The Weekend Out

Met Picks

Your best entertainment bets August 13 through August 16

By Steve Wiecking August 11, 2009

Belmondo and Deneuve are in their prime at NWFF. Does the movie even have to be any good?

Greenstage’s summer season of free Shakespeare in the Park ends with a three-day run of King John and The Comedy of Errors in Volunteer Park.

Local playwright Scot Augustson’s potty-mouthed wit takes its aim at HBO gratuity with the nuns-vs.-priests escapades of Penguins, Episode 1, a spoofy new stage series which he’s gleefully promised is “me at my filthiest.”

New City Theater debuts an intriguing new multimedia performance work. Digital technology meets dance and music in Susie J. Lee’s For These Unclosings.

Forget So You Think You Can Dance and take in The Masters of Lindy Hop and Tap, which returns this week to Century Ballroom.

The Dutchess and the Duke, aka Jesse Lortz and Kimberly Morrison, make being miserable sound appealing. The two have a good sense of humor about themselves and Lortz’s songs stick in your head like haunting folk rock hits from the past—in the jingle-jangle morning they’ll come following you. They’re at the Tractor on Thursday.

Speaking of folk rock, its queen is also here on Thursday: Joan Baez plays Woodland Park. She still sounds beautiful. And (just guessing) she might have a thing or two to say.

The Dodos and Army Navy stir up Seattle Center for another summer night with KEXP Concerts at the Mural.

Two of cinema’s sexiest stars, Jean-Paul Belmondo and Catherine Deneuve, paired up in Mississippi Mermaid. He’s hot, she’s cool. And vice versa, come to think of it. (The same story got remade as the campy but carnal Original Sin, a guilty pleasure from 2001 featuring a very naked romp with Antonio Banderas and Angelina Jolie.)

Quentin Tarantino cut his teeth on kung fu movies by watching Sonny Chiba’s graphic Streetfighter flicks from 1974. You get three of them for the price of one at Central Cinema. And nice people will serve you delicious, reasonably priced pigs-in-a-blanket while you watch Chiba kick mobster butt.

Two neighborhoods open their doors to art lovers: Check out the revamped Blitz: Capitol Hill Art Walk on Thursday then save Saturday for the Chinatown ID Art Walk.

Feeling groovy? So is everybody at Seattle Hempfest. We kid because we love. Let’s all admit it should be legal and get those pot dollars into the economy, shall we?

Two cubs born at Woodland Park Zoo back in May are reason enough to celebrate Snow Leopard Day there with the kids.

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