May 24–Jan 6
Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs
Consider this King Tut’s farewell tour. The modern incarnation of the 1970s exhibit (now bigger and better) makes its final North American stop with the boy king’s entourage: roughly 100 artifacts from Tut’s tomb, including a 10-foot quartzite statue and golden funerary masks, and the tombs of his ancestors and successors. Pacific Science Center, $25–$33.
Northwest Folklife Festival
For the past 40 years—long before Sasquatch elbowed in—Folklife has celebrated both the folk sound of the region and our ethnic flavor, with staples like polka, Peruvian dance, and taiko drumming sharing the same stage. This year, the festival adds improv jazz, chiptunes, and a Bollywood showcase to its performance lineup. Seattle Center, free.
Sasquatch! Music Festival
From Jack White and Bon Iver to loads of Seattle locals, all the cool kids descend on the Gorge Memorial Day weekend for the country’s most laid-back major music festival. The Gorge Amphitheatre, sold out.
BOOKS & TALKS
The Dublin-born author won 2009’s National Book Award for Let the Great World Spin, a tale of New York City that Esquire called “the first great 9/11 novel.” Benaroya Hall, $5–$70.
Roger Waters: The Wall Live
Pink Floyd’s lead songwriter thinks the world’s ready for The Wall in its entirety again; he tours an updated version of the 30-year-old rock opera as a grandiose stage performance. Key Arena, $70–$225.
Sean Nelson and Shenandoah Davis Perform Paul Williams
In honor of the Paul Williams: Still Alive documentary screening at SIFF, Seattle musicians Sean Nelson (Harvey Danger) and Shenandoah Davis will perform music by the prolific 1970s songwriter at the Sorrento Hotel (perhaps a little “Rainy Days and Mondays” or "Rainbow Connection"?). Admission is free with a SIFF pass or ticket stub from the May 25 film premiere. The show will feature “a very special surprise guest who may or may not perform… but knows the songs.” Sorrento Hotel, $10 (free with SIFF pass)
SIFF 2012: Take This Waltz
Hot-burning lust or warm, quiet love? That’s the choice at the core of Sarah Polley’s new indie drama. Michelle Williams plays a woman torn between her sweet, loyal husband (Seth Rogen) and her provocative neighbor Daniel (Luke Kirby). Egyptian Theatre, $11.
SIFF 2012: Fat Kid Rules the World
Actor Matthew Lillard makes his directorial debut with this underdog story of Freaks and Geeks proportions. Titular fat kid Troy (Jacob Wysocki) prepared to jump in front of a bus until a fellow outcast, high school dropout Marcus (Matt O’ Leary), comes to his rescue by convincing him to join his new punk band. Seattle costars. Everett Performing Arts Center, $11.
CLASSICAL & MORE
Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra
The three-year-old ensemble plays Mozart’s overture to The Marriage of Figaro—a madcap opera that’s basically The Real Househusbands of Seville—and Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer as sung by baritone Charles Robert Stephens. Benaroya Hall, $10–$15.
The denim-wearing, car-loving host of The Tonight Show brings his stand-up act to Snoqualmie. Snoqualmie Casino, $70–$150.