Seattle Shakespeare Company's Free Wooden O performances in the parks begins with Much Ado About Nothing and Othello, July 8-Aug. 1, at parks throughout King and Snohomish. The productions are free and open to the public. You will not need reservations or tickets but we do recommend arriving at least 20 minutes before the start of the show to secure a good spot on the lawn. www.seattleshakespeare.org and 206-733-8222.
Marking its 20th anniversary Book-It Repertory Theatre presents The Cider House Rules, the famed novel turned play by John Irving. It is the story of orphan Homer Wells' life in a Maine orphanage and his education under the tutelage of Dr. Larch, who delivers not only babies but their mothers, too. The play runs through July 11. Book-It Repertory Theatre is located in the Center House Theatre, at the Seattle Center. The Center House Theatre is on the first floor of the Center House (under the food court, at the opposite end from the Children's Museum). Tickets vary from $15 to $40. For more information visit www.book-it.org or call 206-216-0833.
ACT Theatre 2010 Mainstage season continues with the Seattle premiere of the outrageously funny farce, The Female of the Species, through July 18. Playfully skewering the Feminist movement, The Female of the Species is directed by Allison Narver and features a stellar Seattle cast, including Suzy Hunt as the plucky, obstinate, and opinionated Margot Mason and Renata Friedman as her disillusioned disciple. For tickets and more information visit www.acttheatre.org.
Coming soon at ACT Theatre, Yankee Tavern by Steven Dietz. From the acclaimed playwright who brought us the world-premiere of Becky's New Car in 2008 comes this astutely funny dramatic thriller brimming with edge-of-your-seat intrigue. In a New York dive bar five years after 9/11, a young couple find themselves face-to-face with a mysterious stranger who turns what seem like harmless conspiracy theories into a continuous stream of surprising and dangerous revelations in this eye-opening look at the events that forever changed our country. July 30 - Aug. 29 in The Allen Theatre. Visit www.acttheatre.org
In partnership with ACT Theatre, the Fourth Annual Icicle Creek Theatre Festival (ICTF), based in Leavenworth, brings new plays by two of this country's most talented contemporary theatrical voices, along with cases and cases of extraordinary wine from Leavenworth's best wineries, to Seattle's ACT Theatre, for An Uncorked Conversation: New Play Festival and Wine Tasting, Aug. 23 and 24. Starting at 5:30 p.m., on Monday and Tuesday evenings, The Central Heating Lab at ACT hosts this first-of-its-kind event with ICTF, which allows attendees to sample more than two dozen types of wine from eight different Leavenworth wineries before moving into the theatre for an exciting new play reading by either Laura Jacqmin or Yussef El Guindi. Tickets to Seattle's An Uncorked Conversation: New Play Festival and Wine Tasting at ACT are $40 and include a commemorative wine glass, admission to the Wine Festival, and entrance to the New Play Reading. For more information about ACT, visit www.acttheatre.org.
Jet City Improv and Wing-It Productions present Seattle's Best Comedy, a night of hijinks and improvisational fun with audience participation. At the Historic University Theatre, 5510 University Way N.E. 206-352-8291. Visit www.jetcityimprov.com for more show times and information.
Join Seattle Repertory Theatre the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. in the Seattle Rep PONCHO Forum at 155 Mercer Street to discover groundbreaking new works. Each reading is followed by a chatback with the playwright. This reading series is co-sponsored by the Rep's New Play Program and the Northwest Playwrights Alliance. Admission is free (donations gladly accepted). No RSVP necessary-just show up!
Coming to the KeyArena: American Idols Live, Aug. 20. For more information and tickets visit www.livenation.com
The Queen Anne Movie Guild presents a free showing of Playing for Change: Peace Through Music at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 10, at the Queen Anne United Methodist Church, 1606 Fifth Ave. W. (the pink building next door to the Queen Anne Branch Library). Entrance is on West Garfield Street. Music is the universal language that unites us all wherever in the world we may be. Come enjoy a summer evening of beautiful music performed on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, Calif., on the streets of New Orleans, in Barcelona, high up in the Himalayas, in small villages in South Africa, yet, through the wonders of technology, the musicians are "standing" together. Thanks to their talents, the filmmakers have given us the opportunity to be part of the song: to be close to the musicians in our hearts even while we are home in Seattle. Additional information about this documentary, the Queen Anne Movie Guild, and the sponsors who are helping make this free community service possible can be found at www.queenannemovieguild.org.
Now playing: Micmacs, Eygptian; Ondine, Harvard Exit; Toy Story 3 (3D) Neptune; Please Give, Guild 45th; Jonah Hex, Metro; City of Your Final Destination, Seven Gables; Agora, location not set; The Solitary Man, Metro; Grown-Ups, Metro; Knight and Day, Metro; Holy Rollers, Varsity; I Am Love, Seven Gables; Winter's Bone, Guild 45th; Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Metro; The Last Airbender, Metro; Cyrus, Harvard Exit; The Killer Inside Me, Varsity; OSS 117: Lost in Rio, Varsity; July 9: The Girl Who Played with Fire, Harvard Exit; Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky, location not set; Rec 2, Varsity; Predators, location not set; Despicable Me, location not set; July 16: The Kids are Alright, location not set; Restrepo, location not set; Inception, location not set; Perrier's Bounty, Varsity; The Sorcerer's Apprentice, location not set; July 23: Dinner for Schmucks, location not set; Salt, location not set; Wild Grass, location not set; July 30: Stonewall Uprising, Varsity; Countdown to Zero; Varsity; Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, location not set; Aug. 6: The Other Guys, location not set; Farewell, location not set; Great Directors, Varsity; Aug. 13: Get Low, location not set; Eat, Pray, Love, location not set; Life During Wartime, location not set; The Law, location not set; The Law, Varsity.
