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Originally published Sunday, August 3, 2014 at 6:15 AM

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The Week Ahead: Gaga, ‘Guardians,’ more

Week of Aug. 3, 2014, brings outdoor fun, concerts, theater offerings.



‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

With a talking raccoon armed with a machine gun as one of its main characters, “Guardians of the Galaxy” is not your usual comic-derived sci-fi extravaganza. But it sure is a whole lot of fun, thanks in no small measure to that talking raccoon with his rat-tat-tatting machine gun. Playing at several theaters. For Soren Andersen’s 3 1/2-star movie review, go to



A new comedy, starring Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence, as two very different lawyers. Series premiere, 9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4, on FX.


A television adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s book series that follows a combat nurse from 1945 who travels back in time to 1743. Series premiere, 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, on Starz.


A Taste of Edmonds

All kinds of food, entertainment, arts and kids’ activities are on this menu. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 8-9, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10, Edmonds Civic Center Playfield, 230 Sixth Ave. N., $4 (425-776-6711 or

Kirkland Summerfest

Kirkland’s largest festival features three days of visual and performing arts, more than 50 performances, spectator sports, family rides, and plenty of food. 5-11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10, Marina Park (


Parquet Courts, Naomi Punk, GAG

An XXL triple bill in an XS venue — the Vera Project — featuring hot Brooklyn indie rockers Parquet Courts, Olympia grungies Naomi Punk (with a CD reissue of their seminal vinyl recording, “The Feeling”) and hardcore punks GAG, also from Olympia. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5 at the Vera Project, Seattle Center; $12 (206-956-8372 or

Lady Gaga

Bronchitis got the best of the Lady at the last minute last May, so she canceled the Seattle stop of her artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball tour. Ms. Germanotta is back, reportedly in full voice, though her new songs are among the least inspiring of her career. Her show, as always, is a generous, full-on spectacle with multiple costume changes and some fun surprises. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, KeyArena, 305 Harrison St., Seattle; $35-$1500 (800-745-3000 or


Mark Epstein

Epstein, a psychiatrist and Buddhist, discusses the transformational potential of trauma and how it can be used for the mind’s development. His new book “The Trauma of Everyday Life” is new in paperback. 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., Seattle; free (206-634-3400 or


Endangered Species Project

The ESP gang, devoted to shedding light on long-lost or rarely seen productions, has a confection in store this month: “Candle-Light,” a romantic comedy adapted by P.G. Wodehouse from a Viennese play. In classic Wodehousian style, a valet impersonates his employer, a prince, to invite a lady to dinner — and everything that can go wrong, does. 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4, ACT, 700 Union St., Seattle; $10-$15 (


Auburn Symphony Orchestra

The orchestra closes its season of “Sunsets at the Mary Olson Farm” small-scale concerts with a string-centric program of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, Mozart’s Divertimento in D Major and Britten’s “Simple” Symphony. Farm tours start at 6; concert is at 7, Thursday, Aug. 7, 28728 Green River Road, Auburn; $10-$17 (253-887-7777 or

Seattle Opera Day at MOHAI

Winged helmet-making! Sword fighting! A kazoo orchestra! Opera singers! All this and more is on tap at Seattle Opera Day, when families are invited to learn more about the opera company and its coming season, led by incoming general director Aidan Lang. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, MOHAI, at South Lake Union Park, Seattle; free (


Seattle Asian Art Museum

Travel back to the time of the Mughals, an unbelievably wealthy dynasty of emperors that ruled India from 1526-1857, overseeing a mostly peaceful and artistically rich society. Along with lavishly illustrated manuscripts, the Mughals also enjoyed assembling their favorite painted imagery — portraits of themselves, religious subjects — in albums; visitors can see examples of both in “Mughal Painting: Power and Piety,” 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays, until 9 p.m. Thursdays through Dec. 7, SAAM, 1400 E. Prospect St., Seattle; $5-$7 (206-654-3100 or

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