The Top 50 Events in Seattle This Week


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After a series of live-streamed performances during lockdown, Gen X hero and alt-rock prophet Ben Folds hit the road on his Live For Real tour, playing solo piano arrangements of tunes from throughout his three-decade-long career.
(Edmonds Center for the Arts, Edmonds)






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Between their massively popular and critically acclaimed third album, Women in Music Pt. III, roles in Paul Thomas Anderson’s coming of age film, Licorice Pizza, and social media expertise, sisters Alana, Danielle, and Este Haim seem to be taking over the world. The band will finally embark on their One More HAIM tour with an opening set from eclectic singer-songwriter Sasami, formerly of indie rock group Cherry Glazerr.
(WaMu Theater, SoDo)

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No matter what kind of shenanigans have gone down in your love life, it could always be worse. At least, that’s the claim Story Party makes with their sold-out shows of dating storytelling from professionals and brave audience members. Whether you’re cringing or laughing, Story Party is bound to feel like weird dating catharsis, so swipe right on this one.
(Unexpected Productions’ Market Theater, Pike Place Market)

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This special Pride edition of Model Minority features a stellar queer Asian comic cast. Seattle mainstay Stephanie Nam will join Zahnae Aquino, Rohini Jayanthi, Juno Men, and Joe Yan on stage for killer observational comedy.
(The Royal Room, Columbia City)

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As a band of IRL brothers (seriously just look at them!), this indie-pop trio gets its name from the first initial of each multi-instrumental member. They will come through town supporting their latest album, OK Orchestra, which combines elements of pop, doo-wop, electronic, and dubstep.
(White River Amphitheatre, Auburn)

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Famed baker and cookbook author Joy Wilson, known for her winningly warm voice on her food blog Joy the Baker, will drop by the Book Larder to celebrate the summer 2022 release of Joy the Baker Magazine with a demonstration of her fried blueberry hand pies recipe. She’ll also sign copies of the magazine, which are included in the ticket price.
(Book Larder, Fremont)

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Back in 2016, Stranger writer Andrew Hamlin wrote: “Fantastic Negrito is a man who waded through a failed record deal and then climbed out of a hospital bed after a near-fatal car crash, saying “fuck you” to the permanent physical damage and going to work growing weed. Then he started playing music again. He’s just a little bit angry. Who wouldn’t be?” Catch up with the R&B/blues star as he supports his brand new album, White Jesus Black Problems, inspired by his family’s history of resilience and defiance in 1750s colonial Virginia.
(Neptune Theatre, University District)






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The Indigo Girls may be one of the more misunderstood bands of the alternative rock era. And it’s easy to see why younger folks might balk at this music initially: Aspects of the Indigo Girls’ songs, such as the overly emotive vocal delivery and the florid, occasionally ridiculous lyrics, represent everything passé about the “alt” conceit (much like their similarly misunderstood ’90s peers, Counting Crows). But a lot of the band’s material has aged surprisingly well. At their most rocking—see “Hammer and a Nail” from 1990’s unfortunately-titled Nomads Indians Saints, or the terrific “Least Complicated” from 1994’s Swamp Ophelia—they sound like Christine McVie fronting the Gin Blossoms. (That’s a compliment.) And at their most tender, the Indigo Girls are sort of like the Gen X equivalent of the Everly Brothers, in the way that Amy Ray and Emily Saliers’ close harmonies create a glorious whole that’s indivisible by the sum of its parts. MORGAN TROPER
(Woodland Park Zoo, Phinney Ridge)






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Dreamy Singaporean alt-rock outfit Subsonic Eye, who describe themselves as “just five friends jamming,” will come through town on their North American tour supporting their latest output Nature of Things, which ponders the environmental toll of human indulgence. Arrive in time to catch an opening set from math-rock quartet Curse League.
(Sunset Tavern, Ballard)






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On her new album, Pick Me Up Off The Floor, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Norah Jones, brings her husky-toned lounge vocals to a myriad of genres including jazz and pop, with an added zesting of Americana thanks to production from Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy. 
(Chateau Ste. Michelle, Woodinville)

