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Wilco kicks off Labor Day weekend with two shows at the Moore Theatre.

CONCERTS

Fri & Sat, Sept 2 & 3
Wilco
Get an early taste of alt rock stalwart Wilco’s new album Schmilco (out September 9) when the band travels to the Moore for a couple Labor Day weekend gigs. On the strength of Jeff Tweedy’s causally inviting songwriting and Nels Cline’s elite guitar work, the group has remained incredibly consistent ten albums into its history. Moore Theatre, $35–$70

Fri, Sept 2
Ever So Android: The Civil Release Show
The Seattle rock scene does a lot of things right, but it’s not exactly flush with killer industrial electronic rock acts. Ever So Android helps fill that void with throbbing dance beats and cuttingly sharp guitar riffs. The group unveils its latest batch of dark excursions when it heads to Neumos to release the new EP, The Civil. The very rocking local lineup of Hobosexual, Wild Powwers, and Sundries fills out the bill. Neumos, $10

COMEDY

Sat, Sept 3
Dana Carvey
During his legendary tenure on Saturday Night Live, impression master Dana Carvey became such a luminous comedic force that he affected how we perceive the people he lampooned. For example, if you hear anyone do a George H. W. Bush impression, they don’t actually actually imitate the former president; they do a knockoff version of Carvey’s Bush. Expect a veritable cavalcade of beloved characters when he heads to Tulalip for a standup performance. Tulalip Resort Casino, $50–$60

SPECIAL EVENTS

Sept 2–4
Bumbershoot
Bumbershoot bought local this year. Seattle superstars Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and Death Cab for Cutie top the musical lineup, the writers from Amazon’s award-winning Transparent and Sherman Alexie top the words and ideas slate, and former Seattleites Father John Misty, Reggie Watts, and Nick Thune all deliver musical laughs. That’s a loaded lineup without even getting to nonlocal acts like Third Eye Blind, Tame Impala, Run the Jewels, and Billy Idol. Seattle Center, $129; festival pass $250–$775

Sept 2–5
PAX West
What bounty will the Northwest’s biggest video gaming convention offer this year? An early chance to play titles like Final Fantasy XV, The Last Guardian, Mass Effect: Andromeda, and The Legend of Zelda for Wii U? A look at the new Nintendo NX console? Gamers never know exactly what PAX holds until they hit the show floor, but with a communal spirit of discovery (and an absurd amount of 3DS StreetPasses and Pokémon Go) the convention consistently delivers fun new digital worlds. Washington State Convention Center, Sold out

Sept 2–25
Washington State Fair
Whether you’re in it for the rides, livestock, concerts, rodeo, or Fisher scones, the Washington State Fair offers a bevy of family entertainment. Escape the city for a day and find that classic fair experience down in Puyallup. Washington State Fairgrounds, Puyallup, $13

VISUAL ART

Sept 1–Oct 29
Things That Kill
While we easily recognize the horrific things that can lead to our untimely ends (bullets, monstrous beasts, etc.), we often overlook the danger in seemingly happy things (trees that fall, donuts that aren’t exactly healthy, and so on). Prographica / KDR Gallery’s group show Things That Kill brings together both sides of the equation. Curated by Norman Lundin, the exhibit features photographs, paintings, and drawings that convey different powerful aspects of death and peril when filtered through this macabre thematic context. Prographica / KDR Gallery, Free

Sept 3–5
Game Recognize Game
Couples needn’t always work together to push each others artistic urges, sometimes it just takes a mutual encouraging aura. Game Recognize Game documents the creative output of married pair Erin Sullivan (A Frames) and Laura Cassidy (Nordstrom fashion editor/former Seattle Met style editor). The exhibition features Sullivan’s paintings and photographic art, Cassidy’s writings (she’ll release her volume of short fiction, Backyard Birds Barking at Trees), and musical collaborations between the two via the video project Rose Petals Litter the Shore. Love City Love, Free

BOOKS & TALKS

Thur, Sept 1
Diana Nyad
Distance swimmer Diana Nyad serves as living proof that it’s never too late to finish what you started. After failing in her bid to swim from Cuba to Florida at 29, she became the first person to make the watery journey without a shark cage at the age of 64. She travels to Town Hall to drive home the inspirational themes of her memoir, Find a Way. Town Hall, $5

FOOD & DRINKS

Thur & Fri, Sept 1 & 2
Tilth’s 10th Anniversary Dinners
For its tin anniversary, this Wallingford restaurant honors the purveyors and producers that helped usher in Seattle’s farm-to-table and certified organic movement (before all the cool kids did it) with a 10-course menu. Chef Maria Hines’s multicourse meal will have chilled lemon-cucumber soup with smoked Penn Cove mussels, seared St. Jude albacore tuna, braised pork belly, white corn creme brulee for dessert, and more. The $150 dinner includes a scrapbook of Tilth milestones and coveted recipes. Do make reservations. Tilth, $150

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