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We're lining up for Der Rosenkavalier, CSS/Diplo, and First Thursday art walk.

Thurs - Art

The First Thursday Pioneer Square gallery walk in August is always a hoot: crowds, street vendors, a free sip of wine or two, and— oh, yeah—art. Check out the collection of drawings by contemporary artists and masters (including Delacroix, whose Algerian Woman is pictured) at James Harris Gallery. 309A Third Ave. S., 206-903-6220, Reception 6–8 p.m. Thurs., Aug. 3. LYNN JACOBSON

Sat - Classical

Richard Strauss was the bad boy of the European avant-garde when in 1911 he composed something really shocking: Der Rosenkavalier, a silvered, perfumed, bittersweet romantic comedy set in 18th- century Vienna, full of sumptuous waltzes and a three-soprano finale to die for. Carol Vaness (pictured) stars at Seattle Opera, McCaw Hall, 206-389-7676, $49–$135. Aug. 5–26. GAVIN BORCHERT

Sat - Music

We don't know about stonewashed jeans, but CSS are doing everything else right. With booty-shaking bass lines, rock-star confidence, and song titles like "Music Is My Hot, Hot Sex," Sub Pop's first São Paulo find is perfectly matched with party-rocking DJ and producer Diplo tonight. (See preview, p. 133.) Neumo's, 925 E. Pike St., 206-709-9467, $12. All ages. 8 p.m. Sat., Aug. 5. RACHEL SHIMP

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