June 21–Sept 15
Intiman Theatre Festival
For Intiman's second summer theater festival, artistic director Andrew Russell presents four plays about topics that are verboten around a Seattle dinner table: sex, race, politics, and money. Intiman's repertory company will perform the world premiere musical Stu for Silverton, the story of America's first openly transgender mayor; Trouble in Mind, Alice Childress's Obie-winning 1957 dramedy about a racially integrated acting company; Aristophanes's sex-strike story Lysistrata; and We Won't Pay! We Won't Pay!, one of the most famous political farces by Nobel Prize–winning satirist Dario Fo. Cornish Playhouse (formerly Intiman Playhouse), $20–$50 single tickets, $70–$250 festival passes.
Hairspray in Concert
The world keeps spinning round and round, but you can’t stop the beat. Seattle Men’s Chorus and 5th Avenue Theatre team up on a concert version of the hit John Waters movie–turned–Broadway musical–turned–John Travolta movie about a plus-size heroine’s dreams of love, equality, and a chance to dance on The Corny Collins Show. 5th Avenue Theatre, $23–$78.
CLASSICAL & MORE
June 20, 22 & 23
Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto no. 1
Though Shostakovich’s dramatic First Violin Concerto (featuring Armenian violinist Sergey Khachatryan) tops the bill, the highlight of this Seattle Symphony is the world premiere of John Luther Adams’ Become Ocean. Ludovic Morlot has called it “the composer’s largest-scale orchestral work yet,” per The New York Times, and the symphony is slated to perform it again at Carnegie Hall in 2014. Benaroya Hall, $31–$112.
Noise for the Needy
This year Seattle's fundraising festival Noise for the Needy heads to Ballard with performances by Portland folk harmonizers Horse Feathers, Juno–winning Canadian indie rock band Said the Whale, and local favorites like Kris Orlowski and the Maldives. Proceeds from the fest support the Ballard Food Bank. Various venues in Ballard, $10–$15 (per show).
The Dandy Warhols
Portland power-pop group the Dandy Warhols celebrates the 13th anniversary of its biggest record, Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia, with a reissued deluxe version and a tour where the album will be played in its entirety. After all these years, the band is still trying to prove it can be “Bohemian Like You.” Showbox at the Market, $23.
Cathedrals: Paper Bird
Fremont Abbey Arts Center’s intimate concerts-in-churches series, Cathedrals, politely invades Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Tacoma with folk-baroque pop band Paper Bird, Shenandoah Davis, and Elk and Boar. Immanuel Presbyterian Church, Tacoma, $16.
June 20–22, 27–29
Spectrum Dance: Autopsy of Love
It seems choreographer Donald Byrd can’t shake the clutches of Eros. Following a 2011 season dedicated to love—subject and object, ill-fated and savage—Spectrum’s artistic director concludes his 10th anniversary season with a more lyrical performance set to Robert Schumann’s 20-song cycle Dichterliebe, “The Poet’s Love,” and coproduced by Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Black Swan Lab. Emerald City Trapeze Arts Building, $25.
Fremont Fair and Solstice Parade
Solstice Parade cyclist Jeff Hedgepeth offers trade secrets to riding in the buff: “I really recommend having a bike carrier or some way to take some clothes—just enough to make yourself decent in case you need to go to the hospital.” Fremont, free.
Seattle Rock and Roll Marathon and Half Marathon
Runners, leave the earbuds at home. There’s no need for iPod-generated distractions at the Seattle Rock and Roll Marathon. Local bands are stationed along the downtown Seattle–Lake Washington course, amping up runners all the way to the finish line, where a postrace festival adds even more entertainment. Seattle Center, $105–$150.
BOOKS & TALKS
June 22 & 23
NPR's Says You! Live Taping
Lying can be fun and educational. Much like the board game Balderdash, the popular NPR game show Says You! pits two teams against each other in a battle of wit and wordplay. Each team has to correctly guess the meaning of a word—one definition is real; two are bluffs made up on the spot. The audience gets to laugh along. Town Hall, sold out.
It's been nearly 20 years since Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) fell for each other on a train to Vienna in Before Sunrise, and nine years since they reconnected Before Sunset in Paris. Now the unlikeliest of trilogies concludes with the couple in Greece—married! with kids!—and wondering if their love story could sustain its fairytale origins. Egyptian Theatre, $8–$11.
Opening June 21
The Bling Ring
Starring a saucy, post-Harry Potter Emma Watson and based on a true story, Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring is a crime drama follows a posse of LA teens–turned–amateur thieves who lifted millions in jewelry and designer goods from celebrity homes in 2008 and 2009. AMC Pacific Place 11, $7–$12.
Opening June 21
Much Ado About Nothing
Joss Whedon's adaptation of the Shakespeare comedy features more than a few Buffy and Angel alum and was shot entirely at Whedon's house in Los Angeles. Harvard Exit Theatre, $8–$11.