There is too much to see at Bumbershoot. No matter how hard we might try, it's logistically impossible to see every cool concert, talk, comedy show, play, etc. With that in mind, this week we'll be offering up our picks for Bumbershoot's best bets. Hopefully it can help solve some scheduling quandaries.
Here’s our list of events to see at Bumbershoot on Saturday:
Modernist Cuisine: Food From a New Perspective 1:45, Words and Ideas Stage (Leo K Theatre) – The forward-thinking Modernist Cuisine cookbook combines science and the culinary arts in a whopping 2,438-page, six-volume tome. The chefs and scientists behind the James Beard Cookbook of the Year descend on Bumbershoot to demonstrate onstage how a centrifuge can make your food taste better.
Gotye 3:15, Bumbershoot Mainstage (KeyArena) – Anyone who isn’t fired up to scream along with the chorus of “Somebody That I Used to Know” clearly takes himself or herself too seriously and should not be trusted. Also, Gotye apparently has other songs(!). Listen to those, too.
Go the F**k to Sleep 3:30, Words and Ideas Stage (Leo K Theatre) – Author Adam Mansbach struck gold last year with his brutally honest children’s bedtime story Go the F**k to Sleep. The book became a viral sensation, went to no. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list, and its official audiobook was narrated by Samuel L. Jackson. He’s previously been a professor at Rutgers University and won the California Book Award for his 2008 novel The End of the Jews. (Bonus: The event will be moderated by Seattle singer-songwriter John Roderick.)
THEESatisfaction 5:15, Sub Pop Stage (Fountain Lawn) – It’s easy to get lost in the psych-funk grooves of Seattle hip-hop duo THEESatisfaction. After releasing a series of buzz-building mixtapes over the past few years, the ladies released their debut LP—AwE NaturalE—on Sub Pop earlier this year and the album immediately received rave reviews.
John Waters 8:30, Bagley Wright Theatre – Director John Waters might, just might, be the campiest man alive. His career catalogue of cult films includes Hairspray, Pink Flamingos, and other movies that thrive on the transgressive. At Bumbershoot he’ll perform his one-man show The Filthy World: Filthier and Dirtier. Get out your Sharpies and draw on your pencil thin mustaches.
The Helio Sequence 8:45, Sub Pop Stage (Fountain Lawn) – The Helio Sequence already had a spacious sound, but an unfortunate accident might have made that sound even bigger. When the Portland rock duo’s old rehearsal space flooded they were forced to get a new, bigger venue—a former warehouse cafeteria. The open jamming facilitated by the new digs can be heard on the group’s upcoming album, Negotiations (out Sept 11 on Sub Pop).
Sept 1–3, Seattle Center, single-day tickets ($45–$200); three-day passes ($125–$475)