The Top 20 Things to Do This Week

From fantasy conventions to skronky no-wave farewells, all the best things to do in Seattle this week.

March 23
Wednesday

Smashing Pumpkins

Billy Corgan and yet another iteration of the Pumpkins will perform new stripped-down arrangements of songs from throughout the band’s catalog. “Bullet With Butterfly Wings” might sound strange played acoustic and maybe delivered with four-part harmonies, but it’s still a masterwork of Corgan’s creation and well worth re-examining. Plus, Liz Phair is opening! The Paramount, 911 Pine St., 682-1414, stgpresents.org. $32.75–$62.75. All ages. 7:30 p.m. MARK BAUMGARTEN

Getting to Safe

Safe drug sites are the next step in transforming the War on Drugs into a public-health issue. By moving drug users from back alleys into clinics, the sites reduce overdoses, cut down on public drug use and needle litter, and connect users to counselors who can help them get their lives back on track. Come hear the veterans at InSite, Vancouver, B.C.’s safe injection site, talk about how a safe drug site has helped their city for more than a decade. 12th Ave. Arts, 1620 12th Ave. Free. 6:30–8:30 p.m. CASEY JAYWORK

Robert Sawyer

Sawyer’s science-fiction novels are about what happens when you introduce one high-concept sci-fi element to an otherwise ordinary world. He then spends the rest of the book examining the ramifications of that collision. His newest, Quantum Night, uses experimental psychology and quantum physics to explore human nature. University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., 634-3400, www2.bookstore.washington.edu. Free. All ages. 7 p.m. PAUL CONSTANT

NowNowNow

Singer and actor Sarah Rudinoff teams with director David Bennett to examine the multiplicity of personae we create for ourselves, online and offline. Why do we do it? How do we manage them? Where is the true self in all this? You may not get concrete answers, but expect plenty of laughs. On the Boards, 100 W. Roy St, 217-9886. $15–$25. All ages. Opens March 23; see onthe boards.org for schedule. Ends April 2. T.S. FLOCK

March 24
Thursday

Parade

Given current developments in the political realm—Trump rallies, mob mentality, etc.—it’s the perfect time for Sound Theatre’s powerful staging of the award-studded 1998 musical Parade. Written by Alfred Uhry (Driving Miss Daisy), the show follows the KKK and ACLU battling amid bigotry in 1913 Georgia. 12th Ave. Arts, 1620 12th Ave., soundtheatre company.org. $28/$18 students. 7:30 p.m. Ends March 26. MARGARET FRIEDMAN

Haunted House: A Reading

Halloween is a long way off, but you never really need an excuse for a good scary story. Seattle writers Adrian Ryan, Sarah Galvin, Jack Bennett, and Paul Rinn tell their most frightening tales, with (presumably creepy) music by Must I Mind and the indomitable Jackie Hell as host. Eastern Cafe, 510 Maynard Ave. S., 623-1776, fashionhotdog225.com. Free. All ages. 7 p.m. PC

Jlin

Former Gary, Indiana, steelworker Jlin is one of the most fascinating electronic producers in the game right now. Riffing on the high BPM Chicago footwork sound, Jlin recontextualizes the form with a brilliantly dark, mercurial twist that sounds like court music for a jet-black temple on a craggy mountain peak somewhere. Highly recommended. With x/o, 7777777. Kremwerk, 1809 Minor Ave., 682-2935, kremwerk.com. $10. 21 and over. 8 p.m. KELTON SEARS

Roger Guenveur Smith Presents Rodney King

Roger Guenveur Smith delivers a powerful solo meditation on the legacy of motorist Rodney King. Two decades after his beating and the deadly L.A. riots, police brutality remains the topic of a contentious national conversation. Can we make sense of it all? Or, as King asked during the L.A. riots, “Can’t we all get along?” Langston Hughes Performing Arts Insititute, 104 17th Ave. S. $25. Runs March 24–26; see stgpresents.org for schedule. T.S. FLOCK

Grupo Corpo

Brazilian company Grupo Corpo’s distinctive version of modern dance—athletic and musical with a big helping of capoeira—is a huge favorite with Seattle audiences: This is the seventh time the group has appeared at Meany Theater. Whatever they’re performing, the results are a kinesthetic rush for the viewer. Meany Theater, UW campus, 543-4880, uwworldseries.org. $53–$58. 8 p.m. Thurs., March 24–Sat., March 26. SANDI KURTZ

March 25
Friday

Shearwater

It is not often that a band’s loudest record is also its most beautiful, but such is the accomplishment of Jet Plane and Oxbow, the fifth full-length from Austin indie-rock outfit Shearwater. The songs here are longer and the vocals of leader Jonathan Meiburg more urgent, but the hooky melodies and curious instrumentation remain, making it the first album to truly capture the power of the band’s live performances. With Cross Redocord, QAZI. Crocodile, 2200 Second Ave., 441-4618, thecrocodile.com. $13 adv. All ages. 8 p.m. MB

