The Weekend Starts...Now
The Top Things to Do This Weekend: July 31–August 3
Explore the city's Jewish history at MOHAI or explore space with Gravity at the Mural.
Thru Jan 2015
Shalom! Open for Business
The influx of Jewish immigrants to Washington more than a century ago not only added cultural flavor to the city; it also brought business. MOHAI and the Washington State Jewish Historical Society present a look at the Jewish merchants of the mid-19th and early 20th centuries with Shalom! Open for Business. From Pike Place Market seafood vendors to tailors, they helped shape modern Seattle society. MOHAI, $17.
Thru Aug 30
Will Robinson: Resonance
It’s a hands-on experience when Bremerton native Will Robinson creates his signature stone sculptures, and he’s fine with anyone else taking the same approach. He encourages viewers to touch his twisting and jutting, geometrically abstract sculptures—some of which tower nearly seven feet high—to experience their tactile sensations. Foster/White Gallery, free.
Thru Aug 3
Seafair Fleet Week
Each year since 1950, ships sail into the Port of Seattle for the city's biggest summer festival, featuring a parade of military boats and aircraft and an opportunity to tour these vessels. After a year away due to military budget cuts, the Blue Angels return to highlight Seafair Weekend with more soaring, sonic boom-creating aerial acrobatics. Seattle Waterfront, free.
Umoja means "unity" in Swahili, and Umoja Festival's (Aug 1-3) African American heritage celebration at Judkins Park lives up to its name with music, dance, markets, and more. Judkins Park, free.
THE SPORTING LIFE
Thru Aug 31
The Sonics may be gone, but Seattle native Jamal Crawford is making sure Seattleites still get a chance to see NBA All-Stars showcase their talents. Each summer the two-time Sixth Man of the Year winner brings his professional pals to Seattle Pacific University's Royal Brougham Pavilion for his Seattle Pro-Am, and the caliber of players attending increases with every passing year. Crawford has already said that the 2014 edition will feature at least six players who were All-Stars this year: Chris Paul, James Harden, Damian Lillard, John Wall, and LaMarcus Aldridge. They'll randomly be dropping in to play on certain weekends through the end of August. Seattle Pacific University, $5.
Sat, Aug 2
Movies at the Mural: Gravity
Viewing Gravity is probably the closest most of us will ever come to being in space. Watching the survival thriller under the stars at Movies at the Mural only heightens the experience. Seattle Center, free.
Thur, July 31
Tim Wilson of Ivan and Alyosha
Salish Lodge’s Music on the Green concert series has one major thing going for it: the backdrop. Have a picnic and watch Tim Wilson of indie rock act Ivan and Alyosha play in front of scenic Snoqualmie Falls. Salish Lodge, Snoqualmie, $63.
Butch Blum 40th Anniversary
The Butch Blum 40th anniversary celebrations continue with an outdoor benefit bash to support local children's charities. The festivities kick off on the third floor with a patron pre-party featuring cocktails, discounts, and possible celebrity appearances. The party continues downstairs in the evening with a fashion show, a martini bar, and more, culminating in the official lighting of the new Butch Blum sign. Two Union Square, $40–$200.