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The Top Things to Do This Weekend: June 23–26

Seattle Men's and Women's Chorus stalwart Dennis Coleman says goodbye, the Mariners turn back the clock, and Seattle Symphony brings Gershwin to Marymoor.

By Seattle Met Staff June 23, 2016

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Dennis Coleman takes his final bows with the Seattle Men's and Women's Choruses as part of Encore!.


Fri & Sat, June 25 & 26
For 36 years, Dennis Coleman guided some of our city’s most serene voices as the artistic director and conductor for Seattle Men’s Chorus. Not only has the collective maintained a level of musical excellence during his tenure, but SMC also served an important role as a beacon for Seattle’s gay artistic community dating back to the late 1970s. The Seattle Men’s and Women’s Choruses honor Coleman’s legacy with Encore!, a collection of his greatest choral moments and the final concert under his direction. McCaw Hall, $25–$78

Sat, June 25
Lisa Prank: Adult Teen Release Show
Seattle’s princess of pop punk reigns supreme at Everyday Music as she hosts a free all-ages show to celebrate her new album, Adult Teen. Lisa Prank’s sugary guitar and drum machine combo sounds sharper than ever as the emotionally scorned and hopeless romantic lyrics spill out of her on songs like “Luv is Dumb” and “Baby, Let Me Write Yr Lines.” Dogbreth and Hoop join the festivities as opening acts. Everyday Music, Free


Sun, June 26
The Seattle Symphony Plays George Gershwin
There’s no more classically American way to spend the first weekend of summer than by listening to George Gershwin tunes while lounging in a park. Seattle Symphony heads to Marymoor Park to do a little musical globetrotting with the iconic American composer. The program includes his Cuban OvertureAn American in Paris, and of course the timeless New York City ode, Rhapsody in Blue. Marymoor Park, $25–$70


Thur, June 23
Chuck Klosterman
Because we know people used to believe with certainty that the universe revolved around the Earth, initially trashed Moby Dick, and had a complete misunderstanding of gravity, we know that future societies will look back at certain current beliefs as ludicrous. But we’re really bad at accepting that and identifying the idea’s possibilities.  Pop culture critic, essayist, and author Chuck Klosterman theorizes about the assumptions that we hold that will one day look foolish and projects what the future will remember fondly in his new book, But What If We’re Wrong?. Topics range from the entire basis of science being flawed to what rock musician will be remembered as the signifier of the genre in 500 years (hint: it’s not the Beatles). The task isn’t an easy one, because, as Klosterman states, “the future is a teenage crackhead who makes shit up as he goes along.” The author heads to Elliott Bay Books to read from the book and undoubtedly field crazy hypothetical questions from the audience. Elliot Bay Book Company, Free

Thur, June 23
Annie Proulx
It’s easy for characters to get lost in the grandeur of an epic, but Annie Proulx always masterfully maintains focus on the small-scale humanity. The Pulitzer Prize– and National Book Award–winning and Seattle resident behind The Shipping News and “Brokeback Mountain” returns to read from her new book, Barkskins. The novel targets two illiterate seventeenth-century New France woodsmen and follows their kin over 300 years to illustrate mankind’s taming and destruction of the wilderness. Admission to this Seattle Arts and Lectures event includes a copy of Barkskins. Temple De Hirsch Sinai, $45–$90


Sat, June 25
Turn Back the Clock Night: Seattle Mariners vs. St. Louis Cardinals
The Seattle Mariners’ current logo stinks. The baseball as a compass is so beyond boring. But it wasn’t always this way. The team’s logo from 1981–86 is a work of art: a thick blue M trident outlined in yellow encased in a blue star. It’s magnificent, and if there was any justice in the world, it would be the team’s full time logo. Alas, we live in an imperfect reality. But for one night, the Mariners will celebrate true beauty. Saturday’s matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals is Turn Back the Clock night, and the first 20,000 fans will receive a cap adorned with the glorious ’80s trident. Safeco Field, $29–$600


Sun, June 26
Seattle Pride Parade
There’s no more triumphant and colorful annual LBFTQ celebration than Seattle Pride Parade. It’s a moment of openness and acceptance whenever the floats, marchers, bikers, and more follow the path along 4th Avenue toward Seattle Center. The artistic spirit takes center stage as  Seattle Men’s and Women’s Chorus artistic director and conductor Dennis Coleman serves as 2016′s parade grand marshal. In the wake of the Pulse shooting in Orlando, expect an especially emotional scene as Seattle’s LBGTQ community and its allies gather to celebrate the life they bring to the city. 4th Avenue, Free


Thru Sept 4
Northwest Art Now
Art museums can sometimes get stuck in the past and forget that art is happening currently. That’s why juried shows like Northwest Art Now are vital. Visitors to Tacoma Art Museum can wander over from the Edvard Munch exhibit or the Western art collection and take in 47 works by 24 active Washington, Oregon, and Idaho artists, spanning mediums like photography, sculpture, painting, and quilting.. Tacoma Art Museum, $14


Sat, June 25
Dan Levy Stand-Up TV Special
Comedian Dan Levy has gone through the hoops: serving as the opening act on tours with Aziz Ansari, John Mulaney, and Whitney Cummings, writing for the ABC sitcom The Goldbergs, doing a half hour Comedy Central Presents, appearing on talk shows like The Late Late Show, etc. Which is a long way of saying, he’s more than prepared to tape his first hour-long standup special. He’s coming to Seattle to make that dream a reality, and tickets for the tapings at the Neptune are free. So it’s literally impossible to find cheaper laughs. Neptune Theater, Free


Thru Feb 2017
Wild Nearby
This may seem counterintuitive, but before you go outside, head inside the Burke Museum to check out Wild Nearby. The exhibit shows off the wonders of the North Cascades with ongoing Burke research projects, ancient tribal artifacts, a full-scale fire lookout, wildlife photography, geological samples, and more. Consider your visit a scouting trip to help plan the rest of your summer. Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, $10

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