A&E highlights: Chesney at CenturyLink, Ballard bike riders and all that jazz in Bellevue
Things to do in Seattle in the week beginning May 26, 2013, include the Bellevue Jazz Festival, Kenny Chesney at CenturyLink Field and a bicycle-themed Ballard street party.
‘Venus and Serena’
Weaving a wealth of archival footage with surprisingly candid interviews with the tennis champs and their parents, the documentary lifts a veil on the tight-knit Williams clan and largely allows the sisters to tell the story themselves. Now showing at Northwest Film Forum through Thursday. For showtimes, see Page H7. For a 3½-star review by Liz Clarke of The Washington Post, go to www.seattletimes.com/movies.
This animated adventure is an unexpected charmer, telling its story with wit and artistry. It’s about a teen (voiced by Amanda Seyfried) who’s transported to a strange yet beautiful world when she’s suddenly shrunken, encountering a forest full of leaf men, flower people and talking slugs. Now showing at several theaters. For showtimes, see Page H7. For Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald’s 3½-star review, go to www.seattletimes.com/movies.
Desiree Hartsock is the woman in question, and Ballard resident Chris Siegfried is a contestant, in the ninth edition of this romance reality series. Season premiere, 8 p.m. Monday on ABC.
‘The American Baking Competition’
Ten amateur bakers compete for a cash prize in this new reality series. Hosted by Jeff Foxworthy. Series premiere, 8 p.m. Wednesday on CBS.
Wilridge Winery party
Celebration in Madrona! A festive affair every spring, the Wilridge Winery Spring Wine Release party is 5-9 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday at 1416 34th Ave. The $10 tasting fee can be applied toward the purchase of a bottle (206-325-3051 or wilridgewinery.com).
Beers to you
So, the “official” Seattle Beer Week is over, but isn’t it always beer week here? The much-loved Beer Junction in West Seattle hosts a special tasting of brews from American Brewing Company from Edmonds Thursday from 5-8 p.m. at 4511 California Ave. S.W. (206-938-2337 or ).
Ballard Summer Streets
They’ll be partying in Ballard streets Friday when 22nd Avenue Northwest between Market Street and Ballard Avenue Northwest will be closed to cars starting at 4 p.m.; on tap are local bands, a bike-riding outfit fashion show and an update on the city’s Bicycle Master Plan ().
Edmonds Waterfront Festival
The 26th annual event features kids’ activities, food vendors, a classic yacht show and a beer garden, Friday-June 2, Edmonds Marina; $3, ages 12 and younger free (edmondswaterfrontfestival.com).
Beacon Hill Festival
Activities reflect this year’s theme, “Around the World on Beacon Hill,” with carnival games, bounce toys and performances. All proceeds support scholarships and programs of the Jefferson Community Center Advisory Council. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Jefferson Community Center, 3801 Beacon Ave. S., Seattle (206-684-7481 or seattle.gov/parks/centers/jeffercc.htm).
Bellevue Jazz Festival
Bellevue Jazz Festival headliners include drummer Kendrick Scott and his group Oracle, and pianist Cyrus Chestnut with vibraphonist Stefon Harris. Local fans no doubt will be pleased to hear that ex-Seattle pianist Aaron Parks, who has gone on to a national career, appears with Scott Friday. In addition to the mainstage concerts at the Theatre at Meydenbauer Center, the festival features more than 40 events at various venues in the Bellevue Downtown core, including Bake’s Place and El Gaucho. Wednesday-June 2 at various Bellevue venues; free-$30 (425-453-1223 or www.bellevuejazz.com).
Coasting into town with the No. 1 album in the country, “Life On A Rock,” modern country star Kenny Chesney needs a stadium to accommodate his fans, who can’t get enough of his breezy hedonism and rocked-out anthems. Chesney’s “No Shoes Nation” tour includes Country Music Association award winner Eric Church, the Eli Young Band and up-and-comer Kacey Musgraves. 5 p.m. Saturday at CenturyLink Field, Seattle; $40-$250 (800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com).
‘Tall Skinny Cruel Boys’
The dark travails of a sought-after party clown are the center of prolific Ohio-born playwright Caroline V. McGraw’s work. Friday-June 24, Washington Ensemble Theatre, 608 19th Ave. E., Seattle; $15-$25 (washingtonensemble.org).
Upright Citizens Brigade comedian (and Seattle native) Kate Hess plays all the characters in this spoof of the popular class-conscious serial “Downton Abbey.” The other twist: the show is an Agatha Christie-style country-home murder tale. 8 p.m. Wednesday and June 12, Annex Theatre, 1100 E. Pike St., Seattle; $10 (206-728-0933 or annextheatre.org).
Seattle Peace Chorus
The chorus, led by Fred West, will perform Pablo Neruda’s “Canto General,” marking the 40th anniversary of the poet’s death. “Canto,” which earned Neruda a Nobel Prize, is a series of poems meant to be a history of Latin America. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave., and June 8 at Cleveland High School, 511 15th Ave. S., Seattle; $18-$25 (800-838-3006 or brownpapertickets.com).
Jakub Hrusa, music director of the Czech Philharmonia, will be on the podium for a program of Smetana’s “Wallenstein’s Camp,” Dvorak’s Symphony No. 6 and Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D (which will feature soloist Alina Ibragimova). 7:30 Thursday, 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. June 2, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; 19-$112 (206-215-4747 or www.seattlesymphony.org).
Patricia Rovzar Gallery
Painterly eye and photographic eye play off each other in “Void and Full of Color,” a show by Mark and Jerri Lisk, a husband-and-wife team from Boise, Idaho. He’s a black-and-white photographer; she paints in acrylics on aluminum, using sharp outlines and saturated colors. In this exhibit, their contrasting takes on identical scenes — aspen groves in the Teton Basin, a “Walking Tree” in White Sands National Park, a gigantic boulder at Joshua Tree — are vivid and beguiling. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through May 31, Patricia Rovzar Gallery, 1225 Second Ave., Seattle (206-223-0273 or www.rovzargallery.com ).
Francine Seders Gallery
Road trips through dry places like Eastern Washington and Oregon, Wyoming and the Dakotas prove fertile ground for artist Juliana Heyne. Her paintings and monoprints are rich in texture, bringing out the harsh grit of these extreme landscapes. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Sundays, 6701 Greenwood Ave. N., Seattle (206-782-0355 or sedersgallery.com).