Summer Jam, Beacon Hill fest top list of 18 A&E highlights
Week of June 1, 2014, is full of fests, authors, song and dance.
This insightful documentary focuses on Jose Antonio Vargas, an accomplished young journalist who “outed” himself in 2011 as undocumented after living in America for almost 20 years. It tells the story of his decision to speak up and the days of despair and optimism that followed. Now playing at the Grand Illusion. For showtimes, see Page H6. For Tom Keogh’s three-star review, go to seattletimes.com/movies.
It’s the second season for this drama (based on a British series) about four friends (Alyssa Milano, Yunjin Kim, Jes Macallan and Rochelle Aytes). Season premiere, 10:01 p.m. Monday, June 2, on ABC.
Jaime Pressly (“My Name is Earl”) stars in this new comedy as a career woman who moves in with her mother. Series premiere, 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 4, on TVLand.
National Negroni Week
Celebrate a classic cocktail during the worldwide Negroni Week (June 2-8). Seattle bars such as Canon and Liberty on Capitol Hill will feature this Italian aperitif (gin, sweet vermouth and Campari). Part of the proceeds from drink sales at participating bars will go to charity. For list of participating bars, check negroniweek.com.
Tallulah’s features Meatless Monday with 10 percent of its sales in June going to the charity Operation Sack Lunch. At 550 19th Ave. E., Seattle (206-860-0077 or aneighborhoodcafe.com).
Beacon Hill Festival
Come check out Seattle’s Beacon Hill 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 7, at the Jefferson Community Center, 3801 Beacon Ave. S. There will be entertainment, local food, carnival games, bounce toys, and a silent auction. All proceeds support scholarships for families to participate in Jefferson Community Center programs. The event is free. (206-684-7481 or seattle.gov/parks).
Seattle’s Waterfront Park, hosts family fun 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday, June 8. Participants will enjoy bubble activities, a Seattle firefighters’ truck, magic show, Seafair Clowns, and a concert by The Not-Its (downtownseattle.com).
Sonic Evolution, with Sir Mix-A-Lot and Pickwick
In its continuing exploration of the intersections between classical and popular music, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra presents the next edition of Sonic Evolution, featuring the orchestra with special guests Seattle rapper Sir Mix-A-Lot and soul music specialists Pickwick. Compositions include “Dial 1-900 Mix-A-Lot,” a symphonic orchestration of Mix’s hits, “Posse on Broadway” and “Baby Got Back” by London DJ and producer Gabriel Prokofiev (grandson of Sergey); arrangements by David Campbell of Pickwick’s “Brother Roland,” “Hacienda Motel” and “Creature Comforts”; a piece by Luis Tinoco dedicated to Seattle guitarist Bill Frisell, “FrisLand”; and Du Yun’s “Hundred Heads.” Ludovic Morlot conducts. 8 p.m. Friday, June 6 at S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., $19-$35 (206-215-4747 or seattlesymphony.org).
KUBE 93 SUMMER JAM
With Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean, Rick Ross, Kid Ink, Big K.R.I.T., Sir Mix-A-Lot, Ice Cube, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Too $hort, DJ Quik and E-40, easily the rap event of the year. Friday and Saturday, June 6-7, The Gorge Amphitheatre, 754 Silica Road N.W., George, Grant County; $39.75-$49.75 (800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com ).
Karl Ove Knausgaard
This Norwegian author is writing the storyof his life, and critics say it’s a masterwork (“intense and vital,” says the New Yorker). He discusses “My Struggle: Book Three” at 7 p.m. Monday, June 2, Elliott Bay Book Co., 1521 10th Ave., Seattle; free (206-624-6600 or elliottbaybook.com).
The prizewinning author of novels, essays and nonfiction takes on an unlikely topic in his nonfiction book “Another Great Day at Sea: Life Aboard the USS George W.H. Bush.” He reads at 7 p.m. Monday, June 2, Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle; free (206-386-4636 or spl.org).
Seattle Arts and Lectures hosts author of “The Faraway Nearby,” “Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas,” “Men Explain Things to Me” and “Savage Dreams: A Journey into the Hidden Wars of the American West.” 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 5, Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; $5-$50 (206-621-2230 or lectures.org).
‘The Who’s Tommy’
The story of pinball wizard Tommy Walker gets the steampunk treatment in this staging of the Tony-winning musical at Seattle Musical Theatre, directed by Harry Turpin. (This show replaces the original offering of “Sunday in the Park with George.”) Through June 15, 7120 62nd Ave. N.E., Seattle, in Magnuson Park; $30-$40 (800-838-3000 or brownpapertickets.com).
‘The Hunchback of Seville’
Monty Python meets Shakespeare in this world-premiere “anti-colonialist romp,” we are assured by Washington Ensemble Theatre. Written by Charise Castro Smith, it is set in 16th-century Spain. Jen Wineman directs. Friday, June 6, through June 30, WET, 608 19th Ave. E., Seattle; $15-$20 (206-325-5105 or washingtonensemble.org).
Cellist Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir joins the local Parnassus Project players for a program including Brahms’ Piano Quartet in A major as well as works by Icelandic composers Daniel Bjarnason and Halflioi Hallgrímsson. 4 p.m. Sunday, June 1, Nordic Heritage Museum, 3014 N.W. 67th St., Seattle; concert only, $22-$27, concert plus smorgasbord, $47-$55 (206-789-5707 or nordicmuseum.org).
Seattle Choral Company
Anticipating the summer solstice, the company closes its season with “Luminosity: The Measure of Light,” a series of two performances at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral. Washington native Morten Lauridsen’s 1997 work “Lux Aeterna” (“Eternal Light”) is the centerpiece of the concerts; the company will also perform works by Liszt, Stanford, Harris and Rutter. 8 p.m. Friday, June 6, and Saturday, June 7, 1245 10th Ave. E., Seattle; $25 (800-838-3006 or seattlechoralcompany.org).
Last year in their June concert, this Seattle dance troupe led by Iyun Ashani Harrison, made a captivating splash. Most of the dancers are affiliated with Cornish College of the Arts where Harrison teaches. All have strong, agile ballet skills that are taken in a variety of directions, from Afro-Caribbean twists (Harrison is from Jamaica) to Puerto Rican flourishes (courtesy of guest choreographer Eric Rivera). 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, June 6-7, Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway, Seattle; $7-$20 (800-838-3006 or brownpapertickets.com).
‘Deco Japan: Shaping Art and Culture, 1920-1945’
Nearly 200 pieces — prints, jewelry, ceramics and furniture — from a Florida couple’s renowned collection are in this exhibition. Gayle Clemans, who reviewed the show for The Seattle Times, wrote, “The works are infused with tradition, albeit in altered and modernized ways. You’ll see the time-honored forms of cloisonné, screens, lacquerware and even kimonos.” 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays, until 9 p.m. Thursday, through Oct. 19, 1400 E. Prospect St., Seattle; $5-$7 (206-654-3100 or seattleartmuseum.org).