A&E highlights: beer, bunnies and Mudhoney
Arts and entertainment highlights in the week beginning March 24, 2013 include Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band, Amy Stewart, “Grey Gardens” and the Seattle French Fest.
This colorful, imaginative animated feature – featuring the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Catherine Keener and Ryan Reynolds – follows a Stone Age family forced to leave their cave and venture into the unknown. Now showing at several theaters. For Tom Keogh’s three-star review, go to www.seattletimes.com/movies.
NBC’s vocal competition is back for a spring edition, along with new judges Shakira and Usher in those twirling chairs. Season premiere 8 p.m. Monday.
Saturday night on BBC America
BBC America has a full night of premieres to keep you home on Saturday night. New episodes of “Doctor Who” start at 5 p.m., followed by the new series “Orphan Black” at 6 p.m. and the return of Chris Hardwick’s “Nerdist” at 7 p.m.
FOOD & DRINK
Reverend Nat’s Cider
Sample complimentary hard cider from Reverend Nat’s Cider and chat with its cider maker, Nat West, from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at Noble Fir, 5316 Ballard Ave. N.W., Seattle; (206-420-7425 or thenoblefir.com).
Washington Cask Beer Festival
One of the biggest beer events of the year is here. About 40 breweries will be showing off their special cask brews at the Washington Cask Beer Festival at two sessions on Saturday: noon-4 p.m. or 6-10 p.m. at Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, 305 Harrison St., Seattle; $40-$45 (800-838-3006 or www.washingtonbrewersguild.org).
Seattle French Fest
Release your inner Francophile this weekend at the Seattle French Fest, with performing and visual arts, activities for all ages, cars and a marketplace to explore the French way of life throughout the world, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Seattle Center Armory, Seattle (206-684-7200 or www.seattlecenter.com).
Zoo animals want Easter treats, too! Come watch gorillas, elephants, grizzlies and more nibble on special Easter baskets lined with flowers, berries and other treats, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; egg hunts for kids up to age 3, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. in the picnic shelter near the North Meadow; for ages 3-5 and ages 6-8 on the half-hour, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 30, Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; included with zoo admission, $8.75-$12.75, ages 2 and younger free (206-548-2500 or www.zoo.org).
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
Detroit rocker Bob Seger, 67, has talked about eventually winding down his career, but according to early reviews of his Rock and Roll Never Forgets Tour, he hasn’t slowed down much. Known for the driving hits “Turn the Page” and “Old Time Rock and Roll,” the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will be joined for his Northwest concert by ex-Eagle Joe Walsh. 8 p.m. Friday at the Tacoma Dome, 2727 E. D St., Tacoma; $40-$115 (800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com).
Seminal grungers Mudhoney — the band practically everyone in Seattle thought would be the first to break out nationally — celebrates its 25th anniversary with a ninth album, “Vanishing Point” (Sub Pop), a few days before its official April 2 release date. “I’m comin’ back!” promises Steve Turner on the album trailer, and he sounds like he means it. 8 p.m. Saturday, Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $15 advance (206-709-9467 or www.neumos.com).
‘Morris Graves: Selected Letters’
Editors Vicki Halpern and Lawrence Fong discuss their recently published selection of famed Pacific Northwest artist Morris Graves’ correspondence with his friends, family and colleagues. 2 p.m. Sunday, Seattle Public Library, Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 4, Seattle; free (206-386-4636 or www.spl.org).
The author of the entertaining “Flower Confidential” is back with a new book about “the marriage of botany and booze.” Hear her discuss the botany behind alcoholic drinks in “The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World’s Great Drinks.” 7 p.m. Thursday, Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park; free (206-366-3333 or ).
The story of Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale and her daughter, formerly well-to-do relations of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy who were found living in a decrepit mansion among cats and garbage, is now on stage in a coproduction of ACT and 5th Avenue theaters. Patti Cohenour and Suzy Hunt star as the Beales. Extended through June 2, ACT Theatre, 700 Union St., Seattle; $20-$79 (206-292-7676, www.acttheatre.org or www.5thavenue.org).
‘The Whipping Man’
Taproot Theatre stages the Seattle premiere of Matthew Lopez’s play about a Jewish Confederate soldier who returns home to share an unusual Passover with former slaves. Recommended for ages 16 and up. Friday-April 27, 204 N. 85th St., Seattle; $15-$34 (206-781-9707 or www.taproottheatre.org).
The annual extravaganza of music/comedy/burlesque/acrobatics and more returns to Seattle’s Broadway Performance Hall and Hale’s Palladium through April 14. Single tickets $10-$25, $75 day pass; (800-838-3006 or go to www.brownpapertickets.com). For the full lineup of acts, go to www.moisturefestival.org.
Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Guest conductor Andrey Boreyko, music director of the National Orchestra of Belgium, will lead the SSO in a program of “water music” — not a reference to Handel’s piece, but to a theme: Liadov’s “The Enchanted Lake”; Giya Kancheli’s “Styx” (with guest violist Maxim Rysanov); and Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade,” with its tale of Sinbad and his ship. 7:30 p.m. Thursday and 8 p.m. Saturday, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $19-$112 (206-215-4747 or www.seattlesymphony.org).
“Whether or not these faces are portraits, they all have expressive presence, and that’s the point,” says Prographica gallery director Norman Lundin of “Faces,” the group show now at the gallery. Participating artists include Carol Adelman, David Brody and Kimberly Trowbridge. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays through April 20, 3419 E. Denny Way, Seattle (206-322-3851 or www.prographicadrawings.com).