The week of Aug. 23 brings outdoor fun, music, authors and the play, “John Baxter is a Switch Hitter.”
‘The Diary of a Teenage Girl’
Marielle Heller’s captivating debut film, starring Bel Powley and Kristen Wiig, hits exactly the right tone as it follows a teen in 1976 San Francisco who happily enters into a sexual relationship with her mother’s thirty-something boyfriend. It’s a rare film about a young woman’s coming of age. Now playing at several theaters. Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald gave it a 3.5-star review.
Edward Burns writes, directs and stars in this new police drama set in 1960s New York. The cast also features Michael Rappaport and Elizabeth Masucci. Series premiere, 10 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25, on TNT.
‘The Carmichael Show’
A new sitcom starring comedian Jerrod Carmichael. The cast also features Loretta Devine and David Alan Grier. Series premiere, 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26, on NBC.
Evergreen State Fair
If you are looking for some old-fashioned family fun, look no further than the annual state fair with its horse shows, farm animals, rodeo, exhibits, contests, all kinds of carnival rides. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Aug. 27-Sept. 7, Evergreen State Fairgrounds, 14405 179th Ave. S.E., Monroe; $6-$12 (360-805-6700 or evergreenfair.org).
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The Washington Civil War Association hosts camps of the Union and Confederate infantry, cavalry and civilians and historic displays. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30, Meadowbrook Farm, North Bend; $5-$10, ages 9 and younger free (battleofsnoqualmie.com).
Grammy-winning Los Angeleno Miguel tried to put an “L.A.” vibe into his latest album, “Wildheart,” which reached No. 2 on the Billboard album charts. The album mixes contemporary soul, electrified R&B, rock and commercial pop, creating a new brand for the svelte, sexy singer. Dorothy opens. 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, at the Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., Seattle; $35-$40 (206-628-3151 or showboxonline.com).
The venerable Seattle band delighted the crowd at Sasquatch this year with its guitar rock mix of acoustic and electric instruments, including violin, hurdy-gurdy and banjo. Tattooed frontman Isaac Brock and his band project an odd mix of muscle and twee, his sometimes menacing lyrics leavened by the band’s lighthearted sense of play. Its latest album, “Strangers to Ourselves,” was released in March and while it received mixed reviews, it debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard album charts. 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 24-25, at the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle; $41.25 (877-784-4849 or stgpresents.org).
The author of the Inspector Gamache mysteries discusses the latest installment, “The Nature of the Beast” in conversation with Terry Tazioli. at 7 p.m. Tuesday Aug. 25, University Temple United Methodist Church, 1415 N.E. 43rd St., Seattle; $27.99 pays for admission for two people, plus a copy of the book (206-634-3400 or ubookstore.com).
The author discusses his biography of Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen, “A Still and Quiet Conscience: The Archbishop Who Challenged a Pope, a President and a Church.” 7 p.m. Thursday Aug. 27, Elliott Bay Book Co., 1521 10th Ave., Seattle; free (206-624-6600 or elliottbaybook.com).
‘John Baxter is a Switch Hitter’
This world-premiere play by Ana Brown and Andrew Russell of Intiman Theatre is based on a real-life controversy that erupted at the 2008 Gay Softball World Series in Seattle. Through Sept. 27 at Cornish Playhouse, Seattle Center. Tickets start at $20. (206-315-5838 or intiman.org).
Olympic Music Festival
Next up in this rural chamber-music series: contrasting quintets. Musicians will perform Franck’s vivid Piano Quintet in F minor and Schubert’s ethereal String Quintet in C major. 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).