Summer Guide Calendar

Hundreds of things to do. You’re welcome!


5 Khaled Hosseini And the Mountains Echoed is the new novel from the bestselling author of The Kite Runner. University Book Store,

5–9 A Cruel New World/the new normal First danced in 2003, Donald Byrd’s take on the aftermath of September 11, 2001 comes to life onstage again. Spectrum Dance Theater,

5–9 Christopher Wheeldon at Pacific Northwest Ballet Wheeldon was one of the first ballet choreographers to arrive on the scene after Balanchine’s death, helping to ease the anxiety about “What shall we do next?” His easy use of classical materials in a wide variety of productions, for his original home at the Royal Ballet and his adopted home at New York City Ballet, among many other companies, has made him an artist in demand. PNB dances several of his works, but this is the first time they’ve gotten a custom-made item. The choreographer will talk about his new creation with PNB director Peter Boal in a lecture demonstration on Wednesday, before the Friday opening. SEE REVIEW, PAGE 54. McCaw Hall,

6 First Thursday Art Walk Stroll through Pioneer Square to view work by established and up–and–coming Seattle artists.

6–9 Jane Monheit This Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist is currently touring in support of her latest album, The Heart of the Matter. Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley,

6–9 Mariners vs. Yankees Nothing says summertime like a ball game. Grab a hot dog or some peanuts and enjoy. Safeco Field,

6–16 Seattle Science Festival Celebrate the successes of science and technology in the community with hands-on programs, exhibits, and guests. Pacific Science Center,

7 Fremont 5K and Briefcase Relay In costume or in gym clothes, run or walk your way through Fremont’s summer tradition. Solstice Plaza,

7 Lenka Known for the song “The Show,” the Australian singer/songwriter’s newest album, Shadows, will drop three days before this show. With Satellite. Barboza,

7–9 Northwest Pinball and Arcade Show Vendors, activities, tournaments, and more than 350 games available for free play. Tacoma Convention Center,

7-9 Ashani Dance Featuring new work by Iyun Ashani. Harrison Erickson Theatre,

7–9, 14–16, 18–23 A Venn Diagram of Dance Festivals On the Boards’ Northwest New Works is the old-school authority, and Cyrus Khambatta’s Seattle International Dance Festival is the scrappy newcomer, but if you’re a dance fan you’ll be seen at both this month, catching up with familiar artists and getting introduced to new ones. Multiple venues,,

7–Sept. 22 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Awards Twelve artists from across the country earned this honor in 2012; their work will be on display through the summer. Bellevue Arts Museum,

8 Rick Atkinson The Pulitzer-winning historian continues to explore WWII in The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944 -1945. Elliott Bay Book Co.,

8 Flying Wheels Summer Century Join the largest century in the state and bike 25 to 100 miles around scenic Puget Sound sites. Marymoor Park,

8-Sept. 1 Industrial Effects Photography from the Industrial Revolution and beyond includes images by Berenice Abbott, Edward Burtynsky, Lewis Hine, and Alfred Stieglitz. Henry Art Gallery,

8 KUBE 93 Summer Jam A bunch of big-name rappers together on one stage. Hosted by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Featuring Trey Songz, T.I., 2 Chainz, Wale, and J. Cole. Gorge Amphitheatre,

8 Leukemia Cup Regatta The 19th annual event will again feature local yachtsmen racing to benefit blood-cancer research. Elliott Bay Marina,

8 Lynda Mapes The Seattle Times writer discusses her new book Elwha: A River Reborn. Seattle Central Library,

8 Paper Unbound Exhibit Tour Explore art historian Barbara Johns’ work on artists of Japanese heritage. Wing Luke Museum,

8 Punk Rock Flea Market Bargains, bands, and booze . . . in the basement, of course. Underground Events Center, punkrockfleamarket

8 One More Time–A Tribute to Daft Punk Complete with chrome helmets and a pyramid stage, this high-octane set combines Daft Punk anthems and club bangers reminiscent of the “Alive 2007” tour. Featuring Sean Majors, Bgeezy, and Tyler Brown. Showbox at the Market,

8 Rat City Rollergirls Any contact sport is hard, but add skates to the equation and you’ve got a night of shoving and battling around the track. Rat City Rain of Terror will take on Montreal Roller Derby, followed by a face-off between Rat City All Stars and London Rollergirls. Key Arena,

8–9 Deming Logging Show After 50 years, this show continues to thrive. Support loggers and their families while watching the amazing feats of woodsmen. Deming Logging Show Grounds,

8–9 Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival Celebrate Philippine Independence through song, dance, literature, and more. Seattle Center, festal

8–13 Marysville Strawberry Festival Get berry excited for events from fashion shows and parades to eating contests. Marysville,

11 Pharos Editions Debut Sherman Alexie, Jess Walter, and Jonathan Evison each hand-picked out-of-print, lost, or rare books to discuss. Town Hall,

11 World Cup Soccer Panama vs. the U.S. in a qualifying match. Let’s see if Sounders pillars Eddie Johnson and Brad Evans get a call-up. Century Link,

12 They Might Be Giants Get ready for an authenticity trip. The Brooklyn natives are on tour for their latest album, Album Raises New and Troubling Questions. With Moon Hooch. Showbox SODO,

