Your Complete Guide To August 2017 Events in Seattle

August may be the final full month of summer, but, thankfully, there are plenty of ways to go out and enjoy it in Seattle. Below, we’ve rounded up the 100 biggest events that you should know about, including art events like Seattle Art Fair and the opening of Storme Webber‘s show at the Frye Art Museum, Seattle Opera’s Madame Butterfly, the Tim & Eric 10 Year Anniversary Awesome Tour, food events like the Ballard Burrito Fest and Sunset Supper, the 70mm Film Festival at Cinerama, iconic festivals like Hempfest and Seafair Weekend, and big-name concerts like Lady Gaga and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers with the Lumineers. Click through the links below for complete details, and, as always, find even more events on our complete Things To Do calendar.

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AUGUST 1

MUSIC

1. Green Day with Catfish and The Bottlemen
It’s probably fair to say that, back in 2004, most Green Day fans thought American Idiot would be an aberration—a heavily conceptual political record coming from a band known for writing extremely catchy songs about youthful slackerdom. Instead, it informed the trio’s arena-rock trajectory for the next decade. First came another rock opera (2009’s 21st Century Breakdown), then a triple album released incrementally in 2012. Last year’s Revolution Radio somewhat pares down such highfalutin tendencies, but there’s still a multi-suite rock epic, a song that rhymes “photobomb” with “Vietnam,” and a song about our troubled times called “Troubled Times.” At least American Idiot is more relevant than ever, even if Green Day aren’t. ANDREW GOSPE

2. Kendrick Lamar with Travis Scott and D.R.A.M.
To Pimp a Butterfly was 2015’s best album, a breathtakingly ambitious funk/jazz concept epic finding Kendrick Lamar at the showy height of his considerable powers, conscripting a who’s-who cast of collaborators for its messy race opera. By contrast, 2017’s follow-up DAMN. was almost alarmingly spare, harrowing, and solitary-feeling, but sniped K. Dot’s usual demons and targets with an even finer motor control. When the very few guests showed up—modest talents Rihanna and U2—they merely served as well-utilized bit players in service to a deceptively linear internal monologue. Here’s a master of the form who’s racked up almost as many indispensable volumes as a Tribe Called Quest—and though he’s always hotly debated, his crown is indisputable. Thank you, Kendrick, for bringing it back West. LARRY MIZELL JR.

AUGUST 2

MUSIC

3. ZooTunes
ZooTunes is a 30-plus-year Seattle tradition that brings big-name artists to the North Meadow of the Woodland Park Zoo. Kids are welcome, and can play in the Seattle Gymnastics Academy play area, but, if you’re attending without kids, there are also two beer gardens. This month, don’t miss the Violent Femmes (Aug 2), Cake (Aug 10), Blind Pilot (Aug 13), Pat Benatar (Aug 15), and St. Paul & the Broken Bones (Aug 20). Plus, on Aug 17, come for Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home “Love & Comedy” Tour.

AUGUST 3

READINGS & TALKS

4. X Y Z OPENS
In May, Rich Smith wrote, “Mount Analogue, Cold Cube Press, and Gramma are set to open up shops in Pioneer Square’s Tashiro Kaplan Artist Lofts later this summer. You know Mount Analogue because they published two beautiful, one-of-a-kind books this year—Ted Powers’s Manners and Halie Theoharides’s Final Rose. You know Gramma because they published two incredible books of poetry this year—Sarah Galvin’s Ugly Time and Christine Shan Shan Hou’s Garden For Lonely Girls. And you know Cold Cube Press for publishing two gorgeous and fascinating risograph comics and literary arts anthologies, plus Taylor Dow’s terrific comic book, Apocalypse Dad.” The three groups listed above will be joined by a fourth—Specialist, an art gallery. Celebrate the opening of this exciting new spot with performances and a site-specific interactive installation by the beloved Mary Anne Carter (at Mount Analogue’s Y SPACE), original artworks by Mungo Thomson, Sandy Skoglund, Nobuyoshi Araki, Linda Connor, and Shirin Neshat (at Cold Cube Press and Gramma’s ZZZ SPACE), and paintings by Alexi Brown-Schmidt and benches by William E. Shields (at Specialist’s X SPACE).

AUGUST 3-6

ART

5. Seattle Art Fair
This mammoth art fair began in 2015 under the auspices of Paul Allen. In terms of the quality of art and the enthusiasm of the gallery-goers, it’s been a great success, drawing Seattle and West Coast galleries and 18,000 participants. This year’s edition will also be immense, with at least 80 galleries representing 25 cities, from as close as Pioneer Square to as far as Seoul, Korea. Seattle exhibitors include Bridge Productions, Foster/White, Greg Kucera Gallery, Davidson Galleries, James Harris Gallery, and Linda Hodges Gallery, among many others.

AUGUST 3-20

PERFORMANCE

6. WE ARE PUSSY RIOT: Or Everything is PR
Playwright Barbara Hammond uses actual language from Anna Politkovskaya, Putin, Patriarch Kirill, and even Madonna to create this punk musical (with symphonic inflections!) about the show trial and imprisonment of the neon balaklava-clad feminist art collective, Pussy Riot, and the uprising their actions sparked in the streets of Moscow in 2012. But why should you trek out to Kent to see it, if you’re not already there? Because it’s a vision from Russia of the America to come. And because the play will extend outside the four walls of the theater, with special post-show forums conducted by mayoral and city council candidates. Local, national, and international politics all in one spot! Plus Russians! Woo! RICH SMITH

AUGUST 3-27

ART

7. Out of Sight
In 2015, Jen Graves described Out of Sight, a spectacular featuring big and small works by a huge variety of local artists, as “the real Seattle Art Fair.” In 2016, she wrote, that Out of Sight “can signal-boost what’s fresh. It can lay down lineages, broadcast love letters, and dance at the edges of the insular commercial and academic art worlds. It can celebrate, bemoan, and document longstanding Northwest furies, fears, prides, jokes, voluptuousnesses. And it punches up.” This year, the event looks just as promising, and will feature works by impressive artists including Bruce Bickford, Riley Donovan, Electric Coffin, Femail, Gregory Fitz, Gary Hill, Lisa Radon, Jody Rockwell and Junko Yamamoto. Plus, the bar proceeds from their opening night party on August 3 will go towards a laudable, ambitious, and relevant-as-ever local organization: the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project.

AUGUST 4

COMEDY

8. Joe Rogan
Noted Fear Factor host, podcaster, and opinion-haver Joe Rogan will perform standup comedy.

MUSIC

9. J Mascis, Steve Gunn, James Elkington
By this point, J Mascis—both as a solo artist and as the leader of Dinosaur Jr.—is a reliable generator of sonic comfort food for rockers whose favorite Neil Young LPs are Zuma and After the Gold Rush. J keeps doing what he does with minimal variations, and because he’s an emotionally resonant songwriter and guitarist, his output continues to satisfy those who dig his melodious turbulence. Steve Gunn ranks among the most compelling of the folk-rock guitarists who’ve been ruffling buckskin-jacket fringes over the last decade. The Time Off and Way Out Weather albums reveal Gunn as a fluid player who respects Takoma Records’ avant-folk-blues tradition while also questing into expansive psychedelic realms. His 2016 full-length on Matador, Eyes on the Lines, sounds richer and slightly tighter compositionally, but it retains Gunn’s knack for unspooling iridescent ribbons of six-string bliss. DAVE SEGAL

10. Taking Back Sunday, Every Time I Die, All Get Out
Sad boy careerists and purveyors of the ascent, plateau, and descent of the vast genre known as emo, Taking Back Sunday have returned to Seattle, alongside Every Time I Die and All Get Out, in support of their seventh full-length album, Tidal Wave.

READINGS & TALKS

11. Camille Dungy
Poet and author Camille Dungy (Smith Blue, What to Eat, What to Drink, What to Leave for Poison, and Suck on the Marrow, among others) will share two new works. The first is Trophic Cascade, a collection of poems “written in the face of despair to hold an impossible love and a commitment to hope,” and the second is a series of personal essays titled Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys into Race, Motherhood, and History, her prose debut that Roxane Gay called “an elegant, meditative love letter to the life of the writer, the natural world, histories from which we cannot nor should not extricate ourselves, black womanhood, black motherhood, and the unabashed joy of raising up a black girl.”

AUGUST 4-5

MUSIC

12. Pretty Lights
Pretty Lights is the stage name of electronic music producer Derek Vincent Smith, whose sample-strewn, untz-fuzzy mixes call on hiphop production qualities and sounds that verge into down-tempo territories, but always remain groove-and-beat-oriented. Like, perfect head-bob music that amps up the pace enough to prompt you to break into easy hip shakes and full-body sways. These two nights at the Gorge aren’t just any Pretty Lights shows, either, but campouts jam-packed with quality warm-up from other artists of similar persuasions. Friday highlights include five-piece livetronica group STS9, who have a righteous light show, and Jurassic 5 rapper Chali 2na; Tipper, Cherub, and Marvel Years also perform. Saturday sees fine support in Rhymesayers-repped Minneapolis hiphop duo Atmosphere and brass-blasted funk ensemble Lettuce, with additional warm-up from Manic Focus, Kasbo, and Maddy O’Neal. LEILANI POLK

AUGUST 4-6

COMEDY

13. Mike Epps
Mike Epps—known for his comedic performances in movies including Friday After Next and Next Friday—will perform.

FESTIVALS

14. Seafair Weekend
One of Seafair‘s centerpieces, this weekend (which also caps off Seafair Fleet Week) includes the Boeing Air Show, the Graham Trucking Seafair Cup race, the Albert Lee Cup hydroplane boat race, music, and food.

PERFORMANCE

15. Emerging Artist Showcase
The Emerging Artists Program offers up-and-comers the chance to thrive under Intiman’s guidance (and the guidance of the hilarious and talented Co-Curator Sara Porkalob) and train for careers in theater. They add, “For 2016, the cohort was 73 percent people of color and 63 percent female-identified.” At this production, you can see some of what they’ve been working on during their time at Intiman.

AUGUST 4-SEPT 30

MUSIC

16. Chateau Ste Michelle Summer Concert Series
Every year, Chateau Ste. Michelle lays out a full summer season of music legends and cultural luminaries to grace their beautiful landscape of flowing wine. This month, don’t miss Allen Stone (Aug 4), Michael McDonald & Boz Scaggs (Aug 10), Bryan Ferry (Aug 11), ZZ Top & the Doobie Brothers (Aug 25), and Chicago (Aug 26).

