16 top entertainment picks for June 17-23, 2012
The Seattle Times' weekly list of arts and entertainment highlights includes Paradiso, the Northwest's first locally produced festival of electronic-dance music; alt-country singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell and poet/memoirist Mary Karr at the Triple Door; and "One Slight Hitch," Lewis Black's comedy about a wedding day gone wrong.
'Your Sister's Sister'
Seattle filmmaker Lynn Shelton's appealing comedy is an actor's movie, offering the small-scale pleasures of a good story well-told. Filmed in the picturesque San Juan Islands by cinematographer Ben Kasulke, it involves three characters: Jack (Mark Duplass), his best friend (Emily Blunt) and her sister (Rosemarie DeWitt) — all altered by the events of one night. Now playing at the Egyptian and Lincoln Square Cinemas. For showtimes, see Page H7. For Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald's 3 ½-star review, go to www.seattletimes.com/movies.
It's time to head back (or is it forward?) to the 31st century for more animated adventures from Philip J. Fry, Lela, Bender and the rest of the Planet Express crew. Season premiere, 10 p.m. Wednesday on Comedy Central.
'Comedy Bang! Bang!'
Jon Hamm ("Man Men") stops by this new sketch-comedy show. 10 p.m. Friday on IFC.
Hunger Sunday brunch
Tired of the Fremont Fair? Hunger restaurant in Fremont throws a special Sunday brunch hangover happy hour from 1-2 p.m. Sunday. Stick around — there's also extended happy hours 3-6 p.m. and again 10 p.m.-2 a.m. on the patio. And $5 drink specials all day. 3601 Fremont Ave. N., Seattle (206-402-485 or www.hungerseattle.com).
Volunteer Park Café Sunday supper
Volunteer Park Café Chef Ericka Burke throws a special Sunday supper for Father's Day — pot roast with mashed potatoes and crusty bread with butter bacon — served family style (naturally) at communal tables. Reservations (required) start at 6 p.m. Sunday, 1501 17th Ave. E., Seattle; $30 a person (206-328-3155 or www.alwaysfreshgoodness.com).
Burien Wild Strawberry Festival
The weekend festival continues today with music, street performers, Father's Day car show, carnival, vendors, 10 a.m.-4.p.m., Burien Town Square Park, 152nd Street Southwest and Fifth Avenue Southwest, Burien (206-988-3700 or www.wildstrawberryfestival.org).
Rodney Crowell and Mary Karr
Alt-country singer-songwriter and Nashville Hall of Famer Crowell has teamed up with poet/memoirist Mary Karr ("The Liars Club") on the album "Kin: Songs by Mary Karr and Rodney Crowell." 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Triple Door, 216 Union St., Seattle; $27-$37 (206-838-4333 or www.thetripledoor.net).
& Dirty Kitchen
This hot new bluegrass band stirred things up at Wintergrass, where it added Seattle guitarist Chris Luquette. The band made several Top 10 lists for its self-titled 2010 album, and Solivan's cover of Kate Wolf's "Across the Great Divide" has been selected for the new bluegrass collection on the Putumayo label. 9 p.m. Thursday at the Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Ave. N.W., Seattle; $12 (206-789-3599 or www.tractortavern.com).
The Northwest's first locally produced festival of electronic-dance music (EDM) follows up where last year's successful Identity Festival left off. Big name DJs include Avicii, Afrojack, Above & Beyond and Knife Party, but with EDM it's all about the undulating crowd. 2 p.m. Saturday at the Gorge Amphitheatre, George, Grant County; $70-$250 (800-745-3000 or www.tickmaster.com).
'One Slight Hitch'
Lewis Black's comedy about a wedding day gone wrong has its Northwest premiere at ACT Theatre, directed by Joe Grifasi. Through July 8, 700 Union St., Seattle; $15-$55 (206-292-7676 or www.acttheatre.org).
'Quickies Volume 13'
The 2012 collection of short — or as participating actress Ashley Flannegan Russell calls them, "fun size" — plays embraces the themes of transformation and coming of age. A Live Girls! Theater production. Through June 23, Theatre Off Jackson, 409 Seventh Ave. S., Seattle; $5-$15 (800-838-3006 or lgtheater.org).
Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Music director Ludovic Morlot will be back at the podium for Berlioz's "The Damnation of Faust," which includes vocalists Ruxandra Donose as Marguerite and Richard Leech as Faust. 7:30 p.m. Thursday and 8 p.m. Saturday, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $17-$110 (206-215-4747 or www.seattlesymphony.org).
Joshua Roman and An All-Cello Ensemble
Roman, former principal cellist with Seattle Symphony, has gathered fellow cellists Julie Albers, Efe Baltacigil, Richard Belcher, Meeka DiLorenzo, Roberta Downey, Chuck Jacot and Walter Gray for a concert of works by Piazzolla, Villa-Lobos, Strauss and Pärt, plus Roman's arrangement of "Stairway to Heaven" and a newly commissioned work by Mason Bates. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (note this is a change from the previously announced date), Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle $10-$20 (800-838-3006 or townhallseattle.org).
This Sri Lankan novelist has just won the prestigious Commonwealth Book Prize. Hear him discuss his winning novel of cricket and Sri Lanka, "The Legend of Pradeep Mathew," 7 p.m. Thursday, Seattle Asian Art Museum, 1400 E. Prospect St., Seattle; free (206-624-6600 or www.elliottbaybook.com).
Lisa Harris Gallery
In the group show "Plein Air Invitational," artists celebrate all kinds of out-in-the-open scenes, from Lois Silver's colorful "Market High Stall," of an outdoor-market browser, to Ed Kamuda's bold "Lummi Low Tide." 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays through July 30, 1922 Pike Place, Seattle (206-443-3315 or www.lisaharrisgallery.com).
Museum of Glass
The Tacoma museum has organized two exhibitions that coincide with the recent openings of Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle and LeMay — America's Car Museum in Tacoma. "Origins: Early Works by Dale Chihuly" (through Oct. 21) contains pieces from as early as 1968, when Chihuly was a student at the Rhode Island School of Design. "Classic Heat" (Through January 2013) displays large-scale glass hood ornaments inspired by classic automakers and created by the museum's Hot Shop Team and artist John Miller. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays, 1801 Dock St., Tacoma; $5-$12 (866-468-7386 or www.museumofglass.org).