13 It’s About Time Writers’ Reading Series Listen to a variety of authors read their work. If you’re inspired to share some of your own, you’ll have the chance during an open mike. Seattle Public Library (Ballard),

13 Lights This electro-rock sensation performs a special acoustic seated show following the release of Siberia. Neptune,

13 Sandbox One-Act Play Festival New 20–30-minute works by Paul Mullin, Scot Augustson, and many others. Erickson Theatre,

13–15 Seattle Symphony Benjamin Britten composed his War Requiem, a WWII memorial, specifically for three soloists: one English, one German, one Russian. Benaroya Hall,

13–30 An Evening With Groucho Actor/comedian Frank Ferrante reprises his popular tribute show to Groucho Marx. ACT Theatre,

14 Before Midnight Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke are now a couple vacationing in Greece in their third collaboration with director Richard Linklater. Egyptian,

14 Man of Steel Henry Cavill dons the red Superman cape, while Russell Crowe sulks back on the planet Krypton. Zack Snyder (300) directs. Opens wide

14 Next Step Be among the first to see young dancers perform front and center, accompanied by the Seattle Youth Symphony. McCaw Hall,

14–16 Bell Street Classic Weekend In conjunction with the Seattle Waterfront Classic Weekend, admire a host of wooden yachts. Pier 66,

14–16 Best of SIFF 2013 Enjoy screenings of festival favorites. SIFF Cinema Uptown,

14–16 Washington Brewers Festival There’s no better time to honor all things beery than Father’s Day. The all-ages festival will include over 250 local beers from local breweries. Marymoor Park,

14–23 Seattle International Dance Festival Ten days of local, national, and international dance will grace the streets of South Lake Union.

14–23 Writers Group Showcase Eight Seattle playwrights will receive readings. Seattle Repertory Theatre’s PONCHO Forum,

15 Daniel James Brown The local writer will discuss his The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, which follows the UW’s heavyweight eigh to Hitler’s Germany. Elliott Bay Book Co.,

15 The Cats of Mirikitani Celebrate what would have been WWII/Hiroshima survivor Jimmy Mirikitani’s 93rd birthday by watching this documentary about his art and friendships. Wing Luke Museum,

15 The Great American Songbook V Vocalists Stephanie Porter and Primo Kim join the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra for a night of song. Benaroya Hall,

15 Colum McCann Let the Great World Spin earned him a National Book Award. His new, no less ambitious novel is TransAtlantic. Town Hall,

15 Pacific Northwest Ballet School This year-end performance features Tharp’s Sweet Fields and Balanchine’s Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet. McCaw Hall,

15 Under Pressure: A Night of Queen & David Bowie HalloQueen and the Dudley Manlove Quartet pay homage to rock ’n’ roll royalty. The Crocodile,

15 Vans Warped Tour This annual rock fest features 3OH!3, Allstar Weekend, Bowling for Soup, Citizen, Motion City Soundtrack, Outasight, Reliant K and Run DMT, The Used, and more on multiple stages. White River Amphitheatre,

15–16 The Esoterics Two concerts (one of secular music, the other sacred) celebrating this adventuresome choir’s 20 years of devotion to new music.

15, 17, 22, 24 National Theatre Live: This House The National Theatre of London presents James Graham’s new play about Parliament. SIFF Cinema Uptown,

15–Sept. 26 Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power From Joan Jett to Lady Gaga, more than 70 female artists are featured in this exhibit. Experience Music Project,

15–Oct. 6 Creating the New Northwest: Selections from the Herb and Lucy Pruzan Collection This survey show features highlights from the last half-century in Northwest art. Tacoma Art Museum,

16 Father’s Day Kids Dance Party Celebrate with DJs, dancing, and crafts, all while supporting KEXP. Experience Music Project,

16 Fenders on Front Street: Car Show and Cruise This Father’s Day event has classic cars, music, and activities. Issaquah,

16 Cyndi Lauper Celebrate the 30th anniversary of her iconic She’s So Unusual, to be performed in its entirety: “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” “She Bop,” and all the album’s other Billboard top-five hits. Pantages Theater,

16 Short Stories Live: “Dubliners” on Bloomsday James Joyce’s Ulysses is celebrated through readings of his collection of short stories. Town Hall,

18 Daniel Smith Monkey Mind is his memoir of extreme anxiety disorder. University Book Store,

18 Peter Zuckerman He’ll discuss his Buried in the Sky: The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers on K2’s Deadliest Day. Town Hall,

19 Chris Jordan A specialist in documenting man’s war with nature, chiefly by photographing our trash, the local lens artist shows work from his trips to the remote Pacific island of Midway. Town Hall,

19 Damian and Stephen Marley Bob Marley’s sons, both Grammy-winning artists, come together for an evening of Jamaican reggae. Featuring The Ghetto Youths Crew and The Green. Marymoor Park,

19 Met Opera at the Movies Encores of favorite broadcasts from past seasons. Tonight, Carmen; June 26, Il trovatore; July 10, Armida; July 17, La traviata.

