Independence Day events highlight entertainment menu for the week of June 28.

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‘Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World’

There’s plenty of lightness and joy in this very satisfying documentary about artist H.R. Giger, who famously designed the scary creatures in the “Alien” film franchise. Now playing at the SIFF Film Center. For Tom Keogh’s 3.5-star movie review, go to



This new series — “inspired” by the Wes Craven films — features a new cast of characters in a new small town being terrorized by a killer. Series premiere, 10 p.m. Tuesday, June 30, on MTV.


Halle Berry returns for a second season of this sci-fi drama. Jeffrey Dean Morgan is also featured in the cast. Season premiere, 10 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, on CBS.


Capitol Hill Independence Day Community Picnic

Celebrate our great nation with free hot dogs (plus Field Roast ones for meat-eschewers) at Cal Anderson Park, served from about noon until they run out. Also: a root-beer tasting garden, a High Five pie-eating contest, several live bands, hula-hooping and more vaguely patriotic fun, all for the low, low price of free! 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, July 4, Cal Anderson Park, 1635 11th Ave., Seattle; free (


Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival

Celebrate the maritime heritage of Seattle by examining vessels, taking boat tours, experiencing toy boatbuilding and listening to great music. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday to Sunday, July 3-5, at the Center for Wooden Boats, 1010 Valley St., Seattle; free (206-382-2628 or

Seafair Summer Fourth

Join in wishing the nation a happy birthday and enjoy summer food, games, exhibits, music and entertainment, noon-11 p.m., Gas Works Park; 3-11 p.m. Saturday, July 4, Lake Union Park, Seattle; free, $25 reserved seating available (206-728-0123 or


Gregg Allman

Though the Allman Brothers Band played its farewell show last year, Gregg Allman keeps the tradition alive. Allman tours with a horn section that used to back up Bobby Blue Bland. Credited with coining the phrase “Southern Rock” — a term he objects to, since he says all early rockers were southerners, anyway — Allman is sure to sizzle, no matter what you call his music. 7 p.m. Friday, July 3, at Chateau Ste. Michelle, 14111 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville; $39.50-$59.50 (425-488-1133 or

Antonio Sanchez Migration

One of the most engaging drummers in jazz, Antonio Sanchez wrote the award-winning score for the film “Birdman” — comprised almost entirely of percussion — and has been Pat Metheny’s go-to tubsman for 15 years. Sanchez recently released a stunning long-form composition, “The Meridian Suite,” for his band Migration, featuring Vancouver, B.C.-bred saxophonist Seamus Blake. Migration will perform the suite in its entirety each night at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, June 30 and July 1, at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., Seattle; $28.50 (206-441-9729 or


Annie Barrows

Barrows, the co-author of the wildly successful “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society,” reads from her first solo effort, the novel “The Truth According to Us.” Barrows appears at two locations in the Seattle area: at 7 p.m. Monday June 29, Elliott Bay Book Co., 1521 10th Ave., Seattle; free (206-624-6600 or She appears with author Carol Cassella at 7 p.m. Tuesday June 30, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, 550 Winslow Way E., Bainbridge Island; free, seating limited; priority seating with advance purchase of book at Eagle Harbor Book Company (206-842-5332 or



Writer/director Josh Aaseng imaginatively shepherds Kurt Vonnegut’s time-traveling novel onto the stage at Book-It Repertory Theatre. With a resourceful design team, and 14 intrepid actors, he’s created a cosmic trip that entertains, enlightens, horrifies and scorches — sometimes all at once. Through Friday, July 3, Center House at the Armory, Seattle Center; $25 (206-216-0833 or


Seattle Wind Symphony

The ensemble of woodwinds, brass and percussion players presents its third annual “Star Spangled Spectacular,” with some new bells and whistles (so to speak). Guest conductor will be John Phillips Sousa scholar Keith Brion, leader of the New Sousa Band and frequent guest with orchestras across the country; an 80-voice choir, led by Linda Gingrich; soprano Alexandra Picard; and trumpeter Natalie Dungey. Dave Beck of Classical KING-FM will narrate. The patriotic party is free, but tickets are required for entry. You can get them at any Kennelly Keys Music Store; by emailing; or calling 206-215-4747 and leaving a message with your name, address and number of tickets needed, and they’ll be mailed to you. Note: Four tickets allowed per person. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle (


Frye Art Museum

Seattle artist Leo Saul Berk grew up in an unusual home — the Ford House, in Aurora, Ill. — created by eclectic architect Bruce Goff. (Goff did the dramatic rework on the Taylor House, on Ward Street in Seattle, but the bulk of his work was done in the Midwest.) No surprise that such a childhood produced an artist. Berk was inspired by the onion-shaped home in creating works for his striking current exhibit at the Frye, “Structure and Ornament.” “Whether he’s rendering his memories as videos shot on site, a subtly curved light-box image of its outer walls, or sculptures inspired by Goff’s designs, he re-creates not just his experience of living in the house, but the resonance of that experience over the years,” writes reviewer Michael Upchurch. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursdays, through Sept. 6, Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave., Seattle; free (206-622-9250 or

Foster/White Gallery

The gallery’s latest show salutes Don Foster, the owner of Foster/White for 30 years, who died in 2012. “Donald Isle Foster 90th Birthday Memorial Show Benefiting the Seattle Symphony Orchestra” at the same time recognizes Foster’s 50-plus years serving on the SSO board. It’s a one-stop shop for some of the best-known names in local art — Dale Chihuly, Tony Angell, Anne Hirondelle, James Kraft and Susan Skilling, among others — so definitely worth a look. The exhibit opens Thursday, July 2. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 220 Third Ave. S., Seattle; (206-622-2833 or