardening tips, games, rides, and prizes.  And of course the one thing everyone can enjoy together—fair food. Washington State Fair Events Center, $10. 

Saturday, April 12
Pancakes and Booze Art Show
Some events really need a little description to sound enticing, and others like this sound too good to be true from the get-go. If “pancakes and booze art show” didn’t have you, you should reevaluate how you make decisions, but know that there will be over 75 emerging artists from the area, live body painting, audio performance, and an “art battle”. So see you there. El Corazon, $5. 

Sunday, April 13
The Cosmos at Woodskys
Each Sunday this ski themed-bar dive will be showing Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, a miniseries hosted by Neil DeGrassi Tyson that explores everything celestial. Grab some cheap drinks and tune in to see if Tyson upsets creationists any more—he recently put down their theory that the earth is only 6,500 years old—or for his soothing voice accessibly sharing his extensive knowledge. Woodsky’s, free.


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