PAWS burns through Seattle with Brooklyn's Total Slacker.

Mon, Sept 29
PAWS and Total Slacker
Brooklyn's Total Slacker may be headlining this night at El Corazón, but the PAWS is the draw. The Scottish trio puts on absolutely killer live shows crammed with frenzied energetic rock anthems reminiscent of Japandroids. Get joyfully sweaty as the band rips through tunes from its terrific new album Youth Culture Forever. El Corazón, $10.

Tue, Sept 30
Garth Stein: 'A Sudden Light' Book Launch Party
Garth Stein, the Seattle author of The Art of Racing in the Rain, returns with A Sudden Light, in which teenager Trevor Riddell explores his family's old Northwest manor, connecting with a spirit who reveals his lineage's dark past, while his father attempts to move the boy's grandfather out to sell the place. Hugo House, Free.

Wed, Oct 1
Chris Taylor: The Star Wars Spell
Even if you've never seen a single Star Wars movie, it is impossible to ignore how deeply George Lucas's mythology is ingrained into our cultural consciousness. Journalist Chris Taylor's How Star Wars Conquered the Universe traces its and path to pop culture domination. Come listen to Taylor discuss his book and make projections about the future of the franchise, now that it's under new creative leadership. Town Hall, $5.

Thur, Oct 2
Campfire: Improvised Ghost Stories
Every Thursday in October, the Market Theater will bring you back around the campfire with their sometimes spooky, sometimes hilarious, always improvised ghost stories. Unexpected Production's resident troupe Improv Anonymous weaves together totally made up tales (or are they?) that'll you have you laughing and shivering in turns. Don't bring your marshmallows. There isn't an actual campfire. Market Theater, $10.

Fri, Oct 3–9
Pacific Aggression
Local filmmaker Shaun Scott’s latest feature is a quiet reflection on technology and humanity set against Seattle’s dreariness. Meryl is a technology addict who reconnects with Frank, an old flame and writer who’s flaming out as he attempts to resurrect his career. Scott has a knack for writing cutting lines of dialogue, and Marya Sea Kaminski’s scene as a therapist having a breakdown while listening to NPR is mesmerizing. Grand Illusion Cinema, $8.

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