June 19–Sept 7
Modernism in the Pacific Northwest: The Mythic and the Mystical
Holed up in our remote corner of the country, artists like Mark Tobey, Kenneth Callahan, and Morris Graves created a modernist art movement in the late 1930s. Their work inspired a second wave of area painters including Tony Angell and George Tsutakawa to further explore the mysteries of the Northwest. SAM’s Modernism in the Pacific Northwest showcases the full breadth of the region’s modernist spirit. Seattle Art Museum, $20.
Thru Oct 30
Trimpin: You Are Hear
Few artists can match the imaginative spark that’s evident in each new musical sculpture created by Seattle’s Trimpin. The German transplant heads to Olympic Sculpture Park to install his latest creation You Are Hear, a series of three massive headphones, each with their own sonic world of ambient and music sounds. Olympic Sculpture Park, free.
Ticketed admission is coming to Fremont Fair. But fans of earthy crafts and body-painted bike riders needn’t worry; said tickets are only required for the inaugural Solstice Concert Series. Hip-hop duo Blue Scholars (playing their first local show in over a year) and Idaho indie rock institution Built to Spill (who sold out three nights at Neumos last December) headline the new outdoor shows. Fremont, free (concerts $20–$25; two-day pass $35).
Sat, June 21
Seattle Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon and Half Marathon
Baby got a little too much back? Well run it off at the Seattle Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon and Half Marathon. Live bands line the path to keep competitors’ butts in gear, and once runners finish they can shake said rumps to performances by Sir Mix-a-Lot and the Presidents of the United States of America. Seattle Center.
Sat, June 21
Kevin Smith Live Podcast Tapings
Kevin Smith has a busy Saturday coming up. He'll be at the Triple Door taping two of his many podcasts. The week in science news was be the topic when he chats with his pal Andy McElfresh for the Edumacation podcast. He's also rehashing his stoner-comedy glory days with Jason Mewes for Jay and Silent Bob Get Old. Considering Jay and Silent Bob have gotten older; does that mean their humor has gotten wiser? ... Probably not. The Triple Door, $30.
Sun, June 22
The queen of the plastic-faced putdown gained younger fans based on her cutting fashion critiques, but Joan Rivers still makes her home on the standup stage. The comedic elder stateswoman, who refuses to get soft as the years pass, goes all-in at Snoqualmie Casino. Snoqualmie Casino, $41–$74.
As James Brown’s saxophonist and right-hand man, Maceo Parker brought the funk and helped energize R&B and soul in the 1960s. Even after all these years, he still knows how to wail away on the sax and get down with the best of them. Dimitirou's Jazz Alley, $35.
Fri, June 20
My Goodness: Shiver and Shake Release Show
Heavy Seattle blues rock outfit My Goodness has added significant edge and volume to its sound by adding a bassist to the guitar-drum duo formula. The ground celebrates the release of its new album Shiver + Shake in front of what's sure to be a raucous Crocodile crowd. The Crocodile, $12.
Sat, June 21
Say Hi: Endless Wonder Release In-Store
Eric Elbogen's one-man band Say Hi dropped its new record Endless Wonder this week and will be celebrating its release with an in-store concert at Easy Street Records. Enjoy the airy vocals of songs like "Sweat Like the Dew" and to the funky licks of "Hurt in the Morning." Easy Street Records, free.
FOOD & DRINK
Thur, June 19
Seattle's Best Damn Happy Hour
There are plenty of happy hour options around town, but how many feature giant Jenga? The third Thursday of every month, Seattle’s Best Damn Happy Hour turns Seattle Center Armory into a madhouse of music, cocktails, food, mini golf, and oversize board games. Expect a long line and arrive early for a table. It deserves its name. Seattle Center Armory, free.