The Year of Magical Thinking, the solo show based on Joan Didion’s memoir, begins previews this weekend at Intiman (not with Broadway’s Vanessa Redgrave in the lead, in case you had your hopes up).
Great weekend all around for music in the sunshine: Seattle Center has the free KEXP Concerts at the Mural with Fruit Bats opening for Moondoggies (the latest see-them-now-before-you-can’t-afford-them Seattle band). The Flaming Lips make entertaining stagecraft out of their ingenious songcraft at Marymoor on Friday. Jackson Browne, whose songs sting you (in a good way) the older you get, plays two nights at Chateau Ste. Michelle; Elvis Costello takes over there on Sunday—does he do “Allison” anymore?
Unsettling but totally gripping: Tony Manero, about a guy in Pinochet’s Chile who has it really bad for Saturday Night Fever, opens at Northwest Film Forum.
You can see the mammoth, Oscar-winning music documentary Woodstock the only way it can truly be appreciated—on a big screen—as part of your admission to EMP/SFM.
E.T. still works after all these years, despite John Williams’s score knocking you upside the head screaming “Cry, dammit, cry!” Perfect Fremont Outdoor Movie event for the whole family.
Northwest Film Forum pedals over to Cal Anderson Park for the Seattle Bike-In on Sunday. Highlights include bike polo and a rare print of Jacques Tati’s gentle comedy Jour de fête, about a small village’s bicycling postman.
Camp Long hosts the annual Arts in Nature Festival which features sound installations, dance, and the wildest variety of music we’ve scene on a schedule all summer. There’s a brass band, jazz, Latin American tunes, acoustic guitar, vocal improvisation, gypsy music, and an “Amish-flavored jug band.” (Mmmm. Amish-flavored.)