Not saying it’s going to rain all weekend. But just in case: Here are five entertainment options that do not involve extended exposure to the elements.
“American Idiot,” the Broadway touring musical that’s visiting The Paramount through Sunday, sounds like a winner, according to this review by Seattle Times theater critic Misha Berson. It’s set to music from the eponymous album by punk band Green Day, and features “a hot stage band, a tireless tribe of thrash-dancing young performers and an exciting, full-sensory staging,” Berson writes.
The movie pick of the weekend may be “Moonrise Kingdom,” the latest offbeat comedy by Wes Anderson (“Rushmore,” “Darjeeling Limited”). It stars Bruce Willis, Ed Norton, Bill Murray and Frances McDormand in a plot that can only be described as Andersonian. Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald calls the movie “charmingly oddball” in a 3.5-star review published in MovieTimes today. Word has it this movie has a terrific soundtrack, too — no surprise to moviegoers who bounced in their seats through Anderson’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox.”
Film fans should note, too, that Seattle International Film Festival comes to a close this Sunday with a screening of “Grassroots,” a comedy based on a real-life Seattle city council race in the early 2000s. An after-party for (by now exhausted) SIFF patrons and staffers follows at the Hyatt.
Also winding down is Pacific Northwest Ballet’s 2011-2012 season, with a Season Encore performance reprising some audience favorites of the past year, on Sunday night at McCaw Hall. The star of the show will be Lucien Postlewaite, a PNB principal who is leaving the company to join Les Ballets de Monte Carlo. He’s a singular talent; see him now while you can.
Finally, though as a lifelong Seattleite, I hate to capitulate to rain … you could stay home and watch the Tony Awards on Sunday night. There aren’t a lot of locals in the running in the major categories, but it’s always fun to catch up on what’s on stage in NYC. Look for more on that from Misha Berson on Sunday in the NW Arts & Life section — or right here at seattletimes.com.
Also warm and dry: This video weekend preview, taped this morning at KING 5 TV:
(Photos: “American Idiot” by Kevin Bernes; “Moonrise Kingdom” by Niko Tavernise; Lucien Postlewaite by John Lok.)