20 Jamfest Dance to live music along King Street, enjoy art, and drink on a budget every third Thursday of the summer. Wing Luke,

20–23 Hairspray  : In Concert The Seattle Men’s Chorus takes on the Broadway classic in a concert version, starring award-winning drag queen Jinkx Monsoon. 5th Avenue Theatre,

20–23 Noise for the Needy Polyrhythmics, the Blakes, Horse Feathers, Hot Bodies in Motion, Cody Beebe and the Crooks, and others will rock out to raise funds for 13 Seattle charities. Various venues,

20–23 Seattle Symphony The most-anticipated SSO commission of many a season: Become Ocean by nature-evoking Alaskan composer John Luther Adams. Benaroya Hall,

20–29 Autopsy of Love The premiere of Donald Byrd’s latest work regarding “matters of the heart.” Emerald City Trapeze Arts Building,

21 Issaquah Make Music Day Take to the streets: Dance, sing, and play to celebrate music’s importance in our lives. Issaquah,

21 Empowering Women: Artisan Cooperatives That Transform Communities See how art is changing the lives of global women. Burke Museum,

21 Elia Mrak and Martin Piliponsky The dance duo performs a summer-solstice performance. Washington Hall,

21 World War Z Brad Pitt versus the zombies, in 3-D no less. Opens wide

21–23 42nd Annual Fremont Fair Celebrate the quirky culture of the neighborhood known as “the center of the universe.”

21–23 HONK! Fest West Celebrate street music with a hearty three-day fanfare. All 29 performances are free. Various locations,

21–27 Paradise: Love In Ulrich Seidl’s film, featured in SIFF 2013, a 50-year-old housewife becomes a sex tourist in Kenya. SIFF Cinema Uptown,

21–Sept. 15 Intiman Theatre Festival Four shows in repertory, including Stu for Silverton, a new musical about a small Oregon town’s transgender mayor. Intiman Theatre, Seattle Center,

22 Bridle Trails Party in the Park Nothing says “party in the park” like a pancake feast after a 5K/10K trail run (and maybe some horse demonstrations, too). Bridle Trails State Park,

22 Rock ’n’ Roll Seattle Marathon & 1/2 Marathon Over 28,000 participants are scheduled to attend this 26.2-mile race, with live music and cheer teams every mile. Downtown,

22–23 Deconstructing the Beatles This presentation from expert Scott Freiman combines rock ’n’ roll history with vignettes of rare audio and video. SIFF Cinema Uptown,

22–23 Seattle Public Library Book Sale Thousands of titles at bargain prices. North Seattle Community College,

22–Oct. 13 Heather Hart For this summer’s installation, SAM has commissioned a large wooden roof-like structure from the local artist, called The Western Oracle: We Will Tear the Roof Off the Mother. Olympic Sculpture Park,

25 The History of First Hill Where better to learn about First Hill’s past than on First Hill? Jean Sherrard and Paul Dorpat, authors of Washington Then and Now, share stories and photographs. Town Hall,

25 Carl Hiaasen The untiring satirist of the Sunshine State returns with Bad Monkey, a novel of crime and stupidity in Florida. Seattle Central Library,

26 Hollywood Undead With sharp and sarcastic raps that slash the jugular of mainstream pop culture, Hollywood Undead has never been a standard rap or rock group. Showbox at the Market,

27 Jeannette Walls Her memoir The Glass Castle earned accolades; now she’s written a family-inspired novel, The Silver Star. Seattle Central Library,

27–Sept. 8 Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion Boldface names in this fashion show include Kenzo Takada and Issey Miyake. Related works by Gilbert and George and Cindy Sherman will also be on view. Seattle Art Museum,

28 Seattle Storm vs. New York Liberty The West Coast meets the East to battle on the court. KeyArena,

28–29 Paradiso Two days of house music from artists like Tiësto, Kaskade, Morgan Page, and others, plus awe-inspiring theatrical performers, full-size amusement-park rides, trampoline acrobats, art installations, and more. Gorge Amphitheatre,

29 Steve Miller Band Together more than 45 years, this rock band (“Space Cowboy,” “The Joker,” “Rock’n Me”) will have concertgoers reminiscing about the ’70s. Chateau Ste. Michelle, ste–

29 World Bicycle Relief Red-Bell 100 “Think globally, ride locally” from Redmond to Bellingham—all while benefiting the local Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation and World Bicycle Relief organization in Africa. Ride starts in Redmond.

29 Elliott Bay at 40 Pioneer Square isn’t the same without the venerable bookstore, but the move to Capitol Hill has been an unquestioned success, helping anchor an already vital nighborhood. On hand to help celebrate will be Jim Lynch, Ryan Boudinot, and Maria Semple. Elliott Bay Book Co., elliottbaybook. com

29–30 Shoreline Arts Festival Work by local artists, plus food trucks, performances, panels, and more. Shoreline Center,

29–July 26 Seattle Chamber Music Society Highlights of the summer festival include a world premiere by Lawrence Dillon, July 8, and two Shostakovich string quartets, July 24. Benaroya Recital Hall. seattlechamber

• 30 Seattle PrideFest 2013 It’s the first Pride weekend after Washington’s embrace of same-sex marriage, and organizers are calling it the biggest ever.


