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Thursday, August 15
- Wine tasting: Bodegas Beronia Rioja. Take a tour of Spain’s famous Rioja region, using the amazing work of the great Estate of Bodegas Beronia. Vino Verite (208 Boyston Ave E), 5 – 8p.
- Wine tasting: Join winemaker Justin Nuefeld for a flight of some of his finest Gilbert Cellar wines. Poco wine + spirits (1408 E Pine St),6p.
- Gallery talk: Join Buster Simpson, the artist currently showcased at Frye Art Museum, and Scott Lawrimore, museum curator for a free gallery talk. 704 Terry Ave, 6 – 7p.
- Author reading: Peter Orner reads from his brand-new short story collection, Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge. Free. Richard Hugo House (1634 11th Ave), 7p.
- DeLuxe 50th Anniversary Celebration: givaways, cake, special prices + live music from the Moonspinners. DeLuxe Bar and Grill (625 Broadway Ave E), 8 – 11p.
- Foodie author reading double header: Gluten Free Girl Shauna Ahern discusses gluten-free tips and recipes from her book Everyday; and Matthew Amster Burton talks about his new book Pretty Good, Number One: an American Family Eats Tokyo. Includes snacks and tastes from both books. Free. Elliott Bay Book Company, 6p.
- Corset Magazine visits Seattle by hosting a free social event featuring the beautiful images from their magazine, exciting conversations about sex, enjoy refreshments, treats, and sex toy giveaways. Babeland (707 E Pike St), 6:30 – 10p.
- New Wave French cinema: Un Flic (1972) A swan song from the great Jean-Pierre Melville. “Melville’s aura of cool is generally derived from extended sequences of silent action where the audience has to find out what’s going on as the characters perform their tasks.” $6 – $10. Through Sunday. Northwest Film Forum (1515 12th Ave), 7p and 9p.
- The Pirogue (2012) opens Friday for it’s Seattle premiere and continues through next Thursday. New York Times calls it “a remarkably clear-eyed, quietly ambitious film.” Northwest Film Forum, 7p and 9p.
- Movie night in Cal Anderson Park: Conan, The Destroyer features lots of screen time for Ahh-nold’s pecs, but fierce Grace Jones steals the show. Conan is the second-to-last movie in the park for 2013. (Galaxy Quest is rescheduled to August 23rd.) Free. Movie starts at 8:30.
Saturday, August 17
- Pistil Books annual outdoor sale: Trot down the alley to dig through boxes and stacks of books. 100s in all categories. Paperbacks $1, hardbacks $2 and free lemonade. 1415 E Union, in the alley between 14th and 15th. 10a – 4p
- Bat ‘n’ Rouge Dykes vs. Drag Queens: This annual softball fundraiser brightens up Cal Anderson Park playfields in this free, all-ages event to benefit Seattle area support groups. See how much fun was had by all in 2011. Bobby Morris Playfields, 12 – 4p.
- Author reading: delve into the world of wine with Nose, a this novel by James Conaway. Elliott Bay Book Company, 7p.
- O-tsukimi Moon Viewing: welcome the new moon in the Seattle Japanese Garden, lit with paper lanterns, luminaries and floating boats. Performances by traditional Japanese dancers and musicians. The optional tea ceremonies are sold out, but you can still get $10 tickets for garden entry. Seattle Japanese Garden (1075 Lake Washington Blvd. E), 6 – 10p.
Sunday, August 18
- Broadway Farmers Market at the corner of Pine and Broadway, 11a – 3p.
- Film talk: Critic Robert Horton look’s at the cinema’s most credible and organic cityscapes, and what those visions suggest about where we live (and where we might live). Frye Art Museum, 2 – 4p.
- Poetry reading: Poets Maged Zaher and Kreg Hasegawa read their original poetry live in the atrium gallery. Free. Blindfold Gallery (1718 E Olive Way), 7p.