A&E highlights: Take a bite of festivals, theater and music
Things to do in and around Seattle in the week beginning July 14, 2013, include Bite of Seattle, Kirkland Uncorked, Paul McCartney and Seattle Chamber Music Society’s Summer Festival.
‘The Way, Way Back’
The cast of this breezy summer coming-of-age comedy is a pleasure, with Liam James wonderfully portraying an awkward teen vacationing with his mom (Toni Collette) and her self-important boyfriend (Steve Carell) in a town on the Massachusetts shore. Now playing at several theaters. For showtimes, see Page H5. For Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald’s 3½-star review, go to www.seattletimes.com/movies.
Are you ready for a new set of designers and a new season of this fun sartorial competition series. Make it work! Season premiere, 9 p.m. Thursday on Lifetime.
Bite of Seattle
The popular Bite of Seattle is back for another three-day eating extravangaza starting Friday, including the popular “The Alley” where for $10, visitors get to sample food from seven restaurants. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, at Seattle Center (www.biteofseattle.com).
And taking a jab at the Bite of Seattle, the Eastside also has a three-day food festival, where the motto is “Have a Taste, Not a Bite.” Kirkland Uncorked is held at Marina Park 25 Lakeshore Plaza. It starts on Friday 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday noon to 10 p.m., and Sunday noon to 6 p.m. Tickets range from $25-$30. More info at www.kirklanduncorked.com
West Seattle Hi-Yu Parade
West Seattle’s American Legion Grand Parade, one of the oldest community events in the city, has been going strong since 1935. It begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, winding along California Avenue Southwest from Admiral Way Southwest to Southwest Edmunds Street, Seattle (http://thewestseattleparade.com).
Seattle Bon Odori
This Buddhist festival honors ancestors with traditional Japanese food and drink, kendo and judo demonstrations, Taiko and jazz music performances, 4-10 p.m. Saturday, 3-8 p.m. Sunday (July 21), Seattle Buddhist Temple, 1427 S. Main St., Seattle (www.seattlebetsuin.com).
The 10th anniversary rerelease of Postal Service’s classic pop album “Give Up” turned out to be a far bigger sensation than anyone predicted, as this “side project” of Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard rivals his main band. 8 p.m. Thursday at KeyArena, Seattle Center; $32-$42 (800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com).
The cheerful, tuneful ex-Beatle, who still does the best Little Richard scream in the business, continues to be creative, most recently with his foray into his pre-rock influences, “Kisses on the Bottom.” Expect some Beatles, some Wings and some just plain Paul in this first-ever big concert in the Mariners house. 8 p.m. Friday at Safeco Field, Seattle; $39.50-$253 (800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com).
John Edward Huth
The author discusses “The Lost Art of Finding Our Way,” a history of how people navigated the world before the age of GPS. 7 p.m. Monday, Elliott Bay Book Co., 1521 10th Ave., Seattle; free (206-624-6600 or www.elliottbaybook.com).
‘Rapture, Blister, Burn’
ACT Theatre stages award-winning playwright Gina Gionfriddo’s insightful look at modern women, the choices they make (career vs. family) and the regrets they carry. Through Aug. 11, ACT Theatre, 700 Union St., Seattle; $15-$57 (206-292-7676 or acttheatre.org).
Gilbert & Sullivan galore
Frederic and Mabel! Giuseppe and Tessa! Fans of Mr. Gilbert and Mr. Sullivan can see stories of both these couples as “The Pirates of Penzance” and “The Gondoliers” are on Seattle stages. “Penzance” is at 5th Avenue Theatre through Aug. 4 (206-625-1900 or www.5thAvenue.org), and “Gondoliers,” a production of the Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society, is at Seattle Repertory Theatre’s Bagley Wright Theatre through July 27 (800-838-3006 or www.pattersong.org).
SCMS Summer Festival
Week three of Seattle Chamber Music Society’s Summer Festival couldn’t look more tantalizing. Monday brings Britten’s frisky/driving Sonata for Cello and Piano, Beethoven’s feisty String Trio in C minor and Brahms’ pensive Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano. Wednesday’s free 7 p.m. concert in Volunteer Park is a Dvorák-style Americana fest (his String Quartet No. 12 and String Quintet, both dubbed the “American”). Friday offers a pair of piano quartets by Beethoven and Saint-Saëns (his mighty, magical Op. 41), along with works by Mozart and Martinu. Monday’s and Friday’s 8 p.m. concerts are preceded by free 7 p.m. recitals; $15-$45 (206-283-8808 or www.seattlechambermusic.org ).
‘Wandering and Wondering’
Butoh dancer Joan Laage uses the Kubota Garden as her canvas in an atmospheric two-hour performance featuring eight dancers and five musicians engaged in “a minute-by-minute response to all the scents, sounds, sights and sensations of the garden.” Noon, Saturday, Kubota Garden, 9817 55th Ave. S., Seattle; free (206-684-4584 or www.kubota.org ).
Not all of summer’s colors can be found outdoors. In a show called “Sensing Color” at ArtXchange Gallery, Nicaraguan-American artist Marcío Díaz’s bright hues light up the walls. These acrylics-on-canvas put a festive Central American spin on Pacific Northwest landscapes. Díaz is at his best when he hovers just on the edge of the abstract, whether his starting point is a figure on an evening walk, a distant farmhouse or the grandeur of Mount Baker. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through July 27, ArtXchange Gallery, 512 First Ave. S., Seattle (206-839-0377 or www.artxchange.org).
John J. Audubon and John W. Audubon
Audubon’s “Birds of America” is such a cultural touchstone that it puts his “Quadrupeds of North America” slightly in its shade. Also, it somewhat overshadowed Audubon’s son, John Woodhouse Audubon, who collaborated with his father on “Quadrupeds.” You can see hand-colored lithographs by both — raccoons, American beavers, an extraordinarily skinny “Texian Hare” — at Davidson Galleries, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through July 27, 313 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle (206-624-7684 or www.davidsongalleries.com).