The Weekly Wire: This Week’s Notable Events

WEDNESDAY 7/22Blogging: Generation OvershareThese days, everyone's got a blog. The Washington State Department of Transportation has one. I know an 8-year-old who has six of them—that's three more than Seattle Weekly. They're used for everything from investigative journalism to knitting instructions. Yet 15 years ago, no one knew what they were. How then did they rise so far so fast? And what happened to them as they rose? Scott Rosenberg's new book, Say Everything: How Blogging Began, What It's Becoming, and Why It Matters (Crown, $26), looks at the rise of blogging, from a few instances of techie newsletters and college-student tell-all confessionals to today's infinitely diverse blogosphere. It's a worthwhile retrospective for anyone with an interest in online content. Which is to say pretty much all of us. University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., 634-3400, bookstore.washington.edu. Free. 7 p.m. DAMON AGNOSTHURSDAY 7/23Outdoor Movies/Beer: Don't Make Me Stop This Car!Chevy Chase doesn't believe in the '80s. Or maybe he doesn't believe in his 1983 hit Vacation, in which he, ever the ironic boomer, plays the father on the hellish kind of family road trip he likely endured in the '50s. Thus he's both smirking at the paternal role and overinhabiting it. He's the married man (to Beverly D'Angelo) and father (to Anthony Michael Hall), but he's also wildly faking his part, as in Fletch, not wanting to be a prisoner to the whole suburban station wagon–driving dad thing. Maybe for that reason, the movie—which begins the Thursday night Moonlight Cinema series (through Aug. 27)—was hugely popular, spawning two sequels that collectively spanned the Reagan era. Chase's Clark Griswold is a hero for those times: stubborn, unprepared, overly sure of himself, more than a little stupid, yet still smiling and likable—not unlike the Gipper himself. And if you're wondering when they'll get around to remaking Vacation, they already have. Remember? It was called Little Miss Sunshine. Yes, you can bring your own food (or do take-out from Forecaster's Pub), but no outside booze—the beer garden provides that at $4 per glass. (R) Redhook Ale Brewery, 14300 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville, 425-483-3232, redhookmoonlightcinema.com. $5. Gates open at 6 p.m.; movie at dusk. BRIAN MILLERFRIDAY 7/24Dance: Hot StepsSelena's Guadalajara is a small Mexican restaurant that's easy to overlook as you drive past on North 45th Street. If you haven't eaten there, you're not really missing much. But if you like salsa dancing and you haven't been there, you should remedy the situation immediately. On weekends, the waitstaff clears away the tables, hits the lights, and starts up the fog machine to transform the restaurant into a dance club. A DJ spins rare salsa records from the '60s and '70s, including plenty of upbeat numbers and the occasional schmaltzy ballad. Selena's is friendly and familial. The patrons are truly there to dance—not to get wasted and hit on one another. And while it draws a predominantly Hispanic crowd, everybody is welcomed with open arms. But novices be warned: Feisty (and slightly intimidating) restaurant owner Laura Santibañez often sneaks away from her bartending duties to salsa with her customers—and she doesn't take no for an answer. Selena's Guadalajara, 1715 N. 45th St., 632-7858. $10. 10 p.m.–2 a.m. ERIKA HOBARTArts Festivals: Bellevue BohemiaArtsfair has been taking place in Bellevue since 1947, and this year it features 90 new exhibitors among more than 300 juried artists, both local and national. One of this year's prizewinners is Whittier, Calif., jeweler Eric Silva, whose chunky, dramatic sculptural pieces incorporate antlers, recycled wood, and semiprecious stones. One of his necklaces features a string of oversized aquamarine beads disappearing into a deer-antler Y; oxidized stainless-steel loops hang from the bottom of the antler, while the whole thing is clasped together with ruby-tipped sterling-silver circles. At the other artist booths, you'll find wooden teakettles, unusual knit scarves, nested ceramic bowls, and playful glass vases, as well as painting, photography, and prints. It's an indoor/outdoor fest (through Sunday), with food booths and stuff for the kids, too. Exhibits and activities extend to Bellevue Square; just north of the mall, at Cost Plus World Market, the crafts-oriented Bellevue Festival of the Arts runs concurrently. Bellevue Arts Museum, 510 Bellevue Way N.E., 425-519-0770, bellevuearts.org. Free. 9:30 a.m.