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Weekend round-up: new play at the Taproot, art walk, milk carton derby and more

The Seattle premier of a Tony-nominated musical is tonight, Friday 7/12, at Greenwood’s own Taproot Theatre. Bright Star is a musical written and composed by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell. It is set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina in 1945-46 with flashbacks to 1923.

Per the show’s press release: “Under a serene North Carolina sunset, a simple summer romance blossoms into true love. When Alice and Jimmy Ray’s parents forbid their union, the young couple is propelled into a daring future. Inspired by a true story, this powerful tale of love and redemption will make your heart soar and your toes tap. Hold on, love is coming home.”

  • Opening Night – Friday, July 12 at 8:00 PM
  • Saturday, July 13 at 2:00 PM
  • Saturday, July 13 at 8:00 PM
  • Thursday, July 18 at 7:30 PM
  • Friday, July 19 at 8:00 PM
  • Saturday, July 20 at 2:00 PM
  • Saturday, July 20 at 8:00 PM

Tickets and more information can be found here.

ArtUp, Chow Down PhinneyWood Art Walk, tonight from 6-9pm. The PhinneyWood artwalk is a monthly event that promotes over 40 participating venues in the Greenwood-Phinney neighborhood of N. Seattle. Come out and cruise the neighborhood from 6-9 pm and check out the latest art and special offerings each month. Here is tonight’s lineup and map.

Phinney Center gallery opening tonight. Come view the talents within our own community. This show will feature 27 works by PNA members, volunteers, and staff, anonymously selected by a jury.

Join us for the opening reception during the ArtUp PhinneyWood Art Walk to meet the artists, enjoy refreshments, take in the tunes of the Bellvue UKE’sters, and maybe even purchase your favorite piece!

The show will be on display July 11- August 16. You can learn more about the featured artists here.

The Gilbert & Sullivan Society debuts Princess Ida at Bagley Wright. This Crown Hill production company has 12 performances, starting tonight and running through July 28. “Crystal Dawn Munkers leads an exhilaratingly updated take on the battle of the sexes – complete with operatic warrior maidens, a cross-dressing trio of dandies, and a bit of magic. The brilliant, assertive Princess Ida has sequestered herself and her court in the Castle Adamant, dedicating themselves to the study of the higher arts and absolutely, utterly forswearing the company of men. And the men – including her promised fiancé, Prince Hilarion – are not taking it well.”

More information and tickets can be found here.

2019 Seafair Milk Carton Derby. Saturday, July 13 at Green Lake Aqua- Theater, Beginning at 10:30am. The 47th annual Milk Carton Derby is back for another year of creativity, science and boatmanship. Since 1972, this quirky event features colorful milk carton boats of all shapes and designs racing on Green Lake. Children, adults, families, military, schools and businesses are all invited to build milk carton watercraft and compete on the waters of Green Lake for prizes and bragging rights.