Week Ahead: Maritime Festival, Cinco de Mayo, Cassandra Wilson
Celebrations and arts events for the week of May 4, 2014, in and around Seattle range from Maritime Festival to Cinco de Mayo.
The documentary team that made 2007’s “Manufactured Landscapes” created this visually stunning follow-up film, which emphasizes the beauty and strangeness of decay in the 21st century. Swooping cameras capture the construction of a skyscraper-high Chinese dam, the cracked-mud desert where the Colorado used to flow, the toxic clutter of a desert town. Now playing at the Varsity. For showtimes, see page H7. For John Hartl’s 3.5-star review, go to seattletimes.com/movies.
The new season of Louis C.K.’s funny New York-set comedy premieres at 10 p.m. Monday, May 5, on FX.
‘In the Flesh’
Missing zombies in your life? Tune in for the second season of this series about a teenager with PDS (Partially Deceased Syndrome). Season premiere, 7 p.m. Saturday, May 10, on BBC America.
Cinco de Mayo
All the Tex-Mex bar/restaurants will be packed for Cinco de Mayo. If you don’t want to deal with the mayhem, check out the Mexican-themed party Monday, May 5, at Tommy Gun on Capitol Hill, with plenty of margaritas, mescal and tequila drink specials. No cover. Doors open at 5 p.m., 1703 E. Olive Way, Seattle; 206-232-gunn (4866) www.tommygunseattle.com
Seattle Beer Week
Seattle Beer Week kicks off Thursday, May 8, at Elysian on Capitol Hill, where brewers and beer geeks will gather for a long night of barhopping to kickoff the 10-day festival. Starts at 5 p.m., at 1221 E Pike St., Seattle; 206-860-1920 or seattlebeerweek.com
Vigor Seattle Maritime Festival
What’s billed as the world’s largest tugboat race will thunder along the downtown Seattle waterfront as part of the Vigor Seattle Maritime Festival. It begins Thursday, May 8, and continues until Sunday, May 11. There will be a chowder cook-off, workboat parade, survival suit races, a boatbuilding competition, vessel tours, a sea-air rescue demonstration and free harbor tours (seattlepropellerclub.org).
Northwest Paddling Festival
The largest event of its kind in the Northwest brings paddle sports retailers, manufacturers and athletes together. Featuring more than 60 paddle sports businesses offering canoes, kayaks, stand up paddleboards, equipment, accessories and gear, the Northwest Paddling Festival runs from Friday, May 9, to Saturday, May 10, at Lake Sammamish State Park, 20606 S.E. 56th St., Issaquah. Admission is free (northwestpaddlingfestival.com).
On the road celebrating a 20th anniversary deluxe reissue of her groundbreaking 1993 album, “Blue Light ‘Til Dawn,” the original of which has sold nearly a million copies worldwide, the sultry southern singer plays Seattle two nights, two shows per. With “Blue Light,” Wilson redefined the parameters for jazz vocalists, reaching beyond the Great American Songbook of yore to rock, blues and country roots, even tossing in pedal steel guitar. 7 and 9:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, May 7-8, at the Triple Door, 216 Union St., Seattle; $25-$50 (206-838-4333 or tripledoor.net).
With “Old,” Brown’s follow-up to “XXX,” and his spot in the interactive video of Bob Dylan’s “Like A Rolling Stone,” the goofy, gaptoothed Detroit rapper has proved himself one of the most creative, self-aware and genuinely funny guys on the set. 9 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at the Showbox, 1426 First Ave., Seattle; $18-$20 (888-929-7849 or showboxpresents.com).
The author and investigative journalist (Los Angeles Times, Orlando Sentinel) calls his lecture “Animating Jewish Life: The Gospel According to the Simpsons.” He’ll talk about how Springfield’s first family, as well as Disney, “South Park” and “Family Guy” characters showcase Jewish culture and customs. 4 p.m. Sunday, May 4, Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 Mercer Island; $8-$12 (206-388-0823 or sjcc.org).
The Seattle-based restaurateur and blogger discusses her new memoir “Delancey: A Man, A Woman, A Restaurant, A Marriage.” 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, at University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., Seattle; free (206-634-3400 or ubookstore.com).
Sue Ennis, songwriter for the band Heart, penned the music for this staging of John Olive’s play, adapted from Thacher Hurd’s book. In it, kids meet Arthur, an art-museum guard who transforms into Art Dog, a mysterious artist, who solves a daring theft. Through May 18, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle Center; $20-$36 (206-441-3322 or sct.org).
‘Tales of Hoffmann’
Seattle Opera closes its season — also general director Speigh Jenkins’ last one with the company — with a production of the Jacques Offenbach tale about a writer and the unobtainable women in his life. Through May 17, McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St., Seattle; tickets start at $25 (206-389-7676 or seattleopera.org).
G. Gibson Gallery
It’s a feast for photography lovers at G. Gibson, with works by Michael Kenna, as well as Richard Misrach, Bill Brandt, Imogen Cunningham, Paul Caponigro, Edward Steichen and Walker Evans. Also showing: New paintings and drawings by Thuy-Van Vu. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through June 7, 300 S. Washington St., Seattle (206-587-4033 or ggibsongallery.com).