The Weekly Wire: The Week's Recommended Events

WEDNESDAY 7/14Photography: Artful and EndangeredAdorable critters and lovely panoramas are to be found in this environmentally themed group show, but the best work here doesn't seek merely to celebrate nature. On remote Midway Atoll, an albatross and chick nest next to our plastic trash—washed over from thousands of miles away. Erstwhile SW contributor Annie Marie Musselman shows injured animals in rehab at the Sarvey Wildlife Center near Granite Falls. In Costa Rica, Enrique Calvo documents the surprisingly legal harvest of turtle eggs. An elephant seal sits blithely near an "asbestos hazard" sign on South Georgia Island. Storks root through trash heaps in India, and a migratory antelope lies dead along a Wyoming highway. That later image, a striking long-exposure nighttime shot by Seattle's Chris Linder, is a necessary counterweight to the cute animals on other walls here. Death is a part of nature, too; yet there would be no roadkill without our paved roads and speeding automobiles. (Through Sept. 6.) Burke Museum (UW Campus), 543-9681, $6–$9.50. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. BRIAN MILLERBurlesque: À la Recherche du Vêtements PerduAt tonight's Bastille Day party, it isn't about what you put on, but what you take off. Burlesque artists will dance and undress to an all-Gallic program of music by Serge Gainsbourg, Brigitte Bardot, and others. (Wait—BB made music, too? Never mind...) On the roster are Miss Lily Verlaine and Kitten LaRue (of The Burlesque Nutcracker and the Atomic Bombshells, respectively). Also, choreographer Olivier Wevers has made a cheeky duet for Vincent Lopez and Kylie Lewallen, where they systematically replace what they've first removed—striptease in reverse. (Note: Second show is 21 and over.) The Triple Door, 216 Union St., 838-4333, $20. 7 and 10 p.m. SANDRA KURTZFRIDAY 7/16Food: Get StuffedGo ahead—you can gorge yourself at the Bite of Seattle without chewing up the environment. Among its 50 restaurants, the annual food fest is featuring "Green Bites," a group of six environmentally sustainable vendors, including Blue Moon Burgers, which serves its hormone-free beef patties on gluten-free buns, and Mighty O Donuts, whose cini-minis taste no less indulgent for being organic. Portions are priced at $6–$7, and power for the food prep comes from solar and biodiesel sources. Cheaper and smaller servings can be had at the Just a Bite! restaurants, offering Thai, Vietnamese, and Mexican fare at $3.75 a plate. For upscale palates, Tom Douglas is back with The Alley, where $10 buys you a taste from seven different restaurants (Volterra and the Dahlia Lounge among them). There's also the usual array of global dining options: chicken artichoke crepes from France, mango sticky rice from Korea, and alligator on a stick from New Orleans, along with beer and wine tastings, cooking demos, and live music. In case you somehow have room for dessert, you can't say you've lived in Seattle until you've dug into a whipped cream–capped mountain of strawberry shortcake under the mist of the International Fountain. (Through Sun.) Seattle Center, 425-283-5050, Free. 11 a.m.–9 p.m. REBECCA COHENFilm: Blonde AmbitionsShot for salivating shot, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes boasts the highest "wow" quotient of anything in the formidably ecstatic Marilyn Monroe oeuvre. The 1953 movie, which starts Three Dollar Bill's "Blonde But Not Forgotten" series of free outdoor screenings, opens with an edible MM and full-figured gal pal Jane Russell bursting onto the screen in skin-tight, feather-hatted, red-sequined regalia like a couple of carnivorous cake toppings. It eventually ogles its way through not only the now-legendary "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" routine. but also an audacious "Ain't There Anyone Here for Love" number, where Russell offers to take on the entire U.S. Men's Olympic Team. (Yet they ignore her in favor of choreographed calisthenics in nude-colored shorts—again, wow.) The standout in the rest of the lineup, Desperately Seeking Susan (Aug. 13), features the '80s alter-Marilyn, Madonna. By the time of that 1985 film, she'd already aped Monroe's "Diamonds" shtick for her "Material Girl" video, and Susan is the only flick ever to capture the particulars of her tacky grace. Other titles in the series include The Legend of Billie Jean and Candleshoe. (Through Aug. 27.) Cal Anderson Park, 1635 11th Ave., Free. Dusk. STEVE WIECKINGWine: Where Cougars Gather to Prowl and DrinkThere are many reasons to love this weekend's annual Kirkland Uncorked event. Sun, food, wine, shopping—yes, there is all of that. But mainly there's the pleasure of watching attractive blonde women of a certain age, clad in their nicest sundresses, drink a little more than is advisable in the July heat. That delicious Columbia Valley Chardonnay goes straight to the head, and tongue, on a warm summer evening. All of which results in some of our favorite overheard remarks from last year's celebration: "My mouth tastes like summer!" "It's like a bouquet of bouquet!" "I need a bigger straw!" "This wine goes equally well with brie and Cheez-Its!" "It's like a Miata in a glass!" "I dropped my iPhone in the toilet again!" "Don't tell anyone, but I'm not wearing panties!" (Through Sunday.) Marina Park, 25 Lakeshore Plaza, $15–$25. (21 and over). 