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Fighting for equality is a serious matter, but Shrill author Lindy West knows how to find the humorous side of anything.

Tue, May 24
Sherman Alexie
After years of delivering award winning stories for audlt and YA readers, Seattle's own Sherman Alexie finally brings his work to the wee ones with the release of first ever children's picture book, Thunder Boy Jr. The story finds a young Native American, who was named after his father, dreaming for a name of his own. Alexie treks to UW to discuss his foray into kiddie literature and sign copies of the new book. University Temple United Methodist Church, $18 (Admits 2 and includes a copy of the book)

Wed, May 25
Lindy West: Notes From a Loud Woman
As a former writer for The Stranger and current columnist for The Guardian, Lindy West has spent the last five years fighting for marginalized groups (sometimes humorously, sometimes emotionally, always sharply) and enraging legions of Internet trolls along the way. West’s first book, Shrill, charts her revolutionary evolution and the beginning of the end for the culture of hate. Town Hall, $5 (standby)

Thur, May 26
Merle Haggard Memorial Night
In a year tragically packed with legendary musical losses, the country world's biggest hit came when Merle Haggard died in April. With many chart topping singles and a ballad worthy story, Haggard and his band the Strangers helped to create the edgier Bakersfield sound, which contrasted with narrow lush tones of the era's predominant Nashville style. Seattle celebrates the life of this country icon at Neumos with a night of his best tunes performed by Country Lips, the Ramblin’ Years, Ole Tinder, Tyler Edwards, Silver Torches, and Lonely Mountain Lovers. Neumos, $6 

May 27–30
Northwest Folklife Festival
There’s no better way to soak in the diversity of cultural traditions that exist in our region than by attending Northwest Folklife Festival. The Memorial Day tradition offers immense entertainment on the cheap (see: free, but donations encouraged) with both modern and traditional ethnic music, dance, arts and crafts, and more. Seattle Center, Free (suggested $10 donation)

Sun, May 29
The Good Life, La Sera, and Tancred
Can't make it to Sasquatch! Festival, but still want an excellent indie rock fix? Check out the triple bill of the Good Life, La Sera, and Tancred. With the so much talent hoarded at the Gorge, it's rare to get such a stellar Seattle show over Memorial Day weekend. The Good Life serves as a softer, stripped down outlet for Cursive frontman Tim Kasher to experiment. La Sera (the wife-husband duo of Katy Goodman and Todd Wisenbaker) possess an unparalleled knack for crafting sunny surf rock tunes, but explores twangier ground on its new Ryan Adams-produced Music for Listening to Music to (Wisenbaker was also the guitarist for Adam's 1989). And Tancred only released one best album of 2016 so far (Out of the Garden). Plus, how often can you rock out on a Sunday and not have to worry about the Monday repercussions (thanks, national holiday)? Barboza, $15

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