Shaina Shepherd's vocals will accompany downtown lunch breaks on Friday.
Image: Courtesy Downtown Seattle Association

Tickets & Releases

Taste America: Seattle
The James Beard Foundation is taking its events on the road for the first time since the pandemic started, and tickets are now on sale. On August 15, chef Rachel Yang creates a three-course menu at Revel, featuring ever-so-Revel-y dishes as a dungeness crab kinilaw with heirloom tomato and puffed rice. There’ll also be a flight of whiskeys, wine pairings, and a swag bag. Revel, $300 for two tickets


This Week Only

Thurs, Jul 22
Pandamnit: Comedic Stories of Lockdown Life
This past year has seen a wide range of coping mechanisms, from toilet paper hoarding to shelling out hundreds of dollars on bespoke silk masks (don’t @ me). Local comics unpack the trials and tribulations of the pandemic, with an open mic to follow. Ballard Homestead, $15

Fri, Jul 23
Downtown Summer Sounds: Shaina Shepherd
The city’s bid to get Seattle back to its old reluctantly social self includes a return to the annual free outdoor concert series, Summer Sounds. This week, Shaina Shepherd’s raspy, shimmering vocals and prog rock/grunge/soul sensibilities light up the edge of South Lake Union at lunchtime. Denny Park, Free 

Sat, Jul 24
Seattle World Whiskey Day
Bourbon, single malts, and rye, oh my. Distillers from around the country showcase their craft, accompanied by food trucks slinging everything from empanadas to macarons. A ticket includes 10 tastings (aspirin for the next day not includedand a souvenir glass. Redmond Downtown Park, $50

Sun, Jul 25
Wandering and Wondering
Butoh is an eerie, evocative form of avant-garde dance that originated in Japan in the late 1950s. Performers navigate the landscape of a Japanese garden in Rainier Beach, moving through their unsettling, delicate motions as onlookers wander at their leisure. Kubota Garden, Free

Thu, Jul 29
Raiders of the Lost Ark at Peddler Brewing Company
The Ballard microbrewery, notable for its cheeky horchata cream ale and tangerine hefeweizen, hosts an outdoor screening series in its beer garden. This week, for your viewing pleasure: 1980s-era Harrison Ford, his roguish charm at peak levels. Peddler Brewing, Free


The Monet SAM's show centers around: Fishing Boats at Étretat.


Ongoing Events

May 22–Aug 15
Black Refractions: Highlights from the Studio Museum in Harlem
Since 1968, the Studio Museum in Harlem has welcomed artists and activists of African descent to collaborate and vanguard the work of Black artists in New York City. This summer, the Frye Museum will host nearly a century’s worth of art in varied mediums, representing the voices of 80 artists, including Seattle’s Jacob Lawrence. Frye Art Museum, free

Jul 1–Oct 17
Monet at Étretat
The seaside landscape paintings birthed by Monet’s time in the Normandy village of Étretat reflect a particularly fraught time in the artist’s life, as he struggled with his private life and the commodification of his work. The SAM’s exhibit is centered around his luminously rendered 1885 Fishing Boats at Étretat. Nine other Monets join it, along with five paintings by his contemporaries. Among the most stunning is Monet's The Cliff and the Porte d'Amont, Morning Effect, which pushes impressionism toward a breathy abstraction. Seattle Art Museum, $29

Jul 15–Aug 29
In the Spirit Contemporary Native Arts
A virtual awards ceremony ushers in opening day of In the Spirit, a collection of pieces by 22 Indigenous artists working across various mediums. Expect paintings and basketry, beadwork and textile art, all coming together to enrich and complicate one another. Washington State History Museum, $14

Jul 22–Aug 1
Vashon Island Repertory Theater Fest
Four productions are held on multiple stages around the island in celebration of the return of live, in-person theater. Offerings span from the Bard to Beckett, with play readings in the evening and a one-woman show written by Elizabeth Heffron in the festival’s second weekend. Various locations, $85

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