Hear Local Bands Sound Off, New Treats at Pike Place Market and Other Weekend Musts

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Tacoma band The Fame Riot is going for gold in EMP’s Sound Off!

The Fame Riot is going for gold in EMP’s Sound Off!

Saturday (3/2) – Get an early glimpse of the next big name in local music, at the final weekend of EMP’s annual Sound Off! competition.The field has been winnowed to four emerging Washington bands who’ll compete for top honors and the chance to perform at Bumbershoot. This year’s contestants include The Fame Riot, SHEBEAR, As It Starts and Dave B, each representing diverse music styles, from hip hop to glam rock. Preview the music of each contender here.
3/2, 8 p.m. $12 general, $8 students. Sky Church at EMP Museum, 325 5th Ave N; empmuseum.org/soundoff

Raiders of the Lost Ark
Saturday (3/2) — Didn’t get tickets to Emerald City Comicon before they sold out? Take heart, there’s plenty of fanboy spirit surfacing in Seattle this weekend. Case in point: In 1982 three plucky 12-year-olds began a shot-by-shot, stunt-by-stunt re-creation of Raiders of the Lost Ark. The homage took seven years to make and is chronicled in the new book Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made. See the fan film at SIFF, where it’s running as a double feature with the original.
3/2. 7 p.m. Prices vary. SIFF Cinema Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave. N; 206.324.9996; siff.net

Spring Arts Festival at Inscape
Sunday (3/3) — If you haven’t yet explored the hive of arts studios at Inscape, Seattle’s former Immigration and Naturalization Services building, you have a treat in store. Inscape bIlls itself as the largest arts and culture enclave in Seattle, and the free Spring Arts Festival is a great opportunity to get to know the work of more than 100 resident artists, creating everything from visual art to theater. We especially recommend stopping by the studios of Seth Damm (maker of neon Zimm necklaces), Tracy Boyd and Kate Protage (painters), sculptor Julia Haack, fashion designer Tina Witherspoon, the Satori Group (theater company) and so many more.
3/3. 12 p.m.-6 p.m. Free. Inscape Arts, 815 Seattle Blvd. S; facebook.com/inscapearts

What’s New at Pike Place Market
Leslie Kelly was lured into Pike Place Market recently by the lovely sight of fresh tulips filling the flower stands—a favorite indicator that spring is almost here! To her delight, she also discovered new reasons to stay a while at the market (hint: most of them are food related).

Smash Putt!
Sunday (3/3) — “Welcome the rise of the miniature golf apocalypse!” So goes the tagline of this year’s Smash Putt, which can best be described as what happens when you let mad-scientist types with a clever sense of humor design an indoor putt-putt course featuring mechanized contraptions. [jump to blog] Take note: this course is not for kids (though, family friendly “matinees” are planned)! Drinking and pinch shots are encouraged. Reserve your time slots early (this Friday and Saturday night are already sold out) and practice your swing.
Weekends through 4/28. 21+ only, except at two planned family matinees. Times and prices vary. Reservations required. SoDo, 1950 1st Ave S; smashputt.com