Week’s A&E highlights: Food trucks, ‘West of Memphis’ and Nick Offerman
Arts and entertainment highlights for the week beginning March 17, 2013 include the movie “West of Memphis,” a reading by Amanda Coplin, the play “Good People” and the BOOST Dance Festival.
‘West of Memphis’
Amy Berg’s thoughtful documentary is a real-life horror story, a devastating walk-through of the flawed prosecution of the West Memphis Three: a trio of teenagers who, in 1993, were accused of murdering three little boys in West Memphis, Ark. Now playing at the Guild 45th. For Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald’s 3½-star review, go to www.seattletimes.com/movies.
A new reality-competition series that follows 10 celebrities as they train and compete in a regulation platform and springboard diving. Series premiere, 8 p.m. Tuesday on ABC.
The Uwajimaya store in Renton will have a dozen mobile kitchens in its parking lot from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, at 501 S. Grady Way, Renton (www.uwajimaya.com/index.html).
Vegetarian food festival, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-March 24, Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, 299 Mercer St., Seattle; $8 at the door; 12 and younger free (www.vegofwa.org/Vegfest).
Best of the Northwest
Works from 140 Northwest artists, in jewelry, clothing, paintings, glass, wood, metal and clay. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, March 24, Smith Cove Cruise Terminal 91, 2001 W. Garfield St., Seattle; $6-$7, parking $5 (www.nwartalliance.com).
You know him as Ron Swanson on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” but what you may not know is that in real life Offerman really does like to make stuff, just like his TV character. 8 p.m. Thursday at the Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave., Seattle; $33 (877-784-4849 or www.stgpresents.org).
It’s been a long wait, but last fall the singer-songwriter Iris Dement released a new album of original songs, “Sing the Delta,” and it’s a doozy. A musician’s musician who counts Emmylou Harris and John Prine among her biggest fans, Dement appears 7:30 p.m. Saturday and March 25 at the Triple Door, 216 Union St., Seattle; $35 (206-838-4333 or www.thetripledoor.net).
This author’s critically praised debut novel, “The Orchardist,” set in Eastern Washington, is a beautiful piece of storytelling and is just out in paperback — hear Coplin read at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park; free (206-366-3333; www.thirdplacebooks.com); and at 7 p.m., University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., Seattle (206-634-3400; www.ubookstore.com).
‘How to Disappear Completely’
Lighting designer Itai Erdal reflects on his career as well as his caretaking for his dying mother. 8 p.m. Thursday-March 24, On the Boards, 100 W. Roy St., Seattle; $12-$20 (206-217-9888 or www.ontheboards.org).
Playwright David Lindsay-Abaire drew on his own “Southie” roots to depict a struggling single mom trying to support a disabled daughter in the face of long economic odds. Through March 31 at Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Center; $12-$70 (206-443-2222 or www.seattlerep.org).
Guest conductor David Afkham will lead the SSO in Britten’s Cello Symphony; the program also includes Mozart’s Overture from “Don Giovanni” and Beethoven’s sweeping Fifth Symphony. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, noon Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $19-$122 (206-215-4747 or www.seattlesymphony.org).
Seattle Dance Project
Choreographer Jason Ohlberg, whose work has been a consistent highlight of Seattle’s “Men in Dance” festival, gets a showcase all to himself in SDP’s “Project 6.” On the program: the local premiere of his 2001 piece, “Gloria,” which unfolds with an exuberant, fuguelike exaltation to a Vivaldi score; plus, an expanded version of “Departure from 5th,” debuted by SDP last year, which blends dancers’ movements with their own wryly candid comments on being excessively body-conscious. 8 p.m. Friday march 22-March 30, ACT: A Contemporary Theater, 700 Union St., Seattle; $5-$25 (206-292-7676CQ or www.acttheatre.org).
The three-day fest returns for its fourth year and, this time, will offer an entirely new program every night. Featured dance-makers include Elia Mrak, Michele Miller, Kristen Legg and Maya Soto. 8 p.m. Friday-March 24, Erickson Theatre, 1524 Harvard Ave., Seattle; $18 (800-838-3006 or ).
Nordic Heritage Museum
Danish-Norwegian artist Karin Bit Vejle creates blizzards of fantastical, yards-long light-as-air panels of lace, cut completely by hand and astoundingly intricate. Her “Scissors for a Brush” exhibition opens Friday, runs through June 16. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, noon- 4 p.m. Sundays, 3014 N.W. 67th St., Seattle; $4-$6 (206-789-5707 or www.nordicmuseum.org). Note: Bit Vejle will lead tours of the exhibit at 2 p.m. Friday-Saturday.
Portland ceramic artist J.D. Perkin’s stoneware figures are arrayed on the floor, in the windows and up in the rafters at Davidson Galleries. Perkin, while staying instantly recognizable in style, is mischievously experimenting with his rudimentary human forms, transforming one of them into a human-animal amalgam (“Beast #1”) and others into “Yoga Abstractions.” There’s a greater sense of movement, eros and performance in all of them. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through March 30, Davidson Galleries, 313 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle; free (206-624-7684 or www.davidsongalleries.com).