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Seattle Weekender: Vikings, arts phenoms and rhino tales

Crosscut's guide to a culturally enriching weekend in the city. Or at least some fun.
San Francisco is one city that has adopted the Slideshow Potshow that Seattle created

San Francisco is one city that has adopted the Slideshow Potshow that Seattle created SanFranAnnie

Slideluck Potshow

It’s a simple idea that has grown into a multi-national event. Slideluck Potshow is much like it sounds: Local artists and arts enthusiasts gather to mingle, drink, share foods they’ve made, and watch a slideshow of work that the artists themselves narrate. Founder Casey Kelbaugh started Slideluck Potshow 12 years ago in Seattle. Since then its originality and simplicity has become so popular that similar events are held from Lopez Island to as far away as Tel Aviv, Israel.

The evening kicks off with a potluck, drinking (provided by event sponsors), and socializing. Next, attendees head inside the white-walled VODA Studios to watch the slideshow, composed of art from a variety of genres splashed on the 22-foot high walls. After the slideshow, Seattle multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Erik Blood will be your DJ until 1 a.m.

If you go: Slideluck Potshow, VODA Studios, 1050 W Nickerson Street, Aug. 18, 7 p.m - 1 a.m., $10 with potluck/ $15 without, wine and beer provided.

The Shining or Caddyshack

The Landmark Theater atop Capitol Hill, The Egyptian, apparently can’t wait for soggy October weather to screen Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 slow-burn chiller, The Shining. The movie, abhorred by the author Stephen King because it deviated from his best-selling book (boo-hoo), was considered the mark of a director gone half-mad when released. The movie was considered too abstract for the horror genre and excessively violent. It’s since gone on to delight and confound horror junkies.

Spatial impossibilities of the Overlook Hotel, Indian curses, and its mysterious ending aside, the movie makes the most sense if you consider it the simple story of a father run amok, sick with cabin fever, incensed by writer’s block, frustrated with his willful son and nosy wife, and wielding a fire axe mottled with drops of crimson blood.

But in terms of villains, Ted Knight’s Judge Elihu Smails in Caddyshack outdoes Jack with the kill count. “I’ve sent boys younger than you to the gas chamber,” the draconian Knight tells a spent Michael O’Keefe. “I felt I owed it to them.” Caddyshack's themes of elitism confronted with lunch box workers make it a perennial favorite for quotes — most jokes are made at the expense of snobbish, well-heeled country club types.

Just as iconic as a set of dead twins at the end of a hallway, is a faux-poop Baby Ruth candy bar making its way through the Bushwood Country Club swimming pool. Pick your poison: horror or comedy?

If you scream: The Shining, Egyptian, 801 E. Pine St., Friday, Aug. 17, midnight, $8.25.

If you laugh: Caddyshack, Fremont Outdoor Movies, 3501 Fremont Ave N., Saturday, Aug. 18, 7 p.m., $5.

Viking Days

Nords are known for their svelte waistlines, which is confusing given the amount of food they apparently eat. This weekend's Viking Days kicks off with Swedish pancakes at 9 a.m., then proceeds to stuff attendees with foods from each of the five Nordic countries: Swedish meatballs, Norweigen lefse, Danish aebleskiver, Finnish voileipä, and Icelandic vinarterta. Don’t know what those are? This is your chance to find out (Don't worry, they're nothing like lutefisk). The less-adventurous can head to the Vahalla Beer Garden, where more-conventional sausages will be served. Those with a hankering for salmon can fork over a little extra cash for the sit-down salmon dinner (Note: It is expected to sell out, so don't wait to buy tickets).

Once you're overloaded on Scandinavian fare, turn your attention to Viking Days' music, kids events, craft demonstrations, and the Viking Encampment, where sword-fighting enthusiasts can watch historic re-enactments. Lectures on pillaging and long blond hair may occur. The Nordic Heritage Museum will be offering free admission during the event. Most enticingly, the event raffle will offer a chance to win two round-trip tickets to Scandinavia aboard IcelandAir. Drink, be loud, and make your ancestors proud.


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