Things to do in the neighborhood for the week beginning Sept. 11.
Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
Sunday, Sept. 18, The Burke hosts Bug Blast, its annual bug-themed event with thousands of insect specimens, live bugs, spiders, bees, bug shows, buggy snacks and activities.
Exhibits at the Burke explore the natural history and cultural heritage of the Pacific Northwest with collections of regional plants, animals and Northwest Native art. “Wild Nearby,” a collection of sights, sounds and stories of Washington state’s North Cascade Mountains, runs through Feb. 5, 2017; permanent exhibits include Washington’s first dinosaur fossil, cultures of Pacific Rim countries, and the natural forces that have shaped Washington’s landscape.
The Burke, in its present location since 1962, is the oldest public museum in the state, founded in 1885. Construction of the new museum started this year along 15th Avenue Northeast.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, until 8 p.m. first Thursdays of each month, 4331 Memorial Way N.E., on the UW campus near the corner of 17th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 45th Street, Seattle; $7.50-$10, free for UW students, faculty and staff, free for all first Thursdays; parking is limited, since the UW parking lot (N1) closest to the Burke Museum is closed for New Burke construction (206-616-3962 or burkemuseum.org).
University Book Store
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One of Seattle’s great independent bookstores, University Book Store anchors what locals call The Ave. It’s a place where University of Washington students can pick up textbooks, but it’s much more — it carries novels, books about local history, books by UW professors, children’s books, science fiction and has a great art-writers’ supply section in the basement. You can shop for Husky gear and snack at the cafe, too.
Author readings coming up:
•7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12: University of Washington professor and anthropologist Margaret Willson will discuss her book “Seawomen of Iceland” about Iceland’s risk-taking fisherwomen, at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12.
•11 a.m. Tuesday Sept. 13: Illustrator Suzanne Kaufman shares her picture book “Samanthasaurus Rex” at a special story time for kids. (Regular story times aimed at ages 3-7 are at 11 a.m. most Saturdays.)
Store hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays, 4326 University Way N.E., Seattle (206-634-3400 or bookstore.washington.edu).
U Book Store validates parking in its pay lot, up to 30 minutes of free parking, no purchase required, or up to two hours of free parking with a minimum purchase of $5. If the lot is full, U Book Store validation stamps are accepted at other attended lots in the University District with a blue and yellow sign at the entrance.
University Heights Center
The center is home to the University District Farmers Market, held 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays year-round with as many as 60 farmers and vendors. It was the first of several Neighborhood Farmers Markets around Seattle (seattlefarmersmarkets.org/markets/u-district/u-district).
University Heights Center, in a historic former elementary school, also hosts arts, music and theater events and community classes, 5031 University Way N.E., Seattle (206-527-4278 or uheightscenter.org).
U District arts
University Way, “The Ave” and the surrounding area is home to an eclectic mix of stores, cafes, pubs, restaurants, and theaters.
• Laughs Comedy Club, formerly in Kirkland, opened this summer in the space that used to house Giggles Comedy Club. The venue hosts local and national comedians on the weekends. John Heffron, winner of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” Season 2, headlines Sept. 15-17. There’s an open mic for Wednesday in case you’re thinking of trying stand-up comedy for the first time, or just looking to work on some new material; 5220 Roosevelt Way N.E., Seattle (laughscomedyclub.com/).
• Jet City Improv was founded in 1992 and develops “brand-new improv comedy formats” with shows and classes; 5510 University Way N.E., Seattle (jetcityimprov.org/).
Movie venues include Grand Illusion, 1403 N.E. 50th St., Seattle (206-523-3935 or grandillusioncinema.org); Sundance Cinemas 10-screen complex has reserved seating, food and bar, and is for ages 21+ only; 4500 Ninth Ave. N.E., Seattle (sundancecinemas.com); and Varsity, a three-screen cinema that’s been operating since 1940; 4329 University Way N.E., Seattle (farawayentertainment.com/location/varsity-theatre/).
Link Light Rail University Station
Sound Transit Link Rail University Station, open since March, has been a huge success with UW students, sports fans and residents. The underground station is next to Husky Stadium (Brooklyn Avenue Northeast between Northeast 45th and Northeast 43rd streets), with a pedestrian bridge connecting the station to upper campus and the Burke-Gilman Trail. Station design includes Leo Saul Berk’s art installation “Subterranium” with a brightly lit glass elevator shaft and 553 backlit aluminum panels.
Link Light Rail from downtown Seattle takes about 8 minutes, with trips to the airport in about 45 minutes. Light Rail ridership is up about two-thirds from a year ago, with crowded rush hours. The crowds are balanced by the quick trips and frequency of service — every 6 to 10 minutes most of the day. (soundtransit.org/udistrictstation).