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14 of Seattle's top entertainment picks for April 29-May 5, 2012

The Seattle Times' weekly list of arts and entertainment highlights includes the drama "Monsieur Lazhar"; Page Cellars' wine-release party; the return of Van Halen; and "Mainly Mozart" from the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.

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Movies

'Monsieur Lazhar'

Phillippe Falardeau's moving French-Canadian drama stars Mohamed Saïd Fellag as a 55-year-old Algerian refugee who becomes a substitute teacher in Montreal after a sixth-grade instructor hangs herself in the classroom. The film is the last of this year's Oscar nominees for best foreign-language film to open in Seattle. In French and Arabic, with English subtitles. Now playing at the Egyptian. For showtimes, see Page H7. For John Hartl's 3 ½-star review, go to www.seattletimes.com/movies.

'The Pirates!

Band of Misfits'

From the stop-motion wizards at the British animation company Aardman ("Chicken Run," "Wallace and Gromit") comes this jolly tale of ambition, science and dodos on the high seas. The voice cast includes Hugh Grant as a man obsessed with winning the Pirate of the Year contest. Several theaters. For showtimes, see Page H7. For Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald's 3 ½-star review, go to www.seattletimes.com/movies.

TV

'The Pitch'

A new reality series takes a look inside two ad agencies as they compete to win a new client. Series premiere, 9 p.m. Monday on AMC.

'In Plain Sight'

U.S. Marshal Mary Shannon (Mary McCormack) has been through a lot in five seasons, but nothing can compare with her recent reunion with her fugitive father (Stephen Lang). This excellent series comes to a close at 10 p.m. Friday on USA.

Food

Wine Release Party

Page Cellars throws a free party — with live music — to celebrate the release of its 2008 Klipsun Vineyard Syrah, noon-4 p.m. Saturday in its Woodinville tasting room, 19495 144th Ave. N.E., Suite B205 (253-232-9463 or www.pagecellars.com).

Festivals

'Porthole to Paradise'

Seattle Yacht Club celebrates the opening day of boating season Saturday with international crews racing the University of Washington team in Windermere Club rowing competition (10:05 a.m.) and the parade of boats, many decorated to this year's theme, "Porthole to Paradise," starting at noon, Montlake Cut, Seattle (www.seattleyachtclub.org).

Pop music

Van Halen

Riding a wave of renewed interest sparked by its 2012 album "A Different Kind of Truth," which hit No. 2 on the Billboard album charts, the 34-year-old rock band hits the road again. They'll play songs from the new album as well as classic hits such as "And the Cradle Will Rock" and "Hot For Teacher." Kool & the Gang opens. 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Tacoma Dome, 2727 E. D St., Tacoma; $49.50-$149.50 (800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com).

Tech N9ne

The Kansas City speed rapper's album "All 6's and 7's" debuted last year as the No. 1 rap album. Tech N9ne (born Aaron Yontez Yates) brings his Hostile Takeover 2012 Tour to Seattle, with Machine Gun Kelly (MGK), Krizz Kaliko, Mayday, Prozak and Stevie Stone. 8:30 p.m. Friday at Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., Seattle; $30, standing-room-only (888-929-7849 or www.showboxonline.com).

Theater

'Clybourne Park'

A racially charged blending of audacious humor and sociological X-ray, "Clybourne Park," winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for drama, comes to the Seattle Repertory Theatre just as the play is opening on Broadway. The Rep's version, directed by Braden Abraham, features a cast that includes Peter Crook, Marya Sea Kaminski and Kim Staunton. Through May 13 at Seattle Rep, Seattle Center; $12-$74 (206-443-2222 or www.seattlerep.org).

'The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favorites'

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia's wildly popular international tour inches into Seattle Children's Theatre with a whimsical black-light-puppetry interpretation of three classic stories by Eric Carle: "The Very Hungry Caterpillar," "Little Cloud" and "The Mixed-Up Chameleon." Public preview 7:30 p.m. May 3; runs May 4-June 14, Seattle Children's Theatre, 201 Thomas St., Seattle; $20-$36 (206-441-3322 or www.sct.org).

Classical music

SSO: 'Mainly Mozart'

Guest conductor Gregory Vajda rounds out the "Mainly Mozart" series by leading the Seattle Symphony Orchestra in Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 2 and Vieuxtemps' Violin Concerto No. 5, both featuring violinist Misha Keylin, as well as Mozart's Divertimento in F major and Schubert's Symphony No. 3. 7:30 p.m. Thursday and 8 p.m. Saturday, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $17-$74 (206-215-4747 or www.seattlesymphony.org).

'May Day! May Day! Celebrating New Seattle Music'

In Town Hall Seattle's third annual celebration of Seattle's contemporary music scene, upstart composer/pianist Aaron Otheim and local heavyweights Seattle Chamber Players and Seattle Modern Orchestra touch on themes of politics, pagan rituals and calls for help in times of distress (M'aidez!) — and the result could just be a perfect storm of sound and performance. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; $5-$10 (800-838-3006 or www.townhallseattle.org).

Literary events

Ron Rash

Hear acclaimed novelist Ron Rash read from his new World War I-era novel, "The Cove." 7 p.m. Wednesday, University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., Seattle; free (206-634-3400 or www.ubookstore.com).

Visual arts

'Seattle Bridges: Monumental Drawings'

Douglas Cooper combines multiple directions of view and multiple points of view of some of Seattle's iconic bridges in his striking "Seattle Bridges: Monumental Drawings" exhibition, which adds yet another layer with the Northwest premiere of his animated film "Pinburgh"; Cooper will discuss its creation using his charcoal-on-paper drawings as context. Opening reception and film screening 6 p.m. May 3, then 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays from May 4-June 2; Davidson Galleries, 313 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle (206-624-7684 or www.davidsongalleries.com).

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