A&E highlights: Plate of Nations, tulips, Rihanna
Things to do in the week of March 31, 2013, include Ranier Valley’s Plate of Nations, the launch of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival and a show by Rihanna.
‘The Revolutionary Optimists’
This remarkable documentary, directed by Seattle-area natives Nicole Newnham and Maren Grainger-Monsen (and partially funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), focuses on a number of impoverished children in India, who are benefiting from the nonprofit agency Prayasam. Now playing at SIFF Cinema at the Film Center through Wednesday; a special screening will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Uptown with filmmakers and subjects of the film (Amlan Ganguly, Salim Shekh, Sikha Patra) present. For showtimes, see Page I9. For Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald’s 3½-star review, go to www.seattletimes.com/movies.
Ultracool Deptuty US Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) and the case of Drew Thompson come to a close in the season finale of this superb drama. 10 p.m. Tuesday on FX.
Another new series that looks at the early days of a cinematic serial killer. This time out it’s Dr. Hannibal Lecter (played by Mads Mikkelsen). Series premiere, 10 p.m. Thursday on NBC.
Plate of Nations
You don’t need a passport, but you should bring hungry friends along for Rainier Valley’s annual dining extravaganza of ethnic cuisine. Ten restaurants along MLKWay — including Thai Palms, Cafe Ibex and Bananas Grill — are serving shareable meals for $15 and $25, through Saturday. Full list of participating restaurants: www.mlkba.org/category/plate-of-nations.
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
Tulip and daffodil fields in bloom in a 15-mile area, venues feature tulip show gardens, gift shop, cut flowers. A couple to try: Roozengaarde, 15867 Beaver Marsh Road, Mount Vernon, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily, $4-$5; and Tulip Town, 15002 Bradshaw Road, Mount Vernon, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (later if weather permits), $5; events also at several venues in Anacortes and surrounding area; through April 30 (www.tulipfestival.org).
Disney Fanniversary Celebration
Celebrate Mickey and Minnie’s 85th birthday (and Peter Pan’s 60th) at this history and memorabilia road show. See images from the never-produced “Mickey’s Toothache,” plus photos and footage from all the Disney worlds. 7 p.m. Friday, Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle; $35 (d23.disney.go.com/events).
She’s a folk musician, a country artist and a storyteller, evoking times and places long gone — places you didn’t know you missed. New York duo The Kennedys are traveling with Griffith on her tour. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds; $15-$40 (425-275-9595 or www.ec4arts.org).
Riding her hits “We Found Love,” “Take Care” and “Diamonds,” and making a public spectacle of making up with the boyfriend who beat her, Chris Brown, Rihanna continues to fascinate both teens and adults with her spicy dance pop. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, KeyArena, 305 Harrison St., Seattle; $50-$145 (800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com).
Jeff Bridges & the Abiders
The dashing actor known best for his portrayal of The Dude in “The Great Lebowski” surprised fans with his excellent country singing in “Crazy Heart,” which won him an Academy Award. But Bridges has always been torn between music and acting and is very good at both. He’s back on the road with his country band, The Abiders, singing better than ever. 8 p.m. Friday at the Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave., Seattle; $37-$65 (877-784-4849 or www.stgpresents.org).
The author of the novel “Where’d You Go, Bernadette,” a hilarious sendup of Seattle’s new rich, discusses her book in conversation with Nancy Pearl. 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; $5 (206-652-4255 or www.townhallseattle.org).
Go behind the music of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons in this Tony- and Grammy award-winning musical, which became the 5th Avenue Theatre’s most-attended show after its last visit in 2007. The cast includes Seattle resident Jason Kappus, who plays Bob Gaudio, one-fourth of the Seasons. Saturday-May 4, 5th Avenue Theatre, 1308 Fifth Ave., Seattle; tickets start at $37 (206-625-1900 or www.5thavenue.org).
‘August: Osage County’
Balagan Theatre closes its current season with the Tracy Letts drama about a family gathering that seethes with secrets and regrets. Seattle favorites Charles Leggett, Shellie Shulkin and Chris Ensweiler are among the cast. Friday-April 27, 1524 Harvard Ave., Seattle; $20-$25 (206-329-1050 or www.balagantheatre.org).
The early-music company presents an all-Handel program for spring: Overture to “Rodrigo”; “Apollo e Dafne”; “Gloria”; and his Concerto Grosso in Bb major, Op. 3 No. 2, HWV 313. 8 p.m. Friday, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $20-$40 (206-215-4747 or www.benaroyahall.org).
The Byrd Ensemble
“Draw on Sweet Night” promises an evening of madrigals, anthems and catches — a type of round — by composers including Thomas Tomkins, Thomas Weelkes and Henry Purcell. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Trinity Parish Church, 609 Eighth Ave., Seattle; $10-$20 (206-397-3627 or www.byrdensemble.com).
Vespertine Opera Theater
The fledgling opera company will stage the U.S. premiere of Poulenc’s “Les Mamelles de Tiresias” (“The Breasts of Tiresias”), adapted by Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears and edited by local opera singer Emily Hindrichs. David McDade and Dean Williamson are the accompanists for this two-piano edition. 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, Columbia City Theatre, 4916 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle; $20-$25 (800-838-3006 or www.vespertineopera.com).
The gallery includes a tribute to Northwest painter Alden Mason, who died in February at age 93, in its Spring Salon exhibition. Other Big Names in the show: Guy Anderson, William Cumming, Paul Horiuchi, Nancy Mee, Jared Rue, Gerard Tsutakawa and Sherrie Wolf. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through April 13, 2101 Ninth Ave., Seattle; 206-622-7243 or www.woodsidebrasethgallery.com).