Prefunk for the Fourth of July.
What: Set in a postwar Congo mining town, the play features Mami Nadi’s bar and brothel and the women who seek protection there.
Why: If it’s good enough for a Pulitzer (and an Obie, a Lucille Lortel Award, New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award, Drama Desk Award, and an Outer Critics Circle Award), it’s good enough for you.
When: Fri.-Aug. 8.
Where: Intiman Theatre, 201 Mercer St. Tickets ($25-$50) at 206-269-1900 or online at intiman.org.
What: Eroyn Franklin’s narrative drawings illustrate the stories of two people held in Washington State immigration prisons and their lives both inside and out.
Why: Two scrolls more than 50 feet long and two large-scale pen-and-ink drawings cover the gallery walls.
When: Thru July 30. Opening reception, Thurs., 6-8 p.m.
Where: Gallery4Culture, 101 Prefontaine Pl. S. (206-296-8674). Admission is free.
The Maldives, Zoe Muth & The Lost High Rollers at Columbia City Theater
What: Rock out for free inside the renovated South End concert hall with exposed brick and a new bar named The Bourbon.
Why: It’s hosted such famous names as Jimi Hendrix, Ella Fitzgerald, and Duke Ellington and is reopening with a series of free concerts.
When: Fri., 9 p.m.
Where: 4916 Rainier Ave. S.
What: A pre-Fourth afternoon gathering at Cal Anderson Park with a free music lineup that includes The Not-Its, The Raggedy Anns, Toucans Steel Drum Band, and Eldridge Gravy and the Court Supreme.
Why: Stars vs. stripes kickball, spin art, and free family portraits. Plus, a pie-eating contest, root beer tasting, comp cotton candy, Skillet Street Food, and Molly Moon’s ice cream truck to meet all your gustatory needs.
When: Sat., noon-5 p.m.
Where: 1635 11th Ave. (206-802-8048).
Photo: Joan Marcus