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Seattle-based music journalist Dan Ray will continue season two of her podcast Talking Tracks with a live interview and performance from King Youngblood, whom Alternative Press hailed as “Seattle’s Alt Rock Princes.”
(Rendezvous, Belltown)

PRIDE






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The new AIDS Memorial Pathway (AMP) on Capitol Hill reflects on Seattle’s difficult history with the HIV/AIDS epidemic through art and storytelling. While the epidemic leaves a trail of grief, trauma, and discrimination in its wake, Seattle’s robust legacy of resistance, care, and community organizing is something to be proud of. This walking tour of the pathway, led by AMP project manager Jason Plourde and journalist Rosette Royale, offers space to meditate on the complexities of the epidemic within our community.
(Museum of History & Industry [MOHAI], South Lake Union)

FOOD & DRINK






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Feeling gluttonous? Stuff your face with as much crawfish and shrimp as you can handle in one hour and 45 minutes. Giveaways for prizes like Mariners tickets, Phin Coffee gift certificates, vouchers for free five-pound buckets of seafood, and ice cream macarons will also take place throughout the day.
(Crawfish King, Seattle Chinatown-International District)

JUNETEENTH






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Kicking off LANGSTON’s annual We Out Here




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festivities, this Juneteenth jubilee features several artists recognized as a part of Crosscut’s Black Arts Legacies project, which archives the Black arts ecosystem in Seattle and contextualizes the important roles of Black artists within regional cultural movements. Pop by to learn more about it, enjoy catered bites and bevvies, and hear some smooth tunes from JusMoni and DJ Yaddy of Sway and Swoon DJ Collective.
(Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, Central District)

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Canada’s Barenaked Ladies are, in the words of our esteemed music critic Dave Segal, “the aural equivalent of khaki trousers.” They are also extremely successful rock musicians who have managed to swing themselves onto the nostalgia circuit for sold-out tour stops for the last few summers. They’ll be joined on their Last Summer on Earth tour by Gin Blossoms and Toad the Wet Sprocket.
(Marymoor Park, Redmond)






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Pop superstar Halsey will stop by in support of her album, If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power, a concept album about “the joys and horrors of pregnancy and childbirth” with notable production from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross of Nine Inch Nails. Indie pop group The Marias and TikTok star Abby Roberts will open things up. 
(White River Amphitheatre, Auburn)






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Northwest pride and joy (and exceptionally talented folk singer-songwriter) Neko Case will hit the stage with her effortless vocal chops and signature cynical songwriting just after the release of Wild Creatures, a career-spanning greatest hits collection that features commentary from heavies like David Byrne, Rosanne Cash, Jeff Tweedy, and more.
(Woodland Park Zoo, Phinney Ridge)






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Local brass ensemble The Westerlies will kick off their Westerlies Fest with a collaborative performance alongside acclaimed indie-folk gem Haley Heynderickx, whom you’ve probably seen critics buzzing about ever since the release of her debut album, I Need to Start a Garden. Don’t miss the premiere of their new material with Heynderickx, which is set to be released on Mama Bird Recording Co. this coming fall. 
(The Royal Room, Columbia City)






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Trailblazing Zamrock group W.I.T.C.H. (which, by the way, stands for We Intend To Cause Havoc) initially found regional success in the 1970s before vanishing with the rise of government authoritarianism in Zambia. Then, when their albums received vinyl reissues in 2012, the band’s unique sound rose from the dead, inspiring a new generation of music-hungry record collectors. Now the band is back on tour with a modified lineup, playing their fresh-as-ever psychedelic tunes. Switzerland-based comic groove makers L’Eclair will get the night started along with Canadian singer-songwriter Michael Rault.
(The Crocodile, Belltown)

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What’s the hot concept this week? Fishy cowgirl Kylie Mooncakes and neighborhood princess Issa Man are spilling the tea in this brand-new live queer talk show. Part drag, part mukbang, part vibes, Hot Concept is in some sorta cool-girl fantasy realm all its own. Fans of Ziwe might dig this.
(Cherry Nightclub, Downtown)

