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October 21, 2013 at 6:30 AM

Chocolate and the Rainier ‘R’: 5 things to do this week

If you read Friday’s ArtsPage post listing things to do over the weekend — of course you did — then you know fall is overflowing with events, like a too-small trick-or-treat bag. Here are some more treats, for the week ahead:

1 Chocolate University

6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Theo Chocolate, Seattle, $35, theochocolate.com

This “university” class sounds much more fun than macroeconomics (but no one’s bitter): making salted butter toffee. You’ll learn this valuable life skill from a pro; it’s taught by a Theo Chocolates chocolatier. Call ahead to register, as space is limited for this tasty offering.

2 Lit Crawl Seattle

6 p.m. Thursday, venues across Capitol Hill, download map and schedule at litcrawl.org/seattle/

Ivan Doig/Carol Doig photo

Ivan Doig/Carol Doig photo

60 authors will read at 19 different venues on Capitol Hill in this 3-hour literary-palooza. One stop of note: Seattle Times books editor Mary Ann Gwinn will introduce and lead a Q&A with Ivan Doig from 6-6:45 p.m. Thursday at Town Hall Seattle. Other authors/venues: Ellen Forney and David Lasky will talk graphic novels at Hugo House; Will Self will read from his “Umbrella” at Seattle Central Library; Langdon Cook, Kathleen Flinn, Joe Ray and Kurt Timmermeister will talk “Farm to Fable” at Capitol Cider.

3 'Muscle Shoals'

Now playing at Harvard Exit Theatre

Greg “Freddy” Camalier’s documentary paints a picture of a magical place, the soulful redoubt in Alabama where musicians including Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett and the Rolling Stones recorded during the ’60s and ’70s. It’s got music, interviews with the stars, critical perspective, alluring visuals, even a little treachery, writes Seattle Times music writer Paul de Barros. Read his review at seattletimes.com/movies.

The Swampers at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio/Magnolia Pictures

The Swampers at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio/Magnolia Pictures

4 'Much Ado About Nothing'

Through Nov. 17, Center Theatre at Seattle Center, seattleshakespeare.org

Matt Shimkus and Jennifer Lee Taylor/John Ulman photo

Matt Shimkus and Jennifer Lee Taylor/John Ulman photo

This cheerful Shakespeare comedy about a classic battle of the sexes is still having a moment, 4 centuries later. This is thanks, in part, to “Buffy” creator Joss Whedon (yeah, yeah, “Firefly” fans, I hear you) and his delightful B&W film version, starring all the favorite Whedonverse actors. Now it’s Seattle Shakespeare Company’s turn to stage “Much Ado” with its own fan favorites: Jennifer Lee Taylor, Matt Shimkus, David Quicksall and Brenda Joyner, to name a few.

5 Rainier 'R' parties

Tuesday: ‘R’ Crawl, 3 p.m.-2 a.m., starts in Georgetown;
Thursday: Restoration Celebration, 4-9 p.m., old Rainier brewery, Airport Way, restorether.com

Courtesy Heckler Associates

Courtesy Heckler Associates

Seattleites remember the day the Rainier “R” came down off the old brewery on Airport Way, and the big “T” went up. Things just weren’t the same. The “R” was a potent symbol of heritage; the “T” was seen by many as a watered-down interloper. Beer drinkers can rejoice as an “R” is returning (not the original; it’s at MOHAI), with not just 1, but 2 parties: an “R” Crawl, starting in Georgetown at 3 p.m. Tuesday and  hitting Queen Anne at 5, Ballard at 6, Fremont at 8, Belltown at 10 and midnight or so in Capitol Hill. The installation party starts at 4 p.m. on Thursday at the old brewery, and includes not only the hoisting of the shiny, new lighted “R,” but the hoisting of beer as well.

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