Five Can't-miss Events for the Week of July 7-13

Seattle native and sculptor David Herbert brings "art-ificial" intelligence to the Henry

Must Taste
$2 Food Walk
Saturday (7/9) -
Just when we needed a new excuse to explore the International District’s affordable and satisfying dining scene, local restaurants bring us a $2 Food Walk, part of the ID’s Dragon Fest, a two day festival (7/9 & 7/10) featuring more than 30 cultural performances including Chinese lion and dragon dances. With 85 restaurants participating in this year’s food walk, you’d be wise to stock up on small bills. Bonus: Cap off your ID field trip by swinging into Momo (owned by Seattle mag contributing writer Lei Ann Shiramizu) to watch (or enter) a SPAM Musubi Making Contest (6-8 p.m.). Free. For more information on times and participating vendors visit the Chinatown/International District website.

Must Have a Close Encounter
Holy Mountain at Henry Art Gallery
Through 10/9 -
Remember in Close Encounters when Richard Dreyfuss builds a haphazard Devil’s Tower in his living room? Seattle native and sculptor David Herbert is taking a cue from the scene with “Holy Mountain,” a miniature Mount Rainier crafted from everyday detritus and perched atop a replica of the movie’s alien ship. Now that’s art-ificial intelligence! Times and prices vary. Henry Art Gallery, 15th Avenue NE & 41st Street; 206.543.2280; henryart.org

Must Sizzle
Cooking Class at Delancey’s pantry

Culinary wannabes are signing up by baker’s dozens for hands-on instruction at Ballard’s newly opened Pantry at Delancey. Pie-, jam- and pizza-making classes (plus kitchen basics, French cuisine and kids’ cooking classes) are filling up fast, but custom sessions are available for those with particular tastes. Times, dates and prices vary. 1417 NW 70th St.; 206.321.5620; thepantryatdelancey.com

Must Listen
Neko Case
Sunday (7/10) -
Fiery-headed and multitalented, singer/songwriter and former Tacoma girl Neko Case is returning to the Northwest for a night of passionate song-slinging at the Paramount. Expect the award-winning indie rocker (and sometime vocalist for the New Pornographers) to deliver powerful hits with her pretty but potent pipes. She always does. 8 p.m. $27–$32. The Paramount, 911 Pine St.; 206.682.1414; stgpresents.org

Must Watch
Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World
Through 7/17 -
Award-winning Seattle playwright Yussef El Guindi returns with the world premiere of a new work. In this charming and timely new play, Musa, a recent emigrant from Egypt, falls in love with Sheri, an all-American waitress. Full of entertaining twists—which take place on a stage expertly set by local master Jennifer Zeyl—this heartwarmingly goofy rom-com shows that modern pilgrims come from all over, even home. Times vary. $15–$37.50. ACT theatre, 700 Union St.; 206.292.7676; acttheatre.org