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If you missed Burke’s annual DinoFest




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, here’s your chance to get your Cretaceous period fix with talks from three paleontologists whose research digs into the last 10 million years of dino history in North America. Dr. David Evans will chat about his rare discovery of cancer in the horned dinosaur Centrosaurus apertus, and Dr. Holly Woodward will brighten the mood with cool new info about Tyrannosaurus rex growth and behavior. Dr. Peter Roopnarine will delve into the darkness that an asteroid created 66 million years ago, blotting out the sun for an estimated two years. How did dino-dominated ecosystems change as a result? You’ll have to tune in virtually to find out.
(Burke Museum, University District)

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Weirdo meta-comic Neil Hamburger has performed in a Hollywood cemetery and an abandoned monkey cage at a dilapidated Catskills zoo—such is Gregg Turkington’s commitment to his strange, tuxedoed alter-ego character with a greasy comb-over. Called “a rude commentary on stand-up comedy altogether” by The New York Times, Hamburger’s act doesn’t aim to please, but leaves audiences with a little taste of anti-comedy genius. If you’re into Tim Heidecker, you’ll probably dig this.
(Here-After at the Crocodile, Belltown)

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The long-time indie-rock outfit led by prolific singer-songwriter Conor Oberst will play songs off of their 2020 album, Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was, which collages electronic, orchestral, and acoustic instruments with passionate lyricism that Pitchfork described as “as personal as they are apocalyptic.” A recent show in Houston ended with fans taking over the microphone after Oberst walked off stage, so expect the unexpected.
(Paramount Theatre, Downtown)






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Twee is cool again, didn’t you hear? The partnership of singer-songwriter/actress Zooey Deschanel and country-folk soothsayer M. Ward is coming just in time with their candy-sweet retro sound that defined 2010s indie pop.
(Chateau Ste. Michelle, Woodinville)

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Ballet dancer-turned-drag-sensation Lady Camden will bring a touch of class and a chic British accent to the stage for this performance. She recently came in second on the 14th season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, so we know she’ll have some tea and biscuits to spill.
(Queer Bar, Capitol Hill)

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The Dollop deep dives into American history, but it’s anything but dry. Since 2014, each episode has revolved around strange and unusual American historical accounts described by host Dave Anthony and discussed with his friend and co-host, comedian Gareth Reynolds. Hilarity ensues. Lovers of weird history and off-the-cuff humor resonate with the podcast—The Dollop counts Patton Oswalt and My Favorite Murder hosts Georgia Hardstark and Karen Kilgariff among its fans.
(Neptune Theatre, University District)

COMEDY






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BFFs and moms Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley have cultivated an online community of two million followers through their comedy web series #IMOMSOHARD, which landed them two sold-out national tours, best-selling books, and several branding deals. The LA-based supermoms still have a few regular-degular duties, however—back home, you might find them at a PTA meeting or in the queue at school drop-off. Their comedy style is a little like Cathy for the 21st century—think swimsuit turmoil and messy rooms.
(Paramount Theatre, Downtown)

COMMUNITY






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Celebrate summer at the Fremont Solstice Parade, a Seattle rite of passage known primarily for its elaborately painted (and sometimes just wild ‘n’ free) nude bicyclists—but also offering plenty of stilt-walking, giant-puppet-operating, and twirling around in circles. The procession, organized by the Fremont Arts Council, weaves through the self-proclaimed Center of the Universe right back to the Fremont Fair




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for even more summer merriment.
(Fremont, Northlake)

FESTIVALS






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More than just the Fremont Solstice Parade




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and its elaborately painted (and sometimes just wild ‘n’ free) nude bicyclists, the weekend-long Fremont Fair draws over 100,000 people for shopping, street performances, local bands, a dog parade, and free-spirited, wacky artistic expression. Expect the unexpected.
(Various locations, Fremont)






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Help make the world a more joyful place at the ultimate play date exploring innovation in games and play. Puddle Jump Games and Play Festival transforms the Ballard Homestead community space into a playground of board games, digital games, and social celebration. The one-day fest takes a closer look at the capacity for games to facilitate creative expression and shape young worlds. Sounds pretty powerful to us.
(Ballard Homestead, Ballard)

