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The Top Things to Do This Weekend: May 8–11
See Tony Kushner chat with Dan Savage, hear Sarah Jarosz's bluegrass mandolin mastery, and taste the suds of Seattle Beer Week.
Sat, May 10
Sarah Jarosz was a newgrass darling before she even graduated high school when her 2009 debut Song Up in Her Head reached #1 on Billboard's Bluegrass album chart. Catch the now 22-year old singer-songwriter as she sings and shows off her mandolin expertise while playing songs from her most recent album Build Me Up from Bones. Tractor Tavern, $20.
Thur, May 8
Pink and Purple Pickwick Party
To celebrate the unveiling of Bumbershoot’s 2014 musical lineup, the festival is throwing an alliterative “Pink and Purple Pickwick Party” at Neumos. Jeopardy! super champ, novelist, and Twitter ace Ken Jennings hosts a night featuring musical performances by singer-songwriter Naomi Wachira and (obviously) Pickwick. (Here's a hint: Pickwick and Wachira will be playing Bumbershoot 2014. That's how these things work.) Neumos, $15.
Fri, May 9
Acoustic for Oso
Local rockers come together to help raise funds for the victims of the Oso landslide as Duff McKagan, the Presidents of the United States of America, and more play a special acoustic benefit show at the Triple Door. The Triple Door, $35–$50.
Sat & Sun, May 10 & 11
Seattle Rock Orchestra: The Beatles' White Album
The Beatles weren’t exactly a cohesive unit when the Fab Four (often individually) headed to the studio (or rather studios) to create what would become The White Album, but the resulting double album remains a heralded masterwork. Embrace its disjointed variety as Seattle Rock Orchestra continues its annual exploration of the Beatles’ catalog. Moore Theatre, $23.
BOOKS & TALKS
Sat, May 10
A Savage Chat with Tony Kushner
This summer's Intiman Theatre Festival goes all-in on Angels in America, producing both halves (Millennium Approaches and Perestroika) of Tony Kushner's groundbreaking seven-hour epic about homosexuality, religion, and AIDS in the United States. While performances of the cultural leviathan won't start until August, the festival officially begins when Kushner sits down to chat with Dan Savage at Town Hall. In the spirit of interactivity, Intiman invites patrons to email and tweet questions to be brought up as part of the conversation. Town Hall Seattle, $10.
Thru May 11
A Room with a View
The new musical rom-com, based off the E.M. Forster's novel and inspired by the Merchant Ivory film, enters its final week at the 5th Avenue Theatre. Follow Lucy Honeychurch as her life is turned upside down by an unexpected romance on her Italian vacation. 5th Avenue Theatre, $29–$70.
FOOD & DRINK
Seattle Beer Week
The neighborhood-spanning Seattle Beer Week offers events for just about every brew fan. Early risers can hit up one of the kegs n’ eggs at Brave Horse Tavern. Fans of ultra tiny operations should check out the Ballard brewshed pub crawl. Aspiring chefs might enter the beer crock-pot cook-off at Vera Project. And fans of rhyming there’s a night of sours at Brouwer’s. Various venues, free.
Fri, May 9
Laughter and Reflection with Carol Burnett
Many of the most sidesplitting laughs from The Carol Burnett Show occurred when something went awry and Carol Burnett improvised a humorous response on the spot. She mastered the quick off-the-cuff quip. And while the classic variety program went off the air 36 years ago, Burnett remains a bastion of comedic wit and charm. She showcases her skills and storytelling in Laughter and Reflection with Carol Burnett, where she looks back on her career and gets spontaneously responds to audience questions. Paramount Theatre, $31–$121.
Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival
Translations: The Seattle Transgender Film Festival provides the Pacific Northwest with a venue for films by, for, and about transgender people and the issues facing the transgender community. One of the few transgender film festivals in the world, Translations seeks to create a safe space for the exploration of transgender identities as well as a celebration of the community as a whole. Some highlights include The Naked I: Insides Out, a live performance exploring queer and trans experiences through monologues, video clips, and spoken word, and My Prairie Home, a musical documentary following Rae Spoon, a transgender singer/songwriter as they embark upon a modest tour across Canada. Three Dollar Bill Cinema, $10–$16; festival pass $65.
Thru May 16
Jeopardy! Battle of the Decades Finals
Seattle's quiz show superstar Ken Jennings once again slide behind the blue podium that made him famous. Jennings first appearance in the 'Battle of the Decades' finals comes on Thursday, May 8. Considering he still holds the record for 74 straight wins, he's the odds on favorite. KOMO at 7:30.