Hot Java Cool Jazz
Starbucks hosts five of the area’s best high school jazz bands come together to raise money benefiting music education. Paramount Theatre, $20.
Opens Mar 30
The 2012 Oscar-winner for best documentary, the chronicle of high school football in Memphis finally hits Seattle. The film’s co-director T. J. Martin is a native Seattleite. Martin will be present for Friday’s 7pm screening and conduct a Q&A session after the film. Varsity Theatre, $8–11.
National Theatre Live: The Comedy of Errors
The live theater series, beamed in from London, continues with an update of Shakespeare’s farcical tale of mistaken identity, now set in a modern Western city. (The two Dromios wear Arsenal jerseys.) British comedian Lenny Henry, lauded for his 2009 Shakespearean debut as Othello, stars as Antipholus. SIFF Cinema at the Uptown, $15–$20.
BOOKS & TALKS
Mar 30–Apr 1
Saturday University—The Future of Asia’s Cities: Design, Environment, Health
Turenscape, the design firm founded by Kongjian Yu, won the 2011 World Architecture Festival’s landscape category for turning a garbage dump into a waterway. He explains the sustainability principles behind his firm’s development of green urban spaces. Stimson Auditorium at Seattle Asian Art Museum, $5–$10.
Mar 30–Apr 1
Seattle choreographer Mark Haim expands on his 2010 NW New Works Festival crowd-pleaser This Land Is Your Land, a seemingly simple line dance in which dancers attired (and unattired) in street clothes walk, strut, and sashay to a honky-tonk score. Also on the bill is The Time, set to the mesmerizing music of Dutch composer Louis Andriessen. On the Boards, $20.
Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival
Odd-ball stand-up Eugene Mirman brings plenty of his funny friends—including Todd Barry, Bobcat Goldthwait, Kristen Schaal (30 Rock, Flight of the Conchords)—to town for three nights of laughs. Different nights’ shows include everything from a science radio show hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson to the unpredictable variety show Talent Show: Truth or Dare. Neptune Theatre & the Crocodile, $20.
CLASSICAL & MORE
Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra
Led by 25-year-old conductor Geoffrey Larson, this youthful orchestra returns to Benaroya for a session of 20th-century American chamber works: Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, Adams’s Chamber Symphony, and string selections by Barber. Benaroya Hall, $10–15.
Mar 30 & 31
Hop Scotch Spring Beer and Scotch Festival
Taste beer, scotch, wine and other spirits in this fundraiser for the Seattle International Film Festival. Admission comes with a commemorative glass and tasting tokens; for a little more, try flights of Scotch and tequila or sign up for an hour-long seminar to become a Scotch expert. Fremont Studios, $20–$35.
Mar 31 & Apr 1
Join Seattle Met as we sip and sample our way through wines and tasty bites from over 200 Washington wineries and restaurants. Meet some of your favorite winemakers and restaurateurs during this delicious two-day event. This opportunity only comes once a year—don’t miss it. CenturyLink Field, $75–$150.
Mar 30–Apr 1
Emerald City Comicon
The 10th Emerald City Comicon brings together famed nerd figures like George Takei and a massive collection of comic memorabilia for a weekend of nerd bliss. Washington State Convention and Trade Center, $20–$60.