SIFF 2013: Closing Night Gala: The Bling Ring
After three weeks and some 450 films, SIFF 2013 closes with the North American premiere of Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring. Starring a saucy, post-Harry Potter Emma Watson and based on a true story, this crime drama follows a posse of LA teens–turned–amateur thieves who lifted millions in jewelry and designer goods from celebrity homes in 2008 and 2009. Seattle Cinerama, $50–$100.
Seattle Science Festival
Not just for nerds, this 11-day, all-ages science fest boasts appearances by Seattle’s world-champion breakdancing crew Massive Monkees and funk and rock concerts…you know, along with talks on climate change. Adults will expand their knowledge of time and space at an opening-night speech by renowned physicist Brian Greene, while kids will have a blast at Seattle Center’s Science Expo Day, featuring the science of sword fighting, a “danger science” stage show, and more. Pacific Science Center, visit website for prices.
Seattle Art Museum stays open for its crazy-popular late-night art party with live performances, dancing, cocktails, artmaking, and entry into the museum’s latest exhibitions. Local DJs supply the soundtrack to the evening. Seattle Art Museum, $25.
Seattle Mariners vs. New York Yankees
It's the return of Ichiro this weekend when the Bronx Bombers come to town to take on King Felix and the Mariners. While the 2013 season may look bleak for the M's, the series give fans a chance to check out young infield prospect Nick Franklin, who's been a home run hero since he joined the big leagues at the end of May. Safeco Field, $20–$358.
Widower's new album Fool Moon is a breathtakingly beautiful bummer that earned the title Album of the Month this past January. Kevin Large will break your heart with his folk tunes and singer-songwriter Kaylee Cole returns to Seattle to sing backup vocals for this Neumos gig. Neumos, $8.
BOOKS & TALKS
Hugo House is known for its Cheap Beer and Prose and Cheap Wine and Poetry. For its latest event, sample fine wine and new writing with pours from Siren Song Wines paired with readings by Stacey Levine, Nicole Hardy, Kevin Craft, and Kenyon Brown. Richard Hugo House, $10–$15.
Led by national dancer/choreographer Iyun Harrison, Seattle troupe Ashani Dances returns for its second season with four new works, including two set to original compositions by locals Ben Morrow and William Hayes. Ashani challenges its young dancers with performances grounded in modern dance and classical ballet, while also celebrating Africanist movement. Erickson Theatre Off Broadway (Balagan Theatre), $7–$20.
Pacific Northwest Ballet: Season Encore
In one evening, PNB reprises hits from its 40th anniversary season, including excerpts from Jean-Christophe Maillot's Roméo et Juliette (the balcony pas de deux) and Act II of Swan Lake, Paul Gibson's Mozart Pieces, Ulysses Dove's Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven (with music by Arvo Pärt), and several Balanchine works. McCaw Hall, $28–$173.
The Financial Lives of the Poets
Book-It Repertory Theatre started off strong this season by winning the 2012 Governor’s Arts Award for its ongoing work turning popular and classic literature into dynamic theater. The season closes on a high note (pun intended) with an adaptation of Jess Walter’s hilarious novel about a broke ex–business reporter looking for creative ways to make a buck. Jones Playhouse (U District), $23–$45.
Thru June 30
Other Desert Cities
Palm Springs stands in for Osage County in Jon Robin Baitz’s modern family drama. It’s Christmas Eve in a houseful of combatants—a staunch Republican matriarch on a first-name basis with “Ron and Nancy,” a freshly rehabbed sister, and a daughter who just plopped her tell-all memoir on the kitchen table—where they swap zingers like volleys on the tennis court. TV actress Pamela Reed and Seattle’s Marya Sea Kaminski face off in the mother-daughter matchup. ACT Theatre, $20–$62.
Waterfront Whimsea Family Fun Day
School doesn’t let out for another week, but the Waterfront Whimsea Family Fun Day gives kids an early taste of summer bliss. In addition to games and a bouncy house, the free day of activities includes a gear show-and-tell by Seattle firefighters (easy…this is for children, not bachelorette parties), Seafair clowns, and kid-friendly power-pop band the Not-Its!. Seattle Waterfront Park, free.
Theater's biggest awards give a nod to Seattle this Sunday. A Christmas Story: The Musical, which played at 5th Avenue Theatre in 2010, is up for three Tonys, including best musical, while Carolee Carmello—who sang the lead role in 5th Ave's Saving Aimee—is up for best lead actress in a musical for the Broadway version, Scandalous. Neil Patrick Harris hosts, and Kinky Boots, with 13 nominations, is expected to dominate. CBS, 5pm.