Blitz One Year Anniversary
6/10 (Thursday) – Capitol Hill’s monthly arts walk celebrates its one-year birthday with a neighborhood-wide party, complete with fake mustache walking tours. Explore more than 50 venues, covering visual arts, musical performances, artist receptions, tastings, food and beverage specials, movie screenings, book readings, DJ performances, and more. Visit blitzcapitolhill.com for more information.
2010 NW Pinball Tournament
6/11-6/13 (Friday - Sunday) - With more than 200 pinball and arcade games beckoning your attention, pealing yourself off your couch (and setting down your gaming controller) shouldn’t be too much of a request. Dated from the 1950s until present day, you’ll be enchanted with the variety of games that allow free play (that’s right, free) with the price of an admission ticket. Festivities also include tournaments, raffles and more than a dozen top-level players competing for new world records. And don’t miss the guest speakers like Brian Schmidt who has designed the sound and music for pinball games such as Batman Forever, The Simpsons and Star Wars. Prices and times vary. Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St.; 360.929.1198; nwpinballshow.com.
Kindiependent Concert at Freeway Park
6/13 (Sunday) - We first wrote about Recess Monkey last August when we saw the May article in Time magazine about the growing "Kindie Rock" trend (the Monkeys got a huge shout out in the article). We’ve been swelling with Seattle-is-so-cool-and-the-center-of-the-universe-once-again pride ever since. See Recess Monkey for yourself this weekend, along with Caspar Babypants, The Not-Its!. Free. Noon to 2 p.m. at Freeway Park, First Hill.
Cancer: The Musical
Through 6/21 (Thursday – Monday) – When you have a name like Montana von Fliss, you’re almost required to become famous, aren’t you? A graduate of the University of Washington’s esteemed professional actor training program, von Fliss is well on her way, having performed at Taproot Theatre, annex Theatre, Washington Ensemble Theatre and all over the globe, including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Now she’s written a solo show, Cancer: The Musical, a true-to-life, faux-scientific exploration of how to measure loss based on her experience caring for her ill father. That doesn’t sounds funny at all, but trust us: With con Fliss at the helm, it will be. Times and prices vary. Washington Ensemble Theatre, 608 19th Ave. E. 206.325.5105; washingtonensemble.org.
Open weekly (Thursday – Sunday) - The deck of our favorite new Madrona wine bar is the perfect spot to soak in some sun this weekend. Times vary. 1416 34th Ave. (between Union St & Pike St), Madrona.