Festival at Mt. Si, Idina Menzel, and Olympic Music Festival lead entertainment options for the week of Aug. 2.

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‘Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation’

Tom Cruise is back as the irrepressible superspy Ethan Hunt in this lively fifth edition of the franchise. Watch it on the biggest screen you can find and enjoy the zippiness. Now playing at several theaters. For showtimes, see Page I5. For Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald’s three-star review, go to seattletimes.com/movies.


‘Playing House’

Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair play best friends for a second season in this comedy. Season premiere, 10 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, on USA.

‘Project Runway’

It’s season 14 (can you believe it?) for this sartorial challenge. Can they still “make it work”? Season premiere, 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, on Lifetime.


Pierce County Fair

Get out of town and enjoy old-fashioned fun at this annual event. There will be plenty of entertainment, a carnival, 4-H exhibits, and vendors, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Aug. 6-8, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9, Pierce County Fairgrounds, 21606 Meridian Ave. E., Graham; $5 (piercecountyfair.com).

Festival at Mount Si

This North Bend happening features arts, crafts and food, a beer garden, and music from jazz and blues, to rock and country performances on two stages, a fireworks show and chili cook-off, 5-10 p.m. Friday, Aug 7, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 9, Si View Park, 400 S.E. Orchard Drive, North Bend (festivalatmtsi.org).


Idina Menzel

Though plenty of actors start on Broadway, it’s rarer for singers. That’s been the general arc of Idina Menzel’s career, starring in musicals like “Rent” and “Wicked” before voicing Elsa (and singing the inescapable “Let It Go”) in 2013 Disney film “Frozen.” She’ll perform songs spanning her musical-theater career. 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, at The Paramount, 911 Pine St., Seattle; $36.25-$121.25 (877-784-4849 or stgpresents.org).

Taylor Swift

Having successfully made the transition from country to pop with her albums “Red” and “1989,” Swift manages to straddle the old music-business model — selling more than 5 million copies of “1989,” one of only three platinum-selling albums released in 2014 — while also holding her own in the new, digital world, standing up to streaming services Spotify (which she snubbed) and Apple, whose price she bargained up. This all from a 24-year-old who, while she writes undeniably hooky songs, often sings out of tune. 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at CenturyLink Field, 800 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle; $55-$196 (800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com).


Jeff Hobbs

Hobbs discusses “The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace.” It’s the story of Peace, Hobbs’ roommate at Yale, who grew up on the streets of Newark, N.J., and attended one of America’s most elite colleges but could not escape the influences of the street. At 7 p.m. Wednesday Aug. 5, Seattle Public Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle; free (206-366-3333; or spl.org).



Taproot Theatre presents Stephen Schwartz’s popular musical based mostly on the Gospel of St. Matthew, and told through pop, rock, gospel and traditional hymns. Through Aug. 15 at Taproot Theatre Company, 204 N. 85th St., Seattle; $15-$40 (206-781-9707 or taproottheatre.org).


Olympic Music Festival

Listen up, Beethoven fans: the coming weekend (Aug. 8-9) at OMF is all about you. The composer’s “Ghost” Piano Trio and the Violin Sonata in C minor are on the program, brought to you by Grammy-nominated violinist Caroline Goulding, cellist Karen Ouzounian and OMF artistic director and pianist Julio Elizalde. 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).


Art-fair installations

The Seattle Art Fair is winding down today (Aug. 2, CenturyLink Events Center, 800 Occidental Ave., Seattle; $20-$35, seattleartfair.com), but the art installations it has spawned are still up and running. A few that you can stroll by: “The Stars Pulled Down for Real,” text and light works by London artist Robert Montgomery, will be up through Sept. 5 at 1250 Denny Way, the site of the future Seattle City Light Denny Substation; and “Backdrop,” Julie Alpert’s mixed-media piece, is gradually filling the entire MadArt studio, 325 Westlake Ave. N. She’ll be working on it through Sept. 3.