16 top entertainment picks for June 24-30, 2012
The Seattle Times' weekly list of arts and entertainment highlights includes "Les Miserables" at 5th Avenue Theatre, comedian Aziz Ansari ("Parks and Recreation") at the Paramount and Victoria Adams' landscapes at Woodside/Braseth Gallery.
Pixar's latest animated feature, about a princess (voiced charmingly by Kelly Macdonald) in ancient Scotland who hopes to shake off tradition and choose her own fate, is a lushly colorful tale, never quite sublime but always entertaining and appealing. Now playing at several theaters. For showtimes, see Page H7. For Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald's 3 ½-star review, go to www.seattletimes.com/movies.
Ashley Rickards returns as Jenna Hamilton, dealing with all the discomfort and horrors of being a teenager in this comedy. Second season premiere, 10:30 p.m. Thursday on MTV.
Comedian Louis C.K. returns for a third season of his very awkward, very funny comedy about a New York comedian. Season premiere, 10:30 p.m. Thursday on FX.
The popular networking party where food journalists, cookbook authors, farmers, restaurateurs and other foodies meet local chefs and sample food returns this week. Guests include Thierry Rautureau, the Chef in the Hat and owner of Rover's and Luc. 6-9 p.m. Monday, Tom Douglas' Palace Ballroom, 2100 Fifth Ave., $25 (206-448-2001 or foodportunity.com).
Imperial IPA Invitational
An IPA paradise. The Noble Fir in Ballard hosts an Imperial IPA night to remember on Friday with at least 16 acclaimed beers including the cult favorite Black Raven's Wisdom Seeker. Doors open at 4 p.m., 5316 Ballard Ave. N.W. (206-420-7425 or thenoblefir.com).
Pride Parade and PrideFest
Rain or shine, the 38th annual Pride Parade starts at 11 a.m. today along Fourth Avenue from Union Street to Denny Way, ending at Seattle Center, where PrideFest features entertainment on three stages, vendors from noon-8.p.m., Seattle Center, Seattle (877-774-3382 or www.seattlepridefest.org).
Stacey Stanford, Michael Powers and Mutha Knows Best are part of the lineup of the Black Arts Fest, which allows visitors to experience the vastness of black culture with music on three stages, food vendors, car show and more, presented by the Sundiata African-American Cultural Association, Saturday and July 1, Seattle Center, Seattle (866-505-6006 or www.festivalsundiata.org).
Known widely as Tom Haverford, the smooth-talking ladies' man on NBC's "Parks and Recreation," Ansari made a splash recently with his self-produced stand-up special, "Dangerously Delicious," which he released on his website. Ansari appears at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. Friday at the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle; $33.75 (877-784-4849 or www.stgpresents.org).
One of the freshest voices in Brazilian music, Ceu brings tasteful touches of electronica and reggae to her softly pastel bossa whisper, which Herbie Hancock included on his 2010 album "Imagine." Ceu performs at 8 p.m. Monday at the Triple Door, 216 Union St., Seattle; $30 (206-838-4333 or www.thetripledoor.net).
Foster the People
Get your "Pumped Up Kicks" with this Los Angeles indie-pop band, led by former jingle-writer Mark Foster. Foster the People performs at 8 p.m. Tuesday at WaMu Theater, 800 Occidental Ave., S., Seattle; $28 (800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com).
'Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train'
New theater company Azeotrope stages this Stephen Adly Guirgis drama about life, death, salvation and other weighty issues against the backdrop of Rikers Island prison. Through Saturday, ACT Theatre, 700 Union St., Seattle; $20-$25 (206-292-7676 or www.acttheatre.org).
Jean Valjean, Javert and the rest of the gang from the Cameron Mackintosh production are back by popular demand. Wednesday-July 8, 5th Avenue Theatre, 1308 Fifth Ave., Seattle; $49-$159 (206-625-1900 or www.5thavenue.org).
Olympic Music Festival
The 29th annual series of "Concerts in the Barn" kicks off Saturday with a performance by Mosaic Brass Quartet and continues through Sept. 2. Upcoming programs at the 55-acre site will include works by Ravel, Mozart, Beethoven, Prokofiev and Schoenfield. 2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, 7360 Center Road, Quilcene; $14-$33 (360-732-4800 or www.olympicmusicfestival.org).
The mystery-noir author Joseph Kanon (he wrote "The Good German") has a new Istanbul-based novel out. Hear him read and discuss "Istanbul Passage" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park; free (206-366-3333 or www.thirdplacebooks.com).
The sky — with its endless variations of clouds and light — dominates Adams' luminous landscapes, which ask the viewer to linger awhile and ponder the enormity depicted in them. Trees, land and water play small parts in the images, letting the artist's own Big Sky Country take over. Through July 10, Woodside/Braseth Gallery, 2101 Ninth Ave., Seattle (206-622-7243 or www.woodsidebrasethgallery.com).
Susan E. Walker
Walker uses the mazelike aspect of the San Juan Islands to tell a story in her "Passageways" exhibit of paintings. In bold strokes, she depicts scenes of water winding around and between rocks and shore. "Outcome unpredictable until one rounds the corner," she says of her representations of the archetypal hero's journey. Through Saturday, Gallery 110, 110 Third Ave. S., Seattle; 206-624-9336 or www.gallery110.com).