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Met Picks: Soundgarden, George R. R. Martin, Porgy and Bess

The top 10 things to see or do this weekend.

By Seattle Met Staff July 28, 2011

Chris Cornell rocks the grunge look for the Soundgarden reunion tour.

OUTDOOR CONCERTS Seattle rock rainmakers Soundgarden reunite for their first tour in 13 years. They play the Gorge with Queens of the Stone Age, Mastodon, and Meat Puppets. July 30.

This stacked bill at Chateau Ste. Michelle boasts two bands that defy genre: former Grateful Dead keyboardist Bruce Hornsby with the Noisemakers, and Béla Fleck and the original Flecktones (touring behind their first new album in six years). July 30.

THEATER Don’t wait until tomorrow (and tomorrow and tomorrow) to see Wooden O’s production of Macbeth at Seattle Center. There’s one more show on Sunday at 6, rain or shine. July 31.

It’s Victorian times and a gentlemanly doctor has created a device that “looks like a farming implement” to treat women for “hysteria.” The farce is fierce in Sarah Ruhl’s 2009 Broadway hit In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play, in previews at ACT Theatre. July 29-Aug 28.

OUTDOOR MOVIES Two competing screenings of zany fairy tale The Princess Bride in one night? Inconceivable! The films start at sunset at Seattle Center’s Mural Amphitheatre and Fremont Outdoor Movies. July 30.

Head to the South Lake Union Discovery Center to watch Kick-Ass at sunset—stay for the Brave Horse Tavern beer garden with brews and food. July 29.

BOOKS & TALKS George R. R. Martin, the rascally author of epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire (the basis of HBO series Game of Thrones) dissects his latest 1,000-page novel at Town Hall. July 29.

VISUAL ART It’s your last chance to go inside the Fun House at Western Bridge gallery. The exhibit closes on Saturday. Thru July 30.

This year’s Bellevue Festival of the Arts boasts 180 artists and craftspeople showing off their wares—glasswork, sculpture, photography, the list goes on… Just follow the masses to the outdoor arena just north of the Bellevue Square shopping center. July 29-31.

OPERA Seattle Opera’s all-new staging of Gershwin classic Porgy and Bess recreates Catfish Row and the sights and sounds of an African American community in 1920s South Carolina. Baritone Gordon Hawkins and soprano Lisa Daltirus star. July 30-Aug 20.

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