The week ahead: Norwegian Culture and Heritage Day, Major Jackson, and Shamrock Show
‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’
Wes Anderson (“Moonrise Kingdom,” “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” “Rushmore”) has assembled a wonderful cast — both newcomers (Ralph Fiennes, Jude Law, Tony Revolori, Saoirse Ronan) and regular Anderson repertory-company members (Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Adrien Brody) — to whisk us through this adventurous bonbon of a movie. Now playing at several theaters. For showtimes, see Page H7. For Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald’s 3.5-star review, go to www.seattletimes.com/movies.
‘Dancing with the Stars’
The 18th season of this dancing competition features a whole new cast of stars. Season premiere, 8 p.m. Monday, March 17 on ABC.
The high school musical-comedy series celebrates its 100th episode. 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, on Fox.
Washington Cask Beer Festival
The year’s most anticipated beer event is almost here. Got your ticket? The annual Washington Cask Beer Festival, which features 100 cask-conditioned brews, sells out quickly. Every big-name brewery in the state will feature a special beer. Two sessions: noon-4 p.m. and 6-10 p.m. Saturday, March 22, Seattle Center Exhibition Hall; tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at door ... if still available. (washingtonbrewersguild.org).
Norwegian Cultural and Heritage Day
Horned helmets aren’t necessary for this party, which includes demonstrations of traditional Norwegian crafts, music, vendors, food, kids’ games and crafts, costume parade, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 22; Leif Erikson Lodge, 2245 N.W. 57th St., Seattle (leiferiksonlodge.com).
Port Townsend Victorian Heritage Festival
Celebrate the late 19th century with tours, a pub crawl, a parade, lectures, vintage steamboat rides, fashion shows, teas and a ball, Friday-Sunday, March 21-23, Port Townsend; (360-379-2847 or vicfest.org).
KMPS Shamrock Show
Weather forced the cancellation of this country music gala back in December, but your Dec. 6 tickets are still good. Stars include country rocker Gary Allan, whose “Set You Free,” with its most recent single, “It Ain’t the Whiskey,” was his first to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and has now gone gold. Also: Parmalee and Jerrod Neimann. 8 p.m. Monday, March 17, WaMu Theater, 800 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle ; $39-$49 (800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com)
Klay, a former Marine, has been getting rave reviews for his new story collection, “Redeployment,” based on his experiences in Iraq. He’ll discuss his work at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, Elliott Bay Book Co., 1521 10th Ave., Seattle; free (206-624-6600 or elliottbaybook.com).
Christine Deavel and J.W. Marshall
This couple, both poets and purveyors of poetry at their Wallingford store Open Books: A Poem Emporium, get some well-deserved exposure as they appear as part of the Seattle Arts & Lectures series. At 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, ACT Theatre, 700 Union St., Seattle; $5-$50 (206-621-2230 or lectures.org).
This acclaimed poet discusses the use of metaphor as part of the Word Works Writers on Writing series. at 7 p.m. Friday, Richard Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave., Seattle; $8-$10 (206-322-7030 or hugohouse.org).
‘The Importance of Being Earnest’
This is Seattle Shakespeare Company’s first outing with an Oscar Wilde play, and director Victor Pappas went straight to the most clever of the canon. This “Earnest” stars Connor Toms, Hana Lass, Quinn Franzen and Charles Leggett. Friday, March 21-Sunday, April 13, Center House Theatre, Seattle Center; $25-$48 (206-733-8222 or seattleshakespeare.org).
Seattle Symphony’s annual festival puts audiences at the intersection of East and West, with interesting guests and new works. This year features Julia Tai, conductor; Van Cliburn first-place winner Haochen Zhang, pianist; Nguyen Thanh Thuy, dan tranh (zither); Ngo Tra My, dan bau (one-string zither); and Stefan Östersjö, ti ba (horn), piano and guitar. Also: the premiere of a work by Richard Karpen, head of the UW School of Music. 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 21, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; tickets start at $19 (206-215-4747 or seattlesymphony.org).
The highly collectible Seattle wood artist is having his first solo exhibition at Bellevue Arts Museum, where you’ll see some of his familiar works alongside pieces never shown before. “Skillfully chiseled carvings play against rough-hewed surfaces, revealing a tension between what was, what is, and what could be,” BAM says. (Webb will give a talk at 7 p.m. Friday, April 4.) 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays through June 15, 510 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue; $8-$10 (425-519-0770 or bellevuearts.org).