This is a great week for Puget Sounders who are looking for books, beer (that’s a lot of people right there), comedy, rock and some of the best choral/orchestra music ever written. Get off your smartphone (give the NSA a break) and give one of the following a try.
1 Sherman Alexie, Jonathan Evison, Jess Walter
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; $5 www.townhallseattle.org
It’s not too often you get this lineup of some of our region’s most talented authors. Sherman Alexie, Jonathan Evison and Jess Walter will gather to celebrate a local publishing imprint, Pharos Editions, which debuts with a curated collection of out-of-print, lost or rare books chosen and introduced by Alexie, Evison and Walter.
2 Speaking of Jess Walter ...
Wednesday-June 30, Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse, 4045 University Way N.E., Seattle; $23-$42 book-it.org
Spokane author Jess Walter’s hilarious recession riff, “The Financial Lives of the Poets,” has been adapted for the stage by Book-It Repertory Theatre in Seattle. Hollywood found it funny as well; he’s now writing a screenplay for it.
3 'The Internship'
Now in theaters. Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald’s review here.
The buzz on this comedy about pals looking to kickstart their careers at Google is that it doesn’t deliver many laughs. But laid-back screwball Owen Wilson is awfully hard to resist in just about any role.
4 Seattle Symphony Orchestra
7:30 p.m. Thursday and 8 p.m. Saturday, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $19-$112 www.seattlesymphony.org
For the first time since 1964, the orchestra presents Benjamin Britten’s massive, mighty War Requiem. Written for the consecration of England’s Coventry Cathedral, which was destroyed in 1940 and rose again, completed, in 1962, Britten’s work is quite a production — performing with SSO will be the Seattle Symphony Chorale, Seattle Pro Musica, Northwest Boychoir and soloists Christine Brewer, Anthony Dean Griffey and Ivan Ludlow.
5 Women who rock
8 p.m. Friday, EMP Museum, 325 Fifth Ave. N., Seattle; $20-$25 www.empmuseum.org
EMP Museum kicks off a new exhibit, “Women Who Rock,” with a mischievous concert by The Bad EMPressions, an all-star group assembled for the show and comprised of individuals from various famous female bands: Kathy Valentine (The Go-Go’s), Patty Schemel (Hole), Donita Sparks (L7) and Kim Shattuck (The Muffs), plus guests Annabella Lwin (Bow Wow Wow) and, from Seattle, Star Anna, Shelby Earl and Choklate.
6 Tracy Morgan
8 p.m. Friday, Neptune Theatre, Seattle.; $35.50 www.stgpresents.org
C’mon, Liz Lemon! Long before he won an Emmy for playing the infantile narcissist Tracy Jordan on the award-winning TV show “30 Rock,” Morgan was cracking up a generation with his antics on “Saturday Night Live.”
7 Washington Brewers Festival
4-9 p.m. Friday (21 +); all ages admitted 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Marymoor Park, Redmond; $15-$25 www.washingtonbeer.com
More than 200 beers from 64 Washington breweries, plus food, music, a kids area and wine- and cider-tasting.
8 Seattle International Dance Festival
International Series (Friday-Sunday and June 21-23), Spotlight on Seattle (June 18-20), www.brownpapertickets.org
The annual 10-day dance extravaganza returns with both indoor and outdoor events. A highlight: SIDF’s free “Art on the Fly” outdoor celebration (noon-9 p.m. Saturday) moves to a new location this year on Terry Avenue North between Thomas and Republican streets, in the heart of South Lake Union.
9 Joan Week on 'Fashion Police'
Starts 10:30 p.m. Monday, on E!
To celebrate Joan Rivers’ 80th (!) birthday, her oh-so-catty “Fashion Police” crew will spend the whole week saluting her and welcoming guests. And shaming shabby-looking celebs, of course.
10 Island farmers markets
Bainbridge market, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, City Hall Park; Vashon market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, Village Green; Orcas market, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, Eastsound Village; Coupeville market (Whidbey), 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Saturdays
A visit to one of our nearby islands is a good bet for summer fun, and here’s one more reason why: farmers markets. Buying fresh food from local growers will make your excursion even more appetizing.