Bang For Your Buck

Cheap Week: August 1–7

A 'Hamilton' star gets his rap group back together, Seattle Art Fair returns for year two, and SAM hosts a Bike Night at Olympic Sculpture Park.

By Kyle Kuhn Edited by Seth Sommerfeld August 1, 2016

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Sub Pop hip-hop act Clipping. (featuring Hamilton Tony-winner Daveed Diggs) plays Nuemos as part of the thrifty Red Bull Sound Select series.

Thur, Aug 4 
Red Bull Sound Select: Clipping.
Didn't get to pay an ungodly amount of money to see the Hamilton original cast perform on Broadway? Could I interest you in seeing Tony-winner Daveed Diggs (aka Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson) rapping for $3? Before he was a theatrical smash, Diggs made up one-third of the Los Angeles experimental hip-hop group Clipping. Now that his Broadway run is done, the band is back together. Full disclosure: Clipping. sounds nothing like Hamilton. But that's not a bad thing. With Jonathan Snipes and William Hutson crafting abrasive and twitchy electronic hip-hop beats and Diggs showcasing his MC skills, Clipping. creates a sonic landscape worthy of a sci-fi pirate radio broadcast. Get an early exclusive live preview of songs from Clipping.'s upcoming album Splendor and Misery (out September 9 on Sub Pop) when the group heads to Neumos with Cakes Da Killa and Porter Ray as part of the Red Bull Sound Select series. Neumos, $3–$10

Thur, Aug 4
SAM Bike Night
Don’t want to waste the summer weather being cooped up while getting your art fix? Then join area bicycle clubs and pedal down to Seattle Art Museum’s Bike Night at Olympic Sculpture Park. Check out Victoria Haven’s dimensionally deceptive crystalline wall drawings Blue Sun and Jaume Plensa’s mammoth head sculpture Echo, craft your own bike-related art pieces, munch on food truck grub, take guided tours of the park, and listen to live music from local rabble-rousers Chastity Belt and Boyfriends. Olympic Sculpture Park, Free

Aug 4–7
Seattle Art Fair
Traveling to see art remains a romantic, but rather impractical, idea. Thankfully, Seattle Art Fair offers a globe-spanning art walk under one roof. The event’s second edition brings together 83 world-renowned galleries from Paris, London, Seoul, Tokyo, New York, Los Angeles, Seattle (of course), and more. All of the art, none of the jet lag. The new Projects and Talks program additionally brings in speakers like Carrie Brownstein, Kyle MacLachlan, and Kim Gordon. WaMu Theater, $20

Fri, Aug 5
Concerts at the Mural: The Thermals
When KEXP puts together free concert lineups, we all win. This year’s edition of the Seattle Center’s Concerts at the Mural series kicks off with the always-superb Portland post–pop punk rockers the Thermals, garage rock outfit Acapulco Lips, and colorful feminist punk group Mommy Long Legs. Later installments feature the the bright indie pop of the Mynabirds, local electronic duo Crater, Industrial Revelation’s garage jazz, and more. Plus, it’s hard to beat the Space Needle for a concert backdrop. Seattle Center, Free

Fri, Aug 5
Three Dollar Bill Cinema: The Fierce Awakens: Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same
Three Dollar Bill Cinema always breaks from the homogeny of Seattle’s other summer outdoor movie series. While others provide eight (!) opportunities to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the queer film organization offers up a more distinct brand of sci-fi camp with its Fierce Awakens slate. The lineup includes Spaceballs, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Barbarella, and it all kicks off with Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks SameCal Anderson Park, Free

August 5–7
Meet Adrienne Kennedy
This summer Intiman Theatre's Emerging Artist Program for young performers sticks with the festival's overall theme of African American playwrights by producing Adrienne Kennedy's The Owl Answers and A Movie Star Has to Star in Black and White. The acclaimed writer's one-acts will be paired with the new short work Black Super Hero Magic Mama, penned by Emerging Artist participant Indra Craig-Galvan. Expected a thought-provoking showcase of race and gender ideas at this free (with RSVP) theatrical event. Seattle Repertory Theater, Free (with RSVP)

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