The Week Ahead: BrasilFest, Tom Harrell, ‘School for Lies’
The week of Aug. 17 brings festivals, art, music, a dinosaur and cheap beer.
This compelling documentary follows the long, strange story of Sue, the name given to the bones of a Tyrannosaurus rex discovered in the badlands of South Dakota in 1990, and the legal battle over who owned her. Director Todd Douglas Miller spins the tangled web with nicely ratcheted suspense. Now playing at Sundance Cinemas (21+). For showtimes, see Page H5. For Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald’s three-star review, go to seattletimes.com/movies.
The Ewings are back for the second half of their third season and recovering from a fire at Southfork! 9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 18, on TNT.
Peter Capaldi takes control of the TARDIS in the new season of this popular sci-fi adventure series. Season premiere, 5:15 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, on BBC America.
Gordon Biersch Seattle
Gordon Biersch has something to celebrate: being named Washington’s Small Brewery of the Year at the professional beer competition. To spread the cheer, GBS is offering 98 cent beers and $4 growler fills from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, at the restaurant on the top floor of Pacific Place: (gordonbiersch.com).
Follow the drumbeats and celebrate the diversity of the South American cultural melting pot. Brazil’s African, Portuguese and indigenous roots will be feted with classical guitar, samba rhythms and the percussive beats of traditional folk music. Watch a demonstration of the powerful Capoeira martial arts, see glittering costumes, eat authentic food, and learn about th culture. Noon-8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, Seattle Center (206-684-7200 or seattlecenter.com).
Evergreen State Fair
Looking for some down-home fun? You will find a horse show, rodeo, 4H animals, exhibits, carnival rides, contests, vendors, concerts, and food at the Evergreen State Fair, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Aug. 21-31, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 1, Evergreen State Fairgrounds, 14405 179th Ave. S.E., Monroe; $5-$10 (360-805-6700 or evergreenfair.org).
One of the most imaginative, lyrical and harmonically sophisticated trumpet players in jazz brings his Colors of A Dream tour to town, with Jaleel Shaw (sax), Jonathan Blake (drums), Ugonna Okegwo (bass) and Wayne Escoffery (sax). If you haven’t been out to hear jazz for a while, Harrell will remind you why you love the genre. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, Aug. 19-20 at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., Seattle; $32,50 (206-441-9729 or jazzalley.com).
An acoustic duo show by Posies founders Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow to celebrate the rerelease of their 1988 album “Failure.” The Posies play bright, infectious indie pop but had the misfortune to rise in Seattle just as the much-darker grunge movement started. The first show is sold out, so a second show has been added. 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23 at the Triple Door, 216 Union St., Seattle; $20-$25 (206-838-4333 or thetripledoor.net).
The Seattle-area author signs “The Iron Sickle,” the latest installment in his George Sueño and Ernie Basom mystery, two Army Criminal Investigation Division agents who solve crimes in South Korea during the 1970s. “Limón brilliantly combines a procedural with a harrowing portrayal of the wounds of war,” said Publishers Weekly in an advance review. At noon Tuesday Aug. 19, Seattle Mystery Bookshop, 117 Cherry St., Seattle; free (206-587-5737 or seattlemystery.com).
‘School for Lies’
Sound Theatre Company stages the Seattle premiere of David Ives’ comedy “The School for Lies,” billed as a “saucy update of Moliere’s ‘The Misanthrope’ ” spiced with modern slang, gossip and glamour. Through Aug. 24, Center Theatre, Seattle Center; $15-$25 (800-838-3006 or brownpapertickets.com).
Olympic Music Festival
The “concerts in the barn” continue with an enticing program called “Beethoven: The Glorious String Trios,” which will feature Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu on violin; Alan Iglitzin on viola; and Jennifer Culp, on cello. 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, 7360 Center Road, Quilcene, Jefferson County; $14-$33 (360-732-4800 or olympicmusicfestival.org).
‘Ken Price: Inside/Outside’
This fun show, consisting mostly of screen prints that Price (1935-2012) made as illustrations for the writings of lowlife guru Charles Bukowski, is packed with cartoon-bright renditions of a Los Angeles that’s equal parts palm trees, traffic jams, rooftop vistas, sexy billboards and looming Apocalypse. There’s definite humor in the crisp way Price depicts even such messy sights as a sink full of dirty dishes and garbage cans overflowing with beer bottles. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays through Sept. 7, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle; $6-$10 (206-543-2280 or henryart.org).