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The Week Ahead: ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ Edible Book Festival, and ‘High Society’ on tap


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MOVIES

‘A Birder’s Guide to Everything’

Rob Meyer’s brief, sweet coming-of-age tale stars Kodi Smit-McPhee as a teenage birding enthusiast who busies himself with school and activities in order to avoid dealing with the devastating pain of loss. Now playing at Sundance Cinemas. For showtimes, see Page H6. For Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald’s 3.5-star review, go to seattletimes.com/movies.

‘Muppets Most Wanted’

The franchise is back with this clever musical comedy about the world’s No. 1 criminal, Constantine, who happens to look exactly like Kermit the Frog. The cast includes Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell and Tina Fey. Now playing at several theaters. For showtimes, see Page H6. For John Hartl’s 3-star review, go to seattletimes.com/movies.

TV

‘Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge’

Ten “creature creators” compete in this new reality series. Series premiere, 10 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, on Syfy.

‘Surviving Jack’

A new sitcom starring Christopher Meloni as the father of a teenage son. Series premiere, 9:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27, on Fox.

FOOD

ART for Breakfast

Breakfast in style at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown, where its swanky ART restaurant just launched a new breakfast buffet menu featuring all kinds of delights, from sticky cinnamon buns to croissants, smoked salmon to baguettes. Menu changes daily. 6:30 a.m.-11 a.m. Mondays-Fridays and 6:30 a.m.- noon weekends, 99 Union St., $26 (206 749-7070 or artrestaurantseattle.com).

FESTIVALS, COMMUNITY

Edible Book Festival

Hungry for literature? Bibliophiles, book artists and food lovers create books made of food and inspired by a book or book title. Entries will be exhibited, awarded, then consumed, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 29, Third Place Commons, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park. It’s free (206-417-4645).

Seattle Vegfest

Here’s to your health — a vegetarian food festival with hundreds of food samples, cooking demonstrations, health checks and lectures, bookstore, kids’ activities and more. The event happens from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, March 29 and 30, at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall; $8 (vegofwa.org/vegfest).

POP MUSIC

Lorde

New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde, whose single “Royals” netted her a Grammy award for Song of the Year, will perform at 8 p.m. Monday, March 24, WaMu Theater, 800 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle; $39.50 (800-745-3000 or ).

Hari Kondabolu

Brooklyn comedian Hari Kondabolu returns to Seattle to celebrate the release of his new album, “Waiting for 2042,” 8 p.m. Saturday, March 29, Neptune Theatre, 1303 Northeast 45th St., Seattle; $16.50 (877-784-4849 or stgpresents.org).

LITERARY EVENTS

Richard Rodriguez

Rodriguez, a gay Mexican-American Catholic author and public intellectual, discusses his new book “Darling: A Spiritual Autobiography.” At 7 p.m. Thursday March 27 at the Elliott Bay Book Co., 1521 10th Ave., Seattle. Free (206-624-6600 or elliottbaybook.com).

THEATER

‘High Society’

“Let’s Misbehave,” shall we? Showtunes Theatre Company is staging a concert version of Cole Porter’s sprightly tale of a society wedding that’s full of unmannerly complications. The cast includes Danielle Barnum, Jared Michael Brown and John X. Deveny. 8 p.m. Saturday, March 29, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 30, Nordstrom Recital Hall, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $21-$46 (206-215-4747 or showtunestheatre.org).

‘Little Shop of Horrors’

How long has it been since you dropped by Mushnik’s, the Skid Row flower shop where Seymour works — the one with the scary plant? Joshua Carter, Jessica Skerritt and Jeff Steitzer are among the spot-on cast in this musical, co-produced by ACT and the 5th Avenue Theatre. Through Sunday, June 15, ACT, 700 Union St., Seattle; tickets start at $29 (206-292-7676 or acttheatre.org).

VISUAL ARTS

Rob Schouten Gallery

Looking for a little day trip? Wwander to Whidbey Island, and browse the “Wide Angle” show at Schouten Gallery. Local photographers Sharon Shoemaker and Kim Tinuviel work in different ways, but both make panoramic photographs that, literally, push the boundaries of what you see. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends through Monday, March 31, Greenbank Farm, 765 Wonn Rd., Whidbey; (360-222-3070 or robschoutengallery.com).

CLASSICAL MUSIC

Seattle Symphony

Principal cellist Efe Baltacigil will lend his expertise to Dvorak’s Cello Concerto; the orchestra will also perform Varese’s “Deserts” and Debussy’s “La Mer” — both are on the program the SSO will play at Carnegie Hall in New York next month. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27 and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 29, Benaroya Hall, Seattle; tickets start at $19 (206-215-4747 or seattlesymphony.org).



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