Breaking Glass: Hyperlinking Opera & Issues, Seattle Opera’s free public forum on issues of race and diversity in opera, will make a stimulating prelude to its don’t-miss production of Porgy and Bess, Aug. 11–25. Plus, there’ll be excerpts from two new works: Librettists Tazewell Thompson and Paige Hernandez will talk about their operas Blue, which depicts an African-American family after their son is shot by a police officer, and Stomping Grounds, a “hip-hopera.” McCaw Hall, Seattle Center, seattleopera.org. 10:30 a.m. Sat., July 28.
Strictly Seattle serves as Velocity Dance Center’s summer boot camp. Each year, dancers—from pros to beginners—enter three weeks of immersive daily classes with some of Seattle’s best choreographers (Zoe Scofield, Jody Kuehner, Heather Kravas, etc.) and emerge on the other side as more finely tuned movement machines (or in the case of KT Niehoff’s dance film students, cinematic storytellers). Strictly Seattle culminates with three performances showcasing the dancers’ personal growth onstage filtered through the city’s top creative minds. Broadway Performance Hall, velocitydancecenter.org. $20–$25. 8 p.m. Fri., July 27, 2 & 8 p.m. Sat., July 28.
For the Northwest’s largest arts and crafts festival, BAM ARTSfair, Bellevue Arts Museum brings together more than 300 creators to show off their handmade wares. As if the impressive pop-up outdoor art walk wasn’t enough, there are also dance and music performances, sidewalk chalk drawings, and free admission to the museum. Current works on display at BAM include the NYC chic of Alex Katz’s silkscreens and the skeletal Mexican penny press prints of José Guadalupe Posada. Northeast Eighth Street & Bellevue Way, Bellevue, bellevuearts.org. Free. 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Fri., July 27–Sat., July 28; 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Sun., July 29.