Russell Brunelle (russellb) wrote,
Russell Brunelle

Inter Alia in Seattle - Apr 24 to Sep 30

Welcome to Inter Alia, my monthly Seattle guide for University of Washington and Seattle University law students. This special summer issue covers April 24 to September 30.

Alternative Culture

Critical Massive, a local event inspired by the annual Burning Man festival, will be held over Jul 19-25 in Mount Vernon.

Jul 31 is the last day to purchase Burning Man tickets online and have those tickets mailed to you, rather than held at will call. Please note that the low income ticket (as well as the scholarship ticket) program closes two months earlier, on May 31.


The next Salon of Shame will be held Jun 8 @ 7pm: tickets go on sale May 16 @ 1pm.

Fans of the TV show Mystery Science Theater 3000 should be advised that the original cast will be reuniting at Showbox Market on Jun 11 @ 6pm to ad lib a bad movie in person.


Here's what's happening this summer:

  1. The Burning Beast festival at Smoke Farm on Jul 11
  2. The Olympic Peninsula Lavender Wine Tour over Jul 10-18
  3. The Bite of Seattle over Jul 16-18

Also, Seattle Wine Outlet (considered by some as the best reasonably-priced wine shop in the city) just opened a Greenlake location called "Green Lake Wines" at 1400 N 80th Street: they offer a wine bar which seats about 20 guests, and a small plates menu with wines by the glass.


Pacific Northwest Ballet offers a program of four works, each choreographed by George Balanchine, over Apr 24-25. Half-price student rush tickets are available 90 minutes prior to curtain.

Holiday Celebrations

A naturalization ceremony - the largest in the Pacific Northwest - will be held at Fisher Pavilion on Jul 4 @ noon; there will also be live music, and U.S. Representative Jim McDermott will present an award.

iPhone Apps

Lately I've been getting good use out of OneBusAway, which uses real-time arrival information to let you know how much longer you need to wait for your bus or train: this might be particularly useful for any UW law students who take the (notoriously unpredictable) northbound bus 48 to the park and ride at 6601 8th Ave NE and would rather wait for it inside Gates Hall.


Frances Farmer Organ Karaoke (easily the most unusual karaoke event in the city) is being held every first and third Thursday evening at Vermillion Gallery.


Dr. Atul Gawande (author of the recent bestseller The Checklist Manifesto) speaks about health care reform at Benaroya Hall on May 3 @ 7:30pm.

On May 4 @ 7pm in Savery Hall 260, the UW Economics Department presents its 2010 Economics Nobel Prize Lecture, in which their professors attempt to explain in simple terms the work which won that year's prize.

Muhammad Yunus (Nobel Peace Prize winner, expert on microcredit, and founder of the Grameen Bank) speaks about his new book Building Social Business at Town Hall Seattle on May 23 @ 7:30pm.

Professor of behavioral economics Dan Ariely speaks about his new book The Upside of Irrationality at Town Hall Seattle on Jun 8 @ 7:30pm.

The ever-controversial Christopher Hitchens appears at Town Hall Seattle on Jun 22 @ 7:30pm.

Movies: In Theaters

The Seattle International Film Festival will be held from May 20 to Jun 13.

That wonderful IMAX 3D film about the Hubble Telescope repair mission will continue to be shown at the Pacific Science Center's Boeing IMAX Theater until Jun 11: as it stands there's probably no better way to get a sense of what it might look like to walk in space than to see this film, presented in this format.

Movies: Rental

The acclaimed nature series Life (as narrated by David Attenborough) will be released in Blu-Ray on Jun 1.

The first season of The Life and Times of Tim is out on DVD now: each episode is only about ten minutes, and (in my opinion) hilarious.

Music: Choral

Seattle Choral Company performs Johannes Brahms' "German Requiem" (his masterpiece for choir and orchestra) at Benaroya Hall on Apr 24 @ 2pm. [Reminder: The 2010 UW Law Spring Gala is later that evening at 7pm.]

Seattle Opera presents Amelia (a new English-language work) over May 8-22, and Tristan and Isolde over Jul 31 - Aug 21. Remember that you can purchase tickets for only $20 (starting two hours before the performance) with a student ID.

The Esoterics presents Thomas Jennefelt's Villarosa (a modern seven-movement symphony for unaccompanied voice) on Aug 14 @ 8pm at St. Joseph's Catholic Church. The Esoterics is one of the Pacific Northwest's top three choirs, distinguished from the other two by its focus on contemporary works.

Music: Electronic

Armin van Buuren, host of the weekly A State of Trance radio show, performs at Showbox SoDo on May 28 @ 8pm.

The Decibel electronic music festival will be held Sep 23-26.

Music: Folk

The Northwest Folklife festival will be held over May 28-31. Contrary to popular belief, this festival is about more than just U.S. folk music: this year, it looks like the majority of performances will be by international performers.

Music: Popular

Tickets go on sale Apr 24 @ 10am for all of the performances in the Chateau Ste. Michelle summer concert series; worth noting is Natalie Merchant on Aug 6 @ 7pm: her new album Leave Your Sleep is probably the most interesting thing she's recorded to date.

Bumbershoot will be held over Sep 4-6: this is one of the city's flagship music and arts events, but keep in mind that it can get fairly crowded at peak times.


The following three summer book releases seem like they'd make an interesting combination: The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves (May 18), Long for This World: The Strange Science of Immortality (Jun 22), and The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Seventh Annual Collection (Jul 6).

Staying Active

The Fremont 5K Briefcase Rally will be held on Jun 11 @ 5:30pm: you're supposed to wear running shorts, but business attire from the waist up. Teams consist of five people who each run one kilometer, and each team must provide a briefcase to relay from team member to team member.

The Cascade Bicycle Club's Flying Wheels Summer Century will be held Jun 12, i.e. the day after the last UW law school final exams. This is the only organized ride the CBC offers this summer which hasn't already sold out.

The Seattle Rock n Roll Marathon will be held Jun 26, but is likely to sell out: check right away if you're a runner and want to register. If it is sold out, then a good alternative might be the Torchlight Run on Jul 31.

A number of street scrambles are scheduled this summer, in Seattle as well as several neighboring cities.

Strategy Games

Two summer releases that strategy game enthusiasts seem to be looking forward to are StarCraft II (Jul 27) and Civilization V (Sep).

Theatre (Live)

Wing-It Productions presents an improvised full-length play in the style of William Shakespeare (based on audience suggestions) Thu-Fri @ 8pm from May 6-21.

The Washington Ensemble Theatre's new play "RoboPop" looks like fun, and runs Thu-Mon @ 7:30pm until May 10.

Other Ways to Enjoy the Seattle Summer

  1. First Thursday Art Walks
  2. Fremont Outdoor Movies (mid-Jun through mid-Sep)
  3. Driving to Grand Coulee Dam, enjoying the scenery along the way, and taking a tour of the dam
  4. A Hot Air Balloon Ride (mid-Jun through Oct)
  5. A day hike at Mount Rainier
  6. A tour of Qwest Field or Safeco Field
  7. Seattle Architecture Foundation walking tours
  8. Skydiving
  9. The Fremont Fair (Jun 19-20)
  10. The Oyster Run (Sep 26)
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