vampire weekend

Book-smart indie rockers? Never. The band, courtesy of Vampire Weekend.

Today’s weather is bumming me out. Everything I want to do is outdoors this weekend, and this soggy gray business doesn’t bode well. That’s why I’ve made two sets of plans: one inside, one out.

OUTDOOR EDITION
Dancing Til Dusk, those free outdoor dance lessons in parks across the city, continue through September 9, with a salsa lesson starting at 6 tonight at Olympic Sculpture Park.

We’ll be back in OSP on Friday night for the return of Seattle Art Museum’s late-night party, SAM Remix. Reasons why you should go: 1) Truckasaurus’s lo-fi set. 2) The giant collaborative comic drawing. 3) Absinthe. Fun starts at 8; first 50 people to show up wearing Day-Glo neon get in for free.

On Saturday evening, Northwest Film Forum hosts the fifth annual Seattle Bike-in at Cal Anderson park. Grab your favorite two-wheeler and head there at 7 for free concerts; Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure screens around 9.

And then, there are the outdoor concerts… This weekend alone, Vampire Weekend plays Marymoor Park (Sunday), Herbie Hancock is at Woodland Park Zoo (Sunday), Crowded House plays Chateau Ste Michelle (Saturday), and Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band rocks the Mural Amphitheatre (free Friday show).

INDOOR EDITION
Discover the mechanics of human cannonballs and “packanatomicalization” (the art of cramming yourself into really small spaces), or test your own skills on the high wire, nine feet off the ground at Pacific Science Center’s Circus! Science Under the Big Top. (Family friendly; exhibit closes Sept 6.)

Before the Frye opened in 1952, the museum’s benefactors, Charles and Emma Frye, hung their expansive collection of early-twentieth-century European paintings in their home. This showcase of more than 150 pieces, Tête-à-tête, recreates that intimate, salonlike experience. It’s on display through September 6.

Two films worth seeing:
Ken Loach’s dry comedy Looking for Eric, about a depressed postal worker and football fanatic who turns to legendary Man U footballer Eric Cantona—his imaginary guardian angel—for inspiration. It’s at Film Forum Friday through September 2.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, the action comedy based on Bryan Lee O’Malley’s graphic novels about a 23-year-old slacker who has to defeat seven evil ex’s to get his dream girl. It’s in theaters now, but catch it at Seattle Cinerama before the theater closes on August 30 for two months for upgrades.