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Met Picks: Colson Whitehead, Fremont Fair, Steve Martin at the Chateau

Your best entertainment bets June 17-20.

By Laura Dannen June 17, 2010

Author Colson Whitehead reads at Elliott Bay Book Co. on Friday. Photo courtesy Erin Patrice O’Brien.

BOOKS & TALKS Colson Whitehead counts John Updike as a fan, writes prose that’s both lyrical and satirical, and tells a fresh coming-of-age story in his latest novel, Sag Harbor. He’s at Elliott Bay Book Co. on Friday at 7pm.

CONCERT Steve Martin’s a talented writer, actor, comedian, and bluegrass musician? What a Jerk. Tickets are still available for his Saturday Chateau Ste. Michelle show with the Steep Canyon Rangers.

CONCERT New wave trailblazers the Psychedelic Furs are back to prove that old hits—“Love My Way,” “The Ghost in You,” “Pretty in Pink”—never die. Saturday, Showbox SoDo.

CONCERT Gifted performer—and local favorite— John Kelly deftly assumes the look, sound, and persona of Joni Mitchell in an evening dedicated to the folk icon’s oeuvre. Paved Paradise: Redux is at the Triple Door on Saturday.

WORLD CUP If you’re a devotee, you’ll be up at 7am Friday to watch the U.S. vs. Slovenia game on ESPN. Hardcore goalie Tim Howard is expected to play, even though he was cleated in the chest in Saturday’s 1-1 tie vs. England. Yowza.

FESTIVAL Summer doesn’t really start until the bare-skinned bikers take to the streets for the annual Solstice Parade in Fremont. Find out what’s in store at the two-day festival.

FATHER’S DAY is Sunday, and we found the perfect events to treat Dad to, including an afternoon with Bill Cosby. Read more here.

FILM We missed it when it played at SIFF, but thankfully, The Oath — a documentary about a former bodyguard to Osama Bin Laden turned fervent critic of Islamic extremism— enjoys a six-day screening at Northwest Film Forum. June 18-24; see trailer below.

THEATER It’s a comedy! About cancer! Montana von Fliss of Washington Ensemble Theatre lends her trademark wit to a tough topic in impressive solo show Cancer: The Musical, now in its final weekend. Through June 21.

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