‘How to Make Money Selling Drugs’
Matthew Cooke’s sardonic yet informative documentary presents America’s war on drugs not only as a no-win scenario but as a boondoggle kept alive by corruption, profit and political opportunism. It’s full of useful insights and includes interviews with 50 Cent, Eminem, Susan Sarandon and Woody Harrelson. Now playing at Northwest Film Forum, through Thursday. For showtimes, see Page H6. For Tom Keogh’s 3½-star review, go to www.seattletimes.com/movies.
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The network is saying this summer series is “what happens when a reality show goes terribly wrong.” Series premiere, 10 p.m. Monday on NBC.
‘Seafair Summer Fourth’
Live coverage of Seattle’s Fourth of July celebration from Gas Works Park. 9 p.m. Thursday on KIRO.
Happy-hour brunch at Local 360
Local 360 Bar and Café debuts its new weekend happy-hour brunch menu from 9-10 a.m. with $6 egg specials and other brunch items for $9 or less. At 2234 First Ave. Seattle (206 441-9360 or local360.org).
Riesling summer at Bastille
Bastille Café and Bar in Ballard starts up its popular “Summer of Riesling “ wine series, featuring white wines from Germany and other countries for the next three months. Held at 5307 Ballard Avenue N.W. (206-453-5014 or www.bastilleseattle.com).
Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival
The 37th annual festival kicks off on the Fourth of July and continues through the weekend with activities that celebrate the region’s maritime heritage: tours of historic vessels, free boat rides on Lake Union, boat-building and a scavenger hunt for kids, craft and skill demonstrations, food vendors and live music. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Lake Union Park and the Center for Wooden Boats, 1010 Valley St., Seattle; free (206-382-2628 or www.cwb.org/2013festival).
Seafair Summer Fourth
The gates at Gas Works Park open at noon Thursday for the annual holiday party at Lake Union, with food vendors, exhibits, inflatables for kids, entertainment, games and contests throughout the day, culminating in the fireworks show at 10:15 p.m.; Gas Works Park, 2101 N. Northlake Way, Seattle; parking limited, food and coolers permitted subject to search, no outside alcohol, no pets, no glass bottles (www.seafair.com/AnEvent.aspx?ID=24&SecID=1018).
Bellevue Family Fourth
Lots to do before the big fireworks show Thursday, including a Family Fun Zone play area, games and inflatable rides. It all begins at 2 p.m.; entertainment by local bands begins at 3:45 p.m.; presentation of the colors at 9 p.m.; Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra at 9:30 p.m. before and during the fireworks display. Bellevue Downtown Park, 10201 N.E. Fourth St., Bellevue (www.bellevuedowntown.org/events/familyfourth/index.html).
Seafair Pirates Landing
Arrrrh! See the pirate kings of the Northwest invade our shores Saturday sometime between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at Alki Beach. Vendors, music, inflatable rides for kids and a pirate look-alike contest will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. along the Alki Beach Promenade (www.seafairpirates.org).
Wallingford Family Parade and Festival
Wallingford gets into its Seafair groove with the annual neighborhood parade, which kicks off at 11 a.m. and winds through the commercial district to Meridian Playground. The festival at the playfield will include crafts, music and activities, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Seattle (www.seafair.com).
Robert Randolph & the Family Band
The masters of sacred steel — a for-real family band — return, with their smoking pedal steel guitars, driven by religious fervor and some of the bluesiest licks ever devised. 9 p.m. Friday at the Neptune Theatre, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle.; $25 (877-784-4849 or www.stgpresents.org).
One of the artists scheduled at the now-canceled JamBase Festival at the Gorge, the Led Zeppelin master of yelling-as-singing appears with Railroad Earth and Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers. 5 p.m. Saturday at Chateau Ste. Michelle, 14111 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville; $49.50-$75 (425-415-3300 or www.ste-michelle.com).
Seattle-area author Mike Lawson writes smart, funny, literate thrillers featuring Joe DeMarco, a Washington “fixer” for an influential congressman. Drop by and say hello when Lawson signs his latest, “House Odds,” at noon Friday at Seattle Mystery Bookshop, 117 Cherry St., Seattle; free (206-587-5737 or www.seattlemystery.com).
The Bathhouse Ensemble and Seattle Public Theater are staging (part-time Seattleite) Steven Dietz’s adaptation of Bram Stoker’s toothsome tale over the holiday weekend. Director Simon Irving promises the show will draw out “the drama and above all the tragedy of its central figure.” 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. July 7, SPT, 7312 West Green Lake Drive N., Seattle; free, but a donation of $5-$10 is suggested (206-524-1300 or www.seattlepublictheater.org).
Seattle Chamber Music Society Summer Festival
SCMS’s Summer Festival rolls out its first week with Martinu’s antic ballet score, “La Revue de Cuisine,” Prokofiev’s second sonata for violin and piano and Tchaikovsky’s third string quartet (Monday); works by Jolivet, Borodin and Dvorák (Tuesday); and an enticingly eclectic program on Friday that includes John Adams’ “Road Movies.” Britten’s Lachrymae for Viola and Piano, plus works by Bach, Schoenfield and Saint-Saëns. Each 8 p.m. concert is preceded by a free 7 p.m. recital. For full details, call 206-283-8808 or go to www.seattlechambermusic.org.
Bellingham Festival of Music
The 20th annual fest kicks off Friday with the West Coast premiere of Aaron Jay Kernis’ “Dreamsongs,” performed by cellist Joshua Roman, and continues through the month with a distinguished guest list including Garrick Ohlsson, Pepe Romero, Ray Chen and Frederica von Stade. Through July 21, various venues in Bellingham (360-201-6621 or bellinghamfestival.org).
Lisa Harris Gallery
Individual blocks of vivid color add up to eye-catching local landscapes in Christine Sharp’s paintings. “By taking an image apart and reconstructing it differently, I find new truth in a landscape I have seen many times before,” says Sharp, who is a former CNN producer, award-winning documentary filmmaker and UW alum. Opens Friday, runs through July 29, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays, 1922 Pike Place, Seattle (206-443-3315 or lisaharrisgallery.com).
‘Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion’
In recent decades, Japanese couture has certainly taken on aspects of art, so it’s fitting that revolutionary, stunning pieces from the likes of Rei Kawakubo, Yohji Yamamoto, Issey Miyake, Junya Watanabe and Jun Takahashi are the focus of SAM’s new show — the museum’s first fashion show. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays (until 9 p.m. Thursdays) through Sept. 8, Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave., Seattle; $11-$17 (206-654-3210 or www.seattleartmuseum.org)