The Week Ahead: Spring fair, George Strait, Susan Kieffer
‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’
Chris Evans returns as the superhero who, this time around, is struggling to cope with the world of the 21st century — an era rife with double-dealing, hidden agendas and shady conspiracies. Now playing at several theaters. For showtimes, see Page H7. For Soren Andersen’s 3.5-star review, go to www.seattletimes.com/movies.
It’s series finale time for this American remake of the British show about supernatural roommates. 9 p.m. Monday, April 7, on Syfy.
The fifth season finale of this great drama finds Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) once again dealing with several Kentucky ne’er-do-wells. 10 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, on FX.
Washington State Spring Fair
Looking for old-fashioned fun? From Thursday, April 10, to Sunday, April 13, the fair offers rides, vendors, entertainment, and other amusement at 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup. There is free parking. For details on admission prices and the schedule, call 253-841-5045 or go to thefair.com/spring-fair.com).
Experience Polish culture — through crafts pottery, crystal, books, dinners of borscht, pierogi, sausage, pickle soup, cabbage rolls; and a delicatessen with Polish sausage, sauerkraut, pickles, desserts. It all will be available from noon to 6 p.m., Saturday, April 12. The Polish Choir will perform at 2 p.m. The event will be held at the Polish Cultural Center, 1714 18th Ave., Seattle (206-322-3020 or www.polishhome.org).
Billed as “The Cowboy Rides Away” farewell tour, this appearance by one of country’s resonant and straightest-shooting neo-traditionalists isn’t really a bye-bye to country music, but only to “long tours,” says Strait. After 30 years of it, you can catch his drift. Along with Garth Brooks and Randy Travis, Strait ushered in an era of unadorned country with such hits as “Amarillo by Morning, “All My Ex’s Live in Texas” and “I’ve Come to Expect it From You.” The Country Music Hall of Famer has scored 60 No. 1 country songs, though his current radio single, “I Got a Car” has stalled. Chris Young opens the show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at the Tacoma Dome; $76.50-$98.50 (800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com).
Soweto Gospel Choir
The stirring, Grammy Award-winning 24-member ensemble crosses traditional and popular African styles, plus Western gospel and spirituals, in a tribute to the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at Meany Hall, University of Washington, Seattle; $41-$46 (206-543-4880 or meany.org).
The Whidbey Island author/geologist/MacArthur “genius” grant winner, whose book “The Dynamics of Disaster” has a chapter devoted to landslides, speaks at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 6, Everett Public Library, 2702 Hoyt Ave., Everett; free (425-257-8000 or epls.org).
The author discusses his new book “Flash Boys: a Wall Street Revolt.” 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 7, Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave.; $27.63, admission for two includes one book (800-838-300 or townhallseattle.org).
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author and UCLA professor of geography discusses his new book for young people, “The Third Chimpanzee for Young People” 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10, Kane Hall, University of Washington, Seattle; $5 (206-652-4255 or townhallseattle.org ).
‘In the Book Of’
Taproot’s latest is John Walch’s timely story (based on the biblical Book of Ruth) of an Army lieutenant who, upon returning to the U.S., extends a welcome to her bereaved Afghan translator. Through Saturday, April 26, Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St., Seattle; $15-$40 (206-781-9707 or taproottheatre.org).
Stephen Stubbs’ well-received early music company presents “The Vocal Concerto,” with guests including bass Harry van der Kamp; violinist Monica Huggett; and gambist Erin Headley. They’ll perform rarely heard pieces from 17th-century Germany from composers such as Dietrich Buxtehude and J.C. Bach. 8 p.m. Thursday, April 10, First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave., Seattle; $10-$40 (800-838-3006 or pacificmusicworks.org ).
Bainbridge Symphony/Bainbridge Chorale
The orchestra and chorale, led by Wesley Schulz, will fill the stage to tackle Verdi’s somber Requiem with guest vocalists Ross Hauck, Janeanne Houston, Sarah Mattox and Charles Robert Stephens. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12, and 4 p.m. Sunday, April 13, Bainbridge High School, 9330 NE High School Road; $5-$25 (206-780-2467 or bainbridgechorale.org).
Orchestra Seattle/Seattle Chamber Singers
Bach’s motivation for composing his Mass in B minor is lost in the fog of history, but the result isn’t in dispute. It’s a masterpiece of liturgical music. Clinton Smith will lead the OSSCS and guest vocalists in the Mass at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12, First Free Methodist Church, 3200 Third Ave. W., Seattle; $10-$25 (800-838-3006 or osscs.org).
Bryan Ohno Gallery
Chilean artist Rodrigo Valenzuela has walked his talk, you might say; he left his studio behind and became a day laborer in Boston, in turn, his work became more in and of a moment with use of photography and video. “Often using desert landscapes and tableaus with day laborers or myself I explore the way an image is inhabited,” Valenzuela, a UW alum, notes in his artist statement. His exhibition, “Goal Keeper,” is up 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, April 12, 521 S. Main St., Seattle; (206-459-6857 or bryanohno.com).