Arts in Nature Festival

The Arts in Nature Festival epitomizes outdoorsy Seattleite. Rather than forcing visitors to crane their necks at musicians on stage, or pick through craft tables arrayed on hot asphalt, or wander through overly air conditioned museum galleries, the fest scatters its diverse attractions among cabins and open-air stations throughout Camp Long. Hike the gentle, wooded trails and you’ll find puppet shows, marching bands, fire dancers, art exhibits, and craft-making opportunities for the kids in the EcoArts area. Also, something called “performative mythology” combines dance and circus. But if mythology sounds too academic for your taste, the music will be quite accessible. Local bands include Hey Marseille, Air 2 a Bird, and Pearl Django. Avant-garde cellist and composer Paul Rucker is always interesting to hear. And Chris Bellew will perform in two incarnations: as Casper Babypants, singing kid-friendly anthems for the stroller set; and a special solo offering of old Presidents of the United States of America songs ($25 separate admission benefits the Nature Consortium, which organizes the weekend festival). There’s also food from Taco Flair and Kevin Anselmi, served on reusable plates, since the fest is a waste-free event. And naturally you’re encouraged to use eco-friendly alternatives to get there, e.g. bike or the Metro 21 bus. CELINA KAREIVA

Sat., Aug. 21, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 22, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., 2010

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