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The Weekly Must List: September 9-15
Dancing 'til Dusk
Thursday (9/9) • September customarily brings with it our last gasp of sunny weather, which means we should be outside enjoying every minute. Nothing reflects this attitude more than Dancing ’til Dusk, the initiative that since 2007 has been taking advantage of Seattle’s long summer days while at the same time bringing a little fancy footwork to city parks. Organized by dance-lesson gurus Dance for Joy, most events in the 16-night program feature a live local band (playing salsa, swing, tango, zydeco, blues or waltz music) in a downtown park, plus a free dance lesson with local teachers of note. We’re just in time for the last dance of the season, and it’s a grand finale indeed: big band swing with none other than the acclaimed Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra (appearing as part of Earshot Jazz’s Art of Jazz series). With talented musicians, enthusiastic dancers and (we hope, we hope) a warm evening, remembering this event will carry you through fall, and maybe even winter. Free. Dance lesson, 6–7 p.m.; dancing, 7 p.m.–dusk. Olympic Sculpture Park, 2901 Western Ave.; danceforjoy.biz
Fashion Week Out
Thursday –Sunday (9/9 – 9/18) • Snag discounted clothes, accessories and shoes from some of the city's top boutiques during Seattle magazine’s inaugural Shopping Week Out. From downtown faves (La Ree Boutique, Ragamoffyn's, The Finerie and Sway and Cake) to Eastside essentials, dozens of local retailers are offering shoppers special discounts and promotions. Get details on participating merchants, visit seattleshoppingweekout.wordpress.com.
Saturday (9/11) • Tired of the usual wine and beer tastings? Head to the first ever cider summit for a showcase of the latest Pacific Northwest it-brew: apple ciders. The event’s organizers are calling this one day charitable festy a wine and beer tasting hybrid. Most ciders will be available to taste at $2 a pour. Raise a glass and celebrate fall. 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. $20-25. South Lake Union Discovery Center Park. http://www.cidersummitnw.com/eventinfo.html
Lucia Neare's Lullaby Moon
Friday (9/10) • Seattle magazine’s 2008 spotlight award winner Lucia Neare is staging Lullaby Moon, her latest “theatrical wonder.” We advise you to bring a blanket, some friends and make sure to claim a spot at Gas Works Park for what’s sure to be a fairytale-like spectacle. Warning: Be prepared to be mesmerized. 7 p.m. Free. Gas Works Park. For more info visit: http://www.lucianeare.org/lullabymoon.htm
Melrose Market Street Fest
Sunday (9/12) - Capitol Hill’s newest tenants welcome themselves to the hood this weekend with a day-long street fest complete with live music curated by Sonic Boom, food, a fashion show and a beer garden. The much-lauded new kids on the block (including Sitka & spruce, Sonic Boom, Velouria