Sir Mix-A-Lot Joins the Seattle Symphony, a Sidewalk Sale at U Village and SIFF’s Closing Night Gala

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"The One I Love" screening at SIFF's Closing Night Gala

Must Hear
Seattle Symphony’s Sonic Evolution, Featuring Sir Mix-A-Lot and Pickwick

Friday (6/6, 8 p.m.) — One of the many cool things about the Seattle Symphony’s groundbreaking Sonic Evolution program, according to maestro Ludovic Morlot, is that it brings people to Benaroya Hall who’ve never been there before. People such as Sir Mix-A-Lot and the members of Seattle indie rock band Pickwick, who will perform alongside the orchestra on Friday night.

Must Fest
Experience Fresh Dance, Theater and Music at NW New Works

(6/6 to 6/8 and 6/13 to 6/15, times vary)— It’s time once again for the two-weekend performance extravaganza known as NW New Works. Now in its 31st year, the festival serves as a quick primer in current avant-garde performance, featuring new and in-progress works, heavy on dance, but also theater (local performer Sarah Rudinoff’s one-woman show is a must!) and music.

Must Shop
Score Discounted Finds at U Village’s Sidewalk Sale

(6/5 to 6/9, times vary) — This year marks the plein air mall’s 57th annual sale (!) and the list of participating stores—including Anthropologie, Madewell, Land of Nod, Lucy—as well as the slew of new parking spaces, makes it hard to resist.

Must Party
SIFF’s Closing Night Gala

Sunday (6/8, 6:30 p.m.) — Fete the end of another glorious SIFF season with a screening of The One I Love, starring Mark Duplass (Safety Not Guaranteed) and Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss—both of whom will be in attendance at Belltown’s Cinerama—then top off the evening with a star-studded gala at MOHAI.

Must Go East
Woodinville’s Iron Vintner Challenge

Wednesday (6/11, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.) — Whether you like wine, food or Iron Chef-style cooking competitions among folks who don’t actually cook professionally, the Iron Vintner Challenge at Willows Lodge in Woodinville is tons of fun. Cooking head-to-head (spatula-to-spatula?) are winemakers Chris Gorman of Gorman Winery (2011’s winner) and Morgan Lee of Covington Cellars (2012’s champ).