The Week Ahead: Salmon, Birds, Louise Penny, Woopalooza
The week of Aug, 31 holds festivals that highlight comedy, music, drama and the environment.
Alex Gibney’s latest documentary is a compelling look at the late Fela Kuti, a Nigerian pioneer of Afrobeat music and a thorn in the side of a brutal dictatorship. Now playing at the Varsity. For showtimes, see Page I5. For Tom Keogh’s 3.5-star review, go to seattletimes.com/movies.
‘So You Think You Can Dance’
A winner is chosen in the 11th edition of this dance competition. 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, on Fox.
‘Stand Up to Cancer’
A benefit concert that supports research into the disease. Performers include The Who, Jennifer Hudson and Dave Matthews. 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, on several networks.
Check out how many ways you can dress up tomatoes at the Fourth Annual Heirloom Tomato Festival 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept 6. The festival at Cedarbrook Lodge will feature tomato dishes from Holly Smith of Cafe Juanita and other top chefs from the Seattle area. 18525 36th Ave. S., Seattle. Tickets $20 in advance or $25 at the door (206 901-9268 or cedarbrooklodge.com).
All the food at Tini Bigs from pork belly to steak will be half-off during happy hour in September as this Queen Anne bar rolls out its new fall menu under new head chef Chris Gabel. Daily happy hour 4-6 p.m. and again 10-p.m.-midnight (206 284-0931 or tinibigs.com).
Puget Sound Bird Fest
Like birds? Keynote speaker, Seattle-area artist and naturalist Tony Angell talks at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5. Exhibits and presentations, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6; guided walks and field trips Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 6-7. Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main St., Edmonds. Preregistration required for some events (425-771-0227 or pugetsoundbirdfest.org).
Salmon Return Family Festival
Learn about the environment and the Native American tradition of welcoming the return of the salmon with music, arts and crafts and yoga for all ages, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle (seattleartmuseum.org).
Aki Matsuri Fall Festival
Japanese cultural and educational activities including martial arts demonstrations, performing arts, exhibits, workshops including origami, taiko drumming, calligraphy, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, 10 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, Bellevue College, Bellevue; free (enma.org).
Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival
The annual festival features local and national touring acts, including sets by the Head and the Heart on Sunday, Aug. 31, and Foster the People on Monday, Sept. 1. Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St; $70 (bumbershoot.org).
Oddball Comedy and Curiousity Festival
Sort of the Lollapalooza of today’s biggest names in comedy, this event brings together headliners Louis CK, Aziz Ansari, Sarah Silverman, Whitney Cummings, Hannibal Buress, Chris Hardwick, Demetri Martin and Jeff Ross with second-stage sets by Brody Stevens, Freaks and Geeks, and yet-to-be-named local talent. 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, at the White River Amphitheatre, 40601 Auburn Enumclaw Road, Auburn; $35-$79.75 (livenation.com).
The Canadian author of the best-selling Inspector Gamache mysteries, Penny is in town on behalf of “The Long Way Home,” the latest and further adventures of Gamache. Signing line tickets are required: 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park (206-366-3333 or thirdplacebooks.com).
Strawberry Theatre Workshop presents its final play in the Erickson Theatre before moving to the new 12th Avenue Arts venue, and it’s full of local favorites. Kelly Kitchens directs Richard Nguyen Sloniker as artist Brindsley Miller, who invites his fiancee, her dad, neighbors and other daffy guests to his apartment. In the middle of this important night, the place is plunged into darkness. The rest of the cast in Peter Shaffer’s 1965 script includes MJ Sieber, Michael Patten, Brenda Joyner and Emily Chisholm. Through Saturday, Sept. 20, 1524 Harvard Ave., Seattle; $18-$36 (800-838-3006 or brownpapertickets.com).
Olympic Music Festival
The OMF wraps up its 31st season with a weekend of programming that gives the violin a real workout: violinist Ray Chen and pianist Julio Elizalde will perform Rondo in B minor by Franz Schubert; Divertimento from “The Fairy’s Kiss” by Stravinsky; selections from Manuel de Falla’s Suite Populaire Espagnole; “Claire de lune” from Suite Bergamasque (arr. Roelons) by Debussy; and Tzigane for Violin and Piano by Ravel. 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 6-7, 7360 Center Road, Quilcene; $18-$33 (360-732-4800 or olympicmusicfestival.org).
Seattle Composers’ Salon
Learn more about the new music bubbling up around the city at the Wayward Music Series’ informal gatherings, where the audience hears finished works, previews and works in progress and becomes part of the experimentation and discussion. This month’s composers are Paul Gillespie, Jessika Kenney, Jim Knapp and Angelique Poteat, whose work was premiered by Seattle Symphony members at Le Poisson Rouge in May, part of the SSO’s trip to New York for the Spring for Music Festival. 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., Seattle; $5-$15 donation at the door (waywardmusic.org).
The work of furniture- and cabinetmakers, architectural woodworkers, turners, clockmakers, sawyers, carvers, restorers, musical instrument makers, boat builders and more are yours for the browsing at Woodpalooza, the 11th annual show of pieces by Whidbey Island woodworkers. Noon-5 p.m. Sunday-Monday, Aug. 31-Sept. 1, Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, 565 Camano Ave, Langley, free (360-221-8262 or wicaonline.org).
Art Walk Rainier Beach Festival
You’re invited to “rock the beach” at the fourth annual incarnation of this weekend event, which includes artists of course, plus food trucks, a flying disc contest, a Cuban dance party, Chinese lion dancers, walking tours and other community cultural/history-related events. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, and noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, South Henderson Street and Rainier Avenue South, Seattle; free (rainerbeachmerchants.com).