1 Discovery Days: The World of Water! Join Magnuson nature experts for indoor and outdoor activities: an interactive model watershed and wetlands, story time, nature art, and more. Magnuson Community Center,

3 The Lone Ranger Johnny Depp plays Tonto. Armie Hammer, who played those arrogant Winklevoss twins in The Social Network, is the masked lawman. Opens wide

3 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Heavy metal descends on Auburn, with Rob Zombie, Mastadon, Five Finger Death Punch, and others. White River Ampitheatre,

4 Seafair Summer Fourth at Lake Union On again, off again—but it looks like it’s really happening. Food, games, and other activities lead up to the big fireworks show. Gas Works Park,

4 Grand Old Fourth Celebration A street fair, a parade, and fireworks help ring in Independence Day. Bainbridge Island,

5 Under the Sea Adventure In Magnolia, themed swimming activities and prizes for the whole family. Mounger Pool,

5–7 Seattle International Beer Festival Featuring over 200 rare beers from 16 countries. Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion and Lawn,

5–7, 20, 26–27 Umami Dance Aaron Swartzman and Aiko Kinoshita are each fascinating performers, but when they collaborate, they make something extraordinary. Their new exploration is “Constellation Half Remembered.” Locations vary,

6 Nicolas Cage Match 12 straight hours of Nicolas Cage, including Raising Arizona, Con Air, Adaptation, and more. SIFF Cinema Uptown,

6 Family Low Tide Beach Walk at Discovery Park Explore tide pools filled with exciting animals of the sea. Discovery Park,

6 Get Crafty Saturdays! Bring the kids to make sculptures out of wire. Bellevue Arts Museum,

6 Meditation and Yoga With Art of Living Begin your day with art and yoga in a relaxing environment. Bellevue Arts Museum,

7 Girls Night Out! Pat Benatar w/Neil Giraldo and Berlin w/Terri Nunn Rock out and dance to the sounds of these pop/punk princesses. Chateau Ste Michelle, ste–

7 Huey Lewis and The News On the Sports 30th Anniversary Tour, fans will hear songs from the highly acclaimed album. Woodland Park Zoo,

7 Return to Renton Benefit Car Show A fundraiser for the Renton Police Department Youth Fund. Renton Downtown Piazza,

7 Seafair Pirates Landing Ring in the start of Seafair with the traditional pirate landing, music, and good eats. Alki Beach Park,

9 New Kids on the Block The iconic boy band is back in full force with their newest album 10, sure to keep the girls and/or their moms swooning. As will 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men, also on this bill. Tacoma Dome,

9 –Aug. 20 Kirkland Summer Children’s Concerts Kid-friendly tunes every Tuesday in July. Juanita Beach Park,

10 Joseph J. Ellis: The Revolutionary Summer of 1776 This Pulitzer-winning historian discusses his book about our War of Independence. Town Hall,

10 David Mayfield With “cinematic songs that stir up images of the old West and urban cityscapes,” he’ll perform cuts from his newest album Good Man Down. Tractor Tavern,

11 Susan Schneider: The Science of Consequences KPLU sponsors this lecture on how consequences shape psychology, biology, medicine, education, and economics. Town Hall,

11 Seattle Presents: Big World Breaks This local sensation, led by drummer Aaron Walker-Loud, has performed behind artists such as Janelle Monáe, DJ Red Alert, and Macklemore. City Hall,

11–15 QuidCon Quidditch players and enthusiasts from around the world come for a weekend of tournaments, sightseeing, and a slumber party. Embassy Suites,

11–Aug. 11 Seattle Shakespeare Company Henry V and The Tempest in parks throughout King County.

11–Aug. 22 Evening Concerts Blues, swing, bluegrass, reggae, and more. Marina Park,

11–Aug. 29 Movies at Magnuson Park Moonrise Kingdom, Skyfall, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and more under the stars. Magnuson Park,

12 Mickey Avalon The controversial MC is entertaining even when he’s rapping about topics like substance abuse and prostitution. Showbox at the Market,

12 Evil Dead: The Musical A theatrical riff on Sam Raimi’s horror trilogy. Balagan Theater,

12 Jungle Party, Stomp, Slither and Stomp: Journey to the Savanna! Live music, refreshments, an auction, animal encounters, and exclusive tours are all part of this year’s 37th annual fundraiser. Woodland Park Zoo,

12–13 Bainbridge in Bloom Tour the island’s public and private gardens. Bainbridge Island,

12–13 Seattle Retro Gaming Expo Movie Nights Screening Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters and The Space Invaders: In Search of Lost Time. SIFF Cinema Uptown,

12–14 Czech That Film Festival New films from the Czech Republic. SIFF Cinema Uptown,

12–18 Maniac Elijah Wood stars in this modern horror film that tells the story of a serial killer with a fetish for scalps. Grand Illusion Cinema,

12–27 Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society In The Gondoliers, one of the two title characters is next in line to a throne. Maybe. Bagley Wright Theatre, Seattle Center,

12–Aug. 17 GreenStage Four Shakespeare shows in various outdoor venues.

12–Aug. 30 Summer at SAM Live music, food trucks, Zumba, and yoga on Thursdays and Saturdays keep the park hopping this summer.

