Something to bat a lash at.
Lady Rizo Unescorted
What: The New York cabaret singer brings her bawdy brand of covers (“Welcome to the Jungle,” “Black Hole Sun,” “White Wedding”) and sharp humor to Seattle for two nights.
Why: Don’t miss this little miss.
When: Thurs. & Sun., 8 p.m.
Where: Rendezvous Jewelbox Theater, 2322 Second Ave. (206-441-5823).
What: Scott Fife’s carefully constructed gargantuan cardboard sculptures of Tyrannosaurus rex and Elvis face off to see who’s king.
Why: It’s larger than life.
When: Thru Oct. 10. Opening reception, Thurs., 5:30-8 p.m.; Wed.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Where: Platform Gallery, 114 Third Ave. S. (206-323-2808).
What: Matt and Kim, Vivian Girls, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Modest Mouse, and De la Soul, plus the art exhibit Kerfuffle, a multimedia extravaganza by Performance Space 122 NYC: Seattle Edition, and lots more.
Why: Be on your fest behavior.
When: Sat.-Mon., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Where: Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St. (206-684-7200). Tickets available day of show at the Thomas & Mercer Sts. entrances. Info at 206-281-8111.
Caffe Vita Public Brewing School
What: Make joe like a pro with instruction on using a French press and vacuum pot, as well as a hands-on introduction to Melitta and Bialetti machines.
Why: Doctor up the daily grind.
When: Tonight & Oct. 1, 6 p.m.
Where: 1005 Pike St. Register at 206-709-4440 ext. 177 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stephanie Simek’s Sound Locket
What: The Portland experimental designer’s latest project includes recordings by five world musicians in lockets crafted from cassette tapes, steel, and silk.
Why: Invest in surround sound.
When: You need a personal soundtrack.
Where: Online at stephaniesimek.com.