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Originally published Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 5:30 AM

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15 of Seattle's top entertainment picks, April 1-7

The Seattle Times' weekly list of arts and entertainment highlights includes the documentary "Undefeated," Young the Giant and ACT Theatre's "First Date."

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Movies

'Undefeated'

TJ Martin and Dan Lindsay's documentary, which focuses on a North Memphis football team, shows, movingly, how passion for a sport can change a life. Now playing at the Varsity. For showtimes, go to Page I8. For a review and an interview with co-director Martin, a Northwest native, go to www.seattletimes.com/movies.

TV

'Happy Endings'

It's the season finale for this very funny sitcom about six fast-talking friends. The gang heads to a wedding this week, that will hopefully be — in the words of Casey Wilson's character, Penny — A-mah-zing. 9:30 p.m. Wednesday on ABC.

'Scandal'

From the mind of Shonda Rhimes ("Grey's Anatomy," "Private Practice") comes this new series about the staff at a crisis management firm. It stars Kerry Washington, Henry Ian Cusick and Tony Goldwyn. Series premiere, 10 p.m. Thursday on ABC.

Food

Slow Food Seattle Annual Member Meeting & Potluck

Show off your favorite recipe. Slow Food Seattle hosts a potluck. Bring a dish and a beverage to share from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Montlake Community Center, 1618 E. Calhoun St. Free. More info at slowfoodseattle.wordpress.com

Washington Artisan Cheesemakers Festival

Don't forget the crackers! Artisan cheeses made in Washington with locally made foods and beverages, for ages 21 and older only, noon-6 p.m. Saturday, Seattle Design Center, 5701 Sixth Ave. S., Seattle; $35-$40 (800-838-3006 or www.washingtonartisancheese.com).

Festivals

Emerald City Comicon

Comics geeks will beam down to the Washington State Convention Center for exhibits, gaming, vendors, speakers and guest artists, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, 800 Convention Place, Seattle; $25/Sunday; $10/ages 3-10 (www.emeraldcitycomicon.com).

Pop music

Christian McBride

McBride, the premiere bassist in jazz, snagged a Grammy this year for his big-band album, "The Good Feeling." The master pluckster is in town this week with his group Inside Straight, which features Steve Wilson (alto saxophone), Warren Wolf (vibes), Peter Martin (piano) and Carl Allen (drums), an all-star lineup. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., Seattle; $26.50 (206-441-9729 or www.jazzalley.com).

Young the Giant

The compelling wail of lead vocalist Sameer Gadhia is what the churning little indie band Young the Giant is all about. The band's song "Cough Syrup" was recently performed on an episode of "Glee" that dealt with bullying. 8 p.m. Saturday, at the Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave., Seattle; $20 (877-784-4849 or www.stgpresents.org).

Theater

'First Date'

Eric Ankrim and Kelly Karbacz star in this new musical — a collaboration between ACT Theatre and 5th Avenue Theatre — about a couple trying to connect amid the emotional baggage they carry from past relationships. Through May 28, ACT Theatre, 700 Union St., Seattle; $15-$69 (888-584-4849 or www.acttheatre.org).

'Back Back Back'

Just in time for the season, Itamar Moses' play follows the turbulent careers of three very different professional baseball players. Through April 22. Seattle Public Theater at the Bathhouse, 7312 W. Green Lake Drive N., Seattle; $15-$29 (206-524-1300 or www.seattlepublictheater.org).

Classical music

Thalia Symphony Orchestra

Music director Stephen Rogers Radcliffe will lead a sampling of opera favorites, including selections from "Der Meistersinger" and the triumphal march from "Aida." 2 p.m. Sunday, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; $15-$20 (800-838-3006 or www.brownpapertickets.com).

Seattle Symphony Orchestra

Conductor laureate Gerard Schwarz will return for a few days to lead one of his specialties: Mahler's epic First Symphony ("The Titan"). Also on the bill is guest pianist John Lill, for Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 24 in C major. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, noon Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $17-$110 (206-215-4747 or www.seattlesymphony.org).

Literary events

Daniel Okrent

Hear the historian, author and former New York Times public editor discuss his lively history "Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition" in conversation with KUOW host Steve Scher. 7 p.m. Monday, Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle; free (206-386-4636 or www.spl.org).

Visual arts

Robert Storr

Storr has a crowded resume, currently dean of the Yale School of Art, he is a former curator at the Museum of Modern Art, was a commissioner at the 2007 Venice Biennale and is a critic and writer. He's an artist, too. Five of his paintings and some of his works on paper will be at Francine Seders Gallery starting Friday. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Sundays through May 6, 6701 Greenwood Ave. N., Seattle (206-782-0355 or www.sedersgallery.com).

Museum of Glass

You could say siblings Laura de Santillana and Alessandro Diaz de Santillana have a love of glass in their blood; they're the grandchildren of the founder of esteemed Italian glass firm Venini & Co. Their first collaboration, "Scapes," includes Alessandro's glass paintings and Laura's sculptures. Saturday-January 2013, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays, 1801 Dock St., Tacoma; $5-$12 (253-284-4750 or www.museumofglass.org).

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