Friday, May 5
The Mission Celebrate the 5th like a grown-up at this sexy, sophisticated Latin lounge. Share a few tapas with your companeros from the special $5 food menu while grooving to the spinning DJs. Pace yourself because there are drink, shot, and beer specials all day as well. The Mission, 2325 California Ave SW, 206-937-8220, www.missionbar.com. Starts at noon, DJs on at 6 p.m.
Cinco de Mayo Metal Extravaganza Not into salsa dancing or five-piece Mariachi bands? Then opt for an all-out mosh fest instead at this hardcore metal rock show. Featuring five deliciously angry-sounding bands, including Asesino and Drown Mary, your head will be ringing until the very last note is struck, unless you decide to seize the holiday with a shot of one of the venue's special varieties of tequila. El Corazon, 109 Eastlake Ave., 206-381-3094, www.ticketswest.com. $12 adv., $15 DOS. 7:30 p.m.
Cinco de Mayo Funk Fiesta Learn the art of alliteration while grooving to the sounds of soul with the Phat Phunk Phamily Band. Tommy's Night Club and Grill, 4552 University Way NE, 206- 634-3144. $5 cover, $3 donation with student ID. 10 p.m.
Aquaboogie Boat Cruise Housewreckin Productions plans to live up to its name away from dry land, prompting partygoers to "drinko for cinco!" For five bucks a pop, techno lovers can dance to battling DJ's until 2 a.m. on a newly furnished floating club/restaurant. And apparently those who aren't already obliterated will have a view of Bill Gates' very covert pad during the return trip. The Islander, 1611 Fairview Ave E, email@example.com, www.brownpapertickets.com. $5. Boarding begins at 9:30 p.m.
Cinco de Mayo Celebration Soak up traditional Mexican music and festivities at this family-oriented three-day festival at Seattle Center. Try the meringue at the Gran Baile the first evening and help local soccer teams. Peruse authentic Mexican crafts, sip on a Corona in the beer garden, and gorge on tasty Mexican treats while the kiddies take turns swinging at the piñata. Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St, 206-684-7200, www.cincodemayocelebration.com. Friday-Sunday.
Destroyer Join Dan Bejar and the rest of his Canadian crew as they bring smart pop melodies infused with bombastic folk to the Croc for an evening of poetic tunes. The show will mainly be dedicated to new release Destroyer's Rubies, an album Bejar affirms will be the crutch for the band here on. Crocodile Cafe, 2200 2nd Ave., 206-441-5611, www.ticketweb.com. $10. 9 p.m.
Cinco de Mayo Celebration with DJ Elad A weekly standard at Belltown Billiards, DJ Elad promises to add a little Hispanic flavor to the mix, and turn the venue into one big hip-shaking, skirt-twirling, partner-dipping salsa dance party. If the dancing burns you out, rent a pool table and play a few. Belltown Billiards. 90 Blanchard St., 206-448-6779, www.belltownseattle.com. No cover before 9:30.
TV On the Radio The stylish Brooklyn indie post-punk trio take the stage to perform their danceable tracks and keep the audience's eyes glued to arty visual aspects. Mingle with the hipster crowd and make sure to bring your über-cool dancing shoes. Showbox, 1421 First Ave., 206-628-3151, www.ticketswest.com. $13.50 adv, $15 DOS. 8 p.m.
Cinco De Mayo: Polyphonic with Phil Western Make it an electric holiday and dance to the subsonic beats provided by Vancouver staple Phil Western and local laptop battle winner m.0. Synthesize that. Capitol Hill Arts Center Lower Level, 1621 12th Ave., 206.388.0569, www.chac.org, $8. 10 p.m.
Saturday, May 6
Cirko de Mayo If you're a masochist or just enjoy seeing others suspend themselves from the ceiling via shark hooks, then is this the perfect day-after event for your twisted mind. Pure Cirkus will shock and astound with their modern-day alterations of traditional circus acts. Betty X will lighten the mood with her sadistic, industrial metal croons. This will probably be more of a Dia de Los Muertos version of Cinco de Mayo. Fenix Underground, 109 S. Washington St., 206-405-4323, www.ticketmaster.com. $12. 8 p.m.
NASCAR Cinco de Mayo and Mayor's Cup Watch Northwest drivers zoom around the race track faster than Speedy Gonzales, this year featuring BM, and XCF8. ¡Arriba, arriba, andale, andale! Evergreen Speedway, 14405 179th Ave SE (Monroe), 360-805-6700, www.ticketmaster.com. $4.50-$12.50. 7 p.m.