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June 15, 2012 at 9:40 AM

5 things to do with your clothes on this weekend

Fremont will be the epicenter of all-in-good-fun public nudity this weekend, as the naked bicyclists weave their way through the annual solstice festivities.

But for those of us who prefer our entertainment fully clothed — or at least less crowded — here are some other options:

Lots of us like garage sales, but they’re especially fun when the garages belong to artists, theater people or ex-Vegas showgirls. This weekend, it’s the former — a garage sale hosted by more than 100 artists connected to the Schack Art Center in Everett. Garden art, photography, ceramics and scads of art supplies will be on sale Saturday at Schack, and a wagon-train of local food trucks will line up outside — so once you feed your soul you can feed your stomach, too.

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Procrastinators will be thrilled to know they can still see the Best of SIFF — all the audience favorites from Seattle International Film Festival that you meant to go to but didn’t. “Eden,” “Any Day Now,” “King Curling” (pictured), “The Long Ride Home” and many more … they’ll be screened starting Friday, June 15, and through next week at SIFF Cinema at the Uptown and SIFF Film Center, both in Lower Queen Anne. (Note also that the terrific SIFF opener “Your Sister’s Sister” is also back in town for a regular run; read Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald’s review here.) True, you can count on seeing nudity in some of these movies, but you are invited to stay fully clothed in your seat.

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Anyone who loves the blues knows Alice Stuart, the pioneering, Chelan-born blueswoman who has toured with such greats as Mississippi John Hurt, Van Morrison, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Doc Watson and Joan Baez. She’s still playing up a storm, and will celebrate her 70th birthday in bluesy style with a couple Saturday night shows at the Triple Door.

Do you like your art with a sprinkle of wit? Check out Stephen O’Donnell‘s outlandish self-portraits at Winston Wachter Fine Art. O’Donnell, who lives in Portland, is — amazingly — self-taught. Read Michael Upchurch’s review of the show for a taste of what’s in store.

Finally: I’m not going to promise that no one will take their clothes off at this event, since anything can happen at the International Festival of Improvisation, presented by the aptly named Unexpected Productions. The one thing that is sure is that there will be some belly laughs at the Market Theatre, as sketch comedy artists from around the globe perform through Sunday. For a few clues about what may transpire, read Rachel Solomon’s preview.

And now to walk you into the weekend is this (well dressed!) video preview, taped this morning at KING 5 TV:

(Photos: “King Curling” courtesy of SIFF; Alice Stuart by Margene.)

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