Must List: Solstice Celebrations, Seattle International Dance Festival, 'Double Exposure'

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MUST CELEBRATE SUMMER

Solstice Parade and Solstice Night Market
(6/16) Celebrate the longest night of the year at the Fremont Solstice Parade and the second annual nighttime market event. Get your day started with a naked bike ride at the parade, one of Seattle’s biggest summer celebrations. Once you scrub the paint off from the ride, hop over to South Lake Union for the Solstice Night Market. Enjoy a wide array of food, drinks and crafts from 30 of Seattle’s best vendors under the (almost) midnight sun. Free. Times and locations vary. fremontartscouncil.org; Solstice Night Market Facebook page

Photo by Will Wilson from 'Double Exposure' exhibit

MUST EXPERIENCE

Double Exposure: Edward S. Curtis, Marianne Nicolson, Tracy Rector, Will Wilson
(6/14–9/9) In the Seattle Art Museum’s major summer exhibit, photographer and onetime Seattleite Edward Curtis’ controversial, often heavily staged early-20th-century images of Native Americans are shown with modern work from indigenous artists, offering new perspectives on the Native American experience. (While you’re there, drop in to see Jean-Michel Basquiat’s 1982 “Untitled”—evocative of the African-American experience—on view for the first time on the West Coast, until August 13.) Times and prices vary. Seattle Art Museum, downtown, 1300 First Ave.; 206.625.8900; seattleartmuseum.org

MUST SEE

ARTvocacy: A World Refugee Day Celebration
(6/20) See works of art by artists originally from Vietnam, Ukraine, Iran and more, who all fled their home countries due to violence and persecution. Participants include Ukrainian illustrator, author, and lecturer on modern and traditional art Olha Moisiuk, Cornish College of the Arts grad Zrinka S. Jurcevic, and Hai Tran, an artist from Vietnam who works with children. Free. 6–8 p.m.; La Marzocco Cafe, Seattle Center, 472 First Ave. N; Facebook event page


Photo by Jeff Hamada

MUST DANCE

Seattle International Dance Festival and Pacific Northwest Ballet’s NEXT STEP: OUTSIDE/IN
(6/8–6/23; 6/15) Take your pick between two dance events this week. The 12th annual Seattle International Dance Festival features a series of performances that bring together the “Seattle” and the “International,” focusing on innovative choreographers and companies both local and from around the world. NEXT STEP: OUTSIDE/IN is a one-night-only-dance performance and party that takes place partly outside, celebrating six new works by PNB dancers. Times, prices and locations vary. seattleidf.org; pnb.org

MUST BE PROUD

Seattle Women’s Pride 2018
(6/16) Pride celebrations continue in Seattle this weekend with Seattle Women’s Pride. The annual event, produced by The Seattle Lesbian, includes music, comedy by headliner Julie Goldman, and awards honoring LGBTQ+ members and allies for their advocacy for the community. This year’s honorees include Seattle drag royalty Aleksa Manila, Lifelong, and chair of Washington’s Democratic Party, Tina Podlodowski. Prices vary. 6–10 p.m.; Sole Repair Shop, Capitol Hill, 1001 E Pike St.; seattlewomenspride.com

MUST QUAFF

Washington Brewers Festival
(6/15–6/17) The Washington Beer Commission takes over Marymoor Park for the 13th annual Washington Brewers Festival, where beer lovers can sample more than 500 beers from 130 Washington breweries. If beer isn’t your thing, wine and cider tastings will be on tap, along with food trucks and live music. Prices and times vary. Marymoor Park, 6046 W Lake Sammamish Pkwy.; washingtonbeer.com

MUST DRIBBLE

Seattle Storm versus Connecticut Sun
(6/15) The first 3,000 attendees will get a bobblehead commemorating Jewell Loyd, point guard for the Seattle Storm. After earning a 2017 playoff berth, Loyd will attempt to mount another postseason-worthy campaign in this early-season matchup against another 2017 playoff team, the Connecticut Sun. This night at the Key is also Dads and Daughters Night, so don’t forget to bring your pops. 7 p.m. Prices vary. KeyArena, 305 Harrison St.;800.745.3000; storm.wnba.com

Photo by Dave Zader

MUST LEARN

Heather Hansen and Wildfire: On the Front Lines with Station 8
(6/19) With memories of last year’s devastating wildfires still fresh, a new book, Wildfire: On the Front Lines with Station 8 (Mountaineers, $24.95) is likely to resonate with Seattleites. Journalist and author Heather Hansen spent a year with Boulder, Colorado’s Wildland Fire Division and will shed light on her research for the book at this talk. 7 p.m. Prices vary. The Mountaineers Seattle Program Center, Sand Point, 7700 Sand Point Way NE; 206.521.6000; mountaineers.org

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