AUGUST 5

COMEDY

17. Tim & Eric 10 Year Anniversary Awesome Tour
For the first time in a decade, comedy duo Tim & Eric of Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! (and about a million other strange things) will hit the road on a national tour in honor of 10 years passing since the last time they did this.

FOOD & DRINK

18. Tater Tots & Beer Festival
Potatoes and beer are one of life’s great combinations. Be they frites, au gratin, hashbrowns, wrapped in tinfoil and baked in a campfire, or whatever, the humble potato is the perfect sponge for beer. This festival takes great advantage of that heaven made match, as well as the current popularity of tots (“totchos” are totally a thing these days). Get thee to Jefferson Park and try all eight of their crispy, bite-sized tot preparations. There will be beer, there will be tots, and there will probably be at least one human in a Utilikilt. What’s not to love? TOBIAS COUGHLIN-BOGUE

MUSIC

19. AFI and Circa Survive with Citizen
Pop-rock chameleons AFI have come a long way since their origins as a snotty, Misfits-loving punk outfit from California. Their early-’00s mainstream crossover lumped the band in with the ascendant emo scene of the time, but that assessment ignores the details that elevate their music. Prior to that, with the addition of lead guitarist Jade Puget, the band wrote a melodic hardcore masterpiece with Black Sails in the Sunset. And even their coldwave experiment, Decemberunderground, employed subtle use of odd time without sacrificing hooks. These days, Davey Havok and crew write pure and restrained goth music, but still play the sly licks that made them famous. JOSEPH SCHAFER

20. The B-52s
Sometimes lumped in with weirdo new-wave contemporaries like Talking Heads and Devo, the B-52s bridged sing-along pop melodies with a retro quirkiness that belonged in a campy ’50s sci-fi film. Vocalist Fred Schneider has described the band as “a combination of rock ’n’ roll, funk, and Fellini, and game show host, and corn, and mysticism.” With their bright, instantly identifiable sound—the female/male call-and-response vocals, ’50s rock ‘n roll-meets-wonky futurism style, and driving dance beats—the B-52s inspired legions of bands. Straight-up party jams like “Rock Lobster” and “Love Shack” will be sure to get feet moving for those lucky enough to have scored tickets. Are they “the world’s greatest party band?” EDM may be ruling the dance charts, but after nearly 40 years as a group, the B-52s can still dance that mess around. BRITTNIE FULLER

21. Heart By Heart
Steve Fossen and Michael Dressier got kicked out of and/or left the legendary rock group Heart years ago, but they regrouped and revamped, with a new group playing the old hits. Heart By Heart will play all your favorite Heart tracks, just with a different line-up, and no Wilson sisters.

22. Lady Gaga
I saw Lady Gaga at Lollapalooza in 2010 as a part of her Monster Ball Tour. She wove the string of hits from her first album and LP into an autobiographical rock opera, a journey through a nightmarish New York City complete with a fountain of blood in Central Park and giant tentacle puppet that Gaga battled to the death at the show’s climax. Even people who don’t like her music ought to try and see her perform. (She hasn’t released a perfect album since, but she has written a few more great songs.) Her latest record, Joanne, is a little more subdued and country-inspired than the dance juggernaut that was The Fame Monster, but since then she’s performed at the Super Bowl and collaborated with Metallica, she’s far from out of ideas. JOSEPH SCHAFER

23. Steve Miller Band with Peter Frampton
Steve Miller, the king of classic rock FM radio, brings his whole band to White River for a whole evening of flying like an eagle with Peter Frampton.

AUGUST 5-19

OPERA

24. Madame Butterfly
Internationally beloved but also classically racist, Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly has enchanted as many as it has offended. The narrative recounts the whirlwind romance of an American naval officer and a Japanese geisha, dealing with the themes of tradition, honor, and the tragedies of passion. Due to the work’s complex background, Seattle Opera is hosting an exhibit in the lobby of McCaw Hall about the trials of American imperialism in Asian countries.

AUGUST 5-OCTOBER 29

ART

25. Storme Webber
Storme Webber is a Two-Spirit First Nations (Alutiiq/Black/Choctaw) interdisciplinary artist, curator, writer, and performer who creates socially engaged texts and images at the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, memory, and spirit. Through the exhibition of archival photographs, installation, and experimental storytelling, Webber uses the pre-Stonewall working-class LGBTQ history of the Pioneer Square neighborhood as a point of departure to shed light on the hidden stories of the marginalized people in Seattle’s present and past. Expect to see the historical made timeless, and the timeless made tangible. EMILY POTHAST

AUGUST 7-12

GEEK & GAMING

26. Dota 2 Championships 2017
For the fourth year in a row, teams of Dota 2 video game players will battle it out to win the “Aegis of Champions.”

AUGUST 8

MUSIC

27. Belle and Sebastian with Big Thief
More than two decades into Belle and Sebastian’s career, one knows what to expect from Stuart Murdoch’s Glaswegian indie-pop group: well-constructed tunes that are plenty bookish and sometimes cloyingly cute. Rarely, though, as can be the case with bands who have a penchant for $5 words and literary references, does the music get bogged down by its pretensions. The band’s recent work dabbles in electronics and dance beats—a common antidote to creative inertia. In contrast, there’s nothing twee about opener Big Thief, a vehicle for Adrianne Lenker’s vivid storytelling and beautifully malleable vocals. The group has put out two strong LPs in the past 12 months; on June’s Capacity, Lenker spins emotionally resonant tales of death, romance, and abuse. ANDREW GOSPE

28. Bomba Estéreo
Bomba Estéreo hail from Colombia’s capital, Bogotá, and in general manifest the necessary tropes for electronic dance music: chanted, sometimes distorted vocals, more fun with the pitch bender, regimented drum computers snapping to attention at the end of phrases, bouncy beats, sounds like somebody’s dropped a guitar in a vat of vegetable oil, chimes, echoes, whistles, and of course, the bass drop. I regret that I cannot understand most of the lyrics (some of it’s in English), but Liliana Saumet’s singing sounds passionate, even when it sounds like it’s being recorded by a recorder in the next room over (shades of Exile on Main St). The male singer, Simón Mejía, sounds like he’s having a hell of a time at his own karaoke party. ANDREW HAMLIN

AUGUST 8-9

MUSIC

29. Greg Adams and East Bay Soul
Greg Adams exhibits his musical signatures with East Bay Soul, showcasing legendary arrangements that made the Tower Of Power (of which he was a founding member) horn section a stand-alone entity. Adams continues to make his mark on today’s music landscape, especially with regards to jazz, soul, and funk.

AUGUST 9

MUSIC

30. Eyehategod with Guests
I first heard sludge-metal deities Eyehategod at my pot dealer’s house in East Detroit a gazillion years ago. It was 1996’s Dopesick. Man, that album is HEVVVV-VEE! Dealer dude always made me sit a while, so there wasn’t obvious traffic at his place. He was a pit bull breeder, and it was terrifying to watch him fist-pump, shirtless, to Eyehategod while I sat, petting one of his gigantic monster-dogs. 2013 marked the band’s 25th anniversary. It was also the year they lost their drummer, Joey LaCaze, at age 42. The New Orleans natives have been through a lot in two decades—including death, drug addictions, and Hurricane Katrina. But is it slowing them down? “We don’t know how to give up,” singer Mike Williams told NPR in an interview. “That’s been the story of our entire career, our lives, even without the band. We just don’t know when to quit.” KELLY O

31. Metallica with Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat
Metallica will come to Seattle on their US-Canada tour in support of their well-received new album Hardwired … to Self-Destruct. Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat will provide support.

READINGS & TALKS

32. Jac Jemc: The Grip of It
Unless you’ve spent a lot of time hanging around the experimental fiction/poetry scene (or unless you went to APRIL Fest in 2014), you might be unfamiliar with with the dark, lyrical, dread-filled worlds Jac Jemc created in her novel My Only Wife and in short story collection A Different Bed Every Time. But you’d be forgiven! That stuff is great, but it isn’t for everybody. Her new novel, The Grip of It, is reportedly a page-turning literary thriller that everybody can get behind. It’s getting starred reviews all over the place, big-name literary types are comparing it to Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw, and the first 10 pages creeped me the fuck out. The book is basically about a young couple who moves into a house that emits a creepy, constant, horrifying noise that never goes away. I can think of no better (contemporary) novel to read midway through the summer of Trump. RICH SMITH

AUGUST 9-10

MUSIC

33. Amadou & Mariam
Known as much for their story as their music, Mali duo Amadou Bagayoko and Mariam Doumbia first met as children at Mali’s Institute for the Young Blind, having both lost their vision at an early age. They eventually began performing together in the institute’s Eclipse Orchestra, eventually getting married and starting their own band. Over the last three decades, Amadou and Mariam have developed an international following for their eight albums worth of dynamic world pop.

AUGUST 9-SEPT 30

MUSIC

34. Marymoor Park Summer Concert Series
The 640-acre Marymoor Park again hosts its annual outdoor concert series, so pack your blankets and wine Nalgenes and head out into a sonic woodland experience. This month, don’t miss Willie Nelson & Family (Aug 9), Primus with Clutch (Aug 15), 107.7 The End Summer Camp (Aug 12-13), Idina Menzel (Aug 22), and Beck (Aug 25).

AUGUST 10

MUSIC

35. Baddies Summer Splash with Trina and Guests
Trina, baddest bitch in the game and unofficial rap queen of Miami, will stop by Seattle on her Northwest Issa Rock Star Summer party tour. Join in for a chance to get wild with a legend.

