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Legendary comedic forces Steve Martin and Martin Short share the stage at the Paramount on Saturday.

COMEDY

Sat, July 23
Steve Martin and Martin Short
Hordes of comedy fans would love to be a fly on the wall when pals Steve Martin and Martin Short hang out. But since the science of turning into a fly is still sketchy (see: The Fly), catching the duo engage in a night of comedic conversation entitled An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life will have to suffice. Short and Martin will riff, tell stories, and even play a little music with the help of Martin’s frequent bluegrass cohorts, the Steep Canyon Rangers. Paramount Theatre, $146–$191

BOOKS & TALKS

Sun, July 24
Malala Yousafzai
Shot at 15 for speaking out about girls’ education in Taliban-controlled Pakistan, Malala Yousafzai now has an even wider audience. That’s bullet proof. See the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner spread her message of hope and female empowerment when she travels to UW. Alaska Airlines Arena, $25–$464

CONCERTS

July 22–24
Capitol Hill Block Party
It feels odd to think of Capitol Hill Block Party as an established entity instead of a plucky upstart, but the numbers don’t lie. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the neighborhood music festival. When headliners like the uber popular Seattle electronic duo Odesza and Scottish synthpop trio Chvrches mix with the local bands that give the Hill its flavor, it’s a vicennial bash not to be missed. Capitol Hill, $50–$60; Festival pass $150–$300

Sat, July 23
Kenny Chesney
One doesn’t win four straight Entertainer of the Year awards from the Academy of Country Music without putting on one hell of a live show. On July 8, Kenny Chesney released his 16th studio album, Some Town Somewhere. With more than 40 Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot Country charts, Chesney’s biggest challenge for the show may be narrowing down a set list. CenturyLink Field, $21–$250

Sun, July 24
The B-52s
Life hack: Few things can quickly improve your mood like spending a day mimicking the signature rhythmic sprechgesang style of the B-52s’ Fred Schneider. If you don’t crack up having everyday conversations with that singsong delivery, you’re probably no fun. See the real thing in action as the “Rock Lobster” meets other party animals at the zoo. Woodland Park Zoo, Sold Out

THE SPORTING LIFE

Sun, July 24
Ken Griffey Jr.’s Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Seattle finally gets its first official Hall of Famer when Ken Griffey Jr. takes his rightful place in the National Baseball Hall of Fame with a Mariner’s logo on the cap of his plaque. Tune in to MLB Network on Sunday morning to see the Kid deliver his induction speech and bask in the nostalgic glory of one of the most exciting players to ever pick up a bat. Televised on MLB Network

VISUAL ART

Thru Aug 31
Tracy Rocca: Desert and Sea
Tracy Rocca’s works evoke a feeling of floating peacefully in water and basking in the refracted light of the summer sun. The artist’s fourth Winston Wächter exhibit, Desert and Sea, shows off more of her hazy, large-scale paintings (some reaching five feet by five feet) where cool color wraps around the edges of open spaces that seem light as a cloud. Winston Wachter, Free

July 23–Jan 8
David Huchthausen: A Retrospective Collection
David Huchthausen is a welcome outlier among Seattle’s hot glass–crafting tradition. Using cold working techniques like engraving, sawing, polishing, and laser cutting, he creates layered sculptures bursting with color and embedded angles that make each work look like the otherworldly treasure of advanced aliens or Marvel super-villains. Around 30 pieces show off his geometrically atypical creativity in David Huchthausen: A Retrospective Selection. Museum of Glass, $15 

FAMILY

Sat, July 23
Seattle Opera Summer Fest
Get a sneak peak of Seattle Opera’s 2016–17 season (including The Magic Flute, La traviata, and Hansel and Gretel) with an array of activities for the whole family at the organization’s annual Summer Fest. That afternoon of free entertainment includes the opera singers performing, opera-based improv,  the Sound Wave marching band, close up looks at the season’s detailed costumes, and an chance for kids to get hands on with the orchestra’s tools at an “instrument petting zoo.” McCaw Hall, Free

FILM

July 22–28
Noir City 2016
“They don’t make movies like these anymore,” he says looking away from the camera and staring off into the distance before taking another drag of his cigarette. SIFF’s Noir City offers fans of the genre the perfect chance to rewatch some classics and forgotten gems on the big screen. The “Czar of Noir” Eddie Muller will introduce every 35mm black and white beauty (some of which have been restored) to the audience at the Egyptian. SIFF Cinema Egyptian, $15; Festival pass $150

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