Glossophonic

Hollow Earth Radio’s glorious Magma Festival is adding a few literary events to the mix this year, including this beauty of a night, pairing “experimental, spatial sound ensemble” Fhtagn and electronic trio Netcat with readings by Seattle stalwarts Kreg Hasegawa and Lauren Ireland, along with NYC-based author Sue Landers. Hollow Earth Radio, 2018 E. Union St., 617-1683, hollowearthradio.org. Free. All ages. 8 p.m. PC

Stickers Farewell Show

Seattle will never shred-skronk the same without Stickers. The band’s punk/no-wave/saxophone assault decimated and charmed local earholes for six years, culminating in its excellent 2014 LP Swollen; but alas, all stickers must peel off at some point, and with band members moving away, it seems that time has arrived. Skronk one last time at tonight’s packed farewell bill. With Wimps, VHS, Casual Hex, and more. Black Lodge, ask a punk for directions. All ages. 8:30 p.m. KS

March 26
Saturday

Democratic Precinct Caucus

As we explain in this week’s editorial, the Weekly endorses cranky socialist Bernie Sanders’ bid for the Democratic presidential nomination—but Hillary supporters should come out too, because democracy only works with participation! Join your neighbors, warts and all, to debate and vote on whether the Dems should field Grandma or Grandpa for this fall’s presidential election. Caucuses are located all over the city; visit KCDems.org to find yours. Free. 18 and over. 10 a.m. CASEY JAYWORK

Ubu Roi Farewell Show

WHY ARE ALL THE BANDS DISBANDING THIS WEEK? If Stickers’ demise didn’t bum you out enough, fellow local shredders and Help Yourself Records O.G.s Ubu Roi are also calling it quits (also due to members moving). Scream along to the band’s raucous songs about cheeseburgers, monsters, and riffs as you cry your salty farewell tears. With Versing, Bod. Cairo, 507 E. Mercer St., templeofcairo.com. $7. All ages. 8 p.m. KS

Full Toilet

Next to Cat Butt, Full Toilet probably wins Sub Pop’s “best band name ever” award. The punk group’s mysterious new record is out tonight, and if it’s anything like its previous eight-minute, 13-song album, it’s going to be a hallucinatory, white-knuckle ripper. With The Atom Age, Falcons of Fine Dining. Funhouse, 109 Eastlake Ave. E., 262-0482, elcorazon seattle.com. $7–$10. 21 and over. 9 p.m. KS

Industrial Ballet

Local choreographer Kate Wallich is on a fast trajectory straight up—this is her third big commission in the past four years. The movement is lush, almost louche, influenced by design and visual imagery sourced from Tumblr as well as her own physicality. “Industrial Ballet” is party time for millennials. The Moore, 1932 Second Ave., 877-784-4849, velocitydancecenter.org. $18–$25. 8 p.m. SK

March 27
Sunday

Norwescon

Norwescon is our largest and longest-running science fiction and fantasy convention. Every year a small army of cosplayers, LARP-friendly sword dealers, novelists, and comics luminaries pack into a SeaTac hotel for a happy (and surprisingly horny) weekend of unabashed fandom. It’s a supportive, friendly environment to geek out about whatever you love. DoubleTree by Hilton, 18740 International Blvd., 425-243-4692, norwescon.org. $30. All ages. 9 a.m. PC

March 28
Monday

Nguyen Phan Que Mai

You don’t read enough work in translation. Translated poetry is a great way to learn about another culture without taking on crippling airfare costs. Tonight, Vietnamese poet and translator Nguyen Phan Que Mai reads from her first book to be translated to English, The Secret of Hoa Sen. Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave., 322-7030, hugohouse.org. Free. All ages. 7 p.m. PC

March 29
Tuesday

Garth Greenwell

Greenwell’s debut novel, What Belongs to You, has soaked up accolades from just about every review outlet imaginable. Tonight’s reading gives you a chance to take the hype out for a test drive before investing in the book. Greenwell will be joined onstage by novelist Idra Novey and Shelf Awareness reporter Davie Wheeler. Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave., 624-6600, elliottbaybook.com. Free. All ages. 7 p.m. PC

Joanna Newsom

Arrive early for this performance from Joanna Newsom, whose latest album, Divers, stands as a tremendously beautiful and thankfully focused comeback after the unwieldy Have One on Me from 2010. The news for some local music fans, though, is that Fleet Foxes leader Robin Pecknold is returning to town as an opening act tonight and will be performing new material. The Paramount, 911 Pine St., 682-1414, stgpresents.org. $30–$40. All ages. 7:30 p.m. MB

 
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