Summer jams like Rihannas Umbrella are impossible to avoid; so is getting trampled on your way to the quieter sectors of Bumbershoot. If youre more excited this year to stroll through the Northwest Roomswhere visual art exhibits include A Place to Be (art of and inspired by Nick Drake); Claimin Space, curated by BLVD Gallerys Damion Hayes; Miranda Julys and Harrell Fletchers Learning to Love You More; and a Seattle-Havana Poster Showthan to sing along to Dont Dream Its Over, consider this your free pass. Just take an executive lunch and attend the 2007 Mayors Arts Awards Ceremony at noon, where this years honorees for excellence in the local arts scene will be celebrated. They include B-Boy group Massive Monkees (finally), literary center Richard Hugo House (ditto), Earshot Jazz, and Garfield High School Director of Jazz Bands Clarence Acox Jr., among other worthy recipients. Post-ceremony, the arts open to all until 6 p.m. Seattle Center, Northwest Court (ceremony), Northwest Rooms (Bumbershoot Visual Arts Exhibit).
Fri., Aug. 31, noon