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What to Do This Weekend June 15–17

Those naked Fremont cyclists are back, along with a SIFF encore.

By Mac Hubbard June 15, 2018

Juventino Aranda's "We Shall Meet in the Place Where There is No Darkness."

Fri, Jun 15
Next Step: Outside In
What's that over there, assembling amid Seattle Center? Could it really be? A flash mob? Those still happen? Nope, it's just the opening act for this Pacific Northwest Ballet choreographers showcase, which starts outside for free public viewing. The show moves indoors at 7:30 for the ticketed portion featuring six premiers and food from Frankie & Jo'sLumpia World, and Roll OK PleaseMcCaw Hall, Free–$25

Sat, Jun 16
Long Shot 2018 Pop-Up
Last week, a 24-hour window opened up when photographers from all over the world could go out to snag images for submission to this local photo competition. A panel of industry professionals chose one photo from each contestant capturing this year's theme, "Chase the Light," and now these selections from vets and up-and-comers alike exhibit alongside each other. Photographic Center Northwest, $20 suggested donation

Ulysses Bloomsday
Great news on two fronts! If you love Ulysses: gather with your fellow Joycean die-hards for a select reading of that cinderblock-sized book on the day the plot takes place. If you hate Ulysses: you'll know where to find a crowd of Joycean die-hards ripe for heckling. Central Library, Free

Kathy Griffin
After losing jobs and endorsement deals as a result of her contentious photo op last year, the fiery, filterless Kathy Griffin uses her latest bout with infamy to get as many watts of the spotlight as she can. She dishes all about the fallout of her headless stunt and venomous spat with the presidential family on her Laugh Your Head Off world tour. Moore Theater, $45–$85

Sun, Jun 17
Puerto Rico Benefit Concert
You might already know of lo-fi dignitary Kimya Dawson, whether as one of the Moldy Peaches or a substantial part of why the Juno soundtrack made you cry in a weird way. This weekend she plays with Guayaba and Ruby Blades Latin Reggae Jazz Quartet, with all the proceeds—that's one hundred percent—going to fund relief for Puerto Rico. Columbia City Theater, $15–$50

Sat, Jun 16 & Sun, Jun 17
Fremont Fair
Over a hundred thousand people will flock to the Center of the Universe’s longstanding celebration of the summer solstice. The eccentricity of Fremont is on full display with a wide array of street performers, the Art Car Blow-Out, and of course the Solstice Parade, along with its hallmark cyclists in body paint and little else. Few things are more indicative of summer in Seattle. Fremont, free

All Weekend
House of Sueños
Meme García returns to the stage with a revamped version of her show that made a sold-out run back in fall. This production dives deeper into the dark nature of Hamlet, using Shakespeare's text as a narrative guide while reckoning with the importance of words and sisterhood in the face of a white, patriarchal world. 18th & Union, $15–$25

Lore Re-imagined
Indigenous peoples have long preserved their traditions and identities through informal and non-written means. While the richness of these cultures often stems from this focus on art and lore, this quality has also, historically, left them vulnerable. The opening of this longterm exhibit sees work by three artists—Alex AndersonMegumi Shauna Arai, and Satpreet Kahlon—carving out a space where cultural memory can be safeguarded. Wing Luke Museum, $17

Juventino Aranda: Pocket Full of Posies
Walla Walla artist Juvention Aranda scoops up found objects like Golden books and panaderia calendars and recontextualizes them in a variety of mediums—sculpture, wall-hangings—to explore Chicano identity. Through September 23. Frye Art Museum, free – Stefan Milne

Best of SIFF
Like everyone, you missed some SIFF films. Handily enough, the huge film festival, which finished Sunday, is replaying some of the hits at SIFF Uptown. Maybe that’s Prospect—the excellent western sci-fi shot out on the Olympic Peninsula—or the bright, bitingly funny Dead Pigs, a Chinese film about—what else?—a river of dead pigs. Through June 21. SIFF Cinema Uptown, $14 – Stefan Milne

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