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May 6, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Muscles, mussels: 10 things to do this week

1 'Iron Man 3'

Several theaters. For Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald’s three-star review, go to

Robert Downey Jr. returns as the lumbering, metal-suited superhero in this successful installment of the ongoing comic-book franchise — definitely a big perk-up from the almost-but-not-quite-listless “Iron Man 2.” A great way to kick off the season of blockbusters.

2 May Moules? Oui!

5:30-10 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays all month, Bastille, 5307 Ballard Ave. N.W., Seattle; (206 453-5014 or

Bastille Café & Bar celebrates May with bowls of mussels from Taylor Shellfish, Penn Cove and Kamilche Sea Farm for $10 per bowl, prepared in a variety of ways — with apples, with Pernod, with fennel, and more. What are moules without frites? Add fries for $3 more.

3 Os Mutantes

7:30 p.m. Wednesday at The Triple Door, 216 Union St., Seattle; $28-$35 (206-838-4333 or

Perhaps most famous as the experimentalists that backed the great Brazilian singer Caetano Veloso in the late ’60s, Os Mutantes is one of the most consistently surprising rock bands in the world. Think jagged edges — Zappa and Beefheart — funneled through tropical rhythms, electronic wheeps and cheeky theatricality. One of Kurt Cobain’s favorite bands, these guys were thumbing their noses at the mainstream before the Ramones had thumbs.

4 Stories of the Sea

8 p.m. Wednesday, The Highliner Pub, 3909 18th Ave. W., Seattle; free (

Hear some of the most robust storytelling in the great Northwest at the Stories of the Sea competition, now in its 12th year. Fishers, sailors and others present original stories, poems, and songs about their lives and experiences on the sea.

5 'The Taming of the Shrew'

Through May 12, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Playhouse at Seattle Center; $26-$40 (206-733-8222 or

Seattle Shakes’ production of the rowdy Shakespeare comedy is really rough around the edges — it takes place in a trailer park! Kelly Kitchens and David Quicksall star as battling paramours Kate and Petruchio.

6 Jon Kimura Parker

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Meany Hall, University of Washington, Seattle; $20-$44 (206-543-4880 or

The celebrated concert pianist returns to Seattle for a solo recital that includes his own transcription of Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring.” Also on the recital program: Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 3, Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in G Minor and Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.”

7 Seattle Symphony

Performances in the “Russian Spectacular” series are 7:30 p.m. Thursday and 8 p.m. Friday, and May 16-17. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $19-$112 (206-215-4747 or


SSO conductor laureate Gerard Schwarz returns to the Benaroya stage for a two-weekend “Russian Spectacular.” First up are two Tchaikovsky evenings: Suite No. 4 and Symphony No. 4, Thursday, and Symphony No. 5, Friday. Both programs feature guest pianist Vladimir Feltsman, who will play a different  Mozart concerto each night.

8 Ezra Dickinson: 'Mother for you I made this'

7 p.m. daily, Monday through May 19. $12-$18 (206-325-8773 or Ticketholders meet in the 800 block of Stewart Street (across from the Greyhound station).

More street theater than dance, ‘Mother for you I made this’ is Seattle choreographer Ezra Dickinson’s tribute to his schizophrenic mother, created in hope of stirring conversations about the failings of the American mental-health-care system. In the piece, Dickinson will guide his audience through public spaces he portrays as his mother’s world  — which has included homelessness and hospitalization.

9 Events for moms

Sunday is Mother’s Day, and while brunch is certainly nice, there are opportunities for other outings of all kinds. A few:

–The 15th annual Camano Island Studio Tour, 48 artists, 34 studios, three galleries, Friday-Sunday and May 18-19.

–The 10th annual Kirkland Artist Studio Tour, 41 regional artists will participate at 20 Kirkland studios and galleries Saturday-Sunday.

–Pike Place Market Flower festival, with three dozen flower farmers peddling petals along Pike Street. Saturday-Sunday.

–Free admission for moms on Sunday at Tacoma’s Museum District —  Museum of Glass, Tacoma Art Museum and Washington State History Museum.

10 Free admission to NAAM

11 a.m.-7 p.m. first and second Thursdays of each month, Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S. Massachusetts St. Seattle,

Now on view: “Bearing Witness from Another Place: James Baldwin in Turkey”; “Book of the Bound” by Carletta Carrington Wilson. Read reviews of both here.

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