‘Persistence of Vision’

This engrossing documentary focuses on Oscar-winning animator Richard Williams and his ill-fated, decades-in-progress feature “The Thief and the Cobbler,” a would-be masterpiece that was never completed.
Now playing at the Grand Illusion. For showtimes, see Page H5. For Soren Anderson’s three-and-a-half-star review, go to .


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‘Major Crimes’

Capt. Raydor (Mary McDonnell) and the officers of this L.A.-set police drama wrap up their second season at 9 p.m. Monday on TNT.

‘Ghost Shark’

“From the network that brought you ‘’Sharknado’ …” That’s how the Syfy network is promoting its new cheese-tastic creature feature. 9 p.m. Thursday on Syfy.


Kill the Keg

“How long will it take to finish a keg?” The folks at Koral Bar & Kitchen plan to find out when they offer $5 wines for “Kill the Keg” night, featuring wines on tap. The half-off wine is available 5-7 p.m. Thursday, 900 Bellevue Way NE, Suite 100 (425-623-1125 or

Oh Hoppy Day

Tap House Grill locations in Seattle and Bellevue will each feature 40 IPAs on tap through Aug. 25. It’s one of the region’s biggest events featuring Seattle’s favorite style of beer. At 1506 Sixth Ave. in downtown Seattle (206-816-3314); in Bellevue at 550 106th Ave. N.E. (425-467-1730 or


Evergreen State Fair

There’s something for everybody at the annual fair, from carnival rides to concerts, auto races, a horse show, a rodeo, 4H animals, exhibits and food. It all begins Thursday and runs 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. through Sept. 1, and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sept. 2, at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds, 14405 179th Ave. S.E., Monroe. Tickets $5-$10 — opening day is free until 1 p.m.; free admission with three cans of food from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Aug. 23 and Aug. 30 (360-805-6700 or

Tacoma Maritime Fest

Celebrate all things nautical at the 21st annual Tacoma Maritime Festival from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (Aug. 25). Watch Tall Ship cannon battles, listen to captain’s seminars, take a boat tours, graze at the food vendors and let the little ones run around at the Kids Zone. Free. Tacoma waterfront (

Star Trek Convention Seattle

Grab your tricorders and head to the Hilton Seattle Airport on Saturday and Sunday (Aug. 25) to rub shoulders with stars from throughout the Trekiverse: William Shatner, Kate Mulgrew, Marina Sirtis, LeVar Burton, Nana Visitor, Denise Crosby, Connor Trinneer, Garrett Wang. 17620 Pacific Highway South; $30-$299 (818-409-0960 or


Brandi Carlile

The Ravensdale native and alt-country folk rocker brings her vocal range and acoustic guitar skills to the Woodland Park Zoo for a two-night stand. 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $39.50 (

Rain City Rock Camp For Girls Showcase

A performance featuring bands formed by women, young and adult, who attended the Rain City Rock Camp, a group that encourages young women to pursue creative musical projects and teaches female empowerment. Camp volunteers, who have bands of their own, will also perform. Thursday, 8 p.m., Neptune Theatre, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle; free (877-784-4849 or


‘Men of Action’

Jet City Improv presents a feature-length performance, based on great adventure films. At the beginning of each show, the improvisers say, “audience members will select the precious artifact at the heart of the adventure as well as its exotic location.” The actors will take it from there. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, and also Thursdays-Fridays from Sept. 5-20. 5510 University Way NE, Seattle; $12-$15 (206-352-8291 or


‘Peace for Tibet’

An evening of Tibetan opera, traditional/contemporary music and dance will be presented by the musicians Techung & Lhasa Spirits, and singer/dancer Sonam Tshedzom. Part of the “Nights at the Neptune” series showcasing local groups advocating social and racial justice, 8 p.m. Tuesday, The Neptune, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle; free (206-682-1414 or

Olympic Music Festival

The all-Schubert festival wraps up today (Aug. 18); up next weekend is “Czech & French Soundscapes,” including works by Martinu, Dvorak, Chopin and Fauré. 2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays through Sept. 1, 7360 Center Road, Quilcene, Jefferson County; $18-$30 (360-732-4800 or


Greg Kucera Gallery

Seattle-born artist Roger Shimomura specializes in skewering stereotypes endured by Asian Americans in the U.S. His images look somewhat like something from a graphic novel; upon closer inspection, they reveal something entirely painful and real. The title of the exhibition, “American Knockoff,” says Shimomura, “references the United States’ popular culture’s attitude toward Asian Americans as not being real Americans, merely imitations.” Opening reception/artist talk and tour is 6-8 p.m. Thursday; 212 Third Ave. S., Seattle (206-624-0770 or


Native critters scuttle and lumber in painter Baso Fibonacci’s work — but the bears, owls and wildcats sport coats of many, many colors. (He made the giant raccoon face on the wall at Second Avenue and Main Street in Seattle, for example.) His solo show, “Oh my!,” runs through Sept. 7 at the gallery, 1508 11th Ave., Seattle (206-709-9797 or