Met Picks: The Top Things to See and Do in August

The top things to see or do in August

By Laura Dannen July 17, 2012 Published in the August 2012 issue of Seattle Met

They Blinded Me with Science

WNYC’s Radiolab program is a quirky crossbreed of This American Life and Bill Nye the Science Guy, with hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich dissecting one-word megatopics—time, race, sperm—with a mix of physics, philosophy, music, and comedy. It also makes for a lively stage show at the Paramount. The public radio gents will examine the meaning of sight with a little help from comedian Demetri Martin, rocker Thao Nguyen, and modern dance troupe Pilobolus. Aug 24 & 25, Paramount Theatre,


How to Be 
a Grownup

Don a top hat and tails for the Victorian Day Croquet Tournament, a fundraiser for the Volunteer Park Conservatory as it celebrates its 100th anniversary. Aug 12, Volunteer Park,

Take a date to Puccini’s opulent Turandot, care of Seattle Opera. No woman looks demanding compared to the opera’s cold-as-the--other-side-of-the-pillow princess. Aug 4–18, McCaw Hall,

Dress like a zombie and chase your friends through the woods, screaming, “Run for Your Lives!Aug 4, Onalaska,


“Greetings from sunny Seattle, where women are gals, people are folks, a little bit is a skosh, if you’re tired you’re logy, if something is slightly off it’s hinky, you can’t sit Indian-style but you can sit crisscross applesauce, when the sun comes out it’s never called sun but always sunshine, boyfriends and girlfriends are partners, nobody swears but someone occasionally might drop the f-bomb, you’re allowed to cough but only into your elbow, and any request, reasonable or unreasonable, is met with no worries.”

—Excerpt from Where’d You Go, Bernadette, by Maria Semple. The former Arrested Development writer recently moved here from Los Angeles and turned to fiction to process her culture shock. Her new novel is an addictive black comedy about family dysfunction with characters as wild and misanthropic as they are real. Maria Semple, Aug 14, Elliott Bay Book Company. Aug 23, Eagle Harbor Book Company, Bainbridge Island,

Anything Goes

Over 48 hours, 50 artists will write, direct, perform, score, or design 14 original plays—and not one of them knows their task until the night before. Long-running 14/48: The World’s Quickest Theater Festival goes kamikaze this month. Aug 10 & 11, Erickson Theatre Off Broadway,


Harry Potter Trivia

What kind of wood is Voldemort’s wand made out of?

A. Hawthorn
B. Ash
C. Yew
D. Blackthorn

Refresh your Potter memory when Seattle Center screens all eight films, from Sorcerer’s Stone to Deathly Hallows: Part II, during a free movie marathon at Mural Amphitheatre. Aug 4–26, Seattle Center,


Number of years since Seattle photographer Casey Kelbaugh launched the first Slideluck Potshow—a potluck dinner in his backyard with a slideshow highlighting work by regional artists. It’s grown into a global nonprofit, but the idea remains distinctly homegrown. Aug 18, Voda Studios,

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