by Kirby Lindsay
June is Fremont month, with Father’s Day weekend (June 19 & 20) at the eye of the storm of activity. This year will be no different, with an extensive list of smaller, and perhaps, lesser known activities going on.
Two events wrap up this weekend. The last seatings for Café Nordo’s Bounty: An Epic Adventure In Seafood (profiled here on May 14) will be June 17 - 19. Co-creator, Terry Podgorski, has said they may restage the show in the future, but why take the chance?
Ditto for Gay Bingo. The last game of 2010 will be called on Saturday, June 19 at Fremont Studios. The Lifelong AIDS Alliance fundraiser (profiled here on February 15) will have a 2011 season (held January – June) but what if it doesn’t come back to Fremont? When will it be more convenient?
Originally planned for Father’s Day, the final interview of the Songwriter’s Conversations series, at Dusty Strings (3406 Fremont Avenue North), has been rescheduled for this Friday, June 18, at 8p.m. Hosted by Peter Spencer, the featured lyricist will be Charlotte Thistle.
One Time Only
For the 21 and over crowd, Tost Lounge has live music starting at 2p on Saturday with PK & What Army. At 8p The Acorn Project and Zero Gravity Circus will take the stage. On Sunday, at 9p, check out the free comedy showcase, the Big Bully Show. Nectar Lounge will also offer entertainment, plus a BBQ on their patio.
On Saturday, starting at 11 a.m., check out the Blue Moon Burgers beer garden, with a DJ spinning tunes from 2p – 10p and scrumptious burgers – now made with Thundering Hooves 100% grass-fed, organic beef or black bean chipotle Gardenburger patties.
Blue Moon will serve Fremont Brewing Company organic beer, also available straight from the source down the street. The Fremont Brewing brewery will hold a special, extended version of their popular Urban Beer Garden on Saturday 11a – 8p and Sunday 11a – 5p.
For something more intellectual, Fremont Place Book Company will welcome local author Paul Rogat Loeb on Saturday at 3p, to speak on his book Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in Challenging Times. This handbook for budding community activists has been completely revised to address the specific challenges and opportunities of our times.
The Start of Good Things to Come
Through June and July, History House holds their Music In The Sculpture Garden concert series, free-of-charge, on Sundays at 2p.m. This Sunday, come hear Burgundy Pearl and The Hayburners. In addition, on Saturday, they will host Victory Music Day, with a day of concerts. The line up starts with Silver Lining at 10a, Down The Road at 11a, Hounds@Bay at 2p and the Eric Miller Band at 3p.
For the next four weeks, Work It Productions will stage the sixth season of Shakespeare On The Troll, starting this weekend. Performances, at the Fremont Troll, are pay-what-you-will, and held Saturdays at Noon and 2p, and Sundays at Noon until July 11th.
Work It Managing Director Jen Anderson described the Saturday performance, at Noon, as a “sort of a preview.” They don’t expect to draw large audiences, but they will attract the attention of people who pass by – especially those who would otherwise not hear about it. “We have full knowledge there is something bigger going on,” she said.
That ‘something bigger’ will be the Fremont Arts Council Solstice Parade, which dances through Fremont at Noon on Saturday, June 19. Then there is the Fremont Street Fair – from 10a – 8p on Saturday, 11a – 6p on Sunday – that offers blocks and blocks of vendors, food booths and entertainment, plus the Seattle Art Car BlowOut on display in the Burke Building parking lot.
Frankly, Fremont contains a plethora of fun and funky opportunities – with this being the full-on flash of fabulousness! Pace yourself. Next weekend, June 26, launches the Outdoor Movies season with the screening of Twilight: New Moon. June, after all, is Fremont month.
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