Arts & Culture

Critic’s Picks for the weekend of Aug. 1-3

Club Shostakovich on Vashon

Seattle’s Trio Pardalote, known for its intimate Club Shostakovich concerts in club venues, comes to Vashon Island this weekend for a festival-style concert. On the program: Shostakovich’s Quartet no. 11 (a set of miniatures), the Beethoven harp quartet, and the Mendelssohn viola quartet in B flat major, played by a host of guest performers. Refreshments afterward. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Vashon Allied Arts Blue Heron Center, 19704 Vashon Hwy SW, Vashon. Admission is $20 general; $16 seniors; $5 students. 206-463-5131,

Spaceworks quadruple Hilltop opening

Four new Spaceworks enterprise projects open at once on the Hilltop on Friday night, Aug. 1. Artisan concrete design team Concrete Market, custom-printers The Tshirt Men Co., SPUN clay arts studio, and production venue DubCity Studios will all open on the corner of 10th and Martin Luther King Jr. Way. There’ll be live entertainment, and you can bring and print your own blank T-shirt. The free festivities run 5-9 p.m. Friday (Aug. 1) at 917-923 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma.

Percival Plinth Project

Olympia’s annual Percival Plinth Project opens once again on the waterfront in downtown Olympia. Local sculptors such as Bil Fleming, Kevin Au and Ken Hall put their work along the boardwalk at Percival Landing; you can vote for the best through Aug. 31, and the city will purchase the one receiving the most votes for its permanent collection. Percival Landing is at 325 Columbia St. NW, Olympia.

Pianos in (Seattle) Parks

From now until Aug. 17, there’s another reason to visit Seattle parks: to play a piano. The Pianos in the Parks campaign puts 20 pianos – all artistically decorated by students and faculty at the Gage Academy of Art — in 20 Seattle and King County parks, including the Seattle Center, Alki Park, and Marymoor Park. Anyone can play the pianos, whatever their skill level, and players can even enter a video of their playing on the Facebook contest for a user-voted chance to play at KEXP’s Concerts at the Mural on Aug. 22. At the end of the campaign, all of the pianos will be auctioned at See website for venues.