Bumbershoot Saturday: Picks and Notes Featuring Neko Case, Wheedle's Groove, the Decemberists, and More

11 a.m. to 8 p.m. • Northwest Rooms

Seattle Street Biennale  An ode to local street art, from large-scale murals to stickers, tags, and wheat paste-ups, this exhibit includes large, site-specific works from Baldman Watching, Joey Nix, and Ego, as well as pieces by No Touching Ground and Gretchen Bennett. You might not know all their names, but you will recognize the work, including Katsu's toothy skulls, Bennett's graceful dead deer, NTG's omnipresent (and serious-eyed) owls, with puffy bubble letters (or pared-down tags) by Aerub. Videos by Marshall "Stack" Reid and Jetpack visit specific Seattle street-art locations and practitioners. With a limited-edition issue of Graf Rag compiled by Baso. Open Sunday and Monday as well. —Adriana Grant

11 a.m to 8 p.m. • Northwest Rooms

Sounds Human  Exploring new methods of sound-making from robotics to reconfigured obsolete media, this exhibit brings together artists like Trimpin, Paul Rucker, Signal to Noise, and Victoria Haven. Open Sunday and Monday as well. —AG

11 a.m. to 8 p.m. • Northwest Rooms

Countercultural Comix: A 30-Year Survey of Seattle Alternative Cartoonists See feature. Open Sunday and Monday as well.

11 a.m. to 8 p.m. • Northwest Rooms

Portrait Challenge  Ryan Molenkamp began this illustrative project as a security guard at the Frye Art Museum, challenging fellow artists/colleagues to draw portraits as a way to combat their rather quiet work pace. A model (perhaps a famous face, like Mr. T) begins each series, with six slots for additional drawings. On view are both completed portrait series, with contributions from artists like Jennifer Zwick and Cait Willis, as well as new works designed with blank spaces for audience participation. Subsequent portraits might be goofy caricatures, conceptual musings, or more fact-based interpretations. Audience members can pose, too, and see how others render their likeness. Open Sunday and Monday as well. —AG

11 a.m. to 8 p.m. • Northwest Rooms

The Bumbershoot Piece  Many thousands of wooden coffee stirrers (in a nod to British artist Andrew Goldsworthy) are assembled into a latticework that responds to the exhibition space's architecture. South Carolina artist Jonathan Brilliant comments on coffee-shop culture and the numerous disposable accoutrements that populate that familiar urban environment. Most notably: No glue is used to hold the sculpture together. The site is our to-go culture, an environment where wood is not a stick or a tree, but a flimsy, single-use item, meant to be looked at and touched for no longer than half a minute. This piece is part of a series named "Have Sticks Will Travel World Tour." Open Sunday and Monday as well. —AG

11 a.m to 8 p.m. • Alki Court

Museum of Glass Mobile Hot Shop  The Tacoma museum brings up their ovens for glass-blowing demos and a Q&A. Rule #1: Never inhale. Runs Sunday and Monday as well. —Gavin Borchert

11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. • Starbucks Stage

Becki Sue & Her Big Rockin' Daddies!  Out of the casino showrooms and into the light of day, this act will deliver South Sound boogie-woogie blues that will wake you up and make you want to hit on any guy who faintly resembles Mike Reno. This is a bizarre booking for Bumbershoot; there must have been a blues quota to fill, that quota must have been one, and this stage's sponsors must have come in dead last in a marathon rock/paper/scissors tournament. —Mike Seely

Noon to 1 • 1 Reel Film Festival, SIFF Cinema

Films4Families: The International Family Passport  As always, Bumbershoot's short films are packaged by theme, and each day will have a family-friendly hour. First up are a shrinking British girl, an Iranian wedding, and the flute music of Russia. —Brian Miller

Noon to 1:15 • Words & Ideas Stage

Pecha Kucha  In this multimedia game, 20 images are projected for 20 seconds each. Then six Northwest artists explain how they came up with the imagery in response to the theme "Evil Schemes/Evil Deeds." (The show's Japanese name translates loosely as "chit-chat.") It could be the weirdest PowerPoint presentation you've ever seen. —BM

