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April 15, 2013 at 7:00 AM

10 things to do this week: Spring Fair, Ballard Jazz and more

 

1 The Spring Fair

Thursday-April 21, Puyallup Fair and Events Center; $7-$10, (thefair.com)

A visit to the family-friendly Spring Fair is a great way to fill a spring day. There are 4H livestock shows, Dock Dogs competitions, pig racing, a carnival midway, rides, monster trucks, a demolition derby and all that diet-busting fair food.

 

2 Whale festival

11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Langley, Whidbey Island, (www.orcanetwork.org).

Celebrate the spring arrival of gray whales to Whidbey on Saturday with slide shows, costume-making, a parade, a blessing of the whales, music, a lecture by biological oceanographer Sue Moore of NOAA Fisheries and, of course, whale-watching.

3 'Trance'

Playing at several theaters. Read Soren Andersen’s 3-star review here.

Rosario Dawson in "Trance"/20th Century Fox

Rosario Dawson in “Trance”/20th Century Fox

This sleek psychological thriller, directed by Danny Boyle (“Slumdog Millionaire”), focuses on hypnotherapy as the key to unlocking the secret of where a stolen Goya masterpiece is hidden. James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel and Rosario Dawson star.

4 'Defiance' premiere

9 p.m. Monday on Syfy.

The year is 2046, and it’s a new Earth. Alien races now live among humans, and the city of St. Louis is now called Defiance. That’s the premise of this new sci-fi series starring Grant Bowler, Stephanie Leonidas and Julie Benz.

 

5 Arcade Lights

7-10 p.m., Friday, Pike Place Market, Seattle; $28-$35  (pikeplacemarket.org).

Sample artisan food, beer and wine at this semiannual celebration that features more than 60 vendors, and shows off the beauty of Pike Place Market at night. Entrance fee includes keepsake glass and 10 tokens.

6 'Flashdance: The Musical'

Tuesday-April 21, Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle; tickets start at $25 (stgpresents.org).

Emily Padgett, left,  Andrea Spiridonakos in "Flashdance: The Musical."/Kyle Froman

Emily Padgett, left, Andrea Spiridonakos in “Flashdance: The Musical.”/Kyle Froman

If you were conscious during the 1980s, you surely remember “Flashdance” and the heavy radio rotation of its hit-laden soundtrack. Blue-collar Pittsburgh gal Alex and her dance dreams live on in this touring stage version, directed and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo.

 

7 PNB's 'Swan Lake'

Through April 21, McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St., Seattle; $28-$173 (pnb.org).

Pacific Northwest Ballet conductor Emil de Cou describes Tchaikovsky’s score for “Swan Lake” as going “straight to your heart from your ears,” a lovely complement to the romance between Siegfried and Odette, the maiden trapped in a swan’s body. Read a preview of PNB’s staging of the beloved ballet here.

8 Ballard Jazz Festival

8 p.m. Wednesday-10 p.m. Saturday at various venues; individual concert tickets $15-$55; all-festival pass, $100-$110 (www.ballardjazzfestival.com).

Saxophonists Gary Bartz and Vinny Golia, pianist George Colligan and drummer Allison Miller are a few of the artists visiting this year’s Ballard Jazz Festival, which also celebrates the Northwest scene with gusto at one of the year’s most highly anticipated events, Friday’s Ballard Jazz Walk. heck out a full preview of the festival, plus all the other jazz events happening around town, here.

9 Guy Gavriel Kay

7 p.m. Friday, University Book Store, Seattle; free (ubookstore.com).

This Canadian author writes historical fantasy novels set in an alternate version of China during the Tang and Song dynasties. He’ll talk about about his new novel, “River of Stars,” with Nancy Pearl at this event.

10 Craig Sheppard recital

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Meany Theater, University of Washington, Seattle; $12-$20 (www.music.washington.edu ).

The University of Washington piano professor and concert-hall veteran delivers the second installment in his keyboard celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of French composer Claude Debussy. On the program: “Estampes,” “Images” (Books I and II) and “Twelve Etudes.” The latter, Debussy’s last work for solo piano, has turn-on-a-dime shifts of mood and mode that should be particularly well suited to Sheppard’s mercurial keyboard personality.

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