Bringing you essential news on restaurants, shopping, arts and other cultural happenings in Seattle. Subscribe to our newsletters, The Must List or Restaurant Insider, for weekly updates.
The Must List: Get Your Fill of Architecture Films, Plus a Weekend of Wines
(7/19 to 7/21, times vary) — For a weekend of sipping wine by the water, head across Lake Washington to this charitable soiree (benefiting the Hope Heart Institute) for art, food, grilling demos and vino aplenty. Look for tastes from multiple wineries including Walla Walla’s Balboa Winery and Apex at Alder Ridge from Columbia Valley. Got wine fatigue? Pyramid Brewery will be on hand, pouring ice-cold brews in the beer garden.
Bainbridge Island’s Marketplace at Pleasant Beach Grand Opening
(Opens 7/19) — The south side of Bainbridge Island is stepping up its game this month, opening the new Marketplace at Pleasant Beach, across from the historic Lynwood Theatre. This Melrose Market-style venture will host both permanent and rotating vendors, including a crêpe cart, coffeehouse, Parisian wine bar, local produce stand, a home decor shop and local chef Brendan McGill’s Hitchcock Charcuterie. Sunny outdoor seating seals the deal.
(7/24, 8 p.m.) — St. Louis-based Son Volt was alt-country before alt-country was cool. After a long hiatus, the Americana band is back with a new album, Honky Tonk. Hear Volt’s twangy tunes at The Neptune Theatre.
(7/19 to 7/24, times vary) — Indie-film powerhouse Northwest Film Forum pairs with local design gurus (AIGA and the architecture journal Arcade) to bring audiences a roster of new documentaries exploring cutting-edge design from all over the world. Our film pick? Koolhaas Houselife (7/21), which trails housekeeper Guadalupe Acedo as she navigates the hydraulic lifts, sliding panels and minimal staircases in architect Rem Koolhaas’ contemporary creation, Maison à Bordeaux.
Intiman Theatre Festival
(Through 9/15, times vary) — A hit with theatergoers last summer, this year’s fest features four plays that broach delicate dinner topics: sex, in Lysistrata; money, in We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay!; race, in Trouble in Mind; and politics, made more palatable in the brand-new musical Stu for Silverton, about America’s first transgender mayor.