Timber! Outdoor Music Festival
Timber! Outdoor Music Festival returns to Carnation for a second year of rocking camping. This time Charles Bradley, J. Mascis, and Damien Jurado head into the forest. Tolt-MacDonald Park, Carnation, $25–$35; festival pass $65.
BAM Arts Fair
When it comes to summer arts fairs, Bellevue Arts Museum’s can’t be topped. From sculptures to paintings to jewelry, it showcases over 300 artists, up-and-comers and established artists alike, from near and far in an attempt to connect our local community with the greater art world. The fair is complete with live music, artist demonstrations, and complimentary admission to Bellevue Arts Museum. Bellevue Arts Museum, free.
Capitol Hill Block Party
The three stylistic pillars of Capitol Hill Block Party are heady rock, danceable electronic tunes, and fresh hip hop. For CHBP 2014, A$AP Rocky, Spoon, and Chromeo both fit and top the bill. A$AP Rocky brings his relentlessly aggressive rapping, Spoon provides air tight indie rock, and Chromeo offers up dance-ready electrofunk. Joining those three are uber energetic rock groups the Thermals and Matt and Kim, the ambient swriling rock of the War on Drugs, Rocky's A$AP Mob compadre A$AP Ferg, and heart-shattering singer-songwriter Angel Olsen. The lineup also boasts some rising Seattle acts including Odeza, Sol, Lemolo, Dude York, and Beat Connection. Capitol Hill (E Pike St between Broadway and 12th Ave), $50; two-day pass $90; three-day pass $125–$250.
Sat, July 26
Seafair Torchlight Parade
Civic pride takes the streets (Fourth Ave, to be specific) as the yearly Seafair Torchlight Parade brings its usual mix of drill teams, horses, clowns, pirates, and balloon floats. 4th Avenue, free.
Thru Aug 10
The Book of Mormon
The insane level of hype and adoration bestowed on The Book of Mormon would have one believe it’s the best thing since sliced bread. Here’s the thing: It might be. Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s musical comedy totally lives up to the praise thanks to sharp satirical writing, a sweet heart, and by far the funniest choreography around. Paramount Theatre, $45–$160.
Thru Aug 17
An Evening of One-Acts
When most think of one-act plays, star power isn’t the first thing that springs to mind. ACT Theatre looks to change that by presenting a night of one-acts written by Steve Martin, Woody Allen, and Sam Shepard. The short works tell tales of aliens, magicians in love, and schizophrenic hobos. ACT Theatre, $44–$66.
Opens July 24
Excuse the cliché, but Boyhood is unlike anything you've ever seen before. Director Richard Linklater spent twelve years shooting the film with the same cast of actors, which allowed him to tell the story of adolescence with unparalleled realism. The story follows Mason Jr. (Ellar Coltrane) as he grows up from age 6 to 18. The film takes momentary snapshots from each year—a collection of Mason Jr.'s formative memories—rather than rely on a traditionally structured narrative. In Boyhood, Linklater crafts a sweeping modern epic without any notions of grandiosity. It's a simple story of humanity that's naturally authentic in a peerless way. Harvard Exit Theatre and Bellevue Lincoln Square Cinema, $8–$11.
Sat, July 26
Chateau Ste. Michelle Festival of Jazz
Jazz thrives in cool, dark clubs, but occasionally it’s fun to experience the all the improvisation and blue notes in the festive open air (and pairing it with a glass of wine or two certainly doesn’t hurt). Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Festival of Jazz swings the night away with Manhattan Transfer, Spyro Gyra, and a host of other peppy performers. Chateau Ste. Michelle, $50–$72.
Fri & Sat, July 25 & 26
The core of Strictly Seattle is 20 days of intensive dance training for adults across all talent levels. But for those of us not looking to break a sweat, the training culminates in performances with works choreographed by Zoe | Juniper, KT Niehoff, and other top Seattle talent. Velocity Dance Center, $18.
FOOD & DRINK
Fri, July 25
Woodland Park Zoo Tasting Flight
Don’t miss Woodland Park Zoo’s Tasting Flight, one of the summer’s most fantastic wine events hosted on the zoo’s picturesque North Meadow. Sip boutique wines, enjoy live music, sample summer fare (or bring your own), and visit award-winning animal exhibits. Woodland Park Zoo, $25.