The Weekend Starts....Now.
Top 10 Weekend Events
The 2012 London Olympics kick off with a 40-foot-high Voldemort; Bellevue ArtsFair returns; and the Dum Dum Girls play for a good cause.
SPECIAL EVENTSJULY 27–AUG 12
2012 London Olympics
More than 10,000 athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees—including Seattle hopefuls Hope Solo (women's soccer) and Queen Underwood (women's boxing)—will parade through London's Olympic Stadium tonight during the opening ceremonies, produced by film director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire). Paul McCartney will toast the athletes with a performance of "Hey Jude" and a 40-foot-tall Voldemort will get tackled by figures from English literature. So we hear. NBC, tape delay, 7:30pm–12:30am PST.
In addition to a street festival, juried art exhibition, artist demos, and chalk drawing for all ages, ArtsFair features myriad pieces of artwork for sale—from glass to paintings to wearables—and free admission to the museum. Bellevue Arts Museum, free.
JULY 27–AUG 2
Northwest Film Forum: The Graduate
The touchstone coming-of-age classic celebrates its 45th anniversary with a new 35mm print. If the film were a guy, he'd finally be old enough to have a fling with Mrs. Robinson and not feel weird about it (except for that whole infidelity thing). Northwest Film Forum, $6–$10.
Movies at the Mural: The Princess Bride
With action, romance, comedy, and André the Giant, Rob Reiner’s family classic has it all and still holds up nearly 25 years after its release. Missing this free screening? Why that’d be…what’s the word? Inconceivable! Mural Amphitheatre, Seattle Center, free, starts around 9.
Little Big Show: Dum Dum Girls and Craft Spells
The ladies of L.A.-based Dum Dum Girls play garage rock with more than a hint of sunny ‘60s pop. On the cloudier side of the bill, Craft Spells takes the mopiest cues from ’80s new wave and shines them up, with Justin Paul Vallesteros’s distant, detached vocals balanced by upbeat instrumentals. All ticket sales from this benefit concert support the National Film Festival for Talented Youth. Neptune Theatre, $15.
JULY 27 & 28
U.S. dancers of all skill levels descend on Seattle for Velocity’s three-week workshop, taking classes led by top local choreographers (Amy O’Neal, Tonya Lockyer, and Zoe Scofield, to name a few) with two public performances (July 27 and 28 at 8) planned as a finale. Broadway Performance Hall, $12–$18.
Wooden O: The Winter's Tale and Twelfth Night
Seattle Shakespeare Company's Wooden O offers up a double header of free Bard at Seattle Center's Fisher Pavilion. A wildly jealous king rules The Winter's Tale starting at 2, followed by the cross-dressing antics of Twelfth Night at 6. Seattle Center, free.
THRU AUG 4
Accidental Death of an Anarchist
Director Gabriel Baron returns to Strawberry Theatre Workshop for another look at this political satire by Nobel Prize winner Dario Fo. It’s a “Monty Python sketch interwoven with deep political satire, and a call to action,” says artistic director Greg Carter. Erickson Theatre Off Broadway, $15–$30.
THRU AUG 19
Inspired by Puccini's tragic La bohéme, Jonathan Larson's award-winning musical receives a local touch at 5th Avenue. Daniel Berryman (as Mark) and Jerick Hoffer (as Angel) lead a cast of hot young Seattle stars as East Village starving artists, trying to endure povery and AIDS in the name of love. 5th Avenue Theatre, $29–$139.
THRU AUG 26
Pinter Festival: The Dumb Waiter and Celebration
ACT celebrates the canon of Nobel laureate playwright Harold Pinter with a four-play festival. Two of his great one-act comedies, The Dumb Waiter and Celebration (his final play), share a double bill with an intermission. ACT Theatre, $15–$38.