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Vera Project takes its all-ages music goodness to Waterfront Park on Saturday.


Sat, Aug 13
Vera at the Waterfront
As the city’s most inclusive and positive all-ages venue, Vera Project provides an essential home for the youth of the music scene. For Vera at the Waterfront, the venue extends its reach beyond its Seattle Center brick and mortar walls and takes some of its favorite acts—Dude York, Charms, Wild Powers, Briana Marela, etc.—down to Waterfront Park for a day of vibrant outdoor rock on the dock. Waterfront Park, Free

Thur, Aug 11
Rave of Thrones
When he’s not dealing with door-holding related issues, Kristian Nairn (aka Game of Thrones’ Hodor) spends his time making electronic music. And don’t mistake it as an actor’s hobby. Nairn was a veteran of the Irish house music scene well before venturing to Westeros, including an 11 year residency at Belfast nightclub Kremlin. Join dance party when he hosts Rave of Thrones at the Neptune. Neptune Theatre, $24

Fri, Aug 12
Guns N' Roses
While it’s probably coming about 15 years too late to really matter, Axl Rose bringing Slash and Seattle’s own Duff McKagan back into the Guns N’ Roses fold feels right. Izzy Stradlin and Steven Adler might still be MIA, but fans of fast and hard rock are justifiably foaming at the mouth to see Slash and Duff rip through classics like “Welcome to the Jungle” while Axl wails and snake dances (assuming he recovers from a broken foot and doesn’t throw out his hip this summer). CenturyLink Field, $35–$250

Sat & Sun, Aug 13 & 14
107.7 The End Summer Camp
Local rock radio staple 107.7 The End extends it's annual Summer Camp show at Marymoor to two days to give even more fans a chance to take in the music they've been hearing on the airwaves. This year's stacked lineup includes Awolnation, Young the Giant, Kongos, Big Data, the Dandy Warhols, Miike Snow, Kaleo, Hey Marseilles, the Wombats, Kris Orlowski, Tangerine, and more. Marymoor Park, $45


Thur, Aug 11
Sculptured Dance
Sculptured Dance is what happens when Seattle Art Museum and Pacific Northwest Ballet put their minds together. Five of Seattle’s best choreographers—Donald Byrd, Kate Wallich, Olivier Wevers, Ezra Thomson, and Kiyon Gaines—created site-specific dance pieces based off of the art on display in Olympic Sculpture Park. The works—performed by dancers from PNB, Specturm Dance, and Whim W’Him—look to engage the space in an artistic conversation during this one-night-only event. environment of Olympic Sculpture Park is incorporated into the dance. The evening also features jazz from Theoretics, food trucks, and a kids corner to keep the little ones entertained. Olympic National Park, Free

Aug 12–14
U.S. National Pole and Aerial Championships
Thanks to acrobatic acts like Cirque du Soleil and trendy fitness classes, the stigma surrounding pole dancing has begun to fade. Top dancers display both physical strength and artistry. Catch some of the best in the field when Kirkland hosts the U.S. National Pole and Aerial Championships, where judges will award men’s and women’s pole and lyra (aerial hoop) national titles. Kirkland Performance Center, $25–$60


Thru Sept 25
Toys of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s
Toys offer a surprisingly accurate gauge of the times. The traveling exhibit shows off a collection of playthings that reflect the rise of TV, the politics of the age, and gender roles. Explore faux living rooms inspired by toys like the Barbie Dreamhouse. Thankfully, many are available for hands-on play. Museum of History and Industry, $20


Thru Aug 20
The Wicked Adventures of Count Ory
Love is in the air at Seattle Opera, assuming the laughs of The Wicked Adventures of Count Ory don’t drown it out. While most of the men from a French village are away fighting the Crusades, noted lothario Count Ory spends his days comforting local women. When the count and his page become embroiled in a love triangle—battling for the affections of Countess Adèle—Ory’s plot to sneak into her castle becomes an operatic, cross-dressing, madcap farce. It’s hard to think of a more fun way for Seattle Opera to kick off its 2016–17 season. McCaw Hall, $25–$272


Thru Aug 13
The International
As professional video game competitions have exploded in popularity the past few years, Seattle has quietly become a hub of the esports world, hosting multiple ESPN-televised events like Blizzard’s Heroes of the Dorm. But all other gaming competitions pale in comparison to the International, Valve’s championship for the team strategy battle game Dota 2. Last year’s competition featured a record- breaking $18.4 million prize pool, and things are only expanding, as the International 2016 invades KeyArena for an entire week. KeyArena, $100

Fri, Aug 12
South Lake Union Block Party
In terms of a one-night distillation of summer, it’s hard to top the free SLU Block Party. It’s got live outdoor music from Beat Connection, Hibou, Lemolo, and Grace Love and the True Loves; it’s got a burger grilling competition, a food truck roundup, and beer, cider, and wine from Brave Horse Tavern; it’s got lawn games via Underdog Sports. It’s like cramming for a test on summertime fun without any threat of a pop quiz. South Lake Union, Free


Thur, Aug 11
Outdoor Movies at Magnuson: Zootopia 
An abundance of summer outdoor movie series now exists around town, but it’ll be hard to top Movies at Magnuson’s sterling slate. This week features arguably the best film so far in 2016, Zootopia. (Certainly the best box office hit.) The Disney animated animal adventure is way more clever and creative than it needs to be, making it equally enjoyable for kids and adults. Magnuson Park, $5


Fri, Aug 12
Sunset Supper at Pike Place Market
Seattle’s waterside market of local goods will host a night of tastings Friday evening from 7:30 to 11. The 21st Annual Sunset Supper will have chefs from the like of Paseo, Seatown, Scout, Matt’s in the Market, and That Brown Girl Cooks. Plus, oh yes, plenty of booze including beer, spirits, and wines from the region. Pike Place Market, $150–$275

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