Your Weekend Arts & Eats Planner


This sunny weekend is all about food, beginning with the annual Bite of Seattle, as Britt Thorson reports:

This weekend's Bite of Seattle introduces a


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    This sunny weekend is all about food, beginning with the annual Bite of Seattle, as Britt Thorson reports:

    This weekend's Bite of Seattle introduces a new, recession-friendly attraction, Just a Bite!, offering smaller (two- to three-ounce) servings for $3.75. Discount vendors near the International Fountain will include Kaosamai Thai, Thrive, and MoBatta Crepes to Go. The Bite claims that a diet-conscious public demanded the svelter portions, but we suspect the economy is more of a factor. Those with fatter wallets and fuller purses can wander elsewhere to sample dishes from over 50 local restaurants (Biringer Farms, Bombay Grill, etc.), which--based on past experience--approach $10 per diner when you add a drink. ($7 is this year's stated top price.) Beer gardens and wine tastings are part of the fun, and 150 music and comedy acts are promised on six different stages scattered around Seattle Center. Parents will be relieved to know there's a play area with special karaoke zone. As usual, there will be a special Tom Douglas-branded area that costs a flat $10 to come in and graze from upscale eateries including Volterra and Dahlia Lounge. But $3.75 is the number for me. Free. Seattle Center, Free. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. BRITT THORSON

    Make the jump for booze in Kirkland and a host of culture picks for the weekend...

    FRIDAY (cont.)

    Kirkland Uncorked

    If the Bite of Seattle is a food free-for-all for the masses, akin to a fire-hydrant party in the street, then Kirkland Uncorked is the block party across town in the super nice subdivision that doesn't exactly have a gate--but let's just say not many buses go there. Location, location, location. Your ticket into the "Tasting and Lifestyle Garden" (I didn't name it) buys you 10 tokens for glasses from wineries including Airfield Estates, Four Lakes Chelan Winery, and NW Totem Cellars. (Each glass costs one to three tokens, and you can buy more at a buck each.) There's also a Henry Weinhard beer tent and food from establishments like Brix Wine Café, Blu Water Kirkland, and Uli's Sausages. But not everything costs money on the Eastside. Free events (also through Sunday) include music, 60 booths of arts and crafts, plus festival food (read: dogs, snow cones, corn on the cob). In addition, the Kirkland Classic Car Show takes place on Sunday, when hot rods and rare rides will line the streets of downtown. Marina Park, 25 Lakeshore Plaza, $15-$25. 5-10 p.m. MAGGIE SAVARINO

    Blue Velvet

    On the innocuous surface of David Lynch's unforgettably freaky 1986 Blue Velvet are Laura Dern and Kyle MacLachlan (Yakima's proud son) as small-town sweethearts. Then, as the voyeuristic MacLachlan learns, there are darker hearts beating nearby, those belonging to Frank (Dennis Hopper) and his beloved captive chanteuse (Isabella Rossellini). If she--no simple victim--enchants our hero, pulls him into the darkness, Frank is even more the seducer. He literally takes the kid on a ride, a tour through a violent, sexually charged underworld that is, of course, a huge turn-on for the innocent lad. With his square jaw and vigorous dark hair, MacLachlan could pass as a young Ronald Reagan, and part of the movie's impact was to peel back the "It's Morning in America" façade to Reagan's '80s, revealing something rotting beneath. And, if nothing else, Frank's angry drinking tutorial helped revive the PBR brand. So hipsters have him to thank for that. (R) Egyptian, 805 E. Pine St., 781-5755,, $7-$9.50, 11:59 p.m. (and same time Saturday). BRIAN MILLER


