This Week's Critics' Picks

First Thursday, PNB, Pike Place Market Festival top our list of must-sees.

Thursday: Arts

Larry Calkins' fanciful encaustic paintings at G. Gibson Gallery are just one of many enticements on this month's First Thursday gallery walk in Pioneer Square. Also check out Deborah F. Lawrence's mixed media visions of Utopia at Catherine Person Gallery, and classic Gerard Tsutakawa sculptures at Foster/White. Pioneer Square, www.cityofseattle.net/arts/FirstThursday. Free. Thurs., June 1.

Thursday: Dance

A hundred years of ballet tradition pass by in George Balanchine's evening-length abstract Jewels: Romantic French ballet is evoked to Fauré, Imperial Russian splendor to Tchaikovsky, and American flash to Stravinsky. The climax of Peter Boal's triumphant debut season at Pacific Northwest Ballet. McCaw Hall, Seattle Center, 206-441-2424, www.pnb.org. $20–$134. Thurs., June 1–Sat., June 3, Thurs., June 8–Sun., June 11.

Saturday-Sunday: Festival

Even cat people will laugh while watching the Strut Your Mutt Dog Parade at the Pike Place Market Street Festival. Pleasure also can be found in the beer garden ($4.50 entry), at the chef demos, and near the music stage. Pike Place Market, 206-682-7453, www.pikeplace marketstreetfestival.com. Free. 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Sat., June 3, and 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Sun., June 4.

 
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