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The Top Things to Do This Weekend: June 18–21

Amy Schumer and her hilarious pals promote Trainwreck with standup, Nathan Vincent plays war at Bellevue Arts Museum, and the Fremont Solstice Fair brings out the city's best weirdos.

By Seattle Met Staff June 18, 2015

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Amy Schumer heads to town with her pals Mike Birbiglia, Judd Apatow, Dave Attell, Vanessa Bayer, and Colin Quinn for the Trainwreck Comedy Tour.

COMEDY

Sat, June 20
Trainwreck Comedy Tour: Amy Schumer and Friends
To build excitement prior to the release of the summer comedy Trainwreck, star Amy Schumer and director Judd Apatow are hitting the road with a stacked lineup featuring some of the film’s other hilarious talent: Mike Birbiglia, Dave Attell, Vanessa Bayer, and Colin Quinn. That’s four standup headliners, the most influential comedy director and producer of our time, and one of Saturday Night Live’s best cast members on one bill. (Unfortunately, LeBron James and John Cena—who also have parts in the film—will not be attending and doing standup sets.) Moore Theatre, $115

June 19 & 20
Norm Macdonald
Saturday Night Live was something of a weird fit for Norm Macdonald. While his comedic presence provided plenty of laughs, even in his best sketches (see: Burt Reynolds on Celebrity Jeopardy!) he wasn’t the type of character chameleon the show typically calls for. His drier than a desert delivery was best suited as the "Weekend Update" anchor, and he continues to use this cutting deadpan persona to great effect as a standup. Parlor Live Seattle, $25–$35

Sun, June 21
Aparna Nancherla
Aparna Nancherla is a tiny ball of comedy magic. While she might be best known for her hilarious Twitter account (she made Time’s list of 2014’s best tweeters), she can also bring the heat as a standup comedian as she’s displayed on Conan and at last month’s Sasquatch! Festival. The Comedy Womb brings Nancherla to Seattle for one night of laughs at Theatre Off Jackson. Theatre Off Jackson, $20

SPECIAL EVENTS

June 19–21
Fremont Solstice Fair
Choose your own adventure from more than 300 crafts vendors, both human and dog parades, the far-out hip-hop of Deltron 3030, local alt-rock favorites the Presidents of the United States of America—and, of course, plenty of food and beer to keep you satiated the whole time. Fremont, Free; Solstice Concerts $25–$45

Fri, June 19
SAM’s Night of Disguise
In the spirit of the SAM Remix series, Seattle Art Museum celebrates the opening of its major summer exhibit—Disguise: Masks and Global African Art—with a party jam-packed with creative energy that needn't be concealed. From pan-African dancers including Tongo’s Al’nuzan to interactive art pieces like Wura-Natashi Ogunji’s The Kissing Mask to Nigerian film trailers to spots where patrons can create their own masks under the guidance of visual artists, there's plenty to make it worth showing your face in public. Seattle Art Museum, $20

CLASSICAL AND MORE

June 18 & 20
Mahler Symphony No. 3
Seattle Symphony concludes its 2014–15 Masterworks Season with Gustav Mahler's ambitious Third Symphony. Spanning over an hour and a half (and incorporating the Women of the Seattle Symphony Chorale), the epic composition balances power and beauty as Mahler tries to capture the scope of humanity's existence. Benaroya Hall, $40–$125

VISUAL ART

June 19–Oct 18
Nathan Vincent: Let’s Play War!
What if our toys grew up with us? Nathan Vincent plays with this idea in Let’s Play War! by taking the classic plastic toy soldier design and crafting four- to five-foot-tall figures of the men out of yarn. The new scale of the green and tan armies touches on the way our culture handles warfare and complex feelings of nostalgia. Bellevue Arts Museum, $12

FOOD & DRINK

June 19–21
Washington Brewer's Festival
Microbreweries come together once a year to drop the micro for the biggest beer fest of the season. Now celebrating a decade in existence, Washington Brewer’s Festival descends on Marymoor Park for a weekend of suds exploration, where patrons can quench their thirst with 400 beers from more than 100 in-state brewers. Marymoor Park, $25–$50

THE SPORTING LIFE

June 18–21
2015 U.S. Open
The world's best golfers head down near Tacoma for the Pacific Northwest's first-ever United States Open Championship. Expect the rising stars like Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth to be in contention for another major title on this one-of-a-kind American links course. Chambers Bay, Sold Out; Televised on Fox and Fox Sports 1

CONCERTS

June 18–21
Honk! Fest West
The bold brassy sounds and invigorating beats of street bands takes the spotlight this weekend at Honk! Fest West. Marching bands, drum corps, and various busking noisemakers from across the country gather at Seattle Center, Gasworks Park, and other places around town for (mostly free) celebrations of their unique and colorful musical stylings. This year’s festivities kickoff at Nectar Lounge in Fremont with Revenge of the Band Nerds IV, a jam-packed noisy night of beautifully obnoxious and soul-warming brass and funk bands. The evening’s lineup includes the New Orleans–based New Creations Brass Band, Gora Gora Orkestar from Boulder, Colorado, and Seattle’s own Chaotic Noise Marching Corps. Various venues, Free–$12

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