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August 30, 2014 at 6:30 PM

The 12 things not to miss at Bumbershoot Sunday

The Head and the Heart plays the WaMu Theatre in Seattle, Thursday December 08, 2011. (Jim Bates / THE SEATTLE TIMES)

The Head and the Heart plays the WaMu Theatre in Seattle, Thursday December 08, 2011. (Jim Bates / THE SEATTLE TIMES)

The Bumbershoot 2014 party continues. Far from a lazy Sunday, today offers a continuing slate of quality acts. Here are our picks for keeping your good time going.


2:30-4 p.m., Bagley Wright Theatre

Enjoy a live version of the podcast and radio show, “Star Talk Live,” with Seattle’s favorite scientist, Bill Nye, and co-host Eugene Mirman, who has recorded for Sub Pop, opened for the Shins and released an album called “God Is a Twelve-Year Boy With Aspergers.” Surprise guests promised.

2:45-3:45, Memorial Stadium

Rapper Schoolboy Q, a founding member of California-based rap group Black Hippy with Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul and Jay Rock, has become a critics’ darling. His singles “Collard Greens,” “Man of the Year” and “Studio” all made the Billboard Top 100 chart this year.

2:45-3:45 p.m., Mural Amphitheatre

Bumbershoot has always done right by the blues, and what better choice this year than harmonica master Charlie Musselwhite? Along with Paul Butterfield and Mike Bloomfield, the Memphis-bred musician came up in the first wave of white blues players who learned the music in the trenches. His recent album with Ben Harper, “Get Up!” won the Grammy for Best Blues Album.

2:45-3:45 p.m., The Playhouse

From Richard Pryor to Dave Chappelle, race has fueled some of America’s funniest stand-up, no doubt because the well it draws from is so deep and dark. With 2012’s “Totally Biased,” W. Kamau Bell established himself as a comic firmly in that critical tradition. Bell is joined by Brooks Wheelan, who recently wrote for “Saturday Night Live.”

4:30-5:30 p.m., SIFF Film Center

Best of SIFF: Audience Award Winners. Best short films of this year’s Seattle International Film Festival, as judged by the paying customers:

“Fool’s Day,” a comedy by Cody Blue Snider about a fourth-grade class that pulls a disastrous prank.

“The Hero Pose,” Mischa Jakupcak’s short about an 8-year-old and her dad, who is trying to sell a car that doesn’t run.

“Strings,” by Pedro Solís, about the unusual friendship of two school mates.

Mr. Invisible,” the story of a lonely old man who goes to London and discovers that being “invisible” is an asset. By Greg Ash.

4:45-5:45 p.m., Bagley Wright Theatre

Play the Leonard Maltin Game! Comedian Doug Benson hosts the podcast “Doug Loves Movies,” in which he talks to celebrities about movies (John Lithgow, Jon Hamm, others) and/or reads the cast of a movie in reverse order to see who can name the film. Seattle fans will find Benson is right in tune with the local zeitgeist, as he also hosts a show in which he gets high with his guests and reviews marijuana products.

5:15-6:15 p.m., Charlotte Martin Theatre

It would be difficult to think of a writer more in tune with the whimsical spirit of Bumbershoot than Tom Robbins. From early works such as “Even Cowgirls Get the Blues” and “Still Life with Woodpecker” to his recent memoir, “Tibetan Peach Pie,” Robbins has consistently captured an especially quirky, Northwest sensibility. For this program, which Robbins calls “The Wreck of the Omnibus,” he will read the opening passages of each of his books, with the intent, he writes, of capturing a “summation, of sorts, of my life — literary and otherwise — in this damp thigh of the woods.”

6:15-7:15 p.m., The Playhouse

Wide-eyed, 6-foot-tall comedian Carmen Lynch’s precision timing and biting irony about dating, family and other rich arenas made her recent appearance on “The Late Show with David Letterman” a huge success. Southern-bred comic Rory Scovel, whose current album was released on Jack White’s Third Man records, stars in the TBS sitcom “The Ground Floor” and has been known to touch on hot topics such as racism and religion. Multitalented Comedy Central regular Pete Holmes has had his cartoons published in The New Yorker but you know him more obliquely as the voice of the eTrade baby commercials.

7:15-8:15 p.m., Fountain Lawn

When Sub Pop Records Executive Vice President Megan Jasper was growing up in Worcester, Mass., in the late ’70s, one of her favorite punk (or post-punk, if you like) bands was Boston locals Mission of Burma, whose first album “Vs.” became a genre classic. The band broke up after a few years, but since 2002 has been reunited. Its loud, kinetic, elbows-out performances are legendary.

8:45-9:30 p.m., Seattle Center Pavilion

Seattle’s own KEXP DJ Kid Hops was disseminating underground electronic beats long before electronic-dance music became trendy in the suburbs. Known everywhere from London to Los Angeles, the popular club and radio man was voted Seattle’s favorite DJ in 2011.

9:30-10:45 p.m., Memorial Stadium

The local acoustic powerhouse and Sub Pop darling The Head and the Heart may have left behind its humble beginnings — the group got together by playing at Conor Byrne pub’s open-mike nights in Ballard and now headlines shows across the globe — but it hasn’t lost its folksy energy or down-to-earth vibe. The group’s second album, “Let’s Be Still,” debuted in the Billboard top 10.

10-11:15 p.m. Mural Amphitheatre

The great thing about Latin rockers Los Lobos is that they never stop looking for — and finding — new inspiration. For more than three decades the band has been stirring up the Mexican music they grew up with in Los Angeles with jazz, rock, blues, Tex-Mex and whatever else they happened to feel like tossing into the pot. And then there’s that other part — they flat-out rock.

11 a.m.- 11 p.m. Saturday-Monday, (Aug. 30-Sept. 1) at Seattle Center (206-673-5060 or  $70 any day; $199 three-day pass; $150 Monday “gold” ticket.

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