The Week Ahead: Beer tasting, Viking Fest, Rick Atkinson
The week of May 11 brings fairs, pop music, authors, art and more.
Stephanie Soechtig’s documentary about the role of processed food in the obesity epidemic is designed to alarm anyone who eats. Narrated (and executive produced) by Katie Couric, it gives plenty of facts and numbers about the dangers of excess sugar, the “low-fat” craze and the stunning rise of obesity-related illness. It also shows the face of the epidemic: four overweight teens struggling to make the right choices. Now playing at the Varsity. For showtimes, see Page H7. For Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald’s three-star review, go to seattletimes.com/movies.
‘Once Upon a Time’ and ‘Revenge’
Season finales are everywhere this week. First up is the fairy tale mashup at 8 p.m., then the nighttime soap at 10 p.m., on Sunday, May 11, both on ABC.
In this new series, celebrity guest stars join host Rove McManus in a series of physical challenges. Series premiere, 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, on Fox.
So you think you know your IPAs? Chuck’s in the Central District will offer a blind tasting of some some stellar local IPAs from 5-8 p.m. Monday, May 12, 2001 East Union St., Seattle (206-538-0743 or chuckscd.com).
Seattle Beer Week
Daily tastings and special events continue through May 18. A highlight: Pine Box on Capitol Hill will serve barbecue venison to pair with suds from Big Sky Brewing in Montana, 1-6 p.m., Saturday, May 17, 1600 Melrose Ave., Seattle (206-588-0375 or pineboxbar.com).
Celebrate Norway’s Constitution Day by heading to Ballard Saturday, May 17. The fun begins at 10 a.m. at Bergen Place, the intersection of Market Street, Leary Avenue and 22nd Avenue Northwest. A parade, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., features marching bands and drill teams, Norwegian-American groups, and classic cars. The Nordic Heritage Museum will also be open (17thofmay.org).
University District Streetfair
There will be arts and crafts vendors galore, as well as entertainment, food vendors, and a beer garden, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, May 17, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 18, University District, Seattle (udistrictstreetfair.org).
Poulsbo opens its arms May 16-18, with Viking Village, which includes craft and food vendors, a road race and parade (vikingfest.org).
The biggest little band on the planet has reunited after a hiatus of seven years. Chris Thile (mandolin/vocals), Sara Watkins (fiddle/vocals), and Sean Watkins (guitar/vocals) started out as a bluegrass kid band, then blew everyone’s socks off with their eponymous 2000 album, which gave a peppy pop punch to tradition. Drawing on everyone from the Beatles to Bach, Nickel Creek snagged a Grammy award in 2003 and has sold millions of records. 8 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at the Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave., Seattle; $32.50-$42.50 (877-784-4849 or stgpresents.org).
Spectacle: The Music Video
The first exhibition of its kind, “Spectacle: The Music Video” features interactive installations, re-created sets, projections, video and artifacts from videos by The Residents, OK Go, Bjork, Smashing Pumpkins, Arcade Fire and others. The museum is open daily 10 a.m. — 5 p.m. The exhibit opens Saturday, May 17. at EMP Museum, 325 Fifth Ave. N., Seattle; $16-$23 (206-770-2700 or empsfm.org).
The author of a highly praised trilogy on World War II discusses the third in the series, “The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945.” 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; $5 (206-652-4255 or townhallseattle.org).
Have lunch with the former editor of Gourmet magazine, now author of “Delicious! A Novel.” $70 includes lunch and a signed copy of the book. Noon Thursday, May 15, Dahlia Lounge, 2001 Fourth Ave., Seattle, $70. The author will also discuss and sign her book at 6:30 p.m. May 15, Book Larder, 4252 Fremont Ave. N., Seattle; $27 by reservation includes signed copy of book. Reichl will stay after her talk to meet fans and continue to sign books. Information on all events: (206-397-4271 or booklarder.com).
The Former U.S. Treasury Secretary discusses his new book “Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises.” 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 16, Seattle Arts & Lectures at Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; $40 includes book (206-621-2230, ext. 10, or lectures.org).
Sarah Rose Davis steps into those famous Barbra Streisand shoes in Village Theatre’s latest musical — the life story of Fanny Brice, the storied Vaudeville star/comedian. Steve Tomkins will direct. May 15-July 6, Village Theatre, 303 Front St. N., Issaquah; $30-$65 (425-392-2202 or villagetheatre.org).
Kirkland Choral Society
The society celebrates its 25th anniversary by presenting an original work by Kirke Mechem (“Tartuffe”): “Laugh Till the Music Stops,” in two performances next weekend. The choir will also perform “Dan-u-el” and “Blow Ye the Trumpet” from Mechem’s opera “John Brown”; and a Silver Mass, compiled by artistic director Glenn Gregg. 8 p.m. Friday, May 16, First United Methodist Church, 180 Denny Way, Seattle, and 3 p.m. Sunday, May 18, Bastyr University Chapel, 14500 Juanita Drive NE, Kenmore; $15-$20, $25 for the Champagne reception after Sunday’s performance. (425-296-0612 or kirklandchoralsociety.org).
American String Project Chamber Players
Maria Larionoff and Barry Lieberman’s ASP has changed focus to chamber music and education, and you can see what they and friends Ani Kalayjian, Jorja Fleezanis and Stephen Wyrczynski have been up to in this weekend’s concert of Brahms and Dvorak. 2 p.m. Sunday, May 11, Brechemin Auditorium, UW School of Music, Seattle; $15 at the door (music.washington.edu)
Bainbridge Island Museum of Art
A microscope and a camera turned Port Hadlock sculptor David Eisenhour on to the beauty of the natural world early in life. His exhibition, “Dialogue with Nature,” features 50 works and series in bronze, stainless steel, found stones, cast concrete, coal, and mixed media, all inspired by natural forms. The exhibition includes a dissecting microscope with a monitor, and visitors can bring specimens and create their own artworks (times vary). 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, 550 Winslow Way E., Bainbridge Island (206-842-4451 or bainbridgeartmuseum.org).
A clarification was added to this list on Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Timothy Geithner's appearance at Town Hall is presented by Seattle Arts & Lectures and the best phone number for information is 206-621-2230, ext. 10.