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Met Picks: Memorial Day Weekend Edition

Your best entertainment bets May 27-31.

By Laura Dannen May 27, 2010

Senegalese drummers play the 2009 Northwest Folklife Festival; the multicultural fest returns to Seattle Center this weekend.

Oh, glorious three-day weekend! In a perfect, Matrix kind of world, I’d be able to attend the wedding I’m committed to on Sunday and go to Sasquatch! at the Gorge, where I’d be camped out to see MGMT and Vampire Weekend, and probably local hip-hop acts Shabazz Palaces and Fresh Espresso. Love me that Fresh Espresso.

But instead, I plan to celebrate freedom and democracy (and a day off) locally…


The Northwest Folklife Festival returns to Seattle Center, with food, drink, and free multicultural performances all weekend. If you’re taking a “summer Friday” tomorrow, Folichon Cajun Band plays at the Fountain Lawn stage at noon, and the Japanese taiko drummers return for a set at 5pm. May 28-31.

BOOKS & TALKS Nonfiction author Sebastian Junger takes you from the eye of The Perfect Storm to the middle of battle in Afghanistan in his latest book, War —the topic of his Town Hall talk tonight, entitled “What It’s Really Like to Be a Soldier.”

Celebrate the five-year anniversary of Cheap Wine and Poetry tonight at Hugo House with $1 glasses of wine and appearances by novelist Ryan Boudinot, playwright/actress Keri Healey, and poets Nicole Hardy and John Burgess.

THEATER Somehow, a man who won a Tony for his turn in drag was also born to play a traditional Jewish patriarch. Harvey Fierstein reprises his role as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, and it’s a performance you don’t want to miss. (Read my review here.)


THEATER Only a few days left to catch Amy Thone as an endearing train-wreck of a mom in New Century Theatre Company’s season opener, the bittersweet comedy On the Nature of Dust. Through May 30.

VISUAL ART South Bronx art teacher Tim Rollins has been jammin’ with his students, improvising art to spoken word, for 25 years. Their work graces the walls of MoMA and the Tate Modern—and the Frye for only a few more days. The Frye stays open on Monday, and as always, admission is free. Through May 31.


FILM SIFF’s Centerpiece Gala kicks off on Saturday with French thriller Farewell, based on the true story of a double-crossing KGB agent during the Cold War. After-party on Capitol Hill to follow.

THEATER The Wire’s Gbenga Akinnagbe doesn’t mind talking about God. It helps him warm up for his powerful new solo show at Intiman Theatre, The Thin Place, where he plays 11 locals questioning—or embracing—faith. Read my interview with the star here. The show runs through June 13.

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