Week Ahead: Seafair pirates, Bellevue berries, even Cher
Week of June 22 features oysters, Soltice celebrations, improve and lots of music.
‘The Dance of Reality’
The first film in about a quarter-century by the 85-year-old Mexican cult director Alejandro Jodorowsky (“El Topo,” “Santa Sangre”) is an autobiographical tale of the filmmaker’s half-fantasized childhood growing up misunderstood and abused in a coastal Chilean village. It stars Jeremias Herskovits as little Alejandro and Brontis Jodorowsky (the director’s real-life eldest son) as his half-mad father. Now playing at the Grand Illusion. For showtimes, see Page H7. For Tom Keogh’s three-star review, go to seattletimes.com/movies.
Oh dear, the summertime reality show that puts a group of strangers in a house together to see what happens is back. 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, on CBS.
Chyler Leigh and Jacky Ido star in this new comedy/drama based on the 2004 film “Taxi.” Series premiere, 10 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, on NBC.
Shuck and give
Eat oysters, bar food and drink in the name of charity. Sazerac restaurant hosts an oyster event, featuring a celebrity “shuck off” to benefit the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance. Held Thursday June 26, 5-7 p.m. at 1101 Fourth Ave., Seattle; $30 ticket includes food and drinks (sazeracrestaurant.com)
Seafair Pirates Landing
Aye, matey, the pirates are coming again! On Saturday, June 28, the Seafair Pirates will land on Seattle’s Alki Beach sometime between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. It’s part of a celebration that will run 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. There will be inflatable rides for kids, music. dancing and stuff to look at and buy. (206-728-0123 or seafair.com).
Bellevue Strawberry Festival
Bellevue wasn’t always known for office buildings and traffic. The Eastside Heritage Center is celebrating an old Bellevue tradition, dating back to when strawberry farming was one of the region’s most famous activities. There will be history displays, entertainment, an auto show, vendors, food and family fun, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. June 28, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 29, at Crossroads Park, 16000 N.E. 10th St., Bellevue (425-450-1049 or bellevuestrawberryfestival.org).
The Northwest’s premiere electronic dance music event features BassNectar, Zedd, Above & Beyond, Krewella and many more stars in the brightly-colored EDM universes. 2 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday-Saturday, June 27-28 at the Gorge Amphitheatre, 754 Silica Road N.W., George, Grant County; sold out (800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com).
Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell
Rolling Stone’s recent “100 Greatest Country Songs of All Time” lists Bakersfield outlaw Merle Haggard ‘s “Mama Tried” at No. 8 and Emmylou’s duet with Gram Parsons on “$1000 Wedding” No. 40. Though Harris, Crowell and Haggard all recently appeared in the area — the first two at Benaroya Hall, celebrating their lovely new album, “Old Yellow Moon,” and the last at the Emerald Queen Casino — seeing them on the same stage at the Chateau promises to be a memorable event. 7 p.m. Sunday, June 22, at Chateau Ste. Michelle, 14111 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville; $56.75-$94.(425-488-1133 or ste-michelle.com). Crowell pops up again with Will Kimbrough at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 24 at the Triple Door, 216 Union St., Seattle; $25-$35 (206-838-4333 or thetripledoor.net).
Robyn and Röyksopp
With her odd combination of platform shoes, space goddess costuming, earnest demeanor and cutsiepoo vocals, the theatrical Swedish electropop queen owes as much to Madonna as she does to EDM. She is on tour celebrating her collaboration with Norwegian duo Röyksopp, “Do It Again.” 7 p.m. Thursday, June 26, at Marymoor Park, 6046 West Lake Sammamish Parkway N.E., Redmond; $39.50 (888-929-7849 or marymoorconcerts.com).
Cher, Cyndi Lauper
Cher billed her last tour as a farewell but once the money started rolling in, she had a change of heart and changed the name to “Never Can Say Goodbye.” For this year’s D2K tour, the 68-year-old former partner of the late Sonny Bono surely will be “dressed to kill,” as always. Opener Cyndi Lauper should be at least half the fun. 8 p.m. Saturday, June 28 at KeyArena, 305 Harrison St., Seattle; $45.50-$156 (800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com).
Alexi Zentner, Urban Waite and Jennifer Murphy, all novelists, discuss the writing life. Zentner is the author of “The Lobster Kings,” Seattle author Murphy’s debut mystery is “I Love You More” and Waite is the author of “The Carrion Birds.” 7 p.m. Sunday June 22, Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave., Seattle; (206-322-7030 or hugohouse.org).
Seattle International Festival of Improvisation
Now in its 18th year, Unexpected Productions’ festival attracts performers from around the globe who can do pretty much anything at the drop of a hat (many of them may wear hats, make an instrument out of a hat, and so on). This time, they’ll rally around the theme of “Serious Play,” with daytime workshops as well as nighttime performances (those are Wednesday-Saturday, June 25-28). Expect zaniness in several languages. Market Theater, 1428 Post Alley, Seattle; $15-$30 (800-838-3006 or brownpapertickets.com).
‘Two-headed Imagomancy: Stories of Dream and Design from Iran’
Iranian artist Iman Raad, who co-curated The Seattle-Tehran Poster Show at Bumbershoot 2008, and his wife, Shahrzad Changalvaee, who studies sculpture at Yale School of Art, have two appearances in Seattle planned. They’ll discuss graphic art in Iran, using multimedia to demonstrate how folklore influences their work. First appearance is at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 28, Seattle Center Armory, free; and the other is at 7 p.m. July 2, Tether, 316 Occidental Ave. S., free but reserve tickets in advance at seattle.aiga.org.
Building 30 Open Studios
C’mon in! The tenants of Building 30, at Magnuson Park, invite you to meet the photographers, painters, printmakers, sculptors and other artists settling in to the former Navy building, which has undergone a $9 million renovation by the city of Seattle and now houses contemporary artists at all stages of their careers. Noon-5 p.m. Sunday, June 22, 6310 N.E. 74th St.; (206-245-5457 or spaceatmagnuson.org).