13 top entertainment picks for July 29-Aug. 4, 2012
The Seattle Times' weekly list of arts and entertainment highlights includes the new, big-time country-music Watershed Festival at the Gorge; the comedy "Parallel Lives" at Theater Schmeater; and Seattle Chamber Music Society's Summer Festival, which closes with a free preconcert recital featuring James Ehnes.
A haunting, compassionate and discerning look back at a series of 30-year-old disappearances in the Northwest. Now showing at Northwest Film Forum. For Tom Keogh's recent 3.5-star review, go to www.seattletimes.com/movies. For showtimes, see Page H5.
'All the Right Moves'
A new reality show that follows Travis Wall and Nick Lazzarini from "So You Think You Can Dance" and Teddy Forance and Kyle Robinson from "Dancing with the Stars." Series premiere, 9 p.m. Tuesday on Oxygen.
XXX Summer Olympics
The summer games continue in London with coverage of gymnastics, swimming, beach volleyball and rowing. 8 p.m. Thursday on NBC.
Lake City Salmon Bake
Load up on alder-smoked salmon to benefit Lake City Community Center programs, noon-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 12531 28th Ave. N.E., Seattle; $9-$9.50 (www.lakecityfestival.com).
Seafair Hydroplane Races and Air Show
Seattle, start your hydros: The annual bout of hydroplane racing, plus the U.S. Navy Blue Angels air show and other entertainment begins Friday morning and continues 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. through Sunday, at Genesee Park and Playfield and surrounding area, Seattle; Friday admission free, Saturday and Sunday, $25/advance, $30/at the gate, adults; $10/youth and seniors; free for military with ID; $40/reserved grandstand; $10/Pit Passes and tours (www.seafair.com).
Live Nation jumps in boots-first with a new, big-time country-music festival at the Gorge, with Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, Sara Evans, Kix Brooks, Blake Shelton, Dwight Yoakam and many others. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday through Aug. 5 at the Gorge Amphitheatre, George, Grant County; single-day tickets sold out, three-day pass $150 (800-745-3000 or www.watershedfest.com).
Los Lobos, Steve Earle
A mighty double bill featuring the Los Angeles-based Los Lobos, who specialize in everything Mexican-American, from folk to world to rock, and the great New Orleans singer-songwriter Steve Earle, whose most recent album, "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive," was nominated for a 2012 Grammy. 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Woodland Park Zoo, 601 N. 59th St., Seattle; sold out (206-548-2500 or zoo.org).
Concerts at the Mural
Presented by radio station KEXP and Seattle Center, this popular annual series kicks off Friday with No Depression night, named after the online magazine. The lineup: Shovels & Rope, Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside, Legendary Oaks and Fly Moon Royalty. 5:30 p.m. at the Mural Amphitheatre, Seattle Center; free (206-684-7200 or blog.kexp.org; search "mural concerts 2012").
Megan Ahiers and Jennifer Chadwick star as the angels in this comedy based on Kathy Najimy and Mo Gaffney's 1989 stage show. Kerry Christianson directs. 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays through Aug. 11, Theater Schmeater, 1500 Summit Ave., Seattle; $15-$23 (800-838-3006 or www.brownpapertickets.com).
Seattle Chamber Music Society Summer Festival
The society's 31st annual series closes Sunday evening with a free preconcert recital featuring artistic director James Ehnes performing Bach's Partita No. 2 for Violin in D minor, BWV 1004; the main concert will include Rachmaninov's much-loved Trio No. 1 for Violin, Cello and Piano in G minor ("Elegiaque") performed by Amy Schwartz Moretti, Andrés Díaz and Andrew Armstrong. 7 p.m. recital, 8 p.m. concert, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $45, $15 for students (206-283-8808 or www.seattlechambermusic.org).
Olympic Music Festival
The fifth weekend of the festival's annual "concerts in the barn" wraps up Sunday with significant string-quartet works by Beethoven, Shostakovich and Mendelssohn, featuring two fest newcomers: violinist Illana Setapen and cellist Bronwyn Banerdt. The OMF continues Saturday and Aug. 5 with more Beethoven plus Prokofiev and Brahms. 2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays through Sept. 2 (festival grounds open at 11 a.m.), 7360 Center Road, Quilcene, Jefferson County; $18-$33 (360-732-4800 or www.olympicmusicfestival.org).
Hear Bainbridge Island novelist Jonathan Evison discuss his Olympic Peninsula-set novel "West of Here," this year's "Lake Forest Park Reads" selection. 7 p.m. Monday, Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park; free (206-366-3333 or www.thirdplacebooks.com).
Christopher Martin Hoff Memorial Show
The plein-air artist, who died this past spring, was known around the city for setting up his easel and capturing our wet sidewalks, gray skies and other "Seattle-ness" on canvas. This exhibition includes unfinished works, pieces from private collections and the scenes he had been painting of reconstruction of the World Trade Center in New York (made possible through the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award). Thursday-Aug. 2, Linda Hodges Gallery, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 316 First Ave. S., Seattle (206-624-3034 or lindahodgesgallery.com).