Critics' Picks: Irma Thomas, 'The Closer,' 'Singin' in the Rain' screenings
Three things Seattle Times writers love this week: the beginning of the end for TNT's "The Closer," screenings of "Singin' in the Rain" in honor of its 60th anniversary and soul singer Irma Thomas at the Triple Door.
Celebrating 50-plus years as the queen of New Orleans soul singers, Irma Thomas will be holding her own royal jubilee at the Triple Door this week. Maybe you know the lady's robust, ageless and potent vocals from her musical cameos on HBO's "Treme"? Or from her original, pre-Rolling Stones recording of "Time Is On My Side"? In any case, lovers of soul-stirring R&B are in for a treat when Queen Irma holds court in one of her infrequent Seattle appearances. 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Triple Door, Seattle; $25-$45 (206-838-4333 or www.tripledoor.com).
Misha Berson, Seattle Times arts writer
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One of the happiest movies ever made (seriously, can you think of one that makes you smile more?) celebrates its 60th anniversary with a newly remastered version screening in theaters on Thursday, including a special interview with Debbie Reynolds. Among the locations are Thornton Place, Bella Bottega and Alderwood; see www.fathomevents.com for more details. Also, a 60th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Blu-ray, the first for the film, will be released on July 17 — containing, among other goodies, a full-size commemorative umbrella. "What a glorious feeling ... "
Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times movie critic
I will miss Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick) terribly after TNT begins airing the final six episodes of "The Closer" this week (the series morphs into a new show called "Major Crimes" in August). I knew from the first episode, when she tore into a suspect like a pit bull, that this was a character to remember. Sedgwick makes her, in turn, stubborn, driven and above all, human. Thank yew!
Doug Knoop, Seattle Times staff