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September 1, 2014 at 8:30 AM

10 things not to miss at Bumbershoot Monday

Foster The People


The Labor Day tradition lives on. Today is the final day of Bumbershoot 2014, and we’ve compiled our picks for rounding out your festival weekend.

12:30-1:15 p.m., Fountain Lawn

The all-gal quartet La Luz suddenly became one of Seattle’s favorite bands last year, especially after the release of the Hardly Art album “It’s Alive.” Its girl-group harmonies, surf-rock good humor, sleek surface and sweet simplicity have earned the band a special spot in local hearts.

1-2 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., The Playhouse

Comic Beth Stelling’s subtly subversive routines about being female earned her a spot on the LA Weeky’s “12 Comedy Acts to Watch” last year. Fearless, Southern-bred comic Rory Scovel, currently starring in the TBS sitcom “The Ground Floor,” has recorded bits about racism, 9/11, Mormonism and other not-for-company topics. His current recording was released as a 12-inch vinyl album on Jack White’s Third Man Records.

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 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.

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

Needle Party!!! Not a sewing bee or a “shooting gallery” — we’re talking Space Needle here — this adventure features Seattle’s 74-time “Jeopardy!” champion Ken Jennings and George Meyer, who has written for David Letterman, “Saturday Night Live” and “The Simpsons.” The pair say they will explore “the lighter side of comedy.” Right.

6:15-7:15 p.m., Fisher Green

Bomba Estéreo — “Stereo Bomb,” in English — is one of Seattle’s favorite electro-world acts. The duo crosses Colombian traditional music such as cumbia with dance beats and projects an infectious sense of fun.

7-8 p.m., Charlotte Martin Theatre

Since 1988, The Onion has been publishing hilarious online parodies of news stories, skewering both the officious tone of mainstream media and gullibility of its readers. At Tu Stullus Es: The Onion Explains Why You are Stupid, the core writing staff of The Onion continues that tradition. (Unless they just made it up, of course, and aren’t really coming.)

8-9 p.m., Mural Amphitheatre

So what if a guy just started to sing about anything that came into his mind, including all his insecurities and fears? That guy would be Jonathan Richman, who has been writing songs and making records with guileless good humor for more than four decades now.

9:15-10:30 p.m., Memorial Stadium

Seems like “Pumped Up Kicks,” Foster the People’s dark breakthrough hit, was ages ago — and in pop music terms, 2011 was the Jurassic. But this Los Angeles-based trio’s merger of dance, pop and rock should get everybody up and moving.

10-11 p.m., Fisher Green

This unlikely Massachusetts duo composed of David von Mering and Carter Schultz weaves insouciant pop melodies with rap lite and reggae, per its 2012 1lbum, “The Bright Side.” The group has toured with Seattle’s Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, among others.

Related feature: Sights and sounds from Bumbershoot 2014

Photo gallery: Bumbershoot 2014


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