Summer in Seattle is in full swing. The events come fast and furious in July, with Bite of Seattle, Block Party, and of course Seafair leading the pack. There’s a great mix of indoor and outdoor, activities to burn calories or activities to acquire them, high culture and stupid fun.
Reflections: The Mary Wilson Supreme Legacy Collection
The Supremes were the only group who were able to consistently go toe-to-toe with the Beatles throughout the 1960s. With 33 singles in the Top 40 and 12 #1s they were a huge force in the music and culture of the decade. And like the Beatles, each member of the Supremes has her own legend and dedicated fanbase.
Where: Multiple venues
When: June 11-Sept. 6
How much: $15 adult, $12 minors and seniors
The Desperate Hours
There’s a temptation for actors to mellow in late career. After a youth of edgy, sometimes unsympathetic roles, there’s a tendency to take fun, likable parts late in life—a sort of relaxed victory lap. Bogart was as guilty as anyone, with The African Queen and Sabrina, but in 1955’s The Desperate Hours he plays one of his most brutal villains. Come see Bogey in his natural habitat.
Where: The Grand Illusion
When: July 2-8
How much: $8 regular, $5 member
Sure, the Northwest loves its wines. And the recent renaissance of cocktail culture is a lot of fun. But fundamentally this is still beer country. From classics like Rainier to new favorites like Mac & Jack’s, Washingtonians love their locally brewed beer. Each year, thousands of beer-lovers descend on the Seattle Center to sample over 150 great beers, local, American, and international. Show up early, because taps on popular brews will run dry quickly. Grilled food and live music will also be on hand.
Where: The Seattle Center
When: July 2-4
How much: $25 at gate - includes SIB glass & 10 beer tickets
Circus! Under the Big Top
The Pacific Science Center is one of the very best places to take kids, and they continue to bring in world-class traveling exhibits to keep things fresh for their repeat visitors. Circus! lets kids perform some of their favorite circus stunts, including the human cannonball, (safely, of course) learning scientific principles in the process.
Where: The Pacific Science Center – Seattle Center
When: Through Sept. 6
How much: $14 adults, $9 children above 6, $7 children 7 and under – plus special IMAX packages
Seattle Chamber Music Summer Festival
As the Seattle Symphony takes much of the summer off, the Seattle Chamber Music Society rolls into Benaroya Hall and sets up shop for a month of serious classical music. Debussy, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Ravel, Stravinsky, Schubert, and plenty more.
Where: Benaroya Hall
When: Through July 30
How much: $44 adult – single concert, $10 under 26 – single concert
The Wailers Band
First things first – nobody in this band was in the original 1960s Wailers lineup. But a band of top-notch reggae players led by legendary bassist Aston “Family Man” Barrett (co-producer of some of Bob Marley’s biggest hits) is nothing to sneeze it. In fact, it’s something to go see.
Where: Neumos on Capitol Hill
When: July 6
How much: $20
Christmas in July
The Seattle Art Museum had a huge success with their Preston Sturges series a few years back and they are wisely bringing the films back for another run. Sturges was the first great comic filmmaker of the sound era, infusing his films with crackling dialogue while avoiding the pitfalls of turning the movie into a play. Christmas in July is one of his less-known films but is a hilarious, moving comedy about love in trying economic times.
Where: Seattle Art Museum
When: July 8
How much: $7 at door
Chinatown-International District Summer Festival
This McDonald’s-sponsored event may not be a completely convincing slice of authentic Asian culture, but it still promises to be a lot of fun. Two days of music and street performing, dragon dances and lots of tasty food. Come down and see why you should be spending more time in the ID.
Where: International District - Seattle
When: July 10-11
How much: Free