12–Oct. 27 Patti Warashina: Wit and Wisdom The Pacific Northwest sculptor and professor takes on the human condition, feminism, car culture, and other topics in her latest exhibition. Bellevue Arts Museum,

13 Pioneer Square Fire Festival Displays by the Last Resort Fire Department, the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, and others, with treasured antique police cars and fire trucks. Occidental Square Park,

13 Polish Festival Celebrate with folk music, dance, and food. Seattle Center Armory,

13 Queen Anne Festival A parade leads to a picnic, games, live music, and contests. Queen Anne Community Center,

13 Rat City Rollergirls Cheer on the league as they go into bout 7. KeyArena,

13 Seafair Milk Carton Derby Build your own boat and race! Children and adults alike compete on the waters of Green Lake for prizes. Green Lake,

13 Urban Surf For the first time ever (in connection with the Milk Carton Derby), learn or participate in paddleboarding, with demonstrations and team races. Green Lake,

13 Sub Pop’s Silver Jubilee The local label’s free 25th-anniversary concert includes Mudhoney, Shabazz Palaces w/THEESatisfaction, Pissed Jeans, the Baptist Generals, Shearwater, and others. Georgetown,

13 Yoga for Hope This unique yoga experience will emphasize the importance of the mind/body/spirit connection. Seattle Center North Lawn,

13 DANCE This Young performers partner with professional choreographers in a multicultural celebration. The Paramount,

13–14 The STP The annual 200-mile Seattle-to-Portland bicycle trek is sold out, but coveted entry positions are often bartered and swapped on the Cascade Bicycle Club website.

13–14 My Obviously Unsuccessful Lifestyle Modern dance from Cherdonna and Lou. Velocity Dance Center,

13–14 Urban Craft Uprising Seattle’s largest indie craft show offers hundreds of handcrafted items, including clothing, jewelry, toys, housewares, buttons, and more. Seattle Center Exhibition Hall,

13–Aug. 24 Fremont Outdoor Movies The Saturday-night series will include titles like Dumb and Dumber, Anchorman, and The Big Lebowski. Fremont Studios,

13–Sept. 29 The Ghost of Architecture: Recent Gifts, Promised Gifts, and Acquisitions Received (or promised) in the past five years are works by Kevin Appel, Edward Burtynsky, Jacob Dahlgren, Christian Marclay, and others. Henry Art Gallery,

14 Georgetown Art and Garden Walk The 18th annual guided tour of the industrial ’hood’s gardens and studios. Georgetown,

14 Gig Harbor Wine & Food Festival Tasting tents will represent over 25 wineries, breweries, and restaurants. Harbor History Museum,

14 Ray Davies The Kinks frontman performs with special guests The 88. The Neptune,

14 Seattle Storm vs. Atlanta Dream Support the local WNBA team as they go head to head with an Eastern Conference rival. KeyArena,

14 See Jane Run Women’s Half Marathon and 5K Celebrate women, health, and friendship. Each runner receives a T-shirt, a medal, and a goody bag. Gas Works Park,

15 Counting Crows The upbeat rock group (“Mr. Jones,” “Hanginaround”) will have audience members singing along all night long. With the Wallflowers. Chateau Ste. Michelle, ste–

15 Magnuson Series Summer Spirit Run Run a 5, 10, or 15K, and wear your new or old high-school or college colors to show some spirit. Magnuson Park,

15–17 Barista Camp Learn how to pour like the pros in this hands-on course for ages 15–18. Magnuson Community Center’s The Brig/Kitchen,

17 John Hiatt & The Combo The American rock guitarist and songwriter takes the stage with his newest album Mystic Pinball. Woodland Park Zoo,

18 The Postal Service The computer-rock group’s first headlining tour in a decade comes on the heels of the 10th anniversary of their only album, Give Up. KeyArena,

18 Seattle Presents: Orkestar Zirkonium Dance to the Eastern European sounds of this 13-piece brass and drum ensemble. City Hall,

19 American Idol Live Season 12’s top 10 finalists, including winner Candice Glover. ShoWare Center,

19 Paul McCartney This stop on his “Out There” tour will be Safeco Field’s first concert ever. Safeco Field,

19 RED 2 Again, they are retired and extremely dangerous. Extremely dangerous—have you got that? Helen Mirren will again be the best thing about it, machine gun in hand. With Bruce Willis and John Malkovich. Opens wide

19–21 Bite of Seattle Enjoy food from over 60 restaurants, live cooking demonstrations, nine performance stages, and an array of local wines. Seattle Center,

19–21 Photosynthesis Festival A weekend of electronic, indie, and hip-hop music (plus food, fashion, and other artisan goods) at coastal Washington’s Hobuck Beach Resort,

19–21 Sequim Lavender Festival Tour farms and vist vendors of just about everything you could imagine being made out of lavender. Sequim, Wash.,

19–21 Vashon Island Strawberry Festival A parade, a classic car show, and live music—and make sure to check out the Saturday-night street dance. Vashon Island,

19–25 Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me A film tribute to a band who may not have known mainstream fame, but which influenced some of the biggest names in alternative music: Elliott Smith, Belle and Sebastian, the Flaming Lips. Grand Illusion Cinema,

20 Capitol Hill Street Scramble and Night and Day Challenge A foot, bike, or duathlon race with over 60 checkpoints. Participants with the most points win. Capitol Hill,

20 Fat Salmon Open Water Swim Join the Green Lake Aqua Duck Swim Team for a 3.2-mile race. Lake Washington,

20 Float Dodger 5K Run Spend the morning running, jogging, or walking for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Rotary Club of West Seattle. California Avenue Southwest,

20 John Mayer: Born & Raised Tour Mayer’s strong vocals let him switch up his style from album to album; his most recent release, Born and Raised, has a country feel. Gorge Amphitheatre,

20 Jim Gaffigan Laugh with one of the country’s most successful comics. (A second show was added due to popular demand.) The Paramount,

