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The Mariners look to continue their hot play while channeling a galaxy far, far away during the team's weekend Star Wars series.


Aug 19–21
Mariners Star Wars Weekend: Seattle Mariners vs. Milwaukee Brewers
The Force is strong with the Mariners this weekend as the club devotes a whole weekend of festivities to Star Wars. While the Milwaukee Brewers might not be as imposing as the Galactic Empire, fans are encouraged to cosplay and root the Mariners with more gusto than a podrace crowd. Following Friday night’s game, the Mariners will put on a special Star Wars themed fireworks show (cue the John Williams music). After Saturday’s contest, the team will screen Return of the Jedi on Safeco Field’s massive video screen (take that, IMAX). And the first 20,000 fans at Sunday’s game will receive a special Taijuan “Sky” Walker bobblehead, where the Mariners pitcher is dressed in a Jedi robe with a lightsaber on his belt. Do go or do not, there is no try. Safeco Field, $17–$500

Thur, Aug 18
Seattle Seahawks vs. Minnesota Vikings
Preseason football raises so many questions. Will the passing attack that emerged late last season be ready from Day 1 this year? Will first round pick Germain Ifedi provide Russell Wilson with some much-needed blocking? Which of the Seahawks’ one million running backs (rough estimate) will emerge? And even though it’s the preseason, it’s safe to say the Vikings would like to exact revenge after epically choking away last season’s playoff game. CenturyLink Field, $65–$295


Thru June 4
Trans Hirstory in 99 Objects
Bellingham’s Chris E. Vargas’s Museum of Transgender Hirstory and Art is an “imaginary” museum. It’s an idea of a museum that’s always under construction, always in a state of transition without a brick-and-mortar space to “legitimize” it in the traditional sense. Inspired by the Smithsonian’s History of America in 101 Objects, the Museum of Transgender Hirstory and Art presents Trans Hirstory in 99 Objects at Henry Art Gallery. The exhibit brings together works from contemporary artists and archival artifacts from the trans community to look at how culture remembers transgender people and to examine how institutions like museums essentially serve as history-making entities. Henry Art Gallery, $10


Sat & Sun, Aug 20 & 21
Seattle Street Food Festival
How do we love the Seattle Street Food Festival? Let us count the ways: 20 spots offering American food, 7 featuring Mexican/Latin cuisine, 15 vendors serving bakery goods and deserts, 11 entities cooking up Asian flavors, 8 drink outposts, and a dozen more outside those categories. The Seattle Street Food Festival returns with 73 vendors offering myriad delights for your taste buds. South Lake Union, Free


Thur, Aug 18
Band of Horses
We don’t hold it against Ben Bridwell that he moved Band of Horses back to his home state of South Carolina after coming up through the Seattle indie folk rock scene. We’re just glad he comes back once in a while. Bridwell and company hop back in the saddle to support Band of Horses’ fifth album, Why Are You OK (executive produced by Rick Rubin). Paramount Theatre, $48

Thur, Aug 18
Kill Rock Stars’ 25th Anniversary Show
As an early home for vital acts like Bikini Kill, Elliott Smith, Sleater-Kinney, the Decememberists, and Bratmobile, the Northwest legacy of Portland/Olympia record label Kill Rock Stars cannot be questioned. The influential imprint celebrates its 25th anniversary with a show at Chop Suey featuring two current Seattle KRS bands—Kinski (no nonsense rock) and Wimps (plenty of nonsense punk)—plus Portland’s Lithics (angular minimalist punk). Chop Suey, $10

Fri, Aug 19
Concerts at the Mural: The Mynabirds, Radiation City, Crater
When KEXP puts together free concert lineups, we all win. This week’s edition of the Seattle Center’s Concerts at the Mural series features the bright indie pop of the Mynabirds, the dreamy harmonies of Portland indie band Radiation City, and the excellent local electronic duo Crater. Plus, it’s hard to beat the Space Needle for a concert backdrop. Seattle Center Mural, Free

Fri, Aug 19
Rock Against the TPP
There’s a common claim that today’s musicians can’t hold a candle to previous generations in terms of making political statements through music. This is partially true, and partially baby boomers further egotistically championing themselves as the greatest generation. Rock Against the TPP looks to at least somewhat change that narrative. The touring protestival brings together rapper Talib Kweli, comedian Hari Kondabolu, punks Anti-Flag and Downtown Boys, actress Evangeline Lilly, and many more artists to perform and rally support against the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership deal. Even if you’re ambivalent about the TPP, it’s hard to argue with seeing that lineup for free, though it’ll surely mean taking in some heavy proselytizing. (Pro tip: Don’t mention that Donald Trump also is against the TPP. It’ll kill the mood.) Showbox SoDo, Free

Sat, Aug 20
Chris Staples and Rocky Votolato: Easy Street Records In-Store
Local Barsuk Records singer-songwriters team up for the rare double in-store when Chris Staples and Rocky Votolato head to West Seattle to celebrate their latest releases. Staples’s sophomore Barsuk LP Golden Age finds the soft-spoken singer expanding his musical scope and instrumental palate while still maintaining his the comforting embrace of his lyrical delivery. Meanwhile, Votolato marks 10th anniversary reissue of his near perfect album, Makers. Catch the pair for free before they embark on a national tour in support of the albums. Easy Street Records, Free

Sat, Aug 20
Linda's Fest
For the seventh year running, Linda’s Tavern hosts a one-day mini music festival that beats with the sweaty heart of old Capitol Hill. This year’s Linda’s Fest features music from Fred and Toddy of Dead Moon, Acapulco Lips, Sashay, Bad Future, World Bank, and SSDD. Grab a drink, embrace the crowded heat, and rock out. Linda's Tavern, Free


Sat, Aug 20
MOHAI Movie Night: Toy Story
It’s now seems almost impossible to remember a time where computer animated films didn’t dominate the cinematic scene with family friendly fare. But in 1995, Pixar’s first feature film Toy Story was unlike anything we’d seen before. It’s one of the most revolutionary films in movie history. Toy Story also happens to be an flat out amazing movie (and became a rare franchise that spawned sequels that didn’t disappoint), as the secret life of toys when we’re not watching comes to life via Woody and Buzz Lightyear’s adventure. MOHAI finds the perfect pairing for its current Toys of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s exhibit when it screens the modern classic under the open sky. Museum of History and Industry, Free


Aug 19–21
This year marks the 25th anniversary of Hempfest, and a lot has changed during that period. From the landmark Washington legalization vote to the theatrical release of Half Baked, there’s been plenty for the hemp-inclined to celebrate as we move towards a culture that’s more accepting of marijuana. While that shift means Hempfest isn’t exactly the protestival it once was, there’s still plenty the event has to offer between the musical acts, speakers, vendors, and more. Myrtle Edwards Park, Free

Sat & Sun, Aug 20 & 21
Arts in Nature Festival
While the summer is always awash with arts festivals, none offer an experience quite as unique as West Seattle’s Arts in Nature Festival. Spread across Camp Long’s 68 acres, the fest focuses an an earthy sense of community by offering up interactive sound installations in the historic cabins, outdoor performances (dance, music, poetry, storytelling, etc.), art installations strewn across the grounds, writing workshops, open mics, and more. And all this comes without the clutter of corporate sponsors and vendors. It’s a chance for a natural artistic escape without even leaving the city. Camp Long, $10; weekend pass $16

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