The Must List: Rock with the Beat Connection at Neumos, Get Your SIFF On and Nosh to Fight Hunger

SIFF 2013
Northwest photographer Jini Dellaccio speaks about her life and photos in Her Aim is True, a film showing at SIFF

Must Support
Drink for a Good Cause

Through May 31 — Several local restaurants, including Elliott’s Oyster House, Ray’s Boathouse, Ivar’s, Toulouse Petit and Ba Bar, have partnered with broVo Spirits to serve up classic cocktails throughout May in honor of National Brain Tumor Awareness Month. A portion of the proceeds for each cocktail ordered goes to the Kathi Goertzen Foundation, the organization created to help raise research funds for brain cancer cures and patient support.

Film Festival Kicks Off

If you’ve ever had the desire to crash a giant, impossible-to-get-into red-carpet party, the Seattle International Film Festival’s sold-out Opening Night Gala might be the time to try. But for less adventurous types, SIFF begins this Friday, May 17, and runs through Sunday, June 9. Still deciding what to see? Arts and culture editor Brangien Davis sheds some light with her picks.

Must Hipp, Hipp, Hurra
17th of May

Scads of Scandinavians will march down Ballard streets for the annual 17th of May (aka “Syttende Mai”), a festival and parade celebrating Norwegian Constitution Day. Expect drill teams, marching bands, classic cars and plenty of “hipp, hipp, hurra”-ing. Uff Da!

Must Chow
Food Truck Round Up

Eat and drink for the common good at the Food Truck Round Up at Phinney Neighborhood Center, where all proceeds benefit The University District Food Bank’s efforts to build a new food bank facility. Your $25 ticket scores you eight food tastes and four drink sips from participating vendors, including Fremont Brewing Company, Skillet Street Food, Molly Moon’s Ice Cream, Seattle Biscuit Company and Oola Distillery.

Must Rock
Beat Connection

Catch Seattle-based electro-pop band Beat Connection before the boys embark on a two-month trip to Laos. Seattle magazine named the duo one of the Best New Seattle Bands of 2011, and their fall 2012 debut LP, The Palace Garden, received praise from Pitchfork, Stereogum, BlackBook, and KEXP. See what all the fuss is about at this live show.