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June 24, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Cool monsters, hot cars: 10 things to do this week

Things to do for kids, adults, families  — ArtsPage HQ has you covered. Movies, a salmon picnic, a car show and comedy. Any other ideas? Leave suggestions in the comments.

1 Monsters, cute and not

“Monsters University” and “World War Z,” in wide release. For reviews, go here.

Lovable Mike in "Monsters University"/Pixar

Lovable Mike in “Monsters University”/Pixar

For friendly, cuddly freaks, check out the G-rated, Disney-Pixar “Monsters University,” which shows us how Mike and Sulley got to be the champion scarers they are today. Gags range from mildly smileworthy to laugh-out-loud funny.

For a much-older crowd who prefers a more, er, realistic portrayal of creeps, there’s the Brad Pitt-led “World War Z,” about the zombie apocalyp

se, and the family man determined to stop it in its brains-eating tracks.

2 'Much Ado About Nothing'

At Harvard Exit. Moira Macdonald’s 3½-star review here.


Alexis Denisov and Amy Acker, who, BTW, are really pleasant in person./Roadside Attractions

Director Joss Whedon follows up “The Avengers” with this black-and-white, contemporary version of Shakespeare that’s a kick. Seattle native Alexis Denisof and Amy Acker (shown here) have terrific chemistry as the ever-sparring Benedick and Beatrice; Nathan Fillion’s a hoot as Dogberry; and hearing Shakespeare’s words is pure pleasure.

3 'The Boys in the Boat'

Author appears at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park; free,

Seattle author Daniel James Brown discusses “The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.” It’s the inspiring story of the 1936 UW crew team, and it uses interviews with the surviving members of the team and their diaries, journals and photographs to bring it to life. Read a review here.

4 'Out & In: A Pride Comedy Showcase'

8 p.m. Tuesday, Neptune Theatre, Seattle; free,


A night of comedy using “laughter as a unifying force to bring LGBTQ individuals and allies together in a grand celebration.” The show kicks off the free “Nights at the Neptune” series, showcasing emerging local performers and artists advancing themes of race and social justice. (Other dates of note: Capitol Hill Pride is 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday along Broadway;  Seattle Pride is June 30 at Seattle Center.)

5 'Under the Dome'

Series premiere, 10 p.m. Monday on CBS

This television adaptation of the Stephen King novel is about the residents of small-town Chester’s Mill, who find themselves trapped when a giant, impenetrable dome drops from the sky. No phones, no Internet….no escape. (Note: The cow? Not real.)

6 Seattle Symphony Orchestra

7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Benaroya Hall, Seattle; $19-$112,

 Ludovic Morlot/Ben VanHouten photo

Ludovic Morlot will lead a high-volume season-ender./Ben VanHouten photo

Music director Ludovic Morlot is back at the podium to lead a weekend of official season-closing concerts, programmed to provide bang for the audience’s buck: Saint-Saëns’ “Organ” Symphony, plus Wagner’s Prelude and “Liebestod” from “Tristan und Isolde,” and his Overture and “Venusberg Music” from “Tannhäuser.” The SSO returns for two nights in July, for the “Cirque de la Symphonie.”

7 'An Evening With Groucho'

Through June 30, ACT Theatre, Seattle; $25-$35


Actor Frank Ferrante (a Teatro ZinZanni regular) is currently holding forth at ACT Theatre in his touring show, “An Evening with Groucho,” a 90-minute seance that dips into the great trove of Groucho gags, one-liners, songs and anecdotes.

8 Salmon-chanted Evening

5-7 p.m. Saturday, 2001 Western Ave., Seattle,

How about a salmon picnic across from Pike Place Market with glorious views of Elliott Bay and the Olympics? Tom Douglas’ fourth annual Salmon-Chanted Evening at Victor Steinbrueck Park features a grilled salmon dinner with sides for $20. Proceeds go to the Seattle Parks Department.

9 Greenwood Car Show

8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, along Greenwood Avenue North from North 67th Street to North 90th Street, Seattle, free,

Alan Berner/The Seattle Times

Look at those fins! /Alan Berner, The Seattle Times


Hundreds of classic vehicles will be on display at the state’s biggest single-day car show. The event is also a food drive for the Greenwood Food Bank; registration fees aid neighborhood charities.

10 Frye Art Museum

11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursdays, 704 Terry Ave., Seattle, free,


“Buster Simpson // Surveyor,” now at the Frye, is the first retrospective of pieces by this fascinating figure, one of the original Pilchuck Glass School artists and a pioneer in urban environmentalism and art in public spaces.

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