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April 1, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Rihanna, ‘Bernadette,’ tulips and 13 other things to do this week

McMoran Farms near Mount Vernon, heart of the Tulip Festival/Steve Ringman, The Seattle Times

McMoran Farms near Mount Vernon, heart of the Tulip Festival/Steve Ringman, The Seattle Times

Did you exhaust yourself over the sunny weekend? Eat too many Peeps? Hope not — there’s a lot to get out and do in the days ahead.





Riding her hits “We Found Love,” “Take Care” and “Diamonds,” and making a public spectacle of making up with the boyfriend who beat her, Chris Brown, Rihanna continues to fascinate both teens and adults with her spicy dance pop. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, KeyArena, 305 Harrison St., Seattle; $50-$145 (

Nanci Griffith

She’s a folk musician, a country artist and a storyteller, evoking times and places long gone — places you didn’t know you missed. New York duo The Kennedys are traveling with Griffith on her tour. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Edmonds Center for the Arts, 410 Fourth Ave. N., Edmonds; $15-$40 (

Jeff Bridges & the Abiders

The dashing actor known best for his portrayal of The Dude in “The Great Lebowski” surprised fans with his excellent country singing in “Crazy Heart,” which won him an Academy Award. But Bridges has always been torn between music and acting and is very good at both. He’s back on the road with his country band, The Abiders, singing better than ever. 8 p.m. Friday at the Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave., Seattle; $37-$65 (


Maria Semple

The author of the novel “Where’d You Go, Bernadette,” a hilarious sendup of Seattle’s new rich, discusses her book with Nancy Pearl. 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; $5 (


Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Daffodils are in bloom; tulips are sure to follow across a 15-mile swath as the annual fest kicks off on Monday. Some venues feature show gardens and cut flowers. A couple to try in Mount Vernon: Roozengaarde, 15867 Beaver Marsh Road,  9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily, $4-$5; and Tulip Town, 15002 Bradshaw Road, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (later if weather permits), $5; events also at several venues in Anacortes and surrounding area; through April 30 (

Disney Fanniversary Celebration

Celebrate Mickey and Minnie’s 85th birthday (and Peter Pan’s 60th) at this history and memorabilia road show. See images from the never-produced “Mickey’s Toothache,” plus photos and footage from all the Disney worlds. 7 p.m. Friday, Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle; $35 (


‘The Revolutionary Optimists’

This remarkable documentary, directed by Seattle-area natives Nicole Newnham and Maren Grainger-Monsen (and partially funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), focuses on a number of impoverished children in India, who are benefiting from the nonprofit agency Prayasam. Now playing at SIFF Cinema at the Film Center through Wednesday; a special screening will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Uptown with filmmakers and subjects of the film (Amlan Ganguly, Salim Shekh, Sikha Patra) present. For Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald’s 3½-star review, go to



Ultracool Deptuty U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) and the case of Drew Thompson come to a close in the season finale of this superb drama. 10 p.m. Tuesday on FX.


Another new series that looks at the early days of a cinematic serial killer. This time out it’s Dr. Hannibal Lecter (played by Mads Mikkelsen). Series premiere, 10 p.m. Thursday on NBC.


Woodside/Braseth Gallery

The gallery includes a tribute to Northwest painter Alden Mason, who died in February at age 93, in its Spring Salon exhibition. Other Big Names in the show: Guy Anderson, William Cumming, Paul Horiuchi, Nancy Mee, Jared Rue, Gerard Tsutakawa and Sherrie Wolf. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through April 13, 2101 Ninth Ave., Seattle; (


Plate of Nations

You don’t need a passport, but you should bring hungry friends along for Rainier Valley’s annual dining extravaganza of ethnic cuisine. Ten restaurants along MLKWay — including Thai Palms, Cafe Ibex and Bananas Grill — are serving shareable meals for $15 and $25, through Saturday. Full list of participating restaurants:

Brad Weinstock and Jason Kappus in "Jersey Boys"/Joan Marcus

Brad Weinstock and Jason Kappus in “Jersey Boys”/Joan Marcus


‘Jersey Boys’

Go behind the music of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons in this Tony- and Grammy award-winning musical, which became the 5th Avenue Theatre’s most-attended show after its last visit in 2007. The cast includes Seattle resident Jason Kappus, who plays Bob Gaudio, one-fourth of the Seasons. Saturday-May 4, 5th Avenue Theatre, 1308 Fifth Ave., Seattle; tickets start at $37 (

‘August: Osage County’

Balagan Theatre closes its current season with the Tracy Letts drama about a family gathering that seethes with secrets and regrets. Seattle favorites Charles Leggett, Shellie Shulkin and Chris Ensweiler are among the cast. Friday-April 27, 1524 Harvard Ave., Seattle; $20-$25 (


Pacific MusicWorks

The early-music company presents an all-Handel program for spring: Overture to “Rodrigo”; “Apollo e Dafne”; “Gloria”; and his Concerto Grosso in Bb major, Op. 3 No. 2, HWV 313. 8 p.m. Friday, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $20-$40 (

The Byrd Ensemble

“Draw on Sweet Night” promises an evening of madrigals, anthems and catches — a type of round — by composers including Thomas Tomkins, Thomas Weelkes and Henry Purcell. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Trinity Parish Church, 609 Eighth Ave., Seattle; $10-$20 (

Vespertine Opera Theater

The fledgling opera company will stage the U.S. premiere of Poulenc’s “Les Mamelles de Tiresias” (“The Breasts of Tiresias”), adapted by Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears and edited by former Seattle Opera Young Artist Emily Hindrichs. David McDade and Dean Williamson are the accompanists for this two-piano edition. 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, Columbia City Theatre, 4916 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle; $20-$25 (





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