This Week's Critics' Picks

Murder City Devils, craft shows, Ballard Seafoodfest top our list.


If you're like me, you never got a chance to see Murder City Devils before they split up on Halloween 2001. Ever since then, you've been kicking yourself for not witnessing live their raw, frenzied rock power. Now here's your chance, one night only, so don't miss out. Capitol Hill Block Party main stage, 10th Avenue and East Pike Street, $12. 9:45 p.m. Sat., July 29. BRIAN J. BARR


Hand-dipped candle alert: The Eastside's annual craft convergence includes the Bellevue Arts and Crafts Fair, Bellevue Square parking lot, 425-519-0770,; the Bellevue Festival of the Arts, Bellevue Way Northeast and Northeast Eighth Street, 206-363-2048,; and the 6th Street Fair, 106th Avenue Northeast and Northeast Sixth Street, 425-453-1223, LYNN JACOBSON


Last year's Ballard SeafoodFest was advertised thusly: "SeafoodFest is about families and friends, clowns and puppets, and generally acting like kids, no matter what your age." But for many, SeafoodFest is about getting blind drunk in the hot sun with impunity, making it the single most enjoyable urban carnival in the free world. Ballard Avenue near Market Street, 206-784-9705, Free. Sat., July 29–Sun., July 30. MIKE SEELY

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