The operative word this week is “big”: Two big food festivals (Bite of Seattle and Kirkland Uncorked); a big blockbuster (“Pacific Rim”) and one mega-big Beatle (Paul McCartney) are on the A&E lineup. Come back to ArtsPage every Monday and Friday for more lists of things to do. And if you have suggestions for other readers — big or small — feel free to add them to the comments thread.
1 Bite of Seattle
11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, at Seattle Center (www.biteofseattle.com).
The popular Bite is back for another three-day eating extravaganza, including the popular “The Alley” where for $10, visitors get to sample food from seven restaurants.
2 Kirkland Uncorked
Friday 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday noon to 10 p.m., and Sunday noon to 6 p.m., Marina Park, Kirkland. Tickets range from $25-$30. More info at www.kirklanduncorked.com
And taking a jab at the Bite of Seattle, the Eastside also has a three-day food festival, where the motto is “Have a Taste, Not a Bite.”
3 Paul McCartney
8 p.m. Friday at Safeco Field, Seattle; $39.50-$253 (800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com).
The cheerful, tuneful ex-Beatle, who still does the best Little Richard scream in the business, continues to be creative, most recently with his foray into his pre-rock influences, “Kisses on the Bottom.” Expect some Beatles, some Wings and some just plain Paul in this first-ever big concert in the Mariners house.
4 Postal Service
8 p.m. Thursday at KeyArena, Seattle Center; $32-$42 (800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com).
The 10th anniversary rerelease of Postal Service’s classic pop album “Give Up” turned out to be a far bigger sensation than anyone predicted, as this “side project” of Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard rivals his main band. Read Andrew Matson’s preview of the Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello’s Thursday night show at the Key.
5 Gil bert & Sullivan
“The Pirates of Penzance,” 5th Avenue Theatre, through Aug. 4 (206-625-1900 or www.5thAvenue.org). “The Gondoliers,” Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society at Bagley Wright Theatre, Seattle Center, through July 27 (800-838-3006 or www.pattersong.org).
Frederic and Mabel! Giuseppe and Tessa! Fans of Mr. Gilbert and Mr. Sullivan can see stories of both these couples as “The Pirates of Penzance” and “The Gondoliers” are on Seattle stages.
6 Seattle Chamber Music Society Summer Festival
8 p.m. Monday and Friday at Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., 7 p.m. Wednesday at Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill; free-$45 (206-283-8808 or www.seattlechambermusic.org).
Week three of Seattle Chamber Music Society’s Summer Festival couldn’t look more tantalizing. Monday brings Britten’s frisky/driving Sonata for Cello and Piano, Beethoven’s feisty String Trio in C minor and Brahms’ pensive Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano. Wednesday’s free 7 p.m. concert in Volunteer Park is a Dvorák-style Americana fest (his String Quartet No. 12 and String Quintet, both dubbed the “American”). Friday offers a pair of piano quartets by Beethoven and Saint-Saëns (his mighty, magical Op. 41), along with works by Mozart and Martinu.
7 Marco Diaz at ArtXchange
11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through July 27, ArtXchange Gallery, 512 First Ave. S., Seattle (206-839-0377 or www.artxchange.org).
Not all of summer’s colors can be found outdoors. In a show called “Sensing Color” at ArtXchange Gallery, Nicaraguan-American artist Marcío Díaz’s bright hues light up the walls. These acrylics-on-canvas put a festive Central American spin on Pacific Northwest landscapes. Díaz is at his best when he hovers just on the edge of the abstract, whether his starting point is a figure on an evening walk, a distant farmhouse or the grandeur of Mount Baker.
8 Seattle Bon Odori
4-10 p.m. Saturday, 3-8 p.m. Sunday (July 21), Seattle Buddhist Temple, 1427 S. Main St., Seattle (www.seattlebetsuin.com).
This Buddhist festival honors ancestors with traditional Japanese food and drink, kendo and judo demonstrations, Taiko and jazz music performances.
9 'The Way, Way Back'
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, language, some sexual content and brief drug material. Now showing at several theaters.
The cast of this breezy summer coming-of-age comedy is a pleasure, with Liam James wonderfully portraying an awkward teen vacationing with his mom (Toni Collette) and her self-important boyfriend (Steve Carell) in a town on the Massachusetts shore. To learn more, read Moira Macdonald’s 3.5-star review.
10 'Pacific Rim'
Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence throughout, and brief language. Now playing at several theaters.
In Guillermo del Toro’s sci-fi epic, humongous sea monsters battle ginormous robots to the death. This is what summer-event movies are all about: wild action and CGI special-effects overkill. Read Soren Andersen’s 3-star review for more details.