Downtown Lowdown: Week of June 4-10

Downtown Lowdown – your weekly dose of all things events, specials and happenings in Downtown Seattle this week.  If it’s happening…and it’s “happening”…you’ll find it here.


Monday, June 4:

House…err…Hugh Laurie sings at Benaroya


British actor and musician Hugh Laurie comes to Benaroya Hall to perform music from his hit blues album, Let Them Talk, recently featured on PBS’ Great Performances. House…err…Laurie is backed by the Copper Bottom Band.  This promises to be an awesome experience – and it’s one night only!

Date: Monday, June 4

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $35 – $105

Address: Benaroya Hall, 200 University St.



Tuesday, June 5:

Green Day’s American Idiot


Direct from Broadway, the smash-hit musical AMERICAN IDIOT tells the story of three lifelong friends, forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia.

Based on Green Day’s GRAMMY® Award-winning multi-platinum album, AMERICAN IDIOT boldly takes the American musical where it’s never gone before. The result is an experience Charles Isherwood of The New York Times declares “thrilling, emotionally charged, and as moving as any Broadway musical I’ve seen this year!”

Date: June 5 – 10

Time: Varies (see website)

Cost: Varies (see website)

Address: Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St



Wednesday, June 6:

Ancestral Modern: Australian Aboriginal Art from the Kaplan and Levi ­Collection at SAM

With over 100 works—including paintings, wood carvings, and cast bronze—the exhibit features pieces created from 1970 to 2009 showcasing the creativity and the artistic renaissance of what is commonly called the world’s oldest living culture.  The piece pictured left is called Walu and is by Tommy Mitchell.  A lot of interesting work on display here…and it runs until September 2.

Date: June 6 – September 2

Time: Varies (see website)

Cost: Varies (see website)

Address: Seattle Art Museum, 1300 1st Avenue



Thursday, June 7:

SIFF: An Evening with Sissy Spacek

SIFF celebrates the heralded film career of actress Sissy Spacek.  With a wide range of work from from Carrie…in Carrie…to Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner’s Daughter, this event will feature clips from her past, a Q&A with the actress, and a screening of Terrence Malick’s 1973 crime drama Badlands.  This will be a truly unique experience…well worth checking out.

Date: Thursday, June 7

Time: 7:00 pm

Cost: $40

Address: Uptown Cinema, 511 Queen Anne Ave N



Friday, June 8

SLU Science Trek

Research organizations of South Lake Union (PATH, ISB, Seattle Biomed, UW Medicine, Seattle Children’s, Center for Wooden Boats, and Fred Hutchinson) join more than 500 guests on a journey through the diverse science surrounding their respective fields of expertise – global health, modern biology, cancer research, health and wellness…even sailing.  This is the signature event of the 2012 Seattle Science Festival – open for all ages, generally geared toward K-12, but informative for all.

Date: Friday, June 8

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

Address: Various locations (see website)



Saturday, June 9:

One Slight Hitch by Lewis Black

Lewis Black is comedic gold.  Warning, he’s not suitable for all ages, but he is exteremly funny.  And, with his mind as the driving force, One Slight Hitch takes us to suburban Cincinnati circa 1981.

We meet Doc and Delia Coleman on the morning they plan to throw their eldest daughter the lavish wedding they never had, until her ex shows up and begins to wreak glorious havoc on all of their plans.  A zany, door-slamming farce from seriously funny man Black, One Slight Hitch delivers a riotous and strangely romantic ride through the deconstruction of one family’s equilibrium.

Date: June 8 – July 8

Time: Varies (see website)

Cost: Varies (see website)

Address: ACT Theatre, 700 Union St



Sunday, June 10:

Seattle Mariners vs Los Angeles Dodgers

After a roadtrip featuring games against three of the better teams in the American League – the Rangers, White Sox and Angels – the Mariners FINALLY return home to Safeco Field.  We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again, Safeco is one of (if not the) best ballparks in the nation.  Help the M’s send one of the National League’s best teams, the Los Angeles Dodgers, back to California with an L.

Date: June 8-10

Time: Varies (see website)

Cost: Varies (see website)

Address: Safeco Field, 1250 1st Avenue South



Sunday, June 10:

Waterfront Whimsea, Family Fun Day

So, we typically post just one event per day on the Downtown Lowdown.  We’re throwing that rule out the window this week, and there are some very good reasons for that.  Reasons like Bubbleman, Bruce Meyers, the music of the Not-It’s and Pan Leggo…see where we’re going with this?  It’s Waterfont Whimsea Family Fun Day – and it’s loaded with activities for the entire family.  This is a free event and it runs from noon-5pm at Waterfront Park.

Date: Sunday, June 10

Time: noon-5 p.m.

Cost: Free

Address: Waterfront Park, 1301 Alaskan Way


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