12:15 to 1:15 • Fisher Green

Grynch  Seattle's favorite Volvo-whippin', rappin'-about-rappin' MC says he's "lyrically insane, critically acclaimed, and if you ain't feeling him you're lame." True statements they all are. —Nick Feldman

12:30 to 1:30 • Sky Church

Great Waves  Led by Ashley Bullock's pitch-perfect bass, Great Waves won EMP's 2010 Sound Off! contest, earning their rhythmic, alt-rock–influenced sound a place at Bumbershoot. —Paige Richmond

12:30 to 1:30 • Broad Street Stage

The Submarines  Dreamy electro-pop is having a very good year, and the Submarines are very good at dreamy electro-pop. For a few years now, Saturday has been day one, not day two, of Bumbershoot, which means you have one less excuse not to be up in time to grab a mimosa with this well-meaning, if slightly shallow, L.A. ensemble. —Chris Kornelis

1 to 1:15 • Center Square

Circus Una Motorcycle Thrill Show  Women. Acrobats. Motorcycles. Hell, yeah! —CK (Also 4:30 to 4:45, 6:15 to 6:30, 7:30 to 7:45.)

1 to 2 • Northwest Court

Caspar Babypants  When Chris Ballew (of the Presidents of the United States of America) grew up, it was time to put on the Babypants. He went from writing about peaches and frogs to bugs and lost dogs. Maybe it's a subtle difference, but it's enough to bring Ballew's sense of humor to a set of kids' songs both parents and kids can enjoy. —Mary Pauline Diaz

1 to 2 • 1 Reel Film Festival, SIFF Cinema

North of the Border: Canadian Shorts  One of a Canuck trio, Man vs. Minivan sees a groom get cold feet on the morning of his wedding day. Naturally he takes his doubts to the local strip club. —BM

1 to 2 • Performing Arts Stage

Ricochet  Back in Seattle after a gig at the Moisture Festival, the pair of artists who front Ricochet work in the spaces between eccentric movement theater, acrobatics, and aerial dance. Their characters feel more like cirque than circus—traditional clown personae expressed with extreme physical skill. —Sandra Kurtz

1:15 to 2 • Fountain Lawn

Cyclecide  Seattleites can congratulate themselves for being green and ironic when they jump inside this pedal-powered carnival. —CK (Also 4:45 to 5:30.)

1:15 to 2:15 • Center Square Stage

Idiot Pilot  This Bellingham duo thrived in the early aughts, the heyday of "screamo," before going off the radar for a couple years and recently re-emerging with a new single dramatically titled "The Tail of a Jet Black Swan." Still screamy. —Erin K. Thompson

1:15 to 2:15 • Starbucks Stage

Star Anna & the Laughing Dogs  With a sound that straddles Americana and indie rock, Star Anna is this year's Brandi Carlile. Expect her and the boys in back to open for the Indigo Girls by the end of 2011. We mean that as a compliment. Seriously. —MS

1:15 to 2:15 • Comedy Stage West

"Stop Podcasting Yourself" Live Podcast  Down from Vancouver, B.C., Graham Clark and Dave Shumka will interrogate a guest—possibly from one of the other comedy stages—on topics both mundane and profound. For this Americanized version of their popular show, expect them to forgo topics like hockey, the advantages of the metric system, and socialized medicine. —BM

2 to 3 • Sky Church

Born Anchors  Since releasing Sprezzatura last year, local post-punk outfit Born Anchors have taken a mellower, more polished turn. Tune out the new stuff from the forthcoming Colorize the Grey, but hold out for older tracks like "Cascading." —PR

2 to 3 • Fisher Green Stage

The Constellations  These Atlanta-based psych-rockers capture a distinct air of Beck that meshes with synth-heavy melodies that—at least in theory—depict their city's late-night underworld. —NF

2 to 3 • Comedy Stage North

Morgan Murphy, Chris Hardwick, Jamie Kilstein  Despite what you may think, that thick cloud of fog over the Intiman this afternoon is actually the concentrated irony emanated by these three comedians, each of whom make "dry" an art form. Or maybe it's just weed. —Ma'chelle Duma LaVassar

2 to 3 • Theatre Puget Sound Stage

Theatresports  Unexpected Productions brings their improv show—after a quarter-century run, most of that home-based in Pike Place's Market Theater—to Bumbershoot. Don't be shy with your suggestions! —GB

