THURS-13

SEATTLE MARITIME FESTIVAL--The piquant smell of tar, the batik of seagull poop--this is the waterfront. Celebrate with 11 varieties of chowder, the largest tugboat race in the world, and the suspense of the line coiling competition. Seattle Historic Waterfront, Pier 56-Pier 70, 443-3830, all weekend, free.

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SAT-15

UNIVERSITY STREET FAIR--Arts and crafts, imports, elephant ears, juggling, music, sticky trash, and street kids cover nine city blocks throughout the weekend. University Way NE, 632-9084, all day Sat & Sun, free.

POLYAMOROUS PAGANS--A concert benefit for the Divilbiss family, polyamorous Pagan parents who lost their children in a court battle, featuring the Gaia Consort, Craig Olson, and Carolyn Currie. Church, 14724 First Ave NE, 368-7534, 8 pm, $10/$12.

BUTTON AUCTION!--Pin-back buttons and political items dot the stage. Free appraisals for your own, auction service for those wanting to sell. Skyway Fire Station, 12424 76th Ave S, Renton, 722-5868, 1:30 pm, free.

SUN-16

BOWLING--Bowl for theater--Theater Schmeater, that is. The First Annual Bowl-O-Rama features wild bowling outfits, Miss Intermission, and awards of all sorts. West Seattle Bowl, 4505 39th SW, 324-5801, 6 pm, $12/$15.

STARS AND STORIES--Pricey benefit for the Seattle Repertory Theater's education programs, with a line-up of celebrities including Lesley Stahl, John Aylward, Jean Godden, Marcie Sillman, Charles Johnson, Charlayne Woodard, Robert Fulghum, and Nancy Guppy and Lauren Weedman reading excerpts from children's and young adult literature. Bagley Wright Theater, Seattle