The movie "Windfall," Blake Shelton, the season finale of "Portlandia," Seattle Shakespeare Company's "Pygmalion" and an installation by visual artist John Grade are among best bets for entertainment in the Seattle area, the week of March 4-10, 2012.
Poignant, enlightening and visually striking, Laura Israel’s documentary traces the impact of a would-be wind-energy development project on a small town in upstate New York. Playing at Northwest Film Forum. For showtimes, see Page H7. For Tom Keogh’s recent 4-star review, go to www.seattletimes.com.
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Woody Harrelson, thin as a blade and smiling as if he’d never known joy (those who know him from “Cheers” will find him unrecognizable), gives a performance of remarkable restraint and depth as an unrepentant Los Angeles “bad cop” in director Oren Moverman’s compelling drama, cowritten by the great crime writer James Ellroy (“L.A. Confidential”). Now playing at Harvard Exit. For showtimes, see Page H7. For Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald’s recent 3 ½-star review, go to www.seattletimes.com.
‘Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax’
It’s impossible not to be charmed by this 3-D animated rendering of the Seuss tale of environmental activism and the power of one person to make a difference. Danny DeVito voices the title character, his wry mutterings perfectly cast. Playing at several theaters. For showtimes, see Page H7. For Macdonald’s recent 3 ½-star review, go to www.seattletimes.com.
This all-but-canceled caper comedy about the employees of Contra Security is back, and Megan Mullaly (“Will & Grace”) has joined the cast 9:30 p.m. Tuesday on Fox.
It’s been so much fun having Fred, Carrie and their weird/wonderful collection of Northwest residents back that the time has flown, and the season comes to a close this week. Tim Robbins guest stars on the season finale (titled “Brunch Village”). 10 p.m. Friday on IFC.
Food & drink
Cove to Clover St. Paddy’s Celebration
Everyone who participates in this pub crawl is hereby declared Irish for a day. Also on the lineup: a youth talent show, 5K/10k race with hill climb, and more to benefit local charities. Friday-Sunday, Burien Town Square, 152nd Street Southwest and Fifth Avenue Southwest, Burien (www.covetoclover.com).
Washington Wine Month
El Gaucho in Belltown kicks off Washington Wine Month with two dozen wines to sample along with gourmet bites. 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, 2505 First Ave., Seattle; $75 (206-728-1133 or www.elgaucho.com).
Reading and book signing with author of “Passion & Palate: Recipes for a Generous Table,” a journey through the Northwest restaurant industry. 6 p.m. Monday, University Book Store, 990 102nd Ave. N.E., Bellevue; free (425-462-4500 or www.ubookstore.com).
Seattle Kennel Club
Fetch this: 2,000 dogs compete for Best in Show, conformation, obedience, rally, junior showmanship and agility competitions, with herding and fly ball demonstrations, dancing dogs, police dogs and other demonstrations, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, CenturyLink Field Event Center, 800 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle; $5-$10 (www.seattlekennelclub.org).
Country idol Shelton is riding high with yet another top single, “Drink On It,” in a string of hits that has included “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking” and “God Gave Me You.” But America knows him best perhaps as a coach on the TV competition show “The Voice,” where he spars good-naturedly every week with Maroon Five’s Adam Levine. Also on tap is Justin Moore and Dia Frampton (from “The Voice”) at 7:30 p.m. Friday at KeyArena, Seattle Center; $25-$49.75 (800-475-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com).
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
The pulsating, soaring South African choir — made world-famous by Paul Simon’s album “Graceland” — fills the air with joy and hope. 8 p.m. Saturday at Meany Theater, University of Washington, Seattle; $20-$36 (206-543-4880 or www.meany.org).
Seattle Shakespeare Company stages Shaw’s most popular play, about a Cockney flower seller and the professor who bets he can make her a well-spoken lady. Through March 11, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Intiman Playhouse, 201 Mercer St., Seattle; $15-$40 (206-733-8222 or www.seattleshakespeare.org).
‘The Screwtape Letters’
Learn something new about spiritual warfare through the eyes of Abysmal Sublimity Screwtape (played by Max McLean), Satan’s top psychiatrist, in this hit adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ novel. 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Paramount Theatre, 900 Pine St., Seattle; $29-$59 (877-784-4849 or www.screwtapeonstage.com).
The organist, who is music director at Plymouth Congregational Church downtown and visiting professor at University of Washington, has played Westminster Abbey, Moscow Conservatory and Notre-Dame Cathedral — and returns to Benaroya Hall this week. 7:30 p.m. Monday, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $19-$29 (206-215-4747 or www.seattlesymphony.org).
Ohlsson makes his 13th appearance in the UW President’s Piano Series with his Wednesday evening recital, which promises a bill of all Liszt (including a Bach-Liszt and a Liszt-Busoni work). 8 p.m. Wednesday, Meany Hall, University of Washington, Seattle; $20-$42 (206-543-4880 or www.uwworldseries.org)
Friends of the Public Library Mini Book Sale
Can’t keep yourself in books? Here’s the answer: A sale of 25,000 books, CDs, DVDs at bargain prices to benefit Seattle Public Library, 9 a.m.-1.p.m. Sunday, Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle (206-523-4053 or www.friendsofspl.org).
Rebecca Brown and Friends
Reading and reception with author of “American Romances,” joined by “After the Prophet” author Lesley Hazleton, journalist and filmmaker Charles Mudede, and visual artist Susie J. Lee. 6 p.m. Thursday, Elliott Bay Book Co., 1521 10th Ave., Seattle; free (206-624-6600 or www.elliottbaybook.com).
John Grade and Brian Benfer
You could almost call this an “unearthing” rather than an “unveiling”: Gallery4Culture features local sculptor John Grade’s “Fold” — the second in a trio of wood and resin “termite sculptures” — which has been buried in the desert to weather before final installation (the King County Library System’s new Duvall library). Also: Brian Benfer’s mural-scale chalk rubbing on the gallery’s wall. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, through March 30, Gallery4Culture, 101 Prefontaine Place, Seattle (206-296-7580 or 4culture.org).
This after-hours museum party is themed “Meditation Rave,” and guests are invited to join in music, art-making, and, yes, meditation. When you’re done relaxing, you can visit the bar and dance to DJ Hannah Levine. 8-11 p.m. Friday, Bellevue Arts Museum, 510 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue; $10 (425-519-0770 or www.bellevuearts.org).