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August 5, 2013 at 6:31 AM

Baseball, books, tattoos: 5 things to do this week

Into each life some rain must fall….which it did, at ArtsPage HQ on Friday. We must have cursed ourselves by publishing that weather story, crowing about a dry July. But this is a new week, a new forecast, and a new list of things to do, including celebrating Ken Griffey Jr. Weekend, looking at some ink and trying out some new TV (“Breaking Bad” isn’t going to last much longer, folks, and “Game of Thrones” season 4 is a long time comin’. Keep remembering, North.).

1 Baseball, books, beer

4 p.m. Friday, Henry’s Tavern, 1518 First Ave. S., Seattle; free

The Ken Griffey Jr. Weekend kicks off with a get-together focused on issues surrounding race and baseball. Larry Colton, author of “Southern League: A True Story of Baseball, Civil Rights, and the Deep South’s Most Compelling Pennant Race” and Jonathan Schuppe, author of  “A Chance to Win: Boyhood, Baseball, and the Struggle for Redemption in the Inner City,” will discuss their work Friday afternoon. Colton is a former major-league player and Schuppe is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. Griffey will be inducted into the Mariners Hall of Fame on Saturday.

2 TV for you, Anglophiles

“Broadchurch,” 7 p.m. Wednesday, BBC America

“The White Queen,” 8 p.m. Saturday, Starz

Max Irons is the cast of "The White Queen" on Starz

Max Irons is King Edward in   “The White Queen” on Starz.

“Broadchurch” stars a  former Dr. Who, Matthew Tennant, and Olivia Colman as police detectives investigating the murder of an 11-year-old boy in the seaside town of Dorset, England. Rumor has it the characters sport real, working-people accents; if you’re used to “Masterpiece,” you’ll want to turn up the volume a little. For the history-minded, there’s “The White Queen,” which follows the (real) lives of three powerful women against the backdrop of the battles between the houses of Lancaster and York.

3 Seattle Tattoo Expo

2-10 p.m. Aug. Friday, noon-10 p.m. Saturday, noon-8 p.m. Aug. 11, Seattle Center Armory,  $20-$75  www.seattletattooexpo.com

Billed as a “celebration of tattoo art and culture, ” the three-day event will include contests in categories such as “best sleeve,” “best leg” and “best portrait”; seminars; vendors; and artists. One of the best names for a tattoo joint, IOHO, is Painless Steel Tattoo, from Missoula.

A visitor to the 2012 tattoo expo/Alan Berner, The Seattle Times

A visitor to the 2012 tattoo expo/Alan Berner, The Seattle Times

 

 

4 The End's Summer Camp

1 p.m. Saturday, Marymoor Park; $27.50 plus $5 parking, www.axs.com

The 2013 edition of the annual concert put on by radio station 107.7 The End includes the bands Hey Marseilles, Wavves, Said the Whale and Cold War Kids.

5 'Blackfish'

Showing at Seven Gables, rated PG-13; for Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald’s 3-star review, click here.

Tilikum, the subject of the documentary "Blackfish."/Magnolia Pictures

Tilikum, the subject of the documentary “Blackfish.”/Magnolia Pictures

This film will resonate strongly with residents of our region, as it points out, in powerful detail, the ugly side of keeping killer whales in captivity. Prompted by the 2010 death of SeaWorld orca trainer Dawn Brancheau, “Blackfish” focuses primarily on Tilikum, a male captured in 1982 off Iceland and subsequently involved in the deaths of three people at marine theme parks. The 12,000-pound orca is still at Sea World.

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