The Top Things to See or Do in June

World Cup soccer and Tracy Morgan visit Seattle; Bainbridge Island gets an art museum.

By Laura Dannen May 22, 2013 Published in the June 2013 issue of Seattle Met

Brazil or Bust
Soccer stars Clint Dempsey (pictured) and Michael Bradley take the pitch for the first U.S. World Cup men’s qualifying match held in Seattle in nearly 40 years. The squad can’t afford a slipup against Panama in its quest to earn a spot in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

June 11, CenturyLink Field,



Bainbridge Art Museum by the Numbers

Square feet of “green museum”—targeted for LEED Gold status 

Minutes from Seattle by ferry

Works on display by regional artists and artisans, including Roger Shimomura and Alfredo Arreguin

Fox Spirit Guarding the Human Soul, shown above. (Thank you, Jenny Anderson.)

Opens June 14, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art,


Dusting Off the Covers
To celebrate the debut of Pharos Editions, a new publishing imprint that resurrects notable authors’ and artists’ favorite out-of-print texts, Town Hall invited Sherman Alexie, Jonathan Evison, and Jess Walter to hold a rare-book club. Hear them dissect an 1899 rags-to-riches-to-rags-to-murder tale, a Depression-era novel about a Washington lumber-mill strike, and Hoop Dreams circa 1978.  June 11, Town Hall,


Ballard Concert Crawl
Seattle benefit concert series Noise for the Needy returns in June in support of Ballard Food Bank, with four nights of rock, pop, funk, and folk on Ballard Avenue.

June 20–23, Ballard,

Sunset Tavern
Battleme, River Giant June 21

Hattie’s Hat Party Lot
“The Rolling Stones” June 22
Kris Orlowski June 23

Tractor Tavern
Said the Whale June 20
Polyrhythmics, Orgone June 21

Conor Byrne Pub
Julia Massey and the Five Finger Discount June 22


We’ve always had a few (deep) questions regarding floating homes: Are water beds redundant? Where do toilets empty out? If a home starts to sink, does the mortgage holder have to go down with it? We’ll take it up with the Museum of History and Industry when the exhibit Still Afloat: A Contemporary History of Seattle’s Floating Homes debuts. June 15–Nov 3, MOHAI,


My only advantage as a reporter is that I am so physically small,so temperamentally unobtrusive, and so neurotically inarticulate that people tend to forget that my presence runs counter to their best interests. And it always does.”

Joan Didion in the preface to 1968’s Slouching Towards Bethlehem. At age 78, the peerless essayist is still an inspiration to vertically challenged reporters worldwide. June 5, Benaroya Hall,

**Due to a personal conflict, Didion will not be speaking at Benaroya Hall. Amy Tan (The Joy Luck Club) will appear in her place.

Published: June 2013

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