The Weekly Must List: June 16 - 23, 2010

Amy Pennington at the University Bookstore
6/18 (Friday) -
Seattle garden guru and writer Amy Pennington’s new book, Urban Pantry: Tips and Recipes for a Thrifty, Sustainable and Seasonal Kitchen, offers tips on canning, pickling and preserving, economic recipes using local ingredients, and lessons in reducing kitchen waste. Now you can meet the gardener and learn more about how to grow your own food—even if your garden is a window box. 7 p.m. Free. University Book Store, 4326 University Way NE. 206.634.3400;


Sharon Jones SoDo Showbox
6/21 (Monday)-
Get funked up with neo soul sister Sharon Jones and her eight-piece back-up band, the Dap Kings (who can be credited for any grooving you’ve done to Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black album), at hipster-approved Neumos. We guarantee you’ll be boogying in no time to the early-’70s-worthy funk beats under Jones’s sassy vocals as they perform selections from their latest record, 100 days, 100 nights, as well as some old classics (cross your fingers for “Got a Thing on My Mind”). Prices vary. Showbox SoDo, 1700 1st Ave. S,

Christopher Hitchens with Luke Burbank
6/22 (Tuesday) –
Controversial and admired, raised Christian but now atheist, Christopher Hitchens, author of the best seller God Is Not Great, has written a memoir, Hitch-22, chronicling his larger-than-life 60 years. For this Town Hall appearance, Seattle radio personality Luke Burbank, host of the former radio show (now podcast) Too Beautiful to Live, interviews Hitchens for what will no doubt be an evening filled with passion, intellect and humor. 7:30 p.m. $5. Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave.; 206.652.4255;

Lars Bydgemark: Sweden from above
Through 6/27 – (Tuesday – Sunday) -
The Nordic Heritage Museum is offering the chance for a picturesque, leisurely flyover, via the large-scale photographs of Lars Bygdemark, Sweden's foremost aerial photographer. From his heightened perspective, fields looke like modern paintings, lakes look like geodes, and islands look like candy clusters. Stunning. Times vary. $4–$6. Nordic Heritage Museum, 3014 NW 67th St.; 206.789.5707;