Stand-up comic and licensed attorney Troy Walker performs at Laughs Comedy Club this weekend.

Jan 17 & 18
Cold War Kids
It’s hard to believe the Cold War Kids have been around for over 15 years. In that time, the indie rock stalwarts have increasingly retrofitted their blues sensibilities: Singles like “First” and “Miracle Mile” are full on pop anthems. But their latest album, New Age Norms 1, finds them returning to drum-driven blues fusion on “4th of July.” Neptune, $28

Jan 17 & 18
Troy Walker
Troy Walker’s stand-up deftly crafts stories, from encountering a racist stripper on his birthday to having gang members appear in his dreams to decline his credit cards. His clever set ups and finesse shouldn’t be a surprise—he’s a licensed attorney after all. Laughs Comedy Club, $15

Sat, Jan 18
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live
Joel Hodgson’s Mystery Science Theater 3000 is a delightful combination of a b-movie watch party and a sketch comedy show. After successfully reviving it for Netflix in 2017, Hodgson, the show’s creator and original host, takes it on its third live tour, letting attendees sit in the theater with fan-favorite characters like Tom Servo. Moore Theatre, $25–$67

Sat, Jan 18
Laser Elton John
Elton John’s catalogue is getting the laser light show treatment at Pacific Science Center. In addition to the visual spectacle, the 10,000-watt sound system will be in full effect as Elton kicks off this year’s laser line-up with all-time hits like “Rocket Man” and “Tiny Dancer.” Pacific Science Center, $14

Sat, Jan 18
Chinese New Year with Hsiao-Ching Chou
With the Chinese New Year starting on January 25, author of Chinese Soul Food cookbook Hsiao-Ching Chou will be showing off holiday dishes, like boiled pork dumplings, orange beef, and ginger-scallion steamed fish as she shares family stories surrounding New Year traditions. Hotel Andra, $90

All weekend
The Maids
A new take on Jean Genet's 1947 play, The Maids is about two servants who attempt to murder their socialite mistress. Connor Berkompas directs and performs in Nervous Theatre's three-person psychological drama, which parks its tour in Seattle this weekend. Isaac Studio, $18