The Weekly Must List: Labor Day Weekend 2010

Must See
Lawrimore project
Thursday (9/2) -
Pioneer Square will soon be home to the latest rendition of the famed Lawrimore Project. We’re not exactly sure what to expect at Lawrimore’s re-opening tonight but if the trendsetting commercial art gallery is anything like its groundbreaking International District space (widely acclaimed as the center of Seattle’s contemporary arts seen, then you won’t be disappointed. Free. 5-8 p.m. Lawrimore Project, 117 S Main S.t, Ste 101, www .lawrimoreproject.com

Must Swap
Packwood Flea Market
Friday - Monday (9/3-9/6) -
Established in the 1970s, this gigantic flea market in Packwood (two and a half hours southeast of Seattle) draws quite a crowd—about 25,000 visitors—and is a can’t-miss event for bargain hunters seeking steals on antiques and collectibles. With hundreds of vendors on site, you’re sure to spot some one-of-a-kind items to cart back home. Pay to park. 104 Snyder Road, Packwood; 360.880.7011; packwoodfleamarket.com

Must Listen
Bob Dylan at Bumbershoot
Saturday – Monday (9/4-9/6) -
When rumors started swirling that this year’s Bumbershoot headliner was Bob Dylan, many Seattleites were disbelieving. The Bob Dylan? At our little Bumbershoot? But then it turned out to be true. (And people are still in disbelief.) Perhaps not since the ’60s, when Elvis visited the World’s Fair and the Beatles played the old Coliseum, has Seattle Center hosted as gigantic a musical guest. Dylan’s appearance is an apt commemoration of the festival, which has soldiered on for nearly 40 years despite various obstacles—all in the name of arts and music. The rest of this year’s roster is none too shabby, with musicians such as Mary J. Blige, Weezer, Hole and Meat Puppets, and author Rick Moody and comedy-folk duo Garfunkel and Oates. It’s a long way from the first ’Shoot in 1971, when the proceedings included a then-cutting-edge laser light show, singer Sheb Wooley of “Purple People Eater” fame and a Miss Hot Pants contest. It seems the times, they are a-changin’. Times and prices vary. Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St.; 206.816.6444; bumbershoot.org

Must Taste
D’Ambrosio Gelato

In the last few years, myriad frozen-treat shops have come onto the scene, so D’AMBROSIO GELATO’s opening (5339 Ballard Ave. NW; 206.327.9175; dambrosiogelato.com) registered only a tiny ripple on my radar. That was before I got my first lick of the thick, dense, velvety stuff. Owners Marco and Enzo D’Ambrosio—Enzo is a university-certified master gelataio—are making small-batch gelato so good that the lines are out the door, even on not-so-sunny evenings. I don’t think you can actually pick a bad flavor here, but for my money, the nutella (chocolate hazelnut) and the pistachio (made with Sicilian pistachios) are tops. Seems it’s true what Ballardites keep saying: There really is no good reason to leave the neighborhood. Scoops and cups come in three sizes: $3.50, $4.75 and $5.75. Allison Austin Scheff

Blueberry Pie cupcake
The folks at Trophy Cupcakes must’ve been reading our minds when they developed their latest limited edition flavor: blueberry pie. Filled with fresh blueberry filling and the cake itself is nestled atop a bed of freshly baked pie crust, this teeny treat combines all the things we love about seasonal pies and cupcakes. Bite into this sweet treat soon. The blueberry pie flavor is available through the month of September. Locations in Bellevue, University Village and Wallingford. Visit trophycupcakes.com for more information.

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