5–10 p.m. T. BONDFilm: Northern LightThis weekend's showcase of Finnish cinema, From the Land of the Midnight Sun, may or may not make you want to visit that far-northern country. The documentary Helsinki, Forever is an archival tribute to the capital city (only city?), a compendium of old silents, newsreels, gangster movies, vintage melodramas, and some newer footage by recognizable directors including Aki Kaurismäki. (Maybe Finland's only recognizable director?) The doc reminds you how new Finland is; it declared independence in 1917 from declining imperial Russia. And at about the same time, the first movies were produced and screened there. Cinema and nationhood are closely entwined, and the filmed record of Helsinki here becomes a national self-portrait. Also: Unseen but potentially interesting is Richard Lefebvre's new local remake of Kaurismäki's 1985 crime flick Calamari Union, with Mudhoney's Mark Arm among the cast. (Through Sun.) Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave., 267-5380, $6–$9. 7 p.m. BRIAN MILLERSATURDAY 7/17Film: Very Fresh FruitWith high-arching brows, a sharp tongue, and cakes of glittery makeup, legendary San Francisco drag queen Peaches Christ is touring with All About Evil, which also stars Natasha Lyonne, Mink Stole, and Elvira. During a recent chat with the writer/director (aka Joshua Grannell when out of costume), he explains, "All About Evil is my first feature film. It's a black comedy set in the world of old horror films of the '60s and '70s. It's about a woman going to any length to save her neighborhood movie theater. It's not scary, but maybe a little bit gross." How gross? "We've had a few walkouts exactly when they should be. There was one very verbal walkout where someone yelled, "This is disgusting!' So that was great." Note: Christ will appear before the screening with Sylvia O'Stayformore and the Bacon Strip Players. (Not rated, 98 min.) Egyptian, 801 E. Pine St., 781-5755, $13. 12 a.m. EMILY SAVAGEFestivals: Art, Fútbol, Justice, and BeerThis city has no shortage of summer festivals—Seafair, the Bite of Seattle, Bumbershoot, Hempfest...the list goes on and on. But this weekend's Best of Magnuson Park combines food, art, That's right: The World Cup may be over, but the Intercontinental Cup Soccer Tournament will include six local pickup squads with players grouped by continent. (It sounds wonderfully diverse until you consider that players from Australia will be teamed with, yes, other Australians.) The tournament, played on fields six and seven, is supposed to raise awareness of global warming. Between matches, visit Hangar 30, where 100-odd artists will be vending their locally crafted work. Or listen to the speeches and music at the parallel Justice for Mankind Festival. And no summer festival would be complete without food stands and a wine-and-beer garden. (Through Sun.) Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way N.E., Free. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. CELINA KAREIVASUNDAY 7/18Soccer: No Luck for the ScotsThe Sounders are in their second MLS season. Their opponent in today's friendly match, Glasgow's Celtic Football Club, is about to enter its 123rd season. Yet that history has been a losing one in Seattle. The Hoops—so named for their green-and-white, horizontally striped jerseys—lost to the original Sounders in 1981 at the Kingdome. (They've since lost in exhibition matches against Man U and Chelsea at Qwest.) Celtic's 27-man roster for its 10-day North American tour includes three players who just competed at the World Cup—Greek striker Georgios Samaras (who led Celtic with 12 goals last season), and two South Koreans, midfielder Ki Sung-Yong and defender Cha Du Ri, a veteran of eight seasons in Germany's top leagues. With unlimited substitutions, the match should present a great opportunity to see extended playing time for several of the younger Sounders, including forwards Miguel Montaño and David Estrada and midfielder Mike Seamon. After the match, and well before, you can expect to find Celtic's well-traveled fans at Kells and Fadó—the club skews Catholic, and the kegs may run dry today. Qwest Field, 800 Occidental Ave. S., 877-657-4625, $25–$95. Noon. MICHAEL MAHONEY

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