36. GZA, SIMS, Dyme Def, Kung Foo Grip
The Wu-Tang Clan contributed six albums to the hiphop canon, one of which is GZA’s Liquid Swords, which was released in the year of the supergroup’s peak, 1995. GZA’s claim to fame and distinction as a rapper is not flow (that goes to Method Man), or street ruggedness (that goes to Raekwon), or surly surrealism (that goes to Ghostface Killah), but instead raw and driven intelligence. His raps relentlessly reach for a level of consciousness and understanding that is high above the ordinary. Yes, he is abstruse, yes, he can be difficult, but he also never loses his balance as the line of his raps moves from complex thought to complex thought. GZA is the oldest member of the Clan. CHARLES MUDEDE

37. Temples
This evening presents a handy micro survey of twenty-teens psych rock. They’re solid practitioners of the venerable art, if not particularly mind-blowing or form-dissolving. Instead, Temples operate within well-established parameters that privilege songcraft and indulge in judicious use of effects pedals, with sporadic forays into more expansive freak-outs when the drugs kick in. This is the sound that Tame Impalas have taken to the bank, albeit without the big-budget production of that Australian group. As someone who’s spent decades listening to psych rock, I wish these younger bands would slither their way out of the threadbare paisley shirts their forebears wore. But for all their obeisance to tradition, they do execute the moves with panache. DAVE SEGAL

AUGUST 10-13

MUSIC

38. Keiko Matsui
Not just her career, but Keiko Matsui’s life itself as a Japanese producer, contemporary jazz pianist, and composer spans genres, borders, and decades. She tours constantly and has brought her music to every corner of the globe with over 20 albums of original music. She has also utilized her voice for causes dear to her heart, like The United Nations World Food Programme, Be The Match Marrow Registry, and The National Donor Program and Marrow Foundation.

39. Summer Meltdown 2017
Nestled in the mountains of central Washington, Summer Meltdown aims to provide a weekend of high energy live music performances in a lush woodland setting. Featured artists will include the String Cheese Incident, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Elephant Revival, The Wailers, The Grouch, TAUK, The Floozies, the Infamous Stringdusters, and many more.

AUGUST 11

ART

40. SAM Remix
SAM Remix is a recurring and ever-changing art party that includes performances, sculpture tours, and dancing. This one promises extra joyful pop trippiness, because it’ll be based on the work of Yayoi Kusama, as seen in the new exhibit Infinity Mirrors at SAM.

FESTIVALS

41. South Lake Union Block Party
Every year, South Lake Union throws itself a party, featuring diverse musical pleasures from local band talents, as well as food trucks, a grilling competition, beer garden, letterpress salon, and other things that crowds like.

MUSIC

42. Joyce Moreno Quartet
One of Rio’s best exports, Joyce Moreno has been writing and performing solo and with popular collaborators like Paulinho da Viola and Caetano Veloso for five decades now. She’ll sing her own lilting Brazilian paraiso, samba, and jazz-inflected pop works in an intimate set.

43. Nacho Picasso, King Leez, Gifted Gab, :30, Reklez, Bryn King
There are two—nay, three—things I love about Nacho Picasso. One, you can tell from his sometimes funny, sometimes perverse (sometimes both at once) rhymes that dude gives zero fucks. Two, he blithely raps about cocaine and other vices, providing an antidote to Seattle’s sometimes squeaky-clean rap scene. Three, every time I hear that name, I picture Picasso eating nachos. AMBER CORTES

44. Raekwon, Carter Wilson, Relevant References, B. Cole, DTL
One of the original nine members of legendary New York hiphop outfit Wu-Tang Clan—and one of its core members alongside RZA, GZA, Method Man, Ghostface Killah, and the dearly departed Ol’ Dirty Bastard—Raekwon should need no introduction. But, here we are. If you’ve never listened to a Wu-Tang album, stop reading this and then go jam Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), and pursuant to that, check out Rae’s first solo LP, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx. Both records present a master class in atmosphere and lyrical ferocity as primary drivers of the music, as opposed to dance beats, hooks, or choruses in general. In other words, Raekwon is everything most modern hiphop is not, and that’s a point in his favor. JOSEPH SCHAFER

45. Young the Giant, Cold War Kids, Joywave
Los Angeles-based posi vibe alt rockers Young the Giant manifest their dreams in their third album, Home of the Strange with their tour of the same name. They’re joined by equally indie rock groups Cold War Kids and Joywave.

AUGUST 11-12

FOOD & DRINK

46. The Halal Guys Grand Opening!
What started out as an open-air Manhattan gyro stand in the 1990s evolved incredibly fast to become a booming company, with franchises dotting the entire world. Now, The Halal Guys are bringing their insanely popular gyros and combo dishes to Seattle, for their very first foray into the Washington State market.

AUGUST 11, 18 & 25

FILM

47. Three Dollar Bill Cinema: Parental Advisory
Three Dollar Bill will screen films about those folks your parents warn you about: Rebels, tricksters, and weirdos. Bring your own chairs and blankets and buy yourself (or a cute friend) a popcorn. The films are Beetlejuice, But I’m a Cheerleader, and Juno.

AUGUST 12

ART

48. Lusio: A Night to Awaken
This is a free, family-friendly, inviting evening of light, art, and sound, featuring multiple light installations and generally relaxing, immersive experiences. You’ll have to roam around the park to take it all in.

MUSIC

49. DJ Quik & Scarface with a Live Band
Compton rapper/producer legend DJ Quik’s debut, Quik Is the Name, came out in 1991—a full 20 years before his most recent full-length, The Book of David—but the quality of his output has barely (if at all) faltered in that time span. He’s still producing all of his own classic Way-2-Fonky West Coast beats and still running circles around suckers with his effortless flow and rapid-fire, smooth-yet-sharp rhyme patterns. Quik’s refusal to let his game slip has rewarded him the kind of career longevity that very few rap veterans get to enjoy. Expect his live set to include nothing but hits and very few signs of aging. MIKE RAMOS

50. Slayer, Lamb of God, Behemoth
Thirty years ago Slayer were one of the most important heavy-metal bands in America. Now they’re a money-making institution, sponsored by Jägermeister and thrashing through later middle age without founding drummer Dave Lombardo—whom they fired—and guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who passed away. Capitalism shows no mercy. Their most recent album, Repentless, is lame, but if you want to hear them play “Raining Blood” and watch a whole audience turn into bloodthirsty Neanderthals, Slayer will still deliver. JOSEPH SCHAFER

AUGUST 13

ART

51. Rhythm In Colors Closing Day
Through this exhibit, the library is paying its respects to Seattle’s rich jazz history, an expression of local black artistry and culture attesting to the strength of its musical education programs and heritage. Hear recordings of interviews conducted with great area musicians as part of the Seattle Jazz Archive project, hear special performances, and attend talks.

PERFORMANCE

52. Mama Tits in “Sweet Like Candy”
Eminent drag giantess Mama Tits will star in her new jazz and blues tribute show Sweet Like Candy, yet another chance to showcase her talents as a vocalist and performer.

AUGUST 15

MUSIC

53. VNV Nation with Ivardensphere
For the past 22 years, VNV Nation have achieved cultlike status by offering monster-sized servings of thinking person’s industrial, spicing up the harsh beats with lush orchestration and synth-pop subtleties. Fans of everything from trance to EBM and electro pop will find something danceable throughout their release, Automatic, the group’s 11th release. Unlike much of the industrial underground, VNV Nation have always provided a dose of melodic accessibility alongside the darkness. KEVIN DIERS

54. Steve Earle & The Dukes with The Mastersons
Country and folk outlaw-cum-pagan-bard Steve Earle is a bonafide Americana legend. Many country stars making music today owe their style to this guy. He’ll be joined by his backing band The Dukes, and The Mastersons.

AUGUST 16

MUSIC

55. Rancid & Dropkick Murphys
Aged punks Rancid helm the From Boston to Berkeley tour with (apparently) their friends the Dropkick Murphys, purveyors of all thing Irish and East Coast aggro.

AUGUST 17

FOOD & DRINK

56. Redhook Brewlab Grand Opening Party
Redhook, long considered the “grandaddy of craft beer,” is set to open a brand-new brewery-pub in the almost-as-new Pike Motorworks space. The grand opening event for the “brewlab” will feature a DJ set from KEXP, live music, and a tap list featuring collaboration brews by head brewer Nick Crandall and others. The new space also boasts patios, fire pits, a custom mural by Sub Pop Director Sasha Barr, and a 1930s vintage bar salvaged from a Greyhound station in Soap Lake.

MUSIC

57. Summer Slaughter 2017
The annual onslaught of metal, rock, thrash, and general devastation is back with ten straight hours of live sets by bands like The Black Dahlia Murder, Dying Fetus, The Faceless, Devilation, and Primordial Atrocity to keep your Satanic bods busy.

AUGUST 17-20

MUSIC

58. Chief Seattle Days
Every year, the Suquamish tribe honors Chief Seattle in a tradition dating back to 1911. As in the first year, the organizers hold a salmon, canoe races, drumming, dance events, a baseball tournament, and a memorial for the Suquamish leader. That’s not all, though: Over the years, new traditions have been added, like golf, hardball, a Youth Royalty Pageant, a market, the Coastal Jam, a fun run, and a pow wow. The events take place at the House of Awakened Culture and elsewhere in town.

AUGUST 18

MUSIC

59. One OK Rock with Palisades
Fusion rockers One OK Rock meld emo, rock, and metal into a loud and surging live act performed in both English and Japanese. They’ll be joined by Palisades on their Ambitions US Tour 2017.

FOOD & DRINK

60. Sunset Supper
Chefs, vintners, brewers, etc. from dozens of local restaurants, wineries, breweries, etc. will assemble on the cobblestones at the Market, and food, drink, live music, etc. abound. This year, they’ll have a great view of the Sound, thanks to their expansion onto the MarketFront Plaza and Canopy. Funds raised go to the very worthy Market Foundation, which includes the Pike Market Medical Clinic, Senior Center, Child Care & Preschool, and the Downtown Food Bank.

READINGS & TALKS

61. Anastacia Reneé Tolbert
Tonight, Anastacia-Reneé Tolbert will celebrate the recent release of three new books: (v.), Forget It, and Answer(Me). Rich Smith writes, “If you haven’t seen Reneé at a reading around town in the last year or so, you haven’t been going to readings around town. She’s everywhere, either performing her dramatic, multi-persona poems from one of those three books, or starring in her ever-developing solo show, 9 Ounces. She’s swept up tons of local and national awards and residencies recently, and for good reason: her poems are smart and powerful, her delivery is varied and compelling, and she’s got great style.”

AUGUST 18-19

MUSIC

62. Sylvan Esso with Dana Buoy
Heavily hyped electro-pop group Sylvan Esso just dropped their equally hyped second album What Now, and will be touring in support of it, along with Dana Buoy.

