Bellevue Festival of the Arts
Friday - Sunday (7/29-31) - Created and run by artists, this free, open-air festival features 180 jury-selected artists displaying paintings, ceramics, textiles, sculpture, and jewelry. Festival shoppers at this grassroots effort support Pacific Northwest artists and many local and international non-profits as well, as festival proceeds are contributed to a long list of beneficiaries. Free entry. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Cost Plus World Market parking lot; 10300 NE 8th St, Bellevue; bellevuefest.org
5 Local Spirits (and the Bars that carry them)
The recent boom in Seattle booze distillers comes thanks to the Washington State Craft Distillery Law (passed in 2008), which allows local liquor producers to offer on-site tasting and bottle sales, à la wineries—provided that at least 51 percent of the liquor ingredients are grown in state. Accordingly, a slew of recently opened distilleries now offer facility tours and tasting rooms, so you can try before you buy. Bonus points: Increase your locavore cred by ordering a drink made with local spirits at area bars that carry them. See the list! http://www.seattlemag.com/article/dining/bars-and-brew-pubs/sample-spirits-seattles-new-distilleries
Takano Studio Portraits at Wing Luke Museum
Through 2/2012 - Judging by the 400 archival photographs on display at the Wing Luke Museum, bridal portraits were a steady source of income for Japantown’s Takano Studio. Founded in 1910, the Japanese-American photography studio was a thriving business until 1942, when Japanese citizens were sent to internment camps. But before that, Takano captured Seattle’s vibrant Japanese community on film—and the Wing Luke Museum now holds the collection of negatives. Family portraits abound, taken both in the studio and in front of rural homes with greenhouses in the background, as do what appear to be adult class pictures, including one sweetly titled “Mrs. Hosokawa’s flower arranging group.” The Wing called on residents of the Central District’s Nikkei Manor (for Japanese senior citizens) to help identify names where possible. But in many cases the faces are anonymous, making them all the more intriguing and poignant. 7/8–2/2012. Times and prices vary. Wing Luke Museum, 719 S King St.; 206.623.5124; wingluke.org.