17 of Seattle's top entertainment picks for April 22-29, 2012
The Seattle Times' weekly list of arts and entertainment features 17 highlights, including World Rhythm Festival at Seattle Center, Cold Play at KeyArena and Seattle Baroque Orchestra and Tudor Choir performing Vivaldi's Gloria.
'The Deep Blue Sea'
Terence Davies' dramatic, beautiful post-WWII romance, based on a play by Terence Rattigan, stars Rachel Weisz as an unhappy married woman who goes chasing after something shiny, only to find how quickly it fades. Now playing at Seven Gables. For showtimes, see Page H7. For Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald's 3 ½-star review, go to www.seattletimes.com.
'The L.A. Complex'
A new drama about "aspiring performers" living in an "apartment-style motel for displaced dreamers." Hmmm. Sounds like "Melrose Place" to me. Series premiere, 9 p.m. Tuesday on the CW.
Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin and the gang of TGS go live this week with this new episode. 8:30 p.m. Thursday on NBC.
The Noble Fir
Here's an excellent excuse to hit Ballard on Thursday: The Noble Fir will hold a special tasting of 11 Lost Abbey and Port Brewing Company brews — some not-to-be-missed beers. 4 p.m. to closing, 5316 Ballard Ave. N.W., Seattle (206-420-7425 or thenoblefir.com).
Woodhouse Wine Estates
Free munchies and wine in "Woodinville Wine Country" when The Woodhouse Wine Estates hosts its riesling- release party from 5-8 p.m. Friday at 15500 Woodinville Redmond Road N.E., Suite C600. RSVP requested (425-527-0608 or www.thewoodhousewineestates.com).
Earth Day celebration and the beginning of Sustainable Futures month, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. with booths, hands-on projects, panel discussions, music and food. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Seattle Center, Seattle; free (206-684-7200 or www.seattlecenter.com).
World Rhythm Festival
Drum, dance, listen and learn with more than 100 performances and workshops with music of Africa, Asia, Cuba, Brazil, India, America, Middle East and more for youth and adults. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-April 29, Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., Seattle; free (206-684-7200 or www.swps.org).
The soaring anthems of Coldplay's "Mylo Xyloto" sent the album to a No. 1 U.S. debut and the top-selling spot in the U.K. The band's first North American tour in nearly three years brings it to Seattle at 7 p.m. Wednesday at KeyArena, Seattle Center; $76.50-$107 (800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com).
The electrifying, charismatic Portland-bred singer/bassist is the best thing to happen to jazz in years. Spalding's second album for Concord, "Radio Music Society," not only shot to the top of the contemporary jazz charts but made the Top 10 in pop, as well. 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle; $30-$42 (877-784-4849 or www.stgpresents.org).
AC/DC: 'Australia's Family Jewels'
Experience Music Project kicks off an exhibition devoted to the great Australian heavy-metal band AC/DC with a concert by tribute band Hell's Belles at 8 p.m. Friday in Sky Church, EMP, 325 Fifth Ave. N., Seattle ($10-20) and a book signing and Q&A by Anthony Bozza, author of "Why AC/DC Matters," and EMP curator Jasen Emmons at 1 p.m. Saturday, JBL Theater; $5-$8 (206-770-2700 or www.empmuseum.org). The exhibit opens Saturday and runs through Sept. 29. The museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.
In this classic Richard Adler-Jerry Ross musical, the devil offers to help Joe's team win the big game — at a price. Remember? Whatever Lola wants, Lola gets. A coproduction with Paper Mill Playhouse. Through May 20, 5th Avenue Theatre, 1308 Fifth Ave., Seattle; $29-$139 (206-625-1900 or www.5thavenue.org).
'The Pitmen Painters'
"Pitmen" is the true story of British miners whose lives were transformed when they learned to paint. The play, written by Lee Hall, of "Billy Elliot" fame, is making its Seattle premiere this week. Thursday-May 20 at ACT Theatre, 700 Union St., Seattle; $15-$55 (206-292-7676 or www.acttheatre.org).
Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Conductor laureate Gerard Schwarz leads a program of Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3 and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 8, with Georgian virtuoso Alexander Toradze as guest pianist. 7:30 p.m. Thursday and 8 p.m. Saturday, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $17-$110 (206-215-4747 or www.seattlesymphony.org).
Seattle Baroque Orchestra and Tudor Choir
The music of Vivaldi will fill the air when the orchestra and choir join forces on the composer's popular Gloria in D. Early-music fans likely will recognize the soloists: Debra Nagy (oboe), sopranos Linda Tsatsanis and Catherine Webster and countertenor Matthew White. 8 p.m. Saturday, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; $15-$40 (206-325-7066 or www.earlymusicguild.org).
Drummond, an author, blogger and food writer, discusses and signs "The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From My Frontier." 6 p.m. Tuesday, Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park; free, tickets required (206-366-3333 or www.thirdplacebooks.com).
Lynch discusses "Truth Like the Sun," his political novel set in Seattle during the 1962 World's Fair and in 2001, at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park; free (206-366-3333 or www.thirdplacebooks.com); and at 7 p.m. Thursday, Parkplace Books, 348 Parkplace Center, Kirkland; free (425-828-6546).
The Portland artist, in her first solo show in Seattle, wraps animal forms in unlikely materials to create, she says, "new layers of information." Whether it's a stallion's head veneered in copper pennies or a young bear with candy wrappers for "fur," all her pieces are "transformed by the texture and colors of human detritus into allegorically poetic creatures" (as she accurately puts it). A curious, eye-catching show. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through Saturday, Foster/White Gallery, 220 Third Ave. S., Seattle (206-622-2833 or www.fosterwhite.com).