Emerging Designers on Parade, Art Party in the Sticks and Other Weekend Musts

Alicia Czerwiec, one of the Seamless in Seattle contest winners, with her designs

Seamless in Seattle Fashion Show
Thirty-two local fashion designers entered our annual competition and after many intensive rounds of judging and deliberation, five impressive winners have emerged. See the debut of their full collections at the Seamless fashion show at Seattle Art Museum, where the designers compete for an additional prize: the chance have their own trunk show at Neiman Marcus' Fashion's Night Out.
Wednesday, August 29, Doors open at 7:30pm, Show at 8:45pm. ; VIP $75 GA $35. Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave., 206.654.3100. Get tickets online.

SAF Walking Tours
The Seattle Architecture Foundation hosts a week-long series of walking tours around the city, exploring a variety of themes. Whether you’re interested in tracing South Lake Union’s extreme and speedy makeover, ogling mansions on Capitol Hill, or learning about how the “Brutalism” movement is relevant to Seattle style, you’re in store for a design-geek’s dream.
8/23-8/28. Prices and locations vary. Most tours begin at 10am in the SAF Gallery. Rainier Square Atrium at 1333 5th Ave. Advanced registration is recommended. 800.838.3006; seattlearchitecture.org

Radiolab: In the Dark
Perhaps you’ve heard the show Radiolab on KUOW, but now NPR’s popular science show invites you to use your eyes as well as your ears at a live recording of In the Dark. The show will explore the science of sight and what it’s like to live without it, and will feature performances from Portland rocker Thao Nguyen and the dance phenom Pilobolus (yes, dancers on a radio show). Add the suspenseful story of an astronaut’s spacewalk, and this is one broadcast you’ll want to hear and see.
8/24, 8:00 p.m. $36-$46. The Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., 877.784.4849; stgpresents.org

Smoke Farm: Farm Time
Seattle’s coolest annual arts festival does not actually take place in Seattle. A 90-minute drive north brings you to a down-home end of summer fete, complete with field tromping, swimming and general outdoors frolicking. Mix and mingle among a slew of outdoor art installations, performances, readings and more amidst the gorgeous scenery of the surrounding river valley. Think of it as summer camp, with an extended and flexible arts itinerary.
8/25-8/26. $20 (bikes)/$40 general. Programming starts at 12pm both days. Smoke Farm, 12731 Smokes Road, Arlington, WA, 98223; lofiarts.org

Best Steak Frites Ever
At the age of 52, local chef Greg Atkinson finally opened his first restaurant. Bainbridge Island’s Restaurant Marché is a fine food establishment just off the main drag in Winslow—and totally worth the ferry ride. Our dining editor raved about the meals she enjoyed in the comfortable and stylish space; her words exactly: “easily the best steak frites I’ve had.” Be sure to make reservations.
Lunch and dinner, Tue.–Sat. Bainbridge Island, 150 Madrone Lane; 206.842.1633; restaurantmarchebainbridge.com