Bang For Your Buck

Cheap Week: June 6–12

David Bazan shows off 'Blanco,' NW New Works Festival gives area arts a working platform, and Bren Ahearn stitches subversively.

By Kyle Kuhn Edited by Seth Sommerfeld June 6, 2016

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Seattle's own David Bazan brings the electronic sounds of his new album Blanco to the Neptune.

Mon, June 6
Mirah and Jherek Bischoff
While he's moved to Los Angeles, Jherek Bischoff still calls Seattle home. The pop orchestral composer and arranger returns with Brooklyn indie pop singer-songwriter Mirah for a night at the Neptune that features both artists performing sets of their own music that Bischoff arranged to be performed live with a string quartet. It should make for an intimate evening of warm music and warmer feelings. Neptune Theatre, $19

Fri, June 10
David Bazan
For his latest album, David Bazan put down the guitar. Blanco finds the revered Seattle singer-songwriter employing an electronic palette reminiscent of his work in Headphones. The lighter sounds give Bazan a floating backdrop over which to deliver his consistently crushing and beautiful lyrics. It may be a departure from his indie rock ways, but it still feel like it emanates from the same sorrowful soul. Having Lemolo open the show only provides more ethereal sonic elegance. Neptune Theater, $19

June 10–12
NW New Works Festival
Want to be hip to the rising stars in Seattle’s performance, dance, and theater scenes before they break through? Then check out On the Boards’ NW New Works Festival. The two-weekend shindig gives the city’s experimental artists a platform to showcase in-progress works in a receptive, communal environment. The thrill of the fresh and unexpected waits around every turn. On the Boards, $14

June 10–Jan 15
Bren Ahearn: Strategies for Survival
Rather than pull on the threads of societal notions of masculinity in order to unravel them, needlepoint artist Bren Ahearn manipulates them to create his own subversive message in Strategies for Survival. With a wit as sharp as his needle, Ahearn creates small samplers that look like childhood educational charts but read like the diary of a sensitive boy: “I guess the flowered lunch box was the wrong accessory choice,” attributed to a six-year-old Bren, for example. The intricate embroideries manage to be humorous, personal, and powerful. Bellevue Arts Museum, $12

Sat & Sun, June 11 & 12
Weird and Awesome: Emmett Montgomery Album Recording
Seattle standup Emmett Montgomery turns his monthly show of comedy and delightful oddity into a platform for recording his (long overdue) standup album. Expect to hear hilarious stories about nightmares, marriage, and meatloaf, as the bearded one performs a hour-long set he’s been working on for years. The album will be recorded for ASpecialThing Records, which has put out standup albums by Marc Maron, Bob Odenkirk, Jen Kirkman, Wyatt Cenac, and many more top comedians. Annex Theater, $10

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