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Benefit concert, Independent Bookstore Day and NW Green Home Tour in Phinney-Greenwood this weekend

Here’s what’s happening in and around the neighborhood this weekend.

The Northwest Green Home Tour has several of our neighborhood’s houses on it this weekend.

Two local musicians will perform a benefit concert for those affected by the March 9 Greenwood gas explosion from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday at Taproot Theatre’s Stage Door Café, 208 N. 85th St. Singer songwriters Kristin Chambers and Jennifer Savage Crane will perform. The show is free, with all donations going to the businesses affected by the blast. There also will be a $10 raffle for the chance to win tickets to a Taproot show and a gift certificate to the Stage Door Café.

Tim’s Tavern, 602 N. 105th St., presents live music Friday and Saturday. On Friday, it’s Ace Diamond Bimbos, Baby and the Nobodies, Lipps Diamond, and burlesque. On Saturday it’s Goldbar, Dos Manos, Redwing Blackbirds, Geppetto’s Retribution and EVO.

Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., presents Classical Guitar Cabaret at 7:30 p.m. Friday and “Evil Brain From Outer Space” Professor Fred’s Schlock Cinema at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

It’s the second annual Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday. Phinney Books, 7405 Greenwood Ave. N., will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and has a full day of activities planned, including special readings, activities and contests, and they’re part of the passport challenge: get your bookstore passport stamped at all 17 Seattle-area participating stores and win a 25 percent discount at each store for all of next year. Get at least three store stamps and be entered to win gift cards, first-edition books, and the grand prize of a $25 gift certificate for each of the 17 stores.

Remember that the Washington State Department of Transportation has closed State Route 99/Alaskan Way Viaduct from the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel to Spokane Street for approximately two weeks while Bertha tunnels beneath it. (The closure started at midnight last night.) Traffic is expected to be dicey and transit will be rerouted.

Adding to traffic woes:

  • March of Dimes March for Babies will close down some streets in downtown and West Queen Anne around the Seattle Center on Saturday morning, causing transit to be rerouted. Check Metro’s Service Advisories page for details.
  • The annual Cannabis Freedom March starts at Volunteer Park at 11 a.m. Saturday and heads to Westlake Park at 1 p.m.
  • The Green Lake Food Walk – a family-friendly street festival showcasing local restaurants in the Green Lake business district – will close down NE 72nd Street between East Green Lake Drive North and Woodlawn Avenue North from 9 a.m. through 9:30 p.m. Saturday.
  • The 5th annual Taco Libre taco truck street festival will bring music, vendors and more than 25 food trucks to Fremont, Sunday, closing Canal Street from 1st Avenue North to Phinney Avenue North from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    The annual May Day March for Workers and Immigrant Rights starts at Judkins Park at 1 p.m. Sunday, then at 3 p.m. heads downtown to the Federal Courthouse.
  • The Mariners play Kansas City at 7:10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1 p.m. Sunday.
  • And the Sounders play Columbus Crew at 1 p.m. Saturday.