The Week Ahead: Tiki party, ‘Porgy and Bess,’ dancing
The week of June 8 brings festivals, concerts and a mesmerizing documentary.
‘For No Good Reason’
Meet artist Ralph Steadman and his savage, unnerving drawings in director Charlie Paul’s mesmerizing documentary. Steadman’s collaborative efforts with Hunter S. Thompson came to full flower with 1972’s “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” Thompson’s novel that featured Steadman’s iconic cover drawing. Now playing at Sundance Cinemas. For showtimes, see Page H7. For Soren Andersen’s four-star review, go to seattletimes.com/movies.
‘Murder in the First’
This new crime drama, starring Taye Diggs and Kathleen Robertson, promises to follow a single case over an entire season. Series premiere, 10 p.m. Monday, June 9, on TNT.
‘Pretty Little Liars’
This very popular series, set in the town of Rosewood, concerning four friends and a mysterious person called “A,” returns for a fifth season. 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, on ABC Family.
Summer weather means it’s time for a Tiki party. Bastille Café & Bar in Ballard hosts a rum party Tuesday, June 10, from 8 p.m. until closing at the back bar with guest bartenders and live music. At 5307 Ballard Ave. N.W., Seattle (206-453-5014 or bastilleseattle.com).
Wild Strawberry Festival
A carnival, bands, performers, vendors, and plenty of food await you at this annual festival, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, June 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, June 15. There also will be a car show. It’s at Burien Town Square Park, 152nd Street Southwest and Fifth Avenue Southwest (206-988-3700 or burienstrawberryfestival.org).
Maple Valley Days
Between 10,000 and 15,000 visitors are expected at this annual festival that offers more than 120 food/vendor booths, 75 parade entrants, carnival rides and much more. The fest runs Friday-Sunday, June 13-15, at Lake Wilderness Park, 22500 S.E. 248th St., Maple Valley (maplevalleydays.com).
Don’t let the silly hats and outsized glasses fool you, Seattleite Allen Stone really does sing soul music — though he calls himself a “hippie with soul.” True to that description, Stone confronts social issues in his music, as on his wildly popular YouTube video, “Unaware,” which deals with economic justice and has gotten more than 3 million hits. Stone was recently signed to Capitol, which promises Stone’s label debut this summer. 7 p.m. Friday, June 13, at Chateau Ste. Michelle, 14111 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville; $29.50-$49.50 (425-488-1133 or ste-michelle.com).
‘The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay’
Book-It Repertory Theatre adapts Michael Chabon’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 2000 novel about the friendship between two cousins, one an artist who fled the Nazis and one a writer who is the son of a vaudeville strongman, and how their lives unfold against World War II and the golden age of comics. Due to the length of the novel/adaptation — five hours — a dinner break is built into each performance. Opens Wednesday, June 11, and runs through Sunday, July 13, Book-It, Center Theatre, Seattle Center; $24-$43 (206-216-0833 or book-it.org).
‘The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess’
The stirring Catfish Row romance between Porgy and his beloved bad girl Bess, trying to break free from the possessive, violent Crown, gets an overhaul in this revisionist Broadway version of a classic opera. This rendition is controversial for its changes to the Gershwin brothers’ beloved score and the DuBose and Dorothy Heyward book, though it won a 2012 Tony Award for best musical revival. The Broadway touring cast in the 5th Avenue Theatre presentation, led by Alicia Hall Moran and Nathaniel Stampley, includes mezzo soprano Cheryse McLeod Lewis, of Seattle. Tickets start at $29 (206-625-1900 or 5thavenue.org).
The Columbia Choirs of Metropolitan Seattle celebrate their 30th anniversary with two concerts on two weekends: “Treasures,” featuring the Con Brio Women’s Choir and Concord Chamber Choir performing Schubert, Debussy and Scarlatti as well as jazz, pop and folk tunes in Kirkland. “Celebration in Song” will feature all seven choirs — 200 members — presenting pieces from the choirs’ decades of performing, at Town Hall Seattle. “Treasures” is at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 8, Kirkland Peformance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland; $10-$15; “Celebration” is at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 14, Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave.; $10-$20 (206-406-3511 or columbiachoirs.com).
Seattle Symphony with Jonathan Biss
Pianist, Curtis Institute of Music teacher and humorous blogger Biss returns to Benaroya Hall. He will perform Schoenberg’s Piano Concerto, composed in 1942 and considered a good vehicle for listeners who want to ease into the 12-tone style. Also on the program: J. Strauss II’s “Emperor” Waltzes and Brahms’ Second Symphony. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 12, 8 p.m. Saturday, June 14, and 2 p.m. Sunday, June 15, Benaroya Hall, Seattle; tickets start at $19 (206-215-4747 or seattlesymphony.org).
PNB: Season Encore
A reprise of some of Pacific Northwest Ballet’s greatest hits of the 2013-14 season, featuring a performance starring beloved principal dancer Kaori Nakamura, who is soon to retire. 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 8, McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St., Seattle; $35-$200 (206-441-2424 or pnb.org).
Seattle International Dance Festival
Every June, just as the main dance season in Seattle is winding down, choreographer Cyrus Khambatta gives local dance fans a major fix. Artists come from as far away as Romania, Brazil, Peru, India and China to participate, and locals are in the mix, too. Most performances are at Raisbeck Hall, 2015 Boren Ave., and other points in South Lake Union, Thursday, June 13, to Sunday, June 22; $15-$20 (seattleidf.org).
Nordic Heritage Museum
What’s so great about Danish design? Well, nearly everything. Clean lines that outlast any fad, craftsmanship and comfort have kept Danish Modern furnishings and accessories in homes for decades. The Nordic Heritage Museum hosts “Danish Modern: Design for Living,” a pretty little show of furniture, table settings, light fixtures, toys and jewelry, and even a Hans Wegner Round Chair, which became famous after its (quiet) role in the televised JFK-Nixon debates. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, noon-4 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 31, Nordic Heritage Museum, 3014 N.W. 67th St., Seattle; $6-$8 (206-789-5707 or nordicmuseum.org).