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Get in the summer spirit with South Lake Union Block Party 2016.

Mon & Tue, Aug 8 & 9
La Luz
*sniff sniff* No, we're not broken up over La Luz moving away to California and leaving a hole in our Seattle surf rock hearts. *sniff sniff* No, we've just got something in our eyes. *sniff* The band returns to town for two nights at Chop Suey where it'll play its most recent album Weirdo Shrine in its entirety (plus other fan favorites). Great Spiders and Mommy Long Legs open Monday's show, while Dræmhouse and Diminished Men handle the duties on Tuesday. Chop Suey, $15

Wed, Aug 10
Julien Baker
"Wish I could write songs about anything other than death, but I can't go to bed without drawing the red, shaving off breaths / Each one so heavy, each one so cumbersome. Each one a lead weight hanging between my lungs." - Julien Baker. There may not be an active singer-songwriter who can deliver a more of a lyrical gut punch than the young Memphis talent. After a breathtakingly enthralling visit to Vera Project in February, Baker returns to devastate more hearts. Vera Project, $10–$12

Thur, Aug 11
Out to Lunch Concert Series: Tacocat
If there's a better way to spend a lunch break than dancing along to Tacocat tunes, scientists have yet to discover it. After a long stint on the road touring behind Lost Time, Seattle's funnest pop punk band returns home to participate in the Out to Lunch Concert Series at City Hall (600 4th Ave). Actually eating tacos at the gig might be overly cliche, but we'll allow it in this case. City Hall Plaza, Free

Thur, Aug 11
Sculptured Dance
Sculptured Dance is what happens when Seattle Art Museum and Pacific Northwest Ballet put their minds together. Five of Seattle's best choreographers—Donald Byrd, Kate Wallich, Olivier Wevers, Ezra Thomson, and Kiyon Gaines—created site-specific dance pieces based off of the art on display in Olympic Sculpture Park. The works—performed by dancers from PNB, Specturm Dance, and Whim W'Him—look to engage the space in an artistic conversation during this one-night-only event. environment of Olympic Sculpture Park is incorporated into the dance. The evening also features jazz from Theoretics, food trucks, and a kids corner to keep the little ones entertained. Olympic National Park, Free

Thur, Aug 11
Outdoor Movies at Magnuson: Zootopia 
An abundance of summer outdoor movie series now exists around town, but it’ll be hard to top Movies at Magnuson’s sterling slate. This week features arguably the best film so far in 2016, Zootopia. (Certainly the best box office hit.) The Disney animated animal adventure is way more clever and creative than it needs to be, making it equally enjoyable for kids and adults. Magnuson Park, $5

Fri, Aug 12
South Lake Union Block Party
In terms of a one-night distillation of summer, it’s hard to top the free SLU Block Party. It’s got live outdoor music from Beat Connection, Hibou, Lemolo, and Grace Love and the True Loves; it’s got a burger grilling competition, a food truck roundup, and beer, cider, and wine from Brave Horse Tavern; it’s got lawn games via Underdog Sports. It’s like cramming for a test on summertime fun without any threat of a pop quiz. South Lake Union, Free

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