AUGUST 18-20

FESTIVALS

63. 26th Annual Hempfest
Hempfest! It’s a word that floods love into the hearts of countless marijuana activists and pot aficionados (tie-dyed Phish-shirt division). Since its 1991 kick-off as the “Washington Hemp Expo” in Volunteer Park, Hempfest’s grown into a nationally recognized destination event on the Seattle waterfront, where hundreds of thousands of weed-curious citizens gather for a three-day festival of weed-themed music, speeches, and tchotchke commerce, and law enforcement looks the other way as dense puffs of smoke sporadically fill the air. Hempfest is a HUGE EVENT that’s helped make the tremendous progress we’re now seeing in Washington’s weed laws, and every year it seems to get bigger, with more and more people trekking to Seattle to cement Hempfest’s reputation as “the premier flagship event of the global cannabis culture,” as the Hempfest website puts it. This year 1000 volunteers will help run the event, which has five stages of speakers, music, and more than 400 arts, crafts, food, and informational vendors. Admission is free, but if you set foot in Hempfest without dropping at least ten bucks in a donation jar, you suck. DAVID SCHMADER

64. Gigantic Bicycle Festival
First you ride your bike (for 50 miles) and then you’re done and you get to hang out and listen to music. You also can just drive. Cyclists take off from Centennial Fields Park on Saturday morning and follow an established route throughout Snoqualmie and then back to the park, where artists like La Luz, Lemolo, Star Anna, and Carrie Akre (among many others) will be waiting to play live sets over the weekend, all in celebration of the Northwest’s favorite populist transit option: The bicycle.

65. Seattle Tattoo Expo
For enthusiasts of permanently decorated flesh, here are three days to admire the art of the tattoo needle-wielder. See displays, attend seminars, and find the right artist to punch that sweet Bob Ferguson tat into your skin.

AUGUST 19

FESTIVALS

66. Ballard Burrito Fest 2017
We all know burritos pack so much into one food missile that they cause gravitational distortion. Well, this Burrito Fest might actually prove dangerous to the fabric of space-time, because with thousands of enthusiasts planning on gorging themselves, the ratio of beans, rice, and tortilla to empty space in Ballard is going to tilt radically. Celebrate the food-induced end of the universe with live music and kids’ games.

67. Mercer X Summit Block Party
Founded this year, Mercer X Summit Block Party intends to be a free all-ages music festival held at the intersection of Summit and Mercer on the north end of Capitol Hill. The lineup for this new summer fest includes local heavy-hitters like Smokey Brights, Acapulco Lips, youryoungbody, Sleeping Lessons, Spirit Award, Versing, Great Spiders, Bod, Black Whales, Wyatt Blair, Moon Darling, Eastern Souvenirs, Mirror Ferrari, LovFmly, Senor Fin, and Haunted Horses. The day-long fest will take place in the center of beloved local businesses Indian Summer, Summit Pub, Toscana, Sun Liquor, Generations, and Top Pot, so support your community and shop around.

MUSIC

68. Incubus, Jimmy Eat World, Judah & The Lion
Rockers of the early and mid ’00s are taking over White River for a night of what will surely be some very intense high school recollections for everybody. Incubus and Brandon Boyd’s locks will headline, with support from Jimmy Eat World and Judah & The Lion.

69. Kip Moore with Jacob Davis
For the last few years, Georgia boy Kip Moore has been gigging around the globe, building his brand as a steady yet fired-up country music star. He’ll be joined by Jacob Davis on this tour stop promoting his sophomore album, Wild Ones.

70. Mew with Monakr
Chart-topping superstars in their native Denmark, Mew are Pitchfork-beloved art rockers in the U.S., where their poppy, proggy, melodic swoon storms have earned them a small but impassioned fan base.

71. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Lumineers
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (and his beautiful hair and teeth) will grace Seattle with the smooth pop-rock tunes that have been stuck in your head for the past 40 years. They’ll be joined by local indie rock stalwarts The Lumineers.

72. Washed Out
Washed Out’s endless, shimmering synth is like taking an Ambien at noon, in the summer, and then drifting down to the beach with a cooler of peach mimosas. You lie on the sand, feeling vaguely buzzed, but mostly drowsy and disoriented as layers and layers of warm dance pop wash over you. In between dehydrated naps, a blurry voice assures you: “It feels all right” and “You’re far away”—at least you think that’s what he’s saying. A couple hours or days later, you wake up draped in seaweed and sunburned. EMILY NOKES

73. Zac Brown Band
Singer and bandleader Zac Brown is pretty much on perma-tour, sharing his roughly hewn sound around the country with his backing band. He’ll play tracks from his three platinum-certified studio albums.

AUGUST 20

MUSIC

74. 2 Chainz, Young Dolph, Trap Karaoke
There’s a tendency, for some, to enjoy the music of 2 Chainz ironically. It’s a mistake: The more seriously you take the claims of the man Tauheed Epps (who used to go by the nicely subtle nom-de-rap Tity Boi), the more you are liable to enjoy it. Songs like “Livin’” and “Big Meech Era” (the latter from the recently released Trap-a-Velli Tre) reveal Chainz as a man-made myth of paranoia, groan-worthy puns, and obscene luxury. His bars aren’t bound to blow anybody’s mind, but on top of beats as gold-plated as “Feds Watching” or “I’m Different,” he sounds a thousand times larger-than-life than his already imposing 6’5”. He’s like a way more fun Rick Ross, and that’s something we could all seriously use right now. KYLE FLECK

AUGUST 20-21

PERFORMANCE

75. War on the Catwalk
In the recap of the Season 9 finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Chase Burns wrote about Sasha Velour, the winner: “Truly, each of her lip syncs was among the best in all nine seasons of the show. I want to watch them over and over and over again. They are master classes in acting, drag, storytelling, gender… Ugh. But the show couldn’t demonstrate Sasha’s skills because the show is small and Sasha is big. Or rather, the world is small and Sasha is big. The world wants Sasha to wear a wig, and she comes bald. The world wants beauty, and she gives a unibrow. Sasha continuously showed us that in drag the highest beauty is not the illusion, but what inspires the illusion. It’s not about the wig, but the imagination underneath.” See Sasha alongside other contestants from Season 9—including Trinity, Shea, Aja, Farrah, and Alexis—as they perform live, in a big way, and strut down the catwalk.

AUGUST 21

FOOD & DRINK

76. The Seattle Poke Contest 2017
At this point, everyone knows about the poke craze sweeping the city. It’s not an exaggeration to say that one seems to open every single week. So it’s no surprise that a poke contest will take place, highlighting the best versions of the dish that the city has to offer. About time! The contest will feature local chefs who will share their interpretations of the dish, which will be judged by a mixed group of influencers and attendees. In addition to poke, there will also be music, drinks and other Hawaiian dishes.

MUSIC

77. David Cook with Kathryn Dean
You may recognize David Cook as the winner of the 7th season of American Idol. Well, now he’s bringing his throwback country-infused rock sound to Seattle, with support from singer-songwriter Kathryn Dean.

AUGUST 21-27

FOOD & DRINK

78. Seattle Highball Week
Here at The Stranger, we know just what you need, given the current state of 2017, life, the universe, and everything: You need GOOD BOOZE, and you need it NOW! So prepare yourself (and your liver) for The Stranger’s HIGHBALL WEEK! We’ve teamed up with 15 of the finest bars and restaurants in Seattle to bring you this one-of-a-kind boozetacular! At each of Highball Week’s locations, you’ll find specially crafted cocktails that are available only to Highball Week participants. Even better? Each of these fantastic, sanity-saving cocktails will be available ALL DAY (not just during happy hour!) and cost you a mere $5!

AUGUST 22

MUSIC

79. OneRepublic, Fitz & the Tantrums, James Arthur
Colorado Springs band OneRepublic made radio history with “Apologize,” which received the largest amount of airplay in history with 10,331 plays in one week. Now on their third full-length album, the chart-toppers continue to assault the Top40 on their 2017 Honda Civic-sponsored tour, joined by Fitz & the Tantrums and James Arthur.

80. Sawyer Fredericks, Gabriel Wolfchild and The Northern Lights, Haley Johnsen
The Voice standout Sawyer Fredericks will be joined by local group Gabriel Wolfchild and The Northern Lights and singer-songwriter Haley Johnsen for an evening of blue-eyed soul and neo-folk tenderness on the Triple Door stage.

AUGUST 22-23

MUSIC

81. Otis Taylor Band
Otis Taylor still hasn’t cut anything so essential since 2001’s White African, when, with hints of grim humor, he reminded us that the blues came from people the rest of society had forgotten. An executed killer who might have been innocent, wandering the train tracks as a ghost; a man watching his little daughter die; and other tales to still your breath. Since then Taylor hasn’t frightened us with honesty quite so much, but he makes surprising, stark, frank, brutal music to remind us that the blues is alive so long as it speaks to hurtful truth, and the desperation that drives us away from it into the arms of excess. Also, his last album contains epic discursions on “Hey Joe.” ANDREW HAMLIN

AUGUST 23

MUSIC

82. Actress, as_dfs, Raica, Bardo:Basho
Founder of acclaimed label Werkdiscs and seminal experimental techno artist Actress comes to Seattle for a headlining set, with local support from as_dfs, Raica, and Bardo:Basho.

AUGUST 23-27

QUEER

83. Gender Odyssey Seattle
The annual, international Gender Odyssey conference will have workshops and keynote speakers who’ll teach professionals and students about gender identity diversity in all age ranges. Sign up according to the category you fall into: The Professionals and Students conference (August 23-24), the Families conference for those raising trans kids plus students and professionals (August 24-27), or the Community conference open to all (same dates as Families).

AUGUST 24

FOOD & DRINK

84. Terracotta Warriors After Hours
If you haven’t yet seen the Pacific Science Center’s Terracotta Warriors exhibit, you can still catch it at the end of the month—with a cocktail in hand. At this after-hours event, you’ll get to listen to the GuZheng performed live, and you’ll see real figures of the terracotta army. Food will also be available for purchase, and so will additional drinks (your first one is included in the admission price).

