‘Venus in Fur’
This smart, playful treatment of David Ives’ witty play (staged earlier this year at the Seattle Rep) marks a career peak for filmmaker Roman Polanski and his wife, actress Emmanuelle Seigner. Working with material that goes back to Leopold Von Sacher-Masoch’s 1870 novel about role-playing and masochistic impulses, Polanski has fashioned a near-perfect vehicle for Seigner, who plays an actress auditioning for a playwright (Mathieu Amalric). In French, with English subtitles. Now screening at the Varsity. For showtimes, see Page H6. For John Hartl’s 3.5-star review, go to seattletimes.com/movies.
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Bite of Seattle
Seattle’s annual smorgasbord happens Friday-Sunday, July 18-20. at Seattle Center. There will be cooking demonstrations, entertainment, beer gardens and lots of food, of course. Hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. July 18-19, and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. July 20. Admission is free. (biteofseattle.com).
King County Fair
For a little retro fun, go to the fair. It runs Thursday-Sunday, July 17-20, and features livestock, rides, live music, Mutton Bustin’, and a rodeo. Hours are noon-9 p.m. July 17, noon-10 p.m. July 18, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. July 19, and noon-9 p.m. July 20, Enumclaw Expo Center, 45224 284th Ave. S.E., Enumclaw; $5-$7 (thekingcountyfair.com).
This summer food and wine festival happens Friday-Sunday, July 18-20, in scenic Marina Park (25 Lakeshore Plaza Drive). It will benefit Homeward Pet Adoption, while featuring wines from world-class Washington wineries, bite-sized feasts from notable Eastside restaurants, and appearances from the Northwest’s most prestigious celebrity chefs and culinary personalities. 5-10 p.m. July 18, noon-10 p.m. July 19, noon-6 p.m. July 20, Marina Park, Kirkland (kirklanduncorked.com).
Cheech and Chong, War
The iconic stoner comedy duo is back together and will probably have lots to say about marijuana now that it is legal in Washington. War, the funk band that had big hits with “Low Rider” and “Why Can’t We Be Friends,” opens the show. 7 p.m. Saturday, July 19, Marymoor Park (Performance Space), 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway N.E., Redmond; $30-$60 (marymoorconcerts.com).
Emma Campion (Candace Robb)
Candace Robb, the local author of two medieval-set mystery series, has branched out in yet another direction with a new historical fiction series, written under the name Emma Campion. Her new book “A Triple Knot” is based on the 14th-century saga of Joan, the Fair Maid of Kent, who was married three times and ultimately became the queen of Edward, the Black Prince. She discusses her books at 7 p.m. Monday, July 14, at Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park; free (206-366-3333 or thirdplacebooks.com).
ACT: An Evening of One-Acts
Think of it as a three-course meal of theater: a trio of short sci-fi/fantasy plays by master writers, presented in one sitting. The opener each night is Steve Martin’s “Pattern for the Floating Lady,” then comes Woody Allen’s “Riverside Drive” followed by “The Unseen Hand” by Sam Shepard. R. Hamilton Wright directs. Friday, July 18-Sunday, Aug. 17, ACT, 700 Union St., Seattle; tickets start at $44, admission on Tuesdays is $20 (206-292-7676 or acttheatre.org).
Seattle Chamber Music Society
A sure sign of summer: The strains of trios, quartets and quintets issuing from Benaroya Hall as the SCMS annual summer fest gets under way. Performances continue Monday, Wednesday and Friday, (July 14, 16, 18) at 8 p.m.; each is preceded by a free recital at 7. Through Aug. 2, most events at Nordstrom Recital Hall, Seattle; $16-$48 (206-283-8808 or seattlechambermusic.org).
ARC Dance Company: ‘Summer Dance at the Center’
In its annual summer performance, the local dance company features work by Gérard Théorêt (Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Cirque du Soleil), Alex Ketley (San Francisco Ballet), Jason Ohlberg (Hubbard Street Dance, Seattle Dance Project), Kirk Midtskog (Halby Dance Theater) and artistic director Marie Chong. 8 p.m. July 17-19, Seattle Rep, Leo K. Theatre, Seattle Center; $15-$35 (800-838-3006 or www.brownpapertickets.com).
Greg Kucera Gallery
There’s been some buzz surrounding the new show at Kucera, and it’s warranted. Prolific sculptor and printmaker John Buck is having his sixth solo show at the gallery and this time it includes not only carved-wood panels and woodblock prints but a 24-foot-long kinetic sculpture, whose figures literally rock and roll. Also on show: Ross Palmer Beecher’s “Quilts,” a collection of pieces made from tin cans, license plates and other metal detritus. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through Aug. 23, 212 Third Ave. S., Seattle (206-624-0770 or gregkucera.com).