‘Iron Man 3’
Robert Downey Jr. returns as the lumbering, metal-suited superhero in this successful installment of the ongoing comic-book franchise — definitely a big perk-up from the almost-but-not-quite-listless “Iron Man 2.” Now playing at several theaters. For showtimes, see Page H7. For Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald’s three-star review, go to www.seattletimes.com/movies.
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The fourth season finale of this comedy finds the New Directions competing in regionals. 9 p.m. Thursday on Fox.
The 1960s-set drama starring Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis has its season finale at 9 p.m. Friday on CBS.
In the Pink with Tom Douglas
Tom Douglas throws a pink party 5-7 p.m. Saturday, with rosé wines paired with crabcakes, English pea pancakes and other bites; $30 includes four rosés and snacks. Palace Ballroom, 2100 Fifth Ave., Seattle; (tomdouglas.com/calendar.php).
Mussels at Bastille
Moules in May: Bastille Café & Bar kicks off the month with bowls of mussels from Taylor Shellfish, Penn Cove and Kamilche Sea Farm for $10 Sunday-Thursday. 5307 Ballard Ave. N.W., Seattle; (206 453-5014 or bastilleseattle.com).
A Festival for May
Celebration of summer as it would have been in 14th-century England with maypole dancing, sheep shearing, minstrels, crafters and longbow archery, noon-5 p.m. today (May 5), Camlann Medieval Village, 10320 Kelly Road N.E., Carnation; $4-$6 (425-788-8624 or www.camlann.org).
Seattle Maritime Festival
Tugboat/workboat races and parade, survival-suit races, harbor tours, kids’ activities and chowder cook-off, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Bell Harbor Maritime Event Center, Seattle (www.seattlepropellerclub.org).
Pike Place Market Flower Festival
Three dozen flower vendors will have blooms for browsers in tents along Pike Place, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Pike Place Market, (Pike Place from Pine to Virginia) Seattle; (www.pikeplacemarket.org).
The next draw from the apparently bottomless well of inspired British soul singers, Alice Russell is a brassy-voiced, funk-smitten blonde who recently released her sixth album, “To Dust,” and was drafted by David Byrne to collaborate on the single, “Men Will Do Anything.” The next Amy, or Adele? We shall see. Russell appears at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Neumos, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $13 advance (206-709-9467 or www.neumos.com).
Perhaps most famous as the experimentalists that backed the great Brazilian singer Caetano Veloso in the late ’60s, Os Mutantes is one of the most consistently surprising rock bands in the world. Think jagged edges — Zappa and Beefheart — funneled through tropical rhythms, electronic wheeps and cheeky theatricality. One of Kurt Cobain’s favorite bands, these guys were thumbing their noses at the mainstream before the Ramones had thumbs. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at The Triple Door, 216 Union St., Seattle; $28-$35 (206-838-4333 or www.thetripledoor.net).
Stories of the Sea
Hear some of the most robust storytelling in the great Northwest at the “Stories of the Sea” competition. At this event, now in its 12th year, fishers, sailors and others present original stories, poems, and songs about their lives and experiences on the sea. 8 p.m. Wednesday, The Highliner Pub, 3909 18th Ave. W., Seattle; free (206-447-9800 or nwseaport.org/stories-of-the-sea).
Jazzy jailbirds Roxie and Velma take the stage in Village Theatre’s season-closing production of the Kander and Ebb song-and-dance classic. Steve Tomkins directs. Thursday-June 29 at the Village Theatre in Issaquah; July 5-28 at Everett Performing Arts Center. $24-$63 (425-392-2202 or www.villagetheatre.org).
‘Taming of the Shrew’
Seattle Shakes’ production of the rowdy Shakespeare comedy is really rough around the edges — it takes place in a trailer park. This is the indoor version of the popular outdoor Wooden O show. Through May 12, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Playhouse at Seattle Center; $26-$40 (206-733-8222 or www.seattleshakespeare.org).
SSO conductor laureate Gerard Schwarz returns to the Benaroya stage for a two-weekend “Russian Spectacular.” First up are two Tchaikovsky evenings: Suite No. 4 and Symphony No. 4, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, and Symphony No. 5, 8 p.m. Friday. (Both programs feature choice Mozart works as well.) May 16 (7:30 p.m.) and May 18 (8 p.m.) will bring two all-Shostakovich programs, culminating in his mighty Symphony No. 11 (“Year 1905”) on May 18. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $19-$112 (206-215-4747 or www.seattlesymphony.org).
Jon Kimura Parker
The celebrated concert pianist returns to Seattle for a solo recital that includes his own transcription of Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring.” (If you’re wondering how that’s possible, have a listen to “Rite,” Parker’s new CD, which also features his single-keyboard transcription of “Petrouchka.”) Also on the recital program: Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 3, Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in G Minor and Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.” 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Meany Hall, University of Washington, Seattle; $20-$44 (206-543-4880 or www.uwworldseries.org).
Festival of Ives
The University of Washington School of Music pays a three-day tribute to revolutionary American composer Charles Ives, starting with the University Symphony’s performance of three Ives works, including “Calcium Light Night,” plus pieces by Barber, Copland and Sibelius, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Meany Hall, UW, Seattle; $10-$15 (206-543-4880 or www.music.washington.edu
). Tuesday and Wednesday bring performances of Ives chamber works, including his famous “Concord” sonata (Tuesday) and Violin Sonata No. 4 (Wednesday). Pianist Cristina Valdes performs both nights. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, Brechemin Auditorium, UW, Seattle; $15 cash or check at the door.
Ezra Dickinson: ‘Mother for you I made this’
More street theater than dance, ‘Mother for you I made this’ is Seattle choreographer Ezra Dickinson’s tribute to his schizophrenic mother, created in hope of stirring conversations about the failings of the American mental-health-care system. Dickinson, starting from the 800 block of Stewart Street (across from the Greyhound station), will guide his audience through public spaces he portrays as his mother’s world. 7 p.m. daily, Monday through May 19. $12-$18 (206-325-8773 or www.velocitydancecenter.org).
Free Admission for Moms
Tacoma’s Museum District — Museum of Glass, Tacoma Art Museum and Washington State History Museum — will let moms in for free on May 12, Mother’s Day. Museum of Glass will have glass fusing workshops, live music and prizes, too (www.museumofglass.org). TAM will host a brunch; $25 ticket includes family photo (www.tacomaartmuseum.org). The history museum’s “Let’s Ride” exhibition is still on, and it also hosts the largest model train display in the state (www.washingtonhistory.org).