–9:30 p.m. ADRIANA GRANTLynch Fest: Hollywood in Her HeadThis year's Twin Peaks Festival will be a smaller, scaled-down celebration: no visits from the Log Lady or behind-the-scenes docs about the beloved former TV series filmed out near North Bend. Instead, here's a chance for David Lynch aficionados to gather with their kind to watch Mulholland Drive. (Which, BTW, began as the pilot for another TV series.) After the screening, viewers can adjourn afterward to SAM's Taste cafe to discuss what exactly that 2001 mind-twister actually means. Just how innocent is Naomi Watts' aspiring starlet? Is she inside the story or outside of it, rewriting her script as she'd like to see those Tinseltown dreams realized? And what crime are she and Laura Elana Harring actually investigating? Then there's the mystery of Billy Ray Cyrus: Has he ever been deployed to better effect? I think not. (R) Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave., 654-3121, seattleartmuseum.org. $8–$10. 7:30 p.m. BRIAN MILLERSATURDAY 7/25Sports/Clowns: Beat Curley!One thing the creaky old Alaskan Way Viaduct is good for? The Seafair Torchlight Run, which offers fabulous sunset views of Elliott Bay to its 5K and 8K competitors. The former do an elevated out-and-back, while the latter loop north past Seattle Center, returning south on Fourth Avenue (where the free Torchlight Parade follows at 7:30 p.m.). Both groups are subject to time limits, so the parade can start promptly. One nice feature of this year's race? The Ronald McDonald House fundraiser Challenge Curley! competition, where you try to outrun the surprisingly fit, tan former Evening Magazine host. (This may be your best chance, since John Curley will still be recovering from the Seafair Sprint Triathlon held six days earlier.) Then make way for the parade of clowns and pirates. Or seek refuge following the race at F.X. McRory's after-party. Because even if the 47-year-old Curley kicks your slow, flabby ass, you can still drink more beer than he. Unless, of course, he's quaffing for charity. Then you're his bitch. Qwest Field, 800 Occidental Ave. S., 728-0123, seafair.com and ibeatcurley.com. $10–$25. 6:30 p.m. BRIAN MILLERFood: Feed the VikingNorsemen, come one and all! Gather your pillage and plunder, your spears and weird hats, to celebrate Scandinavian history and cuisine at the annual Ballard SeafoodFest (today and Sunday). Ballard takes its heritage very seriously. It's not uncommon at the fest to see men and women thundering around in chain mail and growling in tribute to their blond, bloodthirsty Viking ancestors. But this year the festival is expanding—raiding?—down from northern latitudes; more booths and food vendors will include Vietnamese fare, gyros, Cajun food (try the alligator on a stick!), and even pizza! Though true Swedes, Finns, and Norwegians can enter the lutefisk-eating contest. Among other family activities is a raffle offering a grand-prize cruise to Mexico, where there aren't any fjords or icebergs in sight. On the Ballard Avenue music stage, the appropriately named Pickled Herring will perform, along with The Raggedy Anns, the Dudley Manlove Quartet, and other bands. Even if you're not of Nordic blood, there are plenty of horned helmets for everyone to wear. 2208 N.W. Market St., seafoodfest.org. Free. 11 a.m.–8 p.m. BRITT THORSONMONDAY 7/27Visual Arts: In Your FaceSince opening last year, Tether has established itself more as a funky design studio than an art gallery. But the space actually accommodates some awesome artwork. On view through July 31, Joan Hiller Depper's "Effrontery" is a playful collection of paintings and sketches infused with bright colors and pop-culture references. Her wacky subjects include koalas dipping into StarKist tuna cans, fashion models gorging on cheeseburgers, and cartoon portraits of Yoko Ono and Woody Allen. With her images, Hiller Depper—whose full-time gig is running artist publicity firm Riot Act Media—pays a teasing tribute to prevalent (and often ridiculous) personalities and products. While checking out her stuff, you can also take a peek at the gallery's in-progress projects. Just be quiet while you do, since Tether is also an office during the workweek (and closed weekends). Tether, Inc., 323 Occidental Ave. S., 518-6300, tetherinc.com. Free. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. ERIKA HOBART

 
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