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April 8, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Whirligig, whiskey, introverts and 13 other things to do this week

Eva Mendes and Bradley Cooper in "The Place Beyond the Pines."/Focus Feaures

Eva Mendes and Bradley Cooper in “The Place Beyond the Pines.”/Focus Features

Let’s assume the wettest April weekend EVER didn’t send you to a warmer clime on the first plane out, and that you’re looking for something to do around town this week. Here are a few suggestions:

MOVIES

‘The Place Beyond the Pines’

Derek Cianfrance (“Blue Valentine”) is back with this sprawling tale of two fathers and two sons. Ryan Gosling, as a motorcycle-stunt rider who embarks on a series of bank robberies to provide for his son, and Bradley Cooper, as a straight-arrow cop, make a striking pair of opposites. Now playing at several theaters.  For Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald’s three-star review, go to www.seattletimes.com/movies.

TV

‘Ready for Love’

Do you miss “The Bachelor”? Then here’s a new dating show for you. It features three bachelors and three matchmakers and is hosted by Bill and Giuliana Rancic. Series premiere, 9:01 p.m. Tuesday on NBC.

‘Da Vinci’s Demons’

This new dramatic series (from David Goyer) stars Tom Riley as a young Leonardo da Vinci. Series premiere, 10 p.m. Friday on Starz.

FOOD

Whiskey Wednesday

Whiskey Wednesday is back at BOKA, with three flights of whiskey for $12 at this hotel bar (Hotel 1000) at 1010 First Ave., Seattle (206-357-9000 or www.bokaseattle.com).

FESTIVALS, COMMUNITY

Whirligig

Jump on over to the Seattle Center Armory, which will be full of brightly colored entertainment for kids, such as balloon artists, face painters, inflatable rides for ages 12 and younger and student showcases, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through April 21, Seattle Center Armory; $7.50/all-day pass, $4.50/all-day toddler pass or $1.50/ride; free rides on Thursdays (206-684-7200 or www.seattlecenter.com).

World Rhythm Festival

Experience music and dance from around the world with drum and dance workshops, performances, International Marketplace vendors and drum rentals, noon-4:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. April 14, Seattle Center Armory (206-684-7200 or www.swps.org)

POP MUSIC

Ann and Nancy Wilson

As a run-up to Heart’s induction April 18 into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Heart founders Ann and Nancy Wilson perform an all-acoustic show and converse with their biographer, Charles R. Cross. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; sold out.

Phosphorescent

Matthew Houck’s sandy, pining voice encased in dreamy electronics — cloud twang? — tosses Americana into a 21st-century blender. He follows his tribute to Willie Nelson and “Here’s To Taking It Easy” with his sixth album, “Muchacho.” 8 p.m. Tuesday at Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $13 advance (www.neumos.com).

LITERARY EVENTS

Susan Cain

This author discusses her “sleeper” hit, the book “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.” Hear Cain discuss the virtues of reserve at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Mercer Island High School Performing Arts Center, 9100 S.E. 42nd St., Mercer Island; $20, tickets online and at Island Books (click4tix.com/quiet).

THEATER

‘Riding in Cars with Black People & Other Newly Dangerous Acts’

BrownBox African-American Theatre hosts Seattle writer Chad Goller-Sojourner’s solo piece about race, privilege and the police, told “as only a transracial adoptee can.” Thursday-April 21, Rainier Valley Cultural Center, 3515 S. Alaska St., Seattle; $12-$14 (www.brownpapertickets.com).

CLASSICAL MUSIC

Garrick Ohlsson

Pianist Ohlsson, a regular — and welcome — Seattle visitor, returns to perform with the Seattle Symphony in a program that will include Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9, the “Jeunehomme.” SSO conductor laureate Gerard Schwarz will be on the podium. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, noon Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $19-$112 (www.seattlesymphony.org).

Daniil Trifonov

Tchaikovsky Competition gold medalist Trifonov will make his Seattle debut with Chopin’s Preludes, Rachamaninoff’s Variations on a Theme by Chopin and a work of his own: “Rachmaniana.” 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Meany Hall, University of Washington, Seattle; $20-$39 (uwworldseries.org).

Talea Ensemble featuring Joshua Roman

Musical groundbreakers Talea offer a playful evening, with Mauricio Kagel’s “Match,” Babbitt’s “Fourplay” and the world premiere of Moritz Eggert’s “Pong.” 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave.; $10-$25 (www.townhallseattle.org).

DANCE

Trey McIntyre Project

The Boise-based dance troupe makes its second Meany Hall appearance with three pieces: “Arrantza,” inspired by Basque culture; “Queen of the Goths,” a dance-twist on Shakespeare’s “Titus Andronicus”; and a preview of “Pass, Away,” a suite of sweeping, airy, athletic duets set to songs by Richard Strauss. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Meany Hall, University of Washington, Seattle; $20-$43 (uwworldseries.org).

Spectrum Dance Theater

Seattle’s leading contemporary-dance troupe, just back from a monthlong tour through Asia, celebrates Donald Byrd’s 10th anniversary as director with a staging of “A Cruel New World/the new normal,” the first work Byrd made for Spectrum. “World” ponders a “post-9/11 American landscape” in dance-intense terms. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Emerald City Trapeze Arts Building, 2702 Sixth Ave. S., Seattle; $20-$25 (www.spectrumdance.org).

VISUAL ARTS

‘Manet: Portraying Life’

“Exhibition,” a movie-theater series bringing art exhibitions from around the world to local cinemas, debuts locally on Thursday evening with a show encompassing the works of Édouard Manet from the Royal Academy of Arts, London. Each film is hosted by British broadcaster/art historian Tim Marlow, who will go beyond the featured exhibits with behind-the-scenes footage and interviews. Participating theaters include Pacific Place and Thornton Place in Seattle; for a complete list and ticket prices, go to www.fathomevents.com.

 

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