A&E highlights: Spring festivals, James Blake, fantasy exhibit at EMP
Oscar-nominated documentary director Henry-Alex Rubin (“Murderball”) made this frequently gripping drama about teenagers and adults destroyed by their abuse of the Internet. Jason Bateman and Max Thieriot star. Now playing at several theaters. For showtimes, see Page H7. For John Hartl’s three-star review, go to www.seattletimes.com/movies.
The final designers show their collections in the season finale of this sartorial challenge series. 9 p.m. Thursdays on Lifetime.
Let’s hope this isn’t the end for the six motormouth Chicago friends in this funny sitcom. Season finale, 8 p.m. Friday on ABC.
Odin Brewing sampler
Get a taste of Seattle’s stellar Odin Brewing at West Seattle’s Beer Junction 5-8 p.m. Thursday. Pick five beers to sample for $4. 4511 California Ave. S.W. (206 938-2337 or ).
Broadway Farmers Market
Spring means farmers markets are opening all over, and Broadway’s is ready for business starting April 21. Open 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 22, Broadway Avenue East and Pine Street, Seattle (www.seattlefarmersmarkets.org).
Seattle Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival
Traditional and contemporary Japanese entertainment, food, games, artist demonstrations and marketplace, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 26-28, Seattle Center (206-684-7200 or www.seattlecenter.com).
Evergreen State Spring Festival
Carnival, food and vendors, state barbecue championships, flower display and gardening information, beer garden, root beer garden, horse show, swap meet, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 28, Evergreen State Fairgrounds, Monroe; free, parking $5 (www.evergreenfair.org/spring-recreation-expo.asp).
Kelsey Creek Farm Park
Sheep shearing, sheep herding and fiber craft demonstrations, Eastside Heritage Center activities, hayrides, farm animal exhibits; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Kelsey Creek Farm Park, 410 130th Place S.E., Bellevue; free admission, fees for some activities (425-452-7688 or www.bellevuewa.gov/COBCalendar/Default.aspx?EventID=4117).
On his recent album, “Overgrown,” British down-tempo singer James Blake fleshes out previously minimalist soundscapes with ethereal piano and percussion. Seattle can’t get enough of Blake, who has been here three times in 18 months. 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Neptune Theatre, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle; $30 (877-784-4849 or www.stgpresents.org).
Son of fabled Los Angeles band leader Johnny Otis, singer-guitarist Shuggie Otis has had a roller coaster of a career, the most recent high point being the rediscovery of his 1974 masterpiece, “Inspiration Information,” featuring songs sampled by everyone from OutKast to Beyoncé. Along with the reissue, Otis has also released an album of new material, “Wings of Love.” 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the Triple Door, 216 Union St., Seattle; $30-$40 (206-838-4333 or www.thetripledoor.net).
Best Young British Novelists
Granta magazine editor John Freemans hosts a conversation with Nadifa Mohamed and Ross Raisin, two winners of the “Best of the Young British Novelists” series, published in this month’s Granta. 7 p.m. Wednesday at Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle; free (206-386-4636 or www.spl.org).
Seattle Children’s Theatre wraps up its season with the world premiere of “Crash,” by Newbery Award-winning author Jerry Spinelli. “Crash” addresses hot-button middle-school issues like bullying and social hierarchy; it’s suitable for kids 8 and older. Through May 19, SCT, Seattle Center; $20-$36 (206-441-3322 or sct.org).
Seattle playwright Katie Forgette’s barbed comedy about retirees who revolt against their senior-residence restraints has its premiere at ACT Theatre, under the direction of R. Hamilton Wright. Thursday-May 12, 700 Union St., Seattle; $15-$62 (206- 292-7676 or acttheatre.org).
Robin McCabe and Rachelle McCabe
The affable, gifted sibling pianists open this recital with Robin playing some solo works (Chopin, Debussy), followed by both sisters tackling pieces for two pianos by Rachmaninoff and Ravel, including a recent transcription by pianist Vyacheslav Gryaznov of the “Daybreak” movement from Ravel’s “Daphnis and Chloé Suite No. 2.” 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Meany Theater, University of Washington, Seattle; $12-$20 (206-543-4880 or music.washington.edu ).
Lake Union Civic Orchestra
The orchestra presents the world premiere of Thomas Pasatieri’s Viola Concerto, to be performed by Jo Nardolillo. Also on the bill: Mussorgsky’s “Night on Bald Mountain” and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave.; $13-$18 (800-838-3006 or brownpapertickets.com).
Seattle Classic Guitar Society
Ben Verdery, chair of the guitar department at the Yale University School of Music, has played across the globe, made more than 15 recordings and has performed with musicians as diverse as Leo Kottke, Jessye Norman and William Coulter. Hear him solo at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $25-$32 (206-215-4747 or www.seattleguitar.org).
Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra
All four levels in the SYSO family will perform for the orchestra’s 70th anniversary gala, which will also feature appearances by SYSO alumni David Horsey, Steve Reeder and SSO’s Mae Lin. 3 p.m. April 28, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $20-$50 (206-362-2300 or syso.org).
Tacoma Art Museum
There’s more to artist Eric Carle than his beloved “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and “The Very Quiet Cricket.” The children’s book illustrator has been working privately on paintings, sculptures and sketches for years — work never published. Tacoma Art Museum has a selection of these on view, as well as works from his books, through July 7. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays (until 8 p.m. Third Thursdays), TAM, 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma (253-272-4258 or tacomaartmuseum.org).
Visitors to “Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic” at EMP will literally explore “the human need to create and imagine alternative fictional worlds” via an enchanted forest complete with dark caverns, a medieval courtyard and a dragon. Other exhibits include the Cowardly Lion costume from “The Wizard of Oz,” manuscript pages from “The Hobbit” with handwritten edits by Tolkien and a throne used in HBO’s series “Game of Thrones.” Exhibit opens Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, 325 Fifth Ave. N., Seattle; $14-$20 (206-770-2702 or www.EMPmuseum.org).