The Week Ahead: block parties, parades and indoor fun, too
Week of July 20 holds parades galore, outdoor music fests, modernism.
‘A Summer’s Tale’
This wonderful 1996 drama-comedy by the late Eric Rohmer, which is only now getting a U.S. release, looks at young adults grasping for certainty about life, love and destiny. It focuses on a vacationing math student and music composer (played by Melvil Poupaud) at a Breton resort town awaiting a girlfriend who doesn’t arrive. In French, with English subtitles. Now playing at the Varsity. For showtimes, see Page H5. For Tom Keogh’s 3.5-star review, go to seattletimes.com/movies.
The seventh season of this special effects makeup competition begins with 16 new contestants. 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, on Syfy.
The sartorial competition series kicks off season 13 with a new batch of designers. Season premiere, 9 p.m. Thursday, July 24 on Lifetime.
In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s parade season. This is one of the most festive. It happens at 7 p.m. Sunday July 20, and will include marching bands, clowns, floats, a 100-foot dancing dragon. For more information, see seattlechinesechamber.org.
Seafair Torchlight Parade
Giant helium balloons, drill teams, marching bands, Seafair Clowns, pirates and princesses, will help fuel this annual celebration, which begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 26 on Fourth Avenue from Seattle Center to South Washington Street. Reserved bleacher seating $25-$50 (seafair.com). The Seafair Torchlight FanFest, will be held noon-6 p.m. July 26.
Seahawks mascot Blitz will be the grand marshal of this long-running neighborhood event. He will be joined by bands, drill teams, floats, Seafair clowns and pirates. It all begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, on Greenwood Avenue North from North 95th Street to North 85th Street, on North 85th Street to Sixth Avenue Southwest, Seattle (seafair.com).
Timber! Outdoor Music Festival
The annual outdoor music festival features camping, hiking, swimming, mountain biking along with performances by Charles Bradley, J Mascis, Damien Jurado and others. 5 p.m. Thursday, July 24, 11:30 a.m. Friday, July 25, and 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 26. Tolt MacDonald Park, Northeast 40th Street and Tolt Avenue, Carnation; $20-$35, festival passes are $65 (timbermusicfest.com).
Capitol Hill Block Party
The three-day music and arts festival takes place on Seattle’s Capitol Hill and features national headliners A$AP Rocky, Spoon and Chromeo along with local favorites Beat Connection, Iska Dhaaf and Kithkin. 4 p.m. Friday, July 25, 2 p.m. Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27, Broadway Avenue and East Pike Street, Seattle; $50, three-day passes are $125 (capitolhillblockparty.com).
William T. Vollmann
The much-discussed National Book Award-winning author of more than 20 books reads from “Last Stories and Other Stories,” which he says is his last book. We will see. 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, Elliott Bay Book Co., 1521 10th Ave., Seattle; free (206-624-6600 or elliottbaybook.com).
‘The Book of Mormon’
The nine-time Tony Award-winning musical from the creators of “South Park” returns to Seattle for a limited run, with its mix of blasphemous humor and earnest missionary characters. Tuesday, July 22-Sunday, Aug. 10, Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St.; tickets start at $45 — if you can get ’em (877-784-4849 or stgpresents.org).
SCMS Summer Festival open rehearsals
They’re fascinating — and they’re free. Once a week, Seattle Chamber Music Society (SCMS) invites the public to eavesdrop on classical musicians polishing up pieces for festival performance. Rehearsals usually consist of run-throughs of each movement, followed by discussion, dissection and revisiting of specific passages. Music that sounded just fine the first time through acquires a luster, cadence and verve that takes it into stellar realms. 1:30 p.m. July 25 (Dohnanyi’s Serenade in C Major for String Trio); 3:30 p.m. July 28 (Dvorak’s Quartet for Piano and Strings in D Major) and 1:15 p.m., Aug. 2 (Beethoven’s Septet for Strings and Winds in E-flat Major), Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; free (206-283-8710 or seattlechambermusic.org).
Auburn Symphony Orchestra
The symphony continues its second season of “Sunsets at Mary Olson Farm,” an outdoor chamber series held at the historic Auburn property. Concerts begin at 7 p.m. Docents will lead farm tours at 6, and a shuttle operates between the parking lot and the venue. The program for Thursday, July 24, is “An Evening with the Pacific Rims Percussion Quartet,” featuring Matt Kocmieroski, Gunnar Folsom, Rob Tucker and Paul Hansen. The season-closer is Thursday, Aug. 7. The farm is at 28728 Green River Road, Auburn; $10-$17 (253-887-7777 or auburnsymphony.org).
Velocity Dance Center’s annual dance workshop culminates in performances featuring new work by Zoe Scofield, Pat Graney, Bennyroyce Royon, Jody Kuehner, Shannon Stewart, Rosa Vissers and Bryon Carr. 8 p.m. July 25 and 2 and 8 p.m. July 26, Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway, Seattle; $12-$18 (206-325-8773 or velocitydancecenter.org).
‘The Visionaries of the Pacific Northwest Revisited’
This group show complements Seattle Art Museum’s big show, “Modernism in the Pacific Northwest,” giving painter Kenneth Callahan more prominence than SAM does, revealing an unexpected figurative vein in Mark Tobey’s work (“Two Men Walking,” “Adam and Eve”) along with vibrant abstractions, and boasting a Morris Graves as cosmically fine and expansive as anything in the SAM exhibit — as its title, “Vessel in a Drift of Diamond Light in the Sky of the Mind,” indicates. Woodside/Braseth Gallery, 2101 Ninth Ave., Seattle; free (206-622-7243 or woodsidebrasethgallery.com).
“Jim Dine: A Life in Printmaking”
The final show at Wright Exhibition Space, before the gallery closes for good, takes a look at Jim Dine’s lifelong pursuit of printmaking. Dine, who lives part-time in Walla Walla, weaves themes and variations around images of hearts, bathrobes, birds, workshop tools and Pinocchio. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays through Aug. 2, Wright Exhibition Space, 407 Dexter Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-264-8200).