A key member of ArtsPage HQ has gone on vacation, but does that stop the Things to Do juggernaut? No! Listed here are ways to hear music for free, find good seafood and enjoy the annual milk-carton derby.
1 Sub Pop Silver Jubilee
8 p.m. Friday, Moore Theatre, Seattle; $22.50, www.stgpresents.org; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, Airport Way, Georgetown; free
Seattle’s Sub Pop Records, which launched the grunge revolution with Nirvana, celebrates its 25th anniversary with a benefit comedy concert on Friday and a free, all-day musical spree on Saturday. Comedy night will feature Eugene Mirman hosting Marc Maron, Jon Benjamin, Kristen Schaal and Kurt Braunohler. Saturday performers are Mudhoney, J Mascis, Greg Dulli, Shabazz Palaces, Shearwater, Father John Misty, The Baptist Generals, Brothers of the Sonic Cloth (with Tad Doyle), Endino’s Earthworm and others.
2 'The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker'
7 p.m. Monday, Stage One Theatre, North Seattle Community College; free but donations welcome, endangeredspeciesproject.org
Liam O’Brien’s Broadway hit (and later, a film), about a family man kept busy with a double life, is in part an homage to George Bernard Shaw. In that spirit, Endangered Species Project’s staged reading of the comedy honors another great: longtime Seattle actor Clayton Corzatte, who met his actress wife, Susan, during the Cleveland Play House’s 1964 run of the show. Proceeds from Monday’s reading benefit the Evergreen Chapter of the ALS Association (Corzatte died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, on April 6).
3 Joe Hill
7 p.m. Tuesday, Seattle Central Library; free, www.spl.org
This fantasy/horror author is the son of Stephen King, but being the offspring of an über-successful author has not held him back. Hear Hill (full name: Joseph Hillstrom King) discuss his new novel “NOS4A2” (say it fast) in Seattle on Tuesday.
4 Chamber music fests
Seattle Chamber Music Society Summer Festival, through July 26, Benaroya Hall, Seattle, www.seattlechambermusic.org;
Olympic Music Festival, through Sept. 1, Quilcene, www.olympicmusicfestival.org
The popular SCMS summer fest continues July 8, 10 and 12, with stellar guests. Each 8 p.m. concert is preceded by a free 7 p.m. recital. If you’re going to be traveling up north, you might drop by the OMF, which holds its concerts in a converted century-old dairy barn and encourages picnicking, jeans and petting the goats. Concerts are Saturdays-Sundays.
5 Ballard SeafoodFest
11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, downtown Ballard, free, www.seafoodfest.org.
Ballard hosts its 39th annual SeafoodFest with, of course, plenty of seafood. If you can tear yourself away from the salmon barbecue, you can mosey to the Ballard BeerFest beer garden, hear live bands as the Tractor Tavern moves outside and cheer for the brave souls competing in the lutefisk-eating contest.
6 'The Bridge'
Series premiere, 10 p.m. Wednesday on FX.
This new crime thriller stars Diane Kruger and Demián Bichir as investigators tracking a serial killer on the U.S.-Mexico border, against the backdrop of narcoviolence and corruption. The title/premise may sound familiar — it’s based loosely on the Danish/Swedish TV show of the same name.
7 Seafair Milk Carton Derby
9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Green Lake Park, Seattle, www.seafair.com
Milk-carton boats of all sizes and shapes compete for prizes at this highly anticipated, drama- and laugh-filled Seafair event, which includes kids’ entertainment and vendors along the lakeshore.
8 'A Hijacking'
Now playing at the Harvard Exit in Seattle.
Writer/director Tobias Lindholm’s tense, refreshingly realistic thriller follows the hijacking of a Danish cargo ship in the Indian Ocean by Somali pirates. For John Hartl’s 3½-star review, go to www.seattletimes.com/movies.
Wednesday-Aug. 10, Taproot Theatre Company, Seattle; $20-$40, taproottheatre.org.
Shakespeare’s sidesplitting “Twelfth Night” gets the musical treatment in this song-filled adaptation by Peter Mills and Cara Reichel.
10 'Buster Simpson // Surveyor'
11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, until 7 p.m. Thursdays, Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave., Seattle; www.fryemuseum.org
Buster Simpson first made his home in Seattle in the 1970s, and quickly immersed himself in making statements about the devastation of the environment and other urban ills. The Frye show is a long-awaited retrospective of his daring, inventive work — a selective one, however; Simpson’s huge body of work, stretching from Edmonton, Canada, to Las Vegas to the Smithsonian, could hardly be contained in one place.