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June 27, 2013 at 4:38 PM

7 things to do this weekend — and a Fourth of July preview

The 2012 Pride Parade, by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times.

The 2012 Pride Parade, by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times.

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

Trans Pride: www.transprideseattle.org; Pride Fest: www.seattlepridefest.org; Capitol Hill Pride Festival: www.capitolhillpridefestival.info.

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).

20Feet

“Twenty Feet from Stardom.” Photo by Graham Willoughby.

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.

3 Improvathon

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).

Salmon on the grill, by David Roberts.

Salmon on the grill, by David Roberts.

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).

An image from the 2011 SCMS Summer Festival by Jerry Davis.

An image from the 2011 SCMS Summer Festival by Jerry Davis.

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

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Ripe and ready, by Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times.

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).

SAM visitors eye "Future Beauty." Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times.

SAM visitors eye “Future Beauty.” Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times.

“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.

8 Fourth of July preview

FireworksThe forecast is looking very promising for the middle of next week. Start making plans now for celebrating the USA’s birthday. Festivals, parades, fireworks and more will stretch from lake to shining lake. Find our big list here.

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