May 28–June 2
This pulsating, gyrating musical by Bill T. Jones explores the life of Fela Kuti, the Nigerian bandleader and rebel who gave birth to jazz-funk hybrid Afrobeat. Two words: dance party. Paramount Theatre, $25–$85.
May 31–June 9
PNB: Director's Choice
To close its 40th-anniversary season, PNB presents a triple bill that’s one part new work and two parts tribute to George Balanchine. On the bill: a world premiere by Christopher Wheeldon; the return of 1957’s avant-garde Agon, created for the New York City Ballet with music by Igor Stravinsky; and the final segment of Balanchine’s Jewels trilogy, Diamonds. McCaw Hall, $28–$173.
May 31 & June 2
SIFF 2013: The Otherside
Thanks to the rise of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Seattle hip-hop is getting a lot of international attention right now. So the timing couldn't be better for the premiere of the documentary The Otherside, a Kickstarter project about the equally DIY nature of our local rap scene, with appearances by...well, almost everyone: Mack and Lewis, Blue Scholars, Fresh Espresso, Massive Monkees, Mad Rad, RA Scion, Grynch, The Physics. The list goes on. Under the brand M.A.D Northwest, former Olympic speedskater J.R. Celski worked with Vinny Dom and filmmakers Dan Torok and Jeff Santos to bring Northwest hip-hop to the masses; after all, a lot of people still think of Seattle as "the city that brought you big butts and teen spirit," they say. SIFF Cinema Uptown, $12.
Thru June 29
Sherry Markovitz and Mark Calderon
It’s time to honor a new generation of living artists. In concurrent exhibitions at Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle artists Sherry Markovitz and Mark Calderon demonstrate once again that they have attained a level of excellence independent of any particular era, school, or geography. Individually, the shows are powerful. Together they offer a satisfying sense of artistic yin and yang. Markovitz’s work is voluptuously feminine, intricate, opulent, superbly detailed and colored. Calderon’s is stark, elegant, masculine. Both artists aim deep. Greg Kucera Gallery, free.
May 29–June 2
Bellevue Jazz Festival
Now in its sixth year, the Eastside jazz fest looks to the future with performances by topflight local high school bands and headliners such as Cyrus Chestnut, whose bluesy trio transcends stereotype, and 32-year-old drummer Kendrick Scott, one of “Five Drummers Whose Time Is Now” per The New York Times. Theatre at Meydenbauer Center, $15–$30.
Kids Drive-In Movie Night: Wall-E
Who needs a babysitter when there’s MOHAI? Educators on staff at the Museum of History and Industry will entertain the kiddies (ages five and up)—even help them build their own cardboard cars for an indoor “drive-in” viewing of Pixar’s Wall-E—while you enjoy dinner in South Lake Union. Museum of History and Industry, $10–$15.
Fremont BBQ Extravaganza
The first annual Fremont BBQ Extravaganza features twelve amateur teams will be competing for prize money, general glory, and advancement in the regional barbecue competition circuit. Meanwhile, Pete's Fremont Fire Pit will be roasting up a whole hog and serving it up by for lunch and dinner. Chefs will do grilling demos and a tent will be dedicated to tasting various styles of barbecue sauce. There will be afternoon's worth of diversions—several of them carb-laden—to go along with the barbecue, including a mini pancake eating competition, a bagel ring toss, a costumed dog parade, and live bluegrass and rockabilly music. Corner of 36th and Dayton, free.
The Killing Season Three Premiere
The formerly canceled Seattle crime drama returns for its third season with Peter Sarsgaard playing an unpredictable, blood-spattered death-row inmate. There may be a glut of psychopaths on network TV these days (see: The Following, Hannibal) but Sarsgaard, in his first regular TV role, might outcrazy them all. AMC.