The Weekend Starts...Now.

Met Picks: Sasquatch!, Craig Ferguson, 300-Plus Rockwells

The top 10 things to see or do this weekend.

By Laura Dannen May 26, 2011

Photo: courtesy Danny Clinch.

Death Cab for Cutie, looking…ironically debonair.

Editor’s note: I’m leaving town for two weeks on a little (big) vacation, so this is the last you’ll hear from me for a while. But don’t lose sleep over it: Culture Fiend will be in good hands while I’m gone. Keep checking back for news and reviews—and have fun at the Gorge. —LD.

MUSIC FEST About 100,000 people will make a pilgrimage this weekend to Sasquatch! music fest at the Gorge in George. Foo Fighters headline the mainstage on opening night (Friday), followed by Death Cab for Cutie on Saturday, Flaming Lips and Modest Mouse on Sunday, and the Decemberists and Wilco on Monday. Don’t skip those side stages: That’s where you’ll find Sleigh Bells, Yeasayer and Ratatat.

Couldn’t get tickets? Listen to full sets on KEXP and NPR all weekend. May 27–30.

VISUAL ART Last chance to see more than 300 original Norman Rockwell paintings and Saturday Evening Post covers in one building. American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell is in its final weekend at Tacoma Art Museum. Thru May 30.

LOCAL FESTIVAL Seattle’s favorite soul band Wheedle’s Groove joins West African drummers, bluegrass fiddlers, and Middle Eastern dancers at the 40th annual Northwest Folklife Festival. May 27–30.

COMEDY Scottish funnyman and host of CBS’s Late Late Show Craig Ferguson brings his classy comedy act to the Moore. May 29.

JAZZ Jazz Alley presents Four Generations of Miles, a tribute to Miles Davis featuring band members who played with the late, great trumpeter during the course of his life—including guitarist Mike Stern, saxophonist Sonny Fortune, bassist Buster Williams, and Jimmy Cobb on drums. Making reservations is recommended. May 26–29.

CONCERT Rappers Drake and Odd Fortune have sampled her songs—so has the Glee cast. Everybody wants a little bit of Swedish indie star Lykke Li. She’s at Showbox at the Market. May 26.

THEATER Want to see talented women relish a raunchy, foul-mouthed script? Skip Bridesmaids and buy a ticket to Theater Schmeater’s Reservoir Dolls, an adaptation of Quentin Tarantino’s macho cult classic Reservoir Dogs. Thru June 18.

FILM Okay, don’t really skip Bridesmaids. It’s hilarious (there’s a Judd Apatow-brand poop scene for the guys, and Kristen Wiig’s crazy bridal shower rage scene for the girls). In theaters now.

SIFF 2011 recommendations: We enjoyed Boy and Natural Selection, and this Sunday is the only day to catch the 227-minute epic drama from Portugal, Mysteries of Lisbon. SIFF runs thru June 12.

And don’t forget Seattle Beer Week. If we can’t have sun this weekend, at least we’ll have beer.

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