20 Refuse to Abuse 5K Run to raise funds for the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Safeco Field,

20 Space Exploration Day Honor the historic achievements of Apollo 11 and the first robotic landing on Mars. The Museum of Flight,

20 Summer Beer Taste An outdoor beer tasting with music, food, and a canine-welcoming atmosphere provided by Barking Dog Alehouse. Phinney Neighborhood Center,

20–21 Empowering Women Artisan Market Work by several participants in women-run artist cooperatives. Burke Museum,

20–26 ByDesign Graphic artists, font designers, and ad mavens are celebrated on film. Northwest Film Forum,

21 Bruno Mars When he’s not crooning over the girl that got away in “When I Was Your Man,” Mars incorporates reggae and funk into his latest album Unorthodox Jukebox. With special guest Ellie Goulding. KeyArena,

21–22 Seattle Bon Odori This Japanese Buddhist festival celebrates the lives of deceased family members and friends through traditional music and dance. Seattle Buddhist Temple,

?? 24 An Evening With Randy Newman The oft-decorated, oft-parodied singer/songwriter performs. Woodland Park Zoo,

24 Son Volt The Americana band’s latest album, Honky Tonk, stays true to classic country while stretching its familiar contours. Neptune,

26 LeAnn Rimes More than 40 million records sold prove pop can’t do it without her. Woodland Park Zoo,

26–27, Aug. 1 Maximum Velocity The multitaskers at Velocity (studio, presenter, producer, etc.) run a pair of summer workshops that pull dancers far and wide to our town: Strictly Seattle and Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation. Each one marks the end of their run with a performance; catch one or both, and you’ll see the breadth of the field without having to leave your own area code. Broadway Performance Hall,

26–28 Bellevue Arts Fair Concessions, regional artwork, and entertainment. Bellevue Arts Museum,

26–28 Capitol Hill Block Party Rock out to over 100 bands in the Pike/Pine corridor—like Hey Marseilles, the Flaming Lips, STRFKR, Girl Talk, and others.

26–28 The Hitchcock 9 Screening Alfred Hitchcock’s nine surviving silent films, newly digitally restored. SIFF Cinema Uptown,

26–28 Pacific Northwest Scottish Highland Games & Clan Gathering Highland dancers, traditional Highland athletics, and of course pipe bands. Enumclaw Expo Center,

26–28 Renton River Days Kids’ activities, a parade, and performances. Liberty Park,

26–28 Timber! Music Festival The region’s newest outdoor music fest presents The Helio Sequence, Noah Gundersen, Kithkin, Ben Fisher, and more. Tolt-MacDonald Park, Carnation, Wash.,

26–31 The Films of Trent Harris Four by the cult director, two of them featuring Crispin Glover. Grand Illusion Cinema,

26 The Wolverine Would it be too much to ask for a musical? Instead, Hugh Jackman will be slugging and ripping things open with his steel claws. Opens wide

27–Jan. 12, 2014 Austere Beauty: The Watercolors and Prints of Z. Vanessa Helder The late local painter (1904–1968) was a pioneering female presence in the Northwest art scene. Tacoma Art Museum,

27 UFC: Johnson vs. Moraga The Ultimate Fighting Championship hosts its third annual event at Key Arena. KeyArena,

27 Seafair Torchlight Spectacular Performances, food, a parade, and the annual Torchlight Run. Waterfront Park,

27–Aug. 24 Movies at the Mural Free movies most Saturdays and Sundays, including The Princess Bride, Hugo, and The Avengers. Mural Amphi-theater, Seattle Center,

27–Jan. 12, 2014 Sitting for History: Exploring Self-Identity Through Portraiture TAM reaches back to the 18th century in this survey show. Tacoma Art Museum,

28 Bellevue Arts Museum KIDSfair Check out these kids’ art projects to nurture their creativity. Bellevue Arts Museum,

28 Kirkland Classic Car Show Check out over 500 hot rods and classic cars. Marina Park Downtown Streets,

28 One Direction Part of the new “British Invasion,” this boy band has found major success with their two albums and a place in the hearts of girls around the world. KeyArena,

30 All Stars Tour Hard rock and metal from Chelsea Grin, Veil of Maya, Ice Nine Kills, and lots more. El Corazon,

30–31 Indigo Girls The folk-rock duo plays their 14th album. Woodland Park Zoo,


1 Pepper The reggae band (“Ashes,” “Give Up,” and their newest single, “FKARND”) performs. Showbox at the Market,

1, 6, 9–10 Seattle Butoh Festival This dance practice was born from the devastation of WWII and the realization by Japanese artists that they would have to live with a heritage they could not explain, but it has grown into an international style with a deeply eccentric and whimsical thread. The festival is brimming with classes for practitioners, but there are plenty of performances for those of us who just want to watch. Locations vary,

2 Guns A DEA agent (Denzel Washington) and an NCIS agent (Mark Wahlberg) find out their undercover operation was set up by the mob. Opens wide

2–3 Magnolia Summerfest & Art Show With a screening of The Princess Bride on the 2nd. Magnolia Playfield,

2–4 Boeing Air Show No Blue Angels this year, but jets and biplanes will take to the skies as part of Seafair. Genesee Park, Lake Washington,

2–4 Albert Lee Appliance Cup The “World’s Fastest Race Boats” return to Seattle. Genesee Park, Lake Washington,

