15 top entertainment picks for July 8-14, 2012
The Seattle Times' weekly list of arts and entertainment highlights includes the comedy "Chaps" at Taproot Theatre; a retrospective of painter-poet Alan Lau's work at Francine Seders Gallery; and Seattle Chamber Music Society's Summer Festival, with new artistic director James Ehnes.
'A Cat in Paris'
This delightful Oscar-nominated French film, about a cat with a double life, has a jazzy, relaxed beauty; it's old-school, hand-drawn animation, and you sense the fun the artists were having. The voice cast includes Marcia Gay Harden, Anjelica Huston and Matthew Modine. For showtimes, see Page H5. For Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald's 3-½-star review, go to www.seattletimes.com/movies.
Eric McCormack stars in this new series about a neuroscience professor with paranoid schizophrenia who helps the FBI solve cases. Series premiere, 10 p.m. Monday on TNT.
Julie Chen and that house full of strangers are back in what the network is calling a "supersized" season of the long-running reality competition. Season premiere, 9 p.m. Thursday on CBS.
Cherry Pie Bake-off
Capitol Hill's High 5 Pie hosts a cherry-pie bake-off for home and professional bakers at 1 p.m. Sunday, 1400 12th Ave., Seattle (206-695-2284 or www.high5pie.com).
Seafair Milk Carton Derby
You know it's good for you, but did you know it can float your boat? Come watch 100 milk-carton boats compete on the waters of Green Lake for $10,000 in prizes, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday; racing begins at 10 a.m., Green Lake Park, 7201 E. Green Lake Drive N., Seattle; free (206-728-0123 or www.seafair.com).
West Seattle Summer Fest
Arts, music on two stages, food and fun at The Junction in West Seattle, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. July 15. California Avenue Southwest and Southwest Alaska Street, Seattle (206-935-0904 or wsjunction.org/summerfest).
Well, they're not exactly boys anymore. But, remarkably, on their new album, "That's Why God Made the Radio," they harmonize like the angelic young fellows of yore. Shooting the curl on the road for the first time in two decades, the Beach Boys perform at 7 p.m. Friday at Chateau Ste. Michelle, 14111 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville; sold out (425-415-3300 or www.ste-michelle.com).
Ringo Starr & His
All Starr Band
Cynics call Starr the luckiest drummer in the world — but hey, the Liverpool lads fired their drummer to get him, so they heard something, right? Starr has put together a truly all-star band that includes Gregg Rolie (Santana), Steve Lukather (Toto) and Todd Rundgren, among others. The Starrs perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, at Chateau Ste. Michelle, 14111 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville; $57.50-$99.50 (425-415-3300 or www.ste-michelle.com).
What happens when American cowboys don't show up for their gig on BBC radio? See the British can-do spirit at work in this comedy by Jahnna Beecham and Malcolm Hillgartner. Suitable for ages 5 and older. Previews begin 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, and show continues through Aug. 11, Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St., Seattle; $29-$37 (206-781-9707 or www.taproottheatre.org).
The traveling arm of Seattle Shakespeare Company opens its annual series of free plays in the region's parks at 7 p.m. Thursday, with "Twelfth Night" at Issaquah Community Center Open Space and "The Winter's Tale" at Luther Burbank Park Amphitheatre on Mercer Island. The series continues through Aug. 12; look for a story in the July 13 WeekendPlus for more about this and other outdoor theater (206-733-8222 or www.seattleshakespeare.org).
Seattle Chamber Music Society Summer Festival
New artistic director James Ehnes is at the helm of the annual series, which this year has an added attraction: Each concert during the monthlong festival includes at least one work never before performed at an SCMS event. This week's program includes works by Ravel, Mendelssohn and Beethoven; pianists Inon Barnatan and Jeremy Denk are among the performers. Denk will talk with KUOW's Dave Beck in a free "Classical Conversation" at noon Wednesday in Benaroya Hall's Soundbridge studio. All concerts start at 8 p.m.; a free recital precedes each concert at 7 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $15 and $45 (206-283-8710 or www.seattlechambermusic.org).
Icicle Creek International Chamber Music Festival
The 19th annual chamber-music fest kicks off Sunday evening with a gala performance, at which each artist will discuss and play a favorite work. Free appetizer buffet beforehand; stay for mingling after in the festival tent. The festival runs through July 22. 8 p.m. Sunday, Canyon Wren Recital Hall, 7409 Icicle Road, Leavenworth; $25 opening-night gala (800-838-3006 or icicle.org).
Carlos Ruiz Zafón
The entertaining and talented Spanish author of "The Shadow of the Wind" and "The Angel's Game" discusses his new novel, "The Prisoner of Heaven," in conversation with author Garth Stein. At 7 p.m. Wednesday at Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park. Free (206-366-3333 or www.thirdplacebooks.com).
Painter-poet-Uwajimaya employee Lau has become a strong thread running through the fabric of Seattle's community life and arts scene. It's high time, then, for a retrospective, and Francine Seders Gallery is home to "things to come from those now gone, images from the eroding road — paintings by alan lau, 1980-2012." Special events linked to the show include a reception on July 15 and a walk-through with Lau on July 25. The exhibition opens Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 12, Francine Seders Gallery, 6701 Greenwood Ave. N., Seattle (206-782-0355 or www.sedersgallery.com).
Bellevue Arts Museum
The simple beauty of Shaker handicrafts is exhibited in all its forms in "Gather Up the Fragments: The Andrews Shaker Collection," which includes more than 200 traditional textiles, baskets, kitchen implements and furniture collected from the 1920s through the 1960s by Faith and Edward Deming Andrews. Opens Wednesday; continues 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays through Oct. 28, 510 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue; $7-$25 (425-519-0770 or www.bellevuearts.org).