1 Jazz of the Harlem Renaissance III
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $15-$41 (206-523-6159 or srjo.org). And 3 p.m. Sunday, Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland; $15-$41 (425-893-9900 or www.kpcenter.org).
As jazz critic Paul de Barros writes today, Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra nods to the great Duke Ellington this week with an “early music”-style concert titled “Music of the Harlem Renaissance III: Duke Ellington’s ‘Reminiscing in Tempo.’ ” SRJO co-director Michael Brockman, who transcribed the show’s 12-minute title tune from the 1935 recording, will discuss excerpts along with co-director Clarence Acox. The performance will be done with the original Ellington instrumentation, including valve trombone, guitar and two bass fiddles. (Want more jazz? See also de Barros’ advance of the Ballard Jazz Fest, which begins next week.)
2 Langston Hughes African American Film Festival
Saturday through April 21, Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, 104 17th Ave. S., Seattle; ticket prices vary, festival passes available (206-684-4758 or www.langstoninstitute.org).
This weeklong festival, in its 10th year, gets underway Saturday at the newly renovated Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. The opening night film is the terrific 1984 sci-fi spoof, “Brother From Another Planet.” For the highlights, read John Hartl’s advance story.
3 "Swan Lake"
Friday through April 21, McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St., Seattle; $28-$173 (www.pnb.org or 206-441-2424).
One of the greatest ballets — and ballet scores — of all time will be performed this weekend and next by Pacific Northwest Ballet and the PNB Orchestra.
“Swan Lake” is a “gateway” ballet for many people, so if you’ve never been to one, here’s your opportunity. A dramatic, fairy-tale story; heady music; and phalanxes of white-clad ballerinas creating exquisite patterns on stage — you don’t have to be a connoisseur to see that something remarkable is taking place before you.
Whet your appetite by reading arts writer Moira Macdonald’s fascinating interview with principal conductor Emil de Cou.
4 World Rhythm Festival
Friday-Sunday, Seattle Center Armory, Seattle; free (206-682-7400 or swps.org).
This is billed as the largest free percussion festival in the world — and who would argue? Drummers and dancers from around the globe perform and host workshops for thousands of participants. Bring your own, buy your own or beg your own drum.
5 Moisture Festival
Ends Sunday, $10-$25 (800-838-3006 or www.moisturefestival.com).
Seattle’s annual shower of comedy, circus acts, burlesque shows and oom-pah bands dries up on Sunday. The weeks-long festival has been housed mainly in two venues: Hale’s Brewery in Fremont and the Broadway Performance Hall on Capitol Hill. The late-night shows and burlesque events are, natch, aimed at adults (burlesque shows are for patrons 18 and up; festival late-night shows are for those age 21 and up). But much of the fare (bills of eight or more acts at a throw) is family friendly, and a lot of fun.