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August 31, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Weekend preview: The ‘I hate Bumbershoot’ edition

People who diss Bumbershoot typically complain about one of four things: (1) Tickets cost too much; (2) It’s too crowded; (3) The lineup is lame; or (4) Getting there is a hassle.

To you, Bumbershoot-haters of the world, I dedicate this week’s edition of The Seattle Times’ weekend preview.

If you think Bumbershoot costs too much …

Free concerts continue all weekend at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks. Cowgirls Dream plays at 2 p.m. Saturday; Professor Gadget Sax Quartet at 2 p.m. Sunday; and Michael Clune & Sleep Till Noon Band at 2 p.m. Monday. Click here for info and directions.

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If you think Bumbershoot is too crowded …

Head to the beach. I visited Mt. Baker Beach on Lake Washington earlier this week and was greeted by two very bored and lonely lifeguards. Dive in, and give them something to do. This weekend will be the lifeguards’ final weekend on duty till next summer, at Matthews, Madison, Mount Baker, Seward and West Green Lake beaches; noon – 7 p.m. Friday and Monday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Get more details here.

If you think Bumbershoot’s lineup is ho-hum …

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Well, it’s hard to know what to suggest, exactly, since Bumbershoot programs so many different types of music all weekend long. But here are a few alternatives in nice venues: Dave Matthews Band at the Gorge, Friday through Sunday; Diana Krall at Chateau Ste. Michelle on Saturday; Jimmy Cobb, Joey DeFrancesco, Larry Coryell Trio with Roberta Gambarini at Jazz Alley tonight through Sunday.

If you think Bumbershoot is too hard to get to …

Go see a movie, closer to home. August is typically a dumping-ground of bad studio movies, but there are several offbeat indies we can recommend strongly: The made-in-the-Northwest comedy “Safety Not Guaranteed,” playing at West Seattle’s Admiral, Bainbridge Cinemas, Kirkland Parkplace and Sundance Cinemas; the music-documentary “Searching for Sugar Man,” at the Harvard Exit; and the relationship dramedy “Robot & Frank,” starring Frank Langella, at the Egyptian and Lincoln Square.

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For the record, I do not count myself among the Bumber-haters. (See my comments on this thread after last year’s festival.) For those of you, like me, who are going, check out the array of recommendations on our entertainment page.

If you’re never been to Bumbershoot before, you might pick up a few tips via this video preview, recorded this morning at KING 5 TV. See you there?

(Photos: Madison Park Beach by Erika Schultz/The Seattle Times; Diana Krall by Boris Grdanoski; “Robot & Frank” by Samuel Goldwyn Films.)

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