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Artwalk – The Big One, concerts and theater in Greenwood-Phinney Ridge this weekend

Hundreds and hundreds of people will attend the Phinneywood Artwalk – The Big One on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. This is the 20th anniversary of our huge annual neighborhood artwalk. Official hours are from 6-9 p.m. Friday and 12-5 p.m. Saturday, with more than 100 artists at more than 70 galleries and other businesses throughout Greenwood and Phinney Ridge.

Some businesses will have special musical performances inside or outside on the sidewalk. You’ll also likely see street performers, children’s activities and chalk art. Check out the artwalk website for a map and list of all participating businesses. You can also get a printed map at participating sites. Several restaurants and pubs will offer artwalk specials (check the website for details).

Here are a few other things happening this weekend. Check our Events calendar for more.

The MemoryCare Plays, a staged reading of award-winning plays about living with memory loss, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Taproot Theatre’s new Isaac Studio Theatre, 212 N. 85th St. Proceeds from all ticket sales benefit ongoing arts programs for individuals experiencing memory loss and their caregivers.

Strangers” at The Pocket Theater, 8312 Greenwood Ave. N., Friday and Saturday night.

Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., presents a PNW Folklore Society concert with John Elwood & Sally Burkhart at 7:30 p.m. Friday; the George Carlin Memorial Cabaret at 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and Kenny Mandell’s Music Improv Session with Randy Doak and Lamar Lofton at 7 p.m. Sunday.

HannekeCassel-resizedSeattle Folklore Society presents Hanneke Cassel at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, at the Phinney Neighborhood Association 6532 Phinney Ave. N. in the Brick Building. Tickets in advance are $16 general, $14 SFS/PNA members and seniors; kids half price (all tickets are $2 more at the door).

“Exuberant and rhythmic, somehow both wild and innocent, delivered with captivating melodic clarity and an irresistible playfulness,” raves the Boston Globe about Hanneke Cassel’s playing. Such charismatic fiddling has brought the native Oregonian many honors and awards. Cassel is the 1997 U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, she holds a Bachelors of Music in Violin Performance from Berklee College of Music, and she has performed and taught across North America, Europe, New Zealand, Australia, and China.

For this SFS concert, Hanneke Cassel will be accompanied by her guitarist and singer Christopher Lewis, her long-time collaborator, and by famed cellist Mike Block, who is a member of Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project and was featured on Mark O’Connor’s highly acclaimed “Appalachian Waltz” album.

If you’re heading downtown this weekend, the Washington State Department of Transportation will close all southbound lanes of SR 99/Aurora Avenue North between the Battery Street Tunnel and Valley Street from 10 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Sunday, May 10.

To help with traffic flow following the Mariners game that night, the northbound lanes will not close until 11 p.m.

On Saturday, May 9, crews will temporarily reopen the southbound lanes between the Battery Street Tunnel and Valley Street at 3 p.m. and the northbound lanes at 8:30 p.m. Crews will close all lanes again at either 10:30 p.m. or two hours after the end of the Mariners game, whichever is later.