Through April 28 at SIFF Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave. N., www.nffty.org.
The National Film Festival for Talented Youth is underway and continues through the weekend at SIFF Uptown. On the lineup: More than 200 shorts and features by filmmakers aged 22 and under. Treat yourself to one of the feel-good events of the season. (So much hope! So much potential!) Full lineup is here.
2 'Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic'
Opens Saturday at EMP Museum, 325 Fifth Ave., Seattle; tickets are $20 adults ($15 if booked online), $17 students/seniors ($15), $14 children 5-17 ($12), free for children 4 and under (206-770-2702 or www.empmuseum.org).
EMP Museum’s new exhibition, opening Saturday, looks like a must-see for fans of Harry Potter, the Narnia Series, LOTR — or any one of the precursors of today’s wildly popular fantasy series. (That’s you, “Wizard of Oz” and “Peter Pan” devotees.) Costumes, memorabilia, original LOTR manuscripts and more are on display. Read Moira Macdonald’s preview for more details.
3 'Birds of Paradise: Extreme, Bizarre, Extraordinary'
2 p.m. Sunday, April 28, and 7:30 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, April 29-30, “National Geographic Live!” at Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $19-$37 adults, $14-$17 students (206-215-4747 or www.benaroyahall.org).
Close-up photography of astonishing tropical birds are just part of the allure of the National Geographic Live! multimedia show at Benaroya Hall, Sunday through Tuesday. You’ll hear from photographer Tim Laman and ornithologist Edwin Scholes, watch time-lapse photos of mating displays and more. Look to Michael Upchurch’s advance story for more details.
4 'Black Watch'
Through May 5, Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle; tickets start at $21.25 (206-682-1414 or www.stgpresents.org).
The highly acclaimed show from the National Theatre of Scotland examines the role of the soldier through the eyes of members of the elite Black Watch, whose members have served Scotland for hundreds of years. As Misha Berson wrote in a recent preview, “this inventive, dynamic work (which I first saw in New York several years ago) tackles a subject challenging to address onstage: the pride and commitment of elite soldiers through history, and the way modern combat has altered their roles and the nature of warfare itself.”
5 Cowboy Junkies
8 p.m. Saturday, April 27, Neptune Theatre, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle; $35 (877-784-4849 or www.stgpresents.org).
Arts writer Michael Upchurch writes, “The Canadian band has been wandering — across China, through the songbook of the late Vic Chesnutt and into what they call the ‘acid-blues’ mode of their live performances. The result of their 18-month musical journey is a five-CD set called ‘The Nomad Series,’ the 53 songs of which include some of the most animated, diverse and experimental work of their career.” Hear it for yourself when the band appears at the Neptune on Saturday.