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After a decade away, the Dixie Chicks return to bring a little country to White River Amphitheater.


Fri, July 8
Dixie Chicks
While the Dixie Chicks certainly aren’t outlaw country, the powerhouse trio never takes guff from no one. Whether turning antiabuse anthems into pop hits or railing against George W. Bush despite being red state darlings, the women always stood their ground. A decade since their last album and Seattle area show, the Dixie Chicks reunite to bang out the hits for an eager fan base. White Water Amphitheatre, $76–$136

Fri, July 8
Alice in Chains
It’s not right to call Alice in Chains the forgotten band of the grunge era, it’s just…be honest, did you know the band was still going? Guitarist and songwriter Jerry Cantrell still runs the show, with singer William DuVall filling the void left by the departed Layne Staley. See the most metal band of Seattle’s grunge boom play the hits when Alice in Chains ventures to the Paramount. Paramount Theatre, Sold out

Fri, July 8
The Physics
Whenever the Physics pop up to play a local show, it always makes for a party packed with good vibes. The hip-hop group’s upcoming show at the Crocodile should up the energetic positivity ante even more. This time around, a full live band will back the Physics, giving the band an even more fleshed out smooth sound. Additionally, proceeds from the show go towards the medical expenses of the group’s friend Jon Moore, who has dealt with kidney rejection. The Crocodile, $18


July 8–Aug 13
Big Fish
We all know elders who love to spin a far-fetched yarn or two. Edward Bloom constantly frustrates his son, Will, with myriad tall tales. But when Edward takes ill and faces his mortality, his son finds that there may be deeper truth in the fantastical stories. Adapted from Daniel Wallace’s novel and Tim Burton’s film, this musical version of Big Fish offers delightfully wholesome adventure and lessons without being sickeningly sweet. Taproot Theatre, $25–$46

Sat & Sun, July 9 & 10
Seattle Outdoor Theater Festival 
Now in its sixteenth year, the Seattle Outdoor Theater Festival has as strong of a lineup as ever. Eight theater groups including Seattle Shakespeare, Theater Schmeater, Jet City Improv, and the 14/48 Project gather together to perform classics like Shakespeare’s HamletHenry IV, Twelfth Night, and children’s favorite Raggedy Anne and Andy. The two-day theatrical onslaught doesn’t cost theater lovers a dime, and there’s something to be found for all ages. Volunteer Park, Free


July 7–9
Arj Barker
“I never smoke pot and rive my car. Because no matter how many letters I write to the people that build roads, they still refuse to start designing highways with second-chance exits.” —Arj Barker. The underrated comedian (Flight of the Conchords) brings his slightly stoned perspective to the Parlor for some summer standup. Parlor Live Comedy Club, $20–$30

Sat, July 9
Brian Regan
Last September at Radio City Music Hall, Brian Regan became the first comedian to perform a standup special live on Comedy Central. Considering how much editing-room tinkering goes into most specials, his willingness to throw caution to the wind shows just how confident Regan is. And why shouldn’t he be? He’s one of the only performers who can play for families and maintain top-tier comedian’s comedian cred. Because he’s just plain funny. Paramount Theatre, $46–$62


Sat, July 9
Yi-Chih Lu
Taiwanese pianist Yi-Chih Lu mixes the tradition of the masters with the tradition of his homeland. While his nimble fingers can bring new life to works by Beethoven, Chopin, and Brahms, he also takes time to showcase Taiwanese folk music. He’s consistently proved the depth of his talent, winning 13 major piano competitions. Benaroya Hall, $25


Sat, July 9
Seattle Sounders vs. LA Galaxy
The Portland Timbers get all the hype, but Sounders fans loathe the Galaxy almost as much as their Northwest rivals. Rising hometown star Jordan Morris leads the Sounders against the Los Angeles squad’s perennial playoff foil twice in July, as the team continues to climb the standings after a winless first month of the season. CenturyLink Field, $32–$105


July 8–10
Seattle International Beerfest
Say hello to three days of beering in Seattle Center. The Seattle International Beerfest will be pouring over 240 brews in a myriad of different styles. Double imperial stout in July? Yup. Try anything from Swiss sour ales to a Spanish saison. Seattle Center, $25–$40

Sat & Sun, July 9 & 10
Ballard Seafood Fest
For a weekend full of seafood including alder-smoked salmon flown in from Alaska and, oh yes, a lutefisk eating contest, head to Ballard this weekend. The Ballard Seafood Fest, that celebrates the neighborhood’s strong history of fishing and Nordic roots, will have food booths aplenty, beer garden with over 25 local beers, wines, and spirits, plus live music (from acts like Mudhoney and the Helio Sequence), arts, crafts, games, and more. Ballard, Free


Thu, July 7
Outdoor Movies at Magnuson Park: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
An abundance of summer outdoor movie series now exists around town, but it’ll be hard to top Movies at Magnuson’s sterling slate. The eight-movie lineup includes the interstellar action of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (July 21) and Guardians of the Galaxy (Aug 4), a chance to celebrate the late David Bowie with Labyrinth (July 14), and even one of the best films of 2016 so far, Zootopia (Aug 11). The summer slate gets under way this week with a screening of Ferris Bueller’s Day OffMagnuson Park, $5


July 7–30
Hit and Run
If Punch Gallery is going out, it’s going out crashing and burning. After 10 years in business, Hit and Run marks the last show at Punch Gallery. For this final installment, the founders of Punch got in touch with their rural roots. The crew bought a 1986 Pontiac Firebird and soup it up to compete in last weekend’s 42nd Annual Goldendale Jaycees Car and Truck Demolition Derby. Head to Punch to find out the end results and see the chronicling of this destructive automotive project become art. Punch Gallery, Free

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