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June 17, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Superman, solstice, sandwiches: 10 things to do this week

1 'Man of Steel'

In wide release.  Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald’s 2.5-star review is here.

Debate is lively about this superhero reboot, which casts Superman in a darker light than the Christopher Reeve films did. Remember (way back) when the Batman saga took a creepy turn with the Penguin? And everyone wanted Adam West back? Those were simpler times. Grit is in.

2 Visit a famous food truck

Looking for lunch? Four Seattle food trucks earned spots on the Daily Meal’s list of the top food trucks in America. Portland has two on the list; Las Vegas, oddly, has three. (Why is this odd? Well, Vegas doesn’t strike ArtsPage HQ as a hipster-meals-on-wheels kinda town.) The list has a number of entertaining names on it; read it here.

3 Author Peter Zuckerman

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; $5,


The co-author of the award-winning book “Buried in the Sky: The Extraordinary Story of the Sherpa Climbers on K2’s Deadliest Day” discusses his book about a catastrophic 2008 climbing accident.

4 International Festival of Improv

8:30 p.m. Wednesday; performances continue through Saturday. 1428 Post Alley, Seattle;

Unexpected Productions is hosting the 17th edition of the International Festival of Improv, an unscripted, surprise-laden get-together. This year, improvisers from Canada, Germany, Hungary, India, Mexico, Slovenia and Switzerland join their U.S. comrades in a series of workshops and public performances.

5 Bill Maher

8 p.m. Saturday, Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle; $31.25-$81.25



The stand-up comic and host of TV’s “Real Time” isn’t afraid to offend anyone — and usually does — with his irreverent commentaries and impatient “new rules.”

6 Noise for the Needy

9 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, various Ballard venues, $8-$15 per show


Ballard Food Bank is the beneficiary of the Noise for the Needy’s annual festival this year, and the Seattle nonprofit will celebrate in style with acts like Said the Whale, River Giant, Smokey Brights, Kris Orlowski, Hot Bodies in Motion and Tango Alpha Tango. The festival debuts a new outdoor stage this year, the “Ballard Party Lot,” behind Hattie’s Hat.

7 Spectrum Dance Theater: 'Autopsy of Love'

8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays through June 29, Spectrum Dance Theater at Emerald City Trapeze Arts Building, 2702 Sixth Ave. S., Seattle; $20-$25


The world premiere of Spectrum’s “Autopsy of Love” finds choreographer Donald Byrd speculating on “what kills romantic love” — to the tunes of Amy Winehouse and Schumann (a live performance of his “Dichterliebe” by pianist Judith Cohen and bass-baritone Clayton Brainerd).

8 Fremont Fair/Solstice Parade

10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Fremont neighborhood, Seattle

Cultures worldwide have noted the summer solstice, or longest day of the year, with festivals and rituals. Fremont is no exception. Observers of Fremontian rites can party all weekend: enjoy a beer garden and music pre-party on the main stage Friday; the Fremont Solstice Parade  on Saturday; hundreds of vendors; live music; and the Seattle Art Car Blowout on Saturday-Sunday.

9 Exhibit: History of floating homes

10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (until 8 p.m. Thursdays) MOHAI, Seattle; $12-$14

Floating homes are definitely a “Seattle thing,” and MOHAI taps into the love of them with the new exhibit, “Still Afloat: A Contemporary History of Floating Homes.” Visitors can explore “floating-home culture,” as well as the technical innovations that make life on the water possible, through photos, video interviews and a scale model.

10 Intiman Theatre Festival (in previews)

Four-play festival, previews start Friday, official openings July-September; for full schedule/tickets, go to

Intiman returns to the summer-season theater roster with four plays: Dario Fo’s “We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay!”; Alice Childress’ “Trouble in Mind”; Aristophanes’ “Lysistrata”; and “Stu for Silverton,” by Peter Duchan and Breedlove. The plays’ official opening nights are in July, but you can get a jump on things this week, when the first preview, of “We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay!,” takes the stage on Friday.

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