15 top entertainment picks for June 10-16, 2012
The Seattle Times' weekly list of arts and entertainment highlights includes a gala screening of "Grassroots," the closing film of SIFF 2012; the Washington Brewers festival at Marymoor Park; Teatro ZinZanni's new dinner-with-a-show "Gangsters of Love"; and Junko Yamamato's paintings at Fetherston Gallery.
SIFF Closing Night
The Seattle International Film Festival 2012 ends tonight with a gala screening of "Grassroots," and actor Jason Biggs and the film's director and co-writer, Stephen Gyllenhaal (father of Maggie and Jake) are scheduled to attend the screening. Seattle's monorail mess (especially during the weeks leading up to Sept. 11, 2001) is the subject of this witty, well-cast adaptation of Phil Campbell's autobiographical 2005 book, "Zioncheck for President: A True Story of Idealism and Madness in American Politics." Biggs plays Campbell, who loses his job at The Stranger but becomes the campaign manager for Grant Cogswell (Joel David Moore), a monorail enthusiast whose anti-freeway rants have surprising impact. Both actors are in fine form, and Lauren Ambrose makes the most of a less substantial role as Campbell's fed-up girlfriend (John Hartl, Special to The Seattle Times). 6 p.m. at SIFF Cinema Uptown.
Fans of "Gilmore Girls" and Sutton Foster rejoice! "GG" creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and two-time Tony award-winner Foster have joined forces for this new series about a Las Vegas dancer who ends up running a ballet school. Series premiere, 9 p.m. Monday on ABC Family.
TNT is making a big fuss about this reboot of the Texas-set nighttime soap. Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray and Larry Hagman return from the original series, while Josh Henderson, Jesse Metcalfe and Brenda Strong are among the new blood. Two-hour series premiere, 9 p.m. Wednesday on TNT.
Pop a cold one with Pop
Just in time for Father's Day, the Washington Brewers festival, a three-day event, kicks off with more than 200 kinds of beer, plus food trucks and live entertainment. 4-9 p.m. Friday (21+ only), 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday (all ages), 11 a.m.-6 p.m. June 17 (all ages); Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway N.E., Redmond; $15-$40 (www.washingtonbeer.com/wa-brewers-fest).
Drink to your health
Pints for Prostate holds its third annual "Tie One On" prostate-cancer-awareness event at Pike Brewing Company, with proceeds going to help fight prostate cancer. 6-9 p.m. Thursday, 1415 First Ave., Seattle (www.pintsforprostates.org).
The self-proclaimed "Center of the Universe" kicks off summer starting with a pre-party beer garden and live music 4-11 p.m. Friday, followed at noon Saturday by the Fremont Solstice Parade — where you never know what you might see. Throughout the weekend, you can check out local bands, arts/crafts, Art Car Blowout, food/drink. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. June 17, Fremont neighborhood, Seattle (www.fremontfair.org).
Tastin' n Racin'
Ten classes of hydroplane racing, Vintage Unlimited Hydroplane exhibition, beer garden with rock bands, Classic Car and Hot Boat Show, kids' rides and activities, arts/crafts and food vendors, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. today, Lake Sammamish State Park, 20606 S.E. 56th St., Issaquah; $5-$10 (206-351-3330 or www.tastinracin.com).
It's difficult to keep up with this fertile-minded Seattle-based guitarist, but his "All We Are Saying ... " project — playing the music of John Lennon — is one you won't want to lose track of. Frisell performs with Tony Scherr (bass), Greg Leisz (steel guitars) and Kenny Wollesen (drums) at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and at 7:30 p.m. June 17 at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., Seattle; $26.50 (206-441-9729 or www.jazzalley.com).
Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi
The reigning prince and princess of contemporary blues, this married couple belts out blues that are sometimes tinted with gospel, sometimes with world music. They perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle; $25.75-$64.25 (877-784-4849 or www.stgpresents.org).
'Gangsters of Love'
Teatro ZinZanni's new dinner-with-a-show has a 1920s mob theme, but dramaturgy isn't the focus here — it's the cast, which includes Frank Ferrante, Dreya Weber, Francine Reed and Duo Madrona. Opens Thursday and runs through Sept. 30 under the spiegeltent at 222 Mercer St., Seattle; matinee tickets $50-$86; dinner shows start at $106. Schedules change weekly (206-802-0015 or dreams.zinzanni.org).
Local actress Marya Sea Kaminski penned this rock musical about "the night the past catches up with the lead singer of Bonnie Clyde." Seattle folk-rock band Landlord's Daughter stars. Through June 23, Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave., Seattle; $15-$20 (206-322-7030 or www.hugohouse.org).
Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Ludovic Morlot is back in town, and he'll lead a program this week sure to set fans of the piano aflutter: Stephen Hough on Rachmaninov's famed Piano Concerto No. 3. Also on the list is Ives' Symphony No. 2 and Bernstein's "Candide" overture. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, noon Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. June 17, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $17-$125 (206-215-4747 or www.seattlesymphony.org).
Tony Angell and John Marzluff
Artist Angell and author Marzluff discuss "Gifts of the Crow: How Perception, Emotion and Thought Allow Smart Birds to Behave Like Humans." 7 p.m. Monday, Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park; free (206-366-3333 or www.thirdplacebooks.com).
The author, now senior contributing writer at Sports Illustrated magazine, discusses "Over Time: My Life as a Sportswriter." 7 p.m. Thursday, Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle; free (206-386-4636 or www.spl.org).
The Seattle artist's paintings are multilayered but delicate at the same time, a look enhanced by cool and bright colors and gentle, drifting shapes. (She has called her recent series of paintings "Shunyata," Sanskrit for "emptiness.") In this new exhibition, expect more cheerful wistfulness. 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays through July 14, Fetherston Gallery, 818 East Pike St., Seattle (206-322-9440 or www.fetherstongallery.com).