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Block Party at the Station, ‘Braggsville’ at Book-It Rep, Band in Seattle with Prom Queen, a Parade of PNW Writers at Hugo House

Dimitri Woods, Zack Summers, Justin Huertas and Sylvie Davidson in Welcome to Braggsville. Photo by John Ulman

Monday, June 12 & Thursday, June 15 – Saturday, June 17

Into the Deeps

After sitting in on a rehearsal for devised, physical theatre company DangerSwitch, I’m intrigued to see how this movement- and clown-heavy piece inspired by the ocean plays out. Their process is generous and collaborative, and they’re always looking to integrate whichever art form best serves the story they’re telling. —Gemma Wilson
Theatre Off Jackson


Tuesday, June 13

The Specials

Along with the (English) Beat and Madness, the Specials were one of the defining bands of the late ’70s/early ’80s 2-Tone Ska revival. Their steady-grooving tracks—deceptively hooky viaducts carrying sometimes-barbed political sensibilities—can still fill a dance floor like nobody’s business. —Tony Kay
Showbox


Wednesday, June 14 – Sunday, June 18

Welcome to Braggsville

I’ve been looking forward to Welcome to Braggsville since Daemond Arrindell and Josh Aaseng, who adapted T. Geronimo Johnson’s novel for Book-It Rep, co-authored our October 2016 epilogue, chronicling their research trip through the South. In the novel, four Berkeley students visit a tiny (fictional) Georgia town after one student, a native, tells them about Braggsville’s Civil War re-enactments celebrating the Confederacy. Braggsville runs through July 2. —Gemma Wilson
Center Theatre at the Armory


Thursday, June 15

The Man Who Fell to Earth, Remixed

SIFF Programmer Clinton McClung is helming the Ark Lodge’s Dark Lodge cult/genre series this year, and the first McClung-era presentation will be a screening of the classic Nicolas Roeg/David Bowie collab, re-scored with catalog-spanning Bowie tracks courtesy DJ NicFit —Tony Kay
Ark Lodge


Thursday, June 15

Writers & Poets of Washington State

It’s a PARADE of great Northwest poetry and prose featuring two-time DC Commission on the Arts fellow Gary Copeland Lilley, Lambda Literary Award finalist Ann Tweedy, Washington State Book Award winner Sharma Shields and Artist Trust fellow Erin Pringle. —Sarah Galvin
Hugo House


Thursday, June 15

Band in Seattle with Prom Queen/Von Wildenhaus

Set in a well-appointed basement studio, a Band in Seattle taping gives viewers an up-close and personal concert experience with immaculately balanced sound, all the while dodging a swirling array of boom cameras documenting the proceedings. Tonight’s installment is a match made in cinematic heaven: Prom Queen’s pulsing doom-wop song stylings played off Ben Von Wildenhaus’s eerie guitar noir soundscapes. —Dan Paulus
Victory Studios


Thursday, June 15 - Friday, June 16

Greyboy Allstars

Ambassadors of funk, soul and rare groove to an entire generation, Greyboy Allstars started as a West Coast college-circuit phenomenon in the mid-’90s and have since become elder statesmen of improvisational groove music, featuring a quintet of the baddest, most in-sync players on the planet. Their first pair of shows in Seattle since 2013 are sure to be packed, sweaty and sublime. —Jonathan Zwickel
Nectar


Friday, June 16

Reading with Jacques Rancourt & E. J. Koh

EJ Koh, whose first book, A Lesser Love, won the 2016 Pleiades Editors Prize, and whose elegant website is intimidating in a good way like a fancy hair salon, reads with Wallace Stegner fellow Jacques J. Rancourt. —Sarah Galvin
Open Books


Saturday, June 17

The Sound of the Northwest's 30th Anniversary

I recently attended a graduation where everyone sang “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” and it reminded me how spirituals were a formative part of my childhood church experiences in Kansas. I’m excited to revisit it when local chorus the Sound of the Northwest performs a concert of Negro spirituals, directed by special guest Dr. Ysaye Barnwell and featuring SeattleJazzEd’s new teenage chorus. Together, they’ll honor a legacy of perseverance, strength and triumph. —Barry Johnson
Seattle First Baptist Church


Saturday, June 17

Block Party at the Station

This daylong celebration lives by a specific progressive intention: “to showcase and celebrate South Seattle’s diverse creative community.” This being Seattle, that mission statement translates to a kickass musical lineup, heavy on women and experimental hip-hop, including DoNormaal, Zelli, Nikkita Oliver, Dave B, Peace and Red Velvet and Astro King Phoenix, plus lots of grassroots equity orgs and local farms. And it’s free! —Jonathan Zwickel
Beacon Hill