I was driving back into the city after a two-day backpacking trip this week. We Seahawks fan attempted to get back to the car in time to make the drive into the city before traffic was in its fully infected bloom. At about two-and-a-half hours drive from the trail-head to Seattle, we knew we’d be in trouble when we emerged from the woods at about 3 pm. We were a little too relieved about not having to hike anymore for the day. It hardly dawned on us that we were going to be driving directly into the gauntlet of rush hour. But can you guess what happened? THE TRAFFIC WASN’T THAT BAD!!!! Yeah, that’s what makes news here in the What’s Happening column. The traffic was not a complete nightmare.
George Clinton is the house!
When I was a senior in high school, I had a bit of a “funk faze”. I don’t know what it was, but those hypnotic bottom-heavy beats just drew me right in. I was listening to Parliament Funkadelic when I got into my first car accident. The apogee of my membership in the community of funk lovers came the summer after I graduated when I got to see George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic at Bumbershoot. For the uninitiated, George Clinton is the undisputed Godfather of Funk. He recently turned 76. If you ever thought you might want to see the master in action, your chance is nigh. Friday night at The Neptune Theater, His Majesty will be performing live. The show starts at 9, tickets start at $35.
Barre at Safeco
The Mariners will be facing off against the Mets Friday through Sunday, with something special every night. Friday there will be fireworks and a sing-along after the game (can’t miss the sing-along!). Saturday you’ll receive a replica of the USS Mariner, or, if you arrive to the stadium early enough, they’ll have a barre class you can participate in. What is barre? That’s a great question! And for the Sunday game, kids 14 and under will get to run the bases after the conclusion of the game.
Running the basses is an honor many actual Mariner players might not get that night.
Optimism Brewing in Capitol Hill is hosting a street party Saturday with live music, outdoor gear demonstrations, games, food trucks and beer. Proceeds from the event will benefit SheJumps which is an organization helping girls and women experience our great outdoors here in the beautiful PNW. This event is open to all ages, so bring the kiddies and wear your dancing shoes! The festivities start at 2 pm and run till 10.
George Clinton and then Lowlands
Come on out to the Sunset Tavern Saturday for some tasty live music featuring Daisy Strains with Chris King & the Gutterballs and one of my personal favorite Seattle bands, Lowlands. I’ve seen Lowlands a few times and those boys can bring it. It’s the kind of music that is so catchy you’ll wake up singing their songs. I wouldn’t miss seeing them play, and this performance is no exception! Tickets are only $10, show starts at 9.
Movies for everyone!
And finally, I’ve mentioned a few of the outdoor theaters that are popping up all over the city through the summer, here’s another one for you: Movies at the Mural at the Mural Amphitheater’s 40 foot screen in Seattle Center. All movies will be family-friendly and free! Bring something to sit on and your own refreshments for this Saturday featuring The Princess Bride. August 5th, La La Land; the 12th, Hidden Figures; the 19th, Clue; the 26th, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Screening starts at 9 pm and each show will start with a short film by students from Cornish College of the Arts.