JUNE 9–12 The Barbara Streisand Songbook Featured vocalist Julie Budd and the Seattle Symphony pay tribute to Babs. Benaroya Hall, seattlesymphony.org. 10 Fremont 5K & Briefcase Relay Race as individuals or a five-person costumed relay team. Adobe Plaza, fremont5k.com. 11 Georgetown Carnival Circus performers, arts and crafts, food, power-tool races, and live music combine for a memorable Saturday night. Downtown Georgetown, georgetownmerchants.org. 11–12 Deming Logging Show Macho men show off their muscles with feats of strength. Barbecue and equipment and truck displays. Deming Log Show Grounds, demingloggingshow.com. 11–Sept. 10 Chateau Ste. Michelle Summer Concert Series Garrison Keillor does a live broadcast in this ongoing outdoor series. Notables ahead include Steve Miller, Sarah McLachlan, Chris Isaak, and Jeff Bridges (yes, The Dude). Chateau Ste. Michelle, ste-michelle.com. 12 Pacific Northwest Ballet Season Encore This end-of-season fête celebrates the season's greatest hits. McCaw Hall, pnb.org. 12 Shore Run/Walk A 10K, 5K, and walk benefit the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Course runs from Leschi to Madison Park. fhcrc.org. 12–Sept. 25 Summer Sunday Chef Demos Learn a recipe from an area chef using locally grown produce every Sunday this summer (noon to 2 p.m.) at Pike Place Market. pikeplacemarket.org. 15–Sept. 2 Out to Lunch Summer Concert Series Free summer music begins with the Moondoggies at Westlake Park. All shows begin at noon. Multiple downtown locations, downtownseattle.com. 16 The Emancipated Spectator: Artists and Viewers Curator Sara Krajewski leads a discussion and tour through the ongoing The Talent Show (through Aug. 21). Henry Art Gallery, henryart.org. 16 Ann Patchett In her new novel, State of Wonder, two physicians come into conflict in the South American rainforest. Town Hall, lectures.org. 16, 18 Seattle Symphony Gerard Schwarz's final two performances as the SSO's music director couple Mahler's thundering "Resurrection" Symphony and a world premiere by Philip Glass. Benaroya Hall. 17 The Green Lantern Ryan Reynolds plays Hal Jordan, a test pilot who is given a ring with incredible powers. Opens wide. 17 Kid Cudi Highly prolific and master of the mixtape, the New York–based rapper is known for showing off his prodigious freestyle abilities when he performs live. WaMu Theater, wamutheater.com. 17 Set the Table for SAM This big benefit and party starts with dinner ($250) and continues with a DJ and dancing under the stars. ($75 only for the Party in the Park.) Olympic Sculpture Park, seattleartmuseum.org. 17 The Tree of Life Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, and newcomer Jessica Chastain star in this latest from director Terrence Malick, who's succeeded Stanley Kubrick as the filmmaker most likely to make film critics swoon before the opening credits even roll. Egyptian. 17 The Trip In this re-edited version of a six-part BBC series, comic actors Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon travel England's Lake District in search of fancy restaurants for Coogan to review in print. Mostly, though, the men riff and ramble and do killer impersonations of Al Pacino, Richard Burton, and Woody Allen. Directed by Michael Winterbottom. Harvard Exit. 17–18 Blue Scholars The local hip-hop duo will play two nights in support of their highly anticipated new album, Cinémetropolis. Neumos, neumos.com. 17–19 Washington Brewers Festival Featuring 50 Washington breweries and more than 200 craft beers. Saint Edward State Park, Kenmore, washingtonbeer.com. 17–July 7 Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World Local playwright Yussef El Guindi trades politics for romantic comedy in this tale of an Egyptian immigrant cab driver who falls for an American girl. ACT Theatre, acttheatre.org. 18 Beach to Chowder Run/Walk Walk or run a 5K/10K race and celebrate with chowder at the end. Bolstad Beach, Long Beach, Wash., beachtochowder.com. 18 Next Step: Choreographers Showcase Featuring choreography by PNB dancers and performed by PNB School Professional Division students. McCaw Hall, pnb.org. 18 Rat City Rollergirls Pushing, shoving, and intense battling, all on roller