The Week Ahead: Hop Scotch, Earth Day and Bunny Bounce
Things to do and see for the week of April 13
‘Finding Vivian Maier’
John Maloof and Charlie Siskel’s mesmerizing documentary follows the discovery of a 20th-century artist, a woman who worked as a nanny in the Chicago area and left a mysterious legacy behind when she died in 2009: boxes and boxes of negatives and unprocessed film, numbering in the tens of thousands and revealing, when developed, a remarkable array of street photography. Now playing at Seven Gables. For showtimes, see Page H6. For Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald’s 3.5-star review, go to seattletimes.com/movies.
A television adaptation of the 1996 feature film features Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman and Colin Hanks. Series premiere, 10 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, on FX.
‘The Writers’ Room’
The great behind-the-scenes look at how television shows are written returns for a second season. 8 p.m. Friday, April 18, on Sundance.
In the booze community, folks know its spring when the annual Hop Scotch rolls around. It’s a beer-and-whisky extravaganza this Friday, April 18, (5 p.m. to midnight) and Saturday, April 19, (1 p.m.-midnight) at 155 N 35th St. in Fremont. Ticket prices from $30-$50. (206-633-0422 or hopscotchtasting.com).
Joint Effort Hemp Ale
Redhook Brewery throws a party Saturday, April 19, from 2-7 p.m. to celebrate the legalization of marijuana, featuring its “Joint Effort Hemp Ale” that it collaborated on with Hilliard’s in Ballard. Live entertainment and games. Food trucks parked nearby. Held at 14300 NE 145th St. in Woodinville. (425-483-3232 or redhook.com).
Newcastle Earth Day
Go green Saturday, April 19, and be entertained by the Knight of Veritas while getting information from green businesses and nonprofits. There will be kid’s activities, electric vehicles, music by the Boeing Employees’ Concert Band, Hazen Jazz Band, a native tree giveaway, and food. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lake Boren Park, 13058 S.E. 84th Way, Newcastle (newcastleweedwarriors.org ).
Gorillas, elephants, meerkats, oh my! And, of course bunnies, too, as the Woodland Park Zoo gets in the Easter season spirit. Easter baskets lined with flowers, berries and other favorite treats will be on the menu along with egg hunts for ages 1 to8, first-come first-served, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 19. Cost is $8.75-$12.75, ages 2 and younger get in free (206-548-2500 or zoo.org).
The Canadian jazz chanteuse broadened her palette dramatically last year with the excellent “Glad Rag Doll,” embracing Americana with a first-rate assist from producer T Bone Burnett. Krall sang the new material beautifully at the Monterey Jazz Festival last September but now the show comes with theatrical bells and whistles, dramatizing its early Broadway and Tin Pan Alley roots. Should be a fun night. 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 16 at the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle; $45.75-$95.75 (877-784-4849 or stgpresents.org).
Ballard Jazz Festival
Seattle’s friendliest, most communitarian jazz event, the Ballard Jazz Festival highlights Northwest musicians as well as saxophonist and headliner Sonny Fortune, who has worked with, among others, McCoy Tyner. The four-day fest kicks off Wednesday, April 16, with the Brotherhood of the Drum. The Ballard Jazz Walk, on Friday, April 18, offers performances in 11 venues, mostly along Ballard Ave., all for one ticket, a veritable Seattle Mardi Gras. Fortune performs April 19. Wednesday-Saturday, April 16-19 in various Ballard venues; individual tickets, $13-$50; festival pass, $100-$250 (206-219-3649 or ballardjazzfestival.com).
The son of the late poet William Stafford and author of a memoir about his father reads from his father’s works including “Ask Me: 100 Essential Poems,” “The Osage Orange Tree: A Story” and “Sound of the Ax: Aphorisms and Poems.” at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 13, Elliott Bay Book Co., 1521 10th Ave., Seattle; free (206-624-6600 or elliottbaybook.com).
This University of Washington emeritus professor has been studying marijuana longer than a lot of us have been alive. He discusses his book “Marijuana Nation: One Man’s Chronicle of America Getting High — From Vietnam to Legalization.” At 7 p.m. Thursday, April, 17, Elliott Bay Book Co., 1521 10th Ave., Seattle; free (206-624-6600 or elliottbaybook.com).
‘Tails of Wasps’
New Century Theatre Company’s world premiere production of local writer Stephanie Timm’s tale is set in a luxury hotel room, where a politician comes undone, spiraling deeper and deeper into sexual transgression. Through April 27, ACT Theatre, Seattle; $15-$30 (206-292-7676 or wearenctc.org).
Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Guest conductor Stephane Deneve returns to Seattle to lead the U.S. premiere of James MacMillan’s “The Death of Oscar” as well as perennial favorites Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto (with guest soloist Paul Lewis) and Rachmaninov’s Symphony No. 2. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17, noon Friday, April 18 and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 19, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $19-$127 (206-215-4747 or seattlesymphony.org).
Pacific Northwest Ballet
PNB’s signature work “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” complete with George Balanchine’s choreography, Mendelssohn’s music and 48 PNB School students playing bugs, brings a forest to the stage of McCaw Hall for five more performances, including one at 1 p.m. today (Sunday, April 13). Through Saturday, April 19, McCaw Hall, Seattle; $28-$174 (206-441-2424 or pnb.org).
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Dancer-choreographer Robert Battle, now in his third year as artistic director of the company, has expanded its repertoire while preserving its legacy. Of note: The company now includes Jeroboam Bozeman, formerly of Spectrum Dance Theater. The last performance in this weekend’s visit by the company is at 2 p.m. today (Sunday, April 13) at the Paramount Theatre, Seattle; $25.25-$71.25 (877-784-4849 or stgpresents.org).
Contemporary landscape painter Saul Becker’s work was shown in 2005 in Kirkland when he was still a graduate student. His new show of small drawings, “Dead Reckoning,” is a collection of works from a couple of the places he’s been in the ensuing years — aboard a schooner in the Arctic and amid 250 pastoral acres in the Catskills in a “sustainable” residency. From 1-5 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays through Saturday, April 26, 523 S. Main St., Seattle; (206-399-5506 or proledrift.com)