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13 top entertainment picks for the week of Aug. 19-25, 2012
The Seattle Times' weekly list of arts and entertainment highlights includes cocktail classes at Seattle's Golden Beetle; Trombone Shorty, along with "sacred steel" guitarist Robert Randolph and the Family Band, at the Woodland Park Zoo; and the live NPR Radiolab incarnation "In the Dark" at the Paramount Theatre.
Local filmmaker Taylor Guterson's debut feature, shot on Bainbridge Island, is a quiet pleasure. It follows the lives of three retirees — played by Britton Crosley, Bob Burkholder and David VanderWal — who all have a knack for witty dialogue. Now playing at SIFF Cinema at the Uptown. For showtimes, see Page H7. For Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald's three-star review, go to www.seattletimes.com/movies.
The "Nutcracker" in August? That's one of the things to expect in the season finale of the enjoyably chatty new series starring Sutton Foster and Kelly Bishop. 9 p.m. Monday on ABC Family.
In the third season premiere of this competition series, 11 special-effects makeup artists must create original aliens from the "Star Wars" cantina scene. 9 p.m. Tuesday on Syfy.
Booze prices are going up — but at least you can be your own mixologist. Golden Beetle offers a series of cocktail classes, including one this week on rum and tequila drinks. Plus, the 90-minute hands-on session includes noshes such as the restaurant's popular beef-fat fries. 2:30 p.m. Saturday, 1744 N.W. Market St., Seattle; $50; reserve at 206-706-2977 or Aaron@goldenbeetle.com.
Fresh Bistro in West Seattle features a Korean BBQ-themed dinner Thursday including a pound of pork and all the sides and fixings. 5 p.m. at 4725 42nd Ave. S.W., Seattle; $18; reservations recommended at 206-935-3733.
Evergreen State Fair
Who grows the best green beans? Who makes the best peach pie? The charms of a country fair can be found in Monroe starting Thursday, plus there's big-name entertainment for all ages (Styx! Demi Lovato!), professional rodeoing, draft-horse shows, 4-H and FFA competitions, carnival rides and food. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday-Sept. 2, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 3; Evergreen State Fairgrounds, 14405 179th Ave. S.E., Monroe, $7-$10 (360-805-6700 or www.evergreenfair.org).
Trombone Shorty — New Orleanian Troy Andrews — grew up in Treme, the neighborhood where legendary cornetist Buddy Bolden once could be heard practicing and from where the HBO series about post-Katrina New Orleans takes its name. Like so many Crescent City musicians, Shorty plays jazz, funk and R&B — in his case, on trombone and trumpet. He is joined by "sacred steel" guitarist Robert Randolph and the Family Band on a double bill sure to rock your soul. 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Woodland Park Zoo, 601 N. 59th St., Seattle; $26 (206-548-2500 or www.zoo.org).
Slow Food Festival
This 2-year-old event where locavores munch on regional cuisine features a solid roots-music lineup: Chuck Prophet (San Francisco), The Iguanas (New Orleans), plus Seattleites Shelby Earl, Orville Johnson, Duffy Bishop, Nick Vigarino and others. (See story, page H5.) 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Aug. 25-26 at the Stanwood Camano Community Fairgrounds, 6431 Pioneer Highway, Stanwood, Snohomish County; $15-$25 per day, $40 both days, children under 12 free (www.slowrootsfestival.com or www.brownpapertickets).
Fans of this zany National Public Radio science show out of WNYC are so delighted by the prospect of its live incarnation, "In the Dark," featuring rock music from Thao Nguyen and dance from Pilobolus, that they've created enough demand for two Seattle shows. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle; $36-$46 (877-784-4849 or www.stgpresents.org).
Frederica von Stade
The mezzo-soprano known as "Flicka" to her many, many fans is a guest of the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, celebrating its 15th year as "classical music with a view." With pianist Laurana Mitchelmore, she'll perform "A Musical Autobiography," featuring works by Jake Heggie, Copland, Poulenc, Ravel and Sondheim. 7:30 p.m. Monday and 5 p.m. Wednesday, Orcas Center, 917 Mt. Baker Road, Eastsound; $10-$38 (360-376-2281 or oicmf.org).
Olympic Music Festival
Audiences at the next pair of festival concerts will hear a world premiere, Michael Brown's Dialogue for Violin and Cello, plus Bloch's Piano Quintet No. 1 and Stravinsky's Suite Italienne. 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 2, 7360 Center Road, Quilcene, Jefferson County; $18-$33 (360-732-4800 or www.olympicmusicfestival.org).
The iconic novelist of the Northwest discusses and signs his brand-new Montana-set novel, "The Bartender's Tale," 7 p.m. Tuesday, Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park; signing line ticket with book purchase (206-366-3333 or www.thirdplacebooks.com).
Lisa Harris Gallery
Gallery artists Sherry Karver, David W. Simpson, Christopher Harris and Peter de Lory explore the different permutations of "wandering," from scanned images of discarded cigarette packages to prints depicting traces of human behavior in the Nevada desert. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 2, 1922 Pike Place, Seattle (206-443-3315 or www.lisaharrisgallery.com).