2 to 3 • 1 Reel Film Festival, SIFF Cinema

Wheedle's Groove Performances  Not to be confused with the feature documentary Wheedle's Groove about Seattle's '60s and '70s soul/funk bands, which plays Northwest Film Forum this week, this collection will offer several short performance snippets from the era that launched Kenny G. (The actual band, Wheedle's Groove, plays the State Farm Stage at 3:45 p.m.) —BM

2 to 3 • Words & Ideas Stage

Why Failure? Why Cuteness? Why Now?  Local filmmaker Britta Johnson joins Scott Porad of the Cheezburger Nework (aka the LOLcat guys) in a discussion of why wacky pet photos, nonsensical spelling, and terrible grammar have transfixed the nation. I can haz explanashun, plz? —BM

2:15 to 3:15 • Broad Street Stage

Plants and Animals  These guys hail from Montreal. And Montreal is really, really hot right now. —CK

2:45 to 3:45 • Comedy Stage South

"Never Not Funny" With Jimmy Pardo  If your taste in music frequently gives your hipster friends a case of the eye rolls, this is the show for you. Jimmy Pardo, Matt Belknap, and Pat Francis converge for one of the most hilariously popular podcasts in existence. —MDL

2:45 to 3:45 • Northwest Court

Zoe Muth & the Lost High Rollers  Ballard isn't exactly America's country-music capital, but between the Tractor Tavern and Zoe Muth's smoky, vulnerable birdsong, it's got at least two good arguments for its bid. And if you close your eyes, Muth's band will be pedal-steeling and mandolin-strumming you into forgetting you're in this corner of the country at all. —MPD

3 to 3:30 • Fountain Lawn

Nanda  Their feats of juggling, tumbling, balancing, and stage combat are enough to wow an audience, but the quartet of headbanded, ninja-clad "acrobaticalists" known as Nanda like to mix in comedy too. Along with the nods to parkour and mime, capoeira and The Matrix, their sendups of the relentless energy (and cranked-to-11 sound effects) of martial-arts films deconstruct what could be a purely physical display of skill into something theatrical and unique. (See profile.) —GB (Also 7 to 7:30.)

3 to 4 • Center Square Stage

HEALTH  Standing at the forefront of the current "noise rock" trend, the strange sounds that L.A.'s HEALTH creates with their synthesizers are eerie, otherworldly, and often a bit unsettling (kind of like L.A. itself). Singer Jake Duzsik has a sinuous voice that lends itself well to the creepy tones crawling over the electronic pops and grooves of the instrumentation. As out-there as it all sounds, HEALTH's 2009 release, Get Color, actually contains palpable, movable rhythms equipped with a surprising dose of emotion. —EKT

3 to 4 • Comedy Stage West

Komedy Kabaret  The People's Republic of Komedy is in charge of this stage all weekend long. Featured troupe members will likely include Laff Hole hosts Kevin Hyder and Emmett Montgomery, who'll preside over this eclectic cabaret. —BM

3 to 4 • Starbucks Stage

The Maldives  We can't help but think that the main reason The Head & the Heart seems destined for breakout status, while the equally stellar Maldives don't, is that multi-instrumentalist Chris Zasche, who plays in both bands (slide and bass guitar), shaved off his Old Prospector/ZZ Top beard around the time he joined the former outfit. He looks so much sexier now, and sex sells records. —MS

3:30 to 4:30 • 1 Reel Film Festival, SIFF Cinema

Around the World in 50 Minutes  In this set of three shorts, an Australian birthday party goes horribly wrong, a superhero questions his identity, and PC repair in India has unexpected results. —BM

3:30 to 4:30 • Sky Church

Parlour Steps  A closer musical cousin to Stars than to Arcade Fire, this Canadian band makes electrified, danceable pop. Frontman Caleb Stull's energetic guitars and voice smartly balance the sweetness of his two female backup vocalists. —PR

3:30 to 4:30 • Performing Arts Stage

Squonk Opera  So what about the phrase "rust-belt Dada" do you not understand? Squonk takes the original definition of "opera" as a work encompassing all the arts as seriously as a group that combines choreographed cherry pickers and postmodern music can. For "Mayhem and Majesty," the construction equipment has to stay outside the theater, but the bizarre juxtapositions remain. —SK

