The life and death of singer-songwriter Elliott Smith comes to the screen in Heaven Adores You at Northwest Film Forum.

FILM

May 15–26
Heaven Adores You

Elliott Smith was the poet laureate of sad Northwest indie outcasts. With a guitar and his beautifully hushed and delicate voice, the Portland-based singer-songwriter crafted perfect odes to love and sorrow on albums like Either/Or and Xo, before eventually garnering national acclaim and an Oscar nomination as the musical soul of Good Will Hunting. The documentary Heaven Adores You finally captures Smith’s story via interviews, a wealth of personal photos and footage from friends, and previously unheard Smith recordings. While his suicide in 2003 still haunts the musical community, the film serves as an emotional tribute to the lasting brilliance he achieved in his all-too-brief life. Northwest Film Forum, $11

May 14–June 7
Seattle International Film Festival 2015
Thanks to the sheer breadth of SIFF’s slate, you’re bound to see a handful of films that will disappear with little fanfare, but don’t sleep on the festival’s ability to be a predictor of unexpected and acclaimed hits. Boyhood stole the spotlight in 2014, following in the footsteps of past SIFF award winners The Hurt Locker, Beasts of the Southern Wild, and The Usual Suspects. Go and you may be able to say you saw next year’s Best Picture winner first. Various venues, single tickets $12–$250, festival passes $50–$3,000

Thur, May 14
SIFF 2015 Opening Night: Spy
Prepare for an onslaught of pratfalls, as the 2015 Seattle International Film Festival gets things started with Melissa McCarthy starring in the action comedy Spy. Written and directed by Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat, and the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot), the movie finds McCarthy playing a CIA desk jockey who must go into the field and tap into her inner James Bond to thwart a villain (Rose Byrne) trying to sell nukes to terrorists. Luckily she's aided in her bumbling journey by fellow spies played by Jason Statham and Jude Law. McCaw Hall, $50–$250

DANCE

May 14–16
Pilobolus
Modern dance can sometimes get caught up in its own seriousness, but acclaimed Connecticut dance company Pilobolus never loses sight of the medium’s playfulness. The group makes its eighth UW World Series appearance with a five-piece program that includes dancers on rising columns, dancers bicycling, a journey out of Hades, cyborg-themed movements, and an OK Go collaboration. Meany Hall, $51–$56

THEATER

Thru May 24
Jasper in Deadland
Descend into the underworld with 16-year-old Jasper as he braves demons and plenty of pop-rock song breaks in search of his friend and love, Agnes. Inspired by the Greek myth of Orpheus venturing to Hades to save his wife, Eurydice, Jasper in Deadland brings its fresh, youthful energy to 5th Avenue Theatre after last year’s Off-Broadway run. 5th Avenue Theatre, $19–$70

CONCERTS

Thu, May 14
Little Big Show: Cloud Nothings

With ripping guitar, tight drums, and Dylan Baldi's raspy and angst-filled vocals, Cleveland Ohio's Cloud Nothings evokes memories of overcrowded house shows, sweaty mosh pits, trashed Converse sneakers, and revelry in spasming youthful energy. For Seattle Theatre Group's latest Little Big Show, the group takes the stage with Tacocat and Chastity Belt to raise money for TeenTix, which helps give teenagers affordable access to the arts. Neptune Theatre, $15

May 15–17
Fisherman's Village Music Festival
If you're looking for a nearly pure dose of local music and aren't really in the mood for camping, Everett's Fisherman's Village Music Festival fits the bill perfectly. Honestly, despite it being almost entirely comprised of Seattleites (Portland's excellent the Helio Sequence and Summer Cannibals also make an appearance), this year's Fisherman's Village's lineup offers more excitement than bigger summer fests like Timber! or even Capitol Hill Block Party. It's loaded with Seattle Met favorites including Deep Sea Diver, Lemolo, Say Hi, Cataldo, My Goodness, Porter Ray, Brothers from Another, and Prom Queen. With its sheer depth and variety of quality artists and the relatively cheap ticket price, Fisherman's Village offers the best value of the summer music festival season. Downtown Everett, $30–$49

Sat, May 16
Brite Lines: When We Arrive Release Show
With the help of 258 of their closest friends, Seattle's Brite Lines raised over $10,000 (via Kickstarter) in order to record its debut LP When We Arrive. The self-described "eclectic electro-Americana" band shows off the album's dozen melodic tunes at the Crocodile with support from the Weather and Unlikely Friends. The Crocodile, $12

COMEDY

Sat, May 16
Emily Heller

Standup comedian and writer Emily Heller—or "Hell Bone" as she states as her preferred nickname on her Tumblr—peddles in awkward quirk with a cynical, cutting edge, which she's showcased on Conan, @Midnight, and Ground Floor. She brings her perceptive flogging of misogyny to Seattle for two shows on Saturday night. Eclectic Theater, $18–$20

BOOKS & TALKS

May 14–17
Peter Heller

Best-selling author Peter Heller’s latest novel, The Painter, follows a seemingly peaceful artist attempting to outrun his dark past—and men set on retribution—across the arid New Mexico landscape. As part of Seattle Public Library’s Seattle Reads program, Heller will discuss his book’s themes of violence and revenge at seven branches strewn across the city. Various Seattle Public Library branches, Free

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