The Weekly Must List: May 27 - June 2

MUST LISTEN
Northwest Folk Life
5/28 – 5/31 (Friday – Sunday) -
The 39th annual Northwest Folklife Festival (still free!) brings a diverse mix of cultures and entertainment together with more than 900 bands on 25 stages, including Seattle faves The Tallboys (Center House Court, 9 p.m.), Grand Hallway (Mural Ampitheatre, 8:50 p.m.) and The Dexter Street Stompers (Northwest Court Stage, 5 p.m.) Free; times vary. Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St. 206.684.7300; nwfolklife.org).

MUST LAUGH

Matt Smith: All My Children
5/28 - 6/12 (Dates vary) -
The 39th annual Northwest Folklife Festival (still free!) brings a diverse mix of cultures and entertainment together with more than 900 bands on 25 stages, including Seattle faves The Tallboys (Center House Court, 9 p.m.), Grand Hallway (Mural Ampitheatre, 8:50 p.m.) and The Dexter Street Stompers (Northwest Court Stage, 5 p.m.) Free; times vary. Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St. 206.684.7300; nwfolklife.org).

MUST SIFF

Wheedle's Groove
5/30 (Sunday) -
Once upon a time, the city’s music scene pulsed with Seattle bands—groups that played original songs at packed venues nightly, groups whose records were in regular rotation at the local independent radio station—and there wasn't flannel shirt or a ripped pair of jeans in sight. This was Seattle in the 1960s and ’70s, when soul and funk bands, most based in the Central District, had the city on its feet (and sporting platform shoes). The Black on White Affair, Cookin’ Bag, Robbie Hill’s Family Affair and Cold, Bold & Together—all are bands that once sparkled in the local limelight. So why hasn’t anyone ever heard of them? Wheedle’s Groove, the new documentary by local film producer Jennifer Maas (Humpday), traces the rise and fall of this lost scene via archival footage and interviews with the central players (including Kenny G, who started out as the sole Caucasian in Cold, Bold & Together). Narrated by Seattle hip-hop phenom Sir Mix-a-Lot, the film has earned acclaim on the festival circuit (it won the Audience Award at Indie Memphis in 2009) and stands as an impressive, invaluable record of a forgotten slice of Seattle’s history. Seattle International Film Festival. 5/20–6/13. Screening info at siff.net. Buy the compilation CD of featured artists at lightintheattic.net.
MUST TASTE
Sitka & Spruce Capitol Hill
Open weekly (Tuesday - Saturday)
- Good news for fans of chef Matt Dillon's honest, locally-sourced food: Sitka and Spruce is back, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner in a new Capitol Hill location. We’ve been told the new space has a touch more breathing room. But the focus on fine, local foods and simple, pure flavors remains. Times vary. 1531 Merose Ave.; no phone yet; 206.324.0662. sitkaandspruce.com $$

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