2–4 Lake City Pioneer Days Festival A little bit of everything, from classic car shows to salmon bakes. Lake City Community Center,

2-4 Seattle Erotic Art Festival If you are 18 or older, enjoy a night of visually stimulating performances, short films, and art installments at this 11th annual event. Showbox SoDo,

2–4 UmojaFest Celebrate African-American heritage with a parade, performances, food, a basketball tournament, and more. Judkins Park,

2–4 Watershed Festival Music from Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Luke Bryan, Thompson Square, Chris Young, and others. Gorge Amphitheatre,

2–8 WW2 POW 4K! Screening The Great Escape and The Bridge on the River Kwai in 4K digital restoration. SIFF Cinema Uptown,

2–11 GumShoe 5K Solve mysteries and raise money for Greenwood community organizations. Greenwood/Phinney Ridge,

2–16 Fountain of Light On Fridays, short films and music videos are projected onto the International Fountain. Seattle Center,

2–23 Concerts at the Mural KEXP 90.3FM and Seattle Center present free, all-ages Friday-night concerts during the summer’s sultriest weekends. Mural Amphitheater,

3–4 Need for Speed Festival Got the need? Get a close–up look at historic aircraft, fast cars, and speedboats. Museum of Flight,

3–4 Winery Tasting Tour Visit six wineries and taste local favorites. Bainbridge Island,

4 Foxygen Inspired by ’60s psych-rock, this duo turns heads in the indie scene. Neumos,

4 Shoreline Classic Car Show Live music, food, and hundreds of cars on display to benefit Meridian Park Elementary,

4–25 Seattle Opera Their quadrennial staging of Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelungs, the company’s—any company’s—towering achievement. McCaw Hall,

8–9 Gogol Bordello The gypsy-inspired punk outfit brings their “transcontinental hustle,” colorful costumes, and flamboyant stage presence to Seattle. The Neptune,

8 Gladys Knight and the O’Jays Known as the “Empress of Soul.” Chateau Ste. Michelle, ste–

8 Frankie Valli Not known as the “Emperor of Falsetto,” but he ought to be. Snoqualmie Casino,

8–11 Doe Bay Fest The sixth annual music retreat returns to Orcas Island with Built to Spill, La Luz, Lonesome Shack, and more. Olga, Wash.,

9 Elysium 150 years from now, the richest live above a devastated Earth on a space station infiltrated by . . . Matt Damon. Directed by Neill Blomkamp (District 9). Opens wide

9 Fitz & the Tantrums Soulful modern pop from this L.A. ensemble. Showbox SoDo,

9 Planes Pixar is now part of Disney, and this is the flying spinoff from Cars, which wasn’t very good. But what else are you going to do with your kids? Opens wide

9–10 Harry Connick, Jr. Sing along with the crooner on classics like “It Had to Be You” and “A Wink and a Smile.” Chateau Ste. Michelle, ste–

9–11 Kirkland Summerfest Shakespeare, art shows, robot battles, food trucks, and more. Marina Park,

9–11 Seattle Tattoo Expo Skin-art competitions, new talent, seminars, and vendors. Seattle Center,

9–11 Summer Meltdown Music from Minus the Bear, Cave Singers, Chali 2na, and more. Whitehorse Mountain Amphitheater, Darrington, Wash.,

9–17 Manos: The Hands of Felt A puppet-musical reimagining of one of the worst films ever made. Richard Hugo House,

9–22 Drug War Featured in SIFF 2013, this violent crime drama takes place in Hong Kong. SIFF Cinema Uptown,

10 1077 The End’s Summer Camp The best opportunity to catch breaking bands you might not know now but likely soon will. Marymoor Park,

10 Monkees Reunion Concert Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork (R.I.P., Davy Jones)perform their classics. Benaroya Hall,

11 Tour de Peaks Three cycle tours—25, 50, and 100 miles—take riders on a trip across the Snoqualmie valley, ending with a festival at the finish line featuring local food vendors and a beer garden. North Bend,

13 Hall and Oates Rock’s biggest-selling duo brings their unique take on Philly soul. Marymoor Park,

14 LEGO Architects LEGO sets offer way more than just bricks now. With their help, kids will learn building skills and the science of architecture. Seattle Children’s Museum,

14 Train Pop-rock hits like “Drops of Jupiter” and “If It’s Love” are perfect sway-along-to songs. With The Script and Gavin Degraw. White River Amphi-theatre,

15 Seattle’s Best Damn Happy Hour The recently renovated “Center of the Center” hosts a happy hour full of trivia, games, and prizes. Seattle Center Armory,

15 Big and Rich Save a horse and ride a cowboy to this concert. Comcast Arena,

15 Steely Dan Swinging through on the “Mood Swings” tour. Marymoor Park,

16 Kick-Ass 2 Because Kick-Ass 1 didn’t kick enough ass. Or something like that. Opens wide

16–17 Melvins 30th Anniversary Tour Post-punk pioneers King Buzzo and Dale play on. With Honky. Neumos,

16–18 The RSVP The acronym goes: Ride from Seattle to Vancouver, BC and Party. It’s a 188-mile route, with two start days. Though the ride is sold out, coveted entry positions are often bartered and swapped on the Cascade Bicycle Club website.

