Bumbershoot, state fair, Bremerton Blackberry Festival keep summer alive for the week of Aug. 30.
‘We Are Your Friends’
Zac Efron is excellent as a young San Fernando Valley DJ in this film set in the world of electronic dance music. But it’s the hypnotic beat that is the picture’s real strength. Now playing at several theaters. For Soren Andersen’s full three-star review, go to seattletimes.com/movies.
It’s season five for this fun high-school comedy with many of the characters preparing to graduate. Season premiere, 9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31, on MTV.
For a third season, host Derek Waters and inebriated guest narrators look at our country’s history. Season premiere, 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, on Comedy Central.
Seattle’s annual pop music and arts blowout begins Saturday, Sept. 5. Musical headliners include The Weeknd, Faith No More, ZEDD, Kacey Musgraves, Ellie Goulding, Chance the Rapper, Cake, Hozier, Flying Lotus and more. The festival also includes dance, theater, film, literary art, visual art, comedy and kids’ activities. Saturday-Monday, Sept. 5-7 at Seattle Center; Saturday pass, $99, Sunday pass, Sunday or Monday pass, $85; three-day pass, $189.50 (bumbershoot.org).
Bremerton Blackberry Festival
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Who doesn’t like blackberries? Come to Bremerton and enjoy blackberry wine, beer, a car show, a fly-in and arts and crafts, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 7, Louis Mentor Boardwalk (blackberryfestival.org).
Evergreen State Fair
Put on the jeans and head to the fair, which runs until Sept. 7. It includes horse shows, a rodeo and all kinds of exhibits, demonstrations and carnival rides, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily, Evergreen State Fairgrounds, 14405 179th Ave. S.E., Monroe; $6-$12 (360-805-6700 or evergreenfair.org).
Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
Before the musical tsunami of the Beatles in 1964, U.S. teenagers were merrily singing along with the sweeping falsetto lines of another boy band, The Four Seasons. With hits like “Sherrie,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Rag Doll,” the New Jersey group managed to sell 100 million records. Re-entering the public imagination in 2005 with the hit Broadway show (then film), in “Jersey Boys,” The Four Seasons continue to find fans old and new. The only remaining original who tours is lead singer Frankie Valli — he of the monster hit “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” — and recent reviews praise him as still delivering the goods. 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3 at Chateau Ste. Michelle, 14111 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville; sold out (425-488-1133 or ste-michelle.com).
‘H.P. Lovecraft: Stand-up Comedian’
Bumbershoot is about to open, which means a particular kind of stage craziness will take over Seattle Center during Labor Day weekend. Annex Theatre is on the roster, with Scotto Moore’s re-imagining of “Howie” Lovecraft as a comedian who must also save humankind from evil from beneath the sea. Also appearing: “Playlist Seattle,” billed as “original theatrical performances” inspired by Seattle musicians; “The Billy Strayhorn Project,” tracing the life of the jazz composer/pianist; “Dragon Lady, A One-Woman Show,” a multigenerational tale starring Sara Porkalob; and “The Death of Brian: Ides of Undead March,” a theater simple production blending Julius Caesar and the zombie uprising. A whole new meaning to “lend me your ears,” we’re guessing. Bumbershoot is Saturday-Monday (Sept. 5-7); full theater list here: bumbershoot.com/theatre.
Olympic Music Festival
Violinist Ray Chen returns to the OMF for his third season, this time to perform a recital of violin-and-piano gems with OMF artistic director Julio Elizalde. The program will include Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No. 1 in D major, Op. 12 No. 1; Saint-Saens’ Violin Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op. 75; and Monti, “Czardas.” Concerts are 2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays through Sept. 13 at 7360 Center Road, Quilcene, Jefferson County; $20-$32 (360-732-4800 or olympicmusicfestival.org).
‘Do You Know Bruce?’
Time is running out to see “Year 1” of the Bruce Lee exhibit at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, before the museum continues its three-year homage to Lee with “Year 2,” which will focus on Lee’s career in television and movies. “Year 1” ends Sept. 6; “Year 2” opens at 10 a.m. Oct. 3. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. first Thursdays, 719 S. King St., Seattle (206-623-5124 or wingluke.org).