Aug 23–Sept 29
In the hands of photographer Daniel Carrillo, Seattle art critic Jim Demetre could double for John Wayne or a turn-of-the-century saloon dweller. Each image in Carrillo’s Seattle Artist series, on display at Greg Kucera Gallery, has that vintage look despite being shot in the past five years. With an antique studio camera and lenses (and endless patience), Carrillo uses a 19th-century wet-plate photo process—requiring Demetre to wait for a 10-second exposure—to create timeless ambrotype portraits of our local arts community. Greg Kucera Gallery.
Aug 23–Sept 29
Dan Webb: Destroyer
In this new series of sculptures by the Cornish alum and Stranger Genius finalist, imposing blocks of fir and maple wood stand five, six, even eight feet high, sprouting muscular arms or legs outfitted with ice skates, like a tree caught in the middle of a metamorphosis. Greg Kucera Gallery.
Every year Seattle Art Museum’s late-night Remix party series leaves the confines of the museum for an evening of dancing, drinking, and artmaking beneath the red gleam of Alexander Calder’s The Eagle at Olympic Sculpture Park. The fun starts at dusk and goes till midnight. Olympic Sculpture Park, $12–$25.
Aug 24 & 25
Radiolab Live: In the Dark
WNYC’s Radiolab program is a quirky crossbreed of This American Life and Bill Nye the Science Guy, with hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich dissecting one-word megatopics—time, race, sperm—with a mix of physics, philosophy, rock 'n' roll, and comedy. And as we learned last year, it makes for a lively stage show at the Paramount. Joining them to muse on the topic "sight": comedian Dave Foley of Kids in the Hall, rocker Thao Nguyen, and modern dance troupe Pilobolus. Paramount Theatre, $36–$46.
Intiman Theatre Festival: Miracle! (Closing Night)
Tony-winning regional theater Intiman was reborn this summer as a repertory company of 12 actors and a crew of interns putting on a four-play festival. The wildest of these productions has been Dan Savage's Miracle!, an epic parody of the Helen Keller story mashed with the drag scene of 1990s Seattle. Closing night for the show is sure to be a scene. Intiman Playhouse, $30.
Big Day of Play
Families flock to the park for an afternoon dedicated to that elusive minx, playtime. The fun includes three-on-three basketball tournaments, family fun runs and 1k “tot trot”, boating, paddle boarding, and live music. Magnuson Park, free except for basketball tourney (registration required).
Narrative isn't the key to Samsara, mainly because there isn't one. This dialogue-free visual marvel from the man behind Baraka was shot entirely on 70mm film and uses the new 4K digital projection system. To make Samsara, director Ron Fricke (Baraka) spent nearly five years traveling to 25 far-flung locales (ranging from New Orleans's devastated Ninth Ward to Angola's majestic . Summed up, it's Pretty Pictures: The Movie. But damn, those pictures sure are pretty. Seattle Cinerama, $15–$25. )
Moonlight Cinema at Redhook: Bridesmaids
Bike over to Redhook Brewery, grab a couple beers, and watch a comedy that isn't suitable for the typical family-friendly outdoor movie audience. This weekend's offering features the raunchy ladies of Bridesmaids. Redhook Brewery, $5.
Aug 25 & 26
Movies at the Mural: Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows: Part I & II
Prepare for all-out wizard warfare. After screening the previous six movies earlier this month, Movies on the Mural's presentation of the Harry Potter saga conclues with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Parts I & II. Seattle Center, free.
Seattle Rock Orchestra Performs Arcade Fire
The city’s hippest orchestra won over Seattle with its tribute to Arcade Fire’s Funeral, played in its entirety. Back for more, they now cover Arcade Fire’s Neon Bible with the help of Benjamin Verdoes (Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band), Chris Cunningham (Ravenna Woods), Kaylee Cole, and more. Neptune Theatre, $19.