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Belle and Sebastian, Sheng Wang, and Miranda July

By Seattle Mag May 16, 2024

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New in the office this week is our summer intern, Carly Dykes. She’s studying journalism at the University of Washington and already brings a burst of energy to the team. When she’s not making our coffee (just kidding!), Carly’s been busy writing and publishing her first story – a good read you won’t want to miss.

Meanwhile, Whim W’Him is wrapping up its season with two emotional premieres, and SIFF’s in-person screenings are closing this week, so don’t miss our list of 8 must-see films. If you’re already dreaming of your summer getaway, we’ve gathered the top summer travel trends and destinations.

In major news, Melinda French Gates is stepping down from the Gates Foundation. And let’s not forget Re-Sole 206, Washington’s first sneaker dry cleaner, needs our help rebuilding after a break-in.

For the week ahead, Seattle Beer Week kicks off this Friday. And Belle and Sebastian will be performing with The Weather Station at Moore Theatre.

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Now-June 2

2 p.m., 7:30 p.m., Seattle Public Theater, $10+

Unrivaled is a funny historical comedy set in Japan’s Heian period. It’s about two rival poets battling for the Empress’s favor, with fame, friendship, and a love triangle making things wonderfully messy. With the warm weather, it’s worth seeing at Seattle Public Theater and taking a stroll around Green Lake afterwards.


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Seattle Beer Week

May 17-24

Seattle Beer Week kicked off in 2008 to celebrate our city’s love of beer. Now, 16 years later, with fantastic breweries, beer-focused restaurants, and top-notch distributors, Seattle is truly the ultimate beer city. In short, beer lovers, this is the place to be.


Belle & Sebastian

Sunday, May 19

7 p.m., Moore Theatre, $39.50

Belle and Sebastian are coming to Seattle. The indie pop band from Glasgow are known for their easy lyrics and nostalgic melodies. Their music has a timeless, feel-good vibe that’s perfect for any mood. Don’t miss them playing with The Weather Station.


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Miranda July with Laurie Frankel 

Tuesday, May 21

7:30 p.m., Town Hall Seattle, $5-25

Miranda July will be discussing her new book, All Fours: A Novel. Joining her is local author Laurie Frankel. The story follows a 45-year-old artist who takes an unexpected detour. The novel is filled with surprises and the absurdity of human connection. July, a true artistic force, always brings a present and playful energy to her live events, so expect the unexpected. She’s also the creative mind behind films like Me and You and Everyone We Know and Kajillionaire

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Sheng Wang

May 16-17

7 p.m., 9:45 p.m., Neptune Theatre, $35

Sheng Wang is a comedian, actor, and writer from Houston who’s been making waves in the comedy scene. His Netflix special Sweet & Juicy premiered late last year, thanks to Ali Wong’s production and direction. You might recognize him from HBO’s “2 Dope Queens” or his writing for ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat.” Expect an incredibly funny night of laid-back observational humor.


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