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Alt-country band Elliott Brood kicks off this season’s Concerts at the Mural. Photo courtesy Elliott Brood.

Lots of concerts this weekend…

KEXP’s Concerts at the Mural returns with alt-country band Elliott Brood, Grand Hallway, and Gabriel Mintz playing Mural Amphitheatre at Seattle Center, Friday at 6. (See the full outdoor concert lineup here. )

And my favorite band this week, indie 12-piece (on any given day) Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground, plays recently refurbished Columbia City Theater on Friday at 9. (Check them out in the YouTube clip below.)

And apparently, Sunday night is a marvelous night for a moondance. Van Morrison makes a rare Northwest appearance at the Gorge, having only played in the state twice in the last 12 years.

FILM and TV
Movies at the Mural also returns with The Princess Bride screening Saturday at dusk. And it’s free!

It’s been 20 years since the TV drama Twin Peaks first shined a light on our corner of the Pacific NW. Celebrate at SAM with a special Friday screening of the pilot from David Lynch’s personal collection. Stars of the show are set to guest.

Documentaries about Scrabble (Word Wars) and the National Spelling Bee (Spellbound)well exceeded our expectations, which is why we have high hopes for Ready, Set, Bag! about a national grocery bagging competition. It plays at Central Cinema. Aug 6-11.

SPECIAL EVENT
Feel your building shaking? It’s probably the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels warming up for this weekend’s stunt-tastic air show over Lake Washington. Aug 6-8.

VISUAL ART
Chicago artist Sherry Karver takes photos of city life—people waiting for the subway in NYC or walking the streets of Seattle—and enhances them with oil, resin, and text in a new exhibit at Lisa Harris Gallery. It opens tonight. (Remember: It’s First Thursday, so galleries will be open late.)

THEATER
In a dive bar in Lower Manhattan, patrons trade conspiracy theories about 9/11. Charles Leggett and R. Hamilton Wright play men who know too much in Steven Dietz’s political thriller Yankee Tavern, now on at ACT Theatre.