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    $15 or Less: Genius party, literary mixer, outdoor beer & movies

    Hot fun for the cost conscious culture lover.
    Film & Beer at Gas Works Park

    Film & Beer at Gas Works Park Photo: Nature Consortium

    Five Nights of Genius at the Frye
    Frye Art Museum, Wed. 7/24 at 5:30- 8 p.m., $10
    The Stranger Genius Awards (an annual event that hands out $5,000 grants to artists in an array of categories) are quickly approaching and to get us all amped up, the Stranger is hosting showcases at the Frye. At tonight's event, you can listen to performances and interviews with award nominees Jessika Kenney & Eyvind Kang, Katie Kate and Jherek Bischoff. Your $10 ticket includes one cocktail and there will be an after-party at the beloved, and swanky Vito’s.

    Elwha: Exploited, Rethought, and Reborn
    Frye Art Museum, Thurs., 7/25 at 7 p.m., FREE
    In case you missed their reading at SPL in June, you have another chance to see Seattle Times reporter Lynda Mapes and artist Peter Malarkey discuss their longtime documentation of the Elwha River Valley, recently the site of the largest damn removal ever attempted. While the last event was more a general reading, this one will focus on how the pair covered the story of this beautiful yet profoundly damaged swath of the Olympic Peninsula and the restoration that will follow.

    Movable Type: A Literary Mixer
    Vermillion, Thurs. 7/25 at 7:30 p.m., FREE
    I love the idea of taking an event that’s rather solitary and turning it into a group activity. Carefully select the perfect book for a literary mixer, grab a drink and strike up conversation with other readers (or don’t, and just enjoy being surrounded by other lit lovers). This event showcases the work of the nonprofit Literacy Source, which has been providing a variety of adult literacy services in our area since 1986.

    Clips Beer & Film Tour
    Gas Works Park, Fri. 7/26 at 8 p.m., FREE (plus beer tokens)
    Craft beer + short films AT GAS WORKS PARK (perhaps the most fairytale of all Seattle parks)  — this event is just too good to be true. Making its third annual stop in Seattle, this travelling beer and film festival features up to 18 unique beer taps and all the beer proceeds going to the Nature Consortium. Not a lot of information about the short films as of this writing, but they seems to run the gamut from animation to documentary to music video. And they're all FREE.

    Around the Block Party
    Chop Suey, Sun. 7/28 at 3 p.m., FREE
    This is the weekend of Capitol Hill Block Party (which, alas, costs more than $15, but will be grand). For those not feeling the price, or the crowds, or eager to be trapped inside a grimy, gated area in the Pike/Pine corridor, Chop Suey will be hosting a free Around the Block party with drums and synth outfit Hot Victory and post-punk band Haunted Horses and lots of free hot dogs and burgers!

    Reza Aslan with Lesley Hazleton
    Central LIbrary, Mon. 7/29 at 7 p.m., FREE
    Iranian-American writer and scholar Reza Aslan will be in conversation with local “accidental theologian” Lesley Hazleton (whose most recent book was The First Muslim: The Story of Muhammad). Both are brilliant religious scholars in their own right but tonight will be particularly thrilling: Aslan discusses his recent book Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, which, rather than relying purely on gospel accounts, puts the life and times of Jesus into a social and political context.

    Movie Mondays: Almost Famous
    Triple Door, Mon. 7/29, FREE with $3 drink person
    Almost Famous holds a special place in my heart and remains (with admittedly a large dose of nostalgia) my quintessential music movie. It’s one of the strongest of Seattle native Cameron Crowe’s films, and should hold a particular place of respect ‘round these parts. Enjoy Kate Hudson at her cutest, Francis McDormand at her (arguably) most natural and Elton John's “Tiny Dancer” at its (completely inarguably) most epic. 

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    Posted Thu, Jul 25, 10:42 a.m. Inappropriate

    Isn't the photo captioned "Film & Beer at Gas Works Park" a little misleading? With said caption, it suggests that the folks we see sitting on their blankets with an unobstructed view of the film screen are also enjoying beers. Yet--this being surprisingly puritanical Seattle, where a city ordinance bans drinking alcohol in public parks--there is in fact a "beer garden" (i.e., a specially cordoned-off area, away from the all-ages crowd that's watching the movie) where beer drinkers must go to imbibe their preferred beverage. I don't know how far this fenced-in drinking zone must actually be from the film screen or if it affords very good film-watching views. But anyone attending these film nights shouldn't expect the drinking and watching to be as simple as Crosscut's photo suggests.

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