STG Announces Inaugural Year Of THING Sold Out
THING, the new two-day multidisciplinary event presented by Seattle Theatre Group and Sasquatch! Festival Founder Adam Zacks, has sold out in its inaugural year. The debut of the event, which takes place this Saturday, August 24 and Sunday, August 25 at Fort Worden in Port Townsend, WA, features a diverse lineup of artists from across the globe. With both days sold out, thousands of attendees will spend the weekend experiencing a unique combination of music, comedy, film, dance, podcasts, visual arts, and more.
The origin of the name "THING" comes from the medieval term "Ting" which is described as "an assembly of free people to reduce feuds and avoid social disorder," a definition which inspired the creation of this new venture. For more information about the event, including the full event schedule and detailed artist information, please visit thingnw.org.
Over the course of two days, THING will offer a wide range of music acts including Violent Femmes, hip-hop pioneers De La Soul, Mexico's Café Tacvba, and a joint appearance by Calexico and Iron & Wine. Wilco's Jeff Tweedy will take the stage, as will Texas trio Khruangbin, Kurt Vile & The Violators, New Orleans group Tank and the Bangas, New York's Parquet Courts, singer-songwriter Phosphorescent, and indie pop artist Japanese Breakfast, as well as Snail Mail. Actor and musician John Reilly will have his roots group in tow as they tap into the spirit of the old west.
Other performances include violinist and vocalist Sudan Archives, Icelandic soul singer Júníus Meyvant, Chicago drummer and beat scientist Makaya McCraven, as well as Chicago singer-songwriter and guitarist Ryley Walker, LA-based folk singer Bedouine, kindie-rock icon Caspar Babypants, and Black Belt Eagle Scout. Canadian indie artists Loving and Yung Heazy have been added to the bill, as well as Seattle-based phenom ings. Rounding out the concert events are Seattle blues- and punk-based band The Black Tones, psychedelic outlaw cowboy Orville Peck, and Northwest rock band Giants in the Trees featuring Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic.
Other THINGs on the schedule include Napoleon Dynamite Live!--featuring a conversation with Jon Heder (Napoleon) and other members of the cast, with moderator Luke Burbank and a screening of the classic movie. Speaking engagements with stage, film, and television actress Natasha Lyonne and writer, comedian, and activist Lindy West, with Shout Your Abortion creator Amelia Bonow, will take place, as well as a comedy set from comedian Todd Barry. Podcast offerings include live tapings of Beautiful/Anonymous with Chris Gethard, The Tobolowsky Files with Stephen Tobolowsky, and Too Beautiful To Live with Luke Burbank and Andrew Walsh. Scottish mentalist, illusionist, and performance artist Scott Silven offers multiple performances of his acclaimed show Wonders at Dusk, Pedro's Dance Party will feature DJ Efren Ramirez, and acclaimed Seattle choreographer Kate Wallich and dj Amateur Hour will lead their popular all-abilities movement class Dance Church. Megan Griffiths will direct a live reading of the 1982 film An Officer and a Gentleman, which was filmed on location at Fort Worden, and the U.K.'s Architects of Air will display their Luminarium, a monumental inflatable sculpture of color, air and light.