This weekend is rife — overflowing, we tell you — with high-quality events that our reviewers are excited about. Don’t just stand there; let ArtsPage help you make some choices:
(Joaquin Phoenix, left, and Philip Seymour Hoffman in a scene from “The Master.” /The Weinstein Company)
MOVIES: Run, don’t walk, to the movie theater for “End of Watch,” (Jake Gyllenhaall cop drama, 4 stars); “The Master” (creepy cult, 3.5 stars); “Hello I Must Be Going” (Melanie Lynskey adrift, 3.5 stars) and “Liberal Arts” (campus love story, 3.5 stars). For full reviews of these and other films, go here.
THEATER: Local author Jamie Ford’s heartfelt “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” is being staged at Book-It Repertory Theatre; read a preview here; Strawberry Theatre Workshop brings back “This Land: Woody Guthrie”; read a review here; mystery writer extraordinaire Dorothy L. Sayers’ “Gaudy Night” is at Taproot Theatre; read more here.
MUSIC: DjangoFest does that gypsy-jazz swing thing all weekend long at WICA in Langley; PDX-based indie band The Shins is at the Paramount at 8 p.m. Saturday; and local favorites Wheedle’s Groove at the Neptune at 9 p.m. Saturday. All kinds of music/nightlife info here.
(David Roman carves a pumpkin with a chainsaw in Fremont. Photo: Josh Nash/The Seattle Times)
FESTIVALS: It’s fall, and that means the 16th annual Fremont Oktoberfest, with its beer garden, live music and Dogtoberfest, is busting out all weekend in … you know, the center of the universe. If your tastes range more toward the Mediterranean, you’ll like the St. Demetrios Greek Festival (Friday-Sunday) in the Montlake neighborhood, which becomes the center of the universe for calamari, dolmathes, gyros and the like.