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The Northwest premiere of Natalie Portman's directorial debut, the Hebrew language film A Tale of Love and Darkness, kicks off the 2016 Seattle Jewish Film Festival.

Wed, Mar 30
Ra Ra Riot
While Syracuse’s Ra Ra Riot first made waves around 2008 with a string-heavy brand of baroque indie rock, the group has since made a huge transformation into a hip-shake-worthy synthpop act. February saw the release of even more danceable ditties in the form of Need Your Light, the band’s fourth album on Seattle’s Barsuk Records. Neumos, $18 

Thur, Mar 31
Tacocat: Lost Time Release Shows
With exuberant, sugary pop-punk tunes that touch on myriad subjects and the gleeful energy of its live shows, there quite simply isn’t a more fun band in Seattle than Tacocat. On March 31, the quartet heads to Chop Suey to unveil its new Erik Blood–produced album, Lost Time. Armed with new songs about The X-Files, mansplaining, horse girls, and its love of Seattle, the band double dips with two of release shows: an early all-ages gig with Lisa Prank and Hardly Boys, and a 21+ nightcap with Mommy Long Legs and Boyfriends. Chop Suey, $10–$15 

Fri, Apr 1
Sub Pop’s 28th Anniversary
Seattle's most famed record label celebrates its 28th anniversary with a packed night at Barboza. The lineup shows off Sub Pop's sonic diversity with the shimmering pop rock of Cullen Omori (formerly Smith Westerns), Portland singer-songwriter Kyle Craft, and Porter Ray's brand of Seattle hip-hop. The evening also features a pop-up version of the Sub Pop MegaMart. The first 50 attendees also get party favors in the form of a Sub Pop birthday gift bag. Barboza, $12 

Sat, Apr 2
Pratt Spring Open House
The Pratt Fine Arts Center's annual Spring Open House offers a free chance to explore one of the community's best art-making facilities. Get educated as a slew of artists demo their mediums of choice: woodwork, jewelry, metallurgy, sculpture, glass, printmaking, and more. Maybe you'll even be inspired to sign up for a class. With a bar for the adults, youth art projects for the kids, food trucks thrown into the mix, and live jazz it's an art shindig not to be missed. Pratt Fine Arts Center, Free 

Apr 2–10
Seattle Jewish Film Festival
L'chaim! It is time to celebrate the 21st anniversary of the Seattle Jewish Film Festival in style. The festivities begins with the Northwest premiere of Natalie Portman's directorial debut, A Tale of Love and Darkness, a Hebrew language film based on Amos Oz's memoir about growing up during the early days of Israel. With 25 movies from 11 countries, including cinematic galas, brunches, awards ceremonies, there's plenty to take in during SJFF. Various venues, $13–$25; Festival pass $125–$225

Sun, Apr 3
Foxing, O’Brother, and Tancred
Catch a night of superb under the radar indie rock when Foxing, O'Brother, and Tancred head to Chop Suey. Foxing spins ethereal tunes and O'Brother crafts detailed progressive alt-rock, but don't sleep on the Tancred in the opening slot. Tancred's Jess Abbott (Now, Now) consistently proves to be one of the more interestingly diverse songwriters going, showing an ability to nail minimalist calm simplicity (Capes), Tegan and Sara-level poppy rock excellence (S/T), and edgier frenetic melodic rock (the just released Out of the Garden). Don't miss out, show up early. Chop Suey, $12–$15

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