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The Seattle-based Smokey Brights, who just released their new single “Honey Eye,” will bring crackly and warm guitar-driven rock to the Tractor Tavern. Local singer-songwriter Shelby Earl will come along for the ride.
(Tractor Tavern, Ballard)






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Parisian psych-pop project La Femme will bring their krautrock-inspired tunes to our neck of the woods, playing tracks off of their third full length, Paradigmes, which tells the story of a mythical road trip through the USA through chilled-out beats and humorous lyrics.
(The Crocodile, Belltown)






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The Northwest Edvard Grieg Society will be joined by the Thalia Symphony for an evening of “mystical and earthy” music and dancing with a performance of Grieg’s Peer Gynt. Much is in store for the evening: Norwegian soprano Laura Loge singing Solveig’s cherished works,  traditional wedding processional dances from Kathi Ploeger and Don Meyers, choreographer Erik Crall performing dance interpretations of Peer’s love interests, and harmonious hymns sung by The Northwest Grieg Chamber Chorus.
(National Nordic Museum, Ballard)






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Led by frontman Josh Hodges, the Portland-originating synth-pop jewels STRFKR will circle back to the Pacific Northwest with their highly danceable grooves alongside kindred spirits The Undercover Dream Lovers and Das Kope.
(The Showbox, Downtown)

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Indie-folk top-dog Andrew Bird has had a busy couple of years with an acting role on FX’s Fargo and the release of multiple acclaimed works, including the Grammy-nominated, politically-charged 2019 album, My Finest Work Yet. He will support his upcoming release, Inside Problems, for a double-headed show with fellow acoustic giant Iron & Wine. Expect to hear some tunes from his last solo full-length, Beast Epic, as well as other finger-picked tear-jerkers you may remember from the various Twilight movies.
(Woodland Park Zoo, Phinney Ridge)

PARTIES & NIGHTLIFE






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This dance-party staple which claims the title of “longest-running house music night on the West Coast” will return for an extra special Juneteenth edition with sets from DJs Tony H and Black Velveteen.
(Cherry Nightclub, Downtown)

EXHIBIT






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This immersive exhibition takes visitors back about 140 million years. Come face-to-face with life-size animatronic dinos from over 80 species (including infamously scary dudes, like velociraptors and a T-rex). VR technology envelops visitors in a naturalistic Jurassic habitat, and a mesmerizing digital aquarium reveals ancient underwater life.
(1750 Occidental Ave S, SoDo, Monday-Sunday)

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Dancers from Seoul to Seattle will converge in this celebration of collaborative contemporary dance. Returning to an in-person format for the first time since 2019, seven packed evenings of performance will include works by international dance companies, as well as T.U.P.A.C. from NYC, San Diego-based LITVAKdance, and many others.
(Broadway Performance Hall and Erickson Theater, Monday-Sunday)

FILM






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This year’s drive-in movie offerings at Marymoor Park sound like old-school Americana fun, with screenings of Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom




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, Labyrinth




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, Encanto




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, and more. Snuggle up in the car, bring a picnic, or enjoy the food trucks on site.
(Marymoor Park, Redmond, Wednesday-Thursday)

FOOD & DRINK






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Maximizers who thrive when presented with a dizzying array of choices should enjoy this festival presented by Flatstick Pub, which will offer over 50 beers from up to 100 Washington brewers. Besides beer, the event also offers food truck fare, wine and cider tastings, live music, and all-ages activities.
(Marymoor Park, Redmond, Friday-Sunday)

JUNETEENTH






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Just in time for Juneteenth, American traveling history museum The Unspoken Truth will be presented by creator Delbert Richardson. Compiling authentic artifacts, storyboards, and the ancient art of storytelling, Richardson’s immersive installation offers unique perspectives on American history told through an Afrocentric lens. The comprehensive exhibit includes sections focusing on Africa, American chattel slavery, and the Jim Crow era, plus a portion titled “Still We Rise.” Promoting community healing, The Unspoken Truth provides a new opportunity to move toward cultural competence and social justice.
(Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI), South Lake Union, Monday-Sunday)

