SIFF Cinema brings back one of the most engrossing, and important, movies of last year's film festival—Megan Griffths's Eden, the true story of a Korean-American teen (nickname "Eden") who’s kidnapped and imprisoned as a sex slave in a Southwest desert brothel run by a corrupt federal marshal. SIFF will host panel discussions on human trafficking and the making of Eden following the 7pm screenings on May 3 and 4. SIFF Cinema Uptown, $11.
Seattle True Independent Film Festival
If SIFF is the prom queen of Seattle’s movie festivals, then STIFF is the guy who puts on DIY punk shows. Sometimes that guy’s more fun. Grand Illusion Cinema, $8; festival pass $50.
Mobile Food Rodeo
Back for its third year, the Mobile Food Rodeo in Fremont corrals 40 food trucks from across the region for a day of tacos, BBQ, craft beers, and more. This year’s meals-on-wheels stars include Marination Mobile, Skillet, and Ezell’s Express, the new mobile venture from Seattle’s fried chicken kings. Expect long lines. Fremont (180 N Canal St), free; VIP tickets $25.
Frank Olivier's Twisted Cabaret
A Moisture Festival favorite and 30-year veteran of the art of "demented vaudeville," Frank Olivier stars in this one-man, 16-act show at Hale's Palladium, showing off all his knife-throwing, fire-eating, mind-reading skills in 90 minutes.. Hale's Palladium, $14–$35.
The Breakfast Club Live
If we can’t relive our high school days, can we at least revisit the days at John Hughes’s high school? Those were less of a struggle anyway. Local actors do a dramatic reading of the director’s 1980s teen screenplay The Breakfast Club. Jewelbox Theater, $5–$10.
Thru May 4
Mike Daisey's American Utopias
Per Seattle Rep: "Daisey takes us everywhere to pursue the story: from Disney World and its nostalgic theme park perfection, to the drug-fueled anarchic excesses of Burning Man, to Zuccotti Park, where in the unlikeliest place the Occupy movement is born. Gunplay, giant glittery dildos, raving animatronic presidents, and brutal police actions come together to paint the landscape of our American dream." American Utopias premiered at the Public Theater (NY) in October and is currently in the middle of a month-long run at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. Seattle Repertory Theatre, $25.
Chick Corea and the Vigil
Despite cementing his status as one of the great jazz keyboardists of the past half century, Chick Corea isn’t slowing down. The 20-time Grammy winner and former member of Miles Davis’s band released four albums in 2012 and put together a brand new band, the Vigil, to tour and record an acoustic-and-electric sound in 2013. Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, $40.
The Cave Singers
In 2007, the Seattle folk band rose from the ashes of postpunk groups Pretty Girls Make Graves and Hint Hint; now on to its fourth release, Naomi, the group has polished its once-ragged edges to deliver its most tuneful effort to date. Showbox at the Market, $20.
Toronto rock trio Metz makes a fierce brand of noise that’s familiar to Seattle ears. The band’s self-titled debut on Sub Pop sounds like an attempt to single-handedly revive the gritty, discordant sound that helped the label rise to fame. Neumos, $13.
CLASSICAL & MORE
Oregon Symphony Our neighbors to the south, led by music director Carlos Kalmar, arrive with a program of Schubert and Ravel. For that special touch of Portlandia, the orchestra has invited saucy rocker Storm Large, who once competed on reality TV show Rock Star: Supernova, to sing Kurt Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins. Benaroya Hall, $19–$112.
Seattle Opera: La Voix Humaine and Suor Angelica
Two 20th-century one-acts close out the opera season: Poulenc’s monodrama La voix humaine, about a woman in a last-gasp, 40-minute phone plea to her ex; and Puccini’s Suor Angelica, fea-turing a saintly choir and a nun with a complicated past. McCaw Hall, $25–$205.
May 2–June 1
The Mexican-born, Seattle-based painter continues to create bold, arresting work that layers intricate patterns beneath traditional images of Frida Kahlo, Pacific Northwest landscapes, or Hokusai-style great waves. Linda Hodges Gallery.
May 3–June 1
John Grade: After the Wawona
Seattle's John Grade doesn’t build sculptures to last. They’re made to be consumed by nature or weathered by the elements and transformed irrevocably, though his recent installation in MOHAI—a towering, 64-foot wooden spire titled Wawona made of salvaged planks of a century-old schooner—may endure a bit longer. His latest work in wood and iron is on display at Davidson Gallery. Opening reception May 2, 6–8.