3:30 to 4:45 • Theatre Puget Sound Stage

The Jammer  Rolin Jones' bildungsroman of a Brooklyn boy's rise in the roller-derby underworld, presented by Balagan Theatre. At this production's March run, SW's Kevin Phinney was impressed by its "spectacle" and"vortex of energy." —GB

3:45 to 4:45 • Words & Ideas Stage

Listen, Whitey  Music scholar Pat Thomas delved into the audio archives of the Black Panther Party. Not only did he discover music, speeches, and poetry, but also a wealth of posters and art. He'll show examples from his forthcoming book, Listen, Whitey: The Sounds of Black Power, 1965–1975. And, from that same period, Jim Dedeaux will perform spoken word selections from The Watts Prophets, considered precursors to modern hip-hop. —BM

3:45 to 4:45 • Comedy Stage North

Joe Mande, Chelsea Peretti, Donald Glover  She's been all over TV and print and her stand-up is well-conceived, but Chelsea Peretti's never funnier than on her Internet series All My Exes. Each webisode focuses on dissecting where love went wrong with her motley crew of ex-loves, masterfully cast with the likes of Jonathan Winters, Pras, and Amy Poehler. Donald Glover can reduce you to hysterics with a single sideways glance. His work on NBC's Community brings dimension and perfect comic timing to the character of ex-football hero Troy. Oh, and he wrote for some show called 30 Rock while still in college. Up-and-comer Joe Mande, alt-comic turned author, rounds out this sure-to-be-hilarious bill. —MDL

3:45 to 4:45 • Fisher Green

Wheedle's Groove  The subject of recent SIFF-honored documentary Wheedle's Groove, this all-star band features some of the best musicians from Seattle's '60s and '70s funk scene. —NF

4 to 5 • Broad Street Stage

Atlas Sound  When people talk vaguely about hipsters and indie rock, they're talking about Bradford Cox, the man behind Deerhunter and his solo project, Atlas Sound. Irony and self-indulgence know no bounds here. —CK

4:30 to 5:30 • Comedy Stage South

Garfunkel & Oates, David O'Doherty  Though actresses Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci are stars in the YouTube-iverse as Garfunkel and Oates, they're more recognizable as the quirky hotties with the "my two past boyfriends have been in MGMT" vibe who pop up in every other TV commercial these days. With topics that include self-righteous breeders ("Pregnant Women Are Smug"); the boyfriend they know is gay but stay with because he's fun to shop with, calls back right away, and is not much for sexual pressure ("Gay Boyfriend"); and the too-boozed-to-care loser hookup ("Self-Esteem"), these ladies provide comic musical commentary that melds Bongwater with Flight of the Conchords and takes on the problems of happening single gals in 2010. —MDL

4:30 to 5:30 • 1 Reel Film Festival, SIFF Cinema

"The Animated Life"  In this shorts package's Santa, the Fascist Years, leave it to Portland animator Bill Plympton, who draws every frame by hand, to imagine a suppressed history of perfidy at the North Pole. Elves and reindeer are weaponized during the '30s, and Santa's urge toward world conquest leads him into a nonaggression pact with Hitler. His army of machine-gun-toting snowmen is on the march! Who can stop the frosty menace?!? Matthew Modine is the stentorian narrator. —BM

4:30 to 6 • Northwest Court

The Round: Music, Poetry, Painting  Typically held at Fremont Abbey, The Round is a resplendent explosion of primarily local musicians, poets, and painters, less like a typical show and more like an onstage recess for artists. Some come with work ready to perform, some improvise on the room's rich vibes. This round of The Round features Tomo Nakayama and Shenandoah Davis of Grand Hallway performing solo, Tacoma indie rocker Goldfinch, slam poet Sara Brickman, and more. —MPD

4:45 to 5:45 • Center Square Stage

Civil Twilight  An overly emotive pop-rock trio from South Africa, painfully straining with pathos, angst, and shattered hearts. Think power chords and the whinier side of Muse. —EKT