skates. Two of the teams are undefeated and two are winless. Who will keep their streaks alive? KeyArena, ratcityrollergirls.com. 18–19 Fremont Fair A weekend to take hold of Fremont's motto "Delibertus Quirkus," or the Freedom to Be Peculiar. The festivities will include the highly anticipated Solstice Parade. Downtown Fremont, fremontfair.org. 18–19 Northwest Coffee Festival You won't sleep for days after sampling the wares from dozens of caffeine mavens from Seattle and around the world. Seattle Center, nwcoffeefestival.com. 18–19 Olympic Air Show The Air Force tactical stunt show features the A-10 "Warthog" West Coast Demonstration Team. Olympic Flight Museum, Olympia, olympicflightmuseum.com. 18–19 Wild Garlic Festival Crafts, entertainment, and food all saturated in garlic, featuring the clove brothers! Ocean Park, Wash., funbeach.com/events/garlic. 21–22 Seattle Symphony "PLAY! A Video Game Symphony" combines graphics from your favorites (World of Warcraft and all those) with the scores played live by full orchestra. Benaroya Hall. 22 Seattle Seafair Clowns Golf Tournament What could be better than an entire day spent golfing with clowns? Druids Glen Golf Club, Kent, seafair.com. 22–Aug. 24 ZooTunes Taj Mahal and Joan Osborne are sold out. But try your luck with remaining performers like the Go-Gos and the Indigo Girls. Woodland Park Zoo, zoo.org/zootunes. 24 Bad Teacher Sure, she drinks Jack Daniel's in class, smokes pot on break, and ridicules her students, but junior-high teacher Ms. Halsey (Cameron Diaz) sure is pretty, and now that she's trying to snare a hopelessly wholesome substitute teacher (Justin Timberlake), she might stop sleeping in class. Jake Kasdan directs. Opens wide. 24 Trimpin The local musical polymath and MacArthur fellow has a new book out: Trimpin: Contraptions for Art and Sound, celebrated with a party and cash bar. Town Hall, townhallseattle.org. 24–25 Tim Minchin The Aussie comic tells jokes, plays music, and promises to provoke. Neptune, stgpresents.org. 24–25 Seattle Men's Chorus From this ensemble, more than 200 strong, Heartthrobs features boy-band hits. McCaw Hall, flyinghouse.org. 24–25 Seattle Symphony Orff's Carmina burana: Where would sword-and- sorcery-movie composers be without it? Benaroya Hall. 24–26 Taste of Tacoma Thirty-two restaurants and 20 food product companies line up to tickle Tacoma's taste buds. Featuring the "Taste Wine and Jazz Garden" with 10 wineries and live jazz, plus a comedy club and four music stages. Point Defiance Park, tasteoftacoma.com. 25 Capitol Hill Pride Festival The rainbow flag extends five blocks down Broadway, from East John Street to Roy Street. capitolhillpridefestival.net. 25 Chelsea Handler The outrageous comedy performer brings three writers (Heather McDonald, Josh Wolf, and Brad Wollack) from her hit television show. Paramount, stgpresents.org. 25 Armistead Maupin Mary Ann in Autumn continues his long-running Tales of the City series. Seattle Central Library, spl.org. 25 Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Are you ready for 26.2 miles? Limited tickets still available through American Cancer Society. Starts in Tukwila, ends at Qwest Field. runrocknroll.competitor.com. 25 SWSHS Bike Tour The Southwest Seattle Historical Society leads a beautiful bike tour of landmarks along West Seattle. Log House Museum, loghousemuseum.info. 25–26 Bellevue Strawberry Festival Historical and agricultural displays, face painting, fresh berries, a shortcake-eating contest, music, and cars. Crossroads Park, bellevuestrawberryfestival.org. 25–Aug. 13 Fremont Outdoor Movies The Saturday night party/screening series opens with Shaun of the Dead, with the Rat City Rollergirls as special guests. Live music, food, and contests accompany all the movies, which include Anchorman, Pulp Fiction, and two versions of Tron. Downtown Fremont, fremontoutdoormovies.com. 25–Sept. 4 Olympic Music Festival Chamber-music favorites, from Mozart to Sousa, each Saturday and Sunday; pull up a hay bale in the barn or spread out on the lawn. Quilcene, Wash., olympicmusicfestival.org. 25–Jan. 2012 Collecting for the Future: The Safeco Gift and New Acquisitions TAM shows off its new booty, courtesy