Music and movies are the themes for ArtsPage’s weekly entertainment recommendations — culminating in the Academy Awards Sunday evening on ABC.
Naturally, the list below is made up of just a few previews of coming attractions. There are a lot of other things going on this weekend. If you’d like to recommend one to fellow readers, add it to the comments thread.
Through Sunday, March 2, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 900 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue; $30-$140 (253-428-8056 or www.acousticsound.org).
Bluegrass comes to Bellevue in this annual musical hootenanny. It takes place on four stages at the Hyatt Regency Hotel — and also in the hallways, elevators and anywhere else that a sudden jam might break out. Owen R. Smith writes, “Among the heavy hitters are Mike Marshall and Chris Thile, North Carolina traditionalists Town Mountain and The Cleverlys, who create surprisingly effective covers of modern pop songs.”
2 Seattle Jewish Film Festival
Saturday, March 1-Sunday, March 9, various venues in Seattle and Mercer Island; $9-$12 (206-324-9996 or seattlejewishfilmfestival.org).
Misha Berson writes, “This year’s Seattle Jewish Film Festival opens with a spirited family romp from the Netherlands and moves on to encompass music documentaries set in Ireland and Germany, a history of Borscht Belt comedians and a lot more.” Twenty-five films from 15 countries over 10 days, to be exact. The festival takes place in Seattle and Mercer Island.
3 Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 2, at the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle; $31.25- $81.25 (877-784-4849 or www.stgpresents.org).
Hot and sweet. That’s how jazz critic Paul de Barros describes the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. Don’t miss this not-common-enough opportunity to see and hear the band in Seattle.
4 'Winter in the Blood'
Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Avenue, Seattle (206-267-5380 or nwfilmforum.org).
It’s not one of the biggest movies opening this weekend, but it may be one of the best. Reviewer Tom Keogh writes, “The line between reality and hallucination is blurred both for [the Native-American antihero] Virgil and the audience in this audacious, funny and often tender movie. Author Sherman Alexie (interviewed here) is one of the movie’s producers, and he’ll be on hand at select screenings throughout the weekend.
5 Oscar parties
Three Dollar Bill Cinema: Fred Wildlife Refuge, 128 Belmont Ave. E., Seattle; $35-$100 (www.gaycity.org). TheFilmSchool: Triple Door, 216 Union St., Seattle; $150 (thefilmschool.com). Grand Cinemas: Theatre on the Square, 915 Broadway, Tacoma $30-$90 (253-593-4474 or www.grandcinema.com). All begin at 4 p.m. Sunday.
What are the Oscars without an Oscar party? We’re having our own, here at The Seattle Times, which you’re invited to join online. But if you’re looking for a less virtual experience, check out fundraisers at Three Dollar Bill Cinema, The Film School or Tacoma’s Grand Cinemas. Make sure you go prepared, though: You’ll find Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald’s predictions and lots of other Oscar coverage here.