4:45 to 5:45 • Comedy Stage West

Ubiquitous They  Originally founded at UPS in Tacoma, this rising young comedy/improv group has since relocated to Seattle, performing at Annex Theatre, Chop Suey, and other alt-comic venues. —BM

4:45 to 6 • Starbucks Stage

Justin Townes Earle  Steve Earle is, deservedly, an alt-country legend. But he's gotten to be so much a hard-left "message" singer that his shtick has gotten a bit tiresome of late, and his singing voice leaves a lot to be desired. Thankfully, his son, Justin, bears neither of these crosses, and his latest album, Harlem River Blues, is phenomenally easy on the ears. —MS

5 to 6 • Sky Church

Feral Children  One of the most aptly named bands in Seattle history, Feral Children writes songs marked by lightning-fast basslines and drums and layers of choir-like vocals. Sometimes they're chaotic. Sometimes they're almost tear-jerking in their folky simplicity. —PR

5:15 to 6:15 • Theatre Puget Sound Stage

BJ: A Musical Romp  Home-schooled and thoroughly unworldly, Benjamin Jeremiah shows up for the first day of college in a show the new Seattle company STAGEright Theatre calls "campy, dirty, packed with innuendos and a real message." —GB

5:30 to 6:30 • Words & Ideas Stage

Rick Moody  Tacoma prosecutor and crime writer (The King of Methlehem) Mark Lindquist will interview the author of The Ice Storm and, most recently, The Four Fingers of Death. In this sprawling, antic novel, set in the year 2025, a writer tries to adapt an old (and real) horror movie from 1963, The Crawling Hand. Unfortunately he begins to lose his mind during the project, whose characters and sci-fi themes begin to take over the text. —BM

5:30 to 6:30 • Comedy Stage North

Tig Notaro, Marc Maron  Political, sharp, and uncompromising, Marc Maron's career has spanned and gained material through four presidential administrations, making him a comic veteran and a funny, funny guy. His wit is currently displayed on the podcast WTF? —MDL

5:30 to 6:30 • 1 Reel Film Festival, SIFF Cinema

Best of SIFF Jury Award Winners  Take a trip back to the Bronx in the early '80s with White Lines and the Fever: The Death of DJ Junebug, where nightclub Fever was the hottest venue for emerging hip-hop artists and turntablists. DJ Junebug was a popular figure in the scene, and we also see Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel, and Run-D.M.C. in their early days. Innocent, yes, but also full of coke, which was an important sideline business to support one's vinyl habit. Combining the two was tragic, not just for DJ Junebug but for others who survived into the era of crack and MTV. —BM

5:30 to 6:45 • Fisher Green

The Budos Band  A dozen-man-band from Staten Island, this instrumental afrobeat outfit exudes more than enough soul to get you off your feet. —NF

5:30 to 6:45 • Mainstage

The Decemberists  If you're looking for a place to lay blame for the increasing number of insufferably smug chamber-pop acts—whose precious, florally instrumentalized influence brings out the worst in indie "rock"—point all fingers (but mostly the middle one) in the direction of Portland's the Decemberists. —CK

5:45 to 6:45 • Broad Street Stage

Jamie Lidell  This honey-voiced gentleman from England makes light-stepping soul and R&B for kids who will not finish the day without helpings of country and rap, too. If a Motown-inspired dance party is on your Bumbershoot bucket list, you can check it off here. —CK

6 to 7 • Performing Arts Stage

AXIS Dance Company  AXIS director Judy Smith gets seriously cranky when people assume that her dancers are successful "despite their limitations"; she knows that her company of artists, with and without disabilities, are extraordinary dancers, and expects the audience to see the same thing. So she's commissioned works from some of the best choreographers working today, asking them to find the kinetic potential in a wheelchair or a crutch as well as in a more conventional human being, and they've delivered with a big and juicy repertory. Oakland-based AXIS is inspirational, yes—in the way that all really good art is. —SK

6:15 to 7:15 • Comedy Stage South

Bring the Rock with Greg Behrendt  A narrative melding of comedy and rockin' cover tunes from author/talk-show host/comedian Greg Behrendt and musicians the Electrick Snowflake. —MDL

6:30 to 7:30 • Comedy Stage West

Laff Hole!  The People's Republic of Komedy continues its absurdist hegemony. —BM