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This fresh musical is an original creation by Pacific Northwest-based artists. Moving forward from the cataclysm of the last few years, the unique format of And So That Happened... allows three storytellers to weave a 30-minute musical narrative of radical transformation and change. The final production is a 90-minute thrill ride of humor, vulnerability, song, and story.
(ACT – A Contemporary Theatre, Downtown, Wednesday-Sunday)






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In an unexpected mash-up of Goodnight Moon and American western films, performance artist Cherdonna delves into the myth of Western conquest and heroics through familiar iconography. American ideals of masculinity, domination, and wildness are tinged with something much lonelier, more isolated, and more complex. Cherdonna will explore these murky territories through a blend of drag, theater, camp, and comedy.
(Northwest Film Forum, Capitol Hill, Thursday-Sunday)






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Julia Izumi’s award-winning children’s play gallops from a schoolyard to the depths of the underworld. Miku, Ephraim, Grandma Seiko, and Shara all have different desires—Miku wants to be a god, while Grandma just wants to hang on to her memories. The gang’s conflicting wishes lead them on a rough-and-tumble adventure woven together with friendship, grief, and a strange quest for power. 
(ArtsWest, Junction, Thursday-Sunday)






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Deemed “full of happiness” by Variety, this hit Broadway musical was adapted into a stylish, jewel-toned Netflix flick by Ryan Murphy back in 2020. The Prom follows a batch of big Broadway stars en route to small-town Indiana, where they hope to help a student forbidden from bringing her girlfriend to the prom.
(The 5th Avenue Theatre, Downtown, Monday-Sunday)






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This theater festival spotlights works from playwrights that expand on the theme “Make America ___.” Directors Leah Adcock-Starr, Lamar Legend, Alanah Pascual, Gavin Reub, and others will present their distinctive perspectives on the timely topic—based on titles alone, we’re intrigued by Pascual’s Make America Call My Mom and Say I’m Doing Good.
(12th Avenue Arts, Capitol Hill, Thursday-Saturday)

SHOPPING






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Just before the summer solstice, this chill night market will start the new season off right. Over 100 vendors will hawk vintage and creative wares, and you’ll find cocktail bars and food trucks to keep the munchies at bay. Four Color Zach, J. Espinosa, Swervewon, and Semaj are set to spin tunes over the two-night event; snag a Summer Brew Fest ticket for craft beer tokens, or an All Day Happy Hour pass for bloody marys, mimosas, and other perks.
(Magnuson Park Hangar 30, Sand Point, Friday-Saturday)

VISUAL ART






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Each year, the Washington State History Museum curates a summer celebration show of contemporary Native American artwork from the Pacific Northwest and far beyond. Have you checked it out yet? This year, the juried exhibition features 38 original pieces by 26 artists from Maryland to Alaska working in a wide range of mediums. Visitors will find textiles, sculpture, basketry, painting, carving, glass, and more represented in the show, which merges contemporary ideas with traditional craft practices.
(Washington State History Museum, Tacoma, Thursday-Sunday; opening)






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In fin-de-siècle Paris, a now-famed art form began to take hold. Rich, colorful lithographic posters celebrated femininity and modernity and revitalized street advertising. L’Affichomania: The Passion for French Posters explores this aesthetic by showcasing five masters of the medium: Jules Chéret, Eugène Grasset, Alphonse Mucha, Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.
(Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, Friday-Sunday)






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Mexico City-based artist, filmmaker, and creative director Orly Anan’s fresh solo exhibition blends pop culture, ritual, and “anthropocosmic surrealism.” (When you Google the term, Anan’s work is all that shows up, so it’s safe to assume that she invented it herself—sounds like a crossover between humanity and the cosmos with a dash of the dreamlike and avant-garde.) In Salon Delicatessen, Anan creates an opulent narrative-based feast featuring mystic-tinged sculptures, costumes, prints, and video.
(Museum of Museums, First Hill, Wednesday-Sunday)

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