Things to do in and around Seattle July 17-23.
According to reviewer Moira Macdonald the ghosts aren’t very scary, but the chemistry among the cast members is what’s best about this movie. The men in the original 1984 movie have been replaced with four really funny women — Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones — who make this movie and all its ridiculousness worth watching. For Macdonald’s 3-star review, go to seattletimes.com/movies.
In the season finale of this long-running drama, a serial killer from the past returns. 8 p.m. Thursday, July 21, on Fox.
‘Hell on Wheels’
The very last episode of this drama about America’s first transcontinental railroad. Series finale, 9 p.m. Saturday, July 23, on AMC.
Alki Art Fair
Hit the beach! This fest features art, food and activities for kids, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday (July 23-24), with live music until 9 p.m. Saturday, 8 p.m. Sunday, along the Alki Beach promenade, Seattle (alkiartfair.org).
Des Moines Waterland Festival and Parade
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More maritime fun can be had with this carnival, which offers a parade at 5:45 p.m. Saturday, July 23; a Wheels & Keels car, motorcycle and wooden boat show, music, food trucks, beer and wine garden, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday, July 24. Des Moines Marina and other locations (destinationdesmoines.org/waterland-festival).
Renton River Days
Look for food, art and stuff for kids to do from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday (July 22-23), 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday (July 24); Liberty Park, 1101 Bronson Way N., Renton; parade, 10 a.m. July 23, downtown Renton (rentonriverdays.org/).
With the death of Glenn Frey this past January, the long dynasty of country rock icons The Eagles came to an end. But co-founder Don Henley has been doing anything but “taking it easy.” His first solo album in 15 years, “Cass County,” named after his Texas birth place, debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard album chart and Henley is already planning a follow-up, which may be more R&B-oriented. Henley’s current tour kicked off June, in Stockholm, made a stop at London’s Hyde Park and ends in Brooklyn. 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, July 19-20, at Chateau Ste. Michelle, 14111 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville; sold out (425-488-1133 or ste-michelle.com).
Sting, Peter Gabriel
Sting and Peter Gabriel, both legacy rock stars who first toured together in 1986, are back on the road for the “Rock Paper Scissors” tour, the title being a reference to the fact that they’ll be swapping songs. Sting will do Gabriel’s hit “Shock the Monkey,” and Gabriel will do the Police’s “Message in the Bottle.” They’ll also duet on things like “If I Ever Lose My Faith in You,” and “Driven to Tears.” 8 p.m. Thursday, July 21, at KeyArena, 305 Harrison St.; $45-$485 (800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com).
Kenny Chesney fans — and they are legion — discovered last week they’ll have to wait till fall for the country superstar’s new album, “Some Town Somewhere,” while he turns one of the tracks, “Setting the World on Fire,” into a duet with Pink. Meantime, Chesney is on the country charts with his current single, “Noise,” and, as usual, has been filling stadiums across the land. His Spread the Love tour, which features no less a star than Miranda Lambert and two acts currently outselling him on the charts — Old Dominion and Sam Hunt — revels in customary “no shoes, no shirt, no problems” escapism — Jimmy Buffet clothed in ‘80s rock. 5 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at CenturyLink Field, 800 Occidental Ave., Seattle; $21-$250 (800-845-3000 or tickemaster.com).
The historian and author discusses her book “Walking Washington’s History: Ten Cities,” using narrated walks, maps, and historic photographs. 6:30 p.m. Thursday July 21, Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) History Cafe, 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-324-1126 or mohai.org).
The popular author of the Inspector Lynley mysteries discusses her latest, “A Banquet of Consequences,” new in paperback. 7 p.m. Thursday July 21, Elliott Bay Book Co., 1521 10th Ave., Seattle; free (206-624-6600 or elliottbaybook.com).
“Suffering, Inc.” is about the misery of office work — but every word was written by Chekhov, then cut and pasted by Pony World Theatre to make a gallows-humor drama where “Uncle Vanya” meets “The Office.” The play is set in the offices of “New Life Capital,” an investment firm where the seven employees begin phone pitches with: “Are you nervous? Worried? Depressed? You’ve got to scrape and save. Where has it all gone?” It sounds like a late-night infomercial, but that’s all Chekhov. Characters fall in and out of love, the doublespeak of corporate culture reigns and, inevitably, a gun appears. Through July 30, Pony World Theatre at 12th Avenue Arts, 1620 12th Avenue, Seattle; $15-$20 (800-838-3006 or ponyworld.brownpapertickets.com).
“Escapism doesn’t get much frothier than ‘Twister Beach,’” writes Seattle Times critic Dusty Somers. The latest musical production from Pioneer Square dinner theater Cafe Nordo, he says, involves tiki cocktails, and “a gee-whiz wholesomeness despite its characters’ frank sexual discussions … At its core, ‘Twister Beach’ is a crowd-pleasing variety show, complete with surfy renditions of pop classics from the house band, an impressive aerial fabric performance from Tanya Brno and a sticky sweet Hula-Hoop number from Sydney Tucker, set to ‘Sugar, Sugar’ and augmented with a honey bear, sugar dispenser and a couple of strategically placed Sweet’N Low packets.” Through July 30, at Nordo’s Culinarium, 109 S. Main St., Seattle; $28-$78. 21 and up. (800-838-3006 or cafenordo.com).
Seattle Chamber Music Society’s Summer Festival
The Seattle Chamber Music Society’s Summer Festival continues with three concerts this week. On Wednesday, the program features music from the masters: Beethoven (Quartet for Piano and Strings in E-flat Major, Op. 16), Bartok (Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet and Piano, Sz 111) and Mozart (Divertimento for String Trio in E-flat Major, K. 563). 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, $30-$50, preconcert recitals start one hour before and are free. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle (206-283-8710 or seattlechambermusic.org).
Arc Dance Company
Arc Dance Company opens its 17th performance season with Summer Dance at the Center on Thursday, July 21. The three-day event will feature a world premiere dance by rising choreographer Daniel Ojeda (Ballet Idaho). 8 p.m. July 21-23, Leo Kreielsheimer Theatre at Seattle Center, 155 Mercer St. $23-$45 (206-352-0798 or arcdance.org).
‘Gardens of the Anthropocene’
Supposedly, the term “anthropocene” was coined by Soviet scientists in the 1960s to describe a new geo-biological epoch, when the activity of humans — like burning fossil fuels — would irrevocably change our planet. Artist Tamiko Thiel’s “Gardens of the Anthropocene” is an interactive project at SAM’s Olympic Sculpture Park, using a cellphone app that lets visitors see kelp flying above the street or plants quickly mutating. Is it a little bit uncomfortable to use smartphones as a way to talk about environmental devastation? You get to be the judge. Guided tours at 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays through Sept. 30 at Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park, 2901 Western Ave, Seattle; free (seattleartmuseum.org).