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Weekend What to Do February 14–16

Seattle’s premier improv festival supplies the laughs, while Bushwick Book Club turns Shakespeare into song.

By Ryan Phelan February 14, 2020

Magic City Hippies bring their Miami-born indie-pop to Neumos on Friday.

Fri, Feb 14
Magic City Hippies
Magic City Hippies made their bones blasting beat-driven indie-pop on EDM-dominated Miami stages. On “Limestone,” dreamlike vocals capture the essence of poolside reflection, while “Body Like a Weapon” seamlessly drifts between pulse pounding EDM and guitar riffs. Neumos, $21

Sat, Feb 15
Young Adult Fiction Discussion
Local youth fiction writers Christine Day, Somaiya Daud, and Will Taylor stop by the University District to reflect on their experiences with writing and publishing their debut novels, I Can Make This Promise, Mirage, and Maggie and Abby’s Neverending Pillow Fort, respectively. After the discussion, a book signing. University Book Store, Free

Sat, Feb 15
Bushwick Book Club: The Works of Shakespeare
In its 10th season, Hugo House’s Bushwick Book Club assembles Seattle musicians to create original music based in literature. On Saturday, the club sets its sights on Shakespeare, with Stephanie Anne Johnston, Joy Mills, and Debbie Miller among those set to score the master of love and tragedy. Hugo House, $10

Sun, Feb 16
Chris Redd
Chicago-raised Redd is a repertory player on Saturday Night Live, an Emmy Award-winning SNL songwriter, and an actor in feature films, including the criminally underseen Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping and Netflix’s Disjointed. His stand-up, though, hews to his own life, whether he’s reflecting on getting throat-punched in his first fight or his search for the manliest way to ask for a blanket. Fremont Abbey Arts Center, $22

All weekend
Seattle Festival of Improv Theater
Since 2002, Seattle’s premier stop for national improv has brought over 125 different performance groups to the Northwest from more than a dozen cities. This year, 27 talented acts play two stages, headlined by the Los Angeles-based Theme Park Improv, which features John Michael Higgins, Michael Hitchcock, Jessica Makinson, Cole Stratton, and Janet Varney. Various locations, $17–$35

All weekend
Mary Mack
Mary Mack is a regular in animated voicework, from Aqua Teen Hunger Force to Justin Roiland’s upcoming Solar Opposites, and she's appeared with Conan O’Brien and on the stand-up festival circuit. On stage, she might be pontificating on a stripper-to-lunch lady pipeline program or determining the best food to use for wiping tears (“tater tots care about you”). Comedy Underground, $20

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