of the recently sold Northwest insurance giant. Tacoma Art Museum, tacomaartmuseum.org. 26 Neil Gaiman The sci-fi titan reads from a 10th-anniversary edition of his American Gods. Town Hall. 26 My Morning Jacket A rare opportunity to see the Jim James–led experimental rock group in a non-arena setting. Paramount, stgpresents.org. 26 Seattle PrideFest The largest free pride festival in the country, replete with beer and music. Seattle Center (and other locations), seattlepridefest.org. 30 Jim Woodring The local artist and cartoonist puts his Frank character in a full-length graphic novel, Congress of Animals. Elliott Bay Book Co., elliottbaybook.com. 30–Sept. 1 Beauty & Bounty: American Art in an Age of Exploration SAM goes to its vaults for more than 100 works (some photos, mostly paintings) from names like Sanford Gifford, Albert Bierstadt, and Thomas Moran. Seattle Art Museum, seattleartmuseum.org. 30–Sept. 11 Reclaimed: Nature and Place Through Contemporary Eyes Locals including Whiting Tennis are included in this post-1970 survey from SAM's permanent collection. Seattle Art Museum.JULY 1 The BJ Shea Comedy Riot Presents: The Anti-Social Network Tour Performances by powerhouse comics Dave Attell, Jim Breuer, Bill Burr, and Jim Norton. Paramount, stgpresents.org. 1 Page One: Inside the New York Times Filmed over 14 months, Andrew Rossi's documentary captures the Times and its staff—with a special emphasis on media journalist David Carr—as the Grey Lady is besieged by financial woes, Internet competition, and a bad case of the jitters. Landmark theater TBD. 1–3 Seattle International Beerfest An international medley of 150 unique beers, with music, bars, and a beer garden. Proceeds benefit Pet Cross! Cheers! Seattle Center, seattlebeerfest.com. 2–4 Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival Meet the carvers, see the boats, ride in them, sign up for classes, or just enjoy the new surrounding park. Center for Wooden Boats, cwb.org. 2–Oct. 16 A Turbulent Lens: The Photographic Art of Virna Haffer The late South Sound artist (1900–1974), who worked in a variety of media, is here represented by her lens work. Tacoma Art Museum. 4 Family Fourth at Lake Union The fireworks live on, even without WaMu, and the festivities begin well before that spectacular evening show. Gas Works Park, familyfourth.org. 5–Aug. 12 Seattle Chamber Music Society Twelve generous concerts at Benaroya, five at Redmond's Overlake School, plus extras. Watch for a world premiere by Laura Kaminsky on July 15. seattlechambermusic.org. 5–Oct. 9 David Herbert: Open Studio The talented young local sculptor employs humble materials like Styrofoam, PVC pipe, and Scotch tape to render Mount Rainier and the mothership from Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Henry Art Gallery. 6–9 Seattle Symphony They'll play the soundtracks of two iconic films live to accompany screenings: Casablanca July 6 & 8 and The Wizard of Oz July 7 & 9. Benaroya Hall. 7–10 King County Fair Carnival attractions, vendors, food, entertainment, and children's activities; also animal exhibits, a car show, and a chili cook-off. Enumclaw Expo Center, enumclawskingcountyfair.com. 7–Aug. 11 Earth Angel: The Films of Audrey Hepburn She wins Gregory Peck in Roman Holiday, which begins this six-film retrospective. Seattle Art Museum. 7–Aug. 25 City Hall Concerts The free noon Thursday series begins with local R&B diva Choklate. City Hall, seattle.gov/seattlepresents. 8 Horrible Bosses Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, and Charlie Day play three men who decide to actually do what so many worker bees before them have dreamed of doing: kill their bosses. Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell, and Jennifer Aniston co-star as the respective targets. Directed by Seattle-raised Seth Gordon (The King of Kong). Opens wide. 8 The Last Mountain David battles Goliath as documentarian Bill Haney (The Price of Sugar) tracks an Appalachian community's fight to prevent a coal conglomerate from strip-mining their mountain home. Landmark theater TBA. 8–9 Dance This The 13th annual collaboration of young local dancers and professional artists, showcasing their fusion routines of Tahitian, Afro-Brazilian, hip-hop, tap, and other dance idioms. Moore, stgpresents.org. 8–10 Bainbridge in Bloom Come see Bainbridge Island in full bloom with a self-guided bus or bicycle tour. gardentour.info. 9 Pioneer Square Fire Festival Vintage fire trucks and other festivities accompany this commemoration of the Great Seattle Fire of 1889, on the embers of which Pioneer Square was rebuilt. Occidental Park, lastresortfd.org. 9 Seattle Storm vs. Los Angeles Sparks The Storm take on one of its biggest rivals. KeyArena, wnba.com/storm. 9–10 Ballard SeafoodFest Salmon barbecue, a beer and wine garden, an eating contest, a sidewalk sale, music, and viking helmets galore. seafoodfest.org. 9–10 Bastille Day French Celebration French wine tasting, French pastries, and even French fries! Plus cooking and fencing demonstrations and music. Seattle Center, seattle-bastille.org. 9–10 Urban Craft Uprising Hipsters knit, too. And they crochet, sew, throw pottery, and make custom T-shirts and all manner of other cool handmade wares. Seattle Center, urbancraftuprising.com. 9–Aug. 7 Arrh! A Dinosaur Ate My Space Ship is the new kid-friendly, open-air comedy from Theater Schmeater. Volunteer Park, schmeater.org. 9–Sept. 25 The Digital Eye: Photographic Art in the Electronic Age As traditional film fades, all manner of digital image capture is surveyed—and not just from cameras. (And from the pre-digital era, check out a small gallery of Andy Warhol's Polaroids, running concurrently.) Henry Art Gallery. 10 Neko Case Everyone's favorite from back in her Northwest days, now a national act, she's touring behind Middle Cyclone. Y La Bamba opens. Paramount, stgpresents.org. 11 Misha Berson The Seattle Times critic celebrates the classic movie musical West Side Story with a companion book (Something's Coming, Something Good), plus film clips and songs from regular performers at the 5th Avenue Theatre. Town Hall, townhallseattle.org. 12–13 Eye on India: Words Over Water Hari Kunzru highlights this midweek gathering of literary talent. Seattle Asian Art Museum, seattleartmuseum.org. 14 Artopia Seattle Weekly's annual celebration of innovative art, music, and more. Note new location: 332 Fifth Ave. N., artopia.seattle weekly.com. 14–Aug. 25 Magnuson Park Outdoor Movies The Princess Bride begins the Thursday-night series, which also includes Top Gun and Ghostbusters. Magnuson Park, moviesatmagnuson.com. 15 The Avett Brothers The folk- and bluegrass-inspired trio brings its high-energy live show to Everett. Comcast Arena, comcastarenaeverett.com. 15 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II "Voldemort had raised his wand. His head was still tilted to one side, like a curious child, wondering what would happen if he proceeded. Harry looked back into the red eyes, and wanted it to happen now, quickly, while he could still stand, before he lost control, before he betrayed fear . . . " Starring Daniel Radcliffe and Ralph Fiennes. Directed by David Yates. Opens wide. 15 A Mochrie of Stiles A night of laughs with expert comics Ryan Stiles and Colin Mochrie. Mount Baker Theatre, Bellingham, mountbakertheatre.com. 15 Tabloid The latest film from documentarian Errol Morris (The Fog of War) is centered on an extended interview with Joyce McKinney, a beauty-pageant queen who became a sensation in 1970s England after she was accused of kidnapping a young Mormon man. He claimed that she raped him. Then things got strange. Landmark theater TBA. 15–16 Eddie Vedder The Pearl Jam frontman will play a pair of dates in support of his recently released solo album, Ukulele Songs. Benaroya Hall, seattlesymphony.org. 15–17 Bite of Seattle Featuring more than 50 Seattle restaurants, dozens more vendors, music, beer gardens, and culinary competitions, the Bite is always hugely crowded and successful. With Mercer under construction, consider taking the bus or biking. Seattle Center, comcastbiteofseattle.com. 15–18 Kirkland Uncorked Featuring a tasting garden with grilling demonstrations, this celebration of art, food, and wine is set against the backdrop of Lake Washington and benefits the Hope Heart Institute. Marina Park, kirklanduncorked.com. 15–23 Run for Your Wife Bellevue