The delicate sound of more than 1,000 small, cast-iron wind chimes will fill the new Theater Commons at Seattle Center, through Sept. 15. Windfall, by Seattle artists Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo. "Windfall" invites visitors to slow down and explore Theater Commons' tree-lined pedestrian corridor, terraced seating and adjacent Donnelly Gardens. Like the gardens, the artwork honors the contributions of late civic arts leader Peter Donnelly. Theater Commons is a sustainably landscaped entry to the center's campus located along Second Avenue North between Mercer Street and August Wilson Way. The space was created in collaboration with Seattle Repertory Theatre and Intiman Theatre.
A University of Washington Extension Photography Program will help the Rebuilding Efforts in Haiti will exhibit student work in two shows through Aug. 30 at the UW Medical Center Skylight Gallery. All sales from donated artwork will benefit Plant With Purpose Haiti earthquake relief work. Opening night for the second show will be held at 7 p.m., July 22. Both shows are at the UW Medical Center Skylight Gallery located at 1959 N.E. Pacific St. Seattle, Free to the public. Parking is available in the Triangle Garage or Husky Stadium. For more information about the photography show and Plant With Purpose, visit www.uwphoto2010.com, www.plantwithpurpose.org.
Open mic at El Diablo coffee house. Poetry readers are encouraged to join the fun the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month The event is co-hosted by Margaret Roncone and Lainne Dexter. This series is getting a trial run every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. Show up to listen or bring poetry to read at this all open mic venue that can continue if enough people want to make it happen. 8 p.m., at El Diablo coffee house 1811 Queen Anne Ave. N.
The mixer group at Queen Anne Books meets every other month, usually the last Saturday at 8 p.m. The book choices tend to be a little edgier than the traditional book club fare, and discussions are focused yet fun. After about an hour talking about the book, most head to a bar or restaurant to socialize. Attendees spend book club time talking openly and in-depth about the book. Everyone is welcome to take part in the discussion, and all are encouraged to join in on social time after. Queen Anne Avenue Books 1811 Queen Anne Ave. N. www.queenannebooks.com
She's not the international icon of music but she knows a lot about birds? Paula McCartney will host a lecture and book signing for her book "Bird Watching" at 7 p.m., Friday, July 9 at Photo Center Northwest, 900 12th Ave. Several of her photographs will be on display. McCartney's Bird Watching seems to be a most exemplary specimen of a bird-watching journal. However, a closer look reveals that she has activated her landscapes with decorative craft store birds. Paula carries her bag of birds with her on long walks in the woods. She then finds the perfect setting to carefully place them in the trees and make them come to life. Taking notes of her discoveries is part of the beautiful irony of her work. To see more of the Bird Watching series visit: www.paulamccartney.com.
The Seattle Veterans Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Friday and Saturday. Also open on military holidays (Memorial Day, July 4th and Veterans Day) and by appointment for groups. The museum is also looking for volunteers and board members. The museum is located at Second Avenue between Union and University streets behind the Remembrance Garden. Visit www.seattleveteransmuseum.org or call 425-821-0489 for more information.
Continuing through July, from 5 to 9 p.m. EMP|SFM will host Late Nights, a new program giving guests extended visiting hours, live music and drink specials in Sky Church. All exhibitions at EMP|SFM (including featured or special exhibitions) will remain open during Late Nights. Late Nights will occur the first Thursday evening of the month during the museum's summer hours schedule (July 1, August 5 and Sept. 2).
Yoga for Hope begins Saturday, July 10. Nine of Seattle's most renowned yoga instructors will lead the largest outdoor yoga class in a unique fundraiser for the City of Hope. The second annual Yoga for Hope event will take place underneath the Space Needle at Memorial Stadium. In an effort to bring the spirit of health and community together, instructors will guide participants through the practice of 108 Sun Salutations. The event will raise awareness and funding for the innovative research and life-saving treatments at City of Hope. Memorial Stadium Seattle Center. 405 5th Ave N.
Experience Music Project|Science Fiction Museum (EMP|SFM) announces its latest exhibition, Battlestar Galactica: The Exhibition. Organized by EMP|SFM and in partnership with Universal Cable Productions and Syfy, Battlestar Galactica features three, full-size prop spaceships, iconic costumes, new exhibition films, music and other props from the original and reimagined series. Battlestar Galactica opens to the public Oct. 23, and runs through March 4, 2012 at EMP|SFM in Seattle, more information at www.empsfm.org/bsg.