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July 1, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Holiday edition: 5 things to do this week

Rosy glow at the 2011 fireworks bonanza over Lake Union./Dean Rutz, The Seattle Times

Rosy glow at the 2011 fireworks bonanza over Lake Union./Dean Rutz, The Seattle Times

Looking ahead at your holiday week? (We know you’re looking forward to it.)

Wondering where to watch fireworks, or how to fill the rest of the week with fun?

Look no further.

1 Fireworks, fireworks, fireworks

All around the Sound; a list of July 4 celebrations is here.

Unlike years past, you won’t need a parka or an umbrella to be comfortable at a fireworks show this time around. The forecast calls for clear skies and bearable temps. Also forecast: the biggest party/show around will take place at Lake Union (the celebration is now called Seafair Summer Fourth). Gates open at noon on Thursday at Gas Works Park, Seattle, and the fireworks will start at 10:20 p.m.

2 Author Mike Lawson

Noon July 5 at Seattle Mystery Bookshop, 117 Cherry St., Seattle; free, www.seattlemystery.com

Seattle-area author Mike Lawson writes smart, funny, literate thrillers featuring Joe DeMarco, a Washington “fixer” for an influential congressman. Drop by and say hello when Lawson signs his latest, “House Odds,” at Seattle Mystery Bookshop on Friday. Read a Q&A with Lawson and Seattle Times book editor Mary Ann Gwinn here.

3 'Stu for Silverton'

Previews at 8 p.m. July 3, 18 and 19, Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center; July 3 is pay-what-you-can, tickets for other dates are $20, www.intiman.org

The 2013 Intiman Theatre Festival continues in previews, with “Stu for Silverton” next on the boards. The musical is based on the true story of Silverton, Ore., mayor Stu Rasmussen, who is America’s first transgendered mayor. The show’s official opening is July 20.

4 Free outdoor theater

“The Totally True and Almost Accurate Adventures of Pinocchio,” 2 p.m. July 6-7, Volunteer Park, Seattle; free, www.balagantheatre.org

Balagan Theatre joins the outdoor-theater season with this family-friendly show, created by local playwright Brandon Healy and directed by Shawn Belyea. It’s a comedy about an Italian theater troupe whose attempts to tell “the most perfect tale of Pinocchio” are anything but perfect.

5 Movies, movies, movies

Holiday-week releases include “The Lone Ranger,” “Despicable Me 2″ and “Byzantium.” Check seattletimes.com/movies for reviews.

Seattle Times critic Moira Macdonald’s three-star review of the Sandra Bullock-Melissa McCarthy comedy “The Heat” is up now. Check online Tuesday for reviews of “The Lone Ranger” and “Despicable Me 2,” which are opening in time for the holiday. Those reviews and more will be in print in the July 5 edition of Weekend Plus.

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