Follow us:


A way to keep up with Seattle theaters, concert halls, galleries, museums and other fine-arts events.

May 13, 2013 at 6:30 AM

Baz, beer, Bach: 10 things to do this week

1 'The Great Gatsby'

Now playing at several theaters. For Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald’s three-star review, go to

Baz Luhrmann’s take on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s story of love lost and remembered won’t be to everyone’s taste, but he does find moments of poetry and fills the screen with lovely images and a great cast, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire.

2 Bend beer

5-9 p.m. Tuesday, Brave Horse Tavern, Seattle;

7983481.deschutesBrave Horse Tavern pays tribute to Bend, Ore., one of the great beer cities in America, by devoting all its taps Tuesday night to that town’s breweries. At “Get Bend,” expect esteemed brands such as 10 Barrel Brewing Co., Boneyard Brewing, Good Life Brewing Co., Cascade Lakes Brewing Co. and Deschutes Brewery. It’s just one of the Beer Week activities going on in Seattle; click here for more ideas.

3 Of Monsters and Men

8 p.m. Tuesday at the Paramount Theatre, Seattle; $35

These refreshing Icelandic folk popsters with the unusual instrumentation — glockenspiel and trumpet appear on some tracks — got their stateside start thanks to a video of “Little Talks” that went viral, originally posted by Seattle radio station KEXP.

4 Author Elizabeth Becker

7 p.m. Wednesday, Town Hall Seattle, $5 tickets are available at the door starting at 6:30 p.m., or advance via

Globalization has transformed the tourism industry. Hear journalist/author Elizabeth Becker explain what it means for the world in general and today’s traveler in particular when she discusses her new book, “Overbooked: The Global Business of Travel and Tourism” this week. Read Alan Moores’ review of the book for The Seattle Times here.

5 'The Office'

9 p.m. Thursday, NBC

When we last saw our heroes, Darryl was dancing his way out, Dwight offered his heart to Angela and Jim and Pam were sweethearts again. How will it all play out? The show about a show filmed at a paper company wraps up in epic style, with a one-hour-plus episode Thursday.

6 'Bach at Leipzig'

Previews Wednesday-Thursday, opens Friday and runs through June 15, Taproot Theatre, Seattle; $15-$40,

What was it like when Bach joined Germany’s greatest musicians to vie for a coveted job in 1722? This Taproot show, written by Itamar Moses, tells us, weaving fact and fiction, humor and hubris together; a little “American Idol” and a little “Survivor.”

7 Seattle Symphony Orchestra & Shostakovich

7:30 p.m. Thursday and 8 p.m. Friday, Benaroya Hall, Seattle; $19-$112,

Guest conductor (and SSO conductor laureate) Gerard Schwarz leads the orchestra in two all-Shostakovich nights, featuring guest pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn (and spotlighting principal trumpet David Gordon) on Thursday and cellist Julian Schwarz on Friday.

Dmitri Shostakovich

Dmitri Shostakovich

8 Dirk Staschke

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays through May 17, Winston Wachter Fine Art,  Seattle;


Dirk Staschke’s “Confectional Facade”/Winston Wachter

Towering more than 8 feet high, Dirk Staschke’s “Confectional Façade” is either a sweet-tooth’s paradise or a diabetic’s nightmare. It’s part of the Portland artist’s Winston Wachter show, “Sated,” five exquisitely crafted ceramic/mixed-media works that are equal parts kitsch, surreal and satirical (a 6-foot-high, multitiered wedding cake is titled “Wishing Well, Knowing Otherwise”). Also at WW: 10 spooky encaustic-on-canvas portraits by Toronto artist Tony Scherman, several of them depicting characters from “Hamlet.”

9 Whim W'Him

8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 7 p.m. May 19, Playhouse at Seattle Center (formerly Intiman), Seattle; $15-$30

The dazzling local dance troupe, which makes its New York debut at the Joyce Theater in August, treats Seattle audiences to “Third Degree,” an evening of four dances, including world premieres by Olivier Wevers and Andrew Bartee, and the Seattle premiere of Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Vivaldi-set “L’Effleure” (which, on YouTube, looks like one stunner of a solo for male dancer).

10 Seattle International Film Festival

Thursday-June 9, at various locations, including SIFF Cinema at the Uptown, SIFF Film Center, Pacific Place, Egyptian, Harvard Exit, Renton Ikea Performing Arts Center, Kirkland Performance Center; info:

Goodies coming during the whirlwind of cinema that is the Seattle International Film Festival:  films by Joss Whedon and Sofia Coppola; several homegrown documentaries, including “Her Aim is True,” about rock photographer Jini Dellaccio; and an award for, and appearance by, native Washingtonian Kyle MacLachlan.

Comments | More in List, The week ahead


No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.

The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.

The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►