6:30 to 7:30 • Center Square Stage

This Providence  This photogenic local quartet shares a label (Fueled by Ramen) with the likes of Paramore and Panic! at the Disco, and it shows. They make the kind of innocuous, rah-rah pop-punk that hormonal high-schoolers love. —EKT

6:45 to 7:45 • Northwest Court

Pete Molinari  Is it 2010 already? I'm sorry, I was just so caught up in this ol' guitar, I could've sworn we were in the 1950s. Do the kids still listen to Buddy Holly? No, no, I didn't hear about the plane crash. That's just a crying shame. Well, as long as I've still got my doo-wop girls... —MPD

6:45 to 7:45 • Sky Church

See Me River  If Tom Waits were a little less gravelly, more interested in melody, but still just as somber and morose, he'd be leading See Me River. Just call it "Americana Gothic." —PR

6:45 to 8 • Starbucks Stage

Bob Schneider  Insanely intelligent, talented, and good-looking (he used to bang Sandra Bullock), the 44-year-old can and does play virtually every style of music. His stage banter is rivaled only by that of Seattle's own John Roderick. If you put Mick Jagger, Alan Jackson, Woody Guthrie, Ozzy Osbourne, and Kanye West's names into a hat and asked Schneider to choose one and attempt to one-up the man he's mimicking onstage, he'd do it with ease—like the karaoke singer who does a better Cher than Cher can. In short, Schneider's too versatile for his own good; never mind song-by-song differentiation, Schneider can deliver shows of entirely different genres on back-to-back nights if the mood strikes him. Who reaps the benefits of such creative polyamory? Not Bob's bank account, but definitely your ears. He tours incessantly and mostly lands at intimate venues, a rock star who's never gotten to headline arenas. We're pretty sure he planned it that way. —MS

6:45 to 8 • Theatre Puget Sound Stage

"Eat My Shorts"  Open Circle Theater's August show was an omnibus of a couple dozen plays, none longer than 10 minutes, which SW's Margaret Friedman said "have in common, refreshingly, nothing except brevity... acting and scripts vary in sophistication, but generally deliver worthwhile story memes." The audience-vote faves from that run are reprised here. —GB

7 to 7:30 • Fountain Lawn

Nanda See profile.

7 to 8 • 1 Reel Film Festival, SIFF Cinema

Love and Marriage and More  Five American shorts on "the ways of the heart," including Non-Love Song, in which two guys (one gay, one not) on a Long Island beach talk about their friendship. —MDF

7:15 to 8:15 • Comedy Stage North

Kumail Nanjiani, John Mulaney, Nick Kroll  Look for this stellar trio to touch upon subjects like ineptly named street drugs, drunken Facebook abuse, and emotional torture of diners via Tom Jones on repeat. —MDL

7:15 to 8:15 • Words & Ideas Stage

Please Take Me Off the Guest List  Did you know that Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs is also a photographer who documents that band's tours and backstage life? Fellow musician Zachary Lipez (Freshkills) contributes essays and anecdotes to their new book, designed by Stacy Wakefield. All three will discuss the volume, in conjunction with a short musical set and a stage interview with CityArts editor Mark Baumgarten. —BM

7:15 to 8:30 • Mainstage

Neko Case  Her shows have never lived up to the fire of albums like Blacklisted and Fox Confessor Brings the Flood, but Neko Case remains catnip for Northwest fans and festival bookers. Perhaps heating up the stage for none other than Bob Dylan will be enough incentive to turn her crackerjack band loose for a change. Case continues to support 2009's Middle Cyclone, an album some fans and critics regard among her weakest (by Case standards, that's not all bad). But if there's any justice in the world of indie Americana, history will receive Middle Cyclone for what it really is: an impassioned series of sleepers deserving the highest regard. —CK

7:30 to 8:45 • Fisher Green

Balkan Beat Box  This New York–based band is steeped in gypsy rock and reggae, and its combination of synth and regional instrumentation reflect an excitingly modern approach to Mediterranean roots. —NF

