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What to Stream in Seattle August 21–27

From an HBO show with local beginnings to a concert on a boat.

By Stefan Milne August 21, 2020

An animated still from Coup 53, streaming through SIFF all week. 

Image: Courtesy SIFF

Sat, Aug 22
Hot Tub Boats’ Lake Union Series
This benefit for SMASH (Seattle Musicians Access to Sustainable Healthcare—what it sounds like) will stream live from a boat on Lake Union. The consistently excellent Pedro the Lion (here just David Bazan) headlines with a few other rad local acts—foremost, Razor Clam, who’re one of the city’s better purveyors of dark, synthy rock. 2pm–6pm, $10 (suggested)

Sun, Aug 23
Lovecraft Country
Based on Seattleite Matt Ruff’s novel, this HBO show premiered last week. It centers on Atticus Freeman, a young Black man just back from the Korean War. He ends up on the road with his uncle and a childhood friend as they do road reporting for The Safe Negro Travel Guide (based on the green book). The title and animus for the show emanates from H.P. Lovecraft, a famed horror writer who was very racist. Both sorts of monsters—maliciously racist sundown town cops and large, toothy CGI beasts—show up here, and what unfolds is smart pulp horror. 9pm

Thurs, Aug 27
Fight for Our Lives: Black Lives Matter Part II
Hugo House and Fight for Our Lives put on their second Black Lives Matter benefit (all donations go to three nonprofits). This stream features poet M’Bilia Meekers, as well as a pair of Seattleites: conceptual artist Natasha Marin (who created and curated this year’s book Black Imagination) and The Poet Salon podcast host and poet Luther Hughes. 6:30pm, $10 (suggested)

All Week
Coup 53
This new documentary dives into the 1953 Iran coup, in which the CIA and MI6 helped overthrow prime minister Mohammad Mossadegh. Director Taghi Amirani jumps between seven countries, and weaves together animated narrative with newly released archival footage and recovered documents to tell the thriller-like story. At its center? Greed for oil, obviously. $12

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