Civic Theatre performs this British farce about a cabbie with two wives. Meydenbauer Center, bellevuecivic.org. 15, 29, & Aug. 12 South Lake Union Cinema on the Lawn Screened at dusk (for free) will be Easy A, Kick Ass, and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. South Lake Union Discovery Center, discoverslu.com. 16 KUBE 93 Summer Jam The local radio station bills itself as "hits and hip-hop," and its annual summer concert is heavy on the latter, including Ludacris, Pitbull, and T-Pain. White River Amphitheater, whiteriveramphitheater.com. 16 Pirate's Booty Seafair Milk Carton Derby A day of designing and racing milk-carton boats for the chance to win $10,000. Green Lake, seafair.com. 16 Summer Beer Taste Select up to 10 brews to taste from a variety of local breweries. Phinney Ridge Neighborhood Association. phinneycenter.org. 16–17 Winery Tasting Tour Seven local wineries offer tastings of their artisan wines. Bainbridge Island, bainbridgewineries.com. 16–June 17, 2012 SAM Next: Mika Tajima The young L.A.-born artist, based in New York, incorporates painting, sculpture, design, performance, video, and sound into her installations. Seattle Art Museum. 16–Nov. 27 Our National Game SAM salutes baseball with works by Douglas Tilden, Norman Rockwell, Jacob Lawrence, and others. Seattle Art Museum. 17–22 Whidbey Island Race Week Sailboat racing by day, heavy drinking at night. Oak Harbor Marina, whidbeyislandraceweek.com. 18 Seasons Emerald Ballet Theatre samples the dance canon, including the famous Pas de Deux from Sleeping Beauty. Meydenbauer Center, meydenbauer.com. 20 Seattle Sounders vs. Manchester United The Sounders take on one of the best, richest soccer clubs in the world. Qwest Field, soundersfc.com. 20–Aug. 10 Outdoor Movies on the Beach Spend Wednesdays on the waterfront watching movies with fellow film buffs. Mukilteo Lighthouse Park, mukilteochamber.org. 21–23 Summer Dance at the Center ARC Dance Company presents a mixed-rep program, with the world premiere of Alex Ketley's Wave Atlas. Bagley Wright Theatre (Seattle Center), arcdance.org. 22–24 Capitol Hill Block Party Say hello to Thurston Moore (among other musical acts), plus much food and merriment. 11th Avenue East & East Pine Street, capitolhillblockparty.com. 22–28 A Not So Still Life This inspirational, locally made documentary honors veteran Seattle artist Ginny Ruffner, including her struggle to recover her life and career after a near-fatal car accident. SIFF Cinema, siff.net. 22–Aug. 20 Adventures in Mating Joseph Scrimshaw's 2005 play places two parties on a blind date; at each crucial moment of blundering, error, or kismet, their server will ask the audience where the date should go. Theater Schmeater. 24 Pike Place Market Fruit Fest A family event of music, local food, crafts, and educational activities. Pike Place Market, pikeplacemarket.org. 24 Seafair Triathlon Seattle's first Olympic-distance course comprises a one-mile swim, a 20-mile bike, and a 10K run. Seward Park, seafair.com. 29 Cowboys & Aliens In the Wild West of old, Lonergan (Daniel Craig) and Dolarhyde (Harrison Ford) are enemy gunslingers, but their shootout will have to wait until they kill off the space aliens that have just landed in their dusty desert town. Directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man). Opens wide. 29 George R.R. Martin His latest epic fantasy tome is Dance With Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire Book Five. Town Hall. 29–31 Bellevue Festival of the Arts Located near to BAM (which hosts associated events), this 27th annual celebration of Northwest arts and crafts will feature some 180 vendors. Cost Plus World Market, bellevuefest.org. 29–Aug. 28 In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play Sarah Ruhl's play was a Broadway hit two years ago. Now Kurt Beattie directs this 1880s-set comedy about a delightful medical discovery. ACT Theatre, acttheatre.org. 30 Seafair Torchlight Parade Clowns versus pirates! The annual parade follows the fun run (8K or 5K options). Downtown Seattle, seafair.com. 30–Aug. 28 Movies at the Mural The Princess Bride begins this free, family-friendly outdoor screening series, which concludes with O Brother, Where Art Thou? Get there early to stake your square of lawn with a blanket. Seattle Center, seattlecenter.com. 31–Aug. 20 Seattle Opera It may be summer, but the living's really not so easy for Porgy and Bess. McCaw Hall, seattleopera.org.AUGUST 5 The Future "I've been gearing up to do something incredible for the past . . . 