MUSIC

85. Mark Lanegan Band, Duke Harwood, Lyenn
Mark Lanegan, with a voice as gravelly and powerful as anyone to ever touch the alt-rock charts, could have parlayed his grunge-era success into a lucrative career on the mainstream metal circuit, croaking aggressive lyrics over chugging riffs right along side Phil Anselmo and dozens of others. And though he registered a few heavy numbers with Screaming Trees and Queens of the Stone Age, his solo career is characterized by a much subtler shade of darkness. Since his 1990 solo debut, The Winding Sheet, Lanegan has chased demons through stripped-down acoustic and understated band arrangements, always leaving his voice at the fore, bare to tell twisted stories of love and death like a less traditional, more haunted Tom Waits. His release, 2014’s Phantom Radio, is another strangely beautiful collection of stinging lyrics crooned through cavernous folk and oddball electronic instrumentals that only add layers to his distinctive style. TODD HAMM

READINGS & TALKS

86. Ben Percy: The Dark Net
Before we go any further, it’s important to know how deep Ben Percy’s voice is. It’s comically deep. Takes you a few minutes to overcome its startling deepness. But once you get past his sound and into his sense, you’ll realize he’s a strong advocate for and excellent executioner of the literary/genre novel hybrid. “Why can’t the helicopter explode with pretty sentences?” he once asked a room full of Canadians during an event for the National Writers Series. Percy tests that question yet again in his new book, The Dark Net, which is about a Resistance forming in the shadier parts of the web. It’s set in present day Portland, so there’s a little pleasing local connection there, too. RICH SMITH

AUGUST 24-26

COMEDY

87. Bruce Bruce
Comedian Bruce Bruce (as seen in Think Like a Man, Maron and Top Five) will perform his stand-up routine. A 2015 Los Angeles Times article describes Bruce as priding himself “on not using vulgarity for his laughs.”

AUGUST 24-27

MUSIC

88. Camp Rahh
Cut yourself off from Twitter and enjoy the outdoors with no distractions—not even alcohol or drugs. Spend your time horseback-riding, seeing concerts, climbing, having paint ball battles, and more.

89. Maceo Parker
Soulful saxophonist Maceo Parker has spent decades exploring and rewriting the history of funk in collaborations with icons like James Brown, George Clinton, and Prince, while simultaneously honing his own brand of creative showmanship.

AUGUST 24-SEPTEMBER 6

FILM

90. 70mm Film Festival
Adventure, sci-fi, horror, comedy, and epic films, from 2001: A Space Odyssey to Lawrence of Arabia to Inherent Vice, will be shown in spectacular detail on 70mm film in this yearly celebration of the medium.

AUGUST 25

MUSIC

91. FIDLAR with Thee Commons
Greasy punx FIDLAR (it’s short for “Fuck it, dawg, life’s a risk”) will headline the Showbox for the first time in two years, with help from Thee Commons.

92. SWANS with Okkyung Lee
Consider Swans. Not migratory (and mean!) waterfowl, but the legendary-to-some NYC rock outfit that sprang out of the no-wave movement and reduced loud rock music to minimal, crushing repetitiveness. After a long retirement, the band reawakened seven years ago sans vocalist Jarboe (now involved with her own successful solo career), and has since released a string of critically adored records, each supported by notoriously loud live shows. Swans main man Michael Gira likes to jam, and used to insist that the band play with every volume knob maxed and every house light on. White light, white heat and all that. JOSEPH SCHAFER

93. Tower of Power
The ’70s soul and funk icons Tower of Power have been performing for over 40 years. They bring their decades of genre-blending skill back to Seattle for an evening of unparalleled groove and rhythm.

AUGUST 26

MUSIC

94. Kings of Leon with Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats
Kings of Leon’s effort, Only by the Night, features the unstoppable song “Sex on Fire,” on which Caleb Followill’s vocals absolutely soar. “Yooouuuuu, your sex is on fiiiyaaah.” Ears are held in the honey and strength of his vocal grip. The song goes off. The rest of the album, however, lacks that fire. It falls into a midtempo rut. KOL have said they’re upset by lack of sales in the U.S. compared to those in Europe. Maybe if their albums were more full of the fire, sales would increase. We Americans like fire. KOL still need to be seen, though. They’re carrying the Southern-rock torch. TRENT MOORMAN

95. TUF FEST
The second annual TUF FEST is an all-day/all-night extravaganza spotlighting musical performances, visual art installations, workshops, and artist discussions by female/nonbinary/trans members of the electronic-music community. Powered by the local TUF collective, the event features live sets by acclaimed DJs and beatmakers, with a TUF FEST ’Til Dawn after-hours party. In a field dominated by male-centric bills, TUF FEST is a spring-loaded step into a fresh future. DAVE SEGAL

AUGUST 27

FOOD & DRINK

96. Celebrate Little Saigon 2017: Banh Mi Fest!
This year marks the seventh annual Banh Mi Fest, sponsored by Friends of Little Saigon. It’s a community festival celebrating Vietnamese American food, culture and entertainment. You can expect a bevy of vendors offering up their versions of the sandwich, as well as activities and games, a “Banh Mi Throw Down,” a Pho and Banh Su Eating Contest, and a 21+ outdoor beer garden.

MUSIC

97. Air Supply
Air Supply are the spray cheese in my musical diet-I know they’re bad, I know they’re bad for me, and I know they barely qualify as “music,” but every now and again I still feel that awful, undeniable urge to indulge myself in the sheer (pardon the pun) cheesy brilliance of classic power ballads like “All out of Love,” “Lost in Love,” and, of course, “Making Love out of Nothing at All.” (Does this count as a cry for help?) BARBARA MITCHELL

AUGUST 31

MUSIC

98. Yasiin Bey (Mos Def)
Two things to set straight right away: (1) Rapper Yasiin Bey used to go by the name Mos Def. (2) It’s not controversial to acknowledge that Bey’s best work happened early in his career, as half of Black Star (the other half being Talib Kweli) and on his promising initial solo endeavors. Black Star’s self-titled first album and Black on Both Sides, Def’s debut, carved a middle path between socially conscious backpacker rap and silver-age b-boy boom-bap, with dexterous flows and a metric ton of charisma backing it all up. Since then, I’ve increasingly dug Bey’s work as an actor (seriously, he’s magnetic as Ford Prefect in A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) in direct inverse to my enjoyment of him as a rapper, but he remains a consummate performer and chameleonic talent. KYLE FLECK

PERFORMANCE

99. Sculptured Dance
Huge crowds are expected for this year’s Summer at SAM showcase of local dancers in site-specific pieces, so show up early—even RSVPing isn’t a guarantee of a spot. Performers will include Stranger Genius Award winner Noelani Pantastico and Dani Tirrell with the Pacific Northwest Ballet, Eva Stone with Au Collective, and Price Suddarth and the YC. Each group will be paired with a specific sculpture, like Richard Serra’s Wake or Alexander Calder’s The Eagle. There’ll also be music by Jyun Jyun, a sculpture workshop with Romson Regarde Bustillo, a kids’ corner, and food truck fare.

AUGUST 31-SEPTEMBER 3

MUSIC

100. Cécile McLorin Salvant
In 2016, Cécile McLorin Salvant won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album for her record For One To Love. She is celebrated for her ability to bring together the connections between jazz, vaudeville, blues, and folk music with her strong tone.

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Phoenix’s First BlakTina Festival Packed an Emotional Punch

Emotions ran deep at Phoenix’s first BlakTina Festival, a single-evening performance of dance created and performed by artists of color.

Through thoughtful choices of movement, subject matter, music, and spoken word, these creatives drew the audience into both inner and outer struggles.

The festival took place on Saturday, July 22, at Black Theatre Troupe’s performance space, where choreographers presented 10 pieces exploring both the universal human experience and the complexities of contemporary life for people of color.

It included eight pieces by choreographers based in metro Phoenix and two by choreographers from the Los Angeles area. That’s where the festival was founded back in 2013.

Phoenix-based choreographer and dancer Liliana Gomez partnered with festival founder Licia Perea to create the Valley’s first BlakTina Festival.

They selected the choreographers, who chose their own dancers. And together, these artists delivered a powerful evening of dance. The performance was sold out, and Gomez is already planning for another BlakTina Festival in Phoenix next year.

Three solo performances, each choreographed by the dancer who performed it, were particularly strong.

For Self Portrait of a Dying Soul, Jenny Gerena sought to free herself from the century-old trappings of polite society, embodied in a long dress and traditional European décor. While seated in a formal chair with her hair in a bun, Gerena’s twitching belied her feelings of being trapped.

Although she broke free for a time and let loose a long cascade of dark curls, she returned to that chair to close out her piece – powerfully conveying how western civilization continues its death grip on those who aren’t part of the dominant culture, including women and people of color.

Gerena, a Phoenix-based Latina performance artist, received her master of fine arts in dance from Arizona State University in 2016. Recently, she was part of a cross-disciplinary team that created Roda-Viva through the new work development nonprofit [nueBOX] and Mesa Arts Center. Roda-Viva coupled contemporary dance and live music with visual art by Rossitza Todorova.

Ashley Baker, a black artist who holds a bachelor of fine arts in dance from ASU, also created a compelling work. Titled Mulato, her piece for the BlakTina Festival explored the prejudices faced by people of color, when that color doesn’t meet others’ expectations. But her work also raised the issue of how race informs identity, and its implications for real lives beyond mere theoretical considerations.

But the real stand-out was Alexander Patrick, a black dancer who recently moved from New Orleans to Phoenix, where he’s now dancing with several companies, including Scorpius Dance Theatre.

Patrick choreographed the festival’s opening number, titled Scarred From Being Scared, with black artist Malikah Fernandez. But he also choreographed and performed a solo piece titled Mirage, which also featured his own costume design.

Donning all white, including a flowing tunic that conveyed a yearning for transcendence, Patrick conjured the vicious persistence of self-doubt through music by New Orleans artist Ledisi and recordings of his own voice incessantly repeating “you’re so stupid” and similar messages. While doing so, he explored the use of pharmaceuticals in attempts to control one’s wilder impulses – even acting as though he was taking pills to reluctantly calm the noise in his own head.

There was humor in the festival’s lineup, too.

With Ni Fú, Ni Fá, a four-member Los Angeles-based dance company called Primera Generación Dance Collective played with America’s cultural appropriation of the holiday Cinco de Mayo, a Mexican celebration of victory over French forces in 1862.

Collectively, these artists addressed issues at the heart of contemporary culture, where racism, sexism, and other social injustice continues to fuel strong rhetoric and feelings. And they took the audience on a moving journey through anger, love, fear, and frustration. Ultimately, the BlakTina Festival’s greatest accomplishment was demonstrating the ongoing power of dance to capture and convey human emotions.

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Lost pilots, the stubborn French and £80k salaries: what you didn’t know about air traffic control

Last week the body in charge of the UK’s airspace was preparing to handle a record number of planes: as the British school holidays kicked off in earnest, 8,800 flights would arrive, depart or pass through our skies. It would be the country’s busiest day in aviation history.

Only, it never happened.

“We actually broke an earlier record on June 20 with 8,747 planes, and we thought we would break it again but we were about 20 short in the end,” explains Martin Rolfe, CEO of NATS, formerly National Air Traffic Services.  


