Get sappy with ‘Enough Said’, then snap along to Earshot Jazz
The week of Sept. 29, 2013: The seven-weeks-long Earshot Jazz Festival begins. Author Margaret Atwood talks about “MaddAddam,” the final book in her dystopian trilogy. And the romantic comedy “Enough Said” comes to theaters.
For those moviegoers who have been waiting way too long for a smart, funny, snappy romantic comedy for grown-ups, here it is. Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the late James Gandolfini, in one of his final screen roles, are wonderful. Enough said. Now playing at several theaters. For showtimes, see Page H6. For Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald’s 3 ½-star review, go to seattletimes.com/movies.
Blair Underwood stars as a New York detective in this new police drama. Series premiere, 10 p.m. Wednesday on NBC.
This involving drama returns and finds the gladiators at Pope & Associates coping with last season’s big revelation. Season premiere, 10 p.m. Thursday on ABC.
Sustainable Ballard Festival
Described as “home-grown, hands-on, human-powered,” this fest offers Ballard craft brews and food, prizes, solar-powered live music, chef demos, cider press, bike-decorating workshops, urban farm animals, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 29), Ballard Commons Park, 5701 22nd Ave. N.W., Seattle; free (206-701-7000 or sustainableballard.org/festival).
Issaquah Salmon Festival
Celebrate friends with fins, starting with a parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, on Gilman Boulevard; the two-day fest continues 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Oct. 6 with salmon-hatchery exhibits, displays, arts-and-crafts vendors, kids’ area, music and entertainment on five stages. The Run With The Fishes 5K starts 9 a.m. Oct. 6. Downtown Issaquah; free admission (425-392-0661 or salmondays.org).
Everett Sausage Fest
Fall is a good time for a hearty meal, and there’s one cooking in Everett, with craft vendors, bingo, kids activities and beer/wine garden also on the menu. Noon-midnight Friday-Saturday, noon-7 p.m. Oct. 6, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 2619 Cedar St., Everett; ( everettsausagefest.com).
Earshot Jazz Festival — Keith Jarrett
Seattle’s extremely long jazz festival (seven weeks this year) kicks off with the great improvising pianist Keith Jarrett, playing with his trio (Gary Peacock, bass; Jack DeJohnnette, drums). The festival then features a generous sampling of the best in new, creative jazz, including drummer John Hollenbeck, trumpeter Dave Douglas, jazz-rock trio The Bad Plus, vocal quartet Manhattan Transfer and guitarist Bill Frisell. Shows take place in various venues, including the Triple Door, Tula’s, the Chapel Performance Space and Kirkland Performance Center. Jarret plays at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Benaroya Hall, S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, 200 University St., Seattle; $30-$125 (206-215-4747 or seattlesymphony.org)
Macefield Music Festival
Formerly known as the Reverb Festival when it was presented by The Seattle Weekly, this one-day showcase of local talent is now independently produced and renamed to honor the late Edith Macefield, the Ballard woman who refused to sell her house to make way for a sleek development. The festival features Polyrhythmics, Young Fresh Fellows, Jarv Dee, Afrocop and others. 4 p.m. Saturday at Ballard clubs Conor Byrne, the Tractor and the Sunset; $10-$15 ( strangertickets.com).
The acclaimed author of novels, science fiction and essays discusses the conclusion to her dystopian trilogy, “MaddAddam.” 7:30 p.m. Friday, Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; $5 (206-652-4255 or townhallseattle.org).
‘Pippi Longstocking: The Family Musical’
Seattle Children’s Theatre opens its 2013-14 season by putting Astrid Lindgren’s spirited 9-year-old character and her pet monkey onstage. Through Nov. 3, SCT at Seattle Center; $25-$36 (206-441-3322 or sct.org).
Another world premiere for the 5th Avenue Theatre: a musical based on the 2003 film of the same name, starring Robert Duvall and Michael Caine as eccentric bachelors who tend their impressionable young nephew for an adventure-filled summer. Through Oct. 6, 1308 Fifth Ave., Seattle; $39-$99.75 (888-584-4849 or 5thavenue.org).
Guest conductor Thomas Dausgaard leads the orchestra through Schubert’s magnificent Symphony No. 9 in C major (called “The Great” for good reason) and Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, with Alina Pogostkina (violin), Andreas Brantelid (cello) and Christian Ihle Hadland (piano) as soloists. Those three may not be household names, but it’s hard to go wrong with a program like this. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Oct. 6, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $19-$112 (206-215-4747 or seattlesymphony.org).
The mandolinist (Nickel Creek, The Punch Brothers) is being filed under “classical” here because on Tuesday, he’ll perform works from his recording of Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas. But he can’t be pigeonholed — expect some contemporary tunes and his own compositions as well during the evening. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Meany Theater, University of Washington, Seattle; $41-$46 (206-543-4880 or uwworldseries.org).
AXIS Dance Company
The Oakland-based dance troupe, composed of performers both with and without disabilities, makes its Seattle debut. Expect precarious wheelchair balancing and acrobatic derring-do. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Meany Hall, University of Washington, Seattle; $39-$44; 206-543-4880 or ).
Spectrum Dance Theater
Spectrum’s “Studio Series 1” pairs Seattle choreographer Cyrus Khambatta’s “Truth and Betrayal” with Spectrum artistic director Donald Byrd’s “Prodigal.” Khambatta’s piece puts a lithe, cruel and sometimes acrobatic spin on questions of trust and deception. Byrd’s “Prodigal,” from 1990, is described as “an often humorous commentary” on Balanchine’s “The Prodigal Son.” Spectrum Dance Studio Theater, 800 Lake Washington Blvd., Seattle; $50 opening night, $25 thereafter; (206-325-4161 or spectrumdance.org).
‘Patti Warashina: Wit and Wisdom’
Warashina is a key West Coast figure in the transformation of ceramics from mere pottery to extravagantly imagined sculpture. Her work over the last 50 years, whether probing, prickly personal or political subject matter, combines the venturesome spirit of a great artist with the down-to-earth charms of a screwball comedian. That makes this terrific career retrospective, now entering its last month at Bellevue Arts Museum, a must-see. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday through Oct. 27, Bellevue Arts Museum, 510 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue; $7-$10 (425-519-0770 or ).
Matthias Merkel Hess
And speaking of ceramics: Los Angeles artist Matthias Merkel Hess has a curious show at James Harris Gallery, in which he reproduces common objects — gasoline cans, buckets, an anvil, an Igloo Mini Cooler — in highly impractical ceramic-sculpture format, scattered across the gallery floor as if in some handyman’s garage. “Oeuvreday,” as the show is called, aims to transform the everyday into the extraordinary. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays through Oct. 12, James Harris Gallery, 604 2nd Ave., Seattle (206-903-6220 or ).