Film, Classical, and More




There's always something new to see in Sergio Leone's classic 1966 spaghetti Westernand literally so in this gloriously restored three-hour cut. A couple scenes were added; Clint Eastwood and Eli Wallach redubbed some of their dialogue (Lee Van Cleef, sadly, is dead, but a voice-over artist mimics his rasp); and the CinemaScope print looks absolutely great on the big screen. Here's my new observation: I knew Van Cleef was missing a fingertip, but now I know which one, as he inches his hand toward the trigger, bullet by bullet along his cartridge belt, in the classic movie gunfight of all time. As the three anti-heroes compete, ally, and double-cross one another in pursuit of buried gold against a mad and bloody Civil War backdrop, Vietnam is very much the subtext. But GBU is also wonderfully funny and entertaining: Like Speedy Gonzales crossed with Falstaff, Wallach overacts so hard it's priceless to behold.

Fri., July 4-Thurs., July 10. Varsity, 4329 University Way N.E., 206-632-3131. BRIAN MILLER




Sure you could sit down to a $135 Gravlax Salmon Pinwheel at the top of the Space Needle and watch the computer-controlled pyrotechnics over Elliott Bay and Lake Union. But why not opt for a Snoqualmie Tribe salmon bake, strawberry shortcake at the senior center, and fireworks at the middle-school football field? A small-town Fourth is the only way to go, and Carnation has one of the best. The flag raising is at 7 a.m., followed by the 8:30 Run for the Pies and the Grand Parade at 11. There are 30-foot-high inflatable climbing toys, hot rods and Harleys, and helicopter rides all day, followed by the fireworks at dusk. Plus local ales at the beer garden. What's not to like? Possibly the unicyclists, but otherwise, nothing. Fri., July 4. Downtown Carnation (take I-90 East past Issaquah, then follow the Preston-Fall City Road to Fall City-Carnation Road). MARK D. FEFER




I've always joked that my backyard is a wildlife refuge, but the Crane family's, on Davis Place South, really isthe oldest registered Department of Fish and Wildlife Backyard Urban Wildlife Habitat in the state. See it, and 10 other urban oases, including the riotous 19th Avenue property of Jonathan and Susan Kinnersley, seen below, and the woodland architecture of landscape designer Keith Geller, at this sixth annual garden tour in the CD. Help raise money to spruce up the corner of 23rd and Union, an ill-starred corner where neighbors have been working to create a brighter, more pedestrian-friendly environment. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., July 5. $6 adv. (from City People's Garden Store, 2939 E. Madison St.); $8 same day. Tour starts at Midtown Center Plaza, at 23th Street and Union Avenue. MARK D. FEFER




Audiences seem to trust director Toby Saks (pictured); each summer she leads them gently toward more obscure repertory, even the occasional post-World War II piece! Monday night's season kickoff is typically eclectic: something classical (a Haydn trio); something light (by Jean Françaix, whose featherweight music makes Poulenc's sound thick and dour); something odd (Enescu's Romanian Rhapsody No. 1, an orchestral pops fave scaled down for sextet); and a meaty standard-rep piece (Brahms' F minor Quintet). As usual, each 8 p.m. concert is preceded by a 7 o'clock recital that gives Society musicians a chance to show off their own personal obsessions; tonight, pianist Adam Neiman plays Schumann's Symphonic Etudes. 7 p.m./8 p.m. Mon., July 7. $16-$35. Lakeside School, 14050 First Ave. N.E., 206-283-8808. GAVIN BORCHERT



Three decades later, instrumental dance-floor bombs like "Pick Up the Pieces," "Cut the Cake," "Person to Person," and "Schoolboy Crush" can still jump-start any party, either in their original versions or on the many, many hip-hop and dance tracks that have sampled them (Hello, Jurassic 5, De La Soul, Fatboy Slim): 97 latter-day joints are sourced from 18 AWB songs, according to No one in her right mind is going to see AWB to hear new material (though it's available on the 2003 self-issued disc Living in Colour). You're going to hear the original hits, played by the (mostly) original stars, including saxophonist Fred Vigdor, captured being white, at left. 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., Tues., July 1- Wed., July 2. $17.50- $19.50. Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., 206-441-9729. MICHAELANGELO MATOS

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