17 of Seattle's top entertainment picks, April 8-14
The Seattle Times' weekly list of 17 arts and entertainment highlights includes "Apollo" and "Carmina Burana" at Pacific Northwest Ballet; the movie "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia" at Northwest Film Forum; and the Seattle Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival.
'Once Upon a Time in Anatolia'
Turkish filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan's road movie, which shared the grand prize at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, takes the unassuming form of a police murder investigation that, as miles and words mount, evolves into a plangent, visually stunning meditation on what it is to be human. Now playing at Northwest Film Forum, through Thursday. For showtimes, see Page H7. For the full review by Manohla Dargis of The New York Times, go to www.seattletimes.com.
'Titanic: The Final Word with James Cameron'
As we approach the anniversary of the great ship's sinking, the Oscar-winning filmmaker returns to the wreck with a slew of experts for the "ultimate forensic investigation." Premieres 5 p.m. Sunday (with repeats throughout the week) on the National Geographic channel.
The gang is back and they've got Matt Bomer ("White Collar"). Bomer plays Blaine's older brother and yes, he sings! 8 p.m. Tuesday on Fox.
Woodhouse Wine Estates
Happy hour at a winery: Woodhouse Wine Estates rolls out its $5 wine and $5 gourmet flatbread pizzas from 5-8 p.m. every Thursday. With live music. 15500 Woodinville Redmond Road, Suite C600, in Woodinville (425-527-0608 or www.thewoodhousewineestates.com).
Ravish on Eastlake offers a great deal on Easter brunch on Sunday. It's an $18 buffet with chorizo, ham, frittata and other breakfast favorites. Starts at 9 a.m. Last seating at noon. 2956 Eastlake Ave. E., Seattle (206-913-2497 or www.ravishoneastlake.com).
Seattle Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival
Join in a celebration of Seattle's connections with modern and ancient Japanese culture and the beauty of spring. With exhibits including Ikebana: The Japanese Art of Flower Arranging, art display and artists' demonstration, food, Taiko drumming, games, Friday-April-15, Seattle Center House and Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center; free (206-684-7200 or www.seattlecenter.com).
Daffodil Festival parades
A plethora of daffodils will be on display in four parades all set for Saturday, 10:30 a.m., Tacoma; 12:45 p.m., Puyallup; 2:30 p.m., Sumner; 5 p.m., Orting (253-840-4194 or www.daffodilfestival.net).
Atmospheric but still hard-driving, Radiohead launched its first U.S. tour in four years in Miami in February. Reviews report that singer, guitarist and pianist Thom Yorke is still having a good time. The band has sold more than 30 millions albums worldwide. 7:30 p.m. Monday at KeyArena, Seattle Center; $66.50 (800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com).
From '70s new wave to jazz and Americana, 57-year-old Grammy winner Elvis Costello continues to reinvent himself. Costello and the Imposters' "Spectacular Spinning Songbook" tour coincides with the April 3 release of a new album, "The Return of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook,"a live CD/DVD collection. 8 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle; $35.75-$75.75 (877-784-4849 or www.stgpresents.org).
The story of the early, early years of The Beatles comes to Seattle Children's Theatre in a staging by Holland-based Theatergroep Max and featuring a Dutch cast. Recommended for ages 11 and older. Previews Thursday-May 13, 201 Thomas St., Seattle; $20-$36 (206-441-3322 or www.sct.org).
This Off Broadway hit tells the story of (real-life) English playwright and spy Aphra Behn, who lived — large — during the tumultuous 1600s. Through April 22, Seattle Repertory Theatre, 155 Mercer St., Seattle; $30-$59 (206-443-2222 or www.seattlerep.org).
Seattle Symphony Orchestra
German violinist Augustin Hadelich, a favorite with local audiences thanks to his summer chamber-music stints, is guest soloist in the next Masterworks program, which includes Dvorak's Violin Concerto in A minor and Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony. Peter Oundjian is guest conductor. 7:30 p.m. Thursday and 8 p.m. Saturday (shortened Rush Hour program at 7 p.m. Friday), Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $17-$110 (206-215-4747 or www.seattlesymphony.org).
Lake Union Civic Orchestra
Christophe Chagnard will lead the orchestra in a program of independent musical thinkers of the 20th century: Gershwin, Bernstein and Prokofiev. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; $10-$15 (800-838-3006 or www.luco.org).
'Apollo' and 'Carmina Burana'
In the late 1920s, "Apollo" marked an early collaboration between artistic titans George Balanchine and Igor Stravinsky. It was a marriage fit for the gods — and one that forever changed the look and significance of classical ballet. At Pacific Northwest Ballet, it's paired with audience favorite "Carmina Burana," by former company co-director Kent Stowell. Friday through April 22, McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St., Seattle; $28-$168 (206-441-2424 or www.pnb.org).
The playful, energetic Australian troupe is known for mixing contemporary dance with multimedia effects and other nontraditional elements. In its Meany Hall debut, the troupe will weave dance through and around kinetic sculpture in a work called "Connected." 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Meany Hall, University of Washington, Seattle; $20-$39 (206-543-4880 or www.uwworldseries.org).
Joseph Lelyveld on 'Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and his Struggle with India'
Hear Joseph Lelyveld, former executive editor of The New York Times, discuss his new biography on Mahatma Gandhi. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; $5 (800-838-3006 or www.townhallseattle.org).
A video included in this show riled some folks during its 2010 run at the Smithsonian, and most coverage of the exhibition focused on those images. But there is much, much more to "Hide/Seek," with its focus on LGBT portraiture and the vast range of artists it includes. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays through June 10, Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma; $8-$10 (253-272-4258 or www.tacomaartmuseum.org).