This sleek psychological thriller, directed by Danny Boyle (“Slumdog Millionaire”), focuses on hypnotherapy as the key to unlocking the secret of where a stolen Goya masterpiece is hidden. James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel and Rosario Dawson star. Now playing at several theaters. For showtimes, see Page H6. For Soren Andersen’s three-star review, go to www.seattletimes.com/movies.
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The year is 2046, and it’s a new Earth. Alien races now live among humans, and the city of St. Louis is now called Defiance. That’s the premise of this new sci-fi series starring Grant Bowler, Stephanie Leonidas and Julie Benz. Series premiere 9 p.m. Monday on Syfy.
It’s junior year for the high-schoolers in this quirky little sitcom. Third season premiere, 10 p.m. Tuesday on MTV.
Come sample artisanal sweet and savory treats at this semiannual celebration of food and beer, made by local farmers and brewers. 7-10 p.m., Friday, Pike Place Market, Seattle; Tickets: $28 advance or $35 at the door (pikeplacemarket.org).
Spring Fair in Puyallup
The Puyallup Fair is almost here, packed with fun: 4H livestock shows, Dock Dogs, pig racing, garden show, Fiesta Mexicana dancing horses, carnival rides and games, Puyallup School District Science Fair, Aussie Kingdom animal show and the Motorsport Mayhem monster truck and demolition derbies. 2-10 p.m. April 18, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. April 19-20, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. April 21, Puyallup Fair and Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup; $7-$10, free admission for ages 18 and younger April 18; Military Appreciation Day free admission to active, reserved, retired military April 19 (253-841-5045 or thefair.com).
Welcome the Whales Festival and Parade
Celebrate the spring arrival of gray whales to Whidbey on Saturday with educational displays, activities, costume making starting at 11 a.m.; a parade starts at 1:30 p.m. and ends at Langley Waterfront Park, with a blessing for the whales, music and of course, keeping a lookout for the giant creatures. Langley, Whidbey Island (360-221-6765 or www.orcanetwork.org/news/events.html).
The jangling, chimey lines of Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr’s well-received solo debut, “The Messenger,” prompted The Guardian to call him “the guitarist of his generation.” Marr performs at 8 p.m. Monday at Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $27 advance (206-709-9467 or www.neumos.com).
Ballard Jazz Festival
Saxophonists Gary Bartz and Vinny Golia, pianist George Colligan and drummer Allison Miller are a few of the artists visiting this year’s Ballard Jazz Festival, which also celebrates the Northwest scene with gusto at one of the year’s most highly anticipated events, Friday’s Ballard Jazz Walk. 8 p.m. Wednesday-10 p.m. Saturday at various venues along Ballard Avenue and at the Nordic Heritage Museum, 3014 N.W. 67th St., Seattle. Individual concert tickets $15-$55; all-festival pass, $100-$110 (206-219-3649 or www.ballardjazzfestival.com).
Guy Gavriel Kay
This Canadian author writes historical fantasy novels set in an alternate version of China during the Tang and Song dynasties. He talks about his new novel, “River of Stars,” in conversation with Nancy Pearl. 7 p.m. Friday, University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., Seattle; free (206-634-3400 or www.ubookstore.com).
‘Flashdance: The Musical’
If you were conscious during the 1980s, you surely remember the movie “Flashdance” and its on-every-radio-station soundtrack. Blue-collar Pittsburgh gal Alex and her dance dreams live on in this stage version, directed and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo. Tuesday-April 21, Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle; tickets start at $25 (www.stgpresents.org).
‘Master Harold … and the Boys’
Director M. Burke Walker returns to Seattle to helm Athol Fugard’s play about a black servant who becomes a surrogate father to a white schoolboy in apartheid-era South Africa. Another familiar name is in the cast: G. Valmont Thomas, known here and at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Through April 21, West of Lenin, 203 N. 36th St. Seattle; $12-$18 (800-838-3006 or www.brownpapertickets.com).
Seattle Symphony Chamber Series
Three times each season a superb lineup of Seattle Symphony musicians assembles in Benaroya’s recital hall to explore small-scale works by classical music’s Big Names. Next Sunday’s concert includes Stravinsky’s capricious miniature, Concertino; Hindemith’s feisty-twisty Octet; Dvorák’s wistful Terzetto, Op. 74; and Ravel’s elegant-sprightly String Quartet in F Major. 2 p.m. today (April 14), Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $37 (206-215-4747 or www.seattlesymphony.org).
The University of Washington piano professor and concert-hall veteran delivers the second installment in his keyboard celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of French composer Claude Debussy. On the program: “Estampes,” “Images” (Books I and II) and “Twelve Etudes.” The latter, Debussy’s last work for solo piano, has turn-on-a-dime shifts of mood and mode that should be particularly well suited to Sheppard’s mercurial keyboard personality. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Meany Theater, University of Washington, Seattle; $12-$20 (206-543-4880 or www.music.washington.edu
KT Niehoff/Lingo Productions
For close to a year, choreographer KT Niehoff and singer Ivory Smith have worked on a project, “Collision Theory,” with multiple non-dance components: pen-pal exchanges, pop-up art exhibits, a communal meal, a film program, a fashion show and “a long, loose night of unfettered desire and primal delight” dubbed “Raucous Bacchus.” This week “Collision Theory” culminates in a stage show where you’re best off expecting the unexpected. 8 p.m. Thursday-April 21, On the Boards, 100 W. Roy St., Seattle; $12-$20 (206-217-9888 or www.ontheboards.org).
Pacific Northwest Ballet
PNB conductor Emil de Cou describes Tchaikovsky’s score for “Swan Lake” as going “straight to your heart from your ears,” a lovely complement to the romance between Siegfried and Odette, the maiden trapped in a swan’s body. Through April 21, McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St., Seattle; $28-$173 (206-441-2424 or www.pnb.org).
Greg Kucera Gallery
It could be the plot of a movie, but it’s true: 87-year-old New York painter/sculptor David Byrd is having his first gallery show after decades of making art, much of it influenced by the 30 years he spent as an orderly in a veterans hospital psych ward. “Introduction: A Life of Observation” is open 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through May 18, 212 Third Ave. S., Seattle (206-624-0770 or www.gregkucera.com).