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“It depends on the number of business jets flying, and the weather. There is a decent chance we might break it this Friday [today], or maybe the bank holiday Friday in August.”

NATS announced the prospective record as a way of highlighting the urgent need to modernise the UK’s ageing airspace structure.

“The record is a double-edged sword,” says Rolfe. “From a thriving economy point of view it’s very exciting to break the record – we host more traffic than any other air space on earth, considering our size. We’re a funnel for the North Atlantic.

“We’re very proud of what we achieve safely but at the same time, the trend can’t continue without a massive overhaul of the airspace,” he says. “We’re still working to a design from the Fifties, a period where aircraft were using their own navigation systems and we knew where they were to within about half a mile. Now, all aircraft are equipped with much more accurate GPS. We know where aircraft are, and they know where to fly probably to within 20cm.”

Rolfe explains that we are giving aircraft airspace corridors to fly in that provide miles of buffers, even though they are capable of existing much closer together. It’s a waste and it’s one that NATS and the Department of Transport think will contribute to a steep rise in flight delays in the coming years.

The difficulty, Rolfe says, is the people on the ground. He says that, on a policy level, the Government is supportive of modernising the airspace, but when it comes down to a local level – for example, at Heathrow – it becomes an incredibly contentious issue.

The UK's skies are getting busier

The UK’s skies are getting busier

“If you take any airport to maximise capacity, you would probably have more routes in and out of it, and this means more people would potentially be affected. It becomes very sensistive to local people,” says Rolfe.

“But we can now fly planes a lot more accurately so that they can fly over rivers, estuaries, industrial areas and reduce the number of people affected. The modern aircraft are also much quieter and can ascend and descend much quicker.

“There will also remain some avenues that are busier than others – all planes have to get to an airport, and there will only be one best route between Heathrow and Edinburgh – but with more routes we can alternate them.”

Five things you didn’t know about air traffic control

1. France is the only country not to use English in the skies

“The good news for the UK is that aviation is done in English around the world, except in France,” said Rolfe. Yes, the international language for pilot and air traffic control communication is English. But our stubborn cousins over the Channel still insist on sticking to their native tongue.

2. The problem with drones could be easily solved

Drones pose a huge challenge to air traffic controllers. “We absolutely recognise that drones are from on an economy and future business point of view a great thing but people need to use them responsibly,” said Rolfe. “Most of the times when reported near to aircraft, people just don’t understand the rules.” He added that working with drone manufacturers can be applying “geofences” to drones so they are unable to function as soon as they near commercial airspace.

Drones are an issue – but they need not be

Drones are an issue – but they need not be

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3. Summer weather is worse than winter weather

“Weather is the biggest thing we have to contend with, and it’s in the summer when the thunderstorms come that we have the most difficulty,” said Rolfe. “Most pilots won’t fly through thunderstorm. Not only does it upset the passenger but it can be quite dangerous. The lightning is not so much the problem – more the turbulence, the up-drafts and the down-drafts. We have our own Met Office forecaster, and though we’re getting better at predicting them, it’s still a bit of a black art.”

4. Light aircraft sometimes wander into busy flight paths

“We generally are able to track them down, sometimes with the help of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and have a chat with them,” said Rolfe. “People in Cessnas and light aircraft. They will take off and either get lost because something happens to them or they haven’t briefed themselves well enough and they fly into controlled airspace and then we have to fly passenger jets a different path. We go into local flying clubs and talk about the dangers of flying into our space.”

Private pilots sometimes get lost

Private pilots sometimes get lost

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5. Strikes in France hit British flights

“When our European counterparts go on strike, the traffic still needs to go somewhere so our skies can become quite congested,” said Rolfe. “The French are particularly prone to going on strike and it can in essence shut down huge swathes of air space above the country.”

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Florida Highwaymen art show coming to Lake Worth

Art Link International is scheduled to open a big show of Florida Highway paintings July 28 at the Palm Beach Art, Antique & Design Center.

The show is curated by Art Link International’s Howard Brassner, a Florida Highway expert. The show will feature more than 150 paintings by the Highwaymen, a group of 26 self-taught black artists from the 1950s to the 1980s who depicted the Florida landscape and sole work door to door or from trunks of their cars.

Al Black, an original Highwayman, and Kevin Hair, son o the late Highwayman Alfred Hair, will exhibit new paintings and attend the show July 28-30. The painting will remain on view through Aug. 13.

Hours are 4-10 p.m., July 28; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. July 29; noon-5 p.m. July 30 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays Aug. 1-13.

The Center is on 500 N. Dixie Highway.

— KEVIN D. THOMPSON

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Validity of the Blue Whale Challenge is Disputed, but Social Media’s Impact on Young People’s Mental Health is Real

WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES, July 21, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — Many media outlets are reporting on the “Blue Whale Challenge,” a social media game that allegedly encourages young people to engage in self-harm and suicidal behavior. While we have no evidence the Blue Whale Challenge is a real phenomenon, we do know that social media—in all forms—can have a significant impact on mental health, especially for young people.

Youth are among the highest-risk groups for suicide: according to the CDC, 17% of grade 9-12 students reported seriously considering suicide in the past 12 months. We urge parents and educators to sit down with children and youth and talk about social media’s potential impact. www.Kidshealth.org provides useful guidelines for having these conversations. It’s essential to talk openly and honestly about mental health, depression, and thoughts of suicide—and whether social media use might be a contributing factor. While many discussions hinge on the negative effects of social media, its positive impact cannot be ignored: social media can be helpful for people who are suicidal and unable to reach out in person.

Youth struggling with thoughts of suicide usually present with warning signs. In young people, these warning signs might be seen as talking about death or hopelessness, extreme irritability, pulling away from friends and family, and loss of enjoyment in their usual activities. If you notice warning signs, reaching out quickly and talking openly about suicide can help save a life.

AAS President Julie Cerel says, “Anytime a child dies by suicide, we search for the reason why. Suicide is complicated and never has a single cause. By implicating events like the Blue Whale Challenge as the cause of youth suicide, we risk minimizing someone’s emotional pain and further discriminating against those who are suffering.”

Suicide prevention resources:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (http://suicidepreventionlifeline.org) – 800-273-8255
Crisis Text Line (http://crisistextline.org) – Text HOME to 741-741
The Trevor Project (http://trevorproject.org) – 866-488-7386
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Bela-Bela takes on the best in Champions Cup


Cape Town trainer Justin Snaith fully expects Bela-Bela to put it up to Marinaresco and Captain America in the R1m, Grade 1 World Sports Betting Champions Cup (1800m) at Greyville on Saturday although he stops short of predicting outright victory.

Bela-Bela, picture Liesl King

Snaith, who won the race with Futura two years ago, said yesterday: “I think this is by far the strongest Champions Cup in years.

“Normally it’s an end-of-season race with one outstanding horse left after the rest have packed their bags and gone home. This time we’ve got the winners of the July, the Gold Challenge and the Garden Province all taking each other on.

“But Bela-Bela is going to give them a go. I had it planned all along that the Champions Cup was going to be part of her programme – that’s why she missed out the odd race – and she has been raced easy during her four months up here.

“If there was ever a time for her to take on the best this is it. She is doing well, she has matured and she is ready.”

Snaith also runs Black Arthur and It’s My Turn, seventh and eighth in the Durban July but less than a length and a half behind Marinaresco– “I couldn’t be happier with either of them than I am at the moment and I think I have them spot on. They will run good races.”

– Snaith will run last weekend’s Final Fling runner-up A Time To Dream in the Champagne Stakes at Kenilworth on Saturday even though the four-year-year has not raced over as short a distance as 1 200m for more than two years.

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Annual Ann Arbor Art Fair

50 years after the first bottle smashed at 12th and Clairmount, two Midtown museums are opening complementary exhibitions tied to the anniversary that examine art’s use as a social, political weapon

Fifty years to the day after the first bottle smashed at 12th and Clairmount in Detroit, sparking five days of mayhem, two Midtown museums are opening complementary exhibitions tied to the anniversary that examine art’s use as a social and political weapon.

On Sunday, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History will unveil “Say It Loud: Art, History, Rebellion.”

A short walk away, “Art of Rebellion: Black Art of the Civil Rights Movement” debuts at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

The two institutions collaborated on their shows, and the result is a kaleidoscopic tour of some of the most-important black art from the 1960s to the present, albeit with a focus on exhortation and protest.

“This exhibition has been a lifelong dream of mine,” said the Wright’s Erin Falker, an assistant curator who organized “Say It Loud” with Jennifer Evans, also an assistant curator.

“We even got Faith Ringgold’s ‘Flag for the Moon,’ ” Falker said with an astonished laugh, referring to the artist famous for her narrative quilts. “I’ve been looking at that in art-history books since 10th or 11th grade. It’s pretty amazing.”

Indeed, prepare to be amazed throughout these two shows, whose works brim with urgency, rage and hope.

At the DIA, African American Art Curator Valerie Mercer explains that a number of the 34 works on display emerged from black art collectives that in some cases aimed to instruct a community whose self-identity was in rapid flux.

“Harlem’s Weusi collective felt we African-Americans needed to learn more about African culture,” Mercer said, “which is hard for us, since it’s typically not taught in schools.”

Ademola Olugebefola’s colorful, totemic “Shango” exemplifies this push — painted in 1969, it introduces black Americans to the Yoruba god of thunder, rendered in primary tones of red, blue, black and white.

Other instructional works are tied to themes of self-image and empowerment, like AfriCOBRA collective artist Wadsworth Jarrell’s dazzling, mosaic-like “Three Queens” from 1971.

In this work, said Mercer, “Jarrell promotes the natural beauty of black people.” Indeed, he goes further, demanding that the viewer “Stop buying Chuck’s wigs and make-up.” (One wonders how Chuck felt.)

But Afro-centric art started well before the Detroit riots, of course. Indeed, don’t walk out of the DIA’s exhibit without taking in “Conjur Woman” by the legendary Romare Bearden, a 1964 black-and-white collage invoking shamanic ritual.

Bringing the DIA’s show right up to date, however, is the punchy “1967: Death in the Algiers Motel and Beyond” by Detroiter Rita Dickerson, which connects the murder of those three young black men with much more recent victims of police shootings like Tamir Rice and Eric Garner.

The violence upholding white privilege crops up in any number of works at the Wright’s “Say It Loud.”

