The Week Ahead: Ballard Summer Streets, Bellevue Jazz Festival, James Taylor
Lots of music, art and festivals for the week of May 25.
‘Cold in July’
Jim Mickle’s noir thriller, which centers on the shooting of an intruder in the home of a family man, incorporates plot twists with mind-blowing relish. Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard and Don Johnson star. Now playing at Sundance Cinemas. For showtimes, see Page H6. For Tom Keogh’s four-star movie review, go to seattletimes.com/movies.
‘The Night Shift’
A new medical drama that follows the lives of the employees of San Antonio Memorial. Series premiere, 10 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, on NBC.
‘So You Think You Can Dance’
The 11th season of this dance competition series begins at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, on Fox.
The Ballard bar, King’s Hardware, offers $5 off any burger deal Monday, May 26 as part of National Hamburger Month. Held at 5225 Ballard Ave. N.W., 3 p.m.- 2 a.m. (206 782-0027 or kingsballard.com).
Ballard Summer Streets
The city of Seattle and Cascade Bicycle Club host a street party to cap off Bike to Work Month on parts of 22nd Avenue Northwest and Ballard Avenue Northwest, 4-8 p.m. Thursday, May 29 (seattle.gov/transportation/summer_ballard.htm).
Edmonds Waterfront Festival
This is the time of year for family festivals with nautical themes. There will be kids’ activities and rides, a classic yacht show, a beer and wine garden. 3-10 p.m. Friday, May 30; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, May 31, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. June 1, at Port of Edmonds Marina, 336 Admiral Way, Edmonds; $3, ages 12 and younger free (425-771-1744 or edmondswaterfrontfestival.com).
Robert Fripp and the Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists
Fripp, founder of King Crimson, has been on the road with his collective of guitarists, which also includes Bill Rieflin, former drummer for R.E.M. and Ministry. In these concerts, as many as 100 acoustic guitarists of differing ability gather and respond to the audience, the venue and one another. OCG wraps up its tour at 8 p.m. Sunday, May 25, at Washington Hall, 153 14th Ave., Seattle; $30 (800-838-3000 or brownpapertickets.com).
Bellevue Jazz Festival
Latin conguero Poncho Sanchez, Seattle guitar wizard Bill Frisell, trumpeters Ray Vega and Latin jazzer Carlos Cascante headline the five-day fest, which also showcases a wealth of regional talent and student bands. Wednesday-Sunday, May 28-June 1 at the Theatre at Meydenbauer Center, 11100 N.E. Sixth St., Bellevue (425-637-1020 or meydenbauer.com); Bake’s Place, 155 108th Ave. N.E., Bellevue (425-454-2776 or bakesplacebellevue.com) and other Bellevue venues; free-$35 (800- 838-3006 or brownpapertickets.com).
Critics and fans have been less than “gaga” over Lady G’s “ARTPOP” album, and her current tour to promote it has been characterized uncharitably as more pep — as in pep talk — than breakthrough pop. But, as always, the show promises plenty of theater and sizzle, even if Gaga’s not at the top of her game. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, at KeyArena, 305 Harrison St., Seattle; $35-$200 (800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com).
People who extol the Great American Songbook (Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, et al) usually fail to notice that a new testament was added to that good book in the 1960s and ‘70s, by the likes of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and James Taylor, among others. The meticulously understated singer-guitarist Taylor, whose calming yet slightly serrated voice authored “Fire and Rain” and popularized Carole King’s “You’ve Got a Friend,” among other hits, has sold more than 100 million albums. Taylor performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 31, at KeyArena, 305 Harrison St., Seattle; $59.50-$79.50 (800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com).
The author and UW emeritus professor discusses his new book, “Marijuana Nation.” At 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park; free (206-366-3333 or thirdplacebooks.com).
‘Fussy Cloud Puppet Slam Vol. 8’
The slam, which bills itself as “providing quality puppet shows for the fine adults of Seattle since 2011,” returns with short pieces by the likes of Clay Martin, The Shenanigans Alliance, Annett Mateo and Improv Shadows. Rebecca M. Davis will be the emcee. Note the “adult” part. 8 p.m. Saturday, May 31, Theatre Puget Sound’s Theatre 4, fourth floor, Center House, Seattle Center; $10 (800-838-3006 or brownpapertickets.com).
Robert Moses’ Kin
The Bay Area dance company brings five pieces to Seattle, including “Draft,” in which UW School of Dance students collaborate. Moses’ work is a richly varied fusion of classical technique, street dance, vernacular gesture and intricate athleticism. These should be brainy, high-energy performances. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday, Meany Studio Theatre, University of Washington, Seattle; $25 (206-543-4880 or uwworldseries.org).
‘Miró: The Experience of Seeing’
Seattle Art Museum will be open Sunday and Monday (May 25-26), offering procrastinating patrons their last chance to see the exhibition of the Spanish artist’s work produced between 1963-1981 before it ends on Monday. Also at SAM: You can look at Frederic Remington’s 1895 bronze “The Bronco Buster,” which Denver Art Museum had to loan SAM after the Denver Broncos lost the Super Bowl to the Seahawks (through June 15); and “Latoya Ruby Frazier: Born by a River,” photographs documenting the decline of Frazier’s hometown of Braddock, Penn. (Through June 22.) 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 25-26, 1300 First Ave., Seattle; $12.50-$19.50 (206-654-3100 or seattleartmuseum.org).