dragon fest 2012
Image: Sabina Cao
Sifu Mak Hin Fai, dressed in white, poses with his “lions" during the 2012 Dragon Fest.

SPECIAL EVENTS

July 11
Wine Rocks

Wine rocks? Tell us something we don’t know. This annual nonprofit event goes above and beyond the typical wine tasting. Attendees can sample pours from a range of Washington wineries, distilleries, and microbreweries while enjoying views of Puget Sound and a live rock soundtrack, courtesy select winemakers who double as musicians. Food-truck fare and complimentary hors d’oeuvres keep the tank full. Bell Harbor Marina, $35–$45.

July 12
Sub Pop Records Silver Jubil-Eve Comedy Thing (For Charity!)
The night before Sub Pop's free Silver Jubilee celebration in Georgetown, the local label hosts a night of comedy at the Moore for charity. Marc Maron, Eugene Mirman, Jon Benjamin, Kristen Schaal, and Kurt Braunohler bring their alt-comedy stand-up sets to the party. Moore Theatre, $25.

July 13
Sub Pop's Silver Jubilee
A free day of music to celebrate 25 years of Seattle’s Sub Pop Records. The label that introduced the world to Nirvana, Fleet Foxes, and the Postal Service takes over the streets of Georgetown for a free birthday bash with concerts by current label artists Mudhoney, Shabazz Palaces, and many more. Don’t miss Father John Misty, who plays the rock star perfectly with wild bravado, cheeky banter, and killer dance moves. Georgetown, free.

July 13
Bastille Bash and Madison Valley Street Festival

Channel your inner Frenchman and join in the Bastille Day festivities. The Madison Valley neighborhood is pulling out all the stops for a second year, with French-inspired food from notable Seattle restaurants, wine/beer/spirit tastings, live music, sidewalk sales, stilt walkers, a Marie Antoinette impersonator, and more… phew. Best to buy the Wine Passport, which includes tastings of wine, beer, and spirits from each supplier at just $20 per person. All proceeds benefit the Children’s Response Center. Madison Valley, free.

July 13 & 14
Seattle’s Chinatown–ID Dragon Fest 2013
Lions, break dancers, and dragons. Oh my! Dragon Fest, the annual Chinatown-ID summer festival, returns this weekend with a lion dance, Massive Monkees, and $2 bites. Seattle Chinatown–International District, free.

THEATER

July 13 & 14
Seattle Outdoor Theater Festival
Volunteer Park is packed with comedy (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Totally True and Accurate Adventures of Pinocchio) and drama (Henry V, King Lear) during the two-day Seattle Outdoor Theater Festival. Volunteer Park, free.

July 12–Aug 11
Rapture, Blister, Burn
Before Anne-Marie Slaughter reminded working women that we “can’t have it all” in The Atlantic, New York playwright Gina Gionfriddo had found a (much more) entertaining way to stage a feminist debate. In her 2012 comedy Rapture, Blister, Burn, staged locally at ACT, childhood friends confront each other’s choices—Catherine’s a successful academic, Gwen is a mother of two and married to Catherine’s old flame—and check to see how green the grass is on the other side. ACT Theatre, $15–$41.

CONCERTS

July 11
Mary Lambert
Local singer-songwriter Mary Lambert has had quite a year thanks to her collaboration with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Her powerful refrain provided the emotional core to the duo's platinum-selling gay rights single "Same Love"; Lambert has since performed it live on Ellen and at the Sasquatch! Music Festival. Get a taste of Lambert's own work when she plays an intimate free show at the Sorrento Hotel's Fireside Room. Sorrento Hotel's Fireside Room, free.

July 12
Bushwick Book Club Performs Huck Finn at the Royal Room
Seattle singer-songwriters take a trip down the Mississippi with songs inspired by Mark Twain's classic (and often controversial) novel. The Royal Room, $5–$15 (suggested donation).

July 12
Shelby Earl: Swift Arrows Release Show
With their warm, haunting vocals and country-swept guitar strumming, Earl’s ballads unpack the harsher realities of life and offer comfort. And people are starting to take notice. Earl recorded the majority of her latest album, Swift Arrows, in live sessions at Columbia City Theater with Damien Jurado handling the production. She returns to same stage to debut the new record. Columbia City Theater, $10–$12.

SPORTING LIFE

July 11
CONCACAF Gold Cup Double Header
The competition to crown North and Central America’s best soccer team comes to CenturyLink Field with a CONCACAF Gold Cup Double Header featuring Mexico vs. Canada. CenturyLink Field, $33–$153.

FILM

July 11–Aug 15
American Comedy Classics
Seattle Art Museum offers up the perfect antidote to the modern brand of bawdiness (July’s big comedy blockbuster is Grown Ups 2…gross) by showcasing classic screwball comedies from the 1930s, including Clark Gable in It Happened One Night and John Barrymore in Twentieth Century. Seattle Art Museum, $45 series pass.

CLASSICAL & MORE

July 12 & 13
Cirque de la Symphonie
Circus acrobats, jugglers, and aerialists—all part of the traveling Cirque de la Symphonie company, which attracts former members of Cirque du Soleil and the Bolshoi Ballet—accompany a chamber-orchestra-sized Seattle Symphony. Nimble performers contort and tumble to a concert of Mozart, Debussy, Beethoven, and more. Benaroya Hall, $33–$92.

DANCE

July 12
Kinecting to Dance
In honor of STG's annual Dance This program, the theater group has teamed up with EMP for a night of Xbox/Kinect dance competitions via video games Dance Central and Just Dance. The night will be hosted by Seattle breakdancers Massive Monkees and includes food trucks, a cash bar, and prizes for the best moves. EMP Sky Church, all ages, free.

FAMILY

July 12–21
Day Out with Thomas the Tank Engine
Toddlers will thrill to take a ride on Thomas the Tank Engine during his special trip to the Northwest. (And parents would be wise to buy tickets asap.) Sir Topham Hatt—with the unfortunate nickname “the Fat Controller” and big job of railway controller on the Island of Sodor—welcomes all to the Northwest Railway Museum for Thomas-themed entertainment, arts and crafts, and storytelling. Northwest Railway Museum, $21.

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