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August 12, 2013 at 6:30 AM

Salmon, suds, Steely Dan: 6 things to do this week

Outdoor parties, tasty seasonal food, good movies. Those just scream “summer,” don’t they? Only three weeks left in August….jump in.

1 'Elysium'

Wide release, rated R. For Soren Anderson’s 3-star review, click here.

Matt Damon, left, and Sharlto Copley in a scene from "Elysium."/AP

Matt Damon, left, and Sharlto Copley in a scene from “Elysium.”/AP

In Neill Blomkamp’s new film, the future is not pretty. The very rich enjoy the good (disease-free) life on a space station while the Great Unwashed toil on the wrecked Earth below. Enter Matt Damon, who gets a chance to bust that system wide open, and the story becomes a critique of a wealth and privilege gap that seems all too familiar.

2 'Blue Jasmine'

Harvard Exit, rated PG-13. Moira Macdonald’s 3.5-star review is here.

Peter Sarsgaard as Dwight and Cate Blanchett as Jasmine./Merrick Morton

Peter Sarsgaard as Dwight and Cate Blanchett as Jasmine./Merrick Morton

Not a sci-fi fan? Woody Allen’s latest, starring Cate Blanchett and Alec Baldwin, is getting rave reviews all over. Blanchett is Jasmine, the former socialite of the title, who must put her shattered life back together in San Francisco with her sister. She’s a stranger in a strange land, and you’ll recognize the shadow of Blanche DuBois in her story.

3 Steely Dan

6:30 p.m. Thursday, Marymoor Park, $55-$115, marymoorconcerts.com

They may be middle-aged, but Donald Fagen and his bandmates have become “eminent hipsters” (as Fagen recently referred to the musical heroes of his childhood, in a book of that title). They’ll meet their own kind at Marymoor this week.

4 Salmon Enchanted Evening

5-7 p.m. Saturday, Victor Steinbrueck Park, Seattle, $20, tomdouglas.com

Now in its fourth year, proceeds from the dinner help support a summer park concierge and maintenance in Victor Steinbrueck Park. A portrait of Andrew Jackson will get you a picnic meal of grilled salmon, hazelnut-rice salad, green beans and watermelon-feta salad. View included.

5 Everett Craft Beer Festival

Noon-7 p.m. Saturday on Hoyt Avenue (entrance near Hewitt Avenue), $15-$20,  includes a tasting cup and five tokens, each good for a 5-oz. taste; washingtonbeer.com

30 of the state’s craft breweries will pour several kinds of their best seasonal beer; you can sample beers from Boundary Bay Brewery, Odin Brewing, Elysian Brewing and a whole lot more. Live music, too.

6 Yet more fests

Snoqualmie Railroad Days, Friday-Sunday, railroaddays.com; Indigenous Cultures Day, Saturday, Seattle Center, seattlecenter.com; Rainier Valley Heritage Parade and Summer Streets Party, Saturday, Rainier Avenue South between South Alaska and South Brandon streets, seattle.gov

You have your trains and your pancake breakfast in Snoqualmie. You have your music, dance and powwow at Seattle Center. And you have a parade, street picnic and food in Rainier Valley. Don’t tell us you have no plans for the weekend.

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