    Steve Davis

    Resource management, or mismanagement, is an act of violence--one that works both ways. We take for granted in the Northwest our abundance of snow and water until they're gone. All it requires is one long, hot dry spell, and our brown lawns and short showers remind us how we're not so different than Arizona: at war with the hostile elements. Olympia photographer Steve Davis went on a series of Western states road trips, beginning two years ago, and his show The Western Lands documents terrain both damply familiar and dryly alien, from our Pacific Coast to the Salton Sea. These are landscapes not so obviously blighted by industry, but shaped by settlement and consumption: frost-coated highways to nowhere, chemical storage tanks arrayed like rolls of hay, the lunar mounds of a gravel pit, flooded Christmas tree farms, high-tech windmills churning far from the suburban cul de sacs they cool and illuminate. A faculty member at Evergreen State College, Davis has previously been known for portraiture among the developmentally disabled and youth locked up in jail. You could say his new show marks a passage from Diane Arbus to Edward Burtynsky, from the petty criminals, freaks, losers, and outcasts to the harsh environments that formed them. Through August 22. James Harris Gallery, 312 Second Ave. S., 903-6220, Free. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. BRIAN MILLER

    The Muppet Movie

    From 1979, Jim Henson's The Muppet Movie is the first and still the best Muppet adventure, with Kermit and the gang trekking across America to seek fame in Hollywood. Sing along proudly if you like to Kermit's legendary, wistful opening number, "The Rainbow Connection." Everything about the film is perfection. No, really, it is. (G) Science Fiction Museum, 325 Fifth Ave. N., 724-3428,, Free to $15. 2 p.m. FRANK PAIVA

    Midsummer Gallery Walk

    The Seattle Art Dealers Association is hosting a special Saturday art walk. Downtown galleries will include Davidson, Foster/White, G. Gibson, Greg Kucera, Traver, and Howard House. See the full roster at Individual artists will be on hand at most galleries from 2-4 p.m. The walk itself occurs between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. (Free)

    Dancin' Z Path

    Local companies Light Motion and Whistlestop Dance are joining forces for this outdoor dance event. "Z Path" refers to the gravel walkway through the Olympic Sculpture Park. An introduction to the dance precedes its performance by both ambulatory and wheelchair dancers. Musicians Eric Chappelle and Ela Lamblin provide the live score. Choreography is by Charlene Curtiss, Joanne Petroff, and Debbie Gilbert. Olympic Sculpture Park, 2901 Western Ave., 654-3121, Free. 2 p.m. (repeats Sunday).


    Los Lobos

    What's the purpose of music? I don't think anyone will argue when I suggest that its ultimate function is entertainment, right? That being the case, I challenge you to find a band that's been more consistently pleasurable than Los Lobos. Of course, this is probably not a matter of choice for the band. Aside from a single brush with commercial success (appearing in the film La Bamba), Los Lobos has not been able to kick up its heels and lean back on its reputation. Thus each record and live show is practically a joy from beginning to end. But at the same time they aren't eager-to-please lapdogs--they're confident in their abilities and as a result have nothing to prove, which lends their amalgam of rock, Tex-Mex, blues, R&B, and traditional Spanish and Mexican music a vibe of total effortlessness. They are possibly the greatest working band in America--meaning that you could ask them to do anything and the chances would be high they'd pull it off with ease. You only wish you could afford them for your wedding reception. Woodland Park Zoo, 601 N. 59th St., 548-2500, $22. 6 p.m. BRIAN J. BARR

    The War of the Worlds

    The GI begins a series of three vintage sci-fi flicks (through Aug. 6) with the 1953 adaptation of the H.G. Wells novel. Tom Cruise and Steven Spielberg gave the book a bigger, gorier treatment a few years ago (to say nothing of the 1938 Orson Welles radio broadcast), but this version still contains many frightening moments. Wells' story was published in 1898, when no one could imagine the carnage of World War I. This film version came fresh after the A-bombs put a stop to World War II and as the Soviet were threatening global domination. And then, out of the blue California sky, Mars attacks. The flying saucers and their ray-beams were impressive for their time; George Pal earned two Oscars for his special effects. (NR) Grand Illusion, 1403 N.E. 50th St., 523-3935,, $5-$8. 3, 5, 7 and 9 p.m. (continues through Thursday). BRIAN MILLER

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