13 top entertainment picks for the week beginning Aug. 12-18, 2012
The Seattle Times' weekly list of arts and entertainment highlights includes Norah Jones at Marymoor Park, Vincent Delaney's timely comedy "99 Layoffs" at ACT Theatre and Viking Days at The Nordic Heritage Museum.
Bart Layton's documentary tells the improbable but true — and riveting — story of a young man who impersonated the lost child of an American couple. Now playing at SIFF Cinema at the Uptown. For showtimes, see Page H5. For Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald's 3 ½-star review, go to www.seattletimes.com/movies.
'The Queen of Versailles'
Director Lauren Greenfield traces the rise and fall of a time-share billionaire and his wife and their ambition to build a mansion nicknamed Versailles. It is most intriguing as a portrait of the "queen" — a woman easy to caricature but impossible to dislike. Now playing at the Seven Gables and Lincoln Square Cinemas. For showtimes, see Page H5. For Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald's 3 ½-star review, go to www.seattletimes.com/movies.
The 25th edition of "Shark Week" begins tonight with "Air Jaws Apocalypse" at 9 p.m. on Discovery Channel. Several other specials are featured throughout the week. Go to discovery.com for details.
'The Closer' and
Kyra Sedgwick exits the excellent crime show "The Closer" at 9 p.m. on Monday, and then show morphs into "Major Crimes" at 10 p.m. on Monday. Both on TNT.
Live jazz, restaurant specials and performing and visual arts take over South King Street for JamFest, a summer celebration that carries on the legacy of the neighborhood's rich music traditions. 5:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, 719 S. King St., Seattle; $5-$8, ages 11 and younger free, tickets include museum admission (206- 623-5124 or www.wingluke.org/jamfest).
When a weekend starts with a Swedish pancake breakfast and ends in a beer garden, that's what we call Valhalla. You may thank the Nordic Heritage Museum and its 29th annual Viking Days festival, with even more Scandinavian fare, music, traditional Nordic craft vendors, kids' activities, entertainment and a full-fledged Viking Encampment, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Aug.19, Nordic Heritage Museum, 3014 N.W. 67th St., Seattle; free (206-789-5707 or www.nordicmuseum.org).
Not just the hapless heroines of her songs but many of her fans, too, had their hearts broken by the countrified jazz chanteuse's new CD, "Little Broken Hearts." Produced by Danger Mouse, the album tipped Jones from jazz (if she ever really was there) into the world of electronic pop. Jones will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway N.E., Redmond; sold out (800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com).
Kiss, Motley Crue
Two of the most theatrical acts in rock 'n' roll share the stage for the first time since 1982. Formed 39 years ago, Kiss is still going strong, currently recording a new album, "Monster." And Motley Crue's best-selling book, "The Dirt," is being adapted into a major motion picture. 7 p.m. Saturday at White River Amphitheatre, 40601 Auburn Enumclaw Road, Auburn; $30-$175 (800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com).
The lovable-but-unlucky Orson and Louella (played by K. Brian Neel and Aimée Bruneau) find themselves taking jobs they'd never dreamed of as they navigate the recession in Vincent Delaney's timely comedy. Through Aug. 25 at ACT Theatre, 700 Union St., Seattle; $15-$25 (206-292-7676 or www.acttheatre.org).
A splendidly dressed princess (Turandot), one of opera's most famous arias ("Nessun dorma"), a great conductor in the pit (Asher Fisch) — what more could an operagoer want? Puccini's romance continues at Seattle Opera with performances at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. McCaw Hall, 301 Mercer St., Seattle; $25-$205 (206-389-7676 or www.seattleopera.org).
Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival
The festival, now in its 15th year, premieres two works by composer-in-residence Jake Heggie this week: Suite for violin/viola and piano, at the 5 p.m. Sunday concert; and "This Is My Beloved" for baritone and piano trio, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The festival continues through Aug. 25, Orcas Center, 917 Mount Baker Road, Eastsound; most concerts $10-$38 (360-376-2281 or www.oicmf.org).
If you missed the Spokane author and National Book Award finalist on his recent pass through town to discuss his highly praised new novel "Beautiful Ruins," another opportunity presents itself — today in Everett. Walter reads at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Everett Library, 2702 Hoyt Ave., Everett; free (425-257-8000 or www.epls.org).
'The Hidden Shadows of Cancer'
"Photography for me is a search for the shadows," said Seattle Children's cancer patient Ruby Lhianna Smith, as she sought to document her battle with Burkitt's lymphoma through art. Just as her photographs were to be displayed at Gallery4Culture this past spring, Ruby died, at age 18. Twenty-eight of her prints are now at Seattle Art Museum's South Hall Gallery through Sept. 9. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays (until 9 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays), 1300 First Ave., Seattle; South Hall Gallery admission is free (206-654-3100 or www.seattleartmuseum.org).