7:30 to 8:45 • Broad Street Stage

Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros  "Home," the hair-in-the-wind sing-along released last summer by Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros on the folksy big band's debut, Up From Below, has become this summer's single for folks who listen to NPR more than Top 40. And while tracks like the Ford Fiesta seller "Janglin'" are rather innocuous charmers, Sharpe's sets are glorious trainwrecks. That band and audience both came out in one piece at the end of the band's Sasquatch! set was an impressive feat. Part Polyphonic Spree, part Arcade Fire, the Magnetic Zeros are a mass of independent players whose disparate contributions to the exposition come together to sound simple, not overwrought. It's a head-scratching proposition, thoroughly enjoyable, and well worth the hour, if only to see what transpires. —CK

8 to 9 • Performing Arts Stage

Can Can Castaways  Rainbow Fletcher and her company usually perform on the Can Can's small stage, but for Bumbershoot they're expanding their hit "Show Pony" show for a bigger venue and a larger audience ("Show Pony Royale"). It's salacious fun, but underneath the glitter is a deviously serious modern-dance skeleton. But like the best magicians, they don't let you see it until the big payoff moment. —SK

8 to 9 • Comedy Stage South

Patton Oswalt & Friends  Once you go Pat, your never go back. Don't let his mainstream success fool you: Patton Oswalt's stand-up is as bitingly funny, acerbic, and edgy as ever. For this performance, marijuana and adult diapers are recommended. —MDL

8 to 9:30 • 1 Reel Film Festival, SIFF Cinema

I Am Secretly an Important Man  1 Reel is offering three feature documentaries this year, to conclude each day's programming. This new film, which opens at Northwest Film Forum on Oct. 22, profiles the late local grunge-era poet and music scenester Steven Jesse Bernstein (1950–91). —BM

8:15 to 9:15 • Sky Church

The Cute Lepers  If both Social Distortion's "Ball and Chain" and Dramarama's "Anything, Anything" get your blood pumping, then you'll love the Cute Lepers' brand of power-pop-punk. —PR

8:30 to 9:30 • Northwest Court

Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra  Though he writes in the neighborhood of funk, soul, and psychedelia, there is no baby-makin' groove to be found here, and no ping pong either. —MPD

8:45 to 10:15 • Starbucks Stage

Solomon Burke  The gospel-blues legend and Rock & Roll Hall-of-Famer performs seated in a big, comfy chair, not because he's too old (70) but because he's built like the MetLife blimp. But, man, can Snoopy sing. Don't miss him. —MS

9 to 10:30 • Mainstage

Bob Dylan  Perhaps you've heard of his son, the Wallflower Jakob Dylan. See preview. —CK

9:30 to 10:45 • Fisher Green

Ozomatli  Since coming together to perform at a labor protest, Ozomatli has meshed spectacular Latin rhythms, dynamic rock guitars, and a hard-hitting hip-hop aesthetic. For more than 15 years, the L.A.-based seven-piece has pushed an upbeat sonic agenda and political mind-set with songs like "Can't Stop (This Love)" and the recent "Gay Vatos in Love." Whether sharing a message of peace and love (as official U.S. State Department Cultural Ambassadors) or tearing up a festival dance floor, Ozomatli brings the energy and spirit of Los Angeles onstage with them. —NF

9:30 to 10:45 • Broad Street Stage

The Raveonettes  This wickedly cheery duo from Denmark makes super-catchy, addictive, fuzzy '60s pop that's been bounced off the Wall of Sound. To accomplish this feat with two people, the Raveonettes employ all manner of electronics and noisemakers for warm, mostly human results. —CK

9:45 to 10:45 • Sky Church

Visqueen  What made Message to Garcia, Visqueen's third full-length, one of 2009's best local releases was the juxtaposition of the album's sound and backstory. Sure, Rachel Flotard—Visqueen's guitar player, lead singer, and primary songwriter—filled the album with sing-along, super-tight power pop. But these bouncy, head-bopping sounds were crafted while her much-loved father was dying of cancer. This mix of emotion is best displayed on "The Capitol": the song starts with near-stream-of-consciousness lyrics, words piled on top of each other over guitar- and drum-driven rock. When the song slows, only then is Flotard most open, giving a hint of her sadness: "If you find the one you love/You'll take insurance out to make them stay." The result is a rollicking pop song—and album—with emotional depth. —PR

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