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NFFTY By the Numbers

Breaking down this year’s National Film Festival for Talented Youth. Apr 26–29, venues vary,

22: Age of the oldest filmmaker

8: Age of the youngest filmmaker

30: Percentage of submissions by female directors

5: Percentage of female directors on top-grossing films in 2011

2: Days to debate 3D technology at the fest’s Future of Film Expo

1: Kinect station. For the kids.

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Opera on Tap

The last place you’d expect to see an opera diva is in a dingy dive bar that once served Hot Pockets. But that’s exactly the point of Opera on Tap, a national nonprofit trying to loosen the corset on highbrow art and bring those talented tenors to the corner pub. The Seattle branch celebrates Blue Moon Tavern’s 78th anniversary with some of owner Gus’s favorite arias. Apr 16, Blue Moon Tavern,

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King of Kings

It’s only the most lauded rock band of the modern era. Other than that, Radiohead coming to Seattle for the first time since 2008 isn’t really a big deal. Apr 9, KeyArena,

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Smells Like Teen Angst

After a sold-out run of Spring Awakening in January, Balagan Theatre decided to remount its gutsy production. Leave it to a Tony-winning rock musical—with its classroom of repressed 19th-century German schoolkids trying to understand sex—to get butts in the seats. Apr 20–29, Erickson Theatre Off Broadway,


“I’d tried to straighten him out, but there’s only so much you can do for a person
who thinks Auschwitz is a brand of beer.”

—David Sedaris, courtesy of Your Daily Dose of David Sedaris Tumblr. The humorist could read notes from a napkin and get a laugh. This time around, he samples from his diary. Apr 29, Benaroya Hall,

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The Future Is Now

Seattle Center kicks off its 50th anniversary celebration of the Century 21 World’s Fair with the cast of Almost Live!, a dramatic reading by actor Tom Skerritt, and a zipline. In that order. Apr 21, Seattle Center,

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