les miserables

Photo courtesy Deen van Meer.

Vive la révolution! Les Misérables returns to 5th Avenue Theatre.

THEATER

Thru July 8
Les Misérables
After a sold-out run last summer at 5th Avenue Theatre, the revolution returns for an encore performance. Cameron Mackintosh’s new staging of the musical delivers familiar anthems and epic flag-waving set against a backdrop inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo. 5th Avenue Theatre, $49–$159.

June 30 & July 1
Arts on the Waterfront: Romeo and Juliet
The Montagues and Capulets face off at Waterfront Park (between the Seattle Ferris wheel and the Seattle Aquarium) in a stripped down but spirited production of Romeo and Juliet, with musical accompaniment by “hard-rock cellist” Brandon Smith. Each play is free and followed by a concert. Waterfront Park, 7, free.

BOOKS & TALKS

June 29
Jess Walter
Spokane native Jess Walter, author of The Financial Lives of the Poets, returns with Beautiful Ruins, a novel that spans 50 years, two continents, and the lives of many flawed yet unforgettable characters. The story begins in 1962 and follows daydreaming Italian innkeeper Pasquale Tursi and his almost love affair with the stunning American actress Dee Moray. Dee vanishes as quickly as she arrived, and the narrative picks up in present-day America as the elderly Pasquale searches for the actress on a whirlwind journey through Hollywood, Seattle, and Sandpoint, Idaho. Elliott Bay Book Company @ 7, free.

COMEDY

June 29
Aziz Ansari
When he’s not playing a government hack with delusions of ballerness on NBC comedy Parks and Recreation, funnyman Aziz Ansari is doing stand-up or working on his film career with Judd Apatow. He’s also quite the foodie—wonder if he’ll be on Team Ethan Stowell or Team Tom Douglas. Paramount Theatre @ 7:30 & 10:30, $34.

CONCERTS

June 28 & 29
The Matrix Live: Film in Concert
Welcome to the real world, where the Seattle Symphony encourages you to come to Benaroya Hall—in costume—for a screening of The Matrix with a live soundtrack. Keanu Reeves isn’t the only one who can rock the ankle-length trench coat. Benaroya Hall, $17–$90

June 29
Cafe Racer Benefit
Local roots rockers the Maldives headline an evening of live music, comedy, and a silent auction that’s all in support of the victims of the Cafe Racer shooting. Also on the bill: Star Anna, Kasey Anderson, Liam McCormick, and stand-up comedians Cathy Sorbo and Kermet Apio. Neptune Theatre, $25.

VISUAL ART

June 30–Nov 25
The 2012 International Conservation Photography Awards
Upwards of 75 of the year’s best conservation and wildlife photographs hang like thrilling stills from Discovery Channel’s Planet Earth. Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, $8– $10.

FAMILY

June 30
Disney in Concert: Magical Music from the Movies
Time to groove to The Jungle Book’s “I Wan’na Be Like You.” The Seattle Symphony, accompanied by four vocalists, will also perform the soaring orchestral suites to The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King as scenes play on the big screen. Benaroya Hall @ 2 & 7, $17–$65.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Opening June 29
Seattle Great Wheel
Spin me right round. The new 175-foot-high Ferris wheel at Pier 57 (Miners Landing) opens for business on Friday. 1301 Alaskan Way, $13 adults, $8.50 children.

June 30 & July 1
Northwest LoveFest 2012
Forty-five regional bands. Kindie rock concerts. Tethered hot-air balloon rides. Kid’s play area. Mobile Food Rodeo. This isn’t quite a “free love” fest—it’s more a two-day celebration of local musicians, artists, and the spirit of community. Magnuson Park, $15–$60, kids 12 and under free.