Bang For Your Buck

Cheap Week: August 17–23

Cozy up to outdoor movies, scandal-ridden theater, and acoustic vibes.

By Kelsey Sipple August 17, 2015

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Seattle singer-songwriter Shelby Earl will bring her raw, emotional vocals and innovative musical style to Two Union Square this Wednesday.

Tue & Wed, Aug 18 & 19
Icicle Creek New Play Festival
While most theater companies take a summer break, Leavenworth’s Icicle Creek New Play Festival provides a much-needed dramaturgical fix when it travels to ACT Theatre. This year’s offerings are Goddess of Mercy, a look at personal responsibility through the lens of a corporate oil scandal, and In Vivo, which explores the intersection of faith and madness when a small town is beset by a rash of mysterious occurrences. ACT Theatre, $15

Wed, Aug 19
Out to Lunch Concerts: Shelby Earl
Seattle singer-songwriter Shelby Earl will be bringing her gritty, soulful vocals to Union Square as part of Downtown Seattle’s Out to Lunch Concert Series. Since the release of her 2011 debut solo album, Burn the Boats, Earl has captivated both audiences and critics with her blend of folk, country, rock, and now even pop tunes (thanks to her new single, "Stay With Me Tonight"). NPR’s Ann Powers even claimed Earl as her “new favorite songwriter,” and Shelby lives up to the hype. Two Union Square, Free

Thur, Aug 20
Redhook Moonlight Cinema: Lone Survivor
There are few easier ways to capture a guy’s attention than with a well-told war story. Among modern war stories it’s hard to top Lone Survivor’s depiction of the harrowing battle Marcus Luttrell (played by Mark Wahlberg) waged against Taliban forces in June 2005. Active military and vets get in free to this special outdoor screening. Redhook Brewery, $5

Fri & Sat, Aug 21 & 22
Sean Kent
As one of only three comics ever to win both the Seattle and San Francisco International Comedy Competitions, standup comedian Sean Kent has the type of critically-acclaimed resume that's no laughing matter. You might recognize him from his starring role on A&E’s Modern Dads, his recent Showtime special, or his regular appearances on Last Comic Standing. As a returning SICC champ,  Kent's Seattle stop on his world tour could be considered a victory lap or a trip down memory lane... either way, we're happy to have him. Comedy Underground, $15

Sat, Aug 22
Seattle Acoustic Festival
Unplug for the day at the second annual Seattle Acoustic Festival, where over 30 bands will be performing a variety of acoustic styles across three stages. Stop by to listen to established Pacific Northwest acts like Star Anna and Tomo Nakayama, or to discover new favorites. It's guaranteed to be a day full intimate performances. All Pilgrims Church, $8–$10

Sun, Aug 23
Briana Marela: Sonic Boom In-Store
There's really only one word to describe Seattle singer-songwriter Briana Marela’s new album All Around Us: gorgeous. Recorded in Iceland, the record finds Marela’s soft voice delicately floating above a sea of electronic beats lovely strings in a way that evokes Sigur Rós’s (unsurprisingly, the songs were helmed by Sigur Rós producer Alex Somers). Marela marks the arrival of All Around Us with a free set at Sonic Boom. Sonic Boom Records, Free

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