FILM FESTS
Cocktails and Dreams
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welve days. That’s how long it took director Joss Whedon to film his modern take on Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, shot on a break while completing Marvel’s The Avengers. Whedon and his wife, Kai Cole, invited friends and colleagues—including familiar faces from his TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel—to their LA home for…well, much ado about nothing. Then the Bard’s text came out, cameras rolled, Beatrice and Benedick bantered, Claudio poured a drink, and a new classic was born. Much Ado About Nothing opens this year’s Seattle International Film Festival, with Whedon and cast members Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker, Nathan Fillion, and Clark Gregg scheduled to attend.
May 16–June 9 – Seattle International Film Festival,Various venues, siff.net
The Underdog Option – Seattle True Independent Film FestivalMay 3–11 trueindependent.org


CONCERT
Listen to: Naomi
In 2007, Seattle folk band the Cave Singers rose from the ashes of postpunk groups Pretty Girls Make Graves and Hint Hint; now on its fourth release, Naomi, the group has polished once-ragged edges to deliver its most tuneful effort to date. 
May 4, Showbox at the Market, showboxonline.com 


THEATER

“I am using my music as a weapon.” 

Fela Kuti, Nigerian bandleader and rebel, the father of Afrobeat, and subject of Bill T. Jones’s pulsating, gyrating musical Fela!, coming soon to Seattle.
May 28–June 2 Paramount Theatre, stgpresents.org

 

MEMORIAL DAY
The number of minutes it took 27,500 four-day passes to Sasquatch! Music Festival, with local headliners Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and the Postal Service, to sell out. We’ve had dental appointments that lasted longer. 
May 24–27 The Gorge, sasquatchfestival.com

Closer than the Gorge...
Northwest Folklife FestivalMay 24–27 Seattle Center, nwfolklife.org
Yahoo! On the Road with Gossip, Capital Cities, and Twenty One PilotsMay 26 music.yahoo.com

 

DANCE
Even If It Rains
The dance begins outside the Greyhound bus station. From there, Ezra Dickinson leads crowds around “forgotten public spaces” for his original work, Mother for You I Made This, a memory in motion that recalls his childhood spent caring for his schizophrenic mother.
May 6–19, Various venues, velocitydancecenter.org

 

THEATER 
If given the choice, we’d rather relive John Hughes’s high school days than our own. Local actors do a dramatic reading of his 1985 teen movie The Breakfast Club at Rendezvous.
May 4 JewelBox at Rendezvous, jewelboxtheater.com



Published: May 2013