The week of July 5 is packed with summer activities, including Ballard SeafoodFest, Seafair Milk Carton Derby, Steely Dan/Elvis Costello at White River Amphitheatre, “Wicked” and more.
‘One Cut, One Life’
In this extremely personal and moving film, seminal documentarian Ed Pincus, who had leukemia and Parkinson’s disease, films himself during his final years. “As much as the film is shadowed by a keen awareness of mortality, ‘One Cut, One Life’ often pulses with an almost ecstatic vitality,” says Stephen Holden, of The New York TimesNow playing at the Grand Illusion. For showtimes, see Page H5. For the full review, go to seattletimes.com/movies.
‘Hollywood Game Night’
This fun game show returns for a third season, with host Jane Lynch herding celebrities as she asks them questions. Season premiere, 10:01 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, on NBC.
Shark Week has come a little early this year, and this special looks at how researchers get close to document these beasts. 9 p.m. Thursday, July 9, on Discovery.
Ballard’s been honoring its days as a Nordic fishing town with this festival of seafood since 1974, and a traditional salmon barbecue, a beer garden, live music and more are included. This year, be sure to seek out Scandinavian seafood sandwich pop-up Tumble Swede (tumbleswede.com) — chef Larkin Young’s impressive résumé includes Canlis, Tilth and the Willows Inn. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, July 11, and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, July 12, Market Street and Ballard Avenue, Seattle; free admission (seafoodfest.org).
Seafair Milk Carton Derby
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Yes, there will be teams racing boats made of milk cartons for prizes, but there also will be stand up paddleboard races and other entertainment, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, July 11, Green Lake, Seattle (seafair.com).
Kent Cornucopia Days
Food courts, a carnival and a parade make up just part of the fun at this annual event. There will be a skateboard tournament, Dragon Boat races, a soccer competition and a 5K fun run/walk, 3-10 p.m. Friday, July 10, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, July 11, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, July 12, downtown Kent and Lake Meridian Park (kcdays.com).
Steely Dan, Elvis Costello
Earlier this year, Donald Fagen and Walter Becker — Steely Dan, to you — teamed up for a spring jaunt called The Rockabye Gollie Angel Tour that included a stop at Coachella, where millennials were surprised to discover how much they liked hearing jazz-rock geezers “Reelin’ in the Years.” The ‘70s superstars team up this summer with Elvis Costello and the Imposters for more dates, starting Monday at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre. It’s not clear yet if these venerable musicians will jam, but given the musical curiosity on all sides, it’s seems likely. 7 p.m. Thursday, July 9, White River Amphitheatre, 40601 Auburn Enumclaw Road, Auburn; $36.50-$132 (800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com).
West Seattle Summer Fest
This modest summer street fair has done itself proud this year by booking popular Seattle acts one might more readily expect to find on the Mural Amphitheatre series. We’re talking the sisterly harmonies of the sharp-edged quartet, La Luz; in-your-face punk from the Thermals; and the folk-chanting Cave Singers. Beer garden, kids play area, shopping, dining, garden exhibit and more. 3 p.m. Friday, July 10, 12 p.m. Saturday, July 11, and 1 p.m. Sunday, July 12, at West Seattle Junction, California Avenue Southwest and Southwest Alaska Street, Seattle; free (wsjunction.org/summerfest).
Mary Doria Russell
The author of the science-fiction classic “The Sparrow” has taken a turn toward historical fiction in recent years. Hear her discuss her new novel “Epitaph,” based on the life of Western lawman Wyatt Earp, in conversation with Nancy Pearl. At 7 p.m. Monday July 6, University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., Seattle; free (206-634-3400 or ubookstore.com).
The wicked witch is … not really dead. Not as long as the long-running musical “Wicked” is still flying around. The show that told us what happened “before Dorothy dropped in” opened in 2003 and has won Tony, Grammy and Drama Desk awards, and has been cheered by millions of fans around the globe. The latest national touring cast will perform in Seattle July 8-Aug. 2 at the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St.; tickets from $30 (877-784-4849 or stgpresents.org).
Seattle Symphony: ‘Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy’
Hear the music of Japanese composer Nobuo Uematsu, conducted by Grammy Award winner Arnie Roth, and watch video from the popular game. Narrated by local actor R. Hamilton Wright and featuring local singer Alexa Jarvis. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, July 10-11, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; tickets from $40 (206-215-4747 or seattlesymphony.org).
A pudgy raccoon chows down on trash in a yard while the overweight homeowner eats chips indoors. A “deconstructed” crow turns out to have steampunkish innards. A sinister fish combines aspects of a dragon and a chicken. All of these fantastical scenes are on show in the aptly named “A Curious Bestiary: Chimeras and Cryptozoology from American Printmakers.” Artists include Julie Buffalohead, Emmy Lingscheit, Meghan O’Connor and Johanna Winters. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 313 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle (206-624-7684 or davidsongalleries.com).