16–Jan. 31, 2014 Rick Araluce: The Minutes, the Hours, the Days Seattle Opera’s master scenic artist uses trompe l’oeil to create miniature worlds within shed-like structures. Bellevue Arts Museum,

18 Brazil Festival Learn capoeira or samba, or make a mask. Seattle Center,

18 Lake Union Park Lunchtime Tour A 30-minute guided tour of the 12-acre Boat Pond. Lake Union Park,

18 Joe Rogan The stand-up comic and MMA fan with an aggro style. The Moore,

18 Martha Washington Park Garry Oak Rescue Help remove blackberries and ivy from the historic Garry Oaks. Martha Washington Park,

19 Basketball Camp With Donald Watts Bump up your basketball skills. Magnuson Community Center,

19–23 Video Animated Storytelling Pick a scene and choose from avatars to create a story. Narrate and add music, then create your own DVD. Mercer Island Community Center,

19–25 Kite Festival The skies will fill with colorful kites from all over the world. Long Beach, Wash.,

19–25 Sister Act The Whoopi Goldberg vehicle-turned-Broadway hit. The Paramount,

22 Seattle Presents: Brothers from Another The new face of Seattle rap has collaborated with Blue Scholars, Macklemore, and others. City Hall,

22–23 Brandi Carlile The Ravensdale native is back following her fifth album, Bear Creek. Woodland Park Zoo,

22–Sept. 2 Evergreen State Fair A carnival, concerts, booths, and more since 1905. Evergreen State Fairgrounds,

23 Willie Nelson and Family At 80, country’s living legend is “On the Road Again.” Marymoor Park,

23–24 Slackfest The Americana/roots fest named for KEXP DJ Don Slack returns. Standwood, Wash.,

23–25 Garlic Festival and Craft Show A beer garden, pony rides, crafts, and of course lots of garlic. Southwest Washington Fairgrounds, Chehalis, Wash.,

23–25 Makah Days The 87th annual celebration features traditional singing, dancing, games, and canoe races. Neah Bay, Wash.,

23–25 Tibet Festival Learn about the fascinating and ancient culture of Tibet with group dance, food, games, and artwork. Seattle Center,

23–29 Masters of Slapstick A week of laugh-out-loud comedy, featuring Charlie Chaplin’s The Gold Rush and Buster Keaton’s Sherlock Jr. SIFF Cinema Uptown,

24 Beach Boys Get your groove on to their upbeat classics. Snoqualmie Casino,

24 Black Sabbath The pioneers of heavy metal have survived multiple lineup changes and Ozzy Osbourne’s drug use, and are miraculously set to release a new album, 13, in June. Gorge Amphi-theatre,

24 Downtown Renton Art and Antique Walk View the work of over 100 artists on display.

24 Get Crafty! Impression Clay Bowl Kids 4 to 12 can create a decorative calendar inspired by Rick Araluce’s exhibit “The Minutes, The Hours, The Days.” Bellevue Arts Museum,

24 Nudestock Dance naked to live rock and blues. Visit the many friendly vendors. And bring sunscreen. Fraternity Snoqualmie Park,

24 Poverty Bay Blues and Brews Fest A benefit for music programs in schools with Music4Life. Des Moines Beach Park,

24 Vintage Motorcycle Festival Swap meets and seminars celebrate the history of motorcycles. LeMay Museum, Tacoma,

24 Waxwing The Seattle indie band’s first reunion show in almost 10 years. Vera Project,

24–25 Dahlia Show Courtesy of the Puget Sound Dahlia Association. Sky Nursery,

24–25 RAPSody Ride Around Puget Sound A scenic 170-mile trek. Tacoma Community College,

24–25 Relay Dance Collective The dance ensemble performs new work. Velocity Dance Center,

24–25 Tacoma Maritime Festival Celebrate the waterfront with food, music, and more. Tacoma Waterfront,

25 Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers “What is best in life? To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women.” CenturyLink Field,

25 1964: The Tribute The Beatles’ greatest hits. Chateau Ste. Michelle, ste–

25 Alki Beach 5K Support breast-cancer survivors and honor those who have lost their lives. Alki Beach,

30–31 Dave Matthews Band A perfect way to end the summer. Gorge Amphitheatre,

30–Sept. 1 Vintage Aircraft Weekend Scan the skies for aircraft of the past. Paine Field, Everett,

31 Blues for Food Fest A benefit for local organizations growing food for the hungry. Magnuson Park,

31 LeMay Car Show More than a thousand vintage cars will be on display and up for auction at the 36th annual show. Marymount Event Center, Tacoma,

31 Taylor Swift The country/pop star’s still creating smash hits. Tacoma Dome,

31–Sept. 2 Bumbershoot Seattle’s annual Labor Day gathering features Death Cab for Cutie, fun., Allen Stone, Kendrick Lamar, Bassnectar, and Heart, plus multiple stages for comedy, dance, visual arts, theater, and film. Seattle Center,


6–8 Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival Celebrate the waning days of summer with everything from a Fishing Derby to a Battle of the Bands. Mukilteo,

6-12 Fritz Lang Silents Restored New restorations are featured, including the complete restored version of Metropolis. SIFF Cinema Uptown,

13-15 Chinook Fest Great local bands include Polecat, Black Noble, and many others. Jim Sprick Community Park, Naches, Wash.,

14 The Goddess Festival Crafts, music, and more to benefit a senior-advocacy nonprofit. Wallingford Community Senior Center,

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