Our top To-Do's for the week ahead.
Frankenocchio Puppet Show
8/12 - 8/14 (Thursday - Saturday) - Leave the kiddies at home for this slightly creepy, entirely warped, thoroughly engaging fairy tale by local puppeteer Brian Kooser and Seattle playwright Stephanie Timm. Filled with a colorful cast of flawed, bawdy characters and enchanting puppets, the story follows Frankenocchio’s mute head’s attempt to reunite with its body after crashing to the ground and splitting apart. Head and body alike encounter a bizarre traveling circus world that will make you squirm. $18. 8:00 p.m. Lee Center for the Arts, 901 12th Avenue. www.brownpapertickets.com
MUST GO MAD
MadArt in Cal Anderson Park
8/12 – 8/18 (Thursday – Monday) - Go loco for brand new outdoor installations by local artists, including Jason Puccinelli’s crash-landed rocket and Justin Lytle’s walk-through albatross. Free. Through 9/12. Capitol Hill, Cal Anderson Park, 1635 11th Ave.; madartseattle.com
Wine Tasting, South Lake Union Block Party
8/13 (Friday) – Start the day with the SLU Block Party food and farmer’s market, gawking at the grilling competition between local chefs, and activities for the kids/family. Then partake in select Washington wines at the Discover Wine event, while enjoying Portage Bay Café nibbly bits and Claudio Corallo chocolates. Discover Wine Event: $15 for ten sampling tickets. 5 – 8 p.m. Purchase at the Discovery Center upon arrival (cash only). South Lake Union Discovery Center (northwest corner of Denny Way and Westlake Ave. N) 101 Westlake Ave. N. 206.342.5900; www.slublockparty.com
MUST MAKE MERRY
12th Avenue Neighborhood Festival
8/15 (Sunday) - Check out this Capitol Hill ‘hood’s first ever street festival, including tasty (and cheap!) food from area restaurants, shopping galore and live music. You’ll find $5 dishes from some of Capitol Hill’s best eateries--Café Presse, Plum, Boom Noodle, Molly Moon’s Ice Cream, Tavern Law and many more. A long list of buskers will provide musical entertainment scheduled at various stations around the festival. Free entrance. 12 - 6 p.m. 12th Avenue & E. Pike St., Capitol Hill.