A&E highlights: a pretty good ‘Gatsby,’ music from Monsters and beers from Bend
Things to do in Seattle in the week beginning May 12, 2013, include “The Great Gatsby” on the big screen, an appearance by Icelandic popsters Of Monsters and Men, and a Brave Horse Tavern tribute to the beers of Bend, Ore.
‘The Great Gatsby’
Baz Luhrmann’s take on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s story of love lost and remembered won’t be to everyone’s taste, but he does find moments of poetry and fills the screen with lovely images and a great cast, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire. Now playing at several theaters. For showtimes, see Page H7. For Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald’s three-star review, go to www.seattletimes.com/movies.
‘So You Think You Can Dance’
The great summertime dance competition returns with the first of its audition episodes. Welcome back host Cat Deeley, we’ve missed you. Season premiere, 8 p.m. Tuesday on Fox.
The employees of Dunder Mifflin prepare for a wedding in the series finale of this long-running mockumentary. 9 p.m. Thursday on NBC.
Bend on tap
Brave Horse Tavern pays tribute to Bend, Ore., one of the great beer cities in America, by devoting all its taps Tuesday night to that town’s breweries. Expect esteemed brands such as 10 Barrel Brewing Co., Boneyard Brewing, Good Life Brewing Co., Cascade Lakes Brewing Co. and Deschutes Brewery. From 5-9 p.m. at 310 Terry Ave. N., Seattle (206-971-0717 or bravehorsetavern.com ).
Elliott Bay Pizza & Pub pays tribute to one of the most-loved craft beers in America, DogFish Head Brewery, with 18 beers from that Delaware brewery on Friday night. 800 164th St. S.E., Suite L, Mill Creek (425-918-1553 or elliotbaypizza.com/index).
Syttende Mai Parade and Festival
Plenty to do in celebration of Norwegian Constitution Day in Ballard on Friday: noon-2 p.m., lunch at Leif Erikson Lodge, 2245 N.W. 57th St. (206-783-1274); children’s activities 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Nordic Heritage Museum, 3014 N.W. 67th St. (206-789-5707); entertainment at Bergen Place, 2-5 p.m., Market Street, Leary Way and 22nd Avenue; parade down 24th Avenue Northwest, Market Street and Ballard Avenue Northwest from 6-8 p.m.(www.17thofmay.org).
University District Street Fair
The 44th annual U-District fair will feature more than 300 art, craft and community booths, food vendors and music on three stages, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 19, along University Way Northeast ().
Of Monsters and Men
These refreshing Icelandic folk popsters with the unusual instrumentation — glockenspiel and trumpet appear on some tracks — got their stateside start thanks to a video of “Little Talks” that went viral, originally posted by Seattle radio station KEXP. 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle; $35 (877-784-4849 or stgpresents.org).
The pumping, clever, synthesizer-driven rock of MGMT — founded a decade ago by Andrew Vanwyngarden and Ben Goldwasser — is featured on a new, self-titled album, due next month. 9 p.m. Wednesday at Showbox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., Seattle; sold out (800-745-3000 or www.showboxonline.com).
Globalization has transformed the tourism industry. Hear journalist/author Elizabeth Becker explain what it means for the world in general and today’s traveler in particular when she discusses her new book, “Overbooked: The Global Business of Travel and Tourism,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Town Hall Seattle. $5 tickets are available at the door starting at 6:30 p.m., or in advance via townhallseattle.org (888-377-4510). Becker also reads at 7 p.m. Thursday at the University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., Seattle (206-634-3400 or www.ubookstore.com).
‘Bach at Leipzig’
What was it like when Bach joined Germany’s greatest musicians to vie for a coveted job in 1722? Playwright Itamar Moses tells us, weaving fact and fiction, humor and hubris together; a little “American Idol” and a little “Survivor.” Previews Wednesday-Thursday, opens Friday and runs through June 15, Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St., Seattle; $15-$40 (206-781-9707 or taproottheatre.org).
Seattle Symphony: Russian Spectacular
Guest conductor Gerard Schwarz leads the orchestra in two all-Shostakovich nights, featuring guest pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn (and spotlighting principal trumpet David Gordon) on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and cellist Julian Schwarz on Friday at 8 p.m., Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $19-$112 (206-215-4747 or seattlesymphony.org).
‘La Voix Humaine’ and ‘Suor Angelica’
Seattle Opera stages a double bill of two one-acts, Poulenc’s “The Human Voice” and Puccini’s “Suor Angelica,” both about women facing unendurable heartbreak. Versatile, compelling mezzo Rosalind Plowright is in the “Angelica” cast (and keeper of a lively Twitter feed as well, @raplowright). Through May 18, McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St., Seattle; tickets start at $25; (206-389-7676 or seattleopera.org).
The dazzling local dance troupe, which makes its New York debut at the Joyce Theater in August, treats Seattle audiences to “Third Degree,” an evening of four dances, including world premieres by Olivier Wevers and Andrew Bartee, and the Seattle premiere of Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Vivaldi-set “L’Effleure” (which, on YouTube, looks like one stunner of a solo for male dancer). 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 7 p.m. May 19, Playhouse at Seattle Center (formerly Intiman), 201 Mercer St., Seattle; $15-$30 (800-838-3006 or brownpapertickets.com ).
Towering more than 8 feet high, Dirk Staschke’s “Confectional Façade” is either a sweet-tooth’s paradise or a diabetic’s nightmare. It’s part of the Portland artist’s Winston Wachter show, “Sated,” five exquisitely crafted ceramic/mixed-media works that are equal parts kitsch, surreal and satirical (a 6-foot-high, multitiered wedding cake is titled “Wishing Well, Knowing Otherwise”). Also at WW: 10 spooky encaustic-on-canvas portraits by Toronto artist Tony Scherman, several of them depicting characters from “Hamlet.” 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays through May 17, Winston Wachter Fine Art, 203 Dexter Ave. N., Seattle (206-652-5855 or winstonwachter.com).