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‘A Hijacking’

Writer/director Tobias Lindholm’s tense, refreshingly realistic thriller follows the hijacking of a Danish cargo ship in the Indian Ocean by Somali pirates. Now playing at the Harvard Exit. For showtimes, see Page H7. For John Hartl’s 3½-star review, go to


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‘Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls’

A new reality series that has 10 teams of two, led by survivalist Grylls, headed to New Zealand to compete for a $500,000 grand prize. Series premiere, 9 p.m. on NBC.

‘The Bridge’

This new crime thriller, starring Diane Kruger and Demián Bichir, explores life on the U.S.-Mexico border when a body is found on the bridge between El Paso and Juarez. Series premiere, 10 p.m. Wednesday on FX.


Madison Valley Bastille Bash

Madison Valley, our city’s little French village, hosts the second annual Bastille Bash Saturday from 3-8 p.m. with French food and wine, ranging from $2.50-$7.50. Festivities are held around East Madison Street from 27th to 30th avenues. More info at

Ballard SeafoodFest

Ballard hosts its 39th annual SeafoodFest next weekend with street food and lutefisk-eating and salmon hot-dog-eating contests. A host of new microbreweries will debut at the festival this year. Free admission. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday (July 14). Events are scattered around the downtown Ballard business district. More info at


King County Fair

It’s all there at the annual county fair — entertainment, rides, food, vendors, 4H livestock shows and exhibits. Hours are noon-9 p.m. Thursday, noon-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and noon-9 p.m. Sunday (July 14) at the Enumclaw Expo Center, 45224 284th Ave. S.E., Enumclaw; $5-$7 (

Kent Cornucopia Days

South King County’s largest family festival includes a carnival, street fair, entertainment, parade, Cornucopia Dragon Boat Races, soccer tournament and skateboard tournament; Thursday-Sunday (July 14), Kent (253-852-5466 or

West Seattle Summer Fest

They close down the streets for West Seattle’s biggest party of the year. Merchant sidewalk sale, arts and crafts vendor street fair, music; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday (July 14); West Seattle Junction, Seattle (206-935-0904 or ).

Seafair Milk Carton Derby

Milk-carton boats of all sizes and shapes compete for prizes at this highly anticipated annual Seafair event, which includes kids’ entertainment and vendors, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Green Lake Park, Seattle (

Redmond Derby Days

In a summer tradition for 73 years, Redmond celebrates with a parade, carnival, music, food, kids activities, Derby Dash 5K, bicycle Criterium and a fireworks finale. 5-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Redmond City Hall, Redmond (


New Kids on the Block

These “new kids” are pretty familiar faces in the hood by now, having formed almost 30 years ago and taking the tween world by storm in 1988, with their hits “Hangin’ Tough” and “Step By Step.” The group is touring behind its 2013 reunion album “10,” on the aptly named Package Tour, with Boyz II Men and 98 Degrees. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Tacoma Dome, 2727 E. D St., Tacoma; $27.50-$89.50 (800-745-3000 or

Sub Pop Silver Jubilee

Seattle’s Sub Pop Records, which launched the grunge revolution with Nirvana, celebrates its 25th anniversary with a benefit comedy concert and a free, all-day musical spree. Comedy: Eugene Mirman hosts Marc Maron, Jon Benjamin, Kristen Schaal and Kurt Braunohler. 8 p.m. Friday at the Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave., Seattle; $22.50 (877-784-4849 or Music: Mudhoney, J Mascis, Greg Dulli, Shabazz Palaces, Shearwater, Father John Misty, Pissed Jeans, The Baptist Generals, Brothers of the Sonic Cloth (with Tad Doyle), Endino’s Earthworm and others. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, Airport Way, Georgetown; free (


Joe Hill

This fantasy/horror author is the son of Stephen King, but being the offspring of an über-successful author has not held him back. Hear Hill discuss his new novel “NOS4A2” (say it fast). At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle; free (206-386-4636 or


‘The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker’

Liam O’Brien’s 1952 Broadway hit about a family man kept busy with a double life honored George Bernard Shaw. In that spirit, Endangered Species Project’s staged reading of the comedy honors another great: longtime Seattle actor Clayton Corzatte, who met his actress wife, Susan, during the Cleveland Play House’s 1964 run of the show. Proceeds from Monday’s reading benefit the Evergreen Chapter of the ALS Association (Corzatte died of the disease on April 6). 7 p.m. Monday, Stage One Theatre, North Seattle Community College; donations welcome (


Shakespeare’s sidesplitting “Twelfth Night” gets the musical treatment in this song-filled adaptation by Peter Mills and Cara Reichel. Wednesday-Aug. 10, Taproot Theatre Company, 204 N. 85th St., Seattle; $20-$40 (206-781-9707 or


SCMS Summer Festival

Seattle Chamber Music Society’s summer fest enter their second week. Highlights include Monday’s world premiere of Lawrence Dillon’s “Sanctuary,” a septet for strings, winds and piano commissioned by SCMA. Wednesday looks tantalizing, too, with Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio, Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel’s String Quartet and Beethoven’s Sonata No. 5 for cello and piano (which in its final stretch broaches the startling harmonic territory of his Grosse Fuge). Each 8 p.m. concert is preceded by a free 7 p.m. recital. $15-$45 (206-283-8808 or


The Acrobatic Conundrum

This troupe, led by Terry Crane of Moisture Festival renown, appears to be reworking Sartre’s “No Exit” as a 90-minute aerial-choreography show, featuring such top-tier talent as Tanya Brno and Jonathan Rose. 7:30 p.m. Thursday and 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday through July 27, Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way S.W., Seattle; $20 (888-377-4510 or


‘William Morris: Archived Works, 1984-2007’

Explore the wizardry of Washington glass artist William Morris who shapes glass into semblances of fossil, bone, clay, wood … just about anything, that is, but glass. This dazzling, museum-worthy exhibit offers a chance to take in the full trajectory of his career (he retired from glassblowing in 2007 at age 49). 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays through July 28, Abmeyer + Wood Fine Art, 1210 Second Ave., Seattle (206-628-9501or

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