Pride and patriotism are the themes of the week, but there’s plenty of good old mindless summer fun in store as well — from movies to berry-picking to salmon on the grill. Here’s a list of entertainment options, but it’s nowhere near exhaustive. If you have activities to suggest to other readers, add them to the comments thread.
1 Pride weekend events
From Friday through Sunday, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride is busting out all over Seattle. There’s a Trans Pride march on Broadway Friday; a PrideFest family day at Cal Anderson Park and the Capitol Hill Pride Festival on Saturday; and a downtown parade and Seattle Center PrideFest on Sunday. Recent news events thrust these annual celebrations into the public eye this year.
2 Music at the movies
Guild 45th, 2115 N. 45th St., Seattle, 206-781-5755 and the Varsity, 4329 University Way N.E., Seattle, 206-781-5755 (www.landmarktheatres.com).
Two new documentaries about music open this weekend, both entertaining. “The Secret Disco Revolution” (at the Varsity) is a light-hearted look at the rise and fall of disco music. “Twenty Feet from Stardom” (at the Guild 45th) gives top-flight background singers a fleeting bit of fame.
First show is 6 p.m. Friday. Last show begins at 10:30 p.m. Saturday and ends at midnight, at 1428 Post Alley, Seattle; each performance is $15; a come-and-go-as-you-please pass is $20 (206-587-2414 or www.unexpectedproductions.org).
Can you plan an anniversary party without a plan? Unexpected Productions, the longtime Seattle improv troupe, is out to do just that this weekend. The company is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a 30-hour “improvathon,” beginning Friday night. The entire weekend-long show will be created from audience suggestions, in keeping with Unexpected Productions tradition. (Organizers warn the fidgety that there will be a 5-minute break every hour.) Audience members who make it through all 30 hours will receive a lifetime pass to see any of the company’s shows.
4 Salmon-chanted Evening
5-7 p.m. Saturday, 2001 Western Ave., Seattle; $20 (tomdouglas.com).
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 Saturday features a grilled salmon dinner with sides for $20. Proceeds go to the Seattle Parks Department.
5 Seattle Chamber Music Society Summer Festival
Opens Saturday with works by Beethoven, Brahms, Enescu and Honegger, and continues through July 26. Nordstrom Recital Hall, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; 7 p.m. recitals are free; 8 p.m. concerts are $15-$45 single ticket, $172-$516 for various multi-concert packages; $10 for July 13 family concert (206-283-8808 or www.seattlechambermusic.org).
Four weeks, more than 3 dozen musicians, 12 concerts – including one for families and one free and outdoors in Volunteer Park: The Seattle Chamber Music Society Summer Festival is the classical-music event of summer. Most concerts take place at Benaroya Hall, beginning Saturday. For a taste of what’s in store, see Seattle Times arts writer Michael Upchurch’s interview with multitalented cellist Edward Arron.
6 U-pick berry farms
Puget Sound Fresh farm guide: www.pugetsoundfresh.org/pdf/2013-PSF-Farm-Guide.pdf.
It’s been a big year for berries in the Northwest and you can get in on the juicy action at U-pick farms all over King County. Find a list of farms open now or opening soon, compiled by Seattle Times staffer Hannah Leone. Even more info is available from Puget Sound Fresh.
7 'Future Beauty'
Through Sept. 8, Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave., Seattle (206-654-3100 or www.seattleartmuseum.org).
“Future Beauty” is Seattle Art Museum’s first exhibition of fashion, and it’s a knockout, according to reviewer Moira Macdonald. It focuses on the way-out creations of contemporary Japanese designers, which may seem too avant-garde for everyday wear, but have influenced trends in ready-to-wear styles.