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‘Life Itself’

You don’t have to be a movie critic, or even particularly interested in movies, to be touched and enthralled by Steve James’ documentary, a beautifully paced tribute to Roger Ebert, who died last year at 70 after a long battle with cancer. Now playing at Harvard Exit. For showtimes, see Page H5. For Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald’s full four-star review, go to


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‘Welcome to Sweden’

Greg Poehler (brother to Amy) and Josephine Bornebusch star in this new comedy about a couple that move to Stockholm. Series premiere, 9 p.m. Thursday, July 10, on NBC.


Meet the Maker

Chocolopolis celebrates its sixth anniversary on upper Queen Anne with a month filled with special events, including “Meet the Maker” Nat Bletter. Sample his Madre Chocolate, made from Hawaiian cacao. 5-7 p.m. Tuesday July 8, 1527 Queen Anne Ave N., Seattle (206-282-0776 or


Ballard SeafoodFest

This popular festival celebrates its 40th anniversary Saturday and Sunday, July 12-13. It showcases Ballard and its heritage, as well as the community mix. It is mainly about fun: music, local brews, kids activities and quality arts and crafts. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. July 12 and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. July 13, Market Street and Ballard Avenue. (


New Order

With whisking drum machine, throbbing bass and affectless vocals, New Order can be read today as a sort of EDM precursor, though there is also something eerie and foreboding about this Manchester quartet that succeeded Joy Division after leader singer Ian Curtis’ suicide. With a new lineup of Bernard Sumner (guitar and vocals), Stephen Morris (drums), Tom Chapman (bass), Phil Cunningham (guitar and keyboards) and Gillian Gilbert (keyboards and guitar), New Order did two shows in Europe in 2011 and created such an uproar they decided to go on a world tour. Their show that year in London sold out in five minutes. In 2013, the 34-year-old band released “The Lost Sirens,” hailed by one critic as better than its earlier namesake, “Waiting For the Sirens Call.” 8 p.m. Sunday, July 6, at the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle; $45-$65 (877-784-4849 or

Carolina Chocolate Drops, Del McCoury

The Carolina Chocolate Drops make all manner of back-porch community music — driving fiddle tunes, old-timey jazz, Irish jigs, sweet-and-sour ballads and old-fashioned sing-a-longs — a joyous celebration of the crazy braid of European and African styles that is American traditional music. The lineup has changed since the group’s last zoo appearance, with cellist Malcolm Parson and multi-instrumentalist Rowan Corbett replacing Dom Flemons and Leyla McCalla, but core members Rhiannon Giddens, with her wonderful voice and fiddle, and Hubby Jenkins on strings and bones, are still with the group. 6 p.m. Sunday, July 6, at the Woodland Park Zoo, 601 N. 59th St., Seattle; $32.50 (206-548-2500 or

Seattle Symphony with Mary Chapin Carpenter

Five-time Grammy winner Carpenter has released an album of her hits, “Songs from the Movie,” but “Come On Come On” sounds a little different from you’re used to. She called on Vince Mendoza to create orchestral arrangements for each song, and recorded them at Air Studios in London. MCC fans can get a taste of the new flavors when she makes an appearance with the Seattle Symphony at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 8, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $38-$85 (206-215-4747 or


Eric Liu

The Seattle-based speechwriter/commentator/activist discusses his new book, “A Chinaman’s Chance: One Family’s Journey and the Chinese American Dream.” 7:30 p.m. Tuesday July 8, Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave., Seattle; $5 (206-652-4255 or


‘The Mikado’

The Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society celebrates its 60th year of producing reasonably priced family fare this summer with a production of “The Mikado.” The two-act satire was the ninth operetta produced by the famous G & S partnership — and the one that nearly tore it apart (see the 1999 film “Topsy-Turvy”). 7:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays (July 11-12, 18-19 and 25-26), and 2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays (July 12-13, 19-20 and 26), Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Center; $16-$40 (800-838-3006 or


16th annual DANCE This!

A veritable “World Cup of dance” comes to the Moore next weekend, including Gansango Music and Dance (African), the UW DangeRAAAS Dawgs (Gujarat, India), Bailadores de Bronce (Mexico), KALAHI Philippine Dance Company (Filipino-American folk dance) and Kirkland’s International Ballet Theatre (classical ballet). Spectrum Dance Theater Academy, the pre-professional division of Spectrum Dance Theater, presents works by Donald Byrd, while Northwest Tap Connection will provide some tap/jazz/hip-hop flair. CORE Theatrics delivers Broadway-style dance, and Daniel Cruz (of Cruz Control) choreographs the finale. Dancer-choreographer Mark Haim curated the show this year. 7:30 p.m. July 11 and 12, Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave., Seattle; $10-$21 (877-784-4849 or


Tacoma Art Museum

Printmaking is a vital part of the Northwest arts scene, and TAM has gathered nearly 100 contemporary prints comprising techniques traditional — etching — to modern — digital — in “Ink This!” Don’t worry, your letterpressers are in there, too, as are the handmade book folks. Another unmistakably Northwest marker: TAM commissioned a beer from Harmon Brewing to “pair” with the exhibition, called drINK THIS. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays through Nov. 9, TAM, 1701 Pacific Ave.; $8-$10 (253-272-4258 or

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