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The Mariners kick off the holiday weekend with Patriotic Fireworks Night on Friday.

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Fri, July 1
Patriotic Fireworks Night: Seattle Mariners vs. Baltimore Orioles
With the Fourth of July falling on a Monday, it seems silly to wait the whole weekend for some fireworks. The Seattle Mariners are here to help. After the team's game against the Baltimore Orioles, Pyro Spectaculars (the company that lights the Space Needle up on New Year's Eve) sets the sky ablaze with a patriotic fireworks display. Hopefully the Mariners will deliver some offensive firepower of their own so the wait for the game to end won't be agonizing. Safeco Field, $17–$500


Mon, July 4
Seafair Summer Fourth
No Seattle summer would be complete without Seafair Summer Fourth. Centered on the city's fireworks extravaganza, the event brings out scores of Seattleites to bask in communal Americana. Beyond the fireworks, the festivities include music from Hey Marseilles, Grace Love, and Cosmos, plenty of food offerings, two beer gardens, and games for the kids. Gas Works Park, Free–$30


Thur, June 30
Case / Lang / Veirs
What do you get when you combine Neko Case, K. D. Lang, and Laura Veirs? An embarrassment of emotional songwriting riches. The trio teamed up to form Case / Lang / Veirs, whose self-titled debut album arrived June 17. While each woman has her own distinct voice, the combination of the three sounds effortlessly natural with sweet, melancholy harmonies. Woodland Park Zoo, Sold out

Fri, July 1
Not every classic rock group receives canonization like the Beatles, the Stones, and Led Zeppelin. Some just made a bunch of catchy hits that people enjoyed and continue to enjoy, sans any sense of vital cultural importance requiring thousands of retrospectives. That’s always been good enough for Boston, which heads to town to celebrate 40 years of rocking without pretense. Then again, without “More Than a Feeling” we might never have gotten the riff-lifted “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” WaMu Theater, $48–$78

Sat, July 2
KEXP Rocks the Dock
Waterfront Park might trend a bit touristy in the summer months, but KEXP Rocks the Docks offers something worth braving all of the out-of-towners to check out. On a stage nestled between the aquarium and the Great Wheel, the radio station offers up a day of free concerts from three excellent Northwest standouts. Seattle’s Telekinesis brings its melodic indie tunes, Portland’s Summer Cannibals delivers no-nonsense rock with a healthy dose of frontwoman Jessica Boudreaux’s snarl, and local producer extraordinaire Erik Blood awes with his mysterious shoegaze wonder (though it might feel slightly out of place on an especially sunny day). Waterfront Park, Free

Sat, July 2
Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs
When he takes a stage, Tony-winning thespian Alan Cumming (The Good Wife) transforms into a force of nature that would make Liza Minnelli proud. In his cabaret show Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs— which The New York Times called an “emotional firestorm”—Cumming taps into his own raw feelings to perform a range of tunes, from Stephen Sondheim to Miley Cyrus, with a gripping flair for the dramatic. Town Hall, $50–$80


Fri, July 1
In the White Silence
When the Seattle Symphony teamed up with John Luther Adams in 2013 for Become Ocean, the resulting modern masterpiece netted a Pulitzer, a Grammy, and even a pop star’s admiration (Taylor Swift donated $50k). For the latest entry in the late-night [Untitled] series, the symphony ventures back in time with Adams’s 1998 tribute to the sparse wintry majesty of Alaska, In the White Silence. Benaroya Hall, Sold out

Sat, July 2
Live on the Silver Screen: The Symphony in Hollywood
Sneak some popcorn into Benaroya Hall and hear the Seattle Symphony take an aural journey through cinematic history with Live on the Silver Screen. From the sweeping orchestral majesty of Gone with the Wind to the grandiose work of John Williams to the Oscar-winning hip-hop of Selma’s “Glory” (with an assist from rapper VellVett), there’s something for all ages to enjoy as clips from the select-ed films play on an overhead screen. Benaroya Hall, $25


June 30–Aug 7
Scott Fife: Esto Perpetua
Everything’s going digital these days. Platform Gallery only further proves that point. At the conclusion of Scott Fife’s sculpture exhibit Esto Perpetua, the 12-year-old gallery will cease brick-and-mortar existence and transition into an online-only entity. Make one final visit before Platform becomes another idea in the cloud. Platform Gallery, Free


Thru Sept 4
Posing Beauty in African American Culture 
Beauty isn’t a uniform concept. It’s a malleable idea that shifts between eras, cultures, and individual viewpoints. NAAM examines the construction and composition of African American beauty in the photographic exhibit Posing Beauty. With almost 70 photos depicting elegant simplicity, wild outfits, and an afro made of afro picks, the goal is to not define black beauty but show its multifariousness. Northwest African American Museum, $7

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