Seattle-area arts and entertainment highlights for the week beginning Aug. 7 include "The Names of Love," Adele and a cookout and book drive with Seattle7Writers.

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‘The Names of Love’

French actress Sara Forestier, in a tour de force of comic acting, plays a young woman of strong leftist opinions who has sex with conservatives to convert them to her point of view. Jacques Gamblin, as the older man swept into her orbit, makes an able audience surrogate, a witness to Forestier’s inspired madness. For showtimes, see Page H6. For the full four-star review, go to


‘Take the Money and Run’

This new “unscripted” series from the producers of “The Amazing Race” and “CSI” has contestants hide a briefcase full of money, with real-life investigators hot on their tail. 9 p.m. Tuesday on ABC.

‘The Franchise: A Season with the San Francisco Giants’

This docu-series follows the 2010 World Series champions into their new season. 10 p.m. Wednesday on Showtime.

Pop music


The queen of the British soul revival — particularly now that Amy Winehouse has made her sudden departure — Adele has sold 4 million downloads of “Rolling in the Deep,” a song certain to take its place alongside classics of the first wave of soul. Adele, who had to cancel a concert scheduled June 1, performs at 8 p.m. Friday at the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle; sold out (877-784-4849 or


‘In the Next Room, or the vibrator play’

ACT Theatre stages Sarah Ruhl’s Tony-nominated story of domesticity and desire in the Victorian era. Need we say it’s for mature audiences only? 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 28, 700 Union St., Seattle; $15-$55 (206-292-7676 or

Classical music

Seattle Chamber Music Society Summer Festival

The annual series is about to come to an end, wrapping up with three concerts on the Eastside. And for the last time, too — in 2012, all the SCMS festival concerts will be held in Benaroya. Next concert is 8 p.m. Monday (7 p.m. recital) with a bill of Beethoven, Grieg and Elgar at The Overlake School, 20301 N.E. 108th St., Redmond; $10 and $45 (206-283-8808 or

Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival

The fest that bills itself “Classical Music with a View” opens this week with “A Poet’s Love,” a concert featuring Telemann’s Fantasy for solo violin and Gerswhin’s “Summertime.” 7:30 p.m. Friday, Orcas Center, 917 Mt. Baker Road, Eastsound; $10-$30 (360-376-2281 or

Literary events

Cookout and Book Drive with Seattle7Writers

Meet a whole gaggle of popular Seattle authors all at once: Jennie Shortridge, Garth Stein, Stephanie Kallos, Deb Caletti, Kevin O’Brien, Peter Mountford, Laurie Frankel, Dave Boling, Boyd Morrison, Thea Cooper, Randy Sue Coburn, Clare Meeker, Frances McCue, Carol Cassella and Erik Larson will be on hand for a cookout and book drive. They’ll provide hot dogs and lemonade; you provide a new book or a donation for their cause. 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Queen Anne Books, 1811 Queen Anne Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-283-5624 or