When the documentary “Searching for Sugarman” won the Academy Award this year, the singer Rodriguez chose not to appear at the ceremony — he said he didn’t want to overshadow the filmmakers. But that film of his life, and reissues by Seattle’s own Light in the Attic label, have made the once-obscure Rodriguez an international superstar. His appearance here has been sold out for months. Rodriguez performs at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Neptune Theatre, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle; sold out (877-784-4849 or www.stgpresents.org
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Charles R. Cross, Special to The Seattle Times