ArtSEA: In Seattle, turning to art in a world on fire


For the second year, Vashon Island is bringing back the Vashon Island Film Festival (Aug. 10-13), showcasing feature films, documentaries and shorts. Included in the lineup are two music docs of note: Clyde Petersen’s Even Hell Has Its Heroes, about Seattle band Earth, and Boom: A Film About the Sonics (the influential Tacoma rock band, not the basketball team!).

In Tacoma, GlassFest Northwest (Aug. 12, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.) celebrates the art form with live glassmaking demos, art-glass vendors and free admission to the Museum of Glass, where I recommend the current show She Bends: Redefining Neon Legacy (through Oct. 29).

On Bainbridge Island, the self-guided Summer Studio Tour (Aug. 11-13) showcases a wealth of local artisans — painters, jewelers, wood carvers and more — and their creative environments. 

In Seattle, the Wing Luke Museum is holding its annual Hai! Japantown celebration (Aug. 12, 1 – 5 p.m.), an all-ages block party featuring DJs, a Butoh dance demonstration, food booths, Taiko drumming and a music set by indie rocker Tomo Nakayama

And at Seattle Center, the Day In Day Out music festival (Aug. 12 – 13) brings a slew of bands and DJs to the Fisher Pavilion, including headliners Leon Bridges and Bon Iver and local fave Enumclaw. 

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