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The Weekend List: The arts and culture guide to Seattle's good life

George Takei lords over Pride, artsy stargazing at Gas Works and Freehold brings Shakespeare to the masses.

* Denotes events that are $15 or less

Speck on Speck on Speck *

All summer, the Henry will be hosting Summer Field Studies, featuring local artists out and about. Friday’s event takes us to Gas Works park for star-gazing, and a reading and “thought experiment” with visual artist Allyce Wood. Wood’s work, whether print, cut paper or sculpture, focuses on humanity’s interaction with nature, and on this evening we’ll explore our place in the world under the vast night sky.

In addition, take in the city and beyond at twilight, guided by members of the Seattle Astronomical Society (and their telescopes).

If you go: Speck on Speck on Speck, Gas Works Park, 9 p.m. on June 27, (FREE) — N.C.

Seattle Pride *

It’s Seattle Pride’s 40th anniversary and the city is abuzz with activity. While there are dozens of events, I’m a big fan of Sunday’s Pride Parade, this year led by Celebrity Grand Marshal George Takei (who’s also appearing at brunch on Sunday morning). It’s crowded and a little hokey, but I can think of few occasions when everyone, it seems, is clamoring to represent. My personal favorites are the City of Seattle departments: employees decked out in rainbow shirts atop library carts, sanitation vehicles and police cars equally festooned. Afterwards, head to KEXP’s Pride Party at Tilikum Place Park, complete with KEXP DJs, cash bar, and grub from The 5 Point Café.

If you go: Seattle Pride Parade, Downtown to Seattle Center, 11 a.m. on June 29 (FREE)  — N.C.

South Park Bridge: Grand Opening & Dedication *

After 4 years of closure, the South Park Bridge is reopening. If you like the way it looks, you have Tucson-based artist Barbara Grygutis to thank. She helped incorporate functional and mechanical elements from the original 1931 bridge into its current incarnation. So the railing panels, gears, rockers and guide tracks all call attention to the engineering feats from long ago. 

You can get up close and personal with the bridge with tours all day on June 29. A grand opening celebration also features a street party and a parade.

If you go: South Park Bridge Grand Opening & Dedication, South Park, Noon to 9 p.m. on June 29 (FREE). – F.D.

The Flower of England’s Face: Henry IV *

This summer, as it’s done for years, Freehold will tour a theater production to non-traditional sites: the state’s prison for women, Harborview and Joint Base Lewis-McChord to name a few. It’s part of the company’s Engaged Theatre tour, which reflects Freehold’s ongoing commitment to bring art to diverse populations. On tap this year is “The Flower of England’s Face: William Shakespeare’s Henry IV.” It’s a story about the tenacity and courage it takes to reinvent oneself. In other words, it’s a story about having guts.

The cast includes Tony Pasqualini as King Henry IV and Reginald Andre Jackson as Prince Henry. The production also features live puppets as well as live music scored by Gino Yevdjevich of Kultur Shock. And while some of the tour shows will be performed for selected audiences, Freehold will be hosting a series of pay-what-you-can performances that are open to the public, between July 12 through July 20 at the UW’s Penthouse Theatre. A special preview show on June 30 will be held in that most summertime of venues – outdoors! – at the lovely Luther Burbank park on Mercer Island.

If you go: The Flower of England’s Face: Henry IV, June 30 at Mercer Island’s Luther Burbank Park; July 12 through July 20 at the UW. (Pay what you can). — F.D.

Cherry Glazerr *


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