“Uneven Fight” by Detroit artist Jason H. Phillips stars a young black boxer surrounded by agents of white repression, including — leaping back several hundred years — a dour judge in powdered wig.

To underline the point, Phillips, who’s also a tattoo artist, inked “Black Lives Matter” on the muscular chest of his boxer, who regards the world with resigned despair.

Overall, the Wright’s exhibition has a more contemporary feel than the DIA’s “Art of Rebellion,” with its classic works by Bearden and Jacob Lawrence, among others.

A good example at the Wright is native Detroiter Jamea Richmond Edwards’ “An Ode to Farrad #2,” a 2014 tribute to a brother who was killed that mixes the masculine and feminine in a gender-bending fashion that feels very 21st century.

“Jamea sort of makes shrines” with her portraits, said Falker, adding, “you’ll note the flower halo. And Farrad’s face is actually a combination of his and Jamea’s.”

Also very contemporary is Detroiter Senghor Reid’s “Broadcast News,” with its black, blocky letters on bright yellow that scream, “The ’67 riot didn’t take place.”

Like much work here, Reid’s piece is in your face and defiant, reflecting the angry self-confidence forged in the last century’s struggles.

By contrast, Benny Andrews’ haunting “There Must Be a Heaven” spotlights one of racism’s casualties, a faceless, anguished African-American, both bent and beseeching. The piece by the late New York artist is one of the most emotionally resonant in the entire show, a composition moving and deeply disturbing.

By contrast, Detroiter Yvonne Parks Catchings’ “The Chains Are Still There” is an elegant, black-and-white abstract of interconnected links — a simple composition that, like so much in “Say It Loud” and “Art of Rebellion,” packs extraordinary punch.

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‘Art of Rebellion: Black Art of the Civil Rights Movement’

Sunday-Oct. 22

Detroit Institute of Arts

5200 Woodward, Detroit

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays; 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays

$14 adults; $9 seniors 62 and older; $8 college students; $6 children 6-17; free for Macomb, Oakland and Wayne county residents

(313) 833-7900

dia.org

‘Say It Loud: Art, History, Rebellion’

Sunday-Jan. 2

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

315 E. Warren, Detroit

1-5 p.m. Sundays; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays

$8 adults; $5 seniors 62 and older; $3 children 3-12

(313) 494-5800

thewright.org

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A New Exhibition Goes Inside the “Soul of a Nation”

Artwork: Lorraine O’Grady, Art Is (Girlfriends Times Two), 1983/2009. Courtesy of the artist and Alexander Grey Associates, NY.

On June 16, 1966, Stokely Carmichael stood before a crowd of 3,000 in a park in Greenwood, Mississippi, who had gathered to march in place of James Meredith, who had been wounded during his solitary “Walk Against Fear” in an effort to integrate the University of Mississippi.

Carmichael, who had been arrested after setting up camp, took to the stage with fire in his gut. “We’ve been saying ‘Freedom’ for six years,” the newly appointed chairman of the SNCC announced, “What we are going to start saying now is ‘Black Power!’”

Barkley l. Hendricks, Icon for My Man Superman (Superman Never Saved any Black People--Bobby Seale), 1969. Collection of Liz and Eric Lefkofsky.

Barkley L. Hendricks, Icon for My Man Superman (Superman Never Saved any Black People–Bobby Seale), 1969. Collection of Liz and Eric Lefkofsky.

With those words, Carmichael did more than change the paradigm for Civil Rights, he transformed the language of race itself. Up until that time, Americans had been using the word “Negro,” taken from the Spanish slave trade. It’s linguistic resemblance to the “N” word was all-too evident; the Spanish word for “Black” that was commonly used had been corrupted by English speakers and infested with pathological hatred, fear, and rage.

Carmichael embraced the word “Black” while simultaneously making the case that “Negro” was the oppressor’s term of diminution and disrespect. Malcolm X, who had had been killed a year earlier, was also a proponent for the word “Black.” By the decade’s end, Ebony was using it exclusively, helping to guide the group towards a self-chosen identity that the rest of the nation came to use.

Why does this matter? Because we think in words; the very terms we use to describe the world, and the connotations they hold, inform our beliefs and perceptions, whether we realize it or not. “Black Power” began in the very naming of the act. It was a means of transforming identity from one that was given to that which was claimed.

In doing so, the Civil Rights Movement evolved in turn—and with the United States government’s execution of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the die was cast. The peaceful protests met with militarized violence became a thing of that past as groups like the Black Panthers organized a 10 Point Program that followed the Constitution to the letter of the law—including the Second Amendment right to bear arms.

Betye Sar, Rainbow Mojo, 1972. Paul Michael diMeglio, New York.

Betye Saar, Rainbow Mojo, 1972. Paul Michael diMeglio, New York.

As the citizens of this nation organized themselves to fight for the basic human rights guaranteed under the law, artists played a vital role in spreading the word, from Black Panther Party’s Culture Minister Emory Douglas, who declared “The ghetto itself is the gallery,” to David Hammons, who created the double self-portrait Black First, America Second 1970, saying, “I feel it is my moral obligation as a black artist to try to graphically document what I feel socially.”

Hammons’ portrait visually expresses W.E.B. DuBois‘ famed “double-consciousness” that exists as a result of the schism cleaved into the psyche of Black people since the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade first began. It is the awareness that the double standard as defined by the imperialist powers of Europe and their descendants: the use of double talk, disinformation, and destruction to wage war on the people that they, in the words of Thomas Jefferson, are named as their “equals.”

Because we think in words, thought is easily corrupted. Logic does not need to follow a rational premise, it simply needs to follow itself. As a result, words can be used to manipulate, obfuscate, and delude. People, for the most part, are empirical creatures inclined to trust cliché over critical thought. This is why you find most people will agree: “Seeing is believing.”

Enter the artist.

The Tate Modern, London, has just opened a major exhibition of work that looks at this vital period of transformation in American life. Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power is a tour-de-force, showcasing more than 150 words by over 60 artists made between 1963 and 1983 including Romare Bearden, Dawoud Bey, Adger Cowans, Roy DeCarava, Emory Douglas, Louis Draper, David Hammons, Barkley L. Hendricks, Archibald Motley, Alice Neel, Lorraine O’Grady, Faith Ringgold, Betye Saar, Ming Smith, Alma Thomas, and Andy Warhol, among others.

512brmUxy6LThe exhibition runs through October 22, 2017, and will travel to Crystal Bridges, Bentonville, AR (February 2–April 23, 2018) and the Brooklyn Museum, NY (September 7, 2018-February 2, 2019). The show is accompanied by a masterful catalogue published by the Tate/D.A.P., which features substantial essays that provide much-needed insights into this vastly underserved and broadly neglected period of art history And, as no artistic study of Black America would be complete without ample consideration of the music it makes, Soul Jazz Records is releasing Soul of a Nation, featuring 13 tracks central to the movement, from Gil-Scott Heron to Roy Ayers Ubiquity.

Faith Ringgold, American People Series #20: Die, 1967. The Museum of Modern Art, NY.

Faith Ringgold, American People Series #20: Die, 1967. The Museum of Modern Art, NY.

Soul of a Nation opens in 1963 with the formation of the Spiral Group, a New York-based collective of Black artists that focused on how to relate and respond to living in the United States. At a time when the apartheid laws of Jim Crow were still on the books, they looked inward to build spaces for art within their own communities.

That same year, the Kamoinge Workshop was founded in Harlem, with 15 members dedicated to using the photography to “reflect a concern for truth about the world, about society, and about themselves.” To this day, they are the longest-standing photography collective in the United States. The artists in the group, including Roy DeCarava, Ming Smith, and Louis Draper, did not simply document what they saw; they used the camera as a tool to paint pictures of Black life as they knew it to be: soulful, spiritual, and poetic scenes of joy and pain.

Emma Amos, Eva the Babysitter, 1973. Courtesy of the artist and Ryan Lee Gallery, NY.

Emma Amos, Eva the Babysitter, 1973. Courtesy of the artist and Ryan Lee Gallery, NY.

As the Black Power movement took hold, AfriCOBRA (the African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists) formed in Chicago in 1967 and became the only group to produce a manifesto for Black Art, which was centered around providing art to the communities in the form of large-scale public murals depicting contemporary and historic figures of Black history. Today, it would simply be known as street art, but 50 years ago, at a time when images of Black men and women were scarce, it was a revolutionary movement.

Soul of a Nation continues forward with openly political work, where artists like Emory Douglas became vital parts of the revolution. As the artist for the Black Panther Party newspaper, Douglas’s art was literally held in the hands, made for populist appeal and affordability so that it could reach far and wide. The ability to distribute his work across the nation to local BPP chapters sparked a dialogue with other artists who quickly took to using their talents to tell stories.

By the 1970s, a decade into the movement, the styles begin to evolve, embracing the power of abstraction to redefine the way we see the world. Here we see the ways in which fine artists bring the issues and concerns of Black America inside the art world, showing in galleries and museums and adding new narratives and perspectives to the conversation.

Soul of a Nation is by no means exhaustive, but it is intense, providing a wide array of perspectives that show the return of figurative works, sculpture, performance art, and the role of Black women in a traditional male space. The show reveals the layers of complexity, nuance, and dialogue within the community that are so deeply immersed in the traditions of Black culture that David Hammons’ declaration in his double-self portrait becomes crystal clear. In a country that forces people to live double lives and code-switch, the depth of knowledge, wisdom, and understanding of its artists is one of its greatest gifts.


Miss Rosen is a journalist covering art, photography, culture, and books. Her byline has appeared in L’Uomo Vogue, Vogue Online, The Undefeated, Dazed Digital, Aperture Online, and Feature Shoot. Follow her on Twitter @Miss_Rosen.

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Jessica Harris creates a world of glitterati artists in latest book

Jessica B. Harris of Oak Bluffs, New York, and New Orleans, is more than a cookbook writer, even though she’s written 12 of them. Some have earned her prestigious awards, including the recent IACP Award for Culinary History for “High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America.” I say “more than a cookbook writer” because each book has rendered up a voice of stirring memory and cultural context that’s a mix of M.F.K. Fisher and Marcel Proust.

