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High British society gets its bloody comeuppance as A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder (the 2014 Tony winner for Best Musical) makes its Seattle debut at 5th Avenue Theatre.

THEATER

Thru July 31
A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
Monty Navarro believes in a very twisted version of upward mobility. When the poor Edwardian-era lead of the 2014 Tony winner for best musical learns he’s actually a distant heir to a previously hidden family fortune, he begins picking off those above him in the line of succession. Can Monty achieve his devilishly comedic goals while balancing a mistress and fiancée? A gentleman never tells. 5th Avenue Theatre, $29–$141

Thru Aug 7
Raggedy Ann and Andy
Summer brings the delights of outdoor theater, but it can be hard to get kids to sit through a production of Hamlet. For families with little ones, Theater Schmeater’s Raggedy Ann and Andy might be a better bet. The show based on the classic children’s books series and beloved dolls, centers on neglected toys trying to find new kids who will play with them. The free weekend productions at Volunteer Park should keep the little ones engaged while also offering an amusing tale for parents. Volunteer Park, Free

Thru Aug 7
Daisy
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 Theatre, $20–$49

CLASSICAL & MORE

July 15–17
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring with the Seattle Symphony
In the words of Gollum: “Master says tricksy Seattle Symphony will play the Fellowship of the Ring’s score while the movie plays on the big screen. We wants to go, we does!” Benaroya Hall, $86–$232

DANCE

Sat, July 16
Alice Gosti: Bodies of Water
There’s no scale too grand for Seattle choreographer Alice Gosti. She doesn’t just plan out movements, she envisions and then creates daylong one-off dance experiences (like last year’s five-hour How to Become a Partisan at St. Mark’s Cathedral). Gosti’s latest venture, Bodies of Water, takes her to Waterfront Park for another five-hour long work that explores our city’s relationship to water by touching on themes of ecology, spirituality, immigration, Native American fishing rights, and more. Gosti’s team of dancers will perform to poetry, a live soundtrack composed by Hanna Benn and Benjamin Marx, and amplified sounds of the park. Waterfront Park, Free

Sun, July 17
Sh*t Gold: The Deep End
While there are always plenty of places for songwriters to try new songs or comedians to work on fresh jokes, dancers and choreographers lack an open-mic style platform to test out their works in progress. Enter Velocity Dance’s Sh*t Gold, a biweekly program that offers a stage for short five-minute bursts of creativity. July’s special edition, Sh*t Gold: The Deep End, ups the ante by giving performers 20-minute slots to let their creativity roam free. Velocity Dance Center, Free

CONCERTS

July 14–16
Timber! Outdoor Music Festival
It's great that there are prime woodsy camping spots within a short drive of Seattle, but none of the wilderness locales match the soundtrack of Tolt-MacDonald Park on Timber! Outdoor Music Festival weekend. With a lineup that includes Langhorne Slim and the Law, Telekinesis, Deep Sea Diver, Chastity Belt, Lemolo, and the Moodoggies and the Maldives teaming up for a Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute, the fest offers a chance to take in some of Seattle's best music while also getting in some kayaking, tree climbing, mountain biking, and more adventurous outdoor activities. Tolt-MacDonald Park, $30–$40; Festival pass $75

Fri, July 15
A Frames and Jonathan Richman
In the early 2000s, Seattle postpunk trio A Frames brought a foreboding brew of sharp noise to the Seattle music scene with albums like the Sub Pop release Black Forest. A Frames disbanded in 2010, but when friend of the band Cara Joy Clausen came down with cancer, the trio decided to reunite for a benefit show at Chop Suey. The night’s lineup (which also includes the Spits) got a late boost with the addition of singer-songwriter/human ball of joy Jonathan Richman. The excellent contrast in tone between A Frames and Richman should make for a delightfully diverse sonic evening. Chop Suey, Advance tickets sold out, $20 on day of show

FILM

Thur, July 14
The Seattle Files Live: Harry and the Hendersons 
When Chris Allen isn’t busy as a member of Jet City Improv or working as a guide for Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour, he combines his love a comedy and local history for his podcast The Seattle Files, where he teaches local comedians about the city’s history. Allen heads to Central Cinema to screen the Seattle-shot Harry and the Hendersons and record a live episode of The Seattle Files where he’ll fittingly discuss cryptozoology (the study of creatures whose existence hasn’t been confirmed) with Art Zone host Nancy Guppy, Central Cinema program director Doug Willott, and fellow Jet City member Alison Luhrs. Central Cinema, $10

VISUAL ART

July 16–Sept 25
Chronicles of Solitude 
Quiet pervades every inch of Vilhelm Hammershøi’s paintings. The turn-of-the-century Danish master specialized in soft, almost empty scenes (if he includes a woman, she almost always faces away) with a simple, cool color palette. Soak in the Nordic serenity when the Frye presents Chronicles of Solitude: Masterworks by Vilhelm Hammershøi from SMK—The National Gallery of Denmark. Frye Art Museum, Free

FOOD & DRINK

July 15–17
Bite of Seattle
Pretty much the Big Friendly Giant of food festivals, the Bite of Seattle goes all weekend long in Seattle Center with bites, both big and small, for no more than $10 and about $4, respectively. In addition to food from over 60 local restaurants, there will be cooking demos with Seattle chefs, wine and cider tastings, live music, and a requisite beer garden. No ticket is required, just an Olympian appetite. Seattle Center, Free

Sat & Sun, July 16 & 17
Dragon Fest
It’s summer, truly the season of outdoor food festivals. This Asian fare–focused one in the International District is Saturday, from 12 to 8 and Sunday, from 12 to 6. At Dragon Fest you can do the neighborhood food walk, which has over 40 restaurants doling out bites for just $3, and take in the multitude of cultural performances throughout the weekend. And oh yes, there will be a beer garden. The Japanese beer garden won’t have any bonzai topiaries, but there will be Sapporo-esque brews to sip. No admission fee to enter the dragon...fest. Chinatown-International District, Free

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