Deborah Grant’s “Where Good Darkies Go” helps the Frye look at good old American weirdness. (photo courtesy the artist and Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas)

THEATER
Playwright Young Jean Lee and company have everybody buzzing about The Shipment at On the Boards.

Abe Lincoln in Illinois boasts a local director, Sheila Daniels, with a lot of heart and cast of 19 actors that spans several generations of Seattle theater.

Washington Ensemble Theatre’s new season is off and running—with zombies, apparently—in Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom.

CLASSICAL & MORE
A good weekend at Benaroya: Enjoy a night of Mendelssohn and Mahler then don’t miss the artistry of Dutch violinist Janine Jansen on a Beethoven concerto when the Orpheus Chamber Orhcestra visits.

DANCE
It’s the last weekend for Pacific Northwest Ballet’s genuinely sexy, stirring Roméo et Juliette. I can’t say enough about it. Neither can one of the Romeos.

CONCERTS
The Tractor Tavern on Friday offers combustive roots rock from The Bottle Rockets. Foot-stomping zydeco from Beausoleil should raise the roof there on Sunday.

The English Beat bring back the ’80s to the Showbox at the Market on Saturday.

We knew that Bob Dylan plays WaMu Theater on Monday but he surprised us by announcing earlier this week a Sunday gig at the Moore.

FILM
The Northwest Film Forum’s Local Sightings fest is a great source for homegrown cinema.

Ridley Scott’s Alien at SIFF Cinema is the iffy Director’s Cut—the extra scenes nicely establish Ripley’s relationship with the crew but sort of ruin the pace—but it’s in 35mm and, on the weekend only, followed by James Cameron’s superior Aliens, my vote for the best sequel ever made. Every strong woman in any action film made since follows in Sigourney Weaver’s wake.

VISUAL ART
The Frye gives us an expansive look at The Old, Weird America beginning this weekend. We’ve got a slideshow preview.

BOOKS & TALKS
If you’re a fan of the long-running exploits of Chicago detective V.I. Warshawski you should know that her creator, Sara Paretsky is in town on Friday.

SPECIAL EVENTS
Barbecued salmon? Yes, please. See you in Issaquah.

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