15 years," declares Sophie (Miranda July) as she and her boyfriend Jason (Hamish Linklater) embark on a 30-day life experiment they hope will open them up to new ways of living. Written and directed by July, whose first film, Me and You and Everyone We Know, was a 2005 hit. Landmark theater TBA. 5 Rise of the Planet of the Apes This reboot is set in present-day San Francisco, where genetic engineering has created super-intelligent apes. Damn you genetic engineers to Hell! Opens wide. 5–7 Seafair Hydroplane Races The deafening rooster-tailed speedsters return to Lake Washington; wear your sunscreen. Genesee Park and Playfield, seafair.com. 5–11 Taxi Driver Before he was Jack Byrnes in Little Fockers, he was Travis Bickle in Scorsese's violent 1976 classic, screened on a new print. Northwest Film Forum, nwfilmforum.org. 5–14 Gumshoe 5K Walk A three-mile walk benefits local charities. Greenwood/Phinney Ridge neighborhoods, dothegumshoe.org. 5–26 Concerts at the Mural KEXP selects the bands, and the lineup—still pending— for this free Friday-night outdoor concert series is always good. Seattle Center. 6–7 Winery Tasting Tour Seven Bainbridge wineries open their doors to visitors wishing to sip their artisan wines. bainbridgewineries.com. 6–7 Ride from Seattle to Vancouver (RSVP) 188 miles of scenic back roads lead from the UW to Vancouver, B.C. cascade.org. 8–14 The Big Uneasy Director Harry Shearer (of Spinal Tap fame) will attend screenings of his 2010 documentary about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Northwest Film Forum. 12 South Lake Union Block Party Food, entertainment, a beer and wine garden, and children's activities. South Lake Union Discovery Center, discoverslu.com. 12 30 Minutes or Less The only method Dwayne (Danny McBride) can devise to raise the cash he needs to hire a hitman (Michael Peña) to kill his father (Fred Ward) is to strap a bomb onto a pizza-delivery guy (Jesse Eisenberg) and order him to go rob a bank. Directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland). Opens wide. 12–14 Seattle Tattoo Expo A celebration of tattoo art and culture where hundreds gather to expose new talents and showcase fan favorites in a three-day skin-art extravaganza. Seattle Center, seattletattooexpo.com. 12–14 A Taste of Edmonds Arts and crafts, food, performers, and three live stages. Civic Playfield, Edmonds, atasteofedmonds.org. 13 Prosser Wine and Food Fair This 21-and-over event features 30 wineries, 20 food vendors, and two breweries, all local. Walter Clore Center, Prosser, Wash., tourprosser.com. 13 Squidman Aquathon Swim and run to benefit the Northwest Parkinson's Foundation and the Des Moines Food Bank. Des Moines Beach Park, btomultisports.com. 14 Sade (with John Legend) The Grammy-winning English songstress, huge in the '80s, is back with her brand of smooth pop. KeyArena, keyarena.com. 15–21 Passione: A Musical Adventure John Turturro, we hope, will attend the local premiere of his Naples-set musical. Northwest Film Forum. 19 Sunset Supper at the Market More than 80 restaurants, wineries, and breweries showcase their local fare while the Dudley Manlove Quartet plays live evening dance music. Proceeds benefit the Pike Market Medical Clinic, Senior Center, Childcare & Preschool, and Downtown Food Bank. Pike Place Market, pikeplacemarketfoundation.org. 19–20 National Lentil Festival A Pullman, Wash., celebration of the area that grows a third of the lentils for the U.S.! Lentils, games, and live music. lentilfest.com. 19–21 Seattle Hempfest One of the biggest pot celebrations in North America. Elliott Bay Park (north entrance) and Myrtle Edwards Park, hempfest.org. 20–21 Garlic Faire Garlic-infused foods, live music, and arts and crafts. China Bend Winery, Kettle Falls, Wash., chinabend.com/events.htm. 21 Longacres Mile The famous horse race marks its 76th edition. The track