July 20–Aug 26
Following the success of its Pinter Fortnightly series of dramatic readings, ACT celebrates the canon of Nobel laureate playwright Harold Pinter with a four-play festival: Celebration, Old Times, The Dumb Waiter, and No Man’s Land. Plus: free film screenings and an evening with Harold Pinter’s childhood friend Henry Woolf. ACT Theatre, free–$38.
Thru July 22
Represent! A Multicultural Playwrights Festival
The Hansberry Project, SiS Productions, eSe Teatro, and Pratidhwani—theater companies that celebrate Seattle’s African American, Asian, Latino, and Indian/South Asian performing arts communities, respectively—present four new full-length plays and a showcase of local playwrights. Catch them all, including Don Quixote and Sancho Panza: Homeless in Seattle, on Sunday. ACT Theatre, $5.
Capitol Hill Block Party
Neko Case, Major Lazer, and Fitz and the Tantrums headline this year’s edition of the three-day bash. If Bumbershoot is a well-adjusted adult looking to please everyone, CHBP is its twentysomething hipster cousin. Enter at 12th Ave & E Pike St, single-day tickets ($30+); three-day passes ($85).
Papa would’ve been proud of Ziggy Marley, who carries on the family business with a chill reggae session at Woodland Park Zoo. Sold out.
Florence and the Machine
Fiery Florence Welch (literally—she set fire to her room in the Bowery Hotel this winter) has ridden her booming soulful voice to stardom. But it’s also great to see the Machine having success. For far too long they were raged against. White River Amphitheatre, $46–$70.
That’s not a fog machine making the air all smoky—it’s just Snoop Dizzle in the hizzle. Any malaise or cravings for Taco Bell postshow are merely a side effect. (Note: Tupac hologram sold separately.) Showbox SoDo, $40–$45.
EAT & DRINK
Comcast Bite of Seattle
Watch an outdoor session of Thierry Rautureau’s The Bite Cooks!, wander Tom Douglas’s Alley for a taste of his signature entrees, or enjoy loads of live music while indulging in pad Thai, cheese-steaks, crepes, and alligator on a stick (back by popular demand). Seattle Center, free entry.
Kirkland Uncorked Wine Festival
The shores of Lake Washington at Marina Park harbor Kirkland’s regional showcase of food, wine and art. Expect live music, artist showrooms, a boat show, Tasting Garden, and a dog modeling contest. Marina Park, $15–$30.
BOOKS & TALKS
Karen Thompson Walker
Karen Thompson Walker’s debut novel The Age of Miracles, the tale of a young woman dealing with love and heartbreak as the world literally stops spinning, is one of the “hot” books of the summer. Catch her at the Beacon Hill Library. Free.
Opens July 20
The Dark Knight Rises
Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy closes with a nuclear bomb threat, a villain who sounds like a British Darth Vader, and a thrilling final hour. See it at Cinerama or Pac-Sci IMAX for the biggest experience. In theaters nationwide.