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Soak in the drama of 1940s cinema (like The Reckless Moment) when SIFF hosts Noir City at the Egyptian.

Image: Courtesy SIFF

Thru August 7
During the 1964 presidential race, Lyndon B. Johnson’s campaign dropped a bomb. A Johnson ad depicted a young girl plucking the petals of a daisy only to be wiped out by a nuclear attack. Though it only aired once, its fallout continues to radiate. The world premiere play Daisy takes a look at how these admen forever changed the political process with this unparalleled act of fear mongering. ACT Theater, $20–$68

July 19–Aug 31
Tracy Rocca: Desert and Sea
Tracy Rocca’s works evoke a feeling of floating peacefully in water and basking in the refracted light of the summer sun. The artist’s fourth Winston Wächter exhibit, Desert and Sea, shows off more of her hazy, large-scale paintings (some reaching five feet by five feet) where cool color wraps around the edges of open spaces that seem light as a cloud. Winston Wachter, Free

July 22–28
Noir City 2016
"They don't make movies like these anymore," he says looking away from the camera and staring off into the distance before taking another drag of his cigarette. SIFF's Noir City offers fans of the genre the perfect chance to rewatch some classics and forgotten gems on the big screen. The "Czar of Noir" Eddie Muller will introduce every 35mm black and white beauty (some of which have been restored) to the audience at the Egyptian. SIFF Cinema Egyptian, $15; Festival pass $150

Sat, July 23
Seattle Opera Summer Fest
Get a sneak peak of Seattle Opera’s 2016–17 season (including The Magic Flute, La traviata, and Hansel and Gretel) with an array of activities for the whole family at the organization’s annual Summer Fest. That afternoon of free entertainment includes the opera singers performing, opera-based improv,  the Sound Wave marching band, close up looks at the season’s detailed costumes, and an chance for kids to get hands on with the orchestra’s tools at an “instrument petting zoo.” McCaw Hall, Free

July 23–Jan 8
David Huchthausen: A Retrospective Collection
David Huchthausen is a welcome outlier among Seattle’s hot glass–crafting tradition. Using cold working techniques like engraving, sawing, polishing, and laser cutting, he creates layered sculptures bursting with color and embedded angles that make each work look like the otherworldly treasure of advanced aliens or Marvel super-villains. Around 30 pieces show off his geometrically atypical creativity in David Huchthausen: A Retrospective Selection. Museum of Glass, $15 

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