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Met Picks: Free Beach Party at Neumos, Ruined, Zombie Walk

Your best entertainment bets July 1-5.

By Laura Dannen July 1, 2010

Beach par-tay at Neumos on Friday night. Shake it like Annette Funicello.

Get up close to Seattle-based cartoonist Eroyn Franklin’s graphic novel about detained illegal immigrants, sketched onto two 50-foot-long scrolls, at Gallery4Culture. The opening reception is tonight from 6-8. It’s also First Thursday, which means galleries stay open late and museums are free.

Dance among tiki torches, palm trees, and bikini-clad babes, give hoola hooping a go, and enter beer pong and flip cup contests at Friday night’s free beach party at Neumos. One of our favorite local hip-hop acts, Fresh Espresso, performs along with Four Color Zack and Sean Cee. Yes, this all sounds frat-tastic, but have you heard what they’re giving away? Tickets to Neumos shows, Capitol Hill Block Party, and a trip to Hawaii. Did I mention it’s free? Free. Doors open at 9pm; 21+.

Directing for the first time this season, Intiman Theatre’s Kate Whoriskey reprises her off-Broadway hit Ruined, a harrowing drama about a brothel-as-sanctuary in the war-torn Congo. Previews start Friday. July 2-Aug 8

Head to Fremont Studios (155 N. 35th St), home of Fremont Outdoor Movies, in the afternoon and you’ll see the making of a Guinness World Record: With luck, an estimated 8,000 people (revised from 10,000) will shuffle down Phinney Avenue North dressed as zombies. It’s Red, White and Dead: an entire day of deathly makeup tips, undead fashion shows and “Thriller” dance workshops. The fun starts at noon; the walk is scheduled for 5pm.

SUNDAY (Happy 4th!)
The best way to show your civic pride is at an international beerfest, right? We pick six ways—traditional and wacky—to celebrate the Fourth, plus map out fireworks displays around Puget Sound. Find it all here.

MONDAY (Love public holidays)
This year’s six-week chamber music binge, aka Seattle Chamber Music Society’s Summer Festival, opens at Benaroya Hall at 7pm with Grammy-winning violinist James Ehnes and pianist Andrew Armstrong on Bartok’s Sonata no. 2 for Violin and Piano. July 5-Aug. 13

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