is open all summer for your betting enjoyment. Emerald Downs, Auburn, emeralddowns.com. 21 Reggie Watts The uncategorizable ex-local, now nationally renowned for his music and comedy work with the likes of Conan O'Brien, returns to play his first gig at the newly renovated Neptune. stgpresents.org. 22 The Decemberists Up from Portland, the indie darlings recently released The King Is Dead. Marymoor Amphitheatre, Redmond, stgpresents.org. 22–28 Boeing Classic Golf Tournament Featuring some of the world's best pro golfers over age 50. Snoqualmie Ridge Golf Club, boeingclassic.com. 23–28 National Lawn Bowling Championships The title is on the line! Jefferson Park Lawn Bowling Club, seattlebowls.org. 26–28 Vancouver Wine and Jazz Festival Jazz and other entertainment, food, and wine with our friends north of the border, eh? Esther Short Park, vancouverwinejazz.com. 27 Seattle Bike-In The al fresco event, screening Quicksilver (with Kevin Bacon!) at dusk, also includes live music curated by The Vera Project and booths from local bicycle organizations. Cal Anderson Park, nwfilmforum.org. 27 Josh Groban The crooner's "Straight to You Tour" offers fans an interactive live experience, and comes on the heels of Groban's fifth studio album, Illuminations. KeyArena. 27 Ben Harper The blues-influenced singer/songwriter tours this summer in support of Give Till It's Gone, his 10th studio album. Marymoor Amphitheatre, Redmond, concertsatmarymoor.com. 27 Night Market Chinese food, music, and other festivities begin at dusk in and all around the International District. The recent remake of The Karate Kid is screened free for your kids, too. Benefits bicycle advocacy and education. Hing Hay Park (and beyond), cidbia.org/events. 27–28 Ride Around Puget Sound This tour offers a scenic 170-mile route across five Washington counties to benefit bicycle advocacy and education. rapsodybikeride.com. 31 The Debt In this remake of an Israeli film, Helen Mirren stars as a former Mossad agent whose assignment, in 1966, to track down a Nazi war criminal is coming back to haunt her. Jessica Chastain, Sam Worthington, and Tom Wilkinson co-star. Directed by John Madden (Shakespeare in Love). Opens wide.SEPTEMBER 3 UW vs. Eastern Washington The Huskies open their 2011 football schedule against the Eagles. Husky Stadium, gohuskies.com. 3–5 Bumbershoot The granddaddy of all Northwest festivals, founded in 1971, features the infamous rapper, pot, and Pittsburgh promoter Wiz Khalifa, plus Hall & Oates, Butthole Surfers, The Presidents of the United States of America, Truckasaurus, Ravenna Woods, and many more bands. On the cultural side will be comics, stage performances, the One Reel Film Festival, dance, and visual-art exhibitions. Seattle Center, bumbershoot.org. 4 Lil Wayne Tha Carter IV is one of the year's most anticipated hip-hop releases, and Lil Wayne will tour behind it with his radio-friendly beats and inventive wordplay. White River Amphitheater. 8–Oct. 1 A Lie of the Mind Sam Shepard's 1985 drama presents domestic violence and family dysfunction in a frank, unforgiving light. Rob West directs this resident production. ACT Theatre. 13 Maroon 5 & Train These megastars of the adult-contemporary world promise to offer some of the smoothest rock imaginable on their dual-headlining tour. White River Amphitheater.
Summer Guide 2011Pike Place Fashion Show: The do's and don'ts of market clothes-shopping.Ask the Experts: What Seattle's tourist wranglers know, and don't know, about the city.The Waterfront Streetcar's Second Run: A tourist-friendly transportation alternative is primed for a resurrection.Eric Smiley - Seattle's Couch Surfing Ambassador: The city's host with the most on how he got his start in ad hoc hospitality.Seattle's Top Three Food Tours: What our new critic learned on her culinary circuit.Seattle's Best Bars for Tourists: A quick guide for drinkers far from home.An Open Letter to the Seattle Business Traveler: On whether to get hammered at the hotel bar or brave an unfamiliar world.Bright Lights, Sky City: The Space Needle's rotating restaurant has never been about food.Seattle's Best Art for Out-of-Towners: How to make the accessible enjoyable for your guests.