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The Weekly Must List: August 19 - 20
Auction of Washington Wines Barrel Auction and Picnic
Thursday (8/19) - The original, largest and most prestigious charity auction showcasing Washington wine. You won't want to miss this opprtunity to help benefit Seattle Children's Hostpital and the Wasington Wine Education Foundation. Online ticket sales now available. For more information visit, auctionofwashingtonwines.org. 4 p.m. $ Prices vary. Chateau Ste. Michelle - 14111 Northeast 145th Street, Woodinville; auctionofwashingtonwines.org
Saturday (8/21) - The name No Depression Festival may evoke images of a Prozac convention, but at this local celebration of Americana and roots music, happiness comes in the form of a picnic blanket rather than a pill. The appellation comes from No Depression magazine, the award-winning, Seattle-based alt-country music publication in print from 1995 to 2008. (The magazine took its name, in turn, from the song “No Depression in Heaven,” recorded by the Carter Family, and the subsequent 1990 Uncle Tupelo album, No Depression.) Though the magazine ceased publication, it lives on via the No Depression website, an online community for fans of roots music, and also by way of this daylong outdoor concert. Only in its second year, the fest’s ability to draw big names speaks to the impressive reach of No Depression—even when defunct. This summer’s lineup includes The Swell Season (stars of the movie Once), Seattle’s own alt-country stars The Cave Singers, roots rocker Alejandro Escovedo and Americana goddess Lucinda Williams. Smiles, everyone. 8/21. 1:30–10 p.m. $45–$50. Marymoor Park, 6046 W Lake Sammamish Pkwy NE, Redmond; nodepression.com (info), concertsatmarymoor.com (tickets).
Arts in Nature Festival
Saturday & Sunday (8/21-8/22) - The mission of West Seattle–based Nature Consortium is “teaching environmental lessons through the creative arts and hands-on conservation projects,” so it’s no surprise that kid creativity is highly encouraged at its annual Arts in Nature Festival at Camp Long. Families can mingle with wandering musicians, boogie with local dance troupes and visit the “Museum of Sound,” where artists at work welcome audience interaction. Children return home with their own handmade instruments, masks and prints—and increased appreciation of both art and nature. Saturday, 11 am–9 pm, Sunday, 11 am–6 pm. $5. Camp Long, 5200 35th Ave. SW; 206.923.0853; naturec.org/festival.htm
IRA Glass: Radio Stories and Other Stories
Saturday (8/21) - The bespectacled and beloved host and producer of This American Life hits Benaroya Hall to offer a behind-the-scenes look at how the popular radio show comes together. Sharing audio clips and wisdom on what makes an excellent radio story (and what doesn’t), Glass will surely also grace the audience with his trademark humor and insight. 8 p.m. Prices vary. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St.; 206.215.4747; benaroyahall.org