Consider this from her 2009 book titled, simply enough, “Rum Drinks” (Chronicle): “The flowers were still blooming on Papa Doc’s tomb and the eternal flame was flickering in the torrid wind the first time I tasted rum. I’d arrived in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, the previous evening and been whisked off to that gingerbread hotel, the legendary Oloffson, celebrated by Graham Greene in ‘The Comedians.’ The hotel was every writer’s dream — with the flotsam and jetsam of the island circulating at cocktail time. Modern-day pirates rubbed shoulders with pale-skinned newcomers, their sharp eyes evaluating the worth of each summer cotton frock and gold-braceleted arm and calculating schemes and scams. Paint-daubed artists sought solace in the bottom of glasses, weary island-exiled writers fled from the blank page, socialites fought ennui, and white linen-suited Aubelin Jolicoeur, the model of Greene’s character Petitpierre, hovered: a celebrity in search of an audience. The sophistication was palpable.”

Isn’t it about time Ms. Harris wrote a full-out memoir? “My Soul Looks Back” (Scribner) is what we’ve been waiting for. Mind you, it contains a handful of recipes, but they are a kind of epilogue to each tale beautifully wrought before it. But no, this is 99 percent, flat-out autobiography, which is not to say that food isn’t sumptuously described as the saga unfolds.

Lots of celebrated faces run through Harris’ story, but two in particular make up the pivotal threads of the tapestry extending from the bohemian chic New York of the 1970s to France and England and Africa and back again. These two figures are James Baldwin and Maya Angelou. Ms. Harris had an elite African-American upbringing in Brooklyn, with a father from a hardscrabble Southern background, lifted by his own bootstraps, who insisted on an Ivy League education for his only child, from the U.N. International School in New York to Bryn Mawr. Her own status in a world of famous black artists had everything to do with her slow-cooked romance with player Sam Floyd, “master of revels” and best friend of James Baldwin.

Harris is humble about her own credentials in the fabulous circles into which she’s thrust, from glam parties to nights at the opera to jazz in seedy dives. It’s all about Sam Floyd, who knows everyone and whom everyone knows and loves. Eventually Sam’s brilliant “date” is taken to the bosoms of Baldwin, Angelou, and all the others, including Nina Simone, and all these folks, who are not only famous writers but also love to cook, provide the backdrop.

And there is also the culinary, cultural, and ethnic history that Harris — a professor of English at Queens College for decades, and still going strong — loves to feed on, pun intended. For instance, “The restaurant scene in New York in the 1970s was breaking away from the Gallic dominance and adding a note of fun.” With an opening gambit such as that, get ready for a bright mosaic of facts, from the Forum of the Twelve Caesars with wine in Roman helmets, to La Fonda del Sol that was “an exuberant splash of Latin American art and food that changed the palate of many New Yorkers, and showcased the food of the Hispanic world in ways that would take more than 20 years to repeat.”

But it’s not all luscious food and picnics in St.-Paul de Vence on the French Riviera, with side trips to Sonoma and Haiti, the West Coast of Africa, and much time in Paris. At the heart of the Harris/Floyd liaison is a dark secret, one that the memoirist herself doesn’t discover until her long-lost lover is lost mortally, and some things she never knew about him stand revealed.

As she does most summers, Jessica Harris resides in her gingerbread house with pink shutters, which her parents were canny enough to purchase in the 1950s. A number of talks and book signings will be scheduled locally, but buy the book now and spend some long, lazy summer days basking in Harris’ memories, such as watching old French men play boules in St. Paul: “I mused that it was nothing more than a game of marbles with bigger marbles and bigger boys. But I understood how it could be a major spectator sport, especially if viewed from the sunny terrace of a cafe while sipping a pastis or a glass of rosé de Provence.”

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Art gallery and museum listings: July 27-Aug. 2

All shows are free unless otherwise noted.

Galleries

Archway Gallery: “Ninth Annual Juried Exhibition,” through Aug. 3; 2305 Dunlavy; 713-522-2409, archwaygallery.com.

Barbara Davis Gallery: “Owen Drysdale and Rajab Ali Sayed: Swim,” through Sept. 2; 4411 Montrose; 713-520-9200, barbaradavisgallery.com.

BlueOrange Art: Matthew Kelly Debbaudt‘s “Motion Pictures,” through Aug. 11; 1208 W. Gray; 713-527-0030, blueorangehouston.com.


Catherine Couturier Gallery: “Jefferson Hayman: Things I Saw Without You,” through Saturday; 713-524-5070, catherinecouturier.com.

Cindy Lisica Gallery: “Fine Wind, Clear Morning,” through Sept. 2; 4411 Montrose; 713-807-7760, cindylisicagallery.com.

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Clarke & Associates: “James Surls: Thought Wave – Drawings From Matter and Mind,” through Sept. 3; 301 E. 11th; 713-254-2998, jamessurls.com.

David Shelton Gallery: “Austin Eddy and Benjamin Edmiston: Walking to Work,” through Aug. 19; 4411 Montrose; 713-393-7319, davidsheltongallery.com.

Deborah Colton Gallery: “Grayson Chandler: Tautologies and Memoirs,” through Aug. 19; 2445 North Blvd.; 713-869-5151, deborahcoltongallery.com.

DesignWorks Gallery: “A Selection of Gallery Artists,” through Aug. 31; 2119-A Postoffice, Galveston; 409-766-7599.

Gallery Sonja Roesch: “Jonathan Leach: Planes Drifter,” through Aug. 19; 2309 Caroline; 713-659-5424, gallerysonjaroesch.com.

Gray Contemporary: “Robby Scott & Rebecca Braziel,” through Aug. 11; 3508 Lake; 713-862-4425, graycontemporary.com.

G Spot Contemporary Art Space: “Vladimir Alexander,” through Sunday; 310 E. 9th; 713-822-4842, gspotgallery.com.

Hiram Butler Gallery: “Apertures,” through Saturday; 4520 Blossom; 713-863-7097, hirambutler.com.

Hooks-Epstein Galleries: “Leamon Green: Is The Way Closed,” through Aug. 12; 2631 Colquitt; 713-522-0718, hooksepsteingalleries.com.

Jonathan Hopson Gallery: “Coyote,” through Sunday; 832-819-2918, jonathanhopsongallery.com.

Koelsch Haus: “Chris Hedrick: All Summer Long,” through Aug. 25; 801 Richmond; 713-862-5744, koelschgallery.com.

McClain Gallery: “Mara Held: Errant Traveler,” through Aug. 31; 2242 Richmond; 713-520-9988, mcclaingallery.com.

Moody Gallery: “Flatbed Press: A Selection of Prints,” through Aug. 12; 2815 Colquitt; 713-526-9911, moodygallery.com.

Nicole Longnecker Gallery: “Harumi Shimazu,” through Aug. 19; 2625 Colquitt; 713-591-4997, longneckergallery.com.

Redbud Gallery: “David Andrews: Rail Providence,” through Monday; 303 E. 11th; 713-854-4246, redbudgallery.com.

Samara Gallery: “Maria Bordelon-Nelson: Carved and Woven Souls,” through Aug. 12; 3911 Main; 713-999-1009, samaragallery.com.

Sicardi Gallery: “Carlos Cruz-Diez: La Autonomia del Color,” through Aug. 24; 1506 W. Alabama; 713-529-1313, sicardigallery.com.

William Reaves | Sarah Foltz Fine Art: “As Is Rural Realism,” through Aug. 12; 2143 Westheimer; 713-521-7500, reavesart.com.

Zoya Tommy: “James Ciosek: Moth to the Flame,” through Aug. 26; 4102 Fannin; 832-649-5814, zoyatommy.com.

Museums

Art Car Museum: “Literacy Through Photography: The FotoFest Writing and Photography Project,” through Aug. 13; 140 Heights; 713-861-5526, artcarmuseum.com.

Asia Society Texas Center: “Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art,” through Saturday, and “Sangram Majumdar,” through Sept. 10; $5; 1370 Southmore; 713-496-9901, asiasociety.org.

Blaffer Art Museum: “The Propeller Group,” through Sept. 30; 4173 Elgin, University of Houston; 713-743-9521, blafferartmuseum.org.

Box 13 Artspace: The Center for Imaginative Cartography & Research’s “Through Here,” group show “Things We Used to Know” and a window installation by Melinda Laszczynski, through Sept. 9; 6700 Harrisburg; box13artspace.com.

Contemporary Art Museum Houston: “A Better Yesterday,” works by JooYoung Choi, Jack Early and Lily van der Stokker, through Sept. 3; “Atlas, Plural, Monumental: Paul Ramirez Jonas,” through Aug. 6; 5216 Montrose; 713-284-8250, camh.org.

Galveston Arts Center: “Abhidnya Ghuge: Changing Perspectives” and “Burning Bones Press: Collective Pulse,” through Aug. 20; 2127 Strand, Galveston; 409-763-2403, galvestonartscenter.org.

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft: “Edward Eberle Retrospective” and “Annie Evelyn: Multiple Impressions,” through Sept. 1; “Small Expressions,” through Saturday; 4848 Main; 713-529-4848, crafthouston.org.

Houston Museum of African American Culture: “The Magnificent Faith Ringgold,” through Sept. 25; 4807 Caroline; 713-526-1015, hmaac.org.

Houston Center for Photography: 35th annual Juried Membership Exhibition, through Aug. 27; 1441 W. Alabama; 713-529-4755, hcponline.org.

Lawndale Art Center: “The Big Show,” through Aug. 12; 4912 Main; 713-528-5858, lawndaleartcenter.org.

The Menil Collection: “Between Land and Sea: Artists of the Coenties Slip,” through Aug. 6; 1533 Sul Ross; 713-525-9400, menil.org.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston: “Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910-1950,” through Oct. 1; “Pipilotti Rist: ‘Pixel Forest’ and ‘Worry Will Vanish,’ ” through Sept. 17; “Ron Mueck,” through Aug. 19; “Homelands and Histories: Photographs by Fazal Sheikh,” through Oct. 1; $7.50-$23; 5601 Main; 713-639-7300, mfah.org.

Moody Center for the Arts: “David Scanavino: Repeater,” through Aug. 26; teamLab’s “Flowers & People …,” through Aug. 13; Rice University, 6100 Main; 713-348-4772, moody.rice.edu.

O’Kane Gallery: “Windows on Death Row: Art Inside and Outside Prison Walls,” through Saturday; UHDowntown Visitors Center, 100 Main; 713-221-8042, uhd.edu.

Station Museum of Contemporary Art: “Torture,” by Andres Serrano, through Oct. 8; 1502 Alabama; 713-529-6900, stationmuseum.com.

University Museum: “2017 Citywide African American Artists Exhibition,” through Sunday; 3100 Cleburne, Texas Southern University; 713-313-7145, umusetsu.org.

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