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Met Picks: Local Celebrity Spelling Bee, Boardwalk Empire Preview, SSO Opening Night

The top 10 things to see or do this weekend.

By Seattle Met Staff September 15, 2011

No use trying to rein in John Sutton, Ben Beres, and Zac Culler of Seattle art trio SuttonBeresCuller.

VISUAL ART SuttonBeresCuller, that feisty trio of Seattle installation artists, is all over the map this year: playing with robot cameras and 19th-century paintings at the Henry, and turning 100-year-old homes into art on Capitol Hill. Now they’re setting up shop at On the Boards, where they’ll “dramatically reconfigure” the theater’s main stage. Sept 15-18.

THEATER Washington Ensemble Theatre tackles homophobia and bullying head on with MilkMilk Lemonade. In this Seattle premiere, Grandma wants little Emory to stop his darn ribbon dance and be more like the neighbor boy who does “boy” things–like burn stuff. Sept 16-Oct 10.

Book-it Rep adapts Border Songs, the latest novel by Olympia author Jim Lynch, about a hulking, mild-mannered Border Patrol guard who finds trouble while patrolling the drainage ditch dividing rural Washington and British Columbia. Thru Oct 9.

SPEAKEASY CRAWL Are you a fan of the HBO drama Boardwalk Empire? A speakeasy-style promo event is your chance to preview season two. Attendees are invited to dress in 1920s garb, so brush off the three-piece suits. Sept 16.

FUNDRAISER Hugo House has organized a Local Celebrity Spelling Bee with some serious contenders. But this isn’t your average “can you use it in a sentence?” event. Read on. Sept 15.

CLASSICAL & MORE Seattle Symphony Orchestra ushers in a new era this weekend with 37-year-old conductor Ludovic Morlot as its poster boy. The season kicks off Friday with the Opening Night Concert and Gala led by the new maestro, featured in our Fall Arts Preview. Sept 17.

FILM Screening at SIFF: Nora’s Will, the winner of seven Ariel Awards (Mexico’s Oscars), is a wry, surprisingly tender story about an atheist compelled to carry out his ex-wife’s Passover plans after she commits suicide. Sept 16-22.

CONCERT Seattle’s hip-hop trendsetters Blue Scholars raised the bar with their 2011 album Cinemetropolis, a package of socially conscious rhymes and soulful beats. It’s even better live—see the duo at Showbox at the Market. (Note: This event is now sold out.) Sept 17.

EAT & DRINK The Mobile Food Rodeo rounds up more than 20 of Seattle and Portland’s top food trucks—including Maximus Minimus, Skillet, and Molly Moon’s—for an all-day feast outside the Whole Foods at Interbay. (Full disclosure: This event is cosponsored by Seattle Met, but we’d be there anyway ’cause it sounds tasty.) Sept 17.

FEST Dozens of your favorite street performers bring their bluegrass tunes and hula-hooping acts to Pike Place Market for the 10th Annual Buskers Festival. Bring all the loose change you can carry. Sept 18.

Battle of the Buskers: Emery Carl from Seattle Met on Vimeo.

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